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Lucille M. Vanis

Lucille M. Vanis, 85, of St. Libory, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St.. Libory's Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Rev. Sidney B. Bruggeman will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 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 arrangements. Mrs. Vanis was born on Dec. 6, 1925, at David City, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Speicher) Helgoth. She was united in marriage to Harry J. Vanis on May 31, 1955, at St. Francis Center near David City. Harry preceded her in death on June 3, 1981. She was also preceded by her son, Bill Vanis. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, LuAnn and Ken Magwire of Eagle River, Alaska, Vicki and Doug Wallace of North Platte, and Jeanne and Bob Prince of Grand Island; one son, Don Vanis of St. Paul; one daughter-in-law, Maureen Vanis of Grand Island; and one brother and two sisters-in-law, Leonard Helgoth of David City, Martha Helgoth of David City and Rose Marie Helgoth of St. Libory. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lucille grew up in David City and graduated from David City High School in 1943. During World War II she worked at the Mead Ordinance Plant and Martin Bomber Plant in Omaha. She later worked as a telephone operator for Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph for 10 years. She and Harry moved to Grand Island in 1957 and later to St. Libory where they owned and operated Vanis Grocery and later the Beer Barrel Bar until 1988. She also worked for three years as a Post Master relief at the St. Libory Post Office. She was a member of St. Libory's Catholic Church and its CCW and Christian Mothers. She also served as the parish representative for the DCCW for many years and was a former member of the Eagles in Grand Island. She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and attending their activities and she loved family get togethers, crocheting and gardening. In addition to her husband, Harry and son, Bill, she was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Richard and Louis Helgoth. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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LuAnn, Vicki, Jeanne and Don Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. She will be greatly missed. Not only did she live life to the fullest, she was an inspiration to all. God Bless

Jerry Dembowski Jan 7 2012 12:00 AM

LuAnn, Vicki, Jeanne and Don I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your mother. Lucille was a wonderful, strong woman. I can remember when I worked for her at the Barrel Bar, she was a sweet-heart to work for. She was also kind enough to rent me her mother's house even when it was up for sale. She had such a wonderful smile. I loved the time I spent in St. Libory and the fun I had with all of you. May your mother RIP! Lana Studley Maret

Lana Studley Maret Dec 6 2011 12:00 AM

*As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens, and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy

Gary and Lin McGowan Dec 6 2011 12:00 AM

We kow this is a very difficult time for you. Your Mother, Grandmother was a fun loving person to be around. I have many fond memories of her. We will not be able to attend the service but she is in our prayers and thoughts. LaVonne

Bob & LaVonne Rosso Dec 5 2011 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the Vanis and Helgoth families

Barb Ambrose Dec 5 2011 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to all of you at the loss of Aunt Lucille. She was a wonderful, strong woman that lived her life to the fullest to the very end! We'll all miss her.

Geri, Tim & Morgan Shipley Dec 5 2011 12:00 AM

LuAnn, Ken and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. It is never easy losing a mom. May you find comfort in your many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely. Janet.

Janet (Berger) Feik Dec 4 2011 12:00 AM