Anita M. (Augustine) Jarecke
September 9, 1938-September 30, 2019
Anita Mae (Augustine) Jarecke, 81, passed away on Sept. 30, 2019, after working very hard to recover her health over the prior year. In the end, she was at peace and surrounded by her family at the Columbus Community Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Isidore Catholic Church. There will be a CDA Rosary at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the church. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Isidore's, with a 7:30 p.m. vigil service to follow. Visitation will continue from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Isidore's. Interment will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anita M. Jarecke Memorial Fund at the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation (https:/columbushosp.orgonate_todayake_a_donation.aspx) or to the Anita M. Jarecke Memorial Fund being held at Cornerstone Bank in Columbus, the proceeds of which will be utilized to benefit St. Isidore Church.
Anita was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Columbus, to John and Marie (Prososki) Augustine. She grew up with four brothers and a sister and graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1956. Anita traveled briefly to Whittier, California to work with her aunt and uncle, before heeding that longing to return home to Columbus. Soon after, she met Joseph Jarecke. They were united in marriage on June 28, 1958, at St. Bonaventure Church. Together they raised seven children.
Anita was an active member of the Columbus community, having held a variety of service jobs. She was first to offer help and a smile at Jack & Jill, Econofoods, Wal-Mart and Eagle Windows, or when distributing coupons at any number of grocery stores throughout the state. She was in her element as the distributor of the Omaha World Herald, ensuring 100+ young men and women learned the basics of business. She put her cooking skills to work at the Columbus Public Schools Food Service and her organization skills into action as she managed several apartment complexes in town. Anita was also very involved in the Catholic Church. She was one of the charter members of St. Isidore Parish, where she participated in Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters and the Parish Council. She particularly enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was a key member of the church prayer line and was praying for others until the very end.
Anita was a conversationalist extraordinaire. She could – and would -- pick up a conversation with anyone, and from there build more stories for the retelling. She enjoyed politics, loved attending the Governor's Balls and was particularly proud of her involvement in the selection of state judges. Her first love, though, was time with her family – following the teams and activities with which they were involved, traveling with them to explore new cities, or just gathering to tell stories, recount the marvels of the world and enjoy one another.
She is survived by children: Judy (Jerome) Gates of Columbus, Julie (Davin) Gebauer of Darien, Connecticut, Jeff (Carleen) Jarecke of Darien, Jay (Suzie) Jarecke of Omaha, Jeanne (Bill) Schaffhausen of Lincoln, Janine Jarecke of Columbus, and Jon Jarecke of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren: Nick (Jackie) Gates, Amanda (Anthony) Sjuts, Anne (Scott) Ronhovde, Dane and Jeffrey Gebauer, Lauren, Sam and Spencer Jarecke, Reed, Jordan and Dylan Jarecke and Natalie and Eli Jarecke; 9 great-grandchildren: Ayden, Ashton, and Avery Sjuts, Paige and Brooke Gates, and Elladee, Max, Alexander, and Madelyn Ronhovde; brothers: Tony Augustine, Bob Augustine, Sam (ViAann) Augustine; sister, Imogene (Jim) Magnuson; brother-in-law, Frank Jarecke; and her dog, Faith.
She is preceded in death by husband, Joseph L. Jarecke; parents, John and Marie Augustine; brother, Don Augustine; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.