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Most of these obituaries were submitted to the Butler Co. NE message board in 2/2001 by Ken Schmit .  Due to a "raid disk drive array" failure, on a RootsWeb host computer, they were lost from that board. They were archived in NEBUTLER List and have been copied from there to this page. [This pages need reorganizing.]

Obituaries 2009

Swanda, Harry W. (Age 88 11/19/1920-10/28/2009)
Harry was born in Ulysses, Neb. He worked for Mobil for 35 years. Harry is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, Paul and Michael; and daughter, JoAnn. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Arrangements by Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009.

Obituaries 2008

June F. Gander (d. 26 July 2008, age 80)
A funeral will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel for June F. Gander of Newberg, who died July 26 at age 80. June F. Osborne was born June 5, 1928, in David City, Neb. She moved in 1946 to Newberg, to Bend in 1969, and returned to Newberg in 1984. She was a homemaker and a salesclerk for Bi-Mart in Bend and Newberg for more than 20 years. In 1948, she married David Gander. Survivors include her husband; daughters, Patricia Pogan, Susan Mitchell and Catherine Condit; son, John; sister, Gladys Moist; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland Oregon, Tuesday, July 29, 2008.

Obituaries 2007

John Philip Pleskac (d. 28 Feb 2007, age 83)
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, in Pegg Paxson & Springer Funeral Home for John Philip Pleskac, who died Feb. 28 of congestive heart failure at age 83.  Mr. Pleskac was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Ulysses, Neb. During World War II, he served in the Navy Seabees in Europe. He moved in 1945 to Beaverton, Oregon and was a plumber for Widmer Plumbing in Portland for 32 years. In 1962, he married Phyllis B. Bales; she died in 1994.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Monday, March 05, 2007.

Death:
PLESKAC, John Philip 1924-2007
He was loved by so many.  John Philip Pleskac died peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 28, 2007,  shortly after his birthday.  He was born in Nebraska on Feb. 3, 1924. He moved to Oregon immediately  after serving with distinction as a Seabee during World War II.  John was preceded in death by his beloved wife Phyllis in 1994. He is  survived by son, David Pleskac; daughter, Dawn Morris; son, Rick Pleskac;  stepchildren, Norman Garrison and Margo Hutchison; numerous loving  grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  John lived to make flowers bloom and children smile. He loved and  appreciated his family. He was a master plumber who enjoyed hunting and  fishing, while teaching an appreciation for the environment.  He will be missed by so many.  Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, March. 10 in Pegg, Paxson &  Springer Mortuary in Beaverton with a reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to Alzheimer's Association of  Portland, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209, are suggested.  
Source: The Oregonian, Portland Oregon, 3/8/2007.

Thompson, Alice Irene (1911-2007 age 96)
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, in Westminster Presbyterian Church for Alice Irene Thompson, who died Nov. 6, 2007 at age 96.  Alice Mohler was born Aug. 9, 1911, in Octavia, Neb. A teacher, she moved to Alaska in 1946 and received a master's degree from the University of Alaska. She moved to Portland in 2001. In 1954, she married Densil "Tommy"; he died in 1984.  Survivors include her sisters, Bertha Taliaferro and Donna Graham; brothers, Melvin Mohler and Marvin Mohler; and nieces and nephews.  Remembrances to the church. Arrangements by Portland Memorial.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon on Thursday, November 29, 2007; on Monday, November 26, 2007

Obituaries 2006

Lowell F. Dunker, 86, Norfolk, formerly Seward, died Monday (6/5/2006) in Norfolk. Born Jan 11, 1920 in Surprise. Graduated Surprise High School, 1937. First lieutenant, B-17 pilot, U. S. Air Force, World War II.  Married to Goldie Winterfred on June 22, 1943 at Stockton Field, Calif. Member, Seward United Methodist Church. Retired, farmer for 28 years.  Survivors: son, daughter-in-law, Wayne and Lois Dunker, Seward; daughter, Kay Eagle, Marehette, Wisc; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: parents, Charles and Hazel (English) Dunker; wife, Goldie; brothers, Ivan, Lloyd.  Services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Volzke Funeral Home, Seward. The Rev. Al Smith. Military graveside service, Blue Valley Cemetery, Surprise. Visitation: 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today, with family from 6:30-8 p.m., funeral home.

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COUFAL, Tillie, age 102, Houston, died Saturday (7/19/2003). Born in Butler County. Survivors: sister, Sr. Christine, Wichita, Kan.; nephews; nieces; numerous great-grandchildren.  Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Mary's Church, David City. Church cemetery. Visitation: noon-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Knott Funeral Home, David City. Wake: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, funeral home. Source: Lincoln [NE] Journal Star 7-21-2003 Robert R. Moran, age 76; Born 29 Nov 1926, David City, NE.  Parents: John P. & Hazel R. Moran; 1944 grad. David City HS.  1951 grad UN College of Law. 1947: Married.  1951: Moved to Box Butte County, NE. Was Box Butte County attorney (1952-57); District Judge 16th Judicial District (1966-92).   Member of several organizations; served in assorted capacities. Died Friday, 11 Jul 2003, Alliance, Box Butte, NE. Survived by wife & 8 children.   Predeceased by his parents, an infant son, 2 brothers (John & Richard). Memorial service: Monday 14 Jul at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Alliance NE. Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge.  Body donated to Creighton University for medical research. NOTE:  For wife¹s family see "Bellwood, NE The First 100 Years", pp 24 (A. J.  Hanus), 25 (Hiller), 44 (M. Scholz) Source: Scottsbluff [NE] Star Herald, Sat. 12 Jul 2003.  Submitted by Carole Miller via email

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Obituaries 2000

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Francis Henry Steiner 1910-2000

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries
Surname: Steiner, Birkel, O'Connell, Loftus, Eberly, Bongers, Kudrna, Herbek
Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, Aug. 17, 2000.

Francis Steiner
Francis Henry Steiner, 89, of David City died Sunday, Aug 13, 2000, at the Butler County Health Care Center in David City.  Mr. Steiner was born Sept. 5, 1910, at Bellwood to Frank and Margaret (Beringer) Steiner. He attended Marietta School of rural Bellwood.  He married Grace C. Birkel April 12, 1937, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City He was a farmer and also employed at the David City Coop.  He lived at Bellwood and David City.  He was a member of Mary's Catholic Church and served on the church board.  He was a volunteer at St Joseph's Villa in David City.  Survivors include one daughter, Barbara J. O'Connell of Acton, Mass.; one son, Ronald M. of Lincoln, one daughter-law, Grace S. of Lincoln; one sister, Clara Loftus of Fullerton, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife 1994; parents; son-in law, John R. O'Connell in 1985, three sisters, Susie Eberly, Mary Bongers, and Dorothy Kudrna; and three brothers, Jake, Joseph and Walter.  Services were held Wednesday Aug. 16 at 10a.m. at Presentation Catholic Church (Marietta) of rural Bellwood with Monsignor Adrian Herbek officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery of David City.   Arrangements were made by Knott Funeral Home of David City.

Obituaries 1999

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Albert Eugene Moyer 1930-1999

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Moyer, Schmit, Treadway, Rech, Kaspar, Kallenbach, Braade, Wilson, Seiker

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 25 February 1999

Albert Eugene "Gene" Moyer, 68, of Bellwood died Saturday, Feb.13, 1999, at South Padre Island, Texas.  Mr. Moyer was born Nov.11, 1930, in Bellwood to James and Bernice (Treadway) Moyer.  He married Dorothy Schmit Feb. 9, 1948, at St. 'Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood.  He lived in Bellwood and worked at Polly 'Shoe' Store before becoming a supervisor at Behlen Mfg. Co., both in Columbus.   He was currently serving on thc Bellwood Town Board, was a former mayor of Bellwood, a fireman with the Bellwood Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Eagles Club in Columbus.  Survivors include one daughter Cheryl Rech-Kaspar, and her husband, Norman Kaspar, and two grandchildren, Karen Rech of Jacksonville, Fla., and Chad Rech and his wife, Tracy, of Benicia, Calif.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife in 1992.  Services were held Friday, Feb. 19, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood with Father Leo Seiker officiating.  Burial was at the, Bellwood Catholic Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Ron Kallenbach, Dennis Kallenbach, Marti Kallenbach, Jim Kallenbach, Alan Baade, and Brian Wilson.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Ann Marie (Kroutil) Homan 1920-1999

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kroutil, Homan, Krajicek, Schams, Emanuel

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, 26 August 1999.

Ann Marie Homan

COLUMBUS  Ann Marie Homan, 79, of Columbus died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her home.  Mrs. Homan was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Elgin to Edward and Antonia (Krajicek) Kroutil. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1940. She worked for a group of doctors in Schuyler.  She married John Homan Jan. 22, 1953, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Schuyler. They lived in Kansas where she worked for Boeing Co. in the records and audiometry department for over 13 years. She also worked for Lillie's Children Shoppe for five years before retirement. She then moved to Columbus.  She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, St. Theresa Sodality, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Western Fraternal Life Association.  Survivors include her husband and one sister, Julie B. Schams of Columbus.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Edward James Koutil, Jr.  Services were held Friday, Aug. 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Steve Emanual officiating. Burial was at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus.  Arrangements were made by McKown Funeral Home of Columbus.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Henry John Meysenburg 1926-1999

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Herbert, Krones, Zimmer

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, 20 January 2000

Henry Meysenburg

SIDNEY, NE  Henry "Hank" John Meysenburg, 73, of Sidney died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at the Sidney Health and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness.   Mr. Meysenburg was born April 21, 1926, in David City to Henry and Amalia (Krones) Meysenburg. He was a 1944 graduate of Marietta Catholic High School east of Bellwood.   He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 during World War II. He married Grace Herbert Nov.25, 1948, at Platte Center.  He received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Creighton University in Omaha in 1950. He was a member of the Creighton baseball team.  He was advertising manager for the Stanton Register from 1950-52 and the Albion News in 1952. He also worked at the Ohio Oil Co. in Sidney from 1953-54. In the latter part of 1954 until 1977 be was the advertising director and sports writer at The Sidney Telegraph. Also in 1977, he began working for Dinklage Feed Yards until retiring in 1984.  He was a member of the church, the Sidney Chamber of Commerce where he served on the board of directors, was president of the Sidney Jaycees in 1959-60, and was a Fourth, Degree member of the Knights of Columbus since 1944.  He enjoyed all sports, especially baseball in which he participated as both a player and a manager.   Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael of Springfield, Miss., and William of Salina, Kan., six grandchildren, a brother, Bernard, of David City and three sisters, Anna Rose Johnson of Omaha, Sister Loyola of Alton, Ill., and Sister Agnes of Milwaukee.   He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Theresa Zimmer; a brother; and two sisters. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 30, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sidney with Father Ted NekoIiczak officiating. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery.   Memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society in care of Grace .Meysenburg, 1514 Maple St., Sidney, NE 69162.  Arrangements were made by Gehrig and Son Funeral Home of Sidney.

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Obituaries 2004

Obituaries 2003

COUFAL, Tillie, age 102, Houston, died Saturday (7/19/2003). Born in Butler County. Survivors: sister, Sr. Christine, Wichita, Kan.; nephews; nieces; numerous great-grandchildren.  Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Mary's Church, David City. Church cemetery. Visitation: noon-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Knott Funeral Home, David City. Wake: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, funeral home.
Source: Lincoln [NE] Journal Star 7-21-2003

Robert R. Moran, age 76; Born 29 Nov 1926, David City, NE.  Parents: John P. & Hazel R. Moran; 1944 grad. David City HS.  1951 grad UN College of Law.  1947: Married.  1951: Moved to Box Butte County, NE.   Was Box Butte County attorney (1952-57); District Judge 16th Judicial District (1966-92).   Member of several organizations; served in assorted capacities.   Died Friday, 11 Jul 2003, Alliance, Box Butte, NE. Survived by wife & 8 children.   Predeceased by his parents, an infant son, 2 brothers (John & Richard).  Memorial service: Monday 14 Jul at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Alliance NE.   Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge.  Body donated to Creighton University for medical research.
NOTE:  For wife¹s family see "Bellwood, NE The First 100 Years", pp 24 (A. J.  Hanus), 25 (Hiller), 44 (M. Scholz).  Source: Scottsbluff [NE] Star Herald, Sat. 12 Jul 2003.  Submitted by Carole Miller via email

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Obituaries 1999

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Ann Marie (Kroutil) Homan 1920-1999

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kroutil, Homan, Krajicek, Schams, Emanuel

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, 26 August 1999

Ann Marie Homan

COLUMBUS  Ann Marie Homan, 79, of Columbus died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her home.  Mrs. Homan was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Elgin to Edward and Antonia (Krajicek) Kroutil. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1940. She worked for a group of doctors in Schuyler.  She married John Homan Jan. 22, 1953, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Schuyler. They lived in Kansas where she worked for Boeing Co. in the records and audiometry department for over 13 years. She also worked for Lillie's Children Shoppe for five years before retirement. She then moved to Columbus.  She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, St. Theresa Sodality, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Western Fraternal Life Association.  Survivors include her husband and one sister, Julie B. Schams of Columbus.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Edward James Koutil, Jr.  Services were held Friday, Aug. 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Steve Emanual officiating. Burial was at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus.  Arrangements were made by McKown Funeral Home of Columbus.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Henry John Meysenburg 1926-1999

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Herbert, Krones, Zimmer

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, 20 January 2000

Henry Meysenburg

SIDNEY, NE  Henry "Hank" John Meysenburg, 73, of Sidney died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at the Sidney Health and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness.   Mr. Meysenburg was born April 21, 1926, in David City to Henry and Amalia (Krones) Meysenburg. He was a 1944 graduate of Marietta Catholic High School east of Bellwood.   He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 during World War II. He married Grace Herbert Nov.25, 1948, at Platte Center.  He received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Creighton University in Omaha in 1950. He was a member of the Creighton baseball team.  He was advertising manager for the Stanton Register from 1950-52 and the Albion News in 1952. He also worked at the Ohio Oil Co. in Sidney from 1953-54. In the latter part of 1954 until 1977 be was the advertising director and sports writer at The Sidney Telegraph. Also in 1977, he began working for Dinklage Feed Yards until retiring in 1984.  He was a member of the church, the Sidney Chamber of Commerce where he served on the board of directors, was president of the Sidney Jaycees in 1959-60, and was a Fourth, Degree member of the Knights of Columbus since 1944.  He enjoyed all sports, especially baseball in which he participated as both a player and a manager.   Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael of Springfield, Miss., and William of Salina, Kan., six grandchildren, a brother, Bernard, of David City and three sisters, Anna Rose Johnson of Omaha, Sister Loyola of Alton, Ill., and Sister Agnes of Milwaukee.   He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Theresa Zimmer; a brother; and two sisters. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 30, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sidney with Father Ted NekoIiczak officiating. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery.   Memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society in care of Grace Meysenburg, 1514 Maple St., Sidney, NE 69162.  Arrangements were made by Gehrig and Son Funeral Home of Sidney.

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Obituaries 1998

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Richard William Homan 1910-1998

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Homan, Delahunty, Steiner, Schilling, Claussen, Connor, Peterson, Schupbach, Weber, Miller, Opplinger, White, Swanson

Following is the obituary printed in the Banner-Press at David City, NE on April 9, 1998.

Dr. Richard Homan

OMAHA  Richard William Homan, 87, of Omaha died Thursday, April 2, 1998, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  Mr. Homan was born Sept.29, 1910 in Bellwood to Benjamin and Katherine (Steiner) Homan. He graduated from Marietta Catholic High School near Bellwood and from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1935. At Creighton, he was a member Of the Army ROTC and played sousaphone in the band.  He married Veronica Delahunty June 2O, 1935. He opened a medical practice in Steinauer. He lived there and in Pawnee City until 1939 when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps as a physician serving in Chamberlain and Sturgis, S.D.  In 1941, he entered the U. S. Army as a first lieutenant in the medical corps.  He served in Hawaii and throughout the South Pacific during World War II and left the Army as a major.  He then opened a practice in Crete, where he and his family lived until 1962.  While he was in Crete, he was active in the Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, and church and school activities in Sacred Heart Catholic parish.  He edited the Cornhusker GP, the publication of the organization of Nebraska physicians in general practice. He played the violin and, with his wife, often entertained at social and church gatherings.  In 1962, for health reasons, he closed his private practice and moved to Omaha to join the Staff of the Veterans Administration Hospital as admissions physician, a position he held until his retirement in March 1981.  In Omaha, he was a member of Holy Cross parish, where he was a Eucharistic minister and was active in prayer groups and other parish activities. He and his wife traveled frequently to visit their children throughout the United States and abroad.  Survivors include five daughters, Sister Thomasita of Atchison, KS, Sheila Homan Schilling of Franklin, MA, Kathleen Claussen of Albuquerque, N.M, Brenda Connor of Southampton, MA, and Margaret Petersen of Omaha, three sons, Richard L. of Bethesda, MD, Thomas of Mussoorie, India, and Michael of Omaha; two sisters, Mary Schupbach of Columbus and Delores Weber of Eureka Springs, AR; three brothers, Art of David City, John of Columbus, and George of Omaha; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in January; and two sisters, Esther Miller and Edna Opplinger; and one brother, Ben.  Services were held Tuesday, April 7, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Omaha with the Rev. Charles Swanson officiating. Burial was in Calvary Mausoleum II.  Pallbearers were T. J. White, Ethan Homan, Peter Homan, Nate Claussen, Jacob Homan, Cory Petersen.  Memorials may be given to the Holy Cross Educational Trust or Benedictine Convent in Atchison.  Arrangements by Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak and Cutler Funeral Parlor of Omaha.

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Obituaries 1997

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elsie Catherine(Schmit) Schmit 1908-1996
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 23:53:28 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Speicher, Danaher, Heng, Kreizinger, Kamanski, Klein, Culbert

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 9 Jan 1997.

Elsie Schmit

Elsie Catherine Schmit, 88, of Bellwood died Friday Dec. 27, 1996 at David Place in David City.  Mrs. Schmit was born July 20, 1908 near Bellwood to Cornelius and Martha (Speicher) Schmit. She attended David City High School. On Sept. 30, 1940,  she married Leo C. "Shorty" Schmit at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood.   She was a housewife and lived all her life on the home place except for the last two and one half years at David Place.  She was a member of the Church, a former member of the P.C.C.W., the W.T.X. and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Survivors include four sons, Robert L. and Edward J. both of Bellwood, David W. of David City and Keith J. of Rising City; two daughters, Carol A. Danaher of Broomfield, Colo. And Wilma J. Heng of Dunbar, one stepdaughter, Delores Kreizinger of David City, two sisters Viola Kamanski of Red Oak, Iowa and Josephine Klein of Seward, 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1954, one brother, Leo A. Schmit, one stepson Laverne Schmit in 1943, two step great-grandchildren, Michael and Jill Kreizinger in 1982 and one great granddaughter, Stephanie Culbert.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Benjamin Francis Homan 1916-1997

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Homan, Meysenburg, Oberg, Gillespie, Brouillette, Miller, Opplinger, Schupbach, Weber, Roh, Otto

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner- Press, David City, NE, 10 October 1997:

Benjamin F. Homan, 80, of David City died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at his home.  Mr. Homan was born Dec.29, 1916, at Bellwood to Ben and Katherine Homan.   He attended Marietta School of rural Bellwood.  He was an electronics technician in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Eva M. Meysenburg on Jan 20, 1942, at David City.  He lived in Bellwood, Dayton, Ohio, and David City. He was the owner and operator of Homan Appliance in David City for 36 years until his retirement in 1982.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Chamber of Commerce, and Aquinas Booster Club, all of David City.   He was active with American Legion Baseball, golf, and his children's activities.   Survivors include his wife; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ben and Patti of Kearney, Jim and Linda of Crete, Jerry of New York City, and Bob and Theresa of Overland Park, Kan.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Barb and Don Oberg of Axtel, Mary and Rich Gillespie of Shelby, Betty and Dennis of Lincoln and Carol and John Brouillette of Hastings; four brothers, Richard and John, both of Columbus, Art of David City, and George of Omaha; two sisters, Mary Schuphach of Columbus and Delores Weber of Eureka Springs, Ark.; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Esther Miller of Walker, Iowa, and Edna Oppliger of Columbus; and one grandson, Joseph Benjamin Brouillette of Hastings.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Robert Roh officiating. The Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 125 attended in a body. Burial was at the parish cemetery.  Pallbearers were Ben J. Homan, Stephen Homan, Richard Otto, Jeffrey Oberg, Robert Benjamin Gillespie, and Marcus Gillespie.

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Obituaries 1996

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John Mathias Morbach 1914-1996

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Hanus, Puetz, Fletcher, Study, Macoubrie, Kosch, Trainor

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 14 Nov 1996.

Mr. Morbach was born Jun. 9, 1914 Bellwood to John P. and Augusta (Puetz) Morbach. He married Anne Hanus Nov. Nov. 16, 1937. They made their home two miles east of Bellwood where they famed until 1979 when they moved to David City.  He was a member of St. Mary's catholic Church in David City and always supported the Catholic Schools.  Mr. Morbach had always been active in the community. He drove the busy Wheels for the Senior Center, delivered Meals On Wheels and took many people to doctor appointments.  He served on the Bellwood Coop Board, the Rural Fire Board and was a Trustee for the Presentation Parish near Bellwood.  Survivors include two sons, James J. and Daniel J., both of Bellwood; three daughters, Marie A. Fletcher of Petaluma, Calif., Helen Macoubrie of Bellwood and Margaret Study of Lincoln; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Anne and one son, John L. Morbach.  Services were held Nov. 5 at Presentation Catholic church near Bellwood with father Leo Kosch officiating. Burial was at St. Mary's and St. Peter's cemetery near Bellwood.  Pallbearers were Michael Trainor, Kevin Study, David Macoubrie, Jeffrey Study, Mark Macoubrie, James A. Morbach, Daniel L. Morbach and John C. Morbach.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Edna Josephine (Homan) Opplinger 1921-1996

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Homan, Opplinger, Steiner, Peters, Thampson, Olson, Schupbach, Weber, Keller, Prokupek, Davies

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 13 Jun 1996.

Edna J. Opplinger

Edna J. Opplinger, 74, of Columbus died June 9, 1996 at Columbus Manor.  Mrs. Opplinger was born June 2l, 1921. at Bellwood to Ben and Katherine (Steiner) Homan. She graduated from Marietta High School at rural Bellwood.  She was united in marriage to Edward Opplinger on April 5, 1948 at Marietta Church at rural Bellwood. She was a homemaker and lived on a farm south of Columbus all of her married life.  She was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church and a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Esther.   Survivors include her husband, Edward, of Columbus, one son, Donald of Farwell, Texas; four daughters Rita Peters of Elkhorn, Diane Thompson of Lincoln, Phyllis Olson of Bellwood and Lori Opplinger of Burlington, Wis., five brothers, Richard Homan, and George Homan of Omaha, Ben Homan and Art Homan of David City and John Homan of Columbus, two sisters, Mary Schupbach of Columbus and Delores Weber of Eureka, Ark. 14 grandchildren.   Funeral services were held on June 12 at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus with Father Daniel Keller officiating. Pallbearers were Scott Peters, Travis Prokupek, Nick Davies, Grant Opplinger, Dave Thompson, Dan Thompson. Rick Prokupek and Ben Opplinger. Burial was in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

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Obituaries 1995

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Leonard John Phillips 1912-1995

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, McLaughlin, Bullard, Heimer

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 15 June 1995.

Leonard Phillips

Services for Leonard John Phillips were conducted Monday morning, June 12, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Mansfield, Mo. with Rev. Paul McLaughlin officiating. Burial was in the Marshfield Cemetery. Mr. Phillips, 82, formerly of David City died Thursday, June 8 at the Marshfield Care Center.  A retired farmer, he was a Veteran of World War II and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic church.  He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and John Bullard of Niangua. Mo. and Margaret and Randy Heimer of Lincoln, NE, a son. Terry Phillips of Yutan, NE; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Leon and Patty of David City, NE and Ed and Jeri Phillips of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.  His wife, Annora, preceded him in death.

Obituaries 1994

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Eileen E. Michael 1919-1994

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Michael, Schmit, Fuller, Pohl, Gonzalez, Hiller, Kester

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, April 1994:

Services for Eileen E. Michael, 75

Eileen E. Michael, 75, died suddenly at her home in San Francisco, Calif. on Sunday April 10, from natural causes.  Services for Eileen were conduced Saturday morning, April 16, l994 at St. Mary's Church David City with Father Douglas Fuller celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Music was provided by Carol Pohl. Organist and with Barbara Jean Gonzalez, a great-niece of the deceased as soloist.  Pallbearers were five brothers Harold, Robert, Leon, Richard and Edward Michael and a brother-in-law, Anthony Hiller. Burial was in Marietta Cemetery.  Relates in attendance came from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, California, Nevada, Arkansas. Kansas, Tennessee, South Dakota and several Nebraska towns.  Eileen, was daughter of Edward M. and Anna C (Schmit) Michael. was born Jan 11, 1919. near Bellwood. She attended schools in Bellwood and David City. In 1942 she moved to San Francisco. After 34 years of service an executive secretary with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, she retired in 1981.   She was a member of old St. Mary's church in San Francisco and the Bellwood American Legion Auxiliary.  She is survived by brothers Harold S. of San Lorenzo. Calif., Robert D. of David City, Leon S. of Traverse City, MI.; Richard F. of Bella Vista, Ark, and Edward N. San Francisco, Calif.; a sister Mary L. Kester of Petaluna, Calif. 27 nieces and nephews, of whom 22 and their families were present for the funeral services.   She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Tony (Bette) Hiller and Mrs. Gilbert (Barbara Jean) Gonzalez.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anna Gertrude (Michael) Schmit 1897-1994

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Michael, Schmit, Hintz, Cockson, Janicek, Sand

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, May 1994

Gertrude Schmit, 96, of Bellwood, died May 8, l994 at St. Joseph's Villa.

Services for Mrs. Schmit were conducted Wednesday morning, May 8, from St. Peters Catholic Church in Bellwood with Father David Hintz celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Ruth Cockson was the organist.  Pallbearers were Robert Michael, Melvin Janicek, Robert Schmit, Gerald Janicek, Keith Schmit and Donald Schmit. Burial was in St. Peters Cemetery at Bellwood.  Relatives from Minnesota and neighboring towns of Bellwood attended the services.  Gertrude Schmit, the daughter of Peter and Christina (Sand) Michael, was born July 30, 1897, at Walker, Iowa. She attended school to the eighth grade and business college where she studied bookkeeping.  She was married to Jack Schmit at Bellwood on Nov. 4, 1937. He died Aug.18, 1972.  She lived in Watertown, S.D. from the time of her marriage until Mr. Schmit retired and they moved to Bellwood in 1962. She lived at St Joseph's Villa since 1979.  She was a bookkeeper/clerk.   She was a member of St. Peter's Church, St. Peter's Altar Society and Widows Club, both of Bellwood.  Survivors include nephews and nieces.  Her parents preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Audrey J. Kreizinger 1923-1994

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kreizinger, Schmit, Conner, Mick, Piller, Wondercheck, Romshek, Wilson, Selzer, Bell, Navrkal, Trofhotz, Napier, Hiller, Forre, Diekey, Meinyer

Reprinted from The Banner-Press, David City, NE, 24 Nov 1994.

Audrey Kreizinger

Services for Audrey J. Kreizinger of Bellwood were conducted Monday afternoon, Nov.21, from Bellwood United Methodist Church. Mr. Kreizinger, 71, died Friday, Nov.18, at the Butler County Health Care Center.  Pastor Mike Conner officiated at the services. Music was furnished by Pat Mick, soloist accompanied by Peg Piller, organist. Members of American Legion Post No. 327, Bellwood, attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Wayne Wondercheck, Jack Romshek, Robert Wilson, Jack SeIzer, Harry Lee Wilson and Robert R. Bell. Honorary pallbearers were Don Wondercheck, Adolf Navrkal, Robert Trofholz, Darold Napier, Tony Hiller, Glenn Forre and Ray Diekey. Burial was in the David City Cemetery.   Audrey J. Kreizinger, the son of Joseph W. and Molly (Meinyer) Kreizinger, was born Feb. 4, 1923, at Bellwood. He was a graduate of Bellwood High School and received a two-year certificate from the University of Nebraska.  On Sept. 4, 1946, he was united in marriage to Delores E. Schmit at Columbus.  Two sons were born to this union.  A retired farmer, he lived on a farm west of Bellwood.  He was a member of the Bellwood Methodist Church, where he served as a board member. He was a past member of the Butler County Board of Supervisors, a member of the Alexis Township board, a member of Consumer Co-op board; a member of the Bellwood Fire Department; a member of the Bellwood Legion Post No.327; a member of the VFW, a District No.13, school board member, a member of the Livestock Feeders Assoc. and a member of the Butler County Hospital. board. He was soloist at numerous religious and social functions and was active in organizing and coaching Little League baseball.  A World War II veteran , he served from 1943 to 1945 in the U.S. Army, with a tour of duty in the European Theatre in the 87th Blackhawk Division.  He is survived by his wife, Delores E. Kreizinger, Bellwood; a son, Joe of Norfolk and a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Marlene of Loveland, Colo. and a grandson, Ryan J. Kreizinger of Loveland, Colo.  His parents and two grandchildren, Michael and Jill Kreizinger preceded him in death.

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Obituaries 1993

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Teresa (Keefe) Meysenburg 1901-1993

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Keefe, Meysenburg, Hook, Peters, Karls, Epolite, Ward, Phillips

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, 10/1993:

Services held for Teresa Meysenburg

Funeral services for Teresa Meysenburg, 92, of David City were conducted Thursday (today) from St Mary's Church in David City with Msgr. Adrian Herbek and Father John Keefe of Lincoln celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial.  Mrs. Meysenburg died Monday, Oct. 25, at the Butler County Health Care Center.  Dan Hook was commentator, Paul Peters was lector and Zita Hook was guitarist.  Pallbearers were Dan Meysenburg, Robert Karls Jr., David Meysenburg, Bill Karls, Michael Meysenburg, Terry Keefe, Dennis Keefe, Tom Keefe and Jay Epolite; Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Teresa, the daughter of John J. and Ellen Flynn Keefe, was born June 10, 1901 at Bruno. She received a teachers' certificate from the University of Nebraska. In 1925, she was married to Francis Meysenburg. She lived in Bellwood, NE, Dayton, OH, Sioux Falls, SD, Colby, KS, Stanton and David City, NE. She taught in many rural schools for over 25 years in Butler and Stanton Counties. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and PCCW.  Survivors include a son, Robert Meysenburg of Abilene, KS; one daughter, Eileen Karls of Lincoln; two sisters, Irene Ward of David City and Agnes Phillips of Pine Bluffs, WY.; a sister-in-law Margaret Keefe of Lincoln nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous other relatives She was preceded in death her parents, her husband in 1958; a daughter, Mary Ellen Epolite, a sister, Lillian Stauffer and a brother, John J. Keefe, Jr.

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Obituaries 1992

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Joseph Nicholas Steiner 1907-1992

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Hilger, Herbek, Dufoe, Kovar, Beringer, Daniel, Turnbaugh, Cranston, Bartlett, Bongers, Kudrna.

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, May 1992

Services for Joseph N. Steiner, David City, were conducted Monday morning, May 18, from St. Mary's Church, David City. Mr. Steiner, 84, died Saturday morning, May 16, following a lingering illness.  Msgr. Herbek celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Pallbearers were Mike Dufoe, Eric Dufoe, Jeffrey Dufoe, Brett Dufoe, Kent Kovar and Keith Beringer. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Joseph N. Steiner, the son of Frank and Margaret (Beringer) Steiner, was born Sept.26, 1907 at Bellwood.   On Aug.24, 1932 he was united in marriage to Leonora Hilger. Five children were born to this union.  He was a farmer and painter until his retirement.  He was a member of the Catholic Church.  Survivors include his wife, Leonora of David City, five daughters Catherine Daniel of Bellwood, Shirley Turnbaugh of Pennsylvania, JoAnn Kovar of Grand Island, Donna Cranston of New York and Sharon Bartlett of Columbus; two brothers, Francis of David City and Walter of Genoa; three sisters, Mary Bongers of Washington, Dorothy Kudrna of Missouri and Clara of Fullerton; 16 grandchildren and 18 great -grandchildren.  His parents; two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Victor J. Kovar 1928-1992
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 08:11:31 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kovar, Steiner, Cemper

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 15 October 1992.

Services Held For Victor (Vic) Kovar

Services for Victor J. Kovar of 317 E. Bismark, Grand Island were conducted Monday morning, Oct. 25, from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island, with the Rev. Thomas Reimers officiating. Burial was at the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Mr. Kovar 63, died Friday, Oct. 9, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.  Victor J. Kovar, the son James and Mary (Cemper) Kovar, was born Nov.17, 1928, at Bruno. He was raised and received his education at David City, graduating from David City High School.  He was united in marriage to JoAnn Steiner on Sept. 19, 1957, at Bellwood.  Two sons were born to this union.  He served in the U.S. Army from Nov.14, 1950, to Oct. 29,1952. Following his military duty he returned to David City.  Following their marriage, they moved to Wichita, Kans., where Mr. Kovar worked for the Boeing Corporation for one year before returning to David City in 1958. He was employed by the Davis Chevrolet Co. of David City.  They moved to Grand Island in 1968 where he worked for Kinsmans Chev., which later became Hamilton Chevrolet.  He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Eagles, the Platt Duetsche and the VFW.  Survivors include his sons, Kevin and Kent both of Grand Island; a grandson, Matthew, his mother, Mary Kovar and a brother, Richard Kovar, both of David City.  He was preceded in death by his father, James Kovar.

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Obituaries 1991

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elizabeth Ann (Michael) Hiller 1924-1991

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Michael, Hiller, Seiker, Meysenburg, Glaser, Schmit, Scholz, Janicek, Kouba, Blaalid, Svoboda, Meusch, Kranzler, Kester, Gonzalez

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 7 Feb 1991.

Services for Elizabeth Ann (Bette) Hiller of Bellwood were conducted Tuesday morning. Feb. 2. Mrs. HilIer, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 2. at the Butler County Health Care Center.  The Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated by Fathers Mark Seiker and Jim Meysenburg, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood.  Pallbearers were Torn Hiller, Pam Glaser, Keith Schmit. Ken Scholz, Melvin Janicek and Brenda Kouba. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Bellwood.  Bette Hiller, the daughter of Edward M. and Anna C. (Schmit) Michael, was born March 30. 1924. at David City. She at-tended David City High School On April 9,1947, she was united in marriage to Anthony V. Hiller at St.  Mary's Catholic Church, David City. Nine children were born to this union.   She made her home on a farm near Bellwood.  A homemaker, she was a member of SL Peter's Catholic Church, a member of the Altar Society. the American Legion Auxiliary and the Catholic Daughters of The Americas.  She is survived by her husband. Anthony V. (Tony) Hiller of Bellwood; two sons. Michael Hiller of Kansas City. MO, and Peter (Chuck) Hiller of Lincoln, seven daughters. Connie Hiller of Kansas City. MO, Kate Shoemaker of Yankton.  SD, Jeanne Blaalid of Mitchell, S.D.. Beth Svoboda of St. Paul, Peg Kranzler of Pierre. S.D., Lori Meusch of Stuart and Janet Hiller of Lawrence, Kans.; five brothers. Harold J. Michael of San Lorenzo. CA, Bob Michael of David City, Leon (Bud) of Traverse City. Mich.. Dick of Bella Vista, Ark. and Ed Michael of San Francisco. Calif.; two sisters. Eileen Michael of San Francisco. Calif. and Mary Kester of Petaluma, Calif.; and 13 grandchildren.  Her parents, a granddaughter, Barbara Ann Blaalid, and a sister, Barbara Jean Gonzales, preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Dorothy Ann (Schmit) Moyer 1930-1991

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Moyer, Seiker, Kallenbach, Rech, Kozisek, Bredahl

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, May 1991

Services held for Dorothy Moyer

Services for Dorothy A, Moyer of Bellwood were conducted Wednesday morning, May 15, from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood. Mrs. Moyer, 60, died Sunday, May 12. at the Brandenburgh Lakes In Bellwood.  Father Mark Seiker celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Dan Schmit, vocalist, was accompanied by Dorothy Oborny, organist.   Pallbearers were Ron Kallenbach, Denny Kallenbach, Marty Kallenbach, Jim Kallenbach, Todd Kallenbach, Ken Kallenbach and Cory Kallenbach. Burial was in St. Peters Cemetery at Bellwood.  Dorothy A. Moyer, the daughter of Peter J. and Gertrude Schmit, was born June 19, 1930, at Bellwood. She attended school at Marietta.  On Feb. 3, 1948, she was united in marriage to Albert (Gene) Moyer at Bellwood.  One daughter was born to this union.  She lived in the Bellwood area all of her life. She was employed at Becton-Dickinson, Columbus for 25 years.  She was a member of the Catholic Church, the P.C.C.W. and the Bellwood Fireman's Auxiliary.  She is survived by her husband, Gene Moyer: a son-in-law and daughter, Terry and Cheryl J. Rech of David City: two brothers, Donald Schmit of Fremont and Orville Schmit of Columbus; three stepbrothers, Laverne and Bill Kozisek of David City and Gene Kozisek of Missouri; a sister, Lorene Kallenbach of Bellwood; a stepsister, Mrs. Roger (Maxine) Bredahl of Columbus; two grandchildren, Karen and Chad Rech and a stepmother. Rose Schmit of David City.  Her parents and a brother, Eugene Schmit, preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bonnie Dee (Allen) Michael 1918-1991

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Allen, Michael, Herbek, Dehner, Rerucha, Pohl, Morgan, Janicek, Kouba, Hiller, Travis, Mishler

Following is a reprinted obituary from The Banner-Press, David City, NE, 26 September 1991

Services held for Mrs. Robert (Bonnie Dee) Michael on Sept 17

Services for Mrs. Robert (Bonnie Dee) Michael were held on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, at St. Mary's Church, David City with Msgr. Adrian Herbek celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Mrs. Michael died Saturday, Sept. 14 at David Place where she had been cared for for three years. Music was provided by Barb Dehner, Virginia Rerucha. and Carol Pohl. Members of the PCCW attended in a body. Gary Morgan was lector and Melvin Janicek was commentator.  Pallbearers were grandchildren Paul and Peter Morgan, Andrew and Johann Kouba and a niece and nephew, Constance and Peter C. Hiller. Leo Janicek was honorary pallbearer.  Relatives and friends from Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, South Dakota, California, Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, St. Paul and the immediate area attended the services.  Bonnie Dee, the daughter of William and Stella (Travis) Allen, was born May 19, 1918, on a farm near Octavia. The family moved to David City where she attended public school, graduating from David City, High School in 1935.  On August 20, 1937, she was united in marriage to Robert D. Michael in Omaha. They immediately moved to San Francisco where their two daughters were born.  For reasons of health, the family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1946. For 23 years, Mrs. Michael was employed by the Arizona State Highway Patrol and held an auxiliary position of secretary-treasurer of the Patrol Association. She and Mr. Michael's principal recreational activity was square dancing and they often traveled throughout the state and south-west with their group entertaining and giving demonstrations.  They retired in 1977 and returned to David City where Mrs. Michael was active in the DCHS Alumni Association, Senior Citizens organization, Extension Club, St. Mary's Guild, PCCW and the Catholic Daughters.  She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Michael of David City; daughters and sons-in-law, Gary and Barbara Ann Morgan of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jerry and Brenda Lee Kouba of Bellevue; grandchildren, Maribeth Leone, Jeanmarie Mishler, Paul and Peter Morgan all of Ann Arbor and Andrew, Joan and Bonnie Lee Kouba of Bellevue and eight great-grandchildren, a brother, Lyle of Kalama, Wash.  Her parents and a brother, Elza (Al) Allen preceded her in death.

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Obituaries 1990

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Florence C. (Hiller) Demuth 1910-1990

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hiller, Demuth, Zitek, Vap, Sieker, Hanus, Hartz, Hruska, Meysenburg, Scholz, Adamy, Hilger, Dey, Becker, Moran

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 26 April 1990.

Florence Demuth funeral services conducted April 21

Services. for Florence Ann Demuth of David City were conducted Saturday morning, April 21. from St. Mary's Church. Mrs. Demuth, 79, died Thursday, April 19; at the Butler County Hospital.  The Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated by Fathers Bradley Zitek, Gerald Vap and Mark Sieker. Pat Hanus was the organist. Members of St. Mary's PCCW attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Scott Hartz, Marty Demuth.. Matthew Hruska, Norbert Meysenburg, Greg Scholz and Leonard Adamy. Burial was in the Bellwood Marietta Cemetery.  Relatives and friends from Platte City, Mo., Alliance, Lincoln, Kearney, Octavia, Columbus, Omaha, Hastings. Gresham, Neligh, North Platte, McCook and towns surrounding David City and Bellwood attended the services.  Florence Demuth, the daughter of Peter and Rose (Hilger) Hiller, was born October 17.1910, at Bellwood. She attended school at Marietta.  On April 6, 1937, she was united in marriage to Walter John Demuth at St. Peter's Church in Bellwood. Three children were born to this union.   A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and PCCW, she lived in the Bellwood and David City areas.  Survivors include one son, Michael Demuth of David City, two daughters, Mrs. Gene (Rose) Hartz of Lincoln and Mrs. Steve (Judy) Dey of Gresham: three brothers, Francis Hiller of Omaha, Chris Hiller of Columbus and Tony Hiller of Bellwood: four sisters, Mrs. Paul (Eva) Meysenburg of David City, Mrs. Marlin (Mary) Scholz of Bellwood. Mrs. Robert Veronica) Becker of Omaha and Mrs. Robert (Rose Ann) Moran of Alliance; and eight grandchildren.  Her parents, husband, five brothers and sisters including Paul, Edward and Harry Hiller and two children who died in infancy preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Annora Margaret Stump 1917-1990

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Stump, Phillips, Kiefer, Smith, Schmit, Hays, Lankin, Smith, Hook, Brussett, Bel, Murphy, Billard, Hiemer, Lee

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 12-2?-1990

Mrs. Leonard (Annora Margaret) Phillips, 73. of David City, died December 18 at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo. Services were conducted Saturday, Dec.22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Springfield with Father Tom Kiefer officiating.   Wanda Smith was organist and Dan and Zita Hook were vocalists. Pallbearers were Tim Bullard, Mike Phillips, Ken Schmit, Bob Hayes, Mike Lamkin, Dan Hook, Bull Brussett and Jim Bel. Burial was in the Marshfield Cemetery, Marshfield, Mo.  Annora, the daughter of Scott Stump and Mary Ellen Murphy, was born August 14, 1917 in San Juan, Texas. She graduated from high school. On January 4, 1944 she was married to Leonard Phillips. A homemaker, she was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City.  Survivors include her husband, Leonard of David City; three sons, Terrence of Yutan, Leon of David City, and Edward of Lincoln: two daughters, Mrs. John (Mary Ann) Bullard of Niangua, Mo., and Mrs. Randy (Margaret) Hiemer of Lincoln; a brother, Pat Stump of Fremont and one sister, Dolores Lee of Byron, Texas and 12 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gene and Bob Stump of EIsa, Texas.

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Obituaries 1989

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Obituaries 1988

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Agnes C. (Ronkar) Medinger 1901-1988

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Ronkar, Medinger, Vap, Voglicky, Demuth, Beck

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 31 Mar 1988.

Services for Mrs. Emil J. (Agnes) Medinger of Octavia were conducted Thursday morning, March 24, from Presentation Parish, Bellwood. Mrs. Medinger, 87, died Monday. March 21, at the Schuyler Memorial Hospital following a sudden heart attack.   Father Gerald Vap celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Mrs. Jerald Viglicky was the organist.  Pallbearers were grandsons, Donald, David, Dennis, Duane, Michael and John Medinger. Burial was in Presentation Cemetery, Bellwood.  Relatives and friends from Minnesota and California and Henderson, York, Seward, Lincoln, Schuyler, Fremont, Bellwood, Columbus, and David City attended the services.  Agnes, the daughter of Henry and Susan (Schmit) Ronkar, was born February 9, 1901, at David City. She attended school at St. Mary's, David City, and Presentation.  On January 15, 1924, she was united in marriage to Emil J. Medinger at Presentation Parish, Bellwood. Two sons were born to this union.  A homemaker, she lived all her life in the Luxembourg valley area.  She was a member of Presentation Parish and the Altar Society.  She is survived by her husband, Emil J. of Octavia; two sons, Wilfred of Henderson and Donald of Bellwood; two sisters, Mary Demuth of David City and Mildred Beck of Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  Her parents, a brother, John, and a sister, Irene, preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Peter Joseph Schmit 1900-1988

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Sims, Kozicek, Lisko, Kallenbach, Rech, Bredahl, Steiner, Moyer

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, May 1988

Services for Peter Joseph Schmit of David City were conducted Wednesday morning, May 4. Mr. Schmit, 88, died Monday, May 2, at the Butler County Hospital.  Msgr. A. J. Lisko celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church. Members of the Knights of Columbus attended in body.  Pallbearers were Ron Kallebach, Terry Rech, Steve Schmit, Dan Schmit, Carl Bredahl, Mike Kozisek, Pat Kozisek and Nolan Schmit. Burial was in St. Peters and St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellwood.   Relatives and friends from Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa, and Fremont, Valley, Columbus, Seward, North Platte, Beatrice, Genoa, Omaha, Raymond, Grand Island, Dodge, Bruno, Abie, Bellwood, Lincoln, Wayne, Monroe and Malmo attended the services.  Peter J. Schmit, the son of Nicolas and Elizabeth (Steiner) Schmit, was born April 10, 1900, at Bellwood. He married Gertrude Sims on Sept. 1, 1925. Five children were born to this union. Mrs. Schmit died in 1958.  On Dec.30, 1961, he married Rose Husak Kozisek.   He lived in the Bellwood and David City areas all of his life. He was a farmer, worked at Columbus Hydraulics, Bellwood Elevator and the David City Farmers Coop. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society, and had served on the Bellwood School Board and the Farmers Union Board. He was a member of the Catholic Church.   Survivors include his wife, Rose of David City; two sons, Don Schmit of Fremont and Orville Schmit of Columbus; two daughters, Mrs. Gene (Dorothy) Moyer and Mrs. Dean (Lorene) Kallenbach of Bellwood; four stepchildren, Mrs. Roger (Maxine) Bredahl of Columbus, LaVerne Kozisek and Bill Kozisek of David City and Gene Kozisek of Garden City, Mo.; 34 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his first wife; parents; a son, Gene, who died in 1962; four brothers and five sisters; and four step grandchildren.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Eugene Louis Phillips 1928-1988

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Juranek, Herbek, Krondak, Danaher, Hotovy, Aerts, Bruner, Kozicek, Stuchlik, Spahr, Hoffbauer, Theween, Honn, McCoy

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, Aug, 1988

Services for Eugene (Gene) Louis Phillips of David City were conducted Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, from St. Francis Church, David City. Mr. Phillips, 59, died Friday, Aug. 19, a the Butler County Hospital following congestive heart failure.  The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Adrian Herbek. Mrs. Max Krondak was the organist Members of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion and VFW Posts attended in a body.   Pallbearers were Jerold Danaher, Nick Hotovy, Ronald Hotovy, William Aerts, Richard Bruner and LaVerne Kozisek. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Stuchlik, Jim Spahr, Roger Spahr, Daniel Juranek, Robert Hoffbauer, Charles Phillips, William Phillips and Scott Juranek. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, David City. Graveside military honors were conferred by members of V.F.W.  Post No. 5814 and American Legion Post No.125.   Gene Phillips, the son of Henry G. and Elizabeth Theewen Phillips, was born August 25, 1928, at David City.  He attended school in Butler County District No.18 and David City Public School.  On May 11, 1954, he was united in marriage at David City to Marie Jean Juranek. Two children were born to this union.  He lived his lifetime near David City. For the last five years he had been traveling much of the time and spending the winter months in Florida.  A retired farmer, he was a member of St. Francis Church, David City, a member of the VFW, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He is survived by his wife, Jeanie; a son and daughter-in-law, Lou and Nora Phillips of Yampa, Colo.; a son-in-law and daughter, Darin and Linda Honn of Hillsboro, Ore.; three sisters, Mrs. Earl (Annarose) McCoy of Eugene, Ore., Mrs. Leo (Lorraine) Hoffbauer of David City and Mrs. Lawrence (Betty) Stuchlik of Lincoln; and a granddaughter, Amanda Phillips of Yampa, Cob.  His parents, three brothers, Sylvester, Harold and Lester, and one sister, Bernice Spahr, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Daniel J. Medinger 1953-1998

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Medinger, Eller, Kosch, Kehrli

Reprinted from the Aquinas Alumni Newsletter, November 1998:

Daniel Medinger Obituary

Daniel J. Medinger, 45 of Los Angeles died on Friday, Sept.11, 1998. Dan graduated from Aquinas in 1971. He was the son of Don and Irene (Eller) Medinger, both grads of Marietta High School.  After his days at Aquinas, Dan attended UNL where he received a degree in zoology . He lived in New Orleans for four years and moved to Los Angeles in '82 where he was an apartment manager.  He was a member of the Newman Center Choir in Lincoln and was very creative and artistic. Services were held on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Presentation Catholic Church with Fr. Leo Kosch and Monsignor Adrian Herbek officiating.   Burial was in the Bellwood Catholic Cemetery.  Survivors include his parents of rural Bellwood; four brothers: Don and Sue, Dave and Jan, Dennis and Betty, and Duane, all of Lincoln; one sister and brother-in-law, Diana and Galen Kehrli of Schuyler.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Joseph Frederick Meysenburg 1919-1988

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Puetz, Zitek, Hanus, Glock, Vavra, Votova, Ploicky, Pelan, Skiermont, Demuth, Novak, Brandhorst, Ham, Johnson, Lukassen

Reprinted from The Banner-Press, David City, NE, 4 Jan 1989.

Services conducted here for Joseph F. Meysenburg, 70

Funeral services for Joseph F. Meysenburg. 70, of David City were conducted Tuesday morning, Jan.2, from St. Mary's Church with Father Brad Zitek officiating.  Mr. Meysenburg died Dec. 30 at the Butler County Hospital.  Music was provided by Pat Hanus, organist and Dolly Glock, soloist. Pallbearers were Randy Vavra, Brad Votova, Mike Policky, Ken Pelan, Paul Skiermont, Jr., Chad Meysenburg, Shawn Meysenburg and Abe Meysenburg. Burial was at St Mary's Cemetery.  Relatives from Fort Harrison, IN, Omaha, Lincoln, Lyman, Albion, Seward, Columbus, Cedar Rapids, Blair, Fremont, Norfolk, Grand Island, Butte, Weston, Ulysses, Surprise, Bellwood, Rising City and other communities surrounding David City attended the services.  Joseph, the son of Nicholas and Anna (Demuth) Meysenburg was born April 23, 1919, at David City. He graduated from David City High School in 1937.  On Jan.15, 1941, he was married to Clara A. Puetz at Presentation Church, Bellwood. Eight children were born to this union. He served as Butler County Sheriff for 12 years prior to his retirement.  A lifelong resident of David City, he was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the David City Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Survivors include his wife, Clara, of David City; two sons, Michael of Lyman and Patrick of David City; six daughters: Mrs. Harvey (Mary Jo) Novak of David City, Mrs. Jerry (Betty) Votova of Columbus, Mrs. Mark (Barbara) Brandhorst of Seward, Mrs. Larry (Beverly) Ham of David City, Mrs. Hugh (Carol) Johnson and Mrs. Paul (Donna) Skiermont of Omaha; one sister, Anna C. Lukassen of David City; 26 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents. five brothers. one sister, and one grandson.

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Obituaries 1987

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Michael Dean Hilger 1968-1987

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hilger, Vap, Jasper, Kampovitz, Romshek, Frahm, Wellman, Turek

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 26 February 1987.

Michael D. Hilger dies in traffic accident Saturday

Funeral services for Michael Dean Hilger, 18, of Bellwood were held Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, from, Presentation church, Bellwood, with Father Gerald Vap officiating. Michael died Saturday morning, Feb. 21, in a car accident near Madison. Pallbearers were Robert Jaster, Marty Kobza, Jeff Kampovitz, Matt Romshek, Gerald Frahm, and Scott Wellman. Burial was in the Presentation Cemetery.  Michael the son of Daniel A. and Mary Jane Hilger, was born Feb.24, 1968, at David City. He attended St. Mary's Grade School in David City and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1986. At Aquinas he lettered in wrestling one year and was a band member for three years. He raced go-carts for three years and was a member or the Marietta Livestock 4-H Club for seven years.  A member of Presentation Parish (Marietta), he was interested in auto mechanics and fishing. He had recently graduated from the food service of the Air National Guard and planned to attend Southeast Community College, Milford, majoring in automotive technology.  Survivors include his parents, Dan and Mary Jane Hilger, a brother, Marcus, and a sister, Michelle, all of Bellwood; grandparents, Ernest and Adeline Turek of Columbus and Rose Hilger of David City.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bernard Hilger.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: LeRoy David Lyons 1931-1987

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Lyons, Reisdorff, Miller

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 6 August 1987

Service held at Friend for LeRoy David Lyons, 56 Services for LeRoy David Lyons of Friend were conducted Thursday morning, July 30, from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Friend. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Mr. Lyons, 56, died Monday, July 27.  He was, a resident of Friend for 30 years and was a lifetime truck driver.  He is survived by his wife, the former Dolores Reisdorff; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and LaDonna of Grand Island; three daughters, Maureen of Lincoln and Brenda of Statesboro, Ga.; a son-in-law and daughter, Sheila and John R. Miller of Exeter; three brothers, Harlen and Ron of David City and Robert of Hastings; and three grandchildren.

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Obituaries 1986

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Leonarda Mary Vandenbroek 1920-1986

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Surname: Vandenbroek, Meysenburg, Soucek, Sabata, Dehner, Shadle, Zegers, Hennely

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, April 1986

Funeral services for Leonarda Mary Meysenburg of David City were conducted Wednesday morning, April 9, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City.  Mrs. Meysenburg, 66, died Saturday, April 5, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln of heart disease.   Father Dennis Hunt concelebrated the Mass of Christian Burial with Msgr. Daniel Cooper, Father Adrian Herbek, Father Robert Roh, Father James Cooper, Father Gerald Vap and Father Dan Murray. Presiding were Bishop Glennon P. Flavin and Father Divis, chaplain to the Bishop.  Father Rutten delivered the homily. Music was furnished by Pat Hanus, organist, Barb Dehner, cantor, Tim Arthur, soloist, and the Seminarians choir. Pallbearers were John Dehner, Bon Shadle, Edward Zegers, Tom  Meysenburg, Mike Hennely and Troy Meysenburg. Burial was in the Presentation Cemetery, Bellwood.  Relatives and friends attending the services came from Omaha, Hastings, Grand Island, Columbus, Seward, Friend, Sidney, Lincoln and towns surrounding David City, Alton, Ill. and Salina, Kans. Father Murray and a group of Seminarians came from Philadelphia, Pa., and others came from Minnesota and the Lincoln Diocese.  Leonarda M. Meysenburg, daughter of Anton and Mary Vandenbroek, was born Feb. 13, 1920, on a farm near Center in Butler County. The family moved to David City in 1936. She attended David High School, graduating in 1940.   She was married to Joe B. Meysenburg on May 4, 1943, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City. Eleven children were born to this union. They lived all their married life on a farm near Bellwood.  In 1953, she contracted polio and in 1957 was nominated for Nebraska Polio Mother of The Year. After the death of her husband in 1976, she remained on the farm until 1982 when she moved into David City where she lived at the time of her death.  A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, she was a member of the Seminarian Club, PCCW, St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters. She was a 4H leader and family sport fan.  Survivors include eight sons, Dan and Barry of Bellwood, Greg, Ed, Steve of David City, Ray of Seward, Marty of Omaha and Jim of Philadelphia, Pa.; two daughters, Mary Soucek of Hastings and Lori Sabata of David City; and 25 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph B. Meysenburg; an infant daughter Rose Marie; and one grandson

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Lawrence Nicholas Puetz 1912-1986

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Puetz, Bruner, Hunt, O'Byrne, Malloy, Roh, Votava, Hook, Dehner, Rerucha, Vanis, Birkel, Morbach, Meysenburg, Smith, Juranek, Michael, Schmit, Zahourek, Hanus

Reprinted from The Banner-Press, David City, NE, June 1986

Lawrence Puetz; 73, Services conducted Tuesday morning

Funeral services for Lawrence N. Puetz of David City were conducted Tuesday morning, June 10, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City. Mr. Puetz, 73, died Saturday afternoon, June 7, following a. heart attack.  The Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated by Father Dennis Hunt, Father Patrick O'Byrne of Wahoo Neumann, Father Mike Malloy of Columbus Scotus and Father Bob Roh of Bellwood.  Father Roh presented the homily. Jerry Votava was the lector and Dan Hook was commentator. Barb Dehner and Virginia Rerucha were soloists. Mrs. Ray Vanis was the organist. Members of the Knights of Columbus attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Clarence Birkel, Jack Morbach, Pat Meysenburg, Wayne Smith, William Juranek and Bob Michael. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.   Lawrence N. Puetz, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Schmit) Puetz, was born Nov. 26, 1912, at David City. He attended school at Marietta. On Feb. 7, 1929, he was united in marriage to Lillian C. Bruner at St. Francis Catholic Church (Center) David City. Four children were born to this union.  He was a Butler County resident all of his life, living near David City from 1912 to 1920 and then moving to rural Bellwood. In 1944 the family moved to a farm near David City where he was living at the time of his death.   A retired farmer, he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Lillian of David City; three sons, Jim and Gary of Columbus and Bill of Norfolk; one daughter, Mrs. Ron (Nancy) Zahourek of LeMars, IA; three sisters, Margaret Beckius of Lincoln, Mrs. Joe (Clara) Meysenburg of David City and Mrs. Jerry (Rita) Meysenburg of Omaha; and 12 grandchildren.  His parents and three sisters, Mary Rose Hanus, Caroline and Evelyn, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Sylvester Phillips 1923-1986

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Surname: Phillips, Spahr, Hoffbauer, Stuchlik, Aerts, Danaher, Melosich, Peery, Campbell, Sack, McCoy

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, October 1986

A military service for Sylvester Phillips, 62, of Columbus, was held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus with Rev. Floyd Wessling officiating. Mr. Phillips died Oct. 4 at Columbus Community Hospital.  Pallbearers were Roger Spahr, Jim Spahr, Bob Hoffbauer, Bill Phillips, Mike Stuchlik, and Rick Hoffbauer. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Aerts, Jerold Danaher; Steve Melosich, Mike Peery, Bill Campbell and Frank Aerts.  Burial was in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Columbus.  Sylvester, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Phillips, was born Dec, 29, 1923, at David City. After graduating from David City High School, he farmed until he entered the United States Navy, where he served in the South Pacific during World War II. He returned to farming after his discharge.  On July 12,1958, he was married Genevieve Sack at St. Mary's Cathedral in Lincoln. 1958 he began working for Loup Public Power District and moved to Columbus in 1959. He worked as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1979 due to ill health.  He was a member of American Legion Hartman Post 84, VFW No. 3704, Disabled American Veterans, and St. Isidore Church.  Surviving are his wife, Genevieve, Columbus; one brother, Eugene Phillips of Florida; three sisters, Annarose McCoy of Eugene, Ore., Mrs. Leo (Lorraine) Hoffbauer of David City, and Mrs. Larry (Betty) Stuchlik of Lincoln; nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

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Obituaries 1985

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anne E. (Hanus) Morbach 1915-1985

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hanus, Morbach, Trainor, Study, Macoubrie, Mach, Steager, Hilger, Birkel

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 25 Jul 1985.

Funeral services for Anne. E. Morbach, 70, of David City were conducted Wednesday morning July 24, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City.  Mrs. Morbach died July 21 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Omaha.  Pallbearers were Mike Trainor, Jr., Kevin Study, Jeff Study, David Macoubrie, Mark Macoubrie, and James Morbach, Jr. Burial was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery, Bellwood.  Anne, the daughter of Leo and Mary (Mach) Hanus, was born July 14, 1915, at Omaha. On Nov.16, 1937. She was married to John M. Morbach. Six children were born to this union.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, PCGW and St. Mary's Guild.  Survivors include her husband, John of David City; two sons, James and Dan Morbach of Bellwood; three daughters, Marie Trainor of Lincoln, Mrs. Bill (Helen) Macoubrie of Bellwood, and Mrs. Jerry (Margaret) Study of Lincoln; two brothers. Leo Hanus of Columbus and Joe Hanus of David City; four sisters, Mrs. Louis (Mary) Steager, Mrs. Sylvester (Emily) Hilger, and Mrs. Clarence (Ludmilla) Birkel, of David City, and Sister Marietta (Beatrice) of Guatemala; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one son.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Eleonora Margarite (Schmit) Decker 1909-1985
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 11:37:07 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Decker, Brown, Youngblut, Rozmuz, Kies, Delagardelle, Mathes, Michael, Janicek, Kreizinger, Hiller

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 1 Aug 1985.

Services for Eleanor M. Decker, 75, of Casper, Wyo., were held Wednesday, July 24, from St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup, Wyo. She died July 19 in Casper.  Pallbearers were Robert (Sparky) Brown, Jack Youngblut, Joe Rozmuz, Robert Kies, Ray Youngblut, and John Delagardelle. Burial was in the church cemetery.   Eleanor was born Aug. 10, 1909, near Bellwood, the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Schmit. Survivors include three sons, Joel of Minneapolis, Minn., Donald of Albuquerque, N.M., and James of Casper; a daughter, Beverly Mathes of Casper, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Pete Schmit of David City.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1970, three brothers and three sisters.  Among the relatives attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Michael and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Janicek of David City, Mr. and Mrs. Audrey Kreizinger, Mrs. Tony Hiller, Leo Janicek, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Janicek of Bellwood, and Harold Michael of California.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Benjamin Nicholas Reisdorff 1904-1985

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Reisdorff, Meysenburg, Lyons, Dehner, Weiche, Miller, Seeger, Zwick, Schinzel, Mannleim

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 12 Sep 1985.

Ben N. Reisdorff, farmer, insurance agent, auctioneer dies following heart attack Funeral services for Ben N. Reisdorff of David City were conducted Monday morning, Sept. 9. from St. Mary's Catholic church. Mr. Reisdorff, 81, died Friday morning, Sept. 8, at the Butler County Hospital following a heart attack suffered at St. Mary's Church earlier in the day.  Msgr. A. J. Lisko celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Father Gerald Vap furnished the music. Knights of Columbus members attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Tim Lyons of Grand Island, Dave Dehner, Nathan Reisdorff and Randy Weiche of Lincoln, John Miller of Exeter and John Seeger of Milwaukee, Wis. Burial was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery at Bellwood.  Ben N. Reisdorff. the son of Peter N. and Katherine Smith Reisdorff, was born Jan. 31, 1904, in Butler County. He attended school at Marietta.   He was married to Caroline Meysenburg on Jan.24, 1933. at Presentation Parish. Seven children were born to this union.  The family lived five miles north of David City in the Marietta vicinity known as Luxemburg, where he was engaged in farming and was a breeder of purebred hogs. They moved to David City in 1956.  At the time of his. death he was employed at the Knott Funeral Home and also was an agent for the Central State Indemnity of Omaha. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the Butler County Board of Supervisors and Butler County Fair Board, served on the Savannah Township board, was a former member of the board of Bellwood Farmers Coop Grain Co., Vision-17, and the Butler County Association for Retarded Citizens. He had been an insurance agent for Bankers Life and was an auctioneer. He was a member of Aquinas Booster Club and was a staunch supporter of St. Mary's Grade School and Aquinas High School because he was a firm believer in Catholic education.   He is survived by two sons, Dan and Bob Reisdorff of Lincoln; four daughters, Mrs. Roy (Dolores) Lyons of Friend. Mrs. John (Barb) Dehner of David City.  Marita Zwick of Greendale. Wis., and Patricia Reisdorff of Omaha; one brother. Jack Reisdorff of David City, three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Rena) Schinzel of Lexington, Mary Reisdorff of David City, and Mrs. Henry (Margaret) Mannleim of Hillsboro. Ore.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grand-children.  His parents, wife. Caroline. and a son, Richard Leon, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Agnes Margaret (Phillips) Schmit 1903-1985

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Schmit, Morrissey, Garay, Supancheck, Gilmore, Hiller, Janicek, Meysenburg

Reprinted from The Banner-Press, David City, NE on May 15, 1985

Agnes Schmit services held in California and Bellwood cemetery

Funeral services for Agnes Margaret Schmit, 82, of Claremont, Calif., were held Saturday, May 10, from Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church at Claremont with the Rev. Norman Supancheck officiating. Mrs. Schmit died May 8 following a lengthy illness.   Pallbearers were grandsons, Mark, Tom and Brian Morrissey, Barry and Glenn Schmit and a grandson-in-law, Bill Garay.  Graveside services were conducted Tuesday morning, May 13, at St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery, Bellwood, with Rev. Gerald Vap officiating. Pallbearers were Gene Supancheck, William Gilmore, Dave Schmit, Tony Hiller, Leon Phillips and Melvin Janicek.  Agnes Margaret, the daughter of Nicholas P. and Anna (Meysenburg) Phillips, was born July 10, 1903, near Bellwood, where she attended St. Mary's School.  On January 25, 1927 she was married to George N. Schmit at Presentation Catholic Church. Two children were born to this union. She and her husband farmed in the valley until Sept. 28, 1936, when George died following a brief illness.   She remained on the farm until 1942 when she and the children moved to David City.   She was employed at J. C. Penney and Schweser Store and the Butler County ASCS office, and was an active member of St. Mary's Parish. In 1962 she moved to Santa Ana, Calif., and more recently lived in Claremont, Calif.  One of her lifelong pleasures was playing the piano.  Out-of-state relatives attending the graveside services were Mr. and Mrs. Ken Schmit of Claremont, Calif., Mrs. John Morrissey of Adelanto, Calif., Agnes Phillips of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Gerald Phillips of Englewood, Colo.   Survivors include one son Ken of Claremont, Calif., a daughter, Mrs. John (Marilyn) Morrissey of Adelanto, Calif., one brother, Leonard J. Phillips of David City, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and three brothers, George and Al Phillips of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Wilfrid Phillips of David City.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anthony Fredrick Reisdorff 1917-1985

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Reisdorff, Bridges, Lisko, Hunt, Barry, Vanis, Birkel, Hilger, Pokorny, Ramos, Schlentz

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 6 September 1985.

Anthony Reisdorf Services Conducted Here Friday Morning

Funeral services for Anthony Fredrick Reisdorf of Lincoln were conducted Friday morning, Sept. 6, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City.  Mr. Reisdorf died Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Veterans Hospital in Lincoln.  The Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated by. Rev. Clarence Reisdorff, Msgr. A. J. Lisko, Rev. Dennis Hunt and Msgr. Dennis Barry of Lincoln.  Mrs. Ray Vanis was the organist. Pallbearers were Clarence Birkel, Gerald Birkel, Don Birkel, Leonard Hilger, Jim Reisdorff and Larry Pokorny. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, with graveside military services conferred by members of the David City American Legion and V.F.W. Posts.  Relatives attending from out of state were Carolyn Ramos and Ron Reisdorf of Houston, Texas.  The son of John J. and Caroline (Schlentz) Reisdorff, Anthony Fredrick Reisdorf was born May 29, 1917, at Bellwood. He attended school at Marietta.  On Dec. 21, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lucy Nell Bridges in West Virginia. Three children were born to this union.   A retired non-commissioned officer of the Air Force, he retired on Aug. 31, 1962, with 20 years of active military service. He began his military career with the regular Army on July 10, 1941, and served until Aug.26, 1945. He enlisted in the Air Force on Sept.17, 1946. He served overseas tours in Honolulu, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, the Middle Eastern Theater and Japan .During his service he earned the following awards and decorations: Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Clasp with four loops; American Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; American Campaign Medal: World War II Victory Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, four Bronze Service Stars with Arrowhead; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service, Award Ribbon with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Korean Service Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; United Nations Service Medal; and the Presidential Unit Citation. On his retirement, he was stationed with Headquarters Air Force Special Weapons Center in the Directorate of Nuclear Safety at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.  After retirement, he lived in Albuquerque, N.M., 21 years. The last five years he had lived in Lincoln.  He was a member of the Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, the Fraternal Order Of Eagles and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.   Survivors include his wife, Lucy Nell Bridges; two sons, Carroll John of South America and Ron Reisdorf of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Carolyn Ramos of Albuquerque; N.M.; three brothers, Earl and Harry Reisdorff of David City, and Father Clarence Reisdorff of Seward; two sisters, Mrs. Cyril (Lucille) Birkel of Bellwood and Martha Reisdorff of Seward; and two grandchildren, Alyce and Brandon Ramos.  His parents preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Marie Henrietta (Ellerman) Morbach 1900-1985

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Ellerman, Morbach, Vap, DeWispelare, Hamata, Wilkerson, Maillard

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 31 Oct 1985.

Funeral services for Marie Henrietta Morbach of Bellwood were conducted Tuesday morning, Oct.22, from Presentation Catholic Church, Bellwood, with Father Gerald Vap celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Mrs. Morbach, 85, died Sunday, Oct.20, at Schuyler Memorial Hospital.  Pallbearers were Gerald DeWispelare, Terry Morbach, Timothy Morbach, David Morbach, Toby Morbach and Gerald Hamata. James Morbach was an honorary pallbearer Burial was in the parish cemetery.  Out of town relatives attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Wilkerson of Vandalia, Ohio, Dr. and Mrs. James Maillard of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Morbach and family of Detroit, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morbach of Miami, Fla., and David Morbach of Alaska.  Marie Morbach, the daughter of Henry and Julia Ellerman, was born Sept.10, 1900, at Wisner.  A homemaker, she was a member of the Catholic faith and the Catholic Daughters of Americas.   Survivors include two sons, Robert Morbach of Miami, Fla., and Donald Morbach of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Josephine Wilkerson of Dayton, Ohio, and Rosemarie Maillard of Omaha; and one sister, Ethel Rieler of Los Angeles, Calif.

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Obituaries 1984

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Harry Lee Morbach 1922-1984

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Legler, Rutten, Kobza, Hanus, Hain, Kopecky, Svoboda, Vandenberg, Ellerman, Hamata, Lyons, Wilkerson, Maillard

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 26 Apr 1984:

Funeral services for Harry L. Morbach of Bellwood were conducted Monday morning, April 16, Presentation Church. Mr. Morbach; 61 died Friday, April 13, at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, following an illness of three weeks, due to a heart attack.  Father Paul Rutten celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Altar boys were Marty Kobza, Danny Hanus, Jimmy Morbach and Danny Morbach. Bernard Hain was the organist. Third and Fourth degree members of the Knights of Co1umbus attended in a body. Pallbearers were John Morbach, Al Hanus, Joe Kopecky, Valerian Svoboda, Don Svoboda and Fred Vandenberg. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Bellwood.  Harry L Morbach, the son of Joseph and Marie Ellerman Morbach, was born Oct.31, 1922, at Bellwood, attended Marietta grade school and High School.  On Nov.18, 1944, he was united in marriage to Dorothy J. Legler at Presentation Church. Five children were born to this union.  From 1945 to 1951 they made their home in Schuyler. In 1951 they moved to the family farm near Bellwood. He managed the farm until his death.  He had also been employed by the Farmers Coop Grain-Hardware Dept. in Bellwood for the past 18 years. He was a member of the Catholic Church, the third and Fourth Degree Order of the Knights of Columbus. and F.O.E. of Schuyler.  He was a member of the Schuyler Merchants Baseball Team in the Pioneer Nite League.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, David J. Morbach of Anchorage, Alaska, and Joseph J. Morbach of Ft. Worth Texas, three daughters, Mignon (Doll) Hamata of Schuyler, Sheila Lyons of  Houston, Texas, and Kimberly Morbach of Ft. Worth, Texas; two brothers, Donald J. Morbach of Detroit, Mich., and Robert N. Morbach of Miami, Fla., two sisters, Josephine Wilkerson of Vandaua, Ohio, and Rosemarie Maillard of Omaha, his mother, Marie Morbach, and five grandchildren, Heather and Tasha Hamata, Christine Morbach and John and Edward Morbach.  His father, Joseph J. Morbach and his sister, Evelyn Morbach, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Harold John Phillips 1930-1984

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Hunt, Roh, Krondak, Zegers, Kaspar, Leu, Vandenberg, Hotovy, Theewen, Timoney, Sample, Rathje, McCoy, Hoffbauer, Stuchlik

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, July 1984

Services for Harold John Phillips, 54, were conducted Wed. morning, July 25. Mr. Phillips died Sunday afternoon, July 22, at his home southeast of David City following a heart attack.   Father Dennis Hunt celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis Church, David City. Father Robert Roh delivered the homily. Music was furnished by Mrs. Alice Krondak. Members of the Knights of Columbus attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Eugene Zegers, Norman Kaspar, William Marlin Leu, Fred Vandenberg and Nick Hotovy. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery.  Harold J. Phillips, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Theewen Phillips, was born July 21, 1930, at David City. On Oct. 5, 1960, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Timoney at Ulysses. Nine children were born to this union.  All his life was spent in the David City area where he was engaged in farming.  He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the V.F.W.  He was a board member of Center Township, served on the board of directors for Northside 66, Inc., was past president of St. Francis Church board, past school hoard member of Dist. No.23, and served as parish representative for Aquinas Home School Association and the Booster Club.  He served in the Army in Germany during World War II.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, William of Seward, Carol Sample of Grand Island, Bonnie Rathje of Rising City and Beth, Charles, Patrick, Jeffrey, Tracy and Lee, all at home, two brothers, Sylvester (Bud) of Columbus and Eugene Phillips of David City; three sisters, Annarose McCoy of Eugene, Ore., Lorraine Hoffbauer of David City and Betty Stuchlik of Lincoln; and four grandchildren, Anna Phillips, Jessica and Jason Sample and Ashley Rathje.  His parents, a brother, Lester, and a sister, Bernice, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary Augusta (Puetz) Morbach 1891-1984
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 12:18:19 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Puetz, Morbach, Lisko, Trainor, Study, Macoubrie

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 3 May 1984.

Mary Augusta Morbach, first Villa resident, dies Sunday

Funeral services for Mary Augusta Morbach, 93, a resident of St. Joseph's Villa, were conducted Wednesday morning from St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City. Mrs. Morbach, 93 died Sunday, April 29, at the Butler County Hospital, following a one day illness.   Msgr. A. J. Lisko celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Members of the PCCW attended in a body. Pallbearers were James Morbach, Daniel Morbach, Michael Trainor, Kevin Study, David Macoubrie and Jeff Study. Burial was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery at Bellwood.  Relatives and friends from Omaha, Lincoln, Osmond, Columbus, Seward, and towns in the David City area attended the services. Mary Augusta Morbach, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Puetz, was born April 4, 1891, at Bellwood. On Nov. 26, 1912, she was united in marriage to John P. Morbach. One son was born to this union. A lifetime resident of Butler County, she made her home in Bellwood until 1967 when she moved to David City to make her home at St. Joseph's Villa. She was the first resident admitted to the Villa when it opened in March1967. She was a member of the Catholic Church and the Altar Society, Survivors include a son, John M. Morbach of David City; five grandchildren, Marie Trainor, Helen Macoubrie, Margaret Study, James Morbach and Daniel Morbach; and 15 great-grandchildren.  Her parents, husband, and grandson, John L. Morbach, preceded her in death.

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Obituaries 1983

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Irene M. (Ronkar) Barnes 1906-1983

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Ronkar, Barnes, Reisdorff, Markle, Anstine, Imig, Fritz, Rea, Kral, Hofer, Medinger, Demuth, Beck

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, April 1983

Funeral services for Mrs. Irene M. Barnes of Utica, formerly of Seward, were held Tuesday morning, May 3, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Seward, with Father Clarence Reisdorff officiating. Mrs. Barnes died April 30 at Bethesda Care Center, Utica following a lengthy illness.  Pallbearers were Keith Markle, Max Anstine, Henry Imig, Emil Fritz, Tom Rea and Joe Kral. Burial was in the Seward Cemetery.   Irene Ronkar, daughter of Henry and Susanna (Schmit) Ronkar, was horn near Bellwood on April 26, 1906. She graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and was employed as a registered nurse at David City Hospital in the early 1930s.  She was married to Lee Marion Barnes on May 29, 1937, at Seward, where they lived until she entered Bethesda Care Center in, 1975.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother. Survivors include her two children, Mrs. Lynn (Carol) Hofer of Staplehurst and Jim Barnes of Pueblo, Colo. three sisters,. Mrs. Emil (Agnes) Medinger of Octavia, Mrs. Mary Demuth of David City, and Mrs. Virgil (Mildred) Beck of Denver and five grandchildren.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary Genevieve (Demuth) Phillips 1903-1983

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Demuth, Phillips, Olsen, Trujillo, Shanders, Schacher, Janicek, Wilhelm, Haukap, Cooney, Prosser, Prouty, Morita, Gieber, Thimesch, Moritz, Sanders, Talich

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Pine Bluffs Post, Pine Bluffs, WY, April 1983

Mary Genevieve Phillips, 79, died Tuesday, April 19, 1983 at Depaul Hospital in Cheyenne.  Born in Bellwood, Nebr., in 1903, she had lived in Laramie County since February 1926.  She married Al P. Phillips in 1926 in Bellwood, Nebr. He preceded her in death in 1975.  She was affiliated with the Catholic Church.  Survivors include her daughter, Zita Olsen, San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Nicholas Demuth of Cedar Rapid, Nebr.; half-brothers, Mr. and Mrs. George Demuth, Stapelhurst Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Clement Demuth, Hemet, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Francis Demuth, Phoenix, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Olsen, Fremont, Calif., and Robert Olsen, Chico. Calif.   Two brothers and one granddaughter preceded her in death.  Scripture and Rosary Service was Thursday night at St, Paul's Catholic Church in Pine Bluffs.  Mass of the Christian Burial was Friday, 1:00pm, at St Paul's Catholic Church, Father Patrick Trujillo officiated Burial was in the Pine' Bluffs Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Don Shandera, Marvin Schacher, Don Janicek, Bob Wilhelm, Cliff Haukap and Merlin Cooney.   Honorary pallbearers were Ed Prosser, Ben Prouty, Joe Morita, Clarence Gieber, Jake Thimesch, Bernard Moritz, Mike Sanders and Dennis Talich.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Josephine (Kreizinger) Hille 1902-1983

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hille, Kreizinger, Hook, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, September 1983

Josephine Kreizinger Hille services held at Norfolk on Saturday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carl (Josephine) Hille, 81, of Norfolk were held Saturday morning, Sept. 24, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norfolk with the Rev. James Coyle officiating. Robert Kreizinger was lector. Dan and Zita Hook sang the meditation song.   Mr. Hille died Sept. 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Norfolk. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery.  Josephine was born May 2, 1902, at David City to Louis R. and Caroline (Meysenburg) Kreizinger. She married Dr. Carl Hille in Omaha on June 14, 1930. They resided in Beaver Crossing until 1954.  Dr. Hille was in medical practice there before joining the Norfolk Regional Center staff where he worked for a number of years before retiring.  Mrs. Hille was a member of the Alter Society, a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a member of Court San Salvador No. 576, David City.  Surviving are her husband, Dr. Carl Hille; one son, Donald J. Hille of Firth; three brothers, Arthur Kreizinger of Bonaparte, IA, L. Robert Kreizinger.  of Columbus and Daniel D. Hook (adopted) of David City; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Clinton Walter Buntgen 1914-1983

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Buntgen, Milburn, Lisko, Vanis, Hook, Martin, Birkel, Kobza, McLaughlin, Lukassen, Hascall, Janousek, McIntire, Thomazin, Kilgore

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 24 Nov 1983

Funeral services for a retired David City businessman, Clinton Walter (Spike) Buntgen, 69, of David City were held Friday morning, Nov. 18, from St. Mary's Catholic Church with Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiating. Mr. Buntgen died Nov.16 at the Butler County Hospital following a lengthy illness.  Mrs. Ray Vanis was organist. Dan Hook was commentator. Pallbearers were Louis Martin, Richard Birkel, Jim Kobza, Marion McLaughlin, Francis Lukassen and Lloyd Hascall. Military graveside services were conducted. by members of the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts of David City. Burial was in St.  Mary's Cemetery.   Clinton Buntgen, the son of Peter and Antonia (Janousek) Buntgen, was horn Aug. 6, 1914, at Rising City. He graduated from David City High School in 1934.  On Oct.27, 1947, he married Rose Milburn. Six children were born to this union. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and V.F.W.  During his three years in the military he received three Battle Stars, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, and the Arrowhead for Initial landing. He was with the 32nd Division which was the first in action against the enemy on foreign soil during World War II. They were the first infantry unit to arrive in New Guinea.  He was engaged in the produce business here during his business career, operating Butler County Produce for a number of years preceding his retirement.  Survivors include his wife, Rose, four sons, Wayne, Larry and Richard of Lincoln, and William of David City, two daughters, Mrs. David (Linda) Mclntire of Omaha and Susan of Lincoln, a brother, Harry of David City, two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Clara) Thomazin of Grinnel, IA, and Mrs. Harry (Margaret) Kilgore of David City, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles (Ruthe) Buntgen of David City, and six grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles.   Relatives attending the services were from Grinnel, Ia., Fort Morgan, Colo., North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln, St. Edward, Columbus, Genoa, and Bellwood.

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Obituaries 1982

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Everett A. Supancheck 1902-1982

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Supancheck, Lisko, Vanis, Phillips, Eller, Perers, Abel, Pernicek, Ternes, Markitan, Van Bussel, Wenzl, Cavanaugh, Hollingsworth

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, ?? 1982.

Funeral services for Evert A. Supancheck, A longtime David City businessman, were con Wednesday morning, St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mr. Supancheck, 80, died Sunday, after being stricken at his place of business.  Msgr. A. J Lisko celebrated the Mass Of Resurrection. Mrs. Ray Vanis was the organist. Pallbearers were Harold Phillips, Eugene Phillips, William Eller, Paul Peters, LeRoy Abel and Leonard Pernicek. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Relatives and friends from San Jose, Calif., Gulf Breeze, Fla., Cabot, Ark., Vermillion, S.D., Omaha, North Platte, Lincoln, Clarks, Columbus, Cozad, and towns surrounding David City attended the services.  Evert A. Supancheck, the son of Peter A. and Mary (Phillips) Supancheck, was born Sept. 19, 1902, at Lindsay. He attended St. Mary's Grade School.  In 1930 he was united in marriage to Viola Ternes at Albion. She died in 1933. On June 9, 1936, he was married to Edith Markitan at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Bruno. Five children were born to this union.  He farmed in Kimball County from 1918 to 1934. He then returned to David City where he owned and operated "Stop Inn" Service which he himself built in 1936.  He developed an early interest in traveling which over the years led him on extensive tours of all the 48 states plus Cuba, Mexico and Canada.  He was a member of the Catholic Church.   He is survived by three sons, Dennis Supancheck of San Jose, Calif., Donald Supancheck of Omaha and Eugene Supancheck of David City; two daughters, Mrs. Pete (Leta Mae) Van Brussel of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Mrs. Wm. (Loreen) Wenzl of Cabot, Ark.; two brothers, Anthony of Long Beach, Calif., and Lawrence Supancheck of Sparks, Nev.; three sisters, Sister Verone Supancheck of Omaha, Loretta, Ericksen of North Platte and Doris Cavanaugh of Garden Grove, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Ed (Dunie) Hollingsworth, Jr., Robbie and Lori Supancheck, Melinda and Craig Wenzl, Jodi and Jenny Supancheck and Jason and David Supancheck.  He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1933; his second wife in 1979; his sister, Irene Hannappel in 1935; brother, Elmer, in 1942; and his mother in 1964; and his father in 1965.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John Jerold Hanus 1913-1982

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hanus, Puetz, Lisko, Rutten, Hook, Mazourek, Beckius, Morbach, Hilger, Birkel, Steager, Steffensmeier

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 23 Jun 1982.

John J. Hanus, 69, Died, Services Conducted Here Thursday Morning

Funeral services for John J. Hanus of David City were conducted Thursday morning, June 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mr. Hanus died Monday, June 13 at the Butler County Hospital following a lingering illness.  Msgr. A. J. Lisko and Father Paul Rutten concelebrated the Mass of the Resurrection. Music was furnished by Dan and Zita Hook and Joann Mazourek accompanied by Pat Hanus, organist. Members of the Knights of Columbus attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Bob Beckius, Jim Morbach, Jim Hilger, Nick Birkel, Richard Steager and Don Hilger. Burial was in St. Mary's and St Peter's Cemetery in Bellwood.  John J. Hanus, the son of Leo and Mary Mach Hanus, was born July7 4, 1913 in Omaha.  On Dec. 27, 1938, he was united in marriage to Mary Rose Puetz at Presentation Church. Three children were born to this union. She died March 14, 1946.   On Nov. 18, 1947, he was married to Genevieve Birkel at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City. Three  children were born to this union.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He is survived by his wife, Genevieve; two sons, Gerald Hanus of Longmont, Colo., and John L. Hanus of Lincoln; three daughters, Mrs. Mel (Mary Kay) Cihal of Dwight, Mrs. Don (Connie) Johnson of Lincoln and Mrs. Paul (Karen) Steffensmeier of Grand Island; two brothers, Leo Hanus of Columbus and Joe Hanus of David City; five sisters, Mrs. Louis (Mary) Steager, Mrs. John (Ann) Morbach, Mrs. Sylvester (Emily) Hilger and Mrs. Clarence (Ludy) Birkel, all of David City and Sister Marietta Hanus, OSF of Guatemala; and seven grandchildren.  His wife, Mary Rose and daughter Jeanne, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Mathias Puetz 1886-1982

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Puetz, Schmit, Lisko, Hrdlicka, Cooper, Reisdorff, Vanis, Dehner, Rerucha, Votova, Cihal, Hanus, Meysenburg, Hain, Beckius

Following is an obituary reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, Sep 1982

Funeral services for Nicholas M. Puetz, 96, of David City were held Wednesday morning, Sept.22, from St. Mary's Church with Msgr. A. J. Lisko and Father Robert Hrdlicka of David City, Msgr. Daniel Cooper of Beaver Crossing, and Father Clarence Reisdorff of Seward officiating. Mr. Puetz died Sept.19 at the Butler County Hospital following a short illness.  Members of Tihen Council, Knights of Columbus, attended in a body Mrs. Ray Vanis was organist. Song leaders were Mmes. John Dehner and Richard Rerucha. Jerry Votova and Mel Cihal were commentator and lector. Pallbearers were James. Puetz, Gerald Hanus, Gary Puetz Pat Meysenburg, William Puetz, and Larry Hain. Burial was in St. Peter's Presentation Cemetery, Bellwood.  Relatives attending the service were from Longmont, Colo., Davenport and LeMars, IA, Cedar Rapids Osmond, Albion, Omaha, Lincoln Seward, Columbus, Gresham, Beaver Crossing and Schuyler.  Nicholas M. Puetz, son of Matthias and Margaret (Reisdorff) Puetz, was born March 13, 1886, at Bellwood. He attended Bellwood rural school and Fremont Normal School.  On Jan. 17 1911, he was married to Elizabeth C. Schmit at Presentation Parish, Bellwood. Seven children were born to this union.   A Butler County resident all of his life, he was a farmer before retiring to David City in 1956. He was member of the Knights of Columbus for 68 years, and a member of St. Mary's Church.  He is survived by one son, Lawrence Puetz of David City; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Beckius of Lincoln, Mrs. Joe (Clara) Meysenburg of David City, and Mrs. Gerald (Rita) Meysenburg of Omaha; a sister, Mrs. Augusta Morbach of St. Joseph's Villa; 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; three daughters, Evelyn and Caroline Puetz and Mary Rose Hanus; his parents and a grand daughter Jean Hanus; three brothers and four sisters.

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Obituaries 1981

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Eleanore Ann (Janky) Hook 1919-1981

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Janky, Hook, Kreizinger, Lanspa, Ray, Rehder, Snodgrass

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 4 June 1981

Memorial Services For Eleanore Hook Conducted Monday

Memorial services for Mrs. Dan (Eleanore) Hook, 41. were conducted Monday morning, June 3, at St Mary's Catholic Church.  Officiating was Msgr. A J Lisko. Music was by The Jubilations, a guitar group of which she was a member.  Members of the PCCW, V F. W. Auxiliary attended the services in a body.  Mrs. Hook who died Friday, May 29, at her home following a year or illness donated her body to the Creighton University Medical Center for anatomical research. The remains will be cremated and placed in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Among those coming from a distance to attend the services were Peter and Mary Janky of Omaha, Robert and Alice Kreizinger of Columbus and Albin and Dorothy Janky of Bellwood Eleanore Ann Janky, the daughter of Vaclav J. and Bozena Janky, was born Dec. 14, 1919, at Bellwood. She was graduated from David City High School.  She taught in rural Butler County schools and served from March 1945 to August 1946 in the WAC Medical Corps.  She married Daniel D. Hook on Aug. 6, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church here. Seven children were born to this union.  For the past 11 years she had been employed as a dental assistant in the office of Dr. J. M. Lanspa She was active in her church, including the Parish Cursillo Group, the Adult Guitar Group and PCCW (of which she was past president). Also she belonged to the VFW Auxiliary, Weigh Out TOPS Club, Shinn's Ferry Toastmistress Club and the American Legion. While her family was growing up, she was a 4-H leader and active in the Cub Scouting program.  She is survived by her husband, Daniel, sons, Jim of Redlands, Calif., Bill of St. Louis, Mo., Don of Fremont, daughters, Cathy Ray of Lincoln, Mrs. Diane Rehder of Seward, Mrs. Mary Ellen Snodgrass of Fremont and Jeanne of David City, a twin sister, Alice Kreizinger of Columbus, brothers, Emil Janky of Omaha, Stanley Janky of Allen Park, Mich., Leon Janky of Bellwood and eight grandchildren.  Preceding her in death were her parents and three brothers, Edward, Laddie and Louis.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Phyllis Marie (Schlentz) Kosch 1913-1981

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Kosch, Lisko, Hook, Dworak, Perkins, Norton, Snell, Kovar, Trowbridge, Jura

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 21 Jul 1981.

Phyllis Kosch Services Held Here July 13

Services for Mrs. Paul (Phyllis) Kosch, 69, were conducted Wednesday morning, July 13, from St. Mary's Catholic Church with Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiating.  Mrs. Kosch died Monday, July 11, at the Butler County Hospital following and extensive illness.   Music was provided by Dan and Zita Hook. Pallbearers were Donald P. Dworak, Tony Dworak, Pat Schlentz, John Pl. Perkins, Jim Norton and L. D. Snell.  Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Among those attending the services were relatives from Los Angeles, Calif., Loveland, Colo., Kimball and Scottsbluff.  Phyllis Marie, the daughter of John W. and Matilda (Kovar) Schlentz, was born Oct. 29, 1913, at David City where she resided all of her life. She graduated from David City High School in 1931.   On June18, 1936, she and Paul A. Kosch were united in marriage here. Three daughters were born to this Union.  Mrs. Kosch was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the David City Public Library board, P.C.C.W and Catholic Daughters.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Don (Judy) Dworak of Columbus, Mrs. Skip (Jane) Trowbridge of David City and Mrs. Charles (Janet) Jura of Columbus; five grandchildren, Don P. and Tony Dworak, Matthew Trowbridge, Graham and Neely Jura; and two brothers, Francis Schlentz of ins Angeles, Calif., and Philip Schlentz of David City.  Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Evelyn Marie Morbach 1920-1981

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Rutten, Wilson, Maillard, Hamata, Ellerman, Wilkerson

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 8 Oct 1981

Services held at Bellwood Saturday for Evelyn Morbach

Funeral services for Evelyn Marie Morbach. 61, of Omaha, were conducted Saturday morning, Oct. 3, from Presentation Catholic Church in Bellwood.  Miss Morbach died Thursday, Oct. 1, following a short illness.  Father Paul Rutten officiated at the services. Mrs. Gussie Wilson was the organist.  Pallbearers were Joseph Morbach, Terry Morbach, Mike Maillard, Tim Morbach, Mark Maillard and Gerald Hamata. Burial was in St: Mary's (Marietta) Cemetery, Bellwood.  Relatives and friends attending the services came from Miami, Fla., Detroit, Mich., Rapid City, S. D., Ames, la.. Vandalia, Ohio and Schuyler and Omaha.  Evelyn Marie Morbach. the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Ellerman) Morbach was born July 8, 1920, at Bellwood. She attended Marietta grade and high School, St. Joseph's School of Nursing and Creighton University She was member of the Catholic Church.  She was employed as a United States Air Force Nurse from 1942 to 1945 and worked for the Civil Service in Veterans Hospitals for 27 years.  Survivors include her mother. Marie Morbach three brothers, Harry L. Morbach of Bellwood, Robert N. Morbach of Miami. Fla., and Donald J. Morbach of Detroit, Mich two sisters, Josephine Wilkerson of Vandalia. Ohio and Rosemarie Maillard of Omaha.  Her father, Joseph Morbach preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Loretta Matilda(Schmit) Janicek 1906-1981

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Janicek, Roh, Decker

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, December 1981

Funeral services for Mrs. Leo (Loretta M.) Janicek of Bellwood were conducted Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, from St. Peter's Catholic Church, with Father Robert Roh officiating. Mrs. Janicek, 75, died Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Columbus Community Hospital following a two week illness. Pallbearers were grandsons, Randy, Dan, Larry, Gary, Greg and Kenny Janicek. Burial was in St. Peter's and Presentation Cemetery.   Loretta M. Janicek, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Schmit, was born April 6, 1906, at Bellwood. She attended Marietta School.  On April 7, 1926, she was united in marriage to Leo Janicek. Two sons were born to this union. They were engaged in farming near Bellwood until 1963 when they moved into Bellwood.  She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, St. Peters Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of The Americas, the Bellwood American Legion Auxiliary, and The Victory Valley Extension Club.  She is survived by her husband, Leo of Bellwood; two sons, Gerald Janicek of Bellwood and Melvin Janicek of David City; one sister, Eleanor Decker of Casper, Wyo.; one brother, Peter Schmit of David City; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  Her parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

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Obituaries 1980

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Wilfrid William Phillips 1910-1980

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Meysenburg, Supancheck, Schmit

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, March 1980

Funeral services for Wilfrid William Phillips, 69, a retired farmer of David City, were conducted Tuesday morning, March 11, from St. Mary's Catholic Church. Phillips died at his home Friday, March 7, following a heart seizure.  Father Robert C. Hrdlicka officiated at the services. Mrs. Ray Vanis was the organist Pallbearers were Don Meysenburg, Jerome Meysenburg, Eugene Phillips, Harold Phillips and Everett Supancheck. Burial was in St. Mary's-St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery Bellwood.  Friends and relatives attending the services were from California, Wyoming, and Missouri, Omaha, Lincoln, Yutan and Bellwood.  The son of Nicholas and Anna Phillips, Wilfrid W. Phillips, was born May 25, 1910. He attended Marietta High School. He was a member of the Catholic church. Survivors include a brother, Leonard Phillips of David City, a sister, Agnes Schmit of Santa Ana, Calif., six nephews and six nieces.  His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Agnes(Kozicek)Reisdorff 1904-1980

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kozicek, Reisdorff, Dvorak, Kocian, Lisko, Vanis, Pokorny, Fiala, Moravec, Kastner, Timms, Oborny

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 8 May 1980

Mrs. Earl Reisdorff funeral services conducted April 30

Funeral services for Mrs. Earl (Agnes W.) Reisdorff, 75, David City, were conducted Wednesday morning, April 30, from St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Mrs. Reisdorff died Monday, April 23, at St. Joseph's Villa following a heart attack.  Rev. Clarence Reisdorff, Rev. Frank Dvorak and Msgr. A. J. Lisko concelebrated the Mass Of Resurrection. Mrs. Ray Vanis was the organist. Members of St. Mary's PCCW attended in a body.   Pallbearers were Larry Pokorny, Robert Kocian, Dan Reisdorff, Jim Kozisek, Leroy Fiala, and Alfred Moravec. Burial was in St Mary's Cemetery.  Out of town relatives and friends attending the services were from Columbus, Lincoln, Omaha, Dwight, Bee, Bellwood, Seward and O'Neill.  Agnes Reisdorff, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Kastner) Kozisek, was born May 28, 1904, at Bruno. She attended school at Bruno and Dwight.  On Feb.10, 1931, she was united in marriage to Earl Reisdorff at Dwight Assumption Catholic Church. Three children were born to this union.  She was a lifelong resident of the Butler County community, where she and her husband were engaged in farming until their retirement.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.   She is survived by her husband, Earl; a son, Joseph Reisdorff of David City; a daughter, Clara Dvorak of Dodge; two brothers, Alois Kozisek of Brainard and Frank Kozisek of Bee; five sisters, Helen Timms of David City.  Clara Oborny of Seward. Rose Moravec of Lincoln, Phyllis Kocian of Dwight and Evelyn Fiala of Bee; and seven grandchildren.  Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Mary Pokorny; one brother, Ernest Kozisek; and one son, Bernard, who died in infancy.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Caroline Mary (Meysenburg) Reisdorff 1910-1980

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Reisdorff, Lisko, Vap, Johnson, Dehner, Lyons, Krones, Zwick

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 20 November 1980.

Mrs. Ben (Caroline) Reisdorff Services Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ben N. (Caroline M. Meysenburg) Reisdorff, 70, of David City, were conducted Saturday morning, Nov. 15, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City. Mrs. Reisdorff died Nov. 12 at the Butler County Hospital following a four month illness.   Msgr. A. J. Lisko was celebrant of the Mass of Resurrection. Father Gerald Vap furnished the liturgy music. A family offering of individual roses by her children and offertory gifts presented by her grandchildren took place during offertory time.   Members of St. Mary's PCCW and Catholic Daughters attended in a body Pallbearers were Don Meysenburg, Bruce Meysenburg, Mike Meysenburg, Jim Johnson, Dave Dehner and Tim Lyons. Burial was in St Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery, Bellwood.  Attending the service were relatives and friends from Columbus, Seward, Sidney, Lexington, Overton, North Platte, Omaha, Lincoln, Friend, Exeter, Fairbury, Kearney, Schuyler, and neighboring towns in Butler County and Emporia and Salina, Kans., Des Moines, Ia., Milwaukee, Wis., and Alton, Ill.  Caroline M. Reisdorff, the daughter of Henry J. and Amalia (Krones) Meysenburg was born Jan 24, 1910, at David City. She attended school at St. Mary's, David City, and Marietta, Bellwood.  On Jan. 24, 1933, she was united in marriage to Ben N. Reisdorff at Presentation Parish, Bellwood. Seven children were born to this union.   She spent her entire life in the David City community. She was employed by Schweser's a Clothing Store and Novacek's Department Store.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary's P.C.C.W St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters, and belonged to the Association for Retarded Citizens, Butler County.  She is survived by her husband, Ben N. Reisdorff; two sons, Daniel and Robert Reisdorff of Lincoln; four daughters, Dolores Lyons of Friend, Barbara Dehner of David City, Marita Zwick of West Allis, Wis., and Patricia Reisdorff of Omaha; two brothers, Bernard Meysenburg of David City and Henry Meysenburg a of Sidney; four sisters, Sister Loyola Meysenburg of Alton, Ill., Anna Rose Johnson of Omaha, Sister Clarice Meysenburg of Rockford, Ill., and Sister Agnes Meysenburg of Milwaukee, Wis., 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Her parents; a son, Richard Leon; and two brothers, Carl Anthony and Joseph B. Meysenburg, preceded her in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anna Christina (Schmit) Michael 1896-1980

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Michael, Roh, Cockson, Morgan, Puetz, Janicek, Decker, Steiner, Kester, Gonzalez, Hiller, Blaalid

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 15 January 1980.

Mrs. Anna Michael funeral services conducted Jan.18

Anna C. Michael a resident of St. Joseph's Villa died Tuesday, Jan. 15, en route to the Butler County hospital following a heart attack.  Funeral services for Mrs. Michael were conducted Friday morning, Jan. 18, from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood with Father Robert Roh officiating.  Music was provided by the parish choir accompanied by Ruth Cockson, organist.  Edward Michael was lector, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Michael presented offertory gifts and Barbara Ann Morgan. eldest grandchild, read a memorial of appreciation prepared by the grandchildren. Catholic Daughters of the Americas and American.  Legion Auxiliary members attended in a body.  Pallbearers were nephews, Lawrence Puetz, Orville Schmit, Melvin Janicek, Robert Schmit, Gerald Janicek and Edward Schmit.  Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery.  Out of town relatives and friends attending the service came from California, Iowa Wyoming, Oklahoma, Michigan, South Dakota, Missouri and Norfolk, Lincoln, Omaha and towns surrounding Bellwood.   Anna C. Michael, the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Steiner) Schmit was born Jan. 8, l896, in the Marietta, Bellwood area. She attended school in Marietta.  On July 30. 1915, she was united in marriage to Edward M. Michael in Columbus.  Nine children were born to this union.  Following their marriage they made their home in Walker, Ia., until 1919; then. Bellwood and vicinity until 1930, followed by 22 years in David City and 11 years in Lincoln, until she retired to Bellwood in 1964 where she lived until entering St Joseph's Villa on Jan. 2, l976.  While living in Lincoln, she was employed at Gold's Department Store f'or several Years.  Eileen E. Michael of San Francisco, Mary L. Kester of Petaluma, C, Calif., and Bette A. Hiller of Bellwood; one brother, Peter J. Schmit of David City; sisters, Mrs. Leo (Laura) Janicek of Bellwood and Mrs. Don (Eleanor) Decker of Casper, Wyo.; 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.   Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband in 1961; a daughter, Mrs. Gilbert (Barbara) Gonzalez in 1966; two great-grandchildren Barbara Blaalid: and Robert Michael Morgan; six brothers and sisters.  Mrs. Michael was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Steiner, Butler County pioneers and the great-granddaughter of Magdalena Steiner, who was born in the year 1799 and also buried in the Valley Catholic Cemetery.

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Obituaries 1979

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Joseph Benedict Meysenburg 1917-1979

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Vandenbroek, Dehner, Reisdorff, Johnson, Soucheck

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 7 Oct 1976.

Services Held For Joseph B. Meysenburg, 59

Funeral services for Joseph Benedict Meysenburg, 59, a rural Bellwood resident were conducted Saturday morning, Oct. 2, from Presentation Church, Bellwood.  Mr. Meysenburg died Wednesday, Sept.29, at the Butler County Hospital following a year's illness.  Father Paul Rutten officiated at the service. Vocalists, Jean Kamrath and Barb Dehner, were accompanied by Bernard Hain, organist.  Pallbearers were nephews, Dan Reisdorff, Bob Reisdorff, Mike Meysenburg, Bill Meysenburg, Bruce Meysenburg and Jim Johnson. Burial was in Presentation Cemetery, Bellwood.  Relatives and friends attending the services came from Alton, Ill., Milwaukee, Wis., Grand Forks, N. D., Salina, KS., and Omaha, Sidney, Deweese, St. Edward, Genoa, Lincoln, Schuyler, Columbus, and Seward.  Joseph Benedict Meysenburg, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meysenburg, was born July 12, 1917, at David City. He attended school at St. Mary's, David City, and Marietta.  On. May 4, 1943, he was united in marriage to Leonarda Vandenbroek. Eleven children were born to this union.  He resided in Butler County all his life. At the time of his death, he was engaged in farming.  He was a member of Presentation Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society, a 4-H leader, a former Township board member and a softball coach.  He is survived by his wife, Leonarda; eight sons, Don of Bellwood, Greg and Ed of David City, Ray of Seward, Marty of Omaha and Steve, Barry and Jim living at home; two daughters, Mary Kay Soucheck of Grand Forks, N.D., and Lori of Lincoln; two brothers, Bernard of David City and Henry of Sidney; five sisters, Sister Loyola of Alton, Ill., Sister Agnes of Milwaukee, Wis., Sister Clarice of Omaha, Mrs. Ben (Caroline) Reisdorff and Mrs. Anna Rose Johnson of Omaha; and 13 grand-children.  His parents, an infant daughter, Rose Marie, and an infant brother, Carl, preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Albert John Hilger 1882-1979

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hilger, Phillips, Vanis, Supancheck, Kosch, Victor, Steiner, Schmuacher

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 23 August 1979.

Albert J. Hilger funeral services conducted Saturday

Funeral services for Albert J. Hilger, David City were conducted Saturday morning, August 18. from St. Mary's Catholic church with Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiating. Mr. Hilger died August 15, at the Butler County Hospital.  Mrs. Ray Vanis was organist. Members of the Knights Of Columbus attended in a body. Pallbearers were E. A. Supancheck, Leonard Hilger, Harold Phillips, Alfred Hilger, Joe Hilger and Eugene Kosch. Burial. was in St. Mary's Cemetery, David City.  Albert Hilger was born July 25, 1882; at David City to Henry Hilger and Anna Victor. He attended the David City schools. On Jan.16, 1907, he was married to Catherine Phillips at Marietta Church. Six children were born to this union.   A retired farmer. Mr. Hilger was the first male resident to move into St. Joseph's Villa following its re-opening about 14 years ago lie continued to reside there until his death.  He was a member of St Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.   He is survived by two daughters. Mrs. Joe Lenora Steiner, David City and Mrs. Alex (Agnes) Shumacher, Lincoln, 11 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife in 1933, two sons, Arnold and Bernard, and two infant sons.

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Obituaries 1978

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elizabeth Matilda (Theewen) Phillips 1891-1978
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 19:14:39 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Theewen, Phillips, Spahr, Hoffbauer, Stuchlik, McCoy, Oborny, Reisdorff, Herbek

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 2 February 1978.

Services Held For Elizabeth Phillips Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth M. Phillips, 76, of David City were conducted Monday morning, Jan. 30, from St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mrs. Phillips died Friday, Jan. 27, at Seward Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.  Mass was concelebrated by Fathers Rudy Oborny, Clarence Reisdorff and Adrian Herbek. Members of the St. Mary's PCCW and Catholic Daughters attended in a body.  Pallbearers were Roger Spahr, Jim Spahr, Robert Hoffbauer, Rick Hoffbauer, Mike Stuchlik and Bill Phillips. Burial was in St Francis (Center) Cemetery.  The daughter of Theodore and Johanna Theewen, Elizabeth M. Phillips, was born Oct. 31, 1901, at David City. She attended country school.  On Oct. 14, 1919. She was united in marriage to Henry G. Phillips at St. Francis Church(Center). Eight children were born to this union.  She spent most of her married life on a farm neat Center, then retired into David City. The last four years were spent in the Bethesda Nursing home in Seward.  A homemaker, she was a member of the Catholic Church, the St. Mary's PCCW and the Catholic Daughters.  She is survived by three sons, Sylvester (Bud) of Columbus and Harold and Eugene Phillips of David City, three daughters, Mrs. Earl (Annarose) McCoy of Eugene, Ore., Mrs. Leo (Lorraine) Hoffbauer of David City and Mrs. Lawrence (Betty) Stuchlik of Lincoln, one brother, William Theewen of Lincoln, 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Henry, son, Lester and daughter, Bernice.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Paul J. Meysenburg 1905-1978

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Hiller, Becker, Scholtz, Demuth

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 1 March 1978.

Service Held Saturday For Paul Meysenburg

Funeral services for Paul J Meysenburg, 73. rural David City, were conducted Saturday morning, Feb 25, from Presentation Catholic Church.  Mr. Meysenburg died Thursday morning Feb. 22. at the Butler County Hospital following a heart attack.  Father Paul Rutten officiated at the service. Butch Hain was organist.  Knights of Columbus members attended in a body. Pallbearers were Dan Meysenburg, Leo Meysenburg, Bob Becker, Jr., Dan Hiller, Greg Scholz and Michael Demuth. Burial was in the Bellwood Catholic Cemetery.  Out of town relatives and friends attending the services came from Omaha, Boys Town, Primrose, Albion, Lincoln, Bellwood, St. Edward, Gresham, Columbus, Alliance, Holdrege Shelby, Octavia and Schuyler and New Orleans, La., Abilene, Ks., Sioux Falls, SD and Illinois.  Paul J. Meysenburg, the son of John and Christine Meysenburg, was born Feb. 18, 1905 at David City.  He attended Presentation Grade School. On April 23, 1929, he was united in marriage to Eva Hiller at Bellwood. Three sons were born to this union.  He farmed in the Bellwood area from 1929 to 1948, then moved on a farm north of David City, where he lived at the time of his death.  He was a member of the Catholic Church and the knights of Columbus.  He is survived by his wife, Eva, three sons, Norbert of Boys Town, John and Gerald Meysenburg of Omaha eight grandchildren and one great. grandchild.  Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, Harold, Leo and Frances, and three sisters, Hilda, Camilla and Margaret.

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Obituaries 1977

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bernard Victor Hilger 1912-1977

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hilger, Phillips, Danaher, Hiller, Kosch, Kresha, Kobza, Steiner, Schmacher

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 15 Sep 1977.

Bernard Hilger Services Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Bernard Victor Hilger. 64 of rural David City were conducted Wednesday morning Sept. 14 from St. Mary's Catholic church. Mr. Hig1er died Sunday evening. Sept. II, at the Butler County Hospital.  Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiated at the services. Members of the Knights of Columbus attended in a body. Pallbearers were Jerome Danaher, Tony Hiller.  Len Hilger. Alfred Hilger, Gene Phillips and Gene Kosch. Burial was at St Mary's Cemetery.  Bernard, the son of Albert and Catherine Phillips Hilger, was born Oct. 1, 1912. at David City.  On June 8, 1937, he was united in marriage to Rose Kresha at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Osceola. Three children were born to this union.  They lived on a farm northwest of David City. where Mr. Hilger was engaged in farming.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He is survived by his wife, Rose; two sons, Robert Hilger of David City and Daniel Hilger of Bellwood. One daughter. Mrs. Henry (Janice-Bonnie) Kobza of Bellwood; his father. Albert Hilger of St Joseph's Villa; two sisters, Lenora Steiner and Agnes Schumacher and 11 grandchildren.  His mother and brother, Arnold preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Peter Cornelius Schmit 1896-1977

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Janicek, Beckius, Rutten

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 20 Oct 1977.

Pete C. Schmit Funeral Services Held Wednesday

A lifetime resident of Butler County, Pete C. Schmit, 81, Rt. 2, Columbus, died Sunday, Oct. 16, at St. Joseph's Villa after being in failing health for some time.  Funeral services for Mr. Schmit were conducted Wednesday morning from St. Joseph's Catholic Church near Bellwood with Father Paul J. Rutten officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Bellwood.  Pete C. Schmit, the son of Cornelius Schmit and Mary Beckuis, was born March 5, 1896, in Butler County. He was married on Feb. 15, 1922, at St. Peter's Church , Bellwood to Hattie Janicek.  He was engaged in farming until his retirement.

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Obituaries 1976

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Margaret Mary Meysenburg 1898-1976

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Peters

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 8 Jan 1976.

Services Held At Bellwood For Margaret Peters

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Mary Peters, 77, a Bellwood retired postmistress, were conducted Tuesday morning, Dec.30, from St. Peter's Church, Bellwood. Mrs. Peters died Sunday, Dec.28, at the Butler County Hospital following a two week illness due to heart failure.  The Requiem Mass was offered by Father Robert Roh, concelebrated with Msgr.  A. J. Lisko and Fathers Paul Rutten, John Rasmussen and, G. C. Messman.   Mass servers were Mark Zeller, John McCawley, Jeff Lopez and Tim Lopez.  Mike McCawley was commentator. Mrs. Loran Schmit, vocalist, was accompanied by Mrs. Ruth Cockson, organist. Catholic Daughters attended in a body.  Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, Tom McCawley, Bob Peters, Terry Zeller, Chris Lopez, Steve McCawley and Dan McCawley. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery.  Out of town relatives and friends attending the services were from Omaha, Lincoln, Columbus, David City, Genoa, Albion, Burwell, and Central City, and Casper, Wyo., Denver, Colo., St. Paul, Minn., Rock Island, Ill., and Lee's Summit, Mo.  Margaret Mary, the daughter of John J. and Christina Phillips Meysenburg, was born Nov.14, 1898, at David City. She attended school at Marietta.  On April 19,1921, she was united in marriage to Clarence G. Peters at Presentation Church, Bellwood. Nine children were born to this union.  She resided in the Bellwood vicinity all her lifetime. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of America and the American Legion Auxiliary, She is survivied by two sons, Paul J. Peters of David City and Don Peters of Bellwood; four daughters, Dolores McCawley and Mary M. Zeller of Bellwood, Phyllis Douglass of Casper, Wyo. and Rita Lopez of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Paul J. Meysenburg of David City; 28 grandchidren and three great-gandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sons, one daughter, a grandson, three brothers, two sisters, and a brother in infancy.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Edward John Steiner 1918-1976

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Jacobs, Buzynski, Buss, Semin

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 2 September 1976.

Services Held In Columbus For Edward J. Steiner

Funeral services for Edward John Steiner, 57, were held Tuesday, Aug 24, at St. Anthony's Church in Columbus, Father Laurin Buzynski officiated.  Mr. Steiner died Saturday, Aug. 21, in Behen Memorial Hospital Burial was in St Bonaventure's Catholic Cemetery.  The son of Nicholas and Mary Steiner, he was born Aug.28, 1918, at Bellwood and attended school at Marietta. On Feb.17, 1942, he married Rita Jacobs.   He was a veteran of World War II and served with the 183rd Infantry from 1942-46. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and coached little league baseball. In 1953 they moved to Columbus where Mr. Steiner was employed by Behlen Manufacturing Co.   Survivors include his wife; six children, Mrs. Henry (Gayle) Buss of Pawnee City, John, Michael, David, Daniel and Donna all of Columbus; five grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Helena Semin of Bellwood.  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, and two brothers, Lawrence and Leonard Steiner.

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Obituaries 1975

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary M. (Meysenburg) Morbach 1882-1975
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 08:46:41 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Morbach, Reisdorff, DeWispelare, Smith, Birkel

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 28 Jun 1975.

Mary M. Morbach, the daughter of John and Susan Reisdorff Meysenburg, was born December 16, 1882, on a farm near Bellwood. On January 12. 1904, she was married to C. P. Morbach at Luxemburg Church near Bellwood. One daughter.  Geneva. was born to this union. They farmed in the Bellwood and Octavia vicinity until 1930. when they moved to David City.  Mrs. Morbach was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Survivors are a grandson, Gerald F. DeWispelare of Octavia; a great-granddaughter, Mrs. Ed (Debra) Birkel of Norfolk; a great grandson, Michael DeWispelare of rural David City; and a sister, Mrs. Kate Smith of Omaha. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Geneva DeWispelare, one sister and two brothers.  Attending the services from a distance were relatives and friends from Georgia, Texas, Norfolk, Fremont, Lincoln, Omaha, Plattsmouth and Wahoo and the surrounding Butler County area.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Aloysius Peter Phillips 1899-1975

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Demuth, Olsen, Staufer, Ross, Peters, Schmit, Janicek, Lukassen, Schadegg, Birkel, Shandera, Wilhelm, Schacher, Schinzel

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 9-18-1975

Services In Pine Bluffs, Wyo., For A. P. Phillips

Funeral services for Al P. Phillips, 75, of Pine Bluffs, Laramie County, Wyo., were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 2, at St. Paul's, Catholic Church with Father Phillip Colibraro officiating. Mr. Phillips died Friday, Aug. 29 in DePaul Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo.   Pallbearers were Robert Wilhelm, Robert Johnson, Don Shandera, Marvin Schacher, Donald Janicek and Jerome Schinzel. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Prosser, James Rainey, Jake Thimesch, Bernard Moritiz, Ben Prouty and Clarence Gieber.  Burial was in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery.  Al P. Phillips was born Dec.2, 1899, in Nebraska. On Feb.15, 1926, he was united in marriage to Genevieve N. Demuth at Bellwood.  He lived at Bellwood before moving 50 years ago to Laramie County where he was engaged in farming. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pine Bluffs and the Knights of Columbus, Tihen Council 1717 in David City.  He is survived by his wife, Genevieve of Pine Bluffs; a daughter, Zita Olsen of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Agnes Schmit of Santa Ana, Calif.; two brothers, Wilfred and Leonard Phillips, both of David City; and two grandchildren, Roger and Robert Olsen of San Jose, Calif.  He was preceded in death by a brother, George Phillips, and a granddaughter, Anita Olsen, who died Aug.12, 1973.   Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Olsen, Roger and Robert of San Jose, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Staufer, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Phillips and daughters, Mrs. Bill Ross and Mrs. Dave Peters of Denver, Cob. From Nebraska, they included Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Phillips, Wilfred Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. John Birkel of David City, Mr. and Mrs. George Demuth of Staplehurst and Mr. and Mrs.  Albert. Janicek, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lukassen, Mrs. John Schadegg, Maude Donaghue, Minnie McDowell and Mrs. Helen Cortney all of Kimball.

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Obituaries 1974

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Walter Hillar Smith 1914-1974

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Smith

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 21 Mar 1974.

Services Held For Marietta Area Native Judge Smith

Dist. Judge Walter H. Smith of Plattsmouth, 59, who died Friday in an Omaha hospital, was a native of the Marietta community in Butler County. He was the son of Mrs. Katherine Smith now living in Omaha, and the late Hillar Smith.  He attended Marietta High School, was graduated from Creighton University Law School and was Cass County Attorney from 1933 to 1950. Since 1965 he had been a District Judge in the area covering parts of Sarpy, Cass and Otoe Counties.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, six sons, two daughters, and three sisters.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning from St. John's Catholic Church in Plattsmouth.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Harold Lee Schmit 1934-1974

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Neyens, Janicek, Nitz

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 26 Dec 1974.

Services Held Monday For Harold Schmit

A rural Bellwood resident, Harold L. Schmit, died Friday, Dec. 20, at his home.   Funeral services were held on Monday morning, Dec. 23, from St Joseph's Church near Bellwood.  The son of Pete and Hattie (Janicek) Schmit, he was born April 28, 1934, at Rising City. He attended Bellwood District 36 School and Kramer High School in Columbus.  He was married Jan. 24, 1957, to Betty Neyens, who survives along with a son, Jeff; two daughters, Gina and Janet; his father; a brother, Gerald, all of the Bellwood area and a sister, Mrs. Harold Nitz of Norfolk.

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Obituaries 1973

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Michael Stephen Dehner 1892-1973

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Dehner, Behne, Medinger, Furasek, Zovodny, Sauser

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 10-11-73.

Services Held Wednesday For Michael Dehner

Michael S. Dehner, 80, of David City, died Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, at his home.   The son of John Dehner and Katherine Medinger, he was born Oct. 11, 1892, at Octavia.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and was a World War I veteran.  He is survived by his wife, Bertha (Behne) Dehner; two daughters,. Mrs. Anton (Margaret) Furasek of Weston and Mrs. Leonard (Helen) Zavodny of David City; one sister, Mrs. Mary Sauser of David City; and five grandchildren.   His parents, daughter, Mary Ann, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.   Funeral services for Mr. Dehner were held Wednesday morning, Oct.10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.

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Obituaries 1972

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John Aloysius Schmit 1892-1972

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Michael, Messman, Kosch, Favley, Janicek, Puetz, Steiner, Decker

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 31 Aug 1972.

SERVICES HELD FOR JOHN A. SCHMIT

Funeral services for John A. Schmit, 80, were conducted Monday morning, Aug.21, from St. Peter's Catholic Church, Bellwood, with Father G. C. Messman officiating. Mr. Schmit died Friday, Aug.18, at the David City Hospital following a three week illness.  Mrs. A. C. Kosch was organist. Members of the Knights of Columbus attended the services in a body. Pallbearers were nephews, Patrick Falvey, Melvin Janicek, Richard Michael, Lawrence Puetz, Edward Schmit and Orville Schmit.  Burial was in St. Peter's and St. Mary's Cemetery at Bellwood.  Relatives coming from a distance to attend the services were from Watertown, S.D.. Morris, Minn., Emmetsburg and Jesup, Iowa, San Francisco, Calif., and Osmond and Randolph.  John A. Schmit, the son of Nicholas A. and Elizabeth (Steiner) Schmit, was born Aug. 16, 1892, near Marietta. He attended the Marietta School.   On Nov. 4, 1937, he was married at Watertown, S.D., to Gertrude Michael.  With the exception of 21 years spent in the Watertown area, where he was employed by a farm implement company until his retirement in 1961, his life was 'spent in' the David City and Bellwood areas.  He was a charter member (58 years of membership) of Tihen Council of the Knights of Columbus.  He was the grandson of pioneers who homesteaded in the valley area near Bellwood in 1871. His great-grandmother, born in 1799, is buried in the same cemetery as he.  Two brothers, Leo and George, and a sister, Elizabeth, preceded him in death.  He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; a brother, Peter J. Schmit of David City; three sisters, Mrs. E. M. (Ann) Michael and Mrs. Leo (Laura) Janicek of Bellwood, and Mrs. Don (Eleanora) Decker of Jesup, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mae (Schmit) Meister 1893-1972

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meister, Schmit, Watts, Krafka, Pelan, Havlena, Cook, Nicolas

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 30 November 1972.

Services Friday For Mrs. C. J. Meister

Funeral services for Mrs. C. J. (Mae) Meister, 79, Columbus, were conducted Friday morning, Nov. 24, from St. Bonaventure Church, Columbus, with Father Regis Watts officiating. Mrs. Meister died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Behlen Memorial Hospital following an illness of about six weeks.  Pallbearers were her grandsons, Ken Krafka, Larry Meister, Jim Pelan, Jerome Meister, Ronald Ernst and Dan Havlena.  Mae Schmit, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Schmit, was born June 2, 1893, at Bellwood. She attended Marietta School, and on Feb. 19,1914, was married at St. Peter's Church, Bellwood, to C. J. Meister. They resided at Clear Lake, Minn., Bellwood and Columbus.   Mrs. Meister was a member of Christian Mothers, Third Order of St. Francis She is survived by four sons and four daughters, Lawrence of Osceola, Paul of Stromsburg, Jerome of Bellwood and Marion of Columbus, Mrs. Clarence (Ruth) Krafka of Bellwood, Mrs. Leonard (Geneva) Pelan and Mrs. Joe (Delores) Havlena, Jr., of David City, and Mrs. Lyle (Joan) Ernst of Columbus) 39 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Verne (Marcella) Cook; two sons, Cyril and Conrad, Jr.; one sister, Mrs. Frank (Elizabeth) Nicolas; one brother, Nick Schmit, and her parents preceded her in death.

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Obituaries 1971

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Cornelius Schmit 1890-1971

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Fohl, Messman, Meister, Nicolas, Beckius, Peck, Kayser

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 4 February 1971.

Nick C. Schmit Funeral Services at Columbus

Funeral services for Nick C. Schmit of Columbus were held Friday morning, Jan. 29, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Mr. Schmit, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, at St. Mary's Hospital in Columbus following and illness of several months duration.  Rev. Regis Watts and Rev. Gerald C. Messman officiated at the Solemn High Mass. St. Bonaventure choir furnished music.  Pallbearers were Steven Schmit, a grandson, and five nephews, George, Nicolas and Lawrence J., Paul, Jerome and Marion Meister. Burial was in Sts. Peter and Mary Cemetery at Bellwood.  Relatives from away attending services were from Omaha, Osmond, Randolph, Creighton, Lincoln, Cedar Bluffs, Fremont, Osceola, David City, Schuyler and Cedar Rapids and St. Joseph, Mich., and San Francisco, Calif.  Mr. Schmit, son of Cornelius and Mary (Beckius) Schmit, was born Aug. 13, 1890, at Bellwood, He attended Butler county schools and Fremont Normal College.  On Oct.20, 1926, he was married to Loretta Fohl at Bellwood. Three sons and four daughters were born to them. Mr. Schmit was engaged in farming and the couple lived at Rising City before moving to Columbus.  He was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church and Holy Name Society and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.  Surviving are his wife, Loretta, three sons, Dwaine J. of Rising City and Senator Loran and Harry of Bellwood, four daughters, Bernice Peck of St. Joseph, Mich., Marie and Cecelia of Omaha and Virgene Kayser of San Francisco, a brother, Pete C. Schmit of Columbus, two sisters, Anna Schmit and May Meister of Columbus and 25 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Nicolas, and infant brother and sister, and a son-in-law, H. William Kayser.

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Obituaries 1970

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Caroline C. Meysenburg Kreizinger 1880-1970

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Kreizinger

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 31 Dec 1970.

Mrs. Caroline Kreizinger funeral services held here Thursday morning.

Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline C. Kreizinger, 90, of David City were conducted Thursday morning, Dec. 24, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City, with Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiating. Mrs. Kreizinger died Tuesday, Dec. 22, at St. Joseph's Villa where she has been a gurst for several years.  The Parish P.C.C.W. attended the services in a body, Pallbearers were Don Hille, Gerald Otoupal, Jim Hook, Bill Hook, Ken Kreizinger and Gilbert Rehder. Burial was in St Mary's Cemetery.  Caroline C. Kreizinger, the daughter of Peter and Barbara Meysenburg, was born March 4, 1880 in Butler county. She attended Butler county schools.  On May 22, 1901 she was united in marriage to Louis R. Kreizinger and three children were born to this union, They farmed near David City until 1944 when they moved to David City.  Mrs. Kreizinger was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church St. Mary's Guild, St. Mary's P.C.C.W., a chapter president of St. Mary's P.T.A. and was instrumental in organizing the Catholic Daughters of America in 1923.   She is survived by three sons, Arthur Kreizinger of Bonaparte, Ia. L. Robert Kreizinger and Dan Hook of David City; one daughter, Mrs. Carl F. (Josephine) Hille of Norfolk; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1959, and seven brothers and sisters.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Caroline C. Meysenburg (1880-1970)

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Kreizinger

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 31 Dec 1970.

Mrs. Caroline Kreizinger funeral services held here Thursday morning.

Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline C. Kreizinger, 90, of David City were conducted Thursday morning, Dec. 24, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City, with Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiating. Mrs. Kreizinger died Tuesday, Dec. 22, at St. Joseph's Villa where she has been a gurst for several years.  The Parish P.C.C.W. attended the services in a body, Pallbearers were Don Hille, Gerald Otoupal, Jim Hook, Bill Hook, Ken Kreizinger and Gilbert Rehder. Burial was in St Mary's Cemetery.  Caroline C. Kreizinger, the daughter of Peter and Barbara Meysenburg, was born March 4, 1880 in Butler county. She attended Butler county schools.  On May 22, 1901 she was united in marriage to Louis R. Kreizinger and three children were born to this union, They farmed near David City until 1944 when they moved to David City.  Mrs. Kreizinger was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church St. Mary's Guild, St. Mary's P.C.C.W., a chapter president of St. Mary's P.T.A. and was instrumental in organizing the Catholic Daughters of America in 1923.   She is survived by three sons, Arthur Kreizinger of Bonaparte, Ia. L. Robert Kreizinger and Dan Hook of David City; one daughter, Mrs. Carl F. (Josephine) Hille of Norfolk; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1959 and seven brothers and sisters.

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Obituaries 1969

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Jacob A. Steiner 1902-1969

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Grant, Clinesmith, Bongers, Kudrna, Loftus, Eberly

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 10 Apr 1969.

Services Held In Washington For Jacob A. Steiner

A former Butler County resident, Jacob A. Steiner, 67, of Grand Coulee, Wash., died March 31 in Washington.  Funeral service were held Thursday, April 3 from the Chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville Wash. with Father James Grant officiating. Burial was in the Ritzville Cemetery.  Mr. Steiner is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harold Clinesmith of Benge, Wash., four sisters, Mrs. Louis Bongers of Pullman, Wash., Mrs. Joe Kudrna of St. ,James, Mo., Mrs., Art Loftus of Fullerton, and Mrs. Rudy Eberly of David City; three brothers, Walter of Genoa, and Francis and Joe, both of David City; two grandchildren, Connie and Marvin Clinesmith.  He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Eagles Lodge.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John Paul Peters 1957-1969

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Peters, Lisko, Hotovy, McCauley, Zeller, Litjen, Kriz, DeWispelare, Ackles

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 7 August 1969

Funeral Services Held Thursday, July 31, For John Paul Peters, 12

Funeral services for John Paul Peters son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Peters of David City, were conducted at St Mary's Church, Thursday, July 31. He died Monday, July 28, following a tractor accident on his grandparents ranch north of Burwell.  Rt. Rev. A. J. Lisko officiated at the service. The commentator, lector and servers for the funeral mass were classmates from St. Mary's School.  Michelle Hotovy was organist. Pallbearers were Don Peters, Tom McCawley, Gordon Zeller, Bob Litjen, Otto Kriz and Frank DeWispelare.   Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Classmates from St. Mary's School and members of the pee wee baseball team attended the services in a body.  Relatives attending from out of town were from Burwell, Omaha, North Platte, Ogallala, Hastings, Ord, St. Paul, Tekamah, Columbus, Lincoln, and Bellwood, and Rawlins, Wyo.  John Paul Peters, the son of Paul and Shirley Peters, born at David City, July 26, 1957. He would have entered the seventh grade at St. Mary's School this fall. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and had been a mass server for the past year.  Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Bob, 13 and Michael, 2; three sister's, Jean; 10, Ann, 9, and Mary Kay: 5; and his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ackles of Burwell and Mrs. Margaret Peters of Bellwood.

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Obituaries 1968

 

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Michael B. Demuth 1888-1968

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Demuth, Wink, Lisko, Sladky, Homan, Nicolas, Meysenburg, Schmit

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 22 February 1968

Funeral Services Held Monday Morning For Michael B. Demuth, 79

Funeral services for Michael B. Demuth, 79, were conducted Monday morning, Feb. 19 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Concelebrating the Requiem Mass were the Rev. James A. Demuth, Msgr. A. J. Lisko, and Rev. Richard Sladky.  Mr. Demuth died Thursday, Feb. 15, at the David City Hospital following a week's illness.  Members of the Knights of Columbus attended the services in a body. Pallbearers were Richard Demuth, Wilfred Homan, Joseph P. Nicolas, Richard Meysenburg A. J. Meysenburg, and Joseph F. Meysenburg, all nephews.  Relatives coming from a distance to attend the services were from Dodge City, Kans., St Louis, Mo., Westside and Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Ravenna, Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, Columbus, Shelby, Rising City, Bellwood, Ulysses and Surprise.  Michael B. Demuth, the son of Jacob Demuth and Elizabeth Schmit, was born June 11, 1888, on his father's homestead north of David City, where he farmed until 1932 when he moved to David City.  On Nov. 25, 1932, he was married in Gothenburg to Alberta Vermeulen Wink who preceded him in death in 1955.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Tihen Council, Knights of Columbus.  Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.  Survivors are a sister, Mrs. J. C. (Mary) Nicolas of Columbus, a brother, N. S. Demuth of David City, and many nieces and nephews.

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Obituaries 1967

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Hilda (Meysenburg) Pardue 1914-1967

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Pardue, Peters, Crooks, Herbert

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 19 Oct 1967.

Funeral Services Held In Louisiana For Mrs. Hilda Meysenburg Pardue

Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Meysenburg, 53, of Metairie, La., a former Bellwood resident, were conducted Thursday, Oct. 12 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Metairie. Mrs. Purdue died Tuesday, Oct. 10.  A brother, Paul Meysenburg of David City and a sister Mrs. Margaret Peters of Bellwood, were among those from a distance attending the services.   Hilda Meysenburg, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Meysenburg. was born July 2, 1914, at Bellwood. She was grad4ated from St. Joseph's Hospital school of Nursing On June 24, 1940, she was married to E. Beckham Purdue. Three children were born to this union.   She has been employed at the U. S. Marine Hospital in Louisiana and recently was appointed an administrator of the Louisiana State Department of Health.  Her parents and three brothers, Leo, Francis and Harold Meysenburg, preceded her in death.  She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Anne Crooks and Mrs. Marion Herbert; one son, John; one brother, Paul Meysenburg of David City; and two sisters, Margaret Peters of Bellwood and Camilla Meysenburg of David City.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Peter N. Schlentz 1875-1967

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Kosch, Nickerson, Ley, Reisdorff, Yindrick, Schrader, Crawford, Schmitt, Weidel, Hastert, Lux, Koci, May, Schmit

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 16 Nov 1967

Services conducted For Retired DC Businessman Peter N. Schlentz, 91

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11 funeral services were conducted at the Knott Funeral Chapel here for Peter N. Schlentz, 91, former David City businessman, who died Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Lincoln General Hospital of complications resulting from a fall about three weeks earlier.  Officiating was the Rev. E. J. Nickerson of Lincoln. Pallbearers were Philip Schlentz, Philip Ley, Earl Reisdorff, Harry Reisdorff, Lee Yindrick and Robert Schrader. Burial was in David City Cemetery.  Among those coming from a distance to attend the services were Dr and Mrs. C. L. Crawford of Boca Raton, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Schlentz of Lincoln, Richard A. Crawford of Owatonna, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Leland Schmitt and Mr. and Mrs. John Weidel of Hebron, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hastert of Shelby, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lux and Mrs. Phyllis Koci of Columbus.  Peter N. Schlentz, the son of Bernard and Mary Schlentz, was born Nov. 19, 1875, in rural Butler county. His parents were natives of Luxembourg and pioneer farmers in the area.  He completed a commercial course at Fremont Normal, and was married April 24, 1900, to Josephine Kosch. He farmed until the family moved to David City in 1907.  In 1908, he entered into a partnership garage business with his brother, Bernard, and continued in this operation until his retirement in 1919.  Mr. Schlentz served on the City Council here from 1926 to 1928, and in the House of Representatives of the Nebraska Legislature from the 42nd District in 1927 and 1931.  After the death of his wife and the sale of their home as the site for the new Lincoln Tele phone and Telegraph Co. building here, he moved in October 1956 to an apartment in Lincoln, where he continued to reside until his death.   Mr. Schlentz is survived by a daughter, Mrs. C. L. ( Lillian ) Crawford of Boca Raton, Fla.; a son, LeRoy of Lincoln; a sister, Mrs. Philip Ley of David City; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Preceding him in death were his wife, Josephine; a daughter, Mrs. Rosa C. May; five sisters, Mmes. John Speicher, Mary Schmit, Charlie Hastert, J. J. Reisdorff, and Harry Schmitt; and two brothers, John and Bernard.

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Obituaries 1966

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Alfonso C. Nicolas 1910-1966

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Nicolas, Messman, Schmit, Meister, Cockson

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 14 Apr 1966.

Services Held Monday For Alphonso Nicolas

Funeral conducted Monday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Bellwood for Alphonso C, Nicolas, 55. Officiating was the Rev. G. C. Messman.  Pallbearers were Dwaine Schmit, Lawrence Meister, Gerald Schmit, Joe Nicolas, Harold Cockson and Pete Nicolas. Burial was in St. Peter's and St. Mary's Cemetery.  Relatives from California, Columbus, and David City were among those coming from a distance to attend the services.   Alphonso C. Nicolas, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Schmit) Nicolas, was born Sept. 26, 1910, at Bellwood.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Francis. Two brothers, George of Bellwood and Leo of Alhambra, Calif., survive him.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Barbara Jean (Michael) Gonzalez 1933-1966

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Michael, Gonzalez, Strander, Coufal, Smith, Schmit, Janicek, Puetz, Kester, Hiller

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 17 Mar 1966.

Funeral Services Held Here for Mrs. Gilbert Gonzalez on March 10

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning, March 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church here for Mrs. Gilbert Gonzalez, 32, Austin, Texas, who died Monday, March 7.   Officiating at the low mass of requiem was the Rev. Edwin Stander with Gene Coufal as commentator and Ray Smith as lector.  Pallbearers were cousins Mrs. Gonzales, Kenneth G., Edward and Robert Schmit, Gerald and Melvin Janicek, and Lawrence Puetz. Burial was in St. Peter and St. Mary Cemetery near Bellwood.  In attendance at the services were all of her brothers and sisters except Robert and Eileen. Other relatives also were present from Goleta and Garden Grove, Calif.  Barbara Jean, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Michael, was born July 10, 1933, at David City. She collapsed in the dispensary at Bergstrom, Tex., AFB on March 3, 1966, and remained in a coma until her death on March 7.  An autopsy confirmed her death was the result of a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage.  She attended St. Mary's Grade School and was graduated from David City High School following which she attended Sacred Heart College in Wichita, Kansas, for one year.  She resided in David City to 1951, in Lincoln from 1951 to 1954, and was married in 1956 to Gilbert J. Gonzalez at St. Brigid's Church, San Francisco, Calif., where the couple resided until 1959. They resided four years at San Diego before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1963. They were the parents of five children, Mark, Michael, Ann, Karl and Elizabeth, all of whom survive.  Mrs. Gonzalez had been teaching at San Jose School in Austin. She was a member of the San Jose Catholic Church.   In addition to her husband and five children, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ann Michael of Bellwood; five brothers, Harold J. Michael of San Lorenzo, Calif., Robert D. Michael of Phoenix, Ariz., Leon B. Michael of Cadillac, Mich., Richard F. Michael of Lincoln, and Edward N. Michael of San Francisco, Calif.; and three sisters, Eileen Michael and Mrs. Karl H. (Mary) Kester of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Tony (Betty) Hiller of Bellwood.  Her father, E. M. Michael, preceded her in death in November 1961.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Joseph V. Steiner 1872-1966

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Mohnkern, Kerixinger, Bell, Schmid, Cady, Mick, Markus, Zimmer, Nicolas, Patton

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 26 May 1966.

Joseph V. Steiner, 93, Funeral Services Held Wednesday of Bellwood

Funeral Services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 25, at the Bellwood Methodist church for Joseph V. Steiner, 93, who died Monday May 23, at Morey's Haven Columbus, where he had been residing since June, 1964.  Officiating was the Rev. Lloyd V. Mohnkern. Audrey Kreizinger, vocalist, was accompanied by Mrs. Robert Bell, organist.   Pallbearers were Rudolph Schmid, George Cady, Louis Mick, Frank Markus, Frank Zimmer, and George Nicolas. Burial was in the Bellwood Cemetery.  Joseph V Steiner, the son of Peter and Catherine (Patton) Steiner, was born Aug. 9, 1872, at Hudson N Y.   A. retired farmer, Mr. Steiner was a member of the Bellwood Methodist Church.   There are no immediate survivors. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Frank.

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Obituaries 1965

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Peter A. Supancheck 1878-1965

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Supancheck, Phillips, Meysenburg, Hilger, Erickson, Kavanaugh, Daugherty

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 8 April 1965.

Services Held Here For P. A. Supancheck

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday morning March 30. from St. Mary's Catholic Church for Peter A. Supancheck. 87, who died Friday, March 26 at ?? , Seward Memorial hospital following an illness of about 10 days.  Officiating was Msgr. A. J. Lisko and members of the Knights of Columbus attended the services in a body. Pallbearers were Paul Meysenburg, Bernard Hilger and Wilfrid, Leonard, Eugene and Harold Phillips. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery.  Among those coming from a distance to attend the services were relatives from Long Beach, Calif., Sparks, Nev., and Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Seward, Loma. Bellwood, Mason City, Schuyler, Clarks, Cozad and Ravenna.   Peter A. Supancheck, the son of Jacob and Anna Supancheck. was born Jan. 22, 1878, at El Paso, Ill. He was married Sept. 21, 1901 at Presentation Church Bellwood to Mary E. Phillips. Eight children were born to this union.  The family lived at Lindsay two years, at Leonard, Mo. two years, at Kimball 25 years, and the remainder of the time at David City. The past five months Mr. Supancheck had resided at Sunderman Nursing home in Seward.  Mr. Supancheck was a farmer by occupation. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a charter member of Tihen Council No. 1717, Knights of Columbus.   He is survived by three sons, Everett of David City, Anthony of Long Beach, Calif., and Lawrence of Sparks, Nev., three daughters, Sr. M., Matthew, O.S.F., our Lady of Angels Province, Omaha, Mrs. Ralph (Loretta) Erickson of North Platte, and Mrs. Martin (Doris) Kavanaugh of Santa Clara, Calif.; 28 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. and one sister, Mrs. Agnes Daugherty of Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.  His wife, one son, Elmer, and one daughter, Irene Hannapp1e, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Henry Joseph Meysenburg 1882-1965

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Lisko, Krones, Reisdorff, Johnson, Malloy, Kreizinger

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 27 May 1965.

Services Held May 20 for Henry J. Meysenburg

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday morning, May 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Henry J. Meysenburg, 83, who died Tuesday, May 18, at Mory's Haven, Columbus following a prolonged illness.  Officiating was Msgr. A. J. Lisko. Members of the Tihen Council of the Knights of Columbus attended the services in a body.  Six grandsons, Donald, Gregory and Michael Meysenburg, Daniel and Robert Reisdorff and James Johnson were pallbearers. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Among those coming from out of town to attend the services were Sister M. Clarice, O.S.F., Protivin, Ia., Sister Sylvester, Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meysenburg and family, Sidney, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Malloy and family and Mother Mary Patrice, Omaha, and other relatives from Albion, Omaha, St. Edward and Bellwood.  Henry Joseph Meysenburg, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Meysenburg, was born Jan. 9, 1882, at Bellwood.  He attended St. Mary's School David City, and the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture, On Feb. 6, 1907, he married at St. Mary's of Luxemburg, Bellwood , to Amelia A. Krones. Nine children were born to this union From 1882 to 1907, he lived in the Bellwood area. After their marriage, the family resided in the David City area until 1931, and then returned to Bellwood for 12 years. The past 22 years Mr. Meysenburg had been a resident of David City.  He was a charter member of Tihen Council, No. 1717, Knights of Columbus, and he held the honor of a Fourth Degree Knight. He was among the pioneer church and school leaders in Luxemburg parish.  A retired farmer, Mr. Meysenburg also served as County Assessor from 1938 to 1942.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Amelia, one son Anthony, four brothers, John J., Stephen D., and two who died in infancy, five sisters, Anna Phillips, Margaret Remakel and three who died in infancy.  Survivors include eight children, Mrs. Ben (Caroline) Reisdorff, David City Mother Loyola Meysenburg O.S.U., Stanton, Ill., Mrs. Frank (Anna Rose) Johnson, Omaha, Joseph B. Meysenburg, Bellwood, Sister M. Clarice, O.S.F., Protivin, Iowa, Bernard Meysenburg, David City, Sister M. Sylvester, Alverna College, Milwaukee, Wis., and Henry J. Meysenburg, Sidney, one sister, Mrs. Caroline Kreizinger, David City, 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Obituaries 1964

 

Obituaries 1963

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Henry George Phillips 1891-1963

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips Theewen, Kasper, Danaher, Helgoth, Hermsen, Brabec, Vandenberg, McCoy, Spahr, Hoffbauer, Stuchlik, Supancheck, Horton, Meysenburg, Hilger

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 28 Feb 1963.

David City Farmer Henry G. Phillips, 71, Dies Thursday, Feb. 21.

Henry G. Phillips, 71, a farmer living near David City, died at St Elizabeth's Hospital Thursday, Feb. 21.  Funeral services were conducted at St. Francis' church, Center, with the Rev. Conrad J. Marrama officiating.  Music was provided by St. Francis choir, accompanied by Mrs. Max Kondak.  Relatives attended from Lincoln, Weston, Cedar Rapids, Seward, Columbus, Ulysses Kearney Bellwood, Petersburg, Garrison and Beaver Crossing and Sioux City, Iowa and Eugene, Oregon.  Pallbearers were Milo Kasper, Gerald Danaher, Chas. Helgoth, Harold Hermsen, Frank Brabec, Henry Vandenberg. Burial was at St. Francis' cemetery.  Mr. Phillips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips, was born Sept 28, 1891 at Bellwood.  On October 14, 1919, he was married to Elizabeth M. Theewen at St Francis Church. They resided on the same farm for 43 years. Eight children were born to the couple.  Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; his children. Mrs. Earl (Annarose) McCoy of Eugene; Ore., Mrs. Elmer (Bernice) Spahr of Seward, Sylvester Phillips of Columbus. and Mrs. Leo (Lorraine) Hoffbauer, Eugene Phillips and Harold Phillips of David City and Mr. Larry (Betty) Stuchlik of Lincoln; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Supencheck of David City; Mrs. Ann Horton of Sioux City, Iowa, and Sr. M. Solona of Campbellsport, Wis., and 14 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lester, three brothers John, Nick and Bill Phillips; and two sisters; Mrs. Christine Meysenburg and Mrs. Catherine Hilger.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John L. Morbach 1942-1963

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Dolph

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 13 May 1963.

A Bellwood farm youth, John Morbach, 20, who was injured Wednesday morning May 8 in a tractor-truck accident on Highway 64 east of Bellwood died Tuesday morning May 13 at St. Elizabeth hospital in Lincoln.  Funeral services will he held at 9:30 this morning (Thursday) from Presentation Church with burial in St Mary's Cemetery, Bellwood. Knott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  John was driving a tractor east on the highway about seven o'clock in the morning when an eastbound semi-trailer truck driven Edward Dolph of Ft. Morgan Colo. struck the tractor virtually demolishing it and critically injuring young Morbach.  He was pinned in the wreckage for a time until freed by the Bellwood Rescue Squad which rushed him to David City Hospital. later in the morning be was taken to the Lincoln hospital after it had been determined he had a broken leg, dislocated hip, broken ribs and internal injuries.

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Obituaries 1962

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Michael E. Medinger 1869-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Medinger, Frieden, Lisko, Hain, Kelliher, Reisdorff, Sims, Humlicek, Lanspa, Bready, Steiner, Ashpole, Loher

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 25 January 1962.

Services Conducted Monday, Jan. 15 For Michael Medinger

Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, Jan. 15, from St. Mary's Catholic Church here for Michael E. Medinger, 92, who died Jan. 11 at the David City Hospital.   Msgr. A. J. Lisko was celebrant of the Solemn High Mass with the Rev. Raymond Hain as deacon and the Rev. Charles Kelliher as sub-deacon.  Pallbearers were Ben Reisdorff, Earl Reisdorff, Joe Medinger, Lawrence Simms, Cyril Humlicek and Dr. N. W. Lanspa. Burial was in St Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery near Bellwood.  Members of the Knights of Columbus attended the services in a body. Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. James Bready and daughter of Wooden, Iowa, Frank Steiner of Williston, N. D., Ben Ashpole of Glasgow, Mont., Mr. and Mrs. B. J Loher of Morris, Minn., Mike Demuth of Omaha and Marie Demuth of Crete.  Michael E. Medinger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Medinger was born June 23, 1869, at Sandweiler, Luxemburg. He came to the United States when he was two years old and was married Oct 10, 1993 at Presentation Church to Elizabeth Frieden.  They resided on a farm near Octavia until retiring in 1908 when they moved to David City to make their home He was a charter member of the Tihen Council of Knights of Columbus with a record of over 50 years membership in the organization. He was also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.   Preceding him in death were his wife, parents, one sister and one brother.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Steiner of Williston, N. D.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary Catherine (Sand) Steiner 1884-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Sand, Steiner, Homan, Schmit, Kramer, Semin, Faber

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 31 May 1962.

Services Conducted for Mrs. Mary Steiner, 78

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, May 23, at St Mary's Catholic Church for Mrs. Mary Steiner, 78, who died at the David City Hospital on May 20 following an illness of about a year.  The Rev. Kenneth Steiner, a grandson, officiated at the services. Music was provided by St. Mary's choir. Members of the Altar Society attended the services in a body.  Serving as pallbearers were six nephews: Joseph and Francis Steiner, Ben Homan, Sr., Peter Schmit and Leo and Edward Sand.  Burial was in St. Peter's and St. Mary's cemetery at Bellwood.  Mary Catherine Steiner, daughter of John and Margaret (Kramer) Sand was born April 2, 1884 at Walker, Iowa. She attended school in Iowa.   On Jan. 12, 1910, she was married to Nicholas M. Steiner at Spencer Grove, Iowa. After her marriage she came to Butler County and resided in the Bellwood vicinity for about 35 and then moved to David City to make her home. She was a member of the Catholic Church and the P. C. C. W.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Helen) Semin of Bellwood; one son, Edward Steiner of Columbus; a brother, Clarence A. Sand of San Mateo, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. L. M. Faber, Sask., Canada, 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Laurence and Leonard; and one grandchild.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Katherine Laura (Steiner) Homan 1886-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Homan, Opplinger, Miller, Kramer, Schupbach, Weber

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 26 Jul 1962.

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Katherine Homan

Mrs. Katherine Homan 76, a resident of David City, died July 21 at the David City Hospital after an illness of two years.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, July 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Members of the P.C.C.W. and Living Rosary societies attended the service in a body.  Pallbearers were Tom, Mike, Ben R. and Jim Homan, Donald Opplinger and Harold Miller, Jr.  Burial was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery at Bellwood.  Mrs. Homan, daughter Nicholas and Lena (Kramer) Steiner, was born Feb.11, 1886 at Bellwood. She was a member of the Catholic Church and the P.C.C.W.  On Nov 22, 1909, she was married to Ben H. Homan at Presentation Parish, Bellwood. Nine children were born to the couple.  Survivors include her children Dr. R. W. Homan of Crete, Arthur Homan of Bellwood, Mrs. Esther Miller of Walker, Iowa, Ben F. Homan of David City, John N. Homan of Wichita, Kan., Mrs. Edna Opplinger and Mrs. Mary Schupbach of Columbus, Mrs. Delores Weber of Hastings, George A. Homan of Omaha and 31 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben H. Homan.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Marcella (Meister) Cook 1914-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Cook, Meister, Sorge, Sterup, Schmit, Nicolas, Havlena, Pelan, Ernst

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, Aug 1962

Funeral Services For Mrs. Marcella Cook Held At Bellwood.

Mrs. Marcella Cook, 47, of Columbus, died Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Mary's Hospital in Columbus following surgery.  Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, Aug.27, from St. Peters Catholic Church at Bellwood with burial in St.: Peter's cemetery near Bellwood.  Pallbearers were Delbert Sorge, Don Sterup Loran Schmit, Lee, Ken, Harold Schmit and George Nicolas.  Marcella Meister the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C J Meister, born Sept 22, 1914 at St. Cloud, Minnesota.  She was married to Verne Cook at Bellwood on February 24, 1936 and one son, Leo, was born to this union. They lived near Rising City until the death of Mr. Cook in 1957.  In addition to her son, Leo, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. C. J. Meister of Columbus, a granddaughter four brothers, Lawrence and Paul Meister of Osceola, Marion Meister of Rising City, and Jerome Meister of Bellwood, four sisters, Mrs. Joe Havlena and Mrs. Leonard Pelan of David City, Mrs. Clarence Krafka of Bellwood and Mrs. Lyle Ernst of Columbus. Preceding her in death were her husband, her father, C. J. Meister, and two brothers, Cyril and Conrad Meister, Jr.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Caroline Barbara Dehner 1890-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Dehner, Sauser, Lisko, Zovodny, Zegers, Medinger

Reprinted from the Banner Press, David City, NE, 2 October 1962.

Funeral Services Held For Caroline Dehner

Funeral: services .were conducted Thursday morning, Oct. 5. at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Caroline Barbara Dehner, 72; who died, Oct. 22 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Sauser in. David City. She had been ill about four years.  Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiated and music was provided by St. Mary's School choir.  Members of the P.C. C. W. and Living Rosary attended .the services in a body.  Serving as pallbearers were Leonard Zavodny, John Dehner and Dennis, Duane, Eugene and Ronald Zegers. Burial was from St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery, Bellwood.  Miss Dehner, daughter of John N. and Catharine (Medinger) Dehner, was born Sept. 4, 1890 near Octavia.  She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Sauser, with whom she had made her home; and two brothers, Mike Dehner of Brainard and Henry Dehner of David City.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Margaret Jane Meysenburg Remakel 1878-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Remakel

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 10 January 1962.

Funeral Services Held Monday, Jan. 7, For Mrs. Margaret Remakel

Mrs. Margaret J. Remakel. 84, died at. her. home in David City Friday; Jan. 4, after a lingering Illness.  Funeral services were conducted Monday morning Jan. 7. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City with So1emn High Mass. The Rev. Rudolph Kluthe of Crofton officiated. The Rev. Mr. Jas. Meysenburg served as deacon and the Rev. Clarence Reisdorff was sub-deacon. Other members of the clergy in the sanctuary were Msgr. A. J.. Lisko, Mrs. F. G. Mock of Beatrice, Msgr. F. E Cooper of Wahoo The Rev. D. E. Cooper of Wahoo, The Rev. Charles Kelliher was master of ceremonies and delivered the sermon. Msgr. Lisko presided at the graveside services.  Music was by St. Mary's grade school choir.  Members of P.C.C.W. of St. Mary's and Christian Mothers of Presentation attended the services in a. body. Relatives present were from Beemer, Omaha, Lincoln, Beatrice, Holdrege, Wahoo, Dwight, and Bellwood and Wilmot, Minn., Denver, Col., Pass Christian, Miss.; and Rock Island, Ill.  Serving as pallbearers were Marcel Remakel, Art Remakel, Wilfred Phillips, Don Peters Bernard Meysenburg and Robert Kreizinger. Burial. was at St. Mary's & St. Peter's cemetery, Bellwood.  Mrs. Remakel, daughter of P. N. Meysenburg and Barbara Dehner Meysenburg was born Feb 15, 1878 at Bellwood. She attended school in District No. 60.  On Oct. 30, 1900, she was married to Nicholas Remakel. They raised one niece and Mrs. Remakel was active in the affairs of her church and was instrumental in organizing Christian Mothers in Presentation Parishn in Bellwood. She was also a member of the Alter Society. Mrs. Remakel lived her entire life in Butler County with homes in Bellwood and David City.  Survivors include one brother, Henry Meysenburg and one sister, Mrs. Louis Kreizinger, both of David City and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers and one sister.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Eugene George Schmit 1928-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Romshek, Messman, Augustine, Brandenburgh, Janicek, Baer, Moyer, Kallenbach, Kozicek, Bredahl

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE 22 Feb 1962.

Funeral Services Held Tuesday For Eugene Schmit, 33, Bellwood Eugene G. Schmit, 33, of Bellwood died Saturday morning, Feb 17, at his home in Bellwood following a heart attack. He had been hospitalized during the past two weeks with a heart condition.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, Feb. 20, from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood with the Rev. G. C. Messman officiating. Music was by the church choir.   Military rites were conducted at graveside by the American Legion.   Pallbearers were Joe and Henry Romshek, Norville Augustine, Charles Brandenburgh, Gerald Janicek and Robert Baer. Burial was in Bellwood Catholic Cemetery Mr. Schmit was born Dec 11, 1928 at Bellwood. He was graduated from Marietta High School in 1946 and served in the armed forces including duty in France prior to beginning his employment at Columbus Hydraulics five years ago.  He was a member of the American Legion, the Bellwood Volunteer Fire Dept., Tihen Council of the Knights of Columbus at David City and St. Peter's Church.  On Oct. 14, 1961, he was married to Kathryn Romshek, who survives him along with his father and step-mother, Mr. And Mrs. Peter J. Schmit, two brothers, Donald of Fremont and Orville of Plattsmouth, and two sisters, Mrs. Gene (Dorothy) Moyer and Mrs. Dean (Lorene) Kallenbach, both of Bellwood; three step-brothers, Bill and Laverne Kozisek of David City and Gene Kozisek of Schuyler and one step-sister, Mrs. Roger Bredahl of St. Albans. W. Va.  Preceding him in death was his mother on March 17, 1953.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Christina (Patton) Steiner 1883-1962

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Patton, Steiner, Commack, Bell, Kreizinger, Zinwer, Nicolas, Hall, Langhorst, Cady, Markus

Reprinted from The Banner Press, David City, NE, 11 October 1962.

Services held for Mrs. Christina Steiner, 78.

Mrs. Christina Steiner, 78, resident of Bellwood died at the David City Hospital on Sunday, Oct. 7 following an illness of six months.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 19 in the Methodist Church at Bellwood. The Rev. Melvin Cammack was in charge.  Mrs. Robert Bell organist accompanied Audrey Kreizinger, vocalist.   Serving as pallberaers were Frank Zinwer, Joe Nicolas, Cecil Hall, Fred Langhorst, George Cady and Frank Markus. Burial was at the Bellwood cemetery.  Mrs. Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Patton was born in New York on Nov. 8, 1883.  On Feb. 4, 1915 she was married to Frank Steiner in Pasadena, Calif.  Mr. and Mrs. Steiner moved to the Bellwood community 15 years ago and she continued to make her home there following the death of her husband in 1946.  She is survived by one brother, Tom Patton of Hudson, N. Y.  Her parents, husband and one brother preceded her in death.

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Obituaries 1961

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elizabeth Catherine (Schmit) Puetz 1890-1961

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Puetz, Birkel, Hain, Kelliher, Lisko, Hawkins, Hanus, Goodhard, Beckius, Meysenburg, Michael, Janicek, Decker

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 22 Jun 1961.

Funeral Services Held June 20 At St. Mary's For Mrs. Nick Puetz

Mrs. Nick M. Puetz. 70, died at the David City hospital June 17.  Funeral services were conducted at St. Mary's Church Tuesday, June 20.  the Rev. Harold Birkel officiated at the Solemn Requiem High Mass and was assisted the Rev. Raymond Hain and the Rev. Charles Kelliher. The sermon was by Msgr. A. J. Lisko.  St. Mary's choir provided music. Members of St. Mary's P.C.C.W. and Catholic Daughters attended the service in a body. Relatives attending from away were from Lincoln, Omaha, Albion, Cedar Rapids, Randolph, Osmond, Petersburg, Atkinson, McLean, Blair, Columbus and Lawrence. and Jessup and Sioux City, Ia.. and Morris and Blooming Prairie. Minn.  Pallbearers were James, Wm. and Gary Puetz, Jon Hawkins, Gerald Hanus and George Goodhard.  Burial was in St. Peter's and St. Mary's Cemetery Bellwood. Elizabeth C. Puetz. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Schmit, was born at Bellwood,  Nov. 6, 1890.  She was married to Nick M. Puetz at Presentation Church, Bellwood. on Jan. 17, 1911. Seven children were born to this union. They lived in the Bellwood vicinity until five years ago when they moved to David City.  Mrs. Puetz was a member of St. Mary's Church, David City. the Catholic Daughters. P.C.C.W. and Seminarian Club.  Survivors include her husband; a son, Lawrence, David City; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Beckius, Lincoln, Mrs. Joe F. Clara Meysenburg, David City; and Mrs. Gerald (Rita) Meysenburg, Topeka. Kan., two brothers, Pete and John Schmit. Bellwood; three sisters, Mrs. Ed Michael, Lincoln, Mrs. Leo Janicek, Bellwood and Mrs. Don Decker. Jessup, Iowa; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her parents; three daughters, Caroline, Evelyn and Mary Rose; one granddaughter Jeanne Hanus, three brothers and one sister.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anna Gertrude Meysenburg Phillips 1875-1961

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Phillips

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 24 Jun 1961.

Mrs. Anna Phillips Services Conducted Friday, June 23

Mrs. Anna G. Phillips, 85, died at the David City Hospital June 21 after an illness of five months. Funeral services were conducted at Presentation Church June 23. Officiating were Msgr. T Mercier, Msgr. Daniel Cooper and Father John Glaves. Music was provided by the church choir. Members of the Altar Society attended the services in a body.  Nephews serving as pallbearers were Paul Meysenburg, Bernard Hilger, Robert Kreizinger, Everett Supancheck, Harold Phillips and Joe B. Meysenburg.  Burial was in Presentation Cemetery.  Mrs. Phillips, daughter of Peter N. and Barbara Dehner Meysenburg, was born July 25, 1875, at Bellwood.  On January 25, 1899 she was married to Nicholas P. Phillips at Presentation Church. Five children were born to them.   Mrs. Phillips spent her entire life in the vicinity of Presentation parish.   She was a member of the Altar Society and P.C.C.W.  She is survived by her children, Al and George Phillips of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Mrs. Agnes Schmit, at home, and Wilfred and Leonard Phillips, David City; one brother, H. J. Meysenburg, David City; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Remakel, and Mrs. L. R. Kreizinger, David City; and 12 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband on April 4, 1951.   Relatives attending the services from away were from Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Albion, Omaha, Kearney, Riverdale, and Platte Center and Milwaukee, Wis.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Canrad J. Meister, Sr. 1892-1961

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meister, Schmit, Messman, Kimble, Cook, Nichols, Meinyer, Stemper

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, Jun 1961

C. J. Meister, 69, Services Conducted At Bellwood Church

On June 10, funeral services were held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Bellwood for Conrad J. Meister, 69, of Columbus who was fatally injured in an automobile accident, near Omaha June 6. Rev. G. C. Messman officiated and music was by St. Peter's choir. Pallbearers were Ray Kimble, Leo Cook, Larry Meister, George Nichols, Gerald Schmit and Dwaine Schmit.  Members of the Third Order of St. Francis, Holy Name Society and Nocturnal Adoration Society attended the services in a body. Burial was in the Bellwood Catholic Cemetery.  Conrad J. Meister, a teacher and farmer, was born in Bellwood Feb. 16, 1892, to Conrad and Susan Klein Meister. He attended school in Bellwood and Peru State Teachers College. Activities included membership in the Third Order of St. Francis and Nocturnal Adoration Society, On Feb.19, 1914, he was married to May Schmit at Bellwood. Twelve children were horn to this union. The family lived at Clear Lake, Minn. for six years, at Bellwood for 36 years and in Columbus for the last six years.   Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Meinyer, Mrs. Rose Stemper and Miss Sophia Meister; three sons, Conrad, Jr., Cyril and an infant.   Survivors include his wife, May; his children, Mrs. Leo (Marcella) Iwan of Columbus, Lawrence of Osceola, Paul of Stromsburg, Mrs. Clarence (Ruth) Krafka and Jerome of Bellwood, Mrs. Leonard (Geneva) Pelan and Mrs. Joe (Delores) Havlena, Jr., of David City and Marion and Mrs. Lyle (Joan) Ernst of Columbus; 31 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Edward Mathias Michael 1894-1961

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Michael, Schmit, Flynn, Cooper, Puetz, Janicek, Meysenburg, Messman, Loes, Kester, Hiller, Gonzalez

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 7 Dec 1961.

Services Conducted For Edward M. Michael, 67, Former County Resident

Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral Lincoln, for Edward M. Michael 67, a former resident of Bellwood and David City. He died at his home in Lincoln Nov. 25. Msgr. John Flynn officiated at the Requiem High Mass with Msgr. Daniel Cooper in attendance. Members of Tihen Council Knights of Columbus of David City attended the rosary Tuesday evening.  Nephews serving as pallbearer were Lawrence Puetz, Melvin Janicek, Gerald Janicek, Eugene Schmit, Robert Schmit and Joseph F. Meysenburg.  Burial was at St. Peter and St Mary's Cemetery at Bellwood. The Rev. C. C. Messman officiated at graveside services.  Edward M. Michael, son of Martin and Mary (Loes) Michael was born Jan. 4, 1894, near Walker Iowa. He spent his early life ii Iowa and attended school there. He lived at Bellwood from 1918 to 1930 when he moved to David City. Since 1951 he had resided in Lincoln where he was employed by O'Shea-Rogers Tractor and Equipment Co. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral in Lincoln, Tihen Council Knights of Columbus and the Elks.  On July 31, 1915, he was married to Ann C. Schmit at Columbus Nine children were born to this. union.  He is survived by his wife, Ann, his children children, Harold J., San Lorenzo, Calif., Robert D., Phoenix Ariz., Eileen E. Michael and Edward N., San Francisco, Calif. Mrs. Karl (Mary) Kester, Sangley Point, Philippine Islands, Leon B. Three Rivers, Mich., Richard F. Lincoln, Mrs. Anthony (Betty) Hiller, Bellwood and Mrs. Gilbert (Barbara) Gonzalez, San Diego Calif.; one brother, Martin Michael, Sebastopol, Calif.; 19 grand children and one great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by one sister, three brothers, his father mother and step-mother.  Among those present for the services were all of his children except Mrs. Kester. Other relatives attended from Independence and Jessup, Iowa and Randolph, McLean, Bellwood, and David City.

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Obituaries 1960

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bernice Adeline (Phillips) Spahr 1924-1960 ?1969?
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 08:05:59 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Spahr, Phillips, Peery, McCoy, Hoffbauer, Stuchlik

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 1960. (possibly 1969)

Former David City Resident Killed In Car-Train Crash

A car-train accident 1 1/2 miles east of Tamora about 3 p.m. Monday afternoon killed a rural Seward woman, her granddaughter, and the child's uncle.  The woman killed was Mrs. Elmer Spahr, 45, daughter of Mrs. Henry Phillips of David City. The granddaughter was Lori Peery, 8 months; and the child's uncle was David Lynn Peery, 10, of Sioux City, Iowa. Lori's father, Mike Peery, is serving in Vietnam.  Surviving Mrs. Spahr, who was born Sept.13, 1922, at David City, in addition to her mother and husband, are two sons, Roger and Jimmy, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Michael Peery of Seward; three brothers, Sylvester Phillips of Columbus and Harold and Eugene Phillips of David City; and three sisters, Mrs. Earl McCoy of Eugene, Ore., Mrs. Leo Hoffbauer of David City and Mrs. Larry Stuchlik of Lincoln.  Funeral services were pending at press time at Wood. Chapel, Seward.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Cyril L. Meister 1919-1960

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meister, Youngburg, Messman, Schmit, Nicholas, Lanspa, Eller, Voss, Ernst, Krafka, Havlena, Pelan

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, Jun 1960.

Services Held For Cyril Meister, 40

Funeral services were held at St. Peter's Church, Bellwood, on June. 17, for Cyril L. Meister, 40, who died suddenly at. his home on June,.15.  The Rev. Gerald Messman was in-charge of services and music was by the church choir.  Relatives and friends attending the services were from Columbus, Shelby, Osceola, Omaha, Kearney, Fremont, Cedar Rapids, Schuyler, David City, Bellwood and Rising City.  Pallbearers were Loran Schmit, Gerald Schmit, George Nicolas, Olas Lanspa, Leo Eller and John Voss. Burial was in Presentation Cemetery.  Mr. Meister, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Meister, was born at Clear Lake, Minn. on June 30, 1919. His parents moved during his infancy to Butler county, where he had continued to reside. He was engaged. in; farming south of Bellwood and had made his home there for the past 23 years. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church at Bellwood and had served as a member of the board of the Butler County. Farm Bureau.   On June 15, 1944, he was married to Mary Ann Youngberg at the Presentation Parish, Bellwood. One daughter, Carol Jean, was born to them.  He is survived by his wife and daughter; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Meister, Columbus brothers,. Laurence and Paul, Osceola, Jerome, Bellwood, and Marion, Rising City; five sisters, Mrs. Marcella Cook, and Mrs. Lyle (Joan) Ernst, Columbus; Mrs. Clarence (Ruth) Krafka, Bellwood; and Mrs. Joe (Delores) Havlena and Mrs. Leonard (Geneva) Pelan, David City.  He was preceded in death by one brother, Conrad Jr., in 1937.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John J. Reisdorff 1875-1960

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Reisdorff, Schlentz, Kelliher, Danko, Birkel, Hilger, Drozda, Hastert, Murphey

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 23 June 1960

Funeral Services For J. J. Reisdorff

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on June 18, for John J. Reisdorff, 85, who died at the David City. Hospital, June 15. He had. been in failing health for the past two years.  The Rev. Clarence P. Reisdorff celebrated the Solemn high Mass and was assisted by. the Rev. Charles Kelliher and the Rev. Michael Danko. Music was by the priests choir.  Serving as pallbearers were Joseph and John Reisdorff, Donald and Gerald Birkel, Lester Hilger and Evan Drozda.  Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery David City.  Mr. Reisdorff, son of John and Mary (Hastert) Reisdorff, was born in Chicago, Ill., April 2, 1875. He came to Butler County with his parents when he was a small child. He attended a rural school near David City and Fremont Business College. He was a member of the Catholic Church.  On Feb.10, 1904, he was united in marriage to Caroline A. Schlentz at St. Mary's Catholic Church. They lived on a farm six miles north of David City from the time of their marriage until their retirement in 1939 when they moved to David City. Six children were born to the couple.  Mr. Reisdorff is survived by his wife, Caroline; his children, Earl, Harry and Martha Reisdorff, all of David City, Mrs. Cyril (Lucille) Birkel of Bellwood, Father Clarence P. Reisdorff of York, and Anthony of Albuquerque, N. Mex.; two brothers, Jake, Omaha and Pete C. Reisdorff, David City; two sisters,. Mrs. Victor (Mary) Hilger, David City, and Mrs. Joe (Margaret) Drozda; Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Nick and Joe and two sister, Mrs. Mike Birkel and Mrs. Neil Murphey.   Relatives and friends attending the services from away were from Omaha, Lincoln, Hebron, Shelby, Columbus, Schuyler, and Silver Creek.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John J. Reisdorff 1875-1960

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Reisdorff, Schlentz, Kelliher, Danko, Birkel, Hilger, Drozda, Hastert, Murphey

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 23 June 1960.

Funeral Services For J. J. Reisdorff

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on June 18, for John J. Reisdorff, 85, who died at the David City. Hospital, June 15. He had. been in failing health for the past two years.  The Rev. Clarence P. Reisdorff celebrated the Solemn high Mass and was assisted by. the Rev. Charles Kelliher and the Rev. Michael Danko. Music was by the priests choir.  Serving as pallbearers were Joseph and John Reisdorff, Donald and Gerald Birkel, Lester Hilger and Evan Drozda.  Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery David City.  Mr. Reisdorff, son of John and Mary (Hastert) Reisdorff, was born in Chicago, Ill., April 2, 1875. He came to Butler County with his parents when he was a small child. He attended a rural school near David City and Fremont Business College. He was a member of the Catholic Church.  On Feb.10, 1904, he was united in marriage to Caroline A. Schlentz at St. Mary's Catholic Church. They lived on a farm six miles north of David City from the time of their marriage until their retirement in 1939 when they moved to David City. Six children were born to the couple.  Mr. Reisdorff is survived by his wife, Caroline; his children, Earl, Harry and Martha Reisdorff, all of David City, Mrs. Cyril (Lucille) Birkel of Bellwood, Father Clarence P. Reisdorff of York, and Anthony of Albuquerque, N. Mex.; two brothers, Jake, Omaha and Pete C. Reisdorff, David City; two sisters,. Mrs. Victor (Mary) Hilger, David City, and Mrs. Joe (Margaret) Drozda; Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Nick and Joe and two sister, Mrs. Mike Birkel and Mrs. Neil Murphey.    Relatives and friends attending the services from away were from Omaha, Lincoln, Hebron, Shelby, Columbus, Schuyler, and Silver Creek.

Obituaries 1959

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Frank Birkel 1882-1959

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Birkel, Meysenburg, Puetz, Smith

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 6 August 1959

Funeral Services For Frank Birkel Held, July 30

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Church, David City. July 30, for Frank Birkel, 76, who died at the David City Hospital, July 27, following a brief illness.  Msgr. A. J. Lisko officiated at the services at 9:30 a.m. Music was by Marie Kobza, Dolores Rerucha and Mary Ann Kozisek. Attending services in a body were members of the Knights of Columbus.  Pallbearers were Clarence Birkel, JIm Birkel, William Puetz; Louis Birkel; Victor Birkel and Pete Smith. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Mr. Birkel was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Birkel and was born August 18, 1882, in Butler County. He was married, to Anna G. Meysenburg, Nov. 27, 1905. Two children, Agnes and Alfred were born to them. The family lived on a farm near David City, until 1920 when they moved into David City where Mr. Birkel has since resided.  He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna.  Survivors are his daughter, Mrs. Stanley (Agnes) Coufal and son, Alfred, both of David City; a brother, Henry Birkel, David City, and sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Puetz of Albion. He is also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Relatives and friends attending. the services from away were from Albion, Fullerton, Fremont, Wahoo, Omaha, Avoca, Hastings, Genoa, Shelby, Sioux City, IA., and Nederland, Tex.

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Obituaries 1958

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Lawrence Nicholas Steiner 1911-1958

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Pieters, Janicek, Schmit, Homan, Fillipuzzi, Semin

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 20 Mar 1958.

Funeral Saturday For Lawrence Steiner

Lawrence Nicholas Steiner, 46, died at his home in David City on March 12 and funeral service were held at St. Mary's church at 9:30 on March 15, with Msgr. Lisko officiating. Music was by the church choir.  Pallbearers were. Leo Janicek, Peter J. Schmit, Art Homan, Ben Homan, Francis Steiner arid Joseph Steiner. Burial was at St. Mary's and St. Peter's cemetery Bel1wood.  Lawrence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Steiner, was born Nov. 13 at Bellwood.  He attended Marietta school.  He was married to Florine Pieters and five children were born to them.  Mr. Steiner was a painter by trade and worked at Columbus and David City.  Surviving him are his mother, Mrs. Mary Steiner of David City his wife, one daughter, Sharon and three sons, Kenneth, Bill and Bob, all of Portland, Ore., and a daughter, Mrs. Al. Filippuzzi of California; a sister, Mrs. Ray Semin, Bellwood, and a brother Ed Steiner of Columbus. Preceding him in death were his father and one brother, Leonard.  Attending the funeral from away were Kenneth Steiner of Portland, Ore., Mr. and Mrs. Al Sauser, Randolph and friends from Norfolk and Omaha and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Steiner.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anne Gertrude (Puetz) Morbach 1883-1958
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 11:50:52 -0800

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Puetz, Morbach, Lisko, Birkel, Ketter, Homan, Demuth, Dworak

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 17 April 1958.

Funeral Services April 9 For Mrs. Nicholas Morbach

Funeral services for Mrs. Nicholas Morbach, 74, who died at her home in David City was held at St. Mary's Church on April 11. Officiating at the Solemn High Mass was Msgr. Lisko assisted by Father Birkel and Father Ketter.  Music was by the church choir.   Pallbearers were John Homan of Cedar Rapids, Nebr. Lawrence Puetz, Matt Birkel, S. J. Demuth. John M. Morbach, and Wm. Puetz of Sioux City, Iowa.  Burial was at St. Mary's and St. Peter's cemetery, Bellwood.  Mrs. Morbach was born May 3, 1883, near Bellwood, the daughter of Margaret Reisdorff and Mathias Puetz. In 1906, she was married to Nicholas Morbach at Presentation Church, Marietta. They lived near Bellwood, then moved to a farm near Octavia, and the last 17 years Mrs. Morbach had lived in David City. She had been ill for past year.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the P.C.C.W. and Living Rosary, which organizations attended the funeral services in a body.   Surviving her are her daughter, Mrs. Anthony Dworak, three grandchildren, Don, Jean and Mary Dworak, two sisters, Mrs. John Homan Sr. of Cedar Rapids, Nebr., and Mrs. John Morbach of Bellwood, and three brothers, John Puetz of Albion and Nick and Wm. Puetz of David City.  Preceding her in death were her husband and two children, Helen and Ferdinand.

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Obituaries 1957

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elizabeth Agnes (Steiner) Schmit 1869-1957

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Schmit, Lisko, Puetz, Michael, Janicek, Kramer, Decker, Homan

Reprinted from The Butler County Press, David City, NE, January 18, 1957:

Funeral Services for Elizabeth Schmit, 88, conducted Saturday.

Funeral services for Elizabeth Agnes Schmit, 88, were held on Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. in St Mary's Catholic Church in David City. Msgr. Alphonse Lisko officiated at the Requiem Mass and the church choir sang. Rosary was recited at 7:30 Friday evening at the Knott Funeral Home, Serving as pallbearers were Lawrence Puetz, Gene Schmit, Gerald Janicek, Dick Michael, Edward Michael and Melvin Janicek. Burial was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery on the valley.  Mrs. Schmit died at the David City Hospital on Jan. 9. Born on Jan. 2, 1869, at Cascade, Ia., she was the daughter of Nicholas and Helena (Kramer) Steiner, In Presentation Church, Bellwood on Feb. 7, 1888, she became the bride of Nicholas Schmit. Ten children were born to them. Six of them four daughters and two sons, survive her and were present for the services, Mrs. Nick (Elizabeth) Puetz, of David City; Mrs. Leo (Laura) Janicek of Bellwood; Mrs. Don Decker of Cedar Falls, Ia.; Mrs. Ed (Anna) Michael of Lincoln; John of Watertown, S. D.; and Peter of Bellwood.  Other survivors include a brother, Frank Steiner, and a sister. Mrs. Kate Homan, both of David City.   She was preceded in death by her husband in 1937; sons, George in 1936 and Leo in 1954; and one son and one daughter in infancy.  Mrs. Schmit came to Nebraska at the age of two and had made her life here since. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and of the Alter  Society.  Relatives and friends coming from away for the funeral were from Randolph, Atkinson, Fremont, Lincoln, Omaha, Crete, McLean, Wausa, Harrington and San Francisco, Calif.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Frank Michael Steiner 1872-1957

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 4 Apr 1957.

Frank M. Steiner Services Wednesday

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning from St. Mary's Catholic Church for Frank M. Steiner, 85, who died Sunday, March 31, at St. Joseph's Villa.  Burial was in Valley Luxemburg cemetery.

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Obituaries 1956

 

Obituaries 1955

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Remakel
Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Remakel, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 31 March 1955.

Nicholas Remakel Funeral Services Held March 25

Funeral services were conducted Friday morning, March 25, at the Presentation Catholic Church for Nicholas Remakel, 80. Officiating at the rites were Fr. D. E. Cooper, Father Klutch and Father Reisdorff.  Music was furnished by Sr. Doretta. Serving as pallbearers were Marcelle Remakel, Pete C. Reisdorff, Ben Reisdorff, Paul Meysenburg, Bernard Meysenburg and Don Peters. Burial was in St Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery.   Mr. Remakel was born March 15, 1875, at Sandweiler, Luxemburg and died March 22, 1955, at Clarkson Memorial hospital, Omaha. He came to this country in March 1893 and was married on Oct. 30, 1900 at St Mary's church in David City.  He was a farmer by occupation and made his home on a farm north of David City for many years.  Surviving him are his wife, a brother, Jacob Remakel of Wilmont, Minn., and a sister, Marie Remakel of Luxemburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.   Members of the Holy Name Society, to which Mr. Remakel belonged, attended the funeral in a body. Others from out of town who attended the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Remakel and Mrs. Art Remakel of Wilmont, Minn., Mrs. Don Chukker of Worthington, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Marcelle Remakel and Mrs. James Dubben of Albert Lea, Minn., Mrs. Hank Meysenburg and Mrs. Mary Egging of Sidney, Mr. and Mrs. John Moes and son of Kearney, Mrs. Frank Johnson of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Zoucha and son, James and Mrs. Jake Zoucha of Clarks, Francis Meysenburg of Stanton, Mrs. John Reiter of Holdrege and Mrs. Sylvester Zwiener of Pleasanton.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Remakel

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Remakel, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 31 March 1955.

Nicholas Remakel Funeral Services Held March 25

Funeral services were conducted Friday morning, March 25, at the Presentation Catholic Church for Nicholas Remakel, 80. Officiating at the rites were Fr. D. E. Cooper, Father Klutch and Father Reisdorff.  Music was furnished by Sr. Doretta. Serving as pallbearers were Marcelle Remakel, Pete C. Reisdorff, Ben Reisdorff, Paul Meysenburg, Bernard Meysenburg and Don Peters. Burial was in St Mary's and St. Peter's Cemetery.   Mr. Remakel was born March 15, 1875, at Sandweiler, Luxemburg and died March 22, 1955, at Clarkson Memorial hospital, Omaha. He came to this country in March 1893 and was married on Oct. 30, 1900 at St Mary's church in David City.  He was a farmer by occupation and made his home on a farm north of David City for many years.  Surviving him are his wife, a brother, Jacob Remakel of Wilmont, Minn., and a sister, Marie Remakel of Luxemburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.   Members of the Holy Name Society, to which Mr. Remakel belonged, attended the funeral in a body. Others from out of town who attended the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Remakel and Mrs. Art Remakel of Wilmont, Minn., Mrs. Don Chukker of Worthington, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Marcelle Remakel and Mrs. James Dubben of Albert Lea, Minn., Mrs. Hank Meysenburg and Mrs. Mary Egging of Sidney, Mr. and Mrs. John Moes and son of Kearney, Mrs. Frank Johnson of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Zoucha and son, James and Mrs. Jake Zoucha of Clarks, Francis Meysenburg of Stanton, Mrs. John Reiter of Holdrege and Mrs. Sylvester Zwiener of Pleasanton.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Hillar John Smith 1888-1955

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Smith, Meysenburg, Powers, Klyber, Reisdorff, Ekeler, Mock, Cooper, Murphy, Egging, Chonta, Hennessey, McFayden, Rossbach, Zimmerer, Sauter.

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 5 May 1955

Services Conducted May 5 at Omaha For Hillar Smith, 67

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 5, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Omaha for Hillar Smith, 67, a former Butler county resident who died May 3 at his home in Omaha after an Illness of about 10 days.  Rev. Anthony Powers, C.S.S.R. was the celebrant of the mass. Rev. R. Klyber, C.S.S.R., was the deacon and Rev. Clarence Reisdorff sub-deacon. Priests in the sanctuary were Msgr. John F. Ekeler, Msgr. Ferdinand Mock, Msgr. Daniel Cooper, Msgr. William Murphy, Rev. Anthony Egging, Rev. Raphael Chonta, Rev. James Hennessey, and Rev. McFayden.  Music was by the Holy Name choir with Mrs. Fred Rossbach, soloist . Pallbearers were Raymond Smith , Leo Smith, Peter J. Smith, Leonard Smith, John Meysenburg and Ben Reisdorff. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery 72nd and Center Sts., Omaha.  Mr. Smith was born April 10, 1888, at Octavia. He grew to manhood in Butler county and was married on Nov. 23, 1909, at Presentation Church near Bellwood.   In addition to his high school education, he attended Fremont Business College.   He lived in the Valley north of David City until 1946 following he occupation of farmer and livestock breeder. In 1946, he moved to Omaha where he became a special agent for the Bankers Life Insurance Co. of Nebraska.  Mr. Smith was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Te Deum International, Holy Name Society and the Holy Name Athletic Club.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife Katherine A. Smith; five children, Eva M. Zimmerer of Avoco, Walter H. Smith of Plattsmouth, and Ida S. Smith, John F Smith and Rita A Sautter of Omaha; and brother, Jacob J. Smith of David City.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Morbach 1883-1955

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Puetz, Lisko, Reisdorff, Birkel, Ketter, Smith, Demuth, Olinger, Schmit, Kosch, Meysenburg, Homan, Gering, Primrose, Beckius

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 14 July 1955.

Services Conducted For Nicholas Morbach

A solemn requiem High Mass was conducted Friday, July 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Nicholas Morbach, 71. Rev Alphonse J. Lisko was the celebrant; Rev. Clarence Reisdorff of York was deacon, Rev. Harold Birkel sub-deacon, Rev. Verness B. Ketter, master of ceremonies. Music was furnished by the church choir and Mrs. J. P. Birkel, organist.   The pallbearers were nephews of Mr. Morbach, John and Harry Morbach of Bellwood, Don Morbach of Omaha, Lawrence Puetz and Matt and Clarence Birkel.  Burial was in the Valley Luxemburg cemetery, Bellwood.  Mr. Morbach was born July 18, 1883, near Bellwood, and he lived in Butler county all of his life.  On Jan. 17, 1906, at St. Mary's (Marietta) Church, he was married and to this union were born three children. For many years the family resided on a farm near Octavia, and for the past 18 years, Mr. and Mrs. Morbach had lived in David City.  Mr. Morbach died at his home on Wednesday, July 6, 1955.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two children, Helen and Ferdinand, and three brothers.  Survivors include his, wife Anne, one daughter, Mrs. Anthony Dworak and three grandchildren, Don, Jean and Mary Dworak.  Those coming from a distance to attend the funeral included Mrs. Joe Morbach, Mrs. H. J. Smith and Miss Loretta Demuth of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Olinger and Joe Schmit of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kosch of Shelby, Mr. and Mrs. John Puetz and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg and family of Albion, Mr. and Mrs. John Homan, Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Gering, Mrs. Matt Homan, Mrs. Art Primrose and Pete Beckius of Fremont, and friends and relatives from Bellwood, Rising City and Surprise.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Jeanne Elizabeth Hanus 1940-1955

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hanus, Cooper, Hain, Lisko, DeWitt, Reisdorff, Burglund, Birkel, Morbach, Hiller, Phillips, Meysenburg, Puetz, Beckius, Tuma, Demuth

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 25 Aug 1955.

Jeanne Hanus, 15, dies Thursday After A Lingering Illness

Jeanne Hanus, 15, of Bellwood died Thursday, Aug. 18, at the David City Hospital following an illness of about a year.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Presententation church with Solemn Requiem Mass conducted by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. D. E. Cooper, Rev. Raymond Hain, master of ceremonies and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alphonse J. Lisko and Rev. Max DeWitt assisted in the sanctuary.  Sister Mary Diretta was at the organ.   The flower girls were Judy Hain, Nancy Reisdorff, Carol Burglund, Jane Birkel, Mignon Dolly Morbach, Carol Hiller, Maru Ann Phillips, Patsy Reisdorff, Julie Meysenburg, Joyce Semin and Judy Demuth.  Honarary pallbearers were cousins of Jeanne, Julee Alberts, Marie Ann Morbach, Jean Birkel, Susan Birkel, Jean Dworak, Mary Lee Beckuis, Betty Meysenburg and Mary Jo Meysenburg.  The active pallbearers were four cousins, Alfred Hanus and Jerry Birkel, Billy Puetz and Bob Beckius and two classmates Bob Tuma and James Demuth.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Jeanne Hanus, the daughter of John and Mary Rose Hanus, was born Feb. 27, 1940 at Bellwood. She attended school at Marietta grade and high school.  She was a member of the Junior CYO, the band, pep club and volleyball team.  She was secretary -treasurer of the sophomore class last year and she ranked high in her class scholastically.  Surviving are her father, John Hanus, her stepmother, Genevieve, two brothers, Gerald and John and three sisters, Kay, Connie Jo and Karen Sue, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hanus and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Puetz and her step grandmother, Mrs. John Birkel.  Coming from a distance to attend the funeral were relatives and friends from Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont, Albion, Cedar Rapids, Shelby, Osceola, Dwight, Schuyler and Brainard.

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Obituaries 1954

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Leo Cornelius Schmit 1894-1954

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Sand, Messman, Michael, Puetz, Janicek, Decker, Klein, Meyers, Kelsch, White, Stukel, Colling, Olinger, Nordhues, Miller, Medinger, Smith, Morbach

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 27 May 1954.

Leo C. Schmit, 60, Funeral Services Held

On May 18, 1954, funeral services were held at St. Peter's church in Bellwood for Leo C. Schmit, 60. He was a lifetime resident, of the community. Mr. Schmit died May 15 as the result of coronary thrombosis following an illness of about five years.  Rev. G. C. Messman officiated and music was by the church choir.  Serving as pallbearers were Leon Michael, Richard Michael, Laurence Puetz, Gerald Janicek, Eugene Schmit and Schmit. Burial was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's cemetery at Bellwood.  Members of Lavern N. Schmit American Legion Post attended the funeral in a body.  Mr. Schmit was born March 4, 1894, at Bellwood and was engaged in farming during his lifetime.  He enlisted in the armed forces during World War I and served from Aug. 15, 1918 to Feb. 3, 1919 as a Musician Third Class. FA.  In Nov. 1919, he was united in marriage to Susan Sand at Spencer Grove Ia. To this union two children, LaVerne and Mrs. Delores Kreizinger, were born. Mrs. Schmit died Oct. 29, 1931. On Sept. 30,1940, he was married to Miss Elsie C. Schmit at St. Peter's Church in Bellwood. Six children were born to this union, Robert Lee, Edward Joseph, Carol Ann, Wilma Jean, David and Keith.  He is survived by his wife, Elsie, seven children; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Schmit of David City; two brothers, J. A. Schmit of Watertown, S. D., and Peter J. Schmit of ,Bellwood; four sisters Mrs. Nick (Elizabeth) Puetz of Bellwood, Mrs. Ed. (Ann) Michael of Lincoln, Mrs. Leo (Laura) Janicek of Bellwood, and Mrs. Don (Eleanora) Decker of Cedar Falls, Ia. Preceding him in death were his father and one son, LaVerne, who was killed in action while in service Those attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John A. Schmit of Watertown, S. D, Mrs. Don Decker of Cedar Falls, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Michael and Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Michael of Lincoln: Leon Michael of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Don Schmit of Fremont, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Klein of Cresham; Sr. M. Burginia of Milwaukee, Wis., Henry J Schmit of Monticello, Ia., Cyril J. Schmit of Bernard, Ia., John Ortner, Holyoke, Colo., Chancy White of Albion, Mrs. J V. Stukel, Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers, Mrs. John Kelsch, Mr. and Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. Nick Colling and Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Nordhues of Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmit of McLean, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Olinger of Wausau, Theodore Miller of Independence, Ia.; Mrs. Robert Michael of Stanley, la., Raymond Miller and Mrs. Harold Miller, of Walker, Ia., George and Carrie Medinger of Sedalia, Colo., Mr. and Mrs., H. J. Smith and Mrs. Marie Morbach of Omaha: and Evelyn Morbach of Amarillo, Tex.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anthony R. Dworak 1901-1954

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Dworak, Morbach, Sloup, Lisko, Kriz, Samek, Reid, Wertman, Bock, Collins, Puetz, Meysenburg, Homan, Georing, Johnson, Toman, Smith, Malliard, Stump, Olinger, Schmit, Nordhues, Primrose, Zimmerer

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 1 May 1954.

Anthony R. Dworak, 53, a retired David City businessman died early Friday morning. at David City hospital. He had been in ill health for several months and death was the result of coronary thrombosis.  Mr. Dworak operated the D-X Service Station for 15 years until his health forced him to retire in January of this year.  Services were conducted Monday morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Alphonse J. Lisko in charge. Rev. Ernest J. Sloup gave the sermon.  Music was by the St. Mary's choir.   The pallbearers were Louis Tomek, Otto Kriz, Bill Samek. R. A. Reid, W. L. Wertman, and Ray Bock. Members of the Knights of Columbus of which Mr. Dworak was a member, attended in a body.  Burial was at St. Mary's cemetery. Mr. Dworak, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dworak, was born April 16, 1901 at David City. He attended school here and graduated from David City High School in 1920. For a short time he studied voice at the University of Nebraska School of Music before joining a chautauqua circuit.  For nine years he traveled as a member of the chautauqua circuit and the American and Tiffany quartettes. His travels took him through 47 states of the United States and nine provinces of Canada.  Following his retirement from this work he worked as an automobile salesman until he leased the D-X Service Station.  On Oct. 19,1933, he married at Presentation Church, Marietta, to Matilda Morbach. Three children were born to this union, Don, now a student at the University of Nebraska and Jean and Mary at home.  For several years, Mr. Dworak served on the boy scout committee here. He was an avid sports fan and for many years had attended all of the athletic events of David City High School. In addition, he attended the football games at the University of Nebraska.  In addition to his widow and three children, Mr. Dworak is survived by two brothers, C. G. Dworak of Oakland, Calif., and County Clerk Joseph J. Dworak of David City; and niece, Dorothy Collins of Oakland, Calif.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and two brothers.  Illness prevented C. G. Dworak from attending the services Monday, but those from out-of-town. who attended included Mrs. Dorothy Collins and daughter, Vicki, of Oakland, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. John Puetz, and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg of Albion, Pete Puetz of Columbus, Mr. awl Mrs. John Homan, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Homan ad Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Goering of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson. and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Toman of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith, Mr. James Malliard, and Mrs. Marie Morbach of Omaha: Miss. Evelyn Morbach of Amarillo. Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Stump of York; Mr. and Mrs. Nick Olinger and. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmit of McLean; and Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Nordhues of Randolph. Relatives and friends from Brainard and Bellwood were also in attendance.   Sunday callers at the Dworak home included Mrs. Mary Homan, Mr. and Mrs. Art Primrose, John Paul Homan, and Mr. Goering of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerer of Avoca.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary A. (Schlentz) Schmit 1868-1954

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Schmit, Reisdorff, Prachar, Messman, Speicher, Hastert, Ley, Weidel, Didier, Nordhouse, Olinger, Crawford, Lux, Albright

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 23 Dec 1954.

Mrs. Mary Schmit, 86, Dies At Home Here Saturday Morning

Mrs. Mary A. Schmit, 86, of David City died at her home here Saturday morning as the result of a heart attack. She had been In failing health for a number of years.   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clarence Reisdorff of York at St. Mary's Church here. Rev. John Prachar assisted and Rev. G. C. Messman of Bellwood was in the sanctuary. Music was by the church choir.  Serving as pallbearers were six nephews, Leroy Schlentz, John Speicher, Louis Hastert, Earl Reisdorff, Phillip Schlentz, and Phillip Ley. Burial was in St. Peter's and St. Mary's Cemetery on the Valley.  Those from away who attended the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. John Weidel, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schmit, and Leland Schmit of Hebron; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Didier and son Bernard, Clarks; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmit, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Nordhues of Randolph; Mrs. Nick Olinger of Wausa; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Crawford of Mankato, Minn.; Leroy Schlentz of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lux and Mrs. Marie Albright of Columbus; and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hastert of Shelby.   Mary Schlentz, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schlentz, was born May 13, 1868, in Iowa. The family moved to Butler county when she was two years of age.  She was married in February 1891, at Presentation Church on the Valley to Peter Schmit, who preceded her in death on Nov.25, 1910.  Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Rosa Didier; a brother, Peter Schlentz; and two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Reisdorff and Mrs. Susie Ley. Mrs. Schmit was a member of St Peter's Altar Society at Bellwood.

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Obituaries 1953

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John Peter Morbach 1888-1953

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Puetz, Cooper, Reisdorff, Prachar, Ekeler, Birkel, Eberly, Hiller, Markus, Homan, Goering, Wlashin, Primrose, Olinger, Schmit, Nordhues, Smith, Hanus, Demuth, Daringer, Schieffer, Benafeldt, Beckius, Stump, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 23 Apr 1953.

Last Rites Held Saturday For John P. Morbach

John P. Morbach passed away at the David City hospital Wednesday, Apr. 15 at 4:15 p. m. from a lingering Illness of two and a half months.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning in Presentation parish Bellwood.

Rev. D. E. Cooper, assisted by Rev. Clarence Reisdorff of York and Rev. John Prachar, of David City was celebrant of the requiem high mass. Msgr. John Ekeler, of Crete, gave the sermon. Music was furnished by the church choir with Sister M. Doretta organist.   Mr. Morbach was born May 19, 1888 in Bellwood. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Morbach, Sr.  He was married to Mary Augusta Puetz November 26,1912 in Presentation parish, Bellwood. One son, John M. Morbach was born to this union, who survives his father. He is survived by his wife and son, six grandchildren and two brothers, Nick and Cornelius Morbach, of David City.  He was preceded In death by his parents and one brother, Joseph.  Mr. Morbach was a farmer by occupation, living on a farm near Bellwood. He was a faithful member of the Catholic church and a kindly man devoted to his family.  Pallbearers were Clarence Birkel, Rudolph Eberly, Jake Hiller, Frank Markus, Harry Morbach and Lawrence Puetz interment was in the Presentation St. Peter's cemetery.   Those attending the funeral from a distance were Harold Birkel of Conception. Mo., Mr. and Mrs. John Homan and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Homan and daughters, Mrs. L A. Goering and Mr. Ambrose Wlashim, Mrs. Art Primrose and Mrs. Mary Homan, all of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Nick Olinger, Mr. and Mrs. John Olinger and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmit, of Osmond; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Nordhues of Randolph. Mr and Mrs. John Puetz and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg and son of Albion; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hanus Jr., Jerry Hanus, Sr., and Misses Sharon and Jackie Demuth all of Omaha, Mrs. Fred Daringer, Mrs. Joe Hiller and Nick HilIer of Hebron; Mrs. Will Schieffer of Crofton; Mrs. Mary Benafeldt of Kearney: Mr. and Mrs. Pete Beckius of Fremont; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Stump of York and Peter Puetz of Columbus.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Cornelius P. Morbach 1879-1953

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Meysenburg, Lisko, DeWispelare, Birkel, Dworak, Smith, Hiller

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 17 December 1953.

Cornelius Morbach Services Conducted

Funeral services for Cornelius P. Morbach, 74 David City resident were held at 9:30 a. m. Monday Dec.14, from St. Mary's Catholic church, David City The Rev. Alphonse Lisko officiated at the requiem high mass. Music was by St. Mary's School choir.  Mr. Morbach, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Morbach, was born Oct. 1, 1879 on a farm near Bellwood. In 1904, on Jan.12, he was married to Mary S. Meysenburg at Luxemburg church near Bellwood. They farmed in the Bellwood and Octavia vicinity until 1930 when they moved to David City where they have since made their home. He died at Clarkson hospital in Omaha Friday, Dec. 11, following an illness of several months.  Surviving him are his wife, Mary; grandson, Gerald DeWispelare of Octavia,  and a brother, Nick Morbach of David City. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Mrs. Geneva DeWispelare and two brothers, Joseph and John Morbach.  The pallbearers, all nephews of the deceased, were Alfred Birkel and Anthony Dworak of David City, John A. Meysenburg of Wahoo, Harry and John Morbach Jr. of Bellwood and Walter Smith of Plattsmouth. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Bellwood.  Attending the services from away were Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith and John Smith of Omaha, Walter Smith of Plattsmouth, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hiller of Hebron and John A. Meysenburg of Wahoo.

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Obituaries 1952

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Amalia Augusta Krones

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Krones, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 29 Sep 1952.

A victim of heart disease the past few years, Mrs. Henry J. Meysenburg died at her home in David City September 22 at 3:10 a. rn. She suffered a heart at tack five hours before her death.  The former Amelia A. Krones, Mrs. Meysenburg was born in Braurweifen, Austria August 7, 1885. She came to this country in 1894 when nine years of age.  She was married to Henry J. Meysenburg February 6, 1907. The wedding taking place in Presentation church, Bellwood.  They lived on the Meysenburg at the west edge of David City several years, then moving to the valley to live until November 1943. Since their retirement she and Mr. Meysenburg had 1ived in David City.  Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Meysenburg, eight survive their mother. They are: (Henrietta) Mother M. Loyola O. S. U. of Festus, Mo.; (Amelia) Sister M. Clarice of Howard, S. D.; (Agnes) Sister M Sylvester of Milwaukee, Mrs. Frank Johnson of Omaha; Henry Jr. of Sidney; Joe B. of Bellwood and Mrs. Ben Reisdorff and Bernard of David City. An infant son Carl Anthony, preceded her in death, as did two grandsons.  She leaves nine grandsons and seven granddaughters. It was not known by Mrs. Meysenburg whether members of her family living in the Russian Zone in Austria are dead or alive.  All of the children with exception of Mother M. Loyola were present at the funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church Wednesday morning, Sept. 24. The Rev. John Prachar said requiem mass and the church choir. with Sister Gregory, organist furnished the music. Six nephews, Leo Meysenburg, Sr. Paul Meysenburg, Harold Meysenburg, Wilfrid Phillips, Robert Kreizinger and Paul Peters, were pallbearers. Buria1 was in St. Mary's cemetery.   Devoutly religious, Mrs. Meysenburg faithful in attendance at the church of her faith throughout her lifetime. She was a member of St Mary's Altar Society, working through it for benefit of the church. Mrs. Meysenburg practiced her religion in her home, imbuing her children with the principles of the Catholic church. Ever a home loving person, she found time also to help those in need.  Sisters Clarice and Sylvester were present at the funeral, also the Frank Johnson family of Omaha and the Henry Meysenburg, Jr. family of Sidney.  Others coming from away were Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Ekeler of Crete, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg and John Puetz of Albion, and Mr. and Mrs. John Partsch of Spalding.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Matilda Frances (Kovar) Schlentz 1879-1952

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kovar, Schlentz, Kosch, Styskal, Lorenz, Hahn, Oehme, Harlow, Reisdorff, Murphy, Prachar, Otypka, Tillma, Shoemaker

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 18 Apr 1952.

Had Been Invalid For 16 Months

Death came to Mrs. John Schlentz in a Lincoln nursing home where she had been a patient several months. She suffered a stroke of paralysis 16 months ago since which time she had been and invalid.  Mrs. Schlentz entire life was spent in this vicinity. The former Matilda Frances Kovar, she was born on a farm in the Appleton vicinity February 2, 1879. Her parents were Ignac and Franciska Matel Kovar. She was one of nine Kovar children.   She was married to John W. Schlentz June 18, 1901. The couple locating on a farm east of David City. This remained her home throughout the years.  M r. Schlentz died May 22, 1941.  Four children, three sons a daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs. Schlentz.  One son, John died in infancy; the three children surviving their mother are Francis Schlentz of Los Angeles, Calif., Philip Schlentz and Mrs. Paul Kosch of David City. There are six granddaughters and three grandsons.  Other survivors are two brothers, Frank and Joseph Kovar of David City and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Styskal of Exeter and Mrs. Paul Lorenz of David City. Four sisters, Mrs. Hugo Hahn, Mrs. J. D. Oehme, Mrs. Anna Harlow and Miss Christie Kovar preceded her in death. Solemn Requiem High Mass for Mrs. Schlentz was celebrated in St. Mary's Catholic Church Thursday morning. The Rev. Clarence Reisdorff of York was celebrant. The Rev W. A. Murphy master of ceremonies, the Rev John Prachar deacon and the Rev. John Otypka sub-deacon. St. Mary's choir sang with Sister Gregory accompanist. Six nephews, Howard Kovar, Fred William Styskal, Earl Tillma, Marion Hahn and Adolph Oehme were pallbearers. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.   All of the immediate relatives were present at the funeral with exception of Francis Schlentz. He had left by plane on a business trip to Anchorage, Alaska before receiving the messages of his mother's serious illness and death.  Mrs. Schlentz's sister, Mrs. Frank Styskal also Mr. Styskal and two sons came from Exeter to attend the service as did nephew, Marion Hahn of Lincoln and a niece Mrs. Harold Shoemaker and her family of Norfolk.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Amalia Augusta Krones

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Krones, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 29 Sep 1952.

A victim of heart disease the past few years, Mrs. Henry J. Meysenburg died at her home in David City September 22 at 3:10 a. rn. She suffered a heart at tack five hours before her death.  The former Amelia A. Krones, Mrs. Meysenburg was born in Braurweifen, Austria August 7, 1885. She came to this country in 1894 when nine years of age.  She was married to Henry J. Meysenburg February 6, 1907. The wedding taking place in Presentation church. Bellwood.  They lived on the Meysenburg at the west edge of David City several years, then moving to the valley to live until November 1943. Since their retirement she and Mr. Meysenburg had 1ived in David City.  Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Meysenburg, eight survive their mother. They are: (Henrietta) Mother M. Loyola O. S. U. of Festus, Mo.; (Amelia) Sister M. Clarice of Howard, S. D.; (Agnes) Sister M Sylvester of Milwaukee, Mrs. Frank Johnson of Omaha; Henry Jr. of Sidney; Joe B. of Bellwood and Mrs. Ben Reisdorff and Bernard of David City. An infant son Carl Anthony, preceded her in death, as did two grandsons.  She leaves nine grandsons and seven granddaughters. It was not known by Mrs. Meysenburg whether members of her family living in the Russian Zone in Austria are dead or alive.  All of the children with exception of Mother M. Loyola were present at the funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church Wednesday morning, Sept. 24. The Rev. John Prachar said requiem mass and the church choir. with Sister Gregory, organist furnished the music. Six nephews, Leo Meysenburg, Sr. Paul Meysenburg, Harold Meysenburg, Wilfrid Phillips, Robert Kreizinger and Paul Peters, were pallbearers. Buria1 was in St. Mary's cemetery.   Devoutly religious, Mrs. Meysenburg faithful in attendance at the church of her faith throughout her lifetime. She was a member of St Mary's Altar Society, working through it for benefit of the church. Mrs. Meysenburg practiced her religion in her home, imbuing her children with the principles of the Catholic church. Ever a home loving person, she found time also to help those in need.  Sisters Clarice and Sylvester were present at the funeral, also the Frank Johnson family of Omaha and the Henry Meysenburg, Jr. family of Sidney.  Others coming from away were Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Ekeler of Crete, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg and John Puetz of Albion, and Mr. and Mrs. John Partsch of Spalding.

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Obituaries 1951

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Howard John Ebel 1917-1951

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Ebel, Homan, Birkel, Messman, Hiller, Gabriel, Koenig, Smith, Peiffer, Capacius, Stroh, Hertz, Knockel, Klein, Primrose

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 1 Feb 1951.

Howard Ebel Killed In Tractor Accident

Bellwood. Jan. 30 Howard J. Ebel 33, was killed Friday afternoon in a tractor accident at his farm in this vicinity. The accident happened about 3:30 o'clock when the tractor. pulling a load of hay ran into a ditch. He fell between the tractor and load and was crushed under a wheel.  A son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry, EbeI, Sr. of Bellwood. He was born October 23. 1917 and had spent his entire life in Butler county.  He received his education in rural schools and joined the army in March 1942.  As a radar operator in an anti-aircraft gun battalion, he spent 39 months in the European theater. When discharged in October, 1945, he had rating of private first class. Upon returning to civilian life he returned to his occupation as a farmer.  His marriage to Miss Mary Homan took place in Presentation church January 13, 1940. A daughter, Janet Marie born to them is 15 months old.  Besides his wife. daughter and parents, he is survived by five brothers: George, John and Henry of Bellwood, Everett and Harold of Columbus and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Birkel of Fullerton and Mrs. Peter Birkel of David City.   Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Peter's Catholic church in Bellwood with the Rev. G. E. Messman officiating. The church choir sang for the Requiem High Mass. Burial was in the Luxemburg cemetery with Military graveside services by LaVerne Schmit Post American Legion.  Pallbearers were Melvin Hiller, Wilfred Homan, Arthur Gabriel, Albert and George Koenig and Virgil Smith.  He was a member of the LaVerne Schmit post, also the V. F. W. post and Eagles lodge of Columbus and belonged to St. Peter's church.  One of the most highly respected young men of the community, his death is mourned by many.  Coming from away to attend the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. John Peiffer, Jr., Rita, Rosa, Lene and Lorraine Hertz and Joseph and Leo Knockel all of Cascade, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Capacius of Fremont; Mr. and Mr. A. L Stroh of Litchfield, Harry Klein. of Ravenna; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Homan. of Crete, Matt and John Homan and Mrs. Arthur Primrose of Cedar Rapids.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Joseph John Morbach 1892-1951

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Morbach, Ellerman, Cooper, Reisdorff, Durr, Ekeler, Schmit, Wilkerson, Wachel, Schwartz, Ball, Warden, Axen, Seibanaler, Hanzel, Olinger, Miller, Smith, Zimmerer, Mihulka, Kozicek, Harinden, Vanicek, Legler, Hamata, Grady, Svoboda, Medinger, Hayecan

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 1 Feb 1951.

Last Rites Said Saturday for Joseph John Morbach

Funeral rites for Joseph John Morbach, who died at his house on the valley January 24, were held an Presentation church. Luxemburg, Saturday morning.  Solemn High Mass was said at 9:30 o'clock with the following as celebrants: the Rev. D. E. Cooper. pastor of Presentation church. the Rev. Clarence Reisdorff of Lincoln, the Rev. Valerie Durr of David City. and Monsignor John Ekeler of Crete. Interment was in St. Mary's and St. Peter's cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Joseph Schmit of Osmond, John M. Morbach, Anthony Dworak, Peter J. Schmit. Peter C Schmit and Arthur Ronkar.  Mr. Morbach was 59 years and 10 days of age, he having been born January 14. 1892. He had been a resident of the Luxemburg vicinity his entire life his parents, John Morbach and Elizabeth Schmit Morbach. being among the early day settlers of the parish.  His wife, the former Marie Ellerman of West Point, to whom he was married September 10, 1918, survives him. He leaves also three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Wilkerson of Oklahoma City, Okla., Miss Evelyn of Sioux Falls, S. D and Miss Rosemarie of Omaha, three sons Harry, of Schuyler, Robert of St Petersburg, Fla., and Donald of Omaha; three grandchildren; and three brothers, J. P. Morbach of Bellwood and Nick and C. P. Morbach of David City.   All of the immediate relatives were present at the last rites said for Mr. Morbach. Others coming from away besides the children were Curtis Wilkerson of Oklahoma City, a son-in-law, Mrs. Harry Morbach of Schuyler, a daughter-in-law; Mr. And Mrs. F. H. Wackel and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Schwartz of West Point; Edward Ball of Scribner, Mrs. Catherine Warden of Fremont: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Axen of Valley: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Siebanaler of Alliance, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hanzel and son of Beemer; Mr. and Mrs. John Olinger. Mrs. Nick Olinger and the Joseph Schmit family of Osmond, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Miller and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. Mrs. Tom Sautler, Miss Madlyne Sechser and M. C. Demuth of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith of Plattsmouth; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerer of Avoca; Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Mihulka of Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. William Kozisek of Surprise; and Mrs. Jack Harinden. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Vanicek. David Legler and son, Mr. and Mrs. V. Hamata. Ralph Mihulka, Mr. end Mrs. William Grady. Mrs. Marcel Svoboda. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Medinger, and Mr. and Mrs. James Hayecan. all of Schuyler.  A life-time member of the Catholic church on the valley. Mr. Morbach was actively identified with the church throughout the years lending his support to anything that tended towards advancement of the church and community.  He had the same interest for his family, seeing that his children were given the advantages of a comfortable home.  That they had religious training and that they had the opportunity for a higher education.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bernard J. Schlentz, Jr. 1887-1951

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Meysenburg, Speicher, Smith, Reisdorff, Ley, Hastert, Schmit, Murphy

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 19 July 1951.

Ben Schlentz Dies After Short Illness

Bernard Schlentz, Jr., 63, passed away in Clarkson hospital, Omaha, Saturday where he had been a patient about two weeks. Death was from a blood ailment, his condition being serious when he was admitted to the hospital.  Mr. Schlentz had been a life-time resident of Butler county. He was a son of Bernard and Mary (Meysenburg) Schlentz, both natives of Luxemburg, who came to the Luxemburg vicinity in 1870 and located on homestead land. It was here that Bernard Jr. was born August 1, 1887 and where he grew to young manhood.  Mr. and Mrs. Schlentz and son, Bernard, moved to David City in 1900. Four or five years later Bernard and his brother, P. N. Schlentz entered in the automobile business in David City. pioneers in that field. Later as the business grew a garage was built.  Bernard Schlentz Sr. passed away November 1, 1917 and Mrs. Schlentz April 15, 1930. Bernard Jr. continued residence in the home place following their deaths.   Survivors are his brother. P. N. Schlentz and four sisters, Mrs. John P. Speicher, and Mrs. P. M. Smith of Bellwood, and Mrs. J. J. Reisdorff and Mrs. Philip Ley of David City.  One brother, John Schlentz, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Hastert and Mrs. Harry Schmit preceded him in death.  Last rites for Mr. Schlentz were said in St. Mary's Catholic church Tuesday morning, with the Rev. W. A. Murphy in charge. Burial was in the family lot in the Luxemburg cemetery.  Six nephews, Leroy Schlentz of Lincoln Louis Hastert of Shelby, Philip Ley Jr., Earl Reisdorff, John Speicher and Philip Schlentz were pallbearers.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Peter Phillips

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 12 Apr 1951.

Nicholas P. Phillips, 72, a successful and highly respected farmer of the Luxemburg community, died at his home Wednesday evening, April 4, at l1.30 p. m He suffered a heart attack four days previous and had recurring seizures in those four days.  Born at Lamotte, Iowa, June 21, 1878. he was the son of Peter and Dena Markus Phllips. His parents came to Luxemburg when he was four years of age. This had been his home ever since.   He was married to Anna Meysenburg, Jan. 25, 1899, the wedding taking place in Presentation church. His death ended a marriage of over 52 years.  Mrs. Phillips survives him, as do four sons, Al, George, and Leonard of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Wilfrid at home and one daughter, Mrs. Agnes Schmit of David City. He leaves also 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren; two brothers, William P. of Bellevue, Iowa, and Henry Phillips, of David City I and Three sisters, Mrs. Pete Supancheck of David City, Sister Solana, of Campbell's Point, Wis., and Mrs. Emerson Horton of Sioux City, Iowa.   The Rev. D. E. Cooper had charge of the funeral service held in Presentation church Saturday rnorning. The church choir sang and six nephews Bernard Hilger, Robert Kreizinger, Tom Meysenburg, Joe Meysenburg, Eugene Phillips and Everett Supancheck. Burial was in the valley cemetery.  Mr. Phillips was a member of Presentation church and Tihen Council, Knights of Columbus.  The following relatives came from away to attend the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Al Phillips. Mrs. Leonard Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Poelma, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo, Mrs. Horton, of Sioux City, Mr. and Mrs. William Markus, John Markus and Mrs. Mary Benfeldt of Kearney; Matt and John Homan of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Meysenburg of Colby. Kas.; and Harold Meysenburg and John Puetz, of Primrose.

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John J. Meysenburg

Surname: Meysenburg, Phillips

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 30 May 1951.

John J. Meysenburg, 78, life-time member of the Luxemburg community, died at his home there May 25.  He had been ill about six months and was cared for at his home by members of his family. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Meysenburg, who had the distinction of being the first pioneers to come from Iowa and settle on the valley. He was born on land homesteaded by his parents and not far from the Catholic church.   Growing to manhood in the parish he was married to Christina Phillips January 18, 1897.  Their marriage was solemnized in the valley church, at that time known as St. Mary's church. Mrs. Meysenburg passed away December 16, 1945. Four sons and three daughters survive Mr. Meysenburg.  The sons are Leo and Paul, of David City; Harold of Albion, and Francis of Colby, Kas.  The daughters are Mrs. Margaret Peters of Bellwood; Miss Camilla Meysenburg of David City and Mrs. Hilda Pardue of Baton Rouge, IA. A son, Joseph, died at the age of four months. Other survivors are a brother, Henry J. Meysenburg and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Phillips, Mrs. Nick Remakel and Mrs. L. R. Kreizinger.  The Meysenburg's children living elsewhere made frequent trips to see their father during his last illness and all returned for his funeral. Coming with Mrs. Pardue were Mr. Pardue and three children. With Francis Meysenburg were Mrs. Meysenburg and daughters, Mary Ellen and Eileen, and accompanying Harold Meysenburg were Mrs. Meysenburg and four children. Others coming from away were a granddaughter, Mrs. Phyllis Douglas and son Billie, of Julesburg, Colo.; and the following friends: Mr. and Mrs. John Puetz, of Albion; Mrs. Mary McGrath, of Beatrice: Mr. and Mrs. Jake Remakel of Minnesota, Charles J. Dresch, Jr. of Primrose, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. McDermott and Mr. arid Mrs. H. J. LUX. of West Point; Mr. and Mrs. John Homan and Mrs. Mary Homan of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. John Hannapel of Clark, and Miss Lucretia Burke, of Norfolk. Progressive and interested in affairs of Butler county arid his community, he took an active part in working for his church and in organizations which he thought of benefit to the farmer. He assisted in organizing the Farmers Grain Company of Bellwood, and was a director at the time of his death. He served as president and secretary of the Butler County Fair board for many years. Likewise he held many offices of Presentation church; was a charter member of Tihen Council Knights of Columbus and an honorary member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held in Presentation church Monday morning. Solemn requiem high mass was said with the Rev. D. E. Cooper as celebrant, the Rev. Clarence Reisdorff as deacon and the Rev. V. Durr Sub-deacon. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Mock of Falls City, a former pastor of the church delivered the sermon. Music was furnished by the choir with Sister Doretta, organist, Gerald, Jack, Jerome, Richard and John Harold Meysenburg and Don Peters, all grandsons, served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Luxemburg cemetery.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bernard J. Schlentz, Jr. 1887-1951

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Meysenburg, Speicher, Smith, Reisdorff, Ley, Hastert, Schmit, Murphy

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 19 July 1951.

Ben Schlentz Dies After Short Illness

Bernard Schlentz, Jr., 63, passed away in Clarkson hospital, Omaha, Saturday where he had been a patient about two weeks. Death was from a blood ailment, his condition being serious when he was admitted to the hospital.  Mr. Schlentz had been a life-time resident of Butler county. He was a son of Bernard and Mary (Meysenburg) Schlentz, both natives of Luxemburg, who came to the Luxemburg vicinity in 1870 and located on homestead land. It was here that Bernard Jr. was born August 1, 1887 and where he grew to young manhood.  Mr. and Mrs. Schlentz and son, Bernard, moved to David City in 1900. Four or five years later Bernard and his brother, P. N. Schlentz entered in the automobile business in David City. pioneers in that field. Later as the business grew a garage was built.  Bernard Schlentz Sr. passed away November 1, 1917 and Mrs. Schlentz April 15, 1930. Bernard Jr. continued residence in the home place following their deaths.    Survivors are his brother. P. N. Schlentz and four sisters, Mrs. John P. Speicher, and Mrs. P. M. Smith of Bellwood, and Mrs. J. J. Reisdorff and Mrs. Philip Ley of David City.  One brother, John Schlentz, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Hastert and Mrs. Harry Schmit preceded him in death.  Last rites for Mr. Schlentz were said in St. Mary's Catholic church Tuesday morning, with the Rev. W. A. Murphy in charge. Burial was in the family lot in the Luxemburg cemetery.  Six nephews, Leroy Schlentz of Lincoln Louis Hastert of Shelby, Philip Ley Jr., Earl Reisdorff, John Speicher and Philip Schlentz were pallbearers.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Peter Phillips

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 12 Apr 1951.

Nicholas P. Phillips, 72, a successful and highly respected farmer of the Luxemburg community, died at his home Wednesday evening, April 4, at l1.30 p. m He suffered a heart attack four days previous and had recurring seizures in those four days.   Born at Lamotte, Iowa, June 21, 1878. he was the son of Peter and Dena Markus Phllips. His parents came to Luxemburg when he was four years of age. This had been his home ever since.  He was married to Anna Meysenburg, Jan. 25, 1899, the wedding taking place in Presentation church. His death ended a marriage of over 52 years. Mrs. Phillips survives him, as do four sons, Al, George, and Leonard of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Wilfrid at home and one daughter, Mrs. Agnes Schmit of David City. He leaves also 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren; two brothers, William P. of Bellevue, Iowa, and Henry Phillips, of David City I and Three sisters, Mrs. Pete Supancheck of David City, Sister Solana, of Campbell's Point, Wis., and Mrs. Emerson Horton of Sioux City, Iowa.   The Rev. D. E. Cooper had charge of the funeral service held in Presentation church Saturday morning. The church choir sang and six nephews Bernard Hilger, Robert Kreizinger, Tom Meysenburg, Joe Meysenburg, Eugene Phillips and Everett Supancheck. Burial was in the valley cemetery.  Mr. Phillips was a member of Presentation church and Tihen Council, Knights of Columbus.  The following relatives came from away to attend the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Al Phillips. Mrs. Leonard Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Poelma, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo, Mrs. Horton, of Sioux City, Mr. and Mrs. William Markus, John Markus and Mrs. Mary Benfeldt of Kearney; Matt and John Homan of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Meysenburg of Colby. Kas.; and Harold Meysenburg and John Puetz, of Primrose.

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Obituaries 1950

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elizabeth C. (Schmit) Nicolas 1887-1950

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Nicolas, Messman, Kosch, Cockson, Meister, Olinger, Nordhues, VanderVegt, Beckius, Wiebold, Sample, Stuchl, Rush, Albers, Rinke, Havlena, Birkel, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 16 Feb 1950.

LAST RITES SAID FOR MRS. ELIZABETH C. NICOLAS

Services were held Thursday. Feb 9, at 10 a. m. in St. Peter's Catholic church for Mrs. Elizabeth C. Nicolas, 63, who died February 6. The Rev. Father Messman conducted the service in the church and said the last rites at the grave in St. Peter's and St. Mary's cemetery. The church choir sang, accompanied by Mrs. A. C. Kosch. Serving as pall bearers were Harold Cockson, Jerome Meister, Peter and Joseph Nicolas, Jr., Gerald and Loran Schmit.  Mrs. Nicolas' death was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage and diabetes.   She had been ill four months and she passed away in St. Mary's hospital,   Columbus, NE.  She was the widow of Frank W. Nicolas, who died November 13, 1947.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Schmit, preceded her in death also.   Born on a farm eight miles west of Bellwood, November 20, 1886. Mrs. Nicolas had lived in that vicinity her entire life. She and Mr. Nicolas were married September 8,1909 in St. Peter's church.  Four sons were born to them, three of whom, Alfonso, George and Leo are living and are residents of this locality. Francis died in 1937.  Other near relatives are: two grandsons, Duane and Harold Lee Nicolas; two sisters, Miss Anna Schmit of Bellwood and Mrs. May Meister of Bellwood: and two brothers, Nick and Peter Schmit of Rising City.  In attendance at the funeral from elsewhere were: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schmit and son, Leo, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Olinger and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Nordhues of Pierce county, Mrs. Hubert Vandervegt and son George and Mrs. Neal Vandervegt of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Beckius, Mrs. Mary Beckius, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Wiebold of Schuyler, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sample of Belgrade, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stuchl of Redfleld, S.D., Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nicolas, Sr., Mrs. Nellie Cockson, and Mrs. Valarie Nicolas of Columbus, Mrs. James Rush of Ralston, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Albers, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rinke, Mrs. Rose Nicolas. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Nicolas and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nicolas of Shelby, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Meister of Osceola, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meister of Stromsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Morbach, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Havlena, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Birkel, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Meysenburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Meister of David City.

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Obituaries 1949

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Cornelius J. Schmit 1860-1949

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Speicher, Kamenski, Klein, Medinger, O'Connor, Hornung, Kreizinger, Moell, Meister, Lawrence

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE. 7 July 1949.

Cornelius J. Schmit Succumbs To Heart Ailment

Bellwood, June 30: After illness of long duration Cornelius J. Schmit, 89, died June 23 in St. Mary's Hospital Columbus. He was a victim of heart disease.  He was born at Wahoo, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schmit and had lived near Bellwood since childhood.   His wife the former Martha Speicher of Columbus, to whom he was married April 23, 1907, died in May, 1941. He made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Elsie C. Schmit the last few years.  Besides Mrs. Schmit he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Viola Kamenski and son, Leo A. Schmit, who live in this vicinity a daughter, Mrs. Josephine Klein of Gresham; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Medinger of David City and Sister Burgenia O. S. F. of Milwaukee; and three brothers, Peter of Hillsdale, Wyo. Jacob of Greeley, Col., and Henry of Monticello, Iowa.  All of his children and brothers and sisters were present at the funeral services held in St. Peter's Catholic church Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. Msgr. 0. B. O'Connor officiated and the church choir sang for the requiem high mass. Serving an pallbearers at the burial service in St. Peter's cemetery were Baltes Hornung, L. F. Kreizinger, J. W. Kreizinger, Louis Moell, C. J. Meister, and Frank Zimmer.  Henry S. Schmit was accompanied here from Iowa by Francis Schmit and Mrs. Robert Lawrence to attend the services.

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Obituaries 1948

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Matthew Jakob Besch, Jr. 1917-1948

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Besch, Hilger, O'Connor, DeWitt, Adamy, Beringer, Ebel, Meister, Nicolas, Ronkar, Frey, Stevens, Shimek, Morgan, Kosch, Henggler

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 14 October 1948.

Matt J. Besch, 31, died Sunday, Oct. 3, at St. Joseph hospital, Omaha, following illness of two years. He had been hospitalized for six weeks, during which time he was administered the latest medical treatments.  Mr. Besch was a son of Mrs. Anna Besch and the late Matt P. Besch. He attended a Catholic school at Humphrey and following his graduation from high school and death of his father in 1934, he had been farming the Besch land near Bellwood. Possessed of considerable musical ability, he played in various orchestras.  He was married to Agnes Hilger June 3, 1941, the marriage taking place in St. Mary's Catholic church in David City. Mrs. Besch survives him, as do three children, Matt, Jr. 8, Timothy 3, Patricia 2, also his mother Mrs. Anna Besch, and two brothers, Francis of Columbus and Kieran of Longmont, Colo. He was preceded in death by his father, Matt P. Besch, three brothers and one sister.  Funeral services for Mr. Besch were held Tuesday morning, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic church with Msgr. 0. B. 0'Connor officiating.  The Rev. Max DeWitt assisted in the rites. Music was by St. Peter's church choir. Burial was in the Luxemburg Catholic cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Leo Adamy, Carroll Beringer, Henry Ebel, Jr., Cyril Meister, Peter Nicolas, Jr., and Jerome Ronkar The Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus, of which he was a member, attended the services in group.  Those attending from elsewhere were Mrs. William Frey of Humphrey; Vincent and Joe Stevens of Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hilger, Mr. Joe Shimek, and Mr.. Harold Morgan of Columbus ;and Mr. and Mr. Wi11iam Kosch and children of Shelby and Mr. and Mrs. Clem Henggler of Lindsey.  Mr. Besch was a devout member of St. Peter's Catholic church. His cheerfulness and loyalty to his friends endeared him to them. He was ever ready to lighten their way and was respected by all who knew him. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Obituaries 1947

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Frank W. Nicolas 1879-1947

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Nicolas, Schmit, Cockson, O'Conner

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 20 Nov 1947.

FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY FOR FRANK W. NICHOLAS

Frank W. Nicholas, 68, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13th at his home West of Bellwood. He had been ill for the last four years.  The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nicholas, he was born November 14, 1879 in Butler County on a farm west of Bellwood where he spent his entire life farming.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth C. Schmit September 8, 1909 at St. Peter's Catholic church, Bellwood. To this union were born four sons: Alphonse, George, Francis and Leo. Francis passed away June 24, 1937 and the other three reside at home.  He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic church in Bellwood.   He is survived also by his wife, two grand children, four brothers, George and Joseph of Columbus, Peter of Bellwood and Louis of Shelby and one sister, Mrs. Nellie Cockson of Columbus.  Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock in St. Peter's church with Rev. D. B. O'Conner in charge. Burial was in the Luxemburg cemetery.

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Obituaries 1946

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Susan Schmit 1876-1946

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Medinger, Cooper, Kreizinger, Moell, Nicolas, Peck, Demuth, Zimmer

Reprinted from the Peoples Banner Newspaper, David City, NE, 21 February 1946.

BELLWOOD WOMAN DIED FEBRUARY 16

Bellwood - Miss Susan Schmit, lifetime resident of Butler county and Bellwood, died about 3 p.m. Saturday,. Feb. 16, at St. Mary's hospital, Columbus, following illness of a few days.  She was in her 70th year, having been born in Saunders county April 20, 1876, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Schmit. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Bellwood.  Surviving Miss Schmit are two sisters, Sister Brugenia of Milwaukee, Wis. and Mrs. Margaret Medinger of David City, and four brothers, C. J. and Pete Schmit of Bellwood, Henry Schmit of Monticello, Iowa, and Jake Schmit of Greeley, Colo. All were present at the funeral.  Funeral services were held at 9 a. m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in St. Peter's church, with Rev. Father Daniel E. Cooper of St. Mary's Luxemburg church officiating. Music was by the church choir. The pallbearers were Frank Kreizinger Louis Moell, Pete Nicolas, Alfred Peck, Pete Demuth and Frank Zimmer. Burial was In the Luxemburg cemetery.  In attendance at the funeral from elsewhere were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schmit of Monticello, Iowa, brother and sister-in-1aw of the deceased.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary Rose (Puetz) Hanus 1917-1946

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Puetz, Hanus, Beckius, Meysenburg, Michael, Schmit, Janicek, Birkel, Mach, Perchal, Smith, Homan, Colling

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, Nebraska, 21 Mar 1946.

Mrs. John Hanus Died March 14

Mrs. John Hanus, 28, died at the David City hospital at 2:30 pm Thursday, March 14, leaving an infant son, Gerald Joseph, and two other children, Jeanne Elizabeth and Mary Katherine, and her husband, also her parents Mr. and Mrs. Nick Puetz of Bellwood, one brother, Lawrence Puetz of David City and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Beckius and Mrs. Clara Meysenburg of David City and Miss Rita Puetz at home.  Mary Rose Puetz was born on a farm near David City October 7, 1917 and was married to John J. Hanus at St. Mary's church, Luxemburg on December 27, 1938, they making their home on a farm east of Bellwood. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Alter Society and a member of the Catholic Daughters.  Funeral services were held at 9:30am Saturday in St. Mary's church, Luxemburg.  in charge of Rev. Daniel E. Cooper. Music was by the church choir, with Sister Sidora, organist. Richard Michael, Eugene Schmit, Gerald Janicek, Clarence Birkel, Robert Hanus and Jerry Hanus, cousins of the deceased were pallbearers. Burial was in St. Mary's and St Peter's cemetery, Bellwood Those in attendance at the funeral from elsewhere: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hanus, Mrs. Jerry Hanus, Sr., and son Joseph, Mr. an Mrs. Jerry Hanus, Jr., Mr. John Mach and son, John, Mrs. Fred Perchal, Mr and Mrs. Hiller Smith and Eva, Mrs. Harry Housh and son , all of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. John Puetz of Albion, Mrs. Harold Meysenburg and son of Primrose, Mrs. Mary Homan, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Homan and John Homan of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schmit of Watertown, S. Dakota, Mrs. Catherine Schmit and Joe Schmit of McLean, Mrs. Herman Nordhues and son, Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers and Mrs. Nick Colling of Randolph.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Benjamin Herman Homan 1884-1946

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Homan, Steiner, Dresch, Birkel, Demuth, Cooper, Ekeler, Sauser, Faust, Smerazek, VandeVegt, Wiashim, Hertoff, Haschke, Besch, Delaney, Weiss, Ristan, Lapacek, Markus, Benfeldt, Stormberg, Colling, Snell, Sutter.

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 2 Jun 1946.

Ben Homan Died Suddenly Last Wednesday

Ben Homan, 62, farmer on the valley, died of a sudden heart attack while at the City theater in David City Wednesday night., June 12, at 8 o'clock.  Benjamin Herman Homan son of John and Mary Homan, was born at Bellwood Mar 7, 1884. He was married Nov. 22, 1909 to Katherine Steiner. To them were born nine children who with their mother survive. They are Dr. Richard , Mary and Dena of Crete, Ben on Guam, Esther of Walker, Ia., Delores and John of Omaha and Art and George at home.  Also surviving are three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Anna Dresch, Mrs. Christina Birkel, Mrs. Josephine Demuth, George and William Homan.  Mr. Homan was a member of the Catholic church and Holy Name society.   Funeral services were held at Presentation Catholic church at 9:30 a. m. Friday in charge of Father Cooper and Father Ekeler who delivered the sermon.  Music was by the church choir. The pallbearers were Leonard Homan, Carl Birkel, Richard Demuth, Francis Steiner, Peter Schmidt and Edward Steiner.  Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery.   In attendance at the funeral from elsewhere were the following persons: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dresch Sr., and children, Messrs. and Mesdames John Homan, Matt Homan, August Sauser, Anton Faust and Walter Smerazek and Mesdames Geo. Vandevegt, Mary Homan. Ambrose Wiashim, John Heitoff and Bernard Haschke, Cedar Rapids: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Besch, Central City; Mr. and Mrs., Geo. Homan and daughter. Mrs. Christina Birkel and son, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Delaney and Frank Steiner, Fullerton: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Birkel, Genoa Elizabeth and Francis Weiss, Boelus; Mr. and Mrs. Ristau, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lapacek, Linwood; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Markus, Mrs. Mary Benfeldt, son and John Markus, Kearney; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stormberg and Miss Clara Colling, Kimball; Mr. and Mrs. Nick Colling and Kent Colling, Randolph; Richard Demuth, Grand Island; Mrs. Crawford Snell and children, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sutter, Mike Besch and Lawrence Steiner, Columbus.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Dorothy Eugenia Schlentz 1939-1946

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Pelan, Moran, Murphy, Reisdorff, Gadient, Callahan, Hunt, Hem, Denham, Morteson, Barrett, Martin, Hastert

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 15 Aug 1946

Jean Schlentz Was Fatally Injured in a Bicycle-Automobile Collision

Jean Schlentz, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Schlentz, fatally injured in a bicycle-automobile collision at 7:30 o'clock Saturday evening, died at the hospital Sunday morning about 1 o'clock. Attending physicians pronounce that although the child suffered compound fractures of the right leg. Shock was the cause of her death.  The accident happened one-half mile east of David City near the Ege hill, when Jean riding east toward home on her bicycle met two cars. Milo Pelan, 22, from near Bruno, driver of the second car and blinded by the dust, from the first car swerved his auto to avoid the accident. However the rear end of the car collided with the bicycle and Jean suffered in-juries.   The car overturned in the ditch, but Mr. Pelan was uninjured.  Surviving Jean besides her parents are a brother John; three sisters, Lee, Susan and Nancy; and two grandmothers, Mrs. J. W. Schlentz and Mrs. Anna Moran.  St. Mary's Catholic church was converted into a bower of flowers for the funeral services for Jean on Monday morning. Rev. W. A. Murphy was celebrant of the mass, assisted by Rev. Clarence Reisdorff as deacon, Rev. Peter Gadient as sub-deacon and Rev. V. C. Callahan as master of ceremonies.   Four of Jean's little classmates Betty Hunt, JoAna Hem, Sandra Sobolik and Margie Lee Svoboda served as flower girls, while the pall bearers were John and Richard Moran, cousins, John Peters and Harold Speicher.  Relatives coming to attend the services were Mrs. M. E. Green of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Hansen and Joan, Mrs. George Denham, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Morteson and Mrs. Mary Barrett of Lincoln; Thomas Moran of Broken Bow; Thomas Barrett and John Martin of Agnew; Mr. and Mrs. John Martin of Valparaiso; Paul Martin of Wahoo; and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hastert of Shelby.  Jean, who had finished the first grade at St. Mary's parochial school, was especially well liked by her teachers and the children of the school.  Winsome in manner and attractive in appearance, she had in her few short years won many friends among the older people of David City also. Her presence will be greatly missed in the family circle too.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Dorothy Eugenia Schlentz 1939-1946

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Pelan, Moran, Murphy, Reisdorff, Gadient, Callahan, Hunt, Hem, Denham, Morteson, Barrett, Martin, Hastert

Reprinted from the Banner-Press, David City, NE, 15 Aug 1946

Jean Schlentz Was Fatally Injured in a Bicycle-Automobile Collision Jean Schlentz, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Schlentz, fatally injured in a bicycle-automobile collision at 7:30 o'clock Saturday evening, died at the hospital Sunday morning about 1 o'clock. Attending physicians pronounce that although the child suffered compound fractures of the right leg. Shock was the cause of her death.  The accident happened one-half mile east of David City near the Ege hill, when Jean riding east toward home on her bicycle met two cars. Milo Pelan, 22, from near Bruno, driver of the second car and blinded by the dust, from the first car swerved his auto to avoid the accident. However the rear end of the car collided with the bicycle and Jean suffered injuries.  The car overturned in the ditch, but Mr. Pelan was uninjured.  Surviving Jean besides her parents are a brother John; three sisters, Lee, Susan and Nancy; and two grandmothers, Mrs. J. W. Schlentz and Mrs. Anna Moran.  St. Mary's Catholic church was converted into a bower of flowers for the funeral services for Jean on Monday morning. Rev. W. A. Murphy was celebrant of the mass, assisted by Rev. Clarence Reisdorff as deacon, Rev. Peter Gadient as sub-deacon and Rev. V. C. Callahan as master of ceremonies.  Four of Jean's little classmates Betty Hunt, JoAna Hem, Sandra Sobolik  and Margie Lee Svoboda served as flower girls, while the pall bearers were John and Richard Moran, cousins, John Peters and Harold Speicher.  Relatives coming to attend the services were Mrs. M. E. Green of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Hansen and Joan, Mrs. George Denham, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Morteson and Mrs. Mary Barrett of Lincoln; Thomas Moran of Broken Bow; Thomas Barrett and John Martin of Agnew; Mr. and Mrs. John Martin of Valparaiso; Paul Martin of Wahoo; and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hastert of Shelby.  Jean, who had finished the first grade at St. Mary's parochial school, was especially well liked by her teachers and the children of the school.  Winsome in manner and attractive in appearance, she had in her few short years won many friends among the older people of David City also. Her presence will be greatly missed in the family circle too.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Frank L. Steiner 1870-1946

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surnames: Steiner, Patton, Claybaugh

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 28 Nov 1946.

TAKEN TO NEW YORK FOR BURIAL

Bellwood, Nov. 22, Frank L Steiner, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 20 at his home here following an illness of three months. The body lay in state at a Columbus Funeral home until Friday, when it was sent to Hudson, N. Y., where funeral services were held in the Episcopal church with burial in Cedar Park cemetery.  He was born at Albany, N. Y., December 1, 1870 ,the son of Mr. arid Mrs. Peter Steiner. When a young boy he moved with his parents to Hudson, N.Y., where they resided, until 1877 when the family moved to Bellwood.  Aside from two years spent in Hudson again, he had spent the remainder of his life farming in this community.  His wife, the former Christina Patton, a New York girl, survives him, as does also one brother, Joseph Steiner of Bellwood. He was a member of the Episcopal church.  Mrs. Steiner accompanied the body to New York as did the brother and Mrs. Ellen Claybaugh of Columbus.

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Obituaries 1945

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Christina A. Phillips Meysenburg

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 20 Dec 1945.

Mrs. J. J. Meysenburg Died Sunday

Mrs. J. J. Meysenburg, at the age of 69, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hilda Pardue in Columbus at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, after suffering a heart attack Saturday night. She had been in good health up to that time.   Funeral services were held at the Valley Presentation church at 9:30 Tuesday.   Father Daniel Cooper officiating. Father J. O'Conner was in the Sanctuary and the church choir furnished the music. Burial was in the Valley cemetery.  Pallbearers were Alfred Eller, Paul Peters, Joe Meysenburg, Harold Phillips, Wilfrid Phillips and Everett Supancheck.  Mrs. Meysenburg had lived in the Valley community since she was seven years old, at which time she came from LaMotte, Ia., with her parents, Peter and Lena Phillips. Christina Phillips was born May 18, 1876, and was married in the Valley church to John Meysenburg Jan. 13, 1897.  Their children were present at the funeral services. They are Leo, Paul, Camilla and Mrs. Margaret Peters of the Valley. Mrs. Hilda Pardue of Columbus, Harold of Primrose and Francis of Sioux Falls, S. Dak. One child, Joseph died in infancy.  Besides her husband and seven children, Mrs. Meysenburg leaves 25 grandchildren, three sisters and three brothers. The sisters and brothers are Mrs. Mary Supancheck of David City, Sister Solana of Campbellsport, Wis., Mrs. Anna Horton of Sioux City Ia., Will Phillips of Bellevue, Iowa, Henry Phillips of Center and Nick Phillips of the Valley.  A brother and a sister, John Phillips and Mrs. Albert Hilger, preceded her in death.  Coming from a distance to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg and three sons of primrose, Francis Meysenburg of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Mr. and Mrs. John Puetz of Albion and Phyllis and Delores Peters from Omaha.

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Obituaries 1944

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Raymond P. Milburn 1893-1944

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Milburn, Steiner, Murphy, Karash, Lang, Baer, Besch, Semin, Smith, Harlan, Cedar, Stuchel, Kelsh, Kudrna, Berger

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 27 Jul 1944.

Ray Milburn Passed Away Sunday

Following an illness of many months, death came to Ray P. Milburn on Sunday, July 23 at 1.30am, at the David City hospital.  Funeral services were held from the St. Mary's Catholic church on Tuesday morning, July 25 at 9:00 o'clock; Rev. William Murphy conducted the service and the St. Mary's choir sang.  Pallbearers were Chas. Karash, Fred Lang, Nick Baer, Matt Besch, Ray Semin and Pete Smith. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery.   Mr. Milburn was born September 4, 1893, a son of Sarah and Ira Milburn in lola, Kas. He came to, Butler county in 1910 and resided in Bellwood.  On February 27, 1918 he was united in marriage to Susan Steiner in St Mary's church at Luxemburg. They moved to David City 18 years ago.  He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife and five children, Rose of David, City, Josephine and Winifred of Omaha, Leo with the armed forces serving in the South Pacific and Leonard in service at Corona, Calif. There is one deceased son, Harold.  Other relatives surviving are a sister, Grace Harlan of Pasadena, Calif., and three brothers, Louie of Effingham, Kas., Floyd of Horton, Kas., and Roy of Falls City, a twin brother.  Mr. Milburn was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.   Attending the funeral from out-of-town were Josephine and Winifred Milburn of Omaha; Leonard Milburn of Corona, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Milburn of Falls City; Mrs. Walter Steiner of Genoa; Mike Cedar, Frank Steiner and daughter, Clara of Fullerton; Mrs. James Stuchel, Rudy Kelsh of Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kudrna and daughter Veronica of Fremont and Ed Berger of Columbus.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John W. Phillips 1875-1944

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Supancheck, Markus, Meysenburg, Horton, Hilger

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 27 Jul 1944.

Services Held Monday For John W. Phillips

John W. Phillips was born in LaMotte, Ia. on May 18, 1875 and passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. P. A. Supancheck in David City. He had been in poor health for many years.  He was a son of Dena Markus and Peter Phillips and came with his parents to Butler county when eight years old. Mr. Phillips was a farmer, making his home on the valley 10 miles north of David City until last March when he came to David City to live with his sister and family.  The near relatives surviving are Nick and Henry Phillips, Mrs. Mary Supancheck, Mrs. J. J. Meysenburg of David City, Sr. Solana O. S. F. of Campbellsport, Wis., Mrs. Emerson Horton of Sioux City, Ia. and William Phillips of Bellevue, Ia.  Father D. E. Cooper conducted funeral services at St. Mary's Catholic church on the valley at 9 a. m., Monday, July 24. The burial was in the valley St. Mary's cemetery. The pallbearers were Leo and Paul Meysenburg, Everett Supancheck, Bernard Hilger, Will Phillips and Eugene Phillips, all nephews of the deceased.  William Phillips of Bellevue, Ia. was among the relatives attending the funeral.

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Obituaries 1943

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: LaVerne Nicholas Schmit 1921-1943

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, Nebraska in 21 Jan 1943.

KILLED IN ACTION

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schmit of Bellwood, received word from the United States War Department on January 14th stating that their son, LaVerne Nicholas Schmit, Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class, U. S. N., was killed in a plane crash during training flight on January 10th. No information as to disposition of remains has been received.   La Verne Nicholas Schmit, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo C. Schmit was born on July 19, 1921 on a farm near Bellwood. He graduated from Bellwood high school with the class of 1939. On November 19, 1940 he enlisted in the navy and went into training at the Great Lakes NavaI Training Station.  Since late June he has been at Bermuda, B W I.   Besides his father, Mr. Leo C Schmit and Mrs. Schmit, he leaves a sister, Dolores, and one brother, Robert Lee.  He was preceded in death by his mother In October 1932.   There has been no further information received from the War Department at this time.

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Henry C Vanis (1915-1 Dec 1943) WW II
Henry G. Vanis, son of Vincenz James Vanis, buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, MO, section 79, site 449c-E.  SSGT Vanis died Dec 1, 1943, last known address, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, MO.  His brother, Theodore Vanis, WW II and wounded in Korea.  His brother Julius Vanis, WW II.
His father, Vincenc James Vanis, born Jan. 7., 1888,  registered for the WW I Draft, living at the time in Garrison, Butler county, NE, wife Julia M. [probably 2nd wife].  Vincenc or Vincent immigrated to USA, arriving at Ellis Island on June 24, 1893, with his parents, Jan "John" and Anna Vanis, and a brother Alois Vanis, sailing on board The Dania, which departed Hamburg, Germany. The Vanis ethnicity is Austrian [Bohemian in census].  The 1930 Nebraska census has Henry's middle initial as the letter G, as does his burial information; Henry was listed as a 15 year old farm laborer in that census.
Note: Vanis, Henry G, d. 12/01/1943, US Army Air Forces, SSGT, Plot: 79 0 449C-E, bur. 12/19/1949
Ref: http://www.interment.net/data/us/mo/stlouis/jeffbarr/v/jeffbarr_v01.htm
Ref: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/msg/rw/nNB.2ACE/590.1 [original posted by Jean]

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Obituaries 1942

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Henry Ronkar 1874-1941

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Ronkar, Schmit, Murphy, Demuth

Reprinted from The Butler County Press, David City, NE, 5 January 1942

Funeral services held in Catholic Church Monday Morning.

Henry Ronkar, respected resident of Butler county for the past 50 years, passed away at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, Dec. 27, in the David City hospital where he was taken Thursday night, Dec. 25. He had been ailing for several weeks.   Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic church, David City, at 9:30 o'clock Monday morning, in charge of Rev. W. A. Murphy. Singing was by the junior chior. The pallbearers were Peter Demuth, George Hilger,  L. J. Kearney, J. J. Reisdorff, Peter Smith and John Smith. Burial was in St. Peter's and St. Mary's cemetery, Bellwood.   Coming from elsewhere to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barnes of Seward, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Beck of Greeley, Colo. Mr. Ronkar's son, John, residing at Aberdeen, S. Dak. was unable to be present on account of illness.  Had Mr. Ronkar lived until next Sunday he would have been 68 years of age. He was born January 4, 1874 in Canach, Luxemburg and at the age of 17 years came to the United States and Nebraska. He was married to Susanna Schmit in St. Mary's church, Bellwood on July 10, 1899. To them were born five children, one son and four daughters. They are John Ronkar of Aberdeen, S. Dak., Mrs. Agnes Medinger of Bellwood, Mrs Mary Demuth of David City.  Mrs. Irene Barnes of Seward and Mr. Mildred Beck of Greeley, Colo. There are nine grandchildren. Mrs. Ronkar died September 7, 1941.  Mr. Ronkar was one of a family of nine brothers of whom four survive. M. P. Ronkar of David City, Mike Ronkar of Bellwood and two brothers in Luxemburg.  Mr. and Mrs. Ronkar lived on a farm near Bellwood until moving to north David City in 1928. Mr Ronkar was assessor of Third Ward David City and served as Democratic committeeman of that ward. Mr. Ronkar was a kindly man, a good husband and father , and had many friends. He was a devout member of St. Mary's Catholic church.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Harold Joseph Milburn 1919-1942

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Milburn, Bell, Smith, Steiner, Berger, Murphy, Broctrup, Hilger, Meysenburg, Kearney, Kucera, Michael, Miller

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 8 Jan 1942.

Untimely Death of Harold Milburn

One of the sad Items we have to chronicle is the untimely death of Harold Milburn, aged 22 years. He had taken his car and started for Columbus when he became stalled in the snow near the Henry Smith farm in the valley.  He went to the house for help but being unable to do anything, he decided to stay there all night. The place was occupied by John Bell, a bachelor.  He was given an upstairs room and retired thinking he would get the car out in the morning. Sometime in the night the house caught on fire, presumably from a defective flue, and was burned to the ground. Mr. Bell barely had time to get out only partly clothed. He made an effort to get Harold out but could not awaken him. The fire burned so fast that he had to give it up and Harold was burned to death in the house.   Harold Joseph Milburn was born at Bellwood, Nebraska, February 2. 1919.  He passed away January 1, 1942, at the Henry Smith place near Octavia.  He was the son of Ray and Susie Milburn. His occupation was a mechanic.  He was employed at the Racker Garage at the time of his death.  He leaves to mourn his passing, three sisters, Rose of David City, Josephine and Winifred of Omaha, two brothers, Leo and Leonard of David City, Grandfather, Frank Steiner of Genoa, also his fiancée, Evelyn Berger of Columbus. With his parents he moved from Bellwood to David City thirteen years ago. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church. Funeral services were held from St. Mary's church, conducted by Rev. Father Murphy, January 3, at 10:30.  Pall bearers, were Leo Brochtrup, Paul Hilger, John Meysenburg, James Kearney, Roger Kucera and Edward Michael. Music was by St. Mary's choir and burial in the St. Mary's cemetery.  Those attending from elsewhere were Frank Steiner and Clara Steiner of Genoa, Evelyn and Edward Berger and Mrs. Otis Miller from Columbus.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Richard Leon Reisdorff 1940-1942

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Reisdorff, Cooper, Schmit, DeWispelare, Meysenburg, Morbach, Johnson, Smith, Schlentz, Thiele, Morris

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 6 Feb 1942.

RICHARD LEON REISDORFF

Richard Leon Reisdorff, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Reisdorff, was born on March 23, 1940 in David. City and passed away on February 4th, 1942 in St. Elizabeth hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, following a short illness.  His parents and three sisters, Dolores, Barbara Jean and Marita, survive.  The funeral services were held from the Presentation Church at Luxemburg on Friday, February 6, at 9.30 o'clock with Father Cooper conducting the services. The church choir gave the music and burial was made in the Luxemburg cemetery. The casket bearers were Kenneth Schmit, Gerald DeWispelare, Jerome Meysemburg and Donald Morbach.  Those attending the funeral from elsewhere were Jack Reisdorff of Gothenburg,  Mrs. Frank Johnson and daughter, Connie, of Omaha, Mr. Walter Smith of Plattsmouth Miss Eva Smith of Otoe, Mrs. Anna Schlentz, Mrs. Ferdinand Thiele and Mr. Henry Morris of Elgin, Nebr.

Obituaries 1941

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: John William Schlentz 1870-1941

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Kovar, Kosh, Speicher, Schmit, Hastert, Reisdorff, Ley, Murphy, Hoffman, Machurek, Klosterman, Haugh, Birkel, Coufal, Snee, Humlicek, Shaw, Van Bummell, Malovec, Becak, Eberly, Peters, Dolpher, Jones, Medinger

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 29 May 1941.

Sudden Death of John Schlentz

Once more we are called upon to chronicle the death of one of our prominent and esteemed citizens. A man who stood high in the community and among his business associates. A man honored and respected by all who knew him.  John William Schlentz was born at Savannah, Butler County, Nebraska. July 18, I870. He died at home near David City, May 22, 1941, from a heart attack.  His death was very sudden and without any warning. He was the son of Bernard and Mary Schlentz.  He was married to Matilda Kovar, June 18, l901. To them were born four children, one son, John, dying in infancy. Those surviving besides his wife are Mrs. Paul Kosch, David City, Philip of David City and Francis of Los Angeles, California. All were present at the funeral. He is also survived by two brothers, Peter and Ben, five Sisters, Mrs. John Speicher, Mrs. Mary Schmit, Mrs. Charlie Hastert, Mrs. J. J. Reisdorff and Mrs. Philip Ley.  During his lifetime, Mr. Schlentz followed farming and stock raising. He was a director in the First National Bank, a member of St. Mary's Catholic church. Funeral services were held May 24th at 9:30 A. M., conducted by Rev. Father W. A. Murphy and burial was in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery. Music was by St. Mary's choir.  The casket carriers were Mike Hoffman, Chas. Machurek, Henry Klosterman, Lucien Haugh, John and Frank Birkel.  The honorary pallbearers were E. A. Coufal, Thomas Snee, E. J. Dworak, Cyril Humlicek, M. A. Shaw, Peter Van Bummell, Wm. Malovec, John Becak, John Eberly, Herman Kosch, Jack Peters, V. E. Dolpher Clyde Jones and Mike Medinger.  John Schlentz was a good citizen and an asset. to any community. He will be missed both In the business circles and by many others. He was of strong character and dependable.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Jacob Beringer 1849-1941

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Beringer, Schmit, Steiner, Meysenburg, Besch, Murphy, O'Connor, Rada, Hennessey, Smith, Demuth, Koob, Straka, Janicek

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 5 June 1941.

PASSED AWAY ON MAY 27
Death of Jacob Beringer
Pioneer Had Reached Advanced Age of Nearly 92 Years

Jacob Beringer, pioneer resident of Butler county, passed away at his home in north David City at 10 o'clock Tuesday evening, May 27, after illness of about a month with complications due to his advanced age of nearly 92 years. A son of Willam and Mary Beringer, he was born November 1, 1849, at Lintgen, Luxemburg, and came to America in 1869, residing in Iowa. On February, 1876, he was married in Cascade,. Iowa, to Susanna Schmit. They lived in Iowa for seven years, coming to Nebraska in 1883 and locating on a farm two miles southeast of Bellwood, which was their home for 35 years until t they retired from active farm life and moved to David City in 1918. Mrs. Beringer died November 16, 1927.  Nine children, four daughters and five sons, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Beringer. One son died in infancy. The Surviving children are Mrs. Margaret Steiner Genoa, Mrs. Catherine Meysenburg, Nicholas Beringer, Henry Beringer, Jacob Beringer, Jr., and Miss Mary Beringer of David City and Mrs. Anna Besch and Peter Beringer of Bellwood. There were 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City, at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning with solemn requiem mass conducted by Rev. W. A. Murphy celebrant, Rev. D. B. O'Connor of Bellwood deacon, Rev. Charles Rada of Appleton sub-deacon and Rev.. John. F. Hennessey of David City master of ceremonies. Music was by Sister Mary Clara and the school choir.  The pallbearers were Hiller Smith, Jake Smith, C. J. Schmit, Peter L. Smith, Jacob Demuth and Andrew Beringer, nephews of the deceased. Burial was in St Mary's and St. Peters cemetery, Bellwood.  All of Mr. Beringer's children and families were present at the funeral, except Mrs. Steiner, who is critically ill at her home in Genoa. Others present from elsewhere were Mr. And Mrs. Peter Koob of Cascade, Iowa, N. M. Steiner of Genoa, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Straka of Lincoln and Mrs. Mary Janicek of Omaha.  Mr. Beringer was a devout member of St. Mary's Catholic church. He was industrious and enterprising, a good husband and father, and made many friends during his lifetime. He especially enjoyed his home life and took pride in beautifying his yard. His daughter, Miss Mary, was his companion and cared for him faithfully and devotedly in his last years.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Margaret M. (Beringer) Steiner 1878-1941

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Beringer, Steiner, Bongers, Kudrna, Milburn, Mock, Homan, Schmit, Meysenburg, Besch

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 19 Jun 1941.

Death Of Mrs. Frank Steiner

Margaret Beringer was born in Cascade, Iowa on July 2,1877 and passed away, Sunday, June 15 at 9:15 A. M.. following a long illness at Genoa, Nebraska.  She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Beringer. on Feb. 16, 1898 she was united in marriage to Frank Steiner at the St. Peter's Church of Bellwood.  In 1885, she came from Cascade, Iowa, to this vicinity. Besides her husband she leaves Susie Milburn and Francis Steiner of David City; Jacob Steiner of Bremerton, Washington; Mary Bongers of Kahlotus, Washington; Joseph Steiner of Bellwood; Dorothy Kudrna of Fremont; Walter Steiner of King City , California and Clara Steiner of Genoa. She also leaves three sisters and four brothers and fifteen grandchildren.  She made her home on a farm near Bellwood until four. years ago when they moved to Genoa. Mrs. Steiner was a devout member of the Catholic church and member of the Altar Society. Her mother; Mrs. Susanna Beringer, passed away thirteen years ago and her father, Jacob Beringer passed away three weeks ago. The body was at the Ray Milburn home before the burial.  Funeral services were held from St. Mary's Catholic church at Luxemburg, Bellwood at 9:10 A. M. on June 18, 1941. Father Mock of Beatrice conducted the services and mass was served by Donald and Eugene Schmit, George Homan, Kenneth Schmit and Henry Meysenburg. St. Mary's choir furnished the music.  Pallbearers were the nephews: Benny and Arthur Homan, Matt Besch, Edward Steiner, Pete and Leo Schmit.  Those in attendance from elsewhere were Walter Steiner of King City, California; Mary Bongers of Kahlotus, Washington and Dorothy Kudrna of Fremont, Nebraska.  Burial was in the Luxemburg Catholic cemetery on the valley.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary (Beckius) Schmit 1868-1941

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Beckius, Schmit, Borgard, Nicolas, Meister, Meysenburg, VandeVegt

Reprinted from The Butler County Press, David City, NE, July 31, 1941:

Passed away in Columbus early Saturday Morning.

Mrs. Cornelius Schmit, resident of Butler and Colfax counties for many years, who had resided in Columbus the past 15 years, died at St. Mary's hospital, Columbus, at 5:40 o'clock Saturday morning, July 26, at the age of 73 years. She suffered a broken hip in a fall April 27, death resulting from that injury and complications.  Funeral services were held in St. Bonaventure's Catholic church, Columbus, at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, in charge of the astor, Rev. Colman Borgard.  Burial was in the Bellwood cemetery.   Mary Beckius, daughter of Nicholas and Catherine Beckius, was born August 9, 1868, at Mineral Point, Wis., and came to Nebraska at the age of 12 years, the family locating on a farm in Colfax county, later moving to Butler county. She was married to Cornelius Schmit in February 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Schmit made their home on a farm eight miles west of Bellwood.  After Mr. Schmit's death on March 9, 1925, Mrs. Schmit moved to Columbus.   Seven children, three sons and four daughters, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Schmit. A son, Cornelius and a daughter, Catherine, died in infancy. The surviving children are Nick C. and Peter C. of Rising City, Mrs. Frank W. Nicolas and Mrs. C. J. Meister of Bellwood and Miss Anna at home. There are 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Also surviving Mrs. Schmit are four brothers, Nick, Peter and Matt Beckius of Bellwood and Neil Beckius of Schuyler, and five sisters, Mrs. Mike Meysenburg of David City, Mrs. Neil VandeVegt and Mrs. Herbert VandeVegt of Cedar Rapids and Misses Ruth and Adelaide Beckius of Schuyler.  Mrs. Schmit was a devout member of the Catholic church and had many friends.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Susanna Elizabeth (Schmit) Ronkar 1879-1941

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Ronkar, Murphy, Morbach, Olinger, Barnes, Woods, Straka, Beck, Medinger, Demuth

Reprinted from The Butler County Press, David City, NE, September 11, 1941:

Mrs. Henry Ronkar, long-time respected resident of Butler county and David City, passed away at her home in northeast David City at 2:45 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, in her 82nd year. She had suffered from a heart ailment for several years.

Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic church, David City, at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning. in charge of Rev. William A. Murphy. Singing was by the Junior choir, The pallbearers were C. P. Morbach, Arthur Ronkar, Walter Ronkar, Nick Schmit, Leo Schmit and Joe Schmit. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, Bellwood.  Coming from elsewhere to attend the funeral were Mrs. Katherine Schmit, Mrs. Nick Olinger and Joe and Neil Schmit of Osmond. Mrs. Bessie Barnes, Lee Barnes and family and Mrs. Charles Woods of Seward, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Straka of Lincoln and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Beck of Greeley, Colo. Susanna Elizabeth Schmit a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Schmit, was born in Luxemburg, Europe, November 27, 1879. and was the last of her immediate family. She came with her parents to America in 1882, to a farm in Butler county, where she grew to young womanhood and was married to Henry Ronkar at St. Mary's church, Bellwood, on July 10,1899. To them were born five children, one son and four daughters, who with their father survive, namely, John Ronkar of Aberdeen, S. Dak., Mrs. Agnes Medinger of Bellwood, Mrs. Mary Demuth of David City, Mrs. Irene Barnes of Seward and Mrs. Mildred Beck of Greeley, Col. There are nine grandchildren.  Mr. and Mrs. Ronkar lived on a farm near Bellwood until 1928 when they moved to David City. Mrs. Ronkar had made many friends during her lifetime.  She was a devout member of the Catholic church and the Altar society.

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Obituaries 1940

Obituaries 1939

Obituaries 1938

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Clarence George Peters 1899-1938

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Peters, Meysenburg, Vanderzenden, Freeman, Seidik, Speice, Schultz, Cermak, Spatz, Eichmeir, Hiller, Stemper, Homan, Korger, Selzer

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE 21 Jul 1938.

Death came to Clarence Peters in Bellwood Monday evening after a four month illness. He had been in an Omaha hospital since the first of March but was brought back to his home two weeks ago.  Clarence George Peters was born in Center township on November 20, 1899, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Peters and died ot his home in Bellwood on Monday, July 18th, 1938. His death was caused from complications.  He married Margaret Meysenburg on April 1O, 1921 at Luxemburg church on the Valley. To that union were born nine children. They are Honora, Delores, Phyllis, Paul, Mary Margaret, Donnie and Rita Marie. Two little boys died in infancy.  Besides his wife and children, he leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Peters and one brother, Jack Peters of David City, and his sisters, Mrs. Margaret Vanderzanden of Corneliyus, Oregon, Mrs Frances Freeman of Schuyler, Mrs. Irene Seidik of David City, Mrs. Alice Speice of Columbus, Mrs. Angela Schultz of Omaha, Mrs. Marie Cermak of Bellwood and Mrs. Irma Spatz of Bruno. There are also many other relatives surviving.  Mr. Peters was engaged in farming several years, later going into the elevator in Bellwood, then into the Oil Station there until the time of his sickness.  He was a member of the Bellwood Catholic church and was a Bellwood fireman.  Funeral services are to be held in the St. Peters Catholic church at Bellwood Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock, in charge of Father O'Conner, with burial in the Luxemburg cemetery.  The pallbearers are Fred Eichmeir of Ulysses, Jack Hiller, Nick Stemper, Ben Homan, Rudolph Korger and Otto Selzer.

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Obituaries 1937

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Jacob W. Demuth 1870-1937

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Demuth, Frieden, Ekeler, Hoffman, Mock, Birkel, Smith, Reisdorff, Meysenburg, Shonka

Reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, NE, February 1937:

DEATH OF J. W. DEMUTH
PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY
HAD BEEN RESIDENT OF BUTLER COUNTY FOR 66 YEARS

Funeral services were held from Presentation Catholic church; Luxemburg on the valley, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for Jacob W. Demuth who passed away at his home at 5:30 Saturday afternoon from heart failure. Conducting the services were Rev. John F. Ekeler; pastor, celebrant; Rev. J. J. Hoffman of Manley, deacon, and Rev.; Ferdinand Mock of Crete, sub-deacon. Requiem High Mass was sung by the church choir. The pallbearers were Frank Steiner, Mike Birkel, H. S. Smith, Pete N. Reisdorff, J. J. Meysenburg and Anton Shonka. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, Bellwood.  Jacob W. Demuth was born on September 25, 1870, in Luxemburg settlement on the valley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Demuth, and was 66 years four months and 26 days of age at time of death. He had spent his entire life farming in Butler County where he had many warm friends who regret his passing. Jacob W. Demuth and Miss Mary A. Frieden were united in marriage at St. Mary's church on the valley on November 19,1895. To this union five children were born, two sons, Mike Demuth of Fremont and' Walter Demuth of the valley, and three daughters, Mrs. Anna Hoffman and Mrs. Clara, Birkel of David City and Marie Demuth on the valley who with Mrs. Demuth survive.  Mr. Demuth is also survived by one brother, N. M. Demuth, and six grandchildren.  Mr. Demuth had recently recovered from an attack of flu and or was seemingly quite we1l, when he passed away with a sudden heart attack. He was a member of Presentation church and a devout Catholic.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas A. Schmit 1862-1937

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Steiner, Murphy, Besch, Demuth, Kreizinger, Medinger, Reisdorff, Mock, McGrath, Wageman, Hoffman, Colling, Nordhues, Sauser, Janicek, Ries, Puetz, Michael, Decker, Ronkar

Reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, NE, February 15, 1937:

Last Rites for Nicholas Schmit, Long-Time Resident

Funeral services for Nicholas Schmit, long-time resident of Butler county, who passed away at his home in North David City early Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, after illness of two weeks, were held at St. Mary's Catholic church, David City, at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning. Feb.11, conducted by Rev. W. A. Murphy. Music was by St. Mary's choir. The pallbearers were Mike Besch, J. W. Demuth, L. R. Kreizinger, Mike Medinger, J. J. Reisdorff and P. N. Reisdorff. Burial was in St. Mary's & St. Peter's cemetery on the valley.  In attendance at the funeral from elsewhere were Rev. Father Mock and mother, Mrs. Mock, and sister, Mrs. McGrath, of Crete, Rev. Father Wageman of Cedar Bluffs, Fr. Hoffman of Manley, Mrs. John Schmit of Osmond, Mrs. Nick Colling, Herman Nordhaus and Al Sauser of Randolph, Nick Schmit of Atkinson, Mrs. Mary Schmit and daughter, Anne, Mike Besch and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Janicek of Columbus and Mrs. Jake Ries and son Nick, of Scribner.  Mr. Schmit was in his 75th year. He was born at Canach. Luxemburg. October 23, 1862, a son of Nicholas and Katherine Schmit. He came to Butler county in 1882 and farmed east of Bellwood until moving to David City March 1, 1928. He was married February 7, 1888. to Elizabeth Steiner at St. Mary's church on the valley. To them were born ten children. five daughters and five sons, of whom one son and one daughter died in Infancy and a son, George, died September 28, 1936. The children who with their mother survive are Mrs. N. M. Puetz. Mrs. Leo Janicek, Leo C. Schmit and Peter J. Schmit of Bellwood, John Schmit and Mrs. E. M. Michael of David City and Mrs. Don Decker of Cedar Falls, Iowa. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Decker. who was unable to attend on account of illness.  Besides his wife and children, Mr. Schmit leaves 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Henry Ronkar of David City.  During his lifetime Mr. Schmit made many close friends by reason of his good qualities of character and was highly esteemed and respected by all who knew him. He was a devout member of the Catholic church and lived his daily life in accordance with its teachings, ever kind and devoted to his family. a good friend and neighbor and always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Arnold Theodore Hilger 1916-1937

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Hilger, Steiner, Kosch, Phillips, Pimper, Smogatz, Kresha

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City , NE, 14 Oct 1937.

Arnold T. Hilger

The death of Arnold T. Hilger aged 21 years, 1 month and 29 days was a shock to his relatives and many young friends, in this city when it became known that he had passed away at the St. Mary's hospital in Columbus at 9:3O Wednesday, October 6th.  Arnold had been ill with pneumonia for about ten days prior to his untimely passing.   Deceased is the son of Albert Hilger of this city, his mother having passed away four years previous to her son's death. He leaves besides his father, two sisters, Mrs. Joe Steiner of Bellwood and Agnes at home, also one brother, Bernard, residing at home. Two brothers also passed away before him.  For many years he resided on a farm with his parents near this city and went to school here where he has a large circle of close friends.  Funeral services were conducted from the St. Mary's church in this city of which he was a devout member at 9:30 Friday, October 8th with Father Tupy in charge. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery near this city.  The St. Mary's Junior choir sang at the services.  Pallbearers were Paul Hilger, Anthony Hilger and William Kosch of Shelby, Leonard Phillips Leonard Hilger and Anthony Hilger of Columbus.  With the passing of this youth, his family are grief stricken, and his friends deeply cut with their loss from among them.  Those here from away to attend the funeral services were: Mr. and Mrs.  Will Kosch and family of Shelby; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hilger and family, Mrs. Frank Pimper and Mr. and Mrs. John Smogatz and daughter all of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg of Primrose; Mrs. Frank Steiner of Genoa; Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kresha Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kresha and daughter Phyllis and Miss Sophia Kresha of Osceola; arid Miss Ann Kresha of Lincoln.

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Obituaries 1936

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: George Nicholas Schmit 1902-1936

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Phillips, Puetz, Michael, Janicek, Decker, Ekeler, Meysenburg, Steiner, Ronkar, Olinger, Colling, Lelsch, Meyers, Nordhous, Markus, Delaney, Benefeldt

Reprinted fromThe People's Banner, David City, Nebraska in October 1936

DEATH OF GEO. SCHMIT - HE PASSES AWAY MONDAY

Funeral Services Were Held Wednesday Morning, Sept. 30.

After illness of but three days, George Schmit, respected resident of Butler County all of his life, passed away at 6:35 o'clock Monday morning, Sept 28, at the David City Hospital from complications following a surgical operation.  George Nicholas Schmit was born at Bellwood December 27, 1901, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Schmit and at time of his death was in his 35th year. He followed the occupation of farming. He was married on January 25, 1927, to Miss Agnes Phillips, who survives with their two children, one daughter, Marilyn, eight years of age, and one son, Kenneth, 4+ years of age.  Mr. Schmit also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mr. Nick Schmit of David City, four sisters, Mrs. Nick Puetz, Mrs. E. M. Michael, Mrs. Leo Janicek and Mrs. Donald Decker, and three brothers, Peter J. Schmit, Leo C. Schmit and John A. Schmit Mr. Schmit was a young man of many fine qualities of character, a devoted husband, father, son and brother and had a host of friends who mourn his passing Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Luxemburg, on Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, at 9:30 o'clock. The pastor, Rev. John F. Ekeler, conducted the services. Music was by the church choir, with Sister Virgil at the organ. The pallbearers were Francis Meysenburg, Leonard and Wilfred Phillips, Francis Steiner, John Ronkar and Lawrence Steiner. Burial was in Sts. Mary's and Peter's cemetery, Luxemburg.  Coming from elsewhere to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Al Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. George Phillips of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Mr. and Mrs. Donald Decker of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mrs.  John Schmit, Neal Schmit, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmit and Mrs. Nick Olinger of Osmond, Mrs. Nick Colling, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Colling. Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Kelsch, John Meyers, and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Nordhous of Randolph, Mrs. Mary Schmit and daughter, Anna, Mike Besch and Mrs. And Mrs. Adoph Janicek of Columbus, Mrs. Joe Delaney of Fullerton, Mr. and Mrs.  John Puetz and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meysenburg of Primrose and William and John Markus and William Benfeldt of Kearney.

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Obituaries 1935

From: "N.A.Hartman"
Subject: John N. Delahamet (1844-1935) obit

Surname: Dalahamet, Strang, Fohl, Birkel, Eller

John N. Delahamet, age 90 died Friday at his home 2 miles east of Bellwood, b. Luxemburg, Germany, Dec. 1844. Came to U.S.A. as young man to Cascade, Iowa.  Here he married Mary Strang a native of Germany. In 1883 moved to Ne. Mrs. Delahamet died 1 April, 1930. Surv. dau. Miss Margaret, Mrs. John Fohl, and Mrs. Peter Birkel, Mrs. Frank Eller. Bur. Luxemburg Cem.
Source: The People's Banner, David City NE, Thurs. Nov. 7, 1935

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Obituaries 1934

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Steven D. Meysenburg (1886-1934)

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, MacDonald

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE 19 Apr 1934

Death of Stephen D. Meysenburg

Stephen D Meysenburg, former resident of Butler county, died on April 7, at home in San Martin, California, of bronchial pneumonia, at the age of 48 years, 1 month.  He was born near Bellwood, Nebraska, March 7, 1886, and spent his youth and young manhood in Butler county. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Meysenburg, early pioneer settlers of the valley.  He spent a few years in the state of Washington where, on Nov.30, 1911, he was married to Mrs. Christine MacDonald, at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington.  In the spring of 1912 he moved to Clarks, Nebr., where he farmed until 1917, when he moved to California and engaged in fruit raising at San Martin, California.   At the time of his death he was postmaster at San Martin.  He was of a very hospitable disposition and was always interested in the welfare of the community in which he lived.  He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus.  Besides his widow and her son, Stuart MacDonald, he is survived by two brothers and three sisters, John J. Meysenburg, Henry J. Meysenburg, Mrs. Nick Phillips, Mrs. Nick Remakel and Mrs. L. R. Kreizinger, all of this community.  John Meysenburg and Mrs. Nick Phillips left Sunday, April 8th, to attend the funeral which was held from the Catholic church at Morgan Hill, California, Wednesday. Burial in the Morgan Hill Catholic cemetery.

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Obituaries 1933

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Catherine Irene (Phillips) Hilger 1884-1933

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Phillips, Hilger, Supancheck, Meysenburg, Horton, Kosch, Litjen, Schafer, Holman, Dresch, Hannappel

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 19 Jan 1933.

Mrs. Albert Hilger Funeral Monday

Catherine Phillips was born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips on January 24, 1884 in Jackson County, Iowa and passed away at her home Friday, January 13th at 9:15p. m. She had been very ill of pneumonia for the week previous.  When but an infant, Mrs Hilger came with her parents to Butler County where she was raised to young womanhood. She was united in marriage to Albert Hilger at the Luxemburg church on the valley just 26 years ago on the day of her burial. To this union were born six children, two died in infancy, and the remaining children are: Mrs. Joe Steiner, living on the valley and Bernard, Arnold and Agnes at home.  After her marriage deceased had made her home with her husband on a farm three and a half northwest of David City until her death.  Besides her devoted husband and the children, Mrs. Hilger leaves the following sisters and brothers: John and Nick Phillips and Mrs. J. J. Meysenburg living on the valley and Mrs. Peter Supancheck of this city and Henry Phillips near: this city, Mrs. Emerson Horton of Sioux City, Iowa. Sister Solana of Milwaukee and William Phillips of Bellevue, Ia.  Funeral services were conducted from St. Mary's church in this city and burial took place in the Catholic cemetery on Monday morning at 9:30. Pallbearers were nephews, Anthony Supancheck, Harold Meysenburg, Francis and Walter Hilger, Leo Kosch and William Phillips.  The following people were here for the service: Mrs. and Mrs. Wm. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Litjen Mrs. Joe Schafer of Bellevue , Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Holman, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hilger, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hilger and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hilger of Cedar Rapids, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dresch and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sienen of Primrose, Nebraska; and Mr. and Mrs. Morefield of Columbus and Mr. and Mrs. John Hannappel of Clarks and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Supancheck of Kimball.

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Obituaries 1932

Obituaries 1931

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Herman Markus 1860-1931

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Markus, Phillips, Bendfelt, Kosse, Waggeman, Homan, Birkel, Weise, Besch, Roman, Dusch, Schmit

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 4 Jun 1931.

Death Of Herman Markus

It was a shock to his friends and neighbors when ward came that Herman Markus had passed away very suddenly last week while sitting on the steps at his home in east David City.  Herman Markus was born in Jackson county, Iowa, August 19, 1860. He died at his home in David City, Nebraska, Wednesday, May 22, 1931, from heart failure, going very suddenly. He was married January 22, 1884, to Susan Phillips, while yet residing in. Iowa. Immediately after their marriage they came to Butler county and settled on a farm on the Platte valley east of Bellwood, where they lived for many years. His wife passed away September 10, 1906. In 1916, Mr. Markus gave up active work on the farm and moved to David City where he resided until his death.  To Mr. and Mrs. Markus were born four children, Mrs. Mary Bendfeldt, of Kearney, William Markus of Kearney, John Markus of Kearney and Frank Markus of Bellwood. Besides. his children he is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Kosse of Guide Rock, and two brothers, William Markus of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Henry Markus of Chicago. He also leaves 10 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church In David City, Saturday, May 30, 1931, at 9 o'clock, conducted by Father Waggeman and burial was in the Luxemburg cemetery on the valley by the side of his wife. The pall bearers were Nick Phillips, Henry Phillips, William Homan, Ben Homan, George Kosse and Peter Homan, all nephews.  Those attending the funeral from away were Mrs. Elizabeth Kosse and son George from Guide Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Birkel of Fullerton; Elizabeth Weise and son Boelus, Michael Besch and family of Columbus; Peter Roman of Cedar Rapids; Theresa Roman of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dusch of Primrose and Mrs. Mary Schmit of Columbus, besides all of the children.

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Obituaries 1930

From: "N.A. Hartman"
Subject: Mary Strang, (Mrs. J. N.Dalahamet) 1852-1930

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Dalahamet, Strang, Fohl, Birkel, Eller, Ludwig, Colling, Kellen, Freyman, Vandenburg

Mary Strang, b. Luxemburg, Ger. 5 May 1852. d.1 April 1930, east of Bellwood, Ne.   Married J. N. Dalahamet 8 Feb.1876, then came to U.S.A., lived Cascade, Ia.  6 yr. 1882 to Butler co.Ne. Celebrated 50th wedding anniv.1926. Member St. Peter's Church. Surv. husb. 4 dau. Miss Margaret, Mrs. John Fohl, Mrs. Peter Birkel, Mrs. Frank Eller. Those attending from out of town. Mrs. John Strang, Independence, Ia. Mrs. Joe Strang, Cascade, Ia. Mr. & Mrs. Corn.  Ludwig, Remsen, Ia. Margaret Colling, Mr. Mrs. Pete Colling both of Randolph, Ne. Anna Kellen, Mrs. Susie Freyman both of LeMars, Ia. Mr. & Mrs. Albert Vandenburg of Cedar Rapids, Ne.
Source: The Peoples Banner, 3 April 1930-10 April 1930

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary Susanne (Meysenburg) Schlentz (1844-1930)

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Schlentz, Spiker, Smith, Reisdorff, Ley, Schmidt, Hastert, Lux

Reprinted from the People's Banner, David City, NE, 24 Apr 1930

Funeral services were held Monday morning for Mrs. Mary Schlentz, one of Butler county's earliest pioneers, who passed away Tuesday, April 15th, at her home in north David City, following a lingering illness of six months.  Several years ago, she suffered a stroke of paralysis, and six months ago she suffered a second stroke from which she never recovered. Had she lived until Mar 17th she would have been 86 years of age.   Mary (Meysenburg) Schlentz was born in Sandweiler, Luxemburg, in 1845.  She grew to young womanhood there, and in 1865 she was united in marriage to Bernard Schlentz. Her mother died while she was still a young woman.  Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Schlentz and her father, Nick Meysenburg and family, emigrated to the United States, settling near Cascade, Iowa. They resided in Iowa until 1870 when they moved to Butler county, settling on a farm five miles north of David City. Mr. Schlentz passed away November 1, 1917.  She leaves to mourn her death five daughters and three sons, Mrs. John B Spiker, Mrs. P. M. Smith, John Schlentz, Mrs. J. J. Reisdorff, who lives on the old home place, Mrs. Phillip Ley and Ben Schlentz. A daughter, Mrs. Harry Schmidt; two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. A brother, John Meysenburg, and a sister, Mrs. Mike Demuth of the valley community also survive the deceased.  The funeral service was held at St Mary's church at 9 o'clock. Six grandsons of Mrs. Schlentz, Harry and Leland Schmidt, of Hebron; Francis Hastert, of Shelby; Phillip Schlentz, Earl Reisdorff and Marion Ley acted as pallbearers.  Music was furnished by the regular choir of the church. Interment was made in the Luxemburg cemetery.  Those in attendance at the services from a distance were Ben Schlentz and sons of Elgin; Mr. Harry Schmidt and family of Hebron; Mr. snd Mrs. LeRoy Schlentz and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Schlentz of Lincoln and Mr. and Mrs. Lux of North Bend.

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Obituaries 1929

 

Obituaries 1928

 

Obituaries 1927

 

Obituaries 1926

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Elizabeth (Schmit) Morbach 1856-1926

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Morbach, Ronkar, Wagner, Cramer, Didier, Sauser, Speicher, Wacal, Ellerman, Morrisse, Schlentz, Beckius

Reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, NE, 10 Jun 1926.

After an illness of 19 days, Mrs. John Morbach, Sr., for nearly 48 years a resident of Butler county, died of heart trouble Monday, May 31, at 8:00pm at the home of her youngest son Joseph J. Morbach, near Bellwood, She was in her 71st year.  Mrs. Morbach is survived by her husband and four children, seven grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. The children are Cornelius P. of Octavia, Nicholaus, John II and Joseph of Bellwood and the sisters are Sr. M. Catherine of the Ursuline convent, York, Neb., Sr. M. Eleanora of the Notre Dame convent, Phillipeville, Belguim, and Mrs. Henry Ronkar of Bellwood The funeral services were held on Thursday morning, June 3, at 9:30 in St Mary's church on the valley. Rev. Father Mock celebrated the Requiem High Mass, assisted by Rev. Father Wagner of Shelby and Rev. Father Cramer of David City. The pallbearers were John Didier, John Ronkar, Mike Ronkar, Jr., Nick Schmit, John Schmit and Ben Siebenaler. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery on the valley.  In attendance at the funeral from a distance were Sisters Catherine and Loretto of York, Mrs. John Schmit, Miss Loretta Schmit, John Schmit, Nick Schmit, Neal Schmit, Joe Schmit, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Olinger and Mr. and Mrs. Gaadenkaul of Osmond, Theodore Graff of Atkinson, Mrs. Weber of Hebron, Matt Siebenaller and son, Ben from Elm Creek, John Siebenaler of Olpe, Kan., Mrs John Homan and children and Matt Puetz and Theodore Sauser of Cedar Rapids, Peter Speicher and family from Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Wacal, William Ellerman and Miss Edyth Ellerman from West Point, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Morrisse and Ben Schlentz of Elgin, and Mrs. Catherine Beckius and children from Schuyler.  Elizabeth Schmit was devoted to her husband and children and was a faithful follower of her faith and religion. By her sweet, unassuming ways and frequent deeds of kindliness, she had made many and sincere friends.

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Obituaries 1925

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Obituary P. N. Meysenburg 1838-1925

Surname: Meysenburg, Dehner

Reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, NE, June 18, 1925.

P. N. Meysenburg Obituary:
Tribute to Early-Day Settler of County Who Died June 10.
P. N. Meysenburg, the first man to settle in what is known as St. Mary's neighborhood of Luxemburg settlement, five miles east of Bellwood, died Wednesday, June 10, at 1:30AM in St. Mary's Hospital, Columbus. He had been in failing health because of kidney and bladder complications for some time and went to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment. He was in the 87th year of his age. Mr. Meysenburg was born on December 10, 1838 in Sandweiler, Luxemburg. He came to America in 1863, going first to Cascade, Iowa. On February 19, 1869, he was married there to Mary Barbara Dehner and that same year located on a homestead pre-emption five miles east of Bellwood, going through the hardships of pioneer life, not once becoming discouraged. He placed all his trust in God. The first holy sacrifice of the mass in this vicinity was offered up to God in his home. He was ever true to God and country. He was a man of deeds, he was a lover of trees and birds...and everything pertaining to nature. His advice was much sought. He was always ready to give aid or help to those in distress, never seeking praise. He always looked on the bright side of life and encouraged all who came in contact with him. Mr. Meysenburg helped to organize the Central Nebraska National Bank at David City. He was one of the directors of that bank for a number of years, was its vice-president for some years and since March 31, 1911, had been president of the bank. Mrs. Meysenburg preceded her husband in death January 25, 1910. Surviving him are three sons, J. J. Meysenburg of Bellwood, H. J. Meysenburg of David City and S. D. Meysenburg of San Martin, Calif., and three daughters, Mrs. P. N. Phillips and Mrs. Nick Remakel of Bellwood and Mrs. L. R. Kreizinger of David City. Also surviving Mr. Meysenburg are one brother, John A. Meysenburg of Bellwood and two sisters, Mrs. Bernard Schlentz of David City and Mrs. Mike Demuth of Bellwood, and 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral services were held at St. Mary's church, Luxemburg on Friday, June 12th at 9:30AM. Father Mock conducted the service and was assisted by Father Reddy of Bellwood and Father Cadek of David City. Father Sproll, of David City, assisted in the sanctuary. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J. J. Hoffman, pastor of Sts. Peter's and Paul's church, Falls City. Father Hoffman eloquently described the noble character and traits of Mr. Meysenburg. The requem chant was sung by St. Mary's church choir. Six grandsons, Leo Meysenburg, Paul Meysenburg, Francis Meysenburg, Aloysuis Phillips, Wilford Phillips and Arthur Kreizinger were the pallbearers. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery, Luxemburg. Attendance of relatives and friends at the funeral was so large that it taxed the capacity of the church. In attendance at the funeral from outside the county were William Lyten and Julius Dehner from Cascade, Iowa, Mrs. Stephen Puetz and son Bernard from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ben Morissee and Bernard Schlentz from Elgin, Neb., and Matt Puetz from Cedar Rapids, Neb., and Charles Hastert and family from Shelby. The communmity deeply feels the loss of its pioneer founder and prays for the repose of the soul.

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Obituaries 1924

 

Obituaries 1923

 

Obituaries 1922

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Verndine (Markus) Phillips 1853-1922

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Markus, Phillips, Meysenburg, Supancheck, Hilger, Kosse

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, 13 Apr 1922.

It is with sadness that we must speak of the death of as dear a mother as Mrs. Dena Phillips who passed away at her home in David City after a two month illness. Her death was a result of a paralytic stroke and she left this life Monday evening at seven o'clock. The deceased was born on May 7, 1853, at Tete Des Mort, Iowa. On February 11, 1874 she was married to Mr. Peter Phillips at her home town. Ten children were born to this union, one dying in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. J. J. Meysenburg, Mrs. P. J. Supencheck, Mrs. Albert Hilger, Miss Anna Phillips, John, Nick and Henry Phillips of David City, Sister M. Solana of Milwaukee, and William Phillips of Bellvue, Iowa. Beside her children is survived by four brothers, Herman Markus of David City, Wm. Markus of Maquoteta, Iowa, and Henry Markus of Davenport, Iowa, and Henry Markus of Chicago and one sister Mrs. Elizabeth Kosse of Red Cloud, Nebraska.  Thirty-eight years ago Mr. and Mrs. Phillips and family moved to Butler County, locating on the valley near David City. Mr. Phillips died at his home fifteen years ago. Mrs. Phillips continued her residence here until two years ago when she and her son John moved to David City.  Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church of David City of which she was a faithful member. Fr Sproll conducted the funeral services.  Six of her grandsons were the pallbearers. They were Leo, Francis and Paul Meysenburg, Aloysius and George Phillips and Everett Supancheck.   The remains were laid to rest in the Luxemburg cemetery on the Valley.  A brother, William Markus and wife of Maquoketa, Iowa, were present at the funeral.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Steiner 1841-1922

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Kramer, Medinger, Colling, Schmit, Homan, Mock, Reddy, Cadek, San, Zeiser, Strang

Reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, NE 16 Nov 1922.

DEATH OF NICHOLAS STEINER.

Early Settler of Butler County Died in Columbus, November 8.  Nicholas Steiner resident of Butler county on a farm near Bellwood for 51 years, died in St. Mary's hospital in Columbus early Wednesday morning, Nov. 8 following illness of seven months with Bright's disease. He was nearly 82 years of age.  Mr. Steiner was born in Rollinger, Luxemburg, Europe. January 9, 1841.  As a young man he came to the United States and located at Cascade, Iowa, where he was married to Miss Leona Kramer June 4, 1866. They came to Butler county in 1871 and lived near Bellwood thereafter. Mrs. Steiner died June 7, 1913.  Mr. Steiner had been a lifelong member of the Catholic church.   Surviving Mr. Steiner are five daughters and three sons. They are John Steiner of Clear Lake, Minn., Mrs. Nick Medinger of Kimball, Mrs. Annie Colling of Bushnell, Mrs. Margaret Colling of Randolph and Mrs. N. A. Schmit, Mrs. Ben Homan, F. M. Steiner and N. M. Steiner of Bellwood, also 55 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Two children died in infancy. All of Mr. Steiner's brothers and cousins preceded him in death.   Funeral services were held in St. Mary's church on the valley at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 and were conducted by Rev Fathers Mock, Reddy and Cadek.  Singing was by St Mary's choir. Six grandsons of Mr. Steiner, John, Leo, Peter and George Schmit and Jake and Joseph Steiner were pallbearers. Burial was in St Mary's cemetery.  All of the Steiner children, except John, were present at the funeral, as were three nieces and three nephews of Mr. Steiner, namely, Mrs. John San, Mrs. Charles Zeiser and Mrs. Frank Kramer of Walker, Iowa, John Strang of Independence, Iowa and Joe Strang and John Kramer of Cascade, Iowa.

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Obituaries 1921

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Cornelius Schmit 1860-1921 ?1925?

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Beckius, Reddy, Moch, Cadek, Demuth, Meysenburg, Morbach, Nicholas, Meister, Ronkar

Reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, NE, abt. 25 Mar 1921

Following illness of four days with double pneumonia, Corneluis Schmit, 61 years old, passed away at his home six miles southwest of Bellwood Monday evening, March 9. Funeral services consisting of Solemn Requem High Mass were conducted by Rev. Father Reddy, assisted by Rev Father Moch and Rev. Father Cadek, in St Peter's Catholic church, Bellwood at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning, March 12. The flower offerings were many and beautiful. The pallbearers were Neal Beckius, Elmer Beckius, Nick Beckius, Jr., Nick Demuth, Jr., Nick G. Meysenburg, Neal Morbach, Lee Schmit and Nick Schmit, Jr. Interment was in the Luxemburg cemetery.  Mr Schmit was born in Luxemburg, Germany, April 13, 1860. In 1880 he came to America, locating in Butler county and in 1887 he was married to Miss Mary Beckius. They had lived on their present farm since 1893. Besides his widow, Mr. Schmit leaves two sons and three daughters, namely, Mrs. Frank Nicholas, Mrs. Conrad Meister, Miss Anna Schmit, Nicholas Schmit and Peter Schmit, also two brothers and four sisters, Nicholas Schmit of Bellwood, John Schmit of McLain, Mrs John Morbach and Mrs. Henry Ronker of Bellwood, Ven. Sister Elenora of Phillipsville, Belguim and Ven. Sister Kathena of York and ten grandchildren. Mr. Schmit was a successful farmer and stockraiser, a good neighbor, a loving husband and the kindest of fathers. He is keenly missed. His death cast a gloom over the entire community.  Mr. Schmit was a faithful member of the Roman Catholic church.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Michael Demuth 1842-1921

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Demuth, Meysenburg

Reprinted from the The People's Banner, David City, NE, 29 Dec 1921:

Michael Demuth, one of the oldest residents in Butler County, had been living here since 1870, and passed away this last Friday, after a longish illness at the ripe old age of 79, in his son's (N.M. Demuth's) apartment.  He was born October 7, 1842 in Sandweiler, Great Duchy of Luxemburg, and came to America in 1865. The first five years he spent in Cascade, IA where he worked as a deputy post master for a while, and where he married Miss Anna Meysenburg in 1868. In 1869, he moved to Bone Creek Township in Butler County, Neb. where he lived as a farmer for 51 years. He is mourned by his wife, his sons J. M. and N..M. Demuth, his brother Jacob Demuth in David City, Neb., and an elder sister in the old country. The deceased was a good husband, good father and loyal citizen, respected and loved by all who knew him. His memory will be honored by the members of St. Mary's congregation which he also belonged to. The burial will take place Monday, December 19 after a memorial service at St. Mary's Church in Luxemburg, Neb. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to the mourning relatives.  Giving thanks to all who showed their respect and sympathy for our darling husband and father, during his illness, and after his passing, and to all, who gave their last respects when he was sent oft to his final resting place, as well as for all those beautiful gifts of flowers, we wish to express our sincerest thanks. Mrs. Michael Demuth, L.M. Demuth and family, N..M. Demuth and family.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Catherine (Meysenburg) Medinger 1835-1921

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Meysenburg, Medinger, Dehner, Steiner, Sproll, Mock, O'Sullivan

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, 20 Oct 1921

Catherine Meysenburg was born in Sandweiler, Luxemburg, March 15, 1836.  She passed away at the home of her son, M. S. Medinger, in David City Nebraska, October 12, 1921.  She was united in marriage to Peter Medinger, March 2, 1865, in her native land and six years later in the spring of 1871 came to America and to Butler County, Nebraska, with her husband, where they settled on homestead in Bone Creek township, where she resided for thirty-seven years.  Her husband preceded her in death six years, having died April 26, 1916.  Mrs. Medinger was 85 years, 6 months and 27 days old at the time of her death. The last 28 years of her life had been spent at the home of her son, M. E. Medinger she, with her husband moving to David City with them in 1908. She was the mother of four children. Mrs. John Dehner, Octavia, Nebraska; Nick Medinger, Centralia, Oklahoma; Mrs. John Steiner, Clear Lake, Minnesota and M. E. Medinger of David City. Besides the our children she leaves seventeen grand children and eight great grand children and one, brother, M. M. Meysenburg, to mourn her death Mrs. Medinger was a devout member of the Catholic faith and the funeral services were held from St Mary's church, Friday morning a 9:30 o'clock, October 14, 1921. Rev Father Sproll assisted by Father Mock and Father O'Sullivan, conducted the services.  The pall bearers were Peter Dehner, Michael S. Dehner, Nicholas Meysenburg, Fred Meysenburg, Emil Medinger and Frank Medinger.   For the past five years Mrs. Medinger had been practically helpless, not being able to walk or even feed herself; but during all that time she was patient and, characteristic of her whole life, looked on the bright side.  She could always see the silver lining in the cloud of despair. She was a beautiful character, a loving wife and mother and loved by all who knew her. When able, she never missed church services and even after she could not walk, her son or daughter-in-law wheeled her to divine services, which always seemed to make her so happy.  The remains were laid by those of her husband in the Luxemburg cemetery on the valley. Those present from away were Mrs. Nick Medinger, Centralia,   Okla., John Steiner, Clear Lake, Minnesota and Nick Medinger a nephew from Cedar Rapids, Nebraska.  In their home where mother has spent so many years, it will be lonesome without her, yet, not one of them would call her back, could they have the power. She had lived her life and the creator has called her home to her reward.

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Obituaries 1920

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Nicholas Frank Steiner 1872-1920

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Steiner, Hoffman, Demuth, Morbach, Meysenburg, Sauser

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, Nebraska, January 4, 1921.

Death of Dr. N. F. Steiner

The death of Dr. N. F. Steiner occurred in Omaha Friday, December 31. His was 48 years 5 months and 28 days.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Steiner of Bellwood, and made his home in Bellwood until about 20 years ago. Since then he located in Omaha as a doctor of medicine. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Stella Steiner and one daughter, Dorothy.   The funeral services were held in the Luxemburg church Monday morning, Father Hoffman officiating. The pall bearers were Messrs Jake Demuth, Nick Demuth, Neal Morbach, John Meysenburg, Frank Steiner and John Sauser.  The remains were. laid to rest in the Luxemburg cemetery.

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Obituaries 1919

 

Obituaries 1918

 

Obituaries 1917

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bernard J. Schlentz, Sr. 1835-1917

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Meysenburg, Speicher, Kelliher, Smith, Schmit, Hastert, Reisdorff, Boll, Mock, Hoffman, Dworak, Fricke, Lukassen, Hilger

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, 8 Nov 1917.

Bernard Schlentz Has Passed Away

Bernard Schlentz passed away Thursday, November 1st at his home in north David City. Mr. Schlentz has hail fai1ing health for some time but was only confined to his bed about ten days.  Bernard Schlentz was born in Sandweiler, Luxemburg, Germany on February 14, 1835. On January 14, 1864, he was married to Mary Meysenburg, in Sandweiler.  They came to this country the same year, and settled in Dubuque, Iowa, living there until 1870.   Then moved on the valley of this county. Eighteen years ago they moved into David City.  Mr. and Mrs. Schlentz had born to them ten children, Mrs. Margaret Speicher and Mrs. Mary Smith near Bellwood. John Schlentz of David City, Mrs. Emma Schmit of Beatrice, Mrs. Lena Hastert of Shelby, P. N. Schlentz of David City, Mrs. Carrie Reisdorff of the valley, Benjamin Schlentz of David City, and two children deceased. He leaves twenty nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The funeral services were held from the St. Mary's church in this city, Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, Father Boll conducting them assisted by Fathers Mock and Hoffman. The body was laid away in the Luxemburg cemetery.  The pallbearers were M. J. Bouse, E. J. Dworak, Herman Ficke, Theodore Lukassen, Henry Hilger and Nicholas Schmit. Music was rendered by the St. Mary's School choir.  In the passing of Mr. Schlentz, Butler county loses one of her sturdy pioneers and a man to be greatly missed among his many acquaintances. He was a man who stood well and honored by all who knew him.  All the children attended the funeral and also a nephew Benjamin Schlentz of Elgin, Nebraska.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Bernard J. Schlentz, Sr. 1835-1917

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schlentz, Meysenburg, Speicher, Kelliher, Smith, Schmit, Hastert, Reisdorff, Boll, Mock, Hoffman, Dworak, Fricke, Lukassen, Hilger

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, 8 Nov 1917

Bernard Schlentz Has Passed Away

Bernard Schlentz passed away Thursday, November 1st at his home in north David City. Mr. Schlentz has hail fai1ing health for some time but was only confined to his bed about ten days.

Bernard Schlentz was born in Sandweiler, Luxemburg, Germany on February 14, 1835. On January 14, 1864, he was married to Mary Meysenburg, in Sandweiler.  They came to this country the same year, and settled in Dubuque, Iowa, living there until 1870.    Then moved on the valley of this county. Eighteen years ago they moved into David City.  Mr. and Mrs. Schlentz had born to them ten children, Mrs. Margaret Speicher and Mrs. Mary Smith near Bellwood. John Schlentz of David City, Mrs. Emma Schmit of Beatrice, Mrs. Lena Hastert of Shelby, P. N. Schlentz of David City, Mrs. Carrie Reisdorff of the valley, Benjamin Schlentz of David City, and two children deceased. He leaves twenty nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The funeral services were held from the St. Mary's church in this city, Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, Father Boll conducting them assisted by Fathers Mock and Hoffman. The body was laid away in the Luxemburg cemetery.  The pallbearers were M. J. Bouse, E. J. Dworak, Herman Ficke, Theodore Lukassen, Henry Hilger and Nicholas Schmit. Music was rendered by the St. Mary's School choir.  In the passing of Mr. Schlentz, Butler county loses one of her sturdy pioneers and a man to be greatly missed among his many acquaintances. He was a man who stood well and honored by all who knew him.  All the children attended the funeral and also a nephew Benjamin Schlentz of Elgin, Nebraska.

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Obituaries 1916

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Peter J. Medinger 1835-1916

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Medinger Meysenburg, Boll, Hoffman, Mock, Litty, Delaney, Styskal, Varin, Dworak, Knott, Steiner, Dehner

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, Apr 1916.

Death of Peter Medinger
Funeral services For Mr. Medinger were Held Friday

Funeral services for Peter Medinger who departed this life Wednesday, April 26, at 5:30 a. m., after illness of several weeks were held Friday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's Catholic church in David City. Rev. Father Boll was celebrant, Rev. Father Hoffman of Bellwood was deacon and Rev. Father Mock of Luxemburg was sub-deacon. Rev. Father Hoffman of Falls City, was master of ceremonies and delivered the funeral address. The singers were Misses Mae Delaney, Anna Litty, Gertrude Litty, Lillian Styskal and Marle Varin and Mr. Lottie Dworak, Miss Henrietta Knott was organist. Requiem high mass was sung by them, also "Stubat Mater" and "Close to Thee." The pall bearers were six nephews of Mr. Medinger, namely Nicholas, Michael and Peter Meysenburg, Peter, Michael and J. P. Medinger. Burial was at Luxemburg cemetery on the valley.  A son and daughter of Mr. Medinger came from Minnesota to attend the funeral services. They were Nicholas Medinger, of Chokio and Mrs. John Steiner of Clear Lake. Miss Kate Steiner of Clear Lake was in attendance at the funeral as was also Nicholas Medinger of Blue Springs, Neb, a nephew of Mr. Medinger.  Mr. Medinger's death was due to asthma which he contracted some six weeks ago. He had been in failing health for two years. Germany was Mr. Medinger's native land. He was born in Itzig county Luxemburg.  February 25, 1916 was the 81st birthday anniversary of Mr. Medinger. He was the youngest of three sons and he was the last surviving member of his family.  On March 2, 1865, Peter Medinger and Miss Catherine Meysenburg were married in Germany. Mrs. Medinger who is now 80 years of age and four children, 18 grandchildren survive Mr. Medinger. The children are Mrs. Catherine Dehner, wife of John Dehner, living near Octavia, Nicholas Medinger of Chokio, Minn., Michael E. Medinger of David City and Mrs. John Steiner of Clear Lake, Minn.   Mr. Medinger with his family came to the United States and Nebraska in the spring of 1871. Mr. Medinger immediately filed on homestead land in Butler county, in Bone Creek township, and this was their home for years.  In 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Medinger came to David City to make their home with their son, Michael, who was in this home that M Mr. Medinger's death occurred.  While living in his native land, Mr. Medinger was five years a member of the German army.  Extreme kindliness in disposition and manner were characteristics that made Mr. Medinger a very likeable man. His pleasant smile and cordial salutation with which he greeted passersby were an inspiration to all who passed his way. He not only garnered the respect and devotion of his family, but of all who came in contact with him.

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Obituaries 1915

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Katherine (Beckius) Demuth 1877-1915

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Beckius, Demuth, Mock, Hoffman, Bickert, Schmit, VanderVegt, Meysenburg

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, August 1915:

DEATH OF MRS. N. M. DEMUTH
Passed Away in the David City Hospital

Mrs. Katherine Demuth, wife of Nicholas M. Demuth of Bone Creek township, died in the David City hospital at 7:30 o'clock Wednesday evening; Aug. 4, from blood poisoning after illness lasting seventeen days. She was taken sick July 10 and was immediate1y brought to the David City Hospital, where all that skilled medical treatment and efficient and faithful nursing could do was done. Her husband and children, at her bedside much of the time during her illness, were with her when she died.  On the morning following Mrs. Demuth's, death she was taken to her home in Bone Creek township. The funeral services were held in St. Mary's' church, Luxemburg, in Savannah township, on Friday, Aug. 6. There was a large attendance of friends to pay respect to the memory Mrs. Demuth, who was highly regarded by a large circle of friends.  Rev. Father Mock, pastor of St. Mary's church, Luxemburg, had charge of the funeral services. He was assisted by Father Hoffman of Bellwood, Rev. Father Hoffman of Falls City and Rev. Father Bickert of Rulo, the last two named being former pastors of St. Mary's church, Luxemburg. Requiem high mass was sung by Father Hoffman, of Falls City and an eloquent sermon was preached by him in which heartfelt sympathy for the bereaved relatives was expressed especially for the bereaved husband and children. Interment was in St Mary's cemetery, Luxemburg. The pallbearers were five brothers of Mrs. Demuth and the brother of Mr. Demuth, John Beckius, Nick Beckius, Peter Beckius Matt Beckius, Neal Beckius and J. W Demuth.  Mrs. Demuth was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Beckius, early settlers of Butler county. She was born in Belmont, Wisconsin, August, 21 1877.  When she was one year old her parents moved to Nebraska settling in Colfax county, where they and she lived for three years, then moving to Butler county. She was married to N. M. Demuth in this county February 1, 1898.   Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Demuth namely, Nicholas, Alphonse, Genevieve and Joseph. They and her husband survive her. She is survived also by her mother and five brothers and six sisters, namely John Beckius of Cedar Rapids, Neb., Mrs. Mary Schmidt of Bellwood, Nicholas, Peter, Matthew, Cornelius, Beana and Ruth Beckius of Octavia, Mrs. Anna Vandervegt of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Lena Vandervegt of Edholm and Mrs. Elizabeth Meysenburg of David City, twin sister.

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Obituaries 1914

 

Obituaries 1913

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Lena (Kramer) Steiner 1841-1913

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Kramer, Steiner, Linch, Carahan, Colling, Schmit, Homan

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE 12 Jun 1913.

Mrs. Nick Steiner

Mrs. Lena (Kramer) Steiner was born January 11, 1841, in Lintgen, Mersch County, Luxemburg, Europe. She came to America in 1866 and settled in Cascade, Iowa. She was married to Nick Steiner by Rev. Father Linch, on June 4, 1866. They came to Butler County, Nebraska in November 1871 and settled on a homestead in the fertile Platte valley.   She died June 7, 1913, at the ripe old age of 72 years, 4 months and 26 days. She leaves a husband, eight children and two brothers to mourn her death. All were present at the death and funeral except one brother of Cascade, Iowa. She had 49 grandchildren and two and two great-grandchildren.  She was the mother of ten children, two dying in infancy.  Funeral services took place in St. Mary's Church, June 9th. Father Caraher officiating and the body was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery.  Mrs. Steiner was a woman of sterling character, a true wife and a very loving mother. Her family was always her first consideration and no sacrifice was too great for her to make for their benefit. Her influence was always with then and she has left to them an heritage that none other could. She has left with them a memory that will ever be dear to them and an example that they may well be glad to follow. She was a consistent member of the Catholic Church, always doing her duty as she saw it.  Those present from a distance were: John Kramer, Walker, Iowa; John Kramer, a nephew, Cascade, Iowa; Dr. N. F. Steiner, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Nick Medinger and Mrs. John Colling, Creighton, Neb. Mrs. Nick Colling, Randolph, Neb.; John Steiner, Octavia; Mrs. Nick Schmit, F. M. Steiner, N. M. Steiner and Mrs. Benj. Homan of Bellwood.

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Obituaries 1912

 

Obituaries 1911

 

Obituaries 1910

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Mary Barbara (Dehner) Meysenburg 1848-1910

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Dehner, Meysenburg

The following partial obituary was reprinted from the Butler County Press, David City, January 1910.

In the year 1855 she moved west with her parents and family and located in Jones County, Eastern Iowa. On January 19, 1869 she was united in holy wedlock to P. N. Meysenburg of the same locality who had emigrated, when quite young, from the Province of Luxemburg, Europe. Shortly after their marriage, like many others, they started in an emigrant wagon to seek a home and finally located near Topeka, Kansas.  The location and climate there being undesirable and unhealthy , they started for Nebraska and settled in Butler County on the north-west quarter of section 30, Bone Creek Township on July 3, 1869.  Like all early settlers who blazed the way for civilization and the development of the country, their problems and hardships were many putting their trust in God and having strong faith in the future of this country, succeeded in making themselves a good home.  God Almighty not only blessed them with abundant riches, but with a large fruitful family of eleven children, six of whom are alive and five little angels who preceeded her to her eternal reward.  Mr. P. N. Meysenburg and his estimable wife were the pioneer settlers of this early and flourishing settlement and are well and truly recognized as the father and mother of the beautiful Luxemburg settlement.  These sturdy German farmers are known not only to be good citizens, but honest, thrifty and successful farmers, who have done much to build up this portion of Butler county. Mrs. P. N. Meysenburg being ill for some time, finally consented to have a severe operation performed at the Sister's Hospital in Columbus hoping to gain good health, but she never rallied sufficiently to come home to die.  During her serious illness the Lord was near her and with Him she suffered.  She thought of all that Christ had borne for her sake. She felt that He was near her and that her sufferings would one day be changed to eternal joys. And at the hour of her death where did she find her greatest solace?   In the devout reception of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Oh, then indeed her Savior was very near her, forgiving, assisting, encouraging and she came nearer to Him and as we may safely hope was entirely united to Him.  Let us calmly hope that God has placed her in a garden far more beautiful than this valley of tears. But if she has not already entered into its beauties, let us offer up for her our fervent prayers, that reaching the throne of God, they may effect her release, shorten her time of probation and place her near very near her God, whose presence she ever remembered during life. Mrs. P. N. Meysenburg was ever from her early days a fervent, conscientious and practical Catholic. Her's was a life full of good works ever charitable and hospitable in her quiet and unassuming manner.  She was ever active, generous and helpful in her church life and her wise counsel and good example shed a genial ray or enlightment to others. At the time of her death she was President of the Altar Society and guided same with wisdom and success. The parish of David City suffered a severe loss in her sad demise and can ill afford to lose her at this time. She was always a faithful worker and a power for good. She leaves behind her to mourn her loss, a faithful and sorrowing husband and a devoted family.  Her funeral obseques were held in the Catholic tradition.

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From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Peter M. Schmit 1870-1910

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Schlentz, Lutz, Demuth, Kreizinger, Meysenburg, Remakel, Steiner, Morbach

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE, 1 Dec 1910.

Death of Peter Schmit

He died at his home near David City, Friday Nov. 25.  Peter Schmit, for 26 years a respected resident of this county, died at his home seven miles west of David City Friday night, Nov. 25, at 11 o'clock. Death was from Bright's disease. He had been in failing health for a year, but was confined to his bed four weeks.  The funeral services were held in St. Peter's Catholic church in Bellwood on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10a.m., and were   conducted by Rev. Father Lutz. The pallbearers were John Demuth, Peter Demuth, Louis Kreizinger, John Meysenburg, Nick Remakel and Frank Steiner. Interment was in Luxemburg cemetery.  Mr. Schmit was in his 41st year. He was born in Luxemburg, Germany, March 22, 1870, and came to the United States with his father 28 years ago, coming to this county. For nine years he made his home with his brother-in-law, John Morbach. In February, 1891, he was married to Miss Mary Schlentz.  They prospered and at the time of his death Mr. Schmit owned a well improved farm of 320 acres in Olive township. He was a good citizen and a successful farmer. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic church in Bellwood. Mrs. Schmit and one daughter, Miss Rosa, survive him. In their bereavement they have the tender sympathy of a large circle of friends.

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Obituaries 1909

 

Obituaries 1908

 

Obituaries 1907

From: Ken Schmit
Subject: Anne (Schmit) Frieden 1844-1907

Posted on: Butler County Obituaries

Surname: Schmit, Frieden, Demuth, Medinger, Smith, Beringer, Hoffman

Reprinted from The People's Banner, David City, NE on 15 Feb 1907.

Mrs. John Frieden

Mrs. John Frieden died at her home in the valley east of Bellwood, Monday, February 11, 1907 at 1:30am at the age of 63 years, after an illness of only one day, being taken sick during Saturday night.  Deceased was born February 27, 1844 in Gostingen, Luxemburg, Europe and with her husband came to this country, being among the pioneer settlers in Butler County.  Deceased leaves a husband, two daughters, three brothers and two sisters to mourn her departure. Her daughters, Mrs. J. W. Demuth of Savannah township, with whom Mr. and Mrs. Frieden have lived for a number of years, and Mrs. Michael Medinger of Bone Creek township. Her brothers are Heller Smith of Bone Creek and Nick and Neil Smith, who reside in Iowa, while the sisters are Mrs. Jacob Demuth of Bone Creek and Mrs. Jacob Beringer of Savannah township. They are all among the highly respected citizens of the county.  Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church in the Luxemburg settlement in the valley on Tuesday at 10 o'clock am. Rev. Father Hoffman conducting the services. May her soul rest in peace.  The bereaved relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends.

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Tabitha Vander Kolk Wood (Mrs. James V. Wood) (11 Jan 1846-14 Nov. 1895)

A Good Woman Laid to Rest.
   Died, of cancer In the breast, on Thursday afternoon Nov. 14th, at two o'clock p.m. at her residence
three miles northwest of David City, Tabitha Wood wife of Mr. James V. Wood. The funeral service, was held in
the Congregational church on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. The church was filled to the overflowing with
sympathetic friends. The Rev A. W. Ayres preached the sermon from Psalm 90, verse 1, and he was assisted in the
service by Rev. Dillow. The interment was made in the David City cemetery.
   The deceased was born in Friesland, Holland; January 11th, 1846, and was 49 years, 10 months and 3 days
old. Her parents came to this country when she was two years of age and settled in the state of Iowa. In the
spring of 1867 she removed with her brother Mr. Vanderkolk into the State of Nebraska, taking up her residence
in Butler county, in which county she resided till the day of her decease. She was married by the venerable
Father Dresser to the husband who mourns her loss on March 13th, 1878, and four children remain as the blessed
fruits Of the marriage.
   The .... .... [possible missing text]
   The deceased was a devout Christian woman. She became a Christian when she was 19 years of age of age
and affiliated with the Baptist church in Pella, Iowa. From the time of her conversion to the time when God
transferred her to the Church above, her faith never lost its grasp of spiritual things. It was ever firm and
steadfast. It was a star always shining in her life and casting its light on those about her. When she came
into the State of Nebraska in those early pioneer days of '67 she saw at once that work needed to be done for
God and for His Christ. She saw her opportunity of confessing her faith. The significance of the Sabbath day
did not seem to be fully realized by the majority of the settlers in the county. It was generally spent in
visiting friends and neighbors. Stopping with some friends one Sabbath she suggested the idea that
a Sunday school be organized. The suggestion was immediately taken up and the first Sunday school in the county
was started in the name of Christ, in which the deceased taught not only by precept but also by Christian
example which is far better. In a few months preaching services were held by Rev. J. B. Chase a Congregational
minister in charge of Work at Columbus. In the winter of  '67 he crossed the Platte river on the ice to hold the
first preaching services in Butler county. Upon his removal to another point Father Amos Dresser, so well known
and so beloved by Butler county people, took charge of the work. Out of these preaching services grew the Butler
county first Congregational church, of which the deceased was a charter member.
   The deceased became a charter member of the Congregational church of David City when it was organized
in May, 1878, and she was a devoted and consistent member of it until God took her to himself, She was a
faithful wife and mother and her prayers were joined with her husband's that her children might be kept and
preserved from evil.
   That they might be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was ever the burden that seemed to be laid
upon her heart. She was a patient sufferer. During the weary and painful months when her frame was the seat of
the most excruciating pain not a word of complaining escaped her lips. Her trust was in God and her will was
perfectly submissive to His. She sought relief in the Great Physician and his presence in the sick chamber was
made manifest. Now she has fallen on sleep. Her light affliction which has but for a moment worked out for
her a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. May the God of Grace be preciously near to the bereaved
husband, children and relatives and sustain them in this hour of darkness and sorrow.
   We await the time when the Master shall come and call for us, so that we may join our loved ones in the
realms of light, in the Christian's heaven.
-- transcribed clipping from The People's Banner, David City, Butler County, Nebraska, Wednesday Nov. 20, 1895.


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