Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries
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|Hazel D. Smidt
Former Hebron resident Hazel D. (Blodgett) Malone Smidt, 78, of Homer died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital after a brief illness.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home chapel in South Sioux City with the Rev. Roger Miller officiating. Burial will be in Lyons City Cemetery at Lyons. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today.
Mrs. Smidt was born Nov. 4, 1918, to William and Ora (Putman) Blodgett in Farnam. She graduated from high school. On June 13, 1935, she married William A. Malone in Pawnee City. He died April 15, 1993, in Omaha. She later married Paul Smidt. She was a cook at various restaurants in Nebraska including Blue Valley Green Thumb in Hebron. She retired in 1993 and moved to Homer.
Survivors are five sons, Jack Malone of Ogallala, James Malone and Jerry Malone, both of Fremont, Terry Malone of Hebron and William Malone of Holdrege; one daughter, Leona Jenkins of Homer; one sister, Helen Canning; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Maggie B. Todd
Mrs. Todd was born Aug. 8, 1896, in Ontario, Canada. She married John Todd. He preceded her in death. She was a third-grade teacher at Lincoln School in Hastings for many years. She moved to Englewood in 1959 from Ferndale, Mich.
She was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church and its Rebekah
Circle. She also was a member of Lemon Bay Women's Club.
Mr. Alexander was born Jan. 28, 1899, to Elias and Emma (Clark) Alexander in Jackson. On July 17, 1923, he married Elsie Muth. In 1953 they moved to Harvard from Hastings. He was employed at the Naval Ammunition Depot. He later was an aide at the Hastings Regional Center. He retired in 1969. His wife died in 1988.
Survivors are one daughter, Darlene Schueler of Harvard; four sons, Robert and Larry, both of Harvard, Sherman of Watsonville, Calif., and Harry Jr. of Hastings; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by one son, two daughters and eight siblings.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Ruth E. Alexander
Survivors are four daughters, including June Ewart of Hastings; 18 grandchildren;
37 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or the donor's
Mr. Haggard was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Hastings. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas. He taught at Kansas State and North Dakota State. He was a Carnegie Fellow at the University of Oregon in 1950. He arrived at Portland State College, now Portland State University, in 1954. He taught political science. In 1966 he took a leave of absence to join Gov. Tom McCall's staff as an administrative assistant responsible for economic opportunity programs. In 1969 he was made ombudsman. He held that position until 1971. He went to work for the state Board of Education to design local and state government courses for kindergarten through community college. In 1973 he returned to PSU. He retired in the late 1980s. He also was host of a radio talk show about current affairs in the 1960s. Until the mid-1990s he delivered editorials on KATU-TV.
In 1966 the Portland State Alumni Association honored him for inspirational service to PSU students and to Oregon citizens.
Survivors are his wife, Susan; two sons, Mark and Greg, both of Portland; one daughter, Jody Ruff-Harcourt of Oakland, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Kaiser Hospice or Cannon Beach Children's
Center, P.O. Box 596, Cannon Beach, OR 97110.
Alice E. Stuhmer
Mrs. Stuhmer was born Jan. 18, 1912, to William and Charlotte (Lindau) Wilken in Hildreth. She graduated from Hildreth High School in 1930. On Oct. 10, 1934, she married Wilhelm "William" Stuhmer. They lived in North Platte for 25 years before moving to Hastings in 1971. Her husband died May 13, 1995.
She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Survivors are two daughters, Marlene Garrity of Danville, Calif., and Gloria Lange of Hastings; one son, Roger of Omaha; one brother, Walter Wilken of Kearney; and six grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers.
Memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Opportunity
Clair 'Red' Sumstine
Mr. Sumstine was born June 23, 1923, to Samuel and Edith (Mapes) Sumstine in Kenesaw. He grew up in the Kenesaw area. He graduated from Kenesaw High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On June 23, 1945, he married Harriet Timm. They lived in Kenesaw. He was a mechanic. In 1951 they moved to Minden. He was a mechanic for Bauer Motors. In 1957 he opened Red's Auto Repair. He retired in 1980. In 1983 he moved to the Nebraska Veteran's Home in Grand Island. He returned to Minden last week after suffering a massive stroke.
Survivors are one son, Michael of Minden; two daughters, Margaret Jorgensen of Hastings and Cheryl Sumstine of Everett, Wash.; two sisters, Agnes Duncan of Lakewood, Colo., and Goldie Ashby of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandchild.
Delores 'Dee Dee' Bonham
Mrs. Bonham was born Nov. 8, 1936, to D.G. and June McDonald in Hastings. She moved to the California Bay Area as a child. She attended the Anna Head School in Berkeley. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet Academy from 1952-54. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 1954 and from Stanford University in 1958. She was a senior sales associate with Pacific Union Residential Brokerage in Oakland. She formerly was the executive director of the California State Parks Foundation.
She was an active and influential volunteer for many Bay Area arts organizations. She was chairwoman of the board of the Oakland Ballet and helped establish the dance company. She was on the executive board of the Oakland Symphony and on the boards of the University of California Art Museum and the Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Survivors are her husband, John L.; one son, John C. of Piedmont; and one brother, Craig Alan McDonald of Santa Monica, Calif.
Memorials may be given to the Oakland Ballet Delores Bonham Memorial
Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Loretta A. Ostdiek
Mrs. Ostdiek was born Nov. 9, 1904, to Frank and Frances (Weinzinger) Britten in Guide Rock. She graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1922. She taught in rural schools for many years. On June 18, 1930, she married Ernest Ostdiek at St. Stephen's Catholic Church south of Lawrence. They farmed near Lawrence until 1995 when they moved to Blue Hill.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She also was a member of Cornerettes Extension Club and was a past Nuckolls County 4-H leader.
Survivors are her husband; two sons, LaVerne of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ronald of Blue Hill; one daughter, Dolores Morrison of Howells; two sisters, Mary Hipsher of Longmont, Colo., and Clara McCaffrey of Overland Park, Kan.; one brother, Elmer Britten of Superior; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Darrell Lee; twin sisters and
Mrs. Keen was born Aug. 2, 1920, to Fred and Clara (Werth) Albers on a farm northeast of Minden. She attended country school through the eighth grade. She graduated from Minden High School in 1938. She was a live-in nanny in Lexington. She later returned to Minden to help her brother raise his daughter. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she worked in a defense plant and later as a long-distance switchboard operator. She returned to Minden. On March 20, 1946, she married LaVern Keen. They lived on a farm near Minden. They raised chickens for 3 1/2 years. In 1948 they moved into Minden. Due to failing health she moved to Long Term Care 2 1/2 years ago. Her husband died in January 1997.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden and its Ladies Aid Society. She was a past member of the Ruth Society.
Survivors are four sons, Melvin of Snowflake, Ariz., Merlin of Minden, Allen of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Armin of Roy, Wash.; two daughters, Rose Marie Brown of Omaha and Sylvia Sawyer of Indianola; three brothers, Wilfred Albers, Erwin Albers and Edgar Albers, all of Minden; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers and
Louise M. Brown
Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 6, 1910, to Rex and Frances (Ward) McCall near Red Cloud. She moved with her family to Lincoln as a small child. She graduated from Jackson High School in Lincoln. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1932 she married Neal W. Brown. She was executive secretary to the superintendent of Lincoln State Hospital until retiring. In 1983 she moved to Minden.
She was a member of United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, both in Minden.
Survivors are one daughter, Nancy Werth of Minden; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
William C. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy was born July 20, 1918, to Howard Jr. and Mary (Cunningham) Kennedy in Omaha. He graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1937. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942-45. He received his law degree from Creighton University in 1947. On Jan. 3, 1948, he married Elizabeth Day in Superior. He worked most of his career for Mutual of Omaha in the claims division. In 1963 they moved from Omaha to Little Rock, Ark. He managed the Mutual of Omaha service office. In 1970 he was transferred back to Omaha. He retired in 1980. In March 1996 he and his wife moved to Hastings.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, Nebraska Bar Association, Nebraska Historical Society, Douglas County Historical Society, Amnesty International, Thomas Hardy Society, Nebraska Ornithological Union and Kennedy Society of America.
Survivors are his wife; one son, Bradford D. of Lexington, Ky.; three daughters, Katherine Wyrill and Sarah Wyrill, both of Kirwin, Kan., and Jean Cashoili of Doniphan; one sister, Elizabeth Kennedy Dondore of Minneapolis, Minn.; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Memorials may be given to Alzheimer's Association.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Holstein.
Survivors are one son, Burdette of Doniphan; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Community Care of Blue Hill Bird Aviary Fund.
Mr. Christensen was born Dec. 10, 1918, to Thorvald and Rose (Sorensen) Christensen in Dannebrog. He grew up in St. Paul, graduating from St. Paul High School in 1937. He attended Creighton University in Omaha. On Nov. 23, 1938, he married J. Fredrica "Freddy" Primrose in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul, Nelson, Grand Island, Wahoo and Mead before moving to Fremont in 1950. They also briefly lived in Shenandoah, Iowa, and Franklin. He worked for Pfister Farm Store in Fremont, Henry Fields Garden Center in Shenandoah and Continental Care Centers in Franklin and Omaha. After retiring from Continental Care Centers in 1983, he worked as a long-term health care consultant. His wife died in November 1996.
He was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Fremont where he was an active leader in children's ministry. He served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Health Care Association.
Survivors are two daughters, Barbara Patrick of Harvard, and Linda Heyen of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; one son, Richard of Hastings; one sister, Marilynn Bell of Fayetteville, Ark.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to The Presbyterian Church.
Madge C. Walsh
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary and Alexandria Community Club, all of Alexandria.
Survivors are three sons, Keith of Pawnee City, Wayne of Papillion and Perry of Great Falls, Mont.; one daughter, Ruth DeLong of Vale, Ore.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one son, Dale; two brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be given to Alexandria Public Library or St. Mary's Catholic
Tena M. Dobbins
Mrs. Dobbins was born Nov. 15, 1898, to Chester and Mary (Weaver) Shigley in Lebanon, Kan. She attended rural school. On July 14, 1919, she married Everett J. Dobbins in Nelson. They farmed three miles west of Northbranch, Kan., for 44 years. In 1963 they retired and moved into Red Cloud. Her husband died Aug. 20, 1982.
Survivors are one daughter, Violet Merrill of Guide Rock; and one sister, Josephine Gouldie of Smith Center, Kan.
She also was preceded in death by four sisters.
Evelyn M. Johnson
Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 23, 1920, to Alvin and Sophia (Dunse) Schroder in Wilcox. She attended school in Upland. On Jan. 3, 1938, she married Raymond Johnson in Norton, Kan. He preceded her in death. She was a lifelong resident of the Upland and Minden areas.
Survivors are two sons, Ronald of Lincoln and Larry of Minden; one daughter, Barbara Venturi of Evansville, Ind.; three sisters, Gwen Johnson of Upland, Beverly Fritson of Minden and Beth Lynch of Wilcox; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
A memorial fund has been established.
Elbert L. Shelton
Mr. Shelton was born Sept. 3, 1923, to Howard and Mattie (Wresler) Shelton on his parents' homestead near Fort Knox, Ky. He served in the U.S. Navy. On June 15, 1967, he married Leota June Collins in Vine Grove, Ky. He lived in Radcliff, Ky., Littleton, Colo., and Burr Oak.
He was a member of the Christian Church.
Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Gail Shelton of Burr Oak and Kathy Kinneman of Littleton; one son, Mark of Burr Oak; three sisters, Helen Griffith of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Mae Peeve and Elizabeth Curry, both of Radcliff; two brothers, Ewell of Radcliff and Jim of Arizona; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Vern L. Allen
Mr. Allen was born May 27, 1925, to Dean and Florence (Buchanan) Allen in Greensburg, Kan. He moved with his family to Hutchinson, Kan., where he attended school. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Sept. 22, 1961, he married Shirley Burge in Mankato, Kan. He owned and operated Allen's Tree Service for 52 years. He operated the business in Blue Hill for 30 years. Hiss youngest son, Tim, was his business partner for many years.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Randy of Thermopolis, Wyo., and Tim of Blue Hill; one daughter, Mona Fenswick of Humboldt, Texas; one sister, Bonnie Boswell of Ardmore, Okla.; two brothers, Kenneth and Jerry, both of Hutchinson; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Marcia Slonaker; one sister; one brother; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Bartley was born June 11, 1918, to James Walter and Alice Louise (Reed) Bartley in Jewell County, Kan. He grew up in Kansas in the Esbon-Lebanon area. On Aug. 5, 1939, he married Muriel Evelyn Tucker in Mankato, Kan. They lived on a farm in Webster County. He later moved to Red Cloud. He worked for Wayne Sibert Truck Line and Garnett Phifer. He was part owner of Red Cloud Livestock Commission Co. and was owner of the South Bar and Royal Liquor in Red Cloud before his retirement.
Survivors are five daughters, Phyllis Greenhalgh of Eatonton, Ga., Janet Maruhn and Marlene Zimmerman, both of Red Cloud, Valda Phelps of Franklin, and Charlene Krueger of Ord; one son, Lyle of Canon City, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, six brothers and two grandchildren.
Raymond F. Johnson
Mr. Johnson was born July 5, 1921, to Henry and Eda (Janssen) Johnson in Ayr. He served in World War II in the North Africa and Italy campaigns. He moved to Lincoln 40 years ago. He retired as maintenance shop chief for the Nebraska National Guard after 37 years of service.
He was a member of United Lutheran Church, American Legion Post No. 3 and VFW Post No. 131.
Survivors are his wife, Lucille J.; one son, Daniel Ray of Lincoln; three daughters, Connie Wesslund, Joyce Jaques and JoAnn Noonan, all of Lincoln; one brother, Dale of San Jose, Calif.; two sisters, Grace Stromer of Hastings and Wilma Krebsbach of Lawrence; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be given to United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont, Lincoln,
NE 68507, or to the family.
Johnie W. Pittman
Mr. Pittman was born Jan. 13, 1925, to John Jay and Pearl Jane (Scovill) Pittman in Frankfort, Kan. He attended school in Frankfort. He moved with his family to Hastings as a young man. On June 28, 1944, he married Jean Hopkins. They moved to Holdrege where he worked construction. They returned to Hastings. He owned and operated Johnie Pittman's Sewer Cleaning and Digging. He retired in 1983. His wife died Dec. 12, 1995.
He was a member of Berean Bible Church.
Survivors are four daughters, Joan Andersen, Jill Holling, Jane Harrington and Renee Doyen, all of Hastings; two sons, Jack and Jerry, both of Hastings; three sisters, Ada Wisneski of Virginia, Bessie Pittz of Hastings and Betty Luttrell of Orleans; one brother, Dalbert of Hastings; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Memorials may be given to Berean Bible Church.