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Janet Lipska, 69 - June 27, 2017

Janet Marie Lipska, 69, of Seward, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, surrounded by family members.
A celebration of life service was conducted on Saturday, July 1, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at Seward with Monsignor Robert Tucker officiating.
Lipska was born May 9, 1948, to Helen and Leslie T. Nelson. She grew up at Seward and graduated with the Seward High School Class of 1966, where she played saxophone with the marching band and was involved with Student Government.
She attended Kearney State College and received a bachelor’s of secondary education with a focus on history and English in 1970. During her college years, she was a member of Chi Omega sorority.
On Jan. 3, 1970, she was united in marriage to Lloyd L. Lipska at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Seward. She had a full and interesting life with her husband, according to family members, who worked for Frito-Lay. The couple resided at various locations across the country including Kearney, Omaha, Janesville, WI, Louisville, KY, Allen Park, MI, Urbana, IL, Topeka, KS, and Gothenburg before their return to the Seward community in 2012.
Lipska was a friendly and selfless individual and everywhere she went she developed a strong network of friends and plunged into community volunteerism, said the family. She worked in various capacities within the Catholic Church using her gifts and talents in service to others.
?While she had several occupations in her life, none was as rewarding as the time she spent leading the Youth Religious Education programs for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Urbana, the family stated. When she and her husband moved to Topeka, she ran the Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University. Throughout her life, she helped countless young people build their faith and will be remembered fondly for her impact.
She loved being active outside of the Church as well and was a Den leader for her sons when they were in Cub Scouts, and in recent years, she became a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and served as president of Chapter AW from 2003 to 2005, and a member of Chapter CC Seward.
?Lipska was also involved with Nebraska Community Improvement and Youth Community Improvement Programs while living in Gothenburg, and served on the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board for the last 10 years in both Lexington and Lincoln.
?She will be remembered in many communities as a friend, co-worker and supporter of those in need, family stated. Since her return to Seward, she loved having lunch with high school friends, playing bridge and travelling. She kept in touch with her many friends across the country regularly, but also enjoyed playing word games with them on her iPad as well.
Family was the most important thing in her life and she looked forward to seeing her children and grandchildren, family members said. She received joy out of hosting family gatherings at her home, which was always open for family and her hospitality was boundless.
Survivors include: her husband of 47 years, Lloyd; her children—Brandon (Catherine) Lipska of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Matthew (Aimee) Lipska of Mission, KS; grandchildren—Emma, Carson, Mayer and Rosalie; her mother, Helen M. Nelson of Seward; siblings—Mary Ann (Keith) Gehle of Mt. Airy, MD, Shirley (Bill) Hilger of Lincoln, Bernard (Niki) Nelson of Seward, Teresa (Steve) Gleisberg of Curtis and Christine (Ron) Hersberger of Superior; sister-in-law, Lois (Perry) Schlacter; brother-in-law, Leroy (Rachel) Lipska ; aunts—Adeline Geis and Ann Rerucha; an uncle, Art Nelson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
Memorials are suggested to Catholic Relief Services at crs.org/donate/ and Honor Flight Network at honorflight.org/donate-now/.