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Mary Kay Kreikemeier

July 25, 2015

Kreikemeier croppedMary Kay Kreikemeier age 51 of Lincoln, passed away July 25, 2015.  She was born May 11, 1964 in Omaha to Robert and JoAnn (Pospishil) Pechar.  Mary was a 1985 graduate of UNL with a bachelor of science degree in education and in 1998 she received her masters degree in education from Ohio University.  She was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church and was a Peace Corp member in Tunisia from 1986-1988.  Mary Kay and Mike were married in Omaha on April 6, 1991.  She was a stay at home mom for their 4 children from 1997 until 2005 when she returned to teaching for Lincoln Public Schools.

Survivors include her husband, Mike; children, Alec, Chloe, Elise and Liam all of Lincoln.  Her mother, JoAnn Pechar of Bellevue; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Greg and Shelley, Mike and Shannon, Rob and Patty, Mark and Jen all of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Pechar and mother-in-law, Joyce Kreikemeier.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Lincoln.  A rosary vigil service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 28th at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

Visitation will be  at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, July 27th from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, July 28th from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.  Additional visitation will be held at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the St. Teresa’s Building fund in memory of Mary Kay.

Kenneth L. Johnson

July 24, 2015

Johnson, KennethKenneth L. Johnson, 73, of Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away July 14, 2015.  He was born on December 16, 1941 in Clay County, Kansas to Ernest “Stretchy” Johnson and Nola (Holladay) Johnson.  He was a graduate of Morganville High School, Emporia State University and Kansas State University.  He was a math teacher and mentor for gifted students.  He loved his family, golf, the Wildcats, Chiefs and Royals.

He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Jean (Worm) Johnson and sister, Ardis Johnson.  He is survived by his brother, Neill (Nancy) Johnson; children, Kelly Johnson and Karla Johnson; stepchildren, Tim Mittan, Terri (Dayle) Mautz, Andy (Lisa) Mittan; grandchildren, Taylor and Drew Stohs, Luke Johnson, Sydnie and Mason Bubien, Zachery and Sierra Largent, Colton and Kierra Johnson, Lauren Mautz, Hannah and Kaitlyn Mittan, Lindsay, Brandon and Zachery Grams; Nieces and Nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Sheridan Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE on August 3rd at 2:30 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ken Johnson Memorial c/o Great Western Bank.

fff-001Freida Flack, age 91 of Lincoln, passed away with grace and dignity on July 23, 2015. Her strength, fight, and love will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Born in Lincoln, NE on Oct. 24, 1923, the youngest of 13 children; Freida graduated Lincoln High in 1941. She worked in Defense 1941-44 and was married on Nov. 5, 1944 to John Flack. John preceded her in death. Freida retired from Bryan Memorial Hospital in 1991; was a member of First Plymouth Congregational Church; Eastern Star; and Daughters of the Nile. The family thanks Legacy Terrace in Lincoln for years of friends and fulfillment.

Survived by daughter, Maryellen (William) Heggen of Austin, TX; son, Thomas Dean (Janice) Flack of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Graveside Services at 11:00 a.m. on September 12, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln; meet at the Funeral Home to process to the Graveside.  Reception to follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.   Memorials and condolences to the family for designation in Freida’s honor – in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, NE 68510.

Dorothy E. Ahlstedt

July 23, 2015

AhlstedtDorothy Marian Elaine Ahlstedt age 89 of Lincoln, passed away in the early hours of July 22, 2015.  Dorothy was the youngest of two sisters born to Otto and Frieda Muehlhausen on October 17, 1925.

Dorothy is survived by her son Jim Ahlstedt Sr. and his wife Deb of Lincoln; grandchildren Jim Ahlstedt Jr. and his wife Hannah of Lincoln, great grandchildren James III, Cameron and Jack Ahlstedt all of Lincoln and one niece, Anne Harris of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; sons, Ken and Bill; sister Helen Terkildsen; grandson Jason Ahlstedt.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.  A reception will be held immediately following the chapel service in the “Garden Room” at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


Howard R. Mattison

July 21, 2015

MattisonHoward Raymond Mattison of Lincoln passed away Tuesday, July 21st.  He was born August 28, 1928 to Clarence and Ora Mattison in Richmond, Indiana.  His father was a minister and later became an Army Chaplain.  His father moved the family to many churches and Army bases.  Howard attended many schools growing up.  His Senior year in high school he was able to attend the whole year in one place at Albion, Nebraska.  He enjoyed being able to play in the school band and to play on the basketball team.  He attended Wayne State College.  He was drafted into the Korean war in 1950.  He married his high school sweetheart (Alberta Elaine Pexton) before leaving for the Army.  He spent 2 years in the service.  After he was discharged he got a job in Lincoln with the Gas Company in their accounting department.  in 1958 he went to work for Securities Acceptance Corp.  In 1968 he began working for National Bank of Commerce and helped introduce the Master Charge Credit Card (later known as Master Card).  Later he worked for a bank in York, Nebraska, then First Federal Savings and Loan in Lincoln.  He set up their credit card program and worked there until he retired in 1994.  Howard and Elaine were blessed with 3 boys; Bill, Bob and David.  Howard enjoyed his grandchildren and their many activities.  Howard enjoyed traveling, has been in all 50 states, traveled to Germany, trips to California and New Hampshire to visit relatives.  He enjoyed attending Nebraska football games and traveling with special friends to away games.

Survivors are wife Elaine, sons Bob (Karen) Mattison of Lincoln, Dave (Kristy) Mattison of Topeka, Kansas grandchildren Melissa, Nathan and Caitlen of Lincoln, Jett and Kort of Topeka.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ora Mattison, son William Howard Mattison and sister Velda Roberts.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, July 27th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society or The Monarch.

David M. Musiel

July 20, 2015

Musiel, David M.David M. Musiel, age 69 of Lincoln, died suddenly on Fri. July 17, 2015 by an accident at the Auto Gallery and Firth Storage in Firth, Nebraska.  Born Jan. 13, 1946 to Edward and Della (Dawson) Musiel in North Bend, NE.  After graduating from Prague High School, Dave served in the US Army in 1965; owned an insurance business, making a career in the insurance industry; loved working on old cars; rock and roll music; and talking to anyone and everyone he met. He was wed to Beverly Kreifels in 1982.  Dave was a Shriner and a Legionaire, living most of his life in the Lincoln area.

He is survived by his loving wife Beverly; sons, Jason and Adam Musiel; daughters, Jennifer (Jason) Pieper and Samantha Musiel; step daughter, Sarah (Jason) Chagnon; brother, Bud Musiel;  seven grandchildren;and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Phyllis (Robert) Hays and Joan Musiel.

Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs. July 23, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Interment of Ashes will take place at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery in Paul, NE. Memorials to the Family or Union Bank for his Memorial Fund for later designation in Dave’s honor.

ClaraBelle Roberts

July 14, 2015

images[1]ClaraBelle Roberts, age 78 of Lincoln, passed away on July 13, 2015; shortly after her arrival at Homestead Rehabilitation Center.  She was a loving Homemaker and Caretaker.

Survived by her brothers, William and Robert Wallman; sister, Harriet Felton; niece, Gertrude Felton; and nephew, Alan Felton.  Preceded in death by her parents, William and Esther (Pierce) Wallman; and spouse Ronald Roberts.

Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs. July 16, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln; visitation one hour prior. Rev. Mark Jones of Harvest Community Church presiding.  Burial in Wyuka Cemetery.

Thomas-Gregg-JrThomas Gregg, Jr., 61, of Clarksville, TN, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville, TN.  Thomas was born in Rosebud, SD to the late Thomas Gregg, Sr. and Belva Roubideaux Ackerman. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Anna Louise Gregg and sister, Tote (Joan) Gregg.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry Peters officiating.  Graveside services with military honors  will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.  Chaplain, Major Scott Ehler will officiate.
Thomas was a Retired U.S. Army Veteran, having served 22 years with tours in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He retired in 1992, from Ft. Campbell, KY, where he finished his career as an Aviation Mechanic with the State Department. He had such a love for cars that he restored a 1960 Ford pick-up truck. He also loved fishing and most importantly his family. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deanna Gregg of Clarksville, TN; two sons, Thomas Jay Gregg of Clarksville, TN and Daniel (Jessie) Gregg of Memphis, TN; three daughters, Cheryl Slivinski of Louisville, KY, Karen Costa of Pine Mountain, GA, and Katherine (Jim) Porter of Springhill, TN; brother, Kermit (Sandy) Williams of North Platte, NE; two sisters, Gorgie Paulhamus and Tinka Duran of Rapid City, SD; two grandchildren, Zachary Costa and Alonna Gregg; and an expectant grandson, Greggory Porter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043.

Alexander Pikelis

July 6, 2015

PikelisAlexander Pikelis age 90, passed away July 6, 2015 at the St. Joseph Villa in Omaha.  He was born May 20, 1925 in Siauliai, Lithuania to Anton and Sophia (Valantinaicivte) Pikelis.  Alex worked as a union electrician and was a member of IBEW #1525 and the Nebraska Army National Guard.  He married his wife, Winifred on January 22, 1949 in Austria.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Winifred (Jaeger) Pikelis; Sons and daughter-in-law; Alexander Frank and Lenell Pikelis, Preston Alfred Pikelis and Win Pikelis.  Grandchildren and spouse; Olivia Marie and Thomas Streeter and Karl Frank Pikelis.  Alex was preceded in death by his parents, Sisters; Ellen, Sophia and Marie.  Daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Pikelis.

Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, July 10th.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Nebraska Humane Society.


Wurm Violet youngViolet Ida (Wilksen) Wurm, age 94 of Lincoln, died Sat. Jul. 4, 2015.  Born Jul. 2, 1921, Benedict, NE, to Henry and Ida (Conrad) Wilksen. Married to Willard G. Wurm of Lincoln on Apr. 18, 1948. Formerly employed at Dorsey Laboratories; as an election worker; and volunteer at the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging.

Survived by son, John (Becky) Wurm, Pleasant Dale, NE; daughters, Katie (John) Kugler, Cozad, NE, Becky (Scott) Clark, Lincoln, NE; brother, Leslie Wilksen; grandchildren, Anna Kugler, Autumn (Caleb) Wiechmann, Hattie (Roger) Rasmussen, Luther (Kristina) Kugler; step grandchildren, Aaron (Monica) Taylor, Cory (Brandon) Jackson; 9 great grand children; 4 step great grand children; sister in law Dorothy White; brother in law Roy Schwarzkopf; many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her parents; husband; one brother; two sisters; and one great grandson.

Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., Jul. 11, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 724 S. 12th St, Lincoln.  Visitation on Fri., Jul. 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, from 4-8 p.m.  Burial at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Memorials: Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch; Lutheran Bible Translators; and Lutheran Indian Ministries; donate blood!

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