Thelma Svoboda - January 14, 2011Former Aurora resident Thelma (Toni) Louise Svoboda, 87, of Hastings, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village, Hastings.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil with Rev. Del Klover officiating. A private burial will be at Glenvil Cemetery in Glenvil at a later date. At her request, she was cremated and there will be no visitation.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Glenvil, or Messiah Lutheran Church, Aurora. McLaughlin Funeral Home in Clay Center is in charge of arrangements.
Thelma was born Feb. 22, 1923, to Glen R. and Mary E. (Purdie) DeBord in Osmond (Pierce County). She attended school in Osmond and graduated from Norfolk High School. In 1942, the family moved to Hastings and she was employed at the Naval Ammunition Depot where she was injured during the explosions. In 1955, she and her son, Mike, moved to California, returning to Nebraska in 1964. They lived in North Platte and Kearney until moving to Aurora. She became a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Thelma was employed at the Grand Island Ammunition Plant until becoming a telephone operator for the Hamilton Telephone Co. where she retired in 1988 after 17 years. She then moved to Hastings and became an associate member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil.
We have lost a very loving, caring, and generous sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Toni will be greatly missed. Her greatest joy was in giving to others. When you stopped to visit, you always ended up with something to take home. She crocheted beautiful items to give to family and friends, among which were tablecloths, The Lord’s Prayer which hangs in the Aurora church, and dozens of other items. But she is now free from so many years of pain and suffering, never complaining, and has gone on to her heavenly home to our Lord and Saviour to be reunited with our loved ones. We will keep her always in our hearts
Thelma is survived by a son, Michael (Darla) Svoboda of Aurora; grandchildren, Ryan (Jenna) Svoboda of Sidney, Lisa (Mark) Hoeflings of Iowa; Chad (Bridget) Svoboda of Aurora; great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia (Ginny) Onken and Y.Carole (Elwood) Onken both of Glenvil; brother, Jim (Judy) DeBord of Clay Center and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Glen R. DeBord Jr; niece, Sharon Butts; and nephews, Doug DeBord and Scott DeBord.