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2006 - Obits related to Merrick Co., NE

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 - Sun. 1 Jan 2006
Jean C. JANKY, 66

Born 4 Oct 1939 (no birthplace given). Parents: Martin Bray & Sarah Skaife. Attended Grand Island HS. 19 Nov 1960: Married Ron Janky at Grand Island, NE. They lived on farms near Central City and St. Paul, NE. Mrs. Janky died Fri. 30 Dec 2005 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Tues. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, a daughter, 4 gch; a brother. Predeceased by her parents; brother Les Bray, and 4 sisters - Virginia, Evelyn, Bobbie & Lois.

Notes: For husband, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p244.  For obits of siblings see Lois Hansen (GI Independent, 26 Dec 1997) and Evelyn Arnold (GI Independent, 24 Mar 2004).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Jan 2006
Lois R. URBACH, 86 (photo)

Born 25 Jul 1919, Chapman, NE. Parents: Otto Rembolt & Emma Fuehrer. Grad. Chapman HS. Teacher (in Iowa). 16 Jun 1946: Married Richard Urbach at Grand Island, NE. They lived in York, NE and Naperville, IL. Then served parishes in Fullerton, Fremont and Callaway, NE. 1984: Retired to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Urbach died Sat. 1 Dec 2005 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation will be Wed. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service Thurs. at Faith United Methodist Church. Burial in Grand Island City Cem. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by a son Ray Urbach; her parents, a brother & a sister. Memorials to the church.

Notes: Obit of son Raymond, see archives of GI Independent for 2 Apr 2004. Her parents: Merrick Co. Marriage Record Book G p224 #2757

Grand Island Independent obit - Thurs. 5 Jan 2006
Jean Alice ZURFLUH, 87

Born 8 Feb 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Omar Travis & Anna Elitz. Died 12 Dec 2005 at Sioux City, Iowa. Service was 16 Dec 2005 at Calvary Episcopal Church. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & a sister. Predeceased by her husband Carl Zurfluh, who died 22 Apr 1995. 

Notes: For siblings - Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p582 #I-582; and Central City Cem. Directory.  See also History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 394-5 (Wagner)

Columbus Telegram  - Tues. 10 Jan 2006
Arthur L. GABRIEL, 88

Born 10 Aug 1917, Polk Co., NE. Parents: John Gabriel & Cecelia Jaax. Veteran of WW II. Farmer. 22 May 1951: Married at Clarks, NE. They lived on family farm until 1991 when moved to Shelby, NE. 2002: Moved to Columbus, NE. Mr. Gabriel died Sat. 7 Jan 2006, Lincoln, NE. Visitation is today at McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Service: Wed. at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Burial in All Saints Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Survivors: His wife; a son, 3 daughters, 13 gch., 3 g-gch; 2 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his parents, 2 grandsons (Christopher Gabriel & Ryan Jablonski); a sister Emma (George) Ebel; 2 brothers - Albert & Ernest Gabriel; 2 brothers-in-law - Henry Ebel & Leonard Hiemer; a sister-in-law Alnetta (Bob) Topinka.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Jan 2006
Viola "Pearl" HOOKER, 97 (photo)

Born 11 Mar 1908, Phillips (Hamilton Co.), NE. Parents: Charles B. Cogil & Godie A. Arnett. 1926 grad. of Phillips HS. 6 Jul 1933: Married Orville Edgar Hooker at Central City, NE. They lived at Phillips. Mr. Hooker is deceased. Mrs. Hooker died Wed. 11 Jan 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora, NE. Service: Sat. at Phillips United Methodist Church. Burial in Phillips Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 17 gch., 23 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a son Ronald; son-in-law Russell Lenz; 4 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 15 Jan 2006
Elsie SVITAK, 99

Born 3 Oct 1906, near Farwell (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Frank Dobish & Marie Tesarek. 7 Oct 1930: Married Adolph "Ed" Svitak. They farmed near Archer until 1940, then moved to farm near Chapman. Mr. Svitak died 16 May 1974, and she remained on the farm. Mrs. Svitak died Thurs. 12 Jan 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Service will be Tues. at Kleine Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A son & a daughter, 6 gch., ...  Predeceased by her husband; a son-in-law, Donald Fay; granddaughter Denise Fay; 3 brothers - John, William & James Dobish. Memorials: Elsie Svitak Memorial Fund.

Grand Island Independent (photo) and Kearney Hub (abbrev.) - Tues. 17 Jan 2006
Monte Philip PROCHASKA, 53

Born 4 Apr 1952, Grand Island, NE. Parents: William J. Prochaska & Billie Ruth Rogers. 1970 grad. of Palmer HS. Married in 1972; lived in St. Paul, NE. BS in Computer Technology from UNK. Moved to Cozad, NE. Died Sat. 14 Jan 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, his mother & step-father, a sister, 3 step-brothers. Predeceased by his father; a brother William J. Prochaska II; a brother-in-law Tony Koenig. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Jan 2006
Aunilee I. KISER, 85 (photo)

Born: 22 Apr  1920, Archer, NE. Parents: Loren Brannan & Iona Shull. 1938 grad. Archer HS. 21 Apr 1939: Married Marvin R. Kiser at Smith Center, KS. They farmed near Central City & Archer, NE. Mrs. Kiser moved to Central City in 1996; to Hastings in 2004; she died there 16 Jan 2006. Service will be Thurs at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 15 gch., 18 g-gch.; 1 brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; her husband (died in Feb 1994); a son Gerald Kiser. Memorials to Central City United Methodist Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 136 (Brannan), 258-9 (Kiser)

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 19 Jan 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 24 Jan 2006
Carl Adolf  JOHNSON, 89

Born 30 Sep 1916 on farm west of Central City, NE. Parents: Claus Oscar Reinhold Johnson & Alma Natali Gustafson. Lived on a farm west of Hordville (Hamilton Co.). 12 Jan 1941: Married in Hamilton County. 1981: Moved to Lincoln, NE. Oct 2003: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Johnson died Tues. 17 Jan 2006. Visitation: Fri at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City. Service: Sat. at Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville. Burial in Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 9 gch., 11 g-gch. Memorials to Merrick Manor, Litzenberg Long Term Care or the Fridhem Lutheran Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 248.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Jan 2006
Martha "Evelyn" FOSBURY, 90

Born 28 Jan 1915, Clarks, NE. Grad. of NE Wesleyan University & Northwestern University. Teacher, violinist. Died Sat. 21 Nov 2005, Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Wed. 25 Jan 2006, Roper & Sons, 4300 "O" St.  Service will be Thurs. 26 Jan 2006 at Clarks Methodist Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: A niece & a nephew. Predeceased by brother Walter J. Fosbury. 

Note: For her parents see Who's Who in Nebraska 1940, Merrick County chapter, p 815

Columbus Telegram  - Thurs. 26 Jan 2006
Vera BECK, 74

Born: 27 Jan 1931, Shelby, NE. Parents: Julius Cerny & Alberta Glaubitz. 1948 grad. of Osceola HS. Attended NE Christian College. Teacher. 13 Oct 1955: Married Walter Beck at Silver Creek, NE. Lived in Clarks until 1985 when moved to Columbus. Mrs. Beck died Mon. 23 Jan 2006 in Omaha, NE. Visitation is today at McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Service: Fri. at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial in Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 1 son, 4 daughters, 24 gch., and 13 g-gch; 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers - Julius Jr. & Alvin Cerny; 2 sisters: Irene Schmidt & Dorothy Czarnick. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Jan 2006
Francis Dwight REED, 72

Born: 14 May 1933, Central City, NE. Parents: Frank D. Reed & Leona Smith. Died Fri. 27 Jan 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Graveside service: Tues. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A sister & 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 29 Jan 2006
Thomas R. "Tom" STUART, 91 (photo)

Born 29 Apr 1914, Central City, NE. Parents: John "Jack" Stuart & Edna Mae Whittemore. 1932 grad. of Central City schools.  25 May 1938: Married. They lived at Lincoln, & Omaha. WW II: US Navy (diver). After war, lived in Falls City, NE until 1951 when moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Stuart died Sat. 28 Jan 2006 at the Veteran's Home. Remains will be cremated.  Private service. Arrangements by All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, gch. Memorials to Parkinson's disease research.

Note: Parents - see Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book E p 320 #2136

Columbus Telegram (abbrev.) & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 31 Jan 2006
Rose BETTS, 85

Born 27 Feb 1920 near Havens, NE. Parents: Charles F. Shepherd & Etta. V. Antrim. Married Kenneth Colby, who died 29 Oct 1962. Married Frank Betts, who died 27 Oct 1984. Mrs. Betts died Sun. 29 Jan 2006 at Central City, NE. Memorial service will be Thurs. at United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: a step-son.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 108 (Antrim-Shepherd), 120 (FK Betts).

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Columbus Telegram  - Wed. 1 Feb 2006
Winfred G. LESLIE, 78

Born 17 Feb 1927, Clarks, NE. Parents: Noah Leslie & Bessie Zarek. Attended school in Genoa, NE. 1945-47: US Army. 1 Jan 1948: Married at Fremont, NE. Lived in Columbus, NE. Methodist. Mr. Leslie died Mon. 30 Jan 2006 at Columbus. Service: Thurs. at Gass Haney Funeral Home. Burial: Roselawn Memorial Park. Survivors: wife, mother, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; a step-brother & 2 step-sisters. Predeceased by his father, and his step-father Ross Irish.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 Feb 2006
Jimmie Lee "Jim" STOLTNBERG, 68
Born 28 Oct 1937, Grand Island, NE. Parents: W.H. "Jim" & Lorraine L (Knuth) Stoltenberg. Family lived in Hastings, NE; moved to Ravenna about 1942. 1956 grad. of Ravenna HS. Served in US Navy. 25 Jan 1963: Married Virginua K. Sklenar at Ravenna. They lived at Central City, NE.  Virginia died 3 Mar 2005. Jim died Mon., 30 Jan 2006 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Memorial service will be Fri. at Solt Funeral Hom. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: A daugher, a son, gch.; his mother; a sister. Predeceased by his wife, his father, a brother Jack.

Grand Islad Independent - Sat. 4 Feb 2006; Scottsbluff Star Herald - Sun. 5 Feb 2006
Rogene I. ECKER, 68

Born 25 Nov 1937, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Albert Kamper & Emma Scheibe. 1956 grad. CCHS. Married Raymond Berney; had 2 daughters. 3 Feb 1979: married LLoyd E. Ecker. They lived at Clarks, NE. Died Wed. 1 Feb 2006, Central City, NE. Service will be Tues. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., a brother & 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; frst husband Lloyd; brothers - Verle, Charles, Clinton, Wayne, & Roger (infancy); sisters - Dorothy Morrow & Marva Morel.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 5 Feb 2006
Maxine I SCHMIDT, 75
Born 3 Sep 1930 on farm near Chapman, NE. Parents: Henry & Margaret (Weck) Friedrichsen. Raised south of St. Paul, NE. 18 Sep 1946: Married Dale G. Schmdt at Hiawatha, KS. They lived at St. Paul; moved to St. Libory in 1991. Avon representative. Maxine died Fri. 3 Feb 2006 at St. Paul, NE. Service will be Mon., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch.; a brother. Predecased by her parents, 3 brothers - Melvin, Urvn & Harry; a son Delbert. Memorials to St. Francis Hospice or St. Libory Volunteer Fire Department.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 7 Feb 2006
Elwin H. FERRIS, 88

Born 7 Aug 1917, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Lee J. Ferris & Eva Hathaway. 1935 grad. Central City HS. Attended UNL for 2 yrs. 9 Mar 1941: Married Lucile M. Pressler at Cairo, NE. Farmed north of Central City, until moved to town in 1983. Dec 2004: Moved to Lincoln. He died Sun. 5 Feb 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri. at Fairview United Methodist Church. Burial private. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 12 gch.; a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a brother & sister-in-law Rex & Donna Ferris; infant sister Mary Elizabeth Ferris. 

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 188, 190, 324. See also - 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p3A F14: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p2a D34 F34: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Wife died 12 Feb 2007.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Feb 2006
Milton Dale SUCK, 81 (photo)
Born: 3 Sep 1924 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Albert John Suck & Martha Marie Wegner. 1942 grad. of Palmer HS. 1945-46: US Army. 28 Aug 1949: Married Darlene Jones at Central City, NE. They farmed near Palmer, then moved to town in 1960. Mail carrier. Died Sun. 5 Feb 2006 at St. Paul (Howard Co.), NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Archer Community Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughter, 7 gch. Predeceased by his wife, and by son Marshall Suck Collins. Also deceased are 5 sisters -  Esther Goerl, Dorothy Conway, Mildred Rawllings, Elberta Chestnut & Bernice Brandes. Memorials to the Church, Palmer EMTs or Archer Community Cemetery.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 380. See also 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p5b: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent, Norfolk Daily News - Thurs. 9 Feb 2006
Ned POWERS, Jr., 81

Born 18 Oct 1924, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Ned Powers Sr. & Madeline Pennington. 1943 grad. Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Army Air Corps. 26 Jan 1946: Married at Venango (Perkins Co.), NE. They lived in WY and Columbus, NE. 1950: Returned to Silver Creek, NE. Truck driver, gas station operator. Died Tues., 7 Feb 2006 at Columbus, NE. Service will be Sat. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 7 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 brothers, 1 sister. Predeceased by his parents; a son Kenneth Ned Powers, & a grandson Scott James Powers.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-14 p2b D51 F52: Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE. His parents - see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p318 (Pennington).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 12 Feb 2006; Norfolk Daily News - Wed. 22 Feb 2006
Everett Harold WATT, 80 (photo)
Born: 15 Dec 1925, Clarks, NE. Parents: Henry Watt & Edith Nielsen. 1926: Baptized at Fremont, NE. 1940: Confirmed at Scottsbluff, NE. 1943 grad. Harrisburg HS (Banner Co.). WW II and Korean War - US Navy. 1955: Married at Worms, NE. 1957 grad. of Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE. Teacher, worked in TX, MN, WI, NE, IL & MO. More recently, spent a year as volunteer in Venezuela. Died Fri. 10 Feb 2006 at Worms, NE. Service: Tues. at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE.  Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: wife, 4 sons, a daughter, 11 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, twin infant daughters, a brother-in-law and 4 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Feb 2006
Jeanette I. "Nette" LAWHEAD, 63 (photo)
Born 20 Nov 1942, Wood River, NE. Parents: William & Henrietta Edna (Luebker) Pauly. Lived in Central City, NE. Married Malcolm DuVall & then Frank Lawhead. 2002: Moved to Grand Island NE where she died Sun. 12 Feb 2006. Memorial service will be Wed. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 children, 2 gch.; a brother & 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents & 5 brothers - Ron, LaVerne, Darryl, LeRoy & Willard (Bill) Pauly.

Aurora News Register - Wed. 15 Feb 2006
Irma TIMMONS, 100

Born 25 Jun 1905, Hamilton Co., NE. Parents: Adolph & Christine Ortegren. 3 Feb 1932: Married Ernest Timmons at Clay Center, NE. They farmed in Hamilton with exception of 3 years they lived in Central City (1942-45). Mr. Timmons died 15 May 1985. Mrs. Timmons died Mon. 13 Feb 2006, Aurora, NE. Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons and a daughter, 11 gch., 26 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband and a grandchild; 3 sisters - Siegred Moore, Hilma Luthy & Norma Ortegren (her twin); 5 brothers - Thure, Henry, Reuben, Rudolph "Pete" & Doug Ortegren. Memorials to Memorial Community Care, Aurora, NE.

Aurora News Register - Wed. 15 Feb 2006
Robert L. VAN PELT, 78

Born 13 Sep 19127, Archer, NE. 1945 grad, of Aurora HS. USAF (retired). Lived at San Antonio, TX. Died 29 Jan 2006, Shreveport-Bossier area, LA. Graveside service: 3 Feb. at Fort Sam Huston National Cemetery. Survived by 2 daughters & a son, 5 gch., 7 g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Feb 2006
Marguerite S. JONES, 90
Born 1 Apr 1915 St. Edward, NE. Parents: Grover & Stella (Ogden) Wheeler. Married Robert Jones. Resident of Central City, NE. She died Tues,m 14 Feb 2006, at home. Graveside service was Wed. at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: A son and a daughter. Predeceased by her husband in Dec of 2000.

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 18 Feb 2006
Harold E. MADISON, 82
Born 31 Oct 1923 in Filmore Co., NE. Parents: George & Ifa (Ebbeka) Madison. 1938: Family moved to Central City, NE. WW II: US Army. 20 Apr 1947: Married Mary Jo Simpson. They lived in Central City, then Grand Island. 1957: Moved to San Diego, CA. Contractor. Retired to Big Arm, MO. Mary Jo died in 2001. Harold moved to Apache Junction, AZ. He died Tues. 14 Feb 2006 at Mesa, AZ. Service was Fri. at Happy Days Clubhouse, Apache Junction, AZ. Burial will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. Survivors: A son, 3 gch.; 3 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a son Larry, a nephew.
Note: His parents are buried in Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 20 Feb 2006
Yvonne "Vonnie" REIMERS , 83

Born 28 May 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: Asas Dewey & Dena Vanderhalf. Spouse: Ernest Reimers who died 11 Oct 1996. Mrs. Reimers died Fri. 17 Feb 2006 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Tues. at Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial in  Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: A son & daughter-in-law; 2 sisters-in-law. 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 23 Feb 2006
Jacquelline "Jacquie" A. LARSEN, 76 (photo)

Born 15 Apr 1929, Nance County, NE. Parents: Alvin Douthit & Ruth Van Wormer. Attended school at Fullerton, NE. 1946 grad. Central City HS. 13 Dec 1947: Married Dale D. Larsen at Central City, NE. They lived there. She later moved to Oregon, then to South Dakota in 1994. Returned to Central City in 1999. Died Tues. 21 Feb 2006 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Kronberg Cemetery near Marquette (Hamilton Co.), NE. Survivors: 1 son, 5 daughters, 12 gch., 3 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, her parents & a brother Alvin "Buddy".

Note: Extract of husband's obit, Jul 2005.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Feb 2006

Layton "Lee" VERPLANK, 81

Born 25 Jul 1924, Tilden, NE. Parents: George Verplank & Ella M. Freeland. Died 11 Feb 2006 at Sidney, NE. Service: 15 Feb. at Evangelical Free Church, Sidney. Burial: McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Gehrig Funeral Home.  Survivors: wife, brother and 4 sisters. 

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p391 (w/p). 16 Feb 1996: Grand Island Independent obit of mother (extract posted)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Feb 2006
Joyce D. MARKER WEST, 73

Born: 8 Oct 1932, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Ossian "Pete" Stromberg & Florence Rodine. 1951 grad. of Clarks HS, Merrick Co., NE.  11 Jul 1964: Married James Ray Marker. They lived in Columbus, then moved to York NE in 1968. Later moved to the NE Veteran's Home in Grand Island, NE. Jim died 24 Mar 1997. Sep 2001: Joyce married Bob West, who died in 2004. Mrs. West died Fri. 24 Feb 2006 at the NE Veteran's Home. Service: Tues. at the chapel. Burial: Swede Home Cemetery near Stromsburg (Polk Co.), NE.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 7 gch.; 1 brother, 2 sisters.  Predeceased by 2 husbands, and 2 brothers: Mervin and Wayne Stromberg.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p379.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Mon. 27 Feb 2006
Elsie Esther BULLER, 77

Born: 25 Feb 1928, North Platte, NE. Parents: Sidney Ransom Zimmerman & Ida Mae Bond. 1946 grad. of Wallace HS.  Family moved to York, NE. 20 Feb 1949: Married David H. Buller at York, NE. They farmed near York & Silver Creek, NE. 1973: Purchased farm north of Clarks, NE. David & Elise had been married 51 years when he passed away. Mrs. Buller died 23 Feb 2006 at Fayetteville, Ark. Service is today at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial of both Mr. & Mrs. Buller will follow the service, at Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 15 gch., 10 g-gch.;  2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, a sister Annie Pace & a brother Frank Zimmerman.  Memorials to Central City Sr. Center.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 5 Mar 2006

Joseph S. O'HARE, 79 (photo)

Born 28 Aug 1926, Palmer, NE. Parents: William F. O'Hare & Patricia O'Hern. 1943 grad. of Palmer HS. 11 Oct 1954: Married at Ord, NE. Farmed near Central City, NE. 1987: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. O'Hare died Fri. 3 Mar 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation will be Mon. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Tues. at St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents & 3 brothers - Bill, Gerald & Bernard O'Hare. Memorials to St. Francis Hospice, St. Mary's Cathedral Square, or Central Catholic Foundation.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 6 Mar 2006
Margaret M. KOZAL, 84 (photo)

Born 16 Nov 1921, Central City, NE. Parents: Peter Kozal & Helen Stempek. 1939 grad. of Central City HS. Clerk of District Court in Hall County. Died Sat. 4 Mar 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Mass of Resurrection: Tues. at Curran Funeral Chapel. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A sister, a niece. Predeceased by her parents, 3 brothers - Edward, Larry & Dennis (infancy); a sister - Florence Hueneke. Memorials to St. Mary's Cathedral or Tabitha Hospice.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Mar 2006
Louise N. LITTLE, 85
Born Long Pine, NE. Resident of Wood River, NE.  Died 1 Mar 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Private service was held Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. She was widow of Thomas R. Little. Survivors: A daughter. 2 sons.

Columbus Telegram  - Wed. 8 Mar 2006
Jared J. SPRENGER, 19

Born 13 Feb 1987, Lancaster, CA. Parents: Jimmy Sprenger & Jeanne Pickrel. Resident of Lincoln, NE. Died of brain cancer Sat. 4 Mar 2006. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: his father, his mother, a brother & a sister; 2 grandmothers. Predeceased by 2 grandfathers: William "Bill" Pickrel & William Sprenger. 

Grand Island Independent (obit/photo), Columbus Telegram (death notice) - Thurs. 9 Mar 2006
James Robert VINCENT, 53

Born 4 Oct 1952, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Richard L. Vincent & Lucille I. Stockton. 1971 grad. of Clarks HS. 1974-78: US Army. 1979: Moved to Washington and married there. Later lived in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO. Died Tues. 7 Mar 2006, Stromsburg, NE. Service: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Polk Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, his father, a sister & her spouse. Predeceased by his mother (24 Jul 1997) & a brother Donald Kelly (27 Feb 1992).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 12 Mar 2006; Columbus Telegram (death notice) - Fri. 10 Mar 2006
Roy SINSEL, 77

Born 29 Dec 1928, near Archer, NE. Parents: Harry E. Sinsel & Lydia Nickel. 1950-54: USAF. Moved to Colorado thereafter. 24 Jun 1960: Married Josephine Moore at Englewood, CO. She died 24 Jan 1992. 1994: Roy moved to Fullerton, NE. Died Wed. 8 Mar 2006 at Fullerton, NE. Visitation Sun.; service Mon. - both at Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton. Burial: Archer Cemetery, NE. Survivors: 1 step-daughter; 6 sisters. Predeceased by his wife & his parents; 5 brothers - Cleon, Evertt, Stanley, John & Daniel Sinsel; 2 sisters - Wanda DeLancy & Helen Sinsel.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p4a D78 F78: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 12 Mar 2006
Wesley S. SANDQUIST, 56

Born 6 Jan 1950, Tilden, NE. Parents: Wesley L Sandquist & Jeanie James. Educated in Grand Island, NE. 16 May 1969: Married at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Central City, Phillips and then Grand Island, NE. Mr. Sandquist died Fri. 10 Mar 2006. Visitation will be Mon. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service Tues. at Stolley Park Church of Christ. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 1 son, 3 daughters, 15 gch.; a brother, six sisters, his mother-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Betty Trueman; his father-in-law. 

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 12 Mar 2006
Gladys V. WYNN, 96

Born 30 Dec 1909 on a farm in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Bernhart Zlomke & Bertha Kandler. She was youngest of 16 children. 1927 grad. of Grand Island HS. Owned a beauty salon in Grand Island, NE. 25 Jul 1936: Married Simon Wynn at Papillion, NE. They later moved to California, but retired to live in Nebraska. Had no children. Mrs. Wynn died Fri. 10 Mar 2006 at Lexington, NE. Visitation will be Wed. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Graveside Service: Wed. at Grand Island City Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband, her brothers and sisters.

Note: For her family see 1885 NE Census ED531 p13 D123 F123: Vieregg Pct, Merrick, NE; 1900 Fed. Census NE ED141 p7b D119 F121: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Mar 2006
The Rev. John F. SHIPMAN, 100

Born 30 Aug 1905, Grand Island, NE. Parents: William Shipman & Minnie Hargens. Died Mon. 13 Mar 2006 at Falls City, NE.  Service: Fri. at Church of the Nazarene, Papillion, NE. Burial: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Arrangements: Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a brother and a sister. Predeceased by his wife Irene, 21 Feb 1995.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 219 (Hargens), 403 (W Shipman); Merrick County Marriage Records Book I p273 #I-273.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Mar 2006
Christopher M. TOUKAN, 14

Born 13 Dec 1991, Columbus, OH. Parents: Michael Toukan & Laurel Zahn. Grew up in Central City, NE. Attended Nebraska Christian School. Died Fri. 10 Mar 2006 at Loveland, CO, result of a snow boarding accident. Visitation: Thurs. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri. at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church. Burial: private. Survivors: His parents, grandparents, a sister, ... 

Aurora News Register, Grand Island Independent, York News Times - Tues. 14 Mar 2006

Harold L. WOCHNER, 89

Born 19 Jul 1916, York, NE. Parents: Ed Wochner & May Jackson. 1935 grad. York HS. 10 Oct 1937: Married Jean Inbody at York, NE. WW II: US Army Air Force. They lived at Aurora, Central City and Henderson, NE. Mr. Wochner died Sun. 12 Mar 2006 at Henderson, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Aurora, NE. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: a son, 3 daughters, 9 gch., 10 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents, his wife, a son Jim, sister Pauline, a brother Raymond, & 2 infant sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Mar 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 21 Mar 2006
Joyce Marlene ESKE, 68 (photo)
Born 4 Aug 1937, Gary, IN. Parents: Leonard Sheldon & Mildred Ragels. Grew up in South Dakota. 19 Oct 1959: Married Jack J. Eske at Warner, SD. They served Lutheran Churches, mostly in Nebraska. 1999: Retired to Central City, NE. Mrs. Eske died Wed. 15 Mar 2006 at home. Visitation will be Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Kronborg. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters & a son, 4 gch. Predeceased by her parents, & a sister Thelma Vetsch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Mar 2006
Erma M. MANNING, 89 (photo)
Born 10 Mar 1916, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Herman Ruge & Anna Schwenk. Attended school at Worms, NE. 17 Mar 1942: Married Andrew F. Manning at Kearney, NE. He died during WW II. She lived in Central City, was a wallpaper hanger. Erma died Tues. 14 Mar 2006 at Grand Island, Hall, NE. Visitation will be Thurs. at Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Fri. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City, NE. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A son, 2 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister. 

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p1B D16 F16: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).  Obit extracts of her sisters - Dorothy Svitak (8 Jul 2003) and Helen Johnson (3 Aug 2004)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 17 Mar 2006
Jean BILLESBACH, 84 (photo)

Born 9 Apr 1921, University Place, NE. Parents: Byron P. Bottorff & Ella Runge. 1939 grad. of Clay Center HS. 7 Jul 1952: Married Matt Billesbach at Sutton, NE. They lived at Grand Island, then Hastings; before opened Billesbach Jewelry in Central City. Mrs. Billesbach died Wed. 15 Mar 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Service will be Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 children. Predeceased by her husband (died 4 Mar 1992), and a sister Lois Bostwick. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Mar 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 20 Mar 2006
Louise E. BENSON, 82 (photo)
Born 23 May 1923, Worms, NE. Parents: Otto Frauen & Louisa Oberschulte. Educated at Zion Lutheran School, Worms. 6 Apr 1947: Married Clarence Benson at Worms; farmed nearby. She moved to Grand Island in 2004. Mrs. Benson died Fri. 17 Mar 2006 at Grand Island. Service will be Mon. at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 4 sons, 12 gch., 3 g-gch; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her husband (14 Jul 2002), and an infant daughter. Also deceased are 2 brothers - Max & Herman Frauen; 2 sisters -  Ellsie Schutt & Marie Nelson. Memorials: to the church.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p1a D3 F3: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Mar 2006
Elsie Margaret Mary GROSCH, 94

Born 1 Feb 1912, Clarks, NE. Parents: William Kohl & Catherine Hansen. 5 Feb 1940: Married Gottlieb W. "Golly" Grosch, at Council Bluffs, IA. They farmed near Silver Creek, owned Grosch Irrigation Company. She died Wed. 15 Mar 2006 at Genoa, NE. Service: Mon. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons, 1 daughter, 16 gch., 28 g-gch.; 3 sisters 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband & her parents; also her sister Martha Darnall, a brother Art Kohl, a grandson, a granddaughter and a g-granddaughter.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Mon. 20 Mar 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 21 Mar 2006
Neil Grant ERIKSEN, 69

Born: 12 Oct 1936, Marquette, NE. Parents: Holger G. Eriksen & Etma Mae Newman. 1955 grad. of Marquette HS. 12 Mar 1960: Married. They lived in Central City, NE. Purchased the shop where he had been employed starting in 1975. Moved to Hamilton Co. in 1975. Died Fri. 17 Mar 2006 at Marquette, NE. Service: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, 5 gch., 1 g-gch; also a sister. Predeceased by his parents; an infant daughter Cindy Kay. Memorials to Asera Care Hospice in York, the Central City United Methodist Church or the Central City Senior Center.

Aurora News Register - Tues. 21 Mar 2006
Theodore Harold "Ted" Berggren, 95

Born 5 Mar 1911, Marquette, NE. Parents: Erik Berggren a& Esther Dahl. 1929 grad. of Chapman HS. 17 Jun 1939: Married Georgie Isaac at Lexington, NE. Farmed "home place". 1988: Moved to Aurora, NE. Died Mon. 20 Mar 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation Thurs. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora. Service: Fri. at First Christian Church. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife (died 23 Dec 1996), his parents, brother Donald.

Norfolk Daily News - Wed. 22 Mar 2006
William D. GAINEY, 66

Born 16 Feb 1940, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Dorsey Gainey & Mary Kozial. 1957 grad. of Schuyler HS. 6 Jun 1958: Married. Worked for Metz Old Home Bakery (Omaha?). Died Mon. 20 Mar 2006, Rapid City, SD. Visitation will be  Fri. at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home, Rapid City. Service: Sat. at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 8 gch.; 1 brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, & a daughter Terri (1981). Memorials: Hospice of the Hills, Rapid City, SD.

Columbus Telegram, Norfolk Daily News - Thurs. 23 Mar 2006
Wanda Mundil, 64

Born 30 Jan 1942, Central City, NE. Parents: Arthur Dierks & Dorothy Land. 1959 grad. of Fullerton HS. 1960: Married Ernest Fuehrer in Fullerton, NE. They lived at Silver Creek, NE. 10 Oct 1992: Married Milo Mudil at Clarkson, NE. Mrs. Mundil died Wed. 22 Mar 2006, Silver Creek, NE. Visitation is today at McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Service: Sat. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, NE. Survivors: her second husband; 3 daughters, 1 son; 6 gch.; 2 stepsons, a sister and a brother. Predeceased by her parents and her first husband Ernest Fuehrer (1983). 

24 Mar 2006: Solt Funeral Home website
Geneva Viola BAKER, 88

Born 5 Sep 1917, Arkansas City, KS. Parents: Andrew Sherman Baker & Mary Branck Kibbe. Grad. of CCHS. Taught near Palmer, Central City, McCook, Plattsmouth, Louisville, Osceola & Lincoln, NE. Methodist. Died 24 Mar 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Service was held at Lincoln, NE. Survivors: Several nieces and nephews.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Mar 2006
Lemoine Alton MEYER, 82 (photo)

Born 12 Apr 1923, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Fred Meyer & Meta Niemoth. Baptized & confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. 1942 grad. of St. Paul HS. 1945-46: US Navy. 18 Sep 1946: Married at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Abbott, and then St. Paul, NE. Mr. Meyer died Fri. 24 Mar 2006, at St. Paul, NE. Service: Wed. at Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughter, 6 gch., 2 g-gch.; 1 brother & 1 sister. Predeceased by his parents, an infant son Douglas Meyer, and an infant brother Kenneth Meyer. Memorials: Christ Lutheran Church or Howard Co. Community Hospital Foundation.

Note: His parents marriage - see Merrick County Marriage Records Book H p254 #3424.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Mar 2006
Kenneth E. WISELY, 79 (photo)

Born: 19 Jun 1926, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Paul Wisely & Mae Dake. Educated at Clarks, NE. US Army. 20 Jan 1949: Married Edna Mae Ruge. Farmed near Fullerton and Palmer, NE. Moved to Grand Island and drove truck. Died Thurs. 23 Mar 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation will be Sun. at Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife, 1 grandson, 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by son Vernal Paul Wisely in 1999. Also deceased are 2 sisters -  Evelyn White and an infant. 

Notes: Wife died 25 Sep 2008. Parents are buried at Osceola Cemetery, Polk County.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 27 Mar 2006

Elfriede "Elfie" MEYER, 74

Born 8 Jul 1931, Schwabach Germany. Parents: Theodor Drentwett & Anna Kaltenecker. 1950: Married Herman J. Meyer.  "She lived in Burwell, Palmer, Alda, Grand Island and Doniphan since 1972." Died Sat. 25 Mar 2006, at Grand Island, NE. Service will be Tues. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial in Cedarview Cemetery, Doniphan. Survivors: 3 sons, 9 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents (and her former husband, Jun 2005). Memorials to Doniphan American Legion or donor's choice.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Mar 2006
Warren Lee SMITH, 66 (photo)

Born 11 Jul 1939, Chambers, NE. Parents: Ward R. Smith & Helen Graves. 1957 grad. of HS in Armaugh, PA. 28 Aug 1960: Married at Shelton, NE. Lived in Grand Island until 1962 when moved to Central City. Owner/operator: Lone Tree Printing and Grandma's Country Inn. Truck driver. Mr. Smith died Mon. 27 Mar 2006, Lincoln, NE. Service will be Thurs. at Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, his parents, 3 daughters, 1 son, 5 gch.; a sister and a brother.  Predeceased by a brother Russell (age 3 yrs in 1944), & a grandson Dylan Van Pelt (age 11 & 1/2 months, in 2000).
Notes: Father died in 2007; mother died in 2010. Both are buried at Chambers, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 31 Mar 2006
Orlen F. RICE, 79

Born 20 May 1926, Chapman, NE. Parents: Vernon Rice & Edna Mader. 1944 grad. of Grand Island HS. Grad. of Peru State College. Died 7 Mar 2006, Minneapolis, MN. Survivors: 2 sons & a daughter in MN; a brother in Chapman, NE.  Predeceased by his sister Geraldine Jones.

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Columbus Telegram (death notice) & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 1 Apr 2006
Joe Leroy MINGUS, 64

Born 20 Jan 1942, Dannebrog, NE. 1959 grad. Dannebrog HS. Worked in Grand Island 10 years, then moved to York, NE. 4 Sep 1982: Married at York. 2004: Retired from Champion Homes. Died Thurs. 20 Mar 2006 at York, NE. Service: Mon at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Burke Cemetery. Survived by his wife, 2 daughters, a son, 2 gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents & 2 sisters: Galene and Darlene Mingus.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Apr 2006
Betty Jane ANDERSON, 79

Born 29 Oct 1926, Omaha, NE. Parents: Gilbert H. Bolen & Flossie L. Lewis. Married Harold "Andy" Anderson (dec. 1990). Mrs. Anderson died 16 Mar 2006 at Aurora, NE. Private service held 3 Apr at Clarks Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: a daughter, a son, a sister.

Columbus Telegram obit - Wed. 5 Apr 2006
Eugenia Jean KORGER, 74

Born 24 Nov 1931, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Charles Krzycki & Clara Torczon. 1949 grad. of Kramer HS (Columbus, NE).  14 May 1952: Married Richard Korger. They lived in several places; since 2001 in Draper, UT. Mrs. Korger died 31 Mar 2006, Draper, UT. Service: today at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Sandy, UT. Arrangements: SereniCare Funeral Directors, Draper, UT. Survivors: Her husband, 6 children, 9 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents and 5 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 7 Apr 2006
Wayne Randall CREECH, 86

Born 27 Oct 1919, Central City, NE. Parents: Fay Creech & Matilda Dughman. 1938-1961: USAF. 1945: Married Margaret L. "Peg" Nielsen at Marysville, KS. 1985: Moved to Chapman, NE. Mr. Creech died Wed. 5 Apr 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon. at First Baptist Church, Chapman. Burial: Aurora Cemetery (Hamilton County). Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: a sister & a brother.  Predeceased by his parents, his wife (11 Feb 2002), an infant daughter Kathleen Louise (1947), and 2 brothers.

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent - Mon. 10 Apr 2006
Charles John BECK. 93

Born 30 Sep 1912, Nance County, NE. Parents: Metro Beck & Mary Derbala. 18 Nov 1942: Married Blanche Boro. Served in US Army. Farmed east of Clarks, NE.  1955: Moved into town. Mr. Beck died Sun. 9 Apr 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Wed. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 1 daughter, 1 son, 4 gch., 5 g-gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; 3 brothers: Albin, Walter & Eddie Beck; 3 sisters: Josie Beck, Catherine Konwinski and Anna Staroska. 

Note: GI Independent added photo to obit on following day.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 10 Apr 2006
LaVera J. SWANSON, 78

Born 24 Aug 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: John Place & Olive Stone. 1944 grad. of Palmer HS. 17 Dec 1947: Married Marvin "Mike" Swanson at Burwell, NE. Abt 1949, they settled at Cairo, NE. 1989: Moved back to Palmer, NE. Mrs. Swanson died Sat. 8 Apr 2006, Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon. at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Tues at Palmer United Methodist Church.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 18 g-gch.

Notes: Obit reprinted the following day with statement that she was predeceased by 3 brothers: John Wayne, Dale and Richard Place. Her parents and two brothers are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.  See extracts.

Grand Island Independent (photo) and Aurora News Register - Tues. 11 Apr 2006
Elmo K. CARNES, 92
Born 15 Jul 1913, Red Oak, IA. Parents: Guy Carnes & Bessie Whited. 1932 grad.of Aurora HS (Hamilton Co., NE). 14 Oct 1936: Married Elinor Gorham at Lincoln, NE. Business owner, farmer. Moved to farm near Chapman in 1951. Died Sun. 9 Apr 2006. Service: Wed. at Higby-McQuiston Chapel, Aurora. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 4 gch., 10 g-gch, 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by his wife (1 Mar 1999), his parents and a brother Welden. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 12 Apr 2006
Bessie M. LAMBERT, 92

Born 12 Nov 1913, Central City, NE. Parents: William Klimper & Wilhelmina Hankel. Grew up on farm east of Shelton (Buffalo Co.), NE. Attended school in Hall County. Married first to Herman "Pete" Gomprecht, who died 15 Mar 1962. 20 Oct 1983: Married Gus E. Lambert at Kearney, NE. Mrs. Lambert died Sun. 9 Apr 2006 at Kearney, NE. Service: Thurs. at Shelton United Methodist Church.  Burial at Shelton Cemetery.  Arrangements: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home, Kearney. Survivors: Her second husband, 2 daughters, 2 gch.  Predeceased by parents, 5 sisters & 2 brothers.  Memorials: Shelton United Methodist Church, or Shelton Fire & Rescue Unit.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 12 Apr 2006
Lester L. WIEGERT, 81

Born 27 Aug 1924, Chapman, NE. Parents: Alfred & Meta Wiegert. WW II: US Army (Europe).  Died Sat. 8 Apr 2006 at Omaha, NE.  Visitation: Wed. at Braman Mortuary. Service: Thurs. at Emmanuel Fellowship Church, Omaha, NE. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, one daughter, 3 sons, grandchildren; one brother. Predeceased by his parents, a brother Wayne and a sister Erma. 

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 Apr 2006
Lawrence KOZA, 76

Born 10 Jun 1929, Fullerton, NE. Parents; Charles Koza & Mary Novacek. 1945 grad. of Fullerton HS. 1950-54: US Navy. 12 May 1956: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Moved to Omaha for about 3 years, returned to Silver Creek. Business owner, farmer, livestock buyer. Died Thurs. 13 Apr 2006 at UN Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Service: Tues. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements; McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Survivors: wife, a daughter, 3 gch., a brother. Predeceased by his parents & daughter Linda Prososki.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 15 Apr 2006; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Apr 2006
Ethel Leone MORROW, 95

Born 5 May 1910, Palmer, NE. Parents: Jerome Alonzo Tuttle & Mary Florence Flint. Educated at Palmer and Scotia, NE.  12 Oct 1926: Married Glen Goldman Morrow at Ord, NE. They farmed & raised cattle, near Scotia, NE. Mrs. Morrow died Fri. 14 Apr 2006 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Tues. at Scotia United Methodist church. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Scotia. Arrangements: Ord Memorial Chapel. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 18 gch; 46 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband Glen (2 Jul 1991), parents, 3 brothers: Theodore, Ralph & Emery Tuttle; 2 sisters: Blanche Earl and Letha Gibson, 2 gch. 

Note: Her parents marriage - Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book D p431 #1772.  There is a Theodore Tuttle (1905-1919) buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Apr 2006
Dewayne Thomas DOUGLAS, 75

Born 24 Mar 1931, Grand Island, NE. 1949 grad. of Clarks HS. US Navy and US Navy Reserves. 5 Jun 1956: Married at Central City, NE. Lived at Clarks until Aug 1963, when moved to Grand Island, NE. Owner: Douglas Bookkeeping. Died Fri. 14 Apr 2006 at Grand Island. Service: Tues. at St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 28 gch., 9 g-gch.; one sister. Predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers: Donald, William & James; one sister: Jean Bolen. Memorials: Central Catholic Foundation or St. Mary's Cathedral Square.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 Apr 2006
Roland E. MORROW, 70

Born 7 Feb 1936, Mead, KS. Parents: Rollie Morrow & Leucretia Hixon. Family moved to Central City, NE in the 40's. 1959-61: US Army. 10 Oct 1964: Married Dorothy E. Kamper at Central City. Farmer, watch repairman. Died Mon. 10 Apr 2006, auto accident near Archer, NE. Private service held 12 Apr at Burke Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: 1 son and 2 daughters. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy.

Note: Death notice appeared in same newspaper Thurs. 13 Apr 2006. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 19 Apr 2006
Mable NORRIS, 95

Former resident of Chapman, NE. Died 4 Dec 2005 at Spencer, Iowa. Cremated. Memorial service: Sat. at Methodist Church, Chapman, NE. Burial: Fri. at Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: one son and his wife, 7 gch.

Columbus Telegram (death notice), Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 Apr 2006
Douglas Scott GLASGOW, 55

Born 13 May 1950, Scottsbluff, NE. Parents: Louis H. "Gus" Glasgow & I. Jane Bowman. Family moved to Clarks in 1959.  Douglas moved to Grand Island in 1991. Died Fri. 21 Apr 2006 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Book signing: Sun. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: later date, Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by his parents.  Memorials: Epilepsy Foundation.

Fremont Tribune - Mon. 24 Apr 2006
Wayne V. NIELSEN, 85

Born 2 Aug 1920, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Victor Nielsen & Sarah Kershaw. 1922: Family moved to Valley, NE. 1940 grad. Valley HS.  WW II: US Navy Seabees. 1948: Married; they lived in Valley. Carpenter, employee of power district. Died Sat. 22 Apr 2006 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: today at Reichmuth Funeral Home, Valley. Service: Tues. at United Faith Community Church, Valley. Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Elkhorn, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, 4 gch.  Memorials: the church and Valley Historical Society.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Apr 2006
Velma Rose McLEAN, 96

Born 21 Sep 1909, Hordville, NE. Parents: George Grosvenor & Rose Hill.  Grad. of Central City H. S. and NE Central College. 16 Jun 1934: Married William McLean at York, NE. They lived in several places, then returned to Central City after WW II.  Teacher. Died Mon. 24 Apr 2006 at Central City, NE. Service: private, at later date. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, one son, 13 gch. Predeceased by daughter Jerry Lu Peterson; 3 brothers: Ronnie, Reginald & Gerald Grosvenor; a sister Glenda. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 214 (Grosvenor), 299 (McLean).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Apr 2006
Clifford M. HALL, 88

Born 5 Apr 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: George Hall & Cora Potts. Abt 1934: Moved to St. Paul, NE. Grad. of St. Paul HS.  US Navy. 28 Jun 1941: Married Olenda Hedglin at Dayton, OH. Aircraft mechanic. They moved to St. Paul, NE.Was later in business with brother Raymond. Mr. Hall died Wed. 26 Apr 2006 at Kenesaw (Adams Co.), NE. Service: Mon. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents, his wife (died 8 Feb 2006) and his brother Raymond.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Apr 2006
Evelyn Millicent TRUESDELL, 96

Born 5 Dec 1909, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert F. Everett & Mary V. Yarno.  Grad. of Central City HS. 1 Nov 1931: Married Fred. E. Truesdell. They lived in Central City and Clarks, NE; 1960, moved to Loveland, CO and returned to Clarks in 1978.  Mrs. Truesdell died Thurs. 27 Apr 2006, Berthoud, CO. Service: Mon. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (8 Mar 1984), a grandson; 4 sisters: Jessie Gleason, Nettie Stuart; Helen Weaver and Dorothy Emgarten; 3 brothers: Ernest, Wilbur and Roy Everett.

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Norfolk Daily News and Scottsbluff Star Herald - Tues. 2 May 2006

Sue Ann MAGGERT, 61

Born 4 Sep 1944, Central City, NE. Parents: Oliver C. Smith & Bette Brown. 1962 grad. Hastings HS. 29 Apr 1966: Married Rodney Maggart at Hastings. Beautician.  Died Sat. 29 Apr 2006, Gering, NE. Cremation at Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory, Scottsbluff, NE. No service. Survivors: Her husband, son, daughter, father, a sister and a brother. Predeceased by her mother.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 368 (E&M Smith).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 May 2006
Walter E. ECKSTROM, 63
Born 28 Jul 1942, Palmer, NE. Parents: Leonard Eckstrom & Milda Burkhardt. Attended Palmer HS. 1960-63: US Navy. 16 May 1981: Married at Central City, NE. They lived at Palmer, NE.  He died Sun. 30 Apr 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed, Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Thurs. at Wesleyan Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 5 gch.; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 May 2006
Elizabeth Marie KLUTE, infant
Born and died: 4 May 2006, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Scott Klute & Angela Kortum of Hampton, NE. Private service. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: parents, 2 sisters and a brother. Also surviving: 3 grandparents, 3 great-grandparents, aunts & uncles. Predeceased by a brother Logan (16 Nov 1998); grandfather Russ Kortum (28 Nov 2005); and great-grandparents: Anita Cox, Jim & Margaret Kortum, Robert Scott and Edgar Klute.

Note: See Chapman Cemetery extracts.

Columbus Telegram death notice - Sun. 7 May 2006
Iris Lillian “Dolly” GIFFEN, 86

Former resident of Osceola, NE. Died Thurs. 4 May 2006, Central City, NE.  Service: Mon. at Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola.  Burial: Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: son George Cole Jr., 6 gch., 10 g-gch., 2 gg-gch. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 May 2006
Wilma Mae EDWARDS, 100

Born 1 Feb 1906, Wheatland, WY. Parents: William Lawson & Minnie Heines. Raised by aunt & uncle: Joseph W. Lawson & Eva Lucina Pate (who also raised Ted Curtis). 1924 grad. of Central City HS., Merrick County, NE. 9 Jun 1927: Married Raymond Carl Wegner. They lived at Gothenburg & Scotia, NE.  Raymond died 2 Apr 1951. 6 Jun 1953: Married Merle Lloyd Edwards at Junction City, OR. They lived at Junction City and Corvallis, OR. Wilma taught school. Merle died in 1963. 1978: Wilma moved to Scotia NE. Methodist. Mrs. Edwards died Wed. 10 May 2006, Ord, NE. Service: Sat. at Ord Memorial Chapel.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 stepsons, a half-brother; several grandchildren, 20 g-gch, 10 gg-gch. Predeceased by 2 husbands; son Victor & his wife Jackie; "brother" Ted Curtis; half-brother Charles Lawson, a grandson and 2 g-grandsons.   

Notes: See extracts of Rosehill Cemetery for her first husband's gravestone. The aunt & uncle appear in Who's Who in Nebraska 1940, Merrick County chapter, page 816.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 May 2006
Larry A. VEED, 64

Born 28 Mar 1942, Osceola, NE. Parents: Walter Veed & Doris V. Burgeson. 1960 grad. of CCHS. Service in USAF (4 yrs) and US Navy (16 yrs). Died Sun. 7 May 2006, Central City, NE. Graveside service: Mon. Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His mother, and a sister.  Predeceased by his father. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 13 May 2006
Norman R. MARSH, 69

Born 4 Aug 1936, Central City, NE. Parents: Marion Marsh & Lillie Belle Mesner. 1954 grad. of CCHS. 1958 grad: UN Ag College. Farmed near Archer. 23 Aug 1958: Married at Omaha, NE. Died Thurs. 11 May 2006, Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Mon. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Fairview United Methodist Church (near Central City). Burial: CC Cemetery. Survivors: wife, a son, 2 daughters, 12 gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents, and a brother P. Wayne Marsh. Memorials: Fairview United Methodist Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 283.

Columbus Telegram  and Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 May 2006
Jimmie L. PETERS, 58

Born 20 Jun 1947, Central City, NE.  Parents: Everett Peters & Edith Sawyers. 1967-71: US Navy. 5 Aug 1967: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Worked in law enforcement. Resident: Columbus, NE. Died Mon. 15 May 2006 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Service: Fri. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at church cemetery.  Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, gch. Predeceased by his parents; a son Brian; and wife's parents: Henry & Rose Koza.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 May 2006
Alberta A. GLENN, 52

Born 21 Feb 1954, Palmer, NE. Parents: Albert Glenn & Doris Lowe. 1972 grad. Wolbach HS. Miss Glenn died Wed. 17 May 2006, Omaha, NE. Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church, Wolbach. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, Wolbach. Survivors: her mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by her father.

Grand Island Independent (photo) and Aurora News Register - Tues. 23 May 2006
Virginia Rose Elizabeth "Ginny" FLODMAN, 89

Born 15 Sep 2006, Central City, NE. Parents: Walter L. Moore & Elva P. Gillliard. 1934 grad. of CCHS. 20 Sep 1934: Married Carrol M. Flodman at Council Bluffs, IA. They farmed near Polk, NE. Died Sat. 20 May 2006, Stromsburg, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Polk, NE. Service: Thurs. at United Methodist Church, Polk, NE. Burial: Swede Plain Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 sons, 3 daughters, 19 gch., 20 g-gch. Predeceased by husband Carrol (4 Jun 1981), infant daughter Deanna Rae (1940), infant son Edward Lee (1939). Also deceased are 2 brothers: Dean & Donald Moore; sister Mary Jane Christensen; 2 grandchildren.

Kearney Hub - Tues. 23 May 2006
Jay M. HACKETT, 94

Born 10 Sep 1911, Archer, NE. Parents: Oscar Hackett & Edna Cronk. Grew up at Pocatello, ID & Ord, NE. 4 Jul 1935: Married Gladys Mildred Patrick at Ord. Heavy equipment operator, diesel mechanic. Worked in Valley County & at Kearney, NE.  Retired in 1972 to residence at Johnson Lake (near Lexington, NE); returned to Kearney in 1999. Mr. Hackett died Sat. 15 Apr 2006 at Kearney. Service: Sat. at Ord Cemetery. Arrangements: O’Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home, Kearney.  Survivors: 1 son, 3 daughters, 9 gch., 16 g-gch.  Predeceased by his wife (2001), his parents, a brother & a sister. Memorials: St. John’s Center or the Merryman Center for the Performing Arts in Kearney.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 May 2006; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 25 May 2006
Carol A KULA, 63

Born 19 Mar 1943, Chicago, IL. Parents: Joseph Govern & Lucille Kurek. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. 31 Aug 1963: Married Richard Kula at Krakow (near Genoa), NE. They lived in Iowa and Grand Island, NE; returned to Silver Creek, NE. She died Mon. 22 May 2006 at Silver Creek. Service Fri. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Church cemetery.  Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: husband, a son, a daughter, 3 gch.; a brother, a sister. Predeceased by her parents. Memorials: St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center or St. Francis Hospice in Grand Island.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 May 2006
Betty Jean PEDERSEN, 79
Born 15 Nov 1926, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Floyd Peterson & Bessie Thompson. Lutheran. Attended school in Merrick County. 26 Jun 1944: Married Stanley Pedersen at St. Paul, NE. They farmed in Howard County, and then Merrick County.  Mrs. Pedersen died Fri. 26 May 2006 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Tues. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 2 gch.; a brother, 4 sisters. Predeceased by husband Stanley in 1979.  Also deceased: her parents and a sister Beulah Jensen.  Memorials: St. Paul EMTs.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 29 May 2006
Wilma FAEH, 99 (photo)

Born 12 Jul 1906, Wilcox, NE. Parents: Newton Franklin Potter & Anna Ellen James. 1925 grad. Alma HS. 17 Mar 1926: Married Delmond Faeh at Alma, NE. They farmed near Alma, Republican City, Wood River and Central City (since late 1940's). Mrs. Faeh died Sun. 28 May 2006 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at the Presbyterian Church. Burial: Central City Cem.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, 3 sons, 16 gch., 32 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband (1994), and a daughter, Corinne Hope Crossgrove. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 May 2006
Donald C. LARSON, 83

Born 19 Feb 1923, Meadow Grove, NE. Parents: Claus E. Larson & Anna P. Olson. 1940 grad. of Meadow Grove HS. 1944-46: US Army Air Corps (mechanic).  6 Jul 1952: Married Dorothy M. Rodekohr at Battle Creek, NE. Farmed until 1958 when he went to work for Soil Conservation Service. 1963: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Larson died Sat. 27 May 2006 at Henderson, NE (York County). Visitation: Tues. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Central City.  Burial: Stromsburg Cemetery (Polk County).  Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 gch.; one brother.  Predeceased by his parents & his wife (26 Apr 2001); 3 brothers: Rudy, Allan & John Larson; 2 sisters, Esther Wieting & Winnifred Larson. 

Notes: See cemetery extracts for Polk County - his parents are buried at Stromsburg.  See also: Do You Remember Meadow Grove, 1886-1986 page 255

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 June 2006
Carl F. SCHERER, Jr. 79

Born 26 Nov 1926, Geddes, SD. Parents: Carl F. Scherer Sr. & Opal Walker. Educated at his birthplace. WW II: US Army. 14 Oct 1941: Married at Broken Bow, NE. They later lived at Central City and Grand Island, NE. He worked for Southern Public Power District. Died Sat. 3 Jun 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Memorial service: Wed. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial at later date. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 11 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers: Howard & Lawrence Scherer. Memorials: Abundant Life Christian Center. 

Note: Parents, & brother Lawrence buried at Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent and Scottsbluff Star Herald - Wed. 7 June 2006
Frank L. MADISON, 76 (photo)
Born 9 May 1930, Clarks, NE. Parents: Frank and Lottie Madison. Grad: Central City HS, NE Central College, and UN. Served in US Army. 14 Aug 1955: Married at Grand Island, NE. Teacher, coach, principal, school superintendent. Died 22 May 2006 at home in Gering, NE. Service: Sat. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Scottsbluff, NE. Remains will be taken to Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery) at later date. Arrangements: Gering Memorial Chapel.  Survivors: wife, a son a daughter; a brother, 2 sisters, grandchildren. Predeceased: his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters.  Memorials: Calvary Lutheran Church or Banner County Dollars for Scholars.

Note: GI Obit states his father & a brother died a week apart in Spring of 1931. Actually, it was his half-brother Elmer Madison that died 31 Mar 1931 (see Merrick County message board for obits). 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 June 2006
Teya Faith COOK, 16 (photo)
Born 19 Jun 1989, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Joel Allen Cook & Julie Ann Nilius. Died Wed. 7 Jun 2006, auto accident near Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial: Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: her mother & step-father; father & stepmother; a brother, 2 sisters. Also surviving, several grandparents. Predeceased by grandmother Bonnie Nilus and great-grandfathers, Carl Kasten and Gordon Cook. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 June 2006
F. Louise PICKREL, 80

Born 8 Aug 1925, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Henry Wesley Pickrel & Bertha Jane Harrison. She lived at Clarks before moved to Central City, NE. Died Thurs. 8 Jun 2006, Central City, NE. Service: Mon. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sisters and a sister-in-law.

Grand Island Indpendent (abbrev.) - Fri. 9 Jun 2006; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 11 Jun 2006
William Fredrick August GAEDEKE Jr., 83

Born 31 Oct 1922, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: William Gaedeke Sr. & Minnie Auman. 1940 grad. of Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Navy. 17 Mar 1946: first marriage - to Bernice, at Grand Island, NE. They farmed south of Silver Creek, NE. 26 Dec 1971: second marriage - to Mardyne, at Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Gaedke died Thurs. 8 Jun 2006, Silver Creek, NE. Visitation & service: Mon. McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Survivors: wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons, 24 gch., 19 g-gch. Also surviving: 2 step-daughters, 4 step-sons; a brother and 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; daughter Barbara Shalgren; brother Ralph Gaedeke and sister Julia Pipke.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 June 2006
Wayne Neuman SCARBOROUGH, 81 (photo)
Born 28 Apr 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: Neuman Scarborough & Sathena Mickelson. 1942 grad. St. Paul HS. WW II: US Army. 28 May 1952: Married Geraldine Glover. Died Tues. 13 Jun 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service Sat. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial at Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A son and a daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by his wife & a son Craig; 3 brothers: Gerald (& his wife Edna), Gale and Lavern Scarborough.

See obits for wife (published GI Independent, 14 Mar 2001) and brother Gale (published GI Independent, 7 Mar 2005)

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 16 Jun 2006
Brent B. ZOUCHA, 19 - Lance Corp.

Born 26 Aug 1986, Central City, NE. Parents: Benedict Zoucha & his wife. 2005 grad. of High Plains Community School. 12 Jun 2005: Entered US Marine Corps. Died Fri. 9 Jun 2006 at Al Bu Hardan, Al An Bar Province, Iraq. Service: Tues. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: his mother, 2 brothers, a sister, 3 grandparents. Predeceased by his father Benedict Zoucha and grandfather, Ben B. Zoucha. 

Grand Island Independent and Kearney Hub - Fri. 23 June 2006
Maxine G. McMULLEN, 88

Born 16 Jun 1918 near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Wallace Carter & Harriet Kershaw. Died Thurs. 22 Jun 2006 at Gibbon, NE.  Service: Mon. at Faith United Church, Gibbon. Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon. Arrangements: Godberson Mortuary.  Survivors: a son, 4 daughters, a brother. Predeceased by husband Archie R. McMullen and a daughter Beverly. 

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 28 Jun 2006
Jerome E. MEYSENBURG, 75

Born 9 Apr 1931, Clarks, NE. Parents: Leo Meysenburg & Anita Koeller. 1949 grad. Marietta HS. 1952-54: US Army. 8 Nov 1958: Married at Appleton, NE. Farmer. Died Sun. 25 Jun 2006 on farm near David City, NE. Visitation: Today at Roberts-Chermok Funeral Home. Service: Thurs. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Bellwood, NE. Burial: church cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 16 gch.; 6 brothers and 2 sisters. His parents are deceased. Memorials: Aquinas HS or the Presentation Catholic Church (near Bellwood, NE).

Note: His parents - Merrick County Marriage Records Book I page 52 #3605.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 June 2006; Aurora News Register - 4 Jul & 25 Jul 2006
Robert W. WILLMAN, 90

Born 22 Feb 1916, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Fred Willman & Dora Spiehs. 1933 grad. of Grand Island HS. 13 Apr 1937: Married Dolores Koarstad at Kearney, NE. They farmed between Grand Island & Chapman, NE. Mr. Willman died Tues. 27 Jun 2006. Graveside service: Fri, Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 2 gch and 2 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife (1981), his parents and an infant son Collin.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 408.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Jul 2006
Howard MICKELSEN, 70

Born 28 Mar 1936, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Clarence Mickelsen & Annie Bennett. 1955 grad. of Dannebrog HS.  1955-59: USAF. 30 Sep 1958: Married  Eva Mary Bordelon, Avoyelles Parish, LA. They lived at Palmer, NE. Mr. Mickelsen died Thurs. 6 Jul 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Mon. at United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Oakridge Cemetery, Dannebrog, NE. Survivors: 2 sons; 2 brothers; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife (1988); brother Clarence Mickelsen Jr.; 2 sisters, Lillian Thompson and Doris Butler.

Aurora News Register & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Jul 2006
Mary FISHLER, 82

Born 19 Nov 1923, Hordville, NE. Parents: Albin J. Nelson & Margaret E. Dodds. Grad. of Hordville HS  5 Oct 1947: Married Laurence J. Fishler at Hordville, NE. They farmed near Central City, NE. Died Sun. 9 Jul 2006, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs. at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home of Central City, NE. Survivors: 3 sons, 5 daughters, 28 gch., 29 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers: Lee Nelson & Clarence Nelson (infant); 3 gch.  Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.  

Note: Husband died 14 Nov 2004.

Grand Island Independent obit - Wed. 12 Jul 2006
Margaret Anne MINNIEAR, 85

Born 30 Mar 1921, Mynard (Cass Co.), NE. Parents: John S. Vallery & Margaret Livingston. 1938 grad. Plattsmouth HS.  1940: Moved to California. 15 May 1943: Married Perry Dingman at Greensboro, NC. Following war they lived at Plattsmouth, NE.  Mr. Dingman died in 1968. 10 Oct 1971: Married Harley Minniear. They lived at Central City, NE. Mr. Minniear died 9 Jan 1996. Mrs. Minniear died Sun. 9 Jul 2006 at Plattsmouth, NE. Service: Sat. at First United Methodist Church. Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Plattsmouth, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home of Central City, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 2 stepdaughters, 2 gch. Predeceased by her parents, 2 spouses; 2 sisters: Mary Ellen Davis and Janet Ptak; 2 brothers: Jack & Robert Valley; a stepson Edward Harley Minniear. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 12 Jul 2006
Hazel BURKE RUGE, 98

Born 8 Dec 1907, Wolbach, NE. Parents: Gustave Wagner & Inez Lee. Raised on farm of Wagner grandparents, near Chapman, NE. 10 Feb 1927: Married Fay W. Burke. They farmed at Glenwood (Nance Co.), near Palmer, NE. 1958: Moved to Palmer.  Husband died 11 Nov 1964.  22 Sep 1968: Married Bill Ruge. They lived in Omaha, NE. Mr. Ruge is deceased. Mrs. Ruge died Sun. 9 Jul 2006 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Thurs. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 2 step-children. Predeceased by both spouses; a brother Herbert; 6 sisters: Margaret Buresch, Augusta Tyler, Dorothy Wells, Esther Tyler, Emma Rembolt and Effie Maude Wagner (infant).  Also deceased, stepson Douglas Ruge. Memorials: Methodist Church in Palmer, Rose Hill Cemetery in Palmer, Omaha Home for Boys, Ak-Sar-Ben Chapter, or Chapter 277 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

See extracts of siblings obits - 11 Feb 1998: Grand Island Independent obit of sister Augusta. 14 Mar 2001: GI Independent obit of sister Dorothy. 30 Jul 2005: GI Independent obit of sister Emma.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 13 Jul 2006
Delbert Lewis MILLER, 79

Born 4 Jul 1927 (near Palmer) in Nance County, NE. Parents: Charles Herbert Miller & Sadie Olive Lewis. 12 Jun 1954: Married at Columbus, NE. 1955-57: US Army. Lived at Palmer, then Clarks, and at Central City, NE. Died Wed. 12 Jul 2006, Central City. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service Sat. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survived by his wife, 3 daughters, , one son, 8 gch., 1 g-gch; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers: Elmer & Everett Miller; 2 sisters: Elsie Arnold and May Rasmussen. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p273.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Jul 2006
Julia E. RILEY, 89 (photo)
Born 24 Sep 1916, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Martic C. Christensen & Georgia E. Brown. Family moved to farm in Nance County (north of Palmer). She worked in Palmer, Lincoln and Scottsbluff, NE. 16 Jul 1939: Married Charles Riley at Mitchell, NE. They farmed near Mitchell until his death 17 Jul 1954. She worked in Scottsbluff, Palmer and St. Paul, NE. In 1996, returned to Palmer, NE. Died Thurs. 13 Jul 2006, Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun. at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Mon. at Wesleyan Church, Palmer. Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, near Palmer, NE (in Nance County). Survivors: a step-daughter; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband, 3 stepsons; 3 brothers: Chris, Carl and Albert Christensen. Memorials: Nebraska Christian Schools in Central City.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Tues. 18 Jul 2006
Leah R. BECK, 67
Born 2 Apr 1939, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Dean Himebaugh & Neva Smith. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. 13 Jul 1957: Married Robert L. Beck at Silver Creek, NE. They lived at Clarks, NE. School bus driver, business owner. Died Sun. 16 Jul 2006, Clarks. Celebration of Life: Wed., at Beck's Barn near Clarks. Burial: Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE.  Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 4 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents, and 2 aunts: Mildred Adams and Vera Johnson. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 Jul 2006
Levi L. HEDGLIN, 61 (photo)
Born 5 Aug 1944, Wood River, NE. Parents: Harvey Hedglin & Myrtle Sorensen. 1961-63: US Navy. 9 May 1964: Married at Wood River, NE. Truck driver. 1983: Moved to Central City. Methodist. Died Mon. 17 Jul 2006, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, 17 gch.; 2 brothers, 2 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters and a brother. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 Jul 2006
Martin W. FRIEDRICHSEN, 73
Born 27 Dec 1932, Palmer, NE.  Parents: William & Louise Friedrichsen. Grad of Palmer HS. Served in US Army. Farmed at Palmer. Moved to California and later to Tucson, AZ. Died Thurs. 20 Jul 2006, Grand Island, NE. No service. Survivors: 5 children, 3 step-children, 16 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by wife Jeri and an infant daughter. Also deceased: his parents; and 2 sisters: Arlene & Helen.

Note: Mother's obit - 27 Aug 2000: Grand Island Independent

Norfolk Daily News - Sat. 29 Jul 2006
John L DUSATKO, 55

Born 19 Oct 1950, O'Neill, NE. Parents: Bernard Dusatko & Margaret Babl. 1969 grad. of St. Mary's School. 6 Jun 1976: Married at O'Neill. They lived at Kearney, NE; Center Point, IA; Grand Island, NE. About 1984: Moved to Palmer, NE. He died 27 Jul 2006 at Palmer. Service: Mon. at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial: Prospect Cemetery, O'Neill. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 2 gch.; his parents, 4 brothers, a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 31 Jul 2006
Helen M. HOFFMAN, 82

Born 14 Feb 1924 near Central City, NE. Parents: Walter Garrett & Frankie Good. Married Leonard Hoffmann. Lived at Bradshaw, NE. Died Sun. 30 Jul 2006, York, NE. Service: Tues. at Metz Chapel, York. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery.  Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter; 2 brothers & 3 sisters.
See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 203 for her family.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 31 Jul 2006
Roberta Ellen MACE, 84 (photo)

Born 6 May 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert Johnston & Amanda W. Nelson. 1940 grad. of CCHS. 18 Jun 1947: Married Marvin Mace at Central City. Secretary, bookkeeper. Died Sat. 29 Jul 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Tues. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons and a daughter, 22 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (22 Dec 1986), and a son David (30 Dec 1998).

See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 252. Her parents - Marriage Record Book H p179 #3348: Central City, Merrick, NE

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Norfolk Daily News - Wed. 2 Aug 2006

Marie H. BOCK, 101

Born 4 Sep 1904, Clarno, WI. Parents: Fred Dinges & Edith Williams. When 6 mos old, her family moved to Central City, NE.  1942 grad. Cotner College, Lincoln, NE. 14 Aug 1929: Married Mark Bock. Taught at Pleasant Hill, Clarks and Central City.  Mr. Bock was teacher/coach. 1957: Moved to Norfolk, NE. Mrs. Bock died Sun. 30 Jul 2006, Blair, NE. Service: Wed. 2 Aug at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home, Blair. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 6 gch., 8 g-gch. Predecased by her husband.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Aug 2006
Maxine M. JENSEN, 82 (photo)

Born 4 Oct 1923, near Central City, NE. Parents: Helmet Butts & Lenore Alma Brown. 1941 grad. of CCHS. Teacher, florist. 20 Sep 1947: Married Glenn H. Jensen at Lincoln, NE. Died Mon. 31 Jul 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A sister-in-law, nieces & nephews.Predeceased by her parents, husband (died 26 Dec 1979), twin brother Max Butts, sister Wilma Ruge. 

Note: her parents marriage - Merrick County Marriage Records Book H p237 #3407

Grand Island Independent (abbrev.) and Kearney Hub - Tues. 8 Aug 2006
Margaret HOSTLER, 87

Born 13 Aug 1918, Central City, NE.  Parents: Rollie Hilligas & Tressie McMahon. Grad. of Dallas HS, SD. 1938: Married John H. Hostler at Pine Ridge. Resident of Blunt, SD since 1998. Died Thurs. 3 Aug 2006 at Pierre, SD. Service: Thurs. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, and a sister. Predeceased by her husband (Oct 1982); daughter, Ida Broberg and son-in-law Robert Broberg.

Note: her parents marriage - Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book G p283 #2816

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 11 Aug 2006
Jack M. MUNN, 63 (photo)
Born 7 Sep 1942, Central City, NE. Parents: Elbert Munn & Gladys Michaelson. 1960 grad. of CCHS. 1960-63: US Navy.  Later moved to Nashville, TN. Drummer for various country western bands. 1979: Returned and settled at Chapman, NE. 24 Oct 1980: married at Columbus, NE. 1992: Began his own business. Died Wed. 9 Aug 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 4 gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by son Mario. 

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 292

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 11 Aug 2006
Agnes TVRDIK, 93 (photo)

Born 22 Oct 1912, on farm west of Ord, NE. Parents: John Rousek & Anna Bruha. 1 Aug 1932, Married Edward C. Tvrdik at Ord. They farmed near Ord. 1957: Moved to farm near Central City, NE. Mr. Tvrdik died in 1973 and the next year Agnes moved back to Ord, NE. She died Tues. 8 Aug 2006. Visitation: Fri. at Ord Memorial Chapel. Service: Sat., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ord. Burial at Ord Catholic Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 6 gch., and 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sisters: Alice Bartu and Emma Rousek; a son-in-law Quentin "Hank" Dahlstedt. Memorials: Altar Society at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 12 Aug 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 15 Aug 2006
W. K. "Keith" BAILEY, 83 (photo)
Born 31 Dec 1922, Wolbach, NE. Parents: Chauncy Bailey a& Edna Hennessey. 1941 grad. of Wolbach HS. WW II & Korea: US Army. Residence: Palmer, NE.  17 Nov 1946: Married at Wolbach, NE. Farmer; orderly at VA Hospital in Grand Island. Died Thurs. 10 Aug 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon. at United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach, NE. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: His wife, 8 children, 21 gch., 31 g-gch. Predeceased by 5 brothers: Glen, Lloyd, Loren, Max and Ward Bailey; one sister Julia Earl.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 Aug 2006
Terry M. CATLETT, 44 (photo)
Born 29 May 1962, Central City, NE. Parents: Ted G. Catlett & Rose L. Lyons. 1981 grad. of CCHS. Member of Christian Church. 30 Mar 1985: Married at Central City. Worked for NE Dept. of Roads. Died Sat. 12 Aug 2006 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Service: Tues. at same place. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: His mother, 2 daughters, a brother, 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his father; brother Douglas B. Catlett; brother-in-law Keith Namanny; grandparents George & Vera Catlett and Howard & Elsie Lyons. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Aug 2006
Irene D. BAHENSKY, 87 (photo)

Born 7 Jul 1919, Worms, NE. Parents: Alfred Dammann & Katherina Hinrichs. Attended Zion Lutheran School, Worms. 1937 grad. of Palmer HS. 29 Aug 1937: Married Melvin Bahensky at Worms, NE. They lived in Canada, West Virginia and then Gage Valley area of NE. Moved to Grand Island, NE. 2000: Moved to St. Paul, NE. Recently moved to Grand Island. Died Thurs. 17 Aug 2006 at Grand Island. Burial at later date, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: husband, a son and a daughter, 5 gch., 13 g-gch.  Predeceased by her parents; brother Arnold Dammann; 2 sisters: Hildegard Brase & Agatha Luebbe. Memorials: Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul.
Notes:  See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 168 (Dammann). 4 May 2004: Grand Island Independent obit published for brother Arnold.  25 Mar 2005: Grand Island Independent obit published for sister Hildegard Brase.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Aug 2006
Marjorie S. FOSTER, 94

Born 8 Apr 1912, Archer, NE. Parents: Adolph & Sophia Nitzel. Grad: Grand Island Sr. High School, and Hastings College. 21 Dec 1931: Married Wayne S. Foster, at Central City, NE. They farmed near Doniphan, NE (Hall County). Mr. Foster died 27 May 1978. Mrs. Foster died Thurs. 17 Aug 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Burial: Cedarview Cemetery, Doniphan. Survivors: A son and 2 gch. Predeceased by son Wayne Jr. and 3 brothers.  Memorials: Doniphan United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Aug 2006
LeRoy Ernest RUDOLF, 76 (photo)
Born 1 Mar 1930, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ernest Rudolf & Martha Bruns. 1948 grad. of Palmer HS. 1952-53: US Army. 15 Aug 1954: Married at Archer, NE. Farmer. Died Mon., 21 Aug 2006, Palmer, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Fri. at Palmer United Methodist Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Aug 2006
Thelma Jeanne PALSER, 82 (photo)

Born 19 Aug 1924, Mira Valley near Ord, NE. Parents: Lynn Collins & Edna Stam. 1941 grad. of Ord HS. 15 Jun 1946: Married Arthur E. Palser at Mira Valley Evangelical United Brethren Church. 1961: Moved to Central City; owned a motel & service station. Mrs. Palser died Sun. 27 Aug 2006, Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 4 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother & a sister.  Predeceased by her parents, sister Gladys Hackel and brother Vernon Collins. Memorials: United Methodist Church Foundation, Central City, NE. 

Grand Island Independent obit - Wed. 30 Aug 2006
Pauline M. SORENSEN, 88

Born 1917 near Grand Island, NE. Parents: Casper & Mary Meyer. Married Francis Sorensen. Mrs. Sorensen died Sun. 27 Aug 2006, Omaha, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home, West Center Chapel, in Omaha. Service: Fri. at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery in Omaha. Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, 8 gch, 3 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, parents and siblings. Also deceased, grandson Connor Meigs. Memorials: Kountze Memorial Church or to the Florence Mill.

Note: For her possible parents see Who's Who in Nebraska, Merrick Co. chapter, page 817.

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Columbus Telegram - Wed. 6 Sep 2006
Terrance J. HUTCHISON, 64

Born 25 Oct 1941, Columbus, NE. Parents: Theodore Hutchison and Emma Wilcox. Family lived in Silver Creek. He married twice; first in 1963, and second, in 1993. Lived in Hastings, NE. Died Sun. 3 Sep 2006 at Hastings. Service: Thurs. United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial at Silver Creek. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a daughter and a son, 3 gch.; a sister & 2 brothers. Also surviving - 3 step-sons. 

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 11 Sep 2006
Floyd M GORGEN, 83 (photo)

Born 20 Sep 1922, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John H. Gorgen & Evelyn M. Walden. 1940 grad. of CCHS. US Army Air Corps. 7 Oct 1948: Married Barbara A. Glotfelty at Spokane, WA. They farmed in Merrick County until 1960. 1967-1989: Floyd was Merrick County Clerk. Mr. Gorgen died Sat.9 Sep 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 5 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister & brother-in-law. Predeceased by his wife (died 25 Nov 2000); and a brother John Gorgen. Memorials: St. Francis Hospice, Grand Island., NE
Note: Brother, John died 4 Jul 2005. Their mother, Evelyn Walden can be found in 1900 Census with her parents, Prairie Island Pct ED132 p3b D051 F051

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Sep 2006
Agnes M. McKEE, 80 (photo)

Born 3 Sep 1926, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Albert Schmidt & Florence Noehrn. Attended Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE.  17 Sep 1950: Married Thomas McKee at Grand Island, NE. Worked at Skagway. Mr. McKee died 21 Apr 1996. Mrs. McKee died Sat. 9 Sep 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Wed. at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A son, 2 daughter, 5 gch., 4 step-gch., etc.  Predeceased by her husband and her parents; 2 brothers: Albert Jr. & Loren Schmidt; sister Emma. Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church, Grand Island or Zion Lutheran School of Worms.

Note: Her sister, Emma Anderson died 5 Dec 2005.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Sep 2006
Willa Jean "Billie" Fishburn, 78 (photo)
Born 13 Oct 1927, Webster Co., NE. Parents: Vaugh Lewis & Maybelle Vonderfecht. Grad. of Chapman HS and Kearney State College. 14 Jul 1964: Married George "Jim" Fishburn at Grand Island, NE. English teacher, speech therapist. Died Mon. 11 Sep 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri. at Kleine Funeral Home. Burial: Chapman Cemetery (Merrick Co.). Survivors: a brother, 2 nieces, 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (1995), and a son Matthew (1979, auto accident). Memorials: Merrick Foundation for Matthew Fishburn Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 200, Central City, NE 68826.

Note: See Chapman Cemetery extracts file on-line.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 16 Sep 2006
Frieda M. OAKESON, 86 (photo)

Born 29 Feb 1920 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Henry Helzer & Elizabeth Bader. 16 May 1941: Married Howard M. Oakeson at Palmer, NE. They lived a short time at Grand Island, then moved to St. Paul, NE. Oct 1994, they moved to Grand Island. Mrs. Oakeson died Fri. 15 Sep 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, a son, 5 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents; sister Emma Knothe; 3 brothers: Albert Walter & Mike Helzer. Memorials: Christ Lutheran Church.

Note: Howard Oakeson's obit - 27 Apr 2008, Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 17 Sep 2006
Edwin C. SCHIPMAN, 79

Born 13 Sep 1927, on farm near St. Libory (1 mile northeast of Worms), NE. Parents: Reinhart Schipman & Frieda Scheer.  Education: Zion Lutheran Church School, Worms. 10 Sep 1950: Married Melba Bergstrom at Dannebrog, NE. Ran farm, truck garden, and greenhouse. Died Wed. 13 Sep 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial: church cemetery. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greeway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 18 g-gch.  Predeceased by his wife (died 30 Jan 1974), his parents; 2 brothers: Leonard & Donald Schipman; an infant sister, and a great-grandson Justyn Larsen. 

See: History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 253-4 (Jurzenski), 269 (BJ&S Larsen), 350-1 (Schipman)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Sep 2006
David Shelton FORBIS, 44 (photo)

Born 4 May 1962, Central City, NE. Parents: Mac & Shirley Forbis. 1980 grad. CCHS.  22 Jun 1985: Married at Central City, NE. Died Tues. 19 Sep 2006 at medical facility in Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 children; parents, 2 sisters, 2 grandmothers. Predeceased by grandparents Henry & Frances Forbis, Max Shelton Jr.

Fremont Tribune (photo) - Fri. 22 Sep 2006; Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 23 Sep 2006
Geraldine E. SASS, 78 (photo link not working on GI Independent website)

Born 18 Jun 1928, St. Libory, NE.  1946 grad. Palmer HS. Grad. of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. 25 Apr 1954: Married Wallace Sass at Palmer, NE. Died Thurs. 21 Sep 2006, Fremont, NE. Visitation: Sun., Lattin-Dugan-Chamber Funeral Chapel. Service: Mon. Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors: husband, a daughter, 2 sons, 6 gch.; a sister, 2 brothers Memorials: American Lung Association or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Note: Her family, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 278

Grand Island Independent  and Kearney Hub - Tues. 26 Sep 2006

Gilbert J. "Gib" GORGEN, 82 (photo)

Born 21 Feb 1924, Central City, NE. Parents: Joe Gorgen & Annie Walden. 1943 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Navy (South Pacific). 3 Sep 1950: Married. 1954: Moved to Kearney, NE  Died Sat. 23 Sep 2006 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation Tues. at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary, Kearney. Service: Wed., First Presbyterian Church, Kearney. Burial: Kearney Cemetery.  Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, gch. & g-gch.; 2 sisters. 

Note: Obit also appeared the day previous, with different photograph.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Sep 2006

Jessie R. EOFF, 88

Born 2 Feb 1918, Treat, KS. Parents: George D. Relph & Sarah M. Clayton. Lived with Paul & Mabel Crawford in Central City, NE.  1935 grad. of CCHS. 1936: Married Hardin Eoff at Crawford's home. Lived in Omaha, NE. Died Wed. 20 Sep 2006, Sun City West, AZ. Service was held Mon. at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City, AZ. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: husband, 2 sons, 5 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by a sister, Lottie R. Mullin. Memorials: Arizona Kidney Foundation, 4203 E. Indian School Road #140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Sep 2006
Lois Wyvonne SNODGRASS, 72

Born 26 Oct 1933, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Archie Snodgrass & Esther Garrett. Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Tues. 26 Sep 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Fri., Wesleyan Church, Palmer. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery (Bureau Cemetery), near Clarks, NE.  Survivors: two sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 369-70.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Sep 2006
Frederick "Fritz" REMBOLT, 88 (photo)

Born 10 Jan 1918, Chapman, NE. WW II: US Army. 2 Jun 1946: Married Nancy of Ralston, NE. Owned Rembolt-Hansen Piano & Organ Co., Grand Island, NE. Semi-retired to RV in USA. Died Sun. 24 Sep 2006, Kingman, AZ. Visitation: Fri., Livingston-Sodermann Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Sat., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, 3 gch., 1 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by parents & 3 brothers: Harvey, Earl & Marvin Rembolt. Memorials: American Heart Association, Phoenix Chapter, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, AZ 85282.

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Grand Island Independent obit - Mon. 2 Oct 2006, Aurora News Register - Wed. 4 Oct 2006
Alberta OBERSCHULTE, 70

Born 7 Dec 1935, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Leonard Dickman & Anna Shipman. Grew up near Worms, NE. Grad. of Grand Island HS. 6 Feb 1959: Married LaMoine August Oberschulte at Grand Island, NE. They lived at North Platte & Chapman, NE.  Later lived at St. Libory & Fullerton, NE. Mr. Oberschulte died in May 1995. Mrs. Oberschulte died Sat. 30 Sep 2006, at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 gch.; a sister in TX. Predeceased by her husband, and a daughter Kimberly Ann Booker. Also deceased, brother Marvin Dickman and sister LaVonne (Bonnie) Powers.

Note: See extracts of Chapman Cemetery for husband and daughter.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Oct 2006
Harold D. BERST, 75 (photo)

Born 8 Feb 1931, near Cushing (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Charles Berst & Marie Petersen. Attended school in Merrick County. 1952-58: US Army. 13 Sep 1959: Married at Palmer, NE. They farmed near Cushing (20 years); moved to Crete for 12 years, then moved to Palmer, NE. Mr. Berst died Sun., 1 Oct 2006, St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Fri., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: South Logan Cemetery, north of St. Paul, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 gch.; a brother & a sister, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by son Kenneth Dale Berst and daughter Jean Marie Berst. Also deceased: his parents, brother Edward and infant sister Beverly. Memorials: St. John's Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Oct 2006
Orville E. SAWYERS, 85 (photo)

Born 13 Dec 1921, Central City, NE. Parents: Samuel G. Sawyers & Luella Adams.  "... grew up on Prairie Island." 21 Apr 1940: Married Jean M. Swanson. They lived in Central City area. 4 Sep 1971: Married second time; they lived in Grand Island.  Mr. Sawyers died Tues. 3 Oct 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2nd wife, a daughter & a son, 8 gch.; 5 step-daughters and their children; a sister and a brother-in-law.  Predeceased by first wife Jean (died 10 May 1969), 2 sons: Gordon Sawyers (5 Feb 1970) and Gary Sawyers (26 May 2000). Also deceased: three sisters - Edith Peters, Ruby Ortegren, Marjorie Dettman; two brothers - Harold & Raymond Sawyers. 

Kearney Hub - Thurs. 5 Oct 2006
Mary Anna Sophia DAHLGREN, 92
Born 5 Nov 1913, Chapman, NE. Parents: Henry Ropers & Anna Kirchheck. Attended school in Dawson County. 1932 grad. Lexington HS. 28 Aug 1935: Married Vernon Dahlgren at Lexington, NE. 1940: They moved to farm northeast of Bertrand (Phelps County), NE. 1973: Moved into town. She was active in church, social & civic affairs. Was parade marshall of 2006 Bertrand Fair & Rodeo. Died Tues. 3 Oct 2006 at Bertrand. Visitation: Fri., Sandstrom Funeral Home, Bertrand. Service Sat., St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial: Highland Cemetery, Bertrand. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, gch. and g-gch. Predeceased by her parents, her husband (died 9 Aug 1984); 3 brothers: John, George, Albert (infancy); 4 sisters: Lizzie Strumpler, Meta Ropes, Anna Phillippi, Hattie (infancy).  

Note: Her mother and baby sister Hattie are buried at Chapman Cemetery.  Obit is lengthy.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Oct 2006
Alnetta REEVES, 83

Born 18 Oct 1922, at North Star (near Palmer), NE. Parents: Joseph E. Cundiff & Sarah T. Owens. 1938 grad. Fullerton HS (Nance County). Taught in Nance County. 2 May 1941: Married Robert Reeves at Central City, NE. They farmed near Central City. Died Tues. 3 Oct 2006, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 daughters, 2 sons, 16 gch., 25 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents, husband (11 Nov 1978), son Richard Robert Reeves (died in Apr 1946), 2 gch., 2 g-gch., brother Art Cundiff and 2 infant brothers.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 271 (G Lee), 333 (R Reeves)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 9 Oct 2006
Jean E. VEED, 82

Born 27 Feb 1924, Big Timber, MT. Parents: Archie M. Nash and Lulu Mack. 1930: family moved to Central City, NE. 1942 grad. of CCHS. 4 Mar 1950: Married Lawrence Veed at Taylor, NE. Mrs. Veed died Sat. 7 Oct 2006, Central City, NE.  Graveside service will be at later date, Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 2 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents, and a sister Virginia Hoffschneider. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Note: Her parents marriage - Merrick Co, NE Marriage Records Book H p25 #3195.  Her father with his parents - see Compendium of History Reminiscence& Bio. of NE page 264.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 10 Oct 2006
Alice B. CORDES, 92 (photo)

Born 18 Jun 1918, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Oscar P. Scherzberg & Anna Marie Elstermeier. 1933 grad. of Grand Island HS.  19 Sep 1940: Married Leo T. Cordes at St. Libory, NE. They farmed until 1954 when moved to Shelton, NE. Mrs. Cordes died Sun. 8 Oct 2006 at Greeley, NE. Service: Thurs. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shelton. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Arrangements: Apfel-O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home, Wood River, NE. Survivors: A daughter, 4 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by husband and 3 sons (Robert, Daniel and David); her parents, 2 brothers (Paul & Roland Scherzberg) and a sister Ruth Schwieger-Stolle. 

Note: Each of her parents can be found in 1900 Merrick Co. census, Vierregg Twp. - living with their parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 12 Oct 2006
Jerry A. "Slim" CORNELIUS, 81 (photo)

Born 2 Jun 1925, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Paul Cornelius & Rose Mueller. Grad. of Chapman HS. 1944-46: US Army. 29 Jun 1948: Married at the First Presbyterian Church in Omaha, NE. They farmed near Chapman. Moved to St. Libory, NE. Died Tues. 10 Oct 2006, at St. Francis Skilled Care. Service: Sat. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. Survivors: His wife, two daughters; 3 sons; two brothers & a sister. Predeceased by his parents. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Oct 2006
Otto Paul August FRAUEN, 85 (photo)

Born 17 Dec 1920, farm near Worms and Chapman, NE. Parents: Otto P. Frauen & Louisa Obershulte. Took over running parents farm when father died in 1939. 17 Apr 1955: Married at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Died Thurs. 12 Oct 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: wife, 3 daughters; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers, Max and Herman Frauen; 4 sisters: Marie Nelson, Elsie Schutt, Catherine Frauen & Louise Benson. Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or Cemetery. 

Note: His parents marriage - Merrick County Marriage Records Book F p198 #2487.

Norfolk Daily News - Mon. 23 Oct 2006
Delmon D. PECK, 89

Born 3 Aug 1917, Palmer, NE. Parents: Darwin Peck & Elizabeth McMurrin. 1935 grad. of Palmer HS. WW II: US Army.  5 Apr 1942: Married Florence Witzel at Osceola, NE. Employee of NPPD at Fullerton, St. Edward and Tilden, NE. Died Sat. 21 Oct 2006 at Tilden, NE. Service: Wed., Faith United Methodist Church, Tilden. Burial: Tilden Cemetery. Arrangements: Beyer Funeral Home of Neligh, NE. Survivors: 3 sons, 6 gch.; 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents, wife (died 18 Mar 2005); two sisters - Iva Freeland and Claretta Ita; a brother Wayne Peck.,
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p9B D63 F65 - Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (name extracted as Dalwin D. Peck) with parents and siblings. See Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer for parents & other relatives. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Oct 2006
Jeane M. BERNEY, 79 (photo)

Born 1 Jul 1927 near Cushing (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: William Borre & Hazel Stratton. 1944 grad. of Wolbach HS. 28 Apr 1946: Married Virgil Berney at Wolbach. 1958: Moved north of Palmer, NE; later moved into town. Died Sun. 22 Oct 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, a daughter, 10 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by son Terry (died in Vietnam, 1969), her parents; two brothers: Don & Wayne Borre; five sisters: Vivian Moffett, Doris Berney, Lorraine Moffett , Wanda Nelson and Billie Fiese.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Tues. 24 Oct 2006
Bernita Lucille DITTMER, 92

Born 7 May 1914, near Duncan, NE. Parents: William "Guy" Fox & Eva Gotchall. Attended school at Monroe & Fullerton, NE.  1 Feb 1933: Married William Dittmer at Columbus, NE. They farmed near Clarks, then moved into town in 1988. Mrs. Dittmer died Sun. 22 Oct 2006, Central City, NE. Visitation: today at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed. at Congregational Church, Clarks. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law; 9 gch., 24 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.; two sisters. Predeceased by her husband (died 24 Dec 1992), son Ivan (died 24 May 1999); five brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent & Norfolk Daily News - Mon. 30 Oct 2006
Donald Lee SHULL, 86

Born 21 Jul 1920, Archer, NE. Parents: Ray Elmer Shull & Ina Elvera Anderson. 1937 grad. of Archer HS. 22 Nov 1941: Married Wilma May Sadler at Omaha, NE. They lived in Archer, Chapman, Grand Island and Norfolk. Returned to Grand Island in 1977. He was a farmer, business owner, general manager for Holiday Inn. Mr. Shull died Thurs. 26 Oct 2006 at home in Omaha, NE.  Service: Thurs. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Burial: Grand Island Cemetery.  Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 7 gch., 11 g-gch.; a brother and other relatives. Predeceased by his wife, his parents; brothers - Kenneth, Gerald and Raymond Shull. Memorials: Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for use in supporting cancer research or to the First United Methodist Church of Grand Island.

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Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 7 Nov 2006
Darlene HOSICK, 75 (photo)

Born 15 Mar 1931, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Cecil C. Grace & Berniece Eckles. Grad. of Palmer HS. 31 Jan 1953: Married Walter J. Hosick Jr. at Central City, NE. They owned a drug store. Later lived at Alma and McCook, NE. 1990: Moved to North Platte, NE. Mrs. Hosick died Sun. 5 Nov 2006 at Omaha, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, 10 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother and his wife. Predeceased by her father in 1968, her mother in 2003, and her stepfather Art Soderberg in 1992. 

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 7 Nov 2006
Harold H. NIEMOTH, 80 (photo)

Born 17 Jan 1926, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Joseph Niemoth & Minnie Gosda. Family farm was north of Grand Island, NE. 11 Jun 1950: Married Rosella at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Farmer, stockman, seed salesman. Sep 1994: Moved into town. Died Sun. 5 Nov 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Service Wed. at Messiah Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 daughters, 6 gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by his parents.  Memorials: to the church.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 8 Nov 2006
Lyle BAHENSKY, 92 (photo)

Born 24 Sep 1914, Palmer, NE. Parents: Steve Bahensky & Ruby Kutch. 1932 grad. of St. Paul HS. 31 Mar 1936: Married at Council Bluffs, IA. Farmer, well driller. Died Mon. 6 Nov 2006, St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Fri. at United Methodist Church, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter; 6 gch., 18 g-gch.; a brother and an uncle.  Predeceased by his parents and a brother LeRoy Bahensky.  Memorials to the church, or to Howard County Historical Society.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 112

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 11 Nov 2006
Christine V. HOLZ, 81 (photo)

Born 27 May 1925, Grand Island, NE. Parents: James H. Goodwin & Mary Rayno. Married John Wieck. Married second to Kenneth Holz. Resident of Central City, NE. Died Fri. 10 Nov 2006 at Grand Island. Graveside service: Mon. at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 4 sons, 4 daughters, 24 gch., and 26 g-gch. Predeceased by both husbands; 6 brothers: Edward, Henry, Lloyd, Arthur, Floyd & Albert Goodwin; 4 sisters: Angela Stauss, Florence Leschinsky, Lola Potrzeba & Dorothy Zlomke.

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 11 Nov 2006
Vicente "Vinny" RAMIREZ, 24 (photo)

Born 2 Jan 1982, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Gonzalo Ramirez & Juanita Rodriguez. Recently married. Resident of Chapman, NE. Died Wed. 8 Nov 2006 at Kearney, NE - result of auto accident. Visitation: Sun. Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service: Mon. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic church. Burial: Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, a grandmother in Texas. Predeceased by 3 grandparents and his father-in-law.

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 12 Nov 2006
Orville J. NICHOLAS, 95 (photo)

Born 15 Feb 1911, in Merrick Co., NE (homestead of great-grandfather). Parents: Glen Nicholas & Carrie Arnold. 1928 grad. of Palmer HS. 12 Jun 1935: Married Prema Jane Maddox. They farmed. 27 Feb 1977: Married Emma Clark Hann. He worked as electrician. 2002: Moved to Central City. Died Thurs. 9 Nov 2006 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Tues., First Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 3 children & their spouses, 12 gch., 22 g-gch.; a step-daughter & her spouse. Predeceased by both wives - Prema Jane died 13 Feb 1975, Emma died 12 Sep 1998. Also deceased, daughter Phyllis Irene, sister Thelma Irene, a grandson and a g-grandson. Memorials: Palmer Rescue Squad or Pibel Bible Camp.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 306-8; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p8B D44 F46 (w/p); extracts of Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 14 Nov 2006
Cecil I. PERREL, 90 (photo)

Born 30 May 1916, Marquette, NE. Parents: Elic Perrel & Rose Rallens. 31 Aug 1940: Married Irene Buechler at Kearney, NE. WW II: US Navy. Lived in Grand Island. Cabinet maker, business owner. Died Sun. 12 Nov 2006, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Wed. at Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 5 gch., 11 g-gch; a sister-in-law & her husband. Predeceased by his wife (died 6 Sep 1983); and 2 sisters: Grace Jensen and Hazel Scott. Memorials: St. Francis Hospice.

Note: For Cecil with his parents, see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED 61-13 p1A D14 F14, Prairie Island Twp, Merrick Co., NE.  For sister Hazel, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p371 (Solt).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Nov 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 21 Nov 2006
Richard A. "Dick" ANDERSON, 73 (photo)

Born 13 Feb 1933, Hordville, NE. Parents: Richard L. Anderson & Bertha O. Hult. 1950 grad. of Hordville HS. 8 Mar 1953: Married Gladys at Central City, NE. 1953-55: US Army. Banker. Died Wed. 15 Nov 2006, Hordville. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Monday, Fridhem Lutheran Church. Burial: Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 3 sons, 5 gch., a sister. Predeceased by his parents and a grandson Rick Anderson.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 17 Nov 2006
Leola Marie FRAHM, 93 (photo)

Born 13 Jun 1913, Ithaca, NE. Parents: Herman Treptow & Kathryn Schmidt. Grad. of Wahoo HS. Married Lawrence H. Frahm. Farmed near Ithaca, then owned a business at Ashland, NE. Retired to Lincoln, NE. Mr. Frahm died Dec. 1998. Mrs. Frahm died Wed. 15 Nov 2006, Central City, NE. Burial: Indian Mound Cemetery, Ithaca. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch., 12 g-gch, 3 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by 10 siblings: Herman, Ernest, Gerald, Art, Sam, Frieda, Richard, Ben, Ralph and Werner.

Columbus Telegram death notice -  Mon. 20 Nov 2006

Mary H. WYMAN, 75

Died Sun. 19 Nov 2006, at Osceola, NE. Visitation: Tues. at Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Shelby, NE. Burial: Shelby Cemetery.

Note: Probably Mary Helen Jilg "of Clarks".  See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 411.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 22 Nov 2006
Fern A. MILLER, 92 (photo)

Born 10 Sep 1914, Sherman Co., NE. Parents: Hans Johnson & Mary Elizabeth Blomquist. 1931 grad. of Palmer HS. 1 May 1933: Married Norman Miller. They lived at Palmer, NE, owned a market. Mr. Miller died in 1995. 2004: Fern moved to St. Paul, NE. Died Mon. 20 Nov 2006 at St. Paul. Visitation: Wed., at Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Fri., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: a son, 2 daughters, 15 gch., 25 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband & parents.  Also deceased: 5 sisters: Minnie Greenway, Gladys Jamison, Alice Jensen, Clara Armagost, Blanch Carlson, Florence & Lily Johnson; 5 brothers: Martin, Harry, Elmer, James and Carl Johnson.  Memorials: to the church, or Palmer School Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 248, Palmer, NE 68864.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 24 Nov 2006
Harold O. DIBBERN, 89 (photo)

Born 29 Jul 1917, Wood River, NE. Parents: Earnest Dibbern & Augusta Kroeger. 3 Sep 1938: Married Florece Hann at Grand Island, NE. They farmed in Merrick County. WW II: US Navy. 1984: Retired to Central City, NE; then moved to Grand Island in 2005. Died Tues. 21 Nov 2006 at Grand Island. Service: Sat. at Apfel Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Methodist. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 7 gch., 15 g-gch.; a sister and two sisters-in-law.  Predeceased by his wife, and his parents; 7 brothers: Leonard, Arthur, Lawrence, Harvey, Elmer, Donald & Raymond Dibbern; 2 sisters: Caroline Sass and Clara Garrison. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Columbus Telegram  - Fri. 24 Nov 2006
Eleanor A. PODRAZA, 90

Born 17 Feb 1916, Nance County, NE. Parents: Charles Valasek & Mary Podraza. 25 Oct 1936: Married Frank A. Podraza at Krakow, NE. Lived mostly at Silver Creek, NE. Died Thurs. 23 Nov 2006, Columbus, NE. Service: Sat. at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter, 3 sons, 10 gch., etc. Also surviving one brother. Predeceased by her parents and her husband.

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 27 Nov 2006
Frieda E. SINNARD, 94

Born 19 Jan 1912, Alda, NE. Parents: Henry Wiese & Herminie Arp. 12 Jun 1932: Married Ostia H. Sinnard at Central City, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Died Fri. 24 Nov 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon, Kleine Funeral Home. Graveside service: Tues., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A brother, several nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; a brother Harry and 3 sisters: Alma, Anna and Cecelia.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 28 Nov 2006
Marybelle "Mary" FUSS, 71 (photo)

Born 15 Apr 1935, Stromsburg, NE. Parents: Orville Hennings & Lois Woods. 1953 grad. of Stromsburg HS. 12 Aug 1956: Married Harold A. Fuss at Green's Chapel. 1973: they moved to Central City. Harold died 26 Jul 1974. Mrs. Fuss died Sun. 26 Nov 2006 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat. at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial: Central City, NE. Survivors: A son, 3 daughter, 11 gch., 9 g-gch.; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by her husband and her parents. 

Note: Her father - see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED164 p3B D61 F61, Council Creek, Nance, NE

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Nov 2006
Henrietta L. CHURCH, 76

Born 27 Oct 1930, Cedar Rapids, NE. Parents: Ludwig J. Greger & Anna M. Sauser. Grew up near Fullerton & Clarks, NE.  Catholic. 24 Sep 1954: Married Forrest D. Church at Central City, NE. They lived on farm south of Clarks. Died Tues. 28 Nov 2006 at Osceola, NE. Service: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, a sister.  Predeceased by her parents, her step-father Leo Kelley and a brother Tony Greger.

Note: Husband's family, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 157-8.

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The Oregonian, Portland, OR - Sat 2 December 2006

Pauline MAPES, 94

Born 11 Jun 1912, Archer, NE. Moved to Portland, Oregon in the 1940's; lived in Arizona. Abt 2004: to King City. Died 29 Nov 2006. Memorial Service: 4 Dec. 2006, Young's Funeral Home. Husband Donald Mapes (married in 1943) died in 1985.  Survivors: A daughter & two sisters, 3 gch., 6 g-gch.  Memorials: Portland Rescue Mission.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 330

Aurora News Register - Tues. 5 Dec 2006

Louise A. BLASE, 82

Born 12 Oct 1924, St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Emil H. Wilshusen & Hulda Schnackenberg. Family moved east of Hordville (Hamilton Co.), NE. Grad. of Polk HS. 6 Apr 1947: Married Carl M. Blase at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk, NE. They farmed near Hordville, retired into town in 1985. Carl died 17 May 2000; and Louise moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Blase died Thurs., 30 Nov 2006 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon. 4 Dec at Immanuel Lutheran Church; burial at church cemetery (near Polk). Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 9 gch.; 3 sisters, and a brother. Predeceased by her husband, and 2 sons - Mark died in 1961, Roger in 1972.  Also deceased - her parents and an infant brother.

Aurora News Register - Tues. 5 Dec 2006

Janet Joyce ERICKSEN, 61

Born 30 May 1945, Central City, NE. Parents: Carroll H. Ericksen & Marjroe R. Jones. Lived at Hordville, NE. 1950: Moved to NE State Home, Beatrice, NE.  1973: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Wed. 29 Nov 2006 at hospital in Grand Island. Service: Mon. 4 Dec at Bethel Baptist Church, Grand Island. Burial: Hordville Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 brothers.  Predeceased by her parents and a sister-in-law. 

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (abbrev.)  - Wed. 6 Dec 2006
Margie Mae CERNY, 68

Born 2 Apr 1938, Geary, OK. Parents: Foster & Iva Leone Scott. Grad. of Polk HS. 24 Nov 1958: Married Nicholas Julius Cerny, Osceola, NE. They lived at Genoa, Silver Creek, Clarks and Polk, NE. 1989: Moved to Osceola, NE. Died Sun. 3 Dec 2006, Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Today, Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Thurs., First United Methodist Church, Osceola.  Private inurnment at later date, Osceola Cemetery.  Survivors: husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 10 gch; 5 sisters. Predeceased by her parents, 3 brothers: Billy, George and Ray Scott.

Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 9 Dec 2006
Kathleen Moyia "Kathy" POLSKI, 56 (photo)

Born 17 Apr 1950, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Rex Gemmell & Lois Davis. Grad. of York HS. Aug 1969: Married Dale Nienhueser at Russell, KS. She later lived in Grand Island, NE and for the last several years at Central City, NE. Died Thurs. 7 Dec 2006 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Later, at Chester, NE.  Survivors: a son. Predeceased by her parents; a son Shannon (died 16 Nov 1994); a brother Don Gemmell (died 29 Aug 2004) and an infant sister Deborah. 

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 10 Dec 2006
Mildred L ORTEGREN, 81 (photo)

Born 20 Oct 1925, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert F. & (Ada M.) Lawson Johnston. 1943 grad. of CCHS. 18 Jun 1944: Married Merton Weller. 5 Nov 1973: Married Bud Ortegren. They lived in Marquette, NE. They later worked in property management in California, Arizona and New Mexico. 2002: moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Ortegren died 15 Oct 2004. Mrs. Ortegren died Fri. 8 Dec 2006, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Zion United Methodist Church, near Archer, NE. Burial: Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, NE. Survivors: a son and 2 daughters; 2 step-daughters; 14 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by four brothers: Bob, David, Gerald and Dean Johnston. Also deceased, an infant sister Helen. Memorials: American Heart Association or Zion United Methodist Church.

Note: Husband, Hubert "Bud" Ortegren died 15 Oct 2004.

Columbus Telegram  - Wed. 13 Dec 2006
Esther Martha REPLOGLE, 97

Born 29 Sep 1909 on farm near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Christian Garfield Boss & Martha Kummer. Attended Federal School of Commercial Designing, Minneaplis, MN on a scholarship. 1948: married Clarence Eldon Replogle at Columbus, NE. They lived in Anchorage, Alaska and Silverdale, WA. 1976: Retired to Lincoln City, OR. Died Sat. 9 Dec 2006 in Lincoln City, OR.  Interment: Pacific View Memorial Garden Mausoleum, Lincoln City. Arrangements: Waud's Funeral Home, Tillamook, OR.  Survivors: a grandson and his wife, children.  Predeceased by her husband (died 1987). 

Note: With parents - 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p10A D6 F6 - Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p2a D31 F31 - Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 15 Dec 2006
The Rev. Jack J. ESKE, 72 (photo)

Born 31 Dec 1933, Mansfield, SD. Parents: Ezra J. Eske & Mabel V. Bradley. 14 Jun 1959: Ordained at St. John's Lutheran Church, Warner, SD. 18 Oct 1959: Married Joyce M. Sheldon at Warner, SD. Served churches at Orient, SD; Fowler, CO; Smithfield, Atkinson and Clay Center, NE.  Retired to Central City, NE where he continued to serve - as interim or visiting pastor. Died Wed. 13 Dec 2006 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., Messiah Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 4 gch.; 3 brothers, & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife (died 15 Mar 2006); his parents, 3 brothers (Billy, Merlyn and Daryl Eske), & 3 sisters (Elsie Stroschein, Lois Santos and Beverly Andersen).

Columbus Telegram  - Sun. 17 Dec 2006
Rex L. DAKE, 67

Born 24 Jul 1939, Shelby (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: LeVerne Dake & Leora Young.  1957 grad. of Osceola HS. 11 Aug 1963: Married Marily at Genoa, NE. They farmed in Fairview community. Currently resident of Silver Creek, NE. Died Tues. 12 Dec 2006 at Osceola, NE. Visitation: Thurs. at Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Fri. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: wife, a son and a daughter; 5 gch. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 18 Dec 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 19 Dec 2006
Bettie I. BAILEY, 76 (photo)
Born 26 Dec 1929, Prairie Island (Twp), Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Glen Hinkle & Mable Smyers. Grad. of Wolbach HS. 17 Nov 1946: Married Warren "Keith" Bailey at Wolbach, NE. They lived at Wolbach, Grand Island, and Central City, NE. 1965: Moved to Palmer, NE. Died Sat. 16 Dec 2006 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach, NE.  Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Survivors: 8 children, 22 gch., 31 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by her husband (died 6 Aug 2006), parents, a granddaughter Corrie Jean Archer; a brother Jimmie Dean Hinkle and a sister Dorothy Nielsen. 

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-13 (Prairie Island Pct, Merrick, NE) p1A D3 F3.  Parents & brother are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE (see extracts).

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 18 Dec 2006
Elsie L. FRAUEN, 100 (photo)

Born 16 Mar 1906, Hall Co., NE. Parents: Ernest Ostermeier & Marie Bucholz. 10 Feb 1929: Married Max A. Frauen at Grand Island, NE. They farmed in Merrick County, NE. 1971: Retired to live at Worms, NE. Mr. Frauen died 16 Jan 1986.  Mrs. Frauen died Sat. 16 Dec 2006, Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed. at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial: Church cemetery.  Arrangements: Peter Funeral Home of St. Paul, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 10 gch., 23 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by her husband, son Robert; son-in-law Dean Simonson; 4 brothers: Fred, Ernest, Albert & Ervin Ostermeier; 2 sisters: Satie Olson and Etta Henderson.  Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 19 Dec 2006
Gerald J. "Jerry" HANNAPPEL, 72

Born 20 Nov 1933, Central City, NE. Parents: John & Irene Hannappel. Served in US Army. 1956: married Melissa Bolling.  1960: Moved to Phoenix, AZ. General contractor. Died 16 Nov 2006 at Phoenix. Services were held at Greenwood Mortuary, Phoenix. Survivors: wife Jeanie, 3 daughters, 4 sons, 12 gch.; six brothers, and 3 sisters. 

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 19 Dec 2006
Harry A. THEDE, 96 (photo does not load)

Born 9 Aug 1910, Merrick Co., NE (near Worms). Parents: Henry Thede & Susanna Miller. Baptized, educated at Zion Lutheran Church. 11 Jul 1941: Married Rose at Worms, NE. They farmed. 1984: Moved to St. Paul, NE. Mr. Thede died Sun. 17 Dec 2006 at St. Paul. Visitation: Thurs., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service Fri. at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial: Worms West Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 9 gch. Predeceased by his parents, a granddau. Jennifer Kiser; 2 sisters, Emma Meyer and Viola Busch; 3 brothers, John Walter and August Thede. Memorials: to the church or Howard Co. Community Hospital.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 366 (Simonson) & 383 (Thede). Check also - Prairie Creek Twp in 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p3A D42 F42 (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p4b D91 F86 (w/p).

Norfolk Daily News - Wed. 20 Dec 2006; Columbus Telegram  - Thurs. 21 Dec 2006
Helen REIMER, 73

Born 11 Dec 1933, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Philip Sock & Helen Jarecki. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. 2 Jan 1954: Married Don Chohon at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. They had 6 children. 9 Dec 1989: Married Lou Reimer at Grand Island, NE.  They lived at O'Neill, NE.  Mrs. Reimer died Sun. 17 Dec 2006 at home. Visitation: Today at Biglin Mortuary, O'Neill.  Service: Fri., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, O'Neill with burial at O'Neill Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter & 5 sons; two sisters. Predeceased by husband Lou (died 31 May 1992), her parents, and 3 sibling - Roman, Jimmy and Elizabeth Sock.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 370 (Sock).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 22 Dec 2006
Sonja Jean AERNI, 66

Born 19 May 1940, Platte Co., NE. Parents: Leonard Aerni a& Doris Lockard. Grew up in Central City, NE. 1958 grad. of CCHS. Moved to Lincoln, NE and was employed by NE Games and Parks (librarian). Died Wed. 20 Dec 2006, Lincoln, NE.  Service: Tues. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: 2 brothers and a sister; other relatives. Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 27 Dec 2006
Edith L. LINDGREEN, 97 (photo) /

Born 1 Oct 1909, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Eli L. Wiles & Emma L. Brummer. Mar 1911: Family moved to Merrick Co., NE.  1926 grad. of Clarks HS. Taught in Colfax and Merrick Counties. 7 Aug 1936: Married Charles Lindgreen at her parents home.  Methodist. They farmed near Archer, and then west of Clarks, NE. Died Sun. 24 Dec 2006 at Osceola, NE. Service: Fri. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 8 gch., 7 g-gch; a sister-in-law.  Predeceased by her husband (died 7 May 1983); her parents and a sister, Vera Brennan. 

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 273 (Lindgreen), 405 (Wiles); 1920 Fed. Census NE - Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE - ED156 p11a D102 F107 (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census NE - Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE - ED61-12 p6a D130 F121 (w/John D. Cherry)

Grand Island Independent and Columbus Telegram (death notice) - Thurs. 28 Dec 2006
Irene C. SHERMAN, 85

Born 5 Jul 1921, Brainard, NE. Parents: Wilhelm  Witzel & Clara Porter. Married Charles R. Sherman (deceased 23 Jul 1985).  Mrs. Sherman died Tues. 26 Dec 2006, Central City, NE. Service: Fri. at Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton. Burial: Fullerton Cemetery.  Survivors: a daughter; 4 sisters.

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 31 Dec 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 2 Jan 2007
Harold L. BLASE, 85 (photo)

Born 10 Jun 1921, Hordville, NE. Parents: Henry Blase & Clara Rochlitz. WW II: US Army. 21 Oct 1944: Married at El Paso, TX.  They lived in East Peoria, IL until 1947 when moved to a farm in Nebraska  (near Hordville, NE?). Died Sat. 30 Dec 2006, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk, NE. Burial at church cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 3 sons, 13 gch., 15 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; son Harold; 3 sisters - Hilda Parker, Lydia Berges and Alice Blase; 3 brothers - Gilbert, Arnold and Victor Blase. 

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 31 Dec 2006; Aurora News Register - Tues. 2 Jan 2007
Shirley Mae FENSTER, 77 (photo)
Born 1 Sep 1929 near Leigh, NE. Parents: Paul T. Deichmann & Verna M. Botsch. 1946 grad. of CCHS. 2 Nov 1947: Married Dale Fenster at Central City, NE. "They lived in Central City, Chapman, Marquette, Greeley, Colo., Grand Island and Nampa (ID)". Lutheran. Died Thurs. 28 Dec 2006 at Nampa, ID. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Aurora Cemetery (Hamilton Co.), NE. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 4 sons, 14 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her parents, a daughter Vickie Waugh & and her husband Jerry Waugh; a daughter-in-law, Coralane Fenster. 

Note: She appears as grandchild in article - Leigh Centennial, 100 Years page 31 (G Botsch)

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Sat. 30 Dec 2006; Columbus Telegram  - Sun. 31 Dec 2006
LaVonne K. GRESS, 92

Born 6 Jul 1914, Loup Valley, NE. Parents: Frank Wymer & Mary Evelyn Adams. 1931 grad. of Palmer HS. 29 Dec 1943: married Dale Gress. Died Thurs. 28 Dec 2006 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Church of Christ, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by daughter Darlene Ough, g-grandson Samuel Clarke; brother Wyane Wymer and sister Onilee Newlon.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 211-12 (Gress), 412 (Wymer); 1920 Fed. Census NE Loup Twp, Merrick, NE - ED159 p7A D9 F9 (w/p)

 

 

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