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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Jan 2001

Edward Oscar Brown "Eddie" CARLSON, 87

Born 24 Sep 1913, Central City, NE. Parents: Oscar & Esther E. (Johnson) Carlson. 1935 grad. of CCHS. Moved to California. 1939: Married in CA. 1944-45: US Navy (South Pacific). Returned to living in CA. 1992: He moved back to NE with his wife. He died Sun., 31 Dec 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, and a niece. Predeceased by his parents, & his sister Lillian Humpal.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Jan 2001

Phyllis M. TIBBETTS, 69

Born 28 Mar 1931, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Floyd Stratman & Clara Prince. 1948 grad. of Palmer HS. 1948: Married Kenneth Tibbetts at Palmer, NE. 1979: Married Charles Tibbetts at Palmer, NE. Died Sun. 31 Dec 2000 in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Thurs., Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Glenwood Cemetery (Nance Co.). Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 6 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Gerald & Floyd.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Jan 2001

Grace GLYNN, 94

Born 23 Nov 1906, Palmer, NE. Parents: William & Mary (Geherty) Weber. Family moved to ID, later returned to NE. Teacher. 23 Aug 1930: Married Osvil Glynn at Palmer, NE. The lived on farm at Loup Valley. Mr. Glynn died 16 Nov 1993. Mrs. Glynn died Fri., 5 Jan 2001 at home near Palmer, NE. Visitation: Sun., Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Mon., First Church of Christ, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 3 sons, 3 daughters, 12 gch., 22 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her husband; son Paul, 2 gch.; 2 brothers - Donald & Lynn Weber; sister Elma Campbell.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 11 Jan 2001; Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 Jan 2001

Ruth A. METZER, 104

Born 8 Mar 1896, West Valia, KS. Parents: Elin & Mary Louise (Johnson) Hinkle. Moved to NE in 1917. 2 Jun 1920: Married Malin Metzer at Denver. They lived in WY; worked for UPRR. 1955: Moved to Silver Creek, NE; farmed. She died Wed., 10 Jan 2001 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Fri., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service Sat., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: A sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 5 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 13 Jan 2001
Virginia A. RUMERY, 70

Born 27 Jun 1930, Polk, NE. Parents: Clyde & Ruth (Tinker) Green. 1946 grad. of Polk HS. 20 Jul 1947: Married Walter E. Glatter at Stromsburg, NE. She was mgr. at Hested's store in Central City. Walter died 6 Jul 1972. 16 Jul 1975: She married Lester R. Rumery at Las Vegas. They lived in Mankato, KS, and then moved to Grand Island, NE. Lester died in 1990. Virginia died Thurs., 11 Jan 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 3 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by both husbands; a brother - Homer Green.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 Jan 2001; Columbus Telegram - Mon. 15 Jan 2001

Daphne P. KUFELDT, 69

Born 17 Aug 1931, Maxwell, NE. Parents: Charley I. and Nellie P. (Bullis) Peck. Attended school in NE & Illinois. 9 Jun 1948: Married Philip Kufeldt at Lexington, NE. They lived at Climax, CO. 1964: Moved to farm in NE - lived at Gothenburg, Genoa and Clarks, NE. Teacher's aide. She died Fri., 12 Jan 2001 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Today, Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: Two sons, a daughter, 6 gch., 2 g-gch., 4 step-ggch; a brother & 5 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; brother Charles Allen; sisters Izola Mae & Sharon Rose. Memorials: Hamilton/Merrick County Special Olympics, Litzenburg Memorial County Hospital Foundation or the Timberlake Ranch Camp.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Jan 2001

Esther Myrtle LEWIS, 89

Born 29 Dec 1911, Eddyville, NE. Parents: Henry and Minnie (Kramer) Luft. Family lived at York, Wolbach and St. Paul, NE. 27 Aug 1933: Married Fred William Lewis. They farmed near Ord; then moved to Merrick County NE. Mr. Lewis died 28 Jan 1994. Mrs. Lewis died Sun., 14 Jan 2001 at Central City, NE. No service (body donated to medical science). Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 3 gch., 5 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband, and an infant brother.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Jan 2001

Arthur J. "Art" WEBB, 85

Born 3 Jan 1916, West Point, NE. Parents: Edward & Carolina (Jurgensen) Webb. 1921: Family moved to farm in Nance Co., NE. 6 Aug 1936: Married at Columbus, NE. They farmed north of Palmer, NE. Art died Mon., 15 Jan 2001 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Thurs., Trinity Lutheran Church, Wolbach, NE. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 daugters, 11 gch., 9 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by sister Thelma; 3 brothers - Alva, Edward & Elwood.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p2a D23 F24: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 Jan 2001

Roger Elmer "Lewey" LEWIS, 39

Born 25 Sep 1961, San Diego, CA. Parents: Dale Lewis & Bonnie Phelps. 1979 grad. Central City HS. 1979-83: US Navy. 1987: Returned to active status in US Navy. Married three times. Resident: Troy, TN. Died 17 Jan 2001 from auto accident. Memorial service: Fri. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survived by his wife, parents, a brother, 2 sisters & 3 step-children.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 20 Jan 2001
Francis L. "Copey" COHAGEN, 74

Born 15 Jan 1927, Central City, NE. Parents: Paul Cohagan & Daisy Ryan. Grad. of CCHS. 1945-47: US Army. 16 Mar 1949: Married in Lancaster Co., NE. 1951 grad. of Iowa State University. Methodist. Resident of Spring, TX. Died Tues. 16 Jan 2001 at Houston, TX. Graveside service: 27 Jan at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, twin sons, 7 gch; 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 20 Jan 2001
Dorothy Elaine EMGARTEN, 85

Born 15 Jun 1915, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert E. Everett & Mary Victoria Yarno. 25 May 1932: Married Albert Emgarten at Central City, NE. They farmed. She died Thurs., 18 Jan 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband and a sister. Predeceased by 3 brothers: Wilbur, Roy & Ernest Everett; 3 sisters: Jessie Gleason, Nettie Stuart, Helen Weaver.

Notes: See Merrick County Marriage Records Book I p617 #I-617. Husband died Nov. 2001 (below). Her parents and older siblings - see 1900 Fed. Census NE ED136 p10a D199 F202: Central City Ward 2, Merrick, NE.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 20 Jan 2001

Frieda REEVES, 90

Born 31 May 1910 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Henry Sims & Rose Key. 4 Dec 1929: Married George Elwyn "Red" Reeves at Fremont, NE. Farmed, had dairy herd. Retired to Central City, NE. Mr. Reeves died 7 Jun 1985. Mrs. Reeves died Fri. 19 Jan 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon at United Presbyterian Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 6 gch., 15 g-gch., 4 gg-gch.; 1 brother. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Gerald, Kenneth & Marvin Sims; 4 sisters - Eva Grubbs, Pearl Pannier, Myrtle Michalek and an infant Wilma Sims. Memorials to the Merrick Foundation or the church piano fund.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 4 Feb 2001
Victor D. RASER, 68

Born 11 Feb 1932, Chapman, NE. Parents: Jesse Jay & Gladys (Reeder) Raser. 1950 grad. of Chapman HS. Korean War: US Army. 1957 grad. of Hastings College. Moved to Denver, CO where he married in 1959. 1969: Moved to Grand Junction, CO. Business owner. Presbyterian. Died Thurs., 25 Jan 2001 at home. Service was held Mon. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel. Cremation. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 6 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Feb 2001
Elmer Earl BLAUHORN, 84

Born 2 Sep 1916, near Palmer, NE. Parents: William & Anna (Otto) Blauhorn. 27 Apr 1952: Married at Archer, NE. They farmed. He purchased a farm east of Palmer that was homestead of his grandparents. 1980: They moved to Central City, NE where he died Sat. 3 Feb 2001. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer, NE. Burial in Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 1 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 4 sisters. Predeceased by 2 infant sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p330 (JK Ray); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p1B D23 F24: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p6a: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 6 Feb 2001

Roberta A. O'HERN, 95

Born 27 Oct 1905, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Thomas & Alice (Mulloy) Stout. 1924 grad. of St. Paul HS. Telephone operator. 17 Sep 1928: Married Bernard M. O'Hern at St. Paul. They farmed north of Palmer, NE. Mr. O'Hern died in 1952. Mrs. O'Hern died Sat., 3 Feb 2001 at Palmer, NE. Visitation Tues., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Wed., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 17 gch. 29 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 daughters - (Mrs.) Carroll Rubesh and Mary Alice (infant); a gch.; a brother Leonard Stout; 3 sisters - Josephine Mercer, Guinevere Stout, Alice Kittridge.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p1b D14 F15: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues.  6 Feb 2001

Helen Gladys SANDERSON, 93

Born 22 Aug 1907 near Marquette, NE. Parents: Harvey O. & Lily M. (Ellis) King. 1925 grad. of Marquette HS. Teacher. Moved to Hastings, NE. 22 Nov 1928: Married Albert P. Sanderson at Hastings. They farmed in Hamilton Co. NE. 1976: Retired to Central City, NE. Albert died 13 Sep 1996. Helen died Sun. 4 Feb 2001 at Central City. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 11 gch., 21 g-gch. 4 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Harold & Roy King.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Feb 2001

Maurine Dughman FRENCH, 99

Born 15 Sep 1901. Parents: Elwood & Sarah (Beeetem) Cughman. Married Crawford H. French. They lived in Central City, NE. She has lived in San Mateo, CA for 22 years. Maurine died Tues., 13 Feb 2001 at Salida, CA. Private service at later date. Arrangements: "The Neptune Society Mission Chapel of Belmont, Calif." Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 112 g-gch., 7 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband. Memorials to Community Hospice or Shriner's Hospitals for Children.

Note: See Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book H p12 #3182; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p2b H515 D59 F59: Central City, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 24 Feb 2001
Viola G. "Vi" JOHNSTON, 86

Born 13 Dec 1914 near Primrose, NE. Parents: Lars & Nettie (Farlee) Hemmingsen. 18 Mar 1936: Married Archie W. Johnston at her parent's home. They farmed near Central City, NE; & at Elba, NE. 1948: Moved to farm at Chapman, NE. Archie died 31 May 2000. Vi died Thurs. 22 Feb 2001. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., Abundant Life Christian Center in Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A son, 3 gch, 2 g-gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her husband; son Donald, a gch.; 3 brothers - Gene & Alvin Hemmingsen, Everett Farlee; an infant sister Irene.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp249-50 (w/sp), 251 (L Johnston).

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 27 Feb 2001
Richard A. WYMAN,  Sr. 78
Born 28 Feb 1922, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: John W. & Martha (Schipporeit) Wyman. Attended Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Coast Guard. 7 Aug 1949: Married at Silver Creek, NE. They farmed near Osceola, NE; retired into town. He died Mon. 26 Feb 2001 at Osceola. Visitation: Wed., Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church, Osceola. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 10 gch.; a sister.


Columbus Telegram - Wed. 28 Feb 2001
Alice SAN FILIPPO, 74 
Born 11 Apr 1926. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. Resident of Seal Beach, CA. Alice died Sun. 11 Feb 2001 at Long Beach,, CA. Service was Feb. 17, Brothers Mortuary, Long Beach. Buried at Riverside National Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter; a sister; 2 brothers. Predeceased by husband Carl Filippo, and brother Melvin Cremeen.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Mar 2001
Anna KNIGHT, 91

Born 26 Mar 1909, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Cornelius & Sarah (Bice) Ford. Family moved to Worms, and then to Chapman, NE. 1926 grad. of Chapman HS. Attended NE Central College in Central City, NE. Teachers. 16 Jun 1936: Married Andrew Knight at Chapman. They farmed near town. She retired in 1965 & moved to Central City, NE. Anna died there Sat., 3 Mar 2001. Visitation Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery at Grand Island, NE. Survivors: a daughter, a gch. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Lola Beetem & Dorothy Anderson.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p6A D101 F101: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-3 p1b D23 F24: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Mar 2001
Deva M. ELLISON, 86

Born 31 Oct 1914, Archer, NE. Parents: George Lindgreen & Jennette Sporer. Grad. of CCHS. 5 Apr 1935: Married Leo D. Ellison at Smith County, KS. They lived in Central City, NE. Mrs. Ellison died Sun., 4 Mar 2001 in Sun Valley, CA. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch., 5 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 2 step-sisters. Predeceased by her husband (2 Feb 1990), an infant daughter Shirley Jean Ellison; a brother Charles Lindgreen; 3 step brothers - Benton, Eric and Bob Reeves.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 274 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED161 p6B F83 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-11 p2a D37 F37 (w/mother)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Mar 2001
Elmer E. GALUSHA, 89

Born 4 Aug 1911, Central City, NE. Parents: David E. Galusha & Grace Stull. 1931 grad. CCHS. Auctioneer. 1931: Opened Community Sale Barn. 3 Feb 1932: Married Violet C. Sawyers at Central City, NE. He died Fri. 9 Mar 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 14 g-gch. Predeceased by a brother Milton, and 2 g-gch.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 201; 1920 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED157 p8A D155 F155 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p6a D126 F128 (w/p); Merrick Co. NE Marriage Records Book I p598 #I-598. Wife died 1 Mar 2007.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Mar 2001
Ella Marie MOORE, 89

Born 5 Feb 1912, Chapman, NE. Parents: Fred Sr. & Marie (Schroeder) Harrie. 20 Dec 1945: Married Archie "Pete" Moore at North Platte, NE. Medical ass't. & receptionist. Lutheran. Died Sat. 10 Mar 2001 at NE Veteran's Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survived by a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 6 brothers - Henry, Fred, Irvin, Walter, Myron & Alvin Harrie; 3 sisters - Leona Harrie, Elvira Dietz & Lorraine Harrie.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Mar 2001

Wallace "Brownie" DAVIS, 76

Born 19 Nov 1924, Shelby (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Austin Davis & Susan McMillan. Attended schools at Spalding & Belgrade, NE. 1944-46: US Army. Worked in Oregon & California. Returned to Palmer, NE. 21 Jun 1953: Married at Palmer, NE. Had heavy equipment business. Died Fri. 9 Mar 2001 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Tues. at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Wed. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch.; 4 brother & 3 sisters. Predeceased by brother Austin & sister Lola Rieken.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Mar 2001

Geraldine E. SCARBOROUGH, 72

Born 22 Feb 1929, Palmer, NE. Parents: Phillip Glover & Gladys McClure. Lived with grandparents following father's death in 1935. 1944: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 28 May 1952: Married Wayne Scarborough. Died Tues. 13 Mar 2001, Omaha, NE. Service: Fri. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial: Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, one daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by sister Florence Hardy.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Mar 2001

Dorothy M. WAGNER-WELLS, 95

Born 15 Jan 1906, Wolbach, NE. Parents: Gus Wagner & Inez Lee. Raised on farm near Chapman, NE. Grad. of Chapman HS. 22 Jun 1931: Married Robert F. Wells at Lincoln, NE. Lived at Palmer, NE until after WW II, when moved to Grand Island, NE. Dental assistant. 1952: Moved to Kuesters Lake. Died Thurs. 22 Mar 2001, Lakeview Nursing Center. Graveside service: Mon. at Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sisters. Predeceased by husband (1984); brother Herbert Wagner; 4 sisters - Margaret Buersch, Augusta Tyler, Esther Taylor, Maude Effie (infant). 

Note: See extracts of siblings obits - 11 Feb 1998: Grand Island Independent obit of sister Augusta; 30 Jul 2005: Grand Island Independent obit of sister Emma; 12 Jun 2006: Grand Island Independent obit of sister Hazel.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Mar 2001
Hubert "Fred" BOELTS Jr., 56

Born 3 Oct 1944, Palmer, NE. Parents: Hubert "Hube" & Esther (Nagel) Boelts. 1962 grad of CCHS. 1964 grad of UNL. 4 Sep 1965: Married Rebecca Trendle at Fullerton, NE. They farmed near Central City, NE. They moved to Corning, IA; returned in 1972 to farm near Archer, NE. 1986: Moved to Yuma, AZ. Becky died 30 Aug 1998. Fred died 13 Feb 2001 at hospital in Mesa, AZ. Service was 19 Feb at Community Christian Church in Yuma with burial in Desert Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Yuma. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 6 gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his wife, his parents, a sister Catherine.

Note: See History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II pp 135-6.

Columbus Telegram – Mon. 19 Mar 2001; Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Mar 2001
Harvey R. LEITH, 83

Born 21 Feb 1918. Parents: William Leith & Ever Dickson. Attended school in Silver Creek, NE. CCC, RR worker, farmhand. Died Sat. 17 Mar 2001, Columbus, NE. Visitation: Tues. McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, and 2 brothers - Lester (infant) & Martin George Leith. 

Note: Name originally VonderLeith or Von DerLeith. (Grandparents in Platte County, NE)

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 24 Mar 2001

Dorothy PROSOSKI, 81

Born 6 Feb 1920, Clarks, NE. Parents: Joseph Kiolbasa & Valeria Podraza. 1937 grad. of Clarks HS. 12 Aug 1942: Married Leo J. Prososki at Clarks. They lived near Clarks. 1982: They moved to Carlsbad, NM. 1993: Moved to Central City, NE. She died Fri. 23 Mar 2001, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 4 daughters, 13 gch., 5 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by an infant brother Alexander Kiolbasa; 3 sisters - Francis Kiolbasa, Clara Ksiazek & Monica Dixon. 

Note:  See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p7a D145 F145: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Obit of husband published 5 Feb 2003 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 26 Mar 2001

Alvin Earl DEERTZ, 89

Born 26 Jun 1911, on a Gage Valley farm, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Carl Deertz & Emma Glause. 1929 grad. of Palmer HS. Farmer, blacksmith. 3 Nov 1947: Married Evelyn Drawbaugh at Seward, NE. He died Sat. 24 Mar 2001, at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Mon. Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Tues. at First Church of Christ, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 1 son, 3 gch.; one sister, Irene of Palmer.

Note: Wife's obit, Oct. 2005. Sister Irene's obit, Jan 2005.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Mar 2001
Vera E. BRANNAN, 92

Born 5 Jul 1908, Schuyler, NE. Parents: Eli & Emma (Brummer) Wiles. 1926 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended NE Central College. 22 Feb 1936: Married Francis Brannan at Central City, NE. Teacher. Mr. Brannan died 22 Oct 1991. Mrs. Brannan died Tues., 27 Mar 2001 at Central City. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 6 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 273 (Lindgreen Family), 405 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p11a D102 F107: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p5b D115 F115: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent – Fri. 30 Mar 2001
Mary A. KOHL, 84

Born 26 May 1916, Clarks, NE. Parents: Ferdinand Didier & Liddie Cerny. 1933 grad. of Clarks HS. Teacher. 2 Dec 1939: Married Charles J. Kohl at Hastings, NE. They farmed near Clarks. Mrs. Kohl died Wed. 28 Mar 2001, Central City, NE.  Service: Sat. at Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 19 g-gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her husband (13 Jun 1991), a son Jerry Kohl; 2 brothers - Bernard & George Didier.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 Apr 2001

Marvin W. JACOBI, 84

Born 18 Nov 1916, Spalding, NE. Parents: Albert & Hazel (White) Jacobi. Grew up in Nance & Merrick Counties. WW II: US Army, Co D, 119 Infantry, 30th Div. Farmed with his brother Raymond in Merrick County. Retired to live in Clarks, NE. He died Tues., 3 Apr 2001 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by sister Jeanette Salyers, 2 brothers - Raymond & Merle.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census ED156 p12a D143 F150: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p3b D58 F58: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Apr 2001

Russell Eugene BECK, 67

Born 18 Feb 1924 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Walter L. Beck and Mabel L. Trullinger. Attended Pleasant Hill School. Late 1960's, moved to Bethesda Care Center, Central City. Later lived at Aurora & Campbell, NE. Died Thurs. 12 Apr 2001 at Franklin Co. Memorial Hospital. Service: Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 brothers & 3 sisters. His father died in 1974 and his mother in 1996. Memorials to Pierce Chapel Cemetery, please.

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 18 Apr 2001

Rev. Flavius CZUBA, O.F.M., 79

Born Allen Czuba, 8 Nov 1921, Clarks, NE. Parents: Steve Czuba & Kathryn Kush. 1922: Moved to Fullerton, NE. 1926: Moved to Columbus, NE. 19 Dec 1947: Ordained at St. Francis Church, Teutopolis. 21 Dec 1947: Celebrated first mass at St. Anthony Church, Columbus, NE. (See obit for outline of assignments.) Was residing at Indian River, MI when he died Sun. 15 Apr 2001 at a hospital in Orlando, FL. Service: Thurs. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Burial at St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Survivors: 2 uncles & 1 aunt. Predeceased by his parents & six infant sisters. Memorials: Cross of the Woods Endowment Fund (Indian River, MI), or to the Franciscan Vocation Office.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 20 Apr 2001
Annabell Emily BAILEY, 82

Born 30 Oct 1918, Remsen, IA. Parents: William & Emma (Smith) Fiegen. ~1936: Worked in Del Rapids, SD where she married 27 Jan 1942 to Max Bailey. After WW II they farmed near Wolbach, NE. Later lived in Grand Island, Lincoln, Chapman & Central City, NE. She died Thurs., 19 Aapr 2001 at Clearwater, Kansas. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Joe & Hilary Fiegen; a sister, Mary Leffler.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 21 Apr 2001; Grand Island Independent - Mon. 23 Apr 2001

Betty VanWINKLE, 59

Born 13 Jan 1942, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Clinton Colby & Opal Shepard. 1960 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1 Jun 1963: Married Dennis VanWinkle at Silver Creek, NE. Residences: Hordville, & Chappell, NE. 1988: Moved to Kearney, NE. Betty died Fri. 20 Apr 2001, Kearney, NE. Visitation: Today at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home, Kearney. Service: Mon. at Faith United Methodist Church, Kearney. Burial: Mon. at Silver Creek Cemetetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 5 gch.; one sister. Memorials: Lied Transplant Center.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 25 Apr 2001
Evelyn V. BOON, 96

Born 15 Aug 1904, Clarks, NE. Parents: Otto & Kittie (Dunham) Reger. 7 Jun 1930: Married Robert W. Boon at Avoca. They lived in Grand Island NE. 1987: Moved to Boulder, CO. She died there, Sat. 21 Apr 2001. Service Wed., South Broadway Church of the Nazarene, Boulder, CO. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 9 gch., 15 g-gch; a sister. Predeceased by her husband, & a brother Harold Reger.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Apr 2001
Edie P. DECKER, 84

Born 31 Jul 1916, Waukegan, IL. Parents: Casimir "Charles" & Anatalie "Anna" Mazrimas. 23 Aug 1936: Married Glen W. Decker in Waukegan, IL. 1978: Moved to Nebraska. Mr. Decker died 6 Apr 1983. Mrs. Decker died Thurs., 26 Apr 2001 at home of daughter in Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial in city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 12 gch., 20 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sisters - Charlotte & Helen; a brother John.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Apr 2001

Dorothy M. LARSON, 75

Born 24 Aug 1925 near Battle Creek, NE. Parents: Arthur Rodekohr & Helen Brase. 1943 grad. of Battle Creek HS. Grad. of Wayne State College. Teacher. 6 Jul 1952: Married Donald C. Larson at Battle Creek, NE. They farmed north of Meadow Grove until 1958, then moved to Loup City. 1963: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Larson died Thurs. 26 Apr 2001 at Central City. Visitation: Sun. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Stromsburg Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 14 gch.; one brother & 6 sisters. 

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Apr 2001
Alfred A. STAROSTKA, 85

Born 28 Nov 1915, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: John Starostka & Mary Czarnick. Welder. 4 May 1963: Married at Madison, NE. Died Thurs. 26 Apr 2001 Columbus, NE. Service: Mon. at McKown Funeral Home. Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Survivors: His wife, 1 brother, 2 sisters; 1 stepson & 1 stepdaughter. Predeceased by son Alfred Jr., and a brother, Joseph.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p10B D15 F15: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p2a D27 F27: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Apr 2001
Elsie WAGNER, 89

Born 6 Feb 1912 on farm west of Chapman, NE. Parents: Louis & Marie (Wiesener) Klingenberg. 1930 grad. of Chapman HS. Moved to Cheyenne, WY. After WW II she moved to Grand Island, NE. 20 Sep 1947: Married Robert E. Wagner at Grand Island. 1966: Husband retired from military & they moved to Chapman, NE. 1980: Moved to farm near St. Paul, NE. She died Thurs., 26 Apr 2001 at St. Paul. Service: Mon., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Inurnment later, at Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 gch. Predeceased by son David; 2 sisters - Florence Tyler & an infant; 4 brothers - Edward, Robert, Roscoe & Hans Klingenberg.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p2A D24 F24: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p1B D23 F23: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 3 May 2001
William B. PICKREL, 74
Born 16 Feb 1927, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Henry & Bertha (Harrison) Pickrel. 1944 grad. of school at Clarks, NE. Driver for Booth Transfer at Clarks, & other companies. 10 Jun 1945: Married. He died Tues., 1 May 2001 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, 3 daughters, 23 gch., 3 g-gch.; a brother & 4 sisters. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Jim & Paul; 2 sisters - Kate Brown & Edith Maxson.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 May 2001

Ella M. HUTCHINSON, 85

Born 1 Aug 1915, Palmer, NE. Parents: Andrew & Anna (Lundberg) Moberg. Married Ray Hutchison. 1972-93: Lived in Central City, NE. She died Thurs., 3 May 2001 at Downers Grove, IL. Service was Sun., Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Downers Grove, IL. Burial will be Wed. in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, one gch. Predeceased by her husband.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 May 2001
Donald J. POWERS, 72

Born 15 Mar 1929, Chapman, NE. Parents: Edward & Juanita (Abott) Powers. 1932: Family moved to farm near Cairo, NE. Creamery worker, school janitor. Donald moved to Grand Island about 2000; died there Sat. 5 May 2001. Catholic. Service: Thurs., Apfel Funeral Home, Cairo, NE. Burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Survived by a brother in California Predeceased by 3 brothers - Vaughn, Laurence & an infant.

Columbus Telegram – Thur. 10 May 2001
Elaine Lillian TONDU, 70

Born 15 Dec 1930, Platte Co., NE. Parents: Leo & Mary Chohon. Attended school at Silver Creek, NE. LPN. 1952: Married Jack Tondu at Frankfort, MI. Resident of Traverse City, MI. She died Tues., 8 May 2001 at hospital in Northport, MI. Service today. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 gch.; her parents, 2 brothers. Jack Tondu died in 1958.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 18 May 2001

Helen B. WIK, 88

Born 17 Feb 1913 near Cairo, NE. Parents: Orin & Lilly Bryan. Family moved to Central City, NE. Attended Sioux Falls College, music major. Taught in Little Rock, IA. 1942: Married Reyold M. Wik. Attended Univ. of MN - Librarian. They moved to Oakland, CA in 1951. Helen died Sun. 13 May 2001 at Oakland, CA. Service: Sat., Apfel Funeral Home, Cairo, NE. Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 gch.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p5b D118 F120: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 20 May 2001

Glen L. McLEAN, 87

Born 30 Jul 1913, Clarks, NE. Parents: Len & Iva (Inbody) McLean. 1931 grad. of Clarks HS. Twice married. Lived in Omaha, NE. Employee of Martin Bomber Plant & UPRR. 1969: Moved to Central City with his second wife. 1999: They moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Fri. 18 May 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks, NE. (Bureau Cemetery). Survivors: His wife Lola; a son, a daughter, a step-son & 2 step-daughters; 5 gch., 13 step-gch. Predeceased by his brother Leonard McLean.

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

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 22 May 2001; Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 May 2001

Patricia A. SMOLENSKI, 70

Born 22 Jan 1931, Clarks, NE. Parents: Albert J. & Mary Josephine (Douglas) Morris. 1949 grad. of Clarks HS. For 33 years was emplyed by a bank in Silver Creek, NE. 17 Sep 1976: Married Henry Smolenski at Pilsno, NE. They lived in Polk Co., NE. She died Mon., 21 May 2001 at Osceola, NE. Visitation: Today, McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Service: Wed., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pilsno. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, a foster daughter, 3 gch. Predeceased by her parents; sister Mary Jane Jackson, & brother Bill Morris.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p290 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs., 24 May 2001

Dorothy E. MILLS, 92

Born 22 Dec 1908, Central City, NE. Parents: David & Annie (Mills) Baird. Teacher (worked in Omaha, NE). Died Tues., 22 May 2001 in Omaha, NE. No visitation. Service: Fri., First Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, 11 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister - Prudence Pullen; a sister-in-law.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 113 (R&A Baird), 340-1 (Roumpf); History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II pp 204 (DR Mills), 205 (R&E Mills). Found with parents - 1910 Fed. Census NE ED 150 p2a D27 F28: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p6A F105: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p4b D85 F86: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 May 2001
Florence DIBBERN, 83

Born 21 Dc 1917, Hall Co., NE. Parents: Emil & Amanda (Beberniss) Hann. 3 Sep 1938: Married Harold Dibbern at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island until he was in the military; moved to San Diego CA. After WW II, they farmed in Merrick Co., NE. 1985: Retired to Central City, NE. Florence died Wed., 23 May 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: Her husband; a son, a daughter, 7 gch., 5 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by a brother Elmer Hann, & a sister Lorraine Dibbern.

Note: Husband's obit published 24 Nov 2006 in Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 28 May 2001

Alice Lorraine HILDER, 80

Born 30 Jan 1921, Oketo, KS. Parents: John & Sue Brucker. 28 Jan 1939: Married Harold Hilder at Clarksville, Iowa. They lived in Lincoln, NE and Charles City, IA. 1950: Moved to Central City, NE. Harold died 21 May 2000. Mrs. Hilder died Sat., 26 May 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, 7 gch, 9 g-gch. Also living is her twin brother, & a sister. Predeceased by her husband; son Kenneth G Hilder (1984); daughters - Betty Ann Rutherford (1977) and Patty J. Steele (1996); a gch & a g-gch.; several siblings.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 June 2001
Bernice L. WILLIAMSON, 88

Born 20 Sep 1912, Palmer, NE. Parents: Charles & Elsie (Davis) Linderman. 1930 grad. of Grand Island HS. Grad. of Stephens College & Univ. of Missouri - Columbia. Administrator at Stephens College. 30 Jun 1938: Married Charles T. Williamson at Grand Island, NE. Resident of Columbia MO. Presbyterian. Her husband died 13 Feb 2001. Mrs. Williamson died Wed. 30 May 2001. Service: Sat., Parker Funeral Service, Columbia, MO. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; a brother Lowell Linderman & a sister Margaret Doty.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 June 2001
Dustin R. "Dusty" MARKER, 20

Born 28 Jul 1980. Parents: Lloyd & Rhonda (Marker) Brittain. Resident of Kearney, NE. He died in traffic accident near Hordville, NE Sat., 2 Jun 2001. Visitation: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., Community Bible Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His parents (both remarried); a brother & 2 sisters; 2 grandmothers. Predeceased by both grandfathers - Emmett Marker and Merle Brittain.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 12 Jun 2001; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Jun 2001
Richard Paul KELLY, 81

Born 22 May 1920, Johnstown, PA. Parents: Harry & Margaret (Harris) Kelly. 1942-44: US Army. 20 Dec 1943: Married in Colorado. Lived in CA. 1958: Moved to Columbus, NE. Sales representative. 1991: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Sun. 10 Jun 2001 at Grand Island Veterans Home. Service: Sat.at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 6 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents, & a daughter Marilyn Carlson.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Jun 2001
Beulah J. STARMER, 87

Born 28 Apr 1914, Schuyler, NE. Parents: Chauncey & Jessie (Moore) Hare. Attended Schuyler HS. 25 Mar 1935: Married Floyd W. Starmer in Schuyler, NE. They lived in Schuyler & North Bend, NE. Moved to WA; then moved to North Platte, NE. 1950: Moved to Fremont, NE. Cook. Later lived in Grand Island & North Platte, NE. 1996: Her husband moved to nursing home in Central City where he died 9 Sep 1997. Beulah had moved to Clarks, NE; in 2000 she moved to Litzenberg Long Term Care ... where she died Sun. 17 Jun 2001. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & her spouse, 3 gch., g-gch; Preedecased by her husband; a son Donald; 2 sisters - Wylma Cantral & Thelma Harris. Memorials to Clarks Methodist Church or the Long Term Care Activities.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Jun 2001

Viva A. LINDQUIST, 82

Born 30 Jan 1919 near Goehner, NE. Parents: Charles & Myrtle (Frank) Luce. Married Morris Lindquist. They lived in Central City, NE. Moved to Seward, NE. Mrs.Lindquist did Mon, 18 Jun 2001 at Seward, NE. Service: Fri., Wood-Zabka Funeral Home, Seward, NE. Burial in Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; a son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 16 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Also living are 2 brothers, a sister & a sister-in-law.Predeceased by 2 brothers, a sister. & 1 gch

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p13b D114 F115: Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Jun 2001
Donald E. BAILEY, 80

Born 8 Apr 1921. Parents: Delbert "Lee" & Gladys (Chesley) Bailey. Grad. of Fullerton HS. Served in military during WW II. Met Helen M. Natwick in WI. They married 19 Jan 1946 at Mt. Sterling, WI. They lived in LaCrosse, WI. Cabinet maker. 1950: They moved to Central City, NE. He worked at the Conoco Station. Helen died 8 Oct 1978. Donald died Tues., 19 Jun 2001 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs. Solt Funral Home. Service: Fri., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A brother & his wife.

Note: For his parents, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p298 (J McLean); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED166 p1A D1 F2: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE; Nance Co. Marriage Record Bk 5 p37.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 22 Jun 2001

Myrtle Juanita CARLSON, 90

Born 7 Nov 1910 near Stromsburg, NE. Parents: John W. & Emma C. Peterson. Grad. of Stromsburg HS. 14 Mar 1932: Married C.R. "Rags" Carlson. They lived south of Havens, NE. 1969: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. Feb 1998: Moved to Midwest Covenant Home, Stromsburg. Mrytle died Wed., 21 Jun 2001 at Stromsburg. Visitation: Today, Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Sat., Silver Creek United Methodist Church. Burial: Stromsburg Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 4 daughters, 25 gch., 54 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, brother Martin M. Peterson, son-in-law Maurice Watts Jr., a gch.

Note: See Our Polk Co. Heritage, p49. Husband died 10 Sep 1999.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Jun 2001
Eleanor I. L. DANKERT, 78

Born 30 Apr 1923, Ludell, KS. Parents: Mathias & Martha (Holle) Fleischacker. 2 Jun 1946: Married Alfred H. Dankert at Ludell, KS. They farmed near Worms, Chapman & Archer, NE. 1967: Moved to Central City, NE. Alfred died 16 Aug 1989. Mrs. Dankert died Thurs. 21 Jun 2001 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister in KS. Predeceasd by her husband; a brother Math Fleischackjer; a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Jun 2001
Marion BOYNTON, 80

Born 4 Sep 1920 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Frank & Olga (Muhs) Seim. 1937 grad. of GISH. Grad. of Lutheran School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO. WW II: US Army nurse. 20 Oct 1944: Married Robert Boynton at Portland Army Air Base chapel. They lived on farm near Moro, OR. Husband died 30 Jul 1996. Mrs. Boynton died Sun., 5 Jun 2001 at The Dalles, OR. Memorial service was 9 Jun at Faith Lutheran Church, The Dalles, OR. Burial in Moro Community Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 6 gch. Predeceased by her husband, a sister - Helen; a brother - Wayne; an infant daughter.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 Jul 2001

Benedict Conrad "Ben" ZOUCHA, 48

Born 19 Jun 1953, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Benedict & Monica Zoucha. 1971 grad. of Clarks HS. 29  Apr 1978: Married Rita at Krakow (near Genoa), NE. Construction foreman. Died Wed. 4 Jul 2001 at Clarks, NE. Service Sat. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife, 1 daughter, 3 sons; his mother and 2 sisters.  His father died in 1995.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 9 Jul 2001

Roger J. KUNZE, 32

Born 19 Feb 1969, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Jim Kunze & Carolyn Beed. 1987 grad. of St. Paul HS. Served in USAF. Lived at Albion & Humphrey, NE. Died 6 Jul 2001 near Norton, KS (accident). Visitation: Mon. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Service: Tues. at Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: His parents, a son, a grandmother, a fiancee; 2 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 10 Jul 2001
James "Jim" STANISLAV, 73

Born 24 Nov 1927 near Linwood, NE. Parents: Joe Stanislav & Emma Johannes. 1939: Family moved to Central City, NE.  1947-48: US Army. Farmer, musician. 26 Mar 1950: Married at Central City, NE. Died Mon., 9 Jul 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., at chapel of Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 14 g-gch. Also surviving: his mother, 2 brothers & a sister. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Jul 2001
Francis J. JINDRA, 67

Born 2 Sep 1933, Dwight, NE. Parents: Frank M. Jindra & Mary T. Crha. Family lived at Dwight & Rogers, NE; moved to Central City, NE in 1944. 1951 grad. of CCHS. Served in military during Korean War. Farmed at Belgrade, NE and then with family members near Central City. Died Thurs. 12 Jul 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Jul 2001
Roma VOTAW, 78

Born 17 May 1923, Prague, NE. Parents: Verne & Esther Karlson. Adopted by Harry & Lillian Stoll of Valley, NE. 7 Sep 1945: Married Robert Ury at El Paso, TX. After the war they lived in Chapman, NE. Later moved to Valley NE and then to North Platte, NE. Robert died in 1977. In 1979, Roma married William Votaw. They moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1986. She died Sat., 14 Jul 2001 at Las Vegas. Service: Thurs., First Baptist Church, Chapman, NE. Survivors: Her second husband; 2 sons, 1 daughter, 5 gch. Memorials: American Liver Foundation in New York.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Jul 2001; Columbus Telegram - Wed. 25 Jul to Sat. 28 Jul 2001

Geneva Naomi CARTER, 97

Born 30 Dec 1903, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Eugene & Dolly (Hartman) Finecy. 20 Dec 1926: Married George L. Carter "...on a bridge between Polk County and Merrick County." They farmed near Silver Creek, NE. Geneva died on 23 Jul 2001 at Genoa, NE. Service will be at later date with burial at Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: A brother, a daughter-in-law, 4 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (1977); 2 sons - Gail & Lenis; a gch., several siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Jul 2001

Viola M. HETTLER, 82

Born 12 Jul 1919, Worms, NE. Parents: Charles Meinecke & Anna Rehder. Educated in Greeley County, Palmer and Grand Island, NE. 19 Jan 1946: Married Milton T. Hettler at Lehighton, PA. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Sep 2000: She moved to Good Samaritan Center, Wood River. Lutheran. Died Sat. 21 Jul 2001 at Wood River, NE. Service: Thurs. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island. Burial: Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: Her son, 2 gch., 1 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Raymond & Bob Meinecke.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Jul 2001

Ethel M. FAIRBAIRN, 76

Born 12 Dec 1924, Palmer, NE. Parents: Earl McClellan & Mary Hunt. 1941 grad. of Palmer HS. Worked in Howard Co. assessor's office. 25 Feb 1944: Married Robert Fairbairn at St. Paul, NE. They farmed. 1967: Moved to Grand Island, NE. She died Sun. 29 Jul 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 5 g-gch. 7 step g-gch. Also living: 3 brothers, 1 sister and a brother-in-law (should be son-in-law?). Predeceased by her husband, son Herbert, and daughter Bonnie Kohl.

Note: Father's given name was Carl.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Aug 2001

Marie L. BAKER, 103

Born 28 Nov 1897 near Chapman, NE. Parents: John Wesley & Elizabeth (Laub) Beman. Grad. of GISH. Attended Kearney State Normal School & UN. Teacher. 2 Sep 1924: Married Vernon J. Baker at Central City, NE. They lived in Central City. Vernon died in 1978. Mrs. Baker died Tues., 7 Aug 2001 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & her husband, 2 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Helen & Alice Beman; 4 brothers - Leonard, John, Ralph & Percy Beman.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 113-14 (Baker-Beman); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p8A D92 F93: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); Central City Cemetery Directory.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Aug 2001

Roy A. LARSON, 90

Born 10 Aug 1910 at Marquette, NE. Parents: Charles O. & Martha C. (Stranberg) Larson. 1928 grad. of CCHS. 10 Aug 1931: Married at Clay Center, NE. Mechanic, business owner. Presbyterian. He died Wed., 8 Aug 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 17 g-gch., 3 gg-gch. Predeceased by an infant son; 5 brothers - Albin, Reuben, Irl, Paul & Clarenc Larson.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 15 Aug 2001
Roberta "Billie" WILLHOFT, 90

Born 1910. Married Loren Willhoft at Central City, NE. Moved to St. Louis in 1940's. Loren died in 1996. Mrs. Willhoft died 28 Feb 2001. Memorial service: Sat., 18 Aug 2001 at Christ Episcopal Church, Central City NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 5 gch., 1 g-gch.; a brother-in-law; 4 sisters-in-law. Memorials to Central City Library.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 21 Aug 2001
Melvin R. FRIEDRICHSEN, 80

Born 18 Jun 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: Henry P. & Margaret A. (Wiecks) Fridrichsen. Grew up near St. Paul, NE. 31 Aug 1945: Married Mary E. Miller at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island. Wife died 4 Dec 1995. Husband was living at Cozad, NE. Melvin died Sun., 19 Aug 2001 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Service: Thurs., Apfl-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Islandd, NE. Burial in Cameron Cemetery, Hall Co, NE. Survivors: 4 sons, 3 daughters, 10 gch.; a brother, a sister. Predeceased by his wife; daughter - Barbara Jean; 2 brothers - Irvin & Harry.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p5a D98 F99: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 21 Aug 2001
Leonard D. Van PELT, 94

Born 31 Mar 1907, Archer, NE. Parents: Mayo & Nora (Eckles) Van Pelt. Was grad. of first class at Archer HS. 29 Oct 1925: Married Vera A. Woodward at Archer, NE. They farmed in that area. Leonard died Sun., 19 Aug 2001 at Archer. Visitation: Wed. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 39 gch., 79 g-gch., 7 gg-gch. Predeceased by a brother, 3 sisters, 4 gch., 1 g-gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p411 (CH Woodward); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p3B F20: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Midland Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-11 p3b D68 F68; 25 Mar 2004: Grand Island Independent obit of wife; Directory for Central City Cemetery.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Sep 2001
Bridget M. POHL, 89

Born 14 May 1912 at Abie, NE. Parents: Joseph & Pauline (Rurcha) Hinesh. Family moved to Doniphan, NE where she grad. from HS in 1930. 13 Jun 1933: Married Edward T. Pohl at Central City, NE. They farmed near Chapman. Mr. Pohl died in 1971; wife moved to Grand Island, NE. She died Wed. 5 Sep 2001 at Grand Island. Service: Sat., St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 2 son, 5 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Ernest & Edwin Hinesh; a sister-in-law - Kathryn Pohl.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 320-1.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Sep 2001
Robert V. STEUBEN, 65

Born 10 Feb 1931, Worms, NE Parents: George W. & Pearl E. Steuben. Grew up in Central City, NE. Joined US Navy and served 20 years. 25 Oct 1950: Married at Bremerton, WA. They lived at San Diego, CA; Corpus Christi, TX; Washington, DC. 1987: Moved near Warsaw, MO. He died Wed., 5 Sep 2001 at Portland OR. Service: Wed., Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, MO. Ashes will be taken to cemetery in Grand Island, NE. Surviors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 2 sisters.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent – Wed. 12 Sep 2001
Minnie Blanche BUTT, 100

Born 4 Jun 1901, Beaconsfield, IA. Parents: Charles Edward & Clara Elizabeth (Morgan) Clauff. 1903: Family moved by wagon near Osceola, NE. 1904: They moved near Clarks, NE. 1920 grad. of Clarks HS. Teacher. 23 May 1923: Married Rynold F. Butt at Fullerton, NE. They farmed near Clarks. Retired from teaching in 1962, became librarian at Hards Memorial Library, Central City, NE. She died Tues., 11 Sep 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, 9 gch., 13 g-gch., 4 gg-gch. Also living are a sister & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (21 Jun 1957); daughter Laree Gee; son Louis Butt; 2 gch.; sister Mildred Adamson-Davis-Moore Jemison; brother C Marvin Clauff. and a gg-gch.

Notes: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p9A D53 F54: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-7 p2b D31 F31: Fullerton Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).; Nance County NE Marriage Record Bk 5 p279. Another source - 26 Aug 1999 (Thurs): Grand Island Independent article "Minnie Butt / Former librarian, teacher has rich memories"

Columbus Telegram – Sat. 15 Sep 2001; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Sep 2001
Doug GILSON, 48

Born 2 Apr 1953, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Dale & Lois (Davis) Gilson. 1971 grad. of Fullerton Public School. 1975 grad. of Wayne State. Teacher/coach ... principal/athletic director. 19 Jun 1982: Married at St. Libory, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. He died from auto accident near Kearney, NE on Thurs., 13 Sep 2001. Service: Mon., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City, NE. Burial at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 Sep 2001
Agnes MEYER, 98
Born 8 Jul 1903, Prosser (Adams Co.), NE. Parents: Henry W. & Emma L. (Kruse) Meyer. 1909: Family moved to IL. 1927: Grad. of Aurora HS, NE. Teacher. 1927: Moved to Chicago, IL for nurse's training. 1989: Retired to St. Paul, NE. She died Sat. 15 Sep 2001 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Tues., Jacobesen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Wed., Christ Lutheran Church, St, Paul. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Worms, NE. Survivors: 5 sisters, 1 brother. Predcceased by 2 sisters - Esther & Emma; 5 brothers - Oscar, Thodore, Ervin, Arnold & Paul.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p288 (Rev. HW Meyer).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Sep 2001
Wilbur H. "Casey" JONES, 79

Born 23 May 1922, Marquette, NE. Parents: Arthur & Elizabeth (Nelson) Jones. 1942 grad. of Marquette HS. WW II: US Coast Guard (South Paciic). 19 Jun 1949: Married at Central City, NE. They moved to Grand Island in 1971; owned a business. He died Tues., 18 Sep 2001 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Lucille (infant) & Jewell Gregg; 2 gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p300 (E McMahon).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 21 Sep 2001
Hugo DABERKOW, 96

Born 7 Sep 1905, West Point, NE. Parents: August & Paulina (Heiler) Daberkow. Section hand, member of road gang, truck driver, mechanic. Worked as carpenter in Omaha, NE. Assembled bombers in Cheyenne, WY during WW II. 1935: Married Eleanor Schulz of Beemer, NE. 1946: Married Helen Nelson Traey in Omaha, NE. 1970: Moved to Chapman, NE. Member of Jehovah's Witnessses in Central City, NE. 1995: Moved to Curtis, Ne where he died Thurs., 19 Sep 2001. Visitation: Sat., Blase Wetzel Funeral Home, Curtis. Service: Sun. at Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 6 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Edward, William H Herman; a sister - Dorothea.

Note: See files of Chapman Cemetery.

Columbus Telegram – Mon. 24 Sep 2001

Joseph Bradley FRITZ, 29

Born 3 Apr 1972,  York, NE. Parents: Hubert & Mary Fritz. Attended special education in Columbus, NE. Resident of Clarks, NE. Died Sun. 23 Sep 2001 in Central City, NE. Visitation: Today, Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery (Bureau), near Clarks. Survivors: His parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers. a grandmother. Predeceased by a sister Nancy Kay Fritz; grandfather Walter Fritz; grandparents Frankie & Walter Garrett; step-grandfather, Wilbur Hernbloom.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Sep 2001

Ervin M. ECKSTROM, 85

Born 14 Feb 1916 near Palmer, NE. Parents: George J. Eckstrom & Mary T. Deertz. Attended District 36 School. 1942-45: US Army. 3 Jul 1945: Married at Palmer, NE. Farmer, later worked in Grand Island, NE. Died Sun. 23 Sep 2001 at Palmer, NE. Service: Wed. at Wesleyan Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 3 step-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by daughter Gaylene Pulscher; 2 brothers - Walter & Leonard.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Sep 2001

Arlyce J. SMELTZER, 74

Born 25 Nov 1926, Polk, NE. Parents: Herbert & Josephine (Lindburg) Wurtz. 1933: Family moved near Havens, NE. 1944 grad. of Clarks HS. Teacher. 1945: Moved to California. 23 Jun 1950: Married Francis R. Smeltzer at Glendale, CA.  They lived at Montrose, CA until retired to Templeton, CA in 1997. She died Thurs., 6 Sep 2001 at nursing home in Morro Bay, CA. Memorial service was held 8 Sep at First Presbyterian Church, Templeton, CA. Ashes will be buried at Clarks Cemetery at later date. Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter, 4 gch., a brother & 2 sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p411.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent – Wed. 26 Sep 2001
Alonzo August KSIAZEK, 92

Born 3 Aug 1909, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Peter & Anna (Liss) Ksiazek. 1921: Family moved to Merrick Co., NE. 6 Nov 1933: Married Barbara Starostka at Clarks, NE. They farmed near Clarks. 12 Jan 1972: Married a second time at Alhambra, CA. They farmed west of Clarks, NE. Oct 2000: They moved to Central City, NE. He died Mon., 24 Sep 2001 at Central City. Service: Sat., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 3 step-children, 20 gch, 10 step-gch., 30 g-gch., 3 step-g-gch. Also living are 3 sisters. Predeceased by his first wife; his parents; 6 brothers - Ted, Stanley, Ed, Sylvester, John & Leo Ksiazek; 2 sisters - Mary Swantek & Helen Ksiazek. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Sep 2001
Sheilda "Anne" WALLINGSFORD, 45

Born 28 Aug 1956, Plainview, TX. Parents: Jerome & Elsie Wallingford. 16 Dec 1976: Married Dan Lawson at Clovis, NM. They livd in NM & TX. 1985 grad. of Central Community College, Grand Island, NE. She married Duane Barrett & they lived at Chapman, NE. Anne died Mon., 24 Sep 2001 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Graveside service: Fri., Prairie Creek Cemetery near Archer, NE. Survivors: Her husband; a son, 3 daughters; a stepson, a stepdaughter; 9 gch. Also living are her father & step-mother; her mother; 4 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 30 Sep 2001
Roger William HOHNROTH, 62

Born 10 Oct 1938, Nebraska City, NE. Parents: Lester H & Floy E. Hohnroth. 1956 grad. of NE City HS. 30 May 1959: Married at Nebraska City; they lived in Lincoln. 1963: Moved to Central City, NE. Employee of John Deere dealership. He died Sat., 29 Sep 2001 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 3 gch.; his mother & a brother in CA. Predeceased by his father (Feb 2001).

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Oct 2001
Edith M. PHELPS, 79

Born 10 Jan 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: George W. & Bertha M. (Leeson) Kuhn. Grad. of CCHS. Married Harold Phelps. They lived at Whidbey Island, WA. She died Wed. 19 Sep 2001 at hospital in Grand Island, NE (was visiting in NE). Service was 29 Sep at Visser Funeral Home, Langley, WA. Burial in Bayview Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 5 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Harvey & Gerald; 2 sisters - Ila & Verna. Memorials: South Whidbey Senior Center.

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 264 (w/p, & HW Kuhn); 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-10 p2b D40 F40 (w/p); Nance Co. NE Marriage Record Bk 6 p359

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 6 Oct 2001
Paul D. POWERS, 81

Born 30 Oct 1919, Central City, NE. Parents: Edward & Juanita (Abbott) Powers. 1932: Family moved to Cairo, NE. WW II: B-17 tail-gunner. 1943: Married Camilla Ciemnoczolowski. They farmed near Grand Island, NE until 1954, moved to Cedar Rapids, IA. 1988: Moved to Moreno Valley, CA. Camilla died in 1994. May 2000: Married Rose DeFelicis. They lived in Anaheim, Ca. Rose died in 2001. Paul died 24 Sep 2001, traffic accident. Service was 6 Oct at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Fullerton, CA. Burial will be 3 Nov in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters; a step-daughter & a step-son; 5 gch., 15 g-gch. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Vaughn, Lawrence and Donald Powers.

Notes: An abbreviated & modified version of obit was published 14 Oct 2001. See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p8A D86 F87: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p2a D24 F24: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 6 Oct 2001
Dorothy M. TAYLOR, 80

Born 26 Sep 1921, Chapman, NE. Parents: Edward S. & Emma C. (Seier) Zlomke. 1940 grad. of Chapman HS. 20 Sep 1947: Married Ferrol P. Taylor at Long Pine, NE. They lived in Grand Island until 1956, moved to Colorado Springs, CO. She died Tues. 2 Oct 2001 at Colorado Springs. Service: Tues., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, twin gch. Predeceased by brother Harold A. Zlomke.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED61-3 p3a D54 F55 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 8 Oct 2001
Audra M. HURSH, 94

Born 4 Apr 1907, Chapman, NE. Parents: John  & Ida Mae (Van Cleave) Fishburn. 1925 grad. of Lincoln HS; 1956 grad. of UN. Teacher. 1939: Married Floyd Hursh at Grand Island, NE. 1943: They lived in Wyoming; 1946, returned to live at Grand Island, NE. She died Sun. 7 Oct 2001 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Arrangements: Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; a brother. Predeceased by sister Leona.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p3a D56 F56: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Husband's obit 7 May 2002 in GI Independent.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent – Thur. 11 Oct 2001
Alfred G. SWEET, 83

Born 31 Aug 1918, Clarks, NE. Parents: Alfred & Sarah (Sharman) Sweet. 1936 grad. of Clarks HS. WW II: US Army. 26 Oct 1944: Married in Grand Island, NE. They lived on farm near Clarks, NE. He died Tues., 9 Oct 2001 at home. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Sat., St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial at Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: His wife 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by 4 brothers - George, Frank, Joe & Eddie Sweet; 3 sisters - Ellen Sloan, Florence Morgen & Lucy Fern Sweet; daughter-in-law Sue Sweet. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 Oct 2001
Richard E. BUTT, 66

Born 4 Aug 1935, Central City, NE. Parents: Fritz & Pauline (Donchesky) Butt. 7 Jun 1953: Married at Archer, NE. Farmer, truck driver. He died Wed. 10 Oct 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 5 daughters, 18 gch, 2 gg-gch.; 2 sisters & 1 brother. Predeceased by a sister - Ernestine Grigsby.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 Oct 2001

Edward KAVA, 76

Born 11 Nov 1924, Genoa, NE. Parents: John & Tillie (Liss) Kava.17 Jun 1952: Married at Columbus, NE. They farmed near Genoa and Silver Creek, NE. Employee of Behlen. Played violin & button accordion. with Kava Orchestra. He died Wed., 17 Oct 2001 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Hme. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister and 2 brothers. Predeceased by 3 sisters - Agnes Jarecki , Barbara Triba & an infant; brother Karl Kava.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Oct 2001

Lucille F. GARBERS, 59

Born 31 Oct 1941 near Worms, NE. Parents: Clarence Wichmann & Frieda Pape. Grad. of Palmer HS. 15 Apr 1961: Married Norman Garbers at Grand Island, NE. They farmed west of Chapman, NE. 1989: Moved to Grand Island. Mrs. Garbers died Fri. 19 Oct 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service Tues. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 5 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her parents, infant brother Harry Wichmann, sister Mary Ann Kreoger.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Oct 2001

Paul Loren SPILGER, 81

Born 6 Nov 1919, Palmer, NE. Parents: John Spilger & Ruth Earl. Attended Gage Valley School. 22 Nov 1943: Married at Palmer. 1941-45: US Army. Served 2 years as missionary to Indians in Buffalo, NY. Farmer near Palmer, NE. Moved to Grand Island in 1965. Mr. Spilger died Fri. 29 Oct 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues. at Harvest Time Baptist Church, GI. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 2 gch., 4 step-gch. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Lyle & 2 infants.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Oct 2001
Anthony "Tony" KOENIG, 45

Born 24 Apr 1956, Abilene, TX. Parents: John & June (Kirby) Koenig. 1974: Grad. of HS in Gillette, WY. Attended UNO. 22 Dec 1979: Married at Omaha, NE. They lived in Green River, WY; moved to Englewood, CO. He died Sat., 20 Oct 2001 at Walden, CO. Service: Sat., Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Englewood CO. Burial: Thurs.,1 Nov 2001 in Central City Cemetery, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, his parents; his in-laws; a sister & her husband.

Columbus Telegram – Mon. 29 Oct 2001
Alvina Vera LASKA, 81

Born 17 May 1920, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Charles & Cathrine Laska. WW II: US Army Air Corps. Employee of Mutual of Omaha. Died Sat., 27 Oct 2001 at Omaha, NE. Wake service: Tues., St. Cecilia Cathedral Omaha, NE. Service: Wed., St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Duncan, NE. Burial at church cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 29 Oct 2001

D. L. PARKS, 76

Born 11 Feb 1925, Jaton, TX. Parents: Pippens Parks & Jewel Winter. Grad. of Durango HS, Colorado. 1943-46: US Navy. Lived in Colorado & California. 3 Sep 1983: Married in Tonopha, NV. 1992: Moved to Palmer, NE. Died Fri. 26 Oct 2001 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues. at Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son & a daughter, 10 gch.; one sister in CO. Predeceased by a brother & a sister.

Note: Given name appears as David Leroy on gravestone.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent – Tues. 30 Oct 2001
David H. BULLER, 77

Born 7 Jan 1924, Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada. Parents: Henry P. & Maria (Janzen) Buller.  20 Feb 1949: Married Elsie Esther Zimmerman at York, NE. They farmed near York, Silver Creek and then Central City, NE. 1973: Purchased farm north of Clarks, NE. He died Fri., 26 Oct 2001 at Clarks. Service: Today, Wagner Funeral Home, Central City., NE. Burial at later date. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, 5 gch,; 3 sisters, Predeceased by 3 brothers - Henry H, John H. and Jacob Buller.

Note: His wife died 23 Feb 2006.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 Oct 2001
Agatha M. LUEBBE, 86

Born 25 May 1915, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Alfred & Katrina (Hinrichs) Dammann. Grad of Palmer HS. 6 Oct 1933: Married Fred Luebbe at Worms, NE. They farmed, then ran the Co-op grocery at Worms. Also owned the tavern. She was living in St. Libory, NE. Died Sun. 28 Oct 2001 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 6 gch., 5 g-gch., 2 sisters  & 1 brother. Predeceased by her husband. Memorials to the church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 168 (w/p), 277 (F&A Luebbe); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p6B D110 F110: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p1a D21 F21: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)/

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Oct 2001

Leonard L. "Mac" McIntire, 77

Born 10 Nov 1923, Chapman, NE. Parents:Amos & Bessie (Zehr) Mclntire. Grad. of Central City HS. WW II: US Army Air Force - tailgunner, flew 33 missions in European Theatre. 23 Dec 1946: Married in Kansas. They lived in Central City, NE briefly; moved to Grand Island. He worked for plumbing/heating business. 1961: They moved to Hastings, NE; later moved to Kearney, NE. He died Mon., 29 Oct 2001 at Kearney. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, a gch.; a brother. Predeceased by a son Judson L McIntire (1973); a sister Jo Baumeister (1964).

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 2 Nov 2001

Kenneth E. LARSON, 77

Born 1 Sep 1924, Central City, NE. Parents: Irl & Mildred (Benson) Larson. Grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Naval Air Corps. 10 Jun 1945: Married Lorraine Snyder. Office manager, business owner. Lorraine died in 1980. He married a second time in 1984, moved to Omaha, NE & entered real estate business. They later returned to Central City, NE.  Member of Christ Episcopal Church in Central City. Kenneth died Tues., 30 Oct 2001 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His second wife; 2 daughters, 2 step-sons; 3 step-daughters, 8 gch., 2 g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 4 Nov 2001
Charles L. Van OSTRAND, 50

Born 25 Sep 1951, Stromsburg, NE. Parents: Clarence & Theresia Van Ostrand. In 1956 the family moved to Clarks, NE; and in 1960 to Polk, NE. 1969 grad. of Polk HS. 1974 grad. of UNL. 24 May 1980: Married Darlene Zehr at Central City, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Charles died Fri., 2 Nov 2001 at home. Visitation: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Third City Christian Church. Bural in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son, a daughter; his mother; a sister. Predeceased by his father.

Note: Wife's obit appeared 17 Sep 2003 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Nov 2001
Mildred L. HUGGARD, 83

Born 26 Aug 1918, Foster, NE. Parents: Edward & Laura (Bowling) Vipperman.1936 grad. of Chapman HS (valedictorian). Attended Grand Island Business School, then worked in Chapman. Later moved to Denver, CO; followed by residence in Los Angeles, CA. 11 Aug 1943: Married Douglas J. Huggard at San Francisco, CA (he was in military at the time). She returned to NE to work in Grand Island. Mildred died Thurs., 8 Nov 2001 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 3 gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her stepfather Lloyd Daniels; sister Merle Mendenhall; 2 brothers - Fred & Edward Vipperman.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED61-3 p2a D32 F33 (w/mother & stepfather - who are buried at Chapman) ; History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 377 (R Stoltenberg), 392 (F&J Vipperman)

Grand Island Independent - Sun 11 Nov 2001

Albert EMGARTEN, 91

Born 12 Dec 1909, Ceresco, NE. Parents: William N. Emgarten & Elizabeth Gilster. 1919: Moved to Central City, NE. Attended District 37 School. 25 May 1932: Married Dorothy Everett at Central City. WW II: US Army. Wife died 18 Jan 2001. Mr. Emgarten died Fri. 9 Nov 2001 at Central City, NE. Service Tues. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Predeceased by 4 brothers & 7 sisters.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 11 Nov 2001

Orpha A. HAWTHORNE, 84

Born 23 May 1917, near Palmer, NE. Parents: Henry & Bessie (Giles) Good. 9 Oct 1939: Married Cecil LeRoy Hawthorne at Madison, NE. They lived in Fullerton where she was dispatcher for the sheriff. Cecil died 5 Jun 1984. In 1997 she moved to Pine View Good Samaritan Center, Valentine, NE. Died there Thurs., 8 Nov 2001. Visitation: Sun., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church in Fullerton, NE. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery (Bureau Cemetery) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 7 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 daughters - Margaret Ann & Barbara Louise; 2 brothers - Merle & Lane Good; 6 sisters - Frankie Garrett, Sadie Charron, Enid Hagar, Eunice Hawthorne, Ivilla Hawthorne & Constance Good.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 11 Nov 2001

Dale Eugene KING, 71

Born 2 Jul 1930, Merrick County, NE. 1949 grad. of CCHS. 1952-53: US Military. 10 Feb 1952: Married at Central City. Farmed near Archer until 1991 when moved to Central City. Died Fri. 9 Nov 2001 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, his mother, 12 gch.; a sister & brother-in-law. Predeceased by his father, a daughter Jocelyn, and a brother Donald.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Nov 2001

Fredrick H. EWOLDT, 71

Born 14 Sep 1930, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Frank E. & Alvina H. (Niedfelt) Ewoldt. Grew up on farm near Grand Island. 12 Dec 1954: Married Lillian M. Eisenman at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island & in Lincoln, NE. 1970: Moved to Lexington, NE. 1990: Moved to Columbus, NE; and the next year to Silver Creek, NE. He died Sat., 10 Nov 2001 at Silver Creek. Graveside service: Tues., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch. Predeceased by his wife; son Daniel; sister Virginia Anderson; 2 brothers - Kenneth & Harold Ewoldt.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Nov 2001

Dale E. SULLIMAN, 71

Born 21 Jun 1930: Merrick Co., NE; Parents: H. Wyndham & Mildred (Morrison) Sullivan. 1947 grad. of GISH. 1950-54: USAF. Returned to farm in Merrick  & Nance Counties, NE. 1956: Married at Fullerton, NE. He died Sun. 11 Nov 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Burial in Fullerton Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 7 gch., 2 g-gch; 2 brothers. Predeceased by a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Dec 2001
Nicole M. TATLOW, 22

Born 16 Dec 1978, Central City, NE. Parents: Cortland & Deloris Tatlow. 1981: Family moved to Wasco, CA. She died 8 Dec 2001 at home (Ewing's Sarcoma). Service was Wed., St. John's Catholic Church, Wasco, CA. Burial in Wasco Memorial Park. Survivors: Her parents, 2 brothers, a sister; 2 grandparents in CA; one grandparent in Howard County, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Nov 2001
Earl BOSSELMAN, 83

Born 23 Nov 1917, Worms, NE. Parents: Carl & Lena (Taylor) Bosselman. Farmed at Aurora, NE. 1995: Moved to Blue Hill, NE. Died Mon. 12 Nov 2001 at Blue Hill. Graveside service: Thurs., Wiegert Cemetery near Worms, NE. Arrangements: Higb y Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Survived by a brother.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p4A D68 F68 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Nov 2001

Robert H. SCARBOROUGH, 61

Born 23 May 1940, St. Paul, NE. Resident of Omaha, NE. Died Mon., 12 Nov 2001 at McCook, NE. Service:Thurs. at Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Colonial Chapel, Omaha, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 2 step-sons13 gch., 2 g-gch.; his step-mother.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Nov 2001
Isabelle "Toots" CHADD, 86

Born 26 May 1915, Clarks, NE. Parents: Joseph & Amelia (Dickman) Brohman. 11 Apr 1936: Married Dorlan O. Chadd at North Platte, NE. They lived in Oregon (1 & 1/2 yrs); then moved to farm near Callaway, NE. After husband's death (abt 1988), she moved to Broken Bow, NE where she died Mon. 19 Nov 2001. Visitation: Thurs., Govier Bros. Mortuary, Broken Bow. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Broken Bow, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway, NE. Survivors: A daughter, 3 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 brothers; a daughter-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Archie & Darrell (infant); a sister Helen Street.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp., Merrick, NE ED156 p15B D192 F199 (w/p.)

Columbus Telegram – Wed. 21 Nov 2001. Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Nov 2001
Hazel H. DITTMER, 99

Born 1 Jun 1902, Fairfield, IA. Parents: Frank L. & Jennie (Dana) West. Family moved near Clarks, NE.  1921 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended Kearney Normal Training. Teacher. 1 Mar 1923: Married Fritz Dittmer in Central City, NE. They lived in Clarks area, farmed. Moved into town. Fritz died 9 Sep 1978. Mrs. Dittmer died Wed. 21 Nov 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter,, 7 gch., 22 g-gch., 10 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband and a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Nov 2001
Frank L. TAGGE, 65

Born 16 Apr 1936, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Rudolph & Helen (Cain) Tagge. 1954 grad. of GISH. 1956-59: US Army. 1958: Married at Grand Island, NE. Business owner. He died Mon. 19 Nov 2001 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 3 gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by brother Donald Tagge.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 24 Nov 2001

Ralph D. "Buzz" WISE, 72

Born 10 Jul 1929, Central City, NE. Parents: Ralph D. & Gertrude (Whitney) Wise, Sr. 1941: Family moved to Kearney, NE. 1947 grad. of Kearney HS. 1947-49: US Army. 28 Jun 1949: Married at Beaver City, NE. They lived at Kearney where he was a business owner. Mr. Wise died Wed., 21 Nov 2001 at hospital in Kearney. Visitation: Sun/Mon., Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary. Service: Mon., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial in Kearney Cemetery.Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 daughters, 5 gch., 4 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by 4 gch.; 3 sisters & an infant brother.

Columbus Telegram – Fri. 30 Nov 2001

Barbara PHELPS, 85

Born 14 Nov 1916, Clarks, NE. Parents: Gustave & Catherine (Gorgen) Schultz. 1935 grad. of Clarks HS. 5 Jun 1938: Married Harvey Phelps in Merrick Co., NE. They farmed in Merrick County. Mr. Phelps died 29 Oct 1972. In May 2001: She moved to North Platte, NE to live with daughter. Mrs. Phelps died there Wed., 28 Nov 2001. Service: Sat., Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church near Clarks. Burial at Bureau Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 6 gch., 9 g-gch.; a brother, a sister, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; 3 brothers - Leroy, Frank  Henry Schultz; 2 sisters - Caroline Craig & Clara Graves.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 Nov 2001
Donna Mae SPIRES, 71

Born 29 Oct 1930, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: McKinley E. & Faye (Campbell) Land. 18 Oct 1947: Married Robert Spires Jr. at Central City, NE. Lived at Exeter, NE. Teacher's aide. She died Wed., 28 Nov 2001 at York, NE. Visitation: Fri., Metz Mortuary, York. Service: Sat., First United Methodist Church, York. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery at York. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 4 daughters, 9 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother; 5 sisters. Predeceased by2 infant gch.; 3 brothers, 3 sisters.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 Dec 2001
Clarice L. LUBY, 71

Born 18 May 1930, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Carl & Bertha (Bergholtz) Stoppkotte. 1947: Married Loyal O. Ruhl. They lived in Grand Island area. She died Wed., 28 Nov 2001 at Grand Island. Service: Mon., Kleine Funeral Home. Burial in Cameron Cemetery near Cairo, NE .Survivors: 1 son, 4 daughters, 22 gch., 17 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers - Virgil & Leonard; a sister - Virginia.

Note: Second husband is not identified.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 6 Dec 2001

Vera R. BRAND, 72

Born 25 Apr 1929 Gage Co., NE. Parents: John & Mabel (Van Winkle) Andrews. 30 Jun 1947: Married Charles Brand at Marysville, KS. They lived at Silver Creek, NE. Died Wed. 5 Dec 2001 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Thurs., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons, 2 daughters, 17 gch., 11 g-gch.; 9 siblings. Predeceased by her husband & her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 6 Dec 2001
Betty A. GLAUSE, 71

Born 18 Dec 1929 Palmer, NE. Parents: Albert G. & Minnie M. (Garrett) Blauhorn. 1947 grad. of CCHS. Worked in Grand Island, NE. 4 Jun 1950: Married John H. Glause at Archer, NE. They lived at Worms, NE; moved to farm near Chapman, NE. She died Wed., 5 Dec 2001 at home. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 2 sons, 8 gch., 5 g-gch.; 2 sisters & their spouses.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Loup Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-9 p5a (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Dec 2001
Anna M. DICKMAN, 93

Born 16 Apr 1908, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William & Minnie (Hargens) Shipman. 4 Sep 1927: Married Leonard G. Dickman at Works, NE. They farmed near Worms; moved to California. Later moved to Grand Island, NE and then to Chapman, NE. Mr. Dickman died 10 Apr 1979. Mrs. Dickman died Thurs., 6 Dec 2001 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Messiah Lutheran Church, Worms, N. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 3 daughters, 10 gch., 17 g-gch.; 2 brothers, 2 sisters; Predeceased by her husband, a gch.; 6 brothers - Albert, Peter, Herbert, Harry, Ervin & Alfred; a sister - Alvina.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p2a D34 F34.

Los Angeles Times (CA), p B11 - Wed. 12 Dec 2001

Elaine M. WHEELER, 83

Born 19 Dec 191, Central City, Merrick, NE. Died 6 Dec 2001, Westlake Village, CA
Husband: Howard L. Wheeler (dec. 16 Jul 2000), married c1940.

Worked as exec. secretary; lived in Sherman Oaks, CA until about 1975. Gourmet cook, enjoyed knitting.

Survived by 2 sons, 2 grandsons, 2 nieces & 1 nephew.

Service: 15 Dec 2001 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks chapel, Westlake Village.
Note: Maiden name not given; parents not named. 

Columbus Telegram obit – Sat. 15 Dec 2001
Lorene I. JOHNSON, 70

Born 26 May 1931, Oswatomie, KS. Parents: William Ottis & Edna Mae (Arnold) Hill.  Her mother died when she was 7 years old; she was adopted by Herman & Elsie Peters of Harrington, NE. Telephone operator. 1953: Transferred to Grand Island, NE. 19 Sep 1954: Married Richard L. Johnson at Central City, NE. They lived north of Clarks, NE. She died Thurs., 13 Dec 2001 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Clarks. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 7 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by son Glen "Charlie" Johnson; 2 brothers - Fred Scheele & Bill Hill.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Dec 2001
Gladys M. GLANTZ, 88

Born 22 Jul 1913, Central City, NE. Parents: Everett & Lucy (Stephens) Myers. Grad. of CCHS. Attended NE Central College. Teacher. Birth Right Quaker. 8 Apr 1932: Married Leonard Glantz at Lincoln, NE. They lived in Central City, NE (farm implement dealership). Leonard died 3 Sep 1972. 1991: Gladys moved to Grand Island, NE; and in 1998 to California. She died Thurs., 13 Dec 2001 at Costa Mesa, CA. Service: Wed., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 8 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Dean & William Myers; 2 sisters - Margaret Blum & Esther Newsome. Memorials to The Friends Meeting House or American Legion.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p293 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED157 p9B D192 F202 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p11b D242 F245 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Dec 2001
Leo G. HAITH, 81

Born 2 Mar 1920, Auburn, NE. Parents: Geroge T. & Della Mae (Miller) Haith. 1939 grad. of Auburn HS. 20 Jan 1939: Married at Auburn, NE. WW II: US Navy. 1946: Moved to Central City, NE. Business owner. Nov 1962: Married Norma Lee Gillan. She died 10 Jan 1997. 23 Oct 1997: Leo married a third time. Mr. Haith died Tues., 18 Dec 2001 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His third wife; nine children, step-children, ... 11 gch., 13 step-gch. ...; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his 2nd wife Norma; 2 gch.; 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Dec 2001
Hulda M. PENNINGTON, 91

Born 5 Jan 1910, Chapman, NE. Parents John Siemers & (Louise) Mueller. 1931: Married Ralph Blevins who died in 1944. She moved to Grand Island & worked as telephone operator. Married Stan Pennington. They lived at Grand Island & Ainsworth, NE. Went to Salt Lake City, UT for 9 years, then returned to Ainsworth, NE. Mrs. Pennington died Tues. 25 Dec 20021 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues. at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE. Burial: Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 step-sons, her brother. Predeceased by her second husband 7 Sep 1990 (at Lincoln, NE), 2 brothers - Louis & Harry, a sister Anne.

Note:  See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 364-5. First husband is buried at Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Dec 2001
Ervin W. BLAUHORN, 88

Born 11 Aug 1913, on farm SE of Palmer, NE. Parents: William C. Blauhorn & Anna M. Otto. WW II: US Army (Europe). 22 Jun 1947: Married Bonnie M. Scharvin near Archer, NE.  (Double wedding - his sister Dorothy married Bonnie's brother). Farmed near Archer until Jan 2001. Died Wed. 26 Dec 2001 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat. at Archer Zion Unted Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son; 4 sisters, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife, brother Elmer, 2 infant sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 348 and Merrick Co. NE Marriage Records Book F p220 #2509

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Dec 2001; Columbus Telegram – Mon. 31 Dec 2001
Betty Jane FINLEY, 81

Born 25 Oct 1920, St. Edward, NE. Parents: E.W. "Jerry" & Olga (Dietz) Verhaege. 1939 grad. of St. Edward HS. She moved to California (worked in the Bay area). 13 Jan 1943: Married George F. Finley at St. Edward, NE. "They lived in many communities including Willow Island, Richland, Gothenburg, Genoa, Albion and in 1975 they moved to Clarks." Mrs. Finley died Fri., 28 Dec 2001 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Today, Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 6 sons, 2 daughters, 16 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her brother Deane Verhaege.

Notes: Son Richard "Jim" Finley died 1 Jul 2005 in Iowa. Sister Leone Tyler died 26 Apr 2008 in Portland, OR.


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