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Alice M. Augustyn

Alice M. Augustyn, 91, of Loup City, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Neal Hock will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Augustyn was born on Dec. 4, 1919, on a farm near Farwell, the daughter of John P. and Elizabeth C. (Kalkowski) Gudenrath. She was united in marriage to Alfonso J. “Al” Augustyn on Oct. 29, 1940, at Loup City. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2000. She is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, James Augustyn of Lincoln, Andrew and Jody Augustyn and Arnold Augustyn, all of Loup City; five daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen and Gene Wood of Long Grove, IL, Rita and Roger Goldfish of Ord, Mary and Ron Sporcic of Papillion, Vivian and William Howard of Lincoln, and Carol and Albert Krueger of Gibbon. She also leaves to cherish her memory 16 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Alice attended country school near Oak Creek and worked for families in the Farwell area. She would clean house, care for their children and cook for their families and thrashing crews. At the age of 16 she moved to Loup City where she worked for Dr. Amick and later at Lewandowski’s Store. After her marriage to Al, she worked along side her husband as they farmed in the Loup City area for many years. After Al’s death she continued to live in her home until Dec. 2010, when she moved to the Rose Lane Home, where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, where she was involved in the Council of Catholic Women, Rosary Sodality, Prayer Chain and she and Al were money counters for many years. She was also a former member of a local extension club. Alice loved gardening, raising flowers, embroidery, cooking, baking, playing cards and made quilts and baby quilts for all of her family. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. In addition to her husband, Al, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Louis and Raymond Gudenrath. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.

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I will always remember dear Aunt Alice for her cheerful, can-do outlook on life. Many a Sunday afternoon was spent on the Uncle Al and Aunt Alice farm when growing up, playing with the cousins. Aunt Alice was a true homemaker in the highest sense of the word. I think it was her who first “bit” me with the gardening bug. I loved her flower garden – and the sheer joy and pride she took when showing and sharing its beauty. I am sure Uncle Al has welcomed her with open arms. May her soul live on now in Christ's peace.

Patricia Kaminski Katz Aug 16 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Carol & Family, You've been in my thoughts this week. I know how difficult it is to lose a good mom. Prayers of peace for all of you. Take care.

Barb Stobbe Fuller Aug 12 2011 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a special person. May God be with you at this time of sorrow and give you peace and comfort. We know she is in a much better place with much peace & comfort. If we can be of help in any way just let us know.

DOUG & SHARON DAY Aug 10 2011 12:00 AM

I have very fond memories of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you through your loss. No matter how old we are it is never easy to say goodbye to a parent.

Chris (Turek) Clark Aug 9 2011 12:00 AM

Expressing our sincere sympathy for your great loss. What a wonderful person she was for your family to enjoy all these years. Cherish all your memories. Take care.

Jack & Elaine VanSlyke Aug 9 2011 12:00 AM

Dear family,I am sorry for your loss. May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart ;and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalms 34;18)

Kevin Douglas Aug 7 2011 12:00 AM