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home : obituaries : obituaries May 22, 2015


Rev. Don French, 63

The Rev. Don French, 63, of South Sioux City, formerly of Walthill, died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at a Sioux City hospital from Parkinson’s disease.

Services were Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Winnebago, where he served as an ordained deacon. Officiating were Rev. Dave Korth and Rev. Mike Eckley. Burial was in the Decatur Hillcrest City Cemetery.

French was born April 8, 1947 to Clifford and Myrtle (Ball) French. He was raised on his family’s farm near Decatur and Walthill. He graduated from Walthill High School in 1965, where he participated in football and track.

In April 1966, along with a close friend, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving one year in Vietnam. He was a graduate of Reisch School of Auctioneering and was a licensed real estate broker.

He married to Gloria “Jeannie” Kemp in 1971.

Don and Jeannie resided in Walthill until 1999, when they moved to South Sioux. Prior to becoming a realtor and auctioneer, French served as a police officer and volunteered in the Thurston County sheriff’s department. He later became an employee of First National Bank in Walthill. Later, he was part owner of the Horseshoe Lounge and Package Liquor in Walthill and Jiffy Junction convenience store near Rosalie.

Along with his grandsons, he owned and operated JD Kettlekorn until his health deteriorated. 

From 1974-1980, he organized, managed and coached a Junior Golden Gloves Boxing Team in Walthill for boys ages 8-16. He was a member of the Walthill volunteer fire department and rescue squad for more than 20 years, serving as the department’s secretary for several years.

He served more than eight years on the village board of trustees and seven years as a member of the Pender Community Hospital board. He was the parade chairman of Walthill’s annual celebration for more than 15 years. Prior to his ordination, he served his church as a lector and minister.

In 2000, he was presented the Siouxland Board of Realtors Service Award and was a charter member of the Walthill Community Theatre and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Oakland and Winnebago American Legion Post 363.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Ursula of Sioux City; one son Tino, of Sioux City; four grandsons; six brothers, Larry of Decatur, Doyle and wife Margie of Walthill, Kelly and wife Bonnie of Lyons, Gene and wife Pam of Carroll, Mike and companion Mary of Bancroft and David and wife Theresa of Ocala, Fla.; three stepchildren, Haley and Tyler Wiggs and Ayden Warren, and numerous other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters-in-law, Joanne French and Virgie French.


Eleanor Splittgerber, 67

Eleanor “Ann” Splittgerber, 67, of Las Vegas died Monday, May 31, 2010. Visitation and services were held Friday at Palm Chapel, and burial services were held at Palm Mortuary and Memorial Park in Las Vegas.

Ann was born Jan. 28, 1943 in Wayne to Eleanor and Hurschul Manning. She graduated from Pender High School in 1960 and attended Wayne State College, where she met her husband, Gary Splittgerber of Wayne.

Ann and Gary were married at United Methodist Church in Pender on Feb. 16, 1963. 

In 1966, they relocated to Las Vegas, where Gary was offered a teaching position. In 1971, Ann began working for the Clark County School District as well. Among her many roles, she assisted with the opening of Cannon Junior High School and the new Las Vegas High School.

She enjoyed working with the students and families. In 1997, she retired and pursued many activities. Ann enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time with her family. 

She is survived by her husband of 47 years; two daughters, Connie Feltner and husband Tom of Redwood City, Calif., and Jill Reed and husband Steve of Las Vegas; one brother, Gary and wife Yvonne of Bennington; one sister, Mary Jean Jones and husband Bob of Allen and two grandsons.  

She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Zimmerer.


Patrick Krueger, 48 

Patrick Neil Krueger, 48, died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his home near Emerson.  

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson, with Father Michael Malloy officiating. Interment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery at Emerson.

Patrick was born Nov. 4, 1961 in Wakefield to Leroy and Patricia (Neill) Krueger of Emerson. He graduated from Emerson-Hubbard High School in 1981. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a lifelong farmer and cattleman.

Patrick enjoyed fishing and camping vacations. He loved the chance to “ride the sky” with his brother, Leon, before his death. Patrick took the time to attend many activities of his nieces and nephews from birthday parties, ball games and musicals to graduations and weddings. He alsoenjoyed helping them learn to drive the 4-wheeler, ride horses, feed the baby calves and other chores on the farm.

He is survived by his mother, Patricia; four brothers, Randy and wife Becky and Dale and wife Kelli, all of Emerson, John and wife Mary of Kensington, Kan., and Jeff and wife Becky of Thurston; three sisters, Susan Sherry and husband Michael of St. Paul, Minn., Karen Holm and husband George of O’Neill and Debra Thrailkill and husband Donald of Seward, and one sister-in-law, Faye Krueger of Emerson.

Patrick was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Leon; paternal grandparents, August and Frances (Starzl) Krueger, and maternal grandparents, James and Nellie (McQueen) Neill.


Paul Tyrrell, 71

Paul Arthur Tyrrell, 71, of Lincoln died May 21, 2010 at the Waverly care center.

Funeral services were held May 26 at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Interment was in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

Paul was born March 24, 1939 to Owen and Sara (Graves) Tyrrell at his home near Pender. He attended District #53 in Cuming County from first through eighth grade. He graduated from Pender High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959. Paul’s profession was draftsman for Public Works in Lincoln.

Survivors include two sons, Shawn and Kelly of Lincoln and Trevor of Phoenix; one daughter, Colleen Nilan and husband Mark of Banyor, Maine; five grandchildren; two sisters, Maryalice VonSeggern of Pender and Shirley Brunton and husband Ron of Emerson; and one brother, Leo and wife Jan of Springfield, S.D.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Edward; two sisters, Margaret and Betty, and two brothers-in-law, Calvin Dunn and William Jasa.


David Paulsen, 37

David James Paulsen, 37, of Beemer, died on June 4, 2010 south of Beemer.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner. Interment will be in the Beemer Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 3-8 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at Christ Lutheran Church. 

David was born Nov. 4, 1972 at Fremont to Myron and Karen (Smith) Paulsen.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beemer. He attended Beemer Public Schools and graduated from Beemer High School in 1991 and graduated from Northeast Community College in 1993.

On July 27, 1996, he was united in marriage to Jena Ehrisman at the Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner.  He loved to hunt, fish, do auto body and mechanical work, listen to music and spend time with his family.

 Survivors include his wife, Jena Paulsen of Beemer; children Jaclyn Young and Gene and Andrew Paulsen; Myron and Karen Paulsen of Beemer; brother Bert and Brenda Paulsen of Dodge,  and nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Emma Schmerdtmann, 96,

Former Pender resident Emma Louise Schmerdtmann, 96, of Kearney died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender.

Emma was born Jan. 17, 1914 to C. Herman and Mathilda (Ahlers) Hespe. On Feb. 25, 1942, she married John Schmerdtmann. He preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1950. 

She lived in Pender until moving to Grand Island in October 1978. In 2006, she moved to the Northridge Retirement Community in Kearney and then to Mother Hull Home in October 2009.

Emma enjoyed her family and many hobbies, including oil painting, writing, quilting, sewing, crafting, reading westerns and mysteries and watching baseball. She spent many hours at her sewing machine making quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other organizations at St. Mark’s Lutheran and St. Paul’s Lutheran in Grand Island. She volunteered for the Red Cross in Hall County for 20 years.

Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Nancy Schmerdtmann of Grand Island, Mary Parham and husband Clay of Seneca, S.C., Betty Young and husband Alan of Kearney and Aline Kitten and husband Jim of Grand Island, and four granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded death by eight brothers and sisters and two nephews.

Memorials can be made to Mosaic or St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches.


Rita Mackling, 57

Funeral services were held Tuesday for former Emerson resident Rita Mackling, 57, of Omaha at Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston.

Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery at Elkhorn.

Survivors include her husband, Vaughn; two sons, Brian and wife Deb of Omaha and Jon and wife Franny of Lincoln; two daughters, Shelley Bousquet and special friend Chad Metschke and Dawn Beacom and husband Eric, all of Omaha; 13 grandchildren; father-in-law Don Mackling of Emerson; one brother, Ron Hunn and wife Linda of Hubbard, and two sisters, Rae Sunderman and husband Alvin of Thurston and Roxie Haldermen and husband Ben of Kansas City, Kan.

Louis Kratky, 76

Louis S. Kratky, 76, of Thurston died Monday, May 17, 2010 at Pender Care Centre.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson, with Father Michael Malloy officiating. Interment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery at Emerson.

Louis was born Nov. 1, 1933 at Prague to Louis and Marie (Frohner) Kratky. He graduated from Thurston High School in 1951. He served his country from 1954-1956.

He was a long-time farmer in the Thurston area. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Thurston American Legion and Holy Name.  

Louis was united in marriage to Jeannie Wilke on Oct. 12, 1957. To this union, three daughters were born: Denise, Kathy and Carolyn.

He is survived by his wife of Thurston; three daughters, Denise Kaup and husband Gene of Oakland, Kathy Webster and husband Gregg of Pender and Carolyn Boline and friend Doug Lange of Las Vegas; one granddaughter; one sister, Leona Doupnik and husband Glen of Pender, and one brother, Gene of Thurston.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law and a host of relatives and friends.

Louis was preceded in death by one brother, LeRoy.


John Bodlak, 93

John Bodlak, 93, died Monday, May 18, 2010 at Wakefield Health Care Center.

Funeral services were Sunday at Thompson Chapel Funeral Home in Wakefield, with Pastor Charity Potter officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Pender. 

John Franklin Bodlak was born Jan. 11, 1917 to John and Frances (Doupnik) Bodlak near Thurston. He attended rural School District 20.  John worked with his father on the farm until he was 20 years old. He then worked for local farmers to earn a dollar a day for room and meals.

John married Henrietta Pallas on April 6, 1940. The couple lived on her father’s farm, and later John took over the farming.

John enjoyed repairing equipment and soon neighbors brought lots of jobs for him to do. In time, he would hire help to work with him through the winters in the repair shop.

He continued his farming and during retirement, he enjoyed gardening, giving away his abundance of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes to neighbors and care centers. He took joy in growing roses.

John served on the School District 15 South school board. He was a lifelong member of John Huss Presbyterian Church and served as an elder and trustee.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years; three sons, Paul and wife Jean and Marvin and wife Carlene, all of Emerson, and David and wife Tina of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Helen Brock and husband Al of Valentine and Joyce Rutter and husband Dick of Greenville, Texas, and 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.  

Also surviving him are two sisters, Olga Dolezal of Emerson and Helen and husband Dr. Bud Hanzel; two brothers, George and wife Sylva and Jerry and wife Mildred, all of Thurston 

John was preceded in death by seven siblings, Blanche, Sylvia, Sidonia, Milton “Milo,” baby sister Vlasta, Mildred and Martha, and one grandson.


Fred Donald Krusemark

Fred “Don” Donald Krusemark, 87, of Dallas, Texas, died May 17, 2010 from a car crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 20, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, with Most Rev. Mark Seitz officiating. Interment was at Calvary Hill Mausoleum.

Fred was born Feb. 27, 1923 in Pender to Fred and Emma Krusemark. He grew up on a farm near Pender.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1946. 

Don married Miriam Sherlock in November 1949.

Don and Miriam moved from Denver to Dallas in 1954 and raised their family in north Dallas.

He was active in St. Rita Church, Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas and Catholic Foundation Legacy Circle and enjoyed Wednesday nights with his Culture Club friends.

Don used his sales/engineering talents to provide engineered products to major industrial firms in north Texas during his career.

He is survived by his children, Fred Jr. and wife Cyndi of Salisbury, N.C., Kathy Flister and husband David of Owatonna, Minn., Bob and wife Sandy of Katy, Texas, Steve and wife Zoe of Plano, Texas, Alan and wife Lisa of Atlanta, Ga., and Carol Young and husband Ted of Coppell, Texas, as well as 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

He also is survived by two brothers, Dale and wife Peggy and Larry and wife Dorothy, all of Pender, and one sister, Barbara Greve and husband Howard of Wayne.

Don was preceded in death by his wife.

Timothy Rouse, 53

Timothy A. Rouse, 53, died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at his home in Wakefield. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson, with Father Mike Malloy officiating. Burial was in the Wakefield cemetery.

Tim was born Nov. 25, 1956 in Yankton, S.D., the son of Don and Donna (Thiem) Rouse. At a young age, his family moved into Wakefield.

Tim attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church grade school until graduating from Wakefield High School in 1976.

After graduating from high school, Tim went to work for his family at Rouse’s Super Saver in both Sioux City and Wakefield. He later worked at Waldbaums, now Michael Foods, until 2002, when he went to work for Concord Components. For the past several years, Tim has worked for Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield.

Tim gave his time volunteering for many organizations. He also had a passion for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs.

He loved collecting baseball cards and scrapbooking. Most of all, Tim loved to spend time with his son, two daughters and granddaughter Chloe.

He is survived by his children: Zach and Courtney, both of Wakefield, and Whitney of Lincoln; one granddaughter; parents Don and Donna of Wakefield; grandmother Cecelia Thiem of Albion; two brothers, Donnie of Hansen, Idaho, and Dave of Wakefield; two sisters, Cindy of Lincoln and Angie Silva and husband Ernie of Kimberly, Idaho, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.

Dale Glissman, 87

Dale F. Glissman, 87, of Pender died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Pender Care Centre.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender, with Rev. Glenn Schacht officiating. Interment was in Rosehill Cemetery at Pender.

Dale was born Oct. 27, 1922 in Pender to Wilhelm and Frances (Gilster) Glissman. He grew up in the area and was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church. He attended country school at District #34 east of Pender and graduated from Pender High School in 1940.

After graduation, he moved to Omaha and worked at the Martin Bomber Plant in Bellevue. He enlisted in the Army Air Force. While assigned to the 398th Bomber group, he flew many missions as a navigator aboard a B-17, achieving the rank of Second Lieutenant. He returned from the service in 1945.

He married Mamie Thomsen on April 27, 1952 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He was a lifelong member there and served on the church council. The couple lived in Pender where in 1948 Dale operated a liquor store with Clarence Dye and later with Bill Tonjes until selling the business in 1967.

Dale also worked for the post office for 31 years, retiring in 1990. Dale served on the Pender village board and Pender airport board. He also was a member of the Pender Veterans, Pender Legion and Pender volunteer fire department, serving as the fire department’s treasurer for more than 55 years.

He is survived by his wife of Pender; two sons, Ron and Doug and wife Pam, all of Omaha; one daughter, Cindy Mattes and husband Ron of Hooper; five grandchildren; one sister, Viva Hartz of Washington, two sisters-in-law, Jean Glissman of Michigan and Joann Glissman of Norfolk as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Dale was preceded in death by three brothers, Harlan, Donald and Bill; one sister, Edna Ramspott, and an infant brother and sister.


Louis Moritz, 89

Louis R. Moritz, 89, of Fremont, formerly of West Point, died April 23, 2010 at Arbor Manor in Fremont.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 28, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont, with Rev. Timothy Gierke officiating. Burial was in the Stanton cemetery.

Louis was born June 1, 1920 in Stanton County to Louis and Anna (Jarisch) Moritz. He grew up in the Stanton area and farmed in Stanton and Wayne counties. In 1963, he moved into Hoskins and worked at the lumber yard until moving to West Point in 1972. He was employed by the city and worked at the West Point power plant. He retired in 1987 and moved to Fremont in 1995.

He married Lorraine S. Lueders on Nov. 25, 1951 in Pender.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He was a former member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Point.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Douglas and wife Connie of West Point; two daughters, Cynthia Hurlbert and husband Gerry of Carroll and Jodi Schlieker and husband Steven of Fremont; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and niece Vicky Case of Pender.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Elnora Brown.


Dean Perry, 66

Dean Perry, 66, of West Point, died Monday, May 3, 2010 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 today (Thursday) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point, with Reverend Frank Lordemann as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Wake services will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s. Visitation will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point and then continue at the church until the time of the wake.

Dean was born March 11, 1944 at Shelby to Morris and Elizabeth Kilgore Perry. He was raised in West Point and graduated from West Point Public High School in 1962. Dean served in the U.S. Navy from May, 1, 1963 until Feb. 11, 1965 and was stationed in San Diego, Guam and Japan.

On April 8, 1967, he married Theresa Ridder at St. Mary’s. The couple made their home in West Point. Dean worked as a lineman for the R.E.A., North Western Bell, US West and retired from Qwest in 1999.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. For the past eight years, he served as a Cuming County supervisor.

He was a member of the West Point Sportsman Club and past member of the West Point Public School Board. He enjoyed fishing and goose hunting. He had a passion for restoring lawn tractors and could often be found socializing with his buddies out in the shed.

Survivors include his wife of West Point; two sons, Jim and wife Judy of West Point and Jay and wife Lynn of Oakhill, Va.; four sisters, Jackie Perry of West Point, Marilyn Beck and husband Dennis of Snyder, Doris Zobel and husband Gene of Bancroft and Maxine Poppe and husband Lynn of Omaha; two brothers, Bob and wife Vivian of Lees Summit, Mo., and Mert and wife Brenda of West Point; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Point Public School Foundation or St. Francis Memorial Hospital Home Health and Hospice.

Pauline C. Elliott, 94

Pauline C. Elliott, 94, of Ames, Iowa, died April 22, 2010 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. at United Church of Pender. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Pender.

Pauline was born to William C. and Clara (Bayer) Murray in Pender on Aug. 7, 1914. She went o Wayne State College and graduated in 1935. She also attended Iowa State College.

She married Ivan C. Elliott on Jan. 20, 1940.

She was a homemaker and member of Ames Woman’s Club and United Church of Pender.

Pauline is survived by one son, Terry and wife Margaret of Kansas City, Mo., and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband on May 21, 1980 and one brother, Paul Murray.


Pamela Kay Rohler, 61

Former Pender resident Pamela Kay Rohler, 61, of Chetek, Wis., died Friday, April 9, 2010.

Memorial services were held April 14 at Chetek Lutheran Church. She died just one week after being diagnosed with cancer.

Pamela was born to Paul and Gladys Anderson on Oct. 26, 1948 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Ill. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Christian education and sociology from Trinity University in Deerfield, Ill., and completed additional studies in various art mediums at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. 

She married Philip Rohler on May 20, 1972 in Deerfield.

Pam worked for 15 years as a paraprofessional educator to children with special needs. She taught numerous art classes and devoted much of her time to working within her local church.

She was a member of Prairie Lake Covenant Church in Chetek, where she founded the weekly CAPS group, a fellowship group for women. Pam was an artist in heart and soul and was constantly working on a painting, drawing or sculpture. She loved to create things with her hands and delighted many with her teddy bears, sock monkeys, scrapbooks and homemade cards. One of her passions was decorating, and her home was a constant reminder of the joy she found in colors, shapes and forms.

Her husband was pastor of Pender’s Evangelical Covenant Church from January 1990 to December 1994.

Pam is survived by her husband of Chetek; two children, Pastor Adam and wife Amy of Jamestown, N.Y., and Elizabeth Johnson and husband Brian of St. Paul; two grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon Morris and husband Roger of Duluth, Minn., and Sheryl Fuhrman and husband John of Roseville, Minn.

Richard Roth, 74

Richard M. Roth, 74, of Lyons died Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland.

Funeral services were held Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lyons. Burial with a flag presentation was in the Bancroft cemetery.

Richard was born to Clarence “C.T.” and Emily (Young) Roth on Sept. 6, 1935 in Pender.

He attended country school north of Beemer until the age of seven. His family then moved west of Lyons. He was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft. He attended country school west of the family farm and later graduated from Lyons High School in 1952.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Japan. Richard then returned home to join the family farm with his mother and father. Until his death, he was still very active in the livestock and farming activities with his two children. 

Richard enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and his dog, Wags. They gave him great joy. He loved going to farm and cattle sales. His hobbies included caring for his cows and calves, drinking coffee and teasing as many people as possible.

Survivors include one son, Ronald and special friend Melissa of Pender; one daughter, Marsha Roth of Wayne. and two granddaughters.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Leota Slaughter, 94

Leota (Beckman) Slaughter, 94, of Rosalie died Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Pender Care Centre.

Funeral services were held Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, with Rev. Brion Tolzman officiating. Burial was in the Lyons cemetery.

Leota was born Jan. 3, 1916 on a farm near Pender, the daughter of Ernest and Sophia (Siebrandt) Beckman. She was baptized by Pastor Eckhardt at St. John’s Church. She attended a parochial school at the church with her older brothers and sisters. Rev. Robert Kruse was the teacher. They drove a buggy and team of horses to school. In 1930, Leota was confirmed at St John’s Church by Rev. Robert Kruse.  

On Jan. 19, 1939, Leota married Russell Slaughter. The couple were joined in marriage by Rev. Kruse. Afterwards, they lived on a farm outside of Pender, later moving to a farm near Rosalie. From this marriage, four children were born. They joined Trinity Lutheran Church, where Leota was an and active member. She served as the Ladies Aide president for many years. She also was a member of the Sunshine Club.

Leota worked at Campbell’s for many years until retiring. The most important part of her life, however, was her family. She attended every family gathering with her homemade goodies. She was a great mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,and friend to all.

She is survived by her children: Dennis and wife Sherry of Rosalie, Carolee Bonneau of Rosalie and Etta Mae Krahmer and husband Bob of Emerson.

She is also survived by one sister, Lillie Gilster of Dakota City; five sisters-in-law, Orma, Betty, Elaine, Babe and Margaret Beckman, and 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Beverly; six brothers, Victor, Arnold, Clarence, Martin, Leonard and Alfred Beckman; two sisters, Lona Hansen and Mabel Jahnke, and one grandson.


Emily Walker III, 68

Emily H. Walker III, 68, of Macy died Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Alfred Gilpin Building in Macy, and Clifford Wolfe officiated. Interment was in the Omaha Tribal Cemetery at Macy.

Emily was born Sept. 27, 1941 in Winnebago, the daughter of Harvey and Fanny (Kemp) Walker. She worked at the Omaha Casino, where she also liked to visit and play bingo. She also loved being at home and listening to Native American Church music. Most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren.

Emily is survived by her children: Anna Marie Walker of Sioux City, Napolean Walker of Macy, Christopher Walker of Walthill, Crystal Walker and husband Arliss Morris Jr. and Rosanna Parker and husband Arnold Parker Jr., all of Macy.  

She is survived by 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Franklin Mitchell Sr.; one daughter, Bertha Walker, and one son, Duane Walker Sr.

Lois Wolfe, 68

Lois Evelyn Wolfe, 68, of Walthill died Monday, April 12, 2010 at her home near Walthill.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Walthill, with Father Michael Eckley officiating. A visitation at her home will continue until the time of the funeral.

Lois was born Feb. 14, 1942 in Mesa, Ariz., the daughter of Wallace and Gertrude (Pooshuma) Maha. She graduated from Parker High School in 1961 and Haskell Jr. College in 1963.

She worked as a nanny in California and as a legal secretary. She also worked for the Winnebago utilities, the Winnebago Agency and the Macy school. She was the manager of Jump’s Food Barn for many years.

Lois is survived by Clifford Jump, her companion of 32 years; four children, Darren, Preston, Kenton and Cathy Wolfe, all of Macy; 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one brother, Larry of Macy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Glen.

Maxine Parker, 72

Maxine Ida Parker, 72, of Macy died Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center in Macy.  

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Alfred Gilpin Building in Macy, with Rufus and Maxine White in charge of the services.

A visitation will be continue until the time of the funeral at the Native American Church in Macy.

Interment will be in the Omaha Tribal cemetery in Macy.

Maxine was born Jan. 26, 1938 in Macy, the daughter of Frank Parker Sr. and Julia Robinson-Walker Parker. She was raised in Omaha, moving to Macy in the mid 1970s.

She was an EMT on the ambulance service and most recently worked as a recreation aide at the nursing home.

She also was active in the senior center and looked after her relatives.

She enjoyed playing bingo and visiting the casino. She also traveled with the Baptist Reformed Church women’s group and was active in the Native American Church.

Maxine is survived by one son, Harold Lee Walker of Macy; one sister, Lorraine Kemp of Walthill, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Parker, and one sister, Cora Belle Springer.

Jack Nunn, 81

Jack Nunn, 81, of Las Vegas, Nev., died March 31, 2010 at his home.

Jack was cremated, and no memorial services were held.

Jack was born June 6, 1928 in Walthill to Lonnie and Lee Nunn.

Jack was a welder most of his life in Omaha, moving to Las Vegas for health reasons, He had lived there for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Molly of Las Vegas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and three sisters, JoAnn Rager of Emerson, Ella Peterson of North Bend and Eva Young of Decatur.

He is preceded in death by four children, Davey Jack, Evelyn, Artie Lee and Roger; five brothers, Bob, Orange “Punk,” Marvin “Tass,” Raymond “Ed” and Paul Ray “Cotton)” and three sisters, Dorothy Derry, Lela Conway and Margie Gregg.


Lois Wegner, 78

Lois J. Wegner, 78, of Bancroft died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Pender Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, with Rev. Philip Hale officiating. Interment was in the Bancroft cemetery.

Lois was born Sept. 4, 1931 in Kennard to Emil and Rose (Johnson) Rooth. She attended and graduated from Oakland High School in 1949.  

She married Luther Wegner on Dec. 22, 1950 in Papillion. After their marriage, the couple lived in Omaha for a year before moving to Bancroft, where they lived the rest of their lives.  

Lois worked for area businesses, retiring from Pender Care Centre. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  

She loved playing cards and bingo, fishing and spending time with her friends and family.

Lois is survived by four children: Debbie Foulk and husband Lane of Lincoln, Pam Garton and husband Steve of Beatrice, Mike and wife Barb of Bancroft and Teresa Powley and husband Paul of Pender.

She also is survived by 10 grandchildren, and three sisters-in-law, Louise Renander of Sioux City, Ardyth Wegner of Fremont and Barbara Rooth of Union, S.C.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son and daughter; one brother, Charles; one grandson; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.


Clifford Hurlbert, 52

Memorial services for Clifford Warren Hurlbert, 52, of Norfolk were held Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk, with Rev. Dr. Charles Kathurima M. officiating. He died April 1 at his home in Norfolk.

Clifford was born Oct. 26, 1957 to Jesse and Eva (Dotson) Hurlbert in Norfolk. He attended school in Pender. He lived in the Pender area until the late 1970s, when he moved to Yankton, S.D., where he lived until the late 1980s. He then moved to Norfolk and became a partner with Brian Gibbs at the Quick Change Lube Center. Later, he was employed by Volkman Plumbing and Heating in Norfolk for 18 years.

He married Rebecca Westerman in Las Vegas on Jan. 2, 2006.

He is survived by his wife of Norfolk; four sons, Matt Hurlbert of Sioux City and Brandon and Seth Higginbotham and Lucas Hurlbert, all of Norfolk, and one grandson.

He is also survived by one brother, Mike Hurlbert of Ewing, and one sister, Marin Hendron and husband Jon.

Surviving brothers and sisters-in-law include Mike Westerman, Cliff Westerman and wife Sherry, Leonard Westerman, Greg Westerman, Ron Westerman and wife Shelley, Steve Kellogg and wife Loretta and Shelly Maresh and husband Al, all of Nebraska, and Patricia Reynolds, Ken Westerman and wife Kathy and Rick Mills and wife Roberta, all of Florida.  

His nephew is Jesse Rutar, who lives in Pender with his wife, Nicole. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law Paul and Virginia (Johnson) Westerman, and sister-in-law Phyliss Westerman Hanover. 

Helen Witt, 96

Helen Anna Witt, 96, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Sunday, March 28, 2010. 

Helen was born Jan. 31, 1914 in Thurston County, the daughter of Alvena and Bernard Tonjes.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, one brother and one sister.


Pastor Walter E.
Rowoldt, 93

Pastor Walter E. Rowoldt, 93, of Lincoln died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 in Lincoln.

Funeral services were held Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Mark Ebert officiating. Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

He was born April 11, 1916, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Pastor Paul and Marie (Boetcker) Rowoldt. He was a nephew of Rev. William J.H. Boetcker, a prominent religious leader, writer and speaker in the early 1900s. 

He was raised in several Nebraska communities but primarily Norfolk, graduating from Norfolk High School in 1934, Midland Lutheran College in 1939 and Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1942. 

He was ordained a Lutheran pastor on May 7, 1942. He served congregations at St. Paul’s in Northboro, Iowa, from 1942-44; St. Mark’s in Pender from 1944-1963; Luther Memorial in Omaha from 1963-1975, and St. Johannis-Kirche in Braunschweig, Germany, from 1975-81. 

He also served a number of churches in semi-retirement, including Trinity in Columbus, Newman Grove, Creston-Leigh, Immanuel in Lincoln and served as a chaplain/interpreter for the Cunard Cruise Line. 

He conducted many German services, including the annual July 4th Stuhr Museum service for 18 years. He retired at the age of 89.

He is survived by his second wife of eight years, Esther Welchert Barjenbruch Rowoldt; two daughters, Grace Planalp of Baltimore, Md., and Mary Martin and husband Dr. Max Martin; two sons, Stephen and wife Debra  and James and wife Kathy, all of Lincoln, and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, Eunice (Magnuson) Rowoldt, and 11 siblings.


Melvin Peterson, 90

Melvin E. Peterson, 90, of Rosalie died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Pender Care Centre.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Rosalie, with Pastor Steve Breazier officiating. Interment was in the Lyons cemetery.

Melvin was born July 5, 1919 in Closter, the son of Elmer and Hilda (Peterson) Peterson.

He married Helen Crosby on Aug. 12, 1943 in Dothan, Ala. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he received three purple hearts. He farmed all of his life. Melvin belonged to the United Methodist Church and the Lyons VFW. Helen died in 2003.

Melvin is survived by one daughter, Linda Peterson of Rosalie, and three sons, Robert and wife Stella of Lincoln, Raymond and wife Holliday of Omaha and Randy and wife Wendy of Pender; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchilden; and one sister-in-law, Leona May and husband Donald of Henderson, Nev.

In addition to his wife, Melvin was preceded in death by three brothers.

Virgil H. Bettenhausen, 87

Virgil H. Bettenhausen, 87, a retired West Point area farmer, died March 27, 2010 at Colonial Haven Nursing Home in Beemer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 31, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point, with Rev. Richard Bringewatt officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery.  

Virgil was born Feb. 13, 1923 on the family farm northeast of West Point in Cuming County to Henry C. and Augusta (Abendroth) Bettenhausen.  He attended Zion Lutheran School near Bancroft.  

On June 12, 1944, he married Dora Madsen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hooper. The couple farmed northeast of West Point. Dora died in 1991.  

On April 2, 1992, Virgil married LaVerna (Predoehl) Siemers at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. The couple lived on Virgil’s farm before moving to St. Joseph’s Retirement Community in West Point in 2005 and then to Colonial Haven in 2008.

Virgil was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point. Virgil loved piloting his small airplane and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife, LaVerna; five children, Roger and wife Marilyn of Columbus, Ruth Adams and husband Jim of Janesville, Wisc., Lois Pfeiffer and husband LaVern of Scribner and Clark and Bryan and wife Sheri, all of West Point; three sisters, Marlys Schroeder and Jim and Betty Bettenhausen, all of West Point, and Eunice Kurz and husband Gene of Oakland; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and two stepsons, Lanny Siemers and wife Barbara of Rockford, Ill., and Gayle Siemers and wife Helen of Polson, Mont.  

He was preceded in death by his first wife; one son, Leon in 1969; one great-granddaughter and three infant brothers.


Harlan W. Schopke, 73,

Harlan W. Schopke, 73, of Emerson died Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, with Pastor Gretchen Ritola officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson.

Harlan was born April 26, 1936 in Emerson, the son of Walter and Helen (Lusebrink) Schopke. He graduated from Emerson High School. After graduation, he worked until entering the Army. 

He married Ruth Rohrs, and the couple farmed in the Emerson-Wakefield area. 

On Dec. 11, 1991, Harlan married Judy Richardson.

Harlan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Emerson American Legion, Masonic Lodge and Abu Bekr Shrine. He enjoyed playing cards and dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Judy of Emerson; seven children, Mark of Wakefield, Paul and wife Janet of Pender, Heidi Swanton and husband Steve of Wentzville, Mo., John and wife Jennifer of Kearney, Steve Flax and wife Tracy of Lakenheath, England, Mike Flax and wife Amy of Emerson and Roxann Stark and husband Rob of Minot, N.D.; 19 grandchildren and one sister, Vera Longe of Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Doris Jean Jasa.


 William Glissman, 82

William J. Glissman, 82, of Warren, Mich., died March 11, 2010 at W. Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich.

Funeral services were held March 15 at the Lyle Elliott Funeral Home in Warren, with Rev. Arthur Werry officiating.

William was born May 30, 1927 in Pender, the son of Wilhelm G. and Francis M. Gilster.

He married Jean Davis on May 16, 1953, and they shared 56 years together.

Before retiring, he was employed in quality control for the toll and die industry. 

He enjoyed camping and being a member of Yucca Yucca Camping Club, woodworking, working outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren. 

He also was a member of the O.E.S., the Eureka North Warren Lodge #594 F&AM and Shriners.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Anne of Warren and Stacey Decker and husband Gregg, all of Warren; one son, Rick and wife Rudy of Ortonville, Mich.; five grandchildren; one sister, Viva Hartz of Fort Orchard, Wash.; one brother, Dale and wife Mamie of Pender, and many nieces and nephews.


Jack W. Jefferies, 89

Jack W. Jefferies, 89, of Glendale, Calif., died March 23, 2010. Burial was in Forest Lawn Chapel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Wednesday, March 31.

Jack was born in July 1920 in Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife, Violet (Schroeder) Jefferies of Glendale; three sons, Jack Jr., Tom and Robert; one daughter, Janice, and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of California.

Also surviving are Violet’s siblings, Duane and Dorothy Slaughter of Lyons, Melvin and Viola Schroeder of Wisner and Warren and Mildred Mayberry and Harold and Judy Schroeder, all of Pender.


Mary Ann Mark, 80


Mary Ann Mark, 80, of Homer died Monday, March 22, 2010 at Pender Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, with Rev. Brion Tolzman officiating. A visitation will be held today (Thursday) from 5-8 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery at Walthill.

Mary was born Oct. 8, 1929 in Walthill, the daughter of Marvin and Della (Chidester) Wingett. She graduated from Walthill High School and worked in various positions during her life. Most recently, she worked as a caregiver for many close friends and family.  

She married Lewis E. Mark on May 27, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran. Her hobbies included crocheting afghans and making baby blankets. She also was an avid reader, liked playing solitaire, doing crosswords and walking her pug, Cricket. She also enjoyed traveling to her sister’s house in Missouri, babysitting and watching and discussing PBR bull riding with her sister, Norma.

Mary is survived by three children: Judy Wagner and husband Richard of Fremont, Dale and wife Janie of Homer and Michille Johnson and husband Duane of Vermillion, S.D.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by one sister, Norma Morgan of Elkland, Mo.; two brothers, Bill and wife Virginia of Vermillion and Doug and wife Ruth Ann of Walthill as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, stepfather L.E. “Mick” Conley, and a brother, Dennis.



Kathleen Silva-Navarro, 64

Kathleen Silva-Navarro, 64, of Lincoln died at her home on Thursday, March 11, 2010.  

Funeral services were held Monday at the Alfred Gilpin Building in Macy, with Ronald Kemp in charge of the services. Interment was in the Omaha Tribal Cemetery at Macy.

Kathleen was born Dec. 26, 1946 in Winnebago, the daughter of Enoch and Ramona (Tyndall) Miller.  

She is survived by four children: Brian Parker, Darren Parker and Nathaniel and Natalie Parker-Ibrahim; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Darrel Miller and Enoch Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


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