She was born July 7, 1937 at David City to Howard and Mildred (Cooper) Howser. Following graduation from Howells High School, Lucille attended and received her nursing degree from Creighton School of Nursing.
Lucille and Joseph M. Kuzelka were united in marriage on Nov. 29, 1958 at Howells. Four children, Steve, Gail, Julie and Tom, were born to the union.
For most of her career, Lucille was a recovery nurse at York General Hospital. She was also the school nurse at St. Joseph Catholic School and Epworth Village. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in York where she played the organ and the guitar. She also taught guitar lessons and CCD (god parenting classes).
Lucille served on York’s Kilgore Library Board, was a member of the York Artist Guild and active on the State Artists Guild Board. She was also a patron of the Yorkshire Playhouse. She enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, golfing and traveling. She loved cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joe of York; children, Steve Kuzelka. wife Carol and their children Kevin (Marissa) Kuzelka, James Kuzelka and Peter Kuzelka of Omaha; Gail, husband Jody Staehr of York and their children Cory Staehr of Hastings, Alexa (Micah) Kreikemeier of Houston, Texas and Whitney Staehr of York; Julie, husband Randy Houser and their children Garrett, Bailey and Sydney Houser all of Lincoln; Tom Kuzelka, wife Kim and children Lily and Kate Kuzelka of Omaha.
Lucille is also survived by her mother, Mildred Howser of Lincoln; siblings, Leola Rhode of Howells, Bev and husband Mike Vazzano of Omaha, Howard Howser of Lincoln, Suzi and husband Larry Bazata of Omaha, Jim and wife Sheri Howser of Omaha and Phyllis and husband Bill Nelson of Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Maxine Baumert of Wilmington, Del.; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Lucille was preceded in death by her father; sisters-in-law, Diane Howser and Konnie Howser and brothers-in-law, Raynie Rhode and Bob Baumert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, southeast of York.
A Rosary service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or School or to the family for later designation. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-4 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.