Mary Jane Brestel, 82, of Callaway, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Callaway Good Life Center.
Mary Jane Brestel was born March 11, 1931, to Roy Winslow and Alma Ruth (Vincent) Lichtenberger. She attended school in Callaway, graduating Valedictorian of her 1948 class. She attended two semesters at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in agriculture.
She married Eugene Brestel June 24, 1950, and raised three children: Jacquelyn, Jonathon and Thomas. After the children were grown, she went to work in dietary service as a cook at the Callaway Public School for 15 years, retiring in 1999.
She also served as Secretary for the Callaway School Alumni Association and was very active in the St. Boniface Church of Callaway.
Most of Mary Jane’s life was spent in Callaway. She was known for her beautiful roses and she loved to sew for her family and make quilts. Her greatest joy was her family, especially the grandchildren.
Mary Jane is survived by children, Jacquelyn (Bill) Bailey of Waldorf, Md., Jonathon (Sherry) Brestel of Broken Bow, and Thomas (Cindi) Brestel of Holdrege; six grandchildren, Tim (Melissa) Brestel, Bethany (Brock) Shultz, Amanda (Jacob) Scofield, Ryan Brestel, Megan (Josh) Burkle and Emily Brestel; two great-granddaughters, Kaiya and Samara Burkle; sisters, Betty Sergun, Gladys (Irwin) Spangler and Shirley Pierce; one brother, Roy (Dee) Lichtenberger and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; parents, Roy and Alma; infant brother, George, and brothers-in-law, Albert Sergun and Allyn Pierce.
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at the Callaway Community Center with the Rev. Antony Thekkekara officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway. Mem-orials are suggested to the Callaway Good Life Center or Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
Online condolences may be directed to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway, Nebraska was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Sept. 5, 2013