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2008 - 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.

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Columbus Telegram - Sat. 5 Jan 2008; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Jan 2008
Regina M. CERNY, 85 (photo)
Born 4 Apr 1922 near Osceola (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Anton & Rose (Cich) Iwan. 8 Oct 1946: Married Victor Cerny. They lived at Osceola; retired to Central City, NE. About 2001, they moved to the Norfolk Veteran's Home. Victor died 17 May 2007. In September, Mrs. Cerny moved to the Grand Island Veteran's Home. She died there Fri., 7 Jan 2008. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial will be at later date. Survivors: 4 children, 7 gch., 7 g-gch.; 4 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 4 brothers - Anthony, Raymond, Richard and Leonard Iwan.  

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 11 Jan 2008
Dale BECK, 82 (photo)
Born 28 Oct 1925, Clarks, NE. Parents: Raymond W. & Ruth A. (Wolfe) Beck. 11 Feb 1949: Married at Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. They farmed near Clarks until 1964 when purchased land north of Silver Creek. Mr. Beck died Thurs., 10 Jan 2008 at hospital in Genoa, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: his wife, 5 children, 15 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents & his step-mother Elsie Beck. Also deceased - 3 brothers, Wesley, Roger & Phil Beck; a sister Doris Neel. Memorials: the United Methodist Church, Silver Creek.

 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 15 Jan 2008
Lyle LARSON, 86 
Born 1 Jan 1922, Motley, MN. Adopted by Mary & Nels Larson. WW II: US Army. 10 Oct 1950: Married at Browns Valley, MN. They lived in Michigan and Minnesota. RR worker, creamery worker, furniture maker. Retired to Chapman, NE. Died Sun. 13 Jan 2008 at Grand Island Veterans Home. Visitation: Tues., Klein Funeral Home. Service: Wed., at the home. Burial: Burkett Cemetery. Survivors: his wife, a daughter, 8 gch., 3 g-gch. Also surviving 5 brothers & 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents & an infant brother.  

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 18 Jan 2008
Maria  BAUER, 89
Born 16 Oct 1918, Monteagle, TN. Parents: Andrew & Callie Wells. Married Paul Bauer. Mrs. Bauer died Mon., 14 Jan 2008 at Central City, NE. Graveside service: Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters. Predeceased by husband (died 31 Aug 1993); daughter Phyllis Johnson (died 1 Feb 1982); son Wilber Andrew Knigh (deid 6 Aug 1941); son Chuck Bauer (died 25 Dec 1981).  

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Jan 2008
Leroy "Pee Wee" KNEPPER, 70 
Born 8 Apr 1937, O'Neil, NE. Parents: Leslie & Lena (Jensen) Knepper. Grad. of Kearney HS. Married Ginger; they lived in Wichita, KS. Construction worker, house painter. Lived in Kansas City and TX. 1995: Moved to Central City, NE. Died Thurs., 17 Jan 2008 at Central City. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: his wife, 2 daughters, a son, 3 gch., 2 g-gch.; 3 sisters & 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

 

Fremont Tribune - Wed. 23 Jan 2008
Della MILLER, 92

Born 9 Mar 1915, Chapman, NE. Parents: Elza & Fairy Dell (Shreves) Ury. Worked in her father's store. 4 Feb 1934: Married Ray Miller. They lived at Valley, NE. She died Mon., 21 Jan 2008 at Valley.  Visitation: Thurs., Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn. Memorial service: Fri., United Faith Community Church, Valley. Private graveside service planned. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 11 g-gch., 2 gg-gch. Also surviving is one brother. Predeceased by her husband, 2 brothers & 2 sisters.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p390 (Ury); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-3 p3a D52 F53: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Jan 2008
Helen M. DAILEY, 85 (photo)
Born 16 Feb 1922, Hannibal, MO. Parents: George E. & Clara E. (Johnson) Ledbetter. Both parents died & she grew up in a children's home in Quincy, IL. Married & had a daughter. Married second to Val Marr and had 4 children. Mr. Marr died in 1956. She married (third) to James J. Dailey. They lived in Central City; had a daughter. Member of LDS Church. Helen died Thurs., 24 Jan 2008 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Hazard City Cemetery. Survivors: her third husband, her 6 children, 4 gch., 7 g-gch. Also surviving, a sister in Illinois. Predeceased by her parents; her second husband; 4 sisters - Ruby Wheeler, Mary Van Horn, Rose Mudd & June Thomas; a brother - Calvin Ledbetter.
Note: For her second husband, Val Marr - see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p284; 1920 Fed. Census Central City Ward 1, Merrick Co., NE ED158 p6B H1138 D148 F155 (w/p)

Grand Island Independen (photo missing) - Sat. 26 Jan 2008
LaVonne YEAGER, 75
Born 9 Dec 1932, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Francis H. & Anna (Wagner) Holtorf. Family moved 6 mos later near Worms, NE. 1941: Family moved to St. Libory, NE. 1950 grad. of St. Paul HS. 1955 grad. of Concordia University, Seward, NE. 13 Feb 1956: Married Charles A. Yeager at Nashua, Iowa. They lived at White Bear Lake, MN. 1962: Moved to Bloomfield, NE. Teacher. Mrs. Yeager died Thurs., 24 Jan 2008 at Bloomfield. Visitation: Sun., Brockhaus Funeral Home. Service: Mon., First Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomfield. Burial: Bloomfield City Cemetery. Survivors: a son; a sister & her family. Predeceased by her husband; her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 28 Jan 2008
Lydia STEPHENSON, 96 (photo)
Born 22 Mar, 1911, Atlantic, IA. 1929 grad. of Atlantic HS. 1 Apr 1933: Married Earl Thomas Stephenson. They lived 20 years in Ravenna, NE and 20 years in Geneva, NE. Earl died in Jan 1971. Lydia moved to Central City in 1981. She died Sat., 26 Jan 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Atlantic Cemetery, Atlantic, Iowa. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, 4 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, 3 sisters & 4 brothers.  
Note: Maiden name not given; parents not identified.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Jan 2008 
Alma L. SPILGER, 86
Born 16 Jan 1922, Torrington, WY. Parents: Murl Ross & Lottie Marie (Marsh) Coen. Married Paul Spilger, who died 19 Oct 2001. Resident of Brighton, IA. Died Sat. 26 Jan 2008 at Washington (IA?). Service: Tues., Gould Funeral Home, Brighton, IA. Burial: Wed., Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a daughter, a son; 2 sisters.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 31 Jan 2008 
Joan J. MAURER, 82 
Born 22 Feb 1925, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Leonard "Pete" & Myrtle (Squier) Crellin. RN. 4 Sep 1949: Married Edward Maurer at Clarinda, IA. They lived on farm near Silver Creek, NE. Joan died Wed., 30 Jan 2008 at Stromsburg, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial at later date at Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, a gch.; a brother, & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, a brother Jim Crellin. Also deceased, a granddaughter Parker Maurer.  

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 31 Jan 2008
Mary Ann PAVELKA STOURAL, 84 (photo)
Born 29 Jul 1923, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Joseph & Anna (Musilek) Janovec. Family farm was near Chapman, NE.  4 Jun 1946: Married Clarence Pavelka; he died 13 Sep1974. 14 Feb 1976: Married John F. Stoural at Verdigre, NE. Mr. Stoural died 6 Sep 1995. Resident of Verdigre. Mrs. Stoural died 24 Jan 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Brockhaus Funeral Home, Verdigre. Service: Fri., St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Verdigre. Burial: Church cemetery. Survivors: nieces & nephews. Predeceased by two husbands; her parents; sister Sylvia Cordes; 3 brothers - Francis, Edmund & Joseph Janovec. Memorials: Notre Dame Sisters at 3501 State St., Omaha, NE 68112.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 245 (J Janovec); 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-4 p1b D13 F13 (w/p)

 

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Feb 2008
Ina R. JEFFERES, 91 (photo)

Born 22 Nov 1916, Berthoud, CO. Parents: Fin & Mary (Kelly) Dortch. 11 Aug 1938: Married Clyde Jefferes at Cheyenne, WY. They lived in Denver, CO until 1983, moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Thurs., 31 Jan 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Graveside service: Mon., Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, 2 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 2 brothers, a sister; a son-in-law. Memorial: Heartland Lutheran High School.

Note: see gravestone extracts for Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 Feb 2008
Helen D. LINCOLN JOHNSON, 95 (photo)

Born 23 Nov 1912, York Co., NE. Parents: John & Anna (Carlson) Johnson. 1930 grad. of Bradshaw HS. 1936: Married Melvin Lincoln. He died in 1966. Feb 1972: Married Milfred Johnson; they lived in Polk, NE. Mr. Johnson died in 21 Apr 1975. In 2005, she moved to Merrick Manor in Central City, NE. Died Sun., 3 Feb 2008 at Central City. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Polk, NE. Service: Wed., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Polk, NE. Burial: Plainfield Cemetery near Bradshaw, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 step-sons, 14 gch., 20 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by both her husbands; her parents; 2 brothers, Milton & Herman Johnson; a sister Ruth Shenk. Memorials: to the church.

Aurora News Register - On web Sat. 9 Feb 2008
Edgar F. DJERNES, 85

Born 15 Jun 1922 near Charitan, Iowa. Parents: Paul M. & Llewella (Ehrsam) Niday. About 1927, family moved to Rock County, NE. 1933: His mother married Lucas Djernes; they moved to Marquette, NE. 1941 grad. of Marquette HS. 4 Jun 1944: Married near Palmer, NE. They lived on farm west of Marquette, NE. 1965: Moved near Archer, NE. He died Sun. 27 Jan 2008 at Central City, NE. Service was Thurs., 31 Jan at Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a gch.; a half-brother, a brother-in-law & his wife. Predeceased by his parents; a sister & her husband - Melvarae & Tom Briseno; a half brother - Emmert Niday. Memorials to the Cemetery's Perpetual Care Fund.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p334

Grand Island Independent   - Sat. 9 Feb 2008
Sister Ann Francis SIDEL, 89

Born Melina Wilhelmina Sidel, 22 Oct 1918, Palmer, NE.  Parents: William & Anna (Lukasiewicz) Sidel.  14 Aug 1945: Became Sister of St. Joseph with name Ann Francis.  Died Fri. 8 Feb 2008 at Mount Joseph Senior Village, Concordia, KS.  Service: Tues., with burial at Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Arrangements: Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, Concordia, KS .

Columbus Telegram  - Sun. 17 Feb 2008
Florence F. KOZIOL, 84 (photo)

Born 22 Sep 1923, Clarks, NE. Parents: Alois & Anna (Zoucha) Kiolbasa. Attended school at Clarks & Krakow (Nance Co.), NE. 26 Aug 1952: Married Stanley Koziol at Krakow. She died Fri., 15 Feb 2008 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Mon., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Service: Tues., St. Isadore Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial: St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery. Survivors: her husband, 3 children; 4 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents; a sister, Bernice Tarnick; 3 brothers - Dennis, Edwin & Leonard.

Note: Her family - see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p15a D181 F188: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p2a D28 F28: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Feb 2008
Russell D. LUEBBE, 44 (photo)

Born 16 Feb 1964, Central City, NE. Parents: Kenneth & Dee Luebbe. 1982 grad. of CCHS. 14 Jun 1986: Married at Central City. Died Sun. 17 Feb 2008 at Melbourne, FL while on vacation. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons & a daughter; his parents, a brother & a sister.  (Other survivors are listed). Predeceased by a sister - Rita Couse; his grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Feb 2008
Cloyde L. MAY, 89

Born 1 Sep 1918, Chapman, NE. Parents: John & Mollie (Frimann) May. WW II: US Army. Was twice married - both wives are deceased. Died Sat., 16 Feb 2008 at Lincoln, NE. No service. Survivors: 3 daughters, 2 sons, several grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, brothers & sisters. Memorials: Monarch Hospice, Lincoln, NE.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p5B D33 F33: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p2b D48 F48: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE.  Parents - Marriage Records Book F p20 #2309: Central City, Merrick, NE; gravestone extracts of Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Feb 2008
Arnold F. "Pete" VIETH, 80 (photo)

Born 1 May 1927 in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry & Clara (Bove) Vieth. Farmer. 24 Jul 1950: Married Irene. Resident of Grand Island, NE. Died Wed., 20 Feb 2008. Visitation: Sun., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Mon., St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 17 gch., 3 g-gch; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Caroline Stolle, and an infant. Memorials - St. Mary’s Cathedral, or St. Francis Hospice.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Feb 2008
Dwain H. JOHN, 64

Born 23 Jan 1944, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Owen & Gladys (Cremeen) John. Farmily moved to Central City, NE. 1962 grad. of CCHS. Moved Monterey Park, CA. Married in 1963; in 1972 they moved to Central City, NE. In 1980: moved to Lincoln, NE. Mr. John died Thurs., 21 Feb 2008 at Lincoln. Service: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Darwin & Glenn John; 2 brothers-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Feb 2008
Max P. KUNZE, 88 (photo)

Born 2 Sep 1919, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Paul & Ida (Wagner) Kunze. Family farm was near Palmer, NE. 1940 grad. of Palmer HS. WW II: US Army Air Corps (bomber crew, Europe). 26 Dec 1946: Married Fern at Grand Island. They lived near Palmer, then moved near Worms, NE. Farmer. 1991: Moved to Grand Island, NE.  He died there Fri., 22 Feb 2008. Service: Tues., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 6 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; 4 sisters - Frieda Lautenschlager, Milda Kamper, Helen Bjorklund & Alma Kunze; 4 brothers - Albert, Walter, Ted, & Reinhardt Kunze.

Note: His parents marriage - Marriage Records Book D p315 #1669: Central City, Merrick, NE. See  also gravestone extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Mar 2008
Pamela Denise Taylor HESKETT, 49

Born 15 Jan 1959, Newark, NJ. Parents: Melvin & Thelma Taylor. Resident of Central City, NE. Died Tues., 11 Mar 2008 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: Her husband Ernest; her parents, a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 19 Mar 2008
Jim O. LAMBERSON, 75

Born 19 Feb 1933, Palmer, NE. Parents: Otis & Clarice (Hoback) Lamberson. Married Marlene; she died 2 Oct 1985. Resident of Palmer, NE. Jim died Sun., 16 Mar 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., First Church of Christ, Palmer.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: a daughter, 4 sons; a sister.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 235 (Hoback), 268 (w/p).

Columbus Telegram   - Fri. 21 Mar 2008
Evelyn Marie STANCZYK, 76 (photo)

Born 8 Sep 1931 on farm west of Silver Creek, NE. Parents: James & Tilllie (Koza) Stanczyk. Died Mon., 17 Mary 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: a sister, 2 nephews, 3 nieces. Predeceased by her parents; brother, Alphonse Stanczyk; brother-in-law, Paul Murphy; niece, Janet Wadsworth.

Note: Her parents, see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p4a D74 F75: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Mar 2008
Anna E. NOVOTNE, 93 (photo)

Born 28 Jun 1914, Buffalo Co., NE. Parents: John & Sophia (Pokorney) Kriha. 26 Jun 1930: Married Emil Novotne at Ravenna, NE. They farmed; later moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Novotne died in 1986. She moved to Grand Island in 1989; died there Thurs., 27 Mar 2008. Visitation: Sun., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Monday, St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 5 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 3 brothers, Joseph, Charles & John Kriha; a sister, Elizabeth Youngdahl.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 313.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Mar 2008
Alfred R. FICKEN, 90

Born 5 Sep 1917, Logan Co., OK. Parents: Frank H. & Emelia C. (Weber) Ficken). Grad. of Marshall HS (OK). 1938: Married at Marshall, OK. 1978: Moved to Clarks, NE. Died Thurs., 27 Mar 2008 at Clarks.  Memorial service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Marshall, OK. Survivors: his wife, a daughter, 4 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by 2 daughters: Frances Henrietta (infant) & Nancy Ficken; his parents, a brother, Leon Ficken. 
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p288 (A Miller)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 30 Mar 2008; Polk Co. Newspaper - 2 Apr 2008
Catherine T. WILLITS, 88

Born 23 Aug 1919, York Co., NE. Parents: August P., & Catherine (Schneider) Deprez. Died Mon., 24 Mar 2008 at Osceola, NE. Service: Wed., Metz Mortuary chapel, York, NE. Burial of cremains: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: Her husband Virgil Willits of Clarks, 4 step-children.

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Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 4 Apr 2008
Raymond J. HEULE, 87

Born 25 Jul 1920, Nance Co, NE. Parents: John C. & Pearl (Dawson) Heule. Attended school in Nance & Merrick Counties. 1938 grad. of Clarks HS. 7 Feb 1942: Married at York, NE. Worked in California; 1945: US Army. Returned to NE. Farmer. Died Wed., 2 Apr 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife; a son & 3 daughters; 10 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; his sister & her husband - Melvia & Dale Steckel; gch. - Barry Hughes. Memorials: Clarks Fire Department (Ambulance Fund).

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 234 (Heule), 264 (Kuhn). Also, 1930 Fed. Census East Newman Twp, Nance, NE ED63-5 p3a D40 F40 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Apr 2008
Dale L. METTENBRINK, 76 (photo)
Born 28 MY 1931, Worms, NE. Parents: William & Rose (Mader) Mettenbrink. Grew up in Grand Island, NE. Employee of Rainbo Bread Company; truck driver. Aug 1951: Married Deloris Stelk. May 1969: Married Josie Ann McCune. Feb 2002: Married Edith Fox. Died Wed., 2 Apr 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: 4 children by his first marriage; a step-daughter of his second marriage; 4 step-children of his third marriage; assorted gch., etc.; 2 brothers. Memorials: American Red Cross or other charity. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Apr 2008
Dorothy M. "Dot" PRINCE, 71

Born 23 Feb 1937, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Oscar & Francis (Ewers) Reynolds. 17 Jun 1956: Married Donald G. Prince at St. Paul. They lived at York, NE. She worked at the school, and at the Pump & Pantry. Died Tues., 1 Apr 2008 at York, NE. Visitation: Fri., Metz Mortuary. Service: Sat., First United Methodist Church, York. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 7 g-gch; 3 brothers, a sister. Predeceased by her parents & her husband.

Note: Her parents & her husband are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Apr 2008
Lois Ruth Cantrell BLACK, 88 (photo)

Born 3 Dec 1919, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Clyde Elmer Cantrell & Magdalena (Lena) Kutschat. 1928: Family moved to Central City, NE. 1938 grad. of CCHS. 1940: Family moved to Emporia, KS. 5 Jun 1943: Married Merlin Delos Black at Pittsburgh, KS. Husband was training as a pilot; when he went overseas Mrs. Black moved to Grand Island, NE & lived with her mother. Following husband's discharge the couple lived on a farm near Central City, NE. She worked as a secretary and as deputy county clerk. 2001: They moved to Alliance, NE. Mrs. Black died Fri. 4 Apr 2008 at Alliance, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City., NE. Service: Tues., Fairview United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, gch. Predeceased by her parents; a sister, Magdalen Cantrell Rolfsmeier; 2 brothers - Clyde E. & infant Norman Cantrell. Memorials: Fairview United Methodist Church, 2398 13 Road, Central City NE, 68826; Merrick County Historical Museum, Inc., 211 E St., Central City, NE, 68826; or American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA, 01061-0515.

Note: See History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II pp 134-5 (Black).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Apr 2008
Irene Elnora JENSEN, 88 (photo)

Born 7 Oct 1919, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Axel & Mary Ann (Lehinger) Johnson. 18 Feb 1939: Married Erven E. Jensen Jr. at Fullerton, NE. They lived in Central City until 1963; moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Jensen died Mon. at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 10 gch., 23 g-gch., 10 gg-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband (died 24 Nov 1991); an infant son, Erven E. Jensen Jr.; her parents & 13 siblings.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE ED160 p1B F12 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census West Newman Twp, Nance, NE ED63-15 p3a D58 F58 (w/p)

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 11 Apr 2008
Louise Rose KONWINSKI, 88 (photo)

Born 17 Jul 1919 on farm near Duncan, NE. Parents: Joseph & Mary Anna (Drozd) Ziemba. She was a twin to Louis Ziemba. 11 Feb 1942: Married John Frank Sock at Duncan, NE. John died 14 Sep 1975. 28 May 1979: Married second to Aloysiuus Joseph Konsinski at Omaha, NE. They lived in Omaha; then moved to Columbus, NE. Al died 31 Jul 1992. Mrs. Konwinski died Wed., 9 Apr 2008 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Fri., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Service: Sat., St.. Bonaventure Catholic Church.  Burial: St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Survivors: 2 sisters & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; 4 brothers & 3 sisters. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 12 Apr 2008
Karen Ruth BLASE, 59

Born in Central City, NE. Parents: Carl M. & Louise A. (Wilshusen) Blase. 1967 grad. of Hordville HS. Attended UNL. Teacher. Died Thurs., 10 Apr 2008 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Sun., Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Culter Mortuaries in Omaha. Service: Mon., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Polk; burial at church cemetery. Local arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 brothers, 2 sisters; other relatives. Predeceased by her parents - Carl Blase died 17 May 2000; Louise Blase died 30 Nov 2006. Also deceased are 2 brothers - Mark (infant, 1961) & Roger (1972).

Grand Island Independent (funeral notice) - Sat. 12 Apr 2008
Addison Grace DJERNES, infant

Graveside service Sat., Central City Cemetery. Survived by her parents Chad & Brittney Djernes; a twin sister; many other relatives.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Apr 2008
Margaret K. BITTINGER, 86 (photo)

Born 21 Jan 1922, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Daniel & Catherine (Long) Hayes. Attended school in Polk County & Omaha, NE. 1940 grad. of Clarks HS. 20 Apr 1942: Married Vinson A. Bittinger at Omaha, NE. They lived in Clarks; were owners/managers of Clarks Telephone Company. She died Fri. 11 Apr 2008 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, a daughter-in-law, 14 gch., 22 g-gch. siblings. Predeceased by her parents; a son Mike; a brother Don Hayes of Osceola, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 Apr 2008
Stanley PELICAN, 90 (photo)

Born 19 Dec 1917 in Nance County (Loup River Valley, near Palmer). Parents: John & Anna (John) Pelican. 1935 grad. of Palmer HS. WW II: US Army Air Force. 15 Aug 1942: Married Irene at Champaigne, IL. They farmed near Palmer. Served as a Nance County Supervisor; and on the school board at Palmer, NE. 2002: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Pelican died Fri., 11 Apr 2008 at Grand Island Veterans Home. Service Tues., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 3 children, 7 gch., 3 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Lumer & Louis Pelican; sister, Helen Grosch. Memorials: American Legion Post 120 & Auxiliary, or Palmer United Methodist Church.

Columbus Telegram & Fremont Tribune (death notice) - Mon. 14 Apr 2008
Robert D. WESTADT, 62

Born 10 Apr 1946, Central City, NE. Parents: Rev. Dale & Lois (Ankeny) Westadt. 1964 grad. of Blair HS. 1973: Law degree from UN Law School. 1973: Moved to Schuyler, NE. Had served as Colfax County Attorney and Schuyler City Attorney. Died Fri., 11 Apr 2008 at Schuyler, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Svoboda Funeral Home South Chapel. Service: Fri., Christ United Methodist Church, Schuyler. Burial: Concord Dixon Cemetery, Concord, NE. Survivors: His sister & 2 nephews. Memorials: the church or the Colfax Foundation.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 15 Apr 2008
Paul Allan AURAND, 46 (photo)

Born 13 Sep 1961, Grand Island, NE. Parents: James Sr. & Hazel Aurand. Grew up at Chapman, NE. Grad. of Connell School, Grand Island, NE. Died Mon. 14 Apr 2008 at Grand Island. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs., Chapman Baptist Church. Survivors: His parents; 3 brothers & 2 sisters. Also surviving: 2 aunts & 2 uncles; 9 nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his grandparents.

Columbus Telegram (photo) & Grand Island Independent (abbrev.) - Tues. 22 Apr 2008
Edmund G. KONTOR, 95

Born 7 Nov 1912, Polk County, NE. Parents: John & Dora (Hapday) Kontor. Jun 1942: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Farmed the "home place". Died Sun., 20 Apr 2008 at Stromsburg, NE. Service: Wed., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Church cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son, 4 gch., 8 g-gch.; 4 sisters & a brother; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Helen Bojanski & Florence Konwinski ; 4 brothers - John Jr., Clifford , Louie, & Raymond Kontor.
Note: Parents identified in old records as John Kontor and Theodosia Hepda.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Apr 2008
Janice L. HESSELGESSER, 90 (photo)

Born 20 Aug 1917, Archer, NE. Parents: Arthur & Cora (Shepherd) Frazier. 14 Mar 1941: Married Ervin Eugene Hesselgesser at Omaha, NE. They lived in CA. Returned to Central City when husband was discharged from USAF. Business owners. She died Tues., 22 Apr 2008 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, and other relatives. Predeceased by a son Jan; 3 brothers - Leonard, Donald & Raymond Frazier; 3 sisters - Mabel Hansen & Marie Mess.  Memorials: Janice L. Hesselgesser Memorial Fund.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p4B D76 F76 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p7b D162 F151 (w/p).

Polk County Newspape - Thurs. 24 Apr 2008
Patricia Ellen NICHOLSON, 63

Resident of Silver Creek, NE. Died Tues. 15 Apr 2008 at Lincoln, NE. Service was Sat. 19 Apr, Metz Chapel, York, NE. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: Her husband, Nick; a son; 3 brothers; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents (not named); 4 brothers - David, Tom, Art & Lloydd "Blacky" Moore.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Apr 2008
Verna Jeanette SCHLONDORF, 101 (photo)

Born 28 Aug 1906, York, NE. Parents: George Eli & Emma May (Lumadue) Barker. 1925 grad. of York HS. Attended York College. Teacher. 6 Jul 1930: Married Arthur F. Schlondorf at York, NE. They lived at Clarks, NE where Art owned a garage. He died 28 May 1990. Verna died Wed., 23 Apr 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 2 sisters & 2 brothers. Memorials: Pierce Chapel Methodist Church, Clarks.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p352.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Apr 2008
Delores A. McCLELLAN, 82

Born 26 Apr 1925, Cushing (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Robert & Alice (Jorgensen) Fairbairn. 1943 grad. of Elba HS. 22 Sep 1951: Married Don McClellan at St. Paul, NE. They farmed near Palmer, NE. Mrs. McClellan died Wed., 23 Apr 2008 near Grand Island, NE in an auto accident. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 3 sons, 3 daughters, 15 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; a son Roy; 3 infant brothers; a sister, Marjorie Schmidt.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Apr 2008
Wesley C. "Wes" TRAUDT, 83 (photo)

Born 17 Apr 1923, Lincoln, NE. Parents: John & Katherine (Feuerstein) Traudt. WW II: US Army, paratrooper. Following discharge, he worked on relatives farm, Platteville, CO. Moved to parents farm near Central City, NE. 3 Aug 1947: Married at Central City, NE. They moved to Grand Island about 6 years ago. Mr. Traudt died Mon., 21 Apr 2008 at Grand Island. Service: Thurs., "at the Veterans Home All Faiths Chapel". Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 5 ggch. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 26 Apr 2008
Verena Marie OBERLE, 86 (photo)

Born 4 Mar 1922, Crofton (Knox Co.), NE. Parents: Joseph  & Mary (Eickhoff) Thunker. 4 Jun 1946: Married Roland C. Oberle at Crofton. They farmed near Coleridge for 10 years, then lived in other communites. 1970: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Oberle died 7 May 2004. Mrs. Oberle moved to Aurora, NE. She died there Fri., 25 Apr 2008. Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 9 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers, Harold & Virgil Thunker; a sister , Irma Schmoldt.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 26 Apr 2008

Martha L. PULLEN. 89 (photo)

Born 7 Jul 1918, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William C. & Henrietta (Roclitz) Holtorf. 1 Mar 1939: Married Robert K. Pullen at Lincoln, NE. They farmed. Artist. Died Wed., 23 Apr 2008 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Today, Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters; serveral grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband; brothers - August, Robert & an infant; a sister-in-law, Prudence Pullen; a grandson, Scott. Memorials to the church.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p6a D131 F133.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Apr 2008
William Ellison "Bill" JOYNER, 44

Born 6 Feb 1964, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Thomas & Dorothy (Reeves) Joyner. Died Fri. 25 Apr 2008 at Dallas. Graveside service: Fri., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His mother & her spouse, several siblings & their spouses.

See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p333 (R Reeves).

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 May 2008
Lucille L. WIECK, 87 (photo)

Born 13 Aug 1920, Hall Co., NE. Parents: Nicholas & Ida (Niemoth) Helzer. Grew up in Howard County; attended Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE. 17 May 1940: Married Lawrence H. Wieck at Worms, NE. They farmed northeast of Worms until 1987. Retired to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Wieck died Tues., 29 Apr 2008 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Mon., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial at church cemetery. Survivors: 2  sons, 4 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (6 Feb 1999); her parents; brother, Milton Helzer; sister, Norma Thede. Memorials: the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 7 May 2008
Merlin Delos BLACK, 85 (photo)

Born 4 Sep 1921, near Central City, NE. Parents: Earl Clifton & Bertha (Peregrine) Black. 1938 grad. CCHS. 1942 grad. of Nebraska Central College. WW II: US Army. 5 Jun 1943: Married Lois Ruth Cantrell at Pittsburg, KS. He farmed in partnership with his brother Willard. In 2001 Merlin & Lois moved to Alliance, NE. Merlin died Sat. 3 May 2008 at Alliance. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., Fairview United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, gch. & g-gch.; a sister & her husband; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his wife (Apr 2008); his parents; brother, Willard. Memorials: "... Alzheimer’s Association, 225 No. Michigan Avenue, F1 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633, 1-800-272-3900, www.alz.org; Good Samaritan Society Alliance, P.O. Box 970, Alliance, NE 69301; or Fairview United Methodist Church, 2398 13 Road, Central City, NE 68826."

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 May 2008
Hardin EOFF, 91

Born 16 Feb 1917, Central City, NE. Parents: George  & Mabel (Berryman) Eoff. 21 Jun 1936: Married Jessie Relph at Central City, NE. He was in printing business; lived in Omaha for some time. 1977: Moved to Arizona. He died Sat. 3 May 2008 at Sun City West, AZ. Service: Fri., Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, AZ. Burial: Central City Cemetery, Central City, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: a daughter, 2 sons, 5 gch., 8 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife (2006), sister, Evelyn Grass; 2 brothers, Dale & Jamie Eoff; 2 step-brothers, Lee & George Eoff.

Note: See Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick p815 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Central City Ward 3 NE ED158 p15B H2214 D17 F17 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p25a H2204 D433 F480 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent (abbrev) - Thurs. 15 May 2008; Columbus Telegram - Fri. 16 May 2008
Roma MEYER, 69

Born 12 Jun 1938, Jefferson Co., NE. Parents: Stanley & Isla Irene Sukovaty. Grad. of Fairbury High School, & Midland College in Fremont, NE. Teacher. 25 Aug 1959: Married Lawrence D. Meyer at Helvey, NE. Fall 1960: They moved to Silver Creek, NE. She died Tues., 13 May 2008 at Brush, CO. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Jefferson Co., NE. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: her husband, 3 sons, 6 gch; a sister. Predeceased by her parents, a gch, Jack Lawrence Meyer; 2 brothers. Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 May 2008
Sharon Kay BROWN, 65 (photo)

Born 9 Apr 1943, Central City, NE. Parents: Vernie & Audrey Smith. Grad. of CCHS. 10 Jun 1962: Married Edmund Brown at Central City. Resident of Wood River, NE. Died Fri. 16 May 2008 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Cremation - burial of ashes at later date. Survivors: her husband; 4 children, 6 gch; her parents; 2 sisters. Predeceased by a brother, Jackie Smith.

Note: For her parents, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p369.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 May 2008
Pam L. (Kohtz) GARRETT, 55 (photo)

Born 8 May 1953, Aurora, NE. Parents: Lowell & Mildred Kohtz. 1971 grad. of Central City HS. Served 6 years in US Marine Corps. Died 13 May 2008 at Houston, TX of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease.) Memorial service was held 17 May at Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home, Houston. Survivors: her parents; a daughter, 2 brothers, and other relatives. 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 May 2008
Mark Harvey McNEAL, 47

Born 24 May 1960, Central City, NE. Parents: Harvey & Lola McNeal. Mark was a resident of Gothenburg, NE. He died Tues., 20 May 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: his parents; 4 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 May 2008
Donald T. BROOKS Sr., 75 (photo)

Born 5 Jan 1933, Clarks, NE. Parents: James & Mildred (Peck) Brooks. 14 Oct 1950: Married Marilyn Holder. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Brooks died 18 Mar 1985. Mr. Brooks died Wed., 21 May 2008 at Grand Island, NE. No visitation. Service: Sat., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: a son, 2 daughters, 12 gch., 18 g-gch.; 2 brothers.  Predeceased by his wife; a daughter Gayle Kanter. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 24 May 2008
Iris Fae HEMMINGSEN, 57 (photo)

Born 12 Apr 1951, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Ira D. & Betty J. (Green) Reisener. Grew up in Chapman & Clarks, NE. 1969 grad. of Clarks HS. 1971 grad. of Curtis College of Agriculture. 26 Dec 1970: Married Ronald L. Hemmingsen at Clarks. They lived near Grand Island, NE. Methodist. Mrs. Hemmingsen died Thurs., 22 May 2008 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband (Aug 1984); and her parents.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p333.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 May 2008; Polk County Newspaper - 4 Jun 2008
Robert P. HOLMES, 80

Born 18 Oct 1927, Cherokee, Iowa. Parents: Paul C. & Wilda M. (Williams) Holmes. 1944 grad. of Arcadia HS, NE. 1946-47: US Navy. Employee of Overland Sand & Gravel for 30+ years. Died Thurs., 29 May 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Arborville Cemetery near Polk, NE. Survivors: a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; infant sister, Doris Carol; brother, Gaylen Holmes; 2 brothers-in-law, Oliver Kempf & G.A. Machal.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 May 2008
Andrea Lynne "Andie" MARSH, 34 (photo)

Born 29 Jun 1973, Neligh, NE. Parents: Barry & Alta Marsh. 1991 grad. of Elkhorn Valley HS, Tilden, NE. 1996: "... degree in culinary arts from Southeast Community College...". Chef; worked in Lincoln, NE. Died Wed., 28 May 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: her parents; her husband John Thorpe; a sister; her Marsh grandparents. Predeceased by her Fogarty grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 31 May 2008; Aurora News Register - before 4 Jun 2008
Birtie Marie BUSH, 88 (photo)

Born 6 Jan 1920, North Bend, NE. Parents: George & Alice (Gregory) Butcher. About 1925: Family moved to Fullerton, NE. They later lived at Columbus, Silver Creek, & Central City, NE. 1941 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 1948: Married Howard Bush at Central City, NE. They lived near Hordville, NE. She had a stroke in 1979. Died Thurs., 29 May 2008 at Hamilton Manor in Aurora, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Mon. at First Baptist Church, Hordville. Burial: Mount Zion Cemetery near Hordville. Survivors: her husband, a daughter, a brother. Predeceased by her parents; 2 sisters, Louise Stander & Erma Veed; 4 brothers, Clyde, Leo, Leonard and Harold Butcher. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Hordville or to American Heart Association for stroke research.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 31 May 2008
Erma M. HEMMERLING, 91

Born 25 Sep 1916, Worms, NE. Parents: Herman & Emma (Petzoldt) Hasselmann.17 May 1952: Married John A. Hemmerling at Kearney, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE & Beloit, WI. 1979: Retired to St. Paul, NE. Mr. Hemmerling died in May 1988. Mrs. Hemmerling died Thurs., 29 May 2008 at Franklin, NE. Her ashes will be placed at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE at later date. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: Two step-sons & their families. Predeceased by her husband; a step-daughter Ramona Lockwood; a sister Helen Anderson; 5 brothers - Herman, Alfred, Carl, Ernie, & Chris Hasselmann.

Note:  For her family, see 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p5B D95 F95.

 

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Columbus Telegram - Sun. 1 June 2008
Lynette A. GOINS, 55 (photo)

Born 12 Jan 1953, Central City, NE. Parents: Robert & Alnetta (Kargas) Topinka. Grad. of Scotus HS (Columbus, NE?). Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Patricia Stevens Career College, Omaha, NE. 8 May 1976: Married Richard Goins. They lived in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Edmond, Okla.; Omaha, NE. 1989: Moved to Sioux City, IA. She died Thurs., 29 May 2008 at Sioux City. Visitation: Mon., Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Service: Tues., St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials: June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Survivors: Her husband; 3 sons, 1 daughter; a sister.  Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 2 Jun 2008
Twila M. WIDMAN, 60

Born 18 Apr 1948, Osmond, NE. Parents: Leslie C. & Clara A. Brokaw. 1966 grad. of CCHS. 16 Aug 1970: Married Darrell Widman at Central City. They owned a popcorn business. She died Sat., 31 May 2008 at UN Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Visitation: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Chapman Cemetery.  Survivors: Her husband; 4 daughters, 14 gch.; her mother & step-father; 2 sisters, & 3 brothers. Predeceased by her father; sister, Karen Brokaw; brother, Randy Brokaw; her in-laws.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Jun 2008
Vernie Henry SMITH, 89 (photo)

Born 28 Sep 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Vern Henry & Ethel Pearl (Reynolds) Smith. WW II: US Army. 10 Apr 1941: Married at Central City, NE. They lived in Central City. Business owner. Died Mon., 2 Jun 2008 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 9 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; 2 children: Jackie Lee Smith (infant) & Sharon Smith Brown. Also deceased are 4 brothers & 3 sisters. Memorials: United Methodist Church of Central City, the Central City Senior Center.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 June 2008
Maxine SHELTON, 85 (photo)

Born 28 Aug 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: Edson & Gladys (Leamons) Chandler. 1939 grad. of CCHS. 18 Sep 1940: Married Max H. Shelton at Aurora, NE. They farmed in Merrick County. She worked in various offices. Jul 2007: Moved to Columbus, NE. Maxine died there Mon., 2 Jun 2008. Private services were held at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 13 gch., 33 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (14 Feb 1991); her parents; grandson, David Forbis; 2 brothers, Don & Charles Chandler. Memorials: Hospice Services of Columbus Community Hospital.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p271 (Leamons).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Jun 2008
Betty BUTCHER, 77

Born 9 Aug 1930, Archer, NE. Parents: John & Sylvia (Gries) Brandenburg. Married Lorence Butcher. They lived at Clarks, NE. She died Thurs., 5 Jun 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial will be at Burke Cemetery, later date. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, a daughter; 2 brothers, 1 sister. Predeceased by an infant daughter Debra Marie.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 9 Jun 2008
Adele ROGERS, 87

Born 26 Sep 1920, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Theodore & Lena (Beberniss) Ehlers. Family lived at Chapman, NE until 1928; moved to sandhills north of Burwell, NE. 1938: She married Carl Rogers. They ranched in Burwell area of NE. Antique dealer. Adele died 25 May 2008 at Ord, NE. Memorial service will be held at later date. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 3 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents & her siblings.

Note: Brother Theodore Ehlers died Dec 1999.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Jun 2008; Aurora News Register - before 18 Jun 2008
Donald Dean WANDFLUH, 65 (photo)

Born 18 Dec 1942, St. Joseph, MO. Parents: Herbert C. & Wilma (Eisiminger) Wandfluh. Grew up at Amazonia, MO. 1960 grad. of Savannah HS. 28 Oct 1962: Married Jeanne Martindale. 1975: They moved to farm near Central City, NE. He also sold seed & worked as a machinist. Jeanne died 30 Nov 1984. 21 May 1988: He married a second time. Don died Wed., 11 Jun 2008 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial at later date in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His second wife; 2 sons, & a daughter; 2 step-sons; his first mother-in-law; a brother. Predeceased by his first wife & an infant daughter Sheila Jean Wandfluh. Also deceased: His parents, his first father-in-law; his second set of in-laws. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Jun 2008
Harold A. LUEBBE, 91 (photo)

Born 1 Nov 1916, Grand Island, NE. Parents: August & Lillie (Moeller) Luebbe. Attended Dist. 42 School, Merrick County. Grad. of Grand Island Sr. HS. Married in Grand Island. They farmed until 1967; moved to Grand Island. He died Sun. 15 Jun 2008 at Kearney, NE. Visitation: Wed., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son; a daughter; several gch., g-gch. & gg-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; brother Arnold Luebbe.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 Jun 2008
Helen Lillian LENHART, 92 (photo)

Born 27 Apr 1916, Cresson, PA. Parents: Herbert & Sadie (Lechene) Stevens. 25 Sep 1935: Married Ralph Lenhart. 1951: Moved to NY. She moved to TN in 2004, and then to Central City in 2008. Helen died Thurs., 19 Jun 2008 at Central City, NE. Services will be private. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, 14 gch., 22 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Also surviving: a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, etc.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 Jun 2008; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 22 June 2008
Stella C. GONSIOR, 88

Born 4 Nov 1919, Clarks, NE. Parents: Metro & Mary (Drybala) Beck.15 Jun 1946: Married Frank J. Gonsior at Clarks. They farmed in Nance, Polk and Merrick Counties. Mrs. Gonsior died Thurs., 19 Jun 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: St. Peters/Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 5 gch., 14 g-gch; a brother, 3 sisters; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; infant son James. Also deceased: 5 brothers: Frank (infancy), Eddie, Charles, Walter & Albin Beck; 3 sisters: Anna Starostka, Catherine Konwinski & Josephine Beck; a daughter-in-law, Lana Gonsior. 

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED156 p9A D50 F51 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-6 p6b D141 F141 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Jun 2008
Helen Evelyn (Glause) FOSTER, 88 (photo)

Born 11 Jul 1919, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Lizzie (Deertz) Glause. 26 Apr 1940: Married Raymond F. Dumont at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Detroit, MI. Had 6 children, 3 died in infancy. They divorced. The surviving children lived with Helen's parents. She married second to Frank Burkhardt. They lived in Grand Island, NE; had one son. Helen married third to Frank Hall; and moved to Los Angeles area, CA. Frank died 4 Feb 1969.  Helen married the last time on 30 Dec 1972 at Los Angeles, to Leon Foster. They lived in Inglewood, CA. Leon died 20 Jan 1992. 1998: Helen moved to Lancaster, CA. She died there 18 Jun 2008. Burial will be at sea. Arrangements: Pierce Bros., Cunninham & O'Connor Mortuary of Los Angeles. Survivors: a daughter, a son, a granddaughter, a grandson; 6 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 husbands - Frank Hall & Leon Foster, an infant son, twin infant girls, son Johnny Lee Burkhardt (1957), son David Dumont (1995).  Also deceased - her parents, 2 infant sisters; an infant brother; two adult sisters - Ruby Glause (1995) & Hazel Theene (2005).

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 26 Jun 2008; Grand Island Independent - Fri., 27 Jun 2008; Polk County Newspaper - 2 Jul 2008
Dorothy M. KONTOR, 86 (photo)

Born 5 Apr 1922, Duncan, NE. Parents: Tony & Agnes (Stopak) Starostka. Grew up in Polk County, NE. Jun 1942: Married Edmund Kontor at Silver Creek, NE. They farmed; & she was employee of Becton Dickinson. Mrs. Kontor died Tues., 24 Jan 2008 at Stromsburg, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: a son, 4 gch., a brother-in-law.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Louis Staroska (WW II).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Jun 2008
Eldon John DRUMMOND, 92

Born 19 Oct 1915, Lyons, NE. Parents: Earl J. & Jennie (Ruhr) Drummond. 15 Jun 1938: Married Eva "Bernice" Case at Lyons, NE. They farmed near that place until 1951, moved to Central City, NE. He worked for auto dealers, built houses, and ran a creamery. Later was hospital maintenance man. Mr. Drummond died Thurs., 26 Jun 2008 at Central City, NE.  Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors:  3 sons, 6 gch., 14 g-gch., 7 gg-gch; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 2 brother,- Donnie & Harold; a sister, Ethel.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Jul 2008
Elmer G. BOLTZ, 99 (photo)

Born 13 Nov 1908 on farm south of Grand Island, NE. Parents: Henry & Dora (Boersen) Boltz. 28 Nov 1937: Married Leone Richmond at Palmer, NE. They lived at Wood River until 1944 when moved to Doniphan and farmed place of Lee Richmond (his father-in-law). Leone died 18 Jun 1983. 16 Feb 1985: Married a second time. He died Wed. 2 Jul 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun, Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Doniphan. Burial: Cedarview Cemetery, Doniphan. Survivors: His wife; 2 daughters, a son, 3 step-daughters, a step-son; a brother; a sister. Also living, 5 gch.; 7 g-gch., 12 step-gch.  Predeceased by his first wife; his parents; 3 brothers: Louis, Delbert & Everett (infant); 2 sisters: Helen Henry & Ila Tesmer; an adopted sister, VirJean Hansen.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Jul 2008

Ellen WEDEMEYER, 85

Born 28 Oct 1922, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: August & Christina (Helzer) Bader. Grad. of Zion Lutheran School, Worms, NE. 25 Aug 1946: Married Lyman Wedemeyer at Worms. They lived on farm south of Ravenna, NE. She died Sat., 5 Jul 2008 at Ravenna.  Service: Tues. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna. Burial: Highland Park Cemetery. Arrangements: Rasmussen Funeral Home. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 5 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a brother, Harold; a grandson, Nicklas.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 Jul 2008; Aurora News Register - before 12 Jul 2008
Bette Ilene LUFF, 77 (photo)

Born 10 Nov 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: James T. & Harriet Fern (Manning) Hartford. 1949 grad. of CCHS. 10 Aug 1949: Married James Leroy Luff at Santa Ana, CA. She worked in Marquette, NE. Died Mon., 7 Jul 2008 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora. Service: Fri., St. John's Lutheran Church, Kronberg, NE. Burial: Church cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 daughters, 2 sons, 12 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by 2 brothers, Gary & Barry Hartford.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 Jul 2008
Gerald Allan ROARK, 94

Born 10 Oct 1913, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Charles & Amy (Faught) Roark. Died Fri., 4 Jul 2008, Columbus, NE. Graveside service: Wed., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Jul 2008
Josephine Mae McCONNELL, 86 (photo)

Born 24 May 1922, Hordville, NE. Parents: Erick Bernard & Anna Judith (Chader) Holmes. 1939 grad. of Hordville schools. 1942: Teacher's certificate from NE Central College. 22 Jun 1947: Married George Francis McConnell at Hordville. They farmed near Central City, NE. Her husband died 24 Oct 1990. In 2006 she moved to California; later moved to Lancaster Manor in Lincoln, NE. Mrs. McConnell died Tues., 8 Jul 2008 in Lincoln. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery near Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 sons, 6 gch. Also living is one sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 sisters, Annette Abbott & Carolyn Miescke; 2 brothers, Dr. Lee & Carroll Holmes.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 12 Jul 2008; Aurora News Register - before 19 Jul 2008
Mary Lucille DETTMAN, 55 (photo)

Born 1 Mar 1953, O'Neill, NE. Parents: Archie & Rose Marie (Hovey) Bright. Grad. of Aurora HS. Attended Kearney State College & Creighton University in Omaha. Ocupational therapist. 1972: Married Larry Dettman at Central City, NE. Resident of Aurora, NE. Died Thurs., at UN Medical Center. Service: Mon., Higby-McQuiston Chapel, Aurora. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 3 gch.  Also living - her father & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her mother, and a daughter Brandy Lynn (17 Aug 2005). 

Grand Island Independent - Mon 14 Jul 2008
Heber D. "Pete" PETERSEN, 80 (photo)

Born 12 Aug 1927, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Hilton & Lena Petersen. Construction worker. 12 Aug 1947: Married at St. Paul, NE. Resident of  Chapman, NE. Died Fri., 11 Jul 2008 at Grand island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., United Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 11 g-gch.; a brother & 4 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers, Hilmer & Hillard; 2 sisters, Helen & Jerda.

Grand Island Independent - Mon 14 Jul 2008; Polk County Newspaper - Wed. 16 Jul 2008
Col. Charles "Chick" PRESTON, 89 (photo)

Born 14 Oct 1918, Lincoln, NE. 1936 grad. of Hastings HS. 1937: Enlisted in US Navy. 1942: Married Thelma Meester. 1948: Commissioned in USAF. 1987: Married a second time; they moved to Central City in 1988. Col. Preston died Sat., 12 Jul 2008 at Central City. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial at later date. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife; a grandson; 3 step-children (surname Harris). Predeceased by his only child, Steen Alan  Preston; 2 brothers & a sister.

Columbus Telegram (death notice), Grand Island Independent and Polk Co. Newspaper - Thurs. 17 Jul 2008
Harold Lloyd "Turk" CHURCH, 71

Born 8 Sep 1936, near Clarks, NE. Parents: Walter Theodore & Marie Helen (Dickman) Church. 1958: Married at Osceola, NE. Farmer, construction work, etc. Died Tues., 15 Jul 2008 at Clarks. Visitation: Fri., Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Sat., Evangelical Free Church, Stromsburg, NE. Burial: Cemetery at Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE.  Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters & a son, 12 gch., 3 g-gch. Also living - a brother, 8 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents; a son Dick; 5 brothers: Arnold, Forest, Milford, Melvin & Ron; 1 sister, Betty Gulbrandson.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p158.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 19 Jul 2008; Grand Island Independent - Mon. 21 Jul 2008
Walter David JOHNSTON, 88 (photo)

Born 1 Jul 1920, Macon, MI. Parents: Elmer P. & Daisy B. (Brightbill) Johnston. 1937 grad. of Macon HS. WW II: USAF. Thereafter lived in Tecumseh, Michigan. Married & had 3 daughters. 31 May 1986: Married Viola at Clarks, NE. They lived at Clarks, wintered in Texas. He died Fri., 18 Jul 2008 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks. Survivors: His second wife; 3 daughters, 4 gch., 1 g-gch; a sister in California. Also surviving are his wife's children (surname Beck).  Predeceased by 2 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Jul 2008; Aurora News Register - before 4 Aug 2008
George H. STEINKE, 85 (photo)

Born 12 Jan 1923, Loup City, NE. Parents: Henry William & Rosa (Luebs) Steinke. Family moved to Montana when he was about 5 yrs old. Returned to Nebraska & lived in Howard, Nance & Merrick Counties. He lived in Clarks as teenager. WW II: US Marine Corps. 5 Oct 1946: Married at Smith Center, KS. Worked for gas company. Mr. Steinke died Thurs., 24 Jul 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 3 sons, 10 gch., 12 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 4 brothers - Walter & Emil Steinke, and two infant brothers; 4 sisters: Marie Pierce, Delores Gustafson, Dorothy & Alice Steinke

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Jul 2008; Aurora News Register - before 16 Aug 2008
Elaine Maxine ANDERSON, 85

Born 29 Jan 1923, Central City, NE. Parents: Henry Arthur & Ermyl Delores (Fogland) Roark. Grad. of CCHS. 1944: US Army. 14 Jun 1947: Married Marion "Bud" Anderson at Central City. She worked in Central City, Grand Island & Aurora, NE. Her husband died 14 Nov 1991. Mrs. Anderson died Mon., 28 Jul 2008 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Graveside service Fri., Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: a son, 4 gch. Predeceased by her husband, and a son Larry Anderson; her parents, and her brother Tom; a grandson, Tyler Thomas Anderson.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p17b H2003 D227 F229 (w/p)

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 31 Jul 2008
Charlene M. VETICK, 71 (photo)
Born 17 May 1937, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Frank & Mabel (Brand) Carman. 1954 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1981: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 2000: Moved to Columbus, NE. Died Tues., 20 Jul 2008 at hospital in Des Moines, IA. Service: Sat., 2 Aug at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 4 sons, 6 daughters, 25 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 1 sister.  Predeceased by her parents.


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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Aug 2008; Aurora News Register - before 9 Aug 2008
Raymona J. GRIGSBY, 78

Born 28 Jul 1930 on Hord Home Ranch near Central City, NE. Parents: Raymond R. & Lucile E. (Campbell) Page. 1948 grad. of CCHS. 15 Oct 1950: Married Robert Lee Grigsby at Central City. They lived in Central City. Robert died 11 Nov 1998. Mrs. Grigsby died Thurs., 31 Jul 2008 at Central City. Visitation: Sun., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City, with burial at city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband, & her son Steven; her parents. Memorials: Central City Volunteer Fire Department or Asera Hospice of York.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 213 (Robt Grigsby), 316 (RR Page), 398 (B Wells Family).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Aug 2008
Donald ZICHEK, 88 (photo) 

Born 9 Oct 1919, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Ed & Agnes (Varga) Zichek. Family moved to farm northeast of Central City, NE. WW II: US Army. 10 Jul 1942: Married. They lived in Central City & Grand Island, NE; Palo Alto, CA. Returned to Grand Island in the 1960's. He died Sun., 3 Aug 2008. No service will be held. Private burial of ashes at Central City Cemetery (date not stated). Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife Delores; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his parents, and a brother Melvin.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 265 (E Kuskie), 415 (Zichek); 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED 61-7 p7b D162 F164 (w/p).

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent (photo), Norfolk Daily News - Thurs. 7 Aug 2008
Richard D. CHOCHON, 67

Born 19 Nov 1940, Humphrey, NE. Parents: Alois & Barbara (Kosiba) Chochon. 1958 grad. of Humphrey HS. 1962 grad. of Wayne State. Teacher/coach; principal. 11 Aug 1962: Married in Iowa. Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Mon., 4 Aug 2008 in Merrick County following 4 wheeler accident. Service: Fri., at Palmer HS. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 5 gch.; a brother, 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents. Memorials: Palmer Endowment Fund.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 15 Aug 2008
Anna M. WEBER, 88

Born 24 May 1920, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Arthur & Katherine (Holtz) Kanter. Raised on farm in Howard Co., NE. Grad. of Palmer HS. Jun 1943: Married Lynn Weber. They farmed south of Palmer until 1963; moved into town. Lynn died in 1966.  She moved to Grand Island, NE.  Mrs. Weber died in Grand Island, Wed., 13 Aug 2008. Service: Sat., Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Rose Hill Cemeterry, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, 3 sons, 11 gch., 19 g-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 brothers - Glen, Edwin and Harold; a grandson, Joshua Weber. Memorials: Central Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross or to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 18 Aug 2008
Henry O. REPENN, 80 (photo)

Born 10 Jun 1928, Palmer, NE. Parents: Emil & Mabel H. (Green) Repenn. 1952-54: US Army. 22 Dec 1960: Married Marjorie Miller. They farmed near Palmer. Marjorie died 17 Aug 2002. Henry married a second time on 7 Aug 2008. He died Sat. 16 Aug 2008 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed. at Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife; a nephew; his stepchildren (surname Ehlers). Predeceased by his first wife; brother Frank Repenn; half-sister Gertrude Kock; half-brother Charles McFarland.

The Oregonian obit, Portland, OR - Thurs. 21 Aug 2008

Ruth Evelyn JACOBSEN, 92

Born 26 May 1916, Silver Creek, NE. 1942: Married Harold Jacobsen.They moved to Portland, OR. Harold died in 1987. In 2000, Ruth moved to Vancouver, WA. She died 18 Aug (at Portland?). Service: Fri. 22 Aug at Finley's Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Portland. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 gch.; a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Aug 2008; Aurora News Register - before 2 Sep 2008
Owen K. JONES, 50 (photo)

Born 15 Mar 1958, Aurora, NE. Parents: Victor & Carol Jones. 1977 grad. of Aurora HS. Meat cutter. Resident of Central City. Died Wed. 20 Aug 2008 at home. Service: Mon., Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora, NE. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: his mother, a son, a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 25 Aug 2008; Polk County Newspaper - 29 Aug 2008; Aurora News Register - before 2 Sep 2008
Wayne H. "Bud" PERSON, 82 (photo)

Born 6 Jul 1926, Polk Co., NE. Parents: Hugo H. & Letha P. (Friend) Person. 1943 grad. of Hordville HS. 1945: US Army. 1949: Married Rosella at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk, NE. They farmed until 1998; moved to Central City, NE. He died Sat., 23 Aug 2008 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial: Church cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, 15 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; an infant daughter, Barbara; a brother, Ken Person; a sister, Jean Bjorkman.

Aurora News Register - before Mon. 25 Aug 2008

Ivan L. "Eli" SCHOENFELDER, 60

Born 28 Oct 1947, South Dakota. Parents: Leonard W. & Estella (Bohr) Schoenfelder. Worked in Utah before settled in Central City, NE. Died Mon. 18 Aug 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs. 21 Aug at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial on same date: St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, White Lake, SD. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 9 siblings, 16 nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 2 infant sisters, Julie & Dawn; an infant brother, Benjamin.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Aug 2008
Janis Rae BROCKEMIER, 71 (photo)

Born 13 Nov 1936, Lynch, NE. Parents: William John & Frieda (Statsmann) Blakkolb. 1954 grad. of Naper HS. Grad. of Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing. Worked in California & South Dakota. Married Mac Stanley Broekemier in Sioux Falls, SD. He died in 1979; Janis moved to Central City, NE. She died Tues. 26 Aug 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Knoll Crest Cemetery, Naper, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 5 gch; 2 sisters; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents, an infant brother, Don; three brothers-in-law: Dean Broekemeier, Verlyn Sieh and Bill O’Donoghue.

Columbus Telegram (photo) & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Aug 200; Polk Co. Newspaper (abbrev.) - 2 Sep 2008

Mary LuElla FRITZ, 76

Born 17 Mar 1932 north of Central City, NE. Parents:Walter & Frankie (Good) Garrett. 1949 grad. of CCHS. 21 Jul 1949: Married Hubert Fritz at Aurora, NE. 1966: Purchased farm northwest of Clarks, NE. Mary died Mon., 25 Aug 2008 at home. Service: Fri.,, 29 Aug at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 5 children, 17 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 sisters, 2 brothers, etc. Predeceased by her parents; daughter, Nancy Kay; son, Joseph Bradley; 2 brothers, Warren & Wesley; sister, Helen Hoffman; 2 brothers-in-law, Howard Schroyer & Thayne Stalker.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 197, 203. Her parents, see1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p7A D1 F1: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE.

Fremont Tribune  - Wed. 27 Aug 2008
Mary M. LaBENZ, 87

Born 28 May 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: Peter & Frances (Allison) Liss. Grew up near Fullerton, NE. 7 Apr 1937: Married Leonard N. LaBenz at Albion, NE. They farmed near Albion, Richland, David City & Columbus. 1954: Moved to Columbus. 1976: Moved to Fremont, NE. Mr. LaBenz died 23 Apr 1999. Mrs. LaBenz died Mon., 25 Aug 2008 in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Thurs. Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Service: Fri., St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Fremont. Burial: St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Survivors: a son, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 8 g-gch.; 5 sisters; some in-laws.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 infant sons; 2 brothers , Adolph & Peter Liss; "sisters and brothers-in-law, Pauline (Labenz) Hellbusch, Sylvester Labenz, Elizabeth and Dusty Miller, Viola and Nelce Martinsen, Frances and John Underwood, Rose Liss, Raymond Labenz, Wilfred Karmann and Ed Kodad."

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Aug 2008
George F. JANKY, 83 (photo)

Born 27 Feb 1925 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Frank J. & Frances (Nabity) Janky. 1943 grad. of Chapman HS. 30 Sep 1947: Married at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island. Advertising, band leader. He died Mon. 25 Aug 2008 in Grand Island. Service: Fri., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 4 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers, Francis & Joe Janky; a sister Rose Mary Mullen. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or American Cancer Society.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p1a D9 F9: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE.


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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Sep 2008
Jerry J. HASSELMANN, 59

Born 11 Apr 1949, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Ernest & Adeline Hasselmann. 1967 grad. of Northwest HS, Grand Island. 1967-77: USAF. Married in May, 2008. (Second marriage?) Died Wed., 3 Sep 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at later date. Survivors: His wife; his mother; 3 sons, a daughter, 3 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his father & his step-father.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Sep 2008; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 7 Sep 2008
Harvey D. CORDSEN, 77

Born 5 Jun 1931, Marshall Co., KS. Parents: John & Minnie (Leseberg) Cordsen. 1949 grad. of Central City HS. 1951-55: US Navy. Carpenter. 1981: Married in Columbus, NE. Died Wed. 3 Sep 2008 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Sun., McKown Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial: Mon., St. Isidore Catholic Church. Burial: St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery. Survived by his wife & 2 grandsons. Predeceased by his parents; 2 son, Larry & Tim Cordsen; brother Alvin Cordsen.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Sep 2008
Esther A. LARSEN, 88 (photo)

Born 27 Dec 1919, Cotesfield, NE. Parents: Watson & Annice (VanPelt) Hesselgesser. 1937 grad. of Archer HS (Merrick Co). 30 Jun 1940: Married Willliam Larsen. They lived primarily in Grand Island, NE. William died 11 Feb 1994. Esther died Sun. 7 Sep 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: A son & his wife; a sister. Predeceased by her husband and 3 infants. Memorials: To the church, or Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p234 (Hesselgesser).

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 11 Sep 2008; Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 Sep 2008
Nancy SHANKS, 70 (photo)

Born 18 Dec 1937, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Theodore & Emma (Wilcox) Hutchinson. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. 13 Jan 1956: Married Dexter Martin; had 6 children. 7 Dec 1979: Married Walter Shanks at Silver Creek. In 2006: Owned cafe with her daughter.  Nancy died Wed. 10 Sep 2008 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat., 13 Sep at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survived by her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 21 gch., 17 g-gch.; step-children; a brother. Predeceased by her parents; daughter, Becky Sue Martin; step-son, Walter Eugene Shanks; brothers, Eldon & Terrance Hutchison.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 12 Sep 2008
Daxx VanBUSKIRK, 6 mos. (photo)

Born 16 Feb 2008, Omaha, NE. Parents: Todd & Morgan Van Buskirk of Silver Creek, NE. Died Mon., 8 Sep 2008 at Children's Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation: Fri., Gass-Haney Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Service: Sat., 13 Sep 2008, Highland Park Evangelical Free Church. Burial: Friends Cemetery near Genoa, NE. Survivors: His parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters; a grandmother. Predeceased by a brother Maxson VanBuskirk; grandparents, Lester and Betty VanBuskirk.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 13 Sep 2008; Fremont Tribune - Mon. 15 Sep 2008
Glynnis A. GREEN, 56

Born 2 Dec 1951, Central City, NE. Parents: Leonard & Glendora (Petersen) Martens. 1970 grad. of Fremont HS. 18 Sep 1975: Married Fred Green at Rapid City, SD. Fred died 17 Apr 2005. Mrs. Green died Fri. 12 Sep 2008 at Fremont, NE. Visitation: Mon., Moser Memorial Chapel. Service: Tues., Church of the Nazarene. Burial: Ridge Cemetery, Fremont, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 gch.; 3 brothers; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, a brother Gary Martens.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Sep 2008
Mona J. BRAY, 96 (photo)

Born 26 Dec 1911, near Creston, NE. Parents: Willis Grover & Louisa Anna (Engelbart) Decker. 23 Jul 1929: Married George Hall; they lived in Colorado. George died 17 Feb 1943. Mona moved to Omaha, NE. 20 Oct 1950: Married Lester Fishler; they dairy farmed east of Central City, NE. Lester died 29 Sep 1964. 1966: Mona married Steven Bray. 1979-89: They lived Grand Island; otherwise lived in Central City, NE. Mrs. Bray died Sat. 13 Sep 2008 at Central City. Service: Wed., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial will be later at Leigh Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, a step-son, 2 step-daughters, 17 gch, etc; a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by two husbands; a daughter, Bonnie Jean (Hall) McDonald; a brother, a sister, a gch.

Note: See Creston Centennial History: 1890-1990, p189 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED192 p1a D3 F4: Humphrey Twp, Platte, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram   - Tues. 16 Sep 2008; Grand Island Independent (w/photo) - Wed. 17 Sep 2008
Emil Alex ZELASNEY, 67

Born 9 Sep 1941, Genoa, NE. Parents: Alex & Helen (Dush) Zelasney. 1959 grad. of Clarks HS. 1959-61: US Army. 1962: Married at Columbus, NE. Horse trainer, owner, breeder. Died Mon. 15 Sep 2008 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Thurs. 18 Sep, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Church cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, a daughter, several g-gch.; 3 sisters & a brother.  Predeceased by his parents; a brother Leonard "Butch".

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 18 Sep 2008
Garry P. RODEWALD, 69 (photo)

Born 24 Oct 1938, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Glenn L. & Lucille M. (McClure) Rodewald. 1956 grad. of Chapman HS. 1957-63: USAF. 1959: Married at Pipestone, MN. They lived in Holdrege, Alma & Grand Island, NE. He died Tues., 16 Sep 2008, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Friday at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Graveside service: Fri., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 5 gch. Predeceased by his parents; & a sister, Ila Nadine Knutson; a daughter, Karri Dee Rodewald. Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 23 Sep 2008

Katherine Lea (Frain) MUNDT, 55

Born 21 Jun 1953, Palmer, NE. Parents: Lloyd E. & Frances A. (Kersenbrock) Mundt. Resident of York, NE. Katherine died Mon. 22 Sep 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Metz Chapel, York, NE. Burial: Fri., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.  Survivors: A daughter; 2 sisters, nieces & nephews.  Predeceased by her parents; sister, Lucille Mundt; brother, Duane Dawes. Memorials: American Cancer Society or the Nebraska National Kidney Foundation.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Sep 2008; Aurora News Register - 5 Oct 2008
Cody Ryan HARDEN, 24 (photo)

Born 24 Jun 1984 Grand Island, NE. Parents: Alan E. & Sharon K. Harden. Grew up in Grand Island & Chapman, NE. 2002 grad. of Northwest High School in Grand Island. Died Wed., 24 Sep 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His parents, Bill & Sharon Brooks; a sister, 3 brothers; other relatives. Predeceased by his father Alan Harden, and his grandmother Caroline Harden.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Sep 2008
Edna Mae WISELY, 78 (photo)

Born 9 Sep 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: Herman & Anna (Schwenk) Ruge. Grad. of CCHS. 20 Jan 1949: Married Kenneth Wisely. They farmed near Fullerton & Archer, NE; moved to Grand Island, NE. She died Thurs. 25 Sep 2008 at GI Veterans Home. Service: Mon., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: a grandson, 3 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, son Vernal; her parents & 4 sisters: Helen, Dorothy, Mildred and Erma.

Grand Island Independent Tues. 30 Sep 2008
Justin Jorge BOELTS, 35 (photo)

Born 24 Aug 1973, Central City, NE. Parents: Doyle D. & Sharyl L. Boelts. 1992 grad. of CCHS. US Navy (13 yrs). Married. Died Sun. 28 Sep 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Richland Cemetery near Marquette, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons; his parents, a brother & a sister. Also surviving are 2 grandparents.  Predeceased by his father Chris Nielsen; grandparents - Frank & Gertrude Russell, Dwight Boelts, Peggy Nielsen.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 Sep 2008
Kenneth M. "Kenny" LOEFFELBEIN, 67 (photo)

Born 9 Mar 1941, Palmer, NE. Parents: Milton & Frieda (Helzer) Loeffelbein. Attended Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE. Grad. of Palmer HS. Served in National Guard. Farmer. 1963: Married at Grand Island, NE; had 3 children. 1964: Moved to farm near Loup City, NE. Owned a business. Married a second time in 1979. They had 2 children. He died Sun. 28 Sep 2008 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Service: Wed., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Loup City. Burial: Evergreen  Cemetery. Arrangements: Higgins Funeral Home, Loup City, NE. Survivors: His second wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 4 gch.; a sister-in-law and an aunt.  Predeceased by his parents, and a brother Dean. Memorials: the church; Loup City EMT's, Sherman County Community Foundation.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p272 (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 3 Oct 2008
Howard A. DINSDALE, 78 (photo)

Died 30 Sep 2008 at Lincoln, NE. Attended Palmer HS, UNL & UN College of Medicine. Ophthalmologist. Intern in MN. Served 2 years in US Army. Practiced in St. Paul, MN and Lincoln, NE. Auto accident "in May 1989 that left him a quadriplegic." Retired. Service: Tues. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Inurnment at later date in church's columbarium. Survivors: His wife of 54 years, 2 children, 6 gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his "parents, George and Rena Dinsdale; brother, George T. Dinsdale; and nephew, John C. Dickson. Memorials: Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation, 2110 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68502 or University of Nebraska Foundation Fund 10273 in support of the Low Vision Center, 8712 W. Dodge, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114.

Note: See Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick Co Chapter, p815. For his family - see Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book G p23 #2565; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p4B D94 F97: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE;1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p3a D44 F44: Palmer Village, Merrick, NE; Rose Hill Cemetery extracts: Palmer, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Oct 2008
William D. "Bill" RETZLAFF, 73 (photo)

Born 3 Apr 1935, Grand Island, NE. Parents: William A. & Clara (Miller) Retzlaff. Following his mother's death (1948), he lived with Norman & Fern Miller (cousins). 1952 grad. of Palmer HS. 1957: Married in Howard Co., NE. They farmed south of Palmer, NE. 1986: Moved into town & opened Retzlaff Feed & Seed Store. He was active in many civic organizations. Died Mon. 6 Oct 2008 at hospital in St. Paul, NE. Service: Thurs., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, 2 gch. Predeceased by his parents; his (half) brother Aaron; Norman & Fern Miller; his in-laws - William and Kathryn Placke. Memorials: Rose Hill Cemetery; Sts. Peter & Paul Building Fund.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p334.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Oct 2008
Marie WIESE, 95

Born 2 Apr 1913 on farm near Central City, NE. Parents: Mads Jepsen & Hansine (Smidth) Sorgenfrei. 1 Jan 1930: Married Henry Hoeltke at Columbus, NE. 1942: Married Harry Wiese. They lived in Grand Island. Lutheran. Harry is deceased. Marie died Sat. 4 Oct 2008 at Morrison, CO. Graveside service: Fri., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: a daughter, 2 step-daughters, 2 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by 4 brothers & 6 sisters.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 9 Oct 2008
Gerald A. MICK, 67

Born 24 Aug 1941, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Joseph & Lydia (Gabel) Mick. 1959 grad. of Marietta HS. US Army Reserves. 31 Oct 1964: Married Patricia; they farmed near Bellwood, NE. Gerald died Thurs., 9 Oct 2008 at David City, NE. Service: Sat., 11 Oct, Kracl Funeral Chapel, David City. Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Butler County, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 6 gch.; 2 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; sister Joann Ebel.

Columbus Telegram (photo) & Grand Island Independent (abbrev.) - Mon. 13 Oct 2008
Helen A. BIALAS, 96

Born 22 Nov 1911, St. Edward, NE. Parents: George & Sophie (Gembica) Zona. 9 Sep 1946: Married Edward Bialas at Fullerton, NE. They farmed. Was resident of Silver Creek, NE. Helen died Sat. 11 Oct 2008, Columbus, NE. Service: Wed., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, 3 gch.; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers, Stanley & Joe (infant).

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-2 p6a D111 F116: Cedar Twp, Nance, NE. Parents marriage - see Nance County Marriage Record Bk 3 p292.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Oct 2008
Eva I. GREEN, 91 (photo)

Born 15 Feb 1917, Blair, NE. Parents: John & Mary (King) Reynolds. Was married 3 times, all 3 husbands are deceased. Married Lloyd Green in 1947 at Grand Island, NE. Eva died Sat. 11 Oct 2008 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: a son (surname: Spanton), 2 daughters, 11 gch., 31 g-gch., 28 gg-gch. Predeceased by her parents; a sister Gladys Miller; a grandson Randall Giersdorf.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Oct 2008; Aurora News Register - Sun. 19 Oct 2008
Alma L. WAGNER, 87 (photo)

Born 18 Apr 1921 Marquette, NE. Parents: Omar Laverne & Anna Marie (Eiltz) Travis. 1938 grad. of CCHS. 21 Mar 1942: Married Heber Wagner at Lincoln, NE. They farmed west of Central City, NE. She was a teacher. They moved into town in 1972. Mrs. Wagner died Sun, 12 Oct 2008 at Central City. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons & their wives, 4 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (Aug 2007); her brother Clyde Travis; 3 sisters: Val Avery, Jean Zurfluh & Evelyn Kelsch. Memorials: Parkinson's Foundation.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 394-5.

Grand Island Independent & Norfolk Daily News - Thurs. 16 Oct 2008
Virginia M. MARSH, 95 (photo)

Born 23 Aprn 1913, Stanton, NE. Parents: Dr. W. R. & Maude E. (Tannehill) Peters. 1934 grad. of Doane College. Teacher. 24 Aug 1941: Married W. Warren Marsh at Lincoln, NE. They farmed/ranched neasr Archer, NE. 1981: Retired to live in Central City, NE. Mrs. Marsh died Mon. 13 Oct 2008 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: a son & daughter-in-law, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband, her parents & a brother Robert Peters. Memorials: Fairview United Methodist Church or the Merrick County Historical Society.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 283-284

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 17 Oct 2008
Dallas Dean MILLER, 92

Born 4 Apr 1916 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Fred & Carrie (Harry) Miller. WW II: US Navy. Worked in custodial services of Lincoln schools for 30 years. He died Tues., 14 Oct 2008 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat., Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Cremated.Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch., 4 g-gch. Memorials:Capital Humane Society and the Irene M. and Dallas D. Miller Scholarship Fund, UNL, Fund Number 07664.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Oct 2008
Taylor Zane BRESLEY-COX, infant

Born at rest 15 Oct 2008, Grand Island, NE. Private service at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, a cousin. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Oct 2008
Loren James OGDEN, 85

Born 21 Apr 1923, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Ernest S. & Edna R. (Laub) Ogden. 1940 grad. of Chapman HS. Attended UN Ag College for a year. 9 Jun 1944: Married. 1945-46: US Army. Farmer. Died Thurs. 16 Oct 2008 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., First Baptist Church, Chapman, NE. Cremation, private burial. Survivors: His wife, 2 children, 4 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; sister Royal Rgden; 2 grandchildren. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Chapman or Merrick County Historical Society's Building Fund.

Note: For his family, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 271 (Laub), 313-14 (Ogden); Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book F p47 #2336; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED168 p10A D251 F263: Genoa, Nance, NE; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p2A D47 F48: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-3 p1a D9 F9: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE; Chapman Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 19 Oct 2008
LeRoy W. GREEN, 79

Born 29 Apr 1929, Polk, NE. Parents: Keith E. & Ida N. (Kisler) Green. 1946-47: US Army Air Corps. 1 Mar 1949: Married Fayetta L. Carman in Torrington, WY. They lived in "Wood River, Rockford, Ill., Central City, Wolbach, Grand Island, then again in Central City, and in 1996 he moved to Polk." Currently a resident of Central City, NE. Died Wed., 15 Oct 2008 at home. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 4 daughters, 29 gch., 30 g-gch.; his step-mother. Predeceased by his wife, his parents, 5 sisters, a son-in-law David Brondel.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Oct 2008
Vincent E. KAMINSKI, 92 (photo)

Born 1 Oct 1916, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Edward S. & Marie (Dixon) Kaminski. 1935 grad. of Spalding HS. Worked in Lincoln for 3 years. 23 May 1944: Married Josephine Zauha at Elba, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE where he was policeman. His wife died 22 Sep 2008. Mr. Kaminski died Tues., 21 Oct 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., Curran Funeral Chapel. Service: Sat., Blessed Sacframent Catholic Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 5 gch.; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by his parents; brother Paul Kaminski; sister Genevieve Oelslager; grandson Gregory Ruzicka. Memorials: The church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Oct 2008; Aurora News Register - 1 Nov 2008
Verlene Catherine Anderson PETERSEN, 78 (photo)

Born 23 Jun 1930 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Ray B. & Martha C. (Kohl) Darnall. 1947 grad. of Clarks HS. 22 Apr 1951: Married Harold Anderson. They farmed near Polk, NE. Harold died 19 May 1983; Verlene moved into Polk in 1995. She later married Christian Petersen. Mrs. Petersen died Tues. 21 Oct 2008 at hospital in York, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Polk, NE. Burial: Polk Cemetery.  Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 4 sons, 9 gch.; 3 step-sons, a step-daughter, 7 step-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter.

Note: For her parents see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p5a D106 F106: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 24 Oct 2008
Lester E. VANEK, 69

Born 17 Feb 1939, Comstock, NE. Parents: Edward & Lilian (Kuklish) Vanek. Attended school in Custer County. 1958 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1962-64: US Army. 1968: Married at Silver Creek, NE. Lester died Wed. 22 Oct 2008 at Silver Creek. Service: Sat., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek.  Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a brother, a sister; 5 nephews, a niece. Predeceased by his parents and his wife's parents; a niece.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Oct 2008
Harold Robson MACE, 87

Born 21 Nov 1920, Kimball Co., NE. Parents: Rolla M. & Evylin (Robson) Mace. Died Thurs., 23 Oct 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola, NE. Burial: Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, Elise; 3 daughters, 1 son.

Note: Published 11 Feb 2004: York News Times article "Anniversary..." indicates he married 21 Feb 1949 at Central City, NE. His sister was Gladys Kanter who died 26 Jul 2000 (obit in GI Independent).

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Sun. 26 Oct 2008 - Aurora News Register - 1 Nov 2008
Wilbur Lloyd "Bill" LeSUER, 79

Born 19 Jun 1929, Clarks, NE. Parents: Wilbert G. & Eva Mae (Kohlhoff) LeSuer. "...attended school in Clarks and Benedict, York High School and the Grand Island School of Business. 1951: Married at Central City, NE. Retired to Hordville in 1994. Died Fri. 24 Oct 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Arborville Cemetery near Polk, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 2 gch.; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; stepmother Eunice (Anderson) LeSuer; stepfather Elmer Piper; sister Patricia Nickels; brother Deloss LeSuer.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p4a D92 F94: Clarks Village, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 27 Oct 2008; Fremont Tribune - Tues. 28 Oct 2008
Devin Lee SMITH, 19 (photo)

Born 20 Jan 1989, Aurora, NE. Parents: Daniel & Kathleen Smith. Attended Central City schools. HS grad. at Chadron, NE. Died in auto accident on Sat. 25 Oct 2008, Merrick Co., NE. Also deceased, his infant daughter Keyliah Shae Mills-Smith. Service: Wed., Community Bible Church, Central City, NE. Burial at city cemetery. Arrnagements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His parents, 2 brothers, a sister, etc. Memorials: Devin Smith Memorial Fund.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 30 Oct 2008
Lola Smith MICKELSEN, 88 (photo)

Born 6 Aug 1920, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Frank & Ruth (Gammon) Helser. 1939 grad. of Palmer HS. 16 May 1941: Married Eldon C. Smith at Hastings, NE. They lived at Cushing & Palmer, NE. Eldon died 9 Jul 1976. She moved to Grand Island. 16 Oct 1999: Married M. Mickelsen there. Lola died Mon., 27 Oct 2008 at Grand Island. Visitation: Thurs., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Calvary Lutheran Church. Burial at Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband; a son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 9 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her first husband and her parents.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 1 Nov 2008
Ardis Mae MARSHALL, 87

Born 22 Jun 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: Stanley & Ethelyn (Clark) Maddox. Married William Marshall. "Ardis retired from the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Alexandria, Va., after 27 years of dedicated service." She died Thurs., 30 Oct 2008 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Mo., Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park. Survivors: 2 so0ns, 2 gch., some g-gch; 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband, and her parents.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p2b D39 F40: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Nov 2008
Margaret L. ANDERSEN, 95

Born 27 Jul 1913, Chapman, NE. Parents Emil & Margaret Volkman. Married Howard Morton; married second to Dextor Andersen. Both are deceased. Lived in Omaha & then Lincoln, NE. Died Tues., 4 Nov 2008 at Lincoln. Service: Fri. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Omaha, NE. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Survivors: 3 children, 15 gch., 43 g-gch., 3 gg-gch. Predeceased by her parents, two husbands; 4 sisters & 3 brothers. Memorials: To the church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p393; 1920 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED155 p2A D31 F32 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED61-3 p3a D53 F54 (w/mother)

Grand Island Independent and Sidney Sun Telegram - Fri. 7 Nov 2008
Mabel Marie KREIDER, 86 (photo)

Born 14 Jun 1922, on farm near Chappell, NE. Parents: Herman C. & Anna H. (Wellman) Stahr. 1940 grad. of Chappell HS. Married Lee Harold Kreider. They lived at Lodgepole, NE. He died 21 Sep 1989. Mabel was living at Central City, NE. She died Tues. 4 Nov 2008 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Fort McPherson Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 8 gch.; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters: Hilda Rahe, Florence Nelson & Ruby Leachman; a brother, Lloyd Stahr.  Memorials: Peace Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association or the WW II Memorial.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 10 Nov 2008
LeRoy M. "Pete" SMITH, 66

Born 11 Oct 1942, Shelton, NE. Parents: William L. & Evelyn (Dubbs) Smith. Vietname War: US Army. 19 Nov 1969: Married at Grand Island, NE. They moved to Chapman in 1995. Welder. Died Fri. 7 Nov 2008 at Chapman. Service: Mon., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 gch.; 2 brothers, 4 sisters. Predeceased by his parents & a brother William Smith Jr.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Nov 2008
Cecil Ray GLAUSE, 92 (photo)

Born 31 Oct 1916, North Loup, NE. Parents: Charles William & Ida (Blauhorn) Glause. Grew up near Archer, NE. 15 Aug 1939: Married at the Methodist Church in Archer. They farmed nearby. Retired to El Paso, TX. Returned to Grand Island, Nebraska. He died Sat., 8 Nov 2008 at Wood River, NE. Service: Thurs., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Surivovrs: His wife, a daughter & her family. Predeceased by his parents; a brother Kenneth Lyle Glause. Memorials: Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Wood River, NE.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 14 Nov 2008
Frances E. PENNINGTON, 92

Born 23 Jan 1916, Columbus, NE. Parents: Orbra & Isabelle (Lisco) Pennington. 1934 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Grad. of Wayne State Collete & University of Northern CO, Greeley, CO. 1955: Teacher at Hastings, NE. She died there Wed., 12 Nov 2008. Memorial service: Mon., First United Methodist Church. Burial at Silver Creek Cemetery at later date. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Memorials: First United Methodist Church in Hastings or Tehama Temple Hospital Transportation Fund.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 Nov 2008
Lorraine Arlene WINKELMAN, 81 (photo)

Born 16 Sep 1927, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Edward & Lula (Tyler) Ruge. Attended Chapman HS. 29 Jan 1944: Married Ray O. Winkelman at Gainesville, FL. They lived in Grand Island & Cairo, NE before moved to Aurora, NE in 1957. Mr. Winkelman died 4 Oct 2002. Mrs. Winkelman died Thurs. 13 Nov 2008 at Aurora. Service: Mon., Higby-McQuiston Chapel, Aurora. Burial: Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., 9 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband & a daughter Raylene.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 Nov 2008; Aurora News Register - 22 Nov 2008
Rachel Ann BRUMMUND, 50 (photo)

Born 18 Mar 1958, Central City, NE. Parents: Nels & Frances Christensen. 1976 grad. of Marquette HS. Married L. L. Djernes; they lived in Hastings, NE. 1989: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 2007: Married second to Stacey Brummund. Rachel died Sat. 15 Nov 2008 at Grand Island. Service: Sat., St. John Lutheran Church, Kronborg, NE. Burial: Church cemetery. Arrangementys: Higby Mortuary. Survivors: Her husband; 2 children; her parents, a brother & 2 sisters. Also living, a grandson and her in-laws.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 Nov 2008
Laurette E. SANTIN, 85

Born 29 Jun 1923, Kansas City, MO. Parents: Hector & Grace (Lauver) Gravel. Family moved to Rising City, NE where she grad. from HS in 1931. 29 Apr 1942: Married Joseph Santin. They farmed near Palmer, NE. Mr. Santin died 4 Feb 2004. Mrs. Santin died Mon., 17 Nov 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Palmer United Methodist Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 8 gch. 15 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Robert Gravel.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Nov 2008
Tony PACZOSA, 71 (photo)

Born 8 Jul 1937, Duncan, NE. Parents: Stanley & Mary (Markiewiec) Paczosa. Grad. of HS in Duncan, NE. Attended telegraphy school in MN. Served 6 years in National Guard. Worked for UPRR.  1961: Married at Krakow, NE (near Genoa). Lived in Elba, Spalding & Silver Creek, NE. Died Mon. 17 Nov 2008 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Fri. St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Duncan, NE. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, gch.; 2 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents and his brothers - Stanley, Albin, Ben, Dennis & Ted Paczosa.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 21 Nov 2008
Ethel M. SWEET, 95 (photo)

Born 20 Sep 1913 Clarks, NE. Parents: Alfred G. & Sarah E. (Sharman) Sweet. 1931 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended Wayne State College & UN, Lincoln. Teacher. Died Wed. 19 Nov 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Congregational Church, Clarks. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: A sister-in-law; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her parents; her brothers - Ed, Frank, Joe, George & Al; her sisters - Ellen Sloan, Florence Morgan, Alice Hirschbach & Fern Sweet (infancy).

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p383 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED156 p9B D63 F64 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-6 p1a D2 F2 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 24 Nov 2008
Irene S. Botker Barnes ELLIOTT, 94 (photo)

Born 21 Jul 1914 on farm near Clarks, NE. Parents: August J. & Lennie Mae (Church) Botker. Methodist. 1932 grad. of Clarks HS. 19 Feb 1938: Married Clifford F. Barnes. They farmed. Teacher. 1964 grad. of UN. Clifford died 8 May 1998. Irene married Hanson S. Elliott. They lived at Clarks. Irene died Sun. 23 Nov 2008 at Aurora, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Memorials: Bureau Cemetery or the Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Nov 2008
Beulah "Kay" GALLANT, 83

Born 10 Oct 1925, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Clarence & Mina (Edwards) Clark. Grad. of Palmer HS. Worked 3 yrs in Omaha, NE; then 15 years in California. 1974: Married in CA to Skip Gallant. They lived 8 yrs. at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. 1988: Moved to Palmer, NE. She died Tues. 25 Nov at Palmer. Service: Sun., Palmer Wesleyan Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: her husband, a step-son, 2 step-daughters, step=gch, etc. Predeceased by her brother Ralph & 3 sisters - Leota, Florence & Emma.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Nov 2008
Janice Ann Sundberg SAYLOR, 77

Born 7 Jun 1931, Polk, NE. Parents: Oscar & Violet (Zuver) Sundberg. Grad. of Polk HS & NE Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE. Teacher. 25 Sep 1955: Married Edward Saylor. Edward died 19 Nov 1984. She worked in her family's business (hardware). Janice died Tues. 25 Nov 2005, Omaha, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Polk, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 3 gch.; a sister, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; a son Jon; her parents; a brother Jim.  Memorials: Polk United Methodist Church, the Polk American Legion Auxiliary, or the Polk Library.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 6 Dec 2008
Craig A. McCLURE, 57 (photo)

Born 12 Mar 1951, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Daniel "Ted" & Mildred (Barnes) McClure. 1969 grad. of CCHS. 12 Sep 1987: Married at Grand Island, NE. Died Wed., 3 Dec 2008 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Sun., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at later date in city cemetery. Survivors: a sister & her husband, 3 nephews & a niece. Predeceassed by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Dec 2008
Kenneth H. McHARGUE, 80 (photo)

Born 17 Aug 1928, Central City, NE. Parents: Hiram & Eula McHargue. 1947: Married Virginia Stromberg. They had 5 children. 1972: Married Erma Anderson at Central City. They lived in Central City. Business owner. Kenneth died Sun. 7 Dec 2008 at medical center in Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat. 20 Dec., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: 5 sons & their wives; 2 daughters & their husbands; 18 gch., 26 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters; relatives of his wife. Predeceased by his 2nd wife Erma; his parents; a sister-in-law. Memorials: Christ Episcopal Church, Central City.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 214 (Guilford), 296 (w/p), 321 (Polzkill), 407 (Wilhoft); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p9b D200 F202: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE. Mother's maiden name: Wilhoft.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Dec 2008
Arden M. WILLIAMS, 74 (photo)

Born 31 Aug 1934, Womer, KS. Parents: Ralph & Audrey (Kugler) Williams. Raised by his siblings following death of his parents. 1952 grad. of Smith Center HS, KS. 3 Oct 1954: Married Patricia R. Carlson at Palmer, NE. She died 29 Jul 1991. Manager of power plants. 1991: Moved to Central City, NE. Arden died Sat. 6 Dec 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 8 g-gch.; 5 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Dec 2008
Loretta BECKER, 82

Born 16 Aug 1926, north of Worms, NE. Parents: Arthur & Alice (Hamann) Dankert. About 1932: Family moved to Cairo, NE. Grad. of Dannebrog HS (Howard County). 9 Sep 1945: Married Virgil Becker at Fort Sill, OK. Later moved to St. Paul, NE. She died Sun. 7 Dec 2008 at St. Paul. Service: Sat., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband; 3 gch., one g-gch.; a sister=in-law. Predeceased by daughter Linda Kay Becker & son Gayle Becker; her parents; sister Marian Schultz & brother Earl Dankert.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p2b D43 F44: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 13 Dec 2008
Larry CODR, 84 (photo)

Born in Custer Co., NE. 26 Dec 2003: Married at Central City, NE. Former resident of Central City, NE. Died Sat. 6 Dec 2008 at Portland, OR. Service: Mon., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial at later date. Survivors: His wife; a daughter & a son. Predeceased by his first wife & a son.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 18 Dec 2008
Dorothy D. BADER, 77 (photo)

Born 3 Dec 1931, Webster Co., NE. Parents: Clarence & Josephine (Cloud) Baker. Grad. of Cushing HS. 2 Oct 1950: Married Wilmer Bader at Cushing. They farmed south of Palmer, NE. She died Mon. 15 Dec 2008. Service: Fri., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 17 gch., 9 g-gch.; 4 brothers, a sister. Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 18 Dec 2008; Aurora News Register - 26 Dec 2008
Donald L. HOLZ, 79 (photo)

Born 22 Oct 1929, Clarks, NE. Parents: Otto & Anna (Emgarten) Holz. 1947-51: US Navy. 4 Oct 1951: Married in Aurora, NE. They lived in Central City. Postmaster, business owner. Died Tues. 16 Dec 2008, Central City. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat. United Methodist Church. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 5 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents & a brother Kenneth Holz.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED 61-2 p2a D31 F31: Central Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 Dec 2008

May L. THEDE, 87

Born 16 May 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: Martin C. & Georgia Ethel (Brown) Christensen. Grew up in Nance County; grad. of Palmer HS. 16 Aug 1940: Married E.W. Thede at Palmer. They farmed until 1978. Resident of Palmer. Died Wed. 17 Dec 2008 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sa., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 12 gch., 21 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband (14 Jun 1980); her parents; 3 brother: Chris, Carl & Albert Christensen; sister Julia Riley; grandson Gale Pearson. Memorials: To the church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 383-4;1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p2b D34 F35: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 20 Dec 2008
Agnes Anna SPANEL, 97

Born 29 Jan 1911, Clarks, NE. Parents: Frank & Julia (Chalupa) Cermy. Married Rudolph Spanel; he is deceased. Agnes died Thurs., 18 Dec 2008 at home in Broken Bow, NE. Service: Tues., St. Anselm's Catholic Church, Anselmo, NE. Arrangements: Govier Brothers Mortuary & Crematory. Survivors: 2 sons; 3 daughters; a sister; a sister-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 22 Dec 2008
Michael G. (Low) POTTER, 60 (photo)

Born 27 May 1948 Lexington, NE. Parents: Harold & Wilma Low. "In 1962, he was adopted by his stepfather, Earl Potter." 1966 Grad. of Cozad HS. 1968: Married. They lived in North Platte, Elba, and then Palmer, NE. He died Wed. 17 Dec 1998 at Palmer. Service: 2 Jan 2009 at Jacobsen-Greeway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial at later date, Greenwood Cemetery, Lexington, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 8 gch.; his parents; a sister. Predeceased by his father; grandparents - John & Ruth Pedersen, Earl & Blanch Potter Sr. and M/M Arthur Low

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Dec 2008
Allen D. SIMONSON, 81 (photo)

Born 18 Jan 1927 near Worms, NE. Parents: Thorval & Anna (Luebke) Simonson. Attended Palmer HS. WW II: US Army. July 1948: Married at Palmer, NE. They farmed south of Palmer since 1954; retired in 1993. He died Mon., 22 Dec 2008 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Fri., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 2 step-gch.; 8 g-gch & 3 step-g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents, his step-mother Sophia Veckert Simonson; brother, Oliver; son-in-law, Mike Buhrman.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p367; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p2a D31 F31: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Dec 2008; Aurora News Register - 2 Jan 2009
Jean NIELSEN, 83 (photo)

Born 12 May 1923 on farm west of Central City, NE. Parents: Hubert & Mary (Reeves) McMillan. 16 Apr 1943: Married Walter C. Nielsen at the chapel of NE Central College, Central City, NE. Teacher at Loup City, Hordville & Polk, NE. She died Thurs., 25 Dec 2008 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Polk, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter; grandchildren & g-gch. Predeceased by her parents; brother Dale, sister Mary "Helen" Ericksen. Memorials: American Legion Auxiliary; the Polk and State Library boards.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED 61-4 p3b D67 F67: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE.

Columbus Telegram - Mon. 29 Dec 2008
Patricia A. GRAFF, 73

Born 10 Jan 1935, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Albert & Mildred (Mundt) Bishop. About 1938: Family moved to Greeley, NE. 10 Sep 1953: Married Verlin Graff at Grand Island. They lived in Grand Island. 1977: Moved to Columbus, NE. Pat died Fri. 26 Dec 2008 at Columbus, NE. Graveside service: Wed., 31 Dec 2008 at Columbus Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, ... many grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, her parents & siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Dec 2008
Gloria Marie CYR, 73

Born 13 Oct 1935, Central City, NE. Parents: Arthur M. & Frances Holtz. Grad. of "... Lincoln Northeast High School and Nebraska Wesleyan University." 23 Dec 1956: Married Howard "Jim" Cyr at Central City, NE. She died Tues., 20 Dec. 2008 at Aurora, NE. Service: Fri., Aurora United Methodist Church. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin, NE. Arrangements: Higby Mortuary. Memorials: Dorcas Circle of the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Dec 2008
Mae O'NELE, 94 (photo)

Born 27 Oct 1914, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Albert T. & Emilie (Falldorf) Hein. 1933 grad. of CCHS. 4 Jan 1934: Married Lloyd E. O'Nele at York, NE. They lived at Central City, and then Chapman, NE. 1951: Moved to Falldorf homestead near Grand Island, NE. Lloyd died 11 May 1986. Mae died Sat. 27 Dec 2008 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 gch., 3 g-gch.. Predeceased by her husband & her parents. Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p230; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p1a D7 F8: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE.



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