Atkinson — Adelene Victoria Laetsch, 83, of Atkinson, formerly of Amelia, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 at Parkside Manor in Stuart.
Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a parish rosary.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson.
Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Adelene was born Dec. 13, 1938, in Ord to John and Anna Sok. Back in the day, Adelene was raised on a farm south of Ord. The family moved years later to Tekamah. After graduating high school, she landed a job in Omaha with a phone company as an operator.
Adelene met her future husband, Arthur Laetsch Jr., while he was working in West Point. Art and Adelene were married in Tekamah on May 14, 1960. To this union eight children were born Tony, John, Lori, Tom, Jeff, Maggie, Julie and Sally.
Adelene was the Jill of all trades including gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, strong faith and raising livestock. Keeping her children on the right path of life was very stressful at times. Adelene attended therapy when possible... which consisted of the Blazing 7's and the Lucky Ducks. Adelene was able to cash out on most therapy sessions due to the generosity of the 7's and the Ducks. Art, to our great surprise, was always very supportive of these therapy sessions.
Adelene was blessed with 26 grandchildren that she cherished. She spoiled them with countless batches of cookies, rolls, runzas and her famous play - dough. Faith, being at the top of her list, was one of the many morals and values that she instilled in them.
Adelene is survived by her eight children Tony (Laurie) Laetsch of Salem, SD, John (Ree) Laetsch of Amelia, Lori (Brad) Ehresmann of Rapid City, SD, Tom (Michelle) Laetsch of Seward, Jeff (Cindy) Laetsch of Atkinson, Maggie (Scott) Axtell of Harrisburg, SD, Julie (Todd) Seger and Sally (Darrell) Miksch, all of Atkinson; 26 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister Marie Gill of Tekamah; one sister-in-law Pat Sok of Fremont; one brother-in-law John (Gert) Laetsch of Houston, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Anna (Augustyn) Sok; her husband Arthur Laetsch Jr.; three sisters Lillian (Alvin) Vetick, Josephine (Leon) Marquardt and Eva (Bernard) Spenner; two brothers Hank (Darlene) Sok and Steve Sok; and one brother-in-law Robert Gill.