Services for Joan M. Sazama, 82, of Bloomfield will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Christ Memorial United Methodist Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Lynde Linde will officiate with burial in the Osmond City Cemetery.Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Bloomfield. Stonacek Memorial Chapel of Osmond is in charge of the arrangements. She died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Sunset View Assisted Living in Bloomfield.
Joan Maxine Sazama, daughter of William and Hazel (Shabram) Ahlers, was born Aug. 27, 1935, on a farm south of Plainview. Joan’s family moved quite often when she was young, and she attended country schools through the eighth grade in Plainview, Battle Creek, Petersburg, Newman Grove and Neligh. She attended Neligh High School for three years and finished her senior year at Plainview High School, where she graduated in 1953.
After graduation, Joan moved to Niles, Mich., where her aunt and uncle lived, and she worked in a Simplicity pattern factory, folding patterns for two years before moving back to Plainview. She then worked for two years as a nurse aide at the Plainview General Hospital.
On June 5, 1957, Joan was married to Glenn Sazama at the First Presbyterian Church in Osmond. They were blessed with five children: Ted, Kathleen, Julie, Rhonda and Marion. Joan was baptized as an adult at the First Presbyterian Church in Osmond.
Joan and Glenn lived on a farm 3½ miles north of Osmond, where all five of their children were born. Eight years later, they moved to the Sazama family farm, which was 4 miles north and three-quarters of a mile west of Osmond. Glenn and Joan finished raising their family on this farm and resided there for 48 years until moving in September 2013 to Sunset View Assisted Living in Bloomfield to be closer to their daughters.
Joan began working at the Osmond General Hospital in 1969 as a nurse aide and continued to work there for the next 38 years, retiring in 2007. In 2002, she received the Nebraska Hospital Associations’ Caring Kind Award.
Joan was a member of the First Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches in Osmond for 56 years and served faithfully on many committees and boards. She was a Sunday school superintendent and teacher and an active member of the United Methodist Women, serving as president for many years. In 2013, Joan transferred her membership to the Christ Memorial United Methodist Church in Bloomfield.
Joan was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7838 in Osmond.
Joan’s greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her family, and she looked forward to their many visits. She will always be remembered for her delicious cooking and baking and for welcoming others into her home for a meal. Every meal ended with dessert and, if you visited other than meal time, you never left without “a little lunch.”
Joan also enjoyed dancing, bowling and gardening in her younger years, attending her grandchildren’s sporting and school events, visiting with friends at the Osmond Senior Citizens Center, playing cards, reading, using her computer and listening to Christian radio.
Joan is survived by her spouse, Glenn; her children, Ted Sazama (fiance Sheila) of Apache Junction, Ariz., Kathy (Steve) Auch of Lesterville, S.D., Julie (Ron) Broders of Bloomfield and Rhonda (Jeff) Surface of Bloomfield; 17 grandchildren: Amanda (Freddy) Rojas, Charles (Kristi) Sazama, Jared (Kaite) Sazama, Eric (Melody) Sazama, Vickie Sazama, Tabetha Sazama, Brandon (Jenna) Auch, Aaron Auch (girlfriend Erin), Brittany (Matt) Arens, Ryan Auch, Heather (Andy) Gubbels, Adam (Kyah) Broders, Rebecca Broders (boyfriend Tyson), Timothy Broders, Kyle (Jessica) Surface, Megan (Jake) Runyon and Brady (Brooke) Surface; 14 great-grandchildren:, Zelenka and Zoren Rojas, Zachary and Isaiah Sazama, Sawyer Sazama, Alexa Sazama, Tyson and Weston Auch, Macy Arens, Tadan and Rowen Gubbels, Zane Broders, Hudson and Hayes Runyon; and three more great-grandbabies on the way; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Savanna and Gaige Sazama; a sister, Shirley (Gene) Kiichler-Hixson of Osmond; an aunt, Lillie Shabram of Tilden; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hazel Ahlers; her daughter, Marion in infancy; a brother-in-law, Clarence Kiichler; and a nephew, David Kiichler.
Music will be provided by organist Deb Hoffman and soloist Amanda Rojas on “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” Congregational hymn will be “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” Recorded hymns will be “Home” by Chris Tomlin and “When We All Get To Heaven” by Alan Jackson.
Casket bearers will be Charles Sazama, Jared Sazama, Eric Sazama, Brandon Auch, Aaron Auch, Ryan Auch, Adam Broders, Timothy Broders, Kyle Surface and Brady Surface. Honorary casketbearers will be Amanda (Sazama) Rojas, Brittany (Auch) Arens, Heather (Broders) Gubbels, Rebecca Broders, Megan (Surface) Runjon, Tabetha Sazama and Vickie Sazama.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stonacekfuneralchapel.com.