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
Hastings resident Louise E. "Susie" (Uhrmacher) Rol, 71, of 309 W. 12th St. died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rol was born Dec. 8, 1925, to William and Amanda (Kothe) Uhrmacher in Adams County. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School. On June 13, 1948, she married Floyd Rol. She was a homemaker.

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
Alma resident Ernest "Pat" Hasenyager, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at Colonial Villa Good Samaritan Center in Alma.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Banta-Torrey Funeral Home chapel in Alma. Burial will be in Long Island Cemetery in Long Island, Kan.

Survivors are one daughter, Bonnie Schescke of Naponee; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
 

Naomi B. Cheyney
Hastings resident Naomi B. (Richardson) Cheyney, 67, of 321 S. Rhode Island Ave. died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Art Schakat officiating. Burial will be in Bartlett Cemetery at Bartlett.

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
Hastings resident H. Roger Grace, 91, of 214 E. Second St. died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines at a later date. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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
Hebron resident Delbert E. Wegener, 61, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in Hebron.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron with the Rev. Bruce W. Breggren officiating. Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hebron. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. today and 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron; and one hour before service time at the church.

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
Burr Oak, Kan., resident Wilma M. Dillon, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Jewell County Hospital in Mankato, Kan.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Nazarene Church in Burr Oak with the Revs. Danny Strange and Joe Vance officiating. Burial is in Burr Oak Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

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
Hastings resident Patricia A. (Nowak) Songster, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at her home.
Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home. Palmer's Funeral Home of Fullerton is in charge of arrangements.

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
Minden resident Anna Christine (Schnuerle) Dorn, 93, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Rev. Ronald Ebb officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

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 four brothers.
 

Neva Thornberry
Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997
Nelson resident Neva (Ross) Thornberry, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, in Superior.
 

Kenneth D. 'K.D.' Lewis
Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997
Grand Island resident Kenneth D. "K.D." Lewis, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, in Grand Island.
 

DeAnte' Nicolarsen
DeAnte' Blake Xavier Nicolarsen, 3-month-old son of Jennifer Hamik and Jason Nicolarsen, both of Hastings, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at his home.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

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
Hastings resident Bode O. Cervin, 86, of Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Harold Stromer officiating. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

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
Former Hastings resident Evelyn Mary (Cook) Sherman, 78, of Omaha died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Immanuel Fontenelle in Omaha.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Hastings with the Rev. Dr. Joe Scahill officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

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
Friday, Jan. 10, 1997
Hastings resident Velma Marie (Huntsman) Hollon, 85, of 1110 N. Lexington Ave. died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
 

Marietta D. Pearston
Hastings resident Marietta Dale (Rise) Pearston, 90, of 1222 McDonald Ave. died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Tom Murray officiating. Burial will be in Fairbury Cemetery at Fairbury.

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
Hastings resident Flora Lorena (Grothen) Hobrock, 92, of 1718 W. Third St. died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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.
 

Alice Ehrman
Former Roseland resident Alice (Showalter) Ehrman, 93, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Anna Sundermann Home in Seward.
Services were to be at 2 p.m. today at the gravesite or Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David L. Speicher officiating. Burial was to be in Mennonite Cemetery at Roseland.

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
Hastings resident Lloyd R. Yost, 85, of 1510 N. Hastings Ave. died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ted Uhlig officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

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
Minden resident William H. Meier, 92, died Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney.
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dr. Terry Palmer officiating. The remains were cremated. Private family burial will be prior to memorial services at the Minden Cemetery. Layton Funeral Home of Minden is in charge of arrangements.

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
Campbell resident Delmar D. Fierstein, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Campbell with the Rev. Lonnie Eschliman officiating. Burial will be in Campbell Presbyterian Cemetery. Campbell Funeral Home of Campbell is in charge of arrangements.

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.


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