Louise Antonie Urbanek

Sep 12, 2013 Staff

Louise Antonie Urbanek, the mother of Lander resident Leo Urbanek, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Goshen Care Center in Torrington. She was 95 years old.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Rose Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Ray Moss officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington. A wake and rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the church with Deacon Rollie Raboin officiating.

Louise Antonie Urbanek was born Dec. 16, 1917, in Bee, Neb., the oldest of 10 children of Louise and Antonie (Pavlica) Zavorka Sr., immigrants from Czechoslovakia.

She received her early schooling in Nebraska, graduating from the eighth grade in Valparaiso, Neb. When she was 15 she moved with her parents to Wyoming.

On Nov. 23, 1938, she married George F. Urbanek, whom she had met at a dance.

Mrs. Urbanek broke horses, did farm work, hauled beans and beets, picked corn and harvested potatoes. She also worked at the corn and tomato cannery in Torrington, along with cleaning houses. She spent 16 years at Wards Hatchery, eight years at the Golden West Dairy cheese factory and retired in 1981 after working for more than 18 years at Holly Sugar Factory. She also returned to Omaha, Neb., during her working years and worked at the Omaha Brewing & Blue Barrel soap factory.

Following retirement, Mrs. Urbanek was active with St. Rose CCW, the Hawk Springs Womens Club and she helped with the Care and Share Program.

She was a member of the Nebraska Panhandle Czech organization and she loved her Czech heritage.

Her family said she enjoyed dances, especially polkas, and she liked her many flowers, gardens and animals.

She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Madsen, and her husband Bob of Wheatland; sons Paul Urbanek of Torrington, George Urbanek Jr. and his wife Sandy of Cheyenne, and Leo Urbanek and his wife Rita of Lander; sisters Mary Rutar of Pender, Neb., and Annie Votova of Lenox, Iowa; brothers Frank Zavorka of Cheyenne, Joe Zavorka and his wife Marge, and Charlie Zavorka and his wife Dorothy, all of Torrington; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George; brothers Wencel and Louis; infant brother Joe; and sister Antonie 'Toni' Donbraska.

Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to either St. Rose Catholic Church or to the Nebraska Panhandle Czech Club.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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