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Miscellaneous Furnas County, Nebraska Obituaries


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Lloyd James Carter
Carter, Lloyd James, 81, retired farmer & rural mail carrier, died Monday, May 26, 2003. Visitation 6-8 pm Wednesday, May 28 at Baker Funeral Home Chapel, 100 South Cedar, Valley Center, Kansas. Service 10 am Thursday, May 29 at First United Methodist Church, Valley Center, KS. Service 1:00 pm Friday, May 30 at Elwood Methodist Church, 601 Rush St, Elwood, Nebraska. Interment at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was born May 24, 1922 seven miles southwest of Platteville, Colorado. His father was Frederick A. Carter, a first generation American descendent of Thomas Carter who was born in Bristol, England. His mother was Mary Dickey who was born near Ahoghill, Northern Ireland and immigrated to Nebraska at age 25. Lloyd had four older sisters, Agnes, Myrtle, Esther, and Gladys. Gladys passed away as an infant. On May 9, 1948, Lloyd married Verna Louise Chadwick at the Gosper United Methodist Church in Gosper, Nebraska. They had five children, James, Harold, Kenny, Becky and Mary. Harold died as an infant in Nebraska. Lloyd farmed in Nebraska until October, 1956 when due to extended droughts in Nebraska, they moved to Kansas. In 1960, Lloyd began as a rural letter carrier in Valley Center. He retired from the postal service in 1983 after 23 years of service. Survivors: spouse, Verna Carter of Valley Center; sons James of Waunakee, WI and Kenneth of Valley Center; daughters Becky Dimmitt & Mary Popchoke both of Olathe; sister Myrtle Martin-Hibbs of Hermiston, OR; step-sister LaVilla Brand of Elwood, NE; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by: son, Harold Elden Carter; parents Frederick & Mary Carter, 3 sisters: Agnes Huff, Esther Krivucha & Gladys Carter; and stepbrother Forrest Reed. Memorial is to the First United Methodist Church, 560 N. Park, Valley Center. Baker Funeral Home has charge.

Donna L. White
Donna Louise White, age 81, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died Wed-nesday, May 21, 2003 at Cam-bridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born December 29, 1921 at Harper, Ohio to Oscar W. and Ruth B. (Folk) Craig. She grew up in Kenton, Ohio and graduated from Kenton High School with the Class of 1939. She married Paul D. Schlinglof on September 4, 1943. They soon moved to Mesa, Arizona and opened their own business called "The White Dot Cafe". To this union were born three children, George, Dave and Christine. Donna was an avid bowler in her younger years, winning many state tournaments. Her passion though was cooking and meeting the public. She greeted everyone with a smile and good con-versation. Her warm, caring personality and great food brought you back for more. In 1968 she moved to Caldwell, Kansas where she took over her father's business, "Craig's Cafe" until his death. Her success in the restau-rant business brought her to Arapahoe where she purchased the "Derby Cafe". For three years she cooked totally from scratch serving big sweet cinnamon rolls, homemade soups, pies, salads, and Sunday buffets. In 1977, she sold the "Derby Cafe" and moved out west to Mesa, Arizona with intensions of retiring. She soon found herself back in the work field again as Director of Food Service and dietitian at Mesa Community College. In 1991, she moved back to Arapahoe and made her home at Sunshine Village and eventually C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center. She loved the outdoors, es-pecially the early morning hours. She also loved animals, as she had several favorite pets through the years. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her strengths. Each child was very unique and special. Her love for life can only be matched by her caring compassion for others. She touched many lives. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Survivors include: two sons, George and wife Sue Schlinglof of Mesa, Arizona; Dave Schling-lof of Mesa, Arizona; one daugh-ter: Christine and husband Don Sandell of Arapahoe, Nebraska; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 24, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with George Probasco and Rev. Hyeongdong Baek officiating. Soloist was Douglas Garey and organist was Patty Reese. Solo selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "It Is Well With My Soul". Active bearers were Vernon Bletscher, Jerry Downs, Terry Polston, Ryan Probasco, Todd Probasco and Don Sandell. Interment was in the Arapahoe Cemetery with Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe in charge of arrangements.

Grace E. Miller McComb
Grace Ellen McComb, age 96, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away Monday, May 19, 2003 at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born May 10, 1907 at Norton County, Kansas to Isaih and Sarah C. (Thompson) Mich-als. She was raised in Norton County, Kansas and attended school at Norton Public Schools. After her schooling, she worked at the Norton Sanitarium, at Norton, Kansas. While working there she met her future husband. She married Alvin George Miller in Norton, Kansas in 1929. They lived in various rural towns in Furnas County. In 1944, they moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska where she worked as a cook for Arapahoe Public Schools for 23 years. For her service to the school, she was named Honorary Arapahoe High School Alumni. On March 14, 1970 her hus-band, Alvin, passed away. She then married William Grant McComb and they resided in Arapahoe. On January 27, 1983 her husband, W. Grant McComb, passed away. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe and the Eastern Star and Country Club Extension Club for 50 years, all of Arapahoe. She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Alvin Miller and Grant McComb, seven bro-thers, four sisters, step-son Orville Miller, infant son Elvin Donald Miller, daughters Ellen Young and Evelyn Slife. Survivors include her son: Royal and wife Kae Miller of Hastings, Nebraska; daughter: Karen and husband Pete Highland of Arapahoe, Nebraska; grand-children: Grace Ann Mathis, Gail Alene Roach, Andy Young, Jamie Holson, Ben Young, Beth Aber-nathy, Brad Slife, Brenda Nelson, Alan Miller, Tony Miller, Linda DiNieri, Tracy Zern, Mike Miller, Mark Miller, David Miller, Ronny Miller, Chuck Highland, Doug Highland, Dianna Highland and Steve Highland; step-grand-children: Rhonda Eggleston, Debbie Weber, Brian Fitzke, Brad Fitzke; 45 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchil-dren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Hyeongdong Baek, officiating. Soloist was Scott Fisher and organist was Patty Reese. Hymn selections were "Amazing Grace" and "On Eagle's Wings". Active bearers were Doug Highland, Steve Highland, Alan Miller, Mark Miller, Mike Miller and Ben Young Honorary bearers were Beth Abernathy, Linda DiNieri, Chuck Highland, Dianna Highland, Jamie Holson, Grace Ann Mathis, David Miller, Ronny Miller, Tony Miller, Brenda Nelson, Gail Alene Roach, Brad Slife, Andy Young and Tracy Zern. Interment was in the Arapahoe Cemetery with Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe in charge of arrangements.

Max L. Girch
Max L. Girch, 79, of Grand Island, Nebraska, died Friday, June 29, 2001 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. Mr. Girch was born on October 12, 1921 at Arapahoe, Nebraska to Vernon and Helen [Mills] Girch. He attended school in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. While serving, he was an airplane and engine mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1943. He married Margret VanKeuren on November 1, 1952 in Hastings, Nebraska. Mr. Girch worked as a mechanic and later was a self-employed gravel truck driver. He retired in 1986. After his retirement, he worked for Titan's Security until he became ill in 2001. His hobbies included reading, motorcycles, bowling, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where he served as a trustee. Survivors include one brother, Roy Dale [John] Girch and his wife Lor-raine of Arapahoe, Nebraska; one nephew, Roger Girch and his wife Karen of Beatrice, Nebraska; one niece, Linda Hitchcock of Hastings, Nebraska; one great-niece, Nicole Hitchcock, also of Hastings, and one cousin, Darrel Mehaffie and his wife Charla of Cambridge, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Margret, in 1983. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 2, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home with Rev. George Wheat officiating. Burial was in the Grand Island City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Maxine J. Bowers
Maxine Jo Bowers passed away at the St. Anthony North Medical Center in Westminster, Colorado on August 3, 2003 at the age of 76. She was born on January 3, 1927, at Arapahoe, Nebraska to Oscar and Rosa May (Bunny) Irelan. Maxine spent her youth in Arapahoe and attended Arapahoe Public School. On November 21, 1944, she was united in marriage to Ivan Bowers. To this union two chil-dren, Terry Leon and Janet Jo, were born. They spent their mar-ried life in Holbrook, Nebraska, where she worked for various businesses including grocery store, the Holbrook Creamery and the locker. After her husband's death on November 27, 1966, she con-tinued living in Holbrook for several years before moving to the Denver, Colorado area where she managed apartment complexes until she retired. Upon retirement in 1986, Max-ine moved to Thornton, Colorado to live with her daughter. While there Maxine helped with the care of her granddaughter, MaKayla. Maxine was a wonderful quilter and made many quilts for family members. In addition to quilting, she loved crocheting, knitting and cross-stitching. Her hands were never idle. She also took great pride in her flower and vegetable gardens. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; her parents, Oscar and Rosa Irelan; three sisters, Velma Pycha, Eunice McGraw and Evelyn Utterback; and two brothers, Emery and Ernest Irelan. She is survived by her children, Janet Bowers of Thornton, Co-lorado, and Terry Bowers and his wife, Cindy, of Holbrook, Ne-braska; one brother, Donal Irelan and his wife, Shirley, of Fern-wood, Idaho; grandsons, Gary, Brad and Kelly Bowers; and their families; granddaughter, MaKayla Bowers, and a sister-in-law, Faye Bennett of Clarkston, Washing-ton. She will be missed by a host of family and friends. Funeral services were held at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary on August 8, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Tim Bice officiating. Burial was in the Holbrook Cemetery. Me-morials may be left in Maxine's name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge.

Delbert E. "Shine" Riepe
Delbert E. "Shine" Riepe, 65, of Oxford, Nebraska, died Sun-day, August 3, 2003, at the Vete-ran's Administration Hosital in Omaha. He was born July 12, 1938, to Harry and Ella M. (Fletcher) Riepe in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He grew up in Arapahoe and attended school there. After school, he served in the U.S. Army from October 1961 to October 1963 as a mechanic. He moved back to Arapahoe and worked at various jobs in the area including gravel pump operator for Riepe Gravel Co., truck driver and farmer. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry, and sister, Coleen Yeager. Survivors include his mother, Ella M. Riepe of Arapahoe, Ne-braska; two sons, Danny Meyer of Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Dan-iel Riepe of Vernal, Utah; one daughter, Pam and husband, Dan Pullus, of Vernal, Utah; two brothers, Wayne Riepe and wife, Brenda, of Palmdale, California; and James Riepe and wife, Karin, of Englewood, Colorado; three sisters, Edith Hinz of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Dorothy Huxoll and husband, Norman, of Holbrook, Nebraska, and Della Mae VonLoh and husband, Leroy, of Arapahoe, Nebraska; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 7, 2003, at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapa-hoe, Nebraska with the Rev. Carl Lilienkamp officiating. Interment was in the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe with mili-tary rites given by the Edison American Legion of Edison, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska was in charge of arrangements.

Wilma R. Seybold
Wilma Rose Seybold, 70, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born on July 17, 1933 to Charlie and Minervie (Lewis) Seymour in Hayes County. Wilma attended the following schools: White Eagle District 6, Alma High School, Hayes Center High School and Culbertson High School. After graduation from CHS in 1951 she went to McCook Junior Collge and graduated from Kearney State College in 1968. She taught school at Culbert-son, rural Frontier County school and in Holbrook for many years. Wilma taught for over 30 years with 17 of those years in Hol-brook. On December 7, 1951, she married Lyman S. "Bud" Sey-bold. They lived near Trenton, Nebraska and later moved to a farm northeast of Cambridge, Ne-braska. She was active in the Women's Circle and the Trinity United Methodist Church. Wilma loved to fish, sew quilts (over 100), collect stamps, read and oil paint. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Seymour and Kenneth Seymour. Survivors include her husband, Lyman S. Seybold; son, Lyman W. Seybold and wife, Patricia, of McGregor, Minnesota; grandson Samuel Seybold and wife, Sally, of McGregor, Minnesota; grand-daughter, Kristina Seybold and fiance Michael Marotta of Min-neapolis, Minnesota; brother, Clifford Seymour and wife, Shirley, of Park City, Montana; and several nephews and wives. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. at the Trinity United Metho-dist Church in Cambridge, Ne-braska with Pastor David Rowe officiating. Interment was held at 2:00 p.m. at the Trenton Cemetery in Tren-ton, Nebraska with Pastor Bill Lewis officiating. Memorials may be left to the Furnas County American Cancer Society. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

V.A. "Sam" Cunningham
Vernon A. "Sam" Cunningham, age 87, died Friday, February 22, 2002, at his home in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was born March 3, 1914 at Giltner, Nebraska, to Alvin and Mary Elizabeth (Har-ter) Cunningham. He attended a country school near Giltner for four years until the family moved to Beaver City, Nebraska. He attended school at Beaver City Schools and gradu-ated with the class of 1931. During high school and following graduation, he worked at the Beaver City Butter Factory. In 1934, Sam and a partner pur-chased the Cambridge Butter Factory. On November 15, 1936, he married Helen Heisleman in Cambridge, Nebraska. They moved to Beaver City where he went back to work for the Butter Factory. In 1946, they moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska, where they owned and operated Cunningham Feed, Seed & Produce for 50 years until retirement. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Arapahoe for 55 years and served on the Board of Directors. He served on the Arapahoe City Council, School Board, and Chamber of Com-merce. He also served as an officer for the Chamber of Com-merce. He also served on the Nebraska Republican State Commission and Chairman of Furnas County Republican Central Commission. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James H. Cun-ningham, sister Eilien Exline, nephew Jim Lockenour, and cousin, Mable Zimmer. Survivors include his wife, Helen Cunningham of Arapahoe, Nebraska; son, John Cunningham of Arapahoe, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Faye Loreen Lockenour of Arapahoe, Nebraska; nieces, Judy Backhaus of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jennifer Brakhahn of Arapa-hoe, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Jon, Rene, Bob, Brenda, Chad and Shawn and three great-grand-children, Kayla, Cody and Skyler. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Meth-odist Church in Arapahoe, Ne-braska with Rev. Hyeongdong Baek officiating. Organist was Jeeyoung Baek and soloist was Allen Steinbrink. Solo selection was "Memories" and congregational hymn was "Amazing Grace". Pall bearers were Brian Back-haus, Mack Backhaus, Gary Brakhahn, Tyler Brakhahn, Derick Grosenbach, Scott Grosen-bach and Alvin Wendland. Interment was in the Arapahoe Cemetery with Williamson-Wenburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Edward R. (Dick) Jones
Edward R. (Dick) Jones was born on February 17, 1928 in Denver, Colorado, and passed on to glory on February 2, 2002, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. During his lifetime, he was a member of the 101st Airborne Rangers until 1946, an accom-plished singer, a volunteer forest fire fighter, a foster parent and an avid fisherman. Dick's trade in antique restora-tion was well known, as he was recognized nationally and was among the top three on the Colorado Governor's List. In 1952, he met and married Roberta Davis and they were together until her death in 1987. Together they had six daughters: Melody Stock, Arlene Horn, Maureen Frey, all of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Sheri Schnelle of Portland, Oregon, Robin Shirley of North Platte, Nebraska, and Terri Goodhouse of Fremont, Nebraska. He also has 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bobbie (Roberta), his brother, Gene and his sisters, Retha Smith and Doris Shoemacher, all of Denver, Co-lorado, his granddaughter, Ro-berta Smith, and son-in-law, Glen Frey of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 8, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Hyeongdong Baek officiating. His ashes will be interned in Colorado.

Vera J. Stevens
Vera J. Stevens, age 72, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, on Sunday, February 24, 2002. Vera was born in Armour, Nebraska on January 2, 1930 to Elmer and Nellie (Kidney) Her-mie. On September 18, 1848, she was united in marriage to Robert E. Stevens at Beatrice, Nebraska. The couple traveled throughout Kansas and Nebraska due to Robert's construction work. They did make their home in Columbus, Nebraska. Vera was employed by D & L manufacturing for 16 years. Upon retirement in 1986, they moved to Holbrook, Nebraska, to be close to family. Vera loved to garden and was proud of her prize tomato plants; she also loved to fish. Her parents, two brothers, Richard and Glenn, and two sisters, Ruth and Edith, preceded Vera in death. Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Holbrook, one brother, Ken Hermie, of Boston, Massachusetts, three sisters: Pearl Kelley and Merle Orwin, both of Beatrice, Nebras-ka, and Helen of Florida. Memorial services are being planned and will be announced at a later time.

Meta L. (Wendland) Chambers
Meta Louise (Wendland) Chambers, daughter of George Rudolf Wendland and Maria Luise Helms Wendland, was born north of Arapahoe, Nebraska on the 24th of January, 1911. Except for about one year spent in Denver, Colorado, Meta lived her childhood years in the Immanuel Lutheran Church neighborhood north of Arapahoe. She was united in marriage to Allen H. Chambers on the 9th of September, 1929, at Minden, Nebraska. To this union two sons were born, Bill and Terry. Allen and Meta made their first home near Arapahoe and in 1936 moved to the family farm five miles north of Arapahoe where they resided for some 48 years. After the death of Allen, Meta continued to live on the farm for another 18 years. She resided in the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center the remaining months of her life. On the 13th of Novem-ber, 2002, Meta passed away at the age of 91. She is survived by two sons: Bill and his wife, Glenda, of Tucson, Arizona; Terry and his wife, Elloise, of Portland, Oregon; one granddaughter, Tonya; three grandsons, Bill, Jeff and Jason; and four great-grandchildren. Meta was active in her church, her community and many service organizations. Funeral services were held on the 16th of November, 2002 at the Arapahoe Church of Christ with Pastor Milton Jones officiating. Pall bearers were Jeffery Cham-bers, Jason Chambers, Mark Graf, Randy Helms, Bill Monter and Roger Monter. Burial was in the Arapahoe Cemetery.

Vaughn Meader
Vaughn Meader was born January 9, 1915 to Mable Sears Meader and Charles Wesley Meader in Furnas County, Nebraska. He died at age 86 on September 26, 2001 at Cambridge Hospital. He grew up on a farm north of Wilsonville, Nebraska and attended grade school in a country school there. He was married to Vera Delores Dillon on March 27, 1936 in Norton, Kansas. To this union, four children were born, Connie June Sowards of Greenleaf, Kansas, Charles Guy Meader of Johnson City, Tennessee, Vivian Joyce Rogers and husband Gary of Beaver City, Nebraska and Jimmie Allen Meader who died in 1969 as the result of acar accident. He also has seven grandchildren: Craig Sowards and wife Amy of Greenleaf, Kansas, Cindy and husband Brian Guffey of McPherson, Kansas, Tonya and husband Joe Sadd of Harvard, Nebraska, Todd Rogers and wife Kim of Hendley, Nebraska, Clifford Meader and wife Connie of Johnson City, Tennessee, Tracy Meader and wife Christie of Atlantic City, New Jersey and Wendy Meader of Johnson City, Tennessee. He also has 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Larry Meader and wife Ann of Anchorage, Alaska, Rich Meader and wife Sharon of Hol-drege, Nebraska, Lyle Meader of Beaver City, Nebraska and Wilda Stanley of Wichita, Kansas; three sisters-in-law, Neva Stanley of Wil-sonville, Nebraska, Evelyn Sch-leicher of Sutton, Nebraska and Darlene Stanley of Wilsonville, Nebraska, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Delores, son Jimmy and brothers, Gordon, Glenn, Ho-ward, Verle and Charles Jr. The early part of his life was spent working in service stations. He worked in Holbrook and Central City, Colorado. He spent two years in the Army during World War II, most of which was spent in the Phillipine Islands. He farmed for several years before moving to Holbrook where he managed the Holbrook Telephone Co. He also owned the Holbrook Market and the Holbrook Locker. He and his wife, Delores, moved to Fallon, Nevada where they lived for two years. Then they moved back to Nebraska where he worked for Becton Dickinson in Holdrege until he retired. He has lived in the Beaver City Manor for the past three years. Vaughn will be remembered as a handy man and mechanic. He could fix anything and make anything run. He also loved children. His grandchildren would bring a smile to his face whenever he saw them.

Eleanor M. Horton
Eleanor M. Horton, age 91, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died Friday, February 15, 2002, at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapa-hoe, Nebraska. She was born January 20, 1911, in Wakita, Oklahoma to Thomas and Amelea (Faholz) Penn. In 1928, she married George Brown in Norton, Kansas. They lived and farmed south of Arapa-hoe until 1946 when George pass-ed away. She worked as a civil service employee with the Bureau of Reclamation in Arapahoe and Sargent, Nebraska after working three years in Japan. She then married Merton Horton in Beaver City, Nebraska in 1956. They made their residence in Arapahoe. She was a longtime member of the Christian Church of Christ in Arapahoe, Nebraska, spending many years teaching Sunday School and playing the organ. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George Brown, and second husband Mer-ton Horton, sister Lillia Kellogg, brothers Clinton and R.L. Penn. Survivors include: sister-in-law: Lora Horton of Arapahoe, Nebraska; nieces: Colleen Horton Weber, Rosalend Hamblin, Rhonda Penn; nephews: Dan H., Jerry, Paul and Kenny Horton. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 18, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Church of Christ in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Milton Jones of-ficiating. Organist was Edith Mae Whit-beck and soloist was Victor Breinig. Solo selections were "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone" and "Fill My Cup Lord". Pallbearers were Dan Horton, Paul Horton, Jerry Horton, Clay-ton Weber, Jay Weber and Lyle Weber. Interment was in the Arapahoe Cemetery with Williamson-Wen-burg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Rosa Booker
Rosa Booker, 91 years of age, from Minden, Nebraska died on Sunday, February 17, 2002 at the Kearney County Health Services Hospital in Minden. She was born on June 5, 1910 near Macon, Nebraska to John and Matie (Johnson) Fritson. Rosa grew up in the Hildreth area and graduated from Hildreth High School in 1929. She cared for her mother and later married Wayne Booker on January 11, 1958 in Minden, Nebraska. They moved to Norton, Kansas, and owned and operated the Ben Franklin Variety Store and also farmed. They moved to Arapahoe and farmed. Wayne died in 1973. Rosa moved to Minden in 1973 and cared for her sister. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden. Rosa was a care giver all her life. She loved to play cards and care for her cats. Memorials are suggested to the church in Minden. Survivors include one nephew, Bill Touzalin and his wife, Betty, of Lakewood, Colorado; and numerous cousins. She is pre-ceded in death by her husband and one sister. Funeral services were Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with Reverend Donald Hunzeker officiating. Graveside services were at the Arapahoe Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Virginia L. Wells
Virginia Wells, age 76, of rural Lexington, died April 26, 2001, at her home. She was born May 26, 1024 at Palisade to Earl and Verna [Cross] Walbridge. She attended Blackwood rural school near Arapahoe and graduated from Lexington High School in 1942. On November 8, 1942, she married Stanley Wells. The couple made their home in Lexington and for a brief time in Georgia before moving to the family farm northwest of Lexington in 1946. She and her husband were awarded the Nebraska Pioneer Family Farm Award for 100 continuous years with the same family farm. She had worked at Hazel's Town and Country Store, the Lexington State Bank and the Westside Care Home. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. American Legion Auxiliary, Rural Youth Organization, an extension club and she volunteered her time with the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. Surviviors include her husband, Stanley of Lexington; a daughter, Carol [Gary] Thinnes of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a son, Jim [Jean] of Lexington; a brother, Addison [Helen] Walbridge of Arapahoe; a sister, Emogene Ristine of Gothenburg; six grandchildren, Dennis [Kim] Wells, Debra [Mike] Bossung, Dionne Wells, Scott [Kristi] Thinnes, Ben [Katharina] Thinnes and Mark Thinnes; two step-grandchildren, Dereik [Jessie] Hardesty and David Hardesty and six great-grandchildren, Rachel, Emily and Matthew Wells, Jacob and Zackary Bossung and Jennifer Wells. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bernard Ristine. A memorial has been established in her memory. Services were held on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Rev. Steve Deines officiating. Burial was in the Hewitt Cemetery northwest of Lexington.

Viola M. Cassens
Viola Cassens, age 90 of El-wood, Nebraska and a former Sta-pleton resident, died September 17, 2002 at Elwood Care Center. She was born December 26, 1911 at Lebanon, Oregon to James and Ethel Kellum Northrup. She was raised on a farm near St. Francis, Kansas. She attended eight years in a one room school house and graduated from St. Francis High School. She taught rural school for a term before attending Denver Bible College. On August 26, 1937, she married Orval Cassens. The couple farmed and ranched in the Stapleton area. They had no children, but enjoyed their nieces and nephews. Mr. Cassens died while they were still on their ranch in 1986. Viola moved to North Platte and made her home at the Pawnee Hotel, later living with Steve and Teri Bade and their children in North Platte. She moved to the Alternative Life Style in Lexington and due to ill health, had made her home at the Elwood Care Center for the past three years. She enjoyed going to church and attended several Bible studies. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Survivors include a sister, Elaine (Jake) Trembly of Cozad; a brother, Norvin (Donna) Northrup of St. Francis, Kansas and several nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Norma; a sister, Mona Cassens and a brother-in-law, Winn Cassens. Memorials are suggested to KJLT Radio in North Platte. Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2002 at the Berryman Funeral Home chapel in Cozad with Pastor Roger Daum of the Berean Fundamental Church officiating. Burial in the Loop Valley Cemetery west of Stapleton.

Carrie E. Hasty
Carrie E. Hasty, 94, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Sunday, Septem-ber 22, 2002 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska. She was born June 16, 1908 at Overton, Nebraska to Nick Thomas and Elizabeth M. (Wen-gler) Thinnes. Carrie grew up in the Overton area where she graduated from Overton High School with the class of 1926. Following gradu-ation, Carrie worked outside the home helping area mothers deliver their babies, helped area families with housekeeping and for a couple of years moved to Lincoln with her sister as a live-in housekeeper. She was married to Carse O. Hasty on April 6, 1937 at Elm Creek, Nebraska. The couple made their home at Lexington where they were involved in farming. It was during this time that Carrie also helped Lexington women with their housekeeping, ironing and sharing the fruits of her labor from her bountiful garden. Carse and Carrie had no children of their own, but were "second parents" to many of their nieces and nephews. The nieces and nephews have very fond memories of the time spent with Carse and Carrie on the farm. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church as well as the Altar Society. Survivors include one brother, LaVerne Thinnes of San Diego, California; four sisters, Frances and Chester Adams of Lexington, Nebraska, Elizabeth Earl of Elm Creek, Nebraska, Josephine McDonald of Kearney, Nebraska, Eileen Lauby of Lexington, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carse on February 1, 1990, four brothers, Nickie, Matthew, William and Ervin and five sisters, Ann Gruntorad, Susie Gruntorad, Mary Brestel, Kathryn Walker and Leona Saulsbury. Memorials are kindly suggested to the St. Ann's Church Youth Projects or the Donor's Choice.. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Don Buhrman, officiating. Burial in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington in charge of arrangements.

Robert "Bob" Sill
Robert "Bob" Sill age 83 of Lexington, died February 21, 2001 at the Cozad Hospital. He was born March 14, 1917 southwest of Eustis to James and Effie Cole Sill. He attended Lexington schools and graduated from Lexington High School in 1934. He was involved in the Sill Brothers Trucking business until his induction in the U.S. Army in 1942. While in the Army, he served in the Aleutian Islands and was awarded the Bronze Star, Pacific Campaign, American Campaign and Good Conduct Medals. On September 17, 1941, he married Thelma Mueller of Elwood. They were involved in farming and SPF swine breeding stock production, near Johnson Lake and in 1949, moved to a farmsite north of Lexington. Following his retirement in 1981, the couple enjoyed traveling in their motor home throughout the United States. In retirement he was an agent for Hogemeyer Seed. He was an avid golfer anda member of the Cozad Country Club. He was also a member of the V.F.W. He was active in the Farmers Co-op Dehy Association and with a pork producers association. He enjoyed time at the Grand Generation Centers at Lexington and Cozad. Survivors include a son, Steven (Lynn) of Wisner; a daughter, Luann (Kurt) McBride of Cozad; a brother, Joe (Helen) of Lexington and 6 grandchildren, Brittany Sill, Adam, Austin and Sarah Petersen and Brian and Adam McBride. He was preceeded in death by his wife in 1994; a brother Ray anda sister, Helen Jensen. A memorial has been established in his memory. Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with Rev. Debra Tompsett-Welch officiating. Burial in the Greenwood Cemetary at Lexington. Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad in charge of arrangements.

Teddy B. 'Ted' Jorges
Ted Jorges, age 69 passed away Sunday, April 15, 2001 at his home in Elwood. He was born February 24, 1932 at Elwood to Herman W. and Edith Boss Jorges, Sr. He graduated from Elwood High School in 1950. On April 11, 1952 he was married to Lois LeMaster at Elwood. Mr. Jorges served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1976. During his military career, he served on tours in the Philippines and Spain. He also served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam during the war. His military recognition included the Bronze Star, Air Force Accommodation Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. Following his discharge they moved to Bellvue where he owned and operated a power equipment business. In 1983 the couple moved to Elwood where he continued with the equipment business and was active in antique work. He was a member and elder of the First Christian church at Elwood and was a member and Past Commander of Elwood American Legion Post #290. Mr Jorges was preceded in death by his parents, 9 sisters, and 5 brothers. Survivors include his wife Lois; 3 sons, William Jorges and James Jorges both of Elwood; Gerry Jorges of Bellvue, NE; 2 daughters, Pamela (Glenn) Drum of Dalzell, South Carolina; Kelly (Rick) Taylor of Bellvue; 1 brother, David "Ike" Jorges of Holdrege; 3 grandsons, Christopher Jorges of Lincoln; Tracy Jorges of Omaha; Corey Taylor of Bellvue; 3 grand daughters, Monica Smith of Leesburg, VA; Cassie Drum of Dalzell, South Carolina; Brandy Taylor of Bellvue. Services were Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church at Elwood. Burial in the Elwood Cemetery with Military Honors at graveside. Memorials are suggested to the Church of the American Legion Baseball program in his memory. The Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Iva Moore
Iva was born to Emma (Harm) and Milo Miles on July 3, 1922 on a farm south of Elwood. She attended rural school until her family moved to Elwood where Iva attended high school and graduated with the class of 1939. She taught rural schools locally then moved to Ogallala with her parents then to Denver where she net and married Alvin E. Moore in 1949. Two children were born to this couple-Kristine and Robert. Following a 4 year battle with Alzheimer's disease Iva passed away on April 9, 2001. Her survivors include: her husband Al; two children; 3 grandchildren; neices and nephews; one sister, Ava Leggott of Elwood; 2 sisters-in-law, Eloris Miles of Fort Collins, CO and Elva Miles of Elwood; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers-Gaylord, Harold and Garold (Buzz). Al resides at their family home at 4668 E. Colorado Avenue, Denver, CO 88201.

Marvin H. Thinnes
Marvin H. Thinnes, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington, Nebraska. He was born March 28, 1923 north of Elm Creek, Nebraska to Nicholas John and Neva A. (Sheldon) Thinnes. Marvin moved to the Lexington area and graduated from Lexington High School in 1942. He was married to Norma Lea Debban on October 15, 1944 at Phillipsburg, Kansas. In December of 1944 he entered the United States Army. He served 1 1/2 years in the Phillipines and Japan and as a Cargo Checker in Jokohama, Japan. He was discharged from the Military in 1946. Upon his return from the Army he farmed in the Cozad area for seven years and then moved to a farm south of Lexington, where he farmed until his retirement. Mr. Thinnes was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington where he was confirmed and baptized in 1956. On March 18, 1992 his wife, Norma passed away. He then married Edee Appelt on September 4, 1993. In addition to his membership in the church, he was also a member of the Plum Creekers, the Plum Creek Archery Club and was a Pony Express Rider in 1960. Marvin will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Survivors include his wife: Edee Thinnes of Lexington; One son and his wife, Gary and Carol Thinnes of Idaho Falls, Idaho; One daughter and husband, Sandy and Dave Kraegel of Lexington; One stepson and his wife, Mick and Sue Appelt of Lexington; Two stepdaughters and their husbands, Cindy and Jon Schultheiss of Elwood, Carol and Garry Bauer of Cozad; Five grandchildren, Shawn Kraegel and fiance Angie Moss of Omaha; Michelle and Jay Barela of Cozad; Scott and Kristi Thinnes of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Ben and Kathrina Thinnes of San Diego, California; Mark Thinnes of Bellingham, Washington; One great-grandson, Austin Barela of Cozad; Step-grandchildren, Michelle Appelt of Lincoln; Mandy Bauer and fiance Joel Rourke of Lincoln; Jared Bauer of Lincoln; Jill Schultheiss and fiance Mike Schmidt of Lexington. He was preceded in death, in addition to his first wife by his parents and a stepgrandson; David Appelt. Services were Monday, April 16, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastors Richard Boring and Edwin Cook, Co-Officiating. Burial with Military Honors in the Robb Cemetery at Smithfield. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington in charge of arrangements.

Loova F. Benton
Loova F. Benton, 89, of Elwood, died Monday, June 10, 2002 at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. She was born October 26, 1912 southeast of Elwood to Harry and Gertrude Clark Robbins. She attended Robbins rural school. On December 17, 1931, she married F. Lloyd Benton at Norton, Kansas. They made their home on farmsites at Homerville and Turkey Creek before moving to Elwood in 1950. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Martha Washington Rebekah Lodge, a 50 year member of an extension club called The Country Club and the Elwood Ladies Cemetery Association. She enjoyed playing bingo and doing quilting and embroidery work. Survivors include two daughters, Arlis (Vic) Buell of Eustis and Sandra (Dick) Mailander of North Platte; a brother, Kenneth M. Robbins of Elwood; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; an infant son and a brother, Boyd. A memorial has been established in her memory. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Elwood with Rev. Ginny Hill, officiating. Burial in the Elwood Cemetery. Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

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