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|Lucille M. Bush
Former Naponee resident Lucille Mae (Melton) Bush, 86, of Colonial Villa Good Samaritan Center in Alma died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wesleyan Church in Naponee with the Rev. Duane Lauber officiating. Burial will be in Naponee Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma.
Mrs. Bush was born Nov. 17, 1910, to Edgar Melton and Sadie Kilburn (Hoffman) Melton near Naponee. She grew up in the Naponee area. She attended Red Top Rural School. In May 1931 she married Dean Kenneth Romjue. They lived on farms in Franklin and Harlan counties. Their marriage ended in 1947. On July 23, 1949, she married Clifford Henry Bush in Red Cloud. They lived in the Naponee area. In 1967 they moved into Naponee. She worked at Gruwell Grocery and Locker for 10 years during the 1970s and 1980s. Her husband died May 14, 1976. In September 1995 she moved to Colonial Villa Good Samaritan Center in Alma.
She was a member of the Wesleyan Church and a past member of Hicks-Siegel American Legion Post No. 364 Auxiliary, both of Naponee.
Survivors are three sons, Floyd Romjue of Manteca, Calif., Don Romjue of Oakdale, Calif., and Robert Romjue of Naponee; one daughter, Betty Hare of Independence, Iowa; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter and three brothers.
A memorial fund has been established.
Esther A. Matousek
Survivors are three sons, including Dale Spilinek of Hastings; one daughter;
one stepdaughter; 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Wilma G. Wiedel
She was a member of Sacred Hearth Catholic Church and St. Ann's Altar Society.
Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Idonna Kripah of Hebron and Diane Baxa of Beatrice; two sons, Roger and Lonnie, both of Hebron; one sister, Margaret Reese of Fairbury; one brother, Virgil Hissong of Melvern, Ark.; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established.
Kathryn E. Fronning
Survivors are three sons, Gary of Juniata, Allen of Hastings and Jimmy Denny of Melbourne, Fla.; four sisters, Evelyn Anderson, Genevieve Royster and Melva Schurr, all of Hastings, and Merna DeJung of Edgar; and one brother, Dale White of Edgar.
She also was preceded in death by one son and two brothers.
Leroy F. Vollertsen
Mr. Vollertsen was born Sept. 21, 1921, to Armin and Hulda (Benty) Vollertsen in Herman, Mo. On Feb. 12, 1942, he married Phyllis Darlene Goering in Brock. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 in the European African Middle Eastern Theater. He was a salesman for Archer-Daniels Midlands. He retired in 1976. In 1992 he moved to Juniata from Nebraska City.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 8 in Nebraska City and the VFW in Hastings.
Survivors are his wife; one son, Roger of Holdrege; one daughter, Nancy Hauptman of Juniata; one brother, Kenny of Auburn; three sisters, Myrtle Flanagan of Springfield, Helen Dean of Douglas and Evelyn Varino of Omaha; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
Lona L. Shafer
Mrs. Shafer was born Sept. 5, 1924, to William and Lona (Davis) Haskins on a farm near Republican City. She attended school in Republican City, graduating in 1941. In 1945 she graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in home economics. She was a research assistant for the university. On June 17, 1947, she married Jack Shafer in Republican City. They lived in Doniphan and Arapahoe before moving to a farm south of Wood River in 1951. In 1970 she graduated from Kearney State College with a degree in elementary education. She taught at Wood River Elementary School from 1970-89.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Grand Island Area Graduate Home Economists and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Educators. She was a pianist, organist and choir member for many years.
Survivors are her husband; one son, Charles of Sioux Falls, S.D., three daughters, Jill Hill of Springfield, Va., Susie Powell of Grand Island and Robin Keralis of Mashoko, Zimbabwe; two brothers, William Haskins of Doniphan and Francis Haskins of Lincoln; and 18 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, David; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Ground
Water Foundation, St. Francis Hospice or Nebraska Ornithologists' Union.
Nick K. Noel
Mr. Noel was born Dec. 15, 1911, to Fred W. and Mary (Kellen) Noel in Logan, Kan. He was raised on a farm in Kansas. After moving to Hastings, he married Florence Belz. She died in October 1947. On Dec. 28, 1950, he married Hilda (Wolters) Beale in Lexington. He owned and operated Noel Auto Service in Hastings. After his retirement, he did maintenance work for Norwest Bank and Herberger's.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Optimist Club.
Survivors are his wife of Harvard; one son, Nick R. of Cozad; two stepdaughters, Barbara Soucek of Paonia, Colo., and Nancy Heeren of Ridgway, Colo.; six grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a sister and one stepgrandchild.
Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church or Optimist Club.
Survivors are one son, Duane of Byron; three sisters, Mae Niessen and Leatha Fuller, both of Superior, and Bernice Hansen of Hardy; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital
James T. Kral
Mr. Kral was born Aug. 2, 1928, to Frank and Alice (Goodwin) Kral on the family farm southwest of Bladen. He attended Catherton rural school. He graduated from Bladen High School in 1946. He farmed. He served in the Korean War from 1951-53. On Sept. 10, 1955, he married Virginia Holthaus in Campbell. They farmed southwest of Bladen.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Campbell American Legion and Blue Hill VFW. He served on the Webster County Fair Board, state Ethanol Board, Catherland Board, St. Ann's Cemetery Board and Bladen Board of Education.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Mike of Campbell and Brad of Bladen; one sister, Helen Houk of Claymont, Del.; two brothers, Francis of Salina, Kan., and Creighton of Aurora, Colo.; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Mr. Boom was born July 19, 1921, to John T. and Anna (Novak) Boom in Blue Hill. He moved to Lebanon, Kan., with his family as a young boy. They later moved to Red Cloud. He graduated from Red Cloud High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a mechanic in the European Theatre of Operations. He was discharged in November 1945. In December 1946 he moved to the Veterans Center in Knoxville. In 1969 he returned to Nebraska. In 1982 he returned to Knoxville.
Survivors are two sisters, Wilma B. Arsenault of Tampa, Fla., and Louise G. Rychecky of Crete; two brothers, Stanley of Red Cloud and Albert of Hastings.
He was preceded in death by a sister.
Dorothy L. Fries
Miss Fries was born Jan. 16, 1920, to Alfred and Lena (Imhof) Fries in Upland. She grew up in the Upland area. She attended Upland School. She worked in the family home until 1973. She then worked at Pioneer Village in Minden, Franklin County Hospital in Franklin and Kearney County Community Hospital in Minden. She retired in 1989.
She was a member of Upland United Methodist Church where she had been janitor for more than 20 years. She was active in the church. She also was janitor for Koch Agri Services.
Survivors are two brothers, Donald of Mason City and Vernon of Upland;
Memorials may be given to Upland United Methodist Church.
Mr. North was born March 7, 1941, to Benton and Rosemarie North in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1959. In 1964 he graduated from Hastings College with a bachelor's degree in nursing. In 1966 he graduated from the University of Colorado with a master's degree in nursing. In 1975 he received his doctorate in biology with a minor in nursing at the University of Arizona. He joined the faculty at Arizona State University in Tempe as an associate professor in the College of Nursing in 1980. He was awarded tenure in 1983. In 1996 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He continued his full-time faculty role during the fall 1996 semester. He was chairman of the faculty at the time of his death.
He recently was featured in The Arizona Republic. He had put one-third of his lectures on an interactive computer program. He was a pioneer at ASU for bringing cyberlectures into the classroom and addressing students' different aptitudes or learning modes.
Survivors are his wife, Kathy; one daughter, Natasha North of Tempe; one son, Eric of Tempe; his parents of Hastings; and one brother, James of Norfolk.
Memorials may be given to ALS Association, P.O. Box 7302, Mesa, AZ,
or St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Fifth Street and Burlington Avenue,
Hastings, NE 68901.
Mrs. Hintz was born Nov. 12, 1908, to Hiram and Mary Nichols in Cozad.
Survivors are two stepsons, Darrell Hintz of Belvidere and Ronald Hintz of Hebron; one sister, Verla Hayes of Emlyn, Ky.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be given to Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home or First
United Methodist Church in Hebron.
Mrs. Rice was born June 12, 1905, to Marion Burdett and Flora Etta (Palmer) Simmons in Hastings. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School. In 1926 she graduated from Hastings College with a teaching certificate. On June 8, 1929, she married Warren L. Rice. She taught in several country and elementary schools. In 1980 they moved to Hastings from Davenport.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors are her husband; two sons, Richard of Tucson, Ariz., and Don of Wylie, Texas; two daughters, Edna JoAnn Shaver of Hastings and Dorothy Brandt of Alexandria, Va.; two brothers, Warren Simmons of Riverside, Calif., and Marion Simmons of Omaha; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and one grandchild.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church.
Earl E. Borrell
Mr. Borrell was born Jan. 6, 1938, to Vern and Berneice (Ellsworth) Borrell in Hastings. He grew up in Hastings. He was a warehouse man at the Veterans Medical Center in Lincoln.
He was a member of Frieden's Lutheran Church, VFW Post No. 131 and DAV.
Survivors are his wife, Nancy; four daughters, Christine Jones of Chicago, Lisa Pettit of Panama City, Fla.; Teresa Yates of Pleasant Dale and Leslie Dice of Omaha; two sons, Jay Borrell and Scott DeVore, both of Lincoln; his mother of York; one sister, Sherry Vrbka of York; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Virginia R. Smidt
Mrs. Smidt was born May 23, 1926, to Leslie and Dorothy (Johnson) Delap in Lexington. She grew up and attended school in Lexington. On July 22, 1946, she married William G. Smidt in Smith Center, Kan. They lived in Hastings. She was a clerk/typist at the Harvard Air Base in Harvard. She later was a beautician for 10 years. In 1965 they moved to Grand Island. She was employed at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition plant for two years.
She was a member of First Christian Church and its Circle 5 and VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors are her husband; one son, Steven of Grand Island; two daughters, Sandra Kay Yale of Omaha and Sarah Ann Anson of Grand Island; two brothers, Bill Delap of Galt, Calif., and Bob Delap of Lexington; one sister, Marilyn Rose of Lexington; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild.
Memorials may be given to the family or First Christian Church.
Loraine F. Davis
Mrs. Davis was born Nov. 23, 1925, to Fred and Julia Hamm in St. Louis. She attended school in St. Louis. On May 8, 1943, she married Leon W. Davis. They lived in various places before retiring to Hastings in 1982. She graduated with honors from Central Community College-Hastings in 1987 with commercial horticulture degrees in landscape gardening and turf maintenance. She owned and operated Landscape Design and Maintenance. Her husband is a former member of the Hastings City Council.
Survivors are her husband; three sons, Leon J. of Thermopolis, Wyo., Timothy W. of Vandalia, Ohio, and Thomas M. of Havelock, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the University of Nebraska Medical Center
for cancer research.
Douglas R. Fisk Sr.
Mr. Fisk was born Aug. 22, 1920, to Ross and Gertrude (Assay) Fisk in Pauline. He graduated from Roseland High School. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad. On Aug. 9, 1942, he married Gerene Hendricksen in Holstein. She died April 17, 1992. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45. He was a sergeant. He returned to work with the railroad. He retired after 40 years.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and American Legion, both in Holstein. He also was a member of the Holstein Board of Education. He was active in church and community affairs.
Survivors are two daughters, Connie Schukei of Holstein and Lori Sidlo of Sprague; one son, Douglas Jr. of Hastings; and 11 grandchildren.
He was also was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
Bertha C. Soker
Kenesaw resident Bertha C. Soker, 95, died Monday, March 3, 1997, at Haven Home in Kenesaw.
Services are pending with Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings.
Charles A. Aljoe
Mr. Aljoe was born June 4, 1936, to Harold and Gladys (Hall) Aljoe in Du Boise, Pa. In 1979 he moved to Hastings from Cleveland, Ohio. He worked for Kealy Construction and Eagle Plastics in Hastings and Tri-Valley in Grand Island before working in the maintenance department at Good Samaritan Village. On April 29, 1981, he married Janice Hayes in Hastings.
Survivors are his wife; one stepson, Douglas Pawloski of Hastings; two stepdaughters, Margo Busboom of Ayr and Laurie Fredricks of Omaha; his mother, Gladys Jones of Key Largo, Fla.; one sister, P.J. Jones of Key Largo; two brothers, Kenneth of Cleveland and Stuart of Olympia, Wash.; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Ray Jones; and one brother.
Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
Cleo J. Baughman
Survivors are one daughter, three sons, one brother; one sister, Joyce Chapel Peterson of Hastings; and nine grandchildren.
N. Carol Kindler
Esbon, Kan., resident N. Carol Kindler, 78, died Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at Mitchell County Community Hospital in Beloit, Kan.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato, Kan., with the Revs. Ernest Larsen and Lance McDowell officiating. Burial will be in Esbon Cemetery. Visitation is 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Melby Mortuary in Mankato.
She was a member of Happy Hour Club.
Survivors are her husband; two sons, Robert of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Gary of Esbon; one daughter, Joy Kindler of Salina, Kan.; one brother, Elden Hoffhines of Arkansas City, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Esbon First Responder Unit.
Bertha C. Soker
Miss Soker was born Jan. 18, 1902, to Fred and Etta (Schepler) Soker in Hildreth. She attended Doane College and graduated from the University of Nebraska. She taught school in Lexington. She took a leave of absence to be the bookkeeper in Fairbanks, Alaska, for the Kansas City Bridge and Construction Co. during the building of the Al-Can Highway (Alaska Highway). She later taught school at Maderia (Calif.) High School. For two years, she was a missionary for American Lutheran Church in Lea, New Guinea. She returned to Maderia High School to teach. In 1969 she retired and moved to Hildreth. She later moved to Good Samaritan Village Goldbeck Towers in Hastings. She moved to Haven Home seven years ago.
She is survived by one sister, Tillie Soker of Kenesaw.
Memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church and St. Peter's
Lutheran Church in Hildreth.
Mr. Jurgensmeier was born Sept. 28, 1919, to Bernard and Matilda (Kempkes) Jurgensmeier in Madrid. He moved to Lawrence with his family at a young age. He grew up in Lawrence. He was a railroad worker. He had been a resident of the Logan area for several years.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence, Lawrence American Legion and St. John's Catholic Church in Logan.
Survivors are two brothers, Clarence of Hastings and Bob of Lakeside, Calif.; seven sisters, Bertha Glennemeier, Agnes Glennemeier and Laveta Legg, all of Logan, Irene Morland of Galesburg, Mich., Maxine Miller of Bakersfield, Calif., Pat Thompson of Lancaster, Calif., and Lois Jurgensmeier of Hastings.
Memorials may be given to Logan Manor or Logan Ambulance Fund.
Lyman B. Rightmeier
Mr. Rightmeier was born Aug. 23, 1910, to Lewis Alfred and Lata Grace (Clark) Rightmeier in Montrose. He attended Hills Dale Elementary and graduated from Montrose High School. On July 21, 1933, he married Pearl E. Miller in Concordia, Kan. She died Feb. 2, 1997. He was a retired farmer and stockman.
Survivors are one son, Charles of Topeka, Kan.; two daughters, Joyce Hancock of Wichita, Kan., and Theresa Terry of Salina, Kan.; one sister, Leona Winter of Ontario, Ore.; two brothers, Leon "Bus" of Concordia and Lyle "Ike" of Mankato; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Jewell County Hospital Long-Term Care Unit or American Cancer Society.