Geraldine T. Janousek
March 24, 1929 – February 14, 2022
Geraldine T. “Gerry” (Sousek) Janousek was born on March 24, 1929, in Morse Bluff, NE. She was the fourth and youngest child of Joseph and Josephine (Mach) Sousek. Geraldine had an older sister, Cecilia, and two older brothers, Edward and Joseph. She grew up on the family farm near Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, moved to Omaha to attend business school, and married Bob in 1959. Together they raised four boys and enjoyed a life full of love and happiness.
Preceded in death by husband, Robert; parents; Joseph and Josephine (Mach) Sousek; sister, Cecilia Cihacek (Albin); brother, Edward Sousek; infant brother, Joseph. Survived by sons: John, Tom (Traci), Martin, Rob (Rose); grandson, Harrison; sisters-in-law, Edith Sousek and Clara Janousek.
VISITATION: Sunday, February 20th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, February 21st at 10:30am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge Street. Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
Geraldine “Gerry” T. (Sousek) Janousek was born on March 24, 1929 in Morse Bluff, Nebraska. She was the fourth and youngest child of Joseph and Josephine (Mach) Sousek. Geraldine had an older sister, Cecilia, and two older brothers, Edward and Joseph.
Her parents were hardworking Czechs that farmed near Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. Growing up on the family farm greatly influenced her life and provided many fond memories. She loved to talk about the farm animals her dad entrusted to her, such as the little orphaned piglets, baby chicks, and the prized rooster that loved to follow her around. Geraldine also reminisced about the small, one-room country grade school she attended across the road from the farm and spending Sundays visiting cousins in the surrounding communities. She attended Cedar Bluffs High School where she enjoyed driving her dad’s Model A to school and picking up fellow classmates along the way.
After graduating high school in 1946, Geraldine went to Omaha, Nebraska to attend business school. She worked in downtown Omaha for the Iowa Finance Company and made many friends. City life was exciting for a young lady starting out in life and she enjoyed going bowling with her girlfriends and dances at Sokol Hall and the Royal Grove at Peony Park. It was at one of these dances she met Robert Janousek and on September 12, 1959, they got married at Holy Cross Church in Omaha. During their engagement they started building the house they would call home and live in for the rest of their lives. Geraldine continued working and commuting to downtown Omaha in Bob’s 57 Chevy until the birth of their first child, John. It was at this time she retired from her job to become a full-time mom and soon the family grew to include three more boys, Tom, Martin, and Rob.
Geraldine and Bob were one of the first families to join St Richard Parish. Their life was centered around family, church, and their neighborhood. Geraldine always found time to volunteer as a librarian in the grade school and as a classroom-mother. Her church activities included helping with funeral lunches, festivals, dinners, and many other church events. In their later years, they both enjoyed attending weekday Masses with their fellow St. Richard retirees, going to exercise class, and walking the trails around Omaha with their Walking Group.
Geraldine enjoyed going on vacations with her family, getting that unexpected bushel of summer vegetables, and teaching her boys how to cook. Her kitchen always had something freshly baked for when her boys stopped by the house. She appreciated a good conversation and catching up with friends but most of all she was a good listener.
She loved her husband, four sons, and two daughters-in-law (Traci and Rose), but she especially loved her grandson, Harrison (Harry).
For all of you who were also part of her wonderful life, she would want you to know that she cherished the memories and that she loved you very much. Thank You.
Geraldine passed away peacefully at her home on February 14th surrounded by family.