KEARNEY -- Oma E. Lawver, 82, of Kearney, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney. The Rev. Roger Wendt will officiate. Interment will be in the Kearney Cemetery.
Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time.
Memorials are suggested to the family. On-line condolences may be submitted to osafh.com.
O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
She was born March 23, 1926, in Lebanon to Ira and Matilda (Fischer) Williams. She was married to Stan Lawver in McCook in June 1948. They made their home in McCook. Later they moved to Manhattan, Kan., before moving to Kearney in 1968.
She was the head cook at Good Samaritan Hospital for 7 ½ years. Later she became the head cook for Ramada Inn before her retirement. After retirement she did babysitting in her home. She loved the children she babysat as if they were her grandchildren. They referred to her as Grandma Oma.
She attended New Life Assembly. Pastimes included cooking, gardening and spending time with family. She loved the Lord first and foremost and never failed to witness for Him when the opportunity arose. She also loved her family and gave herself unconditionally in demonstration of that love. She was always the happiest when she was with her family.
Survivors include her husband of Kearney; son, Stan and wife, Jan of Kearney; daughter, Joy Lee Curfman and husband, Jim of Kearney; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; sisters, Leona Hoetelling of North Platte and Lois Pennel and husband, Wayne of Grand Island; brothers, Verl and wife, Betty Jo of Tulsa, Okla., and Robert of Chapman, Maine; sisters-in-law, LeeOra Mockry and Mara Johnson and her husband, Al.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tim; great-grandson, Blake Teel; brothers, Russell, Wilson, George, Dale and Avery; and sister, Arlene Emig.