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June 2012

Student takes second at state speech contest

Rachel Walet, a seventh-grader at St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha, took second place in the Modern Woodmen of America state speech contest May 21.

Twelve students from nine public and private schools participated in the annual contest, this year held at Walet's school and focused on volunteering. Walet's speech was about volunteers after Hurricane Katrina.

WINDING DOWN

First-grader CeCe Cronin shows off her face paint while playing with a parachute during Field Day May 15 at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha. As school wound down this year, teachers and administrators across the archdiocese invited students to break out of the classroom routine and participate in field trips to museums, bowling alleys and sporting events on campus. At Mary Our Queen, students in kindergarten through the sixth grade played games including gunny-sack races, obstacle courses and tug-of-war.

Men gather around pledge on Father's Day

About a dozen men at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Omaha are taking a Father's Day pledge to love and protect their families, confront evil and embrace mercy, pray for others, treat them with compassion and honor God and his church.

It's an offshoot of the "That Man Is You!" men's leadership program at the parish, which takes a break over the summer, and it is modeled after the pledge taken in the movie "Courageous," which encourages men to lead their families in faith.

Signatures exceed expectations

The response was overwhelming - more than 1,600 Catholic men signed a Father's Day Proclamation pledging to be spiritual leaders that is being published in this issue of the Catholic Voice and the June 17 Omaha World-Herald, an organizer of the effort said.

"I thought I was stretching it when I said 1,000 men," said Deacon Steve Luna of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston.

To help mark Father's Day, June 17, at least 1,000 were needed at $10 each for the proclamation to appear with the names of those signing it as advertisements in the newspapers.

VAN KEUREN Wallace P. TSgt USAF (Ret.)

VAN KEUREN Wallace P. TSgt USAF (Ret.), 85. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Interment Bellevue Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Edele; son, Richard; grandson, Eric. Survived by sons, David, Papillion, Glen, Beaver Lake, and Todd & fiancée, Betty Mitteis, Beaver Lake; daughter, Denise Tuttle; brother, Roger Van Keuren, San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family.

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STARK-BettyAnn

STARK-BettyAnn, 86. Funeral Mass June 14 at our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband; father; mother; brothers; sisters. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Debbra and Kenneth Anderson; six grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Shirley Bowen, and Barbara and Robert Tamisiea; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Agnes Stark, and Gerald and Irene Stark; nieces; nephews.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

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TKACZUK-Ann

TKACZUK-Ann, 88. Funeral service June 14 at Assumption Ukrainian Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Grigori "Harry". Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Wanda, and Harry and Pamela; daughter and son-in-law, Kris and Roy Sandoval; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

FUNERAL HOME

FIDLER-Andrew S.

FIDLER-Andrew S., 60. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Stanley and Stella; brother, John. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Bill Larson; daughter, Janina "Nina" Fidler; sister, Patricia "PJ" Fidler; relatives; friends.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

PADWORNY-Thomas A.

PADWORNY-Thomas A., 60. Memorial service June 14 at the funeral home. Inurnment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by daughter, Marissa Padworny; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Alysha Padworny Jr.; granddaughter; Erika Vlasic. Memorials to the family.

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ZITKA-Francis "Frank" J.

ZITKA-Francis "Frank" J., 74. Visitation 4 p.m., wake service 6:15 p.m., both June 14 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., June 15 at St. Patrick Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Eileen; parents, Joseph and Victoria; sister, JoAnne Sexton. Survived by sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Dr. Thomas Schorsch; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Leroy and Donna Feldhaus, and James and Betty Feldhaus; nieces; nephews. Memorials to St. Patrick Church.

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