Deweese, Nebraska resident, Norma Jean Skalka, 88, died, Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Blue Hill Care Center, Blue Hill, Nebraska. Rosary will be Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, September 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. both at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Deweese, Nebraska with Father Thomas Schultes and Monsignor Adrian Herbek, Burial will be in Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Deweese, Nebraska. Visitation will be Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Church and one hour before services. In lieu of Flowers, Memorials can be directed to the family to be designated at a later date. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Jean was born on January 2, 1930, to Joe E. and Sophia (Kotinek) Svoboda at Spring Ranch, Nebraska. She attended grade school for two years at Liberty Creek School in Nuckolls County and six years at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Lawrence, Nebraska. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1947. She then taught rural schools in Clay County for three years.
Norma was united in Marriage to Leo E. Skalka on June 20, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lawrence, Nebraska. Leo preceded her in death on December 24, 1995. Norma was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Deweese and its Altar Society. She was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Hastings and of the American Legion Auxiliary in Lawrence.
Norma is survived by (2) Daughters: Jeanette (Gene) Theer, Lincoln, Nebraska, Susan (Larry) Kohmetscher, Lawrence, Nebraska, (4) Sons: Gary, Kenneth and Lyle (Linda) Skalka, Deweese, Nebraska, Wayne Skalka, Florida, (1) Brother and Sister-In-Law: Gene (Marilyn) Svoboda, Deweese, Nebraska, (1) Sister-In-Law: Carol Svoboda, Lincoln, Nebraska, (9) Grandchildren: Jason (Shari) Theer, Tiffany Theer, Steffany (Garrie) Kobes, Shannon Skalka, Erin Johnson, Sean Skalka, Matt (Brandi) Skalka, Amanda Skalka, Josh (Megan) Kucera, (9) Great Grandchildren: Dawson Kucera, Collin Kucera, Carson Kucera, Rowan Kucera, Mason Kobes, Payton Kobes, Harper Johnson, Piper Johnson, Elliette Skalka.
Norma is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Leo, Granddaughter: Megan Skalka, Brothers and Sisters-In-Law: Thomas (Helen) Svoboda, Edward (Alice) Svoboda, Bernard Svoboda, Sisters and Brothers-In-Law: Alice (Louis) Chvala, Helen (Ernie) Schroer, Mary (Edmond) Kathman.