Mary Kay Cihal
July 12, 1941-July 14, 2019
Mary Kay Cihal was born on July 12, 1941, in Omaha, to John and Mary Rose (Puetz) Hanus, and passed away on July 14, 2019, in Dwight, at the age of 78 years and 2 days.
Closed casket visitation will be from 1–4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home in Seward. Visitation will resume at 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, with the family receiving friends from 6 –7 p.m. at the church. A rosary will follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Stec celebrating Mass. Graveside and Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ulysses. Memorials may be made to Aquinas St. Mary's Guardian Angel Fund.
Kay grew up on the family farm in the Bellwood area where she attended Marietta School through eleventh grade. Her family moved to a farm near David City before her senior year, and she graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School with the Class of 1959.
After high school, Kay worked for a short time at the Butler County REA before going to work in the trust department at First National Bank in Lincoln until 1966. Kay married Melvin Frank Cihal at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City on Aug. 27, 1966, and to this union three children were born. Mel and Kay lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the first few years of their marriage where she continued to work in banking. In 1968, they moved back to Butler County and established their family farm near Dwight. It was here they lived and raised a loving family for nearly 53 years of marriage. Kay always kept busy working on the farm. She loved gardening, canning, baking, and she sewed many clothes and quilts for her children and grandchildren. Above all, Kay was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She most enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, attending their sporting events, band concerts and other special activities. Kay cared for many loved ones throughout her life and is most remembered for selflessly giving her time to family, friends and neighbors. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, and actively participated in the Altar Society. Kay had a firm and constant devotion to her Catholic faith throughout her life, but especially during her final illness.
Survivors cherishing her memory include her husband, Melvin Cihal; children: Jean Osborn and fiancée Scott Patton of Wellsville, Kansas, Sheri Hilger and husband Kevin of Olathe, Kansas, and Alan Cihal and wife Dana of Seward; four grandchildren: Madi Hilger, Riley Hilger, Brenna Cihal and Broden Cihal; brother, John Hanus and wife Penne; two sisters, Connie Johnson and husband Don, Karen Steffensmeir and husband Paul; brother-in-law, Gary Cihal and wife Shirley; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jean Riha and husband Larry, Delores Orender; and many nephews, nieces and dear friends.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Genevieve Hanus; sister, Jeanne Hanus; brother, Gerald Hanus; and brother-in-law, Leon Orender.
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