Anita Ruth Dvorak (nee Oberg), 89, of Brookfield, died May 23, 2021.
Born Jan. 6, 1932, Ms. Dvorak was a Depression-era baby who lived her entire life in the Chicagoland area. With northern European ancestry, her family roots were in Minnesota, where she spent her summers growing up visiting family in the north woods of Duluth.
She was a voracious reader from an early age and loved to learn. Following high school, Ms. Dvorak worked to fund her higher education at Moody Bible Institute where she studied education and music. She was the first in her family to attend college and graduated in 1956 at the age of 24.
Her education was used to equip her for service in her local church and a future of teaching. She was very involved in teacher instruction and children’s education at the Brookfield Baptist Church. Respect, kindness and compassion flowed through her to those whose lives she touched.
She and her husband Stanley were married in 1955. They made their home in Brookfield, where they raised their three children, David, Ruth and Liz. Ms. Dvorak was a homemaker in the 1960s and started neighborhood bible studies for other mothers who became dear friends. Religious cultural barriers fell away as they gathered as those drawn to and loved by God.
In an era of many walls, Anita was always one to graciously step across in love. Anita’s children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends were the joy of her life. She loved them all deeply from her heart.
Her home was always full of music from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” to the echoes of Ravel’s “Bolero,” classical music, hymns and music of worship; the music simply flowed.
Ms. Dvorak became a piano teacher in the 1980s which became her passion and joy. She loved working with her students, patiently helping them to develop their gifts, talents, and confidence. She valued the time spent being a regular part of each of their and their family’s lives. Each student was special to ‘Miss Anita.’
Her father was an outdoorsman and gardener who loved nature, Anita stayed the course. She loved her gardens and the creativity of mixing the beauty of the natural world together in ways that were uniquely her own. Having dabbled in pottery and sculpture through courses at Triton College, her gardens were a mixed media feast for the senses and very fun.
Dementia took many things from Anita in her later years, but it deepened and grew the love between her and husband Stanley. It never stole her connection to God. She was truly blessed. She lived out her final years in the care of her devoted daughter Liz in the familiarity and peace of her own home surrounded by life and family, for which she was very grateful. Anita is now reunited with Stanley, who passed away in 2019. God is good.
She was the mother of David (Lois) Dvorak, Ruth (Thomas) Marshall, Elisabeth Dvorak-Hervas and the late Peter Dvorak; daughter of the late George and the late Agneta (Dahl) Oberg; grandmother of Jessica (Jarrett) Moyer, Jonathan (Gemma) Dvorak, Elizabeth Dvorak, Joseph (Sarah) Marshall, Thomas Marshall, Michael Marshall, Kara Marshall, Christopher Hervas, Elinor-Vivenne Hervas and the late Faith Hervas; great grandmother of Gabrielle and Samuel Moyer and Alistair Dvorak; sister of the late George (Jenny) Oberg and Chester (Rose) Oberg; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be June 5 at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 9008 Fairview Ave., Brookfield. Interment will be June 8 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood.