Lincoln — Ethel Doris Jelinek, 94, of Lincoln, formerly of Verdigre and O'Neill, died on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

Visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Visitation was continued on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 8, 2020 at the church in Verdigre.

Burial was in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in Verdigre.

Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of the Risen Christ or St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

Ethel was born on April 12, 1925, to Anton and Martha (Slechta) Konopasek with a twin sister Esther. She attended grade school at District 39 near Verdigre through the eighth grade and then graduated from Verdigre High School in 1942. 

In 1947 she was united in love and marriage to Alvin J. Jelinek. They lived 12 miles southwest of Verdigre where they farmed and ranched, raising purebred, registered Herefords. They had one son Dale, whom after college went into partnership with his father and mother on the family Jelinek farm/ranch. 

Ethel and Alvin retired from farming in 1984 when they moved to O`Neill and made a host of new friends. They enjoyed card playing with all of them. 

She really liked to grow flowers and a vegetable garden. The family said she had a green thumb! 

Ethel loved taking care of her family and spent much time with her grandchildren Bryan and Jon Jelinek.  She enjoyed traveling with Alvin throughout the United States and Canada of their 16 years throughout their retirement. 

She and Alvin nearly celebrated their 50th Anniversary by 11 months. After her husband Alvin’s death in 1996, Ethel moved to Lincoln. 

Ethel lived at Van Dorn Villa for 16 years with her identical twin sister Esther!  Then Ethel and Esther decided on moving to Windcrest Assisted Living Facility and Ethel lived in this facility four more years. 

She loved the Lord and attended the Catholic Church Saint Wenceslaus in Verdigre where Alvin and Ethel were married. As the couple retired from the family farm/ranch they attended Saint Patrick in O’Neill. Moving to Lincoln, she attended the Cathedral of the Risen Christ Catholic Church until her death. Ethel would say that church in her life was the best thing she ever did. 

Ethel was a sweet and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed by all. She often talked of her love for her husband Alvin, and was clearly looking forward to the reunion in paradise with Alvin her husband. 

Ethel is survived by one son Dale (Jeanann) Jelinek of Lincoln; two grandsons Bryan (Sara) Jelinek of Beatrice and Jon (Nichole) Jelinek of Waverly; four great-grandchildren Colton, Noah, Alexa and Olivia Jelinek; four nephews and nieces Allen, Gene and Karen Sedivy and Vivian Jelinek; in Dale’s second marriage was added three stepchildren Beth (RJ) Jones of Beatrice, Amy Urbaschek of Lincoln and Mathew (Amanda) Jurgens of Lake Charles, LA; nine step-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years from marriage Alvin J. Jelinek; her parents Anton and Martha; and four sisters Violet, Irene, Esther and Lorraine Konopasek.    


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