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July 27, 1929 — Aug. 10, 2017

O’NEILL — A Mass of Christian Burial for Marie Evelyn Kracl, 88, of O’Neill, will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill, with burial in the O’Neill Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with a parish rosary at 7 p.m.

Marie passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Evelyn was born to Anton J. and Mary Francis (Wachal) Jedlicka in Schuyler on July 27, 1929. She attended Country School District #13 in Schuyler and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1946. She met Norman P. Kracl and they were married on Sept. 6, 1952, at St. Mary’s Church in Schuyler. To this union, six children were born: Eileen, Robert, Steven, Anton, Michael and Carol. The family farmed in the North Bend/Rogers area through 1972. They moved to O’Neill in 1973 to establish Kracl Equipment Company, a John Deere dealership. In 1975, they started farming in the Holt County area, where she was still involved in farming.

Gardening was her true passion, along with caring for their grandchildren and attending their activities. Norman and Marie were able to travel abroad on many trips with the John Deere business. After losing her husband in 1985, she went on many bus trips with relatives and friends.

She is survived by her children and spouses, Eileen M. Schmit and husband Ron, Robert D. Kracl and wife Barbra, Michael A. Kracl and wife Wanda and Carol A. Hedlund and husband Dr. Mike, all of O’Neill; nine grandchildren, Travis Schmit and wife Molly of Lincoln, Stephanie Clark and husband Lee of Norfolk, Bryce Kracl of Omaha, Bobbi Stearns and husband Kevin of O’Neill, Brec Kracl of O’Neill, Ciera Hansen and husband Chancy of Wagner, South Dakota, Clarissa Gillham and husband Sam of Grand Island, Alexandria Fenske and husband Guy of Overland Park, Kansas, and Michael Hedlund of O’Neill; and seven great-grandchildren, Chandler, Eden and Ava Schmit, Andrew and Alex Clark and Mila and Saylor Stearns.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norman P., son Steven Kracl, infant son Anton Kracl and brother Milo Jedlicka.

Memorials may be made to O'Neill FFA for their greenhouse project or O’Neill Softball or Baseball Association.

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