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Denore Marie Shoup

August 29, 2013

Denore M. Shoup, age 59 of Lincoln, passed away with her family by her side on August 29, 2013.  She was born March 13, 1954 in Buffalo, New York to John R. and Jane M. (Kopp) Bossinger.  Denore was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Jim Shoup of Lincoln.  Son: Pete Shoup of Lincoln.  Her grandson, Dillon Shoup, who was the light of her life.  Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Denise Koziel of New York, Diane and Thomas Zulawski of New York, Donna and Ed Falco of Arizona.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law: John H. and Lucille Bossinger of Illinois, Jeff and Cindy Bossinger of New York.  Special friend: Synda Horsham of Lincoln.  Sister-in-law: Tammy Bossinger of New York.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Joel James Bossinger and a brother-in-law, David Koziel.

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 10:30 A.M. until service time.

Burial with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left to the Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency association or the family.

Richard “Dick” A. Waters age 87 of Beatrice, Nebraska died on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Beatrice.  He was born on November 19, 1925 in Middleburgh, New York to Raymond D. and Grace Anna (Cower) Waters. He served in the US Navy during World War II.  Dick was united in marriage to Blanche Golus on December 20, 1945 in Modesto, California.  They were married for 63 years.  The couple resided in Middleburg, New York, before settling in Grand Island in 1948.  Dick lived in Beatrice the last two years with his daughter, Sherry and her husband Allan.  Dick was a truck driver for Ace Hardware and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He delivered the Omaha World Herald in Northwest Nebraska for 50 years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 53 in Grand Island.

Dick is survived by his son, Rich and Kathy Waters of Burlingame, Kansas; daughters, Sherry and Allan Spiehs of Beatrice; Joanne and Mike Spaulding of Lincoln; Beverly Waters of Beatrice; grandchildren, Rich and Jodi Waters of CA; Mike Waters of Lincoln; Andrew Spiehs of Lincoln; Melissa Spaulding of Lincoln; Storm Santiago of Brainard, MN; Peter Spiehs of Kansas City, MO; Tory Spiehs Carkoski of Lincoln; 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Blanche, a son in infancy, Robert John, brother, Reginald L. Waters.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics or the People’s City Mission.

Alfred “Al” A. Arth

August 23, 2013

Dr. Alfred A. Arth passed away suddenly, August 22, 2013, at Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Al was born in New Jersey where he graduated high school.  He then served as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Paterson State Teacher’s College in Paterson, New Jersey.  Dr. Arth obtained his Doctoral degree from Oklahoma University, Norman, Oklahoma.  Dr. Arth was a national expert in Middle School Education, writing more than one hundred publications, several books, and winning national awards.  Al taught at Southeast Community College and, previously, at York College, University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming, and University of Virginia.

 Al is survived by his wife, Phyllis Messer Arth. Children: Clare McIntosh (Mike), Karleen Sheppard Jassman (Rick), Mary Daughrity (Varen), Grady Arth, Axel Arth.  Al was proceeded in death by his son, Alfred F. Arth.  Al is survived by eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his sister, Valerie Arth, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services: Monday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Visitation: Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home. Family will be present 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alfred A. Arth Memorial Scholarship, in care of: SCC Foundation, 301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln, NE 68510.

Betty Jean Frye

August 10, 2013

Betty Jean Frye age 86 of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Lincoln. She was born in Clinton, Missouri on May 1, 1927 to Bert and Dola (Williams) Omans. Betty was a homemaker and a stay at home mom to her four sons and she loved music and her pets.

Betty is survived by her children, Chuck and Ardess Connel; Bob and Sue Connel; Harry and Susan Frye; Jerry and Cindy Frye; many grandchildren; nieces; nephews; sister, Dorothy Martin of Little Rock, Arkansas; brother, Elmer Omans of Detroit, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth of 54 years, and her brother Marvin Omans who was killed in the Korean War.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Homestead Rehabilitation Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital for their support in Betty’s final days.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Pauline P. Parke, age 92, of Lincoln went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 14, 2013.  Widow of Eugene H. Parke,  she was born January 29, 1921 in Ulysses, Nebraska to Con and Blanche (Jones) Edwards.  Pauline was retired from the Nebraska Wesleyan University finance office.  She was active in the United Methodist Women and held offices in district and conference levels.  Pauline also belonged to the Women’s Wesleyan Educational Council and was treasurer for 14 years.  She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter ES, the Sunflower Club and Bryan Board.

Pauline is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Patricia and George Riggs of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law: Melvin and Carole Parke of Lincoln; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 5 great, great grandchildren.  Sisters, Ella Robinson of Douglas, Wyoming, Darlene Shrader of David City, Nebraska.  Many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister: Marie Straw, brothers: Raymond and Clyde Edwards.

Pauline donated her body to the State of Nebraska Anatomical Board for the advancement of medical education and research.  

Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation, interment of her ashes will be held at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed, in Pauline’s name to the W.W.E.C. scholarship at Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE  68504.

William “Bill” Leon Ziegelbein of Lincoln, Nebraska died on August 8, 2013 near White River, South Dakota.  He was born on October 29, 1968 in Central City, Nebraska to Kenneth William and Shirley Ann (Moeller) Ziegelbein.  Bill attended Immanuel Lutheran School from Kindergarten through eighth grade and attended Polk High School where he graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1987. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Sunday School during those years. He played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a center from 1987 to 1991.   He married Colleen Sue (White) Allick on May 27, 2011 in Lincoln.  He worked as a mechanical engineer for Goodyear in Lincoln.

Bill is survived by his wife, Colleen of Lincoln; children, Tara, Sarah, Tony, Erin, Josiah, Hannah, Rebekah and Kalev; father, Kenneth Ziegelbein of Polk, Nebraska; brother, Lavern and Jean Marie of Union; sisters, Jean Ann and Michael Hergenroeder of Sterling, Virginia; Patricia and Robert Fuller of Dallas, Texas; Gale and Ralph Kerstens of Arlington, Texas; Karen and Bret Seipold of Hastings, Iowa; mother-in-law, Lynn White of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Lori White of Omaha; and brother-in-law, Brady White of Shenandoah, Iowa.  Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley and his grandparents.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 S. 84th Street, Lincoln, NE

Burial will be on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family for later designation.


Lori Sue Marcuson age 53 of Lincoln, Nebraska died at her home surrounded by her family on Friday, August 9, 2013.  She was born on June 17, 1960 in Plattsburgh, New York to LaVern and Audrey (Luthi) Bechard.  She worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators in translating and literacy development.

Lori is survived by her husband, Mark of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Emily Marcuson of Lincoln; son, Brad Marcuson of Lincoln; parents, LaVern and Audrey Bechard of Salina, Kansas; brother and sister-in-law, John and Bobsie Bechard of London, England; brother, Jeff Bechard of Beloit, Kansas; sister, Julie Bechard of Lincoln.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Private family interment will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


Marjorie Ann (Estes) Culp

August 9, 2013

Marjorie Ann (Estes) Culp, age 85, died July 6, 2013 in Belmont, CA from complications of dementia. She was born April 17, 1928 in Omaha to E. Forrest & Sarah Blythe (McReynolds) Estes.  The family moved to Lincoln when she was a child.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946 and from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Elementary Education in 1950.  She was active in Towne Club, Sigma Eta Chi, and was a Phi Beta Kappa. She was married to CDR Chester C Culp Jr (USN retired) in 1954 in Adak, AKin 1954.  She especially enjoyed working with young children and was a kindergarten teacher.  She took great pride in raising her family and liked to travel.  She was a member of the Temple Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Nebraska Mayflower Society.  As a military family she lived on both coasts and also overseas in France.  She lived most recently in Chula Vista,CA from 1966 to 2010.

She is survived by children Michael (Shirley) of Centennial, CO; Chris of San Diego, CA; Anita of Albany, NY; and Patty of Oakland, CA; grandchildren Jennifer (Sean) Finerty, Janet (Eric) Redwine, David Culp, and Will Culp; great grandchild Conor Finerty; and sisters Betty (Woody) Brinkman of Lincoln and Barbara Laughlin of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by husband Chester, parents, sister Dorothy Munson and brother Jim Estes.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 20, 2013 at 10:30 am at First Plymouth Congregational, followed by interment of ashes at Wyuka Cemetery with her parents.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or Alzheimer’s Association.


Stella Louise Dodge age 72 of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Lincoln surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on February 16, 1941 in Fowler Colorado to Earl Albert and Cleo LaVerne (Erhart) Beckett. She was raised in Overland Park, Kansas. As an adult, Stella lived in New Jersey and Massachusetts before spending 4o years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Lincoln in 2010, which she loved, to be near her daughters.

Stella loved animals and worked at Adobe Animal Health in Los Altos, California until she retired in 2008. She continued to pet sit until 2012. She was often heard saying that it took her 52 years to find what she loved to do in life and was lucky enough to find it.

Stella is survived by her son; Steven Paul and Elaine Stolte of Huntington, West Virginia; daughters; Dena Raye and Bradshaw J Hupp; Kara Lee and Timothy Kennedy both of Lincoln Nebraska; 9 grandchildren (including Cassie Lynn Stolte, who she was instrumental in raising, also of Lincoln); 9 great grandchildren; sister Chrystal Gann of Independence Missouri; brother Harold Beckett of Joplin, Missouri; Daughter-in-law Isis and Andy Jonnson of San Jose California. Stella was preceded in death by her parents; husband John Nelson Dodge; son William Brent Stolte and a daughter in infancy Shana Marie.

Cremation, no visitation.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln Nebraska, or the Humane Society in your home town.

Eugene Robert Martin

August 2, 2013

Eugene R. Martin age 86 of Friend, Nebraska died on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Lincoln. He was born on March 1, 1927 in Lincoln to Earl Robert and Carrie (Burr) Martin.  He graduated from Waverly High School.  Eugene served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1952.  He served during World War II and the Korean War.  He married Enola S. Esponge on December 6, 1947 and they were together 66 years.  He worked in the Insurance and Real Estate business since 1963.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Enola of Friend, Nebraska; daughter, Christine (Chris) Martin of Lincoln; son, Bob Martin of Alton, Missouri; daughter, Lori Martin of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandsons, Robert (Robby) Martin of West Plains, Missouri; Samy Younis of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughter, Ricky Lee Morris of West Plains, Missouri; many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Irene Pine; Carol Glantz; Orneta Johnson; brother, Kenneth Martin; a son in infancy, Eugene Robert Martin, Jr., and a granddaughter, Deana Younis.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the United Church of Christ in Friend, Nebraska.

Burial will be in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery in Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family for later designation.


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