Josephine P. Tourek

Josephine P. Tourek

March 11, 1927-March 28, 2020.

     Born March 11, 1927 and entered into eternal rest and in the arms of Jesus on March 28, 2020.
Josephine was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 70 years James, her son, Gerald, and her grandson, “Little Jimmy”.
     She is survived by her son, Lonnie Tourek (Patricia); daughter, Mary Beth Barmettler (Michael); grandsons: Timothy Tourek (Judy), Kristopher Tourek (Beth), Konner Tourek and Kowenn Tourek; granddaughters, Kelsey Tourek and Stephanie Tourek; seven great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; many nephews, nieces and wonderful friends.
     Josephine was an exemplary and quintessential Czechoslovakian wife and mother. There was always pork roast, dumplings, and cabbage on the stove. Any leftovers from the pork roast, cabbage and dumplings were made into a Czechoslovakian goulash which her entire family loved. Kolaches were always in the oven and her special Czechoslovakian breads were filled with cottage cheese and poppyseed.
     No one was a stranger to her and no one went without a meal at her house; breakfast, lunch or dinner. She always made sure there was enough to eat for everyone even though the cupboards were bare at times.
Josephine was a talented seamstress, making most of her, and other family member’s clothes. Her talents carried over into her quilt making and crafts. One of her favorite pastime was making Christening gowns for the grandchildren. No royal baby had a finer Christening gown.
     Josephine was a devout Roman Catholic woman who prayed the rosary daily, sometimes up to five times a day. Her favorite television channel was EWTN. No other station was an option.
     In her younger days Josephine was a fashion model for the Omaha World Herald and Joslyn Art Museum. Several large portraits of her remain a part of the Joslyn Art Museum collection.
     We wish to thank the entire staff at Parson’s House for their unending attention and care to our mother.

Regulated visitation: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St. James Catholic Church. Private Family Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. James Catholic Church and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. NO FLOWERS PLEASE.


  • Elaine and Dennis Birnstihl Posted March 30, 2020 11:44 am

    Dear Cousins, Sending all our love and sympathy on the passing of your dear Mother. She was a truly amazing woman and our family always agreed that she was the most beautiful of the whole family. Wishing you peace and love during this very difficult time. Praying for Mom as well as for all of you😘♥️

  • Steve Barmettler Posted March 30, 2020 12:36 pm

    Josephine will be missed.

  • Timothy Tourek Posted March 30, 2020 7:17 pm

    We will miss you Grandma. Thank you for being there always. Thank you for sitting up with me to watch Creature Feature. Thank you for sharing your love for reading. Thank you for your love.
    Dobra nocni babicka

  • Sr. Stephanie Matcha Posted March 30, 2020 7:20 pm

    My deepest sympathy upon the death of our loving cousin, Josephine. I always admired her not only for
    her exquisite physical beauty but her gentle, loving, kind spirit. Her devotion to family and friends and her
    faith and deep trust in God. She was a holy woman filled with God’s love and so willing to share with others. I am sure God welcomed her with open arms and praised her for her good works on Earth. And I am sure Jerry and Jim are so happy to see her once again. Eternal Rest grant unto her O Lord and may Eternal Light and Peace shine upon her. Be assured of my prayers for Josephine and Lonnie, Mary Beth and your family

  • Jennifer Wiswell Posted March 30, 2020 8:22 pm

    Mary Beth–please know of my prayers for you and the eternal peace of your mother! Hugs my friend as you say goodbye this week and reflect on the gift of her life.

  • Judy Tourek Posted March 30, 2020 9:11 pm

    RIP Grandma Jo. We love you and you will be missed . ❤️

  • Larri & Bill Dickson Posted March 31, 2020 11:23 am

    Lonnie and Mary Beth, We’re sorry for your loss of Josephine. She was a special person and such a good friend to my mom. It’s unfortunate that we cant get together to celebrate her life at this time but she will still be remembered and we will miss her. God bless you and your family.

  • Candice McGrath Posted March 31, 2020 12:12 pm

    Mary Beth & Lonny. Oh how so sorry I am, saw in paper. Your mom was the Best! Great Times, Great Memories. I will most certainly add Jo to my weekly Sunday Rosary as I have your Dad & Jerry. In these trying times, it’s hard to see the world as it has come. When we were young we always appreciated & had proper manners. That is due to our mom’s. Jo always went above all & kept her Catholic faith. To me my Respect, Love & Adoration will always remain me of your Mother. Due to circumstances I am staying in my home. Much Hugs, Kisses & Prayers your way.
    Through the Mercy of God Jo Rest In Peace & The perpetual light shine upon you.

  • Kathy Tourek Barlow Posted March 31, 2020 12:54 pm

    A special lady I loved her and she loved me

  • Elaine Flaxbeard Posted March 31, 2020 3:58 pm

    Condolences and prayers to your family on the passing of a wonderful person and mother. Vivid memories of your mom visiting with my mom during Mary Beth’s dance lessons at Pat Carlson Dance Studio. Gerry too! I bet they are carrying on quite the conversation in the heavens above. RIP beautiful Josephine.

    • Mary Beth Posted April 3, 2020 11:10 am

      Elaine, Thank you so much for your thoughts and condolences.
      My mom and I spoke often of those days at Pat Carlson’s Dance Studio. We remembered how darling you were and are still. Although are loved ones pass away, their treasured memories will always be with us.
      Please give my regards to your mom and dad. Hope all is well with them.
      Thanks again, Elaine for your kind words of sympathy.
      God bless!
      Mary Beth

  • Kitty and Mark Rafferty Posted April 6, 2020 11:37 pm

    Mary Beth, Lonnie and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Josephine. She was such a sweet, loving and beautiful women inside and out. Know that your mom is in the loving arms of God, your dad and Jerry, all of whom have been waiting patiently for her. She is enjoying life once again. All our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Wish we could of been there to help you celebrate you moms life. Sending our love to all of you. God bless ❤️

  • Patty Gladstone Posted April 7, 2020 2:59 pm

    Lonnie and Mary Beth,

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have great memories of Aunt Josephine and Uncle Jim and Jerry and will always treasure them in celebration of their lives. It’s comforting to know they’re together once again. My sincere condolences to your families ❤️

  • Doug and Tami Steensma Posted April 18, 2020 7:45 am

    Mary Beth-
    We are sorry to hear about Josephine’s passing. She was a beautiful lady, always kind and generous to me and my family. I will never forget the times we spent with Josephine, Jim, Jerry, Teets, and others at your mom’s house on Franklin. They were never planned get togethers but they always turned into parties. Your mom was a great host! Take care! We will continue to pray for you and your family.

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