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Wanda Anthony

June 17, 2014

Anthony, Wanda

WANDA MAE ANTHONY, age 83, of Fairbury, Nebraska died Monday, June 9, 2014 at Gardenside Nursing Home in Fairbury.  Wanda was born on August 9, 1930, in North Platte and was adopted by Jacob and Violet (Brewer) Zinsmaster at the age of six weeks old.

Wanda graduated from Eagle High School and made a living owning a restaurant in Tecumseh and waitressing.  In 1967 she trained as a trained Disc Jockey in Falls City, NE. Wanda was also a musician and played the piano.  In the 1970’s she lived and worked in California and Oregon, returning to Nebraska in 1975.  During the 1980’s Wanda was on the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Alvo, NE.  She has resided in Fairbury since 1990.

Wanda is survived by her daughter Sandra (Edward) Runge; step daughters, Audrey Williams and Kim Chapman; step sons, Dave (Terry) Anthony and Mark Anthony; six grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband William Anthony; and her son, James Oldfield.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel in Lincoln with Pastor George Cook officiating.  A family burial will follow at a later date in Eagle, NE.

Brianna R. Johnson

June 16, 2014

Johnson Brianna, photo BRIANNA “BREEZY” RAE JOHNSON, age 30, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Her final days were spent lovingly surrounded by family and friends.  She was born September 13, 1983 in Lincoln.

 Brianna’s big smile, bubbly personality, and generous soul brought great joy to her friends and family and will be greatly missed.  From childhood she was a social butterfly and throughout her life, her friends were as important as family.  She adored her nieces and nephews and was the “fun” aunt.  She played the flute, loved to sing, enjoyed being outdoors, and loved animals and nature.  Her three beautiful daughters were the light of her life.

Brianna is preceded in death by her father, Allen C. Johnson.

She is survived by her daughters, Shyana, Sage, and Ava; mother and step-father Laurie (Jerry) Ladd of Lincoln; grandparents, Raymond and Beverly Johnson of Wahoo; grandmother Sandra Fenner of Fremont; sisters and brothers-in-law, Angie and Jeff Wusk of Lincoln, Anthony and Heather Elia of Omaha, Cortney Johnson of Omaha, and Brooke Johnson of Lincoln; nephews, Zachary, Justin, Joshua, Lorin, Isaac, Ethan, and Tre; nieces, Nicole, Ella Mae, Sammie, Paige, Zoey, Maddie, and Tianna; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Park on Saturday, June 21, at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Cleve Smith will be officiating.

Memorials to the family.

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StueferJoyce C. Stuefer, age 77 of Lincoln, passed away June 14, 2014.  She was born April 16, 1937 in Columbus, Nebraska to Ernest E. and Catherine M. (Melcher) Soulliere.

Survivors include her husband: Gayle, daughter and son-in-law: Cindy Stuefer-Powell and Roy Powell, son: Michael and fiancé Kellie Munden, daughter:  Connie Jo Newman and her fiancé Marc Schulenberg all of Lincoln.   Grandchildren and spouses: Miranda and John Pruett, Gwen and Jason Farewell, Dylan Powell, D.J. and Jennifer Mahloch, Alexis Jo Mahloch, Damon Newman, Joshua Newman, Jayce Schulenberg, Scott and Jennifer Witherby, Tara Cordova, Travis and Sydney Munden and Corey Munden.  Great grandchildren: Barrett William Farewell, Hazel Mae Farewell, Casey Buske, Anthony, Lilly and Sofia Cordova, Jax and Knox Witherby, Ronan Munden, Henry Edgington Pruett and one on the way.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Bill Soulliere of Columbus, Dean and Colleen Soulliere of Columbus and sisters-in-law, Kathy Soulliere of Bellwood and Peggy Soulliere of California.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy, her parents, sister: Lois Soulliere and brothers: Jim and Gary Soulliere.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St.  Lincoln

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6111 Morrill Ave. Lincoln.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, June 19th from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.

Williams Ronald LRONALD “OLD MAN” LEROY WILLIAMS, age 65, of Lincoln died Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital.   Ron was born on October 25, 1948, in Longview, Washington to Ronald and Parale (Smith) Williams.  He grew up in Lincoln and graduated Lincoln Northeast High School.

Ron retired from Goodyear in 2008, after 24 years of employment.  He was also a United Steelworkers Union Steward.  Ron proudly served our country from 1968-1974 as a U.S. Naval Signalman; he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,  Bronze Star, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea).  Ron was known for his big passion of Husker Athletics.

On June 4, 1969 he married Pamela Lewis and together they raised three children.

Ron is survived by daughter, Kerry Peterson; sons, Ronnie (Brandee) Williams, and Seth Williams; grandchildren, Ashten and Alexa Williams, Grace and Tanner Peterson; sister, Linda (Marv) Conaway; brother, Robert Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 10, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike McMurtry officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln, NE with Military Honors.  Following burial a family reception will then be held at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Alfred J. Lespreance

June 6, 2014

LespreanceAlfred J. Lespreance, age 91 of Lincoln, formerly of Hastings passed away June 4, 2014.  He was born September 20, 1922 in Galveston, Texas to Fred and Ida (Hobbs) Lespreance.  Alfred worked at Lincoln Public Schools for 28 years as a building superintendent.  He was also employed by Corvettes Limited for 17 years with his specialty being “executive supervisor” of ALL employees.

Survivors include his wife Carol of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law: Richard and Vicki Lespreance of Lincoln, daughter: Jacquélyn Huxoll of Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Grandchildren: Torre Lespreance and Larissa Lespreance both of Lincoln, Chadric and Ashley Herbert of Kearney and Aleesha Herbert of Omaha.  Sisters and brother-in-law: Uteva and Bob Daniels, Bobbi Hagedorn all of Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Frank and Lawrence, sister: LaDene Manor.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing. Closed casket.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Dave Vanderharr, Bob Odom, Jeff Janssen, Manuel Ortiz-Garcia, Chadric Herbert and Bruce Roberts.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

EigstiWillard “Jack” Eigsti, age 82 of Lincoln, passed away June 4, 2014.  He was born September 18, 1931 in Matteson, Illinois to Wilmer E. and Ruth (Bontrager) Eigsti.  Jack was a Korean War Veteran serving with the U.S. Army as a radio operator.  He married Leona Senseney on June 18, 1955.  Jack was a member of Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene, serving as the district secretary for 29 years.  He was a Hastings College graduate earning a B.A. in math and physics.  Jack worked for American Stores and Cook Foods as an engineer for 37 years.  He also, owns a co-patent on a battery part.  Jack was a long time employee of Wyuka Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife Leona of Lincoln, Daughters and sons-in-law: Janet and Robert Baty of Omaha, Jackie and Jeff Shanahan of Billings, Montana.  Son and daughter-in-law: Mark and Linda Eigsti of Ottumwa, Iowa.  Grandchildren and spouse: Matthew Baty, Jocelyn and Jesse Reilly, Ariel Baty, Jonathan Eigsti, Rebecca Eigsti, Sara Eigsti, Jeremy Shanahan and Jared Shanahan.  Brothers and sisters-in-law: David and Ruth Eigsti of West Bend, Wisconsin, Wilmer and Ranelle Eigsti of Kankakee, Illinois.  Niece and Nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Phil and Bob Eigsti.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazerene, 1901 S. 70th street, Lincoln.  Visitation will be Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 6:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene.

Robert H. Nimic

June 3, 2014

NimicRobert H. Nimic, Age 88 of Lincoln. Passed away in his sleep the morning of  June 2, 2014.

Bob was born in Omaha, NE May 29, 1926 to Anton and Clara (Zimmerman) Nimic, graduated from Glenwood High School, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduated from UNL School of Pharmacy, and was a registered pharmacist in Nebraska for 50 years. He enjoyed playing ping-pong with his friends at Calvert Rec. Center, was active in the Craftsman Lodge No. 314 A.F. & A.M., Sesostris Shrine, OES Starcraft No. 317, Pleasant Dale American Legion, Nebraska Pharmacists Association, and member of Southwood Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife Faye of Lincoln; his children: Stephen A. Nimic, Robert J. Nimic, George D. Nimic, Franklin P Nimic, Gisele and Mark Pollins, Dana and Sue Nimic, Chris and Kim Nimic, and Drew and Linda Nimic, his step-daughter  Karin Lamkins and husband R.G. , his eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife Georgia F. Nimic, step-sister, Marie Klasna, and step-brother, Franklin A. Nimic.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:00pm Thursday June 5 at Southwood Lutheran Church, 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68516. A private internment for the family will be held at Wyuka Cemetary. No viewing or visitation, Bob’s wishes were for cremation. Memorials to the Matt Talbot kitchen and Capital Humane Society.

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