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Roger A. Jones

October 31, 2013

Roger Jones, age 57 of Lincoln passed away October 30, 2013.  He was born October 17, 1956 in Auburn, Nebraska to Richard Jones and Norma (Reed) Botts.  Roger worked for Brandt Excavating in Lincoln.

Survivors include his mother, Norma Botts of Lincoln.  Brother and Sister-in-law, Randy and Julie Jones of Syracuse, Nebraska.  Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Tuesday, November 5th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Marie Charvat

October 29, 2013

Marie Charvat, 92, of Lincoln, Nebraska died Sunday (October 27, 2013) surrounded by her three daughters and husband.  Marie Charvat (nee Mahon) was born on August 1, 1921 to Ellen (Rorke) and Patrick Mahon on a farm in the village of Tibohine, County Roscommon, Ireland.  She attended school in Ireland until  6th grade and then continued her education in England, going home to Ireland in the summers.  Her father took on labor work in England and they lived with her Uncle Bernard.  As a child she played a game called camogie, which is like field hockey with a ball, she also loved listening to her father sing and tell stories he would make up, leaving off each night at a really exciting part.  Marie would walk home from school for lunch and her mother would cook her favorite lunch for her; an egg and a piece of soda bread.  Marie enjoyed fishing with her father at the creek at an end of their farm.  On the farm she enjoyed watching the baby animals being born and received a cow for her 16th birthday.  One of her favorite stories is that when she was 3 years old she was sent with a can for 3 pennies worth of snuff for her father at the local store.  She had a hard time pronouncing snuff and called it “stuff.”  The merchant gave her a really hard time, saying, “What kind of stuff do you want?” However, eventually she got what she came for.  Marie loved travel and adventure. Another exciting adventure was parachuting out of a plane over a field in England at he age of 17.  Her first job was working at a Post Office in England.  She wanted to join the service, but her uncle stopped her.  Later, she did join the English Army.  During WWII she was a Corporal in the English Army and served abroad in both England and Germany. After she was in the service she continued to work for the English Government.  Once she waited on Prime Minster Churchill, and also saw Princess Margaret at a party. Her favorite place was Austria where she climbed to the top of the Zugspitze.  After the war and her parents deaths, she moved to the United States, living first with an Aunt in New Jersey and then an Aunt in Chicago. She met Edward Charvat at the Algonquin Ballroom in Chicago. They fell in love and were married six months later on April 27, 1957.  Ed and Marie moved from Chicago to Lincoln, Nebraska with their three daughters in 1963. Marie volunteered as a P.T.A. secretary and Girl Scout leader. She worked at Miller & Paine Dept. Store, as an election poll worker, and as a Real Estate Agent. Marie enjoyed the adventures of life and dove into new things happily. She was computer savvy and used email and Facebook well into her 90’s.

 Marie is survived by her husband Edward, daughters; Audrey Charvat Drew (Gary), Donna Haiden (Mark), and Renee Charvat, 5 grandchildren; Erica White (Gary), Dawson & Raimey Drew, Leah & Rachel Haiden,  2 great grandchildren; Jasmyn & Addisyn White.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Patrick Mahon, her brother Johnny, and her best friend Peggy Patzel.

Funeral Mass: 2 p.m. Wedneday, October, 30, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Lincoln. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home; and 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Church.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for Monarch Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.

Howard E. Lavalleur

October 28, 2013

Howard Ernest Lavalleur, age 76 of Monte Vista, Colorado passed away October 28, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He was born February 12, 1937 in Holdrege, Nebraska to Harry Eugene and Mae Irene (Singleterry) Lavalleur.  Howard was raised and went to high school in Holdrege, Nebraska.  After high school he worked at the Hotel Dale in Holdrege as a chef, and later owned the Green Lantern Cafe in Elwood, Nebraska.  Howard also was the owner and operator of the Daylight Donut Shops in Sidney, Nebraska and Monte Vista, Colorado.

Survivors include his sons, Carroll (Sharon) Lavalleur of Lincoln and David (LaRae) Lavalleur of Winston Salem, NC; daughter, DeAnn (Tim) Myers of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren Curtis Lavalleur, Matt Lavalleur, Kate Lavalleur, Jenny Lavalleur of Lincoln, Nicole (Nick) Day of Walkertown, NC, Chelsea Lavalleur and fiancé John Peacock Jr of Denver, NC, Chris (Nastaran) Myers of Haymarket, VA, and Dustin Myers of Oklahoma City; great grandchildren Bryant and Carter Day of Walkertown and Aydin & Elina Myers of Haymarket; nieces and nephews; and special friend Marian Claunch of Monte Vista.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Earl, Richard and Wayne.  Former wife, Karen.

Memorial services:  Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. 

Private family interment at Fridhem Cemetery in Funk, Nebraska.

Family suggests memorials to Conour Animal Shelter, PO Box 369, Monte Vista CO 81144, or to Grace Community Baptist Church, 403 Lincoln Ave, Monte Vista CO 81144.  Condolences may be left online at www.wyuka.com.

Viola E. (Johnson) Moffitt

October 20, 2013

Viola Johnson Moffitt was born on September 1, 1918 on a homestead near Burlington, Colorado.  Her parents were Anna and Carl Johnson, Swedish immigrants who homesteaded in Colorado.  In 1921 her family moved to the Davey, Nebraska area where they farmed.  Viola often spoke of her happy childhood on the farm with her six siblings.  She was confirmed in the Bethlehem Covenant Church and graduated from Davey High School.  After graduation she moved to Lincoln and worked at Smith Dorsey Labs.  She married Evan Moffitt, traveled with Evan across the country while he completed his pilot’s training in the Army Air Corps.  Evan was stationed in Italy during World War II.  Their son, Jerry was born in March 1945, the same day Evan flew his first combat mission in Italy.  Vi and Jerry lived with Evan’s family in Detroit, Michigan until the War was over.  Vi, Evan and Jerry moved to the Lincoln area, living in Huskerville and in 1948 their daughter Katherine was born.  While living in Huskerville they met Nancy and Dick Hubbard who became their lifetime friends.  The family moved to North 65th street in 1954 and in 1956 the family moved to the Philippine Islands, where Evan worked as the purchasing agent at the new Gooodyear Tire and Rubber Plant.  The family returned to the USA in 1958 and lived in Ohio, eventually returning to Lincoln.  Vi and Evan lived on York Lane for several years until Evan’s death in 1985.  In 2005, when her eyesight began to fail and she could no longer drive, Vi moved to the Legacy retirement community where she lived until her death on October 18, 2013.

Vi loved to travel, play cards and to visit with family and friends.  Her greatest joy was being a grandmother to Megan and Margaret.  She followed their interests and growth and was always there for their many activities, birthday parties and coffee on Sunday mornings.  Christmas was always very special, celebrated with her siblings and their families with many Swedish traditions.  She was a true Swede and never turned down Lutefish.  The time and effort she and her sisters devoted to Christmas Eve was astonishing and always resulted in a true family feast.  She and her sisters always recited the Christmas Eve prayer in Swedish before the feast began.  Family always came first with Vi.  Birthday celebrations, travels and card playing always included family.  She loved to travel and friends and relatives said many times she was a good traveler, always ready for new adventures whether it be catching fish or playing “horrible fourable”.  She had the amazing ability to find the fun in life and not dwell on the hard times.  She was a true member of the “greatest generation”, surviving the 1918 flu pandemic, two world wars, and the great depression.

In September of this year, many of you joined us at Vi’s 95th birthday celebration.  Although her health had declined considerably, she savored each moment of her party somehow knowing that this would be the last time we were all together.  She was very appreciative of the expressions of kindness from friends and family and enjoyed the flowers, notes and cards sent by many.  Her final journey was swift but she was able to be with her sister Maxine, her niece Joyce and her granddaughters.  She will be missed by many.  Her life was long and she made the most of each challenge and opportunity.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Evan; her sisters Alice Pike and Helen Cook; her brother Harry Johnson, and nieces Gloria Jean, Vernell, and Peggy.  She is survived by her daughter Katherine and son-in-law John Milligan, and their daughters Megan and Margaret Milligan; her son Jerry and his wife Jane; sister Esther Root; sisters and brothers-in-law Maxine and Omar Jensen, and Edith and Dwaine Hartman; and many nieces and nephews. 

Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at The Legacy, 5600 Pioneers Blvd.  Private interment at Wyuka cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the Food Bank of Lincoln.

Debra Kay Donnell

October 13, 2013

Debra Kay Donnell, age 59 of Lincoln, passed away October 11, 2013 with her family by her side.  She was born April 25, 1954 in Colorado Springs, CO.  She was raised in Imperial, Nebraska.  Deb graduated high school at Chase County High School.  She then went on to obtain her BS in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration at Kearney State College. 

Deb was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and great friend.  She lived a beautiful life that, despite her blindness, always saw the bright colors in everyone and everything that surrounded her.  She was active in her church at Living Word Fellowship and enjoyed being with her family and friends.  Deb was an amazing and Godly woman who was an angel long before she passed on to be with The Lord.

Deb is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Einspahr.  She is survived by her son, Darrick and daughter-in-law, Kasey, along with two granddaughters, Alaina and Kailey Donnell all of Olathe, KS and her soul mate, Steve Bennett of Lincoln, NE. 

Celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 15th from Noon until 8:00 PM. with the family present to greet friends and relatives from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Interment will be on Thursday, October 17th at the Chase Cemetery in Imperial, Nebraska. 

Memorials may be left to the family or to the Living Word Fellowship of Church in Lincoln.

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