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Helen S. Policky

 

September 30, 2021

Helen S. Policky, age 101, of Sidney, passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Kimball. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Prairie West Church in Potter with Pastor Warren Cico officiating. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Cremation has been held. A light lunch will be served at Prairie West Church following burial.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen's name to Prairie West Church, Policky Scholarship – which will be awarded each year to a Potter-Dix graduate, or donor's choice.

Services will be recorded and available on our website for viewing. Friends may stop at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 1-6 p.m. to sign Helen's register book and leave condolences for the family. You may view Helen's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at http://www.gehrigstittchapel.com.

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Helen's care and funeral arrangements.

Helen Policky passed away on September 19, 2021, at Kimball County Manor at the age of 101. Helen, daughter of Emil and Christina Carlson, was born April 20,1920, on the family homestead about 12 miles north of Potter. She was the youngest of eight children, and her family eventually moved to Potter where she attended school and graduated in 1937.

After graduation, she attended junior college in Pasadena, California, for two years. She met the love of her life, Joe Policky, at a barn dance north of Potter while home for the summer. After exchanging letters during Helen's last year of junior college, they eloped on June 26, 1939, in Harrisburg, Nebraska.

Helen and Joe began their married life in Sundance, Wyoming, where Joe was employed at his brother's oil refinery. In 1941, they moved to a farm east of Potter, where they farmed, ranched and raised their four children.

In later years, they enjoyed many adventures with their grandchildren. Grandma Helen loved taking them on walks in the meadow to visit and feed horses, and eventually did this with her great-grandkids also, but had to walk with a cane. These special times will ALWAYS be remembered by her grandchildren.

When Helen was young, she loved dancing and especially music. She taught herself to play the piano in grade school after learning how to read notes on a staff. She played at community churches in Potter during her youth, and took piano lessons at junior college.

After Helen's children were grown, she again served as organist for Potter Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years. She also loved accompanying and singing with her women's extension group, the Juliets, and she and her daughter, Patty, shared many hours singing together throughout the years.

Helen was a member of Potter Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church Women, and Prairie West Church of Potter. She enjoyed serving on the election board in Bronson for several years. But the roles she treasured most were being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma and friend. Grandma Helen's bubbly, infectious laugh and beautiful smile will be missed by all.

She is survived by her three children: Gary and wife Zoann Policky of Los Gatos, CA; David and wife Maureen Policky of Lincoln, NE; and Patty and husband Dennis Slama of Potter. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Joe, her son Michael and his wife Lorraine, her grandson Brian Policky, and her seven siblings – Eda Lipska, Esther Carlson, Vera Dickerson, Ted Carlson, Edna Carlson, Hildur Johnson, and Fred Carlson.

 
 

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