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Joyce Ann (Claus) Kocourek

March 23, 1946 ~ June 7, 2022 (age 76)


Hastings resident Joyce Ann Kocourek, 75, peacefully passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, surrounded by family at The Kensington, Hastings, NE.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 501 North Burlington Avenue, Hastings with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. with family present Friday, June 10, at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be given to Operation Education to continue Joyce’s passion of educating the youth worldwide. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service go to Joyce’s obituary and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page. 

Joyce was born March 23, 1946, in Wayne, NE to Henry and Jessie (Burmester) Claus. Joyce was married to Milo Kocourek on November 22, 1969, in Omaha, NE. Together they had three children and enjoyed camping and boating as a family. Joyce lived much of her adult life in Hastings, where she taught Business and Journalism at a nearby school in Trumbull for many years.

The family would personally like to thank The Kensington for the care and service they provided Joyce in her final years.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents.

    Milo F. Kocourek – Hastings, NE
    Benjamin (Jill) Kocourek – Lynden, WA     
    Amanda Harrenstein – Doniphan, NE
    Nikolaus Kocourek – Hastings, NE
    Brady Harrenstein
    Blake Harrenstein
    Alayna Harrenstein
    Addalyn Harrenstein
    Ella McKee
    Jessica Kocourek
Siblings & Spouses:              
    Maryann & Jack Langemeier – Farmington, MO
    Margaret & Dick Lentz – Coleridge, NE
    Jane & Art Fryslie – Vienna, SD
    Betty & Brent Batten – Clearwater, KS
    John & Kay Claus – Columbus, NE
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and extended family

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June 10, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center
1225 N. Elm Ave
Hastings, NE 68901

June 11, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
First St. Paul's Lutheran Church
501 North Burlington Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

Memorial Service
June 11, 2022

10:30 AM
First St. Paul's Lutheran Church
501 North Burlington Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

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