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Mr. Gerald F. Vap

Deceased: 2017-12-10

Diocese: LINCOLN

Seminary Graduation Year: 1966

Gerald F. “Jerry” Vap, 77, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska.

Rosary will be Friday, December 15, 2017; 7:00 P.M. at Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, December 16, 2017; 10:30 A.M. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Hastings with Father Joseph M. Walsh and Monsignor Ivan F. Vap officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hastings Catholic Schools or the Hastings Great Plains Barbershop Society.

Jerry was born May 11, 1940, in Hastings, Nebraska, to Frank and Cecilia (Karmazin) Vap. He graduated from St. Cecilia Catholic School. He loved the Catholic Church and spent his life in service to his church and community. On June 13, 2003, he married Pam Svoboda in Kearney, Nebraska.

In his retirement, he enjoyed almost daily trips to the Hastings Library and swimming at the YMCA. Music was important to him; he sang and played his guitar at every opportunity. Jerry enjoyed being a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Kearney and Papillion, and most recently, as a member of the Hastings Chorus of the Plains. He was a big supporter of Hasting College Broncos and St. Cecilia Bluehawks. He deeply cherished his family, including his many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joanne Pallas; and brothers, Archie Vap and Daniel Vap.

SURVIVORS: Wife: Pam Vap, Step-Children: Madeline Svoboda, Luke Svoboda, Seth & Ali Svoboda, Heather Svoboda. Grandchildren: 3. Brother: Monsignor Ivan F. Vap.  Sister: Patricia Manning. Many other beloved family members