Loyola Jane (Becker) Votipka Kaiser was born to Paul & Clara (Noel) Becker on the family farm southeast of Exeter on April 11, 1927. She was one of eight children. She passed away on May 5, 2019 at the Utica Care Center in Utica, Nebraska. She had just celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 11th.
Jane met Rueben F. Votipka at a dance in Burress, NE.
They married on Sept. 22, 1950 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in
Exeter and lived on a farm east of Geneva, NE. They had two children
James R. Votipka and Carol J. Votipka. Rueben was killed in a car
accident on Feb. 17, 1955.
She remarried on Aug. 16, 1956 to
Albert A. Kaiser. They had one daughter, Paula A. Kaiser. They were
winter Texans for many years. They enjoyed going to Mexico and swap
Jane attended grade school at District 72 for 4 years and
graduated from 8th grade from St. Stephen's Catholic School. She
graduated from Exeter High School in 1944. Jane took normal training in
high school and summer school at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She
started teaching the first year in the fall of 1944 by riding a horse
to District 94 where she taught for 2 years. She later bought a Model A
Ford car from John (Peas) Becker for a $100. She then taught 4 years at
District 22. She had many fond memories of her teaching days and bragged
about her students.
She was a charter member of The Lady Birds
Extension Club. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #218
where she was a Gold Star sister. She was a member of St. Stephen's
Catholic Church of Exeter, NE, where she taught CCD for several years.
She enjoyed two overseas trips with her sister Cenie. One included
Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and the other Norway, Sweden and
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her two
husbands and six of her siblings: Theresa Kelch, Arthur Becker, Max
Becker, Paul Becker, Alice Folkers, and Bona Rust. Also, a son-in-law
Don Harris and sister-in-law LaVonne Vitello.
Jane is survived by
her son, James (Judy) Votipka of Geneva, NE. Granddaughter Claire
(Brad) Kosmicki and their children Elizabeth Grace, William, and Grant
of Pocatello, ID.
A daughter, Carol Harris of Concord, NC,
Grandson Chris Harris of Charlotte, NC. and Granddaughter Kari Harris of
Charleston, SC. A daughter Paula (Randy) Kaiser-Asmus of Lincoln, NE
and a Grandson Matthew (Gina) Yakel and their children Billie Deana and
Mazzy Jane of Yorktown, TX.
She is, also, survived by a sister,
Cenie Sackschewsky of York, NE and many nieces and nephews that were
special to her. Two surviving cousins Alfred Crick of Omaha, NE. and Don
Milroy of North Platte, NE.
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