Frances Mary Lukassen

24 September, 193019 August, 2020
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Beloved by family and friends, Frances Mary Lukassen, 89, of Kimball, passed away peacefully at Heritage Estates in Gering on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Born on September 24, 1930 to Adolph and Eva (Karges) Kresha, Frances Mary Lukassen, aka Mother Mary was raised in a large family where money was scarce but loveabundant. She learned the value of hard work, making sacrifices and above all else, the importance of family.

She attended school at Osceola and Midland College in Fremont Nebraska. Her sister introduced her to Howard James Lukassen and on May 26,1951 they were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball. Mary taught at a rural school in the county for several years. Beside Howard, they farmed and raised a family of 6 children. Once the children were grown she was employed at Kimball High School and the Kimball Senior Center as a Certified Dietician. As a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 69 years,she was a big part of the Altar Society. She had a talent for quilting, and exhibited them at the county fair. Mary was a past 4-H leader, a member of the Eagles club in which she had served as past president. For many years she served on the board of Aging of Western Nebraska. She spent countless hours doing volunteer work in the community. Mary enjoyed baking and was famous for her pies but was also known as the “Cinnamon Roll Queen”. To know Mary you would understand that as the head of the family and farm for so many years after losing Howard, she set an example for each generation about life’s most important lessons; how to find joy in every single day, how to find good in everyone you encounter and to love unconditionally.

Survivors include her children: Wanda Toombs of Wheatland WY., Nadine (Tom) Timmons of Byers, CO., David (Trish) Lukassen of Kimball, NE., Patricia (John) Bauman of Aurora, MO., and Chris (Harold) Ball of Brush, CO.; Marty (Barb) Lukassen of Kimball, Ne.,14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Mary is survived by sister-in-laws Pat Kresha of Brighton, CO, Irene and Lucy Kresha of Columbus, NE; brother-in-laws Gene Thomas of Kirk, CO and Harold Witulski of Beatrice, NE. She will be greeted by her parents, husband, son-in-law Robert Toombs and 19 brothers and sisters.

Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball. Mass of Christian Burial with Father Robert Karnish and Mike McDermott officiating will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 also at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball. Inurnment will be held at the Kimball cemetery. Due to Covid-19 services will be limited to family. Both services will be live streamed and can be accessed by visiting the Cantrell Funeral Home Facebook page. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. to leave condolences and sign the register book. Friends may also visit to view Mary’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. In lieu of flowers,your consideration of making a donation in Mary’s honor to these Memorials: St. Joseph’s Altar Society, the Kimball Eagles Auxiliary, or the Kimball Library


  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church Altar Society
  • Kimball Eagles Auxillary
  • Kimball Library


  • Register Book Signing

    Friday, 4 September , 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, 4 September , 2020


  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, 5 September , 2020


  • Inurnment

    Saturday, 5 September , 2020


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Peggy Hofer (Larkin)

4 September 2020

I and my siblings are remembering Mary and her sister in law Mary Ann with great fondness. Both were kind, friendly and nurturing. It was a blessing to have both in our lives. We hope their families are doing well.

Diane Wasser

3 September 2020

Aunt Mary will be remembered by lots of people who had a chance to meet her. I remember making food in her kitchen and the fun we had while we learned how to cook in 4-H. My deepest sympathy to all of my cousins and it is sad that I can’t be their in person to see all of you. Thinking of you all and praying 🙏

Love your cousin. Diane

Murl and Marcie Etter

29 August 2020

To all our Lukassen cousins,,,,
We will miss our dear Aunt Mary, as well as my sister Mary O'Brien, brothers Leon and Larry Kosch. Such wonderful memories
from when we lived on our farm near you!! She was an amazing, and talented woman, touched many hearts. We know she is in Heaven giving out hundreds of hugs to her huge family.
Love to all.

Morgan Nicole Delaplane

29 August 2020

Dear Lukassen family,
I am sorry for you loss. I had the pleasure of cleaning her house for a few months, and enjoyed visiting with her. She was so kind to me, and showed me what it meant to be positive all the time.
My condolences to Lukassen family, Mary will be missed by many.

Pam Kresha Talmadge

27 August 2020

Dear Cousins,
I'm so heart broken to hear of Aunt Mary's passing. We have so many wonderful memories of growing up in Kimball and being out at the farm. Listening to the farm report, huge meals with everyone at the table, playing outside, rosary on Sunday night. Your mom was such a special person, I know she will be missed by many.

Love to you all,

Evelyn Ball

21 August 2020

Deepest Sympathy to all of your family. I did not have the privilege of knowing your mother but she must have been a wonderful person to have such a wonderful daughter who is my daughter-in-law. We love her.

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