A Mass of Christian Burial for Marie Evelyn Kracl, age 88, of O’Neill, NE, will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, August 10, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill, with burial in the O’Neill Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 P.M. Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with a Parish Rosary at 7 P.M. Marie passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Biglins Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to O'neill FFA for their Greenhouse Project or O’Neill Softball or Baseball Association.
Marie Evelyn was born to Anton J. and Mary Francis (Wachal) Jedlicka in Schuyler, NE, on July 27, 1929. She attended Country School District #13 in Schuyler and graduated Schuyler High School in 1946. She met Norman P. Kracl and they were married on September 6, 1952, at St. Mary’s Church in Schuyler, NE. To this union, 6 children were born: Eileen, Robert, Steven, Anton, Michael and Carol. The family farmed in the North Bend/Rogers area through 1972. They moved to O’Neill in 1973 to establish Kracl Equipment Company, a John Deere Dealership. In 1975, they started farming in the Holt County area, where she was still involved in farming.
Gardening was her true passion, along with caring for their grandchildren, and attending their activities. Norman and Marie were able to travel abroad on many trips with the John Deere business. After losing her husband in 1985, she went on many bus trips with relatives and friends.
She is survived by her children and spouses, Eileen M. Schmit and husband Ron, Robert D. Kracl and wife Barbra, Michael A. Kracl and wife Wanda, Carol A. Hedlund and husband Dr. Mike, all of O’Neill, 9 grandchildren; Travis Schmit and wife Molly of Lincoln, NE, Stephanie Clark and husband Lee of Norfolk, NE, Bryce Kracl of Omaha, NE, Bobbi Stearns and husband Kevin of O’Neill, Brec Kracl of O’Neill, Ciera Hansen and husband Chancy of Wagner, SD, Clarissa Gillham and husband Sam of Grand Island, NE, Alexandria Fenske and husband Guy of Overland Park, KS and Michael Hedlund of O’Neill, 7 great grandchildren, Chandler, Eden and Ava Schmit, Andrew and Alex Clark, Mila and Saylor Stearns.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norman P., son Steven Kracl, infant son Anton Kracl and brother Milo Jedlicka.