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Martha Mae Stahlecker, 89

Martha Mae Stahlecker, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 30, 2015 at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell, Nebraska.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday with a 6:00 p.m. Rosary at the church.  Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska.  Fr. Josh Brown and Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate.  Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Church or the Burwell Fire Department.
Martha was born May 2, 1926 in Ord, Nebraska to James and Helen (Zikmund) Meese.  She graduated from Ord High School.  Martha and her sister Rita worked in Grand Island at the Civil Defense making artillery shells.
Martha married Lester H. Stahlecker on July 24, 1947.  They lived in Burwell.  Martha helped Les as a bookkeeper for over thirty years.
Martha was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, the American Legion Auxiliary, Altar Society and the Pink Ladies.  She loved her yard, family, church, and birds, especially the wren she called Henry.
Martha is survived by two daughters, Barb “Bunny “and Dale Zulkoski of Burwell, Nebraska and Helen “Betsy” Messenger of Burwell, Nebraska.  Eight grandchildren, Matt and Lanna Zulkoski of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Teresa Zulkoski of Lincoln, Nebraska, John and Sarah Zulkoski of Kearney, Nebraska, Luke and Kristie Zulkoski of Hazard, Nebraska, Jeff and Rhonda Messenger of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Anne and Mike Elliott of Burwell, Nebraska, Tom and Jessica Messenger of Kearney, Nebraska and Adam and Kelley Messenger of Kearney, Nebraska and twenty great-grandchildren.  A brother, Thad and Roberta Meese of Ord, Nebraska.  Two sister-in-law’s, Phyllis Meese of Ord, Nebraska and Darlene Stahlecker of Yakima, Washington and a brother-in-law, Carroll Wiegand of Fremont, Nebraska and nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Rita Wiberg and Lillian Owen and a brother, James Messe, Jr.

Alice Irene Walker, 85

Alice Irene Walker, 85, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 13, 2015 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Nebraska.
Irene’s wishes were to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska.  Pastor Marty Robbins will officiate.  Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Veterans Park.
Irene was born August 7, 1930 in Garfield County to David and Della (Hodgson) Boag.  She went through the eighth grade at a country school.
Irene married Elwood Walter “Woody” Nelson on December 30, 1950 in Burwell, Nebraska.  They lived and ranched in Garfield County.  Woody died on January 6, 1980.
Irene married Ralph “Jack” Walker on February 20, 1982.  They ranched before moving into Burwell in November of 1999.
Irene was a member of the First Christian church.  She enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, fishing, hunting, flowers, the outdoors, and her dog Duke.
Irene is survived by her husband Jack Walker of Burwell, Nebraska.  Three daughters, Linda and Marty Robbins of Burwell, Nebraska, Julie and Blane Lowe of Colorado and Tammy and Jerry Rowse of Burwell, Nebraska.  Seven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren and a sister Betty Naber of Halsey, Nebraska.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Woody, a brother, Alvin “Mike” Boag and a sister, Dorothy Franssen.

Rev. Thaddeus A. "Ted" Nekoliczak, 84

Reverend Thaddeus A. “Ted” Nekoliczak, 84, of Greeley passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Greeley Care Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley. Celebrating Mass will be Most Reverend Joseph G. Hanefeldt, Most Reverend William J. Dendinger and Priests of the Diocese of Grand Island. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Parish or the Family Wishes. T.J. Finn and Sons Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Thaddeus Anthony Nekoliczak was born April 16, 1931, at O’Connor, Nebraska to Henry J. and Katherine S. (Wilcynski) Nekoliczak. He spent his early childhood at O’Connor and west of Greeley where he received his education at District #19 rural school and graduated from Greeley Sacred Heart School in 1948.

From 1948-1952, he studied for BA in Philosophy at St. John’s Home Missions Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1953, he entered the United States Army and served as a Corporal during the Korean War.

On May 19, 1959, Fr. Ted was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John L. Paschang at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island. He served in Grand Island and has been Pastor of Parishes at Bridgeport, Broadwater, Ashton, Scotia, Chadron, Valentine, Kearney and Sidney. In June of 2001, Fr. Ted retired as Parish Priest. He resided in Kearney and continued in the ministry until he moved home, to Greeley in April of 2013.
Fr. Ted was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a counselor for Higher Ground and was involved in Marriage Encounter and Bishops’ Pro-Life Pastoral Plan. He was instrumental in starting Charismatic Renewal in the Grand Island Diocese and also Mary Full of Grace Chapter of the Magnificat in Kearney.

He enjoyed golfing, gardening, jogging and traveling. He was an avid reader and enjoyed giving advice on the farm.

Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Henry “Joe” and Corrine Nekoliczak; a sister, Lorraine “Shootzie” Kelly all of Greeley; 19 nieces and nephews; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; and the family would like to mention, Sr. Marietta Spenner of Colorado Springs, Colorado who co-ministered with him in Chadron and remained a close friend to him and his family. Fr. Ted has been a source of comfort to his family, friends and the many lives he has touched.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Eddie, Elmer and Louie; and five sisters, Alvina, Ethel, Mary, Peg and Penny.

William E. Proskocil, 88

William E. Proskocil, 88, of Omaha, formerly of Ord passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the CHI Lakeside Medical Center in Omaha.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

William was born November 12, 1926, at Ord, Nebraska to Joseph and Anna (Tatcy) Proskocil. He was raised in Ord where he also received his education. 

As a young man William farmed and delivered milk. He began a career with the State of Nebraska Department of Roads and continued to work there until his retirement. 
On February 5, 1948, William was united in marriage to Georgia Svoboda at Ord, Nebraska.

The couple spent their entire married life in Ord. Mrs. Proskocil passed away on July 8, 1988.  William has made his home in Omaha for the past several years.
William enjoyed carpentry and gardening.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, William E. and Thanu Proskocil Jr. of Omaha, Richard L. and Zeta Proskocil of Illinois; a daughter and son-in-law, Holly D. and Martin Mortensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Georgia; and three brothers, Joe, Tony and Ed.
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