Gloria A. Shandera

October 23, 1931February 7, 2019

Gloria A. Shandera

Gloria was born October 23, 1931 to James and Albie Smejdir in Dorchester, NE. She passed away February 7, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Longtime resident of Havelock.

Gloria was employed with Russell Stover’s for 25 years and Dorsey Laboratories for 13 years. She loved cooking and baking, especially kolaches and rohliky (Czech rolls). She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. Her hobbies included going polka dancing; gardening and flowers. She was well loved by many friends who will miss her dearly. Survived by husband, Dennis J. Shandera; children, Bill (Denise) Shandera, Gary Shandera and Cathy Shandera; grandchildren, Justin (Nichole) Shandera, Joslyn (Joel) Fankhauser and Carli Shandera; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Zayden, Giovanna, Roman, Kolten and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Jim Smejdir, Vern Smejdir, Dorman Smejdir and Wayne (Babe) Smejdir. Memorials suggested to the family for later designation.

Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019 from 6-8pm and Funeral Service Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 10am with all services at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. The family requests casual attire be worn to the service.


  • Randy Smejdir, Active Pallbearer
  • Doug Smejdir, Active Pallbearer
  • Tim Smejdir, Active Pallbearer
  • Trent Smejdir, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Hahn, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Stoner, Active Pallbearer
  • Tony Gomez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Grasmick, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Don Holmes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Greg McNeese, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Stoner, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Gloria A. Shandera

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Debra Smejdir

February 9, 2019

My dearest, amazing and sweet Aunt Gloria-
I do not have words to express how much I will miss you. You have been a part of my life since the day I was born and I do not have a childhood or family memory without you.
The many times I sat in your kitchen..drinking brewed hot tea from your teapot, eating your homemade kolaches and rolls, all the Russell Stovers candy I ate (it was a LOT)= I thought you had the best job in the world ;) Hanging out with my cousins Cathy, Gary and Bill (dancing to 70's music in the basement) and most of all your happy, infectious laugh. Those moments are etched on my heart and the most precious to me.
You were such a devoted Daughter ,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister and friend to so many. I remember the words of wisdom I've learned from were supportive of every major event in my life and my family's, the happy times and the very sad times and I am so grateful to have you in our lives.
I remember the last visit at your house, just this last were still full of energy and sass, all in that 90lb body! Endless energy and you beamed every moment you talked about your grandchildren/great-grandchildren.
I know without a doubt you are HOME with your family (all your Dad- he loved you so, so much), celebrating..polka music playing, playing cards, laughing, the lively shenanigans and the LOVE in heaven.
You were always an just went home.
Peace be the Journey- I love you.

Tim Smejdir

February 9, 2019

Aunt Gloria,
Even though we grew apart as time went on, I will always remember how important and caring you were for your “little” brother, my Dad as he battled his illness for many years. I could always tell how much he loved you and cared for you. I know you two will have a lot to talk about in heaven!
Dennis, Bill, Gary, Kathy, and your families, you have been blessed to have a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Lori and I are thinking and praying for you during this transition of Gloria’s new life. Bless you all.🙏