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Ervin W. Mitzelfelt
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999
Hastings resident Ervin W. Mitzelfelt, 84, of 637 S. Hastings Ave., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Bryan LGH Medical Center East in Lincoln. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings with the Rev. Harold Stromer officiating. Burial will be in the Glenvil Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Mr. Mitzelfelt was born Sept. 4, 1915, to William and Emilla (Waterman) Mitzelfelt at Blue Hill. He attended elementary school in Blue Hill. On June 29, 1941, he married Leona Dieken. He worked for Abbott Dairy for 10 years in Hastings before he started farming south of Hastings. In 1960 he moved into Hastings and worked for the Adams County Highway Department as a maintainer operator. He retired in 1980. He was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, LeAnne Blau of Hastings; one son, Eldon of Hastings; one sister, Vera Schmidt of Grinnell, Iowa; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers; two sisters; and one grandchild. Memorials may be given to the church.

Lloyd A. Davidson
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999
Hebron resident Lloyd A. Davidson, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Blue Valley Lutheran Home in Hebron. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron with the Rev. Bruce Berggren officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Deshler. Visitation starts at 1 p.m. today at Hebron Memorial Funeral Home in Hebron. Mr. Davidson was born Aug. 6, 1911, to Charles W. and Erma (Larkin) Davidson at Byron. He attended school in the Byron area. He farmed most of his life in Thayer County. On June 27, 1937, he married Ellen Abelbeck at Byron. She died in 1987. On May 5, 1990, he married Wilma A. Shults at Hebron. Survivors are his wife; one son, Larry of Hebron; three stepsons, Leroy Boitnott of Rantool, Ill., Larry Boitnott of Ruskin and John Boitnott of Hebron; one daughter, Jerilyn Cortesi of Puyallup, Wash.; two stepdaughters, Donna Hanson of Ruskin and Wilma Dominy of Hebron; two brothers, Paul of Alexandria and Les of Panama; two sisters, Sybil Rahe of Concordia, Kan., and Lois Snyder of Bellevue, Wash.; six grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren. A memorial has been established.

Robert L. Shoemaker
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999
Hastings resident Robert L. Shoemaker, 68, of 1519 W. Ninth St. died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.to 9 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Mr. Shoemaker was born Feb. 25, 1931, to William and Norma (Daugherty) Shoemaker in Alliance. He moved to Hastings in 1946 and graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951-53. On April 4, 1954, he married Donna I. Boyce. He worked 44 years for City National Bank, holding many positions. He was assistant vice president of operations when he retired in 1996. He was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, American Legion Post No. 11 and VFW Post No. 1346, all in Hastings. He was certified by the state of Nebraska as a life underwriter. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Debi Shoemaker-Ferrick of Forked River, N.J.; two sisters, Marjorie Voss of Pueblo West, Colo., and Joy Voss of Aurora, Colo.; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother. Memorials may be given to the church's God Made Me preschool.

Florence C. Kissler
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999
Sutton resident Florence C. (Folz) Kissler, 97, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at the Sutton Community Home. Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Sunday and services are 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sutton with the Rev. David Davis officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery near Sutton. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Kissler was born July 2, 1902, to William and Catherine (Weber) Folz near Shickley. She attended School District No. 49 in Fillmore County. On March 19, 1931, she married Andrew "Jim" Kissler at St. Mary's Catholic Church near Shickley. They farmed south of Sutton until retirement. In 1966 they moved into Sutton. Her husband preceded her in death. She lived at Sutton Community Home the last few years of her life. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar Society. Survivors are one daughter, LeAnn Salmen of Lincoln; one son, Dean of Sutton; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, Gene; two brothers; and four sisters. Memorials may be given to the family or the church.

Paul M. Uphoff
Monday, Oct. 11, 1999
Hebron resident Paul Matthis Uphoff, 86, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, in Hebron. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Hebron with the Rev. John R. Walton officiating and masonic services conducted by Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 43 A.F. and A.M. Burial will be in the Hebron City Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to services Wednesday at the church. Price Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Uphoff was born Sept. 27, 1913, to Edward and Clara (Hessheimer) Uphoff in Deshler. He graduated from Belvidere High School and attended the Hebron Academy. On May 25, 1936, he married Leona Fintel. He was a construction worker, a truck driver for H. Ells and managed and sold cars for Ells Motor Co., all in Hebron. He was an emergency medical technician, a former county ambulance driver and a former employee of Thayer County Hospital. He also was a former employee of Ken Boy Motors in Hebron. In 1978 his wife died. He was a member of the Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 43, A.F. and A.M., of which he was secretary-treasurer; Elks Club; Moose Club and Izaak Walton League. He also worked with the Boy Scouts and American Red Cross. Survivors are one daughter, Carol Wassenaar of Hebron; one brother, Carl of Morley, Australia; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established.

Dorothy J. Anderson
Monday, Oct. 11, 1999
Services for Hastings resident Dorothy J. Anderson, 85, of 1235 Laird Ave., who died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings will be conducted in private. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Loraine O. Sjuts
Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999
Humphrey resident Loraine O. (Mueting) Sjuts, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at the Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Humphrey with the Rev. Brad Birtell officiating. Burial will be in the City Cemetery in Humphrey. Visitation is until 8:30 p.m. today at Duesman Funeral Home chapel in Humphrey and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Survivors are her husband; three daughters; two sons, including Allan of Hastings; one sister; 16 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Alton A. Aufdenkamp
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999
Kenesaw resident Alton A. Aufdenkamp, 68, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at his home. Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home of Kenesaw is in charge of arrangements.

Berneitta M. Weitzel
Monday, Oct. 11, 1999
Harvard resident Berneitta May (Bruning) Weitzel, 72, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at the Harvard United Church of Christ with the Rev. Lonnie Logan officiating. Burial will be in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home in Harvard. Mrs. Weitzel was born May 30, 1927, to Henry and Ivy (Palmer) Bruning in Harvard. She grew up on the family farm south of Harvard. She then moved into Harvard. On Jan. 17, 1953, she married Paul Weitzel. He died Jan. 15, 1986. She was a member of the Harvard United Church of Christ and its Women's Fellowship. She also was a member of the church quilting group and the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors are three daughters, Shirley Finster of Green River, Wyo., Mary Nelson of Osceola and Judy Weitzel of Grand Island; two sons, Lyle of Grand Island and Stanley of Harvard; one sister, Maxine Byrkit of Clay Center; and five grandchildren

Faye Kile
Monday, August 21, 2000
Red Cloud resident Faye (Jahn) Kile, 92, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Anderson Kwankin officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Bladen. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Kile was born Sept. 28, 1907, to Henry F. and Jennie (Call) Jahn in Blue Hill. She attended Cloverton rural school and graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1925. On Sept. 30, 1933, she married Lyle C. Kile in Hastings. They farmed in the Bladen area until 1946 when they moved into Bladen. They owned and operated the locker plant in Bladen until 1956. They worked at the Bladen Public School until 1973. In 1986 they moved to Red Cloud. On Sept. 20, 1989, her husband died. She was a member of the Bladen and Red Cloud Methodist churches, Rebekah Lodge in Bladen, United Methodist Women, Bladen Extension Club and the M&M Bridge Club. Survivors are one daughter, Virginia James of Red Cloud; two sons, Dean of Superior and Gary of Hastings; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren She also was preceded in death by one son, Robert; three sisters; one brother; and one grandchild.

Michael J. Bang
Monday, August 21, 2000
Minden resident Michael J. Bang, 83, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Kearney County Health Services Long Term Care Unit in Minden. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dr. Terry Palmer officiating. Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Bang was born Sept. 4, 1916, to Andrew and Bessie (Wise) Bang in Kearney County. He grew up in the Minden area and graduated in 1934 from Minden High School. He moved to Houston where he worked as a technician for Southwestern Bell Telephone. He lived in Houston until retiring and moving to Minden in 1980. He was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church. Survivors are two daughters, Emily Barton of El Cajon, Calif., and Joellen Hester of Houston; one son, Andrew of Smithville, Texas; three sisters, Evelyn Bloomfield and Margaret Christensen, both of Minden, and Sara Maren Wilkey of Sterling, Kan.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael J. Jr., and one brother. Memorials may be given to the Kearney County Health Services Foundation or the donor's choice.

Hazel C. Schoenfeld
Saturday, August 19, 2000
Former Davenport resident Hazel C. (Busch) Schoenfeld, 94, of Fairbury died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, in Fairbury. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Jan Horne officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Davenport City Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Mrs. Schoenfeld was born Oct. 20, 1905, to William and Selma (Flocke) Busch in rural Davenport. She graduated from Davenport High School. On May 9, 1929, she married Ervin E. Schoenfeld in Davenport. She lived in Davenport, Deshler, Jansen and Fairbury. She was a teacher and a grocery clerk at Franzen Grocery and Peck Grocery, both in Fairbury. On Sept. 26, 1968, her husband died. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Faith Lutheran Quilters. Survivors are one daughter, Natalie Stewart of Fairbury; and one grandchild. She also was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Memorials may be given to the church.

Rodney R. Rogers
Tuesday, August 15, 2000
Former Franklin resident Rodney Roy Rogers, 57, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, in Forth Worth. Graveside services with military honors were Friday at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Greenwood Funeral Home of Fort Worth was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Rogers was born Feb. 6, 1943, to Bert Will and Hazel Marie Rogers in Franklin. On Nov. 15, 1964, he married Sandy Jean Deacz. He had lived in Fort Worth for the past 26 years where he was chief A&P inspector for Essner Manufacturing. He also was a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Worth. Survivors are his wife; one son, Richard of Fort Worth; two daughters, Rhonda Rivera of Irving, Texas, and Karleen Rhea of San Antonio; three sisters, Rebecca Watson of Franklin, Alice Balm of Elk Falls, Kan., and Norma Barnhart of Moore, Okla.; one brother, Delbert of Franklin; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be given to the Cancer Care Services or Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Edward G. Drudik
Sunday, August 20, 2000
Franklin resident Edward G. Drudik, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Private memorial services will be at a later date. The remains were cremated. There is no visitation. Hutchins Funeral Home of Franklin is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Drudik was born April 24, 1923, to Lawrence and Jennie (Sebek) Drudik in Lawrence. He attended Sacred Heart Parochial School in Lawrence. He was a retired farmer. In 1993 he moved to Franklin. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence. Surviving is his sister, Mildred Svoboda of Deweese. Memorials may be sent to Mildred Svoboda, RR 1 Box 26, Deweese, NE 68934-9608.

Glen 'Davey' Davenport
Saturday, August 19, 2000
Mankato, Kan., resident Glen "Davey" Davenport, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, at Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care in Mankato. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Melby Mortuary chapel in Mankato with the Rev. Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Mankato. Mr. Davenport was born June 17, 1917, near Webber, Kan. He was a retired highway worker for the state of Kansas. Survivors are his wife, Opal; three stepdaughters, Patricia Hart of Alliance, Marilyn Bast of Lincoln and Marna Hart of Concordia, Kan.; one stepson, Ray Goodwin of Castle Rock, Colo.; five stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Jewell County EMS Service.

Robert E. Hohensee
Sunday, August 20, 2000
Services for Saronville resident Robert E. Hohensee, 65, who died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Federated Church in Sutton with the Rev. Bill Jardine officiating. Burial will be in the Sutton Cemetery. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Dean Katen
November 14, 2000
Fairfield resident Richard Dean Katen, 68, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, at his home. Rosary is 9:30 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harvard with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion Post No. 256 of Fairfield. Mr. Katen was born Dec. 18, 1931, to Thomas William and Ella (Moravek) Katen in Dawes County near Hemingford. He attended Cottonwood Creek Country School near Hemingford and graduated in 1951 from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. On Sept. 18, 1954, he married Betty Louise Burks in Salina, Kan. They returned to ranching near Hemingford with his father. In 1967 they moved to Fairfield where he was the haying operation manager at the Roman L. Hruska Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center for more than 29 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a past member of the Fairfield American Legion Post No. 256. He served on the Fairfield City Council for one term. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Kathy Beyer of Gretna; three sons, Tom of Wallshire, Ohio, Randy of Glenvil and Troy of Mitchell, S.D.; two sisters, Maxine Lemonds of Scottsbluff and Maryanna Anderson of Littleton, Colo.; one brother, Dale of Sidney; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the family.

Harold Edward Ebke
November 14, 2000
Franklin resident Harold Edward Ebke, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Franklin with the Revs. Neil Kloppenborg and Bryan Balasa officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 1 p.m. until services Friday at the church. Mr. Ebke was born April 6, 1924, to Edd and Katie (Janssen) Ebke near Macon. He lived in Macon until 1929 when he moved with his parents to a farm north of Franklin. He attended rural School District 2 and Franklin High School. On Feb. 1, 1948, he married Viola Schmidt at the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon. They farmed with his parents near Franklin until 1974 when they moved to Franklin. He was the Franklin County weed superintendent for 23 years. He was a member of the Franklin United Methodist Church and served on its administrative board. He also was a past member of the Franklin Lions Club and Jaycees. Survivors are his wife; one son, Duane of Gretna; one daughter, Roseanna Hoye of Graham, Wash.; four grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Leo Joseph Kauffman
November 15, 2000
Hastings resident Leo Joseph Kauffman, 89, of 1139 W. Sixth St. died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at his home. Services are pending with Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings.

Edith May Short
November 15, 2000
Former Hastings resident Edith May Short, 98, of Alma died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Services are pending with Banta-Torrey Funeral Home of Alma.

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