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Helen Jochim

Helen M. Jochim, 93, of David City, Nebraska passed away at David Place in David City on August 16, 2017.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at West Blue Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 1 Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete, Nebraska with Rev. Dr. Wayne Reynolds officiating. Helen was cremated, there will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be left online at

She was born at rural Crete on November 25, 1923. Helen was the first of 10 children born the Charles and Viola (Kasha) Cejka.

From the time she could hold a safety pin Helen was helping care for her younger siblings. The youngest child was a year old when her mother died; Helen took on a lot of responsibilities. In later years her siblings referred to her as the “Matriarch” of the family.

Helen graduated from country school known as “cracker box school” because of its size. She graduated from Crete High School in 1940 with a normal training certificate. A week after graduation she met Emil Jochim at a dance at Tuxedo Park. They were married August 21, 1941 at Manhattan, Kansas. Five months later Emil was inducted into the United States Army and served 4 years. The first two years he was overseas, Helen taught at a country school near Loma, Nebraska. She then managed a sporting goods department in a department store until Emil came back to the states. He was fortunate to be assigned to the redistribution station in Santa Monica, California. Helen went out there too, and was employed in the PX.

After World War II ended they came back to Nebraska. The couple bought a home and had their two children in Lincoln. A few years later, Emil went to work for a propane company and the owner decided to start a propane business in David City, where Emil was made manager and Helen became an office person and bookkeeper.

Emil became ill with a rare condition and Helen became his caretaker for eight years until his passing on September 6, 1982. After his death, Helen worked under the government Green Thumb program at Blue Valley, St. Joseph’s Villa and the last 8 years at David City elementary and then at the high school. On her 80th birthday she was honored at a school party and made “Queen for a day”.

Helen was a charter member of the Butler County Czech Club and longtime secretary. She was also a member of the David City Firemen’s Auxiliary.

Helen is survived by her son, Leroy Jochim of Fort Collins, Colorado; granddaughter, Gretchen (Darrin) Hilyard and their daughters, Madeline and Vivian Hilyard all of Strasburg, Colorado; granddaughter, Kara Tucker of Jackson Height, New York; brother, James (Jean) Cejka of Georgia and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Viola Cejka; husband, Emil; daughter, Brandi Ritter Welch and 8 brothers and sisters.


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