Matilda Hattie Zulkoski, 101, of Elyria entered eternal life on Sunday April 22, 2018, surrounded by family at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil, Father Mark Maresh and Father Tom Ryan will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Memorials are suggested to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, St. Mary’s School, Ord Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Matilda was born October 15, 1916, at Elyria, Nebraska to Joseph and Bertha (Jablonskii) Konkoleski. She was raised west of Elyria on the family farm. Her schooling began at Hilltop Dist. #60 north of Elyria; she then finished the eighth grade at Dist. #48 west of Elyria.
On November 15, 1939, Matilda was united in marriage to Enus Zulkoski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elyria, Nebraska. They lived in Elyria for a short time where Dorrita was born, then settled on a farm northwest of Elyria where Dale, Daryl and Reggie were born. Later they purchased a farm on the southern outskirts of Elyria where they continued to raise cattle, chickens and hogs. She loved milking cows and caring for her chickens and was a devoted farm wife helping out where ever she was needed. Enus passed away May 26, 1992, at the age of 78. She continued to live on the farm until her death.
Matilda was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Elyria and the Altar Society. Then later became a member Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ord Catholic Ladies Altar Society, WFLA Lodge #437, VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. Matilda enjoyed helping with bingo at the Ord Hospital and Grandview. She volunteered to serve on the Bloodmobile for sixteen years. It was a great disappointment when she was no longer able to be a part of her beloved bowling team.
She loved seeing her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren grow and could usually remember all of their names. She babysat with them and taught them to play cards and games. She was a member of the No Lo Pinochle Card Club, loved to play any kind of cards and work crossword and word search puzzles. She made great pies and was a terrific cook. Matilda was thrilled when asked to be a greeter at the door for the annual Elyria Pumpkin Festival. She was a feisty woman and always ready for a good laugh.
Survivors in include daughter and son-in-law, Dorrita and Kent Helm; a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Barb Zulkoski all of Burwell; eleven grandchildren, Greg (Theresa) Petska, Brian (Chris) Petska, Bruce (Marivel) Petska, Jeff (Lisa) Petska, Matt (Lanna) Zulkoski, Teresa Zulkoski, John Zulkoski, Luke (Kristie) Zulkoski, Amber (Andy) Leth, Walker (Katie) Zulkoski, Ashlie (Cody) Goerke; twenty-eight great-grandchildren, Kendra (Sam) Brinkman, Ridge (Lindsey) Petska, Kalie (Luke)Rubalkava, Tasha Petska & Erik Struben, Kacia (Ryan) Callan, Orrin (Katrina) Petska, Chelsea Petska, Lathan Petska, Josh Zulkoski & Dara Dappen, Flagan Petska, Macon Petska, Tanner Petska, McKenna Zulkoski, Talon Petska, Keighlin Leth, Jed Zulkoski, Keliese Leth, Kylie Zulkoski, Kreyton Leth, Logan and Kellen Zulkoski, Koy Zulkoski, Xander Goerke, Calvin Zulkoski, Camden Zulkoski, Phoenix Goerke, Huntley Zulkoski and Leo Zulkoski; seven great-great-grandchildren, Tazlina Petska, Jack Petska, Blake Zulkoski, Olive Struben, Axel Petska, Rio Brinkman and Jordyn Callan; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Pheifer; brothers in-law, Edmund Zulkoski and Eugene Novotny; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Joe and Bertha Konkoleski; her husband, Enus; two sons, Daryl and Reggie; a brother, Floyd Konkoleski; two sisters, Clara Kokes and Frances Baran, and a brother, Franc who died in infancy.