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St. Leo's Catholic Church
Monday February 19th, 2018
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Monday February 19th, 2018

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Tuesday February 20th, 2018

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Patricia J. Placke-Massing

Patricia J. Placke-Massing, 57, of Grand Island, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island, surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Donald A. Buhrman and Deacon Donald J. Placke will celebrate the Mass. Inurnment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Patricia was born on March 31, 1960, at Kearney, the daughter of Robert F. and Shirley C. (Lawson) Thompson. She lived with her family on a dairy farm near Gibbon. At the age of 3 she moved with her family to Phillips where she attended the Phillips Consolidated School. In 1971, they moved to a dairy farm north of Grand Island and she attended country school and was one of the first students to attend the newly built District 1-R school. They later moved near Chapman and she attended Central City Public School. In 1975, the family purchased the Lone Tree Station & Cafe in St. Libory and she graduated from St. Paul High School in 1978. She was united in marriage to Jerald L. Placke on Jan. 29, 1977, at the St. Libory's Catholic Church in St. Libory. The couple lived in St. Libory where they raised their six children. She was united in marriage to Fred L. Massing on June 18, 2014, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island. Over the years Pat worked in retail at the Conestoga Mall and later as a bank teller in several Grand Island banks. She most recently worked in insurance coding. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Grand Island Saddle Club. Pat enjoyed playing the piano and organ and was a longtime organist at St. Libory's Catholic Church, having played for Masses and many funerals and weddings. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved dancing, traveling and shopping. She is survived by her husband, Fred L. Massing of Grand Island; six children and spouses, Shannon and Jamie Placke of Grand Island, Simon Placke of Palmer, Ben and Lacey Placke of St. Libory, Tony and Sarah Placke of St. Libory, Jennifer Negrete of Peoria, AZ and Vincent and Nicole Placke of St. Libory; 15 grandchildren, Logan and Cameron Placke; Jerimy, Gavin and Chloe Placke; Mason and Payton Placke; Elijah, Olivia and Malachi Placke; Lexie, Quentin and Audrie Negrete; and Violet and Vaida Placke; three brothers and one sister, Ron Thompson and Cheryl Knickerbocker of Grand Island, Ed Thompson and Dan Kremer of Omaha, Cheryl Allard and Rod Rowe of St. Paul, and James Thompson and Wendy McKoski of Elba. She is also survived by Fred's children and spouses, Steve and Carol Massing of Lincoln, Greg and Kindy Massing of Grand Island, Joyce and Art May of Grand Island, Chris and Karen Massing of Aurora, and Mitch and Lorie Massing of Grand Island; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice, American Cancer Society or the Grand Island Crisis Center.

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To Pat's Family - We are so sorry for your great loss. Pat will be remembered always for her wonderful smile. She was such a quiet and beautiful soul. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead. Love and Blessings - Tony and Susie Guyette & Family

Susanne Guyette Feb 20 2018 1:28 PM

So sorry for your loss! Pat was a wonderful friend. She will be missed! Will be praying for you all!

Christy Feb 20 2018 11:26 AM

I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of Pat's family, as she was a wonderful, kind and loving person. Always a beautiful smile and so full of caring for others. May it help some at this difficult time to know that so many others care and have you in their prayers. Cherish all the wonderful and fun memories you have with her. She is with her Lord and will be dancing and playing the organ up in Heaven!!! Velda Peters

VeldaPeters Feb 19 2018 6:22 PM

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. In our younger years we had much in common. We played cards, worked with each other at school and church functions, I babysat for her, she taught piano to my kids. She always had a smile on her face but was oh so quiet. She will never be forgotten. In our hearts forever. Bob & Dianne Ziller

Dianne Ziller Feb 19 2018 5:27 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your great loss and extend my heartfelt sympathies to each of you at this very sad and difficult time. Pat was such a great lady, good mother, awesome friend, talented woman who was always smiling. It was joy to see her out to dinner and dancing! Many good memories of this great lady and friend. She will be missed but not forgotten. My love and friendship, Nancy Mamot-Meier G.I

Nancy Mamot Meier Feb 19 2018 3:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia Placke-Massing

Theresa Coplen Feb 19 2018 12:01 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of Patty Jo. I so wish we would have all kept up the Thompson family tradition of having reunions. There is not one childhood memory that does not include ya'll. Love Vicki

Vicki Freshour Watson Feb 18 2018 7:54 PM

Fred, even though we did not meetyour Lady, we knew she was a fine gal.....who loved you and dancing...... She i s so pretty, you have lost the love of your life......blessings Julie and Cleo in KS.

Julie and Cleo S Feb 18 2018 1:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia Placke-Massing

Julie and Cleo S Feb 18 2018 1:25 PM