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“We are so very sorry about the loss of you Mother and Grandmother. I know your hearts are very heavy right now and your loss is so hard to deal with....Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Penny and Bob Sperl - Burke, SD

“To Mavis's Family: I am so sorry for your loss. You all devoted so much time and energy to your mother for so many years and lately through many...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Postulka - Gregory, SD

“I was sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Mavis from many things her and Franklin came to in Hamill. She was always such a happy lady and fun to...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Joan (Larson) Mayes - Winner

“Diane, Carol and family, Don and Dave and family, So sorry about your Mom. She was such a great lady and always had a smile to share. Cherish all...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Peg Cassidy - Burke, SD

“I am sorry to heard about your mom ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: LeRay Smith - Dallas, SD

“Dear Family, Losing a loved one can be devastating. However, please take comfort in knowing that death isn't the end. Jesus demonstrated that by...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Concerned Neighbor

“Your heart will heal, but your mind will always remember your mother(grandmother) Mavis. what a special person. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Greg & Ann English - Winner SD

“Your mom will be greatly missed by everyone. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Galen, Lynn, Felicia, Heather & Patrick ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn DeHaan - Sioux Falls, SD

“Diane, Carol, Don, Dave, and family: Mavis was one of the kindest neighbors I have ever known. She was always generous and welcoming to me and to...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Cathy Welker - Broken Arrow, OK

“So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Enjoyed seeing her last year on the 4th and being able to visit with all of you. You have our deepest...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Povondra - Tabor, SD

“Dear Dave, Don & Family, So sorry to hear of Mavis's passing. Going to miss seeing her each time we arrive and get the scoop on what's happened...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Greg Anderson - Trempealeau, WI

“We're sorry for your loss. It was so much fun being around her at your place when we were all running around "just growing up" and after. Always...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Maria Talsma - Gregory

“Diane, Carol & family, May your memories give you comfort now & in the days ahead. You have my deepest sympathy. Lois ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Lois Jerred - Rapid City

“Diane, Carol/Donnie and family, Don, and Dave, We were so saddened to get the news that Mavis had passed away. She was always a joy to be around,...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Larry, Sheila, Lee, and AJ Martin

“Deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. Cherish the memories! Mitzi ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Mitzi Drey - Sioux Falls, SD


Funeral services for Mavis Svoboda, 76, of Dixon were held on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Berean Fundamental Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Scott McClellen officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Kotrba Funeral Home in Gregory, SD.

Music was provided by Geoff Smith "On the Wings of a Dove," Jim Halverson "You Are My Sunshine," accompanied by Janeen Hlavka, pianist and also a recorded selection "Holes in the Floor of Heaven."

Lynn Zeller, Sharon Zeller, and Marlene Cousins were in charge of registration. Flower attendants were Amy Meinen, Jami Svoboda, and Becky Odenbach.

Casket bearers were Leroy Songer, Bill Petersen, Tim Talsma, Bob Petersen, Keith Talsma, Randy Steinke, Brent Preslicka, and Duane Welker.

Honorary casketbearers were Dean Meinen, Dave Meinen, Bill Salmon, Ormal Zeller, Terry Cousins, Bart Svoboda, and her family & friends.

Honored guests were Velma Harmacek, Carolyn Vedral, and Clara Belle Pavlis.

Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

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Mavis Eleanor (Eisenbraun) Svoboda was born May 1, 1934 , south of Colome at the farm home of her parents Adolph and Bertha (Steinke) Eisenbraun. Mavis and her two older sisters Irene and Viola, attended Grandview School while growing up on the farm. They attended Colome High School where Mavis lived in the school dormitory and worked at the Gamble Store. Mavis graduated from high school in May of 1953.

On November 8th of 1953 she married Franklin Svoboda and they raised their family of two girls and two boys northwest of Dixon. Mavis was the typical farm wife, gardening, canning, raising chickens and helping with the chores. She and Franklin were members of the Hamill ZCBJ and on Saturdays they would be at the Hamill Hall for the dances. They loved playing cards with the neighbors and going to dances. Mavis was very supportive and proud of her children and grandchildren in all their activities. Mavis was a long time member of the Colome American Legion Auxillary, involved in the American Ag movement, honorary Jaycee, and honorary JCI senator. Mavis was enjoyed being involved with the Oscar Micheaux Festival. She was looking forward to being in the Micheaux film. In her earlier years she was also a dealer for Tri-Chem paints and later began selling Watkins products.

Franklin died in March of 1994 and Mavis continued to live on the farm with her sons, Don and Dave. On November 29, 2010 she suffered a stroke and was in poor health until her death on January 31, 2011 at the age of 76 years.

She is survived by her four children: Diane Svoboda of Gregory - Carol and husband Don Petersen of rural Gregory - Don of Winner, SD and Dave on the farm; and by three grandchildren: Donnie Petersen, Kathy (Chad Hanrahan) Petersen, and Melissa Petersen all of Gregory and one sister, Viola Zeller of Gregory. Also surviving are her brothers-in-law Vince (Linda) Svoboda, Marvin (Jan) Christensen, Melvin (Carol) Christensen, Don (Dorothy) Christensen and, Joann Songer and also by nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her husband, two infant sons, her parents, a sister Irene, brother-in-laws Reuben Zeller and Bob Kapicka, nephew Larry Kapicka, and infant Zeller and other family and friends.