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November 9, 2010 - March 17, 2006

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Orva D. Brazda, 95, of Beemer, formerly of West Point, died Friday March 17, 2006 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Services will be 1:00 pm. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Reverend Robert Hedtke officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 am. until 8:00 pm. Tuesday at Stokely Funeral Home. Orva is survived by her two sons, Douglas of West Point, Nebraska, and Dave and his wife, Gloria of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is also survived by her grandchildren:Scott Brazda and his wife, Kris, and their children, Amanda and Elizabeth of Omaha, NE; Kate Brazda of Chicago, IL; Richard Brazda and his wife, Jenny, and their children, Blakelee, Tessa and Riley of Lincoln, NE; carolyn Brazda of Portland, OR., and one sister, Iva Gelster of Phoenix, AZ. Orva is preceded in death by her husband, Omer; parents, Leona and Louis Zeplin; brothers and sisters, Ella Zeplin, Edward Zeplin, Herbert Zeplin, Herman Zeplin Ilva Bruning and Elsie Zeplin. Orva D. Brazda was born to Leona and Louis Zeplin on November 9, 1910, in West Point, Nebraska. Orva Zeplin’s early years were spent on a farm in West Point, where she attended the local schools and was a West Point High School graduate. She became the bride of Omer Brazda in 1932 wherein their 70-year marriage and life-long partnership began. Their dual career in the hospitality industry began in 1947 with the purchase and operation of the Scribner Hotel. They built the Sandman Motel in West Point in 1955, then purchased the Landmark Motel in Fremont in 1958. Their career continued into New Mexico where they moved in 1962 to build and operate the Lamplighter Motel. They returned to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1966, where they built another Lamplighter Motel. In 1969, after 22 years of owning and managing motels, they joined the Best Western home Office in Phoenix, Arizona as inspectors with the entire United States as their territory. Traveling the country from coast to coast continued for 12 years until 1981 when they retired and moved to Sun City, AZ. Nebraska as home beckoned, once again marking a return in August, 2001. Her last years were lived at Colonial Haven in Beemer. A special thank you to the dedicated staff of Colonial Haven for their caring attitude and efficient medical care. Memories of Mother, her sons recall her never-ending encouragement and support in all their endeavors. Early memories recall her fun-loving spirit where she would play the piano or ukelele while songs were sung and a good time was enjoyed by all. In good times and bad, she was always there for her family providing attention and support. Most of all, she was “just Mom”. She was a wonderful mother and wife’; and what a cook!Orva will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family and the dedication shown to her career.