Dorothy Prafcke

dorothy prafcke
Dorothy Caroline Prafcke, 93, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Streator, IL died suddenly Monday, September 7, 2020 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo. Dorothy was born December 10, 1926 on a farm near Lostant, IL, the seventh of nine children to Samuel and Lena (Kahn) Grivy. She attended a one-room country school near her home and then graduated from Lostant High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Carthage College, then located in Carthage, IL. She taught kindergarten and first grade for many years in the Streator Elementary School District 44. Dorothy married John F. Prafcke on December 3, 1950. They made their home in Streator and later wintered in Mesa, AZ. They were married for 43 years before his death on January 12, 1994. Dorothy continued to live in Streator and Mesa until moving to Fargo in 2008 to be closer to family. Dorothy was involved PEO, Kings Daughters and in many activities at the First Methodist Church in Streator. She was a friend of the First Presbyterian Church in Fargo. Dorothy is survived by her daughter Carol Prafcke, granddaughters Annie and Ellie, all of Fargo, ND; sister-in-law Gladys Grivy, Mesa, AZ; 12 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters Amy Grant, Alberta Grivy, Arla Barr, JoAnn and Ada Marie Grivy; and brothers Samuel, Robert and William Grivy. Services will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather. Memorials can be directed to Touchmark at Harwood Groves, Local Artist Fund, 1200 Harwood Dr., Fargo, ND 58104.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Carol and girls. It’s so difficult to loose a parent and grandparent.

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  2. So sorry for your loss Carol, Annie, and Ellie. Prayers and hugs to all the family. It is always a sad time when we lose a mother or father. Thoughts are with you all. Auntie Chris

  3. Mrs. Prafcke was wise and beautiful, inside and out. Her kindness followed me all through childhood and then, into adulthood. She loved children and was firm but kind. That made her a good teacher. I am grateful for her presence in my life, and for her daughter-my friend-Carol.

  4. Carol I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember the times I spent with you and your mom and dad, the many trips to Florida, the Christmases we spent together. Those times where a huge part of my childhood that I will never forget. Again your in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie Rose

  5. My thoughts are with you and the girls at this sad time. The love of all your friends and family will help ease your loss in the days to come. Take care.

  6. Dad shared so many stories of growing up on the farm with his closest sister. Doing chores together and watching out for one another. She was adored by her family and incredible precious to those who knew her. Thankful that Dad and Aunt Dorothy are reunited with all of their family in the presence of The Lord!!

  7. Carol, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You and your daughters will be in my prayers. I can’t imagine how hard it is. I was just thinking about your mom the other day. May you find some peace in memories.

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