Mary Joan (Wilson) Sedlacek

Mary Joan (Wilson) Sedlacek, 84, of North Platte, passed away on Feb. 9, 2019, peacefully in her sleep at Linden Court Care Center in North Platte.

Mary was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Omaha to Matthew and Evelyn (Laughorst) Wilson. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in 1952 and from Creighton St. Joseph School of Nursing in Omaha in 1955. She met her future husband, Joe, while he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha and they were married on March 2, 1957. They lived for a time in Kimball, Ogallala and briefly in Omaha before settling in North Platte. They had four children, Juliann (deceased), Jerald (who died in infancy), Michael and Jeanie.

Mary worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, St. Mary’s Hospital in North Platte and completed her career at Home Health Care, which was her passion. She was regarded as dedicated and compassionate by her co-workers and patients and was known for her infectious laugh.

She was privileged to serve as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and also provided communion to shut-ins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Evelyn Wilson; husband, Joe; infant son, Jerald; daughter Juliann; sister Evelyn Perlinger and brother-in-law Dick Aden.

Mary is survived by her children Dr. Michael (Debra) Sedlacek of Bellevue and Dr. Jeanie (John) Iberlin of Buffalo, Wyoming; grandchildren Lucie Sedlacek of Bellevue, Grace (David) Schumacher of Lincoln, and Danielle Barent of Denver, Colorado; sisters Marcia (Jim) Petersen and Michelle Aden, both of North Platte; brothers Bernie (Rose) Wilson of Omaha and Joe (Linda) Wilson of Lincoln; and other extended family members and friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be shared at

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 12, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, with the Rev. Vidya Sagar Arikotlaas as celebrant. Burial will follow at Paxton Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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