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Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2017. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Martin J. Psota, North Bend, July 5, age 68
Martin Psota
Martin J. “Soda Pop” Psota of North Bend passed away July 5 at Nye Pointe in Fremont. He was born May 27, 1950, in Plainview to Joseph and Delores (Carlson) Psota.
Martin graduated from Fremont High School and then attended auto body and trucking school. He was employed at Kelly Klosure’s from 1989 to his retirement in 2012. Martin met his significant other, Laurie (Jones) Neemann, in March 1988. They moved to North Bend in 1997.
He was especially interested in John Deere equipment, antique cars and NASCAR racing. Martin was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and was known as the “Used Bike Guy,” repairing old bicycles.
He is survived by his significant other, Laurie Neemann.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents and sister Linda Psota.
Memorial service will be Saturday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. The Rev. Michael Hill will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a fund yet to be determined.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published July 11, 2018
Ruben Kavan, Morse Bluff, June 16, age 88
Ruben Kavan
Ruben Kavan, 88, of Morse Bluff died June 16 at the Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
His funeral service was June 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Morse Bluff Legion Hall with Jerry L. Kracl officiating. Committal was at the Killian Cemetery with military honors. Memorials may be made in care of the family.
Ruben Kavan was born July 19, 1929, on a farm near Morse Bluff to Joseph L. and Tillie (Mach) Kavan. He attended District 54 rural grade school and District 14 in Morse Bluff through 10th grade. Ruben served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. When stationed in Korea, he served in the Company “K” 35th Infantry Regiment and his decorations included the Combat Infantry Badge. In March 2014, he was honored to participate in the Korean War Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Ruben married Ann Scholz on Nov. 23, 1957, in Schuyler. Together they operated their dairy farm near Morse Bluff. In the 1970s, the family was recognized with the Nebraska Pioneer and Heritage Farm Award for consecutively held ownership of land in the John Kavan family for over 100 years. He was a farmer who enjoyed spending time with his family, polka music, talking with people, playing cards, and good food.
Ruben was a member of the American Legion Post 340, North Bend V.F.W. 8223 and the Forty and Eight American Veteran’s Honor Society. He was also a member of the Morse Bluff Z.C.B.J. Lodge 9, Morse Bluff VFD, District 77 School Board, and past director and 50-year member of the Saunders County Livestock Feeders Association.
Survivors include daughters Ruby (Ray) Urban Jr. of Malmo, Ruth (Steve) Bertone of Papillion, Deann Souza of Fredericksburg, Va.; sons Roland (Kinley) Kavan of Morse Bluff, Dean Kavan of Fremont; brothers, Joie Kavan of Fremont, Lester (Marlene) Kavan of Des Moines, Iowa; sisters Maxine (Bernard) Kratky of Prague, Joan Kavan of Wahoo; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ann, brothers George G. and Richard R. Kavan;and sisters Helen Settles and Marcella Shestak.
Published June 20, 2018
Wilbur J. Schuetz, North Bend, June 12, age 85
Wilbur J. Schuetz of North Bend passed away June 12 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Wilbur was born Sept. 7, 1932, at the rural home of his parents, John and Eliza (Kammerer)Schuetz near Barada.
He attended various rural schools graduating from eighth grade near Barada. Wilbur earned his high school diploma March 10, 1972. He started farming at the age of 13 to support his mother and himself.
On March 2, 1952, Wilbur married Lenora Brundage at the Baptist Church in Platte Center.
Wilbur worked various places and was self-employed as an over-the-road truck driver for a number of years. After retiring he worked part-time for Foodliner in Blair as a truck driver. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend.
He is survived by his wife Lenora of North Bend; son Jon (Donna) Schuetz of Omaha; daughters Debra Ann (John)Christiansen of North Platte, Sherri A. Schuetz and Terri B. (Curtis) Abrams all of New Fairview, Texas; brother Robert Schuetz of Preston, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Marvin Sousek and great-grandson Benjamin Anthony.
His funeral service was June 16 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend with the Rev. Christopher Howell officiating. Burial was at Williamsville Cemetery next to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 65502 715 Road, Falls City.
Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published June 20, 2018
Mary (Siders) Johnson, Northridge, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017, age 92
Mary F. Johnson
Our dearly beloved Mary Frances Johnson passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2017, in Northridge, Calif. She was 92 years young. “Francey,” a third generation Nebraskan, was born in Fremont, on Dec. 21, 1924, the daughter of the late Cyrus and Caroline (Ladenburg) Siders, and granddaughter of Arthur J. Ladenburg. Mary Frances attended Holy Name Grade School in Omaha, and was a graduate of North Bend High School, where she lived with her aunt and uncle, Ethyl and Lloyd Hanson.
Following graduation, Mary Frances went to California and worked as a stenographer for the FBI in Los Angeles for two years, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1945. She was sent to Hunter College in New York before being reassigned to San Diego, Calif. Following the end of the war, she married sweetheart Quentin Johnson, settling in California. Mary and Quentin raised their family in San Fernando, Calif. She worked as an accountant with Quentin in his business, and later for Vance Thrift and Biller of Ventura, CA. Mary was an active member of the San Fernando Junior Women’s Club, Rotary Ann’s, Florence Crittenton Circle, St. Ferdinand’s Church and the San Fernando Parks and Recreation Commission as Chairman.
Mary Frances was preceded in death by husband Quentin and sister Elizabeth “Betty June” Gaughen Balbo. She is survived by daughter Patricia Pelletier of Northridge, Calif.; son Mark Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo.; step-brother Russell Siders of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held Nov. 11, 2017, in Northridge and her graveside service will take place 10 a.m.. Saturday, June 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery near Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice that will honor Mary’s memory as a truly kind and generous person who touched our hearts forever.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published June 13, 2018
Kathryn L. Kluck, Centennial, Colo., June 2, age 59
Kathryn Lynn Kluck, 59, of Centennial, Colo., died June 2 at her home.
Memorial Services were held June 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Schuyler, with Rev. Bill Mattfeld officiating. Committal was in the Schuyler Cemetery
In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.
Kathy was born Feb. 5, 1959, in Schuyler, to M. Duane and Melvajean (Gewecke) Kluck. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1977 and continued her education at University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 1983 she moved to Centennial, Colo., and worked in the Denver area for Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. from 1983-2000 in accounting and IT auditing, 2002-2009 at Nordstrom as IT supervisor and manager of business analysis and from 2010 until her health forced her to retire, she was quality assurance IT manager for Trust Company of America. She was a member of the Palos Verde Civic Association Neighborhood Board for several years.
Kathy was an avid golfer, playing in a couple of women’s leagues each summer. She loved to travel and played golf in Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Colorado. She was very enthusiastic, competitive and fiercely independent. She had a very positive outlook on life and attempted climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro between chemo treatments. Kathy loved time spent with family, friends and her pets.
Kathy is survived by her mother Melvajean Kluck of Schuyler, one brother Darrel (Nancy) Kluck of Center Point, Iowa, two sisters Susan (Chuck) Emanuel of North Bend and Cindy (Al) Sadowski of Omaha, many nieces and nephews and special friends, Linda and Joe Loveland and Lynn and Wayne Coluccy, all of the Denver area. She was preceded in death by her father, M. Duane Kluck.
Published June 13, 2018
Tom R. Riggs, North Bend, May 25, age 62
Thomas R. Riggs of North Bend passed away May 25 at his home.
Tom was born Sept. 12, 1955, to William and Margaret Riggs in Fremont. He attended and graduated from Fremont High School. Following high school he went into the work force. He married Laurie Hraban on July 22, 1994, in Fremont. To this union were two children. Tom was employed with Platte Chemical for many years before retiring. Tom enjoyed fishing and was a avid Nebraska football fan. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his family.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Marg, sister Wanda Dodge, brothers Gary and John Riggs, brothers-in-law Richard Mangum, Jon Kinkenon and sister-in-law Kathie Riggs.
He is survived by his wife Laurie, children Tyler and Melissa, sisters Debbie Kinkenon of Fremont, Joyce Mangum of Fremont, brother William Riggs of Fremont, Richard (JoAnne) Riggs of Omaha, James Riggs of Columbus, parents-in-law Francis and Kathy Fischer of North Bend, as well as many other family and friends.
Condolences may be left at www.duganchapel.com
Memorial may be directed to the family for later designation.
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 30, at the Disabled Veterans Building located at 137 N "D" Street Fremont, at 5 p.m.
Published May 30, 2018
Andy Christensen, Ames, May 15, age 62
Andy Christensen
Andrew “Andy” C. Christensen of Ames passed away May 15 at CHI Lakeside Hospital in Omaha. He was born Dec. 16, 1955, in Fremont to Harvey P. and Evelyn (Wages) Christensen.
Andy grew up in the Ames area until moving to Fremont in 1987. He attended the Opportunity Center until its closing, he then worked at Encor until moving to Birchwood Manor in North Bend. He loved animals, riding his bike, cheering for the Huskers, and his family.
Andy is survived by his brother Roy (Patty) Christensen of Nickerson; sisters Shirley (Patrick) Shinkle of Oakland, Kathy (Rodney) Hengelfelt of Stromsburg and Bonnie (Richard) Kahler of South Sioux City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Harvey Lee Christensen; nephews Shaun Christensen and Jasen Shinkle.
A funeral service was May 18 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Rev Melissa Gepford officiated. Burial was at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorial may be directed to the family for a charity yet to be determined.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published May 23, 2018
Kenneth C. Lockwood, Fremont, May 3, age 84
Kenneth C. Lockwood of Fremont died May 3 at Nye Legacy in Fremont. Kenneth was born Oct. 11, 1933, in Omaha, to Carl and Irene (Sass) Lockwood.
He was raised in Waterloo and was a graduate of Waterloo High School. He started working at the Douglas County Gazette in Waterloo at the age of 12 and worked there until 1958.
Kenneth married Dorothy Rowell June 19, 1951, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She preceded him in death Jan. 20, 2012. They moved to Hannibal, Mo., Broken Bow, Wahoo, St. Paul, and North Bend where they owned and published the North Bend Eagle from 1964 until 1971. They moved to Fremont in 1971 and owned Color-Craft Press in Fremont for one and half years. He then became printing press supervisor for the next 23 years at Hammond Stephens Company in Fremont, retiring in 1997.
Kenneth was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fremont and North Bend Masonic Lodge 119 AF & AM and received his 50-year pin in 2010. He was a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard for three years.
Kenneth is survived by sons Frank (Amy) Lockwood of Page, Curtis (Deb) Lockwood of Fremont; daughter Denise Richard of Howells; grandchildren Kris (Eric) Hardy, Bob (Desi) Jones, Colby (Brandie Hammond) Lockwood, Jennifer (Ryan Russell) Lockwood, Sherry (Eric) Warden, Denise Marfisi, Tracey (Tom) McMahon, Teresa Sayler and Kevin Sayler and great grandchildren Trenten, Easton, Devin, Riley, Lily, Ethan, Alexis, Jayce, Evan, Abby, Jayden, Zeke, Anna, Zadok, Levi, Abigail, Tiana, Dalton, Derick, and Devin; and great great-granddaughter Alesia Lynn Janet.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, daughters Cheryl Jirovsky and Doreen Sayler, granddaughter Laurie Riedmann, great-grandson Leland Curtis Lockwood, a sister and a half-sister.
Memorial Services were May 8 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Jon Ashley officiated. Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published May 9, 2018
Mildred (Schmid) Gaskill, North Bend, April 21, age 89
Mildred Gaskill
Mildred M. Gaskill of North Bend passed away April 21 at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont.
Mildred was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Abie to Joseph and Albina (Zelda) Schmid. Mildred married Archie Dean Gaskill Jr. May 16, 1950, at St Mary’s Catholic Church at Schuyler. Archie died Sept. 20, 1988.
She grew up in the Abie area and also lived in Schuyler, Omaha, Morse Bluff and North Bend. Mildred worked for the Colfax County treasurer, Harry A. Koch insurance office and was the Birchwood Manor Social Director for 22 years. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend, a member of St. Anne’s Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary Post 340 of Morse Bluff, and taught CCD at St. George Catholic Church at Morse Bluff.
She is survived by daughters Valerie (George) Owens of Winterset, Iowa, Deanna (John) Swanson, Doniphan; sons Duane Gaskill, Grand Junction, Colo., Byron Gaskill, Columbus, John Gaskill, Springfield, Brett (Becky) Gaskill, Walnut, Iowa; sister Marcella Bahns, Fremont; 27 grandchildren and 29 great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Archie, brothers Victor, George, Milo, and two infant sisters.
A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac and Rev. Don Cleary will officiate. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, North Bend Senior Center or Woodland Cemetery.
Published April 25, 2018
Doris (Hartman) Rector, Fremont, April 18, age 85
Doris Rector
Doris Irene Rector of Fremont died April 18, 2018, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Doris was born March 15, 1933, in North Bend to Earl and Verna (Dunker) Hartmann and was raised in North Bend. Doris married Arnold D. Rector on July 9, 1955, at the Methodist Church in North Bend. They raised their family in Fremont. Doris’s husband passed away in 2014.
Doris was a member of First Baptist Church and FOE Eagles 200 of Fremont. She was also a member of a Volksmarch walking club for many years. She enjoyed couponing and had a basement rebating hobby with her sister Dorsal. Doris enjoyed life. Time was spent riding her bicycle, gardening and canning their harvest, playing cards, supporting grandchildren in all their activities, spending time at their cabin on the island, collecting antiques, fireworks, and making photo albums for each of her children and grandchildren. Spending time with family, enjoying Sunday lunches, making cookies and noodles were fun filled moments.
Doris is survived by her sons, Randy (Sue) Rector, Steve (Ruth)Rector; daughters Gale (DJ)Chapin, Vicki (Mark) Anderson, all of Fremont, Sandy (James)Perry of Bennington; grandchildren Aaron (Megan) Kleensang, Keith (Stacy) Perry, Sara (Tony)Christiansen, Jessica (Adam)Hatch, Ryan (Melissa) Rector, Ashley (Cody) Johnson, McKayla Anderson, Kara (Jacob) Fare, Kelsi Anderson, Dillon Rector and Drake Rector; great-grandchildren Penelope Kleensang, Phoebe Kleensang, Mackenzie Perry, Sydney Perry, Kamdyn Perry, Autumn Christiansen, Hunter Christiansen, Emma Christiansen, Easton Christiansen, Given Hatch, Everley Hatch, Sylvie Hatch, Chloe Acton, Rhett Johnson; sister’s-in-law Neva Peters and Ruby Hartmann of Fremont.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Verna Hartmann; her husband of 59 years, Arnold Rector; brothers Duane and Donald Hartmann; sisters; Delores Scott, Dorsal Knoell and Deldine Young; and granddaughter Jamie Rector.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, at the First Baptist Church in Fremont. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 25, 2018
Donald G. Kruger, Auburn, April 10, age 86
Donald G. Kruger
Donald Gene Kruger, only child of William and Esther (Becker) Kruger, was born May 9, 1931, in Octavia. Don attended North Bend public school and graduated from North Bend High School in 1948. He then took classes at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont for a year.
On May 21, 1950, Don was united in marriage to Mary Lee Rogge at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn. They lived in Fremont until moving to a farm near Auburn in 1951. The couple would be blessed with four children: Lorry, Becky, Bill, and Larry. The family lived in Nemaha before moving into Auburn in the spring of 1966.
After college, Don began a career in the trucking industry. After moving close to Auburn, however, he started farming with his father-in-law, Alfred Rogge. He raised livestock in addition to crop farming. Even as he farmer, Don remained a trucker at heart, and later started a trucking business with his sons.
Don was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, had been a member of the Nemaha School Board, the Auburn Country Club, and a bowling team at one time. He was a “sports nut” and huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. He could recite many stats and remember players from the Cardinals from many years past. Don loved to have coffee around town and enjoyed visiting with his many friends.
Most important to Don was his family. He seldom missed an activity that his children, later his grandchildren, and then great-grandchildren, were involved in. He also wasn’t above helping the coaches or officials from the stands as he thought necessary.
On the morning of Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Don had coffee at his usual spots and then headed to the farm, where he loved to spend time. He passed away at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 1 day. His parents preceded him in death.
Many people will keep wonderful memories of Don, most of all his wife Mary Lee of Auburn; daughters and sons-in-law Lorry (Terry) Van Gundy of Auburn; Becky (Lynn) Woltemath of Cook; sons and daughters-in-law Bill (Mary Lyn) Kruger of Auburn; Larry (Kim) Kruger of Auburn; grandchildren and spouses Staci Edgington (Joe), Brook Van Gundy, Hannah Van Gundy (Terry Jones); Mandy Husing (Ryan), Megin Grant (David), Bryce Brady (Kerry), Adam Kruger (Heidi), Chad Kruger, Brian Kruger (Tabitha), Nate Kruger (Raven), Jenna Kruger; great-grandchildren Kylie and Austen Edgington; Graycen, Griffin and Finnlee Jones; Ashley, Abby, and Alyssa Husing; Mollie and Leah Grant; Alexus McKeithen and Anson Kruger; Emery Tardy and Weston Kruger; sisters-in-law Helene Handley of Lincoln; Colleen Knapp (Bert) of Fort Worth, Texas.
A funeral service was April 13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Ken Miller. Rick Janssen was soloist, with accompaniment by Donna Caspers. Casket bearers were grandsons Brook Van Gundy, Bryce Brady, Adam Kruger, Chad Kruger, Brian Kruger and Nate Kruger. Granddaughters Staci Edgington, Hanna Van Gundy, Mandy Husing, Megin Grant and Jenna Kruger served as honorary bearers. Burial followed in Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn.
Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Published April 18, 2018
Allan L. Enfield, North Bend, April 6, age 73
Al Enfield
Allan L. Enfield of North Bend died April 6 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born the son of Elmer and Dorothy (Timm) Enfield on May 12, 1944, in Omaha. He attended Castelar Elementary school in Omaha and Omaha South High School. As a young person, he soon found his love for cars, hunting and fishing.
On Feb. 22, 1980, Allan was united in marriage to Carole Longson at Eppley Chapel in Omaha. They lived for a time in Omaha before moving to the North Bend area where he, with his own sweat and muscle, build their home. Allan was a Tree Arborist, and general manager of Enfield Tree Service, Inc. You could say he did it all as a mechanic and equipment operator. He had a love for the outdoors, custom cars and playing keno. Even though Allan used “colorful” language, he was a stand-up guy. He always had a “Get it done” attitude and lived his life every day as if it was his last. Words that best describe him are patriarch, motivated, visionary and a generous leader.
Milestones in Allan’s life that were of importance to him were: meeting and marrying Carole, his tree business, hunting trips as well his trip to Africa. Of course, his true pride was his custom Mercury which won numerous awards and admiration from fellow car lovers. He was a member of the Dunbar Street Cruisers. He enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs and would root for anyone who was playing the Dallas Cowboys. He loved his steak and a good cup of coffee. He did have a few pet peeves, like people who don’t listen, no work ethic, lack of common sense and disrespectful children. In the end, he is remembered by his family for his generosity, love for his family, his work ethic, “big” presence, his sense of adventure, along with his get it done attitude, love of nature and most of all, his love for helping others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeff and brother Ray Enfield.
Allen is survived by his wife Carole of North Bend, daughter Conni Jo Gatrost of Elkhorn, sons Tim and Daniel of Hastings, brother Larry Enfield of North Bend, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
His funeral was held on April 11 with cremation following the service.
Published June 28, 2018
Lillian (Pacas) Oestermann, Oregon City, Ore., March 27, age 82
Lillian Oestermann
Lillian B. Oestmann, 82, was born Dec. 4, 1935, in rural North Bend, and died March 27, 2018, in Oregon City, Ore.
Lillian was a 1953 graduate of North Bend High School. She taught rural school for one year at North Bend and worked in the treasurer’s office at the Dodge County Courthouse 1954-1961 and 1974-2011.
Lillian married Earl Robinson on March 9, 1957, in North Bend. They later divorced. She moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1961 and returned to North Bend in 1962. She operated Blue Bell Preschool in her home from 1967 to 1974. She also worked at Dale Electronics in Columbus, Birchwood Manor in North Bend and the North Bend Mini Mart.
Lillian married Henry Oestmann April 23, 1977, in North Bend. She and Henry moved to Gladstone, Ore., in 2014. She had resided in Milwaukie, Ore., and Oregon City.
Lillian is survived by her husband Henry of Oregon City; sons Gordon (Linda) Robinson, Garrison, David Robinson (Robin Heinlen), Gladstone, Ore.; daughter Wauneta (Jerry) Kempf, Beatrice; sister Mary Robinson, Fremont; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Jane (Avery) Pacas, daughter Bonnie Martens and brothers-in-law LaVern and Melvin Oestmann.
A memorial service will be at 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will be at Purple Cane Cemetery near North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to Purple Cane Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 24, 2018
Elaine (Burbach) Hockstien, Hartington, March 21, age 84
Elaine H. Hochstein of Hartington passed peacefully on March 21 at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial was at the St. Michael's cemetery in Hartington.
Pallbearers were her seven sons.
Elaine Helen Mary was born Feb. 23, 1934, to Florenz and Veronica (Lammers) Burbach. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in May of 1952. Elaine married Donald Hochstein on June 2, 1953, at St. James.
She and Don lived in Laurel from 1954 to 1960 before returning to the home farm northwest of Wynot. Elaine sold Avon beauty products for 35 years. As a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Wynot, Elaine was an active member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society, arranged the altar flowers, and taught second grade religion for many years.
They retired in Hartington in Nov. 1992. Elaine was a member of the Holy Trinity Guild, Catholic Daughters of America, Christian Mothers, Ministry of Praise and Perpetual Adoration. She moved to Park View Haven in Coleridge in Jan. 2010.
Elaine is survived by her husband Don of Coleridge; 14 children, Jane (Richard) Mehaffey of North Bend; Ann (Lee) Shepherd of Rapid City, S.D.; Susan (Terry) Hupp of Spearfish, S.D.; Dale (Laura) Hochstein of Wayne; Kirk (Barb) Hochstein of Wayne; Joyce (Roger) Paseka of Prague; Nancy (Doug) Vrbka of Brainard; Brenda (Doug) Hummel of Omaha; Neal (Sharlee) Hochstein of Wynot; Bette (Keith) Becker of Hartington; Nick Hochstein of Wayne; Karl (Carroll) of Ankeny, Iowa; Glen (Pam) Hochstein of Seward; Greg (Stephanie) Hochstein of LaVista; 48 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sister Phyllis (Bill) Huinker of Postville, Iowa; brothers Gary (Cecilia) Burbach of Marion, Iowa; Alan Burbach of St. Peters, Mo.; Francis (Colleen) Burbach of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Patty Burbach of Parkston, S.D.; Mary Burbach of Marion, Iowa and Sally Hochstein of Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Russ Michael, granddaughter Megan Shepherd, brothers James and Kenny Burbach, sister and brother-in-law Alice (Clovis) Weinandt, and sister-in-law Pam Burbach.
Published March 28, 2018
Donald E. Welty, Fremont, March 18, age 83
Donald Welty

Donald E. Welty of Fremont passed away March 18 at his home in Fremont.
Donald was born Jan. 27, 1935, to Arthur and Alberta (Jewell) Welty in rural Dodge County. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church and attended grade school in North Bend. His family moved to Kearney where he graduated high school and received a business administration degree from Kearney State College.
After college, Donald served in the U.S. Army from June 16, 1957, to June 16, 1959. After his service, he moved back to Kearney to take care of his mother. He served as a principal at Greeley High School in Greeley for a short time until moving to Denver, Colo. Donald worked as an accountant and real estate agent for over 40 years until retiring. In 2012, Donald moved to Fremont to be closer to family. He cherished the time he had with his nieces and nephews.
Donald loved to follow and invest in the stock market. He was an avid Denver Broncos and Yankees fan. He also enjoyed playing cards. Donald was very active in the Trinity United Methodist Church while he lived in Denver.
He is survived by his sisters Dorothy (Vernon) Poggensee of Fremont, Gloria Thege of North Bend; nieces Carol Thompson of Fremont, Denise (Tom) Ussery of California, Patricia (Blake) Lavery of Columbus, Linda (Robert) Bendig of Fremont; nephews Ron Poggensee of Nevada, Jerold (Joyce) O’Connor of Montana, and David (Teresa) O’Connor of Kearney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Norma O’Connor; brothers-in-law Matthew O’Connor and Harold Thege; nephew Michael O’Connor; two infant nieces; and special friend Ruth Ann Hannen.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m., March 21, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Private burial with military honors will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published March 21, 2018

Dennis M. Sic, Fremont, March 6, age 67
Dennis M. Sic of Fremont, formerly North Bend, died March 6, 2018, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Dennis was born May 8, 1950, in Superior. He was the son of Joseph and Frances (Kruse) Sic.
Dennis grew up in North Bend and lived most of his life there. He worked for area farmers around North Bend, L & L Lumber Company at North Bend and security at Hormel’s in Fremont.
Dennis was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend and a 25-year member of AA.
He is survived by sister Debbie (Dennis) Bailey and nieces Deana Plume and Devin Turner, all of Wichita, Kan., and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. The Rev. Chris Howell will officiate.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 4, 2018
Phebe (Sellhorn) Rehbein, Fremont, Jan. 29, age 94
Phebe Ann (Sellhorn) Rehbein of Fremont died Jan. 29 at the Cove House in Lincoln. Phebe was born May 16, 1923, in North Bend to Herman and Mary (Watt) Sellhorn. She joined a family of six brothers and sisters. Ralph, Luthera (Sally), Kathryn, Bernice, Doris and Agatha and later became a big sister to brother Willis. Phebe graduated from North Bend High School in 1941 and went on to study teaching at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. Following graduation from Midland in 1945, she taught high school social science for two years at Hooper.
Phebe married Raymond Rehbein on June 10, 1947, in North Bend and began the remainder of her life as a wife and mother. They brought four children into the world, Karen, David, Nancy and Randy and farmed between North Bend and Dodge. The couple moved into North Bend in 1987. Ray died August 16, 2004, and Phebe moved into Fremont in 2008.
Phebe and Ray attended the Webster and North Bend Presbyterian churches and Phebe was active in the United Presbyterian Women in North Bend.
During their time on the farm, she was active in the Dodge County Extension Clubs and was always available to help a neighbor. After Ray’s retirement, she became active in the Ruth Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star and they volunteered at the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.
Phebe is survived by her children, Karen Dorian, David (Ann) Rehbein, Nancy (Stan)Vala and Randy Rehbein (fiance Loretta Tucker); nine grandchildren Debra (Mike), Scott (Tarrah), Chris, Jennifer (Mike), Justin (Karamie), Brock (Audra), Amanda, Tyler and Makayla; and 12 great-grandchildren Masie (Ian), Emilie, Averie, Garrett, Devin, Greyson, Camille, Kendall, Owen, Hailey, Sierra and Gemma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were Feb. 1 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Bill Gepford officiated. Burial was at the Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials may be directed to the family for a charity yet to be determined.
Online condolences can be left at mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Feb. 7, 2018
Janice (Chromy) Boyd, David City, Jan. 29, age 77
Janice Boyd
A memorial service for Janice Boyd was held Feb. 10 at Kracl Funeral Chapel in David City. Committal will beat a later date.
Janice M. (Chromy) Boyd began her life journey on Dec. 18, 1940. She was born to Joseph and Alice (Nesladek) Chromy in Colon. She ended her journey on Jan. 29.
During her time on earth, she found many joys. She found her first love, Hilburt “Hip” Stieren at a dance in June of 1962. They married on Aug. 25, 1962. Janice became a mother to Hip’s daughter Anne, and together they had two additional daughters, Anastasia (Stacy) and Victoria (Vicky). Hip passed away in March of 1996.
In January of 1997, she met her second husband, Scott Boyd. They married in May of 1997. They enjoyed 20 years of vacations and lived in several communities during their marriage, including Arlington, David City and Waverly.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Each held a very special place in her heart and each grandchild brought a special talent to share with her and events to attend.
Janice and her siblings had a very close relationship. They shared daily e-mails, multiple phone calls and lunches. Some of her fondest memories were of her many “sister trips” with Bing and Margaret and her time hunting with her brother Ken.
Janice is survived by husband Scott Boyd of Waverly, daughters Anne (Kevin) Claussen of North Bend, Stacy (Shawn) Fotinos of Lincoln, and Vicky (Dean) Shonka of Schuyler. Additional survivors are her eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother Ken (Kathy) Chromy of Ohiowa; sister Margaret Nelson of Blair, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hilburt, her parents and two siblings, an infant brother Joseph, and her sister Bernice (Bing).
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Home for Indian Children, the Wounded Warriors and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Published Feb. 7, 2018
Marie (Kopecky) Johnson, North Bend, Jan. 22, age 95
Marie Johnson
With very sad but very full hearts, the family of Marie Josephine (Kopecky) Johnson shares that Marie passed away on Jan. 22 in Fremont. Marie was 95 years old and a wonderful example of a life well-lived.
Marie was born on Sept. 5, 1922, to Bohumil and Anna (Justyn) Kopecky and grew up on a farm outside of Octavia. She was the sixth of seven children and spoke about having to share chores and beds and clothes and even bath water. “Everything. Back then we just shared everything.”
Marie attended Marietta Catholic School and graduated in 1940. She then attended nursing school at St. Catherine’s in Omaha, graduating in 1943 before enlisting in the United States Army. She went through basic training in Santa Anna, Calif., before being called upon to serve in WWII in the Army Nurse Corp. Marie was stationed in both Guam and Tokyo and would speak about caring for the wounded soldiers and “how much those kids suffered” with no acknowledgement of the fact that she was just a kid herself. Marie completed her service in 1946 as a First Lieutenant.
Marie met her husband, Harry John Johnson, at a dance at the Schuyler Ballroom and only agreed to dance with him because he wasn’t short! They married on Nov. 18, 1948, at Presentation Marietta Catholic Church outside of Bellwood.
They then opened Johnson Farm Equipment in North Bend in 1950 and bought a house there just before Christmas in 1951. It was in this house that they raised their four children, Galen Lee, Rodney Allen, Thomas Jeffrey and Rita Marie. Harry passed away on April 12, 1980, and no doubt was first in line to welcome his sweet Marie to her new home in heaven. There she also joins her parents, all of her siblings, a grandson, Zeth Michael, and many other family and friends.
Marie’s children all went on to marry—Galen to JoAnn, Rodney to Nancy, Tom to Marlene and Rita to Michael. This gave way to Marie becoming a grandma—a role she cherished more than anything. She had 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. And what a Granny she was! It was rare that you ever saw Marie without one of her grandkids in tow. She spoiled them with love and Pop-Tarts and attention and the occasional $10 bill.
There were many things Marie loved in life, foremost being God, country and family. She also loved raisin toast, flowers, sweatshirts with birds on them, polka music, playing cards with her friends, writing letters, Benny Hill, kolaches, going on drives in the country and the harmonica. Yes, Marie played the harmonica!
Marie was a long-time member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend, a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and honored as a 50-year member of the American Legion. She has received special recognition from the Chamber of Commerce, St. Catherine’s School of Nursing and was recently featured in Forever Heroes, a book by Joyce Winfield that shared WWII stories from Nebraska Veterans.
Funeral Mass was Jan. 26, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac officiated. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend, with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff, VFW Post 8223 and AMVETS Post 20 of North Bend. Memorials may be given to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 340.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Jan. 31, 2018
Leyroy "Red" Klinzing, Fremont, Jan. 21, age 79
Red Klinzing
Leroy "Red" Bernard Raymond Klinzing, 79, of Fremont, died Sunday, January 21, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Red was born November 2, 1938, in Fond du Lac, Wis. to Albert and Marguerite (Carey)Klinzing. He grew up in Wisconsin and after the death of his father, the family moved to Dodge in 1953. Red attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Olean. His family then moved to Fremont. He graduated from Milford College at the age of 16, with a degree in welding. Red then was employed by Bock Industries. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from February 1956 until August 1963. Red worked for McEwaine Welding from 1960 until it sold and became C & B Welding in 1964, and he became manager until he started his own business, Red's Welding in 1980. Red worked for Dunrite, Inc. until retiring in 2009.
Red married Gloria Jean Anderson on September 12, 1958. She died May 10, 1996. He then married Elaine Wesely on April 12, 1997.
Red enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, watching WWE wrestling, football, volleyball and his dog, Foxie, Red's tasmanian devil.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Rickie (Lisa)Klinzing, Russ (Marla) Klinzing and Jeff (Angie) Klinzing all of North Bend; step-children, Emily (Ken) Mahnke and Wendy (Shane) Gustafson of Fremont, David (Jennifer) Wesely and Cindie (Jesus) Serrano of North Bend; brother, Eugene Klinzing of Madison, Wis.; sisters, Elaine Smith of Appleton, Wisconsin, Pearl Selin of Chiloquin, Ore.; grandchildren, Hillary and Amanda Klinzing of Omaha, Josh (Elizabeth)Klinzing of North Bend, Tiffany (Brandon) Miller of Fremont and Breanna Klinzing of Norfolk; step-grandchildren, Hunter and Kailey Gustafson and Cheyenne Mahnke all of Fremont; Colton, Tyler and Maverick Wesely, Cassandra and Brian Wirka, and Joseph and Isaiah Bautista, all of North Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife, Gloria; brother, Bernard; sisters, Thelma and Vivian Klinzing; and beloved dog, Foxie.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. The Rev. Michael Hill will officiate. Visitation on Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday at church 1 hour prior to service. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday with military honors.
Online condolences at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Jan. 24, 2018
Maxine (Ondracek) Raisl, Mulwaukie, Ore, Jan. 12, age 87
Maxine M. (Ondracek) Raisl, Milwaukie, Ore., died Jan. 12. She passed quietly surrounded by family.
Maxine was born July 31, 1930, in North Bend, to Anton and Libby (Hines) Ondracek. She was the oldest of four children. After graduating from high school she received her teaching certificate and taught country school for two years. She met her future husband at a dance in 1947, set up by her father.
On Nov. 22, 1949, she married the love of her life, Alvin E. Raisl. They moved to Richey, Mont., where they farmed and ranched. Four of their children were born during their 14 years in Montana. In 1963 they moved to Milwaukie, Ore., where Alvin and Maxine’s brother opened a meat plant. Later, Alvin worked at Cal-Ore Machine Co. Maxine was a stay-at-home mother. Their fifth and last child, was born in Portland in 1965.
Maxine was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and YLI. She also gained the title of KOP in the TOPS organization.
Maxine volunteered at the Christie School and grade schools. She was a 4-H leader teaching cooking and sewing. Reading, gardening, canning, sewing, dancing and playing cards were activities that she enjoyed. Maxine was a mom to everyone and never knew a stranger.
Maxine is survived by her five children: daughters Evelyn Lee of Milwaukie, Ore., Annette (Loren) Finifrock of Athena, Ore., sons Gary (Liz) of Milwaukie, Ore., Ed (Lynn) of Tacoma, Wash., and David (Karmyn) of Milwaukie, Ore., 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with another on the way; sister Arlene Lemke, Brainard and brother Tom (Lorrie) Ondracek of Duluth, Minn. She was preceded in death by her brother Dennis Ondracek and her love Alvin on Oct. 9, 2009. They were married almost 60 years.
Maxine’s funeral will be March 9 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milwaukie, Ore. Rosary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with the funeral service at 12 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service. Maxine will be interned with Alvin at the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
Cards and condolences can be sent to the family at 5005 S.E. Aldercrest Rd. Milwaukie, Ore. 97222
Online Condolences may be left at www.wilhelmportlandmemorial.com.
Published Jan. 31, 2018
Thomas T. Wilshusen, Fremont, Jan. 9, age 80
Tom Wilshusen
Thomas T. Wilshusen of Fremont died January 9 at Fremont Health Medical Center. Thomas was born May 29, 1937, in Polk to Ralph and Maxine (Henderson) Wilshusen.
He lived in Polk for about a year and then his family moved to California until 1943 when they moved to North Bend. He was a 1955 graduate of North Bend High School, where he was a two-time state track champion in the 880-yard run.
After graduation, Tom served in the U.S. Navy. Tom married Janice F. Erxleben on June 17, 1962, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2014. He helped his father on the family farm and worked for Blevins Popcorn Company in North Bend. The couple lived in North Bend for a few years and then moved to Fremont, where they purchased a gas station and later built a convenience store. They owned and operated Tom’s Shell Gas Station for 43 years until selling it and retiring in 2009.
He enjoyed boating and water skiing, playing golf, traveling, bowling, going for drives, walks, exercising and listening to music.
Tom is survived by his son Lennie (Jana) Wilshusen of Fremont; daughter Susan (Roger) Nielsen of Nickerson; brothers Doug (Jean) Wilshusen, Randy (Donna) Wilshusen all of Omaha; sisters Nona (Marshall) Gibbs of Frankenmuth, Minn., Donna (Dennis) Flood of Omaha; grandchildren Taylor, Ali, Blayde, Chase, Korrbin, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren Lincoln, Tyton and Andi.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janice and infant son Michael.
A Celebration of Life Service was Jan. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Dan Heuer, officiate. Burial with military honors was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Jan. 17, 2018
Donna (Platt) Brown, Norfolk, Jan. 2, age 87
Services were held Jan. 5 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk for Donna J. Brown. She died Jan 2 at Immanel-Fontanelle Home in Omaha.
Donna was born June 2, 1930, to Henry and Agnes (Buettner) Platt. She married Gary Logan on June 4, 1950. To his union were born six children. They resided in Norfolk.
On June 2, 1979, Donna married Gene A. Brown. Gene died in 2007.
Survivors are her son Chris Logan of Norfolk; daughters Suzanne (Dennis) Lambirth of Omaha, Laura (Stan) Heider of Lincoln, Peggy Harvey of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Julie (Joe) Howerton of Chandler, Ariz.; sister Janice (Robert) Nesladek of North Bend; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Dorothy Platt and Adeline Kmock, son Jon Scott Logan, granddaughter Leah Heider and both spouses.
Published Jan. 10, 2018

 

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