Louis A. Sojka, M.D.

Louis A. Sojka, M.D.

November 29, 1930 – September 6, 2021

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 10th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. at West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Saturday, September 11th, 10am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive.  Private Family Burial.  Memorials are suggested to Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and School,www.mountmichael.org, 22520 Mount Michael Road, Elkhorn, NE 68022..

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

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Dr. Louis Andrew Sojka was born at home in Page, Nebraska on November 29, 1930, to Louis and Stefania Sojka, immigrants from Krakow, Poland. Louis was raised on a farm with three older siblings, Julian, Sofia, and Stanley, in Holt County.  He did not speak English until he started elementary school.

On occasion, Lou had to hitchhike from the farm to O’Neill, Nebraska, where he graduated from St. Mary’s Academy.  After discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood, he instead decided to major in Biology at Creighton University and applied to medical school there.  With prerequisites completed, Lou was accepted to Creighton Medical School before receiving an undergraduate degree.  Upon completing medical school, he entered a rotating internship at Los Angeles County Hospital.  Lou’s general surgery residency was completed at Creighton University.  He then earned a Master’s Degree in Surgery.  During his time in Omaha, Nebraska he met his wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Michaelsen, a graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.  The couple married in a blizzard on February 20, 1960, in Columbus, Nebraska.

Lou and Jackie moved to Tucson, Arizona, where Lou began his surgical practice at the VA Hospital and where their first son, Matthew, was born.  They realized their desire to grow their family back home and returned to Nebraska.  Lou accepted an opportunity to begin a private practice in Columbus near Jackie’s family.  They welcomed the blessings of their remaining seven children over the next eight years.

Lou had a love of the Catholic faith, family, and education, and he treasured his 30 years in medicine serving the Columbus community.  Following his retirement in 1989, Lou and Jackie moved to Elkhorn, Nebraska, to be nearer to children and grandchildren.

Lou is preceded in death by parents and siblings; son-in-law, Dr. David Grinbergs. He is survived by Jackie and their 8 children: Matthew and his children Stephanie, Nicole, Michael;  Mark (Marcy) and children, Benjamin, Daniel, Christopher, Hannah, and Fr. Louis “Luke” of Mount Michael Abbey;  Anne Stanco (Vince) and children, Maria Grazia, Alessandro, Gian Luca, Antonio; John (Whitney) and children, Thomas, Jude, Maeve, Xavier;  Joan Grinbergs and children,  Rachel, Sara, Drew;  Mary Sydzyik (Troy) and children Joel, Will, Gabriel, Adam; Sara Smith (Paul) and children, Megan, Sean, Brian.

VISITATION: Friday, September 10th, at the West Center Chapel, 5-7 pm, followed by Wake Service at 7 pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, September 11th, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 10 am. Private Interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and School, www.mountmichael.org, 22520 Mount Michael Road, Elkhorn, NE 68022.

To view the Wake Service and Mass online, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

 

 

 

17 Comments

  • Beverly Sojka Posted September 8, 2021 10:13 am

    Uncle Louie was a good Dr. and a good person. Peace and comfort to my cousins and Aunt Jackie

  • Mary Linebaugh Posted September 8, 2021 10:55 am

    Jacke and family,. many prayers for all of you and for your dear Lou….such a wonderful guy. May he rest in peace! Mary Jo

  • Julie Melchior Posted September 8, 2021 1:46 pm

    Our sincere sympathies to the entire extended Sojka family, what an amazing life he lived and legacy he left.

  • Joseph Preusser Posted September 8, 2021 2:05 pm

    Jackie, Joe and I were sorry to hear of Doc’s passing. You and the family will be remembered in a mass at our parish church, St. Francis of Assisi in Fairfield Bay, AR. We have been in retirement here for 18 years. But have so many great memories of our days in Columbus, and especially with our ties to St. Bonaventure’s. Love and prayers to all. Therese & Joe Preusser

  • Kelly (Maguire) Sinclair Posted September 8, 2021 2:22 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Sojka. He was such a kind man with a wonderful family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow.

  • Richard Louis Sojka Posted September 8, 2021 4:41 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Louis will be missed by many.

  • Joann Vorrath Posted September 8, 2021 8:15 pm

    Sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband and father, Dr. Sojka. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Shelly and Tom Horner Posted September 8, 2021 8:29 pm

    We pray for the peace and comfort of Christ to be with the entire Sojka family during this time of grief. Dr. Sojka has left an incredible legacy through the children he and Jackie raised and the generations that will follow. We are thankful to God for the friendship in Christ we share with Marcy and Mark and the privilege of praying for you all during this tender time. In His Love, Shelly and Tom Horner 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • Lynne M Shonka Posted September 9, 2021 8:48 am

    Dr Sojka was the best doctor I, and my family ever had. Prayers and strength to his family. May he rest in peace and know he will be forever missed.

  • JoAnn German Wahle Posted September 9, 2021 4:24 pm

    Lou was an honorable and gifted physician who worked long hours over many years. I hold him in high esteem and admire the commitment he and Jackie have shown to the lovely family they raised together. Sending much love to the Soyka family.

  • Joyce German MacDonald Posted September 9, 2021 10:19 pm

    Dear Jackie and family.
    My condolences for your loss at this time.
    What an incredible legacy of family Lou leaves.
    I remember, Jackie, our wonderful friendship when we were very young.
    My very best to you,

  • Elaine Cielocha Posted September 10, 2021 8:58 am

    Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dwight&Pat Michaelsen Posted September 10, 2021 3:08 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Tim Tooley Posted September 10, 2021 8:48 pm

    My sympathy to the Sojka family. Not only was he a wonderful physician but a great person as well. May he rest in peace.

  • Thomas and Patricia German Posted September 11, 2021 1:15 pm

    Dear Jackie,
    Pat and I send our sincere condolences to you and your wonderful family regarding Lou’s passing. I would prefer to do this in person but circumstances dictate otherwise. Lou will always have a positive place in my memory because of his counseling, mentorship and generosity during my med school years. I will remember him as a gentleman, soft spoken with quick wit and twinkle in his eye.

    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers,
    Tom and Pat

  • Matt Schmidt Posted September 12, 2021 5:21 pm

    My sympathies on the loss of father. Always have great memories of his smile after MM wins.

  • Tom and Eddie Burns Posted September 16, 2021 9:00 am

    So sorry to hear about Lou. We have find memories of both of you, We sent a card but it was returned.

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