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Elizabeth Kucera


November 25, 2021

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Kucera, 88, of Lawrence, Neb., died Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings, surrounded by family on St. Elizabeth of Hungary feast day.

Her funeral was held Monday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence. The Mass of Christian Burial was said by Rev. Father Corey Harrison, pastor of Sacred Heart Church.

Assisting with services were Tom Janda as acolyte; Lyle Kohmetscher, lector; Blake Janda and Connor Janda, servers; Linda Ostdiek, organist; Sherri Buescher, song leader. Gift bearers included the granddaughters and great- grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Philip Janda, Kevin Alber, Brad Janda, Nicholas Dale, Joshua Kucera and Dylan Janda.

A Rosary was held Sunday afternoon at Sacred Heart Church.

Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery east of Lawrence. A memorial has been established to be designated at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill,

was in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on April 25, 1933, to Joseph and Helena (Menke) Ostdiek

near Lawrence. She graduated from Lawrence High School. She married Donald B. Kucera on Sept. 9, 1952, at St. Stephens Catholic Church.  To this union six children were born: Donna, Carolyn, Arnold, Gerald, Arlene and Barbara.

Out of high school, she taught at a country school until she married,

became a farm wife, mother and grandmother. She worked for ESU 9 at

Lawrence Public School where she mentored and helped teach many. After retirement, she enjoyed helping a day care provider in Lawrence. But in

later years, her passion was quilting. She sewed and helped quilt

every perfect stitch with love with her quilting friends. Also, she enjoyed playing bridge and those afternoons of card playing. Betty was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Betty is survived by two sons, Arnold (Carol) Kucera of Hastings and

Gerald Kucera, Lawrence; three daughters, Donna (Ron) Dale of Panama

City, Fla., Arlene (Duane) Alber of Blue Hill and Barbara (Steve)

Horton of Papillion; one son-in-law, Ron Janda of Lawrence; 15 grandchildren: Stephanie, Nicholas, Philip, Brad, Sara, Amy, Ashley, Chelsey, Hannah, Joshua, Kevin, Tessa, Tara, Jessica and Kylee; and 33 great-grandchildren who all adored Grandma Betty and her chocolate chip cookies.  She is also survived by three siblings and spouses; Rose (Ed) Kalvoda of Hastings, Donald (Elaine) Ostdiek of Surprise, Ariz., and Connie (Ken) Coup of Latrobe, Penn .; sister-in-law, Julia Schroer of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Aaron Auman of Overland Park, Kan.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Carolyn

Janda; brothers, Eldon (Pete) Ostdiek and Bobby Ostdiek; sister, Jane

Auman; brothers-in-law, Emil Kucera and Al Schroer.

Mom has always been a huge prayer warrior for all of us. And always

had her rosary beads close by.


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