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Wilhelmina "Wilma" Rose Votipka

Female 1916 - 2013  (96 years)


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  • Name Wilhelmina "Wilma" Rose Votipka  [1, 2
    Nickname Wilma 
    Born 15 Aug 1916  Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 May 2013  Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 

    • Wilhelmina Rose Votipka Murphy was born to William and Rose (Hromadka) Votipka on August 5, 1916 on a farm south of Exeter, Nebraska. She graduated from Exeter High School in 1933, and taught in country schools south of Exeter.
      On June 17, 1940, she married Leo W. (Swede) Murphy, her high school sweetheart. They enjoyed 49 years together, raising six children on the family farm.
      While their children attended St. Stephen's Catholic School, Wilma was active in the Home and School Association. In the early 1960's she worked at the Exeter Rexall Drug store. When Memory Manor opened in 1965, she was on the first staff of caregivers, then worked as secretary for her sons at Murphy Plumbing and Heating until 1984.
      After Swede died in 1989, Wilma continued to live in the house they built when they were married, until she moved to the Exeter Care Center at age 90. Throughout her life, she was an inspiration with her strong faith, graceful demeanor, and love of family.
      Kolaches, canasta, cooking and crafts are among the many things Wilma shared with family. With dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren, she always had plenty of visitors, as well as activities to attend. She enjoyed her many friends, including those in bridge and pinochle groups, fitness classes, St. Stephen's Altar Society and Exeter Woman's Club. Wilma enjoyed travel, reading, and working crossword puzzles.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three sisters, and a son-in-law. She is survived by her brother, Bill Victor of Northridge, California; three daughters and sons-in-law, three sons and daughters-in-law; 17 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Her children and their spouses are: Kathleen and Bob Harre of rural Exeter, Bill and Carol Murphy of Crete, Tim and Sherrill Murphy of Omaha, Kriss and Gib Fendrick of Omaha, Barry and Sylvia Murphy of Exeter, and Rose and Dan Vodvarka of Lincoln.
      Funeral services 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter. Rosary services Monday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter,NE. Visitation Monday, from 1 p.m. until rosary at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter. Memorials are in care of the family. Interment will be in the Exeter Cemetery.
    Person ID I43351  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2013 

    Father William Votipka,   b. 30 Aug 1890, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1975, South Sioux City, Dakota County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Rose Hromadka,   b. 26 Aug 1895, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1973, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 28 Jan 1914  [3
    Family ID F1084  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Leo W. "Swede" Murphy,   b. 13 Aug 1915,   d. 15 Nov 1989, Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 14 Jun 1940 
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F12929  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Aug 1916 - Fillmore County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 May 2013 - Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [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).

    2. [S564] 1930 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.), Nebraska, Fillmore County, Liberty Twp ED 30-21 SD 11 Sheet 1B 20-20 (Reliability: 3).

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