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November 20, 2018

Obituaries (10-5-17)

Gladys Conroy, 82

Gladys M. Conroy, 82, of Oconto, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney.

Mass of Christian Burial will be today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oconto, with Reverend James Hunt celebrating.

Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery at Eddyville.

Visitation was to be held Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. with Rosary being recited at 6 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Oconto Fire Department or the Oconto American Legion Auxiliary, Post #250.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Gothenburg, to Victor and Lena (Streeton) McGaughey. The family moved to Oconto in 1942. She attended school in Oconto, graduating in 1952.  After school, she moved to Omaha, where she worked at Mutual of Omaha until 1955.

She was united in marriage to John Conroy on May 7, 1955, in Oconto.  The couple was blessed with five children; Janet, Jeanette, Greg, Susan and Cheryl. In 1974, Gladys gained employment with Sumner High School as a custodian. She retired in 1999. She loved being with the kids during her working years at the school. 

Gladys was a loving wife, mother and beloved grandmother who enjoyed sewing, was an excellent cook, baker, gardener and loved visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also active in the Oconto American Legion Auxiliary and St. Patrick’s Altar Society in Eddyville. 

Gladys is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Conroy of Oconto; her children, Janet (Max) Adams of Norfolk, Jeanette Cronin of Kearney, Greg (Cyndi) Conroy of Pender, Susan (David) Watts of Lincoln, Cheryl (Tom) Ludvik of Wahoo; one sister, Bert Conroy of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Roy Hofeldt, 90

Roy H. Hofeldt, 90, formerly of rural Bancroft, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Heritage of Emerson in Emerson.  

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Pender, with Pastor Paul Malcomson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Pender.  

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

In 1927, Henry and Alta (Reisen) Hofeldt were blessed with twins (Roy and Ray) on Sept. 11 in rural Bancroft.  Roy also had a younger brother, Fred and three half brothers (Shorty, Wayne, and Robert “Buck”) from his dad’s first marriage with Lina (Bassett), who died in early 1920s. 

Roy attended Springer Country School (District 10) by his home, graduating from Bancroft High School in 1948.  Roy was baptized in the Pacific Ocean as a teenager.  

Roy was registered for the service, but when his dad was killed the military told him he had to stay home and take care of his mom and the family farm. His dad, Henry, was killed by being pinned under a tractor and died in Roy’s arms. 

Roy married Marian Mae Dahlman on May 20, 1956 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. On their fourth wedding anniversary their first child, Michael Roy, was born. A daughter, Maridee Rae, was born on July 2, 1962. Roy continued farming, raising livestock, corn shelling, custom combining, working as a carpenter and a fine wood artisan. He was on numerous board of directors, including ASCS, Coop and 4-H.  Roy and Marian created a youth group because of their love of kids called “Super-Teens.” 

Roy retired in 1989 from farming and began to travel and experience things he had never known.  He taught himself to snow ski at age 65.  

Roy is survived by his son, Michael Hofeldt of Fullerton, Calif.; daughter, Maridee (Clay) Malmberg of Thurston; sister-in-law, JoAnn Hofeldt of Portland, Ore.; twin brother, Ray R. Hofeldt Sr. of Omaha; three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian; sister-in-law, Darleen Hofeldt; brother, Fred Hofeldt; and half-brothers, Shorty Hofeldt, Robert “Buck” (Viola) Hofeldt and Wayne (Mary) Hofeldt.


Rollan Hingst, 77

Rollan Lee Hingst, 77, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at a Sioux City hospital. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, with Pastor Gretchen Ritola officiating. The burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Rollan was born Oct. 5, 1939 to Harland and Marie (Reher) Hingst in Emerson. He graduated in 1956 from Emerson High School. Rollan enlisted in the United States Army in Fort Hood, Texas. 

On May 26, 1962, he married Dorothy Gatzemeyer in Emerson and the couple had two children. Rollan loved family gatherings and especially looked forward to the Fourth of July family events.  He enjoyed watching Husker football, playing cards (especially pitch), bowling, horseshoes and most recently putting puzzles together with him Mom.

He was a member of the American Legion in Wakefield and proud to have been a lifelong farmer.

He is survived by his daughters, Rendy (Mark) Hitz of Grapevine, Texas, Cristy (John) Rardin of Olathe, Kan.; mother, Marie Hingst of Emerson; sisters, Reta (Jim) Bodwell, Diane (Dave) Jensen, Carolyn (Dean) Sievers; brothers, Marlan (Judy) Hingst, Verlan (Vicky) Hingst, Lelan Hingst, Dennis (Ida) Hingst, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Rollan is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; father, Harland; sister-in-law, Judy Hingst, and two infant grandchildren.


Delta Vosteen, 95

Delta Doris Dorthea Anna (Meyer) Vosteen, 95, of Pender, died on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender. 

Funeral services for Delta were held Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church near Pender with Rev. Kathy Montira officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.  

Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the House Memorial Library, and the Pender V.F.W.

Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender was in charge of arrangements.

Delta was born on March 26, 1922 to William and Edna (Lubberstedt) Meyer at Wakefield. She was baptized on April 16, 1922 and confirmed on May 19, 1935 at Immanuel Lutheran Church northwest of Wakefield. Delta attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1939.  

On January 9, 1946, she married Alvin Vosteen at Immanuel Lutheran Church. To this union were born two daughters, Gail (Doug) Malchow and Mary (Gerald) Smith, all of Pender.

Alvin and Delta farmed west of Pender until February 1955, when they moved to their farm west of Thurston. On the farm, Delta raised chickens, sold eggs and had a large garden. Alvin and Delta loved dancing at Kings Ballroom and the Howells Ballroom. They also enjoyed Alvin’s Army reunions. They went on many tours that allowed them to travel to all 50 of the United States.  

In 1971, Delta and Alvin moved to their home on Slaughter Avenue in Pender. Delta worked at the House Memorial Library for 14 years. They cared for Delta’s parents in their home, and Delta cared for Alvin during his battle with Alzheimer’s. She enjoyed visiting with her cousins, attending her grandchildrens’ activities, and she always had cookies in the freezer.

Delta was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School, Bible School and was a member of the WELCA.

Delta will be greatly missed by her family.

Survivors include Gail and Doug Malchow of Pender; Kay and Dave Raabe, Claire and Jayden of Wisner; Amy and Trevor Topp, Mason and Ellie of Winside; Ann and Scott Kraus, Chase and Evelyn of Springfield, Missouri; Emily and Nate Hanson of North Sioux City, South Dakota; Sarah and Kyle Blakeman, Taryn, Burke and Quinn of Merna; Mary and Gerald Smith of Pender; Mark Smith, Noah and Nathan of Lincoln, Melanie and Travis Farran, Khloie, Clara, Alec, Luke, Megan and Logan of Eldorado Springs, Missouri; Marty and Elisha Smith, Ava, Kolt and Elyse of Pender; Doug and Kim Smith, Reese and Wyatt of Sterling, Colorado; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Delta is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin in August of 2001; her parents, William and Edna Meyer; parents-in-law, Dick and Mary Vosteen; a brother, Myron Meyer and wife Pearl; sister-in-law, Helen Heineman and husband Harvey; and a brother-in-law, Walt Vosteen and wife Betty.


Daniel Dutcher, 62

Daniel L. Dutcher, 62, of Wakefield, died on Sept. 26, 2017, following an accident at Michael Foods in Wakefield.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne with a reception at the Wayne Activity Center. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Dan was born on Sept. 24, 1955 in St. Paul, the son of Donald and Anna Mae Dutcher. He was raised in Greeley, where he attended Sacred Heart School and Greeley Public School, graduating in 1973.  

He was united in marriage to Pam Dugan on June 10, 1978. To this union one son and four daughters were born. Dan and Pam made their home in Greeley, where Dan worked with his father at Greeley farm implement. Dan and Pam moved to Wakefield in 1983. For the last 12 years, Dan has worked for Michael Foods. He was active in the community, especially the baseball program, announcing numerous ball games.

Dan loved baseball, Nebraska football and sharing stories. Nothing was more important to Dan than his children and grandchildren. He was quick to tell every one of them and how much he loved them. 

Survivors include his wife, Pam; children and grandchildren; son, Justin and Christa Dutcher of Wayne; daughters, Rachel and Aaron Dutcher-Bessmer of Ponca, Elizabeth Dutcher of Wakefield, Jessica and Trent Kling of Gordon, and Regina and Cory Dutcher-Jorgensen of Pender; parents, Donald and Anna Mae Dutcher of Greeley; one brother, Kevin and Hannah Dutcher of Philadelphia; sisters, Peggy and Scott Ondracek and Donna and Denny Stromp, all of Greeley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Dutcher, brother-in-law, Marty Dugan and his grandparents, Emil and Elizabeth LaBenz.


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