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Kathryn Eggen, 87
Kathryn Eggen, 87, of Blair, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.
A memorial service will be held at a later time.
Hilda Kathryn Eggen was born at Stella, Neb., the youngest of seven children. She taught grade school before marrying Harold Eggen in 1936. She moved to Omaha, where she taught adult education. She later had an interior decorating business. She moved to Blair in 1980.
She is survived by her husband, Harold; children, Elaine Meyers, Denver, Colo.; Eric Eggen, Helena, Mont.; three grandchildren, Scott Underwood, Steve Underwood and Sarah Eggen; two great - grandsons, Alex Underwood and Jeff Weaver; and one sister, Helen Spickler, Brookings, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Tracy Kathryn Underwood.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Jensen, 78
Jean Jensen, 78, of Blair died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997 at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at the United Church of Christ ( Congregational ) . Burial will be in the Herman Cemetery.
Jean Margaret Jensen was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Howard County, Neb. to Ralph and Grace ( Collins ) Reynolds. She graduated from St. Paul High School and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Dana College. She taught in rural schools for 24 years. On Jan. 24, 1942, she married Robert E. Jensen. They farmed in the Herman area. She moved to Blair in 1986.
She was a member of the Herman American Legion Post No. 274 Auxiliary, Blair Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and was president of the Home Improvement Club.
Survivors are her sons, Richard E. Jensen, Thomas R. Jensen and James Jensen; four grandsons, David Jensen, Brian Jensen, Kevin Jensen and Daniel Jensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband , Robert in March of 1982; and a brother, Duane Reynolds.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Reining, 79
Mary Ann Reining, 79, of Blair died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997 at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha after a lingering illness.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Chapel.
Mary Ann Mich Reining was born April 10, 1918 at Granville, Iowa to Mary and Peter Mich. She graduated from Alton, Iowa, High School. On March 20, 1936, she married Raymond Reining. She was employed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Blair for 20 years.
She was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church since moving to Blair in 1943.
Survivors are her daughter and son - in - law, Trudy and Lyle Truhlsen, Blair; sons and daughters - in - law, Leonard and Faye ( Austin ) Reining, Midwest City, Okla.; Loren and Phyllis ( Anderson ) Reining, Kennard; and Jerry Reining, Honolulu, Hawaii; seven grandchildren; 12 great - grandchildren; a sister, Flora Hyde, Cherokee, Iowa and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray on Feb. 26, 1956; her parents; four brothers and two sisters.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Soll, 57
Gerald F. Soll, 57, of rural Fort Calhoun died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997 at Omaha.
Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. Rev. Gregg Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. with family receiving friends from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sievers - Sprick Funeral Home in Fort Calhoun is in charge of arrangements.

Emily A. Morton, 79
Emily Ann Morton, 79 died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 of cancer at her North Platte, Neb., home.
Services were Monday at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte. Rev. Thomas A. Neyland officiated. Burial was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Emily A.. Morton was born Oct. 24, 1917, to Clyde and Helen Pierce Allen at Blair. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Blair High School. She attended Dana College.
On June 8, 1940, she married Charles Henry Morton. After World War II, they lived in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island before moving to North Platte in 1958.
She was an active member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior.
Survivors are two sons and daughters - in - law, Charles and Leola Morton of Cody, Wyo. and Stephen and Marilyn Morton of North Platte; four sisters, Peggy Keller of Bronxville, N.Y.; Ruth Tilden of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Margaret Caldwell of Burley, Idaho. and Alice Busch of Omaha, four grandchildren, Charles Allen, ( Leanna ) Michael, Joseph and Elizabeth, and one great - grandson, Andrew.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Pierce.
A memorial has been established to the Episcopal Church or Great Plains Hospice.
Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph L. Taylor, 88
Ralph L. Taylor, 88, of Gretna died Saturday, Oct. 5, 1997.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home in Lincoln. There will be a private inurrnment at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ralph L. Taylor was a retired Western Union worker. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Army during World War II.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 216; Telephone Pioneers; was a founding president of the Western Electric Credit Union Lincoln; had served on the Gretna Election Board and had been a grand jury foreman.
Survivors are his wife, Betty R.; daughters and son - in - law, Cynthia A. Taylor, Omaha; and Lynne and Steven Shanahan, Ft. Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Kelly Shanahan, Marin Shanahan and Patrick Shanahan; a sister, Georgia Weathers, Lincoln and nieces and nephews.

Russell C. Senff, 37
Russell C. Senff, 37, of Omaha, who had taught at Fort Calhoun Junior High School, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, after a car accident near Weston, Nebraska.
Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 60th and Western Ave., in Omaha. Visitation with family will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westside Chapel, 1010 N. 72nd St., in Omaha.
Russell C. Senff was born Nov. 20, 1959, in Aurora to Wilmer and Doris Senff. He attended the Hampton Public Schools until his sophomore year and then finished his high school education in the Republican City Public Schools.
He earned his bachelor and master's degrees in education from Kearney State College. He had previously taught in the Stanton, Trenton, Medicine Valley and Benkelman Schools.
He had recently taught five years in the Fort Calhoun Public Schools. He coached junior high football and junior high boys and girls basketball teams.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; two sons, Philip and Eric of Curtis; his mother, Doris, of Hampton; his father, Wilmer, of Republican City; one sister, Sandra Fairley of Daykin; and three brothers, Steve Senff of Clay Center; Clark Senff of Manhattan, Kan., and David Senff of York.
A memorial has been established. Westside Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ella Biffar, 79
Ella Biffar, 79, died of a heart attack at her home in Orange, Calif. on Aug. 14, 1997.
Ella Biffar was born Nov. 18, 1917 in Blair. She attended Dana College. She was owner and operator of Ella's Beauty Shoppe in Blair.
She was married to John Francis Biffar. He preceded her in death.
Survivors are a son, Steven John Biffar and grandchildren Kristina Marie Biffar and Andrew Steven Biffar.
Memorials may be given to Dana College.

Arbor Dolinsky, 72
Arbor D. Dolinsky, 72, of Omaha, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997 in Omaha.
Services will be held in Topeka, Kan.
Visitation will be Tuesday at Sievers - Sprick Funeral Home in Fort Calhoun from 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The family will be receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Arbor D. Dolinsky was born July 18, 1925 to Alton J. and Alice A. Dolinsky. He grew up in Omaha. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He did furniture refinishing in Omaha.
On April 11, 1968, he married Mary Jo Dolinsky.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; sons and daughters - in - law, Jeff Dolinsky, Jon and Robin Dolinsky and David A. and Karen Tichenor; daughters and son - in - law, Linda Dolinsky, Laura Tichenor, and Amy and David Brummond; a brother, Emmanuel J. Dolinsky and six grandchildren.

Katherine Rathjen, 98
Katherine Ethel Rathjen, 98, of Fort Calhoun died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997 at the Tekamah Nursing Center in Tekamah, Neb.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Fort Calhoun Presbyterian Church. Rev. Gregg Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Fort Calhoun Cemetery.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Sievers - Sprick Funeral Home.
Catherine Ethel Rathjen was born Feb. 19, 1899, on the family farm near the Wranch School in Washington County to August and Sophie ( Gutschow ) Frahm. ( She later changed the spelling of her first name to Katherine. ) She attended Wranch School through eighth grade. On Feb. 28, 1917, she married Hans Henry Rathjen.
She is survived by daughters and son - in - law, Marjorie and George Flink; Faith Rathjen, Vernice Rathjen, Helen Rathjen; a son, Ralph Rathjen; brothers, Chris Frahm, Otto Frahm and Edgar Frahm; sisters, Helen Young and Edna Weber and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans in 1973.
Pallbearers will be John Frahm, Ronald Frahm, Donald Frahm, Robert Frahm, John Burmeister and Richard Burmeister.

Harriett Anderson, 87
Harriett Anderson, 87 of Blair died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery. Harriett Anderson was born Jan. 7, 1910, the sixth of 12 children, to Christian Lawrence and Lulu Daisy Stull of Plattsmouth, Neb. She grew up there and graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1931.
She moved to Omaha and attended the California School of Beauty where she graduated and received her license to work as a beautician. She worked at a beauty shop on 38th and Farnam in Omaha for many years.
On March 17, 1943, she married Ray Anderson. They lived on a farm southeast of Blair for 41 years. She resumed a beauty practice after her children were grown and owned a shop in Blair for a few years until grandchildren were born. She then stayed home to watch them. After her husband's death in December 1984, she moved to their home in town, still going out to the farm each day.
Survivors are a son and daughter - in - law, Robert and Kerrie Anderson; a daughter, Dolly Anderson; four grandchildren, Alan Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Shelly Chapman and Cherie Anderson, all of Blair; four great - grandchildren, Chase Chapman, Max Chapman, Dane Chapman and Cailyn Anderson; one sister, Rosie Wolski of Plattsmouth and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and ten brothers and sisters.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Florence Kronberg, 88
Florence Kronberg, 88 of Fremont and formerly of Blair died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 at Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.
Florence. Kronberg was born April 2, 1909 in Dow City, Iowa to Ralph and Mary ( Miller ) Roy. She attended school at Dow City and Denison, Iowa.
On Dec. 29, 1927, she married Elmer Kronberg in Denison. While living in Blair, she worked at the Blair Home Laundry, was a housekeeper and a nanny.
Survivors are her children, Maxine ( Mrs. Myron ) Benck, Barbara Chamberlain and Kenneth Kronberg, all of Fremont; 12 grandchildren; 20 great - grandchildren; one great - great - grandchild; one sister, Virginia Higgins, Dessert Hot Springs, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer in 1981 and one brother.
Memorials may be directed to the Cancer and Lung research.

Harry Swanson, 99
Harry H. Swanson, 99 of Blair died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997 at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Kennard. Burial will be in the Kennard Cemetery.
Harry H. Swanson was born April 13, 1898 in rural Kennard to Nels and Johanna ( Olson ) Swanson. He attended Brewster School.
On Dec. 16, 1922, he married Mabel Jensen on the farm northwest of Kennard. They farmed northwest of Kennard until moving to a farm near Washington, Neb. in 1930. They lived there until his retirement in 1974. They then moved to Blair, where he resided at the time of his death.
He was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, was on the board of directors of Washington County Mutual Insurance and had served on the Washington School board for 25 years.
Survivors are daughters and sons - in - law, Elaine and Richard Fredlick of Omaha; Lorraine and Robert Juul of Omaha; and Clara Connelly of Omaha; a son and daughter - in - law, Howard and Marilyn Swanson of Walthill, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great - grandchildren; two great - great - grandchildren; and a sister, Alma Widener of Tekamah.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel; a son, Donald; a granddaughter, Nancy Boyd; five brothers and two sisters.

Doris Norton, 81
Doris Mae Norton, 81, of Blair and formerly of the Oakland - Craig area, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmquist - Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland, Neb. Rev. Greg Hall will officiate. Burial will be in the Craig Cemetery at Craig, Neb.
Doris Mae. Norton was born June 28, 1916 in Elkhart, Iowa to Frank and Carrie ( Maxwell ) Williamson. She accepted Jesus at the age of 16 at Cory Grove in the church her Williamson grandparents had helped to build in the 1800s. Her grandfather Williamson served as its pastor.
On April 23, 1938, she married William Steven Norton at Dexter, Iowa. They lived in the Oakland and Craig area until his death in 1980. She then moved to Blair to live with her daughter, Linda Mutum.
Survivors include her daughter and son - in - law, Linda and Larry Mutum of Blair; sons and daughter - in - law, Tom Norton of Naponee, Neb. and Dan and Rita Norton of Lyons, Neb.; nine grandchildren, Paul and Cindy Norton, and Bill and Carly Norton, all of Craig; Darin and Mary Seligman of McCook, Neb.; Steve and Carrie Norton of Rulo, Neb; Dan Norton of Lyons; Shane and Melissa Banzahf of Naponee; Amanda Norton of Fremont; Larry Mutum, Jr. of Shenandoah, Iowa; Dan and Lisa Mutum of Lyons; 12 great - grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Mathis of Bondurant, Iowa; and a brother, Paul Williamson of St. Charles, Iowa.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Larry and Jerry; a granddaughter, Tammy and three brothers, Glen, Henry and Albert.
Casket bearers will be her grandchildren, Paul Norton, Bill Norton, Steve Norton, Dan Norton, Darin Seligman, Shane Banzahf, Dan Mutum and Larry Mutum.
Ruth Wallerstedt will be organist. Patty Miller will be vocalist.
Memorials may be given to the family.

Francis Hovendick, 88
Francis Joseph Hovendick, 88, of Blair died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Blair.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Omaha.
Francis Joseph Hovendick was born May 9, 1909 in rural Blair to Frank and Elfrieda Trantow Hovendick. He was baptized July 11, 1909 and was confirmed in December of 1952 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bennington, Neb. He attended the Maney School. On Feb. 22, 1936, he married Frieda Rix. They lived in the DeSoto Hills area. In 1938, they moved to his family's home place south of Blair in Richland Township. He farmed all his life until 1970, when he sold the farm for which he had received the Pioneer Farm Award in 1968. After moving to Blair, he worded as a custodian for the Blair School system until retiring. He then worked as custodian for First Lutheran Church for 14 years.
His wife, Frieda, died in January of 1965.
On April 24, 1966, he married Velda V. Kinyon. She survives.
Other survivors are two children and their spouses, Lois and Marvin Cudley, Blair and Duane and Penny Hovendick, Omaha; four grandchildren; two great - grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his first wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Kent.
Memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Pfeiffer, 93
Alice Pfeiffer, 93, of Fremont died Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997 at the Fremont Care Center.
Services were Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in Fontanelle. Rev. Charles W. Bichel officiated. Burial was in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery.
Aice Pfeiffer was born June 9, 1904 in Wayne, Neb. to Preston and Laura Crockett, the youngest of seven children. She grew up in Wayne, where she graduated from high school and Wayne State College. She received her masters degree from the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln. She taught school for many years and was the last superintendent of the Nickerson High School in Nickerson, Neb. On June 6, 1943, she married Chester Pfeiffer in the Salem Lutheran Church. They farmed near Nickerson until 1967 when the moved into Fremont.
She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, where she had been active as the choir director, Sunday School teacher and was active in the women's organizations. She had also been active in the Rosedale Women's Club, the Retired Teacher's Associations and was a member for over 50 years of Arbor Vitae Chapter No. 92 Order of Eastern Star, of which she was Worthy Matron in 1969.
Survivors are a son, Wayne Pfeiffer of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; two granddaughters; two nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester in October, 1982 and her six brothers and sisters.
Memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church or Arbor Vitae Chapter No. 92.
Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.


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