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SchlegelEthelynn “Tootsie” Schlegel, age 77 of Lincoln, passed away December 23, 2015.  She was born July 29, 1938 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Carl A. and Esther M. (Pfenning) Roemmich.  Tootsie was a graduate of the Lincoln School of Commerce and was a 43 year employee of the Department of Labor.  She was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Shari Schlegel and her partner Scott Richards.  Stepson, Alan Ramsier, stepdaughter and spouse, Brenda and Adolph Dinges.  Sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Patrick Healey.  Special friends and neighbors, Arlyn and Cindy Olson all of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Schlegel, her parents and two sisters, Eileen Smith and Kathleen Litt.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 31st from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

Memorials to The Monarch or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

The family wants to thank the staff at the Monarch for the care of Tootsie in her last days.

Gerald Dee Hedges

December 24, 2015

Hedges, GeraldGerald Dee Hedges, 90, of Lincoln (formerly Bennet), passed away on December 23, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda, 3 daughters and 1 son, 6 grandkids and 5 great grandkids.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Bennet Community Church.  Please dress casual.  Visitation will be held from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 27th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Private family burial at the Bennet Cemetery prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to People’s City Mission or Bennet Community Church.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Waterford Care Facility College View and Hospice Community Care for all the love and care given to Gerald and his family in his last days.

Chung, Yung Y.Yung Yung Chung passed peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2015, Omaha, Neb. Her health had deteriorated after surgery for abdominal cancer. It was her third surgery for the disease. She was also a breast cancer survivor.

The 11th child in her family, Yung was born on Oct. 5, 1934, in Hong Kong, British Commonwealth. She was educated in England, and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from St. Mary College, Durham University (Durham, England) in 1959.

She came to the U.S. after graduating to live with her sister Sui Tong Fung in Ames, Iowa. There Yung met and married Dr. Hui-Ying (Charlie) Chung. They had two daughters and eventually moved to Lincoln where Charlie was an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Nebraska. Both became U.S. citizens in 1968.

Yung demonstrated her entrepreneurial spirit when she opened Hong Kong Pizza King restaurant with a family friend in the mid 1970s. After running the restaurant, which operated near the UNL campus, for seven years, she worked at companies including Baker Hardware, Foote & Davis Midamerica Webpress, Alltel, and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital before retiring in 2006.

Yung and Charlie enjoyed attending Chinese community socials and the University of Nebraska events until Charlie passed away Aug. 20, 1992.

After retirement, she traveled to Hong Kong, Canada, Alaska, and other locales. Highlights included a cruise of the Yangtze River with daughters, a family reunion cruise to Ensenada, Mexico and reuniting with her sister in Tianjin, China.

Yung enjoyed classical concerts, and recently attended Paul McCartney, the Lion King and Wayne Newton. She loved shopping and a good deal. She especially enjoyed a good meal of dim sum with family and friends. She doted on her grand dogs.

Yung is survived by her daughters Janet Chung (Pat Raybould) and Dorothy Chung Javorsky (Tim Javorsky), both of Lincoln; beloved dogs Radcliff, Ina, and Josh; sister Suet Haan Chan, of Tianjin, China; nieces and nephews.

Cremation, no visitation. The family plans a Celebration of Life service for 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016, at Wyuka Funeral Home. Food will be served after the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts are suggested to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the Yung Y. Chung Memorial, 1010 Lincoln Mall #300, Lincoln, Ne 68508, or on-line gifts at nufoundation.org.

Phyllis J. Campbell

December 23, 2015

Phyllis J. Campbell, age 77 of Lincoln, passed away December 22, 2015.  She was born September 2, 1938 in Lincoln to Phillip and Dollie (Pope-Kehler) Koch.  Phyllis graduated from Joseph’s School of hair design and was a licensed cosmetologist.  Her love of children caused her to become a daycare operator for over 20 years.  Phyllis was a 50 year member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband Gary; daughter, Amy Walkenhorst both of Lincoln.  Son, Gary Phillip Campbell of Guntersville, Alabama.  Sister, Mary K. Bruning of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Paige Rebecca Walkenhorst, Faith Nichole Walkenhorst both of Lincoln and Gary Phillip Grandstaff Campbell of Guntersville, Alabama.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  There will be visitation on Saturday, December 26th beginning at 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Lawrence P. Smith

December 22, 2015

Smith, LawrenceLarry Smith 96, of Lincoln, passed away on December 21, 2015. He was born on July 31, 1919 in Octavia, Nebraska to Henry and Antoinette Smith. Larry graduated from the University of Nebraska pharmacy college in 1937 and served in the Army during WWII. Larry returned to Lincoln after the war where he owned a pharmacy at various locations in the city for 35 years. During his career he was a member of the Nebraska Pharmaceutical Association and served two years as president. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ and was an avid golfer.

Preceded in death by his wife Lorene, Larry leaves behind a son, Michael “Mike” Smith and daughter in law Debbie Smith, a granddaughter Erin and a great granddaughter Michaella.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Monday, December 28th from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Louis I. Leviticus

December 14, 2015

Louis Leviticus, 75, Holocaust survivor, tells his story as a public speaker and in his book "Tales from the Milestone." (Gwyneth Roberts)

An October afternoon in 1942 was shattered by police pounding on the door of an Amsterdam residence, the refuge hiding the Leviticus family from the Nazi onslaught.  As the police barged in, Lou Leviticus, aged 11, ran in terror to the back of the house.  As his father closed the door behind him, Lou jumped off the 3rd floor veranda.  An awning broke his fall and allowed him to escape.  He never saw his parents again.

Lou was on his own until rescued by Karel Brouwer, a young civil servant and his wife.  Risking his life to help many Jews, Brouwer treated Lou as his own son.  In facing death many times at the hands of the Nazis, Lou learned skills of escape and survival.

After the war Lou immigrated to Israel, earned an engineering degree at the Israel Institute of Technology and traveled to the U.S. to earn a PhD at Purdue University. Lou served in the Israeli military during the 1967 and 1973 wars.  In 1974, he immigrated to the US.  A year later, he became Professor of Agricultural Engineering at UNL.  Until his 1998 retirement, Lou was director of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory.  Thereafter he volunteered as a curator at the Larsen Tractor Museum on the UNL campus.

Lou Leviticus was known far and wide for his ability to speak to people and open their eyes to the events and the meaning of the Holocaust. He translated his feelings and his observations into vibrant images that captured the minds and the hearts of those in the audience.  His survival, the years of misery, gave Lou a wisdom that helped many, especially troubled children, see that despite the pain, life is worth living.  Lou told people that they have more resources within themselves than they are aware of.  Lou said, “There is always a way out.”

Following a massive stroke, Lou passed away gently early on the morning of Saturday, December 12. He finally found the peace earned through a challenging life and the gift of knowledge he gave others.  Shortly after his passing, his friend Rabbi Craig Lewis, walked close to Lou and assured him that “the truth you spoke will live on forever.”  Knowing Lou, wherever he was, he shrugged and said “Oh come on.  I was just telling the story.”

Lou’s life is chronicled in an autobiography, “Tales from the Milestone.” He was born on July 4, 1931.  His parents, Max Leviticus and Sera Leviticus – ten Bosch, died in Auschwitz.  Lou was raised by Rita and Karel Brower.  In 1982 he married a remarkable woman, Rose Gould.  Rose and Lou resided in the Lodge at the Preserve in Lincoln.  Lou is survived by Rose, their children Melanie (Alan) Cohen and Joanna Brown and grandchildren Chen, Talia, Lauren, Libby (all living in Israel), Amy (New York) and great granddaughter Ellia (Israel).

Memorial services for Lou will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, December 22, at the South Street Temple, 2061 South 20th St. (at South), Lincoln, NE 68502, and at 2pm on Wednesday, December 30, at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve, 4400 S. 80th St., Lincoln, NE 68516.  In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made in the name of Lou Leviticus to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Dr. Caryll P. Wilson

December 5, 2015


Caryll at the clinic 11-22-2013Dr. Caryll Palmer Wilson, clinical psychologist, 64, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015, at home in the loving care of her family, in Ceresco, NE. Born August 3rd, 1951 to Edmund and Jeannette (Ferry) Hallowell in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA; she was the eldest of two daughters. A passionate woman who lived life to the fullest, Caryll earned her pilot’s license and was flying her own plane by age 24. She later graduated from college summa cum laude and obtained her doctorate from the School Psychology program at UNL in Lincoln, NE. She was the founder and president of the Wilson Behavioral Pediatric and Family Psychology Clinic (later renamed Williamsburg Behavioral…) in Lincoln, NE. She cared very deeply for her patients, and specialized in treating childhood and adult autistic spectrum disorders. Caryll fell ill with cancer in 2013 and fought bravely with an unwaveringly positive attitude until the end.

Happily married for 33 years to her husband, Dwayne Wilson, she is also survived by their daughter, Laura Borden (Ron Borden) son, Joe Palmer, daughter Taylor Wilson, daughter Araya Wilson, sister Jill Foley (nephews Robert and Michael Frazier), and father Edmund Hallowell (Joanne Hallowell); grandchildren Jack and Ethan Borden, and numerous family and friends.

She was preceded in death by son, Damon Wilson, and her mother, Jeannette Hallowell.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 at Wyuka before the Funeral Service.  There will be a meal of condolence served after the Graveside Service in Wyuka’s Garden Room.

“Earl” Beardsley

December 4, 2015

gold crossWilliam “Earl” Beardsley, age 93 of Lincoln, passed away at home surrounded by family on Dec. 3, 2015.  Born in Adams, Neb. on Jan. 22, 1922.  He graduated from Lincoln High and the Univ. of Neb. with a Bachelors in Math and Physics, and spent three years in the Navy during WWII.  He was a life member of the American Legion.  Earl owned and operated  a TV Service Shop for 31 years.  He enjoyed bowling, dancing, and cards.

Earl is survived by his wife of 67 years Ruth (Sigsbee) Beardsley; daughter Jane (Steve) Chamberlain; son Thomas (Jill) Beardsley; daughter Julie (Gary) Smith; five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great grandsons;  several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents William F. and Blanch (Abbott) Beardsley; and sister Marian Beardsley Paradiso.  Private Family Services.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

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