Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2013. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.
George R. Muller, Morse Bluff, April 30, age 55
George was born Jan. 2, 1958, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Franz and Shirley (Tubbs) Muller. He grew up in New York and after high school moved to Morse Bluff. He attended some college classes and was a long-time small business owner, including The Kirby Center and The Tan Center in Fremont and currently worked in maintenance at Cargill in Schuyler.
He married Tracy Peterson July 21, 1990, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wahoo.
George was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. He was a long-time power lifter at World Class Health Club in Fremont.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy; son Charles “Charlie” Muller, daughter Katy Muller, all of Morse Bluff; mother Shirley Bernard of Stone Ridge, N.Y.; brothers Franz “Jon” (Tammy) Muller of Cody, Erich (Deana) Muller of Highland, N.Y.; sisters Sheryl (Dan) Wheeler of Rhinebeck, N.Y., Elizabeth Miller of Stone Ridge, N.Y., Carrie Cheney of Rapid City, S.D.; and parents-in-law Robert and Mary Peterson of Wahoo.
Funeral Service was May 6 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend with the Rev. Calvin L’Heureux officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery in Wahoo.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial yet to be determined.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Frances (Bialas) Zelazny, Silver Creek, April 29, age 100
She was born Jan. 22, 1913, in Nance County to Charles and Mary (Sturek) Bialas.
Frances married Edward Zelazny in 1934 and helped him on the farm in addition to raising her family. He died in 1950. With the help of family, Frances stayed on the farm before moving to a nursing home in July 2011.
She is survived by sons Jerry (Kathleen) Zelazny of North Bend and Raymond Zelazny of Silver Creek; son-in-law Felix Tomasiewicz of Columbus; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters; five brothers; and three sisters-in-law.
Frances was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Silver Creek, where her funeral was held May 3. The Rev Mark Tomasiewicz and the Rev. William L’Heureux officiated, with burial at St. Lawrence Cemetery.
Published May 15, 2013
Jason D. Gulbrandson, Elkhorn, April 27, age 26
At age 3 Jason went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and underwent a Fontan procedure and received a mechanical heart valve. From that point of his life on Jason lived as normal of a life as possible, although he had several surgeries throughout his life.
Jason met his best friend, Brent Buda, in April of 1990. They spent their days together playing with Hot Wheels, watching and memorizing lines of movies and listening to music. Jason met his next best friend, his nephew Kaycee Gulbrandson, on March 1, 2007.
Jason’s life changed the day he met his true love Michaela and they have spent the best days of his life together. Their daughter, Paityn, was born Aug. 24, 2009. Paityn had Jason wrapped around her finger from the moment he saw her. Jason and Michaela celebrated their love when they married May 27, 2011.
Jason was a true family man who spent many of his days playing with Paityn and Kaycee. Whether he was dressed as a super hero or a princess, it was guaranteed the kids would be belly-laughing.
Jason’s life came full circle when he passed peacefully and surrounded by his family on April 27, 2013, at the Nebraska Medical Center. Although Jason never had a whole heart, he loved life and the people in it wholeheartedly.
Jason is survived by his two greatest loves, his wife, Michaela, and daughter, Paityn, as well as his mother Katherine Williams, father Michael Gulbrandson, sister and brother-in-law Jessica and Matthew Winternheimer, brother Jeffrey Gulbrandson, and nephew, Kaycee Gulbrandson all of Omaha; grandmother Betty Meier, of North Bend, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
Jason was a friend to everyone he met and considered his friends his family, particularly Brent Buda, Jon Borgstadt, Christopher Halpenny, Todd Knudsen, Benjamin Walstrom and Jeremy Ware. Jason has touched the lives of more people than his family will ever know and his legacy will continue to inspire even more. The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Kim Duncan, Dr. John Kugler, Pediatric Cardiology nurse, Kris Houston, the medical staff at Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Medical Center for their expertise, compassion and the care they provided to Jason throughout his life.
Funeral services were held on May 1 at Lutheran Church of the Master, West, in Elkhorn. Interment was in Prospect Hill Cemetery of Elkhorn. Memorials can be made to the Jason Gulbrandson Benefit Trust Fund.
Arrangements by Reichmuth Funeral Home, 21901 W. Maple Rd., Elkhorn, NE 68022
paid obit published May 15, 2013
Gerald J. Martens, Boulder City, Nevada, April 12, age 73
Gerald was born Feb. 19, 1940, in North Bend to Henry and LaVina (Jones) Martens. He grew up in North Bend where he helped his dad in the garage while attending grade school and high school. Gerald then graduated from Bahner’s College of Hairstyling.
Gerald married Sandra Kudlacek on June 27, 1959, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prague. They built a restaurant in North Bend in 1976 and named it the Frontier Steakhouse (now the Rawhide). They later moved to Fresno, Calif. and bought a retail medical uniform store, Bullard Medical Uniforms, and later bought Bettie Dawn Medical Uniforms in Mt. Vernon, Mo. Gerald was in sales all of his life, and they had various businesses and were proud to serve the community. Gerald and Sandy retired in 2001.
He was a Scoutmaster and involved with the Boy Scout Council for over 25 years. Gerald was a member of the Elks Lodge #2599 of Clovis, Calif. where he was treasurer from 1990-1994.
Survivors include wife, Sandy; sons Darryn Martens of Bakersfield, Calif. and Corby (Sheryl) Martens of Boulder City, Nev.; brother Marvin (Christina) Martens of Springfield, Mo; grandchildren Nicole (Steven) Gregory of Bakersfield, Calif., Melanie (Walter) Martens of Bakersfield, Calif., Travis (Alexis) Martens of Monterey, Calif. and Dylan Martens of Boulder City, Nev.; seven great grandchildren and his special dog, Goldie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. Father Donald Cleary will officiate. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Friday, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont on Tuesday, April 23, at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.
Moser Memorial Chapel of North Bend is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Paid obit, published April 17, 2013
Robert Agress, North Bend, March 2, age 85
Robert moved to Fremont in the 1970s. He married Sharon Farris Prinz on April 16, 1982, in Lincoln. Robert had been employed at Parker Livestock, Aaron Corporation and Darling International as a CPA and retired as a controller in 1997.
Robert was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont where he served as an EME. He was a member of the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy, American Contract Bridge League and League Life Master, and American Legion Post #20 of Fremont. He was a volunteer tax preparer for the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; step-son Kevin (Paula) Prinz of Fremont; step-daughters Pam (Kelly) Lehmann of Eustis, Ann (Jim) Mathes of Omaha, Deb (Dave) Campbell of Fremont; mother-in-law, Evelyn Farris of Fremont; in-laws, Gary (Terri) Farris of Pensacola, Fla., Mag (Larry) Meier of South Sioux City, Bill (Kris) Farris of Marshalltown, Iowa, Nancy Farris of Omaha; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. March 7, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont where the Rev. David Belt will officiate. Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont and is open to the public. Visitation with family receiving friends will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with visitation on Thursday at church on hour prior to service. Military grave side service conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of V.F.W. Post #854 and American Legion Post #20. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials may be directed to the family or to an organization of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Dan Cleary, Kansas City, Feb. 26, age 68
Daniel Frank Cleary of Kansas City, Mo., passed away unexpectedly on Feb 26. Dan was born on Dec 9, 1944, in Atkinson to W. Alexander and Eleanor (Mlinar) Cleary. In 1958 the family moved to Elgin, where Dan graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1963.
He moved to Kansas City and lived with his brother Frank and his family, attending Rockhurst University. In 1965 Dan started working at the General Motors Leeds plant in Kansas City.
On June 5, 1971, Dan married Barbara Ann Wayman, and they resided in Independence, Mo. In 1987 GM shut down the Leeds car plant. In 1988 Dan was transferred to the GM assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., working there until his retirement in 2000. Dan and Barb returned to Kansas City in April of 2001.
Dan is survived by his wife Barb; children Mike and Kim; twin brother Rev. Don Cleary of North Bend; sister Ruth (Jim) Hausmann; brother Tom (Helen) Cleary; sisters-in-law Ellen Cleary and Jeanne Cleary; and extended family.
The funeral was at Holy Family Catholic Church, Kansas City, on March 2.
Wilma (Vacha) Bolte, Schuyler, Feb. 23, age 83
Wilma was born May 29, 1929, in Howells to Joseph and Pauline (Hajek) Vacha. She moved to Dodge at the age of 10, where she attended school. Wilma married John F. Bolte on Feb. 22, 1949, in Clyde. He died Nov. 23, 1987.
Wilma was a telephone operator at the Webster Store and then moved to Fremont in 1950 where she worked for Hipke Cleaners for 23 years. In 1983 she and John purchased J.B.’s Trading Post in Cedar Bluffs and moved there in 1987. Wilma operated J.B.’s Trading Post until retiring in 1994. She was active in the community for many years.
Wilma was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cedar Bluffs and the Altar Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 158 in Cedar Bluffs and former member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and Divine Mercy in Schuyler.
Survivors include daughters Marilyn Bailey of Jacksonville, Fla. and Karen (Ivan) Reeb of Schuyler; sister Agnes Brabec of Clarkson; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. Visitation will be Wednesday 4-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 6 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church Thursday.
Memorials may be directed to Group B Strep International.
Published Feb. 27, 2013
Robert C. Thomposn, Ames, Feb. 17, age 85
Robert was born Dec. 19, 1927, in St. Paul, Minn. to Fred and Mildred (Olson) Thompson. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, and served for over 30 years, retiring in 1974. He moved to Fremont in 1964 and then to Ames in 1969.
Robert married Constance M. “Connie” Vulgamore Dec. 4, 1964, in Fremont. She died Jan. 27, 2005.
He was a life member of V.F.W. Post 8223 of North Bend and a member of the Masonic Lodge 78, A.F. & A.M. of Waukegan, Ill. for over 50 years. Robert was also a member of the North Bend Golf Course.
Survivors include daughter Barb (Ryan Collins) Thompson-Collins of Ames; step-son Dennis (Debbie) Bailey of Wichita, Kan.; step-daughter Sharon (Gary) Strong of Fremont; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services with military honors conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of V.F.W. Post 854 and American Legion Post 20 were Feb. 21. Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont on Saturday, March 2.
Memorials may be directed to the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.
Published Feb. 27, 2013
Wilma (Kavan) Mares, Fremont, Feb. 13, age 97
She moved to rural North Bend from Linwood at the age of 14. Wilma graduated from North Bend High School in 1931 and from Midland Lutheran College in 1965. She taught school for 11 years.
Wilma married Adolph Mares Oct. 17, 1942, in Grand Island. Adolph passed away Jan. 8, 1981.
After marriage they lived in North Bend where they farmed. They moved to Fremont in 1960. Wilma resumed teaching in 1957 and taught at rural schools until receiving her degree. She taught in elementary schools for Fremont Public Schools until retiring in 1981.
Wilma was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fremont, United Presbyterian Women, taught adult Sunday school and had served as a deacon in the church. She was a member of Fremont Area Medical Center Auxiliary, Retired Teacher’s Association, locally and at the state level, member of Delta Kappa Gamma and American Association of University Women.
Survivors include daughters Judy (Ken) Von Seggern and Joan Mares, all of Omaha, Carlene (Bruce) Keim of Syracuse; brother Arnold (Lorraine) Kavan of North Bend; sister Vlasta Kavan of Fremont; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Feb. 18 at the Presbyterian Church in Fremont with the Rev. Jon Ashley officiating. Memorials may be given to the Presbyterian Church and to Odyssey-Gentiva Hospice in Fremont.
Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Feb. 20, 2013
Jim M. Satorie, Morse Bluff, February, age 67
Jim married Kim Meier on Nov. 7, 1965. They later divorced. He then married Connie Bier.
Jim is survived by his wife, Connie of Fremont; daughter Lisa (Michael) Prohaska of Prague; step-daughter Pam (Matt) Shaw of Morse Bluff; brother Dave (Sherry) Westphalen of Schuyler; sister Gloria Wnek of Phoenix, Ariz; five grandchildren: Samantha, Sarah and Cody Prohaska, and Dillon and Brooklyn Shaw; one step-granddaughter; and four step-great-grandchidren; one niece and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service was Feb. 19 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with the Rev. Scott Jensen officiating. Burial was at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff. Memorials may be given to the Morse Bluff Volunteer Fire Dept. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com. paid
Published Feb. 20, 2013
Ella (Beranek) Tavnicek, North Bend, Feb. 1, age 102
Ella was born on the family farm near Morse Bluff on Nov. 30, 1910, to Charles Sr. and Frantiska “Fanny” (Pallas) Beranek. Ella married Adolph Travnicek on Feb. 14, 1935, at the Presbyterian parsonage in Clarkson. She continued to live on their farm six miles southwest of Cedar Bluffs until she moved to Birchwood Manor in 2006 at age 95. Adolph died Feb. 29, 1988.
Ella, born of a Czech immigrant mother and a first-generation Czech immigrant father, was fluent in the Czech language all her life, having to learn English in grade school. She also knew quite a bit of Latin.
Ella was involved in gardening and preserving Nebraska’s wild flowers. She had been a member of the South Cedar Extension Club and was a charter member of the Cedar Bluffs Garden Club. She had been on the state board of the Federated Garden Clubs of Nebraska and had been a representative on the Rocky Mountain Region of the Federation of Garden Clubs.
When their younger son went to college, the Travniceks became foster parents to a daughter, Carolyn Blunt, who lived with them from age 7 until she graduated from Cedar Bluffs High School. Another foster daughter, Sharon LeBeau, lived with them for one year. Over a span of 13-plus years, a total of 13 foster children received care for various lengths of time.
Survivors include: sons Edward (Dorothy) Travnicek of Ramsey, Minn., and Ivan (Deani) Travnicek of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Scott Jensen, Fremont Area Medical Center Chaplain, will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private family interment will be on Feb. 11 at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be directed to the Department of Horticulture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln or Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., PO Box 1952, Clarksburg, MD 2087.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Feb. 6, 2013
Abby Kubik, Prague, Jan. 23, age 17
Abby Jo Kubik of Prague died Jan. 23, 2013, in Omaha after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born March 14, 1995, in David City to Terry and Kim Kubik of Prague.
A benefit was held in her honor last year that the North Bend community supported.
Survivors include her parents, sister Krisine (Klye) German of Lincoln; grandparents Myron and Dorothy Coufal, Richard and Beverly Paseka; aunts and uncles Jeff and Brenda Coufal, Roger and Tracy Kubik, Mike Kubik, Dave and De Hamilton, Dave and Katie Brabec; cousins, friends and her dog, Jack.
Funeral services were Jan. 26 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with burial at Prague National Cemetery.
Memorials in care of the family for further designation. Svoboda Funeral Home, Wahoo, was in charge of arrangements.
Published Jan. 30, 2013
Richard B. Limbach, Spencer, Jan. 7, age 77
Richard married Darlene Liekhus on April 24, 1956, in Howells. She died June 24, 1993. He married Nancy Hartman on May 19, 1995, in Morse Bluff.
Richard owned and operated Limbach Sanitation in North Bend. He later owned and operated L & L Lumber in North Bend.
Richard was a member of the Nebraska Safari Club, Safari Club International and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of Spencer; sons Michael (Barb) Limbach of Fremont, Rick (Cheryl) Limbach of Valley; daughters Linda Welling of Lees Summit, Mo., Nancy (Kent) Ronnau, Lisa (Steve) Richardson, all of North Bend; step-sons Kristopher (Tonya) Folken of Creston, Doug (Marin) Zabka of Clarkson, David (Tracy) Zabka of Lincoln; step-daughters Kathy (Nathan) Bach of Worthing, S.D., Angie (Tyler) Reeves of Creston; brothers Robert (Audrey) Limbach of Fremont, Ralph (Diane) Limbach of North Bend, Reynold (Marie) Limbach of Odessa, Joe (Carmen) Limbach of Kearney; sister Theresa (Dick) Kruse of Leigh; 27 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was held Jan. 14 at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Bernard Kimminau officiated. Burial will be at the Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be given to St. Charles Catholic Church and to 4-H. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Published Jan. 16, 2013
Jack C. Petersen, Bennet, Jan. 1, age 65
Jack C. Petersen of Bennet, formerly of North Bend, died Jan. 1 in Lincoln after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 15, 1947, in North Bend to Oswalt “Ossie” and Bernice (Buchholtz) Petersen.
Jack was a 1966 graduate of North Bend High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1970 aboard the USS Ranger during the Vietnam war. Jack graduated from Milford Technical College in 1972 with a degree in welding. He lived a short time in Lincoln before moving to Bennet where he was employed by Judd Brothers Construction Company.
Jack married Carol Zabava, they divorced. He later married Sue Lowe.
Jack was a member of American Legion Post #340 of Morse Bluff.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Jennifer (Marvin) Hestermann of Firth, Sara (John) Boldt of Omaha; step-daughter, Robin Lowe of Bennet; sisters Karen Legler of Morse Bluff, Connie (Bill) McCann of Columbus; and three grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life and gathering of family and friends was held Jan. 19 at Jack and Sue’s acreage near Bennet.
Published Jan. 23, 2013
Eugene J. Emanuel, North Bend, Jan. 2, age 92
He was born April 27, 1920, in the Pleasant Valley area of rural North Bend to Joseph and Helena (Becker)Emanuel. Eugene married Elsie Vacha on Jan. 6, 1944, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge. The couple farmed and had a dairy herd three miles west of Webster until retiring in 1987 and moving to North Bend. Elsie died Jan. 25, 2011.
Eugene was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3736 of North Bend. He was a member of the American Dairy Association.
Eugene is survived by sons Wayne (Maria) Emanuel of Beemer, Joseph (Bonita) Emanuel of Hartington, Eugene (Kim) Emanuel of Monticello, Minn., Kevin (Kate) Emanuel of Osceola, Iowa, Chad (Cheryl) Emanuel of Waukee, Iowa, and Roch (Diane) Emanuel of North Bend; daughters, Elizabeth (Tony) Wiese and Sandra (Leo) Blaha, all of Dodge, Dorothy (Leo) Showers of Lincoln, Mary (Dean) Von Seggern of Scribner, and Denise (Glen) Temple of Ottumwa, Iowa; sister-in-law Mildred Emanuel of North Bend; brother-in-law Dwain Molle of West Point; 30 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Eugene is the last of ten Emanuel siblings that included brothers Francis, Joseph, Ralph, Herman and Vincent Emanuel; and sisters Phyllis Baumert, Edith Emanuel, Mary Scheppers and Victoria Molle.
Funeral mass was Jan. 5 at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend with Don Cleary officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Ridgeley Catholic Cemetery near Scribner. Memorials may be given to St. Charles Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Ridgeley Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Jan. 9, 2013
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