Claudia Joyce Jurek
Claudia Joyce Jurek, 78, of Glenwood, Iowa, passed away March 6th, 2023, in Bellevue, Nebraska, surrounded by her loving family. A Memorial Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 15th, 2023, at 5 pm with an OES Memorial Service at 6:30 pm and Prayer Vigil at 7 pm. They will take place at the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2202 Hancock Street, Bellevue. The funeral mass will be Thursday morning, March 16th, 2023, at 10 am at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood, Iowa. A committal service will be held at the Omaha National Cemetery at 1:30pm for family and friends.
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Claudia was born December 10th, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Lillian Slowik. It was during a high school dance that she met Stanley Jurek, her future husband of nearly 60 years and they married in June of 1963. Being a military family afforded the young couple to see the world together. Their military journey took them to Alaska, New York, Florida, Japan and lastly Nebraska. Along the way, Claudia and Stan welcomed four children: Kenneth, Warren, Sheli and Erika.
Claudia worked for H&R Block, starting with personal tax returns. As she learned the business, she branched out to offer tax services to local business owners, start-up businesses and farmers. She retired after 24 years. During her free time, Claudia enjoyed singing, having performed in multiple singing groups over the decades, including the local Offuttaires. She loved being creative and enjoyed baking, cake decorating, floral arranging, and sewing. After Stan’s retirement from the military, Claudia pursued her love of travelling, having shared that her favorite trips included Sydney, Australia, an Alaskan Cruise for their 40th wedding anniversary and a family trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Claudia was involved with the masonic youth group, the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, having served as the Mother Advisor for Service Assembly No 9 in Kansas City, MO. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Bellevue, NE, enjoying the philanthropic and social activities of both organizations.
Claudia is preceded in death by her parents John & Lillian Slowik as well as her son, Kenneth Jurek.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Stan of Glenwood, IA; brother Robert Slowik and wife Lee Ann of Deerbrook, WI; son Warren Jurek and wife Sheri of Waverly, NE; daughter Sheli Rice and husband Bryan of Bellevue, NE; daughter Erika Bryne and husband Kirk of Dallas, TX; and daughter-in-law Tammy Jurek of Council Bluffs, IA; Grandchildren include Joseph Jurek, Jeremy Jurek and wife Jenna, Daniel Rice, Katheryn Rice, Kitrina Jurek, Kendra Jurek, and Lily Jurek. Also, great-grandchild, Alan Jurek and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
I always thought a lot of Claudia! Sending hugs to Stan and her children, especially Shelli and Erika, along with prayers for comfort.
Mrs. Jurek was a great influence in my teen years – a second family.
My sympathies to Stan, Sheli, and Erika. Heaven has gained some great ones! Prayers for you all
I had the pleasure of working with Claudia at H&R Block. A very loving and caring lady, she will definitely be missed. My sympathies go out to the family.