Nancy Vasa
Date of Birth
February 21, 1935
Winthrop, Massachusetts
Entered into Rest
January 13, 2023
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Thursday, January 19, 2023 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ~ Weston, Nebraska
Interment at St. John Cemetery ~ Weston, Nebraska

*The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ~ Weston, Nebraska


St. John Nepomucene School
P.O. Box 10
Weston, NE 68070

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 Mildred Helen Adams Vasa was born February 21, 1935, in Winthrop, Massachusetts to Mildred (Sweeney) and Charles Adams.  She went to Heaven on January 13, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska following a brief illness.

Mildred was known as Nancy from a very young age.  The youngest of four children, she grew up on Walden Street and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1952.  Nancy was a host for the Seaman’s Club in the area when she met Naval Reservist and Nebraskan, Frank Vasa.  They married on November 6, 1954 at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Winthrop.  Nancy moved with her husband from the city to a farm in Nebraska.

Nancy admitted those early years in Nebraska were tough on a city girl.  From learning to cook the Czech dinners to driving a grain truck to the elevator with their first 3 children in the hot cab. She relied on her new friends Marcene Havelka and Lucille Pleskac for everything from childcare to learning to bake kolache.  They had no running water or indoor plumbing when caring for her first 4 babies.  In 1960, when she was in the hospital with her 5th child, Frank moved the family to the farm where they raised their 10 children.  Nancy stayed on the farm for the rest of her life.

When time and money permitted, she would load up the kids in a car, station wagon and later a bread truck and drive across the country to Winthrop to see her family.  Nancy continued the tradition of going to Winthrop with her older grandchildren, always driving them past the house on Walden Street.

It was important to Nancy that her children receive a Catholic education; all 10 attended St. John’s Elementary School in Weston and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo.  Her devotion to the schools continued the rest of her life.  Long after her last grandchild graduated from Bishop Neumann, you would still find Nancy in the stands cheering on the softball, football, and basketball teams.  She even mentioned to the doctors last week that she needed this heart thing fixed quickly because she had basketball games to go to next week.

Nancy (or Nana as she was known to all) was most happy being a Mom and a Nana.  Her prized possessions were her children and grandchildren.  She would have been what used to be described as a homemaker for the first 25 years of marriage.  She then went to work at Hakel’s Café in Weston where she made lifelong friendships with co-workers Rose Furasek and Lorraine Sabatka.  She later was a CNA with Tabitha, Madonna and other home health care companies in Lincoln.

After her retirement, she would volunteer her time with hospice patients in Saunders County.  She traveled to see her out of state children, enjoyed playing Scrabble with whomever would challenge her and she would most always win.   Besides the Cavaliers, she loved her dog, Sandy, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, The Boston Red Sox, The New England Patriots and still loved Tom Brady!  She could be found at Mass most mornings or with it streaming on TV.  She was happy on any sports bleacher in the evenings and weekends.

Nancy’s life was a life well lived.

Nancy is survived by her children Jeanne (Richard) Donia, Frank (Nancy) Vasa, and Nancy Elbracht of Weston, Charles (Tina) Vasa of Gulf Port, FL, John (Tammy) Vasa of Weston, Dan (Tammy) Vasa of Valparaiso, Betty Cloyed (Brian Evert) of Omaha, Anne (Terry) Langley of Bakersfield, CA, Ron Vasa of Malmo and Julie (Chris) Andy of Peabody, MA.   Thirty-five grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 21 special family members that she loved as her own.  She is also survived by her sister, Rena Tavani of Philadelphia, PA and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank in 2004, grandson Zachary, great granddaughter, Olivia, her brother Charles, and her sister, Barbara.

Condolences for Nancy Vasa
  1. Barb Hothan
    • January 15, 2023 - 8 months ago

    My deepest sympathy to the Vasa family.

  2. Christina Albert
    • January 15, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Thoughts, prayers, and love to Kim and her family

  3. skylar holliday
    • January 15, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Love and condolences to the Vasa family

  4. Betty Zahourek
    • January 15, 2023 - 8 months ago

    A very impressive obituary. She has definitely earned her halo. Rest easy, Nancy.

  5. Gabe
    • January 15, 2023 - 8 months ago

    I love you Nana. I remember playing LOTS of scrabble with you and how you would talk about Grandpa Vasa making up weird names to get more points.

  6. Ann McGuire
    • January 16, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Fare Well, Aunt Nancy! Last of our Parents, Aunts and Uncles to enter into God’s Grace, I always knew this day would come but are heartbroken anyway. Deepest Sympathy to all the Family of Nancy and Frank! Going to miss that Accent!
    Ann McGuire

  7. Ray @ Jolene Mohr
    • January 16, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Our deepest sympathy to your loss of NaNa. She truly was a special person to meet and always made you feel welcome. May she be resting in peace with her loved ones and enjoying the reward of Heaven. 🙏😇

  8. • January 16, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Will always remember Aunt Nancy for the special lady she was. Many good memories of the family get togethers with all the Vasas.
    To my cousins- your Mom was one of a kind and I know you will be comforted by the wonderful memories and the special love she showed to her family and everyone.
    She will always be remembered. Vickie and I send our deepest sympathy and our loves u

  9. Jerry Bartek
    • January 16, 2023 - 8 months ago

    God speed to the Vasa extended family. Nancy and Frank were dear friends of my parents, Chuck and Lois. My recall is that my mom considered Nancy one of her closest friends. I have beyond fond memories of Nancy and the entire Vasa clan.

  10. Dennis Tvrdy
    • January 16, 2023 - 8 months ago

    My deepest sympathy to everyone Nancy was a strong and loving lady , may she Rest In Peace !!

  11. Ed & Kathy Cherovsky
    • January 16, 2023 - 8 months ago

    DeColores, to our dear friend, Nancy while we extend our sympathy, love and prayers to all her family.

  12. Victoria Ruth Mayberry
    • January 17, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Oh Nana, what a sweetheart and special lady to see at every softball game. God Bless her memory! Beautiful obituary

  13. Linda Bartek
    • January 17, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Great memories of the Bartek family visiting the farm, and sometimes leaving with some Siamese kittens! Your mom was awesome! May God comfort your family at this time. Heaven gained an angel.

  14. Louise Bohaty
    • January 17, 2023 - 8 months ago

    I met Nancy while doing water aerobics at the Wahoo Civic Center a number of years ago. Nancy was one of the kindest, gentlest, sweetest people I have ever met. She truly cared about everyone she met and always made sure everyone was included in a conversation. Nancy will be missed by all who knew her. My heart and prayers go out to her family

  15. Denise Van Why
    • January 17, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Godspeed Nancy. I will miss your laugh, love of family & your ability to keep up with all of your family member & the ball games!! You had many stories to tell & very close to my parents & a great friend to my dad. I am sure you are all connected to your husband Frank & all your friends who have gone before you. May you bask in God’s love when you return home.
    Blessings to your family.
    Denise Hronek Van Why

  16. • January 17, 2023 - 8 months ago

    She was a very beautiful woman with a big heart I met her through Dennis who was a very good friend of mine‘s remember her for the rest of my life I know that she is in heaven with family and she is happy now just as when she was here with us

  17. Nancy Hakel-Smith and David Smith
    • January 18, 2023 - 8 months ago

    We are so sorry for your loss. We had a delightful visit with your mom after Christmas Eve mass. We were laughing because we sat in her pew. May she rest in peace.

  18. Marianne Valcan
    • January 18, 2023 - 8 months ago

    We’re praying for you as you mourn the loss of a very special lady. Your mother was light and comfort for so many, and she’ll live on in our hearts forever.

  19. Don Shirley
    • January 18, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Rest in Peace Nancy, you’ve certainly earned it. We’ll miss you, but you leave behind an amazing legacy of children, grandchildren and GREAT grandchildren. Yours was indeed a Life well Lived.

  20. Mary McGuire
    • January 19, 2023 - 8 months ago

    Sending lots of hugs of support to the Vasa family on the loss of your dear, spunky, fun, loving mother. I played scrabble often with Aunt Nancy online and seldom won. She was so smart! Will always have very fond memories of seeing her when I was young girl and loved to hear her talk and laugh. She was so different and I loved that! I hope your hearts heal from this loss in time as it was so hard to lose my own mother.

  21. Joanne Vasa
    • January 19, 2023 - 8 months ago

    I’m offering my prayers and those of my community members, the Daughters of Charity, as Aunt Nancy celebrates her new life in heaven. My prayers also to her children and grandchildren. Sister Joanne Vasa

  22. Shelly Peterson
    • January 19, 2023 - 8 months ago

    It saddens me to know of your mom’s passing. I was so wanting to be there. I haven’t seen any of you in so long and wanted to give my condolences in person. So many memories of our families together. The obituary for your mom was so well done!

    Shelly (Havelka) Peterson

  23. Sandra Gustafson
    • January 19, 2023 - 8 months ago

    My thoughts are with you John, Tammy and the Vasa family.

  24. Linda Collins
    • January 21, 2023 - 8 months ago

    My condolences to Nancy’s family. She was a force, a most kind soul and so loved by many. Her’s was a life well lived. RIP my friend.

  25. Steven Langley
    • January 22, 2023 - 8 months ago

    I love you Nana!

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