Louise Valasek

Grand Island

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Updated: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:24:15 CST

Louise Valasek’s earthly journey ended Saturday, November 16, 2013 while she was a patient at Park Place Nursing Home, in Grand Island.


 A celebration of Louise’s life will be held on Monday, November 25, 10:00am, at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, November 24, 6-8:00pm at the funeral home.  According to her wishes, Louise was cremated. Burial will be at Westlawn Memorial Park.


Louise Valasek was born on March 07, 1932 near Palmer to Charlie and Maxine (Fleshman) Knapp. She is survived by 5 sons, Victor and Adel Valasek of Elkhorn, Larry Valasek of Grand Island, Bill and Patti Valasek of Loveland, Co, James and Debbra Valasek of Grand Island, and David Valasek of Grand Island; 3 brothers, Jerry and Marilyn Knapp of Palmer, John and Nancy Knapp of Grand Island, and Don Knapp of St. Paul. Other survivors include Alfred Valasek of Genoa, Nebraska and Mike Valasek of St. Paul, Nebraska. Additional family include a sister-in-law; Josephine Knapp of Grand Island. 9 grandchildren: Aaron (Tricia), Jennifer, Kristi, Justin (Jessie), Chase (Shannon), Jacob, Josh (Jen), Sam (Kellie) and Alisha. 12 great-grandchildren: Lillian, Cailyn, Dominic, Easton, Ethan Gregory, Carson, Hallee, Keaton, Malika, Ethan Allen, Brielle, Greyson and another on the way.  Louise was preceded in death by her husband Allie Valasek, brother Louis Knapp of Grand Island, sister Charlotte and her husband EugeneTrebilcock of Longview, Washington and her sister-in-law Evelyn Knapp of St. Paul.


Louise grew up on a farm near Palmer, Ne and attended school through the 8th grade. Her life revolved around helping her parents on the farm, butchering beef, pork, poultry, and canning garden produce. Louise was united in marriage to Allie Valasek on August 17, 1953. They lived and farmed north of Palmer and also northwest of Dannebrog. There they spent most of their time farming, raising a family and entertaining many family gatherings; Allie and his brothers were often the center of attention providing music on accordions, violins and banjos. 


The Valasek family moved to Grand Island in 1970 and lived in the same house for 43 years. Louise worked part time at the Lutheran Hospital, L & L Distributing of Wheelers, Rainbow Bakery, and Pioneer Seed Corn. She took great pride in planting flowers in her big yard and filled the hours with puzzle books, embroidery, craft projects and time at her sewing machine. Allie and Louise planted a huge garden for many years, canning the produce every summer. Louise was a hard working woman, who spent her life caring for others and her greatest accomplishment was raising five sons who carry on the Valasek name.


Memorials are suggested to the Valasek family.