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Michael J. "Mike" Spotanski

Michael John “Mike” Spotanski, 54, of Loup City, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, surrounded by his family, at his home. Due to COVID-19, Mike's Mass of Christian Burial was postponed last year. A private family burial was held March 19, 2020, in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ashton. Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski will celebrate the Mass. Face masks will be required to protect the Spotanski family. The Mass will be livestreamed on Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. The direct link for that page is www.facebook.com/PetersFuneralHomeSP. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is assisting the family. Mike was born on April 13, 1965, at Loup City, the son of Alozy M. and Darlene A. (Dembowski) Spotanski. He attended St. Francis Parochial School in Ashton and graduated from Loup City High School in 1983. After graduation he worked at Monfort’s in Grand Island for three years. In Jan. 1987, he joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas and was discharged in Jan. 1989. He was united in marriage to Karen A. Petersen on Aug. 27, 1987, at Loup City. He worked for Trotter Fertilizer and then surveyed the Fullerton irrigation canals. In April 1993, he began working for the Farwell Irrigation District, where he worked for 13 years. He then worked for BNSF Railroad for a while and returned to Farwell Irrigation District, where he worked the rest of his life. During this time, he also was a cattle and sheep rancher. Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a passion for being with his family and watching his grandchildren grow. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton and the Polish Heritage Center, of which he was a former board member. He was also a board member of the Lower Loup Surface Water Association. He is survived by his wife, Karen of Ashton; daughter, Cassandra Spotanski and fiancé, Marc Jackson; son and fiancée, Wesley Spotanski and Jami Mroczek of Loup City and son and daughter-in-law, Heath and Torrie Spotanski of Ashton; four grandchildren, Cooper, Chase and Cade Spotanski and DeBurg Jackson; his parents, Alozy and Darlene Spotanski of Loup City; siblings and spouses, Mark and Teresa Spotanski of Sweetwater, Melanie and Tim Jonak of Rockville, Michele and Glen Killion of St. Paul, Mitch and Jodi Spotanski of Loup City, Maria and Mike Curlo of Ashton and Marti Jo and Lance Heikel of Hazard; in-laws, Jim and Pat Petersen of Loup City; sisters-in-law and spouses, Kim and Rick Garner of York, Kristi and Mark Lingle of Fremont, Kathy Petersen of Boelus, and Kelly Luetkenhaus of Wahoo; brother-in-law and spouse, Kevin and Kimberlyn Petersen of Grand Island; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was welcomed into heaven by his grandparents, John and Martha Spotanski and Frank and Josephine Dembowski. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Grace Foundation.

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Our prayers are with all of his family, wonderful man we enjoyed every visit with him. God bless. Randy Geri and Brody Treptow

Randy treptow Mar 20 2020 8:56 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong. James and Sherri Kusek

Sherri Kelsey-Kusek Mar 18 2020 8:07 PM

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and the family. God bless. Mitzi & Daryl Kuszak

Daryl Kuszak Mar 18 2020 10:23 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of Mike's family. Prayers and hugs to all of you, what a beautiful tribute to him in his video!!! Cherish all of those great memories forever. He is at Peace and with his Lord, God's Blessings be with all of you. Velda Peters

Velda M Peters Mar 18 2020 9:15 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Spotanski

Donna Schaub Mar 17 2020 1:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Spotanski

Tom and Donna Peters Mar 17 2020 12:03 PM

Mike and I were on the Polish Heritage Board. He was always helpful and a wonderful guy to be around. My sympathies to Karen and his family.

Judi Welniak Mar 17 2020 10:42 AM

Met Mike on the other side of a calf cradle when he was running it!! Mike was the greatest and he will be forever missed by the entire community.. Many prayers to the entire family in this difficult time!!

Dr. Shari Sandoz Mar 16 2020 9:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Spotanski

Karen Hansen Clegg Mar 16 2020 5:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Spotanski

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