August 17, 1922 – March 30, 2018
Born in Rapid City, SD
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Leah M. (Schwarz) Aden
Leah M. (Schwarz) Aden, 95, formerly of Chappell, NE, was called to her eternal home on Friday, March 30 at Clark Jeary Retirement Community. Leah was born to Rev. Benedict Schwarz and Florence (Mueller) Schwarz on August 17, 1922 in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith on August 27, 1922. Leah moved with her family to Chappell in 1929 and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in 1937 by her father, who was Zion’s pastor. She graduated from Deuel County High School in 1940.
Leah’s career included teaching in a rural school, working for the Ring News Agency in Fort Collins, CO and Yakima, WA prior to her marriage.
Leah married her childhood friend, Robert “Bob” Aden, on December 15, 1946 in Fairbury, NE. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Charlotte Ann and Timothy Lee. The couple lived in Chappell and were part owners in the Aden’s IGA Store until their retirement in 1982.
After Bob’s death in 2013, Leah remained in Chappell until December, 2016 when health concerns required a move to Clark Jeary in Lincoln, NE.
Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte (Ron) Kafka; son, Timothy (Barb) Aden; grandsons, Andrew (Katie) Kafka, Adam (Tiffany) Kafka and 9 great-grandchildren all of Lincoln. Brother, Daniel Schwarz, San Diego, CA, Brother-in-law, Donald Wendelin, Las Vegas, NV and several nieces and nephews.
Leah was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters, Ruth, Beulah, Miriam, Eunice and brother, Nathan.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St., Lincoln. Visitation will be held with family greeting friends from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at the church. Burial will be at 12 p.m. at the Chappell Cemetery on Saturday, April 7.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Lutheran Hour Ministries, Orphan Grain Train or donors choice.
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