Mass of Christian Burial for Elsie Mlady, age 91, of Verdigre, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre. Reverend Kizito Okhuoya will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Verdigre.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre is in charge of arrangements.
Elsie died Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Alpine Village in Verdigre.
Elsie Ann (Mott) Mlady was born on July 9, 1926, on a farmstead at Walnut, Nebraska, to James Albert and Julia Ann (Jelinek) Mott. Elsie was the youngest of four children. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Venus, Nebraska. She attended country school to the 8th grade at District 45, which was known as the Mott school. Elsie graduated from Verdigre High School in 1943. She attended Commercial Extension Business College in Omaha for a period of time. Upon returning back to Verdigre, Elsie started working for Knox County Attorney Keith Peterson in Center, Nebraska. She also clerked at the Farmer’s Union Store in Verdigre.
On June 4, 1947, Elsie Mott was united in marriage to Leo K. Mlady at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre. After their marriage, they moved to a farm 1½ miles north of Verdigre which they purchased from Leo’s family. The young couple started farming and began raising a family. Five children were born to this union: Duane, James, Kevin, Mary, and Patricia.
In addition to her duties as a wife and mother, Elsie enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and raising many chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Whenever she could, she was out helping Leo with the farming and livestock. With part of the family started, she took a job at the Verdigre Livestock Market on sale days in the office for ten years.
In 1972, when Alpine Village Nursing Home opened, she started working as a nurse’s aide. With further training, she became a Care Staff Member. She enjoyed working there for 17 years before retiring in 1989.
Elsie was able to celebrate 60 years of marriage with her husband Leo in June 2007 before his death in December of 2007. After Leo’s death, she continued to make her home on the farm. It was during this time she became a full-time mentor to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They looked to her to teach them cooking, baking, canning and jelly/jam making skills. There was no better teacher than Grandma Elsie. She could make the very best kolaches, houska, apple strudel, rolicky, white and rye breads and, not to mention, the many pies and cakes. With the help of Grandma, many 4-H baking projects went on to county and state fairs. Elsie was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
In 2016, Elsie and her family received the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award for their part in keeping the farm in the Mlady name for over 100 years.
Even at the age of 91, she continued to reside on the farm and live independently until her recent illness. Elsie entered her heavenly home on March 1, 2018, at Alpine Village Nursing Home in Verdigre.
Elsie is survived by five children and their spouses: Duane (Diana) Mlady of Bloomfield, James (Lynette) Mlady of Verdigre, Kevin (Celine) Mlady of Bloomfield, Mary (Roger) Haun of Spencer and Patricia (Robert) Hanzlik of Stuart; thirteen grandchildren: Cheri (Steve) Haverkamp, Christy (Curtis) Mackeprang, Tim Mady, Travis (Terri Jo) Mlady, Dr. Brian (Kandie) Mlady, Bradley (Tracy) Mlady, Sharla (Jason) Rau, Lyndsy (Wade) Jenness, Carsten (Katie) Mlady, Angela Haun, Nathan Haun, Matthew Haun, and Brittany Hanzlik; twenty-one great-grandchildren: Evan and Kaden Haverkamp; McGwire, Mitchell, and Mason Mackeprang; Madyson, Kennedy, and Bailey Mlady; Breydon, Leighton, Landyn, Emersyn, and Eisley Mlady; Ella and Leo Mlady; Ashlyn, Jack, and Haley Rau; Lauren Jenness; Grace and CeCe Mlady; sister-in-law, Elaine Mott of Verdigre; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Julia Mott; brother and sister-in-law, George and Laura Mott; brother, Jim Mott; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Richard Miller; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Anastazia Mlady; and Leo, her husband, who was the love of her life for 60 years.