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Madelynn Anderson obit photoMadelynn EvaMarie Anderson (Maddy), age 17, of Lincoln went to heaven surrounded by her family on Friday, March 27, 2015 after her courageous battle against leukemia. Our little Preemie Princess was born at Saint Elizabeth Hospital on Oct. 23, 1997; Down Syndrome made her an extra special angel, and she was a daddy’s girl from the get-go. Maddy brought love and happiness to everyone she met.

Maddy was a student at Lincoln East High; she had many happy years at Barkley ECSE, Clinton Elementary, and Culler Middle School. Maddy was a member of the Down Syndrome Assoc. for Families and enjoyed attending their activities, especially swim parties.

She enjoyed heavy metal, classic rock, pop music, going to the movies (which could not be complete without “corn-corn” and “kit-kats”), eating out, attending concerts, scary Halloween decorations, amusement parks – especially roller coasters, dances – especially Aunt Shari’s Halloween parties, pretty dresses especially her flower girl bridal dress, and her beautiful long brown hair.

Surviving loved ones include her parents, Rex & Caroline (Hier) Anderson of Lincoln; brothers and sisters in law, Derek (Leah Harris) Anderson of Ames, IA; Jared (Caira West) Anderson of Lincoln; grandparents, Wayne ( Laura) Anderson of Lincoln and Evelyn Hier of Lincoln; aunts and uncles, Glade Hier, Bernie Hier, Mike Hier, Shari Hier-Duffin, Ginny Fry, Cindy (Mark) Stevens, Justin ( Lindsey) Anderson, all of Lincoln, and Bill (Alma) Anderson of Kuwait; honorary uncle and aunt Steve (Candy) Chrastil of Lincoln; special movie buddy, Shawna Hurley of Lincoln; many special cousins, family, and friends; and puppies Bella, Guinness, and Willie.

Maddy is preceded in death by grandfather Julian Hier; great grandparents, Sam (Lucille) Belfiore; and so many other loved ones.

Funeral Services and Rosary are pending. There will be a Visitation at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, at 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2015 with the family present. www.wyuka.com

Jill A. Ulland

March 16, 2015

Ulland, JillJill A. Ulland, age 55 of Lincoln, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away March 3, 2015.  She was born May 10, 1959 in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Maynard J. and Lucille P. (Kjos) Ulland.

Survived by: sisters, Bonnie Borenstein, (Daniel) and Diane (Dede) Priest (Skip); niece, Amanda Whitesides; nephews, Jay Borenstein and Ryan Priest; and six great nieces and nephews.   Extended family in Lincoln:  Sue Simmons; Maghie and Aidyn Jenkins; Damien and Makayla Simmons, Helen Draper and Lisa Rochenbach .

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to Easter Day Recreation Center, Atten: Kerry Zing, 6130 Adams Street, Lincoln, NE  68507; or Region V Services, 3801 Union Dr. Suite #1, Lincoln, NE 68516.

Mary Ann Sprague

March 11, 2015

gold crossMary Ann Sprague age 82, of Lincoln, passed away March 10, 2015.

There will be a Funeral Service at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE. The service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015 with burial to follow in wyuka Cemetery. Mary Ann died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was born February, 14th 1933 to Burton and Mary (Rupert) Davis; and attended schools in Mt. Ayr, Iowa  graduating in 1951. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and received her Associates

Degree in music education. Music was her passion as a young women and she performed as a vocalist in numerous competitions and church choirs, often as a soloist.

She married Bob L. Sprague in 1954 in St. Joseph, MO. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1989. Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Lincoln where they continued their educations at the University of Nebraska. Mary Ann and Bob started Sprague Roofing Company on May 1, 1961. She worked at Sprague Roofing as the office manager and bookkeeper until her retirement in 1994.

Mary Ann enjoyed traveling and did so extensively by taking trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. She was well versed in the histories of the regions she traveled.

She is survived by son, Gregory M. Sprague, daughter, Marcia Hershiser (Craig Hershiser), grandchildren, Heidi Hayes (Adam Hayes), Laura Rigoni (Brandon Rigoni), Megan Hershiser (Joey Ianno) and Cameron Hershiser, great grandchildren, Noah Hayes and Livia Rigoni.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to The American Lung Association and may be sent in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE.


LeAnna L. Reiselman

March 9, 2015

Reiselman 1LeAnna L. Reiselman age 57 of Lincoln, passed away March 7, 2015 after a courageous year long battle against cancer.  She was born November 10, 1957 in Lincoln to Neale and Beverly (Gerdes) Walbridge.

Survivors include her husband, Reed Reiselman of Lincoln; sister, Lorna Pleasant of Lincoln; sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and Jeff Bergman of Ithaca, Nebraska and Aileen and Gary Leithead of Torrington, Wyoming.  Brother-in-law and spouse, Robin and Cheri Reiselman of Bremerton, Washington.  Nephew, Chad Pleasant of Papillion and his daughter, Henley.  Niece, Anjuli Pleasant of Lincoln and her son Cyanté.  Other nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Herb Walbridge and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Mary Lou Reiselman.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Family.


Jared F. Teichmeier

March 7, 2015


TeichmeierJared F. Teichmeier, 80, died Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born on August 10, 1934 in Rockville Nebraska to Frank and Christal Teichmeier. He grew up on the farm with 3 brothers and 3 sisters and graduated from Boelus High School.

Jared married Doris Koslicki on July 24, 1958 at Fort Riley Kansas and they celebrated their 55th anniversary before Doris died in 2013. They had four children: son: Greg (Lori) Teichmeier, Lincoln; daughters; Dodie (Randy) Grachek, Atlanta GA, Katherine (Harlan) Opie, Olathe, KS, Andrea (Mark) Keim, Lincoln; grandchildren, Nicole (Andy) Janssen, Tiffany (Austin) Young, Jared, Neil and Kellen Grachek, Tristan and Eden Opie, Joel, Eva, Lily and Evan Keim; great grandchildren, Bella Slattery and Harper Janssen. Jared also enjoyed a large extended family and many friends.

Jared was in the US Army and served 20 years with the US Navy Reserve- Seabees. For most of his life he worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. During his retirement, he worked part time for Budget Rental Car. He was a member of United Rubber Workers/USWA Local 286, serving on its executive board and bargaining unit. He was President of Local 286 from 1988 -1994. He was devoted to the cause of labor unions and worked tirelessly for the advancement of working people. He was a delegate to the Lincoln Central Labor Union for 50 years, was inducted into the Nebraska State AFL-CIO Hall of Fame, received the Al Bauer Award for leadership, and was a representative for labor in various capacities in government and the community.

Jared was also very active in local and state affairs of the Democratic Party.  He was on the Lancaster County Democratic Party Central Committee, was an officer in the Nebraska Alliance for Retired Americans and was the ultimate grassroots campaigner for political candidates and legislative issues. He was honored to be a Nebraska Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1996  (Chicago) and 2000 (Los Angeles).

His community involvement was extensive. He cared a lot about northeast Lincoln and was active in the Havelock Business Association, the Havelock Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Family Center. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Goodyear Employees Federal Credit Union. He served as a deacon at Rosemont Alliance Church. He volunteered for the Triad Salt Council, Nebraskans for Peace, the Community Blood Bank, United Way, the Larsen Tractor Museum at UNL, the Food Bank of Lincoln, and operated the train at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

Most of all, Jared was a kind, sweet, generous man. He was a wonderful Dad, but he excelled as a Grandpa. We will miss him every day, but thoughts of him will warm our hearts and make us smile because of who he was.

Jared is survived by his immediate family, his brothers Leroy Teichmeier and Kenneth Teichmeier, and his sisters Colleen Mieth and Charlotte Case. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 2 nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 12, 2015 at the Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th.  Visitation will be from 4:00-9:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Food Bank of Lincoln or MiddleCross Church, formerly Rosemont Alliance Church.



March 5, 2015



Wendy Jo Thrasher-001Wendy Jo (Owens) Thrasher, age 56, of Lincoln, passed away March 5, 2015. Wendy attended East High School and the University of Nebraska here in Lincoln. Early on she worked in Broadcasting for NETV; and as a Seamstress for Fringe and Tassel; she also pursued a career in Theatre as a Stage Hand at Kimball Recital Hall, Pershing Auditorium, and the Lied Center.  Wendy also really enjoyed performing with local theatre arts groups.

Wendy is survived by her mother Margaret Todd, her father James Todd; her three children Todd Krumm-Owens, Avery Thrasher, and Emily Rose Thrasher; brother Bryce (Tiffany) Todd; one grandchild Danae Gariboy; and her nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her brother Troy Owens; and her sister Julie Fenstermacher.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery. www.wyuka.com


March 2, 2015

gold crossDONALD R. WAHL, age 81, of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Bryan East Hospital.  Donald was born in Lincoln in 1934 to Claude and Julia (Stalder) Wahl.

Services are Pending at this time.

Robert M. Frame

February 23, 2015

FrameRobert M. Frame age 80 of Lincoln, passed away February 22, 2015 at the Eastern Nebraska Veteran’s Home.  He was born December 30, 1934 in Price, Utah to Vernee and Virgie (Mulliner) Frame.  Robert served with the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force, and was called up for the “Berlin Crisis” in 1961.  Robert received his A.S. degree in 1954 and his B.A. degree in 1959 before serving his country.  After his service, Robert received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.  For over 35 years, he worked in the Human and Organizational Development and Change business.  Robert served as the Civil Service Commissioner for Ventura County, California from 1965-1969 and in 1974 was named the “Organization Development Practioner of the Year”.  He also authored a book about “Organizational Development”.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Frame of Lincoln; sons and daughter-in-law, David Frame of Highlands, Utah; Robert and Rachel Frame of Cady, Texas.  Daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Dave Staker of Highlands, Utah.  2 granddaughters and 6 grandsons.  Step children, Jane and Joe Ouellette, Jeff and Jolene Rodzielski all of Lincoln.  2 step grandchildren.  Brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Donna Frame of American Fork, Utah.  Sister, Patricia Quarnberg of Green River, Utah. Sister-in-law, Sue Frame of Orem, Utah.  Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gerald Frame.

Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 640 N. 56th, Lincoln on Wednesday, February 25th at 3:00 P.M.  Burial with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Disabled American Veteran’s, 5631 S. 48th, Lincoln 68516.

Patricia (Pat) M. Gagner

February 20, 2015

Gagner 1Patricia (Pat) M. Gagner, passed away on February 15, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Pat was born on February 25, 1942 in Alliance, Nebraska to Earl and Inez (Scarlett) Prall.  Pat was married to Jerry Gagner for over 55 years.  Pat enjoyed life to the fullest and she had a remarkable ability to make anyone laugh.  She loved her family most of all and cherished being around her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed by her family and a wealth of friends.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; children, Alan (Melody) Gagner of Eagle, Nebraska; Candy (Jeff) Damme of Cook, Nebraska; Scott Gagner (fiancé Mary Nabity) of Omaha, Nebraska, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  Brother, Lonnie Prall of Hebron, Nebraska; sister, Shirley Logan of Sacramento, California.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Yvetta Bryan; brother, Tom Prall; great grandson, Tristan Gagner.

No formal funeral services per Pat’s request.  Cremation by Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln.  A celebration of life gathering will be held on March 1st from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at the Eagle Community Building located at 509 S. 4th street in Eagle, Nebraska (Main Street).

Cards can be sent to Jerry Gagner, P.O. Box 155, Eagle, Nebraska 68347.

Memorials may be sent to Eagle State Bank, P.O. Box 39, Eagle, Nebraska 68347 in Pat’s name, for a charitable donation to be made in Pat’s memory at a later date.


February 16, 2015

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Mary Klanecky Brox, 66, of Lincoln, died peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015. Born August 12, 1948 at the Nebraska Industrial Home in Milford, NE, she was placed with the Nebraska Children’s Home (Whitehall) located in Lincoln. Loving parents Frank F. and Viva L. Klanecky, of McCook, adopted her after a long drive to Lincoln in a blizzard, arriving on Christmas Eve 1948; thus they named her “Mary.”

After moving to Lincoln in 1952, she attended Calvert Elementary and Southeast Junior & Senior High Schools, graduating in 1966.

Mary married James L. Brox on December 2, 1967. They had three sons. Her years as a devoted wife and mother were devoted to countless hours as a parent-volunteer in the children’s schools. She was also a gifted and talented crafter. Her projects included knitting numerous blankets for ill, traumatized, or needy children through Project Linus. She was especially known for creating beautiful cross-stitch wedding samplers, which now adorn the homes of many family and friends.

Mary is survived by her husband, Jim; sons, Timothy (Melissa) Brox, Lincoln, Michael (Yanina) Brox, Lakeland, FL, and Daniel (Carrie) Brox, Princeton, N.J.; 12 grandchildren;  numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is also survived by her birth mother, Carol Smith, Beaver City, NE;  brothers, Jerry Smith, Hendley, NE, Jim Smith, Beaver City,NE; sisters, Sue Riley, Holton, KS, Terri Martin, Beaver City, Toni Hardenbrock, Axtell, NE, Joyce Smith, Beaver City and Cheryl Buss, Beaver City.

Preceded in death by her parents; in-laws;brother- and sister-in-law; and other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services: 1:30 p.m. Friiday,February 20th, Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St., Lincoln, with the family receiving guests after.  Memorials to the Food Bank of Lincoln.


SKM_C284e15021614330_0001Robert Lee Williams, 61, of Lincoln, passed away at home February 14, 2015. Robert grew up in Omaha and attended South Omaha High School; he married his wife Robin in 1972 and they moved to Lincoln in 1981. To this union were born three children raised in Lincoln.

Robert worked for many years in Construction specializing in drywall and framing – “yes, he could fix anything.”. He loved fishing any time of the year, even ice fishing; he enjoyed hunting and was an avid outdoorsman always with his yellow lab Angel at his side. Robert liked to play horse shoes and shoot pool, while listening to good music. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren: Jordan, Vane, Ian, Aidan, Tatyana, Mikkel, and Tahneceya.

Survivors include his wife Robin; daughters, Tammy Williams, Kari (Lee) Umana; son, Bobby Williams, Jr; seven grandchildren; and his faithful companion “Angel”.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, with Pastor Mike McMurtry Officiating. Private Inurnment at a later date. Memorials to the family for later designation in Robert’s honor.

Phan V. Nguyen

February 12, 2015

gold crossPhan V. Nguyen passed away February 12, 2015 at his home.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Lincoln Vietnamese Alliance Church, 1440 W. A street, Lincoln.

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Family requests no flowers be sent.  Memorials to the Bible College Student Scholarship Fund in memory of Rev. Phan Nguyen in care of the Lincoln Vietnamese Alliance Church, 1440 W. A Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68522


February 11, 2015


Chase, Carol obit photo-001CAROL J. CHASE, 68, of Lincoln, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital with family near, on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2015. Carol was born in 1946 in Springfield, MA to Harley and Priscilla (Clark) Cummings. She attended Holyoke College receiving her Associates Degree in Accounting. In 1981, she married Ray Chase in Miami, Oklahoma. Together they raised three children in Lincoln. Carol waitressed at the Village Inn locations on 29th and “O” and 66th and “O” Streets in Lincoln; and was an extremely committed Independent Contractor for the Lincoln Journal Star delivery routes for over 30 years. Carol was actively engaged in her church with Sunday School teachings, and secretarial work for many years. She enjoyed gardening, bible studies, fishing, camping; and most of all, her relationships with family and friends. Her strength, love and friendship will live on in the individuals she touched throughout her life.

Carol is survived by her children James Hartley, Belinda Fowler, and Rae Marie Erickson; siblings Judith Neill, Sandra Wood, and Douglas Cummings; grandchildren KayLee Hartley, Allison & Ryan Fowler, and Natalie and Abigail Erickson.

She is preceded in death, by her parents, her brother Richard Clark Cummings, second husband Billy Rex Vickers, and husband Almond Ray Chase.

Please come help celebrate Carol’s life and relationship with God at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 6251 Colby St, Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Burial and Committal will immediately follow at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, (Vine Street Entrance); with a Lunch Reception in Wyuka’s Garden Room following graveside services. There will be a Visitation Thursday, Feb. 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., with family present. Memorials to the family for later designation in Carol’s honor.

Stanley Ray Drabant

February 7, 2015

DrabantStanley Ray Drabant, age 86, passed away Friday, February 6th, 2015, in Lincoln, NE.  He was born Nov 15, 1928 in Hillsboro, Illinois, the forth child of Julia and Michael Drabant.  Stan served in the Air Force from October 1946 to August 1949, and was stationed in Greenland and at the Pentagon.  In 1949 he moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska.  There he met his future wife, Jo Ann, and was married to her on August 12, 1950.  For 40 years, Stan was a plumber for Wentz Plumbing, retiring in 1990.  In addition, he was an entrepreneur, a real-estate agent, and an antique dealer.  Stan & Jody “worked/played” at this until 2 years ago.

Stan is survived by his wife, Jody (Lincoln), son Mike Drabant (and Doris) of Houston, daughters Becky Moock(and Jim), Jenny Drabant-Greever(and Brent), and Kris Koch (and Dan).  Grandchildren include Dr. Bradlee Drabant (Los Vegas, NV), Brian Moock (and Christi), Jeff Moock (and Shelby), Dave Moock, Melissa (and Luis) Soares of Prince George, Canada, Jessica Meyers, Jennifer Greever, Sarah Davis (and Dan), and Josh Koch (and Mandy) all of Lincoln.  Great (and great-great) grandchildren include Erik Hall, JJ Koch, Nathan Koch, Kelsey Koch, Kayden Koch, Emma Davis, Lilly Davis, and Eli Anderson.   He was preceeded in death by his parents and siblings, Eve Drabant, William Drabant, and Carrie Osinski, and granddaughter Lori Drabant.

Services for Stanley are scheduled on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will begin at Noon on Tuesday, February 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to The American Legion, Post 3.


February 2, 2015

FlagROBERT GERALD LASWELL, age 61, of Lincoln, passed away on January 28, 2015 at his home.

Rob was influential to many people. He encouraged others to be their best, which often included helping them to get help for themselves. After many years of traveling and moving, he settled down in Lincoln where he spent time volunteering for groups like NAMI, reading or watching movies, exploring different music, and enjoying his family and friends. He will be missed greatly.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5th, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln , NE with the family minister officiating.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  There will be no viewng or visitation.  Family and friends will gather for a small luncheon in Wyuka’s Garden Room after Burial.


January 30, 2015


Hogg, Gladys photoGladys Spencer Brown Hogg, 93, of Lincoln, died Jan. 29, 2015. She was born Nov. 26, 1921 in Oakland, Iowa, the daughter of Will and Lucy Spencer. Her father was the president of the Oakland Savings Bank. Gladys graduated from Oakland High School, and Christian College in Columbia, Missouri (Columbia College). She trained as a nurse in Omaha, Nebraska; there she met and married Dr. John A. Brown III and they moved to Shreveport, LA for his internship; they lived in many places in the U.S. until he went overseas. After the war they moved to Lincoln, John passed away in 1972. John and Gladys had two daughters, Joann and Brenda. Gladys returned to the University of Nebraska to finish her bachelor’s degree, and was active in the community. She loved bridge so much that she ran a bridge club and taught bridge at the local community college. At a bridge tournament she met Bill Hogg. They were married in 1977 and lived in Lincoln and Columbus for several years; then moved to Florida where they had 22 acres and became snowbirds. Lucky friendships gave them an introduction to teach bridge and run duplicate bridge games on cruise ships for more than 30 years — what an opportunity! From 1976 until 2006 they spent many months cruising the world: five trips to Russia and eastern Europe; many times from London to the North Cape in Norway; eight weeks in the South Pacific (China, Japan and beyond); through the Panama Canal 21 times; up and down both sides of South America; many cruises in the Mediterranean; to Africa and India; and many cruises in the Caribbean. Overall, they logged more than 2,500 days aboard ship, worked on 25 different vessels, and visited over 100 different countries. They were happy and lucky, loved people and adventures. Gladys and Bill moved from Florida to the Kansas City area many years ago, recently living at Park Meadows Senior Retirement Center in Overland Park.

Predeceased by husband Bill Hogg; and daughter Brenda Brown DeSatnick.

Survived by her daughter, Joann Brown; her children, Jim Nelson, John (Deb) Nelson; and Greg DeSatnick, son of Brenda Brown DeSatnick. She is also survived by Bill’s daughters Susan Macauley Ferris and her children Shauna Macauley and Mark Macauley; and Bill’s daughter Jane Krizer, her children Kathy Krizer; and John Garrett Krizer, his wife Angie, and their two boys Evan and Andrew.

Memorials can be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 10000 W. 75th St #231, Overland Park, KS 66204. Internment will take place at a later date.

Stephen Hunter

January 29, 2015

Hunter, SteveStephen Hunter,  Las Vegas, NV, passed away on Jan. 4th,  2015 at age 77.  He was predeceased by his wife Alverna Taylor, Denver, CO. Steve is the son of the late Armand L. Hunter and Genevieve Dalling Hunter who resided in East Lansing, MI.  He is survived by his son, Mark (Debra) Hunter, granddaughter, Sarah, and step grandson Jeremy Robbins; his sister, Katherine (Gary) Thompson, Rochester, NY; nephew, Matthew (Jessica) Thompson, Hilton, NY;  niece, Beverly (Aaron) Baker, Spencerport, NY;  six grand nieces and nephews; cousins, Pam Baker, Lincoln, NE; Deborah Reichow, Scottsdale, AZ.

Steve was a 1955 graduate of East Lansing High School, and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Figure skating was a passion of his, he skated in many ice shows and taught figure skating out in California.  He attended MSU, and was a long time Michigan resident.  He spent many years in Denver, CO, and moved to Las Vegas several years ago.

Services will be held in the spring in Lincoln, NE. Please visit www. Wyuka.com, for more information, and to share a memory or send the family a condolence.  In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.

Florafae Schoen

January 27, 2015

SchoenFlorafae Schoen age 77 of Lincoln died January 26, 2015.  She was born September 27, 1937 in Sidney, Nebraska to Ralph and Dorothy (McIntire) Farquhar.  Florafae worked as an R.N. and after her retirement was involved with pet therapy at local retirement homes.  She is a member of Hope Community Church.

Survivors include her husband Burdette Schoen of Lincoln.  Son, Eric Schoen of Lincoln; daughters, Catherine Bailey of Fall City, Washington and Diane Usher of Lincoln.  3 Grandchildren, Taylan, Karinina, Chauncelamay and her numerous critters.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Hope Community Church,  4700 S. Folsom St.  Lincoln.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association

John R. Blazek

January 23, 2015

Blazek, JohnJohn R. Blazek age 50 of Lincoln, passed away January 22, 2015 at home with his family at his side.  He was born October 14, 1964 in Lincoln to Gary and Judy (Hitz) Blazek.  John was an employee of ADM working as a boiler operator.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Blazek of Lincoln; daughter, Crystal Blazek of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Kellyann Blazek of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Granddaughter, Ivy Blazek.  Brothers, Calvin Blazek, David Blazek and Eric Blazek all of Lincoln.  John was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer; mother, Judith; sisters, Terri Gallant and Brenda Blazek.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St.  Lincoln.  Private family visitation only.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


January 18, 2015

Cave, Evelyn Obit PhotoEvelyn Cave, 84, of Lincoln, died Jan. 17, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Nov. 17, 1930 on a small farm in Ord, NE to Frank and Jessie Jobst. After graduating from Ord High School with her hard working, spicy spirit, she moved to Lincoln where she met and married Jerry Cave in 1952; a 62 yr. marriage.

Working at Norden Lab for 16 yrs, retiring in 1991 – she loved camping, playing cards and had a passion for a tidy home.

Survived by daughter Connie (Scott) Agena, Waverly; son Gary Cave, Lincoln; grandchildren Travis (Chelsea) Schmailzl, Waverly, Tonya (Ed) Henson, Ashland, Tanner (Faith) Hanson, Lincoln, Hayley Agena, Waverly, Jessica (Dallas) Wyman, Lincoln and Lindsey Cave, Lincoln; 18 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; sister Eloise Schwerdtfeger, Omaha; brother Verdon (Phyllis) Jobst, Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her husband Jerry, who died Dec. 29th, 2013; her parents; brother Verne Jobst; brother-in-law Charles Schwerdtfeger; and great niece Sierra Elliott.

Graveside Service at 2:00 pm on Jan. 22nd at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, with Rusty Miller of Capital City Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be left in her name at Bank of the West, Lincoln.                                            

Hall, Elaine obit photoELAINE (SPOMER) HALL, 90, of Lincoln, died peacefully Jan. 17, 2015. Elaine was born Aug. 19, 1924 to John S. and Lydia (George) Spomer. In 1945 she wed Lincoln High School sweetheart R. Edward “Eddie” Hall. Married for 66 years, they had three children – Steven E. Hall of Bennet, NE; Nancy H. Cullen of Long Neck, DE; and Jeri E. Hall of Lewes, DE. Elaine was a personnel director for Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Co. and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 11th & Plum.

She is preceded by her beloved husband, with whom she founded and operated Hall Pine Acres Christmas Tree Farm for many years.

Survived by her three children; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Jane Hacker; brothers, Edwin J. Spomer of Springdale, AZ and Donald J. Spomer of LaCanada, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

A Family Service will be held at a later date.  Memorials in lieu of flowers to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2001 S. 11th St., Lincoln, NE 68502; or to the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St, Unit 1, Lincoln, NE 68521. Online condolences to www.wyuka.com


January 17, 2015

SKM_C284e15011616490_0001-001RITA COLLIERS MITCHELL, was born September 22, 1953 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to the late Lester Colliers Sr. and Claudia Brown Colliers.  She was the sixth of six children.  Rita departed her life on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Sulphur, Oklahoma.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She also graduated from the College of Hair Design.

Rita was married to Frank Mitchell, and they had one daughter, Claudia Mitchell Richards of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Rita accepted Christ at an early age. She attended the Saint John Baptist Church.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Sr. and Claudia Colliers; one brother, Lester Colliers Jr.; and sisters Murvia Walker and Pearl M. Leaks. Rita leaves to mourn daughter Claudia Richards (Dan); granddaughters, Imani L. Richards and Zhalynn K. Richards; she also leaves to mourn three brothers, Donald Colliers of Omaha, Nebraska, Richard Colliers of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and foster brother Thomas Christie (Brenda ) of Lincoln, Nebraska; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and special friends. May her memory be forever blessed.

A Funeral Service for Rita will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE.  There will be a visitation one hour prior at the Funeral Home.  Pastor Jesse Myles from No Greater Love Christian Fellowship in Lincoln will be officiating.  A Graveside Committal will take place directly following the Service at Wyuka Cemetery.  The family will invite you to join them at a local restaurant after the Graveside Service.




January 14, 2015

liliesBARBARA J. WAGNER, age 59, of Lincoln, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Sunrise Country Manor in Milford, NE. There will be a Graveside Service held at 1:00 pm, January 19, at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.  Pastor Tim Taber from Northwest Lincoln Church of Christ will officiate.

Alice May (Barber) Hruby

January 11, 2015

Hruby, AliceAlice May (Barber) Hruby, 93, 2/16/1921-1/10/2015.  Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.

Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Robert Young, granddaughter and spouse, Jennifer and Anthony Croft.  Grandson and spouse, David and Sarah Guerrero.  Great grandsons, David Jr. and Lorenzo Guerrero and many loving family and friends.  Preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jim Hruby.  Sons, Richard and Milton Hruby.  Grandson, JJ VanderHoek.

No services planned per her request.

Rose M. Larson

January 8, 2015

Larson, Rose obit photo 2ROSE M. LARSON, age 82, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln.  Rev. Kimberlee Osborn will officiate. Interment will directly follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  There will be a private viewing for Rose’s family and her close friends at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30.

Rose was born in Pomeroy, Iowa in 1932 to Art and Mary (Doyen) Merk; she was raised as part of a farming household, with three brothers, on a 240 acre farm in Manson, IA.  Rose could always get her father’s B John Deere tractor started in the winter even when he couldn’t; she would take the spark plugs out and warm them up in the cattle tank.  She attended Teacher’s College in Northern Iowa after graduating High School at Manson High; she taught school in Renwick, IA where she met her husband Merlyn.  She was married to Merlyn Larson in 1954 in Pomeroy; together they raised five children – Ron, Randy, Mike, Michelle, and Rod.  Rose is retired from the Lincoln Public School System and retail at Miller & Paine/Dillards.  Rose’s childhood church was First Evangelical & Reformed Church – where she was baptized, married and confirmed; she is now a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church.  She was an active member of Bridge Circles in Lincoln and greatly enjoyed being a part of her family and grandchildren’s lives.

May her memory be blessed.

kahle, Richard-001Richard (Doc) William Kahle, a retired Optometrist, 89 of Lincoln, Ne. passed away Monday, January 5, 2015.  Born February 16, 1925 in Crete, Ne. to William and Martha (Plessman) Kahle.  After Richards mother passed away he lived with his older married sister Martha and her husband Byron Panter.  Richard graduated from Dorchester High School in 1943, then attended Doane College through the V-12 Program until Oct. 1944, then Midshipman School, Naval Officers School and Mine Warfare School.  He served overseas in the South Pacific during WWII until 1946.  He returned to Doane from 1946-1948 and graduated with a degree in Mathematics.  He then attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, was a Member of the Tomb & Key Honor Fraternity and graduated Cum Laude Sept. 1950.  He opened his professional office of Optometry Jan. 1951 in Crete, Ne.  Richard married his sweetheart Lenore Eileen Kennedy July 1945.  He moved his practice and family to Hastings, Ne, in 1962 and later joined Pearl Vision.  In 1988 moved to Lincoln and continued to work for Pearl Vision until his retirement.  Richard had three sons and one daughter.  Lenore passed away June 1987.  Richard married Marilyn Jean Esquivel in 1988.

Richard was very thoughtful and loving, and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.  He loved to golf, hunt, fish, travel and read.  He enjoyed collecting old bottles throughout his life.  Richard did a lot of charity work, including a trip to the Honduras to perform eye exams and dispense eye glasses.  His trip of a lifetime was with his brother Robert and nephew Bob to Africa in 1996.  Richard was always active in the church, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Southminster United Methodist Church Lincoln, Ne.  He was Chairman of the eight-county Pony Express District, Overland Trails Council of Boy Scouts, Lions Club President, Member of the American Legion, Member of the Midwest Canoe Association.  He and Lenore enjoyed being with friends through a Dance Club and Card Club while living in Hastings.

Survivors:  Wife Jean, Son Richard L. Kahle of Lincoln, Ne., Son & Daughter-in-Law David Kahle and Jeannie Foust of Omaha, Ne., Son & Daughter-in-law Daniel and Cynthia Kahle of Gloucester, VA , Daughter & Son-in-Law Debra and Garry Mueller of Pickrell, Ne, Brother & Sister-in-Law Robert and Emma Kahle of Walnut, CA., Brother & Sister-in-Law Gerald and Vivian Kahle of Tulsa, OK.   Grandchildren; Blaine, Bryce, Neil, Jeffrey, Christy, Jennifer, Michael, Brady and Lacy.  10 Great Grandchildren.  Step sons Allen Esquivel, Gene Esquivel, 7 step grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren.

Preceded in Death:  Parents William & Martha (Plessman) Kahle, Sisters Helen, Martha and Jean, brothers William and Edward.  Wife Lenore (Kennedy) Kahle of 42 years.  Granddaughter Heidi Kahle.

There will be a private Celebration of Life Service for friends and family on February 22, 2015.

Diane A. DeVriendt

January 6, 2015

DeVriendtDiane A. DeVriendt age 79, of Lincoln died peacefully in her chair waiting for her lunch.  She was born February 4, 1935 in Lincoln to Willis and Dezera (Moulton) DeVriendt.  Diane was a graduate of Lincoln High, class of 1952 and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.   She developed rapid onset vascular dementia which took her away from her day to day routine of running her own business.  Diane owned and operated her own business for over 40 years including Martin Antiques and more recently D. DeVriendt estate sales and service.

Survivors include her son, Dean Sack of Lincoln; daughter, Valerie Sack of Nashville, TN; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Therese Sack of Lincoln;  and son Judson Sack of Lincoln.  Sister and brother-in-law, Camille and John Baldwin of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Jesse, Claire, Lea and Roger II.  Nephew, Aaron Hraba of Lincoln.

A celebration of Diane’s life will be held on Saturday, January 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home’s “Garden Room” from Noon until 3:00 P.M.

Memorials to the Friendship Home.

Ardaith V. “Ardie” Eitel

December 27, 2014

EitelArdaith “Ardie” Eitel age 68 of Lincoln, passed away December 25, 2014 with her husband and daughters by her side.  She was born September 14, 1946 in Lincoln to David K. and Marguerite (Cowell) Titterington.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Eitel of Lincoln.  Daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Marguerite and Michael Borrenpohl of Tecumseh, Nebraska; Tracey Ann Eitel Neidner and Duane Neidner of Lincoln.  Mother, Marguerite Titterington of Lincoln.  Sisters and brother-in-law, Kay Kirchhoff of Lincoln; Margo and Gary Larson of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska.  Brother and sister-in-law, David and Linda Titterington of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Kyle and Sarah Borrenpohl; Kysen Neidner.  Step grandchildren, Breanna Lopez, Hanna Borrenpohl and Michael Borrenpohl Jr.  Great grandson, Ryker Triplett.  Step great granddaughter, Alexandria Lopez.  Nieces and Nephews.  Preceded in death by her father, David and Nephew, Greg Kirchhoff.

Memorials to the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center

Private family visitation.  No services.

Craig A. Bolus

December 23, 2014

Fall pond 1CRAIG A. BOLUS, age 54, of Lincoln passed away at his residence on Sunday, December 21, 2014. Survivors include his son, Brian C. Bolus of Lincoln; and his mother Eleanor June Simpson of Lincoln.

He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Michelle Bolus and his grandparents.

There will be a private family burial at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

Shonn Clancy

December 16, 2014

Shonn Clancy, age 43 of Lincoln passed away December 14, 2014.  He was born May 6, 1971 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Michael Lee Clancy and LeAnn (Lewis) Hammar.

Survivors include his wife Ann Clancy, son Michael Patrick Clancy and daughter Olivia Sean Clancy all of Lincoln.  Mother and step father, LeAnn and David Hammar of Lincoln.  Father and step mother, Michael and Pamela Clancy of Corona, California.  Sister, Heather Payden of Tea, South Dakota.  Step Brothers and spouses, Michael Cotton and Linda Mahan of Yorba Linda, California; Shawn and Brenda Clancy of Pico Rivera, California.  Step sister and Spouse, Nicole and Steven Emfinger of Eastvale, California; Half sister, Liz Degarmo of Lincoln.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 20th at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd.  Lincoln.  No viewing or visitation.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the family.

Brian K. Grell

December 15, 2014


Brian Keith Grell age 54, of Lincoln, passed away December 14, 2014 with his family by his side.  He was born January 16, 1960 in Lincoln to Richard Sr. and Martha (Hartshorn) Grell.  Brian loved to play golf with his sons and enjoyed coaching for Gerry’s Legion Baseball, Runza Midget Football and the Lincoln Sox select baseball team.

Survivors include his wife Kathy of Lincoln; Daughter and son-in-law: Tara and Jeremiah Carlson of Lincoln; Sons and daughters-in-law: Lance and Jenna Grell of Phoenix, Ethan and Samantha Grell of Lincoln.  “Papa’s” grandchildren, Jaylee, Jovee, Jaycee Carlson; Easton Grell; Braelynn Grell.  Mother: Martha Grell of Lincoln.  Brothers and sister-in-law: Richard Jr. and Cheryl Grell; Mark Grell.  Sister and Brother-in-law: Laura and Eric Maxwell all of Lincoln.  Mother-in-law: Marcella Matthes of Lincoln.  Sisters-in-law and spouses: Vicki and Gary Rockel of Lincoln; Sharon and Leon Krusemark of Denton.  Brother-in-law: Dan Matthes of New Albany, Ohio.  Preceded in death by his father, Richard Grell, Sr. and father-in-law, Vernon Matthes.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street, Lincoln.  Private family inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery.  No viewing or visitation.

Memorials to the family.


Edward J. Sr. and June Y. Moss

December 11, 2014

Moss, Ed and JuneOn December 5, 2014, Edward J. Moss, Sr. age 94 born in Oak Grove, Missouri, joined his beloved June, age 88 born in Lincoln, Nebraska, who preceded him to the gates of Glory on June 15th of this year.  Edward Jewell Moss, Sr. married June Yvonne Pierce, by proxy, in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 17, 1945.  The marriage lasted for over 69 years.  Edward and June are survived by their son and his wife, Ed and Nancy Moss of Alexandria, Kentucky; sister Geraldine Steward of Kingsville, Missouri and sister-in-law, Vera Sautter of Alliance, Nebraska.  4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 11 nieces and nephews with their spouses and their children.

A celebration of life will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 4, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.

Ed and June requested any memorial funds be sent to Asbury United Methodist Church, 2916 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, Kentucky  41076.  Attention: Goshorn missionary fund.

Walter E. Witt

December 5, 2014

WittWalter E. Witt, age 93, of Lincoln, formerly of Hastings, died December 3, 2014.  He was born December 2, 1921 in Hastings to Carl F. “Fred” and Frances C. (Harlow) Witt.  Walter graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings College and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  As a young man Walter earned his Eagle Scout Award through the Boy Scouts of America.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 40th Combat Engineers Regiment.  Walter was employed as a civil engineer with the Nebraska Department of Roads for more than 50 years.  He was honored as a lifetime elder with Capitol City Christian Church.  Walter also served as past secretary of the Capital City Kiwanis and past Chaplin and Commander of the 40th combat engineer reunions.

Survivors include his wife Geraldine “Gerry” Witt of Lincoln; Daughters, Kristin Witt of St. Louis, Missouri; Julie (David) Kohrell of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Rachael, Joshua and Annaliese Kohrell.  Step children, Ben Jr. (Cheryl) Shaw of Richmond, Virginia; Derald Shaw of Parker, Colorado and Diane (Ken) Gleaves of Willmar, Minnesota.  11 Step grandchildren; 3 Step great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by Parents, 10 siblings, his first wife, Marilyn, and step son, Dennis Shaw.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Capitol City Christian Church, 7800 Holdrege St. Lincoln.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment with military honors will be at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, December 9th at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at the   Vine St. entrance prior to 2:30 P.M.

Memorials may be left for Capitol City Christian Church, Capital City Kiwanis, Hastings College or Boy Scouts of America.


Shirley M. Hartley

December 1, 2014

fall at Wyuka sec 13SHIRLEY M. HARTLEY, age 91, of Lincoln passed away on Dec. 1, 2014. She was born in Shelby, NE the daughter of Hans A. and Myrtle (Bost) Johansen.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Richard D. Hartley in 1999; two foster daughters, Kathy Tollefsrud and Carla Stoehr Johnson; and seven siblings.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

No services.

Myrna J. Matzen

November 30, 2014

Myrna J. Matzen age 80 of Blair, Nebraska passed away November 29, 2014.  She was born July 26, 1934 in Omaha to Chris and Olga (Anderson) Frahm.  After graduating from Benson High School in 1952, Myrna attended summer school at the University of Omaha where she received her teachers certificate.  That next fall she taught rural school in Washington and Douglas counties.  She married Philip Matzen in 1954 and started working part time as a nurses aide at the Blair Hospital.  She enjoyed the work so much she went to school and received her LPN license and worked for several years at the Good Shepherd Home in Blair.  Myrna decided to return to school to earn her RN license in 1982 and worked at the Blair Hospital until 2001.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Philip Matzen of Blair; Son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jan Matzen of Lincoln, Nebraska; Son, Mark Matzen of Blair, Nebraska.  Grandsons, Timothy, Michael and Joel all of Lincoln.  Sisters and Brother-in-law, Norma Schneemeyer of Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska; Alice Penke of Omaha; Betty and Lloyd Felter of Jefferson, Iowa.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law, Harold Schneemeyer and Henry Penke.

Services will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 2146 Wright St.  Blair, Nebraska on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.  Visitation will held one hour prior to service time at the church.

Interment will be at the Blair Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Blair rescue squad or donor’s choice.

George H. Doering

November 26, 2014

Doering, George photo-001GEORGE H. DOERING, age 79 of Lincoln, passed away on the morning of Nov. 26, 2014 surrounded by his family.  George was born in Havana, Cuba the son of Pedro Hernandez and Klarissa Doering.  A free spirit, he fought in the Cuban revolution to free his country from the Batista Dictatorship.  When the revolution was declared communist – George came to America, settling in Lincoln in 1963;  he ran his own business here for forty plus years.

He is survived by his wife Yolanda; a son, Eric (Marlyn) Doering; daughters, Estela Hernandez, Sarah (Sandro) Sandoval, and Becky (Josh) Fleming; grandchildren, Anthony Estrada, Jorge Estrada, Stella Sandoval; and four nieces and nephews.

George was preceded by his parents and sister Estela Perez-Morell.

Graveside Services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 28, 2014 at College View Church Cemetery at 70th & Pioneer St., Lincoln, NE.  Pastor Alejandro Dovald will be officiating.  Wyuka Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the family.

Sharon M. Roberts

November 20, 2014

Sharon M. Roberts age 72, of Lincoln passed away November 19, 2014.  She was born September 22, 1942 in Lincoln to Raymond and Mildred (Albright) Gross.

Survivors include her daughter, Angie Miller; Mother, Mildred Gross; Grandsons, Ian Miller and Dylan Miller all of Lincoln.  Brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Diane Gross of Charlotte, NC; Sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Rich Levine of Boynton Beach, Florida; nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her husband, Harold, father, Raymond and sister, Ann Marie.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 26th at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.  No viewing, Sharon’s wishes were to be cremated.

Memorials to Tabitha Hospice.

Wilson, MarieMarie (Hoffman) Patterson Wilson, 89, of Lincoln, went to heaven Nov. 19, 2014. Born in Lincoln to John & Barbara (Kisselman) Hoffman April 8, 1925, Marie loved to dance & travel.   She worked for many years and retired from Norden Labs.

Survivors include sisters-in-law Betty Hoffman of CO & Mickie Hoffman of Lincoln, daughter-in-law Cheryl Dill Patterson of Murdock, granddaughter & husband Heather (Patterson) & Drew Meyer of NC, grandson & wife Christopher & Melissa Patterson of KS, four nieces, two nephews, four grandchildren, dear friend, Mary Beth Morris.  Preceded in death by husband Mel, parents and siblings, and children Timothy J. Patterson & Deborah (Patterson) Mitchell.

Memorial service will be held 1:30pm on Sat. Nov. 22 at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Morris.  No visitation, cremation. Memorials to family for later designation can be sent to 6039 Dixon Drive Raleigh, NC 27609.

Lily 2-001LILY HAJJ, 93 of Lincoln, formerly of Highland Park, MI, entered eternal life on Nov. 19, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by family.  Born April 4, 1921, daughter of John and Esther (Ostenrud) Matson, on the family farm northeast of Battleview, ND.

Lily was raised on the farm, attended country school, and went on to graduate high school.  As a young woman, she left the area in hopes of finding employment; she lived in Minneapolis and worked for Northwest Airlines – then moved on to Detroit, working at Park-Davis Pharmaceuticals.

She later married Saleem (Sam) Hajj making a home in Highland Park, MI.  Sam passed away suddenly in Nov. 1962.  She did not remarry; instead focused her attention on her two daughters and their education (Sylvia Hajj (Sabo) and Dr. Kathryn Hajj (Bree)) while also maintaining Sam’s busy coffee shop/restaurant.

She loved people, enjoyed friendships, and was passionate about her faith in God.  Lily had a thirst for life and loved travel, culture and education.  With her daughters, she traveled to Rome and ventured to Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Greece and Turkey.

Her loving family includes:  daughters, Sylvia (Jesse) Sabo of Prescott, MI, Dr. Kathryn (Cory Bree) Hajj of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Christian (Natasha), Jeannine, David, and Jason Sabo and Isabelle Bree; brothers, Calvin Matson of Damascas, OR, and Willard Matson of Devils Lake, ND; and Betsy (Palmer) Bakken of Fargo, ND.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Sat. Nov. 22 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln with a Visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Rosary 7 pm) on Fri. Nov. 21 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Memorials may be made to Cathedral of Risen Christ deity for the education of young priests. www.wyuka.com

Dwaine E. Hartman

November 19, 2014


Hartman, Dwaine obit phot-001DWAINE E. HARTMAN, age 86 of Lincoln, passed away on Nov. 19 , 2014.  He was born to Paul and Blanch (Anderson) Hartman in Pawnee City, Ne.  Dwaine married Edith Johnson on Dec. 10, 1949, and they settled in Lincoln. He made a 30 year career in Appliance Repair, and they raised two daughters.  Dwaine proudly served his country and was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife; daughters Judy (Richard) Neu, Jan (Roger) Knudsen; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded by his parents; his step-father Lynn Schram; and two sisters.

Funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 22 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, Pastor Mike McMurtry is officiating.  Military Honors and burial to follow at Wyuka Cemetery.

WroblewskiWilliam “Bill” Wroblewski, age 52 of Lincoln, passed away November 5, 2014.  He was born July 30, 1962 in San Angelo, Texas to Peter and Sharon Jean (Radtke) Wroblewski.  Bill was a graduate of the UNL law school and editor of the law review.  He was a seasoned marathon runner and was a Boston marathon qualifier.

Survivors include his wife, Lea of Lincoln.  Daughters, Hannah Wroblewski of Lincoln; Claire and Sophia Wroblewski of Gordon, Nebraska.  Parents, Peter and Sharon Wroblewski.  Brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Amanda Wroblewski of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Daniel and Katherine Wroblewski of Bellevue, Nebraska.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left for the family for a later designation.

Ilene P. (Brunkow) Sieck

November 4, 2014

liliesIlene P. (Brunkow) Sieck, age 74, of Lincoln passed away at Crete Manor on Nov. 3, 2014.

Ilene was born in Fairbury, NE to George Frederick Brunkow and Mabel (McAdams).  A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln; with Burial following at Wyuka Cemetery.  www.wyuka.com

Lucy M. Marshall

October 23, 2014

Marshall, LucyLucy Mae Marshall, age 91 of Lincoln, died October 22, 2014.  She was born January 29, 1923 in Lincoln to William O. and Grace (Gooden) Martin.  Lucy was employed with Tabitha for 30 years, and volunteered for the D.A.V., Special Olympics and ARC.  She was also a member of Aldersgated United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Lucy was an avid dog lover.

Survivors include her husband, Ervin “Bud” Marshall and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sue Ellen, Sister, Ellen Louise Wheeler and  brothers, Owen Martin and Lawrence Martin.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 25th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, October 24th from 4-6 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to Aldersgate United Methodist Church or Special Olympics.

Steven A. Hayes

October 17, 2014


Hayes, Steve obit photo

Steven A. Hayes, 59, of Lincoln, NE passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on October 17, 2014. He was born November 8, 1954 in Grants Pass, OR to Jay and Irene Hayes. Steve was a devoted and loving son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and friend. Steve made lasting impressions on everyone that crossed his path, and he brought smiles to everyone’s faces and hearts; he will be missed dearly.

Steve was an executive chef for the Cornhusker Hotel at the Renaissance for the majority of his career. He earned the title of Employee of the Year in 1992. He was an avid sports enthusiast, and before his passing, he was very excited to hear that the Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series.

Steve always had a great sense of humor and made everyone laugh. He was an awesome party planner, storm chaser, and your one and only phone a friend trivia player. He enjoyed road trips and always wanted to see how far he could go on an empty tank of gas.

Family members include siblings: Sharon DeBusk, Connie Krueger, Mike Hayes, Kathy Sardeson, and Colleen McEnery. Nieces and Nephews: Chad Morrison, Trevis DeBusk, Charlene Schmeichel, Shaun Cox, Shannon Josoff, Kimberly Guenter, April Hansen, Abby Russell, and Dylan Floth. Steve also had 11 great nieces and nephews, and 1 great-great niece. Steve is preceded in death by his parents Jay and Irene Hayes and his younger brother Ron Hayes.

The celebration of Steve’s life will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home & Cemetery, 3600 O st, Lincoln, NE, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1st. Luncheon (Husker tastee style) will follow graveside services at Wyuka Cemetery. Please feel free to wear Husker attire, related colors, or whatever you feel comfortable in.

Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Elwyn “Swede” Glover

October 11, 2014

Elwyn obit 2ELWYN “Swede” J. GLOVER, 77, of Lincoln passed away on October 10, 2014 at Bryan East surrounded by his family after a sudden battle with cancer.  Elwyn was born in Pilger, NE to Franklin and Ellen (Gemelke) Glover on Nov. 5, 1936; baptized at St. John’s Lutheran in 1938 and confirmed in 1951.  Graduating Pilger High in 1955 he served 3 ½ years in the US Army based in Germany and France in the Artillery Missile Brigade.  A beloved father and husband he was joined in marriage to Mary Negley in June, 1962; together they raised two children.  He retired from Quebecor in 2004.

Elwyn served in the early years of Lincoln Lutheran Formation; served six years with the Orphan Grain Train in Lincoln; League President of Lincoln Midget Football since 1983; refereed High School Football for many years; umpired Triple A Softball at Ballard Field; served as Scout Master of Troop 24; worked on the Board of Properties for Cornhusker Council; he was an Elder at his church, taught Sunday School for many years; received many awards for his community service; enjoyed working with young people and loved the Lord.

Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Verilyn; and sister, Marlee Willis.

Survived by his wife Mary; daughter Suzanne (Chris) Walla of Bellevue; son, Brian (Gina) Glover of Lincoln; brothers, Bob (Darlene) of Oregon, Nordell of Kansas, and Darwyn (Pat) of Dakota City, NE; grandchildren, Andrew and Jeanette Glover of Lincoln, and Nicole Walla of Bellevue; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 18, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2001 S. 11th St.,  Lincoln with Rev. Jeffrey Bloom officiating.  Family burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to:  Lincoln Midget Football, Red Cross Lincoln Chapter, Boy Scouts of America Cornhusker, Lincoln Lutheran High School, or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Giovanna J. Berry

October 6, 2014

BerryGiovanna Josephine Berry, age 87 of Lincoln, passed away October 5, 2014.  She was born in Gorizia, Italy to Angelo and Carolina Carlotta (Craibig) Basso.

Survivors include her son, Larry L. Berry of Pisgah, Iowa and her daughter, Carla J. McArtor of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Kimberly Berry-Payne, Lora Ross, Jessica Berry, Aaron Karr, Heather Valdez, Janina Chapin and Jeremy K.C. McArtor.  Great grandchildren, Darian, DominiQue, Kaiden, Arianna, Emily, William, Garris, Adra and Myah.  Brother, Angelo Basso of Trieste, Italy.  Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leslie Berry, son, Michael K.C. Berry and a sister, Mafalda Basso.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 9th at Wyuka Funeral Home with burial at Wyuka Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Thursday, October 9th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left to the family for a later designation.

Gregory, Sherrie obit photo-001Sherrie Ann Nelson Gregory of Lincoln, born March 5, 1937 in St. Edward, NE; passed away at home on October 5, 2014 after a brave, no-holds-barred battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Ruth Nelson of Tabor, IA where she lived until she attended and graduated from Stephens College, Columbia, MO.  After she and husband David raised 4 children in Tabor, Sherrie known to many as “the Land Lady”, began her real estate business in Lincoln. She became a savvy and successful developer of many acreage subdivisions in and around Lancaster County.  Recognized by the NRD for her work in conservation, Sherrie strived to create home sites in the country while sustaining natural habitat.  Her interest in investments led her to many Berkshire Hathaway annual meetings where she was very active in a group known as the Yellow Berkers.  She was an avid collector of books, art and Mardi Gras memorabilia; loved to read and follow her beloved Huskers.

Sherrie is survived by four children, Mike Gregory, Kingfisher, OK, Greg (Jenna) Gregory, Sidney, IA, Dana (Bill) Ball, Valparaiso, NE, Kay (Mike) Berguin, Mesa, AZ; sister Kathy (Joel) Goebel, Gainesville, GA; nine grandchildren; one great granddaughter.

A Celebration of Sherrie’s Life will be at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, Sat., Oct. 11, 2014 at 2 p.m with Pastor Karen Clarke officiating.  Family suggests memorials to Tabitha Hospice or UNMC Ovarian Cancer Research.  Private family interment.

Virginia Liberty Portsche

October 1, 2014


PortscheVirginia Liberty Portsche, 96, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully at her home with family members, her dog Roone, friends and hospice personnel at 10:22 p.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2014.   She was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on October 27, 1917 to Roy and Estelle (Lewis) League.  Following the untimely death of her father, the family moved to Omaha in 1920.  Virginia graduated from Omaha North High School in 1935, and moved with her family to Lincoln that same year.  She was married to Paul Portsche, Jr., of Lincoln in 1937.  Virginia was active in numerous activities during her life.  During her earlier years while living in Havelock, she was a wonderful wife and mother to her two sons, Gary Lee Portsche (now deceased), and Robert Lynn Portsche.  She was active in the Havelock Parent Teachers Association (PTA), serving as President for three terms, and also served as Vice President for the Interclub Council of the PTA.  She was a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 23 at Havelock School.  She campaigned for Havelock business man Victor E. Anderson during his successful campaigns for the Nebraska Legislature, Mayor of Lincoln, and, Governor of Nebraska.   She was active with others in the organization of the Havelock Swingers Square Dance Group, and with the organization of the “Matronette Group.”  She served on the Havelock Building Committee in efforts to keep the YWCA, and also served on the YWCA’s Garden Club.   Virginia was a member of the Young Republicans, and served as Lancaster County Vice Chairwoman.  She campaigned for Otto H. Liebers in his successful bid for State Senator for the 18th District Legislature.  Virginia went to work outside of the home on February 12, 1951.  She began work for the Military Department of the State of Nebraska at the Nebraska State Capital, working as a Personnel Clerk under Lt. General Guy N. Henninger.  Virginia served as General Chairperson of the State House Activities Committee.  In 1963, she was promoted to be Secretary to the Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard, serving under Major General Lyle Welch and later under Major General Francis Winner.  She was honored by being the recipient of the Legion of Merit Award for service to the Military Department of the State of Nebraska by Major General James Carmona, The Adjutant General.   Virginia was appointed to the Nebraska Commission for the Status of Women by Governor Frank Morrison.  She had the opportunity to serve as Chairperson for that Commission for two terms.  During this time, she met and befriended numerous other women throughout the State of Nebraska who also had been appointed to the Commision.  When the Nebraska Commission for the Status of Women was decommissioned, the ladies established the Priors Club of Nebraska, composed for prior members of this commission.  Rose Lute (now deceased) of Ogallala served the the first chairperson of this group, and Virginia later served as chairperson for two terms, later being Secretary and Treasurer.  The Prior’s Club was ultimately terminated as the ranks of the members decreased over the years.  Virginia and her husband Paul were 20 year members of AKSARBEN.  Virginia was a local ambassador for the Lincoln area, and sold memberships for this outstanding organization.  She was elated to have danced with Liberace during one of his performances at Aksarben, at the same time that her husband Paul danced with Actress Carol Lawrence.  She was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Committee by then Governor James J. Exon.   She was also a member of the Nebraska Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Burlington Northern (BN) Cornhusker Club; and the BN Veterans.  After her retirement from work outside the home, she continued to devote her time to voluntary projects, having donated over 2,000 hours of time to Bryan Medical Center East.  She enjoyed doing this work to help others.  Throughout her life, she demonstrated the unique quality of being a very caring person, both to people as well as to animals.  She was a supporter of the Capital Humane Society, having recently donated all of her points from Russ’s IGA Market to that organization.  She always had a pet, be it a dog or a cat, and loved every one of them.  Her dog Roone, will miss his mother!  Her greatest joy and pride for Virginia was her family.

Survivors include her son, Robert of Arlington, VA.  Grandchildren, LeAnne Prenovost of Phoenix, AZ., Doug Portsche of Saginaw, TX., Jeff Portsche and Mike Portsche of Olathe, KS., Greg Portsche of Gilbert, AZ.  Great grandchildren, Chad Rolstad of South Lake, TX., Tyler Rolstad of Great Lakes, Ill.,  Nicole Rolstad of Denver, CO., Allison Herrera of Phoenix, AZ., KayLynn Portsche of Olathe, KS., Ian Wilkinson of Phoenix, AZ., Madisyn, Hailey, Calley and Kelsey Portsche of Olathe, KS., Adrik Portsche of Olathe, KS., Alexandra Portsche of Gilbert, AZ.  4 Great, great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, son; Gary Lee Portsche and granddaughters; Lisa Wilkinson and Isabella Portsche.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00-7:00 P.M. and Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until service time.

Celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Capital Humane Society or American Cancer Society.


Marcia M. McCoy

September 30, 2014

Marcia M. McCoy, age 57 of Lincoln passed away September 25, 2014.  She was born February 15, 1957 in Lincoln to Murell V. and Maydene (Stephens) McCoy.

Survivors include her father, Murell of Lincoln.  Brother and sister-in-law, Monte and Christine McCoy of Eagle; aunt, Sharon Matlock of Colorado Springs; Uncle, Earl McCoy of Seattle, Washington; Uncle, Paul Stephens of Lincoln.  Nephew and spouse, Mitchell and Tanya McCoy of Seattle.  Preceded in death by her mother, Maydene and niece, Heather Gustafson.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at the gravesite in section 11.  FAIRVIEW MAP

Lauri L. Muehlhausen

September 25, 2014

Muehlhausen obit photoLAURI  L. MUEHLHAUSEN, age 58, of Lincoln, NE passed away on Sept. 21, 2014 in Plano, TX surrounded by her close family, holding the hands of her children while on her journey to heaven.  Lauri is the daughter of Richard and Shirley Epp of Lincoln, she grew up in Lincoln, NE and Rice Lake, WI; graduating from Lincoln East High in 1973.

Lauri attended Bryan School of Nursing, most of her nursing career was spent with First Care Home Health Lincoln; most recently she worked in Denton, TX with Res Care Nursing.

She is survived by her mother, Shirley Epp; her children, Brandon and Kylee Muehlhausen; and three sisters, Cindy Paulus, Nancy Worster, and Kim Epp.

Lauri is preceded in death by her father.

The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29th at  Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St, Lincoln with Pastor Luke Schnake officiating. (no visitation)  Burial and Graveside Service will follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

Her memory will be cherished.

Florence Hansen Bridge

September 24, 2014

Bridge, Florence obit picFLORENCE HANSEN BRIDGE, age 78, of Lincoln, passed away on Sept. 24th, 2014 surrounded by her family.  Born to Neils Peter Hansen and Karen Albretsen Hansen on Sept. 29, 1935.

Florence attended Clinton Elementary, Whittier, Teachers College High in NE;  and then NE Wesleyan, UNL, Northwest Texas School of Nursing and Bryan School of Nursing.  She belonged to Delta Zeta Sorority, Danish Sisterhood Lodge #90; she was also a Campfire Girls Leader, Job’s Daughter’s Club President, and was very active in her church choir at Grace Lutheran where she was confirmed at age 7.

Florence is survived by her spouse, John “Jack” Bridge; daughters, Sheryl (Rob) Alderman, Brenda (Gerald) Schellhorn, and Julie Crane; a son, Tom Bridge; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; nephew, Steve Ruby & Family; and several cousins.

Preceded in death by her parents; and daughter Carrie Lynn Bridge.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29th at Grace Lutheran Church,2225 Washington St, Lincoln with a visitation one hour prior at the church; Rev. Dr. Robert Rademacher will be officiating.  Burial following service at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St.  An Evening Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home with the family present.

Rebecca Olivette Kanu

September 11, 2014

Kanu 3Rebecca Olivette Kanu, age 47 of Lincoln passed away September 10, 2014.  She was born May 5, 1967 in Freetown, Sierra Leone to Oshoba Carlton-Carew and Hawa Kamara.

Survivors include her husband, Umaru Kanu of Lincoln; Sons, Philemon and Samuel Kanu.  Sisters, Morenike Lake and Mafudia Dumbuya.  Brothers, Ola Bisi Carlton-Carew, Ladi Carlton-Carew, Samuel Carlton-Carew and Oshoba Carlton-Carew.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Praise Temple Church, Lincoln.  Visitation will be held Thursday, September 25th from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church on September 26th.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Schmidt, Dale obit photo-001Dale Verne Schmidt, age 77, of Lincoln passed away Sept. 10, 2014 at Bryan Hospital West surrounded by his family.  Dale was born on June 10, 1937 in Lincoln to Henry and Frances (Lundgren) Schmidt.  He graduated from Lincoln High and attended UNL. Dale proudly served our country from 1960-1966 in the Nebraska Air National Guard as Staff Sergeant.

Dale was the retired owner of Danielson Floral, and was accepted into the Society of American Florists by President and Mrs. Carter in 1978 at the White House.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol; son, Monte Dale (Mary) Schmidt; daughter, Suzanne (Jamie) Bates; sister, Shirley Jacobs; brother, Milton Schmidt; grandsons, Anthony (Katie),  Dillon Dale, Jackson, and Cooper Bates; granddaughter, Mollie Jean Bates; sister-in-law, Donna (Frank) Pryor; and many more beloved friends and relatives.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Schmidt; and sisters, Dorothy Auger and Norma Rivers.

A Memorial Service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, Sept. 13 with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating.  In lieu of flowers Memorials suggested to the family for later charity designation.

Sheila G. Becker

September 10, 2014

Becker, Sheila obit photo 2Sheila G. Becker, age 49, of Lincoln passed away at home surrounded by her family on September 9, 2014.  Sheila was born on Sept. 26, 1964 to Larry and Sandra (Gross) Dvorak of Lincoln.

Sheila is survived by her husband, Matt Becker of Lincoln; mother, Sandra Dvorak Avilla of Lincoln; son, Nicholas Kerstetter of Lincoln; sister, Laurie Dvorak of Salt Lake City; brothers, Larry Dvorak and Marcus Dvorak of Lincoln; and many more beloved family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln at 10:30 A.M. with Pastor Mike Mcmurtry officiating.  Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Lois A. Fitch

September 4, 2014

Lois Fitch obit photoLois Ann Fitch, age 57, of Wilber, NE passed away on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln surrounded by her family, after a short and sudden battle with cancer.  Lois was born on July 18, 1957 to Otto and Bernitta (Meyer) Finke.  She grew up in Tecumseh, NE graduating high school in 1975.  Lois attended UNL for several years and also Lincoln School of Commerce.

She was employed by Farmland Foods in Crete for many years and was very much involved in her community, church, and with her family.  Lois enjoyed the organizations she was a member of; loved singing, especially at her church; Monday night community dinners; and had a love for animals including her faithful cat Nikki.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Jessica (Jared) Johnson of Lincoln; her son Jeremy Fitch of Lincoln; sister, Linda (Tim) Morrissey of Wilber; niece, Stephanie Morrissey of Lincoln; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life Service is being held in Wilber at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sept. 10th at 11:00 a.m.  Memorials may be made to the family for designation to Lois’ favorite charities.  Burial will be at a later date.  Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements for the family.  www.wyuka.com

Carolyn Kay Savage Hagen, age 70, of Lincoln, passed away Sept. 3, 2014.   A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Mausoleum in Wyuka Cemetery; use 41st & Vine entrance.  Pastor Mike Mcmurtry will be officiating.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Daniel Savage; and her sister, Bonnie (Richard) Nannen.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl Masters and Carrol Masters Glantz;  husband, Clifford Hagen; sister, Bette Sabin; and brothers, William “Bill” (Rita) Masters, and Donald Masters.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are requested to the family.  Arrangements by Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln. www.wyuka.com

Vera Marie Holseid

September 3, 2014

Vera Marie Holseid, age 96 of Lincoln, formerly of Perry, Iowa, died September 2, 2014.  Vera was born February 15, 1918 in Perry, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Ida (Klinzman) Laborde.  She is survived by her daughters Virginia (Gary) Thomas.  Carolyn (Gerald) Probst and Barbara (William) Blake; granddaughters Jennifer (Jeremy) Marlar and Angela (Trevor) Gensler; and great grandchildren Alexis, Blake and Wyatt Marlar, Brody and Tenley Gensler.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald Holseid and brother Kenneth Laborde.

Vera lived in Perry for 80 years before moving to Lincoln.  She graduated from Perry High School in 1936 and married to Donald on May 11, 1941.  She was a member of Community of Christ Church and for many years was a braille transcriber for the blind.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 5th at Community of Christ Church, 44th and South St. Lincoln.  No viewing/cremation.  Interment of ashes will be at Fairview cemetery, Lincoln.


Elinor M. Goodwin

August 24, 2014

GoodwinElinor M. Goodwin, age 92 of Lincoln, passed away August 23, 2014.  She was born August 20, 1922 in Dixon, Nebraska to Fredrick and Emma (Lilje) Wolter.  Elinor was married to Orville Goodwin, Jr. on June 1, 1947, they were married for 61 years.  She retired from KMart where she worked as a sales clerk.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Lynn and Paula Goodwin of Denton, Texas; son: Rick Goodwin of Lincoln.  Daughter and son-in-law: Rhonda Goodwin and Ron Lawson of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren; 17 Great grandchildren; 2 Great, great grandchildren.  Sister: Luella Bose of Laurel, Nebraska.  Many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville, Jr.  Son, Keith and daughter, Sharon.  Her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home, 9:00 A.M. until service time on August 28th.

Memorials to the family.

Lynn, Rick and Rhonda would like to thank St. Elizabeth’s Hospice for the special care of their Mother.

Beverly Waters

August 9, 2014

Waters, Beverly

Beverly J. Waters, age 54, formerly of Grand Island passed away on August 8, 2014 in Beatrice under the care of Beatrice Home Health and Hospital.  Beverly was born and grew up in Grand Island, the daughter of Richard and Blanche (Golus) Waters. She was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral for many years where she served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Beverly was a special soul and blessed the lives she touched.  Being challenged with Downs Syndrome she loved to draw and paint – she made many award winning wall hangings for the Fair.  She loved music, her family & friends, animals, and her cat “Ling-Ling”.  Beverly was able to volunteer at the Grand Island Zoo, and do other various volunteer work during her life which she enjoyed greatly.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Robert John Waters.

Beverly is survived by her sisters, Sherry (Allan) Spiehs of Beatrice and JoAnne (Michael) Spaulding of Lincoln;  brother, Rich (Kathy) Waters of Topeka, KS; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services are being held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel in Lincoln, NE at 10:30 a.m. on Wed. Aug. 13 with visitation one hour prior; burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln.  Father Robert Barnhill from Beatrice will be the Officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Mosaic of Beatrice, 722 S. 12th St., Beatrice, NE 68310-0607.

Sheri L. Schmidt

August 1, 2014

Schmidt, Sheri Cropped (2)Sheri L. Schmidt, age 53 of Lincoln, passed away July 31st.  She was born May 20, 1961 in Lincoln.  Sheri’s folks moved to Bennet, in 1971, Sheri graduated from Norris High School in Firth, NE in 1980.  She was married in 1987 and her children were born in 1988, 1990 and 1995.  Sheri was a loving and devoted mother, wife, grandmother, daughter and aunt who put her family first and did anything for her children, grandchildren and family.

Sheri is survived by her parents, Terry and Sandra Yonkey of Bennet, NE; Husband Gary Schmidt; Son Michael (Jenn) Schmidt of Unadilla, NE; Daughter Katherine (Michaela) Schmidt of Lincoln; Son John Schmidt of Lincoln; Grandchildren Brooklyn and Ryder; Siblings Duane (Liz) Yonkey; Kim (Kirk) Lehl; Andy Yonkey; Mother-in-law Carol Schmidt; Sisters-in-law Elaine Crooks and Deb Gropp; plus many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, August 5th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No visitation, Sheri’s wishes were to be cremated.  Burial of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for the family.

Kristina K Avila

July 31, 2014

Avila, Kristina obit photoKristina Hernandez Avila age 41 passed away Wednesday July 30 2014 at 10.08 am at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln NE due to diabetic complications.

Kristina was born April 14th 1973 in Scottsbluff NE.  She was welcomed into this world by Philippe Hernandez and Victoria Alvarado Hernandez.  She attended most of her school years in Mitchell NE and graduated from Alliance  NE. She went on to get her Associates Degree in business from Kaplan University.  She worked at Nelnet a loan servicing co for 14 yrs and went on to work for the Department of Human Services as a Case Aide for the last five years.

She leaves behind her husband Jose Avila, son David Hernandez, and daughter Victoria Avila. She also leaves her twin sister Katrina Hernandez Fitzwater who is married to Lee Fitzwater and 4 nephew’s Derek, Keith, Robert, and Christopher.  Her brother Phil Hernandez and wife Joyce Urdiales Hernandez with niece Alyssa Hernandez,  and nephew Stephen Hernandez.  She also leaves her brother John Hernandez and wife Melissa Ortega Hernandez. God rest her soul.  May she rest in peace.  She will be missed tremendously and always loved and remembered.

Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m., Wed Aug 6,  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3128 S St, Lincoln with Pastor Mike Morin officiating; Visitation one hour prior at the church.  Wake and Rosary:  5:00-8:00 p.m., Tues Aug 5, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln with Pastor Thomas Walsh officiating Rosary at 7 pm.  Interment:   Wed Aug 6, following church service, at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.  Memorials to the family or Heartland Chapter Diabetes Foundation, 2120 S. 56th St, Ste 206,  Lincoln, NE 68506.

Connie Lee Fleming of Lincoln, died July 31, 2014.  She was born August 12, 1931 in Abilene, Kansas.  On June 6, 1957 she was united in marriage to Richard Fleming.  Connie was an avid bridge player and belonged to many bridge clubs, including the University of Nebraska Women’s Faculty Club and served as chair of the bridge group, Lincoln duplicate bridge club and pick-up bridge games at Prairie Life Fitness Center.  She was involved in education at various levels.  She served as a secretary at Abilene High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University and assisted students at UNL registration.

Connie is survived by her husband, Richard of Lincoln; Son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Becky Fleming of Eagle, Nebraska; Daughter, Julie Chieffo of Lincoln.  Grandsons and spouse, Ryan and Holli Fleming of Punta Gorda, Florida, Josh Fleming of Woodbury, Minnesota and Michael Chieffo of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Merle Berger.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 4th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Capitol Humane Society, in memory of Connie Fleming, 2320 Park Blvd. Lincoln, NE.  68502

Viola_Bilodeau_Nurse_Picture1Viola (Vi) May Hofer Bilodeau, 86, died on July 28 at Good Sam Hospice in Syracuse, NE.  She was a U.S. Navy Veteran.   Viola May Hofer was born on Oct. 10, 1927 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, daughter of  George and Anna Gerdes Hofer.  Vi grew up and attended school in La Crescent, MN.  She graduated from Aquinas High School in La Crosse, WI in 1945, where she excelled in the study of Latin. Vi attended the University of MN St. Mary’s School of Nursing before she joined the Navy Nursing program in Minneapolis.  While at the U. of MN, she met her future husband, Joseph Bilodeau.  On Feb. 20, 1951 Vi received her commission from the United States Navy.  As an Ensign, Vi  worked at the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, IL.  She married Joseph Bilodeau on Sept. 15, 1951 in Waukegan, IL.  Vi worked as a registered nurse in Lincoln’s St. Elizabeth and Veteran’s Hospitals.  She retired from the Veteran’s Hospital in 1986.  Vi loved to dance and had a wonderful time traveling.  She was a gracious hostess and loved to entertain.  Her greatest joy in life was her children and precious  grandchildren.  Vi was dedicated to remembering birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.  She never failed to call, send a card, or flowers to celebrate each and every event.  She especially enjoyed holidays with all her family around her.

Vi is survived by her children:  Betty Jo and her husband, Bill Keith, of Lakota, ND; Mary and her husband, Dave Banks, of Richland, WA; David Bilodeau of Lincoln, NE; John Bilodeau and his wife, Mary, of Iowa; six grandchildren; brother  Jim Hofer and his wife, Angie, of La Crescent, MN; many nieces and nephews; and extended family in MN.  We’ll miss you, Mama.  Rest  with God.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anna; brother Dave; and Joseph Bilodeau.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, Aug. 1 at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, 3600 O Street.

Military Rites will be provided by the  American Legion Post #3 of Lincoln at the gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, Vi’s family asks that  memorial donations be sent to: Alzheimer’s Research Center, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101 Ph# 1-800-229-2872 alzheimersinfo.org (then click on donate).

Noreen B. (Kyle) Kent

July 23, 2014

KentNoreen (Kyle) Kent, age 73 of Lincoln, formerly of Hastings passed away July 22, 2014.  She was born September 2, 1940 in County Mayo, Ireland to John and Nora (McManamen) Sweeney.  Noreen met Myron Kyle in 1960 and moved to the United States and married Myron in 1961.  To this union seven children were born; John, Jim, Mike, Ron, Eric, Russ and Heather.  Noreen married Richard Kent in August of 1976.  He helped raise her seven children, he passed away in April of 1999.  Noreen was very loved and will be missed by all.

Survivors include her children; sisters and brothers-in-law, Annie and Andy of Cambridge, England, Evelyn and Cathal of London, England.  Sister-in-law, Breedge Sweeney of County Mayo, Ireland.  Many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Harry Clarke, brothers, James and Eamen.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Private family visitation.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to 1:50 P.M.

Memorials may be given to the family for a later designation.

Isaac L. Beck

July 21, 2014

304839084_868462092e[1]Infant Isaac L. Beck was born and passed away on July 16, 2014 to parents Sweeyee and Joshua Beck of Lincoln, NE.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 19 at Wyuka Funeral Home with many friends and family in attendance.  Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery.

May his memory be forever blessed.

Lutz, Daniel obit photo 1DANIEL B. LUTZ, 84, of Lincoln passed away July 21, 2014.

Dan Lutz was known professionally as an Ag Communications Editor at the University of Nebraska and passionate railroad fan. He was also a devoted husband, proud father and loving grandfather.

Dan was proud of his upbringing in rural Valley County, which helped form his professional career.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1950 and was News Editor of the Custer County Chief until 1958, with a two-year interruption to serve in the U.S. Army in Tokyo- where he worked for the Stars and Stripes newspaper.  In Custer County he met and married Vera Mae Bellinger in 1954.

He was part of the UNL faculty from 1958 until retiring in 1990. During that tenure, he earned his Masters Degree in Science from Kansas State University in 1964. During his university tenure he influenced many others with his corny humor, stoic demeanor but kind and supportive nature.  As a mentor, he was adored by many students.  Dan’s rigorous editing served many students throughout their lives. He demonstrated his service nature both professionally and in his personal life.

Dan was a Director and longtime member of the American Association of American College Editors (AAACE);  Director of the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service 1970-71; State President of SPJ/SDX, a journalism professional group; as well as numerous civic and professional organizations.  He received the Agricultural Achievement Award from the Knights of Ark-Sar-Ben.

Post-retirement, Dan channeled his interests in new directions.  He was founding president of ProRail Nebraska; active in the Preservation Association of Lincoln; the United Nations UNAUSA; and a charter member of Northeast Kiwanis. He received many post-retirement honors, such as membership in the Nebraska AgRelations Council; the Nebraska Hall of Achievement; the FFA and 4H; he was also a member of Gamma Sigma Delta (ag honors society); VFW and American Legion.

Dan was most passionate about rail travel, taking numerous foreign excursions and advocating for rail passenger funding.  He continued to write and edit newsletters and organizational publications.  He is remembered for his generous nature and supported a variety of causes.

Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy and father Lyle.

He is survived by his wife Vera Mae; a son, Larry of Arlington TX; daughters, sons-in-law Barbara and Randy Gordon, Falls Church VA; Bonnie and Leif Neve, Bethesda MD; six grandchildren.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. Marks United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment: Wyuka Cemetery after lunch, service and reception. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to ProRail Nebraska, 1934 A St., Lincoln 68502; the University of Nebraska Foundation , 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln NE 68508 for the Sandy and Larry Lutz Reporting Scholarship Fund; or St. Marks.

Lt. Col. Paul M. Reagan

July 16, 2014

ReaganLt. Col. Paul M. Reagan, age 90 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 4, 2014.  He was born July 27, 1923 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to William A. and Gertrude (Miller) Reagan.  Paul graduated from Nazareth High School in 1943 and in the same year he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Paul served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 until 1945 and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis of Lincoln, son Mike Reagan of Lincoln, Daughters Becky Reagan of Omaha and Amy Reagan of O’Fallon, Illinois.  Granddaughters Sarah Russell and her husband Ryan of Belleville, Illinois and Carol Blanchard of O’Fallon, Illinois.  Brother and sister-in-law William A. Reagan, Jr. and his wife Flo of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  Nieces and Nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George A. Reagan and Kinsey Reagan, sisters Pauline, Marion and Maude.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Military Honors will be provided by Offutt AFB Honor Guard.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.

Memorials to the Tabitha Foundation.

Bette J. Carper

July 11, 2014

CarperBette J. Carper, age 88, of Lincoln, passed away July 11, 2014.  She was born August 23, 1925 in Beatrice, Nebraska to Glenn and Treasa (Endelman)  Stevens.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Marcia Carper of Lincoln.  Granddaughters and spouse, Megan and Brad Griffin of Lincoln, Cassandra Carper of Lincoln.  Brother and Sister-in-law, Glen Jr. and Elaine Stevens of Lincoln.  Bette was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack Carper and her son Steven Carper.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, July 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Private family visitation only.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association.

Richard E. Prasek

July 4, 2014

Prasek, Richard obit photo 2RICHARD E. PRASEK, age 83, of Lincoln, died Wednesday July 2, 2014 at Southlake Village Care Center.  Richard was born in Crete, NE on Nov. 22, 1930 the son of Frank and Adella (Svejkovsky) Prasek.  He grew up and attended schools in Crete; later receiving his Degree in Education from Doane College of Crete.

Richard served his country in the National Guard  and the U.S. Army (1947-1955); receiving the Sharp Shooter Medal – Rifle Range and the Good Conduct Medal.  In 1958 he began his fifty year marriage to Loretta Neel, they began their married life in Beatrice and Lincoln, and raised three children.  Richard pursued his career as High School Teacher at Oxford and Plattsmouth High Schools, and as Principal at Swanton Public School.  Later his employment included Martin Luther Home, Beatrice State Home, General United Insurance Company (Richard was a 75 year member of Western Insurance Fraternal Lodge #426), Lincoln General Hospital, and he retired from the University of Nebraska.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents; wife Loretta in 2008; and brother Lou Prasek.

Survivors include sons, Rick (Shelley) Prasek of Denton and Loren (Colleen) Prasek of Lincoln; daughter, Lori (Michael) Gilbert of Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren:  Sean, Michella, Loren, Michael, Britney, Alvin, Mary and Joseph; nine great grandchildren; one brother and two sisters.

Funeral Services for Richard will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE  at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Pastor George Robie will be officiating.  Visitation is being held on Monday, July 7,  from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. to receive visitors.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Horizon Hospice of Lincoln and Doane College of Crete.  May his memory be forever blessed.


Terry Conarro

July 2, 2014

Conarro web picTERRY CONARRO, age 71, of Lincoln died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.  Terry was born on May 29, 1943 in O’Neill, Nebraska the son of Joe and Teresa (Sparks) Conarro.

Funeral Services and Burial for Terry were held at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 with his close family and friends in attendance.  Rev. Mark Ebert officiated.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Darren; and his brother Roger Conarro.

Terry is survived by his wife Margaret; sons, Doug Conarro, Darrell (Jean) Conarro, and Jim Conarro;  daughter, Lori (Colin) Allen; eight grandchildren:  Leah, Staci, Matraca, Dylan, Lacey, Gwen, Kendra, and Alicia; and seven great grandchildren.

May his memory be blessed.

Wanda Anthony

June 17, 2014

Anthony, Wanda

WANDA MAE ANTHONY, age 83, of Fairbury, Nebraska died Monday, June 9, 2014 at Gardenside Nursing Home in Fairbury.  Wanda was born on August 9, 1930, in North Platte and was adopted by Jacob and Violet (Brewer) Zinsmaster at the age of six weeks old.

Wanda graduated from Eagle High School and made a living owning a restaurant in Tecumseh and waitressing.  In 1967 she trained as a trained Disc Jockey in Falls City, NE. Wanda was also a musician and played the piano.  In the 1970’s she lived and worked in California and Oregon, returning to Nebraska in 1975.  During the 1980’s Wanda was on the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Alvo, NE.  She has resided in Fairbury since 1990.

Wanda is survived by her daughter Sandra (Edward) Runge; step daughters, Audrey Williams and Kim Chapman; step sons, Dave (Terry) Anthony and Mark Anthony; six grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband William Anthony; and her son, James Oldfield.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel in Lincoln with Pastor George Cook officiating.  A family burial will follow at a later date in Eagle, NE.

Brianna R. Johnson

June 16, 2014

Johnson Brianna, photo BRIANNA “BREEZY” RAE JOHNSON, age 30, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Her final days were spent lovingly surrounded by family and friends.  She was born September 13, 1983 in Lincoln.

 Brianna’s big smile, bubbly personality, and generous soul brought great joy to her friends and family and will be greatly missed.  From childhood she was a social butterfly and throughout her life, her friends were as important as family.  She adored her nieces and nephews and was the “fun” aunt.  She played the flute, loved to sing, enjoyed being outdoors, and loved animals and nature.  Her three beautiful daughters were the light of her life.

Brianna is preceded in death by her father, Allen C. Johnson.

She is survived by her daughters, Shyana, Sage, and Ava; mother and step-father Laurie (Jerry) Ladd of Lincoln; grandparents, Raymond and Beverly Johnson of Wahoo; grandmother Sandra Fenner of Fremont; sisters and brothers-in-law, Angie and Jeff Wusk of Lincoln, Anthony and Heather Elia of Omaha, Cortney Johnson of Omaha, and Brooke Johnson of Lincoln; nephews, Zachary, Justin, Joshua, Lorin, Isaac, Ethan, and Tre; nieces, Nicole, Ella Mae, Sammie, Paige, Zoey, Maddie, and Tianna; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Park on Saturday, June 21, at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Cleve Smith will be officiating.

Memorials to the family.

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StueferJoyce C. Stuefer, age 77 of Lincoln, passed away June 14, 2014.  She was born April 16, 1937 in Columbus, Nebraska to Ernest E. and Catherine M. (Melcher) Soulliere.

Survivors include her husband: Gayle, daughter and son-in-law: Cindy Stuefer-Powell and Roy Powell, son: Michael and fiancé Kellie Munden, daughter:  Connie Jo Newman and her fiancé Marc Schulenberg all of Lincoln.   Grandchildren and spouses: Miranda and John Pruett, Gwen and Jason Farewell, Dylan Powell, D.J. and Jennifer Mahloch, Alexis Jo Mahloch, Damon Newman, Joshua Newman, Jayce Schulenberg, Scott and Jennifer Witherby, Tara Cordova, Travis and Sydney Munden and Corey Munden.  Great grandchildren: Barrett William Farewell, Hazel Mae Farewell, Casey Buske, Anthony, Lilly and Sofia Cordova, Jax and Knox Witherby, Ronan Munden, Henry Edgington Pruett and one on the way.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Bill Soulliere of Columbus, Dean and Colleen Soulliere of Columbus and sisters-in-law, Kathy Soulliere of Bellwood and Peggy Soulliere of California.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy, her parents, sister: Lois Soulliere and brothers: Jim and Gary Soulliere.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St.  Lincoln

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6111 Morrill Ave. Lincoln.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, June 19th from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.

Williams Ronald LRONALD “OLD MAN” LEROY WILLIAMS, age 65, of Lincoln died Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital.   Ron was born on October 25, 1948, in Longview, Washington to Ronald and Parale (Smith) Williams.  He grew up in Lincoln and graduated Lincoln Northeast High School.

Ron retired from Goodyear in 2008, after 24 years of employment.  He was also a United Steelworkers Union Steward.  Ron proudly served our country from 1968-1974 as a U.S. Naval Signalman; he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,  Bronze Star, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea).  Ron was known for his big passion of Husker Athletics.

On June 4, 1969 he married Pamela Lewis and together they raised three children.

Ron is survived by daughter, Kerry Peterson; sons, Ronnie (Brandee) Williams, and Seth Williams; grandchildren, Ashten and Alexa Williams, Grace and Tanner Peterson; sister, Linda (Marv) Conaway; brother, Robert Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 10, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike McMurtry officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln, NE with Military Honors.  Following burial a family reception will then be held at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Alfred J. Lespreance

June 6, 2014

LespreanceAlfred J. Lespreance, age 91 of Lincoln, formerly of Hastings passed away June 4, 2014.  He was born September 20, 1922 in Galveston, Texas to Fred and Ida (Hobbs) Lespreance.  Alfred worked at Lincoln Public Schools for 28 years as a building superintendent.  He was also employed by Corvettes Limited for 17 years with his specialty being “executive supervisor” of ALL employees.

Survivors include his wife Carol of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law: Richard and Vicki Lespreance of Lincoln, daughter: Jacquélyn Huxoll of Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Grandchildren: Torre Lespreance and Larissa Lespreance both of Lincoln, Chadric and Ashley Herbert of Kearney and Aleesha Herbert of Omaha.  Sisters and brother-in-law: Uteva and Bob Daniels, Bobbi Hagedorn all of Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Frank and Lawrence, sister: LaDene Manor.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing. Closed casket.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Dave Vanderharr, Bob Odom, Jeff Janssen, Manuel Ortiz-Garcia, Chadric Herbert and Bruce Roberts.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

EigstiWillard “Jack” Eigsti, age 82 of Lincoln, passed away June 4, 2014.  He was born September 18, 1931 in Matteson, Illinois to Wilmer E. and Ruth (Bontrager) Eigsti.  Jack was a Korean War Veteran serving with the U.S. Army as a radio operator.  He married Leona Senseney on June 18, 1955.  Jack was a member of Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene, serving as the district secretary for 29 years.  He was a Hastings College graduate earning a B.A. in math and physics.  Jack worked for American Stores and Cook Foods as an engineer for 37 years.  He also, owns a co-patent on a battery part.  Jack was a long time employee of Wyuka Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife Leona of Lincoln, Daughters and sons-in-law: Janet and Robert Baty of Omaha, Jackie and Jeff Shanahan of Billings, Montana.  Son and daughter-in-law: Mark and Linda Eigsti of Ottumwa, Iowa.  Grandchildren and spouse: Matthew Baty, Jocelyn and Jesse Reilly, Ariel Baty, Jonathan Eigsti, Rebecca Eigsti, Sara Eigsti, Jeremy Shanahan and Jared Shanahan.  Brothers and sisters-in-law: David and Ruth Eigsti of West Bend, Wisconsin, Wilmer and Ranelle Eigsti of Kankakee, Illinois.  Niece and Nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Phil and Bob Eigsti.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazerene, 1901 S. 70th street, Lincoln.  Visitation will be Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 6:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene.

Robert H. Nimic

June 3, 2014

NimicRobert H. Nimic, Age 88 of Lincoln. Passed away in his sleep the morning of  June 2, 2014.

Bob was born in Omaha, NE May 29, 1926 to Anton and Clara (Zimmerman) Nimic, graduated from Glenwood High School, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduated from UNL School of Pharmacy, and was a registered pharmacist in Nebraska for 50 years. He enjoyed playing ping-pong with his friends at Calvert Rec. Center, was active in the Craftsman Lodge No. 314 A.F. & A.M., Sesostris Shrine, OES Starcraft No. 317, Pleasant Dale American Legion, Nebraska Pharmacists Association, and member of Southwood Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife Faye of Lincoln; his children: Stephen A. Nimic, Robert J. Nimic, George D. Nimic, Franklin P Nimic, Gisele and Mark Pollins, Dana and Sue Nimic, Chris and Kim Nimic, and Drew and Linda Nimic, his step-daughter  Karin Lamkins and husband R.G. , his eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife Georgia F. Nimic, step-sister, Marie Klasna, and step-brother, Franklin A. Nimic.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:00pm Thursday June 5 at Southwood Lutheran Church, 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68516. A private internment for the family will be held at Wyuka Cemetary. No viewing or visitation, Bob’s wishes were for cremation. Memorials to the Matt Talbot kitchen and Capital Humane Society.

Elnore Rose Shear

May 27, 2014

Shear, Elnore Obit photoElnore R. Shear, 84, of Lincoln, died May 27, 2014.  Born June 4, 1929 in Burlington, Colorado to Howard and Leta Burns of Osceola and Stromsborg, NE.

Memorial Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE on Friday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Jim Keyser will be officiating.  Burial to follow at a later date.

Elnore graduated from Lincoln High in 1947 and married Bruce T. Shear that same year; together they raised seven children.  She has been an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years- as a Sunday School Teacher and also instrumental in starting the Trinity Infant & Childcare Centers where she was Director for 15 years.  She attained her Bachelor of Arts from UNL in 1986.  Elnore was a Girl Scout Troop Leader & Organizer; and also active in the Great Plains Doll Club, TOPS Club where she was State Queen, and the Capital City Carver’s Club.  Her real passion was her family and grandchildren.  She loved her flowers and gardening.

Elnore is survived by her husband Bruce; sons, Bruce Jr. and Howard Shear; daughters, Rosanne Thomas, Susan Gildersleeve, Sonya (Bryan) Richardson, SuLyn (Jeff) Medvin, and Henrietta (Steve) Haack; brothers, Gene and Donald Burns; sister, Joyce Thimgan; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ileen Ricky and Betty Taylor; and brother Carroll Burns.

Memorials to:  Trinity United Methodist Church.

Walter W. Powell

May 20, 2014

PowellWalter W. Powell, age 82 of Lincoln, passed away May 20, 2014.  He was born July 5, 1931 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Wilmer and Violet (Grantham) Powell.  Walter served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  He was active in the Tangier Shrine, serving as Past Potentate.  He was also a member of the G.W. Lininger Masonic Lodge #268 and a 32° member of the Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite.

Survivors include his wife Jeanne of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Janet Powell of San Antonio, Texas and a daughter, Tera Soule of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Step children, Sondra and Alan Stoltenberg of Gretna, Ward and Cheryl Reesman of Omaha, Robyn and Scott Ecklund of Bartelsville, Oklahoma and Chris Reeder of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and spouses, Ryan and Whitney Soule, Marie Soule, Blake Soule, Elizabeth and Philipp Brumm, Sam Stoltenberg, Tim Stoltenberg, Mick Stoltenberg, Sally Stoltenberg, Matthew Reesman, Eryn Reesman, Chantel Ecklund, Eden Ecklund, Britt Ecklund, Elise Ecklund, Elijah Ecklund and Gabriel Ecklund.  Great granddaughter, Ava Soule.  Brother, Herb Powell of Plattsmouth, Nebraska and Sister, Donna Rae Roth of Omaha.  Walter was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Delbert Powell and David Powell.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on May 31, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.  No viewing or visitation, Walter’s wishes were for cremation.

Memorials to the Shriner’s Children Hospitals or the Shriner’s Transportation Fund.

WestmorelandLayne E. “Skip” Westmoreland, age 82 of Lincoln passed away with his family at his side on May 19, 2014.  He was born May 8, 1932 in Lincoln to Ashley and Lillian (Pieron) Westmoreland.

Survivors include his wife, Tonda of Lincoln.  Daughters and sons-in-law,  Tamra and Jeff Filbrandt, AdriAnn Durand, Courtney and Jim Farkas all of Lincoln.  Daughter, Katherine Blanchard of Omaha.  Son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lane and Tammy Westmoreland of San Diego.  8 Grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren.  Brother, Ashley Westmoreland of Portland, Oregon.  Preceded in death by his parents, son: Todd and son: Phillip.  Sister, Jean Elliott.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  There will be a memorial gathering at 1:00 P.M. in the “Garden Room” at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, May 22nd.

Memorials to the family for memorialization of Skip’s memory.

Darlene M.G. Herriott

May 18, 2014

Herriott (obit)Darlene Madeline Herriott, age 89 of Lincoln, NE died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Lincoln.  She was born in Council Bluffs, IA on October 17, 1924 to Daniel and Mina (Sellers) Gerholt.  Darlene married Bruce Herriott on September 1, 1945.  She lived by her faith in God, her love of family and service to children everywhere.

No visitation. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday May 23, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Southminster United Methodist Church, 2915 S 16th Street in Lincoln 68502.  A light lunch and time for fellowship with family and friends will be provided immediately thereafter in the church Fellowship Hall.

Darlene nurtured family and friends, generously shared her musical talents with the community and pursued life-long learning. Professionally she was a certified and commissioned Christian educator. Taught Sunday school and piano.  A member of Southminster UMC and the UMW for 55 years (3 as President) and the 30th annual recipient of the Dedicated Light award in 1988.  Coordinated and chaired multiple conferences, committees and organizations including 5 years as a Girl Scout leader and awarded a National PTA life membership.

Darlene is survived by; step-sister-in-law Sonya Struthers;  son, Dan Herriott and wife Nataliya; daughter, Pat Amedeo and husband Doug; four grandchildren, Angela Finch and husband Arne, Christopher Herriott and fiancé Lisa, Jeffrey Herriott and wife Tressa, Inga Guliyeva; ten great-grandchildren, Chelsea McGrath, Sasha Herriott, Brandy Finch, Cody Herriott, Christian Herriott, Brittney Herriott, Mason Herriott, Aiden Herriott, Madelyn Finch, Ethan Finch; two great-great grandchildren, Sadie Ellyn, Melayna Marie; and nieces, nephew and families.  Preceded in death by parents, husband Bruce Herriott and daughter Jane Herriott.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are requested and may be directed to Southminster UMC or Peoples City Mission.

A special thanks to the staff at Bickford Cottage for their compassionate and loving care during the past two years and the Aseracare Hospice team more recently.

Wyuka Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Erma M. Faling

May 14, 2014

FalingErma Marie Faling (Sieck), born February 12,1917- Passed away peacefully January 10, 2014

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Marvin Roe Faling.  Survivors include four children:  Marva Jo Morgan (James Morgan) of Aurora, CO, Janice Faling (Clark Fortner) of Centennial, CO, Herb Faling (Anne Marie Koshuta) of Washington D.C and Jeff Faling (Andrea Faling) of Lincoln. One Granddaughter Victoria Faling of Washington DC.

Born in Lincoln, she grew up on a farm near Martell, NE, returning to Lincoln to graduate from Lincoln High School.  In addition to raising her four children, she was passionate about art and an active member of the Grand Island Sketch Club for many years.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Delores J. Rosenthal

May 13, 2014

RosenthalDelores (Meyers) Rosenthal, 88, Lincoln, formerly of Hickman & Greenwood, NE, died in the early hours of Monday, May 12th, 2014.

Born in 1926 to parents John and Edna (Raasch) Meyers, she spent her childhood years facing the challenges of the Great Depression and the dust bowl.  She graduated from high school just as the United States entered into WWII.   Despite spending her formative years in some of the country’s most trying times, Delores emerged as a tough and vibrant person.  Growing up without many material comforts, she developed a life long love of telling tales and sharing conversations with friends and near strangers alike.   There was little in this world that she enjoyed more than a cup of coffee and a good friend with which to share a lively talk.  If you ever went looking for Delores, there was always a n excellent chance of  finding her at a neighbor’s kitchen table or at Biggs Burger Barn, coffee in hand; telling a joke, sharing a story or simply chatting away.  She told tales of stealing outhouses with her beloved brother, Max; grasshoppers eating the curtains; lemonade in the root celler with her Aunt Marguarite, living in New York City during the 50’s and the list goes on.   After adopting her two children, Bob and Janet, the stories usually started with the phrase, “You know what my d#*n kid did today?”  Later the tales of grandchildren, told with pride, dominated her conversations.  Delores was quick witted with a comeback for everything and a saying to fit every situation.  Never one to shy away from sharing her opinion (or a carefully placed cuss word,) she managed to pull this off with a (mostly) entertaining skill few possess.  While quick to point out what she found lacking, she was much more swift to tell friends and family how proud she was of them, and how much they where loved.

She was hard working, but always managed to make a person feel like there was time for the important stuff.  Her childhood installed in her a strong sense of frugality that never went way.  Delores had little place in her world for non-practical things, and she was a great tosser of stuff.  Yet, she never made those around her feel like they had to go without.  Her generosity of spirit always made you feel that life was bountiful with things that money could not buy.

Delores was a great mother and a great friend.  She had an amazing talent of combining the two roles and, when needed, often mothered her friends and friended her children.  Every person who had Delores in her life, has a story to tell about her.   Yet all agree that she is difficult one to describe.  She was tough, spunky, ornery, funny, out-spoken, stubborn, colorful, a greater lover of sweets and books and full of life up to the very end.  All this was wrapped around a soft and warm, loving core that she only revealed to those she held dear.  Delores was a force to be reckon with, a one of a kind great dame.   There will never be another like her, and she will be missed.  She leaves us all with a life time of stories to treasure and share.

Delores was proceeded in death by her parents, John and Edna Meyers; her beloved brother Max Meyers and his wife, Jean; her husband LeRoy Rosenthal; her brother-in-law (and verbal sparring partner,) Donald Dorenbach, and numerous friends and family members.

She is survived by son, Bob Rosenthal and his wife, Jamie, grandchildren Abigail and Raiden; daughter, Janet Froschheiser and her husband John, granddaugher Lydia; close family friend Deb Burkey and her husband Mark and son Taylor (George;) sister-in-law, Elenore Dorenbach; nephew Steve Meyers and many friends who remember her fondly.

Funeral service is to be held at the Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th, 2014.   The service and interment will be followed by a reception, also held at the Wyuka Funeral Home.  In honor of Delores’ sweet tooth, many desserts will be served.  Memorials to the family.

LaVonnie M. Kinney

May 10, 2014

KinneyLaVonnie M. Kinney, age 82 of Lincoln, passed away May 9, 2014.  She was born May 3, 1932 in Lyons, Nebraska to Louis and Edith (Johnson) Poeschl.  Married Bobby D. Kinney on June 12, 1953 in Tekamah, Nebraska.  LaVonnie worked as a bank teller at Nebraska State Savings & Loan for 19 years, she also worked at Touch & Go for 18 years.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Donn Steinbach of Lincoln, Rita and David Mattson of Valrico, Florida.  Son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Shelly Kinney of Ralston, Nebraska.  Grandchildren and spouses, Lisa Hamilton of Fremont, Brian Mattson of Gibbsonton, Florida, Brett and Angelica Mattson of Fremont, Joe and Jody Steinbach of Lincoln, Andy and Vanessa Steinbach of Lincoln, Sarah Kinney of Columbus, Nebraska, Christopher and Jessica Kinney of Papillion, Katrina and John Watton of Papillion, Trevor and Onica Cudaback of Las Vegas and Jared Cudaback of Ralston.  Great grandchildren, Zach, Allie, Cameron, Kate, Gavin, Jack, Oakleigh and Isabella.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Ivan and Virginia Poeschl of Lincoln, Ronnie and Verion Poeschl of West Point, Nebraska.  Long time special friend, James “Tex” Carroll of Fremont.  Numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her husband Bobby, her parents, brothers, Dennis Poeschl and Adrian Poeschl, sisters, Lavah Maciejewski and Vernell Poeschl.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 from Noon until 8:00 P.M. family will be present from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Services will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at SouthPointe Christian Church, 7010 Helen Witt Dr.  Lincoln.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. at Fremont Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, Nebraska.

Memorials may be left for Lincoln Children’s Zoo or The Friendship Home.


Ardath V. Barber

May 8, 2014

Ardath Barber 1934 photoArdath V. Barber, age 87 of Lincoln passed away peacefully with her family by her side on May 7, 2014.  She was born April 19, 1927 in Syracuse, Nebraska to Frank and Ellen (Leech) Nosky.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Paula Barber, son Frank Barber and daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Ron Riggins all of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by her husband Ralph Barber and her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the family.

Una M. Wells

May 7, 2014

WellsUna M. Wells, age 90 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully May 7, 2014.  She was born September 7, 1923 in Haddam, Kansas to Carl S. and Maude E. (Drips) Multer.  She married Max Wells on June 1, 1946.   In the early years Una taught school in a one room school house while living in Kansas.   She also worked as a PBX operator for the Nebraska Book Company.  Una was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Church Women United and the Women’s Wesleyan Educational Council.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne Ann and Robert Reynolds of Overland Park, Kansas; grandsons, Kenneth and Christine Reynolds of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Michael and Julie Reynolds and their children Max and Rachel of New Port Richie, Florida.  Steven and Chastine Reynolds and their children Nolan and Katie of Montezuma, Iowa.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Max and her parents.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th Street.  Graveside services will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for First United Methodist Church, Women’s Wesleyan Education Council or Donor’s choice.

Paul M. Reagan

May 6, 2014

ReaganPaul M. Reagan, age 90 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 4, 2014.  He was born July 27, 1923 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to William A. and Gertrude (Miller) Reagan.  Paul graduated from Nazareth High School in 1943 and in the same year he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Paul served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 until 1945 and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis of Lincoln, son Mike Reagan of Lincoln, Daughters Becky Reagan of Omaha and Amy Reagan of O’Fallon, Illinois.  Granddaughters Sarah Russell and her husband Ryan of Belleville, Illinois and Carol Blanchard of O’Fallon, Illinois.  Brother and sister-in-law William A. Reagan, Jr. and his wife Flo of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  Nieces and Nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George A. Reagan and Kinsey Reagan, sisters Pauline, Marion and Maude.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery following the memorial service.

Memorials to the Tabitha Foundation.

George and Dorothy Bures

April 29, 2014

BuresGeorge and Dorothy Bures (born Dorothy Stewart) of Lincoln, deceased February 16, 2004, and  November 21, 2012, respectively.

Memorial graveside service to be held 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the 25th of May, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Nehawka, NE.

The family requests no flowers. Preferred are gifts to the American Cancer Society and the ASPCA.

MAP to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Nehawka, Nebraska

Eula Ilene Reed

April 14, 2014

Eula Ilene Reed, age 85 of Lincoln passed away April 14, 2014 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.   She was born April 5, 1929 in Western, Nebraska to Theodore Robert and Elsie Margaret (Krajnik) Gross.  Eula was married to John H. Reed on May 25, 1951 in Western, Nebraska.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, John H. Reed of Lincoln.  Daughter and Son-in-law, Lori and Troy Christensen and their children Evan R. Christensen and Jesse R. Christensen all of Omaha.  Son and Daughter-in-law, Lane and Shelley Reed of Bee, Nebraska.  Sister, LaRae Betka of Geneva, Nebraska and a sister-in-law, Pauline Gross of Westminister, Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Brother, Richard Gross and brother-in-law, Edward Betka.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 16th from 1:00-7:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Mabel M. Tichota

April 2, 2014

TichotaMabel M. Tichota, age 89, of  Lincoln passed away April 1, 2014.  She was born June 30, 1924 in Pierce, Nebraska to Willy and Frieda (Dranselka) Ahlman.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Caroline Province of Lincoln, Kathleen and Bill Roussan of Salem, Nebraska.  Sons and Daughters-in-law, Randolph and Katherine Tichota of Lincoln, James and Judy Tichota of Lincoln, Marlan and Donna Tichota of Oklahoma.  Brothers, Larry Ahlman and Arnold Ahlman.  Sisters, Gladys Harbison, Sarah Mosel, Vera Oestrich.  9 Grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  Mabel was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Tichota, her parents, 7 brothers and 3 sisters.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Evangelical United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont St.  Visitation will be on Friday, April 4th at Wyuka Funeral Home from 1:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Muriel L. Glathar

March 31, 2014

GlatharMuriel Lucile Glathar, 92, died March 27th, 2014, in hospice after a valiant struggle with cancer.  She was born December 19, 1921 in Julian Ne.  to Archibald and Winifred (Castleman) Cook.  She was the loving matriarch of the family, with a warm heart, a kind word, and an open ear to everyone she met.

Homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother, Muriel truly excelled in her role as “Grandma”, spending many hours engaged in playing games and cards with her grandchildren throughout her life.   On August 14, 1941, in Plattsmouth Ne. she was married to Dale Glathar.  At that time, Dale was serving in the military; he spent 3 years overseas after their marriage.  They enjoyed 47 years of marriage before Dale’s passing in 1988.   As members of the “Greatest Generation” Muriel and Dale shared similar values of faithful commitment, loyalty to country, work ethic, financial prudence and personal responsibility.  They raised four children, passing many of their beliefs and values on to their children.

Muriel is survived by three children Bart (Elizabeth) Glathar, Marsha (Larry) Newman, Kurt (Kimberly) Glathar, and daughter-in-law Judy Glathar — Grandchildren Jason Glathar, Doug Glathar, Vicki Glathar, Mitchell Glathar, Brett (Samantha) McGovern, Amanda Keinholz, Ben (Julie) Glathar, Ann (David) Clark, Laura Glathar, Daniel Glathar, Natalie Fleming, Emily Fleming, Terri Craft, Rhett Sturm, and twelve great grandchildren.  Muriel was preceded in death by husband Dale and son Gary.

Cremation no visitation.  Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday April 12, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St. Lincoln Ne.   There is a meal to follow immediately after the Celebration of Life Service.  Send Memorials to Tabitha Hospice or American Diabetes Assoc.  Memorials left at the service will be forwarded to these two organizations.

Theodore Edward Hawkins

March 25, 2014

Theodore Edward Hawkins, infant son of Mark and Tonia (Thelander) Hawkins went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
He was born on March 13, 2014 in Omaha. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Tonia; brother, Victor; grandparents Ron and Cathy Hawkins and Kent and Nancy
Thelander; aunts and uncle Troy and Tracy Hilligas and Tina Thelander; cousins
Kiley, Jack, and Ellie. He was greeted in Heaven by his uncle Randal Lee

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:00
A.M. at the Church of Nazarene, 1901 South 70th, Lincoln and reception will

Memorials may be directed to Wyuka Funeral Home and will be sent in
Theodore’s name to the Ronald McDonald House of Omaha.

Esther A. Zanderholm

March 19, 2014

ZanderholmEsther A. Zanderholm, age 66 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2014 with her family by her side.  She was born February 28, 1948 in Sutherland, Nebraska to Modesto and Angelina (Serria) Perez.  Esther was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed bowling and playing bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Zanderholm; her children, Melissa Thompson, Mikal Thompson and his significant other, Lindsey Kurtzer  all of Lincoln.  Grandchildren: Zachary, Kelynn, Caden, Araina, Aislynn, Mikal, Damarion, Malicia and Amya.  Great granddaughter, Emma.  Brothers and sisters-in-law: Cruz and Hermana Vargas, Joe and Rosie Vargas, Ray and Darlene Vargas.  Sisters and brothers-in-law: Jennie and Manuel Cuellar, Tomasita and Donald Reyes, Benita Del Toro.  Numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her daughter, Angie Perez Thompson, her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Services will be held at Noon on Monday, March 24, 2014 at St. Paul United Methodist Church.  Graveside services will be at 2:30 P.M. on Monday, March 24th at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will gather inside the “O” Street gate.  Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Sunday, March 23rd from Noon until 8:00 P.M.  The family will be at the funeral home from 5:00-7:00 P.M. to greet friends.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Marie Walton

March 10, 2014

WaltonMarie Walton, age 99 of Lincoln passed away March 9, 2014.  She was born May 11, 1914 in Lincoln.

Survivors include 8 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and one brother, Herman Greenwald of Florida.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 13th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. on Wednesday, March 12 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family

John C. Planer

March 3, 2014

John C. Planer, age 60 of Lincoln passed away February 21, 2014.  He was born December 15, 1953 in Lincoln to George and Irene (Timm) Planer.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will gather inside the “O” street gate prior to 10:50 A.M.  Pastor Mark Ebert officiating.

Memorials to the family or donor’s choice.

Timothy A. Sobotta

March 2, 2014

SobottaTimothy A. Sobotta, age 54 of Lincoln passed away March 1, 2014.  He was born May 6, 1959 in Lincoln to Norman R. and Janis (Hupka) Sobotta.  Tim was employed with Burlington Northern for over 20 years as a welder and car man.  He enjoyed listening to music, watching basketball and hanging out with his friends and family.

Survivors include his mother, Janis Sobotta.  Sisters and Brother-in-law: Debra Olson and Tammie Kamerzell and her husband Scott.  Nieces: Christine Olson and Jennifer Johnson and her husband Justin all of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by his father, Norman and nephew, Matthew Olson.

Services will be held at Noon on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at a later date in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary, Nebraska.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Lee A. Smith

March 1, 2014

lee's memory 127Lee Adam Smith, 28, Army Specialist, PARATROOPER, 82nd Airborne Division, Veteran of two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lee was a member of Boy Scout Troop 99, Venture Crew 99, Lincoln High School Football, Wrestling, and Baseball Teams, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014. He was born in Warren, MI on November 28, 1985 (his father’s 30th birthday) to Mark and Cathy (Blair) Smith.  Lee was completing a criminal justice degree with plans to work in law enforcement. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that could light up the sky. Lee loved Nebraska football and The Steelers. Lee collected gnomes and nutcrackers. Lee was a good man with a big heart. He loved laughing. He loved being with friends. He liked Star Trek and Star Wars. He was loyal. He was a patriot. He loved his family.

Lee is survived by his parents; sister, Laticia Bergmeier (Nathan) of Odell, brothers, Christopher (Jennifer) and Matthew of Lincoln; nieces, Stormi and Madi; nephew, Marcelo; many uncles, aunts, and cousins. The poochies, Franky, Bud, Bella, Penelope, and Princess and the kitties, Cali and Foster.   His grandparents will welcome him into Heaven.

A celebration of Lee’s life will be Monday March 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home 3600 “O” St, Lincoln. Burial with military honors Wyuka’s Soldier’s Circle. Presentation of flag by his best friend Captain Stephen Austria. Visitation will be from 1p.m. to 8p.m. on Sunday March 2, 2014 at Wyuka. Memorials to family for a charitable donation in Lee’s memory at a later date.

Edna E. Simpson

February 27, 2014

SimpsonEdna Emma (Carlson) Simpson, age 84 of Lincoln, widow of Harding (Curly) passed Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Born to Carl Gustav and Emma Sophia Carlson on January 20, 1930 in Lincoln.  Married Harding Simpson October 16, 1948.  She is a member of the Order of Eastern Star, StarCraft Chapter #307.

Left to cherish precious memories are her daughters, Denise Hager and Lois Simpson.  Grandchildren: Jandrea (Erwin) Swiney, Lamelia (Justin) Miles, Bryan (Kristy) Simpson, Carissa Hager, Cassandra (Robert) Menyweather, Candis Hager, Artesia (Joshua) Holmes, Tarae Dowd and Miranda Hager.  14 Great grandchildren.  Brother: Arvid Carlson.  Preceded in death by her husband, sons Jon and Dennis Simpson.  Granddaughter Jaci Simpson, Sister, E. Ruth Smith.  Brothers, Kenneth and Edwin Carlson and her parents.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Friday, February 28th from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Norma E. Bennett

February 21, 2014

BennettNorma Evangeline Johnson Bennett was born to Albert J. and Ida Sandell Johnson on October 3, 1920.  She was born at home on a farm three and one half miles Northeast of Stromsburg, Nebraska.  Twenty-two years later she was married to C. Donald Bennett in that same house.  Norma was the youngest child of seven in the Johnson family.  This meant that she was surrounded by activity and attention during her “growing up”.  However, since her siblings were considerably older she learned to be very independent.  Norma’s love of music began at age seven when she started piano lessons.  This led to her accompanying for groups in High School and Church at an early age.  She would often stay after school accompanying for someone and then go directly across the street to the Baptist Church to play for special events or midweek prayer meeting.  At the University of Nebraska, Norma majored in English and minored in public speaking and music.  She taught classes in all three areas in Burwell and Osceola after graduation.  Don and Norma were married on November 27, 1942.  They made their home in Lincoln, Nebraska where their two daughters, Kathi and Kris were born.  When the girls were both in school, Norma began accompanying again.  She worked at Park Junior High School for two years and at Northeast High School for nineteen.  Norma joined Second Baptist Church in 1957.  She helped organize Junior and Youth choirs and later a small group of Senior women who loved to sing.  Although age and arthritis had taken their toll, Norma’s love of music had never waned.  Norma’s daughters, her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life as evidenced by the hundreds of cookies she baked each time they came to visit.  Each child had his own favorite and she made an effort to satisfy each one.  Games were also an important part of entertainment with the children.  Old Maid, Skip Bo, Uno and Rook were all a part of the fun.  Many Sunday afternoons were spent in serious competition.  Those happy times are all part of the good memories we cherish as we remember “Gran” Bennett.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Kathryn Friesen of Lincoln; Kristine and Douglas Crabtree of Arlington, Texas.  Nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 25th at Second Baptist Church, 525 N. 58th street, Lincoln.  Burial of ashes will be at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 25th at Wyuka Cemetery.  Cremation, no visitation.

Memorials to Second Baptist Church.



Grace A. Ryon

February 18, 2014

Grace A. Ryon, 96 of Lincoln, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.  Born to Walter & Irene (Morneau) Whitburn on April 17, 1917, in Sioux City IA. Retired City of Lincoln, Purchasing Dept.  Member First Lutheran Church.  Former member LaSertoma Club.  Volunteer for Meals on Wheels.  Grace was a member of the Circle 8, square dance club and the Terpsichorean dinner dance club, she was also an avid reader.

Survivors: daughter, son-in-law Patty & Harry Goeglein, son Mike Ryon, granddaughters, spouses, Kristi & Dave Slama, Courtney & Tom Schwisow, granddaughter Heidi Goeglein, grandson, spouse Rick & Jody Marshall, great-granddaughter Karlee Slama, great-grandsons Dawson Slama, Tre & Tyler Marshall all Lincoln. Sister-in-law Eleanor Whitburn, Novato CA. Brother-in-law Tom Douglas Villa Hills KY. Nieces, nephews.

Preceded in death by husband, Allen C. Ryon, parents, brothers Robert & Roger Whitburn, sister Lois Harrop & brothers/sisters-in-laws.

Cremation. Internment on March 6, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials to Tabitha Health Care, Orchard Park Assisted Living or First Lutheran Church.

Condolences at www.Wyuka.com.

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