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.
Alan Drake, 72
Alan Drake, age 72, of Comstock , Nebraska died August 6, 2015 northeast of Comstock as a result of a tractor accident.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday August 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Lee Park Cemetery west of Arcadia , Nebraska with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating. Burial will be in the Lee Park Cemetery . Visitation will be Tuesday August 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with family greeting friends 5 to 6 p.m.
Alan is survived by a 2 sons Ken and wife Tracy Drake of Williston , N.D. and Kevin and wife Sheryl Drake of Comstock, Ne. his finance Connie Harper of Comstock, Ne., 7 grandchildren Tara (John) Dunbar of, Jessica(Blaine) Gibbons of Broken Bow, Ne., Reba Clamp of Minneapolis, Mn., Kyle (Emily) Drake of Kearney, Ne., Kaitlyn (Greg) Iburg of Sargent, Ne., Kelsey (Jeff) Kort of Blue Hill, Ne., and Kaelynn Drake of Crete, Ne., 4 great grand children Tayton Dunbar, Adrian Gibbons, Presleigh Kort, and Braxton Kort. a sister Rosa (Don) Edwards of Comstock, Ne., 4 brothers Royal (Annie) Drake of Texas, Robert (Tracy) Drake of Comstock, William (Mary Jane) Drake of Berwyn, Ne., and Daniel (Darla) Drake of Ainsworth, Ne. Sister-in-law Lynn Cusimano of Arcadia, and brother-in-law Brad (Carolyn) Sell of Arcadia, Ne. Special nephew Brian and friend Andrea and other nephews and nieces. Alan was preceded in death by his wife Zelda, a grandson Neil (Bubba) parents Archie and Beulah Drake, and brother-in-law Larry Cusimano.
Alan A. Drake was born July 19, 1943 in Loup County , Nebraska to Archie and Beulah (Dunbar) Drake. He attended school and graduated in 1962 from Comstock High School . Alan and his wife owned and operated Z’s Place Café in Sargent and later the Branding Iron Saloon in Comstock. Alan was a life-long rancher.
Rose Jarzynka, 90
LOUP CITY – Rose Marie Jarzynka, 90, of Loup City, formerly of Ashton, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton. The Rev. Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church, with a 6 p.m. vigil service.
Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Jarzynka was born on April 16, 1925, on the family farm south of Ashton, the daughter of George and Stella (Maciejewski) Dymek.
She was united in marriage to Alvin R. Jarzynka on June 13, 1949, at Ashton. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2008.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Craig Kamler of Ashton and Deb and Lonnie Mitteis of Grand Island; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Susan Jarzynka of Loup City, Gary and Rosario Jarzynka of Lincoln and Dan Jarzynka and Niki Onuoha-Jarzynka of Lincoln; and one sister, Marian Maschka of Englewood, Colorado.
She also leaves to cherish her memory, nine grandchildren and spouses, Jonathan and Trudy Kamler, Jessica and Chris Fiorelli, Aaron Jarzynka, Judd Jarzynka, Matthew Jarzynka, Maggie Mitteis and Andrew Seger, Jody Mitteis, Brooke Havlat, and Makenna Jarzynka; and her very special friend and caregiver, Andrea “Vanessa” Robertson of Loup City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rose received all her sacraments at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton. Shew grew up in rural Ashton and attended District 54 rural school and St. Francis Parochial School.
In 1942, she traveled by herself by train to Chicago where she worked for Lakeside Press, which manufactured catalogs and magazines. She later worked for Doyle and Company where radio transformers were manufactured. Here she met her lifelong friend, Theresa (Ruth) Hoppe. They corresponded by letters and Christmas cards until Theresa's death in 2005.
Rose returned to Nebraska and worked with her sister, Domicella, at the Cornhusker Army Ammunitions Plant in Grand Island. She also worked at the Ravenna Creamery in Ravenna and Jameson's Cafe in Grand Island.
After she and Alvin were married, they lived and farmed southwest of Ashton, where they raised their five children, Joyce, Michael, Gary, Debra and Daniel. The couple remained on the farm until January 2007, when they moved to Rose Lane Assisted Living Center, due to the ice storm that caused power outages for several weeks.
She was a lifelong member of St. Francis Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women and Rosary Sodality.
Rose enjoyed baking, cooking and canning for her family. She also enjoyed embroidery, gardening, listening and dancing to polka music and taking care of her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Alvin, she was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Stella Moraczewski, Domicella Jarzynka, Celia Ignowski and Lucille Gappa; and five brothers, Hubert, Albert, Harry, Daniel and Edwin Dymek.
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