Sylvia Kuchar Doerr

Published 4:32pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sylvia Kuchar Doerr, 92, of Cary, N.C., died Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Sunrise Senior Living.  She was born Svatava Špačková, on August 1, 1920, in Brušperk, Czechoslovakia, daughter of the late František Špaček and Julie Vlčkova Špačková.

Sylvia immigrated to the United States in 1938 and resided in Louisville, Kentucky, where she graduated from Norton Infirmary School of Nursing.  She married John Charles Doerr, a recent graduate of the University of Louisville College of Medicine.  He preceded her in death in 2010.

During their lives together, they lived in Ludlow, Ky., Owenton, Ky., Seattle, Wash., Rochester, Minn., Charleston, S.C., Raleigh, N.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, Kings Mountain, N.C. and Columbus. Sylvia was a nurse, homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. She enjoyed knitting and needlepoint and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her son, Dr. John A. Doerr of Gettysburg, Penn. and Apex, N.C. and his wife, Joan; two daughters, Dr. Susan E. Leary of Coronado, Calif. and husband, Terry, and Dr. Janet A. Doerr of Staunton, Va. and her husband, David McCaskey.  Also surviving are four grandchildren: Dr. Elizabeth Koutsos and husband, Gene, of Apex, N.C.; Patrick Doerr and wife, Michelle, of Apex, N.C.; and Christopher and Timothy Leary, both of Coronado, Calif. She was blessed with having gotten to know her great-grandson, John Koutsos. She also leaves a nephew, Bruce Ballantyne and his family, Annapolis, Md., and niece, Jean Miller, Phoeniz, Ariz. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Vonda Špačková of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and three nieces and their families: Svatava Durdiková of Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Mirsolava Kalinová, of Prague, Czech Republic, and Drahomíra Lukačovičová, of Modra, Slovak Republic.

Funeral arrangements are through Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Rd, Cary, N.C. 27511, 919-467-8108.  Viewing will be from 4- 4:45 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, with a memorial service to follow immediately in the Brown-Wynne Chapel.  Interment will follow at a later date at Highland Cemetery, Florence, Ky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle Raleigh, NC 27607; 919-828-0890; or Norton Healthcare Nursing Programs, 3307 East Indian Trail, Louisville, KY 40213; or the charity of your choice.

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