Jan. 23, 1925-March 3, 2019
Olga Hamernik, 94, of Leigh, died Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Columbus Community Hospital.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Leigh, with Jacquie Samway officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at Kracl-Leigh Memorial Chapel. Visitation will continue at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning at the church. Lunch will be served in the church basement. Committal will be in the Clarkson Cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of the family for future designation.
Olga Marie Hamernik was born on a farm north of Leigh, on Jan. 23, 1925, the only child of Frank and Bessie Boubin, Bilek. She attended Stanton County rural school districts 48 and 52, and graduated from Clarkson High School in 1942. She took an extended course with Lincoln School of Commerce. On Sept. 23, 1951, she was united in marriage to Joseph K. Hamernik at the New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson.
They farmed two miles northwest of Leigh, where Joe started the plumbing and well business. They gave up farming in December 1960, and moved to the northeast edge of Leigh, where they devoted full time to plumbing and well drilling. They incorporated in 1979, and were joined by their two sons, David and Lyle. Olga was full- time bookkeeper for Hamernik Plumbing and Well Drilling for 50 years, still semi-active at the time of her death. She was a past member of the First Congregational Church, serving as treasurer, and the Ladies Guild, serving as Benevolence Treasurer. She also helped with Bible school. When the church disbanded in 2005, she joined St. John's Lutheran Church. Olga also served as den mother for the Leigh Cub Scouts for a while. She was also a member of the Leigh Community Club.
She was proud of the Czech heritage. She loved to listen to sing-alongs and dance to the polkas and waltzes and loved to cook and bake, especially apple strudels, always sharing with family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, flowers, and taking care of her big lawn, where her John Deere lawn mower was her favorite form of transportation. She loved to travel, play cards, and watch football, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Besides 50 years as a bookkeeper, Olga also found time to crochet, read, do variety puzzles, and drive friends to doctor appointments, while she was able to drive. She also took care of her son, Lyle during his three year battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, witty and had a great sense of humor.
She leaves to mourn a son and daughter-in law, David and Arlene Hamernik; grandson, Harley Hamernik; granddaughters, Becky (Sean) Kopecky of Davey, and Kelli (Brent) Reichmuth of Humphrey; great-granddaughters, Taylor Jean Kopecky, Jordi Jo Reichmuth, Joey Ann Reichmuth; and great-grandsons, Jett Reichmuth, Judd Reichmuth and Kasen Kopecky.
She was preceded in death by grandparents; parents, Frank and Bessie Bilek; in-laws, Joe and Libbie Hamernik; husband, Joseph K. Hamernik on June 10, 1993; and son, Lyle J. Hamernik on July 15, 2010.