1934 — 2014
Joan Pofahl, 80, formerly of Elgin, NE, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Fr. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m., at Calvary Cemetery in O’Neill, NE. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Memorials are suggested to AseraCare Hospice, 421 E. Douglas St., O’Neill, NE 68763.
Mary Joan Pofahl, daughter of Leo and Mary Ellen (McCaffrey) Lydon, was born January 28, 1934 at the family farm near Ewing, NE. She was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater, attended a country school through the 8th grade, and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School at O’Neill in 1951. On June 18, 1952, Joan was united in marriage with Martin Thomas Pofahl at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater. The couple made their home on the Pofahl Ranch southwest of Ewing. Joan taught school for a short time at District #18 ½, at Deloit, NE. After moving to Elgin in 1985, she worked many years as a CNA at the Golden Living Center in Neligh until retiring in 2007. After her retirement, she worked as an In-Home Health Care Provider until her stroke in 2009.
Joan was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, St. John’s Christian
Mothers, St. Boniface Catholic Church and the St. Boniface Altar Society. She also served as an EME and Lector. Joan enjoyed visiting, “coffee talk” and gardening.
Joan is survived by six children: Tom Pofahl of Neligh; Peggy Hanlin and husband Kurt of Elgin; Lee Pofahl and wife Debb of Neligh; Shellie Nelson and husband Wayne of Clinton, MT; Pat Pofahl and wife Sheri of Plainview; Nicole Wilkinson and husband Andy of McCool Junction; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Connie (Ron) Park of Omaha; Rita Troshynski of Stamford, CT; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in infancy; her husband; two daughters, Theresa and Shannon; two brothers-in-law, Hugh Troshynski and Willis Rockey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Max and Rose Pofahl; and sister-in-law, Judy Pofahl.