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Benjamin Ryf Lewis

November 21, 2011

Benjamin Ryf Lewis age 15 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.  He was born on July 19, 1996 in Omaha, Nebraska to George and Melissa (Bibelheimer) Lewis.  Ben attended Benson High School in Omaha and was a sophomore at Lincoln High School.  He enjoyed drawing, music and animals.

Ben is survived by his parents, George and Melissa Lewis of Omaha; uncle, Jeremy Bibelheimer of San Diego, California; aunt, Julie Lewis of Santa Cruz, California; grandparents, Ron and Deanna Bibelheimer of Lincoln; John and Pat Bruna of Valley Springs, California; Jean Lewis of Des Moines, Iowa.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


Lola Gertrude Ozenbaugh

November 17, 2011

Lola Gertrude Ozenbaugh, age 89 of Lincoln, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on October 14, 1922 in York, Nebraska to John and Gertrude (Fredeen) Foster. Lola worked as a secretary at May Morley Grade School for many years. She then worked at the State Capital in the Legislature as an administrative assistant. During her time with the Legislature, she worked for three State Senators. After she completed her time with the Legislature, she obtained her real estate and broker’s license. Lola was a Gold Star Sister with the VFW Auxiliary Post 131.

Lola is survived by her daughter, Sue Ann Busing of Lincoln; son Robert B. and Pam Ozenbaugh of Spring, Texas; grandsons Joseph Busing of Lincoln, Dr. Brian Ozenbaugh and Jennifer Fochek of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Brent and Mari Ishiyama Ozenbaugh of Santa Monica, California; sisters, Lucille Holloch of Portland, Oregon, Patricia Sullivan of Hemet, California; brother, Cliff Foster of Lexington, Nebraska.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, brothers, Paul, Harold, John and Sterling.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

Alvin J. Fieselman

November 15, 2011

Alvin Joseph Fieselman age 64 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, November 14, 2011 at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln.  He was born on August 17, 1947 in Northern California to Melvin and Dorothy (Schmidt) Ratfield.  Alvin served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a retired truck driver. 

Alvin is survived by his wife, Doreen of Lincoln; daughter, April S. Mansfield (Curt Berghuis) of Lincoln; grandson, Dillon Phillips of Lincoln; granddaughters, Krystal Bliss and Breanna Berghuis of Lincoln; sister, Bonnie (Jerry) Bell of Milford; brother, Robbie Ratfield of Fremont; step-mother, Vera Ratfield of Seward.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation/no visitation.

There are no services planned at this time.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Dorothy S. Welchoff

November 3, 2011

Dorothy Speer Welchoff age 82, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on June 5, 1929 in Oak Park, IL and  was a twin daughter of Grace M. (Long) and John C. Speer. She retired in 1987 after 19 years as Director of Food Service for Harper-Schramm-Smith Residence Halls at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Campus.   After graduating from UNL she was the Food Service Director for the Nebraska Student Union. In 1955 she joined the Civilian Special Services division of the US Army and served one year in Korea as Director of an enlisted men’s Service Club on a base north of Seoul, Korea. She also served at Fort Polk, LA.   She married Charles F. Welchoff III in 1958 in Philadelphia, PA and for the next 10 years was a homemaker, raising 3 children in Fort Washington, PA. In 1968, she and the children returned to Lincoln.  She was always involved in community service activities – served as President of the West “A” Community Association, President of the Willard Community Center, and Secretary for the Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Nebraska Alumni Association and also a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister Ruth (Neff). She is survived by her 3 children and 9 grandchildren, and her older sister Barbara Nodine of Madison, WI.   Her family includes daughter Darci Coolidge and husband John Jr. – children Sarah Orr, Joshua Orr, and Nathan Coolidge of Omaha; daughter Lori Mack and fiancé Brad Browne – children Taylor, Austin, Mikayla Mack of Lincoln; son Richard (Rick) Welchoff and wife Dawn (Smith) – children Branson, Brooke, and Bailey of Lincoln.

Memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church Chapel located at Sheridan Blvd. and South Streets on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.  with a private family inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Willard Community Center at 1245 South Folsom, Lincoln, NE 68522, or the Lancaster County Chapter of the Red Cross. Arrangements made by Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery.

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