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Arthur W. Fasse
Arthur W. Fasse, 98, Beatrice, died Thursday evening, Dec. 20, 2001. He was born Oct. 23, 1903, near Harbine and attended Country School 11 at Harbine. He was married to Emilie Krause on Sept. 25, 1928, at St. Paul's Evangelical Church (Cub Creek) at rural Jansen and they lived and farmed in Jefferson County until moving into Beatrice in 1950. He worked for Store Kraft for 17 years as a machine operator and then worked at the Grant Street Grocery for eight years as the produce manager, retiring in 1976. He was a past member and president of the Diller Rural School District, was a member of the Jefferson County ASCS Board of Directors and Farmers Elevator Board of Harbine. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, a past member and president of the Willing Helpers, sang in the church choir and the men's chorus, attended the Bethel and Search Series, adult Sunday School, and was a member of the Golden Age. He enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards and working crossword puzzles.
Survivors: wife, Emilie; daughters, Lucille Schmidt and husband Lawrence of Fairbury, Verneal Dodge and husband Levi of Beatrice; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Fasse of Sheboygan, Wis., Esther Vercouteren of Oostburg, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Emma (Ochs) Fasse; brothers, Fred Fasse and Elmer Fasse; sister, Meta Brockmeyer; brothers-in-law, Govert Vercouteren, Henry Brockmeyer; sisters-in-law, Pauline Fasse and Elfrieda Fasse.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, St. John Lutheran Church, Beatrice, Pastor Doug Gunkelman and Pastor Steve Pera officiating. Burial: Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Family prayer service: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, church chapel. Memorial established to St. John Lutheran Church with Ivan and Jan Stern in charge. Visitation: noon Saturday until 4 p.m. Monday at Fox Funeral Home, Beatrice, and then at the church one hour preceding the service on Wednesday. Fox Funeral Home, Beatrice.

Francis D. "Tid" Wilson
WYMORE -- Francis D. "Tid" Wilson, 71, Wymore, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. He was born Sept. 29, 1930, at Wymore, where he spent his childhood, and was a 1949 graduate of Wymore High School. He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 29, 1949, to Oct. 7, 1952, and received the Korean Service Medal. On July 1, 1961, he married Mary Joan Yockel at Wymore. They lived in Beatrice until they moved back to Wymore in November 1993. He was a self-employed truck driver and then was employed as a boiler operator for Agrium for 26 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the Wymore Presbyterian Church, American Legion Anderson Post 25 at Wymore, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Geddes-Thober Post 1077 at Beatrice. His hobbies included camping and traveling, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, gardening, working in his yard, and woodworking.
Survivors: wife, Jo; daughters, Linda Mettscher of North Platte, Lois Schmidt and husband Steve of Lincoln; grandchildren, Krista Stevens and husband Troy of Beatrice, Katie Mettscher of Lincoln, Emily Paxton of Wauwatora, Wis., Matt Schmidt of Lincoln; two great-grandchildren; brothers, DeOliver Wilson and wife Joyce of Wymore, Oscar Wilson and wife Al Jean of Arizona; brother-in-law, Fred Yockel and wife Shirley of Wymore; sisters-in-law, Carol Wilson of Blue Springs, Jackie Saurdiff and husband Dale of Graham, Wash.; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard J. "Buck" and Texie M. (Mast) Wilson; brothers, Floyd O. and Willard Wilson; sister-in-law, Chery Poutre.
Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, Wymore Presbyterian Church, 12th and L streets, the Rev. James McNeal officiating. There will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial established to the family's choice. Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore.

Margaret Mae Britt
DuBOIS -- Margaret Mae Britt, 99, DuBois, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. She was born at Tate, Neb., and was a homemaker. On Sept. 9, 1923, she married Walter Britt at St. Joseph, Mo.
Survivors: sons, Roger Britt and wife Irene of Tecumseh, Walter Britt and wife Muriel of Rushford; daughter, Patricia Lee and husband Richard of DuBois; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wenceslaus and Bertha (Melchar) Gyhra; husband, Walter; sons, Lewis, Willard, Richard and Winston; six sisters; and five brothers.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, United Methodist Church, DuBois, the Rev. Dennis Hanneman officiating. Burial: DuBois Cemetery. Visitation: 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Wherry Brothers Mortuary, Pawnee City. Memorials to family Choice. Wherry Brothers Mortuary, Pawnee City.

Rosanna Mae Mentgen
Rosanna Mentgen, 66, Beatrice, died Thursday, March 8, 2001 at the Wymore Good Samaritan Center, Wymore, Nebraska. She was born August 11, 1934 at Odell, Nebraska. She attended Union Center School at Liberty, Nebraska. She married George Henry Mentgen at Beatrice on May 7, 1953. She worked as a meat wrapper for Jack and Jill Grocery and also worked at Pamida. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Beatrice. She enjoyed camping, fishing and was an avid reader.
Funeral: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2001 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Beatrice; Pastor Donald Legacie, officiating. Family prayer service: 10:15 A.M. Burial: Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, Nebraska. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary from Noon-9:00 P.M. on Friday and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorial established to family choice with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-04 Larry Milius
Larry Dean Milius, 56, of Plymouth, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, April 4th, at Bryan LGH-East, Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born March 19, 1945 at Beatrice, Nebraska. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1963. He attended Fairbury Junior College. On September 6, 1964 he married Lois Janssen at Zion Lutheran Church, Harbine, Nebraska. He served in the Army National Guard. He worked at Milius Hardware in Plymouth for his parents. In 1982 he and his brother, Duane, purchased the business from their parents. He was a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Plymouth. He served as Chairman, Elder, on the Board of Trustees, and the Cemetery and Stewardship Committees. He was a past Fire Chief on the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department, served on the city council, and served as the Mayor of Plymouth, and also served on the Tri County School Board. He presently was serving on the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation Board.
He is survived by wife: Lois Milius of Plymouth; sons, Mike Milius and wife, Stacia, of Holdrege, Nebraska, Tim Milius and wife, Melissa, of Olathe, Kansas; mother: Iverna Milius of Beatrice, Nebraska; granddaughter: Courtney Milius of Holdrege; sister: Bonnie Saathoff and husband, LaVern, of Beatrice, Nebraska; brother: Duane Milius and wife, Kathy, of rural Beatrice, Nebraska; sisters-in-law Mary Pretzer and husband, Dale, of Newton, Iowa, Jan Gunther and husband, Henry, of rural Diller, Nebraska; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father: Elmer Milius (1974), grandson Ethan Milius (1994); and parents-in-law Art and Viola Janssen.
Funeral: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 7th at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Plymouth, NE. Family Prayer Service: 10 A.M. at Church. Pastor Joel Frank & Pastor Dan Heiderich officiating. Burial: St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Plymouth, Nebraska. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary- PLYMOUTH Thursday, April 5th 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Friday, April 6th, 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.; and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorial established to the church with Church Elders in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Plymouth, in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-05 Alvina Grummert
Alvina (Fangmeyer) Grummert, 102, of Beatrice, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, April 4th at the Beatrice Manor. She was born December 4, 1898, at Deshler, Nebraska. She was the oldest of 12 children. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Deshler, Nebraska. On September 6, 1918 she married Ernest G. Grummert at St. Paul's Evangelical Church at Deshler, Nebraska. They farmed near Jansen for years and later moved into the town of Jansen. She worked for a short while at Jerpes Chicken in Fairbury during wartime. In 1952 they moved to Beatrice, Nebraska. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beatrice and Ladies Aid member. She was also a member of the Gold Star Mother of Jansen Auxiliary.
She is survived by daughters: Leona Schwisow, and husband, Donald, of Lincoln, and Darlene Harms of Crete; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren; sisters: Irene Fangmeyer of Deshler, Nebraska and Louise Pequette of Rapid City, South Dakota; sisters in law: Martha and Lorna Fangmeyer and Emily and Lora Grummert; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Anna (Vorderstrasse) Fangmeyer; her husband, Ernest G. Grummert (6/3/71); sons Elmer Grummert and Melvin Grummert; son-in-law Paul Harms; daughter-in-law Etta Grummert; brothers William, Henry, Walter, Martin and Fred Fangmeyer; sisters Ella Otling, Marie Harms, Henrietta Rossmiller and Amanda Rupprecht.
Funeral: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 7th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beatrice. Pastor Douglas Irmer officiating. Burial: Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Memorial established to the church. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice 2:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Thursday, 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. on Friday, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-11 Clarence Luken
Clarence Heye Luken, 88, of Tecumseh, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, April 11th at the Johnson County Hospital, Tecumseh, Nebraska. He was born September 15, 1912 at rural Filley, Nebraska. Clarence graduated from High School at Riverdale, Nebraska. He served his country during World War II in the Army. He lived on the family farm with his brother, Harold, for 53 years. He was a trucker for many years. He was a member of American Lutheran Church in Filley. He enjoyed checkers, cards, friends, riding around the area.
Survivors: special friend Ethel Myers of Tecumseh; and cousins. Preceded in death by parents: Heye and Clara M. (Christensen) Luken; and 2 brothers.
Funeral: 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 16th, 2001, at the American Lutheran Church in Filley, Nebraska. Pastor Douglas Allen officiating. Burial: Filley Cemetery, Filley, Nebraska. Family prayer service: 1:45 p.m. in church basement. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, on Friday from 8:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.; Saturday 8:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.; and Easter Sunday 1:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. then one hour preceding services at church Memorial established to American Lutheran Church and Filley Cemetery with mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-18 Arthur Vitosh
Arthur William Vitosh was born February 13, 1918 to William F. and Mary A. (Beran) Vitosh on a farm northwest of Odell, NE. He attended school at Friendship and Anyon schools. At the age of 11 he began to study music- particularly drums under Professor Louis Datholey from Italy. At the age of 14 Art drummed with local orchestras and at the age of 16 he auditioned and was accepted into the Radio City Band program. At this time he played with a Union Band from Yankton, South Dakota that broadcast from 6 different radio stations. He played with various orchestras traveling throughout the Midwest including Sudik, Stehliks, Lucille Crome, Joe Lucas and he occasionally filled in for the Kenny Knowles Band. He farmed with his father north of Odell and worked at Steel Tanks. He married Elieen Dezort on January 20, 1943. To this union 3 children were born, Dennis, Karen (Vitosh) Ideus and Carolyn (Vitosh) Lineweber. He continued farming in the Odell, Diller area and also worked for the Soil Conservation Service for several years. In 1970 Arthur and Eileen retired from farming and moved to Beatrice. For 10 years Arthur sold insurance for American Family and then worked part time for Harman-Wright Mortuary. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Diller, the F.O.E. Aerie #531 Beatrice and a past School Board Member of Dist. #73. He enjoyed playing baseball, woodworking and in his later years working on and traveling in his motor home. In 1992 Arthur suffered a severe stroke and this limited his activities and traveling to a great extent. Arthur had been bedfast for the last 2 ½ years and passed away peacefully at his home on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001 at the age of 83.
Survivors: Wife: Eileen of Beatrice; son: Dennis Vitosh and wife Marcella of Diller, NE; daughters: Karen Ideus and husband Edward of Beatrice, Carolyn Lineweber and husband Kenneth of Beatrice; sister: Irene Dienstbier of Beatrice; granchildren: Craig, Jacquelyn, X-Zavier, Cameron Vitosh of Dallas, Texas, Brenda, Corey, Blake, Holden Stengel of Shickley, NE; Donetta, Mark, Travis, Cassandra Ahrens, Greggory Baehr, Carla & Tim Schuster, Mathew Ideus and Crystal Lineweber all of Beatrice. Preceded in death by parents: William and Mary (Beran) Vitosh; sister: Laverne Vitosh (1990); brother in law: Bill Dienstbier (1990).
Funeral: 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice. Pastor Vermillion Deditius, officiating. Burial: Odell Czech Cemetery, Odell, NE. Family prayer service: 1:45 PM Tuesday at the Mortuary. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary 3:00Pm -9PM Monday, and 8 AM Tuesday until time of service. Memorial established to family choice with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-23 Dorothy VanLaningham
Dorothy VanLaningham, 63, Gretna, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at Immanual Medical Center in Omaha, NE. She was born August 6, 1937 at Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Omaha North High School in 1954. She married Leonard VanLaningham on November 26, 1971. She formerly owned and operated the Carriage House Restaurant in Clatonia, NE. She had attended Assembly of God Church, Beatrice before moving to Gretna. She enjoyed playing cards and talking.
Survivors: Husband: Leonard of Gretna; Daughter: Donna Wand and husband Dave of Gretna; sons: Russ Andersen and wife Deb of Hickman, Bob Andersen and wife Trini of Papillion; stepdaughters: JoAnn Vlasak and husband Larry of Wilber, Karen Shestak and husband Ron of Crete; stepson: Gary VanLaningham and wife Tammy of Wilber; grandchildren: Brandon and Briana Andersen, Ryan Slepicka, Justin, Austin, Nicole and Nick Andersen; step grandchildren: Rob and Dawn Stimple, Miranda and Amber Shestak, Kristy Vlasak, Katelyn and Samantha VanLaningham; step great grandchildren; Nathan and Lynee Stimple; sisters: Connie Koenig and husband Zeke of Beaver Lake, NE, Theresa Hamann and husband Dennis of Sandpoint, ID; several brothers in law and sisters in law; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents: Leo and Ethel (Marcoe) Frisby; daughter: Debbie Horacek
Memorial services: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25th at the Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel, Beatrice. Rev. David Bigley, officiating. Burial: Clatonia Cemetery, Clatonia, NE. No Visitation: Register book available for signatures Harman-Wright Mortuary 8AM-5PM Monday and Tuesday and 8AM until time of service Wednesday. Memorial established to the family with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-23 Gerald "Gary" Schultz
Gerald "Gary" W. Schultz, 61, Beatrice, died Sunday, April 23, 2001 at his home. He was born April 6, 1940 at Pawnee City, Nebraska. He graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1957. She served in the armed forces in the Vietnam Era. He worked for the University State farm at Virginia, NE for a number of years and then had a welding and tire repair shop in Virginia. He later moved to Beatrice and did lawn work and crafts. He enjoyed camping and going to coffee with his friends.
Survivors: son: Bill of Lincoln, NE; special friend: Norma VanLaningham of Beatrice; step son: Rod VanLaningham and wife Sherri; stepdaughter: Susan Ivy; step grandchildren: Gared, Kylee, Alyssa VanLaningham, Rhory Ivy, Shannon Behrens; Chelsey Retchless; step great grandchildren: Kaleb Dayhuff, Kaylee Ivy Preceded in death by: parents: Henry and Ella (Rinne) Schultz; brother: Glenn Schultz
Memorial services: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at the Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Galen Wray, officiating. Private burial: Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, NE. No visitation. A register book is available for signatures at the funeral home 8AM-5PM Monday and Tuesday and 8AM until time of service Wednesday. Memorial established to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-04-30 Lawrence "Pud" Armstrong
Lawrence "Pud" Armstrong, 81, Lincoln, formerly of Filley, died Friday, April 27, 2001 at Bryan/LGH Medical Center West. He was born June 21, 1919 at rural Holmesville, Nebraska. He graduated from Filley High School in 1938. He drove a school bus in Filley for many years. He married Lola Thompson on August 5, 1941. He farmed in the Filley area before moving to Lincoln, NE in 1958. He retired in 1982 from the Lincoln Water Plant. He was a member of Filley United Methodist Church, Filley, NE. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, fishing, camping, baseball, volleyball and basketball.
Survivors: wife: Lola of Lincoln, NE; sister: Dorothy Prine of Livingston, CA.; nieces and nephews: Janice and P.D. Duensing and their children Tonya, Tim, Lisa, Dana, Gina and Bren of Lincoln, NE, Donald and Donna Armstrong of West Des Moines, Iowa and their children Brad and Shelley of Lincoln, NE, Kim and Steve of Columbus, NE, Michael and Karen Siefkes of Lincoln, Chris Siefkes of Omaha, NE, Tricia Ann and Jeff Barrett of Kansas City, Connie and Bob Montgomery of Fort Worth, Texas, Steve Armstrong of Liberty, NE, Bruce Prine, Melba Quinn, Vernon Prine all of California, Eldon Fegley of Greeley, CO; sister in law Jenny Armstrong of Filley, NE. Preceded in death by parents: Bruce and Nina (Richard) Armstrong; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Funeral: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at the Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel, Beatrice. Pastor Galen Wray, officiating. Family prayer service 9:45 A.M. Burial: Filley Cemetery, Filley, Nebraska. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary 4PM-9PM Sunday, 8AM-9PM Monday and 8AM until time of service on Tuesday. Memorial established to the family with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-05-14 Cheryll Weideman
Cheryll Ann Weideman, 56, Crete formerly of Beatrice, died Saturday, May 12, 2001 in Crete. She was born at Bayard, NE. on March 9, 1945.
Survivors: brothers: David Weideman and wife Connie of Dorchester, NE, Marion Weideman and wife Colleen of McCool Junction, NE; sister: Willa Faris of Beatrice; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Special friends include her Region V family of Crete, NE. Preceded in death by parents: Clifford and Loraine (Walker) Weideman; brother in law: Bill Faris; nephew: Mark Weideman.
Funeral: 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at the United Church of Christ, Crete, NE. Pastor Robert Schofner, officiating. Graveside services to follow at Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice 7PM-9PM Monday and one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial established to the St. Elizabeth Hospital-Hospice Program, Lincoln, NE or the Region V Services, Crete, NE with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Motuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-05-17 Merlin Reinwald
Merlin Maynard Reinwald, 76, of Beatrice, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Beatrice Community Hospital. He was born January 18, 1925, on a farm northwest of Plymouth, Nebraska. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1943. He married Dorothy P. Ellwood on November 29, 1944 at Marysville, Kansas. He moved to Beatrice at the age of 18 and worked for Swift and Company until the mid 1950's when he started Merlin's Produce . He retired in 1987 after 35 years in business. He was a member of First Christian Church, was a Golden Eagle in F.O.E. Eagles Aerie 531. He was a past member in the Jaycees and Sertomas.
Survivors: Wife: Dorothy Reinwald, of Beatrice; Sons: Bruce Reinwald and wife, Corliss, of Canyon Country, California, Dennis Reinwald of Beloit, Kansas and Wayne Reinwald and wife, Julie, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Daughter: Sue McKay and husband, Dave, of Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania; Brother: Wallace Reinwald and wife, Dorothy, of Omaha, Nebraska; Sister: Delores Pretzer and husband, Lloyd, of Beatrice, Nebraska; Grandchildren: Marc Harris and wife, Wendy, Mary Smart and husband, Tom, Alex Reinwald, Bryan Reinwald, Aaron Reinwald, Emily McKay, Kimberly McKay, Jordan Reinwald and Samuel Reinwald; and 4 Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents: Conrad and Elizabeth (Thompson) Reinwald; granddaughter: Nicole Reinwald; and two sisters.
Funeral: 10:00 A.M., Friday, May 18th at Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel, Beatrice. Pastor David Bigley officiating. Family prayer service at 9:45 A.M. Burial: Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary on Thursday from 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. and on Friday from 8:00 A.M. until time of service. Memorial established to family's choice with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-05-31 Elizabeth Parrish
Elizabeth Parrish, 84, Beatrice, died Staruday, May 26, 2001 at the Beatrice Community Hospital. She was born August 31, 1916 at Tecumseh, Nebraska. She was baptized and confirmed on March 17, 1951 at St. John Lutheran Church, Tecumseh, NE. She attended rural school at Brush Hill District #16, Tecumseh, NE and then Tecumseh Public School. She married Francies Jack (Tom) Parrish on July 29, 1933 at Seneca, KS. She worked at Jerpy's, Swanson's, owned T & E Café in Cortland, NE, Formfit Rodgers, Blue River Area Agency on Aging- Handivan driver, Greenthumb worker. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Beatarice, NE. She was a volunteer with the Caring and Sharing Group and the Blue River Area Agency on Aging. She received many awards for speaking and handwriting while in high school. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, gardening, canning and spending time with her grandchildren.
Funeral: 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at the Lincoln Memorial Chapel, Lincoln, NE; Rev. Thomas Guenther, officiating. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice 8AM-9PM Tuesday and one hour prior to services at the Lincoln Memorial Chapel. Memorial established to the American Cancer Society or the National Heart Association with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice in charge of arrangements.
Survivors: Sons: LeRoy F. and Naomi Parrish of Crete, NE Albert Parrish of Beatrice, NE Harland D. Parrish of Lincoln, NE Daughters: Helen E. Griffin of Lincoln, NE Hazel M. and Kenneth (Steve) Percival of Wymore, NE 30 grandchildren: Tony, Ralph, Lee, Jeff and Collins Parrish, Patty Giese, Cathy Becker, Cyndy Lugaro, Peggy and Teddy Nickels, Troy Furtado, Brian Moore, Robin Kisling, Julie Carter, Shawn Fralin, Stacey Benson, Travis Nyberg, Kenzie Percival, Rhonda Wells, Lisa Auman, Stephenie Sladek, Shane Lair, Kayleen and Bethany Wendeboe, Donna Begley, Judy Riley, Ron Shively, Susan Kovar, Celseste Percival 41 great grandchildren: Tiffany Parrish, Chris and Chad Blackstock, Ryan Giese, Andy Harris, Jamie Rudd, Victoria and Veronica Wilson, Vaughn Nate Kisling, Madison Carter, Jessica Percival, Christen Fralin, Christopher Kleist, Ryan Fralin, Leigh Ann Elizabeth Fralin, Justin, Austin and Dustin Dean, Alexis and Savannah Benson, Nicholas Nyberg, Ally and Bryan Wells, Katelynn, Coltin and Haylee Auman, Tyler Sladek, Nathan & Amber Shively, Amanda, Leah, Jonathon and Emily Riley, Sarah Kovar 2 great great grandchildren Hadley and Isabella Rudd Sister: Magdalene Wusk and husband Marion PRECEDED IN DEATH BY Husband: Francis Jack (Tom) Parrish Parents: Albert and Margaret (Woltzfeldt) Mandery Son: Eldon (Butch Parrish Brothers: Henry, LaVern and Melvin Mandery Sister: Wilma Heppner
PALLBEARERS Tony Parrish Jim Becker Troy Furtado Collins Parrish Roger Mandery Travis Nyberg

2001-06-12 Vesta Welch
Vesta E. Welch, 84, Beatrice, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at the Beatrice Good Samaratin Center, Beatrice, Nebraska. She was born September 14, 1916 at-Lanham, Nebraska. She attended country school east of Blue Springs, graduated from Blue Springs High School, and attended the University of Nebraska. She married Jack Welch on June 11, 1938 at Blue Springs, Nebraska. She was a member of the Church Women of First Christian Church. She was an accomplished seamstress and cook. She enjoyed making Christmas cookies and playing cards. She was a good wife and mother.
Survivors: daughter Joyce Norris and husband, Bill, of Lincoln, Nebraska; son Jack Welch of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandson Erik Carlson of Fremont, Nebraska; grandaughters Lindsey and Jesseca Welch of Minneapolis, Minnesota; brother Dale Koch and wife, Doris, of Beatrice, Nebraska; brother-in-law Hubert Welch and wife, June, of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law Clarence Knaak of Beatrice, Nebraska; and nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by parents John and Mina (Sparks) Koch; husband, Jack Welch (4/13/00); and sister Thelma Knaak.
Funeral: 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 15th, 2001 at the Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel. Family prayer service at 9:45 A.M. Officiating: Pastor David Stout. Burial: Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, Nebraska. Visitation: Only on Thursday, June 14th from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Memorial established to First Christian Church with mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-06-29 Chloe Huddelstun
Chloe Huddlestun, 91, Lee's Summit, Missouri, formerly of Beatrice, died Saturday, June 23, 2001 at the Lee's Summitt Hospital. She was born July 14, 1909 at Ellis, NE. She was a past member of the Church of Christ, Beatrice and a member of the Church of Christ Junction City, KS where she taught Sunday School. She gave piano lessons in her home, sewed for people, took care of the elderly by running errands and doing odd jobs and she was a hospital volunteer.
Survivors: many cousins; friends: Russell and Carol Heck of Lee's Summit, Missouri.
Graveside services: 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 25, 2001 at the Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Pastor Dennis Holst, officiating. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary 6PM-9PM Sunday. Memorial established to the Church of Christ Beatrice with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-06-29 Gladys Perry
Gladys Mae Perry, 80, of Waverly formerly of Beatrice, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at the Bethany Care Center in Waverly, Nebraska. She was born January 5, 1921 at Nehawka, Nebraska. She lived in Nehawka until 8 then in the Tecumseh area for 15 years. She graduated from Tecumseh High School. She and William Allen Perry were married August 27, 1940 at Falls City, Nebraska. They moved to Crab Orchard then to Lewiston. She moved to Beatrice in 1979 and lived there until moving to Lincoln in 1992. She worked 15 years at the Beatrice State Developmental Center as a nurses aide. She was a member of the Virginia American Legion Aux. she was a past President, the 40 & 8 Club in Plymouth , and a past member of the Aerie 531 F.O.E. Eagles Aux. Beatrice.
Survivors: sons, Charles Perry and wife, Coletta, of Mesa, Arizona, Paul Perry and his wife, Joyce, of Beatrice, Nebraska, Daniel Perry and wife, Lois, of Waterloo, South Carolina; daughters, Susan Hegwald and husband, Ted, of Eagle, Nebraska, Jean Scott and husband, Micheal, of Lincoln, Nebraska; 17 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; brothers, Donald Vantine and wife, Dorothy, of Boyce, Virginia, H. Marshall Vantine and wife, Peggy, of Show Low, Arizona, Willard Vantine of Exeter, Nebraska, Edward Vantine and wife, Joyce, of 29 Palms, California; sister, Margaret McIvor of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Bernard Miller of Exeter, Nebraska.
Preceded in death by husband, William Allen Perry (9/23/72); parents, Harry E. and Hannah (Hanson) Vantine; brother, Glenn Vantine; sister, Ruth Miller; infant son; stepson, William E. .
Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26th at Filley Lutheran Church, Filley, Nebraska. Family prayer service at 9:45 A.M. in church fellowship room Officiating: Rev. Douglas Allen. Burial: Virginia Cemetery, Virginia, Nebraska. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice Sunday from Noon to 9 p.m. Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. then at church one hour preceding services. Memorial established to the Virginia Legion Club Building Fund with Mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-06-29 Erna Burger
Erna M. Burger, 90, Beatrice, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at Eastmont Towers, Lincoln, NE. She was born June 20, 1911 at rural DeWitt, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Clatonia, NE. She worked for the Martin Luther Home until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Dorcas Society, Beatrice.
Survivors: niece: Louise Langlet and husband Floyd of Amneia, N.D.; nephew: George Burger and wife Patsy of Winslow, AZ; great nieces and nephews. Niece in law: Alberta Bergmeier of Beatrice, NE. Preceded in death by: parents: George and Anna (Ulrich) Burger; brothers: Albert and Elmer Burger and sister: Emma Bergmeier.
Funeral: 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 2, 2001 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beatrice. Pastor Douglas Irmer, officiating. Family prayer service 1:45 P.M. in the church basement. Burial: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Clatonia, NE. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary Sunday 3PM-9PM and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial established to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Radio Ministry-. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-07-11 Wilferd "Willie" Schneider
Wilferd F. "Willie" Schneider, 78, Beatrice, died Monday, July 9, 2001 at BryanLGH Medical Center West, Lincoln. He was born June 14, 1923 at Plymouth and served in the Army during World War II in the Asatic-Pacific Theater in the Amphibious Tractor-Battalion. He and Norma Tegtmeier were married June 30, 1946 at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Beatrice. He worked for Dempsters, as a painter for Val Fulton, was in partnership with Lew Griffith, and then worked on his own. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign War Geddes-Thober Post 1077 and American Legion Bitting-Norman Post 27, both in Beatrice, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beatrice, where he served on various committees. He was a member of the Hidden Acres golf course, was an avid golfer and was proud of his five "holes-in-one."
Survivors: wife: Norma, son: Gary Schneider of Lincoln; grandson: Christopher Schneider of Pompano Beach, FLA; sisters: Alvina Vontz and husband Stanley of Beatrice, Erna Saville and husband Clifford of Beatrice; brothers: George Schneider and wife Lillie of Treynor, Iowa, Herbert Schneider and wife Arlene of Beatrice; sister in law: Velma Strait and husband Richard of Omaha; brother in law: Edgar Tegtmeier and wife Midge of Des Moines, IA; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents: William and Maggie (Hicken) Schneider; sister: Alma Nies.
Funeral: 10AM Wednesday, July 11, 2001 St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beatrice. Pastor Douglas Irmer, officiating. Family prayer service 9:45 AM Wednesday in the church fellowship hall. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice 6PM-9PM Tuesday and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial established to the church with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

2001-07-26 Frank Yurka
Frank Yurka, 91, Beatrice, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at the Beatrice Manor. He was born September 10, 1909 in Kratchville, Czechoslovakia. He came to the United States in 1915 with his parents where they started farming west of Bee, Nebraska. In 1916 they moved to a farm near Dwight, Nebraska. In 1922 they moved near Surprise, Nebraska to farm. A few years later, in 1929, they again moved to another farm in the Liberty, Nebraska area. After a short stay they finally settled on a farm south of Virginia where Frank also farmed for a number of years.
Frank enlisted in the service on May 5, 1942, at Ft. Crook, Nebraska. He served in WWII in the Army Air Corps. After returning home from the service he again was involved in farming and did so until retirement. Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, playing his accordion, driving his cars and vacationing at Hot Springs, Arkansas. He also enjoyed having Christmas Dinner at his home for the Yurka family for several years. Even though Frank never had children of his own, he really loved to have his nieces, nephews, and later their children, come and visit him. He will be truly missed by all of his relatives and close friends.
Survivors: sisters: Mildred Zvolanek of Beatrice and Clara Flesner of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; sister-in-law: Luella Yurka of Beatrice; nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents: Frank and Mary (Novotny) Yurka; sister: Henrietta Jamison; brothers: Edward and Rudolph Yurka; brothers-in-law: Jim Zvolanek, Virgil Flesner and Earl Jamison.
Graveside services: 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 19, 2001, at the Virginia Cemetery, Virginia, Nebraska. Pastor David Stout, officiating. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary on Wednesday from noon until 9:00 P.M. Memorial established to family choice with the funeral home in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.

2001-07-26 James Brethouwer
James Brethouwer, 56, Beatrice, Nebraska, died on Sunday, July 22, 2001, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born May 27, 1945 at Beatrice, Nebraska. He attended grade school in Adams and Beatrice. He attended Beatrice High School. He and Verna Hansen were married April 5, 1963 at Nebraska City. He worked in the Produce Department at Beatrice Super Market; as a route man for Meadow Gold Dairy; for 17 years he worked at Beatrice Public Schools in Central Supply; for 5 years he worked as a mechanic for Farmers Union Coop; and worked at J & J Wire for 7 years until he retired due to ill health. He was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beatrice. He enjoyed camping, cooking for friends and family at the Black Bear Café, working on lawn mowers and cars; and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He and his three sons played in the Iron Mountain Boys Band which they played for the benefit of others.
Survivors: beloved wife, Verna Brethouwer of Beatrice, Nebraska; sons: Terry Brethouwer and wife, Teresa; Scott Brethouwer and wife, Brenda; and Rick Brethouwer and wife, Terri, all of Beatrice; grandchildren: Amy, Amber, Derek, Dustin, Alysia, Jake, and Stephanie Brethouwer all of Beatrice; mother: Agnes (Waltke) Brethouwer of Beatrice; sister: Margie Rogge and husband, Vern, of Beatrice; sister-in-law: Margie Whitehead and husband, Eldon, of Holmesville; brother-in-law: Jerry Hansen and wife, Sigruid, of Beatrice.
Preceded in death by father, Orville Brethouwer; brother-in-law Dave Hadley; and parents-in-law Arnie and Ruby Hansen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 25th at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, 223 North 8th, Beatrice, Nebraska. Officiating: Pastor Daniel Heiderich. Family prayer service at 9:45 A.M. in the church basement. Burial: Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, Nebraska. Visitation: Harman-Wright Mortuary on Tuesday, July 24th from 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. and then at the church one hour preceding services on Wednesday. Memorial established to family choice with mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice, in charge of arrangements.


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