Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Mattie E. Russell
Kearney resident Mattie E. (Nau) Russell, 81, died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, in Kearney.
Services were to be today at 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church in Kearney. Burial was planned in Kearney Cemetery. Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter; three sons, including Randy of Hastings; one sister; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to First Christian Church Building Fund.
 

Eugene J. Falgione
Blue Hill resident Eugene J. Falgione, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Merten-Butler Mortuary chapel in Blue Hill. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Blue Hill with the Revs. James Schrader and Ed Valasek officiating. Graveside services are 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Lincoln.

Mr. Falgione was born Oct. 5, 1924, to Domenic George and Santa Marie Falgione in Pittsburgh, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-45. On Feb. 9, 1946, he married Wilma Kathleen Elliott in Smith Center, Kan. He worked for Corner's Service and Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co., both of Blue Hill, before owning Gene's Body and Welding Shop for more than 40 years. He also farmed.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and American Legion Shirley Post No. 176, both of Blue Hill, VFW and DAV, both of Hastings, and Parents Association of Mental Retardation of Beatrice, of which he was vice president. He was junior vice commander of both the state association and the Cornhusker Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, John of David City and Adrian of Lexington, S.C.; two daughters, Beverly Gray of Kirkland, Wash., and Susan Falgione of Beatrice; one brother, Mario of St. Petersburg, Fla.; five sisters, Rita Hines of Johnstown, Pa., Gloria Cedtic, Edith Falgione, Mafie Giamarco and Beulah Schillo, all of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
 

Helen C. Henkel
Campbell resident Helen C. (Tobias) Henkel, 92, died Monday, Sept. 1, 1997, at Grandview Manor Nursing Home in Campbell.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Campbell with the Rev. William Caughey officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Campbell. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Henkel was born July 24, 1905, to Fred and Helen (Schafer) Tobias in Burlington, Iowa. She moved with her family to Campbell as a small girl. She graduated from Campbell High School in 1923. She taught rural school near Campbell. On June 3, 1925, she married Rudolph Henkel in Campbell. They farmed southeast of Campbell until her husband's death Dec. 17, 1958. She moved to Hastings and worked for the Hastings Regional Center. She returned to Campbell to care for her parents. She also worked at Grandview Manor Nursing Home.

She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a charter member of the Lutheran Womens Missionary League.

Survivors are two sons, Glenn and Winston, both of Campbell; one daughter, Gayle Berg of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; four sisters, Lydia Pavelka of Campbell, Gertrude Reicher of Eureka, Calif., Maxine Hermanson of San Diego, Calif., and Barbara Endort of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by an infant son and three brothers.

Memorials may be given to The Lutheran Hour.
 

Susie M. Ingram
Hastings resident Susie M. (Aeschliman) Ingram, 86, died Monday, Sept. 1, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Walter Bye officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ingram was born May 24, 1911, to Sylvan C. and Bertha (Wegman ) Aeschliman in Sabetha, Kan. She attended schools in Sabetha. On June 14, 1937, she married Jerry Ingram. They moved to Hastings from Falls City in 1954. Her husband died Sept. 4, 1994. She was a cook at the Adams County Nursing Home and Sportsman Supper Club.

Survivors are one daughter, Iris Johnson of Ayr; three sons, Gary of Minneapolis, Robert of Yuma, Ariz., and Richard of Hastings; two sisters, Edith Haab of Forest, Ill., and Arlene Peterson of Manhattan, Kan.; five brothers, Melvin Aeschliman of Crown Point, Ind., Wilber Aeschliman of Portage, Ind., Clyde Aeschliman and Sylvan Aeschliman Jr., both of Deer Creek, Ill., and Clarence Aeschliman of Hiawatha, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
 

Alice E. Liesinger
Fullerton resident Alice E. Liesinger, 64, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997, at Fullerton Manor in Fullerton.
Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery at Gibbon. Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon and Shelton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one brother; and four sisters, including Barbara Hansen of Hastings.

Memorials may be given to Mid-Nebraska Mental Retardation Service of Kearney.
 

Ivan McMillan
Burr Oak, Kan., resident Ivan McMillan, 83, died Monday, Sept. 1, 1997, at Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Mankato, Kan.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Church in Burr Oak with the Revs. Tim Veasey and Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery. Melby Mortuary of Mankato is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McMillan was born Nov. 28, 1913, to Ed and Fidella (Figgins) McMillan in Burr Oak. He graduated from Friends Academy in North Branch, Kan. On July 20, 1933, he married Helen Davis. She died Feb. 8, 1996. He was a retired farmer. He drove a school bus for the White Rock School District. He and his wife also operated a variety store in Burr Oak. He was a former mayor of Burr Oak.

He was a member of the Old Fiddlers of Burr Oak.

Survivors are two daughters, Audrey Hamilton of Mankato and Lorna McMillan of Topeka, Kan.; one son, Eldon of Payette, Idaho; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Jewell County Hospital.
 

Terry J. Streff
Hastings resident Terry James Streff, 49, of 910 Sycamore Ave. died Monday, Sept. 1, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Rev. David F. Bourek officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and 9 a.m. until services Thursday at the church.

Mr. Streff was born May 18, 1948, to James and Laurayne (McCroden) Streff in Hastings. He graduated from St. Cecilia High School in 1966. In 1967 he received his master's of barbers degree in Omaha. He moved to Hastings from Heartwell. He worked at Ron's Barber Shop, Kirby Co. and Hastings Motor Truck. He worked at NC+ from 1973-96. On April 27, 1969, he married Susan Ahlman. They later divorced. On May 30, 1980, he married Julie Anne Saltzgaber. She died Aug. 22, 1988. On March 24, 1990, he married Glenda Liljestrand.

He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and its Men's Club and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1123, all of Hastings, and Great Plains Amputee Association. He was a volunteer for Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Kimberley Streff, Emily Streff and Elaine Streff, all at home; two sons, Gale of Lincoln and Kenneth "K.J." at home; his parents of Hastings; one sister, Breverly Mousel of Hastings; four brothers, Larry of Kenesaw, John of Lincoln, Timothy of Shawnee, Kan., and Richard of Hastings; and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association and Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
 

Wilma 'Billie' Mundorff
Former Clay Center resident Wilma W. "Billie" (Randall) Mundorff, 84, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Clay Center Cemetery at Clay Center with the Rev. Don Bryant officiating. Visitation is 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney.

Mrs. Mundorff was born Nov. 12, 1912, to Earl and Winifred (Theobald) Randall in Clay Center. She graduated from Clay Center High School in 1930. On Feb. 1, 1931, she married Russell R. Mundorff in Nelson. They lived in Kearney. They later moved to California. In 1978 they returned to Kearney. Her husband died March 17, 1997.

She was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors are one daughter, Jo Ann Loewenthal of Jamestown, R.I.; one sister, Jean Merrick of Sutton; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Hospital Heart Fund.
 

Christina L. Miller
Former Harvard resident Christina L. (Haller) Miller, 86, of Aurora, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997, in Aurora.
Rosary is 8 p.m. Thursday at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home chapel in Harvard. Services are 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Harvard with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Burial will be in Campbell Cemetery at Campbell. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the rosary Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Miller was born Feb. 2, 1911, to Francis and Teresa (Novak) Haller in Bladen. She married Richard F. Miller. She was employed at National Brush in Aurora for 13 years. She was union chairwoman at National Brush for three years until retiring in 1970. Her husband died in 1980.

She was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church in Aurora. She was a former member of Harvard Women's Club, Clay County Garden Club and St. Joseph's Altar Society. She was an organist at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for many years. She also was a member of Crosier Lay Apostolate.

Survivors are five daughters, Angeline Sudyka of Santa Clara, Calif., Agnes Frank of Aurora, Colo., Gertrude "Polly" Rausch of Naperville, Ill., Marie Adams of North Fort Meyers, Fla., and Joan Kramer of Aurora, Ill.; two sons, Henry E. of Millington, Tenn., and Joseph T. of Parkville, Mo.; one sister, Sister Ambrosia Haller of Ruma, Ill.; 28 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Crosier Monastery.
 

R. Rowdy Kirk
Sutton resident R. Rowdy Kirk, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1997, at his home.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Federated Church in Sutton with the Rev. Bill Jardine officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kirk was born July 17, 1937, to Ralph and Inez (Stephens) Kirk in Juniata. He grew up in Deshler. He graduated from Deshler High School in 1955. On Nov. 2, 1957, he married Veva "Vee" Loyles in Deshler. He was a craft show promoter for a number of years. He retired in 1989. They moved to Sutton in 1994.

He was a past mason.

Survivors are his wife; and two brothers, Dan of Sutton and Rodney of Ozark, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Victor E. Olson
Former Hastings resident Victor Edwin Olson, 85, of Boulder, Colo., died Tuesday, July 29, 1997, in Boulder, Colo.
Private services were at a later date. His remains were cremated.

Mr. Olson was born Sept. 10, 1911, in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School and Hastings College. He earned a graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. During World War II he served as an intelligence officer in Washington, D.C. On Dec. 6, 1944, he married Jane Casey in Baltimore, Md. He was professor emeritus of the Air University in Montgomery, Ala. He was an author and editor.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Vicki Braunagel of Denver, Colo., and Megan Olson of Brooksville, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Native American Indian Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.
 

Marcella 'Lynn' Estes-Torres
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1997
Omaha resident Marcella "Lynn" (Lucero) Estes-Torres, 39, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1997, in Omaha. 
 

Leola A. Johnson
Former Hastings resident Leola A. (Merrill) Johnson, 86, of Central City died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at Litzenburg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Berea Lutheran Church near Chappell with the Rev. Keith Pfeifly officiating. Burial will be in Berea Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Solt Funeral Home of Central City is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 25, 1910, to Walter H. and Bessie (Funk) Merrill in Lincoln. She lived in various communities; her father was a minister. She attended rural school near Gandy and graduated from Stapleton High School. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. She was a rural school teacher for three years. She was a beautician in Ogallala and Chappell for six years. On Sept. 4, 1938, she married John Leonard Johnson in Chappell. He preceded her in death. She gave music lessons for more than 30 years. In 1993 she moved to The Kensington in Hastings. She moved to Community Care in Central City in August.

She was a member of Berea Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church Women and taught Sunday school.

Survivors are one daughter, Pam Blackwell of Denver; one son, Rod of Grand Island; one brother, Merlin Merrill of Ruston, La.; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Irene M. Keeling
Superior resident Irene Marguerite (Childs) Keeling, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, in Superior.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. L. Patterson Culligan officiating. Burial will be in Belleville Cemetery at Belleville, Kan. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Keeling was born May 1, 1905, to Arthur K. and Minnie V. (Morris) Childs in Belleville. She attended grade school at Liberty Center in rural School District 56 in Liberty Township in Republic County, Kan. She graduated from Chester High School in 1923. She attended Emporia Teachers College in Emporia, Kan. She taught school for 13 years. On June 19, 1938, she married Adna Perry Keeling. They moved to Colorado where they managed a restaurant for nine years. In 1954 they returned to Kansas. She taught school in Courtland, Kan., for 17 years. She retired in 1971 after 30 years of teaching. During her teaching years she received a bachelor's degree in 1965 from Emporia State Teachers College. Her husband died in 1974. In 1976 she moved to Superior.

She belonged to the First Christian Church at Courtland and Eastern Star No. 481 at Scandia, Kan., until moving to Superior. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Superior.

Survivors are one son, Gary of Superior; one daughter, Marcilene Wittmer of Miami, Fla.; one sister, Opal Doris Paniseddi of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be given to Superior Good Samaritan Center or Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital.
 

Anna B. Orr
Red Cloud resident Anna B. (Strobl) Boomer Orr, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Alvin E. Trucano officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings.

Mrs. Orr was born July 2, 1916, to Mike and Mary (Lukas) Strobl in Red Cloud. She graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1934. She worked at McFarland Hotel in Red Cloud. In January 1935 she married Robert John Boomer. They lived in Cowles, later moving to Superior. In 1950 they moved to Hastings. Her husband died Sept. 7, 1953. She worked at Hastings Senior High School cafeteria. She later worked at Hastings Regional Center until 1974. On March 5,1974, she married Clifford Orr. They lived in Lewellen. In October 1996, they moved to Red Cloud. Her husband died July 29, 1997.

Survivors are one daughter, Jane Ecstein of Altoona, Iowa; three sons, Roger Boomer of Lemon Grove, Calif., Sam Boomer of Norwich, Conn., and Gord Boomer of Fairfield, Ohio; one brother, Jack Strobl of Red Cloud; two sisters, Mabel Mitzelfelt of Red Cloud and Susie Wilmot of Franklin; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
 

Sarah M. Gourley
Hardy resident Sarah M. (Suiter) Gourley, 70, died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997, in Hastings.
There will be no services. Her remains were cremated. Burial will be in Louisville Memorial Gardens in Louisville, Ky. There will be no visitation. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gourley was born July 15, 1927, to Herman and R.B. (Eades) Suiter in Clarksville, Tenn. She was married to Dale Gourley. He survives.

Survivors are three daughters, Rosemary Vaughn of San Diego, Calif., Pat Zabaldo of Mankato, Kan., and Pam Grubbs of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Stanley Washnock of Ramsey, Ind., and James Ernest Sayre of Superior; one sister, Lomeata Higer of Mankato, Kan.; one brother, Carl Suiter of Murrieta Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
 

Laura L. Hajny
Rural Fairfield resident Laura Lea Hajny, 22, died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997, as the result of an automobile accident in Nuckolls County near Lawrence.
Rosary is 7:30 p.m. today and services are 3 p.m. Tuesday, both at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Deweese with the Rev. Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of the Assumption Cemetery at Deweese. Visitation is until 5 p.m. today at McLaughlin Funeral Home in Clay Center and 6:30-9 p.m. today and prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Miss Hajny was born Feb. 1, 1975, to Rolland and Patricia (Skalka) Hajny in Hastings. She graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1993. She was a senior at Hastings College. She was a student teacher at Sandy Creek.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, where she taught Catechism of Christian Doctrine. She was a 4-H leader for four years. She was a member of Maine Anjou and Chianina Association and Nebraska Breeders Association. She served two years as queen of Nebraska Maine Anjou Association. She was active in raising cattle.

Survivors are her parents of rural Fairfield; one sister, Kelli Hajny; and one brother, Nicholas Hajny, both of the home.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother.

Memorials may be given to Sandy Creek Scholarship Fund to be used by students pursuing a degree in teaching.
 

Vera Pearson
Hastings resident Vera (Cook) Pearson, 88, died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Edgar Cemetery at Edgar with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pearson was born Oct. 21, 1908, to Lester and Mary (Smith) Cook on a farm in Nuckolls County. She graduated from Edgar High School in 1926. She attended Hastings College. She was a rural school teacher in western Nebraska for six years. On Sept. 21, 1961, she married Bennett Pearson in Alma. They farmed in the Davenport and Edgar areas. She worked at Scroggin Bank in Edgar for 15 years. They retired in 1978 and moved to Hastings. Her husband died Aug. 26, 1992. 

She also was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
 

Russell 'Russ' Wynn
Hastings resident Russell "Russ" Wynn, 67, of 523 S. Queen City Ave. died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997, at his home.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Richard Karohl officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. until services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Wynn was born June 17, 1930, to William Thomas and Tina (Russell) Wynn in Hartville, Mo. He moved to Hastings in 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948-52. On May 6, 1950, he married Delores Kent in Grand Island. He worked for ABC Electric before becoming a partner in Ideal Electric Inc. 

He was a member of EAA Chapter No. 544.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Donald and Randy, both of Hastings, and Terry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two daughters, Deborah Eschliman of Grand Island and Patricia Jones of Hastings; four sisters, Jewell Blickensderfer of Coffeyville, Kan., and Virginia Wynne, Marie Kirkham and Mary Jo Wynn, all of Springfield, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Hospice.
 

Walter H. Bartels
Deshler resident Walter H. Bartels, 74, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, in Deshler.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home chapel in Hebron with the Rev. Harold Laursen officiating. The remains were cremated. Private burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Deshler at a later date. There will be no visitation.

Mr. Bartels was born April 17, 1923, to William and Anna (Koester) Bartels in Hardy. He was a retired machinist for Cherry Bolt and Rivet Co. in Anaheim, Calif. He married Catherine C. Fye. She preceded him in death.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler and VFW in California.

Survivors are one stepdaughter, Karen Morwood of Plano, Texas; one stepson, Paul George; four sisters, Enola Woodman and Fern Thompson, both of Hebron, Lucile Schoenfeld of Napa, Calif., and Lavena Precht of Wheatridge, Colo.; two brothers, Wilber of Deshler and Norman of Desert Shores, Calif.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Marcia Gatrell; three brothers and three sisters.

A memorial has been established.


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