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Mary Marguerite (Haselton) Pazderka

Mary Marguerite (Haselton) Pazderka
  • December 15, 1931 - May 4, 2022
  • Kalamazoo, MI & formerly of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
    3601 Burl Street
    Omaha, NE 68131

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“Mary and I were friends from kindergarten at St, Margaret Marys and then neighbors while raising our families. She was also my long time bridge...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: JoAnne Frenking Klosner - Friend

“To Paula and family:Mike and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom. I also sent a copy of the obituary to my Aunt Kathleen. She was...Read More »
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“I am a second cousin of Mary's. Her mother Marguerite and my Grandmother, Gussie Bushman, were sisters. Although I didn't see Mary a lot, I always...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Kathy Standeven - Omaha, NE

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Mary was the nicest person. She and John are my son Bryan´s godparents. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sharon Burton

“Mary was a wonderful mom to 4 great kids and husband to John. Many great memories with the family. Mary taught many of the neighborhood kids to be...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mike Billig - Zionsville, IN

“We could always count on Mary to help us navigate St Margaret Mary's. She was always pleasant to chat with. We are sorry for your loss. May the...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Bill and Sharon Kingston - Omaha, NE

“Mary was a wonderful friend and classmate since kindergarten at St. Margaret Marys. She was a brilliant bridge player and a "fun" saintly woman. My...Read More »
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“I always loved talking with Mary. She was so upbeat and happy. The last time I saw her was after mass at St. Robert's. We picked up as if we'd seen...Read More »
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Mary Marguerite [Haselton] Pazderka of Kalamazoo, MI & formerly of Omaha, NE

Mary, age 88, died Sunday evening, November 8th, 2020 at Friendship Village with her loving family at her side.

Mary, the daughter of William R. and Marguerite M. (McSweeney) Haselton, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 15th, 1931. She was a 1949 graduate of Omaha's Duchesne Academy High School and received her Bachelor's degree from Creighton University four years later. Mary had a career in advertising at a prominent radio station in Omaha and eventually worked at Commercial Federal Saving and Loans before leaving the workforce to raise her four children. She returned to work for her husband's drug store business as a bookkeeper part-time and eventually returned full time as a Church Secretary for the St Margaret Mary's Parish of Omaha with over 20 years of faithful service. She and her husband, John, moved to Friendship Village in 2015 from Omaha.

Mary loved the arts. She dabbled in painting and had a flair for drama. She acted in plays at Duchesne Academy and Creighton University and then took on more saintly roles including St. Margaret Mary herself at Summer camp. At first shy and quiet, Mary would surprise people with her wit and humor. She cherished her many friendships and loved a good laugh.

Mary was united in marriage to John Anton Pazderka at Cathedral Catholic Church, Omaha on July 4th, 1970. Surviving is her two daughters, Marguerite M. "Peggy" Pazderka of Saginaw, MI and Paula J. ((Andy Moran) Pazderka of Chapel Hill, NC; two sons, Philip A. (Thuy) Pazderka of Lake Doster, Plainwell, MI and Patrick J. (Christina) Pazderka of Minneapolis, MN and by seven precious grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Emma "Jane", and three loving older brothers, Bill, Bob, and Tom. Her husband of 50+ years, John, passed away on May 4, 2022.

Mass of Christian Burial for both Mary and John will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25th at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 766 S. Farmer Street, Otsego, MI 49078. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. in the Church. Interment will follow in St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, M-89. A Luncheon and a time of Visitation will immediately the committal service at St. Margaret Parish Hall. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary's honor may be directed to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha, Nebraska or https://www.duchesneacademy.org/apps/pages/donate. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Mary's family.