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LANDRY, Arlene J., 81, of Kearney, formerly of Gibbon, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Friday, Godberson Mortuary in Gibbon
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Born June 17, 1926, in Kenesaw: Parents: Deder and Lois (Woolington) Thomas
Married: April 2, 1944, to Lawson "Larry" Landry in Gibbon. He died in 1999
Survivors include her sons, Gary and Terry, both of Las Vegas, William of Odessa and Richard of Hastings; daughter, Judy Landry of Lakeside, Ore.; brother, Richard Thomas of Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
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YOUNG, Francis Eugene, 79, of McCook died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook
Services: Friday, Evangelical Free Church in McCook
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Carpenter Breland in McCook
Memorials: McCook Evangelical Free Church or to McCook Community Home Health and Hospice
Born Sept. 4, 1928, in Magnet
Parents: Clarence and Anna (Mitchell) Young
Grew up in Boyd, Knox, Pierce and Holt counties; attended school at Chambers
Married: Sept. 29, 1947, to Leanna Trebold in Chambers; celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2007
Worked on a ranch south of Atkinson; moved to Kearney in 1949, was a crane operator for the Department of Roads for 14 years; owned and operated Rodeo Motel and Trailer Court for five years; then had his own crane business, Young's Crane Service, for 30 years; retired, 1994, moved to Carthage, Mo., to enjoy their retirement years; moved to McCook, 2004, to be close to their daughter and family
Accepted the Lord as his personal savior in 1951, was involved in the Lord's work since that time; member of the McCook Evangelical Free Church
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Eileen of McCook; brothers, Harold and Richard, both of Columbus, William of Caldwell, Idaho, Ronald of Nampa, Idaho, Clarence of Hansville, Wash., and Burl of Meridian, Idaho; and sisters, Betty Mitchell of Meridian and Darlene Hoerle of Columbus; also his son-in-law, George Young of McCook; grandchildren and their spouses, Greg and Jennifer Young and Angela and Jason Downs, all of Lincoln, and Kyle and Amanda Young of Humbolt, S.D.; great-grandsons, Michael Young and Seth Downs; sisters-in-law, Norma Young and Elaine Young, both of Columbus, Joanne Young of Meridian, Karen Young of Caldwell, Hazel Young of Nampa and Patricia Young of Hansville; and brothers-in-law, Lee Mitchell and Merl Hansen, both of Meridian, and Bernie Hoerle of Columbus
Was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Flossie Hansen.
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NESIBA, Velma, 83, of Puyallup, Washington, formerly of Ravenna, Neb., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Gig Harbor, Washington
Services: Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Memorials: the Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Born May 18, 1924, in Farwell, Neb.
Parents: John and Mary (Siegel) Sidel
Married: May 22, 1941, to Edward Nesiba. He preceded her in death
Lived in Ravenna until her illness, then moved to Puyallup to live with family members
Activities: loved to garden, canned extensively; lived a very fulfilling and extraordinary life
Survivors include her sons, Mel, Donald and Bob; daughter, Anita; sisters, Irene and Emma; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Carol Nesiba, Kathleen Nesiba and Ellie Nesiba; and son-in-law, Jim
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HENDRICKSON, Cecil, 83, of Kearney died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner of Kearney
Memorials: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Born March 27, 1924, in Kearney
Parents: Clarence and Lettie (Corlis) Hendrickson
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1942
Military: U.S. Army, 1945-1946; was a veteran of World War II
Returned to Kearney, worked at Rockwell International until it closed
Married: Jan. 25, 1943, to Elsie Landis in Minden
Member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kearney and of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759
Survivors include his wife; son, Lanny of Castle Rock, Colo.; daughters, Linda Nicks of Johnstown, Colo., and Carol Reicheneker of Kearney; brother, Melvin of Woodland, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Dan Nicks of Johnstown and John Reicheneker of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Louise Hendrickson of Castle Rock; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Stover of Laramie, Wyo., and Ruth Fidelke of Hayden Lake, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews and their families, including Terri Colling of Laramie, Wyo.
Was preceded in death by one grandson, Darin Reicheneker in 1981
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WEICHEL, Ralph Edward, 93, of Kearney died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Monday, Lexington Christian Church
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love in Lexington
Memorials: to the family to be designated later
Born Oct. 18, 1914, in Clinton, Mo.
Parents: Aaron and Anna (Epperson) Weichel
Married: Oct. 23, 1934, to Mildred Duncan in Sterling, Colo. She died in October 2005
Military: U.S. Army on Feb. 22, 1944 - March 11, 1946; served in the Pacific during World War II
After discharge, drove semitrailer trucks; retired in 1973; moved to Lexington in 1974 to be near son and family
Had been a reside of St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village since 2006
Activities: member of Lexington Christian Church, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars; was an avid bowler; enjoyed fishing as a younger man; had many friends in the Lexington and Kearney area
Survivors include his son, Ed of Kearney and brothers, Clarence of Windsor, Colo., and Gordon of Hudson, Colo.; also daughter-in-law, Pat Weichel of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Mary Weichel of Windsor and Clarky Weichel of Hudson; grandchildren, Kim Stengel of Kearney and Mark Weichel of Lexington; great-grandchildren: Jamie Turner and husband, Dan, and Kelsey and Tanner Stengel, all of Kearney; great-great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Turner of Kearney; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including local niece Kerry Widick of Gothenburg
Was preceded in death by his wife, parents and two sisters
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RITZO, Charles "Chuck" Salvatore, 85, of Kearney, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, Jan. 12, Prairie Rose Independent Living Facility in Tulsa
Cremains will be scattered in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: Spirit of Life Church in Kearney or the Rocky Road Church in Missouri
Born July 17, 1922, in Omaha
Parents: Joseph and Mary (Lamontia) Ritzo
Was raised in Omaha; received his education at Technical High School in Omaha
Married: June 8, 1946, to Erma Johnson in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She died in 2006; had been married 59 years
Lived in Omaha, was employed by Swift and Co.; also worked as a salesman for Brandeis; moved, 1976, to Cape Coral, Fla., worked at Giant Furniture Co. and later Levitz Furniture; moved to Seymour, Tenn., in 1990; after wife's death, moved to Tulsa. Activities: member of Lutheran churches in Omaha, Cape Coral and Gatlinburg, Tenn.; shortly before his death, affirmed his acceptance of Jesus Christ; traveled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean and Asia with his wife
Survivors include his son, Steve of Columbia, Mo.; and daughter, Sandee Buchman of Kearney; also daughter-in-law, Sharon Ritzo of Columbia; son-in-law, Mark Buchman of Kearney; and grandsons, Eric Buchman and Danny Ritzo
Was preceded in death by hiswife, parents and his brothers and sisters
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AXMANN, Rex Dale, 59, of Ravenna died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Services: Wednesday, Congregational Church in Ravenna
Burial: later
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Sept. 16, 1948, in Kearney
Parents: Carl and Catherine (Wiese) Axmann
Was a 1966 graduate of Pleasanton High School
Married: Nov. 11, 1967, to Barbara Slocum
Loved operating big machinery, throughout his life was employed with companies using those skills
Loved going on leisurely drives and spending time with his grandchildren; also collected hats from employers, businesses and organizations he thought were special; family suggests that hats to display with Rex's collection be brought to the service
Survivors include his daughters, Kelly of Ravenna and Mandy of Omaha; son, Brian of Kearney; and brothers, Larry of Ravenna, and Art and Don, both of Pleasanton; also grandchildren, Brandy Simonson, Trevin Chramosta, Spencer Chramosta, Alec Chramosta, Maya Axmann and Owen Axmann; daughter-in-law, Annette Axmann of Kearney; and sisters-in-law, Jean Axmann of Ravenna, and Maxine Axmann and Diana Axmann, both of Pleasanton
Was preceded in death by his parents
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MATOSKI, Ella L. (Busch), 86, of Dayton, Ohio, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at Mercy Siena in Dayton
Services: Dec. 31, St. Rita Catholic Church in Dayton
Burial: Calvary Cemetery in Dayton
Mortuary: Baker-Hazel & Snider in Dayton
Born March 2, 1921, north of Riverdale, Neb.
Parents: August and Emma (Kahle) Busch
Attended school in Riverdale; went to Japan after World War II, was a teletype operator; returned to Dayton; taught school
Married Vincent Thomas in Japan. He preceded her in death
Married Frank Matoski in Dayton. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her daughter, Beth Hughes of Vandalia; also son-in-law, Anthony Hughes of Vandalia; grandsons, Ryan and his wife, Jessica, of Beaumont, Calif., and 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes of the U.S. Army; and many nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by her husbands; daughter, Susan; brothers, Henry, Herman, John, Gus, Fred, Emil, William and Rudolph Busch; and sister, Emma (Busch) Rohrich
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SCHMALJOHN, Elda, 93, of Ravenna died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Seneca Sunrise in Ravenna
Services: Friday, Ravenna Congregational Church
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: Seneca Sunrise
Born May 4, 1914, in Sherman County
Parents: Arthur and Dora (Haedler) Lorenz
Was a graduate of Rockville High School
Married: June 25, 1935, to Albert Schmaljohn. He died May 5, 2005
With husband, farmed the family homestead; moved to Ravenna, 1991; moved to Seneca Sunrise in 2005
Activities: member of the United Church of Christ in Rockville; was an accomplished quilter, cook and was a newfound actress
Survivors include her sons, Russell of Maryville, Mo., Eugene of St. Paul and Alan of Millers, Md.; daughters, Karen O'Mara of Bloomington, Ind., and Susan Haeker of Custer, S.D.; sister, Doran Goll of Tekamah; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Sue Schmaljohn of Maryville, Marilyn Schmaljohn of St. Paul and Amy Schmaljohn of Millers; and sons-in-law, William O'Mara of Bloomington and Dean Haeker of Custer
Was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers and one great-granddaughter
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TRAMPE, Dorothy I., 71, of Elm Creek died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at her home west of Elm Creek
Services: Tuesday, Zion Lutheran Church, Kearney
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast Fund
Born Dec. 21, 1936, in Taylor
Parents: George and Lela (Hennings) Brock
Grew up in Taylor, graduated from Taylor High School in 1953; then attended Kearney State College; taught rural school in Buffalo County for one year
Married: June 23, 1957, to Roland Trampe in Kearney
Lived near Odessa; moved to Selley Lake, Mont., operated a resort; returned to the Elm Creek area in 1969; with husband, farmed west of Elm Creek and raised their family; retired from farming in 1999
Activities: member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney; hobbies included crochet, knitting, gardening, reading and working crossword puzzles; especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren
Survivors include her husband; sons, Jamie of Bellevue, Rick of Lexington and Ron of Elm Creek; daughter, Deborah Hild of Elm Creek; and sister, Georgia Kuklish of Sargent; also daughters-in-law, Rhonda Trampe of Bellevue, Pam Trampe of Lexington and Jackie Trampe of Elm Creek; son-in-law, Doug Hild of Elm Creek; grandchildren, Lindsey Trampe, Shawn Trampe, Elizabeth Trampe, Blake Hild, Alex Trampe, Blair Hild, Ashley Trampe, Hunter Trampe, Keaton Trampe, Jordyn Trampe, Gabriele Trampe and Garrett Trampe; and great-grandson, Corbin Trampe
Was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Alexander and Thelma Alder; brothers, John and Bill Brock; and grandson, Riley Cole Trampe
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MUTH, Edna Agnes, 81, of Gibbon died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center
Services: Friday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Shelton
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Mortuary: Apfel of Wood River
Memorials: to the church, Shelton Rescue Unit or the family
Born April 13, 1926, in Platte County
Parents: Gottfried and Eleanor (Lindeman) Marty
Grew up on the family farm near Leigh; was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church near Columbus; received her education at Christ Lutheran School and also attended Columbus High School
Married: Nov. 26, 1947, to Eugene Muth
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Kathleen Thonen of Kearney, Patricia Matulka of Seward, Jolaine Widup of Shelton and Jacqueline Trampe of Sumner; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; also sons-in-law, Marlin Matulka of Seward, Clifford Widup of Shelton and Thomas Trampe of Sumner. She was anticipating another great-grandchild in April
Was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother and son-in-law, Wayne Thonen.
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ENGLAND, Adda Marie, 74, of Kearney died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, in Kearney
Memorial services: 19 April, 2008, Wilsonville Cemetery
Mortuary: Hermann in McCook
Memorials: to the family
Born June 21, 1935, in Norcatur, Kan.
Parents: Warren and Viola (Miller) Bell. Married: May 8, 1953, to John England at the Assembly of God Church in Oberlin, Kan. He preceded her in death
Was baptized and was a member of the Methodist Church; lived in Wilsonville for many years, moved to Kearney in 1985
Had been an insurance agent for more than 30 years; then worked at Office Max at Kearney
Activities: had been a Girl Scout leader for 11 years; former member of the Kearney Secretary Association and American Legion Auxiliary; was an avid bowler on bowling teams in Cambridge, Arapahoe, Kearney and Ravenna; also loved to fish, hunt, do word games and puzzles, read, sew and garden; especially enjoyed her grandchildren
Survivors include her daughters, Deb of Sargent, Robbi Johnson of Wausa and Terri Jo Golden of Mitchell, S.D.; brother, Arvid Bell of Hendley; and sister, Treva Riemenschneider of Ocoee, Tenn.; also sons-in-law, Mike Johnson of Wausa and Mike Golden of Mitchell; grandchildren, Crystal Ferris of Juniata, Amy Johnson of Norfolk, Alyse Johnson of Wausa, Johnna Long and her husband, Mike Miller, of Marshfield, Wis., Dustin Long and his wife, Lindsey, of Fort Collins, Colo., Travis Golden of Houston and McKenzie Golden of Lincoln; great-grandson, Joseph Ferris; one great-grandchild expected in January; brother-in-law, Bud Riemenschneider of Ocoee; sisters-in-law, Nyla Bell of Hendley, Nancy Bell of Washington, Pa., and Celia England of Carrollton, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Gladys Bell, Lucille Witte and Anita Morgan; and brother, Robert Bell.
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GIBBONS, Irene E., 88, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Memorials: St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village or AseraCare Hospice
Born April 30, 1919, in Kearney
Parents: John and Mabel (Zimmerman) Fielding
Graduated from Kearney High School, worked at Bear Brand Hosiery and Hellman's Ready to Wear; worked at Kearney Youth Development Center in the accounting department from 1967 - 1981; retired in 1981
Married: July 26, 1937, to Arthur Gibbons in Grand Island. He preceded her in death
Lived in Kearney; moved to Elm Creek, 1970; was admitted to St. Luke's Nursing Home in December 2004
Was a natural-born caregiver; loved her job at YDC and working with the youths there; enjoyed sewing, cooking for her family and gardening; especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Survivors include her son, Gary of Kearney; daughter, Brenda Oliver of Pleasanton; brothers, Jerry Fielding and Merle Fielding, both of Sacramento, Calif., Monte Standage of Gibbon and Eric Standage of Cozad; sister, Leota Wood of Kearney; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Cindy Gibbons of Kearney; son-in-law, Roger Oliver of Pleasanton; and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Fielding and Diane Fielding, both of Sacramento, and Linda Standage of Gibbon
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one son and one brother
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SHUCK, Marcella G., 91, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Memorial service: later in Brookings, S.D.
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: First United Methodist Church in Brookings
Born Feb. 7, 1916, in Arnold
Parents: Ray and Edith (Given) Horton
Attended rural grade school in Ziebach County, S.D.; graduated 1933 from Eagle Butte High School
Married: Aug. 16, 1933, to Earl Shuck in Lantry, S.D. He preceded her in death
Lived in Elm Creek; moved to Brookings, 1956, owned and operated Marcella's Ceramic Shop, 1962-2005; moved to Kearney in 2005
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Brookings, Methodist Women's Society and Wa-mi-dak (Iowa, Minnesota, Dakotas) Ceramics Association; past member of the hospital auxiliary and county extension group in Brookings
Survivors include her daughter, Elsie Cafferty of Kearney; son, Duane of Lenexa, Kan.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Patricia Shuck of Lenexa
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters
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HURYTA, Genevieve, 89, of Ravenna died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Omaha
Services: Monday, Ravenna United Methodist Church
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born: Aug. 16, 1918, in Buffalo County
Parents: Oscar and Elizabeth (Schieck) Veit
Attended school at District 92 in Buffalo County, graduated from Ravenna High School in 1935; taught school for several years in Sherman County
Married: Aug. 1, 1938, to George Huryta. He died in 1979
Lived on a farm in Sherman County; to Ravenna, 1962; with husband, owned and operated a men's clothing store and dry-cleaning plant
Activities: past president of the Ravenna Women's Club and Ravenna Lioness Club; was a Cub Scout leader for several years; volunteered for many years at the nursing home in Ravenna; became a member of the United Methodist Church in Ravenna in 1984, sang in the choir and taught adult Sunday school classes; became an active member of the UMW and served in many offices
Survivors include her sons, Randy of Omaha and Keith of Kearney; daughter, Twilla of Seattle; sister, Arline Musil of Kearney; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Betty Abood.
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MAYFIELD, Kenneth "Kenny" L., 86, of Gibbon died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Services: Monday, Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Apfel in Wood River
Memorials: Faith United Methodist Church or the Gibbon Volunteer Fire Department
Born Feb. 21, 1921, in Shelton
Parents: Leo and Lucille (Campbell) Mayfield
Grew up in Shelton, graduated from Shelton High School in 1938
Military: U.S. Army on June 10, 1942 - Dec. 27, 1945; served as a field medic with the 602nd Medical Clearing Company during World War II
Married: April 9, 1950, to Eileen Skow in Gibbon Presbyterian Church
Lived in Gibbon, owned and operated Kenny's Grocery, 1949 - 1973; also owned grocery stores in Wood River and Shelton; retired from the grocery business, then worked for the city of Gibbon as the landfill manager until it closed in 2005; also worked for Miller-Godberson Mortuary
Activities: member of Faith United Methodist Church of Gibbon since 1974, served as a trustee; lifetime member of American Legion Post 310; joined the Gibbon Volunteer Fire Department in 1950, was instrumental in starting Gibbon's first Rescue Unit in 1954; served on the Gibbon Cemetery and Park Board; was elected mayor of Gibbon in 1962; continued to serve on the Gibbon City Council until 1967; enjoyed keeping score and coaching Little League baseball, was active in Boy Scouts of America; loved camping and started the former Gibbon Buffalo Campers Club in 1985
Survivors include his wife; sons, Kenneth of Gibbon and Kevin of Wood River; brother, Richard of Shelton; and sister Bonita Ashton of Las Vegas; also granddaughters, Kelsey and Taryn Mayfield, both of Wood River; grandson, D.J. Mayfield of Wood River; sister-in-law, Wilma Jean Mayfield of Shelton; and brother-in-law, Oliver Ashton of Las Vegas
Was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Diana Lynn; and brother, Robert Mayfield
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GALLOWAY, Robina W., 72, of Bellevue, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Victoria Gardens in Bellevue
Memorial services: Tuesday, Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte
Scattering of ashes: later in Scotland
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: Alzheimer's Association of the Great Plains
Born Feb. 8, 1935, in Glasgow, Scotland
Parents: Thomas and Mary (Marten) Bunce
Grew up in the Govin neighborhood of Glasgow, received her education there; immigrated to the United States
Married: Jan. 19, 1956, to William Galloway. He preceded her in death
Lived in Evanston, Ill., until 1978, worked at St. Francis Hospital in the radiology department; later lived in Arnold, North Platte and the Kearney area, was employed by The Stockman Inn for 12 years
Activities: attended the Newman Center; founding member of the Precious Imports Club for British ladies; enjoyed music and traveling; was recognized as the "little woman with an accent who walked all over town."
Survivors include her son, Kenneth of Edmonds, Wash.; daughter, Leslie of Lincoln; and sisters, Mary McClinton of Glasgow and Helen Mealya and Mary Rose Weekes, both of Toronto, Canada; also daughter-in-law, Krista Galloway of Edmonds; granddaughters, Molly and Sadie Galloway of Edmonds and Kierra Galloway of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Tommy Weekes of Toronto; sister-in-law, Margaret Bunce of Glasgow; many nieces, nephews and cousins of Scotland, Canada and Illinois; special friends, Pat and Lonnie Harley of North Platte and Anna Fischer of Bellevue; and many other friends and family throughout the States
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Tommy and James Bunce; and sister, Rose MacDougal.
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RAMOS, John E., 39, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Tuesday, Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born Feb. 25, 1968, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Parents: Juan E. and Mercedes R. (Sigueroa) Cepeda
Survivors include his sons, Stephen Jeffers, Jordan Erausquin and Michael Erausquin; and daughter, Jasmine Erausquin
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ROYLE, Audrey Mary, 88, of Mason City died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center. Services: Thursday, First Baptist Church in Mason City
Burial: Mason City Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: the church or the Mason City fire and rescue unit
Born: July 7, 1919, in Pleasanton
Parents: Walter and Olive (Asher) Phillips
Graduated from Pleasanton High School, received a teaching degree from Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney; taught for three years in the Litchfield area, also was a babysitter, cook and housekeeper
Married: March 23, 1941, to Clare Royle in Pleasanton. He died in 1991
Lived in Riverton, Wyo., for two years and farmed; moved to Mason City in 1943
Activities: member of First Baptist Church in Mason City; enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and working with her flowers
Survivors include her sons, Dwight of Amherst, Rodney of Shelton, Danny of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Randy of Mason City; daughter, Sandra Eaton of Grand Island; brother, William Phillips of Pleasanton; sister, Erma Keilig of Ravenna; 19 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Isla Royle of Amherst, Marilyn Royle of Shelton, Susan Royle of Fort Morgan and Cheryl Royle of Mason City; and son-in-law, Darold Eaton of Grand Island
Was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Ercil Phillips; sister, Wilmetta Hadwiger; and two infant grandsons.
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SEIFERT, Don, 83, of Ravenna died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, United Methodist Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: to the church
Born April 22, 1924, in Poole
Parents: Julius and Sophia (Rasmussen) Seifert
Was educated in Hazard, graduated from Hazard High School
Married: June 29, 1950, to Evelyn Schieck in Hastings. She preceded him in death
Military: U.S. Army during World War II in Europe, served during the Battle of the Bulge
Lived in Ravenna; worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 40 years as a brakeman and conductor
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge 289, Shriners and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5820
Survivors include his son, Jerry King of Roswell, N.M.; daughter, Rose Schulte of Omaha; sister, Elvena Graham of Ravenna; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Mike; and sisters, Irene, Lois and Velma
Kearney Hub, 14 January, 2008

VOLENTINE, Wilbur, 89, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Tuesday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: to the church
Born May 14, 1918, in Kearney County
Parents: Lemuel and Myrtle (Bloodgood) Volentine
Grew up in the Kearney area, received his education from Kearney High School
Married: Nov. 22, 1951, to Thelma Baker at her parents' home in Kearney
Lived in the house where he was born, lived there with his wife for more than 50 years; farmed the land that has been in the family for more than 100 years
Activities: member of Newark Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church in Kearney for more than 70 years; was a 4-H club leader for 20 years, served on the Kearney County Board of Supervisors for two terms; was chosen as the Kearney Noon Kiwanis Farmer of the Year in 1986
Survivors include his wife; and sons, Roger of North Platte and Ron of Kearney; also his daughter-in-law, Kristy Volentine of North Platte; and grandchildren, Jason Volentine of Lincoln and Angela Volentine of Jefferson City, Tenn.
Was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Phyllis Volentine
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CARMAN, Amanda A., 95, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Born Feb. 23, 1912, at Amherst
Parents: Emil and Ida (Reeh) Sohrweid
Married: Nov. 28, 1959, to Harry Carman at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Lived and farmed northwest of Pleasanton
Activities: member of Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton; enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting, gardening and baking
Survivors include her sisters, Ruth Jones of Kearney and Nora Clark of North Platte; also nephews and their wives, Don and Lavonne Jones of Gibbon, Ron and Mary Jones of Lincoln, David and Beth Clark of Elbert, Colo., Roger and Renate Clark of LaSalle, Colo., Roger and Linda Sohrweid of Denver and Harold Sohrweid of Texas; and nieces and their husbands, Judy and Mike Workman of Fort Collins, Colo., and Susie Wiezorek and Donna and Mike Tighe, all of North Platte
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three brothers.
Kearney Hub, 15 January, 2008

BLOCK Curtis, 69, of Kearney, formerly of Cozad, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, American Lutheran Church in Cozad
Burial of cremains: Cozad Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Berryman in Cozad
Memorials: Cozad Elks Scholarship Fund
Born Aug. 18, 1938, in Dawson County
Parents: George and Freda (Kostman) Block
Was confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Cozad; graduated from Cozad High School in 1956; attended Milford Community College, studied diesel mechanics
Military: entered U.S. Army, 1961; was stationed in Germany
After discharge, was an independent professional coast-to-coast truck driver; later resided in Kearney, was a rural carrier for the Kearney Hub
Activities: 43-year member of Cozad Elks Lodge
Survivors include his sister, Gloria Tye of Green Valley, Ariz.; also brothers-in-law, Thomas Tye of Green Valley and James Burden Sr. of Lincoln; nephews, Thomas Tye II and his wife, Michaelene, and Michael Tye and his wife, Julia, all of Kearney, Matthew Tye of Brooklyn, N.Y., James Burden Jr. and Steven Burden, both of Lincoln, and Jeffrey Block of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; nieces, Deborah Brekke and her husband, Bruce, of Mobridge, S.D., Victoria Wells of Broomfield, Colo., Rhonda Wells, Rochelle Wells and Valorie Baker, all of Fort Collins, Colo., Katherine Burden of Lincoln and Patricia Caldwell; and sister-in-law, Moira Block of Coeur D'Alene
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Burton; and sisters, LaVawn Burden and Beverly Wells
Kearney Hub, 16 January, 2008

FANKELL, Roger A., 59, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: First United Methodist Church
Born Nov. 16, 1948, in Minden
Parents: Herbert and Evelyn (Riefesel) Fankell
Attended school in Axtell; moved to Denver, graduated from Ranum High School in 1967
Married: 1969, to Kathy Hubbard. They divorced in 1973
Military: U.S. Army, July 26, 1968 - April 26, 1971; served in Vietnam
Returned to Denver, was employed as a carpet layer; moved to Kearney in 1973 following his divorce to live with his parents
Worked as a carpet layer and then for the maintenance department at Kearney Regional Airport; retired in 1983
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 52, VFW Post 759 and Disabled American Veterans; was diagnosed in January 2007 with cancer from Agent Orange, was hospitalized many times during his life
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; and sister, Marilyn Fankell-Nelson of Nashville, Tenn.; also two nieces and one nephew
Was preceded in death by his father Sept. 2, 2007; and brother-in-law, Gary Nelson.
Kearney Hub, 17 January, 2008

HARROLD, Rachael Rose, infant daughter of Jamie and Jessica Harrold of Kearney, was born at rest Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, Cornerstone Berean Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann of Kearney
Memorials: to be designated later
Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Barry and Terry Sullivan of Loomis and Thomas and Janet Harrold of Holdrege; and great-grandparents, John and Kay Bowley of Holdrege, Orville and Carolyn Sullivan of Loomis, Donald and Luella Harrold of Oxford and Donald Karash of Arapahoe
Was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Delores Karash
Kearney Hub, 17 January, 2008

STEPHEN, Gladys L., 77, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center
Services: Saturday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: later
Memorials: American Diabetes Association or the Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Born Sept. 23, 1930, in Oxford
Parents: Charles and Gertrude (Baggeley) Caywood
Went to school in Oxford and Edison; worked many different, interesting jobs in her lifetime
Married: June 10, 1947, to Vernon Shepker in Oxford. He preceded her in death
Married: Oct. 15, 1971, to Paul Stephen. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Rick Shepker of Hayes, Kan., and James Shepker of Andrews, Texas; daughters, Lucille Miller of Phillipsburg, Kan., and Janie Kroll and Deb Shepker, both of Kearney; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; stepsons, Paul Jr. of Billings, Mont., and Ronnie of Springfield, Mo.; stepdaughter, Nancy of Corpus Christi, Texas; nine stepgrandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandson; also daughters-in-law, Mary Shepker of Hayes and Yvonne Shepker of Andrews; sons-in-law, Dick Miller of Phillipsburg and Rick Kroll of Kearney; special adopted children, Jim Hahn and Cathi Bishop of Omaha and Wendy and Terry Braden of Kearney; and many friends and relatives
Was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; infant daughter, Judy; four sisters; and stepsons, Vern and Donald Stephen
Kearney Hub, 18 January, 2008

KUTTY, Tine "Tina", 70, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Newman Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus with Ron Mattson and Don Reeves, clerks of the Quaker group, officiating
Burial: Jan. 26 at East Lawn Cemetery in Swarthmore, Pa.
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann of Kearney
Memorials: Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital
Born Feb. 17, 1937, in Arnhem, Netherlands
Parents: Hendrik and Christina (Thomassen) Buijs
Grew up and received her high school education in Arnhem and Amersfoot, Netherlands; attended the School of Nursing at Amersfoot Hospital
Married: Oct, 16, 1964, to Dr. Ahmed Kutty in Cleveland. Lived in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; was employed by the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia; moved to Kearney in July 1992
Activities: member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Swarthmore, American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia, Women's International League of Peace and Freedom, Ten Thousand Villages in Kearney, Women's Club of Swarthmore, and Girl Scouts of Delaware County, Pa., and was a hospice volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital
Survivors include her husband; sons, Nazeer of Atlanta, Ga., and Omar of Boston; daughter, Yasmeen Knowles of Norfolk, Va.; sisters, Hennie Buijs of Amsterdam and Lydia Bomblies of Castle Rock, Colo.; and six grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Genevive Kutty of Boston; and son-in-law, Robert Knowles of Norfolk
Was preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 18 January, 2008

KEGLEY, Iola, 71, of rural Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at her home
Services: Monday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Prairie Center Cemetery at Haven's Chapel
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann Home and
Memorials: Haven’s Chapel
Born June 30, 1936, in Phelps County
Parents: Sam and Mabel (Knull) Jurgens
Grew up in Phelps County, attended rural schools; graduated from Holdrege High School, attended Kearney State Teacher’s College; taught school in Phelps and Dawson counties
Married: June 4, 1959, to Marvin Kegley in Holdrege
Lived north of Kearney, taught music at the Pleasant Hill School for 20 years; worked at Kearney Water Conditioning for 20 years Activities: member of Haven’s Chapel United Methodist Women and had various offices, including president; served on the Central District United Methodist Women’s Mission Team for 10 years; served in the offices of membership chairperson and social involvement coordinator and was on the committee on nominations; served on the Nebraska Conference United Methodist Women’s Leadership Team for eight years and was vice-president for four years and education/interpretation coordinator for four years; member of Our Afternoon Off Extension Club, the bell choir at Haven’s Chapel and Sweet Adelines, was a 4-H leader and taught piano lessons; enjoyed music, family and sewing
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Janice Rauth of Golden, Colo., and Lori Altmaier and Carla Owen, both of Kearney; and brother, Richard Jurgens of Holdrege; also sons-in-law, Gary Rauth of Golden, and Keith Altmaier and Kenny Owen, both of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Lois Jurgens of Holdrege and Kathleen Coe and Eileen Kegley, both of Omaha; brothers-in-law, Keith Kegley of Mountain View, Calif., and Glenn Kegley and his wife, Donna, Ron Kegley and his wife, Jackie, and Gary Kegley and his wife, Jana, all of Kearney; and grandchildren, Cassie Altmaier, Megan Altmaier, Jarod Owen and Sydney Owen, all of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and a brother-in-law, Harvey Kegley
Kearney Hub, 19 January, 2008

JANSSEN, Sandra D., 75, of Monmouth, Illinois, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg
Memorial services: Jan. 8 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel in Monmouth
Burial: later, Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery
Body was cremated
Mortuary: Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel in Monmouth
Born Aug. 12, 1932, in Kearney, Neb.
Parents: Warren and Marjorie (Eldred) Reynolds
Married: June 15, 1952, to William Janssen in Kearney
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Kristine Erickson of Westby, Wis., and Kimbra Salter of Rio; sister, Barbara Doll of Florida; and five grandchildren.
Kearney Hub, 19 January, 2008

BELL, Keith K., 79, of Elm Creek died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: later
Body was cremated
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann of Kearney and Elm Creek
Born Sept. 29, 1928, in Manhattan, Kan.
Parents: Cass and Margaret (Toothman) Bell
Attended school in Manhattan; left Manhattan in 1937, lived in several towns in Nebraska
Married: April 28, 1946, to Jane Ruff in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Worked as a roofer for American Roofing for 58 years; retired in 1998
Activities: member of Elm Creek United Methodist Church, former member of the Lions Club; hobbies included fishing, hunting, bowling and traveling
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Lydia Bell and Linda Allgood, both of Kearney; and sister, Winifred Enquist of Elm Creek; also grandchildren, Keith Allgood and his wife, Maureen, of Omaha and Kameron Allgood of Brighton, Colo., and her fiancé, Justin Johannes of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and grandson, Johnathon Allgood
Kearney Hub, 23 January, 2008

KLINGENSMITH, Frances F., 82, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at her home north of Kearney
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: The American Diabetes Association, Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice or the Multiple Sclerosis Association
Born May 5, 1925, in Callaway
Parents: Frank and Helma (Sjostedt) Mason Was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith; grew up and attended school in Callaway, then moved to Kearney in 1944
Married: June 19, 1948, to Richard Klingensmith in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed camping and fishing; was an avid football fan
Survivors include her husband; son, Eddie of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and brother, Walter Mason of Hastings; also sisters-in-law, Zelpha Mason of Hastings, Beverly Mason of Arvada, Colo., Marjorie Lingenfelter and Jerry Wilds, both of Leechburg, Pa., and Jean Shellhammer of Apollo, Pa.; brother-in-law, Leon Klingensmith of Leechburg; cousin, Roger Albers of Kearney; nephew, John Mason of Omaha; and niece, Barbara Cloeter of Lincoln
Was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Carl Mason
Kearney Hub, 23 January, 2008

PELC, Mary Elizabeth, 86, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: West Wood Lawn on the Pelc family ranches
Memorials: to Nebraska National Bank to be used in her favorite ministries to further God's kingdom
Born March 14, 1921, in Johnstown
Parents: John and Mary (Seiders) Hershiser Grew up in Brown and Cherry counties; graduated from Johnstown High School in 1940; working as a cosmetologist
Married: April 22, 1948, to Leonard Pelc
Activities: loved the Lord, children, family and friends; enjoyed spending time with her family, the out of doors, the family ranch, being active, sewing and gardening; spent her time serving her family and the Lord; was a student of Bible prophecy and Biblical archaeology and daily talked about and lived in expectation of the return of the Lord
Had a special love for the children of the families of Marsha and Dude Yeagley of Kearney and their children, Alex of Lincoln, and Spencer and Jacob of New York; Mark and Debra Goodrich of Lincoln and their children, Holly of Wittner, Calif., and Jennifer of Columbus; and Connie and Terry Keiss of Kearney and their children, Abby of Omaha and Molly of Kearney
Survivors include her husband of Johnstown; daughters, Sharon and Kim "Rita," both of Kearney; her granddaughters who share her name, Mary Ann Marie and Danielle Elizabeth of Kearney; sisters, Geneva Murer and her husband, Joe, of Chadron, Alberta Hershiser of Bridgeport, Conn., and Viola Coleman of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews
Kearney Hub, 23 January, 2008

KRICK, Rose "Rosa", 89, of Kearney, formerly of Minden, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Wednesday, First Christian Church in Minden
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born Oct. 23, 1918, northeast of Minden
Parents: Lewis and Camilla (Hansen) Krick
Survivors include her brother, Donald of Kearney; and sisters, Vera Anderson of Longmont, Colo., and Eula Martquis of Fredericksburg, Texas
Kearney Hub, 21 January, 2008

LYNCH, Norma Jean, 84, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the family
Born March 22, 1923, in Holdrege
Parents: Ward and Gladys (Ennis) Schrack
Received her schooling in Kearney; graduated from Kearney High School in 1940, attended Kearney State College
Married: Nov. 18, 1945, to Chandler Lynch II in Kearney. He died May 12, 1997
Was a businesswoman in Kearney, first in the family business of Wards Potato Chips and later in the Midtown Business Center and Answering Service, which she conceived and designed in 1968; owned and operated the family business, retired in 1994
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church, Golden K Kiwanis, Cosmopolitan Club, Shrine Auxiliary and the Buffalo County Historical Society, was a patron of the Museum of Nebraska Art and was a supporter of Kearney Community Theatre and Kearney Community Concert Association; was past president of the Newcomers Club, Park PTA and Kearney PTA Council; member of Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary; received a kidney transplant in 1995 and believed in living every day to the fullest
Survivors include her son, Chandler III of Kearney; daughters, Lisa Anderson, Sally Ann Hauff and Nancy Jo Gullion, all of Kearney; brother, Ward Schrack of Kearney; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Susan Lynch of Kearney; sons-in-law, Bob Anderson, Mike Hauff and Randy Gullion, all of Kearney; sister-in-law, Norma Schrack of Kearney; and special family friend, Harlan Wyrick of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husbandk parents, one sister and one nephew
Kearney Hub, 24 January, 2008

GARWOOD, Elsie B., 95, of Holdrege, formerly of Kearney, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Christian Homes in Holdrege
Services: Friday, Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: the church
Born April 7, 1912, in rural Bancroft, on Easter Sunday morning in a blizzard
Parents: Robert and Anna (Bargmann) Buchholtz
Received her education at Bancroft High School
Married: July 6, 1944, to David Garwood in Omaha. He died Nov. 22, 2001
Honeymooned in San Francisco,lived first in San Pedro, Calif., worked at the doctor's clinic; lived in Carroll and Wayne, Nebr., 1951-1966; relocated to Kearney, 1966; was a registered nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in the intensive care unit, in the kidney dialysis department, and as a substitute teacher at the nursing school
Activities: active member at Zion Lutheran Church, Kearney State College Faculty Wives, Adult Education teacher, and member of the Methodist Hospital Alumni Association
Survivors include her daughter, Anne Garwood Dye of Haxtun, Colo.; also son-in-law, Lawrence Dye of Haxtun; nieces, Patrice Greve, Peggy Krusemark, Cynthia Baker, June Blatt, Kay Marsh and Sally Dahl; and a special cousin, Terrell Nesselrotte
Was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers and one sister
Kearney Hub, 24 January, 2008

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