Theresa J. (Piitz-Prochaska) Jaax, age 92, of Shelby, Nebraska, passed away October 21, 2022 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Andrew Litt, Fr. Francis Curran and Fr. John Rooney officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 26 at the church from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed with a 6:00 p.m. Rosary. Acolyte will be Arthur Augustine. Server will be Tyson Wiebusch. Readers will be Kevin Curran and Kyle Curran. Gift Bearers will be the Wiebusch family. Organist will be Lonnie Piitz. Soloist will be Rita Houdersheldt. Musical selections will be “Be Not Afraid”, “Only A Shadow”, “Christ Be Our Light”, and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Pallbearers will be Kevin Curran, Kyle Curran, Sam Tucker, Josh Tucker, Robert Curran and Gary Tucker. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyson, Grady, Mitchell, Julia and Noah Wiebusch. Interment will be in the Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Theresa was born October 14, 1930 in Brainard to Mathias ‘Matthew’ and Ludmila (Behne) Piitz. She attended country school and graduated from high school in Brainard in 1947.
On April 7, 1952 she married Leonard Prochaska. They resided on a farm outside of Shelby. To this union three daughters were born. Leonard passed away March 1, 1979.
Over the years Theresa worked in the Brainard and David City area. She was a cook at the Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic School until it closed and later worked at Bernt’s Cafe.
On June 20, 1981 she married Quentin J. Jaax at Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The family resided in Shelby. Quentin retired from farming in the early 2000’s.
Theresa was a devout Catholic, attending daily Mass. She was a hard worker and always wanted to please people. She enjoyed cooking, baking, especially kolaches, canning and gardening.
She was a member of the Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Altar Society.
Survivors include two daughters: Julie (Robert) Curran of Coto De Caza, California and Nancy (Gary) Tucker of Lincoln; five grandchildren: Kevin Curran, Kyle Curran, Kayla Wiebusch Sam Tucker and Josh Tucker; five great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Leonard Prochaska and Quentin Jaax who passed away April 29, 2018; daughter Paulette Johnson; two brothers Francis (Edith) Piitz and Henry Piitz; sister Rosalyn (Harold) Hermsen.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.