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Judy Houdek


STANTON — Services for Judy Houdek, 71, of Stanton will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at the New England Congregational United Church of Christ in Stanton. The Rev. Linda Mohr will officiate. Burial will be in the Stanton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., at Shultz-Vogel-Johnson Mortuary in Stanton.

She died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.


Judith Ann Houdek was born Oct. 20, 1945, at Norfolk, the daughter of Emil and Grace (Mellick) Swanson. She graduated in 1964 from Winside High School at Winside, after which she attended Norfolk Junior College.

On Aug. 6, 1966, Judy married Jacob Houdek at Winside Lutheran Church in Winside. The couple lived in Stanton, and Judy was employed by Anderson Hardware in Stanton. She was a truck dispatcher for W & W Trucking in Norfolk until the couple moved out of state and she continued as a truck dispatcher in Arizona, Missouri and Minnesota. Judy was employed as manager of Stanton VFW Post 3602 in Stanton. She moved to Omaha and was employed as a dietary aide for NPPD and Quality Living. In 2007, she returned to Stanton and worked as dietary aide for Stanton Health Center until she became ill in 2008 and retired.

Judy was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Stanton and the Stanton VFW Auxiliary where she served in several offices. Her hobbies included watching baseball games, hunting and Nebraska football.

She is survived by her three children, Jenny and Mike Hart of Clarkson, Jerry Houdek of Stanton and Jeanette and Scott Davidson of Stanton; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Mike and Kathi Swanson of Kansas City, Mo., and Dennis and Carol Swanson of Beemer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six brothers and one sister.

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