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DeEtte Viola (Henery) Rakow, 1870-1940
Last Rites Held for Mrs. DeEtte Rakow at Neligh Wednesday – Services were conducted by Rev. E. N. Haugse and Rev. M. M. Long of Neligh – Funeral services for Mrs. DeEtte Rakow who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. D. Price, after a long illness were conducted Wednesday, June 19, at the Methodist church in Neligh, Nebr., by Rev. E. N. Haugse, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach, and the Rev. M. M. Long, pastor of the Methodist church of Neligh, with interment made in the Laurel Hill cemetery in Neligh. The church was crowded with friends and relatives who gathered to pay tribute to this honored citizen of their community. MRS. DeETTE RAKOW – DeEtte Viola Henery was born in Stockport, Morgan county, Ohio, February 12, 1870, and departed this life after a lingering illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Greeley Price, of Wolbach, on June 17, 1940 at the age of 70 years, 4 months and 5 days. She came to Nebraska when a small child and grew to womanhood on a homestead in Antelope county. On March 31, 1897, she was united in marriage to August G. Rakow at Neligh, Neb. They resided on a farm northeast of Neligh until Mr. Rakow’s death. Four children were born to this union, one dying in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death on October 7, 1909. Mrs. Rakow has been a member of the Methodist church for many years. For the past five months she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Price. She was a kind and loving mother and a faithful friend and neighbor. She is survived by three children, Walter and Elmer of Neligh and Blanche Price of Wolbach, one brother, Fred of Neligh and three grandchildren. Mrs. Rakow will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 20, 1940

Anna Marie (Pedersen) Rasmussen, 1833-1913
Obituary – Anna Marie Rasmussen (born Pedersen) was born in Aatte Fouling, Denmark, August 5, 1833, baptized and confirmed in said place. Was united in marriage to Peter Rasmussen the 21st day of September 1865. To this union was born three children, one son and two daughters. Of the children only the son survives, Iver Rasmussen of Logan. Peter Rasmussen and wife came to America in 1892. They resided in Dodge county till the year 1901 then they moved to Logan, where they have lived since. Mrs. Rasmussen has been ill many years. She longed for the time to come when God would release her from the bonds of sickness and take her to the heavenly abode. She died the 16th day of December 1913. The days of her life were 80 years, 4 months, 11 days.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 1, 1914

Catherine Margrethe (Jessen) Rasmussen, 1867-1949
Services Held for Mrs. Rasmussen At St. Paul Jan 21 – Services were held Friday afternoon at the McIntyre Funeral Home for Mrs. Catherine Rasmussen, who passed away in a hospital in Omaha, Tuesday, January 18. Rev. W. W. Leypoldt, minister of the Methodist church in St. Paul officiated at the service which began at 1:30. Mrs. Seth W. Oelson and Mrs. Ralph Zlomke sang "Nearer Still Nearer," "Going Down the Valley," and "Good Night and Good Morning." Mrs. Herbert Falk was the pianist. The flower tribute was especially large and beautiful. Grand-daughters served as flowerbearers. They were Elsie, Elaine, Rosetta and Kathryn Rasmussen and Donna Jean Christensen. Pallbearers were grandsons: Leon, Roy, Earl and Jimmy Kolar, Ivan and Donald Rasmussen. Burial was made beside her husband in the South Logan cemetery. Catherine Margrethe Jessen, daughter of Peter and Pauline Amalie Jessen, was born December 10, 1867 in Jeising, Schleswig Denmark and passed away at Omaha, Nebr., on January 19, 1949 at the age of 81 years, 1 month and 8 days. In her youth she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. In 1888, she, with her parents and five younger brothers, came to America to Grand Island, Nebr. On September 10, 1908 she was united in marriage to Iver Rasmussen at the home of her parents at Cairo, Nebr. by the late Rev. Pedersen of Dannebrog, Nebr. Mr. Rasmussen passed away July 7, 1935. For two years after her husband’s death she lived in her home on the farm. Then she went to Omaha where she worked for Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bayler, doing housework. She remained in this truly Christian home where she was one of the family for five years and she was auntie of everyone in the family. At the age of 75, when her strength started to fail, she came back to St. Paul to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Einer Rasmussen. While she never enjoyed to robust health she was always willing to lend a helping hand when she could. She started to fail noticeably on December 11 and on the first of January her doctor advised her to go to Omaha for an examination. On January 6th she entered the University Hospital for treatment. She did not respond readily and quietly passed away on January 18. She leaves to mourn her death one son, Marius of Dannebrog; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Rasmussen, St. Paul and Mrs. Eva Kolar, Cushing; five brothers, Andrew of Sioux City, Ia., Christ, Grand Island, Paul of Willows, Cal., Carl of Dannebrog and Martin of Wheatland, Wyo.; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. "A loved one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 3, 1949

Bert Rasmussen, 1905-1923
Obituary – Bert, son of William and Mary Rasmussen, was born in Bennett, Lancaster county, Nebraska, December 17, 1905, and died in Beatrice, Neb., February 26, 1923, at the age of 17 years, 2 months and 9 days. In infancy he was baptized in the Lutheran church. He leaves to mourn the loss his parents, three brothers and three sisters, namely: Carl, Fred and Elmer, Lilly Moore, Rose Martin and Mabel Rasmussen. On Wednesday evening the remains arrived in Wolbach for burial. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran church by Rev. R. A. White on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. after which the body was laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. The family has lived many years two miles north of Wolbach, and are well known in the community. They have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. Card of Thanks – We desire to thank the neighbors and friends for the kindness shown and sympathy extended during the death and burial of our beloved son and brother. Mr. and Mrs. Will Rasmussen and Family
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 8, 1923

Elmer Rasmussen, 1919-1920
OBITUARY – Elmer Rasmussen was born near Wolbach, Nebr., January 9, 1919, and died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rasmussen at Council Bluffs, Ia., July 11th, 1920, aged 1 year, 6 months and 2 days. The body was brought to Wolbach for burial. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. White in Trinity Lutheran Church, Tuesday, July 13th, at 1:30 p.m. after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. The little one had been dedicated by baptism in the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rasmussen are well known in this community and have the sympathy of all.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 15, 1920

Elmer Rasmussen, 1908-1943
DIES AFTER A LONG ILLNESS – Funeral Rites For Elmer Rasmussen Are Held Tuesday – Elmer Rasmussen, son of William Rasmussen of Wolbach, died Friday evening in a hospital at Detroit, Mich. He was a patient at the hospital for the last two years. Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran church in Wolbach. Born in 1908, he moved to Wolbach with his family when he was two years old. Mr. Rasmussen had been employed in Detroit for the last few years before his health failed. Mrs. Cameron Moore of Greeley and Mrs. Harold Coe of Wolbach are sisters of the deceased. Also surviving are another sister, Rose of Hollywood, Cal., and two brothers, Fred of Detroit and Carl of Los Angeles. His mother, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Among those from Greeley attending the funeral services were Mrs. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pratt and Mrs. Harry Pratt.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, June 17, 1943

Luella (Schiebe) Rasmussen, 1900-1947
Last Rites Held For Mrs. Rasmus Rasmussen Monday – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Lutheran Church at Cushing for Mrs. Rasmus Rasmussen with Rev. Hanson of Dannebrog officiating. Burial in the Elmwood cemetery at St. Paul. The following songs were sung by Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Zlomke, Henry Goering and Harry Linford, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", "Sometime We’ll Understand", and "In the Garden." Pallbearers were: C. L. Smith, Elmer Jenson, Albert M. Hanson, Jim Spears, Maurice Mickelson and Amos Peterson. Mrs. Rasmus Rasmussen passed away Friday morning, March 21 at the Clarkson Memorial hospital in Omaha, where she had been receiving treatment for the past 8 weeks. Mrs. Rasmussen had been in ill health for many months. Luella Rasmussen, daughter of Amelia and John Schiebe was born on May 10, 1900 at Palmer, Nebraska and at the time of death was 46 years 10 months and 11 days of age. She was baptized on June 10, 1925 at the German Lutheran Church at Worms, Nebraska and on September 16, 1925 she was united in marriage to Rasmus Rasmussen of Cushing and made their home on a farm east of Cushing until 1944 when they moved to town. Two daughters, Mary Lou and Anna May Haubold were born to this union. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Left to mourn her passing besides her husband and daughters are three sisters: Lillie Hunt, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Laura Denish, Mason City; and Lena Sailing, Cushing; three brothers: Louis, St. Paul; Alfred, Mason City and Reinhardt, Wolbach; all of whom attended the funeral. The floral offerings were beautiful and she leaves a host of friends who will miss her in so many ways as her thoughts were always of doing for others.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 27, 1947

Mary Hansine (Adams) Rasmussen, 1874-1933
Mrs. Wm. Rasmussen Laid To Rest – Mrs. William Rasmussen passed away at her home here last Friday morning at 8 o’clock, after several weeks of suffering. Although a partial invalid for the last nine years Mrs. Rasmussen has always borne her affliction with great fortitude and patience. During her last illness her devoted husband and daughter Mable did everything in their power to make her days and nights as comfortable as possible and in her passing they have the comfort of knowing that she has been called to her reward. OBITUARY – Mrs. William Rasmussen, whose maiden name was Mary Hansine Adams died at her home here in Wolbach, Friday, November 3, 1933, reaching the age of 59 years, five months and 23 days. Mrs. Rasmussen was born in Lolland, Denmark May 10, 1874. At the age of ten in the year 1884 she came to America coming directly to Lincoln. She was united in marriage to Mr. Rasmussen in 1891. They lived at Bennet near Lincoln for 18 years after which they moved to the community of Wolbach in 1909, where they have lived since. Nine years ago last July Mrs. Rasmussen suffered a stroke which left her in ill health until her death. She leaves to mourn her death her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Lillie Moore of Brayton, Mrs. Rose Martin of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Mable Coe of Wolbach; and three sons, Carl and Elmer of Sterling, Colo., and Fred of St. Louis, Mo.; and also fourteen grand children. Two children died in infancy and one son at the age of eighteen. She is also survived by her aged blind mother, Mrs. Sine Svinghom living at an Old People’s Home at Omaha and by three sisters; Mrs. Julia Hansen of Lincoln, Nebr., Mrs. Alice DeVires of Cortland, Nebraska, and Mrs. Lena Hansen of California. May God bless her memory in the hearts of her husband, her children and friends of this community. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. S. S. Kaldhal and Rev. John S. Rhine. Burial was made in the Hillside cemetery. Those attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin and four children of Denver, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rasmussen and Elmer Rasmussen of Sterling, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Dick DeVires of Cortland, Nebraska. Card of Thanks – Neighbors and friends were exceedingly kind during the illness and following the death of our beloved wife and mother, and to those friends we wish to extend our heart felt appreciation for their many deeds of kindness and expressions of sympathy. Especially do we wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. Nels L. Hansen for their untiring ministrations, and to all those who sent flowers. Mr. Wm. Rasmussen, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rasmussen, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Coe, Fred Rasmussen, Elmer Rasmussen.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 9, 1933

Matilda Otilda (Nelson) Ramussen, 1878-1944
Funeral Rites For Mrs. Wm Rasmussen – Funeral services were held Tuesday of last week at the South Logan church for Mrs. William Rasmussen, 66, who died September 29 at the family home. Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul officiated at the last rites. The pallbearers were Albert Hansen, Fred Sonderup, Pete Anderson, Albert Jensen, Ed Kolar and Andrew Thomsen. Matilda Otilda Nelson, daughter of Peter and Margaret Nelson, was born December 17, 1878, on a farm near Farwell. She grew to womanhood there and in 1899 the family moved to a farm in the South Logan community. She was married March 3, 1900 to William Rasmussen. To this union were born five children, Johanna, Hans, Clarence, Esther and Evelyn. Johanna died in 1923 and Hans died October 1, 1904. Mr. Rasmussen preceded his wife in death on April 11, 1938. Mrs. Rasmussen was a member of the Lutheran church at Farwell and also was a member of the South Logan Ladies’ Aid Society. Surviving are one son, Clarence, at home, two daughters, Evelyn, at home, and Mrs. Fred Stephens of Nispah, Ore. Two brothers, George of Lincoln and Jacob, and one granddaughter also survive.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, October 12, 1944

Peter H. Rasmussen, 1864-1948
Peter H. Rasmussen is Laid to Rest Fri. – Peter H. Rasmussen, 83 of St. Paul passed away Friday, January 23, 1948. Mr. Rasmussen was born May 11, 1864 in Lolland, Denmark and passed away January 23, 1948 at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 12 days. Surviving are his wife, three daughters and four sons: Mrs. Albert Jensen, Mrs. Noble Larson, Thorvald Rasmussen and Harold Rasmussen of St. Paul; Einar Rasmussen and Elvin Rasmussen of Omaha; Mrs. John McInerney of Washington, D. C.; 27 grand children and 3 great grand children. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at McIntyre Funeral Home and at 1:30 p.m. in the Presbyterian church at St. Paul. Rev. E. A. Ahrens officiating, burial in the Elwood (sic) Cemetery at St. Paul. Hymns sang by the choir were: "God Will Take Care of You", "Good Night and Good Morning" and "Going Down the Valley." Pallbearers were: Marvin Jensen, Lelan Jensen, Ivan Rasmussen, Glenn Rasmussen, Daryl Rasmussen and Robert Rasmussen.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 29, 1948

Rasmus Rasmussen, 1853-1926
RASMUS RASMUSSEN DIES AFTER LINGERING ILLNESS – Mr. Rasmus Rasmussen who has resided in the vicinity for the past 23 years passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday after gradually failing for a long time. The funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon and were attended by a very large crowd. Rev. Henry N. Hansen, assisted by Rev. Magnusen of Elba, and Rev. R. A. White of Wolbach, conducted the services. Burial was made in Hillside cemetery. Mr. Rasmussen was born March 14, 1853, in Jylland, Denmark. He came to the United States in 1888 and worked at Kenosha, Wisconsin, for about a year before going to Clay county, Nebraska. While there he was united in marriage to Miss Bendta Benson, to which union were born two sons. Mr. and Mrs. Rasmussen moved to Wolbach in 1903 and settled on a farm west of town. Here they lived until four years ago when they moved into town. Mr. Rasmussen had been ailing for many years; he bore his illness patiently, never complaining; but he grew continually weaker. The best of care was given him by his devoted wife, until the end came early Sunday morning. He had reached the age of 73 years, 4 months and 8 days. He is survived by his wife and son Jim, and two grandchildren of St. Paul, and many friends are left to cherish his memory.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 26, 1926

William Rasmussen, 1875-1938
Last Rites Held For Wm. Rasmussen – The community was saddened when it learned of the sudden passing of William Rasmussen which occurred at his home on Tuesday of this week. Mr. Rasmussen was out doors engaged in the act of sawing when the stroke of apoplexy struck him which left him unable to speak, and he passed away shortly after. William Rasmussen was the youngest son of Hans and Anna Johanna Rasmussen and was born in Saunders County, July 28, 1875. He died at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 14 days at his home in South Logan. Mr. Rasmussen came from Saunders County with his parents in the year 1884 and settled in South Logan precinct and he has lived in the vicinity since. He was united in marriage to Mathilda Nielsen at South Logan church, March 31, 1900 and to this marriage were born five children, Johanna, Hans, Clarence, Esther and Evelyn. Johanna died in 1923, and Hans Marian died on October 1, 1904. Mr. Rasmussen was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran church on July 22, 1885 and on coming to Howard county he became a member of the South Logan Lutheran church. He was a conscientious, hard working man, kind and considerate of his family, a good neighbor and one held in high esteem by his many friends. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Mathilda, son Clarence, and daughters Evelyn at home and Mrs. Fred Stevens of Oregon and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the South Logan church by Rev. W. J. Primrose, and interment was made in the cemetery nearby. – Phonograph --The Messenger extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 21, 1938

Leo G. Rease, age 85 Born 27 Jul 1920, Greeley, NE Died 23 May 2006. Funeral mass: Wed. 31 May 2006, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego WW II: US Navy. 1946: Married Marie Wigley (she died 1993). 1946: moved to Portland, OR. Owned Kiddy-Ville (children’s clothing store). Survivors: a daughter, a grandchild, a g-grandchild Memorials: Our House. Arrangements by Wilhelm.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon Saturday, May 27, 2006.

Leo Gerald Rease (July 27, 1920 - May 23, 2006)
Leo Rease passed away on May 23, 2006 from complications arising from congestive Heart Failure. He was 85 years old. He was born in Greeley, Nebraska in 1920 where he lived until joining the Navy in 1941. While stationed in San Diego, he met Marie Wigley and they were married in 1946. They moved to Portland where he began a career in retail working for Olds and King Department Stores. Leo and Marie had three children - Linda, Bob, and Ric. In 1959 Leo and Marie opened Kiddy-Ville, a children's clothing store, and expanded the business to include five locations in the next 30 years, finally retiring in 1989. Leo was an active member in the Elks Club, Lions Club, and Our Lady of the Lake Knights of Columbus. He was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to the Oregon Ducks. .... Leo is survived by his daughter Linda Rease, grandson Scott Rease, and great-grandson, Matthew Rease. He was preceded in death by his sons Bob and Ric Rease, his wife Marie, as well as all of his siblings and his beloved dog, Ira. ... Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial. ....
Ref: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Sunday, May 28, 2006.

Loretta (Warren) Reavis 1826-1926
MRS. REAVIS DIES AT C. T. HULL HOME AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS Mrs. Loretta Warren Reavis, who was one hundred years old Monday, March 22, succumbed to a brief illness at 3 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Hull. Loretta Warren was born in Lafayette county, March 22, 1826. She was a daughter of Martin and Nancy Hubbard Warren, natives of Virginia. Loretta Warren was united in marriage to John Reavis and they made their home on a farm near Warrensburg, (Mo.) where Mr. Reavis died in 1910. Since that time, Mrs. Reavis lived with her daughter Mrs. Hull, where her death occurred. Mrs. Reavis was the mother of five daughters: Mrs. Hull, of Warrensburg; Mrs. M. L. Krebs of Scotia, Nebraska; Mrs. W. R. Hunter, of Montana; Mrs. M. L. Box and Mrs. Geo. Adams who reside in Washington. Mrs. Hunter was here at the time of her mother's death and Mrs. Krebs arrived Wednesday morning. Mrs. Reavis was a member of the Christian church for eighty-five years, her membership being with the Warrensburg church for the last years. She was a woman widely known for her Christian character, and everybody loved “Grandma Reavis.” - Daily Star-Journal. (Warrensburg, Mo.)
The Scotia Register Volume XXXII, Thursday, April 15, 1926, pg. 1, column 2

Verdie R. (Burt) Reed, 1882-1933
FUNERAL SERVICE HELD FOR MRS. ALONZO REED – The funeral of Mrs. Alonzo Reed, former resident of this community was conducted a week ago Sunday at Ericson where she had lived for the past 7 years. Burial was made at St. Paul. She was a cousin of Mrs. Wm. Johnson of this place. Verdie R. Burt was born 5 miles east of Wolbach, Neb., August 15, 1882 and passed away near Ericson, Neb., September 28, 1939 at the age of 57 years, 1 month and 13 days. She was married to Alonzo Reed January 31, 1904 at North Starr after which they came to Greeley county and lived about a year and then returned to Nance county and they lived there for 19 years. They then moved to Howard county and resided on a farm for 8 years after which they moved to Ericson, and they had lived there since. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Eva Christensen and Mrs. Ella Myers of Grand Island, and Mrs. V. Bowman of Ericson, also five grand children and two cousins.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 12, 1939

L. G. Reeves, ca. 1876-1940
DOCTOR’S BURNS ARE FATAL – Dr. L. G. Reeves, 64, Spalding veterinarian, died at St. Francis hospital at Grand Island Friday March 1 from burns suffered Monday when he fell asleep in bed while smoking a cigarette. He suffered third degree burns on the backs of his legs from ankle to thigh. Leg muscles, as well as skin and flesh were burned. He is survived by a brother. Funeral services were held Sunday.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 7, 1940

Joseph Reiger, ca. 1863-1946
Joseph Reiger Former Merchant Here Succumbs -- Joseph Reiger about 83, former Wolbach merchant passed away suddenly at his home at Kearney Thursday morning, October 31, after an illness of two days. Surviving besides his wife is three children, Paul Reiger of Omaha; Mrs. Marie Slobodny, Kearney and Mrs. Agnes Leo Jacobson, San Francisco, California, 6 grand children and 4 great grand children. Funeral services were held at Kearney Monday afternoon and at Dawson Tuesday, with interment at the place.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 7, 1946

Mrs. Joseph Reiger, ca. 1871-1949
MRS. REIGER SUCCUMBS – Friends here have received word of the death of Mrs. Joseph Reiger, 78, who passed away following a heart attack. Mrs. Reiger was a former resident of Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 17, 1949

Oluf Hansen Rhode, 1874-1946
Funeral Services For Oluf H. Rhode – Funeral services were conducted Friday at the McIntyre funeral home in St. Paul for Oluf H. Rhode, who died January 8 in a Grand Island hospital. The services were conducted by Rev. V. R. Bell, pastor of the St. Paul Methodist church. Mrs. Nell Oleson and Mrs. Victor Grossart furnished music. Following the rites in St. Paul, services were held at 2:45 o’clock at the Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach. The church choir sang several hymns. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers were Arthur Holt, Elwood Standage, Arthur Krichau, Elwood Krichau, Oluf Knudsen and Marius Knudsen, nephews of Mr. Rhode. Oluf Hansen Rhode, son of Hans Rhode and Maria Mortensen, was born in Hoist, Denmark, September 10, 1874. When he was 18 years old he came to America and settled at Hazard, Neb., where he lived until 1900. In 1900 he moved to Cushing, where he worked in a mill until 1905, when he moved to Wolbach, farming 6 miles north of this community until 1943. He returned to Hazard in 1943, where he since made his home. Surviving are one brother, Chris, in Denmark, three sisters, Mrs. Anna Krichau, Mrs. Christina Holt and Mrs. Hannah Knudsen, all of Hazard, and several nephews and nieces.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, January 17, 1946

Infant Boy Rienking, 1949-1949
INFANT SON DIES – The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rienking of Ohiowa, died at birth last Wednesday at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Mrs. Rienking has been seriously ill and a patient there for the past five weeks. Her condition is somewhat improved. Mrs. Rienking is a sister of Mrs. Carl Gee.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 11, 1949

John Ries, 1864-1925
JOHN RIES IS CALLED BY DEATH, SATURDAY- Well Known and Highly Respected Scotia Business Man Passes Away Suddenly After Months Illness - The many friends of John Ries, well known and respected Scotia business man, were sadly grieved upon hearing of his sudden and unexpected death last Saturday morning. His death came as a shock to the entire community and the thoughts and deepest sympathies of all were turned to the sorrowing family. Mr. Ries had only recently started to recuperate from a serious illness and his friends were rejoicing that he was able to be among them again when the sad news of his death came. His cheery greeting and warm smile will be sadly missed by his neighbors, his fellow business men and by all who knew him. Mr. Ries was a loyal booster for Scotia and for all that was right. He was a loving husband and a kind father. But we must bow to the inevitable and do our best to make ourselves worthy of a place with the immortals when we too shall have fallen. - John Ries was born November 21, 1864 in Wisconsin, and passed away at his home in Scotia, Nebraska, on March 7th, 1925. When only three year old, he with his parents moved to Ridgeley, in Dodge County, Nebraska, where he made his home until in 1903 when he moved with his family to a farm near Scotia, Nebraska. Later Mr. Ries entered business in Scotia and at the time of his death he was owner and proprietor of the Scotia Auto Co. On January 20, 1892, he was united in marriage to Amelia Haun. To this union three children were born: Theresa M., Mildred C., and Clara C. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, his three daughters, Theresa, Mildred and Clara, three sisters, a brother and a host of other relatives and friends. - CARD OF THANKS We take this means of expressing our sincere appreciation for the many kind words and the many kind deeds tendered us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father. We wish also to thank the donors of the beautiful floral offerings and the choir for the beautiful music rendered. Mrs. John Ries and family. - Among the out of town relatives who were here to attend the funeral services of Mr. Ries were: his three sisters, Mrs. Nicholas Miler of Fremont, Mrs. Katherine Haywood of Scribner; Mrs. J.W. Haun and Mrs. Lizzie Steil of North Bend; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eidam and Frank Haun of Fremont; Floyd Haun of North Bend; Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer and Mrs. Joe Jurlein of Cedar Rapids.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Volume XXXI, Thursday March 5, 1925, pg. 1, column 1

Charles Robinson, ca. 1919-1935
Ed Robinson, 1935
Double Funeral for Father and Son – Double funeral services were held Monday in the Methodist church in Cedar Rapids for Mr. Ed. Robinson and sixteen year old son, Charles, who met instant death in a head-on collision with a bus near Cheyenne, Wyo. Mr. Robinson, a former resident of the Belgrade community and son, in company with friends, were returning to the Robinson home at Pine Bluffs, Wyo., from Cheyenne where they had attended a Frontier Days celebration. The son who has made his home with his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mitchel Rathburn at Belgrade and Grand Island, since the death of his mother a number of years ago, was spending the summer, as was the usual custom, with his father. Since the death of the grandfather two years ago, Charles and Mrs. Rathburn have lived with Mrs. Rathburn’s daughter, Mrs. Sherm Le Master and family in Grand Island. Mr. Robinson was a cousin of LeRoy and Arnold Robinson of this community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 1, 1935

Nettie Christina (McCormick) Robinson, 1882-1922
Obituary – Nettie Christina McCormick, daughter of Frank and Mary McCormick, was born near Masonville, Iowa, December 31, 1882, and died June 2, 1922 at Douglas Wyoming, aged 39 years, five months and 2 days. At the age of 16 she came with her parents to Belgrade, Neb., where she resided until on February 28, 1906, she was united in marriage to Thomas P. Robinson, of Belgrade, after which they moved to their farm at Parnell, Nebraska, where they resided until they went to the west and took up a homestead 16 miles from Douglas, Wyoming. Having proved up on their homestead they moved to Douglas where they lived for the past three years. She is survived by her husband and three children, Helen Nettie, aged 15, Thomas Paul, aged nine and Merle McCormick, aged 6; also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCormick of Belgrade, Neb., four brothers, Francis, Fred and George, all of Wolbach, James of Glasgow, Montana, and four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Ward and Miss Sarah McCormick of Belgrade, Mrs. Helen Gierdorf of West Point and Mrs. Elsie Caudle of Wolbach. A little brother, Joe, preceded her to the great beyond. The remains were taken to Belgrade and the funeral services were held at the McCormick home, conducted by Rev. R A. White of Wolbach. Interment was made at Sunset Hill cemetery at Cedar Rapids, Neb.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 22, 1922

Joseph Rochek, 1829-1924
OLD SETTLER PASSES AWAY – Joseph Rochek Dies at His Home East of Wolbach – Joseph Rochek, said to be the oldest resident of Howard county, passed to the great beyond at his home four miles east of Wolbach, Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock, after a long and sturdy life of 95 years and 16 days. Mr. Rochek was one of the early settlers near Wolbach and was a Civil War veteran. During his long life he experienced hardly a sick day and death came without much warning. He suffered from a nose bleed a few weeks ago as the result of high blood pressure but up to within a few hours of his death he did not realize that there was any serious danger. His son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Fairman had started on their return to Arkansas Tuesday morning but were intercepted at Central City and returned to Wolbach. As this is written arrangements have not been completed for the funeral services.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 2, 1924

Obituary – Joseph Rochek was born in Monchitz, Bohemia, September 14, 1829 and died at his home near Wolbach, Sept. 30, 1924 at the age of 95 years and 16 days. He was married to Miss Marie Zatechka Nov. 23, 1857. Two years later he came to America and located at Dubuque, Iowa. In a short time he moved to Waterville, Minn. He enlisted in the U. S. service during the last year of the civil war, remaining in service till the close of the war. In 1877 he moved with his family to Howard county, Nebraska where he dropped his cabinet making trade and took up farming on a homestead where he resided until his death. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rochek, six boys and six girls. His wife and four of the children preceded him to the Heavenly home. There are left to mourn his loss, Barbara Penhiter of Mapleton, Minn., Jennie Guyman of Pine City, Minn, Anna Bartunek of St. Paul, Nebr., Rosa Knapp of Wolbach, Nebr., Mary Fairman of Bentonville, Ark., John Rochek of Haddam, Kan., Joseph of Ogden, Utah and Anton, who is still living on the homestead. He also leaves 37 grand children and 32 great grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors. The whole community joins this family in their sad bereavement. The funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church with Rev. Moore officiating and interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. There was a very large attendance at the services to pay their respect to the deceased and to show their sympathy for his relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 9, 1924

Leila Jean Rochek, 1935-1935
Sympathy – Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Rochek who mourn for their infant daughter Leila Jean who died at birth Tuesday Jan. 22. The little one was buried in Hillside cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Rochek before her marriage was Miss Leila Caudle. She is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Caudle east of town.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 24, 1935

Mary (Zatecka) Rochek, 1838-1912
Mrs. Joseph Rochek Dead – Mrs. Joseph Rochek died at the home of Joseph Rochek 4 miles east of Wolbach December 18, 1912 at 6:30 a.m. The deceased being sick only a short time. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. McDonald at the Methodist church Saturday Dec. 21st. A large host of friends and relatives attended the services to pay their last tribute to the deceased. She was 74 years, 6 months and ten days old. Obituary – Miss Mary Zatecka was born in Caslav, Bohemia, July 8, 1838, was married to Joseph Rochek in 1856. They came to the United States in 1860, and settled in Minnesota, they resided there till 1878 when they came to Nebraska and resided here until the time of her death. Twelve children were born to this union of which 4 of them left for the Heavenly Throne before their mother. Eight are yet living which all attended the funeral here. The children are now all living at: Mrs. Barbara Penhiter, Pine City, Minn., John Rochek, Hadam, Kans., Mrs. Rose Knapp, Grand Island, Joe Rochek, Preston, Idaho, Mrs. Anna Bartunek, St. Paul, Mrs. Mary Fairman, Wolbach, Anton Rochek, Wolbach, and Mrs. Jenne Guyman, Bartlett, Nebr. Card of Thanks -- We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the many kind friends who so kindly helped us in our bereavement in the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Joseph Rochek and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1913

Lewis Allen Rogers, 1874-1926
OBITUARY Lewis Allen Rogers was born December 19, 1874 at Mechanicsville, Iowa. He passed away from this life last Monday, November 8th, at the age of 51 years, 10 months, and 19 days. At the age of ten years he moved with his parents to Nebraska, in Loup and Greeley counties. He was united in marriage to Marie Anna Beck, on February 27, 1900. About 11 years ago he and his family moved to David City, where they made their home. His home was blessed by the coming of one daughter Jessie Opal. Mr. Rogers leaves to survive him his wife Mrs. Marie Anna Rogers, his daughter, Jessie Opal, his mother, Mrs. W. C. Rogers, of California; three sisters: Mrs. T. H. Hollworth, Mrs. Myrtle Leads, and Mrs. Mabel Hoffman, all of California; four brothers: Will, of Penn., Ralph in Colo., Glenn of Casper, Wyoming and Frank, of Wolbach. Mr. Rogers was a member of the Methodist Church at David City and was faithful to his church duties. He dedicated his life to the Lord last spring at a special meeting and took more interest in the work of Christ's kingdom. “Blessed is the man who putteth his trust in the Lord.” Rev. G. A. Randall officiated.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, November 11, 1926, pg. 1, column 2

Arvilla (Cramer) Roher, 1867-1931
Mrs. U. Rohrer Dies After A Long Illness – After an illness extending over a period of five years, practically all of which she was confined to her home, Mrs. U. Rohrer passed to her reward early last Saturday morning. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. R. Hamilton, were held at the Wolbach Methodist Church Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m. and burial was made in Hillside cemetery. OBITUARY – Arvilla Cramer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cramer, was born Oct. 4, 1867 at Spring Lake, Wisconsin and departed this life at her home in Wolbach, Nebraska, February 28, 1931, at the age of 63 years, 4 months and 24 days. She was united in marriage to Ur Rohrer at Hastings, Nebraska, April 29, 1894 and to this union was born one daughter, Mable. After marriage they lived at Hastings, Nebraska, until about 1904 then moving to Iowa, then back to Nebraska, coming to Greeley County in 1907. Mrs. Rohrer was a member of the Methodist Church at Wolbach, Nebr. She was Supt. of the Sunday School and President of the Ladies’ Aid for a number of years. For the past five years she has been confined to her home because of failing health, the husband giving constant attention to her welfare. Her parents and one brother have preceded her to the great beyond. Mrs. Rohrer leaves to mourn her going, her husband and daughter, Mrs. Mable Anstine of Greer, Idaho, and two grand children, five sisters and four brothers and a host of relatives and friends. The heartfelt sympathy of their many friends in this community is extended to the bereaved husband and daughter. "Jesus while our hearts are bleeding O’er the spoils that death has won, We would at this solemn meeting Calmly say, "Thy will be done." Card of Thanks – So many were so kind, so many were helpful during the long illness and following the departure of our beloved wife, mother and sister, the late Mrs. Rohrer, that we fear we may not be able to personally speak or write to each one an expression of our gratitude. Lest any neighbor or friend to whom are thanks are justly due might not receive from our lips or pen due acknowledgement, we present this expression through the columns of this our family newspaper. U. Rohrer and Mabel, Mrs. W. O. Hunt, Miss Florence Cramer, Miss Myrtle Cramer, Morris B. Cramer
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 5, 1931

Ur Rohrer, 1865-1931
Ur Rohrer Passes Away Very Suddenly – While cleaning out the fish fountain at the Adams home last Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, Ur Rohrer was stricken with heart failure and died suddenly. Only a few minutes before his death he was chatting pleasantly with George Bussell and other of his friends who passed by while he was working. Mr. Rohrer had never appeared to be seriously ill. His death was a great shock to his many friends here, and coming less than three months following the death of Mrs. Rohrer, the deepest sympathy of the community is extended to the daughter, Mrs. R. L. Anstine of Nezperce, Ida., and to other relatives, who are thus doubly bereaved. Mrs. Anstine arrived here Tuesday afternoon and the funeral was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Hamilton, and interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. Relatives from out-of-town who were here for the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Anstine and two sons of Nezperce, Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Rohrer, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Rohrer, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Rohrer, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rohrer, and Miss Mabel Cramer of Hastings, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Cramer of Giltner; Miss Myrtle Cramer, Des Moines, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Butzirus of Grand Island; Mrs. W. R. S. Anstine, daughter Florence and son Perry, of Meadow Grove. Ur Rohrer was born July 14, 1865 at Lancaster, Pa., and passed away at Wolbach, Nebraska, May 15, 1931, at the age of 65 years, 10 months and 1 day. Mr. Rohrer came to Nebraska in 1887, locating at Hastings where he was married to Miss Arvilla Cramer, July 28, 1890, and to this union was born one daughter Mabel. After their marriage they lived at Hastings until about 1904, then moving to Iowa, and back to Nebraska, coming to Greeley county in 1907. They resided for several years on a farm west of Wolbach, before moving to town where they resided until death. During the past five years Mr. Rohrer devoted much of his time to the tender care of his invalid wife. Mr. Rohrer is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Anstine of Nezperce, Idaho; three brothers, Sibastian, Benjamin, and Eli of Hastings, Nebr., and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Meister of Sterling, Illinois. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to express our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who were so kind, helpful and sympathetic at the time of the sudden death of our dear father and brother, and we wish also to express our deep appreciation of the many beautiful flowers received. Mr. and Mrs. Robt. L. Anstine, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Rohrer, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Rohrer, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Rohrer, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Meister.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 21, 1931

John H. Romine, 1864-1924
OBITUARY - John H. Romine was born March 29th, 1864 near Valparaiso, Porter county, Indiana and departed this life at the home of his brother, Mr. George W. Romine of this city, Thursday morning, November 6, 1924 being 60 years, 7 months and 7 days of age. During the year 1882 Mr. Romine came with his parents to Nebraska, settling on a farm near Fremont, from here some time later, they moved to Norfolk, Nebraska where they lived for several years. James was never married and lived with his parents until they passed away. James was very patient during his entire sickness and most appreciative for any and all favors shown him. He was very kindhearted and generous to a fault. He will be greatly missed because of these lovely qualities. Brief services were held in his brother's home (in which he died and in which he spent the last two months of his life) Friday, November 7th at 4 p.m. and on Saturday morning, November 9th the body was taken to Norfolk, Nebraska for interment in the family burying ground where he will rest beside his father, mother, and brother, Carl until the resurrection morning. James is survived by two brothers. Geo. W. of Scotia, Tony of Courtland, Wyoming and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Rogers and Mrs. Carrie Wienberger, both of Los Angeles, California. The funeral services were in charge of Rev. Jesse A. Monkman, Pastor of the M. E. church.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Vol. XXX, Thursday, November 20, 1924, pg. 1, column 2

Walter G. Rood, 1864-1925
WALTER G. ROOD, PIONEER, PASSES AWAY Among Early Settlers Of The North Loup Valley: Editor Of North Loup Loyalist For 25 Years. Walter G. Rood, for the past twenty-six years the editor and publisher of the Loyalist, died suddenly Friday December 4, 1925, at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, where he had gone, just one month before for medical treatment. His wife, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. H. M. Davis of Lincoln, returned to North Loup – his home – with the body, Saturday evening. Walter Gillette Rood was born near Dakota, Wisconsin, June 5, 1864. He was the youngest of nine children born to Chas. Persons and Marianne Rood. In the summer of 1875, he, with his parents, moved from Wisconsin to North Loup, Nebraska, which has been his home continually since that time, and nearly al of the time has been his place of residence. He was married June 27, 1912, to Grace Maude Fackler of Ord, Nebraska. Their one child, Margaret Grace, was born April 10, 1913. He died in an Omaha Hospital, December 4, 1925. He was baptized by Elder George Crandall and became a member of the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist church, November 6, 1886. He is survived by his wife and his daughter, two brothers, Hosea Whitford, Milton, Wisconsin, Charles J. North Loup, four sisters, Mary Davis and Genia Crandall, North Loup, Emma Terry of Boulder, Colorado and Etta Crandall, Milton, Wisconsin. Possessed of many positive characteristics, no one was more marked than his natural habit of self-deprecation. Giving himself tirelessly for others, it was a source of pain to his loved ones that he was unable to place its real value upon his own services. Struggling always toward a lofty ideal he was always self-reproachful at his failure to realize it. The pitiful penalty of his own generosity and nobility was his inability to be reconciled to the limitations placed upon him by his own human nature. Our highest tribute to him is to recognize his heroic attempts to realize purposes too lofty for human achievement. Our best expression of love and respect for his unselfish life lies in emulation. Written by a niece, Mrs. Ora Crandall Clement of Lincoln, Neb. The funeral services were held last Sunday, December 6th. After a prayer at the house, the remains were taken to the Seventh Day Baptist church, where his pastor, Rev. H. L. Polan, delivered the funeral sermon. He used as his text, “Be Ye Ready, Also.” In the delivery of the sermon, he paid a wonderful tribute to the life of Mr. Rood.
Those who bore him to his last resting place were: Ed and Art Babcock, Herbert and Gaylord Thorngate, Clifton McClellen and Guilford Hutchins. Music was furnished by a chorus of twelve voices. The songs selected were: “Saved by Grace” sung as a duet by Mesdames Esther Babcock and Eva Hill, “Rock of Ages” and “The Home of Endless Years”. The bearers were named by Mr. Rood in a letter which he left in case of his death and it was his request that Mrs. Babcock and Mrs. Hill sing the song beginning “Some day the silver cord will break.” The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse. It is the belief of many that never has there been such a tribute paid in flowers to any one in our village. And this was most fitting for all who knew Mr. Rood knew of his passionate love for flowers. Several brother editors were present to pay their tribute to one who had been a worker in their craft for many years. Pioneers were also present to show their esteem for one who had gone thru hardships with them in the settlement of this country, which was his home, and who had gone to a Newer Country. And so covered with flowers, surrounded by a loving group of relatives, fellow-craftsmen, pioneers and friends, the body of Walter G. Rood, himself a friend, craftsman, a pioneer and related to many was returned to the God who gave it.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXI, Thursday, December 10 1925 pg. 1, column 6

Johanne Marie (Frees) Ross, 1866-1945
Funeral Rites For Native Of Denmark – Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran church for Mrs. Johanne Marie Ross, 78. Rev. V. R. Bell of St. Paul officiated. Burial was in the Summitt cemetery. The pallbearers: G. A. Brannen, Andrew Christensen, Art Christensen, Art Larson, Paul Anderson, Andrew Peterson and George Lindauer. Out-of-town relatives attending the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ross and Hans Frees of Columbus. Johanne Marie Frees was born August 31, 1866 in Kolding, Denmark and died March 13, 1945, at Cedar Rapids. The deceased came to America in 1891. In 1893 she was united in marriage to John Ross, who died in 1939. Mr. and Mrs. Ross lived in Cummings county until 1910, when they moved to Greeley county to make their home on their present farm. Surviving are tree sons, Charles of California, Harold of Columbus, Ernest of Wolbach. One son, Robert died in infancy. Other survivors include a brother and sister in Denmark, another brother, Hans Frees of Columbus, and ten grandchildren.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, March 22, 1945

John August Ross, 1861-1939
Services for John A. Ross Friday – Funeral services for John A. Ross, well known resident of the Brayton community, who died at his home December 19 following a 5-day illness were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his home with Rev. E. N. Haugse in charge. Interment was made in Anderson cemetery under the direction of McIntyre funeral home. Mr. Ross suffered a stroke after he had eaten supper Thursday evening and from that time on continued to decline and passed away early Tuesday morning. John August Ross was born in Germany of November 11, 1861. He came to America in 1882 and was united in marriage to Johanne Marie Frees on January 25, 1893. Mr. Ross passed away at his home north west of Wolbach on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1939 at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 8 days. He was preceded in death by one son, Robert, who died in infancy. He came to Greeley county in 1910. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Charles F. E., who resides in California; J. Harold, of Columbus, Neb., and Ernest M. at home, three brothers, Charles R. Ross, Sioux City, Ia., and Dan and Albert Ross, Bancroft and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Frees of Columbus. Mr. Ross has been baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Germany. The funeral services was made very impressive by the new sound system which Mr. McIntyre recently installed. Pallbearers were George Brannen, Art Larson, Andrew Christensen, Paul Anderson, M. H. Teilmann and George Lindaur. CARD OF THANKS -- To every friend and neighbor who expressed sympathy or extended aid and gave flowers to us on the occasion of our recent bereavement we wish to express our heartfelt thanks. Mrs. John Ross, Mrs. Minnie Frees, Charles, Harold and Ernest Ross, Charles R., Dan and Albert Ross
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 28, 1939

Rita Rose Rosso, 1947-1947
Everett Rosso Infant Daughter Passes Away – Rita Rose, infant daughter, born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Rosso of Bartlett on January 6 at a hospital in Grand Island passed away on Saturday, January 11. Funeral services were held on the following Sunday at Bartlett, with burial in the cemetery there. Surviving besides the parents are: three sisters: Beverly, Yvonne and Anna Marie; two brothers, Dwight and Bobbie, one great-grandmother and one grandfather.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 23, 1947

Charles Rother, 1882-1930
Charles Rother Succumbs To Injuries – Five weeks after receiving serious injuries when thrown from the top of a stack while stacking hay, Charles Rother, who resided four miles south west of Scotia, passed away last Saturday, October 11th. The accident occurred on September 6th. Mr. Rother received injuries to his spine, and was taken to an Ord hospital for treatment. The funeral was held at the Methodist church at Scotia, Monday, October 13th at 2:30 p.m. Dr. R. A. White of Wolbach preached the sermon and was assisted in the service by Rev. Randall of Scotia. A very large number attended the funeral, including many relatives and friends from Wolbach. Burial was made in the Scotia cemetery. OBITUARY – Charles Rother was born March 8, 1882 in Howard County near the present town site of Wolbach, Nebraska, and departed this life October 11, 1930, aged 48 years, 7 months, 3 days. In the year of 1907 he moved on his father’s farm three miles from Scotia where he resided up to the time of his death. He was married January 23, 1910 to Freda Daudt of Horace, Nebraska, who preceded him in death in June 1913. To this union were born two boys, Raymond and Harold, who for the past years have made their home with their grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rother. On September 15, 1913 he was again united in marriage with Lena Jinks of Scotia, Nebraska, and to this union were born two sons, Charles and Earl. Charles has been one of the prosperous farmers and ranchers of this community as well as one of the most highly esteemed citizens, and has always stood up as a man of high ideals. His devotion to his family and home have always been foremost in his life. Besides his wife Lena, he leaves to mourn his loss, four sons, Raymond and Harold of Wolbach, Nebraska, and Charles and Earl of Scotia, Nebr.; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rother of Wolbach; three brothers, Gus, Carl and Ernest all of Wolbach; four sisters, Mrs. J. E. James of Oconto, Nebr., Mrs. Chas. Spencer of Loup City, Nebr., Lena Rother of Wolbach and Mrs. Hans Schrum of Cushing, Nebr. A brother William Rother preceded him in death in January 1918. The deepest sympathy is felt in the community for the bereaved relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 16, 1930

Frank Ernest Rother, 1892-1918
FRANK ROTHER BURIED WITH MILITARY HONORS – The mortal remains of Frank E. Rother which were brought here from France Saturday evening were laid in their final resting place in Hillside cemetery on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was in charge of the American Legion post of Wolbach. Arriving at the school house grounds the casket was carried up between two columns of soldiers to the platform erected for the purpose of conducting the funeral services. At this time the band was playing Nearer My God to Thee. Rev. R. A. White and Rev. Philley conducted the funeral services and in well chosen words paid tribute to his memory and impressed upon the gathering the supreme sacrifice made by this hero. The choirs of the Lutheran and Methodist churches furnished the music. After the conclusion of the services, the body was conveyed to Hillside cemetery proceeded by the American flag, the guards, the Wolbach band, Troop commander, firing squad, ministers. Following the flag covered casket were the escort, company of soldiers, mourners in automobiles and friends of the dead hero. The ceremony at the grave was conducted by the American Legion, after which the firing squad fired three volleys over the grave. The bugler then sounded taps at the head of the grave which concluded the impressive ceremony. The services as conducted by the American Legion has elicited very favorable comment. Many members from surrounding towns assisted. The weather conditions were very favorable for the outside ceremony, which were attended by approximately 1,500. Frank Ernest Rother was born at Wolbach, Nebraska, April 23, 1892, and died some where in France, October 24, 1918, aged 26 years, 6 months and 1 day. His entire life except one year and three weeks was spent in Greeley county. The last year and three weeks of his life was spent in Camps Funston and Stewart and on the battlefields of France. He was baptized in the Lutheran church, March 17, 1983 (sic) by Rev. J. G. Hoh. He was confirmed by Rev. E. Bellman, March 31, 1907. He remained a member of Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach and was represented on its service flag. He leaves to mourn the loss, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Rother, three brothers, George, Paul and Henry Rother, two sisters, Elsie and Minnie. He was the oldest member of the family. One brother, William preceded him to the great beyond. When the call came he responded nobly to his country’s requirements and on October 5th, he bid farewell to his parents, brothers, sisters and many friends and entered the government service. He sailed for France in April, 1918. He belonged to Co. F. 4th U. S. Infantry. Frank Rother was a true, kind and loving son and brother. As a friend he was constant and true. As a soldier he was brave and unflinching. He manifested a true Christian spirit until the end, and on the bed of death he was thoughtful of his suffering comrades. "He fought the good fight, he finished the course, he kept the faith. He has received the crown of life." The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community. CARD OF THANKS – We hereby desire to express our sincere thanks to the soldiers, sailors and friends who helped us in the great sorrow which came upon us thru the loss of our beloved son and brother. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rother and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 25, 1921

Freda (Daudt) Rother, 1888-1912
Obituary – Mrs. Freda Rother, wife of Chas Rother, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Daudt, July 6, 1912 after a short illness of heart trouble and Brights disease. She was born in Esterber Germany June 22, 1888 and came to America with her parents when a small child. She was married to Chas. Rother Jan. 23, 1910 and besides her husband she leaves two little ones, the baby being only four months old, also her father, mother, five brothers and one sister and a large number of relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Lutheran church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Hellwedge, many friends and relatives being in attendance. The deceased was a very lovable woman and her death brings sorrow to many hearts. Death is always sad and especially so when a young wife or mother is taken. The sympathy of all is extended to the sorrowing parents, brothers, sister and husband and to the little children who will never know a mother’s love and care.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, July 17, 1912

Fredrick Ernst Rother, 1862-1948
Ernst Rother 86 Greeley Co. Pioneer Laid to Rest Wed. – Funeral services were held for Fredrick Ernest Rother, 86, Greeley county pioneer, Wednesday afternoon, December 15 at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran church, Dr. C. B. Harman officiating. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Francis Kolar, Frank Rother, Ernest Rother, Richard Cordes, Frederick Rother and Robert Kolar. Honorary pallbearers were: Asmus Lange, Andrew Nelson, Andrew Vang, Roy Bailey, Leo Klein and Lloyd Peterson. The Lutheran Junior Choir, accompanied by Zola Grossart, sang "Going Down the Valley", "The old Rugged Cross", and "Does Jesus Care." Fredrick Ernst Rother, son of Carl Herman Rother and Fredricka Porter, was born in Hoenstin, Ernstal Saxony, Germany, August 23, 1862 and died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Wolbach, Nebraska on December 13, 1948 at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 20 days. He came to the United States at the age of sixteen, coming directly to Grand Island, Nebraska where he worked as a laborer on a farm for a number of years. In Germany he learned the cobbler and butcher trade, but shifted quickly to agriculture after some farm experience in Nebraska. A number of years later he came to St. Paul, Nebraska and farmed some land along the river. In 1884 he homesteaded a quarter section of land 3 miles northeast of Wolbach. He still owned the quarter at the time of his death. On June 20, 1891 at St. Paul Nebraska, he was united in marriage to Minnie Lena Wagner of Grand Island, Nebraska. To this union were born seven children, Frank Ernest the oldest child died of wounds received in the Battle of the Argonne in France October 24, 1918, and a son William dying at the age of 4 months. In June 1941 they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary. At the time of his death they had enjoyed 57 years of wedded life. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in his own native country, transferring in 1913 to the Lutheran church of Wolbach. Mr. Rother is the last member of his own family of six brothers. He was one of the oldest pioneers who settled in Greeley County. He endured many pioneer hardships, but came out on top in almost every endeavor. He could tell many tales about early life. For many years he was treasurer of District 43, often driving with a team to Scotia, the county seat of Greeley county, to bring the teacher her salary in cash. He accumulated much wealth in his life time, owning land and property in both Greeley and Howard counties. Mr. Rother was very fond of his family, doing many kind things for them. He was always ready to help his neighbors when in need. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, Minnie; 3 sons, George, Paul and Henry of Wolbach; 2 daughters, Mrs. Minnie Cordes of Wolbach and Mrs. Elsie Kolar of St. Paul, Nebraska. He also has 20 grand children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 16, 1948

Herman Carl Rother, 1860-1945
Obituary – Herman Carl Rother was born in Honstein, Germany, September 6, 1860 and died in Wolbach January 31, 1945, at the age of 84 years. In his youth he was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Germany. When he was 18 years old he came to America and the following year he was united in marriage to Ida Mae Levoalt at Grand Island. Immediately following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Rother made their home on a farm northeast of Grand Island. The following spring they moved to a farm in Prairie Creek. In 1884 they homesteaded land on the north line of Howard county and farmed part of the ground where the town of Wolbach is now located. After seven years they sold their homestead and purchased a farm six miles northeast of Wolbach, which since has been the family home. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Rother. He was preceded in death by his wife and three children. Mrs. Rother died January 17, 1935, William in 1918 and Charles in 1930 and Lena in 1937. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Mattie James of Oconto, Mrs. Lizzie Spencer of Scotia, Mrs. Ida Mae Schrum, Gus, Carl and Ernest , all of Wolbach. One brother Ernest, of Wolbach also survives. Last rites were held Saturday at the Lutheran church, with Rev. C. B. Harman officiating. Pallbearers were John A. Berney, J. C. Wilson, Scott Barr, Asmus Lange, James Lanigan and Ed Allen. The Lutheran choir furnished music. Mrs. David Bengtson sang a solo. Relatives here for the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Leon James and son, Roy, of Oconto, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph James of Bushnell, Mrs. Claude Shay of Bushnell, Mrs. Harvey Kehn of York, Mrs. Eldon Opfer of York, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spencer of Scotia, Mrs. Lena Rother of Scotia, Pvt. Charles Rother of Camp Hood, Tex., Mrs. Mattie James of Oconto, Mrs. Ben Rother of Mound City, Mo., Harry Spencer of Scotia.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, February 8, 1945

Ida Mae (Levoalt) Rother, 1857-1935
Mrs. Rother Passes to Reward Thursday – Following an illness of several weeks due to heart trouble, Mrs. Herman Rother passed away Thursday noon at her farm home. The family being aware of her serious condition were at her bedside when the sad end came. Enduring the many hardships of pioneer days with a loyal devotion to her home and family, Mrs. Rother was worthy of the comfortable surroundings she was able to enjoy in her later life. She was always a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed from the family circle. OBITUARY – Ida Mae Levoalt was born in Elsnitz Listintine, Germany, July 28, 1857 and died at the family home near Wolbach, January 17, 1935 at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 19 days. In her youth she was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Germany. In April 1881 at the age of 21 she came to America and in the same year was united in marriage to Herman Rother. To this union nine children were born, four girls and five boys. Immediately following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Rother went to housekeeping on a rented farm 8 miles north of Grand Island. The following spring they moved to a farm on Prairie Creek 12 miles north of that place. In 1884 they homesteaded on the north line of Howard County and farmed a part of the ground where the town of Wolbach now stands. The laying of the railroad necessitated the tearing down of the family sod house and another sod home was built on a different location. After 7 years the homestead was sold and the farm 6 miles north east of Wolbach was purchased which has been the family home since that time. Besides her husband, the deceased leaves seven children to mourn her passing: Mrs. J. E. James of Oconto, Mrs. Chas. Spencer of Loup City, Mrs. Ida Schrum of Wolbach and Lena, Gus, Carl and Earnest all living in the family home,13 grandchildren and a nephew, Paul Ruder of Pokawhanna, So. Dakota and many friends. Two sons preceded her in death, William who died in 1918 and Charles in 1930. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Rhine assisted by Rev. Feldman, in Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was made in Hillside Cemetery. Six grandsons, Ralph and Leon James, Harry and Clyde Spencer and Harold and Raymond Rother were the pall bearers. "Gentle hand that never wearied Toiling in loves vineyard sweet, Eyes that seemed forever cheery When our eyes they chanced to meet. Tender, patient, brave devoted, This was always mother’s way, Could her worth in gold be quoted As we think of her today. Vain are all our tributes to her If alone in words they dwell, We must live the praises due her; There’s no other way to tell Gentle mother that we love her. Would you say, as we recall All the patient service of her, You’ve been worthy of it all." Relatives attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. J. E. James, Mr. and Mrs. Leon James, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph James and Miss Alta James of Oconto, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spencer, Clyde, Harry and Ida Spencer of Loup City, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rother of Langdon, Mo., Mrs. Chas. Rother and two sons and Mrs. Lena Farrell of Scotia. The profound sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family. Card of Thanks – Our sincere appreciation is extended to neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown in the hours of anxiety and bereavement occasioned by the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Also are we grateful to the members of the Masonic lodge and the People’s State Bank for their assistance and the beautiful floral offerings. Herman Rother and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 24, 1935

Johanna (Snyder) Rother, 1874-1938
Former Resident Is Called To Reward – Mr. Ernest Rother and sons, Henry and George and Gus Rother and Mrs. Paul Rother, all of Wolbach attended the last rites conducted for Mrs. Emil Rother held at Rock Port, Mo., Sunday February 20. Mrs. Rother will be remembered by many of the older residents having lived here many years until about 1908. As Johanna Snyder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Snyder, she was born December 5, 1874 in Westphalen, Germany, and passed away at her home at Matland, Missouri, February 17, 1938 after attaining the age of 63 years and two months. Her death followed a week’s illness of pneumonia. When four years of age she came to this country with her father and 2 sisters but it was not until about 10 years later that they located near Wolbach where she grew to womanhood. In 1894 she was united in marriage to Emil Rother who preceded her in death in October of 1926. The family resided near Wolbach until 1908 when they moved to Texas, later to Kansas and many years ago they moved to Matland, where their home had been since. Surviving Mrs. Rother are nine children and a sister, Mrs. John Ord.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 3, 1938

Karen Rae Rother, 1945-1945
INFANT DIES – Karen Rae, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rother, died Friday afternoon. The child was born January 10. Surviving, in addition to her parents, are one sister and one brother. Burial services were held Saturday afternoon at Hillside cemetery, with Rev. H. P. Anderson, officiating.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, January 18, 1945

Lena Lillian Rother, 1889-1937
Lena L. Rother Succumbs Monday – Rev. J. S. Rhine conducted final services at the Trinity Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon, August 22. Lena Lillian Rother, 48, who passed away Monday at Grand Island following an illness of five days duration. Interment was made in the Hillside cemetery. Lena Lillian Rother, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rother, was born near Wolbach June 13, 1889, and passed to her reward Monday August 23 at Grand Island after attaining the age of 48 years, two months and 10 days. She grew to womanhood in this community having lived all of her life here giving service to her parents and brothers. At an early age she was baptized in the Lutheran faith and spent her life in the observance of the dictates of her faith. She is survived by a sorrowing father, three sisters, Mrs. J. E. James of Oconto, Mrs. Lizzie Spencer of Scotia and Mrs. Ida Schrum and three brothers, Gus, Ernest and Carl, all of Wolbach. Her mother preceded her in death January 20, 1935, one brother William in 1918 and one brother, Charles in 1930. Her untimely death, after a fulfillment of life devoted to her family and friends, makes the bereavement doubly grieving. The Messenger takes this means of extending the sincere sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 26, 1937

Lucile Marie Rother, 1921-1939
Last Rites for Lucile Rother – Rev. E. N. Haugse conducted the last rites for Lucile Rother, 17, at the Trinity Lutheran church Friday. Interment was made in the Hillside cemetery. Pall bearers were John Berhman, Orville Peterson, Evan Martin, Ervie Laursen, Franklin Vogt and Ted McIntyre. Lucile Marie, oldest child of George and Emma Rother was born August 4, 1921 at the parental home eight miles north of Wolbach and departed this life Wednesday, February 8. In infancy she was baptized in the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach. When a child she was stricken with paralysis from which she never fully recovered and was a life-long sufferer. On Sunday, February 5, 1939, she sank into a coma and failed to rally. Those left to mourn her death are her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George Rother, one sister, Ferne, two brothers, Frank and Glen and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schrum of Millard, Nebr., and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rother of Wolbach. She also leaves a host of other relatives and friends. The Messenger joins the community in extending sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 16, 1939

William Rother, 1885-1918 (poor copy)
William Rother – William Rother was born in Howard County, Nebraska, near Wolbach, November 12th, 1885. He became a victim of the influenza and passed away at his home five and one half miles northeast of Wolbach, December 30th, 1918, aged 33 years, 1 month and 18 days. He leaves to mourn the loss, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rother; four brothers, and four sisters, namely Charles Rother, Scotia, Nebraska; Carl and Ernest Rother, Wolbach, Gus Rother, Camp [illegible], Mrs. Mattie Jeffries, Oconto, Nebraska, Mrs. Lizzie Spencer, Scotia, Nebraska, Lena and Ida Rother, Wolbach. The deceased, having grown up in the community, is well and favorably known as a loving son, and affectionate brother and a kind and congenial companion. Brief funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday, January 1, 1919 at 11 a.m. by Rev. R. A. White after which the body was interred in Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach. The family and all other relatives have the sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1919

Charles Alphine Rowland, 1871-1943
Funeral Services For C. A. Rowland – Funeral services for Charles Alphine Rowland, 72, were held Sunday afternoon with Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul officiating. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery. The pallbearers: W. L. Cartwright, E. H. Davis, D. H. Marcoe, Jacob Hansen, Fred Elliott and Ed McKelvey. Mr. Rowland died Friday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Nellie Brown. He had been in failing health for the last few months. Born April 18, 1871 in Washington, Kas., Mr. Rowland grew to manhood there. In later years he lived in Platte county. Surviving are four sisters and two brothers.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 25, 1943

Hattie (Wenzell) Ruple, 1871-1940
Final Rites Held Mrs. Hattie Ruple – Last rites for Mrs. Hattie Ruple, 68, a resident of Wolbach for the past 25 years who died at her home last Wednesday night were conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from McIntyre Funeral chapel. Rev. E. N. Haugse officiated and burial was in the Wolbach cemetery. Mrs. Ruple had been in failing health for several years. She was born Hattie Wenzell, on October 22, 1871 at Mount Ayr, Ia. She went with her parents to Kearney, Neb. in September 1872 and lived there during her girlhood. On August 14, 1895 she was married to Charles Ruple and they moved to Burwell, Neb. To this union four children were born, three girls and a boy, two of the children passing away in infancy. Her husband died June 7, 1915 and was buried at Burwell. Soon after the family moved to Wolbach where Mrs. Ruple continued to make her home until the time to live (sic) until her death. She leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Gipfert of Lodgepole, Neb., and Doris Bourne of Wolbach, a sister, Mrs. B. B. Pierce of Kearney, besides several grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dave Marcoe, E. H. Davis, Art Christensen, John Wibbels and Henry Wagner. CARD OF APPRECIATION – We wish to thank all those who were so kind to us during the illness and death of our mother and sister. We also thank Rev. Haugse, those who sent floral offerings and also the pallbearers. Mrs. Doris Bourne and Norma, Mrs. Blanche Gipfert, Mrs. Marie Pierce.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 4, 1940.

Catherine F. (Etzel) Rux, 1862-1926
OBITUARY Catherine F. Etzel was born at Hoefingen Wurtemberg, December 25, 1862 and died at Horace, Nebraska, December 26, 1925. She came to the United States at the age of eighteen. Two years later, June 26, 1883, she was married to Albert R. Rux, at Newberg, Iowa. They moved to Greeley County, Nebraska, in 1901 and have resided near Horace since that time. Mr. Rux passed away October 19, 1911. Mrs. Rux was confirmed in the German Lutheran church when 14 years of age. After coming to this country, not always finding her own church in the community in which she resided she worked faithfully for the protestant churches near her home. She has gallantly carried her cross for Christ in the church at Horace, and has always been anxious for the Lord's work to be advanced there. She was dearly beloved by all and the spirit of her faithful life will always be remembered. Since God in his wisdom has called her to live in her heavenly home her friends must now endeavor to step into her place of love and service to others. May the crown we receive from the hand of God be dotted with even a few of the many jewels gleaming from her crown of righteousness which the great Judge has placed upon her worthy brow. “Mother's gone,” they sadly murmur. “And this world seems strangely drear; “How we loved her – how we'll miss her -for to each she was so dear. 'We shall meet, but we shall miss her, There will be her empty chair; And we'll ever think with longing Of the form that rested there. Mother's gone and we're so lonely - Mother – sweetest name e'er spoke; In her love our hearts found shelter When life's storms and tempests broke, Mother's gone, the Master called her, He who died her soul to save, And she's gone in triumph homeward Though her path lay through the grave.”
CARD OF THANKS We kindly thank the many friends who so graciously helped us at the time of our sad bereavement. We especially wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. Will Welsh, who gave the use of their home for our mother. Surely the kindnesses shown us are but a manifestation of the spirit of Christ thru those who serve him. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sexten, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Lambart, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hart, Mrs. Margaret Lemmon, Albert Rux, Ben Rux, Arthur Rux, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Etzel.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, January 7, 1926, pg. 4, column 3


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