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Martha M. Havlik

Martha M. Havlik, 92, of Saint Paul died on April 20, 2020, at Brookefield Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Saint Paul, NE. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at this time, private family interment will be at the Elmwood Cemetery in Saint Paul. A Memorial Mass to celebrate her life will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Saints Peter & Paul Parish Life Center in Saint Paul or to the donor’s choice. Peters Funeral Home is assisting the family. Miss Havlik was born August 1, 1927, in Ord, Nebraska to Ladislav and Louise (Jirka) Havlik. Miss Havlik was born and spent her early years in Ord, before moving with her family to Saint Paul. She graduated from Saint Paul High School in 1944. She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1949. Martha worked at Creighton University’s Saint Joseph’s Hospital teaching nursing arts. Subsequently she worked as head nurse followed by assistant chief of nursing service at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Grand Island from the time that the VA Hospital was built in 1950 until 1961. At that time she returned to Saint Paul to assist with the family meat and grocery business and to care for her sister, Marie, who suffered from cancer. One by one, she assisted with the medical care of multiple family members with serious illnesses. Over time, she was the essential care-giver for her mother, three sisters and two brothers. The grocery business was sold in 1969, but Miss Havlik continued to own and manage Havlik’s Locker in Saint Paul until her retirement in 1993. Miss Havlik was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she served in the choir and as Eucharistic minister. She was a member of DCCW, Chapter AP PEO, and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of Catholic Daughters Sacred Heart Court 2015 serving as First Regent and the Nebraska State Court of Catholic Daughters serving as State Treasurer. Martha was a member of the Nebraska Nursing Association and the American Nursing Association. She served on the Howard County Community Hospital Board for twenty years and was chairman of the Howard County Red Cross for five years. Additionally she was appointed an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska in 1983. Martha loved her family deeply and was a faithful, loyal and sincere friend. She always enjoyed sharing her time with her family and her friends. She loved people and was a vibrant resident of the Brookefield Park community since 2014. Martha had macular degeneration for years but had a keen sense of hearing and recognized most of her friends by their voice. At Brookefield Park she visited, encouraged and often prayed with other residents and staff. Until her death, she remained involved in her organizations, kept up on current events and exercised daily. She frequently gave advice to friends and family on how to improve their health and how to enhance their relationship with God. Martha was an avid supporter of her family and their pursuits, especially her great-nieces as violinists and their orchestra programs. Her hobbies included cooking, music and tending her flowers and garden. She enjoyed travel and made several overseas trips, including trips to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic to visit her extended family, whom she loved dearly. She spoke Czech and remained fluent all of her life. Most of all, Martha loved her Lord and her church. She had a deep faith that sustained her until she was able to join the rest of her family in heaven. It was her faith and God’s love that she lived and shared every day. Miss Havlik is survived by her brother-in-law, John Shoemaker of St. Paul; and her nephew and his wife, Steve and Zelda Shoemaker of Grand Island. Additionally, she is survived by her niece’s husband, Daniel Bradley of Renton, WA; two great-nieces, Lindsey (Niels) Meewis of Montrose, CO, and Dr. Lauren Shoemaker of Omaha; and one great-nephew, Samuel (Ashley) Bradley of Everett, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Charles Havlik and Otto Havlik; and her sisters, Marie Havlik, Lydia Havlik and Georgine Shoemaker; her niece, Kay Bradley; and great-nephew, Nicholas Bradley.

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I just found out that Martha passed. I'm so saddened that I won't be able to visit with her again at Brookefield. What a lovely person. My mom, Marlene Wolinski, has been at Brookefield since last year or I'd never have met Martha. Mom of course knew her. Havlik's was a mainstay vendor to my grandmother's grocery store, Carrie's Cafe / Carrie Platek, in Farwell when I was a child. Mom and grandma Carrie knew the Havlik's very well. I'm so happy that I got to spend quality time chatting with Martha on my visit's to see mom over the past year. She was always happy, smiling and interested in you personally. What a gift. My sympathy to her family, Kim Wolinski and family - Marlene, Dave and Kelly

Kim Wolinski May 25 2020 9:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Martha Havlik

Kim Wolinski May 25 2020 9:11 PM

Martha was a good friend to the Crosiers Fathers and Brothers. We are so sad to hear of Marthas passing. Martha was a woman to whom I admired for her faith, kindness, and elegance. Our deepest sympathy to all of Martha's family. We will keep her and her family in our prayers.

Br. Daniel Hernndez osc May 7 2020 12:59 PM

Martha was a good friend to my Gramma, Doris Rasmussen, and was always so kind and loving to me. I saw her a few months ago and I was so surprised she recognized me right away and spoke so lovingly, as she always did. I enjoyed our visit and we hugged when I left. So glad I was able to see her again before she passed. She was an inspiration in her faith and kindness! My sympathy to her family.

Bobbie Feldhaus Apr 24 2020 10:36 AM

To John Shoemaker: I had the honor of treating you, Otto, Georgie, Martha and Lydia. I think God has a special place for a family as nice as yours. My prayers are with you. Gordon Hrnicek

gordon j hrnicek Apr 23 2020 7:27 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of Martha's family. She will be so very missed by everyone., always a smile and kindness to everyone. She was one of God's Angels here on earth and now in Heaven. Cherish all of your wonderful memories with her and I know there would be so many, Prayers to you all and know she is in Heaven and watching over you all. In Christ, Velda

Velda M Peters Apr 23 2020 10:19 AM

My dad (Wilbert Potter) and I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to Martha's family. My dad worked with them for many years at the locker. Martha was such a beautiful soul- inside and out.

Brenda Starkey Apr 22 2020 12:01 PM

Sorry for your loss John, Steve, and Family. Ron Gans and Family

Ron Gans Apr 22 2020 11:25 AM

My family and the Havliks were great friends. My mom graduated from high school with Marie. My dad, Hank Rasmussen, would stop by the locker for coffee. Martha always recognized my voice even though it would be years without seeing her. She was at moms 90th birthday party in 2006. A lovely person.

Francie Apr 21 2020 7:15 PM

So sad to hear of Marthas passing. I remember going with my folks (Frosty & Lavinia Uleman) to the grocery store when I was a little girl. I saw her at state fair several years ago and she remembered me! She was awesome & sweet lady! :pray::pray::heart:

Linda Tibbetts Apr 21 2020 6:04 PM

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