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Gottula 1Larry Gottula age 83, of Bennet passed away April 28, 2015.  He was born December 24, 1931 in Lincoln to Lawrence and Ellen (Pettigrew) Gottula.  Larry was born and raised on the farm that he worked.  After his retirement from farming he became a mechanic that many local farmers relied on to keep their equipment and farms running.  Larry was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Diane and Mike Jackson of Deatsville, Alabama and Carol Piper of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and spouses, Adeline and John Stotts of Bennet, Valerie Gottula of North Carolina, Lorlei and Jonathon Saunders, Seth Jackson and Matthew Jackson all of Alabama.  3 Great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline; son, Michael and his parents.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the Cheney United Methodist Church.

CHARVAT OBIT PHOTOEdward Dominik Charvat, age 94 of Lincoln, born on March 30, 1921 died on April 26, 2015. Ed was son to Valerie K. (Vojta) Charvat and Edward James Charvat. He was always a hard worker and during the Depression helped his family by selling ice, while still a young boy. After graduating High School at Tilden Technical High School, Chicago, Illinois he went on to join the Navy during WWII. He was first stationed in Oklahoma and then was stationed on the USS Henderson traveling to Pearl Harbor just days after it was bombed. He often talked about this experience and it resonated throughout his life. After returning to the mainland after the war, Ed went on to work his way across the U.S. to the West coast, first owning a gas station in Colorado and later by 1950 as a Fire Fighter in Palo Alto, CA.

He moved back to Chicago after nine years in California. He met the love of his life at the Algonquin Ballroom in Illinois and married six months later, on April 27, 1957. In the 1950s Ed was a Mechanical Engineer with General Motors in Chicago and then later became employed with the Chicago Burlington Railroad. They began their family and then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1963. Ed lived the rest of his life in Lincoln and continued to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in several positions with the last as Federal Inspector. He retired from the Burlington after 28 years and enjoyed time with his wife, traveling and building several houses together.

Ed is survived by his daughters, Audrey Charvat Drew (Gary), Donna Haiden (Mark), and Renee Charvat; five grandchildren, Erica White (Gary), Dawson & Raimey Drew, Leah & Rachel Haiden; two great grandchildren, Jasmyn & Addisyn White.

He is preceded in death by his wife Marie on October 27, 2013.

Funeral Service on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Father Thomas Maclean officiating; 11:15 Graveside Committal with Military Honors at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel and Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln, NE.  Visitation 9:30 – 10:30 am with the family at the Funeral Home, no viewing.


April 27, 2015

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Ethel Crump, age 91 of Lincoln, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska surrounded by her family.  Ethel was the daughter of James & Annie (Pavlish) Rardin; born in Dorchester, NE on October 4, 1923.  Many knew her as Bookkeeper at Wagey Drug in Lincoln.

Ethel is preceded in death by her parents; husband Keith; grandson, Curtis Sheridan; sisters and brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally Dibiase; estranged grandson, Louie (Emerald) Sheridan; great grandchildren, Peyton BigBow, Cozad Sheridan, Lauryn Sheridan; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no viewing; a burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery on Tuesday, April 28th, at 12:00 p.m. with a private family service at the graveside officiated by family member Rudy Mitchell.


Trude Schomer

April 24, 2015

SchomerTrude Schomer went to be with the Lord on April, 22, 2015.  She passed away peacefully in the home she loved, surrounded by the family and animals she loved and who loved her deeply in return.  Born April 09, 1923, she recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and stated how blessed she was to share the day with so many friends and family.

Trude is survived by her daughter Trude Carol Farrell, Edgewater, Florida, her son Tommy Joe Schomer, Lincoln, six grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Trude lived each day with optimistic enthusiasm.  She opened Trude’s Dog Motel in 1963 and operated it continuously until now.  Her passion and caring devotion for the well being of “her dogs” never diminished.  Many generations of Lincolnites have confidently entrusted the care of their canine family members to Trude, never doubting that each one would receive individual attention and the best of care.  With Trude, caring for her charges was never a “job”, it was her “life”.  Over the years she cared and found homes for many homeless pups.

In addition to her family and her dog motel, her other passions were her prize winning roses which she shared generously, and offering a safe haven for turkeys, deer, songbirds and the other wildlife which she provided for.

Her success earned her the Chamber Outstanding Woman Owned Business of the Year award in 2008.  If there was a need, Trude was always there.  To those of us who have had the privilege of sharing life with her, Trude will remain “forever young” in our hearts.

Visitation at Wyuka Monday, April 27, 2:00 pm ‘till 8:00 pm, with family present 7:00 pm ‘till 8:00 pm.  Celebration of her life at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church on Tuesday April 28th at 10:00 am followed by burial at Wyuka.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Capitol Humane Society.

Housel 1Irene L. Housel age 91 of Lincoln, passed away April 23, 2015.  She was born February 17, 1924 in Valparaiso, Nebraska to Joseph and Rose (Vanicek) Patocka.  Irene married Orville Housel on February 25, 1943 in Ceresco, Nebraska and at the time of his death they were married for 68 years.  She worked as a packer at Russell Stover Candies for 20+ years and than became a dietician at the Lincoln Veterans Hospital for another 20+ years.  Irene and Orville loved to go to casinos and really enjoyed flying to Las Vegas.

Survivors include their daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Larry Behm of Seward; Grandsons and spouse, Darren Behm; Dustyn and Kaci Behm all of Lincoln.  Great grandson, Kyler Behm.  Sisters, Margaret Cerra of Lincoln and Wilma Stastny of Wichita, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville.  Her parents, one brother, Elmer Patocka and brothers-in-law, John Cerra and Jack Stastny.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 27th at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home by 1:45 P.M.

Private family visitation only.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association.

Isabelle M. Brown

April 23, 2015

Brown, IsabelleIsabelle Madeline Brown, 85, passed away April 22, 2015.  Isabelle was born January 2, 1930 to William and Rose (McPeak) Lafferty in Lincoln, Ne.   She married the love of her life Melvin Brown on October 1, 1948 at Central Alliance Church where she was a member for over 70 years.  Isabelle started college when her children were in high school and received a degree in Early Childhood Development.  She was the Director at Central Daycare where she worked for over 20 years.  Her favorite hobbies included spending time with her beloved grandchildren, camping, and reading.  Her most cherished book was her well-worn Bible.  She lived for the Lord every day of her life. She also enjoyed cooking and baking for family, friends, and the church.

Isabelle is survived by Mel, her husband of 66 years; her son Gary (Valerie) Brown of Lakewood, Colorado; her daughter Cathie (David) Miller of Lincoln; and her grandchildren Keith and Jesse Brown, Taylor and Spencer Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, half-brother Francis Stromer , half-sister Helen Kearns and special aunts Emma, Eva & Iva McPeak who helped raise her .

Funeral Service:  10:30 am, Monday,  April 27, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon at Wyuka.

Visitation:  Noon- 8 pm on April 26 with the family present from 4:00 – 5:00 pm also at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Nebraska Children’s Home Society and The People’s City Mission.


April 20, 2015

Briggs obit photoRalph A. Biggs, 89, Lincoln resident and WWII veteran, died on April 19, 2015. Ralph was the fourth of nine children born to Mabel (Hederman) and Al Biggs. The family lived for many years at the corner of North 12th and Butler Streets in Lincoln’s Belmont district. Al operated a nearby auto mechanic shop on Cornhusker Hwy.

In 1943, during his senior year at Lincoln High, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Trained as a Gunner’s Mate, he saw action in the Pacific on board a destroyer-escort and a landing ship dock. He was Honorably Discharged at war’s end in April, 1946. A few weeks before his discharge, still in uniform, he married Doris McQuown, of Lincoln. They eloped to Marysville, KS; Ralph, not yet 21, could not obtain a marriage license in Nebraska. Their marriage lasted 57 years; Doris passed away in July, 2003.

After their first child was born in 1947, Ralph and Doris moved to Wisconsin. Yet when they retired more than 40 years later, they came back to Lincoln. They raised four children: Carol Shepard of Lincoln; Daniel Biggs of Silver Spring, MD; Jerry Biggs of Baltimore MD; and Susan Steger of Allenton, WI.  Ralph would tell anyone who asked that his proudest achievement in life was “trying to make sure my kids grew up right.”  In recent years, Ralph resided at Gramercy Hill Senior Home in Lincoln, where he enjoyed the friendship, laughter, and Husker-mania of staff and residents.

Ralph is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Robert Shepard III, Angel Shepard, Marcos Biggs, Alexandria Steger, Robert Steger, Ian Greco, Arabella Greco, Eric Dixon, and Mira Biggs; siblings Ivan Biggs and Irene Leech, both of Lincoln, and  brother Harold of Greenville, WI.

Preceded by grandson Thomas Dixon; and Emily Shepard.

No Public Services are planned; family and friends will gather in private to reminisce about Ralph’s loves and his impact on their lives. Condolences may be sent to: The Ralph Biggs family c/o Gramercy Hill, 6800 A Street, Lincoln NE 68510.

Marvin G. Anderson

April 15, 2015

FlagMarvin G. Anderson known to his friends as “Captain Andy” age 72 of Lincoln, died April 14, 2015 in Omaha.  He was born August 23, 1942 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Charles Anderson and Fern Meyers.  Marvin was proud to be a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant.  He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam.   Marvin lived in Germany before moving back to the United States.  He was named employee of the year more than once when he worked at  Tabitha Health Care.  Marvin was also the manager at the Foxy Lady for a number of years.

Survivors include two daughters, Lori and Bonnie; Mother, Fern; Sister, Carol and two brothers, Fred and Larry.  Lifetime friend, Sandra Irwin.  His three companions: Peggy, Sammy and Trudy.  He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

No viewing or visitation.

Memorials to the family.


April 13, 2015

HARVEY3 (5) cropHarvey Joseph “Ace” Schmid, 79, of Lincoln, died April 12, 2015.  Born April 21, 1935 in Mason City, NE to Charles and Colia (Burnett) Schmid.

From 1955-1960 “Ace” served in the US Air Force. In later years, he served in and retired from the NE Air National Guard. He maintained a strong identification with his military service throughout his life, and it was a source of great pride for him.

Ace will be most remembered as a singer and musician, playing often in a number of different country western and bluegrass bands both in Nebraska and in Texas.

Survived by former wife Alona; children, Bambi (Brian Wilson), Shawn, Casey (Lisa), Derek (Brenda Walker), Tyler, and Shadlee Jo (Ryan) Meinke ; grandchildren, Morgan (Jeff) Krull , Bruce, Kris, Mason, MacKenzie, and Connor; great grandchild, Bruce; brother, Dean (Carolyn); sister, Peggy Dye; brother in law, Eugene Chartraw; sisters in law, Lois, Joan, and Alice (Cox); 14 nieces and nephews; and over 30 great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by one unborn child; his parents; brothers, Charles, Harley (twin), Alfred, and Leo; sisters, Gerry Korensky and Frances Chartraw; brothers in law, Frank Korensky and Lloyd Dye; niece Bonnie Jean Chartraw; nephew Roger Badberg; and former in laws, LaVerne and Vera Cox, and Larry Cox.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 25, at St. Teresa’s, 735 So. 36th Street, Lincoln with Burial immediately following at Wyuka Cemetery with Military Honors; a Reception will follow at the Church.  A Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Friday, April 24th, from 6:oo – 8:00 pm with a Rosary Service at 6:30 pm.  Monsignor Nemec will be Officiating all Services.  Memorials to the family for later designation. www.wyuka.com

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