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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

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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

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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
Hawkins.

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
follow.

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.

Patricia R. Pester

February 17, 2014

PesterPatricia R. Pester, age 85, of Lincoln passed away February 16, 2014.  She was born November 13, 1928 in Lincoln to Harry and Grayce (Frost) Perkins.  Patricia worked as a bank teller supervisor, training all of the bank tellers for Havelock and Pinnacle Banks.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Jim and Carolyn Pester and grandson: Curtis Pester all of Lincoln.  She is preceded in death by her Husband: Jack Pester and her parents.

Services will be at 1:00 P.M. on February 19, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  Visitation on Tuesday, February 18th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.

Chip Black

February 15, 2014

Black, ChipIt is with sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Chip Black from his mortal coil.  At the time of his passing, in the early morning last Tuesday, February 11, he was 67 years old.  Known to his friends and family as Chip, James E. Black II was born on November 2, 1946 in Denver, Colorado, to Retired Major (USAF) James E. Black and Viola Belle Klingens Black.  As the son of an Air Force major, Chip spent his early life journeying around world with his family as they moved from post to post:  Japan, Mississippi, Utah, and, ultimately, returning to Denver.  Theater and modern dance were a part of his early life, and his love of the arts continued throughout his life.  As a teenager, he was a member of the Limelighters and National Thespians.  He appeared in The Threepenny Opera company production of The Wizard of Oz and the Denver Post Opera Company’s  The King and I and My Fair Lady, to name a few.  An active Boy Scout, he also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and he later graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School.  Chip began college in Colorado, but he transferred to Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, where he met and married Lora Lunzmann.  In 1970, Chip graduated from Dana with a baccalaureate degree.  In July of that same year, Chip enlisted in the Air Force medic program and traveled with Lora and their new son to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, and then to Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.  In April of 1974, he was discharged honorably from the Air Force.  After living for several years in Johnson, Nebraska, in the summer of 1980, Chip and his family settled in Lincoln.  During his career, Chip worked for various health care support services:  the Beatrice State Home, ENCOR of Omaha, and the Nebraska State Departments of Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Aging.  Chip Black was a champion of the arts.  In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his friends in the First Plymouth Singles group, and he loved to dance with the folk, contra, Irish, and tango dancing communities in Lincoln.  He also was heavily involved in the Mary Riepma Ross theater, serving on their supervisory board, and he was active for a time with the Lincoln Association for Traditional Arts.  While he enjoyed socializing, he was also a man of solitude.  Those who know him best will remember that he identified himself in retirement as a “professional beachcomber.”  While he scarcely saw a beach in the last half of his life, he was a beachcomber in spirit.  In Nebraska, that meant that, when the weather was nice, one might find Chip reading a book in a quiet park or maybe taking a break from time to time to watch the goslings play near the pond at Wyuka Cemetery.

Chip is preceded in death by his parents and Grammy Estella Klingens.  He is survived by former spouse and friend, Lora Lunzmann Black; his children, Andrew James Cognard-Black, Zachary Raymond Black, and Rachel Sophia Estella Black; their spouses and life partners, Jennifer Cognard-Black, Lisa Vann Black, and Todd Bush; his grandchildren, Katharine Anne Cognard-Black and Korben Silas Black; his sister, Barbara Black; and his niece, Sarah Payseno.

Memorial services will take place Wednesday, February 19 at 11:00 in the sanctuary at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln (2000 D Street), with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.  In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that those who wish to contribute a memorial send donations in Chip’s name to The Friends of The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at:  Friends of the Ross, P.O. Box 880253, Lincoln, NE 68588-0253.

Carl K. Hart

February 11, 2014

Carl K. Hart died February 10, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Born in Ft. Madison, Iowa on November 17, 1928, Carl lived in Janesville, Wisconsin, Fostoria, Ohio and Evanston, Illinois, before attending primary school in Winnetka, Illinois.  At the advent of World War II, Carl’s father re-entered the army as an officer from World War I, during which time Carl attended high schools in Flint, Michigan, St. Petersburg, Florida, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Winnetka, Illinois, where he graduated in 1947.  Carl received his undergraduate degree in 1951 from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and thereupon entered the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant, serving in the Korean Conflict.  In 1953, Carl married Eleanor Pauls of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, as well as attended graduate school at the University of Chicago.  Carl worked as an advertising salesman for Madison Newspapers, The Capitol Times and The Wisconsin State Journal, in Madison, Wisconsin for seventeen years before moving to Door County, Wisconsin, where in partnership with his wife he owned and operated several Fish Creek businesses:  The Blue Willow Restaurant and Cottages, The Proud Mary Hotel and Shops, and Hart & Hart Co.  During retirement, Carl lived in Stuart, Florida, David City and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Survivors include: his wife Eleanor (Elly) of Lincoln; a sister, Carolyn (Murray) Randell of Stuart, Florida; two sons, Carl K. Hart, Jr. (Barbara) of Columbus, NE and Peter (Lynne) of Cedar Rapids, IA; four Hart grandchildren: Elizabeth of Portland, OR, Daniel (Christine) of Asheville, NC, Stella of Iowa City, IA and Roland of New York City, NY.

A memorial service will be Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 12th and M Streets, Lincoln, with graveside ceremony following at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the historical St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Lincoln, NE.

MarshMike Marsh passed away February 4, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska surrounded by his family and friends following a lengthy illness.  Mike was born December 29, 1952 in Leon, Iowa to Ernest Marsh and Darlene (Dobesh) Marsh.  He was a graduate of Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska and attended pre-med at Kearny State College in Kearny, Nebraska before joining the United States Navy and serving with distinction.  Mike was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Expert Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation, as well as many other commendations during his service to his country.  He retired from the Navy in September of 1996 and felt it was a great privilege and honor to have served his country.  In addition to serving in the Navy, Mike earned his BS in Hospital Management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, and completed a Medical Assistant certificate program at the University of Nebraska.  He loved people and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others in need, volunteering at St. Elizabeth’s, HHS, and with the Special Olympics.  He was also a proud member of St. John’s parish, the Knights of Columbus, VFW Lodge 131 and the DAV.  Mike enjoyed a good joke, drawing, painting, animals, and spending time with his family.  He was also an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

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Mike was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife Phyllis Rosemarie (Cassese) Marsh of Lincoln, a daughter Deanna Marsh of Lincoln, a brother, Steven Marsh of Chicago, IL, a sister Melody (Marsh) Spence of Elberon, Iowa, a nephew, Garrett Spence of Elberon, Iowa, a niece, Jaime Spence of Vinton, Iowa, and his two faithful friends, Bogo and Georgia.  His ready smile and generous nature will be truly missed by all who knew him.

 

Services for Michael Marsh will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Parish in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Memorials to the Children International Fund in care of the family.

Lois C. Bodtke

February 3, 2014

Lois C. Bodtke, age 85 of Lincoln passed away February 3, 2014.  She was born April 27, 1928 at home near Hubbell, Nebraska to Thomas C. and Emma (Meyer) Laverentz.  Lois married Marvin Bodtke on July 6, 1952, together they owned and operated Marv’s Central Market in Hebron, Nebraska until retiring in 1993.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin E. Bodtke; daughter, Debra Bodtke; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Dana Bodtke all of Lincoln.  Sister, Mildred House of Clyde, Ohio and a brother, Ralph Laverentz of Broomfield, Colorado.  She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald Laverentz.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the St. Paul United Methodist Church television ministry or The Capitol Humane Society

Rebecca Ruth Miller

February 1, 2014

Rebecca R. Miller, age 30 of Lincoln, passed away on January 31, 2014 following a hard fought battle with brain cancer.  Rebecca was born on January 28, 1984 in Ft. Benning, Georgia to John and Brenda (Smith) Davis.  She graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and attended Southeast Community College and Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Rebecca played AAA ice hockey with the Wisconsin Challengers and later served in the U.S. Army.  A devoted mother, she lived for her children; as evidenced by her participation with them in their activities.  Rebecca was a Cub Scout Leader and a Girl Scout Leader.  She coached YMCA Soccer and T-Ball teams, youth Roller and Ice Hockey Teams, and was a past member of the Lincoln Ice Hockey Association Board of Directors.  Her can-do attitude, fighting spirit, and infectious smile will serve as a lasting influence to all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband Stewart Miller, her children Alex, Brandon, Ruth and Suzanne.  Parents John and Brenda Davis all of Lincoln.  Brothers and sisters-in-law: Rick & Heidi Davis of Ft. Rucker, Alabama and Steve & Chandra Davis of Cusseta, Georgia and her  Grandparents Richard and Audrey Davis of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home from 2:00-8:00 P.M.  The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Southwood Lutheran Church, 9300 S. 40th, Lincoln.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 5th at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at the “O” street entrance of Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu  of flowers memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Marcella “Marcie” Metcalf, age 85, of Lincoln passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 25, 2014.  She was born in Valparaiso, Nebraska to Frank and Antonia Uher.  Marcie was active in senior bowling and enjoyed Husker football, spending time with family and her kitty, Andy.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include her Sons, Alan Metcalf and Mark Metcalf both of Lincoln.  Daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Bradley Freund and their daughter, Payton all of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Sister, Helen Novachick of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by her husband, Glen A. Metcalf, her parents,  4 brothers and 6 sisters.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, January 30th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  A rosary will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home at 7:00 P.M.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 29th beginning at Noon until 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery

Memorials to the Capitol Humane Society.

Alma Marie Faust, age 86, of Lincoln passed peacefully with her family at her side on January 24, 2014.  She was born December 23, 1927 in Lincoln to Elmer and Ida (Peterson) Harral.  Alma worked as a bookkeeper for many businesses, but she was also an entrepreneur, inventing and marketing a game.  Alma enjoyed working with arts and crafts especially beads which she would turn into key rings for family, friends or whomever she thought was in need of one.  She also owned a plant boutique and Halloween costume store.

Survivors include her daughters, Jeanne Mehser of Casper, Wyoming and Jodi Waters of Omaha.  Sons, Dale Mehser of Lincoln and John S.T. Mehser of Burlingame, California.  Grandchildren, Candi Lunsford, Jeremy Mehser, Corie Marr, Cacie Harding, Michaela Waters, Holli Waters, Kayla Kauffman and Brian Bunderson.  5 Great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by her long time companion Earl Faust, her parents, brothers: Roy, Charles, Leo, Edwin, Robert and John.  Sisters: Gladys Keil,  Juyne Harral and Mildred Klassek.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday, January 28th at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Boys Town.

Bobbie D. Michaud

January 22, 2014

Bobbie Dean Michaud, 86, passed away peacefully at Havelock Manor on Tuesday (1/21/14).  Born 11/1/1927 on a farm near Nora, Nebraska.  Attended school in Nora, Nebraska and graduated from Superior High School.   Married Dorothy V. Lewis, November 7, 1948 in rural Bostwick, Nebraska.  Bobbie was a husband, father, mechanic, farmer, in the Navy during the Korean War, a mechanic and maintenance supervisor in the Army National Guard.  He retired at the rank of CW4 from the Army Reserve on November 1, 1987 and retired as a machinist in 1995.  Bob belonged to Nebraska National Guard Historical Society, Nebraska Military Retiree Council, Nebraska Army National Guard Officers Association. 

Bobbie is survived by his twin brother Billie Michaud & sister Helen Marie Erickson.  Sons, Garald and Yvonne (Forney) Michaud of Mt. Hope, Kansas,  James and Iris (Holtzman) Michaud of Anchorage, Alaska, Mark and Lois (Glass) Michaud and Brian and Terri (Jaworski) both of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Grandchildren are Kaleb & Tzeyu, Sara, Zachary & Lori, Rachel, Joel and Marisa, Joshua, Logan, Samantha, Garrett; 5 great-grandchildren several cousins, nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Lewis) Michaud, parents, Henry & Manila (Buckles) Michaud, sister, Donna Lee (Michaud) Holsteen, son Robert Michaud and great-grandson Drake Michaud. 

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Friday, January 24th at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family being present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. 

Burial with military honors will take place at Wyuka Cemetery. 

Memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association of Nebraska or the Nebraska National Guard Historical Society.

 

Kathleen A. Fischer

January 17, 2014

Kathleen A. Fischer, age 66, of Lincoln passed away after a long, courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  She was born March 13, 1947 in Lincoln to Alex and Wanda (Scheffert) Loos.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law: Kimberly and David Delgado of Bellevue, Nebraska.  Grandchildren and spouses: Brandi and Tad Lyle of Lincoln and their children, Kaylee, Kaycee and Kaydee.  Brittani and Jarell Perez and their children, Kaden, Kianna and Keirah.  Niece and spouse: Wanda and Paul Rodiguez of Lincoln and their children, Luis Medrano, Jonathon Rivera and Charity Morgan.  Brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry and Cindy Loos of Lincoln, Jack and Sharon Loos of Lincoln.  Brothers-in-law and spouses, Richard and Virginia Fischer of Lincoln, Bob and Janet Fischer of Blaine, Minnesota.  Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J.A. Fischer.  Father, Alex Loos.  Mother and Step father, Wanda and Dale Rockenbach.  Beloved dogs, Lexi and Lacy.  Grandparents, Hazel and John Goucher.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams Street.  No viewing or visitation.  Cremation.

Memorials to the family.

Richard D. Patterson

January 15, 2014

Richard D. Patterson, age 74 of Lincoln, died January 13, 2014.  He was born December 1, 1939 in Clay Center, Kansas to Louis William and Lois Velma (Sumstine) Patterson.  Worked as a civil engineer technician for the U.S. soil conservation.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Friday, January 17th from 10:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Grace M. Martin, age 53, of Beatrice, died January 14, 2014.  She was born October 7, 1960 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Alfred B. and Bergitte (Christensen) Lang.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Gailanne and Jeff Hindsley of Lincoln, Jessica Martin of Beatrice.  Brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Trish Lang of Lincoln.  Sister, Margaret Brown.  Nephews and spouses, William and Jennifer Lang of Hutchinson, Kansas; Christopher Lang of Lincoln; Paul and Barbie Lang of Lincoln; Bryan and Katy Jones of Lincoln.  Grandson, Alex.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at the American Lutheran Church, 4200 Vine Street on Saturday, January 18, 2014.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 8:00 P.M. Family will be present from 6:00-7:00 P.M.  Interment at Wyuka Cemetery will be at a later date.

Memorials to the family.

Sherry Pinkerton, age 65, of Lincoln, died peacefully January 14, 2014.  She was born November 11, 1948 in Lincoln, parents Francis E. and Ellen Ann (Harrison) Pinkerton.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and enjoyed a long career in retail sales. 

Survivors include her brothers, Pastor Richard (Becky) Pinkerton of Littleton, Colorado and Frederick (Barbara) Pinkerton of Shelby Township, Michigan, nephews T. Scott (Jennifer) Pinkerton, Ryan and Eric Pinkerton, step-nephews Justin (Jessica) March, Jeremy (Lauren) March, step-niece Mandy (J.C.) Boone, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.  Sherry was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.  No viewing or visitation, her wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest with her parents at Wyuka Cemetery.  Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be given to The Monarch hospice, 4201 S. 78th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.

Erma Marie Faling (Sieck)

January 11, 2014

Erma 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.

 Services will be held at a later date.

Joan L. Waples

January 1, 2014

Joan L. Waples, age 80, of Lincoln, passed away December 31, 2013.  She was born February 18, 1933 in Western, Nebraska to Herman and Selma (Moellenbrandt) Timm.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy and Myron Jensen of Lincoln; Vicki and John Michael Bauer of Springfield, Illinois.  Son and daughter-in-law: Steven and Cheryl Waples of Lincoln.  Grandchildren: Sarah Robinson, Matt Jensen, Stacy Driver, Sean Jensen, Michelle Waples and Melissa Waples.  Numerous great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by her husband: Ivan L. Waples, Jr., daughter: Janet Lee Waples and her parents.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Bethany Christian Church, 1645 N. Cotner, Lincoln.  Visitation will be on Friday, January 3rd from 4:30-6:30 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Elmer L. Prusia

December 27, 2013

Elmer LeRoy Prusia, 89, longtime Lincoln resident, died peacefully at home late in the morning on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 while in the presence of family.  Born December 30, 1923, in Franklin, Nebraska, to Clarence and Elizabeth (Garrett) Prusia.  Elmer grew up in Franklin, spending some of his time helping his father run the family hardware store.  He eventually was called to serve in the U.S. Army, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations where he was a member of the 8th Armored Division.  The tank he commanded found its way to many a different corner of Europe, including Bastonge, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia .  Following the war, he returned to Lincoln where he studied music at the University of Nebraska.  Music was then – and remained – one of the great loves of his life.  In 1946, he met Florence Torbeck at the old King’s Ballroom which was located at Capitol Beach.  She was the true love of his life.  They were married on June 14th, 1947, a marriage that lasted for 66 years.  To this union were born three children:  Christine Denice; Lynn Mari; and Kevin Roy.  Elmer worked at Western Electric, the Sidles Company, and was employed for many years as an auto upholsterer at McVicker’s Auto Trim in Lincoln.
Along with the equal help of his wife, Elmer spent the entire summer of 1983 painstakingly working at the task of the beautification of the pet cemetery at the Capitol Humane Society in Lincoln.  They moved, straightened, lifted, repaired and replaced every single memorial stone which marked the resting place of someone’s beloved pet, most of which had sunken badly into the ground.  It was a huge task which they took up with much care and love for pets that they would never personally know.
 Elmer also had the great and deserved privilege of participating in the WWII Honor Flight Program which used planes to shuttle veterans back to Washington, D.C. in order that they might visit the WWII Memorial on the National Mall.  It was certainly a major highlight of his life, and he was extremely proud to have been able to have had that experience with his fellow soldiers in arms.  During this experience, Elmer had the honor of meeting former Senator Robert Dole (KS), who was there that day to help welcome the veterans to the memorial.

     Elmer is survived by his wife, Florence; daughter Christine and son-in-law Kim Woodward of Richmond, California, son Kevin and daughter-in-law O’Linda of Eagle, Nebraska; sisters Urva Lou Frerichs of Minden, Nebraska; Estelle Sorenson of Sacramento, California; Carolyn Barber of Fullerton, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and his beloved pet, Cassie.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald, Charles, and Richard; sister Dorothy; and his daughter Lynn, who he loved greatly, missed dearly, and with whom he is once again reunited. 

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, citizen, and soldier, and we were all immensely lucky to have had our lives touched by his.

His family would like to thank the many medical personnel who cared for Elmer over the years including the members and staff of Horisun Hospice and Care Consultants For The Aging.  A special thank you goes to Dr. David Policky for his unfailing kindness which will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 29th, with family receiving friends from 3-4 p.m. the same day at the Wyuka Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 30th at the same location.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to the Honor Flight organization or the Capitol Humane Society.

Barbara A. Thompson, age 74, of Lincoln, died December 25, 2013.  She was born October 9, 1939 in Lincoln to Harvey and Rosa (Clem) Griggs.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Thompson.  Daughter, Debra Rhoades. Sons, Allen Starkweather, Rodney Starkweather, Mark Starkweather , Chester Starkweather and Eric Starkweather.  Brothers, Chuck Griggs, Phil Griggs.  Sister, Linda Lacey.  Stepbrother, Terry.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Kristin A. Norval

December 26, 2013

Kristin A. Norval, age 32, of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, passed away December 23, 2013.  She was born July 25, 1981 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Doug Russell and Karen (Hernandez) Failor.

Survivors include her husband, Nathanial “Nate” Norval of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  Children, Isaiah, Naomi and Eli Norval.  Step children, Corey and Malachi Norval.  Mom and Stepdad, Karen and Randy Failor.  Dad and Stepmom, Doug and Vicki Russell.  Siblings and spouses, Tanja and Andrew Sommers, Drew Russell, Miranda and Allan Perez, Alex Failor, Nathan Russell, Bryant Russell and Doug Anderson.  Grandparents, Nick and Marie Hernandez, Loretta Russell, Maurice and Marcia Russell, Van Johnson.  Many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.  She was preceded in death by her Aunt, Anita Kennedy.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on January 3, 2014 at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th street.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 2nd from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery

Memorials to the family for a future memorial designation.

Marion E. Rumbolz

December 24, 2013

Marion Ellen Rumbolz, age 84, of Lincoln was born in St. Paul, Nebraska on March 2, 1929.  Her parents were George and Ethel (Collins) Deininger.  After graduation from St. Paul High School, she attended the University of Nebraska where she received her B.S. degree in education in 1954.  While at the University, she met Richard L. Rumbolz to whom she was married on June 7, 1958.  Marion’s specialty was elementary education and she taught for a short time in California before returning to Nebraska to teach for many years in the Waverly and Lincoln Public School systems.  She was a talented amateur artist and an active member and past president of the Lincoln Artists’ Guild.  She and Richard traveled extensively and she enjoyed painting on their travels.  Marion designed the logo for the Lincoln Artists’ Guild and won many awards for her art, the most recent being the People’s Choice Award at the 2010 LAG Seward Art Show.

Marion was a long time member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dick, and survived by her brothers, Don (Florence)  Deininger and Warren (Alice) Deininger, her sister, Dorothy (Darold) Jorgensen and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 or the Lincoln Artists’ Guild in care of Wyuka Funeral Home.

Wenceslaus G. “Jim” Hruby

December 22, 2013

Wenceslaus G. “Jim” Hruby, 12/5/1921 – 12/21/2013, of Lincoln.  Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Decorated WWII veteran, Lifetime member of American Legion Post #371.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years Alice.  Daughter and Son-in-law, Judy and Robert Young; grandson and spouse, David and Sarah Guerrero; granddaughter and spouse, Jennifer and Anthony Croft.  Great grandson, Lorenzo Guerrero.  Preceded in death by his son, Richard; grandson J.J.

No services will be held at his request.

Phuoc Dang

December 21, 2013

Phuoc Dang, age 76, of Lincoln, died December 20, 2013.

Services and visitation Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:00-8:00 P.M.  Monday, December 23th and Tuesday, December 24th 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Closed Christmas Day.  Thursday, December 26th 10:00 A.M. to Noon.  Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St. Lincoln.

Howard H. Wooten

December 18, 2013

Howard H Wooten, age 81, of Lincoln.  Died December  13, 2013. He was born October 29, 1932 in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Howard and Kathleen (Phalen) Wooten Sr.   Howard was a US Air Force and Navy veteran. During his lifetime he resided in Lincoln Nebraska where he worked as an independent contractor, Wooten Construction.  He enjoyed traveling, painting and mosaics.

 Survivors include his daughter and spouse Leann Wooten and Marc Wilson of Shorewood, Wisconsin, sons:  Mark Wooten and Tom Wooten both of Lincoln. Preceded in death by wife Marlene (Alles) Wooten.

 Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday,  January  4, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street.

 Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

  Memorials to the family.

 

LaVerna R. “Vernie” Donahoo, age 71, of Lincoln, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 surrounded by her family.  LaVerna, loving wife of Charles (married 51 years), was born April 23, 1942 in Lincoln to Joseph Sr. and Mary (Morris) Sharpnack.  Vernie was an avid fan of Husker football, loved fishing, camping and spending time with her family and grandchildren.  (She was, as well, and honorary Mother and Grandmother of more people than can be counted).  She was a member of the Methodist church, Food Net volunteer of numerous years. She was retired from Vernie’s Child Care where she was a loving daycare provider.

Survivors include: Sons and daughters-in-law: Scott and Amy Donahoo, Steve and Melissa Donahoo all of Lincoln.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Lee and Mary Sharpnack of Waverly, Joseph and Priscilla Sharpnack of Greenwood.  Brothers-in-law and Spouses: Gary and Sue Donahoo, Kevin and Barbara Donahoo all of Lincoln.  Mark and Shannon Donahoo of Glendale, Arizona, Gaylen and Traci Donahoo, Elwin “Irish” Donahoo all of Lincoln.  Sister-in-law and Spouse: Carolyn “Susie” and Jimmy Watson of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren, 2 Great grandchildren.  Former daughters-in-law: Doreen and DiAnne.  Many Nephews, nieces and friends including her best friend and roommate, Elizabeth (Lizzi) Rosenthall.  Preceded in death by her husband Charles R. “Chuck” Donahoo, parents, Sisters: Marilyn Erickson and Betty Donahoo.  Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Charles and Rose Donahoo and sister-in-law: Cheryl Aden.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Nathan Donahoo, Christopher Donahoo, Zachary Donahoo, Scott Donahoo, Jr., Jesse Howard and Brandon Howard.  Honorary Pallbearers: Katie Donahoo, Krystal Donahoo, Mike Pleasant and Rick Robinson.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

John H. Harrison

December 10, 2013

John Harrison, of Lincoln, originally of Abilene, TX, has passed away after a successful career and active retirement, volunteering at his church and other local organizations. He was devoted to his wife, family, and friends.  He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Rita (Isaacson); children:  Sean and wife Kimberly, Lisa Sillman and husband Todd, Jeff Spicka, and Cheryl Biesterfeld and husband Joe; ten grandchildren; sister Dorothy Wimberley and husband Paul; brother Charles and wife Lorna; mother-in-law Mae Isaacson; sister-in-law Adelyn Scripter and husband Jim; brother-in-law Ken Isaacson and wife Elberta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 40th and C street.  Interment will take place at Tecumseh Cemetery, Texas.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Memorials to The Feast Prison Ministry Program at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Lincoln or the American Diabetes Association.

Carroll L. Huddle

December 8, 2013

Carroll L. Huddle, age 75, of Lincoln, passed away on December 7, 2013.  He was born March 4, 1938 in Clarinda, Iowa to Raymond and Rhoda (Monzingo) Huddle.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law: Steve and Rebecca Rice, Kyle and Kathy Rice; daughter and son-in-law: Shari and Gary Stanley all of Lincoln.  Sister: Evelyn Reynolds of Marshalltown, Iowa.  11 Grandchildren, 17 Great grandchildren.  Nieces and Nephews.  Carroll was preceded in death by his wife: Lorene (Trullinger) Huddle, son: Dale and his parents.

Services will be held 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial of ashes will take place at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Rice family.

Marilyn J. Hasselbalch

December 7, 2013

Marilyn Jean Hasselbalch was taken into the arms of the Savior on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Lincoln. She was born on Jan. 2, 1930, in Omaha to Paul William and Helga Ester (Nodgaard) Campfield.  Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at Koontz Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha and was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  She graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a BA in Education, where she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. Other honors and societies to which she belonged include Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Sigma Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha, Mortar Board Vice President, American Legion Auxiliary, Danish Sisterhood, PEO Chapter FX, Norden Club, and William White Chapter of Colonial Dames. She was named among the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1961 and listed in the Who’s Who of American Women in 1991-92.  She began her career as a teacher. She taught school in Omaha and Long Beach, Calif. Marilyn was active in the Republican Party all of her adult life.  She was a member of the College Young Republicans, Cornhusker Republican Women and National Federation of Republican Women.  She served as the Nebraska Delegate to the State Republican Convention in 1986. She also worked for the Nebraska Real Estate Appraiser Board as the director.  She was an assistant to Charles Thone when he served as a U.S. Congressman and as Nebraska’s Governor. She also assisted Nebraska’s first female Governor, Kay Orr, in the State Treasurer’s Office and in the Governor’s Office. Her responsibilities included writing speeches for both Thone and Orr.

She is survived by her children, Kurt (Claire Calcagno), Eric (Xiaogang Qiu), Ane McBride (Mike) and Daughter in law, Missy Hasselbalch; her grandchildren, Jordan (fiancé Megan Magsamen), James (Chloe Sweet), Zoe and Isabel Hasselbalch and Paul, Andy and Luke McBride. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Peter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner, Lincoln.  Graveside services will be held at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from Noon until 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Monday, December 9, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran Church.

Gayle D. Tweton

December 5, 2013

Gayle D. Tweton, age 82, of Lincoln passed away peacefully December 4, 2013 with his family by his side.  He was born October 3, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa to Helmer and Elsie (Krogmann) Tweton.  Gayle was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was proud to work as a teamster and heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Tim Westrick of Lincoln; Granddaughters and spouses, Amy and Tony Gee of Adams, Nebraska, Jenny and Mike Finck of Omaha, Carrie and Paul Marshall of Lincoln.  Great grandchildren, Madison Gee, Owen, Carter and Kinley Finck, Wylder Marshall.  Nieces, Nephews and longtime friends.  Gayle was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta; his parents; brothers, Virgil Tweton, Palmer Tweton and infant brother.  Sister, Fern Barger.

Private family services at a later date.

Memorials to the Friendship Home.

Patty Jo Hohenstein

December 4, 2013

Patty Jo Hohenstein, age 81, of Lincoln passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on December 3, 2013, after a short illness.  She was born February 10, 1932 in Hastings, Nebraska to Jofield C. and Orma Belle (James) Outhier.  Patty was a 1953 graduate of Hastings College and on April 7, 1956 she married Charles Hohenstein in San Diego, California.  Patty was a devoted Navy wife, travelling the world with her husband Charles and her girls.  Favorite duty tours included Japan and England.  Pat loved her students and cherished her time as a teacher at Sheridan School.  Always a voracious reader, Pat became an avid bridge player after retiring from teaching.  Pat was a proud Nebraska native and was a passionate Cornhusker fan.

Survivors include daughter, Pamela Bieda of Potomac, Maryland and her children, Sarah, Jessica and Josef Bieda; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Larry Nelsen of Omaha and their children, Michael and Molly Nelsen.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; sister, Katherine M. Stenner.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 6th at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th street, Lincoln.  To honor her love for the Cornhuskers and her natural hair color, please dress in red for her service.

Private inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Charles.

Memorials to the Lincoln Public School Foundation, Sheridan Fund for Excellence in memory of Patty Hohenstein, P.O. Box 82889, Lincoln, NE.  68501 or St. Matthews Episcopal Church.

   

 

 

Joseph M. Lowrey

December 2, 2013

Joseph M. Lowrey, age 44, of Lincoln, died December 1, 2013.  He was born August 13, 1969 in Lincoln to Linda Watts and Michael Lowrey.

Survivors include his son, Levi Lowrey of Lincoln; Mother, Linda Watts of Lincoln; Father, Michael Lowrey of Lincoln; Brother, Patrick Lowrey of Colorado; Aunts, Patricia Jo Davis and Debra Keating; Uncles, Robert Lee Keating, Darold Dean Keating and Jack Lowrey.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Jean Lowrey; Step father, Wayne Watts; Step brother, Chad Watts; grandparents; Uncle, Glenn Keating, Sr.; Aunt, Kathy; Cousin, Glenn Keating, Jr.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 6th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.

Shahdi Negahban

November 28, 2013

Shahdi Negahban, age 19, of Lincoln died November 26, 2013.  She was born December 22, 1993 in Lincoln to Mehrdad Negahban and Setareh Makinejad.  Shahdi was a 2012 graduate of Lincoln Southwest High School.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her parents, brother: Arman Negahban; grandparents: Abolghasem Makinejad and Soudabeh Ghaemmaghami.  Uncles: Bahman Negahban, Babak Makkinejad, Babak Negahban, Barmak Makinejad, Daryush Negahban and Ali Sorouri.  Aunts: Amy Floresta, Jonga Kwak, Sanya Avazpour, Shohreh Azadi, Mari Sorouri and Gundula Stoll.  Cousins: Roshan, Azita, Aram, Omeed, Sirus, Mona, Michka, Nasrin, Pouya and Pourya.  Also, her many friends.

Services will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park following the service at Wyuka Funeral Home.  The family will have a reception at their home following the services at the cemetery.

Memorials to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or online at www.lls.org

Willie L. Sturgis

November 27, 2013

Willie L. Sturgis, age 61, of Lincoln, died November 24, 2013.  Born September 14, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1968 to 1970.

Survivors include his children, Willie Sturgis and his wife Michell of Lincoln.  Danielle Brown Sturgis of St. Louis, Missouri.  Grandchildren, Daquan Sturgis, Anastasia Sturgis, Tatyana Sturgis and Trinyti Williams.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No visitation, cremation.

Richard L. Rumbolz

November 26, 2013

Richard Leunis Rumbolz, age 83, was born in Lincoln, NE on November 21, 1930, the only child of Charles R. & Alice Marie (Van Es) Rumbolz.  Dick graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948 and received his B.A. degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska in 1956.  While at the University, he met Marion Deininger and they were married on June 7, 1958.

Dick served in the Army National Guard and worked for the Lincoln Gas Company and the March of Dimes.  He also sold insurance and worked in travel sales.  However, Dick’s true passion was his lifelong interest in all forms of transportation including railroads, streetcars and buses.  He was an active member of both the Lincoln Railfans Club and the Camerail Club of Omaha.  He was talented amateur photographer and specialized in photos and history of the Lincoln streetcar and bus systems.  Many of his photos appeared in national publications. 

Dick is credited with singlehandedly saving and storing the 5000+ Edholm-Blomgren photo collection which provides a priceless record of the history of Lincoln for the second half of the 20th century and which has led to publication of 3 books.

Dick was a past president of the Lincoln Jaycees and a longtime member of the Elks Lodge #80 and St. Paul United Methodist Church.  He was creative in his love of history and will be missed by his many friends.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Marion.

Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at Wyuka Funeral Home,  3600 “O” Street, Lincoln 68510, with committal and military rites following at Wyuka Cemetery.  Rev. David Lux, St. Paul’s Methodist Church will be officiating.  Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Frank Ayres

November 25, 2013

Frank Ayres, age 81, of Lincoln, died November 24, 2013.  He was born June 17, 1932 in Murray, Nebraska to Emery and Mae (Hicks) Ayres.  Frank served in the Korean War, 1952-1954, then went to work at Nebraska Prestress which later became Inland Concrete.  He retired after 31 years of hard work.  Frank enjoyed working on small engine equipment out of his garage.  He also loved to fish in Alaska with life long friend and brother-in-law, friends and family in Nebraska City.

Survivors include best friend and companion of 29 years, Janice Gillaspy and granddaughter Kay-lee Buckley both of Lincoln.  Daughter, Jodi Ayres of Lincoln; Brother and sister-in-law, Everette and Cheryl Ayres of Washington; Sisters and Brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Jim, Dorothy and John.  3 Grandchildren, Zack Ayres, Lilli Joe Ayres and Donna May Ayres all of Washington.  Many grandchildren, step children of Oklahoma and great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randy Ayres, brother George Ayres, 2 sisters Pat Ayres and Ema Jean Ayres.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, November 29th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will also be at Wyuka Funeral Home beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, November 29th.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Stephan “Steve” Storonskij

November 11, 2013

Stephan “Steve” Storonskij, age 64 of Lincoln, passed away November 9, 2013.  He was born October 14, 1949 in Liege, Belgium to Ihnat and Chrystyna (Hewka) Storonskij.  Steve was a carpenter by trade and owned Woodcutter Custom Cabinets.

Survivors include his wife, Oksana Storonskij of Lincoln; Brother and Sister-in-law, Peter and Claudia Storonskij of Lincoln; Sister and Brother-in-law, Anna Marie and Dale Meskimen of Lincoln.  10 nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home and Wednesday, November 13th at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.

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

Harriet A. Hitt

November 4, 2013

Harriet Hitt, age 89 of Lincoln passed away November 2, 2013.  She was born December 6, 1923 in Tabor, South Dakota to Charles and Harriet (Dugovic) Novotny.

Harriet is survived by her son Douglas W. Hitt and wife Judy, daughter  Linda John McLaughlin and husband Thomas Michael McLaughlin.  Grandchildren: Christine McGonigle and husband Miles, Michele Jeffres, Michael Hitt, Matthew John and wife Anne, Mark John and wife Kelly, Angie Tidball and husband Joseph.  Great grandchildren, Mitchell McGonigle, Jacob McGonigle, Lauren Jeffres, Kylie John, Emma John, Allie John, Stella Tidball, Samuel Tidball, and Tyler John.  Sister and Brother-in-law: Betty and Jim Holtdorf, Brother and sister-in-law: Clarence and Clyda Novotny.  She is preceded in death by her husband Delbert W. Hitt and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Wednesday, November 6th from 3:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. with the family present from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Roger A. Jones

October 31, 2013

Roger Jones, age 57 of Lincoln passed away October 30, 2013.  He was born October 17, 1956 in Auburn, Nebraska to Richard Jones and Norma (Reed) Botts.  Roger worked for Brandt Excavating in Lincoln.

Survivors include his mother, Norma Botts of Lincoln.  Brother and Sister-in-law, Randy and Julie Jones of Syracuse, Nebraska.  Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Tuesday, November 5th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Marie Charvat

October 29, 2013

Marie Charvat, 92, of Lincoln, Nebraska died Sunday (October 27, 2013) surrounded by her three daughters and husband.  Marie Charvat (nee Mahon) was born on August 1, 1921 to Ellen (Rorke) and Patrick Mahon on a farm in the village of Tibohine, County Roscommon, Ireland.  She attended school in Ireland until  6th grade and then continued her education in England, going home to Ireland in the summers.  Her father took on labor work in England and they lived with her Uncle Bernard.  As a child she played a game called camogie, which is like field hockey with a ball, she also loved listening to her father sing and tell stories he would make up, leaving off each night at a really exciting part.  Marie would walk home from school for lunch and her mother would cook her favorite lunch for her; an egg and a piece of soda bread.  Marie enjoyed fishing with her father at the creek at an end of their farm.  On the farm she enjoyed watching the baby animals being born and received a cow for her 16th birthday.  One of her favorite stories is that when she was 3 years old she was sent with a can for 3 pennies worth of snuff for her father at the local store.  She had a hard time pronouncing snuff and called it “stuff.”  The merchant gave her a really hard time, saying, “What kind of stuff do you want?” However, eventually she got what she came for.  Marie loved travel and adventure. Another exciting adventure was parachuting out of a plane over a field in England at he age of 17.  Her first job was working at a Post Office in England.  She wanted to join the service, but her uncle stopped her.  Later, she did join the English Army.  During WWII she was a Corporal in the English Army and served abroad in both England and Germany. After she was in the service she continued to work for the English Government.  Once she waited on Prime Minster Churchill, and also saw Princess Margaret at a party. Her favorite place was Austria where she climbed to the top of the Zugspitze.  After the war and her parents deaths, she moved to the United States, living first with an Aunt in New Jersey and then an Aunt in Chicago. She met Edward Charvat at the Algonquin Ballroom in Chicago. They fell in love and were married six months later on April 27, 1957.  Ed and Marie moved from Chicago to Lincoln, Nebraska with their three daughters in 1963. Marie volunteered as a P.T.A. secretary and Girl Scout leader. She worked at Miller & Paine Dept. Store, as an election poll worker, and as a Real Estate Agent. Marie enjoyed the adventures of life and dove into new things happily. She was computer savvy and used email and Facebook well into her 90’s.

 Marie is survived by her husband Edward, daughters; Audrey Charvat Drew (Gary), Donna Haiden (Mark), and Renee Charvat, 5 grandchildren; Erica White (Gary), Dawson & Raimey Drew, Leah & Rachel Haiden,  2 great grandchildren; Jasmyn & Addisyn White.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Patrick Mahon, her brother Johnny, and her best friend Peggy Patzel.

Funeral Mass: 2 p.m. Wedneday, October, 30, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Lincoln. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home; and 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Church.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for Monarch Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.

Howard E. Lavalleur

October 28, 2013

Howard Ernest Lavalleur, age 76 of Monte Vista, Colorado passed away October 28, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He was born February 12, 1937 in Holdrege, Nebraska to Harry Eugene and Mae Irene (Singleterry) Lavalleur.  Howard was raised and went to high school in Holdrege, Nebraska.  After high school he worked at the Hotel Dale in Holdrege as a chef, and later owned the Green Lantern Cafe in Elwood, Nebraska.  Howard also was the owner and operator of the Daylight Donut Shops in Sidney, Nebraska and Monte Vista, Colorado.

Survivors include his sons, Carroll (Sharon) Lavalleur of Lincoln and David (LaRae) Lavalleur of Winston Salem, NC; daughter, DeAnn (Tim) Myers of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren Curtis Lavalleur, Matt Lavalleur, Kate Lavalleur, Jenny Lavalleur of Lincoln, Nicole (Nick) Day of Walkertown, NC, Chelsea Lavalleur and fiancé John Peacock Jr of Denver, NC, Chris (Nastaran) Myers of Haymarket, VA, and Dustin Myers of Oklahoma City; great grandchildren Bryant and Carter Day of Walkertown and Aydin & Elina Myers of Haymarket; nieces and nephews; and special friend Marian Claunch of Monte Vista.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Earl, Richard and Wayne.  Former wife, Karen.

Memorial services:  Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. 

Private family interment at Fridhem Cemetery in Funk, Nebraska.

Family suggests memorials to Conour Animal Shelter, PO Box 369, Monte Vista CO 81144, or to Grace Community Baptist Church, 403 Lincoln Ave, Monte Vista CO 81144.  Condolences may be left online at www.wyuka.com.

Viola E. (Johnson) Moffitt

October 20, 2013

Viola Johnson Moffitt was born on September 1, 1918 on a homestead near Burlington, Colorado.  Her parents were Anna and Carl Johnson, Swedish immigrants who homesteaded in Colorado.  In 1921 her family moved to the Davey, Nebraska area where they farmed.  Viola often spoke of her happy childhood on the farm with her six siblings.  She was confirmed in the Bethlehem Covenant Church and graduated from Davey High School.  After graduation she moved to Lincoln and worked at Smith Dorsey Labs.  She married Evan Moffitt, traveled with Evan across the country while he completed his pilot’s training in the Army Air Corps.  Evan was stationed in Italy during World War II.  Their son, Jerry was born in March 1945, the same day Evan flew his first combat mission in Italy.  Vi and Jerry lived with Evan’s family in Detroit, Michigan until the War was over.  Vi, Evan and Jerry moved to the Lincoln area, living in Huskerville and in 1948 their daughter Katherine was born.  While living in Huskerville they met Nancy and Dick Hubbard who became their lifetime friends.  The family moved to North 65th street in 1954 and in 1956 the family moved to the Philippine Islands, where Evan worked as the purchasing agent at the new Gooodyear Tire and Rubber Plant.  The family returned to the USA in 1958 and lived in Ohio, eventually returning to Lincoln.  Vi and Evan lived on York Lane for several years until Evan’s death in 1985.  In 2005, when her eyesight began to fail and she could no longer drive, Vi moved to the Legacy retirement community where she lived until her death on October 18, 2013.

Vi loved to travel, play cards and to visit with family and friends.  Her greatest joy was being a grandmother to Megan and Margaret.  She followed their interests and growth and was always there for their many activities, birthday parties and coffee on Sunday mornings.  Christmas was always very special, celebrated with her siblings and their families with many Swedish traditions.  She was a true Swede and never turned down Lutefish.  The time and effort she and her sisters devoted to Christmas Eve was astonishing and always resulted in a true family feast.  She and her sisters always recited the Christmas Eve prayer in Swedish before the feast began.  Family always came first with Vi.  Birthday celebrations, travels and card playing always included family.  She loved to travel and friends and relatives said many times she was a good traveler, always ready for new adventures whether it be catching fish or playing “horrible fourable”.  She had the amazing ability to find the fun in life and not dwell on the hard times.  She was a true member of the “greatest generation”, surviving the 1918 flu pandemic, two world wars, and the great depression.

In September of this year, many of you joined us at Vi’s 95th birthday celebration.  Although her health had declined considerably, she savored each moment of her party somehow knowing that this would be the last time we were all together.  She was very appreciative of the expressions of kindness from friends and family and enjoyed the flowers, notes and cards sent by many.  Her final journey was swift but she was able to be with her sister Maxine, her niece Joyce and her granddaughters.  She will be missed by many.  Her life was long and she made the most of each challenge and opportunity.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Evan; her sisters Alice Pike and Helen Cook; her brother Harry Johnson, and nieces Gloria Jean, Vernell, and Peggy.  She is survived by her daughter Katherine and son-in-law John Milligan, and their daughters Megan and Margaret Milligan; her son Jerry and his wife Jane; sister Esther Root; sisters and brothers-in-law Maxine and Omar Jensen, and Edith and Dwaine Hartman; and many nieces and nephews. 

Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at The Legacy, 5600 Pioneers Blvd.  Private interment at Wyuka cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the Food Bank of Lincoln.

Debra Kay Donnell

October 13, 2013

Debra Kay Donnell, age 59 of Lincoln, passed away October 11, 2013 with her family by her side.  She was born April 25, 1954 in Colorado Springs, CO.  She was raised in Imperial, Nebraska.  Deb graduated high school at Chase County High School.  She then went on to obtain her BS in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration at Kearney State College. 

Deb was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and great friend.  She lived a beautiful life that, despite her blindness, always saw the bright colors in everyone and everything that surrounded her.  She was active in her church at Living Word Fellowship and enjoyed being with her family and friends.  Deb was an amazing and Godly woman who was an angel long before she passed on to be with The Lord.

Deb is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Einspahr.  She is survived by her son, Darrick and daughter-in-law, Kasey, along with two granddaughters, Alaina and Kailey Donnell all of Olathe, KS and her soul mate, Steve Bennett of Lincoln, NE. 

Celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 15th from Noon until 8:00 PM. with the family present to greet friends and relatives from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Interment will be on Thursday, October 17th at the Chase Cemetery in Imperial, Nebraska. 

Memorials may be left to the family or to the Living Word Fellowship of Church in Lincoln.

Joyce L. Cash

September 30, 2013

Joyce L. Cash, age 74, of Humboldt, Nebraska died September 29, 2013 in Lincoln.  She was born March 6, 1939 in Plainfield, Wisconsin to Lyle and LaNolla (Rice) Daschner.  Before her retirement she was a cook at the Newman Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Cash of Humboldt.  Daughter and Son-in-law, Kathy and William Foster of Lincoln.  Son, Warren Mitchell of Lincoln; her mother, LaNolla Rice of Clinton, Wisconsin.  Grandchildren and Spouse, Adam and Mariya Foster of San Francisco, California; Robert Foster of Lincoln; Wesley Mitchell of Lincoln and Brittany Mitchell of Lincoln.  6 Great grandchildren.  4 step children and several step great grandchildren.  Sister and Brother-in-law, Delores and Tony Jones of Clinton, Wisconsin.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Arleigh and Joni Daschner of Sussex, Wiconsin; Norman and Barb Daschner of Maringo, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren; Father, Lyle and Sister, Jeanette.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 3rd from Noon until 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home

Services will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Friday, October 4th at 9:30 A.M. 

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

Memorials to the family.

James Edward Meeks, age 81 of Lincoln, died Friday, September 27, 2013.  He was born February 29, 1932 in Fayette, Alabama to Phillip and Pearl (Taylor) Meeks.  James was raised in Fayette, moved to Lincoln to join family and friends in the 1950′s and worked in the construction industry until his retirement.  He was known to many in the community for his JM seasoning and barbeque ribs.  James was a kind and gracious person and will be missed by his family and friends and those at Homestead Rehab Center.

James is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  He is survived by his nieces Marie and Erania and by his many other nieces, nephews and their families and by his former wife Rosetta and his step-son Wilbur.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Henry B. Thomann

September 23, 2013

Henry B. Thomann, age 96 of Lincoln passed away September 23, 2013.  He was born August 14, 1917 in New Haven, Missouri to Oscar J. and Hattie M. (Foster) Thomann.  Henry was a member of Southview Christian Church in Lincoln.

Survivors include his son, James B. Thomann of Springfield, Illinois. daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Gene Hayes of Springfield, Illinois.   Sister, Mary Hoerstkamp of New Haven, Misssouri.  2 Grandchildren, Julie and Garrett Curry;  John Schroeder.  2 Step grandchildren, Scott and Debbie Hayes; Kerry and Allen Tomlin.  2 Great grandchildren, McKenna Curry; Brennan Curry.  2 Step great grandchildren, Travis Hayes; Jared Hayes and special friends.  Preceded in death by his wife Joyce.  Sister, Florence Von Behren.  Brother, Oscar Thomann.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Saturday beginning at 1:00 P.M.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

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

John R. Engel

September 16, 2013

John Robert Engel, age 90 of Lincoln passed away September 16, 2013.  He was born April 1, 1923 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Fred and Katy (Krott) Engel.  On February 22, 1942 John married Alberta Richardson in Grand Island, Nebraska.  John served in the U.S. Army during WWII, spending over one year in Europe with Battery A, 555th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and at the end of the war with the U.S. Army military police.  He was a member of  the First Christian Church and the IUPAT local 0573.  John had a 30 year career as a glazier with Cooks Paint & Glass contractors.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Susan Engel of Lincoln and Mike and Bonnie Engel of Lincoln.  7 Grandchildren, 5 Great grandchildren.  Nieces and Nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Alberta; their daughter, Linda S. Engel (Wentz).  Sisters, Marie Hope, Molie Engel, Irina Koch, Esther Christensen and Bernice Engel.  Brother, Henry Engel and his parents.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  No viewing or visitation, John’s wishes were to be cremated.

Memorials may be left for the Alzheimers Association or the American Heart Association.

Robert E. Hunt, Sr.

September 12, 2013

Robert E. Hunt, Sr., age 90 of Lincoln, passed away September 11, 2013.  He was born January 27, 1923 in Auburn, New York to Leo James and Elnora (Brennan) Hunt.  Bob was a U.S. Army veteran serving as a medic during WWII in France.

Survivors include his former spouse and friend, Joyce Hunt of Lincoln.  Daughters and Son-in-law, Deb Crandall of Ft. Pierce, FL; Mildred and Dan Shepler of New York.  Son Robert E. Hunt, Jr. of Lincoln.  Granddaughters, Nicki of New York and Stefanie of Florida.  Grandson, Leroy Crandall, Jr. Niece, Bonnie Rockwell of New York.  5 step children, many step grandchildren.

Graveside services with military rites will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Tanzania Orphan Project

Betty Jean Kroon

September 9, 2013

Betty Jean Kroon age 82 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Lincoln.  She was born on June 23, 1931 in Milligan, Nebraska to William and Liddia (Horlivy) Buzek.  She graduated from Milligan High School.  Betty married Larry Glen Kroon, he preceded her in death on July 28, 1998.  She was the apartment manager at Blevins Apartments from 1964 to 1996.

Betty is survived by her sons, Curtis (Leslie Stimbert) Kroon of Lincoln; Calvin (Mary) Kroon of Roca; granddaughter, Heidi Kroon of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. rosary service all at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 K Street, with Father Doug Dietrich officiating.

Burial at a later date will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Capital Humane Society.

Dr. John Willard Bengtson

September 6, 2013

Dr. John Willard Bengtson, 98, of Lincoln passed away September 5, 2013 in Lincoln Nebraska.  He was born on a farm in rural Platte county  December 11,1914 to parents John Emil and Sarah Nilsson Bengtson, both first generation residents of Swedish ancestry.  He attended Boone County rural schools, graduated from Albion High School and attended the University of Nebraska graduating in 1937 with a BS in Agriculture, and a MA from George Washington University in 1941.  In 1940 he married Antoinette Ketner of Washington DC.  First employed mapping sandhills vegetation on the Valentine Migratory Wildfowl Refuge, he was next employed by the US Golf Association Greens Section  in Washington DC doing  research on selection and cultivation of grass for golf courses.  With the onset of WWII he was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize newly constructed airfields in the southern United States.  When this assignment was finished he was inducted into the US Army Chemical Warfare Service until discharged to attend medical school.  He entered the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine in 1945, graduating in 1948.  Internship and residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Ohio and continued  residency at Veteran’s Hospital in Newington Connecticut under the supervision of Yale University.  Certified in Internal Medicine he was employed at the Connecticut Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill until joining the Lincoln Clinic in 1956.  While in practice he was a member of the attending staff at Bryan Memorial, Lincoln General, and St. Elizabeth hospitals.  He was medical director of the Independence Center at Lincoln General Hospital for 20years.  John served on the Nebraska Commission on aging, was a member of the Nebraska Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the Lancaster County Medical Association.  He was elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. He was a long time member of Lincoln Sailing Club.

Preceded in death by his wife, Antoinette and daughter  Khristina.  Survived by sons Peter of New York City, Erik and Steven (Vonda) of Lincoln, Carl (Deb) of West Palm Beach, FL. and grandchildren, Sarah, Rachael and Charles of West Palm Beach, FL., and Stephen, Matthew and Jenna  of Lincoln.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Denore Marie Shoup

August 29, 2013

Denore M. Shoup, age 59 of Lincoln, passed away with her family by her side on August 29, 2013.  She was born March 13, 1954 in Buffalo, New York to John R. and Jane M. (Kopp) Bossinger.  Denore was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Jim Shoup of Lincoln.  Son: Pete Shoup of Lincoln.  Her grandson, Dillon Shoup, who was the light of her life.  Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Denise Koziel of New York, Diane and Thomas Zulawski of New York, Donna and Ed Falco of Arizona.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law: John H. and Lucille Bossinger of Illinois, Jeff and Cindy Bossinger of New York.  Special friend: Synda Horsham of Lincoln.  Sister-in-law: Tammy Bossinger of New York.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Joel James Bossinger and a brother-in-law, David Koziel.

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 10:30 A.M. until service time.

Burial with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left to the Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency association or the family.

Richard “Dick” A. Waters age 87 of Beatrice, Nebraska died on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Beatrice.  He was born on November 19, 1925 in Middleburgh, New York to Raymond D. and Grace Anna (Cower) Waters. He served in the US Navy during World War II.  Dick was united in marriage to Blanche Golus on December 20, 1945 in Modesto, California.  They were married for 63 years.  The couple resided in Middleburg, New York, before settling in Grand Island in 1948.  Dick lived in Beatrice the last two years with his daughter, Sherry and her husband Allan.  Dick was a truck driver for Ace Hardware and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He delivered the Omaha World Herald in Northwest Nebraska for 50 years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 53 in Grand Island.

Dick is survived by his son, Rich and Kathy Waters of Burlingame, Kansas; daughters, Sherry and Allan Spiehs of Beatrice; Joanne and Mike Spaulding of Lincoln; Beverly Waters of Beatrice; grandchildren, Rich and Jodi Waters of CA; Mike Waters of Lincoln; Andrew Spiehs of Lincoln; Melissa Spaulding of Lincoln; Storm Santiago of Brainard, MN; Peter Spiehs of Kansas City, MO; Tory Spiehs Carkoski of Lincoln; 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Blanche, a son in infancy, Robert John, brother, Reginald L. Waters.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics or the People’s City Mission.

Alfred “Al” A. Arth

August 23, 2013

Dr. Alfred A. Arth passed away suddenly, August 22, 2013, at Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Al was born in New Jersey where he graduated high school.  He then served as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Paterson State Teacher’s College in Paterson, New Jersey.  Dr. Arth obtained his Doctoral degree from Oklahoma University, Norman, Oklahoma.  Dr. Arth was a national expert in Middle School Education, writing more than one hundred publications, several books, and winning national awards.  Al taught at Southeast Community College and, previously, at York College, University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming, and University of Virginia.

 Al is survived by his wife, Phyllis Messer Arth. Children: Clare McIntosh (Mike), Karleen Sheppard Jassman (Rick), Mary Daughrity (Varen), Grady Arth, Axel Arth.  Al was proceeded in death by his son, Alfred F. Arth.  Al is survived by eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his sister, Valerie Arth, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services: Monday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Visitation: Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home. Family will be present 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alfred A. Arth Memorial Scholarship, in care of: SCC Foundation, 301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln, NE 68510.

Betty Jean Frye

August 10, 2013

Betty Jean Frye age 86 of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Lincoln. She was born in Clinton, Missouri on May 1, 1927 to Bert and Dola (Williams) Omans. Betty was a homemaker and a stay at home mom to her four sons and she loved music and her pets.

Betty is survived by her children, Chuck and Ardess Connel; Bob and Sue Connel; Harry and Susan Frye; Jerry and Cindy Frye; many grandchildren; nieces; nephews; sister, Dorothy Martin of Little Rock, Arkansas; brother, Elmer Omans of Detroit, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth of 54 years, and her brother Marvin Omans who was killed in the Korean War.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Homestead Rehabilitation Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital for their support in Betty’s final days.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

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