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June 20, 2018

Obituaries (3-8-18)

Lois Messerschmidt, 97

Lois Fern Messerschmidt was born Oct. 14, 1920 in Dundy County, Nebraska, to Ralph and Nellie (Nesmith) Miller. She passed away March 4, 2018, at Heritage of Emerson, in Emerson at the age of 97 years.
Lois grew up near Wauneta, Nebraska, where she graduated from high school. She then entered nurses training at Bethel Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After receiving her R.N. degree, she worked for three years at Greeley County Hospital. In 1941, at the start of World War II, she enlisted in the U. S. Navy at Mare Island and served one and a half years.
It was there she met her Marine patient, Smitty. They were married in California, New Year’s Eve 1945. Following their discharge in late 1945, they bought a farm in Missouri, where they lived for 26 years. Lois worked for 13 years at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri and then 13 years as the Director of Nursing at the hospital in Lamar, Missouri.
In 1977, they sold their farm and moved to Oakland, Nebraska. In 1978, Lois began working at the Oakland Hospital and retired after 17 years at the age of 75 years. In 2002, they moved to Branson, Missouri for six and a half years and returned to Oakland in 2007 to retire.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, Smitty; an infant son; one sister and one brother.
Survivors include her brother, Ed Miller of Denver; sisters, Rita Manlove of Mesa, Arizona, Ila Gilbert of Walnut Creek, California; twelve nieces and nephews; a host of friends.
Services will be Thursday, March 8 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., with family receiving friends and a prayer service at 5 p.m. all at Pelan Funeral Services Oakland. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to funeral at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials may be sent to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland and Oakland Mercy Hospital. 

Glenda Potter, 84

Glenda J. Potter, 84, of Pender and formerly of Winnebago, died on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center. Funeral services for Glenda were held on Wednesday, March 7 at the United Church of Pender with Pastor Steven Breazier officiating. Burial followed lunch at Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Siouxland and the Pender Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Pender is in charge of the arrangements.
Glenda was born on July 16, 1933, on the family farm near Homer, the daughter of Nels Harold and Joyce (Martin) Nelsen. She attended and graduated from Winnebago High School in 1951. For a short time, Glenda worked as a nanny in Sioux City, Iowa, for a family with a little girl. On Nov. 22, 1951, she was united in marriage to Donald F. Potter at her home. The couple made their home on the family farm. They enjoyed traveling and attending music festivals. They once drove to Alaska on vacation. She enjoyed cooking, embroidering, sewing and gardening. Glenda also liked adult coloring books and word find books. Donald died on Aug. 13, 2015.
She is survived by her son Ray (Pam) Potter of Thurston; daughters Julie Dunn of Omaha and Wanda Kleinschmit of Crofton; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Jan (Lonnie) Parrill and Sharon Rose and a brother Tim (Linda) Nelsen and a sister-in-law Mary Nelsen.
Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don, son-in-law Donovan Kleinschmit; brother, Richard “Dick” Nelsen, and sister-in-law’s Glora Mae (Al) Bentz and Hazel Sorensen.

Charlotte Browning, 96

Charlotte A. Browning, 96, of Lyons died on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Legacy Garden and Rehabilitation Center in Pender. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft with Father Paul Ortmeier officiating. Burial was in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery near Bancroft. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft is in charge of the arrangements. 

Charlotte was born on Aug. 15, 1921 in Elkhorn, the daughter of Alfred and Catherine (Quinn) Frost. She attended and graduated from Lyons High School. On Nov. 21, 1942, she was united in marriage to John Browning. To this union eight children were born. The couple lived in Omaha for a short time before returning to Bancroft in 1944 to farm. She was a member of St. Mary’s Alter Society. Charlotte enjoyed sewing, tending to her flowers and garden and baking. Most of all she enjoyed the time with her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Charleen Anderson of Lyons, Mardelle (Larry) Connealy of Decatur and Bonnie (Rod) Kroger of Lyons; sons, John (Pat) Browning of Bancroft, Alvin (Pam) Browning of Lyons, Bob Browning of Lyons and Jim (Donna) Browning of Lyons. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; daughter, Wanda Krumwiede; granddaughters, Brittni Browning and Heidi Browning; grandson, Stephen Connealy; a brother, Kenneth Frost and son-in-law Jerry Anderson.

Kenneth Kinlund, 90

Kenneth L. Kinlund, 90, of Hooper died Sunday March 4, 2018 in the Hooper Care Center.
Ken was born Feb. 15, 1928 to Carl and Amy ‘Gladys’ (Neal) Kinlund. He was raised on a farm near Rosalie, Nebraska. He graduated in 1945 from Rosalie High School then farmed north of Oakland. On Oct. 19, 1947 he married Joyce Claussen. Ken continued to farm in the Rosalie and Oakland area while at the same time he started working at Hormel in Fremont. The couple moved to Hooper while Ken continued working at Hormel, retiring in 1987. The couple then moved to Fremont in 2006. After Joyce died, Ken moved back to Hooper and was a resident of the Parkview Apartments until moving into the Hooper Care Center. Ken was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Hooper Volunteer Fire Department and was a charter member of the Husker Power Club at the University of Nebraska.
Survivors include daughters, Kathe (Chuck) Strand of Fremont and Karla (John) Foust of Fremont; son, Kurt (Jeanne) Kinlund of Tecumseh; grandchildren, Jason (Kim) Strand, Tisha (Dan Crussell) Strand, Andy (Stacy) Foust, Tara (Nate) Harper and Kenny Kinlund; great-grandchildren, Makenna, Nolan, Gavin, Kole, Tyler, Diem and Drew. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, in 2011, parents and two brothers.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper. Burial followed at 1:30 p.m. in the Bancroft Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Hooper Care Center or Teammates.

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