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Dorothy Zilka Pierzina

April 7, 1927 — December 2, 2019

Dorothy Zilka Pierzina, 92-year old resident of Little Falls, MN died Monday, December 2nd at Little Falls Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 11th at 11:30 AM at St Marys Catholic Church, Little Falls. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 10th from 4-7 PM at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls and will continue from 10:30-11:30 Am on Wednesday at the Church. Parish Prayers will be at 5:30 PM on Tuesday evening. Burial will be in St Marys Parish Cemetery in Little Falls.

Dorothy Zilka Pierzina was born on the family farm in rural Flensburg, Minnesota, on 7 April 1927, Dorothy was the eleventh of thirteen children of Leo and Dorothy (Knopik) Zilka. She grew up helping her family with cooking, canning, and cleaning. She left the farm to become a waitress at Bells Cafe in Little Falls and later a clerk at JC Penny.

On 29 August 1951 Dorothy married the love of her life, Ernest Pierzina, in Sacred Heart Church, Flensburg. For the next sixty-six years, they lived in Little Falls, raising a family of four children. Dorothy was a homemaker with sides: she volunteered for years at Saint Marys School library and at Saint Marys Parish, where she was a church lady, cleaning the church, helping with funeral luncheons, and adding a whiskey soprano voice to the funeral choir. She assisted with Meals on Wheels and was a lifetime member of the Christian Mothers and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Dorothy loved to dance, especially with her husband. She enjoyed music, gardening, solving crossword puzzles, and traveling. She was proud of her Polish ancestry and a faithful member of her Church. Her top priority throughout her life was her family.

Survived by her children: Brother Robin (Roger), O.S.B., Collegeville; Timothy, Minneapolis; Douglas, Ortonville; Pamela (A. Timo Lipping), Brooklyn, New York; sister, Sister Serena Zilka, C.S.J., Saint Paul; sister-in-law, Eiko Cecilia Kayano; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest (26 December 2017); and brothers and sisters and their spouses: Simon Sammie (Dorothy) Zilka; Albert (Bernice) Zilka; Emily Milly (Victor) Gradin; Benedict Benny (Mary Lou) Zilka; Bernard (Florence) Zilka; Leonard Zilka; Louis (Doreen) Zilka; Stanley Larry (Dorothy) Zilka; Angeline Angie (Jake) Adams; Brother Placid (Anthony) Zilka, O.C.S.O.; Mary Rose (Don) Weiland.

Dorothy and Ernies last months were blessed by the loving care of Mary Ann, Renee, and staff of Brookdale; Betty, Becca, and staff of Bridgeway; the staffall Dorothys favorites!of the Little Falls Care Center; and the staff of CHI Saint Gabriels Health Hospice.

Praise theLORD!

Sing to theLORDa new song,

sing praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let them praise Gods name with dancing,

making melody to God with tambourine and lyre.

Psalm 149:1, 3

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Pierz

68 Main St N, Pierz, MN 56364

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