Delores Ann Ratkovec
Delores Ann Ratkovec, 66, of Weston, Neb., passed away September 13, 2012 at her home.
She was born March 29, 1946 in Prague, Neb., to Frank and Frances (Koranda) Bartek. She attended country school district No. 115 and graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1964. Following graduation, she worked for an insurance company in Lincoln, Neb., for two years.
On August 6, 1966, Delores was married to Gordon Ratkovec at St. Vitus Catholic Church in Touhy, Neb. They lived on a farm northwest of Valparaiso, Neb., for two years and moved to their current farm on September 15, 1968.
Delores was a very active farm wife and partner on their farm and livestock operation. Most importantly she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Delores loved sewing, canning and baking. She made dozens of kolaches, strudels and pastries — which she sold at the farmers market in Lincoln, Neb. She also loved gardening and tending her flowers. She enjoyed the beauty of nature and all of God’s creation. Delores was a parishioner at St. Vitus Catholic Church, a member of the Altar Society and strong supporter of Nebraska Right to Life. She had a kind and gentle heart and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Gordon; daughters and sons-in-law Jeanne and Jay Rebensdorf of Gretna, Neb., Joanie and Harris Grunden of Maxwell, Neb., Sherri and Scott Magner of Saint-Ismier, France, Michelle and Doug Fast of Lincoln, Neb.; son Brian of Lincoln, Neb; grandchildren Jace and Dallas Grunden, Cian, Leif, Sean, Owen, Erin and Aislin Magner, Avery and Britton Fast; brothers Jim Bartek, Dwight, Neb., Ron (Cheryl) Bartek, Valparaiso, Neb., Dennis (Christine) Bartek, Brainard, Neb.; many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Mark Ratkovec; brothers Frank Jr. and Don Bartek.
Memorial services were held September 18, 2012 at St. Vitus Catholic Church in Touhy, Neb.
Interment at St. Vitus Cemetery. ❖
Betty Louise Lee
Betty Louise Lee, 76, of Grant, Neb., passed away September 22, 2012 at the Golden Ours in Grant, Neb.
She was born April 25, 1936 in Chase County, Neb. She was the second child born to Wayne and Velma Huffman Hampton. When Betty was a young girl she moved to Missouri where she attended elementary school. The family moved to Ogallala, Neb., where she graduated from OHS in 1953.
She worked at a restaurant and for the Bell Telephone company.
Betty married the love of her life, George Lee Jr., on May 17, 1958 at the Saint Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala, Neb. Four children were born to their blessed union and they raised their family on their farm home southwest of Elsie, Neb.
She had developed Alzheimers and George was able to care for her with help until December of 2011 when she moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb.
Betty was an active member of the Elsie Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church. She was a member and had served as an officer in the Altar Society and taught CCD for many years. Betty served in the Elsie Election Board and had been a member of the Happy Days neighborhood card club. While her children were growing up she was a 4-H mom and helped serve meals for the Wallace Roping Club.
Betty was a wonderful person with many talents. She deeply loved her family. She was an excellent cook, baker and seamstress. She enjoyed scrapbooking, refinishing old furniture, crocheting, knitting and gardening. She made an excellent homemade jelly from fruit she had grown in her garden.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, George; three daughters, Kathy (Dennis) O’Dell of Evans, Colo., Carma (Duane) Weisbrook of Bushnell, Neb., and Karen Newbrey of Longmont, Colo.; son George (Leslie) Lee the third: eight grandchildren, Timothy and Tyler (finace Katherine) Weisbrook, Derek (finace Brandy) Huntley, Dakota and Tristen Newbrey, and Tailor, Ellen and George Cordell Lee; in-laws, Marilyn Hampton, Jim (Dorie) Lee, William (Janet) Lee, Vince Lee, and Jim Longcor; many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harold Hampton.
Memorial services were held September 25, 2012 at 10:30 at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
Burial was in the Grant cemetery. ❖
Anne M. Mombourquette
Anne M. Mombourquette, 96, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away October 2, 2012 at the Tabitha Home in Lincoln, Neb.
She was born at Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 9, 1916, the oldest of 10 children, to David and Mary (Doucette) Mombourquette. She grew up on a small farm near Sydney, Neb., and attended Holy Redeemer grade school and then Holy Redeemer high school in Sydney, Neb.
She moved to Toronto, Canada in her early 20s where she was employed at the Catholic Rectory of the Holy Redeemer Church. Then years later, on the recommendation of her aunt, she was hired as a church housekeeper of the Sacred Heart Church in Toronto. When the priests of the religious community were transferred to New York State, Anne was invited to come with them to their new rectory and play the organ for services. After 15 years, she was invited to become a parish housekeeper at Conway Springs, Kan. She stayed 15 years until her pastor died. Then Father Zygmund Rydz of Imperial, Neb., invited her to become parish housekeeper at St. Patrick’s Church there. Anne stayed with Fr. Rydz for over 40 years.
In 1967, Anne became a U.S. citizen. She also served as his housekeeper at St. Mary’s Church in Ashland, Neb. She was also his housekeeper when Fr. Rydz moved to Marianna near Cedar Bluffs, Neb., in his retirement.
She is survived by relatives in Canada.
She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings.
Memorial services were held October 6, 2012 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wahoo, Neb.
Interment followed at St. Francis Cemetery. ❖
Dean Eldon Wood
Dean “Bud” Eldon Wood, 81, of Kearney, Neb., passed away September 18, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow, Neb.
He was born May 7, 1931 in Custer County, Neb., to Leo R. and Ruth E. (Summers) Wood. On September 25, 1955 he married Verna Neben in Lexington, Neb., at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Dean went into business with his father and brother-in-law Martin Schipporeit, ranching, near Cumro Community. They moved to Kearney, Neb. in 1991.
He is survived by his wife Verna Wood of Kearney, Neb., daughter Kim and husband Mike Mooney of Broken Bow, Neb.; three granddaughters, Lisa Vraspir, Marcy Yates, and Nikki Mooney; five great-grandchildren; sister Dona Schipporeit of Broken Bow, Neb. and Wanda Jackson of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law Martin.
Memorial services were held September 21, 2012 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney, Neb.
Burial was at the Sumner Cemetery at Sumner, Neb. with Military Honors. ❖