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2010 - 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.

 

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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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Jan 2010
Paul Eugene REEVES, 83 (photo)

Born 3 Feb 1926, Central City, NE. Parents: Brover Cleveland & Anna (McMahon) Reeves. 1943 grad. of CCHS. Enlisted in US Navy in 1943. 1967: Married at Port Orchard, WA. Was resident of Chesapeake Beach, MD. Died Sun. 3 Jan 2010 at hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Service: Thurs., St. Anthony's Catholic church, North Beach, MD. Entombment: National Memorial Park. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, 11 gch., 9 g-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by his parents; son, Carl Reeves; daughter, Sheryl Blancett. Memorials: U.S. Navy Memorial Fund. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 123, Washington, DC 20004.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p4a D84 F85: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Jan 2010
Ralph A. RUDOLF, 76 (photo)

Born 4 Oct 1933 on farm near Palmer, NE. Parents: Albert Paul & Esther (Zlomke) Rudolf. Grad. of Palmer HS. Farmer. 16 Nov 1952: Married at Palmer, NE. They lived at Palmer until 2000 when moved to St. Paul, NE. He died Mon. 4 Jan 2010 at St. Paul. Memorial service: Sat., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Inurnment at later date, Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister & a brother; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; sister - Shirley Ann Rudolf (infant); brother - Wayne Rudolf; son-in-law - Henry "Bud" Santin; brother-in-law - Jack Rawlings.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 8 Jan 2010
Kenneth "Butch" LILIENTHAL, 69 (photo)

Born 23 Sep 1940, Laramie, WY. Parents: Ray & Pauline (May) Lilienthal. Grew up at Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Omaha, NE. Moved to Chapman, NE when in HS to live with an aunt & uncle. 1959 grad. of GISH. 1961: Married at Chapman, NE. They lived in Greeley, CO and Chapman, NE. 1973: Moved to Grand Island, NE. He died there, Wed., 6 Jan 2010. Memorial service: Sat., All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel. Burial of ashes will be 10 Apr at Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 4 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents. Memorials: National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation for Dementia or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Jan 2010
Louise Caroline HANNAPPEL, 93 (photo)

Born 8 Oct 1916, Burrows Twp., Platte, NE. Parents: Nicolas & Caroline (Gronenthal) Schroeder. 1933 grad. of Platte Center HS. 1940: Married John Hannappel, a widower with 4 children. They had 6 children. 1972: Moved into Clarks, NE. Louise died Sun., 10 Jan 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: Nine children, 32 gch., 42 g-gch., 2 gg-gch; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her parents; her husband John (1977); son Gerald; daughter-in-law Lila; a gch. & a g-gch.; 2 brothers - Alfred & Harold; 4 sisters - Evelyn, Mary, Audrey & Helen. Memorials: Catholic Relief Service.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 15 Jan 2010
Roy Clifford ORTEGREN, 91 (photo)

Born 2 Jul 1918, near Marquette, NE. Parents: Martine E. & Lillie E. (Anderson) Ortegren. 1935 grad. of Hordville HS. 17 Mar 1940: Married Ruby M. Sawyers at Central City, NE. The farmed in area of Marquette/Hordville until 1982; then moved to Central City, NE. Ruby died 3 Dec 1996. Roy died Tues., 12 Jan 2010, Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., Mamre Evangelical Free Church near Marquette, NE. Burial at the church cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 7 gch, 17 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife, his parents, and a brother Carrol Ortegren.

Note: His brother Carrol, resident of Stromsburg, NE - died 9 Jan 2010 at York, NE.

Columbus Telegram - Sun. 17 Jan 2010
Fern NANSEL, 90

Born 16 Apr 1919, Clarks, NE. Parents: William & Emma (Lambertus) Warner. Grad. of Greeley HS. 14 Oct 1944: Married Mike Nansel at Columbus, NE. They lived at Monroe, NE. She died Thurs., 14 Jan 2010 at Monroe. Visitation: Today, Patrick's Funeral Chapel. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Monroe. Burial: New Hope Cemetery. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 10 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother & his wife, & 2 sisters- in-law. Predeceased by her husband; a daughter Joyce Pratt.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Jan 2010
Gary R. SCHANK, 67

Born 5 Jan 1943, Central City, NE. Parents: Raymond & Jeanette Schank. 1960 grad. of CCHS. Worked on Schank Mink Ranch. Member of Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Later lived at Genoa. Fall 2009 he moved to Fullerton, NE. Died there Sat. 16 Jan 2010. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Graveside service: Wed., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His parents, a brother, a sister; 2 uncles. Predeceased by an infant son - Brian Dean Schank.

Note: No marriage mentioned.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 25 Jan 2010
Helen Florence SMITH, 94

Born 18 Sep 1915, Newbern, IA. Parents: Lewis I. & Anna C. (Hunerdosse) Graves. 1934 grad. of West Des Moines HS. Attended Moody Bible Institute for 2 yrs. 28 Sep 1937: Married Ward R. Smith. Missionaries. 1960: Moved to Central City, NE. to work at NE Christian HS. Mr. Smith died 4 Feb 2007. Mrs. Smith died Sun., 24 Jan 2010 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Community Bible Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Chambers Cemetery (Holt County), NE. Survivors: A daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, 10 gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Warren & Russell (infant); brother - Willis Graves; 2 sisters - Gladys Rose & Alice Williamson; a great-grandson, Dylan VanPelt. Memorials: Nebraska Christian in Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Jan 2010
Lorena M. SCHEER, 90

Born 15 Feb 1919 in Platte Co., NE. Parents: Henry & Alma (Michaelson) Cattau. 23 Jun 1940: Married Ervin Scheer at Worms, NE. They farmed north of Chapman, NE; 1947. Moved to farm southeast of St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE. Member of Zion Lutheran Church. Mr. Scheer died 11 Nov 2007. Mrs. Scheer died Sun., 24 Jan 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service will be private (Curran Funeral Chapel). Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: a son & his wife; 4 gch., 12 g-gch., a gg-gch.; a sister; 2 brothers of husband & their wives. Predeceased by her husband, & daughter-in-law Sandra K. Scheer.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Jan 2010
Edna Mae STOLTENBERG, 95 (photo)

Born 9 Feb 1914, near Osmund, NE. Parents: Edward & Laura (Bowling) Vipperman. 7 Feb 1931: Married Ralph H. Stoltenberg at Council Bluffs, IA. They lived in Tucson, AZ & Denver, CO. Late 1930's moved to farm northwest of Chapman, NE. Mr. Stoltenberg died 14 May 1989. Mrs. Stoltenberg died Mon. 25 Jan 2010 at Chapman, NE. Service will be at later date. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: 7 children; 23 gch., 39 g-gch., 4 gg-gch; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents & her step-father Lloyd Daniels; her husband & 2 sons - Ronald & David; 2 sons-in-law - Sid Burch & Max Brantley; a brother & his wife - Fred & June (Knight) Vipperman; 2 sisters & 3 brothers-law - Merle & Charles Mendenhall, Mildred & Douglas Huggard, Charles Stockdale. Memorials: Chapman Baptist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 Jan 2010
Nellie T. WEGNER 97 (photo)

Born 25 Jun 1912, Archer, NE. Parents: Captain & Nina Mae (Kronkright) Stalker. 3 Jun 1936: Married Donald F. Wegner. Mr. Wegner died 9 Oct 2009. Mrs. Wegner died Mon., 25 Jan 2010 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Sat., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; 4 sisters - Margaret Willits, Dorothy Johnston, Inez Speed & Mabel Moore; 5 brothers - Paul, Tom, Thayne, Archie and Cap Stalker. Memorials: Zion United Methodist Church, Palmer United Methodist Church or Palmer Public School

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Jan 2010
Virginia Mae NITZEL, 82 (photo)

Born at Rogers (Colfax Co.), NE. Parents: Grover & Pearl (Starmer) Coleman. 1945 grad of Hordville HS (Hamilton Co.). 24 May 1945: Married Morris Nitzel at Belleville, KS. They lived on dairy farm near Central City, NE. Member of Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church near Clarks, NE. Virginia died Fri., 29 Jan 2010 at Central City. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at city cememtery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 16 g-gch. 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; sister Vernice Olsen, & brothers Virgil & Vic Coleman.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Feb 2010
Melvin W. "Mel" BURKHARDT, Sr. 69 (photo)

Born 14 Apr 1940, Palmer, NE. Parents: Herman O. & Mae E. Burkhardt. Attended Palmer HS. Served in US Navy. 24 Mar 1962: Married at Winterhaven, CA. They lived in Central City, NE where he worked for the city street department. He died Fri., 5 Feb 2010 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon, Solt Funeral Home, Service: Tues., St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial in city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 children, 12 gch., 2 g-gch; his mother & 7 siblings; his mother-in-law. Predeceased by his father (1998). Memorials: Kernel Baseball Field in Central City or St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Feb 2010
Rita Dorothy HOUDEK, 80 (photo)

Born 3 May 1929, Dwight, NE. Attended school in Butler Co., NE. Abt. 1965: Moved to Central City, NE with her parents. She later moved to Grand Island, NE where she died Mon., 8 Feb 2010. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Fri. St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A sister & 4 brothers; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers - Joseph, Jerome & Charles Houdek; 2 sisters - Charlotte Houdek & Margaret Hotovy.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Feb 2010
Gerald "Jake" REMBOLT. 86 (photo)

Born 11 Mar 1923, Chapman, NE. Parents: Fred Rembolt Sr. & Mae Urwiller Rembolt. 1941 grad. of GISH. 1943-46: US Navy. 8 Oct 1949: Married Viola Strohl at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Grand Island. Mrs. Rembolt died 16 Dec 2009. Mr. Rembolt died Mon., 8 Feb 2010. Graveside service: Thurs., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A daughter & her husband, 2 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife, his parents & four brothers - Harvey, Earl, Marvin & Fred Rembolt.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p1A D10 F10: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Feb 2010
Eldene E. "Jeep" ZAMZOW, 91 (photo)

Born 28 Jul 1918, Archer, NE. Parents: John P. and Della (Fuehrer) Zamzow. 1920: Family moved to Grand Island, NE. WW II: USAF. 13 Aug 1950: Married at St. Paul, NE. Business owner, banker. Died Mon., 8 Feb 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial before service, at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother Curtis. Memorials: The church, or Stuhr Museum.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 13 Feb 2010
Lisle F. MANGELSEN, 82
Born 13 Aug 1927, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Oscar & Lowie (Moses) Mangelsen. Worked in Illinois. 1967: Married at Blair, N; they lived at Central City, NE. Worked for Merrick Co. Roads Dept. He died 30 Jan 2010 at Central City, NE. Memorial service: Tues., Central City Care Center. Burial: Clarks Cemetery at later date. Survivors: His wife, a sister & 2 brothers. Predeceased by daughter Jolene Rachel Mangelsen; his parents, 2 sisters & a brother.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 19 Feb 2010
Mary Ann LISS, 76

Born 31 Aug 1933, Fullerton, NE. Parents: John & Donicelela (Smolinski) Stopak. Grad. of Fullerton HS. 23 Oct 1954: Married Donald M. Liss at Krakow. They lived at Silver Creek, NE. Cook for school. She died Wed., 17 Feb 2010 in Columbus, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 8 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 sisters (one is her twin). Predeceased by her husband, her parents, a son James. & brother Louis.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 22 Feb 2010
Marjorie R. SOBER, 92 (photo)

Born 16 May 1917 Central City, NE. Parents: Benjamin & Lucille (Jerome) Beetem. 1935: Married Cornell S. Sober in Central City. They farmed near Shelton, NE; moved into town. 1959: Moved to Grand Island. In 1965 Marjorie moved to CA; returned to Grand Island in 1992. She died Sat. 20 Feb 2010 at home. Visitation: Fri., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Grand Island Family Church. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons, 3 daughters, 23 gch., 48 g-gch., 10 gg-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband & 2 sons, Cornell & Arthur Sober; a brother & a sister.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 25 Feb 2010

Hazel W. OSTRANDER, 100

Born 2 Jul 1909, Butler Co., NE. Parents: Edward C. & Della (Smith) Lawver. 6 Aug 1928: Married Fred C. Ostrander in Julesburg, CO. They farmed in Polk Co., NE. Fred died in 1973; Hazel moved to Central City, NE. She died there Tues., 23 Feb 2010. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Luncheon: United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 17 gch., 27 g-gch., 4 gg-gch. Predeceased by her parents; her husband; 3 sisters - Helen Van Meter, Mildred Schutt, & Irene Barlett; 2 brothers - Earl Lawver & Lewis Lawver. Memorials: Litzenberg Long Term Care or Merrick Manor.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Feb 2010
Doralene June KAMPER, 74 (photo)

Born 17 Apr 1935, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Harry & Wilma (Hurley) Lilienthal. Grad. of GISH. 24 Jun 1955: Married Lyle Kamper at Grand Island, NE. She died Wed., 24 Feb 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Assembly of God Church in Grand Island. Burial of ashes: Tues. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 7 gch., 2 g-gch.; 4 brothers, a sister & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers, a brother-in-law. Memorials: Doralene Kamper Educational Fund for her grandchildren through Wells Fargo Bank, 3404 W. 13th Street, Grand Island, NE.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Mar 2010
Jean TYLER, 79 (photo)

Born 7 Apr 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: Harry V. & Margaret G. (Brown) Persons. 1947 grad. of CCHS. 13 Feb 1949: Married Paul Tyler. They farmed in Prairie Island Twp. of Merrick County. In 1993 she moved to Central City. Jean died Sat. 27 Feb 2010 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, two sons, 6 gch., g-gch.; a brother, a sister; a special friend. Predeceased by her parents. Memorials: Long Term Care in Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Mar 2010
Phyllis SCHRUNK, 85 (photo)

Born 21 Nov 1924, on farm near Zumbrota, MN. Parents: Carl & Lessie (Greer) Budensiek. Teacher. 24 Nov 1950: Married Thomas Schrunk at Zumbrota, MN. They farmed near Lynch, NE. 1981: Moved to Palmer, NE. Mr. Shrunck died 14 Feb 1990 in auto accident. Mrs. Schrunk died Mon., 8 Mar 2010 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Thurs., Wesleyan Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, 2 brothers - David & Morris.  Memorials: The church.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Mar 2010
Marjorie Alice CARLSON, 93 (photo)

Born 30 Aug 1916, Central City, NE. Parents: Walter & Ollie (Whakely) Dredge. Grad. of CCHS. 31 Dec 1939: Married Edward O. Carlson. They lived in CA. Sales clerk, bookkeeper. 1992: They moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Carlson died 31 Dec 2000. Mrs. Carlson died Tues., 9 Mar 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Graveside service: Fri., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a nephew & his family; other relatives. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a sister & brother-in-law Kathleen & Roy Ehn; half-brother Don Young.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED154 p1B D12 F12: Prairie Island Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p2a D24 F24: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 Mar 2010
Timothy John O'HERN, 72

Born 11 Feb 1928, Palmer, NE. Parents: Bernard Michael & Roberta Ann O'Hern. Died 6 Mar 2010 at home in Denver, CO. Service: Mon., St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Denver. Survivors: A brother & a sister, nieces & nephews. Memorial donations to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halsted Street., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60642-2642.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 15 Mar 2010
Phyllis R. LEMBURG, 86 (photo)

Born 22 May 1923, Worms, NE. Parents: William & Christina (Mortensen) Beyersdorf. 12 Aug 1941: Married Charley Lemburg at Worms, NE. They farmed in Howard Co. 1944: Moved to Nysted, NE. Charley died 3 Nov 2008. Mrs. Lemburg was a resident of Dannebrog, NE. Phyllis died Sat., 13 Mar 2010 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Tues., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. Service: Wed., Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo, NE. Burial: Loup Fork Cemetery near Boelus, NE. Survivors: 3 sons, 10 gch., 31 g-gch.; 4 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; son Ronald; a g-daughter & a g-gdau.; a daughter-in-law; 2 brothers, Ray & Robert.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 18 Mar 2010

Charles E. BOND, 94 (photo)

Born 16 Oct 1914, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Harold & Lorna (Powers) Bond. 1934 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Married Bernice McDaniel, moved to Chicago, IL. Truck driver. Following death of Bernice he married Inez Frederick. They were together 29 years, had 3 children. 1944-46: US Army. Married a third time, to Mollie Clark. Retired. Married fourth time at Everett, WA to a woman from Silver Creek. 2008: They moved to Columbus, NE. Charles died Thurs., 11 Mar 2010 at Columbus. Memorial service: Sat., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery at later date. Survivors: His 4th wife, 2 sons, a daughter, a step daughter & a step-son, 20 gch., 27 g-gch., 5 gg-gch. Predeceased by his parents; sister Carolyn; daughter-in-law Leah Bond.

Note: Burial notice appeared in Columbus Telegramon 10 Apr 2010 (Sat). He was buried the following Tues.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 18 Mar 2010
Nancy A. NORVELL, 76 (photo)

Born 29 May 1933, Humboldt, NE. Parents: Clifford & Marjorie (Strain) Ross. 1951 grad. of Auburn HS. 1 Mar 1953: Married Robert E. Norvell at Auburn, NE. They lived in CA while he was in military; then lived in Nebraska towns - particularly Adams & Clarks, NE. She died Tues., 16 Mar 2010 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Nemaha Cemetery east of Auburn, NE. Survivors: Her husband of Clarks; 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 gch. and some step gch., etc. Predeceased by her parents, aunts & uncles. Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Hope Harbor or the Humane Society in Grand Island.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Mar 2010
Leon R. "Pete" GUSTAFSON, 93

Born 17 Jul 1916, Kansas City, MO. Parents: Emil & Nellie (Johnson) Gustafson. Family moved to Stromsburg, NE. 22 Aug 1938: Married Elna M. "Nan" Larson at Sidney, NE. They moved to Chicago. WW II: US Army Air Corps. After war they moved to Central City, NE. 1956: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Elna died 18 Jan 2009. Pete died Tues., 23 Mar 2010 at Grand Island. Graveside service: Fri., Stromsburg Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: a nephew, a niece. Predeceased by his wife, 2 infant sons; his parents, a brother & his spouse - Theodore & Jesse Johnson. Memorials: Nebraska Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 639, Alliance, NE 69301.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Apr 2010
Sheryl J. BECKER, 48 (photo)

Born 2 Nov 1961, Central City, NE. Parents: Marvin & Clarice (Eckstrom) Addison. Family lived at Palmer & Central City, NE. 19 Oct 1979: Married Randall Becker. They lived at Phillips, NE. She died Fri., 23 Apr 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Pleasant View Bible Church, Aurora, NE. Burial at Aurora Cemetery. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons; her father & stepmother; 3 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by her mother, grandparents, an aunt & uncle.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 25 Mar 2010; Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Mar 2010
Rex GRAHAM, 88 (photo)

Born 29 Nov 1922 on farm south of Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Sidney & Colie (Brooks) Graham.1939 grad. of Silver Creek Public School. 19 Dec 1941: Married at Yuma, AZ. WW II: US Army (Europe). Returned to live at Silver Creek. Welder; business owner. 24 Apr 2009: Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. for WW II Vets. He died Tues., 23 Mar 2010 at home. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 7 children,10 gch., 23 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents and a daughter-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Mar 2010
Lloyd A. BACON, 99

Born 26 Jun 1910 on farm near Overton, NE. Parents: Noel & Mae (Holsclaw) Bacon.1927 grad. of Overton HS. Family moved north of Lexingtton, NE. 24 Oct 1932: Married Naomi Metcalf at Lyons, NE. Business owner. 1942-46: US Army. Banker. Farmer after "retired". Naomi died in 1999; Lloyd moved to Central City, NE. Died 15 Mar 2010 at Central City, NE. Graveside service: Fri., 9 Apr 2010 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter & her husband, 2 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by his wife; 2 infant gch.; a brother, Carl Bacon; a sister, Laura Mille; a nephew.

Columbus Telegram & Norfolk Daily News - Tues. 30 Mar 2010; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 Mar 2010
Barbara J. URKOSKI, 97 (photo)

Born 7 Jun 1912 on farm NW of Tarnov (Platte Co.), NE. Parents: Charles & Pauline (Barnes) Zoucha. 5 Jan 1937: Married Andrew P. Urkoski at Omaha, NE. They farmed north of Clarks, NE. Andrew died 22 Jul 1984. 2004: Barbara moved to Fullerton, NE. 2009: Moved to St. Edward, NE. She died there Sun., 28 Mar 2010. Service: Thurs., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Krakow (Nance Co.), NE. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton, NE. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 25 gch, 49 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 4 brothers & their wives - Joe B. & Anna Zoucha, Louie & Frances Zoucha, Florian & Eva Zoucha, Dominic & Lillian Zoucha; 4 sisters & their spouses - Bell & Florian Placzek, Mary & Joe Zoucha, Anna & Joe Urkoski, Cecelia & Tony Lassek.

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Los Angeles Times - Fri. 2 Apr 2010

Rhoda Grace CARDOZO

Born 23 Mar 1914, Central City, NE. Grad. of Manuel Arts HS, Los Angeles, CA. 1935: Married Harold Cardozo. They retired to San Juan Capistrano, CA. She died 29 Mar 2010 at Newport Beach, CA. Survivors: a daughter & son-in-law; 2 sons, 3 gch.

Note: Possibly Rhoda G. Farrand - who appears in 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p3B H510 D63 F70: Central City Ward 1, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 2 Apr 2010
Melissa Marie JOHNSTON

Born 11 Aug 1969, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Kenneth & Shirley McDonald. 1987: Grad. of Central City HS. 1991: Married William Johnston. Resident of Columbus, NE. Died Wed. 31 Mar 2010 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: Two children; her parents, 2 sisters. Predeceased by her sister Wendy; and her grandparents. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Apr 2010

Helen JANKY, 90 (photo)

Born 27 Jul 1919, Loma (Butler Co.), NE. Parents: Alois J. & Mary A. (Coufal) Ruzicka. 1925: Family moved to Polk County, NE. Attended Assumption HS at Dwight, NE. 2 Jun 1937: Married Joseph Janky at Central City, NE. They farmed NW of Chapman, NE. Mr. Janky died in 1977. 17 Jan 1987: Helen married Harold Albee. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Mr. Albee died 9 Feb 2001. Helen died Sat., 3 Apr 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Curran Funeral Chapel. Service: Fri., St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: Seven sons, seven daughters, 44 gch., 50 g-gch.; 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; a daughter Karen Roberts; gch. Joey Janky; 4 brothers - Louis, Joseph, Gerald & Victor Ruzicka; 2 sisters - Mary Houdek & Agnes Jisa; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law. Memorials: St. Mary's Cathedral Square.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Apr 2010
Lida E. FRIEDRICHSEN, 76 (photo)

Born 11 Oct 1933, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Ella (Freeland) Verplank. 1951 grad. of school at Palmer, NE. Teacher. 1 Jul 1962: Married Donald Friedrichsen at Palmer, NE. Certified medical assistant.She died Mon., 5 Apr 2010 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Fri., First Church of Christ, Palmer.Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: Seven children, 17 gch., 8 g-gch.; 3 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by her parnets; a brother Layton Verpland, a gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p391.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Apr 2010
Loy E. GLAUSE, 77 (photo)

Born 28 Oct 1932 near St. Libory NE. Parents: Philip William & Stella (Wagner) Glause. 1950 grad. of St. Paul HS. 1953-55: US Army. 2 Mar 1957: Married at Trinity Lutheran Chuch, Grand Island, NE. They lived near Worms, NE. 1962: They moved to Palmer, NE and farmed. Died Mon. 12 Apr 2010 at Palmer, NE. Service: Fri., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: His wife, 7 sons, 6 daughters, 36 gch., 3 step gch.; 3 brothers, 1 sister. Predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers - Billy, Clayton & Gene Glause; 1 sister - Verona Seim; his in-laws, Henry & Ruby (Schmidt) Homfeld. Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or Heartland Lutheran High School.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Apr 2010
Darrell P. WILLOUGHBY, 85 (photo)

Born 11 Jun 1924 west of Central City, NE. Parents: Perry Everett & Myrtle Leona (Fleek) Willoughby. 1942 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Army 82nd All American Airborne. 1 Jun 1946: Married Esther Thomsen, who died in Sep 1947. 4 Nov 1948: Married a second time. They lived in Central City NE. Newspaperman. Methodist. He died Tues., 20 Apr 2010 at Fullerton, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at city cemetery.Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents, an infant brother, a son David Lee (3 Dec 1993). Memorials: American Legion Club Improvement.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 26 Apr 2010
Marion M. RITTA, 83 (photo)

Born 11 May 1926, Glenview, IL. Parents: Gustav J. & Mary (Wadel) Geffe.Faily moved to Lake Zurich, IL where Marion grad. from HS. She worked as secretary in Chicago. IL.7 Jun 1947: Married David Ritta at Lake Zurich. They farmed at Grayslake, IL. 1962: Moved to Marquette, NE. She died Sun., 25 Apr 2010 at hospital in Central City. Service: Wed., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City, NE. Burial at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 3 children, 3 gch., 4 step-gch., 7 step-ggch. Predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers - Hank, Ray & Elmer Gaffe; a sister Hilda Welk. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 30 Apr 2010
Theodore Alan CARLSON, 60

Born 14 Aug 1950, Stromsburg, NE. Parents: Robert & Betty Gonnerman) Carlson. 1955: Family moved to Hanley Falls, MN where he grad. from HS in 1968. 1972: He married in MN; they farmed at Silver Creek, NE. 2003: He moved to Donna, TX where he died 23 Apr 2010. Graveside service: Sat., Stromsburg Cemetery, Stromsburg, NE. Arrangements: Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola & Stromsburg. Survivors: Two children, 5 gch.; a sister & a brother (both in MN). Predeceased by his parents.


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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 May 2010
Cecelia F. WARNEKE, 91 (photo)

Born 20 Sep 1918, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Otto & Louisa (Oberschulte) Frauen. Attended Lutheran school at Worms, NE. 1 Mar 1942: Married Carl H. Warneke at Worms, NE. They lived in Baltimore, MD; Chapman, Ralston & Grand Island, NE. Carl died in 1995. Mrs. Warneke died Fri., 30 Apr 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Grace Lutheran Church. Burial at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband, and an infant son; 3 brothers - Max, Herman & Otto Frauen; 3 sisters - Elsie Schutt, Marie Nelson, & Louise Benson. Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p6A D106 F106: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p1a D3 F3: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE - both with her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 May 2010
Esther M. FRAUEN, 90 (photo)

Born 7 Jan 1920 on farm in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Karl Ludwig & Dorothea Maria (Peters) Kurz. Her stepmother was Martha Kurz. Attended Zion Lutheran School (Worms). 10 Aiug 1941: Married Herman C. Frauen at Worms. They farmed near Grand Island, NE. Herman died 6 Mar 1978. Mrs. Frauen died Sun., 2 May 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial at the church cemetery. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island., NE. Survivors: 3 daughters, 10 gch., 18 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by her parents; her husband, & son Ron Frauen. Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church and School.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p2b D49 F49: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/father & step-mother)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 10 May 2010
Ada PELICAN, 92

Born 12 Mar 1918 in Glenwood area north of Palmer, NE. Parents: Benjamin C. & Inez (Gates) Brown. Grad. of Fullerton HS. Normal training at Kearney, NE. Teacher. 12 Sep 1940: Married Leonard Pelican at Grand Island, NE. They lived near Palmer, NE. She died Sun. 9 May 2010 at Fullerton, NE. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangments: Greenway Funeral Home at Palmer. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 3 gch., 11 g-gch.; a sister, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers - Buren & Benjamin Brown; a half sister Mildred Wheelon. Memorials to the church.

Note: See Fullerton's 1st 100 Years 1879-1979 p175 (Brown); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p5a D92 F93: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 May 2010
Brother Thomas NABITY, 79

Born Gerard Nabity, 12 Apr 1931, Central City, NE. Parents: Anton & Mayme Nabity. Resident of the The Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA. Died there on Mon., 10 May 2010. Service: Fri. at the Chapel, with burial in the Trappist Monastery Cemetery. Survivors: 3 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 May 2010
Viola M. OHLMAN, 99 (photo)

Born 4 Jul 1910 near Crookston, NE. Parents: William & Minnie (Lade) Holtz. Abt. 1914 her family moved to a farm N of Shelton, NE. Grad. of Shelton HS & Kearney College. Teacher. 5 Jun 1932: Married Fred Ohlman at Zion Lutheran Church north of Shelton, NE. They farmed in Buffalo, Merrick & Hamilton Counties. 1995: Moved to Central City, NE. She died Mon., 10 May 2010 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 3 daughters, 11 gch., 30 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband (10 May 2005), an infant daughter, a gch., a daughter-in-law; her parents, 4 sisters - Vera Lange, Lydia Stohs, Ella Bremer & Imogene Holtz. Memorials: St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hour Ministries or Heartland Lutheran High School in Grand Island.

Note: Write for copy of History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 314-5 (Ohlman).

Grand Island Independent = Tues. 11 May 2010
Mary A. SNELL, 91 (photo)

Born 4 Jan 1919, near Central City, NE. Parents: Bert & Ella (Wilson) Gilley. 1936 grad. of CCHS. Attended NE Central College for 2 years. Teacher. 5 Mar 1944: Married Victor Snell at Topeka, KS (husband was in military at the time). After WW II they lived in TX. 1989: They moved to Central City, NE. Mary died 30 Apr 2010 at Central City NE. Memorial service: Fri., Solt Funeral HOme, Central City. Private burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter & her spouse; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers - James Wilson Gilley (infant) & Robert Gilley; her sister, Alma Benson & spouse Verner Benson. Memorials: Nebraska Christian Foundation, 1847 Inskip Avenue, Central City, NE 68826.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p3A D44 F44: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE; & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p2b D45 F45: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (Both with her parents.)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 May 2010
Jim GROETZINGER, 63 (photo)

Born 14 Nov 1946, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Bryce & Helen Groetzinger. Attended Central City Schools. Abt. 1970: Moved to Colorado. Resident of Aurora, CO. Died 6 May 2010. "A farewell gathering will be ... May 17 at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, 1715 17th Ave., Central City.". Survivors: His wife, a daughter 2 gch. Predeceased by his parents, & a brother Gary.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 May 2010
M. "Irene" RICE, 81 (photo)

Born 24 Nov 1928, Memphis, TN. Parents: James & Mamie (Campbell) Powell. Educated at Memphis, TN. 4 Feb 1946: Eloped to Hernando, MS to marry Vern Rice. Summer 1946: They moved to farm at Chapman, NE. Vern died "8 months ago". Irene died Wed., 12 May 2010 at Chapman, NE. Service: Tues., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial at Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 sons, 13 gch., 14 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 sisters - Frances Marie & Sarah Pauline. Memorials: Nebraska Christian School in Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 May 2010
Barbara M. MODELSKI, 84 (photo)

Born 9 Jun 1925, Central City, NE. Parents: Daniel & Clara (Wagner) Power. 1943 grad. of Palmer HS. Married Richard Morrison. 1979: Married Leo E. Modelski at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. She was employed by Skagway, State Farm, and Farmers Insurance. Leo died 10 Nov 2001. Barbara died Tues., 18 May 2010 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island. Cremated. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, a step-daughter, 3 gch., 11 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; 3 brothers - Dennis, Bill & Jerry Power; a sister - Mary Ann Power (infant).

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p3b D71 F72: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 May 2010
Arnold W. "Pete" von Aschwege, 90

Born 12 Sep 1919 on farm near Palmer, NE. Parents: Harman Christian & Meta K. (Hardekophf) von Aschwege. Grad. of Palmer HS. 15 Feb 1942: Married; they lived on the family farm. Elevator mgr. He died Sun., 23 May 2010 at Central City, NE. Services (private) at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 5 gch., 1 g-gch. Memorials: Litzenberg Long Term Care, Central City, NE.

Note: See - with parents in the 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p2A D30 F30: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p4b D92 F87: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 2 Jun 2010
Delbert Earl Johnson, 68

Born 3 Apr 1942, Stromsburg, Polk, NE. Parents: Freeman E. & Leona M. (Zwiebel) Johnson. Attended Central City schools. Methodist. Died Mon. 31 May 2010. Graveside service: Sat., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sisters, a brother & his wife; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; 3 brothers - Lewellen, Donald & Kenneth; 2 brothers-in-law - Vernon Omer & Glenn John; a nephew, Steven Johnson.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 Jun 2010
Sylvia Marie SENKBILE, 88 (photo)

Born 23 Jun 1921 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Joseph & Mary (Nabity) Zmek. 1939 grad. of Catholic HS in Dwight, NE. Teacher. 9 Apr 1950: Married Donald J. Senkbile. They lived near Central City, NE. 1997: They retired to San Antonio, TX. Don died 20 Jul 2004, Sylvia moved to Merrick Manor in Central City, NE. She died Thurs., 3 Jun 2010. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., United Methodist Churhc. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 4 children, 6 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters - Agnes Tuma, Christina Helzer, Ann Reha; 4 brothers - James, Joseph, Matthew & Lewis Zmek.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p5B D103 F103: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (parents); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p1A D2 F2: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 Jun 2010
Phillip A. SUNDBERG, 73

Born 5 Jul 1936 near Stromsburg, NE. Parents: Richard T. & Avis (Beatty) Sundberg. 1954 grad. of Stromsburg HS. 6 Sep 1959: Married at Stromsburg, NE. They farmed near Stromsburg; 1964: Moved to farm near Clarks, NE. Phillip died Thurs., 3 Jun 2010 at Osceola following a farm accident. Memorial service at later date. Arrangements: Dubas Funeral Home. Survivors: His wifes & 2 sons, 5 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Jun 2010
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" DUNCAN, 84 (photo)

Born 9 Apr 1926, Archer, NE. Parents: Leonard & Vera (Woodward) VanPelt. Grad. of Archer HS. 26 Jan 1949: Married L. Myron Duncan. They farmed at Wood River, NE. Teacher. Methodist. Myron died in 1991. She lived at Grand Island, NE. Betty died Mon., 7 Jun 2010 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service: Thurs., All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial at Wood River Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 5 daughters, 11 gch., 6 g-gch.; 4 brothers & 4 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 gch.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 11 Jun 2010
Richard P. ZEGAR, 69 (photo)

Born 4 Mar 1941 on farm near Clarks, NE. Parents: Henry & Helen (Gonsior) Zegar. 1959 grad. of Clarks HS. Served in National Guard. 7 Nov 1964: Married at Genoa, NE. They farmed near Clarks; and then near Silver Creek, NE. He died Thurs., 10 Jun 2010 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at the parish cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 1 gg-gch; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 12 Jun 2010; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Jun 2010
David N. KOHL, 43 (photo)

Born 6 Jun 1967, Paso Robles, CA. Parents: "Ken and Carolynn (Lovejoy) Kohl and Don and Sandy (Butler) Bragg." 1979: Family moved to Central City, NE. 1985 grad. of Central City HS. 29 Apr 1995: Married at Lindsay, NE. They lived in Central City. Home construction worker, business owner. He died Fri., 11 Jun 2010 at Central City. Service: Wed. 16 Jun at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His parents; his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters; 2 brothers, 2 sisters; a grandmother & assorted in-laws. Predeceased by grandparents - LaVerne Kohl; and Howard & Ila Kuhn Lovejoy.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 16 Jun 2010
Joan R. (EGGLI) MILLER, 65 (photo)

Born 15 Feb 1925 Council Bluff, IA. Parents: Chris & Jean Sorensen. 1929: Family moved to Marquette, NE; & later to Fullerton, NE. 7 Oct 1961: Married Dwane Eggli. They lived in Fullerton, NE. 1969: Moved to Central City, NE. 31 Mar 2000: Joan married Frank Miller; they lived in Central City, NE. Joan died Mon., 14 Jun 2010 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church. Survivors: Her second husband; her mother, 2 sons, a daughter, 14 gch., 2 g-gch; step-children; 2 brother & a sister. Predeceased by her father (2003); her former husband Dwane Eglli (2004); a g-son (2010).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 17 Jun 2010

Henry "Hank" SHIPMAN, 85

Born 13 Feb 1925, Grand Island, NE. Parents: William & Minnie (Hargens) Shipman. Attended District 32 School, Merrick Co., NE. 1944-46: US Army. Farmed in Merrick Co., NE. Trucker. Died Tues., 15 Jun 2010, Grand Island, NE. Service, Mon., Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: A sister & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; 4 brothers - Peter, John, Albert, Harry Shipman; 3 sisters - Ann Dickman, Olga Dickman, Alvina Shipman. Memorials to the church.

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p361; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p2a D31 F31: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 18 Jun 2010
Jerry L. SOUHRADA, 70 (photo)

Born 10 Sep 1939, Syracuse, NE. Parents: Edward & Ella (Dobrey) Souhrada. 1957 grad. of Verdigre HS. 6 May 1961: Married Judy Bartling at Creighton, NE. They lived near Verdigre until 1970 when moved to Chapman, NE. 1973: Moved to Central City, NE. Judy died 29 Mar 1997. 2005: Jerry moved to Burwell, NE. He died at his home. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his wife & his parents.

Note: Death date not given.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 20 Jun 2010
Effie T. TORPIN, 95 (photo)

Born 23 Dec 1914 near Marathon, IA. Parents: Erick B. & Anna J. (Chader) Holmes. Family moved to Hordville, NE where she graduated from HS in 1933. Attended NE Central College at Central City & UNL. Teacher. Pianist, organist. 28 Dec 1940: Married R. Stanley Torpin at Onawa, IA. They lived in Central City, NE. She died Fri., 18 Jun 2010 at Elkhorn, NE. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 4 gch.; a brother-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (19 Jan 2003); her parents; 2 brothers - Lee & Carroll Holmes; 3 sisters - Annette Abbott, Josephine McConnell, & Carolyn Miescke. Memorials: Central City United Methodist Church Foundation or the Merrick Foundation.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 Jun 2010
Mae Esther BURKHARDT, 94 (photo)

Born 1 Jun 1916 near Burwell, NE. Parents: Amel R. & Eliza C. (Suntken) Zlomke. Attended a rural school in Valley County. 31 Aug 1934: Married Herman O. Burkhardt at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near Palmer, NE. 1954: Moved into Palmer, and in 1961 moved to Central City, NE. Herman died 6 Nov 1998. Mae died Mon. 21 Jun 2010 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 7 children, 23 gch., g-gch & gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; an infant sister Elsie; 2 brothers - LaVern & Ed Zlomke.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Jun 2010
Donald NOUZOVSKY, 80 (photo)

Born 30 Jan 1930, Archer, NE. Parents: Joseph & Rose (Klepetko) Nouzovsky. 1949 grad. of CCHS. 1951-53: US Army 28th Inf. (Germany) Farmed in Merrick County. 2003: Moved to Central City, NE. Died Mon., 28 Jun 2010 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 brothers, 2 sisters, nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Erma Traudt & Charlene Shenk; brother Melvin; 4 brothers-in-law - Glen Traudt, Robert Nordstrom, Carroll Shenk & Paul Rinke; 2 sisters-in-law - Inge and Colleen.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 2 Jul 2010
Clifford G. SOLL, 89

Born 19 Mar 1921, Irvington, NE. Parents: Henry & Katie (Hagedorn) Soll. Farmer. WW II: US Army. 3 Aug 1947: Married at Clarks, NE. They farmed. In 1957 settled on farm near Clarks, NE. 1991: They moved to Central City, NE. He died there Thurs., 1 Jul 2010. Service: Sat., 3 July, Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Swede Home Cemetery, Polk County, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, 9 gch., 15 g-gch, 3 gg-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 4 brothers - Bill, Ed, Charles & Lester Soll; a sister, Louise Dyer.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 6 Jul 2010

Rhonda K. BRIDGER, 55 (photo)

Born 12 Aug 1954, Central City, NE. Parents: Bobbie Ray & Shirley Mae (Swanson) Broshers. 1972 grad. of CCHS. Attended Grand Island Beauty School. 4 Jun 1973: Married William Bridger at Belleville, KS. They lived at Hastings, NE. She died there Sun. 4 Jul 2010. Service Thurs., North Shore Assembly  of God. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home and Cremation Center . Survivors: Her husband, a son; a sister, a brother; her in-laws. Predeceased by father Bobby; parents Shirley & Vern Von Ohlen, grandparents; a brother-in-law. Memorials: American Cancer Society, North Shore Assembly of God.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Jul 2010
Linda Marie TATUM, 51 (photo)

Born 26 Nov 1958, Central City, NE. Parents: Jerry & Ruth Larson. 1977 grad. of Hordville HS. Attended UN. 1983: Moved to TX. Business manager. She died Thurs., 1 Jul 2010, Fort Worth, TX. Survice: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial will be at Lindale Cemetery near Hordville at later date. Survivors: Her husband Brent Tatum, a daughter, a step-child; her parents, 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her grandparents. Ivan & Ellen Anderson; Clarence & Florence Larson.

Grand Island Independent obit - Tues. 13 Jul 2010
Lillie M. KINGSLEY, 98 (photo)

Born 5 Nov 1911, Polk Co., NE. Parents: August & Clara (Johnson) Sandberg. 15 Apr 1931: Married William Kingsley at York, NE. They farmed in Polk County. 1964: Moved to Central City, NE. Lillie died Sat. 10 Jul 2010 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Swede Home Cemetery near Stromsburg, NE. Survivors: 5 gch., 9 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 daughters  - Vernette Schlondorf & Maxine Altstadt; an infant son Dennis; her parents; a brother Elmer Sandberg; 3 gch.; son-in-law, William Altstadt.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Jul 2010
Esther A. NIETFELD, 83

Born 20 Nov 1926 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Julius & Hattie (Kaiser) Scheer. Attended Merrick Co. schools & Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE. 23 Jun 1944: Married Donald V. Nietfeld at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. They farmed north of Grand Island, and then on Nietfeld family farm SE of St. Libory, NE. She died Sun., 11 Jul 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 7 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister & 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (6 May 2009); her parents; 2 brothers - Harold & Robert Scheer; a sister, Lilly Lundquist. Also deceased - son-in-law, John Doehling.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 24 Jul 2010; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Jul 2010
Lucille HANSON, 90

Born 24 Dec 1919 near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Nels & Esther (Gustafson) Johnson. 1938 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Lived in Central City & Chapman, NE. 1972: Married Leon Manning. 1983: Moved to Central City following Leon's death. 1986: Married Derrel Hanson who died in 1989. She lived in Fullerton, NE. Mrs. Hanson died Fri., 23 Jul 2010 at Boone County Medical Center, Albion, NE. Service: Tues., 27 Jul at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 6 gch., 15 g-gch., 8 step-gch., 9 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husbands; 4 brothers - Harold, Leslie, Walter & Vernon Johnson.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p9B D14 F14: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Jul 2010
Larry L. KUCERA, 66

Born 23 Oct 1943, Central City, NE. Parents: Lumier & Erma (VanPelt) Kucera. Schooled in Archer & Central City, NE. Married 43 years ago. They later moved to Grand Island, NE where he died Thurs., 22 Jul 2010. Service: Tues., All Faiths Funeral Home. Cremation. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, 3 gch.; a brother, a sister, a brother-in-law. Predeceased by daughter Yolanda Kucera; sister Linda Perkins.

Note: His parents appear in 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p7a D153 F144: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 26 Jul 2010
Richard B. "Dick" RAMAGE, 76

Born 10 Mar 1934, Central City, NE. Parents: Richard & Sybil (Perett) Ramage. Attended UNL. Journalist, newspaper man. Married Hildegard A. Wellauer in Germany. They lived primarily in St. Louis area. Mrs. Ramage died in 2002. Mr. Ramage died Sat., 24 Jul 2010 at Ballwin, MO. Service will be Tues. in Ballwin, MO. Graveside service Fri. at Central City Cemetery (NE). Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. "Memorials are suggested to the Wishing Well Foundation ... " founded by Mr. Ramage in 1983. It's purpose - "...fulfills the wishes of St. Louis area chronically and terminally ill children."

Note: See Central City Cemetery Directory for his wife, parents & grandparents.


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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Aug 2010
Joseph Anthony "Joe" PARACHINI, 63 (photo)

Born 24 May 1947, Fort Morgan, CO. Parents: Tony & Andrena (Covelli) Parachini. Attended school in CO. 4 Sep 1982: Married at Worms, NE. Farmed with his father-in-law near Chapman, NE. He died 31 Jul 2010 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Wed., St. Libory Catholic Church. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Worms, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 3 sisters; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents & his father-in-law.

Sidney Sun Telegraph - Wed. 4 Aug 2010
Jeanne Arlene CARLSON, 91
Born 16 Aug 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Arthur Earl  & Lillian Flora (Pease) Wright. Family lived in McCook & Sidney, NE. 1936 grad. of Sidney HS. 12 Jul 1936: Married Lyle R. Carlson at Fort Collins, CO. They lived briefly in California, then returned to Sidney, NE. In 1945 they moved to Cheyenne, WY. Lyle worked for UPRR & Jeanne was a store clerk. Lyle died in 2007. Jeanne died Mon., 2 Aug 2010 at Cheyenne, WY. Methodist. Graveside service Thurs. at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. Survivors: 2 sons, one daughter, 6 gch., 7 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother - Richard; a gch.

Note: For her parents, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p318; Merrick Co., NE Marriage Records Book G p29 #2571.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 8 Aug 2010
Dale "Butch" EDDY, 64 (photo)

Born 15 Nov 1945, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Dale R. & Gloria "Dot" (Fuller) Eddy. Attended school in Grand Island, NE. 1965-69: US Navy. 7 Feb 1971: Married at Grand Island. Drywaller. Abt 1990, they moved to Archer, NE. He died Thurs., 5 Aug 2010 at Archer, NE. Visitation: Sun., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Mon., Christ Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Naponee Cemetery (Franklin Co.).  Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 6 sons, 23 gch., 1 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. His father is living; also his wife's father & step-mother. Predeceased by his mother & his step-mother; his mother-in-law.

Note: See "Silver Salute" for Thurs. 17 Nov 2009 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 8 Aug 2010
Julia Frances GRONEWALD, 94 (photo)

Born 1 Dec 1915, St. Libory, NE. Parents: George & Anna (Franssen) Behen. 1935 grad. of CCHS. 5 Jul 1942: Married Jake E. Gronewald at Columbus, Georgia. He died 15 Aug 1990. Julis died Fri., 6 Aug 2010 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her care givers. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters - Rose Behen, Frances Weeks & Nellie Schoreder; 4 brothers - Leo Maaik, Harold, Howard & William Weeks.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Aug 2010
Gary J. A. FRAUEN, 68 (photo)

Born 13 Mar 1942, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John & Velaura (Ueckert) Frauen. Farmed with his father. 21 Sep 1963: Married; they lived in Grand Island where he was a well driller. Gary died Tues., 10 Aug 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Gallagher Chapel, Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 8 gch. Predeceased by 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Aug 2010
Harvey Junior HOLBROOK, 85 (photo)

Born 20 May 1925 near Page, NE. Parents: Harvey Jonathon & Burnetta Mae (Hoag) Holbrook. 1942 grad. of Orchard HS. 1949 grad. of York College, York, NE. Teacher, coach, superintendent, bus driver at Elba Public School. 1954: Farmer near Orchard, NE. 20 Nov 1957: Married at Orchard. Returned to teaching & coaching. Later owned a business in Central City. He died Fri., 13 Aug 2010, Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church. Burial in the cemetery at Orchard, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 1 gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by his parents, and a son Joel.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p237 (H Holbrook); Grand Island Independent obit of son Joel appeared 16 Oct 1999.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Aug 2010

George Francis FINLEY, 91 (photo)

Born 18 Jul 1919, Richland, NE. Parents: George W. & Rose T. (Wlaschin) Finley. Grad. of St. Edward HS. WW II: US Army, 9th Armored Div. UPRR depot agent. 13 Jan 1943: Married Betty J. Verhaege at St. Edward. They lived in Gothenburg, Brady, and other NE locations. His last assignment was at Clarks, NE. He died at Norfolk Veteran's Home, Mon. 16 Aug 2010. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 6 children, 16 gch., 17 g-gch.; 2 sisters, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife (2001); son Jim (2005); his parents; 2 brothers - James & Bud; 2 sisters - Charlotte Herman & Marge Wells.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Aug 2010
Vincent Anthony GERGEN, 71 (photo)

Born 13 Oct 1938, Huron, SD. Parents: Joseph M. & Thelma L. (LaBrie) Gergen. 1956 grad. of St. Cecelia HS, Hastings, NE. 1956-60: USAF. Worked in advertising. 1990: Moved to Central City, NE. Died there Wed., 25 Aug 2010. Memorial service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Aug 2010

Patty A. SIMONSON, 78 (photo)

Born 24 Jul 1932, Palmer, NE. Parents: Cranson & Eatheal (Manka) Robinson. 30 Jul 1948: Married Allen D. Simonson at Palmer. They lived near Palmer until Aug 2007; moved to retirement center in St Paul, NE. Patty died Sat., 28 Aug 2010 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Thurs., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: 3 children, 11 gch., 2 step-gch., 8 g-gch. & 3 step-g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents & her step-father Vic Blase; a sister Bonnie Wunderlich; a son-in-law Mike Buhrman.

Columbus Telegram & Polk County Newspaper (abbrev.) - Tues. 31 Aug 2010
Kevin D. ROBB, 52

Born 20 Dec 1957, Julesburg, CO. Parents: Bob & Betty (Keefer) Robb. Grad. of schools in Big Springs, NE. Farmer, Trucker. 1975: Married at Silver Creek, NE. 1990: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. Died 29 Aug 2010 at Columbus, NE. Memorial service 1 Sep 2010 at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Arrangments: McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter. Predeceased by his parents; an infant son Jason Robb.

 

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Columbus Telegram - Wed. 1 Sep 2010
Joseph "Jammer" KONWINSKI, 44 (photo)

Born 4 Aug 1966, Silver Creek, NE. Parens: Joseph & Elaine Konwinski. 1985 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Mechanic, truck driver. He died Tues., 31 Aug 2010 at Genoa, NE. Service: Fri., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A son & a daughter; his parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by both sets of grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 2 Sep 2010

Florence W. RUGE, 88 (photo)

Born 13 Feb 1922, St. Libory, NE. Parents: John & Marie (Reher) Petzoldt. She attended school at Worms, NE. 6 Aug 1944: Maried Harry Ruge at Seattle, WA.They farmed at Worms, NE. Mr. Ruge died in 1985. Mrs. Ruge moved to Grand Island, NE in 1988. She died Tues., 31 Aug 2010 at the GI Veteran's Home. Service: Sat. Zion Lutheran Church, Worms. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch., a step-gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 sisters-in-law. Memorials to the church.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Sep 2010
Edward James JARECKE, 83 (photo)

Born 5 Dec 1926 on farm near Fullerton, NE. Parents: Leo & Julia (Malek) Jarecke. 1944 grad. of Fullerton HS. Served in US Army. Returned to farm near Fullerton, NE. 30 Sep 1952: Married at Krakow, NE. They farmed near Fullerton & then near Clarks, NE. 1996: Moved into town. He died Mon. 6 Sep 2010 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 12 gch., 17 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his parents, a brother, Richard.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 8 Sep 2010
Donald L. STALKER, 81

Born 7 Dec 1928, Chapman, NE. Parents: Lloyd "Tom" & Elsie (Banish) Stalker. 1946 grad. of Archer HS. 1950-53: US Navy. Employee of Western Electric in Lincoln & then in Omaha, NE. 19 Jul 1958: Married. Resident of Millard, NE. He died Mon. 6 Sep 2010 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Wed., Crosby-Kunold Burket Funeral Home, Omaha.. Service: Thurs., Faith Westwood United Methodist Church, Millard. Burial on Fri., in Burke Cemetery near Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife, 5 children, 16 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 sisters, & a brother. Predeceased by his parents. Memorials - Millard VFW Post 8334, Faith Westwood United Methodist Church in Millard, or the Burke Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Sep 2010
Louis I. HANNAPPEL, 75 (photo)

Born 17 Jun 1935 near Clarks, NE. Parents: John & Irene (Supencheck) Hannappel. 1953 grad. of Clarks HS. 1955-56: US Army. 25 May 1957: Married Lila Anderson at Clarks, NE. They lived in Lincoln, Beatrice, Fairbury & Kearney, NE. He died Thurs., 16 Sep 2010 in Hastings, NE. Visitation: Sun., Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services, Kearney. Service: Mon., 20 Sep at St. James Catholic Church. Burial in the cemetery at Fairbury, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 5 gch.; 5 brothers & 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; son Douglas & brother Jerry.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 22 Sep 2010
Mary L. BOOTH, 87 (photo)

Born 20 Nov 1922 near Pierce Chapel Church, Clarks, NE. Parents: Walter L. & Mable L. (Trullinger) Beck. 1940 grad. of Clarks HS. 1942: Married James William Booth. They lived at Highland Falls, NY for 2 years, returned to Clarks, NE. Mrs. Booth died Mon. 20 Sep 2010 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Centeal City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 6 gch; 2 sisters, a brother, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (1976); her parents; 2 brothers - Russell & Bill Beck; a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 23 Sep 2010
Raymond "Vern" BEMAN, 91

Born 18 Sep 1919 on farm south of Chapman, NE. Parents: Abram Pratt & Eva (Wiesner) Beman. Family moved in 1932 to farm near Burwell, NE; and in 1939 to a farm near Cairo, NE. 1951: Moved to North Platte, NE. He was a city employee. Mr. Beman died Wed., 22 Sep 2010 at North Platte. Service will be Mon., Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents and his brother Orval.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p8A D90 F91: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p2a D35 F35: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE

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Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Oct 2010
Carroll Fredrick JOHNSTON, 92 (photo)

Born 20 Dec 1917, Merrick Co, NE. Parents: Charles & Bertha (Brandner) Johnston. 1935 grad. of CCHS. 24 Apr 1949: Married at Pawnee City, NE. They farmed NW of Central City; moved into town in 1987. In 2004 the couple moved to Lincoln, NE. Carroll died there Tues., 28 Sep 2010. Service will be at a later date, with burial at Burke Cemetey near Central City Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 3 gch., 4 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Milton (infant) & Orville. Memorials to Fairview United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Oct 2010
Orel "Bud" HEFNER, 87 (photo)

Born 19 Oct 1922, Sugar Valley, GA. Parents: Thad & Daisy (Holsomback) Hefner. WW II: US Army. 10 Dec 1943: Married at Worms, NE. They farmed NE of St. Libory. He later worked at the Palmer Coop Elevator. Bud died Tues., 5 Oct 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in Norwegian Cemetery (NW of Worms). Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 6 gch., g-gch. Predeceased by a son Lyle Hefner; his parents, 4 sisters - Doris, Lois, Herlen & Nancy; 5 brothers - Beck, Tom, Glen, Rudoph & Norman. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Oct 2010
Steven C. STECKMYER, 59 (photo)

Born 30 Dec 1950. Parents: Jean & Joyce Steckmyer. Grew up in Central City, NE. 1971: US Army. Grad. of Oregon State University. Engineer. 10 May 2004: Married in Australia. He died 29 Sep 2010 on Tiger Mountain, (near Issaquah, WA?). Memorial service will be Sunday, Hilton Garden Inn, Issaquah. Survivors: His wife & 3 step-children; his parents; a sister & her spouse.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p376.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Oct 2010
Oren Lavern ABBOTT, 88 (photo)

Born 3 Jul 1922 Mascot, NE. Parents: Lawrence & Margaret (Pachlmen) Abbott. Family moved near Lexington, NE. In 1940, he moved to Cozad, NE. 21 Oct 1942: Married at Lexington, NE. WW II: US Army. Beekeeper since 1952, living mostly at Palmer, NE. He died Thurs., 7 Oct 2010 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 8 gch., 11 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; 5 brothers - Earnest, Clifford, Clarence, Chester & Amos Abott; a sister Altra Patton; a son-in-law Jack Schlueter.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Oct 2010
Joe STANISLAV Jr. 88 (photo)

Born in Linwood, NE. Parents: Joe Sr. & Emma (Johannes) Stanislav. WW II: US Army (3 Purple Hearts & 2 Bronze Stars). 22 Feb 1946: Married at Central City, NE. They farmed NW of Central City. Retired to Aurora for 14 years; and in 2009 moved to Grand Island. He did Thurs., 7 Oct 2010 at Veteran's Medical Center, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; a daughter Pamela Jo. Memorials to Aurora Memorial Hospital.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p300. He was subject of Silver Salute article published 19 Oct 2006 in Grand Island Independent "Joe Stanislav, decorated World War II veteran".

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Oct 2010
Marvin D. WATSON, 85 (photo)

Born 7 Aug 1925, Central City, NE. Parents: Phillip & Geneva (Campell) Watson. 1943 grad. of Hordville HS. 24 Aug 1946: Married at Grand Island, NE. Salesman. Baptist. He died Wed., 6 Oct 2010 at Grand Island Veterans Home. Service: Mon., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & her spouse; a brother & his wife; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a brother Wayne; 2 sons - Marline Lavern (infant) & Robert. Memorials to American Parkinson Disease Association.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 12 Oct 2010
Helen B. MURPHY, 83 (photo)

Born 9 Jun 1927 on farm west of Silver Creek, NE. Parents: James & Tillie (Koza) Stanczyk. 1945 grad. of HS. Secretary. 27 Aug 1949: Married Paul Murphy at Krakow, NE. They lived in Columbus, Lincoln and Hastings, NE. 1960: They moved to Watertown, SD. Helen died Sun., 10 Oct 2010 at Watertown, SD, Service will be Thurs., Holy Name Catholic Church, Watertown, SD. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 17 gch, 10 g-gch.; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law. Predeceasd by her husband Paul (2003); daughter Janet Wadsworth; her parents.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p4a D74 F75: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 14 Oct 2010
Robert Lee "Bob" STAROSTKA, 81

Born 19 Dec 1928, Clarks, NE. Parents: Leo & Eva (Stopak) Starostka. 1946 grad. of Clarks HS. Korean War Vet. 4 Oct 1954: Married at Columbus, NE. They farmed at Clarks until 1993; moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Wed., 13 Oct 2010 at Grand Island. Service: Fri., St. Leo's Catholic church. Burial in St. Peters Cemetery at Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 3 daughters, 14 gch., 6 g-gch.; 2 brothers & other relatives. Predeceased by his parents; son Tommy; brother-in-law Bobby Geier.

Sidney Sun Telegraph - Sat. 16 Oct 2010
John W. DIDIER, 86 (photo)

Born 21 Apr 1924, Clarks, NE. Parents: Ferdinand & Lydia (Cerny) Didier. WW II: US Army. 18 Aug 1945: Married Lucille Barnard. They lived at Central City until 1951, moved to Sidney, NE. Mechanic. 1954: Opened his own shop in Bridgeport, NE. 1972: Moved to Scottsbluff, NE. 1973: Married Mary Crouse who died in 2003. He moved back to Bridgeport, NE. John died Mon., 11 Oct 2010 at Bridgeport. Service: Today, Bridgeport Memorial Chapel. Burial in Sunset Memorial Park, Bridgeport. Survivors: 8 children, 22 gch., 19 g-gch.; a brother; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by both wives; his parents, 2 sisters & 2 brothers.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p7a D148 F148: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 18 Oct 2010
Winona May KING, 91 (photo)

Born 1 Dec 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: Earl & Bertha (Peregrine) Black. 23 Feb 1937: Married Ivan F. Black. They lived in Grand Island, NE; Lee Center & Dixon, IL; Jamesville & Beloit, WI. After WW II they farmed N of Central City, NE. 1962: Moved to Grand Island, NE. After retiring they lived at Clarks & then Central City, NE. Ivan died 20 Jul 2009. Winona died Sat. 16 Oct 2010 at Central City. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 children, 10 gch., 19 g-gch., 5 step-g-gch.; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Willard & Merlin. Memorials: Clarks United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Oct 2010
George W. SASS, Jr, 94 (photo)

Born 13 Feb 1916, Merrick Co., NE. Parents George & Olga (Stratman) Sass. 1931 grad. of GISH. WW II: US Army Air Corps in the Pacific. Farmed with his father & his brother Albert. He died Thurs., 14 Oct 2010 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: A sister-in-law; 4 nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 3 brothers - Albert, Billie & Leo Sass; 2 sisters, Marie Hutchings & Mildred Sass; a brother-in-law, John Hutchings. Memorials to St. Pauls Lutheran Church.

Note: His parents, see Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book F p86 #2375.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Oct 2010
Cecilia V. ZOUCHA, 82 (photo)

Born 2 Dec 1927, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Leo & Belle (Micek) Czapla. Teacher. 14 Feb 1952: Married Adrian Zoucha at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near Clarks; then moved to Central City to own/operate Adrian's One Stop. Adrian died 17 Apr 1994. Cecila died Sun. 17 Oct 2010 at Nye Legacy in Fremont, NE. Service: Sat., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 sisters - Eleanor Voichahoski & Clara Czapla; a daughter-in-law. Memorials: Central City Senior Center.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Oct 2010
Walter "Stan" LAHNERS, 79

Born 19 Oct 1930, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Velma (Burch) Lahners. Family moved to Grand Island, NE. 1948 grad. of GISH. 17 Jan 1947: Married first time. 28 Nov 1949: Married Bernadine Martinez. They lived in Lincoln, NE and later in CA. Bernadine died in 1997 and Stan moved to Grand Island, NE. He died there Sun. 17 Oct 2010. Service: Fri. All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister & a brother; his first wife. Predeceased by his parents; his daughter Ginger; 3 brothers - Lyle, Don & Thomas.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Oct 2010
Dolores "Dee" POWELL, 79 (photo)

Born 31 Jan 1931, Loup City, NE. Parents: Peter & Julia (Zielinski) Kosmicki. Grad. of Loup City HS. Lived in NY City & Denver, returned to live at Grand Island, NE. 1956: Married Raymond Warren Powell. They lived in Central City, NE. Owned advertising business. Raymond died in 1982. Dee moved to Grand Island, NE. She died there 14 Oct 2010. Service: Fri., O'Brien Straatmann Funeral Home, Kearney, NE. Inurnment at a later date. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 3 gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by 4 sisters - Irene Bruha, Dorothy Hiser, Loretta Pierczyk, & Evelyn Petrasor; a brother - Leo Kosmicki.

Note: Her husband is buried at Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Oct 2010
Clarence Eugene WELLS, 83 (photo)

Born 9 Nov 1926, Orange City, IA. Parents: Earl S. & Sylvia J. (Rookstool) Wells. Worked for Swift Packing Co. in Sioux City, IA. Served in WW II and Korea. Later worked in NE, CO & Nev. 1971: Married at Kearney, NE. 2000: Moved to Central City, NE. 2007: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Presbyterian. He died Tues., 19 Oct 2010 at Veterans Medical Center, Grand Island. Service will be Fri. at the chapel there. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His wife, 3 children; a step-daughter; 10 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by his parents & a gch.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Oct 2010

Beverly Jean GREDELL, 75

Born 1 Sep 1935, Columbus, NE. Parents: Thomas C. & Martha (Dilley) Adams. 30 Nov 1952: Married William Kelsey Sr. 1957: She moved to California. 24 Mar 1968: Married Charles R. Gredell.  1992: She returned to Nebraska. Beverly died Fri. 22 Oct 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Graveside service: Mon. at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sisters, nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her son William Kelsey Jr (15 Nov 1999); (former) husband Willlim Kelsey Sr. (28 Nov 2000); her parents & her step-father - Frank L. Kuk; 2 brothers - Donald L. & Wm. E. Adams; 3 sisters - Ethel Brown, Pearl Luschei, JoAnnn Paar.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 24 Oct 2010
Margaret Ann KLOKE, 96 (photo)

Born 26 May 1914, Crounce, NE. Parents: Martin J. & Caroline R. (Copperstone) Quinlan. 1933 grad. of Valparaiso HS. 12 Aug 1939: Married Otto F. Kloke in Grand Island, NE. They lived in Duncan, Ames & Schuyler, NE. 1943: Moved to Central City, NE. Otto died 17 Jan 2003. Margaret died Sat. 23 Oct 2010 at Central City, Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivor: A nephew. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Martin Quinlan and an infant. Memorials to OES Arbor Chapter 200, Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Oct 2010
Mary H. OBERMEIER, 90 (photo)

Born 20 Apr 1920, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ernst & Adele (Bielefeld) Meyer. 1938 grad. of GISH. Clerk/bookkeeper. 31 Oct 1942: Married Paul W. Obermeier at Leigh, NE. They lived in Grand Island & Aurora, NE, then farmed near Phillips, NE for 36 years. 1984: Moved to Grand Island. Paul died 14 Jan 1988. Mary died Sun., 24 Oct 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: a son, a daughter; gch & step-gch.; a sister; 5 sisters-in-law, etc. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a sister Sophia Meyer; 6 brothers - Ernest, Herman, Otto, Carl, Fred & Elmer.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Oct 2010
Steven Lee BRAY, 89 (photo)

Born 1 Jan 1921, Bancroft, NE. Parents: Ernest F. & Etta (Bassett) Bray. WW II: US Marine Corps. Machinist. 6 Jan 1947: Married Florence Corriea. They lived at Central City, NE. Salesman. 28 Apr 1965: Florence died. 7 Jun 1966: He married Mona J. Decker-Fishler. Steve worked as meat inspector. Mona died 17 Sep 2008. Steve died Sun., 24 Oct 2010 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., United Presbyterian Church. Burial in Leigh Cemetery (Colfax Co.) Survivors: 6 children, 18 gch., g-gch & gg-gch.; 2 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by both wives; his parents, 2 sisters - Justyne Elliott & Myrna Marr; a gch.

Note: For his second wife, see Creston Centennial History: 1890-1990, p189. Obit list of 6 children includes his step-children.

Grand Island Independent obit - Wed. 27 Oct 2010
William C. "Sam" DAVIS. 87 (photo)

Born 22 Feb 1923, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ben & Anna (Novotny) Davis. 1941 grad. of Palmer Public Schools. WW II: US Navy. 20 Aug 1946: Married at Central City, NE. They lived in Hastings, soon returned to Palmer, NE. He died Mon. 25 Oct 2010 at medical center in St. Paul, NE. Graveside service will be Fri. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 21 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his daughter Carole Joseph; his parents; 5 sisters, 4 brothers. Memorials to Palmer Rescue Squad.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Oct 2010
Gary W. WEBSTER, 64

Born 10 Jun 1946, Rome, NY. Parents: Howard & Irene (Matson) Webster. Family to NE while he was still an infant. 1964 grad. of North Platte HS. 1970 grad. of Kearney State College. 23 Nov 1968: Married at North Platte, NE. They moved to Central City in 1970. Banker. Active in civic affairs. He died Mon. 25 Oct 2010 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., United Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 3 gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by infant twin sons - Jason & Brent; his parents. Memorials: Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital Foundation.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p397.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Oct 2010
Lester L. PETZOLDT, 80 (photo)

Born 19 Feb 1930, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry & Ella (Mettenbrink) Petzoldt. 1947 grad. of GISH. 1954-56: US Army. 28 Apr 1957: Married at Grand Island, NE. They lived on farm NW of Grand Island. Lester died Thurs., 28 Oct 2010 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Mon. Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son & a daughter, 7 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; 3 brothers - Raymond, Clarence &William (infancy). Memorials: Messiah Lutheran Church or St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p2B D34 F34: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Nov 2010

Daniel J. GRYMES, 35

Born 7 Mar 1975, Santa Fe, NM. Adopted by Glenn & Donna Grymes. 31 Jul 2008: Married at Central City, NE. He died Mon., 25 Oct 2010 at Hazard, NE. Service was 1 Nov at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at later date. Survivors: His wife & a child; 3 step-children; a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 6 Nov 2010
Agnes J. MOSER, 88 (photo)

Born 7 May 1922 in Gage Co., NE. Parents: John G.  & Sena (Henricks) Rickers. 30 Jun 1946: Married Ernst Moser at Hanover, KS. They farmed in KS; Gage & Jefferson Counties, NE. 1962: Moved to Wymore, NE. She worked in medical facilities. Agnes died Thurs., 4 Nov 2010 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in Odell Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch., 4 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband & her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 8 Nov 2010
Jane FIENHOLD, 76 (photo)

Born 3 Jun 1934 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Arnold "Jack" & Gladys (Kruse) Klingenberg. 1952 grad. of Chapman HS. Attended NE Central College, Central City. Teacher; decorator. 26 Dec 1953: Married Louis Fienhold at Grand Island, NE. Jane died Fri., 5 Nov 2010 at Chapman, NE. Visitation: Tues., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 4 children, 3 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers-in-law, 2 sisters-in law. Memorials to the church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p259.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Nov 2010
Jean D, COX, 87 (photo)

Born 9 May 1923, Central City, NE. Parents: Ross & Edith Cox 1940 grad. of Palmer HS. Moved to CA. She died Fri., 5 Nov 2010 in Costa Mesa, CA. Service: Sun., Greenway Funeral Homer, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 3 cousins. Predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers - Cameron & Taylor "Shorty" Cox. Memorials: "Palmer High School or to the McArdle Laboratory of Cancer Research, c/o James D. Shull, Director of McArdle Laboratory of Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1400 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706-1599."

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Nov 2010
Clinton A. PETERSON, 80

Born 16 Feb 1930, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Floyd & Bessie (Thompson) Peterson. Family also lived Merrick  & Howard Counties. 1949-52: US Army. 9 Mar 1952: Married Marjorie L. "Bonnie" Nerly at Wolbach, NE. They farmed in Howard & Merrick Counties, NE. 1992: Moved to St. Paul, NE where he died Mon., 15 Nov 2010. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church, Wolbach, NE. Inurnment Fri., Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 4 sisters - Betty Pedersen, Bernice Steinke, Beulah Jensen and Letha Barth. Memorials to St. Francis Hospice.

Note: Wife's obit published 4 Jul 2008 in Grand Island Independent.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 18 Nov 2010

Joseph M. KOZA Jr., 78

Born 19 Jan 1932, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Joseph & Josephine (Shemek) Koza. Attended school at Krakow, NE. 1953-55: US Army. Farmed the home place. Died Fri. 12 Nov 2010 at Central City, NE. Service was held Wed. with burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Nov 2010
Irma Fae AYCOCK, 85 (photo)

Born 8 Oct 1925, Schuyler, NE. Parents: James A. & Nellie E. (Adams) Stark. Raised in Alda, NE. Teacher. 15 Jan 1954: Married Ivan E. Aycock. They lived in - WY, CO, LA, TX. 1966: Moved to Central City, NE. Ivan died 16 May 1997. Irma died Fri., 19 Nov 2010 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Central City, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 8 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Glen & Clarence Stark; 3 sisters -Vera Payzant, Thelma Hensley, and Verna Price. Memorials to CC United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 22 Nov 2010
Connie MARTI, 62 (photo)

Born 24 Feb 1948, Anmosa, Iowa. Parents: Burley L. & Bulah F. (Van Voltenburg) Dayton. 6 May 1967: Married Gary Marti in Iowa 1983: They moved to Central City, NE. She died Sun., 21 Nov 2010 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 3 gch.; a brother & 6 sisters. Predecased by a daughter Angela Marti Jepson (1 Oct 1992); son Shane (15 May 1993); her parents & her stepfather - Otto Gerjets; 2 brothers - Melvin & Ernie Dayton.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Nov 2010
Jeannine A. SHAFER, 80 (photo)

Born 26 Sep 1930, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Alma (Hake) Kamper. 3 Jun 1949: Married Kenneth Shafer at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island until 1957; moved to North Platte, NE. Lutheran. Nurse's aide. Following husband's death she lived in North Platte, Ord, and Elm Creek, NE. Jeannine died Sun. 21 Nov 2010 at Elm Creek, NE. Service: Wed., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, North Platte. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, gch. & g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, & a son Steve.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Nov 2010
John Alfred "Jack" DINSDALE, 92 (photo)

Born 15 Aug 1918, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Rena (Nicholas) Dinsdale. 1936 grad. of Palmer HS. Attended UN. WW II: US Army. Married in Mar 1945. Returned to Palmer to join family business with father, uncle & brother Roy. He died on Thanksgiving, 25 Nov 2010 at home in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Greenway Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 4 gch.; his brother, a sister-in-law.  Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers - George (& his wife Elizabeth) and Dr. Howard Dinsdale. Memorials "to The United Methodist Church in Palmer in care of the Merrick County Foundation, Central City, NE 68826 or The We Care Fund in care of Marcia Bolling, Box 275 Central City, NE 68826.

Note: See Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick p815 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p4B D94 F97: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p3a D44 F44: Palmer Village, Merrick (w/p).

Columbus Telegram - Sun. 28 Nov 2010
Phyllis Beth PETERSON, 82

Born 5 Jul 1928 near Central City, NE. Parents: Walter & Ruth (Smith) Huston. 1945 grad. of CCHS. 5 Sep 1948: Married Vernon Huston. They farmed SW of Silver Creeek, NE until 2006, retired to Columbus, NE. She died Wed., 24 Nov 2010 at a nursing home in Omaha, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband & 3 children, 10 gch., 8 g-gch; a sister.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p7b D165 F167: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 30 Nov 2010
Jay L. RICHARDS, 57

Born 4 Sep 1953. Adopted by David & Patricia Richards of Osceola. 1971 grad. of Osceola HS. Served in National Guard, & US Army (12 years). Law enforcement, truck driver. Moved to Silver Creek, NE 6 years ago. He died 26 Nov 2010 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Osceola. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola. Survivors: His son; his father, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his mother; his birth sister Betty Lou Shaw ...

Note: See Polk Co. Heritage, Our p113 (H Johansen).


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Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 2 Dec 2010

Nadine JOHNSTON, 83

Born 15 Oct 1927, Summerfield, KS. Parents: Clarence & Ruth (Brown) Blodgett. 1945 grad. of Pawnee City HS (NE). 24 Apr 1949: Married Carroll Johnston at Pawnee City, NE. They farmed NW of Central City, NE; moved into town in 1987. In 2004, they moved to Lincoln, NE. Mr. Johnston died 28 Sep 2010. Nadine died Mon., 29 Nov 2010 at Lincoln. Burial will be private, at Burke Cemetery near Central City. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 3 gch., 4 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; 3 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband & her parents.

NOTES: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p250.

13 Apr 2011: Grand Island Independent burial notice repeated much of obit and gave date of memorial service & burial as 16 Apr 2011.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Dec 2010
Ruby L. SPENCER, 86 (photo)

Born 23 Feb 1924, Polk, NE. Parents: Walter & Esther (Ehn) Olson. Grad. of Polk HS. Took job in Central City, NE. 28 Apr 1946: Married Loyde Spencer. In 1959 they moved to California; and then to Fort Collins, CO in 1963. 1973: Returned to Central City, NE. Loyde died 5 May 1977. Ruby was school cafeteria manager. 2009: She moved to Lincoln, NE where she died Thurs., 2 Dec 2010. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 10 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister; a brother & his wife. Predeceased by her husband; a son Alan (2007); her parents; 2 brothers - Raymond & Richard Olson; a sister - Rachel Lampshire.

Aurora News Register - Dec 2010; GI Independent - Thurs. 9 Dec 2010; Polk County Newspaper - Tues. 14 Dec 2010
David Glen "Mike" HARRIS, 96 (photo)

Born 25 Jul 1914, Chapman, NE. Parents: William D. & Josephine (Farrell) Harris. Mike lived primarilty in Merrick County although spent some time in IA, CO & CA. 20 Feb 1952: Married. Worked as farm hand, and in numerous other jobs. Community volunteer. He died Wed., 8 Dec 2010 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangments: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 4 daughters, a son, 12 gch., 13 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; 6 brothers - James, Leo, Orville, Francis "Chick", John "Jack", & Clarence "Swede" Harris; 4 sisters - Hanora "Belle" Atwood, Iva Claire Widman, Mary Eleanor Frazier, & Helen "Tad" Harris". Memorials to Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City, St. Michael's Catholic Church, and American Legion Baseball.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Dec 2010; Polk County Newspaper - Tues. 14 Dec 2010
Phyllis M. ERICKSON, 82 (photo)

Born 22 Mar 1928, Burke, SD. Parents: Earl O. & Martha M. (Heick) Clausen. 1933: Family moved to Bloomfield, NE. She attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha; then moved to Lincoln, NE. 3 Jan 1959: Married Edward Erickson at Lincoln, NE. In 1964, they moved to Polk, NE. 2002: Moved to Central City, NE. Phyllis died Thurs., 9 Dec 2010 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial in Arborville Cemetery (near Polk, NE). Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; a sister & brother-in-law; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; brother Ken; sister-in-law Lois Clausen; 2 brothers-in-law - Norman & Don Erickson.

Aurora News Register - Dec 2010; Grand Island Independent - Mon. 13 Dec 2010
Edgar "Sonny" RASMUSSEN, 78

Born 4 Oct 1932, Central City, NE. Parents: Edgar & Vera (Parsons) Rasmussen. 1950 grad. of CCHS. 1951-55: US Navy. 10 Jun 1952: Married at Central City, NE. They lived in VA; then in Central City, NE & eventually in Marquette, NE. Postal worker. Methodist. He died Sat., 11 Dec 2010 at hospital in Aurora, NE. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, gch.; a brother  & a sister. Predeceased by his parents; a sister & her husband - Joan & Don Glantz; a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Dec 2010
Robert E. KYES, 80 (photo)

Born 6 Oct 1930, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Dean C. & Erma M. (Gleaso) Kyes. Family lived at Archer, & in the Fairview area. 1948 grad. of CCHS. 1950-54: USAF. 1957: Married at Central City, NE - where they continued to live. Electrician, insurance & bookkeeping business. He died Sun., 12 Dec 2010 at GI Veterans Home. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial at later date. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons & a daughter, 6 gch. Memorials to the church, Lone Tree Masonic Lodge 36 or the Central City Volunteer Fire Department..

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p266.
Graveside memorial service was held 13 Oct 2012 at Central City Cemetery. 

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 19 Dec 2010
Maxine Mae MALMSTROM, 80

Born 22 Feb 1930, Palmer, NE. Parents: William & Lena (Swaim) Fuehrer. 1948 grad. of Central City HS. Family moved SW of Greeley, NE. Telephone operator, sales clerk. 25 Feb 1951: Married Lyle Malmstrom. They farmed NE of Scotia, NE; moved into town in 2005. Maxine died Thurs., 16 Dec 2010 at Scotia, NE. Visitation: Sun, Ord Memorial Chapel. Service: Mon. at Scotia United Methodist Church. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Scotia. Survivor: 4 sons, 5 gch. Predeceasd by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters. Memorials to the church.

Notes: Her parents can be found in Nance Co., NE Marriage Record Bk 4 p548; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED166 p4A D59 F61: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p1a D8 F8: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE. Her husband's obit published 4 Oct 2007 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 31 Dec 2010

Barbara J. LEETCH, 59 (photo)

Born 29 Mar 1951, Winner, SD. Parents: Charles & Myrtle Leetch. Died Tues., 28 Dec 2010 at hospital in Ogallala, NE. Service: Mon., Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 6 brothers, 2 sisters, Predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers - Clinton, Charles & Curtis Leetch; a sister - Darlene Gish.

 

 

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