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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2020. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Jim Widhelm, Ardmore, Okla., Jan. 14, age 71
Jim Widhelm
Former Hastings resident Dr. James Patrick “Jim” Widhelm, 71, passed away Jan. 14, in Ardmore, Okla., surrounded by his family.
Jim was born July 24, 1949, in Columbus to Herman J. and Elizabeth Ann (O’Hare) Widhelm. He was a 1967 graduate of North Bend High School and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1981. Jim served in the National Guard from 1971-1977. He married Kay Loghry on May 13, 1972, in Kearney.
Jim was a chiropractor and owned Widhelm Chiropractic Clinic in Hastings for 33 years. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus where he served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator, and Eagle Scouts. Jim enjoyed biking, sunsets, playing his guitar, and running. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was passionate about helping others heal naturally.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Elizabeth Widhelm of North Bend. Survivors include wife Kay; sons Chris (Jennifer) Widhelm, Dallas, Tex., Eric (Ashton) Widhelm, Ardmore, Okla.; daughter Stacie Widhelm, Hastings; grandchildren Mikayla, Kellen, Reese, Ashanti, Lilliana, Skylar, Hudson, Holden, Crew, Creed; siblings Larry Widhelm (Debra Van de Taeye), Kauai, Hawaii, Robert (Rita) Widhelm, Lincoln, Janet (Murray) Eaton, Gold Hill, Colo., uncle Joe (Helen) Widhelm, Fremont; and many other family members.
Rosary will be 7 p.m. Thur., Jan. 21, at Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian. Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan.22, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings with the Revs. Jeremy Hazuka and Thomas Brouillette officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. The service will be live-streamed on St. Michael’s Catholic Church’s Facebook page. The direct link for that page is Visitation is 1-7 p.m. Thursday with family present 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to South Central Right to Life or Wellspring Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Published Jan. 20, 2021
Marihelena (Hetherington) Emanuel, Beemer, Jan. 14, age 75
Maria Emanuel
Maria Emanuel passed away at her home in Beemer on Jan. 14.
Marihelena Emanuel was born on Sept. 4, 1945, to Francis and Vera (Degner) Hetherington in Omaha. She grew up in Omaha attending Our Lady of Lourdes School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1963. Maria went on to attend St. Mary’s College and St. Joseph’s Radiology School in Omaha.
On April 20, 1968, Maria was united in marriage to Wayne Emanuel at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Omaha. The couple lived on a farm near Webster before moving to Beemer. Maria enjoyed working as a Radiology Technician for Drs. Scherer and Chadek in West Point, Faith Regional Health Services and the Pender Community Hospital for 44 years before retiring in 2013.
She was an avid Scrabble player, loved the outdoors and spending time with her family on the water, fishing and boating. Maria treasured her family and was enamored by her grandchildren. She was also a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and its Altar Society.
Survivors include husband Wayne Emanuel of Beemer and their children and families:
Janae Emanuel of Raleigh, N.C. and daughter Desirae (Larry) Harper; Tamara Metzger of Emerson, and family Mariah Miller and children Logan and Koda, Nicholas Metzger, and Jaytin Metzger; Shawn and
Mark Wellman of Lincoln and family; Dillon Kuhn and children Kelly, Wayne, Dexter, and Katlynn, Andrew Kuhn and son Quinton, Stephen Casebolt and daughter Hadessa; Dax and Kathy Emanuel of Ozawkie, Kans. and children Laiken and Paisley Emanuel; siblings
Mike and Clara Hetherington of Omaha; Veronica and Mike Taylor of Morgan Hill, Calif.;
Russel and Sharon Hetherington of Youngstown, Fla.;
Randy Hetherington of Portland, Ore.
Maria was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Vera Hetherington and brothers James and Charles Hetherington.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial for Maria Emanuel will be on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Beemer. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Scribner. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting with the arrangements.
It is strongly recommended that masks be worn while attending the visitation, vigil and Mass at the church. The funeral Mass will be livestreamed at
Published Jan. 20, 2021
George R. Anderson, Fremont, Jan. 10, age 70
George Anderson
George R. Anderson of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, passed away Jan. 10 in Omaha. He was born on April 2, 1950, in Wahoo, to Henry and Olga (McColley) Anderson. George grew up in Colon and attended Wahoo Public Schools. Following graduation he attended Northeast Community College. He married Paula Johnston on June 22, 1973, at Wahoo Presbyterian Church.
George was a welder for Valmont Industries and later a Building Materials Manager at Menards until he retired in 2011. He enjoyed fishing, reading, wildlife, Nebraska football and will be remembered for “starting” projects.
George is survived by his daughters Jessica (Scott) Wilson of Omaha and Stephanie (Chris) Hansen of Lincoln; ex-wife Paula Anderson; brother Charles Anderson; and four grandchildren: Brooke, Jordyn, Caden and Cloe.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers T.J., Hank and Louie.
Private graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. Visitation in Fremont, will be Thursday at Moser Memorial Chapel from 5-7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left at:
Published Jan. 13, 2021
Colette (Emanuel) Feala, North Bend, Jan. 9, age 90
Colette Feala
Colette M. Feala of North Bend passed away Jan. 9 in Fremont. She was born on Dec. 23, 1930, in Dodge County to Francis and Edna (Dunker) Emanuel.
Colette graduated from North Bend High School in 1948. She taught school for a short time after graduation. Colette married Richard “Dick” Feala on June 15, 1951, in Omaha. They resided in rural North Bend and moved in to North Bend in 1962. After raising her family, Colette went back to work for OPPD as a secretary and home economist. She retired from OPPD in 1997.
Colette was a volunteer for the elementary school, a little league baseball coach, an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the Altar Society, a member of the
funeral lunch committee and led rosary services at Birchwood Manor Nursing Home. She enjoyed softball, bowling, playing cards, gardening and had many sewing projects including dresses and wedding gowns. Colette was a Husker fan and a committed blood donor.
Colette is survived by her sons Jay (Sheri) Feala of Gretna, Tom Feala of North Bend, Richard Feala of Omaha; daughters Mary (Joe) Borsh of Plano, Texas, Patty Feala, Theresa (Brian) Stubbs all of Kearney, Peggy Cooke of Lenox, Mass.; sisters-in-law Veronica Emanuel and Mary Emanuel both of North Bend, Susan Emanuel of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Colette was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dick; brothers Gene Emanuel, Dennis Emanuel, Mark Emanuel and sister-in-law Joan Emanuel.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic
Church in North Bend. Visitation will be at the church is 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the North Bend Community Foundation, St. Charles Church, North Bend Optimist, or the little league baseball and softball programs.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 13, 2021
Arnold J. Hines, Morse Bluff, Jan. 2, age 89
Arnold Hines
Arnold J. Hines, formerly of Morse Bluff, passed away Jan. 2, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Arnold was born March 28, 1931, to Joseph and Helen (Vanek) Hines on a farm south of Morse Bluff. He graduated from Prague High School in 1948, then farmed until his duty in the Marines from 1951-1953.
On May 26, 1956, he married Donna Curda at the Presbyterian Church in Prague. The couple lived in Prague seven years, until moving to the family farm near Morse Bluff in 1963, where they raised crops and hogs. Arnold was a member of Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna on Feb. 16, 2020, brother-in-law Jim Fencl and infant grandson Samuel Minarick.
Arnold is survived by his sister Ruby Fencl of Elkhorn, twin daughters Sharen (Steve) Minarick of Morse Bluff and Karen (Tim) Cech of Rochelle, Ill.; sons Allen (Linda) Hines of Lincoln and Greg (Maria) Hines of Morse Bluff; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Chaplain Scott Jensen will officiate.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the use of masks and proper social distancing.
Burial will be at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340 or Morse Bluff Fire Department.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 6, 2021


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