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Gene (Roush) Jerabek

Posted 2019-11-07 by mhenderson
Published in the Daily Miner on Nov. 6, 2019 -
Kingman, Arizona -

Gene Roush Jerabek, age 101, of Manhattan, Kansas died Oct. 27, 2019,
at Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan. Born Dec. 10, 1917, in
Winfield, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Samuel Irvin and
Pauline May (Benfer) Roush. Gene graduated from high school in 1935 in
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, and earned her Nursing Certificate at
Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

A World War II veteran, Gene joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in
September 1941, serving in North Africa and Italy, returning home in
September 1945. Gene was awarded battle stars for the Naples-Foggia
and Rome-Arno campaigns. During the war she met another lieutenant,
George Jerabek. They married June 1, 1944, in Naples, Italy, and as
mandated by Army regulations, were accompanied by a driver on their

Following the war, Gene and George moved to Lockport, Illinois, where
they raised five children.

After the children were all in school, Gene returned to nursing. Gene
and George later retired to Kingman, Arizona, where George died in

Gene was very devoted to God and her family, enjoyed reading, and
prayed diligently. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
and a strong supporter of many charitable and Christian causes. She
was a dear friend to many, and an active member of Grace Lutheran
Church in Kingman until moving closer to her children in 2013.

She leaves behind one sister, June Brown of State College, PA; three
children – Polly (Ted) Hagerty of Briarcliff, TX, David (Karen)
Jerabek of Manhattan, KS, and Joel (Jo Ellen) Jerabek of Crystal Lake,
IL; a daughter-in-law, Amanda Jerabek of Marietta, GA; seven
grandchildren – Katie (Michael) Johnson, Sally (Chock) Hefner, Sarah
(Garrett) Lunsford, Alex Jerabek, Jeff Jerabek, Anton Jerabek and
Stefan Jerabek; five great-grandchildren – Jackson Jerabek, Cal,
Sophie and Maggie Hefner, and Sam Johnson; two nieces and countless

Preceding Gene in death were her husband George; son Jan; daughter
Judy; brother Jay Roush, and an infant sister.

Gene’s funeral will be Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at First
Lutheran Church in Manhattan, with Rev. Liz Kocher officiating.

Inurnment will be with her husband in the National Memorial Cemetery
of Arizona in Phoenix.

Condolences may be sent to the family c/o David Jerabek, 2827 Illinois
Lane, Manhattan, KS, 66502, or online through the funeral home website

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Lutheran Bible
Translators, First Lutheran Church in Manhattan, or a charity of your
choice, or may be left in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral
Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave. Manhattan, KS 66502.

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