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Glandt, Margaret 2Margaret R. (Birdsall) Glandt age 96 of Lincoln, formerly of Omaha passed away July 23, 2016.  She was born September 21, 1919 in Union, New Jersey to Joseph and Corynne (Shaw) Fischer.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jeannie Birdsall of Lincoln; granddaughter, Joni Birdsall; grandson and spouse, Rick and Debra Birdsall.  Great grandchildren, Wyatt, Jarod and Luci Packard.  Step great grandson, Vincent Wheatley.  Special nieces, Linda Kuehl and Sherri Buford.  Nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alfred Glandt.  Brother, Walter Fischer, 3 other brothers and 1 sister.

Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 26th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Cat House, a no kill cat shelter, Lincoln, NE.

Robert D. Willey

July 21, 2016


img010 (2)-001Robert Dean Willey, 68, of Lincoln, passed away July 21, 2016. He was born April 7, 1948 in Geneva to Dean and LaVeta (Madison) Willey.  Robert graduated from Geneva High School and continued on to Southeast Community College in Milford and graduated with a degree in mechanics.  Robert served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1970, and belonged to American Legion Post #216.

Robert Married Judith (Horky) of Friend in 1979 in Lincoln. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandsons, playing cards and restoring cars.  Robert retired from Goodyear in 2005 after 35 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Survived by his wife Judith; daughter Amanda (Jarrod) Neujahr, grandsons Brayden, Coleton, and Logan; his son, Brian Willey (Dani) Grandson Hudson; sister, Norma Jean Willey; sister-in-law Jane(Ken) Harpenau; sister-in-law Janelle Kopsa; cousins, niece, nephews, and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday July 27, 4:00 p.m. at Risky’s 48th & Leighton Lincoln.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Dirk Stuart

July 20, 2016

maxresdefault[1]Dirk Stuart, age 47, of Lincoln passed away on July 17, 2016 a patient of Bryan Heart Hospital.  Dirk donated his organs to Nebraska Organ Donation.  No service information at this time.

Karen L. Bailey

July 17, 2016

Monarch butterflyKaren LaVonne Bailey, age 73, of Lincoln passed away early Saturday, July 16, 2016.  There will be private family services at a later date.

Robert N. Mohlman

July 9, 2016

Mohlman, RobertRobert Norton Mohlman age 90 years, 10 months, 13 days passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:40 p.m.  He was born August 24, 1925 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska to Eilert and Anna (Brandes) Mohlman.  He graduated from Kramer (Columbus) High School in 1943, known in the school Annual as “A PAL TO ALL”, a philosophy that shaped his belief in and acceptance of all persons throughout his life.  He served in the 130th Signal Radio Intelligence Company of the U.S. Army during World War II for 3 years and received a Bronze Star for service on Guam in the Mariana Islands during the Western Pacific Campaign.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Science and English, and, in 1954, a Master of Science degree.  He was a high school teacher in Fairbury and Omaha for six years before returning to Lincoln to begin a pursuit of a Doctoral Degree in Adult and Continuing Education.

August 1, 1953, Bob married Darlene Marie Holstrom, a marriage of faith and graceful love that lasted 52 plus years interrupted only with the passing of Darlene, February 3, 2006.  The union developed 4 treasured, talented and beautiful daughters–Marsha, Linda, Lisa and Monica.

On May 3, 1957, Bob began a 52 year association with the Nebraska Department of Labor serving as an Employment Interviewer, Placement Specialist in Professional Jobs, serving 34 years as Staff Training and Development Officer, and, after official retirement, returned to become lead Department Receptionist for 7 years.  He often referred to his public service work and relationship with all peoples, “His Job, His Life,” and credited many persons as friends who represented his favorite saying: “No person is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him.”

Bob’s keen interest in growth and development and professionalism on the job provided him the opportunity to develop and conduct educational and training programs locally and nationally for persons in their professional association, the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security (IAPES).  He was elected International President of his professional association of 26,000 members, world-wide, in Toronto, Canada, in 1981.  Bob was an active Presbyterian and an Elder, Deacon and Worship Enabler, as a member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.

Robert is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Marsha and David Wetrosky of Nebraska City, Linda and Michael Stroud of El Mirage, Arizona, Monica Mohlman of Lincoln, Lisa and Ralf Lindow of Bellevue; former son-in-law, Eric Gillette.  Grandchildren, Alex, Audra, Ava Wetrosky all Nebraska City; Justin Stroud and fiancé Beth Outz of Lincoln, Jenna Stroud Petrocchi and husband Ryan of Birmingham, Alabama; Morgan Gillette of Lincoln; Samuel, Carter and Emma Gillette of Bellevue; step granddaughters Sasha Lindow and Jessica Holcomb of Bellevue; great grandson Forest Riegle and his father Chris Reigle of Lincoln.  Great granddaughter, Renata Caster and her father Josh Caster of Lincoln.  Special nieces Pat Webster and Pam Sayers of North Carolina, Sandra Barth of Manhattan, Kansas; Terri Willmes of Lincoln.  Nephew, Don R. Mohlman, Jr. of Elkhorn and special buddies Laurie and Will; and his beloved St. Bernard, Bailey.  Bob was preceded in death by his wife Darlene and her sister Donna.  Brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Mohlman  and his beloved cat, Spoky.

Memorial service 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 8300 East Pointe Dr.  Rev. Jeff D. Warrick presiding and celebrating Bob’s life.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 14th.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Larry Wayne Kubick

July 8, 2016

Larry KubickLarry Wayne Kubick, age 73, Lincoln, Neb. Born November 25, 1942 in Cambridge, Nebraska. Died peacefully in his sleep July 6, 2016. Retired after a long and distinguished career as a bank loan recovery officer, Larry also served his country honorably in the Nebraska Air National Guard, ultimately achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Son of the late Harold and Dorothy Kubick, Larry was a resident of Lincoln since 1984. Graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School, Class of 1961. Also attended the University of Nebraska. Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dan of Omaha.

Survivors: Two sons, Thomas, of Lawrence, Kansas and wife Jessica; Nicholas of Richmond, Virginia and wife Maria. Also survived by two grandchildren: Connor Nicholas (son of Nicholas) and Samantha Mary (daughter of Thomas). Also survived by two brothers, Bruce and Mark, both of Lincoln. Also nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Wolfe, Robert

Robert C. “Gramps” Wolfe, age 89, of Lincoln passed away July 7, 2016. Born April 22, 1927 at home on 2815 P St., Lincoln NE to Clarence and Freda (Schurk) Wolfe.  Graduate of Lincoln High School and served in the US Navy 1944 – 1947.  Moved to California with wife Mary and a young daughter in 1949. Started the West Covina, CA fire station as a volunteer and ended as a Battalion Fire chief in 1964 where he then moved his family back to Lincoln.  A man of many talents with a few being an electrician, plumber and mail carrier.  His main career as a business owner of Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Lincoln, NE for 17 years and then at the age of 56 in his retirement he bought a small hardware store in Havelock. As a pillar in the community he continued to be actively involved in Wolfe Ace Hardware stores day to day business up until his passing. Today it continues to run as a 4 generations store.  Awarded the 50 year member of the American Legion Post #13 for his longtime and dedicated service.  Loved by all as a father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.  As a friend and mentor to many he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his sister, Janice Bowman of California; Brothers and sister-in-law, Bud and Elsie Bennett of Oklahoma, John Bennett of Florida.  His children, Linda (Ed) Diaz, Dave (Jackie) Wolfe, Sondra (Ron) Tresnak, Judy (Mark) Weaver and Mary (Mike) Edwards.  Grandchildren, Mark Neal, Marcella and Matt Boehnke, Jason and Lynnette Wolfe, Jeff and Nikki Wolfe, Jamison and Jody Wolfe, Joyce and Mike Walton, Adam and Shana Grell, Angie and Joe Clapper, Andrea Grell and Nate Ross, Max Tresnak, Aaron and Kristi Weaver, Jenni and Derek Engelbart, Austin and Elyse Weaver, Andrew and Erin Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan, Bryan and Austin Farley.  33 Great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by wife Mary Ruth (Bennett) Wolfe, sister Betty Sinner.

Private family services.  Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held at the Isles Reception Hall, 6232 Havelock Ave.  on Wednesday, July 13th from 3:00-6:00 P.M.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12th at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Memorials to Tabitha or Lincoln-Lancaster Habitat for Humanity.

Dale E. Schmitz

July 7, 2016

Schmitz, DaleDale Eugene Schmitz, 76, of Lincoln, passed to his heavenly rest on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Journey House of Tabitha.  Dale was born in Lincoln, to Harold and Jeannette (Wintersteen) Schmitz on October 21, 1939, the oldest of three children.  He grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1957, where he excelled in basketball and track & field.  It was also at Bellevue High that he met the love of his life, Mary Jo Swaney.  Upon graduation, Dale attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Dale and Mary Jo were married on October 2, 1959, and the young family relocated to Lincoln, where Dale worked in the accounting/bookkeeping field, retiring from Pfizer in 2001.  As a young man, Dale was very involved with the Jaycee organization local and state officer.  He was a member of Prairie Home United Methodist Church and after his retirement, Dale and May Jo spent many hours volunteering at church and for the FoodNet Lincoln charity, but Dale was happiest on the golf course and spending time with his large family.  He was a fixture at sporting events and school activities for all of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Jo, his children: Ellen (Mark) Dickey of Dunes, South Dakota; Dorothy (Mark) McManaman of Lincoln; David Schmitz of Los Angeles, California; Nancy (Greg) Topil of Lincoln and Jean (David) Hart of Edmond, Oklahoma, 10 grandchildren:  Chelsea Kelley; Jacquelyn Wright; Jenna Topil; Tyler McManaman; Justin Topil; John Dickey; Matthew Hart; Meredith McManaman, Dylan Schmitz and Hayley Schmitz.  Great grandchildren: Bryar Kelley, Marley McManaman and Maci McManaman  He is also survived by two sisters, Nancy (Ike) Rothgeb of Murray, Nebraska and Judith Leacock of Phoenix, Arizona and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter-in-law, Lucy Schmitz.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 11th at Wyuka Funeral Home with burial at Yankee Hill Cemetery in Lincoln.  Visitation will be 2:00-7:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and loving staff of the Tabitha Journey House for the excellent care he has received over the past year.

Memorials may be directed to the Journey House, Prairie Home Church or Alzheimer’s Association

Isaacson, PatsyPatsy R. Isaacson age 78 of Lincoln passed away July 4, 2016.  She was born August 30, 1937 in Holdrege, Nebraska to Lewis and Ada (Vreeland) Wagner.

Survivors include her husband Larry Isaacson of Lincoln, sons Ron Isaacson and Jeff Isaacson.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from Noon until 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 12th.

Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Lincoln Berean Church or Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Jean Harker Tussing

July 5, 2016

Tussing, JeanJean Harker Tussing, 80, of Lincoln, NE passed away July 3, 2016. Jean was born December 20, 1935 in Denison, Iowa to George W. and Ella M. Harker.  Jean graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in piano from the University of Iowa in 1958 and after raising her family, a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska in 1981.  An accomplished concert pianist, a loving mother and grandmother, dedicated educator, avid gardener and lover and protector of all animals, she lived a meaningful, thoughtful and joyous life. Her greatest joy was sharing her love of literature and music with her granddaughter Ellen.  Jean was happiest digging in her garden with her dog by her side, working one-on-one with her pupils, laughing/arguing with her three brothers and surrounding herself with her daughters, her granddaughter and her many, many loving friends.  Although she lived in Lincoln, NE most of her adult life, Jean remained true and loyal to the Black and Gold of the University of Iowa.

 Jean is survived by daughters Kerin L. Peterson, Leslie J. Tussing and partner Sharon Reuter, son Jay Tussing and granddaughter Ellen L. Peterson, all of Lincoln.  Brothers, G. Wesley Harker and wife Bonnie of Santee, CA, John V. Harker of Lake Oswego, OR, Lee A.  Harker and wife Jill of Omaha, NE and canine buddy Tonka.

 Preceded in death by parents, sister-in-law Judy Harker, niece Nicole L. Weber and many beloved canine companions.

 Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Chet Ager Nature Center.

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