Annabel Kubicka, 90 - January 24, 2014Annabel Helberg Kubicka, 90, of Windsor, CA, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Windsor.
Services were conducted at California.
Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Kubicka was born April 24, 1923, in Custer County to Ralph and Anna (Ohlson) Helberg. She grew up on a farm near Callaway during the Depression and was determined to succeed in life, stated family members.
She was active in speech and athletics in high school and won top prize for oration during her junior year. She graduated from Callaway High School.
Kubicka initially taught grades K-5 in a one-room country school before going to California as part of the war effort. After peace was achieved, she moved back to Nebraska to be near her large family.
It was in North Platte that she met Jim Kubicka. The couple married in 1950. Over the next two years, two sons were born. As she had lost her own mother at the age of 14, she resolved to make her home a happy and nurturing sanctuary for her family, according to family members.
In 1956, she and her husband moved to Los Angeles, CA, and settled in the San Fernando Valley. There, they raised their sons stressing the values of integrity, hard work and education, said family. After the boys finished college, she and her husband retired and moved to Windsor in 1983.
Kubicka was active with several organizations and she made a wide circle of friends wherever she went. She read extensively and enjoyed discussing history and current events, family said. She was an inspiration to her family and to all who knew her.
Throughout her final years, she was lovingly cared for by her devoted husband Jim until her passing. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, family members said.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ralph and Anna; step-mother, Grace Helberg; three brothers—Roland, Lloyd and Stanley Helberg; two sisters—Eleanor Nelson and Cora Devine.
Survivors include: her husband, Jim of Windsor; her two sons—Jim and Bruce, and their families of California; a brother-in-law, Morris Devine of Gothenburg; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1211 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401.