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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