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1999

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Jan 1999

David Mace, 46

Born 22 Jul 1952, Central City, NE. Parents: Marvin L Mace & Roberta Johnston. 1970 grad. of CCHS. 1 Jun 1973: Married at Central City. Dairy farmer near Central City. Died Wed., 30 Dec 1998, Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, CC. Burial at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son; his mother, 3 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Jan 1999

Wayne Elmer SENKBILE, 65

Born 22 Oct 1933, Hordville, NE. Parents: Amos Senkbile & Elna Andersen. 1952 grad. of CCHS. 1953-55: US Army. 27 Feb 1960: Married Emma at Central City, NE. Farmer. Lutheran. Died Thurs. 31 Dec 1998 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by sister Shirley Kruse.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Jan 1999

Dorothy KEENE, 74

Born 29 Apr 1924, Palmer, NE. Parents: Elmer Jensen & Lena Robinson. Attended school in Palmer and Cushing, NE. 23 Oct 1943: Married Ernest Keene at St. Paul, NE. They eventually lived in Grand Island, NE. Mr. Keene died 4 Nov 1981. Mrs. Keene died Fri., 1 Jan 1999 at Grand Island Veterans Home.  Service: Tues., Livingston-Sonderman Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: 2 sons, 6 gch ... ; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Kenneth & Daniel; 2 infants - James & Kay Lynn.

Grand Island Independent - Sun 3 Jan 1999

Doris J. GLYNN, 91

Born 24 Jan 1907, Nance Co., NE. Parents: George Whitley & Louise Gammon. Raised in Glenwood area. Grad. of Palmer HS. Teacher. 28 May 1941: Married Ernest Glynn. They farmed between Fullerton & Palmer, NE. She died Thurs., 31 Dec 1998 at Beatrice, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Palmer.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 6 gch., 11 g-gch, 1 gg-gch; a brother in California. Predeceased by her husband (1972); and a sister Gladys Whitley.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 Jan 1999
Eugene C. "Gene" BECK, 53

Born 17 Sep 1945, Grand Island, NE. Parents: William Beck & Faith Davis. Auto mechanic. 17 Dec 1998: Married Jennifer at Grand Island, NE. Opened business in Central City. Died Sat., 2 Jan 1999, Central City, NE. Graveside service: Wed., Chapman Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, 5 sons, 3 gch.; 2 sisters & 4 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 7 Jan 1999
Avis GREEN, 96

Born 11 Mar 1902, Greenwood, NE. Parents: Orean & Nancy Gillham. 4 Apr 1934: Married Bernie Green at North Platte, NE. 1949: Moved to Grand Junction, CO. Died 26 Dec1998 at Grand Junction, CO.  Service: Martin Mortuary. Burial: Memorial Garden, Grand Junction, CO. Survivors: a sister. Predeceased by her husband, 4 brothers & 6 sisters.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p1A D2 F2 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 7 Jan 1999
Wilma Johanna Seraphine SEWING, 89

Born 24 Aug 1909, Perryville, MO. Parents: Gottlieb Boxdorfer & Clara Buettner. 2 Nov 1930: Married Alfred L. Sewing. 1951: Moved to Wood River, NE. 1953: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Sewing died 28 Jun 1971. Mrs. Sewing died Tues., 5 Jan 1999 at Omaha, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 5 sons, 2 daughters, 17 gch., 17 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husand and a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 8 Jan 1999
Warren MESNER, 74

Born 5 Dec 1924, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Raymond Mesner & Erma Marsh. 1942 grad. of CCHS. 26 Jan 1947: Married Selma at Central City. Farmer. Member of CC Friends Meeting. Died Wed., 6 Jan 1999 at Central City. Service: Sat. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 6 gch., 1 g-gch.; 4 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p286; 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-10 p5a D95 F96 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Jan 1999
Lillie Christina JACOBSEN, 94

Born 6 Mar 1904, Minden, NE. Parents: Herman Strohbehn & Anna Reimers. 1908: Family moved to Silver Creek. 21 Jan 1926: Married Eller Jacobsen at Council Bluffs, IA.  Lillie died Thurs., 7 Jan 1999; Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 10 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Loyd Atkinson & Walt Strohbehn; and an infant sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Jan 1999

Melva Jean HERBIG, 68

Born 8 Oct 1930, Polk, NE. Parents: Gustav Monson & Mary Matthes. 9 Apr 1948: Married Donald Herbig at Central City, NE. They lived at Marquette, NE. Died Sun. 10 Jan 1999; Aurora, NE. Visitation: Tues., Higby Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Service: Wed., First Christian Church, Aurora. Burial: Richland Cemetery, south of Marquette, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 7 gch. 2 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband & a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Jan 1999
Lillian M. EWOLDT, 62

Born 29 May 1936, Columbus, NE. Parents: Warner J. Eisenmann & Zelma L. Shanklin. Family moved to Grand Island. 12 Dec 1954: Married Fritz Ewoldt at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island and Lexington, NE. 1992: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. Died Mon., 11 Jan 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 4 gch.; 2 sisters and a brother. Predeceased by son Daniel Jacob; and brother Kenneth Eisenmann.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Jan 1999
Warren William WEGNER, 79

Born 17 Apr 1919, Central City, NE. Parents: Edward H. Wegner & Faye C. Tibbetts. Grad of CCHS. WW II: US Army Air Force. 22 Jun 1946: Married "B" Clausen at Boelus, NE. 1950: Purchased Wegner Monument from his father. Died Tues. 12 Jan 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 1 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Richard & Robert (infancy).
Note - see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 397-8; 1920 Fed. Census Central City Ward 1, Merrick, NE ED158 p5A H315 D116 F123 (w/p).  Obit of wife published 6 Jan 2004 in Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Jan 1999
Evelyn M. SVOBODA, 88

Born 5 Apr 1910, Rogers, NE. Parents: Charles F. Mitchell & Katie Pimpara. 1928 grad. of Elba HS (Howard Co.). Teacher. 5 Jan 1938: Married William E. Svoboda at Dwight, NE. They farmed near St. Paul, NE. Mr. Svoboda died 29 Nov 1998.  Mrs. Svoboda died Wed., 13 Jan 1999 at IHS/Community Health Care, Palmer, NE. Visitation: Fri., Peter's Funeral Home.  Service: Sat., First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul. Survivors: 3 daughters, 7 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Lester & Ivan Mitchell; 2 sisters - Anna Ogard & Cathryn Schachta.

Note: Family in 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Nance, NE ED171 p2A D21 F21

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 16 Jan 1999
Violet May VARDAMAN, 85

Born 5 Jun 1913, Palmer, NE. Parents: Fred Adams & Clara Starkey. 27 Sep 1930: Married L. Earl Cook of Cushing, NE. They lived in Palmer, Wolbach & Cushing areas. Mr. Cook died 19 Sep 1965. 24 Sep 1966: Married Samuel R. Vardaman. They lived at Farwell and St. Paul, NE.  Mr. Vardaman died 17 Nov 1991. Mrs. Vardaman died Thurs., 13 Jan 1999 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Sun., Higby Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Service: Mon., Giltner United Methodist Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 4 sons, 3 daughters, 28 gch., 31 g-gch., 10 gg-gch. Also surviving - a sister. Predeceased by 2 husbands & a grandson.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Jan 1999
Marcia Lois McCLAY, 85

Born 27 Oct 1913, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William & Mary Whittemore. 1931 grad. CCHS. 23 Aug 1936: Married John W. McClay at Central City. Worked for Wilder's Cafe, Central Cafe and Nixon Hotel.  Mr. McClay died 29 Sep 1991. Mrs. McClay died Sat., 16 Jan 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., at chapel of Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., 9 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, a son Paul, and a grandson. Also deceased - 4 brothers - Paul, Francis, Harold & Herbert Whittemore.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 401 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p18a D254 F256 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Jan 1999
Walter Max HASSELMAN, 79

Born 4 Apr 1919 at Worms, NE. Parents: Herman H. Hasselman & Emma Petzoldt. Family moved to Grand Island, NE. WW II: US Army. 6 Jun 1943: Married Ruth Wingard. 1950's: Opened dental lab business in York, NE. Died Sun. 17 Jan 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues at Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Geneva, NE. Burial: Fairmont Public Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by a son Dennis; 5 brothers - Carl, Herman Jr., Alfred, Chris, & Ernest; 2 sisters - Helen & Linda.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Jan 1999
Raymond Steven KELSO, 75

Born 31 Aug 1923, Riverton, NE. Parents: Oak Lee Kelso & Anna Elizabeth Juggert. 1941 grad. of Riverton HS. 1941-68: US Navy. 19 Jan 1955: Married Helene Jacobs in Franklin. Retired to Central City, NE. Died Mon., 18 Jan 1999 at Papillion, NE. Service: Thurs. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: St. John's Cemetery, Kronborg, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 11 gch., 1 g-gch. Predeceased by his former wife; son Vernon Kelso; 3 brothers - Don, Bob & Gerald Kelso; 3 sisters - Maxine Kelso, Helen Smith & Maybelle Kelso.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Jan 1999
Ann TOMASIEWICZ, 87

Born 25 Jun 1911 south of Genoa, NE. Parents: Thomas "Savage" Tomasiewicz & Julia Iwan. Grew up primarily on a farm northeast of Clarks, NE. 1967: Moved to Central City with sister Mary. Died Wed., 20 Jan 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents (father died in 1938 & mother in 1961), 3 brothers - Frank Savage, Francis & Joe Tomasiewicz; 2 sisters - Mary & an infant.
Note: Brother Louis changed surname to SAVAGE - see obit in Columbus Telegram, 19 Jan 2003. 

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 25 Jan 1999
Lucille LAMBERT, 80

Born 18 Jun 1918, Palmer, NE. Parents: Mark Lambert & Lilly May Carpenter. 1936 grad. of Palmer HS.  Married Edwin Charles Tibbetts. 1980: Married second to Ed Schiller. Died Sat. 23 Jan 1999, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 3 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 8 g-gch. Predeceased by both husbands. Memorials: Palmer Fire Department or Palmer Rescue Squad.

Note: For her parents see Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick Co. chapter, page 816; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p3B D69 F72: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p6b D122 F122: Palmer Village, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Jan 1999
Fay Roberta BENDER, 93

Born 3 Jun 1905 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Robert E. McLean & Cora P. Sanders. 1923 grad. of Clarks HS.  1928 grad LDS Commercial College, SLC, UT. 15 Apr 1925: Married Francis P. Bender at Laramie, WY. Piano teacher. 1930: They moved to Clarks, NE and ran a grocery store. Mrs. Bender died Mon., 25 Jan 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survived by 2 cousins. Predeceased by her husband in 1997; and an infant sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Jan 1999
Frieda Mae McHARGUE, 93

Born 25 Feb 1905, Rising City (Butler Co.), NE. Parents: William Drawbaugh & Cora Minnick. Grad of Kearney State Teachers College. 1 Jun 1927: Married William H. McHargue at Council Bluffs, IA. They farmed near Central City & Marquette, NE. 1959: Retired to Aurora, NE. She died Sun., 24 Jan 1999 at Aurora. Visitation: Tues., at Higby Mortuary, Aurora. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: a son, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 27 g-gch., 4 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a son, Dale Eugene; seven siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Jan 1999

Billie Lloyd ZEDICHER, 72

Born 4 Sep 1926, Shelby (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Benjamin Zedicher & Julia Brazee. 1945 grad. of Osceola HS. 23 Jul 1945: Married Ida A. Jenkins at Belleville, KS. 1945-47: US Army. They lived in Osceola; moved south of Clarks in 1991. Seed salesman, business owner, etc. Died Thurs. 21 Jan 1999 at Grand Island Veterans Home. Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Osceola. Burial: Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements: Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 4 daughters (1 is an adopted child), 7 gch., 3 g-gch; 4 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife, a granddaughter; 2 brothers - Russell & Harry Earl Simonsen.

Note: Wife died in auto accident, Nov 1998.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Jan 1999
Emma Darlene SENKBILE, 58

Born 22 Mar 1940, Central City, NE. Parents: John Brondel & Esther Harrington. 1958 grad. of CCHS.  27 Feb 1960: Married Wayne Elmer Senkbile at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City, NE. Died Sun., 24 Jan 1999, Central City. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter; her mother, 4 brothers, 4 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her father; a brother Marvin Brondel.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 29 Jan 1999
Robert E. HINES Jr., 50

Born 11 Sep 1948, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Robert E. Hines Sr. & Edna Poehler. Grew up in Grand Island, NE.  1967 grad. of Palmer HS. 1968-72: US Marine Corps. Returned to Grand Island, NE. Accountant for UPRR. Member of Zion Lutheran Church at Worms, NE. 1993: Moved to North Platte, NE. 13 Sep 1997: Married Donna Jean. Died Wed. 27 Jan 1999 at Ogallala, NE. Survivors: His wife and a step-child; his parents, 2 brothers & 4 sisters. Predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Hines.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 29 Jan 1999
Herman C. PETERS, 93

Born 11 Jul 1905, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Fred Peters & Emma Luebbe. Grew up at Worms, NE. 21 Nov 1926: Married Sarah Stone. 20 Jul 1954: Married Margaret Reimers. 9 May 1963: Married Delpha Bushnell at Grand Island, NE. Died Thurs., 28 Jan 1999 at Palmer, NE. Visitation: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Sat. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 7 gch., 16 g-gch.; 3 sister. Predeceased by his wives; 2 sisters - Mamie Scheer & Meta Schmidt; 4 brothers - Henry, Walter, Eddie & Willie Peters.

Note: First marriage - see Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I page 214 #I-214. Obit of brother Willie published 4 Dec 1997 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Jan 1999
Vera A. STRUBLE, 85

Born 31 Aug 1913 at Boelus (Howard C.), NE. Parents: Charles Tockey & Martha Dethlefs. 12 Jan 1935: Married Francis Struble at Central City, NE. They lived at Ravenna & then Grand Island, NE. Mr. Struble died 12 Feb 1992. Mrs. Struble died Fri. 29 Jan 1999, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: a son, a granddaughter; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; sister Mable Hil; 6 brothers - John, Art, Fred, George, Charles and Tag Tockey. Memorials: Grace Baptist Church.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Feb 1999
George SENKBEIL, 92

Born 25 Dec 1906, Hall County, NE.  Parents: Ernest Senkbeil & Antoinette Sass. Attended school in Merrick County, NE.  10 Mar 1934: Married Linda Wiese at Grand Island, NE.  They dairy farmed in western Merrick County until 1987. Died Mon. 1 Feb 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Service: Wed., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 5 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother, a sister, a nephew he raised. His wife died in July 1989.  Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Feb 1999
Carl MIETH, 92

Born 25 Jul 1906, in Hall County, NE. Parents: Fredrick Mieth & Eunice Siberly. 29 Sep 1925: Married Iola Harris at Central City, NE. They farmed near Cairo, Ravenna, Loup City and Rockville, NE. Mr. Mieth died Mon. 1 Feb 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Rasmussen Mortuary, Ravena, NE. Service: Fri., Congregational Church, Ravenna. Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Ravenna, NE.  Survivors: A son, a daughter, 11 gch., 13 g-gch., 5 gg-gch. Predeceased by his wife, a grandson & a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Feb 1999
Clifford Lee MILLER, 90

Born 7 Jun 1908, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Bert D. Miller & Fannie Brown. Attended Grand Island HS. Worked for UPRR. 6 Nov 1938: Married Jean Elois Snelling at Wahoo, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. 1965: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Miller died in 1988. Mr. Miller died Tues. 2 Feb 1999 at Grand Island, NE.  Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 4 sons, 5 gch., 1 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife, 2 sisters & a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Feb 1999

Delbert L. 'Bud' Suck, 79

Born on 17 April 17 1919, near Archer, NE. Parents: Jacob & Lena (Wegner) Suck.

Died Thursday, 4 Feb. 4, 1999, Central City. Formerly lived at Archer, NE

Farmer, retired 1990. WW II: US Army.

50-Year Member of Archer Zion United Methodist Church.

Survivors: two sisters-in-law, Hulda Suck of Central City and Lillie Suck of Palmer; several nieces.

Preceded in death by 3 brothers, Lester, Edward, & Elmer Suck; 2 sisters, Martha & Viona Suck.

Visitation: Friday at Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Services: Saturday at Zion United Methodist Church near Archer with burial in the Archer Community Cemetery.
Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 6 Feb 1999
Earl H. "Smitty" SCHMIDT, 76

Born 16 Nov 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: Henry Schmidt & Sena Mickelson. 1939 grad. of GISH.  1943-46: US Army. 22 Jul 1949: Married Bernadine at Grand Island. 1967: Started a construction company. Mr. Schmidt died Tues. 2 Feb 1999 at Veterans Home, Grand Island. Service: Mon. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 3 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by an infant brother. Memorials to United Congregational Church.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Feb 1999
Elmer L. "Bud'"KEARNS, 78

Born 13 May 1920, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Ray Kearns & Cordelia Carr. Grew up near Scotia, NE.  1939: Married Luella McDonald; she died in 1943. WW II: US Army. 1946: Married Doris Morrow. They lived near North Loup. She died in 1947. 1948: Married Virginia; continued to live at North Loup. 1995: Moved to Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. Died there on Fri., 5 Feb 1999. Service: Mon., at Ord Memorial Chapel. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Scotia, NE. Survivors: His 3rd wife, a son, 2 gch.; 2 sisters, 1 brother. Predeceased by 2 wives, and an infant daughter Grace Marie. Also deceased, a sister Donna Pahl.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 8 Feb 1999
Lawrence H. WIECK, 84

Born 5 Mar 1914, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Peter Wieck & Wiebke Hargens. Raised at Worms, NE. 17 May 1940: Married Lucille at Worms, NE. Farmer, stockman. Died Sat. 6 Feb 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Apfel-Butler, Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial: church cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 4 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by 4 brothers - Frank, Alfred, Reynold, & Oscar; 3 sisters - Emma, Ella, & Hilda.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 402-403; 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p3A D43 F43 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p3a D56 F55 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Feb 1999
Walter LUEBKE, 87

Born Palmer, NE. Parents: Herman Luebke & Gesine Janssen. WW II: US Navy. 25 Feb 1945: Married Ruth. They moved to Tacoma, WA. US Postal Service employee. Died Tues. 9 Feb 1999 at Puyallup, WA. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 6 gch. Predeceased by 5 sisters - Wilhelmina Renken, Anna Simonson, Clara Dankert, Lydia Kamper and Rose Holtz.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Loup Twp, Merrick, NE ED159 p9B D58 F60 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Palmer Village, Merrick, NE ED61-8 p2b D38 F38 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 Feb 1999
Charles Sidney Fuehrer, 70

Born 10 May 1928, St. Michael, NE. Parents: Calvin Fuehrer & Lydia Glause. About 1940: his family moved to Chapman, NE. 1945 grad. of Grand Island HS. 23 Oct 1949: Married Roma at Grand Island. They farmed near Worms, NE. Died Wed. 10 Feb 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home.  Service: Sat., Zion United Methodist Church, Archer, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by sister LaVon Harmoney.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 Feb 1999
Cody Ray Mustard HOLDEMAN, infant

Born & died 8 Feb 1999, Bull Head City, AZ. Parents: Ernie Holdeman & Jacque Mustard. Family graveside service was Sat. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His parents & 3 grandparents. Predeceased by grandfather Ervin Holdeman.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 Feb 1999
Lewis J. ZMEK, 80

Born 23 Jul 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Joseph Zmek & Mary Nabity. 1937 grad. of Chapman HS.  1957: Family moved to Dannebrog, NE. 27 Nov 1940: Married Dolores at Central City, NE. They farmed in Merrick County until 1957, moved to farm near Dannebrog, NE. Mr. Zmek died Thurs., 18 Feb 1999 at Dannebrog. Visitation: Sun., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Service: Mon., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Farwell, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister in T& Ann Reha.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p383 (EW Thede); 1920 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED157 p5B D103 F103 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p1A D2 F2 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 23 Feb 1999
Lucy HOBACK, 80

Born 13 Aug 1918, Fount, KY. Parents: John Hammons & Lizzie Jones. 1919: Family moved to Central City, NE. 1936 grad. of CCHS. 10 Mar 1949: Married Raymond Sawyers at Central City. He died in 1973. 7 Apr 1974: She married Oren Hoback at Central City, NE. Member of First Christian Church. Mrs. Hoback died Sun., 21 Feb 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her second husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 1 step daughter, 12 gch., 2 step gch., 17 g-gch.  Also surviving - 3 sisters. Predeceased by her first husband, & an infant son; 4 brothers: Charles, Bill, Huber & Sam Hammons
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 235-236; History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II page 134 (Benner); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE - ED61-7 p1a D5 F6 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 25 Feb 1999
Arnold C. BOSSELMAN, 91

Born 24 Jan 1908, Worms, NE. Parents: Henry Bosselman & Ollie Conrad. 12 Feb 1933: Married Rose Marie at Grand Island, NE; lived in that town. Died Mon. 22 Feb 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial at later date in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter,  4 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his brother Elmer.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 28 Feb 1999
Hazel NUGENT, 94

Born 28 Nov 1904, Merna, NE. Parents: James P. Haddix & Emma Jane Payne. Grew up in Broken Bow.  21 Jan 1931: Married Charles Kelsey at St. Paul, NE. 2 Sep 1941: Married Lewis E. Nugent at Grand Island, NE. Lived mostly in Central City. Mr. Nugent died in 1960. Mrs. Nugent died Fri. 26 Feb 1999 at Central City. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by 3 brothers & 4 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 28 Feb 1999
Goldie I. OTT, 86

Born 2 Dec 1912, Taylor, NE. Parents: Roy Preston & Edna Ankney. Grad. of Monroe HS (Platte County).  21 Aug 1933: Married Fred Ott at Central City, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE, and then California (1953-79); returned to Grand Island, NE. Methodist. Mr. Ott died in 1993. Mrs. Ott died Sat. 27 Feb 1999 at NE Veterans Home. Visitation: Mon., Livingston-Sonderman Funeral Home. Service: Mon, Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Harry & Glen Preston.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 28 Feb 1999
Donald Harvey WILSON Jr., 43

Born 9 Apr 1955, Wilmington, Del. Parents: Donald Harvey Wilson & Caroline Garcia. 27 May 1990: Married Debra Sue at Syracuse. Abt 8 yrs ago, moved to Central City, NE. Died Fri. 26 Feb 1999, Central City, NE. Memorial service: Mon., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters; his father & 13 siblings. Predeceased by his mother & a brother.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 1 Mar 1999

Albert C. Christensen, 76

Born 13 Aug 1923, Palmer, NE. Parents: Martin Christensen & Georgia Brooks. 1940 grad. of Palmer HS. 26 Nov 1948: Married at Mitchell, NE. Farmed north of Palmer. 1984: Moved to St. Paul, NE. Opened auction business. Died Sun. 28 Feb 1999 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Service: Wed at United Methodist Church, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 7 gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by brothers - Carl & Chris.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Mar 1999

Elinor Evangeline CARNES, 83

Born 13 Jul 1915, Aurora, NE. Parents: Edgar Gorham & Erma Yantz. Grad. of Aurora HS (Hamilton County). 14 Oct 1936: Married Elmo Carnes at Lincoln, NE. Lived in Aurora until 1951 when moved to Chapman, NE. Died Mon., 1 Mar 1999 at Aurora, NE. Service Thurs. at Higby Mortuary, Aurora. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: husband, a son, a daughter, 5 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Mar 1999
Lawrence R. WEGNER, 93

Born 15 May 1905, Archer, NE. Parents: John Wegner & Emma Zamzow. 7 Mar 1929: Married Alice Snyder at Palmer, NE. His wife died 13 May 1952. In 1960, he moved to a farm south of St. Paul, NE. Mr. Wegner died Wed., 3 Mar 199 at St. Paul. Visitation: Fri., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 9 gch., 21 g-gch.; one sister & one brother. Predeceased by his wife; five brothers - Vernon, Harold, Leonard, Clinton & John Wegner Jr.; 4 sisters - Irene Gilmont, Louise Weller, Alice Hettrick & Helen Green.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Mar 1999
Winifred Marie LARSON, 81

Born 20 Feb 1918, Wolbach, NE. Parents: Claus Larson & Anna Olsen. Family moved to farm north of Meadow Grove, NE. 1952: Moved with parents to Tilden, NE. Worked in California. 1978: Returned to parents home in Nebraska. 1999: Resident of Integrated Health Services. Died Fri. 5 Mar 1999 at Central City, NE. Graveside service Tues. at Stromsburg Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by 4 brothers - Rudolf, Allan, John and Arnold (infant); an infant sister, Anna.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 8 Mar 1999
Hazel Irene NICHOLS, 88

Born 7 May 1910, Linwood (Butler Co.), NE. Parents: William Nichols & Louisa Ella Benson. Grad. of Ord HS (Valley Co). Worked in Loup City, NE. 1944-46: US Marine Corps. Returned to Loup City; later worked in York, NE. Resident of Litzenberg Long Term Care Center, Central City, NE. Died Fri. 5 Mar 1999 at Central City. Visitation: Mon. at Metz Mortuary, York, NE. Service: Tues. at Arbor Drive Baptist Church, York. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE.  Survivor: A niece. Predeceased by 4 brothers & 7 sisters. Memorials: Litzenberg Long Term Care Center Aviary Fund.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 15 Mar 1999

Merle L. WELLER, 64

Born 26 Mar 1934 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Herman Weller & Elsie Bruns. 1952 grad. of Archer HS. 6 Nov 1955: Married at Archer, NE. 1956-58: US Army. 1959: Moved to farm near Palmer. Died Sun., 14 Mar 1999 at Palmer. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., Archer Zion United Methodist church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 sons, 3 gch.; his mother & a brother.  Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Mar 1999
E. N. "Pars" PARSONS, 75

Born 8 Feb 1924, Arnold, NE. Parents: Emory Parsons & Gertrude Maxson. Both parents died, and from age 10 Pars lived in Central City with his sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Ed Rasmussen. WW II: US Navy. 11 Jul 1948: Married Shirley Marceline Jones at Hordville, NE. Mrs. Parsons died 21 May 1995. Mr. Parsons died Mon. 15 Mar 1999 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs., First Baptist Church, Hordville, NE. Burial: Lindale Cemetery near Hordville. Survivors: a son and 2 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife, his parents, 3 sisters - sisters, Vera Rasmussen, Berle & Arleeta Parsons.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 23 Mar 1999
Ned Conrad CARLSON, 87

Born 26 Sep 1911, Central City, NE. Parents: Jonas Gunnar Carlson & Henrietta Anderson. Family moved to Lincoln where he grad. from HS. 1933: Family returned to Central City, NE. WW II: USAF. 9 Oct 1952: Married Bonnie Norgard at Lincoln, NE. Worked for Standard Oil. Died Sun. 21 Mar 1999 at Grand Island Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 5 sons, 12 gch., 1 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife; 3 sisters & a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Mar 1999
Thelma HESSELGESSER, 89

Born in Colfax Co., NE. Parents: John C. Bailey & Mahala Mae Hughes. Grew up on farm near Schuyler, NE. 1928 grad. of Schuyler HS. 1931: Married Lawrence Hesselgesser of Central City, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. 1939: Moved to Alhambra, CA. Died Fri. 19 Mar 1999. Memorial service: Sat., in California. Survivors: husband, 2 sons, 7 gch., 6 g-gch.; a brother and 2 sisters. Predeceased by adopted son Jim; 3 brothers - David, Glenn & Richard Bailey; a sister Elzada Barr.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Mar 1999
Lelon E. ALEXANDER, 87

Born 9 Feb 1912, Duncan (Platte Co.), NE. Parents: William Alexander & Emma Leith. 1931 grad. of Duncan HS. 11 Oct 1941: Married Mildred Boss at Silver Creek, NE; they lived at Silver Creek, NE. WW II: US Army. Employed by UPRR. Died Mon. 29 Mar 1999 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Wed., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his wife; 3 brothers - Herman, Ivan Bruce "Pete" & Ray; 1 sister - Ruby Warner.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 107 (Alexander), 128 (Boss)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Mar 1999

BECK, Barbara Joanelle

Born 13 Oct 1965, Grand Island (Hall Co.), NE. Parents: Orval Nouzovsky & Jeanie Sandquist. Grad. of Grand Island HS. 1985: Married Steven Roy Beck at Grand Island; lived in Central City for several years. Died 28 Mar 1999, Grand Island, NE. Service: 1 Apr 1999 at Stolley Park Church of Christ, Grand Island.  Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks. Survived by her husband, a son & a daughter; her parents, two brothers & 3 sisters.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 4 April 1999
Glendora Marie MARTENS, 74

Born 14 May 1924, Exeter, NE. 1942: Moved to Central City, NE.  11 Jul 1964: Married Leonard Martens at Central City. They lived there until 1950, moved to Stromsburg. Later lived at Lyons, Oakland, & Arlington NE. 1962: Settled at Fremont, NE. Leonard died 24 Sep; 1983. Mrs. Martens died Fri., 2 Apr 1999 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service: Tues., Rozanek & Son Colonial Chapel, Fremont, NE. Burial: Ridge Cemetery, Fremont. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 sons, 19 gch., 10 g-gch.; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Predeceased by 2 sisters, a brother, a gch., and a g-gch.

Note: Obit of sister Beverly Patton was published 13 Nov 2004 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Apr 1999

Winifred Marie LARSON, 81

Born 20 Feb 1918, Wolbach, NE. Parents: Claus Larson & Anna Olsen. Family soon moved to a farm north of Meadow Grove, NE; and in 1952 to Tilden, NE. She went to California, then returned to NE in 1978.  Miss Larson died Fri. 5 Mar 1999 at Central City, NE. Graveside service: Tues. at Stromsburg Cemetery (Polk County). Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister.  Predeceased by 4 brothers - Rudolf, Allan, John & Arnold (infant); and a sister Anna (infant).

Note: Appears there was some delay with burial plans, so obit repeated.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 April 1999
Edith Iona FLEEK, 85

Born 14 Jul 1913, Shell Rock, IA. Parents: Richard C. Riley & Clara Lincoln. Family moved to Merrick Co., NE. 4 Oct 1939: Married Harry Fleek. Harry died in auto accident 8 Oct 1939. Mrs. Fleek moved to Idaho; returned to Central City in the 1970's. Died Wed., 7 Apr 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Graveside service: Fri., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survived by a nephew & a niece.  Predeceased by her husband; 5 sisters - Bethel King, Mable Cummings, Emma Holcomb and two infants; a brother - Marian Riley.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 April 1999
Mary Jane SORENSEN, 77

Born 28 Dec 1921, Cairo, NE. Parents: Chester Omey & Grace Brayton. 18 Nov 1938: Married Virgil Harlan Sorensen at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near Cairo, then Wood River, NE. 1976: Moved to Polk, NE.  Mr. Sorensen died 12 Sep 1989. Mrs. Sorensen died Wed., 7 Apr 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Cremation will follow. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 13 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Lyle & Roy Omey; 2 sisters - Nora Smith & Doris Lane; an infant grandchild.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 11 April 1999
Doris J. RILEY, 66

Born 23 Jun 1932, Hastings, NE. Parents: Charles Dewey & Leona Buskirk. 13 Dec 1955: Married Donald LeRoy Riley Sr. They moved to Central City, NE. Presbyterian. Died Fri., 9 Apr 1999 at Central City.  Service: Mon., Solt funeral Home, Central City. Burial at City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 1 daughter, 10 gch.; 3 brothers, & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Gerald and Tim; a grandson, Paul; 4 brothers - Dick & three infants.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 April 1999
William Eldon HUXFORD, 83

Born 7 Jan 1916, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: J. Eldon Huxford & Leonore Chandler. 1934 grad. of CCHS. 6 Apr 1940: Married Helen. WW II: US Army. Employed in VA hospital system. Died 7 Apr 1999 at Phoenix, AZ. Service: 7 Apr at Tempe Mortuary. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Survivors: wife, 3 sons; a sister Dorothy Kramer. Predeceased by sisters Winona Reid and Aline Nielsen. Memorials: Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix or any local hospice.

Note: Sister Dorothy died later in same month, see below.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 April 1999
Vernal P. WISELY, 49

Born 27 Apr 1949, Central City, NE. Parents: Kenneth Wisely & Edna Ruge. 1956: Family moved to Grand Island, NE. 1968-70: US Army, Vietnam. Married Pat at Grand Island. 1995: Moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Died Sat. 17 Apr 1999 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, CO. Service: Thurs., Kleine Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 gch., his parents, a grandmother. Predeceased by grandparents, Paul Wisely; Herman & Anna Ruge.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 April 1999
Leah M. HYDE, 100

Born 14 Dec 1898, Callaway, NE. Parents: Edgar  Pinnell & Ethel Douglas. 1922: Married Leo Hyde at Central City, NE. Member of First Christian Church. Mr. Hyde died in 1986. Mrs. Hyde died Wed., 21 Apr 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Graveside service: Sat., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by a brother Walter Pinnell & a sister Charlotte Phelan.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 April 1999
Dorothy Huxford KRAMER, 91

Born 21 Sep 1907, Central City, NE. Parents: J. Eldon Huxford & Leonore Blanche Chandler. 1926 grad. of CCHS. Worked as model in NY City; as secretary in California. 1980: Returned to Central City. Died Wed., 21 Apr 1999 at Central City. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Inurnment at later date. Survivors: 7 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband; brother, Bill Huxford; two sisters, Aline Nielsen & Winona Reid.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p243 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Central City Ward 1, Merrick Co. NE ED158 p8B H404 D189 F207 (w/p); Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p387 #I-387; 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Merrick Co., NE ED61-1 p18a H2226 D243 F245 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent -Thurs. 29 April 1999
John A. BRUNER, 68

Born 12 Mar 1931 near Kola (Holt County), NE. Parents: John Bruner & Alta Rockford. Attended school in Garfield County. 24 Apr 1953: Married Dorothy at Central City, NE. Died 22 Apr 1999, Bullhead City, AZ.  Service: Thurs. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grafton, NE. Arrangements: Kohler Mortuary, Sutton, NE.  Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, a son, 12 gch.; 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 April 1999
Mabel FOSSBERG, 78

Born 16 Nov 1920, Scotia (Greeley County), NE. Parents: Conrad Hermsmeyer & Ollie Schultz. 1938 grad. of Scotia HS. 17 Mar 1947: Married Gordon Deveer Fossberg at Scotia. 1948: Moved to Polk, NE.  Mabel taught at a country school in Merrick Co., & at Hordville, NE. Died Tues., 27 Apr 1999 at York, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Polk, NE. Service: Fri., First Baptist Church, Polk. Burial: Lindale Cemetery near Polk. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 16 gch., 1 g-gch; 2 brothers & a sister.  Predeceased by an infant daughter Jean Marie; brother Paul Hermsmeyer; sister Edna Leibli.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 April 1999
Leona T. STOPAK, 85

Born 30 Jul 1913, Genoa, NE. Parents: Jacob Herdzina & Louise Brezenski. 18 Apr 1934: Married Frank Stopak. Lived at Silver Creek, NE. Died Wed., 28 Apr 1999 at Lutheran Home in Omaha, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter; a step-granddaughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband; a brother & 2 sisters. Memorials: To the church or the American Cancer Society.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE Newman Twp, Nance, NE ED170 p5A D88 F89 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census East Newman Twp, Nance, NE ED63-5 p4b D58 F58 (w/p)

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 May 1999
Fern Goldy LAVELLE, 94

Born 6 Nov 1904, Polk Co., NE. Parents: William Henry & Nellie Mabel (Sherwood) Lavelle. 1924 grad. of Clarks HS. Teacher; employee of RR Board at Washington DC & Chicago, IL. Died Mon., 3 May 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Inurnment: Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: a brother. Predeceased by 2 brothers & 3 sisters. Memorials: NE Christian Schools.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 May 1999
Iva "Claire" WIDMAN, 94

Born 28 Jun 1904, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William & Joseph(ine) (Farrel) Harris. 6 Oct 1926: Married Samuel Embree Widman at Central City, NE. They lived in Lincoln, North Platte, Colorado, then returned to Central City. Mr. Widman died 15 Aug 1973. Mrs. Widman died Mon., 3 May 1999 at Central City. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A brother & 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; 6 brothers, a sister.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 220 (Harris), 402 (Widman); 1920 Fed. Census Chapman Twp., Merrick, NE ED155 p7B D85 F86 (w/p); Marriage Records Book I p209 #I-209; 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p1a H1415 D10 F101

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 May 1999
Frank KUCERA Jr., 89

Born 11 Nov 1909, Crete, NE. Parents: Franks Sr. & Mary Trousil Kucera. Family moved to Merrick Co., NE. Farmer. 29 Jul 1931: Married Eunice Sherwood in Central City, NE. 1965: Started selling insurance. 1994: Retired. Mrs. Kucera died 12 Sep 1991. Mr. Kucera died Fri., 7 May 1999 at Palmer, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 12 gch., etc. Predeceased by his wife; ... 2 brothers - Rudolph & Lumier Kucera; a sister, Millie Ricks.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 10 May 1999
Harriett May CARTER, 102

Born 25 Sep 1896, Ashland, NE. Parents: John W. & Daisy B. (Rager) Kershaw. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. Aug 1915: Married A. Wallace Carter at Silver Creek, NE. They lived in several places before settled at Gibbon in 1967. She died Sun., 9 May 1999 at Gibbon. Service: Wed., Gibbon Faith United Church. Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 15 gch., 25 g-gch., 21 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, 3 sons & 2 gch. Memorials: the church or the Good Samaritan Center, Gibbon.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Silver Creek Twp., Merrick, NE ED162 p9B D22 F22

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 May 1999
Edna Marie McCLURE, 85

Born 26 Mar 1914 near Palmer, NE. Parents: William Lee & Dora Ann (Mundt) Banister. 31 Jan 1935: Married Glenn McClure at Archer, NE. "They lived in Chapman, Archer, Palmer and Central City." She died Tues., 11 May 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Graveside service: Fri., Burke Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons,, 5 gch., 7 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 3 brothers - Walter, Earl and Harry Banister.

Grand Island Independent, - Fri. 14 May 1999

John William MUNDT, 81

Born 18 Mar 1918, North Platte (Lincoln Co.), NE. Parents: George & Bertha (Wegner) Mundt. Attended school at Central City, NE. 4 Sep 1941: Married at Lincoln, NE. They farmed north of Central City. He died Wed., 12 May 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Kleine Funeral Home. Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 14 g-gch. Predeceasd by a gch.; 2 brothers - Ralph & Lloyd; a sister Elizabeth.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Mad Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-10 p1b D16 F16 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 May 1999
Alfred "Grandpa" MEYER, 87

Born 31 May 1911, Barbrake, Hanover, Germany. Parents: Herman & Anna (Bormann) Meyer. Family immigrated in 1913. Farmer. 30 Mar 1933: Married Evangeline Schwarz at Grand Island, NE. They lived near Palmer most of their married life.  11 Jan 1943: Naturalized at Grand Island.  1963: Moved to farm south of Grand Island; and in 1976 moved into town. He died Thurs., 13 May 1999 following accident near Grand Island. Visitation: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Grace Lutheran Church. Burial: GI City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 21 g-gch., 1 gg-gch; 2 brothers, 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife (1988); son LeRoy; ... 3 brothers & 3 sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp234 (Hiegel), 287 (Meyer), 357 (Schwarz)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 May 1999
Albina HRUBAN, 95

Born 1 Dec 1903, TX. Parents: Joseph & Francis Novak. About 1905, her family moved to Omaha, NE.  5 Mar 1926: Married Method J. Hruban. They had a floral business in Omaha. Later operated same type of business in Schuyler, NE and Pamona, CA (Pomona?)  1947: Opened business in Central City, NE. In 1972, she married her first husband's brother, James Charles Hruban. They had a floral business in Schuyler, NE. 1990: They moved to Central City, NE. Albina died Fri., 14 May 1999 at Central City, NE.  Graveside service (private) will be Tues. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 12 gch., 25 g-gch. Predeceased by both husbands.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 May 1999
Tony S. SAVAGE, 90
Born 22 Dec 1908 on farm south of Genoa, NE. Parents: "Thomas and Julia (Iwan) Tomasiewicz (also known as Savage)." Farmed near Clarks. 1928: US Army. 1934: Employee of Dept of Agriculture. 1935: Married in Polk Co., NE. Later worked in UT, NE, KS, NE. WW II: US Army. Lived in Washington DC for 36 years.Retired in 1973. Resident of Central City, NE. Died Sat., 15 May 1999 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., St. Micahel Catholic Church, Central City.  Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 4 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Frank, Francis & Joe; 3 sisters - Mary, Anna & an infant.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED156 p13A D141 F148 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-6 p3a D44 F44 (w/p). His sister Katherine Prososki died 23 Sep 2007 in Polk County (Columbus Telegram obit - 24 Sep 2007)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 19 May 1999
Steven Lee GRIGSBY, 44

Born 10 Oct 1954, Aurora, NE. Parents: Robert Grigsby & his wife. 1972 grad. of CCHS. 15 Jan 1982: Married at Central City, NE. Farmed in Central City area. Died Mon, 17 May 1999 at Central City, NE.  Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons; his mother, 2 brothers, & a sister. Predeceased by his father.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 213 (Grigsby), 398; 13 Nov 1998: GI Independent obit of father

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 May 1999
Ethel J. DETTMAN, 64

Born 9 Mar 1935, Hordville, NE. Parents: McKinley & Faye (Campbell) Land. 24 Oct 1952: Married Louis E. Dettman at Central City, NE. Died Frri. 21 May 1999 att Marion, IA. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central Ctiy Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters in Iowa; a son in MO; 2 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother and 5 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Alan Dale & Michael; 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 24 May 1999

Frank A. PODRAZA, 93

Born 23 Jan 1906, Chicago, IL. Parents: Joseph & Katherine (Novak) Podraza.  25 Oct 1936: Married Eleanora at Krakow near Genoa, NE. They lived in Chicago, IL; Silver Creek, NE; Santa Ana, CA. He retired in 1975 & they returned to Silver Creek, NE.  From 1991-1996, they lived at Lexington, NE; then moved to Columbus, NE. He died Sat., 22 May 1999 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Mon., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Tues., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial: church cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 3 sons; 2 sisters & 2 brothers. Predeceased by 4 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 24 May 1999

Viola REMBOLT, 89

Born 24 Feb 1910, Chapman, NE. Parents: Albert & Stella (Aurand) Schmutz. 1928 grad. of Chapman HS. 10 Aug 1928: Married Harvey F. Rembolt. They lived near Chapman. She died Sat., 22 May 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., Chapman Baptist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.  Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 7 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; two sisters, a brother; 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 May 1999
Alma W. KAMPER, 100

Born 18 Feb 1899, Platte Co., NE. Parents: John W. & Amanda (Lueschen) Hake. 1912: Family moved near Archer, NE. 3 Jun 1924: Married George Kamper. They farmed northeast of St. Libory, NE; then moved to Palmer, NE. 1963: They moved to North Platte, NE. Mr. Kamper died in 1968. In 1989, Mrs. Kamper moved to GI Veterans Home. She died Fri. 21 Mary 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Platte, NE. Burial: Floral lawns Memorial Garden, North Platte. Survivors: 4 daughters, 36 gch., 78 g-gch., 19 gg-gch. Also living, a sister. Predeceased by her husband, a son, 2 daughters; 5 sisters & 4 brothers.

Note: See 1900 Fed Census Bismark Twp, Platte, NE ED 155 p06a D087 F090 (w/p); Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book I p41 #3594; 1930 Fed. Census Palmer Village, Merrick, NE ED61-8 p2a D26 F2. 

Husband can be found in 1900 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED139 p3b D59 F59 (w/p); and 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p7A D119 F119

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 May 1999
Dolores M. ZMEK, 82

Born 4 Dec 1916, Central City, NE. Parents: Alfred & Rose (Trainor) Power. 27 Nov 1940: Married Lewis Zmek at Central City, NE. They farmed in Merrick County until 1957; moved to a farm near Dannebrog, NE. She died Mon., 24 May 1999 at hospital in St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Fri., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Farwell, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., 3 g-gch; one sister. Predeceased by her husband (18 Feb 1999): & a son Galen. Also deceased are 5 brothers - Vince, Jamie, Rich, Owen & Bob Power; 5 sisters - Charlotte Pierce, Phyllis Williams, Theresa Drusseau, Dorothy Armatys & Agnes Clouse. Memorials to Howard Co. Community Hospital, St. Paul, NE; or American Heart Association.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p323 (w/p), & p383 (Thede); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-7 p2b D45 F47 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 May 1999

Ivan DITTMER, 64

Born 21 Jun 1934, Clarks, NE. Parents: Bill & Bernita Dittmer. Grad. of Clarks HS.1952-54: US Navy; also served in Army Reserve & National Guard. Farmed; worked for Bureau of Reclamation at Ainsworth, Valentine & Moses Lake. After 1983, worked as police officer. Married in 1988. Retired to Wood River, NE.  Died Mon., 24 May 1999 at Broken Arrow, OK. Visitation: Thurs., Apfel Funeral Home, Wood River. Service: Fri., Countryside Christian Church, Kearney, NE. Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter; his mother, a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 May 1999
Wesley John "Wes" BECK, 75

Born 27 Sep 1923, Clarks, NE. Parents: Raymond & Ruth (Wolfe) Beck. 1942 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Army. Married. Farmer, iron worker, school bus driver. Resident of Marquette, NE. Died Thurs., 27 May 1999 at GI Veterans Home. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife Shirley, 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch.; 5 brothers.  Predeceased by a sister, Doris Neel.

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 2 June 1999
Lloyd LaVern TRAXLER, 47

Born 3 Oct 1951, Alma, NE. Parents: Lloyd Traxler & Meda Knapp. 4 Jun 1970: Married Anita. 4 Dec 1975: Married Betty. They lived in Central City. Currently a resident of Clarks, NE. Died Mon. 31 May 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Baptist Church, Central City. Cremated. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: A son & 4 daughters; 5 step-children; 11 gch.; 2 brothers, & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, brother David, and sister Shirley Butler.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 3 June 1999
Florence L. HARDY, 73

Born 21 Dec 1925, Custer Co., NE. Parents: Phillip Glover & Gladys McClure. 1944 grad. of Central City HS. 1945: Married Roland F. Hardy at Smith Center, KS. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Member of Christian Church. Died Tues., 1 Jun 1999 at York, NE.  Service: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 9 gch., 8 g-gch; a sister. Predeceased by a daughter Jeanette.

Note: For her family see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p4b D77 F78: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE. Sister Geraldine Scarborough died 13 Mar 2001 (Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 June 1999
Gertrude B. RUSSELL, 86

Born 23 Jul 1912, Geary, OK. Parents: Rolla Scott & Josephine Lindahl. 1930: Family moved to Hordville, NE. Apr 1933: Married Frank Russell at Aurora, NE. They farmed near Marquette, NE. 1954: Moved to St. Paul, NE. 1957: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Russell died in 1970. Mrs. Russell died Sat. 6 Jun 1999 at Central City. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Richland Cemetery, near Marquette (Hamilton Co.), NE. Survivors: 3 daughters, 3 sons, 19 gch., 20 g-gch, 1 gg-gch; 2 sisters & 4 brothers. Predeceased by her husband, son Larry; 2 brothers - Forrest & Buck Scott; a sister Opal Berck.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 June 1999
Georgie E. GRAY, 85

Born 28 Mar 1914, Pollackville, Alberta, Canada. Parents: James Stuart & Mabel Holbrook. 1932 grad. of Central City HS. 1 Apr 1934: Married Donald Gray. They lived in WY about 5 years - until husband entered the military. May 1946: Returned to farm near Central City, NE. Mrs. Gray was an office manager at the County Hospital. She died Mon. 7 Jun 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home.  Service: Thurs., St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 2 gch.; a sister in Washington.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 379 (T Stuart)

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 11 June 1999
Leona E. SVOBODA, 97 
Born 27 Feb 1902,  Howard Co., NE. Parents: Charles V. & Jane F. (Sevcik) Svoboda. 1921 grad. of St. Paul HS. Attended UN, art major. Returned to St. Paul, NE. Died Wed., 9 Jun 1999 at Palmer, NE. Visitation: Fri., Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Sat., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul. Burial: St. Wendeslaus Cemetery. Survivors: a brother.  Predeceased by 5 brothers - Carl, Clement, Alfred, William and Stephen; 4 sisters - Estella Punchochar, Blanche Francis, 2 infants (Anna & Mary).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 June 1999

OPAL JEAN OSWALD, 54

Born 1 May 1941, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Louie and Gladys (Verplank) Freeland. "... raised in Palmer ..."

Married 31 Dec 1959, Rapid City, SD - Robert Oswald

Residences: Grand Island, NE; Grand Forks, N.D.; Okinawa, Japan; Tucson, AZ; 1977: Grand Island, NE; and other locations.

Died Fri., 11 June 11, 1999, Grand Island, Hall, NE. Visitation: Mon. at the funeral home.

Service: Tues., Kleine Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors: husband of Grand Island; 3 daughters, Roberta of Riverside, CA, Lori (Mrs. David) Hudnall of Chapman and Shelly (Mrs. Bill) Peffer of Grand Island; one son, Victor of Grand Island; 6 gch; 2 brothers, Harold and Rolland of Central City; 8 sisters, Euveda Wilson of St. Paul, Faye Lubken of Central City, Mable (Mrs. Ernie) Burkhardt of Palmer, Betty (Mrs. Ron) Beck of Grand Island, Minnie (Mrs. Ed) Rasmussen of Omaha, Wanda, (Mrs. Fred) Rother of Wolbach, Ruby (Mrs. Richard) Henderson of Hastings and Lois (Mrs. Norman) Petersen of Grand Island.

Preceded in death by a sister, Shirley.

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

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 June 1999
Louis C. BUTT, 73

Born 20 Aur 1925, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Rynold F. Butt & Minnie B. Clauff. 1942 grad. of CCHS. 18 Jan. 1944: Married Alvera L. Johannes at Central City. They farmed north of town until 1992. Died Sun. 13 Jun 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 5 gch., 3 g-gch.; his mother, a sister. Predeceased by son, Bruce; and sister, Laree Gee.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 15 June 1999
Willis C. ABBOTT, 88

Born 18 Jul 1910, Chapman, NE. Parents: Blanchard Carl Abbott & Ida Hulda Siem. Grad. of Palmer HS.  WW II: US Army (Europe). 1 Jun 1946: Married Audra M. Mitchell at Laramie, WY. (Audra died 28 Nov 1968)  Employee of Defense Dept. 15 Nov 1971: Married Katie H. (Miller) Heinrich at Fort Collins, CO.  (Katie died 3 Apr 1987). Willis lived at Sidney & Scottsbluff, NE before moving to Dannebrog in 1993. He died there Wed., 9 Jun 1999. Cremated.  Survived by 2 sons.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p11A D90 F93: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 15 June 1999
Matilda ZULKOSKI, 92

Born 8 Feb 1907, Cotesfield (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Joseph Jurzenski & Minnie Dorszyski. 27 Jan 1925: Married Frank Zulkoski at Elba, NE. They farmed near Scotia, NE. Mr. Zulkoski died 3 Nov 1974. Mrs. Zulkoski died Sun., 13 Jun 1999 at Palmer, NE. Service: Wed., St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Scotia. Burial at Ord Catholic Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 9 gch., 10 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband and 2 gch; a sister Helen Wegrzyn; 6 brothers - John, Frank, Stanley, Edward, Peter & Anton Jurzenski.  

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 17 June 1999
Josephine R. DAVIS, 83

Born 5 Feb 1916, Duncan, NE. Parents: Thomas Cyza & Anna Koziol. 28 Aug 1941: Married Noble John Davis at Genoa, NE. They lived in Columbus; moved to Silver Creek, NE in 1960. Owned/operated Kozy Bar. Died Tues. 15 Jun 1999 at Silver Creek, NE. Service: Fri., St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Survivors: 5 daughters, 14 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister. Precedeased by her husband; 2 brothers - Adolph & Lonnie Cyza; 4 sisters - Anna Drozd, Donna Frazer, Helen Gasper, Clara Shearer.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 June 1999
Grace Evelyn McHARGUE, 88

Born 5 Aug 1910, Hastings, NE. Parents: Autin Miller & Amanda Johnson. 1929 grad. of CCHS. 10 Sep 1931: Married Oscar McHargue at Marquette, NE. They farmed in Hamilton Co., NE; and near Central City, NE. Member of Friends Society. Died Fri. 18 Jun 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 8 gch.; 6 g-gch.; a brother. Oscar McHargue died in 1987. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 June 1999
George E. MOORE, 90

Born 13 Mar 1909 at Mission, SD. Parents: Willis Moore & Jessie Taylor. Grew up in Antelope County, NE.  20 Sep 1929: Married Thelma McVay. They ranched in Wheeler Co., NE (except 4 years in Washington). He also worked as a welder. 1979: moved to Grand Island, NE. 1997: Moved to Community Care Center. Died Fri., 18 Jun 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home (Grand Island?). Burial: Bartlett Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 13 gch., 23 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife (10 Nov 1985); 2 brothers - Jim and George; 2 sisters, Nettie Taylor and Et Ring. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 Jun 1999

Edward James "Jamie" EOFF, 85

Born 24 Apr 1914, Central City, NE. Parents: George Eoff & Mabel Berryman. 1932 grad. of CCHS. Served in US Army. 16 Jun 1941: Married Dorothy Mabel King at Gering, NE. Worked in family's grocery business, sign painter. Died Tues. 22 Jun 1999 at Papillion, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 6 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother in CO.  Predeceased by a grandson; a brother - Dale; sister - Evelyn Grass; 2 step-brothers - Lee and George Eoff.

Note: See Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick p815 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p15A H2214 D17 F17 (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p25a H2204 D433 F480 (both at Central City, NE).  Lee & George Eoff were his half-brothers. Wife died 13 Feb 2002.

Grand Island independent - Fri. 25 Jun 1999
Harold P. GRAVENGAARD, 77

Born 25 Oct 1921, Hamilton Co., NE. Grad. of Marquette HS. Lived in CA. WW II: US Navy. 1948: returned to farm.  28 Dec 1957: Married Dorothy. They moved to Central City, NE; 1973: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Mon., 21 Jun 1999 at Central City. Service: Fri., Kleine Funeral Home. Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Kronberg, NE.  Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 2 gch., a sister in CA.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 292 (Munn)

Grand Island independent - Sat. 26 Jun 1999

Frank J. GONSIOR, 71

Born 5 Mar 1928, Genoa, NE. Parents: Charles Gonsior Sr. & Cecelia Jarecky. Grew up in Nance County.  15 Jun 1946: Married Stella Carolyn in Clarks, NE. They farmed in Nance, Polk & Merrick Counties. Died Thurs., 24 Jun 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial: Clarks Cem. Survivors: wife, a son, a daughter; 5 gch., 5 g-gch.  Predeceased by son James; 5 brothers & 3 sisters.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 6 Jul 1999

Norah E. DAVISON, 77

Born 14 Jan 1922, Reading, England. Parents: Harold & Enid (Ward) Dicker. Lived in England & Wales. 7 Jun 1944: Married Glenn A. Davison at Minchinhampton, England. Moved to USA in 1946. Worked in Grand Island, NE; Denver, CO; Chicago area. 1991: Moved to Central City, NE where she died Sun., 4 Jul 1999. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Graveside service: Wed. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a son, 3 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents; a brother - Robert Dicker.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Jul 1999
John H. SINSEL, 52

Born 17 Dec 1946, Central City, NE. Parents: Harry E. Sinsel & Lydia L. Nickel. 1965 grad. of Archer HS.  Lived at Archer & Fullerton, NE, then moved to Bowling Green, KY. Died there Sun., 4 Jul 1999. Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Fullerton. Burial: Prairie Creek Baptist Cemetery, Archer, NE. Survivors: 1 brother & 6 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Jul 1999
Dave DRAKE, 51

Born 2 Aug 1947, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert E. & Berneita Drake. Attended York HS. Died Wed., 7 Jul 1999 at Kansas City, MO. Service: Mon., Metz Chapel, York, NE. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York.  Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch..; his parents; 2 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent (death notice) - Tues. 13 Jul 1999
Leonard Jacob McLEAN, 80

Died 16 May 1999 at Mesa, AZ. His wife Mary Louise (Clement) McLean died 8 Aug 1996. Joint memorial service will be Mon. at Piere Chapel near Clarks, NE. (Burial at Bureau Cemetery). They lived in Merrick County; retired to Mesa, AZ.

Note: For husband see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p298 (J McLean); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p15B D193 F200: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p9b D206 F206: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE(w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Jul 1999
Reuben Ellsworth HANQUIST, 99

Born 25 Sep 1899 near Central City, NE. Parents: Pher Hanquest & Matilda Johnson. Attended school near Polk, NE.  16 Sep 1924: Married LaVina Mae Rodine at Polk, NE. They farmed near Polk. 1988: Moved to Aurora, NE. Mrs. Hanquist died 18 Sep 1992. Mr. Hanquist died Sun., 18 Jul 1999 at Aurora. Visitation: Wed., Higby Mortuary, Aurora. Service: Thurs., Pleasant View Bible Church, Aurora. Burial: Lindell Cemetery near Hordville. Survivors: 4 sons, a daughter, 24 gch., 21 g-gch.  Predeceased by his wife; a granddaughter.
Note: See 1900 Fed. Census NE ED135 p1a D9 F9: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 27 Jul 1999
John C. HOLLOWELL, 77

Born 6 Oct 1921, Honey Grove, TX. Parents: William Hollowell & Ada Smothers. Served in US Army Air Corps.  26 Nov 1943: Married Dorothy at Worms, NE. Insurance man. Died Sun. 25 Jul 1999, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sonderman Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Wiegert Cemetery, Hall County, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 1 son, 9 gch., etc.  Predeceasesd by 8 brothers & 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 31 Jul 1999
Floyd K. FRIZZELL, 85

Born 17 Apr 1914, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Roy Frizzell and Clara Cremeen. 1931 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 3 Jun 1936: married Delpha Pickett. Farmer, firefighter. Delpha died 9 Aug 1954. 31 Dec 1955: Married a second time, at Silver Creek, NE. Mr. Frizzell died Thurs., 29 Jul 1999 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Sun., McKowns Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial at Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: his second wife, 2 sons, 2 step-sons, 3 gch., etc. Predeceased by his first wife; a sister - Zola Finecy; a brother - Dale Frizzell.


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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Aug 1999
Joseph "Cecil" WILLHOFT, 89

Former resident of Central City, NE.  Died 7 Jul 1999 at Coos Bay, OR. Graveside service Thurs., Central City Cemetery. (Cremated). Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 406 (IP WillHoft), 407 (Willhoft-Phelps, & JD Willhoft Children); 1920 Fed. Census Central City Ward 2, Merrick, NE ED158 p12B H1503 D103 F104 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p10a H1103 D3 F3 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 Aug 1999

Donald Arthur FRAZIER, 87

Born 13 Aug 1911 near Archer, NE. Parents: Arthur L. Frazier & Cora Ellen Shepherd. Farmed near Archer. 26 Aug 1946: Married Wauneta F. Bonness at Archer, NE. 1980: They retired and moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Wed. 4 Aug 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial: Archer Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a son, and a sister. Predeceased by his wife (23 Oct 1996); 2 sisters: Marie Mess and Mabel Hansen; 2 brothers: Raymond and Leonard Frazier.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 Aug 1999

Velma Grace LAND, 61

Born 8 Aug 1937, Nance County, NE. Parents: Andrew C. Rasmussen & Ruth May Miller. 1955 grad. of Fullerton HS. 22 May 1955: Married Jerry William Land. They farmed in Nance & Merrick Counties. Jerry died 6 Feb 1996, and Velma moved to St. Paul, NE. Dec 1998: Moved to Arizona. Died Mon., 2 Aug 1999 at Queen Creek, AZ. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a son & 2 daughters, 5 gch. Predeceased by her husband and a grandson.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Aug 1999
Harvey H. "Happy" MILLER, 84

Born 8 Oct 1914, Palmer, NE. Parents: Julius & Emma (Brunk) Miller. WW II:P US Army, 67th Medical Attachment. Worked at Portland, OR (shipyards); Scotia, NE; and Hastings, NE. Methodist. 1951: Married Greetha Lee at Scotia, NE. Employed in Grand Island as groundskeeper for VA. Retired to Farwell, NE.  "Mrs. Miller died on Feb. 16, 1979." 1980: Harvey married a second time - to Gladys Lich at St. Paul, NE. Gladys died in Dec 1992. Mr. Miller died Wed., 4 Aug 1999 at GI Veterans Home.  Service: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Survivors: 4 step-sons, 3 step-daughters, ... Predeceased by a step-son Larry Lich; 3 brothers.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p1B D12 F12 (w/mother); and 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p5b D114 F108 (w/gm-Brunk)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 9 Aug 1999
Frank Dee SPIRES, 62

Born 10 Mar 1937, Clarks, NE. Parents: Robert & Nettie (Ernst) Spires. 1955 grad. of Clarks HS. 26 Jun 1960: Married at Hordville, NE. Worked in Stromsburg & Wood River, NE.  1969: Moved to Stromsburg; currently a resident of Hordville, NE. Died Sat., 7 Aug 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons; 3 sisters, 4 brothers.  Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 11 Aug 1999
Walter L. HOLTZ, 87

Born 4 Nov 1911 near Archer, NE. Parents: Herman & Frieda (Beulh) Holtz. 1929 grad. of Archer HS.  Attended GI Business College. 19 Apr 1933: Married Ruth Lohn at Fullerton, NE. They farmed in Nebraska & Indiana. He worked as heavy equipment operator in Indiana. Moved to St. Paul, NE 10 years ago. Died Mon., 9 Aug 1999 at St. Paul. Service: Thurs., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Burke Cemetery near Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 gch., 13 g-gh. Also living - a brother & 3 sisters. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Lawrence & James.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED161 p4B F40 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-11 p4b D85 F85 (w/Carl A. Hansen);

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Aug 1999
Margaret E. JOHNSON, 79

Born 25 Sep 1919, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: James & Edith (Palfrey) Kershaw. 18 Jul 1942: Married Leslie J. Johnson at Silver Creek. Teacher; employee of Dale Electronics. Died Thurs., 12 Aug 1999, Stromsburg, NE. Visitation: Sun., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 5 gch. Also living - 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband and her parents.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED162 p10A D9 F9 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-15 p3a D47 F47. (In both she is Edith M. Kershaw.) 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Aug 1999
Louis M. SOCK, 76

Born 22 Sep 1922, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Adam & Mary (Koziol) Sock. 1941 grad. of Silver Creek HS.  Insurance agent. Died Wed., 11 Aug 1999 at Osceola, NE. Service: Mon., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home of Silver Creek, NE.  Survivors: 3 sisters & 1 brother.  Predeceased "by a brother, Alphonsa Sock."

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Aug 1999
Harriette E. GATES, 91

Born 13 Jun 1908 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Horatio & Addie (Seerley) Bush. 25 Jun 1932: Married Amos M. Gates at Butte, NE. They lived at Clarks. Bank clerk. They moved to Lincoln in 1993. Mr. Gates died Mrs. Gates died 11 Sep 1994. Mon. 16 Aug 1999 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 3 grandchildren, 2 g-gch; a sister in WY. Predeceased by daughter Ramona Strickland; 3 sisters - Charlotte Wright, Hazel Smith & Mabel Smith; 4 brothers - Dewey, Van, Horatio & Gordon.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Aug 1999
Paul D. GAVER, 90

Born 20 Feb 1909 Tarnov, NE (Platte County). Parents: Joseph & Agatha (Zoucha) Gaver. Attended school at Tarnov & Clarks, NE. Resident of Clarks, NE. Farmer, carpenter. Died Tues., 17 Aug 1999 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Thurs., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Fri., St. Peter Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: church cemetery. Survivors: a sister. Predeceased by 3 sisters - Kathryn Danielski, Barbara Hybner & Josephine Silva; 3 brothers, Carl, Henry & Peter Gaver.

Note: For his family, see 1920 Fed. Census Clarksville, Merrick, NE ED156 p14a D161 F168 (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census Clarksville, Merrick, NE ED61-6 p1b D18 F18 (w/mother)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Aug 1999
Hilda Christina WERT, 96

Born 18 Apr 1903, Hamilton Co., NE. Parents: John & Anna Marie (Christiansen) Jorgensen. 29 Jul 1922: Married Raymond Andrew Wert at Lincoln, NE. They farmed near Hampton, then moved into town. Mr. Wert died 1 Mar 1985. In 1991, Mrs. Wert moved to live with her daughter at Hordville, NE.  Six weeks ago she moved to Litzenberg Long-Term Care in Central City; died there Tues., 24 Aug 1999. Service: Sat., United Lutheran Church, Hampton, NE. Burial at church cemetery.  Survivors: 3 daughters, 1 son, 50 gch., 52 g-gcch., 17 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; daughter, Twila Wohlgemuth; son, Dwayne "Rusty" Wert; a sister - Matilda Larsen; 3 brothers - Emmanuel, Hans & Robert Jorgensen.

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 2 Sep 1999
Rosemary Louise FERGUSON, 75

Born 13 Jul 1924, Osceola (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Ralph Kahler & Marie Nelson. Grad. of High Prairie HS.  14 Jan 1945: Married Glen Albert Ferguson  in Polk County. They farmed near Pierce Chapel, Havens and Clarks (all in Merrick Co.), NE. She died Tues., 31 Aug 1999 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Clarks. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 5 gch., 1 g-gch; a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 6 Sep 1999
Marion W. RYAN, 89

Born 16 Aug 1910, Palisade, NE. Parents: Samuel Ryan & Fanny Huering. 1929 grad. of CCHS. 13 Jun 1939: Married at Central City, NE. WW II: US Navy. 1947: Moved to "... Willeman family farm northwest of Central City ..." Died Sun. 5 Sep 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Wed., Fairview United Methodist Church near town. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 7 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by daughter, Patricia Louise (infancy); 2 brothers - Ray & Walter; 3 sisters - Daisy Cohagan, Hazel McDermott & Stella Zigler. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pages 345 (Ryan), 406 (Willeman); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p23a H2210 D380 F405 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 6 Sep 1999
Margaret V. SCHLONDORF, 90

Born 4 Jun 1909 at York, NE. Parents: George Schleiger & Christine Gablehouse. Telephone operator. 30 Feb 1930: Married Henry Schlondorf at York. They farmed near Stromsburg, & then near Clarks, NE. She died Sun., 5 Sep 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: One son, 6 gch., 11 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband (13 Nov 1997); a son Don; grandson Jon; 3 brothers - George, Harold and Alvin Schleiger; one sister, Helen Schleiger.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 351-2.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Sep 1999
Kimberly A. BOOKER, 39

Born 10 Oct 1939, Sidney, NE. Parents: LaMoine Oberschulte & Alberta Dickman. 1977 grad. of Grand Island Northwest HS. 24 Jun 1977: Married Gregory Booker at Grand Island. They lived in Hastings and Chapman; then moved to Fullerton, NE in 1988. Died Mon., 6 Sep 1999 at Fullerton, NE. Service: Fri., Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Fullerton.  Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons; her mother & 2 brothers. Predeceased by her father, & her grandparents - August & Ella Oberschulte; and Leonard Dickman.

Note: See gravestone extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Sep 1999
Donald L. STUMPFF, 82

Born 27 May 1917, Clarks, NE. Parents: Edwin L. & Effie (Delancey) Stumpff. College degrees from NE Central College, UN and Omaha University. Teacher. USAF. 4 Sep 1943: Married in KS. 1959: Moved to Kearney, NE. Died 28 Aug 1999 at hospital in Kearney. Body to be donated to Creighton Univ. Medical Center. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 3 gch. Predeceased by a son & 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Sep 1999
Helen A. SELLERS, 93

Born 9 Apr 1906, near Genoa, NE. Parents: Thomas Tomasiewicz & Julia Iwan. Family lived in Nance & Merrick Counties. 30 Jun 1936: Married James Sellers at Omaha, NE. They lived primarily in Texas. She died Wed., 8 Sep 1999 at Houston, TX. Service: Tues., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at church cemetery. Survivors: A sister & a brother. Predeceased by her husband (1966); 2 sisters & 3 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 11 Sep 1999
Edgar WINDFIELD, 97

Born 15 Apr 1902 on farm near Worms, NE. Parents: Thomas & Lydia Windfield. Did not marry, remained on family farm until 1989. Died Fri. 10 Sep 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: One brother living in Grand Island. Predeceased by his parents, 3 sisters & a brother. Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church at Worms, NE.

Note: Obit of brother Clarence appeared 4 Jul 1998 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent death notice - Tues. 14 Sep 1999
Dale Dan CRAWFORD, 81

Resident of Central City, NE. Died Sun. 12 Sep 1999 at Central City. Service: Fri., Sun Also Rises Chapel in Ventura, CA. Burial: Ventura Memorial Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 17 Sep 1999
Wesley E. "Wes" GARRETT, 72

Born 9 Mar 1927, Central City, NE. Parents: Walter Garrett & Frankie Good. WW II: US Army, 82nd Airborne. 3 Jun 1951: Married Doris at Kronborg, NE. They farmed. 1974: Moved to Kansas; returned to Central City. 1982: Founded Centaur Enterprises. Died Wed., 15 Sep 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Community Bible Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 15 gch.; 3 brothers, 4 sisters. Memorials: Nebraska Christian School or the church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 203 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p6a D119 F121

Grand Island Independent   - Sun. 19 Sep 1999
Chesley David "Chet" DEICHMANN, 17

Born 28 Sep 1981, Grand Island, NE. Parents: David & Becky Jo Deichmann.  "...senior at Nebraska Christian High School in Central City." Died Sat. 18 Sep 1999 in accident west of Central City, NE.  Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., Community Bible Church. Burial at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His parents, a brother, 2 sisters; his grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 20 Sep 1999
Margaret HOPKINS, 85

Born 25 Jun 1914, Chatsworth, GA. Parents: John Long & Artie Winkler. Lived in Florida. RN. 19 Feb 1971: Married Kemp C. Hopkins at Elko, NV. 1975: They moved to Palmer, NE. Died Sat., 18 Sep 1999 at Palmer. Service: Sat., Jesse Jones Funeral Home, Chatsworth, GA. Burial: Cool Springs Cemetery near Chatsworth.  Survivors: her husband, 5 daughters, a son (surname: Ellich); 15 gch., 10 g-gch. Predeceased by 3 brothers; 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 20 Sep 1999

Marx SCHUTT, 47

Born 10 Jun 1952 Grand Island, NE. Parents:Emil & Elsie (Frauen) Schut. Grew up in Central City, NE. 1970 grad. of GI Northwest HS. 7 Dec 1974: Married at Grand Island, NE. Farmer. Died Sat. 18 Sep 1999 at Grand Island. Visitation: Mon. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues., St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 355-6.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Sep 1999
Frank KUREK, 77

Born 23 Aug 1922, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Andrew Kurek & Anna Konwinski. Attended school in Nance County. WW II: US Army MP. 6 May 1950: Married Elaine Zywiec at Chicago, IL. They later lived in Omaha, Columbus and Silver Creek, NE. Died Fri., 24 Sep 1999 at Silver Creek, NE. Service: Tues., St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Silver Creek. Burial: St. John's Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Survivors: 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; 4 sisters - Lucille Govern, Victoria Gunchick, Dora Para and Leona Shotkoski; 2 brothers - Edward & Lawrence Kurek.

Note: see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-5 p1a D9 F9: East Newman Twp, Nance, NE

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Sep 1999
Elsie E. RODEKOHR, 88

Born 24 Oct 1910, Blue Rapids, KS. Parents: Phillip VanHoutan & Alice Reedy. About 1916, her family moved to Madison, SD. She returned to KS when 20 yrs old. 24 Nov 1934: Married Charles H. Joseph (He died 21 Nov 1947). 5 Apr 1958: Married Edward W. Rodekohr at Central City, NE. She cooked at a cafe in Chapman, NE. Mr. Rodekohr died 12 Mar 1983. She moved to Grand Island; and then to the Veterans Home, Grand Island. Died Thurs., 23 Sep 1999, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Mon., First Christian Church. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 12 gch., 21 g-gch.; 3 brothers.  Predeceased by both husbands; a grandson; 3 sisters & 4 brothers.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Oct 1999
Leila J. HANSEN, 74

Born 28 Aug 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: William H. Starkey & Clara Samuelson. 1943 grad. of St. Paul HS.  6 Feb 1944: Married Jimmie Hansen at St. Paul. Mr. Hansen died 18 Apr 1973. Mrs. Hansen died Wed., 29 Sep 1999 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Sat., Jacobsen Funeral Home. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul.  Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 4 step-gch.; 5 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; an infant son Jimmie, a gdau.; and her brother Laverne Starkey.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Oct 1999
Raymond B. CYBORON, 80

Born 7 Jun 1919 near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: John Cyboron & Leona Czapala. 1921: Family moved near Boelus, NE. Grad. of Boelus HS. 5 Nov 1946: Married Henrietta at Farwell, NE. They farmed in Boelus area, then moved into town. Mr. Cyboron died Sun. 3 Oct 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., St. mary's Catholic Church, Rockville, NE. Burial: Church cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 10 gch.; 3 sisters, and 6 brothers.  Predeceased by a brother, Adolph; and an infant sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri.  8 Oct 1999

Roy E. STACK, 47

Born 9 Mar 1952, Central City, NE. Parents: Orie Stack & Augusta Hanson. Attended school in Chapman area. Died Wed. 6 Oct 1999 at Chapman, NE. Visitation: Fri., Kleine Funeral Home. Graveside service: Sat., Chapman Cemetery.Survivors: A son, a daughter; 2 brothers & 2 sisters. His parents are deceased.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Oct 1999

Marie E. MAIN, 100

Born 30 Sep 1899 at Arnold, NE. Parents: James Wilcher & Sarah Roberson. Attended Arnold HS. 2 Mar 1921: Married Jess A. Main at Kearney, NE. They lived in SD., and then Council Bluffs, IA. 1942: Moved to Fullerton, NE. 1966: She moved to Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City. Died there, Wed., 6 Oct 1999. Graveside service; Tues., at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Council Bluffs, IA. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton. Survivors: a daughter in Arizona.  Predeceased by her husband and a son James.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Oct 1999

Jennie Theresa PETERSON, 103

Born 20 Oct 1895, on farm northeast of Marquette, NE. Parents: Nels S. Peterson & Jennie Ida Nicholson. Started school in Hamilton Co., NE. 1914 grad. of CCHS. 1924 grad. of NE State Teacher's College, at Kearney.Teacher in Hamilton & Merrick Co., NE. Also taught at Sargent, NE. Lived with her parents and cared for them. Died Fri., 8 Oct 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Graveside service: Mon, Mamre Evangelical Free Church Cemetery. Survivors: 3 nieces and a nephew.  Predeceased by 2 brothers - John O. and Carl; 3 sisters - Esther Jorgensen, Edith Abel and an infant Florence.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p6A D122 F122: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Oct 1999
Rex F. WAGNER, 91

Born 22 May 1908 at Archer, NE. Parents: Frank F. Wagner & Grace V. Willoughby. About 1912, family moved near Burwell, NE. They returned to Archer, and then moved to Burwell again. 1926 grad. of Burwell HS. Attended UN; newspaperman. WW II: US Army. After war worked in Arizona, California and Alaska.  1958: Returned to Burwell when father was ill. Remained as bookkeeper for family business. Died Mon., 11 Oct 1999 at Ord, NE. Service: Thurs., St. John's Lutheran Church, Burwell. Burial: Cottonwood Cemetery, Burwell. Survivors: a sister in Arizona. Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers - Bernard & Mark; a sister - Helen Wagner.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Oct 1999
Joseph Jay GEREN, 56

Born 3 Feb 1943, Hastings, NE. Parents: Rubin Geren & Della McGowen. 1961 grad. of CCHS. "He worked for Central Bank in Central City for 18 years, starting as a teller and ending as a vice president." Served in NE National Guard. 1978: Married Judy. They moved to Nebraska City, NE. He also worked in Julesburg, CO and Fullerton, NE; before moving in 1993 to Anita, Iowa. Died Sat. 9 Oct 1999 at Omaha, NE.  Service: Tues., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Anita, IA. Burial: St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Central City, NE.  Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 4 gch.; 2 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Oct 1999

Colleen M. SMITH, 74

Born 26 Jan 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: George Deertz & Mary Glause. 1943 grad. of Palmer HS.  1943: Married Boyd Snodgrass. They lived near Grand Island; in 1955 moved to California. 1962: Married Charles Smith. They lived at Grand Island, NE. 1968: Moved to Paxton area. 1978: She moved back to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Smith died Thurs. 7 Oct 1999 at Fort Collins, CO. Service: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery near Palmer. Survivors: 3 daughters, 10 gch., 15 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.; 2 brothers, 1 sister. 

Columbus Telegram - Oct 1999

LUND, Beulah Bell, 88

Born  13 Nov 1901, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Bryson Ackerman & Mabel Robinson. Married Carl V. Lund. Died 13 Oct 1999 at King City, OR. Survivors: a son and a daughter.

Note: See Hist. of Platte Co. by Margaret Curry, page 799 (Lund)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Oct 1999

Sophie C. BLASE, 102

Born 1 Sep 1897, York, NE. Parents: George & Charlotte Reeb. 6 Dec 1916: Married Louis Blase. He died in May 1973. She moved to Olathe, KS later that year. She died Wed. 29 Sep 1999 at a nursing home in Lenexa, KS. Service: Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her daughter, 6 gch., 11 g-gch. 2 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, 2 sons - Virgil & an infant; 2 brothers - Henry & Harold Reeb; 3 sisters - Emma Carlson, Helen Kerker & Lillie Garling.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Oct 1999
Howard George HANSEN, 90

Born 16 Aug 1909, Omaha, NE. Parents: George J. Hansen & Anna Katherine Anderson. Grad. of Clarks HS. 17 Mar 1937: Married Mabel Frazier at Gibbon, NE. They farmed near Clarks, and then near Archer, NE. 1980: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mabel died 18 May 1981. Mr. Hansen married second to Edna Poole. He moved to Wood River in 1998; died there Tues., 12 Oct 1999. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His second wife, 3 daughters, 7 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his first wife; a grandson; a brother Thorwald Hansen and 2 sisters - Elva Cosner and Irene Hansen.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 16 Oct 1999
Joel Michael HOLBROOK, 33

Born 24 Jan 1966, Mullen, NE. Parents: Harvey & Sonia Hollbrook. 1975: Family moved to Central City.  1984 grad. of CCHS.  Joined the US Marine Corps; member of "... 2nd Division Marine Band at Camp LeJeune, N.C. for three years". Currently, a corrections officer in Kansas City, MO. Found dead at home on Tues., 12 Oct 1999, Kansas City, MO. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE.  Burial: Orchard Hill Cemetery, Orchard, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: his parents, 2 sisters, a grandmother. Predeceased by grandparents Raymond Stevens; Harvey and Burnetta Holbrook.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p237

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 17 Oct 1999

Elaine M. HANSEN, 71

Born 29 Jan 1928, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Werner Ueckert & Minnie Kurz. Attended school near Worms, NE. 13 Apr 1958: Married Donal Hansen at Grand Island, NE. 1964: Moved to Grand Island, NE.  Resident of Tekamah, NE. Died Wed., 13 Oct 1999 at Blair Hospital. Service: Monday, Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter & a granddaughter; her brother.  Predeceased by her parents.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p6a D124 F118: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE; and 20 Nov 2003: Grand Island Independent obit of husband.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 17 Oct 1999
Verna M. HULME, 80

Born 22 Feb 1919 Prosser (Adams Co.), NE. Parents: Joseph & Maggie (Oliver) Daily. 18 Nov 1940: Married Frank E. Hulme at Kearney, NE. They lived near Hastings, NE. Methodist. 1992: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Hulme died Fri. 15 Oct 1999 at Community Care, Central City. Graveside service will be Tues. at Kenesaw Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters; a brother. She was predeceased by her husband (25 Aug 1993); 3 brothers, 2 sisters, a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Oct 1999
Donald John LOCK, 84

Born 23 Jan 1915, Central City, NE. Parents: Elmer F. Lock & Minnie Tunell. 1933 grad of CCHS.  Served during WW II. 2 Jun 1946: Married Eleanor Edith McElwain. They farmed south of Central City, NE.  Presbyterian. 1983: Retired to live in Central City. Mrs. Lock died 12 Dec 1994. Mr. Lock died Sun., 17 Oct 1999 at a medical center in Lincoln, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 gch.; 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - 23 Oct 1999

Frank Adelbert McCONNELL, 96

Born 5 Jul 1903, Grand Island, NE. Parents: G.A. McConnell and Mary Efie Graham. Family moved to farm near Clarks, NE the next year. 1921: Family moved to Central City, NE. 22 Jul 1922: Married Kate Smith. Followed a number of occupations. Owned/operated Kate's Rootbeer Stand. "... known for his sense of humor and practical jokes". Died Thurs., 21 Oct 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, 3 grandsons, 6 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.  Predeceased by his wife, 2 infant sons; a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent   - Sun. 24 Oct 1999
Elizabeth HOOD, 92

Born 3 Jul 1907 in Gage Valley area east of St. Paul, NE. Parents: Burton & Emma (Scott) Starkey. Did house work and child care there; moved to St. Paul, NE. Methodist. Died Sat. 23 Oct 1999 at St. Paul. Service: Wed., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A son & 2 gch. Predeceased by her brother, Carl Starkey.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Oct 1999
Marjorie Jean BOLEN, 76

Born 4 Jul 1923, Clarks, NE. Died Mon. 25 Oct 1999 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Tues., Roeder Mortuaries, Omaha. Service: Wed., St. Richards Catholic Church, Omaha. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 7 children, 30 gch., 36 g-gch.; 2 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by husband Gilber Bolen; 2 brothers, Don and Jim Douglas.
Note: See Grand Island Independent obit of brother Dewayne, 16 Apr 2006.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Oct 1999
Donald R. TSCHUDY, 77

Born  17 Aug 1922, Palmer, NE. Parents: John Tschudy & Martha Eckert. 1 Jan 1950: Married at St. Paul, NE. Died Mon., 25 Oct 1999, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 5 gch. Predeceased by a son, Robert.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs., 28 Oct 1999

Phillip Leslie BECK, 67

Born 14 Dec 1931, near Clarks, NE.  Parents: Raymond W. Beck & Ruth A. Wolfe.  Attended schools at Clarks and Central City, NE. 1952-54: US Army. 11 Nov 1954: Married at Clarks, NE.  They farmed in that area for several years. Later lived in Hastings, NE.  Mr. Beck died Tues., 26 Oct 1999 at Central City, NE.  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, near Clarks.  Survivors: his former wife, 6 daughters, 2 sons; 11 gch.; 4 brothers. Predeceased by 2 infant children; brother Wes Beck and sister, Doris Neel.

 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Oct 1999

Rolland L. Freeland, 68

Born 20 Jul 1931, Nance County, NE. Parents: Louie and Gladys (Verplank) Freeland.

"... grew up in Nance and Merrick counties and attended country schools. ... farmed with his father."

1952-54: U.S. Army. Carpenter, lawn mowing service. Resided: Central City, NE.

Died Thurs., 28 Oct 1999, Omaha, NE - Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Visitation: Sun. at Palmer's Funeral Home in Palmer, NE. Services: Mon. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE

Survivors: 8 sisters, Euveda Wilson of St. Paul, Zella Faye Lubken of Central City, Mabel (Mrs. Ernest) Burkhardt of Palmer, Betty (Mrs. Ron) Beck of Grand Island, Minnie (Mrs. Edwin) Rasmussen of Omaha, Wanda (Mrs. Fred) Rother of Wolbach, Ruby (Mrs. Richard) Henderson of Hastings and Lois (Mrs. Norman) Petersen of Grand Island; and a brother, Harold Freeland of St. Paul. Preceded in death by 2 sisters, Shirley Abbott and Opal Oswald.

Obit from Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 5 Apr 2005.)

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Nov 1999
Lucille BECK, 73

Born 10 Mar 1926 at Chapman, NE. Parents: Louie & Anna (Rauert) Siemers. Attended school in Hall County. Beautician. 14 Aug 1943: Married Neal Beck of Bertrand. 1945: Moved to California. She died Fri. 29 Oct 1999 at Sunnyvale, CA. Service was held at San Jose, CA. Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, 9 gch., 2 g-gch. Also living - 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband & a son.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Nov 1999

Mary Margaret Brogan, 73

Born 18 May 1926, Central City, NE. Parents: Anton Nabity & Mayme Polansky. Lived in Grand Island.  1958: Moved to Phoenix, AZ. 1992: Moved to Prescott, AZ. Office supervisor for Arizona Highways magazine. Jun 1970: Married Edward Brogan. Died Thurs. 28 Oct 1999 at Phoenix, AZ. Service: 2 Nov at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Prescott. Burial: Reshaven Park Cemetery, Glendale, AZ. Arrangements: Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons (surnamed Simpson), 3 daughters, a stepson; 5 brothers and one sister. Predeceased by 2 brothers: Rev. Anthony Nabity & Rev. Walter Nabity.


Grand Island Independent -  Fri. 5 Nov 1999
Kay Rochelle Mesner, 63

Born 10 May 1936, Council Bluffs, IA. Parents: Ross L Roberts & Hazel M. Ferguson. 1954 grad. of Thomas Jefferson HS. 29 Jun 1958: Married Neil Mesner at Council Bluffs, IA. They lived at Central City. Teacher, writer, trainer. Volunteer in many organizations. Died Wed. 3 Nov 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat. at Friends Meeting House, Central City. Burial at CC City Cemetery. Survivors: husband, 2 daughters, 1 son, a brother. Predeceased by her parents, stepmother. etc.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 187 (Ferguson), 286 (Mesner). Her parents: Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p327 #I-327

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Nov 1999

Evangeline Josephine "Vannie" Ericksen

Born 16 Jan 1909, Central City, NE. Parents: Lewis Jones & Josephine Benson. Grad of Hordville HS. 2 Sep 1930: Married John Ericksen at Nashua, IA. They lived at Hampton, NE. Mrs. Ericksen died Tues. 9 Nov 1999 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Higby Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Service: Fri. at United Lutheran Church, Hampton. Burial at church cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 10 gch., 22 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (30 Oct 1973), six brothers & 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Nov 1999
Marjorey L. BUETTNER, 77

Born 17 Aur 1922 Glenwood Springs, CO. Parents: Lowell & Margaret (Daniel) Clarr. Grad. of Albion HS. Married Leo F. Buettner. They lived in Grand Island, NE. 1976: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Buettner died 26 Aug 1986. Mrs. Buettner died Sat. 13 Nov 1999 at Central City. Service: Thurs. Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 5 sons & 2 daughers, 18 gch, 4 g-gch; a brother. Predeceased by her husband and a sister.

Note: Dates in this obit do NOT agree with cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Nov 1999
Charlies M. SCOTT, 89

Born 7 Sep 1910, Geary, OK Parents: Rolla M. & Josephine A. (Lindahl) Scott. 1929: Moved to Hordville, NE. 16 Jul 1937: Married Violet J. Edlund. 1940: They moved to Central City, NE. He dealt in livestock, horses & tack. He died Sun. 14 Nov 1999 at Central. City. Service: Wed. Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch.; 5 g-gch.; 3 brothers; 2 sisters. He was predeceased by his wife (15 Feb 1997); 2 brothers - Forrest & William; 2 sisters - Opal Berck & Gerturde Russell.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 20 Nov 1999

Hazel B. "Sis" SHRINER, 87

Born 24 Feb 1912 Palmer, NE. Parents: Thomas & Lydia (Walters) Snyder. Grad. of Palmer HS.23 Sep 1933: Married David Shriner. They farmed near Alda, NE. Mr. Shriner died 23 Feb 1966. Mrs. Shriner died Thurs. 18 Nov 1999 at Wood River, NE. Visitation Mon at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Graveside service: Mon., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery Grand Island, NE. Survivors: a son, a gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 5 brothers - Albert, Carl Bill Norton, and Thomas Jr.; 5 sisters - Eunice Helzer, Ruther Walters, Pat Fleshman, Alice Wegner & amy Hughes.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Nov 1999
Frank Wm. RUBAHA, 78

Born 26 Aug 1921, Perth Amboy, NJ. Parents: Charles & Mary (Bassista) Rubaha. WW II: US Marines. 24 May 1941: Married at Perth Amboy, NJ. Worked as mechanic. Retired in 1980 to live at Central City, NE. Died Mon., 22 Nov 1999 at home. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: His wife and a son. Predeceased by a sister & a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Nov 1999
Arta L ARP, 84

Born 10 Jun 1915, Chapman, NE. Parents: Arthur & Luella (Parkins) Hartman. 1933 grad. of Chapman HS. 30 Sep 1937: Married Alvin W. Arp at Grand Island, NE. She died Thurs. 25 Nov 1999 at home in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial of cremains Mon. at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, 2 gch., 2 g-gch; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by her husband (1988); a daughter Janice Kay Arp; 2 infant sisters & 3 brothers - Lance Hartman & two infants.

Note: For her family see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p1A D10 F11: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-3 p3b D60 F63: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Nov 1999

Margaret Helen VALAIKA, 88

Born 8 Jan 1911, Crawford, NE. Parents: Herman & Regina (Miller) Basse. Family ranched near Harrison, NE. 1932-36: Served in US Army. 3 Nov 1946: Married Anthony "Tony" Valaika at Long Island, NY. They lived at Bassett & Gordon, NE; moved to Central City and operated Central Cafe. Following Ton's death 4 Nov 1985, she moved to the Veterans Home in Grand Island, NE. Margaret died Fri. 26 Nov 1999 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery.Survived by 5 nephews.  Predeceased by her husband, & 5 brothers - August, Herman, Reinhard, Frank & George Basse.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 29 Nov 1999
Irene E. CULBERT, 80

Born 27 Jun 1919, Chapman, NE. Parents: Rufas & Eda (Hedlund) Ewing. Raised in Chapman & Central City, NE, also in Iowa. Family moved to Big Sandy, MN and operated a resort. 19 Apr 1939: She married Rex Moore in Fairbo, MN. They lived in Iowa; moved to Central City in 1950. 14 Jan 1963: She married Clifford W. Culbert. Irene died Sat. 27 Nov 1999 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 sons, a step-son, 12 g-ch., 16 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by husband Clifford Culbert (15 Oct 1995); a sister Mabel Anderson & a brother Roy Ewing.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 Nov 1999
Hazel Ditloff BANDEEN, 92

Born 14 Aug 1907, York, NE. Parents: Charles & Cleme (Eaton) Ditloff. Grad. of Bradshaw HS. Attended Peru State Teachers College. Teacher for over 40 years. Died Fri.; 26 Nov 1999 in Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Metz Mortuary. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in York, NE. Survivors: Her husband and a sister-in-law. Predeceased by brother George.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 Nov 1999
Marjorie Gladys RIGGS, 81

Born 1 Aug 1918 near Murray, IA. Parents: John W. & Gladys (Carder) Riggs. Attended school in Central City, NE. Grad. of HS in Lorimor, IA. Attended American Institute of Business & Des Moines College of Law. Served as a state senator in Iowa. Worked in Washington, DC. Moved to Central City, NE and was deputy county assessor. 1953: Went into business in Arkansas. Returned to Central City, NE. Member of the Christian Church. Died Sun. 28 Nov 1999 at home. Graveside service: Wed. at Union Cemetery, Murray, IA. Survivors: 3 cousins.

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 Dec 1999
Paul W. GLYNN, 66

Born 30 Jul 1933, Palmer, NE. Parents: Osvil & Grace (Weber) Glynn. 1951 grad. of Palmer HS. 1953-55: US Army. Farmer. 25 Jun 1961: Married; they farmed northeast of Palmer. Paul died Sun. 28 Nov 1999  in Palmer. Visitation: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Thurs., St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 8 gch.; his mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, Predeceased by his father & an infant sister.

Note: His mother's obit published 7 Jan 2001 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Dec 1999
Hulda Selma SUCK, 85

Born 12 Mar 1914, near Chapman, NE. Parents: Wilhelm & Johanna (Seim) Bruns. Attended school at Worms, NE. Midwife. 30 Mar 1938: Married Elmer William Suck near Palmer, NE. They farmed near Archer, NE. 1993: Moved to Central City, NE. She died Mon. 6 Dec 1999 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer. Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: Two daughters, 6 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband (Apr 1994); 3 brothers - William Jr., Albert & Edward Bruns; a sister, Helen Bader.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Dec 1999
Glenn L. WIESEMAN, 83

Born 9 Jun 1916, Osceola, NE. Parents: Leonard J. & Pearl (Kearns) Wieseman. 25 May 1939: Married Doris Bush at Central City, NE. They lived in Illinois until 1943; moved to Merrick Co., NE. Farmer. 1983: Moved to Clarks, NE. His wife died 27 Apr 1998. Glenn died Tues., 7 Dec 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola, NE. Burial in city cemetery. Survivors: One son, one daughter, 6 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his wife & a sister, Maxine.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Dec 1999
Martha DeLAY, 95

Born 30 Apr 1904 on farm near Clarks, NE. Parents: Should & Adelioa (Fjell) Samuelson. 1914: Family moved to farm northeast of Palmer, NE. Grad. of Palmer HS. 13 May 1930: Married Eldon DeLay of Chapman, NE. Resident of Modesto, CA where she died 18 Nov 1999. Graveside service: 20 Nov, Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, CA. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 4 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers - Bernard, Carl, Donald & Ossian Samuelson; 4 sisters - Lily Bartholomew, Helen Starkey, Mildred Doncheske & Augusta Petersen.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p11A D97 F100: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p2a D25 F27: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 19 Dec 1999
James LeRoy MOORE, 57

Born 19 Jan 1942, Coquille, OR. Parents: William & Francis (Gabrieal) Moore. Married in 1968. Resident of Marquette, NE. Employee of York Co. Road Dept. Died Thurs., 16 Dec 1999 at York. Visitation: Mon, Higby Mortuary in Aurora. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Aurora, NE. Burial: Burke Cemetery north of Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife and 3 children; 3 brother, 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 23 Dec 1999
Richard "Dick" PLACE, 64

Born 27 Dec 1934, Palmer, NE. Parents: John & Olive (Stone) Place. 1951-54: US Navy. Barber. 10 Nov 1956: Married. They lived in Grand Island, and then in St. Libory, NE. He died Wed., 22 Dec 1999 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Cotesfield Cemetery (Howard County). Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, one daughter, 5 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents & 2 brothers - Wayne and Dale Place.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Dec 1999
Vernie Louise LOCK, 88

Born 20 Jul 1911 near Marquette, NE. Parents: Harold Lee & Alta (Perrel) Lock. Attended Hamilton Co. schools. Cared for her Mother & her sister. Owned beauty salon for 28 years. Died Thurs., 23 Dec 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Predeceased by sister Edna (168) and brother Edwin (1988).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Dec 1999
Truman "John" PETERS, 72

Born 27 Nov 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Fred & Margaret (Muhlberger) Peters. 1945 grad. of Palmer HS. 12 Jun 1945: Married Donna at Grand Island, NE. They farmed until 1962; moved to Grand Island, NE. Lutheran. He died Sat. 23 Dec 1999 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., chapel of Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 8 gch. Predeceased by his brother Norman.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p2b D47 F51: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 26 Dec 1999

Marjorie Joan SCHWARTZ, 73

Born 1 May 1926, Nice, France. Parents: Walker W. & Elizabeth (Howe) Tackett. Family moved to Michigan, and then to other places in USA. Grad. of HS in North Hollywood, CA. 12 Feb 1956: Married Nathan Schwartz in Dearfield, IL. They lived in IL, CA; and then Aurora, NE before moved to Central City in 1996. She died Thurs., 23 Dec 1999 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter; 3 brothers. Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Dec 1999
Wilma M. COOMER, 86

Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Sun. 26 Dec 1999 at hospital in St. Paul, NE. Arrangements pending with Palmer Funeral Home.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Dec 1999

Theodore EHLERS Jr, 86

Born 4 Dec 1913, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Theodore Ehlers Sr. & Lena Beberniss. Attended school at Chapman, NE. 1928: Family moved to Loup County, NE. 16 Dec 1933: Married Edith L. Shelton at Taylor, NE. They farmed in Valley View area of Loup County; 1948: Garfield County; 1959: north of Burwell, NE. 1989: Retired to Burwell, NE. Mr. Ehlers died Sun. 26 Dec 1999 at Burwell, NE.  Visitation: Wed. at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home, Burwell. Service Thurs. at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial: Cottonwood Cemetery, Burwell. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 grandsons; a sister. Predeceased by a son Thomas Theodore Ehlers; 2 sisters: Etteline Schroeder & Irene Schroeder; a half brother Henry Ehlers; 2 half sisters: Ella Soeth & Amelia Libner. Memorials: Community Health Center or the Burwell Ambulance Supply Fund.

Note: Wife died 8 Jun 2002.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Dec 1999

Harold M. KANTER, 82

Born17 Apr 1917, Merrick Co, NE.1934 grad. of Palmer HS.1941-45: US Army. 3 May 1946: Married Florence Dankert. They farmed south of Palmer, NE. She died in 1978. He married second to Dorothy and moved to St. Paul, NE. Harold died Mon. 27 Dec 1999. Visitation: Tues. Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Wed., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, a  step daughter and3 step sons; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his first wif; 2 sons - Rodney and David.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Dec 1999
Kenneth D. SANDERSON, 86

Born 8 Apr 1913 near Marquette, NE. Parents: Alfred & Amanda (Anderson) Sanderson. Worked as ship fitter on West Coast. 1944-46: US Navy. 1949: Returned to Central NE and worked with Sanderson Brothers Construction in Central City, NE. He died Sat. 25 Dec 1999 at hospital. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Mamre Evangelical Cemetery near Marquette, NE. Survivors: A brother; 4 sisters. Predeceased by 5 brothers - Carl, Albert, Harod, Rueben, Leonard; 2 sisters - Christine Bunch & Carrie Lindblom; two foster siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 30 Dec 1999

Violet Ann SOWL, 55

Born 11 Nov 1944, Archer, NE. Parents: Orie & August (Hansen) Stack. Grad. of CCHS. 22 Aug 1963: Married Wesley Sowl. They lived in Beatrice, NE. She died Fri., 24 Dec 1999 at Beatrice. Service: Thurs., Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, Beatrice. Burial Tues., Chapman Cemetery (cremated). Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters; 2 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers - Raymond, Roy and Danny Stack.

Note: See extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 31 Dec 1999
Delores A. STEELE, 75

Born 21 Sep 1924, Archer, NE. Parents: Henry & Sena (Mickelson) Schmidt. Grad. of Grand Island HS. 31 Jan 1943: Married Earl Steele at Colorado Springs, CO. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Receptionist/secretary. She died Wed., 29 Dec 1999 at Grand Island. Service: Mon, Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 7 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband, a son Danny; 2 brothers - Earl "Smitty" and Arthur (infant).
Note: Obit of brother Earl published 6 Feb 1999 in GI Independent.

 

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