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Obituary Archives
2008

Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2009. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Don Zima, David City, Dec. 18, 2009, age 76
Don Zima died Dec. 18 at the age of 76. His funeral was Dec. 22 at Kracl Funeral Chapel in David City with lay minister Jerry Kracl officiating. Burial was at David City Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 5814 and Post 125 of the American Legion.
Memorials have been established for American Legion Post 125 and the David City Volunteer Fire Department
Donald James Zima was born Dec. 6, 1933, in Abie to James and Laura (Krenk) Zima. He graduated from David City High School in 1952. Don served in the U.S. Army.
On Dec. 2, 1967, Don married Margaret Krumbach at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelby. He was a lifelong farmer near Abie and Linwood, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the American Legion Post #125 in David City.
Don is survived by his wife Margaret of David City, daughters Joan (Scott) Leu of Omaha and Donna Zima of Wrentham, Mass., brother Adrian (Marlene) Zima of Schuyler, three grandchildren; Abbi, Conner and Caitlin Leu, all of Omaha. Published Dec. 23, 2009
Rev. Orin C. Graff, Lincoln, Dec. 17, 2009, age 90
The Rev. Orin C. Graff of Lincoln, passed away on December 17 at Eastmont Towers surrounded by family. He served as the pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend from 1975 to 1986.
He was born to Raymond Chester and Ida C. (Hanson) Graff on Sept. 6, 1919, in Bancroft.
On June 1, 1942, he married Dolores Larson, who survives him. He is also survived by sons David (Cheryl), Baileyville, Ill., Paul (Loris), Casper, Wyo.; Steve (Ann), Sedalia, Mo.; and Philip of Lincoln; daughters Mary Graff, Deborah (Gary) Kilian, all of Lincoln; Elizabeth (Sam) Shotts, Highland Village, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brothers Curtis Graff of Dalhart, Texas, Lyle Graff of Laverne, Minn.
Orin was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church, serving in this capacity for over 60 years in Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa churches. He founded Cleveland Bible Camp near Stuart.
A memorial service for Orin was held Dec. 22 at Eastmont Towers, Lincoln, with the Rev. J.P. Carlson, officiating. Internment will be at Bancroft Cemetery at a later date. The family suggests a gift to the Eastmont Towers Bed Replacement Fund in lieu of flowers. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at www.roperandsons.com. Published Dec. 23, 2009
Sophie (Jecha) Odvody, Wahoo, Dec. 15, 2009, age 91
Sophie H. Odvody of Wahoo died at her son’s Morse Bluff home on Dec. 15. She was born May 8, 1918, to Frank and Mary (Stanek) Jecha in Brainard.
On Jan. 9, 1940, Sophie married Ernest M. Odvody. The couple farmed south of Morse Bluff until retiring and moving to Wahoo in 1985. Ernest died Jan. 16, 1996.
Sophie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wahoo and Special Friends Cancer Survivors.
She is survived by son Milton (Marilyn) Odvody of Morse Bluff; daughter Mildred (Marvin) Fujan of Wahoo; sister-in-law Dorothy Jecha of Schuyler; grandchildren Carolyn (Allan) Beethe, Cheryl (Rob) Brennan, Marie (Jim) Schmitt; eight great-grandchildren: Andrew, Carrie and Ashley Beethe, Sophie and Elizabeth Brennan, Shelby, Naomi, and Dan Schmitt.
The funeral was Dec. 19 at First Presbyterian Church in Wahoo with the Rev. Patrick Marshall officiating. Burial was at Sunrise Cemetery in Wahoo. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchaples.com
Memorials are suggested for the American Heart Association of Hospice of Saunders County. Published Dec. 23, 2009
Mildred B Bignell, Cortez, Colo., Nov. 22, 2009, age 91
Mildred B. Bignell of Cortez, Colo., died Nov. 22. She was born May 17, 1918, in North Platte to George and Sadie (Tetterton) Star.
On May 16, 1936, Mildred married James F. Bignell at Julesburg, Colo. He died March 23, 2001.
Survivors include her son James W. (Ruth) Bignell of Manchos, Colo.; granddaughter Kristy Fulghum; three great-grandchildren; siblings Marge Dougherty of Fairfax, Va., and George Star of North Platte.
Graveside services will be 1:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at Fleming Cemetery in Morse Bluff with the Rev. J.O. Baumgartner officiating.
Memorials may be made to Southeatern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 or All Children’s Hospital, 801 6th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Daniel M. Post, Schuyler, Nov. 15, 2009, age 43
Daniel Matthew Post of rural Schuyler was killed in an automobile accident on Nov. 15 three miles west of Schuyler on US Highway 30.
Dan was born July 24, 1963, in Zumbrota, Minn., to Walter and Joanne (Bright) Post. He graduated from Zumbrota High School and attended a technical school.
On May 20, 1994, he married Carla Koepsell in Columbus. They lived west of Schuyler and Dan worked in maintenance at Cargill Meat Solutions in Schuyler.
Dan is survived by his wife, Carla; daughters Kyla and Kerrie Post; step-son Brandon Koepsell, all of Schuyler; two brothers, Dennis (Molly) Post of Mazzepa, Minn. and Dale (Barb) Post of Zumbrota, Minn.
A memorial service was held Nov. 17 at Kracl Funeral Chapel with Jerry L. Kracl, speaker. Committal will be in Minnesota at a later date. Condolences to www.revbluejeans.com.
Joyce (Fox) Houfek, Schuyler, Nov. 15, 2009, age 84
Funeral services for Joyce E. Houfek were held Nov. 19 at Kracl Funeral Chapel with Jerry L. Kracl speaking. A private committal will be held later. Memorials are suggested for the Colfax County Senior Citizens Center or St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Joyce Houfek, of Schuyler, died Nov. 15 at the Golden Living Center in Schuyler. She was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Chambers, Nebraska to George Henry and Helen Mabel (Butterfield) Fox.
On Oct. 16, 1947, she married Edward L. Houfek in South Dakota. They lived in Schuyler and Joyce worked at Kruger Grocery and later for Dale Electronics for 14 years. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Women of the ELCA, Schuyler Eagles Club and volunteered at the Colfax County Senior Citizens Center in Schuyler.
Joyce is survived by daughter Bonnie Salak of Columbus; sons Bernard Houfek of Tennessee, Bud (Penny) Houfek of Schuyler and Bob (Valeria) Houfek of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brother, Wallace (Shirley) Fox, Huntsville, Ala.; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Condolences can be sent at www.revbluejeans.com.
Duane E. Hartmann, Fremont, Nov. 8, 2009, age 85
Duane Hartmann
Duane E. Hartmann of Fremont died on Nov. 8. He was born Sept. 12, 1924, to Earl and Verna (Dunker) Hartmann of North Bend.
Duane graduated from North Bend High School in 1942 and entered the Army. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, seeing action in the European theater.
After his discharge from the military in Dec. 1945 Duane attened Midland College, graduating in 1948. He was a teacher, principal, and coach at Snyder High School until 1957. He moved with his famiy to Oregon where he attended the University of Oregon and began teaching at Lebanon, Ore., where he spent the next 26 years in the high school business dept.
On June 15, 1947, Duane married Ruby Schmale. They moved back to Fremont in 1998.
Survivors include his wife, son Wayne Hartmann of Keizer, Ore., daughters Cynthia (Stanley) Tarr of Covington, Wash., Brenda (Robert) Duran of Antlers, Okla.; seven grandchildren, seven great-grand-children; sister Doris (Arnold) Rector of Fremont; sisters-in-law Laverne Schmale of Schuyler and Carol Lewis of Fremont.
The funeral was Nov. 11 at Salem Lutheran Church in Frmeont with the Rev. Michael Thomas and the Rev. Robert Duran officiaitng. Militay rites were performed by Fremont Honor Guard of VFW Post 854 and American Legion Post 20.
There will be a memorial service at a later date in Fremont. Online condolences can be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Memorials have been established for Salem Lutheran Church, Odyssey Hospice and Alzehimer’s Association.

Willis H. Sellhorn, Lincoln, Nov. 1, 2009, age 84
Willis H. Sellhorn died Nov. 1 at his home in Lincoln.
Willis was born June 20, 1925, to Herman and Mary (Watt) Sellhorn of North Bend. He graduated from North Bend High School in 1943 and joined the Army. After his discharge he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He graduated from a mortuary science school in St. Louis and worked with his father at Sellhorn Funeral Home in North Bend for several years.
On Feb. 6, 1948, he married Virginia L. Lorent in Washington, D.C. She died March 7, 2006.
In 1950 he began working for OPPD, a job that took him to Ralston and Tecumseh before retiring in 1987. He then lived in California until returning to Nebraska in Oct. 2009 to live in Lincoln.
He is survived by sons Mark (Barbara) Sellhorn of Lincoln, Brent (Donna) Sellhorn of Lindsborg, Kan.; daughters Susan Puchalla of Omaha, Janet (Bill) Shelly of Brea, Calif., and Mary (Brice) Moeller of Columbia, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and sister Phebe Rehbein of Fremont.
Willis was a member of North Bend Masonic Lodge 119 and North Bend VFW Post 8223.
Grave side services will be Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m., at Woodland Cemetery with military honors conducted by VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 and Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340.
Published Nov. 11, 2009
Edward G. Lozisek, Bruno, Nov. 1, 2009, age 78
Edward Kozisek
The funeral for Edward G. Kozisek was Nov. 4 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bruno with the Rev. Ron Homes officiating. Burail was at the church cemetery with military honors by Rejda Post #273 of the American Legion-Brainard. Memorials are suggested for the Butler County Right for Life or the donor’s choice.
Edward died Nov. 1 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
He was born March 20, 1931, in Bruno to Joseph A. and Anna A. (Pekarek) Kozisek. He attended school in Bruno and David City High School and served in the United States Navy for three years. Edward lived in Omaha and Denver before returning to Bruno where he was a heavy equipment operator for Proskovec Construction.
Edward was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, a Fourth Degree Knight in Bishop Flavin Council #11652 of Abie and Bruno, John F. Kennedy Assembly #0605 of Bruno, the Catholic Workman, Fremont-Elkhorn Valley Railroad Association, National Rifle Association, Camp Creek Thrashers Association, and Bruno Volunteer Fire Department. He was also the local Amsoil salesman.
He is survived by brothers Joseph E.(Marie) Kozisek of David City, Fred (Norma) Kozisek of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; sister Mary (Duane) Henrichson of Ceresco, sister-in-law Georgia Kozisek of Omaha.
Published Nov. 4, 2009
Pauline (Jordan) Nissen, Fremont, Oct. 23, 2009, age 89
Puline Nissen
Pauline Suey Nissen of Fremont died Oct. 23 at her home in Fremont.
Pauline was born Aug. 31, 1920, to Rovert Lon and Deliah Ann (Boob) Jordan in Gretna. She graduated from Gretna High School.
On Feb. 4, 1938, Pauline married William F. Suey in Council Bluffs. They moved to the Morse Bluff and North Bend area in 1968. William died Sept. 16, 1981.
On April 7, 1984, Pauline married Duane Nissen in North Bend. He died Jan. 8, 2002.
Pauline worked at Birchwood Manor for 17 years as an aide and later as activities director. She moved to Fremont in 1984.
Pauline was a member of Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include sons Roger (Nancy) Suey of Fremont, Walter Suey of Gretna, Timothy (Pat) Suey of Omaha; daughters Maryanne (Edward) Oxner of Little Rock, Ark., Linda (Steve) Mylander of North Bend; 26 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Oct. 27 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Joe Baumgartner nad the Rev. John Plowman officiating.
Burial was at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Millard.
Memorials are suggested for Bluff Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.org.
Published Oct. 28, 2009
Christine M. Newson, Greenville, N.C., Oct. 22, 2009, age 46
Christine Margit Newsom of Greenville, N. C., died Oct. 22. She was born Dec.14, 1962, in Washington D.C. to Keith and Brigitte Newsom of Fort Washington Forest, Md., the youngest of their three children.
When she was eight years old the family moved to Albuquerque, N.M. She graduated from El Dorado high school in 1980 and the University of New Mexico in 1984.
Christine’s early accomplishments were all the more remarkable because while she was still in middle school and high school her mother became more and more incapacitated from the ravages of Huntington’s disease. Her mother died in 1984 at age 50. Unfortunately, Christine inherited the gene for Huntington’s disease for which there is no cure and which invariably results in an early death. During her long illness Christine demonstrated great courage and good humor, but the illness is debilitating, cruel and relentless.
Christine is survived by her father Keith R. Newsom of Greenville, N.C.; sister Sylvia (William) Hunneke of Greenville, N.C.; her brother Rob (Sidney) Newsom of Richland, Wash.; and her aunt Hazel Hanson of Marysville, Kan.
Christine has been cremated and no services will be held at this time. A small informal memorial service is planned tentatively for next spring at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. At that time, on a plot next to her uncle Jack Newsom, a grave stone honoring Christine and her immediate family members will be dedicated.
Memorials may be directed to your charity of choice or to the Huntington Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.
Published Nov. 4, 2009
David J. Chapman, California, Oct. 21, 2009, age 75
David John Chapman died Oct. 21 at home of natural causes after a long illness. His wife Diane was by his side.
David was born in North Bend in 1934 to John and Edith (Button) Chapman. He attended a one-room school house before graduating from North Bend High School in 1951 at the age of 16. He later attended the University of Nebraska where he received his BA, Northwestern University where he received his MA, and Pepperdine University where he received his MBA.
He served in the Army as a Military Policeman in Korea in the late 1950s and retired from the Army Reserves at age 62 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After marrying his first wife in 1959 (they later divorced) he moved to Palo Alto, California and began a distinguished career at Ampex, running at different times the International and the Data Systems Divisions. He traveled extensively during his career, through the Soviet Union, Asia, South America, and Europe. He retired in 1989 as an Executive Vice President.
After retiring from Ampex, he began another career as a teacher of International Relations and Marketing at Notre Dame University and the University of San Francisco.
He married Diane Hull in 1983, and they bought a ranch on the coast of Pescadero. David loved Pescadero, and said that he didn’t want to leave unless it was feet first.
David was an avid collector all his life, collecting local art, Indian baskets, Irish and English china, Nebraskan quilts, African and Mexican folk art and, his favorite of all, beach glass and beach rocks. To support this hobby he bought and ran an antique store, Country Roads, in Pescadero. He loved gardening, music, animals, his grandchildren, and was a voracious reader. And even though he had been a vice president of a high tech company, he hated the internet and email.
He is survived by his wife Diane, his children Cathe, David, Sue, Jim, Sean, Randy and Brett, his beloved grandchildren Jacquie, Max, Emma, Louis and Beth; sister Mary Ida Wisnieski of Fremont and brothers Chic Chapman of Grand Island and John Chapman of Texas.
Services will be held at Pescadero Community Church on October 27 at noon. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Coastside Adult Day Health Care Center in Half Moon Bay.
We miss you terribly.
(paid obituary) Published Oct. 28, 2009
Gladys (Kunneman) Swanson, Clarkson, Oct. 13, 2009, age 83
Gladys Swanson
Gladys M. Swanson died Oct. 13 at the Golden Living Center in Clarkson. Funeral services were Oct, 15 at Kracl Funeral Chapel with lay minister Jerry L. Kracl officiating. Burial was at Schuyler Cemetery. Memorials are suggested for St. John’s Lutheran Church and Schuyler Rescue Squad
Gladys was born on the family farm May 8, 1926, to Herman and Carrie (Nielsen) Kunneman. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1944.
On May 30, 1944, she married Virgil Swanson in Stanton. They lived in Schuyler and Gladys assisted Virgil operating the Roberts Dairy route in Schuyler. After Virgil’s death in 1972, Gladys worked at Ben Franklin’s, Schuyler Pharmacy and later was elected Colfax County Treasurer, a position she held for 16 years. Gladys was a member of the Colfax County Democratic Party, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and the LCW.
She is survived by sons LeeRoy (Virginia) Swanson of Blair, Michael (Sharon) Swanson of Columbus; daughter, Karen (Bob) Prososki of Kearney, 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.
Condolences can be left at www.revbluejeans.com
Harold D. Dalheim, Norfolk, Oct. 12, 2009, age 82
Dr. Harold Dean Dahlheim of Norfolk died Oct. 12 in Omaha. Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk with the Rev. James Brewer officiating. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park at a later date.
Harold was born Nov. 20, 1926, to William and Pearl (Howard) Dahlheim of North Bend. He graduated from North Bend High School in 1944. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with his studies interrupted by military service. He was a Navy Corpsman, serving on hospital ship USS Haven and later the aircraft carrier, USS Kwajelein. Harold continued in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a commander in 1972.
In 1954 he received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In July 1955 Dr. Dahlheim and Dr. J.L. Dyer operated a clinic in North Bend. Dr. Dahlheim left in 1959 for a residency in general surgery at UNMC. In 1963 he moved to Norfolk, where he practiced medicine until retiring in Dec. 1990. Harold married Dorcas May Medeck in 1948. She died earlier this year.
He is survived by sons Mark (Kerry) Dahlheim of Omaha, Mike Dahlheim of Dallas, Texas; daughters Diane (Dave) Nitz of Lincoln, Denise (Dave) Hoff of Avilla, Ind.; brothers Leonard (Eileen) Dahlheim of North Bend, William Dahlheim of Gretna; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials can go to the Faith Regional Carson Cancer Center, 1500 Keonigstein, Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701.
Published Nov. 4, 2009
Myron J. Lutz, Hadar, Oct. 11, 2009, age 73
Myron Lutz
Myron J. Lutz of Hadar died Oct. 11 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Myron was born Jan. 13, 1936 in North Bend to Eugene and Ruby (Stubbert) Lutz. He graduated from Schuyler High School in 1951. He served in the Navy from 1954 to 1956 on the U.S.S Coral Sea out of Norfolk, Va.
On Aug. 11, 1956, Myron married Carol J. Plant at Hatboro, Penn. They lived in North Bend until moving to Tekamah in 1965. In 1984 they moved west of Pierce where they farmed in the Wee Town and Hadar area. They moved to Hadar in 1988. Carol died July 17, 2000. Myron retired from farming in 2006. Myron was a member of Mason North Bend Lodge #119 A.F. and A.M.
Survivors daughter Karen (Robert) Chandler of Apache Junction, Ariz.; sons Robert (Susan) Lutz, and Richard (Carol) Lutz, all of Norfolk; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Oct. 15 at Christ The Servant Lutheran Church in Norfolk with the Rev. Stephen Lund officiating. Interment was at Prospect View Cemetery, Pierce. Military Rites were by Tomek-Otto Post #72 American Legion, Pierce, and the Navy Honors Guard.
Robert L. Cerny, North Bend, Oct. 9, 2009, age 79
Robert Cerny
Robert L. Cerny died Oct. 9 at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha.
Bob was born June 8, 1930, to Otto and Helen (Spicka) in Weston. He was raised in Weston, Columbus and Omaha, graduating from Weston High School. He worked for his father in their auto body repair shop in Weston before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was on active duty from Aug. 1952 to May 1954. He served in the Naval Reserve Seebees from 1973 to 1977. After his discharge, he worked in several auto body and welding shops in Omaha.
On Oct. 8, 1955, Bob married Rita Maly in Weston. They lived in California for a year before moving to North Bend. Bob operated Cerny Auto Body Shop. In 1958 he started Cerny Wrecker Service which he operated with Cerny Salvage Service. Through the years Bob taught many young men the auto body repair trade, some of whom went on to open their own business.
Bob was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend, Knights of Columbus Council 3736, VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 and American Legion Post 340. He served as a volunteer fireman in Weston and North Bend and served several terms on the North Bend City Council.
Survivors include his wife Rita, sons Michael (Susan) Cerny of Elkhorn, Steve (Lori) Cerny, Tom (Lynda) Cerny, all of North Bend; daughters Colette (Martin) Stoltenberg of Omaha, Diane (Charles) Treat, Jeanne (Kent) Fredrickson, all of North Bend; brothers Richard Cerny of Lincoln, Gary Cerny of Bullhead City, Ariz.; sisters Doris Essay of Omaha, Betty Turner of Weston; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Oct. 13 at St. Charles Catholic Church. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery with military honors conduced by American Legion Post 340, AmVets Post 20, VFW Post 8223 and the U. S. Navy Military Honors Team.
Memorials are suggested for St. Charles Catholic Church, North Bend Library Building Fund, North Bend’s Franklin - Cotterell Greens Arboretum or the North Bend - Morse Bluff Veterans Park.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Alvin E. Raisl, Milwaukie, Ore., Oct. 9, 2009, age 89
Alvin E. Raisl died October 9 in Milwaukie, Ore.
Alvin was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Bloomfield, Mont. to James and Marie (Marsoun) Raisl. In 1937 he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was stationed at Port Angeles, Wash. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in the European Theatre of War. After returning from the war he purchased a ranch near Richey, Montana.
On Nov. 22, 1949, he married Maxine Ondracek in North Bend, and they farmed and ranched until 1963 when they moved to Milwaukie, Ore., where Alvin and his brother-in-law opened a meat plant. Later Alvin worked at Cal-Ore. Machine Co.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, Elks, Moose, Eagles, VFW and American Legion.
He is survived by his wife Maxine; daughters Evelyn (Mark) Lee of Milwaukie, Ore.; Annette (Loren) Finifrock of Enterprise, Ore.; sons Gary (Janice) of Milwaukie, Ore.; Ed (Lynn) of Tacoma, Wash., David (Karmyn) of Albany, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Alvin’s funeral was Nov. 13 at St. John the Baptist Catholic church and private internment with full military honors at Williamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
Cards of condolences may be sent to Maxine at 1817 S.E. Risley Ave., Milwaukie, Ore. 97267, or e-mail her at Rmaxalvin@aol.com.
Paul J. Sloup, Prague, Oct. 7, 2009, age 58
Paul J. Sloup died Oct. 7 at his home in Prague. Funeral services were Oct.12 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague with the Rev. Jamie Hottovy officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery.
Paul was born December 13, 1951, to James W. and Marie S.(Koranda) Sloup. He graduated from Wahoo Neumann High School in 1970. Paul was a truck driver throughout the country for many years but settled in Prague and recently worked for Collins Construction of Wahoo.
He is survived by sisters Theresa (Jerry) Retzlaff of Plainview; Marilyn (Bob) Coe of North Bend, Ann Sloup of Wahoo, nieces and nephews.
Published Oct. 14, 2009
Hazel (Greaser) Matejicek, North Bend, Oct. 3, 2009, age 98
Hazel Matejicek
Hazel A. Matejicek died Oct. 3 at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.
Hazel was born Nov. 3, 1910, to Theodore and Lucy (Nestroyl) Greaser of North Bend. She was a life long resident of the North Bend area, working on the family farm and taking care of her father during his illness.
On May 2, 1935, Hazel married Charles J. Matejicek in Omaha. He died July 22, 1999.
Hazel is survived by brother Douglas (Betty) Greaser of Siverdale, Wash.; sister Fern DeVoe of North Bend; nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7 at Moser Memorial Chapel, North Bend with the Rev. Fred Andersen officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials are suggested for North Bend Rescue Squad.
Published Oct. 7, 2009
Michael Zachek, Lincoln, Oct. 1, 2009, age 60
Michael Zachek
Michael Zachek, 60, of Lincoln, died Oct. 1. He was born Oct. 3, 1948, in Eagle to Henry and Arlene (Parker) Zachek. He served in the US Army and was a member of the VFW #131 and #3606.
Survivors includes wife Pat Zachek of Lincoln; sons Michael Zachek of Seward, Richard (Rachel) of Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandchildren; siblings Karen (Earl) Wallace, Bill (Joan) Zachek, Don (Diane) Zachek, all of Lincoln, Ed (Marilee) Zachek of Davenport, Patti (Greg) Nelson and Joe Zachek, all of Dodge.
Funeral service was Oct. 6 at Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel in Lincoln. Memorial may be given to the family. Condolences or personal reflections may be left online at www.metcalffuneralservices.com.
Published Oct. 7, 2009
Brit R. Aufenkamp, Fremont, Sept. 6, 2009, age 55
Britt R. Aufenkamp of Fremont died Sept. 26 at his home.
Britt was born Aug. 6, 1954, to Robert and Betty Aufenkamp of Burke, S.D. The family moved to Fremont in 1968. Britt was a graduate of Fremont High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was member of First Congregational Church in Fremont and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 200 in Fremont.
On June 19, 1976, Brit married Pam Heinmann. She survives
Other survivors include sons Michael Aufenkamp of Norfolk, Heath Aufenkamp of Fremont, Jacob (Megan) Aufenkamp of Omaha; daughter Heather (Mick) Rahlfs of Fremont; mother Betty Sawyer of Fremont; brothers Joe (Nettie) Aufenkamp of Nickerson, Steve (Bev) McCarthy of Moline, Ill.; sisters Sherry ( Russell) Miller, Chris (Walter) Powell, all of Lincoln; five grandchildren; and others.
A memorial service was held Sept. 30 at Firest Congregational Chrch with Rev. Terri Akkerman officiating. Burial was at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont with military honors.
Memorials have been established for the the First Congregational Church Youth Club and the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 7, 2009
Donald Johnk, Schuyler, Sept. 2009, age 86
Donald Johnk
Donald Johnk’s funeral service was Sept. 25 at Kracl Funeral Chapel with Lay Minister Jerry L. Kracl officiating. Burial will be at Schuyler Cemetery with military honors by Hespen-Mitchell Post #4836 of the VFW and McLeod Post #47 of the American Legion
Don was born June 7, 1923, in Colfax County to Herman and Anna Kucera(Sedlak) Johnk. He graduated from Schuyler High School in 1939. He entered the United States Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater.
On July 8, 1947, he married Darlyne Speckman in Columbus. Don was an electrician and owned and operated Modern Electric in Schuyler for 27 years. He then worked for Monfort of Colorado as Electrical Superintendent from
1982-1990. Following his retirement he assumed the position of Building Inspector for the City of
Schuyler for 17 years.
Don was a past Member of the American Legion, VFW, St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Masonic Lodge, and the Last Man’s Club.
Don is survived by his wife Darlyne of Schuyler and daughter Candace Johnk of Columbus.
Published Sept. 30, 2009
Bernice (Busch) Heavican, Schuyler, Sept. 19, 2009, age 96
Bernice Heavican
Funeral services for Bernice M. Heavican were Sept. 26 at Divine Mercy Parish-St. Augustine’s with Rev. Gerald Leise officiating.
Burial was at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials are suggested for St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and the Benedictine Mission House
Bernice died Sept. 19 at the Golden Living Assisted Living in Schuyler. Bernice was born Sept, 10, 1913, in Schuyler to George and Bertha (Held) Busch. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1931, attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and taught country school in Colfax County for 6 years.
On June 7, 1937, Bernice married Martin F. Heavican at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. They farmed and raised their family, northeast of Schuyler.
Bernice was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, served on the Parish Council, Little Flower Altar Society, was a Charter Member of the Mother Cabrini Study Club, Hospital Auxiliary, Grandview Extension Club and was a volunteer for the bloodmobile.
She is survived by daughter Jean (Robert) Augustine, Lincoln; three sons Robert (Sally) Heavican, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Mike Heavican, Lincoln; George (Christine) Heavican of Ventura, Calif.; daughter-in-law Marilyn Heavican of Schuyler, sister-in-law Monica Pieper of Dodge; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Published Sept. 30, 2009
Marvin D. Richards, Schuyler, Sept. 17, 2009, age 84
Marvin Dale Richards, 84, of Lincoln, formerly of Schuyler, died Thursday at the Lancaster Manor in Lincoln.
Marvin Richards, 84, son of Kenneth Reynold and Pluma Hazel (Gillespie) Richards, was born in David City, Oct. 6, 1924. He was married to Ila Barnes, now deceased.
Marvin is survived by sister Alice Smith of Nebraska City; his son, Kenneth Richards of Greenville, S.C.; daughter, Debbie Burns of Lincoln; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren.
Marvin was a highly decorated corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during WWII. He majored in veterinary medicine at Peru State and was a hatcheryman and feed dealer for the majority of his career.
A graveside service in Schuyler, will be held for Marvin in October, date to be announced later. Kracl Funeral Chapel, Schuyler, in charge of arrangements.
Published Sept. 23, 2009
Ralph A. Widhelm, North Bend, Sept. 6, 2009, age 83
Ralph Anthony Widhelm died Sept. 6 at St. Francis Hospital in West Point. Funeral services are pending arrangements for the arrival of family living overseas.
Ralph was born Feb. 2, 1926, one of ten children born to John and Catherine (Wegner) Widhlem at Howells. He graduated from Howells High School in 1944. In 1947 he and his brother Herman started Widhlem TV & Electric in North Bend.
On Aug. 8, 1950, Ralph married Katherine Lemke of Cedar Bluffs. She died March 5, 1993. From 1950-51 Ralph served in the U.S. Army in Korea.
In 1967 Ralph and Kathy started a Gambles hardware store on Highway 30 in North Bend. In 1990 Ralph retired from the store, but continued doing appliance repair work.
Ralph was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the Bald Eagles trio that entertained in the area and at family events.
Ralph is survived by children Doris (Mike) O’Malley of Des Moines, Iowa, Linda (Carl McElroy) Parsons of Barretode, Guam, Gary (Robin) Widhelm, Greg Widhelm, all of North Bend, Jane (Don) O’Neill of Omaha, Nancy (Dennis) Petersen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Genni (Steve) Cerny of North Bend; brother Joe (Ellen) Widhlem of Fremont; sister Wilma Dunker of Fremont; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at St. Charles Catholic Church with burial at Woodland Cemetery.
Lowell C. Johnson, North Bend, Sept. 1, 2009, age 89
Lowell Johnson
Lowell C. Johnson died Sept. 1, at his home at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont.
Lowell was born June 12, 1920, in Pleasant Valley Township, rural North Bend, to L.C. Jack and Louise (Iske) Johnson. He graduated from North Bend High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1942. While at the university, he was a founding member of the Lutheran Student Center.
On June 21, 1943, Lowell married Ruth Sloss at the North Bend United Presbyterian Church. They had four children, Mark, Kent, James and Nancy. Ruth died Sept. 6, 1992.
Lowell was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II where he served as a ship repair officer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
Lowell was formerly employed as a research engineer for Phillips Petroleum and a plant manager for Watson Industries in North Bend and Fremont. He was a field representative for Congressman Charles Thone. Lowell was a member of the Nebraska Legislature from 1981-1992 where he served as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee as well as numerous other committees. In 1994, he was elected to the Nebraska Public-Service Commission and served as a commissioner until his retirement in Jan. 2007.
Lowell served on numerous community boards and organizations, among them the North Bend Board of Education, the USDA National Advisory Council on Rural Development, Memorial Hospital of Dodge County Board of Trustees, the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee.
Lowell was a member of the North Bend United Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post No. 340; the Fremont Rotary Club, North Bend Masonic lodge No. 119, Scottish Rite, Shrine, and Eastern Star. He was a past member of the Nebraska Republican State Central Committee.
He was active in the family farm operation and served as president of Johnson-Sloss Land Company.
Survivors are sons Mark C. Johnson of North Bend, Kent R. (Sheryl) Johnson of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; daughter Nancy J. Coetzee of Durban, South Africa, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services are Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m., at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend with the Rev. Mike Thomas from Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont officiating. Masonic Services are at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Moser Memorial Chapel, North Bend, conducted by North Bend Masonic Lodge 119, A.F. & A.M. Closed casket visitation Sept. 8. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends on Tues. from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The will be a private burial at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend, with military honors conducted by VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20, both of North Bend and the American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff.
Memorials are suggested to the North Bend Library Building Fund or the North Bend United Presbyterian Church.
Published Sept. 9, 2009
Robert J. Wagner, Schuyler, Aug. 31, 2009, age 71
Funeral services for Robert J. Wagner of Schuyler were Sept. 4 at the Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler with Quentin Wagner speaking.
Memorials are suggested for Whispering Pines in Schuyler. Condolences can be sent to family at www.revbluejeans.com
Bob died Aug. 31 at his home at Whispering Pines.
Bob was born May 15, 1938 to Clyde and Mary (Lewis) Wagner in Dunning. He graduated from Cortland High School as salutatorian of his class.
On February 5, 1970, Bob was united in marriage to Frieda Hoesche in North Platte. Bob had lived in Schuyler since 1975, living at the Whispering Pines for the last 11 years. He had worked construction, drove cement truck for Woods Brothers in Schuyler, and drove a dump truck for the county. Bob also drove a mail route for Zelda trucking.
Bob is survived by his wife Frieda of Clarkson, sons Quentin (Yong Park) Wagner of Norfolk, Mike (Toon) Wagner of Atlanta, Ga,; daughter Mary (Dustin) White of Columbus, NE, Vicki (Tim) Burley of Atlanta, Ga., Lori (George) Kritikos of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Denise) Wagner of Kearney, sister Martha Rae (Desmond) Miller of Summersville, Mo.
Published Sept. 9, 2009
Martha (Kventensky) Fryzek, Ord, Aug. 29, 2009, age 75
Martha Fryzek
Martha Mae Fryzek of Ord died Aug. 29 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services were Sept. 2 at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Burial was at the National Bohemian Cemetery west of Ord. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Martha was born Nov. 4, 1933, to Ladislav and Martha (Janicek) Kventensky on the family farm southwest of Elyria. Martha and attended District 29 rural grade school and graduated from Ord High School in 1950.
On April 5, 1951, she married George Fryzek in Ord. Martha worked at Ord businesses and was the head cook at the Ord Public Schools on her retirement in 1994.
Martha is survived by a son Charles (Linda) Fryzek of Burwell; daughter Deborah (Don) Andrews of North Bend; seven grandchildren; four great-grand-children; brothers Joseph Kvetensky of Cedar Rapids,, Anton (Mary) Kvetensky of Grand Island, Lillian Kvetensky of Ralston; sister-in-law Bess Fryzek of Greeley, Colo.
Martha, a 50 year member of ZCBJ Lodge at National Hall was preceded in death by her husband, infant sister Marie Ann Kventensky, and brother Ladislav Kventensky.
Published Sept. 2, 2009
Ruby (Krater) Bame, Schuyler, Aug. 28, 2009, age 91
Funeral services for Ruby Bame were Aug. 28 at Kracl Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William Mattfeld officiating. Burial was at Schuyler Cemetery
Ruby died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Golden Living Center in Schuyler. She was born Nov. 25, 1918, in Rogers to Charles and Emma (Draper) Krater.
Ruby attended high school in North Bend. On Nov. 6, 1935, she married Emil A. Bame in Wahoo.
She worked at the Oak Ballroom, Ben Franklin, Valley Court Motel and the Avalon Bar. Ruby was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Schuyler.
She is survived by her niece, Evelyn Coates of Schuyler. She was preceded in death by her husband and two infants.
Published Sept. 2, 2009
Elizabeth (Moser) Parr, Seward, Aug. 26, 2009, age 89
Elizabeth Parr
Elizabeth C. Parr of Seward died Aug. 26, at Ridgewood Rehab Center in Seward.
Betty was born Nov. 1, 1919, in rural Hooper to Josepth and Caroline (Baechler) Moser. She grew up on the family farm southwest of Hooper, attending District 38 School.
On June 4, 1938, Betty married Albert A. Parr in Hooper. The couple owned and operated a Standard Oil business in Scribner for 36 years. Al died March 27, 1977, Betty worked in the kitchen of the Good Samaritan Center in Scribner and as a housekeeper and cook for the clergy and sisters at St. James Parish in Omaha. She moved to Steward in 2001.
Betty was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church at Seward.
Survivors include sons Ronald (Darlene) Parr of Greensboro, N.C., Roger (Marlene) Parr of Fremont; daughter Mary (Roger) Grunke of Seward; daughter-in-law Maureen Parr of Omaha; sister-in-law Charlotte Moser of Columbus; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Sept. 1 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Scribner with the Rev. William Fitzgerald and the Rev. Vitalis Anyanike officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Ridgeley near Scribner.
Memorials are suggested for St. Lawrence Catholic Church or the donor’s favorite charity.
Published Sept. 2, 2009
Frederick D. Longwith, Fremont, Aug. 25, 2009, age 82
Frederick Longwith
Frederick D. Longwith of Fremont died Aug. 25 at Fremont Area Medical Center. He was born Dec. 26, 1926, to Albert and Ethel (Furr) Longwith at Schuyler.
Fred grew up in Schuyler and was a graduate of Schuyler High School. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Fred lived in North Bend from 1948 until moving to Norwolk, Calif., in 1964. He moved to Albany, Ore., in 1968, Hastings in 1969 and Fremont in 1971. Fred worked as a carpenter.
On Feb. 15, 1948, Fred married Shirley M. Vincent at Schuyler. She died Oct. 12, 1994.
Survivors include his daughter Sandra Brewer of Fremont; brother Richard Longwith of Mission, Texas; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Sept. 2, 11 a.m., at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with Rev. Scott Jensen, chaplain at FAMC, officiating. Military honors will be conduted by the Fremont Honor Guard of VFW Post 854 and American Legion Post 20.
Memorial may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Sept. 2, 2009
JoAnn (Riggle) Robinson, Scribner, Aug. 25, 2009, age 44
JoAnn Robinson
JoAnn E. Robinson died Aug. 25 at her home in Scribner. She was born Feb. 8, 1965, to Charles and Geraldine Riggle of Council Bluffs, Iowa. At age 11 the family settled in LaVista. She graduated from Papillion High School. In 1986 JoAnn moved to Bremerton, Wash., and in 1990 moved to Scribner. She worked for Platte Chemical in Fremont for several years.
On June 30, 1995, JoAnn married Robert Robinson in Winslow.
Survivors include her husband Robert of Scribner; daughters Jessica (Mark LaFrancis) Rounds of Nickerson, Sarah (Scott Sunday) Rounds of Grand Island; father Charles Riggle Jr. of Red Oak, Iowa; mother Geraldine (Ronald) Herd of Scribner; brother Charles (Tara) Riggle of Nickerson; sisters Lora (Herb) Stahl of Blair, Kristina (Mark) Hadden of Sioux City, Iowa, Sandra (Jeff) Sousek of Prague; half sister Amanda Riggle of Red Oak, Iowa.
The funeral was Aug. 29 at First United Methodist Church in North Bend with the Rev. Fred Andersen officiating. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials have been established for the Scribner Volunteer Fire Dept. and the North Bend New Library Building Fund.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Sept. 2, 2009
Richard B. Glodowski, Scribner, Aug. 19, 2009, age 78
Richard Glodowski
Richard B. Glodowski of Scribner died Aug. 19 at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
Richard was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Scribner to Frank and Elsie (Lhotak) Glodowski. He attended school at District 29 and graduated from Scribner High School in 1949. He helped his dad and brother on a dairy and livestock farm west and south of Scribner until he went to the Army in 1952.
Richard married Betty Popken in Hooper at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on April 28, 1953. He left for active duty in Korea in May and was in Korea for 18 months. He returned home in the fall of 1955 and worked for Hans Nielsen east of Fremont until the fall of that year when he and Betty moved to a farm south of Scribner and started a dairy operation. He had livestock and farmed there all of his life, selling the dairy herd about 1993.
Richard was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Scribner. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 3736 in North Bend and was a fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2071 in Fremont. He was a member of the VFW Post 8223 in North Bend and the American Legion Post 121 in Scribner. Richard served on the board of the Lower Elkhorn NRD for many years and on the school board at District 93.
Survivors include his wife, son David Glodowski of Ames; daughters Julie Todd of Fremont, Diane (Wendell) Ray of Greenfield, Iowa, Pat (Eddie) Garcia of Mesa, Ariz., Terri (Doyle) Petersen of Firth, Lisa (Russ) Barnes of Minneapolis, Minn., Susan (Ken) Goodall of Hardy; 15 grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother Ralph (Marge) Glodowski of North Bend; sister Betty Elbracht of Howells.
The Funeral Mass will be Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence Catholic Church at Scribner. The Rev. Vitalis Anyanike will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Ridgeley Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the North Bend and Scribner Rescue Squads.
Visitation will be on Aug. 28 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church from 3 to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitation will continue 1 hour before the service on Saturday at the church.
Online guestbook at www.hooper-scribner.com
Published Aug. 26, 2009
Gerald E. Tank, North Bend, Aug. 13, 2009, age 91
Gerald Tank
Gerald E. Tank died at this home Aug. 13. Gerald was born May 3, 1918, to Edward and Elsie (Miller) Tank in Fremont. He was a lifelong resident of North Bend.
On Nov. 9, 1938, Gerald married Gladys A. Maas in Sioux City, Iowa. She died May 30, 1996.
Gerald was the first manager of North Bend’s first modern bowling alley, G&S Bowl. He farmed north of North Bend. In 2001 Gerald‘s family farm was recognized for being owned by one family for 100 years, receiving the AkSarBen Pioneer Farm Family Award.
Survivors include sons Mickey Tank of North Bend, Rickey (Connie Mimick) Tank of Silver Creek; daughter Betty Harney of Columbus; sister Violet Wagner of Omaha; grandson Jay (Terri) Burton; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 17 at Moser Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Fred Andersen officiating.
Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermememorialchapels.com.
Memorials have been established for the Optimist Youth Baseball Program, North Bend New Library Building Fund or the North Bend Rescue Squad.
Published Aug. 19, 2008
Edgar M. Kort, North Bend, Aug. 11, 2009, age 93
Ed Kort
Edgar M. Kort died Aug. 11 at Fremont Area Medical Center. Ed was born July 30, 1916, to Richard and Annette (Meyer) Kort in Ayr. He grew up in the Blue Hill and Hastings area, graduating from Hastings High School in 1934. He was a Western Union messenger during his school years and was a graduate of Western Union College in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Ed served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and the Korean War, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant.
He was employed by Western Union for 15 years before purchasing Bachman Music Co. in North Bend and renaming it Kort Amusement Co. which he operated until retiring in 1993.
On Dec. 4, 1948, Ed married Laura Serr at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Omaha.
Ed was a member of North Bend’s St. Peter Lutheran Church, VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20, American Legion Post 340, past president of Coin Operators Industries of Nebraska; past International Director of Music Operators of America; served 16 year with Toastmasters International, holding all offices in the club, area, division, district, achieved status of Able Toastmaster, was selected as governor of the year, district toastmaster of the year and entered the International Toastmasters Hall of Fame.
The funeral was Aug. 15 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the Rev. Carl Groh officiating. Military grave side services were conducted by members of VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 and American Legion Post 340. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Survivors include his wife Laura, son Tom (Diane) Kort of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Patricia Kort of Omaha, Cheryl (Curt) Peterson of Fremont; sister Esther Reibr of Rogers, Ark.; five grandchildren.
Memorials have been established for St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Bend Library New Building Fund and the Morse Bluff-North Bend Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Published Aug. 19, 2009
Catherine Hamilton, Omaha, Aug. 10, 2009, age 91
Catherine Hamilton died Aug. 10 in Omaha. She was born, March 13, 1918, to Roland T. and Audrey (Kendrick) Hamilton of North Bend. She attended Midland College in Fremont and taught school and was in personnel management at Mutual of Omaha.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Omaha and PEO.
She is survived by brother David (Sally) Hamilton; sister-in-law, Norma Hamilton, all of North Bend; a step-sister, Rosella Pageler of Cedar Bluffs.
Visitation is Thursday 4-7 p.m., family present 6-7 p.m. at Crosby Colonial Chapel in Omaha. Graveside Service Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Purple Cane Cemetery, Rogers.
Memorial Service Friday at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 216 S. 34th Street, Omaha. Memorial to First Presbyterian Church.
Published Aug. 12, 2009
Kennedy L. Vyhlidal, North Bend, Aug. 8, 2009, infant
Kennedy Leigh Vyhlidal was stillborn on Aug. 8 at Fremont Area Medical Center. She is the daughter of Amanda and Derek Vyhlidal of North Bend.
Other survivors include sister Charity, brother, Peyton, grandparents Donna and Cory Mueller of Morse Bluff, Monica Vyhlidal of North Bend and Daryl Vyhlidal of Fremont.
A private family committal was held at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Published Aug. 19, 2009
Darrell "Cass" Harvat, North Bend, Aug. 8, 2009, age 81
Cass Harvat
Darrell L. “Cass” Harvat of North Bend, was born in Omaha on May 2, 1928, to Harry and Ethel (Rose) Harvat. Cass graduated from Omaha South High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He arrived in Korea on his 22nd birthday.
Cass worked for Cudahy Meat Packing in Omaha and in the Douglas County Assessors Office. He moved to North Bend in 1991 and was active in the VFW and AmVets. Cass had served on the board of the Morse Bluff - North Bend Area Veterans Memorial Park.
On Veteran’s Day 2006 Cass spoke at the North Bend Central Jr. - Sr. High student assembly encouraging students to consider how decisions they make affect others. He gave as an example how he decided to make a transfer while he was in Korea, the man who replaced him was killed two weeks later.
Cass also said that one of the best decisions he ever made was moving to North Bend. His daughter Laureen said he gave his heart and soul to North Bend.
Cass passed away Aug. 8 at the Fremont Area Medical Center. His body was cremated and the ashes were scattered by his family on the lake he lived beside south of North Bend.
He is survived by daughters GiGi Connolly of Phoenix, Ariz., DeLinda Garza of Ashland, Laureen Quistad of Tampa, Fla., Bethany Terry, Jodean Mallory, both of Phoenix, Ariz; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Gathering was held Aug. 15 at the Morse Bluff-North Bend Area Veteran’s Memorial Park with Military Honors by VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 and American Legion Post 340.
The family requests memorials to VFW Post 8223 of North Bend or to the Veterans Memorial Park Fund.
Published Aug. 19, 2009
Eleanor (White) Armagost, Vancouver, Wash., Aug. 5, 2009, age 77
Eleanor Armagost, formerly of Schuyler, died Wednesday, August, 5, in Vancouver, Wash.
Funeral services will be Aug. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler with the Rev. William Mattfeld officiating. There will be visitation Aug.16 from noon to 3 p.m. At Kracl Funeral Chapel. Committal will be at the Schuyler Cemetery.
Eleanor was born July 24, 1932, in Schuyler to Lawrence and Ema(Cuda) White and attended Schuyler Public Schools. On February 25, 1936, she married Jack Armagost at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler. They lived in Schuyler and Eleanor worked at the Western Cafe and GM Express for many years. She was a member of the Schuyler VFW Auxiliary.
Eleanor is survived by sisters Joyce (Bob) Harshman and Edith Karsten, all of Vancouver; brothers Marvin White of Vancouver and Warren (Susan) White of Huntington Beach, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jack.
Published Aug. 12, 2009
Gladys (Rezac) Soukup, North Bend, Aug. 5, 2009, age 81
Gladys Soukup
Gladys E. Soukup died Aug. 5 at Arbor Manor in Fremont. She was born Feb. 1, 1928, to Leonard and Mary (Kucera) Rezac in Linwood. Gladys grew up south of Linwood and was a graduate of Schuyler High School.
On Oct. 5, 1946, Gladys married Anton F. Soukup at Schuyler. They farmed south of Morse Bluff. Anton died Sept. 8, 1981.
Gladys moved to North Bend in Dec. 1983. She attended Southeast Community College to earn a Dietary Tech Degree and worked as the dietary service supervisor for Birchwood Manor for 34 years. She also catered weddings for 25 years.
Gladys was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church at North Bend, VFW Post 8223 Auxiliary and American Legion Post 340 Auxiliary of Morse Bluff.
She is survived by daughter Janel (Mike) Harnan of Des Moines, Iowa; sons Anton L. (Linda) Soukup of Purcellville, Va., Jack (Nancy) Soukup of Davey, T. Scott (Susie) Soukup of Lake Villa, Ill., Jerry (Barb) Soukup of Morse Bluff, Russell (Sandy) Soukup of Omaha; nine grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 7 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the Rev. Carl Groh officiating. Burial was at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials have been established for the North Bend New Library Building Fund, North Bend Senior Center and the Morse Bluff Fire Department.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Aug. 12, 2009
Randy R. Anderson, Fremont, Aug. 2, 2009, age 57
Randy Anderson
Randy R. Anderson of Fremont died Aug. 2 at Arbor Manor in Fremont.
He was born Jan. 24, 1952, to Clarence and Gerri Anderson at Kearney. He grew up in Gibbon, with the family moving to Arlington in 1967. Randy was a 1970 graduate of Arlington High School, after which he enlisted in the Air Force, serving until 1974 when he returned to Arlington. He moved to Fremont in 1982.
Randy worked for area farmers, as a mechanic at Victor’s Inc and at Western Sand & Gravel.
On Dec. 21, 1974, Randy married Sue Wehner. They later divorced.
Survivors include son Matt Anderson of Fremont; daughter Michelle (Jeff) Kluthe of North Bend; mother Gerri Waage of North Bend; brothers Jay (Marlene) Anderson of Scribner, Gary (Sue) Anderson of North Bend, Denis (Theresa) Anderson of Fremont, Danny (Robin) Anderson of Arlington; three grandchildren.
The funeral is Aug. 5 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Scott Jensen, chaplain at FAMC officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior the funeral. Military graveside services will be conducted by VFW Post 854 and American Legion Post 20 of Fremont.
Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery, Fremont.
Online condolences can be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Aug. 5, 2009
Wayne H. LeGrande, Fremont, July 31, 2009, age 97
Wayne LeGrande
Wayne H. LeGrande died July 31 at Fremont Area Medical Center.
Wayne was born Jan. 7, 1912, to Louis and Dora (Williams) LeGrande of Morse Bluff. He grew up and farmed in Saunders County until 1943 when he moved to the North Bend area to farm. In 1978 he moved into North Bend, where he continued to work for other farmers. In 2000 Wayne moved to Fremont.
On Oct. 5, 1932, Wayne married Ruby Roumph in Fremont. She died Jan. 7, 1974.
On Jan. 26, 1979, Wayne married Helen Bakenhus Kluck at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler.
Wayne was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fremont, Fraternal Order of Eagles #200 Fremont; former member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend and had served as a trustee and chairman of the Lutheran Laymen’s League.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, sons Harold (Eileen) LeGrande of Lincoln, Gary (Jane) LeGrande of Waukegan, Ill., Dennis LeGrande of Schuyler; daughters Donna Bone of Lincoln, Janice (Clyde) Wilkie, Sharon (Don) Sawtelle, all of Fremont, Patricia Moeller of Hooper, Kathy LeGrande of Blair; step-daughters Karen (Tom) Sindelar of Pierre, S.D., Jean Schleife, Marian Kluck, both of Omaha, Linda (Frank) McKenzie of Underwood, Minn.; sister Lucille Walla of Omaha, 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 4 at Good Shephard Lutheran Church with the Rev. Timothy Anderson and the Rev. Verdell Schramm officiating.
Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery at Cedar Bluffs.
Memorials are established for the Good Shephard and St. Peter Lutheran churches and ENCOR.
Online condolences can be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Published Aug. 5, 2009
Jerry D. Eaton, North Bend, July 23, 2009, age 63
Jerry D. Eaton died Thursday, July 23 in his North Bend home.
Jerry was born Jan. 18, 1946, in Fremont to Gerald and Ruth Eaton. He was married to Michelle “Mick” Hansen on Dec. 16, 1972.
Jerry was a lifelong resident of North Bend, graduating from North Bend High School in 1964 and maintaining membership in the United Presbyterian Church. Following graduation he farmed and was an over-the-road truck driver.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth Eaton of North Bend; wife, Michelle of Fremont; son Eric (Brenda) Hansen of Fremont; daughters Jamie (Dwayne) Roberts of Pierce, Sonja (Greg) Hampton of Fremont; brother Delrae (Jan) Eaton of North Bend; six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 25 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with the Rev. Scot. Jensen, chaplain of Fremnot Area Medical Center officiating. Internment was at Woodland Cemetery of North Bend. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
The family requests memorials to United Presbyterian Church of North Bend or the American Cancer Society.
Published July 29, 2009
Leslie L. Robinson, North Bend, July 17, 2009, age 78
Leslie L. Robinson
Leslie L. Robinson died July 17 at Select Speciality Hospital in Omaha. Les was born Aug. 12, 1930, to Lewis and Laura (Carmichael) Robinson in Blair.
Les grew up in Blair and worked at Kelly-Ryan in Blair, Montgomery Ward in Omaha and Lincoln and operated a sporting goods store in North Bend from 1957 to 1960. He then farmed until the early 70s. Les moved into North Bend in 2002.
On July 3, 1955, Les married Mary Pacas at North Bend.
Les was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Schuyler.
Les was an avid softball player and pitcher and was inducted into the Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame in 1991. He had served as pitching coach for girls softball at Midland College in Fremont and Dana College in Blair. Les and his granddaughter, Christine, conducted girls softball pitching clinics across Nebraska.
Survivors include his wife Mary; sons Jimmy (Brenda) Robinson, Russell Robinson, all of North Bend, Rollin (Kathi) Robinson of Columbus, Richard (LeAnn) Robinson of Liberty, Mo., Robert (JoAnn) Robinson of Scribner; brother Dale (Mary) Robinson of Blair; sisters Helen Paulson, Annie Lowther, both of Fremont; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
The funeral is July 22 at 10:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Andersen officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials have been established for Christ United Methodist Church at Schuyler, First United Methodist Church in North Bend and the North Bend Library Fund.
Published July 22, 2009
Mary Jo (Peitzmeier) Kreikemeier, Rogers, July 16, 2009, age 46
Mary Jo Kreikemeier
Mary Jo Kreikemeier of Rogers, died Thursday, July 16, at her home.
Mary Jo was born June 26, 1963 in West Point to Joseph and Mary Ann (Feldhaus) Peitzmeier. She grew up south of Scribner and attended school in North Bend, graduating with the class of 1981. She studied at Lincoln School of Commerce to be a medical secretary.
On June 22, 1985, she married Kenneth J. Kreikemeier and the couple settled north of Rogers in Colfax County. Mary Jo worked for the FSA (formerly ASCS) for 25 years. She also recently began working part time at Hy-Vee in Fremont.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth of Rogers; children Ashley, Samantha, Jared and Ryan, all at home, and Michelle of Omaha; sister Jody Peitzmeier of Lincoln, brothers Jerry Peitzmeier of Ames, Michael (Laura) Peitzmeier of Hooper, and Mark (Jill) Peitzmeier of Millard.
A Funeral Mass was held Monday, July 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery. A memorial has been established. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.stokelyfuneralhome.com.
Published July 22, 2009
Marjorie (Dayringer) Bueoy, Fremont, July 12, 2009, age 65
Marjorie L. Bueoy of Fremont died in her home July 12. She was born May 15, 1944, to Clark and Gertrude (Fanshler) Dayringer.
On Sept. 4, 1960, Marjorie married Herman Bueoy in Detroit, Kansas. He survives. They moved to Fremont in May 1986. Marjorie worked at Tech-Industries until retiring in March 2000.
Survivors include son Lawrence Bueoy of Techumseh; daughters Valerie (Al) Aragon of Scribner, Dorothy (Terry) Blake of North Bend, Lorna (Johnny) Ellison of Booneville, Ark., Kimberley (Greg) Eyers of North Bend, Marlo Wells of Columbus, Wendy ( Arain) Ludwig of Scottsbluff; brothers Jackie (Melba) Templeton of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Tom (Kathy) Dayringer of Adrian, Mo.; 31 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was July 15 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with Rev. Jon Jacoby officiating.
The family requests memorials to the University of Nebraska Foundation - Research for Black Melanoma Cancer.
Published July 22, 2009
Ida (Newsom) Settles, Cedar Bluffs, July 8, 2009, age 89
Ida Settles
Ida Marie Settles died Wednesday, July 8, at the Fremont Area Medical Center at the age of 89.
Ida was born in North Bend on Oct. 2, 1919, to Henry and Ida (Nelson) Newsom. She was a 1937 graduate of North Bend High School and also earned a degree from Midland Lutheran College. Ida then taught at Dodge County school districts #72 and #59, as well as at Scribner, Malmo and Cedar Bluffs. She was also a K-12 librarian and media specialist.
Ida married Lynn W. Settles May 4, 1943. In 1946 they moved to Cedar Bluffs and lived on a farm until moving into town in 1962. Following her retirement she spent 18 summers in Minnesota and 10 winters in Texas before returning to Cedar Bluffs in 2000 and moving to Fremont in 2006.
She held membership in the First Presbyterian Church at Cedar Bluffs, Presbyterian Women and the Flower Mission, American Legion Post #158 of Cedar Bluffs, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, and the Eastern Star.
Ida is survived by sons Dennis (Karen) Settles of Norfolk and Joel (Sarah) Settles of Maple Plain, Minn.; brother Keith Newsom of Grimesland, N.C.; sister Hazel Hanson of Marysville, Kan.; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Her funeral was held July 13 at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Bluffs with Rev. Dr. William Lewis officiating. Burial was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cedar Bluffs.
Memorials are requested to the Cedar Bluffs Rescue Squad and the First Presbyterian Church.
Published July 15, 2009
Margaret (Sinkula) Heavican, Schuyler, July 4, 2009, age 84
Margaret Heavican
Margaret Ann “Mag” Heavican died July 4 in Schuyler. The Memorial Mass will be July 10, 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with Rev. G e r a l d Leise officiating. Visiataion will be Thursday 5-8
p.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Burial
will be at a later date.
Mag was born July 10, 1924, in Schuyler to Joseph J. and Greta (Dolan) Sinkula. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1942. On Sept. 14, 1944, she married Michael James “Pete” Heavican at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. Pete died in 1960.
Following Pete’s death, Mag ran the Schuyler Newstand, worked as a cook at Schuyler High School and was a United States Postal Worker for 22 years. She served twelve years as a member and secretary of the Schuyler Central High School Board of Education.
She is survived by her daughter Katherine “Kak”(Allen) Ernst, Schuyler, two grandsons; brother, Bill(Kathleen) Sinkula, Cincinnati, Ohio, two sisters-in law; Bernice Heavican of Schuyler and Monica Peiper of Dodge
Condolences to www.revbluejeans. com.
Published July 8, 2009.
Joe E. Pelan, Schuyler, July 3, 2009,age65
Joe Pelan

Julius E. “Joe” Pelan died July 3 at his home. The burial Mass was July 6 at Divine Mercy Parish, S t . Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with Rev. Gerald Leise officiating. Burial was at Schuyler Cemetery Joe was born Aug.1, 1943, in David City to Ben and Agnes (Stava) Pelan. He graduated from David City High School. On September 16, 1967, he married Eleanor Codr at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cedar Hill. They lived in Schuyler and Joe farmed and worked in electrical maintenance for Cargill for over 41 years.
Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of
Columbus, UFCW Local 22 and Schuyler Eagle’s Club and served in the National Guard from 1964-1970.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Eleanor of Schuyler, two sons; Doug (Lisa) Pelan of Lincoln, Jeff (Vicki) Pelan of Elkhorn, three grandchildren; sister Evelyn (Don) Goodman of Omaha, brother, Emanuel Pelan of David City.
Published July 8, 2009

Albert Kavan, Sr., Colon, June 25, 2009, age 85
Albert Kavan
Albert Kavan, Sr., died June 25 at his home in Colon. He was born at the home of his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Clara Pacl, near Rescue on Sept. 10, 1923, to Albin and Mary (Pacl) Kavan. Albert was a 1939 graduate of Morse Bluff High School. He farmed with his father until going into the Army during World War II.
On Jan. 2, 1947, Albert married Agnes Ludvik at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wahoo. They farmed northwest of Colon.
Albert was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Cedar Bluffs and a former member of Wahoo Eagles Club, Pork Producers of Saunders County, and National Farmers Organization.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Agnes; daughters Algene (Dan) Mueller of Fremont, Kathleen Kavan of Honolulu, Hawaii; son Albert Lee (Barb) Kavan of Cedar Bluffs; sisters Irene Blatny of Oakland, Iowa, Delores (Jack) Nitz of Fremont, Nancy (James) Williams of Morse Bluff; brothers Melvin (Dorothy) Kavan, Donald (Karen) Kavan, all of Morse Bluff, Norman Kavan of Colon; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Colon. There will be a rosary July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph. Visitation will be July 2 from 2 to 4 p.m at Moser Memorial Chapel in Cedar Bluffs. Visitation and family receiving friends will be July 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Burial will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery at Colon with military honors by Bartek-Carlson American Legion Post 265 at Colon.
Memorials are suggested for Cedar Bluffs St. Mary’s or Colon St Joseph Catholic churches.
Published July 1, 2009
Leona (O'Tool) Orth, North Bend, June 23, 2009, age 84
Leona Orth
Leona Orth of North Bend, originally from Sac City, Iowa, passed away June 23 at Fremont Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City. Farber and Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City is in charge of arrangements.
Leona Thersia O’Tool was born on Feb. 13, 1925, in Breda, Iowa, to Arthur and Elnora (Schulte) O’Tool. She graduated from Sac Community School in 1942.
Leona worked at the bakery in Sac City and worked many years as a dental assistant for Dr. Mulsberry, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Egeland.
On July 31, 1952 she was united in marriage to Raymond Orth and they farmed near Sac City. In 1961 they moved to Newell where they farmed until they retired in 1981, at which time they moved back to Sac City. Raymond died Aug. 26, 2002.
In May 2008 Leona moved to North Bend to be closer to her daughter.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Diane (David) Stearns of North Bend; grandson Christopher Stearns (Michelle) of Lincoln; and two great-grandchildren.
Published July 1, 2009
Steven E. Doty, Ames, June 19, 2009, age 52
Steven Doty
Steven E. Doty died June 19 at his home in Ames. He was born July 23, 1956, to Elmer and Lois Doty of Sioux City, Iowa.
Steve was raised in California and Fremont. He has lived most of his adult life in Ames and was self-employed in the family business, Fremont Homes Sales and Services.
On Feb. 5, 1977, Steve was married to Debra Hazelton in Council Bluffs. Steve was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fremont.
Steve is survived by his wife, son Adam (Jamie) Doty of North Bend; parents Elmer and Lois Doty of Fremont; sisters Donna (Keith) Lemke of Ames, Carol (Russ) Beardslee of El Reno, Okla. and two grandchildren.
The funeral was June 23 at First Baptist Church in Fremont with the Revs. Lee Foreman and Dale Lemke officiating. Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.
Published June 24, 2009
Roland "Pete" Petersen, Cedar Bluffs, June 18, 2009, age 86
Roldand Petersen
Roland E. “Pete” Petersen died June 18 at Arbor Manor in Fremont.
He was born June 21, 1922, to William and Sophia (Tetens) Petersen of Cedar Bluffs. Pete was a 1941 graduate of Cedar Bluffs High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. After his discharge he returned to the family farm near Cedar Bluffs. Pete also had a carpentry business. He moved to Battle Lake, Minn. in 1965 and operated a fishing resort. He retired in 1980, moving to Orum in 1991.
On July 31, 1944, Pete married Marie Roubal in North Bend.
Pete was a life member of the American Legion Post 158 of Cedar Bluffs and VFW Post 8223 of North Bend.
Survivors include his wife, Marie of Cedar Bluffs; daughters Linda (Ronald) Kincanon of Fremont, Jan (David) Wahl of North Olmstead, Ohio; son William (Kathy) Petersen of Orum; sister Mary Ann (Veryl) Hapke of Cedar Bluffs; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was June 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Orum with the Rev. Devlin Hutton officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery with military honors.
Memorials are suggested for the Cedar Bluffs American Legion post or the VFW Post of North Bend.
Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont was in charge of arrangements.
Published June 24, 2009
Dennis G. Stockamp, Scribner, June 8, 2009, age 80
Dennis Stockamp
Dennis G. Stockamp of Scribner died June 8 at the Scribner Good Samaritan Center.
Dennis was born Jan. 23, 1929, in rural Scribner to Albert and Emma (Kelberlau) Stockamp. He was baptized on Feb. 24, 1929, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and confirmed on July 12, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church. He attended rural District 82 school and Scribner High School through his sophomore year before quitting to help on the family farm. Dennis served in the Army during the Korean War.
On May 24, 1953, Dennis and Valiera M. Hoegemeyer were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner. They were lifetime residents of the Scribner area, farming until moving into Scribner. Valiera died in Sept. 2008.
Dennis was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner, serving as Elder and also other Council Offices. He was a member of the Lutheran Layman’s League, VFW Post 8439 of Snyder and the American Legion Post 121 of Scribner.
Survivors include daughters – Mary (Jim) Spath of North Bend, Beth (Kerry) Boyle of Scribner; sons George (Janet) Stockamp, Paul (Dee) Stockamp, John (Lisa) Stockamp, Ernie (Shelly) Stockamp, all of Scribner; sister-in-law Elveretta Sutterfield of Loveland, Colo.; and 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral was June 12 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bruce Schut officiating. Burial followed in the Scribner Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Published June 17, 2009
John F. Theisen, Schuyler, June 6, 2009, age 83
John F. Theisen, DDS, died at his Schuyler home June 6. The Mass of Christian Burial will be June 10 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Gerald Leise officiating. Burial will be at the Schuyler Cemetery with military honors by Hespen-Mitchell of the VFW and McLeod of the American Legion.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given in Dr. Theisen’s memory.
John F. Theisen was born April 10, 1926, in Omaha to Dr. Frank and Viola (Muldoon) Theisen. He graduated in 1944 from St. Ludger’s Academy in Creighton, Neb., and then served in the Air Force for three years. John attended Creighton University, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1952.
On Aug. 16, 1952, he married Valeria Schott at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Osceola. After his graduation they moved to Howells where he began his dental practice. Shortly thereafter they moved to Schuyler where he practiced dentistry until his retirement.
Dr. Theisen was Past American Legion Commander, member of the Schuyler VFW, President of the Schuyler Chamber of Commerce, Schuyler Mayor for eight years, Chairman of the original City of Schuyler Planning and Zoning Commission, appointed by Governor Ben Nelson to the Industrial Development Advisory Board, Grand Knight of the Schuyler Knights of Columbus, Member of the House of Delegates-Nebraska Dental Association,
He received the Wal-Mart Award for Mayors, Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award and the Theisen family was Schuyler’s Cathoic Family of the year in 1992.
John is survived by his wife Val of Schuyler, son Frank Theisen, daughters; Mary Jo (Mark) Stegman, Patty (Lans) Brown, and six grandchildren, all of Omaha.
Published June 10, 2009
Jack E. Tawney, North Bend, May 30, 2009, age 80
Jack Tawney
Jack E. Tawney of North Bend lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease May 30, dying at Birchwood Manor.
Jack was born to Walter J. and Alice C. (Williams) Tawney on March 3, 1929, in Morse Bluff. He was a 1946 graduate of North Bend High School. He worked at Hormels before serving 2 1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force in the Phillipines. After his discharge in 1953 he returned to Morse Bluff and Hormels. Jack moved to North Bend in 1955 and began farming, continuing to work at Hormels for 36 years, retiring in 1985.
On April 23, 1955, Jack married Charlotte O’Hare at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. She survives.
Jack was a member of St. Charles Knights of Columbus Council 3736 for more than 50 years; VFW Post 8223; American Legion Post 340 and AmVets Post 20. He served many years on the Ames District 91 School Board.
Survivors include his wife, sons Pat (Jolene) Tawney of Fremont, Mike Tawney of Lincoln; daughters Theresa (Bruce) Busse, Mary Gaskill, Julie (Randy) Reznicek, all of North Bend, Jill (fiance Dr. David Mendlik) Mueller of Fremont; brother Larry (Joyce) Tawney of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers-in-law Norbert (Nancy) Stanley of North Bend, George (Ann) Odvody of Granite, Colo.; sister Judy Zeleny of Surprise, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren.
The funeral Mass was June 2 at St. Charles with the Rev. Don Cleary officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont with Military grave side services conducted by VFW Post 8223, American Legion Post 340 and AmVets Post 20 of North Bend and Morse Bluff.
Memorials are suggested for the North Bend/Morse Bluff Veteran’s Park, North Bend Library New Building Fund or the North Bend Arboretum.
Online condolences can be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published June 3, 2009
Denise (Urban) Kubik, May 25, 2009, age 57
Denise Kubik
Denise Kubik died May 25 at the Saunders County Medical Center in Wahoo. Funeral services were May 29 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague with the Rev. Jamie Hottovy officiating. Burial was at the Prague National Cemetery
Denise was born June 21, 1951, in Columbus to Dennis and Dorothy (Barcal) Urban. She attended school in Prague and graduated from Prague High School in 1969. She attended Platte College in Columbus and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.
On September 4, 1971, she married Robert F. Kubik at St. John’s Catholic Church. He survives.
Denise worked for Dr. Hinrichs in Wahoo, Birchwood Manor in North Bend, Fremont Area Medical Center for 13 years, the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln, the Sunderbruch Corporation of Nebraska and most recently Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Omaha.
She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Nebraska Association of Healthcare Quality.
Other survivors include her sons, Brian (Angie) Kubik of Chaska, Minn., Jason (Carey) Kubik of Wichita, Kan.; mother Dorothy Urban of Prague; sisters, Dale Gran of Omaha and Deanna (Jeff) TePoel of Malmo and two grandchildren, Ian and Erin.
Published June 3, 2009
Dale E. Vice, Savannah, Mo. May 18, 2009, age 62
Dale Eugene Vice of Savannah, Mo., died May 18 at his home.
Dale was born July 21, 1946, to Worth and Gracie (Branaum) Vice of Sabetha, Mo. He lived in Falls City until moving to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1973.
Dale worked as a mechanic for St. Joseph Light and Power and then retired from St. Joseph Transit System after 25 years. He was a member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 847, serving as president for ten years.
On Jan. 28, 1994, Dale married Linda Chandler in St. Joseph. She survives.
Other survivors include his sons Reggie, at home, Darcy (Linda Cole); mother Gracie Posey of North Bend; brother Duane (Theresa) Armbruster of Preston, Mo.; sisters Cheri (Dennis) O’Hara of Fremont, Regina (John) Cummings of Falls City, Patty (Mike) Wennekamp of Rogers, and three grandchildren.
The funeral was May 22 with interment at Fillmore Cemetery in Fillmore, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials for Hands of Hope Hospice.
Published June 10, 2009
John J. Brtek, Prague, May 9, 2009, age 63
Funeral services for John J. Brtek will be Wed., May 13, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague with the Rev. Jamie Hottovy officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery with military rites.
John was born Oct. 27, 1945, in Prague, to John and Wilma (Svoboda) Brtek. He graduated from Prague High School and served in the United States Marine Corp. He was a self-employed salesman. John died May 9, 2009, at this home in Omaha.
John is survived by daughter, Jamie of Lincoln; sisters, Diane (Bob) Chmelka of Fremont and Betty (Pete) Hamata of North Bend; brother Roger Brtek of Omaha, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Published May 13, 2009
Bernice (Stoltenberg) Wittmersehouse, May 8, 2009, age 89
Bernice Wittmersehouse
Bernice G. Wittmersehouse died May 8, 2009, in Fremont. She was born July 3, 1919, to Tom and Anna (Heinsohn) Stoltenberg of rural North Bend. Bernice graduated from Schuyler High School and received her teaching certificate from Midland Lutheran College.
On Oct. 1, 1939, Bernice married Merlin Wittmerhouse at Papillion. He died March 19, 1993. In 1947 they moved to the Wittmersehouse family farm near Cedar Bluffs where Bernice taught country school until moving to Fremont in 1978. Bernice was active in the Presbyterian Church, 4-H, Extension Club. She was Society Editor of the Wahoo Newspaper and worked at J.C. Penney.
Survivors include daughter Rita (Ronald) Freeman of Colon, two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was May 12 at the Presbyterian Church in Fremont with the Rev. Dr. William Lewis officiating. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested for the Fremont Presbyterian Church or Shalimar Gardens Memory Support.
Published May 13, 2009
Eldon J. Garber, North Bend, May 7, 2009, age 84
Eldon Garber
Eldon J. Garber died May 7, 2009. He was born to Walter and Emma (Sieck) Garber on Sept. 7, 1924, in Garland.
Eldon was raised in Garland and attended high school in Concordia, Mo., and Seward. He enlisted into the Army at age 18, serving from Dec. 1942 to Jan.1946 in the European Theater with the 44th Calvary.
After his discharge, Eldon returned to Nebraska, living in Lincoln and Platte Center. He moved to Texas in 1957 for two years, then returned to Lincoln, then Norfolk, before moving to North Bend in 1977 where he worked for Terra.
On June 3, 1951, Eldon married Eleanor Hassebrook at Platte Center.
Eldon was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340, Life Member of VFW Post 8223. He served on the North Bend City Council for many years, serving as mayor for eight years. Eldon also served on the North Bend and Dodge County Planning Commissions.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor of North Bend; sons Dan (Shu) Garber of West Point, Darrel Garber, Darren (Kristi) Garber, all of Pierce; daughters Donna (Paul) Obermann of Peoria, Ill., Darla Garber of Columbus; son-in-law Don Chromy of Morse Bluff; sister Marcy (Bob) Carter of Omaha; brother-in-law Bill Reed of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral was May 11 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Groh officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 and American Legion Post 340.
Online condolence may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Published May 13, 2008
Maxine (Ondracek) Bolte, Norfolk, April 26, 2009, age 82
Maxine Bolte
Former North Bend resident Maxine M. Bolte died April 26, 2009, at Heritage Nursing Home in Norfolk.
Maxine was born March 29, 1927, to Anton and Irma (Ondracek) Chvatal of Morse Bluff. She grew up in Morse Bluff and was a 1944 graduate of Prague High School. She worked in Omaha for five years before her marriage.
Maxine married Robert E. Bolte on June 2, 1951, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Clyde. They lived in Webster before moving to North Bend. Robert died Jan. 11, 1972. Maxine worked at Birchwood Manor and Kort Amusement for many years. She moved to Norfolk in 1998.
Survivors include sons Doug (Linda) Bolte of Norfolk, Tom Bolte of Columbus, Tony (Tina) Bolte of Little Rock, Ark.; daughters Julie (Bob) Rohleder of Norfolk, Beth Marie Bolte of Lincoln; brother Donald (Gladys) Chvatal of Morse Bluff; sisters-in-law, Kay (Lee) Snyder, Mary Gayman, both of Omaha, Wilma Bolte of Cedar Bluffs; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be April 29 at 10 a.m at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with the Rev. Gerald Connealy of St. Peter Catholic Church at Stanton officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. With the family receiving friends from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend.
Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at www. mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 29, 2009
Alice (Vincent) Kruger, North Bend, April 19, 2009, age 86
Alice M. Kruger died April 19, 2009, at Holmes Lake Manor in Lincoln.
Alice was born Sept. 1, 1922, to Harold and Edna (Van Housen) Vincent of Schuyler. She grew up in Schuyler, graduating in 1940 from Schuyler High School. Alice served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After her discharge in 1946 she lived in Milwaukee, Wis., were she was employed in the offices of Allis Chambers, before returning to Schuyler. After moving to North Bend she worked at the Corner Cafe, City Cafe and North Bend Cleaners.
On Oct. 6, 1951, Alice married Gerald L. Kruger in Omaha. He died April 20, 2007.
Alice was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary of Post 8223, American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff.
She is survived by sons William (Linda) Giddings, Jerry Kruger, all of North Bend; daughter Karen Fritzinger of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be Thursday, April 23 at St. Charles Catholic Church with Rev. Donald Cleary officiating. There will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday 9 to 10 a.m.. all at the funeral home.
Military graveside services will be conducted by the VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 both of North Bend, and American Legion Post 340. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials are suggested for the North Bend Senior Center and the North Bend New Library Building Fund.
Published April 22, 2009
Michael Q. Guthrie, Nickerson, April 12, 2009, age 23
Michael Guthrie
Michael Q. Guthrie of Nickerson died April 12 at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.
Michael was born April 26, 1985, in Mishawaka, Ind. At the age of 11 he moved to Fremont for a year and then to Nickerson. He attended Logan View High School.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Fontanelle. Michael worked as a welder at RK Aerials in Fremont and was a member of the Nickerson Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his mother Sara Jane (Rick) Tucker of Nickerson; father Michael (Fawn) of South Bend, Ind.; Fiancee Brandee Edson of Nickerson; brother Martin Guthrie of Nickerson; grandparents Marjorie Forsythe of Ind., Cheri and Willard Schulz of Fremont.
The funeral is April 15, 10:30 a.m., at Salem Lutheran Church in Fontanelle with Rev. Robert Hayden officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested for the Nickerson Volunter Fire Dept.
Published April 15, 2009
Frances E. Wesch, Rogers, April 6, 2009, age 90
Frances E. Wesch of Rogers died April 6 at A.J. Merrick Manor in Fremont.
She was born Oct. 10, 1918, in North Bend to Gus and Amanda (Sievers) Rehbein.
Frances was a licensed cosmetologist and operated Frances’ Beauty Shop in Fremont and North Bend prior to her marriage.
On Aug. 18, 1954, Frances married Adolph G. Wesch at North Bend. They farmed west of North Bend until retiring in 1975, moving to Rogers in 1983. Adolph died Oct. 3, 1998.
Frances was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend where she taught Sunday School and cleaned. She was a former extension club member.
Survivors include son Ray (Jan) Wesch of Schuyler; daughter Jean (Terry) Sorensen of North Bend; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be April 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Groh officiating. There will be no visitation.
The burial and a private grave side service will be held at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials for St. Peter Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Published April 8, 2009
Jack K. Powers, Tuscon, Ariz. April 5, 2009, age 84
John K. (Jack) Powers, Lt. Col. USAF Ret., died April 5, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Ann; daughter, Paulette (Robert) Robillard of Ludlow, Maine, son, John Powers of Tucson; three grandchildren, sister-in-law, Cecilia Powers of North Bend..
Jack was born in North Bend on Oct. 5, 1924, and was a 1942 graduate of North Bend High School. He attended the University of Nebraska for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Combat Engineers during World War II, flying 25 missions in B-24 liberator heavy bombers in Europe. After WWII, he returned to the University of Nebraska and earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum geology.
He was recalled to active duty in the Air Force in 1951 and flew 30 missions in the B-29 Superfortress in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War, he served as the Chief of Surface to Air Missile and Electronic Intelligence Section at 7th Air Force headquarters in 1967. For eight years, Col. Powers flew worldwide reconnaissance missions in the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing in RB-47 and RC-135 aircraft. He and Patricia retired in Tucson in 1974 after 33 years of service to his country, 6000 flying hours, combat tours in three wars and 33 different awards and decorations.
Published April 22, 2009.
Eva Bailey, Schuyler, March 19, 2009, age 88
Eva Bailey of Schuyler died March 19, 2009, at Morys Haven in Columbus. Funeral services were March 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Schuyler with Vicar Bill Mattfeld officiating. Burial was at Schuyler Cemetery .
Eva M. was born March 20, 1920 at Hordsville to Adolph and Minnie (Harders) Kroger. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1938.
On June 29, 1938, Eva was united in marriage to Thomas Bailey in Omaha. They lived in Schuyler and later moved to the family farm.
Eva was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.
Eva is survived by her son Gordon (Carolyn) Bailey of Surprise, Ariz., daughters Janet (Paul) Schlautman of West Point, Linda (Eldon) Theilen of Schuyler; daughter-in-law Diann Svatora of Schuyler; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.
Published March 25, 2009
Pauline (Ehrich) Hilbird, Laramie, Wyoming, March 8, 2009, age 91
Pauline E. (Ehrich) Hilbird died on March 8, 2009 in Laramie, Wyo. She was born on Sept. 6, 1917 in North Bend, Nebraska to John and Mabel (Westphalen) Ehrich. She was a 1936 graduate of North Bend High School.
Pauline married Edward Roscoe Hilbird on Dec. 26, 1936 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He died in 1971.They lived in North Bend for three years before moving to western Nebraska, settling in Rock River. Pauline worked as a ranch cook and housekeeper for a local motel before going to work as a custodian and cook for the school district in Rock River in 1957. She was a mainstay as the school custodian and cook until retiring in 1986. She moved to Laramie in 2006.
Pauline was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, active bowler and snow machiner.
She is survived by her children James (Leslie) Hilbird of Douglas, Gerald Hilbird of Thermopolis, Sharon (Larry) Burgess of Thermopolis, and Karen (Bill) Benson of Wyoming; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Clyde Ehrich of North Bend.
Funeral services were March 11 at Montgomery Stryker Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Wilken officiating. Interment followed in Greenhill Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Rock River Senior Center at P.O. Box 277, Rock River, Wyoming 82083
Published March 18, 2009
Elaine (Fencl) Klimet, Prague, March 8, 2009, age 63
Elaine M. Klimet died March 8, 2009 at the Butler County Healthcare Facility in David City.
The funeral is March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel, David City with Jerry L. Kracl speaking.
Visition is March 10 from 4-8 p.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel and an hour before the funeral.
Commital will be at the Prague Presbyterian Cemetery with lunch at Abie’s Place.
Elaine was born Jan. 20, 1945, in North Bend, Nebraska to George and Josephine (Kucera) Fencl.
On Feb. 27, 1968, she married George Kliment at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague. They lived and farmed near Prague.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Chris Kliment, both of Prague, brother-in-law Tony (Henrietta) Kliment of Prague and several nieces and nephews.
Published March 11, 2009
Donald E. Mundy, Fremont, March 2, 2009, age 76
Donald Mundy
Donald E. Mundy died March 2, 2009, at his home in Fremont.
Donald was born May 19, 1932, in North Bend and was a 1950 graduated of North Bend High School. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After completing a course in Engineering he was employed by the Nebraska Dept. of Roads. In the Early 1960s he began employment with Hydro Conduit and moved to Scottsbluff in 1965. In 1971 he returned to Fremont working for Lyman Richey Sand and Gravel until retiring in 1995.
On Oct. 19, 1957, Donald married Verlaine Ruff at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend.
Donald was a member of St.Patrick’s Catholic Church serving as a lector and extra-ordinary minister of the Eucharist. He was a former member of the North Bend Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, sons Marty (Deb Grant) Mundy of Bellevue, Wash., Dale Mundy of West Des Moines, Iowa, Jim Mundy of Fremont; daughters June (Greg) Andriano of St. Joseph, Mo., Annette Mundy of Bellevue; brothers-in-law Derold Ruff of Scribner, Dick Houser of Fremont; four grandchildren.
The funeral was March 6 at St. Patrick’s Catholic church with Rev. Ron Battiato officiating. Military graveside services were conducted by members of VFW Post 8223, Amvets Post 20, both of North Bend, and American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff. Burial was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery at Clyde, northwest of North Bend. Memorials are suggested for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or donor’s favorite charity.
Published March 11, 2009
Walter H. Johnson, Fremont, Feb. 27, 2009, age 86
Walter Johnson
Walter H. Johnson of Fremont died Feb. 27, 2009, in the Fremont Area Medical Center.
Walter was born to Thomas and Anna (Rodewald) Johnson on May 25, 1922, at the family farm near North Bend. He grew up on the farm, and graduated from high school in North Bend in 1940. He farmed the family farm for 40 years, moving into Fremont in 1980. He began working for Gene Steffy’s car dealership in Fremont in 1979, and was with them until Nov. 2008.
On Dec. 18, 1942 Walter was married to Donna Stubbert in North Bend in the United Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Karen Dunn of Snyder; son Keith Johnson of Omaha; four grandchildren; two great grandsons and sister Gertrude Lechtenberger of Fremont.
The funeral service was March 3 in the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Maetta Snyder officiating. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. A memorial fund will be established later.
Published March 4, 2009
Douglas D. Voss, Ames, Feb. 27, 2009, age 76
Doulas Voss
Douglas D. Voss of Ames died in Fremont on Feb. 27, 2009.
Doug was born October 20, 1932, near North Bend to Lester and Wilhelmina (Kirchmann) Voss and grew up in the North Bend and Ames area.
He was a lifetime farmer. He started by doing custom land leveling, welding and well drilling. He received many awards for his expertise in raising seed corn during the 1960’s and 70’s (topping 200 bushel per acre). He was also a skilled carpenter and a mechanic.
On June 20, 1959, he was married to Patricia Heald.
Survivors include his wife – Pat, daughters Lori of Ashton, Iowa, Linda of Linwood, Lisa of North Bend; sons Larry of Ames, Lee (Holly) of Dike, Iowa; six grandchildren; brother Don (Dixie) Voss of North Bend; sister Darlene (Jim) Dvorak of North Bend.
There was no viewing. The family and friends gathered at the Ludvigsen Mortuary for an informal time of remembrance on March 3.
Published March 4, 2009
Louise (Marvin) Burnham, Fremont, Feb. 26, 2009, age 92
Louise Burnham
Louise Burnham, formerly of North Bend, died Feb. 26, 2009, at Fremont Area Medical Center.
Louise was born Feb. 19, 1917, to Charles and Della (Hendrex) Marvin in Boone, Colo. The family moved to Kansas in 1928. Louise graduated from McCracken High School in 1936 and Ft. Hays State College, Hays, Kan., in 1940. She moved to Lincoln in 1941 working for the Farm Security Administration, Civil Aeronautics Administration and VA Hospital until moving to Beatrice in 1946, Columbus in 1950, Grand Island in 1951 and North Bend in 1967. She worked at the Dodge County Social Services until retiring in 1983. She moved to Fremont in 2000.
Louise married H. Joseph Burnham on Jan. 27, 1946, at Lincoln. He died Nov. 16, 2002.
Louise was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fremont; United Methodist Women, VFW Post 8223 Auxiliary, Goldenrod Garden Club, the art club, Ruth Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star, a former member of the First United Methodist Church, all in North Bend.
She is survived by sons Larry (Virginia) Burnham of Ladson, S.C., Lowell Burnham of Freeport, Ill.; daughter Dell Louise Burnham of Laramie, Wyo.; sister Helen (Howard) Yost of LaCross, Kan., sister-in-law Laurene Marvin also of LaCross.
The funeral was March 2 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with Rev. Ron Croom of Fremont’s First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Adams.
Memorials are suggested for the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.
Published March 4, 2009
Barbara (Bitterman) Bieber, Schuyler, Feb 16, 2009, age 69
Barbara E. Bieber died Feb. 16, 2009 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln. Funeral services were Feb. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in
Schuyler with Rev. Laura Hollister officiating. Burial was at the Schuyler Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested for the First Presbyterian Church, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Eastern Star Home for Children-Fremont and the Schuyler Library Foundation
Barbara was born April 25, 1939, in Sutton to Edmund and Sara (Rauscher) Bitterman. She graduated from Sutton High School, earned an undergraduate degree from Doane College, a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and an Early Childhood Endorsement from Midland Lutheran College.
On March 24, 1973, she married Donn K. Bieber in Vail, Colorado. They made their home in Schuyler. Barbara was a teacher for Lincoln Public Schools, a substitute teacher at Schuyler Elementary Schools and operated The Pre-School in Schuyler for many years.
She was a member of the church, Elder of the Session and later Clerk of the Session at First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler, Order of the Eastern Star, PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma, and a member of the Hispanic/Latino Commission of the Homestead Presbytery.
She is survived by her husband Donn of Schuyler; daughter, Erika (Dan) Schafer of Lincoln; two
grandsons; brother, Ronald (Karen) Bitterman of Hills City, S.D.; aunts Frieda Dobler of Lincoln, Sophia (Lawrence) Trautman of Sutton. Condolences can be e-mailed to www.revbluejeans.com.
Published Feb. 25, 2009
Kristine (Navrkal) Vyhlidal, North Bend, Feb. 14, 2009, age 97
Kristie A. Vyhlidal formerly of North Bend, died Feb. 14, 2009, at A.J. Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Kristie was born July 24, 1911, to James and Mary (Cerny) Navrkal of rural Linwood. She grew up with 12 siblings on a farm near Linwood, attending District 54 and St. John Catholic School in Prague.
On April 24, 1934, Kristie married John F. Vyhlidal at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Cedar Hill. He died Nov. 17, 2002. They farmed near Morse Bluff before moving to a farm west of North Bend in 1954. Kristie worked for the former Roy’s Produce in North Bend for several years.
Kristie was a member of Cedar Heart Catholic Church, the Altar Society; Catholic Workman Branch (now First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association).
Survivors include sons Stanly (Arlene) Vyhlidal of Fremont, John (JaeLynn) Vyhlidal of Columbus; sister Rose Pospisil of Fremont; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grand children and one great-great-grandson.
The funeral will be Feb. 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Brian Kane officiating. There will be a rosary at 7 pm on Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. There will be visitation Wednesday from 2:30 to 8 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. all at the funeral home. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested for Sacred Heart Catholic Church; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont; Camp Quality Hearland, a camp for kids with cancer.
Published Feb. 18, 2009
Rudy G. Fittje, Fremont, Feb. 12, 2009, age 94
Rudy Fittje
Rudolph G. “Rudy” Fittje died Feb. 12, 2009, at Nye Pointe in Fremont. He was born Nov. 27, 1914, to Gerhard and Anna (Deyken) Fittje of rural Humphrey.
Rudy grew up near Tarnov and farmed near Humphrey for seven years. In 1945 he moved to Omaha where he worked for John Deere Co., did construction work, worked at a furnace company and Gate City Steel for 26 years as a welder and fitter. He moved to Columbus in 1980 where he did furniture repair work for Greiners Furniture Store. He moved to North Bend and in 2008 to Fremont.
In 1935 Rudy married Irene E. Gehring at Platte Center. She died Jan. 15, 1988. Rudy was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend, and was a member of the Mulligan Stew Band.
Rudy is survived by his son Ron (Patsy) Fittje of North Bend; daughter Linda (Rich) Majerus of Hemmit, Calif; sister Lorraine Gehring of Columbus; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 17 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Groh officiating. Burial was at Grand Prairie Cemetery at Plat Center.
Memorials are suggested for St. Peter Lutheran Church or the North Bend Library Building Fund.
Published Feb. 18, 2009
Michael J. Hamata, Wainae, Hawaii, Feb. 11, 2009, age 51
Michael Hamata
Michael John Hamata died in his sleep on Feb. 11, 2009, at this home in Waianae, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.
He was born to North Bend natives Leonard and Elaine (Bailey) on Jan. 23, 1958, while they they were living in Glendale, Calif.
The family moved back to North Bend in 1970. Mike graduated from North Bend Central High School in 1976. He graduated from mechanics school and had a car repair shop and farmed for many years before moving back to the Los Angles, Calif. area.
Mike moved to Hawaii in Nov. 2007. He was a member of the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Oahu and served as a Eucharist minister at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in San Dimas, Calif.
He is survived by sisters Nancy (Richard) Key of La Canada, Califl, Kathy Van De Water of San Marino,Calif.; brothers Peter (Betty) Hamata, Steven, both of North Bend; ten nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial mass Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend with the Rev. Donald Cleary officiating. His ashes will be buried in the family plot at North Bend's Woodland Cemetery.
Published March 18, 2009
Angel Vrana, Lincoln, Feb. 3, 2009, newborn
Angel Grace Vrana was born into heaven Feb. 3, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her parents Brian and Sandi Vrana and sister Faith all of Lincoln; grandparents including George and Sharon Vrana of Linwood, aunts, uncles, cousins.
A family graveside service was held Feb. 6 at Cedar Hill Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to The Bridges Program at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, 555 South 70th Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Moser Memorial Chapel Femont was in charge of arrangements.
Published Feb. 11, 2009
Bill Macholan, Linwood, Jan. 27, 2009, age 56
Bill Macholan
William Macholan died Jan. 27, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Omaha. Funeral services were Jan. 31 at Divine Mercy - St. Augustine Catholic Church in Schuyler. Burial was at Linwood Hill Cemetery with military honors by Hespen-Mitchell Post 4836 of the VFW and McLeod Post #47 of the American Legion.
Bill was born Aug. 19, 1951, in Columbus to Wilfred and Marilyn (Kriz) Macholan. He attended school in Linwood and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1970, where he was a medalist in wrestling. In June after graduation he joined the United States Navy. On Nov. 29, 1980, he married Emmy Lu Kohler at St. Augustine
Catholic Church. He lived near Linwood and was a farmer and raised cattle.
Bill was a member of the Schuyler American Legion, St. Augustine Catholic Church, Linwood Volunteer Fire Department and was co-founder of the Linwood Hunting Club.
Bill is survived by daughters Megan Macholan of Linwood and Erin Macholan of Lincoln; ex-wife Emmy Lu Macholan of Schuyler; mother Marilyn Macholan of Linwood, sisters Sandra Brandl and Dawn Spence, both of Linwood.
Condolences to www.revbluejeans.com.
Published Feb. 4, 2009
Marie (Eckstein) Pawling, Fremont, Jan. 28, 2009, age 89
Marie Pawling
Marie A. Pawling died Jan. 28, 2009, at Nye Legacy in Fremont. She was born March 16, 1919, to Vaclav and Otilia (Veverka) Eckstein of Morse Bluff.
Marie was a 1937 graduate of North Bend High School. She moved to Fremont after graduation and worked at the Nebraska Ordinance Plant in Mead. She was employed at Campbell’s Soup Co. and cleaned homes for area families for 30 years.
On Jan. 22, 1948, Marie married Maynard Pawling in Fremont. He died Dec. 16, 1994.
Marie was a member of Trinity Luthern Church in Fremont, the Trinity Lutheran Women and Eunice Circle; American Legion Post 20 Auxiliary of Fremont; Western Fraternal Life Assoc. (formerly ZBCJ Lodge).
Surviving are daughter Sharon (Reed) Mattson of Fremont; sons Robert (Colleen) Pawling of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brian (Gail) Pawling of Lincoln, Allen (Jakie) Pawling of Cherry Hill, N.J.; brother Anton (Joan) Eckstein of Linwood; ten grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael Meyer officiating. Burial was at the Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested for the Trinity Lutheran Women, Trinity Mission Fund and the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Feb. 4, 2009
Adella (Vacha) Dubsky, Schuyler, Jan. 21, 2009, age 96
Adella Dubsky of Schuyler, died Jan. 21, 2009, at Alegent Health Memorial Hospital in Schuyler. Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with burial in Schuyler Cemetery. Father Gerald Leise officiated, music was provided by Paul Duin, Teri Chromy was lector, and Annie Akehurst read a special poem. Pallbearers were grandsons Bill Chromy, Scott Dubsky, Tony Vanek, Matt F. Wachal, Dan Wachal, Kelly Misek, Paul Duin, and Ben Velinsky.
Adella was born July 15, 1912, at Howells to Frank and Anna Vacha. She married Frank Dubsky on April 5, 1932. He preceded her in death, on Oct. 19, 1992.
Adella worked at various jobs for many years, including as a waitress for Johnnies Steakhouse.
She is survived by daughter Arlene (Matt) Wachal of Schuyler; son Dennis (Donna) Dubsky of Columbus; eight grandchildren, including Teri (Bill) Chromy, Linwood, and Scott (Denise) Dubsky, of Schuyler; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren.
Published Feb. 4, 2009
Len Vidlak, David City, Jan. 23, 2009, age 81
Leonard A. Vidlak died Jan. 23, 2008, in David City. Funeral services were Jan. 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in David City with the Rev. Ronald Homes officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the church, Aquinas Guardian Angel Fund and Aquinas High School.
Len was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Abie to James and Lillian (Brecka) Vidlak. He attended Abie Public School and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1946.
On April 15, 1948, he married Lorraine Podany at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Schuyler. They lived and farmed near Abie until 1976 when they moved to David City to own and operate the Southern Fifteen Liquor Store. He retired in 1982. Len played with Ernie Kucera, Mike Brecka’s Orchestra and the American Czech Brass Band. He was inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame in 1996.
Len is survived by his wife, Lorraine of David City; daughters, Lana (Gene) Birkel of Lincoln, Lori (Larry) Janak of David City, son Lenny (Sue) Vidlak of Abie, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; sister, Leona (Frank) Hanis of Fremont. Condolences to www.revbluejeans.com
Published Jan. 28, 2009
Bernice (Vopalensky) Robertson, Morse Bluff, Jan. 20, 2009, age 88
Bernice M. Robertson died at her Morse Bluff home on Jan. 20, 2008.
Bernice was born Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1920, to James and Marie (Vasina) Vopalensky of Morse Bluff. She was a 1938 graduate of North Bend High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Wayne State Teachers College. Bernice taught school at numerous schools in the North Bend and Scribner area. She was the media specialist at North Bend Central High School from 1970 until retiring in 1983.
Bernice was a member of the North Bend United Presbyterian Church, serving as a teacher and superintendent of the Sunday School, active in the church ladies organization; American Legion Auxiliary of Post 340 of Morse Bluff, VFW Auxiliary of Post 8223 of North Bend; Eastern Nebraska, Saunders County and the Nebraska State Genealogical Society; Saunders County Historical Society; Nebraska State Historical Society and Nebraska League of Postmasters Auxiliary, Nebraska Branch.
On June 19, 1944, Bernice married Raleigh R. Robertson at Marysville, Kan. He died Feb. 1, 2001.
Survivors include son George J. (Karen) Robertson of Mead; daughters Mary Jo (Donald) Bosworth of Morse Bluff, Nancy Wagner of Lincoln; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Jan. 24 at the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Maetta Snyder officiating. A family committal service was held at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont prior to the church service.
Memorials are suggested for the North Bend Public Library Building Fund.
Published Jan. 28, 2009
Noel R. Ray, Sr., North Bend, Jan. 8, 2009, age 85
Noel Ray
Noel R. Ray, Sr., of North Bend died Jan. 8, 2009, at Birchwood Manor.
He was born May 10, 1923, to Halver and Lottie (Milbourne) Ray in Overton. Noel grew up in Elm Creek where he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving until April 1946. He served aboard the U.S.S. Carine and U.S.S. Boxer during World War II.
After his discharge he returned to Elm Creek and began working in the construction business. He moved to North Bend in 1950, working for construction companies, Dodge County and Schuyler Packing from which he retired in 1985.
On June 9, 1946, Noel married Doris Holmes in Manilla, Iowa.
Noel was the organizer of the U.S.S. Boxer annual reunions andserved as president of the organization for two years and treasurer for 10 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of North Bend, VFW Post 8223 of North Bend, American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff. He served the VFW as Quartermaster and helped with their weekly bingo for many years.
Noel is survived by his wife, Doris of North Bend; son Noel Ray Jr., Buddy of Lincoln; daughter Judy Ray of Lincoln; former daughter-in-law Janice Ray of Snyder; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Gale and LaJean Steinhoff of Harlan, Iowa, Erma Ray of Elm Creek; grandchildren Nicolle (Brian) O’Conner, Jill (Dennis) Metz, Jennifer Ray, Janelle (Tim) Boyd; and six great grandchildren.
There will be no local visitation or services. Burial was Jan. 12 at McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell with military honors.
Memorials are suggested for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend was in charge of arrangements.
Published Jan. 14, 2009
Ernest M. Farrand, Columbus, Jan. 1, 2009, Age 71
Ernest Farrand
Ernest M. Farrand died Jan. 1, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Columbus.
Ernest was born Sept. 9, 1937, in North Bend to Ernest and Gladys (Beeler) Farrand. He lived his whole life in the North Bend, Ames and Cedar Bluffs area. Ernest worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad and was a truck driver off and on since he was 16 years old, last in 2005. He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1958 on board the USS Midway.
On June 5, 1959, Ernest married Joan Smith in Fremont.
Ernest was a member of the Cedar Bluffs Presbyterian Church and had served as an elder there.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, of North Bend; sons Michael Farrand of Lincoln, Mark (Kim) Farrand of North Bend; daughter Lynn (Glenn) Miller of Ames; sister Shirley Shaffer of Nebraska City; seven grandchildren and two great -grandchildren.
Memorial services were Jan. 6 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with Vicar Dianna Kuhl officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend with military honors.
Online condolences may be left at mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Jan. 7, 2009

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