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Ann Seda

January 28, 1931 — February 24, 2023

Ann P. (Shmorhun) Seda age 92 of Arnold, NE was born on January 28, 1931, in Wilton, North Dakota to John and Mary Shmorhun. She passed away Friday, February 24th, at Great Plains Regional Hospital in North Platte, NE surrounded by her family

Ann was the youngest of six children and at the age of thirteen she started work at the Wilton Café. There she caught the eye of a young wheat harvester, Louis Seda from Arnold, NE. She and Louis were married on November 9, 1950. At the age of 19 she moved over 480 miles south to her new home in Arnold not knowing anyone but her new husband’s family. Over the next five years she had four babies.

Throughout her life her home was always immaculate, and her lawn and huge garden beautiful. She was a real green thumb with her roses. She was awarded the Arnold lawn recognition several times. Every summer she canned produce, froze corn, and pretty much could have fed an army. She was a marvelous cook and her bohemian goulash with potato dumplings and sour kraut was a family favorite along with her cinnamon rolls.

Ann babysat many children throughout the years. Gretchen Mills and Vanessa Harvey called her Grandma Ann and would hide when their parents came to pick them up because they wanted to stay. Ann loved babies and would snuggle them anytime she had a chance.

Louis passed away in 2008 and Ann remained in her home independently for another eight years. She sold the place in 2016 and moved to Riverview Apartments. She was the unofficial “Riverview Greeter” from her apartment number one. Her residence was the first to be renovated last summer and she was so happy with it. Her door was open most of the time and she always had lots of visitors. Many friends stopped every morning for coffee and a roll. She turned into quite the card shark at the evening card games in the social room.

We thank all the residents at Riverview who were so kind and helped Ann be able to independently live. A huge thanks also goes to Diane and Mo Sandford who were always available anytime she needed assistance.

Ann is survived by her children, Cheryl Smith of Harlingen, TX, Roger (Sue) Seda of Anselmo, Karen (Mitch) Kamla of Ogallala, and Cindy (Bob) Ambler of Broken Bow, ten grandchildren, Lisa (Dick) Mauro of Conroe, TX, Bill Perkey of Harlingen, TX, Amy (Brandon) Nansel of Arnold, Riley (Stephanie) Seda of Anselmo, Heidie (Brian) Beaumont of Ansley, Holly Kramer of Broken Bow, Heather (Nick) Thomas of Goodland, KS, Chad Ambler of Broken Bow, Bridget (Brian) Wold of Lincoln, and Joe (Rachelle) Ambler of Elkhorn, and 16 great grandchildren.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband Louis, her parents, two sisters, three brothers, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, extended family and many good friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 3, 2023, at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Arnold, NE. Burial will be in the Arnold Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Arnold or the Arnold Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Arnold, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at

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