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ANDERSEN, Anna “Grace”, 87, of Kearney died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at Welcov Assisted Living
Memorial service: Wednesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Born on Dec. 30, 1928, in Denver
Parents: Silva Kirkpatrick Rodewald and Edward Rodewald
Was raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills south of Seneca with five siblings; attended, on horseback, a country elementary school near the ranch; during her teen years, lived in Seneca, 18 miles from the ranch, to attend Seneca High School
Taught school for one year near her parents’ ranch
Eloped on June 9, 1947, to her cousin’s home in Lincoln, married Dale Andersen by a Methodist minister
After marriage, lived in Seneca in a 16-foot aluminum pull trailer, with no water or sewer; worked at Stockman’s Bank; husband's job required moving from job site to job site, then settled in Custer county; moved to Broken Bow in 1952; in 1958 bought a little grocery store, owned the First Avenue for 13 years; bought and fixed up a large old house; later sold the store, worked for the Custer County in the highway department part time and the weed district; after retiring moved to Kearney in 2001. Activities: enjoyed traveling, visiting children, and wintering in Texas; also helped in their car wash business
Survivors include: sister, Bessie Walker; brother-in-law, Bill Andersen and wife June; sisters-in-law, Char Taylor and husband Loren, and Kay Wolfenden and husband Leroy; her son, Myron Andersen and wife Ruth; her son-in-law, Jerry DeFrance; grandson, Chad Andersen and wife Tracy; granddaughters, Audra DeFrance Gilman and husband Brian, and Stacy Andersen Bivona and husband Blake; stepgrandchildren, Jeremy Gove and wife Anissa, Jennifer Gove DiGaetano and husband Michael, and Jeffery Gove and wife Alyssa; 16 beautiful great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Silva Rodewald; sisters, Bertha, Evelyn and Dae; brothers, Donald and Leland; her beloved husband, Dale in 2013; and daughter, Patty Andersen DeFrance
Memorials: Kearney First United Methodist Church and the Seneca Cemetery Association
Kearney Hub, 1 November 2016

BALL, Jon Alan, 61, of Poynette, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Poynette
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Shelton (Neb.) United Methodist Church
Body will be cremated following the service
Mortuary: Apfel in Grand Island
Born: Jan. 13, 1955, in Albion, Neb.
Parents: James and Betty (Stevenson) Ball
Grew up in St. Edward and Shelton; graduated from Shelton Public High School in May 1973
Married: Deborah Alyce Pember on Aug. 18, 1973, at Shelton United Methodist Church
Worked as an engineer for Rockwell International in Kearney; later worked in Crystal Lake, Ill., Sulphur Springs, Texas, Lake Zurich, Ill.; spent the past 17 years in Poynette, working as the director of Manufacturing Engineering at Milwaukee Valve Co. in Prairie Du Sac; traveled overseas with his job to Germany, Northern Italy, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and other places as well
Activities: was very resourceful when fixing things around the house; loved the outdoors; enjoyed snowmobiling, ATV riding, kite flying and fishing; was a sports enthusiast, enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls, White Sox, NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers; was a passionate fan of Nebraska Cornhuskers
Survivors include: daughter, Kari and Demetri Pavlatos and grandson Jonathan “Jonny” Pavlatos of Chicago; daughter, Jenny Hedman and John Hickey of Monroe, Ohio; mother, Betty Ball of Shelton; sisters and spouses, Raye Ann and Ken Stenehjem of Omaha, Linda and Tom Polcha of Phoenix and Lori and Alan Cornelius of Shelton; sisters-in-law and spouses, Denise and George Packard of New Braunfels, Texas, Diana and Keith Williams of Elkhorn, Neb., and Dawn and John Herrmann of Kearney; aunts, cousins, a niece and nephews; his dear friends at Milwaukee Valve Co.; friends in Nebraska and Wisconsin; and his newfound love, Kristen “Kris” Baker of Poynette
Was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Deborah; father, James “Jim” Ball; niece, Celeste Webben; as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins
Memorials: The Friends of Shelton Cemetery and Trails & Rails Museum in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 14 November, 2016

BLASCHKO, Albert Eugene, 67, of Kearney died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Service: Thursday at St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born: March 27, 1949, in Kearney
Parents: Albert P. and Virginia (Tacl) Blaschko
Received his education from Ravenna High School and graduated in 1967
Married: April 15, 1972, to Kris Nelson in Kearney
Worked first for Rockwell Industries; later worked at Eaton Corp. for 22 years and at Baldwin Filters, retired in 2015; in retirement, worked for Walmart
Activities: enjoyed fishing, barbecuing and cooking; cherished his family and the time spent with them
Survivors include his wife, Kris Blaschko of Kearney; sons and their wives, Scott and Shannon Blaschko of Kearney and Mark and Trish Blaschko of Bennington; daughters, Amy and husband Aaron Brooks of Kearney and Lori Bovenzi of Kearney; grandchildren, Andrew and Zach Blaschko, Baron, Breezy and Brynlee Blaschko, Mackenzie and Ethan Behrens, Asher and Everett Brooks and Tyler and Ross Bovenzi; mother, Virginia Blaschko of Ravenna; brother, Don and wife Jean Blaschko of Ravenna; sister, Marilyn and husband Lonnie Bohn of Ravenna; as well as several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 9 November, 2016

BURCHELL, Marshall J., 76, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Memorial service: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born October 18, 1940 in Minden
Parents: George and Viola (Baker) Burchell
Graduated from Minden High School in 1958
Married: March 28, 1965, to Linda Haxton of Minden; had two children
Worked for Sahling Kenworth for over 30 years
Activities: enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with five grandchildren; was passionate about motorcycles, his guns, and his red Corvette
Survivors include: his wife of 51 years, Linda of Kearney; son Dan and Lois Burchell of Holcomb, Kansas; daughter Natalie and Tony Dietz of Orleans; grandchildren Conner, Garrett, and Clara Burchell, and Dan and Wendolyn Dietz
Kearney Hub, 1 November, 2016

CUNNINGHAM, Shirley Lucille (McCray), 89, of Kearney, formerly of Fullerton, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at her home
Service: Friday at Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton
Burial: Fullerton Cemetery
Born Aug. 16, 1927, at Fullerton
Parents: Neil H. and Fern M. (McNeff) McCray
Was the oldest daughter of six children; attended Rural School Districts 19 and 26; at a young age, prepared family meals by standing on a wooden box to reach the counter and learned to be the family bread maker; graduated from Fullerton High School, 1944; .received her teaching certificate at age 16, taught three years at District 19 and District 11
Married: June 1947, to Ivan John Cunningham
After marriage, lived on a farm along the Loup River; after her husband died in 1987, continued to live on the farm; moved to Kearney, 2012
Activities: loved living on the farm and working alongside her husband; enjoyed gardening, loved tomatoes and had several areas around the yard with flowers; was a talented seamstress, made many of her children’s clothes; grew up and lived most of her life within a 5-mile radius; was self-educated and had a vast knowledge in numerous subjects; kept journals all her adult life enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, garage sales and national/political news; was a gifted artist throughout her life, did paintings, pencil sketches, and painted china pieces for gifts; member of the Grand Island China Painters for over 20 years, a 4-H leader, member of the DAV auxiliary and a member of Fullerton United Methodist Church
Survivors include: her children, Carol Hasemann of Elkhorn, Jeanne Cunningham and James and Rose Cunningham, all of Kearney, Jeffrey Cunningham and Mike Bartley of San Diego, Julia and Steve Kucera of Oxford and Matthew and Janene Cunningham of Fullerton; nine grandchildren, Phillip, Seth, Austin, Spencer, Beth, Ben, Cody, Tyson and Megan; one great-grandchild, Freya; brother, Melvin McCray of Long Pine; and sisters, Wilma Greer of Lincoln and Bethene Turner of Salisbury, N.C.
Was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters, Lana Davis and Mary Cunningham; brother, Clifford McCray; sister, Roberta Flaherty; and sons-in-law, Steve Davis and LeRoy Hasemann
Kearney Hub, 16 November, 2016

DAUGHERTY, Jerilyn “Jerri” (Hill), 83, of Holdrege, formerly of Clay Center and Kearney, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege
Service: Monday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born on June 19, 1933, in Clay Center
Parents: Loren and Pauline (Adler) Hill
Attended Clay Center School, graduated from high school in 1951; was active in school plays and worked at the local movie theater in high school
Worked at the Clay County Assessor’s Office after graduation Married: Allen E. Ockinga on June 14, 1952; had three children; later divorced
After marriage, lived for some time in Clay Center and Grand Island; settled in Kearney, was a longtime resident
Was active in farm life, extension and card clubs; developed a lifelong love for animals during this time; worked at Kaufmann’s Department Store and later at Baldwin Filters; member of Zion Lutheran Church
Married: Elwin Daugherty on Sept. 24, 1974; had one son, John
Retired from Baldwin Filters
Moved to assisted living in 2012, first in Kearney, and later at Chrisoma West in Holdrege; from November 2015 until her death, resided at Christian Homes
Activities: enjoyed collecting dolls, owls and elephants; was known as a kind person who always had a place in her house for those in need; enjoyed reading romance novels; later in life, enjoyed slot machines and scratch cards; was always ready for a trip to the casinos; enjoyed Holdrege’s North Park and spent many hours watching and feeding the ducks and geese; in childhood, enjoyed visiting her Grandpa and Grandma Hill’s farm near Deweese, and often talked about riding in the back of her grandfather’s Model A and how cold it was sitting in the rumble seat
Survivors include: one sister, Alice Procter of Aurora; daughters, Cindy Mayo of Kenesaw, Susan Cleaver of Kearney and Barbara Knuth and her husband, Stanley Knuth, of Oxford; son, John Daugherty and his wife, Margaret, of Kearney; four grandchildren, Kristi Castillo, Eric Cleaver and Dusty Knuth of Kearney and Dylan Knuth of Minneapolis; two great-grandchildren, Ian and Maya Castillo of Kearney; stepchildren, Don Daugherty and his wife, Sheila, of Adair, Ore., Patty Huff and her husband, Mark, of Kennewick, Wash., and Kathy Brison and husband Ken of Papillion; 11 step-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and one nephew, Richard Procter and friend Casey of Grand Island
Was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elwin in 2003; nephew, Mike Procter; brother-in-law, Carl Procter; and one step-granddaughter
Kearney Hub, 12 November, 2016

FERN, Janice Lucille, 87, of Kearney died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Mother Hull Home
Service: Tuesday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: White Hill Cemetery northwest of Minden
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride and Kuhl
Born in 1928 in a stone house on her father’s farm located northeast of Sumner; was the only child of Rudolph and Ethel (Rash) English; lived on the farm and attended the Victor Hills one-room schoolhouse through the second grade
After parents’ divorce, lived for a year in Omaha with relatives, returned to Kearney to live with her mother and step-father in 1938; attended Kearney schools, graduated in 1946
During high school and after graduation, worked at Jack’s Grocery Store
Married: LaMoyne Fern 1946 in Oberlin, Kan., one day before her 18th birthday
Was a devoted wife and mother; later helped operated the A&W Drive In, 1963-1969, and later operated the Tastee Freeze near the college campus; in 1972, began working for Roger Pollat at the Cowpoke on East 25th Street, later purchased the store and moved it to downtown Central Avenue; recruited LaMoyne to be the Santa whom children could visit in the gingerbread house on Central Avenue
Activities: was active in the PTA; was an active member of the United Methodist Church for more than 60 years; served many organizations in the community; enjoyed traveling in the US and abroad; will be remembers for her fabulous cooking
Survivors include: her daughter, Julie Thatcher and husband Fred of Overland Park, Kan.; son, John Fern and wife Janis of Glenvil; daughter-in-law, Barb Fern of Grand Island; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and half-sisters, Ardyth “Pinki” Herrick and husband Ike of Lakeway, Texas, and Shirley Scoville and husband Neil of Kansas City, Mo.
Was preceded in death by her husband, LaMoyne; son, Jeff; half-sister, Audrae Shirley; and half-brother, Jerry Robinson
Memorials: White Hill Cemetery Association, First United Methodist Church or Trails and Rails Museum
Kearney Hub, 19 November, 2016

GANGWISH, Leland Carl, 95, of Kearney, formerly of Shelton, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at Mother Hull Home
Service: Friday at First Baptist Church in Kearney
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger in Kearney
Born on July 28, 1921, in Hastings
Parents: Carl and Carrie (Bogseth) Gangwish
Was the oldest of six children; grew up near Juniata and graduated from Juniata High School, attended Hastings College for two years and later graduated from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., with degrees in chemistry and math
Military: U.S. Navy, served as an officer on several ships in the Pacific Fleet during World War II
Married: Wanda L. Dysart on June 4, 1946, at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Kan.
After marriage, returned to San Diego, worked on decommissioning the USS Bull
After discharge, returned to Shelton, worked in agriculture production, helped develop the turkey production industry in central Nebraska, resulting in the Nebraska Turkey Ranch and the Nebraska Turkey Growers Inc. plant at Gibbon; was one of the founding grower-owners of NC+ Hybrids, & Nebraska seed company that grew to market through more than 1,500 dealers nationally and internationally; was one of the founders of Gangwish Farm & Grain Inc. at Shelton and the founder of Gangwish Seed Farms; served in various Nebraska business organizations, was on the board of directors for the Norbest Turkey Growers Association and the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association
Activities: was an active member of the Gibbon Baptist Church and of First Baptist Church in Kearney, served numerous roles in the church; especially enjoyed serving as chairman of the new building committee in Gibbon; had a strong faith in God using it to quietly guide his life, family and church community; served on the Board of Trustees for Ottawa University; valued his family, especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Wanda, of Kearney; seven children and their spouses, Cheryl and Larry Glazier of Grand Island, Janet and Greg Burger of Luverne, Minn., Randy and Sherry Gangwish of Shelton, Gene and Carol Gangwish of Harrisburg, Pa., Greg and Carol Gangwish of Kearney, Duane and Tricia Gangwish of Lincoln, and Paul and Deb Gangwish of Shelton, 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Loree Elliot of Kearney and Christine Underwood Barr of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brother and spouse, Carl and Louise Gangwish of Kearney; and sister-in-law Treva Gangwish of Wood River
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wendell and Dwight; brothers-in-law, George Underwood, Bill Barr and Willis Elliott; and sister-in-law, Lois Gangwish
Kearney Hub, 17 November, 2016

GARVUE, Rick S., 66, of Amherst died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer
Memorial service: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born July 25, 1950, in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Parents: Robert Garvue and Margaret Choren Garvue
Grew up in Michigan and Indiana with five siblings; the family spent a year in Lahore, Pakistan in 1964, but were evacuated to Tehran during the Indo-Pakistani War, then returned to the United States, moved to Tallahassee, Fla.; Rick graduated from high school in 1969 in Tallahassee
Military: 1971-1974; was sent to Monterey Defense Language Institute, learned Hungarian, then was sent to Germany to monitor broadcasts from behind the Iron Curtain but ended up repairing Jeeps
Attended the University of Colorado-Boulder, graduated with a degree in German
Married: Carol Lilly in May 1983
Later attended Colorado School of Mines, then his career in surveying; moved to Nebraska, 1992, and worked as a licensed land surveyor for Buffalo Surveying Corp.
Activities: was a talented artist and musician who played guitar and piano with flair and emotion in rock and bluegrass bands; other favorite activities were listening to music, drinking fine beer, reading and taking online math and statistics classes
Survivors include: his wife, Carol Lilly of Amherst; daughter, Daniela Garvue of Seattle; son, Max Garvue of Lincoln; sisters, Joanne Susan and Dena Garvue; and brothers, Gary, Barry and Craig Garvue
Was preceded in death by his parents
Memorials: University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
Kearney Hub, 8 November, 2016

GRUNTORAD, Edwin Joseph, 87, of Overton died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington
Service: Wednesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overton
Burial with military honors: Elm Creek Catholic Cemetery
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love of Lexington
Born Sept. 3, 1929, at Elm Creek
Parents: James J. and Anna (Thinnes) Gruntorad
Married: April 7, 1951, to Isabel Streit in Overton
Survivors include his wife of Kearney; children, Dan Gruntorad and Mary Ann Hickey, both of Overton, Tim Gruntorad of Kearney and Kathy Drew of Riverdale; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 15 November, 2016

HARRISON, Thomas Edward, 55, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Fort Walton Beach, after a battle with cancer
Born April 22, 1961, at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois
Being a military child, he traveled the world; attended Kearney High School, graduated from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an Associate in Science specializing in photography
Was an entrepreneur, owned several businesses over his lifetime; was the sole proprietor of a security business, a professional photographer, a wrestling coach at FWB High for many years, an avid outdoorsman and fly fisherman; was deeply spiritual; loved God, nature and above all, his family and friends; lived his life helping and supporting others above himself; was a selfless gentleman treating all with respect and kindness
Survivors include: son, Gabriel Harrison; his brother, Gerry Harrison; his sisters, Trish Harrison Rightley, Lisa Harrison, Mary Klimek, Aimee Harrison, Denise Fraser and Harrison Ann Coles; Gabriel’s mother, Kathy Romeu; in-laws, Larry Klimek, Mike Fraser and Teri Harrison; nieces and nephews, Tony and Rachel Dukich, Valerie Dukich, Brian and Christy Rightley, Jereme’ Rightley, Erin and Neil Marshall, Mathew Klimek, Andrew and Beraca Fraser, Teresa Klimek, Emily Fraser, Cecelia Coll, and Sailor Harrison; and grandnieces and grandnephews, Logan Dukich, Avery Rightley, Catlin Rightley, Liam Harrison Marshall, Arwen Rightley and Rowen Marshall
Kearney Hub, 19 November, 2016

HECK, Pastor Jack D., 86, of Kearney died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Service: Tuesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born May 23, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio
Parents: Ralph and Grace (Apple) Heck
Graduated from Stivers High School in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949
Military: U.S. Navy, 1949-1953, during the Korean War
Married: July 3, 1951, to Charlene Deis in Dayton
Graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill., in 1963; served his vicarage in Pekin, Ill.
After graduated, served as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Trinity Lutheran in Rock Springs, Wyo., Grace Lutheran in Grand Island, Zion Lutheran in Denison, Iowa, and St. Paul Lutheran in Ogdon, Utah; in retirement served churches in the Kearney Circuit that included North Shelton, Amherst and Sumner; for the past 17 years had served as the senior care pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney
Activities: member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church; enjoyed many hobbies, which especially included quilting
Surviving relatives include his wife of 65 years, Charlene of Kearney; sons, Keith Heck and wife Chris of Canby, Ore., Kyle Heck and wife Angelia of Marysville, Wash., and Karl Heck and wife Paula of Grand Island; daughters, Kirsten Hughes and husband David of West Point and Kathleen Heck and Karolyne Heck, both of Kearney; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and nieces, Patricia Vititoe and Betty Nelson
Was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Megan Rae Heck; and sister, Nora Shafer
Memorials: Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa, Kearney Area Animal Shelter or Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Kearney Hub, 29 October, 2016

HOPKINS, Janet S. (Carlson), 61, of High Ridge, Missouri, formerly of Kearney and Shickley, Neb., died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in St. Louis
Service: Nov. 16, at Transformation United Methodist Church in House Springs
An additional service: Saturday at Shickley United Methodist Church
Burial: Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery in Fillmore County, Neb.
Born: Sept. 25, 1955, in Hebron
Was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and dear friend; spent most of her life in Nebraska, moved to High Ridge in 2004
Activities: worked and volunteered for churches throughout her lifetime, including Faith United Methodist in Kearney and Transformation United Methodist in House Springs; shared her love of learning through teaching early in her career and continued later in life by giving piano lessons; sang in praise bands and church choirs, played numerous instruments; enjoyed camping; old Westerns, especially “Gunsmoke”; reading mysteries and history; traveling; Bible studies; United Methodist Women; and, most of all, spending time with her four grandchildren, Kiefer and Reid Lichtenberg and Aspen and Willow Hopkins
Survivors include: her husband of 37 years, Dale Hopkins; her daughter, Traci (Hopkins) Lichtenberg; son, Michael Hopkins; and brother, Gary Carlson
Memorials: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Kearney Hub, 16 November, 2016

HUBERT, Gilbert, 79, of Kearney, formerly of Minden, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at Kearney Regional Medical Center
Celebration of life: Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born: July 23, 1937, in Holdrege
Parents: Paul and Evon (Fritz) Hubert
Grew up in Minden, graduated from Minden High School in 1956
Married: Vera Jean Sorensen on Feb. 1, 1959, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden
After marriage, lived in Minden; was a livestock feed salesman for Walnut Grove for 32 years; moved to Kearney in 2002 and have wintered in Texas for 20 years
Activities: his life revolved around the family; enjoyed the times at Summer Haven, boating and water skiing; enjoyed people and visiting; was a great fix-it man; member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney
Survivors include his wife, Vera Jean of Kearney; daughters and spouses, Paula Englund and Dave of Omaha, Sheila Rasmussen and Scott of Gibbon and Teresa Wooldridge and Terry of Valley; son, Andy Hubert and wife Sharie of Geneva; 12 grandchildren and spouses, Christopher Englund and Jess, Preston Englund and Ashley, Kirsten Burklund and Ben, Peter Rasmussen, Jena Seitz and Eric, Kilie Donovan and Tim, Karisa Hajek and Ryan, Brett Stover-Wooldridge, Jessica Wooldridge, Charlie Wooldridge, Paul Hubert and Addie, and Evan Hubert; four great-grandchildren, Keaton and Parker Englund and Declan and Conor Seitz; and sister, Clarice Luis and husband Ron of Harrison, Ark.
Was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Hubert
Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 15 November, 2016

HUFFMAN, William C. “Bill”, 84, of Kearney died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Mother Hull Home
Memorial service: Monday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Parents: Charles and Gertrude (Smith) Huffman
Attended school in Kearney
Married: Loy Stubbs and they’ve been together for 53 years
Owned and operated Huffman Roofing for over 40 years
Activities: enjoyed spending time with his family, playing guitar, going to the horse races and fishing
Survivors include: wife, Loy of Kearney; children, Craig Stubbs and his wife, Carol, of Lincoln, Sheri Whaley and her husband, Gary, and Darla Evans and her husband, Jeff, all of Kearney, Joann Wasson and her husband, Allen, of Denton, Texas, Charles Huffman and Robert Huffman, both of Broken Bow, and Stanley Huffman of Omaha; sisters, Doris Corder and her husband, Sam, Carolyn Milligan and her husband, Jim, and Judi Sheldon, all of Kearney; brothers, Robert Huffman and wife Audrey of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Richard Huffman and wife Ann of Kearney; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and one son
Memorials: AseraCare Hospice or Mother Hull Home
Kearney Hub, 12 November, 2016

JARUSEK, Raymond Michael “Mick”, 66, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Service: Tuesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery. Born: Nov. 21, 1949 in Broken Bow
Parents: Raymond Charles and Vesper Eva (Smith) Jarusek
Was the youngest of their three children; was baptized at Ansley Methodist Church in 1956; attended Ansley Public Schools for his primary and secondary education and graduated in 1968; earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from Kearney State College
Married: July 23, 1972, to Stephanie Herrold at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Worked as a foreman of the wood shop at Apre Bath Products, and later an assistant chemist producing the bath products; later worked for Reed Construction building houses and condominiums, then as a plumber for Anderson Bros. Plumbing and Heating; worked for Kearney Public Schools from July 1982, began as a maintenance worker, then became the maintenance supervisor and retired, 2013, as the assistant director of buildings and grounds
Activities: loved the family time, especially Christmas, when everyone could get together
Survivors include: his wife, Stephanie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Clayton Petersen of Omaha and Tami and Cody Freeland of Loomis; grandsons, Micah and Joel Petersen and Trevor Freeland; and granddaughters, Camryn Petersen and Hailey Freeland. Was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles
Kearney Hub, 14 November, 2016

JENSEN, Maxine Viola, 88, of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin
Memorial service: Nov. 14 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb.
Mortuary: Bella Vista
Born April 8, 1928, in Leigh, Neb.
Parents: Herbert and Viola (Kiesek) Jones
Spent her early years in Kearney
Married: Carl Jensen on Nov. 15, 1946, spent 51 years together
Moved to Bella Vista in 1987
Activities: enjoyed playing golf, cards and bingo; loved spending time with family
Survivors include: two sons, Steve and wife Deb Jensen of Kearney and Bruce and wife Carla Jensen of North Platte, Neb.; daughter, Diane and husband George Holmes of Bella Vista; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother, two sisters and an infant great-grandson
Memorials: Bella Vista Animal Shelter
Kearney Hub, 1 November 2016

JOHNSON, Madge Elizabeth, 95, of Kearney died Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at Brookside Kearney Northridge
Service: Tuesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Kearney
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born on a farm two miles east of Wilcox on July 7, 1921
Parents: Vernon and Jessie Lemmert Jackson
Married: Burdette Johnson in February 1941
After marriage, lived on a farm near Axtell
Adopted a son, Gary, during World War II; after the war, Gary’s father returned to home and decided to raise Gary
Adopted Roger in 1950; although Roger and Gary never met, they shared the same birth mother
Activities: was a wonderful baker, cook, gardener and quilter; had a deep faith in Jesus Christ and a strong zest for life
Was preceded in death by Burdette in 1978 and Roger in 1993 as well as siblings Roy and wife Violet Jackson, Elgin and wife Arlene Jackson and Don Jackson; and her brother-in-law, Frank Schulze
Survivors include: sister, Nova Schulze; son, Gary Bailey; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Eugene Urbom; numerous nieces and nephews, including Don Jackson who looked after her and cared for her later in her life; many cousins and friends
Memorials: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 31 October, 2016

JONES, Ruth A., 101, of Kearney died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Center
Service: Friday at First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born July 16, 1915, at Amherst
Parents: Emil and Ida (Reeh) Sohrweid
Grew up on a farm near Amherst and attended school in Amherst
Married: John Jones on June 1, 1947, at the Zion Lutheran parsonage in Kearney
After marriage, lived on a farm near Amherst; moved to Kearney in 1950, worked as a waitress at Central Café and as a housekeeper for several families in town
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 Auxiliary, Kearney Elks D.O.E.S., Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Lutheran Guild; enjoyed quilting and won several blue ribbons at the county fair; also enjoyed sewing, gardening and baking pies for the Peterson Senior Activity Center; was a Sunday school teacher and pianist for church; enjoyed playing the piano at barn dances on the weekends; loved dancing and was able to celebrate her 95th birthday dancing with family and friends; family and friends were very important to her
Survivors include: sons, Don and wife Lavonne Jones of Gibbon and Ron and wife Mary Jones of Lincoln; daughter, Judy and husband Mike Workman of Kearney; grandchildren, Nathan and Jennifer Workman of Walkersville, Md., Joel and Donna Workman of Converse, Texas, Kyle Jones of Lincoln, Rachel and Tylor Jamison of Garland, Greg and Angie Gearhart of Gibbon and Renae Gearhart of Kearney, 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Jones; brothers, Ervin, Harry and Rupert Sohrweid; and sisters, Amanda Carman and Nora Clark
Memorials: Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 or First Lutheran Church
Kearney Hub, 2 November, 2016

KOTSCHWAR,Trudy Mae, 59, of Kearney died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at her home
Memorial service: Monday at First Lutheran Church
Inurnment: Kearney Cemetery
Moartuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born on Nov. 12, 1956, in Gothenburg
Parents: Leonard E. and Leona Mae (Sitorius) Widholm
Grew up in Gothenburg, graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1975
Married: Tim Kotschwar on Dec. 16, 2002
After marriage, lived in Kearney, worked many years for Kearney Eye Institute and Lind Eye Care
Activities: mmember of Family of Christ Lutheran Church; was an avid gardener and an excellent cook; was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother; especially enjoyed spending time with her family
Survivors include: her husband, Tim Kotschwar of Kearney; a daughter, Jennifer Fiese and her three children, all of Kearney; a son, Richard Fiese and wife Melissa and their three children, all of Kearney; a son, Jeff Kotschwar and wife Becky and their two children, all of Italy; a daughter, Jenn Kotschwar and her two children of Kearney; her mother, Leona Widholm of Gothenburg; her sister, Susan Franzen and husband Eldon of North Platte; her brother, Gary Widholm and wife Brenda of Gothenburg; her mother-in-law, Ginny Kotschwar of Kearney; her sister-in-law, Rhonda Nelson and husband Woody of Bennington; her brother-in-law, Keith Kotschwar and wife Sarah of Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends
Was preceded in death by her father, Leonard; her grandparents; and her father-in-law, Harold Kotschwar
Memorials: Family of Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund
Kearney Hub, 4 November, 2016

LAMMERS, Rosella Evelyn (Jochem), 90, of Woodbury, Minnesota, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Woodbury. Memorial service: Monday at First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Neb.
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuaries: O’Halloran and Murphy-Woodbury in Minnesota, and Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl in Kearney
Born on Sept. 16, 1926, in Poole, Neb.
Parents: Karl and Frieda Jochem
Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sandy Lammers; her granddaughters, Jodi Dennison and Nicole VandeGarde; her great-grandchildren, Brian, Krystal, Deanna, Connor, Nathan, Dakota, Caleb, Tiffanie, Halley and Trevor; and a great-great-granddaughter, Makenzie
Was preceded in death by her husband, Warren E. Lammers; her parents, Karl and Frieda Jochem; her siblings, Robert Jochem, Raymond Jochem, Bernice (Jochem) Petersen and Beulah (Jochem) Davis
Memorials: First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 10 November, 2016

LANE, George Thomas, 84, of Kearney died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Memorial service: Thursday at Family of Christ Lutheran Church
He chose cremation
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born on July 31, 1932, in Indianapolis
Parents: William M. and Joyce (Breysacher) Lane
Grew up and received his education in Indianapolis
After high school, lived in Indianapolis, worked for Indiana Gear Works; later moved to Denver, was instrumental in the development of solar panels; was also very involved in the enhancement of the central vacuum system; moved to Kearney, 1990, and began Lane’s Seafood
Was an enthusiastic entrepreneur throughout his life; was very intelligent man, was also a gifted artist and musician; was also a licensed pilot and always looked forward to time in his plane; was a caretaker, looked at other’s needs above his own
Survivors include his loving wife, Lorna Lane of Kearney; his children, Laura Getz and Barry Lane, both of Vancouver, Wash., Greg Lane of Denver, Lisa Osis and husband Michael of Eugene, Ore., and Monte Haines of Seoul, Korea; a brother, Larry Lane and wife Rosemarie of Edmond, Okla.; his grandchildren, Griff Haines and Mae Grace Haines, both of Dallas, Chris Getz, Ryan Morrison and Charity Smith Schemberger, all of Vancouver, and David Loitwood Wilke, Jeremy Michael Wilke and Elizabeth Amber Wilke, all of Eugene; and many friends
Was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, John Haines; three brothers, Richard Lane, William Lane and Donald Lane; and a sister, Helen Lane
Kearney Hub, 8 November, 2016

LEMMER, Michael Dean “Mike”, 77, of Stapleton died of cancer Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at his home
Service: Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton
Inurnment: St. John’s Cemetery near Stapleton
Mortuary: Arnold Funeral Home
Born Aug. 22, 1939, in Buffalo County
Parents: Richard and LaVerne (Kincheloe) Lemmer
Graduated from Elm Creek High School in 1957
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, 1958-1961
Worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 32 years
Activities: enjoyed football, fishing, gambling, telling stories and spending time with his family and friends; was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8258 of Stapleton
Survivors include: his wife, Marie of Stapleton; his children and their spouses, Ronald and Laura Lemmer of Greensboro, N.C., Kelly and Robert Carruthers of Colorado Springs, Colo., Richard and Lisa Lemmer of Mount Holly, N.C., Catherine Cary of North Platte, Constance McCarter of Colorado Springs and Angela Hardy of North Platte; stepdaughters, Tina Barrett of Callaway and Shelly Callaway of North Platte; siblings and their spouses, James and Patricia Lemmer, Robert and Beverly Lemmer and Lou Ann Walters; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and LaVerne Lemmer
Memorials: Mike Lemmer Memorial Fund
Kearney Hub, 31 October, 2016

LOEWENSTEIN, Elbert Howard, 86, of Kearney died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at his home
Memorial service: Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Orleans
Inurnment: Deaver Cemetery near Stamford with military honors
Mortuary: Wenburg Funeral Home
Born: Nov. 6, 1930, in Derby, Colo.
Parents: Rupert and Zoe (Mayberry) Loewenstein
Graduated from Gibbon High School in 1948
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, served during the Korean War
Married: to Betty Lou Knott, on May 13, 1949, while on leave from active duty
Following his discharge: attended Kearney State Teachers College, earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, January 1957, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a county extension agent, 1957-1965; then began his banking career as an agriculture consultant with Bruning State Bank, 1965-1968; purchased an ownership interest in the Stamford Bank, served as the president, retired in 1992
Activities: was passionate about serving his country and his community, encouraged everyone he knew to do the same; loved all aspects of agriculture, prided himself as a steward of the land; in retirement, enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 1998, embarked on one of his most rewarding accomplishments by walking to his 50th class reunion in Gibbon from Pinetop, Ariz.; his journey covered 1,042 miles over 51 days; his purpose was to raise money for the scholarship funds of Southern Valley High School near Stamford and Gibbon High School, his alma mater
Survivors include: Betty, his wife of 67 years; children and spouses, Diane and Chris Wolfgram of Las Vegas and Russell and Roxanne of Waterloo; daughter-in-law, Karna Loewenstein of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sister, Nancy Bolin of Gibbon; his grandchildren, Ted Norder, Ryan Loewenstein, Brandon Loewenstein, Jim Loewenstein, Blake Loewenstein, Katie Loewenstein, Alex Hills and Kelsey Wolfgram; and 14 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas; and great-grandson, Easton
Memorials: the Gibbon or Southern Valley High School Scholarship Foundations
Kearney Hub, 15 November, 2016

ONATE, Cora, 84, of Gibbon died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at home
Memorial service: Monday at Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger in Gibbon
Born: Dec. 22, 1931, in St. Francis, S.D.
Parents: Jacob and Cora (Whetham) Whiting
Was raised in St. Francis and received her education from St. Francis Mission School
Married: Nov. 15, 1950, to Jesse Onate Jr. in Kearney
After marriage, lived at Gibbon; was a longtime employee of Baldwin Filters
Activities: enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles; especially cherished the time spent with grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Survivors include her husband, Jesse Onate Jr.; son, Nicky Onate and wife Karen of Gibbon; daughters, Debra Onate and special friend John Wolf of Kearney, Terri Oliver and husband Rusty of Gibbon and Lori Tucker and husband Tim of Omaha; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Cahill of Valentine; as well as several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Jesse “Sonny” Onate, Jacob “Jake” Onate and Eric Onate; and 16 brothers and sisters
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2016

POND, Dale A. “Shorty”, 85, of Kearney, formerly of Almena, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at Mount Carmel Home and Rehabilitation Center
Service: Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Alma
Burial: Alma Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Bauer-Torrey & Mach in Alma
Born March 19, 1931, in Omaha
Parents: Floyd J. and Mary E. (Lochert) Pond
Survivors include his sisters, Marilyn Hodge of Holdrege and Sharon Snyder of Georgetown, Texas
Kearney Hub, 17 November, 2016

RICHARDS, Kelly, 55, of Kearney died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at her home
Memorial service: Friday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Born on Feb. 6, 1961, in Hays, Kan.
Parents: Ken and Sherry Rice
Went to school in Fremont, graduated from North Platte High School, 1979; also graduated from Joseph’s College of Beauty
Practiced cosmetology until she began to raise her family
Married: Loren Richards on Oct. 11, 1980
After marriage, lived in Kearney; was a full-time mother to her four children as well as numerous other young people who came into her life, as a friend of her children or just needed someone to call Mom; welcomed them to her home to stay for an hour, a day or a lifetime
Survivors include: husband, Loren of Kearney; four children, Karri Richards of Minden and Stephani Richards Lueninghoener and spouse Adam, Kasey Richards and Kassi Richards, all of Kearney; four grandchildren, Joslynn, Laci, Haleigh and Andy of Kearney; her mother, Sherry Rice of Lexington; one sister, Kristi Rice Jergensen and spouse Kent of Lexington; two brothers, Warren Rice and spouse Peggy of Kearney and Kraig Rice of Santa Barbara, Calif.; sister-in-law, Louise Richards Hunter and spouse Jamie; several nephews and nieces; and many “adopted children” including Olivia TenBensel, James Worley, Regan Christensen and Robbin Adams
Preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Rice; and parents-in-law, Charles and Minnie Richards
Memorials: Nebraska Kidney Foundation
Kearney Hub, 2 November 2016

STONE, Ina “Delores”, 103, of Minden, formerly of Palmer, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Bethany Home in Minden
Service: Nov. 5 at Greenway Funeral Home in Palmer
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery in Palmer
Born Oct. 3, 1913, in rural St. Paul
Parents: Roy and Mable (Jones) Clark
Attended school at District 12 in Howard County and then St. Paul High School
Married: Adrian Stone on Oct. 11, 1930, in Mankato, Kan.; he died Sept. 21, 1964
After marriage, lived on the home farm east of Bunker Hill near St. Paul; continued farming on two other farms in the area, then moved to a farm northwest of Palmer; enjoyed working on the farm with her husband; also worked at the Palmer school cafeteria
After her husband’s death, moved into Palmer; lived in Central City, 1971-1977; moved to Grand Island, worked at the Lutheran hospital; did volunteer work and helped with quilting at the Grand Island Senior Center; moved to Kearney in 2000, and in late 2005 moved into Bethany Home in Minden
Activities: enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, especially African violets, canning fruits and vegetables, and raising chickens; cooked and baked cookies and candies; did a lot of sewing, making clothes and drapes; member of First Church of Christ in Palmer
Survivors include a daughter, Vida Mae Verplank of Kearney; a son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Carolyn Stone of Hastings; grandchildren and spouses, Adriane and Rick Washburn, Kyle and Kira Stone, Sarah and Juan Retana, Lindsey Stone, Bill and Teresa Verplank, Tom and Catherine Verplank, Carey and Chuck Childs and Kevin Conway; 17 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; eight great-great-great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreat-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Adrian; a granddaughter, Theresa Conway; and siblings, Clifford Clark, Deloise Clark and Lois Wilkenson
Memorials: Bethany Home in Minden
Kearney Hub, 29 October, 2016

VOLQUARDSEN, Alvin Wayne, 88, of Grand Island died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at his home
Service: Friday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Gibbon
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Born April 8, 1928, in Mission, S.D.
Parents: William and Alvina (Lamprecht) Volquardsen
Grew up on a farm in Knox County; attended 131 East Country School to the eighth grade and one year of high school in Niobrara; then worked on area farms as a hired hand
Military: U.S. Army, 1951- Decenber 1953, was stationed in England during the Korean War
After honorable discharge, moved to Gibbon
Married: Charlene Marks on Nov. 27, 1954; she died Oct. 13, 1982
After marriage lived at Gibbon, worked on the farm for 20 years; worked for Eaton Corp. in Kearney, 1975, and retired from there after 16½ years; then did various odd jobs, which include driving fertilizer tanks for Big Flag and Aurora Co-op; also mowed grass and did repair projects at Bader Park
Married: Sept. 24, 1988, to Shirley (Doremus) Leth
Lived in the Gibbon/Shelton area until 1999, lived at Cairo for 17 years; moved to Grand Island on March 4, 2016
Activities: member of the American Legion in Gibbon, the Eagles Club in Kearney and the Eagles Camping Club; was a Cub Scoutmaster for two years; enjoyed doing things with his children, grandchildren and friends; liked to camp and wintered in McAllen, Texas, for 14 years; hobbies included building birdhouses, wishing wells, wooden Husker swings, beanbag boards, ladder ball games, washers, sequence games and repairing small engines; was an avid card player, enjoyed day trips to the casinos; was State Bean Bag Champion with the Eagles Camping Club
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley of Grand Island; his children, Randy and wife Diane of Omaha, Jerry of Grand Island and Darryl and wife Denise of Gibbon; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jason of Kearney, Zachary, Bridget and Oliver of Kearney, Matt, Emily and Jeron of Elba and Johnny Ellis of Bellevue; stepchildren and spouses, Rick and Jan Leth of Cairo, Jim and Pat Leth of Aurora, Tim and Rhonda Goodman of Grand Island, Mary Ostermeyer of Omaha and Matt and Jan Johnson of York; 13 stepgrandchildren; 27 stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Steward of West Point and Ida Jones of Verdigre; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Was preceded in death by his first wife, his parents; and four brothers, Harold, William, Robert and Richard
Memorials: Cairo Senior Center or Gibbon American Legion
Kearney Hub, 26 October, 2016

ZAPATA, Susie D., 62, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Memorial service: Wednesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: later
Born: June 5, 1954, in Kearney
Parents: Francisco and Rosa (Hernandez) Diaz
Married: Celestino Zapata in 1978
Was a businesswoman; owned/operated three different hair salons over the years
Activities: was proud of her Latin heritage, served in several roles as an advocate for all people of the community; was a volunteer for the Central Nebraska Hispanic Awareness Center, also served as the director of the Folklore Dance Group; was very involved as a Pioneer doing ministerial work for the Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation for over 20 years
Surviving relatives include her husband, Celestino Zapata of Kearney; children, Heather Magdalena and husband Placido Del Campo of Kearney, Zeferina S. Aguliar and husband Juan Carlos of Iowa, Demetrio Zapata of Nevada, Gregorio Zapata of Kearney, Jerry Zapata and wife Adrianna of Texas, Cynthia Zapata of Colorado and Celestino N. Zapata and husband Patrick Burkhart of Washington, D.C.; five brothers; nine sisters; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her father, Francisco Abraham Diaz; and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 15 November, 2016
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