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Obituaries

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.

Pauline P. Parke, age 92, of Lincoln went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 14, 2013.  Widow of Eugene H. Parke,  she was born January 29, 1921 in Ulysses, Nebraska to Con and Blanche (Jones) Edwards.  Pauline was retired from the Nebraska Wesleyan University finance office.  She was active in the United Methodist Women and held offices in district and conference levels.  Pauline also belonged to the Women’s Wesleyan Educational Council and was treasurer for 14 years.  She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter ES, the Sunflower Club and Bryan Board.

Pauline is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Patricia and George Riggs of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law: Melvin and Carole Parke of Lincoln; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 5 great, great grandchildren.  Sisters, Ella Robinson of Douglas, Wyoming, Darlene Shrader of David City, Nebraska.  Many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister: Marie Straw, brothers: Raymond and Clyde Edwards.

Pauline donated her body to the State of Nebraska Anatomical Board for the advancement of medical education and research.  

Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation, interment of her ashes will be held at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed, in Pauline’s name to the W.W.E.C. scholarship at Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE  68504.

William “Bill” Leon Ziegelbein of Lincoln, Nebraska died on August 8, 2013 near White River, South Dakota.  He was born on October 29, 1968 in Central City, Nebraska to Kenneth William and Shirley Ann (Moeller) Ziegelbein.  Bill attended Immanuel Lutheran School from Kindergarten through eighth grade and attended Polk High School where he graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1987. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Sunday School during those years. He played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a center from 1987 to 1991.   He married Colleen Sue (White) Allick on May 27, 2011 in Lincoln.  He worked as a mechanical engineer for Goodyear in Lincoln.

Bill is survived by his wife, Colleen of Lincoln; children, Tara, Sarah, Tony, Erin, Josiah, Hannah, Rebekah and Kalev; father, Kenneth Ziegelbein of Polk, Nebraska; brother, Lavern and Jean Marie of Union; sisters, Jean Ann and Michael Hergenroeder of Sterling, Virginia; Patricia and Robert Fuller of Dallas, Texas; Gale and Ralph Kerstens of Arlington, Texas; Karen and Bret Seipold of Hastings, Iowa; mother-in-law, Lynn White of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Lori White of Omaha; and brother-in-law, Brady White of Shenandoah, Iowa.  Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley and his grandparents.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 S. 84th Street, Lincoln, NE

Burial will be on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family for later designation.

 

Lori Sue Marcuson age 53 of Lincoln, Nebraska died at her home surrounded by her family on Friday, August 9, 2013.  She was born on June 17, 1960 in Plattsburgh, New York to LaVern and Audrey (Luthi) Bechard.  She worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators in translating and literacy development.

Lori is survived by her husband, Mark of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Emily Marcuson of Lincoln; son, Brad Marcuson of Lincoln; parents, LaVern and Audrey Bechard of Salina, Kansas; brother and sister-in-law, John and Bobsie Bechard of London, England; brother, Jeff Bechard of Beloit, Kansas; sister, Julie Bechard of Lincoln.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Private family interment will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

 

Marjorie Ann (Estes) Culp

August 9, 2013

Marjorie Ann (Estes) Culp, age 85, died July 6, 2013 in Belmont, CA from complications of dementia. She was born April 17, 1928 in Omaha to E. Forrest & Sarah Blythe (McReynolds) Estes.  The family moved to Lincoln when she was a child.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946 and from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Elementary Education in 1950.  She was active in Towne Club, Sigma Eta Chi, and was a Phi Beta Kappa. She was married to CDR Chester C Culp Jr (USN retired) in 1954 in Adak, AKin 1954.  She especially enjoyed working with young children and was a kindergarten teacher.  She took great pride in raising her family and liked to travel.  She was a member of the Temple Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Nebraska Mayflower Society.  As a military family she lived on both coasts and also overseas in France.  She lived most recently in Chula Vista,CA from 1966 to 2010.

She is survived by children Michael (Shirley) of Centennial, CO; Chris of San Diego, CA; Anita of Albany, NY; and Patty of Oakland, CA; grandchildren Jennifer (Sean) Finerty, Janet (Eric) Redwine, David Culp, and Will Culp; great grandchild Conor Finerty; and sisters Betty (Woody) Brinkman of Lincoln and Barbara Laughlin of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by husband Chester, parents, sister Dorothy Munson and brother Jim Estes.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 20, 2013 at 10:30 am at First Plymouth Congregational, followed by interment of ashes at Wyuka Cemetery with her parents.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Stella Louise Dodge age 72 of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Lincoln surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on February 16, 1941 in Fowler Colorado to Earl Albert and Cleo LaVerne (Erhart) Beckett. She was raised in Overland Park, Kansas. As an adult, Stella lived in New Jersey and Massachusetts before spending 4o years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Lincoln in 2010, which she loved, to be near her daughters.

Stella loved animals and worked at Adobe Animal Health in Los Altos, California until she retired in 2008. She continued to pet sit until 2012. She was often heard saying that it took her 52 years to find what she loved to do in life and was lucky enough to find it.

Stella is survived by her son; Steven Paul and Elaine Stolte of Huntington, West Virginia; daughters; Dena Raye and Bradshaw J Hupp; Kara Lee and Timothy Kennedy both of Lincoln Nebraska; 9 grandchildren (including Cassie Lynn Stolte, who she was instrumental in raising, also of Lincoln); 9 great grandchildren; sister Chrystal Gann of Independence Missouri; brother Harold Beckett of Joplin, Missouri; Daughter-in-law Isis and Andy Jonnson of San Jose California. Stella was preceded in death by her parents; husband John Nelson Dodge; son William Brent Stolte and a daughter in infancy Shana Marie.

Cremation, no visitation.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln Nebraska, or the Humane Society in your home town.

Eugene Robert Martin

August 2, 2013

Eugene R. Martin age 86 of Friend, Nebraska died on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Lincoln. He was born on March 1, 1927 in Lincoln to Earl Robert and Carrie (Burr) Martin.  He graduated from Waverly High School.  Eugene served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1952.  He served during World War II and the Korean War.  He married Enola S. Esponge on December 6, 1947 and they were together 66 years.  He worked in the Insurance and Real Estate business since 1963.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Enola of Friend, Nebraska; daughter, Christine (Chris) Martin of Lincoln; son, Bob Martin of Alton, Missouri; daughter, Lori Martin of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandsons, Robert (Robby) Martin of West Plains, Missouri; Samy Younis of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughter, Ricky Lee Morris of West Plains, Missouri; many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Irene Pine; Carol Glantz; Orneta Johnson; brother, Kenneth Martin; a son in infancy, Eugene Robert Martin, Jr., and a granddaughter, Deana Younis.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the United Church of Christ in Friend, Nebraska.

Burial will be in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery in Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family for later designation.

 

Bill D. Smith

July 28, 2013

Bill D. Smith age 84 of Lincoln Nebraska passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at The Monarch in Lincoln.  He was born on March 17, 1929 in Chester, Nebraska to Cleo V. and Lois E. (Gifford) Smith.  He graduated from Crete High School in 1947.  Bill served with the U S Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 with the 200th Engineer Company 196 Inf. Regt.  He was stationed in Colorado and then for a year in Alaska.  Bill married Virgie Havel on January 23, 1954 and they celebrated 59 years together.  They moved to Lincoln in 1957.  Bill was a dedicated Benefit supervisor with Woodmen Accident and Life Insurance Company for 37 years.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed watching all sports, especially the Huskers, Saltdogs and KC Royals.

Bill is survived by his wife Virgie of Lincoln; son, Gene and Jane Smith of Lincoln; daughter, Barbara and Michael Honerman of North Platte; son-in-law, Dr. Brad and Laura Lockee of Pierce; grandchildren, Ryan, Reed, Kyle, Scott, Stacy, Matt, Brian, Amy, Brent, Aaron, Jake and Katie; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Ethan, Addison, Savannah and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Susan Lockee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., with a rosary preceding the Mass at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 7601 Vine Street. Fr. Lyle M. Johnson will be officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

 

Richard Shonerd

July 25, 2013

Richard Shonerd was born on June 21, 1929 to Harvey and Helen (Knapp) Shonerd.  He left us on his life’s journey on July 24, 2013.  He was born in Lincoln. NE and made Lincoln his home for those 84 years. During the Korean War he was a member of the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was a combat veteran and received a purple heart. Following his military service, Dick was a Phillips 66 oil jobber in southeast Lincoln.  After that business was sold, he took great pleasure as a coach driver for Goodlife Coaches and toured the USA and Canada.  When he retired he worked part-time for the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and volunteered at the VA Hospital.

Dick is survived by two daughters:  Nancy Mellott (Brad) of Papillion and  Karee Shonerd of Lincoln; former wife and lifelong friend, Mary Waltz Shonerd;  four grandchildren:  Kara Ficke (Kurt Hesser), Collin Mellott (Mandy), Paige Mellott, Leah Sveen (Jared); four great-grandchildren: Alex and Christopher Hesser, Brady Mellott, Emery Sveen; a sister, Patricia Henry of Ely. Iowa, and brother William Shonerd (Judy) of Lincoln.  Dick was preceded in death  by his parents and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marjorie Shonerd. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ or Nebraska Commission for the Blind.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Christ, 57th and Vine Street.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

 

Donald Jack Smith

July 23, 2013

Donald Jack Smith age 86 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln.  He was born on March 10, 1927 in Onawa, Iowa to Willard and Pearl (Hale) Smith.  He served in the US Army during the Allied Occupation of Japan.  He worked as a printing pressman and was retired from the Lincoln Journal Star.

Donald Jack Smith is survived by his son, Alan and Gwen Smith of Gering, NE; daughters, Suzanne and John Wolford of Lincoln; Laura and Mike Duggan of Lincoln; Cecelia and Joel Ficke of Pleasant Dale, NE; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard and Mary Rose Smith of Washington State;  friend and  former wife, Pamela Flory of Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wives; Mary Ann Aguirre Smith and Betty Freeman Smith.  Sister, Betty, brothers, Bill and Wayne.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the No Kill Cat Shelter.

 

Bonnie Jean Kean age 80 of Lincoln, Nebraska died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Tabitha in Lincoln.

Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Teresa and Kent Landfield of Grapevine, Texas; daughter, Paula Yetter of Lincoln; son, Anthony Hembd of Lincoln; grandchildren, Amy, Patrick, Faye, Neal and Jonathan; 5 great-grandchildren.

Cremation, no visitation.

A private family graveside service will be held in Wyuka Cemetery.

 

Larry D. Rider Jr., age 88, passed away July 18, 2013. He was born on November 30, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska to Larry and Mary Rider.

He is survived by his daughter, Virginia (Tony) L. Hutto; granddaughter, Emily (Jonathan Fernandez) K. Essl; grandson, Leigh (Morgan) M. Hutto; great-granddaughters, Kennedy Lynn Hutto and Ella Kate Fernandez; sister, Katherine Mary McCully; brother, Raymond Frank Rider; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Larry attended Lincoln High School prior to his military service in the United States Navy and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1952.

Visitation and a memorial service were held in San Antonio, TX earlier this week.

A graveside service and interment will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska with a short visitation at 9:00.

June Patricia Franson

July 17, 2013

June Patricia Franson age 89 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on June 27, 1924 in Lincoln to Oscar and Christine (Harrington) Skiles.  She graduated from Lincoln High School.  June married Joseph Franson.  She was very artistic, loved gardening, photography, sewing and dancing.

June is survived by her son, Lindon Franson of Lompoc, CA; daughter, Linda and Jerry Bryceson of Lincoln; daughter, Patricia and Daniel Picotte of Lincoln; grandchildren, Charlotte Helton of Oregon; Justin and Jessica Bryceson of Lincoln; Danielle Picotte of Lincoln; Perry Picotte of Lincoln; great-grandson, Donavan Bryceson; great-granddaughter, Genevieve Helton; brother, Julian and Pat Skiles of New Jersey.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Joseph.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 19, 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.

Bertha “Eunice” Harwood, age 78, of Seward, formerly of Denton and widow of Donald died July 7, 2013.  She was born September 23, 1934 in Reading, Kansas to Fred Andrew and Karolina Wilhelmina Bertha (Ulrich) Soderstrom.  Her family moved to Missouri in 1942. After she graduated from Metz High School in 1952 she moved to Lincoln, NE.  Bertha and Donald were married in Adrian, MO in 1955.   She began working as a waitress at Burlington Depot.  After that she worked for Eldgens in the watch department, Formfit Rogers in Crete, House of Bowers, Land and Sky, Designers Corner and Pechous Upholstery.  Bertha was a member of the American Legion Auxilary, Post #355 in Denton and the Utah State western riding club.

She is survived by her Children, Donald Jr. and Jean Harwood of Crete; Ronald Harwood of Seward; Carrie Harwood of Lincoln; Sheri Conard of Lincoln and Rex Harwood of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and spouses, Donald III and Bri Harwood of Lincoln; Ashley and Lucas Mitchell of Lincoln; Lindsay Fritz and Spencer Bailey of Lincoln; Alexandria Harwood of Michigan; Jessica Harwood of Montana; Courtney Harwood of Forsyth, Montana and Haleigh Conard of Lincoln.  Great grandchildren, Ayla Harwood and Zym Harwood both of Lincoln; Aria Mitchell who is on the way.  Siblings, Edna Watters of Denver; Violet Fry, Herman Soderstrom both of Lincoln; Herb Soderstrom of Arizona; Gerald Soderstrom of Holstien.  Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law: Betty Matthews of Lincoln; Norman and Charlene Harwood of Utah; Beverly and Ted Blem of Arizona.   Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her parents, brother, Donald Soderstrom; sisters, Freda Hennes, Bernice Hutton and Helen Busboom.  In-laws, Bill Harwood; Dick Harwood; Thelma and Delbert Hall; Fern and Lloyd Marino; Jack and Lila Harwood; Dick Matthews; Ruby and Earl Allen; Jeannie Soderstrom.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  No viewing or visitation.

Memorials may be left to the family.

Dolores Fannie Mae Tucker, was born June 25, 1924, she was the first born to Edwin and Juanita McGhee of St. Louis, MO. Dolores was sister to Edwin McGhee Jr. of Meza, AZ and Marcella Foster of Lincoln. She was wife to Wilbert Griggsby who preceded her in death. And to Walter Tucker, Jr. of Lincoln whom she married in 1967, who also preceded her in death. She was Significant other and companion to Thurmond Hoskin of Lincoln until his death in 2005. Dolores was Mom to Diane Ponder of Detroit, MI; Wilbert Griggsby, Jr. (Donnie) and Danny Tucker of Peru, IN. She was grandmother to Karin Gantt, Marc Moore, Kenneth Ponder, Jr. and Donald Ponder all of Detroit; Danny Tucker, Jr. of Lincoln; Savanah, Kaylen and Jazmyn of Peru, IN and a host of great grandchildren. Dolores was best friends to Wright and Vivian Robinson, Willa Jean Davis and Connie Folks all of Lincoln who all preceded her in death. She graduated in 1943 from Vashon High School in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from George Althouse Beauty School specializing in hair care and cosmetology. She moved to Lincoln in 1953 and established a beauty salon in her home, which was frequented by most of the minority community in Lincoln. She also enjoyed her life work at the Nebraska Center for Children, where she worked for 15 years, retiring in 1968. In addition she worked for Thorton Podiatry for 3 years as a Podiatrist Assistant. She was a loyal member and supporter of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Lincoln. Dolores was a devoted mother who was totally dedicated to the activities of raising her children. She was an active member of the Lincoln Elks Lodge #390. She was most proud of her accomplishments of interacting and taking care of the children at the Nebraska Center for Children. Dolores was well known throughout the Lincoln community as a hostess and the parties she put on were eagerly awaited and enjoyed by everyone who attended. She could always be counted on for advice and assistance. Who was Dolores Tucker? She was a supportive wife, a dedicated mother, a faithful sister and loyal friend, who upon her death was most proud of her relationship with her children, her family, her friends and with God.

A memorial service for Dolores will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home. There will be no viewing or visitation, Dolores wished to be cremated and be interred in the same section at Wyuka Cemetery as her mother, Juanita McGhee.

Memorials may be given to the National Council of Negro Women in Dolores’ name.

Susan Diamond

July 3, 2013

Susan Diamond, age 78, died July 2, 2013 in Omaha. She was born August 19, 1934 in Lincoln, NE to Harry and Dorothy (Gordon) Diamond. Susan graduated from Lincoln High School, University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in physical education and Stanford University, where she obtained her Masters degree in physical education. Susan taught in Riverside, CA. Ralston High School in Ralston, NE and St. Patrick’s School in Lincoln.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln . Friends are invited to gather at Wyuka Funeral Home by 1:30 P.M.

Phyllis J. Johnson

June 27, 2013

Phyllis J. Johnson age 70 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on October 26, 1942 in Stotts City, Missouri to Albert and Alice (DeWald) Worm.  She graduated from Hebron High School.  Phyllis worked at Great Western Bank for 25 years as a branch manager.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ken of Lincoln; daughter, Terri and Dayle Mautz of Lincoln; sons, Tim Mittan of Lincoln; Andy and Lisa Mittan of Kissimmee, Florida; stepson, Kelly and Amy Johnson of Overland Park, Kansas; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Alberta and Gerald Meyer of Bennett, Nebraska; Alice Helget of Lincoln; Donna and Melvern Naiman of Belvidere, Nebraska; Kathy and Jay Dorman of Hebron, Nebraska; brother, Roy and Diana Worm of Fairbury, Nebraska.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Leona Polage and brother, Leonard Worm.

Cremation, no public visitation.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Road with Pastor Eric Bostrom officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

 

 

Dean Eliot Sandahl

June 16, 2013


Dean Eliot Sandahl, 89, of Lincoln, died June 16, 2013 at the Legacy Arbors. He was born to Ernest George and Mabel Sophia (Nelson) Sandahl on September 8, 1923 at the Sandahl home place near Wakefield, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, Wakefield, NE.

Dean graduated from Wakefield High School in 1940 and began college at Wayne State Teacher’s College, Wayne, NE. His education was interrupted by WWII. In March 1944 Dean enlisted in the Army, serving in the infantry and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured by the Germans on December 16, 1944 and became a prisoner of war at Stalag 9B at Bad Orb, Germany. Dean was liberated by American troops on Easter Monday in April 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his military service.

Dean returned to Wayne State and graduated January 1947. He became principal, teacher and coach at Roland High School, Roland, IA before returning to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for an Agricultural Engineering degree, utilizing the GI Bill. On June 10, 1949 Dean married Della Clarine Fischer at Salem Lutheran Church, Wakefield, NE.

Dean began his engineering career at the Nebraska Department of Roads, working until May 1973, when he became Chief Engineer with Nebraska Game and Parks. In October 1983 he returned to the Department of Roads as an engineer in the Bridge Division, and then retired April 1989.

While living in Lincoln, Dean was a member of First Lutheran Church, serving on the church council. In 1956 Dean became a charter member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in northeast Lincoln. Through the years he served on the church council, building committees, taught Sunday School and gave many hours of service in building projects.
Dean was also active in the Lincoln YMCA, Association of Conservation Engineers, Ex-POW organization, Habitat for Humanity and delivering Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Della; daughter, Linda Peterson of Hordville; sons and wives, Larry and Chalena Sandahl of Lincoln, and Bruce and Alisa Sandahl of Hastings; grandchildren and spouses: Eric and Aimee Peterson, Krisa and Jay Howland, Sarah and Brian McCoy, Laura Peterson, Tim and Emily Peterson, Matthew Sandahl, Brian Sandahl and Nathan Sandahl; great-grandchildren: Reese Howland, Ellee Howland and Fynnegan McCoy; brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Bonnie Sandahl, nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wayne Sandahl, son-in-law, Deryl Peterson and nephew, Ryan Sandahl.

Prayer service, Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm and Celebration of Life, Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 am, both at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE, Salem Lutheran Church, Wakefield, NE, or donor’s choice.

Phyllis N. Parks age 93 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Tabitha in Lincoln. She was born on June 10, 1920 in Aurora, Nebraska. She graduated from Aurora High School. She was a nurse assistant at Tabitha from 1949 to 1952. Phyllis worked for the Lincoln Journal Star for 12 years during the 1950′s and 60′s and then as a bookkeeper at Hurlburts Cycle Shop. She was a lifetime member of the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club.

Phyllis is survived by her sons, Daniel E. Crawford of Dallas, TX; Michael A. and Elizabeth Crawford of Columbia, SC; Peter Crawford of Lincoln; daughter, Linda Marie and James Mull of Jackson, TN; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eldon Earl Crawford and James W. Parks, brothers and sisters.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Tabitha Foundation.

James Merle Elliott

June 11, 2013

Family and friends celebrate the life of James M. Elliott who went home to his Lord and Savior on June 10, 2013.

James will always be remembered for his infectious smile and his wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

James was born February 14, 1980 in Lincoln, NE to Gary and Charlotte (King) Elliott. He was a 1998 graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School where he was a member of the swim team. He graduated from Southeast Community College in 2008 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology-Truck. He was employed at Elliott Equipment Company in Omaha, NE, as a crane electrician. He was a member of Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Lincoln, NE.

James was blessed to have found love and happiness with Sepideh Aria. James and Sepi had many wonderful times together.

James is survived by his parents, Gary and Charlotte Elliott of Lincoln; Brothers Charles Elliott and fiancé Heather Neilan of Lincoln and Lance Elliott of Council Bluffs, IA. ; Nieces and nephews Kaitlyn and Kevin Elliott of Pace, FL and Isabel, Abigail, Callan, Ellie and Olivia Neilan of Lincoln, NE.; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and numerous friends. He is preceded in death by Grandparents Warren and Dorothy Elliott and Charles and Mary King.

Memorial service and mass will be held Saturday June 15, 2013, at 11 am, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 6001 A Street, Lincoln, NE. There will be a lunch following the service. Memorials to the Elliott Family for designation at a later date.

Deborah Anne (David) Pages, age 57, passed away Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013 with her sons by her side.  She was a lover of food, friends, and felines.  Deborah was a devoted mother to Fernando IV and Alejandro (Alex).

Survivors include her sons Fernando Pages IV, and Alejandro David Pages.  Brothers: Jon David and Brian David.

CHANGE OF DATE:  Services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at First Plymouth Church, 2000 D street, Lincoln. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Bryan Foundation, 1600 S. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE  68506 or online at www.bryanhealth.com/bryanfoundation.

Dennis D. Osburn

June 6, 2013

Dennis D. Osburn, 60, passed away at home on June 6, 2013. Retired U.S. Marine, Desert Storm, recent employer Duncan Aviation. A celebration of Dennis’ life will be on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 am at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street. Memorials to the family for future designation.

Survived by wife Lois, daughter Amy Crawford, son Dennis Junior and wife Nicole, stepson John Bilka and wife Yesenia, Tanya Bilka and Tray, grandchildren Maranda, Brandi, Sarah, Joshua, Samantha, Bethany, Justus, Zephaniah, Gabby, Adrian, great granddaughter Sheree, mother Maxine Osburn, sister Pam Threet. Fond memories with brother in Christ, Tyler Brown and wife Annet. Preceded in death by father Dennis LeRoy, sister Sandy, brother Greg and grandson Caleb. Enjoyed fishing, hunting, remote control airplanes, sang and played guitar.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Ava Leona Hitchcock

June 3, 2013

Ava Leona Hitchcock, age 87, of Lincoln, died June 1, 2013.  She was born August 24, 1925 in Beach, North Dakota to Harvey Eugene and Leona Bell (Mack) Knoblock.  Ava was worked as a homemaker, bookkeeper and landlord.  She also enjoyed all kinds animals, especially cats, from big cats to kitty cats.

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Hitchcock of Lincoln.  Sons and daughter-in-law:  Tim and Gayle Hitchcock of Lincoln, Kevin Hitchcock of California and Ben Hitchcock of Greeley, Colorado.  Daughter and son-in-law: Lloydette and Bob Norval of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Debbie, Star Lynn, Brandon, Justin, Patricia and Brittany Hitchcock.  Sheaah and Jaden Norval.  She was preceded in death by her son Marion Daniel Hitchcock, granddaughter:  Jennifer Hitchcock, sister: Loris Schwisow, brother: Harvey Knoblock and her parents.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left to the family.

Paul Victor Smith

June 2, 2013

Paul Victor Smith age 71 and one month of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Tabitha Journey House in Lincoln. He was born on May 3, 1942 at Knoxville, Tennessee.  He was baptized at the Fridley Creek in Sweetwater, Tennessee at the age of nine.  His biological parents were Joseph R. Hope and Gladys Cupp and his adoptive parents were John W. and Kate Smith of Sweetwater, Tennessee.  Paul’s life partner since 1997 is Janice (nee Hoefer) Walker.

Paul was a truck driver for many years.  He worked at several other jobs after retiring from trucking.  He was a volunteer at Tabitha Health Services and was the recipient of Tabitha’s Presidential Volunteer Award for ten years of faithful service.  Paul’s hobbies included collecting toy cars, stuffed animals and reading.  He was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

Mourning his death and celebrating his life are his life partner, Janice of Lincoln; sister, Betty Lee Hope of Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law, Norma Hope of Loudon, TN; stepson, Larry (Debra) Stotts of Lincoln; step-daughter, Barbara (Bill) Pickerill of Lincoln and 4 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Earl in 2011 and a cousin, Luther Harper.

May Paul rest in God’s eternal peace.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family present.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington St.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family or Grace Lutheran Church.

 

Ann A. Dunkelberger

May 26, 2013

Ann A. Dunkelberger, age 92, of Lincoln, died May 26, 2013 at Tabitha’s Journey House.  She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts.  Mrs. Dunkelberger moved to Lincoln to be close to family after her beloved husband, Richard Dunkelberger, passed away in 1992.  Ann was a devoted wife and mother, and one of  eight brothers and sisters growing up during the Great Depression.  After her mother was widowed in 1931, she left school to help raise her young siblings.  She worshiped her Savior at Indian Hills Church, and was very thankful for all the love and support she received from the staff and congregation of Indian Hills.

She was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (McCabe) Rogers, and the sister of the late James, Earl, Milton, Paul, Edward, and Mildred (Wheelock) Rogers.  Survivors include her son, Rick and his wife Kelly; 5 grandchildren, Casey, Joshua, Rebecca, Hannah, and Kathleen; her brother, Richard Rogers; ; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. in the chapel at Indian Hills Community Church, 1000 S. 84th Street.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street.

Memorials may be given to Tabitha Hospice.

Hazel Joan (Morrow) Carmichael, age 82 of Lincoln formerly of Stromsburg passed away May 23, 2013 in Lincoln, NE.  Hazel was born in Beatrice, NE February 1st, 1931 to Thomas Newton and Anna Marie (Hennecke) Morrow.  She attended school in Beatrice and later in Shelby where she graduated from High School in 1949.  On October 7, 1950 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Wesley Carmichael in Nemaha, NE.  While married four children were born.  Della Joan, Todd, Dollie and Joel.  Hazel was an active person in Stromsburg.  Lloyd and Hazel owned and operated Lloyds Sinclair, Hazel drove school bus for the Stromsburg Public Schools and has taken hundreds of Stromsburg children to their first day of kindergarten in what was then known as the “Diaper Wagon” and special needs children to York.  She drove over 750,000 plus miles in 24 years and prided herself for not having an accident in all of those years.  When festival time came she was known for being the Salmon Lady, baking salmon for many years for the smorgasbord.  Her hobby was her sewing machine and probably put more miles on those machines than she did the school busses.  Hard work never bothered Hazel and she was always busy, she was an active member of Salem Lutheran and assisted where she could.  Hazel was always known as the go to person if you needed anything sewn whether it was alterations or bridesmaid dresses she could always be counted on.  Her heart for this hobby was proof when her Grandson asked if she would help out with swing choir dresses, these outfits were a great benefit to the show choir at Schuyler Central High School, she always loved doing for others.

Hazel is survived by children Todd (Michelle) Carmichael of Great Falls, MT; Dollie (Duane) Bergers of Lincoln, NE; Joel (Kathy) Carmichael of Fayetteville, NC.  Grandchildren Darrin & Dillon Bergers both of Lincoln, NE and Step-Grandchildren Seth Bergers of Austin, TX; Monica Bergers of Iowa City, IA; Cory & Ryan Shellenberger of Casper, WY.  She was preceded in death by Husband, Lloyd April 1989; Step-Daughter Judy Hugunin Oct 1999; Infant Daughter Della Joan Apr 1957; two brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be conducted Monday, May 27th from 2-5 pm at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg, NE.  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 28th at 11:00 am at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg, NE with burial in Shelby, NE.

John F. Orwen

May 22, 2013

John Francis Orwen of Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Monarch Hospice House after a 5-year battle with cancer. He was born on June 20, 1946 to Clarence “Jack” and Dora Orwen in Beatrice, NE. He graduated from Beatrice High School in 1964. He married Joan Zimmerman in 1965. He had many occupations throughout his life including: Shoe repairman at Bell’s Shoe Repair in Beatrice, manager of Gibson Discount Stores in Beatrice and Nebraska City, electronic technician for Addressograph Multigraph, service technician for CableVision, where he worked his way up to regional engineer, maintenance technician at the National Bank of Commerce, and at last maintenance technician for the Arter Group. In Sept. of 2002, he and Gladys Buss went to Sheridan, Wyoming on a vacation, and came back married. His friends Jim and Martha Mack were in on the surprise wedding, and stood up for them as their witnesses. They met while both were working at the National Bank of Commerce.
During his life he had many hobbies: he became interested in Ham Radios as a teenager, and was still a member in the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club. He ran the BBS – “Heart of the Country” from 1995-2001. He also enjoyed traveling, photography, genealogy, wood-working, and of course working on his many computers, including an old CoCo computer that he had. He was a hard-working, kind soul, with a witty sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Gladys Buss; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and James Clavijo, grandchildren, Brandy and Beau Clavijo; mother-in-law, Clara Buss of Adams; aunt and uncle, Priscilla and Gean Thompson of Joplin, MO; sister-in-law, Ardyth Orwen, brothers-in-law and spouses, Larry and Elaine Blumer of Arlington, TX, Rod Buss, Jerome and Renee’ Buss, Myron and Sharon Buss, Ivan Buss, and Gene Buss; sister-in-law and spouse, Veronica and Brian Kline of Vancouver, WA. Numerous nieces and nephews, and many other family members and friends. Special friends: Dennis Mathias, Ron Kolarik, and Richard Lorenzen.
Preceding him in death were his parents: Clarence “Jack” Orwen and Dora Robinson Orwen; brothers, Charles and Mike Orwen; sisters, Mary Blumer and Jackie Rowden; father-in-law, Henry H. Buss, aunts and uncles.
We would like to say a “Special Thanks” to John’s doctors and caretakers: Dr. Cederberg, Dr. Rau, Dr. Yiee, Dr. Chiu, Dr. Berg, the great staff at Asera Hospice, and at Monarch Hospice House, and to Mable Quick for her never-ending help and support.
A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at the Wyuka Funeral Home, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Cleo Marie Bender

May 17, 2013

Cleo Marie Bender age 78 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on July 8, 1934 to Arthur and Marie Schmidt. She was retired from Tabitha where she worked in food services as a Meals on Wheels coordinator.

Cleo is survived by her son and daughter, Charles Bender and Jacqueline Witzki both of Lincoln, granddaughter, Michelle Witzki of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Marvin R. McIntosh

May 15, 2013

Marvin R. McIntosh, age 83 of Lincoln, died May 14, 2013 at his home with his family by his side.  He was born August 10th, 1929 in Lincoln to Beecher and Inez (Steele) McIntosh.  Marvin was employed at Goodyear for 40 years. 

He is survived by his wife, Joann McIntosh of Lincoln; Daughter, Barbara McIntosh of Lincoln; Sons, Mark McIntosh of Shawnee, Oklahoma; Paul McIntosh of Lincoln and Craig McIntosh of Omaha; sister, Marge Chapman of Kalama, Washington.  Marvin is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob, Wayne and Oral McIntosh; sister, Donna Ohrt; grandson, Russell McIntosh. 

Graveside services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Friday, May 17, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until service time all at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Julia Ellen McMichael age 92 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, May 13, 2013 at Bickford Cottage in Lincoln. She was born on April 4, 1921 in Seward County Nebraska to Ralph and Teresa A. (Sullivan) Walsh.  She married Forrest Ray McMichael on December 4, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas.  Julia worked for many years as a Real Estate Broker at Century Realty.  She loved dancing, cooking and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Julia is survived by her children: Kathy (Jim) Gordon of Grand Island; Kelly Cidlik of Lincoln; Forrest McMichael II of Laramie, Wyoming; John (Cathy) McMichael of Lincoln; and Peggy McMichael of Lincoln. Grandchildren: Belinda Cook of Lincoln; Jessica (Randall) Sorge of Hastings;  Aaron Cidlik, Anna Cidlik both of Lincoln; Andrea McMichael, Christopher McMichael both of Fort Collins, Colorado; Amanda McMichael of Omaha, Kyle McMichael of Lincoln and Lukas (Ann) McMichael of Alexandria, Virginia. Great-grandchildren: Melanie, Parker, Taylor, Natasha, Tea, Jax, Lyric, Giana, Jonathon, Caileigh, Braydan and Paxtyn. Sisters: Bernadine Walsh of Sacramento, California; Bonnie Miller and Betty Anderson of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband on August 22, 2008, sisters, Margaret, LaVern, Evelyn and Darlene.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Nelson Thomas Potter Jr., of Lincoln, September 22, 1939-May 12, 2013.

Born to Nelson and Hazel (Park) Potter, he was raised in Mt. Morris, IL. Graduated summa cum laude from Monmouth College in 1961 with degrees in philosophy and English. In 1961, Nelson was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. Member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Appointed to the faculty of the University of Nebraska Department of Philosophy in 1965 and chaired the department from 1980-85. From 1974-76, Nelson directed UNL’s Centennial Educational Program. He retired from UNL in 2010 as a professor emeritus. His scholarly areas of specialization were ethics, aesthetics, and Immanuel Kant; he also taught history of philosophy, philosophy of law, and social philosophy. He served as President of the North American Kant Society from 1997-2000.

In addition to his academic career, he served the Nebraska Committee for the Humanities from 1974-79 as a consultant and participating humanist, as a board member from 1979-82, and as chair in 1982. Active in Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty and ACLU Nebraska for many years. President of Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music 1971-1986.

In 1978, Nelson married Kathleen Johnson. Survivors include his wife Kathy and daughter Sophia; brother James (Ann) Potter; nieces Beth Zarring and Jenny Fraser; and cousins Chuck Newburg, Dick Newburg, Paul Park, and Claudia Guenther. Preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Barbara Potter.

The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to the ACLU Foundation of Nebraska, 941 ‘O’ Street, Ste. 706 Lincoln, NE 68508; Monmouth College, Department of Development and College Relations, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Monmouth, IL 61462; or Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music, Sheldon Museum of Art, P.O. Box 880300, Lincoln NE 68588. Condolences online at wyuka.com

Memorial service on Saturday, June 22, 2013, 11:00 a.m., Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, NE.

He will be recognized at the first Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music concert on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th & R Streets in Lincoln.

James R. “Jim” Krcmarik, age 77 of Lincoln passed away peacefully at home with his family Thursday, May 9, 2013.  He was born June 13, 1935 in Lincoln to Charles and Josephine (Wagner) Krcmarik.  Jim served with the Nebraska Army National Guard in the 3667 ordinance battalion.  He worked as an electrician with the BNSF railroad and was a member of the IBEW.  Jim and Birdie were camp hosts for over 15 years and it was their biggest pastime.  He also enjoyed Nascar racing, fishing and horseshoes.

Survivors include his wife Alberda “Birdie”, daughter: Lorie Chrastil, son and daughter-in-law: Mark and Carla Krcmarik, son-in-law: Jim Williams.  Grandchildren and spouses: Brandon and Jessica Chrastil, Nate Chrastil, Dave and Stacy Everson, Rob and KellyJo Everson, Chrissa Bonow, Elyse and Austin Weaver, Alex Williams and fiance Tiffinii Eberspacher, Lauren and Jake Ganow, Mason Krcmarik.  Great grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Kobe, Robbie, Peytin and Colton.  Jim is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law: Dave and Evelyn Krcmarik, Don and Beth Krcmarik and Marge Krcmarik.  Many nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his daughter, Robyn (Krcmarik) Williams, son-in-law: Randy Chrastil, his parents and many brothers and sisters.

Services will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. in the Wyuka funeral home chapel.  Private family visitation only.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka cemetery.

Memorials may be left to the family.

Janet Williams

May 1, 2013

Janet Williams, age 80 of Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 with her family by her side.  Born January 17, 1933 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Kenneth H. and Betty I. (Ostrom) Schriver.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandie and Bob Frank of Lincoln; Son, Shawn Williams of Lincoln; Granddaughters, Carly Frank and Abby Frank.  Brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Velma Schriver of Gothenburg; Sisters and brothers-in-law, Arita and Mel Wilson of Loveland, Colorado, Carol and Larry Surber of Lincoln, Vicki and Larry Kinnan of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by her husband, Jim R. Williams, parents, Brother, Kay Rodney Schriver, Sister and brother-in-law, Betty Ann and Blunder Thomas.

Services will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in Maxwell, Nebraska at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society.

Doris Aldridge

April 12, 2013

Doris Aldridge, age 88, of Lincoln, passed away on April 8, 2013.  She was born January 29, 1925 in Syracuse, NE.

Doris attended school in Syracuse and college in Lincoln.  She worked at Arrow Aircraft Factory in Lincoln during WWII.  She married her husband, Clifford (Fort Smith, AR) in 1946.  They moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1947, where Doris was a homemaker, raising their eight children.  They returned to Lincoln in 1961.  After she was widowed, Doris worked for the Weatherization Program at Lincoln Action for 25 years.  Doris enjoyed sitting in her flower garden, reading and watching the wildlife.  She loved animals, and doted on her two cats.  Doris was feisty, outspoken, and mischievous.  She had a sassy sense of humor and loved to laugh;  you couldn’t help but laugh with her.

Doris is survived by eight children, Connie Schlegelmilch (Larry), Courtney Aldridge, Cameron Aldridge, Karen Carder (Ralph Cox), Kevin Aldridge (Sally), Kathi Cockrill (Scott), Kerry Aldridge, and Cliff Aldridge (Lisa); 24 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.  Doris is preceded in death by her husband Clifford, daughter-in-law Bonnie, granddaughter Celeste, and grandson Kevin Jr.

Celebration of Doris’ life will be held in Mississippi at her son Courtney’s home, and this summer in Lincoln.  Notice of the summer celebration will be published in the Celebrate Life section of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Parale “Pat” Elizabeth Williams age 82 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Southlake Village.  She was born on May 31, 1930 in Beatrice, Nebraska to James H. and Clyda (Smith) Smith.  Pat married Ronald D. Williams on August 26, 1946 in Marysville, Kansas.  She worked at Elgin Watch Company in quality control, Williams Cleaners and Madonna for 12 years in food service.  She was active in her church and with Meals on Wheels.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Linda and Marv Conaway of Lincoln; sons, Ronald L. Williams and Robert A. Williams both of Lincoln; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, James W. and Norma Smith of Manteca, CA.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Ronald.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Southlake Village Chapel.

Private family interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Capital City Humane Society.

 

 

JoAnn C. Bertrand

April 2, 2013

JoAnn C. Bertrand age 81 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at BryanLGH East. She was born on August 31, 1931 in Octavia, Iowa to Harold and Mary (Turner) Channel. JoAnn was a registered nurse and retired from Bryan Hospital.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Sheryl and James Park of Lincoln; Susan and Michael Bertrand-Martin of Omaha; Mary Jo and Al Stephens of LaVista; sons, Arvard and Roberta Bertrand of Palmer Lake, CO; Jeffrey Bertrand of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Gary and Bonnie Channel of Portland, OR. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister and 3 brothers.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service is pending.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Gary Dean Palmer

March 28, 2013

Gary Dean Palmer age 72 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Omaha. He was born on July 20, 1940 at Pine Ridge, South Dakota to Guy Tug and Josephine (Dixon) Palmer. He served in the US Army from 1963 to 1965. He worked construction for most of his life.

Gary is survived by his friend, Ruth Palmer of Lincoln; daughter, Jacilyn and David Allen of Lincoln; daughter, Janet Palmer of Lincoln; son, Jason Palmer and Elizabeth of Grand Island; 8 grandchildren, Josephine, Jorden, Austin, Jason Jr., Jadeyn, David Jr., Jeralyn, Jemma; sister, Hope Fankhauser of Gordon; sister, Sheryl Musfelt of Gordon. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

George M. Nutt, Jr.

March 25, 2013

George Maurice Nutt, Jr., 85, of Lincoln passed away March 21, 2013. Born January 25, 1928 in Tekamah, NE to Florence (Webster) and George M. Nutt. Served in the Army in Korea. Graduate of Lincoln High, University of Nebraska, and the University of Colorado. Pitched for the Links and Cornhuskers earning the nickname “Lefty” from teammates. Member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, American Legion, Lincoln Senior Men’s Golf League, both National and Nebraska State Education Association, and Nebraska Coaches Association. Taught physical education, health and biology for 35 years in Dorchester, Elwood, Omaha, Arapahoe, Gordon, and Lincoln Public Schools while coaching a variety of sports. Honored as the Retired Teacher of the Year at the 2012 Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day.

Survived by wife Marilyn (Lincoln), daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Rex Scott (Lincoln), son and daughter-in-law Bob and Melanie Nutt (Cozad), brother Rollin Soderling (Fargo, ND) and sister and brother-in-law Jodi Nutt and Steve Wilson (Fresno, CA), eight grandchildren: Eric Scott and wife Deanna (Valentine), Libby Scott (Lincoln), Amber Fredericksen and partner Samantha Medlock (Lincoln), Tom Fredericksen (Washington, DC), Amber Cochran and husband Joey (Kearney), Brandon Ross (Kearney), Michaela Bradshaw and husband Mark (Cheyenne, WY) and Mallory Nutt (Kearney), five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by beloved daughter Nancy Fredericksen, mother Florence, step-father Ross Soderling, father George, and sister-in-law Margaret Soderling.

Funeral Service to be held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. David Lux, St. Paul United Methodist Church officiating, reception at Wyuka to follow. Memorials to Omaha Schools Foundation for the Nancy A. Fredericksen Fund or St. Paul United Methodist Church.

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