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Helena Sedersten
Sutton resident Helena Sedersten, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at Sutton Community Home in Sutton. Memorial services are Nov. 2 at Kingdom Hall in Geneva. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements. Miss Sedersten was born Dec. 5, 1916, to Arthur A. and Sarah J. (Benson) Sedersten on a farm northwest of Sutton. She attended Rural School District 16. She moved to Sutton in the early 1950s. She was a housekeeper. She also helped take care of her parents and raise a niece. She moved to Sutton Community Home in July 1994. She was a member of Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Geneva. Survivors are one sister, Pearl Dolinsky of Littleton, Colo.; and one brother, Deldon Sedersten of Sutton. She was preceded in death by one brother. Memorials may be given to Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall.

Rhonda G. Giger
Red Cloud resident Rhonda G. Giger, 43, died Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial will be in Red Cloud Cemetery. Miss Giger was born Dec. 7, 1952, to Orville and Allene (Dixon) Giger in Red Cloud. She lived with her parents on the family farm near Red Cloud. In 1975 she moved into Red Cloud. In 1985, she moved to Superior where she was a client with Mid-Nebraska Individual Services. In April 1993 she moved to Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud. She attended First Baptist Church. Survivors are her mother of Red Cloud; two sisters, Rosalene Speegle of Dallas and Roberta Dickenson of Corrales, N.M.; and one brother, Dick of Olathe, Kan. Memorials may be given to the family.

Alice Edgar
Hastings resident Alice (Perrin) Edgar, 100, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, in Hastings. Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Svoboda Funeral Home - South Chapel in Schuyler with the Rev. Cheryl Elfond officiating. Burial will be in Schuyler Cemetery. Mrs. Edgar was born June 26, 1896, to John and Antonia (Hobza) Perrin near Rogers. She attended schools at Rural School District 18 near Rogers and in Fremont. On April 20, 1921, she married Everad Edgar at First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler. He died in 1985. She moved to Hastings from Colfax County in 1991 to be near her daughter. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler. Survivors are one daughter, Marilyn McIntire of Hastings; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, James.

Lorene Scott
Smith Center, Kan., resident Lorene (Conaway) Scott, 77, died Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Simmons Mortuary chapel in Smith Center with the Revs. Dale McCain and Rhett Totten officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Smith Center. Visitation is at the funeral home until services. Mrs. Scott was born Sept. 12, 1919, to Guy and Ethel (Panter) Conaway in Lane Township in Smith County, Kan. She married Roger Scott. She was a seamstress and homemaker. She was a member of Presbyterian Church in Smith Center. Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Saundra Rust of Las Vegas and Lee Ann Curtis of Garden City, Kan.; one son, Bryce Scott of Smith Center; one brother, Lloyd Conaway of Athol, Kan.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A memorial will be established.

Wayne 'Buzz' Roth
Edgar resident Wayne D. "Buzz" Roth, 71, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Urbauer-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Edgar with the Rev. Charles George officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery. Mr. Roth was born July 11, 1925, to Roy J. and Carol (Fowler) Roth on a farm near Deweese. He attended Roth Grade School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a sergeant in the 79th Infantry Division. On April 13, 1955, he married Nita Rose. He worked for civil service for 23 years and later Werner Construction in Hastings. He was a member of American Legion and VFW, DAV and Eagles Lodge No. 592, all of Hastings. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Randy of Edgar and Leroy of Narco, Calif.; one daughter, Cathy Mileger of Omaha; three sisters, Shirley Lambert and Lavon Black, both of Deweese, and Marylou Holeman of Fairfield; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jeanette Hillers
Hastings resident Jeanette Hillers, 91, of 1330 N. Kansas Ave. died Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at her home. Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Joe Scahill officiating. Private family burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Miss Hillers was born Oct. 10, 1905, to John B. and Jessie J. (Hobbs) Hillers in Indianola. In 1915 she moved with her family to Hastings. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree and from the University of Denver with a bachelor's degree in library science. She worked for the Hastings Public Library for 40 years and was librarian for 25 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. Memorials can be given to the American Cancer Society.

Geraldine Kelleher
Former Hastings resident Geraldine (DeBacker) Kelleher, 77, of Billings, Mont., died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings following a long battle with chronic obstructive lung disease. Services were Oct. 15 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Billings. Dahl Funeral Home of Billings was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Kelleher was born April 7, 1919, to L.J. and Geraldine (O'Malley) DeBacker in Omaha. She moved with her family to Hastings at a young age. She attended Hastings Catholic Schools. She attended Hastings College and graduated from Duchesne College in Omaha in 1940. She later did graduate study in library science and worked as a librarian at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1945 she joined the American Red Cross. She arrived in England on VE Day. She served American troops in England and Germany and attended the Nuremberg trials before returning to the United States. She resumed employment at Catholic University as secretary to the dean of its law school. On Sept. 13, 1948, she married Robert L. Kelleher at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Hastings. After her husband's graduation from law school, they settled in Billings. She was a licensed realtor and later worked at the Yellowstone County Election Department. She retired in 1984. She was a founding member of St. Pius Catholic Church. She was active in public affairs for many years. She represented the state of Montana at the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson and was a guest of Johnson and his wife at a White House reception in 1966. She was a well-known artist in the Billings area. She also was a member of the Billings Symphony Chorale and the Billings Symphony Society. Survivors are four sons, Robert of Billings, David of Kalispell, Mont., Richard of Marysville, Wash., and Dennis of Boulder, Colo.; two daughters, Erin Kelleher of Vancouver, Wash., and Mary "Mollie" Kelleher of Harding, Mont.; two brothers, Richard DeBacker of Grand Island and Robert DeBacker of Shreveport, La.; one sister, Judith Young of Las Vegas; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Merle E. Ernst
Former Hastings resident Merle Edward Ernst, 67, of Lewistown, Mont., died Thursday, Oct. 10, 1996, of cancer in a hospital in Great Falls, Mont. Graveside services were Oct. 16 at Highland Cemetery at Great Falls. Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home in Great Falls was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Ernst was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Hastings. He served in the U.S. Air Force in communications for 20 years. He was a master sergeant. In 1954 he married Erika Schaefer in Germany. She died in 1982. On Sept. 22, 1984, he married Retha Melby in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW, American Legion, Sergeant's Association and American Bowling Congress and was a past member of the Elks. Survivors are his wife; one son, Glen of Wilmington, Del.; one stepson, Rod Snyder of Great Falls; his stepfather, Harry Berger of Fairmont; one sister, Dolores Koch of Hastings; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Gift of Life.

Allen 'Shorty' Kuhlman
Smith Center, Kan., resident Allen "Shorty" Kuhlman, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Island. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at American Lutheran Church in Smith Center with the Rev. Tim Ohlmann officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Smith Center. The remains were cremated. There will be no visitation. Simmons Mortuary of Smith Center is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kuhlman was born Oct. 15, 1919, to Herman and Clara (Krein) Kuhlman in Athol, Kan. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Mildred Weber. He was a lifelong resident of Smith County, Kan. He was a member of American Lutheran Church and VFW Post No. 1141, both in Smith Center. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Shirley Stewart of Barnard, Kan.; one son, Richard of Derby, Kan.; one sister, Lorraine Marquart of Lincoln; one brother, Melvin Kuhlman of Smith Center; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church.

Robert W. McCarthy
Ainsworth resident Robert W. McCarthy, 70, died Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, in Ainsworth. Rosary is 7 p.m. today at Hoch Funeral Home chapel in Ainsworth. Services are 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth. Graveside services are 3:30 p.m. at Kearney Cemetery at Kearney. Survivors are his wife; one son, Dan McCarthy of Hastings; three daughters; one brother; and two sisters.

Ralph M. Wilson
Edgar resident Ralph McLean Wilson, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Church of the Plains in Edgar with the Revs. Al Parr and Harold Fox officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery. Urbauer-Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Wilson was born Aug. 3, 1904, to Albert and Hattie (McLean) Wilson on a farm in Clay County. He graduated from Clay Center High School. On March 17, 1930, he married Evangeline Horn. They lived near Fairfield. In 1943, they moved to a farm near Edgar. He farmed and fed cattle near Fairfield and Edgar until 1957 when he and his wife moved into Edgar. He continued to farm for many years and remained active in the cattle business until recently. He served as a Clay County Commissioner and was a charter board member of the Farmer's Co-op Association of Ong. He was a 50-year member of the Edgar Lions Club, serving as president twice. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years and was a member of the Tehama Temple of the Shrine in Hastings. He also was a member of the Nebraska Feeders Association and the Church of the Plains. Survivors are his wife; one son, Aubrey of Edgar; two daughters, Dolores Wilson of Denver and Lu Loehr of Lincoln; one brother, Warren of Fairfield; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Raymond R. Gartner
Former Pauline resident Raymond R. Gartner, 83, of Santa Ana, Calif., died Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at his home. Services were Tuesday at Waverly Chapel in Santa Ana. Brown Colonial Mortuary of Santa Ana was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Gartner was born Sept. 19, 1913, to Peter and Maggie (Trauernicht) Gartner in Pauline. He attended Rural School District 26 and graduated from Pauline High School. In 1935 he moved to California. On Dec. 19, 1937, he married Jane Giles. He was a carpenter. He was active in politics and was president of Carpenters Local No. 1815. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Barbara Simpson of Santa Ana; two sons, Peter of Orange, Calif., and Richard of Santa Ana; four brothers, Herman, Paul and Carl, all of Hastings, and Herbert of Santa Maria, Calif.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Darrell D. Ost
Mankato, Kan., resident Darrell D. Ost, 67, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at Mitchell County Community Hospital in Beloit, Kan. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato with the Revs. Kendal Utt and Vernon Snider officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Mankato. Visitation is Thursday at Melby Mortuary in Mankato. Mr. Ost was born Feb. 28, 1929, to William C. and Edith M. (Layland) Ost in Otego, Kan. He attended Otego Grade School and graduated from Mankato High School. On Aug. 8, 1948, he married Joan Meeker in Mankato. He was a retired electrician. He was employed by the University of Iowa. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of United Methodist Church. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Holly Borncamp of Boulder, Colo.; one son, Kelly Ost of Phoenix; one sister, Sharon Brinkworth of Barrington, R.I.; and three grandchildren.

Orville M. Curtis
Former Sutton resident Orville M. Curtis, 77, of South Bend, Ind., died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at Hospice House in South Bend. Memorial services were Oct. 9 at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church in South Bend. Additional memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Kohler Mortuary chapel in Sutton with the Rev. Rod Dunkerson officiating. Burial with military rites provided by Hastings American Legion Post No. 11 will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. Mr. Curtis was born March 18, 1919, in Grafton. On July 6, 1941, he married Milrea M. Carpenter in Beatrice. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 14th Armored Division and the Amphibious Tank Battalion in the Philippines. He was district manager of Montgomery Ward in Denver for 22 years. He retired from Goldblatt's Department Store after 22 years. He was a member of St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, VFW Post No. 360 and American Legion Post No. 50. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Cintra Ann Severns of South Bend; two sons, Craig of Mishawaka, Ind., and Clark of South Bend; one sister, Delma Boomar of Glendale, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Schurman rites
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996
Services for Minnie Schurman, 84, of Hildreth who died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney are 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Rev. John Erlandson officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth.

Kenneth O. Kahrs
Franklin resident Kenneth O. Kahrs, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Congregational United Church of Christ in Franklin with the Rev. Rita Coakley officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hutchins Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. until services Friday at the church. Mr. Kahrs was born Oct. 21, 1913, to Charles and Eite (Lienemann) Kahrs on a farm north of Bloomington in the Ash Grove community. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1932. On Aug. 1, 1934, he married Emily Douglass in Bloomington. They farmed in the Bloomington area. In 1981 they retired and moved to Franklin. He was a member of Congregational United Church of Christ where he served on the church board. He also served on the Bloomington Board of Education, Bloomington Maple Grove Cemetery board and Franklin County Rural Fire District board. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 264 A.F. & A.M. and Rotary Club, both of Franklin. Survivors are his wife; three sons, Doug and Bill, both of Franklin, and Jim of Bloomington; three daughters, Ruth Steinkruger of Grand Island, and Judy Meyer and Sara Beth Dorn, both of Franklin; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one grandchild.

Darlene F. Dericks
Former Hastings resident Darlene Fae (Hansen) Dericks, 66, of Anaheim, Calif., died Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at her home. Memorial services are 9 a.m. Saturday at Hilgenfeld Mortuary Chapel in Anaheim with the Rev. Gary Tyra officiating. Burial will be private. Mrs. Dericks was born Sept. 18, 1930, to Harry and Louise Hansen. In July 1949, she married Richard G. "Dick" Dericks. He preceded her in death. She moved to Orange County, Calif., 35 years ago. She was a forklift operator for Kimberly Clark for many years. Survivors are one son, Richard Jr. of Anaheim; one daughter, Karen Koutzoukis of Yorba Linda, Calif.; one brother, Robert Hansen of Hastings; and two grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a sister.

Cindy L. Lane
Riverton resident Cindy Lou (Riggins) Lane, 41, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at her home. Services will be at a later date. The remains were cremated. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lane was born Aug. 23, 1955, to Wayne and Dorothy (Nichols) Riggins in Red Cloud. She attended Riverton and Franklin schools. She married Jack Lane. They lived in Franklin for a short time. She returned to Riverton where she worked for her grandmother at Vi's Cafe. She also was a seamstress for Recollections in Franklin. Survivors are her mother of Riverton; one sister, Connie Riggins of Riverton; one brother, Wayne Greening of Sandy, Utah; and her grandmother, Vi Riggins of Riverton.

Mollie Kehn
Hastings resident Mollie (Kister) Kehn, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Walter Bye officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Kehn was born July 23, 1903, to Henry and Katherine (Kechter) Kister in Hastings. She attended Hastings Senior High School. On Aug. 11, 1927, she married George Kehn in Hastings. He died in 1964. She was a lifelong resident of Hastings and a homemaker. She was a member of New York Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ. Survivors are five sons, Robert, Jack, Vernon and Richard, all of Hastings, and Jerry of Ocean, N.J.; two daughters, Dorothy Rader of Hastings and Karen Kitten of Minden; 24 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers. Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Village or American Diabetes Association.

Minnie Schurman
Hildreth resident Minnie (Mennenga) Ritterbush Schurman, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Revs. John Erlandson and Francis Mennenga officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery at Hildreth. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth. Mrs. Schurman was born Jan. 5, 1912, to Louis and Mattie (Marienau) Mennenga near Hildreth. She grew up in the Hildreth area. She attended School District 56. On April 4, 1937, she married Charles Ritterbush. They farmed northeast of Hildreth. In 1943 they bought the Ritterbush farm south of Hildreth. Her husband died in 1964. She continued to farm for another 11 years. On June 27, 1975, she married Carl K. Schurman. They lived on the north edge of Hildreth, later moving into Hildreth. Her second husband died in 1992. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where she had been a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent for 27 years. Survivors are one stepson, Vern Schurman of Farmington, N.M.; and several step-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two stepchildren and one brother.

Robert W. McCarthy
Former Heartwell resident Robert W. McCarthy, 70, of Ainsworth died Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth. Rosary was Tuesday at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth with the Rev. Jim Hunt officiating. Services were Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth with the Rev. James Janovec officiating. Graveside services with military rites provided by VFW Post No. 759 and the National Guard Unit of Kearney were at Kearney Cemetery at Kearney with the Rev. John R. Rademacher officiating. Mr. McCarthy was born Nov. 25, 1925, to Charles J. and Emma E. (Billesbach) McCarthy at Heartwell. He graduated from Heartwell High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On June 13, 1949, he married Mary Jean Schmitz in Kearney. He managed J.M. McDonald stores for 35 years in Madison, Kearney, Grand Island, Gothenburg and Ainsworth. In 1983 he purchased the J.M. McDonald store in Ainsworth and operated it as McCarthy's Inc. from 1983-1990 when he retired. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, where he had served as trustee, parish council member, finance committee member and Eucharistic Minister. He also was a member of Lions, Elks and American Legion. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was past president and Businessman of the Year of the chamber. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Nancy Polk of Kearney, Patty Zarybnicky of Beatrice and Cathy Frame of Youngsville, La.; one son, Dan of Hastings; one brother, LaVerne of Brookings, S.D.; two sisters, Loretta Miller of Phoenix, Ariz., and Rosemary Walters of Omaha; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Memorials may be given to the family.

Clark Apley
Hebron resident Clark Apley, 90, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, in a car/semitrailer truck accident near Hebron. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Hebron with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Burial will be in Belvidere City Cemetery at Belvidere. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home in Hebron. Mr. Apley was born Jan. 16, 1906, to William George and Anna (Bussell) Apley in Belvidere. He grew up on the family farm north of Hebron. He attended School District 39 and Hebron High School. On May 12, 1928, he married Esther Marie Marsh. She preceded him in death. He was a farmer. On June 4, 1979, he married Emma Fajmon Bilka. She died in the same accident. He attended some 43 parades with his covered wagon and team of mules. Survivors are one son, Phillip of Hebron; two daughters, Donna Lee Vieselmeyer of Hebron and Phyllis Ann Iverson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by one brother; and four sisters. A memorial has been established.

Emma Apley
Hebron resident Emma (Fajmon) Bilka Apley, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, in a car/semitrailer truck accident near Hebron. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Hebron with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Addition services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ord Memorial Chapel at Ord. Burial will follow in Ord Bohemian City Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home in Hebron. Mrs. Apley was born March 12, 1911, to Joseph and Mary (Kolousek) Fajmon in Sargent. She married John J. Bilka. They farmed near Comstock and Dry Valley. After retiring they moved to Ord. He preceded her in death. On June 4, 1979, she married Clark Apley in Fairbury. They lived on the Apley farm north of Hebron. Her husband died in the same accident. She was a member of Ord Presbyterian Church and was a former member of the Grange. Survivors are two sons, Marvin Bilka of Ord and Ben Bilka of Hastings; one brother, Charlie Fajmon of Burwell; two sisters, Lily Walford of Burwell and Francis Lebruska of Mitchell; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one brother, four sisters, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. A memorial has been established.

Roger Harms
Deshler resident Roger Harms, 43, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, in Hebron. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Deshler with the Rev. James P. Moll officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and 10 a.m. until services Saturday at the church. Mr. Harms was born Aug. 14, 1953, to Donald and Lorna Harms in Deshler. On Aug. 19, 1973, he married Joy Doering at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He was a member of Lutherans Laymen's League and served on the Deshler Rural Fire Board and Deshler Lutheran School Board. He was an active Christian Teens Youth Advisor and a member of the Financial Counting Committee of his church. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Alison Harms of Omaha and Abby Harms at home; two sons, Nolan and Tyler, both at home; his parents of rural Byron; one brother, Harold of Byron; and two sisters, Judy Martin of San Angelo, Texas, and Susan Wagnitz of Grand Island. A memorial has been established.

Izeyl J. Sheehan
Hastings resident Izeyl J. (Portis) Sheehan, 82, of 3326 Park Lane Drive died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Peters Funeral Home chapel in Loup City with the Rev. Ted Brust officiating. Burial will be in Litchfield Cemetery at Litchfield. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Mrs. Sheehan was born April 17, 1914, to Leonard and Cynthia (Marcum) Portis in North Loup. As a child she lived on various farms in Sherman County. She attended Sherman County rural schools and graduated from Wiggle Creek High School in Sherman County in 1932 as class valedictorian. On Aug. 31, 1935, she married John Sheehan in Loup City. They lived in Loup City until 1942 when they moved to Grand Island. In 1946 they moved to Iowa. They returned to Grand Island in 1951. In 1957 they moved to Omaha. Her husband died Nov. 20, 1977. She continued to live in Omaha. In 1990 she moved to Hastings. She was a member of First Christian Church in Hastings. Survivors are two daughters, Janice Marrett of Atascadero, Calif., and Linda Stock of Lincoln; one son, Michael of Hastings; three sisters, Esther Collins of Springfield, Mo., Mildred Jack of Concord, Calif., and Lorene Daddow of Loup City; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, John; and two sisters. Memorials may be given to the family's choice.

Margaret Consbruck
Kenesaw resident Margaret A. (Dempewolf) Consbruck, 92, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at Kenesaw Haven Home. Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Assumption Catholic Church in Roseland with the Rev. David F. Bourek officiating. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. until rosary Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Consbruck was born July 2, 1904, to John and Elizabeth (Neuman) Dempewolf in Dresden, Kan. She graduated from Kenesaw High School where she played on the Kenesaw Ladies State Championship basketball team in 1923. She taught at Bush School west of Assumption. On June 2, 1925, she married William J. "Bill" Consbruck at Sacred Heart Church in Kenesaw. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. She was an active member of Assumption Catholic Church and its Altar Society, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Auxiliary of Pink Sisters, Legion of Mary, Living Rosary and Oregon Trail Extension Club. Survivors are three sons, Nicholas of Freeland, Mich., Leo of Juniata and Edward of Almena, Kan.; two daughters, Lorraine Stransky of San Diego and Florence Lovell of Tustin, Calif.; one sister, Armella Hoffman of Hastings; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, William Jr.; one daughter, Betty Consbruck; one brother and four sisters. Memorials may be given to Assumption Cemetery Association.

W. Ralph Kempf
Hastings resident Wilbur Ralph Kempf, 81, of 135 E. Sixth St. died Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church with the Rev. Judith Allen officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery at Fairfield. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends and relatives from 9 a.m. until services Monday at the church. Mr. Kempf was born Sept. 12, 1915, to Joseph and Ada S. (Bowman) Kempf in Fairfield. He graduated from Fairfield High School. On June 8, 1938, he married Elizabeth Ruth Fowler. They moved to Hastings from Fairfield in 1948. He was manager of the Skelly Station (Home Oil No. 2) on Hastings Avenue and later worked for Gene Kohl's Auto Salvage. He was a member of Golden Nugget Camping Group and a volunteer firefighter at Fairfield for many years. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Patricia Day of Hastings; three sons, Darrel of Mandeville, La., Robert of Hastings and Edwin of Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Joseph Leroy "Pete" of Dayton, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the family.

Pearl A. Kennedy
Franklin resident Pearl Adel (Dooley) Kennedy, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Franklin with the Rev. Richard L. Dimond officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 9:30 a.m. until services Monday at the church. Mrs. Kennedy was born July 9, 1910, to Wilfred and Adel (Smith) Dooley in Lawrence. In 1920 she moved with her family to Bloomington. In 1930 they moved to Mullen. She attended school in Franklin County and graduated from Franklin High School in 1930. On Dec. 24, 1930, she married Harry Kennedy in Mullen. They farmed south of Franklin. In 1974 they retired and moved into Franklin. Her husband died May 28, 1987. She was a member of United Methodist Church and Sunny Hill Extension Club. She also was a Sunday school teacher and belonged to a Bible study group. Survivors are one son, Don of Franklin; one daughter, Betty Kahrs of Franklin; two sisters, Sylva Robinson of Franklin and Alvera Prewitt of Wheatland, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, five sisters and one grandchild.

Alvena Sorenson
Nelson resident Alvena (Holthaus) Sorenson, 96, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, in Superior. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson with the Rev. Royce Buchtel officiating. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Klawitter Price Funeral Home in Nelson. Mrs. Sorenson was born, Dec. 30, 1899, to Louis and Marie (Renken) Holthaus. On Jan. 14, 1920, she married Frank Luther Sorenson in Hastings. He died Nov. 18, 1977. She lived in Guide Rock and Nelson. She was a member of Nelson Community United Church of Christ. She was a former member of Women's Circle at United Methodist Church in Nelson and Eureka Home Extension Club. Survivors are one daughter, Dorothy Ray of Hebron; one sister, Bertha Stroh of Norfolk; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Helen Joan and Carolyn Jean; three brothers; and one sister. Memorials may be given to Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital or Nelson Community United Church of Christ.

Eva M. Bolling
Central City resident Eva M. Bolling, 93, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, in York. Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Services are 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Central City. Burial will be in Central City Cemetery. Survivors are one son; five daughters; 34 grandchildren, including Thad Blodgett of Hastings; 44 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Jeanne E. Tharp
Juniata resident Jeanne E. (Olsen) Tharp, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation or viewing at the funeral home. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Mrs. Tharp was born Nov. 7, 1947, to Lavern "Olie" and Illene (Keedle) Olsen in Hastings. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1966. She attended Doane College and Kearney State College. On March 19, 1971, she married Robert G. Tharp. She was a secretary for Farm Bureau Insurance West in Hastings. She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Terri Niemoth of Grand Island; one son, Todd of Muscatine, Iowa; her parents of Hastings; one sister, Margaret Stutzman of Shickley; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the family.

Edwin F. Hornbussel
Superior resident Edwin F. Hornbussel, 82, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. Services were to be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Superior with the Rev. Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial was planned in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hornbussel was born Nov. 19, 1913, to Fredrick and Katherine (Grummert) Hornbussel near Superior. He attended Beaver Grade School and Superior High School. On Dec. 20, 1948, he married Donna Mary Shellhase in Grand Island. He was a member of First Baptist Church for nearly 50 years and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, both of Superior. Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Lelia Theiss of South San Francisco, Calif., Lyndall Logan of Reliance, Wyo., Joan Enevoldsen of Wolbach and Diane Reiman of Superior; two sons, Richard Lee of Palmdale, Calif., and Alan E. of Burr Oak, Kan.; three sisters, Dorothea Rogers and Rosella Martin, both of Superior, and Pauline Knott of Omaha; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, David Smith; one daughter, Jeanie McMains; two brothers, two sisters and one grandchild. Memorials may be given to the Superior Volunteer Rescue Squad.


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