Thursday, July 27, 2017
Aliska Jean Owens
Jan. 12, 1945 - July 24, 2017
BENKELMAN, Neb. — Aliska Jean Owens was born Jan. 12, 1945, at St. Catherine’s Hospital in McCook, Neb., to her parents, Wayne and Olive (Sidman) Boyer. She started elementary school in Danbury, Neb., until second grade, when they moved to McCook. She then attended School Districts 16 and 8 before graduating from McCook High School in 1963 with perfect attendance all four years. She later attended business school in Omaha, Neb.
She married John Owens on Aug. 21, 1965, at St. Patrick’s Church in McCook. She worked for McCook National Bank before moving to Chadron to join her husband, where she then worked at the Bank of Chadron. The couple then moved to Sidney, Neb., for a year, where she worked for American State Bank. The couple moved to Big Piney, Wyo., for a year before settling in Benkelman, where they would make their permanent home.
After settling in Benkelman, Aliska was a stay-at-home mom while the children were young. When the children were older, she began working at Owens True Value where she would lovingly be known as the paint lady.
Aliska was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benkelman, where she also participated as a member of the Alter Society as well as many years in the Church Choir.
Throughout her lifetime, she enjoyed many hobbies. Growing up, she loved coyote hunting with her dad. She also competed in barrel racing where she won numerous trophies. She loved golfing and playing bridge with friends. Her favorite thing in life was helping others and laughing with friends. Most importantly for Aliska, happiness was being a mother and grandmother. She enjoyed family events and was especially happy to bring everyone together for her 50th wedding anniversary a few years back.
Aliska passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, in her home. She was 72 years of age.
She is survived by her beloved husband, John Owens of Benkelman; her daughter, Lisa and her husband, Kriss Krutsinger of Imperial, Neb., her son, Brad Owens of Benkelman, and son, Mitchell and his wife, Alyssa Owens of Beatrice, Neb.; grandchildren, Breanna Krutsinger and fiancé, Ross Sueper, Korey, Gabrielle and Delaney Krutsinger, Colton, Justin, Konner, Liam and Emma Owens; sisters, Bonnie Brown of Indianola, Neb., and Becky and husband, Dennis Rautenberg of Canon City, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Olive (Sidman) Boyer.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. (MT), Sunday evening, July 30, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benkelman with Father Matthew Eickhoff leading.
A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. (MT), Monday morning, July 31, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benkelman with Father Matthew Eickhoff celebrating. Inurnment will immediately follow services in the Benkelman Cemetery.
No visitation; cremation was chosen.
A memorial has been established to the Dundy County Library to be used to purchase children’s books.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Benkelman Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements