Margaret (Margie) Vacek was born in the Hanscom Park neighborhood on September 22, 1938, the same precinct where she met her husband, Allan, and together raised their 5 children. Margie was preceded in death by parents, William and Margaret Rohmeyer, siblings, Doris Malone, Joann MacLeod, Bill Rohmeyer, and Eleanor Pistillo. She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Allan Vacek, their five children, Kathryn Vacek, Deborah Vacek, Allan (Joyce) Vacek, Steven (Candy) Vacek, Andrew (Margaret) Vacek; twelve grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and her sister Jean Jirak.
Friendships spanned decades, beginning with the strong loving bonds she shared with her siblings; childhood girlfriends from 32nd Avenue; South High classmates; fellow wives of the Women’s Fireman’s Auxiliary; summer pals at Sokol Camp and fellow lake-lovers of Curtis Acres. Her children warmly remember discovering their mom in her neighbor’s kitchens on 33rd street - their laughter and conversations lingered over a pot of coffee and the haze of cigarette smoke.
Dance night was always a joyous affair. The New Year’s Eve dance was particularly glamorous. Preparation was key. While her children raced around the house enthralled by all the pageantry, she would emerge from the bathroom, hair teased, smelling of Jungle Gardenia and looking like Liz Taylor. We can still see her and hear her implore, “Al, come zip me up!”. In addition to dancing, she cherished movies and books, a passion acquired from her mother and passed down through generations.
Margaret returned home to live out her final days in home hospice. We watched, White Christmas, her last movie night with her family, including some of her youngest great-grandchildren. Propped up in bed, her hands tapping gracefully overhead, she kept time with the soundtrack. She shared her most authentic and beautiful self with us to the end. We will be forever touched and grateful for this happy ending.
In-Leu of flowers donations can be made to Sokol Camp Association or St. John’s Catholic Church of Valley, NE.
Visitation and Mass: Tuesday, December 6 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 307 East Meigs Street, Valley, NE. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by mass at 11:00 a.m., lunch will follow.
Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N 108th Street, Omaha NE (402) 496-9000 www.RoederMortuary.com