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Anne Marie Svoboda - July 31, 2010


Anne Marie Svoboda, 84, longtime Ogallala resident, died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at her home.
Anne was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her parents were Dr. Louis Cyril Walsh and Anne Marie Campbell. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, and Duchesne College in Omaha. Anne also attended Teachers College, Columbia University.
She married Frank Bernard Svoboda in 1950. They lived in Omaha while Frank attended law school, then they built a house in Grant, Neb., and then moved a year later to Ogallala, Neb. in 1958. Anne bore 10 children, two pre-deceasing her.
Anne was Regional Director for the Nebraska Right to Life for a number of years; helped establish PAKS for the disabled; was a member of the Goodall Library Board; Association for American University Women; PEO, and the Legion of Mary.
As a member of the committee that chose the sculptures along Interstate 80, she was interviewed on the Today Show about the controversial project. She also taught art at St. Luke’s School and in the Omaha elementary school system.
Anne helped found the Ogallala Regional Arts Council and the Ogallala Investment Club. She served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in the 1980s.
A great traveler, she and Frank visited Egypt, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, and much of Europe.
She designed her lake house with noted Chicago architect John Buenz. She painted for a number of years and occasionally gave lectures to local organizations about art. An avid bridge player, she and Frank won the local bridge tournament two years ago.
In 1975 she shared “Citizen of the Year” award given by the Quad County ARC. Anne was a founding member of the Great Books club in Ogallala. She led a discussion group monthly on the classics.
Preceding her in death were two children, John Svoboda and Paul J. Svoboda; one grandchild, Simon D. Svoboda; four brothers, James Walsh, John Walsh, Gerald Walsh and William Walsh.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Svoboda of Ogallala; her sister Mary Pat Cornelius of Martinsburg, Iowa; her brother Thomas Walsh of Omaha; eight children: Terese Svoboda and husband Steve Bull of New York City; Amy Svoboda and husband Don Andrews of Lincoln, Neb.; Katy and husband Stuart Hunt of Silver Springs, Md.; Jane Svoboda of Lincoln; Patrick and Camille Svoboda of Ogallala; Edward Svoboda of Beatrice, Neb.; Mary Svoboda and husband Brian Perkinson of Chicago; and Gerald Svoboda and wife Andrea Fiske of Portland, Ore.; 18 grandchildren, Felix Bull of Greenport, N.Y., Frank Bull of New York City, Georgia Andrews of Palo Alto, Calif., Beck Andrews of West Lafayette, Ind., James Andrews of Lincoln; Seanna Hunt, Kit Hunt, and Jonathan Hollingsworth, all of SilverSprings, Md.; Kama Svoboda of South Bend, Ind.; Sean Svoboda of Claremont, Calif.; Seth Svoboda, Colin Svoboda, Mira Svoboda, and Enya Svoboda, all of Ogallala; Ben Perkinson and Samara Perkinson of Chicago; Scarlett Svoboda and Veronica Svoboda, both of Portland. Mass of the Christian Burial was held Aug. 3 in St. Luke’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Ernest the Celebrant.
Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Ogallala Regional Arts Council. Online condolences may be sent to www.drauckerfh.com
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.