Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pleasant Hill's Joan Cerny, Brian Mariska Pass Away

Joan Cerny of Pleasant Hill went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17, 2017. She was 85. Joan was born on February 17, 1932 to Perry Elmer and Iva Garriott in Benton County, Indiana, one of 12 children. She was a high school graduate and worked at a livestock show place in Lafayette where she met Warren Cerny of Crete, Nebraska who raised and showed Yorkshire hogs and was a member of the Yorkshire Club. Joan and Warren were married in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on June 14, 1958. To this union were born 4 children, Marc, Jon, Lisa, and Patrick. They lived their entire married life on a farm near Pleasant Hill. Warren passed on Nov. 29, 2010. Joan is survived by her children, Marc Cerny of Crete, Jon (Carol) Cerny of Bancroft, NE., Lisa (Lee) Krasser of Crete, Pat (Cindy) Cerny of Lincoln, 10 grandchildren and 5 siblings.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Visitation will be tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Memorials to the Dorchester United Methodist Church or the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department.  See the obituary online here.

Also passing away recently was Brian L. Mariska, a Pleasant Hill native born on June 7, 1944 to Robert L. Mariska and Leonore (Fritz) Mariska. After much suffering and pain these last few years, mostly due to multiple sclerosis, he joined his family and friends in Heaven on June 15, 2017. Brian grew up in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Wilber High School in 1962. He earned a Bachelor's degree in biosystems management in the agricultural engineering department and a Master's degree in economics from UNL and had a successful career in state government. He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Lincoln; father, Bob Mariska of Crete; and others. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 21, at Southwood Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Condolences may be left at

1 comment:

  1. Two good people who will be greatly missed. Sympathy to their families and friends.


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