Miscellaneous Platte County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Evelyn Kusek
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 funeral home.

Arnold Melcher
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 cemetery.
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 parents.

Marcelline Gdowski
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.

Henry Schaaf
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.

Caelan Hopwood
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 Omaha.
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.

Laddie Dolezal
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 City.
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 City.
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.

Alvin Mattox
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.

Lonny Grashorn
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.

Emma Neben
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.

Herbert Pile
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 Guard.
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.

Joseph Speicher
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.

Helen Wright
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.

Loraine Sjuts
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 High School.
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 Lester Mueting.
Memorials may be to donor's choice.

Claire Owens
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.

Marvin Ripp
GRAND ISLAND -- Marvin L. Ripp, 87, of Grand Island, formerly of Platte Center, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.
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 June 1997.
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 arrangements.

Katherine Kroenke
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 cemetery.
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.

Mary Morgan
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 Association.
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.

Gustave Roelle
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 funeral home.

Velma Fischer
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 in Valentine.
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.


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