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Marie H. Soukup

Female 1905 - 2006  (101 years)


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  • Name Marie H. Soukup  [1, 2
    Born 17 Jul 1905  Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Aug 2006  Crete, Saline County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Y  [4
    Notes 
    • Cared for her parents in their declining years in her nursing home in Crete, Nebraska. Her listing on the SSDI instead has her date of birth as 16 July 1905, however her obituary confirms the 17 July birthdate.

      Obituary

      Marie H. Sysel, Crete

      Marie H. Sysel, 101, Crete, died Thursday (8/17/06). Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Preceded in death by husband Edward; parents Mary Svec and Frank R. Soukup; brother Frank Soukup; sisters Alice Marshall, Pauline Brt, Rose Duba, Wilma Huppert and Irma Dinneen. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law Helen Marie Vasak (Richard) and Lorraine Pallesen (Charles); grandsons, their wives and children William Vasak (Rushelle), Brandon and Briana, John Vasak, Richard and Danielle, Milton Vasak (Nathalie), Nicole, Melissa and Allison, Michael Pallesen Sr. (Kathleen), Katie, Michael Jr., Libby and Maggie, Edward Sysel Pallesen (Marty Haessler), Henry and Phoebe.

      Born July 17, 1905, in Lawton, Okla. Educated at Milligan Public Schools, Milligan. As a young girl she served as a telephone operator at the Frank H. Woods Exchange, Crete, owned a beauty shop in Wilber, served as a visiting nurse in the Milligan, Tobias and Ohiowa areas. Married Edward Sysel in Nebraska City in 1933. Joined Edward in farming the Sysel homestead near Crete and in 1940 on the farm they bought by Parkersburg, Iowa. When Ed died suddenly in 1951 she took over the farm, eventually selling it and moving back to Crete with her daughters into the house she built and in which she resided until her death.

      Upon returning to Crete, Marie worked as an office nurse for Dr. Lewis Forney and later opened and operated a nursing home, "Sysel's Rest Haven," and an assisted-living facility, "Sysel's Manor." In 1969, Marie returned to farming, having bought a farm near Wellsburg, Iowa, which she managed until her death. Her longtime friends Ivan and Frances Slifer farmed the land, and when they retired, their son, Spencer and his wife, Cindy, continued farming the land.

      Being a widow at age 45 she raised her two daughters, ages 17 and 15 at the time, providing for their education at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Doane College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She worked side-by-side with her husband, Ed, on the farm and after his death used her knowledge and skills to manage by herself each farm she owned. She was absolutely devoted to her daughters and their families and always put their welfare before her own.

      Last year at this time she traveled with her daughter Lorraine and Chuck in the Czech Republic, Germany and France. In May she attended special functions at the preschools of her great-grandchildren in Omaha and New York City. In June she was in California to celebrate Helen Marie and Richard's 50th wedding anniversary. She was blessed with marvelous health, living by herself in her own home until she was hospitalized approximately a week ago after suffering a fall. Words cannot express how much Marie's family and friends will miss her, but they are grateful for having been able to share with her the appreciation of her Czech heritage and especially her love of Czech music, her marvelous cooking skills, her joy in raising beautiful flowers and her optimistic, positive attitude toward life.

      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Juniper St., Crete. Visitation will begin at noon on Sunday. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete.

      (Courtesy Dennis Belohlavy, 19 August 2006 Lincoln Journal Star)
    Person ID I13371  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Frank R. Soukup,   b. 13 Jan 1877, Morse Bluff, Saunders County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1964, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Mary Svec,   b. 10 Mar 1879, Milligan, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1967, Crete, Saline County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1899  Milligan, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • "Married at St. Wenceslaus Church in Milligan. They observed their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, November 24, 1949 in Milligan Auditorium and their 60th at their home November 28, 1959. Their attendants, Joe Soukup Sr of Swanton, Albert Kassik Sr and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Suda, were able to be present for their 50th."
    Family ID F5376  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edward Sysel,   b. 16 Apr 1896, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1951  (Age 55 years) 
    Married Oct 1933  Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2007 
    Family ID F5408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Jul 1905 - Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Oct 1933 - Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Soukup Cousins, Celebrating Jim and Geraldine Soukup's Golden Wedding Anniversary
    Soukup Cousins, Celebrating Jim and Geraldine Soukup's Golden Wedding Anniversary
    Back Row, l to r, Jim Soukup, Arnie Soukup, Rubye (Soukup) Prokop and Ray Soukup

    Front Row, l to r, Marie (Soukup) Sysel, Irma (Soukup) Dineen, Viola (Strong) Weaver, Helen (Soukup) Parker, and Rose (Soukup) Duba
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S219] Milligan Centennial History Book Committee HISTORY OF MILLIGAN, NEBRASKA 1888-1988 (Walsworth Publishing, Marceline, MO).

    2. [S1299] 1940 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.), Census Place: Big Blue, Saline, Nebraska; Roll: T627_2262; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 76-2. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S190] Mastny, Caroline--Family Researcher, 410 W. 19th Street, Schuyler, Nebraska 68661.

    4. [S548] Belohlavy, Dennis (belohdb@windstream.net) "Family Tree of Dennis L. and Rebecca J. "Becky" (Arnold) Belohlavy ; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=belohlavy, (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=belohlavy).