Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Fathers Mark Maresh and Tom Ryan will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Rescue Unit or to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ernest J. was born September 22, 1923, to John and Barbara (Codr) Chalupa on the family farm near Anselmo in Custer County, Nebraska. He was raised on the farm and graduated from Anselmo High School in 1941.
On April 30, 1945, Ernie was united in marriage to Lydia Pesek at Ord, Nebraska. They made their first home in Anselmo and in 1946, they moved to a farm northeast of Comstock. The couple farmed until moving to Ord in 1964. From 1964, until his retirement in 1989, Ernie worked at Coop Oil Company. After retirement he kept active doing lawn work for neighbors and cleaning Dr. McCartney’s office with along with his wife.
Ernie was a 50+ year member of ZCBJ Lodge #112. He enjoyed dancing and playing cards. The couple enjoyed traveling and made to all of the 48 continuous states.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Virgil Voss of Abbeville, SC; a daughter-in-law, Janet Chalupa of Grand Island; four grandchildren, Marie Nielsen and her husband Greg, Daniel Wadas and his special friend, Patty; and Andrew and Ashley Chalupa; four great grandchildren, Emmylou, Katie and Hollie O’Brien, and Brian Nielsen; 3 step grandchildren, 2 step great-grandchildren and 1 step great great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lydia; a son, Donald Chalupa; a son-in-law, Bennie Wadas; three brothers, Joseph, Raymond and Frankie Chalupa; and three sisters, Julia Navrkal, Helen Pesek and Mary Skala.