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Linda E. Douglas

March 31, 2015

Linda Douglas PhotoLinda Douglas, 72, passed away March 27, 2015, surrounded by her family after an unexpected but courageous battle with stomach cancer. She handled this unbelievable crisis with immense grace; her firm belief in God and devotion to her family gave her peace.  Linda was born on October 1, 1942. She received a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from UNL in 1974. She completed her Undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and her Master’s degree from Appalachian State.  Linda finished her 36 year career at Lincoln Public Schools as the Director of Special Education. After retiring from LPS in 2005, she worked for 11 years as an Adjunct Professor at UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan University, teaching Special Education courses. She also worked with the NE Dept. of Education for the past 10 years.  Linda was a dedicated and integral member of Eastridge Presbyterian Church for over 40 years and served as Elder, Clerk of the Session, and Deacon.

Linda is survived by her husband (Aaron), daughter (Heather)—both of Lincoln, NE—and her brothers (Lynn Echerd and John Hall Echerd) and sister (Thelma McLeod) of Taylorsville, NC.  Her brothers William, Howard, and Bruce Echerd precede her in death.

Linda’s Memorial Service will be on April 11, 2015 at 11 am at Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive Lincoln, NE, and will be followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be directed to the family and will be used for Church projects she designated and for establishing a Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in Special Education.  The family will hold a private Committal ceremony at Wyuka Cemetery prior to the Memorial service.


Madelynn Anderson obit photoMadelynn EvaMarie Anderson (Maddy), age 17, of Lincoln went to heaven surrounded by her family on Friday, March 27, 2015 after her courageous battle against leukemia. Our little Preemie Princess was born at Saint Elizabeth Hospital on Oct. 23, 1997; Down Syndrome made her an extra special angel, and she was a daddy’s girl from the get-go. Maddy brought love and happiness to everyone she met.

Maddy was a student at Lincoln East High; she had many happy years at Barkley ECSE, Clinton Elementary, and Culler Middle School. Maddy was a member of the Down Syndrome Assoc. for Families and enjoyed attending their activities, especially swim parties.

She enjoyed heavy metal, classic rock, pop music, going to the movies (which could not be complete without “corn-corn” and “kit-kats”), eating out, attending concerts, scary Halloween decorations, amusement parks – especially roller coasters, dances – especially Aunt Shari’s Halloween parties, pretty dresses especially her flower girl bridal dress, and her beautiful long brown hair.

Surviving loved ones include her parents, Rex & Caroline (Hier) Anderson of Lincoln; brothers and sisters in law, Derek (Leah Harris) Anderson of Ames, IA; Jared (Caira West) Anderson of Lincoln; grandparents, Wayne ( Laura) Anderson of Lincoln and Evelyn Hier of Lincoln; aunts and uncles, Glade Hier, Bernie Hier, Mike Hier, Shari Hier-Duffin, Ginny Fry, Cindy (Mark) Stevens, Justin ( Lindsey) Anderson, all of Lincoln, and Bill (Alma) Anderson of Kuwait; honorary uncle and aunt Steve (Candy) Chrastil of Lincoln; special movie buddy, Shawna Hurley of Lincoln; many special cousins, family, and friends; and puppies Bella, Guinness, and Willie.

Maddy is preceded in death by grandfather Julian Hier; great grandparents, Sam (Lucille) Belfiore; and so many other loved ones.

There will be a Visitation at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, at 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2015 with the family present. www.wyuka.com

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1st, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3218 “S” St., Lincoln with a visitation one hour prior at the Church.   A Rosary Service will be held at 6:30 pm on March 31st at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, with family present; Father Morin is officiating all Services. Open Public Visitation will be held from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31st, at Wyuka Funeral Home. Burial and Committal will follow the Funeral Service on April 1st at Wyuka Cemetery and Park with a Dinner Reception following at Wyuka Garden Room.

Jill A. Ulland

March 16, 2015

Ulland, JillJill A. Ulland, age 55 of Lincoln, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away March 3, 2015.  She was born May 10, 1959 in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Maynard J. and Lucille P. (Kjos) Ulland.

Survived by: sisters, Bonnie Borenstein, (Daniel) and Diane (Dede) Priest (Skip); niece, Amanda Whitesides; nephews, Jay Borenstein and Ryan Priest; and six great nieces and nephews.   Extended family in Lincoln:  Sue Simmons; Maghie and Aidyn Jenkins; Damien and Makayla Simmons, Helen Draper and Lisa Rochenbach .

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to Easter Day Recreation Center, Atten: Kerry Zing, 6130 Adams Street, Lincoln, NE  68507; or Region V Services, 3801 Union Dr. Suite #1, Lincoln, NE 68516.

Mary Ann Sprague

March 11, 2015

gold crossMary Ann Sprague age 82, of Lincoln, passed away March 10, 2015.

There will be a Funeral Service at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE. The service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015 with burial to follow in wyuka Cemetery. Mary Ann died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was born February, 14th 1933 to Burton and Mary (Rupert) Davis; and attended schools in Mt. Ayr, Iowa  graduating in 1951. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and received her Associates

Degree in music education. Music was her passion as a young women and she performed as a vocalist in numerous competitions and church choirs, often as a soloist.

She married Bob L. Sprague in 1954 in St. Joseph, MO. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1989. Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Lincoln where they continued their educations at the University of Nebraska. Mary Ann and Bob started Sprague Roofing Company on May 1, 1961. She worked at Sprague Roofing as the office manager and bookkeeper until her retirement in 1994.

Mary Ann enjoyed traveling and did so extensively by taking trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. She was well versed in the histories of the regions she traveled.

She is survived by son, Gregory M. Sprague, daughter, Marcia Hershiser (Craig Hershiser), grandchildren, Heidi Hayes (Adam Hayes), Laura Rigoni (Brandon Rigoni), Megan Hershiser (Joey Ianno) and Cameron Hershiser, great grandchildren, Noah Hayes and Livia Rigoni.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to The American Lung Association and may be sent in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE.


LeAnna L. Reiselman

March 9, 2015

Reiselman 1LeAnna L. Reiselman age 57 of Lincoln, passed away March 7, 2015 after a courageous year long battle against cancer.  She was born November 10, 1957 in Lincoln to Neale and Beverly (Gerdes) Walbridge.

Survivors include her husband, Reed Reiselman of Lincoln; sister, Lorna Pleasant of Lincoln; sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and Jeff Bergman of Ithaca, Nebraska and Aileen and Gary Leithead of Torrington, Wyoming.  Brother-in-law and spouse, Robin and Cheri Reiselman of Bremerton, Washington.  Nephew, Chad Pleasant of Papillion and his daughter, Henley.  Niece, Anjuli Pleasant of Lincoln and her son Cyanté.  Other nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Herb Walbridge and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Mary Lou Reiselman.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Family.


Jared F. Teichmeier

March 7, 2015


TeichmeierJared F. Teichmeier, 80, died Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born on August 10, 1934 in Rockville Nebraska to Frank and Christal Teichmeier. He grew up on the farm with 3 brothers and 3 sisters and graduated from Boelus High School.

Jared married Doris Koslicki on July 24, 1958 at Fort Riley Kansas and they celebrated their 55th anniversary before Doris died in 2013. They had four children: son: Greg (Lori) Teichmeier, Lincoln; daughters; Dodie (Randy) Grachek, Atlanta GA, Katherine (Harlan) Opie, Olathe, KS, Andrea (Mark) Keim, Lincoln; grandchildren, Nicole (Andy) Janssen, Tiffany (Austin) Young, Jared, Neil and Kellen Grachek, Tristan and Eden Opie, Joel, Eva, Lily and Evan Keim; great grandchildren, Bella Slattery and Harper Janssen. Jared also enjoyed a large extended family and many friends.

Jared was in the US Army and served 20 years with the US Navy Reserve- Seabees. For most of his life he worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. During his retirement, he worked part time for Budget Rental Car. He was a member of United Rubber Workers/USWA Local 286, serving on its executive board and bargaining unit. He was President of Local 286 from 1988 -1994. He was devoted to the cause of labor unions and worked tirelessly for the advancement of working people. He was a delegate to the Lincoln Central Labor Union for 50 years, was inducted into the Nebraska State AFL-CIO Hall of Fame, received the Al Bauer Award for leadership, and was a representative for labor in various capacities in government and the community.

Jared was also very active in local and state affairs of the Democratic Party.  He was on the Lancaster County Democratic Party Central Committee, was an officer in the Nebraska Alliance for Retired Americans and was the ultimate grassroots campaigner for political candidates and legislative issues. He was honored to be a Nebraska Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1996  (Chicago) and 2000 (Los Angeles).

His community involvement was extensive. He cared a lot about northeast Lincoln and was active in the Havelock Business Association, the Havelock Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Family Center. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Goodyear Employees Federal Credit Union. He served as a deacon at Rosemont Alliance Church. He volunteered for the Triad Salt Council, Nebraskans for Peace, the Community Blood Bank, United Way, the Larsen Tractor Museum at UNL, the Food Bank of Lincoln, and operated the train at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

Most of all, Jared was a kind, sweet, generous man. He was a wonderful Dad, but he excelled as a Grandpa. We will miss him every day, but thoughts of him will warm our hearts and make us smile because of who he was.

Jared is survived by his immediate family, his brothers Leroy Teichmeier and Kenneth Teichmeier, and his sisters Colleen Mieth and Charlotte Case. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 2 nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 12, 2015 at the Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th.  Visitation will be from 4:00-9:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Food Bank of Lincoln or MiddleCross Church, formerly Rosemont Alliance Church.



March 5, 2015



Wendy Jo Thrasher-001Wendy Jo (Owens) Thrasher, age 56, of Lincoln, passed away March 5, 2015. Wendy attended East High School and the University of Nebraska here in Lincoln. Early on she worked in Broadcasting for NETV; and as a Seamstress for Fringe and Tassel; she also pursued a career in Theatre as a Stage Hand at Kimball Recital Hall, Pershing Auditorium, and the Lied Center.  Wendy also really enjoyed performing with local theatre arts groups.

Wendy is survived by her mother Margaret Todd, her father James Todd; her three children Todd Krumm-Owens, Avery Thrasher, and Emily Rose Thrasher; brother Bryce (Tiffany) Todd; one grandchild Danae Gariboy; and her nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her brother Troy Owens; and her sister Julie Fenstermacher.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery. www.wyuka.com


March 2, 2015

gold crossDONALD R. WAHL, age 81, of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Bryan East Hospital.  Donald was born in Lincoln in 1934 to Claude and Julia (Stalder) Wahl.

Services are Pending at this time.

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