Geraldine M. Vanek

Geraldine M. Vanek

July 7, 1929 – September 8, 2020


Geraldine Mae Vanek (Palensky), was born on the family farm S.E. of Abbey, Nebraska, to Charles and Anna Palensky (Svoboda), on July 7, 1929.  She lived a simple yet rewarding life with her three brothers Milo, Leonard, and Charles Jr.  She loved her family very much.

Geraldine attended a one room school house through the 8th grade.  Then graduated in 1947, from Prague High School in Prague, NE.  It was during high school that Geraldine met the love of her life, Bernard Vanek.  He competed for her affections using his schoolboy charm, pulling her hair and shoving her in the hall.  True Love!!

After falling in love, immediately upon graduating high school, they were married, on August 12, 1947, at the church in Abbey, NE.  Settling on a farm outside of Prague NE.  They began living their dream of raising a family.  Three of their six children were born in these early years, Elizabeth, Patricia, and Bernard Jr.  Then moving to Omaha they had three more children to love, Mark, Anna, and Gerald.  Their lives were full and rich with the joys of parenthood and inspiring their children with a devotion to the Catholic faith.

When her beloved husband, Bernard, passed at an early age, Geraldine’s unwavering faith in God, along with her strength and courageous spirit, carried her forth.  She learned to drive, ran the family business and volunteered for church functions.  With the love and support of her family, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.  Geraldine is loved, cherished and will be remembered by all who knew her.

Preceded in death by husband Bernard R. Vanek; mother and father, Anna and Charles Palensky; brothers, Milo Leonard and Charles Jr. Palensky; and granddaughter, Roseann Incontro.  Survived by children: Elizabeth (Gerald Paes), Patricia (Ron Newinghan), Bernard A.Vanek (Diane), Mark Vanek (Diane), Anna (Randy Nelson) and Gerald (Lisa) Vanek; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Tuesday, September 15th from 9am to 10am, at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church (3405 S. 118th St.) with VIGIL SERVICE at 10am followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am.  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2:30pm, St. John Cemetery in Prague, NE.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil or Mass, go to and click the View Live Service button on the homepage.



  • Marie Drews Posted September 11, 2020 8:46 am

    Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time.

  • Tyleen Montgomery Posted September 11, 2020 8:53 am

    With sincere sympathy to the family. I’m keeping you in my prayers.

  • Denny Osmera Posted September 11, 2020 12:05 pm

    Thinking of your family. She was one of the mother’s as mine was too. She will be in our throughs for the rest of our lives. Will remember all the GOOD TIMES we had in years passed. She will be missed GREATLY by the Osmera family. Prayers to the family in this difficult time

    With love from the Osmera family.

  • Patty & Jim Rogers Posted September 11, 2020 12:18 pm

    Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏.

  • Sr. Marie Alice Ostry Posted September 14, 2020 9:26 am

    Dear Betty, You have my sympathy and prayers on the death of your mother. Thank you so much for your dedication and devotion to your mother while she was in need. Your diligent service of taking her where she wanted to go, especially to visit Sr. Agnes Marie at Immanuel Courtyard, is deeply appreciated by me. You are a devoted daughter and I know she was blessed to have you with her. I will be putting your mother in our Memorial Prayer List which means we will be praying for everyday and once a mother have a Mass offered for her. Blessings of care and support. Peace, Sr. Marie Alice

  • Treg Drews Posted September 14, 2020 11:13 am

    Bernie, My heart pours out to you at this time. I know how much you loved and cared for your Mother, especially over these last few months working with you, again. Peace be with you and your family.

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