Judy (Stenka) Brown


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Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:35:13 CST

Hastings resident, Judy H. (Stenka) Brown, 72, died Saturday December 14, 2013.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, December 18, 2013; 11:00 A.M. at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hastings with Pastor Myron Meyer officiating. In keeping with Judy’s wishes those who attend, please wear jeans and be comfortable. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Nebraska. There will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial may be given to the family for a memorial to be established later. 

Judy was born on October 29, 1941 on a farm near Ashton, Nebraska to Henry & Alma (Krumwiede) Wichern. On June 14, 1960 she married Virgil L. Stenka and their marriage ended in April of 1981. She married Robert Brown on October 30, 1981 and he preceded her in death on October 29, 2010. Judy worked in various production type jobs, including Hastings Irrigation from February 1983 until her retirement in March of 2005. Judy loved fishing, playing cards, tending her roses and her family. She was a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Eagles Aerie #592 Auxiliary in Hastings. 

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Virgil Stenka (1983) and Robert Brown (2010); an infant daughter, Wanda Stenka; daughter, Elaine Haller; brothers, Benjamin, Earl, Leonard, Wilhelm and Andrew Wichern; sisters, Rose Marie Wichern, Eileen Schwartz and Lucille Bruns.

Sons & Daughter-in-law: Roy Stenka – Omaha, NE
    James & Cheryl Stenka – Trumbull, NE
Daughters & Sons-in-law: Laura Hamilton – Hastings, NE
    Joan Heying – Commerce, CO
    June & Norm Schiffler – Hastings, NE
    Robin & Robert Sommerhalder – Clay Center, NE
Grandchildren: 17
Great-Grandchildren: 13
Brother & Sister-in-law: Gerald & Concha Wichern – Lompoc, CA