Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nina Papik, 90, Passes; Celebration Of Life Wednesday

Longtime area resident Nina May Papik passed away October 23, 2014, at Tabitha Care Center in Crete Nebraska at the age of 90.  Nina was born June 26, 1924 to Joseph and Clara Kohel in Wilber, the youngest of two daughters. Nina graduated Wilber High School in 1941 and taught in country schools south of Wilber before her marriage to Frank Papik on January 30, 1946. They moved to the Papik family farm south of Dorchester to farm with Frank’s father and moved their home to Crete in 1977 when Frank retired from the farm. Frank and Nina raised their two children, Allen and Janice, on that family farm.

In 1958, Nina began her career in the Saline County Courthouse working as a typist in the Abstract Office. For most of her working years, she was a social services/case worker in the Saline County office of the Nebraska Department of Social Services and at one time served as Vice President of the Southeast Nebraska Welfare Association. By 1985, Nina decided to spend more time traveling, crocheting, antiquing, farm toy shows, and enjoying her grandchildren so she chose to retire that summer.

Sports was always a big part of Nina and Frank’s life, so following their grandchildren’s sports activities became their passion and seldom missed a game. Also close to their hearts was Husker athletics. Nina and Frank spent many years attending Nebraska football games, as well as Husker men and women’s basketball games. They shared this love for Husker athletics with their children and grandchildren over the years. Travel also became treasured times that Frank and Nina spent together. They traveled to many Husker regular season and bowl games always making new friends, followed the Women’s basketball team to many tournaments, and also took trips to Czechoslovakia and Hawaii. Once the grandchildren started Little League baseball and T-Ball (softball), Nina and Frank were at almost every sporting competition that they could attend. Nina loved spending time her grandchildren, and in her later years was so excited to see her growing number of great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Allen and Twila Papik of Dorchester, and Janice and Lee Eret of Lincoln. Grandchildren: Baxter and Magdalena Papik of Edmond, Oklahoma; Michelle and Mitch McCarthy of Lincoln; Lindsey Eret of Lincoln, Kelli and Brian Kohout of Crete. Great-Grandchildren: Baila Papik, Xander Papik, and Julia McCarthy.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, her sister Evelyna Burianek and brother-in-law Ed Burianek.

Celebration of Nina’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Pastor Rayl Robbins will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Cremation. Private family burial.

Memorials to the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department.

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