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Stanley Sindelar Sr.

August 18, 1920-May 5, 2019

Stanley Sindelar, Sr., 98, of Howells, Nebraska, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Howells, Nebraska, with Father Stan Schmit celebrating the Mass, assisted by Deacon Bill Schlautman. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday from with a rosary at 3 p.m. and a wake service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. Visitation will continue on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials may be made to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Howells Community Catholic Schools, Howells Ballroom, Howells Rescue Unit, or family desire.

Stanley John Sindelar, Sr. was born on Aug. 18, 1920, to Mike C. and Mary (Svitak) Sindelar on a farm in Stanton County. He attended District 41 School and graduated from the eighth grade. He helped his Dad and brothers farm in those early years and took ownership of the Mike C. Sindelar farm in 1944. The farm has been in the family over 100 years and Stanley was given the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award in 2015.

On June 6, 1944, he married Wilma Vcelik at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge, Nebraska. They were blessed and raised five sons and four daughters on this farm. Stanley lived on the farm until age 95. He raised crops and livestock and was honored as a “50-year Shipper of Cattle and Hogs to the Omaha Stockyard.” He continued to farm with two of his sons into his 80's. Red International Harvester equipment was his pride and joy.

In December 1944, Stanley passed his Army physical and was drafted. Before he was able to serve his military duties, World War II ended and he returned home.

Stanley served as president for the Stanton County Telephone Company for 12 years and helped repair the phone lines many times following winter and summer storms. His hobbies included fishing trips to South Dakota, pheasant hunting and trapping with his sons. He also enjoyed playing the Taroks card game until his death. He enjoyed listening to and playing polka music on his button accordion. He especially enjoyed sharing stories about farming and all the changes from the original horse era to today's modern methods.

Stanley is survived by four sons, Eugene (Doris) Sindelar of Schuyler, Francis (Rose Ann) Sindelar of Grand Island, Stanley (Joan) Sindelar, Jr. of Clarkson and John (Sue) Sindelar of Howells; four daughters, Marjorie (Bill) Schlautman of Howells, Helen (Gene) Hegemann of Columbus, Rita (Daniel) Hegemann of West Point, NE and Blanche Sindelar of Los Angeles, CA; 20 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Sindelar (2013); son, Richard Sindelar (1977); parents, Mike C. and Mary Sindelar; brothers and sisters-in law, Mike F. and Vlasta Sindelar and Albin and Alice Sindelar and sister and brother-in-law Agnes and Lambert Belina.

Condolences may be sent to www.millersfh.com

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