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Splichal 1Mildred L. “Swanee” (Swanson) Splichal age 90 of Trophy Club, Texas, joined her guardian angels on June 23, 2015.  She was born on a farm north of Omaha on February 6, 1925.  Swanee had a beautiful life with her husband of over 66 years, Bill Splichal.  She went to Omaha North High School and after graduation enrolled in nursing school at the Immanuel Hospital in Omaha.  Up0n graduation she was a nurse at the Veteran’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Soon after WWII ended she met a veteran patient and was married September 3, 1948 to Bill Splichal.  Together they raised 5 children who gave them 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  A beautiful and wonderful family.  Her nursing career covered Nebraska, Illinois and California where they made their homes.  Swanee loved to travel, she will be dearly missed.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Public visitation will be held on Monday, June 29th from Noon until the service time.

Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Randall Banks Sr.

June 20, 2015

Banks, RandallRandall Banks Sr., age 79 of Lincoln, passed away on June 16, 2015, at 6:55 p.m., at The Senior Village Nursing Home in Wilkesboro, N.C. surrounded by family. The beloved son of Edna Fowler White and Willie Banks, born Jan. 16, 1936, in Lamont, MS.  He relocated to Gary, IN, to reside with his father, complete high school, and raise a family.  A proud Veteran, he served in Korea before joining the workforce at Inland Steel.

Randall Sr., and wife Barbara, moved to Lincoln, NE after he devoted 37 years as a Steel Mechanic at Inland Steel Corp. in E. Chicago, IN. The dynamic duo settled in Lincoln and quickly became pillars to family, friends and church members. He was an Ordained Deacon at Christ Temple Church prior to his recent move to North Carolina.

Leaving to cherish memories: wife, Barbara, 61 years of marriage; sons, Randall (Claudia) Banks Jr. of Aurora, Co, Dennis Banks of Pleasantville, TX, Brian Banks of Aurora, CO, Austin (Mary) Banks of Wilkesboro, NC and Melvin Pennington of Hammond, IN; daughters, Valerie Mitchell of Aurora, CO and Rhonda (Rondell) Swope, of Aurora, CO; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. on June 26, at Christ Temple Church, 500 N. 25th St., Lincoln followed by Burial with Military Honors at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.   Visitation will be held June 25, from 9:00 – 5:00 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com;  in lieu of flowers, Memorials to The Malone Center, 2032 U St, Lincoln, NE, 68503.

Dorothy V. Ebner

June 16, 2015

EbnerDorothy V. Ebner age 90 of Lincoln, passed away June 14, 2015.  She was born March 2, 1925 in Cordova, Nebraska to Henry and Augusta (Abraham) Frank.  Dorothy managed the Junior League Thrift Store for many years, taught sewing classes at SCC, volunteered at Tabitha with the hospice unit and was very active with Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Jack Burnham of Tremonton, Utah; son, Alan Ebner of Lincoln; daughter, Cindy Ebner of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Calvin Reinke of Salina, Kansas; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pam Ebner of Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Brother and sister-in-law, Elroy and Bobbi Frank of Lincoln.  4 Grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; her parents, siblings, Homer Frank, Lillian Grasmick and Luella Crowl.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 510 S. 33rd, Lincoln.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, June 22nd from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Redeemer Lutheran Pre-school or church, Lincoln Lutheran High School or the Alzheimers association.

Virginia I. Schessler

June 13, 2015

SchesslerVirginia I. Schessler age 93 of Lincoln passed away June 11, 2015.  She was born August 30, 1921 in Coos Bay, Oregon to John and Ellen Louise (Thornerose) King.  Later the family moved to San Diego, California where she graduated from Hoover High School followed by hairdressing school.  She worked in that profession for several years and met her future husband David Schessler.  They married on November 20, 1946, then moved to Lincoln in 1951.  Virginia was a member of the Sons of Norway fraternal organization in San Diego for most of her life.  She became a Camp Fire Girls leader in the late 1950’s,  followed by a position on the Lincoln Camp Fire Girls District Council.  In the 1960’s she worked at Miller & Paine then the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the registrar’s office and the UNL department of textiles, clothing and design until retiring in the 1980’s.  Virginia was involved with Beta Sigma Phi business women’s sorority and a member of First Plymouth Church.  She loved sewing embroidery, clothing and quilting.  Virginia also loved to spend time in her garden and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her daughter, Marjorie J. (Schessler) Osborne of Lincoln; brother, John C. King of San Diego, California and a niece Andrea (Phelps) and Noel Parr of LaMesa, California.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, David Schessler and her sister, Jeanette (King) Phelps.

Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery

Memorials to the Nebraska Cancer Research Center for breast cancer research in Virginia’s memory.

Hazel I. Gillispie

June 12, 2015

Gillispie obit photoHazel Ilene Fetterley Gillispie, age 87 of Lincoln, passed away June 11, 2015.  She was born Dec. 4, 1927 to Leroy and Edna Lee Brown Fetterley in College View, Lincoln.  She wed Robert Leslie Gillispie in May 1945 and was blessed with seven children; as a couple they traveled extensively in their early marriage.  She remained in good health into her 80’s.

Hazel owned and operated Hiway 77 Café in Ceresco; her passion in life was the love she had for family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Milton; sister-in-law, Judy Fetterley; granddaughter, Tonya Marie Kermmoade; and great grandson Tony Lee Watson.

Survived by her children, Marge (Kent) Watson of Lincoln, NE, Terry (Marlyn) Gillispie of Crete, Mary Ann Taylor of Florida, John Gillispie of Lincoln, Robin Hill of Waverly, Kathy (Joe) Nannen of Sprague, and Robert Leslie (Jolynn) Gillispie II of Lincoln; brother, Wayne “Carolyn” Fetterley; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs. June 18, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with Pastor Marty Thurber officiating. A Reception following in Wyuka’s Garden Room.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com; Memorials to Aging Partners, 1005 “O” St, Lincoln, NE,68508.

Arthur Nicolai

June 10, 2015


Arthur C. “Art” Nicolai, Ed.D, age 88 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully on the night of June 9, 2015, surrounded and comforted by his family.  Art was born in Sutton, Nebraska, on January 12, 1927, the third son of Fred and Martha (Heinz) Nicolai.

Graduating Sutton High School in 1944; he served in the Navy during WWII as a radioman on the aircraft carrier USS Point Cruz (CVE-119).  Art was wed to Glennis DeVasure in Tekamah, Nebraska July 20, 1951.  Earning his B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska by 1966, he taught and coached high school sports in Nebraska from 1952 to 1961.  Art coached Bartley HS to Class D State Track Championship in 1955.  He was HS Principal in Hebron 1962-1965; wanting excellence in teacher education, he moved to Professor of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1966, supervising the education of hundreds of teachers; then retiring as Head of the Department in May 1989.  Art was an avid sportsman and supporter of Wesleyan Athletics including Representative to the NCAA Conference; Spirit of the Plainsman Award 1997; and scorekeeper of basketball games.

Art loved travel. In addition to frequent adventures overseas, he escorted bus tours throughout the U.S., loved golf, swimming, Husker Football, dancing, and coffee with his friends.  Memberships included Christ United Methodist Church; Master Mason – Bartley, NE Lodge Number 228; Sesostris Shrine; American Legion Post 3; Executive Club; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia; and Life Member of UNL Alumni Association.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Fred L. and Frederick Lawrence.

Survived by wife Glennis; daughter, Nancy, of Albuquerque, NM; son, Jim of Cove, TX; and grandsons, Jeremy and Nathan Nicolai of Cove, TX.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Art Nicolai Memorial Fund, Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Dept. Swim Program, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln 68504 or its website.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A Street.  Visitation one hour prior at the Church.  Graveside Service at 12:30 p.m. with Military Honors at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

“Fair Winds and Following Seas.”


SKM_C284e15060914340_0001-001Carolyn Rosalie Pierson, age 76, of Lincoln, passed away early on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Tabitha Nursing Home

after a valiant fight with cancer.  Born February 15, 1939 in Niskayuna, NY; the daughter of Louis H. Somerfeldt and Agatha Martin, she was raised in Schenectady, NY.

A National Honor Society member – growing up she had a book of her poems published; did Red Cross life guard training; held the NY State girls NRA national rifle championship.  She received scholarships to the Rhode Island School of Design and to Russell Sage College of Nursing.  She entered the U.S. Navy in Oct. 1959 and was discharged in June 1960.  Carolyn graduated from BYU with a BA in 1972; also an AS in Civil Drafting from SECC.

She married Emil E. Pierson in Nov. 1960 in Schenectady, NY. – blessed with eight children, Laura Reichert(Greene, NY), Margrethe Pierson (Magnolia, AR), Kristina Karp (Wilmington, NC), Emil Pierson (Olympia, WA) , Anna Johnson (Federal Way, WA), Rebekah Hoyt (Lincoln, NE), Erika Deen (Smithville, MO), Judith Dunn (Spearfish, SD).

Carolyn is survived by her husband; eight children; 31 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters; one brother; nephews and nieces.

She has worked as a nurse, a computer programmer (Donnelly Marketing, Woodman Accident & Life, Lancaster County); in a candy line at Russell Stovers; and with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.  She loved old houses, their architecture, and visiting art museums.  Active in the Nebraska Herbal Society; she loved to work in her garden, providing a sanctuary for people and animals.  She was very active in genealogy and worked at the Family History Center of the LDS Church and taught classes.

Visitation for adults will be Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  The Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 640 N. 56th St., Lincoln.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Wyuka Cemeter ,3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Memorials to the National Audubon Society. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Frazzie Lee Wynn

June 8, 2015



In Loving Memory of

Frazzie Lee Wynn

September 26, 1934 -June 7, 2015

Frazzie was born in Greenwood, Mississippi to Lee Wynn and Lula Wynn (Stovall). Together they had four children and Frazzie was the youngest of the four children.

Frazzie attended public school in Greenwood MS where he completed the 11th grade.

In his younger years Frazzie fathered three children – Francine Wilder Henderson, Grant Wynn and Patricia Davis.

Frazzie later moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan where he helped his father run a grocery store/restaurant.

He later moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked at an iron foundry; he also worked as a diesel mechanic.

While in Chicago he met Ora Lee Whiters. Together they had two daughters – Michelle Denise Wynn and Nikita Renee Wynn.

In 1968 Frazzie, Ora and their daughters moved to Wichita, Kansas where he was a mechanic at Goodyear. He later worked for Bray Lines, where he bought his first 18 wheeler and went

into business for himself as an over the road truck driver. He later became employed with Consolidated Freightways. While employed with Consolidated, he also owned a full service

Texaco gas station.

In 1981 his job relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where he continued his employment with Consolidated until he retired.

After his retirement Frazzie enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and walking his dogs.

Frazzie was preceded in death by his father (Lee), mother (Lula), four brothers and two sisters; son Grant Wynn; and daughter Michelle (Wynn) Hoover.

He is survived by wife Ora Lee Wynn; daughters Francie Henderson, Patricia Davis, Nikita Allen and Keisha Wynn; son Frazzie Wynn Jr.; and numerous grand and great grandchildren.


A Memorial Service with Reception will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.

KelleDoris A. (Bruner) Kelle age 92 of Lincoln, formerly of Fremont, passed away June 4, 2015 at the Waterford Care Center, College View in Lincoln.  She was born January 12, 1923 in Fremont to Arthur and Emma (Anderson) Lueninghoener.  Doris attended Nickerson High School.  She worked as a cashier at Safeway in Fremont and after moving to Lincoln worked in retail sales for Younkers and Dillards.  She was married to Marvin Kelle until his death in 2011.  Prior to Marvin, Doris had been married to Robert T. Bruner.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, Robert D. Bruner of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Carolyn Bruner of Fremont.  Daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Allen and Bill Whitlock of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Sisters, June Timm of Nickerson; Norma Olson of Crete and Connie and Jim Janssen of Fremont.  Grandchildren, Todd Allen, Jr.,  Martin Bruner, Shelley Ames, Melissa Bruner-Solas and Jena Bruner.  Great grandchildren, Alex Bruner, Alyssa Bruner, Derek Bloom, Kristen Allen, Luke Allen and Danielle Elliott.  Great, great grandchildren, Barron Bloom, Reed Bloom and Liam Elliott.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; daughter, Marilyn Bruner and sister, Ardis Mauer.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln.  Visitation will be from  1:00 P.M. until service time on Tuesday, June 9th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation or to the family.

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