Christine Pelster, 86, of North Platte and formerly of the Elsie community, died Nov. 29, at Linden Court. She was born on Apr. 28, 1926, in North Platte.
She was the fifth of six children born to Hubert and Christine Meyer Kildare. She attended elementary school in Paxton and high school at St. Pat''s in Sidney. After graduation, she attended Loretta Heights College in Denver for two years. She worked at the family business, the Kildare Lumber Company, after returning to Nebraska.
Christine was married to Leonard Pelster on Oct. 4, 1949, at the Paxton St. Patrick''s Catholic Church. Nine children were born to this union. In 1952, they purchased their farm home north of Elsie.
Her family was her life. She supported her children and grandchildren in their activities. She was an active member of the Elsie Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church. She was a member of the Altar Society, sang in the choir, and was involved with religious education classes. She belonged to the Paxton American Legion Auxiliary.
They retired from the farm in 1993 and moved to North Platte. She continued to serve as secretary for Kildare Lumber as well as sitting on the board of directors. She had lived in Linden Court since June 2010.
She is survived by her husband of over 63 years, Leonard; three sons, Pat (Donna) of North Platte, Mike (Joni), of Ogallala, and Joe (Carol), of Elsie; five daughters, Anne (Kelly) Kirkpatrick, of Grant, Peg (Robert) Reznicek, of La Vista, Nancy (Kim) Baxter, of North Platte, Sally (Joe) Borowski, of Grant, and Jill Pelster of Imperial; 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and Bernard Kildare; three sisters, Veronica Thalken, Huberta Pribyl, and Dorothy Stark; and one daughter, Catherine Jean.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. (MST) Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Patrick''s Catholic Church, with Fr. Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial was at the Elsie Cemetery. Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.