Eunice Mandelko, 75

Eunice Marie Nadobny Brown-Mandelko, age 75, passed away at her home in Chadron, surrounded by family and friends Monday, Oct. 25, 2011. Eunice’s funeral mass was Saturday, Oct. 29, at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron with Father Tim Stoner and Father James Joseph officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron. Eunice was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Rushville, to Sylvester and Josephine Nadobny. She grew up on the family farm, and enjoyed spending time with her brother Albert (Buddy) and cousins until 1950, when her father died and they moved to Chadron. Her mother, Josephine, married John R. Brown in 1951, and John then adopted Eunice and Buddy. Eunice graduated from high school in 1954 from Assumption Academy. Eunice married Harold E. Mandelko in 1955, and they raised their family in Chadron. Eunice was employed for 27 years in the Dawes County Superintendent of Schools office, and those years in the education system were very rewarding. Eunice spent countless hours playing in the dirt, and her yard was testimony of that, as she won “Yard of the Month” in 2010 by the Chadron Garden Club. Eunice was always ready to pack a bag, and head to a new destination, she recently had taken a cruise to Alaska, and a trip with her daughters to Sanibel Island, Florida. The Red Hat Club, card clubs, volunteer opportunities, and many other clubs were always part of her active schedule. Eunice is survived by her three sons, Chuck Mandelko, Marty Mandelko, Don (Pam) Mandelko; two daughters, Connie (Mike) Jenson and Shelly Mandelko (Jim Winchell); brother, Albert (Elizabeth) Brown; sister-in -law, Louise (Bill) Hefle; grandchildren, Stacy (Tom) Kleinjan, Justin (Leslie Picraux) Mandelko, Dan Mandelko, Paul (Rachel) Mandelko, Tyler Mandelko, Weston Mandelko, Brenna Plank, Cory Plank, and Derek Jensen. Eunice had eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and special friends that she treasured. The family suggests memorials to Dawes County Museum or Finnegan Park Christmas Lights. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.Online condolences can be made at]Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 3, 2011