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Dedicated St. Anthony volunteer Betty Dvorscak dies

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Elizabeth "Betty" Dvorscak, 80, died June 27 surrounded by friends and her husband of 53 years, EJ Dvorscak. Born Elizabeth Jane Maguire Dec. 22, 1936, to William and Martha Maguire, she grew up in Falls Church as the youngest of six children. She attended St. James Catholic School in Falls Church and received a full scholarship to Holy Trinity High School in Georgetown. She also received a full scholarship to Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, Washington, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Following graduation, she worked briefly for the National Geographic Society and then went on to a 35-year career at the World Bank, eventually becoming chief of the Publications and Composition Unit in the Printing and Graphics Division.

As a young woman, Dvorscak became active in the Catholic Young Adult Club (CYAC) in the Arlington Diocese, where she met her husband. Their wedding was officiated by her brother, Jesuit Father Robert Maguire, June 13, 1964, at St. James. They later became parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church.

At St. Anthony, Dvorscak served as a lector. She helped start Gathering Groups, she was a tutor at Corpus Christi School in Falls Church and was the first chair of the pastoral council. She was part of the Altar Guild for many years and then became Chair of Art and Environment following her retirement from the World Bank in 1995. Dvorscak made altar cloths and designed beautiful banners to celebrate the liturgical seasons. She created a grotto on the altar for Easter Vigil.


In 1998, She was recognized for her parish work as one of 12 Outstanding Women of the Diocese by the Arlington Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (ADCCW). And in June 2001, she and her husband received a Padua Award from the parishioners at St. Anthony recognizing their many years of outstanding services and dedication.

A visitation will be held for family and friends on Friday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m at Everly Community Funeral Care, 6161 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church.


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