Margaret A. "Peg" Schernikau | 1936 - 2013 | Obituary

Margaret A. "Peg" Schernikau
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Margaret A. "Peg" Schernikau

Born: December 14, 1936
Died: November 28, 2013

In Loving Memory Of
Margaret Ann “Peg” Schernikau

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in York (505 North East Avenue) with Fr. Maurice Current and Msgr James Reinert officiating. A Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Beaver Crossing followed by a family visitation until 8:00 p.m. at the church. The Graveside Service will be in Calvary Cemetery, Beaver Crossing. Memorials may be directed in care of the family. Following the graveside service a lunch will be held at the American Legion Hall in Beaver Crossing.

Margaret Ann “Peg” Schernikau was born on December 14, 1936 to John and Margaret (Eisenbarth) Gill in Friend, Nebraska, the 4th of five children and passed away, surrounded by her family on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at her home in Beaver Crossing at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 14 days. Peg attended country school northwest of Friend and graduated with the Class of 1954 from Friend High School. She furthered her education by attending Southeast Community College, receiving an associate degree in dietary nutrition.

On June 4, 1955, Peggy was united in marriage to Donald “Red” Schernikau at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Friend and to this union five children, Lori, Mark, Donald Jr., Lisa and Lynn were born.

They made their home in Lincoln for 12 years, but their farming backgrounds sent them home to the Beaver Crossing area to get away from the hustle-bustle of big city life and in 1964 they purchased their current home. For more than 20 years, Peg was employed at the Sunrise Country Manor in Milford. She also drove a school bus for Centennial Public School for a number of school terms. Peg founded Schernikau Detasseling Corp and directed thousands of detasslers and roguers in the fields for more than 39 years. Several times during the season, she would make her famous cinnamon rolls for the crews.

Peg was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altar Society, Chamber of Commerce and the Village Town Board, all of Beaver Crossing. She was a faithful volunteer with the Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in Lincoln. Peg’s Irish background was an important part of her life which she shared with her family and others. Her family was the center of her life, spending time enjoying all the activities of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, reading and was an avid Nebraska Husker athletic fan. Peg enjoyed camping and walking her dog, Paddy.

Peg is survived by her husband, Don “Red”, children and spouses, Lori and Steve Wambold, Beaver Crossing, Mark and Judy Schernikau, Oakland, Don Jr. and Johnna Schernikau, Kansas City, MO, Lisa McNeel, Lincoln, Lynn and Matthew Leif, York, nine grandchildren and spouses, Abby & Gene Wolf, Tekamah, Anna & Adam Scott, Lincoln, Owen Schernikau and fiance Chelsea Milks, York, Nikaela and Mark Schroder, Elkhorn, Kinsley Schernikau, Lincoln, Mollie McNeel, Lincoln, Derek and Rachel Leif, Colorado Springs, CO, Ellyn Leif and Clare Leif, both of York, three great-grandchildren, Zach, Sam and Emily Wolf, sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Croissant, Lincoln, Colleen and John Rotter, Littleton, CO, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carolyn DeLong, Lincoln, Ron and MaryAnn Schernikau, Beaver Crossing, Dave and Becky Schernikau, Orlando, FL, Frances Gill, Seward, Marion Gill, Lincoln, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Peg was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Timothy Gill and Jack Gill, and a brother-in-law, George DeLong.

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