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Merrick County, Nebraska 
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Obits - 2003

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The following extract list is NOT complete. Most of these obits were found on-line, assorted websites.
The majority of Merrick County deaths seem to be reported in the Grand Island Independent,

which has an archive starting 1 Dec 1997. Recommend you search that archive.

Note: As of Feb 2005, you must register to access the archive.

For links to other newspapers, please see the NEGenWeb Project NEWS page.

Several of the following have a note that the name appears in one of the volumes of the History of Merrick County, NE.
For copies from those books, see the Merrick lookups page. Send donation & SASE with your request to the

Merrick Co. Historical Museum, 211 "E" St., Central City, NE 68826.

 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 Jan 2003
Vernon E "Bud" McCLURG, 78

Born 4 May 1924, Stuart, NE. Parents: Charles E. & Lucy B. (Chenoweth) McClurg. Died Mon. 30 Dec 2002 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial in Knoll Crest Cemetery, Naper, NE. Survivors: A step-daughter; a brother.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun. 5 Jan 2003

John F. CAVE, 68

Born 6 Nov 1934, Spalding, NE. Parents: George & Mary (Schleich) Cave. 1953 grad. of Genoa HS. 1954: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Employed by Behlen; resided at Silver Creek, NE. Died Thurs. 2 Jan 2003 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Mon. St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in church cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 6 sons, 6 daughters, 37 gch. Predeceeased by his parents & grandparents, his in-laws, an infant g-daughter.

Grand Island Independent - Thur. 9 Jan 2003

Ruby I. CHRISP, 99

Born 4 Mar 1903, Beaver Crossing, NE. Parents: Milton S. & Alta V. (Frink) McCollister. 1922 grad. of CCHS. Attended Kearney State. Teacher. 27 May 1924: Married Frank M. Chrisp at Central City, NE. They dairy farmed. Frank died 30 Jan 1969. Ruby lived in Central City. She died there on Mon. 6 Jan 2003. Private family service at Solt Funeral Home. Burial at CC Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 9 gch., 23 g-gch., 2 gg-gch; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; a g-gson, Tarry Joseph Ross, 2 sisters - Enid Currey & Grayce Cudney; a brother Dale McCollister.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 152 (w/sp), 294 (w/p), 340 (KH Ross); Merrick Co. Marriage Record Book I p40 #3593; 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p12b D244 F247

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 11 Jan 2003

Margaret J. BADER, 74

Born 28 Oct 1928, Shelby (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Dewey Lockard & Dora Coker. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. Teacher in Polk County & at Palmer, NE. 27 Mar 1949: Married Willard Bader at Osceola, NE. They farmed near Palmer, NE; then moved into town. Survivors: Her husband. Predeceased by her sister Pat Miller & a nephew, Lyle Bader.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Jan 2003

Mamie Ann LEMMERMAN, 100

Born 30 Jun 1902, Wolbach, NE. Parents: John Wilburn Caudle & Mary Jane "Jolly" Phipps. 1 Jan 1921: Married Walter Lemmerman, Central City, NE.  They established the Lemmerman Hatchery & Poultry farm near Palmer, NE in 1938.  Mrs. Lemmerman died Mon. 13 Jan 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Fri. United Methodist Church. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter; 9 gch., etc. Predeceased by her husband (died 2 Apr 1993); a son Robert (died at sea in 1944); ... 3 sisters: Mary Francis Schmitz, Verda McCormick & Ethel Caudle (infant); 5 brothers - Jones, George, Floyd, John & Alfred Caudle; 2 half-sisters - Mae Riddle & Lela Smith.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Jan 2003

George A. LOATS, 78

Born 8 Mar 11924, Gary, SD. Parents: Albert & Gertie (Bossman) Loats. Formerly lived in Lennox, SD. Died Thurs., 16 Jan 2003 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon. at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Lennox, SD. Burial: Lennox Cemetery. Survivors: A sister & her husband; a brother & his wife; a sister-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Jan 2003

Lola J. McLEAN, 85

Born 6 Jun 1917, Chapman, NE. Parents: Arthur Hartman & Luella Parkins. 1935 grad. of Chapman Public School. 16 Dec 1936: Married Hans Husmann, lived at Chapman. 1959: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Hans died 3 Nov 1966. Lola moved to North Platte, NE. 14 Jul 1969: She married Glen McLean; moved to Central City, NE. 1999: To Grand Island. Glen died 18 May 2001. Mrs. McLean died Thurs. 9 Jan 2003, Grand Island, NE. Service Mon. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: in Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home (Central City). Survivors: 1 son, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 23 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; 1 brother in Wisconsin. Predeceased by 2 husbands; brother Lance Hartman; sister Arta Arp.  Also deceased - a son-in-law, Martin Ryba. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 298 (McLean). Glen McLean is buried at Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel), near Clarks.

Grand Island Independent - Sun.. 19 Jan 2003

Otto F. KLOKE, 88

Born 28 Feb 1914, Valparaiso, NE. Parents: Frank & Emma (Yost) Kloke.1932 grad. of Valparaiso HS. 12 Aug 1939: Married Margaret at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Duncan, Ames & Schuyler, NE. 1943: Moved to Central City, NE.Telegraph operator, station master for UPRR. Died Fri., 17 Jan 2003 at Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 5 brothers - Edward, Ernest, Jul, Harold & Lloyd Kloke; 4 sisters, Freda Baustion, Marie Pool, Rose Klingeman & Esther Kuyhendall.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 19 Jan 2003

Charles W. PEARCE, Sr., 64

Born 9 Mar 1938, North Platte, NE. Parents: Walter & Margaret (McCready) Pearce. 1961: Married in Cleveland, OH. Carpenter. Died Fri. 17 Jan 2003 at Chapman, NE. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon., First Baptist Church, Chapman. Burial in Chapman Cemtery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 7 gch. Predeceased by 2 sons - Alan & Chuck Pearce.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Jan 2003; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 19 Jan 2003

George Vincent SCHUTTE, 88

Born 25 Jan 1914, Lawrence, NE. Parents: Joseph & Mary (Ven Haus) Schutte.1933 grad. of Lawrence Public Schools. 10 Aug 1937: Married Eleanor Brockman neat Lawrence, NE. They lived in Hastings, NE; Columbus, OH; Omaha, NE. 1945: Moved to farm near Clarks, NE. 1975: Moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Fri. 17 Jan 2003 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Today, Apfel-Butler- Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Mon., St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 6 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 brothers, 5 sisters. Predeceased by his parents & an infant brother, Norbert Schutte.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 21 Jan 2003

Lawrence FAUQUIER, 88

Born 14 May 1914, Chapman, NE. Parents: Thomas & Belle (Bruno) Fauquier. Resident of Omaha, NE. Died Fri. 17 Jan 2003. Service: Tues., John A.Gentleman Mortuary, Omaha, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son; a sister, other relatives by marriage.

Grand Island Independent & Lincoln Journal Star (abbrev.) - Wed. 22 Jan 2003
Robert "Stanley" TORPIN, 86
Born 5 Oct 1916 on ranch west of Elgin, NE. Parents: Keith & Vera (Stanley) Torpin.
1934 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Army. Attorney. 1940: Married in Onawa, Iowa. Died Sun 19 Jan 2003, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs, United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, 4 gch; 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents & 2 brothers - Keith Henry & Charles Hollister Torpin.  Memorials: United Methodist Church Foundation in Central City and the Merrick Foundation.

Note: See History of Merrick County Nebraska, Vol I pp 237 & 385. Write for copy to Merrick Co Historical Museum, please send donation & SASE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 22 Jan 2003

Sharon TUMA, 48

Born 8 Feb 1954, Palmer, NE. Parents: Clarence & Lucienne (Dethlefs) Michalski. 1972 grad. of St. Paul HS. 22 Jul 1972: Married James Tuma at Elba, NE. They lived in St. Paul; and later, in Ogallala, NE. 2001: They moved to Wood River, NE. Sharon died Sun. 19 Jan 2003 at Wood River. Visitation: Wed., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.  Service: Thurs., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband,, her mother, a son & a daughter, a gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her father. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Jan 2003

R. E. "Butch" JOHNSON, 50

Born 16 Feb 1952. Parents: Gerald M. & Pauline (Rose) Johnson. Lived in Central City, NE; currently was resident of Grand Island, NE. Died Fri. 24 Jan 2003. Visitation: Sun. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Private burial service. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 step-children; a brother.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p248 (R Johnson).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Jan 2003

Wayne O. KANTOR, 55

Born 2 Sep 1947, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Clarence Arthur Kantor & Katherine August Butt. Baptized & confirmed in Merrick County, NE. 1966 grad. Palmer HS. 1967-71: USAF.  6 Jun 1970: Married at Cheyenne, WY. They lived in Wyoming & Colorado; then resided at Palmer before moving to York, NE in 1992. Mr. Kantor died Thurs. 23 Jan 2003 at York. Service: Mon. at Faith Lutheran Church, York. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements by Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons; father & 2 brothers. Predeceased by infant twin daughters, and his mother.

Note: See extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Jan 2003

Ella M. ROHWEDER-NELSON, 94

Born 31 Aug 1908, St. Libory, NE. Parents: John & Margretha (Brueggeman) Meyer. Educated at Zion Lutheran School, Worms, NE. 21 Jan 1927: Married George W. Rohweder at Worms. They lived in Grand Island, NE until 1932, moved to farm in Prairie Creek Twp. In 1946, they moved to a farm near Cairo, NE. 1961: Moved to Grand Island. Mr. Rohweder died 6 Apr 1966. On 28 Aug 1968, Ella married E. Vernon Nelson. They lived in Central City, NE; later moved to Grand Island. Vernon died 18 Jul 1992. Mrs. Nelson died Sat. 25 Jan 2003 at Grand Island. Visitation: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues. Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 6 sons, 2 step-sons, 21 gch., 26 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by two husbands; a son, George Rohweder Jr.; a grandson, Melvin Rohweder; a great-grandson, Jacob Rohweder; a sister, Sophia Wagner; 7 brothers - Henry, Herman, John, Fred, Bill, Carl & Ted Meyer. Memorials: Heartland Lutheran High School or The Lutheran Hour.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 302 (EV Nelson);  Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p298 #I-298

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Jan 2003

Martha C. BAHENSKY, 86

Born 7 May 1916 on a farm south of Wolbach, NE. Parents: Jens L. & Bertha M. (Cassel) Nielsen. 1934 grad. of Wolbach HS. 29 Nov 1936: Married Alton Bahensky at Glenwood, IA. They lived in Omaha briefly, then moved Palmer, NE. Later farmed with Alton's parents (M/M W.J. Bahensky). 1967: Moved into Palmer. Alton died 13 May 1990. Mrs. Bahensky died Mon. 27 Jan 2003 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Thurs. Welseyan Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 5 gch., 2 g-gch; a sister & 3 brothers. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 6 sisters - Esther Swanson, Elnora Cook, Elsie Wondercheck, Evelyn Leeper, & 2 infants; 2 brothers - Carl Nielsen & a baby. Memorials to the Senior Center or the Palmer Rescue Squad.

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Columbus Telegram - Sun. 2 Feb 2003

Roman SOCK, 72

Born 7 May 1930, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Philip Sock & Helen Jarecki. Attended school in Polk & Merrick Counties. 1951-52: US Army (Korea). Farmer at Silver Creek, NE; elevator operator. Died Sat. 1 Feb 2003 at Veteran's Hospital, Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in church cemetery. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sisters & 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents and 2 siblings - Elizabeth & James Sock.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Feb 2003

Leo J. PROSOSKI, 87

Born 23 Oct 1915, Krakow, NE (Nance Co.). Parents: Walter & Mary (Borowiak) Prososki. Grew up around Genoa & Clarks, NE. 12 Aug 1942: Married Dorothy Kiolbasa at Clarks, NE. They farmed near Clarks until 1982; moved to Carlsbad, NM. 1993: Moved back to live at Central City, NE. Dorothy died 23 Mar 2001. Leo died Tues., 4 Feb 2003 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Sat., St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Survivors: A son, 4 daughters, 13 gch., 5 g-gch., a step-gch.; 6 brothers. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a sister & her husband - Helene & Louis Czarnick; a sister-in-law; 4 nieces.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p15a D182 F189: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p), & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-5 p4b D77 F77: East Newman Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 Feb 2003

Connie Jo SCHENK, 55

Born 5 Sep 1947 at Hamburg, IA. Parents: Floyd A. & Edna I. (Fullington) Belle. 1965 grad. of Hamburg HS. 2 Aug 1969: Married Fred G. Schenk at Central City, NE. They lived in Central City. She died Thurs., 13 Feb 2003 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband; her mother; a son & a daughter, 2 gch.; a sister-in-law in Oregon. Predeceased by her father; a brother - Carrol Belle; a gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p350. Her mother died 11 Mar 2007 at Central City, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Feb 2003

Beatrice B. HALL, 88

Born 5 May 1914, Central City, NE. Parents: James G. & Sadie N. (Shively) French. 23 Feb 1932: Married Robert E. Hall at Clay Center, NE. They lived in Central City. Following husband's death she moved to Texas. Beatrice died Tues., 25 Feb 2003 at Commerce City, TX. Graveside service will be Sat. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 9 gch., 15 g-gch, 6 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband, a son - Gerald "Jerry Hall; a brother - Waldon; 2 sisters - Virginia Mustard & Viola Douthit.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p6A D116 F116: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p10a D216 F218: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Husband died 4 Dec 1964, see CC Cemetery Directory.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 1 Mar 2003

Ruth L. ITA, 97

Born 8 Jan 1906, Palmer, NE. Parents: Herman & Anna (Meyer) Weller. Attended Archer HS. 25 Feb 1926: Married William Ulrich Ita. They farmed near Palmer. They were foster parents. Mr. Ita died 29 Jun 1973. Mrs. Ita died Thurs., 27 Feb 2003 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer, NE. Burial in Archer Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A foster daughter; 2 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a gch.; 3 brothers - Ernest, Richard & Herman Weller; 5 sisters - Martha Wallace, Mary Magnuson, Anna Wegenr, Wydia Wegner & Minnie Fegan. Memorials to the cemetery or to Palmer Rescue Unit.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Mar 2003

Dale Arthur ANDERSON 76

Born 7 Aug 1926, Manly, IA. Parents: Edwin O. & Mabel M. (Ewing) Anderson. 1944 grad. of CCHS. 1944-46: US Army. 1948: Married in Glenwood, IA. They lived in NE. 1951: Moved to Central City where he "...took over the family business, Anderson Produce. " He later worked as project manager for the state. Dale died Mon. 3 Mar 2003 at Central City. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents and a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Mar 2003

G. "Darlene" SUCK, 74

Born 13 Jan 1929, Aurora, NE. Parents: Arthur Jones & Elizabeth Nelson. 1946 grad. Marquette HS.  28 Aug 1949: Married Milton Suck at Central City, NE. They farmed southwest of Palmer, NE. 1960: Moved into town. She died Thurs. 6 Mar 2003, Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Archer Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 7 gch. Predeceased by son Marshall, sister Jewell E. Gregg, brother Wilbur Casey Jones. 

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Mar 2003

Helen E. CAMPBELL, 75

Born 1 Mar 1927 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Harold & Elma Campbell. Grad of HS in Cedar Falls, IA. Worked in Iowa, Nebraska & Colorado. 1965 grad. of Western Bible College, Denver. Missionary -- worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators, & Summer Institute of Linguistics. Resident of Catalina, AZ. She died Sat. 1 Feb 2003 at Tucson, AZ. Graveside service: Sun., Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister, nieces & nephews. Memorials to Summer Institute of Linguistics, P.O. Box 8987, Catalina, Ariz., 85738.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Mar 2003

Parnella Rose DEXTER, 84

Born 22 Dec 1918, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Samuel C. & Gladys B. (Tivey) Wallace. 1936 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended UNL 24 Dec 1939: Married Claude Leroy Dexter at Clarks. They farmed in Merrick County; then moved to Merrick Manor in 1999. She wrote /published children's stories. Parnella died Sun. 9 Mar 2003 at Central City. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church. Burial in Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, a daughter; 7 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her parents & 2 infant sisters.
Note: Husband died 16 Apr 2003, see below.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Mar 2003

Helen B. RUTHERFORD, 92

Born 15 Aug 1910, Ault, Colorado. Parents: Wesley & Olive (Birch) Chancellor. Family moved to/near Carson, Iowa. 25 Jan 1930: Married Robert E. Rutherford at Council Bluffs, IA. 1937: They moved to Central City, NE. Helen died Sun. 9 Mar 2003 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 sons, 19 gch. 20 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; a sister, & a step-sister. Predeceased by her husband (20 Aug 1978); a son Lowell (1984); a gch.; 3 brothers - Loren, Glenn & Donald Chancellor; a sister - Lucille Schupbach; a son-in-law - Rusty Fuehrer.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 14 Mar 2003

Virginia M. BOTTS, 93

Born 18 May 1909 at Archer, NE. Parents: Charles & Jeanette "Nettie" (Sporer) Lindgreen. Married Corliss E. Botts. He died in 1985. Virginia died Tues., 11 Mar 2003 at Broken Bow, NE. Visitation: Fri., Govier Grothers Mortuary, Broken Bow. Service: Sat., United Church of Christ, Purdum, NE. Survivors: A daughter, a son; a sister in California.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I  p274 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p6B F83: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 Mar 2003

Norma J. PAULY, 69

Born 24 May 1933, Clarks, NE.  Parents: Henry Pickrel & Bertha Harrison. Died Sun. 16 Mar 2003, at York, NE.  Visitation: Tues. & Wed. at Metz Mortuary, York, NE.  Service: Thurs. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, York. Survivors: A son, 5 daughters, 3 sisters. 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Feb 2003

Walter D. RUSTERHOLZ, 92

Born 29 Apr 1910, Dunlap, IA. Parents: Jacob & Minnie (Steinkuller) Rusterholz. 17 Sep 1929: Married Rose Swierczek at Omaha, NE. They moved to Ceentral City in 1940; later went to Berryville, Arkansas. Rose died in 1981, and Walter later returned to Central City. He died Tues., 18 Feb 2003 at Central City. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 12 gch., 31 g-gch., 4 gg-gch.; a brother, a sister & a half-sister. Predeceased by his parents; a son - Walter Jr.; a sister - Elvera Hansen.

Grand Island Independent - 21 Mar 2003
Virginia LETH 
Born 24 Mar 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: Alvah Gee & Etoile Colborn. Died 19 Mar 2003 St. Paul, NE. Husband: Ray Leth survives; also a son, a daughter, 3 brothers & 3 sisters, 9 gch. Service: 22 Mar 2003 First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul (Howard County), NE. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Mar 2003
Maybelle ROACH, 87
Born 28 April 1915 near Clarks. Parents: Morgan M. Leamons & Ella M. Streeter. 1937: Married Floyd A. Roach at Hastings, NE. Mrs. Roach died 24 Mar 2003 at Grand Island, Hall, NE. Member of the First Baptist Church and FOE Auxiliary. Survived by a son, a daughter, 6 gch. Predeceased by her husband, parents, a son Ronald, 5 sisters & 3 brothers. Visitation: Wed. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Thurs. at funeral home chapel. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Mar 2003
Hilda E. BURKE, 87
Born 16 Aug 1915, Hastings (Adams Co), NE. Parents: R. K. Hinrichs & Sophie Stamer. 30 Nov 1942: Married Richard Burke, at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Husband is deceased. Mrs. Burke died 25 Mar 2003, Central City, NE. Survived by 2 daughters, a son, a brother, 5 sisters, 8 gch. & 8 g-gch. Services: 27 March, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: St. Paul's Luth. Churchyard Cemetery, Glenvil (Clay Co.). Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Wed 26 Mar 2003
Neal Gordon HENSLEY, 86
Born 8 Oct 1916, Central City, NE. Parents: Joseph E. (Ernest) Hensley & Jessie C. (Catherine) Breckon. 1936 grad. CCHS. WW II: US Army Air Force. Owner of Hensley Studio (photographer). 25 Apr 1953: Married Thelma M. Stark, at Central City (wife deceased 13 Dec 1984). Mr. Hensley died 25 Mar 2003, Grand Island Veteran's Home (Hall Co.), NE. Survived by 3 brothers, and a sister. Predeceased by 3 brothers & a sister. Services: Sat. United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.
Note: History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I , 1981 includes articles about the Hensley & Stark families. See Merrick Lookups page, and write to Merrick County Historical Museum for copies.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Mar 2003

Hilda I. FLODMAN, 92

Born 16 Jul 1910, Hamilton Co., NE.  Parents: Thure L. Ortegren & Ida C. Isaacson.  Educated at Hordville Schools.  24 Jun 1931: Married Ralph Flodman at Mamre Evangelical Church near Marquette, NE. They lived on farm near Hordville, NE. 1999: They moved to Central City, NE.  Mrs. Flodman died Fri. 28 Mar 2003, Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues. Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville, NE. Burial in Hordville Cemetery.  Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, 1 son, 18 gch., 28 gch., 3 gg-gch.  Predeceased by grandson Lance Rutherford; 4 brothers - Iver, Martin & two infants; 4 sisters - Clara Carlson, Jennie Anderson, Lula Erickson & her twin Helen Nelson. 

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Apr & Sat. 5 Apr 2003
Taylor Ross COX, 88
Born 4 Oct 1914, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ross B. Cox & Edith F. Anderson. 1932 grad. Palmer HS. Worked as surveyor in Nebraska, Alaska & California. Retired to Sun City, AZ; moved last year to Palmer, NE. Mr. Cox died 1 Apr 2003, at Milford (Seward Co.), NE. Survived by former wife in OR, & a sister in CA. Service: 5 Apr 2003 at Palmer Funeral Home. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp108 (AE Anderson), 165-6 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p7B H2117 D168 F185: Central City Ward 1, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p5a: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 Apr 2003
Donna FERRIS, 87
Born 20 Dec 1915 Mead Twp, Merrick, NE. Parents: Ralph S. Severance & Ella Halstead. 1932 grad. CCHS. 9 Mar 1937: Married Rexford Lee Ferris, in Merrick County. (Husband is deceased). 4-H leader over 30 yrs. Mrs. Ferris died Fri., 4 Apr 2003. Parents & 3 siblings are deceased. Survived by 3 sons & 1 daughter; a sister-in-law in CO. Visitation: 6 Apr at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: 7 Apr at Fairview United Methodist Church. Burial in Burke Cemetery. Memorials to the Merrick Foundation, Fairview United Methodist Church, or the Merrick County Historical Museum, please.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp190-1 (R&D Ferris), 360 (R&E Severance, & RH Severance). Also see 1920 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED160 p1a F2 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p1b D22 F22: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. April 6, 2003; Aurora News Register - 9 Apr 2003
Marvel HOOVER, 67
Born 4 Feb 1936, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Louis Fredrick Wendt & Edith Irene Humphery. Worked as cook in Grand Island and Central City, NE. Mrs. Hoover died 5 Apr 2003 at Lincoln, NE. Survived by 2 daughters & 1 son-in-law, 4 gch; 1 sister & 2 brothers-in-law. Service: 8 Apr 2003 at Solt Funeral Home chapel. Burial in Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 Apr 2003

Hannah M. BUTT, 98

Born 13 Jun 1904, Saline Co., NE. Parents: August & Augusta (Burkhart) Butt. 1912: Family moved to Merrick Co., NE. Following her parents' deaths, she lived with a sister & brother-in-law in Merrick Co.; later lived at Palmer, NE. Hannah died Sat. 6 Apr 2003 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service there also. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 nephews, 7 nieces ... and their descendents. Predeceased by her father in 1949 & her mother in 1953. Also deceased are 7 brothers - Otto, Helmet, Reynold, Fritz, Paul , Anton (infant) & Frank (infant) Butt; 3 sisters - Elsie Nickel, Bertha Hake Marie Louisa Butt (infant). Memorials to Merrick Foundation for the Lock Performing Arts Center.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p145; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p6A F107: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p4b D81 F82: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Also see directory for Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent & York News Times - Tues 8 Apr 2003
Donald G. PRINCE, 69
Born 8 Mar 1934, Palmer, NE. Parents: Glenn Prince & Alice Bauman. Grad. Palmer HS. Korean War: US Marines. 17 Jun 1956: Married in Howard County. Employed as meat cutter. Mr. Prince died 7 Apr 2003 at York, NE. Survived by his wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch.; and a sister in KS. Service: 10 Apr, at Metz Mortuary Chapel, York, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Apr 2003
Florence LARSON, 99
Born 25 Mar 1904, Michigan City, IN. Parents Charles M. Anderson & Mary Johnson. Family moved near Archer, NE in 1913, where she attended school. 4 Aug 1925: Married Clarence R. Larson, Chapman, NE. (Husband deceased, 26 Feb 1990). Boy Scout den mother, PTA, Pink Lady & other volunteer work including SS teacher at United Methodist Church over 30 yrs. Mrs. Larson died Tues. 8 Apr 2003, Central City, NE. Funeral: 11 Apr at United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Solt Funeral Home in charge. Survived by 4 sons and their spouses, 14 gch., 29 g-gch., 11 gg-gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II pp130; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p4B D77 F77: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE Central City, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p19a H717 D274 F284; Merrick Co Marriage Records Book I p113 #3666.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Apr 2003
Margaret J. EVERSOLL, 88
Born 7 Sep 1914, Chapman, NE Parents: Lora H. Aurand & Nell Adair. 1932 graduate, attended college. Teacher. 10 May 1935: Married Allen Eversoll at Hastings. (He is deceased, see Chapman Cemetery extracts). Business manager. Volunteer at library & Stuhr Museum; SS teacher at Methodist Church. Mrs. Eversoll died Tues. 8 Apr 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Services: Sat., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial Chapman Cemetery, Merrick County, NE. Memorials: to the church or to the Stolley Park Playground, please. Survived by 4 sons, 2 daughters; 17 gch, 23 g-gch; 1 brother & 1 sister.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 15 Apr 2003
Lillian SMEJKAL, 90
Born 23 Aug 1912, Colfax Co., NE. Parents: James Krofta & Agnes Pacas. 1930 graduate, Clarkson HS (Colfax Co.). Teacher; active in Presbyterian Church. 18 Feb 1912: Married Philip Smejkal at Central City, NE. 1978: Moved to Clarkson. Husband died in 1984. Survived by a daughter, 4 gch., 7 g-gch. Mrs. Smejkal died Fri. 11 Apr, 2003 at Clarkson, NE. Visitation: Mon. at Miller Funeral Home, Clarkson. Service: Tues. 15 Aug at New Zion Presbyterian Chruch, Clarkson. Burial in Clarkson National Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 18 Apr 2003
Claude "Leroy'" DEXTER, 84
Born 10 Sep 1918 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Marcus Claude Dexter & Pearl Belle Martin. 1936 grad. Clarks HS. Farmer, cattle feeder. 24 Dec 1939: Married Parnella Rose Wallace, near Clarks, NE (wife deceased 9 Mar 2003). Mr. Dexter died Wed. 16 Apr 2003, Central City, NE. Service: Tues. at United Methodist Church. Burial in Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel, near Clarks). Survived by 2 sons, a daughter, a sister, & a sister-in-law; 7 gch., 8 g-gch. Predeceased by parents & a brother Gerald. Solt Funeral Home in charge.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 172-3 (L&P Dexter), 173 (w/p). Also 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p15A D190 F197: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) ;  1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p9a D185 F185: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent -Thurs. 17 Apr 2003
Mary LORANCE, 82
Born 20 Dec 1920, Aurora (Hamilton County), NE. Parents Albert Crane & Gertrude Bottorf. Grad. of Aurora HS. 1940: Married Glen Lorance Sr.; he died in 1952. They lived in Grand Island, NE. She later lived in California, and Palmer, NE; lived last 4 years in Central City, NE. Mrs. Lorance died Tues. 15 Apr 2003 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Saturday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survived by a daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 1 g-gch. Preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 April 2003
LoAnn C. ROACH, 57
Born 13 Nov 1945, Grand Island, Hall, NE. Parents: William Muhs & Milda L. Reher. 1964 grad. Grand Island Northwest HS. 18 Jul 1964: Married J. G. Roach, at Chapman, NE. Lived in Juniata, Hastings, and Grand Island, NE; 1976: to Central City, NE. Lutheran, 4-H leader, cake decorator. Mrs. Roach died 19 Apr 2003, Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Central City Cem. Survived by her husband, 3 daughters, a son, 14 gch. Also surviving - 4 brothers & 2 sisters. Memorial donations to Merrick Foundation, please.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 April 2003
D. Ellsworth REEVES, 92
Born 15 Feb 1911, Billings, MT. Parents: Roy & Lucille Reeves. Mr. Reeves died Friday 18 Apr 2003, Colorado Springs, CO. Graveside services 2 May at Central City Cemetery. Survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 3 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother in California. Had been John Deere dealer in Central City; pres. of Kimball Development Co.; co-founder of Central Bank.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Apr 2003
Muriel "Virginia" WILLITS, 80
Born 22 May 1922, Cambridge (Furnas County), NE. Parents: Willard L. Copeland & Ruth Irene Peterson. 1926: Family moved to Clarks. 2 Aug 1942: Married Virgil L. Willits at Clarks, NE. Teacher, employee of Dale Electronics. 1987: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Willits died Sun. 13 Apr 2003, at Grand Island. Memorial Service: Mon. Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Body donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board. Survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents; brother, Terry, & a grandson. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. April 24, 2003
Evelyn HAAG, 89
Born 13 Nov 1913, Palmer, NE. Parents: Guy A. Nicholas & Elsie Farlee. 1929 grad. Palmer HS. Married Norris Haag (dec. 9 Jun 1995). Piano teacher, volunteer. Mrs. Haag died Tues. 22 Apr 2003, at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Fri. at Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survived by 2 sons & their wives; 6 gch., 15 g-gch., 3 gg-gch. Predeceased by sister, Zella Debord (Mrs. Floyd Debord).

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p306 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p9B D65 F67: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p3a: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 27 April 2003
Hazel I. HELZER, 101
Born 13 Jun 1901, Palmer, NE. Parents: Cornelius "Con" Hartford & Nellie Washburn. Married Louie C. Helzer (who died 1 Apr 1985). They lived in Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Helzer died Sat 26 Apr 2003, at Thomasville, GA. In charge of arrangements: Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home, Thomasville. Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery. Survived by a daughter.

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Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 1 May 2003; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 April 2003
Edward J. ROBAK, 91
Born 22 Jul 1911, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Thomas Robak & Clara Byrl. Lived near Farwell (Howard Co.), NE as child; in Grand Island & Chapman, NE as adult.. 23 Oct 1938: Married Sophie Siuda, at Paplin, NE. Mr. Robak died Mon. 28 Apr 2003, Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Fri. 2 May 2003, St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survived by a sister & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife (1982), parents and six siblings. Memorials to Cathedral Square of Project Hunger, please.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 2 May 2003
Mildred "Jo" RICHARDSON, 77

Born 4 Dec 1925, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: William Leith & "Ever Dickson (Roth) Leith". 1944 grad: Silver Creek HS. 1947: Married Edwin Robinson, at Omaha, NE. Mrs. Richardson died 9 Apr 2003, Omaha, NE. Memorial service: 16 Apr at Maple Crest Chapel, Omaha. Survived by 2 children, grdch; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents, husband, 3 brothers.
NOTE: Her paternal ancestry - Von der Leith (1885, Polk Co., NE). Believe her mother's given name was "Eva".

Grand Island Independent - Mon. May 5, 2003
Margaret P. CHAMBERS, 79
Born 6 Dec 1923, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John Power & Rose Trainor. Raised in Merrick County. Worked at Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, and was later a retail sales clerk. 14 May 1949: Married Lester Chambers in Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Chambers died Sat. 3 May 2003, at Grand Island. Service: Tues. St. Leo's Catholic Church. Burial: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, York, NE. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in charge. Survived by husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 8 gch. Predeceased by a son, Thomas; also 6 sisters & 5 brothers. Memorial donations to NE Stroke Foundation.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p2b D45 F47: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). The Power family appears in History of Merrick County, NE, Vol. I - see lookups page to order copies of the articles from Merrick County Historical Museum.

Kearney Hub - Tues, 6 May 2003
Richard A. HOUSE, 81
Born 21 May 1921, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Jason House & Thelma Gates. 1939 grad. Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Navy. 14 Jul 1942: married Carolyn Hutchison, Yuma, AZ. (She died 1989). Worked for International Harvestor. Married second in 1990 at Upland. 2002: Moved to Kearney, NE. Mr. House died Mon. 5 May 2003, at Kearney, NE. Service: Wed. at First United Methodist Church. Burial: Kearney Cemetery. O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in charge. Survived by his 2nd wife, a son, 5 daughters, a brother, 36 gch.; 3 stepsons & 2 stepdaughters. Predeceased by his first wife, & a sister. Memorial donations to Legion Post of Upland.

York News Times, Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent - Wed. 7 May 2003
Shirley A. GUSTAFSON, 78
Born 31 Jul 1924, York, NE. Parents: C. Raymond & Elva O'Neal. Attended schools in Polk & Gage Counties. 21 Mar 1943: Married Roger W. Gustafson, at Osceola, NE (husband dec. 27 Nov 1984). Lived on farm near Hordville (Hamilton Co). Moved to Central City. Member of several organizations; had many hobbies. Mrs. Gustafson died Mon. 5 May 2003 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri. 9 May at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at Lindale Cemetery. Survived by a son, 4 daughters, 18 gch & 24 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by husband & a sister-in-law, Thelma Peterson, etc. Memorials to the family, please.
NOTE: Her family - see Who's Who in Nebraska, 1940 - Polk County chapter, page 925.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 May 2003
Alice M. BRITTAIN, 82
Born 21 Jan 1921, Kansas City, MO. Parents: James Brown & Stella Pierce. 1939 grad. Wood River HS. Teacher. 23 Dec 1941: Married Merle Brittain. (He died 27 Nov 1984.) They lived in Fullerton, Wood River, Chapman & Central City, NE. Mrs. Brittain died Mon. 5 May 2003, at Central City, NE. Survived by 6 sons, 2 daughters, 33 gch, 47 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 daughters - Mary LeDeaux & Lela West; 4 gch & 1 g-gch. Service: Fri. 9 May at Wagner Funeral Home. Burial in Wood River Cemetery. Memorial donations to American Arthritis Assoc. or Diabetes Assoc.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 9 May 2003
L. Genevieve "Genny" SHRADER, 92
Born 2 Feb 1911, Ulysses (Butler Co.), NE. Parents: Lawence Hillyer & Sarah Belle Cullison. 1932: Genny married first to Fredrick Rurup, at Lincoln, NE. 1952: Married second: Richard Shrader at David City, NE. Lived at Rising City until 1991, moved to David City, NE. Mrs. Shrader died Thurs. 8 May 2003 at David City, NE. Cremated. Survived by husband, a son & a daughter; 2 brothers, 8 gch. Predeceased by her parents, 2 sons  - Frederick Rurup Jr. & Wayne Rurup; 1 brother, 1 sister, etc. Memorial service: Sat. at Robert Funeral Home, David City, NE.

Note: Parents married at Central City, NE - see Merrick County Marriage Records, Book D p409 #1750

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 May 2003
Ron STOLTENBERG, 71
Born 9 Sep 1931, Chapman, NE. Parents: Ralph & Edna Stoltenberg. Served in US Navy. Mr. Stoltenberg died Wed. 7 May 2003, Knoxville, TN. Survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 6 sisters, 1 brother. Predeceased by his father & a brother, David. Service: Fri. at Highland Memorial Funeral Home West Chapel, Knoxville, TN. Burial: Highland West Cemetery.
NOTE: Article on this family in History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 377. Send donation & SASE to Merrick Historical Museum for a copy.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 May 2003
Andrew KRUG, 91
Born 16 Jun 1991, Phillipsburg, KS. Parents: John Krug & Minnie Getz. WW II : US Army (Europe). 17 Feb 1934: Married Marie R. Lewis at Polk, NE. Farmer, RR worker, carpenter. Mr. Krug died Fri. 16 May 2003, at Central City, NE. Funeral: Tues. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survived by a daughter & 2 sisters; 3 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife, a daughter Donna Lee Mallory, a brother & a sister.
NOTE: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 262 (Krug), 273 (JB Lewis). His surviving siblings are 2 half-sisters; the deceased brother is apparently Robert Krug. Send donation & SASE to Merrick Historical Museum for copies of the book articles.

Grand Island Independent obit - Sun. 18 May 2003
Evelyn COLLINS, 77

Born 23 Apr 1926, Ashland, IL. Parents: Merle & Ruth (Spears) Page. Family lived in WI & MO; moved to Merrick Co., NE. Grad. of Clarks HS. Family moved to Valley Co., NE. 25 Dec 1948: Married Marvin Collins at North Loup, NE. They farmed in Valley County. Mrs. Collins died Fri. 16 May 2003 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Ord Memorial Chapel . Burial in Ord Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 3 gch, 8 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers - Asahel & Kenneth Page. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, Mira Valley United Methodist Church.

Note: Parents buried at Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 19 May 2003
Leonard RUDOLF, 91
Born 4 Nov 1911, Palmer, NE. Parents: Frank Rudolf & Louise Oxner. Res. of Central City, NE. Mr. Rudolf died Sat. 17 May 2003, at Kearney, NE. Visitation: Tues, Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Graveside service: Tues., Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island. Survived by 2 daughters, a brother & his wife.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p4A F32: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p4b D93 F93: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Kearney Hub - Tues. 27 May 2003
Nona Helen RUFF, 81
Born 12 Feb 1922 Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Glenn Shelmadine & Esther Wieseman. Spouse: Ralph Ruff (dec.) Mrs. Ruff died Fri. 23 May 2003, in Omaha, NE. Service: Wed., Boyd E. Braman Mortuary, Omaha. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery. Survived by a son, 2 daughters, and 2 sisters; 6 gch & 6 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband & a brother. Memorial donations to American Cancer Society or Salvation Army, please
Note: Her parents & assumed brother Glenn Max, are buried at Osceola, Polk, NE.

Scottsbluff Star Herald - Wed. 28 May 2003
Calvin D. YEIK, 76
Born 16 Jan 1927, Wheatland, WY. Parents: Clyde Yeik & Ferne Oliver. Grew up at Yoder, WY. Served in US Navy. 1948: Married at Laramie, WY. Farmed at Hawk Springs, WY; retired to Torrington. Mr. Yeik died 25 May 2003, Torrington, WY. Memorial service: Thurs, Colyer Funeral Home Chapel. Donations to Shriner's Children's Hospital appreciated. Survived by wife, a son, 2 daughters and a brother; 6 gch & 4 g-gch. Predeceased by parents, brother William Yeik and sister Leota Freida; twin g-gch.
Note: See "History of Merrick Co. Nebraska", Vol I  page 412 for article about the Yeik Children. Send donation & SASE to Merrick Historical Museum for copy of this article.

Kearney Hub and Grand island Independent - Wed. 28 May 2003
Dorothy Lee HOCKMAN, 78
Born 3 Aug 1924, Palmer, NE. Parents: William M. Weber & Mary "Mamie" Geherty. Attended Manhattan Bible College. 1 Jan 1944: Married William Hockman; served at churches in Edgar & Kearney, NE. Mrs. Hockman died Sat., 24 May 2003, at Oklahoma City, OK. Service: Mon. at Westwood Church of Christ, Edmond. Burial: Fri. at Edgar, NE. Survived by husband, a son, a daughter. Predeceased by 2 daughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters.
Note: See "History of Merrick Co. Nebraska" Vol I, p 307

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 May 2003
Bruno R. BURKHARDT, 85
Born 10 Jun 1918 Palmer, NE. Parents: Bruno R. Burkhardt & Minnie Kruse. Worked for Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant and then Hornady Manufacturing. 1985: Retired. 26 Mar 1947: Married Julia Knapp, Grand Island, NE. Mr. Burkhardt died Sat. 24 May 2003, at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters, one sister; 14 gch, 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife, 6 brothers, 2 sisters. Memorial donations to American Cancer Society.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 May 2003; Aurora News Register - Wed. 4 Jun 2003
David J. BRONDEL, 60
Born 5 May 1943, Central City, NE. Parents: John Brondel & Esther Harrington. 1961 grad. CCHS. 2 Sep 1972: Married at Central City. Mr. Brondel died Wed., 28 Mar 2003. Services: Mon. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survived by his wife, 3 sons, a daughter, his mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 3 gch. Predeceased by his father, a sister Emma Senkbile & a brother Marvin; one gch.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 June 2003
Jack DITTMER
, 66
Born 12 Oct 1936, Clarks, NE. Parents: Otto A. Dittmer & Mary W. Hansen. US Army veteran; farmer, employee of Pollard Oil; welder. 1999: Retired. 6 Feb 1965: Married at Columbus, NE. Res: Clarks, NE. Mr. Dittmer d. Fri. 20 May 2003, Osceola, NE. Funeral: Tues, 3 Jun at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Calvary Cemetery near Clarks, NE. Survived by his wife, 3 sons, a brother, 4 sisters; 10 gch & 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents & a brother, Robert C. Dittmer; also a g-gdaughter.
Note: See "History of Merrick Co. Nebraska", Vol I page 176. Send donation & SASE to Merrick Historical Museum for copy of the article in the book.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Jun 2003
Hazel A. SWANSON, 96
Born 10 Apr 1907, Palmer, NE. Parents: Raymond Irwin & Annie Johnk. Raised near Palmer & Genoa, NE. 9 Mar 1923: Married Earl Swanson at St. Paul, NE. They farmed in Genoa & Palmer areas. 1960: Retired to Palmer. Mrs. Swanson died Tues., 3 Jun 2003, St. Paul (Howard Co), NE. Visitation: Thurs at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Fri, at United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survived by 3 sons, 2 brothers, one sister, 8 gch, 10 g-gch, 17 gg-gch. Predeceased by husband (1961); daughter Helen G. Swanson; siblings - August & Earl Rickner; Fred, Art & Ralph Irwin; Rena Schenck.

Lincoln Journal Star - Fri. 6 Jun 2003
Dey Tyler HIGBEE, 94
Born 28 Jan 1909, Meadow Grove (Madison Co.), NE. Parents: John Blaine Higbee & Myrtle Maude Weygint. 1927 grad. Clarks HS. 1934: to Lincoln, NE. Mr. Higbee died Thurs. 5 Jun 2003, Lincoln, NE. Survived by a daughter and a sister; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by wife Lurlean, & brother DeWayne Higbee. Visitation Sun. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Burial in Lincoln Memorial Park (private service). Memorial donations to American Heart Association, Nebraska Chapter, 3624 Farnam St., Omaha 68131-3278.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 June 2003
George Elwood LATTA, 64
Born 25 Jan 1939, of Red Cloud (Webster Co.), NE. Parents: George Russell Latta & June Malick. Had lived in Central City, NE; currently resident of Cowles, NE. Mr. Latta died Tues 3 Jun 2003, at Hastings, NE. Survived by a sister & a brother. Service: Fri., Simonson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Red Cloud, NE. Burial in Red Cloud Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 10 June 2003
John Richard "Joe" LAMB, 67
Born 12 Feb 1936, Clarks, NE. Parents: Mark A. Lamb & Eva Ackerman. 1954 graduate Clarks HS. Served in US Navy. Married in 1956. Worked in Upland, CA and Grand Island, NE. Res: Clarks, NE. Mr. Lamb died Sat. 7 Jun 2003, at Grand Island, NE. Survived by his wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers & 1 sister; 14 gch & 2 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents & 3 brothers: Robert, Gerald & Leo Lamb. Visitation: Tues. at Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Services Wed. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks.

Note: His parents/family, see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p8A D30 F31: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p5b D140 F143: Clarks Village, Merrick,

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 12 Jun 2003
Corbet Leslie "Corky" HANSHER, 83
Born 6 Feb 1920, Belgrade, NE. Parents: Robert "Roy" Hansher & Mildred I. Toogood. WW II: US Army. Employed by UPRR, and then Clarks Twp, Merrick Co, NE. 1945: Married at Central City, NE. Moved from Clarks to Columbus in 1999. Mr. Hansher died Tues. 10 Jun 2003, Omaha, NE. Survived by his wife, 1 son, 4 daughters, 1 step-son, 2 sisters, etc. Predeceased by 2 sisters, & an infant brother. Private family service at Gass Haney Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Burial in Clarks Cemetery.
Note: Parents & infant brother are buried at Main Cemetery, Belgrade, NE. See BNGS Cemetery Book for Belgrade.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 15 June 2003
Eric James GALVAN, 21
Born 15 Jun 1981, at Lancaster, CA. Parents: James & Brooksie A. Galvan. 1999: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Galvan died Sat. 14 Jun 2003, auto accident near Chapman, NE. Service: Tues. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survived by his mother, a sister & 6 brothers. Predeceased by his father & grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Jun 2003
Russell Lee GRIEVES Jr., 21
Born 10 Jan 1982, Omaha, NE. Parents: Russell Lee Grieves Sr. & Mary Davis. Had lived in Texas; Hastings, Central City & Grand Island, NE. Mr. Grieves died Sat. 14 Jun 2003, near Chapman in auto accident. Service Tues. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survived by his parents, a son, 3 brothers, one grandmother. Predeceased by his grandfathers & one grandmother; also a daughter Taylor Marie Grieves (d. 9 Dec 2001).

Grand Island Independent (abbrev) - Wed. 18 Jun 2003; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 19 Jun 2003

Pauline T. SMITH, 86

Born 29 Jun 1916 Duncan, NE. Parents: Joseph & Kathryn (Mostek) Dush. 1 Sep 1939: Married Robert E. Smith at Duncan, NE.They lived in California. 1950: Moved to dairy farm near Silver Creek, NE. In 1996 she moved to Heritage House in Columbus; and the following year to Genoa Long Term Care. She died Mon. 16 Jun 2003 at Genoa. Service: Thurs., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown
Funeral Home. Survivors: 5 sons, a daughter, 17 gch., 15 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, an infant son; an infant g-son; 4 brothers - Alexyz, Aloys, Ben & Steve Dush; 4 sisters - Barbara Konwinski, Valeria Miller, Emily Pimper and Clara Osantowski.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Jun 2003; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 19 Jun 2003
Frances Ellen STROMBERG, 90
Born 8 Jul 1912, Polk County, NE. Parents: Clifford Branting & Iva Beck. Married 16 Apr 1927, Osceola to Claude A. Stromberg (dec. 24 Jan 1990). They lived at Osceola, Stromsburg, and Clarks, NE. Mrs. Stromberg died Sat. 14 Jun 2003, at Fullerton, NE. Memorial service Sat. at United Methodist Church, Clarks. Burial at Swede Home Cemetery (Polk County). Survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, 2 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, a daughter Virginia Bratt, 4 brothers: Laurel, Willard, Mervin & an infant.

Note:  See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p321 (Polzkill). Parents marriage record - Nance Co NE Bk 4 p22 #288

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Jun 2003
Clarence "Dutch" SCHWARTZ, 87
Born 6 May 1916, Merrick Co., NE (Hargen's farm). Parents: John Schwartz & Matilda Hargens. Grew up near Tryon (McPherson County) and at North Platte, NE. WW II: US Army (South Pacific). Married in 1944 at North Platte, NE. Retired from Pacific Fruit Express Co. after 37 yrs. Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Schwartz died Tues. 17 Jun 2003, Central City, NE. Visitation Thurs. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial Fri. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Survived by his wife, a son, 2 daughters, a sister, 5 gch, etc. Predeceased by 3 brothers & 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Jun 2003; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 19 Jun 2003
Pauline T. SMITH, 86
Born 29 Jun 1916, Duncan, NE (Butler Twp, Platte County). Parents: Joseph Dush & Kathryn Mostek. Married 1 Sep 1939 at Duncan to Robert E. Smith (he is deceased). They lived in California until 1950, then on farm near Silver Creek, NE. Mrs. Smith died Mon. 16 Jun 2003 at Genoa, NE. Visitation: Wed. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek; service at the church on Thurs. Burial at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Silver Creek. Survived by 5 sons and one daughter. Predeceased by an infant son; 4 brothers - Alex, Aloys, Ben & Steve Dush; 4 sisters - Barbara Konwinski,Valeria Miller, Emily Pimper & Clara Osantowski.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Jun 2003
Glenn R. LIEBSACK, 69
Resident of Clarks, NE. Born 2 Jul 1933, Grand Island, NE. Parents: George Liebsack & Pauline Kammerzell. Mr. Liebsack died Thurs. 1 May 2003, Central City, NE. Cremated. Sat. 21 May 2003 - Graveside service at Grand Island Cemetery. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Survived by an uncle & two aunts.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Jun 2003 (abbrev); Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 19 Jun 2003

Frances Ellen STROMBERG, 90

Born 8 Jul 1912, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Clifford Branting and Iva Beck. 16 Apr 1927: Married Claude A. Stromberg at Osceola, NE. Lived in Stromsburg & Osceola area until 1937 when moved to Clarks, NE. Farmed. Claude died 24 Jan 1990. 2001: Mrs. Stromberg moved to Beverly Health Care in Fullerton. She died there Sat. 14 Jun 2003. Memorial Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in Swede Home Cemetery (Polk County). Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 22 gch., 40 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; a daughter, Virginia Bratt; 4 brothers - Laurel, Willard, Mervin & an infant Branting.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Jul 2003
Willard E. BLACK, 86
Born 31 Dec 1916, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Earl Black & Bertha Peregrine. Raised in Fairview neighborhood, Merrick County. 1935 grad. Central City HS. 1936: Married. Worked as meat cutter; farmed with brother 37 yrs. Retired to Central City in 1982. Mr. Black d. Wed. 3 Jul 2003, Central City, NE. Service: Sat. 5 July, Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survived by wife, 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, a sister & her husband, a brother & his wife. Predeceased by a son, Dale; and a son-in-law. Memorials to the Fairview United Methodist Church, please.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 294 (McCollister); and History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p135 (Black). To get copies of those articles, write to Merrick County Historical Museum.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 Jul 2003; Columbus Telegram - Sun., 6 Jul 2003
Robert Henry HERMAN, 82
Born 19 Mar 1921, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Elmer Herman & Ella Lilienthal. 1933: Family moved to Clarks. 1940 grad. Clarks HS. WW II: US Army Air Force. Married in Norwich, England. Returned to Clarks & farmed. Mr. Herman died Fri. 4 Jul 2003, Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon. 7 Jul at United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks. Survived by wife, 2 daughters, 6 sons, a sister & her husband, a sister-in-law; 19 gch. & 6 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Peggy Barnes (1982), a gch, 2 g-gch., a brother Harold Herman.

Kearney Hub - Sat./Sun. 5/6 Jul 2003
Glenn A. KRING, 69
Resident of Lexington, NE. Born 1 Oct 1923, Lexington, NE. Parents: Albert Kring & Mina Fellers. 1942 grad. of Lexington HS. 1944-46: US Navy. 1947: Married at Clarks, NE. Farmed near Eddyville 25 yrs, then on family homestead southeast of Lexington. Mr. Kring died Thurs. 3 Jul 2003, Lexington, NE. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Service: Mon. 7 Jul at United Methodist Church, Lexington. Remains will be cremated & interred in Greenwood Cemetery at later date. Survivied by his wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 3 sisters, 16 gch., 7 g-gch. Predeceased by an infant son, & a brother.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 248

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 8 Jul 2003; Grand Island Independent -Wed. 9 Jul 2003
Dorothy Katherine SVITAK, 89
Born 19 Mar 1914 near Worms, NE. Parents: Herman Ruge & Anna Schwenk. 9 Nov 1933: Married Stanley Svitak at Worms. 1943: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Svitak died Sat. 5 Jul 2003, at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed. 9 Jul at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 4 daughters, 3 sisters, 19 gch., 49 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband (died 8 Sep 1982), & a sister, Mildred Svitak.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 Jul 2003
Alice Margaret KARNER-KAURA, 87
Born 15 Feb 1916, Chapman, NE. Parents: James Wesley Anderson & Minnie Laub. 1935 grad. Chapman HS. 15 May 1937: Married Joseph J. Karner at Grand Island, NE. Mr. Karner died 2 Jun 1985. 1990: Married second to Charles E. Kaura at Broken Bow. He died in 1996. Mrs. Karner-Kaura died Sat. 5 Jul 2003, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. 9 Jul at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island. Burial in Chapman Cemetery, Merrick County. Survived by a niece. Predeceased by her parents, 2 husbands, and a brother, Orel Anderson. Memorials to the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

Grand Island Independent & Kearney Hub - Wed. 8 Jul 2003
Lawrence Kenneth HANKINSON Jr., 78
Born 26 Feb 1925 Omaha, NE. Parents: L. K. Hankinson, Sr. & Orletha Saunders. Married 4 Oct 1952 to Jeanenne Jensen (dec. 1995). Lived in Omaha, & California. 1965: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Carpenter. Mr. Hankinson died Mon. 7 July 2003 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island. Memorial service held there Sat. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Predeceased by his wife & a son. Survived by a son, a daughter, a sister, a stepdaughter, 5 gch., 7 g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 16 Jul 2003
LaVerle E. WULF, 86
Born 22 Feb 1917, Low Moor, IA. Parents: William Dannatt & Fannie Healless. 20 Oct 1940: Married John G. Wulf, at Clinton, IA. 1987: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Wulf died Tues. 15 Jul 2003, Central City, NE. Wagner Funeral Home in charge. Graveside services Fri. at Oakland Cemetery, Clinton, IA. Survived by 2 sons, 1 daughter, 11 gch., 2 g-gch. Husband dec. 1975. Memorials to Litzenberg Long Term Care or St. Francis Medical Center Hospice.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 26 Jul 2003
Lola Jean MELINE, 70
Born 13 Oct 1932, Hamilton Co., NE. Parents: Irvin C. Fossberg & Aleta L. Youmans. 1951 grad. Central City HS. 29 Jun 1952: Married Philip Meline, Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island and Polk, NE; then in Worland, WY. Mr. Meline died 24 Jan 1980. Mrs. Meline then lived in Grand Island and Polk, NE. Recently moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Meline died Thurs. 24 Jul 2003, Grand Island, NE. Solt Funeral Home in Polk in charge. Service: Mon. at Evangelical Free Church; burial in Lindale Cemetery near Polk. She is survived by 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and one sister-in-law.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Jul 2003
Waldo Lee PETERSON, 67
Born 9 Sep 1935, Polk County, NE. Parents: Lawrence G. Peterson & Margaret M. Kohl. 1954 grad. of Clarks HS. Played baseball. Carpenter, employee of lumber company. Married: 1956, at Clarks, NE. Mr. Peterson died Tues. 29 Jul 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Today at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Services: Thurs. at United Methodist Church Clarks. Burial in Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel near Clarks). Survived by wife, 2 daughters, a son. a brother, 5 gch., 5 step-gch., 3 ggch. Predeceased by son Tony Peterson & son-in-law Bob Church.
NOTE: For info on his family, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 260 (F Kohl). Copies available from Merrick County Historical Museum.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Aug 2003; York News Times - Wed. 6 Aug 2003
Robert M. SPENCER, 83
Born 2 Jul 1920, Grant City, MO. Parents: Robert L. Spencer & Lizzie Bearl Moore. Lived at Mt. Ayr, IA; in 1937 moved to Central City, NE. WW II: US Army. 1945: Married at Grand Island, NE. Operated a road grader over 30 years; farmed. Mr. Spencer died Sun. 2 Aug 2003, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. Wagner Funeral Home. Burial in Burke Cemetery, NW of Central City. Survived by wife 2 sons, 4 daughters, 4 sisters, & one sister-in-law. Also 20 gch., 25 g-gch. and special friends. Preceded in death by 2 brothers: Albert (infancy) & Loyde; a sister Lula Hladky; a son-in-law: Bill Totten; 6 brothers-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 7 Aug 2003
Marilyn A. SANTIN, 59
Born 24 Aug 1943, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert Santin & Helen Fitl. 1961 grad. Fullerton, HS. Grad. of UN. Taught in Iowa, New Hampshire, and foreign countries. Retired to Grand Island, NE. Ms. Santin died Fri. 1 Aug 2003 at Grand Island. Service: Fri. 8 Aug at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Preceded in death by her parents & 3 brothers - Robert, Richard & Douglas. Memorials suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 7 Aug 2003; Columbus Telegram & York News Times - Fri. 8 Aug 2003
Elmer R. KINGMA, 88
Born 17 Jan 1915, Gurnee, IL. Parents: William Kingma & Anna Gadke. WW II: US Army. 11 Aug 1944: Married Elda Kirby in Georgia. Did construction work in IL until moved to farm near Clarks in 1952. Mr. Kingma died Tues. 5 Aug 2003 at Clarks. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel), near Clarks, NE. Preceded in death by his wife (26 Feb 1985), & twin infant daughters; also his parents. Survived by 3 daughters, 8 gch, 5 g-gch; a brother.

Kearney Hub & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 8 Aug 2003; York News Times - Sat. 9 Aug 2003
Glenn E. LUCE, 81
Born 8 Jun 1922, Grant, NE. Parents: Charles A. & Inez Frink Luce. Grad: Central City HS. WW II: US Army. Married in 1945. Active in musical & other organizations. Mr. Luce died Wed. 6 Aug 2003, Kearney, NE. Visitation: Fri., at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home. Service Sat. at Faith United Methodist Church. Burial at Kearney Cemetery. Survived by his wife, a daughter, 5 gch. & 7 g-gch. Preceded in death by his parents, a son, 3 brothers & 2 sisters. Memorials to Glenn and Terry Luce Music Scholarship Fund at UNK, please.

Grand Island Independent & Fremont Tribune - Tues. 12 Aug 2003; Aurora News Register - Tues. 19 Aug 2003
Audrey M. NYGREN, 63
Born 17 May 1940, Central City, NE. Parents: Birger Benson & Ethel Timmons. Resident of Lincoln. Mrs. Nygren died Sun. 10 Aug 2003, Mead, NE. Visitation: Wed., Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home in Wahoo. Service: Thurs at Alma Lutheran Church, Mead, NE. Burial at the church cemetery. Survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 gch. Predeceased by 5 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Mon.18 Aug 2003
Verner H. "Benny" BENSON, 84
Born 16 Jul 1919. Parents: Birger Benson & Ethel Timmons. Grew up near Hordville, NE (Hamilton Co.); married there in 1942. WW II: US Army (Europe). Resident of Grand Island, Employee of Northwestern Bell Telephone, retired 1981. NE. Mr. Benson died Sun. 17 Aug 2003, at Grand Island, NE. Service Tues. at Messiah Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survived by his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, other relatives. Predeceased by his parents, five brothers - Carl, Albin, Harold, Clarence & Elmer Benson, a sister Audrey Nygren (see above). Memorials suggested to the church.

Grand Island Independent & Aurora News Register - Tues. 19 Aug 2003; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 21 Aug 2003;
Anita Maxine COX, 81
Born 9 Sep 1921 near Hordville, NE (Hamilton Co.). Parents: Robert Lindahl & Fern Boettner. Grad. Clarks HS, Merrick Co., NE. 1941 grad: St. Francis School of Nursing, Grand Island, NE. WW II: US Army. Married Henry Kisler who died in 1973. Married second, Howard R. Cox. Mrs. Cox died Sun. 17 Aug 2003, at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Arborville Cemetery near Polk, NE. Survived by her second husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, a stepson; two sisters, 8 gch, and 9 g-gch. Preceded in death by her parents, & her first husband. Memorials suggested to Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital Foundation.

Kearney Hub - Wed. 20 Aug 2003
Carol Jeanne DANIS, 51
Born 9 Jul 1952, San Antonio. Parents: Armand Danis & Mary Lamar. Grad. of Palmer HS. Accountant, resident of Franklin, NE. Miss Danis died Fri. 15 Aug 2003, Kearney, NE. Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon in charge. Memorial Service today at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, Franklin. Private family service will be in Oregon. Survived by her mother, 6 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Aug 2003 (obit and news article about accident)
Bryan FULTON, 26
Born 20 Sep 1973, Central City, NE. Parents: Al Fulton & Goldie Finkbeiner. Employed in Aurora, NE for 8 years. Mr. Fulton died Tues. 19 Aug 2003 near Aurora, NE - motorcycle accident. Visitation: Thurs. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Service: Fri. at Assembly of God Church, Aurora. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survived by his parents, a son, 2 brothers, a sister, and a half-brother.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Aug 2003
Lucille Mae ADAMS, 85
Born 12 Aug 1918, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Wilson Smith & Sarah Rishel. Spouse: Willam E. Adams died 9 Mar 1987.  Mrs. Adams died Tues. 19 Aug 2003 at Seward, NE. Visitation: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat. at Central City Cemetery. Survived by a daughter & a son.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED167 p4A D78: Fullerton, Nance, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-6 p14b D356 F369: Fullerton, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Aug 2003
Louise I. GAGHAGEN, 70
Born 15 Apr 1933, Shelton (Buffalo Co.), NE. Parents: George W. Prouty & Myrtle Brewer. 1950 grad. of Shelton HS. Worked in Merriman & Kearney, NE. 28 Jul 1961: Married CA Gaghagen Jr. at Shelton; moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Gaghagen died Sat. 23 Aug 2003, Central City. Wagner Funeral Home in charge. Graveside service Fri. at Central City Cemetery. Survived by her spouse, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 gch. Her parents are deceased.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 30 Aug 2003
Frances OLAFSON, 75
Born 16 Jan 1928, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Joseph P. Mecek & Rose Jareske. 1945 grad Silver Creek HS. Married Glen Olafson, 1950 at Silver Creek. Mrs. Olafson died Wed. 27 Aug 2003, Columbus, NE. Service: Sat. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at parish cemetery. McKown Funeral Home in charge. Survived by spouse, 2 sons, 2 daughters, a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents, 2 sisters - Audrey Krumland & Dorothys Mills; 2 brothers - Edward & John Mecek.
Note: Her parents marriage - Nance Co NE Marriage Record Bk 4 p 44. Both can be found in 1900 Federal census, Platte County, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Aug 2003; York News Times - Tues. 2 Sep 2003; Aurora News Register - Wed. 3 Sep 2003
Evelyn Everett SAROW, 90
Born 3 Jan 1913, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Edward F. Johnson & Anna Albertine Johnson. 3 Apr 1934: Married Floyd Everett, Central City, NE. They had one daughter, Patricia Ann (15 Jul 1934-20 Dec 1943). Mr. Everett died 4 Nov 1977. 8 Dec 1989: Evelyn married second to Ronald Sarow at Grand Island, NE; they lived in Osceola. Mr. Sarow died 23 Jan 1997. Mrs. Sarow died Fri. 29 Aug 2003, Central City, NE. Solt Funeral Home in charge. Service: Tues. United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survived by one sister. Predeceased by both husbands, her parents, her daughter, 4 sisters  - Hazel Malek, Edna Sarow, Inez Clizbe & Corrine "Connie" Steelsmith, five brothers - Freeman, Robert, Mervin, Edward, & Chester Johnson.
Note: Article on her brother Robert can be found in History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p247 - indicates some of her siblings had a different mother.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 1 Sep 2003
Raymond J. LUFT, 84
Born 21 Feb 1919, Clarks, NE. Parents: George. P. Luft & Ida Holtz. Grew up in Fullerton, NE. 1939: Farmer in Hall Co., NE. 26 Nov 1940: Married Mabel Thesenvitz at Columbus, NE. She died in 1976. 22 Oct 1983: Married second to Martha J. Wiles at Grand Island, they lived there. His second wife died in 1999. Mr. Luft died Sun. 31 Aug 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Wed. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial: Westlawn Park Memorial Cemetery, Grand Island. Survived by 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 sister & 2 brothers. Predeceased by both wives; 2 brothers - Lawrence & Phil Luft; 2 sisters - Christena Wait & Josephine Bremer.
Notes: Sister Josephine Bremer died 1997 and is buried at Albion, NE.  Sister Christena & her husband Paul Wait are buried at Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks, NE. Brother Vernon Luft died in 2005 and was buried at Fullerton Cemetery (Nance County).

Grand Island Independent and Aurora News Register - Wed. 3 Sep 2003;
Wilma Henrietta McDONALD, 80
Born 13 Jun 1923, Scotia, NE. Parents: Charles Biskeborn & Minnie Huebner. 5 Nov 1942: Married Mr. McDonald at Scotia. Lived in North Loup; moved to Central City in 1959. Mrs. McDonald died Mon. 1 Sep, 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation Thurs. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service Fri. at Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Scotia, NE. Survived by her spouse, one daughter, five sons, one brother & one sister; 11 gch & 21 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents, a brother Leslie Biskeborn & a sister Edna Barnes.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Sep 2003
Charleen ROTH, 56
Born 29 Aug 1947, Central City, NE. Parents: Don & Elaine Rice. 1965 grad. of Palmer HS. Beautician, business owner. 1967: Married at Palmer, NE. Lived in Omaha, Farwell, and then St. Paul, NE. Mrs. Roth died Fri. 5 Sep 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Funeral Mon. at First Presbyterian Church. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul, NE. Survived by her husband, her mother, a daughter, 3 brothers & a sister, 5 gch. Her father is deceased.

Kearney Hub - Wed. 10 Sep 2003
Catherine E. LAUB, 94
Born 28 Aug 1909, Clarks, NE. Parents: Percy Laub & Dollye Netzer. Raised in Overton, NE. 1931 grad. of NE Wesleyan University. English teacher in Idaho, retired. 1988: Moved to Kearney, NE. Miss Laub died Sun. 7 Sep 2003 at Kearney. Visitation: Today, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary. Service: Thurs. United Methodist Church, Overton, NE with burial at Overton Cemetery. survived by a sister.
Note: See Compendium of History Remininscense & Bio. of NE page 273 (mother's family) and page 428 (father's family).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Sep 2003
Darlene Van OSTRAND, 54
Born 16 Mar 1949, Central City, NE. Parents Ervin Zehr & Vanda Snodgrass. 1967 grad. Central City HS. Grad: Grand Island School of Business. 24 May 1980: Married Charles Van Ostrand, Central City, NE. Employed by NE Dept. of Health & Human Services. Mrs. Van Ostrand died Sun. 14 Sep 2003, Mobile, Alabama. Visitation: Wed. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service Thurs., Third City Christian Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survived by a son, a daughter, 2 sisters, a brother & her mother. Predeceased by her husband in 2001 & her father in 1969.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 370 & 414.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs 25 Sep 2003
Charles Douglas YUTESLER, 67
Born 1 Aug 1936, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Lloyd Yutesler & Dorothy Baese. Resident: Chapman & Omaha, NE. Mr. Yutesler died Wed. 3 Sep 2003, Omaha, NE. Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Survived by wife & 3 daughters; his mother and a sister.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 111

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Sep 2003
Margaret Anne KORTUM, 83
Born 14 Nov 1919, Chapman, NE. Parents: George Green & Anna Frank. Grad. of Chapman HS. 24 Apr 1994: Married Jack Kortum. Active in Methodist Church & Eastern Star. Mrs. Kortum died Thurs. 25 Sep 2003, Chapman, NE. Visitation: Sun. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Mon. United Methodist Church, Chapman. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survived by husband, 1 daughter, 1 son, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents, and her brother Claude Green.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 261. Also - 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p5A D22 F22: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) & 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p7A D121 F121: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) (double entry); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p2a D35 F37: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE.


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Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Oct 2003

Theodore D. FUEHRER, 78

Born 23 Jul 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: John & Rosie (Switzer) Fuehrer. Attended Fullerton HS. 6 Feb 1958: Married at Aurora, NE. They lived in various communities. He retired in 1980, then worked in Grand Island for 10 years. Currently resident of Bradshaw, NE. Member of United Methodist Church. Died Thurs. 2 Oct 2003 at Aurora, NE. Service: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Burial in Fullerton Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 6 stepsons, 5 daughters, a step-daughter. Also surviving are 18 gch., 32 step-gch., 11 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents & a brother Edwin.

Note: Surname of step-sons - Preslicka.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 5 Oct 2003

Effie Viola LAUB, 93

Born 8 Mar 1910, Chapman, NE. Parents: Fred & Emma (Soeth) Muller. 1927 grad. of Chapman HS. 7 Mar 1934: Married Emory D. Laub at Lincoln, NE. In 1935 they moved to a farm near Chapman; and in 1939 moved to Central City, NE. In 1941: Moved to Grand Island, NE. In 1978 they retired to Chapman. Emory died in Oct 1996. Effie died Fri., 3 Oct 2003 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home  in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Grand Island, NE.Survivors: A son, a daughter, 12 gch., 23 g-gch., 7 gg-gch. Also living - a daughter-in-law and a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; a son LeRoy Muller; a gch & a g-gch.l a sister Ella Oberschulte; a brother Louie Muller. Memorials to St. Pauls Lutheran Church Radio Ministry.

Grand Island Independent (abbev) - Mon. 6 Oct 2003; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 7 Oct 2003

Irene A. KUBAS, 73

Born 16 Jan 1930, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Hurbert & Pauline (Wieser) Bernt. 1961: Married Marion Kubas at Silver Creek, NE. Died Sat., 4 Oct 2003 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 3 brothers; 5 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Oct 2003

John DAVISON

Born 14 Mar 1945, Caversham Reading Berkshire, England. Parents: Glenn & Norah (Dicker) Davison.

15 May 1971: Married at Darien, IL. They lived at Roundlake Beach, IL. Accountant. 1989: Moved to Nebraska. Trucker. Service will be Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter; 3 sisters; his step-mother & her husband in WY.

Note: Death notice of day previous states "John H. Davison, 58, of Central City died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at St. Margaret Health Care Center in Hammond, Ind."

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Oct 2003

Hans HOLTORF

Born 8 Jan 1914 on homestead north of Central City, NE. Parents: Marx C. & Amada (Holtorf) Holtorf. 1932 grad. of CCHS. 18 Feb 1939: Married Myrtle Anderson at her family's farm. They farmed on his family place. Active in community affaits. They retired to live at Central City, NE. Myrtle died 15 Jun 1993. Hans died (no date given). Service: Sat. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son, 5 daughters. Memorials to Litzenberg Long Term Care.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Oct 2003

Mildred ROOS

Born near Palmer, NE. Parents: Bert Reimers & Ella Nissen. Spouse: Rudolph Roos (died 31 Oct 1977). Service: Sat., First Christian Church, Burwell NE. Burial: Cottonwood Cemetery, Burwell. Arrangements: Hitchcock Funeral Home, Burwell. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters. 

Note: Obit does not include age, birth or death date, place of death.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Oct 2003

Betty Jane REISENER, 78

Born 29 Nov 1924 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Walter A. & Bertha (Husmann) Green. 1942 grad. of Chapman HS. Grad of GI School of Business. 27 Jun 1944: Married Ira Dave Reisener at Chapman. In 1959 they moved to Clarks, NE. Owned Clarks Grain Co. Bookkeeper. Husband died 28 Aug 1986. Betty died (no date given). Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, her in-laws; and a son-in-law Ronald Hemmingsen.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp210 (G Greeen), 242 (H Husmann), 333-4 (w/sp); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p4B D90 F90: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Oct 2003

Lori Kay KAESER

Born 25 Mar 1962, Chapman, NE. Parents: Wayne & Alice Patterson. Memorial service: Thurs., Gunderson East Funeral Home, Monona, WI. Survivors: Her husband Walter; 2 daughters, 2 brothers & a sister.

Note: Death date & place not given.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 22 Oct 2003; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 23 Oct 2003

Hellen F. SCHOLZ, 90

Born 15 Oct 1913, Stratford, WI. Parents: Max F. & Elizabeth (Fritz) Grosch. Grew up in NE. 14 Sep 1941: Married Walter H. Scholz at Central City, NE.They farmed NE of town. Walter died 10 Apr 1979. Hellen moved into Central City, NE. She died there Mon. 20 Oct 2003. Visitation: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Thurs. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter; a brother; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Allen W. & Wade Dale (infant); her parents; 4 brothers - Gottlieb & Fred Grosch, Edwin & Walter (both infants); a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, a niece. Memoriuals to to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or The Merrick Foundation.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p354 (W Scholz); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p3b D65 F65: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE(w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Oct 2003
Gwendolyn L. RYAN, 92

Born 19 Apr 1911, north of Central City, NE. Parents: Lloyd & Pearl Farnham) Willeman. 1930 grad. of CCHS. Attended Central College. Teacher. 13 Jun 1939: Married Marion W. Ryan at Central City, NE. Husband was in US Navy; they lived in Omaha, NE. 1947: They moved back to the farm. 1984: Moved to  Central City, NE. Methodist. Mr. Ryan died Sep 1999. Mrs. Ryan died Thurs., 23 Oct 2003 at health center in Holdrege, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son, two daughters, 7 gch., 2 g-gch. Also living - a sister; a brother-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; an infant daughter - Patricia Louise; her parents; a brother - Tom; 5 sisters - Vera Daniels, Marjorie Chesarek, Betty Johnston, Maxine Erickson & Etta Wood. Memorials to Fairview United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 31 Oct 2003

Sophia BARTA, 95

Born 16 Dec 1907 near Linwood, NE. Parents: John & Anna (LoPaur) Barta. 1910: Family moved to farm N of Central City, NE. She later lived with a brother in Grand Island, NE; grad. from HS there in 1926. Thereafter, Sophia & her sister Mary homesteaded in WY. She later returned to Central City; cared for sister Rose's children. Worked as a housekeeper. Sophia died Wed., 29 Oct 2003 at Central City. Service at United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers - Joe & Edward; 3 sisters - Rose Winbolt, Mary Moore & Anna Holtorf.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p5A F80: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 Nov 2003

Phyllis F. WEGNER, 76
Born 1 Mar 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Tuy & Abbigail (Myers) Gilson. Married Dwain Wegner. Resident of Archer, NE. She died Sun. 26 Oct 2003 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Tues. Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters; a brother & his wife.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p4b D92 F94: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 3 Nov 2003
Derek Wade ASPEDON, 24
Born 28 Feb at 1979 Aurora, NE. 1997 grad. of CCHS. Computer programmer for state of NE. Died Fri. 31 Oct 2003 in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., Christ Episcopal Church Central City, NE. Burial in cemetery at Riverton, Iowa. Survivors: His mother; aunts & uncles, cousins. Predeceased by grandparents Bob & Sue Aspedon.

Grand Island, Hall, NE - Thurs. 6 Nov 2003; Columbus Telegram - Fri. 7 Nov 2003
Alvin Eldren CORDSEN, 75
Born 23 Dec 1927, Odell, NE. Parents: John F. & Minnie M. (Leseberg) Cordsen. Attended Beatrice HS. 1945-46: US Merchant Marines. 25 Jul 1948: Married at Central City, NE. He died Wed. 5 Nov 2003 at Central City. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 3 sons, 9 gch, step-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Nov 2003; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 6 Nov 2003
Nannie Marie NELSON, 87
Born 8 May 1916, Stromsburg, NE. Parents: S. Alfred & S. Mathiulda (Johnson) Carlson. 1934 grad. of Polk HS. 27 Mar 1939: Married Harry G. Nelson at Wood River, NE. They farmed near Marquette, NE. Harry died 29 Jan 1978. Nanniue moved to Central City in 1982. She died there Tues. 4 Nov 2003. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Mamre Evangelical Free Church near Marquette, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sisters - Alfreda Oberg & Alice Janky; 3 brothers - Robert, Edward & Fredolph Carlson.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 7 Nov 2003

August H. EVERS, 86

Born 14 Feb 1917, Franklin Co., NE (near Upland). Parents: Henry Evers & Carrie Brinkman. Served 3 yrs in CCC. 1939: Moved near Clarks, NE. 4 Apr 1922: Married at York, NE. They farmed near Clarks until 1986, when moved to Fullerton, NE.  He died Wed. 5 Nov 2003, Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Service: Sat. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Fullerton, NE. Burial: Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel), near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 10 g-gch.; one sister. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Garret & Walter Evers; 3 sisters - Kathryn Steinkruger, Rena Watson & Martha Luft.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Nov 2003
Mabel BORGMANN-MOWREY, 98
Born 17 Nov 1904, Central City, NE. Parents: Phillip & Elizabeth (Gregory) Ross. 1918: Married Karl Borgmann. They farmed in Gibbon-Shelton area. Mr. Borgman died in Mar 1956. In 1967 she married Herbert Mowrey. They moved to Gibbon, NE. He died in 1975. Mabel died Thurs. 6 Nov 2003 at Wood River, NE. Service: Mon. at All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Shelton, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 21 gch., g-gch & gg-gch. Predeceased by both husbands; 6 children - Maxine Kerby, Matilda Otto, Clarence Borgmann, Rudy Borgmann, Ernie Borgmann, Arron Borgmann; a sister Rose Baker; 3 brothers - Perry, Sam & Jim Ross.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Nov 2003

Inez M. KING, 93

Born 21 Mar 1910, Greeley, CO. Parents: Grover A. Farlee & Emma Marie Freeland. Abt 1913, family moved to Wolbach, NE. 1928 grad. Wolbach HS. 28 Nov 1929: Married Ralph Wilbur King at Central City, NE. Worked in Hamilton & Merrick Counties; settled near Central City in 1942. Ralph died 24 Jun 1969. Mrs. King moved to Loup City in 2002; died there Fri. 7 Nov 2003. Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, a daughter-in-law, 8 gch; 15 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, 2 sons - Dale  & Donald King; brother - Earl & sister - Geneva Farlee.

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 15 Nov 2003
Gladys M. LUX, 104
Born 24 Jan 1899 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Clarence & Mary (Hansen) Lux. 1918 grad. of Wood River HS. 1925 received bachelor's degree from UN, 1935 masters. 1927-1967: Taught at NE Wesleyan University. Artist. Gladys died 14 Nov 2003 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues. First United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Burial in cemetery at Wood River, NE. Arrangements: Roper & Sons. Survivors: 2 nieces, 3 nephews. Predeceased by her parents; a brother - Elton; a nephew John Lux. Memorials: University Place Art Center, First United Methodist Church or Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun 23 Nov 2003
Chester J. JOHNSON, 91
Born 25 Dec 1911, Wiggle Creek, NE. Parents: Fred & Della (Heath) Johnson. Family lived near Loup City, then Richland; moved to Central City about 1920. 1930 grad. of CCHS. 26 Jan 1936: Married Dorothy Lewis at Central City, NE. Dairy worker, farmer. Worked in Grand Island, Chapman & Clarks, NE. Chester died Thurs., 20 Nov 2003 in Central City, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagenr Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 11 g-gch.; sev. step-gch & g-gch. Predeceased by his wife; 3 infant daughter; 4 brother & 5 sisters. Memorials: Merrick Foundation, United Methodist Church, or American Legion Baseball.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Nov 2003

Henry JENSEN, 72

Born 19 Jul 1931, Palmer, NE. Parents: Chris Jensen & Alma Wagner. Grad. of Grand Island HS. 1951-59: US Army.  Employed by the City of Grand Island. Died Mon. 24 Nov 2003, Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed. at auditorium of Grand Island Veteran's Home. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements: Kleine Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 7 gch. Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers - Alvin & Raymond; twin sisters that died at birth; a sister Alice (died age 3 yrs); a half brother Don Jensen and half sister Christina Davis.

Grand Island Independent -  Sat. 29 Nov 2003

Gary Eugene MICHALSKI, 56

Born 2 Aug 1947, Central City, NE. Parents: Daniel J. Michalski & L. Estalene E. Hunt. 1965 grad. of CCHS. Moved to Grand Island, NE. Served in US Army. Thereafter to Omaha, NE and then Chicago, IL. Security guard. Died Mon. 24 Nov 2003, Chicago, IL. Service: Sun. at Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Mon. at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 7 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Debra a& Sharon; a brother, Darwin. Memorials to Gary E. Michalski Memorial Fund.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 30 Nov 2003; Aurora News Register (abbrev.) - 3 Dec 2003

Eldon Hugo REISENER, 72

Born 18 Aug 1931 Grand Island, NE. Parents: Hugo George Reisener & Syliva Luella Hopkins. 1949 grad. Chapman HS. Veteran of Korean War. 23 May 1953: Married Donna at Central City, NE. 1954-61: lived in Wichita, KS. Thereafter returned to NE; worked at Aurora. Died Sat. 29 Nov 2003 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 4 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters & 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent -  Sun. 30 Nov 2003

Robert L. SEIM, 58

Born 20 Nov 1945, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Reynold Seim & Olga Meyers. "Mr. Seim was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms." 1 Oct 1980: Married Judith Lahners at Worms, NE.  20 July 2001: Married Carol at Lexington, NE. Lived near Lexington, NE. Died Fri. 28 Nov 2003, at Kearney, NE. Visitation: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Tues. at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His second wife, 3 daughters, 2 sons. stepchildren; his mother, a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his first wife (died 1 Oct 1980); his father, a brother Gerald. 

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Dec 2003
Violet Louise HELZER, 81
Born 4 Jun 1922 in Merrick Co. , NE. Parents: John & Erna (Niemoth) Helzer. Resident of Los Angeles, CA. Died there Sun. 30 Nov 2003. Service: Sat., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer. Survivors: a sister, 3 nephews, a niece.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Dec 2003; Aurora News Register (brief) - 16 Dec 2003
Irene E. O'NEILL, 89
Born 11 Nov 1914, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Jesse & Etha (Davis) Wimp. Attended school in Gage Valley & Palmer, NE. 1 Aug 1933: Married Charles Hartford at Grand Island, NE. They lived in St. Paul, NE until 1957, moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Hartford died 19 Feb 1962. 3 Oct 1963: Irene married Lemual Killion, who died 28 Apr 1978. 10 Jul 1984: She married Duane O'Neill at Clinton, MO; he died 5 Jun 1994. In 1996 she moved to Palmer, NE. Irene died Tues. 9 Dec 2003 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 23 gch., 58 g-gch., 10 gg-gch. Predeceased by 3 husbands; a son Dennis Hartford; an infant daughter Sally Hartford; 4 brothers - Lloyd, Virgil, Ernest & Harold; 2 sisters - Edna Meyer & Esther Mae Rasmussen.

Grand Island Independent -  Fri. 12 Dec 2003

Alma STUEVEN, 98

Born 10 Oct 1905, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Henry Wiese & Herminnie Arp. Grew up near Alda, NE. 2 Dec 1930: Married Otto Stueven at Grand Island, NE. They farmed in Merrick County. She died Thurs. 11 Dec 2003, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service; Mon. at Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 5 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother & a sister.  Predeceased by her husband (1963); two sisters - Cecilia Scott & Anna Baasch; two stepsisters - Augusta Reher & Amelia Scheel; two stepbrothers - Max & August Wiese. Her parents are also deceased. 

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 13 Dec 2003

Albert B. TUCEK, 76

Born 4 Feb 1927 at Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Albert & Margaret (Sellar) Tucek. 1945 grad. of St. Bonaventure HS, Columbus, NE. 1950-52: US Army. 1954: Married at Tekamah, NE. They lived in Columbus. He died Tues. 9 Dec 2003 at home. Visitation: Today, McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Service: Sat., St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Burial: Church Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a gch.; a sister. Memorials: St. Bonaventure Church & Scotus High School.

Note: See "St. Bonaventure: Our Parish, The First 100 Years" p141 (3 Gen Families - Tucek).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 15 Dec 2003; Aurora News Register (brief) - Tues. 16 Dec 2003
Rita M. (Luebbe) COUSE, 36
Born 5 Jan 1937, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Ken & Dee Luebbe. Grew up in Archer, NE. 1985 grad. of CCHS. 6 Jun 1998: Married Ryan Couse. They lived in Merrick County. She died Fri. 12 Dec 2003 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Tues. Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Wed. United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter; her parents, 2 brothers, a sister in TX.

Grand Island Independent - Mon 15 Dec 2003
Katherine Y. SHAW, 62
Born 14 Jul 1941, Palmer, NE. Parents: Arthr & Edna Webb. Married Dale Webb. Resident of St. Paul, NE. Died Fri., 12 Dec 2003 at St. Paul, NE. Cremated. Service: Sat., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband; a son, a gch.; her mother; a brother & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Dec 2003
Ernst Emil GOERL, 84
Born 1 Mar 1919, Clarks, NE. Parents: Fritz & Anna Goerl. WW II: US Army. 10 May 1947: Married Irma Rudolph of Vancouver, Canada. They moved to Everett, WA. Carpenter, construction work. He died Wed. 9 Dec 2003. Service was Mon. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Everett, WA. Burial in Cypress Lawn Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by his wife (1998); 3 siblings - George, Mary & Agnes. Memorials to the church.

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 17 Dec 2003

Jean E. KULA, 91

Born 17 Oct 1912, Nance County, NE. Parents: John & Eva (Shotkoski) Zelazny. 5 May 1936: Married Frank Kula at Fullerton, NE. She died Sun. 14 Dec 2003 at Columbus Community Hospital. Service: Wed., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in church cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters, 2 sons, 25 gch., 26 g-gch., 2 step-ggch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, a daughter Janet Jones, a son Jerry Kula; 3 brothers - Ed, Hubert & Phil Zelazny; a gch & a g-gch. Memorials to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Dec 2003
Berniece Grace SODERBERG, 97
Born 6 Jan 1906, Archer, NE. Parents: Guy F. & Thrina H. (Morris) Eckles. Educated in Archer & Central City schoola. 3 Jul 1922: Married Cecil Grace at Cozad, NE. They lived in Merrick Co. 1960: Moved to farm in Miller, SD. Mr. Grace died 10 Dec 1968. Berniece lived in Lewellen, NE about 2 years. 10 Mov 1972: She married Arthur Soderberg. They farmed near Miller, SD. 1983: They moved into town, wintered in AZ. 1992: Mr. Soderberg died; Berniece moved to North Platte, NE in 1994. She died there Fri., 19 Dec 2003. Graveside service Tues. in cemetery at Central City, NE. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son & a daughter, 5 gch., 11 g-gch. Predeceased by both husbands; 2 g-gch.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p5A F46: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE; & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p3b D64 F64: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE.

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