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SHIELDS, Irene, 87, of Kearney died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Mount Carmel Home
Born March 31, 1917, in Kearney
Parents: Albert and Henrietta (McGuire) Shields
Attended Kearney schools
Worked at Kearney Laundry for a few years, was a saleslady at Ruter's the Fashion for 10 years: for six years was housekeeping superior at Good Samaritan Hospital; retired in 1979
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church
Survivors include her brother, Floyd of Kearney; also one nephew
Was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister
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BAILEY, Anna L., 84, of Gibbon died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Hearthside Cottage Assisted Living Center in Gibbon
Services: Monday, Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Born April 5, 1920, on a farm near Hildreth
Parents: George and Alma (Rush) Jurgens
Married: April 17, 1937, to George Bailey in Gibbon. He died in 1970
Survivors include: sons, George Jr. and Larry, both of Gibbon; daughters, Marla Dadey of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Patricia Cook of Bedford, Texas; brothers, Henry and Elmer, both of Gibbon; sisters, Idella Carpenter of Gibbon and Julena Hartge of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren
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BURNS, Robert L. Jr., 56, of Table Rock, formerly of Kearney, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at his home in Table Rock
Memorial services: Thursday, Table Rock American Legion, military honors by Table Rock American Legion
Mortuary: Wherry Brothers in Pawnee City
Born Jan. 21, 1949, in Nebraska City
Parents: Robert and Cecile (Parrish) Burns
Survivors include his sons, Richard of Kearney and Justin of Kansas City, Mo.; daughters, Michelle Axelson of Spokane, Wash., Jennifer Newcomb of Bellevue and Alisha of Hanford, Calif.; his mother of Tecumseh; brother, John Sr. of Lincoln; sister, Karen Woltemath of Lincoln; one granddaughter; stepdaughters, Melissa Branek of Pawnee City, Angie Sparling of Oneida, Kan., Valerie Schmitz of Axtell, Kan., Addie Schmit of Fremont and Vanessa Dorsch of Table Rock; nine stepgrandchildren; and partner, Deberah Hanna of Table Rock
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GASTON, Dorothy I., 78, of Gibbon died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Services: Thursday, Mount Hope Cemetery in Omaha
Mortuary: Roeder Mortuary in Omaha
Born Jan. 27, 1927, in Courtland, Kan.
Parents: Walter and Effie Ferguson
Her husband, Everett Gaston, preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Darrell of Gibbon and Dale of Kearney; daughters, Carrol Brundigo of Gibbon and Cathy Taylor of Omaha; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren
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BERKHEIMER, Leland Juhl, 83, of Pacific Grove, California, formerly of Riverdale, Neb., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel
Memorial services: Columbus, Neb.
Born June 28, 1921, on a farm outside Riverdale
Parents: Edward and Helena (Juhl) Berkheimer
Married: Nov. 27, 1947, to Faye Hammans
Military: U.S. Army Air Force during World War II; federally certified as a pilot ground instructor rated for aircraft, aircraft engine and electronics, meteorological navigation, and radio operation; was assigned as a ground crew chief at a B-52 bomber training base at Douglas, Ariz.
Entered the University of Nebraska, earned an advanced degree of mechanical engineer; member of the honorary engineering fraternities Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, became a Nebraska board certified mechanical engineer and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; was certified as a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1984, designated as emeritus engineer in Nebraska in 1991; served on the University of Nebraska College of Engineering Advisory Council
Worked for Central Electric and Gas Co. more than 30 years; was division manager of that utility company with responsibility for servicing more 50,000 customers
Activities: long-standing member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, recent member of First Methodist Church in Pacific Grove; served as president of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce on more than one occasion, was a local drive chairman for the United Way, gave his time to help establish Junior Achievement in Columbus, and tutored math and engineering students at the local junior college; 30-year-plus member of the Rotary Club and American Legion, became a Shriner in 1969 and was a Scottish Rite Mason most of his adult life; elected to the Board of Directors of Lutheran Hospital and Homes Society in 1969, served that nonprofit organization for more than 30 years; was named director emeritus of Lutheran Health Systems in 1992; enjoyed golf
Survivors include: wife; sons, Steven of Libertyville, Ill., and Bradley of Seaside; and daughter, Delena of Long Grove, Ill.; also grandchildren, Jaimason, Malia, Kaylin, Geoffrey and Lena
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HOWERTON, Anna Vallier, 105, of LaPlata, Missouri, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday Feb. 26, 2005, at LaPlata Nursing Home
Graveside services: Thursday, Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel in Edina
Born Nov. 25, 1899, in Novelty, Mo.
Parents: Francis and Eva (Cockrum) Barclay
Married: Aug. 7, 1933, to Olis Lewis in Quincy, Ill. He died Aug. 8, 1949
Married: June 18, 1962, to George Howerton in Minden, Neb. He died May 29, 1979
Survivors include: nephew, Wayne Steidley of Granite Shoals, Texas
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VASQUEZ, John Gerald, 37, of Kearney died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials to be designated later
Born March 10, 1967, in Kearney
Parents: Gustavo Sr. and Henrietta (Rodriguez) Vasquez
Attended Kearney High School
Was employed as a roofer for Dobberstein Roofing Co.
Member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Survivors include his father; mother and stepfather, Henrietta and Jim Vavra of Kearney; brother, Gus Jr. of Kearney; sisters, Lisa Sawin of Kearney and Michelle Eynon of Kearney; and grandmother, Ignacia Rodriguez of Kearney; also brother-in-law, Mike Sawin of Kearney; Michelle's friend, Matt Boyce of Kearney; nieces, Sarah Sawin, Sabrina Eynon and Isabella Boyce, all of Kearney; nephews, Thomas Sawin and Jamison Boyce, both of Kearney; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends
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HOFFERBER, Maurine Elaine, 92, of McCook, formerly of Kearney, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at McCook Community Hospital
Services: later
Burial of cremains: Moses Hill Cemetery in Loomis
Mortuary: Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook
Born Feb. 21, 1913, in Loomis
Parents: Edward and Rena (Johnette) Nelson
Married: 1936, to George Hofferber. He preceded her in death
Survivors include: daughters, Marilyn Hammond of Bowie, Md., and Jeanie Hauxwell of McCook; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren
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KENNEDY, John Blair, 70, of rural Kearney died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at his home west of Kearney
Memorial services: Monday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Memorials: the John Kennedy Memorial Fund, Buffalo County 4-H Horse Program or the Spouse/Sexual Abuse Family Education Center in Kearney
Born Dec. 21, 1934, in Laramie, Wyo.
Parents: John and Flora (Henderson) Kennedy
Lived on a homesteaded family ranch near Laramie Peak; attended Cozy Hollow rural school in northern Albany County, grades one through eight, only schoolmates were his sister and a cousin; attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., during high school, graduated in 1952
Married: March 1956, to Ruth Dreyer
Married: Nov. 22, 1968, to Maureen "Bunny" Ryan
Attended the University of Wyoming, 1952-1955, in preveterinary medicine; transferred to Colorado State University, received degree, 1958; earned a degree in education from the University of Wyoming, 1968, and master's degree from UW in 1972; did post-graduate work at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; received his specialist degree from Kearney State College, 1987
Military: U.S. Army, 1958-1960, was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany
Was a rancher and an educator in the sciences, special education, and learning styles and processes; taught at the Wyoming Boys Ranch School, LaGrange Community School and Laramie Junior High School; became assistant director of special education for the Northern Colorado BOCES in Longmont
Director of special education for Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney, beginning 1974 for 27 years; 1999, the Nebraska School Psychologists Association presented him the Service to Children Award
Retired Jan. 1, 2000; continued to serve children as a consultant to educators; was a tireless champion for children with behavioral and emotional challenges
Activities: member of Alpha Tau Omega, Farmhouse Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, Nebraska Association of School Administrators and numerous educational organizations; enjoyed horses; was involved in many Appaloosa Horse and Ponies of America (P.O.A.) organizations; was a 4-H and Boy Scout leader; served on the Buffalo County 4-H Council, continued to support the Buffalo County 4-H Horse Program; enjoyed travel, showing and raising horses, being on the farm or ranch, his family, and reading a good book
Survivors include his wife; sons, Brad Ryan and James, both of Kearney, and Robert Ryan of Loveland, Colo.; daughters, Jenae (Kennedy) Bauer of Amherst, Leslie Ryan-Hash of Archer City, Texas, and Kathryn (Kennedy) Wolfe of Blair; and sister, Roberta Barge of Arlington, Texas; also daughters-in-law, Gretchen (Fellows) Ryan and Lisa (McClellen), both of Kearney, and Lisa (Braden) Ryan of Loveland; sons-in-law, Jeffrey Bauer of Amherst, Bryan Wolfe of Blair and J. Daniel Hash of Archer City; brother-in-law, Bartlow Barge Sr. of Arlington; and grandchildren, Lucas and fianc‚e, Leah Wallace, of Fort Rucker, Ala., Dana Jo of Greenville, R.I., Tara of Kearney, Blair and Kaitlyn Bauer, both of Amherst, Alexandra and Jacob Ryan, both of Loveland, Jason and Michael Wolfe, both of Blair, Cori and Tanner Hash both of Archer City, and Nichole, Zachary, McKenna and Madison Ryan, all of Kearney. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jackson Blair Kennedy
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WARREN, Lora Belle, 95, of O'Neill, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill
Memorial services: Saturday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Mason City Cemetery
Memorials: the Kearney Senior Hospitality Center or Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill
Born Nov. 17, 1909, in a sod house south of Mason City
Parents: Fred and Grace (Whisman) Franklin
Attended Beechville School through eighth grade, graduated from Mason City High School in 1928; attended one year at Kearney State Normal School, taught in a rural school near Mason City
Married: March 1, 1930, to Lester Warren in Phillipsburg, Kan.; had to keep their marriage a secret until her teacher's contract was fulfilled, because teachers were not allowed to be married in those days
Lived on a farm in the Beechville area, but after 11 years moved to Buffalo, N.Y., to work in an aircraft factory during World War II; returned to Nebraska, lived in Omaha for five years; returned to Mason City, operated a drug store briefly before making their home in Kearney in 1948
Worked as homemaker; also sold Stanley Home Products on the party plan, then sold Avon cosmetics door-to-door and worked at Sears Roebuck and Co. and at Hirschfield Men's Clothing Store
Activities: member of the Eagle's Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, Royal Neighbors of America and the John Birch Society, was a pink lady at Good Samaritan Hospital and was very active in the Senior Hospitality Center's founding and activities; enjoyed playing cards and dancing
Lived in her own home in Kearney until 1998, then moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Kearney; moved to Evergreen Assisted Living in O'Neill in September 2001; enjoyed bingo and dominoes
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Fitch of O'Neill; also son-in-law, Randall Fitch of O'Neill; grandson, Richard Fitch and wife, Cammi, of Lincoln; granddaughter, Melissa Petersen of Kearney; great-grandsons, Nicholas Petersen of Kearney and Logan and Bryan Fitch, both of Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Brenna Petersen of Kearney; one niece; and four nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters
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CASH, Kenneth R., 61, of Kearney died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Monday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: the family
Born Nov. 29, 1943, in Kearney
Parents: Walter and Dorothy (Kersting) Cash
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School
On Jan. 9, 1999, he married Joan Fuqua in Kearney
Lived in Kearney, was employed in law enforcement; was later employed by the Ravenna Police Department
Activities:enjoyed working with plastic canvas, watching sports and playing on the computer
Survivors include his wife; son, Michael of Solon, Iowa; daughter, Debra Paben of Overton; mother, Dorothy Clevenger of Kearney; brothers, Fred of Humbolt, Robert of Calamesa, Calif., Gary Clevenger of Lincoln and Steven Clevenger and Rick Clevenger, both of Kearney; sisters, Leta Winslow of Kearney, Beverly Grimes of Chambers and Connie Lawn of Giltner; stepsons, Christopher Montanez of Overton and Bodie Fuqua of Shelton; and stepdaughter, Lisa Montanez of Hastings; also son-in-law, David Paben of Overton; daughters-in-law, Jennifer of Solon and Julie Fuqua of Shelton; grandchildren, Angie Rachow, Joe Rachow, Nathan Montanez, Jalisa Maret, Tristin Maret and Hailey Fuqua; great-granddaughter, Kelsey Choplin; and many nieces and nephews. Ws preceded in death by his father, Walter; stepfather, Charles Clevenger; and nephew, David Winslow
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FLORY, Diamond, 87, of Gibbon died Friday, March 4, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Shelton
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Apfel-O'Brien-Straatmann of Wood River, Cairo and Shelton
Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the family's choice
Born March 23, 1917, in Schuyler
Parents: Sherman and Katherine (Swickard) Stuefer
Grew up in Schuyler, attended rural and parochial elementary school; graduated from Schuyler High School, 1933
Passed normal training, taught for seven years; then attended Kearney State Teachers College
Married: June 25, 1941, to Harold Flory in Schuyler. He died Oct. 5, 1961
With husband, farmed two miles north of Shelton; moved to a farm northwest of Shelton, 1944; after death of her husband, she and her children continued to farm the family farm
Activities: member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Shelton, Sharon Club, Nebraska Angus Nebrels Association and the American Angus Association; enjoyed ceramics, cooking, canning, gardening, woodworking, sewing and embroidery
Survivors include her son, Duane of Gibbon; daughters, Garnita Frazier and Jayne, both of Gibbon; brothers, Quay Stuefer of Columbus and Dayle and Gayle Stuefer, both of Lincoln; and sisters, Burdean Christ and Virginia Vohland, both of Grand Island; also grandchildren, Becky Teichmeier and Darla Gardner; and three great-grandsons. Was preceded in death by her husband and her sisters, Violet Horn and Shirley Johannes
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IRWIN, William "Bill" E., 71, of Bellwood, formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his home in Bellwood
Memorial services: Monday, Wood-Zabka Funeral Home in Seward
Born June 28, 1933, in Kearney
Parents: Kenneth and Alice Irwin
Married: Aug. 26, 1956, to Marlene Alcorn in Kearney. She died Jan. 27, 1995
Survivors include: son, Ken of Centerville, Ohio; daughters, Karen Braymen of Ames, Iowa, and Cheryl Hopson of Marion, Iowa; sister, Kris Covel of Edgemont, S.D.; and seven grandchildren
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MULLOWNEY, Robert L., 79, of Franklin died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Franklin Health Care Center in Franklin
Services: Tuesday, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Franklin
Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery in Bloomington
Mortuary: Hutchins Funeral Chapel in Franklin
Born May 8, 1925, in Lincoln
Parents: Vance and Mary (Lustig) Mullowney
Graduated from Kearney High School, 1943; then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Married: June 27, 1946, to Luella Bissell in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Military: U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific and was in Korea until 1951
Family settled in Kearney until 1951
Accepted a position as U.S. Customs Inspector in California, 1951; remained in California until retirement, 1981; moved to Franklin, operated the Lincoln Hotel in downtown Franklin until 1987
Activities: member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, past member of American Legion Post 52 in Kearney and of the Elks Club in Kearney; member of Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Franklin
Survivors include his wife; son, Robert Jr. of Miami; daughters, Donna Doyle of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Mary Elizabeth Williamson of Running Springs, Calif.; brothers, Thomas and M. Paul, both of Kearney; sister, Joanne Nickel of Kearney; and eight great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, Richard Williamson of Running Springs; and grandchildren, Sharon Resh and husband, Brian, of Lampasas, Texas, Sarah Latham and husband, Reginald, of Elizabethtown, Ky., Robert III of San Jose, Calif.; Colleen Mullowney of Long Beach, Calif., Carrie Kirk and husband, Tom, of Hesperia, Calif., Richard Williamson and wife, Kelly, of Franklin, Tenn., and Benjamin Williamson and wife, Alissa, of Highland, California
Was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James, and sister-in-law, Carol Mullowney
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PEREZ, Pedro, 101, of Chimayo, formerly of Gibbon, Neb., died Wednesday, Feb. 23 2005, at the hospital in Espanola
Services: Feb. 25, Roseland Cemetery Chapel, Pueblo, Colo.
Born Oct. 18, 1903, in Castorville, Texas
Parents: Placido and Efren Perez
Married: Aug. 10, 1926, to Caroline Puente in Elgin, Texas. She died June 4, 1981
Was an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God; pastored churches in Texas, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico and Templo Betel (bilingual) in Gibbon
Survivors include his sons, Dan of Elk Grove, Calif., and Leo of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughters, Elida Martinez of Chimayo and Vicki Rodriguez of Shelton; 23 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Del of Elk Grove and Rosalee of Fort Collins; and sons-in-law, Art Martinez of Chimayo and Don Rodriguez of Shelton
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GANA, Marilyn Louise, 71, of Kearney died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Saturday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Memorials: Breast Cancer Foundation or to the family
Born May 6, 1933, in Valparaiso
Parents: Claude and Louise (Leseley) Nichelson
Grew up and attended school in Valparaiso
Married Erv Gana June 27, 1953, in Valparaiso; lived in Lincoln, where she worked as a secretary for the federal government; divorced in December 1974
Moved to Kearney, worked as a secretary at the law office of Gary Hogg
Activities: member of the Electra Chapter 8 of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Naphis Temple 66 of the Daughters of the Nile; enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and loved to collect recipes; enjoyed keeping in touch with relatives and friends by e-mail; enjoyed her grandchildren
Survivors include her son, Mike of Kearney; daughters, Deb Brandt of Kearney, Cindy Soucie of Eagle and Judy Wood of Lincoln; brothers, Howard Nichelson of Springfield, S.D., Jack Nichelson of Waverly and Bruce Nichelson of Lincoln; and sister Karen Parker of Plano, Texas; also her sons-in-law, Ted Brandt of Kearney and Gerald Wood of Lincoln; grandchildren, Jennifer and Paul Edmonds, Wendy and Chris Eynetich, Kelly Wood, Janelle and Nate Camp; Kim Wood, Katie Brandt, Halie Brandt and Brian Wood; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Camp, Brianna Eynetich, Braiden Eynetich and Jaden Eynetich; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Nichelson of Springfield, Flixeen Nichelson of Waverly and Jeannette Nichelson of Lincoln; and brother-in-law, Dan Parker of Plano.She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Denise; and brother and sister-in-law, Walt and Dorothy Nichelson
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NAFFZIGER, Darell E., 87, of Lexington, formerly of Amherst, died Friday, March 4, 2005, at his home
Services: Tuesday at First Christian Church in Lexington
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love in Lexington
Memorials: First Christian Church or Good Samaritan Hospice in Kearney
Born March 10, 1917, in Lexington
Parents: Earl and Bessie (Butler) Naffziger
Grew up in Lexington, attended school at District 7; later graduated from Lexington High School in 1936
Married: Feb. 15, 1943, to Betty Mullin in North Platte. She died in 1991
Moved to Amherst in 1961; farmed in the Amherst area; moved to Lexington in 1999
Activities: member of the First Christian Church
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Debbie Naffziger of Las Vegas and Bob and Maria Naffziger of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and one sister, Margaret Barnes of Lexington; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, in 1991; his daughter, Janet, in 1988; one brother, Glenn; and one sister, Norma
Lexington Clipper Herald, 9 March, 2005

THOMAS, LeRoy Max, 62, of Kearney died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Thursday, Farnam Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson in Gibbon
Born Feb. 2, 1943, in Shelton
Parents: William and Ruth (Zimmerman) Thomas
Married: Oct. 22, 1960, to Julia McMichael in Farnam. She died in 1989
Survivors include: son, Troy of Rosharon, Texas; daughters, Charity of Tyler, Texas, Cindy of Broken Bow and Debra of Erie, Pa.; brothers, Billie of Wood River and Bob of Shelton; sisters, Anna Tavenner and Joan Green, both of Kearney; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild
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CARLSGAARD, Addien "Roberta", 92, of Kearney died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005
Memorial services: Saturday, All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island
Burial of cremains: Frederick, S.D., Cemetery
Memorials: Alzheimer's Association in care of All Faith Funeral Home, Grand Island, Nebraska
Born: Oct. 17, 1912, in Frederick, S.D.
Parents: Samuel and Addien (Ayers) Myers
Lived in Frederick throughout her childhood; attended high school at Brookings, S.D.; received a teaching credential at Northern Normal in Aberdeen in 1937; began her career as an elementary teacher in Bath, S.D.
Married: June 14, 1941, to Ward Carlsgaard at her parents' home near Frederick. He died June 27, 2003
For the past several years, made their home in Kearney
Received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1961, and a master's degree from Kearney State College, 1965; retired in 1978, was recognized for her 34 years of excellence as a teacher when the governor of Nebraska declared "Roberta Carlsgaard Day." Enjoyed traveling and visiting children and grandchildren; spent several winters in New Mexico; active member of the United Methodist Church, the Retired Teachers' Association and the Business and Professional Women, all in Kearney
Survivors include her son, Lynn of Aberdeen, S.D.; daughter, Diane Callaway of Neodesha, Kan.; and four great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Sandra of Aberdeen; son-in-law, Delbert Callaway of Neodesha; and grandchildren and spouses, Erik and Jodi of Frederick, Amber of Eden Prairie, Minn., Joleen and Frank Egelhoff of Lincoln and Paul and Joy Callaway of Springfield, Mo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Myers and William Myers; sister, Betty Larson; and one grandchild
Kearney Hub, 8 March, 2005

LYNCH, Grace V., 101, of Kearney, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., died Monday, March 7, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, Rose Hill Funeral Home in Tulsa
Burial: Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice Program in Kearney
Born Oct. 19, 1903, in Perry, Okla.
Parents: Alonzo and Myrtle (West) Abraham
Married: Sept. 22, 1919, to Daniel Lynch in Tulsa. He died Aug. 28, 1945
Had attended school in Perry and Tulsa; was a self-employed seamstress in Tulsa; moved to Kearney in 1998.
Activities: member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa
Survivors include: daughter, Carole Allwin of Kearney; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, Chuck Allwin of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters, one son, one brother and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 12 March, 2005

SMITH, John R., 56, of Pleasanton died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, Pleasanton United Methodist Church
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery, military rites
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials: Pleasanton Fire Department or the Pleasanton United Methodist Church
Born Oct. 8, 1948, in Kearney
Parents: Deloss and Helen (Lammers) Smith
Grew up in Pleasanton, graduating from Pleasanton High School in 1966; farmed with his father
Military: US Army, served during the Vietnam War
Ran a dairy and farmed northwest of Pleasanton
Married: April 18, 1970, to Sharon Janitscheck in Pleasanton
Operated a kennel and raised registered puppies; also worked at Wal-Mart in Kearney
Activities: member of Pleasanton American Legion Post 321; was affiliated with the Pleasanton United Methodist Church; devoted his past months to making sure his family was taken care of
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Julie Miller and LeAnn Dix, both of Stockton, Kan., and Sandra Redetzke of Ellis, Kan.; and his mother of Kearney; also sons-in-law, Terry Redetzke of Ellis and Damion Dix of Stockton; grandchildren, Caitlyn Miller, Kade Miller, Grace Redetzke and Olivia Dix; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dale Janitscheck, Larry and Lisa Janitscheck, Sue and Bryce Riessland and Janece and Don Ripp; mother-in-law, Ethel Janitscheck; and nieces and nephews, Abby and Jared Riessland, Angie and Caleb Mattos, Kyle Janitscheck, Drew, Alyssa and Colin Janitscheck and Melissa, Kevin and Adam Ripp
Was preceded in death by his father in 1969
Kearney Hub, 10 March, 2005

UHRICH, Doris C., 84, of Kearney, formerly of Shelton, died Monday, March 7, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials to be designated later
Born June 29, 1920, in Shelton
Parents: Frank and Stella (Kneher) Webben
Graduated from Shelton Public School in 1939
Married: Dec. 13, 1941, she married Raymond Uhrich in Kearney. He preceded her in death
With husband, farmed in the Shelton area for many years and later ran the Mobil Service Station; worked at Baldwin Manufacturing for 22 years
Activities: enjoyed bowling, driving her friends, and attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's activities; member of Shelton United Methodist Church, Ellen Rebekah Lodge 306, where she was past noble grand, and a member of the 306 Club
Survivors include her daughters, Diane Cornelius of Kenesaw and Janet Sorahan of Grand Island; and sister, Donna Cole of Shelton; also sons-in-law, Wes Cornelius of Kenesaw and Tom Sorahan of Grand Island; grandchildren, Keith Cornelius and wife, Jackie, Alan Cornelius and wife, Lori, Brad Cornelius, Shawn Sorahan and Jennifer Sorahan; and great-grandchildren, Trevor, Michael and Kaden Cornelius
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Franklin Webben and Donald Webben; and sister, Lois Manfull
Kearney Hub, 8 March, 2005

COOKSON, Morgan Lyn, infant daughter of Gregory Cookson and Linda Crosier of Kearney was born at rest Monday, March 7, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Friday, Kearney Cemetery
Survivors include: parents; brothers, Wesley of Benedict, Kan., Samuel of Arapahoe and William Crosier of Kearney; sister, Sheri Crosier of Kearney; grandparents, Ginny of Arapahoe, Joan Petersen of Gibbon and Dennis Andariese of Fayette, Ohio; and great-grandparents, Francis tenBensel of Arapahoe and Richard and Jean Andariese of Rutherford, N.J.
Was preceded in death by infant sisters, Angel Tillemans and Cassandra Cookson; grandparents, Charles and Joan; and great-grandmother, Meda Gundlach
Kearney Hub, 9 March, 2005

ARMAGOST, Harvey W., 95, of Kearney died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings
Services: Monday, St. Luke's United Methodist Church in David City, Masonic rites by Fidelity Lodge 51 of David City
Burial: David City Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmaan-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials: St. Luke's United Methodist Church in David City or the Armagost Family Scholarship ate University of Nebraska at Kearney
Born May 8, 1909, in rural Polk County
Parents: William and Hattie (Lamunyon) Armagost
Grew up in Surprise and Gresham; graduated from Gresham High School, 1927
Married: Feb. 22, 1937, to Winifred Eyler in Grand Island. She preceded him in death
Lived in Nebraska towns, he worked for Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Co.; settled in David City, 1941; became area manager for the phone company, 1953
Activities: member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and Sesostris Shrine, was a 50-year member of Fidelity Lodge 51 and of the Telephone Pioneers Association; was past president of the David City Chamber of Commerce
Activities: enjoyed playing golf, played until he was 93 years old
Survivors include his son, Jim of Kearney; daughter, Marla Welton of Charles City, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Betty Jo of Kearney and son-in-law, Gary Welton of Charles City
Was preceded in death by his wife; his son H. Robert; two brothers and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 11 March, 2005

ROEPKE, Carolyn L., 65, of Ravenna, formerly of Lexington and Litchfield, died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Seneca Sunrise in Ravenna
Graveside services: Tuesday, Greenwood Cemetery, Lexington
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love, Lexingto
Memorials: the family
Born Jan. 26, 1940, in Wheatland, Wyo.
Parents: Thomas and Betty (Dodson) Fread
With family, moved to Lexington; attended school there
Married: November 1955, she married Carol Bice. He died in 1965
Married: 1979, to Jim Roepke. He died in 1985. As a young woman, worked as a bookkeeper, receptionist and salesperson for Fred Hampton construction; worked as a dietary manager at the Lexington hospital for more than 20 years; retired in 2004
Survivors include: mother of Ravenna; sons, Scott Bice and Stephen Bice, both of Litchfield, and Jim Bice of Arlington; daughter, Brenda Keefe of Everett, Wash.; and sisters, Cherie Blodgett of Litchfield and Vivian Kocour of Fremont; also daughters-in-law, Susan Bice and Cindy Bice, both of Litchfield, and Linda Sundquist of Arlington; son-in-law, Duane Keefe of Everett; brothers-in-law, Ron Blodgett of Litchfield and Greg Kocour of Fremont; grandchildren, Heather Paitz and husband Scott of Litchfield, Adrienne Keefe of Everett, and Meghan Schafer and husband Clint of Lincoln; and great-grandchildren, Shawna, Christopher and Katherine Paitz
Was preceded in death by her husbands and her father
Kearney Hub, 15 March, 2005

KREUTZER, Edna Arlein, 88, of Kearney died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, Zion Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials planned to Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Radio Broadcast fund or Mount Carmel Home
Born July 13, 1916, on the family farm north of Kearney
Parents: H. Elmer and A. Gladys (Kincaid) Rose
Attended Pleasant Hill School north of Kearney through 10th grade; graduated from Kearney High School, 1934; then attended Kearney Normal School
Married: Nov. 25, 1936, to Frederick C. Kreutzer in Kearney. He died June 28, 1990
With husband farmed north of Kearney; retired in 1987
Activities: member of Zion Lutheran Church
Survivors include her sons, Ronald and Charles, both of Kearney, and Jerry of Derby, Kan.; daughters, Sharon Neben of Fort Worth, Texas, and Janice Garner of Lincoln; sister, Letha Flynn of Kearney; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Sharon and Kay, both of Kearney, and Karen of Derby; and sons-in-law, Ron Neben of Fort Worth and John Garner of Lincoln
Was preceded in death by her husband and three great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 14 March, 2005

WELLS, Ethel, 92, of Kearney, formerly of Minden and Axtell died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Northridge Retirement Community in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Axtell
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell
Mortuary: Freeland-Layton, Axtell. Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell
Born March 5, 1913
Parents: Gilbert and Caroline (Nyquist) Elm
Was raised on a farm near Axtell, graduated from Axtell High School; attended Kearney State College, was a member of the Sigma Sorority
Married: Aug. 6, 1933, to Dale Wells in Axtell. He died in 1981
Lived and farmed near Axtell; moved into Minden, 1969; moved to Kearney, 1997
Activities: member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden, member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell; was active in her church and the church circles and was a member of the Women's Club, P.E.O. Chapter N and numerous other clubs; enjoyed playing bridge, reading and volunteering as well as many other hobbies throughout her life; enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities
Survivors include: son, Morgan of Axtell; also grandchildren, Sheree Bacus and her husband, Chuck, of Lincoln, Scott and his wife, Celeste, of Axtell and Stacy Osborn of Kearney; five great-grandchildren, Brandt and Jared Bacus, James Osborn and Matt and Michelle
Was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, two brothers and daughters in-law, Shirley and Connie
Kearney Hub, 14 March, 2005

LINK, Peggy, 73, of Ravenna died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at her home
Services: Friday, Ravenna United Methodist Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Rasmussen Mortuary, Ravenna
Memorials: PEO Educational Loan Fund, Little Bluejay Preschool or Ravenna United Methodist Church
Born Feb. 29, 1932, on the family farm near Stromsburg
Parents: Leonard and Zetta (Buckley) Nelson
Grew up on the family dairy farm near Stromsburg; graduated from Stromsburg High School, 1949 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1953
Married: June 16, 1953, to Dale Link in Stromsburg
Taught home economics at Ravenna High School for two years, then was a full-time mom and grandma
Activities: was an avid gardener, quilter, crafter and seamstress; loved to read and work on crossword puzzles; member of the United Methodist Church, Quilt Club, Election Board, PEO Chapter CB, Eastern Star Rose Criox Chapter 298, UNL Alumni and Tri-Delta Sorority
Survivors include her husband; sons, Jon of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Andy of Lincoln; and daughters, Marty of Lincoln, Mary Beth of Alexandria, Va., and Samantha of Lincoln; also son-in-law, Rob Tobin of Lincoln; daughters-in-law, Grace of Edwards Air Force Base and Cathy of Lincoln; and grandchildren, Hunter and Sara, Mckenna, and Katie, Molly and Zoe Tobin, and Matt and Jacob Dona
Was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary F. Miller
Kearney Hub, 16 March, 2005

THOMSEN, Esther, 94, of Kearney, formerly of Minden, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Wel Life in Kearney
Services: Monday, Minden United Methodist Church
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Mortuary: Layton-Craig, Minden
Memorials: the church
Born Nov. 3, 1910, in Kearney County near Heartwell
Parents: W.A. "Stub" and Lucy (Ellis) Morris
Grew up in the Heartwell area, graduated from Minden High School, 1928
Married: June 2, 1929,to Myner Thomsen. He died in 1973
Lived in Minden, moved to Idaho for a short time and then returned to Minden
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church in Minden for more than 80 years, active in the prayer group of the church and the women's circle; volunteered at the Senior Citizens Center for many years in Minden; member of the extension club; made many fancywork pieces for family and friends
Survivors include her daughters, Wilma Neal of Kearney and Joan Sprouse of Lincoln; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Arvard Neal of Kearney and Paul Sprouse of Lincoln
Was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers
Kearney Hub, 18 March, 2005
STULTS, Doris E., 82, of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at her home
Services: March 18, Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson, Missouri
Burial: Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson
Born March 6, 1923, in Kearney, Neb.
Parents: Charles and Gertrude Armstrong
Married: Aug. 5, 1940, to Clifford Stults in Kearney. He died in March 2002
Activities: member of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Forsyth; homemaker
Survivors include: son, Donald of Golden; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two daughters, Joan and Judith
Kearney Hub, 18 March, 2005

ANDERSON, Anna, 102, of Sidney died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Sidney
Services: Saturday, Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Ravenna
Born Aug. 4, 1902, in Pleasanton
Parents: Henry Sr. and France (Hajek) Munster
Married: March 8, 1922, to Peter Krichau in Grand Island. He died Aug. 14, 1938
Married: May 27, 1950, to Wayne Anderson. He died Dec. 17, 1989
Survivors include her sister, Bertha Unick of Pleasanton; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 18 March, 2005

DURAND, Phyllis A., 65, of Pleasanton died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
Services: March 21, Congregational Church in Stockville
Burial: Arbor Cemetery, Stockville
Memorials: Arbor Cemetery
Mortuary: Lockenur-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge
Born Dec. 17, 1939, in Farnam
Parents: Phill and Mamie (Hanes) Crawford
Graduated from Bartley High School in 1957; attended Denver College of Business earning an associate degree in business
Moved back to the Stockville area; raised her daughter and son; moved to Kearney, 1980, was employed with Deluxe Manufacturing and later Baldwin Filter Company; retire, 1997; moved to Pleasanton, 2002
Activities: member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Stockville Women's Club and the American Heart Association
Survivors include her son, Calvin of Kearney; daughter, Pam Bennett of Cozad; brother, Wayne Crawford of Cambridge; sister, Gladys Earhart of Curtis; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter
Was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Carl; and infant daughter, Renee Halverson
McCook Daily Gazette, 18 March, 2005

WUEHLER, Virgil L., 80, of Kearney died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church, Amherst
Born Nov. 5, 1924, in Amherst
Parents: Louis and Annetta (Hannemann) Wuehler
Was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Amherst on March 22, 1925, and confirmed on April 10, 1938; confirmation verse was John 4:14; received his education at Immanuel Parochial School and District 80 rural school
Military: U.S. Air Force, Jan. 12, 1946; discharged, 1947
Married: Oct. 29, 1950, to Joan DeLaet northwest of Amherst
Lifetime farmer in the Amherst and Riverdale area; also worked as an auto tender at Eaton Manufacturing Co. in Kearney, retired in 1992 and moved to Kearney
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst; enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also enjoyed Husker football, tractor pulls and NASCAR racing
Survivors include: wife; sons, Larry of Kearney and Dale of Fayetteville, Ark.; daughters, Shirley Oertwig of Riverdale and Kari Taubenheim of Kearney; brother, Merle of Amherst; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Barb of Kearney and Lisa of Fayetteville; sons-in-law, Dan Oertwig of Riverdale and Tim Taubenheim of Kearney; and sister-in-law, Evelyn of Amherst
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2005

GANCOS, Albert, 92, of Pleasanton died Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pleasanton
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born May 3, 1912, in Sherman County
Parents: Peter and Mary (Liss) Gancos
Educated in Sherman County School Districts 65 and 35
Married: Feb. 22, 1938, to Mary Kusek in Loup City. She died May 31, 1990
Lived near Litchfield and farmed; moved to Pleasanton, 1978
Activities: member of St. Mary's Church in Pleasanton and Knights of Columbus 5455 in Loup City; enjoyed playing cards, telling stories, gardening and raising livestock
Survivors include sons, Tom of Kearney and Jerry of Seneca, S.C.; daughters, Lillian Kowalski of Kearney, Pat Benisek of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bobbie Beck of Litchfield and Mary Ann Zwiener of Pleasanton; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Caryljeyn of Kearney and Debbie of Seneca; sons-in-law, Richard Kowalski of Kearney, Ron Benisek of Thousand Oaks, Delwin Beck of Litchfield and Ed Zwiener of Pleasanton
Was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Steve; sisters, Ann Gappa, Helen, Nel Badura, Louella Janda and Lillian; and a granddaughter, Mary Jean Kowalski
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2005

DWORAK, Donna Diane, 42, of rural Kearney died Sunday, March 27, 2005, at her home
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Born March 11, 1963, in Kearney
Parents: Robert and Myrna (Anderson) Fish
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School
Married: Aug. 9, 1986, to Robert Dworak in Kearney
Lived in Kearney; was a clerk magistrate of the Buffalo County Court for more than 20 years
Survivors include: husband; son, Justin of Kearney; daughter, Heather of Kearney; her parents of Kearney; sister, Cheryl Stabenow of Elm Creek; and grandmother, Velma Fish of Kearney; also brother-in-law, Brian Stabenow of Elm Creek
Was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ken Fish and Jake Anderson; grandmother, Lillian Anderson Potter; and stepgrandfather, Vernie Potter
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2005

WILLIAMS, Crystal K., 41, of Overton died Sunday, March 27 2005, at her home
Services: Wednesday, First Christian Church in Lexington
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Mortuary: Elwood Funeral Home
Born June 19, 1963, in Lexington
Parents: Kenneth and Juanita (Orsborn) Wenburg
Grew up in Elm Creek, graduated from Elm Creek High School, 1981
Graduated from LPN school, July 1992
Married: Jan. 30, 1988, to Bradley Williams; divorced, 1995
Married: March 25, 2000, to Enrique Serrano. They separated
Was medical director for the Dawson County Correctional Center in Lexington; had worked at the Villager Restaurant in Holdrege, Baldwin Manufacturing in Kearney, had been manager of Weiner World in Kearney
Attended Spirit of Life Open Bible Church in Kearney
Survivors include her son, Max Serrano of Overton; her parents of Elm Creek; brother, Kenneth Wenburg II of Minden; and sisters, Jeanne Kottich, Dina Robinson and Launa Wenburg, all of Elm Creek, and Corrine Gruntorad of Kearney; also brothers-in-law, Stan Kottich and Brent Robinson, both of Elm Creek
Was preceded in death by her grandparents
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2005

TOLIN, Sarah Dawn, 23, of Norman, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died March 7, 2005, at her university apartment in Norman
Services: March 14, Highland Park Community Church
Burial: Highland Cemetery
Mortuary: Bustard's Funeral Home and Crematory
Memorials: Sarah Tolin Memorial Fund
Born Feb. 1, 1982, in Casper, Wyoming
Parents: Don and Vickie (Davison) Tolin
Grew up in Casper; attended Montessori School of Casper, Verda James Elementary School and Centennial Junior High; graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2000; attended the University of Oklahoma; was a senior, double-majoring in sociology and history; and planning to graduate on May 13
Was the first Wyoming female wrestler to compete nationally; won many awards
and only Wyoming athlete to receive this award four times
Survivors include her parents; sister, Cece, of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Josh, a senior at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and David, a sophomore at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Dorothy Davison of Riverton and Frances and Chuck Steinmetz of Eden, Idaho, and Arizona; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins
Was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Sidney and Cecelia Tolin; maternal great-grandparents, Earl and Dorothy Young and Faye and Anne Barger; and a first cousin
Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune, 21 March, 2005
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