Elizabeth Corinne (“Connie”) Prochazka died peacefully in her sleep May 25, 2013. She was 88 years old.
Corinne was born in Norfolk Oct. 28, 1924, to Landon and Freda Chapman. She was one of six children (none of whom are still living). She graduated from Norfolk High School in 1943.
It was during her school years that a teacher misread her name and she was known to many as “Connie” ever since. After high school, she attended nurses training but decided to become a dental technician.
It was while she was working in a dental lab. in Norfolk that she met her future husband, Walter Prochazka. They opened their own dental lab in Broken Bow, and were married Jan. 10, 1960. July 1, 1963, their only child, Jana was born.
In 1976, she divorced and moved with her daughter to La Crescenta, Calif., where she worked at Crippen Mortuary, Haven of Rest Ministries and Montrose Travel.
Corinne loved gardening and watching Dodger baseball games and Nebraska football games on TV. She also loved dogs and dessert. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Corinne is survived by her daughter, Jana (and Mark) Benson of Montrose, Calif., and her grandchildren, Christina, Rebecca and Michael Benson.
Funeral services were Friday, May 31, at at Montrose Church in Montrose, Calif. Visitation will be Friday, June 7 from 3-8 pm at the Home for Funerals in Norfolk, Nebr. Burial will be at Pierce Cemetery in Pierce, Saturday, June 8. Memorial tribute at crippenmortuary.com.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 6, 2013