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Evelyn Prellwitz

Evelyn Prellwitz

KEARNEY — Evelyn M. Prellwitz, 88, of Kearney, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney.

Mass of Christian burial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Art Faesser officiating. Burial will follow the service at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.


Evelyn Marie Bartak was born Feb. 12, 1932, at home on the ranch in rural Wheeler County near Ewing to Emil Vencil Bartak and Johanna Judit (Jennie) Beelart Bartak. She attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse with her brother Jim and four other students. She attended a boarding style high school in Bartlett, graduating in 1948 at the age of 16. After high school she attended Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, taking business and accounting classes. She worked at various banks and as an accountant until she married Dr. Frederick Prellwitz.

They were married Sept. 6, 1952, at St John’s Catholic Church near Clearwater. After he graduated from dental school in Omaha, they moved and set up residence in Kearney.

Evelyn raised five children and was a very talented seamstress and tailor working for Hirschfeld’s Men’s Clothing and the Brass Buckle. She was also very active in her children’s lives as a leader in Cub Scouts, 4-H, Campfire Girls and shuttling them to various sporting and musical events. Evelyn enjoyed bowling, golf, international travel to exotic places and her bridge group.

She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Group, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Does (Elks Club auxiliary), Community Concert Association and volunteered for many years helping with local elections, bloodmobile canteen, KCHS School Board and as a hospital volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital. Evelyn was also an excellent cook who hosted many family and neighborhood gatherings.

Survivors include daughters, Janet (Phil) Mannhard of St. Louis and Julie (Edward) Noethe of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sons, Daniel (Chris) Prellwitz of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Bruce Prellwitz of Hastings and Cory (Julie) Prellwitz of Kearney; grandchildren, Katherine (Matt) Helbig of St. Louis, Stephen (Jacquie) Mannhard of Boulder, Colorado, Patrick (Brittany) Mannhard of Spokane, Washington, Michael (Alyse) Mannhard of Spokane, Washington, Jared Prellwitz of Atlanta, Georgia, Graham Prellwitz of Springfield, Illinois, Emily Prellwitz of Denver, Samuel and Benjamin Prellwitz of Kearney and Clare and Jackson Noethe of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and great-grandchildren, Connor, Paige and Murphy Helbig and Rose and George Mannhard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Frank Bohn; her husband, Frederick; and her brother, Jim Bartak.

Memorials are suggested to the Prellwitz Family Scholarship Fund established with the Kearney Catholic High School Foundation.

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