Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries
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|Forrest L. Swails
Geneva resident Forrest L. Swails, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, in Geneva.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Geneva with the Rev. Wanda W. Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Geneva Public Cemetery. Visitation is at Farmer and Son Funeral Home in Geneva.
Mr. Swails was born in Geneva.
He was a member of United Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge No. 79 A.F. & A.M., Odd Fellows Lodge No. 65, VFW Samuel Marsh Post No. 7102 and American Legion Post No. 68, all of Geneva, and Scottish Rite and Tehama Shrine Temple, both of Hastings.
Survivors are two sons, Leon of LaVerne, Calif., and LeRoy of Geneva; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Shriner's Burn Center.
Louise E. 'Susie' Rol
She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church and VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors are her husband; two sons, Michael Allen of Axtell and Steven Craig of Hastings; five brothers, Harold Uhrmacher of Superior, Lawrence Uhrmacher, Robert Uhrmacher and Donald Uhrmacher, all of Hastings, and Wilburt Uhrmacher of Fairbury; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
Ernest 'Pat' Hasenyager
Survivors are one daughter, Bonnie Schescke of Naponee; seven grandchildren;
and 12 great-grandchildren.
Naomi B. Cheyney
Mrs. Cheyney was born Aug. 28, 1929, to Ira and Anna (Wells) Richardson in Superior. On Aug. 25, 1946, she married Marvin LeRoy Cheyney. In 1946 they moved to Hastings from Clay Center. Her husband died Aug. 1, 1993. She was a sales clerk for Ed Lightner Auction.
She was a member of the Adams County Historical Society.
Survivors are one son, David J. of Hastings; two daughters, Linda C. Howard of Doniphan and Belinda M. Puzder of Claremore, Okla.; her mother of Hastings; one brother, Ronald Richardson of Plattesmouth; one sister, Lila Shaw of Lincoln; and five grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her father.
Memorials may be given to the Adams County Historical Society.
H. Roger Grace
Mr. Grace was born Feb. 5, 1905, to Herbert L. and Ella (Schramm) Grace in Des Moines. He grew up in Omaha. He graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Nebraska. He worked for AT&T in Omaha. In 1929 he married Irene Fogarty. They moved to Hastings in 1945. He started Grace's Bike and Key Shop. He also later started Circle ESS Key Machine Manufacturing Co. In 1972 he sold Grace's Bike and Key Shop. He continued to manage the manufacturing company until his death. His wife died in 1983.
He was founder of Nebraska Locksmith Organization, of which he was a lifetime member and also a founding member of Hastings Rural Fire Protection. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 50. In 1994 he was recipient of the Jordan Medal for being the longest continuing member of the lodge. He also was a member of Associated Locksmiths of America.
Survivors are three daughters, Margaret Westrope and Helen Thomas, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dorothy Friend of Hastings; one son, Herbert R. of Fremont; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by an infant sister.
A memorial will be established.
Delbert E. Wegener
Mr. Wegener was born July 21, 1935, to Paul and Mabel Wegener in rural Ruskin. He was a farmer for 33 years.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Hebron Rural Fire Department.
Survivors are his wife, Shary of Hebron; his mother of Hebron; a son, Kevin of York; a daughter, Corinne of Geneva; three sisters, Marilyn Smith of Grand Junction, Colo., Shirley McCannon of Newark, Texas, and Adell Anthony of Austin, Minn.; a brother, Don of Hebron; a stepson, Kenneth Hallgren of Osage City, Kan., a stepdaughter, Kimberly Hallgren of Republic, Kan.; five grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, the Hebron Volunteer
Fire Department or the Hebron Rescue Unit.
Wilma M. Dillon
Mrs. Dillon was born May 15, 1925, to Samuel E. and Lela H. (Smith) Dillon in Northbranch, Kan. She was a lifelong resident of Jewell County and attended rural school No. 119. She graduated from Burr Oak High School in 1943.
Survivors are three sisters, Winnie McNichols of Burr Oak, Caryl Abel of Topeka, Kan., and Waneta Brown of Salina, Kan.
Memorials may be given to Burr Oak Nazarene Church.
Patricia A. Songster
Mrs. Songster was born Dec. 23, 1932, to Louis and Elizabeth (Malek) Nowak in Fullerton. She graduated from Fullerton High School in 1950. She taught rural school for three years. She was an X-ray and lab technician at Fullerton Hospital for many years. On July 4, 1976, she married Bob Songster in Hastings. They lived in Hastings. She worked at the Hastings Orthopedic Clinic until retiring in 1993.
She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and the Eagles Auxiliary, of which she was president in Fullerton and Hastings.
Survivors are her husband; five sons, Robert Hill Jr. of North Platte, Robert Songster and Rick Songster, both of Lake Powell, Utah, Ron Songster of Mesa, Ariz., and Roger Songster of Valley; two daughters, Cathy Hill of Hastings and Ann Santin of Central City; four sisters, Rose Skocz of Omaha, Rita Shotkoski of Fullerton, Fran Laska of Norfolk and Janice Etheridge of Schaumburg, Ill; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild.
Memorials may be given to Nebraska Boys Ranch.
Anna C. Dorn
Mrs. Dorn was born June 5, 1903, to Adam and Regina (Lorcher) Schnuerle near Carleton. She moved to Naponee with her parents as a small child. On Feb. 14, 1926, she married Reinhard Dorn. They lived in the Macon area, later moving to a farm in Kimball County. In 1938 they moved to the Minden area where they farmed. Her husband died in 1969. She later moved into Minden.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Survivors are two daughters, Rose Ann Braden and Virginia Wiegand, both of Kearney; one sister, Lena Fritson of Franklin; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one son, Delbert; three sisters and
Kenneth D. 'K.D.' Lewis
DeAnte' was born Oct. 15, 1996, in Hastings.
Survivors are his parents; one brother, Trey of Hastings; grandparents, Mike and Deb Nicolarsen, Jewell and Fern Tomjack and Gloria Hamik, all of Hastings; and great-grandparents, Jerry and Virginia Nicolarsen of Hastings and Bette Whitehead of Cozad.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Bode O. Cervin
Mr. Cervin was born Oct. 15, 1910, to Olaf Z. and Ruth (Engberg) Cervin in Rock Island, Ill. He moved to Nebraska 50 years ago and to Hastings 10 years ago. He was a brick mason.
He was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
He is survived by one brother, David R. of Amarillo, Texas.
Evelyn M. Sherman
Mrs. Sherman was born March 15, 1918, to Snowden and Orrie (Highland) Cook in Ellis. She attended schools in Ellis and Beatrice. On Jan. 3, 1936, she married Glen S. Sherman in Marysville, Kan. He died in 1969. She moved to Hastings in 1948. In 1996 she moved to Omaha. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors are three sons, Gary of Sioux City, Iowa, Gale of Omaha and Gordon of Mound City, Kan.; one daughter, Gloria Watson of Bloomington, Minn.; one sister, Elinor Fritz of Beatrice; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by four brothers.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer's
Disease, 2300 S. 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68502.
Velma M. Hollon
Marietta D. Pearston
Mrs. Pearston was born Oct. 30, 1906, to LeRoy and Chloe (Williams) Rise in Fairbury. On Nov. 1, 1924, she married Paul Pearston in Washington, Kan. In 1941 they moved to Hastings from Sabetha, Kan. Her husband died Jan. 6, 1996. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Juniata Community Church in Juniata.
Survivors are one sister, Mildred Nebel of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons and two brothers.
Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Village.
Flora L. Hobrock
Mrs. Hobrock was born March 15, 1904, to Conrad and Amelia (Gross) Grothen in Juniata. On Jan. 27, 1927, she married Elmer Hobrock in Juniata. He died June 21, 1977. She was a lifelong Adams County resident, living in Juniata and Hastings. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Survivors are one daughter, Eleanor Buss of Hastings; one son, Marvin of Lincoln; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Ehrman was born Oct. 18, 1903, to George and Amelia (Nice) Showalter near Roseland. On May 2, 1924, she married William Ehrman in Roseland. He died in 1983. She moved to Milford from Roseland in January 1990. She was a homemaker.
Survivors are two daughters, Eileen Hostetler of Milford and Helen Hilger of Hastings; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one son, Richard; four sisters and four brothers.
Memorials may be given to Anna Sundermann Home.
Lloyd R. Yost
Mr. Yost was born Sept. 29, 1911, to John P. and Barbara (Schleunning) Yost in Eldorado. On Nov. 5, 1935, he married Jeannette Murra in Hastings. He was a longtime farmer in Adams County. He also worked in maintenance at Hastings Grain Bin, retiring in 1976. He later worked in the graphic arts department at the Hastings Tribune.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Darlene Wolfe of Hastings, Barbara Gray and Jean Ahlin, both of Lincoln, and Linda Raddatz of Sidney; one sister, Mildred Fredricks of Glenvil; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church.
William H. Meier
Mr. Meier was born Dec. 23, 1904, to Otto W. and Mary G. (Bothwell) Meier in Lincoln. He grew up in the Lincoln area. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1926. He taught history and English at Central High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1927 he returned to Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1930. He was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1932-34. On Aug. 12, 1934, he married Mabel Utter. They lived in Omaha. He worked for the Federal Land Bank until moving to Minden in 1936. He had a private law practice in Minden from 1936-42. He and his wife moved to Omaha where he was assistant U.S. attorney. In 1945 they returned to Minden where he practiced law until retiring. His wife died in 1992.
He was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge No. 127 A.F. & A.M. since 1926, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Danish Brotherhood, all of Minden, Scottish Rite and Tehama Shrine, both of Hastings, United Commercial Travelers of Grand Island and the Nebraska State Bar Association since 1930. He also was a member of the Minden Lions Club, of which he was president from 1948-49, District Governor of Nebraska Lions District 38-R and International Counselor in 1951. He was past president of the Minden Chamber of Commerce, past member and president of Kearney County Senior Citizens Center and past president of Minden Community Services.
Survivors are two sons, William E. of Kearney and Joel F. of Bloomington, Ind.; one daughter, Sarah Jane Peterson of Spokane, Wash; one brother, Fred of Santa Ana, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
Delmar D. Fierstein
Mr. Fierstein was born Jan. 28, 1924, on a farm south of Campbell. He graduated from Campbell High School in 1942. On Aug. 28, 1947, he married Bonnie Jameson. He was a custom combiner, retiring in 1986. He also operated a small salvage yard. He was a lifelong resident of Campbell.
He was a member of Campbell Westminster United Presbyterian Church and of the Campbell Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
Survivors are one daughter, Diane Falgione of Lexington, S.C.; three sons, Lonnie of Doniphan, Mickey of Polk and Daniel of Lincoln; one sister, Lela Blanchard of Omaha; two brothers, Max of Bethpage, Tenn., and Rodney of Colfax, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother.
Memorials may be given to Campbell Westminster United Presbyterian Church or Willie Fierstein Post No. 169 of Campbell.