COLUMBUS -- Evelyn Kusek, 83, of Columbus died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998,
at Columbus Community Hospital Inc.
Services are 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in
Columbus. Burial is at the parish cemetery.
Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Friday at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus with
a 7 p.m. vigil. Visitation will continue from 8-8:30 a.m. Saturday at the
COLUMBUS -- Arnold J. Melcher, 92, of Columbus died Sunday, Nov. 29,
1998, at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
in Columbus with the Rev. Dan Keller officiating. Burial is at the parish
Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus with
a combined Knights of Columbus and parish vigil at 7 p.m. at the funeral
home. Visitation continues from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Melcher was born March 26, 1906, in Humphrey to Fred and Theresa
(Husemann) Melcher. He attended Humphrey schools.
On June 11, 1929, he married Sylvia Langan in Platte Center.
They moved to Columbus in 1934 after farming for several years. He
worked at the Columbus Powerhouse for two years, then worked for Cornhusker
Public Power District for 40 years as a meter and substation superintendent.
He retired in 1976.
He was a member of the church, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society
and Perpetual Adoration.
Survivors include three daughters, Janet (Darwin) McWilliams of Schuyler,
Joyce (Jack) Risor of Paxton and Susan Vavak of Omaha; four sons, David
(Karen) and Maurice (Judy), all of Columbus, Jerald (Helen) of Omaha and
Paul (Betty) of Lexington, S.C.; one brother, Erwin of Madison; 32 grandchildren;
and 41 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; one infant son and son Ronald;
four sisters, Marie Berg, Emma Mark, Leona Meider and Gunda Pillen; four
brothers, Andrew, Clarence, Raymond and Wilford; one grandson; and his
COLUMBUS -- Marcelline "Marcie" Gdowski, 75, of Columbus died Monday,
Nov. 30, 1998, in Columbus.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure Catholic
Church in Columbus. Burial is at the parish cemetery.
Visitation is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. vigil, all at McKown
Funeral Home in Columbus.
COLUMBUS -- Henry W. Schaaf, 75, of Platte Center died Wednesday, Feb.
3, 1999, at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha.
Services were today at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Columbus with
the Rev. John E. Nelson Jr. officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery,
with military honors by American Legion Hartman Post 84.
Mr. Schaaf was born on Jan. 2, 1924, in Parma, Ohio, to Ward and Lucile
(Staas) Schaaf. He graduated from Parma Schaaf High School in 1942 and
received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering in 1950
from Ohio State University.
He married Erma Lillich on Aug. 8, 1948. He lived in Platte Center
for the past 15 years.
He was an advanced engineer for General Motors until 1966 then worked
as an agricultural engineer for various companies in Nebraska. After retiring,
he worked as a consulting engineer.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943-46. He belonged
to the American Legion in Platte Center and the church.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gary of Lafayette, La., and Mark
of Platte Center; two daughters, Rebecca Madsen of North Fork, Idaho, and
Debra Middleton of Kearney; and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are to the church.
Gass-Haney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
OSCEOLA -- Caelan P. Hopwood, 1-year-old son of Ronald and Darla (Gerdes)
Hopwood of Shelby, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at Children's Hospital in
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelby
with the Rev. John Copenhaver officiating. Burial is at the parish cemetery.
Visitation is 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kepner-Roberts Funeral
Home in Osceola.
Caelan was born June 18, 1997, in David City.
Besides his parents, survivors include one brother, Seth, at home;
one sister, Cari, at home; grandparents, Gerald and Donna Hopwood of Shelby
and Herman and Donna Gerdes of Stromsburg; and great-grandparents, Leon
and Verda Hopwood of Geneva.
DAVID CITY -- Laddie J. Dolezal, 75, of David City died Sunday, Feb.
7, 1999, at David Place in David City.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David
City with Monsignor Adrian Herbek officiating. Burial is at the church
cemetery with military honors by Kregger American Legion Post 125 of David
Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continues until after a 7
p.m. wake service and 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary, all at Roberts
Funeral Home in David City. There will also be visitation from 8:30-9:30
a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Dolezal was born Dec. 12, 1923, to Joseph and Hermina (Kudlacek)
Dolezal in Touhy. He graduated from David City High School in 1942 and
served in the U.S. Army from 1948-49.
On Dec. 6, 1980, he married JaeDeane (Nuernberger) Seggerman in David
He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the church and
past member of its parish council. He served more than 40 years on the
David City Volunteer Fire Department; served from 1992-96 on the Butler
County Board of Supervisors; and was a member of the Kregger American Legion
Post 125 and Knights of Columbus.
He played the accordion with the Bud Comte Orchestra and the Matt Sladky
Polka Band. He also played accordion with and was a member of the Butler
County Czech Club.
Survivors include his wife; his mother of David City; four stepdaughters,
Joyce Callahan of Denver, Kimberly (Brian) Murray of Kansas City, Mo.,
Lynne Grimm of Branson, Mo., and Shawn (Jason) Rosenkranz of Brookings,
S.D.; two brothers, Alfred (Christine) of Columbus and Anton (Betty) of
David City; two sisters, Agnes (Bill) Kobza of Lincoln and Rita (Ken) Moser
of Overland Park, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Herman.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
COLUMBUS -- The Rev. Alvin Ronald Mattox, 78, of Bellwood died Sunday,
Feb. 7, 1999, at his home.
Services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Park Evangelical Free Church
in Columbus. Burial is at Roselawn Cemetery in Columbus with military honors
by Hartman Post 84 American Legion Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends Tuesday at the church from 2 p.m. until
time of service.
Memorials may be directed to the family, Covenant Cedars Bible Camp
or Timberlake Bible Camp.
WAYNE - Lonny Gene Grashorn, 33, of Emerson died Wednesday, Aug. 18,
1999, in Emerson.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Wayne with the
Rev. Doug Shelton officiating. Burial is in Pleasantview Cemetery in Winside.
Visitation is 8:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. The
casket will remain closed.
Mr. Grashorn was born July 22, 1966, in Wakefield to Albert and Donna
(Reibold) Grashorn. He attended school in Wayne.
He married Cathy Ann Longe Dec. 2, 1983, in Yankton, S.D. The couple
lived in Wayne, where he worked in manufacturing and construction for several
years. He was employed by Cadwallader Industries in Emerson.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, pool player and was a member of the
Emerson Dart Players League.
Survivors include one son, Dusty of Emerson; one daughter, Tanya of
Emerson; his mother of Wayne; one brother, Larry (Patti) of Wayne; and
two sisters, Lea (Kurt) Petersen of Columbus and Lori Anderson of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and one brother.
Schumacher-Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne is in charge of arrangements.
LINCOLN - Emma Neben, 93, of Lincoln, formerly of Platte Center, died
Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in
Lincoln with the Rev. Clint Poppe officiating. Burial is 4 p.m. Monday
at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Mrs. Neben was a retired registered nurse in Canada. She was a member
of the church, the Quilting Circle and was a Tabitha volunteer. She and
her late husband, the Rev. Edward Neben, had lived in Platte Center while
he was pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.
Survivors include one son, Ronald (Sharon) of Fort Worth, Texas; four
daughters, Carroll (George) Dinse of Oklahoma City, Arlene (Gordon) Waterman
of Tomball, Texas, Marlene Dowell of Grapevine, Texas, and Judi (Les) Korte
of Hallam; one sister, Alice Krause of Edmonton, Alberta; three sisters-in-law,
Clara Kroeger, Margo Woitzel and Marcella; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two grandchildren, two sisters
and eight brothers.
Memorials may be sent to the churchÕs Gospel Mailers Program
or the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society.
COLUMBUS - Herbert D. Pile, 75, 3151 Mimick Lane, died Thursday, Aug.
19, 1999, at his home.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus
with the Rev. Dan Keller officiating. Burial is in All Saints Catholic
Cemetery with military honors by Hartman Post 84 American Legion Honor
Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today and 8-10 a.m. Monday, all at McKown Funeral
Home with a 7 p.m. vigil service.
Mr. Pile was born March 30, 1924, in West Point to Herbert E. and Mabel
(Schaefer) Pile. He graduated from West Point High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation radioman
from Aug. 20, 1942, to Jan. 10, 1946. He also served in the Army during
the Korean Conflict from April 7, 1949, to June 20, 1952.
He married Marylin Ritter April 25, 1953, in West Point. The couple
lived in Beatrice, Albion and Columbus.
He was a lineman for Consumers Public Power District and General Telephone
Co. He retired as a storekeeper for General Telephone Co.
He was a member of the church, an honorary life member of the Knights
of Columbus Council 938, serving as a past Grand Knight, a life member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Pat Mausbach of Kansas
City, Mo., Kathy (Tim) Michaelsen of Columbus and Ann (Jay) Lueke of Omaha;
one son, Mike (Cindy) of Columbus; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herman and Don;
and one sister, Emily Schumacher.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, Columbus Public
Library or the St. Bonaventure Grade School Computer Fund.
DAVID CITY - Joseph N. Speicher, 76, of David City died Friday, Aug.
20, 1999, at David Place in David City.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. MaryÕs Catholic Church in
David City with Msgr. Adrian Herbek officiating. Burial is in the parish
cemetery with military honors by Kregger Post 125.
Visitation is 9 a.m. until after a 7:30 p.m. wake Monday, all at Roberts
Funeral Home in David City.
Mr. Speicher was born Dec. 4, 1922, in rural David City to John B.
and Julia (Medinger) Speicher. He attended East Olive Rural School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the South
Pacific from 1944-46.
He and his wife, Lois, were married April 11, 1951, in Bellwood. He
farmed in Butler County, where he lived his entire life.
Survivors include his wife; one son, John (Suzanne) of David City;
one daughter, Patricia (Richard) Sweney of David City; one brother, Harold
(Lucille) of David City; two sisters, Lenora (Robert) Schindler of Salt
Lake City and Rosalie (Ted) Reeder of Plano, Texas; five grandchildren;
two stepgrandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Memorials may be given in care of the family.
FULLERTON - Helen C. Wright, 83, of Fullerton, formerly of Campbell,
died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Beverly Healthcare in Fullerton.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Beverly Healthcare with the Rev. Don
Cleary officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Fullerton Cemetery.
Visitation is prior to the service time Monday.
Mrs. Wright was born Jan. 22, 1916, in Avala, Pa., to Martin and Mary
Czyz. She attended Catholic school in the area.
She married John Wright and worked as a waitress. She entered Beverly
Healthcare in January 1997.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Palmer Funeral Home of Fullerton is in charge of arrangements.
HUMPHREY -- Loraine O. Sjuts, 80, of Humphrey died Sunday, Oct. 10,
1999, at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in
Humphrey with the Rev. Brad Birtell officiating. Burial is at the City
Cemetery in Humphrey.
Visitation is from 4-8:30 p.m. today at the Duesman Funeral Chapel
in Humphrey. Visitation continues Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with a
10:15 a.m. family prayer service at the church.
Mrs. Sjuts was born May 14, 1919, in rural Humphrey to Joseph and Ida
(Kruse) Mueting. She attended Cornlea School and graduated from Humphrey
She married Henry J. Sjuts Dec. 28, 1940, in Cornlea. She lived in
rural Humphrey and moved to her current home at Humphrey in 1981. She was
a homemaker and farmed with her husband until retirement. She enjoyed quilting
and was a member of the church.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Karen (Jack) Nelson
of Columbus, Marlene (Dave) Langan of Norfolk and Bonnie (Tom) DeLong of
Gretna; two sons, Allan (Connie) of Hastings and Ron (Jeannette) of Humphrey;
one sister, Odelia Thornton of Leavenworth, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Gilbert
Melcher of Madison; 16 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, LaVern; four sisters,
Marcella (Jack) Roddy, Elvira (Jerome) Pfeifer, Geraldine (Joseph) Preister,
and Leota (Gilbert) Melcher; and three brothers, Joseph, Lawrence, and
Memorials may be to donor's choice.
COLUMBUS -- Claire Owens, 41, of Omaha, formerly of Columbus, died
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha.
Arrangements are pending with McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.
GRAND ISLAND -- Marvin L. Ripp, 87, of Grand Island, formerly of Platte
Center, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in
Services were held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island on Sept.
29. The Rev. Jose Chavez officiated. Burial was at the Westlawn Memorial
Park Cemetery in Grand Island.
Mr. Ripp was born Nov. 16, 1911, in Platte Center to Fredinand H. and
Josephine L. (Clother) Ripp. He attended elementary school in Sidney and
Platte Center. He attended Boys Town, graduating in 1928. He enrolled in
the printing trade school at Boys Town, completing his education in 1930.
Mr. Ripp worked as a pressman in the printing industry in Alliance,
North Platte, Chicago, Denver, Stockton, Calif., and Grand Island.
He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army from Oct. 21, 1942-Nov.
7, 1945. He trained in Australia and served in the Philippines in the South
Pacific theater of operations.
He married Sena Katherine Kjar on Sept. 22, 1951. He retired as a pressman
from Ruby Printing in 1980. He moved into the Nebraska Veterans Home in
He was a member of the church, the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Alcoholics Anonymous since 1967 and the Boys Town Alumni.
Mr. Ripp enjoyed watching sporting events.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Jerrine Brugh of York,
Glenna Ritchie of Axtell and Rita Rene Kidder of Plymouth, Wis.; 10 grandchildren;
one sister, Frances Gronenthal of Columbus; and one brother, Fred "Bud"
of Penn Valley, Calif.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Inez Schilz and Thelma Ann,
Bernadette, and Glendora; and two brothers, Vernon and Mahlon.
Memorials are suggested to the United Veteran Club of Grand Island,
the Nebraska Veterans Home or the church.
Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island was in charge of
COLUMBUS -- Katherine K. Kroenke, 98, 1305 Eighth St., died Sunday,
Oct. 10, 1999, at Mory's Haven in Columbus.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
in Columbus with the Rev. Dan Keller officiating. Burial is at the parish
Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus
with a 3:30 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil. Visitation continues Thursday
from 8-10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Kroenke was born March 4, 1901, in Posen, Poland, to Sam and Louise
(Zamier) Jankiewicz. She came to the United States in June 1905 with her
parents. They lived in Buffalo, N.Y., for a few years before moving to
Nebraska. She attended Central City High School.
She married Leo J. Kroenke Feb. 16, 1926, in Central City. They farmed
near Dodge until they retired in December 1951 when they moved to Columbus.
Her husband died July 2, 1977.
She was a member of the church, Altar Society, Franciscan Missionary
Union and St. Ann's Society.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty (Marvin) Kroenke-Boyle of York
and Dorothy Kroenke-Muhleisen of Dallas; four sons, Robert (Mary Lou) of
Fremont, Lee J. (Donna) of Santa Maria, Calif., Henry B. (Terri) of Bellevue
and Tony F. (Trina) of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents;
four brothers, Bernard, Frank, Kasimir, and Wencel Jankiewicz; two sisters,
Theresa Jensen and Helen Kaipust; and one granddaughter.
Memorials may be directed for Masses.
ALBION -- Mary Jane Morgan, 75, of Albion died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999,
at Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Church of Christ in Albion
with the Revs. Mary Avidano and Rich Graff officiating. Burial is at the
Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.
Visitation is from 3-8 p.m. today at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.
Mrs. Morgan was born Feb. 10, 1924, in O'Neill to Oliver and Ruth (Lichty)
Morgan. She graduated from O'Neill High School in 1942.
She married Fred Colfack in August 1942 in Taylor, Texas. They lived
in Ewing and moved to Albion in 1953.
She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 1968
with a degree in elementary education. She taught at several Boone County
schools including rural School Districts 78, 21, 44 and at the Cedar Rapids,
Petersburg and Albion high schools. She retired from teaching in the mid-1980s.
She then worked as an Electrolux vacuum cleaner distributor.
She was a member of the church and a member of the Nebraska Education
Survivors include two sons, Brian (JoAnn) Colfack of Circleville, Ohio,
and Chuck Colfack of Greeley; a daughter, Peggy (Bernard) Wilson of Norfolk;
her special friend, Gordon Auten of Cedar Rapids; one sister, Thelma Hendrick
of Omaha; five grandchildren; and numerous half brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Richard.
Robert Geary Sr.
NORFOLK -- Robert E. Geary Sr., 72, of Leigh died Sunday, Oct. 10,
1999, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Stanton
with the Rev. Earle Miller officiating. Graveside services will be at 12:30
p.m. at the Inman Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today at Home for Funerals in Norfolk.
Mr. Geary was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Inman to George and Velma (Turnbull)
Geary. He graduated from Inman High School, then farmed near Inman, Ewing
and Stanton prior to moving to Leigh.
He married Alice Funk May 20, 1953, at Inman. He was employed by Leigh
By-Products Co. and then worked for the elderly. He also constructed model
machinery and trucks. He was a member of the church.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Robert Jr. (Beverly) of Leigh;
eight daughters, Sally Pulley, Mary (Larry) Balaski and Robin (Ronald)
Kerr, all of Norfolk, Velma (Cecil) Brewster of San Antonio, Christy (Kevin)
Heun of Weatherford, Texas, Rosalie Butts of Lincoln, Laura (Mark) Tech
and Shelly Geary, all of Abilene, Kan.; two brothers, George of Amarillo,
Texas, and Charles of Garland, Texas; one sister, Marlene Kiser of Inman;
14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one brother; and two sisters.
COLUMBUS -- Gustave "Gus" A. Roelle, 91, of Columbus died Monday, Oct.
11, 1999, at Columbus Manor.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in
Columbus. Burial is at the parish cemetery.
Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus
with a 7:30 p.m. vigil. Visitation continues Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the
COLUMBUS -- Velma Jean Fischer, 71, of Columbus died Sunday, Oct. 10,
1999, at Columbus Community Hospital Inc.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Sandoz's Chapel of the Pines in Valentine
with the Rev. Carroll Plisek officiating. Burial is at Mount Hope Cemetery
Visitation is 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel and 9-10 a.m. Thursday,
also at the chapel.
Gass-Haney Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of local arrangements.
Mrs. Fischer was born July 6, 1928, in Crawford to Fred E. and Beulah
M. (Legate) Wigent. She graduated from high school in Ainsworth and then
took nursing training to become a nurse's aide.
She married Harry C. Fischer on July 18, 1948, in Nebraska. She lived
in Ainsworth. She worked as a nurse's aide there and in Chadron for almost
50 years. She was a past secretary of TOPS Club in Ainsworth and a member
of the United Methodist Church there.
Survivors include two sons, Al and J.R. (Sandy), all of Columbus; one
sister, Maralyn Miller of Eagle Rock, Mo.; two brothers, Robert Wigent
of Ainsworth and Vernan Wigent of Firestone, Colo.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 25, 1998; one sister,
June Cozad; and her parents.
Memorials may be directed through Gass-Haney Funeral Home for forwarding
to the family.