LuAnn Dvorak

LuAnn Dvorak

LuAnn Dvorak

Iowa City

LuAnn Dvorak, 66, of Iowa City, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at The Bird House-Hospice Home of Johnson County. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Burial will take place in Czech National Cemetery.

LuAnn was born in July of 1956, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Edwin and Marcella. She graduated from Prairie High School in 1974 and went on to nursing school before pursuing her Ph.D. She taught Rhetoric at the University of Iowa as well as UCLA and the University of California Merced. She was also active with the American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

LuAnn enjoyed spending time with her cats (Kit and Mae) and watching birds, rabbits, and other wildlife. She also enjoyed classic movies and TV shows, watching Iowa football games with her son and grandson, and visiting with her daughter and “grand-puppies”. She will be remembered as a quirky, witty intellectual with a strong interest in politics and a passion for family history.

LuAnn is survived by her daughter, Bethany Ryan; son, Sean Ryan; grandson, Dylan; sister, Joyce Kinney; brother, David Dvorak; several nieces and nephews; and ex-husband, Dan Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Dvorak and Marcella (Dvorak (Benyshek) Klein; and a brother. Richard Dvorak.

Memorials may be directed to the family; the Bird House or Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center-UIHC, with special thanks to Dr. Muhammad Furqan.

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