Gertrude Marie Schuller Dvorshock, 94, lost her seven-year-long battle with dementia and passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the Countryside Assisted Living Center. Gertrude was born in Vienna, Austria, where she resided until her marriage in 1946 to the love of her life, Paul. She was a resident of Carbondale, Illinois for 57 years and a resident of Countryside Assisted Living Center for three years. Gert was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed raising a garden and roses each year when she was able, watching birds and wildlife around her home, and traveling. She also took great joy in having her kids and grandchildren in her home, where she would spoil them all with chocolates and the best German cooking. After the death of her husband, one of her most treasured things was talking on the phone for hours to her sons and grandchildren. She always listened, and when life was hard, her “whatcha gonna do” attitude showed us that we should laugh at what we could, embrace what we couldn’t change, and that on the hard days, whatever needed to be done could be put off until tomorrow. In her final years of life, she made her home at Countryside Assisted Living Center, where she adjusted well and loved all who worked there and all who graced the doors. She was a constant source of smiles and laughter for everyone who crossed her path. Her life was a blessing, her memory a treasure. She was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Paul Dvorshock in 2005; her parents, Franz and Maria Binder Schuller, and two sisters, Mitsi Schuller and Elfrieda Neuman.
She left behind to treasure her memory and legacy her two sons, James Dvorshock and wife, Donna, of Hamburg and Thomas Dvorshock and fiancé, Irene, of Creal Springs, Illinois; five grandchildren, David Dvorshock of Tybee Island, Georgia, Sarah Dvorshock Hester and husband, Ben, of Herrin, Illinois, Jennifer Dvorshock Kelley of Hamburg, Chandra Dvorshock of Marion, Illinois and Garrett Dvorshock of Carbondale, Illinois; six great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Dvorshock of Lansford, Pennsylvania and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Countryside Assisted Living Center for their loving care of Gertrude during the last three years of her life. Also, thanks to the nurses of Ashley County Medical Center for their care during her time there.
There will be no services, as she wished to be cremated with burial beside her husband at Mound City National Cemetery in Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.