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Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2022. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Melvajean (Gewecke) Kluck, Schuyler, June 27, age 93
Melvajean Kluck
Melvajean Kluck of Schuyler died June 27 at the Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Her service will be live streamed on Kracl Funeral Chapel Facebook Page. Services are Friday, July 1 at  10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Schuyler, with the Rev. Bill Mattfeld officiating
Visitation will be Thursday, June 30, 5-7 p.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel, Schuyler, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the chapel. Visitation Friday will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
Committal will be at Schuyler Cemetery with lunch following in the church hall.
Memorials to the church or Colfax County Senior Center.
Melvajean was born Jan. 6, 1929, in Tobias, Nebraska to Joe and Clara (Most) Gewecke.  The family moved to Schuyler where she graduated from Schuyler High School in 1947. 
On June 8, 1949, she married M. Duane “Kinky” Kluck at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shell Creek. They lived and farmed northwest of Schuyler and Melva moved to town in 1995.  She had taught rural schools and worked at Ben Franklins, Schuyler Pharmacy and Dufek’s Jack and Jill. She was a 50-year member of Immanuel Lutheran church, taught Sunday School, held offices in the Ladies Aid and Church Council, led girls 4-H at Wilson and was a member of the Wilson Extension Club.
Melvajean is survived by daughters Susan (Chuck) Emanuel of North Bend and Cindy (Al) Sadowski of Omaha; son Darrel (Nancy) Kluck of Center  Point, Iowa; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kinky in 1994, daughter Kathy Kluck in 2018 and three brothers: Marvin was killed in World War II, Wesley and Gaylord Gewecke.

Published June 29, 2022

Lauretta (Reznicek) Muff, Fremont, June 25, age 79
Lauretta Muff
Lauretta (Reznicek) Muff passed away peacefully on June 25 at Nye Legacy with her family by her side.  Lauretta was born on August 9, 1944, in Fremont to Adolph and Emma (Semerad) Reznicek.
She graduated in 1963 from North Bend High School.  Lauretta married Dwayne Muff on Nov. 28, 1964, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clyde. They made their home in Lincoln before moving to Kansas City where they developed many lifelong friends. Then moved to Omaha in 1974 where she worked in telemarketing for several years before she started an in-home daycare, caring for many children as if they were her own.
Lauretta loved celebrating the seasons and holidays, especially Christmas. She so enjoyed Santa, gnomes, decorating and giving presents. She enjoyed lighting up everyone’s life celebrating the seasons and the birth of our savior. 
She is survived by her husband Dwayne Muff and sons Tom (Jacque) Muff of Blair, Jeff (Maria) Muff of Morse Bluff and Kevin (Misty) Muff of Lincoln along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Adolph and Emma, brothers Norbert and Dave Reznicek and sister Evelyn Mihulka.  She is survived by her brother Kenneth (Phyllis) Reznicek and sister-in-law Patricia Reznicek.
A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at St James Catholic Church, 4710 N 90th St. in Omaha. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn.    
Interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Elkhorn. 
Memorials may be directed to St. James Catholic church or the Cancer Society.

Published June 29, 2022

Charlotte (O'Hare) Tawney, Fremont, June 22, age 86
Charlotte Tawney
Charlotte Tawney of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, died June 22 at her home.
Charlotte was born August 14, 1935, in Fremont to Michael and Charlotte (Lake) O’Hare.
She was a 1954 graduate of Holy Name High School in Omaha. Charlotte married Jack E. Tawney on April 23, 1955, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend.
Charlotte was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Altar Society, and the Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 8223, all in North Bend and the Catholic Daughters at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont.
She is survived by daughters Theresa (Bruce) Busse, Mary Gaskill and Julie (Randy) Reznicek, all of North Bend, and Jill (David) Mendlik of Fremont; sons Pat (Jolene) Tawney of North Bend, Mike Tawney of Lincoln, John (Pam) North of Beaufort, South Carolina, 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, brothers John and Bernard O’Hare, sisters Mary Staley and Margaret Hulett and daughter-in-law Michelle Tawney.
Her funeral Mass was June 24 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, North Bend Senior Center or North Bend Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be left at

Published June 29, 2022

Donald A . Hochstein, Hartington, June 20, age 95
Donald Hochstein
Donald A. Hochstein of Hartington died June 20 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Mass of Christian Burial was June 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. An Duy Phan officiating. Burial was St. Michael’s cemetery in Hartington.
Pallbearers were his seven sons: Dale, Kirk, Neal, Nick, Karl, Glen and Greg Hochstein.
Donald Arthur was born on Feb. 10, 1927, to John and Rose (Schulte) Hochstein in Wynot. He grew up in the Wynot area and graduated from Wynot High School in 1945.
He married Elaine Helen Mary Burbach on June 2, 1953, in St. James. After his marriage they lived in Laurel from 1954 to 1960. While in Laurel, Don carpentered and worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads. In 1960 he and Elaine returned to the home farm northwest of Wynot. He raised livestock, milked cows, and raised row crops. Don was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society while in Wynot.
Don retired in 1992 and moved to Hartington. He was a member of the Ministry of Praise and Perpetual Adoration at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Don was a member and past president of the Senior Citizens Center in Hartington. He drove school bus for Wynot from 1976 to 1992. After moving to Hartington, he drove the school bus from 1992 to 2011 until he had his 84th birthday. Don moved to the Embers Assisted Living in Coleridge in November of 2015.
Don is survived by his 14 children, Jane and Richard Mehaffey of North Bend, Ann and Lee Shepherd of Rapid City, South Dakota, Susan and Terry Hupp of Spearfish, South Dakota, Dale and Laura of Wayne, Kirk and Barb of Wayne, Joyce and Roger Paseka of Prague, Nancy and Doug Vrbka of Brainard, Brenda and Doug Hummel of Omaha, Neal and Sharlee of Wynot, Bette and Keith Becker of Hartington, Nick and Jessi of Wayne, Karl and Carroll of Ankeny, Iowa, Glen and Pam of Seward, Greg and Stephanie of LaVista; 48 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Elaine on March 21, 2018 at the age of 84 years; parents, infant son Russ Michael, granddaughter Megan Shepherd; brothers Lawrence, Reynold, Gilbert, Fritz, and John Jr. Hochstein; sisters Valeria (Sister Rose Jean), Rosine Pinkelman, Ruth Huennekens, Viola Lammers, Dolores Abbot, Freida (Don) Hoss and Mary (Ralph) Wieseler.

Published June 29, 2022

Duane J. Gaskill, York, June 6, age 68
Duane Gaskill
Duane Joseph Gaskill, known to some as “Duffy,” died in his sleep in the early hours of Monday, June 6, in York. Duane was the oldest son of Archie Dean and Mildred Marie (Schmid) Gaskill. He was born May 17, 1954, in Columbus and graduated from North Bend Central in 1972.
Duane was a truck driver and teacher of truck driving for most of his professional life before experiencing disability following multiple motor vehicle accidents. He was a charismatic dude with a very adventurous spirit, inclined toward the Rocky Mountains, motorcycling and sailing. Duane was also a complex man who struggled with addiction but succeeded with recovery. At least two of his children remember a camping trip where he bounded into a creek in hot pursuit of a large mushroom he had dropped, one intended for the grill.
Duane was preceded in death by his father Archie, mother Mildred, brothers Jay and Byron and daughter Marcella. He is remembered by former wife and dear friend Cindy Rossi, sons Nolan and Nathan, daughter Dora, sisters Valerie and Deanna, brother Brett, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends in Colorado who love him like family.
According to Duane’s wishes, there are no services planned. He has admirably donated his physical remains to the Forensic Investigation Research Station at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Dora Gaskill is happy to receive and forward condolences to the family through

Published June 15, 2022

Marjorie (Moser) Reynolds, Fremont, June 1, age 87
Marge Reynolds
Marjorie W. (Moser) Reynolds of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, died June 1, at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont.
Marjorie was born August 18, 1934, in Dodge to Edward A. and Hilda (Studt) Moser. She lived in Dodge until moving to North Bend in 1942. Marjorie was a 1952 graduate of North Bend High School. She worked as a waitress at the Corner Café in North Bend and then taught school at District 92 south of Morse Bluff. Marjorie was employed at North Bend Central High School as a secretary and study hall teacher for 20 years. She also worked as a receptionist at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend.
Margie married Gene Hynek on Aug. 1, 1953, in North Bend. She went from being a city girl to a farmer’s wife. They later divorced.
Margie was a lifelong member of St. Charles Catholic Church at North Bend and St. Anne’s Altar Society. She was known for her love of baking kolaches, cinnamon and dinner rolls. Margie would bake on Saturday mornings and sell them out of her house. She loved to dance.
Margie married John Reynolds on July 18, 1997, at St. Charles Catholic Church at North Bend. They lived in North Bend until moving to Shalimar Gardens at Fremont in 2017. John died Aug. 5, 2018.
Marjorie is survived by sons Larry (Kerry) Hynek of Morse Bluff, Bob Hynek of Talmage and Mike (Cailie) Hynek of Guide Rock; daughters Carolyn (Todd) Bornhoft of Lincoln and Barb (Jeff) Hines of Morse Bluff; sister Ardith (Richard) Cantral of Kearney; brothers Robert (Caryn) Moser of North Bend, Jim (Lynda) Moser of Fremont, Richard (Donna) Moser of Sacramento, Calif., Eldon (Cheryl) Moser of Yutan; brother-in-law, Mel Roth of Fremont; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband John; daughter-in-law Connie Hynek; sisters Mae Rita Jirkovsky, Kathy Powers, Mercedes “Dee” Roth and infant sister Elizabeth Moser; brother and sister-in-law Edward L. and Doris Moser; brother-in-law Richard Hartmann; niece Susie Priester; and nephew Steve Hartmann.
Her funeral Mass was June 6, at St. Charles Catholic Church at North Bend. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery at North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation.

Published June 8, 2022

Richard J. Thege, North Bend, May 9, age 89
Richard Thege
Richard J. Thege of North Bend passed away May 9 at Methodist Fremont Health.
Richard was born on Dec. 13, 1932, to George Joseph and Rose Lillian (Houfek) Thege on the family farm near Linwood. He attended Linwood High School and enjoyed playing basketball and softball. Richard graduated in 1951 and was the senior class valedictorian.
Richard served in the United States Air Force from Feb. 20, 1953, to Feb. 19, 1957, and completed his reserve duty on Feb. 19,1961.
Richard farmed his whole life near Linwood and North Bend. He was a member of the Prague
Presbyterian Church until its closing in 2012. He was a board member of the Prague Presbyterian Cemetery.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers George (Mary Ann) Thege, Clarence Thege, Raynold Thege, and Donald Thege; and nephews David Thege and Mark Anthony Thege.
He is survived by his sisters-in-law Marlene Thege, Pauline Thege, and Alyce Thege and numerous nieces and nephews.
His funeral service was May 16 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Sarah Gengler officiated. Burial was at the Prague Presbyterian Cemetery, west of Prague, with military honors.
Memorials may be directed to family or donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published May 18, 2022

Caleb M. Ladehoff, Sutton, May 3, age 17
Caleb Ladehoff

Caleb Michael Ladehoff of Sutton died May 3 at Bryan Medical Center West Campus in Lincoln.
Caleb was born Sept. 1, 2004, to Jon and Kristi Ladehoff of Sutton. He gave his heart to Jesus as a young boy and is now fully restored and in the presence of his Savior.
Caleb grew up in Sutton and was proud to be a Mustang. He was an avid weightlifter and competed in football, basketball and track and field. He was a member of the Sutton FFA chapter and a member of the youth group at Stockham Community Church.
Caleb was the second of four siblings and many of his favorite memories were made while traveling with his family on summer vacations. “C-dawg” loved spending time outdoors, especially at his grandparents farms. He enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling and working with cattle. Caleb also enjoyed spending time with his friends and cousins and will be remembered for his ability to bring joy and laughter to those around him.
Caleb is survived by his parents; siblings Nathan, Lindsey and Eli, all of Sutton; grandmother Lavonne Ladehoff of North Bend; grandparents Bill and Judy Hamer of Scotia; aunts and uncles Fred Ladehoff of North Bend; Doug and Jennifer Johnson of Omaha; Brandon and Karmen Hamer of Central City; Cameron and Brenda Hamer of Greenfield, Iowa; Tiffani Wymer of Central City; many beloved cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harlan Ladehoff.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.
Condolences may be left at

Published May 11, 2022

Callie Jo Witt, Rogers, April 29, age 20
Callie Witt

Callie Witt of Rogers transitioned from her earthy home on April 29.  She was born Nov. 6, 2001, to father Timothy Witt and mother Jennifer Witt.
  Callie loved horses. She was born with them running through her veins. She also found joy in wresting and dance. She will be remembered as sassy, a teaser and sometimes even tormentor to the ones that knew her and loved her. Callie worked harder than anyone you would ever know, constantly raising the bar to be better, be stronger and at the top of her craft. She always knew the risk of her passion and she left us living out her dreams. 
Callie is survived by her parents, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, Nana, Papaw and Trey Miller.
  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in remembrance of her to Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Jockey’s Club Thoroughbred Safety Net Foundation or Bluegrass Farms Chaplaincy.
  For Arrangements for Callie please visit

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle”.
~ Winston Churchill

Published May 11, 2022

Frank H. Kasal, Rogers, April 13, age 93
Frank Kasal
Frank H. Kasal of Rogers died Saturday, April 23, at Brookstone Acres in Columbus.
Frank was born on the family farm on June 18, 1928, to Frank and Adele (Krula) Kasal and
baptized at Bethlehem Chapel Presbyterian Church. He attended Dist. 11 grade school and
graduated from Schuyler High School before attending the University of Nebraska College of
After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War in Japan and Korea, he returned to
farming in Colfax County. On January 31, 1959, Frank was united in marriage to Phyllis Koch at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shell Creek. He enjoyed farming, raising cattle, and visiting with family and friends. 
Frank is survived by his wife Phyllis Kasal of Rogers; daughters Kimberly (Michael) Richtig
of Hesston, Kan., Kathleen Kasal of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kristin (Jeffrey) Vavricek of Omaha, Karlyn (Marc) Cherry of Tucson, Ariz., and Karmen (Brian) Daake of Beatrice; grandchildren Heidi (Christopher) Piszczek, Mackenzie (Baylie) Richtig, Meredith Sulentic, Madeline Vavricek, Matthew Vavricek, Christopher (Chelsea) Cherry, Colin Cherry, Samantha Daake, Lauren Daake, Colten Daake; two great-grandsons, Bennett and Brooks Piszczek and sister-in-law Norma Koch.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Adele Kasal, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-
law Walter J. Koch, Dayle and Dolores Kallweit, Richard and Elaine Freudenburg, and Hugo
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church of Schuyler or the Schuyler Cemetery Association.
Frank’s funeral service will be Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Schuyler.  Rev. Sarah Gengler will officiate. Visitation is set for April 29, from  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church with military honors and committal  at Schuyler Cemetery following the service. The funeral will be live streamed on Kracl Funeral Chapel Facebook Page. Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler in charge of arrangements.
Published March 30, 2022

James W. Keeler, Fremont, April 10, age 91
James Keeler
James W. Keeler of Fremont, passed away at Nye Legacy April 10. He was born on May 23, 1930, in rural Valley to Clyde and Hazel (Walraven) Keeler.
James grew up in Yutan and Valley, moving to Fremont after graduating from high school in 1947. He married Carolyn Fishel on Sept. 2, 1950, in North Bend.
After a short time working for Hormel in Fremont, Jim spent most of his life farming. First near Valley and then Linwood. When retiring from farming they moved to Schuyler where he was a truck driver for Husker Coop, which allowed him to continue time in rural areas, among the local farmers.
After Carolyn’s passing he married Muriel (Monke) Ringle and moved to Fremont and still continued trucking. At 80 he decided it was time to fully retire.
James was a member of Salem Lutheran Church of Fontenelle. He served on the Linwood School District board for several years, Platte Township of Butler County board, and was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler.
James is survived by wife Muriel, Fremont; daughters Lisa Renner-Ellermeier (Randy Kremlacek), Linwood and Linda (Dennis) Brichacek, Schuyler; son Terry (Rebecca) Keeler, Houston, Texas; step-children, John (Sandy) Ringle, James Ringle (Tracy Landis), Joni Ringle (Mark) Tyner and Jay (Lori) Ringle; sister Leatha Mumm, Yutan; grandchildren Brad (Sandy) Renner, Stacey (Shawn) Wieseman, Brian (Gina) Renner, Tim (Shannon) Renner, Tina McFadden and Jessicah (Shane) Prittchet; step-grandchildren Paige (Ben) Strobbe, Andrew Tyner (Mary McConnell), Rachel Tyner, Blake (Alex) Suurvarik and Barrett Ringle; great-grandchildren, Isaac Strobbe, Molly and Maddy Renner, Norah, Claire, Henry, Ellorie, John Renner, Jake Wieseman, Alexis, Sophie, Kayden and Lizzy Renner; and great-great- grandchildren, Kloee and Ronan Bernardy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Carolyn; sisters Bettie Keeler and Joyce Sievers; brothers Richard Keeler, Dale Keeler and Glen Keeler; sons-in-law Ellory Renner, and Dean Ellermeier.
His funeral was April 13 at Salem Lutheran Church of Fontanelle. Burial was at Woodland
Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church of Fontanelle.
Online condolences at
Published March 30, 2022

Patricia (Andrew) Nelson, Morse Bluff, March 22, age 78
Patricia Nelson
Patricia Nelson of Morse Bluff was born May 30, 1943. She grew up in Omaha and attended North High, graduating in 1961. On June 25, 1961, Pat married her high school sweetheart, Nicholas Nelson, at Pearl Memorial Methodist Church in Omaha. Later in life she helped run their business, Nelson Plumbing, for 26 years. Pat died March 22. She was a member of Saint Peter Lutheran Church of North Bend. Pat cherished time with her friends and family, as well as spending time outdoors fishing, gardening and at her cabin in Lynch. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Winifred Andrew, and husband of 58 years, Nicholas K. Nelson of Morse Bluff. Pat is survived by sister Dana (Tim) Austin of Minnesota, brother Rick (Monika) Andrew of Georgia; daughters Kathie Englert (Jimmy Williams), Vicki (Sam) Orsi, Connie (Dave) Rathbun, Jennifer Abels all of Omaha; and her beloved dog Jackson; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services were held on March 26 at 11 am at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Bend, with a lunch that followed. Memorials to Open Door Mission or ALS Association. Published March 23, 2022

Peggy Sue (Sexton) Neidecker, Morse Bluff, March 16, age 58
Peggy Sue Neidecker of Morse Bluff passed away March 16 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. She was born July 4, 1963, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Elmer and Bertha (Thornburg) Sexton.
Peggy grew up at Fort Smith and graduated from Northside High School.  She married Steve Neidecker Dec. 27, 1988, at Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  They settled in Morse Bluff after traveling for many years across the central United States. Peggy worked in Columbus where she was an ISM at BD Medical. She loved everyone and never met a stranger. 
Peggy is survived by her husband Steve; daughters Jessica (Ian) Slama of Columbus, Lacy (Clay) Williams of Alma, Arkansas; son Jason (Katherine) Neidecker of Slydell, Louisiana; sister Sharon (Pete) Collyge of Cockeysville, Maryland; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers Tommy, James Ray, and Howard Sexton.
Her funeral was Monday, March 21, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Richard Crooks of first Baptist Church in Fremont officiated. Interment will be at Killian Cemetery west of Morse Bluff.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 23, 2022

Laverna (Barber) Whitt, Fremont, March 12, age 97
Laveran Whitt
Laverna G. Whitt of Fremont passed away March 12 in Bennington. She was born Nov. 5, 1924, in North Bend to George and Sarah Barber. Laverna grew up in North Bend and then lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a short time during WWII. She moved to Fremont in 1948. Laverna married Frederick Whitt on Nov. 5, 1948. Fred died December 20, 2020.
Laverna was active in the First Christian Church in Fremont and served as a deacon, elder, board member and president of the women’s groups. She had twice been president of Church Women United of Fremont.
Laverna was an avid quilter and artist and a wonderful seamstress. She was involved in her daughter’s activities including 4-H, Girl Scouts, PTA, band and school. Laverna was an avid Husker football and volleyball fan.
Laverna is survived by daughters Diana (Ted) Smalley of Edmond, Oklahoma, Edith Whitt of Bennington; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Neal C. Whitt; brother Irvin Barber; and sister and brother-in-law Marie and Burt Worden.
Her funeral service was March 18 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. Memorials may be given to Fremont Methodist Hospice.
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Published March 23, 2022

Trudy Cekal, Beatrice, March 3, age 90
Gertrude A. “Trudy” Cekal of Beatrice passed away Thursday, March 3 at the Beatrice Health and Rehab in Beatrice. Trudy was born July 15, 1931 to James and Gertrude A. (Banghart) Cherny in North Bend. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1949. Trudy continued her education and earned her BA at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She married Glenn Cekal. They later divorced. She continued to live in Lincoln until moving to Beatrice in 2012. Trudy was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Ruth Cooper and Elizabeth Godwin. There are no services. Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. Moser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Published March 30, 2022

Ella Petersen, North Bend, Feb. 27, age 91
Ella Petersen
Ella Nunn Ford Watt Petersen of North Bend passed away Feb. 27.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 4, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. The Rev. Lawson Short will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, March 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will take place at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the North Bend Senior Center, North Bend Fire and Rescue, and Project Wish with the Fremont Health Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 2, 2022

Christiana (Stuttrucker) Martens, Fremont, Feb. 22, age 68
Christiana R. Martens of Fremont, formerly of Frankfurt, Germany, passed away Feb. 22 at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Christiana was born on June 4, 1933, to Max and Margareta (Seeger) Stuttrucker in Furth Bayern, Germany. She grew up in Germany and moved to the United States on May 1, 1956, and obtained her citizenship in Wyoming.
On May 13, 1956, Christiana married Marvin Martens in North Bend. Christiana and Marvin loved to travel and they lived various places throughout the U.S.
Christiana was preceded in death by her parents, son Robert and brother-in-law Gerald Martens.
She is survived by her husband Marvin, sister-in-law Sandra Martens of North Bend, nephews Darryn Martens of North Bend and Corby Martens of Nevada.
Graveside services were Feb. 28 at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 2, 2022

Dwight Schultz, Cedar Park, Texas, Feb. 11, age 89
Dwight Schultz
Surrounded by family at home, Dwight Schultz passed away in Cedar Park, Texas, on Feb. 11.
He was born to Ezra and Ellen (Hejde) Schultz on May 25, 1932, in Norfolk. The family moved to the Purple Cane locale shortly after his birth where Ezra farmed. Dwight attended school in the area and graduated from North Bend High School in 1950. Following high school, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving in a number of locations including Frobischer Bay in Nunavut, Canada. After discharge from the Air Force, Dwight farmed with his father until Ezra’s retirement in 1960. He and his parents were longtime members of St. Peter’s Lutheran church in North Bend.
In 1957, Dwight married Ruth Von Seggern. During the late ‘60s he left farming and the family moved to Bryan, Texas, where Dwight commenced insurance sales with Lutheran Brotherhood. Later, they returned to Nebraska where Dwight continued insurance sales and later undertook other sales occupations.
During the mid-1970s Dwight and Ruth divorced. Dwight later married Patricia Shockey. They commenced various business ventures, their final being the Old Scout in North Bend.
Dwight is survived by his daughter Sheryl Larson of Spencer, Iowa, son Jeffrey Schultz of Cedar Park, Texas, daughter-in-law Preyachat Schultz, granddaughter Audra Larson of Spencer, Iowa, and great-grandson Allen Larson of Kingsley, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, and grandson Adam Larson.
A funeral will take place on March 19 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in David City.
Memorials may be sent to Butler County Senior Services, 592 D. Street, David City NE 68632..
Published March 9, 2022

Sarah Emanuel-Heller, Rogers, Feb. 6, age 68
Sarah Emanuel Heller
Dr. Sarah A. Emanuel-Heller of Rogers passed away Feb. 6 at her daughter’s home in Omaha.
Sarah was born Dec. 19, 1953, in West Point to Ralph and Mildred (Baumert) Emanuel.
Sarah grew up in North Bend and graduated from North Bend Central High School in 1972. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College.
In 1975 Sarah married Zelan Heller in Lincoln. Sarah and Ze moved to Fremont, where she was the manager of the Fremont Parks Dept. greenhouse. In 1977, Sarah and Ze relocated to Wisner and opened All Seasons Flower, Gift, Lawn and Garden. They ran the business until 1982.
Sarah attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, for her doctorate, and had a chiropractic practice in both Schuyler and Rogers from 1986 to 2010.
Sarah was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 8223, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 340, a former CCD teacher at St. Charles Borromeo, and former member of the St. Charles choir.
Sarah is survived by her husband, Ze Heller of Rogers; daughter Katie (Benjamin) Mattson of Omaha; sons Michael Heller of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew (Becky) Heller of Blair, and Andrew Heller of Mankato, Minnesota; brothers David Emanuel of Fremont, Robert (Lee Ann) Emanuel of Salem, Oregon, Eric (Priya) Emanuel of Los Angeles, California, Matt (Bonny) Emanuel of West Point, and John (Jeanine) Emanuel of Schuyler; grandchildren Royce, Magnus, Hawken and Bjorn Mattson of Omaha, and Millie, Vivie, Rowan and Ruby Heller of Blair.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Memorial visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Charles. Family interment will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to the family for a future designation.
Online condolences at
Published Feb. 9, 2022

Richard F. Krupka, Schuyler, Jan. 30, age 80
Richard Krupka
Richard F. Krupka of Schuyler passed away Jan. 30 at St. Joseph’s Villa in David City.
Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler.  Rev. Gerry Gonderinger was celebrant.
Committal with military honors at Schuyler Cemetery.
Memorials can be made in care of the family for future designation.
Richard F. Krupka was born Sept. 13, 1941, at home in Dodge to Joseph. L. and Philomena (Gall) Krupka. He attended area schools and worked on the family farm.  In February 1963 he joined the United States Army where he served in Germany and was honorably discharged.  
On May 4, 1963, Richard married Viola Mathiason at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge.  They lived in Howells, Fremont, on a farm north of Schuyler and in 1985, moved to Schuyler.  He worked at the packing plant in Schuyler as a supervisor for 28 years. Richard enjoyed driving truck and finished his working years doing just that. 
He and Vi raised their five children and enjoyed retirement in Schuyler. Time spent with family was his greatest joy. Richard was a member of Divine Mercy Parish-St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler.
Richard is survived by his wife Viola of Schuyler, daughter Theda (Kirk) Hansen of North Bend, their children Allison and Shane, Dean Krupka and his son Nathan of Schuyler, Tim (Brenda) Krupka and children Jeff Shuster, Jeremy and Samara Krupka and Jailyn Sulley, Paul (Kay) Krupka and their children Lorah Lynn (Chris) Baete, Christopher and Mylissa Krupka and grandchildren Katelynn, Kendra, Grayson and Kamree, Dale (Sandy) Krupka of Omaha and their children Anna and Tanner. He is also survived by his sister Mae
Rita Lund of West Point and eight brothers: Joseph (Toni) Krupka of Plattesburg, New York, Melvin (Maggie) Krupka of St. Helena, Calif., Ronald (Mary) Krupka of Rapid City, South Dakota, Duane Krupka of Pahoa, Hawaii, Raymond (Lynda) Krupka of Navera, Florida, Kenneth (Vicki) Krupka of Beemer, Eugene (Karen) Krupka of Fremont and Glenn Krupka of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Marvin and his wife Helen Krupka and Larry Krupka,
sister Marlene and her husband Delvin Hegemann, brother-in-law Larry Lund and sister-in-law Gail Krupka.
Published Feb. 9, 2022

Matthew K. Potadle, Tekamah, Jan. 2, age 36
Matthew Potadle
Matthew Keith Potadle was born to Paul and Allison Potadle Sept. 10, 1985, in Omaha. He passed away unexpectedly Jan. 2 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Matthew was raised in Lincoln. He received his education at Lincoln East High School, Florida State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Matthew found great enjoyment in football. As a defensive player at Florida State and a defensive coach at Tekamah-Herman High School, he shared his passion for football with friends, family, and Tekamah youth. He spent countless hours watching football games with his father Paul, analyzing and dissecting game plans and plays.
Matthew also loved growing plants and getting his hands dirty planting, watering, and nurturing all things green. He was most recently pursuing a degree in horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He had found a new interest in learning about plant genetics and plant production.
Family was the center of Matthew’s life. He found great joy and pride in being a son, a grandson, a brother and an uncle. Matthew was preceded in death by his grandparents Keith Potadle and Merle and Margaret (Lodl) Jensen.
Matthew is survived by his parents Paul and Allison (Lodl) Potadle; sisters and brothers-in-law Brittani and Charles Hoesche of Lincoln and Sydney Potadle and Will Thomas of Albuquerque; his girlfriend Jamie Kruse and son Eli of Gretna, and nieces Olivia and Willa.
Funeral Services were held Jan. 7 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tekamah with interment at Tekamah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Tekamah-Herman Athletic Department c/o Tekamah-Herman Public Schools.
Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah was in charge of the arrangements.
Published Jan. 12, 2022

Paula (Roehrkasse) Knepper, Holdrege, Dec. 28, 2021, age 84
A Memorial Service for Paula Joan Roehrkasse Knepper will be held on Monday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege. A visitation will be held April 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege. Family members will be there from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A family internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Island. Paula Joan was born on Nov. 11, 1937, in Grand Island to Raymond and Pauline (Holtorf) Roehrkasse. She died Dec. 28, 2021, at her home in Holdrege. On Aug. 2, 1959 she married Ralph Eldon Knepper, who passed on Aug. 8, 2021. They lived in Hastings, moving to Holdrege in 1963. Paula taught vocal music at Oxford, Minden and Holdrege, had a private voice studio in her home and directed multiple church and community choirs. Paula is survived by two sisters, Claire Eason (Michael G.) Eason of North Bend, Kathryn Trebelhorn of McAlester, Oklahoma; and extended family. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps County Community Foundation and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at Published March 23, 2022

Hope B. Johnson, Denver, Dec. 2021, age 36
Hope Johnson
Our beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Hope Brittany Johnson, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep in Denver, Colorado, in late December 2021. Hope was born in North Bend to Nancy and Rodney Johnson on Sept. 27, 1985. She worked in the cosmetics industry in Denver, most recently for The Body Shop as a store manager. She loved helping others to see the beauty in themselves. Hope enjoyed spending time with her parents, brothers and sisters, and, especially, her nine nieces and nephews, whom she called her “littles.” She was an avid reader and Harry Potter fan. Hope adored her cat, Lilith, and had a deep compassion for animals from a young age with the family dog formally named “Hope’s Little Sir Jingles.” She loved visiting the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, with her family, singing in the back seat to one of the numerous John Denver songs she knew by heart. Hope is survived by her parents, Rod and Nancy Johnson of North Bend, her siblings and their partners, her littles, her best friend Johnathan Nieto, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Her family will be celebrating Hope’s life this summer in a private family memorial at her favorite place, Bible Point at the YMCA of the Rockies. Memorials may be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter in Colorado that rescues animals and offers pet adoption, veterinary services, and more or to the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park,Colorado. “Death is not an ending, but a symbol of movement along the path upon which we are all traveling. As it may be painful to lose contact with the physical aspect of one we love, the Spirit can never be lost. We have been and always will be a part of each other.” – John Denver Published March 23, 2022

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