DAVID CITY — Blanche E. Uher, 92, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Villa in David City.
Blanche (Mom) was born on Jan. 11, 1925, to Stephen and Mary (Kulhanek) Kalisek in the Howells area and attended grade school in Colfax County. At dances in the Howells Ballroom, she met and later married Lumir Uher, the love of her life, on April 11, 1944, in St. John’s Catholic Church in Howells. They farmed on the Uher family farm near Tabor, south of Howells, until their retirement in 1980. Mom and Dad then moved to Schuyler, where they made and maintained many close friendships.
Mom was wife, chauffeur, farmhand, friend, confidant, teacher, referee, disciplinarian, amazing, selfless, loving, caring, kind, and always — mom; later, we shared her with others as a dotingly-proud grandmother. Those of us fortunate to be her children were able to experience all of her wonderful traits. Mom always provided us a hot breakfast before school, well-balanced lunch and had baked goodies for our return. On “special” occasions, Mom would boil water and place it in a thermos with Faltin’s wieners to enjoy for lunch. She would begin working before sun-up and continued late into the night: cooking, cleaning, helping Dad bale hay and scoop grain, cook for field hands, help us with schoolwork, and made sticky popcorn while we all sat and watched TV. After all of us left home, Mom became a certified nurse assistant in Dodge and Schuyler. She absolutely loved and adored taking care of others, as she had done with us. Mom was active in our Jolly Jills 4-H club and helped us with cooking and sewing projects; polka dancing, traveling about the world, and gardening with Dad, and then sharing their produce with friends, neighbors and family; loved canning produce, cooking and baking — especially a family favorite, her peanut bars. Holidays were special with her homemade kolaches, duck, dumplings and sauerkraut with giblet dressing; Mom was always the last to sit to eat and the first to leave the table in order to start cleaning and begin preparation of the next meal. Mom and Dad’s faith in God was unwavering — we now have two guardian angels watching over us.
Blanche is survived by her sons, Gene (Brigitte) Uher of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Paul (Jill) Uher of Hastings; daughters, Diane (Del) Truss of Palos Heights, Illinois, Carol (Dr. Terry) Welke of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Bev (Tommy) Mann of Colleyville, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Jen) Truss of Round Lake, Illinois, Craig Truss of Palos Heights, Illinois, Michelle Uher of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brieanna (Jason) Durham of Missouri City, Texas, Dr. Brett Welke of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tommy Mann of Colleyville, Texas, Cpt. Dustin (Lindsey) Mann of Kyle, Texas, Matthew Uher and Jared Uher of Hastings and Elizabeth (Scott) Swank of Montrose, Colorado; 12 great-grandchildren, Ben, Claire, Sydney, Grant, Reagan, Adelaide, Crosby, Lily, Gemma, Calvin, Evelyn and Ellie Rose; three step-great-granddaughters, Emma, Laura and Caroline; sister, Lydia Peitzmeier of Omaha; and sisters-in-law, Wilma Kalisek and Marie Uher, both of Dodge.
Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Mary Kalisek; loving husband and constant companion, Lumir, in 2012; beloved grandson, Todd Uher, in 2015; and brothers, Stanley, Rynold and Robert.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Gerry Gonderinger as celebrant. Burial was in Schuyler Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler or the Howells Community Fund in Howells.