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Helen E. Watson
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Doniphan resident Helen Esther (Carmin) Watson, 82, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at her home.

Graveside services were to be 10 a.m. today at Cedarview Cemetery southeast of Doniphan with the Rev. Joel Schroeder officiating. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Watson was born Dec. 19, 1914, to Robert and Mary (Crouch) Carmin in Mullen. She began her education in Bladen. In 1925 she moved with her family to Doniphan where she completed school. On March 14, 1940, she married Elmore Watson in Grand Island. They lived in Doniphan. Her husband preceded her in death.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, its women's group and Bible study, the Golden Rule Circle and General Federation of Women's Club.

Survivors are two daughters, Madeline Crandell of Claremont, Calif., and Janyce Eyten of Doniphan; one son, Thomas Lane of Pocatello, Idaho; four brothers, Ernest Carmin of Orchard, Colo., Henry Carmin of Hastings, Thomas Carmin of Doniphan and Donald Carmin of San Francisco; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Isabelle Stromer
Friday, Oct. 10, 1997
Hastings resident Isabelle (Heitkotter) Stromer, 74, of 731 N. Colorado Ave., died Friday, Oct. 10, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens north of Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stromer was born May 5, 1923, to Fred and Flora (Forden) Heitkotter south of Naponee in Furnas County. On July 7, 1949, she married Herbert Stromer in Franklin. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Survivors are one daughter, Mary Uden of Hastings; one son, Arnold Stromer of Doniphan; one brother, Orville Heitkotter of Las Vegas; and three grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Marjorie 'Marj' Kroeger
Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997
Superior resident Marjorie "Marj" (Albrecht) Kroeger, 54, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, in Superior.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior with the Rev. Paul Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mrs. Kroeger was born April 29, 1943, to Arthur and Anora (Bartels) Albrecht in Deshler. 

Survivors are her husband, Larry; one son, Todd of Superior; her mother of Deshler; three sisters, Arlene Grone of Grand Island, Margene Flanders of North Platte and Patty Schmidt of Lincoln; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donny Lee, and her father.
 

Merle L. Smith
Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997
Sutton resident Merle L. Smith, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Sutton with the Rev. Arthur H. Schmitt officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Smith was born Dec. 5, 1923, to Goldson Alonzo and Christina (Ulmer) Smith in Sutton Township in Clay County. He grew up three miles west of Saronville. He attended country school. He later attended an auctioneer school in Decatur, Ind. On Oct. 9, 1943, he married Bernice Carlson in Belleville, Kan. They farmed near Sutton until 1952. He co-founded the Smith Brothers Implement in Sutton. He later was affiliated with the Sutton Pavilion and Sutton Digging Co.

He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saronville until its closing. He transferred his membership to Zion Lutheran Church in Sutton. He served on the Zion Lutheran Church Board, Saronville Bank Board and City Park Board. He was president of the Clay County Farm Bureau and Sutton Community Club. He was a member of the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department of which he was fire chief, Horseshoe Bend Golf Club and National Panel of Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wis.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Sandra Towner of Sierra Madre, Calif., and Delora Hall of Pleasanton; two sons, Steven of Loomis and Rodney of Sutton; one sister, Marilyn Boehler of Omaha; one foster brother, J.L. Vontz of Hastings; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Robert R. Petrik
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997
Hastings resident Robert R. Petrik, 82, of 511 Briggs Ave. died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at his home.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral with the Very Rev. John P. Bartholomew officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Campbell Cemetery at Campbell. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home.

Mr. Petrik was born Aug. 12, 1915, to James R. and Katherine (Haagensen) Petrik in Campbell. He was a veteran of World War II serving in Sicily and the liberation of the Philippines. On Aug. 8, 1953, he married Delia Charbonneau. He was a truck driver for Gamble-Robinson most of his life. Prior to retirement he worked for Western Land Roller.

He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral and VFW Post No. 10562.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, David and Kenneth, both of Lincoln; one sister, Evelyn Eckhardt of Hastings; one brother, Alvin of Hastings.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Memorials may be given to St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral.
 

Nellie D. Adams
Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997
Hastings resident Nellie D. (Sheldon) Adams, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Private family services and burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Adams was born April 25, 1911, to Allen and Margaret (McCoy) Sheldon in Sumner. She graduated from Sumner High School. On June 27, 1929, she married John Quincy Adams. He died in 1970. In 1986 she moved to Hastings from Lexington. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Evangelical Free Church.

Survivors are three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Allen; four sisters and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to Evangelical Free Church in Lexington, American Diabetes Association or the donor's choice.
 

Walter D. Holtzen
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997
Davenport resident Walter D. Holtzen, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, in Geneva.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday 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 5-8 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home in Davenport and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mr. Holtzen was born July 30, 1905, to Louis and Adelheid (Mueller) Holtzen near Davenport. He was a farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He served on the St. Peter's Lutheran Board of Education for many years.

Survivors are four sons, Duwayne, Marvin, Lloyd and Don, all of Davenport; three sisters, Esther Wittrock of Deshler, Alvina Pubanz of Twin Falls, Idaho and Verna Thomilson of Oregon; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church or the family's choice.
 

Nelda Oliver-Kickland
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997
Lincoln resident Nelda Ruth Oliver-Kickland, 64, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, in Lincoln.

Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Family and friends are to meet at Gate No. 2. There will be no viewing. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home of Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband; one son, James Oliver of Hastings; three stepchildren; three grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the family.
 

Wilma L. Nelson
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997
Minden resident Wilma L. (Bodle) Nelson, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden. 

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dr. Terry Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mrs. Nelson was born Sept. 16, 1908, to David and Daisy (Wymore) Bodle in Gaylord, Kan. She moved with her family to Minden at age 14. On Feb. 15, 1927, she married Lloyd Nelson in Omaha. They lived in Minden. Her husband died in 1994.

She was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church and Rebekah Lodge No. 257, both of Minden.

Survivors are one daughter, Betty Carlson of Minden; one son, Gary of Kearney; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Lola I. Stewart
Monday, Oct. 13, 1997
Blue Hill resident Lola I. (Churchill) Stewart, 77, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Merten-Butler Mortuary chapel in Blue Hill with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery at Phillipsburg, Kan.

Mrs. Stewart was born Aug. 11, 1920, to Arthur and Emma Jane (Hackler) Churchill in Phillips County, Kan. She attended school in Phillips County and Agra, Kan. She went to work at an early age to help support her parents. On July 30, 1944, she married Vernon Stewart in Hays, Kan. They lived in the Phillipsburg area. Her husband died June 13, 1973. She was a nurse's aide. In 1974 she was ordained as a minister of Church of Holy Light. She retired and lived in Franklin. She moved to a nursing home when her health began to fail. In 1994 she moved to Blue Hill.

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

A memorial has been established.
 

Lola Leeper
Monday, Sept. 15, 1997
Former Hastings resident Lola (Smith) Leeper, 101, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, in Phoenix.

Memorial services were Sept. 25 in Cupertino, Calif. Her remains were cremated. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings at later date. Messinger Mortuary and Chapel of Scottsdale, Ariz., was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Leeper was born Oct. 8, 1896, in Hastings. She lived in Hastings, Trumbull, Omaha and Grand Junction, Colo., and Cupertino before moving to Phoenix. She was a registered nurse. She married Ray Leeper. He preceded her in death.

Survivors are one daughter, Karen Bragg of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Robert; one daughter, Janice Goode; one sister and two brothers.
 

Margery Boontjer
Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997
Former Adams County resident Margery (Dominy) Boontjer, 86, of Redding, Calif., died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at her home.

Services were Tuesday at North Valley Baptist Church in Redding. McDonald's Funeral Home in Redding was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Boontjer was born July 27, 1911, to Edward and Verna (Smith) Dominy in Adams County. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1929. She attended Hastings College. She taught school in rural Adams County. On June 11, 1937, she married Henry "Hank" Boontjer in Elsinore, Calif. They lived in Elsinore where they owned a shoe repair shop. Ten years ago they moved to Redding. Her husband died Dec. 4, 1988.

She was active in her church.

Survivors are one son, Edward L. of Redding; two daughters, Alice Cole of Roseburg, Ore., and Joyce Boontjer of Redding; one sister, Helen Owens of Hastings; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
 

Irl D. Gwennap
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997
Red Cloud resident Irl Dean Gwennap, 42, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at his home.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Merlyn Watts officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Smith Center, Kan.

Mr. Gwennap was born April 18, 1955, to Claude Dale and Delores Maxine (Bronson) Gwennap in Smith Center. He grew in Smith Center, graduating from Smith Center High School in 1973. He worked on a custom harvest crew before going to work for Smith Center Concrete Plant. In 1976 he moved to Red Cloud and farmed for Delbert Lewis. In 1986 he worked for Nelson Trambly Farms. He later farmed for Walt and Randy Knehans and recently was employed by Simag Grain in Red Cloud.

Survivors are his parents of Smith Center; two brothers, Larry of Mesa, Ariz., and Rick of Des Moines; six sisters, Betty Merrill of Osborne, Kan., Pam Huffman of Smith Center, Ellen Kopsa of Concordia, Kan., Debra Allen of Great Bend, Kan., Sue Brown of Delphos, Kan., and Tracy Lammers of Red Cloud.

Memorials may be given to the Red Cloud Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
 

Esther E. Leege
Monday, Oct. 13, 1997
Superior resident Esther E. (Suelflow) Leege, 77, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior with the Revs. Paul Albrecht and Jerry Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mrs. Leege was born Dec. 19, 1919, to A. Henry and Selma (Kressin) Suelflow near Milwaukee, Wis. She attended Trinity School in Freistadt, Wis., and St. John's Schools in Newburg, Wis. She graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School and attended Milwaukee State Teachers College and Milwaukee Vocational School. She was a secretary to the personnel director at Schusters in Milwaukee. She later was an assistant office manager in the Supercharger Department of the Allis Chalmers airplane plant. On June 12, 1943, she married Robert Joseph Leege in Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt. During her husband's ministry they lived in Ruskin, Superior, Cambridge, Culbertson, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ute, Iowa. In October 1987 they retired and returned to Superior. Her husband died April 24, 1989.

She was a church secretary in Ute for 10 years and was secretary of the McCook Zone of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League since 1943.

Survivors are one daughter, Marcia Fuller of San Benito, Texas; one son, Robert of Salt Lake City, Utah; one brother, August Suelflow of Whittier, Calif.; three sisters, Alice Worthington of Whittier, Viola Strewski of Milwaukee and Vera Sweeney of Van Nuys, Calif.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers.

Memorials may be sent to the family at 910 Washington Ave., Superior, NE 68978.
 

Rosa Nielsen
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997
Minden resident Rosa (Hansen) Nielsen, 95, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, at Kearney County Health Services Long Term Care Unit.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Ed Treat officiating. Her remains were cremated. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Layton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nielsen was born Sept. 23, 1902, to Hans and Algunda (Nielsen) Hansen in Falster, Denmark. She grew up in Denmark. On May 20, 1925, she married Peter C. "Little Pete" Nielsen. In 1925 they came to the United States. They farmed east of Minden. in 1954 they moved into Minden. Her husband died in 1972.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Danish Brotherhood and Willing Workers Sewing Club.

Survivors are one son, Herbert of Minden; one daughter, Dorrit Dunn of Hastings; one stepson, Elmer Nielsen of Minden; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

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


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