April 4, 1920 – March 22, 2019
Lillian Cerveny, 98, of Moberly, Missouri, went to the Lord March 22, 2019, at Moberly Nursing and Rehab in Moberly. She was born Lillian Irene Skleba to James and Clara Pracheil Skleba on the family farm near Wilber on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1920. She loved school and excelled in her studies, graduating from the eighth grade with honors.
She married Lumir Cerveny on Dec. 2, 1940, in Wilber. They made their first home on a farm near Hallam. After their daughter Karen was born, they moved to Omaha in 1945, where they remained until their final move to Moberly, Missouri. Daughter Cheryl was born in Omaha. Lillian worked in photo finishing, printing color pictures for professional photographers. Her love for photography grew to other members of her family. After Lillian retired they moved to a small farm near Moberly, where Lumir died later that year.
A few years later, Lillian traveled on a mystery trip with Operating Above The Standard after which she started riding the OATS bus. Lillian never drove, so she enjoyed her independence riding the bus. She became an OATS volunteer, serving first as Randolph County chairperson and later as treasurer for many years. She made many friends riding the OATS bus, both locally and on longer trips. Her travels included many locations in the United States as well as three trips to Canada. She said she never regretted her move to Moberly.
Lillian was an avid Nebraska football fan, never missing a game. She expected family dinners to be postponed so she could watch the game. Family knew to not bother her or even call her during the game. Lillian kept up with what was going on in Omaha and back home in Wilber by taking the Omaha and Crete newspapers all these years. Lillian’s second love after Cornhusker football was going out to eat. She could tell you every place she had ever been and what they served. Lillian was a member of Trinity United Methodist church. She enjoyed the visitation of UMW ladies, making sure that she didn’t take a nap and miss them.
She is survived by daughters, Karen (Gary) Hunt of Moberly, Missouri, and Cheryl (David) Arnold of Ethelsville, Alabama; grandsons, Christopher Berney of Forrest City, Arkansas, Norman (Lori) King of Minot, South Dakota, Scott (Kristi) King of Arnold, Missouri, James Berney and fiancée Tonya Roddy of Holts Summit, Missouri, Douglas (Vicki) Berney of Kansas City, Kansas, Randy King of Alabaster, Alabama, Joshua Berney (now deceased) and fiancée Samantha Brown of Palmyra, Missouri; step-daughters, Theresa (Stephen) Hyatt of Moberly, Missouri, Stacey Ingersoll of Moberly, Missouri, and Lindsay (Matt) Overfelt of Moberly, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Kristie (Derek) Burns, Tyler (Holly) Berney, Amanda (Zach) Stoen, Meagan King and fiancé Larry Paul, Ryan (Sarah) King, Sr., Jessica King (Nick), Kenzie King, Kyle King and Kyler Berney; step-great-grandchildren, Kayli, Kelsi, Bradyn and Erik; great-great-grandchildren:,Abigale, Sophie, Parker, Arianna, Ophelia and Ryan Jr.
Graveside services for Lillian and her grandson, Joshua Berney, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Wilber Czech Cemetery in Wilber, with the Rev. Travis Panning officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kunclfh.com.