Donald S. Stava
Veteran
Date of Birth
November 28, 1935
Omaha, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
June 24, 2018
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Friday, June 29, 2018 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church ~ Prague, Nebraska
Interment with Military Honors at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery ~ Plasi, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church ~ Prague, Nebraska

Memorials

Saunders County Catholic Schools, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church or Family Wishes

Donald S. Stava, 82 of Weston, NE, entered into eternal rest on June 24, 2018 at Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln, NE.  He was born November 28, 1935 in Omaha, NE to Stanley and Helen (Roh) Stava.  Don graduated from Brainard High School in 1953.  Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp, stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA and was honorably discharged from his duties 1958 receiving a Good Conduct Medal.  He was united in marriage to Marcella “Marcie” Pavel August 24, 1963 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Utica, NE.  Don and Marcie were blessed to enjoy nearly 55 years of marriage.

Don was a lifelong farmer, loving husband, father, grandfather and soon to be great-grandfather.   Don and Marcie made their home on a farm near Weston.  In addition to raising crops, Don enjoyed his cow/calf operation.  He loved tending to his animals and had a great love for anything outdoors.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, Czech music and food, and playing cards.  Don was a skilled mechanic and carpenter.

Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1833, and the American Legion Weston Post #308, where he previously served as Commander. He was an active member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Plasi.  He served his parish and community in various leadership roles.  Don considered himself semi-retired from farming, although he never really retired, remaining very active in the farming operation with Marcie and son Dave.

He is survived by his wife, Marcie Stava; children, Susie and Carl Sousek of Prague, Nancy Stava of Wahoo, Connie and Kevin Thulin of Weston, Patrick “Rick” and Kelly Stava of Wahoo, and Dave and Tara Stava of Weston.  Grandchildren include: Nick and Linsey Sousek of Wahoo, Jessica and Sam Creal of Prague, Kara Sousek of Lincoln, Hannah and Matt Thulin of Weston, Joseph, Ryan and Jacob Stava of Wahoo, and Jamison, Justin, and Jesse Stava of Weston; sister-in-laws, Leona DiPaolo of Lincoln and Angie Klein of Colorado Springs, CO; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Helen and Ed Kucera; father, Stanley Stava; grandparents; brothers and sisters-in-law; Marie and Alois Hottovy, Ann and Leo Rau, Margaret and Adolph Spatz, Tony DiPaolo, Joe Pavel Jr., Kenny Klein, and Ray and Evelyn Pavel.

Condolences for Donald S. Stava
  1. David Rau
    • June 25, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    Don was a good man. I would always take the opportunity to visit with Don when I would go back to Nebraska for weddings, funerals or vacations. I have always had a strong admiration for him. God bless you and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  2. Bob & Donna DiPaolo
    • June 25, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    Thoughts and prayers to Marcie, and the entire Stava family, at this very trying time. Don was a wonderful human being.

  3. Galen and Alice Jambor
    • June 25, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to the entire family.

  4. Valerie (Woita) Rouch
    • June 26, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    My deepest sympathy to the Stava family. May you find comfort in your memories of Don during this difficult time.

  5. Marc, Lori & Taylor Buckminster
    • June 26, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to Marcie and the entire Stava family. Sending our sympathy.

  6. Jim Siders
    • June 26, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Stava family. Although I didn’t know Don, I’m sure he was a good family man, having raised a son like Rick. My sympathy to Don’s family & friends.

  7. Diane, Leona, Karen (Pacula)
    • June 27, 2018 - 3 weeks ago

    Marcie and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Don was a great neighbor and we have fond memories of him.

  8. Steve and Jane Rezac
    • June 28, 2018 - 2 weeks ago

    Deepest sympathy to the Stava family

  9. Reuben Schmale
    • June 28, 2018 - 2 weeks ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Susan & Karl & so he must have been a special person. My sympathies to all.

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