Obit: Prior, Dorothy L. (1924 - 2013)


Surnames: Prior, Kronberger, Lavey, Pabich

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 03/06/2013

Prior, Dorothy L. (28 SEP 1924 - 3 MAR 2013)

Dorothy L. Prior (Kronberger), 88, died on the Sabbath, March 3, 2013. She was the eldest child born to Lulu and Leo (Michael Leonard) Kronberger on the family farm in Clark County on September 28, 1924. Dorothy was raised on the family farm and attended the Lincoln School and graduated from Loyal High School. She married Robert K. Prior on June 10, 1945. Upon his death on January 2, 1975, Dorothy was the sole proprietor of Prior's Jewelry and Gifts. She was a very successful business woman, earning the Citizen of the Year award. She was an active member of the Loyal United Methodist Church, the church choir, a Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, Sunday school teacher and many fund raising events. She was an active member of the Loyal Community for years, and had served as Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, officer of the Loyal Chamber of Commerce, an active member in the Community Fund, Woman's Study Club and officer of Eastern Star. Dorothy enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on Mead Lake.

Dorothy spent the last 11 years at Clark County Health Care Center in Owen, WI, where she lived with Alzheimer's disease.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Leo and Lulu Kronberger; husband, Robert Prior; daughter, Maureen Ellen Prior, who died in a car accident on July 31, 1976; three brothers, Ivan, Wayne, and Jerry Kronberger; and brothers-in-law, George Pabich and Norbert Lavey.

She is survived by three sons, Michael (Janice) of Middleton, WI; Scott of Greenwood, WI; Mitchell (Kristi) of Phoenix, AZ; grandson, Matthew (Shana) Prior and great-grandson, Landon Prior of Madison, WI. She is also survived by two sisters, Jean Lavey of Nekoosa, WI; Betty (George) Pabich of Austin, TX; and three sisters-in-law, Helen Kronberger of Marshfield, WI; Ruth Kronberger of Neillsville, WI; and Mary Kronberger of Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Visitation will be at York Center United Methodist church at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013, followed by burial at the Loyal Cemetery. A luncheon will be served afterwards at the American Legion in Loyal, WI. Please join the family and share your memories of Dorothy.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.



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