Helen Ester Placek

Helen Ester Placek

June 27, 1926 – August 16, 2019

Preceded in death by husband, Jim Placek; son, Dennis Placek.  Survived by daughters, Dottie Halsey (Donald) and Patty Poltack (John); nine grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; sister, Neola Boyer.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 21st from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, August 22nd at 10:30am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, with VISITATION from 9:30am.  Interment, Hillcrest Memorial Park.  For memorials, the family suggests Masses or donations to a charity of your choice.


Helen Ester Placek, age 93, was born on June 27, 1926 in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska to Joseph A. and Ethel C. (Fisher) Wesely.  Helen attended Cedar Bluffs High School and completed the tenth grade.  On September 22, 1942, she married James “Jim” Charles Placek.  Jim and Helen had three children:  Dennis, Dorothy, and Patricia.  Jim and Helen lost their son to cancer in 2002.

Helen loved music and going to dances and that is where she met Jim.  They started their life on a farm near Valparaiso, Nebraska, living with Jim’s mother.  In 1945 they moved to a farm near Morse Bluffs, Nebraska, where they remained until a fire destroyed all of their farming equipment in 1957, after which they moved to Omaha.  After losing Jim in 2015, Helen entered Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, and in 2018, Brighton Gardens Memory Care.

Helen worked for Millard Public Schools in the cafeteria for twenty years.  She loved cooking and baking and developed many friendships during her coffee breaks.  After retiring from Millard, she made various craft items and sold them with Jim at local boutiques.

Helen always said how hard it was to start out so young in marriage, become a homemaker, help with the farm, and raise her children.  She considered her family, whom she loved so dearly, to be her biggest accomplishment in life.

In her later years Helen suffered from dementia.  It was very difficult for the family to witness all of the stages she went through in her journey with the disease.  They were thankful that on most days she would remember who they were.




  • Maryann Kajdasz Posted August 18, 2019 9:03 pm

    I worked with Helen at Millard and yes, we had many good times and laughs at our coffee breaks and lunch times. There were approximately 10 of us. I think Helen even taught me to crochet an afghan. She was a very friendly lady. So sorry for your loss.

  • Jolene Kasper Posted August 19, 2019 6:15 am

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your a Mom. My sympathy to you all.

  • Cory O’Connell Posted August 19, 2019 7:22 am

    Patty – I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I know how hard it is. May you find comfort in knowing she’s with our Heavenly Father. Praying for you and your family, dear friend.


  • Brian E. Wells Posted August 19, 2019 9:11 am

    Prayers of comfort and support to the family. I worked with Patty (daughter) for several years where she mentored me in the ways of HUD. Patty, God bless and I am so proud of the way you and your family took care of your Mother. A strong family! God bless. Brian

  • Julie Moberg Flanagan Posted August 20, 2019 10:39 pm

    Dear Patty and family,
    Deepest Sympathy to you in loss of your mother. I remember her so fondly from the high school days and even back to junior high in the cafeteria. She will be remembered well.
    With love and warmth as your broken hearts heal,

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