Theodora Frances Soucie, age 102, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany. Dora Frances Schiller was born on Jan. 1, 1908, the daughter of Rudolph and Marie (Pliska) Schiller in Fresava, Czechoslovakia. In 1908 the Schiller family - Rudolph, Marie, daughter Anna (age 4) Mary (age 1 1/2), and Dora (6 mo.) left from Marvia, Czechoslovakia, on the steamship, Bremen, for America. They came to Victoria, Minn., to stay with Marie’s sister. They then moved to Chaska, where Dora received her education. They moved to Silver Lake, Minn., where she worked in Jorgenson Hotel as a cook’s helper. She moved to Minneapolis where Dora married Clifford Soucie. She worked in the defense plant and also did housework. They moved to Grand Rapids, Minn., and then to Brainerd, Minn. Dora was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and she belonged to the Brainerd Garden Club, the Baxter Birthday Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. Cliff Soucie died September 1964.
Dora is survived by her son, Robert (Marlys) Schiller, of Brainerd; brother, Rudy Schiller, of Sartell; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by husband, Clifford; her parents, Rudolph and Marie; sisters, Anna, Mary, Mildred, Helen and Sophie; brothers, Frankie, George and John.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with the Rev. Harvey Peterson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.