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St. Libory's Catholic Church
Tuesday August 10th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Tuesday August 10th, 2021

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St. Libory's Catholic Church
Wednesday August 11th, 2021

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'Bert' A. Placke

Norbert A. “Bert” Placke, 86, of St. Libory, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Libory’s Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Revs. Sidney Bruggeman and Richard Piontkowski will concelebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. parish rosary.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Libory Catholic Cemetery or Friends of Paplin.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family.

Bert was born on Oct. 30, 1934, on the family farm near St. Libory, the son of William F. and Kathryn V. (Zauha) Placke.

He attended St. Libory’s parochial school and was a 1952 graduate of St. Paul High School. After completing his education, he farmed with his father.

He was united in marriage to Ramona R. Kuszak on Jan. 5, 1957, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at Paplin. The couple lived, raised their family and farmed northeast of St. Libory, their entire married life. Over the years, Bert also worked at the Sugar Beet Factory, Cornhusker Army Ammunitions Plant, Swift, Nutreena Feeds and the Lutheran Hospital, all in Grand Island.

He was a lifetime member of St. Libory’s Catholic Church, having served on the parish council and sexton of the parish cemetery. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1918 of St. Paul.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ramona of St. Libory; eleven children and spouses, Sheri and Tom Smith of Central City, Laurie and Bruce Schepler of Wilcox, Lonnie and Bobbi Placke of St. Paul, David Placke of Alba, TX, Kathy and David Allgood of Holly Springs, NC, Jim and Sandra Placke of Austin, TX, Dennis and Donna Placke of St. Libory, Lisa and Ryan Jerabek of Farwell, Russ and Diane Placke of Omaha, Mike and Penny Placke of Valparaiso, and Keith and Kimberly Placke of Lee’s Summit, MO; 25 grandchildren, Brandi Smith, Kevin Smith, Jessica and Curtis Heinsen, Matthew Schepler, Dillon Placke, Wyatt Placke, Whitney Placke, Addison Allgood, Jennings Allgood, Justin Allgood, Elliot Placke, Evan Placke, Joe Placke, Brendan Placke, John Placke, Andrew Jerabek, Austin and Tia Jerabek, Tahya Jerabek, Mark Bakhit, Josh Bakhit, Colton Placke, Ashton Placke, Reece Placke, Tagen Placke and Bennett Placke; one great-grandson, Hank Jerabek; sister, Marilyn Retzlaff of Doniphan; brother and sisters-in-law, Don and Jan Placke of Central City and Marilyn Placke of St. Libory.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Aaron Allgood; sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia Placke, Veronica “Dot” and Lawrence Jacobsen and Bill Retzlaff; and brother, William A. Placke.

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My Deepest Sympathy to Ramona and family .May comfort each of you. Elaine Nowak and family

Elaine Nowak Sep 8 2021 11:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of 'Bert' Placke

Mary Carole Prasse Aug 15 2021 3:31 PM

Dave so sorry for your loss I put you, your Dad and family in my prayers.

Tom Aug 13 2021 5:19 PM

My prayers are with your entire family! I love you all!❤️

Julie Hale Aug 12 2021 1:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of 'Bert' Placke

Julie Hale Aug 12 2021 1:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of 'Bert' Placke

Donna Davis Aug 12 2021 4:48 AM

A candle was lit in memory of 'Bert' Placke

Dennis and Sherie Conner Aug 12 2021 12:09 AM

So sorry to hear of Berts passing away, our prayers to the family, a Mass will be said for Bert at St James Catholic Church

Tony and Barb Bakhit Aug 11 2021 9:46 PM

Kathy, prayers for you and your family. I am so sorry to hear this. Sending you much love.

Greg and Lisa Brewer Aug 11 2021 10:31 AM

A candle was lit in memory of 'Bert' Placke

Kate Winter Aug 11 2021 6:10 AM

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