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Kristina K Avila

July 31, 2014

Avila, Kristina obit photoKristina Hernandez Avila age 41 passed away Wednesday July 30 2014 at 10.08 am at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln NE due to diabetic complications.

Kristina was born April 14th 1973 in Scottsbluff NE.  She was welcomed into this world by Philippe Hernandez and Victoria Alvarado Hernandez.  She attended most of her school years in Mitchell NE and graduated from Alliance  NE. She went on to get her Associates Degree in business from Kaplan University.  She worked at Nelnet a loan servicing co for 14 yrs and went on to work for the Department of Human Services as a Case Aide for the last five years.

She leaves behind her husband Jose Avila, son David Hernandez, and daughter Victoria Avila. She also leaves her twin sister Katrina Hernandez Fitzwater who is married to Lee Fitzwater and 4 nephew’s Derek, Keith, Robert, and Christopher.  Her brother Phil Hernandez and wife Joyce Urdiales Hernandez with niece Alyssa Hernandez,  and nephew Stephen Hernandez.  She also leaves her brother John Hernandez and wife Melissa Ortega Hernandez. God rest her soul.  May she rest in peace.  She will be missed tremendously and always loved and remembered.

Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m., Wed Aug 6,  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3128 S St, Lincoln with Pastor Mike Morin officiating; Visitation one hour prior at the church.  Wake and Rosary:  5:00-8:00 p.m., Tues Aug 5, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln with Pastor Thomas Walsh officiating Rosary at 7 pm.  Interment:   Wed Aug 6, following church service, at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.  Memorials to the family or Heartland Chapter Diabetes Foundation, 2120 S. 56th St, Ste 206,  Lincoln, NE 68506.

Connie Lee Fleming of Lincoln, died July 31, 2014.  She was born August 12, 1931 in Abilene, Kansas.  On June 6, 1957 she was united in marriage to Richard Fleming.  Connie was an avid bridge player and belonged to many bridge clubs, including the University of Nebraska Women’s Faculty Club and served as chair of the bridge group, Lincoln duplicate bridge club and pick-up bridge games at Prairie Life Fitness Center.  She was involved in education at various levels.  She served as a secretary at Abilene High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University and assisted students at UNL registration.

Connie is survived by her husband, Richard of Lincoln; Son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Becky Fleming of Eagle, Nebraska; Daughter, Julie Chieffo of Lincoln.  Grandsons and spouse, Ryan and Holli Fleming of Punta Gorda, Florida, Josh Fleming of Woodbury, Minnesota and Michael Chieffo of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Merle Berger.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 4th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Capitol Humane Society, in memory of Connie Fleming, 2320 Park Blvd. Lincoln, NE.  68502

Viola_Bilodeau_Nurse_Picture1Viola (Vi) May Hofer Bilodeau, 86, died on July 28 at Good Sam Hospice in Syracuse, NE.  She was a U.S. Navy Veteran.   Viola May Hofer was born on Oct. 10, 1927 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, daughter of  George and Anna Gerdes Hofer.  Vi grew up and attended school in La Crescent, MN.  She graduated from Aquinas High School in La Crosse, WI in 1945, where she excelled in the study of Latin. Vi attended the University of MN St. Mary’s School of Nursing before she joined the Navy Nursing program in Minneapolis.  While at the U. of MN, she met her future husband, Joseph Bilodeau.  On Feb. 20, 1951 Vi received her commission from the United States Navy.  As an Ensign, Vi  worked at the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, IL.  She married Joseph Bilodeau on Sept. 15, 1951 in Waukegan, IL.  Vi worked as a registered nurse in Lincoln’s St. Elizabeth and Veteran’s Hospitals.  She retired from the Veteran’s Hospital in 1986.  Vi loved to dance and had a wonderful time traveling.  She was a gracious hostess and loved to entertain.  Her greatest joy in life was her children and precious  grandchildren.  Vi was dedicated to remembering birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.  She never failed to call, send a card, or flowers to celebrate each and every event.  She especially enjoyed holidays with all her family around her.

Vi is survived by her children:  Betty Jo and her husband, Bill Keith, of Lakota, ND; Mary and her husband, Dave Banks, of Richland, WA; David Bilodeau of Lincoln, NE; John Bilodeau and his wife, Mary, of Iowa; six grandchildren; brother  Jim Hofer and his wife, Angie, of La Crescent, MN; many nieces and nephews; and extended family in MN.  We’ll miss you, Mama.  Rest  with God.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anna; brother Dave; and Joseph Bilodeau.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, Aug. 1 at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, 3600 O Street.

Military Rites will be provided by the  American Legion Post #3 of Lincoln at the gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, Vi’s family asks that  memorial donations be sent to: Alzheimer’s Research Center, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101 Ph# 1-800-229-2872 alzheimersinfo.org (then click on donate).

Noreen B. (Kyle) Kent

July 23, 2014

KentNoreen (Kyle) Kent, age 73 of Lincoln, formerly of Hastings passed away July 22, 2014.  She was born September 2, 1940 in County Mayo, Ireland to John and Nora (McManamen) Sweeney.  Noreen met Myron Kyle in 1960 and moved to the United States and married Myron in 1961.  To this union seven children were born; John, Jim, Mike, Ron, Eric, Russ and Heather.  Noreen married Richard Kent in August of 1976.  He helped raise her seven children, he passed away in April of 1999.  Noreen was very loved and will be missed by all.

Survivors include her children; sisters and brothers-in-law, Annie and Andy of Cambridge, England, Evelyn and Cathal of London, England.  Sister-in-law, Breedge Sweeney of County Mayo, Ireland.  Many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Harry Clarke, brothers, James and Eamen.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Private family visitation.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to 1:50 P.M.

Memorials may be given to the family for a later designation.

Isaac L. Beck

July 21, 2014

304839084_868462092e[1]Infant Isaac L. Beck was born and passed away on July 16, 2014 to parents Sweeyee and Joshua Beck of Lincoln, NE.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 19 at Wyuka Funeral Home with many friends and family in attendance.  Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery.

May his memory be forever blessed.

Lutz, Daniel obit photo 1DANIEL B. LUTZ, 84, of Lincoln passed away July 21, 2014.

Dan Lutz was known professionally as an Ag Communications Editor at the University of Nebraska and passionate railroad fan. He was also a devoted husband, proud father and loving grandfather.

Dan was proud of his upbringing in rural Valley County, which helped form his professional career.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1950 and was News Editor of the Custer County Chief until 1958, with a two-year interruption to serve in the U.S. Army in Tokyo- where he worked for the Stars and Stripes newspaper.  In Custer County he met and married Vera Mae Bellinger in 1954.

He was part of the UNL faculty from 1958 until retiring in 1990. During that tenure, he earned his Masters Degree in Science from Kansas State University in 1964. During his university tenure he influenced many others with his corny humor, stoic demeanor but kind and supportive nature.  As a mentor, he was adored by many students.  Dan’s rigorous editing served many students throughout their lives. He demonstrated his service nature both professionally and in his personal life.

Dan was a Director and longtime member of the American Association of American College Editors (AAACE);  Director of the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service 1970-71; State President of SPJ/SDX, a journalism professional group; as well as numerous civic and professional organizations.  He received the Agricultural Achievement Award from the Knights of Ark-Sar-Ben.

Post-retirement, Dan channeled his interests in new directions.  He was founding president of ProRail Nebraska; active in the Preservation Association of Lincoln; the United Nations UNAUSA; and a charter member of Northeast Kiwanis. He received many post-retirement honors, such as membership in the Nebraska AgRelations Council; the Nebraska Hall of Achievement; the FFA and 4H; he was also a member of Gamma Sigma Delta (ag honors society); VFW and American Legion.

Dan was most passionate about rail travel, taking numerous foreign excursions and advocating for rail passenger funding.  He continued to write and edit newsletters and organizational publications.  He is remembered for his generous nature and supported a variety of causes.

Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy and father Lyle.

He is survived by his wife Vera Mae; a son, Larry of Arlington TX; daughters, sons-in-law Barbara and Randy Gordon, Falls Church VA; Bonnie and Leif Neve, Bethesda MD; six grandchildren.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. Marks United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment: Wyuka Cemetery after lunch, service and reception. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to ProRail Nebraska, 1934 A St., Lincoln 68502; the University of Nebraska Foundation , 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln NE 68508 for the Sandy and Larry Lutz Reporting Scholarship Fund; or St. Marks.

Lt. Col. Paul M. Reagan

July 16, 2014

ReaganLt. Col. Paul M. Reagan, age 90 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 4, 2014.  He was born July 27, 1923 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to William A. and Gertrude (Miller) Reagan.  Paul graduated from Nazareth High School in 1943 and in the same year he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Paul served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 until 1945 and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis of Lincoln, son Mike Reagan of Lincoln, Daughters Becky Reagan of Omaha and Amy Reagan of O’Fallon, Illinois.  Granddaughters Sarah Russell and her husband Ryan of Belleville, Illinois and Carol Blanchard of O’Fallon, Illinois.  Brother and sister-in-law William A. Reagan, Jr. and his wife Flo of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  Nieces and Nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George A. Reagan and Kinsey Reagan, sisters Pauline, Marion and Maude.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Military Honors will be provided by Offutt AFB Honor Guard.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.

Memorials to the Tabitha Foundation.

Bette J. Carper

July 11, 2014

CarperBette J. Carper, age 88, of Lincoln, passed away July 11, 2014.  She was born August 23, 1925 in Beatrice, Nebraska to Glenn and Treasa (Endelman)  Stevens.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Marcia Carper of Lincoln.  Granddaughters and spouse, Megan and Brad Griffin of Lincoln, Cassandra Carper of Lincoln.  Brother and Sister-in-law, Glen Jr. and Elaine Stevens of Lincoln.  Bette was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack Carper and her son Steven Carper.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, July 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Private family visitation only.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association.

Richard E. Prasek

July 4, 2014

Prasek, Richard obit photo 2RICHARD E. PRASEK, age 83, of Lincoln, died Wednesday July 2, 2014 at Southlake Village Care Center.  Richard was born in Crete, NE on Nov. 22, 1930 the son of Frank and Adella (Svejkovsky) Prasek.  He grew up and attended schools in Crete; later receiving his Degree in Education from Doane College of Crete.

Richard served his country in the National Guard  and the U.S. Army (1947-1955); receiving the Sharp Shooter Medal – Rifle Range and the Good Conduct Medal.  In 1958 he began his fifty year marriage to Loretta Neel, they began their married life in Beatrice and Lincoln, and raised three children.  Richard pursued his career as High School Teacher at Oxford and Plattsmouth High Schools, and as Principal at Swanton Public School.  Later his employment included Martin Luther Home, Beatrice State Home, General United Insurance Company (Richard was a 75 year member of Western Insurance Fraternal Lodge #426), Lincoln General Hospital, and he retired from the University of Nebraska.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents; wife Loretta in 2008; and brother Lou Prasek.

Survivors include sons, Rick (Shelley) Prasek of Denton and Loren (Colleen) Prasek of Lincoln; daughter, Lori (Michael) Gilbert of Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren:  Sean, Michella, Loren, Michael, Britney, Alvin, Mary and Joseph; nine great grandchildren; one brother and two sisters.

Funeral Services for Richard will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE  at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Pastor George Robie will be officiating.  Visitation is being held on Monday, July 7,  from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. to receive visitors.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Horizon Hospice of Lincoln and Doane College of Crete.  May his memory be forever blessed.


Terry Conarro

July 2, 2014

Conarro web picTERRY CONARRO, age 71, of Lincoln died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.  Terry was born on May 29, 1943 in O’Neill, Nebraska the son of Joe and Teresa (Sparks) Conarro.

Funeral Services and Burial for Terry were held at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 with his close family and friends in attendance.  Rev. Mark Ebert officiated.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Darren; and his brother Roger Conarro.

Terry is survived by his wife Margaret; sons, Doug Conarro, Darrell (Jean) Conarro, and Jim Conarro;  daughter, Lori (Colin) Allen; eight grandchildren:  Leah, Staci, Matraca, Dylan, Lacey, Gwen, Kendra, and Alicia; and seven great grandchildren.

May his memory be blessed.

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