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Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2010. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary. Please note that from January-May 2010, the Eagle obit page on the web site was inactive following the Dec. 28, 2009, fire that destroyed the Eagle offices.

Orvil Petersen, North Bend, Dec. 31, age 80
Orvil I. Petersen passed away December 31 at his home in North Bend.
Orvil was born February 17, 1930, to George and Mary (Brousek) Petersen. He grew up in rural North Bend and was a 1947 graduate of North Bend High School. Orvil served in the Army National Guard from 1951 until 1957, and farmed northwest of North Bend until retiring in 1992. He moved into North Bend in 1978.
He married Rose (Lane) Odermatt on Aug.19, 1978. She died in 2000. Orvil married his second wife, Ella (Nunn) Ford Watt on Feb. 10, 2004, in Fremont. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Orvil is survived by sons Lonnie (Linda)Ford of Pender, Lawrence (Maggie) Ford and Leander Ford, all of North Bend; daughter Linda (James) Divis of Colon, Nebr.; sisters Delores Cech of Schuyler and Dorothy Parr of Dodge; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose; brother Leo Peterson; and grandson Josh Ford, killed in Iraq.
Funeral services are Wed., Jan. 5, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. The United States Flag will be folded and presented by members of the V.F.W. and AmVets of North Bend and the American Legion of Morse Bluff, with burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials are suggested for the North Bend Rescue Squad, St. Charles Catholic Church, or the Morse Bluff/North Bend Area Veterans Memorial Park, all at North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at
Arnie Gebers, Scribner, Dec. 31, age 80
Arnold “Arnie” J. Gebers died December 31.
Arnie was born June 5, 1936, to Ernest and Adina (Oestmann) Gebers on the family farm southwest of Auburn, Nebr. He attended Rural School District #27 and graduated from Auburn High School. Arnie owned and operated a Conoco station and later worked in the Insurance industry with Farm Bureau Insurance. He also worked for Investors of Nebraska.
For four years Arnie owned and operated a restaurant, Wheel ‘R Inn, in Auburn. In 1973, he and his family moved to Scribner, where he managed the Scribner Insurance Agency. He retired in 2008. Arnie married Donnetta Scholl in June, 1996. She survives.
Arnie was active in many community organizations including Auburn Jaycees, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. In Scribner: City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Councilman for United Evangelical Lutheran Church, President of Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, Scribner Masonic Lodge, Tangier Shrine of Omaha, Fremont Shrine Club, Friendship Chapter N. 122 Order of Eastern Star, long-time member of the Scribner Volunteer Fire and Rescue and served as Civil Defense Director. He was also a member of the Hooper Investment Club, and was on the Board of Directors for Scribner Bank. Arnie was heavily involved with the Dodge County Fair, where he served as the treasurer for 28 years and served as Fair Manager for 27 of those years. He was the Grand Marshal of the 2010 Dodge Co. Parade and was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award at the 2010 Chamber Banquet.
Arnie is survived by his wife; son Layne (Judy) Gebers of Clarksville, Tenn.; daughter Shelly (Randy) Kaup of Gretna; step-daughters Dyann (Jeff) Bradbury of Lincoln and Lisa (Francis) Langhorst and Mary Scholl, all of North Bend.
Funeral services were January 3 at the United Lutheran Church in Scribner.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be directed to St. Francis Hospice and Home Health Care in West Point or the Dodge County Fair Project.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 5, 2011
Duane Harbottle, Rifle, Colo., Dec. 23, age 75
Duane Harbottle
Duane J. “Rodeo” Harbottle of Rifle, Colo., formerly of Ames and Cedar Bluffs, passed away on Dec. 23.
Duane was born May 13, 1935. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; nine children: Rose (John) Woertz, Susie (Terry) Huscher, Gary (Lisa) Carroll, Carry Gerke, Kathi (Allan Dlouhy) Blanchard, Sara Sanchez, Bill Harbottle, Si Harbottle and Sam (Jeni) Harbottle; and 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Vicki and son Ben.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 28 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Center in Rifle, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Published December 29, 2010
Loretta (Rabbass) Hanson, Cedar Bluffs, Dec. 23, age 86
Loretta E. Hanson of Cedar Bluffs, died Dec. 23 at A.J. Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Loretta was born November 9, 1924, on a farm south of Cedar Bluffs to Rudolf and Maria (Hoffman) Rabbass.
She received her elementary education at St. Matthew Parochial School, District 97, District 62 and District 60. After graduating from Cedar Bluffs High School in 1942, Loretta was employed at the Palace Ice Cream Parlor in Fremont, the Bank of Valley in Valley and the Commercial State Bank in Cedar Bluffs. She later worked at Puls Pharmacy in Fremont.
Loretta was united in marriage to Raymond H. Hanson on Oct. 2, 1945, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Cedar Bluffs. They lived on a farm west of Cedar Bluffs all their married life. He died Oct. 16, 1996.
Loretta was a lifelong member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She was baptized Nov. 23, 1924, and confirmed April 10, 1938. Loretta was a former Sunday school teacher, member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, church circle #2 and Evangelism director.
Loretta was a life member of the Saunders County Historical Society She was on the board of the Museum from 1983 to 2006, serving as secretary of the organization for 14 years, director of exhibits and job and volunteer coordinator for the annual museum barbecue.
Survivors include daughters RaJean (Dennis) Everman of Fremont, Renee (Bernard) Wilson of Omaha; son Howard (Barbara) Hanson of Cedar Bluffs; sister Ioma (Loyd) Sukstorf of Fremont; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Dec. 28 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Weber officiating. Burial was at Sunrise Cemetery in Wahoo.
Memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church for the Baptism and Confirmation Fund and to the Saunders County Historical Society for further restoration of the Log Cabin.
Moser Memorial Chapel-Fremont was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
Published Dec. 29, 2010.
M. Joyce Dunn, Fremont, Dec. 2, age 88
Joyce Dunn
M. Joyce Dunn of Fremont died Dec. 2, at A.J. Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Joyce was born February 19, 1922, to Oscar and Mamie (Neeley) Weiman. She grew up in Snyder and graduated from Snyder High School. Joyce married Keith M. Dunn on June 18, 1941. They farmed near North Bend and then lived in Schuyler from 1974-1977, before moving to Fremont. Joyce was a former member of First United Methodist Church, Fremont.
Joyce is survived by sons Doug (Connie) Dunn, Richard “Dick” (fiancé, Paula Campbell) Dunn, all of Fremont; daughters Nancy (Jay) Marsh of Fremont and Carol (Bill) Capps of Jacksonville, Fla; sister Pat Ward of Fremont; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Dec. 6 at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont with burial at Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at
Published Dec. 8, 2010
Marian (Foy) Kaup, Ft. Collins, Colo., Nov. 16, age 94
Marian Elizabeth Kaup died November 16 in Fort Collins, Colo.
Marian was born to John and Kate Foy on October 30, 1916, in Scribner. She attended the Webster Country School and later graduated from St. Mary’s High School. She worked with her family on the Londonderry Farm and later in Omaha during World War II as a blueprint clerk.
Marian married Hilbert J. “Hibb” Kaup on February 21, 1944, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder. Marian and Hibb lived near Scribner until they purchased a farm north of Holyoke, Colo. and moved there in 1955. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and a long time member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Marian was also active in the Willing Helpers Club, serving as an officer several times. Marian moved into Holyoke from the farm in 1992.
Marian is survived by sons Captain Doug (Debra) Kaup of Astoria, Ore. and District Judge Dan (Cheryl) Kaup of Fort Collins, Colo.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, seven brothers and sisters: Hugh Foy, Bill Foy, Charlotte Grady, formerly of Platte Center, Nebr.; Leonard Foy, Mabel Chapman, formerly of North Bend; Eileen Melena, formerly of Howells and Charles Foy, formerly of Scribner and North Bend.
Funeral services were Nov. 22 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke. with interment following in the Holyoke Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be given to Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church/Alter and Rosary Society.
Published Dec. 1, 2010
John A. Kment, Schuyler, Nov. 9, age 100
John A. Kment of Schuyler died Nov. 9, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Schuyler where he had been a resident for the last two years. Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at the Svoboda Funeral Home North Chapel with the Rev. Mike Haney officating. Burial was at the Schuyler Cemetery.
John was born May 8, 1910, in Colfax County to John and Anna (Sloup) Kment. He attended rural school at Districts #11 and #8. He was a long time farmer in Colfax County.
On Sept. 17, 1935, he married Agnes Hozak at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. She died March 16, 1993. Their son John D. Kment, died March 17, 2003.
John is survived by one grandson, Daren Kment of Grand Island, and sister Sylvia Slavik of North Bend.
Published Nov. 17, 2010
Laura (Serr) Kort, Fremont, Nov. 6, age 91
Laura Kort
Laura Kort of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, passed away Nov. 6 at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Laura was born Dec. 31, 1918 in Scotland, S.D. to Phillip and Ann (Neth) Serr. She grew up in Scotland and moved to Omaha in 1937 where she attended business school and worked for IBM. Laura married Edgar M. Kort on Dec. 4, 1948.
In 1955, Laura moved to North Bend, where she worked with her husband at Kort Amusement Company as a bookkeeper and office manager for 43 years. She retired in 1993, and moved to Fremont in 2006. Laura was a former member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend.
Laura is survived by a son, Thomas (Diane) Kort of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Patricia Kort of Omaha and Cheryl (Curt) Peterson of Fremont; a sister, Tillie Voy of York; and 5 grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thur., Nov. 11, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont. Visitation will be Wed., Nov. 10, from 2-8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:30-8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials are suggested to the University of Nebr. Medical Center.
Published Nov. 10, 2010
Michael J. Mohr, Norfolk, Nov. 5, age 64
Michael J. Mohr of Norfolk, formerly of Scribner, died Nov. 5 at the Nebr. Veterans Home in Norfolk.
Michael was born Sept. 24, 1946, to Gilbert and Geraldine (Dunker) Mohr. He grew up in the Scribner area attending rural schools. Michael graduated from Scribner High in 1964, and from Nebraska Wesleyan College in Lincoln in 1968. Michael served in the U.S. Navy as a medic from 1969 to 1973. Following his military service, he farmed in the Scribner area. Michael is survived by two sisters: Peggy Mohr of Elk Grove Village, Ill. and Janet Griffiths of Wheaton, Ill.
Funeral service with military honors was held Nov. 8 at the Scribner Cemetery.
Published Nov. 10, 2010
Donn C. Settles, North Bend, Oct. 19, age 85
Donn Settles
Donn C. Settles of North Bend passed away Oct. 19 at Fremont Area Medical Center.
Donn was born Dec. 22, 1924, in rural Cedar Bluffs. He grew up in the area and farmed prior to entering the service. Donn served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his discharge, Donn returned to the Cedar Bluffs area and married Helen Kavan on Aug. 7, 1946.
Donn farmed and raised livestock north of Colon until moving to a farm south of Scribner in 1952. Donn and Helen moved to North Bend in Oct. 2008.
Donn was a life member of the North Bend VFW and the Morse Bluff American Legion, and was a 4-H Leader for over 30 years. He also served several terms on the Dodge County District 12 School Board, and was a long-time member of the Knights of Ak-sar-ben.
Donn is survived by his wife, sons Jerome (Joan) Settles of Hoskins, Alan (Cindy) Settles of Scribner, and Ronn (Diane) Settles of Davey; daughter Janet (Ron) Schindler of North Bend; sister Ann (Rev. Fred) Huscher of Romoland, Calif; sister-in-law Pearl Settles of North Bend; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend, with burial at Fleming Cemetery near Morse Bluff. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion Post of Morse Bluff and the V.F.W. and AmVets Posts of North Bend.
Memorials are suggested for American Legion Post #340 of Morse Bluff and VFW Post #8223 of NB.
Hazel (Newsom) Hanson, Marysville, Kan. Oct. 16, age 84
Hazel Hanson
Hazel M. Hanson of Marysville, Kan. died Oct. 16.
Hazel was born Dec. 6, 1925, in North Bend to Henry and Ida Newsom. She attended the North Bend schools and graduated from high school in 1943.
While in high school Hazel trained on the linotype machine at the North Bend Eagle office. The linotype training later enabled her to obtain employment with several newspaper publishers, including the Fremont Tribune.
Hazel married Paul Hanson of rural Marysville at the Christian Church in North Bend on Sept. 19, 1954. Paul worked as a farmer, mechanic and was an employee of the Kansas Highway Dept. until his death in 1993. Hazel moved back to North Bend in 1997 to assist her brother Jack, but returned to Marysville after Jack passed away in 2003.
Hazel is survived by her brother Keith Newsom of Greenville, NC.; brother-in-law, Roy (Jeanette) Hanson of Marysville, Kan.; sister-in-law, Marie Tanner of Houston, Texas.
Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at the First Christian Church in Marysville, with burial at the Marysville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice or to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Published Oct. 20, 2010
Marjorie (Schultz) Bailey, Schuyler, Oct. 20, age 68
Marjorie Bailey
Marjorie “Marj” A. Bailey passed away Oct. 11.
Marjorie was born Nov. 15, 1941, in Orange County, Calif. to Martin and Clara (Ernst) Schulz. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1959. On Feb. 14, 1970, Marj married Dennis E. Bailey at Trinity Lutheran Church in Schuyler.
Marj is survived daughter Michelle (Darrell) Parks of Prairie Village, Kan.; son, Todd (Shari) Bailey of Schulyer; sister, Carolyn (Gordon) Bailey of Surprise, Ariz.; two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Schuyler, with burial at Schuyler Cemetary.
Memorials are suggested for Trinity Church and Odyssey Hospice.
Published Oct. 20, 2010
Michelle (Jensen) Gatzemeyer, Bancroft, Oct. 10, age 44
Michelle Gatzemeyer
Michelle M. Gatzemeyer of Bancroft passed away on Oct. 10 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Michelle was born Feb. 13, 1966, in Wayne to Anton (Tim) and Claudette Jensen. She grew up on the family farm east of Hartington. Michelle married Todd Gatzemeyer on March 23, 2002. The couple have been running Todd’s sod business in Northeast Nebr., Southeast S.D. and Woodbury County, Iowa, for 13 years.
Michelle is survived by her parents; her husband; four children: Chase Goeken of Lincoln, Paige Goeken of Lincoln, Vicki Gatzemeyer of Bancroft/Rosalie, and William Gatzemeyer also of Bancroft/Rosalie; siblings: Marylou (Bob) Pycha of Scribner, Anton Jr. “Jody” (Ronda) Jensen of Morse Bluff, Ken (Bonnie) Jensen of Newcastle, Tiffani (Lee) Stegemann of Wayne; step-sons Colbey Gatzemeyer of Omaha and Colter Gatzemeyer of Sioux City; paternal grandmother Lucile Jensen of Hartington.
Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Published Oct. 20, 2010
Gary McDonald, Bellwood, Oct. 10, age 60
Gary McDonald
Gary J. McDonald of Bellwood died Oct. 10 at his home.
Gary was born July 8, 1950, in Columbus to Jay and Maxine (Crouse) McDonald, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Bellwood; two daughters; one son; four siblings; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were Oct. 14 with military honors.
Published Oct. 20, 2010
Elaine (Bennett) Bogard, Clarksville, Tenn, Oct. 8, age 66
Marie Elaine (Bennett) Bogard passed away Oct. 8 at Williamson Medical Center in Clarksville, Tenn.
Elaine was a 1962 graduate of North Bend High School, and a piano, organ and music composition graduate of Austin Peay State University. She taught piano for over 40 years. Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Clarksville.
Elaine is survived by her mother, Louise Bennet; her husband, Paul; two sons, Mark (Kris) Bogard and John Bogard; two grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested for Cumberland Presbyterian or the American Cancer Society.
Published Oct. 27, 2010
Ethelynd (Quigley) Kothenbeutel, Fremont, Oct. 10, age 97
Ethel Kothenbeutel
Ethelynd Quigley Kothenbeutel of Fremont died Oct. 10 at Nye Legacy. She was born April 9, 1913, to Benjamin Franklin and Clara Ellen (Porter) Quigley of North Bend.
Ethelynd grew up in North Bend, attended high school here then graduated from Wayne High School. She attended Wayne State College for two years and received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She began her teaching career in Dodge County, later teaching in Elm Creek, Nevada, Wyoming and Iowa. In 1976 she moved to Fremont.
On Sept. 14, 1941, Ethelynd married Russel D. Kothenbeutel a the Purple Cane Methodist Parsonage in rural North Bend. He died March 18, 1988.
Ethelynd was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Ruth Circle.
She is survived by sons Donald Kothenbeutel of Overland Park, Kan, Richard (Diana) Kothenbeutel of Beverton, Ore., Bennett (Shirley) Kothenbeutel of Fremont. Stephen (Erin) Kothenbeutel of Long Beach, Calif., Mark Kothenbeutel of Fremont; brother Kenneth Quigley of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The funeral is Friday, Oct. 15, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Hall officiating. Visitation will be Oct. 14 from 2-8 p.m at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.
Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Online condolences may be left at
Published Oct. 13, 2010
Helen (Uher) Horn, Schuyler, Oct. 7, age 71
Helen Horn
Helen E. Horn of Schuyler, died Oct. 7 at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha. The funeral was Oct. 11 at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. Burial will be at the Schuyler Cemetery.
Helen was born May 26, 1939, on the family farm in Dodge County to August and Helen (Bazata) Uher. She graduated salutatorian from the Notre Dame Academy in Omaha, in 1957 and from St. Joseph’s Hospital X-Ray Technology School in 1959.
Helen worked at the Creighton Clinic in Omaha, St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Nebraska and Alegent Health Memorial Hospital in Schuyler for 34 years. She was the recipient of Alegent’s Spirit of Mission Award in 1997, the Alegent One Excellence Award in 2006 and the “Caring Kind” award from the Nebraska Hospital Association which will be presented posthumously later this month.
On Sept. 15, 1962, Helen and Duane A. Horn were married at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge. They farmed in the Wilson area and moved to Schuyler in 1984.
Helen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Alegent Health Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include husband Duane Horn of Schuyler; daughters Susan (Lynn) Faltys of Schuyler, Sandra (Kenneth Michael) Goul, of Mesa, Ariz., Sharon Horn of Omaha; son Steven Horn of Windsor, Colo.; three grandchildren; mother, Helen Uher of Dodge; sisters Marilyn (Jerry) Ortmeier, of Dodge, Anita (Wes) Evers, Omaha; and brother David (Donna) Uher of Dodge.
Published Oct. 13, 2010
Rose (Navrkal) Pospisil, Fremont, Sept. 28, age 87
Rose Pospisil
Rose M. Pospisil of Fremont died at the Fremont Area Medical Center on Sept. 28.
Rose was born on Aug. 19, 1923, to James and Mary (Cerny) Navrkal in Linwood. She grew up in the Linwood area and married Vladimir P. “Pete” Pospisil on April 14, 1941.
The couple lived in Wahoo, Cedar Bluffs and Ames. In 1955 they moved to Fremont, where Rose worked for Campbell’s Soup from 1956-1975.
Rose is survived by sons Terry L. (Sandy) Pospisil of Schuyler and Lee A. (Alison) Pospisil of Fremont; daughters Sharon (Ron) Lott of Fremont, Jean Owen of Norfolk, Janet (James) Sweeney of Rockford, IL; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Patricia Zimmerman.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 1 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont, with burial at Memorial Cemetery, Fremont.
Memorials are suggested for the American Cancer Society and the Dodge County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be left at
Matthew R. Wachal, Schuyler, Sept. 23, age 88
Matthew Wachal
Mass of Christian Burial for Matthew R. Wachal, of Schuyler, was Sept. 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Carl Zoucha officating. Burial will be in the Schuyler Cemetery.
Matt was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Colfax County to Matthew, Sr. and Anna (Najmon) Wachal. He attended rural school District 16, Richland High School for grades 9 and 10 and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1938. He married Arlene Dubsky at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler on Nov. 29, 1950. Besides farming, Matt worked for John Deere Implement, Grubbs Grocery, North Bend Trailer Factory, and operated a maintainer for Coflax County. He owned and operated the Happy Travelers Tour Bus Company from 1997 to 2009.
Matt was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a past member of Colfax County Civil Defense. In the late 1940s he held a pilots license and an Amateur Radio License (which he still held).
Matt died Sept. 23 at Golden Living Center in Schuyler.
Matt is survived by his wife Arlene of Schuyler; five children, Teresa “Teri” (William) Chromy of Linwood, Daniel M. Wachal of Schuyler, Marilynn (Tony) Vanek of Gretna, Donna (Kelly) Misek of Schuyler and Matthew F. Wachal of Columbus; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella (Kenneth) Schmid of Columbus.
Family suggest memorials to Schuyler Senior Center or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Published September 29, 2010
James V. Kaspar, Malmo, Sept. 20, age 81
James Kaspar
James V. Kaspar of Malmo died Sept. 20 at the Pathfinder House in Fremont.
James was born Jan. 6, 1929, on the family farm near Malmo to James A. and Louise E. (Petrus) Kaspar. He attended Dist. 75 school and graduated from Prague High School in 1946. Jim was inducted in the U.S. Army in 1946 at Ft. Crook. He served during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1948 at Camp Stoneman, Calif.
Jim was a lifelong farmer, and served on the board of the Prague National Cemetery, Prague School Board and also drove school bus for 30 years. He was active in American Legion Post 254 and was a life member of the ZCBJ Lodge of Prague.
Jim is survived by his companion of 16 years, Laverna Skarka of Rogers; son Bryan (Dorene) Kaspar of Fremont; daughters Susan Poulson of Rochester, Minn, Roxann Fritze of Marion, Iowa; sisters Evelyn Hindmarsh and Norma Nickelson both of Lincoln; and four grandchildren.
A private family grave side service was held at Prague National Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Prague National Cemetery and American Legion Post 254.
Published September 29, 2010
Howard Shanahan, Naples, Fla., Sept. 19, age 86
Howard Daniel Michael Shanahan In His Own Words:
“I’ve traveled from the China Sea to the Black Sea and visited most places in between ... and been fortunate to have had great friends to hunt and fish with me from the Yukon to the Gulf of Mexico ... Mignon, who could make a beautiful meal with anything I was able to bring back was a bonus.
“I was born in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, on Dec. 23,1923, to Minnie and Daniel Shanahan, attending the North Bend schools and later Creighton University. I enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines and spent World War II in the Pacific Theater, as a gunner. At the conclusion of the war, I returned to North Bend and married my childhood sweetheart Mignon Cantlin, who was a teacher in the North Bend area.
In 1946, I bought a tavern and a liquor store in Blair, Nebraska, making many wonderful friendships. I owned and operated these businesses until 1962. Mignon and I began our family in Blair and have had many wonderful memories with folks of Blair who were a part of our beginning.
In 1962 I purchased a wholesale beer franchise in Waterloo, Iowa. This provided all my children with a wonderful education through St Edward’s Parish and Columbus High School.
In 1972, I formed a corporation, Vertical Investments, a commercial real estate development and vending operation in northeast Iowa. Mignon and I then jointly ran the first video and pinball arcades in Waterloo. We were able to purchase a lakeshore farm in Minnesota where our family spent many summers with horses and water sports.
In 1985 I sold the companies and retired to Naples, Florida. Mignon and I made many new friends in Royal Harbor and again enjoyed the water of the Gulf through boating and fishing. I have had a great life raising my seven daughters and one son. They have helped Mignon and I stay young and vigorous throughout the years. In fact, having this large family has been the best, most courageous thing that I ever could have imagined for my life.”
During this Thanksgiving season we would like to inform you of our father’s passing on Sept 19. He was a man of risk and adventure, a great storyteller and entrepreneur. Our dad was one who always welcomed and engaged his children’s friends. We were all so lucky to have him as long as we did, to see us into adulthood and become our friend and companion.
This year we will celebrate with our mother their 65th wedding anniversary, two days after Thanksgiving. Mignon, their six daughters and one son continue to live on in his legacy: Kathleen, Margaret, Kerry, Mary, Trish, Ann, John. We miss our sister Cindy ... and now our larger-than-life dad. This Thanksgiving we are especially grateful for our large, extended family: seven grandchildren, five great-grand children and the wonderful men who have become part of the Shanahan clan.
Our father would like to be remembered for his community work, fund raising for the Catholic Church and schools, The Nature Conservancy, and the American Cancer Society. He was a member of Rotary, Moose, Elk Clubs and the Knight of Columbus. Even in death, Howard gave to others by being an organ donor. A funeral Mass was held in Naples. He will be interred a Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa.
paid obit. Published Dec. 1, 2010
Jerry H. Happel, Morse Bluff, Sept. 19, age 68
Jerry Happel

Jerry H. Happel died Sept. 19 at his home in Morse Bluff.
Jerry was born May 28, 1942, in Fremont to Howard and Doris (Christensen) Happel.
He grew up in Winslow and was a 1960 graduate of Hooper High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968 in Vietnam. Jerry received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Jerry operated an engine shop on his farm in Winslow until he moved to Fremont in 1978, where he operated Happel’s Sales & Service until 1985. He also ran a small engine shop in Columbus from 1983 to 1986.
On May 8, 1984, Jerry married Lois Johnson Cerny. The couple moved to Morse Bluff in 1986. She survives.
Throughout his life Jerry worked for small engine shops in Omaha and Lincoln, and drove truck for Oden Enterprises in Wahoo. He was also employed by Hartford Sand & Gravel and Fauss Builders in Fremont, The Tool House in Lincoln and Coufal Lumber Co. in Schuyler. Jerry retired in 2005 and opened Hillside Repair at his home in Morse Bluff. He was a member of American Legion Post #20 and VFW Post #8332.
In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by son Zach Happel of Morse Bluff; daughter Traci Happel of Omaha; sisters Betty (Coy) Sweet and Ann (Bob) Wilke, all of Fremont; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Sept. 23 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont, with military honors following. Burial was at Killian Cemetery in Morse Bluff.
Memorials are suggested for the Saunders County Hospice or the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha.
Online condolences may be left at

Balentine Galindo, Wahoo, Sept. 16, age 50
Balentine M. Galindo of Wahoo died Sept. 16 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born July 31, 1960, in Scottsbluff to Juan and Franchica (Mendoza) Galindo. He moved to the Fremont area in 1968 and later to the Ames area. Balenine was a 1979 graduate of North Bend Central. He was employed at Midland University in Fremont.
Survivors include companion Deb Zara of Wahoo; five step-children; brothers Contrad (Chris) Galindo, Toby Galindo, sister Jenny (Bill) McCarty, all of Fremont.
The funeral was Sept. 22 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at
Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial designation at a later date.
Pauline (Holtorf) Roehrkasse, North Bend, Sept. 14, age 101
Pauline Roehrkasse
Pauline Catherine (Holtorf) Roehrkasse died at the Fremont Area Medical Center on September 14, her 101st birthday.
Pauline was born September 14, 1909, in rural Malmo to Jurgen Heinrich and Wiebke (Knuth) Holtorf.
Pauline graduated from Wahoo High School in 1927 and Luther College in 1929. She taught private music lessons until her marriage to Raymond W. Roehrkasse on June 11, 1935.
The couple was active in Grand Island church, music, and community activities. At Trinity Lutheran, Pauline was organist and served as President of the Nebraska South Region of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and was one of the members of the original national board. During her ten years on the board, she was elected Corresponding Secretary and helped organize several other districts in surrounding states.
Pauline received a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1967. She taught for the Grand Island Public School System for more than 20 years. After her retirement from teaching, Pauline taught private piano lessons, presented music programs for area retirement homes, was the president of the board of the Grand Island Community Concert Association, and was active in the Cosmo Pals. In 1979, she attended the organizational meeting of the Central States Coalition on Aging and the National League of Silver-Haired Legislatures. She was elected to the first board and served as Nebraska National Silver-Haired Senator from 1992-2000.
Pauline lived in an assisted living residence in Lincoln from 2001 until moving to Birchwood Manor in North Bend in 2005.
She is survived daughters Paula (Ralph) Knepper of Holdrege, Claire (Michael G.) Eason of North Bend, and Kathryn (Glenn) Trebelhorn of Claremore, Okla.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. The funeral will be Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island.
The family suggests memorials be given to the North Bend Library Fund or Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island.
Published September 22, 2010
Willard "Slim" Fuchtman, Creighton, Sept. 13, age 90
Willard Fuchtman
Willard “Slim” J. Fuchtman of Creighton died at the Creighton Care Center on Sept. 13.
Willard was born June 28, 1920, to Joseph and Clara (Schula) Fuchtman, on the family farm southeast of Creighton. He attended St. Ludger Catholic School all of his school years and graduated in 1939. He worked as a farm hand and on the family farm for many years. When the Creighton Sale Barn opened, Willard worked as a ring man until 1960.
On Feb. 18, 1957, he married Mary Lou Stockman at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Plainview. She survives.
Williard and Mary Lou’s first home was the Stortz farm east of Creighton, which is now the American Legion Home. In 1960 they purchased a farm and lived there until 1989 when they moved into Creighton.
Willard was a member of St. Ludger Catholic Church and Creighton Senior Citizens. He was also a chairman of the Creighton Township Board for 35 years.
In addition to his wife, Willard is survived by daughters Barbara (Patrick) Kelley of Winnetoon, Marie (Roger) Nordboe of Ames; sisters Edna Burns and Florence Hasenpflug of Creighton, Sister Kathleen of Milwaukee, Wis., Margaret Focht of Lewiston, Ind.; brothers Joe Fuchtman of Creighton, and Edwin Fuchtman of Hartington, Nebr; and two grandchildren.
The funeral was held Sept. 17 at St. Ludger Church in Creighton, with burial in St. Ludger Cemetery.
Published September 22, 2010
Paul J. Corritore, Sr., Fremont, Sept. 13, age 93
Paul Corritore
Paul J. Corritore, Sr. of Fremont died Sept. 13 at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha.
Paul was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Omaha to Joseph and Salvitrice (Italia) Corritore. He grew up in Omaha, graduating from Omaha South High School and attending two years of business college.
Paul worked for Union Pacific Railroad, retiring as Office Manager in the purchasing department.
After retiring he spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., and moved to Fremont in 2006.
Paul served in the U.S. Army Signa1 Corps during WWII, in New Guinea, southern Philippines and Luzon.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont; a former member of Morse Bluff St. George Catholic Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church of Mesa, Ariz. He was a member of American Legion Post 1 in Omaha, Omaha Fraternal Order of Eagles, and an art club in Mesa.
On May 29, 1947, Paul married Barbara Pazur in Omaha. After her death he married Rita M. Minarik Dunker of Morse Bluff on Oct. 21, 1989, in Fremont. She survives.
Other survivors include sons Paul Joseph (Cindy) Carritore Jr. of Waterloo, Mark (Aleta Ring) Corritore of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters Diane (Gary) Lloyd of Omaha, Mary Beth (Hank) Vargas of La Vista; step-sons Quinn Dunker of Morse Bluff, Ray Dunker of San Pedro, Calif., Brad Dunker of New York City, NY, Tim (Mary) Dunker of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; stepdaughters Pat Dunker of Westminster, Colo., Mary (Bob) Shanahan of North Bend, Terese Gulley of Niceville, Fla., Tammy Dunker of Fremont; brother Frank (Betty) Corritore of Omaha; sisters Pauline Corritore of Omaha, Carmella Ayers of Woodbine, Iowa; 15 Grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Sept. 17 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Visitation will be Sept. 16, from 3-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with fami1y receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Friday.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha with military honors by American Legion Post 1/Nebraska National Guard.
Online condolence may be left at
Memorials are suggested for American heart Association, St. Patrick‘s Catholic Church and the Fremont elementary school; St. George Catholic Church of Morse Bluff or the Morse Bluff/North Bend Area Veterans Memorial Park.
Published Sept. 15, 2010
Jerome D. Emanuel, North Bend, Sept. 9, age 78
Jerome Emanuel
Jerome D. Emanuel of North Bend died at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln on Sept. 9.
Jerome was born Nov. 6, 1931, at the family home in rural North Bend, Neb., to Joseph and Martha (Plantenberg) Emanuel. He grew up in rural North Bend and was a graduate of Dodge High School. Jerome farmed in the North Bend area, and then served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He played on the Air Force baseball team, and after his discharge returned to farming.
On April 4, 1959, Jerome married Lorraine Rolf at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in rural West Point. She survives.
Jerome retired from farming in 2006 and moved into North Bend. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend, American Legion Post #122 of Dodge and Knights of Columbus Council #3736. He previously served on the Webster School Board for several years, and was a former member of the National Farmers Organization.
In addition to his wife, Jerome is survived by sons Keith Emanuel of North Bend, and Jeff (Stacy) Emanuel of Lincoln; daughters Deb (Bob) Hoppe of Tuscon, Ariz, Donna (Michael) Buell of Bellevue, and Diane (Gary) Anderson of Lincoln; brothers Duane (Mary Ann) Emanuel, Wendell (Mary Ann) Emanuel, all of North Bend; sister Rosanne Eikmeier of Dodge; and 12 grandchildren.
The funeral was held Sept. 13 at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend, with burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Clyde.
Memorial contributions are suggested to National Ataxia Association and to the Morse Bluff/North Bend Area Veterans Memorial Park.
Published Sept. 15, 2010
Arlene (Viglicky) Ertner, Spokane, Wash., Sept. 8, age 85
Arlne Ertner
Arlene M. (Viglicky) Ertner, of Spokane, Wash., died at her home on Sept. 8.
Arlene was born May 23, 1925, in Edholm, Neb., to Anton and Josephine Viglicky.
Arlene was involved in several charitable organizations, and worked for Ronald McDonald House for 20 years. She later retired from W.T. Grant’s in Spokane.
Arlene is survived by sons Lawrence (Kristine) Ertner, Jr., Douglas Ertner, Thomas (Thomas Sacco) Ertner, William (Joyce) Ertner; daughters Kathleen (Thomas) Heckler, Barbara Brown; sister Evelyn Pollard of North Bend; brother Richard Viglicky; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Lawrence W. Ertner (Lt. Col. USAF, Ret.).
The funeral was held Sept. 11 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Spokane, with private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Ronald McDonald House, The American Cancer Society, Hospice of Spokane, or a chosen charity.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Sept. 15, 2010
Herbert Wesch, Ames, Sept. 5, age 89
Herb Wesch
Herbert H. Wesch of Ames died Sept. 5 at The Pathfinder House in Fremont.
Herb was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Omaha to Adoph and Henrietta (Heidemann) Wesch. He grew up in Niobrara and moved to Dodge County in 1935. He graduated from North Bend High School in 1938.
Herb served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving three years in the South Pacific. He returned home and farmed in the North Bend and Ames area.
On June 16, 1946, Herb married Evelyn K. Schutt in North Bend. She survives.
Herb was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend where he was a Sunday School teacher for many years and held most of the offices within the church. He was a member of the Lutheran Layman’s League, served many years on the District 91, Ames, school board and was a member of the Mid America Dairy Association.
In addition to his wife, Herb is survived by sons Jim Wesch of North Bend, Ken (Deb) Wesch of Arlington, Bob (Jan) Wesch of Detroit, Mich.; daughter-in-law Betty Wesch of Omaha; sister Elizabeth (Melvin) Mariam of Hastings; ten grandchiildren and 12 great-grand children.
The funeral is Sept. 8 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the Rev. Calvin L’Heureus officiating. Visitation is Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will also be at the church one hour prior to the service.
Military graveside services will be conducted by members of VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 both of North Bend and American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested for St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Sept. 8, 2010
Amelia Wellensiek, Cook, Sept. 2, age 89
Amelia Wellensiek of Cook, died at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh, on Sept. 2.
Amelia was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Pickrell, Neb., to Friedrick Herman and Antje (Anna) Jurgens Kelle.
On Aug. 25, 1945, Amelia was married to Raymond Wellensiek at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling.
Amelia is survived by sons Don (Nancy) Wellensiek, of Kenesaw, and Dean (Jody) Wellensiek, of Cook; daughters Carol (Lon) Bohling of North Bend, Joan (Wayne Witt) Wellensiek of Gretna; eight grandchildren and eight great -grandchildren; sister Clara Zimmerman of Beatrice, sister-in-law Leona Kelle of Sterling.
Amelia worked for Johnson County Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide for more that 20 years and taught School in Johnson & Otoe Counties.
Funeral services were Sept. 7 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, (Osage) in Cook.
The family suggests memorials to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, (Osage), Church, or the cemetery, or Family Choice for Cook Community.
Condolences may be left at
Published Sept. 8, 2010
David P. Reznicek, North Bend, Aug. 27, age 70
Dave Reznicek
David P. Reznicek of North Bend died Aug. 27, 2010, at Fremont Area Medical Center.
David was born Dec. 1, 1939, to Adoph F. and Emma A. (Semerad) Reznicek in Dodge. He lived and farmed his entire life in Union Township of rural North Bend. He was a 1957 graduate of North Bend High School. David owned and operated P&R Sales since 1969.
On Dec. 27, 1958, David married Patricia O’Connor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. She survives.
David was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and a life member of Nebrasaka State Snowmobile Association.
Survivors include sons Randy (Julie) Reznicek, Tim (Amy) Reznicek all of North Bend; daughter Jacci Reznicek of Lincoln; sons Marty (Charlene) Reznicek of North Bend; Bill Reznicek of Lincoln; brothers Norbert (Roby) Reznicek of Clarkson, Kenneth (Phyllis) Reznicek of Fountain, Colo.; sister Loretta (Dwayne) Muff of Omaha; brother-in-law Vern Mihulka of Norfolk; sister-in-law JoAnn O’Connor of Valley; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 30 at St. Charles Catholic Church. Internment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery at Clyde.
Online condolences may be left at
The family suggest memorials for the North Bend Library Fund or St. Charles Catholic Church.
Published September 1, 2010
Joan (Vopalensky) Volf, Phillips, Aug 17, age 66
Joan Volf
Joan R. Volf of Phillips died Aug. 17 at Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island after a courageous battle with cancer.
Joan was born May 17, 1944, to Irwin and Ruth (Mehaffey) Vopalensky of North Bend. Joan grew up and received her education in Morse Bluff and was a graduate of North Bend High School. She went on to attend Grand Island School of Business.
On Aug. 31, 1963, Joan married Maylon Allan “Catfish” Volf in North Bend. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Phillips.
Joan was employed at Gillette’s Dairy and more recently with Roberts Dairy. The couple owned and operated Catfish’s Bar and Restaurant in Phillips. Joan was a volunteer and board member with the Nebraska Equine Assisted Therapy Program located in Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, Maylon ‘Catfish’ Volf; son Mark (Sarah) Volf of Basalt, Colo.; daughter Pamela (Kelly) Steckelberg of Lincoln; brother John (JoAnn) Vopalensky of Placentia, Calif.; two sisters Diane (John) Murphy of Firth, Marcia (Gary) Miller of Surprise, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Samuel Volf and Ashton and Trenton Steckelberg.
Funeral Service was Aug. 24 at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Naranjo officiating. Cremation has taken place. Her family is honoring her wish to have her ashes scattered at one of her favorite places.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established Joan’s name. Condolences may be left at
Published August 25, 2010
Donna (Scott) Thomsen, North Bend, Aug. 5, age 87
Donna Thomsen
Donna J. Thomsen died Aug. 5 at Bergan Mercy Hospital.
Donna was born Dec. 24, 1922, to Charles and Cora (Lehmer) Scott of North Bend. She grew up in North Bend and was a 1940 graduate of North Bend High School.
On March 22, 1941, Donna Married Jens H. “Sonny” Thomsen in Fremont. He died March 19, 1979.
Donna was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Bend where she taught Sunday school and played the piano and organ. She bowled until she was 80 years old. Donna received a 50-year pin for her membership with Order of Eastern Star.
Donna is survived by sons Jack (Debbie) Thomsen of Papillion, Gary Thomsen of Stockton, Calif; daughter Linda Grohs of Omaha; sister Doris Allan of Laguna Nigel, Calif.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The OES services was held Aug. 8 with the Celebration of Life held Aug. 9 at the First United Methodist Church with lay minister Dorothy Smith officiating. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at Memorials are suggested for the First United Methodist Church of North Bend.
Patricia (Black) Dobrusky, North Bend, July 27, age 72
Pat Dobrusky
Patricia A. “Pat” Dobrusky, 72, of North Bend died July 27 at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Pat was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Schuyler to Milo and Ruth (Michaels) Black. She graduated from Schuyler High School and Platte College School of Nursing. She lived in Rogers prior to her marriage to Leonard E. Dobrusky on Aug. 22, 1959, in North Bend. She taught at rural schools in Colfax County. She moved to North Bend and was a nurse at Birchwood Manor for 20 years. She also was a hospice volunteer for four years for the Fremont Area Medical Center Hospice.
Pat was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Altar Society and the Material Girls Quilting Club, all in North Bend.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Michael Dobrusky of North Bend; two daughters Susan (Scott) Haynes of Lincoln, and Janice (Stephen) Bellinghiere of Omaha; a sister, Rosa Smith of Corvallis, Ore.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral Mass was July 30 at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend with the Rev. Donald Cleary officiating. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
A memorial has been established to the North Bend Library Building Fund.
Timothy S. Rise, Omaha, July 25, age 34
Tim Rise
Timothy S. Rise of Omaha, formerly of Fremont, died July 25 at Creighton Medical Center.
Tim was born in Omaha on Aug. 11, 1975, to Jaki (Dieckmann) Heinrich and Edward Rise. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1994, then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney for one year. At the time of his death he was working as a chef in Omaha.
On July 18, 2009, Tim married Maureen McNeill-Dorsey. She survives.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont.
Survivors include, wife, son Brennan Rise of Overland Park, Kan.; daughter Charoltte Rise of Omaha; mother Jaki (and step-father Dennis) Heinrich of Fremont; father Edward Rise (fiancee, Mary Drees) of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandfather Junior Dieckmann of Fremont; sisters Deann (Troy) Berry of Fremont and Becky (Tom) Bischof of Omaha.
The funeral service was July 30 at Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont. The Rev. Michael Thomas officiated the service. Burial service was at Fremont’s Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested for Tim’s children’s education fund.
Published Aug. 4, 2010
Lillian (Hines) Bauer, North Bend, July 15, age 84
Lil Bauer
Lillian A. Bauer of North Bend, formerly of Morse Bluff, died Thursday, July 15 at Fremont Area Medical Center.
Lillian was born September 27, 1925, in Morse Bluff to John and Marie (Vavak) Hines. She graduated from North Bend High School and taught at rural schools for two years.
On February 7, 1945, she married Joseph D. Bauer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cedar Hill. They farmed southwest of Morse Bluff and moved to North Bend in 1982.
She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the church circle in North Bend and a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Cedar Hill. She was also a member of a Dodge County extension club.
Survivors include sons: Ron (Marsha) Bauer of Valentine, Dan (Kathy) Bauer of Morse Bluff, Dave Bauer of Lincoln, Randy (Lorrie) Bauer of Chadron, and Jeff (Louise) Bauer of Morse Bluff; daughters JoAnne (Dave) Serel of Phoenix, Rachelle (Randy) Eriksen of Omaha; a brother John (Adeline) Hines of Morse Bluff; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was July 20, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Donald Cleary officiated the service. Internment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff. Memorials may be made to Catholic Social Services.
Susan (Jirkovsky) Preister, Omaha, July 15, age 58
Susan Preister
Susan Preister died Thursday, July 15 at her home in Omaha.
Sue was born Feb. 24, 1952 to Charles and Mae Rita (Moser) Jirkovsky in Omaha. She graduated from Mercy High School in Omaha then studied at Metro Tech Community College, earning an associate degree as a surgical tech.
She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Don Fenster for eight years, then was a medical transcriptionist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for 12 years. For the past 18 years she was a surgical tech at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Sue was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Omaha and did volunteer work at Millard Manor.
She is survived by her husband Ron, son Josh Preister of Bellevue, daughter Ellie (Paul) Kelehan of Omaha; and three brothers: Jim Jirkovsky of Omaha, Jerry Jirkovsky of Los Angeles, and Thomas Jirkovsky of California. She was preceeded in death by her parents.
The funeral Mass was Tuesday at St. Mary Magdalene with the Rev. James Schwertley officating and Moser Memorial Chapel of Fremont in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha.
Memorials are suggested for the American Cancer Society or Methodist Hospice. Online condolences may be left at
Clarence L. Thege, North Bend, July 14, age 80
Clarence Thege
Clarence L. Thege of North Bend died Wednesday, July 14, at Birchwood Manor in North Bend.
He was born February 19, 1930, on a farm near Linwood. He attended grade school at District 78, Prague High School and was a 1948 graduate of Linwood High School. He farmed with his father until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean War from June 28, 1951, to March 19, 1953, on the front line at the 38th parallel most of his tour of duty. He was a squad leader in the Second Combat Engineers Second Division and held the rank of sergeant first class. He served five more years in the Army Reserves. Clarence returned to Linwood where he farmed. In his spare time, he was a catcher for the Linwood Aggies fast pitch softball team from 1953 to 1961.
On February 15, 1958, Clarence married Marlene Fencl at Prague Presbyterian Church. The couple lived near Linwood and farmed near Linwood and Morse Bluff. They also raised chickens, cattle and swine. Clarence also worked at the Commodore Mobile Home Manufacturing Plant. In 1985, they moved to North Bend, where Clarence worked at the Blevins Popcorn Plant and later worked at Birchwood Manor as a maintenance man. He retired in 2002 and had been residing at Birchwood Manor since 2008.
Clarence was a member of Prague Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8223 of North Bend. He was an honorary member of the Linwood Volunteer Fire Department and past director of the former Linwood Farmers Union Co-op. He was a member of the building site committee for the new North Bend High School District 95 in 1970. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, bowling and his daily visits to the “wind tunnel.”
Survivors include his wife Marlene; son Robert Thege of North Bend; daughters Cheryl Thege (and special friend, Dave Sliva) of Bellwood, Pam (John) Eggleston of Schuyler, daughter-in-law Lorie Thege of North Bend, brothers George (Mary) Thege of Norfolk, Richard Thege of Linwood, Raynold (Pauline) Thege of David City, and Don (Alyce) Thege of Schuyler; 10 grandchildren,and a great-grandchild.
The funeral was Saturday, July 17 at Prague Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Lonnie Eschliman officiating. Internment was in Prague Presbyterian Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by members of American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff, VFW Post 8223 and AmVets Post 20 of North Bend.
Memorials may be given to the church or to the donor’s choice.
Published July 21, 2010
Jade T. Deterding, Cambridge, July 8, infant
Jayde Theresa Deterding, infant daughter of Bart and Reba (Renner) Deterding died at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on July 8.
She is survived by her parents Bart and Reba, sisters Autumn and Brenna at home, paternal grandparents Bill Deterding of Cambridge, Shauna and Bill Wiegerfe of Omaha, maternal grandparents Warren and Becky Renner of North Bend, great-grand parents Helen Spath of North Bend and Pauline Renner of Dodge, Mervin and Jo Zysset of Cambridge.
Graveside services were held July 12, at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, in Bartley. The Rev. David Feddren officiated the service. Memorials may be left to The Butler Library or the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge was in charge of arrangements.
Published July 14, 2010
Jim D. White, Hooper, July 4, age 67
Jim D. White
James D. White of Hooper died July 4 at Merrick Manor in Fremont.
White was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Clearwater, Neb., to Charles and Berniece (Carlson) White. The family moved to Scribner in 1945. Jim graduated from Scribner High School in 1960 and then attended Universal Trade School in Omaha. He worked for Cerny Body Shop in North Bend then moved to Omaha where he worked for several auto body shops. Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. In 1981 he started farming north of North Bend until moving to rural Hooper in 1990 where he worked for Hillside Dairy at Uehling.
On March 24, 1990, Jim married Sharon (Dondelinger) Schreck in Las Vegas. She died Nov. 29, 2000.
Survivors include his father Charles White, brother Bill (Sunny) White, all of Fremont; sister Judy (Jerry) Lange of Tulsa, Okla.; son Dan (Deana) Schreck of Scribner; daughters Janet (James) Knutzen of Fremont, Joyce (Aaron Peck) Johnson of Hooper; six grandchildren.
The funeral is July 7 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with Rev. Terri Akkerman of First Congregational Church UCC of Fremont officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont with military honors conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard made up of members of VFW Post 85 and American Legion Post 20.
Memorials are suggested for the American Diabetes Assoc. or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be left at
Published July 7, 2010
Amos Prochaska, Lincoln, June 19, age 29
Amos Lee Prochaska of Lincoln died June 19.
He was born on January 1, 1981, to Randy and Judy (Carlson) Prochaska in Fremont. Amos was a lifelong Lincoln resident.
Survivors include father and stepmother Randy and Joann Prochaska of Morse Bluff; mother Judy Prochaska of Lincoln; son Khyler Brooks of Lincoln; daughter Ava Graham of Lincoln; sisters Amanda (Chad) Trout of Omaha, Sasha Prochaska of Omaha; grandfather Adolph Prochaska of Prague; fiancé Chantel Gehlsen and children Kaelin and Ethan, all of Lincoln.
Funeral Services were held June 26 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln.
Memorials are directed to the Amos Prochaska Memorial at any Union Bank.
Condolences or personal reflections may be sent to
Published June 30, 2010
Matilda (Beranek) Soukup, North Bend, June 10, age 90
Matilda Soukup
Matilda A. Soukup, 90, of North Bend, died June 10 at Birchwood Manor in North Bend.
Matilda was born Dec. 4, 1919, to Charles and Frantiska (Pallas) Beranek in Morse Bluff.
She married Alvin E. Soukup on March 5, 1941, in Schuyler. The couple farmed near Morse Bluff. They moved into Morse Bluff in 1965. She had been residing at Birchwood Manor in North Bend since 2008.
She was a member of the Art Clubs and Quilt Clubs. She was previously employed in the dietary department at Birchwood Manor.
She is survived by sons Robert (Anne) Soukup of North Bend, Donald (Diane) Soukup of Henderson, Nev., and Richard Soukup of Sunnyville, Calif.; daughters Darlene (LeMoyne) Johnson of Bradenton, Fla., Joyce (Mike) Nelson of Hastings, Janice (Robert) Joyce of Provo, Utah, a sister, Ella Travnicek of North Bend; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with Rev. Neal Allen officiating. Burial will be at Killian Cemetery at Morse Bluff.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend.
Memorials may be made to the Morse Bluff Volunteer Fire Department or the North Bend Library Foundation.
Published June 23, 2010
Pearl (Specht) Vasina, Morse Bluff, May 31, age 87
Pearl Vasina
Pearl E. Vasina of Morse Bluff died May 31 in Fremont.
Pearl was born June 5, 1922, in Leigh to John and Lydia (Savers) Specht.
On March 9, 1943, Pearl married Lumir Janecek in Omaha. In 1950 they opened Beno’s Shoe Shop in North Bend. Lumir passed away in 1957.
Pearl married Albert Vasina on August 15, 1959, in Columbus. They made their home in Morse Bluff where Pearl was a homemaker. Albert died in 2005.
Pearl was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #340 of Morse Bluff, VFW Auxiliary Post #8223 of North Bend and AmVets Post #20.
Survivors include a sister, Elsie Bayer of Howells, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was June 4 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. The Rev. Scott Jensen, Fremont Area Medical Center chaplain, officiated. Interment was at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials are suggested to Killian Cemetery and North Bend/Morse Bluff Area Veteran’s Memorial Park.
In lieu of sending thank you notes the family will make donations to various organizations.
Published June 9, 2010
Judith Webster, National City, Calif., May 20, age 70
Judith Jean Webster, formerly of North Bend, died May 20 at her home in National City, Calif., of congestive heart failure and complications from polymyositis and multiple sclerosis.
She was born April 11, 1940, in Grand Island, the daughter of James L. and LaJeanne (Carmody) Webster, who then were publishers of the St. Paul Phonograph weekly newspaper.
Judy graduated in 1958 from North Bend High School, where her family published the North Bend Eagle in 1951-56. She attended San Diego City College, Southwestern College and San Diego State University.
She was affiliated with the McMillin Companies, a San Diego developer and real estate firm, for 25 years, retiring in January 2010 as vice president of human resources.
Her marriage to the late Dan Blackston ended in divorce.
She is survived by daughter Bobbie Blackston Keeling of National City, son David Blackston of El Cajon, Calif., grandson Sam Blackston and brothers James C. Webster of Arlington, Va. and the Rev. Canon Daniel J. Webster of Baltimore, Md.
Published June 9, 2010
Rick D. Johnson, North Bend, May 20, age 47
Ricky Johnson
Ricky D. Johnson died May 20, 2010, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
R.J. was born Oct. 14, 1962, with his twin, Randy, (now deceased) to Raymond and Roberta Johnson in Fremont. He lived all his life in North Bend, graduating from North Bend Central High School in 1980. He was a graduate of Southeast Community College in Milford. R.J. farmed and worked part-time at Bob’s Custom Meats and Buresh Golf & Equipment.
R.J. was a member of First United Methodist Church in North Bend. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed bowling on Thursday night men’s league for many years in North Bend.
On Sept. 22, 1990, R.J. Married Leora Jurgens at North Bend.
Survivors include his wife, step-sons Michael (Tammy) Zvacek, of Fremont, and Matthew Zvacek of Lake Worth, Fla.; step-daughter Kelly Zvacek of Lake Villa, Ill.; mother Roberta Johnson of Fremont; brother Rodney (Diana) of Grand Island; and grandchildren Spencer and Courtney Zvacek.
The funeral was May 24 at First united Methodist Church in North Bend wit the Rev. Greg Hall officiating. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery.
Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
Memorials are suggested for the American Cancer Society.
Published May 26, 2010
Blanche (Chromy) Buchta, North Bend, May 18, age 94
Blanche Buchta
Blanche A. Buchta of North Bend died May 18 at the Fremont Area Medical Center.
Blanche was born April 12, 1916, in Linwood to John and Anna (Codr) Chromy. She grew up in the Linwood area, attending a rural school.
On March 5, 1940, Blanche married John Buchta in David City. He died Dec. 29, 1991. After their marriage, they moved to North Bend, where she worked for the Campbell’s Soup Company, The Corner Cafe and the Nebraska Ordnance Plant in Mead during WWII, while John was serving in the military. She later raised flowers, plants and vegetables and sold them from her home.
Survivors include son,Bob Buchta of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughter Patsy Rice of Schuyler, and two grandchildren, Terry and Daryl Lanc, the latter a resident of North Bend.
The funeral service was May 22 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with Rev. Donald Cleary officiating. Internment was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to Birchwood Manor in North Bend.
Published May 26, 2010

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