Mabel Georgia Hamann was born on December 27, 1925 in Elkhorn, Nebraska to George and Anna (Schroeder) Hamann. She grew up in Elkhorn, where she attended grade school and high school in what is now the administration building, graduating in 1943. Mabel was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong …

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jack Leroy Andersen of Elkhorn, Nebraska, was born on August 16, 1944. It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Andersen has announced that he died on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the age of 73.

Louis L. “Doc” Stutzman was born on December 20, 1927 in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Edward and Lydia Stutzman. A carpenter by trade, Doc was a devoted, caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Frank Leo Thomas of Blair, Nebraska was born on November 22, 1941 in Onawa, Iowa to Francis and Adaline Thomas. He was raised in the River Sioux area and attended school in Mondamin, Iowa, where he played baseball through school.

Diane Marie Bednar was born on January 10, 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska to Laddie and Helen (Kwiatkowski) Prucha. She grew up in South Omaha, where she attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School and graduated from Omaha South High School in 1963. As a young girl, Diane enjoyed the animals …

Nancy Ann Becker was born on January 14, 1948 in Yankton, South Dakota to George and Virginia (Jensen) Kast. She grew up on a farm near Menominee, Nebraska, where she attended grade school before graduating from Crofton, Nebraska in 1966. She spent much of her time helping out with farm work…

Cheryl Joyce Fisher was born to Reuben and Frances Pospisil on April 4, 1947 in Madison, Nebraska. Cheryl grew up around the farm with her brother, Randy, and went on to have a successful high school career, graduating as valedictorian of her class, serving as majorette of the marching band …

Donald Franklin Day was born on September 2, 1933 on the family farm in Buffalo County, Nebraska to Glen and Alice (Boyd) Day. He grew up on that farm, attended country school and graduated from Miller High School in 1949. As a young boy, Don was a talented athlete, competing in baseball, fo…

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Dolores “Dee” Bodell was born on January 26, 1935 on a farm in Mobridge, South Dakota, where she grew up as the youngest of six siblings. She worked on the family farm and as she grew old enough, she even helped deliver fresh milk to customers. In school, she learned to play several instrume…

Evelyn Joan Fraser of Elkhorn and a former resident of Columbus, Nebraska was born the daughter of Frank Millard and Treva Nelle (McManigal) Hightree on July 8, 1932 in Blair, Nebraska. She grew up in Lyons, Nebraska, where she attended both grade school and high school and graduated in 1951…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Richard Dennis Kwapniowski was born on November 16, 1946 in Tarnov, Nebraska to Peter and Stella (Pytel) Kwapniowski. He grew up in Tarnov, where he attended grade school before graduating from Humphrey St. Francis High School in 1964. As a young boy, Richard was active in football.

Brooke Jessica Martinez was born on June 16, 1975 in Omaha, Nebraska to Gary and Suzanne (Stenglein) Rittenhouse. She grew up in the Waterloo/Valley area, where she attended District #15 Country School and graduated from Valley High School in 1993. Brooke graduated from the University of Nor…

Tracey Ann Fallon was born on September 21, 1966 to Ronald and Joyce (Parrott) Fallon in Omaha, Nebraska. Tracey was the third child of the family, joining sister, Cindy, age 6, and brother, Jeff, age 4.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

JoAnn Helen Redel was born on March 16, 1947 in Winside, Nebraska to Herbert and Esther (Greunke) Gerlemann. She grew up on the family farm near Wayne, Nebraska, where she attended country school and graduated from Wayne High School in 1964. JoAnn was baptized, confirmed and married at St. P…

Dennis Joseph McGuire was born on June 25, 1968 in Sioux City, Iowa to Thomas McGuire and Patty (McGuire) Barry. He grew up in Sioux City until he was 12 and then the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1986 before attending the University of…

Sharon A. Shotbolt of Fremont, Nebraska was born on August 25, 1942 in Van Nuys, California to Leonard A. and Helen (Harnois) Moisant.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mitchell Dean Quandt was born on October 13, 1987 in Omaha, Nebraska to Mark and Meschele (Stidham) Quandt. He grew up in Lenexa, Kansas, attended Rising Star Elementary School and Westridge Middle School, and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 2006. Mitch went on to attend a…

Gretchen J. Palmer was born on February 9, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska. She grew up in Tekamah, Nebraska, and was the only child of her parents, Wilma and Delmer Gill. In addition, her family consisted of two older half-brothers (sons of Delmer). When Gretchen was 12, her mother, Wilma, died fro…

Richard Allen Sholtz was born on December 4, 1953 in Schuyler, Nebraska to Raymond and Mary (Kerlin) Sholtz. He grew up in Valley, where he attended grade school and graduated from Valley High School in 1972. Rick enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1973 to 1977, with a deploy…

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Marlan Russell Miller of Yutan, Nebraska was born on March 7, 1937 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and then moved to the Fremont, Nebraska area at a young age. He grew up poor, and read by kerosene lamp through most of his upbringing. Marlan went to Fremont High School. He and his brothers built hot r…

Patricia Ann Zaugg was born on July 9, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska to Vern and Mabel (Phelan) Kirchmann. Pat grew up in the Saunders County area, including Wahoo, Mead, Yutan and Cedar Bluffs. She graduated from Cedar Bluffs High School in 1958. She then studied elementary education at Wayne Sta…

Jacob Joseph Kirby was born on October 28, 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska to Robert Headley and Annie Kirby. Jacob grew up in Omaha and Blair, Nebraska. He graduated from Blair High School in 2013. He went on to attend classes at both the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metro Community College.…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Richard “Dick” Walter Abels was born on August 23, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska to Walter and Mildred (Raveling) Abels. Dick grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha North High School in 1953. As a young man, Dick enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball, playing cards, pheasant hunting and house painting.

Marvin Gene Suhr was born on December 28, 1933 in Columbus, Nebraska to Martin and Hazel (Hansen) Suhr. He grew up in Fremont, Nebraska, where he attended Lincoln Grade School and graduated from Fremont High School in 1951.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Henry B. “Bruce” Wingender was born on February 10, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska to Henry Joseph and Vivian Caroline (McKinny) Wingender. Bruce grew up in Omaha, and attended school at both Holy Name and Christ the King before graduating from Westside High School in 1962. As a young man, Bruce en…

Lynda Lois Nelson was born on May 13, 1937 in Akron, Nebraska to Ralph and Lois (Sherburn) Killion. She grew up in Spalding, Nebraska, and graduated from Spalding High School in 1955. She went on to earn her LPN from Omaha Public School of Vocational Nursing in March 1958. As a young girl, L…

Kyle Michael Niss was born on September 8, 1992 in Omaha, Nebraska to Jim Niss and Carol Cooper-Niss. He grew up in Omaha and Elkhorn, Nebraska, with his two younger brothers, Erik and Justin Niss.

Howard Michael Engstrom was born on December 20, 1949 to Carl Dean and Delores Lena (Petersen) Engstrom. He had one sibling, his sister, Vicky, and grew up in Urbandale, Iowa.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wyatt Lee Wiese was born and died on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Joann Marie Turner of Elkhorn was born on June 18, 1929 in Greenwood, Nebraska to George and Elizabeth (Leesley) Leaver. She grew up near Waterloo, Nebraska, attended high school in Valley and graduated in 1947. As a young person, Joann liked to knit, crochet, cook, garden and go camping.

Ingrid Louise Wiseman was born on July 4, 1944 in Lindsborg, Kansas to Erik and Florence (Gobel) Jernberg. She grew up in Lindsborg, where she attended school, graduating from Lindsborg High School in 1962. Ingrid graduated from Kansas State University in 1966 with degrees in education and h…

Craig William Herman was born on November 17, 1989 in Omaha, Nebraska to Gary and Kathy (Kroeger) Herman. He grew up in Omaha, where he graduated from Millard West High School in 2008. As a young boy, Craig was active in most athletics and he excelled at football, earning All-State Honors as…

Florence Catherine Smid was the ninth child born to Fred and Mary (Marx) Colling on July 22, 1925 on a farm near Granville, Iowa. She attended rural school for two years, and then St. Joseph parochial school in Granville, until the 10th grade. She completed her high school at St. Mary’s Acad…

Anthony Francis Bieker was born on July 15, 1975 in Scott AirForce Base, Illinois to Francis and Sheila (Wiesner) Bieker. He grew up in Belleville, where he attended Cathedral grade school and graduated from Balboa High School in Panama in 1993, before attending Kansas State University in Ma…

Barbara L. Birkhofer, age 74 of Omaha, died on Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Ambaline Bryson; siblings: Dorothy (Hub) Osburn, Roy (Doris) Kleopher and Peggy Boyer; and special friend, Rich Burt.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Arvella M. Schuman was born on September 8, 1931 in Holdrege, Nebraska to Paul and Florence (Johnson) Steele. She grew up in the Holdrege and Stromsburg areas and graduated from Stromsburg High School in 1949. Arvella was the oldest of four children and spent much of her free time helping wi…

James Robert Wolfe was born on August 7, 1943 in Williamsburg, Iowa, and raised by his parents, William and Lillian Wolfe. Jim graduated from Boys Town High School in 1962, where he excelled at wrestling. After high school, he worked for several bakeries. Jim joined the United States Army in…

Vernon Wayne Elske was born on February 18, 1938 in Fairbury, Nebraska to Walter and Mildred (Bennett) Elske. He grew up in southeast Nebraska, where he attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Dawson High School in 1955. Vern went on to attend Commercial Extension School…

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Grace Alberta Kerstetter, 97 of Kennard, passed away March 15, 2018 at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Kennard, Nebraska. Burial will follow in the Kennard Cemetery. Visitation will b…

Lois Fern McCloud was born on July 18, 1918, outside of Ashby, Nebraska. Fern and her brother, Ray, lived with their parents in a sod house on a cattle ranch, where her father was a prominent rancher. Fern loved to tell stories of time spent living in the sod house, preparing big meals for t…

Jerrad Patrick Carranza was born on July 2, 1977 in Hastings Nebraska and died on March 9, 2018 in Leavenworth, Kansas at the age of 40.

Beverly Jeanne Adams was born on September 14, 1936 in Omaha, Nebraska to Herman and Eva (Holmes) Schellhardt. She grew up in Omaha, where she attended Bancroft Elementary School and graduated from Omaha South High School in 1952. As a young girl, Beverly enjoyed ice skating and became a lif…

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Denise Irene Woodworth Bastemeyer was born on December 12, 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska to William and Dolores (Doescher) Woodworth. She grew up in Omaha, where she attended Hillside grade school and graduated from Omaha Westside High School in 1970. As a young girl, Denise had an early interest …

Phyllis Margaret Donze, age 88, of Omaha, died on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Nebraska Methodist Medical

Margaret “Joann” Huey, age 84, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska and a former Valley resident, died on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Louisville Care Center in Louisville, Nebraska.

Clara Lydia Peacock was born on April 1, 1925 in O’Neill, Nebraska to Homer and Sarah (Cole) Lowery. She grew up in Emmett, Nebraska, where she attended grade school before graduating from O’Neill High School in 1942. Clara furthered her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where…

Robert D. Lewis, DVM, 84, of Omaha, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 21, 2018. He was born May 30, 1933 in Kearney, Nebraska. In 1957, he graduated from Kansas State University and married his sweetheart, Shirley Ann (Hinshaw) Lewis.

Trudy Beth Jensen-Pablonis was born on January 17, 1955 in North Platte, Nebraska to Robert and Helen (Frohman) Jensen. She grew up and attended schools in many towns in Nebraska before graduating early from Millard High School in 1973.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Jerry Svoboda was born on July 13, 1938 in David City, Nebraska to Stanley and Helen (Kominek) Svoboda. He grew up in David City until the family moved to Elkhorn in the early 1950’s. Jerry graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1956. As a young boy, Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing and basketb…

Patricia R. Warren of Valley, Nebraska was born on November 8, 1935 in Sioux City, Iowa and died on February 21, 2018 in Elkhorn, Nebraska at the age of 82.

Dorothy Ann Jacobs was born on September 9, 1925 in Ashland, Nebraska to Albert and Melinda (Arp) Jacobs. She grew up in the Yutan area and graduated from Yutan High School. Dorothy completed her undergraduate studies and received her master’s degree in Colorado. As an educator, Dorothy taug…