BERNARD "BERNIE" KRAJEWSKI, 79 of Grand Island, former longtime Ogallala resident, passed away October 31, 2021, at the Grand Island Regional Medical Center.
Bernie was born March 17, 1942, at his childhood home in Ogallala, to Dick and Casmier (Pokorski) Krajewski. He graduated from Ogallala High School with the class of 1960 and subsequently entered the US Army.
On May 15, 1965, Bernie married Jeanette Theiler at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ogallala. Their union was blessed with 3 children, Nicheola, Matthew and Karma.
Bernie owned and operated Westside Texaco and Bernie's Automotive for the better part of 35 years. Following his retirement, he worked at Charter Communications and Ogallala Electronics before a stroke necessitated a change of pace. Never a man of idleness, Bernie went to work at St. Luke's Catholic Church and Catholic School in maintenance, which he did for several years. Bernie loved the kids at St. Luke's, and they loved him too. His subtle presence and faithful service made an impactful ripple that traveled further than he could have realized. Upon moving to Grand Island, he continued his love of the school and children by helping out as a crossing guard at Starr Elementary School.
Bernie was a longtime parishioner of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ogallala, and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bernie was a longtime member of the Ogallala Elks Lodge as well as the Moose Lodge.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Casmier Krajewski, brother, Dick Krajewski, Jr; and parents-in-law, Ed and Esther Theiler.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette of Grand Island; children, Nicki (Krajewski) Lanzante and Tracy Nedd, Matt and Machelle Krajewski, and Karma (Krajewski) and Jim Lewandowski; grandchildren, Kathryn Lanzante, Dominic Lanzante, and Luke (Abbie) Krajewski; siblings, Patti Soper, Judy Curtis, Barbara Cabela, Steve and Lisa Krajewski; along with many other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's Catholic School in Bernie's memory. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the Mass will be streamed live.
Funeral Mass will be on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 am at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ogallala, with Fr. Bryan Ernest as Celebrant. Bernie will be cremated following the Mass. Private inurnment with military honors will be in the Ogallala Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be on Thursday, from 1 pm until 4:30 pm, at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm on Thursday at the church.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.