OMAHA — Arlene Mae (Cernin) Brdicko was born to Emerson and Libbie Cernin in Clarkson on June 30, 1928. Arlene died on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Omaha at Country House where she had lived since April 2017.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Sarah Gengler officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Kracl Funeral Chapel and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Committal will be in Schuyler Cemetery. Lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall following committal.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arlene grew up in Clarkson and graduated from Clarkson High School in 1946. Arlene was confirmed at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson. Following graduation she worked for Dr. Robert Odvarka, DDS. On April 25, 1948, she was united in marriage to Lamar J. Brdicko at New Zion Presbyterian Church and they made their home in Schuyler.
Arlene enjoyed many things in her life. She enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, canning, helping others, traveling with Lamar and her most important thing was time spent with family. Family time meant everything to her. Arlene worked side by side with Lamar helping with voter registration and elections each year for almost 47 years. She also worked part time, when her daughters got older, at Furtak Clothing Store, which later was Spulak Clothing Store.
Arlene was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler where she served on the session as an Ordained Elder, was an Ordained Deacon, taught Sunday School, was in Circle III ladies group, helped wherever she could and helped several times chair the annual pancake supper. She was a member of the Eastern Star and VFW Auxiliary.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Lamar, parents, mother- and father-in-law and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce (Ivan) Dean of Fairfield and Jayne (Myron) Molacek of Omaha; two granddaughters, Jenn Molacek of Omaha and Julie (Kenton) Hicks of Omaha; and one great-granddaughter, Maelyn Hicks of Omaha; brother, Emerson (Shirley) Cernin of Omaha; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Arlene will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler is in charge of arrangements.