Alvarado - Irene Pribula, 83, of Alvarado, died on Monday, September 27, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
Funeral services were held on Friday, October 1, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Oslo, with Rev. Duane Pribula and Rev. Gary LaMoine officiating. Casket bearers included Christopher Pribula, Andrew Nelson, Joseph Pribula, Jessica Pribula, Mitchell Pribula, Karen Pribula, Katherine (Katie) Pribula, Audrey Grinolds and Cole Grinolds. Interment was held at Calvary Cemetery in Warren.
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 in Tabor. 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. 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.
Traveling was a passion of hers. She traveled all over the world, including to: the Holy Land, Rome, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, Mexico, Yosemite, Canadian Rockies and Colorado Springs, to name a few.
Irene and Leon spent 12 winters in Mesa, Ariz., 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 1974—a microwave.
She is survived by seven children, Fr. Duane of Akeley, Carol of Mesa, Ariz., Michael (Sharon) of Santa Clara, Calif., Suzanne Nelson of Moorhead, Greg (Becky) of Thief River Falls, Paula (Michael) Hamman of Urbana, Ill., Mari (Paul) Grinolds of Golden Valley; nine grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Monica Novak of Brooks, Mildred Novak of East Grand Forks, Mary Anne Tupa of Grand Forks, N.D., Elvern Vanyo of Warren and one brother, Andrew Vanyo of Moorhead.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon; sister, Dorothy Kovar; brother, Anthony Vanyo; son-in-law, Daniel Nelson; and her parents. A00003B2004OT06