Elizabeth Anna Klataske, 93, of Greenleaf, Kansas died Thursday August 30 at Mercy Hospital in Manhattan. She had been living in Lincoln, Nebraska for the past six years. She was born near Hanover April 17, 1913, the daughter of Joseph Goeckel and Anna (Ruhkamp) Goeckel. She was united in marriage with Thomas A. Klataske October 1, 1935. They were the parents of three sons and a daughter. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Pape and her husband Orlan of Lincoln, NE; and a son, Ron Klataske and his wife Carol of Manhattan. She has eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren. Her grandchildren include David and Larry Pape of Lincoln, NE, Bonnie (Pape) Sandford of Dallas, TX; RonDee and Kimberly Klataske of Austin, TX; Ryan, Cary and Crystal Klataske of Manhattan. Elizabeth experienced tragedy losing a son, Marvin, in a traffic accident at 18 in 1954; the loss of another son, Donald, at 44 in 1984; and her husband in 1993. She was a homemaker and devoted her life to her family, faith and for much of her adult life the many labors involved in operation of the “family farm.” She also worked at the Linn Creamery for a time. She was a member of the Altar Society of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Greenleaf. Elizabeth had seven brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her bother Leo Goeckel and his wife Mary of Hanover. A Funeral Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greenleaf at 10:30 on Monday, September 4. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation and a rosary will be held at the Ward Funeral Home in Greenleaf, Sunday, Sept 3 from 6 to 7 with a rosary service at 7. A memorial fund has been established in her name. There will be a lunch served at the Greenleaf Club House following the interment. Ward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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