Pearl M. Codr

Pearl M. Codr

July 16, 1946 – July 15, 2020



Pearl M. Codr (née Prohaska), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who met her, died unexpectedly on July 15, 2020 in Rochester, MN.  She was 73.

Pearl is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Joseph A. Codr; her daughter, Stacie Codr (Jason Miller) of Waukee, Iowa; her son, Dwight Codr (Ariana Codr) of Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut; and two grandsons, Cedar and Mack Codr.  She leaves behind countless loving family members, including her cherished siblings: Dolores Walla (Lincoln, NE), Dorothy Coufal (Prague, NE), Phyllis Wotipka (Wahoo, NE), Louis Prohaska (Plattsmouth, NE), and Mary Pacheco (Omaha, NE); her brothers- and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends from all places.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Paul Prohaska and Edward Prohaska.

Pearl was born on July 16, 1946 to Louis and Mildred Prohaska in Prague, Nebraska.  She married her soul-mate Joseph Codr in 1965.  From that day forward, they were inseparable.  They moved several times, especially early in their marriage, as they followed Joe’s career in communications, living in Grand Island, Chadron, and Norfolk.  They had their first child, Dwight, in 1975, and Stacie arrived just under two years later.  The family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1985 and spent much of their lives there, as Pearl watched her children graduate from high school and college in Iowa.  The family home was the common gathering place for all during school years and well after.

Pearl was a career woman who balanced the needs of family with her tireless work ethic and drive.  She owned multiple small businesses over the years.  It began with an antique business in Grand Island in the early 1980s, when Pearl and Joe took to importing antiques to the US from the United Kingdom and, later, Belgium and Holland.  They traveled internationally and made many close friends in the UK, and Pearl and Joe always reflected on their times there with great fondness.  Pearl and Joe were avid travelers throughout her life, driven by each other’s curiosity, energy, and companionship. Always together, their life is a true love story.

Pearl and Joe returned to Nebraska in 2005 and shortly thereafter built a house that quickly felt like home to many.  Pearl had many friends, old and new, and she took action to keep them in her life, despite distance or passage of time.  Pearl’s ability to put people at ease and stimulate conversation and laughter were blessings.  Their Omaha home was a frequent site of large family gatherings for holidays, reunions, birthdays and parties.  No occasion was too small to celebrate, and Pearl’s hospitality, generosity and love welcomed all around her.

Above all, Pearl was a devoted wife and life-partner to Joe, and mother to her children.  She was proud of her husband and her children and her children remember her as an intelligent, strong, compassionate, hard-working, supportive, and fiercely loving mother who was always there.  In recent years, she became a grandmother, a dream for her, and she treasured every moment with her grandsons, describing them simply, and often, as “just beautiful”.  She lived every day to the fullest with vigor and zest for life and an unwavering love of others which will never be forgotten.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, July 20th at 10:30am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” St.  The family requests that masks be worn.  PRIVATE ENTOMBMENT for immediate family only at Resurrection Mausoleum.   THE MASS WILL NOT BE LIVE-STREAMED.


  • Shannon Greenway Posted July 17, 2020 12:14 pm

    Our sympathies to your family. I just loved coming over to bring Pearl fresh veggies from our garden and visiting with her. She could not say enough about how she just loved and enjoyed her new grandbabies. I am so happy that she got to spend time with them during their visit. Our prayers and thoughts will be with all of you during this time.

  • Fonda M. Davis Posted July 17, 2020 1:11 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. I am thinking of you in this moment of pain. XO

  • Lynn Greve Posted July 17, 2020 6:51 pm

    Stacie and family, l am so sorry about the loss of your Mom. I remember her so well when you girls all got together in high school. I don’t have the proper words to say to you Stacie, but always keep your memories close. Our Moms are truly our very first loves of our lives and we want to keep them with us forever. That’s what makes these times so hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  • Paulette Nitz Posted July 18, 2020 7:09 am

    To Joe Stacie and Dwight my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Mother was a wonderful person. She always was so kind and giving and made you feel so welcome in their home. Just know you now have an angel in heaven. Thinking of you Joe. Love Paulette Nitz

  • Shelby Donaghey Posted July 18, 2020 7:34 am

    Dear Codr Family-please know that I am sharing in your sadness as you mourn the loss of Pearl. She was an amazing mother figure to all us girls growing up. I have such fond memories of her and the loving home you all shared with us over the years. I hope you feel surrounded by love during this difficult time, as I and so many others, are sending prayers for healing and hugs for comforting. I wish that I could be there to help you celebrate Pearl’s wonderful life; I am thinking about all of you and wishing you peace and love. XOXO

  • Barb and Bill Burns Posted July 18, 2020 10:14 am

    It is impossible to list memories of Pearl’ s friendship without including Joe. They were as one, both caring and giving. Wonderful friends that although we saw less frequently after move back to Nebraska they still remained friends. We watched Dwight and Stacie grow up into reflections of their parents. Pearl made us feel as part of family. She was a remarkable giving and caring friend that will be dearly missed. Condolences to all family and friends especially Joe, Stacie and Jason, Dwight and Ariana and Mack and Cedar, Mary and Joe.

  • Teresa Lassek Posted July 18, 2020 10:47 am

    Joe and family,
    So sorry to hear of Pearls death. God bless

  • Katie Cruz Posted July 18, 2020 11:35 am

    Dear Codr Family, my heart is full of fond memories enjoying life with your family. Pearl’s presence was simply magical and she made all those around her feel so special and welcome. Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. With Love, David and Katie Cruz

  • Ann Winter Posted July 19, 2020 10:03 am

    Stacie, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was like a second mother to Erin and your friends. Your home was a haven because of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Dad, your brother and your family.

  • Tim and Monica Coder Posted July 19, 2020 2:02 pm

    We are so fortunate, Joe, to have caught up with you and Pearl these past few years. We saw Pearl, like you and probably everyone who knew her did, as just as her name implied. She was a gem, beautiful in every sense of the word, loving, loyal, smart, funny — a perfect mother to your children and lifetime companion to you. You chose well. This has been said before, probably probably easier said than done right now. It goes something like: Don’t be so much sad that Pearl has gone, but be happy that you had her for all these years. You are a lucky man. You know that.
    Tim and Monica

  • Margie Cain Posted July 19, 2020 11:04 pm

    Joe and family, We are so saddened to hear of Pearls passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Mike, Margie, Nolan(Aja), and Eric Cain

  • Glenn & Carol Bauer Posted July 23, 2020 12:04 pm

    Joe, We were so sorry to hear of Pearl’s passing. We had breakfast with Diane and Bob Anderson this morning and they informed us of her passing. It has been a good many years since we have seen one another; however, we remember her well. Again, please accept our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Glenn & Carol Bauer

  • Gordon Bena Posted July 23, 2020 7:58 pm

    Mr Codr, as I always called you. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Pearl, You always spoke highly of her and did everything together. I’m sure she has left a void in your life.I have to add that Pearl was a very lucky person having you as a partner I know I have nothing but high respect for both of you.Take care.

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