Saturday, June 12, 2021

Obituary Joan T. Kuska


Joan Theresa Kuska was born to John and Theresa (Leif) Harre on September 19th, 1936, in Exeter, Nebraska and passed away June 9th, 2021 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 84 years, 8 months, and 21 days. She was the eleventh child of fifteen children.

Joan was raised in Exeter. She attended St. Stephen’s Catholic School and then Exeter Public High School.

Joan was married to Verlyn Kuska of Exeter, on August 10th, 1957. They moved to Lawton, Oklahoma in 1958. They spent the next few years moving around Nebraska and finally settled in Exeter in 1963. To this union were born three children: Ron, Wayne, and Connie.

While raising her three children, Joan worked a variety of jobs. Her favorite jobs were being a cook at Exeter Public School and a housekeeper/cook at St. Stephen’s Rectory.

Joan loved to cook and spend time with her immediate family, siblings and granddaughters. She enjoyed doing yardwork, kept a big garden, and loved to feed and watch birds. Joan and Verlyn loved to dance and listen to polka music. She was very involved in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.

Joan was preceded in death by Verlyn Kuska, her loving husband; Ronald Kuska, her dear son; her parents John and Theresa Harre; brothers and sisters; Reta Mae Coffey, Paul Harre, Lawrence Harre, Kenneth Harre, Gladys Coffey, Jerome Harre, Eugene Harre, Aloysius Harre and Patricia Hansen.

She is survived by her son, Wayne (Terri) Kuska of Overland Park, Kansas; her daughter, Connie (James) Bayless of Lincoln; daughter-in-law, Colleen Kuska of Exeter; her four granddaughters, Andres (Scott) Davis of Lincoln; Katie Bayless and fiancé, Jake Kuhn of Lincoln; McKenzie (Erik) Bruening of Omaha; and Kylie Kuska of Council Bluffs, Iowa; her siblings, Evelyn Coffey of Fairmont, Doris (Richard) Nicholas of Exeter; Jeanette Paulus of Loveland, Colorado; Francis Harre of York; and Leona Smith of New Braunfels, Texas.

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