Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Stephen E. Willy
Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997
Hastings resident Stephen E. Willy, 91, of 1310 McDonald Ave. died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Rosary is 9:45 a.m. and services are 10 a.m., both Thursday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Willy was born Dec. 13, 1905, to Simon and Agatha (Burbach) Willy in Orleans. On Dec. 24, 1927, he married Gladys Sieckman in Belleville, Kan. In 1929 they moved to Hastings from Deshler. He was the former owner of Willy's Body Shop.

He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, United Commercial Travelers and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Gerald P., Jan S., and James A., all of Hastings; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church.
 

Zetta Abelbeck
Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997
Superior resident Zetta (Leece) Abelbeck, 92, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at Hill Top Estates Nursing Home in Gothenburg.

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 until 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mrs. Abelbeck was born Jan. 4, 1905, to Henry and Mary Deane (Scheib) Leece on a farm near Lovewell, Kan. She graduated from Lovewell High School. On Feb. 10, 1931, she married Amel Abelbeck in Hebron. They farmed near Hardy. They later moved to Superior and then to nursing homes in North Platte and Gothenburg. Her husband died Feb. 14, 1985.

She was a member of Centennial Lutheran Church.

Survivors are one daughter, Lona Ristine of Gothenburg; one son, Dwight of Hebron; one sister, Gladys Petters of Longview, Wash.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Hazel I. Rockholm
Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997
Hastings resident Hazel I. Rockholm, 90, of 406 S. Denver Ave. died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Second Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Allen Boeve officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8-11 a.m. Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rockholm was born March 25, 1907, to Orlando and Willis (Allpress) Sprenkle in Naper. On Sept. 16, 1924, she married Soren A. Rockholm. They lived in Boyd County. In 1943 they moved to Trumbull and in 1944 to Hastings. They lived in Spencer Park until 1945 when they moved to her present home. She worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot east of Hastings. She then worked at Dale's Cafe, Clarke Hotel, and Renders Cold Storage. She worked at Debus Baking Co. from December 1948 until retiring in 1969. Her husband died Feb. 21, 1967. 

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and an extension club.

Survivors are three daughters, Virginia Walton and June Mueller, both of Hastings, and Loretta Burton of Anchorage, Alaska; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Second Presbyterian Church.
 

Marvin E. Nienhueser
Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997
Juniata resident Marvin E. Nienhueser, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at Kenesaw Haven Home.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Wanda Church near Juniata with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Burial will be in Wanda Church Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Mr. Nienhueser was born May 22, 1915, to Henry E. and Blandina (Einspahr) Nienhueser in Juniata Township. On Nov. 4, 1956, he married Jessie E. Salthill at Odessa Church in Esbon, Kan. They lived on a farm in Wanda Township. They retired from farming in 1980. His wife died Oct. 12, 1993. 

He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Wanda Church where he held several offices.

He is survived by a brother, Melvin of Juniata.

He also was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to the Lutheran Hour or Zion Lutheran Wanda Church.
 

Vernon W. Grauerholz
Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997
Rural Hardy resident Vernon W. Grauerholz, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Republic County Hospital in Belleville, Kan.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Byron with the Rev. David Nordstrom officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is until 9:30 p.m. today at Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home in Belleville.

Mr. Grauerholz was born May 10, 1929, to Henry and Martha (Krein) Grauerholz in Smith County, Kan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 during the Korean War. On April 18, 1954, he married Henrietta Dittmer. He was a longtime resident of rural Republic County. He was a farmer.

He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the American Legion of rural Byron.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Dana of St. Marys, Kan.; one daughter, Sandra Braden of Stilwell, Kan.; two sisters, Wilma Kirchoff and Mildred Heitmann, both of Superior; and three grandchildren.
 

Jimmie D. Weir
Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997
Jimmie D. Weir Mankato, Kan., resident Jimmie Dean Weir, 56, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997, at Jewell County Hospital in Mankato.

Memorial services were to be today at Melby Mortuary chapel in Mankato with the Rev. Dr. Rick Grace officiating. His remains were cremated. Burial was planned in Mount Pleasant Cemetery north of Courtland, Kan.

Mr. Weir was born Dec. 16, 1940, to Charles Roy and Daisy Agnes (Pilcher) Weir in Belleville, Kan. He attended Scandia (Kan.) Public Schools until moving to Belleville as a teen-ager. He attended Belleville schools. On April 5, 1958, he married Beverly Thompson in Concordia, Kan. He lived most of his live in Jewell and Republic counties in Kansas. Because he worked in industrial maintenance for meat packing plants, he and his family lived in various communities in Nebraska and Kansas.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Jimmie Jr. of Bellevue; three daughters, Nancy Howe of Formoso, Kan., Tammy Maples of Great Bend, Kan., and Debbie Herrman of Odessa, Texas; one sister, Donna Weir of Topeka, Kan.; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to the Hospice of the Heartland.
 

Mabel A. Wulf
Monday, Dec. 1, 1997
Red Cloud resident Mabel A. (Pearson) Wulf, 100, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Alvin E. Trucano officiating. Burial will be in Red Cloud Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wulf was born Sept. 9, 1897, to John P. and Betty J. (Benson) Pearson in White City, Kan. She grew up and attended school in White City. On June 15, 1927, she married Edward H. Wulf in White City. In the spring of 1929 they moved to a farm near Guide Rock. In 1936 they moved to Red Cloud. Her husband died Jan. 23, 1972.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Neighborly Neighbors Club.

Survivors are two sons, Lovel of Guide Rock and Lloyd of Red Cloud; one sister, Lillian Hultgren of White City; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church of Red Cloud or Guide Rock.
 

Marjorie Blankenbaker
Monday, Dec. 1, 1997
Guide Rock resident Marjorie (Humprey) Blankenbaker, 78, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Superior.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Creek Cemetery south of Inavale.

Mrs. Blankenbaker was born Feb. 17, 1919, to Clifford and Hattie (McGee) Humprey in Centertown, Mo. In 1924 she moved with her family to Guide Rock. She graduated from Guide Rock High School in 1937. She also graduated from Kearney State Teachers College. She began her teaching career near Inavale. On June 12, 1940, she married Myrl Blankenbaker in Guide Rock. They farmed in the Inavale area. She continued to teach in rural schools. She later taught in the Riverton Public Schools for nearly 30 years. Her husband died Jan. 15, 1980. She later moved to Guide Rock.

Survivors are one son, David of Kearney; two daughters, MarKeeta Herrick and RoseMarie Edgar, both of Guide Rock; two sisters, Jewell Phares of San Antonio, Texas, and Bonnie Holcomb of Urbana, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
 

Dallas 'Chuck' Diamond
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997
Webber, Kan., resident Dallas "Chuck" Diamond, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, in Wichita, Kan.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Webber United Methodist Church with Jon Albrecht and the Revs. Patsy Busey and Karen Weekley officiating. Burial will be in Webber Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mr. Diamond was born July 29, 1926, to Edwin M. and Lucille C. (Lake) Diamond near Mankato, Kan. On July 20, 1947, he married Phyllis Joan Davidson in Webber.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Greg of Elbing, Kan.; two brothers, Richard and Bert, both of Mankato; and three grandchildren.
 

Beverly J. Duncan
Monday, Dec. 1, 1997
Hastings resident Beverly J. (Romans) Duncan, 59, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, in Hastings.

Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Wallace-Pence Funeral Home in Newton, Iowa. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery in rural Newton. Visitation is noon to services Friday at the funeral home in Newton. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Duncan was born Sept. 26, 1938, to Carl and Edna (Steinman) Romans in Newton. She was a retired hairdresser. She moved to Hastings from Las Vegas in November.

She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Las Vegas.

Survivors are one daughter, Delray Glade-Trotter of Hastings; four sons, Oran Dean Glade Jr. of Las Vegas, David Lee Glade and Jacob Daniel Glade, both of Coggon, Iowa, and Donald Dean Glade of Kenniwick, Wash.; three sisters, Jane Tesar of Montour, Iowa, Helen Ratliff of Newton and Hazel Kleinendorst of Las Vegas; two brothers, Carl Romans of Newton and Sam Romans; and 13 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Glade; one brother and one half sister.

Memorials may be given to the Beverly J. Duncan Memorial Fund.
 

Fae Powell
Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997
Kenesaw resident Fae Powell, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, at Kenesaw Haven Home.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kenesaw United Methodist Church with the Rev. Beverly Minor officiating. Burial will be in Kenesaw Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Miss Powell was born Jan. 19, 1908, to Loren B. and Lillie Luella (Gasaway) Powell in Kenesaw. She graduated from Kenesaw High School and attended Kearney State Teachers College. In 1948 she moved into Kenesaw from the farm. She worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot east of Hastings and Kenesaw Haven Home. She moved to Hastings and worked at the Hastings Regional Center for many years before retiring. In 1996 she moved to Kenesaw Haven Home.

She was a member of Kenesaw United Methodist Church.

Survivors are two sisters, Eleine Hampshire of Freeman, Ark., and Luella Huwaldt of Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to Kenesaw Cemetery Directory or Kenesaw United Methodist Church.
 

Dennis K. Brouillette
Monday, Dec. 1, 1997
Former Hastings resident Dennis K. Brouillette, 49, of Houston, Texas, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, in Houston.

Rosary is 10:45 a.m. and services are 11 a.m., both Tuesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings with the Rev. David Bourek officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. Brand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brouillette was born Nov. 10, 1948, to Gilbert and Mary Lou (Wells) Brouillette in Hastings. He attended Hastings Catholic schools, graduating from St. Cecilia High School. He graduated from Kearney State College. In 1970 he married Jolene Jorgensen in Hastings. They later divorced. In 1977 he moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where he was employed by Aetna Insurance. In 1987 he moved to Houston. He was a counselor for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association.

He was a volunteer instructor for Hearing Impaired Young Adults.

Survivors are one daughter, Stacey Brouillette of Hastings; his mother of Hastings; three sisters, Kelley Brouillette of Houston, Becky Schutte of Harvard and Mary Cassel of Hastings; and two brothers, Gregory of Fremont and James of Hastings.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.

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

Gwen D. Modlin
Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997
Burr Oak, Kan., resident Gwen Diane Modlin, 45, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, in Burr Oak. 

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at White Rock School in Burr Oak with the Rev. Leslie Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery. Visitation is this evening and Sunday at Melby Mortuary of Mankato, Kan.

Mrs. Modlin was born Feb. 28, 1952, in Scott City, Kan., to Delmar and Wanda (Oller) Huck. She was a school teacher who taught in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, including White Rock, Burr Oak and Esbon. She married Mike Modlin on Aug. 1, 1981. She was a member of the Union Chapel Church in rural Burr Oak.

Survivors are her husband, daughter, Tamya; two sons, Cole and Chad; parents; three brothers, Rick Huck and Randy Huck, both of Scott City, Kan., and David Huck of Hays, Kan.

Memorials may be given to Union Chapel Church. In her honor, White Rock schools will be closed Monday for the funeral.
 

Garnet E. Thomas
Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997
Smith Center, Kan., resident Garnet E. (Blacker) Thomas, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Melby Mortuary chapel in Mankato, Kan., with the Rev. Frank Defisher officiating. Burial will be in Ionia (Kan.) Cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas was born Jan. 31, 1910, to Charles B. and Mary Louise (Blacker) Havice in Dentonia, Kan. She lived most of her life in Ionia. She married Dallas Thomas. He died Dec. 31, 1963. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Ionia Christian Church.

Survivors are one son, Glen Thomas of Ionia; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to donor's choice.
 

Gertrude E. Johnson
Friday, Dec. 5, 1997
Former Saronville resident Gertrude E. Johnson, 105, of Lincoln died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in Lincoln.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home chapel in Lincoln with the Rev. Harold Hamilton officiating. Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. at Lutheran Cemetery at Saronville. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home.

Miss Johnson was born Sept. 1, 1892, to Gustave and Clara Johnson in Verona. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1928. She was a retired school teacher. She taught in Verona and Saronville.

She was a member of Saronville Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church in Lincoln and its Priscilla Circle.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.

Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church's Priscilla Circle or the donor's choice.


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