Thursday, January 19, 2012

Obituary: Ann Pospisil

Ann (Morgan) Pospisil was born to William (Colonel) and Eva (Tous) Morgan on June 30, 1916 in West Blue Township, York County, Nebraska, the seventh of eight children. She died peacefully in the presence of family on January 13, 2012 in Exeter after 95 very full years of life. 

Ann was married to Lewis Dale (Tobe) Pospisil on August 3, 1937 in Geneva, Nebraska. From this union, eight children were born.

She was raised in the Catholic faith, attending parochial school in Exeter , and graduating from Exeter High School. She received Normal Training to prepare her for teaching in a rural school until marriage.

She lived most of her life in the Friend and Exeter area but spent 4 years near Burwell which she said was one of the happiest periods of her life.

Ann loved flowers and always had beautiful gardens wherever she lived. People walking by her home in Friend always stopped to admire her flowers and enjoy her company. She never met a stranger and always made friends wherever she went. Ann was a member of the Turkey Creek Homemakers and Altar Societies of Friend and Exeter.

Children were a source of constant joy to Ann - not only her children, grand-children, great-grand-children, great-great-grand-children, but all children she came in contact with. She was active in school activities, serving on many committees throughout her children’s school years and even after the last child graduated from Friend High.

She loved celebrating her birthday, so much so she took great pleasure in celebrating her “birthday month”. She and her family were able to enjoy one last celebration for her 95th birthday in 2011, with an open house attended by her wide circle of friends. Memories of her happiness on that day will help her friends and family remember her with great affection and carry on her joyous spirit in the years to come.

Ann rejoined the Catholic Church later in life, becoming a member of St. Joseph’s parish in Friend and later at St. Stephen’s parish in Exeter, where she was a member at the time of her passing. Her strong faith was an extreme comfort to her throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her seven siblings, one grandchild and one son-in law. She is survived by Dale and Karen Pospisil of Hastings, Larry and Karolyn Pospisil of Surprise, Patti and Dean Krueger of Council Bluffs, IA, Joel and Janet Pospisil of Friend, Bob and Sandra Pospisil of Santa Rosa, CA, Marcia and Gene Mika of Lincoln, Rosemary St. Louis of Lugoff, SC, and Tobin and Lea Ann Pospisil of Prospect, KY, and numerous grand-children, great-grand-children, great-great-grand-children and nieces and nephews.

Her devotion to her family, courageous acceptance of life’s challenges, and genuine friendliness won for Ann the high regard of all whose privilege it was to know her.

A Funeral Mass for Ann was held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Exeter with Fathers Tom Kuffel and David Bourek officiating. James Pospisil accompanied Jessica Ruhl in the singing of “Amazing Grace,” “Let All Mortal Flesh Be Silent,” “Ave Maria,” “I Am The Bread Of Life,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Pallbearers for the service included Todd Pospisil, Joe Pospisil, John Pospisil, Craig Pospisil, Taylor Pospisil, and Brian Mika. Honorary bearers were Lori Brandt, Dean Crawford, Mark Crawford, Alan Pospisil, Angie McFarland, Jim Pospisil, Cole Pospisil, Jacki Bliss, Mike Pospisil, Todd Pospisil, Dean Pospisil, Sheri Durand, Karla Morton, and Shelley Mika. Interment was held in the Exeter Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Exeter Fire & Rescue, Masses for St. Stephen’s, or to the Pospisil Family. Farmer Funeral Home of Exeter conducted the arrangements.

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