Mass of Christian Burial for Elma B. Bart age 101 of Howells, NE will be on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Nepomucene Catholic Church in Howells, NE with Fr. Stanley Schmit as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Howells Catholic Social Hall. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Howells, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. and will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elma passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Clarkson Community Care Center in Clarkson.
Elma Barbara Cerny Bart was born on the family farm near Howells, NE on October 24, 1921 to Frank B. and Bessie T. (Kucera) Sindelar, the fifth of six sisters. She attended country school through the 8th grade.
In November of 1941, she married Adolph Joseph Cerny and moved with her new husband to a farm near Rogers, NE. They lived there and had three children before Adolph’s accidental death in June of 1949. Elma then took the family and moved in with her parents in Howells, NE and found a job working as a cook at the Old Howells Ballroom, where she met Donald Bart of Olean, NE. They were married in 1956.
After her marriage to Donald, she lived on a farm southeast of Howells and was truly the “working housewife” and “right hand man” with Donald. They milked cows, farrow to finished hogs, raised chickens, ducks, geese, and had numerous cats and dogs. She loved to bake bread, kolaches, and rolls, made wonderful deviled eggs and annually made sauerkraut for the year. Donald passed away in 1984 and she continued to raise chickens and assisted Larry, her son, with every aspect of farming.
Elma enjoyed every family gathering and all the new additions to her family as the great grandchildren were born and grew up. She welcomed her three great-great grandchildren with open arms. She entered Clarkson Community Care Center in February of 2018. There she settled in and became an avid Bingo and horserace fan, she always picked #3. She could beat anyone with her walker as she went up and down the halls at the facility. Elma was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church since 1949 and was the oldest living member at the time of her death.
Her family includes-
Daughter-Geraldine Ortmeier(deceased) and her family-
Rhonda and Greg Janky and daughter-Madison
Russell and Sharon Ortmeier and children-Austen & Amanda
Kevin and Amy Ortmeier and children-Sophie & Ellie
Daughter-Martha Sueper of Madison, NE and family-
Randy and Deb Sueper and family-Jerett (Mary) Sueper and daughter-Ella, Ross (Breanna) Sueper and children-Sutton & Gianna, Jacob (Kaylee) Sueper, Kayla Sueper, & Preston Sueper
Renee and Kevin Wilshusen and children-Bryce and Brianna Wilshusen
Son-Larry and Mary Cerny of Clarkson, NE and family-
Todd and Julie Cerny and children-Caden, Emma, Andelka, Gianna & Briella Cerny
Kim and Joe Hefflinger and children-Jolie & Lily Hefflinger
Sister-in-law-Vlasta and Dick Roubal of Dodge, NE
Many nieces, nephews and her special friend Patricia Tully also survive her.
Elma was preceded in death by her parents-Frank and Bessie Sindelar, husbands-Adolph Cerny (1949) and Donald Bart (1984), daughter-Geraldine Ortmeier (2017), great granddaughter-Francesca Cerny (2015), son-in-laws-Larry Sueper (2013) and John Ortmeier (2020), sisters-Adelka Sindelar, Christina (Adolph) Jelinek, Sophie (Joseph) Kulhanek, Bessie (Leonard Gall) (Joseph Ruzek), and Wilma (Stanley) Kalisek, along with many Cerny and Bart in-laws.