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BUTLER, Martha Belle, 87, of North Platte died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at Premier Estates in North Platte
Services: Friday, Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born: May 8, 1918, in Kearney
Parents: Harry and Carrie (Lund) Rowe
Graduated from Kearney Public Schools; attended Kearney State College for two years, then attended pharmacy school in Denver; moved to Wallace, worked as a pharmacist until 1947; moved to North Platte, worked part time as a pharmacist and secretary
Married: May 17, 1952, to Carsie Butler in Ogallala. He preceded her in death
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church and Chapter 241 Order of the Eastern Star in Wallace
Survivors include Harlan and Kay Simmerman of Elm Creek, Billy and Mattie Butler of Greenbriar, Tenn., and relatives
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and an infant brother
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EGGERS, Raymond, 85, of Kearney died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha
Graveside services: Friday, Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Ralston Fire and Rescue
Born: July 8, 1920, in Gibbon
Parents: George and Rose (Johnston) Eggers
Graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney
Military: U.S. Army, beginning in 1942; served during World War II
Married: Feb. 6, 1946, to Betty Slack in Smith Center, Kan. She preceded him in death
Was a chef at Fort Kearney Hotel for 30 years, and at Pringer Steakhouse in Norfolk for two years; moved back to Kearney to work for the Brown Meat Co. for 14 years and for Hilltop Mall for 11 years as a groundskeeper
Activities: member of the VFW, American Legion and Eagles; loved to e-mail family and friends, gardening and doing yard work
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Reising of Ralston; also granddaughter, Amber Callaway of Ralston; and son-in-law, Lyle Reising of Ralston. Was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister
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BURLEIGH, Verna, 88, of Ravenna died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Monday, United Methodist Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemeterym Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Nov. 21, 1917, near Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Parents: Rudolph and Alma (Yankee) Viergutz
Went to the Detroit area as a young girl, did housekeeping for several families and then worked in a factory
Married: May 22, 1943, to Charles Burleigh in Center Line, Mich. He died in 1979
After husband's death, moved to Hazard, lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Lorna and Frank Aden; moved to Ravenna and lived independently until 2002, then moved to the Good Samaritan Center
Survivors include: sisters, Lorna Aden and June Cronin, both of Ravenna; also several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers
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BREWER, Elaine, 85, of Omaha, formerly of Ravenna, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha
Services" Monday, Congregational Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: Nebraska Skilled Nursing Activities Department
Born Dec. 19, 1920, in Litchfield
Parents: Fred and Gertie (Duncan) Douglas
Was educated in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School
Married: July 19, 1943, to Charles "Jack" Brewer in Brewster. He died April 2, 1982
Lived in Ravenna; worked at Henningson Foods in Ravenna
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church; volunteer at Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Survivors include her daughter, Sherill Teichmeier of Gretna; brother, Earl Douglas of Ravenna; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers
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LEHNERT, Alden F., 47, of Kearney died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, from injuries he suffered in a pedestrian-automobile accident in Kearney
Graveside services and burial: Monday, Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials: the family
Born Aug. 28, 1958, in Loup City
Parents: Francis and Doris (Lybarger) Lehnert
Attended school in Loup City, graduated from Loup City High School. Shortly after graduation, moved to Kearney; had worked at Morris Printing Co. in the bindery department since 2003
Activities: member of the Baptist church
Survivors include his uncles, Ivan Lybarger Sr. of Odessa and Cecil Lybarger Sr. of Alda; also his aunts, Carolyn Lybarger of Odessa and Marge Lybarger of Alda; and several cousins
Was preceded in death by his parents
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TORRES, Pedro O., 94, of Gibbon, formerly of Shelton, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Services: Tuesday, Bethel Temple Bilingual church in Gibbon
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon
Born April 12, 1912, in San Marcos, Texas
Parents: Alejandro and Luz (Ortiz) Torres
Married: Nov. 22, 1931, to Rosa Vasquez in Pearsall, Texas
Survivors include his wife; sons, Joe of Lima, Peru, Tony of Pensacola, Fla., and Armando of Gillette, Wyo.; daughters, Lupe Garcia of Kearney, Pauline Ayala of Bensenville, Ill., Lydia Tonsul of Skokie, Ill., Mickey Chavez of Shelton, Linda Mumm of Waterloo, Rosario Baxter of Holdrege and Maggie Beatty of Lakewood, Colo.; 34 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren
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ROSENTHAL, Don R., 79, of Grand Island died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island
Services: Tuesday, First Baptist Church in Grand Island
Burial of cremains: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: All Faiths, in Grand Island
Memorials: First Baptist Church, Veterans Home, or the Parkinson's Foundation
Born Feb. 19, 1927, in rural Buffalo County
Parents: Vern and Clara (Widdowson) Rosenthal
Grew up in rural Shelton; attended the country school District 1, then went to high school in Shelton
Military: Navy Reserve for 28 months, in 1944-1946; after discharge, worked around Gibbon and Shelton
Married: May 17, 1947, to Shirley Scott
Lived at Camdenton, Missouri, then returned to the Gibbon area to farm north of Gibbon; farmed in partnership with his father-in-law; fed cattle and raised hogs; did custom work, drove a semi, worked for an electrician and plumber and for an irrigation well driller; also worked in a machine shop as a welder; retired from farming in 1988; moved to Grand Island in December of 1993; lived at the Grand Island Veterans Home for the past year
Activities: was a self-taught woodworker; main hobby was people and doing for others; loved the LORD and gave Him credit for everything he had; was a member of the First Baptist Church; volunteered at the Grand Generation Center; was also employed by the Halfway House
Survivors include: wife, Shirley Rosenthal; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Kathy Rosenthal of Gibbon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Charles Day of Kearney and Donna and Dale Peer of Hastings; and a stepsister, Verla Lange of Lowell; also grandchildren, Ben Day and Don Day, both of Lincoln, Cody Rosenthal of Ord, Carrie Rosenthal of Omaha, Brian Taubenheim of Kearney and Michael Taubenheim of Eielson AFB, Alaska; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Bailie, Kiara, Madeline, Oliver, Bryton and Tyler
Don was also preceded in death by a son, two sisters, a stepbrother and a stepsister
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WADDICK, Velma P., 86, of Grand Island died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island
Services: Wednesdaym Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Memorials: Trinity United Methodist Church Scholarship fund or American Legion Baseball Team
Born Sept. 11, 1919, in Riverdale
Parents: Duane and Anna (Juhl) Dennis
Grew up in Riverdale, received her education at Riverdale High School
Married: June 22, 1948, to Harry Waddick in Grand Island. He preceded her in death
Began working Nov. 16, 1948, with G.W. Martin Co.-Skagway, was the supervisor of carry-out and checkers for 37 years; retired Nov. 16, 1985
Activities: member of Trinity United Methodist Church, church circle, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and a life member of the Military Order Purple Heart Auxiliary
Survivors include her sisters, LaVonne Wade of Adams Town, Md., and Mary Vohland of Salem, Ore.; also foster daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Bill Swanson of Vista, Calif.; two foster grandchildren; one foster great-grandchild; and brother-in-law, Ross Vohland of Salem
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, Leonard and Daryl Dennis
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HACKETT, Jay Monroe, 94, of Kearney died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Memorial graveside services: May 27, Ord Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: St. John's Center or the Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center
Born Sept. 10, 1911, in Archer
Parents: Oscar and Edna (Cronk) Hackett
Early years were spent in Pocatello, Idaho, and Ord, Nebraska; graduated from Ord high school
Married: July 4, 1935, to Gladys Patrick in Ord. She died in 2001
Was a heavy equipment operator and a diesel mechanic; worked for the Valley County Road Department, Peter Kiewit Construction, Nebraska Irrigation and Engineering Co. of Kearney and the University of Nebraska at Kearney motor vehicle department
Moved to Kearney in 1947; retired to Johnson Lake, 1972; returned to Kearney in 1999
Activities: avid hunter and gun collector; member of First United Methodist Church
Survivors include his son, Jay of Greeley, Colo.; daughters, Sharon Fehringer of Sidney, Carol Kealy of Waterloo, Ill., and Sandra Hindalong of Floral City, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Sue Hackett of Greeley; and sons-in-law, Bernard Fehringer of Sidney, Richard Kealy of Waterloo and Wallace Hindalong of Floral City
Was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother, one sister and an infant grandchild
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JOHNSON, Barbara K., 40, of Kearney died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Immanuel Cemetery northwest of Amherst
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: educational fund for her children
Born Sept. 26, 1965, in Kearney
Parents: Raymond Jr. and Evelyn (Richards) Siebke
Grew up in Amherst, graduated from Amherst High School in 1983, was salutatorian; attended Kearney State College then Central Community College-Hastings; graduated with high honors with a dental assistant degree
Married: Sept. 6, 1986, to Steven Johnson in Amherst
Worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Steve Bush at Kearney Dental Clinic; also worked part time at Morris Cookbooks; helped with floral delivery at the Flower Shoppe
Activities: member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney; enjoyed attending her sons' activities and especially liked watching them play baseball; was an avid Husker football fan and Chicago Cubs baseball fan; enjoyed her pets
Survivors include: husband; sons, Mitch and Miles, both of Kearney; her father of Amherst; and brother, Dan of Checotah, Okla.; also father- and mother-in-law, Edwin and Maxine Johnson of Riverdale; sisters-in-law, Susan King of Queen Creek, Ariz., Danita Beadle and husband, Kern, of Kearney and Marta Nelson and husband, Ray, of Wayne; brother-in-law, Jeff Johnson and wife, Brenda, of Hastings; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her mother in 1978, and grandparents, Raymond and Daisy Siebke and Homer and Kathryn Richards
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WHALEY, Darlene W., 79, of Kearney died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at St. John's Good Sam-aritan Center
Services: Tuesday, First Baptist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: the churches
Born Aug. 26, 1926, in Oconto
Parents: Leonard and Winifred (Pilcher) Smith
Received her education in Callaway
Married: March 7, 1946, to Everett Whaley in Norton, Kan. He died April 18, 1998
Lived in Kearney, later moved to Carthage, Mo.; was a housewife and worked for DeKalb and Baldwin Filters and owned Westinghouse Laundrymat/Dry Cleaners in Bentonville, Ark.
Activities: member of the First Baptist churches in Kearney and Carthage, Sisters of Ruth, and pinochle and pitch card clubs; enjoyed crafts
Survivors include her daughters, Diana Thomas and Pamela Thomas, both of Kearney, and Kathy Lauhead of Sidney; brother, Wendell Smith of Presidio, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; also her sons-in-law, Marland Thomas and Craig Thomas, both of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, one brother and one sister
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ELLSWORTH, Larry, 58, of Kearney died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at his home after a lengthy illness
Services: Saturday, First United Methodist Church
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the family
Born Sept. 27, 1947, in Loup City
Parents: Eugene and Martha (Hemkin) Ellsworth
With family, moved to the Litchfield area; attended school and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1965
Married: March 18, 1967, to Carol Beck in Litchfield
Military: in the U.S. Air Force, Sept. 6, 1967 - Sept. 3, 1971, during the Vietnam War. After discharge, moved to Kearney
Was employed at Eaton Corp. as a stockroom attendant for more than 20 years
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church, was a soccer coach in Kearney; for several years was involved in raising foster children
Survivors include his wife; sons, Mark of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Scott of Denver; brother, Jack of Denver; sister, Lavonne Beaumont of Omaha; and seven grandchildren; also foster daughters, Stephanie Cunningham of Kearney, Tina Gary of Lincoln and Heather Bordeaux of Omaha; and daughters-in-law, Christiane Ellsworth of Colorado Springs, Andrea Ellsworth of Denver and Casey Ellsworth of Fort Lupton, Colo. Was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kirk Ellsworth
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GLANDON, Joyce L., 83, of Kearney died Monday, April 17, 2006, at St. John's Center
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner
Burial: later
Memorials: American Heart Association and the American Red Cross
Born Jan. 10, 1923, in Burlington, Colo.
Parents: George and Mazie (Shifflet) Henline
Graduated from Atlanta High School in 1940; spent a brief period at Kearney State Teachers College
Lived through the Great Depression; during World War II, worked for Consolidated Air Craft in San Diego; helped build warplanes
Married: Jan. 17, 1947, to Jim Glandon in Phillipsburg, Kan.; lived in Holdrege
Activities: Cub Scout den mother; loved going to her children's school and sporting events; started the Wigwam in Atlanta in 1951; she worked retail; helped with the various bears, monkeys, donkeys and other animals that the Wigwam had; with husband, opened the Stagecoach in Kearney, 1973; retired in 1989; moved to Kearney, 1991; loved to play bridge, watch her beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers
Survivors include her husband; sons, Greg of Olympia, Wash., and Gary of Kearney; brother, Royce Henline of Key Largo, Fla.; sister, Patsy McDonald of Topeka, Kan.; and five great-grandchildren; also grandsons, Jim Glandon and wife, Angel, of Vacaville, Calif., Gabe Glandon of Olympia and Skylar Glandon of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Susan Glandon of Kearney; and sister-in-law, Elise Henline of Key Largo
Was preceded in death by her parents, who were known as "Pa and Bom."
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MARTINDALE, Eldon L., 77, of Elm Creek died Monday, April 17, 2006, at his home
Services: Friday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Burial: Brewster Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel of Kearney and Elm Creek
Memorials: Elm Creek or Brewster Fire and Rescue departments
Born Feb. 6, 1929, in Omaha
Adopted parents: Elmer and Gladys (Salisbury) Martindale
Grew up in western Nebraska; graduated from Brewster High School in 1946; felt his parents were the best parents a child could have
Married: Nov. 16, 1947, to Elaine Wilkinson in Brewster
Was a rancher; moved to Elm Creek, 1969; was a diesel mechanic, retired in 1992
Activities: member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kearney; past member of the volunteer fire department in Elm Creek; enjoyed doing iron work
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jay of Brewster, Mark of Elm Creek and Glen of Whittington, Ill.; daughter, Claire Olson of Holdrege; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Kathie Martindale of Brewster and Doris Martindale of Elm Creek; and son-in-law, Gayle Olson of Holdrege
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ZIMMER, Mary D., 98, of Kearney died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney
Services: Thursday, St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Prairie Center
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials: St. James Catholic Church and Mount Carmel Home
Born July 3, 1907, in rural Ravenna
Parents: John and Mary (Muegerl) Stittle
Received her education from District 70 Country School
Married: April 3, 1929, to Joe Zimmer in Ravenna. He died Nov. 19, 1966
Lived in Buffalo County all her life
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church; past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Prairie Center; cooked and cleaned for Good Samaritan Hospital and Kearney Public Schools
Survivors include her son, Joseph of Gibbon; daughters, Regina of Kearney and Alice Burmood of Grand Island; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Donna Zimmer of Gibbon
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, one sister and infant twin grandchildren
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DAVIS, H. Irene, 90, of Kearney, formerly of Beaver City, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Sunday, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City
Mortuary: Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City
Memorials: church's renovations committee
Born June 11, 1915, in Beaver City
Parents: Ira and Eunice (Lewis) Hester
Grew up in Beaver City, graduated from Beaver City High School in 1933; taught country schools in the Beaver City area for five years after graduation
Moved to Kearney in the mid-1990s, but previously had lived at Beaver City, Morrill, Holdrege and Oxford; moved to St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village on Nov. 30, 2001; had attended Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney
Survivors include her son, Roy of Kingsville, Texas; sister, Evelyn Cotton of Morrill; and three great-grandchildren; also granddaughter, Melody Johnson and her husband, Walt, of Holdrege
Was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Glen and Carl; sister, Doris Marshall; and grandson, Dirk Ira Davis
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KINCAID, Lela P., 84, of Longmont, Colorado, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Life Care Center of Longmont
Services and burial of cremains: later
Mortuary: Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory
Memorials: HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties
Born Aug. 7, 1921, in Hildreth, Neb.
Parents: John and Hulda (Kraft) Olson
Grew up on a farm near Fredericksburg, Neb.; graduated from Kearney High School in 1939
Married: June 29, 1940, to Bill Kincaid in Kearney, Neb. He died in 1987
Moved to Boulder in 1953, moved to Thornton, 1970; moved to Longmont in 1987
Was a secretary for Neo Data in Boulder for 25 years, retired in 1986
Activities: enjoyed knitting, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies
Survivors include her son, Craig of Longmont; and sisters, Marian Nyquist of Green Valley, Ariz., June Graham of Kerrville, Texas, Garnett Stroup of Watertown, N.Y., and Evelyn Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; also her daughter-in-law, Sandy Kincaid of Longmont; brothers-in-law, Willard Nyquist of Green Valley and Wes Graham of Kerrville; and grandchildren, Tyler Kincaid and Zach Kincaid
Was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters, Peg Olson, Gladys Snowden and Millie Carlson
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THOMPSON, Donald "Don", 75, of Johnson Lake, formerly of Kearney, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at his home
Services: Tuesday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney
Inurnment of cremains: church's columbarium
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney or St. Peter's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Lexington
Born April 24, 1930, in Omaha
Parents: J. Courtney and Stella (Bunger) Thompson
Graduated from Kearney High School in 1948; attended Kearney State College
Military: U.S. Navym 1950 - 1954; was a Korean War veteran
Married: March 28, 1953, to Mary Horton in Honolulu
Lived in Kearney, worked for Union Pacific Railroad; moved to Norfolk, was a Kirby vacuum cleaner distributor; returned to Kearney, worked with his father at Thompson Garage until 1972; became a real estate and insurance agent; moved to Johnson Lake, owned and operated Thompson Agency; retired in 1999
Activities: lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of the American Legion and Eagles lodges; member of Kearney's Elks Lodge 984, served as exalted ruler, 1974-1975; past member of the I.O.O.F., served as noble guard; was a founding member and past president of the Johnson-Elwood Lakes Association, sat on the Board of Directors of Johnson Lake Development Inc.; was a scoutmaster with Troop 139 of the Boy Scouts
Survivors include his wife; sons, Blain and Stafford, both of Johnson Lake, and Shannon of Kearney; brother, Loren of Chicago; and sister, Phyllis of Pueblo, Colo.; also daughters-in-law, Karen Thompson and Jeanie Thompson, both of Johnson Lake; sister-in-law, Judy Thompson of Chicago; and grandchildren, Bryan, Logan, Tyler and Mariah Thompson
Was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter
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BOLTZ, Nancy Elaine, 70, of Grand Island died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center of Wood River
Services: 24 April Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park
Memorials: the family
Born July 11, 1935, in Friend
Parents: Cecil and Lillian (Belka) West
Grew up in Friend, Prosser and Gibbon; attended Gibbon High School
Married: Dec. 20, 1952, to Roy Boltz Jr. in Gibbon
Lived in Chapman for a year, moved to Grand Island; worked at Jefferson Elementary School in Grand Island for 35 years
Activities: member of Trinity United Methodist Church; enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also enjoyed sitting on her patio watching birds and visiting with neighbors
Survivors include her husband of Grand Island; daughters, Sue (Christensen) Bigley of Grand Island, Debra Wicht of Grand Island and Barb Aerni of Clarks; sisters, Janet Houdek of Grand Island and Claire Mae Petitt of California; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Larry Bigley and Larry Wicht, both of Grand Island; and daughter Barb's special friend, Jerry Church of Clarks
Was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda Sickler; and a brother, Robert "Bob" West
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BERG, Eldon Joe,, 68, of Kearney died Saturday, April 22, 2006, at his home. No services
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Memorials: cancer research or Good Samaritan Hospital hospice
Born Sept. 2, 1937, in Winnebago
Parents: Harold and Corene (Bivens) Berg
Graduated from Winnebago Public School
Married: Aug. 31, 1959, to Barbara Botts in Kearney. Lived in Kearney, was employed by Lammers Repair; also owned and operated Eldon's Transmission Service in Kearney for more than 35 years
Activities: was an avid car collector; especially enjoyed driving his 1955 Pontiac convertible
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Joanne of Kearney and Connie Broweleit of Seneca; bro-thers, Harold of Norfolk and Ever-ett of Farmington, Iowa; and sister, Marjorie Sutton of Modesto, Calif.; also his son-in-law, Bob Broweleit of Seneca; sister-in-law, Wanda Berg of Farmington; and grandchildren, Aaron Broweleit of Salina, Kan., and Aubrey Broweleit of Seneca
Was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Tucker, and his parents
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BUCHMANN, Lucille C., 89, of Ravenna died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Sept. 15, 1914, in Bee
Parents: John and Mary (Sabata) Kominek
Graduated from Bee High School in 1931
Married: Jan. 14, 1932, to Hubert Chloupek. He died Feb. 22, 1954
Moved to Litchfield in 1937, to Minden in 1954; moved to Ravenna in 1963
Married: Nov. 14, 1964, to Albert Buchmann. He died June 28, 1986. With second husband, farmed the Buchmann family farm; retired and moved to Ravenna in 1980
Activities: member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, its altar society, Ravenna Garden Club, Majors Extension Club and South Ravenna Extension Club; enjoyed bowling, cooking, playing cards and gardening
Survivors include her son, Richard Chloupek of Litchfield; daughters, Bernadene Bauer of Ravenna and Sandra Wright of Broken Bow; and 10 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Chloupek of Litchfield; sons-in-law, Alvin Bauer of Ravenna and Gary Wright of Broken Bow; grandsons and spouses, Randall and Shelly Chloupek, Kevin and Susan Chloupek, Brent and Chris Bauer and Geoff and Brooke Wright; granddaughters and spouses, Stacy and Rod Baillie and Stephanie and Tony Wright; and many other relatives and friends

Kearney Hub, 25 April, 2006

CALLEROZ, Stevan A., 54, of Kearney died Monday, April 24, 2006, at his home. Services: Monday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Stevan Calleroz Memorial Fund, for the Kearney Catholic High School track program
Born Dec. 31, 1951, in North Platte
Parents: Evaristo and Carlota (Flores) Calleroz
Grew up and received his education in North Platte; graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1970
Wttended North Platte Junior College, received his associate of arts degree in 1972; attended Kearney State College, received his bachelor of arts in education in December 1974; during the summer, coached discus for the Front Runners Track Club; also coached shot put and discus during the school season for Kearney Catholic High School; had coached the throwers for 12 years
Married: Nov. 25, 1972, to Rosie Casillas in North Platte
Moved to Kearney, worked for various businesses, including Holiday Service Station and Baldwin Filters; he was a counselor at the Youth Development Center; had been with Eaton Corp. since 1981
Activities: active member of the Kearney Catholic Athletic Association for many years; member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; son, Joseph of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughters, Lisa, Amanda and Stephanie, all of Kearney; brothers, Louie of LaVern, Calif., Lupe of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jesse Mendez of Gardena, Calif., and Max Mendez of Nakina, N.C.; and sisters, Marjorie of San Antonio and Theresa Doremus of Benedict-Polk; also daughter-in-law, Alison of Highlands Ranch; sisters-in-law, Ruth Calleroz of LaVern, Ruth Mendez of Gardena, Emma Mendez of Nakina and Sally Mendez of Rio Rancho, N.M.; brother-in-law, Bob Doremus of Benedict-Polk; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe Mendez and Paul Mendez; and nephew, Joe Mendez III
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2006

FLACK, Ruth, 96, of Azle, Texas, formerly of Kearney and Minden, Neb., died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at her home
Services: Thursday, at Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Memorials: First United Methodist Church of Azle
Born Feb. 23, 1910, south of Minden to Thomas and Kate (Benderman) Flack. Attended rural schools until fifth grade; moved into town, and graduated from Minden High School in 1928; attended Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney for two years, then taught at a rural school in Adams County
Accepted a position in a mission school in Frenchburg, Ky., 1933; taught there for 13 years, also serving as a nurses aide and as the matron of a girls dormitory; returned to Kearney in summer 1945 to complete her bachelor's degree; taught in Shelton, and then Minden
Sister-in-law, Jean Flack, died 1959; Ruth became a second mother to her nieces, Susanne and Barbara; with brother Thomas, moved with the girls to Kearney; taught in the Kearney elementary schools; retire in 1974; with brother, moved to Azle, Texas
Activities: enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading and doing crossword puzzles; was active in Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for women educators, and in the Azle United Methodist Church
Survivors include her nephews, Bill of Reno, Nev., and Tom of Ames, Iowa; nieces, Barbara Burns of Azle and Susanne Bloomfield of Holdrege, Neb.; and nine great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; also grandnieces, Tamara Wagman of Talala, Okla., and Kathryn Tunnell of Azle; grandnephews, Chad Lindau of Hildreth, Neb., Steve Flack and Brian Flack, both of Reno, and Scott Flack of Vancouver, Wash.; and nephews-in-law, Robert Burns and Terry Bloomfield. Was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Tom and Floyd Flack
Kearney Hub, 25 April, 2006

WOERMAN, Duane "Slim" L., 82, of Kearney died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Graveside memorial services: Saturday, Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Body was cremated
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: hospice or the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital
Born May 2, 1923, in West Point
Parents: Louis and Anna (Bettenhausen) Woerman
Graduated from West Point High School. Lived in the area; farmed with his father, later farmed on his own
Married: 1945, to Mary Madsen. She died in 1956
Married: 1961, to Marie Kozisek in Denver. She died in 1970
With first wife, lived in the West Point area; moved to Kearney in 1955, joined the Nebraska State Patrol; was in law enforcement for 23 years; retired 1978
Activities: Enjoyed raising cattle and driving for Crossroads, Sahling and those needing help delivering cars to other areas; enjoyed going on cruises and spending time with his special friend, Lorene Ellerbrake; favorite pastimes were playing cards, dancing, going to the sale barn, morning coffee at McDonald's south and spending time with family and friends, always telling jokes and stories; member of the Nebraska Law Enforcement and the Eagles and American Legion clubs of Kearney
Survivors include sons, Duane Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., and Daniel of Las Vegas; and daughters, Bonnie Marshall and Karen, both of Kearney; also his very special friend, Lorene Ellerbrake of Lincoln; daughter-in-law, Marcia Woerman of Chandler; Bonnie's fianc‚, Jim Herrod of Kearney; Karen's fianc‚, Clint Wells of Kearney; and grandchildren, Christopher Marshall of Kearney and Stephanie Marshall-Hough of Chattanooga, Tenn. Was preceded in death his wives; by son-in-law, Tom Marshall; two brothers; and one sister
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2006

LEIBHART, Hazel Harriet (Lichtenberger), 89, of Kearney died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, Callaway United Methodist Church
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love in Lexington
Memorials: to the Leibhart family for later designation
Born June 5, 1916, at Callaway
Parents: Samuel and Lily (Judson) Lichtenberger
Eldest of seven children; attended grade school at Spring Creek, near Callaway; attended Callaway High School for 11/2 years
Loved all sports; in high school, won many medals running in track; worked on the family farm helping her dad in the fields and milking cows; also helped new mothers in their homes with their babies
Married: June 16, 1939, to Stanley Clayton Leibhart at Lexington. He died in November 1972
Lived in Callaway until 1949; moved to Miller, resided there three years; moved to Sumner, 1952; after death of husband, lived at Maple Manor in Elm Creek, 1972-1999, then moved to St. Luke's Countryside Villa in Kearney
Activities: loved cooking, baking, and having family dinners on Sundays; was baptized on Oct. 5, 1999, at her home in Elm Creek, with her family in attendance; loved attending church service with Pastor Dean Pofahl and singing the beautiful hymns with the other residents on Sundays at the home
Survivors include her seven children, Connie (Billy) Rader of Sumner, Florine (Dennis) Roeder of Amherst, Ronald (Linda) Leibhart of Imperial, Paul (Rita) Leibhart of Overton, Ricky Leibhart of Kearney, Bradley (Pam) Leibhart of Imperial, and Cynthia Leibhart of Imperial; three sisters, Ione Krusell of Elm Creek, Ida Mae Leonard of Taft, Calif., and Naomi Warta of Oshkosh; one brother, Jay Lichtenberger of Mason City; 24 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and a host of friends
Was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; parents, Samuel and Lily Lichtenberger; brother, Don LeRoy Lichtenberger; sister, Evelyn Drummond; daughter-in-law, Kathy Leibhart; great-granddaughter, Sara Johnsen; and one great-great-granddaughter, Larrisa Gullion
Lexington Clipper-Herald, 26 April, 2006

WINSOR, Dorothy L. (Skip), 94, of Helena, Montana, formerly of Kearney, Neb., and Omaha, Neb., died Friday, April 21, 2006, in Helena
Memorial services: Monday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney
Inurnment of cremains: St. Luke's Columbarium
Mortuary: Big Sky Cremations in Helena
Memorials: St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Born July 9, 1911, in Kansas City, Kan.
Parents: to Winston and Ethel (Welch) Van Natta. Was raised and educated in New York, Buenos Aries, Argentina, and Chicago; attended a Catholic convent school in Argentina, learned to speak Spanish fluently and to play tennis; mother, sisters and she took turns winning the City Tennis Championships in Kansas City; attended Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis.
Married Oct. 14, 1933, to John Winsor in Chicago; married 63 years; he died in 1996 in Kearney
Survivors include her son, Herbert of Helena; daughter, Mary Catlin of Florida; and nine great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, Thomas Catlin of Florida; daughters-in-law, Beck Winsor of Helena and Jan Winsor of Kearney; and grandchildren, John Paul Catlin, Jason and Sofia Catlin and Marissa Catlin, all of Florida, Toni and Doug Meyers, Beth and Rick Smith, and Jennifer Kolar, all of Kearney, Jeannie and Woody Giddings Jr. of Gibbon, Neb., and Stephanie, Michael and Joshua Winsor of Helena
Was preceded in death by her husband; sons, John Jr. and Thomas; and sisters, Loyce Fettel and Betty Kirkpatrick
Kearney Hub, 29 April, 2006

WEED, Garnsey "G.T.", 79, of Kearney died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department or the Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Educational Center in Kearney
Born May 12, 1926, in Gibbon
Parents: Franklin and Martha (Buss) Weed
Grew up in the Gibbon-Kearney area, graduated from Kearney High School in 1943
Military: U.S. Navy, April 1944 - June 1946; was a World War II veteran
After discharge, attended photography school in San Antonio' worked at the Mattson then the Anderson photography studios in Kearney
Married: July 8, 1950, to Arlis Stiefvater in Kearney. She died in 1988
Worked as a lineman for Ma Bell Telephone Co., Western T.V. and O. P. Skaggs; worked as a Kearney police officer, was one of the first nationally certified emergency medical technicians in the nation
Began working at the Kearney Daily Hub as a photo engraver, 1970; then worked at Eaton Corp. in Kearney; retired in 1988
Joined the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, 1958; was an active member for 33 years; when retiring, was honored by having a Fire Brigade Company named in his honor; was a member of the Eaton Corp. Fire Brigade
Activities: member of the church in Kearney, Kearney Elks Lodge 984, Nebraska State Volunteer Department Association, VFW Post 759, Third Eye Camera Club and Friends of Toltec Scenic Railroad Inc.
Survivors include daughters, Jana Green of Minden, Lori Skarka and Joni, both of Kearney, Jill Milligan of Riverdale, Lisa Kunnemann of Johnson Lake and Leigh Stepanek of Lincoln; brother, Gordon of Kearney; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Joe Green of Minden, Rex Skarka and Dan Kossmann, both of Kearney, Jerry Milligan of Riverdale, Kevin Kunnemann of Johnson Lake and Chuck Stepanek of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Doralene Weed of Kearney; nieces, Julie Brooker and Andrea Weed, both of Kearney; and other nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his wife and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2006

ROSCH, Susan K., 56, of Hastings died of cancer Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings
Memorial services: later
Mortuary: Butler-Volland in Hastings
Born Aug. 1, 1949, in Kearney
Parents: LaVern and Marjorie (Weeks) Thaden
Married: Nov. 4, 1967, to Donald Rosch in Hastings
Survivors include her husband; sons, Bryant, Bradley and Jeremiah, all of Hastings; her mother, of Hastings; and six grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 27 April, 2006

REIBER, Edna M., 96, of Kearney, formerly of Hastings, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at St. John's Center
Services: Monday, Butler-Volland Chapel in Hastings
Burial: Blue Valley Cemetery in Ayr
Born Oct. 13, 1909, in Juniata
Parents: Earl and Ella (Ronnekamp) Osgood
Married: May 9, 1930, to Walter Reiber in Utica. He died Nov. 4, 1979
Survivors include her son, Tom of Gibbon; daughters, Shirley Hamel of Sundance, Wyo., and Mary Kranau of Blue Hill; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2006

NESIBA, Irene Marie Lilly, 87, of St. Paul died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Heritage Living Center in St. Paul
Memorial services: May 12 at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul
Memorials: St. Paul Fire Department's emergency medical technician equipment and training needs
Born Jan. 12, 1919, near Cairo
Parents: C.H. and Anna (Knefelkamp) Schmale
With parents, moved to a farm six miles east of Ravenna; attended church and Sunday school in the Pleasant View schoolhouse; was confirmed at Messiah Lutheran in Grand Island; also attended school through eighth grade at Pleasant View District 106 in rural Buffalo County During her her teenage years and early 20s, worked at various places in Ravenna, including the J.P. Croft dry goods store; also spent a summer as a waitress in Estes Park, Colo.
Married: Aug. 10, 1945, to Leonard Nesiba in Ravenna. He died Oct. 6, 2005
Lived in St. Paul, husband established the Modern Motor Service; purchased Als' cafe, 1961, renamed is Nesiba's Cafe; opened Nesiba's Family Dining in a new building, 1980 Activities: Cub Scout den leader and Sunday school teacher; served as state president of the Fireman's Auxiliary in 1957-1958; loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards and making raisin cookies; enjoyed dancing to polkas and waltzes
Battled Alzheimer's disease for the last 10 years of her life; resided at Rose Lane Home in Loup City and the Heritage Living Center in St. Paul
Survivors include her sons, Robert of Brigham City, Utah, Richard of Lincoln, Russ of Denver and Reynold of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and a sister, Roma Thomas of West Sun City, Ariz.; also daughters-in-law, Wannetta Nesiba of Brigham City and Anita Nesiba of Sioux Falls; brothers-in-law, Gary Thomas of West Sun City and Birchard Buss of Owatonna, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Janet Schmale of Richland, Wash., and Erma Peterson of Kearney; and grandsons, Brad Nesiba and his wife, Debbie, John Nesiba, Scott Nesiba, Tim Nesiba, Brandon Nesiba and Nathaniel Nesiba; and great-granddaughters, Madison Nesiba and Camryn Nesiba
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Marie Buss, Bernice Sadler and Don Schmale; and many friends, former employees and other relatives
Kearney Hub, 29 April, 2006

STILL, Gordon, 79, of Salt Lake City, formerly of Elm Creek, Neb., died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, in Salt Lake City
Services: today, Wasatch Lawn Mortuary in Salt Lake City
Burial: Wasatch Lawn Cemetery
Memorials: American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association
Born July 19, 1926, in Arapahoe, Neb.
Parents: Clarence and Freda (Mues) Still
Graduated from Elm Creek High School, 1944
Military: U.S. Navy in World War II
Married: Feb. 21, 1945, to Alice Kedeyon
Activities: longtime member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, flew racing pigeons for 45 years in Nebraska and Utah; served on the Board of Directors of the American Racing Pigeon Union; had been the secretary-treasurer of the Nebraska State Sportsman Association; enjoyed pigeon racing, trapshooting and waterfowl hunting
Operated a beekeeping business in the Kearney and Elm Creek areas; moved to Salt Lake City in 1968; was owner-operator of Fashion Elle Pet Salon, retired in 1988
Survivors include his wife; son, Raymond of Kearney, Neb.; daughter, Janice Zoetmulder of Salt Lake City; brother, Terry of Elm Creek; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Carol Still of Kearney; son-in-law, Henry Zoetmulder of Salt Lake City; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Still of Elm Creek
Kearney Hub, 1 May, 2006

WHITE, Vernon L., 61, of Kearney, formerly of Arapahoe, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Mount Carmel Home
No services
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born May 26, 1944, in Covina, Calif.
Parents: James and Viola (Franzen) White
Survivors include sons, Chris of Kearney and Matt of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Amy Marvin of Portland; sisters, JoAnn Standley of Hermiston, Ore., and Susie Bowles of Washington; and two grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 1 May, 2006

JOHNSON, Norma J., 74, of Gibbon died Friday, April 28, 2006, at St. John's Center in Kearney. Services: Wednesday, Godberson Mortuary in Gibbon
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice, St. John's Good Samaritan Center, the American Heart Association or to the family
Born June 1, 1931, in Centerville, Iowa
Parents: William and Anna Benge
Grew up and attended school in Centerville and Gibbon
Married: Jan. 21, 1951, to Everett Johnson in Gibbon. He died in 1999
Lived in Gibbon for 36 years; moved to Indiana for two years, then back to Gibbon
Worked for Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon for 17 1/2 years; also did laundry at Western Inn in Kearney; had been a resident of St. John's Care Center for the past two months due to ill health
Activities: member of Gibbon Baptist Church; pastimes included singing in the choir, embroidering, gardening (especially flowers) and bird watching
Survivors include her sons, David and Douglas, both of Gibbon, and Robert of Kearney; daughters, Brenda Schade of Kearney, Carla Smallcomb and Judy, both of Gibbon, and Kristi Martensen of Leigh; sister, Joann Ballanger of Centerville, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Sandy Johnson of Gibbon and Crystal Johnson of Kearney; sons-in-law, Jim Smallcomb of Gibbon and David Martensen of Leigh; brother-in-law, Delmar Ballanger of Centerville; and sister-in-law, Daralyn Benge of Gibbon
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, one brother and two granddaughters
Kearney Hub, 2 May, 2006

CLELAND, Enver C., 91, of Kearney died Friday, April 28, 2006, at Prairie View Gardens
Services: Wednesday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice Program, the American Cancer Society or First Lutheran Church
Born March 5, 1915, in Kearney
Parents: Charles and Hilda (Peterson) Cleland
Attended school at Alfalfa Center; had lived on the same farm since he was 3 years old
Married: May 1, 1938, to Lilly Anderson in Kearney. She died March 3, 1991
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church; past member of the Kearney Eagles; enjoyed playing baseball, played for the Kearney Irishmen team for several years; member of the Kearney Merchants Bowling Team for many years
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Cousino of Tucson, Ariz.; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, Ken Cousino Sr. of Tucson; grandchildren, Kip and Thad Ingram, Stephanie Perdue, Kim Francis and Ken Cousino Jr.; and son-in-law, Lanny Ingram of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Bonnie Ingram; son-in-law, Dunstan Abel; and brother, Vern
Kearney Hub, 2 May, 2006

MAYFIELD, Charlotte L., 85, of Shelton died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island
Services: Wednesday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Apfel-O'Brien-Straatmann of Wood River
Memorials: the family
Born Oct. 31, 1920, in Shelton
Parents: Oscar and Laurene (Warren) Hall
Was baptized into the Presbyterian faith; attended Shelton Public School, graduated in 1938
Married: June 20, 1942, to Stewart Mayfield in Kearney. He preceded her in death
With husband, farmed in the Shelton and Wood River area for 25 years
Worked as a cosmetology instructor in Kearney and Grand Island for 30 years
Activities: 42-year member of Ellen Rebekah Lodge 306; active member of the Shelton American Legion Auxiliary; charter member of the Wood River Valley Historical Society; hobbies included card playing, baking and needlework
Survivors include her son, Don of Shelton; also daughter-in-law, Gerda Mayfield of Shelton; granddaughter, Sandra of Omaha; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Calvin, both of Omaha; and great-great-grandson, Justice of Omaha
Was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Margaret Oliver of Gothenburg, Claudia Anderson of Loveland, Colo., and Corrine Wicht of Gibbon; and a brother, Tom Hall of Boelus
Kearney Hub, 2 May, 2006
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