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Doris Jean Irene Rech

Doris Jean Irene Rech

August 3, 1931-November 3, 2019

Doris Jean Irene Rech was born on Aug. 3, 1931, on a farm near Lawrence, to John Paul and Josephine Julia (Kitten) Himmelberg, and passed away on Nov. 3, 2019, at the age of 88 years and 3 months. She was the fifth of 11 children.

Visitation will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home in Seward, and will resume from 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses. A rosary will follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Stec celebrating Mass. Graveside service and interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ulysses. Memorials may be made to the Rech family for future designations.

Doris Jean attended a country school near her home for two years before moving to Lawrence where she attended Sacred Heart through eighth grade, and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1949. After graduation, she moved to Lincoln and worked at St. Elizabeth's and then Elgin Watch Company.

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On June 1, 1954, Doris Jean married Donald Richard Rech in Lawrence and made their home on a farm near Ulysses. To this union six children were born. She was a stay-at-home mom until 1984 when she began working at David City Manufacturing and retired in 2008 after 25 years of service. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and baker and was well known for her kolaches, strudel, pie and cinnamon rolls. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Doris Jean was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the Ulysses Community Club.

Survivors cherishing her memory include her children: Dave (Diana) Rech of Ulysses, Dan (Ann) Rech of Ulysses, Deb (Ron) Pelan of Brainard, Diane (Greg) Freese of Lincoln, Douglas (Doreen) Rech of Bee, Dwayne (Sheri) Rech of Seward; 19 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings: Don "Ducker" (Bonnie) Himmelberg, Coletta Robinson, Vernon (Bonnie) Himmelberg, Orville (Barb) Himmelberg, Rita (Ken) Brott, Robert (Betty) Himmelberg, Vivian (Darrel) Soucie, Howard (Glenda) Himmelberg, John (Donna) Himmelberg, Marie (Rich) Crucitt.

Doris Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald (1976); parents-in-law, Emil and Anna Rech; brother-in-law, Max Robinson; sister-in-law, Gladys Murta; nieces, Diane and Amy Himmelberg.

To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers, and memories of life shared with Doris Jean.

Condolences may be left at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.

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