Wilma Kavan


FREMONT — Wilma E. Kavan, 85, of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.

Wilma was born Nov. 7, 1931, on the family farm in Saunders County to Czech immigrants Emanuel “Eman” and Emma (Sinkule) Grebenick.

She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Linwood High School in 1949. Wilma married Richard J. Kavan on June 21, 1949, at North Bend. Richard preceded her in death on March 4, 1962. Together they established their business, Souvenir Isle, in North Bend in 1951. After his death she continued to operate the business on her own until 1972. She then worked several years at Blevins Popcorn Company.

She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and St. Anne’s Altar Society.

She is survived by her daughters, Pat and husband Larry Ruzicka of North Bend and Cindy and husband Bruce Brown of Smithville, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Hailey (Kevin) Kraus, Melinn (Justin) Young, Tyler (Brittany) Ruzicka, Todd Ruzicka and Molly, Joe and Nathan Brown; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bernard (Sharon) Kavan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Kavan; and brother, Al Grebenick.

A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend with the Rev. Father Keith Rezac officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.

Memorials may be directed to the North Bend Senior Center, Dunklau Gardens or St. Charles Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser Memorial Chapel of North Bend is in charge of arrangements.


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