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1998

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Jan 1998

Velma Elaine BOROVIAK, 73

Born 14 Dec 1924 Woodward, OK.  Parents: Asas J. Ennis and Emma T. Goyen.  Grad. Wheatland HS, WY. 6 May 1934: married Clarence R. Boroviak at Gering, NE.  Following husband's discharge they lived at Columbus, NE and then at Clarks, NE.  Clarence died 13 Apr 1990.  Mrs. Boroviak died Mon., 5 Jan 1998 at home.  Service Fri., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: 3 daughters, 4 sons, 15 gch., 5 g-gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband and a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Jan 1998

Neal HARTFORD, 92

Born 1 Feb 1905, "Hartford Homestead", near Palmer, NE.  Parents: Cornelius Hartford and Nellie Washburn.  Attended school in Howard County.  5 Jul 1926: Married at St. Libory, NE to Agnes Mary Fay.  Farmed near Central City, NE.  Died Sat., 10 Jan 1998, Aurora, NE.  Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: 1 son, 4 gch., 14-g-gch.; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by wife, one grandson; 2 sisters Margaret DeMoss and Edith Horn; 2 brothers: Raymond and Gerald Lee (infant) Hartford.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 220-1; 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE - ED61-10 p2a D36 F36.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Jan 1998

Harold F. JOSEPH, 87

Born 22 Aug 1910, Polk County, NE.  Parents: Henry Joseph and Nellie Schlapler.  1920: family moved to Palmer, NE.  WW II: US Army.  15 Aug 1942: married Marie at Petaluma, CA.  After war they farmed at Palmer and he worked other jobs.  1995: moved to Grand Island, NE.  Died Tues. 13 Jan 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Wed., Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home, in Palmer, NE.  Service: Thurs., First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: wife, 3 daughters, 3 gch., 2 g-gch.  Predeceased by 2 brothers: Lloyd and Herbert Joseph.

Note: see 1930 Fed. Census - Loup Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-9 p5b

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Jan 1998

Clara HUEBNER, 86

Born 10 Jun 1911, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Mads Sorgenfrei and Hansine Smidth.  Family lived at Dannebrog (Howard Co.), and Grand Island, NE.  1928 grad. GIHS.  10 Oct 1931: married Donald Huebner at Columbus, NE.  The lived at Alda, NE.  Mr. Huebner died 15 Nov 1995.  Mrs. Huebner died Tues. 13 Jan 1998 at Alda, NE.  Service: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.  Survivors: 2 sons, 3 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Island Twp, Merrick Co, NE - ED154 p3a D008 F008

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Jan 1998

Donna L. IRWIN, 60

Born 8 Feb 1937, Lincoln, NE.  Parent; Evelyn Gillham.  Raised by mother & step-father Paul Magnuson in Merrick County, NE.  Grad. Grand Island HS.  1955: married James Grandon at Wichita, KS.  Jul 1960: married Robert Irwin at Grand Island, NE.  Died Tues. 13 Jan 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Service: Fri. at Trinity United Methodist Church's Gollaher Chapel.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 17 gch., 1 g-gch.; 2 brothers.  Predeceasesd by her step-father.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p280 (PE Magnuson)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Jan 1998

Victor John JONES Sr., 63

Born 25 Jan 1934, Columbus, NE.  Parents: Kenneth Jones and Sophia Seberger.  Attended school in Hamilton County. 15 Aug 1954: married Carol at Aurora, NE.  They lived at Aurora, and later at Twin Lakes near Central City, NE.  Business owner.   Died Wed. 14 Jan 1998 at Central City, NE.  Visitation: Fri., Higby Mortuary, Aurora, NE.  Service: Sat., Aurora First Christian Church.  Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 4 g-gch.; his step-mother, a brother and 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Jan 1998

Jon Lyndon SCHLONDORF, 37

Born 14 Jan 1961, Central City, NE.  Parents: Robert E. & Vernette L. Kingsley.  1979 grad. Clarks HS.  Farmer.  Died Wed. 14 Jan 1998 at Clarks, NE.  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial: Clarks Cemetery.  Survivors: his father, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 grandmothers.  Predeceased by his mother & 2 grandfathers: Henry Schlondorf and William Kingsley.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p352 (Schlondorf)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Jan 1998

Marie M. WIECK, 85

Born 26 Jul 1912, on farm west of Western, NE.  Parents: Ernest Schoenbeck and Lena Jordening.  Attended school at Tobias (Saline Co.) and grad. from Western HS.  Attended UNL. Teacher (taught at Worms, NE).  26 Feb 1942: married Oscar Wieck at Tobias.  They farmed near Worms.  Mr. Wieck died 15 Apr 1970.  Mrs. Weick continued to live on the farm, worked in Palmer, NE.  She died Wed. 14 Jan 1998, at Palmer, NE.  Service: Fri., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial: church cemetery.  Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch., etc.; a sister and a brother.  Predeceased by her husband, an infant son; a sister Lucille Meyer, and 3 brothers - Henry, Arthur, & Ted Schoenbeck.

Grand Island Independent: Sat. 17 Jan 1998

Arthur B. BURKHARDT, 90

Born 25 Apr 1907, Howard County, NE.  Parents: Bruno Burkhardt and Whilimina Kruse.  1 Oct 1934: married Elsie Zlomke.  They farmed west of Palmer, NE.  1944: moved to Lambert Ranch near Palmer. Elsie died 18 Deb 1967.  About 1993, he moved to Coolidge Nursing Home at Palmer.  Died Thurs., at Palmer, NE.  Visitation: Sun., Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Service: Mon., St. John's Lutheran Church.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: 4 daughters, 5 sons, 27 gch., 25 g-gch.  Predeceased by 4 gch.; 4 brothers - Richard, Hugo, Harry and Fred; a sister Clara Eckstrom.

Note: see cemetery extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Jan 1998
Gerald H. "Jerry" WITT, 56

Born 16 Jul 1941, Bloomfield, NE.  Parents; Herbert Witt and Hazel Steffen.  Grad. of Niobrara HS.  1962-64: US Army.  12 Jun 1964: married Judy at Lindy, NE.  Died Sat. 17 Jan 1998, Chapman, NE.  Service: Sat. at Messiah Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Arrangements; Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island. Survivors; wife, 2 sons; his mother, a sister, a brother and a stepsister.  Predeceased by his father, stepfather Melvin Bourn, and stepsister Janice Steinbach.

Note: no burial place stated.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Jan 1998

Bernice GETTKO, 89

Born in Chapman, NE.  Parents: Lewis Powell and Minnie Dye.  Grew up in Central City, NE.  Resident of Des Moines, IA for 40 years.  Died 15 Jan 1998 at Pleasant Hill, Iowa.  Service: Mon., Iles Grandview Park Funeral Home, Des Moines, IA.  Burial: Chapel Hill Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, a sister.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census NE - Lone Tree Twp, Merrick Co. ED157 p3A D55 F55. Her husband was John Gettko.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Jan 1998

Bob " Rudy" CHURCH, 43

Born 8 Oct 1954, Clarks, NE.  Parents: Jack Church & Elva Schmid.  1972 grad. Clarks HS.  30 Jun 1973: married Peggy.  They lived near or in Clarks, NE.  Farmer, truck driver.  Died Wed. 21 Jan 1998 at Central City, NE.  Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Clarks.  Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks, NE.  Survivors: wife, a son, a daughter, a sister.  Predeceased by his father, his grandfather Walter T. Church; his grandparents Delora & George Schmid.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Jan 1998

Virgil KNOX, 89

Born 9 Nov 1908 at Alda, NE.  Parents: Wesley J. Knox and Ella Mae Shipton.  3 Jun 1932: married Dolores at Grand Island, NE.  Employee of UPRR.  Died 21 Jan 1998, Grand Island, Hall, NE.  Service: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, a daughter, 2 gch.; a brother and a sister.  Predeceased by daughter Marilyn Waggoner (died 1968), 2 brothers: Cecil and Bethuel Knox; 3 sisters: Ruth Knox, Erma Blair and Luella Seilbach. Memorials: St. Pauls Lutheran Church or St. Francis Medical Center.

Note: see Merrick Co Marriage Record Book I p639 #I-639

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 24 Jan 1998
Mildred L. WAGNER, 90

Born 19 Aug 1907, Wood River, NE.  Parents: Warren Jacobus and Clara Quisenberry.  Teacher.  Died Thurs., 22 Jan 1998 at York, NE.  Memorial service: Fri., Metz Chapel, York, NE.  Private burial at Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: a daughter, 8 gch., 10 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, a son; a brother & 2 sisters.

Note: She married Erwin Wagner 18 Dec 1929 - see Merrick Co Marriage Records, Bk I, page 451.  See also - 1930 census, Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick Co, NE ED61-12 p3b D70 F65.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 27 Jan 1998

James F. CLARKE, 90

Died Sun. 25 Jan 1998.  Service: Thurs., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: his wife Myrtle, a daughter, 4 sons, 15 gch., 3 g-gch.  Memorials: Clarke Recreation Fund, in care of Merrick Manor.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 28 Jan 1998

Glenn Snyder WAGNER, 96

Born 11 Sep 1911, Snyder, NE.  Parents: August & Johanna Wagner.  Grew up on farm near Central City, NE.  1934-57: US Navy.  Died 20 Jan 1998, Bellingham, WA.  Visitation: Wed. & Thurs., Jerns Funeral Chapel, Bellingham.  Service: Fri., Greenacres Memorial Park.  Survivors: his wife Mina, 2 daughters, a stepdaughter, 2 stepsons, 14 gch., 21 g-gch; a brother and 3 sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 394 (Wagner); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p4B D89 F89: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p3b D64 F66: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Jan 1998

Leroy Harry NELSON, 98

Born near Stark, NE.  Parents: J.W. Nelson and Mathilda K. Rydson.  Attended school in Hamilton Co, NE.  10 Oct 1970: married Ella Husmann.  They farmed the homeplace.  1988: They moved to Hordville, NE.  1992: moved to Central City, NE.  Mrs. Nelson died in 1996.  Mr. Nelson died Wed. 28 Jan 1998, Central City, NE.  Service: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Lindale Cemetery near Hordville. Survivors: a niece and a nephew.  Predeceased by his wife, 3 sisters & a brother.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 242. For his first marriage, see Merrick County Marriage Records Book I p225 #I-225.  For Ella's first marriage see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p242 (Husmann).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 Jan 1998

Leona R. HOLM, 87

Born 21 Feb 1910, Elm Creek, NE.  Parents: William Shrack and Laura Steele.  1928 grad. Elm Creek HS.  1935 grad. Kearney State College.  Teacher.  24 Dec 1937: married Floyd E. Holm.  1943: they moved to Holm family farm near Litchfield, NE.  Mr. Holm died in 1982.  Mrs. Holm lived at Grand Island, and then Central City, NE.  Died Wed. 28 Jan 1998, Central City, NE.  Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Litchfield.  Burial: Litchfield Cemetery.  Arrangements: Rasmussen Mortuary, Ravenna, NE.  Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, 13 gch., 14 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, 3 brothers & 3 sisters.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 Feb 1998

Judy E. MEYER, 44

Born 15 Dec 1953, Atlanta, NE.  Parents: James W. & Lilly M. Tatum.  Family lived at Kansas City, MO, Chicago, IL and Grand Island. 1971: grad of GISH.  12 Jun 1971: married Dennis Meyer at Grand Island.  They lived at Ord, then Grand Island; after 1987, at Central City, NE.  Mrs. Meyer died Sat. 31 Jan 1998 at Central City, NE.  Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home.  Service: Tues., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City.  Burial: CC Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 gch.; her mother, a brother & a sister.  Her father is deceased.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Feb 1998

Carol Fern OSBORNE, 63

Born 28 Apr 1934, Friend, NE.  Parents: Clarence E. Chase and Fern E. Brewer.  Grad. of Friend HS.  Moved to Crete, NE.  23 May 1953: married Arthur LaVerne Osborne.  They lived near Friend; then moved to Aurora, NE.  Later lived at Chapman, NE.  Following husband death 1 Jan 1990, she moved to Grand Island, NE.  Mrs. Osborne died Sun. 1 Feb 1998 at home.  Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: 4 sons, 6 daughters, 24 gch., 6 g-gch.; 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, and her brothers Delbert & Loren Chase.

Note: see extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Feb 1998

Robert F. HARRIS, 71

Born 1 Aug 1926, Omaha, NE.  7 Oct 1950: married Coletta at Central City, NE. Died Sun. 1 Feb 1998 at Cheyenne, WY. Service: Thurs., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Cheyenne.  Burial: Olivet Cemetery, Cheyenne, WY.  Arrangements: Schrader Funeral Home.  Survivors: wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 6 gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by sister Joyce Jorgensen. Memorials: Hospice of United Medical Center East, Cheyenne, WY.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 11 Feb 1998

Myrtle L. HASSEL, 93

Born 21 Dec 1904, Hordville, NE.  Parents: Henry Jones and Josephine Benson.  7 Sep 1936: married Harry A. Hassel at Central City, NE.  Died Sat., 7 Feb 1998 at Thornton, CO.  Graveside service: Wed. at Grand Island City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Oliger Highland Mortuary of Thornton, CO.  Survivors: 2 sons, 5 gch., 4 g-gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 11 Feb 1998

Augusta L. TYLER, 95

Born 5 Jan 1903, Greeley Co., NE.  Parents: Gustav Wagner and Inez Lee.  1909: Family moved near Aurora, NE; 1911: Family moved to her grandparents farm near Chapman, NE.  Attended Chapman and Central City High Schools.  Teacher.  30 Jun 1935: Married George E. Tyler at Grand Island, NE.  They moved to Cheyenne, WY.  Mrs. Tyler died Sun. 9 Feb 1998 at Cheyenne.  Service: Wed. at First United Methodist Church, Cheyenne, WY.  Visitation: Thurs. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Graveside service: Fri. at Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 sisters.  Predeceased by husband (25 Nov 1995), 3 sisters & a brother.

See extracts of siblings obits - 14 Mar 2001 - Grand Island Independent obit of sister Dorothy; 30 Jul 2005 - Grand Island Independent obit of sister Emma; 12 Jun 2006 - Grand Island Independent obit of sister Hazel.

Grand Island Independent -  Thurs. 12 Feb 1998

Don Francis SHOUP, 74

Born 6 Mar 1923, Pawnee City, NE.  Parents: Vernon Shoup and Hannah Rinne.  1941 grad. CCHS.  Worked elsewhere, then returned to Hordville, NE.  26 Mar 1994: Married Darleen Larsen at Hordville, NE.  They farmed in that area.  1987: moved to Central City, NE.  Died Tues. 10 Feb 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Fri., Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville.  Burial: Hordville Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 brothers (one is his twin).  Predeceased by his wife (died 1994), an infant daughter Tammy Shoup; brother Norman Shoup and 2 sisters: Luella Curtis and an infant.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Feb 1998

Sharon K. SCHLEICHARDT, 56

Born 9 Sep 1941, Juniata, NE.  Parents: Ken Sample and Helen Bachman.  9 Oct 1972: married Gene Schleichardt at Hastings, NE. They lived at Grand Island until 1980; moved to Chapman, NE.  Sharon died Wed. 11 Feb 1998 at home.  Service: Mon., Kleine Funeral Home.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, a son, a daughter, 3 gch. Also surviving: her father & 3 brothers.  Predeceased: her mother and a brother Ron Sample.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 15 Feb 1998

Larry R. FORBES, 47

Born 17 Dec 1950, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Robert & Wynona Forbes.  1969 grad. Fullerton HS.  1973 grad. UNL.  27 Aug 1988: married Marcia at Fullerton, NE.  They ranched near Palmer, NE.  Died Fri. 13 Feb 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Service: Tues. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church (Krakow).  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: wife, a son, a daughter; his parents, 2 sisters. 

Note: see Fullerton's 1st 100 Years, 1879-1979 pp 111 (Russell-Forbes), 120 (Hamilton & Forbes); extracts of Rose Hills Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Feb 1998

Clara D. SEIM, 105

Born 12 Jul 1892, Litchfield, NE.  Parents: Adolph Giesenhagen and Wilhelmina Roby. About 1894, her mother died and she lived with relatives for 3 years.  Grew up in Hall County.  14 May 1913: married John Seim at Grand Island, NE.  They farmed in Merrick County, near Chapman and then south of Worms.  1960: She moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Tues. 17 Feb 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Fri. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service: Sat. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church.  Burial: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Worms, NE.  Survivors: 2 sons and a daughter, 16 gch., 34 g-gch., 9 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband (died 1958), a son Donald; 4 sisters and 6 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 Feb 1998

Lloyd "Dale" Perkins, 76

Born 2 Nov 1921, Lindsay, NE.  Parents: Lloyd Dwight Perkins and Edna Dorthea Dalbey.  Attended school in Polk and Butler Counties.  WW II: US Army.  1 Oct 1942: married Marcella at Aurora, NE.  They later lived in Bradshaw, NE.  1959: moved to Central City, NE.  Died Thurs., 19 Feb 1998 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE.  Burial: Bradshaw Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 3 g-gch.  Predeceased by 5 sisters: Ellen Gnauden, Etta Smith, Violet Hogendorn, Eva Perkins and Mary Perkins.  Also deceased, brother Roy Perkins.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 Feb 1998

Orie E. STACK, 89

Born 28 Jul 1908, Eagle, NE.  Parents: Walter Stack and Ethel Jepsen.  Family lived near Lincoln and Scottsbluff, NE.  WW II: US Army. 27 Apr 1941: married Augusta Hanson.  They lived at Central City & Chapman, then moved to a farm north of Hordville, NE.  Returned to Chapman area in 1947.  Died Thurs. 19 Feb 1998 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Service: Tues., Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 7 gch., 3 g-gch..  Predeceased by his wife (died 19 Apr 1993), sons Ray and Danny; a brother Walter and sisters: Elizabeth, Lois and Elsie.

Note: see extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 23 Feb 1998

Vera L. BONNESS, 84

Born 4 Aug 1913, Wymore, NE.  Parents: Frank Hicks and Pearl Holroyd.  Family moved to St. Joseph, MO and later to Grand Island, NE.  21 Nov 1931: married Arthur H. Bonness, at Smith Center, KS. They lived in Archer, NE.  1942: moved to Grand Island, NE.  1996: moved to Lincoln, NE.  Mrs. Bonness died Fri. 20 Feb 1998 at Hasting, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Service: Wed., Faith United Methodist Church, Grand Island, NE.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: husband, a son, 2 gch., 3 g-gch.; a brother, a sister.  Predeceased by brothers Lavelle and Clifford Hicks.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Feb 1998

Margaret Ellan WATSON, 81

Born 4 Nov 1916, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Charles Green and Grace Judson.  Grad. from HS & college in California.  7 Nov 1950: married Kirby Watson.  Worked in Orange Co., CA for 31 years. Mr. Watson died Sep 1973.  Mrs. Watson moved back to Palmer in 1996, and died there 20 Feb 1998.  Private service will be held at Fullerton Cemetery.  Survivor: a daughter, 3 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Feb 1998

Donna Louise ANDERSON, 36

Born 29 Aug 1961, Albion, NE.  Parents: Raymond & Clareen M. Prothman.  1979 grad. of Albion HS.  2 Aug 1980: Married Robert Anderson at Albion.  1987: Moved to Clarks, NE.  Died Wed. 25 Feb 1998 at home.  Service: Sat., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks.  Burial: Clarks Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, 2 daughters; her parents, 2 brothers and 5 sisters.  Also surviving, a grandmother.  Predeceased by 2 sisters: Judy & Elaine Prothman. Also deceased - grandfather Tony Nienaber; and grandparents Albert & Pauline Prothman.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Feb 1998

Viona HARVEY, 50

Born 1 May 1947 on farm in Valley County, NE.  Parents: Oliver Morgan and Roena Dunbar.  1965 grad. of Loup City HS.  2 Oct 1965: married Donald Harvey at Mira Valley Church.  They lived near Grand Island, NE.  Died Wed. 25 Feb 1998 at home.  Service: Sat., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, a son, 2 daughters, 2 gch.; 5 brothers and 6 sisters.  Predeceased by her parents, and a sister Merrilyn.

Note: see extracts of Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Feb 1998

Louie W. MULLER, 83

Born 29 Sep 1914, Chapman, NE.  24 Mar 1942: married Lucille at Omaha, NE.  They farmed, then moved to Grand Island, NE.  Died Fri. 27 Feb 1998 at Grand Island.  Service: Mon., Kleine Funeral Home.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.  Survivors: wife, 1 daughter, 2 gch; a sister.  Predeceased by sister Ella Oberschulte.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE - ED155 p4A D6 F6

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Feb 1998

Elizabeth Alida "Betty" NELSON, 84

Born 7 Mar 1913, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: A.J. Niemoth and Bertha Loescher.  1932 grad. Grand Island HS.  1 May 1935: married Ivan Arthur Nelson at Grand Island, NE.  They farmed northwest of Central City.  He died 14 Aug 1987.  Mrs. Nelson died Wed. 25 Feb 1998 at Central City, NE.  Service: Sat., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: a daughter, a son, 6 gch., 5 g-gch; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers: Fred & Gus Niemoth; 3 sisters: Laura Lakin, Minnie Rauert and Ella Schmaltz.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 303.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Feb 1998

Veda Mae SWEET, 96

Born 1 Dec 1901, Webster County, NE.  Parents: Jess Albert Pritts and Belle Mae Zeigler.  1920 grad. Guide Rock HS.  Teacher.  22 May 1926: married Frank D. Sweet.  They farmed north of Clarks.  Mr. Sweet died 26 Mar 1971.  Mrs. Sweet died Fri. 27 Feb 1998 at home. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Service: Mon., Congregational Church, Clarks, NE.  Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 8 gch., 19 g-gch, 1 gg-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, and a sister Ulah Barnason.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon 2 Mar 1998
H. Warren RICE, 71

Born 18 Jan 1927, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Harold Rice and Elizabeth Ivey.  1944 grad. Palmer HS.  US Navy. 17 Dec 1950: Married Dorothy. 1955-59: publisher of Palmer Journal.  Operations mgr. for Columbus Telegram.  1973: moved to Columbus, OH "where he was director of management services for the affiliate office of Printing Industries of America." 1977-87: worked for Buckeye Letter Service; 1991: moved to Grand Island, NE.  Died Sat. 28 Feb 1998, Lincoln, NE.  Visitation: Mon. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Service: Tues., Gollaher Chapel, of Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: wife, a son, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 1 g-gch.; two sisters. 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Mar 1998
Norma Scott DADY, 68

Born 31 Dec 1929, Central City, NE.  Parents: Dr. Allen M. Scott and Dorothy Benton.  1948 grad CCHS.  Teacher.  18 Dec 1959: Married Milan Dady at Central City, NE.  They lived in MO, KY and VA.  1974: moved to Ralston, NE.  Resident of La Vista, NE.  Died 3 Mar 1998, Omaha, NE following heart attack and surgery.  Memorial service: Fri., Faith Presbyterian Church, La Vista.  Second Service: Tues. Solt Funeral Home, Central City (day originally Mon.; changed by weather).  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, 2 daughters, 2 gch.; one brother. Predeceased by brother Roy Benton Scott.

Note: see Who's Who in Nebraska pp 814 (Benton) & 818 (Scott)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Mar 1998
James M. JENSEN, 56

Born 19 Feb 1942, Onawa, IA.  Parents: Harry Jensen and Dorothy Metcalf.  1960 grad. Onawa HS.  About 1960-62: US Army.  15 Jun 1963: married Lorraine at Lincoln, NE.  Engineer.  1971: moved to Grand Island, NE.  1989: moved to Chapman, NE.  Died Wed. 4 Mar 1998, Chapman, NE.  Visitation: Thurs. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.  Service: Fri. Messiah Lutheran church.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch.; his mother and 2 sisters.  Predeceased by his father and an infant daughter.

Note: See extracts of Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 8 Mar 1998

Gilbert M. SKOW, 88

Born 12 May 1909, Clarks, NE.  Parents: Rasmus Winter Soren Skow and Bessie A. Dahnauer.  Attended CCHS.  26 May 1929: Married Ada Mae Campbell at Aurora, NE.  They farmed, then moved to Central City.  1942: Moved to Gibbon, NE.  He owned a filling station.  Died Fri. 6 Mar 1998 at Kearney, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Godberson Mortuary, Gibbon.  Service: Wed. at Faith United Church.  Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon.  Survivors: wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE Merrick Co., Prairie Island Twp., ED154 p1B D17 F17 (w/ father). Wife died 8 Aug 2000.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 9 Mar 1998

Kenneth CONDELL, 60

Born 4 Sep 1937 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Tom Condell and Esther Scarborough. 1955 grad. Palmer HS.  Attended airline school in Kansas City.  25 Sep 1960: Married at West Lafayette, OH.  Customer service agent at Chicago, IL and Lincoln, NE.  Retired to Palmer, NE.  Died Sat. 7 Mar 1998 at Palmer, NE.  Service Tues. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 3 gch.; his parents, a brother, his twin sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 10 Mar 1998
Edwin John LUKASIEWICZ, 87

Born 4 May 1910, Howard County, NE.  Parents: Alois L. Lucasiewicz and Wanda Larkowski.  10 Apr 1940: married Lucile M. Matousek at St. Paul, NE.  They lived near St. Paul, on a farm in Nance County, and then at Havens, NE.  1948: Moved to Central City, NE.  Mr. Lukasiewicz died Mon. 9 Mar 1998, Central City.  Visitation: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Thurs. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: a brother and a sister.  Predeceased by wife (died 21 May 1989), sister Leona Wissbaum and an infant brother Arnold.

Grand Island Independent obit - Thurs. 12 Mar 1998
Phyllis Onilee Greving, 87

Born 17 Apr 1910, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Edmund E. Smith and Anna M. Caldwell.  1927 grad. CCHS.  Teacher.  1933: married Dr. Henry F. Greving.  They lived in Central City.  1976: moved to Green Valley, AZ.  Feb 1988: moved to Grand Island, NE.  Died Tues. 10 Mar 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Memorial service: Sat. at United Presbyterian Church, Central City.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: husband, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by sister Rosina Floy McKenzie.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p368 (w/p);  Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick page 816; 1920 Fed. Census NE Merrick Co., Lone Tree Twp. ED157 p4A D71 F71 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent -Thurs. 12 Mar 1998
Carolyn Kay JACKSON, 48

Born 15 Mar 1949, Central City, NE.  Parents: Lawrence Barnes & Wilma Larsen.  Family moved to Northboro, IA.  27 Dec 1968: Married Gary Jackson at Shenandoah, IA.  Died Sun. 8 Mar 1998 at Northboro, IA.  Visitation:  Thurs. at Hackett Funeral Home.  Service: Fri. at First United Methodist church, Shenandoah, IA.  Survivors: husband, 2 daughters, 3 gch; her mother, a sister & a brother.  Predeceased by her father.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Mar 1998
Jason E. GRAY, 73

Born 26 Mar 1924, York County, NE. Parents: Arthur Gray and Stella Rhoads. WW II: US Army.  4 Aug 1946: married Audrey at Cordova, NE.  They moved to Silver Creek in 1960.  Died Sat., 14 Mar 1998 at Central City, NE.  Visitation: Mon., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek.  Service: Tues. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery.Survivors: wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. predeceased by 3 brothers & an infant granddaughter.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 20 Mar 1998
Loretta I. MEYER, 81

Born 8 Feb 1917, St. Edward, NE.  Parents: Frank Campain and Katherine Heltenberg.  1931 grad. St. Edward HS.  Attended nurse's training school.  22 Aug 1938: married Fred Meyer at Fullerton, NE.  Died Wed. 18 Mar 1998 at Genoa, NE.  Visitation: Fri. McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE.  Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE.  Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, a son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 5 g-gch.; a brother & 3 sisters.  Predeceased by 3 grandsons and two sisters: Jane Grosch and Vernie Harrington. Memorials: Loretta Meyer Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of the Farmer's State Bank in Silver Creek.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Mar 1998
Timothy Ray HOFFMAN, 44

Born 24 Nov 1953, Winner, SD.  Parents: Ray Hoffman and Frances Kappelman.  1972 grad. Gregory HS.  Married in 1973.  Respiratory therapist.  Resident of Palmer, NE.  Died Tues. 24 Mar 1998 "in a car/truck accident on a rural road near St. Libory".  Service: Sat. at Congregational Church in Gregory, SD.  Burial: IOOF Cemetery, Gregory.  Survivors: 3 children, his parents, 2 brothers.  Predeceased by an infant sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Mar 1998
Alice Duffy WILSON, 89

Born 19 Apr 1908, McCool Junction, NE.  Parents: Philip A. Duffy and Zola Edmunds.  1926 grad. CCHS (valedictorian).  Taught piano and voice.  1932: married Olan K. "Bus" Wilson. 1943: moved to Park Ridge, IL.  1976: moved to Arizona. 1990: moved to Denver, CO.  Died 26 Feb 1998 at Aurora, CO.  Services held 2 Mar in Denver, CO.  Burial: 18 Apr at Central City Cemetery, NE.  Survivors: a son, a daughter, 3 gch.; a sister and a brother.  Predeceased by her husband, infant son Terry Keith Wilson; and an infant brother.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p409 (JA Wilson); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p19A D117 F124

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Mar 1998
Peggy NABITY, 64

Born 8 Mar 1934, Nebraska City, NE.  Parents: Fridolin Sand and Adeline Bischof.  Grad. of HS in Nehawka, NE.  1956 grad. of UN.  20 Aug 1955: Married Ernest Nabity at Nebraska City, NE.  They farmed near Chapman.  She was an elementary school teacher.  Died Sat. 28 Mar 1998, Chapman, NE.  Service: Wed., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: 5 sons, 4 daughters, 14 gch.; 2 brothers, 4 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband (died 20 Apr 1996) and a daughter Beth Yvonne.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 300-1

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 Apr 1998
Pearl Ruth LUSCHEI, 75

Born 12 Mar 1923, Columbus, NE.  Parents: Thomas C. and Martha Dilly Adams. 13 Sep 1943: married Edward Hilmer at Columbus, NE. Edward died 6 Nov 1946.  29 Mar 1947: married Armin Luschie at Central City, NE.  Armin died 4 Jan 1976. Mrs. Luschei died Mon. 30 Mar 1998 at Central City.  Service: Thurs: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Shell Creek Baptist Cemetery near Columbus, NE.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 9 gch., 8  g-gch/;five sisters.  Predeceased by both husbands,a son Mervin Dale Luschei; 2 brothers - Bill & Don Adams.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p203 (Garrett)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Apr 1998
Josephine C. "Jo" ROUSH-MILLER

Born 29 May 1903, Schuyler, NE.  Parents: Joseph Peters and Elizabeth Vedder.  Family moved about 1906 to Central City, NE. Attended school in Central City, and Grand Island Business College.  1 Oct 1924: married Orval Roush at Council Bluffs, IA. They lived at Shelton, NE.  Mr. Roush died 13 Jun 1958.  She married 26 May 1962 to August Muller.  He died 9 Feb 1992.  Mrs. Miller died Wed. 1 Apr 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 sons, 17 gch., 29 g-gch.  Predeceeased by both husbands, and 5 brothers. Memorials: the Good Samaritan Center at Wood River or Trinity United Methodist Church.
Note: 1920 Fed. Census - Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED161 p3B F23 (w/p)

7 Apr 1998 (Tues): GI Independent

MARTHA M. RETZLAFF, 100

Born 22 Oct. 1897, Archer NE.  Parents: August and Bertha (Rudolf) Retzlaff.

"She lived with her parents until they died. She taught Sunday School and was the Sunday School Superintendent for the Evangelical United Brethren Church west of Archer." Employed as telephone operator and as kitchen helper.  Retired in 1970s.

Died Mon., 6 Apr 1998, Central City, NE.  Solt Funeral Home in charge.  Service: Wed., Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial: Archer Zion Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family. Survivors: nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 4 brothers, Henry, William, Charlie and George Retzlaff; 4 sisters, Mary, Minnie and Anna Wegner and Lydia Bonness.

Note: Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Apr 1998
Letha V. GIBSON, 85

Born 21 Nov 1912, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Jerome Tuttle and Mary Flint.3 Jan 1928: married Aden Gibson at Grand Island, NE.  They lived in St. Paul, NE.  Died Sun. 5 Apr 1998, St. Paul, NE. Service: Sat. at jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul.  Survivors: a son and two daughters, 10 gch., 21 g-gch.; a sister and a brother.  Predeceased by her husband, and a granddaughter. Also deceased - sister Blanche Earl; and 2 brothers, Emery and Theodore.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Apr 1998

Donald Earl KING, 64

Born 4 Jun 1933, Hamilton County, NE.  Parents: Ralph W. King and Inez M. Farlee.  Attended Merrick Co. schools.  Worked at Larson Chevrolet in Central City, NE.  Member of First Christian Church.   Died Wed. 8 Apr 1998, at Central City.  Service: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survived by a brother and a sister.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 10 Apr 1998

Glenn ALLINGTON, 94

Born 17 Dec 1903, Carson City, IA.  Parents: William Allington and Jennie Fisher.  They moved to farm in Jewel Co., KS.  1922 grad. of HS in North Branch, KS.  12 Aug 1925: married Bessie at Burr Oak, KS. 1927: moved to farm near Fullerton, NE.  Died Wed., 8 Apr 1998 at Central City, NE.  Service: Sat., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE.  Burial: Fullerton Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 4 gch., 5 g-gch, 2 gg-gch.; a brother and 2 sisters.  Predeceased bya grandson; 3 brothers - Clyde, Guy and Cecil; 3 sisters - Pearl Gibson, Mildred Sharman and Lela Swanson.

Note: see Fullerton's 1st 100 years 1879-1979 p101 (Fisher).  Parents are buried at Fullerton Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Apr 1998

Ruth McKENNEY, 99

Born 6 Nov 1898 on farm near Malcom, NE.  Parents: William & Ellen McKenney.  1900: family moved to farm northwest of Palmer, NE. Grad. of CCHS.  School teacher, missionary, minister. Had lived in Missouri, Kentucky and California. Member of Assembly of God Church.  1962: Returned to Palmer to care for her mother and an aunt. Died Wed., 8 Apr 1998 at Palmer, NE. Service: Sat. at Palmer Funeral Home.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.  Predeceased by a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Apr 1998

Benton Calvin REEVES, 73

Born 13 May 1924, Central City, NE. Parents: Charles Reeves and Susan may Price. 1943 grad. CCHS.  1945-46: US Navy.  Farmer, carpenter. Died Thurs. 9 Apr 1998, Central City, NE.  Graveside service: Sat. at Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: a sister and 4 step-sisters. Predeceased by 3 brothers -Robert, Eric and Clevaland Reeves; a step-brother - Charles "Bub" Lindgreen.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p333.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Apr 1998
Eva Bernice DRUMMOND, 80

Born 4 May 1917, Lyons (Burt Co.), NE. Parents: Samuel Case and Eva Marple. 1934 grad. of Oakland HS. Teacher. 15 jun 1938: Married Eldon J. Drummond at Lyons, NE. They farmed near Lyons. 1951: Moved to Central City, NE.  She died Sun. 12 Apr 1998, Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., Evangelical Free Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 6 gch., 14 g-gch.; 3 sisters, one brother. Predeceased by a grandson; 3 siblings - Robert, Floyd and Gertrude Case.

Note: Parents marriage - Washington Co. NE Marriage Record Bk 7 p20

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Apr 1998
Rose M. KULA, 41

Born 28 Oct 1956, Genoa, NE.  Parents: Louis Staniec and Helen Mecek.  Grad. Silver Creek HS.  20 Jul 1979: married Edwin Kula.  They lived at Silver Creek.  Died Sun. 12 Apr 1998, Lincoln, NE.  Service Wed., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek.  Burial: church cemetery.  Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE.   Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, her mother; 4 sisters and 2 brothers.  Predeceased by her father.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 15 Apr 1998
Pearl PANNIER, 92

Born 22 Nov 1905, Clarks, NE.  Parents: Henry Sims and Rose Key.  1923 grad. Clarks HS.  1925: moved to Fremont, NE. 22 Jul 1927: married Wilmer Pannier.  They farmed near Fremont.  Died Mon. 13 Apr 1998, Fremont, NE.  Service: Thurs., Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel, Fremont.  Burial: Ridge Cemetery. Methodist. Survivors: 2 brothers and a sister.  Predeceased by her husband (died Jan 1978), 2 brothers and a sister.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED154 p2 D15 F15 - Central Twp, Merrick Co., NE.  Sister - Frieda Reeves obit extract, Jan 2001.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Apr 1998
Marilyn F. CARLSON, 49

Born 17 Sep 1949, Los Angeles, CA.  Parents: Richard P. Kelly and Faye A. Evans.  1958: family moved to Columbus, NE.1966: grad. Columbus HS.  Paralegal.   11 Jul 1997: married Greg Carlson.  Found dead Mon. 13 Apr 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Body to be cremated, no service planned.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: husband, a son, a daughter, her parents, 2 brothers and a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Apr 1998
Audra M. SHIVELY, 31

Born 14 Feb 1967, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: Duane Beed and Myrna Boardman.  Family lived in Alda until 1979, moved to Fullerton, NE.  1985 grad. Fullerton HS.  15 Jun 1985: married Carl Shively at Fullerton, NE.  They moved to Clarks in 1988.  Died Mon. 13 Apr 1998 at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.  Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton.  Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Fullerton.  Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery) near Clarks, NE.  Survivors: husband, 2 sons; her parents, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and two grandmothers.  Predeceased by grandfathers Marvin Boardman and Charles Beed.

Note: See Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) extracts and photos.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Apr 1998
Laura SUTKO, 87

Born 20 Jun 1910, Duncan, NE.  Parents: George Sutko and Anna Gembica.  Died Tues. 14 Apr 1998, Central City, NE.  Service: Fri., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek.  Burial: church cemetery.  Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek.  Survivors: 3 sisters.  Predeceased by an infant sister, and brothers Adolph & Louis Sutko.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Apr 1998
Lyal D. NICKEL, 72

Born 31 Jan 1926, Archer, NE.  Parents: Frank Nickel and Elsie Butt.  Served in US Army.  15 Feb 1949: married Dorla Rodysill at Central City, NE.  They moved to Crawford, NE, later farmed near Ashland, NE.  Dorla Nickel died 27 Dec 1988.  20 Jan 1990: Mr. Nickel married Connie Gleason at St. Paul, NE.  Mr. Nickel died Thurs. 16 Apr 1998, St. Paul, NE.  Visitation: Sun., at Jacobsen Funeral Home.  Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, St. Paul. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, a son, 2 daughters.  Predeceased by his first wife, brother Edgar and sister Mildred Dangler.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 23 Apr 1998
June E. GREEN, 89

Born 27 Jun 1908, Chambers, NE.  Parents: William Blake and Elzetta Gluckey. 1926 grad. Burwell HS.   19 Mar 1939: married Ray Green at Burwell.  They moved to Oregon.  1945: returned to NE. Teacher.  Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Tues. 21 Apr 1998 at St. Paul, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home.  Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Palmer.  Burial: Chambers Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 4 gch, 5 g-gch; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband, and 2 brothers - Closs and Raymond.Memorials: to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Apr 1998
Jeannette I. SMITH, 81

Born 26 Mar 1917, Ringling, MT.  Parents: James Shaw and Viola Bucklend.  1922: family moved to Palmer, NE.  28 Jul 1938: married Gordon Smith.  They lived at Palmer until 1983.  Died Wed. 22 Apr 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Service: Mon. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Grand Island City Cem.  Survivors: 5 gch., 2 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband (died 30 May 1996); son Michael Wayne Smith; twin brother, James Cook; brother Fred Cook.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 368. Her stepfather was Ben Cook.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Apr 1998

Charles B. BOLLING, 74

Born Central City, NE.  Parents: Henry W. Bolling and Eva M. McMahon.  Grad. CCHS.  1943-47: US Army.  1948: married Margaret B. Killham.  They lived in Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona.  Returned to Central City (about 1987?).  Died Sat. 25 Apr 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Wed., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: a son, a step-daughter; 5 sisters.  Predeceased by brother Phillip Bolling, and stepdaughter Karen Waznick.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Apr 1998

Doris L. WIESEMAN, 79

Born 21 Aug 1918, Osceola, NE.  Parents: George Bush and Martha Wright.  1936 grad. Polk HS.  25 Mar 1939: married Glenn Wieseman at Central City, NE.  They lived in Illinois, then farmed in Merrick County, NE. 1983: moved to Clarks, NE.  Died Mon. 27 Apr 1998, Aurora, NE.  Service: Thurs. at Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola, NE.  Burial: Osceola Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, a daughter, 6 gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by sister Margaret Hewitt and brother John Edward Bush.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 30 Apr 1998
Virgil C. ZEGAR, 71

Born 31 May 1926, Silver Creek, NE.  Parents: Phillip Zegar and Anna Boro.  Attended school in Nance County. 29 Aug 1950: married Shirley.  Farmer.  Died Wed. 29 Apr 1998, at Genoa, NE.  Service Sat. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek.  Burial: church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek.  Survivors: wife, 3 daughters, one son, 12 gch.; 5 sisters, a half-brother.  Predeceased by brother Henry Zegar.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 May 1998
George H. DABERCO, 93 
Born 2 Apr 1905, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Frank & Marie Daberco.  Attended District 2 school. Lived in North Carolina; returned to live at Grand Island, NE.  Died there, Wed., 29 Apr 1998. Visitation: Fri. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.  Graveside service: Fri., Grand Island City Cemetery. Predeceased by a brother Dave.  
Note: For his family, see Marriage Records Book D p358 #1699: Central City, Merrick, NE; and 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p6B D122 F122: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 May 1998
William R. "Bill" KNIGHT, 70
Born 12 Sep 1927, Chapman, NE.  Parents: William & Mildred (Smith) Knight. Grad. of Chapman HS. US Army. 14 Dec 1947: married Dorothy at Grand Island, NE. Worked with father; then established Knight Bros. Inc. with brother Bud.  Had a band for 30 years.  Died Sat., 2 May 1998 at hospital in Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Chapman Baptist Church.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 3 sons, 4 daughter, 21 gch, 3 g-gch. Predeceased by his brother Andrew "Bud" and a sister June Vipperman.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 260 (Knight), 368 (Smith); 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED61-3 p1a D7 F7 (w/p); Chapman Cemetery extracts

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 May 1998
Henrietta "Mabel" McNEELY, 93 
Born 10 Mar 1905, Clarks, NE.  Parents: C.B. "Det" & Lillian (Koeplin) Knowles.  Grad. of Clarks HS.  Attended Kearney State Teachers College.  Married Vernon Bruning who died in Holstein, IA. She moved to Grand Island, NE with 2 daughters.  1941: Married Duree McNeely. Duree died 1990.  Mrs. McNeeley died Sun., 3 May 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Graveside service: Tues., Grand Island City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, 4 gch., 6 g-gch.  Predeceased by 2 husbands; daughter Patricia Webb; a grandson; 2 brothers & 2 sisters.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Clarks Village, Clarksville Twp, Merrick. NE ED156 p4A D94 F96 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-6 p2a D34 F34; Dittmer Scrapbook page 44 (father's obit).  Parents buried at Polk, Polk, NE.  Daughter Joyce died in 2005.

Grand Island Independent
Wed. 6 May 1998
Virgil "Logan" WILLITS, 30
Born 5 Nov 1967, Cadillac, MI.  Parents: Vance & Elena Willits.  Grew up at Silver Creek, Madison and Genoa, NE.  Served in NE National Guard.  Died Mon., 4 May 1998 in accident at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: his parents, 3 sisters, his Willits grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 8 May 1998
Pearl B. ANDERSON, 89
Born 22 Aug 1908 at Scotia, NE.  Parents: Joseph & Maggie (West) Bilyeu.  10 Jun 1931: Married Albert "Bus" Anderson.  They lived in Overland, Kan., North Platte and Grand Island.  Mr. Anderson died in 1983.  Mrs. Anderson died Thurs., 7 May 1998 at Central City, Merrick, NE. Private service: Sat., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers, 1 sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 May 1998
Mary A. PLACKE, 87
Born 10 Mar 1911, Central City, NE.  Parents: Patrick E. & Mary Ann (Heaton) Powell.  Grad. of Chapman HS.  Attended NE Central College. Died Fri. 8 May 1998 at Grand Island, NE following auto accident near St. Libory, NE.  Service: Mon., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements: Kleine Funeral Home.  Survivors: a son, 12 gch., 5 g-gch.  Predeceased by 2 daughters - Kathleen Whetstone and Patty Vejvoda.  Also deceased - 2 brothers, John & Henry Powell.
Note: Husband not named.  See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p322 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED157 p3B D60 F60 (w/p);  1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p2B D37 F37 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 May 1998
Harold F. SCARBOROUGH, 89
Born 13 Feb. 1909 in Howard Co., NE.  Parents: Charles & Ida (Stone) Scarborough.  24 May 1939: Married Beulah at St. Paul, NE. They farmed in Gage Valley area; then moved to farm in Merrick County.  1974: Retired to St. Paul.  Died Fri., 8 May 1998 at St. Paul.  Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, St. Paul.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: wife, a son, 3 gch.,; a sister.  Predeceased by 2 brothers - Clifford & Harry; 4 sisters - Esther Vincik, Viola Weber, Lottie DeMoss and Alverta Bader.
See: History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p348;  Rose Hill Cemetery extracts

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 10 May 1998
Clifford F. BARNES, 83
Born 21 Jun 1914, Brazil Mills, NE. Parents: Carl & Grace (Johnson) Barnes. Attended CCHS. 19 Feb 1938: Married Irene at Fairbury, NE. They farmed near Clarks.  Died Fri., 8 May 1998 at Aurora, NE.  Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., United Methodsit Church, Clarks.  Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau) Cemetery near Clarks.  Survivors: his wife; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by 4 brothers - Lyle, Don, Lawrence & Faye (infant); a sister Mildred McClure.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 May 1998
Bernard Leslie KLAWONN, 60
Born 10 May 1938, Scottsbluff, NE.  Parents: Arthur & J. Marie Klawonn.  1956 grad. of Marquette HS.  Served in USAF. 18 Dec 1960: Married Lova at Worms, NE.  They lived in Chicago, IL; California; Columbus & Elm Creek, NE; Tulsa, OK.  Sep 1974: Moved to Aurora, NE.  Mr. Klawonn died there Mon., 11 May 1998.  Service: Thurs., Zion Lutheran Church, northeast of Hampton, NE.  Burial: church cemetery.  Survivors: his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; his parents and a sister.  Predeceased by an infant son, Timothy.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 May 1998
Bruce E. COWGILL, 82

Born 23 Apr 1916, Clarks, NE. Parents: Barney Cowgill and Susan Zieglar. 1933 grad. Clarks HS.  Attended UNL. Educator, administrator, insurance adjustor. 2 Jun 1940: married at Clarks, NE.  Worked in Polk, Hamilton and Platte Counties. Resident of Silver Creek, NE.  Died Wed. 13 May 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Thurs. at McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek.  Service: Fri. at United Methodist Church.  Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 3 sons, 11 gch.; a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 15 May 1998
JoAnn Elizabeth MERRILL, 65
Born 5 Apr 1933, Wallace, NE.  Parents: Newton & Margaret (Karp) Lenhart.  Lived at Wray, CO until about 1937; family moved to McCook, NE.  1952 grad. of McCook HS.  15 Nov 1952: Married Jack C. Merrill at McCook.  They lived in Dighton, KS, McCook, NE and Wood River, NE. 1973: Moved to Central City, NE.  "She was deputy Merrick County assessor until retiring in 1995." Mrs. Merrill died Wed., 13 May 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Sat., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: her husband, 3 daughters, a son, 10 gch., ...; 4 brothers.  Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 May 1998
Rexford Lee FERRIS, 85

Born 15 Mar 1913, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Lee J. Ferris and Evaline A. Hathaway.  1931 grad. CCHS.  Farmer.  9 Mar 1937: married Donna Severance.  Volunteer for many civic activities.  Died Tues. 26 May 1998 at home in Central City.  Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Fri., Fairview United Methodist Church (near town).  Burial: Burke Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 13 gch., 7 g-gch; two brothers, and two sister.  Predeceased by "infant sister Mary Ferris and triplet siblings."

See: History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 190-1 (Ferris), 360 (Severance); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE - p3A F14 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 29 May 1998
Marjorie Elizabeth CHURCH, 86
Born 16 Feb 1912, Clarks, NE.  Parents: John Key and Meta Kokjer.  7 Dec 1929: married Leonard Church who worked for UPRR - they moved about.  1959: settled in Elm Creek, NE.  Died Tues. 26 May 1998, Kearney, NE.  Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City.  Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery), near Clarks, NE.  Survivors: her husband, a son and 2 daughters, 10 gch. & 10 g-gch.; a sister.

See: History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 153-4 (Church), 224-5 (Kokjer); and 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE - p7B D23 F23.  See also the cemetery extracts & photos.

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Grand Island Independent -  Tues. 2 Jun 1998

Ruby M. PLUMBTREE, 77

Born 27 Jun 1920, Nance County, NE.  Parents: Arvid Carlson and Edna Clites.  Sept 1939: married Delmer Plumbtree at Central City, NE.  They farmed near Belgrade.  1954: She moved to Palmer; owned a cafe.  1991: moved to Grand Island.  Died Mon. 1 Jun 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, 2 gch., 4 g-gch.  Predeceased by two brothers, Wayne and Robert Carlson.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 June 1998
Lena HANSEN, 98

Born 26 Dec 1899, Platte Co., NE.  Parents: Andrew Meyer and Marie Hugh.  21 Sep 1928: married William G. Hansen.  They farmed at Silver Creek, NE.  She later lived at Columbus, NE.  Died Fri. 5 Jun 1998 at Osceola, NE.  Service: Mon., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE.  Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery.  Survivors: a daughter, 5 gch., 7 g-gch., 1 gg-gch; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by her husband, 2 gch., a brother & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 June 1998
Shirley Ann MAXSON, 57

Born 24 Aug 1940, Burwell, NE.  Parents: James Arthur Mach and Libbie Ann Bartos.  1957 grad. Burwell HS.  31 Aug 1958: married Eldon Lee Maxson at Burwell, NE. Jan 1970: moved to Central City, NE.  Died Fri. 5 Jun 1998, Central City, NE.  Service: Mon. at Chapel of Solt Funeral Home.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: her husband, parents, a son, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 8 June 1998
Janet HUMMEL, 61

Born 14 Oct 1936, Central City, NE.  Parents: Harold Ross and Mae Garbacz.  1954 grad. CCHS.   25 Feb 1956: married Douglas W. Johnson. They lived in Colorado, Iowa, and Lincoln, NE.  Mr. Johnson died in 1987.  15 Sep 1989: she married John Hummel.  They lived in Central City.  Died Sun. 7 Jun 1998, Grand Island, Hall, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home.  Service: Wed. at United Presbyterian Church, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: her second husband, 3 daughters, 6 gch.; a sister, a stepson, 2 step-gch. Predeceased by her parents, first husband and a step-daughter, Gretchen Hummel.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 June 1998
Blanche HUDNALL, 99

Born 18 Apr 1899 near Chapman, NE.  Parents: Joshua C. Raser and Alma E. Bush.  1916 grad Chapman HS.  10 Nov 1920: married Ernest A. Hudnall.  They farmed near Chapman.  Died Tues. 9 Jun 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Fri., First Baptist Church, Chapman.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 daughters, 1 son, 13 gch., 28 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband (died 1982); 4 g-gch.; 5 brothers & 2 sisters.

Note:  see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 241 (Hudnall), 253 (Jones), 327 (Raser); 1900 Fed. Census NE ED133 p2b D39 F39 - Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p7A D75 F76 - Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); Marriage Records Book H p106 #3276; Chapman Cemetery extracts

Grand Island Independent   - Thurs. 11 June 1998
Betty Jean CHURCHILL, 66

Born 2 Jun 1932, Aurora, NE.  Parents: Fred L. Andersen and Velma O. Clark.  1950 grad. Aurora HS.  6 Dec 1950: married Dwaine Dale Churchill at Hiawatha, KS.  Died Tues.. 9 Jun 1998, Central City, NE (Bike/auto accident).  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul, NE.  Survivors: her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 5 gch.  Predeceased by a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 June 1998
Levi JACKSON, 89

Born 15 Apr 1909, Wheeler County, NE.  Parents: Benjamin Jackson and Ida Fears.  "He grew up at Central City and was educated there." 6 Dec 1943: married Murldine at Mankato, KS.  They lived in Grand Island, NE.  He died Thurs. 11 Jun 1998, Grand Island.  Service Tues. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Survivor: his wife.  Predeceased by 13 siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 15 June 1998
Joseph L. KRIHA, 86

Born 14 Mar 1912, Buffalo Co., NE.  Parents: John Kriha and Sophia Pokorney.  16 May 1936: married Mae E. Zimmerman at Central City, NE.  They lived at Shelton, and then near Gibbon, NE.  He died Sat. 13 Jun 1998, Kearney, NE.  Visitation: Mon., Godberson Mortuary, Gibbon.  Service: Tues. at Faith United Church. Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon, NE.  Survivors: 5 sons, 1 daughter, 10 gch., 9 g-gch.; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his wife (died in 1992); 2 brothers and a grandson.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 June 1998
Ruth HODTWALKER, 74

Born 3 Jun 1924, Merrick County, NE.  Parents: Floyd & Ethel Tyler. 1941 grad. Chapman HS.  21 May 1942: married Kenneth R. Hodtwalker at Grand Island, NE.  Lived in Grand Island while he was in US Army.  1945: farmed at Chapman, NE.  Later moved to Grand Island.  She died Tues. 16 Jun 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Service: Sat. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, a foster son, 10 gch., 5 g-gch., 3 foster gch., 3 foster g-gch.  Predeceased by husband (died 1992); and sister Marjorie.  Memorials: YMCA.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 388

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 June 1998
Mary K. FRAHM, 98

Born 10 Feb 1900, Hall County, NE.  Parents: Henry Fredrick Frahm and Margaret Wilhelm.  Grew up in Merrick County, NE. Housekeeper.  Lutheran.  Died Wed., 27 Jun 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Service: Mon. at Kleine Funeral Home.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Survivors: a sister & a nephew.  Predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Bill Frahm.

Note: For her family see 1900 Fed. Census NE ED141 p4a D68 F68: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p8A D3 F3: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p3b D70 F70: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.  Her parents - Merrick Co. NE Marriage Records Book C p431 #1326; Chapman Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 June 1998
Esther Elizabeth BOELTS, 82

Born 14 Dec 1915, Lincoln, NE.  Parents: Philip Nagel and Elizabeth Weygant.  17 Aug 1941: married Hubert F. Boelts in Lincoln, NE.  They farmed in Merrick County with exception of 2 years in Kansas.  Mr. Boelts died in 1990.  Mrs. Boelts died Sun. 28 Jun 1998, Central City, NE.  Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, one daughter, 6 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband; daughter Katherine A. Boelts; a brother & 2 sisters.

Note: see History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II page 135

Grand Island Independen - Tues. 30 June 1998
Roy Franklin "Skippy" HOBBS, 80

Born 22 Oct 1917, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Bert Hobbs and Anna Hence.  1935 grad. Fullerton HS.  24 Dec 1938: married Hannah at Central City, NE.  They lived in Central City.  1983: retired from Osborne Plumbing.  Died Sun. 28 Jun 1998, Central City, NE.  Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Thurs. at United Methodist Church.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 3 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by daughter Sandra Warren, and a sister.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED167 p3A D65: Fullerton, Nance, NE; parent's marriage - Merrick County NE Marriage Book G p193 #2724

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Jul 1998
Garland E. STEPHENSON, 70

Born 9 Jun 1928, Central City, NE.  Parents: Lewis Stephenson and Ruth Klinkman.  1946 grad. CCHS.  19 Aug 1948: married Patricia at Central City, NE.  Newspaperman; owner of Republican-Nonpareil.  1991: Moved to Sun City, AZ.  Methodist.  Died Thurs., 2 Jul 1998 at hospital in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p376 (Stephenson)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Jul 1998
Clarence WINDFIELD, 92

Born 17 Jun 1906, western Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Thomas Windfield and Lydia Wagner.  12 Apr 1928: married Hanna Helzer at Worms, NE.  They farmed near Worms until 1943, moved to Alburnett, Iowa.  Mrs. Windfield died in 1978. 22 Oct 1980: Clarence married a second time, in Bassett. Mr. Windfield died 27 Jun 1998 at home in Iowa.  Service was Wed. at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Burial: Cedar Meomorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: wife, a son, 2 daughters, 9 gch.; 2 brothers.  Predeceased by his first wife, and 3 sisters - Lilly, Myrtle and Mabel.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p409 (w/p); Compendium of History Remininscense & Bio. of NE p437 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census - Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p8A D138 F138 (w/p); Marriage Records Book I p324 #I-324; 1930 Fed. Census - Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p3b D72 F67

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 6 Jul 1998
Joyce Marilyn "Jo" PURCHAL, 59

Born 1 Oct 1938, Humphrey, NE.  Parents: Rodney Ainsworth and Lillian Jasper.  1947: family moved to Madison, NE.  1957 grad. of Madison HS.  12 Oct 1960: married Joh F. Purchal at Platte Center, NE.  They lived in Columbus and then Aurora, NE.  1970: moved to Central City, NE.  Mrs. Purchal died Sat. 4 Jul 1998 at Central City.  Service: Tues., St. Michael's Catholic church.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 4 gch.; her mother; 4 brothers. Predeceased by a son Michael, her father, a brother Gerald Ainsworth.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Jul 1998
Myron HARRIE, 79

Born 12 May 1919, Chapman, NE.  Parents: Fred Harrie Sr. and Marie Schroeder.  Educated at Grand Island, NE. Farmed with parents near Omaha, NE.  Caregiver for his parents. Lutheran. Died Sun. 5 Jul 1998 at Omaha, NE. Service: Fri., Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sisters.  Predeceased by five brothers - Alvin, Walter, Irvin, Fred Jr. and Henry; 3 sisters - Lorraine, Elvira and Leona.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 13 Jul 1998
L.L. "Egg" HADDIX, 97

Born 16 Oct 1900, Winside, NE.  Parents: Calvin Haddix and Ella Purdy. Grew up on eastern edge of Custer Co.; graduated from 8th grade in Hall County.  1922: opened Specialty Shop in Central City, NE with Spangenburg; became sole owner the next year.  Welder.  5 Aug 1925: married Helen Catherine Louise Neilsen.  She died 21 Apr 1982.  Jun 1985: married second to Elizabeth Nickel.  They lived in Fullerton, NE.  Ethel died 25 Feb 1995.  He moved to Central City in 1994, and died there Fri. 10 Jul 1998.  Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home chapel.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 5 gch., 9 g-gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by both wives and an infant daughter Jeanette Louise Haddix.

Note: See Who's Who in Nebraska (1940), Merrick County Chapter, page 816 (where his first name is given as "Lawrence").

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 13 Jul 1998
Erma E. CLARK RANDALL, 88

Born 1910, Polk Co., NE.  Parents: Martin & Mabel Monson.  The family moved to Fullerton, and then to Clarks, NE.  Dec 1931: married Earl Clark.  They farmed, later moved to town.  Earl died in 1964.  She owned the Clarks Cafe.  1969: married Don Randall at Las Vegas, NV.  He died in 1978.  Mrs. Randall died Sat., 11 Jul 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Mon., Solt funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 4 g-gch.  Predeceased by both husands, 2 sons - Bobby Dean and Earl Eugene; 2 sisters - Goldie Kohlhof and Bertha Monson, 2 brothers - Harold & George Monson. Memorials: Clarks Community Endowment Fund or Clarks HS Endowment Fund.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census - Fullerton Twp, Nance, NE ED165 p9B D189 F195 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 15 Jul 1998
Arthur H. NIEDFELT, 69

Born 30 Nov 1928, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: August Niedfelt and Ella Eggers. 1952-53: US Army.  Farmer.  4 Jan 1953: married Mary Lee at Grand Island, NE.  Died Tues. 14 Jul 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.  Service: Fri. Messiah Lutheran Church.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.  Surfifovs: wife, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 11 gch.; his mother, a brother and two sisters.  Predeceased by his father and a grandson.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 308 (w/p); 27 Aug 2003: Grand Island Independent obit of wife.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 17 Jul 1998
Jerald Allen KISER, 52

Born near Archer, NE.  Parents: Marvin & Aunilee Kiser.  Attended CCHS.  Died Wed., 15 Jul 1998 at Kansas City, MO.  Cremation.  Service will be in Tennesee.  Survivors: mother, 2 sons; a brother & 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his father.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 258-9 ; 18 Jan 2006: Grand Island Independent obit of mother.

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 19 Jul 1998
Alphonse A. SOCK, 58

Born 26 May 1940, Silver Creek, NE.  Parents: Adam Sock and Mary Koziol.  Died Fri., at hospital in Osceola, NE.  Service: Tues., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE.  Burial: church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE.  Survivors: 3 sisters and 2 brothers.  His parents are deceased.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 30 Jul 1998

Iola F. MIETH, 88

Born 13 Dec 1909, Hall Co., NE.  Parents: Eugene & Lillian (Urwiller) Harris. 29 Sep 1927: Married Carl Mieth at Central City, NE.  They farmed near Cairo, Ravenna, Loup City& Rockville, NE. Died Wed., 29 Jul 1998, Ravenna, NE.  Visitation: Fri., Rasmussen Mortuary, Ravenna.  Service: Sat., Congregational Church, Ravenna.  Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Ravenna. Survivors: her husband, a son, a daughter, 11 gch., 13 g-gch, 5 gg-gch.; one brother.  Predeceased by 2 brothers, and a gch.

Note: Husband's obit, 3 Feb 1999 in GI Independent.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 Aug 1998
Leonard Richard CHURCH, 88

Born 13 Mar 1910, near Clarks, NE.  Parents: LeRoy Church and Mabel Branting.  Attended Clarks HS.  7 Dec 1929: married Marjorie Key at Osceola, NE.  Worked for UPRR.  Resident of Elm Creek, NE.  Died Fri., 31 Jul 1998 at Holdredge (sic), NE.  Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery) near Clarks.  Survivors: a son, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 10 g-gch.; a brother and 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his wife; 2 brothers: Russell and Cecil Church; 3 gch., 1 g-gch.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Island Pct, Merrick, NE - ED154 p 3b D016 F016; and cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 Aug 1998
George L. MEIER, 84

Born 7 Feb 1914, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: John & Anna (Lohman) Meier.  15 Apr 1941: Married Alma at Grand Island, NE.  They farmed east of Grand Island.  Died Thurs., 20 Jul 1998 at Grand Island.  Visitation: Sun., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.  Survivors: his wife, a son, 3 daughters, 6 gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by 5 brothers - Carl, William, Edward, Fred & Walter Meier; 3 sisters - Matilda Quandt, Emma Wiemer & Clara Klein.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p4A D68 F68: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p4B D92 F92: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, N (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 Aug 1998
Elizabeth A MEYER, 95

Born 9 Jun 1903, Norka, Russia.  Parents: Peter Helzer and Margaret Dick.  Family immigrated in 1906.  Lived at Grand Island and Worms, NE.  24 Jun 1925: married William Meyer at Worms, NE.  He died 9 Apr 1982.  She moved to Palmer, NE.  Died Sun. 2 Aug 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Palmer Funeral Home.  Service: Wed., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms.  Burial: church cemetery. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 19 gch., 46 g-gch., 7 gg-gch.  Predeceased by her husband and two sons - Eugene and Marlin Meyer.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census Praire Creek Twp, Merrick, NE - ED226 p8A D143 F143

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Aug 1998
Katherine A. KANTER, 70

Born 3 Nov 1927, Central City, NE.  Parents: Otto Butt and Susanna Doncheske.  1946 grad. CCHS.  24 Jun 1951: Married Clarence Kanter at Central City.  They farmed near Palmer.  Died Fri. 7 Aug 1998, Omaha, NE.  Visitation: Mon. at Palmer's Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Service: Tues., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: husband, 2 sons, 7 gch.; two sisters.  Predeceased by brother Adolph Butt and 2 gch. Memorials: St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p145 (w/p); and extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Aug 1998
Reuben A. McINTOSH, 86

Born 23 Mar 1912, Marquette, NE.  Parents: Robert & Maggie M. (Decker) McIntosh. 20 Feb 1934: Married Mildred at Central City, NE.  Worked for UPRR.  Lived at Grand Island until 1949; moved to North Platte, NE.  Died Sat., 8 Aug 1998 at North Platte.  Visitation: Mon., Carpenter Memorial Chapel.  Graveside service: Tues., North Platte Cemetery.  Survivors: his wife, a son, 4 gch., 9 g-gch., 1 gg-gch; 2 brothers.  Predeceased by 7 brothers - Orville, Joe, Fay, Ernest, Clyde, Guy and Forrest; 2 sisters, Ethel McIntosh & Verna Youngs.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Aug 1998
Edward Armin BRUNS, 81

Born 20 May 1916, Palmer, NE.  Parents: William & Johanna (Seim) Bruns.  WW II: US Army, 186th Infantry.  Installed electric lines in NE, KS, WY, & CO.  Married in 1950.  Resident of Valentine (Cherry Co.), NE.  Died Fri., 7 Aug at Valentine.  Cremated; remains will go to Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD. Survivied by a son, a daughter, 5 gch.; 2 brother & 3 sisters.  Predeceased by 2 brothers - Albert & William (infant) Bruns; a sister, Helen Bader.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p7A D126 F126: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p6a D131 F122: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Aug 1998
Charles William "Billy" LOUGHMILLER, 77

Born 20 Dec 1920, Atlanta, GA.  Parents: Frank D. & Catherine L. Loughmiller.  Carpenter.  Did not marry.  Lived at Stone Mountain and Atlanta, GA.  Died 18 Jul 1998 at Atlanta, GA.  Graveside Service Sat., Chapman Cemetery, NE.  Survivors: a sister & a brother.  Predeceased by an infant sister.

Note: See extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 19 Aug 1998
Robert RUZICKA, 47

Born 13 Apr 1951, Central City, NE.  Parents: Louis & Mary (Kocian) Ruzicka.  Grew up in Grand Island, NE.  Served in US Marine Corps. 14 Dec 1985: Married June at Phillips (Hamilton Co.), NE.  Died Sun., 16 Aug 1998 at Phillips.  Service: Wed., Phillips United Methodist Church.  Burial: Phillips Cemetery.  Survivors: his wife, a son; 3 step-sons (surname Starkey), a step-daughter; 3 brothers and a sister.  Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Aug 1998
Wanda Jean STEUBEN, 74

Born 23 Mar 1924 near Central City, NE.  Parents: Fred & Edith (Lawson) Galusha.  1941: Married Albert Steuben.  They lived in Central City, NE.  She later lived in Schuyler, Cozad & Lexington, NE.  Died Tues., 18 Aug 1998 at Gothenburg, NE.  Service: Sat., Berryman Funeral Home Chapel, Cozad.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, 4 daughters, 23 gch., 17 g-gch.;p a brother & a sister.  Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Fred and Tommy; 2 brothers - Bobby and Rex; and a sister, Maxine Leece. Memorials: Shriners' Children's Hospital.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 30 Aug 1998
Peter Walter DOWNS, 72

Born 23 May 1926 near Tilden, NE.  Parents: Elbert & Bertilla (Hoos) Down.  Grew up at Crow Hollow near Neligh, NE.  1944-46: US Navy.  14 Feb 1947: Married Florence at Neligh, NE.  They farmed near Tilden about 3 yrs; moved to Neligh.  1959: Moved to Central City, NE.  He died Fri. 28 Aug 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial at later date.  Memorials: "Merrick Foundation for the community's children."  Survivors: his wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 23 gch., 6 g-gch.; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by infant triplets.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 Sep 1998
William F. HEINS, 77

Born 28 May 1912, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: Edward & Wilhelmina (Loescher) Heins. Grad. of GISH. Worked for AT&T. WW II: US Army. 14 Jun 1946: Married at Eutaw, Alabama.  Died Sat. 5 Sep 1998 at Grand Island.  Service: Wed., Grand Island City Cemetery.  Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials - Messiah Lutheran Church. Survivors: his wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 10 gch., 7 g-gh.  Predeceased by sister Evelyn McMullen.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p231 (Heins); 1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p2B D43 F43 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 Sep 1998
Norman F. SCHLEICHARDT, 70

Born 16 Jan 1928, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: Fred & Alyce (Husman) Schleichardt. 1946 grad. of GISH. 11 Nov 1949: Married Lorraine. at Grand Island.  Steamfitter.  Died Sat., 5 Sep 1998 at medical center in Milwaukee.  Service: Thurs., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, a son, 2 daughters, 5 gch. Predeceased by brother Don.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p242 (H Husmann)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Sep 1998

Ruth Alice FISH, 89

Born 20 Oct 1908 near Clarks, NE.  Parents: John J. & Anna (Lumadue) Beck.  14 Feb 1932: Married Charles Fish at her family home place. They farmed near Clarks.  Mr. Fish died in 1965.  Mrs. Fish died Tues., 8 Sep 1998 at hospital in Central City, NE.  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel (near Clarks).  Survivors: nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband; 7 brothers - David, Raymond, Walter, Theodore, Albert, Frank and Leslie Beck; 3 sisters - Iva Branting, Zoe Beck and Lizzie Hansen.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Sep 1998
Emma B. NICHOLAS, 86

Born 9 Apr 1912, Nance County, NE.  Parents: Clarence & Mina (Edwards) Clark. 1936: Married Raymond Hann.  They moved to Kansas City.  Mr. Hann died in 1945.  She later moved to Broken Bow, NE; and then to Palmer, NE.  27 Feb 1977: Married Orville Nicholas at Palmer.  She died Sat., 12 Sep 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Tues., First Church of Christ, Palmer.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: her second husband; a daughter, 3 gch., 2 g-gch ...; a sister.  Predeceased by her first husband; 3 sisters - Leota Collen, Edith Wilson, and Florence Cornish; 1 brother, Ralph C. Clark.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 Sep 1998

Edward C. BERST, 69

Born 3 Dec 1928 Cushing, NE.  Parents: Charles & Marie (Peterson) Berst.1051-53: US Army medic. 25 Sep 1955: Married Charlotte at Palmer, NE.  They lived in Grand Island, NE.  He died Frri. 11 Sepo 1998 at Grand Island.  Visitation: Tues., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Messiah Lutheran Church.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: his wife, a son, 3 daughters, 14 gch., 4 g-gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by an infant sister.

Los Angeles Times pA20 - Wed 16 Sep 1998

Jessie (Colborn) MORDAUNT

Born 13 June 1908 in Palmer, NE. Died Sun, 13 Sep 1998 at her niece's home in La Habra, CA. Resident of Los Angeles 79 years. Married 54 years to Melrose Mordaunt who died in 1990. Survived by 2 sons & a daughter-in-law; a grandson; many other relatives & friends. Predeceased by her husband; & a daughter Lynne Mordaunt Nissar (29 Aug 1998). Memorial service: Fri. 18 Sep 1998, Little Church of the Flowers, Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Sep 1998

Margaret A. RUBESH, 67

Born 4 Aug 1931, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Bernard & Roberta (Stout) O'Hern.1949 grad. of Palmer HS.  17 Sep 1965: Married Carroll Rubest at St. Paul, NE.They moved to Iowa in 1957; returned to Palmer, NE in 1966. She died Sat., 19 Sep 1998 at Kearney, NE. Visitation: Tues., Palmer Fneral Home in Palmer, NE. Service: Wed., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.  Survivors:a son, 3 daughters, 5 gch.; a sister & 2 brothers.  Predeceased by her husband; a son Tony; a sister Mary.

Note: See extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Sep 1998
Richard Leonard "Dick" GUSTAFSON, 72

Born 4 May 1926, Polk, NE.  Parents: Oscar & Beulah (Stevens) Gustafson. 1944 grad. of Polk HS. US Army. 9 Nov 1955: Married Deloris F. Steinke at Central City, NE. They lived at Central City, then moved to family farm near Hordville, NE.  Mrs. Gustafson died in 1994.  Mr. Gustafson died Tues., 22 Sep 1998 at Central City, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Fri., First Baptist Church, Hordville.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 8 gch.  Predeceased by his wife; and a brother Roger Gustafson.
Note: See Our Polk Co. Heritage, p215 (WA Stevens)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 27 Sep 1998

Margaret NICHOLAS, 42

Born16 Dec 1955, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: Robert & Helen Wegner.  1974 grad. of Palmer HS.  11 Dec 1976: Married Bob Nicholas at Palmer. They lived in Palmer & Archer area.  She died Fri. 25 Sep 1998 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Monday, Palmer United Methodist Church.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer's Funeral Home of Palmer.  Survivors: her husband, 3 daughters, her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Sep 1998
Harry Thomas MATTSON, 87

Born 9 Dec 1910 Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Edward & Anna (Nelson) Mattson. 1930 grad. of CCHS. 14 Jun 1939: Married Connie at Chapman, NE.  They farmed near Chapman. He died Sun., 27 Sep 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Service: Wed., Chapman Baptist Church. Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 4 gch., ...; 2 brothers.  Predeceased by brother Joseph.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 285 (E Mattson), 341 (Ruben-Hall-Mattson); Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick p 817 (w/p); Chapman Cemetery extracts; 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p1b D19 F21 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 28 Sep 1998 and Tues. 29 Sep 1998
Anna I. POLLOCK, 82

Born 28 Feb 1916, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: John Henry and Anna Irene (Lohmann) Meier. Attended school in Merrick & Hall Counties. 20 Oct 1937: Married Earl Pollock at Harbine, NE.  They farmed in Hall County, NE. She died Sat. 26 Sep 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Survivors: husband Earl Pollock; a son, 3 daughters, 15 gch., 15 g-gch.; a sister in Illinois.  Predeceased by 6 brothers - Carl, William, Walter, Fred, Edward & George; 3 sisters - Matilda Quandt, Emma Wiemer & Clara Klein.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED163 p4A D68 F68 (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p4B D92 F92 (w/p)

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 2 Oct 1998
Herbert J. SCHUETT, 63

Born 21 Jan 1935, Chapman, NE.  Parents: Henry & Bertha (Kruse) Schuett.  1956-57: US Army.  Resident of Chapman, NE. Employee of NE Dept. of Roads.  Died Wed., 30 Sep 1998 at hospital in Central City, NE.  Visitation: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service: Sat., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 brothers and a sister.  Predeceased by his parents.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p355.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 4 Oct 1998
Jean M. ITA, 80

Born 29 Jan 1918, Archer, NE.  Parents: Otto Leo & Rosa May (Paulard) Held. 1936 grad. of Archer HS.  1 Mar 1937: Married Clarence Ita at Archer, NE.  They farmed in Garfield & Wheeler Counties.  Died. Fri. 2 Oct 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Burial: Archer Cemetery.  Survivors: a son, a daughter, 7 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by her husband; 7 brothers - Harold, Morris, Dale, Bob, Kenneth, Keith & Marvin; 3 sisters - Verna Rodysill, Ursula Young and Wilma Christianson.

Note: Mother's surname Pollard?

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Oct 1998
Melania "Mollie" KUBAS, 94

Born 9 Apr 1904, Pilsno, NE.  Parents: John & Katherine (Kontor) Lisko.  Attended school in Polk Co., NE.  1 Sep 1931: Married Charles Kubas at Pilsno.  They lived at Silver Creek, NE.  Died Sun., 4 Oct 1998 at Central City, NE.  Service: Tues., St. lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek.  Burial at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.  Survivors: a son; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; 3 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 6 Oct 1998
Bonnie Lee CARLSON, 70

Born 19 Mar 1928, Arnold, NE.  Parents: Adolphus "Duff"& Leona (Backes) Norgard.  1945 grad. CCHS.  2 Jun 1946: Married Eugene Hunt at Central City, NE. They lived in California.  Eugene died 25 May 1950.  9 Oct 1952: Married Ned C. Carlson at Lincoln, NE.  They lived in Central City, NE.  She died Sun. 4 Oct 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Central City.    Burial at city cemetery.  Survivors: her husband, 5 sons, 12 gch; a niece who lived with them; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by 3 sisters - Marcele Norgard, Dorothy Brown & Pat Stuart; a brother - Bob Norgard.

Note: Husband's obit, 23 Mar 1999 in GI Independent

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Oct 1998
Henry Arthur DITTMER, 59

Born 18 Mar 1939 near Clarks, NE.  Parents: Arthur & Minnie (Hammond) Dittmer.  1958 grad. of Polk HS.  US Navy (4 yrs). Died Wed., 7 Oct 1998 following accident near Polk, NE.  Service: Sat., Immanuuel Lutheran Church "between Polk and Hordville".  Burial at church cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home in Polk, NE.  Survivor: his mother.  Predeceased by his fath & a brother, Marvin.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Oct 1998
Edna M. COLLINSON, 91

Born 1 Mar 1907, Archer, NE.  Parents: Charles & Elizabeth (Lehr) Huff.  Grad. of CCHS.  Teacher.  11 Apr 1929: Married Byron H. Collinson at Central City.  "They farmed in Ash Creek community." Later purchased a farm near Broken Bow, NE.  Mrs. Collinson died Sat., 10 Oct 1998 at Broken Bow.  Service: Wed., Govier Bros. Mortuary, Broken Bow.  Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: a son, 2 brothers, a sister.  Predeceased by her husband (died Sep 1974); 2 infant sons & an infant daughter; 3 sisters & 3 brothers.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p1B F22: Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE; Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p399 #I-399.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Oct 1998
H. Robert MEYER, 72

Born 7 Nov 1925 on farm northeast of St. Libory, NE.  Parents: Henry J & Meta (Wiegert) Meyer.  Served in US Navy.  24 Apr 1954: Married Jane Johnson Preston at Worms, NE.  They farmed northwest of Worms.  1988: Moved to Grand Island, NE.  Died Mon., 12 Oct 1998 at Grand Island.  Service: Thurs., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE.  Inurnment: church cemetery. Survivors: a son, 3 daughters, 6 gch.; 2 sisters, a brother.  Predeceased by his wife; brothers - Earl and Marvin Meyer; a sister, Edna Quandt.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 16 Oct 1998

Edward L. ZUEHLKE, 91

Born 7 Feb 1907, near Palmer, NE.  Parents: George  & Josephine (Mueller) Zuehlke.  1935: Bought a farm in Gage County, NE.  10 Sep 1945: Married Edna at St. Libory, NE. They farmed near St. Paul, NE.  1985: Retired to Palmer, NE.  Died Wed., 14 Oct 1998 at hospital in St. Paul, NE.  Service: Sat., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: wife, 2 step sons and their families; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by brother, George; & 5 sisters - Mary Ziller, Gustie Peterson, Lucy Baasch, Margaret Lillienthal & Ann Tracy.

Note: See extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Oct 1998
Milo Ray BURCH, 63

Born 23 Feb 1935, Pipestem, MN.  Parents: Clifford & Leona (Gilfillan) Burch.  About 1957, moved to Grand Island, NE.  27 Oct 1975: Married Marcella at Egan, SD. 1982: They moved to Central City, NE.  Owned Milo's Lawn Service.  Died Thurs., 15 oct 1998 at hospital.  Service: Mon., Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: his wife, 6 step children ...; a brother, a sister.  Predeceased by his parents & 5 siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Oct 1998
Carl M. "Chris" CHRISTENSEN, 80

Born 14 Sep 1918, north of Palmer, NE.  Parents: Martin Carl & Georgia (Brown) Christensen.  Grad. of Palmer HS and NE Wesleyan University.  Lived in Spokane, WA for 2 yrs.; returned to NE.  Returned to Washington in 1958.  5 Nov 1960: Married at Portland, OR.  Resident of Wapato, WA.  Died Thurs., 15 Oct 1998 at home.  Service: Mon., Merritt Funeral Home Chapel, Wapato.  Burial: Maryhill Cemetery, Maryhill, WA.  Survivors: His wife, 4 sisters, a brother.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p383 (Thede); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p2b D34 F35: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 26 Oct 1998
Paul E. COOVER, 76

Born 8 May 1922, Stromsburg, NE.  Parents: Edgar & Jennie (Stromberg) Coover.  1932: farm 6 miles north of Polk.  12 Feb 1944: Married Ida Mae Best at Belleville, KS.  They farmed in Polk County.  1995: Moved to Central City, NE.  Died Sat., 24 Oct 1998 at Central City.  Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Polk.  Burial: Polk Cemetery.  Survivors: his wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister.

Grand Island Independent -  Tues. 27 Oct 1998

Caroline Faye ZWELLING, 64

Born 29 Aug 1934 near Palmer, NE. Parents:George H. and Alma W. (Hake) Kamper. Attended GISH.  19 Feb 1955: Married Ronald E. Zwelling at Yuma, AZ. Mrs. Zwelling died Wed., 21 Oct 1992 at Salina, KS.. Memorial service was Sat. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Salina, KS.  Inurnment private - at later date Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell, NE. Survivors: her husband, a son, 3 daughters, 6 gch.; her mother & 4 sisters.  Predeceased by her father; brother George, sister Betty Morgan.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Oct 1998
Emma L. MEYER, 87

Born 11 Jun 1911, Steger, IL.  Parents: Rev. H. William & Emma Loise (Kruse) Meyer.  Family moved to NE in 1916; was at Worms in 1933.  25 Dec 1926: Married Elmer J. Meyer in Salt Lake City, UT.  She worked at a bank there.  Died 26 oct 1998 at home.  Service: Thurs., Christ Lutheran Church, Murray, UT.  Arrangements: Memorial Gardens of the Valley.  Survivors: her husband, a son, 2 daughters, ... a brother & 6 sisters.  Predeceased by 5 brothers & a sister.

Note: For her parents, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p288 (Rev. HW Meyer).

 

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 Nov 1998
Fred O. YUNGDAHL, 85

Born 24 May 1913 at Silver Creek, NE.  Parents: Olaf Yungdahl and Elizabeth Sarow.  Attended school in Polk Co., NE.  28 Mar 1937: married H. Arloa Deay at Stomsburg, NE.  Died Fri. 30 Oct 1998 at Stromsburg, NE.  Visitation: Sun. & Mon. at Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola.  Service: Tues., Calvary Lutheran Church, Swede Home.  Burial: Osceola Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch., 7 g-gch.  Predeceased by his wife who died 4 Oct.

Note: his parents are buried at Osceola Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Nov 1998
Herman Otto BURKHARDT, 87

Born 14 Feb 1911, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Paul Burkhardt and Hildegard Heinzig.  31 Aug 1934: married Mae at Grand Island, NE.  They farmed near Palmer, NE.  Died Fri. 6 Nov 1998 at Genoa, NE.  Service: Mon., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City, NE.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 24 gch., 38 g-gch.; a brother and 2 sisters.  Predeceased by sister Martha Kellog; and 3 brothers: Max, William and Christian. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Nov 1998
Ida A. ZEDICKER, 72

Born 21 Aug 1926, York, NE.  Parents: Charles Jenkins & Christina Altberg.  1944 grad. Stromsburg HS. 23 Jul 1945: married Billie Zedicher at Belleville, KS.  Residence: near Clarks, NE.  Died Wed. 4 Nov 1998 in traffic accident east of Central City, NE.  Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Osceola, NE.  Cremation, no burial. Arrangements: Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola, NE.  Survivors: husband, son, 3 daughters, 7 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister and 2 brothers.  Predeceased by a grand daughter, 2 brothers and a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 9 Nov 1998

Thomas H. Condell, 95

Born 19 Dec 1902, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: John Condell and Catherine Watchorn. 19 Aug 1931: Married Esther Scarborough at St. Paul, NE.  Farmed near Palmer, NE.  Died Sat. 7 Nov 1998 at St. Paul, NE.  Visitation: Mon. at Palmer's Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Service: Tues. at United Methodist Church, Palmer.  Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery.Survivors: wife, 1 son, 1 daughter, 9 gch., 15 g-gch.; 1 sister.  Predeceased by son Kenneth and 2 sisters: Lillian Nitzel and Marian Condell.

Note: See extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 10 Nov 1998
Emil LILIENTHAL, 94

Born 31 Oct 1904 in Merrick Co., NE.  Attended District 17 School.  Farmer.  Died Mon. 9 Nov 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Thurs., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: nieces & nephews.  Predeceased by 3 brothers: Harry, Roy and Ray Lilienthal; and 2 sisters: Ella Herman and Hilda Frauen.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census - Vieregg Twp, Merrick Co., NE ED163 p5B D101 F101 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 12 Nov 1998
Lynn H. SCOTT, 98

Born 22 Oct 1900 on farm in Gage Valley area near St. Paul, NE.  Parents: William Scott and Sarah Baird.  Lived elsewhere as teenager.  6 Sep 1922: Married Oma Stone at Grand Island, NE.  They farmed in Gage Valley.  Retired in 1991, wrote 2 stories.  Died Mon. 9 Nov 1998 at St. Paul, NE.  Memorial service: Sat., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: a son and 3 daughters, 13 gch., 25 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.  Predeceased by his wife (died 8 Nov 1987); four brothers: Walter, Glen, Ralph and Donald; 4 sisters: Della Grammer, Emma Starkey, Josephine Stone and Bessie Ziegler.

Note: see Rose Hill Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Nov 1998
Robert Lee "Bub" GRIGSBY, 67

Born 4 Mar 1931.  Parents: Ray Grigsby and Helen Moore. Raised in Hamilton Co., NE.  15 Oct 1950: married at Central City, NE, and moved there.  1952-53: US Army.  Farmer, construction work.  Died Wed. 11 Nov 1998 at Columbus, NE.  Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home.  Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 3 sons and a daughter; 8 gch.; a brother & 4 sisters.  Predeceased by 4 brothers: A.R., Perry, Donald and an infant.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 213 (Grigsby), 316 (Page), 398 (Wells).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Nov 1998
Sarah Leone Osborne HILLIARD, 34

Born 26 Mar 1964, Crete, NE.  Parents: Arthur Osborne and Carol Chase.  Attended school in Central City, NE.  LPN degree from Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE.  Died Tues. 10 Nov 1998, Aurora, NE.  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons and a daughter; 4 brothers and five sisters. Predeceased by her parents.

Note: Mother's obit published 3 Feb 1998.  See also Chapman Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Nov 1998
Ruby H. DONALDSON, 84

Born 13 Mar 1914, Palmer, NE.  Parents: John Luebbe and Mary Hargins.  Died Wed. 11 Nov 1998, St. Paul, NE.  Service: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: 2 daughters, a son; a sister in Illinois. 

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census - Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p2B D37 F37 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 15 Nov 1998
Maxine Marie ERICKSON, 78

Born 2 Sep 1920, near Central City, NE.  Parents: Lloyd & Winifred Willeman.  1938 grad. CCHS.  1 Jun 1941: married Leland Erickson.  They lived in Wichita, KS. and worked at Boeing.  After husband's discharge in 1947, they moved to a farm (near Central City).  Mrs. Erickson died Fri., at Omaha, NE.  Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Tues. at Fairview United Methodist church of Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, 7 gch., 1 g-gch.; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by a brother Thomas Willeman, and 3 sisters: Vera Daniels, Marge Chesarek and Betty Johnson. 

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p406 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-10 p2b D47 F47 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Nov 1998
Mabel R. SOWL, 81

Born 31 Jul 1917, Murdo, SD.  Parents: Porter S. Nelson and Angeline C. Groff.  Attended school in Fullerton & Waco, NE.  9 Aug 1933: married Edward M. Sowl at St. Paul, NE.  They lived at Fullerton, Cozad, Chapman and Grand Island.  Mrs. Sowl died Wed., 11 Nov 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Thurs., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.  Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery near Clarks, NE).  Survivors: 3 sons, 10 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother & 3 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband, 2 children and a brother.

Note: see Bureau Cemetery, Lot 139.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Nov 1998
Irene MUELLER, 94

Born 1904.  Parents: John Mueller and Mary Bruno.  Grad. NE Central College, Central City, NE.  PhD from UN.  Taught in Chapman, WI State College, Northwest State College, Maryville, MO.  Died Wed. 11 Nov, Maryville, MO.  Memorial service: Wed., Central City Cemetery.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p292 (Mueller); 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p1B D20 F20 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Nov 1998
Logan James KLUTE, 4 mos.

Born 14 Jul 1998, Central City, NE.  Parents: Scott A. and Angela M. Kortum Klute. Resident of Hampton, NE. Died Mon. 16 Nov 1998, at Aurora, NE.  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: his parents, a sister, 2 sets of grandparents.  Predeceased by 4 great-grandparents: Jim & Margaret Kortum; Edgar Klute and Henry Kisler.

Note: see extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Nov 1998
George Alfred KILLHAM, 77

Born 23 Mar 1921 near Genoa, NE.  Parents: Elmer Killham and Lula Kinzer.  WW II: US Army Air Corps medic.  8 Jun 1945: married Sarah at Central City, NE.  They lived in Central City.  Died Sun., 22 Nov 1998, Grand Island, NE.  Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 8 gch.; 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Nov 1998
Nettie Pearl HILDERBRAND, 91

Born 31 Aug 1907 in Arkansas.  Parents: Mr & Mrs. Charles Brown.  Attended CCHS.  11 Feb 1925: married Frederick A. "Fritiz" Hilderbrand .  They lived at Central City, NE.  Died Thurs., 26 Nov 1998 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City.  BuriaL Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 6 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband and a son Merle, 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Nov 1998
Marrianne LONGENECKER, 48

Born 1 May 1950 at Columbus, NE.  Parents: Milton Brunken and Louise May Lohr. Grad. of Clarks HS.  20 Aug 1983: married Ernest Longenecker at Clarks, NE.  They lived at Clarks, moved to Aurora in 1997.  Died Wed., 25 Nov 1998 at Aurora.  Service: Sat. at Gass-Haney Funeral Home in Columbus, NE.  Burial: Shell Creek Baptist Cemetery, Platte County.  Survivors: husband, mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters.  Predeceased by her father. Memorials: American Cancer Society or the Shell Creek Baptist Church.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 Dec 1998
Glen William JEROME, 87

Born 3 Dec 1910, Chapman, NE.  Parents: Willliam Glen & Lila May (Zetler) Jerome. 23 Jun 1949: Married Katherine at Livingston, MT.  They lived in Golden, CO. Contractor. 1979: Moved to Hillsboro, OR.  Died 12 Nov 1998 at Portland, OR.  Cremated. Memorial service was held 21 Nov at Forest Grove Church of Jesus Churist of Latter-Day Saints.  Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 3 sons, 18 gch., 28 g-gch., 9 gg-gch.; 3 sisters.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp., Merrick, NE ED226 p8A D137 F137 (w/p). His first wife (not mentioned in obit) was Lola Shivley, mother of 4 of his children.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 Dec 1998
William C. SVOBODA, 93

Born 26 Aug 1905, Howard Co., NE.  Parents: Charles V. & Jane F. (Sevcik) Svoboda.  1924 grad. of St. Paul HS.  Attended St. Paul Business College & UNL. 5 Jan 1938: Married Evelyn M. Mitchell at Dwight, NE.  They farmed.  May 1997: Moved to Community Care of America in Palmer, NE.  Bill died there on Sun., 29 Nov 1998.  Visitation: Tues., Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Service: Wed., First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul,. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery.  Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 7 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister & a brother.  Predeceased by 4 brothers - Carl, Clem, Alfred Svoboda and an infant brother; 4 sisters - Estella Punchocar, Blanche Francis and two infants.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 2 Dec 1998
May Esther SMITH, 93

Born 28 May 1905, Chicago, IL.  Parents: Niel & Lena (Olson) Olsen. Resident of Community Care Center, Central City, NE.  Died Tues., 1 Dec 1998.  Cremated.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Survivors: a daughter, 6 gch., 10 g-gch., 17 gg-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs 3 Dec 1998

Ernest Francis HLADKY, 83

Born in Cushing, NE.  Parents: Frank & Anna (Juranek) Hladky. 25 Jun 1941: Married Lula at Fremont, NE. WW II: US Army Air Force. Thereafter, farmed northeast of Archer, NE. Moved to Central City where he worked as a mechanic.  Died Tues., 1 Dec 1998 at Central City.  Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: His wife.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Dec 1998
Angela NABITY, 60

Resident of Bloomington, MN - formerly of Chapman, NE. Teacher.  Died Thurs., 3 Dec 1998.  Memorial mass: Mon, Werness Bros. Chapel in Bloomington.  Survivors: 2 sisters, 6 brothers.  Predeceased by her parents Joseph & Wilhelmenia Nabity, and 2 brothers - George & Ernest.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p301 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 11 Dec 1998
Mary TOMASIEWICZ, 95

Born 15 Apr 1903, Genoa, NE.  Parents: Thomas "Savage" & Julia (Iwan) Tomasiewicz. Lived primarily on family farm northeast of Clarks with sister Anna. They moved to Central City in 1967. Mary died Thurs., 10 Dec 1998 at Central City.  Service: Sat., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City.  Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery near Clarks.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: 3 sisters & 2 brothers.  Predeceased by an infant sister; 3 brothers - Frank Savage, and Francis & Joe Tomasiewicz.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 17 Dec 1998
Dr. Henry F. GREVING, 94

Born 20 Sep 1904, Luctor, KS.  Parents: William & Katie (Dragt) Greving.  Grad. of HS in Long Island, KS. Teacher. 1929 grad. of Creighton University Dentral School.  1929: opened dental practice in Central City, NE. 1933: Married Phyllis O. Smith. 1943-46: US Army Dental Corps. 1976: Moved to Green Valley, AZ. 1998: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Tues., 15 Dec 1998 at Grand Island. Memorial service: Fri., United Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 1 guardian daughter; 5 gch., 1 guardian gch.; 2g-gch.; one brother.  Predeceased by his wife (10 Mar 1998); 3 sisters, 4 brothers.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. NE, Vol I p368 (Smith); Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick pp 815-16.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Dec 1998
Margaret EDGAR, 87

Born 14 Apr 1911, Central City, NE.  Parents: Elwood & Sarah (Beetem) Dughman. 14 Jun 1928: Married Alfred Edgar. They lived in Central City.  1941: Moved to Albany, CA where she worked as a buyer.  Mr. Edgar died 26 Dec 1994.  In spring of this year, Margaret moved to Oroville, CA - died there Wed., 16 Dec 1998.  She was cremated. Survivors: a son, 2 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; a gch.; 4 sisters, a brother.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p10a D222 F224: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Dec 1998
Loretta GAY, 80

Born 9 May 1918, Columbus, NE.  Parents: Robert & Mildred (Toogood) Hansher. Attended school in Columbus and Belgrade, NE.  1 Jan 1939: Married Lyle F. Gay at Palmer, NE.  She lived in Columbus; worked at Dale Electronics. Mrs. Gay died Mon., 21 Dec 1998 at Columbus, NE.  Service: Wed., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus.  Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks, NE.  Survivors: a son, 3 gch.; a brother, 3 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 27 Dec 1998
Ruby SCHLUETER, 73

Born 19 Sep 1925, Pierce, NE.  Parents: Frank and Rose (Ray) Rowlett. Grad. of Palmer HS.  25 Oct 1953: Married Otto Schlueter at Palmer.  They farmed southwest of Palmer until 1981; moved to St. Paul, NE.  Raised 4 foster children. Otto died 17 Apr 1995.  Mrs. Schlueter died Sat., 26 De3c 1998 at hospital in Omaha, NE.  Service: Tues., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 gch.; 1 sister.  Predeceased by her husband, 3 brothers - Robert, John & David Rowlett; 2 sisters - Ida Rowlett and Lenora Booher.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p330 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Palmer Village, Merrick, NE ED61-8 p3a D54 F54 (w/p); Rose Hill Cemeteryextracts.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 28 Dec 1998
Mildred C. KNUTH, 80

Born 26 Sep 1918 Hall County, NE.  Parents: John and Katherine (Wenn) Stueven.  Attended school in Merrick Conty.  22 Aug 1943: Married George H. Knuth at Grand Island, NE.  They farmed in Hall & Merrick Counties.  1962: Moved into Grand Island where she worked as a school cook.  Mrs. Knuth died Sat., 26 Dec 1998 at Grand Island.  Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Messiah Lutheran Church.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 5 gch.  Predeceased by her husband, 5 brothers - Herman, Carl, John, William and Otto Stueven; 4 sisters - Rose Kruse, Frieda Kruse, Erna Boltz and Lillie Sanders.  Memorials - to the church.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p1B D19 F19 (w/mother)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Dec 1998
Margaret Grace PERSONS, 102

Born 30 Oct 1896,  Central City, NE.  Parents: Charles & Ida (Litten) Brown.  1916 grad of CCHS; valedictorian. 6 Sep 1916: Married Havvy Valentine Persons.  They farmed in Merrick County; moved into Central City in 1938.  Mr. Persons died 1 Dec 1970.  Mrs. Persons died Mon., 28 Dec 1998 at Central City.  Graveside service: Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: a son, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 17 g-gch., 5 gg-gch; one sister. Predeceased by her husband; 3 sisters - Martha "Arta" Packer, Alma Butts and Ruth Linstrom; 2 brothers - Earl and Merle Brown.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Dec 1998
Darwin Robert WILLIAMS, 83

Born 22 Oct 1915 near Clarks, NE.  Parents: William and Julia (Lumadue) Williams. 5 Nov 1938: Married Lorraine Petersen. Raised Angus cattle on same homestead as his parents. Died Tues., 29 Dec 1998 at hospital in Hastings, NE.  Graveside service: Sat., Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home of Central City. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by son Marvin; brother Clark.

Note: Wife died - Jan 2004.

 

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