September 7, 2023
Thelma May (Dolnicek) Soucie, formerly of Fairfield, Nebraska, entered the arms of Jesus on Sept. 2, 2023, at Good Samaritan Village, Hastings, Nebraska, where she and her husband have been residents since July 2, 2023. She was 84 years old.
Rosary was at 7 p.m., Sept. 6, at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home in Hastings. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. today (Thursday), Sept. 7, at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Deweese with Father Craig Clinch officiating. Burial will be immediately following the service at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lawrence.
Visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home from 1 to 7 p.m. with family present 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church or Our Lady of Assumption Altar Society.
Thelma was born on Oct. 23, 1938, to Joseph and Lillian (Kalvoda) Dolnicek in Hastings. Thelma graduated from Lawrence High School in 1956. She captured the heart of her future husband, LeRoy, on the dance floor at the Winter Garden in Hastings. On Oct. 8, 1957, she was united in marriage to LeRoy Romaine Soucie at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence. They made their home in Fairfield.
Thelma did secretarial work for Ben Sherman's Clothing Store in Hastings, the Clay County Treasurer's Office, and Sandy Creek Public School for 22 years. Thelma was an active member of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Deweese, where she served on the Altar Society and taught CCD.
Thelma enjoyed time with her family and friends. She was blessed with many talents. Thelma was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening and canning. She always prepared enough food to feed an army. Thelma enjoyed reading, sewing, and camping in her spare time. Most will fondly remember her for her beautiful smile and loving heart. She embodied compassion, kindness, and love, and we will miss her dearly.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Lillian Dolnicek; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oliver and Gertrude Soucie; infant child, Kenneth Gerard; son-in-law, Timothy Jackson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard and Donna Mae Soucie, Edward and Janet Soucie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Arzella and Vince Vandewalle, and Delores and Bernard Herbek; brothers-in-law Jerome Choquette, Don Hupf, Donald Jarosik, and Richard Krupicka.
Survivors include: husband, LeRoy Soucie, Hastings; children: Brian and Sandra Soucie, Oakland, Iowa, Jeannine Jackson and Josh Therrien, Fairfield; Pamela and Dale Fike, Deweese; Lynette and Jamey Boelhower, Hastings; grandchildren: Aaron and Amanda Soucie, Erika and Dave Tagliaferro, Jordanne and Hunter Franzen, Tatiana Dudley, Joshua Jackson, Aeris Therrien, Tyler and Jocelyn Fike, Amanda and Gavin Schneider, Kaylee and Breckon Reed, Kyara Fike, Sebastian Boelhower, Dante Boelhower, Jacie Boelhower,Caylin Boelhower, Gianna Boelhower, Aleah Boelhower; great-grandchildren: Brynlee Soucie, Kate Tagliaferro, Harper Franzen, Gideon Dudley, Tylee Fike, Jaystin Fike, Maksim Fike. Skailyn Fike, Gracelyn Schneider, soon to arrive Baby Reed; sibling: Donna Krupicka, Milligan, Nebraska; sisters-in-law: Jerrilyn Jarosik, Hastings, Elaine Soucie, Hastings; brother-in-law:Darrel (Vivian) Soucie, Hastings; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.