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Marie June Eurek was reunited with her husband, Mike, on Valentine’s Day. She passed away on February 14, 2023, at The Monarch Hospice home in Lincoln surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2023 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church. Father Mark Maresh will Celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 17 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church with a 6:00 p.m. Sodality Rosary at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, Sherman County Foundation or Sherman County Senior Center. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Higgins Funeral Home Facebook page. The direct link is http://facebook.com/Higgins-Funeral-Home-111005270563508.
Marie was born on June 25, 1926, in Loup City to Vincent and Agnes (Mazankowski) Bogacz. She was raised in the Wiggle Creek area and was the 7th of 10 children.
Prior to her final year of high school, the family moved to Omaha as result of the Depression’s economic conditions. She had to get a special youth permit to obtain night employment at the Kellogg's factory in Omaha to help support the family.
Marie was united in marriage to Mike Eurek on May 9, 1949, at St Peter and Paul Church in Omaha and God blessed them with 6 children and 57 years of marital bliss until Mike passed away in 2006.
In 1971 she became certified as a CSM and provided dedicated assistance to the residents of Rose Lane Home in Loup City for 18 years.
Marie enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook, gardener and a woman of great faith. She was always an avid reader and through retirement she had many books on roses, flowers in general and on different types of birds. She remained up to date on current events, enjoyed clipping newspaper articles, especially those about members of her family and liked to collect cookbooks and would read them like a novel. Her love of cooking resulted in the culmination of a family cookbook which compiled many of the family's recipes into a treasure for future generations. She enjoyed magazine reading and the many ideas presented whether home decorating or cooking. She was also an avid “Wheel of Fortune” and “Price is Right” viewer as well as pinochle and pitch player.
She loved to be involved with community clubs, church activities and community service for the church whether it was altar society, parish circle events or decorating the church and spent many hours preparing meals and lunches to support them. She was an active volunteer with the Blood Bank for both Ashton and Loup City. Marie, along with her husband, maintained positions with the election commission. Marie was a founding donor of the Sherman County Community Foundation and the community center.
Even though Marie was unable to finish high school and achieve her dream of becoming a teacher, she and Mike encouraged and instilled in their children the importance of education. She was proud that all six of her children received college degrees and some also earned advanced degrees.
She will be missed by family and friends. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Lawrence (Susan) Eurek of Roseville, California and their children, Jenny (Marc) Bacsafra, Fair Oaks, CA and Julie (Kevin) Romig, Roseville, CA; Allan (Paula) Eurek of Lincoln and their daughter, Sarah (Sean) Kammer, Vermillion, SD; Mark (Patty) Eurek of Loup City and their children, Michael (Celeste) Eurek, York, NE, Laura (Mike) Teichmeier, Bradshaw, NE, Nick (Kimmie) Eurek, Omaha, NE and Marissa Eurek, Bradshaw, NE; Gary (Lori) Eurek of Loup City and their children, Phillip (Kelly) Mroczek, Prior Lake, MN, Channing (Thomas) Thies, Juanita, NE, Jessica Eurek, Columbus, NE and Vincent Eurek, Crete, NE, daughters Michelle Eurek of Lincoln and Kim McVey of Lincoln and her son Mike McVey, Los Angeles, CA and 15 great-grandchildren: Sofia & Estella Bacsafra, Veronica Romig, Isabella Eurek, Haley & Emily Teichmeier, Evangeline & Jeanne Eurek, Braden Romans, Anja, Emika & Corbin Mroczek, Spencer, Melanie & Colin Thies.
She was preceded in death by her husband Mike, parents Vincent and Agnes (Mazankowski) Bogacz, nine brothers and sisters: Frank (Marie) Bogacz, Edward (Betty) Bogacz, Clarence Bogacz, Frances (Bill) Jerabek, Anna (Frank) Rozmus, Mae (Ray) Kwiatkowski, Lorrie (Ed) Hahn, Connie (Jim) McCloy, and Dorothy (Virgil) Jarzynka, her son-in-law Ron McVey and sisters-in-law: Agnes Eurek, Josephine Eurek, Rose Eurek, Catherine Eurek, Ann (Fritz) Shotkoski, Barbara Marvel and brother-in-law Steve (Ernestine) Eurek.