Brenda L. Kolar, 47, of Wolbach, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Ray Kosmicki and Michael McDermott will officiate. Cremation will take place following the service.
Visitation will be Wednesday at the church from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. vigil service.
Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements.
Brenda was born on March 27, 1966, at St. Paul, the daughter of Aaron and Jo Ann (Runge) Jerabek.
She is survived by her parents, Aaron and Jo Ann Jerabek of Farwell; four daughters, Lindsey Kolar of St. Paul, Staci Kolar of St. Paul, Krista Kolar of Wolbach and Taya Kolar of Wolbach; two step-sons, Michael Crawford of Lincoln and Pvt. Tanner Kolar of Fort Carson, Colo.;five sisters and brothers-in-law, Theresa and Steve Bader of Palmer, Lori and Tim Fredrick of Palmer, Connie Jo and Frank Beck of St. Paul, Joan and Bryan Stanczyk of Ashton and Michele and Doug Oeltjen of St. Paul; and one brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Pam Jerabek of Farwell.
She is also survived by two grandchildren, Issac Lee Kolar and Aubree Paige Kolar with another grandchild on the way.
Brenda grew up on the family farm west of Farwell and attended Farwell Elementary School. She was a 1984 graduate of Elba High School. She then worked at the Howard County Community Hospital in St. Paul.
She was united in marriage to Lonnie Friedrichsen on April 14, 1986, at St. Paul. The couple lived in Palmer where she continued to work at Howard County Community Hospital and the Central City Care Center. The couple later divorced.
She then moved to St. Paul, where she worked at Heritage Living Center and the Grand Island Veterans Home.
She was united in marriage to Kerry Kolar on Sept. 20, 2003, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The couple first lived in St. Paul, later moving to Wolbach. She worked at McCain Foods in Grand Island, PST near Wolbach and the Howard County Medical Center. She and Kerry divorced in 2011. She was presently employed for Christensen Construction of Wolbach.
Brenda was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul.
Brenda loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, swimming, gardening, cats and rocking in her rocking chair.
She was preceded in death by her nephew, Jonathan Jerabek; and her grandparents, Anton and Josephine Jerabek and Amanda Runge.
Memorials are suggested to the Kolar family.