Emma Voborny

A Mass of Christian burial for Emma M. Voborny, 90, of Elgin, was Monday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church at Raeville, with Fr. Kevin Vogel, Fr. Bernard Starman and Deacon Dennis Wiehn concelebrating. 

Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the church with a 7 p.m. wake service. 

Emma died Tuesday, April 30, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.

Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.levanderfuneralhome.com.


Emma Marie, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Beckman) Starman, was born on the family farm near Elgin, on Feb. 25, 1929. She attended school at the St. Boniface grade school in Elgin. Following her schooling, she worked for many area families assisting mothers with new babies. 

On June 7, 1960, Emma was united in marriage to Stanley Ervin Voborny at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin. They made their home on a farm near Newman Grove for a year and moved to the former Bill Grundmayer farm two and one-half miles northeast of Raeville in 1961. The couple moved to Elgin in 1983. 

Before her marriage, Emma worked in the laundry department at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Norfolk and later in the laundry department of Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she worked until her retirement in 2009. She also worked for a number of years as a housekeeper at the rectory in Raeville.

She was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville and Raeville Christian Mothers. Emma is remembered as a strong woman who was very patient and kind. She always seemed positive and was always smiling. She enjoyed gardening, music and playing the organ. Family was important to her and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Emma is survived by four children, Joe (Shirley) Voborny of Raeville, Karen Strong of Norfolk, Paul (Rebecca) Voborny of Dunellon, Fla. and David Voborny of Elgin; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Patras, Anthony Kittelson, Teri (Tony) Garcia, Allysa (Eric) Duray and Aaron Voborny; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Leo Starman of Clearwater and other relatives and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ervin; infant son, John; infant grandson, Christopher; three brothers, one in infancy, Albert Starman and Tony Starman; sister-in-law, Lois (Tony) and sister, Clara Starman.

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