Alice J. Muff - March 27, 2012
Alice J. Muff of Crete, Neb. passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the age of 91 with her children by her side. Alice was born on April 21, 1920 in Wallace, Neb. to John and Mary (Tabor) Vlasin. She was the third child of nine children.
Alice attended country school in Hayes County at Green Valley, Dist. #18. It was a mile and a half drive by horse and buggy to school each day. In 1931 her family moved to Crete. Alice attended St. James Catholic School through 10th grade where she met the love of her life Hubert G. Muff. She transferred to Crete High School and graduated with the class of 1938. Alice attended all her class reunions. Her last reunion was in 2011 making it her 73rd reunion.
Alice worked part-time at Kindles Bakery, did house work for a neighbor lady on the side and had a full-time job at Keystone Grocery store in Crete. She earned $1 a day.
Christmas of 1941 Alice received a telegram to report to Washington, D.C. for a Civil Service job that started Jan. 2, 1942 until December 1945. This was a government job; she gave civil service tests and did typing.
Hubert completed three years serving in the 96th Infantry Division, Medical Company in WWII. He was discharged in December 1945. Shortly after his return they were wed.
Alice and Hubert were married on Jan. 22, 1946 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crete by Rev. John F. Eckler. A dinner was served at the Crete Hotel with a wedding dance at the St. James Hall. Music was provided by the Ben Marcellino Orchestra. It was a full house and a most joyous time.
After the wedding they rented the William and Lena Muff farm–(Hubert’s parents). In 1960 they bought the farm. They grew and raised all the farm crops and livestock especially hogs and cattle (fats). They would load hogs or cattle (fats) out at 5 a.m. to go to Omaha. Alice always made sure they had a piece of pie before leaving for Omaha.
In January of 1986 they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The meal and dance was held at Tabor Hall, Dorchester, Neb.
Alice lived on the farm until July of 2011. During her life she shared a lot of love and fun times with her family. Family was very important and she liked to be involved with them. She enjoyed playing cards, Rubik Cube game, gardening, traveling and going fishing. She would always make time to attend special events with her family. It could be a softball game, music concert at the Crete High School, confirmations, baptisms, birthdays and weddings. If she wasn’t busy with one of those events and you could ask “would you like to join us fishing” and she would join you with a smile on her face, her bandana on her head and fishing pole in tow.
She raised a big garden each year. She always believed you needed to plant your potatoes on Good Friday even if it was snowing. She canned and put up a lot of food in her day. Even in 2010 she was still canning and making jelly maybe not as much as she did before but you couldn’t stop her. She made the best dill pickles and sauerkraut. She was a fantastic cook; she could put just about anything together if she needed too. If you would stop for a visit she would always offer you something even if it was a cookie or a cracker.
Alice and Hubert loved to travel every year to attend the 96th Infantry Reunions starting in 1970. They were held in different states each year. They attended them together until 1986 when Hubert passed away. She made several trips afterwards by herself and stopped finally when it was too hard for her to make the trips. She made a trip to Czechoslovakia, Alaska and many bus trips.
She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary, 96th Infantry Women’s Auxiliary bowling leagues over the years, Kramer and Valley View Extension clubs, Senior Citizens and Wednesday morning coffee group at Burger King. She volunteered at the VFW and Crete Manor calling bingo. Alice touched many people throughout Crete and the surrounding communities.
She is survived by her children Carol and Donald Stewart, Polk, Neb., Teresa and Gary Heinemann, David and Teresa Muff, Frank and Arlene Muff, Patricia Filip Steve and Darla Muff all of Crete, Barbara and Steve Novotny III, Ashland, Neb., Mary and Joseph Jazwick, Platte Center, Neb.; 34 grandchildren; 35 great- grandchildren with one more great-grandchild due in May; two sisters, Rose Cecava of Wallace, Neb., Dorothy and husband Bob Welch of Marysville, Kan.; two brothers, Richard and wife Gen Vlasin of Pleasant Dale Neb., Raymond and wife Claire Vlasin of Lansing, Mich.; sister-in-law, Bernadette Vlasin, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Vlasin; her husband Hubert Muff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irma and Raymond Sand, Idella and Joseph Lorenz, Helen and Robert Macholan; brother, John Vlasin Jr.; brother-in-law, Victor Cecava and grandchildren Stacy Muff and John Jazwick.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 31, 2012 at Sacred Heart Church in Crete with Father Julius Tvrdy officiating.
Pallbearers were Kerwin Stewart, Kevin Filip, Anthony Muff, Timothy Heinemann, Michael Muff, John Muff, Mitchell Novonty, Nicholas Jazwick.
Honorary pallbearers were the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Crete.
Kuncl Funeral Home of Crete was in charge of arrangements.