Verna M. Zabloudil • Loup City, NE Resident, 96
Verna Mae Zabloudil, 96, of Loup City, formerly of the Boelus area, passed away Sun., May 31, 2020, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.
A private family service will be held at the Ord Memorial Chapel. The Reverend Sheri Lodel will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Condolences may be sent to Janet Svoboda, 2396 2nd Avenue, Boelus, NE 68820. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Verna Mae was born Nov.14, 1923 on a farm east of Ord, NE to Elmer Walter and Olga (Plejdrup) Vergin. She attended Spring Creek rural school northeast of Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1941.
Following graduation, Verna taught at Spring Creek for two years and then at Plain Valley District #13 School between Ericson and Burwell for two years.
On Nov. 5, 1946, Verna was united in marriage to William “Bill” Zabloudil at Ord, NE. The couple lived in many Nebraska towns including Scotia, Burwell, St. Paul, Ord, Hartington, Kimball and Grand Island. Verna continued to teach in rural Nebraska schools for a total of 26 years. It wasn’t unusual for her to have a room full of students ranging in grades from kindergarten through eighth grade, a situation modern day
teachers would find challenging. Her last 11 years of teaching were at Milebridge and Cedar Hollow rural schools near Grand Island. Retiring from the public school arena, Verna then used her skills teaching and nurturing preschoolers in daycare. Thirteen years later, retiring once again; and then settling in the Boelus area with her husband, Bill.
Verna was baptized at her grandparents’ home in Ord, confirmed in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ord and transferred to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dannebrog in 1997. She was involved in the Ladies Circle and had many close friends that worked on quilts together for children and families overseas.
Taking on the role of family historian, Verna loved gathering and documenting facts, photos and data for her genealogy records, which she lovingly shared with family members. She also was an avid recipe collector and made many memories with her delicious Bohemian dishes, enjoyed by friends and family alike.
Verna belonged to the Nebraska State Education Association, National Education Association, Boelus Ladies Card Club, Church Circle and Boelus American Legion Auxiliary. For many years, she actively volunteered at the Senior Citizens (RSVP) and the Nebraska Veterans Home.
B ill and Verna spent many memorable trips camping and fishing often traveling in their motor home to Idaho to see her sister, to Canada and throughout Nebraska. She enjoyed staying active with her yardwork and gardening when able. Wherever she lived, she planted flowers, beautifully. She also enjoyed hand-stitched embroidery, making tea towels and quilt blocks and word puzzles.
Continuing to celebrate her legacy are three daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Mike O’Hara of Narka, KS, Donna and Eric Swenson of Westcliffe, CO and Janet and Roger Svoboda of Boelus; seven grandchildren; two step-grandsons; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill on Sept. 10, 1996; a granddaughter, Darcy Svoboda; and a sister, Viola Anderson.
Marian Shehein • Denver, CO Resident, 85
Marian (Severns) Shehein, 85 of Denver, CO, passed away May 17, 2020.
The youngest of five children, Marian was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Ord, NE to Jacob and Roxy (Auble) Severns. She was very social, loved spending time with friends and had a great sense of humor.
Marian spent most of her years in Billings, MT. She was a well-respected teacher for 37 years. She was active in the Presbyterian Women’s Circle, P.E.O., ADK and the Curves lunch bunch, as she called it.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Halvorsen and Jane Hansen; sisters, Lois Severns and Charlene Severns; grandchildren, Tara Nelson, Jill Halvorsen, Kyle Hansen and Eric Hansen; and great-grandson, Maverick Nelson.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Wilma Cook and Vera Morton; and daughter, Sandy Shehein (Gillett).
Services will be held at a later date. Donations can be made, in Marian’s name, to the American Cancer Society.
Phyllis A. Malottke • Ord, NE Resident, 80
Phyllis A. Malottke, 80, of Ord passed away Thurs., May 28, 2020, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health System Hospital in Kearney following a brief illness.
Ms. Malottke’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.