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Frank Sabacky, Jr., 89

Frank Sabacky, Jr, age 89, of Litchfield, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Frank, the son of Frank, Sr. and Mary (Pallas) Sabacky, was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Thurston, NE. He grew up and farmed with his father near Emerson, NE, in Thurston County, before taking over the family farm.

Frank was united in marriage to Elaine Richardson Sept. 21, 1952, in the Congregational Church of Comfrey, MN. In 1955, they moved to Litchfield Township, southwest of Litchfield, and continued farming there for 30 years.

They moved into Litchfield in 1986, where they enjoyed volunteering at Anderson Gardens after retirement.

While farming, Frank was one of the first to implement minimum tillage.

He was a member of Meeker County Soil and Water Conservation, Litchfield Area Male Chorus, and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, holding many church positions. His love of the earth was obvious through his enjoyment of gardening and pride in his lawn. He also enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and was very proud of his family.

Frank is survived by his children, Dean (and Sharon) Sabacky of Hutchinson, Diane (and Randy) Wischmann of Dassel, and Julie (and Robin) Dolezal of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Jason Sabacky, Heidi (and Justin) Wagner, Ryan Sabacky, Jordan Wischmann, Talia (and Ben) Fontana, Tyler Dolezal, and Matthew Dolezal, step-grandchildren, Jennifer (and Adam) Reiter and Scott Kittridge; great grandchildren Elizabeth Fontana, Nolan Reiter and Emmett Reiter; a sister, Lu Sabacky of Emerson, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine, in 2002; brothers Theodore, Milton, Jerome, Joseph, and Emil; and his sister, Mary.

A memorial service took place Friday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield with the Rev. Gordon Pennertz officiating. Interment was in the Lake Ripley Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, April 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; on-line guestbook at www.johnsonhagglund.com.