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Johnnie R. Sabata

Johnnie R. Sabata, 86, of David City, was called to heaven on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 6 at Chermok Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the family for later designation.

Johnnie, son of John and Ella(Kudlacek) Sabata, was born November 9, 1931 on his parents' farm in Center Township. He attended rural schools until the 8th grade, then worked on the family farm. His love of farming continued throughout his life.

Johnnie married Linda Lou Vanderkolk on February 22, 1953 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in David City. In 1967 they adopted a baby girl. Together they raised their only child Lisa Lurae and gave her a wonderful life.

Johnnie worked for McFarland Plumbing, Wright's Feed Mill and Schuyler Farmers Grain Company. He managed the Garrison Farmers Coop for 18 years and farmed his family farm west of David City for many years. He also worked for DC Manufacturing, Henningson Foods, and on Rural Road Maintenance. After he retired, Johnnie enjoyed helping other farmers, especially during harvest.

Johnnie was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the David City Volunteer Fire Department. He was past N.C. of Harmony Lodge #18 Odd Fellows. He was an active Master Mason in Fidelity Lodge #51 in David City for 34 years. Johnnie was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on July 28, 1983, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Mason on September 20, 1983, and was raised to the degree of Master Mason on November 1, 1983. He was very active in Fidelity Lodge, having served as Worshipful Master from 1992-1995, as well as serving on various committees and in other capacities. Johnnie was also a York Rite Mason, in which he was a member of the Orient Chapter #18 Royal Arch Masons.

Johnnie and his special friend Kathy loved listening and dancing to Polka music and going on Polka band bus trips. He enjoyed all things Czech, including dumplings, sauerkraut and kolaches. Johnnie was a very good carpenter and all around handyman, who loved spending time at the cabin he built at Lake Ericson. He and Kathy spend many winters in Arizona.

He was a loving and devoted father and friend and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his daughter: Lisa Lurae Sabata and special friend: Kathy Machal, both of David City; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Marcella Kozisek and brother: Henry Sabata.

Anna Powell

Anna Mae “Ann” Powell, 71 of Syracuse, Nebraska passed away on February 25, 2018 at the Syracuse Community Memorial Hospital. She was born on February 2, 1947 to Ernest & Catherine (Kucera) Fricke in David City, Nebraska.

Ann married Rodney Powell on June 21, 1969 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in David City. She worked as a Daycare provider in Syracuse for over 25 years. She enjoyed being a mother to all the kids. Ann was very active at St. Paulinus Catholic church, belonging to many groups and helping out wherever it was needed. She also enjoyed her card clubs and craft sisters.

Ann is survived by her Husband: Rodney Powell; Sons: Joshua (Angie) Powell, Grant (Jennifer) Powell; Grandchildren: Maxwell & Lillian Powell, Oscar & Hattie Powell; Siblings: Benjamin (Arlene) Fricke, Rose Marie Kobza, Arliene (Joseph) Kobza, Ramona Davis, Marilyn (Zeke) Zegers; Sister-in-law: Andrea Fricke; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Daughter: Jane Catherine Powell; Brother and Sister-in-law: Christopher & Gladys Fricke; Brother: Garfield “Gary” Fricke; Sister: Eveliene Daro; and Brothers-in-law: Richard Kobza and Robert Davis. 

Funeral Mass was held March 2, 2018 at St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse. Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in David City.

Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Arrangements by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse.

Condolences to

Eugene Siroky

Eugene Siroky, 79, of Linwood, passed away at home on March 4, 2018

Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. March 8, 2018 at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Abie. Viewing is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the church with a 7 p.m. Rosary. Suggested memorials are to S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, and the Abie Volunteer Fire Department.

Gene was born on May 22, 1938 to Emanuel and Minnie(Otoupal) Siroky in Saunders County. He attended local rural schools and graduated from David City High School. He married Sally Stara on September 17, 1960 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Bruno. Two daughters were born to this union.

Gene had a great love for farming and family gatherings. He was a very generous man in all aspects of life. He also enjoyed Ford pick-ups and International tractors. He liked International tractors so much that he would stand up for them when his friends gave him grief about it. He enjoyed playing football in high school where he was known as "Horse" because of his strength and determination, he would never give up. Gene was a member of the Abie Volunteer Fire Department, Abie School Board, S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Board, Aquinas Booster Club, and served as the treasurer for the Linwood Township.

Gene is survived by his wife: Sally Siroky, of Linwood; daughters: Pat(John) Hays, of Omaha, Denise(Stephen) Hill, of Nashville, Tennessee; sister-in-law: Janice Siroky; 3 grandchildren: Alex(Catherine) Hays, Lauren Hays, and Tyler Hays; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Clair Siroky.

Donald Foster

ULYSSES -- Donald Lee Foster was born on Dec. 30, 1925, in Ulysses, to James Grover and Ellen Mae (Moore) Foster and passed away on February 19, 2018, in Ulysses at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 20 days. Don grew up in the Ulysses area where he attended school and graduated from Ulysses High School in the Class of 1943.

 Mass of Christian burial was held Feb. 22 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ulysses with Fr. Michael Stec celebrating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Ulysses. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or Ulysses Volunteer Fire Department. Zabka Funeral Home  was entrusted with the arrangements. 

On Aug. 4, 1948, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth J. Reznicek at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses. Don farmed in the area for several years and then he also worked at Hughes Brothers. In 1968 Don began working at Good Year in until he retired in January of 1989. Don served on District 66 School Board and also on Ulysses Town Board for several years. He was a member of the Ulysses Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Don and Elizabeth would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Cryl and Marie Reznicek;  son, Steven Foster in 2003; son-in-law, Ivan Dvorak in 2015; two brothers, Edward and Joseph Foster; sister, Betty Hurt.

Don is survived by his wife Elizabeth, six daughters, Yvonne and husband Jim Morbach, Bellwood; Susan and husband Ron Benes, Brainard; Laurie and husband Larry Cemper, Columbus; Louise Dvorak, Seward; Annette and husband Greg Beringer, Bellwood; Mary and husband Rod Seidel, Columbus; son, Michael Foster, Surprise; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great, great grandson. To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Donald.