Platte Co., NE - 1958 BMD NEGenWeb Project
PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
RECORDED IN THE COLUMBUS NEWSPAPERS
--1958--


The Columbus Daily Telegram, [unknown date], 1958
KLOPPEL--Died in Colorado - Mrs. Jennie Kloppel, 93, a former resident of Leigh, died Saturday in Aurora, Colo. Survivors include two sons, Reginald H. of Crawford, Neb., and H.R. of St. Petersburg Fla., and a daughter, Mrs. E.C. Jungbluth of Aurora, Colo. Burial will be at Leigh with the Gass Funeral home in charge of arrangements.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 3 (?), 1958
KNEIFEL--Former Resident Dies - Joe S. Kneifel, a former Coumbus resident, died Wednesday night in Yakima, Wash., where he lived the past 38 years. He was employed by the Gottberg Auto company in Columbus.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 6, 1958
HEBDA--Funeral services for John J. Hebda, 73, of 654 25th Avenue, will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. John Schniegenberg, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.
    Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. today at the Gahan Funeral home, where the body lies in state.
    Mr. Hebda, a retired Union Pacific Railroad employee, died Saturday morning in St. Mary’s hospital after an illness of six months.
    He was born May 27, 1884 in Poland, the son of Joe and Agnes Wadas Hebda. Coming to Nebraska in 1908, he farmed in Valley county until 1922, then was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad in Columbus until his retirement in 1953. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Workers.
    Mr. Hebda was united in marriage to Antonia Persak on Nov. 22, 1911 in Valley county. She passed away in 1925, and on June 2, 1929 he married Anna Swirczek in Fullerton.
    A Catholic, Mr. Hebda was a member of St. Anthony’s church since coming to Columbus.
    He is survived by his wife, Anna; one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Valeria) Wozny of Columbus; one son, Frank of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two stepsons, Julius Swirczek of Long Beach, Calif., and Ted Swirczek of Columbus; a stepdaughter, Josephine Swirczek, at home; 12 grandchildren; a brother and sister, Andrew and Caroline, in Poland; two half-sisters, Victoria Rayhon of Rahway, N.J., and Mary Hopta of Newark, N.J.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 19, 1958
FLAKUS--Mrs. Mary Sokol Flakus of Los Angeles, Calif., a former resident of Duncan, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. She had suffered a heart attack that morning.
    Mrs. Flakus is survived by five daughters, three in South America and two in Los Angeles; three brothers, Charles Sokol of San Diego, Calif., Frank of St. Edward and Leo of Duncan; and three sisters, Mrs. Martin Koziol, Mrs. Henry Micek and Mrs. Frank Robak, all of Duncan.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Flakus; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sokol; and three brothers, John, Edward and Thomas.
    Funeral arrangements are not yet definite.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 18, 1958
LUSIENSKI--Funeral services for Edward F. Lusienski, 73, of Omaha, former several terms as a state senator, Columbus resident who served [sic--2 lines appear to be reversed] were held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard's Catholic church in Omaha. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Don Hittner, Fremont; Raphael Gladfelter, Lincoln; Jack Gladfelter, Richard Kemnitz and William Brock, Columbus; and Dan Hittner, Omaha.
    Mr. Lusienski, who had made his home in Omaha the past few years, died last Wednesday in an Omaha hospital.
    Edward F. Lusienski was born in Columbus Dec. 24, 1884, the son of Constans and Katherine Juskiewic Lusienski, pioneer Platte county residents. He received his early education in St. Joseph's school, Platte Center, and later attended school in Omaha.
    Mr. Lusienski spent many years in Platte Center, and at various times worked as a general merchandise clerk, owned and operated a hotel, and was in the produce and newspaper business.
    Interested in public power and irrigation development, he served on the board of directors of the Loup River Public Power District.
    Mr. Lusienski, who came to Columbus in 1933, was elected to the bicameral legislature in 1933 and 1935. He was elected to the unicameral in 1945 and served until early in 1953, when he resigned for reasons of health.
    His wife, the former Nell Regan of Platte Center, died Jan. 3, 1957. The couple was married Nov. 4, 1914.
    Mr. Lusienski is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Maureen Hittner, Omaha; two sons Dean of Omaha and Edward J. of Bountiful, Utah; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 24, 1958
BEHRENS--Miss Alwine Behrens, 75, of 1703 10th street, died Saturday night at the Hoffmeister Nursing home at Genoa after an illness of about three months. Before entering the nursing home she had been hospitalized in Columbus and Omaha.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gass Funeral chapel and at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran church with the Rev. A. H. Guettler pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass Funeral chapel after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
    Miss Behrens, a lifetime resident of Platte county, was born July 31, 1882, the daughter of Johann and Maria Kunneman Behrens. She was baptized and confirmed in Christ Lutheran church and received her education in Christ Lutheran parochial school and the Platte county rural schools.
    A resident of Columbus many years, Miss Behrens was a member of Immanuel Lutheran church.
    She is survived by her brother, William of Columbus and seven nieces and nephews.
    Miss Behrens was preceded in death by her parents, twin brother, Emile [sic??], and her sister, Mrs. Emily Wurdeman.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, June 30, 1958
LUTJELUSCHE--Louis Lutjelusche, 88, of 2508 21st street, died Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at his home. In failing health for about a year, Mr. Lutjelusche was seriously ill the past two weeks.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the family home and at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church, Shell Creek with the Rev. W.H. Saas officiating. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass Funeral Home Chapel from this afternoon until 10:30 Tuesday morning when it will be taken to the family home, there to remain until the hour of the service.
    Louis Lutjelusche, son of J.H. and Ann Borchers Lutjelusche, was born July 30, 1869. He was born aboard ship as his parents were coming from Oldenburg, Germany to this country to make their home. They landed in Baltimore, Md. on August 6 and came directly to Colfax county to reside.
    His marriage to Milla Plugge took place September 25, 1907 at St. John's, Shell Creek, and they farmed in Colfax County until his retirement in the spring of 1946 when they moved to Columbus. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in September of 1957.
    Mr. Lutjelusche was a member of the Farmers Union. A member of St. John's Lutheran church all his life, he once served as a trustee on the board.
    He is survived by his wife, three sons, Arthur J. and Otto of Columbus, Ernest of Richland; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Muhle and Mrs. Martha Muhle of Columbus, Mrs. Hugo (Clara) Lueschen of Creston; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
    His parents, four brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren preceded him in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 19, 1958
HERRGUTH--Alvin Herrguth dies; funeral services Monday
    Alvin F. Herrguth, 63, a former Columbus resident, died unexpectedly about 4 p.m. Friday in the Grand Island Veterans hospital after a short illness. He was a veteran of World War I.
    The body will be brought to Columbus for burial, and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the McKown Funeral chapel with the Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside in Columbus cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown chapel from 1 p.m. Sunday until the time of the service.
    Mr. Herrguth, son of Charles F. and Mary Louisa Schroeder Herrguth, was born in Platte Center on Nov. 13, 1894. He attended the public schools there, graduating with the Class of 1911, and then attended a business college in Omaha.
    After completing his schooling, he entered the employ of the Pollock Drug company in Columbus, located on the site of the present Fleischer Drug company where he worked until his enlistment in Company D, 355th Infantry, on April 29, 1918.
    Injured while serving overseas, Mr. Herrguth spent several months in overseas hospitals, and after the close of the war, he was hospitalized in the States for several months. Returning to Columbus after his discharge from the Army, he was employed at the Purity Drug company, now the Miessler Drug company.
    On March 9, 1921, he was united in marriage to Amy Wagner, and they had one daughter, June, now Mrs. Lloyd Loseke.
    Moving to Platte Center in 1929, Mr. Herrguth operated a cafe and grocery business there until September, 1955, at which time he moved to Grand Island, residing there until his death.
    Mr. Herrguth was a member of Parry Post 283, American Legion, at Platte Center, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Grand Island. He was a charter member of the Platte Center Lions club and a former member of Wayside Country club, Columbus.
    He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran church in Columbus.
    Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Loseke of Platte Center, one grandson, William, and one brother, Carl F. Herrguth of Columbus. His parents preceded him in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, November 24, 1958
SCHEFCICK--John Schefcick dies; services on Wednesday
    John Schefcick, 85, a retired Union Pacific railroadman, died Sunday at his home at first street and 15th avenue.
    Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. Armand Lubanski, pastor, 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 the service and Rosary will be prayed there at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
    Mr. Schefcick, born February 12, 1873 in Poland, was a resident of Nebraska for many years. He farmed in Nance County before coming to Columbus.
    His wife, the former Mary Knopick, whom he married at Krakow, Nebraska, preceded him in death November 21, 1954.
    He is survived by ten children, John jr. of Omaha; Mrs. Nellie Ballew of San Francisco; Mrs. Ray (Josephine) Schutt of Long Beach, California; Frank of Bardonia, New York; Pete of San Mateo, California; Joe, Steve, Mrs. John (Helen) Price, Mrs. Julius (Vera) Schmit and Mrs. Harry (Frances) Blahak, all of Columbus. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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