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Myrtle Danielson
Myrtle F. Danielson, 97, of Aurora, died Sunday evening, Feb. 20, 2000 in Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
Services are Friday at 11 a.m. in the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Aurora. Rev. Cathy Allen and Rev. Monty Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Higby Mortuary.
Survivors include her son, Dr. D. Murray Danielson of North Platte; three grandchildren, Gene (Leslie) Danielson of Missouri City, Tex., Dr. Alan Danielson of North Platte, Dr. Kent Danielson of Vicksburg, Miss.; four great-grandchildren, Brian, Caryn, Stephen and Nathan of Missouri City, Tex.; one nephew, Stanley Anderson of Hampton and one niece, Colleen Harshfield of Loveland, Colo.

Thelma Elkjer
Former Hampton resident Thelma Elkjer, 77, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000 at her home.
An ashes scattering ceremony and remembrance gathering will be held March 1 in San Luis Obispo.
Survivors include her sister, Berda Armentrout of San Luis Obispo; one brother, Edmund Elkjer of Kingwood, Tex.; four nieces, one nephew and many cousins and friends.

Darold Roberdeau
Darold Wayne Roberdeau, 66, of York, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 in York.
Services were Tuesday morning at East Avenue United Methodist Church in York with Rev. Jo Harper officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in York.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, of York; three sons, Michael (Cassie) Roberdeau of Bismark, N.D., Gerald Roberdeau of Austin, Tex. and Scott Roberdeau of California; three daughters, Linda (Dave) Thurber of Lincoln, Patricia (Craig) Decker of Havre, Mont. and Cindy (David) Behrens of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Rita) Roberdeau of Bell-Fourche, S.D. and nieces and nephews.

Evan Smith
Evan Smith, 85, of Aurora, died Friday morning, Feb. 18, 2000 at Palmer Nursing Home.
Memorial services were held Monday, Feb. 21 at Higby Mortuary Chapel in Aurora. Rev. George Damm of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton officiated.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of Hamilton Manor in Aurora; two daughters, Donita (Larry) Schaffert of Aurora and Linda (Roger) Morse of St. Paul; one sister, Babe Hendrickson of Thedford; one brother, Kenneth “Red” Smith of Sturgis, S.D.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 
Jonathan Shonkwiler
Jonathan Edward Shonkwiler, 45, of Omaha, died Feb. 8, 2000 in Omaha.
A private family service was held in Omaha with Pastor Leonard Reimer officiating.
Survivors include his parents; one sister, Sharon (Ron) Stoltzfus; three brothers, Hudson (Linda) Shonkwiler, Stephen (Debbie) Shonkwiler and David (Shelly) Shonkwiler; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A.D. Posey
A.D. Posey, 66, of Aurora, died Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2000 at Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
Services were held Saturday in Higby Mortuary Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Tom Smith officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery.
Survivors include his sisters, Iris June Dieckman of Aurora, Meldona Bryan of Boaz, Ala. and Gwen Sims of Boaz, Ala.; many nieces and nephews.

Martha E. Preissler
Martha E. Preissler, 92, of Tiffany Square Center in Grand Island, died Monday, June 12, 2000.
Services were Friday, June 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Giltner. Con-celebrating will be the Revs. Victor Derwinski, Frank Hoelck and John Keefe. Burial was Friday afternoon at the Harvard Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the family.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Preissler of Grand Island; three sons, Ronald Preissler of Fremont, Donald Preissler of Omaha and Gerald Preissler of Giltner; two brothers, Charles Trausch of Riverside, Calif and Vern Trausch of Sun City, Ariz.; three sisters, Laurine Preissler of Harvard, Susan Thaut and Jeanette Svoboda of Hastings; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arthur Ahlquist
Arthur W. Ahlquist, 96, of Stromsburg, died Monday, May 29, 2000 at Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.
Services were Friday, June 2 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Stromsburg. Rev. Bob Johnson officiated. Burial was in the Stromsburg Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly (Tom) Morey of Lincoln; two sons, Delano (Wanda) Ahlquist of Loveland, Colo. and Gaylen (Jeannie) Ahlquist of Stromsburg; one brother, Vernon Ahlquist of Stromsburg; one sister, Vera Hedlund of Aurora; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews, other relatives and friends.

Edna Ratzlaff
Edna Ratzlaff, 75, of Henderson, died Friday, June 2, 2000 at Henderson.
Services were Tuesday afternoon, June 6 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Burial was in Bethesda Cemetery. Memorials are directed to Henderson Rescue Unit.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin of Henderson; two sons, Ralph (Glenell) Ratzlaff and Philip (Theresa) Ratzlaff, both of Henderson; one daughter, Marry (Terry) Havenridge of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six grandchildren, Caitlin, Tyler and Brittany Ratzlafff, all of Henderson; Stephen, Rachel and Elizabeth Havenridge, all of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one sister, Erna Graber of Freeman, S.D.; two sisters-in-law, Goldie Peters of Henderson and Twila Friesen of Wichita, Kan.; nieces and nephews.

Roy Dean Glasser
Roy Dean “Jun” Glasser, 74, of Polk, died Thursday, June 1, 2000 at York General Hospital.
Services were Monday, June 5 in the First Baptist Church in Polk with Rev. Roger Burke officiating. Burial was in the Arborville Cemetery in Polk.
Survivors include his wife, Caryl of Polk; two sons, Lauren (Mary Lynn) Glasser of Orange City, Iowa and Robert (Marla) Glasser of Polk; two daughters, Barbara (James) Chesebro of Polk and Beverly (Robert) Phillippi of Smithfield; one sister, Marjorie (Lloyd) Van Housen of Polk; 12 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
 
Kenneth Kremer
Kenneth Kremer, 66, of Aurora, died Thursday morning, June 1, 2000 in a machinery accident at his home.
Funeral services were Monday morning in the Aurora schools’ fine arts theater. Revs. Paul Nauman, Barry McCormick and Jerry Breese officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery. Memorials are directed to Campus Crusade Athletes in Action.
Survivors include his wife, Lila of Aurora; four children, Gregg Kremer of Aurora, Brian (Julie) Kremer of Camarillo, Calif., Susan (Stuart) Williams of Aurora and Julie (Kirk) Nelson of Cody, Wyo.; one grandson, Cody Kremer of Camarillo, Calif; one brother, Bob (Bev) Kremer of Aurora; two sisters, Ardys (Herb) Roszhart of Marquette and Beth (Norman) Stucky of Jefferson City, Mo.

Stanley F. Cyboron
Stanley F. Cyboron, 89, of Boelus, died Monday, July 31, 2000 at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville. The Rev. Thomas Ryan will officiate. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Melvern James “Jim” Klingsporn
Dr. Melvern James “Jim” Klingsporn, 66, of Wichita, Kans., died Saturday, July 22, 2000 at his home in Wichita, Kan. He had suffered from cancer.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Wichita. Burial was at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Challis; a daughter, Grace Ann Vogt of Littleton, Colo.; a son, Donald of California; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wilma M. Hemphill
Wilma M. Hemphill, 92, of York, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at York.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 29 at the First United Methodist Church in York. Rev. Ralph Ford officiated. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at York.
She is survived by her son, Glen and his wife, Melva Green of Aurora; grandsons, Jim (Barb) Green and Brian (Sandra) Green, all of Lincoln; granddaughter, Sharon Vero of Hendersonville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Richard, Laura and Austen Green of Lincoln and Natalie, Justin and Morgan Vero of Hendersonville, Tenn.; brother, Ervin Green and his children, Dennis (Beverly) Green and Deanne (Jack) DeVilliers, all of Vancouver, Wash.; step nieces and nephews.
 
Jerry L. “Doc” Coplen
Jerry L. “Doc” Coplen, 44, died July 28, 2000 at Harvard.
Memorial services were Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the United Church of Christ at Harvard. Further memorial services were that afternoon at the United Methodist Church at Wolbach. Rev. Stan Crawford officiated at both services. There was a private family inurnment at Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach.
Survivors include his wife, Esther, of Harvard; three daughters, Lillian Jean, Lena Marie and Jeri Leigh, all of Harvard; his mother, Lillian Coplen of Scotia; a brother, Ray of Central City; and seven sisters, Linda (Jim) Moores of Scotia, Kathy (Mike) Conroy of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Debbie (LeRoy) Keeler of Aurora, Brenda Coplen of Palmer, Donna Coplen of North Platte, Teresa Coplen of Wolbach and Connie (Johnny) Lopez of Schuyler.

Jacob Buller
Jacob H. Buller, 78, died July 26, 2000 at York General Hospital.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 29 at Bethesda Mennonite church in Henderson. Rev. Weldon Martens officiated. Burial was in the Friesen Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bethesda Radio Broadcast Fund.
He is survived by his wife, Sophia and their seven children: Marvin (Pat) Buller of Henderson and their children, Denton (Linda) of York, Dana (Greg) Boehr and son Connor of York, Dacia (Patrick) Peters of York; Darlene Powell of St. Paul and her children Dawn (Pat) Caddy and son Jesse of Ravenna, Daniel Powell of St. Paul and Jacob Powell of Columbus; Wanda (Lowell) Johnson of Geneva and their children Eric, Justin and Ross Johnson, all of Geneva; Dianne Buller of Henderson; Ardell Buller of Sutton; Kristi (Curt) Jensen of Henderson and their children Victoria, Rebekah, Malynda and Mariah, all of Henderson and Paul (RaNee) Buller of York; his mother-in-law, Lena Quiring of Henderson; three sisters, Anna Wiebe of Beatrice, Sara (Henry) Regier of Evansville, Ind., and Tena Brenneis of Hollenberg, Kan.,; a brother, David (Elsie) Buller of Clarks; a sister-in-law, Hilda Buller of Henderson; and many in-laws, nephews and nieces.

Melvin Bontrager
Mervin J. Bontrager, 55, of Wichita, Kan., died Tuesday, July 2,5 2000. He was the brother of Orvin Bontrager of Aurora.
Funeral services were Friday, July 28 at the First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita, Kan., Burial was Saturday afternoon, July 29 Pleasant Springs Cemetery in Oyer, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Grace; three daughters, Casey VanNover and Christa Fowler, both of Wichita, Kan., and Tina Nitz, Nevada, Mo.; two sons, David Goddard, Lamar, Mo., and Michael Goddard, Cherokee, Kan.; two brothers, Mervin J. Bontrager of Aurora and Ivan Bontrager of Hesston, Kan.; a sister, Inez Unruh of Halstead, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.

Mike Saxton
Former Aurora resident James Michael “Mike” Saxton, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Saturday, July 22, 2000.
Services were Thursday, July 27 in the Penrose Hospital Chapel in Colorado Springs andin Evans Hospital Chapel on Friday, July 28.
Survivors include his parents, Sue Ostergard and Robert Blevens of Seward; two brothers, Doug Saxton of Omaha and Tim Saxton of Colorado Springs; his grandparents, Eugene and Helen Ostergard of Gothenburg and Robert and Nola Saxton of Alliance; step-siblings, John Blevens of Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Katie Blevens of Colorado Springs.

Frances E. Kaeding
Frances Elizabeth Kaeding, 89, of Bradshaw, died Friday, July 14, 2000 in Lincoln.
Services were Tuesday, July 18 at the Bradshaw United Methodist Church. Cremation followed, with burial in the Arborville Cemetery near Polk.
Survivors include one son, Denis (Marlene) Kaeding of O’Neill; three daughters, Sally Jones of Lincoln, Judith (Cody) Brumbaugh of Hampton and Beth (Bruce) Briney of Lincoln; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother, Mark (Caroline) Ramsey and a sister-in-law, Leila Ramsey of Kearney.

Clarence E. Mitchell Jr.
Clarence E. Mitchell Jr., 77, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000.
Memorial services were Tuesday, July 18 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Private family burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane (Sanger) Mitchell; one daughter, Virginia (Gary) Peterson of Elkhorn; one son, Mark (Linda) Lott of Lincoln; one daughter-in-law, Kris (Sinkey) and her husband John Walters of Lincoln; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Helen Carson Jones
Helen Carson Jones, 89, Sun City, Ariz., died Thursday, July 13, 2000 at the Carillons Senior Living Apartments in Sun City, Ariz.
Services were held at Sunland Memorial Chapel in Sun City. Memorials are directed to the American Heart Association.
Survivors include her husband, Boyd of Sun City, Ariz.; three sons, Don (Jody) Jones of Carroll, Iowa, Leland (Valerie) Jones of Kalispell, Mont. and Larry (Beverly) Jones of Estes Park, Colo. They also raised Kathy (Joe) Larson of Potter from the age of nine; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
 

Velva Titman

Velva Titman, 92, of Aurora died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2000 in Memorial Community Care in Aurora.
Services were Friday, Sept. 22 in the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Aurora. Rev. M Survivors include her nephew, Gregory Titman of Wellesley, Mass.; nieces, Gretchen (George) Hancock of Lincoln, Susan (Paul) Fuller of Saarbrucken, Germany, Martha June (Melvin) Blixt of Irvine, Calif, Patricia (Lincoln) Odell of Irvine, Calif and Jacquelyn (Bret) Swartz of Palm Desert, Calif; and great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Glen Liebhart
Glen E. Liebhart, 76, of St. Paul, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000 at Park Place Care Center in Grand Island.
Funeral services were Saturday morning, Sept. 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Martin Schmidt officiated. Burial was in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Heartland Lutheran High School.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; two daughters, Carletta (Mrs. Perry) Siebert of Bradshaw and Glenda Stevenson of Lincoln; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother, Donald Liebhart of Aurora; and a sister, Imogene (Mrs. Ted) George of Grand Island.

Marie Clayton
Marie Clayton, 85, of Central City, formerly of Hordville, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000 at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.
Funeral services were Saturday morning, Sept. 23 at Fridhem Lutheran Church in Hordville. The Rev. Charles Pollard officiated. Burial was in the Hordville Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Alan Clayton of Memomonee Falls, Wis., Paul Clayton of Central City and Robert Clayton of Schuyler; two brothers, Ron Veburg of Hastings and Conrad Veburg of Columbus; a sister, Agnes Anderson of Bettendorf, Iowa; and four grandchildren, Adam, Brady, Lindsay and Jamie Clayton.

Joan Bjorkman
Joan Bjorkman, 79, of Omaha, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000 in Omaha.
Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 22 at Higby Mortuary in Aurora. Pastor Marvin Smith officiated. Burial was in Mamre Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Bjorkman of Omaha; one daughter, Terry Nelson of Omaha and four grandchildren, Ashley and Ruston Bjorkman and Drew and Paul Nelson.

Jerry D. Basore
Former Aurora resident Jerry D. Basore, 63, of Hutchinson, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.
Services were Thursday, Sept. 21 in Northminister Presbyterian Church. Graveside services were Saturday at the Aurora Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise; one son, Tom Basore of Park City, Kan.; one daughter, Cindy Basore of Hutchinson, Kan.; two brothers, Max Basore of Lexington, Kent. and Tim Basore of Dansville, Mich.; one grandson, Elijah Basore.

Lois E. Streeton
Lois Elaine Streeton, 73, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Sept. 23 at Tabitha Chapel in Lincoln. Rev. Larry Fruhling officiated. Inurnment was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Streeton of Lincoln; one brother, Charles (Mary Alyce) Grow of North Platte; one sister, Doris Harrison of Plattsburg, N.Y.; a stepson, Anthony Streeton of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Bremer
Former Aurora resident Elizabeth Bremer, 80, of Omaha, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000 at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. 
Services were Thursday, Sept. 7 in Higby Mortuary Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Monty Nelson officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery. 

Trenton J. Scholl
Trenton Joseph Scholl, 21, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000 in his home in Lincoln. 
Funeral services were Aug. 23 at the Berean Church at Friend. Pastor Kevin Workman officiated. Burial was in the Andrew Cemetery in Friend with military services conducted by the Beatrice National Guard. 
Survivors include his fiance’ Kristin Smith of Lincoln; daughters, Alicen Rose Scholl and Shanda Elaine Holthus, both of Lincoln; his father, Steve and wife Donna Scholl of Friend; mother, Debra and husband Jack Chandler of Lincoln; brothers, Michael Scholl of Lincoln and Dylan Scholl of Friend; sister, Josie Scholl of Friend; grandparents, Maynard and Joan Scholl of Elgin, Carolyn and David Spanel of Cleburn, Tex.; D. Elaine Spicka of Friend and Bart and Joyce Chandler of Lincoln; great-grandmother, Mildred Roos of Cleburne, Tex.; aunts and uncles, Karin and Mike Kinney of Elgin; Kathy and Kasey Tobias of Sargent; Randy Scholl of Roy, Utah; Jeff Scholl of Omaha; Kathy and Paul Kucera of West, Tex.; Debbie and Marvin Polacek of Harvard; Conrad and Sue Fix of Cortland; Kevin and Kathy Spica of Friend; Cathy and Bruce Jenkins of Omaha; Tim and Jennifer Chandler of Oklahoma; and Doug Chandler of Lincoln; and his fiance’s parents, Lois and Mark Smith of Martell. 

DeLorris Huebert
DeLorris Huebert, 72, of Henderson, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000 in Lincoln. 
Funeral services were Thursday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2000 at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Rev. Weldon Martens officiated. Burial was in the Bethesda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Pre-School Fund at Bethesda Mennonite Church. 
She is survived by two sons, Randy (Joni) Huebert of Aurora and Jimmy (Michelle) Huebert of Baltimore, Md.; four daughters, Sandra (Arnie) Klassen of Henderson, Joan (Jim) Donner of Lincoln, Kathleen (Jack) Taormina of Corona, Calif., and Marcie Huebert of York; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Huebert of Henderson; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dinah (Carl) Siebert of Henderson and Carol (Ralph) Kroeker of Sun City, Ariz. 

Gladys Peterson
Gladys Peterson, 91, of Aurora, died Friday morning, Aug. 25, 2000 at Memorial Hospital in Aurora. 
Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 28 in the United Methodist Church in Phillips. Rev. Nora Leeds and Dr. Joe Schaill officiated. Burial was in the Phillips Cemetery. 
She is survived by her sister, Nellie Luthy and husband Clarence of Aurora; a nephew, Dallas Luthy and wife Doretha of Phillips; four great-nieces; two great-nephews; 10 great-great nephews and five great-great nieces. 

Emmett Shoup
Emmett L. Shoup, 80, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000 at the Tiffany Square in Grand Island. 
Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 29 at First Methodist Church in Central City. Rev. Dale Sallans officiated. Burial was in the Hordville Cemetery. 
Survivors include his wife, Rogene; two daughters, Karla Blase of Gothenburg and Rhea (Rich) Parsons; son, Kim (Kris) all of Clarks; and seven grandchildren. 

Jody (Reyner) Carpenter
Jody Kay (Reyner) Carpenter, 44, of Dunning, formerly of the Marquette area, died at her home in Dunning Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, after a battle with cancer.
Funeral services were Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27 at the Chapel of Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Rev. Ralph McKay officiated. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery near Marquette.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Dunning; a daughter, Jackie Carpenter of Dunning; a son, Gerald Dale Carpenter II and his wife Lorena of North Platte; two grandchildren, Kandace and Lane Carpenter, both of North Platte; three brothers, Greg of Topeka, Kan., Earl and his wife Cindy of Marquette and Levi of Marquette; three sisters-in-law, Jana White of Marquette; June Brophy of Marquette and Jill and her husband Charles Cadwallader of Marquette.

Leona Peters
Leona Peters, 64, of Henderson, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Funeral services were Saturday morning, Jan. 27 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Rev. Weldon Martens officiated. Burial was in the Bethesda Cemetery near Henderson. 
She is survived by four children: Lorie Peters Regier and her husband Ron of Madrid, Sherri Peters Prieb and her husband Ben of Boulder, Colo., Todd Peters and his wife Susan of Lincoln and Jodi Peters Fuehrer and her husband Cory of Sutton; 11 grandchildren: Adrian, Rachelle, Chantel, Melissa and Natalie Regier of Madrid, Walker Prieb of Boulder, Colo., Brandie, Brandon and Krystal Peters of Lincoln and Madison and Sydney Fuehrer of Sutton; sister-in-law, Mary Montoya Ratzlaff of Aurora; brother, Elmer “Bernie” Ratzlaff and his wife, Ruth of Montrose, Colo.; and a sister, Lenora Ratzlaff Goertzen and her husband, Clyde of Bradshaw.

Benjamin J. Fanta
Benjamin Joseph Fanta, 7 months, of Yankton, S.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Funeral services were Monday morning, Jan. 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. John Fischer officiated. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton, S.D.
He is survived by his parents, Tim and Susan Fanta of Yankton, S.D.; two brothers, Paul and John, at home; a sister, Lauren, at home; maternal grandparents, Francis and Patricia McDonald of Phillips; paternal grandparents, Willie and Marlene Fanta of Creighton; and many aunts and uncles. 
 
Lila Kremer
Lila Lee Kremer, 67, of Aurora, died Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
There was a memorial service Tuesday morning, Jan. 23 at Pleasant View Bible Church in Aurora. Rev. Paul Nauman officiated. There was a private family burial at the Aurora Cemetery before the memorial service. 
She is survived by her children: Gregg and his wife Suzanne of Aurora, Brian and his wife Julie of Camarillo, Calif., Susan Williams and her husband Stuart of Aurora and Julie Nelson and her husband Kirk of Cody, Wyo.; one grandson, Cody Kremer of Camarillo, Calif.; two grandchildren expected this summer; and a sister, Marilyn Breshears and her husband, Joe of Fort Worth, Tex.

Russell Reichardt
Russell Reichardt, 98, of Aurora, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001 at Hamilton Manor.
Funeral services were Monday morning, Jan. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Dr. Joe Scahill officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Robert and his wife Shirley of Arlington, Tex.; Mary Jane Rawlings and her husband, Oren of Apex, N.C., Keith and his wife Jan of Aurora and Jim and his wife, Ardith of Hampton; 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren and two sisters, Ruth Gundy of Washington, Ill., and Ida Reichardt of Lincoln.

Vera M. Monson
Vera M. Monson, 83, of Aurora (formerly of Grand Island), died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
Funeral services were Friday morning, Jan. 19 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Burial was Friday afternoon at the Saronville Lutheran Cemetery, Saronville. Memorials are directed to the Calvary Lutheran Church or the Grand Generation Center.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Monson of Grand Island; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Milton Ulmer of Hastings and Vance Ulmer of Aurora; and a sister, Irma Horst of Tacoma, Wash.

Orville K. Bieck
Orville K. Bieck, 72, of Harvard, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha.
Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23 in the Trumbull, Methodist Church in Trumbull. Rev. Jeff Hale officiated. Burial was in the First Evangelical Cemetery northwest of Harvard; there were military rites conducted at the graveside.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a son, Bryan of Trumbull; two daughters, Sherry Jarzynka and Sally Elley, both of Hastings; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Woodward of Harvard and Dorothy Nicholson of Lincoln.

Helena A. Stark
Helena A. Stark, 91, formerly of Webster Groves, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at Tiburon, Calif.
Graveside services will be Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Aurora Cemetery.
She is survived by daughters, Barbara Stark Hirni and her husband Robert and Judith Stark Barnett and her husband, John; and grandchildren, Judy Hirni, Elizabeth Hirni Marshak, Maria Hirni, Rebecca Barnett Olivarez and Michael Barnett.

Elsa Chamberlain
Elsa Leona (Larson) Chamberlain, 71, of Tekamah, mother of Kathryn Jennings of Aurora, died Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the Montgomery County Hospital in Red Oak.
Funeral services were Monday, April 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. Burial was in the Tekamah Cemetery. 
Survivors include her husband, Eugene of Tekamah; two daughters, Cecelia (Tom) Dorn of Lincoln and Kathryn (Duane) Jennings of Aurora; one son, John Chamberlain of Tekamah; three grandchildren, Jacob Gatewood of Omaha, Sara and John Paul Dorn of Lincoln; one brother-in-law, Wendell Nordby of Rushford, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Carl P. Djernes
Carl P. Djernes, 82, of Phillips, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at his home after a lingering illness from prostate cancer. 
Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Friday, April 6 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora, with a 1:30 p.m. commital service at the Phillips Cemetery. Rev. Al Duminy will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Higby Mortuary in Aurora. 
Survivors include his wife Doris of Phillips; one sister, Dora Hamilton of Seattle, Wash.; two nieces, Marilyn McHargue Alexander of Norfolk and Sandra Hamilton Nelson of Livermore, Calif.; three step-children, Ed Rathje of Phillips, Linda Strotman of Aurora and Jane Pavek of Minnetonka, Minn.; 8 step-grandchildren; 4 grand nieces and nephews; 7 great-grand nieces and nephews and 3 step-great grandchildren. 

Warren G. Breiner
Warren G. Breiner, 72, of rural Savonburg, Kan., died Tuesday evening, March 27, 2001 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kan. 
Funeral services were Friday afternoon, March 30 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Kan. Rev. David Meier officiated. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Humboldt. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church. 
He is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Breiner of Savonburg; a son, James Breiner of Phillips; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Wayne Breiner of Ft. Scott, Kan., and Don Breiner of Broken Arrow, Okla. 

Carmen F. Lewis
Carmen F. Lewis, 79, of Goldbeck Towers, Good Samaritan Village, died March 31, 2001 at Perkins Pavilion, Good Samaritan Village in Hastings. 
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 4 int All Saints Chapel, Good Samaritan Village. Pastor Bill Liddell officiated. Burial was in Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. 
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Francis and Soccorro Lewis of Pahrump, Nev., Gerald and Linda Lewis of Erie, Colo., Fred Lewis of Elba, Milford and Gloria Lewis of Cotesfield and Lyndle Lewis and Katharine Schwidtal of Hastings; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Dasko of Loveland, Colo., Sylvia and Don Fluhart of Hastings and Vanetta and Dave Bauman of Hastings; twin brothers, Clifford King of Fairfield, Calif., and Condon King of Lincoln; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Gerald S. Oswald
Gerald S. Oswald, 72, of Aurora, died Saturday, March 24, 2001 at Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
Funeral services were Wednesday morning, March 28 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora with Dr. Joe Scahill officiating. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, Vance Ulmer of Aurora and many nieces and nephews.

Edna Patty Payne
Edna Patty Payne, 70, of Boulder, Colo., died Thursday, March 15, 2001. 
A memorial service were held Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alma.
She is survived by her husband, Merle; three sons, Ken (Ella) Payne of Lincoln, David Payne of Hastings, John (Lori) Payne of Bethesda, Md.; three daughters, Peggy (Brad) Perry of Ogallala, Pamela (Don) Laisure of Eagle, Colo. and Patricia (Tom) Jones of Loveland, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchlidren, one great-grandchild and two step-great grandchildren; one brother, Lanny (Michelle) Andres of Merced, Calif.; one sister, Karry (Ken) Smith of Giltner; one sister-in-law, Rosemary Andres of Estes Park, Colo. and nieces and nephews.

Betty M. Atwill
Betty M. Atwill, 76, of Salina, Kan., died March 22, 2001 at Salina Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were Saturday afternoon, March 24 at Simmons Mortuary in Smith Center, Kan. Rev. Doug Donovan officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, Kan.
Survivors include her sons, Don Atwill of Salina, Kan. and Gary Atwill of Aurora; a daughter, Teri Atwill of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Don Ferguson of Hazen, Ark.; sisters, Helen Rook of Universal City, Tex., and Ronnie Childs of Hutchinson, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Wanita M. Rhode
Wanita M. Rhode, 81, of Seward, died March 23, 2001.
Funeral services were Thursday, March 29 in St. John Lutheran Church at Seward. Rev. Mark Cutler officiated. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Lincoln.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Rhode of Seward; daughters, Cheryl Grzcyh of Orlando, Fla., and Carol Knisley of Utica; a son, Jaeris Rhode of San Diego, Calif; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Vera Holbrook, of Seattle, Wash., and Fern LaDuke of Lincoln; a brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Wilma Dethloff of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.


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