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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2015. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Shirley (Overton) Creps, Fremont, May 9, age 56
Shirley Creps
Shirley K. (Overton) Creps of Fremont died May 9 at CHI Health in Schuyler. She was born July 15, 1958, in Carmel, Calif., to John and Ardella (Brown) Overton.
Shirley graduated from Fremont Senior High. She married Will Creps on Jan. 3, 1978, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Shirley worked as a CNA in Fremont, until she received her LPN from Kaplan University. She moved to North Bend in the late 1990s. She then lived in various places in Nebraska and recently had been a LPN at the Good Samaritan Center in Scribner.
She is survived by daughters Jamie Creps (Chad Smith) of Bruno, and Melissa (Joe) Lopez of San Jose, Calif.; mother Ardella Overton of Fremont; brothers Jay Overton of Ames and Jim Overton of Linwood; sister Kathy (Rick) Satorie of North Bend; and two grandchildren, Leticia and Nailah Lopez Creps.
She was preceded in death by her father and husband.
A memorial service was held May 15 with the Rev. Michael Thomas officiating. Memorials may be made to the Shirley Creps Memorial Donation Account with U.S. Bank.
Online condolences may be left at
Published May 20, 2015
Leonard W. Dahlheim, Fremont, April 8, age 94
Leonard Dahlheim
Leonard W. Dahlheim of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Leonard was born August 3, 1920, in North Bend to William and Pearl (Howard) Dahlheim. He attended grade school and high school in North Bend, graduating in 1938. Leonard attended Midland College in Fremont where he played basketball.
He moved to Springfield, Ore., in 1941 and worked in a saw mill in Eugene. Leonard married Eileen Scheinost in Springfield, Ore., on June 6, 1941. They were happily married for 73 years.
In the fall of 1941 Leonard took a sheet metal class and in November moved to Pasadena, Calif., and worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served in San Diego.
Following the war, Leonard and Eileen moved to North Bend in 1946, and worked for her father at the North Bend Locker Plant which Leonard later purchased and owned until he retired. He moved to Shalimar Gardens in 2010 and later to Merrick Manor/Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Leonard was a member of the United Methodist Church in North Bend, an Eagle Scout, scoutmaster and mentor, member of the North Bend Volunteer Fire Department, served on the North Bend School Board and the North Bend City Council, member and past Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge 119 A.F. & A.M. of North Bend, member of Order of Eastern Star 119 of North Bend and member of American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff. He is currently a member of First United Methodist Church in Fremont.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Eileen of Fremont; sons Gary and wife Diane Dahlheim of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Robert (Bob) and wife, Jeanne Dahlheim of North Bend; grandchildren Suzanne (Joe) Johns, Wendy (Damon) Hart, Andria (Dan) Mann, Alex Dahlheim, Brett (Jamie) Dahlheim and Ashley Dahlheim; 13 great-grandchildren; brother William (Bill) Dahlheim of Gretna; many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Carolyn Nemetz and Helen Ledger; brothers Earl Dahlheim and Dr. Harold Dahlheim.
Funeral service was April 13 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with the Rev. Gregg Hall officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by V.F.W. Post 8223 and AmVets Post 20 of North Bend and American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the North Bend Library or the North Bend Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences left at
Published April 15, 2015
Brad L. Samuelson, Shawnee, Kansas, April 4, age 55
Brad Lee Samuelson of Shawnee, Kansas, died April 4.
Brad was a sales rep for Tire Center Inc.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kim; children Joe (Mindy) Samuelson, Nick Samuelson and Krissa Samuelson; three grandchildren; mother Mary Ring of North Bend, sisters Paula Stromberg of Omaha and Tammy Wise of Kansas City and brother Jeff of Liberty, Mo.
Funeral services are April 9 at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Drive, Lenexa, Kan. There will be visitation at 10 a.m. prior to the service at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.
On April 10 a ceremonial service will take place on the Winnebago Reservation at the Hochunk Center starting at 11 am. Burial will follow in North Bend at 4 p.m. with a memorial service following at the United Presbyterian Church at 5 p.m.
Published April 8, 2015
Hattie (Havlovec) Claussen, North Bend, April 3, age 88
Hattie Claussen
Hedvika T. “Hattie” Claussen died April 3 at her home in North Bend. Hattie was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Prague to Andrew and Mary (Vyhlidal) Havlovec.
She lived in Prague until the age of 13 when her family moved to a farm near North Bend. She was a 1944 graduate of North Bend High School. After graduation she moved to Fremont and worked at Rogers Tent and Awning for two years.
Hattie married Vern H. Claussen on Nov. 29, 1945, in North Bend. They farmed south of Morse Bluff for several years and moved into North Bend in 1954. He died Jan. 12, 1995.
Hattie worked at the former Blevins Popcorn Plant in North Bend for several years and at Birchwood Manor from 1979 until 2006. She also cleaned part-time at North Bend Central High School. She enjoyed following her grandchildren’s sports events, baking cookies for the grandchildren, working Wonderword puzzles, playing cards, telling stories of the past, sharing life experiences with the young, and baking kolaches and horn rolls to everyone’s delight.
Hattie was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society.
She is survived by son James (Denise) Claussen, daughter Judy (Miles) Kleopfer, both of North Bend; five grandchildren: Jennifer Claussen of Snyder, Charles (Lyssa) Claussen of Arlington, Texas, Jessica Claussen of Omaha, Jody (Tom) Mullally of North Bend, Matt (Julie)Wesch of Colon; 20 great-grandchildren: Christian, Zack, Zac, Alex, Bryson, Brittany, Sean, Tyler, Tristan, Hannah, Kole, Ethan, Chelsey, Joseph, Eran, Nicholas, Danial, Kalab, Gemma and Elaina; friends Mary Anne Emanuel and Betty and Eddie Watt of North Bend; and pets Alfie and Buster.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Victor, Adolph, Andrew and George Havolvec; and sister Mary Marusak of Abie.
Funeral Mass was April 6 at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Father Donald Cleary officiated. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. Memorials to the North Bend Area Community Foundation.
Online condolences at
Paid obit published April 8, 2015
Betty (Monk) Snover, Ainsworth, April 1, age 91
Betty Snover
Betty June Snover was born September 26, 1923 to Lawson and Bessie (Gardner) Monk in Percival, Iowa. She grew up along the Missouri River. Her father was a farmer and fisherman on the Missouri River. They dressed lots of fish for delivery to markets. When the floods came in the spring, her father took the kids to school in his boat. She played basketball and baseball and had a three mile walk home after practice. She was an avid baseball and football fan, her whole life. She graduated from Percival High School in 1941 and teachers college in Tarkio, Missouri in 1943. While attending college in Tarkio, she met the love of her life and future husband, Reid Snover. After graduation, while Reid was in the US Navy, she moved to Omaha and worked for Union Pacific Railroad until she and Reid were married on May 3, 1944. They made their home in North Bend, Nebraska, farming with Reid’s father. To this union two daughters were born, Sheryl in 1945 and Paige in 1946. In the fall of 1947 they purchased a ranch southeast of Ainsworth, and loaded up their two baby daughters and moved to the ranch. She, like many other strong women of this era, survived the blizzards of winter, (the blizzard of 1949 in particular) the heat, wind, bad roads, floods of the early 50’s, calving, haying, and cooking for lots of hay help, with few modern conveniences. They remained on the ranch until both daughters were in school and then, like many other families, bought a house in town to make it easier for the girls to attend school.
Betty was very active in community, school and church activities. There were always lots of Sheryl and Paige’s friends welcome in their home. She made the very best homemade pizza and she never knew how many additional kids would be there for meals. She was active in PTA, a 4-H leader for years and taught many girls how to sew and cook. She was a charter member of the Brown County Hospital Auxiliary, a charter member of the JR. Women’s Club, which started the Christmas Lighting Project and the Annual Christmas Pageant in the city park. (At that time the pageant was outside, and featured live animals, and was very cold some years.) She worked on the committee to organize the funding and building of the Ainsworth Swimming Pool. She was on the election board for many years. She was a past Deacon and a Trustee of the Congregational United Church of Christ, and past president and long time member of the Congregational Woman’s Fellowship. She and Reid played golf and lots of cards, especially Bridge. (Betty was a very serious Bridge player.) She and Reid took a trip to England to visit Reid’s cousin, Ellen, and her family in 1970. Reid passed away suddenly in 1978, and Betty needed “more to do.” She went to work for Dr. Floyd Shiffermiller and then Dr. Melvin Campbell in the Ainsworth Family Clinic submitting insurance claims for patients. Even though she was employed full time, she still had time to make pies and the best chocolate cake ever for brandings, birthdays, and family gatherings. She made at least 40 pies each fall to eat and to put in the freezer. (Apple and peach were her specialties.)
She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their school and sports activities. Betty looked forward to the annual trip to visit Paige in Minnesota each fall. She enjoyed a special cruise trip to Alaska in 2000 with Paige, her sister Letha, and Sheryl, to celebrate Betty and Letha’s birthdays.
Betty’s life changed in 2011 when she suffered a major stroke. She then made her home at the Ainsworth Care Center where she made many friends with the staff, residents, and renewed old friendships. Betty went to the Lord peacefully on April 1, 2015 at the Ainsworth Care Center.
She is survived by daughters, Sheryl Graff of Ainsworth, and Paige Snover of Mankato Minnesota; two grandsons, Todd (Bobbie) Graff of Ainsworth, and Terry Graff and special friend Jill Hudson of Long Pine Nebraska; five great grandchildren, Joshua (Krista) Graff of Olive, Montana, Brady Graff of Ainsworth, Morgan (Rob) Heiman of Gillette, Wyoming, Sydney Graff and Dylan Graff of Long Pine; two great-great-granddaughters, Adalyn Heiman and Mesa Graff; sisters, Letha Bayes of Spokane, Washington, Chlorina (Bill) Fitzwater of Villisca, Iowa, Carol Collins of Nash, Texas; brother, Frank Monk of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Ainsworth, Nebraska with Pastor Neva Murphy officiating the service. Music was provided by Sherry Campbell and Lisa Wiebesiek. Vocal selections were, “In The Garden” and “How Great Thou Art,” with the congregational selection being “Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were, Todd Graff, Terry Graff, Brady Graff, Josh Graff, Mark Snover, Rob Heiman and Clayton Snover. A graveside service was held on April 7, 2015, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near North Bend, Nebraska. Rev. James G. Goble officiated the service. Pallbearers in North Bend were, Terry Snover, Gary Mitties, Mark Snover, Clayton Snover and Josh Graff. Memorials were directed to the Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship, the Brown County Hospital or to the Donor’s Choice in Betty’s name.
Arrangements were handled through Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth, with the assistance of Moser Funeral Home of North Bend, Nebraska. Online condolences may be made to the family at
Published April 8, 2015
Julana (Philips) Knoell, Fremont, March 28, age 94
Julana P. Knoell of Fremont, died March 28 at Valhaven Golden Living Center in Valley. Julana was born June 9, 1920, in Lincoln to Charles and Nellie (Cain) Phillips.
She lived on a farm near North Bend from age 1 till the age of 5, the family then moved into North Bend. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1937.
Julana married Dale Knoell Dec. 16, 1938, in Omaha. Julana and Dale lived on a farm near Ames until his death on April 24, 1970. She was a homemaker and worked at the Nebraska Ordinance Plant in Mead for one year. After 1975 Julana moved to Huxley, Iowa, where she managed a Casey's store for 10 years. She then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then Texas. Julana returned to Fremont in 2008.
She is survived by sons Donald (Carol) Knoell and David Knoell of Fremont; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death brothers Clinton and Everett Phillips; daughter Janalee Hubbard; one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.
A celebration of life service will be held 10:30 a.m. April 2, 2015 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Pastor Jim Moore will officiate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a fund yet to be established.
Online condolences may be left at
Published April 1, 2015
Connie (Bier) Satorie, Morse Bluff, March 20, age 72
Connie Satorie
Constance "Connie" K. Satorie, 72 years, of Morse Bluff passed away Friday, March 20, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Connie was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Eugene and Marian (Barnes) Bier.
She is survived by daughter Pam (Matt) Shaw of Morse Bluff; son Scott Johnson; step-daughter Lisa (Michael) Prohaska of Prague; brother Gene (Chelmey) Bier of Minnesota; five grandchildren, Dillon and Brooklyn Shaw, Samantha, Sarah and Cody Prohaska.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jim.
A memorial service was held March 24 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Chaplain Scott Jensen officiated.
There was no burial.
Memorials may be given to Morse Bluff Fire Department and North Bend Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may left at
Published March 25, 2015
Nicholas Wackel, Lincoln, March, age 92
Nicholas Wackel
Nicholas William Wackel of Lincoln passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.
He was born to the late Fred and Erma Wackel, March 29, 1922, in West Point. Nick graduated from Guardian Angel High School in West Point and graduated from Kemper Military Junior College in 1942. He attended Creighton University until May 1943, at which time he entered the US Army. Nick served in the continental US and overseas in the Southwest Pacific, being discharged in February of 1946.
In March 1946 Nick became an employee of the Livestock National Bank in South Omaha, leaving in 1948 to accept the position of assistant cashier of the First National Bank in West Point. In 1954, Nick accepted the cashiership of the Platte Valley Bank in North Bend until February, 1964, when he became Executive Vice President of the First State Bank in Kimball. In June of 1973, Nick was elected president of the Kimball County Bank and eventually purchased the bank and insurance agency in July of 1982. The Bushnell Bancorp was formed at this point in time and was controlled by the Nick Wackel family. In March of 1996, he successfully celebrated 50 years of banking in the state of Nebraska.
Nick was united in marriage to Frances (Hanzel) in September of 1947 in David City.
He is survived by daughters Sandy (Lou) Mataya of Carmel, Ind., Connie (Jim) Volkmer of Leesburg, Va., Patti (Byron) Wheeler of Grand Island; sons Tim (Debbie) Wackel of Dallas, Texas, Tom (Ann) Wackel of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law Margaret Janecek and Audrey Schulze both of Dodge, and brother-in-law Dick (Judy) Hanzel of Indianapolis, Ind.
Nick served on various and numerous committees: Nebraska Independent Bankers board of directors, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans and American Legion, officer and director of the Western Nebraska Chapter of the Bank Administration Institute, officer and director of the chambers of commerce in North Bend and Kimball, plus active involvement with the Salvation Army and Red Cross. Nick was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 50 years in the 3rd degree and 20-plus years in the 4th degree.
Since his retirement to the Grand Lodge in 2007, Nick was an active wood worker, pool player and loyal supporter of his alma maters, Creighton and West Point Guardian Angels.
Mass of Christian Burial was held March 23 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Frank Curran officiating. Graveside services were at Mount Hope Cemetery in West Point.
Visitation with the family was on March 22 from at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St, Lincoln, with a Rosary on Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Nick’s favorite charities in care of the family.
Condolences may be left at
paid obit published March 25, 2015
Shirley Brabce, Council Bluffs, March 11, age 89
Shirley Mines Brabec died at her home in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 11. Friends and relatives gathered at the Cutter-O’Neill Funeral home on March 15 to honor her life.
Shirley was born in North Bend to J.C. (Pete) and Hazel Mines on April 1, 1925. She was a 1943 graduate of North Bend High School. Shirley moved to Omaha where she was an office employee at Union Pacific.
On June 1, 1946, Shirley and Frank Brabec of Morse Bluff were married. They lived in Omaha before moving to Council Bluffs in 1957.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Frank; children Carol Cross, Frank, Bruce, Marta and Jerry; grandchildren and many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by grandson Frankie Brabec, sister Charlotte Ramsey and brother Bill Mines.
Published March 25, 2015
Betty (Bloch) DeBower, Schuyler, March 4, age 81
Betty DeBower
Elizabeth "Betty" DeBower, of Schuyler, died March 4 at the Golden Living Center in Schuyler.
Betty was born August 7, 1933, in North Bend to Emil and Adella (Beckwith) Bloch. She attended school in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1951.
She married Glen Debower on Feb. 20, 1954, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in North Bend. They farmed northwest of Schuyler.  Betty worked for the North Bend Well Company prior to their marriage and later for AAL and Farm Bureau Insurance.
She was very active in her church, Ladies Aid and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Schuyler, having served in every office. Betty was co-treasurer at the time of her passing.
She is survived by her two sons Russell and John DeBower, both of Schuyler, sister Marilyn (Bob) Shanahan of North Bend, sister-in-law Donna Behmer, Lincoln, brother-in-law Dean (Bobbie) DeBower of Oregon and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Glen, an infant daughter, Leah Marie, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Don (Jane) Bloch and Richard "Dick"(Norma) Bloch.
A memorial service will be held April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Schuyler. Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the church. The committal will follow the service at the Schuyler Cemetary. Coffee and dessert will be served at the Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary.
Published April 1, 2015
Connie (Lechtenberger) Masten, Lincoln, March 7, age 63
Connie Lou (Lechtenberger) Masten, 63, Lincoln, Nebraska passed away March 7.
Connie was the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Johnson) Lechtenberger. She was a 1969 graduate of North Bend High School. She was married to Barry Masten with whom she had five children. The family lived in Lincoln.
The service was on March 13 at Lincoln Berean Church in Lincoln.
Condolences can be left at
Published March 18, 2015
Jerome S. Main, Fremont, Feb. 27, age 82
Jerry Main
Jerome S. Main of Fremont passed away Feb. 27 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Jerry was born Oct. 30, 1932, to Ozie and Vida (Rowe) Main in Central City. He grew up in North Bend an d graduated from North Bend High School in 1950. He served in the United States Army from March 2, 1953, to Dec. 15, 1954, during the Korean War.
He married Patricia A. Moody on June 17, 1953, in Fort Smith, Ark. In 1961, Jerry and Pat moved to Fremont where he farmed and worked at Hormel, until his retirement in 1997.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Bluffs, life member of the VFW Post 854 and a member of F.O.E.
He is survived by wife, Pat; sons Jay (Rita) Main, Kevin (Leslie) Main; daughters Cheryl (Richard) Paden, all of Fremont, and Rita (Michael) Dowd of Lincoln; sister Joy Etta Main Jones of Loveland, Colo.; mother-in-law Victoria Moody of Fremont, 12 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, nine great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 4, with family receiving friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m., March 5, at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Bluffs. The Rev. Greg Hall will officiate. There will be no burial.
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Cedar Bluffs.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 4, 2015
Verne Thomsen, Ames, Feb. 18, age 72
Verne Thomsen
Verne E. Thomsen of Ames passed away Feb. 18 at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln. Verne was born Feb. 27, 1942, in Fremont to J. Edwin and Josephine (Nelson) Thomsen. He grew up with his parents on a farm north of Ames and graduated from North Bend High School in 1959. He attended Midland Lutheran College and graduated with an accounting degree in 1964 and was employed as an accountant at Feltex in Fremont for several years. During the same period of time, he also served with the Army Reserves and was discharged in 1966.
Verne married Sandra J. Ladehoff on June 18, 1966, in Hooper. They resided in Fremont and Guymon, Okla. before moving to his maternal grandparents’ farm north and east of Ames. He continued to reside there and farmed for the remainder of his life.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper, was treasurer of the Maple Township Board in Dodge County and was active in Lower Platte Natural Resources District. He was their volunteer of the year in 2002.
He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by daughters Karen (Rob) LaCroix of Mead, Amy (Tom) Goeschel, Jr. of Lincoln, and Kristie Ondracek, of Houston, TX; sister LuAnn Thomsen of Lincoln, and five grandchildren; Chelsea (Luke) Kardell of Ames; Cassidy, Bayley, and Beau LaCroix of Mead; and Jordan Goeschel of Lincoln.
Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Rev. Joel Schroeder officiated. Burial was held at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Redeemer Lutheran Church and Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
Online condolences may
be left at
Published Feb. 25, 2015
Rita (Emanuel) Woita, North Bend, Jan. 28, age 85
Rita Woita
Rita (Emanuel) Woita, age 85, of North Bend, passed away Jan. 28 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. Rita was born April 28, 1929, in the Webster community to Anna Mary (Platenberg) and Bernard Emanuel. Her family moved to the North Bend area when Rita was eight years old. Rita’s mother died when she was nine leaving her father to raise five children (Bernie, Pat, Ken and Celine). She attended North Bend Elementary and graduated from North Bend High School in 1946. After graduation Rita taught school for two years and then worked as a telephone operator until her marriage to Joe Woita in April 1951.
Rita and Joe made their home in the North Bend community and raised six children there: Ron (Meg) Woita of Hastings, Steve (Anne) Woita of Lincoln, Lea (Wayne) Sissel of Broomfield, Colo., Marge (Scott) Dirkschneider of Charlotte, N. C., Sherry (Ryan) Reynolds of Lincoln and Jeff (Marcy) Woita of Lincoln. Rita welcomed 16 grandchildren into the world. At the time of her death she was also blessed with five great-grandchildren. She is survived by brother Ken (Barbara) Emanuel of Carson City, Nev.; sisters Celine (Richard) Papa of Fremont and Patricia (Leonard) Kavan of Morse Bluff.
Rita was a faithful member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend, including membership in the Altar Society, Circle 6 and Christian Mothers’ Organization. During and after raising her children, Rita ran an in-home day care, worked 15 years as a resource aid for the North Bend Elementary School and a supper cook for Birchwood Manor Retirement Home. Rita loved to bake and was always quick to share the delicious “goodies” that came from her oven with her neighbors, friends and family. On sunny days you would find Rita enjoying a round of golf with her friends or family or catching a baseball game in person or on TV. She was an excellent seamstress who also enjoyed reading and bridge.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, sister Bernie Devore and granddaughter Lauren Cash. Rita lived her life to the fullest with great grace and optimism and never missed an opportunity to show her love and support to her family and friends.
Funeral Mass was Monday, Feb. 2, at St. Charles Catholic Church, North Bend. The Rev. Father Steven Emanuel officiated. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend at a later date. Memorials are suggested to St. Charles Catholic Church, North Bend Elementary School or the North Bend-Morse Bluff Veterans Memorial Park. Online condolences may be left at
Moser Memorial Chapel, North Bend, was in charge of the arrangements.
paid obit published Feb. 4, 2015
Mary Lou Johnson, Fremont, Jan. 20, age 87
Mary Johnson
Mary Lou Johnson of Fremont died Jan. 20 at Homestead Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln. Mary Lou was born Feb. 7, 1927, in North Bend to Herman and Ann (Bintz) Stott. She grew up in North Bend and was a 1945 graduate of North Bend High School.
Mary Lou married Howard G. Johnson on June 2, 1946, in North Bend. The couple farmed near Webster until they moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1957. They later moved to Nickerson where they farmed for 15 years. They moved to Fremont in 1973. Howard died Jan. 20, 2000. Mary Lou moved to Shalimar Gardens in 2004.
Mary Lou was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Fremont. She decorated cakes out of her home for many years.
She is survived by her son, Greg (Cheryl) Johnson of Lincoln; daughter Genelle Hargens of Morse Bluff; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Jan. 23 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Michael McGregor of First United Methodist Church in Fremont officiating. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at
John F. Ladenburger, Bettendorf, Iowa, Jan. 18, age 75
John Ladenburger
John F. Ladenburger of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 18, in Peoria, Ill.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, in Bettendorf. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Food Pantry.
John was born June 24, 1939, in Wahoo, Nebraska, the son of John O. and Emma (Kavan) Ladenburger. He was united in marriage to Margaret E. “Peggy” Kutzke in 1993 in Rock Island, Illinois.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Peggy; his daughters Stephanie Larson and Jacki Florentius; and his son John A. Ladenburger.
John was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Emily Sabata and Nadine Racek.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting John’s obituary at
Paid obit published Jan. 21, 2015
Eileen Soll, Fremont, Jan. 14, age 87
Eileen Soll
Eileen K. Widhelm Soll of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, died Jan. 14 at Nye Legacy. Eileen was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Omaha to Thomas and Agnes (Burns) Wagner. She grew up in Gretna and was a 1945 graduate of Gretna High School. Eileen attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont.
Eileen was married to Ted Widhelm July 8, 1947, in Gretna. He passed away Jan. 1, 1973. She married Ed Soll Sept. 4, 1976. He died Oct. 16, 1998.
Eileen taught school for several years and worked in food service at various places. She worked at the Fremont Middle School for 25 years as a cook and retired in 2002. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society in North Bend. She was a member of the District 57 School Board.
Eileen is survived by daughters Julie (Ken) Kelberlau of North Bend, Sue Waters (Larry) Urwin, Marge (Kevin) Lodl of Morse Bluff; eight grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Bob Wagner and Charlie Burns and special friend Henry Nelson.
Funeral Mass was Jan. 17, at St. Charles Catholic Church. The Rev. Donald Cleary officiated. Burial took place at Woodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a charity yet to be determined. Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 21, 2015
Janet (Haun) Keller, Omaha, Jan. 10, age 81
Janet Keller
Janet Keller died at Hospice House in Omaha due to complications following pancreatic cancer. Janet was born on Feb. 15, 1932, on the family farm in North Bend to Ellwood Charles Haun and Myrtle Alice (Catherwood) Haun. She attended Wayne State College to get her teaching certificate, and she taught school (K-12) in Districts 12 and 47 in Scribner for four years. Janet was married on June 6, 1953, to Lloyd Edgar Keller of Morse Bluff. She worked as a secretary in Lincoln until her first child, Nancy, was born in 1954. She worked in the library and as a media specialist for Westside Community Schools for 27 years. She was a homemaker, devoted mother and wife for all of that time. Janet was a devout Catholic. She performed adoration at Mary Our Queen for many years, and was a parishioner at St. Vincent De Paul for the past ten years.
Janet is survived by her husband Lloyd; daughter Nancy Marie (Keller) Lee and Richard Dean Lee of Elkhorn; son and daughter-in-law Gregory Lloyd Keller and Lorena Pulgarin-Keller; four grandchildren: Joshua Daniel Lee, Jacob Richard Lee, Johan Alejandro Keller, and Elise Nicole Keller; sisters Jeannine Ries, Beverly Nissen (and Walt), and Barbara Broderick (and Greg); and her sister-in-law Irene Keller. She was preceded in death by her son, Rev. Daniel Ellwood Keller, and her parents, Ellwood C. Haun and Myrtle Alice (Catherwood) Haun.
Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice House, St. Vincent De Paul Church or Mary Our Queen Church, all in Omaha.
Arrangements were by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler.
Published Jan. 14, 2015


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