Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Joyce E. Laird
Hastings resident Joyce E. (Albrecht) Laird, 70, of 717 N. Lincoln Ave. died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Berean Bible Church with the Revs. Steve A. Hodgson and Dale Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home. There will be no visitation at the church.

Mrs. Laird was born May 17, 1926, to Carl F. and Mildred I. (Taylor) Albrecht in Sioux City, Iowa. She attended the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. In 1963 she moved to Hastings from York. She was a retired dance instructor and dog groomer.

She was a member of Berean Bible Church.

Survivors are three daughters, Lynn Julianelle of York, Judy Bauer of Kansas City, Mo., and Debby Heidler of Hinsdale, Ill.; one brother, Duane Albrecht of Denver; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Berean Bible Church Joyce E. Laird Memorial Fund.
 

Delores I. Schriner
Former Hastings resident Delores I. (Rutt) Schriner, 75, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at Columbia Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Idaho Falls with the Rev. Arthur Fogartie officiating. Graveside services will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation with family is 5-7 p.m. Monday at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.

Mrs. Schriner was born Jan. 5, 1922, to Jacob and Hazel E. Rutt in Hastings. At the age of 5 she moved with her family to McCook. She graduated from high school in McCook in 1940. On Nov. 30, 1942, she married Robert F. Schriner in Hastings. In 1957 they moved to Idaho Falls. They owned and operated Schriner Heating. Her husband died Dec. 20, 1980.

She was a 4-H leader for many years and a judge of 4-H projects at the Bonneville County and Eastern Idaho State fairs. She was area coordinator for the American Associations of Retired Persons' 55 Alive program and was president of the AARP chapter in Idaho Falls.

Survivors are one daughter, Suzanne Johnson of Idaho Falls; one son, Robert J. "Jim" of Idaho Falls; two brothers, Kenneth Rutt of Omaha and Richard Rutt of McCook; one sister, Shirley Roberts of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho, or the Idaho 
 

Mabel O. Bergquist
Geneva resident Mabel O. Bergquist, 88, died Friday, April 25, 1997, in Geneva.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stockholm Lutheran Church near Shickley. Burial will be in the Swedish Cemetery near Shickley. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Farmer and Sons Funeral Home in Geneva.

Mrs. Bergquist was born in Saronville.

Memorials may be given to Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.
 

Wayne Wroughton
Nelson resident Wayne Wroughton, 83, died Friday, April 25, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Nelson.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Nelson with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Burial will be at Nelson Cemetery. Visitation is 1-8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Wroughton was born Sept. 5, 1913, to Ernest G. Wroughton and Lavinia Moon of rural Edgar. He attended rural schools near Nelson. On Sept. 20, 1932, he married Florence Thieman. She died Nov. 16, 1984. On Jan. 4, 1988, he married Vivian C. Troudt. He farmed north of Nelson many years. 

He was a member of Nelson Masonic Lodge No. 77, of which he was a Past Master; York Rite of Free Masonary; and a member of the Tehama Temple Shrine of Hastings.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian; two sons, Donald and Richard, both of Nelson; step-children, Clare Wilson of Nelson, and Willa Sorensen of Ruskin; two sisters, Dorothy Ferebee and Dortheda Kramer, both of Nelson; a brother, James, of California; six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence; a sister, Audrey Wroughton; and a brother, James.

Memorials may be given to Nelson Good Samaritan Center or the Nelson Youth/Recreation Committee.
 

Ella M. Kile
Former Hastings resident Ella May Kile, 75, of North Platte died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at North Platte Care Centre.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Odean Colonial Chapel in North Platte with the Rev. David Lux officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Visitation is 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Kile was born April 8, 1922, to Wilber D. and Ella C. (Doll) Powers at Hastings. She grew up in Hastings and graduated from Hastings High School in 1940. She attended Hastings College and then worked for the Naval Ammunition Depot at Hastings. In 1943, she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. After being discharged, she returned to the NAD. On May 21, 1949, she married Charles Lester Kile at Hastings. They lived in Hastings until 1952 when they moved to Grand Island. She worked for Gambles 12 years. In 1972, the couple moved to North Platte.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 163, the Women's Veterans Organization and Eagles Aerie No. 2389, and a past member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

Survivors are three sisters, Hilda Korgan of Hastings, Betty Gray of Decatur, Ala., and Carol Wiechmann of Ogden, Utah; and two brothers, David and Paul, both of Hastings.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Jaye Ann Kile; and one sister.

Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army.
 

Veronica M. Gilbert
Veronica M. Gilbert, 40, of Torrington, Wyo., died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, of injuries received in a one vehicle accident near Hemmingford.
Services are 11 a.m. today at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with the Rev. Don O'Brien officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Mitch, a former Hastings resident.
 

Loretta A. Mousel
Kenesaw resident Loretta Ann (David) Mousel, 90, died Sunday, June 1, 1997, at Haven Home in Kenesaw.
Rosary is 10:15 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Wednesday, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings with the Rev. David F. Bourek officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mousel was born July 8, 1906, to John and Mary (Phillips) David in Adams County. On Feb. 4, 1931, she married Albert Mousel in Assumption. They farmed near Adams Central High School until her husband's death in 1973. She moved to Hastings. She later moved to The Kensington and then Haven Home in Kenesaw. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Survivors are one daughter, Carol Engel of Hastings; three sisters, Dorothy Hohlfeld of Holstein and Theresa Mousel and Anna Mousel, both of Roseland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to St. Michael's Catholic Church.
 

Lewis E. McMullen
Red Cloud resident Lewis E. McMullen, 93, died Sunday, June 1, 1997, at Franklin County Hospital in Franklin.
Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Stanley Schieffer officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery at York.

Mrs. McMullen was born Nov. 16, 1903, to Edward and Ruth Emma (Schisler) McMullen in York. He grew up in York where he attended school. On June 1, 1926, he married Mary C. Bohrer in Red Cloud. They lived in York. In 1936 they moved to Denver, Colo., and in 1937 they moved to Laramie, Wyo. In 1944 he went to work for Montgomery Ward. They lived in Alliance, Scottsbluff and Hastings. In 1958 he was transferred to the Montgomery Ward store in Fort Collins, Colo. He retired in 1967. They moved to Red Cloud. His wife died Sept. 1, 1978.
 

Rose M. Smith
Hastings resident Rose M. Smith, 94, of Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion died Saturday, May 31, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Rosary is 9:45 a.m. and services are 10 a.m., both Tuesday, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 1, 1902, to Frank and Frances (Hoffman) Pavelka in Metrovica, Austria-Hungary. She came to America with her parents in 1903. She lived in Pauline. They later moved to Lawrence. She attended school in Lawrence through the eighth grade. She attended Lincoln School of Commerce. She worked in the Capital Hotel drugstore for 13 years. In November 1933 she married Curtis E. Smith in Lincoln. They lived in Crawford, Loup City and Pender before moving to a farm near Hastings. Her husband died in 1966.

She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and its Altar Society and the Eagles Auxiliary.

She also was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Memorials may be given to St. Cecilia's Endowment Fund.
 

Chester L. VanMeter
Lovewell, Kan., resident Chester L. VanMeter, 98, died Saturday, May 31, 1997, in Mount Hope, Kan.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Lovewell. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Survivors are two sons; four daughters, including Eve Rogers of Superior; one sister; 21 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
 

Walter E. Frickey
Hastings resident Walter E. Frickey, 75, of 3222 Paradise Drive died Monday, June 2, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church near Juniata with the Rev. Brian Pummill officiating. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery with military rites provided by Kenesaw American Legion No. 268. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Mr. Frickey was born Feb. 20, 1922, to Eckhardt and Caroline (Augustin) Frickey in rural Juniata. He graduated from the eighth grade at Christ Lutheran Parochial School and from Kenesaw High School. He served in the 96th Infantry Division 383rd Co. in the U.S. Army from 1942-46. He was discharged as a staff sergeant. On Feb. 1, 1947, he married Edith Bockerman. He farmed in the Prosser area. He also auctioneered with Frank Lowell. In 1950 he began auctioneering with Walt Aherns and later with Bob Augustin. He auctioned at sale barns in Hastings, Blue Hill and Kearney. He also auctioned at Hastings, Bladen and Minden 4-H sales. He retired in 1992. He retired from farming in 1982. In 1990 he and his wife moved to Hastings from Kenesaw.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Kenesaw American Legion No. 268 and 96th Infantry Reunion Association. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Survivors are his wife; three sisters, Dora Nixon of Columbus, Elaine Bragg of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ruth Hadenfeldt of Hastings; and one brother, Vern of Grand Island.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran Church.
 

Betty Searle
Speedway, Ind., resident Betty Searle, 62, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at her home.
Services were Saturday at Conkle Funeral Home in Speedway. Burial was in Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, Ind.

She married Bill Searle, formerly of Hastings. He survives.
 

Grace L. Fuller
Hardy resident Grace L. (Schnitker) Fuller, 102, died Sunday, June 1, 1997, in Superior.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Dale Bussinger officiating. Burial will be in Hardy Cemetery at Hardy. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Fuller was born Dec. 11, 1894, to George and Minnie (Cooper) Schnitker in Nishnabotna, Mo. She attended rural schools in Missouri. She moved with her family to Hardy. She attended Miller School north of Hardy. She married Jesse Lewis Fuller in Mankato, Kan. They lived on a farm near Hardy. Her husband died Nov. 17, 1974. In 1975 she moved to Hardy. In October 1994 she moved to Parkview Nursing Home in Deshler. 

She was a member of the Lutheran Church in her youth, later becoming a member of Hardy Union Church. She also was a member of Women's Christian Temperance Union and a charter member of the Jewell Social Circle.

Survivors are one daughter, Georgia Webber of Hardy; one brother, Owen Schnitker of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Delbert Leo; four brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital.
 

Vera M. Sawyer
Upland resident Vera Mae (Spors) Sawyer, 80, died Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha as the result of a traffic accident.
Memorial services are 7 p.m. Thursday at First National Bank Community Room in Minden with John Orchard officiating.

Mrs. Sawyer was born Dec. 14, 1916, to John and Edna (Dymond) Spors in Upland. She graduated from Upland High School in 1934. She later graduated from Hastings Business School. She moved to Washington, D.C., where she was employed by the Social Security Administration. On March 3, 1939, she married Albert Leroy Sawyer in Richmond, Va. They lived in Baltimore, Md. In 1955 they moved to Upland. She worked at Kearney County Social Services from 1956 until retiring in 1981.

Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Phyllis Yerg of Kearney; one son, Lyle of Indianola; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.
 

Lillie E. Gerdes
Former rural Doniphan resident Lillie E. (Fredrickson) Gerdes, 90, of Grand Island died Tuesday, June 3, 1997, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home chapel in Grand Island with the Revs. Richard Karohl and Vern Rice officiating. Burial will be in Grand Island City Cemetery. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Gerdes was born July 23, 1906, to Axel and Mary (Anderson) Fredrickson on a farm northeast of Phillips. She graduated from Phillips High School. She attended Grand Island Baptist College, Hastings College and Kearney State Teachers College. She taught in elementary schools in Hamilton and Hall counties. On Aug. 7, 1934, she married Marvin Gerdes. They lived on a farm west of Doniphan for 31 years. In 1965 they moved to Grand Island.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. She served on the rural school board for 12 years and Hall County Extension Board for 12 years.

Survivors are her husband; and one sister, Aldie Boroff of Vista, Calif.

She was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to the Faith United Methodist Church.
 

Richard S. Einspahr
Former Hastings resident Richard S. Einspahr, 78, of rural Ansley died Tuesday, June 3, 1997, at Sandhills Manor Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Govier Brothers Mortuary chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. David Bindel officiating. Burial will be in Westerville Cemetery at Westerville. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Einspahr was born Aug. 6, 1918, to Theodore and Susie (Herbert) Einspahr in Enders. He attended rural school in Chase County through the ninth grade. He began farming for his parents when his father's health failed. On Dec. 24, 1938, he married Edna Hogsett in Chase County. On June 14, 1953, he married Anna Scott in Hastings. They lived in Hastings. He was a bonded policeman for several years. He later opened Dick's Hobby and Craft Store, which he and his wife operated for more than 20 years. In 1991 they retired and moved to their home near Westerville in Custer County.

He was a member of the Nazarene Church in Broken Bow. He was a charter member of the Sky Lark Hobby Airplane Club in Hastings.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Victor of Beeville, Texas; two daughters, Camellia Green of Hillsboro, Ore., and Sandra Hapke of Thornton, Colo.; four brothers, Wayne of Sutherland, Don of McCook, Alvin of Wilson, Kan., and Robert of Indianola; four sisters, Beulah Purdy of Ogallala, Millie Long of Wauneta, Norma Schultz of Port Lavaca, Texas, and Delores Cappel of McCook; and eight grandchildren. 

Memorials may be given to Westerville Cemetery Fund or Ansley Rescue Unit.
 

Alberta G. Wagner
Former Minden resident Alberta Gae Wagner, 78, of Central City died Tuesday, June 3, 1997, at Long Term Care in Central City.
Private family memorial services will be at a later date at Lee Park Cemetery near Arcadia. Solt Funeral Home of Central City is in charge of arrangements.

Miss Wagner was born Aug. 1, 1918, to Harry A. and Reina C. (True) Wagner in Arcadia. She lived in Arcadia, Grand Island and Minden before moving to Central City with her family at the age of 12. She graduated from Central City High School in 1935. She and her mother owned and operated Central City Liquor. She later worked at Central Cafe until retiring in 1980. She moved to Long Term Care in March.

She was a member of United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.

She is survived by one sister, Harriet R. Pieper of Central City.

She was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Mitchell D. Meier
Rural Doniphan resident Mitchell D. Meier, 41, died Tuesday, June 3, 1997, on the family farm.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Doniphan Public School with the Rev. Bill Hunter officiating. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. Friday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home in Grand Island. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m.

Mr. Meier was born Aug. 19, 1955, to Edwin E. and Shirley (Treat) Meier in Grand Island. He grew up in Doniphan. He attended District 19 School and graduated from Doniphan High School in 1973. On Sept. 3, 1977, he married Kimberly Jo White in Grand Island. They farmed near Doniphan. He farmed with his father for 20 years. He recently was employed at Doniphan Public Schools.

Survivors are his wife and children, Travis, Tucker, Treat and Tandra; his parents of Grand Island; and two sisters, Tamy Carpenter of Grand Island and Tracy Orcutt of Doniphan.

He was preceded in death by grandparents.
 

Herman D. Reinke
Davenport resident Herman D. Reinke, 87, died Sunday, June 1, 1997, in Deshler.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Davenport with the Rev. Daniel Heuer officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery at Davenport. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Friday at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home in Davenport and noon until services at the church.

Mr. Reinke was born Aug. 28, 1909, to Fred and Anna (Blanken) Reinke in Deshler. He was a retired mechanic for a farm implement dealership.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Lutheran Laymen's League.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Tim of Davenport and Lester of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Anna Heyen of Geneva; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Memorials may be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
 

Sylvia A. Neuhart
Deshler resident Sylvia A. Neuhart, 79, died Tuesday, June 3, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Deshler with the Rev. James Moll officiating. The remains were cremated. Private family burial will be in Deshler City Cemetery. There will be no visitation or viewing. Hebron Memorial Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Neuhart was born Sept. 24, 1917, to James and Verle (Dudley) Moore in Oak. She graduated from Nelson High School in 1935. On Nov. 17, 1937, she married Martin Neuhart. She worked for Spring Creek Dairy in Deshler. She later was a nurse's aid at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler.

Survivors are her husband; five daughters, Ardyce Best of Nashville, Tenn., Marcia Mitchell of Fairbury and Mary Sayhouse, Nanette Michoff and Charlotte Baslee, all of Denver; one son, James of Deshler; one brother, John Moore of Marietta, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established.


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