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Charles A. Gaudreault
Charles A. Gaudreault, 80, of Gothenburg died Nov. 19, 1997, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
He was born May 1, 1917, at Farnam to Gustav and Mary Alice Gaudreault.
On June 15, 1940, he married Leah Maxine Price in North Platte. She preceded him in death on August 7, 1996.
Mr. Gaudreault was a member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Cozad.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Marcus Del, and his parents.
The body was cremated.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Cozad with the Rev. Ray Grieb officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Farnam Cemetery at Farnam.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, November 20, 1997

Gus Gaudreault
Gustave Isaie Gaudreault was born December 18, 1889, at Saint-Ignace de Stanbridge, Canada, the son of Antone Gaudreau and Emma Cloatre Gaudreau. He came to the United States as a young man living near Campbell and Culbertson, Nebraska, before coming to the Farnam community.
He was united in marriage to Mary Alice Crampton of Farnam on March 7, 1916, in Curtis. To this union was born two sons, Charles and Marcus. The family has always lived and farmed in the Farnam community. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Marcus Del, in 1959 and his wife, Mary, in 1960.
Gus spent his last 5 years in the Sunset Haven Rest Home in Curtis where he passed away on March 11, 1976, at the age of 86 years.
He is survived by two sons, Charles of Gothenburg, Marcus of Farnam, one grandson, Don Laverne of Farnam, two great grand children, two brothers, two sisters, five step daughters, Mrs. Sue Fiess, Mrs. Lois Herring, Mrs. Kathleen Stack, Mrs. Mozelle Elmore and Mrs. Zelma Gaudreault, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at the Farnam United Methodist Church on Monday, March 15, 1976, at 2 p.m. with the Pastor, the Rev. Leonard S. Clark officiating.
Music was furnished by Mrs, Evelyn Davis at the piano, and Mrs. Audrey Kotschwar and Mrs. Deloras Bunstock who brought vocal music. Pallbearers included Vernon Brouillette, Gilbert Hess, Clyde Kotschwar, Leon Kotschwar, John Schurr and Orville Widick.
Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. Wetzel Funeral Home of Curtis was in charge of the arrangements.

Leah (Price) Gaudreault
Leah Gaudreault, 75, of Gothenburg, died August 7, 1996.
She was born March 25, 1921, at Orafino to Alvin and Nancy Pressler Price. She graduated from Farnam High School. She married Charles Alfred Gaudreault on June 15, 1940, at North Platte. She worked for Peterson Locker Plant for many years. For the last few years before retirement, she worked for Monroe Auto Equipment Co.
She was a member for many years of the local Rock Club and enjoyed archeaological digging.
Survivors include her husband of Gothenburg; two sisters, Nora Coffman of Hammond, Indiana, and Treva Trimble of Griffith, Indiana and a sister-in-law, Adrian Price of Cambridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Marcus Del; and two brothers, T.D. and Ethridge.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 1996, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Cozad with the Rev. Ray Grieb officiating. Burial of cremains was in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: The FREE PRESS, August 15, 1996, p.13

Marcus Gaudreault
Marcus Crampton Gaudreault, 61, died suddenly Monday morning, July 6, 1981, at the Cozad Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1920, at Farnam [to Gus and Mary Crampton Gaudreault] and was a lifelong resident of Farnam and Curtis.
He served in the army field artillery four years. On July 25, 1944, we was seriously wounded in action at St. Lo, France.
On Nov. 27, 1944, in Topeka, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Zelma Lorine Wall of Monroe, N.C. To this marriage one son, Don LaVerne was born.
Gaudreault graduated from barber college in Omaha and worked as a licensed barber before entering the military service. After being discharged from service he moved to Curtis where he worked for the John Deere agency as bookkeeper. He also worked for six years there as a postal clerk.
He graduated from the North West Institute of Medical and X-Ray Technology in Minneapolis , after which he worked as a licensed technologist in Memorial Hospital in North Platte, Yuma, Colo., and Las Vegas, Nev., until his health forced him to retire.
He and his family moved back to Farnam at this time where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Zelma; son, Don LaVerne; daughter-in-law, Janice; three grandchildren, Betty Lorine, Marcus John and Anthony Jay, all of Farnam; one brother, Charles and wife, Leah, of Gothenburg; four step-sisters, Sue Fiess, Lois Herring and Kathleen Stack of Monroe, N.C. and Mozelle Elmore of Thomasville, N.C.
Interment was July 10, 1981, in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell with Cpl. Carl Heath American Legion Post 195 in charge of graveside sevices.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church of Farnam with Rev. Carl Lent and Rev. Eugene B. Elmore, brother-in -law, officiating. The Wetzel Funeral Home of curtis was in charge of arrangements.

Marcus Del Gaudreault
Marcus Del Gaudreault was born July 31, 1944, at Lexington, Nebraska, and passed away at a Twin Falls, Idaho, hospital August 17, 1959. He was fatally injured on August 15th near Castleford, Idaho, when he fell 65 feet and landed on his head and shoulder. He died two days later at Magic Valley Hospital in Twin Falls.
He is survived by his parents, Charles & Leah Gaudreault of Gothenburg; his paternal grandparents, Gus & Mary Gaudreault of Farnam and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the McVay Chapel Friday, August 21, 11:00 a.m., with Mr. Dean Kilburn officiating. Pallbearers were Terry McNeal, Devy Pickering, Rex Guerin, Gordon Buesing, Bob Palmer and Larry Giboney. Final resting place was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Mary Gaudreault
Mrs. Mary Gaudreault passed away Aug. 27, 1960, after entering a North Platte hospital on Wednesday. Mrs. Gaudreault had not been in the best health of late, but her death was a sudden shock to her relatives and friends.
Mary was 66 years of age (born Oct. 25, 1893) and had lived her entire life in the Farnam community.
She is survived by her husband, Gus, and two sons Marcus of Curtis and Charles of Gothenburg, besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Farnam at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Robert Hall officiated. Pallbearers were: Max McNickle, Aimie Guerin, Henry Gewecke, Ralph Clement, Ivan Brock and Morris Wyckoff. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. McVay-Olesen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Fay Gewecke
Fay Alice Reikia Gewecke, the daughter of Adolph H. and Anna L. Gewecke, was born at Bruning, Nebraska, on Janaury 26, 1906. After a lingering illness whe departd this life July 3, 1968, at the age of 62 years, 5 months and 7 days.
In early childhood she moved with her parents to Farnam, Nebraska, where she lived until four years ago when she moved to Arthur, Nebraska. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene at Farnam, which she joined early in life.
She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one sister, Rev. Mrs. Oliver (Verneeda) Brown of Arthur, Nebraska; two brothers, Edgar of Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Kenneth of Ogallala, Nebraska, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Services were Saturday, July 6, l968, at the Church of the Nazarene at Farnam with Rev. James Staley officiating. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Henry Gewecke
Henry Herbert Gewecke, son of Adolph Gewecke and his wife Elizabeth Barchfeldt, was born near Moorefield on March 16, 1903. He spent his entire life in the Farnam-Moorefield area.
On March 12, 1924, he was united in marriage to Hester R. Carman at Norton, Kansas. To this union two daughters were born: Willa Eileen and Muriel Claire. The family moved to the present home northwest of Farnam in 1946. He enjoyed farm work and was conscientious in doing it, usually singing or whistling a tune as he worked. One of his greatest enjoyments was his grandchildren.
Henry Gewecke was a member of the Farnam Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees at the time of his death.
He passed away unexpectedly at his farm, November 6, 1967, at the age of 64 years, 7 months and 18 days.
He is survived by his wife, Hester of Farnam; two daughters, Willa McCaa of Fairfield, California, and her husband, S. Sgt. Thomas McCaa; Muriel Kotschwar of Farnam and her husband, Leon Kotwschwar; five grandchildren: Timmy McCaa, Brent, Lana Jo, Perry and Bryan Kotschwar; four sisters: Ella E. Kister of Denver, Clara Wycoff of Farnam, Rose Dawson of Santa Ana, California and Anne Rodham of Denver; several nephews and nieces and friends.
Services were held at the Farnam Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Conley Hinrichs. Dale Montgomery, Irvin Hess, Walt Kriemelmeyer and Lawrence Oberg sang, accompanied by Mrs. Raymond Smith. Pallbearers were Wayne Thomsen, Raymond Smith, Dale McNickle, George Edson and Glen Kotschwar. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Verna N. Grandstaff
Verna N. Craig Grandstaff, 76, of Gothenburg
died April 9, 1998, at the Gothenburg Memorial
Hospital.
She was born April 11, 1921, at Gothenburg
to Gunner and Hattie Larson Young. She graduated
from Brady High School and attended Kearney
Teachers College.
On Jan. 13, 1940, she married Dale Craig
at Stockville. They farmed in the Brady and Farnam
areas until 1952, when they moved to Brady and
later to Jeffrey Lake. He preceded her in death
on July 18, 1974.
She was a school teacher, a caretaker at
Jeffrey Lodge at Jeffrey Lake, a cook at the
Gothenburg Memorial Hospital and she owned a
dress shop in Valentine.
On Oct. 12, 1976, she married Floyd Grandstaff
at Ainsworth. He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1980.
Mrs. Grandstaff was a member of the Gothenburg
Catholic Church, Gothenburg Area Retired Teachers
Association, Gothenburg Hospital Auxiliary, American
Legion Auxiliary and a longtime member of the
Gothenburg Housing Authority Board. She was also
a charter member of the Birthday Club, which
includes Vonnie Derra, Yolanda Martin, Evelyn
Elsasser, Jane Herrin, Ruth Rayburn, LaVerne Oman,
Jean Clymer, Anita Stull and Marge Golter, who will
serve as honorary bearers.
She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Surviving her are two daughters, RoJean (Dan)
Stiffler of Parker, Colo., and Colleen (Mike) May
of Brady; a son, Dennis (Joyce) Craig of Northglenn,
Colo.; a sister, Violet Nevin of Fort Morgan, Colo.;
a brother, Vernon (Norma) Young of North Platte;
seven grandchildren, Jeff (Joan) Craig of Elsie,
Jacque (Ken) Duggen of Fort Morgan, Dana
(Christian Mercer) Stiffler of Cambridge, Mass.,
Dee Stiffler of Chicago, Cody May of Kearney and
Crystal and Colton May of Brady; three
stepgrandchildren, Larry Osborn of Englewood, Colo.,
Terry (Nancy) Osborn of Sidney and Jeff (Sandy)
Osborn of Northglenn; four great-grandchildren;
and six stepgreat- grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents;
a sister, Viola Schroder; and a grandson, Jerry Craig.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Gothenburg,
with the Rev. Donald O’Brien as celebrant. Private
burial of the cremains will be in the Gaslin Cemetery
south of Brady prior to services.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph April 10, 1998

Clara Haskins
Clara Haskins, the daughter of Joseph and Lena Schulligan was born December 17, 1893 at Doniphan, Nebr. She moved with her parents to the Ingham Community in Lincoln County, Nebraska where she resided until moving to Farnam in 1931.
She was united in marriage to Orv. Stebbins in 1932 but he passed away within a year of their marriage.
Then on November 9, 1944 she was united in marriage to Henry S. Haskins. They lived on an acreage at Farnam for 20 years. Mr. Haskins passed away on March 31, 1963 and Mrs. Haskins moved to her present home.
She was an active member of the Methodist Church, having taught Sunday School for 25 years. She was also active in Civic affairs and was well known throughout the community.
Clara Haskins passed away at a Gothenburg Hospital January 10, 1968 at the age of 74 years and 23 days. She is survived by two step daughters, Mrs. Garnette Brannan and Mrs. Hilda Beisner both of North Platte, eight step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren, many friends and relatives.
Services were held January 12, 1968 at the Farnam Methodist Church with the Rev. Conley Hinrichs officiating.
Burial was in the Farnam Cemetery with the McVay Funeral Home in charge.
Source: The Hi-Line Enterprise

Ida Hathway
Ida May Hathaway, daughter of George W. and Mary O. Hathaway, was born July 30, 1895, south of Farnam. She passed away Nov. 28, 1964, in the Gothenburg hospital. Miss Hathaway had been a life long resident of Farnam. She had been bed fast the past few years.
She was proceded in death by one sister, Grace Cross and two brothers, John O. and Alvin L. Hathaway. She leaves to mourn one sister, Mable Hathaway, two sisters-in law, three nephews and one niece, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Church of the Nazarene in Farnam. Rev. Ronald Nelsen officiated. Music was provided by Mrs. Elvin Peirsol, Mrs. Mildred Adkisson and Mrs. Raymond Smith.
Pallbearers were: Harold Adkisson, Merle Frazier, Elden Thompson, Jake Ernst, Russell Wilcox and Elwood Brown. Interment in the Farnam cemetery.

Samuel Ervin Hathaway
Samuel Ervin Hathaway was born in Davis County,
Iowa, May 9, 1859, and departed from this life
September 7, 1921 at the age of 62 years, three
months and 28 days.
While he was quite young, his parents moved to
Missouri, where he grew to manhood.
On September 12, 1888, he was united in marriage
to Miss Viola Mincks of Seymour, Iowa. To this
union was born one child, a daughter.
He moved to Frontier County, Nebraska in 1888
and lived in Frontier County until 1918, when he
moved to Farnam, Nebraska.
He had been a patient sufferer for over five
years before his death.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, one
daughter, Eva; two brothers -- John, of Loveland,
Colorado, and George, of Farnam -- and one sister,
Mrs. Lee Hibbs of Bethany, Nebraska, other
relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at the residence
Thursday afternoon, September 8, conducted by the
Rev. T. E. Cillet, pastor of the Methodist church.
Interment in Farnam cemetery.
The Farnam Echo, September 15, 1921, p. 1

Andrew F. Hazen
Andrew F. Hazen, 62, a life time resident of the Farnam community passed away March 1, 1965, at the Gothenburg Memorial hospital after a long illness. He was born on April 15, 1901 to James and Lydia Hazen of Farnam. He was a member of the St. Matthews Episcopal church.
He was married to Evelyn Smallfoot of Farnam on March 21, 1929, to which were born two sons.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn: two sons, Virgil of Arlington, Texas, and John of Farnam; two daughters-in-law, Jancie and children of Arlington, Texas, and Donna of Farnam; one brother, Murlin of Farnam; two sistsers, Mrs. Elsie Roberts of Boulder, Colo., and Mrs. Velma Mousel of Cambridge, Nebraska.
Services were held Thursdsay at 2:00 p.m. at the McVay-Olesen Funeral Chapel in Gothenburg with the Rev. Father Donald J. West of McCook officiating. Pallbearers were: Harold Adkisson, Ralph Clement, Paul Rogers, Lynn Messersmith and Loyd Hopkins. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Clifford Matthew Heath
Clifford Matthew Heath, son of Eli and Clara Heath, was born on August 16, 1888, in Jones county, Iowa, and passed away at his home at Ingham, Nebr., May 8, 1948, at the age of 59 years, 8 months and 22 days. When he was one year of age he came with his parents to Moorefield and his entire life has been spent in and around Ingham.
He was united in marriage to Myra Caster September 19, 1918. To this union were born five children, three sons and two daughters: Francis of Maryville, Mo., Dorothy Hatch of Stoneham, Colorado, Evelyn Donner of Moorefield, Clifford Junior and Stanley at home.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, five children, 7 grandchildren, one sister, Ida Harder of Newton, Iowa; two brothers, Sam and Roy of Farnam, and other relatives and a host of friends. His father and mother, one sister and one brother preceded him in death.
For a number of years Mr. Heath has not been privileged to enjoy the best of health, but his death came suddenly and was a shock to all who knew him.
He was a kind father and a loving husband and will be greatly missed by them and the community. He will be remembered as one who was always willing to assist when help was needed.
Funeral services were held Monday from the Olesen Funeral Home to the Farnam Baptist church and were conducted by Rev. Stanley Malmgren and Rev. Fern McCaig.
Interment in Farnam cemetery.

Myrtle Hesse
Myrtle Rice Hesse, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clebert Rice, was born March 26, 1882, at Olmstead, Ohio, and departed this life February 21, 1968, at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 25 days.
Mrs. Rice came to Nebraska with her parents in 1890 to live on a "tree claim" near Farnam. She was married to Carl J. Velte on January l, 1902. To this union were born six children: Florence Spearman of Lincoln, Harold C. Velte, (deceased); Gladys Gaibler of Eustis; Helen Farmer of Terril, Iowa; Anna Prestegard of Granite Falls, Minnesota; and Gaylord Velte of Grant. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren.
Carl J. Velte died on December 18, 1925. She was married to Chris H. Hesse on September 12, 1928. Chris Hesse died on February 4, 1958.
Mrs. Hesse was a member of the Farnam Methodist Church for the last forty years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Rebecca Lodge, the W.S.C.S. the North Union Aid and the Community Workers.
Funeral services were held at the Farnam Methodist Church, Saturday, February 24, 1968, with Clergyman Rev. James Staley officiating.
Music was provided by Mrs. Anton Kotschwar, Mrs. Deloras Nickerson and Mrs. Raymond Smith. Pallbearers were Noble Bellamy, Charles Davis, Henry Wiggers, Russell Wilcox, Raymond Smith and Dale Montgomery.


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