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December 17, 2018

Obituaries (11-9-17)

Neal Nelson, 94

Neal D. Nelson of Winnebago, Neb., was born on June 10, 1923, and died on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Regency Nursing Home in South Sioux City.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Homer United Methodist Church followed by a graveside service at Omaha Valley Cemetery and lunch at the American Legion Hall in Homer. Visitation with the family present was at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Neal was born to David R. and Zora (Midkiff) Nelson on a farm just north of Homer, the oldest of five children. While still a young boy, his family moved to a farm south of Homer. Neal attended Combs Country School and Homer High School, graduating in 1941. He met Ruth Bonderson at a town dance and always said that he was so taken with her that he immediately invited Ruth along with her friends for ice cream. Ruth and Neal married in 1949 and together they had three children: Karin, Jenny Susan and John and 61 years of happy marriage. They made their home and farmed north of Winnebago. They loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially devoting their time and care to their daughter, Karin who had MS, and her four children.

Neal was very social and enjoyed being involved in the community. He was active in the Homer Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge for over 70 years. He worked with the Thurston County and the Dakota/Thurston County Fair Board for over 40 years and for many years was the Chairman. He also served as Chair of Homer’s Omaha Valley Cemetery, was on the Winnebago School Board, and was on the Winnebago Fire Department as the Secretary/Treasurer.

Neal loved to be with family and friends, often over a game of cribbage or cards, the breakfast table at Verna Jean’s in Homer, a bowl of ice cream, or an ear of sweet corn fresh from the field. He loved to farm and raise cattle. He also loved to read, ride horses, take drives, and visit his daughter Susan and her family in Arizona every winter. He enjoyed telling and listening to a good story, working on improvement projects in his farm shop or basement, “stretching out” for a quick nap, or watching activities from his picture window. Neal had a big personality, a big laugh, and a big heart – and he will be so greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth; daughter, Karin and granddaughter, Kristine Washington; as well as his brother, David and sisters, Virginia and Janet.

He is survived by his children, Jenny Susan (Ted) Rudberg and John (Minh) Nelson; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Lauri Washington Sawyer, Lila; Beth (Jesse) Washington Clark, Teddy, Levi; Anna (Pete) Rudberg Speiser, Inga, Lars; John (Carly) Washington, Gus, Hugh; Eric Rudberg; David (Christina) Washington, Aiden, Peyton and Charles; and his sister, Carolyn.

Memorials may be directed to the family for designations to be made at a later time.

Joe Hastings, 60

Joe Hastings, 60, of Niobrara and formerly of Pender died on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at his home in Niobrara.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Pender. Pastor Gerald Leise will be officiating.  

The visitation will be held tonight (Thursday) from 5-7 p.m. at the Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Pender.  

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara and Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender are in charge of arrangements.

Josef E. Hastings, son of J. Dean and Florence (Meier) Hastings, was born December 15, 1956, in Denver, Colo. He graduated from Pender High School in 1975. 

On March 26, 2011, Josef was united in marriage to Elizabeth Marchina in Cape May, New Jersey. He was blessed with three children, Jodi, Jake and Jared from his first marriage to Jeanette Hastings.

In his early years, Joe worked in the oil fields of Wyoming and Colorado. He was also an over the road truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He spent the last 25 years involved in ranching and as a hunting outfitter. Joe was currently attending college at NICC in Santee, majoring in Native American Studies, with perfect attendance and a 4.0 GPA.

Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always said he “killed more geese, shot more ducks, and caught more fish than anyone else.” Joe enjoyed motorcycle riding. He also raised Labrador Retrievers for 25 years. Joe loved to cook and make sure everyone was fed. His greatest love was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Josef is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; children, Jodi Hastings, Jake (Paige) Hastings, Jared (Ashley) Hastings; seven grandchildren; siblings, Jane (Ron) Schroer, Tom (Patty) Hastings, Michael (Suzy) Hastings, Mary Hastings, and Ed (Patty) Hastings; aunt, Francis Collins; uncle, Leroy Nilges; the mother of his three children, Jeanette Hastings; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.


Cheerie Raasch, 69

Cheerie Ann Raasch, 69, of Bancroft, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at Pender Community Hospital in Pender.  

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Nov. 3, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft with Father Paul Ortmeier celebrating Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Bancroft.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  

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

Cheerie was born Nov. 3, 1947 in West Point, to Louis and Madeline (Waite) Gatzemeyer.  She was baptized on November 30, 1947 and confirmed on April 17, 1959.  She attended Bancroft High School.  

On October 23, 1965, Cheerie married her high school sweetheart, Edward R. Raasch in West Point.  Together the couple were blessed with 10 children. 

Cheerie volunteered her time as a member of the Bancroft Library Board, St. Mary’s Altar Society and Holy Cross Parish Council.  

She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, shopping, a hot cup of coffee and a good book, walking, playing cards — with only her rules — working as a para at Lyons-Decatur Northeast, teaching CCD, being a Eucharistic minister, reader for Mass, church greeter and occasional altar server.

She was honored with the Spirit of Holy Cross Award. Cheerie also had a love for animals, even the strays had a place in her home. In her spare time she could be found at “chicken night” with her cohorts in crime.

Cheerie is survived by her husband, Edward Raasch; sons, David (Roxanne) Raasch, Michael (Lisa) Raasch; daughters, Lisa Raasch-Smith, Tina (Scott) Ronnfeldt, Candi (Christopher) Bonsall, Carri (John) Schuttler, Tabitha (Brad) Sheets, Tiffani (Greg) Jahde, CharLee (Adam) Weborg; sister, Bette Brehmer; brother, Tim (Mary) Gatzemeyer; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Cheerie is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Madeline Gatzemeyer; parents-in-laws, Harold and Marguerite Raasch; brothers, Bill Gatzemeyer, Tommy Gatzemeyer; and son, Ty Raasch.


Dixie Cadwallader, 64

Dixie Elaine Cadwallader of Hubbard died on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at her home near Hubbard.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Nov. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hubbard with Father Paul Albenesius celebrating Mass. The burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Hubbard. 

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  

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

Dixie was born April 18, 1953 in South Sioux City to Gene and Emma (Carr) Davis. She attended grade school in South Sioux City, junior high at Emerson Sacred Heart School, and graduated from Emerson High School and received her Associate’s Degree from Northeast Community College in Norfolk. She then went on to attend Wayne State College. 

She married Gary Cadwallader on January 16, 1971 in Hubbard. The couple lived in Niobrara and Arizona for two years and Concord for 25 years, where she worked construction. Dixie retired in Hubbard four years ago. She enjoyed sewing, making western shirts, yard work and gardening.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Gary Cadwallader of Hubbard; sisters, Jeanne (John) Wriedt of Wakefield and Karen Merchant of Carroll; and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Shane Cadwallader; parents-in-law Bud and Anna Cadwallader; parents, Gene and Emma Davis; sisters, Katheryn (Sunny) Crawford and Sharon Westerhold.


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