Platte Co., NE - 1957 BMD NEGenWeb Project
PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
RECORDED IN THE COLUMBUS NEWSPAPERS
--1957--


The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 7, 1957
LUSIENSKI--Funeral services for Mrs. Edward F. Lusienski, 71, a former Columbus resident, were held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic church in Omaha with burial in Calvary cemetery.
    A resident of Omaha the past two years, Mrs. Lusienski died Thursday at St. Joseph's hospital in that city.
    As Nell Regan, daughter of John and Mary O'Keef Regan, she was born Nov. 28, 1885 in County Cork, Ireland. At an early age she came with her parents to Platte Center, where she attended St. Joseph's school.
    She was united in marriage to Edward F. Lusienski at St. Joseph's church in Platte Center and they resided in that community until 1934 when they came to Columbus. In 1955 they moved to Omaha to live with their daughter, Mrs. C. J. Hittner. Mr. Lusienski is a former Nebraska state senator.
    Surviving are her husband; daughter, Mrs. C. J. Hittner of Omaha; sons, Dean of Omaha and Edward J. of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Sheridan and Mrs. Francis Kemnitz of Columbus, 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A daughter, Catherine, died in infancy and Mrs. Lusienski was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
    Pallbearers were nephews Dick Kemnitz, Ray and Jack Gladfelter, Bill Brock and Albert Wunderlich, all of Columbus, and Don Williams of Omaha.
    Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral included Edward J. Lusienski of Salt Lake City; Sister M. Gwendolyn of Portland, Ore.; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kemnitz and Dick, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brock, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wunderlich, Mr. and Mrs. Blake Gladfelter and family, Mrs. Josie Soulliere, J. A. Borg, Edd Kelly and William Remeakers, all of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs.Herman Luetkenhaus of Richland; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hittner and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hittner of Cornlea.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 21, 1957
GALUS--Frank Galus dies today; services on Thursday
    TARNOV -- (Special) -- Frank Galus, 72, died today at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Norfolk after a short illness.
    Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic church. Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Duesman Funeral home in Humphrey where the body will lie in state until the hour of the service.
    Mr. Glaus (sic) was born July 14, 1884* at Tarnov, Poland. Coming to the United States in 1904, he lived in Chicago for a time before coming to Nebraska. For the last 32 years he made his home with Joe Paprocki of Tarnov.
    Surviving are two brothers, Tom and Stanley of Omaha, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joe.--[submited by Marge Galus Sandlier Note: Birth records from Leki Gorne, Poland, show Frank's birth date as June 18, 1884.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, Feburary 5, 1957
KERKMAN--George Kerkman dies; funeral services Friday
    George Kerkman, 89, of 3940 13th street, died about 2 a.m. today in the Lutheran hospital where he was a patient for 16 months. In ill health for many years, Mr. Kerkman was bedfast the last two years.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Gass Funeral chapel and at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran church with the Rev. A.H. Guettler, pastor, in charge. Burial will be in St. John's cemetery 14 miles north of Columbus.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass Funeral chapel after 11 a.m., Thursday.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass Funeral chapel after 11 a.m., Thursday. [sic]
    Mr. Kerkman, a retired Platte county farmer, had lived in Columbus since 1930. Born in Germany on June 12, 1867 he immigrated to the United States at the age of 17, coming directly to Columbus. After his marriage to Rosetta Froehlich on March 24, 1897, he farmed several miles east of Columbus and a few years later he purchased a farm near Creston where he and his wife lived until his retirement.
    He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran church.
    Surviving are his wife; two daughters Mrs. Henry (Frieda) Glasner of Columbus and Mrs. Paul (Gertrude) Heckman of Schuyler; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. One brother and five sisters preceded him in death.

KURTENBACH--Platte Center girl dies; last rites Thursday
    Carolyn Ann Kurtenbach, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kurtenbach of Platte Center, died about 6 a.m. today at home. She had been ill the past three and one-half months.
    Funeral services will be at 9 a.m Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Platte Center with burial in St. Patrick's cemetery. The Rev. Fr. John P. Downey will officiated. [sic]
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home in Columbus from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the time of the service, and Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    Carolyn Ann was born July 21, 1945, the daughter of Theodore A. and Evelyn Soulliere Kurtenbach of Platte Center. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church and was a sixth grade pupil in St. Joseph's parochial school.
    Surviving are her parents; sister Nancy; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Elmer Newquist, and Mr. Newquist of Omaha. Her paternal granparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Kurtenbach, sr., of Lindsay and her maternal grandfather, Ernest Soulliere of Platte Center, preceded her in death.


The Columbus Daily Telegram, February 11, 1957
JONES--Evan L. Jones Dies; Services on Wednesday
    GENOA--(Special)--Evan L. Jones, 85, died Saturday at his home north of Genoa.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the family home and at 2 p.m. at the Palestine Baptist church with the Rev. M. G. Jones of Birmingham, Ala., in charge. Burial will be in the Postville cemetery at Monroe.
    Mr. Jones, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, was born August 21, 1871, at Towyma, North Wales and came to the United States in 1889. The following year he came to Platte county, where he engaged in farming.
    Surviving are four children, Elsie, John and Raymond, at home, and Mrs. Gwendolyn James of Lindsay; brother, David of North Wales; and sister, Miss Elsie Jones of North Wales. His wife, Margaret Ann, whom he married Dec. 28, 1892 in Columbus preceded him in death in 1935 at Lindsay.
    Hasch Funeral home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 6, 1957
PERRY--Charles (Harry) Perry, 67, of 1965 32nd avenue, died last night in St. Mary's hospital where he was a patient for about 10 days. He was a retired Columbus businessman.
    Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. Roch Hettinger, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
    Rosary will be prayed at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gahan funeral home where the body will lie in state after 1 p.m. Thursday.
    Mr. Perry, son of the late Frank and Velma McCarty Perry, was born at O'Neill, Neb., on March 9, 1890, and received his education in the O'Neill schools.
    For many years Mr. Perry was in partnership with George Condon of Omaha in a road construction company.
    He married Caroline Mostek on Sept. 25, 1937 at St. Bonaventure Catholic church in Columbus, and they made their home here. Mr. Perry owned and operated Perry's Bar on twelfth street for about 10 years before he retired in 1951.
    A Catholic, he was a member of St. Bonaventure parish and a former member of the Holy Name society.
    He was affilated [sic] with the Eagles lodge and was a former member of the Izaak Walton league.
    Surviving are his wife; two brothers, Fay of Maywood, Calif., and Frank of Dixon, Ill.; four nieces and four nephews. Two brothers, Lee and Glenn, preceded him in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 7, 1957
KUTA--Rites for Infant - Graveside rites were held in St. Bonaventure cemetery Monday afternoon for Timothy Kuta, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kuta of 2009 Fourth street, who died that morning. The Rev. Fr. John Schniegenberg officiated. The infant, weighing three pounds and four ounces, was born Sunday in St. Mary's hospital. Mrs. Kuta is the former Genevieve Kosiba.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 8, 1957, pg. 3
WELCH, ROBERT C. [May 31, 1878 - March 7, 1957] and WELCH, CHARLES H. [February 3, 1872 - March 7, 1957]
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran church, Shell Creek, for Robert C. Welch, 78, and his brother, Charles H. Welch, sr., 85, lifetime residents of this community, who died Thursday morning.
    The two brothers, residing less than two miles apart, died at their farm homes northeast of Columbus. Robert passed away at 8:40 a.m. after a year's illness and Charles, who had also been in poor health the past year, expired at 11:45 a.m. He was in failing health the last three months.
    The bodies will lie in state at the Gass Funeral home from 11 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday, then at the church until the time of the service. The Rev. J. N. Marxen will officiate at the funeral rites. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
    Charles and Robert Welch, sons of the late Henry and Margaret Pilling Welch, were born on their parents' homestead in Colfax county where they resided nearly all their lives. Both lived on the home farm after their marriages, but when Charles retired eight years ago, he and his wife moved to a small acreage one-half mile west of St. John's church. Robert, also retired the last few years, remained on the home farm.
    Charles Welch was born Feb. 3, 1872 and received his education at District 8 school in Colfax county of which he later served as a board member for 25 years.
    He was a member of the Modern Woodmen for almost 60 years and a former president and vice-president of Farmers Union Local No. 370, Shell Creek, in which he still held membership at the time of his death. He was also manager of Welch's Community hall for 24 years.
    Mr. Welch was an active member of St. John's Lutheran church, Shell Creek, and it was there that he married Mary Luchsinger on May 16, 1900. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1950.
    Charles is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Stella) Lusche, Mrs. Ruby Egger, Mrs. Leonard (Lucille) Henggeler and Mrs. Andrew (Mary) Mikkelsen, all of Columbus; four sons, William, Charles and Chester of Columbus and David of Coalinga, Calif.; 33 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
    Robert Welch was born May 31, 1878, and attended District 8 school. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran church.
    On Feb. 2, 1904, he married Alma Loseke at St. John's church and they observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1954.
    Surviving are his wife; five children, Mrs. Edward (Maggie) Mackenstadt of Leigh, Walter Welch and Mrs. Walter (Vera) Loseke, both of Richland, Mrs. Earl (Annie) Bridges and Mrs. Eldon (Mabel) Kasper of Columbus; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
    The brothers are also survived by three sisters, Mary E. Welch of Columbus, Mrs. Lucille Voss of Fremont and Mrs. Stella Kurth of Bennett, Colo.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 8, 1957
KING--Harry King dies in California
    Harry King, 69, owner of King's Ballroom and Park, Norfolk, died Sunday while visiting friends in Santa Monica, Calif.
    Mr. King, who was well known throughout the midwest in his field, opened a ballroom in Columbus Sept. 23, 1956, that was hailed as one of the finest in this part of the country.
    The new ballroom was completely destroyed by fire just three months later on Dec. 21, and Mr. King and his associates had planned to rebuild the structure.
    Mr. and Mrs. King had gone to California early last week to visit friends. He had suffered from a heart ailment for nearly six years.
    Survivors include: his wife; sons, Dale and Charles of Norfolk; and one sister, Mrs. Frank Winsor of Newark, N.J.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 27 (?), 1957
KOSCH--Infant Dies - Catherine Ann Kosch, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Kosch, 1730 Woodland Drive, died Friday afternoon [April 26, 1957] at St. Mary's hospital. The baby, weighing six pounds and four ounces, was born Wednesday [April 24, 1957]. Mrs. Kosch is the former JoAnn Sokol. The Rev. Fr. Roch Hettinger officiated at burial rites at 2:30 p.m. today in St. Bonaventure cemetery. McKown Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, June 29, 1957
HULSEBUS--Former Platte county farmer dies today
    Bernard Hulsebus, sr., 98, former Platte county farmer, passed away at 7 a.m. today at the Old People's Home, Aurora.
    Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Gass Funeral Home chapel and 2:30 p.m. at Shell Creek Baptist church with the Rev. P.T. Hunsicker officiating. Burial will be in the Shell Creek Cemetery. the body will lie in state at the Gass Chapel from 3 p.m. Monday until the hour of the service.
    Mr. Hulsebus was born January 18, 1859 in Flachsnur, Ostfriesland, Germany. His parents are the late Pete and Mary Hulsebus. He received his education in Germany. In 1884, Mr. Hulsebus married Engeline Ahrenholz.
    They moved to America in 1885 and settled near Erling, Ia. In 1890, they moved to Platte Center, and from 1920 to 1933, the family resided in White and Corona, South Dakota. They moved to Platte Center in 1933, where they resided until Mrs. Hulsebus' death in 1945. Since that time Mr. Hulsebus has made his home with his children and in Old People's Homes in Fremont and Aurora. He was a member of the Shell Creek Baptist church.
    Survivors include eight daughters, Mrs. John Hassebrook, Platte Center; Mrs. Anna Sorenson, Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Minnie Hulsebus and Mrs. William Hassebrook, Columbus; Mrs. Berthol Holloway, Redwood Falls, Minnesota; Mrs. Albert Holloway, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Mrs. Roy Hatra, David City; and Mrs. Edward Shuck, Corvallis, Oregon; four sons, Pete, Omaha; Bernard, Columbus; Henry and John, White, South Dakota; 35 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, one daughter, his parents, brothers and sisters.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 9, 1957
HOOK--Funeral services Wednesday for Mrs. Mary Hook
    Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Hook, 71, Columbus, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Gass Funeral chapel with the Rev. George Swieney in charge, and at 2:30 p.m. at the Shell Creek Baptist church with the Rev Paul Hunsicker officiating. Burial will be in the Shell Creek Baptist cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass chapel until the time of the service.
    Mrs. Hook died Monday morning in Morys Haven after a lingering illness.
    The daughter of George and Talena Hulsebus Borchers, she was born July 13, 1885 in Iowa, and came to Nebraska as a child. She lived in Platte Center, Shell Creek township and Columbus.
    She was thrice married: to August Woodrick, in 1913; to Arnold Black in 1923; and to Arnold Hook in September, 1948. Mr. Hook was killed in an auto accident shortly after their marriage.
    A Baptist, Mrs. Hook was a member of the Mission Society of the Bible Baptist church and was a past president of the Ladies Aid Society of the First Baptist church.
    She is survived by one son, George R. Borchers of Omaha; three stepchildren, Mrs. George Payne of Fullerton, Calif.; Edward Woodrick of Michigan and Mrs. C. R. Ott of Sawyer, Mich., and many cousins in this vicinity. Her parents and brother, the Rev. John Borchers preceded her in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 27, 1957
KERSENBROCK--Dies - Word was received that Willliam Kersenbrock died Friday at Brentwood, Mo, a suburb of St. Louis. Mr. Kersenbrock, who was born and reared in Columbus, had resided in St. Louis for many years. He was a brother of the late Herman Kersenbrock.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, August __, 1957
KREIDLER--Mother Dies - J.E. Kreidler's mother, Mrs. Willard Kreidler, 83, a lifetime resident of Nebraska, died Saturday [August 3, 1957] at her home in Madison. The former Fannie Zahn, she was born near Stanton in 1874. Her husband died last January. Survivors, in addition to her son, include one daughter, Mrs. Ed (Gretchen) Wells of Madison; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Peterson of York and Miss Lydia Zahn of Columbus; four grandsons and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Resseguie Mortuary in Madison.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, August 1, 1957
KOPETZKY--John E. Kopetzky dies; services on Saturday
    John Ego Kopetzky, 70, of Rt. 2, Columbus, died about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's hospital. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Monday morning.
    Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. Roch Hettinger, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home from 1 p.m. Friday until the hour of the service, and Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
    Mr. Kopetzy, a lifetime resident of Platte county, was born near Humphrey on May 3, 1887, the son of Joseph and Julia Brauner Kopetzky. He attended St. Mary's parochial school at Humphrey, and resided in that community until 1912. Since that time he farmed near Columbus.
    He married Julia Speicher on June 23, 1913 at St. Bonaventure Catholic church. She preceded him in death Oct. 12, 1940.
    Mr. Kopetzky was a member of St. Bonaventure church and the Holy Name society.
    He is survived by five sons, Arthur, Ralph, Leo, Herbert and Walter, all of Columbus; two daughters, Eleanora, at home, and Mrs. Walt (Grace) Oppliger of Columbus; one brother, Rudolph of Denver; three sisters, Mrs. Phillip Wemhoff of Humphrey, Mrs. Earl Dicus of Sunnyside, Wash., and Mrs. Vincent Wieser of Columbus; and nine grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Henry Wieser of Humphrey, is deceased.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, August 5, 1957
KORUS--Adam Korus dies; funeral services on Wednesday
    Adam Korus, 79, died suddenly about 6 a.m. Sunday at his home, 1621 4th street.
    Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic church, with a grandson, the Rev. Gratian Nosal, O.F.M., of Teutopolis, Ill., officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the hour of service. Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    He was born Dec. 20, 1877, in Poland, the son of Andrew and Augusta Roy Korus. At the age of three, he came with his parents to the United States, and the family homesteaded near Tarnov, where he received his education.
    On Feb. 14, 1900 he married Leocadia Flakus at Duncan. They farmed near Tarnov until 1929, and then lived in the Lindsay and Madison communities until two years ago, when they moved to Columbus.
    Mr. Korus was a member of St. Anthony's parish, and was affiliated with the Holy Name Society.
    He is survived by his wife; three sons, Clement of Bennington, John of Lindsay and Don of Columbus; seven daughters, Mrs. Mike (Barbara) Nosal of Columbus, Mrs. Frank (Ann) Nosal of Columbus, Mrs. Dennis (Clara) Paprocki of Platte Center, Mrs. Harry (Phyllis) Eblen of Austin, Minn., Mrs. Henry (Eleanore) Skorupa of Columbus, Mrs. Joe (Loretta) Wilhelm of Columbus, and Mrs. Lawrence (Bernice) Wheeler of Omaha; 47 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. John (Kate) Startz of Norfolk.
    Mr. Korus was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters and one son in infancy, five brothers and one sister.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, August 6, 1957
KUTA--Local man killed in car accident
    Frank J. Kuta, jr., 23, of Columbus, was killed in an automobile accident late Monday night nine and one-half miles north of Seward.
    Also killed in the one-car mishap was Clyde D. Eshleman, 31, of Hershey. Seriously injured was Joseph Cook, jr., 30, of Fairbury, now hospitalized in Seward.
    Investigating officers said the car apparently missed a curve on Nebraska Highway 15 and caught fire after the wreck. All three occupants were thrown out.
    Mr. Kuta, a brick mason working in Columbus for Brown & Morris Construction company of Lincoln, and the other men were returning to Columbus after attending a union meeting at Fairbury.
    Funeral services for Mr. Kuta will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure Catholic church with burial in the parish cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral chapel from 1 p.m. Thursday until the hour of the service. Rosary will be prayed at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.
    A lifetime resident of Columbus, Mr. Kuta was born here May 30, 1934, the son of Frank J. and Vera Rose Kush Kuta. He attended the St. Bonaventure grade and high schools.
    On June 2, 1954 he married Miss Rita Roman at St. Bonaventure Catholic church.
    Surviving are his wife; daughter, Pamela Kay, 27 months, and son, Kevin Ray, 15 months; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Kuta, sr., of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Dean (Jean) Egger of Columbus; and six brothers, Ray, Lonnie, Marvin and Earl, all of Columbus, Alfred and Eddie of Venice, Calif.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, September 5, 1957
KRINGS--Mrs. Frank Krings dies; services on Saturday
    Mrs. Frank Krings, 76, a lifetime resident of the Platte Center community, died Wednesday at St. Mary's hospital after a lingering illness.
    Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Platte Center with burial in St. Patrick's cemetery. The Rev. Fr. John P. Downey will officate.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home from 1 p.m. Friday until the hour of the service, and Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 8 p.m Friday.
    Mrs. Krings, nee Helen Schumacher, was born Feb. 5, 1881, on a farm near Platte Center. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Math Schumacher.
    On Nov. 23, 1915, she was married to Frank Krings and they farmed two and one-half miles west of Platte Center until nine years ago, when they retired and moved into town.
    Mrs. Krings was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic church, where she was baptized, and she was a member of St. Ann's society.
    Surviving are her husband; son, Leonard; three grandchildren, Linda, Donald and Ted; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Hittner of Cornlea and Mrs. Anna Polzin of Waterloo, Ia.; four brothers, Henry Schumacher of Lindsay, Math of Cornlea, William of Columbus and Frank of Platte Center.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Mrs. Marie Schilz, and four brothers, Pete, John, Joseph and Walter Schuamcher.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, October 7, 1957
HEINEN--Anton Heinan dies; funeral services Tuesday
    HUMPHREY (Special) -- Anton Heinan, 64, a retired farmer, died at 6:15 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Norfolk where he was a patient the last two months.
    Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic church with burial in the parish cemetery. The Rev. Fr. Maynard Billig will officiate. Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. today.
    Mr. Heinan, son of John and Philomena Heinan, was born Nov. 18, 1892 at Humphrey and attended St. Francis parochial school.
    He married Josephine Wemhoff on Sept. 1, 1917 at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic church near Humphrey. They resided on his parents' farm three miles south of Humphrey until six years ago when they retired and moved into town.
    Mr. Heinan was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
    He was one of the directors of the Madison Creamery and a former director of the Farmers Union Co-op of Humphrey.
    Surviving are his wife; six sons, Norbert of Long Beach, Calif., Art of Seattle, Wash., John of Kankakee, Ill., Edgar of Wheaton, Minn., Al of Underwood, Minn., and Ted of Humphrey; five daughters, Mrs. Francis (Beatta) Van Dyke of Underwood, Minn., Mrs. William (Clara) Schwarz of Grangeville, Ida., Mrs. Robert (Rita) Seume of Omaha, Mrs. Art (Bernie) Reinhart of Lincoln and Mrs. Alvin (JoAnn) Van Dyke of Humphrey; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Wemhoff of Cottonwood, Ida., Mrs. Teckla Boyes of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Maria Pelster of Los Angeles and Mrs. Margaret Lewis of Humphrey; and 31 grandchildren.
    An infant daughter, Mary Ann, preceded him in death.
    Pallbearers will be Carroll Magsamen, Roy Schumacher, Earl Lewis, Clem Rist, George Brockhaus and Francis Wemhoff. Members of the Knights of Columbus will attend the funeral in a body.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, October 9, 1957
KOESTER--Dies Today - Word has been received that Miss Bertha Koester of Battle Creek died Tuesday evening after a lingering illness. She and her sister, Clara Koester, were co-owners of the Blue Bird shop in Columbus from 1937-1953. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Battle Creek.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, October 16, 1957
KUDRON--Dies - Andrew Kudron, former Columbus resident, died Tuesday at Sioux City, Ia. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis church in Sioux City. He is survived by his wife, three sisters, Mrs. Charles Tragarz of Columbus, Mrs. Stanley Galus of Omaha and Mrs. Kate Speice of Ewing, and one brother, John.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, October 17, 1957
KROPATSCH--Dies Today - Mrs. Pauline Kropatsch, a former resident of the St. Andrew's community in Polk county, died this morning in Omaha, where she lived with her daughter, Miss Elsie. Other survivors include her sons, Leonard and Conrad of Osceola, and daughters, Mrs. Tony Tworek of Columbus, Mrs. Frank Valasek and Mrs. George Turley of Omaha. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Catholic church at Osceola. Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. Friday at McKown Funeral home __ Columbus.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, October 18, 1957
KROPATSCH--Last rites for Mrs. Kropatsch on Saturday
    Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Kropatsch, 62, Omaha, will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Catholic church, Osceola, with burial in the parish cemetery. The Rev. Fr. John Howe will officiate.
    Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. today at the McKown Funeral home in Columbus, where the body lies in state.
    Mrs. Kropatsch, a former resident of Polk county, died Thursday morning at St. Joseph's hospital in Omaha after a year's illness.
    She was born Feb. 18, 1895 in Polk county, near Duncan, the daughter of John and Sophia Korman Hapday. She attended the parochial school in Duncan.
    Her marriage to Hubert Kropatsch took place August 30, 1912 in Duncan, and they lived in Polk county. Before her death, Mrs. Kropatsch lived in Omaha with her daughter, Elsie.
    She was a member of the Legion of Mary in Omaha.
    Surviving are two sons, Leonard and Conrad of Osceola; four daughters, Mrs. Tony (Mabel) Tworek of Columbus, Mrs. Frank (Loretta) Valasek, Mrs. Leon (Frances) Turley and Miss Elsie, all of Omaha; one sister, Mrs. John Kontor of Osceola; two brothers, Michael Hapday of Omaha, Leo Hapday of Chicago; and 17 grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, her parents, two sisters and one brothers.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, November 4, 1957
KISER--Mrs. Sam Kiser dies suddenly here Sunday
    Mrs. Sam Kiser, 68, of 1921 10th street, died unexpectedly about 5 p.m. Sunday. She apparently suffered a heart attack while attending a dinner at the National Guard Armory, and was taken to St. Mary's hospital by the first aid unit of the fire department. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
    Funeral services will be at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the McKown Funeral chapel and at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist church with the Rev. J. Alan Justad, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the hour of the service.
    Mrs. Kiser, the former Mattie Zehr, daughter of Christian and Anna Kennel Zehr, was born Dec. 25, 1888 at O'Neill, Neb., and attended schools in Holt county and at Kearney.
    In 1905 she was married to Charles O. Burmood and they lived at Kearney and North Bend. Mr. Burmood died May 6, 1919.
    On August 9, 1922, she married Sam Kiser. They made their home at Bellwood until coming to Columbus in 1930, and later they lived at Genoa and Fullerton. Mr. Kiser served as Nance county sheriff for a number of years. In 1952 they returned to Columbus.
    Mrs. Kiser was a member of the Methodist church and a member of the Navy Mothers at Genoa.
    At one time, she was employed by the Bell Telephone company in Columbus.
    She is survived by her husband; nine children, Lee C. Burmood, Mrs. Elmer (Bess) Hodges and Mrs. Joe (Evelyn) Sock of Columbus, Mrs. Les (Clara) Ernst of Council Bluffs, Ia., Russ Burmood of Albion, Mrs. Louis (Fern) Birkel, Don Kiser, and Mrs. Bill (Donna) Cejka of Columbus and Jack Kiser of Fremont; 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
    Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Baker of Grand Island, Mrs. Edith Oswald of Denver; two brothers, Ervin Zehr of Palmer, Jake Zehr of Kearney; and eight stepchildren. Two brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter preceded her in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, December __, 1957
KEUTER--Infant Dies - Joseph Keuter, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Keuter of Columbus, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday [December 1, 1957] in St. Mary's hospital. The baby, weighing two pounds and five ounces, was born about 7 a.m. Sunday. Surviving are the parents, Don and Teresa Carraher Keuter, and two sisters, Mary and Paula. Burial services were held at 4 p.m. today in St Bonaventure cemetery with the Rev. Fr. Kenneth Schlesser officiating. Gass Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, December 21, 1957
KIOLBASA--Mrs. Anna Kiolbasa dies; funeral services Tuesday
    Mrs. Anna Kiolbasa, 62, a former resident of the Clarks community who had lived in Columbus the past 10 months, died at 7 a.m. today in St. Mary's hospital. Mrs. Kiolbasa, who made her home at 1164 19th avenue, was in failing health for some time and was seriously ill the last month.
    Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic church, Krakow, with burial in the parish cemetery. The Rev. Fr. Stephan Flesiak, pastor, will officiate.
    The body will lie in state at the family home six miles north of Clarks after 4 p.m. Monday, and Rosary will be prayed there at 8 p.m. Monday. Fleming Funeral home of Silver Creek is in charge of arrangements.
    Mrs. Kiolbasa, daughter of the late George and Anna Olsufka Zoucha was born Jan. 16, 1895 at Tarnov, Neb., and spent her entire life in Platte and Merrick counties.
    Her husband, Alois, died in October, 1954. She was also preceded in death by one, son two brothers and one sister.
    Surviving are two sons, Dennis of Columbus and Leonard of Clarks; three daughters, Mrs. Al Tarnick of Silver Creek, Mrs. Stanley Koziol of Tarnov and JoAnn of Columbus; four brothers, John Zoucha of Genoa, Joe of Omaha, Mike of Lindsay and George of Genoa; one sister, Mrs. Mary Kusek of Litchfield, and 10 grandchildren.

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