Pribula, Irene (Vanyo) (1921-2004)

Irene Pribula, 83, Alvarado, MN, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Irene was born on May 4, 1921 the third child of Andrew and Anna E. (Yurko) Vanyo. She graduated from Alvarado High School and Teacher’s Training at East Grand Forks. Irene married Leon Pribula, August 18,1942 at Tabor MN. She taught for five years in the rural schools of Polk County.

In 1943, Irene and Leon established their home in Vega Township of Marshall County. Since moving to this location, they were members of St Joseph’s Catholic Church of Oslo, Minnesota. During the 1970’s, Irene did part-time Market Research and Opinion Studies as well as establishing her own home cake-decorating service. Several summers during the Warren fair, , she made kolaches at Settler’s Square for the enjoyment of all. Irene was active in St Joseph’s church as a catechist, choir leader and reader. In 2001, Irene became a mentor for the Fargo Giving and Learning program, which involves seniors mentoring new Americans to succeed in the work place.

Her husband, Leon, sister Dorothy Kovar, brother Anthony Vanyo, son-in-law Daniel Nelson and her parents, preceded Irene in death. She is survived by 7 children, Fr. Duane (Akeley MN), Carol (Mesa AZ), Michael (Sharon- Santa Clara, CA) Suzanne Nelson(Moorhead MN), Greg(Becky-Thief River Falls, MN), Paula Hamman(Michael- Urbana, IL) Mari Grinolds(Paul- Golden Valley,MN), 9 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, and 5 step great-grandchildren as well as 4 sisters, Monica Novak (Brooks MN),Mildred Novak (East Grand Forks MN), Mary Anne Tupa(Grand Forks, ND), Elvern Vanyo (Warren,MN) and 1 brother, Andrew Vanyo(Moorhead MN).

Traveling was a passion of hers — the Holy Land, Rome, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, Mexico, Yosemite, Canadian Rockies, Colorado Springs, to name a few. Irene and Leon spent 12 winters in Mesa AZ and then 8 years in Moorhead house sitting. Irene was an excellent seamstress, fantastic gardener, master baker and cook. Her coconut macaroon pie recipe garnered a 1st prize award in 1974a “a microwave! And an excellent recycler of goods! She was a woman devoted to her family and faith. Irene’s words were ” How do we count the ways God has blessed us? Just to be able yet to arise in the morning, find new challenges, and know that one’s family is well and continues in pursuit of achievement, are all gifts.” We Love You Mom/Grandma and we will honor you the rest of our lives. God Bless.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Calvary Catholic cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky