Lucille (Philippi) Fitzke, 97, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Grand Island Good Samaritan Village.
Service is 10 a.m. Monday, January 6, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings with Pastor Micah R. Gaunt. Burial will be at Glenvil Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church, Crossroads, or Habitat for Humanity. Visitation with the family is 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday at Livingston Butler Volland funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church.
Lucille was born on February 2, 1922, to William and Grace (Casper) Philippi at Bruning, NE. She was baptized on February 19, 1922, and confirmed on April 5, 1936, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Bruning. Lucille graduated from Bruning High School in 1939. She attended Hastings College and taught school for 8 years.
She married Ward A. Fitzke on September 7, 1947, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning; he preceded her in death on July 22, 2018. They worked together farming and built a farmstead west of Fairfield. They later built a home in Glenvil. They moved to Good Samaritan Village in 2012.
Lucille taught Sunday School and confirmation for 30 years, helped organize Spring Ranch Homemakers Club and 4-H leader for 25 years. She enjoyed helping her husband on the farm, flowers, gardening, helping others, traveling and playing cards with friends.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; husband, step-father, Leon Herman; brothers and wives, Cliff & Norine, Don & Frances; step-sister and spouse, Erma & Elwin Block; step-brother, O’Dale Hermann; sister-in-law and spouse, Alene & Herman Valentine; brother-in-law, Harvey Penning; and nephew, Rich Philippi.
Children & Spouses:
Sandra & Alan Rosenboom
Elwyn & Linda Fitzke
Grandsons & Spouses:
Jay & Heidi Rosenboom
Brent & Laura Fitzke
Kent & Angela Rosenboom
Tyler & Amber Fitzke
Many nieces, nephews & friends.