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Florence Arlene Sukraw, 93 - October 24, 2017

Florence “Arlene” Sukraw, 93, of North Platte passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Services were conducted on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the North Platte First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Sukraw was born at North Platte on Dec. 30, 1923, to Arvid and Florence (Anderson) Branting.
She married Quinten Kenneth Sukraw of Maxwell on June 27, 1943. She was a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
Known by many as a matriarch of North Platte, and called either Arlene or “Moma Doc,” according to family members, she was a teacher, principal, staff development director, school board member, student teacher supervisor and adjunct professor, to name a few of her roles.
Sukraw received many degrees over the years, the last of which was her doctorate, which she earned when she was 64 years of age. Among her numerous awards and honors were her being named by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as Nebraska’s Elementary School Principal of the Year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. and being distinguished as a Nebraska One Room School Teacher by the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
She was an exemplar of what teachers, administrators and women should strive to emulate, both in their professional and personal lives, the family stated. Educators, students and their parents have experienced her compassion, vision and use of humor to encourage, support and change the many lives she has touched.
Sukraw was also an active leader of the First Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married. Her involvement included regular Sunday worship attendance, Luther League sponsor, Sunday School teacher and Bethel Bible class teacher as well as numerous committees and serving on the church council.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Arvid and Florence; her husband, Quinten; daughters—Sharon and Pamela; brothers and sisters-in-law—Melden (Helen), Hollis (Frances) and Russell (Maxine); nieces and nephews—Scott and Carol Smith, Glennis Branting, Robert Branting, Robert Branting, Jr. and Van Kistler.
Survivors include: her children—Kenneth Allen (Miriam) Sukraw and Judith Marlene (Jeff) Stoehr; grandchildren—Mark (Angela) Sukraw, Heather (Lee) Johnson, Tracy (James) Warren and Trevor (Melissa) Stoehr; great-grandchildren—Katherine, Elijah, Hannah and Anika Sukraw, Kaleb, Greyson, Emerson, Tatum and Conley Johnson, Henry and Sullivan Warren and Trenton and Meadow Stoehr; nieces and nephews—Harold (Susie) Branting, Sandra Kistler, James Branting and Russell (Julie) Branting and their families; special friends, Marge and George Spencer.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Public Schools Foundation and Midland University, Fremont.