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Elmer L. Prusia

December 27, 2013

Elmer LeRoy Prusia, 89, longtime Lincoln resident, died peacefully at home late in the morning on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 while in the presence of family.  Born December 30, 1923, in Franklin, Nebraska, to Clarence and Elizabeth (Garrett) Prusia.  Elmer grew up in Franklin, spending some of his time helping his father run the family hardware store.  He eventually was called to serve in the U.S. Army, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations where he was a member of the 8th Armored Division.  The tank he commanded found its way to many a different corner of Europe, including Bastonge, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia .  Following the war, he returned to Lincoln where he studied music at the University of Nebraska.  Music was then – and remained – one of the great loves of his life.  In 1946, he met Florence Torbeck at the old King’s Ballroom which was located at Capitol Beach.  She was the true love of his life.  They were married on June 14th, 1947, a marriage that lasted for 66 years.  To this union were born three children:  Christine Denice; Lynn Mari; and Kevin Roy.  Elmer worked at Western Electric, the Sidles Company, and was employed for many years as an auto upholsterer at McVicker’s Auto Trim in Lincoln.
Along with the equal help of his wife, Elmer spent the entire summer of 1983 painstakingly working at the task of the beautification of the pet cemetery at the Capitol Humane Society in Lincoln.  They moved, straightened, lifted, repaired and replaced every single memorial stone which marked the resting place of someone’s beloved pet, most of which had sunken badly into the ground.  It was a huge task which they took up with much care and love for pets that they would never personally know.
 Elmer also had the great and deserved privilege of participating in the WWII Honor Flight Program which used planes to shuttle veterans back to Washington, D.C. in order that they might visit the WWII Memorial on the National Mall.  It was certainly a major highlight of his life, and he was extremely proud to have been able to have had that experience with his fellow soldiers in arms.  During this experience, Elmer had the honor of meeting former Senator Robert Dole (KS), who was there that day to help welcome the veterans to the memorial.

     Elmer is survived by his wife, Florence; daughter Christine and son-in-law Kim Woodward of Richmond, California, son Kevin and daughter-in-law O’Linda of Eagle, Nebraska; sisters Urva Lou Frerichs of Minden, Nebraska; Estelle Sorenson of Sacramento, California; Carolyn Barber of Fullerton, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and his beloved pet, Cassie.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald, Charles, and Richard; sister Dorothy; and his daughter Lynn, who he loved greatly, missed dearly, and with whom he is once again reunited. 

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, citizen, and soldier, and we were all immensely lucky to have had our lives touched by his.

His family would like to thank the many medical personnel who cared for Elmer over the years including the members and staff of Horisun Hospice and Care Consultants For The Aging.  A special thank you goes to Dr. David Policky for his unfailing kindness which will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 29th, with family receiving friends from 3-4 p.m. the same day at the Wyuka Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 30th at the same location.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to the Honor Flight organization or the Capitol Humane Society.

Barbara A. Thompson, age 74, of Lincoln, died December 25, 2013.  She was born October 9, 1939 in Lincoln to Harvey and Rosa (Clem) Griggs.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Thompson.  Daughter, Debra Rhoades. Sons, Allen Starkweather, Rodney Starkweather, Mark Starkweather , Chester Starkweather and Eric Starkweather.  Brothers, Chuck Griggs, Phil Griggs.  Sister, Linda Lacey.  Stepbrother, Terry.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Kristin A. Norval

December 26, 2013

Kristin A. Norval, age 32, of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, passed away December 23, 2013.  She was born July 25, 1981 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Doug Russell and Karen (Hernandez) Failor.

Survivors include her husband, Nathanial “Nate” Norval of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  Children, Isaiah, Naomi and Eli Norval.  Step children, Corey and Malachi Norval.  Mom and Stepdad, Karen and Randy Failor.  Dad and Stepmom, Doug and Vicki Russell.  Siblings and spouses, Tanja and Andrew Sommers, Drew Russell, Miranda and Allan Perez, Alex Failor, Nathan Russell, Bryant Russell and Doug Anderson.  Grandparents, Nick and Marie Hernandez, Loretta Russell, Maurice and Marcia Russell, Van Johnson.  Many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.  She was preceded in death by her Aunt, Anita Kennedy.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on January 3, 2014 at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th street.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 2nd from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery

Memorials to the family for a future memorial designation.

Marion E. Rumbolz

December 24, 2013

Marion Ellen Rumbolz, age 84, of Lincoln was born in St. Paul, Nebraska on March 2, 1929.  Her parents were George and Ethel (Collins) Deininger.  After graduation from St. Paul High School, she attended the University of Nebraska where she received her B.S. degree in education in 1954.  While at the University, she met Richard L. Rumbolz to whom she was married on June 7, 1958.  Marion’s specialty was elementary education and she taught for a short time in California before returning to Nebraska to teach for many years in the Waverly and Lincoln Public School systems.  She was a talented amateur artist and an active member and past president of the Lincoln Artists’ Guild.  She and Richard traveled extensively and she enjoyed painting on their travels.  Marion designed the logo for the Lincoln Artists’ Guild and won many awards for her art, the most recent being the People’s Choice Award at the 2010 LAG Seward Art Show.

Marion was a long time member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dick, and survived by her brothers, Don (Florence)  Deininger and Warren (Alice) Deininger, her sister, Dorothy (Darold) Jorgensen and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 or the Lincoln Artists’ Guild in care of Wyuka Funeral Home.

Wenceslaus G. “Jim” Hruby

December 22, 2013

Wenceslaus G. “Jim” Hruby, 12/5/1921 – 12/21/2013, of Lincoln.  Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Decorated WWII veteran, Lifetime member of American Legion Post #371.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years Alice.  Daughter and Son-in-law, Judy and Robert Young; grandson and spouse, David and Sarah Guerrero; granddaughter and spouse, Jennifer and Anthony Croft.  Great grandson, Lorenzo Guerrero.  Preceded in death by his son, Richard; grandson J.J.

No services will be held at his request.

Phuoc Dang

December 21, 2013

Phuoc Dang, age 76, of Lincoln, died December 20, 2013.

Services and visitation Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:00-8:00 P.M.  Monday, December 23th and Tuesday, December 24th 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Closed Christmas Day.  Thursday, December 26th 10:00 A.M. to Noon.  Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St. Lincoln.

Howard H. Wooten

December 18, 2013

Howard H Wooten, age 81, of Lincoln.  Died December  13, 2013. He was born October 29, 1932 in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Howard and Kathleen (Phalen) Wooten Sr.   Howard was a US Air Force and Navy veteran. During his lifetime he resided in Lincoln Nebraska where he worked as an independent contractor, Wooten Construction.  He enjoyed traveling, painting and mosaics.

 Survivors include his daughter and spouse Leann Wooten and Marc Wilson of Shorewood, Wisconsin, sons:  Mark Wooten and Tom Wooten both of Lincoln. Preceded in death by wife Marlene (Alles) Wooten.

 Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday,  January  4, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street.

 Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

  Memorials to the family.


LaVerna R. “Vernie” Donahoo, age 71, of Lincoln, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 surrounded by her family.  LaVerna, loving wife of Charles (married 51 years), was born April 23, 1942 in Lincoln to Joseph Sr. and Mary (Morris) Sharpnack.  Vernie was an avid fan of Husker football, loved fishing, camping and spending time with her family and grandchildren.  (She was, as well, and honorary Mother and Grandmother of more people than can be counted).  She was a member of the Methodist church, Food Net volunteer of numerous years. She was retired from Vernie’s Child Care where she was a loving daycare provider.

Survivors include: Sons and daughters-in-law: Scott and Amy Donahoo, Steve and Melissa Donahoo all of Lincoln.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Lee and Mary Sharpnack of Waverly, Joseph and Priscilla Sharpnack of Greenwood.  Brothers-in-law and Spouses: Gary and Sue Donahoo, Kevin and Barbara Donahoo all of Lincoln.  Mark and Shannon Donahoo of Glendale, Arizona, Gaylen and Traci Donahoo, Elwin “Irish” Donahoo all of Lincoln.  Sister-in-law and Spouse: Carolyn “Susie” and Jimmy Watson of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren, 2 Great grandchildren.  Former daughters-in-law: Doreen and DiAnne.  Many Nephews, nieces and friends including her best friend and roommate, Elizabeth (Lizzi) Rosenthall.  Preceded in death by her husband Charles R. “Chuck” Donahoo, parents, Sisters: Marilyn Erickson and Betty Donahoo.  Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Charles and Rose Donahoo and sister-in-law: Cheryl Aden.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Nathan Donahoo, Christopher Donahoo, Zachary Donahoo, Scott Donahoo, Jr., Jesse Howard and Brandon Howard.  Honorary Pallbearers: Katie Donahoo, Krystal Donahoo, Mike Pleasant and Rick Robinson.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

John H. Harrison

December 10, 2013

John Harrison, of Lincoln, originally of Abilene, TX, has passed away after a successful career and active retirement, volunteering at his church and other local organizations. He was devoted to his wife, family, and friends.  He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Rita (Isaacson); children:  Sean and wife Kimberly, Lisa Sillman and husband Todd, Jeff Spicka, and Cheryl Biesterfeld and husband Joe; ten grandchildren; sister Dorothy Wimberley and husband Paul; brother Charles and wife Lorna; mother-in-law Mae Isaacson; sister-in-law Adelyn Scripter and husband Jim; brother-in-law Ken Isaacson and wife Elberta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 40th and C street.  Interment will take place at Tecumseh Cemetery, Texas.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Memorials to The Feast Prison Ministry Program at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Lincoln or the American Diabetes Association.

Carroll L. Huddle

December 8, 2013

Carroll L. Huddle, age 75, of Lincoln, passed away on December 7, 2013.  He was born March 4, 1938 in Clarinda, Iowa to Raymond and Rhoda (Monzingo) Huddle.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law: Steve and Rebecca Rice, Kyle and Kathy Rice; daughter and son-in-law: Shari and Gary Stanley all of Lincoln.  Sister: Evelyn Reynolds of Marshalltown, Iowa.  11 Grandchildren, 17 Great grandchildren.  Nieces and Nephews.  Carroll was preceded in death by his wife: Lorene (Trullinger) Huddle, son: Dale and his parents.

Services will be held 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial of ashes will take place at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Rice family.

Marilyn J. Hasselbalch

December 7, 2013

Marilyn Jean Hasselbalch was taken into the arms of the Savior on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Lincoln. She was born on Jan. 2, 1930, in Omaha to Paul William and Helga Ester (Nodgaard) Campfield.  Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at Koontz Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha and was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  She graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a BA in Education, where she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. Other honors and societies to which she belonged include Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Sigma Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha, Mortar Board Vice President, American Legion Auxiliary, Danish Sisterhood, PEO Chapter FX, Norden Club, and William White Chapter of Colonial Dames. She was named among the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1961 and listed in the Who’s Who of American Women in 1991-92.  She began her career as a teacher. She taught school in Omaha and Long Beach, Calif. Marilyn was active in the Republican Party all of her adult life.  She was a member of the College Young Republicans, Cornhusker Republican Women and National Federation of Republican Women.  She served as the Nebraska Delegate to the State Republican Convention in 1986. She also worked for the Nebraska Real Estate Appraiser Board as the director.  She was an assistant to Charles Thone when he served as a U.S. Congressman and as Nebraska’s Governor. She also assisted Nebraska’s first female Governor, Kay Orr, in the State Treasurer’s Office and in the Governor’s Office. Her responsibilities included writing speeches for both Thone and Orr.

She is survived by her children, Kurt (Claire Calcagno), Eric (Xiaogang Qiu), Ane McBride (Mike) and Daughter in law, Missy Hasselbalch; her grandchildren, Jordan (fiancé Megan Magsamen), James (Chloe Sweet), Zoe and Isabel Hasselbalch and Paul, Andy and Luke McBride. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Peter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner, Lincoln.  Graveside services will be held at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from Noon until 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Monday, December 9, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran Church.

Gayle D. Tweton

December 5, 2013

Gayle D. Tweton, age 82, of Lincoln passed away peacefully December 4, 2013 with his family by his side.  He was born October 3, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa to Helmer and Elsie (Krogmann) Tweton.  Gayle was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was proud to work as a teamster and heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Tim Westrick of Lincoln; Granddaughters and spouses, Amy and Tony Gee of Adams, Nebraska, Jenny and Mike Finck of Omaha, Carrie and Paul Marshall of Lincoln.  Great grandchildren, Madison Gee, Owen, Carter and Kinley Finck, Wylder Marshall.  Nieces, Nephews and longtime friends.  Gayle was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta; his parents; brothers, Virgil Tweton, Palmer Tweton and infant brother.  Sister, Fern Barger.

Private family services at a later date.

Memorials to the Friendship Home.

Patty Jo Hohenstein

December 4, 2013

Patty Jo Hohenstein, age 81, of Lincoln passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on December 3, 2013, after a short illness.  She was born February 10, 1932 in Hastings, Nebraska to Jofield C. and Orma Belle (James) Outhier.  Patty was a 1953 graduate of Hastings College and on April 7, 1956 she married Charles Hohenstein in San Diego, California.  Patty was a devoted Navy wife, travelling the world with her husband Charles and her girls.  Favorite duty tours included Japan and England.  Pat loved her students and cherished her time as a teacher at Sheridan School.  Always a voracious reader, Pat became an avid bridge player after retiring from teaching.  Pat was a proud Nebraska native and was a passionate Cornhusker fan.

Survivors include daughter, Pamela Bieda of Potomac, Maryland and her children, Sarah, Jessica and Josef Bieda; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Larry Nelsen of Omaha and their children, Michael and Molly Nelsen.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; sister, Katherine M. Stenner.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 6th at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th street, Lincoln.  To honor her love for the Cornhuskers and her natural hair color, please dress in red for her service.

Private inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Charles.

Memorials to the Lincoln Public School Foundation, Sheridan Fund for Excellence in memory of Patty Hohenstein, P.O. Box 82889, Lincoln, NE.  68501 or St. Matthews Episcopal Church.




Joseph M. Lowrey

December 2, 2013

Joseph M. Lowrey, age 44, of Lincoln, died December 1, 2013.  He was born August 13, 1969 in Lincoln to Linda Watts and Michael Lowrey.

Survivors include his son, Levi Lowrey of Lincoln; Mother, Linda Watts of Lincoln; Father, Michael Lowrey of Lincoln; Brother, Patrick Lowrey of Colorado; Aunts, Patricia Jo Davis and Debra Keating; Uncles, Robert Lee Keating, Darold Dean Keating and Jack Lowrey.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Jean Lowrey; Step father, Wayne Watts; Step brother, Chad Watts; grandparents; Uncle, Glenn Keating, Sr.; Aunt, Kathy; Cousin, Glenn Keating, Jr.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 6th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.

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