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2011 - 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 maintained for ten years. 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 - 2 Jan 2011
Vance E. BOELTS, 91

Born 5 Dec 1919 on farm near Chapman, NE. Parents: Gustav & Agda (Johnson) Boelts. 1938 grad. of CCHS. Attended George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. WW II: US Army Air Corps. 16 Jul 1943: Married. They farmed in Merrick County, NE. Retired in 1976 & spent a year in the Peace Corps (Iran). Returned to live at Central City, NE; then moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Fri., 31 Dec 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son, 2 daughters, 2 gch., a g-gch. Predeceased by 2 sisters - Alice Truex and Pearl Bales; 2 brothers - Gus & John Boelts.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p4B D75 F75 (w/p); & 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p6a D125 F119 (w/p)

Columbus Telegram - Sun. 2 Jan 2011
Mary Lou ROBB, 56

Born 27 Apr 1954, Columbus, NE. Parents: Elmer & Therma (Rolfs) Powers. Grad. of Silver Creek HS & UNL. 29 Dec 1979: Married Kevin D. Robb at Silver Creek, NE. They lived at Big Springs,, NE. 1990: Moved to Silver Creek, NE where she worked for the post office. Mary Lou died Thurs., 30 Dec 2010 at Silver Creek. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter; her father; a brother; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her mother; an infant son - Jason.

Note: Husband's obit published 31 Aug 2010 in Columbus Telegram.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 3 Jan 2011
Peter T. McMAHON, 88

Born 7 Oct 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: Clyde V. & Gertrude (Farrell) McMahon. Educated at Chapman & Central City, NE. WW II: US Army. Returned to farm with his father, at Chapman. US Postal Service employee.  Died Thurs., 30 Dec 2010 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a brother - Farrell; a sister - Elizabeth Ann.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p299 (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p3b D72 F73: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 6 Jan 2011
Harry M. STEIMLE, 86

Born 26 Jan 1924, Omaha, NE. Parents: Christopher & Anna Steimle. WW II: US Navy. 23 Jun 1945: Married Elinor Zimmerle at Omaha, NE; they lived there. She died in 1979. In 1980, he married a second time at Central City, NE. They lived at Aurora, NE and then at Central City, NE. Harry died Tues., 4 Jan 2011 at Central City. Memorial service: Sun., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial at later date. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 5 gch., 7 g-gch. Predeceased by his first wife; his parents; a brother Clifford; 2 sons-in-law. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 7 Jan 2011
Theodora M. "Teddy"(Spiehs) OLTMAN, 81 (photo)

Born 22 Apr 1929, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Mary (Glaus) Deertz. Abt 1943: Family moved to Grand Island, NE. Grad. of GISH. June 1949: Married Bradley R. Spiehs; they lived in Grand Island. Bradley died in 1973. 20 Jul 1984: She married Leo Oltman at Belleville, KS; they lived there. Leo died in 2010. "Teddy" returned to live in NE. She died Tues., 4 Jan 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Apfel Funeral Home. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 3 daughters, 10 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Jan 2011
Roy E. RUGE, 79 (photo)

Born 24 Aug 1931, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Edward & Lula (Tyler) Ruge. Educated at Chapman, NE. 16 Nov 1951: Married in Grand Island, NE. They later divorced. Farmer, Co-op employee. Baptist. He died Thurs., 6 Jan 2011 at home in Worms, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 10 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 nieces. Predeceased by his parents; his sisters & brother-in-law - Lorraine & Ray Winkelman; a grandch & a g-gch.; a niece. Raylene Steele.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Jan 2011
George DAVIS, 85 (photo)

Born 21 Dec 1925 Palmer, NE. Parents: Benjamin & Anna (Novotny) Davis. Grad. of Palmer HS. WW II: US Navy. 21 Oct 1950: Married Jo Ann L. Carson at Palmer, NE. 1962: They moved to Wood River, NE. His wife died 28 Jan 1988. George died Sat. 8 Jan 2011 at NE Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Wood River United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & her spouse; 9 gch., 17 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife & a daughter Sandy Bucy Davis. Also deceased are his 5 brothers - Harry, Frank, Jim, William & Albert; 5 sisters - Elizabeth, Margaret, Dorothy, Marcella & Joan.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Jan 2011
P. "Illene" HARLOW, 77 (photo)

Born 16 Apr 1933, Clarks, NE. Parents: Arthur E. & Pearle E. (Anderson) Land. 30 Dec 1950: Married Frank Harlow at Central City, NE. They lived in Central City, NE; San Diego, CA; Norfolk, VA. She died Fri. 14 Jan 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband. 4 sons, 2 daughterd, 12 gch., 20 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers - Roy, Wesley & Gene Land; 1 sister - Emma Osterman.

Note: Her family - see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p12A D91 F92: Central City Ward 2, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p9a D191 F191: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 21 Jan 2011
Frances B. MILLER 96 (photo)

Born 3 Jan 1915, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Bartley & Julia (Marficia) Staniec. 27 Sep 1938: Married Loren Miller at Krakow, NE. Lived at Silver Creek, NE. She died Wed., 19 Jan 2011 at David City, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in the parish cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, gch., step-gch., g-gch, gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; "Leona Warnick and Diana Riley; son, Daniel Miller; five sisters; four brothers; four half-sisters; one half-brother; and two grandchildren."

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Nance, NE ED63-11 p5b F106 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 23 Jan 2011
August "Augie" RETZLAFF, 77 (photo)

Born 22 Mar 1933 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Charles & Emma (Wegner) Retzlaff. 1951 grad. of Palmer HS. 9 Sep 1953: Married at Palmer, NE. 1953-55: US Army. Farmer, cattle raiser. Active in community affairs. He died Fri., 21 Jan 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 3 sons, 13 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; a brother Oliver; a gch. Memorials to Central Nebraska Humane Society, Palmer High School Endowment Fund.

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

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Jan 2011
Lucille A. WRUBLE, 93 (photo)

Born 14 Jul 1917, Columbus, NE. Parents: Anton & Anna (Buzynski) Krzycki. 28 May 1935: Married Emil Wruble at Genoa, NE. She died Mon., 24 Jan 2001 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Fri., McKown Funeral Home. Service: Sat., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 16 gch., 38 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a daughter-in-law Mary Wruble; 3 sisters - Elizabeth Fonda, Margaret Pavack & Rose Rosno; 3 brothers - William, Raymond and Robert Krzycki; a gch. & a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Jan 2011
Letha J. FRY, 79 (photo)

Born 19 May 1931, Bucktail (Arthur Co.), NE. Parents: james & Kathryn (Kirkpatrick) Leeper. Lived at paxton, NE until was 14 years old - then lived at Children's Home, Lincoln, NE. 2 Jun 1950: Married Francis "Bud" Fry at Hebron, NE. They lived in Iowa & Nebraska. Eventually settled at Juaniata, then moved to Grand Island, NE. Later moved to Chapman, NE. She died Tues., 25 Jan 2011 at Chapman, NE. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Sat., First Baptist Church, Chapman. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, a daughter, 12 gch., 11 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; sisters - Delia, Jessie, Dorothy & Laura; a brother Raymond.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 27 Jan 2011
Rudolph PROSOSKI, 86 

Born 3 Dec 1924, Nance Co., NE. Parents: John & Helen (Opiela) Prososki. 10 Jun 1950: Married at Krakow, NE. They farmed in Merrick County & then in Nance County. 1967: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. He died there Wed., 26 Jan 2011/ Service: Fri. St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 2 daughters; gch. & g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents & a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Jan 2011
Verna "LaVone"McCONNELL, 73 (photo)

Born 19 Dec 1937, Clarks, NE. Parents: Martin & Irene (Killham) McConnell. Baptized at the Baptist Church in Hordville, NE. 1956 grad. of Hordville HS. Worked in Sioux Falls, SD, retired to Grand Island, NE. Died Wed., 26 Jan 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Mon., United Congregational Church, Grand Island. Inurnment in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A sister & her husband, nieces & nephews.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Jan 2011
Violet Victoria WIEGERT, 86 (photo)
Born 30 Aug 1924 Howard Co., NE (near Worms). Parents: Arthur & Sophia (Von Aschwege) Ueckert. 14 Nov 1945: Married Raymond Wiegert at Marysville, KS. They lived in Merrick Co., NE. 1964: Moved to Grand Island, NE. She died Wed. 26 Jan 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Faith United Methodist Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Wiegert Cemetery, Hall Co., NE. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 4 gch., a g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a daughter & son-in-law - Marlene & Lance Loen; a sister & brother-in-law Velaura & John Frauen.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 404.
 

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 2 Feb 2011
Sandra WIESE, 62 (photo)

Born 31 Oct 1948, Plainview, NE.  Parents: Lawrence "Jack" & Gloria (Hult) Sager. Attended school in Central City & Grand Island, NE. 20 Aug 1981: Married Dennis Wiese. They lived in Chapman & Grand Island, NE. Certified Care Assistant. Methodist. Sandra died Sun., 30 Jan 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 4 daughters, 2 step-children, 8 gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents & 2 brothers - Jackie & Billy.

Grand Island Independent obit - Thurs. 3 Feb 2011
Nita WATKINS, 100

Born 16 May 1910, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John O. & Anna "Pearl" (Curtis) Rawlings. 1928 grad. of Archer HS. Attended GI Business School. 30 Apr 1931: Married Robert L. Watkins at Archer, NE. They farmed near Archer. She worked at the courthouse in various positions. Robert died 19 Jul 1973. Nita moved to Central City in 1974. She died Wed., 2 Feb 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 14 gch., 50 g-gch., 9 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; a gch.; 2 sons-in-law - Dale King & Dean Sidders; 3 brothers - Cecil, Leonard, & John Rawlings; 4 sisters - Opal Neel, Lillie Stander, Gertrude Williams & Pauline Mapes. Memorials to Central City Senior Center or Eastern Star.

Fremont Tribune (photo), Grand Island Independent. Norfolk Daily News- Sat. 5 Feb 2011
Julia M. FERGUSON, 92

Born 16 Apr 1918 at Coleridge, NE. Worked in Yankton, SD. Moved to Central City, NE. 20 Aug 1939: Married Ralph Ferguson at Central City, NE. Lived on farm W of Clarks, NE. They moved into Clarks & ran a cafe. 1968: Moved to Norfolk, NE. She moved to Fremont in 2009; died there Wed., 2 Feb 2011. Service: Wed., Pierce Chapel, west of Clarks, NE. Burial in Bureau Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters & a son; 6 gch., 13 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (May 1997); a gch. & a g-gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p187.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 Feb 2011
Lyle Leroy KAMPER, 80 (photo)

Born 5 Aug 1930, Archer, NE. Parents: Herman & Lydia (Luebke) Kamper. 1950-54: US Navy. 24 Jun 1955: Married Doralene J. Lilienthal. Ironworker. He died Sat. 5 Feb 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Graveside service: Wed., Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 7 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother & 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 3 brothers - Marvin, Don & Jim Kamper.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Feb 2011
Catherine C. MANNING, 98 (photo)

Born 3 Nov 1912, Chapman, NE. Parents: John & Clara (Hansjoster) Jansen. Family moved to St. Libory, NE. 1935: Married Henry Manning at St. Libory. They farmed near St. Libory, Palmer & Shelton, NE. Cook. She died Mon. 7 Feb 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shelton. Burial in Grand Island at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home of Wood River, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband (1998); a son Wayne; a gch.; a brother & 4 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Feb 2011
Betty Jane WIESE, 83 (photo)

Born 2 May 1927 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Herbert & Martha (Giesler) Wagner. 7 Sep 1947: Married Glen E. Wiese at Grand Island, NE. She died Mon., 7 Feb 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Messiah Evangelical Luthern Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, a son; 5 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her parents; son - Randall Dean Wiese; a brother - Harold Wagner; 2 brothers-in-law, Hugo & Arnold Wiese.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p1a D4 F4: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent & Fremont Tribune - Thurs. 10 Feb 2011
Diane M. HORTON, 59 (photo)

Born 15 Sep 1951, San Diego, CA. Parents: Lester P. Smith & Ann L. (Snyder) Lampson. Grew up at Masonic Home in Fremont, NE. 19 Aug 1971: Married Thomas E. Horton Sr. at Fremont. They lived in Fremont; then St. Paul; & in 1982 moved to Central City, NE. She died Wed., 9 Feb 2011 at home. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, a step-daughter, 4 gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; a brother David L. Smith.

Fremont Tribune - Sat. 12 Feb 2011
Joan EVERETT, 83 (photo)

Born 8 Jan 1928, Central City, NE. Parents: Lawrence & Ethel "Stahl" Sinsel. 1946 grad. of CCHS. 12 Aug 1951: Married Lin Everett at Central City, NE. Teacher; "director of the Opportunity Center for Trainable Children in Fremont..." She died Sun., 6 Feb 2011 at Fremont, NE. Memorial service Tues., First United Mthodist Church, Fremont. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter 2 sons, 5 gch., 3 g-gch; 2 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by 2 sisters & a brother; a son-in-law. Memorials to the Special Olympics.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p5a H315 D130 F130: Central City, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 Feb 2011
John L. FISHLER, 47 (photo)

Born 1 Aug 1963, Central City, NE. Parents: Laurence J. & Mary E. (Nelson) Fishler. 27 Mar 1981: Married at Central City, NE. They lived in Central City; then CA; Franklin, NE. Dairy farmer, machinist. 22 May 2004: Married a second time, at Central City, NE. John died Sat., 12 Feb 2011 Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His second wife; 3 sons; a step-son; 4 gch.; 2 brothers; 5 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 18 Feb 2011
Diann Elaine AUSTIN, 58 (photo)

Born 19 Jun 1952, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Arnold E. & Dorothy D. (Hinkle) Klein. 1970 grad. of Wolbach HS. 17 Jun 1972: Married Gary Taylor. They lived at Palmer, NE. 26 Oct 1985: Diann married Earl Austin. They lived at Palmer & Archer, NE;  in Jun 2010 moved to Central City. She died Wed., 16 Feb 2011 at Columbus, NE. Memorial service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Committal service will be private, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband Earl, a daughter, a son, 5 gch.; 5 brothers & 2 sisters; an aunt. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers - Gayland & Ronald Klein; a nephew - Nick Klein.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Feb 2011
Karen Lynn WILLIAMS, 50

Born 23 Sep 1960 Chapman, NE. Parents: Daniel & Estalene (Hunt) Michalski. Grad, of NWHS in Grand Island. NE State employee. Resident of Lincoln, NE. Died Thurs. 17 Feb 2011 at Lincoln. Service: Wed. at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Burial in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son (both surnamed Schroeder); 9 siblings. Predeceased by her son Cody Williams; her parents, & 4 siblings - Darwin, Gary, Sharon, Debra.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 22 Feb 2011
Peggy Jane MANGELSEN, 77 (photo)

Born 17 Dec 1933, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Albert G. & Hazel L. (White) Jacobi. 21 Oct 1964: Married Lisle F. Mangelsen at Blair, NE. They lived at Cental City, NE. Lisle died 30 Jan 2010. Peggy died Wed., 16 Feb 2011 at Bryan LGH West, Lincoln, NE. Services will be at later date with burial at Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A brother & his wife; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; an infant daughter - Jolene Rachel (1959); 4 brothers - Merle, Raymond, Marvin, & Russell "Jim" Jacobi; a sister - Jeanette Salyers.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 Feb 2011
Bonnie L. DALLEGGE, 82 (photo)

Born 19 Dec 1928, Cairo, NE. Parents: James & Lula (Dibbern) Ruzicka. 1946 grad. of Cairo HS. Grand of Mary Janes School of Beauty - beautician. 18 Jan 1947: Marrie∂ Virgil Dallegge at Smith Center, KS. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Methodist. After her husband died, Bonnie moved to Central City, NE. She died there Mon., 21 Feb 2011. Service: Fri., Apfel Funeral Home. Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cairo, NE. Survivors: A son & his wife; 2 gch & 4 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband and a son Merrill "Mick" Dallegge; her parents.

Note: Husband died 27 Jun 2004. Son Mick died in 2002.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 Feb 2011
Richard G. ECKSTROM, 88

Born 27 Dec 1922, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Mary (Deertz) Eckstrom. 15 Sep 1946: Married Charlotte Hawthorne at Fullerton, NE. They farmed near Palmer. 1964: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Custodian. His wife died 15 Aug 2000. Richard died Tues., 22 Feb 2011 at Grand Island. Service: Thurs., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, an adopted son; 4 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife; an adopted daughter - Sherry Giersdorph; his parents; 4 brothers - Walter, Charles, Leonard & Ervin Eckstrom.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p2a D24 F26: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Feb 2011
Evelyn Elenora "Chic" BUCKLEY, 90 (photo)

Born 2 Jun 1920 on farm near Brainard, NE. Parents: Wilhelm & Clara Bell (Porter) Witzel. 1928: Family moved to Fullerton, NE. 17 Dec 1948: Married William Ernest Buckley at Columbus, NE. They lived on farm near Clarks, NE. 1979: She moved to Omaha, NE. She died there Wed., 23 Feb 2011. Visitation: Fri., at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Omaha, NE. Graveside service: Sat., Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survived by nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband (Jun 1974); her daughter - Nancy Jo Buckley; her parents; a brother Carl (& his wife Edna); 7 sisters - Ella (Mrs. Ted Allen), Florence (Mrs. Delmon Peck), LeOna Witzel, Laura (Mrs. Dale Patchen), Margaret (Mrs. Oliver Peck), Lila (Mrs. Vendon Barr) & Irene (Mrs. Bob Sherman).

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-7 p2a D24 F24: Fullerton Twp, Nance, NE (w/mother & step-father)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 26 Feb 2011
Pat Michael GEREN, 73 (photo)

Born 3 Jun 1937, Hastings, NE. Parents: Michael Reuben & Della Elizabeth (McGowan) Geren. 1944: Family moved to Central City, NE. 1955 grad. of CCHS. 1960 grad. Creighton University, Omaha as registered pharmacist. Owned stores, and worked for Dept. of Veteran's Affairs. 20 Jun 1963: Married at Wahoo, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. He died Thurs., 24 Feb 211 at home. Service: Sat., 5 Mar at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Inurnment at later date. Surivovrs: His wife; a daughter & 2 sons; 2 gch., 1 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his father (Sep 1963); his mother (Nov 1997); sister - Janice Gray (May 2007); brother - Joseph Geren (October 1999); his in-laws.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 26 Feb 2011

Marie Christina SPRINGSGUTH, 92 (photo)

Born 18 Dec 1918 on farm near Chapman, NE. Parents: Henry & Eliza (Kuhl) Boersen. 8 Sep 1934: Married Oscar Springsguth. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Methodist. Oscar died 15 Mar 1976. Marie mved to daughter's home in 1999. She died Tues., 22 Feb 2011 at Bellevue, NE. Service: Mon. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 6 daughters, 2 sons, 14 gch., 23 g-gch., 7 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, 2 brothers - Max & Louis Boersen; a sister - Minnie Meinke; a son-in-law - Ronald Becker. Memorials to Down Syndrome Assoc. for Families of NE.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 28 Feb 2011
Ruth Anna FRIEDRICHSEN, 82 (photo)

Born 29 Feb 1928 in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Albert & Anna (Kaiser) Bruns. 1953: Married Dean Friedrichsen at Worms, NE. They farmed SE of Palmer, NE. She died Sat., 26 Feb 2011 at Heritage Living Center, St. Paul, NE. Service: Tues., 1 March at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: Her husband; 4 children, several gch. & g-gch.; a brother in Delaware; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents: a brother Vern; a gch - Michael Johnson.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p6a D126 F120: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 Mar 2011
Clayton K. ERICKSON, 92 (photo)

Born 28 Dec 1918, Holdrege, NE. Parents: Lawrence A. & Kate (Keller) Erickson. 1938 grad. of CCHS. 1944-46: US Army Air Corps (gunner in B17). 13 May 1941: Married. Worked for Cessna; attended school in Wichita KS to become diesel mechanic. Returned to NE in 1956 & farmed on Prairie Island. He died Sun., 27 Feb 2011 at Memorial Community Care, Aurora, NE. Visitation: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 5 sons, 1 daughter, 18 gch., 21 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 3 brothers - Leland, Warren, & Donald Erickson; a sister, - Elaine Hendrickson; a son, Clell Erickson. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 Mar 2011
Leslie "Darrell" MARTIN, 80 (photo)

Born 7 Jun 1930 in Central City, NE. Parents: Leslie Willliam & Nina Grace (Dughman) Martin. 1948 grad. of CCHS. Truck driver. 1952-54: US Army. 6 Jun 1956: Married & moved to Grand Island, NE. He moved back to Central City in 1967. 1969: Married a second time; they lived at Central City. Darrell died Wed. 2 Mar 2011 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His second wife; 4 children. 3 gch., 2 g-gch; a sister & her husband; a brother-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Beverly Ostrander & Joyce Martin; an infant brother - Orville Martin; an infant son David Lloyd Martin.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 Mar 2011
Vanda Lucille ZEHR, 95 (photo)

Born 27 Mar 1915, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Benjamin E. & Sarah (Gould) Snodgrass. 1933 grad. of CCHS. 17 Dec 1939: Married Ervin L. Zehr. They farmed in the county; moved in 1963 into Central City. Seamstress.  Ervin died 30 Apr 1968. Vanda died Thurs., 3 Mar 2011 at Central City. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Service Wed., First Christian Church. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE. Survivors: Two daughters, a son, 7 gch., 1 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; daughter Darlene Van Ostrand & her husband Charles; son-in-law Chuma Wadibia; 4 brothers - Archie, Gerald & 2 infants Snodgrass; 3 sisters - Sylvan French, Vera Frieedrichsen & Vivian Snodgrass.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Mar 2011
Michael "Lee" JENSEN, 61 (photo)

Born 5 Aug 1949, Fairfield NE. Parents: Alfred W. & Annie M. (Downs) Jensen. 1968 grad of Clay Center HS. 1969-72: US Army. 31 Aug 1969: Married in Merrick Co., NE. They lived at Clay Center, then Archer; & in 1984 moved to Central City, NE. He worked for Christensen Cattle Co. Lee died Sat. 5 Mar 2011 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son; 3 brothers, 3 sisters; other relatives. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Mar 2011
Margie C. WELLER, 79 (photo)

Born 20 Sep 1931, Phoenix City, Alabama. Parents: Fletcher B. & Adell (Mann) Bartee. Grew up in Smith Station, Alabama. Married Norman Myers & had 2 sons; divorced in 1960. Married Dawson Plott in 1968; divorced. 13 Nov 1973: Married Merton B. Weller at Columbus, Georgia. They farmed near Palmer, NE. Member of LDS Church. LPN. Merton died in 2002. She died Fri. 4 Mar 2011 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Mon., Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 step-children. Predeceased by her third husband; & a son - Larry Myers (1997). Memorials to the cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 Mar 2011
Jerry BURKHARDT, 75 (photo)

Born 18 Nov 1935 on farm NW of Palmer, in Howard Co., NE. Parents: Herman & Mae (Zlomke) Burkhardt. Lutheran. 15 Dec 1956: Married at Fullerton, NE. They lived on the farm where he was born - purchased that farm in 1966.  He died Fri., 4 Mar 2011 at home. Service: Thurs., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife; 7 children, 20 gch. & 10 g-gch.; a brother & 5 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; his grandparents - Emil & Elisa (Sunken) Zlomke, Paul & Hildegard (Heinzig) Burkhardt; an infant daughter - Jolene Mae; a brother Melvin Burkhardt; 2 brothers-in-law - Larry Kosch & Richard Miller.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 Mar 2011
Bethel SUTTON, 96 (photo)

Born 27 Apr 1914, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Derwood & Lula (Stearman) MIilby. 1931 grad. of Fullerton HS. 23 Jun 1933: Married LaVerne Sutton of Silver Creek at Grand Island, NE. They lived on farm near Silver Creek. LaVerne died in 1962. 1963: Bethel moved to York, NE; worked there as housekeeper & then as police dispatcher. Methodist. 2005: She moved to Litzenberg Long-Terma Care in Central City, NE. She died there Sun., 6 Mar 2011. Service: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: A son-in-law in MN; a brother in KS; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 3 children - Larry & Deelyn Sutton, Gloria John; her parents; a sister - Grace Russell; 3 brothers - Ralph, Ray & Dale Milby. Memorials to "Litzenberg Long-Term Care activities department in Central City".

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Mar 2011
Mildred E. MESNER, 83 (photo)

Born 14 Sep 1927, Merrick Co. NE. Parents: George H. & Elizabeth (Fish( McConnell. 1946 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 1946: Married Kenneth Mesner. Active in the Friends Meeting. She died Sat. 5 Mar 2011 at Monarch House in Lincoln, NE. Service: 19 Mar at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 2 sons, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by 3 infant children; 2 adult children - Janet Lynn & Martin Alan Mesner. Also deceased are her parents & her stepfather Fred Welsh; 2 brothers - George "Francis" & Lester McConnell. Memorials to the Merrick Co. Food Pantry.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 294-5 (w/p); & 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick NE ED61-7 p8a D168 F170 (w/p).

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 10 Mar 2011
Adeline LAMB, 89

Born 12 Dec 1921, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: William & Ever Ann (Dickson) Leith. 1940 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Teacher. 3 May 1947: Married Orville C. Lamb. She died Tues., 8 Mar 2011 at Waverly, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter & her husband; a brother-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law; others. Predeceased by her husband; her parents & her step-father Alvin Roth; 3 brothers - Lester (infancy), Martin (1943, US Navy) & Harvey Leith; 2 sisters - Mildred Richardson, & Dorothy Whitaker; 3 brothers-in-law - Floyd Lamb, Russell Sherman & Louis Weber.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE ED61-14 p2b D56 F57 (w/p). Surname Leith was VonderLeith at earlier time.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 12 Mar 2011
James Mountjoy SHELTON, 85 (photo)

Born 4 Aug 1925 Central City, NE. Parents: Max Haley & lsie Alice (Quisenberry) Shelton. Attended CCHS. 1 Nov 1950: Married at Hastings, NE. They lived at Grand Island. He died 8 Mar 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Life celebration Mon, All faiths Funeral Home Chapel. Body donated to UN Anatomical Center for medical research. Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, a daughter, gch. & g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers - Max & Cheney; a sister - Fern.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p3a D55 F56: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Mar 2011
Lillian "Catherine" BLODGETT, 81 (photo)

Born 18 Jul 1929 Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry W. & Eva M. (McMahon) Bolling. Grad. of CCHS; attended NE Central College. Teacher. 20 Aug 1949: Married Keith L. Blodgett at Central City, NE. They operated the State Theatre. Keith died 21 Aug 1983. Catherine died Fri. 11 Mar 2011 at NE Heart Institute, Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues., St. Michael's Cath Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: A daughter, 7 sons, 21 gch., 10 g-gch.; 4 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; her husband, 2 infant daughter - Marcia & Rnee; 2 brothers - Charles & Phillips Bolling.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p1a D6 F6: Midland Twp, Merrrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 15 Mar 2011
Jean Belle SAVAGE, 98 (photo)

Born 29 Oct 1912, Polk Co., NE. Parents: John & Kathrine (Kontor) Lisko.11 Sep 1935: Married Tony Savage at St. Mary's Catholic Church north of Osceola, NE. They liveed in NE until 1941, Tony took a job in Washington, DC. 1977: They moved to Central City, NE. Tony died 15 May 1999. In 2002, Jean moved to Columbus, NE. Jean died Sun., 13 Mar 2011 at Columbus. Service: Fri., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: a daughter, 4 gch.; g-gch.; 2 sisters and a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters - Dorothy Lisko, Melania Kubas & Alta Rakowski; 3 brothers - Ed, Leonard (died in WW II), & Clifford Liska.

Note: Savage is surname adopted by some members of the Tomasiewicz family.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 16 Mar 2011
Anne Elizabeth LARSEN, 72 (photo)

Born 17 Nov 1938 at Quakertown, PA. Parents: Dr. Harold & Barbara Burkholder. 2 Jun 1963: Married Gilbert Larssen at Omaha, NE. She died Fri. 11 Mar 2011, at home in Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, 7 gch.; 2 brothers, 3 sisters.

Aurora News Register - Tues. 15 Mar 2011; Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 17 Mar 2011
Marcella Irene DETTMAN BURCH, 82 (photo)

Born 3 Feb 1929 near Central City, NE. Parents: Howard M. & Margarete A. (Franssen) Weeks. Attended CCHS. 30 Jun 1948: Married Lyle Dettman. They had 7 children. 27 Oct 1975: Married Milo Burch. They lived in South Dakota; later returned to Central City, NE. Marcella died Tues 15 Mar 2011 at hospital in Grand Island, Ne. Service: Thurs, 24 Mar at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 7 children, 7 gch, 7 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her first husband; a daughter-in-law - Mary Dettman; a gch.; her brothers-in-law.

Notes: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p9a D198 F200: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Not mentioned in obit is the 7th child, b/d 1949.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Mar 2011
Mildred Henrietta SHUCK, 99 (photo)

Born 1 Sep 1911, Ithaca (Saunders Co.), NE. Parents: Herman & Minnie (Zamzow) Hanke. Grad. of Mead HS. 1934: Married Edward E. Timm. They farmed near Ithaca until 1946, then farmed at Palmer, NE. Mr. Timm died in 1962. Mildred moved to Hastings, NE the next year. 1974: Married Stanley Shuck. Mr. Shuck died 7 Mar 1995. Mildred died Tues. 15 Mar 2011 at Hastings, NE. Visitation: Sat., Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Service: Mon., First Presbyterian Church, Hastings, NE. Burial Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery, Archer, NE. Survivors: A daughter & a son; 2 gch. Predeceased by her husbands; her parents; 5 siblings - Albert Hanke, Mae Smith, Mabel Scheuneman, Rev. Silas Hanke, & Clarence Hanke. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 23 Mar 2011

Mamie LEACH, 93

Born 1918, Clarks, NE. Widow of Virgil Leach. Teacher, nurse, advocate for the handicapped. Died Fri. 18 Mar 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Body to NE Anatomical Board. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home.


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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Apr 2011
E. Mikel "Mike" McILNAY, 74 (photo)

Born 30 Dec 1936, Midwest, WY. Parents: Archie J. & Mary Dorothy (Wright) McIlnay. 1942: Family moved to Central City, NE. Grad. of CCHS. Attended CO School of Mine a& UNL. Mechanical engineer. Twice married. Returned to Central City in 1964 to help run family business. Died Thurs., 31 Mar at home. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Mon., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 6 children/step-children, 19 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister & her husband; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; a brother Ed; a gch.

Grand Island Independent = Tues. 5 Apr 2011
Julia Rose PEARCE, 76 (photo)

Born 26 Feb 1935, Cleveland, OH. Parents: Belardino & Antoine (DiFranco) Antonelli. 28 Jan 1961: Married Charles W. Pearce at Cleveland, Ohio. They moved to Grand Island, NE; and then to Chapman, NE. Member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island; participant in Baptist & Methodist churches in Chapman, NE. Julia died Sun., 3 Apr 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Wed. at Baptist Church, Chapman, NE. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 6 gch.; 3 sisters, a brother, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Alan & Chuck.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Apr 2011
Henry Fred SCHLIEKER, 76 (photo)

Born 25 Sep 1934 at Lisco (Garden Co.), NE. Parents: Fred & Grace (Campbell) Schlieker. 1952 grad. of GISH. Worked at Third City Livestock. Married in 1957. He died Sun. 3 Apr 2011 at home in Chapman, NE. Service: Fri., Chapman First Baptist Church. Burial in Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements by All Faiths Fueral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 2 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; sister - Juna Marie; a son-in-law Lloyd Friedricksen.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 10 Apr 2011
Helen A. SEIM, 88 (photo)

Born 16 Jan 1923. Parents: John & Amelia (Ehlers) Riss. Grew up on farm near Phillips, NE. Following her graduation, family moved to Palmer, NE. 23 Nov 1941: Married Alvin E. Seim. They farmed near Chapman, NE. Alvin died in 1969. Helen moved to Grand Island the next year. She died Fri. 8 Apr 2011 at Tiffany Square Center. Visitation: Tues., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be Wed. in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Worms, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 14 gch., 28 g-gch.; a sister in SD; other relatives. Predeceased by her husband.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Apr 2011
George H. FERRIS, 83 (photo)

Born 6 Dec 1927 near Archer, NE. Parents: Lee J. & Eva (Hathaway) Ferris. 1945 grad. of CCHS. Married in 1953. They farmed in Merrick Co. In 2000, they moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Ferris died Sat. 9 Apr 2011 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, Service: Thurs., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Survivors: His wife; 2 daughters, 7 gch.; a sister in Oregon. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Rex & Elwin Ferris; a sister - Vivian Sander.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Apr 2011
 J. Oren HOBACK, 96 (photo)

Born 9 Mar 1915, Lodi, NE. Parents: John & Carrie (Mitchell) Hoback. 1934 grad. of Palmer HS. 1942-45: US Army 155th Infantry. 3 Sep 1950: Married Alice Virginia Benner at Central City. They farmed near Palmer & Central City, NE. Alice died 7 Jul 1961. On 7 Apr 1974, Oren married Lucy Sawyers. Lucy died 21 Feb 1999. Oren died Mon. 11 Apr 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: One daughter & her husband; 2 gch. & 1 g-gch. Also surviving are 4 step-children & their descendents; 2 sisters-in-law.  Previously deceased are Oren's two wives; his parents; 3 sisters - Alta (infant); Clarice Lamberson & Lorraine Dyer; 3 brothers & 2 sisters-in-law - Burt & Mazie Hoback, Newell Hoback, Ed & Lola Hoback; a brother-in-law - Charles Benner. Memorials to Noah's Assistance Dogs - Crete, NE, The Salvation Army, or Litzenberg Long Term Care Activities Department, Central City, NE.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Apr 2011
Dorothy Leona RUST, 88 (photo)

Born 21 Oct 1922 near Fullerton, NE. Parents: William "Guy" & Eva (Gottschall) Fox. Attended school in Nance & Merrick Counties. 17 Dec 1941: Married Louis T. Morris. After his military service they farmed near Clarks, NE. Louis died 5 Feb 1980. On 7 Sep 1986, she married Sam Rust, Jr. They lived in North Dakota. In 1986 Dorothy moved to Silver Creek, NE; and later to Stromsburg, NE. She died Sat. 16 Apr 2011 at hospital in Osceola, NE. Service: Thurs., Evangelical Covenant Church, Stromsburg. Burial in Calvary Cemetery near Clarks, NE. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 6 children, 2 step-children, 23 gch. 29 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by both husbands; 8 siblings - Delora Schmid, Bernita Dittmer, Joe Gier, Sylvan Fox, DeWayne Fox, Orville Fox, Murray Fox, & Hubert Fox.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Apr 2011
Dorothy Francis FOUSEK, 83

Born 5 Feb 1928, Genoa, NE. Parents: Peter & Leona (Wrubel) Speas. She grew up at Belgrade, NE then family moved to Chapman, NE. Grad. of Chapman HS. 5 Mar 1946: Married Loral A. Haddix. They farmed near Chapman. Loral died 26 Jan 1979. Dorrothy married second on 19 Apr 1983 to Dale A. Fousek. Dale died 7 Jun 1996. Dorothy moved to Grand Island, NE. She died Wed. 20 Apr 2011 at Central City Care Center. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central Cuty. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter; 5 step-sons & 2 step-daughters. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; a sister Francis Anderson; a brother Frank Speas. Memorials to AseraCare, York, NE.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Apr 2011
Jack D. BURGER, 92 (photo)

Born 6 Sep 1918 on farm N of Clarks, NE. Parents: William W. & Josephine (Black) Burger. 1937 grad. of Clarks HS. 1941: Teacher's certificate from NE Central College. Teacher & coach. Married in 1941. 1943-46: US Army. 1946: Moved to Denver, CO. 1949: Master's from Univ. of Denver. Returned to Nebraska. 1956: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. Superintendent of Schools. Also was crop adjuster & had tax business. He died Mon. 25 Apr 2011 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., Silver Creek United Methodist Church. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, 8 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; 5 sisters - Margaret Parker, Genevieve Wegner, Alnetta Moomey, Ethel Grafe, & Doris Moody; a brother - George Burger. Memorials to Silver Creek United Methodist Church or the  Merrick Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp142 (G Burger), 142-3 (J Burger), 143 (w/p), 411 (S Wyman).  Also see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p14B D176 F183: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p7b D158 F158 Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 30 Apr 2011

Patsy Lou LESIAK, 79 (photo) 

Born 23 May 1940, Havens, NE. Parents: Marvin & Marie (Larsen) Wilcox. Attended school at Silver Creek, NE. 14 Jan 1959: Married Alonzo Lesiak. They lived in Columbus, NE. She died Fri., 29 Apr 2011 at Columbus. Service: Tues. St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial in All Saints Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, a son, 14 gch., 10 g-gch.; 7 brothers. Predeceased by her parents, Grace Wilcox and Alex & Rose Lesiak

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Fremont Tribune - Mon. 2 May 2011; Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 May 2011

Caroline Alyce SPEED, 85  (photo)

Born 30 May 1925, Chapman, NE. Parents: Theodore & Linda Husman. 1943 grad. of Chapman HS. Later moved to Denver. 1951: Married Fred Speed. They farmed near Chapman. Later moved to Minden, and have lived for 8 years at Fremont, NE. She died Sat. 30 Apr 2011 at Fremont, NE. Service: Thurs., Chapman Methodist Church, Chapman, NE. Arrangements by Dugan Funeral Chapel. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter, a son, a gch. Memorials to the church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 242; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p1a D3 F3: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Parents are buried at Chapman Cemetery.


Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 May 2011

Reinhardt W. "Randy"KRUSE, 93 (photo)

Born 14 Nov 1917 on farm near Worms, NE. Parents: Herman & Bertha (Tuenge) Kruse. Attended Zion Lutheran School. Worked as machinist in California. 1942-43: US Army. 10 Jun 1945: Married Eileen E. Poehler. They owned Kruse Electric. Resident of Grand Island, NE. Eileen died 9 Dec 2010. Randy died Sun., 1 May 2011 at GI NE Veterans Hom. Visitation: Wed., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons; several gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother; a sister; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his wife; his parents, 3 brothers & 8 sisters. Memorials to the church.


Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 May 2011

Iva H. LARSON, 98 (photo)

Born 30 Jan 1913, Central City, NE. Parents: David Albert & Emma (Page) Lear. Grad. of CCHS. 10 Aug 1931: Married Roy A. Larson at Clay Center, NE. They lived at Central City, owned a business. Presbyterian. Roy died 8 Aug 2001. Iva died 6 Mar 2011 at Central City, NE. Graveside service will be Wed. at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 21 g-gch., 10 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 brothers.


Columbus Telegram - Wed. 11 May 2011
Eldon POTTER, 85
Born 26 Oct 1925, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Howard & Alvina (Mohlman) Potter. 1942 grad. of Kramer HS in Columbus, NE. WW II: US Army. 12 Jun 1949: Married Betty Weible at Winside, NE. They lived in Columbus, owned a Potters Food Market. Eldon died Sun., 8 May 2011 at Columbus. Private service held at Gass Haney Funeral Home. Survivors: 5 children, 19 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 brothers, 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 2 brothers - Marvin & Carroll Potter. Memorials to Nebraska Game & Parks Youth Mentoring Program or the Pleasant View Cemetery in Winside.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p5a D95 F96: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 May 2011
Mae Gilmont  CROSBY, 88
Born 1 Sep 1922, Palmer, NE. Parents: Lafayette & Irene (Wegnor) Gilmont. Married Ernest George Crosby Jr. who is deceased. Resident of James Island, SC. Mae died Wed., 11 May 2011. Graveside service: Mon., Beaufort National Cemetery. Arrangement: J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch, 7 g-gch.; a sister-in-law.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 17 May 2011
William D. "Bill" STAROSTKA, 74
Born 3 Dec 1936, Clarks, NE. Parents: Leo & Eva (Stopak) Starostka. Attended Clarks HS, Menominee MI Seminary & St. Procopius Seminary, Lisle, IL. Head couselor at Boys Town. Resident of Cedar Bluffs. He died Fri., 13 May 2011 at hospital in Fremont, NE. Service today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Colon, NE. Burial in Clarks Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Arrangements: Moser Memorial Chapel, Cedar Bluffs. Survivors: A brother, a sister-in-law, a nephew. Memorials to Boys Town.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 375 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 May 2011
Charlotte J. BAKER, 99 (photo)
Born 8 Nov 1911, West Point, NE. Parents: Edward & Charlotte Webb. 1922: Family moved to Wolbach, NE. Attended Palmer HS. 4 Aug 1933: Marrie Harold Baker at Neligh, NE. They lived at Central City, Blair, Kennard, Stanton, Meadow Grove and Mead, NE. 1952: Moved to Grand Island, and in 1968 retired south of St. Paul, NE. Harold died in 1986. Charlotte moved into St. Paul. She died Mon. 16 May 2011 at O'Neill, NE. Visitation: Mon, Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Tues., St. Mark's Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 10 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by a son-in-law; 4 brothers - Arthur, Alva, Edward & Elwood Webb; a sister Thelma Fox. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 May 2011
Frances THOMPSON, 94 (photo)
Born 21 Oct 1916, Esbon, KS. Parents: William F. & Mary E. (Atkins) Rogers. 10 Apr 1933: Married Richard H. Thompson at Smith Center, KS. They farmed near Esbon. 1953: Moved to farm near Aurora, NE. 1975: Moved near Clarks, NE. Richard died 2 May 2004. Frances moved to Aurora, and then to Central City, NE. She died Mon., 23 May 2011 at Central City. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 21 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 4 sisters - Thelma Bell, Alma Kennedy, Elizabth Keen & Alice Lewis; 2 brothers - Rex & Arden Rogers.

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Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 1 Jun 2011
Leonard B. BIEL, 65  (photo)
Born 21 Apr 1946, Omaha, NE. Parents: Bernard L. & Mildred (Bartels) Biel. 1964 grad. of Gretna HS. Attended SE Community College in Milford (diesel mechanics). 1965: Married at Millard, NE. They lived at Gretna until 1970, moved to Merrick Co., NE. Farmer. Leonard died Mon. 30 May 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Elkhorn Cemetery near Omaha, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 2 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a sister - Jodeen Rix; an infant brother - Ray Biel; 2 brothers-in law - Will Rix and Edwin Mowinkel. Memorials to the Clarks Rescue Squad.

Blair Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise - Thurs. 2 Jun 2011
Frances Elizabeth "Liz" JOHNSON, 93 (photo)
Born 7 May 1918, Palmer, NE. Parents: Henry T. & Suvilla (Brendle) Zeller. 1924: Family moved to Hemingford, NE. Grad. of Hemmingford HS. Liz died 26 May 2011. Service was 1 June at Hemmingford Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri, 3 Jun 2011
Wallace HANNAPPEL, 79
Born 6 Jul 1931 Clarks, NE. Parents: John & Irene (Supancheck) Hannappel. 7 Jun 1955: Married at Central City, NE. Wallace died Wed. 1 Jun 2011 at Cozad, NE. Visitation: Fri., Berryman Funeral Home, Cozad. Service: Sat., Christ The King Catholic Church, Cozad. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 13 gch.; 7 siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 7 Jun 2011
Eugene D. "Gene"LAVELLE, 84  (photo)
Born 29 Apr 1927, Genoa, NE. Parents: William H. & Nellie M. (Sherwood) Lavelle. In 1928, family moved to farm S of Clarks, NE. 1945 grad. of Clarks HS. 1950-53: US Army, Korea. 1953: Married in Rising Fawn, GA. They lived in CA until Oct., moved to Carterville, Alabama. 1958: Moved back to the Lavelle farm near Clarks, NE. He died Fri., 3 Jun 2011 at home. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Community Bible Church, Central City, NE. Burial in Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 5 gch. Predeceased by his parents; 4 sisters - Neva Stander, Fern Lavelle & 2 infants; 2 brothers - Merl & an infant. Memorials: Nebraska Christian Schools in Central City or the Community Bible Church Awana Club.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Jun 2011
Leonard C. KILLHAM, 85 (photo)
Born 5 Dec 1925, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Daniel C and Hazel I (Saline) Killham. Abt 1939, family moved to Merrick County, NE. Attended CCHS. WW II: US Navy. Construction worker, school custodian & bus driver. 1973: Married Patricia Holmes, who died in 1997. 1999: Married Mrs. Coover. Leonard died Wed., 8 Jun 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His second wife; a son & his family in Utah, 2 gch; a stepson & a step daughter; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his first wife; his parents; sister - Violet Urban; brother - Melvin Killham.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-4 p3b D56 F56: Council Creek Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 13 Jun 2011
Roma D. FUEHRER, 81
Born 23 Aug  1929, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Fred & Adelia M. (Harder) Ehlers. 1948 grad. of GISH. 23 Oct 1949: Married Charles Fuehrer at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near Worms, NE. 1993: Moved to Central City, NE She died Sat. 11 Jun 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 3 sons, 3 daughters, 11 gch., 5 g-gch. Also surviving are two people she considered her children; a brother & a sister, some in-laws. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother "Dutch" Ehlers. Memorials to
Archer Zion United Methodist Church or the Central City Senior Center.


Grand Island Independent - Wed. 15 Jun 2011
John A. SANDERSON, 91 (photo)
Born 8 Mar 1920 near Marquette, NE. Parents: Alfred & Amanda (Anderson) Sanderson. WW II: US Army. Abt 1946: Lived in Omaha, NE. 1956: Married. Lived in Central City. Construction business. He died Tues., 14 Jun 2011 at Central City, NE. Graveside service will be Fri. at Mamre Evangelical Church Cemetery near Marquette, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a daughter; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 6 brothers - Carl, Leonard, Reuben, Harold, Albert & Kenneth Sanderson; 3 sisters - Christine Bunch, Anna McIntosh, & Carrie Lindbloom. Also surviving are 2 foster siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 27 Jun 2011
Phyllis Gene DRYER, 81 (photo)
Born 27 Jul 1929, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Julius & Christine (Gerlach) Daberkow. 1945 grad. of Grand Island HS. 2 Dec 1950: Married Robert Dryer at Grand Island. They lived in Grand Island. Educational aide. She died Fri. 24 Jun 2011 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., St. Mary's Cathedral. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, 9 daughters, 27 gch.; 2 brothers, a sister. Predeceased by her parents; a gch.; a son-in-law, Joel Plettner. Memorials to St. Mary's Cathedral Square or Grand Island Central Catholic Foundation.

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 26 Jun 2011
Ralph R. BRUNS, 62 (photo)
Born 25 Apr 1949, Palmer, NE. Parents: Harvey W. & Merle G. (Kaiser) Bruns. 1967 grad. of CCHS. 26 Aug 1973: Married at St. Paul, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Worked for Petersen Farms. Ralph died Thurs., 23 Jun 2011 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Worms, NE. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 5 gch.; 2 brothers, a sister; his wife's mother. Predeceased by his parents; his wife's father, Delven Nelson. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran or Zion Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Jun 2011
Muriel Fern DOLL, 96  (photo)
Born 13 May 1915, Western, NE. Parents: William Fredrick & Minnie (Kelch) Schmidt. 9 Apr 1941: Married Ward Irvin Doll at Clay Center, NE. They lived in Fairfield, NE. Ward died in 1980. Muriel moved to Central City in 2006. Mrs. Doll died Sat., 25 Jun 2011 at Central City, NE. Graveside service Thurs. at Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: A son; a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Jun 2011
Bernhard H. "Bernie" PIEKO, 62 (photo)
Born 18 Feb 1946, Hanover, Germany. Parents: Herbert W. & Margarete (Mast) Pieko. 1949: Family immigrated to Iowa; later lived at Papillion, NE and then in Central City, NE. 1967 grad. of CCHS. 1969-70: US Army. He died Sat., 25 Jun 2011 at Chapman, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His partner, a daughter; a sister. Predeceased by a son Bernhard James Pieko; his parents, a sister Elizabeth.


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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Jul 2011
Marie Mae HOLMES HOPPER, 86
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Born 27 Dec 1924, Central City, NE. Parents: Everett & Alma (Richards) Haskins. Grad. of CCHS. Moved to California & worked at military base. Returned to Central City, NE. 1948: Married Carroll Holmes; they lived in NE. 1959: They returned to Central City. About 1982, she married E.T. Hopper; they lived in CA; AZ; Central City & Grand Island, NE. Marie died Wed., 29 Jun 2011 at hospital in Hastings, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 9 gch., 18 g-gch.; a brother & his wife. Her parents are deceased.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p7a D156 F158: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).  First husband died 30 May 2005.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Jul 2011
Ken G. KOHL, 66 (photo)
Born 16 Apr 1945, Norfolk, NE. Parents: LaVerne & Marcella Kohl. Attended school at Beemer, NE. 1964-72: US Army. 1970: Married. They lived in California. 1979: Moved to Central City, NE. Ken died Mon., 4 Jul 2011 at Veterans Medical Center, Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Burke Cemetery near Central City. Survivors: His wife; a daughter, a son. 9 gch.; 4 sisters, etc. Predeceased by his father; a son David; a sister Sharon Reppert; his in-laws. Memorials to Grand Island Veterans Medical Center.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Jul 2011
Arthur E. Palser, 89 (photo)
Born 11 Nov 1921, Valley Co., NE. Parents: John & Kate (Johnson) Palser. 15 Jun 1946: Married Thelma J. Collins at Mira Valley Evangelical United Brethren Church. They farmed at Davis Creek. 1961: Moved to Central City, NE. Operated a motel & service station on Hwy 30.  Thelma died 27 Aug 2006. Art died Tues., 12 Jul 2011 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 2 sisters - Stella Kerr & Florence Wright; 6 brothers - John Weldon, Carroll, George, Harold, Richard & Paul Palser. Memorials to the United Methodist Church Foundation in Central City.

Fremont Tribune (photo); & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Jul 2011
Irene M. PHARES, 93
Born 16 Nov 1917, Central City, NE. Parents: Sol & Lucy Bell (Jones McHargue. RN. Presbyterian. 1 Feb 1940: Married Charles H. Phares. They left Omaha to open husband's law office in Central City. Retired to Estes Park, CO. Charles died Feb 1990. Irene moved in 2000 to Storm Lake, IA. She died there Thurs., 14 Jul 2011. Private graveside service will be Thurs. at Central City Cemetery. Arrangments: Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, Storm Lake, IA & Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: A daughter, 3 sons, 9 gch, 6 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a sister Elsie Lock; 3 brothers - Oscar, Donald & Walter McHargue.


Grand Island Independent - Fri. 29 Jul 2011
Gregory Lee BOLLES, 52 (photo)
Born 26 Mar 1959, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Larry J. & Deanna R. (Steinwart) Bolles. 1977 grad. of GISH. Lived in Seattle, WA and California. Returned to NE about 1982. 1986: Married; they lived in Central City, NE. He died Wed., 27 Jul 2011. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in city cemetery at later date. Survivors: His wife; 2 children in Yuma, AZ; two children in Central City, NE; his father, 3 sisters, 2 brothers; his in-laws. Predeceased by his mother & his grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Jul 2011
Leonard William BEETEM, 101 (photo doesn't load)
Born 24 Dec 1909, Central City, NE. Parents: Benjamin J. & Lucy G. (Jerome) Beetem. Grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Army. Employee of utility & of city. 22 Sept 1956: Married Lola Ford Roark. Lola died in 1970. 15 Oct 1971: Married Edna Morris. Edna died in 2007. Leonard died Thurs., 28 Jul 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A step-son, a step-daughter, 8 gch., 15 g-gch, etc. Predeceased by both of his wives, 3 sisters - Edna Jones, Marjorie Sober & an infant; a brother James.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 30 Jul 2011
Kenneth Lyle MESNER, 85 (photo)
Born 12 Apr 1926 on farm near Central City, NE. Parents: Hugh P. & Lois G. (Watkins) Mesner. 1945 grad. of CCHS. Farmer. 28 Nov 1946: Married Mildred McConnell. Birthright Quaker; later a member of United Methodist Church. Mildred died 5 Mar 2011. Kenneth died Wed., 27 Jul 2011 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat., 6 Aug at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Central City Cemetery at a later date. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 4 gch.; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his wife; an infant son; infant twin daughters; 2 adult children - Janet Lynn Mesner & Martin Alan Mesner; a brother Delbet. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association Great Plains Chapter, Lincoln.


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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Aug 2011
Marion Robert "Bob" MARSH, 88 (photo)
Born 30 Aug 1922 near Archer, NE. Parents: Marion Frederick & Lilly Belle (Mesner) Marsh. 7 Apr 1946: Married. They farmed near St. Libory and then near Ravenna, NE. 1964: They moved to Grand Island and he became an ag salesman. Later lived in Webster, IA; Colorado; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He died 29 Jul 2011 at Cedar Rapids, IA. Visitaio: Tues., 2 Aug at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. 3 Aug 2011 at Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City, NE. Burial in Burke Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 children; gch. & step-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Wayne and Norman. "Memorial contributions can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association and can be made online (http://www.lbda.org) or by mail to Wagner Funeral Home."

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Aug 2011
Velma D. RANDALL, 83  (photo)
Born 31 May 1928, Polk County, NE. Parents: George & Martha (Wright) Bush. Family moved in 1940 to Merrick County, NE. 1945 grad. of Clarks HS. 28 Nov 1947: Married Samuel Randall at Clarks. They lived in Clarks. She died Wed., 3 Aug 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at Bureau Cemetery near Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband; 2 daughters, gch. & g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents; a brother - Melvin Bush; 2 sisters & their spouses - Margaret & Harold Hewit, Doris & Glenn Wieseman. Also deceased is a brother-in-law, a son-in-law, and a gch. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association, Golden Living Center-Lakeview or AseraCare Hospice.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 11 Aug 2011
Reginald "Geen" ZELAZNY, 75  (photo)
Born 14 Jan 1936 in Polk County, NE. Parents: Edward & Frances Zelazny. 1957: Moved to farm in Nance County, NE. Moved to Silver Creek, NE. He died Tues., 9 Aug 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: His mother; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his father & his sister Maxine Tomasiewicz. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Aug 2011
John P. TOOLEY, 71
Born 15 Sep 1939, Grand Island, NE. Parents: John J. & Helen P. (Phelps) Tooley.  Grad. of Grand Island Central Catholic and UNK. 1957-64: US Army. Lived in CA, WY & NV. 2001: Returned to Grand Island, NE. Died Wed, 27 Jul 2011 at Grand Island. Service: Fri., St. Mary's Cathedral. Ashes will be buried later at Central City, NE. Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: A brother & his family. Predeceased by his parents. Memorials: American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
Note: Parents are buried in Central City Cemetery.

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 17 Aug 2011
Angeline Wilhelmina KING, 94
Born 10 Feb 1917, Silver Creek, NE. Parnets: Arthur Matthias & Anna Viola Engel. Grad. of 8th grade from Merrick Co. School #10. 20 Jul 1944: Married Bennie Lloyd King of Wilmington, KS. Husband was in military service. After his discharge they lived at Silver Creek. 1999: Moved to Alma, NE. Angie died Sun. 14 Aug 2011 at Alma. Burial of cremated remains will be later at Roselawn Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Arrangements: Banta-Torrey Funeral Home,  Alma. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, 6 gch., 15 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her father (Nov 1953), her mother (18 Nov 1972); 4 sisters - Esther Gerber (and husband Eddie), Frances Tschantre (and husband Louis), Maxine Schweizer (and husband Walter), Genraldine Engel; 2 brothers - Warren Engle (and wife Gladys), Chester Engel; a brother-in-law Bruce Kershaw.
Note: Burial was Sat. 8 Oct 2011.

Columbus Telegram (photo) - Mon. 22 Aug 2011; Polk County Newspaper (abbrev.) - Tues. 23 Aug 2011
Leona A. KOZISEK, 91
Born 16 Aug 1920, Cedar Rapids, NE. Parents: Nekolas (sic) & Mary Sauser. 1939 grad. of Cedar Rapids HS. 1945: Went to work in Omaha, NE. 19 Apr 1950: Married Jerry Kozisek in Omaha. They lived at Schuyler. 1961: Moved to farm near Silver Creek, NE. 1993: Leona moved to Central City; and in 2003 to davidplace in David City, NE. She died there Sat., 20 Aug 2011.  Service: Wed., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in church cemetery. Suvivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband; a son - Donald; her parents; 2 sisters - Catherine Hein & Julia Goeken. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 28 Aug 2011
Velma L. Glines STERN, 89 
Born 26 Fb 1922, Boelus, NE. Parents: Hans & Elvera Boesen. Grew up at Wolbach, NE. Married Floyd Glines., lived at Wolbach & Scotia. 1970: Married second to Ray Stern, they lived at Clarks, NE. She later lived in Scotia; then moved to Central City in 2008. She died Fri., 26 Aug 2011 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Scotia Cemetery. Survivors: 4 children, 9 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by 3 gch.; a sister Bernice Vance.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 29 Aug 2011
Marian F. FAUQUIER, 91 (photo)
Born 20 Jan 1920, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Fred & Tina (Rohweder) Schirkofsky. 21 Sep 1941: Married Clifford Fauquier at Grand Island. They lived in Independence, MO; later lived in Pickrell, Central City & Grand Island, NE. Marian died Sat., 27 Aug 2011 at Des Moines, IA. Visitation: Tues., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 7 gch, 1 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, a gch; her parents, 3 sisters & a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 Aug 2011
Alice F. "Sue" MALY, 61 (photo)
Born 25 Jul 1950, O'Neill, NE. Parents: William & Leona (Gilman) Rockford. 1965: Married Ken Ruff; later married Bill Middagh. 29 Aug 1998: Married Chuck Maley, they lived in Norfolk, NE. Following Chuck's death (5 Dec 2005), Sue moved to Central City, NE. She died there Sat. 27 Aug 2011. Has been cremated, no visitation. Service: Thurs., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; 6 brothers (some surnamed Walton), 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; "her birth mother, Elsie Walton"; a sister - Diane Latzel; 5 brothers - Benny, Alfred, William, Warren & Bob. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Sep 2011
Kingly Dale "King" HANWAY
Born 7 May 1945, Central City, NE. Parents: A. Jay & Lorraine (Magnuson) Hanley. Attended school at Alvo & Wauneta, NE. 1963 grad. of Salinas HS, CA. 1967 grad. of San Francisco State University, CA. King died Fri. 2 Sep 2011 at Danville, CA. Memorial service Fri. 23 Sep at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Livermore, CA. Survivors: His wife & her 2 sons; a sister & her husband. Predeceased by his parents; grandparents - A.J. & Bernice Hanway and Sam & Anna Magnuson.

Aurora News Register - Fri. 9 Sep 2011; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Sat. 10 Sep 2011
Mary Elizabeth DOOLEY, 92
Born 19 Jun 1919, Central City, NE. Parents: James Earl & Myrtle H. (Jerome) Rogers. Grad. of CCHS; attended NE Central College. 28 Jan 1939: Married Howard B. Dooley. They lived in Council Bluffs, IA and several places in NE. Husband is Presbyterian pastor. Mary died Fri., 9 Sep 2011 at Aurora, NE. Service: Tues., United Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 3 children, 4 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents & a brother Dr. Earl Rogers (& his wife Helen). Also deceased are 2 brothers-in-law.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p20A D136 F143: Central City Ward 3, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p24a D400 F425: Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 Sep 2011
Yvonne C. FERRIS, 90 (photo)
Born 3 Feb 1921 at Dedrick, MO. Parents: Joel M. & Florence (Brim) Culbertson. 1938 grad. of Fort Scott HS, KS; 1940 grad of Fort Scott Jr. College, KS. Teacher. 8 Jan 1942: Married Lislynn Ferris at Fort Scott, KS. They farmed near Central City, NE.  She died at home, Fri., 16 Sep 2011. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Burial in Burke Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, a daughter, 16 gch., 26 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; an infant gch.; a daughter-in-law; 2 sisters - Jo Maxine Culbertson & Nadine Brandes.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Sep 2011
Emily Jeraldine "Jerrie" HOLMES, 97 (photo)
Born 31 Mar 1914, Yankee, NM. Parents: Peter Charles & Ida (DeLong) Arnhold. 31 Dec 1949: Married Kenneth W. Holmes at Stockton, KS. 1947: Moved to farm near Odessa, NE. Later moved to Kearney & then to Chapman, NE. 1997: moved to Central City, NE where she died Tues., 20 Sep 2011. Servce: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: A nephew, several cousins. Predeceased by her husband (2002); her daughter Patricia Killham (1997); her parents; a brother Sidney Arnhold.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Sep 2011
Rosella Irene NIEMOTH, 88  (photo)
Born 14 Feb 1923 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Herman & Helen (Leuthaeuser) Meyer. Attended Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE. 11 Jun 1950: Married Harold Niemoth. They farmed north of Grand Island until 1994, moved into town. Harold died in Nov of 2006. Rosella died Wed. 21 Sep 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survvivors: A son, 3 daughters, 7 gch.; a brother & his wife. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother, Donald Meyer. a sister-in-law Mildred Gulzow. Memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church, or Zion Lutheran School at Worms.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p4b D93 F88: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Sep 2011
Charles Evans REEVES, 63 (photo)
Born 8 Feb 1948, Central City, NE. Parents: Bob & Alnetta (Cundiff) Reeves. 1966 grad. of CCHS. 1968-70: US Navy (Vietnam). 13 Feb 1973: Married; they lived in Central City, NE. 1979: Moved to family farm. Charles lived in Grand Island in the 1990's, moved to Arkansas in 2005. 2009: Returned to Central City, NE where he died Wed., 21 Sep 2011. Graveside service will be Tues. at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 children, 4 gch.; 4 siblings. Predeceased by his parents; brother Richard Robert Reeves, a niece & a nephew.

Aurora News Register - Mon. 25 Sep 2011; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Tues. 27 Sep 2011
Daniel Roy "Dan" SCHNEIDERHEINZ, 81
Born 21 Oct 1929, Cdentral City, NE. Parents: August & Sophe (Hoffman) Schneiderheinz. Grad of CCHS; attended Central College in Central City. 1951-53: US Army (Korea). 18 Apr 1952: Married at Central City. They lived in Colorado Springs until his discharge; moved back to Central City, NE to run locker business.  Elected Merrick Co. Sheriff in 1963, & served until 1996. He died Mon. 26 Sep 211 at VA Medical Center in Grand Island. Service: Thurs. St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch, 3 g-gch.; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Carl & Earl; 2 sisters - Louise Hutton & Grace Dankelson. Memorials to Central City American Legion Hospital Equipment Fund, Central City Fire Department or St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Sep 2011
Jimmy Lee FLAGLE, 61 (photo)
Born 28 Aug 1950, Central City, NE. Parents: "Big" Jim & Helen (Larson) Flagle. 1970-72: US Army. Mechanic, business owner. Died Mon. 26 Sep 2011 at home in Central City, NE. No services. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 6 gch.; 3 sisters; nieces & nephews.

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 Oct 2011
David Joseph JANOVEC, 60 (photo)
Born 19 May 1951, Washington, DC. Adopted by Joseph V. & Marcelline "Marcy" A. (Zoucha) Janovec. Grew up in Chapman, NE. 1969 grad. of Grand Island Central Catholic HS; 1974 grad of UNL. 30 May 1974: Married. Farmed with his family. 1974: Married a second time. Currently was living in Lincoln, NE. He died Sat. 1 Oct 2011 in trucking accident at Atlanta, Georgia. Service: Sat., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 children, 5 gch; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his parents & a brother-in-law. Memorials to Grand Island Central Catholic Foundation.

Grand Island Independent  - Fri. 7 Oct 2011
Carla J. EDDY, 62 (photo)
Born 26 Dec 1948 at Phillipsburg, KS. Parents: Donnie & Gertrude (Fisher) Muir. Family lived at Republican City & Grand Island, NE. 7 Feb 1971: Married Dale E. "Butch" Eddy at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Archer & Grand Island, NE. Carla died Thurs., 6 Oct 2011 at Grand Island. Visitation: Fri., Apfel Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Christ Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Naponee Cemetery, Naponee, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, 6 sons, 23 gch, 3 g-gch.; her father & step-mother; 3 brothers; her father-in-law; 2 sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; and her mother.

Columbus Telegram (photo) & Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 Oct 2011
Ronald Joseph URKOSKI, 69 
Born 8 Mar 1942, Genoa, NE. Parents: Andrew & Barbara (Zoucha) Urkoski. 1960 grad of Clarks HS 1963: Married. Farmed at Silver Creek, NE. Ronald died Wed. 5 Oct 2011 in Columbus, NE. Service: Mon., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 4 children, gch.; 2 sisters; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 11 Oct 2011
Melody Ranee CRANDALL, 45  
Born 26 Feb 1966, Grand Rapids, MI. Died 6 Oct 2011, Grand Island, NE. Resident of Central City, formerly lived at Ainsworth, NE. Celebration of Life will be Sat., Hoch Funeral Home, Ainsworth, NE. Survivors: Her husband Donald Hammock of Central City; 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 gch.; her parents in OK; 12 half-brothers, 12 half-sisters; many other relatives & "adopted children".

Aurora News Register - Mon. 17 Oct 2011; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Wed. 19 Oct 2011
Bernard Joseph McMAHON, 88
Born 15 Dec 1922, Central City, NE. Parents: Joseph Peter & Vivienne Anna (Farrell) McMahon. 1940 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Army. 8 Oct 1947: Married in Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island; moved to farm in Merrick County. 1953: Moved to farm near Aurora. 1956: Moved to Giltner, NE where he died Mon. 17 Oct 2011. Service: Fri., St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aurora. Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Giltner, NE. Survivors: HIs wife, 4 sons, 7 daughters, 31 gch., 20 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; a sister - Agnes Bricault; son-in-law - Barry Robertshaw; 2 brothers-in-law - Robert Bricault & Leonard Jisa.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p2a D32 F34: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 28 Oct 2011
Dale F. GRESS, 96
Lived on farm NE of Palmer, NE until recently. Died Wed. 26 Oct 2011 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitaion was Thurs. at Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Today, First Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 5 children, 11 gch., 13 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife LaVonne; a daughter Darlene Ough; his parents; a sister Hattie Andersen; a brother Stanley Gress.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 211-12 (Gress) Gress), 412 (Wymer); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p4b: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Oct 2011
Eldon L. ROOT, 88 
Born 10 Mar 1923, Holmesville (Gage Co), NE. Parents: Fred L. & Ida M. (Falwell) Root. In 1949, married at Holmesville; they farmed near Beatrice. 1987: Moved to Central City, NE. Eldon died Thurs., 27 Oct 2011 at Central City. Service: Mon., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial at Brethren Cemetery near Holmesville. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: His wife; 3 sons & 2 daughters, 8 gch, 3 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; a brother - Marion Root; 3 sisters - Ruth Mack, Addie Jenkins & Gertrude Rood. Memorials to Gideons or NE Christian Schools.

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Nov 2011; Norfolk Daily News  - Thurs. 10 Nov 2011
Dr. Terry P. GEE, 53 (photo)
Born 20 Oct 1958 St. Paul (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Lyle & Darlene Gee. Physician. Died 5 Nov 2011 at Lincoln, NE. Celebration of Life Mon. 21 Nov 2011 at Chez Hay (210 N 14th St., Lincoln.) Burial at later date, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife; his parents; 2 sons; a sister & 4 brothers. Memorials to NBTS, the National Brain Tumor Society.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 12 Nov 2011; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 13 Nov 2011
Evelyn Fawn FLEEMAN, 85  (photo)
Born 22 Mar 1926 NW of Osceola (Polk Co.), NE. Parents: Oscar & Florence (Barker) Anderson. 1943 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Attended Kearney State. Teacher. 29 Oct 1945: Married Orrie "Bo" Fleeman at Kearney, NE. They lived at Clarks, NE. Bo died in 1980. Evelyn died Sat. 12 Nov 2011 at hospital in Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE with burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons, 4 daughters, 24 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a daughter Lorrie Harvey (2005); 2 brothers - Gilbert & Keith Anderson; a sister Lila Hannappel.

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 14 Nov 2011
Gordon M. JENSEN, 84 (photo)
Born 15 Apr 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Horace V. & Christina (Williamsen) Jensen. 7 Jun 1950: Married Dorothy A. Shea at Oconto, NE. They lived at Callaway & Overton, NE. Dorothy died 5 Jun 2004. Gordon died Sat. 12 Nov 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Overton, NE. Burial in Overton. Veteran. Arrangements: Reyolds-Love Funeral Home, Lexington, NE. Survivors: A son & a daughter, 4 gch; 2 brothers; 4 sisters-in-law. Memorials to Overton Military Monument Fund.

Grand Island Independent (photo), & Aurora News Register - Wed. 23 Nov 2011
Edith I. ERICKSON, 90 
Born 17 Oct 1921, Central City, NE. Parents: Edward & Julia (Smith) Small. Grew up on Prairie Island. 1939 grad. of Hordville HS. 14 May 1941: Married Clayton K. Erickson at Wichita, KS. They lived in Wichita. 1956: They moved to farm on Prairie Island, NE. Moved to Central City NE. Edith died Tues. 22 Nov 2011 at home. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons, a daughter, 18 gch, 21 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 3 infant siblings (James, Thomas & Clara Small); 3 half-brothers - Glenn, Leland & Harold Small. Memorials to "Surprised By Hope" fund at the United Methodist Church in Central City, or the Hordville Event Center.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Nov 2011
Gene A. SCHENK, 61 (photo)
Born 9 Jul 1950, Central City, NE. Parents: Fred & Anola (Kenyon) Schenk. Attended CCHS. 1 May 1976: Married Louise. Auto mechanic, business owner. 1999: Married as second time. Died Sun. 27 Nov 2011 at Central City. Visitation: Wed. Solt Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 children, a gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents & grandparents; a sister-in-law Connie Schenk.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Nov 2011
Ronald E. FOULK, 70
Born 10 Sep 1941 near Archer, NE. Parents: Percival P. & Marjorie J. (Sinsel) Foulk. 1959 grad. of CCHS. 1960-66: US Navy. 12 Aug 1967: Married at Fort Collins, CO. They lived in Marquette & Central City, NE. Farmer, land leveler. He died Mon. 28 Nov 2011 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs. Archer Zion United Methodist Church near Archer. Burial in Prairie Creek Cemetery near Archer. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 7 gch., 1 g-gch.; 3 brothers, 4 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Myron & Dennis; 3 sisters - Shirley, Darlene & Linda.

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Columbus Telegram - Sat. 3 Dec 2011
Joan SHEFCYK, 70 (photo)
Born 30 Oct 1941, Genoa, NE. Parents: Andrew & Dorothy (Sutko) Dush. Grad. of Clarks HS. 27 Aug 1960: Married Daniel Shefcyk at Silver Creek, NE. They lived in Columbus, NE. Joan died Fri. 2 Dec 2011 at home. Service: Mon. St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Duncan, NE. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 4 daughters, 4 sons, 13 gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by her parents; a grandson Joshua Shefcyk.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 7 Dec 2011
Larry Lisle MASON, 74  (photo)
Born 1 Apr 1937, Central City, NE. Parents: Lisle L. & Sophie M. (Zlomke) Mason. 1955 grad. of CCHS. 10 Nov 1956: Married at Baptist Church in Central City. They lived in Central City. Trucker. Methodist. Died Tues. 6 Dec 2011 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home. Burial at later date in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 5 daughters, a son-in-law, 28 gch., 38 g-gch.; a sister in CA. Predeceased by a daughter Kim Shively (2009); his parents; 2 sisters - Delores Norgard & Carol Rauer; 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Dec 2011
Robert E. WAGNER, 89
Born 17 Nov 1922 at Milwaukee, WI. 20 Sep 1947: Married Elsie Klingenberg at Grand Island, NE. Served in US Army and USAF (WW II & Korean Wars). He lived in several NE towns including St. Paul & North Loup, NE. Lutheran. Died Mon. 28 Nov 2011 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Grand Island, NE. No service. Arrangements by Peters Funeral Home. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery. Predeceased by his wife & a son David. Survived by 2 gch.
Note: Gravestone at Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Dec 2011
Esther Frances GILLEY, 97
Born 3 Jul 1914, near Farwell, NE. Parents: John & Mary (Rozmiarek) Wolinski. 11 Jul 1940: Married Robert Gilley. They farmed his family place. Moved to Central City in 1968. Robert died 8 Mar 2005.  Esther ded Wed. 7 Dec 2011 at Central City. Service: Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: a nephew & his wife. Predeceased by her husband; 5 brothers - Anton, Leo, Alois, Stanley & Edward; 5 sisters - Anna
Waltman, Martha Zurek, Maggie Lempke, Helen Geiger & Clara Kaiser.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Dec 2011
Donald Lee GRACE, 84 (photo)
Born 29 Jan 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Cecil & Cernice (Eckles) Grace. 1949: Enlisted in US Army. 15 Oct 1950: Married at Palmer, NE. 1953: Moved to farm near Miller, SD. Later moved to St. Lawrence, SD. He died Thurs., 8 Dec 2011 at Miller, SD. Service was held 12 Dec at First United Methodist Church, Miller, SD. Burial in G.A.R. Cemetery at Miller. Arrangements: Reck Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 children, gch. Predeceased by his parents & 2 gch.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 209 (P&D Grace), 108 (TW Anderson); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p7a D154 F154: Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 14 Dec 2011
Alois ZYWIEC, 75  (photo)
Born 29 Apr 1936 at Krakow, NE. Parents: Pete & Barbara (Dush) Zywiec. Attended school at Krakow & Columbus, NE. 1956-57: US Navy. Employee of UPRR. 21 Jul 1973: Married at Logan, Iowa. 1975: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. Alois died Sun. 11 Dec 2011 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Burial in All Saints Catholic Cemetery at Columbus. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a gch.; 2 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by his parents; 5 sisters - Mary Borowiak, Clara Hanzel, Elaine Kurek, Elsie Prososki, Irene Stucznski; 4 brothers - Edward, Lonnie, Pete & Ray.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Dec 2011
Suzanne OLSON, 72 (photo)
Born 29 May 1939, Marshalltown, IA. Parents: Ora & Agnes M. (Austin) Sparrow. 1957 grad. of Jeweell HS (Iowa). Grad. of Iowa Statee Teacher's College, Cedar Falls, IA. 17 Jun 1961: Married Richard G. Olson. Taughter in IA and Merrick Co., NE. She died Tues., 13 Dec 2011 at home in Clarks, NE. Service: Mon. Clarks Congregational Church. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 dauhters, 3 sons, 6 gch.; 3 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by her parents & her step-father Carl Ingledue; 2 infant siblings - Rosemary & Daniel Shaw Sparrow.
Note: Her husband died the following day.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 19 Dec 2011
Richard G. OLSON, 78 (photo)
Born 6 Jan 1933 at DeWitt, IA. Parents: Ivan & Jessie D. (Grell) Olson. 1950 grad of DeWitt HS. 1953-55: US Army. Carpenter, teacher. 17 Jun 1961: Married Suzanne Sparrow at Juell, IA. 1963: Moved to Clarks, NE. Suzanne died 13 Dec 2011. Richard died Sun. 18 Dec 2011 at home. A joint funeral service will be Monday at the Congregational Church in Clarks, NE. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 6 children, 6 gch. Predeceased by his wife (see above), his parents, a sister - Shirley Wannepain.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 19 Dec 2011
Maymie M. FLESCH, 74 (photo)
Born 12 Jul 1937, Central City, NE. Parents: Henry W. & Eva M. (McMahon) Bolling. 1955 grad. of CCHS. 29 Dec 160: Married Robert J. Flesch at Central City. They lived in numerous places (see obit). 1983: Returned to Central City, NE. Maymie died Sat. 17 Dec 2011 at Central City. Service: Wed., St. Michael Catholic Church, Central City. Burial at later date. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; a son, 3 gch; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents: 2 brothers - Charles & Philup Bolling; a sister - Catherine Blodgett.

Columbus Telegram - Mon. 19 Dec 2011
Shirley ZEGAR, 79 (photo)
Born 2 May 1932 at Columbus, NE. Parents: Edward & Esther (Engel) Gerber. 1950 grad. of Duncan HS. 29 Aug 1950: Married Virgil Zegar at Clarks, NE. They farmed in Merrick County. Shirley died Fri. 16 Dec 2011 at Columbus, NE. Service: Tues., St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Silver Creek, NE. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 daughters, a son, 13 gch., 11 g-gch.; 3 sisters-in-law; 2 aunts & 1 uncle. Predeceased by her husband, & her parents.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Dec 2011
Leila ‘Lee’ CYZA (photo)
Born 3 Dec 1926 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Hubert & Hattie (Stark) McCray. 15 May 1948: Married Clifford Cyza at Fullerton, NE. Resident of Alliance, NE. She died Sat. 17 Dec 2011 at Alliance. Service: Wed. Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Survivors: Her husband3 children, 12 gch., 13 g-gch.; a sister, 2 brothers. Predeceased by her parents; sister - Doris Berney; brother - Everett McCray; a gch. Memorials to St. Agnes Academy Foundation or Prairie Haven Hospice.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Dec 2011
Virgil E. KUSKIE, 90 (photo)
Born 3 Apr 1921 on farm near Central City, NE. Parents: William & Laura (Hilderbrand) Kuskie. 1942-43: US Army. 2 May 1942: Married Maxine E. Peters at Hastings, NE. They farmed near Central City. Methodist. Maxine died in Mar 2007. Virgil died Mon. 19 Dec 2011 at Aurora, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son & his wife, 2 gch., 4 ggch.; a sister-in-law.  Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 2 brothers - Elsmer & George; 2 sisters - Marge & Donna. Memorials to Ddisabled American Veterans.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 20 Dec 2011
John Lee RILEY, 61 (photo)
Born 6 Dec 1950 at Central City, NE. Parents: Ralph & Janette Riley. Grad. of Albion HS. 1970-72: US Army. 17 Mar 1973: Married at Newman Grove, NE. He died Sat. 17 Dec 2011 at home in Columbus, NE. Service: Wed., St. John's Lutheran Church, Shell Creek. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Gass Haney Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 3 daughters, 7 gch.; his mother; 4 brothers & 1 sisters. Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Dec 2011
Martha E. MADDOX, 103 (photo)
Born 25 Mar 1908 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Oliver & Lillian (Vandergrift) Keller. 1926 grad. of GISH. 14 Mar 1928: Married James "Elmer" Maddox at Palmer, NE. Piano teacher. They farmed, ran a dairy. Elmer died 8 May 1981. Martha died Tues. 20 Dec 2011 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Jacobsen- Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Fri. First Church of Christ, Palmer, N. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: A son, 6 daughters, 23 gch., many g-gch & gg-gch. Predeceased by her parents; 2 sisters - Marie Walling & Velma Falk; 2 brothers - Lavern & Charles Keller; 3 sons-in-law - Ken Lewis, Allen Main,  & Milton Swanson. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Dec 2011
Margaret Lucille JOHNSON, 96 (photo)
Born 14 Oct 1915. Parents: Charles W. & Atha E. (Newlon) Riddlemoser. 1935 grad. of CCHS. 27 Oct 1937: Married Harlan E. Johnson. She worked in Polk and in Central City. Later owned a cafe at Polk, NE. She died Mon. 26 Dec 2011 at hospital in Aurora, NE. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Polk, NE. Burial in Swede Plain Cemetery near Polk.  Survivors: 2 children; 8 gch., 5 step-gch.; Predeceased by her parents; brother - John; 22 sisters - Violet & Gertrude.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Dec 2011
Harold W. MORRIS, 95 (photo)
Born 5 Apr 916 in Nance Co., NE. Parents: Luther & Lula (Phillips) Morris. 11 Mar  1937: Married Dorothy Shirey at Phillipsburg, KS. He worked for the GI Independent, and then drove for trucking companies. They moved to Denver; later moved to CA. 1981: Moved to Palmer, NE. Dorothy died 15 Aug 2002. Harold died Sun 25 Dec 2011 at hospital in St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Wed., Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Survivors: A daughter, a son, 11 gch., 25 g-gch, 7 gg-gch.; a sister-in-law in CA.  Predeceased by his wife; his parents, a gch, a g-gch.; a daughter-in-law; 6 brothers - Ray, Roland, Vernon, Earl, Robert & Lee Morris; 3 sisters - Bessie Morris, May Schomburg, Grace Collins. Memorials to Palmer Senior Center or the Palmer Fire Department.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Dec 2011
Margie D. MUNDT, 93 (photo)
Born 30 May 1918, Central City, NE. Parents: William & Birdie (Shively) Garrett.  4 Sep 1941: Married John Garrett. They farmed N of Central City. John died 12 May 1999. Margie died Sat. 24 Dec 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Service Thurs., Thurs. Curran Funeral Chapel. Burial in Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 23 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, one gch.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Dec 2011
Rex E. STACK, 70
Born 4 Sep 1941 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Orie & Augusta (Hansen) Stack. 1961 grad. of CCHS. Worked for a cattle company. He died Sat. 24 Dec 2011 at medical center in Grand Island, NE. Graveside service will be Thurs. at Chapman Cemetery. Survivors:; A brother & a sister. Predeceased by his parents; a sister - Violet Sowl; 3 brothers - Ray, Roy & Danny Stack; an infant son - Steven Russell Stack.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Dec 2011
Arthur D. "Ducky" DAVIS, 80
Born 16 Dec 1931 in Shelby, NE. Parents: Austin E. & Susan B. (McMillen) Davis. 24 Mar 1957: Married at Palmer, NE. Farmer in Nance & Merrick Counties; business owner; trucker. Lived at Palmer, NE; Worms, NE Grand Island, NE. He died Tues. 27 Dec 2011 at Grand Island. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 daughters, 13 gch., 5 g-gch; 2 brothers; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 3 brothers - Austin, Wallace & Eugene Davis; 2 sisters - Lola Rieken and Deva Van DeWalle. Memorials to the church or to the cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 Dec 2011
Lucille M. FECHTER, 85
Born 11 Feb 1926, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Frank & Minnie (Glause) Fechtner. 1944 grad. of Palmer HS. Family moved into Palmer in 1946. Worked in hospitals & rest homes, lived in Palmer. Celebrated her 80th birthday with ride on Harley with a nephew. She died Wed. 28 Dec 2011 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri. Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service will be Wed. at Church of Christ, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer. Survivors: 2 sisters, a sister-in-law, nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers - Harold & Donald Fechtner; a sister - Viola Shinn; 3 brothers-in-law - Melvin Dankert, Ed Shinn & Arnold Beyersdorf; a sister-in-law - Elsie Fechtner. Memorials to Palmer Senior Center, AseraCare Hospice.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p4a: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).


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