Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries
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|Rilla M. Henningsen
Former Hastings resident Rilla Mae (Sultzer) Henningsen, 87, of Gering died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff following a brief illness.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Scottsbluff with the Rev. Dan Schiffbauer officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Visitation is until 6 p.m. today 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff and prior to services Thursday at the church.
Mrs. Henningsen was born Jan. 2, 1910, to William P. and Grace V. (Walters) Sultzer on a farm near Hastings. She attended school in Hastings. On July 8, 1929, she married Harry L. Henningsen in Omaha. They lived in Hastings except for a short time in Montana. In 1949 they moved to Scottsbluff. She worked at Pumphrey's Dress Shop and Eckhardt Cleaners before becoming a foster grandparent at St. Agnes School for 10 years. She retired in 1995. Her husband preceded her in death.
She was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Survivors are two daughters, Lee Stout of Casper, Wyo., and Bonnie Boyer of Bayard; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Memorials may be given to the Rilla Mae Henningsen Memorial Fund.
Katherine H. Wehr
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Lancaster Salon No. 92 of the 8&40, Catholic Daughters Association, Lancaster Manor Auxiliary, Clinton PTA and Whittier PTA. She was a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital and was a Girl Scout leader.
Survivors are one son, John of Tempe, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Jo; five brothers and three sisters.
Memorials may be given to American Legion Auxiliary through the Child
Frederick Van Boening
Mr. Van Boening was born Aug. 5, 1922, to Simon and Rose E. (Bruns) Van Boening near Rosemont. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On May 25, 1947, he married Marjorie McClure on a farm west of Blue Hill. He farmed in Adams and Webster counties.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the church council and church building committee. He was a Sunday school teacher.
Survivors are his wife; five sons, Craig and Brian, both of Bakersfield, Calif., Neil of Blue Springs, Lee of Grand Island and Hugh of Arlington, Va.; one brother, Robert of Derby, Kan.; four sisters, Irma Pender of Galva, Iowa, Lois Shafer and Phyllis Shafer, both of Hastings, and Rosella Harrifeld of Red Cloud; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
A memorial has been established.
Gertrude L. Dreher
Mrs. Dreher was born June 22, 1902, to Stephen and Louise (Helman) Karsting in Lawrence. She married John M. Dreher. He died Aug. 10, 1972. She was a homemaker and worked for St. Cecilia School lunch program for many years. She lived in Lawrence, Pauline and Hastings before moving to Colorado three years ago.
She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and its Altar Society.
Survivors are one daughter, LaVon Harper of Manitou Springs; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She also was preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.
Memorials may be given to Pikes Peak Hospice Central Residence.
William R. Borden
Mr. Borden's father, Donald Borden, was formerly of Hastings. He preceded
him in death.
Clara J. Yant
Mrs. Yant was born Feb. 2, 1915, to Christian and Anna Christena (Andersen) Munk in Minden. She grew up in the Heartwell area. She graduated from Heartwell High School in 1933. On June 17, 1933, she married Virgil Yant in Norton, Kan. They farmed southeast of Heartwell. In 1985 they moved to Minden. Her husband died in 1990.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors are four daughters, Lora Ann Juranek of Campbell, Kathryn Karen Senior of Columbus, Carolyn Jeanne Magruder of Roswell, Ga., and Mary Elizabeth Kampfe of Kearney; three sons, Allen Ray, James Paul, John "Jack," all of Minden; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and one grandchild.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Edith L. Walker
Mrs. Walker was born Nov. 22, 1923, to Maurice and Helen Sarah (Holcomb) Wilson at Olney Springs, Colo. On Aug. 6, 1940, she married Earl D. Walker at Alton, Kan. They lived in Colorado until moving to Riverton in 1966. He died Sept. 6, 1985.
She was a member of Riverton Assembly of God Church.
Survivors are one daughter, Barbara Anderson of Hastings; three sons, Donald and Rex, both of Riverton, and Chester of Hastings; three sisters, Florence Ames of Pueblo, Colo. Catherine Ross of Lafayette, Ind., and Elaine Becker of Billings, Mont.; two brothers, Walter Wilson of Olney Springs and Maurice "Junior" Wilson of Olathe, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Memorial may be given to the family.
Alda V. Thein
Mrs. Thein was born Nov. 9, 1915, to William and Margaret (Buchanan) DeBord at McLean. She went to school at Osmond and Magnet. On June 12, 1931, she married Edward J. Thein at Pierce. They lived in various parts of the United States. They also lived in Hastings before moving to Doniphan in 1943. She worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot from 1951-55. In 1959, she and her husband moved to Grand Island. She was a technician in the surgical department at St. Francis from 1959-73. Her husband died in 1990.
She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral.
Survivors are three daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Cosgriff of Doniphan, Patty Orcutt of Red Cloud and Shirley Murphy of Grand Island; one sister, Opal Dickes of Randolph; 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, William; four brothers, four sisters and two granddaughters.
Memorials may be given to donor's choice.
M. Colleen Cook
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Brand-Wilson Mortuary chapel with the Rev. Arthur Schakat officiating. Burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation.
Mrs. Cook was born Jan. 21, 1924, to Gustov and Blanche (Tunis) Kiesel in Eustis. She moved to Hastings from Eustis in 1953. She married Burton Cook. He died Feb. 2, 1968. She was a former tax clerk in the Adams County Treasurer's office.
Survivors are one daughter, Cindy Brown of Hastings; two sons, Brad of Covington, Tenn., and Doug of Lincoln; one sister, Maxine Koch of Grand Island; two brothers, Lowell Kiesel of Escondido, Calif., and Gilbert Kiesel of Eustis; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Florence M. Heinz
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York with the Rev. Arthur Brinkmeyer officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grafton Cemetery at Grafton. Metz Mortuary of York is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Heinz was born Jan. 25, 1911, to Sam and Minnie (Baumann) Oberlander near Grafton in Fillmore County. She graduated from Grafton High School in 1927 and graduated from York Business College. On June 21, 1936, she married John M. Heinz at Grafton. She retired after working as a secretary for 22 years for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in York. She also worked part-time for the York County Treasurer's Office.
She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women Missionary League.
Survivors are one daughter, DeVonne "Dee" Swedlund of Hastings; one son, Steven Heinz of York; one sister, Marie Elsberry of Bethesda, Md.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Ashton; one sister, two brothers, an infant grandchild and an infant great-grandchild.
Memorials may be given to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Bruce C. Miller
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery.
Mr. Miller was born March 5, 1930, to Ted and Florence (Brandow) Miller in Sioux City, Iowa. He grew up in Hawarden, Iowa. He graduated from Hawarden High School. He attended college in Vermillion, S.D. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a Purple Heart. In 1954 he married Gerry Lou Scheuneman. He graduated from Hastings College in 1959. He was employed by the postal service as a letter carrier and clerk for 30 years. He retired in 1988.
Survivors are one son, Monty of Omaha; one daughter, Kelly Yoder of College Station, Texas; one brother, Roger of Sheboygan, Wis.; one sister, Susan Reiners of Sioux City; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Bladen with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery south of Bladen with military rites provided by American Legion Shirley Post No. 176 of Blue Hill. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Skrdlant was born July 7, 1923, to Joseph and Stella (Koertner) Skrdlant on a farm west of Bladen. He attended Harmony and Five Star schools in the Bladen area. He graduated from Bladen High School in 1940. He farmed near Bladen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He became staff sergeant while serving in combat in the European Theater with Company H, 11th Regiment of the Fifth Division from 1944-46. He returned to Bladen. He worked for Hubert's Truck Service. On June 8, 1947, he married Darlene Haller in Bladen and returned to farming.
He was a member of Bladen United Methodist Church. He served on the Bladen Board of Education and Webster County Fair Board.
Survivors are his wife; one son, Kelly of Bladen; two sisters, Clara Skrdlant of Blue Hill and Esther Bartley of Abilene, Kan.; four brothers, Edward of Bladen, Norman of Hastings, Irvin of Doniphan and Harold of San Antonio, Texas; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
A memorial fund has been established.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Simmons Mortuary chapel in Smith Center, Kan., with the Rev. Arden Roush officiating. Burial will be in Sweet Home Cemetery at Lebanon. There will be no visitation. The casket will be closed.
Survivors are his wife; four sons, Jason Larue of Lebanon, Raymond Larue of Phoenix and Carl Wilcox and Walter Wilcox, both of Moriarty, N.M.; his mother of Wheeler, Mich.; four sisters, Pat Edwards, Sharon Crowell, Gloria Vonmyhr and Linda Larue, all of Michigan; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and a step grandchild.
A memorial will be established.
Robert 'Bob' Finke
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the Rev. Daniel Heuer officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery at Deshler. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ahrendts Funeral Home in Deshler and 10 a.m. until services Wednesday at the church. Price Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Finke was born July 18, 1940, to William and Edna Finke in Kiowa. He was manager of Deshler Grain and Feed.
He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was president of its church board. He was a 31-year member of the Deshler Volunteer Fire Department and was chief at the time of his death. He was an emergency medical technician. He received the Ak-sar-ben Outstanding Firemanship Award in 1996. He served on the Deshler Lutheran School board, Deshler City Council and Chamber of Commerce. He was a past member of the Beef Feeders Association.
Survivors are his wife;, Louisa; two sons, Scott and Bruce, both of Deshler; four brothers, Donald of Lincoln, Darrel and Roger, both of Deshler, and Norbert of Hebron; three sisters, Lila Hineline of Lincoln, Donna Hajek of Champion and Judy Pagel of Deshler; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church or the family's
Delphus E. Mercier
Rosary is 7:30 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with the Rev. Troy Schweiger officiating. Graveside services are 1 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Cemetery east of Campbell.
Mr. Mercier was born Feb. 8, 1909, to Aldie and Cora (DeMars) Mercier in rural Webster County. He farmed in Central Nebraska, Missouri and Corning, Iowa. He retired in 1972. In 1982 he moved to Hastings from Omaha.
He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and Eagles. He was a past member of Knights of Columbus.
Survivors are three sons, Lonnie of Omaha, Del of Lexington, Ky., and Cletus of Ames, Iowa; one daughter, Marilyn Marxuach of Dumont, Colo.; one sister, Opal Isley of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Memorials may be given to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church.
Nancy P. Versaw
Memorial services were Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day of Saints in Lincoln. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home of Lincoln was in charge of arrangements.
Miss Versaw was born Jan. 26, 1962, to Keith and Marjorie "Mickie" (Miller) Versaw in Franklin. She attended school in Aurora and Hastings. In 1982 she moved to Lincoln from Hastings.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Survivors are her parents of Republic, Mo.; two brothers, Frank Versaw of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Wayne Versaw of Madison, Wis.; and two sisters, Susan Pearson of Garden City, Kan., and Rose Johnson of Lincoln.
Memorials may be given to the League of Human Dignity, 1701 P St. Lincoln,
Carrie F. Hawks
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Bruning with the Rev. Jo Harper officiating. Burial will be in Bruning Public Cemetery. Farmer and Son Funeral Home of Geneva is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hawks was born Oct. 27, 1889, to John D. and Anna Tobia (Schroeder) Wilken in Danforth, Ill. In 1890 she moved with her family to Bellwood where she grew up. In 1906 she attended Fremont Normal College while in the ninth grade. She graduated from school in 10th grade. She returned to Fremont Normal College and graduated in 1907. She moved to Bruning. She taught school at District 49 southeast of Bruning for one year. On Oct. 14, 1908, she married Thomas A. Hawks. They farmed near Carleton for four years before moving to a farm east of Bruning. In 1927 they bought the Henry Meyer farm east of Bruning. In 1943 they retired and moved into Bruning. Her husband died Oct. 7, 1977. She moved to Heritage Home in Geneva Oct. 31, 1990.
She was a member of United Methodist Church in Bruning and its women's groups. She was a Sunday school teacher. She was courtesy chairwoman of United Methodist Women until her health failed. She was a lifetime member of the Women's Society of Christian Service. She held a special membership in the UMW from the women's division of the Board of Global Ministries. She served as treasurer of the church and she and her husband were janitors of the church for many years. She was a long-time member of the Federated Women's Club of Bruning. A book of her writings, consolidated from a lifetime of her diaries and memories, was published for her 105th birthday.
Survivors are one son, Fieldon of Bruning; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Dorothy Garrels; three brothers, two sisters and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church in Bruning or Bruning
Alumni Scholarship Fund.
James N. O'Donley
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Merten-Butler Mortuary chapel in Blue Hill with the Rev. Bill Westman officiating. His remains were cremated. There will be no visitation.
Mr. O'Donley was born Sept. 7, 1944, to Orin Coyt and Betty Jo (Everett) O'Donley in Anadarko, Okla. He was a retired drafter/machinist. He moved to Blue Hill from Oklahoma July 1, 1995.
Survivors are one son, Kenneth J. of Forest, Ill.; his mother, Betty McGraw of Edmund, Okla.; one sister, Janice M. Todd of Lincoln; and one grandchild.
A memorial has been established.
Lois P. Thompson
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Mike Lehr officiating. Burial will be in Esbon Cemetery at Esbon, Kan.
Miss Thompson was born Oct. 4, 1902, to Jacob Newton and Elsie Lee (Michael) Thompson north of Esbon in Jewell County. She attended Salem rural school and graduated from Burr Oak (Kan.) High School. She attended Kansas State Teachers College for two years. She taught school for 33 years in the Esbon area. She retired and moved to Red Cloud.
Survivors are two brothers, Robert Thompson of Superior and Richard Thompson of Clarks; and one sister, Estelle Winslow of McPherson, Kan.
She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
Carl B. Unterseher
Services are pending with Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home of Harvard.