(May 30, 1916 - June 11, 2005)
LEWELLEN -- Louis J. Krajewski, 89, of Lewellen, died Saturday (June 11, 2005), at the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh.
He was born May 30, 1916, in Ashton to John and Sophia (Bogus) Krajewski. He moved with his family to Keith County in 1920 where he attended rural school.
On Aug. 12, 1938, he married Pearl Sonnenberg in Ogallala and to this union one daughter was born, Mary Jean.
He worked construction on dams at Lake McConaughy, Johnson Lake, and California. He enlisted in the United States Army on May 21, 1945 and served in Europe during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 29, 1946 and returned to Lewellen where he lived his entire life. He also opened the Ranch House Bar, had a custom combining business and sold cars.
He loved people, especially children, playing cards, cooking, reading, and socializing.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, a life member of B.P.O.E. No. 1760, the American Legion, and the V.F.W.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Mary Jean Steward of McCook and Lewellen; granddaughters, Lori Steward and Lou Ann Hoehner of Seward; great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Christen Hoehner of Seward; a brother, John and his wife Gerry Kraski of Edmonds, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Virginia Harvey of Estes Park, Colo., and Donna Baker of Hemet, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Virgil Sonnenberg of Brownsville, Texas, and Ed Metro of Hemet, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl; brothers, Ignac and Dick; and sisters, Wanda Nowak, Marie Pedersen, and Sylvia Gifford.
A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Oshkosh with Father Walter Phillips officiating. A rosary will be prior to the mass at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the church. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ogallala Cemetery with Military Honors by the Nebraska National Guard.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Holechek Funeral Home in is in charge of arrangements.