Defaine “Dee” M. Zvolanek
Date of Birth
March 14, 1930
Ashland, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 30, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska
Memorial Service

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Ashland Cemetery


In Care of the Family

Defaine “Dee” M. Zvolanek, 84 of Ashland, NE, entered into rest on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.  She was born March 14, 1930 in Ashland to David and Violet (Owens) Root. On April 24, 1974, Dee was married to Bill Zvolanek.  Dee made many people happy with her cooking when she ran the Depot Café and the Silver Spoon in Ashland.  Her family will always remember her time working at Johnny’s Steakhouse in Ashland because that is where she met her husband Bill.  She also ran the kitchen at the Sportsman Club of Nebraska for several years.

Dee’s family will always remember her as the best candy maker and as a great cook.  She loved cooking for her family and she loved her trips to the casinos.

She is survived by husband of over 40 years, Bill Zvolanek; children, Keith E. Stewart of Lincoln, Cheryl Hauschild of Ashland, and Reginia Schneider of Waverly; step-daughter, Cherri Setlak of Plattsmouth; 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, David and Violet Root; 9 siblings; son, Richard Stewart.

Pastor John Ewton will be officiating.

Condolences for Defaine “Dee” M. Zvolanek
  1. Anonymous
    • June 1, 2014 - 9 years ago

    My mother, Barbara Stewart, and I were sad to hear of the loss of your mother. Though many years have passed, we want you to know that your family was part of the FOUNDATION that helped build our family. I have many fond memories on the farm that I have passed down to our children and grandchildren. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers especially at this time, and you will always have a place in our hearts. Sincerely, Julie Stewart Self, John Self, and Barbara Stewart

  2. Claire Esser
    • June 2, 2014 - 9 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear about Dee, she was such a special person, she was instrumental in getting me interested in English Bulldogs and I have had several. She will be very much missed.
    You Have My Deepest Sympathy
    Claire Esser

  3. Janeen Alley Foupht
    • June 2, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Defaine was my sister in law for 7 yrs,she was the best.I was 16 when we met so I have known her for many years.
    I still feel like family because I got to see them off and on.I know she is happy now.RIP Dee you are loved by many.

  4. Pat Musil
    • June 3, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Dee always made the “BEST” coconut and banana cream pies in the world. Dee will truly be missed and so will her pies.I’ll bet she is baking pies for The Lord now.

  5. Theresa Drak
    • June 4, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Dee was my Aunt and the person that worried about everyone. I am going to miss her phone calls of support. Dee showed us all how to love and care for each other. I will miss you very much.

  6. Dave, Trish, Logan and Levi Kennedy
    • June 6, 2014 - 9 years ago

    We are very sad to hear of Dee’s passing.Dee was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. We could always count on her to put a smile on our faces. She was like a grandma to our children as they were growing up. Knowing and living next door to Dee was an honor and a blessing. All our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and the rest of the family.

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