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Eileen D. (Rourke) Nemechek

June 24, 1926 ~ March 12, 2022 (age 95)

Obituary

Eileen Dorothea (Rourke) Nemechek (95) passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Wallace County Community Care Center in Sharon Springs, KS. 

She was born June 24, 1926 in Brownell, Kansas, the daughter of John and Margaret (Halbleib) Rourke. She was the fourth of eight children. 

Eileen attended Hiawatha Grade School and graduated from Ellis High School in 1944.  She obtained a teaching certificate at Kansas Normal School in Hays and returned to teach at Hiawatha Grade School. 

She married Stephen (Steve) Nemechek Jr. on May 22, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McCracken, Kansas. The couple moved to Sherman County in 1946 and farmed southeast of Goodland, Kansas.  Steve and Eileen were then blessed with five sons.  Steve passed away August 3, 1978.  On May 17, 1980, Eileen married Floyd Owens at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, Kansas. Floyd passed away March 4, 1999. 

Eileen was a longtime member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church serving on the Lady’s Guild and Liturgy Committee, as well as Sacristan and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  Eileen was also actively involved in VFW Lady’s Auxiliary. Along with her deep faith and devotion to Christ, Eileen had a great love for her family, always lending a helping hand with joy.  Some of Eileen’s many hobbies included gardening, canning and pickling, crocheting, bowling, wallpapering, and working with stained glass.

Eileen is survived by her sons, Tom (Sharon) Nemechek of Des Moines, IA; Greg (Judi) Nemechek of Goodland; Jerry (Penny) Nemechek of Goodland; and Terry (Stephanie) Nemechek of Goddard; and daughter-in-law Janice Nemechek of Goodland; 16 grandchildren, Curt (Julie) Nemechek of Garden City; Rhonda (Dean) McIntosh of Amarillo, TX; Janet (Dustin) Downie of Manhattan; Jodi (Shannon) Hensley of Des Moines, IA; Justin (Kathy) Nemechek of Bucyrus; Brandon (Lacy) Nemechek of Rosehill; Bryant (Melissa) Nemechek of Hershey, NE; BreAnna (Josh) Cech of Colby; Garrett Nemechek of Colby; Parker Nemechek of Manhattan; Jamie Nemechek of Salina; Matthew Nemechek of Goodland; Sarah Nemechek of Goodland; Taylor (Anna) Nemechek of Wichita; Logan Nemechek of Kansas City, MO; Nathan Nemechek of Goddard; 22 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Rourke; first husband, Steve Nemechek; second husband, Floyd Owens; son, Ron Nemechek; siblings, John Rourke, Jr; Katherine Daigle; Lucille Nemechek; Helen Schaben; Sister Margaret Rourke; Bernard Rourke; and infant brother, Joseph.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
March 18, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Koons-Russell Funeral Home
211 N. Main Ave.
Goodland, Kansas 67735

Vigil and Rosary Service
Friday
March 18, 2022

8:00 PM
Koons-Russell Funeral Home
211 N. Main Ave.
Goodland, Kansas 67735

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
March 19, 2022

10:30 AM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
307 W. 13th
Goodland, Kansas 67735

Interment

Goodland Cemetery
510 N. Main Ave.
Goodland, Kansas 67735

Donations

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Memorials may be left at the service or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland KS 67735

Wheat Ridge Acres
and may be left at the service or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Goodland KS 67735

Wallace County Community Care Center
Memorials may be left at the service or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland KS 67735

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