Arlene Marie Shuster Svoboda, 92

November 3, 1927 - September 27, 2020

Former Hastings resident Arlene Marie Shuster Svoboda, 92, passed away Sunday,
September 27, 2020, in Beaverton, OR.

Burial will be held at a later date at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, NE, after the
COVID-19 pandemic. Memorials may be given to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in
Hastings, NE. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Arlene Marie Shuster Svoboda was born on November 3, 1927, in Gordon, NE, to
Leonard and Marie Budin Shuster. She was the oldest of seven girls. She was raised on a
farm near Swett, SD until her family moved to Schuyler, NE, in 1941. She graduated
from high school in May 1945 and immediately left for Washington, DC, to work at the
FBI in the fingerprint department. In the fall of 1946, she enrolled at the University of
Nebraska – Lincoln. There she met James P. Svoboda and they were married on
September 8, 1949. They lived in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and South Dakota, moving
back to Nebraska in 1961. Arlene returned to school and became a registered medical
technologist, managing hospital labs in Valentine and Lexington, NE. She and Jim
moved to Hastings, NE, in 1977 and she worked at Mary Laning Memorial Hospital until
her retirement in 1990. She loved family and friends, music, traveling, and cooking — her
entertaining spreads were legendary.

She is survived by one sister, Shirley Langhorst, of Howells, NE; her children, Susan
(Daniel Schmidt) of Beaverton, OR, Stephen Svoboda of Guadalajara, Mexico, Richard
Svoboda (Liz Foulser) of Melrose, MA, and Scott (and Tracy) Svoboda of Prineville,
OR. She has 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.