Juanita J. Hanika, 87, of Falls City, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at Falls City. She was born on June 11, 1928 to the late Edwin and Lena Oberst.

She was raised in rural Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1945. She attended Midland College in Fremont and then went on to graduate from Peru State Teachers College. She taught in rural schools for six years, worked at Lassiters Men’s Clothing Store in Falls City for three years, and worked at Frontier Trailer Factory/Aztec as a bookkeeper for 25 years. She then moved to Lincoln, and worked for Weather Craft Roofing as their Office Manager. She retired in 1993 and returned to Falls City.

She married E.W. Hollens, Jr. in 1946 and they later divorced. In 1952 she married John Hanika; the couple later divorced.

Juanita was a member of VFW women’s Auxiliary for 60 years and also was a member of First United Methodist Church and the former Immanuel United Methodist Church

She is survived by her son, Steve (Carol) Hollens, of Falls City; sisters, Velma Koenig, of Houston, TX, and Lavern Sherrill, of Falls City; grandchildren, Nancy (Kevin) Holliday, Becky (Danny) Goltz, Teresa (Brian) Hardy and Scott Hollens; 13 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bob, Virgil and Kenneth Oberst; and a sister, Mildred Pflaum.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Hogue officiating. Interment at Steele Cemetery.

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