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Obituaries

James A. Hennesy

March 20, 2011

James Andrew Hennesy, age 81 of Lincoln, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2011 after a lengthy illness with his wife by his side.  Jim was born in Bogalusa, LA on July 3, 1929 to Jewel and Lois (Magovik) Hennesy.  Jim is survived by his wife Bonnie Hennesy, Sons and Daughters-in-law: James and Sue Hennesy of Ham Lake, MN.  John and Kate Hennesy of Keenesburg, CO.  Daughters and Son-in-law: Paula and Pat Winegarner of Westminster, CO.  Cynthia Matos of Colorado Springs, CO.  Step children and spouses: Donald Kramer of Herndon, KY.  Susan and Mark Gerkin of Columbus, GA.  16 Grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.  Sister-in-law and spouse: Betty and Don Vietz of Lincoln.

Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, All State commander of V.F.W. in Colorado and Minnesota, a member of the United Sheet Metal Workers for 40 years, a member of Calvary Community Church.  Bonnie and Jim together, built the home and business of their dreams, Hennesy Country Stables in 1991.  Jim was an avid Bronco fan and Cowboy at heart.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Calvary Community Church, 4400 N. 1st, Lincoln at 11:00 A.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Calvary Community Church.

Devore H. Silvey

March 18, 2011

Devore H. Silvey, 89, passed away on Friday March 18th 2011.  He was born on December 28th, 1921 to Ernest and Myrtle (Theobald) Silvey in Ohiowa Nebraska. He graduated from Ohiowa High School in 1939.  Devore served in the US Coast Guard from 1942 to 1950. Various assignments included Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, and Atlantic convoy duty.  Following World War II, he was assigned to the USCG Icebreaker Eastwind for two separate attempts to establish a navigable sea lane to the North Pole.  He served in the Naval Reserve from 1957 to 1961. Devore was a Meteorologist for the US Weather Service for 37 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of American Legion Post #3, serving in its Funeral Honors detail, VFW, 40 & 8, Masons, and a charter member of St. Mark’s Methodist Church. Following his retirement, Devore spent many years volunteering at Bryan LGH Medical Center.  Devore married Mary Christo on August 6th, 1947, in Peabody, MA. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.  Devore was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

Devore was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, and his brothers Howard and Weldon Silvey. 

Family members include sons Dr. Chris Silvey and wife Marsha, Kevin and wife Mary, all of Lincoln; grandchildren, Joseph of Chandler, AZ, Jessica of Laramie, WY, Jared, Eric, and Alex all of Lincoln; sister-in-law Ethel Gerakaris of Peabody, MA, nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home, Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, or to the Veterans Memorial Garden.

Gaylene Tuttle, age 50 of Lincoln, died March 17, 2011.  Born July 27, 1960 in Winnebago, Nebraska to Dale and Florence (Woodhull) Tuttle.   Gaylene was employed with Integrated Life Choices where she did a number of different jobs.

Survivors include Son: Anthony Tuttle of Sioux City; Daughters: Amber Tuttle of Macy, Danielle Tuttle of Sioux City.  Sisters: Ida Tuttle of Sgt. Bluffs, IA.  Mary Cascini of Lincoln.  Special Friends: Julie and Jose David Valencia of Lincoln.  Her precious cat Butterfly.  Aunt: Christine Woodhull of Fremont.  Preceded in death by: her parents and brother: Nathan.

No viewing or visitation.  Memorial Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.

Memorials may be given to The Peoples City Mission in Gaylene’s name.

Kenneth LeRoy Allen

March 15, 2011

Kenneth LeRoy Allen age 72 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on June 14, 1938 in Red Oak, Iowa to Robert M. and Verna Mae (Timmons) Allen.  Kenneth served in the US Army.  He married Karen Baker on June 18, 1961.  He worked for Schering Plough an animal pharmaceutical manufacturer in Elkhorn, until he retired.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Karen; son, David (Jacilyn) Allen; daughters, Debra Cahill; Carla (Todd) Chandler all of Lincoln; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carol (Jewel) Allen of Wyoming; Don (Joan) Allen of Iowa; sister, Ruth (Wayne) Echternach of Iowa; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home. 

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Eugene R. Bender, age 68 of Lincoln died Monday, March 14, 2011 in Omaha.  Born June 1, 1942 in Washington, D.C. to Clarence A. and Josephine (Fairfax) Bender . 

Survivors include Wife: Ella of Lincoln, Daughters and Sons-in-law: Bridgette and Eric Hawkins of Maryland, Connie and Shawn Towsend of Washington D.C.  Son and Daughter-in-law: Eugene and Mary Bender of Washington, D.C.  Mother: Josephine Travis,  Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Barbara and William Anderson, Yvonne and Lee Mickle, Eunice and Lewis Richardson, Claudia Burley.  Brothers: Joseph Bender, Steven, Allen and Bernard Bender.  12 Grandchildren.  Preceded in death by: Father and 4 brothers. 

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Funeral Service will be held at Christ Temple Church, 500 N. 25th, March 18, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.

Additional funeral services be held in Washington D.C.   Arrangements in Washington D.C. will be handled by the BF Taylor Funeral Home, 1722 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20002.

Patricia A. Tomasek

March 13, 2011

Patricia A. Tomasek age 78 of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her home with her family – she struggled many years with COPD.  She was born on September 18, 1932 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Seth and Clara Agnes (Spring) Beam.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. On October 29, 1950 she married her high school sweetheart Jerry Tomasek.  Pat’s greatest love was her family.  She loved watching her grandchildren swim in their family swimming pool.  Pat was a very generous woman; she loved to spoil her family especially on Christmas, her favorite holiday.  She loved Nebraska football and enjoyed traveling to Bowl games and away games.  Pat was a retired secretary/treasurer for Tomasek Homes.  She will be missed dearly by everyone.

Pat is survived by her husband, Jerry of Lincoln; daughters, Cheryl Piontek of Lincoln; Peggy (Bart) Cooper of Littleton, Colorado; son James (Teri) Tomasek of Lincoln; grandchildren, Katie Piontek and fiance Troy Rinke of Lincoln; Jessica, Jami and Andrew Tomasek of Lincoln; Nikki Carpenter and Mollie Cooper of Littleton, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Hailee Piontek of Lincoln; sister, Clara (Everett) Brauckmuller of Lincoln, former son-in-law, Arthur Piontek of Lincoln; special nieces, nephews and many special friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Albert and Carl Beam, her grandson, Adam Piontek.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 11:00 A.M at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 84th and Pioneers. A luncheon will follow the memorial service.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery following the luncheon.

Memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Marjorie E. Kaufman

March 10, 2011

Marjorie Ethel Kaufman age 92 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, March 10, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on August 23, 1918 in Ainsworth, Brown County, Nebraska to Thomas James and Ethel (Howerton) Clark.  She lived her first 8 years on a farm north of Ainsworth, enjoying the country life—the animals, the groves of trees, the birds and the natural seasons.  She attended a small country school.  Marjorie enjoyed learning and all the other children.  When she was eight years old, she and her parents, a brother, Marion, and a sister, Vera, moved to Cozad, Nebraska.  She was always close to classmates, neighbors and friends.  Marjorie was baptized into the Christian Church at age 12 and grew to love the Lord, and the people there.  She taught rural schools for about three years in that area.

On May 31, 1939 she was married to Karl Kaufman at Norton, Kansas and they made their first home in South Gate, California until 1944 when they returned to Cozad, Nebraska.  To this union there were six children: Karla Sue, Nancy Belle, John Stephen, Thomas James, Cynthia Lee, and David Karl.  They lived in Cozad for a few years, then homesteaded in Cody, Wyoming and later again homesteaded in Rupert, Idaho. These were difficult years; however, they made lots of friends and they even helped build a new church in Rupert.  They travelled along the coast up to Blaine, Washington and were so impressed with the natural beauty there, that they moved to Blaine Washington on the Canadian border next to Puget Sound–lovely country, lots of friends, and a happy life.  Again they helped start a new church and Mom played the piano beautifully there for several years.  In the 1990’s they began to see their family siblings slipping away and felt a longing to share more time with their family.  They moved back to Cozad about 1992 and enjoyed retirement there. In early retirement they travelled to the west coast for a short while, also to Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Alabama and enjoyed all.  Marjorie leaves her husband, the six children and their families. She will be deeply missed by her entire family who loved and appreciated all the caring and joy that she brought into their lives. 

Marjorie is survived by her husband Karl of Lincoln; daughters, Karla (Jerry) Judt of Lincoln; Nancy (Lester) Morfin of Troy, Idaho; Cynthia (Doug) Murray of Bellingham, Washington; sons, John (Janann) Kaufman of Anchorage, Alaska; Tom (Shirley) Kaufman of Lincoln; David (Lonnie) Kaufman of Carnation, Washington; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Marion Clark and sister, Vera Whaley Yeiter.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity.

Ardell Annette Paulsen age 50 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on May 24, 1960 in Lincoln to Jack and Myrdell (Frailinger) Paulsen. Ardell worked for B+R Stores for 27 years.

Ardell is survived by her daughter, Matigan Paulsen of Lincoln; her fiance, Curt Evers of Lincoln; sisters, Cindy (Duane) Hovorka of Elmwood; Kay Marie (Goering) Paulsen of Lincoln; Melissa (Steve) Bode of Lincoln; brothers, Dan (Laura) Paulsen of Lincoln; Michael (Sheli) Paulsen of Grand Island; Matt Paulsen of Lincoln; nieces and nephews, David and Griffin Hovorka; Brook (Hugh) Mills; Jamie (Nate) Drudik; JJ Paulsen; Renee and Sean Murdock; Brandon, Nick, Zack and Austin Goering; Terran Benes, Nicole Bode, Alyssa (Ryan) Tillema,  great-nieces, Samantha and Kayliegh Mills; Rosin Drudik, Rylee Tillema.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents.

Cremation, no visitation.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the Matigan Paulsen Education Fund.

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