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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 3 Jan 2002
Ruth C. NEUBERT, 83

Born 30 Oct 1918, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Charles (Karl) & Anna (Horstman) Luebbe. 6 Oct 1932: Married Leo Neubert at Scottsbluff, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Later had a cafe in Chapman, NE. Leo died 25 Aug 1977. Mrs. Neubert died Tues. 1 Jan 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 6 gch., 5 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Fred & Art; 2 sisters - Edna & Evelyn.

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp277 (F&A Luebbe), 410 (Witt-Luebbe); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p7B D129 F129: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p1a D13 F13: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Jan 2002
Nicole Anne "Niki" MESNER, 20

Born 23 Nov 1981, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Michael & Donna Mesner. Grad. of CCHS. Died Wed. 2 Jan 2002 at University Hospital, Omaha, NE (cancer). Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: Her mother; her father & stepmother; 2 sisters; step-siblings; some grandparents & step-grandparents. Predeceased by grandfather Warren Mesner; step-grandfather Randall King.

Grand Island Independent = Tues. 8 Jan 2002
June BESSEY, 97

Born 10 Jun 1904, Central City, NE. Parents: Joseph R. & Nellie A. (Bollinger) Comstock. 11 Jun 1933: Married Orville Bessey. Bookkeeper. Methodist. Orville died 3 Dec 1970. June moved to Oregon in September to be near relatives. Mrs. Bessey died Thurs. 3 Jan 2002 in Salem, OR. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 nieces & 2 nephews. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Karl "Pete" & Lucius "Bud" Comstock; 2 sisters, Lucille Harry & Eleda J. Gagle.

Note: See 1900 Fed. Census NE ED135 p9b D168 F168: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p10a D223 F226: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/mother).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Jan 2002
Kim R. Christensen BEIRIGER, 42

Born 12 Feb 1959, Central City, NE. Parents: Dean & Mona Christensen. 1977 grad. of CCHS. Grad. of cosmetology school in Omaha, NE. Worked in Grand Island, NE; Vail & Fort Collins, CO. 1985: Married Greg Beiriger at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Hastings, NE. She moved to Inland, NE. She died Sun., 6 Jan 2002 in auto accident, Hamilton Co., NE. Service: Thurs., Fairview Methodist Church near Central City, NE. Burial: Burke Cemetery near Central City. Survivors: Her parents, a grandmother; 2 step-daughters, 3 step-gch.; 2 brothers; a step-brother; a foster brother; 2 sisters; a step-sister. Predeceased by 3 grandparents.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Jan 2002

Leo James CHOHON, 98

Born 7 Feb 1903, Columbus, NE. Parents: John Chohon & Mary Jaworski. 21 Jan 1930: Married Mary Zegar at Krakow, NE. 1935: Moved to farm at Silver Creek, NE. Died Tues. 8 Jan 2002 at Genoa, NE. Service: Fri. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: parish cemetery.  Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home.  Survivors: his wife, 2 sons, 11 gch., 23 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; a sister, two brothers. Predeceased by his parents; daughter Elaine Tond; 3 brothers - Elmer, Ed and Steve Chohon; a sister, Barbara Heckman. Memorials to the church.

Note: His wife died 20 Nov. 2002

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Jan 2002

Marion WINCHELL, 78

Born 10 Jan 1923, Archer, NE. Parents: Harry & Frieda (Eckert) Winchell. 1942 grad. of Palmer HS. WW II: US Army infantry (France). Trucker, farmer around St. Paul, NE. His mother died in 1977. He moved to Parnell, MO following father's death in 1979. Marion died Mon. 7 Jan 2002 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Grand Island, NE. Survivor: A sister living in Simi Valley, CA.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 16 Jan 2002
Bernice LOCK, 86

Born 4 Apr 1915, Chapman, NE. Parents: George & Amanda (Paustian) Ehlers. 1 Apr 1950: Married Edwin J. Lock at Hastings, NE. They farmed south of Central City, NE. Edwin died in 1988. Bernice later moved to Merrick Manor. She died Tues., 15 Jan 2002 at Central City. Service: Fri. Wagner Funeral Home. Burial at the city cemetery. Memorials: Merrick Foundation. Predeceased by her husband; 3 sisters - Alma, Laura & Edna; 5 brothers - Willie, Hugo, Ralph, Earl & Floyd.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p7B D84 F85: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p4a D79 F80: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun. 20 Jan 2002

Dorothy E. DUSH, 90

Born 18 Nov 1911, Osceola, NE. Parents: George Sutko & Ann Gembica. Grad. of Kramer HS, Columbus, NE. 19 Oct 1938: Married Andrew Dush at Silver Creek, NE. 1943: They moved to farm near Clarks, NE. Died Fri. 18 Jan 2002, Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at parish cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 25 gch, 38 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband (15 Mar 1995), her parents; 2 sisters, Alice Kolanski & Laura Sutko; 2 brothers: Adolph & Louis Sutko.

Note: See 930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p3a D46 F46: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 20 Jan 2002
David L. FRAZIER, 57

Born 24 Aug 1944, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Donald & Wauneta (Bonness) Frazier. Educated at Archer and Cozad; special education school in Grand Island, NE. Lived in Grand Island & Omaha, NE. Died Fri. 18 Jan 2002 at Omaha. Service: Tues. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Archer, NE. Burial: Zion United Methodist Cemetery near Archer. Survived by many cousines. Predeceased by his parents & grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Jan 2002
Victoria KUSEK, 95

Born 25 Jun 1906, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: John & Stella (Dubas) Swertzic. 9 May 1933: Married Sylvester G. Kusek at Krakow, NE. They lived on farm near Loup City, NE; moved into town. Her husband died 6 May 1984. She moved to Ravenna, NE. Victoria died Sun., 20 Jan 2002 at Ravenna, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Josaphat's Catholic Church, Loup City, NE. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters. 10 gch., 26 g-gch; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 gch.; 5 brothers - Dominic, Adolph, Charles, John & Ben Swertzic; an infant sister Barbara.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p11B D10 F10: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-5 p3a D46 F46: East Newman Twp, Nance, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Jan 2002
Nellie M. SCHROEDER, 83

Born 18 Jun 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Frank & Anna (Franssen) Weeks. 12 Jan 1948: Married Harold C. Schroeder at Central City. Harold died 13 May 1974. Nellie died Sun. 20 Jan 2002 at Central City. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 step-sons & a step-daughter; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers - William, Harold & Howard Weeks, Leo Maaik; a sister Frances Weeks. Memorials to Long Term Care, Central City, NE.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p12A D87 F88: Central City Ward 2, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p3b D70 F72: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Jan 2002
Bernice M. STEELE 94

Born 27 Oct 1907, Clay Co., NE. Parents: Adam & Dorothea (Wahl) Burbach. 1925 grad. of Sutton HS. 1 Feb 1938: Married Francis Steele at Los Angeles, CA. 1979: They retired to Yucaipa, CA. Francis died 22 Jun 1991. 1994: She moved to Bader Villa, Central City, NE. Bernice died Mon. 21 Jan 2002 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at later date. Survivors: 2 daughters & their husbands; 3 gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Rueben & Paul Burbach.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Jan 2002
Forrest Lee WAGNER, 79

Born 22 Nov 1922, Beatrice, NE. Parents: John Howard & Esther (Wolken) Wagner. Grad. of Central City HS. Bachelor's degree from NE Central College. WW II: US Army. Degree in business administration from UN. Credit mgr., salesman for Baker Manufacturing. Methodist. Died 19 Jan 2002 at Veterans Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Service: 30 Jan 2002, Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel Inc., Beatrice, NE. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Beatrice. Survivors: A sister & a brother.

Note: Author of family article - see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p395

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 Jan 2002
Esther M. RASMUSSEN, 73

Born 24 Aug 1928 near St. Paul, NE. Parents: Robert & Esther Birt. Her mother died & she was raised at Palmer, NE by Jesse & Etha Wimp. 1947 grad. of Palmer HS. Worked for the telephone company at Palmer. 7 Oct 1949: Married Glenn Rasmussen at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near St. Paul, NE. She died Mon.,, 21 Jan 2002 at home. Visitation: Thurs., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Fri., First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul. Burial: South Logan Cemetery north of St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 10 gch., 10 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents & her foster parents; brother LeRoy & an infant sister. Memorials to the church or St. Paul EMT Unit.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p4b D71 F71: Palmer Village, Merrick, NE (father).

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 23 Jan 2002; Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Jan 2002

Jaqueline M. "Jackie" SCHMID, 68

Born 30 Aug 1933, Clarks, NE. Parents: Clyde & Mildred (Britten) Mustard. 1951 grad. of Clarks HS. 1954 grad. of St. Catherine's School of Nursing, Omaha, NE. 13 Apr 1955: Married Paul Schmid at Clarks. Worked in hospitals, and as traveling school nurse. Resident of Monroe, NE. Died Tues., 22 Jan 2002 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Gass-Haney Funeral Home, Columbus. Service: Fri.,Monroe United Methodist Church. Burial: Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, Columbus. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons. 4 gch., 1 g-gch.; a brother & a sister; a brother-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers - Donald, Neil & Clyde Mustard Jr.;  a sister, Wilma (Mustard) Campian; one brother-in-law, Albert Rice; her in-laws, George N. & Delora Schmid.

Note: Number of deceased brothers changed from one to three in obits.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Jan 2002
Harriet R. PIEPER, 86

Born 11 Aug 1915, Loup City, NE. Parents: Harry A. & Reina C. (True) Wagner. Family lived in Arcadia, Grand Island, Minden & Central City, NE. 1932 grad. of CCHS. 1933: Married Herman C. Pieper. They lived in Grand Island, Omaha, Central City, Elwood & Hodrege, NE. Owned a grocery store in Harvard, NE for more that 20 years. Returned to Central City in mid-1980's. Herman died 21 Aug 1997. Harriet moved to Grand Island in 2001. She died there Thurs., 24 Jan 2002. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Mon., United Congregational Church. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & her husband; 7 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sisters - Patsy White & Alberta Wagner; 3 gch.

Columbus Telegram - Mon. 28 Jan 2002

Rita M. BELLER, 59

Born 4 Oct 1942, Central City, NE. Parents: Charles & Cecilia (Sliva) Vetick. Attended Fullerton HS. 11 May 1963: Married Larry S. Beller at Fullerton, NE. They lived on farm near Lindsay, NE. Rita died Fri., 25 Jan 2002 Albuquerque, NM as result of auto accident. Service: Thurs., Holy Family Catholic Church, Lindsay. Burial, church cemetery. Survivors: 6 sons, 15 gch.; a brother/ Predeceased by her husband: her parents; her grandparents; 2 brothers - Leonard & Clifford Vetick.

NOTE: Her husband also died in the accident. His obit was published separately, on same date in Columbus Telegram. A joint obituary appeared 30 Jan 2002 in Grand Island Independent. Killed in same accident were Ed & Alice Ramaekers.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Jan 2002
Kenneth Wendall HOLMES, 93

Born 31 Dec 1908, Grant, NE. Parents: Anson K. & Eva (Laub) Holmes. Attended school at Grant, NE; Aiken MN; Taylor, Sumner & Kearney, NE. 1928 grad. of Kearney Teachers College Normal Training. Went to St. Louis & studied to be a pilot. Barnstormed in KS, NE & IA. Then became a flight insturctor. 31 Dec 1939: Married at Stockton, KS. After WW II, worked for United Airlines in Cheyenne, WY. Family then moved to farm at Odessa for 7 years. 1953: Moved to Kearney, NE. 1959: Moved to farm homesteaded by his grandparents near Chapman, NE. 1997: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Mon., 28 Jan 2002 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivor: His wife. Predeceased by his daughter, Patricia "Pat" Killham; his sister, Hazel Swanson.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Jan 2002
Gladys F. LAMPHEAR, 86

Born 14 Apr 1915, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry & Laura (Beberniss) Vogt. Educated in Merrick & Hamilton Counties. 12 Mar 1937: Married Floyd Lamphear at Rawlings, WY. They lived there until the middle of WW II. Moved to Alda, NE. She was postal clerk. Glady died Fri., 25 Jan 2002 at Wood River, NE. Service: Tues., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Memorials: Alda Untied Methodist Church. Survivors: A daughter & her husband. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers & 2 sisters.

Note: See 20 Nov 2005, Grand Island Independent for obit of her brother George.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Feb 2002
Margaret Louise "Peg" CREECH, 78

Born 15 Aug 1923, Osceola, NE. Parents: Samuel & Marie (Gustafson) Nielsen. 1941 grad. of Marquette HS. 27 Jul 1945: Married Wayne R. Creech at Marysville, KS. Husband's military career meant many moves. 1985: Settled at Chapman, NE. Peg died Mon. 11 Feb 2002 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service at later date. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City NE. Survivors: Her husband; 2 brothers, 3 sisters. Predeceased by 2 brothers, a sister; an infant daughter (died 1947).

Note: Similar obit was published 11 Mar 2002 in GI Independent. States husband was in USAF 20 years. Identifies deceased daughter as Kathleen I. Creech; deceased siblings as Samuel Nielsen Jr., William G. Nielsen (infant), Alice Andresen.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Feb 2002

Russell "Jim "Jacobi, 75

Born 27 Apr 1926, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Albert G. & Hazel L. (White) Jacobi. Attended school in Nance & Merrick Counties, NE. Farmer. 1945: Joined Merchant Marines.1950-52: US Army. 23 Nov 1953: Married at Salt Lake City, UT. They farmed near Clarks. Moved to Omaha where he went to barber school. Returned to Clarks, NE. Became a hog buyer. Member of LDS. He died Fri., 8 Feb 2002 at hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 2 gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by sister, Jeanette Salyers; 3 brothers - Raymond, Marvin, & Merle Jacobi

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 12 Feb 2002; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Feb 2002

Raymond L. PACZOSA, 78

Born 17 Oct 1923, Duncan, NE. Parents: Louis & Kathryn (Tragarz)  Paczosa. 1941 grad. of Duncan HS. WW II: US Army 36th Combat Engineers (Africa & Europe). 1 Jun 1949: Married at Silver Creek, NE. They farmed in the Silver Creek area. He died Sun. 10 Feb 2002 at Silver Creek. Service: Thurs. St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Burial at the church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 2 sons, 6 daughters, 16 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 sister  & 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Frank & Joseph Paczosa; 2 sisters - Estelle Peters & Sophie Steele.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Feb 2002

Mina Christa SACHO, 90

Born 25 Jan 1912, Prairie Creek, NE (Merrick Co.?) Parents: Ernst & Anna (Bruns) Kamper. Member of Unity Church in Bremerton, WA. Died there Mon. 11 Feb 2002. Service: Thurs., Lewis Funeral Chapel, Brementon, WA. Memorials: American Heart Assoc., Seattle, WA. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by one son, William Mick; 3 husbands - Roy Mick, Albert Case and Leon Sacho.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p11A D94 F97: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Feb 2002

Dorothy M. EOFF, 89

Born 31 Aug 1912, Hamilton Co., NE. Parents: Otis King & Lily Ellis. 1929 grad. of Hastings HS. 16 Jun 1941: Married E. J. "Jamie" Eoff at Gering, NE. Secretary for law firm. They lived in Central City until 1998, when moved to Papillion, NE. Died Wed., 13 Feb 2002 at Papillion, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 6 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by a grandson, 2 brothers - Roy & Harold King, a sister - Helen Sanderson.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Feb 2002

Clover JONES, 81

Born 1 Apr 1920, Marquette, NE. Parents: J. Glenn & Margaret (Wilson) Fowler. Grad. of Marquette HE. 18 Feb 1939: Married Wilbur "Bill" Jones at Marquette. They farmed near Hordville, NE. Teacher. 1954: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Jones died Wed. 13 Feb 2002 at Central City. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., First Baptist Church, Hordville, NE. Burial: Lindale Cemetery.Survivors: One daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 6 g-gch., 2 step-g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Melvin & Milburn "Gene" Fowler.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 15 Feb 2002

John L. "Jack" KAMPER, 74

Born 20 Dec 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: John A. & Matilda "Millie" (Kunze) Kamper. Graduated from HS in Grand Island, NE. 1946-47: US Navy. Machinist, land surveyor. 1950: Married at Hastings, NE. 1966: Moved from Wahoo, NE to Highland, IL.He died there Wed., 13 Feb 2002. Service: Mon., St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Highland, IL. Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 daughters, 7 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by a son David JohnKamper; a brother William Kamper; a gch. Memorials to Friends Van at St. Joseph, St. Joseph Home Health or the Kristi Ann Seger Memorial Scholarship.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 17 Feb 2002

Evelyn A. PEETZ, 64

Born 22 Mar 1937, Palmer, NE. Parents: Arthur & Elsie (Zlomke) Burkhardt. 1955: Grad of Palmer HS. 9 Dec 1961: Married Arlen Peetz at Wolbach, NE. They lived in Palmer. Mr. Peetz died 16 May 1978. Mrs. Peetz operated a cafe. She died Thurs. 14 Feb 2002, Palmer, NE.Visitation: Mon. Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Tues., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 5 gch.; 4 brothers & 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Dale.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Feb 2002
Gerald Edward MATTSON, 89

Born 8 Jul 1912, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Edward & Anna C. (Nelson) Mattson. Grad. of CCHS. 8 Jun 1941: Married Eleanor Mae Bonness at Archer Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church. They lived on his family's homestead. Gerald died Sar., 23 Feb 2002 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at the city cemetery. Memorials: Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors: 3 daughters,11 gch., 4 g-gch.; a brother in NY City. Predeceased by 2 brothers, Harry & Joseph Mattson.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p285 (w/p); Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick p817 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p1b D19 F21 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Feb 2002; Columbus Telegram - Mon. 25 Feb 2002

Charlotte Eliza COLBERT, 94

Born 13 Sep 1907, Pierce Chapel neighborhood, near Clarks, NE. Parents: Arthur F. & Jennie A. (Campaign) Pierce. 1925 grad. of Clarks HS. 2 Jun 1939: Married Earl Howard Colbert, Greeley, CO. They lived in Clarks. Earl died 21 Feb 1963. Charlotte died Fri., 22 Feb 2002 at Central City, NE. Graveside service: Tues., Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons,, one daughter, 8 gch., 11 g-gch 4 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 5 brothers - Leonard, Edwin, Donald, Raymond & Fred Pierce; 2 sisters - Goldie & an infant.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 25 Feb 2002

Jean A. QUANDT, 68

Born 13 Jan 1934, Archer, NE. Parents: Henry & Helen (Wegner) Barnholdt. Attended school at Archer, NE; Cheyenne, WY; Brigham Cuty, UT; Lincoln & Central City, NE. 1952 grad. of Palmer HS. She worked from Skagway & at greenhouses. 7 Dec 1952: Married Ralph C. Quandt at Palmer, NE. She died Fri., 22 Feb 2002, rural Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Third City Christian Church, Grand Island. Burial: Wiegert Cemetery NE of Grand Island.Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, a son-in-law; 7 gch., 4 step-gch.; a g-gch.; 7 step-g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by daughter Nancy J. Hupp.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 26 Feb 2002; Grand Island Independen - Wed. 27 Feb 2002

Gary FERRIS, 57

Born 11 Jun 1944, Littleton, CO. Parents: Bernie & Lillian (Nightingale) Ferris. 1962 grad. of Central HS, Pueblo, CO. Worked in CA & WY. 1966-69: US Army (Germany & Vietnam). 5 Sep 1970: Married at Krakow (Nance Co.), NE. Banker, insurance man in Silver Creek, NE. He died Fri. 22 Feb 2002, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus NE. Service: Thurs., St. Lawrence Church, Silver Creek. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 sons, 4 gch.; 2 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; & a brother Ron Ferris.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 Feb 2002

Charles F. ECKSTROM, 91 

Born 13 May 1910 near Palmer, NE. Parents: George Eckstrom & Mary Deertz. Married Clara H. Burkhardt at Palmer, NE. They lived on farm near Palmer. Mrs. Eckstrom died 6 Sep 1983. 1995: Charles moved to Merrick Manor in Central City, NE. Died Mon. 25 Feb 2002, Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Sat., First Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 13 gch., 15 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his wife, daughter Clarice Addison; 3 brothers - Walter, Irvin & Leonard Eckstrom.

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Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Mar 2002

Irene M. CHINN-FRIZELL, 84

Born 9 Oct 1917, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Carl Thurstenson & Anna Peterson. 1936 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Worked at lumber yards in Silver Creek & Kearney, NE, and then at AFB in Idaho. 12 Mar 1946: Married Leonard Chinn at Idaho Falls.They lived at Idaho Falls; Salt Lake City, UT; and Fort Lewis, WA. She returned to Silver Creek while her husband served in Korea. Leonard died in Korea. Mrs. Chinn worked at a bank in Silver Creek. 31 Dec 1965: She married Floyd Frizell at Silver Creek. She worked at AgroService. Mrs. Frizell died Wed., 13 Mar 2002 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Visitation: Fri., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons; 2 sisters, a brother; 2 step-sons, 7 gch., 3 g-gch.  Predeceased by both husbands; her parents, a sister Mildred Cannon. Memorials: United Methodist Church in Silver Creek.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED162 p9B D18 F18 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-15 p3a D57 F57 (w/p). Brother Eugene's obit - 30 Jul 2007: The Oregonian (Portland, OR).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 15 Mar 2002

Hildur E. WILLHOFT, 91

Born 9 Dec 1910, Ockelbo, Sweden. Parents: Lars & Britz (Rubenius) Larson. Grew up in Stromsburg, NE. 2 Oct 1930: Married Arnold J. Willhoft in Clarinda, IA. They farmed at Central City, NE. She worked as nurse's aide & as housekeeper. Hildur died Wed., 13 Mar 2002, Central City, NE. Serive: Sat., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son & his wife, 8 gch., 12 g-gcch; a niece raised in her home; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; a gch.; 4 brothers & 5 sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p407 (JD Willhoft Children); History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II pp 264 (w/ch: Jerry), 265-6 (w/sp); and Central City Cemetery Directory

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Mar 2002
Vaughn E. WRIGHT, 73

Born 8 Dec 1928, Central City, NE. Parents: Edgar M. & Armelia A. (Reed) Wright. 28 Sep 1946: Married at Phillipsburg, KS. Korean War: US Army. Worked in newspaper business; later became a drug/alcohol abuse counselor. 1972: Took job in Marquette, MI. 21 Apr 1974: Married a second time. He died 16 Mar 2002 at Marquette, MI. Service: Thurs., Canale-Tonella Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 5 gch., 1 g-gch.; a brother in CA. Predeceased by sister Juvae Satterly.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Lone Tree Twp., Merrick Co. NE ED61-1 p15a H1917 D146 F147 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Mar 2002
Elinore G. NIENHUESER, 94

Born 7 Aug 1907 near St. Libory, NE. Parents: Albert & Esther (Miller) Peters. 1927 grad. of Palmer HS. 1930 grad. of York General Hospital nursing program, RN. 26 Oct 1931: Married Ernst F. Nienhueser at Grand Island, NE. She died Mon., 18 Mar 2002, Aurora, NE. Service: Thurs., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, York, NE. Burisl, Greenwood Cemetery, York. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 15 gch., 20 g-gch.; a sister in CO. Predeceased by her husband; son LaVern, daughter Lois; 3 brothers & 2 sisters.

Note: Info about her parents - see Compendium of History Remininscense & Bio. of NE p603; Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book D p89 #1443; 1900 Fed. Census NE ED139 p2b D39 F39: Prairie Creek, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Mar 2002
Charles W. "Bud" Willoughby, 78

Born 8 Feb 1923, Mason City, NE. Parents: Charles & Inez Willoughy. Cattle rancher. 1969: Married. Died Thurs., 21 Mar 2002 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Sun., Roper & Sons Chapel, Lincoln. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 5 gch.; a brother, a sister.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 362 (WB Shoemaker); register for Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 29 Mar 2002
Etta J. WARD, 76
Born 1 Jan 1926, Central City, NE. Parents: Lloyd & Winifred (Farnum) Willeman. Grad. of CCHS. Worked for Army Corps of Engr. in Omaha, NE. 19 Sep 1947: Married John "Jack" Ward at Topeka, KS. They lived in Central City until 1953 when moved to Grand Island, NE. Dietary Supervisor at VA Medical Center. Member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Currently a resident of Topeka, KS. Died there Wed., 27 Mar 2002. Service: Fri., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters, a son, 11 gch., 13 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 4 sisters - Vera Daniels, Betty Johnson, Marge Chesark, Maxine Erickson.

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

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 31 Mar 2002
Lola C. BENSON, 87

Born 5 Mar 1915, Palmer, NE. Parents: Furman "Kit" & Mabel (Gee) Carson. 1937 grad. of Palmer HS. 31 Jul 1939: Married Milton Benson at Baltimore, MD. After WW II they moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Benson died Fri., 29 Mar 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial at Wolbach Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband in 1983.

Note: See1920 Fed. Census NE ED166 p5A D86 F88: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p3a D43 F44: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE(w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 31 Mar 2002
Mildred L. WILLMAN, 97

Born 25 Apr 1904, Abbott, NE. Parents: Fred & Dora (Spiehs) Willman. Attended school in Merrick Co. 1924 grad. of Grand Island SHS. RN from Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, NE. Worked in Grand Island, Lexington & Scottsbluff, NE. Took additional training. Worked in IL, OH and TX. WW II: US Navy. After the war she worked at STanfold Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA. 1973: Moved to Grand Island. Died there Sat., 30 Mar 2002. Visitation: Mon. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivor: A brother. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Ann Kuhlman & Lillian Willman; 3 brothers - Charles, Walter & Herman Willman.

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p408. Census with parents - 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p3B D60 F60: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE; & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p3A D51 F51: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Apr 2002
Linda RINKER, 63

Born 14 Mar 1939, Central City, NE. Parents: Percy & Marjorie Foulk. 1957 grad. of Archer HS. Nov 1957: Married Ross Rinker. Resident of Fort Collins, CO where she died Sat. 30 Mar 2002. Service: Thurs., Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins. Burial in Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins. Survivors: 2 son, a daughter, 4 gch.; 5 sisters, 5 brothers. Predeceased by her parents; brother Dennis and sister Darlene.

12 Apr 2002: Grand Island Independent obit - Fri. 12 Apr 2002
Monte D. KYES, 36

Born 13 Jan 1966 Central City, NE. Parents: Marvin & Mary Kyes. Lived on farm 11 miles NW of town. 1984 grad. 1989 grad. of UNL. Employee of NE Social Services. Died Tues., 9 Apr 2002 at Ord, NE. Service: Sat., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City, NE. Burial at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His parents, 3 brothers, a sister-in-law; 2 grandmothers. Predeceased by grandfathers - Dean Kyes & Clyde Wells.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 Apr 2002
Clarence H. PETZOLDT, 76

Born 23 May 1925, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry J. & Ella (Mettenbrink) Petzoldt. Attended school in Merrick & Hall Counties. Milk transporter. 16 Jan 1949: Married at Grand Island, NE. Resident of Grand Island, NE. Died Thurs., 11 Apr 2002 at home. Visitation: Mon., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Messiah Lutheran Church. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter-in-law, a gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by an infant brother.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 15 Apr 2002
Elizabeth Mae "Betty" CONN, 56

Born 26 Aug 1945, Libertyville, IL. 1963 grad. of CCHS. Attended Kearney Nursing School - LPN. 16 May 1981: Married Larry Joe Conn at Aurora, NE. Mr. Conn died 6 Jul 2001. Mrs. Conn died Fri., 12 Apr 2002 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Mon., Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Service: Tues., Assembly of God Church.  Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: Her parents, 5 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her grandparents - Frank & Florence Stone, Lewis Earl & Emma Ritta.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Apr 2002
Berniece M. BRANDES, 87

Born 21 Mar 1915, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Albert & Martha (Wegner) Suck. 17 Sep 1939: Married Harold M. Brandes at EUB Archer Zion Church near Archer, NE. She worked in a store in Central City. Later, they moved to a farm north of town. She died Tues., 16 Apr 2002 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Fairview United Methodsit Church near Central City, NE. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 3 gch.; a brother & his wife.  Predeceased by daughter, Connie Greenwood; 3 sisters - Esther Goerl, Mildred Rawlings, Dorothy Conway & Elberta Chestnut.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Apr 2002

Lisa Zywiec HANSEN, 38

Born 27 Jan 1964, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Dominic "Dick" Zywiec & Mariann Landers. 1982 grad. of Central City HS. 1986: Married Joseph Hansen at Central City, NE. Beautician, instructor, business owner. Died Tues. 16 Apr 2002, Central City, NE. Visitation Thurs., Solt Funeral Home Chapel. Service: Fri. at St. Michael's Catholic Church.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, her parents, her fiance; 2 brothers, a sister, a step-daughter.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 22 Apr 2002; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 23 Apr 2002

Donald C. JONES, 47

Born 19 Apr 1855, Fullerton NE. Parents: Clarence & Dolores Jones. Family lived on farm near Silver Creek, NE.1973 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 31 May 1975: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Farmer, employee of Becton-Dickinson. He died Sun., 21 Apr 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Today, McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Survivors: His mother, a son, 2 daughters, 2 gch.; 2 brothers & 3 sisters. Predeceased by his father, a brother Daniel Jones (infant), his grandparents.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 26 Apr 2002; Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Apr 2002

Anna STAROSTKA, 93

Born 27 Oct 1908 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Metro Beck & Mary Demboski. 12 Feb 1931: Married Edward Starostka.  He died 9 Jan 1950.  She lived at Clarks & Silver Creek, then moved to Stromsburg (Polk Co.), NE. Died Thurs. 25 Apr 2002 at Stromsburg, NE. Service: Sat. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at parish cemetery. Survivors: 1 daugher, 4 gch., 2 g-gch.; 6 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, son Donald L. Starostka; 3 brothers - Albin, Eddie & Walter Beck. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home.

Note: See Merrick Co Marriage Records Book I p530 #I-530.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 28 Apr 2002
Erma B. NITZEL, 88

Born 12 Jun 1913, Palmer, NE. Parents: Edward & Phoebe (Kiemlasek) Francl. Grad. of Palmer HS; attended Grand Island Baptist College. Was legal secretary at Cornhusker Army Ammunition Depot. Married Jefferson Henry Nitzel. He died 7 Nov 1988.  Mrs. Nitzel died Thurs., 25 Apr 2002 at home in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon, Kleine Funeral Home. Private graveside service. Survivors: 2 sons; 1 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by her husband, and a gch.

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 2 May 2002
Paul L. WAIT, 90

Born 3 Jun 1911, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Floyd A. Wait & Jessie LaRena Hober. Attended Fullerton HS. 26 Jun 1935: Married Christena Mary Luft. They farmed in Nance & Merrick Counties. Mrs. Wait died in Oct 1989.  Thereafter, Mr. Wait lived in Fullerton, Palmer, and then Central City, NE. He died Wed. 1 May 2002 at hospital in Hastings, NE. Service: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks.  Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife and an infant daughter Patricia Pauline. Also deceased are 3 sisters - Ruth Townsend, Pearl Ferguson and Ruby Marlowe.

Notes: See History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p181 (Hober); 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-10 p6a D118 F120 (w/p). His grandparents were George V. Waite and Louisa Ellen Miller (sister of Albert Miller).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 5 May 2002
Carl F. GOERL, 90

Born 6 Jan 1912, Clarks NE. Parents: John & Hanna (Sims) Goerl. 20 Jul 1952: Married Marie Schlueter Snyder. They lived near Central City, NE. 1972: They moved to Illinois. Marie died 13 Sep 1980. In Oct 1982 he married Frances Zwinek at Morrisonville IL. She died in Dec of 1997.  2001: Carl moved back to Central City, NE; he died there Wed., 1 May 2002. Service: Mon., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 2 sisters, 2 step-gch., 5 step-g-gch. Predeceased by both wives; step-daughter Judith Fesser; 2 brothers - Clifford & Joe Goerl; 4 sisters - Josie Walder, Marie Dawson, Cecelia Shively & Louise Emgarden.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p15b D196 F203: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p5b D113 F107: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 6 May 2002
E. Marie KELLOGG, 91

Born 20 Aug 1910, Gothenburg, NE. Parents: Mark & Margaret (Shanahan) Yeoman. Family moved to Silver Creek, NE. Grad. of Grand Island HS. Worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. 21 Nov 1940: Married William Kellogg at Altadena, CA. They lived in Bakersfield & San Jose, CA. 1965: Moved back to Grand Island, NE. William Kellogg died in 1992.  Mrs. Kellogg died Sat., 4 May 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island, NE. Burial at the city cemetery. Memorials to the church. Survivors: A nephew & a niece. Predeceased by her husband; son Larry; two sisters - Irene Loftus & Helen Stoppkotte.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p5B D25 F29: Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent   - Sat. 11 May 2002
Evangeline F. JOHNSTON, 88

Born 28 Dec 1913, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Lee & Euphania (Manifold) Rankin. 3 Jan 1934: Married Robert H. Johnston at Aurora, NE. They farmed in Merrick Co., NE. Moved to Colorado; and then to California. Resident of Hesperia, CA. Died Sun. 5 May 2002 at Hesperia, CA. Service was 9 May at Desert View Mortuary, Hesperia. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 6 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Lena Sullivan & Margaret Johnston; 2 brothers - Kenneth & Mike.

Notes: See 1920 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED161 p6A F63 (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-11 p2b D41 F41 (w/p). Parents buried at Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 May 2002
Merton B. WELLER, 77

Born 4 Jun 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: Richard H. & Louise A. (Wegner) Weller. 1941 grad of Palmer HS. 18 Juyn 1944: Married Mildred Johnston. They lived on family farm. 13 Nov 1973: Married a second time. Farmer, seed corn dealer. Resident of Palmer, NE. He died Wed., 15 May 2002 at hospital in Lincoln, NE following heart surgery. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, a step-son, 6 gch., 7 step-gch., 5 g-gch., 6 step-g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Bonnie Kraft, & Shirley Weller (infant); a stepson, Larry Myers.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Loup Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-9 p6a (w/p).

Grand Island Independent   - Fri. 17 May 2002
Dale ORENDORFF, 79

Born 7 Sep 1922, Columbus, NE. Parents: John & Loa Mabel (VanSickle) Orendorff. Family moved to Central City, NE. WW II: US Army Air Corps. 1943: Married Marilyn J. Blevins at Chapman, NE. 1945: They moved to Grand Island, NE, then to Lincoln, NE. 1968: Moved to Denver, CO. 1984: Moved to Montrose, CO. 1997: Married a second time at Ouray, CO. He died Mon. 13 May 2002 at Montrose, CO. Service was 16 May at United Mehtodist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Castle Rock, CO. Arrangements: Crippin Funeral Home Chapel, Montrose. Survivors: His second wife, a daughter, 2 step-sons, 2 gch., 2 g-gch.; "a brother, Lyndell Orendorff of Huntsville, Texas; and a sister, Ardath Richmond of Aurora, Colo". Predeceased by his first wife (12 Dec 1969), an infant daughter; 2 brothers.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p23a H1841 D374 F399.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 May 2002; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 19 May 2002

Alvin B. SWERTZIC, 92

Born 9 Aug 1909, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John & Stella (Dubas) Swertzic. Attended school in Nance & Polk Counties, NE. Farmed in Merrick County, NE. He died Thurs., 16 May 2002 at hospital in Genoa, NE. Service: Mon. St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Burial: St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Survivors: 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Victoria Kusek & Barbara Swertzic; 5 brothers - Adolph, Bennie, Charles, Dominic & John Swertzic.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p11B D10 F10: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-5 p3a D46 F46: East Newman Twp, Nance, NE (w/p). Funeral arrangements were by McKown Funeral Home.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 21 May 2002

Myrtle A. BIVENS, 85

Born 15 Nov 1916 near Genoa, NE. Parents: Theodore W. & Hattie (Lutzke) Blair. 1934 grad. of Genoa HS. 31 Dec 1939: Married Carl Bivens at Archer, NE. She worked at Dale Electronics. Resident of Silver Creek, NE. Mrs. Bivens died Mon., 20 Mar 2002 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Thurs. United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 9 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Harold & Vernon Blair; 2 sisters - Grace Travers & Clara Long.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 21 May 2002
Billy O. GREEN, 80

Born 21 Jun 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: W.E. & Jessie (Colburn) Green. Grad. from Cushing HS. Worked in Seattle. WW II: USAF (pilot, instructor). 21 Mar 1944: Married Adeline Foglund. They farmed near Palmer & Archer, NE. He drove maintainer, and school bus. He died Sun. 19 May 2002 at home in Lincoln NE. Service: Wed., Central City Cemetery. Survivos: His wife, 2 daughter, 4 gch. Predeceased by a brother Jerry & a sister Ann. Memorials: Hospice of Nebraska

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p3a D44 F45: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE (w/p). Wife's obit published 3 Sep 2009 in Grand Island Independent obit.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 22 May 2002
Ernestine G. ARNOLD, 95

Born 30 Jun 1906, Central City, NE. Parents: Ernest C. & Grace L. (Bunker) Persons. 1923 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 25 Aug 1925: Married Wlmer Chrisp at Central City, NE. 16 Nov 1941: Married second to Clarence Arnold at Grand Island, NE. They lived there, then moved to Lincoln. Mrs. Arnold died Mon. 20 May 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 11 gch., 30 g-gch., 7 gg-gch. Predeceased by both husbands; brother Wayne, sister Grace Phelan; 2 gch. and a daughter-in-law Shirley.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 22 May 2002
Berniece L. GROSVENOR, 89

Born 23 Oct 1912, Houston, MO. Parents: Mr & Mrs. Arthur Huff. Adopted by Leonard "Dick" & Alma (Hargis) Richard. 1931 grad. of Grand Island HS. Worked in Omaha as interior decorator. 3 Jun 1938: Married Gerald H. Grosvenor at Lincoln, NE. 1945: They moved to Oxnard, CA. Later lived in AZ. 1977: Moved to Central City, NE. Husband died 30 May 1990. Mrs. Grovenor died Mon. 20 May 2002 at Central City. Graveside service: Thurs. at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; a sister Rosemary.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 214 (G Grosvenor); Central City Cemetery Directory

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 May 2002

Mary T. KULA, 91

Born 19 Mar 1911. Parents: George & Veronica (Liss) Jurkoski. Attended school in Nance Co., NE. 5 Jun 1934: Married Alex Kula at Krakow, NE. They farmed in Merrick & Nance Counties. Alex died 7 Aug 1969. Mrs. Kula moved to Columbus, NE (4 years), then to Silver Creek, NE. She died Tues., 28 May 2002 at hospital in Genoa, NE. Service: Fri., Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Krakow, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 6 daughters, 32 gch., 27 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by her husband; daughter Esther Bolton; her parents; 2 brothers - Charles & Martin Yrkoski; 2 g-gch.

Notes : See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED170 p6B D115 F116: Newman Twp, Nance, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-5 p2a D31 F31: East Newman Twp, Nance, NE (w/p). Surname for members of this family - Jurkoski, Urkoski, Yrkoski.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Jun 2002

Emil R. STEINKE, 74

Born 13 Feb 1928, Loup City, NE. Parents: Henry W. & Rosa (Luebs) Steinke. Family lived in Hall, Howard & Merrick Counties. Farmed with family, then worked construction for Burlington Railroad and Orchek Construction. 1946-47: US Army Air Corps. 1948-52: US Navy. 28 Oct 1952: Married at Clarks, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. He worked for NE Dept. of Roads. Emil died Mon., 3 Jun 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs.m St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a gch., a g-gch.; a brother, 4 sisters. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Walter & two infants; 3 sisters - Deloris Hustafson & two infants. Memorials to Nebraska Kidney Foundation in Omaha.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Jun 2002
Arlynne BUETTGENBACK, 84

Born 19 Jul 1917, Bladen, NE (Webster County). Parents: Otto A. Schultz & Bessie E. McNair. 1936 grad. of Chapman HS. 14 Dec 1937: Married Allen Buettgenback. They lived at Campbell, NE until 1969 when moved to Hastings, NE. 1997: Moved to Prosser, NE. Allen died 14 Oct 1999. Mrs. Buettgenback died Sun. 9 Jun 2002.  Graveside service: Thurs. at Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughter, 5 gch. Predeceased by her husband & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 12 Jun 2002
Victor Lee WEGNER, 74

Born 2 Apr 1928, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Raymond Wegner & Wilma Lawson. Attended school at Archer & Palmer, NE. 23 Dec 1950: Married Jacqueline Anderson at Scotia, NE. Farmed south of Scotia. 1953: Went into implement business. Died Sun. 9 Jun 2002, at Scotia. Visitation: Wed., at Ord Memorial Chapel. Service: Thurs. at Scotia United Methodist Church. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Scotia, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 12 gch., 3 g-gch.; his mother, 2 sisters and 2 stepbrothers. Predeceased by his wife, his father and an infant grandchild. Memorials: Scotia Volunteer Fire Department, North Loup-Scotia Rescue Units or to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Jun 2002
LaVerne CHRISTENSEN, 87
Born 10 Sep 1914, Central City, NE. Parents: Earl McHargue & Pearl Disney. 1932 grad. of Central City HS. Clerk, telephone operator. 12 Mar 1936: Married Carroll H. Christensen in Merrick County, NE. Farmed northwest of Central City. 1961: Moved to town. Carroll died 27 Dec 1999. Feb 2001: Mrs. Christensen moved to Denver. Died Sun. 9 Jun 2002 at daughter's home in Denver. Visitation: Thurs. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Fri. at Fairview United Methodist Church, Merrick County. Burial: Burke Cemetery near Central City. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 9 gch; a brother. Predeceased by her husband and four brothers - Virgil, William, Edward & Bernard. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p296 (McHargue-Dizney); and Who's Who in Nebraska 1940, Merrick County chapter, p 817. Other records - 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p3A D54 F54: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p5a D108 F110: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Jun 2002
Bertha E. CONNER, 82
Born 21 May 1920, Brooklyn, NY. Parents: Gustav Ericson & Teckla Larson. 1937 grad. of HS in Sharon Hill, PA.  Employed at Nat'l. Presbyterian Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA. 5 Jun 1943: Married Denison D. Conner at Philadelphia. They served pastorates in New Jersey, PA, NY and Nebraska. 1976-84: Served at First Baptist church, Chapman, NE. Retired to Central City. Served at Palestine Baptist Church, Platte County, NE. Died. Tues. 11 Jun 2002, Central City, NE. Service: Mon. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, twin sons, a sister.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Jun 2002

Elaine M. KILDAY, 65

Born 8 Nov 1936, Beatrice, NE. Parents: Raymond and Gertrude (Baumfalk) Siems. Grad. of Holmsville HS and Lincoln School of Commerce. 28 Apr 1963: Married Donald Kilday at Beatrice. They lived near Palmer, NE. She died Tues., 11 Jun 2002 at home. Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Fullerton. Burial in Fullerton Cemetery.Survivors: Her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, a gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Jun 2002
Dixie L. CHRISTENSEN, 55

Born 31 Aug 1946, Central City, NE. Parents: Emil Christensen & Thelma Gillham. 1964 grad. of Doniphan HS.  Lived in Grand Island, NE. Ms. Christensen died Fri. 14 Jun 2002, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Wed. at Trinity United Methodist Church Gollaher Chapel. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by a sister Dorothy "Dode" Vineyard & a brother Robert Christensen.

Note: Parents marriage - see Merrick County Marriage Records Book I p202 #I-202.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 Jun 2002; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 16 Jun 2002

Lambert A. ZOUCHA, 81

Born 13 Aug 1920, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Jacob J. Zoucha & Josephine Lassek. Grad. of Clarks HS. Moved to Buffalo, NY. 20 Aug 1942: Married at Buffalo, NY. 1945: Moved to farm near Clarks, NE. Inventor, musician. Died Fri. 14 Jun 2002 at Clarks, NE. Service: Mon. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 1 son, 12 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by 3 brothers (Ben and Adrian, and an infant); 2 sisters (Marcy Janovec & infant Gertrude). Memorials: St. Francis Hospice.

Note: For sibling, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 245 (Janovec) and 416 (G Zoucha).

Columbus Telegram - Sun. 16 Jun 2002

Edna FERRIS, 94

Born 30 May 1908, Aliceville, KS. Parents: Alfred & Carrie (Hodge) Hinkle. 1913: Family moved to Silver Creek, NE. 1929 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 21 Aug 1929: Married Clarence Ferris at Columbus, NE. They farmed near Silver Creek. 1936: Moved to Genoa, NE. She died Thurs., 13 Jun 2002 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Visitation: Mon., Patrick Funeral Chapel, Genoa. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Genoa. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 2 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; son Richard & infant twins. Memorials:  United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Church, Genoa.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 24 Jun 2002
Gertrude Irene MORRISEY, 91

Born 28 Apr 1911, Central City, NE. Parents: Charles W. & Atha E. (Newlon) Riddlemoser. 1929 grad. of CCHS. 1929: Married Bob Edgar at Central City. Later married Matthew Morrissey. They lived in Lincoln, NE. 1961: Mr. Morrissey died. Gertrude returned to Central City; worked at Nite & Day Cafe. Baptist. 2001: She moved to Hamilton Manor in Aurora. She died there Sun. 23 Jun 2002. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A sister; 4 gch., several g-gch., a gg-gch. Predeceased by her second husband, a son John Robert Edgar (1999), a brother John.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Jul 2002
Dorothy RAINS, 98

Born 23 Dec 1903 near Archer, NE. Parents: Cleon K. & Jesse J. (Frazier) Sinsel. 1922 grad. of CCHS. Later attended 4 colleges. Teacher. 28 May 1939: Married Clyde Rains at Chapman, NE. they farmed near Harvard, & then east of Chapman, NE. 1969: Moved into Chapman, NE. Clyde died 27 Apr 1992. Dorothy died Mon. 9 Jul 2002 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service Thurs., First Baptist Church, Chapman. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband & 13 siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 Jul 2002
William W. COLEMAN, 70

Born 31 Oct 1931, Hay Springs, NE. Parents: Ernest & Alzina (Gillett) Coleman. Completed HS at Friends Bible Academy, Haviland, KS. 1952-53: US Army. 10 Jun 1956: Married Edythe E. Browning at Pratt, KS. Lived in KS & NE. 1976: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Wed. 10 Jun 2002 at Grand Island NE. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 1 g-gch.; 4 sisters, 3 brothers, 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by brothers Ralph & Ernest Coleman Jr.; 2 gch.

Note: Wife's obit in GI Independent on 24 Jun 2004.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 Jul 2002
Dorothy HEINEMANN, 78

Born 29 Feb 1924, Palmer, NE. Parents: Lloyd & Doris (Anderson) Campbell.  1941 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 21 Nov 1954: Married Leo Heinemann at Central City. They lived in Madrid, NE. 1956: Moved to Kearney for 2 years, and then to Loup City, NE. 1971: Moved to Scottsbluff, NE. She died there Fri. 12 Jul 2002. Visitation: Sun., Jolliffe Funeral Home. Service: Tues., First United Methodist Church, Scottsbluff. Burial in Fairview Cemetery. Survivors: Her husand; 2 daughters, 1 son, 6 gch.; a sister & 3 brothers.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Aug 2002

Robert Dale VANDEGRIFT, 84

Born 7 May 1918, Palmer, NE. Parents: Elza & Bertha (Semple) Vandegrift. Attended school in St. Paul & Central City, NE. 1936 grad. of CCHS. Attended school in Chillicothe, MO. Worked for Western Union in O'Neill for 2 years. 14 Feb 1942: Married Hazel M. Rouse at Ewing, NE. They lived in Raymond; in 1955 moved to Stromsburg, NE. He died Wed. 14 Aug 2002 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Today, Palmer Funeral Home, Stromsburg. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Stromsburg. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors:His wife, a son, a daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by 3 sisters - Letha Bahensky, Neva White, Beth bierhaus; 2 brothers - Evans & Howard Vandegrift.

Note: Wife's obit published 21 Jun 2010 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Jul 2002
Clarence V. BENSON, 81

Born 30 May 1921 near Hordville, NE. Parents: Birger & Ethel (Timmons) Benson. Attended school in Hamilton Co, NE. WW II: US Army (Pacific). 6 Apr 1947: Married at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. They farmed in Chapman-Worms area. He died Sun.m 14 Jul 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in the parish cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 14 gch., 2 g-gch.; 3 brothers; 3 sisters. Predeceased by an infant daughter Margaret Ann; 4 brothers - Elmer, Albin, Harold & Carl Benson.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 20 Jul 2002

Nora KANTER, 88

Born 18 Sep 1913, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ferdinand & Rosa (Bader) Miller. Worked in her father's store, & as telephone operator. 11 Feb 1942: Married Edwin L. Kanter at Palmer, NE. They farmed east of St. Libory, NE. Edwin died 15 Feb 1993. Nora moved to Wedgewood Care Center in May 1999. She died there Fri. 19 Jul 2002. Visitation: Sun., Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Service: Mon., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.Survivors: 4 daughters, 13 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister.Predeceased by her husband; a sister Florence Lueke; 3 brothers - Martin, Walter & Norman Miller (Note - the last was her twin).

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p4A D88 F91: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p4a D65 F65: Palmer Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Jul 2002
Ralph E. "Skeeter" CONDON, 62

Born 30 Dec 1936, Friend, NE. Parents: Clarence & Ortha (Parker) Condon. Family moved to Central City, NE. 1958 grad. of CCHS. 14 Sep 1958: Married at Archer, NE. Owned a business in Grand Island, NE. Resident of Hastings, NE. He died Thurs., 18 Jul 2002 at hospital in Rochester, MN. Visitation: Mon., Butler-Volland Funeral Home, Hastings, NE. Service: Tues., Grace United Methodist Church. Burial in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, NE. Survivors: His wife; one son, two daughters, 4 gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by 2 brothers & 7 sisters (none named).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 23 Jul 2002
Hannah L. HOBBS, 83

Born 2 Sep 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Lawrence W. & Bessie M. (Morris) Nitzel. 1936 grad. of CCHS. 24 Dec 1937: Married Roy F. "Skippy" Hobbs. They lived in Central City, NE. She died Sat., 20 Jul 2002 at home. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister-in-law; 3 gch., 8 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a daughter Sandra Warren; a sister Betty Holtorf.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Jul 2002
Olga K. DICKMAN, 95

Born 3 Jan 1907, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William & Minnie (Hargens) Shipman. 25 Jan 1928 Married Laurence Dickman at Aurora, NE. They lived in Merrick County. Owned gas stations in St. Libory & Chapman, NE. Her husband died 1 Jul 1990. In 2000, Olga moved to nursing home in Grand Island, NE. She died there Wed., 24 Jul 2002. Visitation: Fri., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Sat., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial at Norwegian Cemetery, Worms. Survivors: A daughter, 8 gch., 19 g-gch.; 2 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 6 brothers - Peter, Albert, Herbert, Harry, Irvin & an infant; 2 sisters - Anna Dickman & Alvina Shipman.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p361 (w/p); & 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-12 p4a D78 F73.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 28 Jul 2002
Evelyn R. POWER, 76

Born 10 Jun 1926, Linwood, NE. Parents: Joe & Emma (Johannes) Stanislav. 1939: Farmily moved to Central City, NE. 17 Apr 1945: Married Robert Power at Central City, NE. They farmed near town. Robert died 28 Jan 1995. 2000: Evelyn moved into town. She died Fri., 26 Jul 2002 at Central City. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her mother; a son, a daughter 5 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 brothers, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband & a brother James Stanislav. Memorials to the Hospice Program.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 29 Jun 2002; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 30 Jul 2002

John E. "Jack" BADJE, 77

Born 30 Apr 1926, Nance Co., NE. Parents: John H. Badje & Anna Belle Main. 1942 grad. of Newman Grove HS. WW II: US Army. 8 Jun 1947: Married in Madison Co., NE. They farmed in Madison County. He was also an auctioneer & sold real estate. 1998: They moved to Central City, NE. He died Sun., 28 Jul 2002 at Central City, NE.  Visitation: Today, Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City.  Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 6 gch., 7 step-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents & a sister Edna Mae Badje.

Note: No place of burial stated.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Jul 2002
A. "Howard" HUBKA, 55

Born 16 Mar 1947, Beatrice, NE. Parents: Alvin H. & Marvel E. (Moorehead) Hunka. 1965: Grad. of Lewiston HS, NE. Nov 1972: Married at Central City, NE. They lived at Central City. He owned Hubka Garage in Archer, NE. Howard died Mon. 29 Jul 2002 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, his father. Predeceased by his mother.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p240.

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 1 Aug 2002
James R. FISHLER 64

Born 1 Mar 1938, Central City, NE. Parents: Lester R. & May A. (Philson) Fishler. 1957: Joined USAF & stayed for 20 years. 6 Jun 1964: Married in Denver, CO. He died Sun. 14 Jul 2002 at Brighton, CO. Memorial service held 18 Jul at St. William's Catholic church, Fort Lupton, CO. Cremated. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 7 gch.; his mother in Fremont, NE; 2 brothers, a sister, a half-sister, a stepsister. Predeceased by his father & a gch.

Note: Mother's obit 21 Jan 2008 in Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Aug 2002
Doris Mary AERNI, 85

Born 9 Apr 1917, Shelby, NE. Parents: James & Martha (Sievert) Lockard. 22 June 1936: Married Leonard Frederick Aerni at Clarinda IA. They farmed in Platte County, near Richland, NE. 1945: Moved to a farm west of Central City, NE. 1964: Moved into town. She worked in food services. Doris died Sat., 3 Aug 2002 at Central City. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Wed., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 6 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother, 3 sisters-in-law.  Predeceased by her husband (13 Oct 1984); her parents; 4 brothers - Milford, Leslie, Lyle & August Lockard.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Aug 2002
Eleanor Mildred GILSON, 92

Born 5 Nov 1909, Nance Co. NE. Parents: Lyman & Ida Mae (Croy) Bloxom. 21 Jun 1933: Married Carmine Peck. They farmed east of Clarks, NE. She worked as insurance agent. Mr. Peck died 19 Mar 1968. 29 Jan 1970: Married Eugene Gilson. They lived at Clarks, then moved to Central City NE. Mr. Gilson died in Apr 1987. Mrs. Gilson died Sun., 4 Aug 2002 at Central City NE. Service: Wed., 7 Aug at Solt Funeral Home. Burial at Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 sisters, nieces & nephews, her caregivers. Predeceased by both of her husbands,; 4 sisters - Gladys Rawlings, Emma "Lora" Bartumen; Ida "Ruth" Hansen; Rene Barnes; 3 brothers - Clair, Lewis, & Minor "Bill" Bloxom.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Aug 2002

Richard L. HETTRICH 67

Born 27 Aug 1934, near Palmer, NE. Parents: John & Alice (Wegner) Hettrich. Attended school in Howard County. 1952 grad. of Palmer HS. 1952-55: US Navy. 1 Sep 1956: Married at St. Paul, NE. 6 May 1970: Married a second time, to Carolyn J. (Cary) Lassiter. They lived in Omaha then moved to Minneapolis, MN. 1998: They moved to Scotia, NE. Carolyn died 9 Aug 2001. Mr. Hettrich died Fri., 9 Aug 2002 at St. Libory, NE. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Scotia. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a step-son; a daughter, 7 ch., 2 step-gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by his second wife; a sister Joan Hettrich.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Aug 2002

Franklyn H. STETTNER, 91

Born 27 Apr 1911, Hampton, NE. Parents: William Stettner & Wilhelmine Peetzke. 17 Mar 1934: Married Geneve at Hordville, NE. They farmed near Hordville until 1942, moved to Central City, NE. Farmer, carpenter. Died Fri., 9 Aug 2002 at Central City. Service: Wed., at chapel of Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Lindale Cemetery, near Hordville. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 6 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by an infant granddaughter; sister Edna Rehrs; two brothers, Dean and Edgar Stettner.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 Aug 2002

Dorothy L. MORRIS, 83

Born 12 Oct 1918, Palmer, NE. Parents: Joseph & Rosella (Clark) Shirey. 11 Mar 1937: Married Harold Morris at Philipsburg, KS. They lived in Grand Island, NE; moved to Denver in 1955. Went to CA in 1959. 1981: Moved back to Palmer, NE. Crafter, business owner.She died Thurs., 15 Aug 2002 at Palmer, NE. Service: Mon, Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; a son; a daughter, 11 gch., 22 g-gch., 4 gg-gch.; a sister in Oregon. Predeceased by a son Donald Morris; 4 brothers - Earl, Oral, Kenneth & LeRoy Shirey; 5 sisters - Inez Wood, Grace Prowett, Nancy Butler, Mildred Reils & Ethel Shirey (infant); a gch. & a g-gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p362 (w/p). 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p1B D21 F23: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p6a D105 F105: Palmer Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 Aug 2002

Marjorie REPENN, 75

Born 21 Dec 1926, Germany. Parents: Edward & Catherine (Nieheur) Miller. (Parents were visiting in Germany). Family lived at Fremont, NE. 22 Dec 1960: Married Henry O. Repenn. They lived north of Palmer, NE; then moved into town. Hospital cook. She died Sat. 17 Aug 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemeery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Aug 2002

Dale E. ZIKMUND, 55

Born 28 Jul 1947, Omaha, NE. Parents: Dr. Elno & Janaan (Rowan) Zikmund. Family moed to Central City, NE. 1965 grad. of CCHS. Attended UNL. 1969-71: US Army. Jun 1970: Married at Central City, NE. They lived in Monterey, CA; Denver, CO; Central City, NE. Worked for trucking company. He died Sun. 18 Aug 2002 at home. Service: Thurs. St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His father; a son, a daughter; 3 brothers, a special friend. Predeceased by his mother.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Aug 2002
Marcella V. PALU, 74

Born 17 Mar 1928, Ord, NE. Parents: Mike & Theresa (Swanek) Michalski. 25 Nov 1947: Married Ted Palu at Loup City, NE. In 1956 they moved to Central City. Cook. She died Fri. 23 Aug 2002 at Central City. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Mon. St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central Ciuty. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 8 gch., etc; 4 brothers, 5 sisters. Predeceased by a son - Steven; a sister - Norma Kuszak; 2 son-in-laws - Mervin Luschei & Howard Hubka; 2 brothers-in-law, Dominic Kuszak & Arnold Palu; a sister-in-law - Sharon Michalski.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Aug 2002
Richard J. "Dick" EDIC, 76

Born 14 May 1926 Boone Co, NE. Parents: Walter J. & Bernice (Petersen) Edic. Grad. of Newman Grove HS. 1 Jun 1952: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Lived in Chapman NE; California; Clarks, Aurora & Central City, NE. Died Sun. 25 Aug 2002 at Central City, NE. Graveside service: Wed., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch. Predeceased by his brother Norman (Bud), and his sister Betty Douglas.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Aug 2002
Brian K. SWANSON, 31

Born 7 Apr 1971 Omaha, NE. Parents: Ken & Greta Swanson. Lived at Bassett, NE & LaGrange, WY. 1981: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Sun. 25 Aug 2002 in 4-wheeler accident. Service: Wed., Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Cremation. Burial will be at later date. Survivors: His parents, a brother & sister-in-law; his grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 31 Aug 2002
Mary BEAL, 64

Born 9 Apr 1938 Grand Island, NE. Parents: John & Marcia (Whittemore) McClay. Attended school in Central City, NE. 14 Oct 1963: Married Raymond L. Beal at Central City, NE. They lived in Central City. Dietitian. She died Fri. 30 Aug 2002 at home. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 4 gch., a g-gch; a sister. Predeceased by son Freddie Beal; brother - Paul McClay.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 Sep 2002
Susan Michele "Susi" DAVIS, 51

Born 8 Jun 1951, Oakland, CA. Parents: William & June (Herr) Daniel. Grew up in Pleasanton, CA.1 Oct 1985: Married Randy L. Davis at Pleasanton, CA. They lived at Maywood, NE. Moved back to CA for 3 years. 1990: Moved to Central City, NE and in 1995 to Clarks, NE. Susi died Fri. 30 Aug 2007 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial in Maywood Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, a son; 2 brothers in CA.  Predeceased by her parents; a sister Lynn Davis.

Grand Island Independent - Mon 2 Sep 2002
James Frederick "Jim" HEINS, 53

Born 15 Jul 1949, North Platte, NE. Parents: William Frederick & Frances Marie Heins. 1967 grad. of CCHS. 1969-71: US Army (military police). Banker, business man. 10 Jun 1973: Married at Auburn, NE. 1974-94: Merrick County Treasurer. He died Sun. 1 Sep 2002 at Central Ciuty. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Private burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 6 gch.; his mother, a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Sep 2002
Emil CEPLECHA, 73

Born 17 Mar 1929, Martin SD. Parents: Frank & Antonia (Preissler) Ceplecha Sr. Family moved near Burwell, NE, and then Ord, NE. 10 Jul 1951: Married at Ord, NE. 1951-53: US Army medic. Farmer. 1965: Moved to Lincoln, NE; and in 1968 to Chapman, NE. Operated a gas station & motel, opened a garage. Emil died Tues., 3 Sep 2002 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 6 gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by a gch., & his sister Helen Hurlbert.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Sep 2002
Dorothy M. SCHARVIN, 78

Born 17 Sep 1923, Merrick Co., NE. Paents: William W. & Anna M. (Otto) Blauhorn. 1942 grad. of Archer HS. 22 Jun 1947: Married Frank M. Scharvin. They owned meat locker plants in Boone County. 1956: They moved to Oxford, NE. Frank died in 1988.  Mrs. Scharvin died Tues., 10 Sep 2002 at Oxford. Visitation: Fri., Mitchell-Nelson Funeral Home, Oxford. Service Sat. United Methodist Church, Oxford, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters, one son, 10 gch., 6 g-gch.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Sep 2002

Neola F. VanWINKLE, 81

Born 22 Jul 1921 Silver Creek, NE. Parents: J. Willard & Mabel (Cremeen) Carter. 1939 grad. of Silver Creek HS. RN from Mary Lanning School of Nursing, Hastings, NE. Worked at Genoa Hospital. 25 Sep 1949: Married George E. VanWinkle at Silver Creek, NE. She died Wed. 11 Sep 2002 at Columbus, NE. Service: Today, United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 7 sons, a daughter, 23 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 brotther. Predeceased by her husband; her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Sep 2002
Ethel L. BROWN, 81

Born 19 Feb 1921, Columbus, NE. Parents: Thomas C. & Martha (Dilley) Adams. Truck driver. 25 Nov 1966: Married Frederick E. Brown in Las Vegas. They lived in Central City, NE. Abt 1998: Moved to Graham, TX. She died there Tues. 10 Sep 2002. Memorial service Fri., Morrison Funeral Home Chapel (TX?) Graveside service: Fri. 20 Sep at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 2 g-gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by sister Pearl Luschei and 2 brothers - Donald & Bill Adams.

Note: 2 sons are surnamed Kubicek.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Sep 2002:
Harry A. RICE, 86

Born 10 Feb 1916 on farm in Prairie Creek Twp[, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Andrew & Elizabeth (Mess) Rice. 1934 grad of CCHS. His father died in 1957, and Harry took over the family farm, etc. He retired in 1979. Harry died Wed. 11 Sep 2002 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A sister. Predeceased by his parents, and his brother-in-law Gilbert Echtenkamp.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p2B D40 F40: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE, and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p7b D164 F159: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (both with parents).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 15 Sep 2002
Delbert D. "Dean" BROEKEMEIER, 72

Born 28 Sep 1929, Burke, SD. Parents: Alfred H. & Elizabeth M. (Whitley) Broekemeier. Grew up at Naper, NE. 1946 grad. of Naper HS. 15 Nov 1947: Married at Norfolk, NE. They lived at Norfolk until 1950 when moved to Naper, NE. 1961: Moved to Central City, NE. Seed salesman, farmer. He died Fri. 13 Sep 2002 in Central City, NE. Service: Mon. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, his step-father; 5 sons, a daughter, 18 gch., 1 g-gch.; a sister, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his brother Mac Broekemier.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Sep 2002
Ronald A. CHURCH, 56

Born 20 Feb 1946, Central City, NE. Parents: Walter & Marie Church. Grew up near Polk, NE. 4 May 1968: Married at Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City, NE. They lived in Clarks; moved to Central City in 1974. He worked for UPRR. Was later a cattle hauler. He died Sat. 14 Sep 2002 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Burke Cemetery near Central City. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 2 step-gch.; 3 brothers, 8 sisters. Predeceased by a sister Betty, & 3 brothers - Milfred, Arnold & Melvin.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 25 Sep 2002

William "Bill" WYMAN, 77

Born 15 Mar 1925, Central City, NE. Parents: Samuel W. & Faye M. (Turnby) Wyman. 1942 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1943-46: US Army. Retured to farm in Polk County near Silver Creek. 26 Dec 1948: Married Glade M. Carlson in Polk County. Glade died 1 Sep 1978. He married a second time on 20 Nov 1981. They lived in Clarks area. He died Mon., 23 Sep 2002 at Clarks. Service: Fri., Silver Creek United Methodist Church. Burial at Silver Creek Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife; a son, 2 daughters, 2 step-sons; 2 sisters, 2 brothers, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his first wife; a step-son Jerry Carlson; a brother Roy Wyman.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 411.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Sep 2002
Nancy J. GLYNN, 61

Born 11 Nov 1940, Central City, NE. Parents: Howard G. & Mabel R. (Frazier) Hansen. Grad. of Palmer HS. 5 Mar 1960: Married Roy O. Glynn at Archer, NE. They farmed NE of Palmer, NE. Moved to a farm NW of Central City, NE. She died Tues., 24 Sep 2002 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Memorials to Cancer Foundation. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter; 2 sisters, Predeceased by son Brian Glynn.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Sep 2002

Robert N. BACHMAN, 85

Born 24 Dec 1916, Worms, NE. Parents: John & Annie Rose Bachman. 29 Sep 1940: Married Esther Bohl at Grand Island, NE. They lived in NE & WY; then other states including TX. Rancher, business manager. Died Fri. 27 Sep 2002 in Albuquerque, NM. Graveside service will be Wed., Grand Island City Cemetery, NE. Survivors: a daugher, a son, 6 gch. Predeceased by his wife; 6 brothers - Wilber, Roy, Harold, Floyd, Allen & Glen; 2 sisters - Esther Wimberley & Evelyn Teater.

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 3 Oct 2002
Myron S. FOULK, 72

Born 15 Aug 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: Percival P. "Percy" & Marjorie (Sinsel) Fould. 1948 grad. of Archer HS. Worked & lived with Emgartens. 1952-56: USAF. 16 Sep 1962: Married at Aurora, NE. They farmed in Merrick County. Myron died Wed. 2 Oct 2002 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 4 gch.; 4 brothers, 5 sisters. Predeceased by a gch.; 2 sisters - Darlene Fould & Linda Rinker; a brother - Dennis Foulk. Memorials to Archer Park.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 3 Oct 2002
Claude T. MAY, 84

Born 1 Sep 1918, Chapman, NE. Parents: John E. & Molly (Friman) May. 1940-45: US Marine Corps. Survivor of attack on Pearl Harbor. Resident of Pensacola, FL. Died Mon. 16 Sep 2002. Services held 19 Sep at Ensley United Methodist Church in Pensacola. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons, 15 gch., 19 g-gch.; his twin brother, a step-sisters. Predeceased by 2 brothers - John "Red" and Paul May; 2 sisters - Petrea Williams & Pauline Schmidt. Memorials to the American Lung Association.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE ED155 p5B D33 F33 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-4 p2b D48 F48 (w/father)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Oct 2002

Betty K. SABA, 81

Born 12 Aug 1921. Parents: Arthur & Dorothy (Dexter) Gregg. Grew up in Mead Twp, Merrick County.1938 grad. of CCHS. Grad. of  St. Francis School of Nursing, Grand Island, NE. WW II: US Army nurse. 14 Jun 1944: Married John Thomas Baker. Following his death, she married17 Oct 1949 to Walter Saba. She lived mostly in San Francisco area of CA; in Mill Valley, CA. Died Tues., 1 Oct 2002 at Kentfield, CA. Service: 4 Oct at Russell & Gooch Funeral Home, Mill Valley, CA. Burial in Olivet Memorial Park, Colma, CA. Survivors: A son, 2 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husbands; her parents; a brother - Bill Gregg.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p210 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-10 p5b D110 F111 (w/father). Copy of her obit was sent by relative.

Lincoln Journal Star & Columbus Telegram - Tues. 13 Oct 2002
Elmer D. BENSON,
95

Born Silver Creek, NE. Died: Thurs. 10 Oct 2002, at Stromsburg, NE. Farmer. Survivors: 6 nieces; 2 nephews; many great-nieces, great-nephews. Services: Wed. at Midwest Covenant Home Chapel, Stromsburg. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. No visitation. Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola.
Note: See "Our Polk County Heritage" published by Osceola Centennial Committee, 1975 - p30 article about JV Benson family.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Oct 2002
Vern Marcus FRAUEN, 82

Born 19 Jan 1920, Grand Island, NE. Parents: John P. & Clara Seivers) Frauen. 14 Feb 1941: Married in Grand Island. WW II: US Army Air Corps. Returned to Grand Island to farm. He died Thurs., 10 Oct 2002 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Visitation: Mon., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. Memorials to Chapman United Methodist Church. Survivors: His wife; a daughter & her husband, 2 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by an infant son Carl Richard Frauen; 3 brothers - Gus, Elmer & John.

Note: No burial place named. See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p242 (H Husmann); 1920 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED163 p3B D65 F65 (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p3B D60 F60 (w/mother & stepfather).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Oct 2002
Anna B. SUCK, 94

Born 25 May 1908 on farm near Palmer, NE. Parents: Otto & Bertha (Templin) Rudolf. Moved to Grand Island, NE in 1973. Died there Thurs., 10 Oct 2002. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial in Archer Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 10 gch., 31 g-gch., 13 gg-gch. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Albert, Harry & Ernest; 2 sisters - Martha & Meta; 2 daughters & their spouses - Delores & Harold Meyer, Luella & Otis Langrehr; 2 gch.

Note: Husband was Edward Henry Suck. See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p343 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Loup Twp, Merrick, NE ED159 p1B D21 F22 (w/p); {1241} 1930 Fed. Census Loup Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-9 p4a; Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book I p153 #3706.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 20 Oct 2002, Columbus Telegram - Mon. 21 Oct 2002

Dorothy D. JOHNSON, 84

Born 24 Nov 1917, Murphy, NE. Parents: Alva O. and Lois T. (Matthews) Lewis. Her family lived in Marquette, St. Paul & Grand Island, NE. 26 Jan 1936: Married Chester Johnson at Central City, NE. They owned a business in Chapman, NE; managed the VFW Club in Clarks, NE. She also worked as a cook. Dorothy died Fri., 18 Oct 2002 at Central City NE. Service today at the United Methodist Church in Central City, NE. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 10 g-gch., etc.; a brother; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; 3 infant daughters; a brother; a sister. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Oct 2002
Marlene M. ALLMENDINGER, 70

Born 8 May 1932, Central City, NE. Parents: Marvin & Florence (Galley) Garrett.  Grad. of CCHS. Attended Western Union School, Crawfordsville, IN. 28 Oct 1954: Married Elmer Allmendinger at Central City, NE. They lived in Bismarck, ND. Died Fri., 18 Oct 2002 at Rochester, MN. Visitation: Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, ND. Service: Wed., Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND. Burial in Fairview Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; her step-mother; 2 brothers. Predeceased by her parents and a sister Onilee; a son Kevin.

See - History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 202 (w/p); & History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p168 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Oct 2002
Merle G. BRUNS, 78

Born 20 Apr 1924, Imperial (Chase Co), NE. Parents: Alfred & Bertha (Wagner) Kaiser. Family moved to Dannebrog, & then to a farm near Worms, NE. 21 Jun 1942: Married Harvey Bruns at Worms, NE. They farmed near Palmer, St. Libory & Archer, NE. She died Wed., 23 Oct 2002 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by a brother, Roy Kaiser.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Oct 2002
Irene JUSTICE, 95

Born 14 Dec 1906, Beaver Crossing, NE. Parents: Lewis & Nettie (Snodgrass) Hansen. Attended Teacher's College. 1 Aug 1928: Married Joe Justice at Blair, NE. 1931: Moved to Central City, NE where they owned a business. Member of United Methodist Church. Joe died 19 Aug 1984. Mrs. Justice died Tues., 22 Oct 2002 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Two sons & their wives, 4 gch., 11 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband & a brother Walter Hansen.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun. 27 Oct 2002

Betty June SINGLETARY, 58

Born 16 Aug 1944, Central City, NE. Parents: Raymond O. Smith & Mildred L. Condon. Grew up in Grand Island, NE. 1 Apr 1966: Married Robert Singletary; lived in Grand Island. Died Fri. 25 Oct 2002, at hospital in Columbus, NE. Visitation: today at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Mon. at Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: One son, four daughters, 7 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents & 2 brothers - Raymond "Buck" & Benjamin Smith.

Note: Obit of her sister Sharon Casares appeared in GI Independent, 16 Jan 2006.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Mon. 28 Oct 2002

Hazel Irene OBRIST, 92

Born 1 Mar 1910 near Shelby (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Thomas J. Skidmore & Helena Krumbach. 1 Jun 1930: Married Gerald L. Obrist in Holyoke, CO. They farmed in Polk County until 1961 when moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Obrist died Fri. 25 Oct 2002 at hospital in Onawa, IA. Service: Thurs. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 24 g-gch., 2 gg-gch; a sister. Predeceased by her parents & her husband; a g-son & a g-gson. Also deceased are 2 brothers - John & George Skidmore; 4 sisters - Wilma Quinn, Carrie Drovwal, Marie Glatter & Theresa Class.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Oct 2002

Helen KONWINSKI, 85

Born 16 Aug 1917, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Jake Gunchick & Tillie Hapday. Attended Catholic school at Krakow, NE. 22 Oct 1935: Married Henry Konwinski at Krakow.They farmed near Fullerton until 1961, moved to Silver Creek, NE. Helen died Sun. 27 Oct 2002, Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Service: Wed., St. Peters Catholic Church, Fullerton, NE. Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 11 gch., 22 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Florian & Thomas; 4 sisters - Clara Boro, Victoria Lassek, Leona Boro & Dorothy Urkoski; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Konwinski; 1 gch; and 3 g-gch.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp., Nance, NE ED171 p1 D3 F3 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp., Nance, NE ED63-11 p1b F17 (w/p); Nance Co. NE Marriage Record Bk 6 p161

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Oct 2002
Bernice Lockenvitz NELSON, 83

Born 27 Nov 1918, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Paul & Antoinette Lockenvitz. Married Fred W. Nelson Sr.  Former resident of Charlotte, NC; died Fri. 25 Oct 2002 at Wilmington, NC. Memorial service Tues., Shamrock Drive Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Arrangements:McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte, NC. Survivors: A son & his wife, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband (1995). Memorials to the church.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p2B D46 F46: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Obit of sister Edna Semm appeared 26 Jul 2000 in Grand Island Independent.

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Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 Nov 2002

Martha Jane "Mattie" SAUTER, 94

Born 11 Feb 1908, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Lew Milller & Lucy Orr. 3 Dec 1929: Married Caria E. Sauter. She worked as cook at Clarks and at Stromsburg, NE. Methodist.  Died Sat. 2 Nov 2002 at Stromsburg, NE. Visitation: Tues, Palmer Funeral Home, Stromsburg, NE. Service: Wed. at Midwest Covenant Home Chapel. Burial: Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 11 gch., 14 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, parents, a daughter Hazel Sauter. Also deceased are 3 brothers - Arther, Lloyd & Clyde Miller; 2 sisters: - Olive Sargent & Ruth Stratton; a son-in-law Edward Klavon.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Nov 2002
Buzzetta D. BARTELS, 78

Born 5 Dec 1923, Danbury, IA. Parents: Frank Sangster & Mary Leetch. Lived with grandparents in Colome, SD. 8 Feb 1946: Married Cyrus Bartels at Burke, SD. They lived at Colome, SD; Wichita, KS; and WY. Then lived in Omaha, NE for 35 years. Mrs. Bartels died Sat., 2 Nov 2002 at UN Medical Center, Omaha. Service: Thurs., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A son, 4 gch., 4 g-gch; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by 2 half-brothers.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 8 Nov 2002

John H. VERGO, 94

Born 29 Sep 1908, Bargen, Schlesweg Holstein, Germany. Parents: Otto Vergo & Henrietta F. Kanzmeier. Immigrated in 1930. Worked north of Grand Island, NE.  2 Jun 1935: Married Nell A. Fleming at Chapman, NE. They lived at Chapman, Little Sioux, IA; and Omaha, NE. 1945: Moved to farm near Clarks, NE; later to farm east of Central City, NE. 1960: Moved into town. Nell died 31 Jul 1979. He married Margaret Young on 31 May 1980 at Pueblo, CO. They lived in Central City, NE. Margaret Vergo died 30 Aug 1989. Mr. Vergo died Wed., 6 Nov 2002 at Elkhorn, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & 3 sons; 2 step-daughters, 3 step-sons, 8 gch. & 9 g-gch. Predeceased by both wives, a gch., and a sister.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 237 (Holmes), 262 (Krug), 297 (McHenry), 391 (Vergo)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 10 Nov 2002
Frank M. ROY, 64

Born 22 Jan 1938, Howard Co., NE. Parents: George J. Roy & Helen Mendyk. Grew up in Ashton, NE. 1955-1963: USAF. Married 3 times. Owner of Roys Kennels at Chapman, NE. Died Thurs. 7 Nov 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grand Island. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivied by his wife, 3 sons, 6 stepsons, 3 stepdaughters, ...; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Robert & Alfred.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Nov 2002
Mary E. NELSON, 95

Born 17 Aug 1907, Yutan (Saunders Co), NE. Parents: Lyman Bloxom & Ida Mae Croy. Grew up in Fullerton, NE.  23 Aug 1924: Married Orval Peck; they farmed near Pierce Chapel (Merrick Co.), NE. Mr. Peck died 20 Mar 1952.  Mrs. Peck moved to Washington briefly. 23 Oct 1954: She married Vern E. Hayes. They owned a cafe in Clarks, NE. Mr. Hayes died 23 Apr 1970. She married Jim Good; and later married Archie Nelson. Mrs. Nelson died Mon. 11 Nov 2002 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Pierce Chapel Cemetery (Bureau Cemetery) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 13 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by 4 husbands, 3 brothers; 5 sisters; and a son-in-law, Lyle Rieken. Memorials: United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Nov 2002
Carrie R. FORBES, 97

Born 6 May 1905, Gage Valley community of Howard Co., NE. Parents: George Hiett & Elizabeth Hartford. 1924 grad. of Palmer HS. 13 Dec 1924: Married Everett D. Forbes. They farmed in Glenwood community (Nance Co). 1994: She moved to Palmer - and in 2001 to St. Paul, NE. Died Sun. 10 Nov 2002 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 17 gch., 45 g-gch., 26 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband (13 Mar 1966); a daughter-in-law, Joan; 5 gch; a g-gch; 5 brothers & 4 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Nov 2002
Barbara A. KRAMER, 77

Born 25 Dec 1924, Archer, NE. Parents: Minor H. Whaley & Addie Lehr. 1942 grad. of CCHS. 14 Feb 1944: Married Everett "Bud" Kramer at Bellville, KS. They farmed in Merrick County. 1948: Moved to Central City. Cook. Died Mon. 11 Nov at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, a step-daughter,11 gch., 13 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a brother Thomas Whaley.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Nov 2002
Larry COOMER, 77

Born 9 Feb 1925, Tacoma, WA. Parents: Lawrence Coomer & Ethel Cushman. Attended schools in CA & WA. Mechanical engineer. WW II: US Army Air Corps. 1974: Married Wilma Prichaska. Taught in TX; North Platte & Omaha, NE. Moved to Palmer, NE. Wife died in 1999. Mr. Coomer died Wed., at Central City, NE. Burial will be private, at later date. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A son & his wife, a gch. 

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Nov 2002

Mary A. CHOHON, 91

Born 29 Sep 1911, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Philip James Zegar & Anna Boro. 21 Jan 1930: Married Leo Chohon at Krakow, NE. They farmed near Silver Creek, NE. She died Wed. 20 Nov 2002 at Columbus, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 11 gch.; 24 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, & her parents. Also deceased - a daughter Elaine Tondu; 3 brothers - Alex Olsan, Henry Zegar & Virgil Zegar. Memorials: St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Note: Husband died in January. Her parents - see Nance Co, NE Marriage Record Bk 3 p514

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Nov 2002
Melvin H. RUGE, 80

Born 1 Dec 1921, St. Libory, NE. Parents: John Ruge & Martha Hinerichs. 1940 grad. of Chapman HS. WW II: US Army. 21 Dec 1947: Married Eleanor at Grand Island, NE. They lived briefly at Chapman, then at Wood River, NE.  Retired to Grand Island and operated Country Collectibles in Grand Island Mall. Died Wed. 20 Nov 2002, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Sat., St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 5 gch. Predeceased by his parents, & a brother Harry H. Ruge. Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Nov 2002; Aurora News Register (death notice) - 2 Dec 2002
Tonnya C. Galusha MICHALSKI, 43

Born 1 Mar 1959, Norfolk, Virginia. Parents: Donald Galusha & Florence Merrill Morgan. Grad. of Oak Harbor HS, Whidby, WA. 9 Sep 1995: Married Michael D. Michalski (former resident of Chapman, NE). They lived in Aurora, NE.  She died 21 Nov 2002 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters. Also living - her father & step-mother, her mother & step-father, two brothers & a sister; her maternal grandparents. Predeceased by her paternal grandparents: Trueman & Cecil Galusha; and maternal grandmother Florence Bray. Memorials: Saint Michael's Catholic Church.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Nov 2002
Shirley M. TERRY, 56

Born 13 Apr 1946, Central City, NE. Parents: Percival P. Foulk & Marjorie J. Sinsel. Resident of Danville, Alabama. Died Thurs. 21 Nov 2002 at Plattsmouth, NE. Memorial Service will be at later date. Survivors: A son; 4 sisters, 4 brothers. Predeceased by her husband Billie T. Terry.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Nov 2002
Alvera L. BUTT, 78

Born 25 Jul 1924, Platte Co., NE. Parents: Herman Johannes & Helena Harms. Died Thurs. 21 Nov 2002 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Sun., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter; a brother. Predeceased by her husband Louis C. Butt.

Grand Island Independent (abbrev.) - Mon. 26 Nov 2002; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 26 Nov 2002

Dora M. WILBUR, 88

Born 14 Jul 1914, Platte Co., NE. Parents: Phillip Mason & Margaret Leith. Family moved to Silver Creek in 1927. Married Raymond G. Wilbur, 13 Nov 1945, at Silver Creek, NE. Died Mon. 25 Nov 2002 at Columbus, NE.  Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband, parents, and a brother Roy Mason. 

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Fri. 29 Nov 2002

Kevin G. RIEKEN, 40

Born 28 Jan 1962, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Richard Rieken Sr. & Zola Ostrander. 1980 grad. of Clarks HS. 1994: Diagnosed with malignant brain tumor. Died Wed. 27 Nov 2002 at Fullerton, Nance, NE. Service: Sat. at Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Burial: Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His parents, 3 brothers, one sister. Predeceased by his grandparents: Leo & Racheal Ostrander, Pearle & Delsa Rieken.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Nov 2002
Gary GROETZINGER

Born 20 Feb 1951, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Bryce M. Groetzinger & Helen M. Layher. 1969 grad. of CCHS.  Worked with his father at Bryce Mobile Oil service station. 28 Sep 1970: Married Karen at Chapman, NE. 1970-73: US Army. 17 Nov 1989: Married Janice at Central City. Auto mechanic, business owner. Service: Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife of Grand Island, a son, 2 daughters; a brother. Predeceased by his parents & a grandson, Christian Campa.
Note: No death date or location given. See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 260 (Knight).

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Columbus Telegram - Sun. 1 Dec 2002

Leona H. IMHOFF, 94

Born 4 Oct 1908, Columbus, NE. Parents: John & Helena (Leffers) Saalfeld. Married William O. Imhoff. They farmed near Silver Creek NE until 1971. Mr Imhoff died 12 Apr 1971. She lived at Columbus, and then at Osceola Good Samaritan Center. Leona died Thurs., 28 Nov 2002 at Annie Jeffrey County Health Center, Osceola, NE. Graveside service: Mon., Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 4 gch., 4 g-gch., 2 step g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, 3 brothers, 4 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Dec 2002
Jean V. CAMPBELL, 77

Born 7 Jul 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: Lloyd & Doris (Anderson) Campbell. Died Wed. 11 Dec 2002 at Grand Island, NE. Memorial service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: 3 brothers, a brother-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Dec 2002
Delbert GROTZ, 82

Born 23 Jun 1920, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Martin & Mary (Mohr) Grotz. He attended school near St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE. 1944: Married Viola Reher who died in 1953. 1981: Married a second time at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island. He died there Mon. 16 Dec 2002. Service: Thurs., Livingston-Sonderman Funeral Home. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His second wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 4 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.; a brother-in-law. Predeceased by his first wife; his parents; 2 brothers - Arthur & Arnold; a sister-inlaw, Viola.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Dec 2002
Meta LAWRENCE, 86

Born 9 Jun 1916, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Bruno & Wilhelmenia (Kruse) Burkhardt. She died Mon. 16 Dec 2002 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 3 step-sons, a step-daughter; a sister. Predeceased by her husband John Lawrence (died Sep 1971).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Dec 2002
Mylda HRUZA, 94

Born 10 Feb 1908 near Chapman NE. Parents: Henry & Betty (Ehlers) Husmann. 1926 grad. of Chapman HS. 25 Sep 1933: Married John C. Hruza at Central City, NE. They lived in Chapman; moved to Central City about 1936. John died 11 Apr 1985. Mylda died Mon. 16 Dec 2002 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 6 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her mother (1930); her father (1938); 3 brothers - Heinie, Otto, & Ted Husmann; 3 sisters - Bertha Green, Alice Schleichardt, & Mamie Duennerman. Memorials to Merrick Foundation for the American Legion Baseball Program or to the United Methodist Church in Central City.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p242 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p6B D63 F63: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-3 p2b D46 F47: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE (w/p); Central City Cemetery Directory.

GI Independent - Thurs. 26 Dec 2002; Columbus Telegram - Fri. 27 Dec 2002

Erma ADELSON, 92

Born13 Jul 1910, Clarks, NE. Parents: David H. & Emaline C. (Iler) Wilson. 1927 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended York College. Taught near Clarks & Chapman, NE. 28 Dec 1938: Married Leslie J. Adelson at York, NE. They lived on farm north of Polk, NE. 1978: Retired into town. Leslie died 6 Aug 1993. Erma moved to Midwest Covenant Home, Stromsburg, in 1994. She died there on Tues., 24 Dec 2002. Visitation: Today, Solt Funeral Home, Polk, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Polk, NE. Burial in Swede Plain Cemetery near Polk. Survivors: A daughter, 5 gch. 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a daughter Judy (1969); 2 sisters - Lora Pinneo & Dorise Bowers.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p4B D116 F118: Clarks Village, Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p5b D131 F133: Clarks Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun 28 Dec 2002

Jack O. GILMONT, 75

Born 2 Oct 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Lafayette & Irene M. (Wegner) Gilmont. 1948-51: US Army. May 1952: Married Henrietta Louise Boelts. He farmed, owned Gilmont Feed Lot. Henrietta died in Aug 1987. 17 Nov 1989: Jack married a second time. They continued to live in the Palmer area. Jacjk died Thurs., 26 Dec 2002 at hospital in St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Sun., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Mon., Palmer United Methodist Church. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His second wife, 3 daughters; 4 step-sons, 2 step-daughters, etc.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his parents & his first wife. Memorials to Palmer Legion, Palmer United Methodist Church or Rose Hill Cemetery.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-12 p5a D97 F92 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Dec 2002
Robert Douglas SENKBILE, 44

Born 29 Apr 1958, Central City, NE. Parents: Richard D. & Ramona Senkbile. 1976 grad. of CCHS. Attended UNL. 16 Sep 1977: Married in Merrick Co., NE. They lived in Central City.  He later moved to Grand Island, NE. Died there Sun., 29 Dec 2002. Service: Thurs. Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter, his ex-wife; his mother; 5 brothers.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p359.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 31 Dec 2002

Melvin Lewis SWANSON, 71

Born 17 Dec 1931 near Central City, NE. Parents: Oscar Lewis & Elsie Elmeda (Nelson) Swanson. 1949 grad. of CCHS.9 Jan 1953: Married at Osceola, NE. They farmed west of Central City. 1992: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 1999: Moved to Central City, NE. He died there Mon., 30 Dec 2002. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Grace Luther Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, a son, 11 gch., 23 g-gch.; a brother.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p303.


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