Sr. Mary Jo Hrnchir ND

Sr. Mary Jo Hrnchir ND

February 12 1943- August 5, 2023

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Clyta Hrnchir; brothers, Robert Hrnchir, Henry Hrnchir Jr.; sisters, Zanette (Hrnchir) Schnee, Donna (Hrnchir) Plourd. She is survived by the Notre Dame Sisters; brother, Eugene (Meredith) Hrnchir of Atwood, KS; sisters: Kathy Hrnchir Keflas of Cedar Park, Texas, Jane Hrnchir (Dale Michem) of McCook, NE, Zandra Hrnchir (Ron Carmichael) of Omaha,NE, Patricia Hrnchir of Lawrence, KS; sister-in-law, Cheryl Hrnchir of Trenton, NE; nieces and nephews.

VIGIL SERVICE: Friday August 11, 2023, 7 p.m. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday August 12, 2023 10:30 a.m., all services will be held at the Notre Dame Chapel, 3501 State St. Internment: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery. Atwood, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Notre Dame Sisters of Omaha.

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  • Fr. David La Plante Posted August 9, 2023 9:49 am

    To the Notre Dame Community and the family and friends of Sr. Mary Jo, grace, peace, and sympathy. You will all be in my prayers as you celebrate one who was a “good and faithful follower of Jesus” and the spiri of the Notre Dame Community: “Bent, but not broken”: and “Do the most good.” She has found great blessings in the Kingdom. May each of you find great blessings in remembering with thanksgiving her years among you. With my prayers, -Fr David

  • Kathy (Setlak ‘72’) Wells Posted August 9, 2023 10:45 am

    Sr. MaryJo was a dear friend ever since I met her when I was in high school. She may not have been a teacher or in administration; but she was a hidden gem. She thought this the best way to serve the Lord; and boy did she. She worked in the cafeteria and prayed with students who needed it. She made everyone smile with her quick and down to earth wit. She cared for all the students. When high school life got a bit overwhelming, everyone went to Sr. MaryJo for advice and to re-energize. When she was sent to Florence Home to work, she cared for those infirmed to their dying day. After she retired, she served the Sisters in many ways. She truly emanated the Spirit of Our Loving Merciful God. Thank you Hrnchir family for sharing Sr. MaryJo with us. May you find God’s Peace and Comfort during this very difficult time. Sr. MaryJo, rest in peace my “adopted” sister. I love you!

  • Nerita Schmitz Schwabauer Posted August 9, 2023 4:02 pm

    Sr. Mary Jo was always smiling and had a hug for the lunch group every day. I did not have money for lunches, just barely made the tuition payments
    and she always said, “You come and help me,”. Sometimes that was the only meal I had that day. I always looked to her for guidance as well as the other Sisters. May she rest in peace in our loving God’s hands.
    Notre Dame Academy was the best inspiration in my life.

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