George Narancic, 95, formerly of Beatrice passed away on Dec. 1 at the V.A. Hospital in Seattle. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 25, 1922 to Vaso and Sophie (Lalich) Narancic, and was raised in Omaha. He joined the Army in WWII, serving in Burma. Mr. Narancic married the love of his life, Bernadine Kechley-Narancic, during WWII in 1944. They were members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church from 1944 to 1968. All 14 of their children were baptized there. In Beatrice, Mr. Narancic worked at Dempster’s before becoming a Prudential insurance salesman and a Roberts’ Dairy milkman. He moved the family to Seattle in 1967 when Boeing Aircraft offered him a position. Always friendly and garrulous, he had a knack for remembering other people’s birthdays and telling jokes. Called home, he leaves behind a gift of beautiful memories in exchange. They will help us find our smile in the days ahead.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadine; his parents; his brother, Alex Naran; his sister, Rosemary Gavin; and five children, John, Patricia (Gallaher), Mary Frances (Green), James and Gregory. He is survived by his remaining nine children, Victoria (Dennis) Swenson of Pasadena, Texas, Barbara Narancic, Kathleen (Fred) Harris and George, Jr. (Ruth) of Queen Creek, Ariz., Christine Hendrix, Jerome (Linda), Vincent, Anthony (his caretaker) and Paul (Janelle). He also leaves over 55 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m., with Father Jack Walmsley officiating. Interment will take place in the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery of Edmonds, Wash.