Age 81

Columbus, NE. Passed away after a short and courageous battle with cancer on February 5, 2016. Joe was born on June 17, 1934 on a farm in Nance County to Walter and Frances (Podraza) Jarecke. He graduated from Fullerton High School in 1952 before entering the US Army in 1954. He served in Korea until his Honorable Discharge in 1956. On June 28, 1958, Joe was united in marriage to Anita Augustine at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus. He worked at Cyclone Fence, then worked as a carpenter before moving into sales. He worked at Tempo, and moved on to Sears, from where he retired in 1989. In 1990, Joe was elected to the Columbus City Council. He served for 20 years, where he was instrumental in many city projects. Joe was a charter member of St. Isidore Parish, where he served the Church in many capacities. Along with being on the Parish Council, he was on the Scotus School Board, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and an instructor for Setting the Limits. Joe loved spending time with his entire family. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, traveling, carpentry, and watching his children's and grandchildren's sports.

He is survived by his wife Anita; his children, Judy (Jerome) Gates of Columbus, Julie (Davin) Gebauer of Darien CT, Jeff (Carleen) Jarecke of Darien CT, Jay (Suzie) Jarecke of Omaha, Jeanne (Bill) Schaffhausen of Lincoln NE, Janine Jarecke of Columbus, and Jon Jarecke of Lincoln; his brother Frank Jarecke of Grand Island NE; grandchildren, Nick (Jackie) Gates, Amanda (Anthony) Sjuts, Anne (Scott) Ronhovde, Dane and Jeffrey Gebauer, Lauren, Sam and Spencer Jarecke, Reed, Jordan and Dylan Jarecke, and Natalie and Eli Jarecke; and 4 great grandchildren, Ayden, Ashton, Elladee and Max Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Frances Jarecke; brothers, Jerome and Wally Jarecke; and infant brother Freddie Jarecke.

VISITATION will be Thursday, February 11, from 3:30-6:30 pm at St. Isidore, followed by a VIGIL. A FUNERAL MASS will be held Friday, February 12, at 11 am at St. Isidore Catholic Church (3921 20th St. in Columbus). In lieu of plant and lowers, memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.

McKOWN FUNERAL HOME

Columbus, NE 402-564-4232 www.mckownfuneralhome.com

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