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Frances P. (Lopresti) Heuer

February 28, 2011

Frances P. (Lopresti) Heuer, age 82 of Ravenna, Nebraska formerly of Lincoln, died February 26, 2011 in Kearney.  Born May 3, 1928 in Palmer, Nebraska to Mike and Mabel (Beeman) Lopresti.  Frances and her husband J. Burch Heuer owned and operated the Coast to Coast hardware store on 70th and A Street in Lincoln from the early 1970’s until it closed in the late 1970’s.  Frances and Burch later retired to Ravenna, Nebraska.

Survivors include Daughters and Son-in-law:  Elizabeth and Ron Restau of Lincoln; Cynthia Woodmancy of Omaha.  Grandson and Spouse: Jim and Steph Restau of Lincoln; Granddaughter: Tonya Woodmancy of Omaha.  3 Great Grandchildren.  Brother and Sister-in-law: Ted and Priscilla Lopresti of Leavenworth, Kansas.  Preceded in death by her Husband: J. Burch Heuer, Daughter: Teresa Gould, Grandson: Benjamin Restau, Brother: Tom Lopresti and her parents.

Memorial services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on March 11, 2011 at 1:30 P.M.

Inurnment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials are to the family.

Lydia Alma (Petersen) Eley

February 24, 2011

Lydia Alma (Petersen) Eley, age 93 of Lincoln died February 23, 2011.  She was born in Exeter, Nebraska on June 1, 1917 to Martin and Emma (Johnsen) Petersen.  Lydia was united in marriage to Floyd Eley in 1946.  They had no children.  Lydia along side of her husband Floyd loved to hunt and fish, and was quite a dead shot with a gun.  Together they would plant enormous gardens and would share most of the produce with neighbors, friends and family.  Lydia worked at Russell Stover Candy Co. in Lincoln as a shift manager.  She retired after thirty one years to take care of her husband Floyd when he became ill.  Lydia was a beloved aunt and great aunt to 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.  Some of the nieces remarked how they were fascinated by her ability to identify the filling inside a piece of Stover candy by the swirl on the top.  Lydia’s hobbies were working in her garden, her first love, crocheting, embroidery and  quilting to name a few.

Lydia was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Emma Petersen.  One brother, Alvin Petersen, a sister-in-law, Gladys Petersen, Three brothers-in-law, Ed Eley, Gudmund (Pete) Petersen and Fred Delhay.  Lydia is survived by her sister Lorraine Delhay, sister-in-law, Doris Eley Angell, several nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews, and special friend Joy Harr.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.

Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Kidney Foundation

Barbara Ann Garver

February 21, 2011

Barbara Ann Garver age 72 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, February 21, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on November 8, 1938 in Fargo, North Dakota to Louis and Eleanor (Makovicka) Fiala. Barbara worked at State Farm Insurance for 28 years and then she worked part-time for 17 1/2 years for American Greetings.

Barbara is survived by her husband Robert of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Robert II and Julie Garver of Lincoln; grandchildren, Marisa Nicole and Ryan Lee Garver; sister, Judie Rogers of Lincoln; 1 niece and 2 nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Billy Rogers.

Barbara’s request was to have no public visitation or funeral service.

A private family graveside service will be held on Friday at Fairview Cemetery.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Marvin R. Kelle

February 20, 2011

Marvin R. Kelle, age 87 of Lincoln.  Died February 19, 2011.  He was born July 28, 1924 in Crab Orchard, Nebraska to Robert and Dora M. (Weyers) Kelle.  Marvin was in the Postal procurement department for the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years.  He and his wife Doris loved to travel, especially in Arizona where they lived for 14 years.

Survivors include his wife: Doris Kelle of Lincoln, Son: Jerry Kelle and Daughter: Marilyn (Kelle) Wickham.  Grandchildren: Molly Wickham Steimkemper and Cody Wickham.  Great Grandchildren: Shane Steinkemper, Reese and Weston Wickham.  Brother and Sister-in-law: Alvin and Maxine Kelle, Nephew and Spouse: Kevin and Karen Kelle.  Step Sons and Spouses: Robert and Judi Bruner of Lincoln, Douglas and Carolyn Bruner of Fremont.  Step Daughters and Spouse: Gloria Allen and Bill Whitlock of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Marilyn Bruner of North Bend.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. 

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from Noon until 2:00 P.M.

Memorials may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation in Marvin’s name.

Jack Edward Thomas

February 17, 2011

Jack Edward Thomas was born December 26, 1932, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Chester and Ethel Thomas.  He was raised in Lincoln, joined the Marines out of high school, and married Corrine Nieting on August 12, 1952.  They had a family of one daughter, Tracey, and two sons, Neal and Tom, celebrating 47 years of marriage before her death in 1999.

He had a decorated career with the Marines Corps, including the invasion of Inchon, at the start of the Korean War.  Subsequently he became a representative for numerous office furniture and equipment manufacturers in Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska, and had his own successful dealership.

Always very interested in sports, he held many Nebraska state high school records for track and field, and football.  For 35 years he volunteered his time as an official for the Drake Relays each April in Des Moines, and high school track meets in Iowa and Nebraska.  His personal interests included cooking and gardening.  Upon retirement, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, spending much of the time in the Southwest.

Reconnecting with Doris Collins by a chance encounter at a high school reunion in 2002, they were married February 15, 2003. Settling in Green Valley, Arizona, they have enjoyed a wonderful eight years together.

Jack has been a communicant member of Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior since relocating to Green Valley and is survived by his wife Doris, son Neal of Papillion, Nebraska, Alan and daughter Tracey Wilson of Naperville, Illinois and their children, Ryan, Brenton and Hillary, Son Tom and Rita Thomas of Maitland, Florida, and their children, Andrew, Michael and Megan, his brother Chester and Cora Thomas of Rhode Island, as well as Doris’ family, daughter Diane and John Orr with son Andrew, Sugarland, Texas, Brenda Onstead of Sugarland, Texas with sons Robert and Douglas, and Stan and Linda Collins of Lincoln, Nebraska with sons Cory and Clinton.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Billy J. Hohenfeldt, age 85 of Lincoln, passed away on February 17, 2011.  He was born January 15, 1926 in Beatrice, Nebraska to William and Goldie (McKinney) Hohenfeldt.  He married Norma DeRock on August 4, 1945.  He married Pat Mount February 21, 1981.  Billy worked at Gooches/ADM from 1946 until 1991.  He also enjoyed cars and antique clocks.

Survivors include Sons and Daughters-in-law: Edward and Lavonne Hohenfeldt; Jerry and Mary Hohenfeldt.  Daughters and Sons-in-law: Sharon and Weldon Manley; Beverly and Roger Rickman.  10 Grandchildren; 15 Great grandchildren and 2 Great, Great grandchildren.  Sister: Pauline Gibson of Baxter Springs, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother: Donald, Sister Audrey and Wives: Norma and Pat.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. 

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, February 21, 2011 from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association in Billy’s name.

Gerald B. Lawson

February 7, 2011

Gerald Bruce Lawson age 57 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, February 7, 2011 after a short battle with cancer.  He was born in Lincoln on April 10, 1953 to Eugene Vernon and Jeannette Francis (Eberline) Lawson.  Gerry worked for the Nebraska Military Department of 37 years as a graphic artist.  Gerry married Carol Eckland on October 7, 1990 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  He enjoyed visiting with people at length and found any topic interesting.  He was a good listener, and helping others was second nature to him.  He loved art, music, and life.  He had a passion for college football, especially Notre Dame, and took many trips over the years with his friend, Drasis Pajeda to see the Fighting Irish play.

Gerry is survived by his wife Carol of Lincoln; mother, Jeannette of Lincoln; sisters, Nancy (Boyd) King of Lincoln; Susan (Jerry) Bradford of Lincoln; Janet (Kent) Alderin of North Dakota; brother, Tom (Kate) Lawson of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Pat Lawson of Lincoln; parents-in-law, Aldon and Donna Eckland of Scottsbluff; sisters-in-law, Lee (Greg) Green of Wedona, CO; Jeanne (Pat) Wicks of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Ken (Julie) Eckland of Scottsbluff; many nieces and nephews, and many special long-time friends including Drasis Pajeda, Todd and Rhonda Ball, Paul and Marji Morrison and Jerry Belford.  He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Lawson and a brother, Donald Lawson.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Beverly Faye Pagel age 75 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, February 7, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on July 21, 1935 in Lincoln to H. Armin and Edna (Booth) Pagel.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953 and the University of Nebraska.  She worked for the Cedars Home for Children.  Bev loved the outdoors and things of nature.  She had a green thumb and raised beautiful flowers and flowering trees.  She was the best pitcher the First Church ball team ever had.  Cats were an important part of Bev’s life.  Music was also important to her.  She had a large tape collection that she listened too as well as being an accomplished pianist.  Bev provided transportation for many of her friends, so they could keep appointments.

Beverly is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Armin and Ginny Pagel of Texas, niece; Karen of New Jersey; nephew, Doug and wife Jude of Illinois; 2 great nephews, Reece and Nathan; cousin, Stan McNichol and families of Ken and Gladys Pagel, Keith and Martha Pagel, Sherrie and Herb Kirchem, Bob (and Ruth Pagel) McNicol, Rex and Joan Koivisto, Bruce and Janet McNicol.  Round Robin High School friends and a host of others.

Cremation, no visitation.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Christian Heritage House, City Mission or Tabitha.

DuBart “Dan” Watson II

February 6, 2011

DuBart “Dan” Watson II age 33 of Lincoln, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2011 in Lincoln.  He was born on March 9, 1977 in Dallas, Texas to DuBart Watson and Carol Whitehead.  He was married to Danielle Murray.  DuBart worked at TMCO in the powdercoating department.

DuBart is survived by his wife, Danielle of Lincoln; daughters, Kiara and Natalya of Lincoln; mother, Carol Whitehead of Lincoln; sister, Rayna Watson of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Jimmy Blankenfeld of Lincoln; uncle, Charles Whitehead of Ithica, New York; aunt, Barb Whitehead of Lincoln; many relatives and friends.   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father, and mother-in-law, Jane Blankenfeld.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Tammi J. Preston, age 49, of Lincoln, died Saturday, February 5, 2011.  She was born on December 14, 1961 in Lincoln to Wayne A. and Helen E. (VanDyke) Preston.  Tammi was the Director of Outreach for Education Quest Foundation.  She was a charter member of SouthPointe Christian Church and a member of Lincoln Leadership.

Survivors include her Sister: Colleen Anderson of Omaha; Niece: Heather Swezey of Las Vegas, NV.  Nephew: Patrick Anderson of Jefferson City, MO.  Also, many wonderful friends.  Preceded in death by her parents and her Brother-in-law: Jim Anderson.

Services will be held at SouthPointe Christian Church, 7010 Helen Witt Dr.  Lincoln.  on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. 

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home  on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from Noon until 9:00 P.M.  The family will be present from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Burial will be at the Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Holmesville, Nebraska.

Memorials may be left for SouthPointe Christian Church or the Food Bank of Lincoln, backpack program.

Gail E. West

February 5, 2011

Gail E West passed away on Feb. 4, 2011 in Lincoln, NE.  He was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Dundy County to Sam & Leona West. Gail married Nona Berry on July 7, 1951.

He leaves his wonderful memories behind to his wife, Nona, 4 sons and daughter in laws: Larry & Heidi, Duane & Barb, Dale & Ann and Gaylen & Lydia.  His 7 grandchildren, Beau, Justin, Jessica, Joshua, Ryan, Nicole and Tenisa.  His 5 great grand children, Taytum, Jirsa, Haley, Alaina and Abigail. His sister, Bonnie Winklemann, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends  His beloved lap dog, Mindi.

Gail lived his life for his family.  His greatest joy was the many family gatherings that we enjoyed.

Memorial Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.

 Memorials to the American Heart Association, Alzheimers Association or the Donor’s choice.

Lydia Barbara Bernhardt

February 4, 2011

Lydia Barbara Bernhardt age 91 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, February 3, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on August 18, 1919 in Lincoln to John and Lena (Benner) Schessler.  She married Walter Bernhardt on May 25, 1946.  Lydia worked as a secretary at the University of Nebraska in the political science department. She is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Lydia is survived by her husband, Walter of Lincoln; sister, Marian Schessler of Lincoln, Niece: Marjorie Osborne of Lincoln; Nephews and Spouse: Dean Ross Schessler of Carlsbad, CA.  Dale Alan and Elizabeth Schessler of Lincoln; Great Niece: Abby Schessler of Lincoln, Great Nephew: Max Schessler of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Theodore, John and David.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church.

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