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January 30, 2015


Hogg, Gladys photoGladys Spencer Brown Hogg, 93, of Lincoln, died Jan. 29, 2015. She was born Nov. 26, 1921 in Oakland, Iowa, the daughter of Will and Lucy Spencer. Her father was the president of the Oakland Savings Bank. Gladys graduated from Oakland High School, and Christian College in Columbia, Missouri (Columbia College). She trained as a nurse in Omaha, Nebraska; there she met and married Dr. John A. Brown III and they moved to Shreveport, LA for his internship; they lived in many places in the U.S. until he went overseas. After the war they moved to Lincoln, John passed away in 1972. John and Gladys had two daughters, Joann and Brenda. Gladys returned to the University of Nebraska to finish her bachelor’s degree, and was active in the community. She loved bridge so much that she ran a bridge club and taught bridge at the local community college. At a bridge tournament she met Bill Hogg. They were married in 1977 and lived in Lincoln and Columbus for several years; then moved to Florida where they had 22 acres and became snowbirds. Lucky friendships gave them an introduction to teach bridge and run duplicate bridge games on cruise ships for more than 30 years — what an opportunity! From 1976 until 2006 they spent many months cruising the world: five trips to Russia and eastern Europe; many times from London to the North Cape in Norway; eight weeks in the South Pacific (China, Japan and beyond); through the Panama Canal 21 times; up and down both sides of South America; many cruises in the Mediterranean; to Africa and India; and many cruises in the Caribbean. Overall, they logged more than 2,500 days aboard ship, worked on 25 different vessels, and visited over 100 different countries. They were happy and lucky, loved people and adventures. Gladys and Bill moved from Florida to the Kansas City area many years ago, recently living at Park Meadows Senior Retirement Center in Overland Park.

Predeceased by husband Bill Hogg; and daughter Brenda Brown DeSatnick.

Survived by her daughter, Joann Brown; her children, Jim Nelson, John (Deb) Nelson; and Greg DeSatnick, son of Brenda Brown DeSatnick. She is also survived by Bill’s daughters Susan Macauley Ferris and her children Shauna Macauley and Mark Macauley; and Bill’s daughter Jane Krizer, her children Kathy Krizer; and John Garrett Krizer, his wife Angie, and their two boys Evan and Andrew.

Memorials can be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 10000 W. 75th St #231, Overland Park, KS 66204. Internment will take place at a later date.

Stephen Hunter

January 29, 2015

Hunter, SteveStephen Hunter,  Las Vegas, NV, passed away on Jan. 4th,  2015 at age 77.  He was predeceased by his wife Alverna Taylor, Denver, CO. Steve is the son of the late Armand L. Hunter and Genevieve Dalling Hunter who resided in East Lansing, MI.  He is survived by his son, Mark (Debra) Hunter, granddaughter, Sarah, and step grandson Jeremy Robbins; his sister, Katherine (Gary) Thompson, Rochester, NY; nephew, Matthew (Jessica) Thompson, Hilton, NY;  niece, Beverly (Aaron) Baker, Spencerport, NY;  six grand nieces and nephews; cousins, Pam Baker, Lincoln, NE; Deborah Reichow, Scottsdale, AZ.

Steve was a 1955 graduate of East Lansing High School, and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Figure skating was a passion of his, he skated in many ice shows and taught figure skating out in California.  He attended MSU, and was a long time Michigan resident.  He spent many years in Denver, CO, and moved to Las Vegas several years ago.

Services will be held in the spring in Lincoln, NE. Please visit www. Wyuka.com, for more information, and to share a memory or send the family a condolence.  In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.

Florafae Schoen

January 27, 2015

SchoenFlorafae Schoen age 77 of Lincoln died January 26, 2015.  She was born September 27, 1937 in Sidney, Nebraska to Ralph and Dorothy (McIntire) Farquhar.  Florafae worked as an R.N. and after her retirement was involved with pet therapy at local retirement homes.  She is a member of Hope Community Church.

Survivors include her husband Burdette Schoen of Lincoln.  Son, Eric Schoen of Lincoln; daughters, Catherine Bailey of Fall City, Washington and Diane Usher of Lincoln.  3 Grandchildren, Taylan, Karinina, Chauncelamay and her numerous critters.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Hope Community Church,  4700 S. Folsom St.  Lincoln.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association

John R. Blazek

January 23, 2015

Blazek, JohnJohn R. Blazek age 50 of Lincoln, passed away January 22, 2015 at home with his family at his side.  He was born October 14, 1964 in Lincoln to Gary and Judy (Hitz) Blazek.  John was an employee of ADM working as a boiler operator.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Blazek of Lincoln; daughter, Crystal Blazek of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Kellyann Blazek of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Granddaughter, Ivy Blazek.  Brothers, Calvin Blazek, David Blazek and Eric Blazek all of Lincoln.  John was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer; mother, Judith; sisters, Terri Gallant and Brenda Blazek.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St.  Lincoln.  Private family visitation only.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


January 18, 2015

Cave, Evelyn Obit PhotoEvelyn Cave, 84, of Lincoln, died Jan. 17, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Nov. 17, 1930 on a small farm in Ord, NE to Frank and Jessie Jobst. After graduating from Ord High School with her hard working, spicy spirit, she moved to Lincoln where she met and married Jerry Cave in 1952; a 62 yr. marriage.

Working at Norden Lab for 16 yrs, retiring in 1991 – she loved camping, playing cards and had a passion for a tidy home.

Survived by daughter Connie (Scott) Agena, Waverly; son Gary Cave, Lincoln; grandchildren Travis (Chelsea) Schmailzl, Waverly, Tonya (Ed) Henson, Ashland, Tanner (Faith) Hanson, Lincoln, Hayley Agena, Waverly, Jessica (Dallas) Wyman, Lincoln and Lindsey Cave, Lincoln; 18 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; sister Eloise Schwerdtfeger, Omaha; brother Verdon (Phyllis) Jobst, Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her husband Jerry, who died Dec. 29th, 2013; her parents; brother Verne Jobst; brother-in-law Charles Schwerdtfeger; and great niece Sierra Elliott.

Graveside Service at 2:00 pm on Jan. 22nd at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, with Rusty Miller of Capital City Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be left in her name at Bank of the West, Lincoln.                                            

Hall, Elaine obit photoELAINE (SPOMER) HALL, 90, of Lincoln, died peacefully Jan. 17, 2015. Elaine was born Aug. 19, 1924 to John S. and Lydia (George) Spomer. In 1945 she wed Lincoln High School sweetheart R. Edward “Eddie” Hall. Married for 66 years, they had three children – Steven E. Hall of Bennet, NE; Nancy H. Cullen of Long Neck, DE; and Jeri E. Hall of Lewes, DE. Elaine was a personnel director for Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Co. and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 11th & Plum.

She is preceded by her beloved husband, with whom she founded and operated Hall Pine Acres Christmas Tree Farm for many years.

Survived by her three children; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Jane Hacker; brothers, Edwin J. Spomer of Springdale, AZ and Donald J. Spomer of LaCanada, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

A Family Service will be held at a later date.  Memorials in lieu of flowers to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2001 S. 11th St., Lincoln, NE 68502; or to the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St, Unit 1, Lincoln, NE 68521. Online condolences to www.wyuka.com


January 17, 2015

SKM_C284e15011616490_0001-001RITA COLLIERS MITCHELL, was born September 22, 1953 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to the late Lester Colliers Sr. and Claudia Brown Colliers.  She was the sixth of six children.  Rita departed her life on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Sulphur, Oklahoma.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She also graduated from the College of Hair Design.

Rita was married to Frank Mitchell, and they had one daughter, Claudia Mitchell Richards of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Rita accepted Christ at an early age. She attended the Saint John Baptist Church.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Sr. and Claudia Colliers; one brother, Lester Colliers Jr.; and sisters Murvia Walker and Pearl M. Leaks. Rita leaves to mourn daughter Claudia Richards (Dan); granddaughters, Imani L. Richards and Zhalynn K. Richards; she also leaves to mourn three brothers, Donald Colliers of Omaha, Nebraska, Richard Colliers of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and foster brother Thomas Christie (Brenda ) of Lincoln, Nebraska; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and special friends. May her memory be forever blessed.

A Funeral Service for Rita will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE.  There will be a visitation one hour prior at the Funeral Home.  Pastor Jesse Myles from No Greater Love Christian Fellowship in Lincoln will be officiating.  A Graveside Committal will take place directly following the Service at Wyuka Cemetery.  The family will invite you to join them at a local restaurant after the Graveside Service.




January 14, 2015

liliesBARBARA J. WAGNER, age 59, of Lincoln, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Sunrise Country Manor in Milford, NE. There will be a Graveside Service held at 1:00 pm, January 19, at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.  Pastor Tim Taber from Northwest Lincoln Church of Christ will officiate.

Alice May (Barber) Hruby

January 11, 2015

Hruby, AliceAlice May (Barber) Hruby, 93, 2/16/1921-1/10/2015.  Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.

Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Robert Young, granddaughter and spouse, Jennifer and Anthony Croft.  Grandson and spouse, David and Sarah Guerrero.  Great grandsons, David Jr. and Lorenzo Guerrero and many loving family and friends.  Preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jim Hruby.  Sons, Richard and Milton Hruby.  Grandson, JJ VanderHoek.

No services planned per her request.

Rose M. Larson

January 8, 2015

Larson, Rose obit photo 2ROSE M. LARSON, age 82, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln.  Rev. Kimberlee Osborn will officiate. Interment will directly follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  There will be a private viewing for Rose’s family and her close friends at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30.

Rose was born in Pomeroy, Iowa in 1932 to Art and Mary (Doyen) Merk; she was raised as part of a farming household, with three brothers, on a 240 acre farm in Manson, IA.  Rose could always get her father’s B John Deere tractor started in the winter even when he couldn’t; she would take the spark plugs out and warm them up in the cattle tank.  She attended Teacher’s College in Northern Iowa after graduating High School at Manson High; she taught school in Renwick, IA where she met her husband Merlyn.  She was married to Merlyn Larson in 1954 in Pomeroy; together they raised five children – Ron, Randy, Mike, Michelle, and Rod.  Rose is retired from the Lincoln Public School System and retail at Miller & Paine/Dillards.  Rose’s childhood church was First Evangelical & Reformed Church – where she was baptized, married and confirmed; she is now a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church.  She was an active member of Bridge Circles in Lincoln and greatly enjoyed being a part of her family and grandchildren’s lives.

May her memory be blessed.

kahle, Richard-001Richard (Doc) William Kahle, a retired Optometrist, 89 of Lincoln, Ne. passed away Monday, January 5, 2015.  Born February 16, 1925 in Crete, Ne. to William and Martha (Plessman) Kahle.  After Richards mother passed away he lived with his older married sister Martha and her husband Byron Panter.  Richard graduated from Dorchester High School in 1943, then attended Doane College through the V-12 Program until Oct. 1944, then Midshipman School, Naval Officers School and Mine Warfare School.  He served overseas in the South Pacific during WWII until 1946.  He returned to Doane from 1946-1948 and graduated with a degree in Mathematics.  He then attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, was a Member of the Tomb & Key Honor Fraternity and graduated Cum Laude Sept. 1950.  He opened his professional office of Optometry Jan. 1951 in Crete, Ne.  Richard married his sweetheart Lenore Eileen Kennedy July 1945.  He moved his practice and family to Hastings, Ne, in 1962 and later joined Pearl Vision.  In 1988 moved to Lincoln and continued to work for Pearl Vision until his retirement.  Richard had three sons and one daughter.  Lenore passed away June 1987.  Richard married Marilyn Jean Esquivel in 1988.

Richard was very thoughtful and loving, and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.  He loved to golf, hunt, fish, travel and read.  He enjoyed collecting old bottles throughout his life.  Richard did a lot of charity work, including a trip to the Honduras to perform eye exams and dispense eye glasses.  His trip of a lifetime was with his brother Robert and nephew Bob to Africa in 1996.  Richard was always active in the church, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Southminster United Methodist Church Lincoln, Ne.  He was Chairman of the eight-county Pony Express District, Overland Trails Council of Boy Scouts, Lions Club President, Member of the American Legion, Member of the Midwest Canoe Association.  He and Lenore enjoyed being with friends through a Dance Club and Card Club while living in Hastings.

Survivors:  Wife Jean, Son Richard L. Kahle of Lincoln, Ne., Son & Daughter-in-Law David Kahle and Jeannie Foust of Omaha, Ne., Son & Daughter-in-law Daniel and Cynthia Kahle of Gloucester, VA , Daughter & Son-in-Law Debra and Garry Mueller of Pickrell, Ne, Brother & Sister-in-Law Robert and Emma Kahle of Walnut, CA., Brother & Sister-in-Law Gerald and Vivian Kahle of Tulsa, OK.   Grandchildren; Blaine, Bryce, Neil, Jeffrey, Christy, Jennifer, Michael, Brady and Lacy.  10 Great Grandchildren.  Step sons Allen Esquivel, Gene Esquivel, 7 step grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren.

Preceded in Death:  Parents William & Martha (Plessman) Kahle, Sisters Helen, Martha and Jean, brothers William and Edward.  Wife Lenore (Kennedy) Kahle of 42 years.  Granddaughter Heidi Kahle.

There will be a private Celebration of Life Service for friends and family on February 22, 2015.

Diane A. DeVriendt

January 6, 2015

DeVriendtDiane A. DeVriendt age 79, of Lincoln died peacefully in her chair waiting for her lunch.  She was born February 4, 1935 in Lincoln to Willis and Dezera (Moulton) DeVriendt.  Diane was a graduate of Lincoln High, class of 1952 and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.   She developed rapid onset vascular dementia which took her away from her day to day routine of running her own business.  Diane owned and operated her own business for over 40 years including Martin Antiques and more recently D. DeVriendt estate sales and service.

Survivors include her son, Dean Sack of Lincoln; daughter, Valerie Sack of Nashville, TN; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Therese Sack of Lincoln;  and son Judson Sack of Lincoln.  Sister and brother-in-law, Camille and John Baldwin of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Jesse, Claire, Lea and Roger II.  Nephew, Aaron Hraba of Lincoln.

A celebration of Diane’s life will be held on Saturday, January 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home’s “Garden Room” from Noon until 3:00 P.M.

Memorials to the Friendship Home.

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