Clara Jane Placzek 74, of Grandview passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in her sleep at home.

She was born Aug. 7, 1930 in Monroe, Neb., to James and Clara (Thayer) Noonan. While still young her family moved to Columbus, Neb., where she grew up and attended St. Bonaventure Grade School and later St. Bonaventure High School. On April 28, 1947 Jane married Joseph A. Placzek at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. The couple lived in the Columbus/Omaha area, where five of their six children were born. In 1957, the family moved to the Grandview area, where Mr. Placzek engaged in farming. A year later they moved into town, where Jane lived until her death. She worked for 18 years at Independent Foods in Sunnyside retiring in 1990 due to illness.

Jane was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, where she was a member of the Altar Society. In 1983, she was received into the Third Order of Lay Carmelites. This allowed her the privilege to be buried in the Carmelite habit.

Jane’s favorite pastime was doing embroidery/appliqué and counted cross stitch. Her art pieces won many ribbons in the area fairs. She spent countless hours making baby quilts and blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jane is survived by three sons and three daughters, Joe of Henderson, Nev., Shirley of Seattle, Tom and Ron of Grandview, Roxanne of Sunnyside, and Mary of Orlando, Fla.; eight grandchildren, including Teresa and Christopher, whom she helped raise; and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Carolyn Gertsch of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; and her brother, Joe.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mabton. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lower Valley Hospice or your favorite charity. Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, is in charge or arrangements.


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