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Bernard “Barney” Dvorachek, age 88, a Brillion resident, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Theda Care Medical Center, Neenah surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 15, 1932 in Reedsville, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Berger) Dvorachek. Barney was a graduate of Reedsville High School, Class of 1950. On October 6, 1954 he married the former Rose Jean Nate at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Maple Grove. She preceded him in death on November 2, 2005. In high school, Barney said he wasn’t going to be a Cheese Maker, Farmer, or Milk Hauler because he would have to work nights and weekends, but those are the things he actually ended up doing! After high school, Barney became a licensed Cheese Maker and did this for a number of years while their family lived in Hilbert. In 1963 when Barney’s Dad passed away, he and Rose Jean moved their family back to his home dairy farm in Reedsville. This worked well with hauling milk, so he did that for a few years. He also worked for Vic Grimm from 1970 – 1973, because if you can drive a milk truck, you can drive a dump truck. In 1973 he started at the Reedsville Co-op delivering feed to many farmers, retiring in 1998 after selling the dairy cows in 1993. Barney liked having a routine, and with his experience with large truck driving, this made him the perfect bus driver for Sonnabend Buses in Brillion from 1998 – 2008. Barney was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree. He was an avid sports fan, following his kids and grandkids in their sports as much as he could if chores and work didn't interfere. He also enjoyed watching the Wisconsin sports teams. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Whether it was a grandchild’s ball game or his trips to Texas and Colorado to visit his children, he always enjoyed spending time with them. But “Home is Home” he would always say, and he liked to return to his life here.

Survivors include his children: Terry (Naomi) Dvorachek, Hollandtown, Rick (Joan) Dvorachek, Houston, TX, Mary (Dan) Fenlon, rural Brillion, Lois (Mark) Biely, Menchalville, Greg (Dawn) Dvorachek, Houston, TX, Paul (special friend Karen) Dvorachek, Houston, TX, Sheila (Jim) Ryan, Aurora, CO, Therese (Mike) Jones, Houston, TX, Brad (Kristin) Dvorachek, Manitowoc; his grandchildren: Alex Tessen, Kaitlyn (fiancé Luke), Christopher (Andrea) Dvorachek, Carisa (Luke) Ott, Alysia (Joan) Dvorachek, Nicholas (Stephanie) Dvorachek; Kyle (Tara)Kocian, Cory (Clare) Biely, Curt Biely, Cara (fiancé Luke) Biely, Austin (special friend Shelby) & Logan Dvorachek; Michael Ryan, Jordan Ryan, Jack Ryan, Tyler Jones, Hunter Jones, Brett (fiancée Karlee)Dvorachek; James (Lindsey) Fenlon, Sara (Mike) Zelewske, Samantha (Ryan) Petersen; great grandchildren: Natalie, Mallory, Bryce, Eli Ott; Hannah, Sadie, Brendon, Madelyn Dvorachek; Kylie, Kyra, Colt Kocian; Ethan & Catelyn Fenlon; Morgan & Molly Zelewske, Aubrey & Everett Petersen; Coraline & Chloe Biely; two sisters and a brother-in-law: Ann O’Hearn, Green Bay, Catherine (Ron) Vandenhouten, Manitowoc; one brother and sister-in-law: Joe (Ann) Dvorachek, Manitowoc; and two sisters-in-law: Bernita Schenian, Whitelaw, Dotsie Nate, Reedsville. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was also preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter: Geralyn; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Archie (Irene) Nate; four brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law: George O’Hearn, Russell Schenian, Tom Nate and Edgar (Florette “Korky”) Nate; a niece: Susie Nate; a nephew: Tim Nate and a great nephew: Ryan Schenian.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 1, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Brillion. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Tom Pomeroy and Deacon Greg Van Thiel with burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Reedsville. The family will greet relatives and friends at Holy Family Catholic Church, Brillion, from 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2021 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also call Monday morning at church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A prayer service will conclude the visitation at 6:00 p.m. Sunday led by Father Tom.

Online condolences may be made at The Pielhop Wieting Funeral Homes of Brillion & Reedsville is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Special thanks to the Theda Care staff, especially Scott Schuldes for all the care and compassion shown to dad.


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