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Betty J. Kuzma
Hastings resident Betty Jean (Hawthorne) Kuzma, 74, of 1617 Morningside Drive died Saturday, July 12, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Max Hale officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens north of Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kuzma was born Nov. 1, 1922, to George and Agnes (Livingston) Hawthorne on a farm between Giltner and Trumbull. She graduated from Giltner High School in 1940. She graduated from Mary Lanning School of Nursing in 1944 with a registered nurse's degree. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a second lieutenant in the Philippine Islands and Tokyo, Japan. In September 1945 she processed POWs. On June 2, 1946, she married George Kuzma in Trumbull. They moved to Connecticut. In 1951 they returned to Nebraska. She worked at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in 1953 during the polio epidemic. She later worked for Drs. Kleager and Glenn for 30 years and as a nurse at Hastings Regional Center for five years.

She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and its Women's Fellowship Group 3. She held various offices at the church. She also was a member of P.E.O. Chapter H, YWCA and Hastings Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Alan of Lincoln; one daughter, Georgena Eggleston of Norfolk; two brothers, Bob Hawthorne of Hastings and Clarence Hawthorne of Denton, Texas; two sisters, Evelyn Samuelson of Trumbull and Helen Hart of Sun City, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mark; one sister and one brother.

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ.
 

Lloyd F. Conaway
Athol, Kan., resident Lloyd Fred Conaway, 73, died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, Kan.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Simmons Funeral Home chapel in Smith Center with the Rev. Dale McCain officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View (Myer) Cemetery at Athol. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Conaway was born March 21, 1924, to Guy and Ethel (Panter) Conaway in Athol. He married Dorothy Wolverton. She died in 1977. He later remarried. He was a retired farmer.

He was a member of Athol United Church of Christ.

Survivors are his wife, Guila; one son, Larry Bose of Lincoln; three daughters, Beverly Muck of Downs, Kan., Gaylene Mitchel of Hays, Kan., and Sondra Cole of Franklin; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Athol United Church of Christ.
 

Eleanor B. Meyer
Deshler resident Eleanor B. (Baden) Meyer, 71, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Deshler with the Rev. James Moll officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery (Kiowa) near Deshler. Hebron Memorial Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Meyer was born Aug. 8, 1925, to Arthur and Bruna (Laentz) Baden in Byron. She attended school in Byron. She graduated from Deshler High School in 1943. She attended Kearney State College and graduated from Concordia College in Seward. On June 3, 1945, she married Louis Meyer in Byron. She was an elementary and special education teacher.

Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Sharon Ott of North Platte and Janet Meyer of Grand Island; two sons, Ron of Fremont and Don of Denver; one sister, Margaret Kinnan of Hollywood, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial has been established.
 

Warren M. Wilson
Hastings resident Warren M. Wilson, 86, of 743 Circle A died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at his home.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield with the Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Masonic rites will be provided by Masonic Lodge No. 317. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at McLaughlin Funeral Home in Clay Center and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday at the church.

Mr. Wilson was born Jan. 6, 1911, to Albert and Hattie (McLean) Wilson near Fairfield. He attended rural school and graduated from Clay Center High School in 1928. On May 26, 1935, he married Velda L. Kemp. They farmed near Spring Ranch. They later moved to Fairfield. He continued to farm. He also owned and operated Case Implement in Fairfield for more than 30 years. He and his wife later moved to Good Samaritan Village. They maintained a home in Fairfield.

He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge No. 317, York Rite, Tehama Temple and the Clown Unit of the Shriners.

He is survived by his wife.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to Community Presbyterian Church.
 

Neola C. Holtz
Former Harvard resident Neola C. (Garoutte) Holtz, 92, of Sutton Community Home in Sutton died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Harvard United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Burial will be in Harvard Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Tuesday at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home in Harvard.

Mrs. Holtz was born Feb. 21, 1905, to Isaac F. and Nora (Smeltzer) Garoutte in Havelock, Iowa. On Sept. 11, 1929, she married Preston E. Holtz. He preceded her in death. She moved to Harvard in 1943. In 1984 she moved to Sutton Community Home.

She was a member of Harvard United Methodist Church.

Survivors are two daughters, Myrna Ulmer of Sutton and Florence "Billie" Johnson of Harvard; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Sutton Community Home.
 

Anna A. Patterson
Former Hastings resident Anna A. (Deepe) Bates Patterson, 83, died Friday, July 11, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Rev. Carl Utley officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Patterson was born Jan. 14, 1914, to John and Anna A. (Lach) Deepe in Thayer County. On Sept. 11, 1933, she married Duane Bates in Salina, Kan. They moved from Thayer County to Hastings in 1957. Her husband died in 1985. On March 7, 1987, she married Robert G. Patterson in Hastings. He died in February. She was a licensed practical nurse at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital for 20 years.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, YMCA and an extension club, all of Hastings.

Survivors are one son, Roger Bates of Syracuse; three sisters, Martha Holtzen of Fairbury and Pauline Vantrees and Dorothy McLaughlin, both of Hebron; one brother, Martin Deepe of Hebron; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Verna J. Long
Sunday, July 13, 1997
Blue Hill resident Verna Jean (Alberts) Long, 73, of Westgate Manor in Blue Hill died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Blue Hill with the Rev. Bill Westman officiating. Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Long was born April 25, 1924, to Albert J. and Della (Waterbury) Alberts in Ayr. She graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1942. On Sept. 1, 1943, she married Asa H. Long in Topeka, Kan. She lived in North Carolina. She returned to Blue Hill in 1975. She was a nurse's aid at Community Care of Blue Hill until retiring.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Survivors are two daughters, Lydia Wilkesen Tomola of San Antonia, Texas, and Dorotha Ross of Hazard, Ky.; four sons, Asa A. of Wilmington, N.C., David Gene of Rayford, N.C., Floyd Gale of Austin, Texas, and Sam of Hazard; Frieda Alberts, who had been her mother since the age of 7, of Bladen; four sisters, Violet Boettcher of Blue Hill, Vivian Yamauchi of Pasco, Wash., Marilyn Place of Bladen and Norma Bostock of Ayr; two brothers, LaVern Alberts of Hastings and Wayne Alberts of Platte City, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family.
 

Max M. Butts
Saturday, July 12, 1997
Clarks resident Max Marvin Butts, 73, died Saturday, July 12, 1997, in Aurora.

Services were to be 10 a.m. today at Solt Funeral Home chapel in Central City. Burial was planned in Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks.

Survivors are his wife; one son; one daughter, Darnice Nyce of Hastings; two sisters; and four grandchildren.
 

Emma M. Hughes
Hastings resident Emma Mary (Christensen) Hughes, 84, of 2212 W. 12th St. died Monday, July 14, 1997, at her home.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond officiating. Burial will at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home and 10 a.m. until services Thursday at the church.

Mrs. Hughes was born Jan. 14, 1913, to Soren C. and Katie Marie (Nelson) Christensen in Ruskin. On Aug. 12, 1930, she married Noel George Hughes in Hebron. He died April 7, 1971. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Church Circle and Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors are two daughters, Phyllis Rutt and Joan Jones, both of Hastings; two sisters, Leona Chronoplus of Omaha and Katie Young of Hastings; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Richard; three sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.
 

Sophia H. Hofferber
Tuesday, July 15, 1997
Hastings resident Sophia H. Hofferber, 89, of 717 N. Saunders Ave. died Tuesday, July 15, 1997, at her home.

Services are pending with Brand-Wilson Funeral Home.
 
 

Helen Register
Hastings resident Helen (Gove) Register, 86, died Thursday, July 17, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David L. Speicher officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Register was born May 2, 1911, to George Henry and Emma Jennie (Garrison) Gove in Ohiowa. She graduated from high school in Stapleton. On May 2, 1943, she married Oliver Register. He died Nov. 12, 1993. She was a nursing assistant at Tuberculosis Hospital in Kearney for 30 years. She moved to Hastings in 1970.

She was a member of Salem Methodist Church in Axtell.

Survivors are two daughters, Donna Harvey of Hastings and Arlene Thorell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

A memorial will be established.
 

Ralph E. Hamilton
Mankato, Kan., resident Ralph E. Hamilton, 73, died Wednesday, July 16, 1997, at Jewell County Hospital in Mankato, Kan.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Church in Mankato with the Rev. Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Mankato with military rites provided by VFW Post No. 7830 of Mankato. Visitation is today at Melby Mortuary in Mankato and Saturday prior to services at the church.

Mr. Hamilton was born Oct. 13, 1923, to Dean and Alma Ruth (Kimbrough) Hamilton in Jewell County, Kan. He married Julia Ann Leonard. She preceded him in death. On July 2, 1954, he married Bonnie Hodges in Beloit, Kan. He was a retired lineman for Jewell Mitchell Rural Electric Co. of Mankato.

He was a member of Mankato Christian Church of which he was deacon, past commander of VFW Post No. 7830 and member of the Mankato Country Club.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Paul of Wadesboro, N.C., and Scott of Wichita, Kan.; three brothers, James of Denver, Clifford of Wichita and Donald of Mankato; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Mankato City Library or Hospice of the Heartland.
 

Elizabeth A. Theobald
Red Cloud resident Elizabeth A. (Keane) Theobald, 67, died Thursday, July 17, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Rosary is 7 p.m. Sunday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Red Cloud with the Revs. Stanley Schieffer and Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Red Cloud. 

Mrs. Theobald was born Oct. 15, 1929, to James H. and Elizabeth T. (Dillon) Keane in Lincoln. She graduated from Ceresco High School in 1946. In 1948 she graduated from the National Business Institute in Lincoln. In 1949 she married Dwight E. Theobald in Davey. In 1955 they moved to Red Cloud. She was employed by Red Cloud Post Office for 20 years, retiring in 1990. 

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Altar Society and American Legion Post No. 238 Auxiliary, all of Red Cloud.

Survivors are her husband; three daughters, Jane McClelland of Woodland Park, Colo., JoAnn Koler of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jeri Peterson of Littleton, Colo.; four sons, Tom of Sioux Falls, S.D., Don of Lincoln, Ted of Casper, Wyo., and Dan of Kearney; two sisters, Patricia Esser of Lincoln and Mary O'Reilly of Fort Worth, Texas; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers.

Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Building Fund or Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud.
 

Ardyce L. Whitmore
Nelson resident Ardyce Louisa (Van Dusen) Whitmore, 81, died Thursday, July 17, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Melby Mortuary chapel in Mankato, Kan., with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Burial will be in Couch Cemetery at Jewell, Kan. Visitation is today and Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Whitmore was born April 1, 1916, to David and Zora Elvirda (Loucks) Van Dusen in Jewell County, Kan. She attended schools in Jewell County. On May 1, 1933, she married Martin E. Whitmore in Mankato. They lived in Kansas. In 1942 they moved to a farm near Red Cloud. In 1952 she moved to Grand Island. She worked in the dietary department at St. Francis Hospital from 1965-79. In 1987 she moved to Nelson.

Survivors are two sons, Martin Jr. of Nelson and James E. of Springfield, Tenn.; two daughters, Barbara E. Pohl of Erin, Tenn., and Connie E. Hobbs of O'Brien, Ore.; one sister, Velda Karkins of The Dalles, Ore.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two infant daughters and a great-grandson.
 

Herman L. Fischer
Ong resident Herman L. Fischer, 78, died Thursday, July 17, 1997, in Hastings.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Shickley with the Rev. Duane Simonson officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Ong Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Farmer and Son Funeral Home in Geneva.

Mr. Fischer was born in Byron.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shickley.

Survivors are his wife, Mildred; one son, James of Harvard; one daughter, Cheryl Mountford of Ong; one brother, Robert of Lindsborg, Kan.; three sisters, Lorene Seamans and Mathilda Neuhart, both of Deshler, and Dorothy de la Motte of Grand Island; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.
 

Louise M. Kline
Former Hastings resident Louise M. (Kathman) Kline, 88, of Fremont died Thursday, July 17, 1997, at A.J. Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Vigil services are 7 p.m. Sunday at Moser Funeral Home chapel in Fremont. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont with the Rev. David Korth officiating. Graveside services are 3:15 p.m. at Giltner Catholic Cemetery at Giltner. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service Monday at the church.

Mrs. Kline was born Jan. 27, 1909, to William and Theresa (Lutkenhaus) Kathman in Mount Clare. She lived in Mount Clare until the age of 18. She moved to Hastings. Two years later she moved to Lincoln where she lived until her marriage. On July 20, 1933, she married Bernard J. Kline. They moved to Hastings. In 1956 they moved to Fremont. Her husband died May 31, 1972.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and St. Joan of Arc Circle and Fremont Area Right to Life. She was a former member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church south of Lawrence.

Survivors are four daughters, Alice Buesing of Fremont, Bernita Evans of Crawford, Colo., Frances Perkins of Rocklin, Calif., and Donna Hopley of Rohnert Park, Calif.; five sons, Louis of Westminster, Colo., William of Aurora, Colo., Anthony of Denver, George of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Alfred of Hastings, Minn.; three brothers, George Kathman of Hastings, Edmund "Pete" Kathman and William Kathman, both of Lawrence; three sisters, Mary Kathman of Hastings, Helen King of Piru, Calif., and Emma Kathman of Lawrence; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph and Richard; and two brothers. 

Memorials may be given to Fremont Area Right to Life.
 

Nathan D. Harlow
Memorial services for Nathan David Harlow, 17, of 1314 W. Sixth St., who died recently, are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Kothe officiating. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home. The casket will be closed.
Nathan was born Jan. 3, 1980, to David and Gin (Matthews) Harlow in Hastings. He graduated from eighth grade at Zion Lutheran Church. He was a student at Hastings Senior High School.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and a past member of Boy Scout Troop No. 35.

Survivors are his parents; one brother, Matt of Hastings; and grandparents, Dean and Laura Harlow of Hastings and Pearl Matthews of Blue Hill.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Virgil Matthews.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Phillip J. Traut
Minden resident Phillip J. Traut, 89, died Thursday, July 17, 1997, at St. Lukes Good Samaritan Village in Kearney.
Graveside services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Classen officiating. The remains were cremated. Layton Funeral Home of Minden is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Traut was born Nov. 10, 1907, to Phillip and Katherine (Bartholomew) Traut in McCook. He moved with his family to Red Cloud at the age of 1. He graduated from Red Cloud High School. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On Aug. 12, 1946, he married Genevieve Wells Mathiasen. They lived in Minden. He retired from the railroad in 1973.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Gary of Dublin, Calif.; one daughter, Judy Kimball of Kearney; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son and four sisters.
 

Norma Rose
Blue Hill resident Norma Rose, 78, died Friday, July 18, 1997 at her rural home in Webster County.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Cowles with the Rev. Alvin E. Trucano officiating. Burial is in the Rosemont Presbyterian Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rose was born Dec. 13, 1918, at Pickrell to Henry F. and Alma (Friederichs) Degener. She moved to the Cowles area as a young girl and completed her education at Eckley School. She married Dick John Rose Aug. 19, 1936. The couple farmed in Webster County. She was employed for many years as a cook at the Bethesda Care Center in Blue Hill. 

She was a member of the Cowles United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Survivors are a son, Norman, of Blue Hill; six sisters, Alberta Erickson, Myrtle Knehans, both of Red Cloud, Goldie Smidt of Minden, Grace Rose of Blue Hill, Dorothy Bower of LaPines, Ore., and Irene Daily of Kearney; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and a brother.

Memorials may be given to the Cowles United Methodist Church.


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