Joseph J. Rehak
  • 59 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 26, 1952
  • Date of passing: Dec 9, 2011
I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Play, smile, think of me. All is well.”

Joseph Rehak, 59, of Howells, Nebraska, died Friday, December 9, 2011, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 13, at 10:30 AM at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Howells with Father Leo Rigatuso celebrating the Mass. Burial will be at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Howells. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 PM to 7 PM at the church. There will be a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM Monday at the church with Deacon Bill Schlautmann officiating. Visitation will resume on Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the church.

Joe was born on April 26, 1952, in West Point, Nebraska, to Joseph and Louella (Sayers) Rehak. He attended school at Stanton County Dist 32 , and graduated from Howells High School in 1970. After finishing high school, Joe farmed in the Howells area. On July 5, 1980, he was united in marriage to Dorine Zrust at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Howells. They made their home on his family’s home place north of Howells. Joe continued to farm, and he was currently farming with his son. Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children, playing cards, shooting pool, and playing shuffleboard. He really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Joe was a lifelong resident of the Howells area and a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Joe is survived by
Wife: Dorine Rehak of Howells, NE
Daughter: Jennifer (Gary) Praest of Dodge, NE
     Grandchildren: Bridget, Lilly, and Garret Praest of Dodge, NE
Son: Joe (Jenna) Rehak of Clarkson, NE
Daughter: Samantha Rehak of Wisner, NE
Mother: Louella (Gene) Litz of Dodge, NE
Brother: Duane (Deb) Rehak of Howells, NE
Nieces and nephews

He is preceded in death by
Father: Joseph Rehak
Brother: Gerald Rehak
Sister: Theresa Johnson

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jenna Rehak on 26th April 2013

"Happy Birthday, Joe!!!  I'm still trying to figure out what that crazy dream was all about or what you're trying to tell me... Regardless, I wish it could come true- even for a day!  Time passes & we continue to heal; but never will you be forgotten. We both miss you, every day!
We love you!!!  -Joe & Jenna"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Praest on 9th December 2012

"Wow.....1 year!!  Seems like you were just sitting at my table chewing me out for some stupid thing or another....miss you!!  Garret really needs a grandpa to show him the ropes :("

This tribute was added by Samantha Rehak on 1st November 2012

"Thinking of u always daddy!! No one will ever replace u and no one will ever live up to all u gave me in my life! Wish I could see u n joke around like old times.. so old u used viagra to accidentally make me lol! Love u daddy!"

This tribute was added by Jenna Rehak on 26th April 2012

"Happy 60th bday Papa Joe!!!
We know you're up there smilin' down, probably playing cards with Grandma & Grandpa Z, and having a few birthday beers!  We miss you & we love you- Joe & Jenna"

This tribute was added by Deb Rehak on 26th April 2012

"Happy Birthday havin a party in heaven are ya ? Well have one for all of us. Will argue about something when we meet again."

This tribute was added by Samantha Rehak on 11th March 2012

"I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too,
I think of you in silence I often speak your name
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame
Your memory is my keepsake for which ill never part
God has u in his keeping I have you in my heart."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Praest on 27th January 2012

"Many tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side
When memory paints in colors true
The happy hours that belonged to you.
~ Helen Steiner Rice"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Praest on 27th January 2012

"What is Death?
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile"


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