Doris Saurer

(August 21, 1950 - March 29, 2018) Doris E. Saurer of Friend was born in Hastings, Nebraska on August 21, 1950, to Elwood and Evelyn (DeLancey) Whitlake and passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend, Nebraska at the age of 67 years, 7 months and 8 days. Doris attended Hanover District #75, near Glenvil and later attended Hastings High School. She was united in marriage to Jerald Saurer on September 27, 1968 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Hastings and to this union three children were born: Lisa, Teresa and Shawn. Together Doris and Jerry lived in Hastings until they moved to Glenwood, Iowa where they lived for a time before returning to Nebraska, making their last home in Friend. Together they enjoyed spending time camping with their children and family where Doris loved to fish. She was a great cook and loved the times when all her family was available for meals and sharing of special activities (the more the merrier). She was an avid crafter and made many items crocheting and making special gifts for family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed taking care of and making clothes for her family. Her grand-children were the light of her life. Doris loved the holidays and shopped all year for special Christmas gifts. She is survived by her husband, Jerald, Friend, daughters and son-in-law, Lisa Alfredson, Friend, and Teresa and Roger Ksionzek, Wilber, son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Alyssa Saurer, Ayr, 8 grandchildren, Dustyn, Dylan, Savannah and Boston Alfredson, Connor Ksionzek, Kayden, Allayna and Kayleb Saurer, 2 great-grandchildren, Landon and Reid Alfredson, a brother and sister-in-law, Wes and Mona Whitlake, Raymond, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Andrea and Larry Keasling, Marianna, FL, Charlene and Robert Petr, Hastings, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, twin brothers, Don and Ron Whitlake, a sister, Faye Kloke, parents-in-law, Andrew and Edna Saurer, and a son-in-law, John Alfredson in 2013. Doris E. Saurer A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friend with Fr. Lawrence Stoley officiating. Memorials may be directed in care of the family. A burial will be held at Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, at a later date.


Dean Manson

Dean D. Manson, 87, of Crete passed away on March 31, 2018, at home after a long battle with cancer. Dean was born in Lushton to Lyle Gradon and Stella Irene (Shaner) Manson on Nov. 22, 1930. He married Mary Karen Cohorst on Nov. 16, 1957, in Omaha. He retired from the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company. Dean was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army, and was awarded The United Nations, Korean Service medals and a meritorious unit citation. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers, the American Legion and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dean is survived by his wife, Karen of 60 years; children, Scott (Donna) Manson, Denise (David) McNeel, Craig (Lori) Manson, Terry (Shelly) Manson; sister, Norma Jean (William) Green of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, Shane, Stacy, Mary Elizabeth Manson and MacKenzie McNeel; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Stella Manson. A Celebration of Life and a veteran’s ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 13 at the Veterans and Friends (formerly the VFW) in Crete. Memorials may be given to Tabitha Hospice Care or American Cancer Society.


Kathryn Lloyd

(Jan 13, 1964 - Apr 3, 2018) Kathryn Elsie Lloyd, 54, of Crete passed away on April 3, 2018 at Premier Estates. She was born January 13, 1964 in Hammond, IN to Rees Lloyd Jr. and Blanch May Lloyd. She graduated from high school in 1982 from Wilber-Clatonia. She is preceded in death by her parents and nephew Adam Marshall. Kathryn is survived by her daughter Amber Jones, granddaughter Haley Packer, her sister Patti (Lloyd) Marshall, nephews and nieces Matthew Marshall and his wife Mikala, Crissi (Marshall) Townstead and her Husband Terry, Jesse Marshall and his wife Michelle, and Noah Marshall. Great nephews and nieces William Marshall, Ambrose Marshall, Louise Marshall, and Agnes Marshall. Graveside services will be held Tuesday April 10th, 2018 at Bohemian Cemetery in Wilber at 4 pm. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


Harry A. Axline

(August 28, 1931 - April 07, 2018) Harry Axline, the son of Arthur and Mary (Britton) Axline, was born in Dorchester, Nebraska on August 28, 1931. His father worked for Steele Bros Construction so Harry attended school in several different towns, graduating from Dorchester District #44 in 1949. He served in the Marine Corp for two years, was sent to Korea in October 1952 serving on the front lines as a tank driver for seven months. Harry was a heavy equipment operator for Steele Bros Construction, a mechanic at Sehnert’s Garage, a gas station attendant at Spacek’s Standard Station, and the Dorchester Coop. He served as manager of refined fuels until his retirement after 30 years with the Coop. Harry served on the Village Board for many years, was a volunteer fireman for 30 years, and served as Fire Chief for 20 years. He was a member of the VFW and served as Commander of the American Legion Post 264. He married Marlene Sehnert on July 29, 1952. Joining their family were Catherine in 1965 and James in 1968. Harry passed away on April 7, 2018. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marlene; daughter, Catherine Nitzel of Lincoln; son, James, and his wife, Tina, of Dorchester; three grandchildren, Reba (Hadley) Cooksley, Josh Nitzel, and Jonathan Axline, and a great grandchild, Caden Axline. Also surviving are his brother, Harold (Sharon) Axline of Dorchester; brother-in-law, Jerry (Gerry) Sehnert of Dorchester; sister-in-law, Jane Hopper of Omaha. Preceding him in death were sisters and their spouses, Mary Ellen (Bill) Klopp, Ardis Jean (John) Mortensen, and Alta Mae (Ivan) Weber. Also preceding him were sister-in-law, Frances (Harry) Spacek; brother-in-law, Ron (Mary Ann) Sehnert; and brother-in-law, Ken Hopper. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete, Nebraska. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5 – 7 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Dorchester Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Harold Axline, James Axline, Todd Axline, Marvin Kasl, Brent Kasl and Josh Nitzel. Honorary pallbearers will be Caden Axline, Greg Tyser, Ron Zoubek and Tim Axline. In lieu of flowers, memorials shall be given to the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


Russel D. Skalak


(May 15, 1957 - March 31, 2018) Russel D. Skalak, 60, of Crete, died March 31, 2018. Funeral Service: Thursday, 3:00 PM, Tuxedo Park 4-H Building, Crete. Visitation: Wednesday, 5 – 8 PM, Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. Memorials are in care of the family for future designation. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is in charge of arrangements.

Michael A. Luzum


(April 2, 1962 - March 26, 2018) Michael Allen Luzum, 55, of Wilber, Nebraska, entered into eternal rest in the comfort of his home on March 26, 2018 after a battle with brain and lung cancer. He was born on April 2, 1962 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Stanley Joe and Constance Mae (Nixon) Luzum. Mike met wife, Kimberly Jean Beals and married on July 12, 2014. Mike worked for Crete Lumber and Farm Supply for 26 years. Mike is survived by his wife: Kimberly Jean (Beals) Luzum, children/step children: Dustin and Megan (Bohling) Luzum of Crete, Chelsea Luzum of Lead, SD, Chandler and Kaden Lukert of Wilber, Emma Kasl of Crete, siblings: Dale and Jeanie Luzum of Lincoln, Angie Luzum Withrow of Arizona, Melissa and Byron Aguirre of Lincoln, grandchildren: Madison, Alivia, Jase, Chaise, and Taylon, many nieces, nephews and extended family. Mike was preceded in death by his father: Stanley Luzum and his brother: Tom Luzum. Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Sokol Hall in Wilber. Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is in charge of arrangements.


Nancy A. Linhart


(February 19, 1940 - March 25, 2018) Nancy A. Linhart, age 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the Crete Area Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. She was born February 19, 1940, in Wilber, Nebraska, to James and Mildred Kohel. She was a 1958 graduate of Wilber High School, and married Frank Linhart on August 30, 1959. She worked as secretary and manager of the Wilber Manufacturing Company for over 38 years, displaying a wonderful knack for solving problems. Nancy truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, playing bridge, fishing, bowling, chatting with friends and family, and finding ways to enhance the Czech culture. Nancy put a heart on everything she did because she felt the Czech Republic is the heart of Europe and Nancy’s home was the heart of her life. Nancy started Chat with the Czechs, Czech Bingo and Czech heritage demonstrations, as a way to gather people with a common interest. Nancy also designed the Welcome to Wilber “Czech” signs. Nancy had a passion for barn quilts, with members of the Wilber planter box committee Nancy drew designs for 29 barn quilt blocks and with the committees’ help painted the designs using the Czech colors as a means to extend a welcome to the visitors of Wilber. Nancy and Frank Linhart made and sold heart address signs to generate funds for the Wilber City Park playground equipment. Nancy was awarded the Sertoma to Mankind award in 2001, Volunteer of the year 2009 for the Czech Festival, and in 2014 the Zajicek Community Builder award from the Wilber Chamber of Commerce. She is survived by her beloved husband Frank of 58 years, son Kent (Christine) Linhart, and daughter Kelly (Joe) Gifford, and grandchildren, Jennifer (Jarod) Moeller, Cary (Sian) Linhart, Craig Gifford and Courtney Gifford. Greatgrandchildren, Luke, Blake and Beckett Moeller, CeCe Meister, and Roe and Bayler Linhart. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Mildred Kohel, and brother James J. Kohel. Funeral Services Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2 p.m., Kuncl Funeral Home, Wilber. Visitation Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Wilber funeral home. Interment, Wilber Czech Cemetery. Memorials in care of the family in lieu of flowers.


Donna M. Kalkwarf

(December 7, 1943 - April 1, 2018) Donna M. Kalkwarf of Crete, passed away on April 1, 2018 at the Wilber Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born December 7, 1943 in York, NE to Louis and Rose Reetz. Donna was baptized December 25, 1943 in York and confirmed March 30, 1958 in Kramer. She graduated high school in 1962 from Crete Public Schools. Donna married Jerome Kalkwarf on November 29, 1964 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kramer. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years at St. John’s. Donna loved her flowers, especially her rose bushes. Donna is survived by her husband Jerome, son Ron of Lincoln, son Greg and his wife Kirsta along with their children Bryce and Teagan of Conifer, CO, sister Dianne Kouba and brothers and sisters-in-law Elmer and Shirley Reetz, Gerald and Jolene Reetz, Allan and Janice Reetz, Betty Reetz (Roger), Janice Reetz (Lavern) all from Crete. Additional in-laws Gary and Jean Kalkwarf of Crete, Roger and Susie Kalkwarf of Lincoln, Rod and Donna Kalkwarf of Seward. She was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Rose Reetz, brothers Clarence Reetz, Lavern Reetz, and Roger Reetz, sister Gloria Woodruff and brother-in-law Robert Woodruff, and brother-in-law Dale Kouba. Funeral home visitation will be held April 3, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Funeral services will be held April 4 at 10:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kramer. Burial to follow at Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln. Memorials to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kramer, the Alzheimer’s Association, or other charities designated by the family. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is in charge of arrangements.


Arlene Chrastil
(July 30, 1927 – March 15, 2018) Arlene M. Chrastil, 90, of Wilber passed away March 15, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln. Arlene was born July 30, 1927, on a farm near Hallam to Joe Jr. and Helen (Vlcek) Chrastil. She attended rural school district 11 in Lancaster County. Arlene worked on the family farm alongside her parents and siblings. She enjoyed tending to the animals, especially her chickens. She was a true animal advocate and had a love for animals, especially her last dog, an Eskimo Spitz named Lady. She is survived by her nieces, Sharon Jelinek (Cerveny) of Wilber and Linda Lorenz (Tenopir) of Crete; nephew, Kenneth Cerveny of Kansas City, Missouri; niece, Lorraine Chrastil of Lincoln; nephew, Eugene Chrastil of Crete; niece, Lucille Mohlman of Ogallala; nephew, Eldon Chrastil of Hallam; special great nephews, Scott Lorenz and Daryl Clark of Crete; and many other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother and father; young sister, Sylvia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Erma Vlasek, Ben Cerveny and Ed Vlasak; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Richard Tenopir; brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Mary Chrastil; nephews, Joe Cerveny, Franklin Cerveny and Robert Cerveny; and niece, Janice Sladek (Cerveny). There will be no services at Arlene’s request. She was cremated. A private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Crete will be at a later date.

Thelma Rains

(April 12th, 1922 to March 4th, 2018) Thelma Eileen “Ostrander” Rains, 95 years old, of Crete, Nebraska passed away peacefully at her apartment at Garden Square Assisted Living located in Crete, on Sunday March 4th, 2018. She was born April 12, 1922 at her parent’s home 2309 Dudley Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Her parents were the late William Frank Ostrander and Etta Marie (Higgins) Ostrander. Thelma’s grandmother, Catherine Higgins, was the attending nurse to assist Dr. Carothers in the home delivery. Thelma attended Lincoln Elementary, Whitter Junior High School and graduated from Lincoln High School June 7th, 1940. She excelled at Art and music classes. She married Robert Rains July 20th 1940. They lived in San Francisco while Robert was stationed there the first year of their marriage. Thelma came home to Crete to deliver and raise their first son Gary, while Bob was out to sea on the Navy ship. After being discharged from the Navy Bob returned home and in 1949 Thelma and Bob went into the gas and service station business for themselves. Thelma worked many volunteer hours at the station doing daily book work, filing and sending out monthly statements. Before this job she worked at Steiner’s Jewelry of Crete where she loved working with the public. Thelma's main love was cooking, feeding family members, and hosting holiday gatherings. She loved playing solitaire, marbles, bingo, and enjoyed her bridge groups many afternoon luncheons. Through the years Thelma was a V.F.W Auxiliary and UCC church member. Thelma is survived by son Chuck and daughter-in-law Sandy (Kasl) Rains of Dorchester and their children grandson Cory and wife Amy (Bachle) Rains of Dorchester, granddaughter Megan (Rains) Pekarek and husband Justin of Tonganoxie, KS, granddaughter Cassie (Rains) Vogt and husband Tyson of Elmwood; son Gary Rains of Parker Colorado; granddaughter Jenny (Cliffton) Oiler and husband Jim of Omaha, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was blessed with 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Rains, mother Etta (Higgins) Ostrander, father William Ostrander, brother Roy Ostrander, sister Dode (Ostrander) Pierce, brother-in-law Larry Rains, daughter Patricia Rains, infant granddaughter Missy Cliffton and daughter-in-law Pat Rains. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. A private family graveside service will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.


Norman F. Sokolik

(April 5, 1951 - March 10, 2018) Norman F. Sokolik passed away on March 10, 2018. He was born April 5, 1951, in Crete, NE to Frank and Viola (Smisek) Sokolik. He was raised east of Milligan until the family moved to the farm south of Dorchester, where he graduated from Dorchester High School in 1969. He earned a degree from Southeast Community College – Milford in Building Construction Technology. He worked for Kenneth Kreshel before forming a partnership as Quality Construction. He later worked with Doug Oliva. Norm and Karen Jean Zelenka were united in marriage on November 8, 1980, at the Exeter United Methodist Church. They made their home on the Smisek family farm south of Dorchester where he took great pride in farming. Norm enjoyed his time road-tripping in the “buggy”; being Dede to his 10 grandchildren and travelling to see their many activities; browsing Menards for more unnecessary tools; giving construction advice to his daughters on their projects (“well that’s not quite how I would have done it, but I suppose it’ll work”); searching for the next community cookbook he could find at thrift shops; Friday night trips for lottery tickets and scratch cards; and socializing with his many, many friends at establishments throughout eastern Nebraska. As Norm had more time on his hands, he thoroughly enjoyed reading magazines, newspapers or maps so he could plan his next adventure. He enjoyed trips to the “home place” near Western whether it was to check the crops, go deer hunting with his wife and girls, nephew Dan, and then eventually his sons-in-law, or bummin’ around. He took great pride in that land that just this past year was awarded the Pioneer Farm Award for 100 years in the Sokolik name. Norm is survived by his wife, Karen Jean (Zelenka); daughters, Nikole (Jason) Marschman, Krystal (A.J.) Novak, Ashley (Ryan) Volk, and Katelyn (Kyle) Vrtiska; grandchildren, Tony, Addison, and Sophie Marschman; Samantha and Jacob Novak; Josiah, Trenten, and Ally Volk; and Quinn and Finley Vrtiska; sister, Carolyn (Virgil) Wahl; brothers-in-law, Ron (Bonnie) Zelenka, Gary Zelenka; sister-in-law, Susan (Richard) Brandow; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Viola; and uncle, Joe Sokolik. Memorial donations in Norm’s name can be made to the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund towards the Splash Pad, Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department, Dorchester American Legion, Dorchester United Methodist Church or your favorite watering hole, where you are instructed to tie a few on and tell a few stories of the great Norm Sokolik. Celebration of Life: Wednesday, 11 AM, Kuncl Funeral Home, Wilber. Casual attire please. Visitation: Tuesday, 4 – 7 PM, funeral home.


Ruth M. Mischnick

(May 14, 1928 - March 14, 2018) Ruth Marie Mischnick, 89, was called home on March 14, 2018 to be with the love of her life, Carl; they were united in marriage on May 11, 1948. Ruth was born on May 14, 1928 in Roca, NE. to Emma Dougherty. She spent her years working at El Toro's, Sportsman’s, the Capital Humane Society and being a homemaker. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family as well as her fond love for her pets. She is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Ed) Scott, Kathy (John) Buresh, Deb (Steve) Waldron and son Bob Mischnick, also many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her Mother, Emma; Husband, Carl; and Son, Dave. Visitation will be on Monday, 5 – 7 p.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Services will be held at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10:30a.m. Casual attire requested by the family. Lunch to follow at Veterans and Friends Club (former VFW) 130 N. 13th in Crete. Memorials are in care of the family.


Lumir Vacek

(November 25, 1923 - March 13, 2018) Lumir Vacek passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on March 13th, 2018 at South Lake Village Alzheimers Care Unit in Lincoln. Lumir, formally of Wilber was born on November 25th, 1923 to John Jr. and Bessie (Homolka) Vacek. Lumir had a passion for farming and after the sudden death of his father, Lumir at the age of 18 resided on the Vacek family farm two miles north of Western with his mother Bessie. In 1944, he met Irma (Homolka) who in 1946 became his wife of 71 years. In later years, after retirement in Wilber, Lumir enjoyed gardening, polka dancing, and exhibiting at Saline County Fair. Lumir is survived by his wife Irma, his daughter Janice Smetter (Ron) of Lincoln, son Alvin Vacek of Lincoln. Grandson's Eric Vacek (Rebecca) of Lincoln, Joshua Vacek (Emily) of Hebron. Granddaughter Angel Eddy (Chad) of Emery, SD. Grandson Sean Smetter (Shanda) of Lincoln. Granddaughter Shana Blakeman (David) of Elizabethtown, KY. Great Grandchildren Emma and Delaney Vacek of Lincoln, Hutchinson and Heston Vacek of Hebron. Kelsey, Kristin, and Katelyn Kotas of Emery, SD. Ashley Smetter of Lincoln. Austin, Taylor, and Ashlyn Blakeman of Elizabethtown, KY. Step greatgrandsons Jacob, Jevin, and Jaden Eddy of Emery, SD. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Eddie Vacek, and daughter in law Linda Vacek. Visitation with family present will be on Friday from 6-8pm at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber, NE. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 17th at 1:30 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Wilber Czech Cemetery Memorials are in care of family for future designation.
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Thomas C. Drake

(June 3, 1961 - March 7, 2018) Thomas Christopher Drake of Wilber, NE passed away March 7, 2018. Tom was born June 3rd, 1961 in Danbury, Connecticut. Growing up in New Milford, Connecticut, Tom enjoyed playing electric guitars with buddies, and stamp collecting. A graduate of New Milford High, Tom worked at Kimberly Clark and continued his passion for electric guitars, developing a love of the Beatles, became an avid history buff, and participated in civil war reenactments. Later, Tom moved to Nebraska to be closer to his Midwest family. Tom became enamored with wood working, restoring antique chests found at flea markets and antique shops, and making gifts for family and friends. Tommy had a warm smile and gave giant hugs. He loved his family and the Lord fiercely. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Tom is survived by his mother, Ruth Carol Meyer of Plymouth, NE, father, Thomas B. Drake (Diane) of Warren, CT, siblings: Phyllis Drake, New Milford, CT, Lisa Cornell (Rob) of The Villages, FL, Amy Hansen (Eric) of Plymouth, NE, and Kevin Drake of Warren, CT. Nephew, Robbie Cornell (Miranda) of Owasso, Ok and niece, Jillian Hansen of Plymouth, NE, several aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. Celebration of life will be Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilber with Pastor Travis Panning. Memorials in care of the family. A memorial service to take place in Connecticut at a time and place to be determined. Private family interment at a later date.

Janis K. Stahl

(February 6, 1943 - March 1, 2018) Janis Kay Stahl of Crete passed away on March 1, 2018 in Lincoln. She was born on February 6, 1943 in Hastings Nebraska to Bud and Maxine Wells. She was the oldest of 9 and they were all raised in Glenvil Nebraska. She married Arlen Stahl on December 3, 1961 and to this union 3 sons were born, Andrew Scott, Cary and Steve. She retired from the State of Nebraska Health and Human Services. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, doll collecting, and spending time with her sister on the boats (and we don’t mean fishing). She was preceded in death by her parents and son Andrew Scott. Survivors are 2 sons Cary (Machel) Stahl, Steve (Chris) Stahl, one granddaughter Syarah Stahl, four grandsons, Dylan Stahl, Derek Stahl, Jayden Stahl, Zane Stahl, and one great granddaughter, Ensley Stahl. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Family and friends will meet at Wilber Czech Cemetery prior to services. Casual attire is requested. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


Leslie D. Burch

(November 5, 1927 - February 27, 2018) Leslie D. (Les) Burch of Crete, died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Tabitha in Crete, Nebraska at the age of 90. He was born November 05, 1927, in Mahaska, Kansas to Charles Burch and Opal Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna, his parents and brother Dennis Fielder. Les is survived by his sister Larreta Mitchell of Suffolk, Virginia, daughter Cynthia and son-in-law AI Bloebaum of Lincoln, Nebraska, daughter Vicki and son-in-law Robert Plair of Beaumont, Texas, eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren. After graduating from high school, Les worked for The Lincoln Telephone company for 35 years. He loved baseball and football and was a big red fan, attending games for several years. Cremation no visitation. Celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


Gene T. Sladek

(August 19, 1939 - February 23, 2018) Gene Tommy Sladek Sr. was born in a rural farmhouse outside of Wilber, Nebraska to Tom and Anna (Kubicek) Sladek. After his birth, his family moved to Crete Nebraska. Only knowing the Czech language, Gene had to learn English. His childhood was not easy, but he grew up and graduated from Crete Public Schools in 1958. Gene met and soon married Janice Cerveny on July 3rd, 1963. With a child on the way and farming difficulties, he was forced to abandon the farm and work in town. Gene started as a janitor and bus driver before becoming a mechanic for Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools. Eventually, he started working for the Crete Public schools as a janitor. He drove bus and after 30 plus years of public school service he finished his career as the mechanic. Gene was a self-taught man a true jack of all trades. He learned through hands on experiences and no formal education. His true love was of the farm, growing things as his gardens would become his pride and joy. He prided himself with his tobacco growing efforts, drying and chewing. Gene was a simple hard working man, who loved being unconventional, experimental and never cared what others thought of him or his ideas. He was a true Czech beer drinker who loved riding his Harley's, listening to polkas, rock and roll and "cruising". After 53 years of marriage and death of his wife, Janice, Gene was heartbroken and never truly recovered. A short battle with the flu and then pneumonia, Gene passed on Friday February 23, 2018 at the age of 78. He leaves behind five children: Gene Jr. (Robin) Sladek of Crete, Dale (Faith) Sladek of Crete, Carla (Chris) Hansmeyer of Hallam, Amy (Alan) Kvasnicka of Wilber and Jennifer (special friend Edward) of Beatrice. He has 14 grandchildren Justin Sladek, Nevin, Jonis, Logan, and Dalena Sladek, Kayla Jones and Arianna Fitzgerald, Bailey and Kaytlin Hansmeyer, Taylor Sladek and Cheyenne, Trevor, Austin and Keith Kvasnicka. Two great grandchildren, Conley and Royce Claus and man's best friend his little dog, Big John. Preceded in death by his wife Janice, parents Tom and Anna, stepfather Melvin Vejraska, Aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday March 1st at Kuncl funeral home, Crete. Family visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-7pm. Cremation following services and private family burial at a later date. The family request casual attire. In lieu of flowers, memorials are in care of the family. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


Kenneth M. Bors

(July 23, 1931 - February 22, 2018) Kenneth M. Bors, 86, of Crete passed away February 22, 2018. He was born on July 23, 1931, to Albert and Helen Bors. The family made their home in Dorchester, Lincoln and Crete, NE. Ken graduated from Crete High School in 1949 and from the Lincoln School of Commerce in 1951. Ken then went to work at Fairmont Foods in Crete where he met Carol. Ken and Carol’s first date was a road trip to York to attend a dance and hear a popular band. They were married on September 13, 1953 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Crete. Ken and Carol were the parents to two children—Steve born in 1957 and Kris born in 1960. They lived the majority of their marriage in their home on Jasmine Road in Crete. Ken and Carol were married for 62 years. Ken was the Administrator of Crete Municipal Hospital for 25 years (1967 to 1992). Prior to that he worked in accounting positions for Feed Service Corporation, the Nebraska National Guard and Fairmont Foods. Ken had a passion for golf and spent many happy hours at College Heights Country Club. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends, fishing, yard work and attending his grandchildren’s school, dance and sporting events. Ken was a member and served in leadership positions in numerous community organizations, including Crete Chamber of Commerce, Crete Jaycees, Crete Sertoma Club, College Heights Country Club, Crete Area Health Care Foundation and the Saline County Mental Health Association. Ken also served as President of District V of the Nebraska Hospital Association. Survivors include son, Steve (Rhonda) Bors of Lincoln; grandchildren, Eric Bors of Lincoln, Kailyn Bors of Lincoln, Kiana Pagan of Newark, Calif.; brother, Wayne (Carol) West of Grand Island; nephews, Joe Pospisil, Nathan West and Matt West. Preceded in death by parents; daughter and son-in-law Kris Bors Pagan and Peter Pagan. Memorial service at 2:30 PM on Thursday, March 1, at Grace United Methodist Church, Crete. Rev. Dr. Wayne Reynolds will officiate. Memorials to Crete Area Medical Center Health Care Foundation or Wilber Care Center. Graveside service will be at 1:00 PM, on Thursday at Riverside Cemetery, Crete.


Doris V. Ahl

(April 12, 1935 - February 19, 2018) Doris Viola (Rahe) Ahl from Lincoln formerly of Crete, NE passed away at the age of 82 on February 19, 2018 at The Grand Lodge in Lincoln, NE surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 12, 1935 to Walter and Margaret Rahe in Swanton, NE. She was raised on a farm near Swanton until they moved to Crete where she later graduated from Crete High School. She married her sweet husband of over 40 years on September 9th, 1977. She worked at Formfit Rogers for over 25 years and then at Doane College until she retired. She and Marvin moved to The Grand Lodge in Lincoln, NE in 2013. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed cooking Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner for all of them. She always had a huge vegetable garden and enjoyed planting flowers, baking, canning, sewing, going for rides in the country and listening to good old country music. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Dale Rahe, Donald Rahe, and LaVern Rahe, sisters Betty Schlake, Darlene Schlake, Dorene Filip, and Elaine Shandera and great grandson Mattix Wilson. Doris is survived by her husband Marvin Ahl of Lincoln, son Gary (Sara) Meyers of Lincoln, daughters Debra (Alfred Paul) Brejcha of Western, Christine (Butch) Nadrchal of Utica, Laura (Robyn) Thille of Crete and Becky (Alan) Bridgmon of Memphis, TN as well as 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to specially thank all of the loving nurses and staff at The Grand Lodge and the amazing care provided by Pathways to Compassion Hospice especially her nurse Jill and aid Yareli. Visitation will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5-7 pm and services will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt with a dinner following at 9th Street Grill in Crete. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


(April 12, 1935 - February 19, 2018)
Floyd D. Herman

(July 4, 1912 - February 19, 2018) Floyd was born on the 4th of July, 1912 and lived up to the occasion with a "fire cracker" life. He was the only child of Stephen W. and Olie Duras Herman, born and raised in Wilber, NE. An avid hunter and fisherman, he would barely beat the bell for class at Wilber High after his early morning hunt. He received a bachelor's degree and Army commission from the University of Nebraska in 1935. During that time, he organized, outfitted, and competed in the beginning of the UN Gymnastics Program and was the first "N" letter recipient for gymnastics.

Huskers' Oldest Living Letterwinner Dies at 105

Once Floyd D. Herman reached his 105th birthday in 2017, friends and family could envision Nebraska's legendary gymnast and fabled farmer celebrating several more memorable birthdays, simply because of the way he avoids worry, stress and tension. Source:

In 1932, Floyd was one of the U.S. competitors in the Sokol Slet (Czech organization for physical fitness) in Prague, CZ. He and his parents travelled to Europe by ship, where Floyd practiced on deck with his peers. Floyd was the youngest of the 100-member contingent from the U.S. and as such carried the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony. In 1935, during the depression, he was fortunate to get a job with his great-uncle, John Herman, working in his assay lab in Los Angeles. He sent for his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Rezabek, and they were married there in August.

Three children were born in California---Don, Paul, and Peggy. Floyd resigned his Army commission as a 1st Lieutenant in 1940, due to worsening food allergies. During WWII, Floyd worked in a defense plant as a salvage inspector for aircraft landing gear. Toward the end of the war, he then started a career as a vaudeville singer on the east coast with the stage name of Paul Gary. He sang full-time until late 1948 when he moved his family to the farm near Wilber where two more children were born---Sue and Robert. Of the five children, all received Bachelors Degrees, four have Masters Degrees, one an Air Transport Pilot rating, and all three sons became Naval Aviators. Starting to farm on a shoe string, Floyd became innovative to maximize his yields. He was a pioneer in using minimum-till farming and was recognized by the Ag Department of N.U. He also was deeply involved with the farm cooperative movement, ultimately serving as President of the Board of two different regional cooperatives. Floyd also devoted his energies to positions on the Farmers Union, Democratic Party, the Wilber and District 9 school boards, and was instrumental in the Wilber-Clatonia School consolidation.

Floyd and Evelyn were founding members of the Wilber Czechs which grew to be the Nebraska Czechs, with Wilber then becoming the Czech Capitol of the United States. They lent their talents to the parades, pageants, and talent contests. Floyd was master of ceremonies for many years, narrating the Historic Pageant both in Czech and in English. Floyd continued to farm until his late 70's. He then became an avid RV'er with Evelyn, traveling every fall and winter exploring from Mexico through Canada and up into Alaska. Peggy and her husband, Vic, newly retired, joined them, allowing the RV adventure to continue for Floyd into his 90's.

Floyd and Evelyn were fortunate to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in August of 2010. Evelyn passed away that January 2011 at age 97. Despite having two grandchildren as MD's, Floyd wouldn't have much to do with doctors, never having any long-term prescriptions, hospitalization, or chronic disabilities. Floyd's July birthday has been the occasion for 15 consecutive years of family gatherings---averaging 35+ each year. When he designed the farmhouse, Floyd built it for a large family. Who knew that the dining room crowd would overflow to the living room and then to tables outside? As his neighbor once said, there is more LOVE at the farm during these reunions than in the entire state and we believe that to be true!!

Floyd is predeceased by his parents, Steve W. and Olie (Duras) Herman, his wife Evelyn (Rezabek) Herman, his son and daughter-in-law Don and Carole (Chaloupka) Herman, and his daughter-in-law, Bonnie (Curtis) Herman. Floyd's surviving family members are happily numerous. His children are Paul (Bernice) Herman, Peggy (Vic) Salinas, Sue (Rob) Linehan, and Robert (Terry) Herman. Grandchildren include Don's children, Mark, Scott, and Terri (Petrescu); Paul's children, Dan and Kris (Jones); Peggy's children, Kim (Angeli), Cindy (Cullers), and Steve (Angelcyk); Sue's children, Lisa (Stalnaker) and Julie (Davenport); and Robert's daughter, Elizabeth. There are 19 great grandchildren. A reunion and private memorial is planned for family over this coming 4th of July. No donations or flowers are expected but, if desired, consider Nebraska Czechs of Wilber. Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is in charge of arrangements.


Kase Michael Korbel

(February 8, 2018 - February 8, 2018) Kase Michael Korbel passed peacefully in the arms of his family on February 8, 2018 at Crete Hospital. He was born at 12:49 p.m. and met the eyes of Jesus at 2:25 p.m. the same day. Kase is the treasured son of Matthew and Megan Korbel and the beloved brother of Kian. He is also survived by his grandparents: Layne and Kay Korbel, Brenda and Randy Williams, Dave and Marla Musil; aunts and uncles: Keith and Bridgette Korbel, Kasey and Jordan DeWitte, Cole Williams, Anna Korbel, Jenna and Mike Keim, Kelsie and Tim Warta; great grandmothers: Carol Patton and Eunice Musil; great great grandmother: Lu Patton; and many more loved ones! He is preceded in death by great grandparents: Dallas and Vickie Korbel, James Patton, Jane Schank, Norman Musil, Leonard and Alice Schardt. In Kase’s short time with us he knew only Love! A visitation with family present will be held on Wednesday, February 14th from 5 – 7 p.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber, NE. Private family graveside services. Memorials are in care of the family for future designation. Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is handling arrangements.


Fredric M. Beile

Fred Beile was born in Park Ridge, Illinois to Charles and Elsie (Mau) Beile on November 20, 1931. He passed away in Crete, Nebraska on February 18, 2018 at the age of 86. Fred was a 1949 graduate of Maine East High School. He graduated from Northern Illinois State Teachers College with BS (‘53) and MS in Education (‘55). He married Esther Lou Doxey in 1954 and moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1956 to teach and coach track at the University of Kansas City. Their daughter Jan was born in 1956 followed by twin sons Chuck and Jim in 1958. Fred was forced to find a new coaching position when the University abruptly closed sports programs in 1961. Doane College in Crete, Nebraska hired him that fall as a physical education instructor, head cross-country coach, assistant track coach, and athletic trainer. In 1973 he became the head coach of the men’s track and field team and in 1976 added the women’s program. Fred retired from his “official” title of head coach in 2002 after an illustrious 41year career. Under Fred’s guidance the Tigers claimed two national championships (2001-2002), three runner-up titles and 65 conference wins. He and his dedicated assistants have coached 327 All-Americans, 60 individual national champions, and 101 NAIA Scholar Athletes. In addition to the individual achievements of Doane’s teams and athletes, Beile was inducted into the NAIA Track and Field Hall of Fame (1987) and awarded NAIA Coach of the Year honors on multiple occasions. The focus of Beile’s coaching was always a “team” approach encouraging all his athletes to make contributions by pursuing excellence in all aspects of their lives. His honest “tell it like it is” style communicated expectations and gave encouragement for his athletes to do their best in practice, competition, and off the track. Fred was a student of history and gave perspective to the life events his athletes experienced that helped them set and achieve goals. The championship spirit his teams embodied were the natural result of his belief in hard work, dedication to duty, and the power of positive thinking. He modeled a “can do” spirit by his actions and words that left no room for making excuses. Both demanding and caring, he was the teacher and coach you came to love, appreciate and respect. Beyond the sports arena, Fred Beile was a caring father, grandfather and loving husband. He was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church serving as congregation president and adult Sunday school teacher. He loved to play golf and read biographies, Civil War history, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and quote Rudyard Kipling. Although he was a student of American social and political history, he always read the sports page of any newspaper first. A stopwatch, tape measure, yellow legal pad, and pencil were the tools of his trade. His apparent grouchy exterior thinly veiled his warm and kind interior. He will be missed and remembered for the impact he had on all that knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Elsie, brother Bill, and son Jim. Fred is survived by his wife Esther, daughter Jan, son Chuck, granddaughter Natalia Kolk and grandson Evan Kolk. Funeral service: 1:00pm Thursday, February 22, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete, Nebraska. Reception to follow at the Fred Beile Competition Arena on the campus of Doane College. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Excellence in Endeavor Scholarship – Doane College, Track and Field Enhancement Fund – Doane College, or Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent to Esther Beile, 470 Eastridge Rd., Crete, NE. 68333. Fred’s family wishes all to participate in the service; however, space at the church is limited. Doane College has been gracious to host a live stream of the service at the Field House.


Arnest Dvorak

Arnest Dvorak, 94, of Wilber, NE, passed away on February 15, 2018 at the Wilber Care Center. He was born on April 13, 1923 to the late James and Albie (Prokop) Dvorak. He married Jarmila Veprovsky on May 3, 1945 in Marysville, KS. They lived on a farm near Wilber, Nebraska. Arnest was a member of ZCBJ Tabor Lodge #74. Arnest is survived by his wife, Jarmila of 73 years and his two sons Ronald (Marcia) Dvorak of Overland Park, KS and Gerald (Becky) Dvorak of Middleton, WI. Arnest is survived by three grandchildren, Michelle (Dvorak) Mason and family, husband Mike and children Zack and Maddy Mason of Olathe, KS; Brandon Dvorak and family, wife Allyson and children Claire and Emmalynn of Minneapolis, MN; Abigail (Dvorak) Espegard and family, husband Ryan and children Rudy and Lucy of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by his sister, Elsie Sobotka. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Jim, Joe and Bob and his sister Gladys Bax. A special thank you goes to the entire staff at the Wilber Care Center for their care and support. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilber Care Center, 611 N. Main Street, Wilber, NE 68465. A memorial visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5-8pm at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete, NE. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 24, at 10:30am at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete, Nebraska. A reception will be held at the Veterans and Friends Club in Crete, NE following the service.


Mary Ann Loukota

Mary Ann Loukota, born April 7, 1927 in Spencer, NE to Anton and Christina Sedlacek passed away January 27, 2018. Married to Bill Loukota and resided in Gross, NE before moving to Bristow, NE. She was a janitor at the Bristow Methodist Church, helped out at the Bristow grade school kitchen and worked at Eilers Cafe in Bristow. She belonged to the Bristow Women's Club, Home Makers Club, was a 4-H Club Leader and Methodist Ladies Aide. Mary Ann could be seen working in her garden and sweeping the streets. She loved the holidays and was known for her New Year's Eve parties. In 1970 Bill and Mary Ann moved to Allen, NE where Bill continued to carry mail until he retired and Mary Ann worked as a cook at the Allen Elementary School. In 1991 they moved to Norfolk, NE and resided there until 2004, then they moved to Crete, NE to be closer to their daughters. Mary Ann loved to cook and bake, she was known for her delicious popcorn balls, chocolate cake, and divinity. Survived by her daughter Punky Reisdorff, son in-law Steve, sister Shirley, grandchildren; Matt, Nate, Jon, Tina and Kyla, great-grandchildren; Maci, Natalie, Mabel, Molly, Mason and Kai and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Bill, daughter Kathi, mom and dad and five brothers and five sisters. Services will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Methodist Church in Bristow, NE. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete in charge of arrangements.


Dale A. Niday

Dale Allen Niday of Western, NE passed away at his home on February 15, 2018 surrounded by his wife, children, and grand children. He was born on May 16, 1933 at Union, NE to Albert Earl and Violet Hazel (Porter) Niday. He attended school at Beatrice High School and graduated in 1950. He entered the United States Navy after graduation and served in the Korean War as a machine gunnery. He married Marian Mae Wasserman on January1, 1954 in Wymore, NE and to this union 6 children were born, Rebecca of Beatrice: Kirk of Lafayette, LA: Kevin(Brenda) of Las Vegas,NV: Jeffery(Brenda) of Sand Springs, OK: Anthony(Marsha) of Fremont, NE and Crystal and partner(Jake) of Barneston, NE. He was a proud grandpa of 8 grandchildre: Tracy, Tyler(Megan), Marissa(Eric), Nicholas, Donald, Jacob, Kolin(Jean Marie), Konnor. Also 3 great grand children; Mandi, Jason and Emelina. Step grand children: Sandy, John and step great grand children. Dale married Barbara Waterman in1973 inBeatrice, NE. He worked for Natural Gas Pipeline of America as a Corrosion Technician for 32 years. After taking early retirement, he moved to Wymore,NE and opened Niday's Gun Shop. Years later he moved to Western, NE where he resided for 25 years. He enjoyed attending his children's football and basketball games at Peru State and Kearney State College. Anything sports related, he would watch on TV. He also enjoyed his Black Labradors and hunting and fishing with the grand children. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother-inlaws Carl Chelf and Charles Homolka, his inlaws Elmer and Myrna Waterman, his grandson Keaton Niday, his great grand son Kameron Niday and step grandson Donnie McDaniels, also brother-in law Les Rathjen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, children, grand children, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, sister-in law Diane Rathjen and her children Michelle, Anita and Kevin,first wife Marian, sisters: Judy Homolka of Western,Ne ; Linda Tannahill(Curtis) of Fairfield Glade, TN; Earlene Chelf of Bowling Green, KY; Dee Swartz(Eugene) of Wahoo and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Western American Legion Club and Tabitha Hospice. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, February 21st, at 10:00 a.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber, NE. No visitation. Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is handling arrangements.


Doris V. Ahl

Doris Viola (Rahe) Ahl from Lincoln formerly of Crete, NE passed away at the age of 82 on February 19, 2018 at The Grand Lodge in Lincoln, NE surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 12, 1935 to Walter and Margaret Rahe in Swanton, NE. She was raised on a farm near Swanton until they moved to Crete where she later graduated from Crete High School. She married her sweet husband of over 40 years on September 9th, 1977. She worked at Formfit Rogers for over 25 years and then at Doane College until she retired. She and Marvin moved to The Grand Lodge in Lincoln, NE in 2013. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed cooking Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner for all of them. She always had a huge vegetable garden and enjoyed planting flowers, baking, canning, sewing, going for rides in the country and listening to good old country music. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Dale Rahe, Donald Rahe, and LaVern Rahe, sisters Betty Schlake, Darlene Schlake, Dorene Filip, and Elaine Shandera and great grandson Mattix Wilson. Doris is survived by her husband Marvin Ahl of Lincoln, son Gary (Sara) Meyers of Lincoln, daughters Debra (Alfred Paul) Brejcha of Western, Christine (Butch) Nadrchal of Utica, Laura (Robyn) Thille of Crete and Becky (Alan) Bridgmon of Memphis, TN as well as 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to specially thank all of the loving nurses and staff at The Grand Lodge and the amazing care provided by Pathways to Compassion Hospice especially her nurse Jill and aid Yareli. Visitation will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5-7 pm and services will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt with a dinner following at 9th Street Grill in Crete. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


John Hetherington

Nearly 61 years ago, Jean and Louis Hetherington of Beatrice, Nebraska were blessed with the birth of their fourth child, John Francis Hetherington. Diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth, doctors said John probably wouldn’t live much beyond his 16th birthday. On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, just 38 days short of his 61st birthday, John rejoined his beloved parents in Heaven. Sometime after his third birthday, John moved to the Beatrice State Home, now the Beatrice State Development Center, a difficult decision made by his parents in order to provide John the training he would need to develop. But his mother had been a teacher at the Home and was familiar with what it could do to help John. Elmer Wyant, the highly respected superintendent of the Home, was a family friend and assured John’s parents it was the best move for him. John stayed at the Beatrice State Home, except weekends, holidays and vacations which he spent with his parents, until he turned 21. At that time, he moved to Crete to live in a group home under the auspices of Nebraska’s Region 5 Development Services. For the next nearly 40 years, John lived, learned, sometimes worked, and flourished, thanks to the loving care he received from the Region 5 staff. He was able to win numerous medals in the Special Olympics and participate in group travel to national parks, themed amusement parks, ball games, bowling (his favorite sport), and to see family. After Jean and Louie, as John called his Mom and Dad, passed away, John enjoyed spending Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas with one of his older brothers and their families – Dennis and Judy in Las Vegas, Dave and Jeannine in Wisconsin or Florida, and Jim and Colette in Iowa, now of South Carolina. John’s funeral mass will be 10 AM Saturday, February 17, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beatrice, Nebraska, with burial in the St. Joseph cemetery. His family says this should be treated as a celebration of John’s life. It was a good life and John enjoyed it to its fullest. The body will lie in state Friday from noon-8:00 PM with a scriptural prayer service starting 6:30 PM Friday at the funeral home. Griffiths Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice is handling the arrangements. You may sign John’s online guest book at The family thanks the Region 5 staff in Crete for the many years of devoted care for John, the Hospice, and especially Stephanie Windelin and her family, for making John such a loved part of their family in his last few years. Finally, please, no flowers. Instead, make a donation to the charity of your choice.


Holly Jo Wittstruck


Holly Jo Wittstruck of rural Martell passed away unexpectedly at home on January 31, 2018 working on a suduko puzzle. She was born January 22, 1955 to George and Kathryn (Brothers) Killham at Kimball, Nebraska. Holly graduated from Dix High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was as a freshman at UNL that she met the love of her life, Marc Wittstruck. He was an ag major and she, fashion merchandising. They married during Christmas break of their junior year on January 3, 1976, a marriage that lasted 42 years and produced five children. Holly was a devoted spouse, mother, and grandmother and an active member of the Countryside Alliance Church in Princeton. She loved Jesus Christ and devoted her life to sharing the Gospel with family, friends and all who knew her. She taught Sunday School and served on numerous committees. She served for 12 years as President on the Rokeby School Board and as a board member of the Educational Service Unit #6. Holly worked hard at her home cleaning business and still managed to assist her husband with Crete High School FFA and FCA activities and varsity basketball duties. She never said no to anyone who wanted her help. She enjoyed being a “farm wife,” even checking the beef cows at night during calving season. She was a huge motivator for her children’s 4-H and FFA projects. She was also a member of the Crete High School FFA Alumni Chapter. She was active in her community, and especially enjoyed meetings of the Home Service Extension. Holly is survived by her husband, Marc, her daughters and spouses: Lindsay (Patrick) Eisenmenger of Papillion, Stephanie (Kyle) Hemje of Crete, Mallory and boyfriend Clint Shoemaker of Beloit, Kansas, Alexa (Andrew) Holsing of Lincoln, sister, Kim (Chuck) Christiansen of Kimball, grandchildren: Easton and Barrett Eisenmenger, Titus, Marcus and Bailey Hemje and Augusta Holsing. Father and mother-in-law Dwayne and Joan Wittstruck of Denton; brothers and sisters-in-law Craig and Colleen Wittstruck of Martell and Laurie and Bill Askew of Malin, Oregon, and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Chad, and sister Georgia Childress. A celebration of Holly’s life will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Countryside Alliance Church in Princeton. Memorials payable to Holly Wittstruck Memorial Fund at Security First Bank. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.




Shelly René Vollmar, 55, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on February 1, 2018, in Katy, Texas. Born March 13, 1962, Shelly was a graduate of Crete High School and a registered nurse. She is survived by her daughters: Ashley and Sarah, her mom, Jan, siblings: Soni, Sheri, Matt, Brad, Stacy and Stephanie, and their families. She is preceded in death by her dad, Glen Vollmar, sister-in-law, Dr. Karen Vollmar, and brother-in-law, Dr. Abdullah Nassief. There will be a private family celebration of life. Donations in Shelly's memory can be made to the Lincoln Children's Zoo and The Rose Garden Hospice.


Orland E. Justa


Orland Eugene Justa, 93, of Beatrice, NE, formally of Crete, passed away on January 30, 2018. Orland was born November 6, 1924 in Friend, NE to Frank and Abbie (Kubert) Justa. WWII Navy Veteran; married Roberta Vontz 12-25-1947. Survived by his daughters; Pamela (Marvin) Kemper of Lincoln, Orlene (Ron) Behrens of Beatrice. 5 grandchildren, Kami Bulin of Lincoln; Kerry (Jeff) Petermann of Omaha; Amber Kemper of Omaha, Elicia Behrens of Beatrice, and Brandon (Kristi) Behrens of Lincoln; Seven great grandchildren; one step-great grandson; brother Dick (Jacque) Justa of Stevens Point, WI; sister-in-law Sherrill (Don) McKinney of Lincoln; brother-in-law Bud (Marge) Vontz of Lincoln; & many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife, parents, in-laws, John & Irene Vontz; brothers & sisters- in-law Billy & Elsie Vontz; Stanley & Alvina Vontz; grandson-in-law Scott Bulin. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St. Lincoln, NE from 4 to 8 pm. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials to the family.


Dale F. Bruha


Dale F. Bruha, 89, Milford, passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Seward. Dale began his military career in WWII, serving in the Army Air Force Auxiliary and the US Marine Corps. During the Korean War, he served in the 82nd Airborne and 11th Airborne Divisions, volunteered for the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Received Silver Star Medal. In civilian life, he was a police officer for the Lincoln PD, Crete PD, was State Wildlife Officer and US Deputy Game Warden. Survivors include: wife, Pat, sons & daughter-in-law, Robert, Dean and Joyce, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, Milford United Methodist Church, Pastor Lyle Schoen. Interment: Wilber Czech Cemetery, with full Military graveside honors. Visitation: Wednesday, 1:00-8:00 pm, with family greeting 6:00-8:00 pm at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Milford, and 1 hour prior to services at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Marine Corps League or Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Milford.


Allen H. Ebbers


Allen H. Ebbers, of Lapeer, MI, passed away on January 26, 2018. He was born on August 18, 1946, in Beatrice, NE, to Harvey and Edna (Franzen) Ebbers. He married Phyllis Swedlund on August 2, 1969; they divorced in 1980. They had two daughters: Mindy (Rik) Schwab, and Rebecca (Neal) Neathery. He was the proud grandpa of nine grandchildren: Beth Schwab, Catherine (Matthew) Noey, Becca Schwab, Abby Schwab, Molly Schwab, Josie Schwab, Parker Neathery, Michael Neathery, and Hannah Neathery. Allen was a member of FFA at Wilber High School, and then went on to be a farmer after graduating in 1964. He then worked in construction for a time, followed by working at Store Kraft in Beatrice. He enjoyed Nebraska football, animals, and working with his hands. He was good at drawing and painting, building and restoring, gardening, and especially cooking. If you knew Allen, also known as Big Al or Big A, you know that he loved cooking for others. Food was his love language, and his daughters and grandkids loved his homemade pizza, among many other dishes. Allen also loved people, and had a witty sense of humor and a generous and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his sister, Marilyn Broz and her husband, Bernard Broz. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, his siblings, Doris (Emil) Odvody, Dale (Linda) Ebbers, Dean (Judy) Ebbers, and Linda (Buz) Novak, and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be held at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber, Nebraska, on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 5-8 pm. A celebration of his life will be held at the Swanton Auditorium on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for future designation.

Teresa A. Javorsky


Teresa A. Javorsky was born to Joseph and Bertha (Burkey) Smejkal on May 23, 1928 at Crete, Nebraska. She passed away on Jan. 31, 2018 at the Crete Area Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, sisters Mary, Margaret, and Betty, and her parents. Teresa's childhood home being only a few blocks from the banks of the Big Blue River, she grew up loving the outdoors. A perfect afternoon was a cane pole fishing trip with Pop or brother Bob. Following the example of her parents, she was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crete and formed a deep faith in God which sustained her always. Teresa was proud of landing her first job at the Isis Theatre while still in high school. After graduating from Crete High School, she used her math, clerical skills and attention to detail, to work at a variety of local businesses including Wielage Farm Equipment, Quality Cleaners, Fairmont Creamery, and later the Villa Madrid Motel and American Greetings. She took correspondence classes in art and created skilled portraits of the movie stars of her youth, and faces with beautifully drawn eyes. On August 20, 1951, she married Lloyd D. Javorsky at Sacred Heart Church in Crete. Their union was blessed with six children, Patricia, James, Larry, Alan, Sharon and Douglas. She and husband Lloyd purchased a local drive-in, The Daisy Queen, and with help from their children and other employees, ran the business for 13 years. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels, and was a talented seamstress, cook, and baker of kolaches and unique decorated birthday cakes. No one ever went home hungry from one of her holiday meals. Teresa always kept her youthful curiosity and fun loving nature. She delighted in getting hugs from family and friends. Left to cherish her memory are daughter Pat (Rod) Hier of Crete, son James (Joline) Javorsky of Creighton, son Larry (Rebecca) Javorsky of Corvallis, OR, son Alan Javorsky and special friend Paula Lopes of Holly Hill, FL, daughter Sharon (Don) Rice of Crete, son Doug (Kristin) Javorsky of Lincoln, and grandchildren Michael (Wade) Javorsky of Indianapolis, IN, Rachel (Brian) Keszler of West Bloomfield, MI, Joshua Javorsky of Omaha, Tal (Sarah) Javorsky of Bozeman, MT, Brennen (Adele) Javorsky of Boise, ID, Seth Javorsky of Corvallis, OR, Zach Javorsky of Holly Hill, FL, Brandon Rice of Lincoln, NE and Jennifer Ashton, Cassie, Morgan, and Ruben Javorsky all of Starksville, MS, and 2 great-grandchildren, Eleanor Keszler and Leeland Javorsky. Also surviving are brother Bob (Barbara) Smejkal of Omaha, sister Catherine Shafer of Seward, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete on Friday, February 16, 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 on Saturday, February 17th at Sacred Heart Church, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Crete, NE. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.

Gale L. Bohling


Gale Lee Bohling, 65, of Crete, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 5, 2018. He was born March 2, 1952, in Humboldt, NE, to Carl Jr. and Bernice (Gobber) Bohling. Gale met his wife, Patty Kay, while working at the truck stop in Tecumseh, NE. Gale and Pat would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on May 26th of this year. Into that union was born three children, Autumn, Cory, and Megan. Gale and Patty Kay spent their time together loving each other and going on crazy little adventures. Gale worked for Nestle Purina for 42 years as a forklift driver, in the warehouse. Gale enjoyed spending time with his family and attending many of his children’s activities over the years. When he earned the title “Grandpa” to his seven grandchildren, Theo and Brock Bohling, Ali Jacobs, Chaise Rohe, Maddie Luzum, Jase Luzum and Alivia Luzum, his greatest joy was cheering on the second generation of Bohlings. He was an avid football fan, supporting his beloved San Diego Chargers, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Doane Tigers. On any fall Saturday, you could find him on the sidelines of a Doane football game, working on the chain crew, or attending a Husker football game. He had a passion for tractors, especially John Deere. Gale is survived by his wife, Patty Kay (Puchalla); children, Autumn (Bohling) & Cory Jacobs and granddaughter, Ali, of Lincoln; Cory & Katie Bohling, grandsons Theo & Brock, of Cairo; Megan (Bohling) & Dusten Luzum and grandson, Chaise, of Crete; siblings, Gene (Shirley) Bohling, Greg (Bobbie) Bohling, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Gale was preceded in death by his father, Carl Jr., his mother, Bernice, brother, Gary, and sister, Gloria Michel. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 9th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, E. 13th St & Ivy Avenue in Crete. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 8th, with 7 p.m. rosary, at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Interment will be at St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery, Tecumseh, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Visit to leave condolences.


William E. Havlovic


William E. Havlovic of Hickman, formerly of Wilber, died February 4, 2018. William was born November 21, 1926 in Wilber, Nebraska to Joseph J. and Anna Havlovic. William worked for Barnas Drug and Wilber Care Center for many years. William was devoted to taking care of his mother until her death. He was a lifelong member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilber. William is survived by nephew Robert Vales, niece Teresa Styskal, sister-in-law MaryAnn Havlovic, and great and great-great nieces and nephews. William was preceded in death by his parents, sister Evelyn Vales, brothers Robert and Donald Havlovic, brother-in-law Stanley Vales, sister-in-law Janet Havlovic and nephew David Havlovic. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church in Wilber. The Rosary will be at 10:00 a.m. just prior to the Mass. Visitation is on Wednesday from 1 - 5 p.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber. Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is handling arrangements.


Debra A. McConnell


Debra A. McConnell of Crete, born on February 16, 1956 to Lester and Evelyn (Drevo) Bruns , passed away in Crete, Nebraska on January 29, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Debra worked as a self- checkout host at Walmart in Crete. She had previously served in the US Army and afterward worked as a switchboard operator for the US Army Information Systems Command in West Point, New York. She graduated from Southeast Community College in 2005, with an Associate Applied Science Degree in computer technology. Born in Crete, Nebraska, she got to call several states home. She had lived in Hawaii, Wyoming, Colorado, Kentucky, Alaska and New York before returning to Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Bruns. Debra is survived by one son, Jason Schnell of Lincoln, two brothers, John Bruns of Panama, Tom Bruns of Carlsbad, NM, sister, Pamela Unger of Crete and her father, Lester Bruns of Crete. Cremation, no visitation, no services. Cards and condolences in care of the family can be sent to Kuncl Funeral Home, 131 West 12th Street, Crete, Nebraska 68333.


Edna Reckling


Edna Reckling received her angel wings on January 22, 2018, at the age of 93. She was born December 28, 1924 in Western, NE to Herman & Selma Timm. She was baptised and confirmed in Western, NE. After graduating from Western High School in 1942, she moved to a Crete boarding house and was employed by Ben Franklin.

She also worked at the Crete Mills Small Packaging before marrying Robert L. Reckling on February 10, 1947 at the UCC Church in Crete. Edna was an exceptional housewife, even without having electricity or indoor plumbing the first ten years of their marriage. She later worked in the Crete Public Schools cafeteria and then as the UCC Church secretary.

Edna was known as an excellent cook, baker, and housekeeper. She always had a large garden and filled the cellar with canning. There was always a freezer full of beef, chicken and sweet corn that she spent each summer putting up. Monday was always wash day, using an old wringer washer out on the porch and then dried on lines outside, or in the house, depending on the weather.

Tuesdays she ironed everything but the sheets. She was a wonderful mother and excelled as a grandma! Her granddaughters spent many, many hours with her and grandpa and each had a very special, enduring relationship with both of them.

Bob & Edna lived on a farm just east of Crete until Bob surprised everyone and decided to retire to town in 1976. They enjoyed retirement on Forest Street for almost another 30 years before moving to Doane Village, residing there for several years. Following Bob’s death, a fall, and increasing dementia she lived at The Gardens for five years and later at Tabitha as her health needs increased.

Until increasing eye problems plagued her, she was an avid reader, and wrote many letters to relatives and friends, including a pen-pal she stayed in contact with until the last years of her life. She loved crossword puzzles and word search puzzles. She was an excellent seamstress, making much of the family’s clothing. Her embroidery was beautiful. Although knitting wasn’t really her thing, she did knit dozens of baby hats for the Crete Hospital and hundreds of dish clothes that she enjoyed giving to family and friends.

She was an active member at the UCC Church in Crete all of her adult life, teaching Sunday School for a few years and serving on many committees. Edna was a very social person and enjoyed being an active member of the Crete Lioness Club, Fortnightly Club, UCC Womens Fellowship, the VFW Auxiliary, and the WannaKnowIt Extension Club.

In their younger days, Edna and Bob square danced with the Shirts & Skirts Club in Wilber and enjoyed going to polka dances. In their retirement years they played cards several times a week, but she later said she didn’t really like playing cards and refused to play after Bob died.

Survived by daughter, Shari Eberspacher & husband, Larry, of Crete and daughter-in-law, Lisa Reckling of Oregon. Granddaughters Jennifer (Dave) Wakehouse of Tekamah Ne, Stacy Flesner of Seward, Laura (Jason) Lowe of Belleville, IL, and Lauren Reckling Johnson of Bend, Oregon. She leaves eight great-grandchildren: Anna, Luke & Emma Wakehouse, Brenden & Lindsay Flesner, Jace & Ellie Lowe, and GiGi Johnson.

She has one remaining sister-in-law, Ruth Reckling, in Iowa, and ten nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by husband, Bob, son, Jim, parents, her one sister, Joan Waples, in-laws Ivan Waples, Don & Elaine Reckling, Milton Reckling, and many, many wonderful friends. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, January 26, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Crete UCC Church. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 - 7 at Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete. Memorials to the Crete United Church of Christ or to Tabitha Hospice (4720 Randolph Street, Lincoln NE 68510). Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete in charge of arrangements.

Donald E. Nerud


Donald E. Nerud, 84, Crete, died January 9, 2018 in Wilber. Don was born in rural Saline County on June 1st, 1933 to Edward B. & Libbie (Horky) Nerud. He graduated from Crete High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 part of which was serving overseas in Korea.

He married Jeanette Gyhra on January 25th, 1958. They resided on a farm south of Friend and then Pleasant Hill before moving South of Crete in 1968. Don was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Pleasant Dale American Legion Post 354. He loved raising livestock, playing cards and his grandkids.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and son John. Survived by wife Jeanette of Crete, sons Tom Nerud of Dorchester, Randy (Lisa) Nerud of Lincoln. Grandchildren Jeremy (Bonnie) Nerud, Joe Nerud, Rachel (Tyler) Moormeier, Jake (Tara) Nerud, Seth Nerud, Libbie Nerud, Nixon Nerud, Cade Nerud and Levi Nerud and sisters: Darlene Gerner of Milford and Betty Griess of Cheyenne. Also, three great grandchildren Thor, Sawyer and Fordham.

Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 13th, 10:30 AM, Sacred Heart Church, Crete with Fr. Steve Major officiating. Pallbearers were Jeremy Nerud, Joe Nerud, Jake Nerud, Seth Nerud, Nixon Nerud, Cade Nerud and Levi Nerud. Memorials are in care of the family for future designation. Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete in charge of arrangements.


Jimmie Jirsa

Jimmie J. Jirsa, 74, of rural Friend, died January 10, 2018 in Milford. Open House will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 5 – 8 PM with Celebration of Life beginning at 6 PM at Dorchester United Methodist Church. A supper will be served following the service. Casual attire requested. Memorials are in care of the family for future designation. Please visit (


Maxine Duba


Maxine Mae (Vyhnalek) Duba, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away peacefully on December 28, 2017. She had her family by her side. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. The family will be present to greet friends for visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2 at the Miller Funeral Home Downtown location.

Maxine was born May 22, 1932, in Crete, NE. Oldest child of Tom and Edith (Houser) Vyhnalek. She attended Crete High School and graduated in 1950. She worked for the University of Nebraska (taking numerous courses) and Russell Stover Candies. She married her high school sweetheart, Merl Duba (US Navy), November 23, 1952. They lived in San Francisco and San Diego. They later moved to Arlington, TX where Merl attended college.

To this union three children were born; Dan, Denise and Tom. They lived in Corpus Cristi, TX and later moved to Sioux City, IA and then to Sioux Falls, SD in 1962 where they continued to live. Maxine belonged to numerous organizations: ESA, Toastmistress, CF PEO, Welcome Wagon, Sojourners, Symphony Board, Elmwood Golf (Chairperson 1999-2000), Shrine Auxiliary, Rep to Twin Cities Hospital (8 years), SD Mrs. SD Pageant. One of Maxine's favorite projects was the Elmwood Golf Caddie Shack theme, which brought such fun to the group. Maxine had a creative flare for everything she did.

Maxine was manager of Russell Stover Candies in the Western Mall for 10 years, Akers China and Gifts, and Dayton's (now Macy's). She was advocate of her children's activities at school and college and also with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was neve happier than being on the side line cheering them on. Maxine and Merl wintered in California and Florida for 19 years before her health prevented her from continuing. These years were shared by her brother, Don and his wife, Roz from Indiana. Merl and Max were very excited to move to Touchmark in 2017 and made many friends with residents and staff.

She loved hosting others for special occasions and family gatherings, playing bridge, Mahjongg with her dear friends and she enjoyed scrapbooking, needlepoint and playing golf with family and friends. She was the heart and tender spirit of her family and will be dearly missed by both her family and friends. It is a joy and comfort knowing that she is resting and at peace now.

Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Dan and his children, Amy and Allison (Denver, CO) and Andrew (Minneapolis, MN), daughter, Denise Schoolmeester (Sioux Falls) her children, Brett and wife, Nicole, their children, Katie, Kennedi and Beckett (Tea, SD), Brittany and husband, Colin, their children, Axel, Ryker, and Weston (Marion, SD), Michael (Sioux Falls), Eric (CT), son - Tom and his wife, Kathy (Bentonville, AR), their children, Matt and fiancé, Lauren, (Rogers, AR) Ryan (Minneapolis, MN); brother, Don and his wife, Roz (Fairmount, IN), along with cousins, nephews, nieces and close friends. There was not a family sporting, musical, play or other event without Grandma Maxine in the audience cheering us on.

She was preceded in death by her husband Merl, parents, grandparents and sister, Betty Jean Hilliard. Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army, South Dakota Symphony or the El Riad Shrine Auxiliary.

Bruce F. Churchill


Bruce F. Churchill, 78, of Swanton, Nebraska passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born February 3, 1939 in McCool Junction to Harry and Reah McArtor Churchill. Bruce was united in marriage to Janice L. Swanson on June 4, 1960. To this union three children were born, Russell (Jayne) Churchill, David (Gail) Churchill and Carmen (Nate) Hinman. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Timothy Tompkins, Bailey Tompkins, Taryn Hinman, and Wylee Hinman.

Bruce joined the Army National Guard at a young age where he served approximately ten years while working at VanSickle Glass in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bruce and Janice moved from Lincoln to Swanton where Bruce was always proud to call home. He helped Janice’s father farm and also worked at the Swanton Coop.

After farming for several years, Bruce began employment at Farmland Foods, Inc. where he retired after 22 years. Bruce volunteered for the Swanton Fire Department and was a member of the Swanton American Legion. He loved to trap shoot, bowl, hunt, play cards, help Janice with wood crafts, and travel with his family whom he loved the most.

Bruce was a diehard Nebraska football fan and with this love he inspired all his children and grandchildren to follow suit. He enjoyed socializing with everyone and was a friend to many near and far. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his sister, Carol Wilson. Bruce is survived by the love of his life, Janice Churchill, his children, grandchildren, and two sisters, Sharon (Burdette) Jones and Lynn (Carl) Buchanan, brother in-law, Charlie Wilson, and nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Wilber, Nebraska. Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a celebration of life at the Swanton Auditorium following the service. Come as you are. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in care of the family for future designation.


Mary Ann Weber

Mary Ann Weber July 29, 1923 – Dec. 17, 2017 Mary Ann Weber was born on a farm southwest of Friend on July 29, 1923, the youngest of three children born to Joseph and Anna (Kastanek) Smejdir, and passed away Dec. 17, 2017, at Waterford Wilderness Hills Memory Unit in Lincoln at the age of 94 years, 4 months and 18 days.

As a young girl she attended District 46 country school and during the county-wide eighth grade graduation, she was ranked eighth out of 156 children. Mary Ann continued her education at Friend and graduated with the class of 1940 from Friend High School. After her high school graduation, Mary Ann taught country schools and attended Peru State College during the summer. She later obtained her education degree through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

On Feb. 27, 1954, she was united in marriage to Robert Leo Weber at the United Methodist Church in Friend. They made their home on “Weber home place” northeast of Friend until they moved into Friend in 1995. After Mary Ann earned her teaching certificate, she continued to teach in the public schools, teaching in the districts of Western, Friend, Dorchester, Beaver Crossing and retired from teaching at Centennial Public School in Utica. She also tutored many students so they could earn their GEDs.

Mary Ann was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women in Friend. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed preparing bulletin boards for her classrooms. In later years, Mary Ann and Robert enjoyed short vacation trips to Estes Park, Colorado, every year and attending the Peru College homecoming football games. They also loved going to the Flying V for dances. A shopping trip highlight while browsing the stores was finding a “special bargain.”

Mary Ann is survived by nieces and nephews, Rosella Burks of Lincoln, Evelyn Painter of Lincoln, Barbara Hall of Denton, Ann Betka of Friend, Carol Aversman of Lincoln, David Weber of Seward, Marilyn Weber of Friend, Susan McAdams of Columbia, South Carolina, Robert Gosnell of Kansas City, Kansas, Elizabeth Zerbe of Kalispell, Montana, and Richard Zerbe of Roseburg, Oregon; great-nieces and great-nephews; brother-in-law, Paul Weber of Friend; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert in 2004; sister, Ella Pelican; brother, Milo Smejdir; and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Weber, Martha Gosnell, Carolyn Zerbe and Anna Marie Weber; brothers-in-law, Otto Pelican, Gerald Gosnell and J. Don Zerbe; nephews, Otto Pelican, Jr. and Donn Zerbe.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home in Friend. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the United Methodist Church in Friend, with the Rev. Paixao Baptista officiating. Interment will be in Andrew Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Earl W. Vlasak

Earl W. Vlasak, 91, September 18, 1926 - December 7, 2017 - Central City, formerly of Friend, died Dec. 7, 2017. Born Sept. 18, 1926, to Frank and Dora Vlasak. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Friday, Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. No visitation. Kuncl Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



Angeline Sokolik

Angeline Ann Betka Sokolik was born to Jerry Jr. Betka and Georgia (Tichy) Betka on July 18, 1934 and passed away Nov. 20, 2017 at the age of 83.

She was the only child in the family. Her mother called her Angeline, and her father called her Angie. Thus, she was known by the two names the rest of her life. Angie grew up on a farm near Friend, Nebraska and graduated from Friend Public School in 1954. She then studied teaching at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

After teaching for a short while, she decided to follow her dream and work in business while also seeing the world. So off to Missouri she went. Over the course of 10 years, she worked in the business offices of multiple hospitals in Kansas City and Independence and eventually oversaw all business office operations. It was an interesting yet challenging time of her life.

She continued to develop her skills along the way by taking classes at Rockhurst University that ranged from business to classical music. After Missouri, she spent a short time working in a hospital in West Virginia, and then moved to Chicago, Illinois where she worked at a doctor’s office, hospital, and Hejl Oldsmobile. After her father passed away she returned to Nebraska to take care of her mother, and the beloved farm where she had grown up.

She then went to work for the Crete Municipal Hospital. She remained there for 28 years, being in charge of the Medical Records Department. She took advanced study classes at St. Mary’s College in Omaha to become an Accredited Records Technician (ART) and the Director of Medical Records Dept. at Crete Municipal Hospital. She loved her job there and retired from fulltime work there in June of 1993.

After a short time off, she finished her career with the State of Nebraska Temporary Service where she filled in for the agencies as needed. She really enjoyed this, working with 10 departments over the course of 3 years. She spent her retirement gardening and growing roses and tulips, working outside at her house in Lincoln and at the farm and also taking care of her beloved pets - the cats. She loved animals of all kinds--cats, dogs, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, you name it.

She always said, “When I die I will go to Heaven to take care of all of God’s animals in Heaven. He needs someone to do that.” Aug. 9, 1973 she married Reginald Edward Sokolik.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry Jr.and Georgia, her husband, Reginald Edward Sokolik, and double first cousin Eugene Betka and his descendents Steve Betka and Doug Betka. Surviving Relatives include Derek Betka and wife Brooke, Kayleigh, Kelsey, and Kaitlyn, Ryan Betka, and numerous cousins and friends. A Funeral Service for Angeline was held on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home-Kotas Chapel in Milligan. Interment was held in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Milligan, Nebraska. Farmer & Son Funeral Home conducted the services and online condolences can be left at Memorials are suggested to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.


John Nerud

John “Hunza” Edward Nerud, of Dorchester, NE passed away on November 25, 2017.

He was born on September 23, 1960 in Friend, NE. John attended various country schools, St. James elementary and graduated from Crete High School in 1978. In 1979, John began his obsession with custom harvesting, a job he loved until the day he passed away.

John also did many other jobs during the off season. He was always busy with several random farm projects and loved being busy. He couldn’t wait to teach his grandkids everything he knew, especially how to weld!

John would always put his friends and family before himself and you could always count on him to be there when you needed him. He was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many and a source of joy and laughter for all that knew him.

He will be missed by his children Jeremy (Bonnie) Nerud, Joseph (Lindsey) Nerud, Rachel (Tyler) Moormeier, and Jacob (Tara) Nerud. Grandchildren, Thor and Sawyer Nerud, and Fordham Moormeier. Parents, Don and Jeanette Nerud. Brothers, Tom Nerud, and Randy (Lisa) Nerud. And many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews, and Niece. He will be missed and his memories will be cherished forever. 10-4, Dad. Pallbearers Marc Cerny, Bill Weickert, Gene Benes, Ernie Odvody, Joe Gyhra, and Arlin Pomajzl. Honorary Pallbearers Bob Tyser and Larry Pomajzl. Services Thursday November 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crete. Visitation is Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM and rosary at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in care of the family for future designation. Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete is handling arrangements.


Danette McLain

Danette Joy (Underwood) McLain died suddenly in her sleep on Nov. 18, 2017 at her home in Crete.

Danette was born on Oct. 7, 1967 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth Virginia. She attended Crete Public Schools graduating from Crete High School in 1985. She attended SCC Lincoln and graduated with honors to become a LPN and later graduated from The College of Hair Design and was a barber in Lincoln, NE for the last 20+ years.

Danette is survived by her companion, John Determan of Crete, daughter and companion Taylor McLain and John Pfortmiller of Rapid City SD, son Blake McLain of Lincoln, Mother and Step Father Deborah (Zeiss) and Ed Shaw of Lincoln, Father Dan Underwood of Crete, Grandfather Don Zeiss of Lincoln, Sister Danielle Bingham of Lincoln, Sister and spouse Jessica and Nikki Loos of Lincoln, Brother and spouse Dan and Becca Underwood of Crete, Step Brother and spouse Scott and Marla Shaw of Lincoln, Nephews Parker Bingham, Dan Evan Underwood, Alex Johnson, Hogan Shaw and Justin Shaw, Nieces Lilian and Evelyn Underwood, extended family Aaron Determan, Joshua Determan, Alexis Determan, many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Preceded in death by grandmothers Genevieve Zeiss and Annie Zeiss, Grandfather Dan Underwood, Great Grandparents Monte and Katherine Knippel and step brother Gregg Shaw. Services were held at 11 am on Saturday, November 25th at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Memorials in lieu of flowers in care of the family for future designation. Please visit Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete, in charge of arrangements.


Marguerette Luers

Margueritte Joan Luers, 85, of Lincoln, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017.

She was born in Lincoln, NE, to Alfred & Ethel (Benjamin) Barrie. She retired from Crete Carrier Corporation after 30 years.

Survived by son Henry Andrew (Teresa) Luers of Lincoln, daughter Nanette (Donald) Mihovk of Lincoln son Barrie (Ann) Luers of Beatrice, daughter Patricia Buhrdorf of Martell, son Paul (Faye) Luers of Bellevue. Grandchildren Julie, Jennifer, Andrew, Benjamin, Heidi, Jacque, Jeff, Meghan, Kelsey, Tommy, Steven & Tiffany. 13 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry, brothers, sisters, great grandchild Brian, & son-in-law Stuart. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM, Saturday, Dec.2, 2017. St. Peter Catholic Church 4500 Duxhall Drive in Lincoln. Visitation Friday, 5:00 pm to 7 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home 6800 So. 14th St. in Lincoln. Memorials to Capital Humane Society in Lincoln or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Marvin Osterhaus

Marvin Henry Osterhaus, age 79, passed away peacefully at the Wilber Care Center on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017.

He was born May 5, 1938 in Axtell, KS to Henry A. and Frances M. (Holthaus) Osterhaus. He was raised on a farm north of St. Benedict, KS where he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through 8th grade. He then went to work with area farmers to help his family put food on the table.

Marvin entered the Army Reserves in January 1961 and was Honorably Discharged in September of 1966. He married Jo Ann Wassenberg on July 10, 1962 in Marysville, KS. She preceded him in death in 1988. To this union two children were born, Renee Ann and Wayne Gerard. Marvin, JoAnn and their family lived at Axtell and Holton, KS before moving to DeWitt, NE in 1965 to work for Mahloch Farms then for Wells Implement in Plymouth, NE as a mechanic until retirement. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilber.

Marvin is preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann; grandson, Phillip M. Winz; his parents; two brothers - Joseph, in infancy and Eddie; a sister - Joann Sandmann; and two brothers-in- laws, Hap Brucken and Don Eisenbarth. He is survived by his daughter, Renee Winz and husband Steve of Holdrege, NE; his son, Wayne Osterhaus and wife Denise of DeWitt, NE; grandsons, Michael (Chelsea) Winz of Holdrege, NE, Greg (Chantel) Winz of Hildreth, NE, Garrett Winz of Holdrege, NE and Andrew Osterhaus of DeWitt, NE and great grandchildren, Eva Winz and Sawyer Winz. Sisters: Delores Brucken, Mildred Eisenbarth, Sister Mary Immaculata, Sharon (Dick) Broxtermann and Jeanette (Elmer) Koch. Brothers: Robert (Zita) Osterhaus, Dick (Mary Kay) Osterhaus, Jerry (Judy) Osterhaus, Dennis (Kathleen) Osterhaus and Hank Osterhaus; brother and sister in-laws: Gus Sandmann, Jim (Lou) Wassenberg and Bernadette (Dan) Taylor along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. As to Marvin’s wish that he be cremated, a Rosary will be said prior to the funeral service at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilber, NE on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. Burial of the cremains will follow at St. Gregory the Great Cemetery in Marysville, KS at 2:30 PM. Memorials can be made to St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church or to the Wilber Care Center, both of Wilber, NE. Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Wilber, NE is in charge of arrangements.


Shaelyn Brandt

Shaelyn Reese Brandt, age 3 months, 19 days, of Clatonia, passed away in her mother’s arms on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

Shaelyn was born on July 15, 2017 to Andrew and Stacey Brandt at University of Kansas hospital. She spent 33 days in the NICU where she received unconditional care and love from the entire staff. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect with severe pulmonary stenosis and bi-ventricular hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. On Aug. 17, Shaelyn was welcomed home by big brothers Addison, Stryder, and Axtyn.

She spent the next 28 days in her own home being loved and spoiled by family and friends. Shaelyn enjoyed snuggling, her pacifier, mommy time and playing dress up in her overwhelming supply of clothes and accessories. Shaelyn could be described as a tough, determined fighter, with an “I will win” attitude. She overcame several odds from day one and kept all nurses, doctors, and surgeons puzzled, they quickly learned ‘she was the boss and progress was on Shaelyn’s time’.

Preceded in death by grandpa Jerry Brandt; great-grandparents Melvin and Delores Marschman, Virgil and Mildred Bachle, Wilmer Brandt, Kenny and Arlene Roesler. Shaelyn is survived by parents, Andrew and Stacey, Clatonia, with brothers, Addison Dean, Stryder Paul, and Axtyn Steele; grandparents Paul and Shari Bachle, Daykin, and Connie Brandt, Western; great-grandmother Dorothy Brandt; aunts and uncles Todd and Holly Adam, Crete, Cory and Amy Rains, Dorchester, Brian and Kelly Rut, Tobias, Justin and Krystle Brandt, Lincoln, and Chelsey Brandt, Western, and 12 proud cousins. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Nov. 10 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilber with Father Craig Doty officiating. Interment in Wilber Czech Cemetery. Please visit Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is handling arrangements.


Harry Trepka, Jr .

Harry Vance Trepka, Jr., 95, of Crete, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Bryan Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1922 in Crete, to Harry Sr. and Olie Trepka. He attended District 18 to the 8th grade. Harry farmed with his dad north of Crete and served in the U.S Army. He was sent to South Korea during the Korean war.

After returning home, he worked at the Crete Mills and then returned to farming and lived on a farm north of Crete where he still resided. His first wife Lydia passed away on Feb. 13, 1975. On April 14, 1978, he married Alice Scheideler in Beatrice and they celebrated 39 years together.

He was very active in gardening and taking care of the lawn, planting trees and raising vegetables. He also had Herford cattle. He enjoyed his American Eskimo dog (named Tweety) and a number of cats. Harry enjoyed his John Deere tractor and harvesting his crops, kept up cutting little trees and working outside until the last of September.

He also enjoyed going into Crete to talk to friends and having coffee. Czech music on Sunday was one of his listening enjoyments. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crete.

Preceded in death by first wife, Lydia; brother Arnold and sister Irene; and his parents. He is survived by his wife Alice Trepka; son James Scheideler; sister Phyllis Wendelin; brother-in-law, August Wendelin; and nephews and nieces. Services are set for Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Church in Crete. Memorials may be given to family.Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete is handling arrangements.


Mary Flowers

Mary T. (Meagher) Flowers, 65, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, after battling cancer.

She was born on July 19, 1952 to James M. and Lucille (Linn) Meagher, Jr. in Marysville, Kan. Mary worked many years at Farmland Foods in Crete. She was a caring, soft hearted person who loved everyone. She cared for her mother and grandparents during their time of illness.

She is survived by her son, James Reyes and granddaughter, JoJo; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dixie and Michael Bhiro, North Carolina, Connie and Isreal Cardona, Crete, Peggy and Thomas Danko, Columbus, Ohio, Betty Luong and friend Leonard, Crete; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Debbie, Beatrice, Patrick and Lisa, Omaha, Tim and Calla, South Bend, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces.

Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Crete. A luncheon will follow for family and friends at St. James Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Research Foundation in care of the family. Please visit Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete, in charge of arrangements.


Frederick Valenta

Frederick A. Valenta, 78, died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 in Lincoln, after a short illness.

He was born on May 23, 1939 in Crete to Frank and Agnes (Lorenz) Valenta. After graduating from Crete High School, Fred served in the U.S. Navy from June 1958 to June 1960 on both the U.S.S. Saint Paul and U.S.S Helena as the Operations Clerk for the Commander of the 7th Fleet.

He met his wife Ruby while working for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads and they were married on May 5, 1962. Fred was well known in Lincoln as the owner and operator of Parkway Luncheonette for nearly 50 years where he served his award winning hamburgers.

Preceded in death by parents; son Terry; infant sister Patricia; brothers, Bernard and Francis. Survivors include wife Ruby; son Ricky (Julie); daughter-in-law Carissa; grandchildren, Jaxsen, Taelyn, Ainsley, Deacon, Given, and Sullivan; brothers, Joseph, Donald (Carolyn), James (Vicky); sisters Anne, Margaret (Randal) Wallar; sisters-in-law Arlene Valenta and Paula Valenta; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Celebration of Life was held on Friday, Nov. 3 in Lincoln. Burial will take place at a later date.


Shirley Gautreaux

Shirley Ann Gautreaux, 69, of Friend, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend as a result of complications from a stroke.

She was born on June 18, 1948, in Tecumseh, to Gerald “Jerry W. and Mildred M. (Bartels) Rinne, the oldest of three children. Shirley graduated from Gering High School in 1966 and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1970 with a degree in German and Education. While at the University of Nebraska, Shirley met Terrence “Terry” Michael Gautreaux of Chalmette, La. They were married on June 7, 1970, in Gering, and to this union three sons were born.

Shirley began her teaching career in 1972 in Waukegan, Ill. She started teaching at Friend Public School in 1973 and, having found the perfect small town, never left. She retired in 2013 after 40 years of dedication to students, parents, and the school district.

She was an encouraging mother and teacher, loving her sons, and especially her grandchildren who were the highlight of her life. Shirley’s life was dedicated to her family, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cordova, and Friend Public School. She was “Mrs. G” to thousands of students from Friend. She taught Geography, Social Studies, Speech, English, and German. She drove the school bus, coached Speech, directed one-act plays, coached junior high track, kept statistics for football, and organized events too numerous to mention.

Shirley taught Sunday School and was a constant presence at the church for Bible study, potlucks, weddings and funerals. Shirley was always thinking of those in need of prayer, assistance, or, her special lasagna. In 2004, Shirley was honored as Friend’s Citizen of the Year, exemplifing what it meant to be a citizen and always was proud to call Friend her hometown. After retirement, she became even more active in her community as she became a member of the Friend Rotary Club, and was an active helper with the Friend Historical Society.

Shirley remained a fixture at Friend Public School, as a substitute teacher and driving the bus for extracurriculars, as well as attending activities. She was also able to find time to travel, taking her father on road trips and visiting with her grandchildren. Shirley enjoyed an Alaskan cruise, Mardi Gras, Czech Republic, Oberammergau in Germany; in 2010 to see the once-in-a-decade Passion play; as well as, various other excursions. Shirley also continued to spend a week as a counselor at Cornhusker Girls State.

Preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Terry; their three sons and their spouses and children: Dr. Keith Gautreaux and Dr. Shaleah Jones and twins Emaline and Chloe, Pullman, Wash., Jeffrey Gautreaux and Kathryn and daughter Ada, Prescott, Ariz; and USAF Maj. Elliott Gautreaux and Katie and children Owen and Adelaide, Colorado Springs; two brothers and spouses, Rev. Rex and Linda Rinne, Appleton, Wis., Tim Rinne and Kay Walter and niece, Anna Walter, Lincoln; aunt Dianna Shomaker, Albuquerque; nephews and spouses: Nathan (Sheila) Rinne, Joel (Mandy) Rinne, and Joshua (Miranda) Rinne; many beloved cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. at Friend Public School’s East Gym. Interment in Andrew Cemetery. Memorial Donations are suggested to: LCMS Mission Central, 40718 County Hwy E16, Mapleton, IA 51034; Friend School Scholarship Fund or Warren Memorial Hospital. A full obituary and condolences are available at


Dorothy Mae Rejcha


Garnet F. Chaloupka, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at the Wilber Care Center.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1921 to Lillie D. MacDonald Fleming and Oscar M. Fleming of Crooksville, Ohio. Garnet grew up on the family farm and graduated valedictorian of her class from McCluney High School in Crooksvile in 1939. In 1941, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a secretary at the Rural Electrification Administration headquarters. She worked with REA in both Washington and St. Louis.

After the war, she continued her secretarial work at Doane College in Crete for several years. It was in St. Louis that she met Francis J. Chaloupka, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force. They were united in marriage in St. Louis on April 16, 1943. After the war ended, they made their home and raised a family in Wilber.

A talented seamstress, Garnet enjoyed tailoring and making clothes for her family and herself. She loved to travel with her family, and also enjoyed history, reading, music, nature and the outdoors.

Preceded in death by her husband Francis; daughter Jean C. Kennemore; and grandson Daniel T. Kennemore; her parents; brothers, Paul, Russell, Shelley, Robert, and H. Carl Fleming; sisters, Hazel Paxson and Ann Adams. She is survived by daughter Kim A. Chaloupka, Seattle, Washington; grandson Stacey B. Kennemore, Tulsa; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She is interred at Wilber Czech Cemetery following a graveside service on Friday, Oct. 20 officiated by Pastor Lila Bottolfsen of Wilber United Methodist Church. Memories and condolences may be left online at Kuncl Funeral Home, Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.


Jean Henke

E. Jean Henke, 89, Kearney, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Jean was born on Aug. 1, 1928 in Harlan County to Reinhold and Leathie (Pollard) Imm. She attended school at District 60, Stamford, and Orleans, graduating with the class of 1945. Jean loved being outside taking care of her rabbits and ducks as a child.

This love continued her whole life as a member of Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and having a NeWF windbreak planted for wildlife at her home. Jean was united in marriage to Gilbert Coe in 1945. To this union three children were born, Michael, Daniel, and Kathleen. They were later divorced. Jean was married Gene Henke in 1966.

She worked at the world’s largest coop creamery in Orleans. She also worked at the A.S.C. office, secretarial jobs, and her last job was at the Central Nebraska Presbytery Office. She later worked the welcome desk at Good Samaritan Hospital. Jean and Gene enjoyed traveling to Spain and went on several cruises.

Jean’s last trip with her friend Marsha was a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Jean was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed being a choir member. Her greatest joy in life was having her family all together for the holidays.

Preceded in death by her parents husband, three sisters, and one brother. She leaves to celebrate her life, sons, Michael and Karen Coe, Crete, Daniel and Alice Coe, Lakewood, Colo.; daughter Kathleen and Steve Godeken, Republican City; step-daughter, Barbara and Dean Holbein, San Clemente, Calif.; grandchildren, Stacy (Steven) Whitney, Shelly Coe, Tiffany (John) Lothrop, Danielle (Matt) Miscio, Travis (Jill) Coe, Jamie (Jessica) Coe, Cassandra (Travis) Holton, Robert (Amanda) Coe, Kimberly Godeken (John), Tamara Bishop, Brandi Smith, and Julie Smith; great-grandchildren, Sarah Whitney, Stewart Whitney, Kyra Coe, Maddie Coe-Ahl, Jaedon Lothrop, MacKenzie Coe, Ryan Miscio, Makenna Coe-Ahl, Stephanie Whitney, Corbin Coe, Gabriel Coe, Alissa Coe, Broden Godeken, Kailyn Lothrop, Addy Coe, Cara Miscio, Gavin Coe, and Penelope Coe. Funeral were held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney.

Private family burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later. Please visit to leave a message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride and Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney.


Dorothy Kuhn

Dorothy Frances (Novak) Kuhn, 86, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 in Crete.

She was born in rural Seward County on April 11, 1931. Dorothy was a farm girl all her life and an excellent cook. Her specialties were decorated birthday cakes for her family and friends and thousands of kolaches with “lots of fruit filling.”

She enjoyed all kinds of music and dancing, and driving her little Buick. Her favorite memories are with the Novak and O’Hare extended families, and trips to see Daniel O’Donnell concerts with her daughter, son-in-law, and friend Sharon Swett Davidson.

Preceding her in death is her husband, Harold; and parents Adolf Novak, and Frances (Dedic) Novak; brother-in- law, John Andelt Jr.; sisters-in-law, Bobbi Novak, Ann Kuhn, and Betty Sedersten; and nephew Dale Andelt.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Douglas O’Hare; grandson, Jeremy O’Hare and Karen and great-grandson, Keegan Jack, Aurora; grandson Branden O’Hare and Caitlin and great-grandson Calvin Sean, Omaha; brother, Dwaine Novak; sisters, Delores Andelt and Donnalee Miller; many nephews, nieces and their families as well as a multitude of friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Milford. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete. Burial at Camden Cemetery. Memorials suggested include: Camden Cemetery, Good Shepherd Church, or the family for future designation. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements.


Dorothy Mae Rejcha

Dorothy Mae Rejcha, 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1922 in Crete to Anton and Helen (Sysel) Kupka. Dorothy attended Crete schools and graduated in 1940. She and her sisters Lenora and Leona performed at several programs and events singing traditional Czech songs. Dorothy was always very proud of her Czech heritage attending Czech days, dances, and various local events. Dorothy’s first job was working at Kindle’s bakery.

She then went to work at Plouzeks Drug Store. She shared her mother’s passion working with flowers and became a florist at Savory’s in Crete and later at Dole Floral in Beatrice as a designer for floral arrangements, funerals, weddings, etc. Dorothy retired from the floral business in 1978 due to health reasons.

On Feb. 18, 1950 Dorothy was united in marriage to Stanley Rejcha. They made their home in Beatrice. They celebrated 40 years dancing together through life until Stan’s untimely passing in 1991. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary serving chicken dinners and funeral lunches.

She served as Girls State chairwoman for several years spending many hours with the girls preparing them for Girls State. She was a past member of the auxiliary’s executive board, the 8 & 40 Club, and Lancaster Salon 92. She spent many years as a volunteer at the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in the gift shop and was a past member of the hospital auxiliary.

She was an active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women in their mission throughout the world. She belonged to Ruth Circle and the Keystone Supper Club. She was a member of the ZCBJ Lodge 3 in Crete, serving as past treasurer. She was awarded the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2002.

In her “spare time” Dorothy enjoyed many hobbies that included sewing, needlework, quilting, baking, making corsages and centerpieces, gardening and tending her roses. She was known for her generous nature by many for the time she spent with family, friends, and neighbors helping run errands, sharing some of her delicious baked goods, or sending a note of friendship and encouragement.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband Stanley; sisters, Lenora Hass and Leona Jirak; brother-in-law, Renye Hass; and Niece Marsha Hass. Left to cherish her memory: brother-in-law, Ed Jirak, Boise Idaho; nieces and nephews, Bob and Jackie Hass, York, Maribeth and David Stone, St. Peters, Mo., Jim Jirak and Susie Rhodes, Boise, Tom Jirak and Susan Graber, Layfette, Colo., Jana Jirak and Karen Hackett, Lansing, Mich.; great-nieces Angie Hass, York, Dr. Michelle Stone, Huntsville, Texas; cousins and many friends.

Celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, Beatrice. Interment in Wilber Czech Cemetery. Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Wilber is handling arrangements.


Dorothy Hagemeier

Dorothy Joan Hagemeier 73, of rural DeWitt, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at her home.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1944, on the family farm north of Wilber to James and Mildred (Pomajzl) Burianek. She married Dallas Vern Hagemeier on Feb. 22, 1991 at Christ Community Church in Beatrice. Dorothy worked for Farmland Foods near Crete for 30 years.

After retirement she enjoyed crafting, painting, spending time in her garden, flowers, and time with Dallas. Preceded in death by parents; stepson, Daren Hagemeier; brother, Don Burianek; sister, Diane Rosenthal; sister-in-law, Dianna Burianek; infant twin brother and sister. Survivors include her husband Dallas, rural DeWitt; daughter and son-in-law, Sheri McCombs and Jim, Wilber; stepchildren and spouses, Michele Vana and Randy, Wilber, Denice Castoral and Cliff, Crestview, Fla., and Teresa Hagemeier and Luis, Philadelphia, Pa.; step-daughter-in-law, Jen Hagemeier, Lincoln; grandchildren and spouses, Cerena Hoover and Chan, Rachell Janecek and Adam, Clifford Allen Castoral, Alyssa, Mariah and Aliese Hagemeier, Jordan and Christopher, Rowan, Dustin and Cody Vana; great-grandchildren, Deagen, Jocelyn and Charlee Hoover, Anakin Janecek; brother, Dennis Burianek and Pat, Wilber; sister, Darlene Novak and Lumir, Pleasant Dale, Donna Hillgren and Duane, Crete; many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Christ Community Church, Beatrice.

A guestbook is available online at A memorial is established to Christ Community Church or Samaritan’s Purse with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary & Crematory, Beatrice in charge of arrangements. Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete is handling arrangements.


Perry Rhoades

Perry Olaf Rhoades, 85, of Lincoln, died on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 1, 1932 to Perry and Lutie Rhoades in Foster, Mo. Perry married Jody Stephen on Aug. 16, 1957. After Jody’s death in 1997, Perry married Julia Albers on Dec. 29, 1998. Perry served in the U.S. Navy 1951-1954, during the Korean Conflict.

He began his career at the United States Post Office in York, as a mail carrier. He was Assistant Postmaster in Seward, and was Postmaster at the Crete, post office, retiring in 1992. Perry was a life time member of Sertoma International and the VFW. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge 154 & Davenport OES in Davenport. Perry and his wife, Julia, were Roadrunner drivers with Sesostris Shriners in Lincoln, transporting children and their families to the Shriners Hospital in Minneapolis.

Preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard Rhoades; and first wife, Jody Rhoades. He is survived by wife, Julia, Hebron; daughters Perian Pattillo, Lincoln and Jana Kendall, Beatrice; son Grant Rhoades, Beatrice; stepson Tregan Albers and wife Deb, Davenport; grandchildren, Kylie Pattillo, Kass Pattillo, Jordan Rhoades, Dylan Kendall, Hunter Kendall and wife Brittney, Tregan Albers II and wife, Sarah, Trenton Albers and wife Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Jalynn Gray, Grace Tuttle, Marshall Albers and Ethan Albers. Services were held on Monday, Oct. 23 at Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. Memorials may be given to the family for a charitable donation to be made in Perry’s memory at a later date. Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete is handling arrangements.


William "Bill" Wenz

William Michael Wenz, 65, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at his home in Dorchester, from an apparent heart attack.

William (Bill) Wenz was born on the 6th day of May, 1952 to William F. Wenz and Jane Anne (Timothy) Wenz in Fort Riley Kan. where his father was stationed while serving during the Korean War. Bill was the second of eight children.

He attended Eight Mile Grove, a K-8 country school in Cass County until the family moved to the Seven Oaks Farm east of Union where he and his siblings attended the Nehawka School District. There he participated in football for four years and basketball for one year, attaining all-conference status as an offensive lineman his senior year. He also enjoyed his involvement in several all-school music productions including “Lil Abner” and “Oklahoma”.

He graduated from Nehawka High School in 1970. Bill married Shannon Colleen Anderson on Sept. 27, 1974, at the United Methodist Church in Milford. First residing in Plattsmouth, the couple then moved to Friend where they raised their daughter Sarah. Upon purchasing the first of two houses in Dorchester, the Bill Wenz family called this town their home.

Bill Jr. spent most of his working career working with his father in the rendering business both at Aaron Corp. in Omaha, and later helping build Midland By-Products into a regionally recognized rendering facility. Bill learned his mechanical crafts from the ground level up as a maintenance man and then as a foreman for several years before being promoted to the position of vice-president of the company, a position he held until the facility was sold in 1994.

Bill managed another rendering facility in Booker, Texas commuting regularly from his home in Dorchester. Bill will be remembered as an avid hunter, regularly organizing hunting parties for family and friends. He was a gun and coin collector, enjoyed fishing, golf and was a skilled carpenter. He immersed himself into whatever his current interest was and remained committed to the endeavor until he had mastered it.

His varied interests were only exceeded by his willingness to lend a hand to others. If there were tasks to be done or needs to be met, a simple phone call would be sufficient to send him running with tools in hand. Bill kept no ledger. If you needed assistance, he would help. It was really that simple. Bill’s wit, his telling of tales, (some fairly tall, to be sure!), his generosity and his humor will be sorely missed by his many close friends, by his family and by some simply gathered to share weekday morning coffee.

Preceded in death by his mother, Jane Wenz; father, William F. Wenz; wife, Shannon; and brother Timothy Wenz. He is survived by his daughter Sarah Wenz-Shrestha, McCook; his dear companion, Teresa Salinger, Plattsmouth; siblings Kathleen (Curt McKean) Wenz, Omaha, James (Mary) Wenz, Roca, Douglas (Deborah) Wenz, Crete, Laura (Gary) Gammel, Crete, Jeffrey (Tammy) Wenz, Crete and Shari (Richard) Tretheway, Lincoln; fourteen nieces and nephews who all held a very special place in his heart. Services were held on Monday, Oct. 30 at Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. Interment in Blue Mound Cemetery, Milford. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements. Arrangements by Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete.


Jerry Collier

Jerry Lee Collier, 68, of Crete, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

He was born on May 9, 1949 to Melvin Collier and Leona (Roach) Henning in Des Moines, Iowa. Preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son, Jeremy and special friend Mandy Bruder, Friend; daughter, Marnie, Papillion; brother, Terry (Phillis), State Center, Iowa; grandchildren, Deven and Dylen Collier, Friend; many nieces, nephews and countless friends.

Graveside services were on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials are in care of the family in lieu of flowers. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is handling arrangements, and condolences may be left at


Janice Klika

Janice Rose (Horky) Klika, 82, of Crete, passed away on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

She was born on June 3, 1935 to Henry H. and Rose (Pecka) Horky at Horky’s Park (Blue River Lodge) in Crete, in a cabin Henry built. She started her education at District 10 Rural school. In 1942 the family moved to a farm north of Milford and then in 1946 to a farm south of Crete. Janice attended St. James School, graduating from the 8th grade in 1948.

The family moved to a farm near Pleasant Hill, where she graduated from Dorchester High School in 1952. She worked as a bookkeeper for Sack Lumber Co. She kept books for Heidi and Harold’s Cafe for over 20 years, along with Sacred Heart Church, and Crete Sew and Vac. She was also a bookkeeper for Crete Lumber from 1976 until she retired in June of 2010. She was never someone who kept idle.

She typed papers for many Doane students, correcting grammar and staying up all night sometimes so their papers were in on time. She married Lumir E. Ladman on August 18, 1953, and with this union was born three children. On May 20, 1995 she married Richard (Dick) Klika. Janice was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and Sacred Heart Altar Society. She had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, having held many offices.

Preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law Lester Znamenacek; son-in-law Ray Morgan; and nephew Gerry Znamenacek. She is survived by her husband Dick; her children, Brenda (Greg) Bockelman, Bruce (Karen) Ladman; stepchildren Patti (Jim) Wright, Joan (Bill) Stollar and Katie Morgan; sister Joann Znamenacek; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many cousins; and all the wonderful friends who have remained part of her life. Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are in care of the family for future dedication. Arrangements by Kuncl Funeral Home ( in Crete.


Marian Jean Ross

Marian Jean Ross, 72, of Friend, passed away suddenly, on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at her home.

She was born on July 19, 1945 in Friend, to John and Velma (Mason) Hansen, the youngest of three children. She attended White Cloud country school and completed her education at Dorchester Public School, graduating with the class of 1963.

On Jan. 8, 1972, Marian was united in marriage to Floyd Ross in Friend. Marian worked for several years at Formfit-Rogers Manufacturing in Crete and she later was employed in the dietary department of Warren Memorial Hospital for a short time. In her spare time, she embroidered and did counted cross stitch and showed determination to excel in everything that she attempted.

Marian enjoyed spending time with her friends at local cafes and coffee shops having a meal or just a cup of coffee. Marian always had a smile for everybody and a very positive outlook on life. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Friend, enjoyed Women’s Fellowship attending the Rachel Circle and was a former Deaconess for her church. Marian also was a member of the Friend Rebeckah Lodge.

Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd; brother-in-law Richard Stieber; and nephews Terry Jones and Greg Cardwell. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Myrna Stieber, Lincoln and Ruth and Kenneth Jones, Hutchinson, Kan.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Friend United Church of Christ with Pastor Dave Coleman officiating. Interment in Plainview Cemetery in Western. Memorials established to the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Eunice Zimmerman

Eunice Ellen (Vavra) Zimmerman, 89, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at The Monarch in Lincoln.

She was born on Nov. 5, 1927 near Crete. She was interested and engaged in current events and loved watching Anderson Cooper and Morning Joe. A student of foreign languages especially Czech, which she studied at UNL. She was a member of the Lincoln Czech Club.

She took three trips to visit Czechoslovakia, first in the early 70’s, again in 1981, and the last time in 2000. Activities she enjoyed included tap dancing, clogging with The Capital City Cloggers, gardening and walking. She will be remembered as an intelligent and thoughtful woman who taught those around here to be aware of what is going on in the world, and to always think about and care about other people.

Preceded in death by spouse Ell (E.C.) Zimmerman; son Steve Zimmerman; ister Barbara Henning; parents Emil and Rose (Belohlavy) Vavra. Survived by daughters and sons-in law, Jean Zimmerman, LuAnn and Mike Bohmont, Mary Jo and John Virts; grandchildren, Scott and Melissa Zimmerman, Sondra Bohmont, Shawn and Raegan Bohmont, Dustin Virts, Danielle and Rick Wasielewski; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Trequin, Kiana, Evelyn, Elaric, Avery and Ryker; she also had a special relationship with her nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home 6800 So. 14th St. in Lincoln. Family will greet friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services. Private inurnment Centerville Cemetery. Memorials to The Monarch Hospice to assist those in need. Condolences


Eugene A. “Gene” Zach

Eugene A. “Gene” Zach, 86, Lincoln, died October 3, 2017.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1930 near Wilber, to Charles and Augusta (Kasparek) Zach. Gene grew up on a farm near Wilber. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and is a member of the American Legion Post 101 of Wilber.

He became a carpenter and home builder and owned his own business. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Charles and Eddie; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Robert Kellogg. Family members include his wife, Mary Ann; children and spouses, Roy and Christine Zach, David and Debbie Zach, Denver, Colo., Barb and Jack Burke; grandsons, Cody Grape, Joshua Zach, Denver; step-grandson, Ryan Taylor; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin and Phyllis Zach, Franklin and Lois Zach, Mary Ann Zach, Helen Zach, all Wilber; nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat Murphy.

Memorial Service was held on Monday, Oct. 9 at Roper and Sons Chapel, 4300 ‘O’ Street with Pastor Mark Brunott officiating. Prior private interment. Memorials in lieu of flowers to First Evangelical Free Church or Capital Humane Society. Condolences online at


Duane T. Rosecrans

Duane T. “Rosie” Rosecrans, 83, of Crete, Nebraska passed away peacefully on Friday, September 29, 2017, at home surrounded by family.

Born in Odell, Nebraska, on January 1, 1934, he enlisted to serve his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He and his lifelong companion, Ruth Meyers, were married on May 29, 1955 in Beatrice, NE.

Duane is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Jim Johnson, Lakewood, NY and Cindy and Brad Braunsroth, Denton, NE; son Scott Rosecrans, San Diego, CA; six grandchildren, Trevor, Corey, Brandon, Justin, Erin, Rachel; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Duane worked for the Norris Public Power District for 35 years until his retirement in 1996. He served in the Crete Volunteer Fire Department for over 15 years. He was active in the Crete community and volunteered in many organizations. He was a member of American Legion Post 147, serving as its Commander for many years, a member of the Grace United Methodist Church for over 50 years and a member of the Crete Cemetery Board.

In retirement, he and Ruth enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona, and he enjoyed woodworking. Duane loved spending time with family and friends, and most of all, he will be remembered for sharp wit and playful sense of humor. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Nellie Rosecrans; his sisters Peggy and Carlene; and his infant brother Gary.

Memorials to the Grace United Methodist Church, Crete NE. Services: Wednesday, October 4th at 10:30 AM, Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Juniper, Crete. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is in charge of arrangements.


Jeffery Schneider &
Laurie Schneider

Jeffery James Schneider, 53 and Laurie Ann (Prieb) Schneider 53 passed away on Sept. 16, 2017 from a motorcycle accident in Omaha, Ark.

Jeff worked at Williamson/Honda of Lincoln, Rod’s power sports, J&B Auto in Arkansas. Laurie worked at Lincoln Liberty Life and Ameritas in Lincoln as a shared systems project manager, and Holdt & Hudson CPA’s in Arkansas. Laurie and Jeff were raised in Lincoln, met after high school and were married on July 7, 1984.

Laurie was born in Crete, to Ralph and Darlene (Kunz) Prieb. She attended Lincoln Northeast High School and graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with honors. She is preceded in death by her father Ralph Prieb; sisters, Rita and Susan Prieb; and step-father Cliff Morter. She is survived by her mother Darlene; and nephews Tim Prieb, Jason Bales; great-niece Sami Prieb; great-nephews Skyler and Jesse Bales; step grandniece Kristin and her son Devin; cousins Marilyn Giles, Luana and David Petsche and Jan Morse; puppies Tanner and Quincy and cat Ozzy; many close friends and other relatives.

Jeff was born in Lincoln to Edward and Dorothy Schneider on Jan. 28, 1964. He attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1982. Jeff studied auto body at SCC in Milford. He is preceded in death by his father Edward. He is survived by his mother Dorothy Schneider; brother Mike Schneider; cousin Jeanie Davis; their pets; and many close friends and other relatives.

Services were held on Friday, Sept. 29 at Northeast United Church of Christ, Lincoln. Memorials are to the family to be decided at a later date. Arrangements by Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home.


Ronald Sehnert

Ronald Sehnert, 81, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 in Seward.

He was the son of Harry and Emma Boshart Sehnert, born in Dorchester on June 15, 1936. Ron was a longtime janitor at the Dorchester School. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Jirsa Sehnert, on May 17, 2017. He is survived by brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Geraldine Sehnert, sister and brother-in-law Marlene and Harry Axline, all Dorchester; sister Jane Hopper, Omaha; and several nieces and nephews. No services. Burial was held at Dorchester Cemetery. Memorials to Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department. Lauber Moore Funeral Home, Milford.


Jerry Brauer

Gerald L. “Jerry” Brauer”, 79, of Crete, passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

He was born on July 24, 1938 in Seward, interrupting his mother’s birthday party. He was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church in Malcolm.

Jerry attended country school in Seward County and graduated from Garland High School in 1955.

In December of 1955 he joined the U.S. Navy and received his honorable discharge in 1957 due to a car accident. He then farmed and worked for Lincoln Electric for many years. Jerry moved to Palmer, Kan. where he worked for a farmer and Coop Elevator.

In Linn, Kan. is where he met Sharlene and on June 15, 1973 they were married at St. John Lutheran Church in Palmer. In 1979 the family moved to Crete where Jerry worked at Alpo until his retirement in 1993.

Jerry took up oil painting and started woodworking, becoming well known for his rocking horses and for many years participated in craft shows. He was a master at crossword puzzles, loved reading and watching westerns and was a fan of John Wayne. He liked all sports, never missing a Husker or Denver Broncos football game or Kansas City Royals baseball and WWE.

He loved his family, attending family reunions and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Jerry loved the fact he was married to his wife for 44 years.

Preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hildegarde Brauer; brother-in-law, Larry Burling; fathers-in-law, Emil Wilkens and Leonard Betten.

Survivors include his wife, Sharlene, Crete; daughters and sons-in-law, Holly Lewis and David, Martell, Penney Foss and Tim, Lincoln, Sheila Brauer, Crete, Tammy Brummond, Omaha; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas Brauer and Jessica, Silver Spring, Md., Troy Brauer and Jody, Crete; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister, Joann Burling, Lincoln; mothers-in-law, Florene Betten, Aurora, Colo., Kate Wilkens, Clay Center, Kan.; sister-in-law, Gen Gatterman and Mike, Aurora, Colo.; brother-in-law, David Betten, San Mateo, Calif.; sister-in-law, Nancy Lehman, Linn, Kan.; four nieces, one nephew, and many other relatives.

A Memorial Service were held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete with Pastor Ronald Benson officiating. Cremation. Military honors by VFW Post 4959 and American Legion Post 147 Honor Guard. Memorials care of the family for future designation. Condolences may be left online at Arrangements entrusted to Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete.


Everett Magnusson

Everett F. Magnusson, 77, of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at Homestead Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln.

He was born to Lloyd and Ila (Sudlow) Magnusson on March 22, 1940 in South Dakota.

Everett was one of ten children in his family. He met June in Loveland, Colo. at a Buffalo Dance. They were married on Nov. 22, 1970 in Loveland. Soon after, they gave birth to their first daughter, Tabitha Lee, deceased. Three years later, they had their second daughter, Tamara JoAnn. They moved to Crete in 1974.
Everett worked as an Operator at Alpo /Friskies for 32 years. During retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his wife June, and grandkids Adrianna, Jaden, and Jordan. Everett and June moved to Lincoln in May of 2016. He experienced the birth of his great-grandson Josiah, and the wedding of his granddaughter, Adrianna.

Preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Tabitha; brothers, Sam and George Magnusson.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, June Magnusson, Lincoln; daughter, Tamara Magnusson, San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Adrianna Bowder and husband Jacob, Lincoln, Jaden Peterson, Mobile, Ala., Jordan Peterson, San Diego; great-grandson, Josiah Bowder, Lincoln; sisters and brothers-in-law, Emma Lamb, Onida, S.D., Naomi Douglas and Kelly, Rapid City, S.D., Irma Falond, Hillsboro, Ill., Sharon Lebeda and Norman, Loveland, Colo., Marilyn McKibben, Rapid City, S.D., Ruth Ballard, Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Dale Magnusson, Big Sky, Mont.; and many other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 22 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete with Rev. Dr. Wayne Reynolds officiating. Cremation with burial at a later date. Memorials are suggested to:

with granddaughter, Adrianna Bowder in charge. Condolences may be left online at


Willard L. Maryska

Willard L. Maryska, 93, of Wilber, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln.

He was born on Jan. 3, 1924 in Wilber to Lumir and Marie (Dusanek) Maryska. He graduated from Wilber High School in 1942. Willard served his country in the United States Navy serving during World War II from 1944-46 and also during the Korean War from 1951-52.

He married Alice Mae Pechoucek on April 6, 1954 in Lincoln. They were blessed to be married for 52 years before Alice’s passing in June of 2006. Willard farmed west of Wilber while also working at Petersen Manufacturing in DeWitt and then at Wells Implement in Plymouth before retiring. He and Alice lived on the farm west of Wilber until moving into Wilber in the early 2000’s.

He was a 65-year member of the Louis-Milan American Legion Post 101 of Wilber, 70-year member of T.J. Sokol Hall in Wilber and a former member of the Nebraska Farmers Union His hobbies included handyman work, which he was very good at, word search puzzles and he enjoyed reading the newspaper and keeping up on the news. He also enjoyed listening to Czech music and going to the Chat With The Czech Class.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alice M. (Pechoucek) Maryska; father and mother-in-law, Adolph and Clara Pechoucek; brother-in-law, Leonard Pechoucek. Survivors include his daughter, Diane Siedlik and husband Frank, Omaha. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber with Pastor Lila Bottolfsen officiating. Visitation will continue on Wednesday 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial in Wilber Czech Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Wilber Fire and Rescue.

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Ardene L. Bartlett

Ardene L. Bartlett, 85, of Crete, formerly of Beatrice and Falls City, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at the Crestview Care Center in Milford.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1931 in Virginia, Neb. to Edward and Tillie (Krikava) Hubka, and was a 1949 graduate of Beatrice High School. Ardene and Wilbur “Bill” Bartlett were married on Sept. 2, 1949 in Beatrice. Ardene had been a secretary at Dempster Manufacturing in Beatrice.

She was a legal secretary for Weaver-Beekman-Merz law firm when they lived in Falls City from 1958 until moving to Crete in 2004. Ardene was a former member of the First Christian Church in Beatrice; former member and officer of the Legal Secretary’s Association. She enjoyed bowling, reading and sewing. Preceded in death by her parents; husband Wilbur “Bill” Bartlett; son Bill Bartlett; and one sister.

Survivors include son, Bob Bartlett, Falls City; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Lynn Bartlett, Crete; sister Maryann Divona, Falls City; sisters-in-law Erna Beach and Eva Bartlett, both Beatrice, and Mary Meadows, Kansas; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with Rev. Crystal Dewey officiating.

Interment in Evergreen Home Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Ardene’s online guest book at


Dale Albert Christensen

Dale Albert Christensen, 84, passed away on Sept. 6, 2017.

The son of William and Genevieve (Lindquist) Christensen, he was born on Nov. 23, 1932 in Dannebrog. In 1955 Dale bought a 1929 Dodge for $15; this car turned out to be his pride and joy in trying to restore it over the years.

In 1956 he worked part-time as a taxi cab driver in Lincoln, Nebraska while going to school at Southeast Community College in Milford, learning the machinist trade. In 1957 Dale went to work for Bruning as a machinist. On July 2, 1960 Dale and Helen Papik were united in marriage in Lincoln. They had three children.

In 1985 Dale and Helen worked side by side as he took over farming for his mother-in-law on the family farm in Crete for 10 years. He continued to work full-time at Bruning. Dale enjoyed doing yard work and working with his hands as he seemed to know a little bit about everything. Family vacations were taken with the pop-up camper to Wyoming, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas. Later in life he experienced an Alaskan cruise. In 1999 Dale retired from Bruning (Parker Hanifan) after 42 years.

He enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren, Shawn and Sara, and continued to go to the family farm doing upkeep around the yard and maintenance on the machinery.

In 2017 he was able to see his granddaughter, Sara, graduate from college. Most important to Dale was the time he spent with his family, always giving his time and always with a smile. Over the last two years Dale struggled with many health issues. Preceded in death by his daughter, Denise; his parents; brother Harry Christensen; and a brother-in-law Albert Hoffer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Helen; children, Kathy Christensen and Janet (Kevin) Herrold; grandchildren, Shawn and Sara Chaloupka; siblings, Fern Hoffer, Lela Dean, Joyce (Marvin) Nelson, Maryann (Bob) Hronik, and Wilma (Jim) Weeks; many loving relatives and friends including long time card playing partners Jim and Lee Logsdon.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Butherus, Maser and Love funeral home in Lincoln. Interment in Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for later designation.



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