Funeral services for Ann (Popken) Mortensen age 81 of Lincoln, NE formerly of Wisner, NE will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwood Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE (4301 Wilderness Ridge Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68516). Interment will be in the Wisner Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner, NE..
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Masks will be required for attendance at the visitation and the funeral service. The service will be live streamed at this link: https://vimeo.com/548156665
Ann passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln, NE.
Ann Leisy Popken Mortensen was born December 28, 1939 in West Point, NE to William and Fern Leisy. She grew up on the farm south of Wisner.
On October 11, 1953 she became a child of God through baptism at Salem Mennonite Church south of Wisner.
Ann attended District 56 School and Wisner High School. She was active in 4-H and later became a leader.
On January 20, 1957 she married Leon Popken. Five children Dan, Bev, Leann, Chuck and Tena made their family complete. Ann and Leon owned Midwest Motel in Wisner for many years. They enjoyed traveling, camping and spending winters in Texas. Jesus was her rock and her faith never waived no matter what life threw at her. She loved to worship her Lord through music and singing. Ann's favorite things included family holidays and gatherings, spending time with friends and playing cards.
She married Bill Mortensen and they made their home in Lincoln, NE. Ann contiued to do the things she loved and made new friends. In recent years she devoted her time making and donating hats and blankets to anyone in need.
Ann was proceded in death by her parents, husbands Leon and Bill, mother & father-in-law Emil and May Popken, great granddaughter Seraphina Brase, sister Bonnie Waltner and brother Tom Leisy.
She is survived by her children, Dan Popken (Renee) Hall, Mt, Bev Pacas (Joel) Linwood, NE, Leann Kersten (Al) Bloomfield, NE, Chuck Poken (Barb) Murray, NE, Tena Popken Drummond, MT. 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Sister-in-law Barb Leisy Oregan and Dick Waltner MT. Many nieces, nephews and cousins. A host of friends.