Marcella Kean Reschke, 80, of rural Hiawatha, died late Monday evening, April 23, 2012, at the Pines South in Hiawatha, following a brief illness.
Marcella was born August 15, 1931, in Dawson, NE, the daughter of Joseph and Grace Burke Kean. She was a graduate of Dawson High School, Dawson, NE in 1949. She then moved to Omaha, NE, attended business school for two years, and worked at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for two years.
On February 23, 1952, Marcella married Robert Reschke at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson. They moved to a farm north and west of Hiawatha near Hamlin where they farmed and raised livestock. Robert preceded Marcella in death on March 20, 1997. Marcella remained in the home and continued to be actively involved in all aspects of farm life until her death.
Mrs. Reschke was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church of Hiawatha for 60 years. She was a member of the Altar Society, Women’s Group and served faithfully on various church committees. She taught Religious Education for twenty years.
Surviving are two sons: Jerry (Jane) Reschke and Terry (Debbie) Reschke, both of Hiawatha; two daughters: Patty (Alan) White of Overland Park, KS, Jennifer (Chris) Magana of Wichita, KS; a sister Rosemary Fisher of Bellevue, NE; a brother Eugene Kean of Dawson, NE; nine grandchildren; Matt Reschke, Brett Reschke, Brad Reschke, Paige Wilson, Katy Unruh, Laura White, Jeff White, Catherine Magana, Ellen Magana; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her father Joseph, her mother Grace, and a brother Edward Kean.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, at St. Ann Catholic Church of Hiawatha, with Father Sylvester D’Souza as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.
Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Thursday. The parish rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by visitation at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Marcella Reschke Memorial Fund to be used for local charities and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434