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Elaine Irene (Christner) Foth
WAUNETA — Elaine Irene (Christner) Foth, 73, died Monday (May 27, 2002) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
She was born Aug. 25, 1928, to Henry J. and Meta (Quandt) Noffke near Grand Island. She graduated from Grand Island High School in 1946. She went on to attend Grand Island Business School.
On Dec. 1, 1950, she married Warren Christner at Grand Island. The couple made their home in rural Wauneta until his death, at which time she moved into Wauneta. She worked at Heritage of Wauneta as a cook until 1983, when she moved back to Grand Island. She then worked at the Lebensraum Retirement Home in Grand Island.
On Jan 13, 1990, she married Lyle Foth at Ord. Following his death, she moved back to Wauneta.
She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren in 1974; and her husband, Lyle in 1997.
Survivors include one son, Wayne Christner and wife, Noreen of Wauneta; five step-daughters, Chris and husband, Bruce Reinboth of North Platte, Kay and husband, Terry Heins of Chamberlain, S.D., Gretchen and husband, Len Gebhardt of Charter Oak, Iowa, Eileen and husband, Dave Kuhnie of Honey Creek, Iowa, and Kim and husband, Dave Wamburg of Fullerton; four grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta with Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery of Wauneta.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2-6 p.m. at Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta.
A memorial has been established to the Wauneta Senior Center and the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Jean Coykendall
NORTH PLATTE — Donna Jean Coykendall, 74, died Thursday (May 23, 2002) at her home in North Platte.
She was born Feb. 5, 1928, to Leo and Pearl (Lawrence) Sellers at Wellfleet. She graduated from Maxwell High School in 1944.
On June 20, 1949, she married Orval Coykendall in North Platte.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Vernon and Lawrence; and two infant siblings.
Survivors include her husband, Orville of North Platte; one son, Dale Coykendall and wife, Barbara of Lone Tree, Colo.; one sister, Lois Hall of Brewster, Neb.; three brothers, Erceil Sellers and wife, Vera of Hayes Center, Harrison Sellers and wife, Marion of Wellfleet and Stanley Sellers and wife, DeVonna of Maywood; two sisters-in-law, Esther Sellers of Maywood and Shirley Sellers of North Platte; and two grandsons.
Services were today, 10 a.m., at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte with the Rev. David Lux officiating. Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Garden in North Platte.
A memorial has been established to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center Oncology Department.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Grace Moore
Sylvia Grace Moore, 84, died Saturday (May 25, 2002) at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln.
She was born Oct. 8, 1917, at Otis, Colo., to John and Sophia K. (Plager) Casper. She graduated from McCook High School in 1937.
On Nov. 10, 1939, she married John H. Moore at Sidney. She was a beautician, a nurses aide at Community Hospital, was employed by Sehnert’s Bakery, and spent countless hours doing genealogical research.
She was a 7- year member of United Methodist Church, member of the Genealogical Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars Legion Auxiliary and Daughters of Union Veterans.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Moore in 1999; sister, Vera; and three brothers, Harry, Lonnie and Dale.
Survivors include her daughter, Gwen Haller of Lincoln; sons, John Moore, Jr. and wife, Genene, of Columbus, Douglas Moore and wife, Dee Dee, of San Diego, Calif., and Kenneth Moore of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Thurman officiating. Cremation will follow the service. A private family inurnment will be Thursday at Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be today until 8:00 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.

L.D. 'Luren' Dunbar
MILBURN — L.D. “Luren” Dunbar, 84, died Friday (May 24, 2002) at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
He was born Nov. 19. 1918, to C.A. and Rita (Hyde) Dunbar at Almeria. His education began at Knobby Ridge and he graduated from Taylor High School in 1935. He taught school in Blaine County and Springview before moving to Loup County.
On March 30, 1940, he married Inez Owen in Butte. They made their home in Loup County. They were awarded the Nebraska Pioneer Family Award in 1987.
He was a member of the Loup County Historical Society, the Central Nebraska Amateur Radio Club, Knobby Ridge and Loup County School Boards, Calvery United Methodist Church, Loup County Weed Superintendent and the Loup County Extension Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Inez; one daughter, Evelyn Peterson; and five sisters, Alice Richards, Rowera Morgan, Corrine Clements, Esta McCarthy and Beulah Drake.
Survivors include three daughters, Carol and husband, Dale Webster of Oelrichs, S.D., Vicky and husband, Loran Fine of Enders and Betty and husband, Larry Fogleman of Wood River; one son, Curtis Dunbar and wife, Jeanne of Milburn; one sister, Viona and husband, Jess Sandoz; four brothers, Evan Dunbar and wife, Billie, Chet Dunbar and wife, Marion, Galen Dunbar and wife, Eldene and Willis Dunbar and wife, Enola; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today, 2 p.m., at Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent with Dwight Sandoz officiating. Interment followed in the Moulton Cemetery in Loup County.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Rhoad Funeral Home of Sargent is in charge of arrangements.

Robert 'Bob' Theobald
BEAVER CITY — Robert “Bob” Theobald, 50, died Thursday (May 16, 2002) at his home in Bradenton, Fla.
He was born April 10, 1952, to Robert and Florine (Harper) Theobald at Holdrege. He graduated from Beaver City High School in 1970. He graduated from McCook Junior College and transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he graduated in 1974. He worked at his parents store “Kelley’s Supermarket” in Beaver City.
In 1978, he married Terri Morris. They moved to Colorado where he worked in the grocery business, and then moved to Garden City, Kan. where he also worked in the grocery business. He moved to Bradenton in 2000 to be with his sister. He worked for Circle K Convenience store while in Bradenton.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City. He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents.
Survivors include one son, Dustin Theobald of Basalt, Colo.; one daughter, Holly Anne Theobald of Topeka, Kan.; his mother, Florine Theobald of Beaver City; and two sisters, Patty and husband, Ben stump of Dannebrog, Neb. and Barb Johnson of Bradenton, Fla.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City with the Rev. Darin Bentzinger and Keith Theobald officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City is in charge of arrangements.

Viola Fay Bailey
STRATTON — Viola Fay Bailey, 91, died Thursday (May 23, 2002) at her home in Stratton. She was born November 27, 1910, at Firth to Orman T. and Jessie C. (Huetson) Confer. As a child, she moved with her family to the Confer Ranch south of Culbertson where she grew up and attended church at
the Stone Church near her family’s home. She graduated from Culbertson High School and McCook Junior College before teaching school in Hitchcock and Red Willow counties, and Lyman, Neb.
On May 17, 1936, she married Earl Bailey at Scottsbluff and they spent the majority of their 66 years together in Stratton.
She was a 55-year member of Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, and was involved with Stratton Community Improvement, Eastern Star, the Stratton Library Board, and Scouts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Alice, and Gladys; brothers, Claude, and Merle; and one grandson. Survivors include her husband, Earl Bailey of Stratton; daughters, Lilah and husband, Jerry Yows of Amarillo, Texas, Elaine and husband, Carl Gum of Raymore, Mo.; son, Paul Bailey of Denver, Colo.; sister, Norma Bradshaw of McCook; brothers, Paul Confer and wife, Lillian of Culbertson, and Harold Confer and wife, Dottie of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren;and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today, 10:30 a.m., at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment followed services at Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis L. Cochran
OBERLIN — Phyllis L. Cochran, 72, died Sunday (May 26, 2002) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin.
She was born Jan. 6, 1930, to Shirley A. and Laura F. (Beam) Cochran in Decatur County. She attended Oberlin Schools and lived her entire life in Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
There are no immediate survivors.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin with the Rev. Royce Leitner officiating. Interment will be in the Oberlin Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Decatur County Recreation Summer Ball Program.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella 'Mickey' Lee
BEAVER CITY — Marcella “Mickey” Lee, 83, died Thursday (May 23, 2002) at the Beaver City Manor.
She was born April 14, 1919, to Dr. J.W. and Veva (Spears) Meyers in Hendley. She grew up in Hendley and graduated valedictorian from Hendley High School in 1936. After graduation she moved with her family to Gardena, Calif., where she worked for Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
In 1941, she married George Mital. The couple owned and operated the black smith shop in Hendley.
In 1968, she married Carl Lee and they moved to Clear Lake Oaks, Calif., where she worked for Rockwell International for a number of years. She returned to Beaver City in 1994. She entered the Beaver City Manor in Feb. 1998.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hendley and the First United Methodist Women, also of Hendley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; three brothers, Bobby, Larry and an unnamed infant brother.
Survivors include one sister, Betty and husband, John Sewell of Clayton, N.M.
Services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Hendley with Rev. R. L. Malchow and Keith Theobald officiating. Interment will be at Hendley Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, 1-8 p.m., and Monday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City.
Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gertrude Mary Antholz
ST. FRANCIS — Gertrude Mary Antholz, 88, died Saturday (May 18, 2002) at Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis.
She was born March 2, 1914, to Roy and Sophia Mary (Kletchka) McKain in Rawlins County, Kan.
In 1936, she married Edwin Antholz in Bird City. She was a homemaker and a nurse’s aid.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin in 1962; and her parents.
Survivors include two sons, Gilbert and Robert Antholz, both of McDonald, Kan.; one daughter, Janet Griffith of Westminster, Colo.; two sisters, Blanche Koons of Atwood and Irene Hopkins of Loveland, Colo.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Thursday, 2 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bird City. Burial was at Grace Cemetery at McDonald.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis is in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd Marlin Hager
IMPERIAL — Lloyd Marlin Hager, 84, died Monday (May 27, 2002) at his home in Imperial.
He was born Feb. 24, 1918, to Claude C. and Clara Belle (Van Vleet) Hager on a farm outside of Lushton. He attended the Dyke Country School in Hitchock County until the eighth grade.
On Aug. 31, 1940, he married Bonnie Jane Loop in Oberlin. He soon enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He was in the European Theatre during World War II and was discharged in Hitchcock, Texas on Sept. 25, 1945. The couple then moved to Denver, where he learned the trade of meat cutting and processing. He began Hager Square Deal Meets and Processing in 1955, in Trenton. He closed the processing plant in 1972, and worked for Dayco Company in McCook until 1983. The couple moved to Imperial in 1998.
He was a member of the Disabled Veterans Post No. 354188 of McCook, the American Legion Post No. 357 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10561 both of Trenton.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Eldon and an infant brother.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Imperial; one daughter, Betty and husband, Gerald Jessee of Benkelman; one sister, Kela Hinkle of Lexington; one brother, Del Hager and friend, Pat of Rio Rancho, N.M.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside inurnment services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Trenton Cemetery at Trenton with Pastor Keith Wellman officiating.
There will be no visitation. Friends may sign the registry book and greet the family today until 7 p.m. (MST) at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Chase County Hospital Foundation in Imperial.
Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge of arrangements.

Brown LeRoy Sevier
HAYES CENTER — Brown LeRoy Sevier, 82, died Thursday (August 1, 2002) at Community Hospital of McCook.
He was born June 14, 1920, to James Brown and Lydia Ann (Fugett) Sevier at Sargent. He was a Purple Heart veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from May 19, 1942, to Dec. 7, 1945. He served in France where he was wounded in action. He rank was sergeant.
After his discharge from the army he received his high school diploma from Sargent High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College and his master’s degree from Chadron State College.
He was in education for 25 years serving as a superintendent of schools for 21 years. He was then in the insurance business for eight and a half years until he retired in 1986.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Cordelia, Odessa, Eunice, Mildred and Mabel; and one brother Dale.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (McNutt) of Hayes Center; one son, Jim Sevier of Scottsbluff; one step-son, Doug Campbell of Summit, N.J.; one granddaughter and two step-grandchildren.
Services will be Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Burial will be at the Hayes Center Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post No. 287 of Hayes Center.
Visitation will be Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Stanley J. Snyder
Stanley J. Snyder, 83, died Wednesday (July 31, 2002) at Sunset Haven Nursing Home in Curtis.
He was born May 1, 1919, to LeRoy and Carrie (Schmitz) Snyder in Frontier County. He graduated from the Curtis School of Agriculture.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Upon his return from the service, he attended the University of Nebraska.
On June 13, 1959, he married Doris Doolittle at the Garden Prairie Church in Frontier County. They spent their lives farming in the Quick Community. He retired in 1985.
He was a member of the Garden Prairie Methodist Church, a past member of the Farm Bureau Federation and a member of the Frontier County Historical Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Orvil “Bud” Snyder.
Survivors include his wife, Doris; one son, Gary Snyder and wife, Sheila; one sister-in-law, Delma Snyder; and one granddaughter all of McCook.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Garden Prairie Methodist Church north of McCook with the Rev. Richard Sykes officiating. Interment will be at the Maywood Cemetery at Maywood.
Visitation is today until 9 p.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Dorothy Woodburn
GOTHENBURG — Irene Dorothy Woodburn, 83, died Wednesday (July 31, 2002) at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
She was born Aug. 22, 1918, to Phillip and Eunice Irene (Snyder) Helzer in Mayfield Township on the family farm near Cairo. She graduated from Cairo high school in 1934. She received her cosmetology license in April of 1937. In later years, she ran a beauty shop on wheels for shut-ins.
On Nov. 15, 1939, she married Alfred V. “Woody” Woodburn. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Gothenburg Golf Club, the Elks, a birthday club, PEO, a dance club and several bridge clubs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, “Woody”, one brother and his wife, Paul Albert and Leota Helzer.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen and husband, Donald Turnquist of Hutchinson, Kan., and Gayleen and husband, Steven Fries of Culbertson; two sons, Dr. Donald Woodburn and wife, Vicki of Lincoln and Phyl Woodburn of Wahoo; one sister, Phyllis and husband, Roy Pressler of North Platte; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Tim Travers officiating. Burial will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Visitation is Sunday from 1-9 p.m. The family will greet friends from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church.
Blase Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg is in charge of arrangements.

Maryellen Stephens
OBERLIN — Maryellen Stephens, 95, died Wednesday (July 31, 2002) at the Cedar Living Center in Oberlin.
She was born Dec. 1, 1906, to William Walter and Eliza Jane (Pocock) Weaver in Waverly, Kan. She grew up in Ottawa, Kan. Graduated from Ottawa High School and Ottawa Business College in 1925.
On Aug. 31, 1946, she married Raymond Matousek in Ottawa. The couple moved to Jennings, Kan., in 1948. He preceded her in death in 1978.
On Nov. 9, 1979, she married Clyde Stephens. She was a legal secretary.
She moved to the Cedar Living Center in Oberlin in 1987.
She was a member of the Jennings United Methodist Church and Royal Neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 1978, her husband, Clyde in 1985 and one sister, Grace Chadwick.
Survivors include two step-daughters, Doris and husband, James Gilbert of Gem, Kan., and Clara Mae and husband, John Yokowemko of Minneapolis, Minn.; and one brother, Emanuel “Phil” Weaver of Scottsbluff.
Services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Jennings United Methodist Church in Jennings with Rev. Glen Krebs officiating. Interment will be at Big Timber Cemetery in Jennings.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m., at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin and Saturday after 8 a.m., at the church in Jennings.
Memorial may be given in her name to Jennings United Methodist Church of Cedar Living Center in Oberlin.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of the arrangements.

Irene J. Vap
Irene J. Vap, 87, died Wednesday (July 31, 2002) at Community Hospital of McCook.
She was born March 25, 1915, to John L. and Jane Marie (Corcoran) Traphagan in Frontier County. She attended St. Patrick’s School in McCook and graduated from McCook High School in 1932.
On July 26, 1938, she married Frederick P. Vap at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Frontier County. They spent their married lives in McCook where they owned and operated Vap’s Seed and Hardware. She retired in 1999.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCook, T.T.T. and the Padraic Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; one brother, John Traphagan; and three sisters, Loretta Ruppert, Genevieve Anderjaski and Leona McCraken.
Survivors include four sons, Douglas Vap and wife, Mary and Jerry Vap and wife, Sherry all of McCook; Dr. J. Gordon Vap and wife, Jeanne of Chevy Chase, Md. and John Vap and wife, Linda of Loveland, Colo.; two sisters, Eleanor Traphagan and Bernadine and husband, Ike Malcolm of McCook; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCook with the Rev. Gary Brethour officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in McCook.
The rosary will be said Sunday, 7 p.m., at Herrmann Memorial Chapel in McCook.
Visitation is today until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.

Sophia C. O'Brien
CAMBRIDGE — Sophia C. O’Brien, 96, died Tuesday (July 30, 2002) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
She was born May, 23, 1906, to John F. and Caroline (Arthaud) Brinkman in Gosper County. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1923.
On April 10, 1929, she married Joseph L. O’Brien. The coupled farmed in the Cambridge area. She later moved to the Parkside Manor and resided there until her death.
She was an active member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and altar society.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John in 1977; one brother, Francis; and two sisters, Etta O’Brien and Alta Jones.
Survivors include three daughters, Helen and husband, Willard Moore of Mesa, Ariz., Millie and husband, Chuck Suiter of Lincoln and Ann Marie and husband, Bob Streble of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Leon O’Brien and wife, Carolyn of Cambridge and Bob O’Brien and wife, Sandi of Grand Island; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cambridge with the Rev. Mel Rempe officiating. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Cambridge.
The rosary will be recited Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge with the Rev. Gary Brethour officiating.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Cambridge Senior Center.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.

Goldie Jane Waterman
FORT MORGAN, Colo. — Goldie Jane Waterman, 77, died Sunday (July 28, 2002) at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.
She was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Yuma County, Colo., to Leslie and Rosa (Kibel) Kier.
On Nov. 17, 1941, she married Earl Kenneth Waterman in Oberlin. The couple moved to Colorado in 1954 and have lived in the Fort Morgan area since 1963.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; one son, Dennis; three sisters, Mary Andrews, Bertha McDonald and Nellie Riley; six brothers, Charles, Cecil, Orie, Oscar, Earl and Orval; and one granddaughter.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Blackstun of Log Lane Village, Colo., and Shirley Thim of Fort Morgan; one son, Terry Waterman of Fort Morgan; two sisters, Ada Beechly of Wray, Colo., and Pearl Watts of Fort Morgan; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be Friday, 10 a.m., at the Sanctuary, 330 State St., Fort Morgan. Interment will be at the Palisade Cemetery at 3 p.m. CDT.
Visitation will be Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at the Heer & Jolliffe Mortuary in Fort Morgan.
Memorials are being accepted in her name and may be sent to Heer & Joliffe Mortuary, 225 E. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, CO 80701.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Valena Wilson
CURTIS — Valena Wilson, 84, died Sunday (July 28, 2002) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born July 6, 1918, to John and Sarah Slightom Weiss east of Stockville. She graduated from Stockville High School in 1935.
On Oct. 16, 1935, she married Lee Wilson at Oberlin. They farmed south of Moorefield for most of their lives. She moved to Sunset Haven in 2001, and was presently a resident of Hillside Estates Assisted Living in Curtis.
She was a member of G.G.G. Club at Moorefield and the Stockville Card Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee in 1986; one daughter, Shirley Welch; one brother, Emory Weiss; and one granddaughter.
Survivors include one daughter, Verna Dee and husband, Gary Larsen of Johnson Lake; two sons, Lorne Wilson and wife, Mary of Cozad and Owen Wilson and wife, Deanna of Moorefield; one son-in-law, Del “Buzz” Welch, Jr. of North Platte; three sisters, Ruth and husband, Dwaine Shinley of Stockville, Mary Bell Mayer of Burlingame, Calif. and Darlene Surber of Sidney; one brother, Bill Weiss and wife, Connie of McCook; one sister-in-law, Rona Rylant of Mulvane, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Congregational Church in Stockville with the Rev. Leon Banzhaf officiating. Burial will be at the Moorefield Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 9 p.m.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Frontier County Emergency Medical Technicians or to the Curtis Senior Center.
Blase Wetzel Funeral Home of Curtis is in charge of arrangements.

Mariam F. Allison
OBERLIN — Mariam F. Allison, 92, died Saturday (July 27, 2002) at the Decatur County Good Samaritan Center in Oberlin.
She was born July 28, 1909, to Randolph J. and Lula (Bradly) Forrest in El Reno, Okla. She attended school in El Reno, Carrizozo, N.M. and Edmond, Okla.
On Aug. 9, 1930, she married Roy Richard Allison in El Reno. The couple resided in Chicago, Homewood, Ill., and Brewster, Kan., before moving to Oberlin in 1994. She was a bookkeeper and a homemaker.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; one brother, Randolph B. Forrest; one sister, Fern Pieratt; and three great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Robison of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Patricia and husband, John Wright of Oberlin; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Brewster United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Hasty and the Rev. Dorine Chambers officiating. Interment will be in the Brewster Cemetery.
Visitation is Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until service time at the church in Brewster. The casket will be closed to the public.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Brewster Senior Center or to the Brewster United Methodist Church.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of arrangements.

William 'Bille' Rogers
WICHITA, Kan. — William “Bille” Rogers, 75, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) in Wichita, Kan., of heart failure.
As a young man, he worked near Hayes Center on his uncle’s farm.
He married Arles Bruce of Hayes Center.
He joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea where he was awarded a Silver Star for heroism in battle. Later the couple traveled to army posts in Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, Germany, and Washington State. The couple retired to Denver in 1966. He later became a carpenter, retiring for the second time in 1992. The couple later moved to Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arles.
Survivors include four sisters, Faye Avers, Jean McMichel, and Arlis Marston all of Colorado, and Hulda Snow of Phoenix; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be Saturday, August 3 at 11 a.m., at the Hayes Center Cemetery.

Lydia M. Webster
Lydia M. Webster died Sunday (Feb. 9, 2003) at Community Hospital of McCook. 
She was born March 17, 1901, in Cheyenne County near St. Francis, to Peter and Mary Catherine (Wagner) Freehling. Lydia was the oldest living child of Peter and Mary, having eight sisters and one brother to share the family home with. 
The Freehling family moved in 1908, to a farm near Haigler, where Lydia attended a rural school and graduated from Haigler High School in 1919. 
Lydia and Frank B. Webster, a native of Wray, Colo., were married at the Haigler Methodist Church on March 30, 1920. Frank began his 50-year career with C B & Q Railroad in Haigler and in this career they were transferred to stations in Colorado and Nebraska. In 1945, they were transferred to McCook, the last move of his career. 
Lydia was baptized as a baby and joined the Haigler Methodist Church when she was 14 years of age and has been a faithful member of McCook Memorial United Methodist Church since 1945. Lydia was a devout Christian woman with great faith in her Lord. She quoted from memory many scripture verses. She loved visiting and witnessing her faith with family and friends of all ages. In addition to her church loyalty, she was active in many civic organizations. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank; two infant siblings; four sisters, Lora Bye, Alma Roberts, Anna Buhl, and Pauline Roberts; one brother, Paul Freehling; son-in-law, Peter C. Balius; and one great-grandson, Shane Webster. 
She is survived by her children, Louise Balius of McCook, Donald Webster and wife, Joann, of Haigler, Stanley G. Webster and wife, Marlene, of McCook; and Mary and husband, Jim Greeley, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren plus 4 step-great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Garnet Miller, Pearline Rath and Esther Walter all of St. Francis, and Emma Tilton of Temecula, Calif. survive her as well as many nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her name. 
Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at 2 p.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman will be officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. 
Visitation will be today until 8 p.m. 
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.


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