Joann Bertha Sabatka
Joann B. Koluch-Sabatka, age 69, passed away at home on August 29th, 2020 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Joann was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 12th, 1951, to Joseph and Dora Koluch. Joann was proud to grow up in Capitol Beach and lived in that neighborhood her entire life. She graduated High School, but loved her group of lifelong friends from Everett Junior High. Joann worked primarily as a Manager with MDS Harris, and met some of her best friends working at the Congress Inn Restaurant/Bar, and the The Point After, to name a few. Joann worked hard to support her girls, Jodi and Angie. BUT Joann made things fun wherever she went–the shenanigans that her and her friends caused made her laugh through her final days. The number of calls, visitors and messages of hope for Joann from those she worked with shows her impact on those around her.
Joann married the love of her life Wayne Sabatka in 1995, in Las Vegas Nevada. They loved to spend time together at the Cabin in Schulyer, fish, cook, and argue! Her laugh was contagious, and you could not help being happy around her. Joann was an amazing cook and many times she showed her love by delivering a meal when you needed it the most. She was an animal lover throughout her life and passed that love on to her daughters. Joann was happy with simple things, a glass of wine or cup of coffee shared with someone she loved.
Joann is survived by her daughter Angela Maughan (Lincoln), brother Chuck Province (Broken Bow), Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces/Nephews, and life long friends. We are all left to cherish her memory and feel fortunate to have been loved by her.
Joann lost a huge piece of her heart when she lost her daughter Jodi Maughan in April of 2005. Also proceeding Joann in death, Parents Joseph and Dora Koluch, Husband, Wayne Sabatka, Sister Rosie McMahan, Brother in Law, Ron McMahan, Brother John Koluch, Aunt and Uncle Betty and Ike Stone.
“I love you Mom” …Angela
The Celebration of Life will be held October 4, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Isles Reception Hall; 6232 Havelock Ave.
Memorials to the Lincoln Humane Society.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
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To all of her family, May your beautiful memories bring you comfort.
Rest in peace my dear friend
Deepest condolences to Joann’s family . I enjoyed tribute story by her daughter and would like to add how positive a person she was . Nearly every weekend Joann and her friends would meet for breakfast at Shoemakers Cafe . Like Joann , her friends looked forward in getting together for coffee and conversation . I was a security guard during the late night / early morning shift . Being in uniform I was constantly targeted by their stories and pranks and always looked forward to what they were doing next . I gave them the Title of ” The O Street Girls ! ” During one Halloween Joann and her O street gang , came into the cafe all wearing full wedding dress’s !!! All customers at cafe burst into applause !!! I complimented them that they could still wear the wedding dress …informed all purchased at local thrift shops . That evening the O street brides stood around me for a photo shoot . Years later Joann and the O street brides , signed and framed that photo and gifted it to me upon my retirement . Great life time memories of a very positive lady !!!.