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Karen K. Lukasiewicz

Karen K. Lukasiewicz, 61, of Farwell, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, after a short battle with cancer. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Farwell. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery near Farwell. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lukasiewicz was born on Aug. 14, 1948, at Loup City, the daughter of William and Frances (Bogacz) Jerabek, Sr. She was united in marriage to David L. Lukasiewicz on April 8, 1967, at Farwell. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, David L. Lukasiewicz of Farwell; three daughters and sons-in-law, Heidi and Kerry Townsend of St. Paul, Trish and Cory Ludemann of Hastings and Wendy and Dareld Takahashi of Ft. Collins, CO; her mother, Frances Jerabek of Blair; one sister and brother-in-law, Maryann and Jim Lukasiewicz of Ft. Calhoun; and one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Bertha Jerabek of St. Paul. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Madison, Branson, John, Kate, Lauren and Emily; her mother-in-law, Isabelle Lukasiewicz of Farwell; a sister-in-law, Judy Lemburg of Farwell; as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Karen was raised in rural Farwell and graduated from Farwell High School in 1966. She then worked for GI Abstract in Grand Island. After her marriage to David, the couple first lived in Farwell and then lived in Colorado Springs and Grand Island, while David was serving in the military in Vietnam. They then moved to Farwell where they lived on a farm and raised their three daughters. Karen stayed at home until the last daughter graduated from high school and helped with the day to day life on the farm. She was then went to work in Grand Island at Dillard’s and for the last 20 years at Coach House Gifts in the Conestoga Mall, until illness forced her to retire this past year. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. Karen liked puzzles, board games, playing the piano, knitting, college football games and traveling, especially to the mountains. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sports, school and church activities. Karen was known as the “Hallmark Lady” and the “Egg Lady” as she provided fresh farm eggs to many people. She was preceded in death by her father, William Jerabek, Sr.; her father-in-law, Daniel Lukasiewicz; and a brother-in-law, Gary Lemburg. Karen requested that in lieu of flowers and plants that memorials be given to the family to establish educational funds for her six beloved grandchildren or to the St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund.


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My sincerest sympathies to your entire family. I was in reading the items on my wife's obituary, when I saw your loss. You are in my prayers.

gerald solko Apr 3 2010 12:00 AM

Dave, Heidi, Trish, Wendy, and your families please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Shawn Brumbaugh Mar 11 2010 12:00 AM

Larry & Joelene Savin Mar 2 2010 12:00 AM

I'm very sorry for your loss. My mom Ann worked with Karen for many years at Hallmark and Karen was very nice to me and my daughter when we came in. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rebecca Hatcher Mar 1 2010 12:00 AM

I have worked with Karen for more than 14 years through Hallmark Cards of Kansas City. Her love and commitment to her job and her thoughfulness and care for her customers is inspiring. I will so miss talking with her. God bless her and my sincere condolences to her family. I know how much she loved you all.

Cheryl Kornis Feb 28 2010 12:00 AM

Heidi, Kerry, Madi and Branson, We are thinking of you at this time, so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a great lady and will be missed! We always enjoyed seeing her at the softball games!!

Ed and Maura Allen and family Feb 28 2010 12:00 AM

Karen will be remembered in many ways. As a wife, mother, friend etc. As a military wife, meeting with other military families, the Hallmark lady and just in meeting her anywhere, she will be missed. Our sympathy to her family.

Ken & Marilyn Luth Feb 28 2010 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss and keeping you in our prayers. Don and Stephanie Retzlaff Leeding

Stephanie Retzlaff Leeding Feb 28 2010 12:00 AM

You are in out thoughts and payers. Karen will be missed by all.

Doug & Marti Fousek Feb 27 2010 12:00 AM

Trish and family We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Hold on to your faith and the beautiful memories of your mom. In time the pain will lesson but the love for her will always be with you and she will live forever in your heart. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Thinking and praying for you and your entire family.

Dan, Michelle Dorszynski and family Feb 27 2010 12:00 AM