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Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2019. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Duane K. Krepel, Lincoln, Nov. 7, age 75
Duane Krepel
Duane K. Krepel of Lincoln died Nov. 7 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Duane was born June 15, 1944, in North Bend to Joseph Krepel and Wilma (Cinfel) Krepel Harris.
He grew up in North Bend and was a 1963 graduate of North Bend High School. Duane moved to Lincoln and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business. He owned The Mill Coffee and Tea Shop, which originated on O Street and now is in the Haymarket area in Lincoln, and Avant Card (gift store) which closed in 2009.
Duane is survived by brothers Marvin (Doris) Krepel of North Bend, Joseph (Margaret) Krepel of Schuyler and LaVern (Kathy) Krepel of North Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald Krepel.
A Celebration of Life will be Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m., at the VFW Hall in North Bend. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. The Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a designation yet to be determined.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Nov. 13, 2019
Dorothy (Wagner) Hynek, Oct. 31, Wahoo, age 88
Dorothy Hynek
Dorothy M. Hynek of Wahoo, formerly Morse Bluff, passed away Oct. 31 at the South Haven Living Center in Wahoo. Dorothy was born Dec. 14, 1930, to Nicholas and Mary (Novotny) Wagner in Morse Bluff.
Dorothy graduated from North Bend High School in 1948. On Nov. 3, 1956, she married Raymond W. Hynek in Macomb, Ill. She was a life resident of Morse Bluff. Dorothy reported news for the Wahoo Newspaper and delivered for the Fremont Tribune.
Dorothy was a former member of Morse Bluff and North Bend Methodist Church. She was a member of the Western Fraternal Life Association (ZCBJ), and American Legion Auxiliary of Post 340 at Morse Bluff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, daughter Shirley Cerny and sister Carolyn Wagner.
She is survived by her son Daniel (Carol) Hynek of Uehling, daughters Judy (Larry) Wesely of Malmo, Beverly (Charles) Paquette of Lee Summit, Mo., eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her funeral service was Nov. 4 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial was at Prague National Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Tom L. Henderson, Oct. 27, Burnet, Texas, age 76
Tom Henderson
Tommy Lee “T.L.” Henderson, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Oct. 27 in his son’s home in Austin, Texas, surrounded by his family and his dog.
T.L. was born on August 16, 1943, in Leon, Iowa, and was raised in the Clearfield and Lenox area where the Hendersons have farmed for five generations. Tom was baptized and was active in the United Presbyterian Church of Lenox. He excelled at baseball, basketball, football and 4-H where he enjoyed showing livestock and being on championship state and national livestock judging teams. Tom graduated from Lenox High School in 1962 and continued his education at Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1967.
Tom and Cheryl J. Rickers were married on Nov. 24, 1968. They raised two sons, Ty Thomas and Cole Thomas, now both residing and working in Austin, Texas. Ty is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas. Cole, a former Army officer, is a computer software director.
Tom loved music and his country. He was a member of Iowa State Singers and Men’s Glee Club. He also sang with Der Liederkranz, a German barbershop chorus and numerous church choirs. He particularly enjoyed singing the “Common Doxology” before meals, singing “God Bless America” at Rotary meetings, Christmas caroling with the Henderson sleigh bells, and entertaining his family on long road trips before the invasion of personal electronic devices.
After a 40-year professional career in agricultural lending with Iowa and Colorado banks, T.L. and Cheryl retired to country living in Burnet, Texas, in 2014, where Tom loved tending to the property and working outdoors with cattle and his horse. Burnet was just close enough to families in Austin to enjoy abundant time together.
Seldom seen without boots and a cowboy hat, T.L. was a Christian man who never met a stranger. Within a few minutes of meeting someone, he was engaged in conversation about agriculture, history or education. Because of this interest in people and service, community involvement was a mainstay in Tom’s life. As with all other communities in which he had lived, he quickly assimilated into life in Texas. He was a member of Rotary, the ROMEOS (Real Old Men Eating Out – a First Baptist Church men’s group), Burnet County Historical Commission, City of Burnet Historic Board and Burnet County Heritage Society.
T.L. is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl J. Henderson of Burnet, Texas, two sons and four grandchildren: Ty and Kate, Evan Porter (14) and Ellis Andrew (10) of Austin, Texas; Cole and Kristen, Lenox James (3) and Estel MaeJean (1) of Austin, Texas. Other survivors include a sister, Judy Henderson Teig of Norwalk, Iowa, brother Bill Henderson of Clearfield, Iowa, and his “baby” sister, O.Kay Henderson of Des Moines, Iowa. T.L. was preceded in death by his parents: Guy Porter Henderson and Mary Louise Arneal, both lifelong residents of Clearfield and Lenox, Iowa. He was a first cousin of Steve Arneal of North Bend.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Burnet, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Doug Lindley presiding. Burial will be in Lenox, Iowa, at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hill Country Community Foundation, PO Box 848, Burnet, Texas 78611, on behalf of Burnet Rotary Scholarships.
Tom loved God, his family, his Scottish heritage and animals—especially horses and dogs. He often told his sons to “Be productive citizens” and “Be as good as your dog thinks you are.”
Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.
Published Nov. 6, 2019
Lloyd Keller, Omaha, Oct. 19, age 87
Lloyd Keller
Lloyd Keller died Oct. 19 at the Lighthouse at Lakeside in Omaha due to complications following a stroke. Lloyd was born Dec. 21, 1931, on the family farm in Cedar Bluff to Amiel Edward Keller and Eva Jane (LeGrande) Keller. He attended Morse Bluff High School and graduated from North Bend High School in 1949.
Lloyd met Janet Haun at Boys and Girls State in Lincoln and the two were married on June 6, 1953. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a masters in atomic physics from Creighton University.
Lloyd was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, an engineer at Kodak and General Electric in New York, an engineer at the Hallam Nuclear Power Facility near Lincoln and Project Engineer for OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station.
He served as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and in 2012 he received an award for completing more than 50 years of service in the Serra Club of Omaha where he served as president and in many other positions. A member of Mensa and the Triple Nine Society, he also developed a solution to the Rubik’s Cube and published an instruction book. He owned his own computer business, Custom Data Systems, Inc.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Carol (Haun) Keller; son Rev. Daniel Ellwood Keller; brother Dale Keller; parents Amiel and Eva Jane (LeGrand) Keller. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Nancy Marie (Keller) Lee and Richard Dean Lee of Elkhorn; son and daughter-in-law Gregory Lloyd Keller and Lorena Pulgarin-Keller; four grandchildren: Joshua Daniel Lee, Jacob Richard Lee, Johan Alejandro Keller, and Elise Nicole Keller.
The mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 25 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Autism Family Network and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
Published Oct. 30, 2019
Rebecca (Hardaway) Loflin, Oct. 16, age 97
Rebecca Jane Hardaway Loflin died Oct. 16 at Nye Legacy, Fremont. She is survived by daughter Beth (Jim) Vech of Cedar Bluffs and extended family.
A service celebrating her life will be held at her home church, Saint Luke United Methodist Church, in Columbus, Ga.
For full obituary, see mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published October 23, 2019
Dean T. Lux, North Bend, Oct. 9, age 85
Dean T. Lux
Dean T. Lux of North Bend, died at his home on Oct. 9.
Dean was born April 20, 1934, in North Bend to Paul M. and Maude L. (Sumner) Lux. He was born and raised in Dodge County where he spent his growing up years working with his father in the Lux Sand & Gravel business. Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. While attending college he played football for the Cornhuskers in the 1955 Orange Bowl Game.
Dean served in the Army Reserves for 10 years.
Dean married Marlene Dlouhy on May 17, 1958, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. She preceded him in death on Oct. 27, 2018.
He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at North Bend, the Knights of Columbus, UNL Alumni N Club, UNL Hall of Distinction 1957 to present; served on the North Bend City Council for seven years; was an active member of the North Bend Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad for 50 years, five of those years being fire chief. He was past president of the Nebraska Fire Chiefs Association.
Dean was licensed by the State of Nebraska as a City-County Highway Superintendent 1967 to present. He was a member of the NIRMA Board of Directors for eight years; member of the Nebraska Department of Roads Board of Classifications and Standards.
Dean served for 33 years on Dodge County Board of Supervisors and 14 of those years as chairman from 1995 to 2009. He was on the Board of Directors of Three Rivers Health Department and was the current mayor of North Bend.
Dean is survived by children Amy (Steve) Settles of North Bend, Dean P. (Karen) Lux of North Bend; Peggy (Gary Preister) Babcock of Elkhorn, Susan (Mike) Wakefield of Kennard; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marlene; son Thomas D. Lux; sisters Pauline O’Hare and Jeanne Lux; great-granddaughter Keeley Settles and nephew Paul Chudomelka.
A funeral Mass was Oct. 15 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac officiated. Burial with military honors will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 16, 2019
Sally (Chitwood) Sims, North Bend, Oct. 8, age 60
Sally Sims
Sally Jane Sims of North Bend died Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Methodist Health.
Sally was born the youngest of 10 children on Nov. 4, 1958, in Kansas City, Mo., to Sam and Hazel (Dawson) Chitwood. She grew up in Skidmore, Mo.
In 1981 she graduated from Northwest Missouri State with a Licensed Practical Nurse degree. She attended Norfolk Christian College and worked as a nurse at Norfolk Veterans Home. She attended Northeast Community College obtaining her Registered Nurse degree. Her nursing career was focused on providing excellent care for the elderly. She worked at numerous retirement care centers in the area. At the time of her death she was working as a nursing home evaluator for the State of Nebraska.
Sally married Gary Sims on Aug. 12, 1989, in Skidmore, Mo.
She was a member of the Fremont Alliance Church volunteering many years for the Awana Youth Group.
Sally loved sewing, cross stitch and quilting. Her hobbies included oil painting, square dancing and photography.
She is survived by her husband Gary; son Sam Sims of North Bend; brother Robert Chitwood of Gallatin, Mo.; and sisters Kathy Chitwood, Carol (Donny) Strauch, Lois Scott all of Skidmore, Mo; sister Melba (Dean) Barr of Des Moines, Iowa and Ella (Alvin) Armagost of Big Fork, Mont. She was preceded in death by brother Sammy of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother Kenneth of Clearmont, Mo. and sister Freeda Stava of Chico, Calif.
Her memorial service was Oct. 12 at the Fremont Alliance Church with Pastor Tom Nevius officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be designated to Fremont Alliance Christian Church for the Awana youth program. Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 16, 2019
Joyce (Kavan) Ruzicka, North Bend, Oct. 7, age 71
Joyce Ruzicka
Joyce E. Ruzicka of North Bend passed away Oct. 7 at her home.
Joyce was born on March 4, 1948, in Wahoo to George and Ethel (Ostry) Kavan. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1966. Joyce married Gene Ruzicka on Feb. 15, 1969, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague.
Joyce was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend, St. Anne’s Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. She spent many years as a dedicated farm wife, librarian and loving mother and grandmother. Joyce was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking for her family.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gene Ruzicka of North Bend; daughter Renee (John) Campbell of Elkhorn; sons Doug (Nichole) Ruzicka and Chad (Michelle) Ruzicka both of North Bend; mother Ethel M. Kavan of Wahoo; sisters Sue Mixan of Omaha, Cindy (Frank) Pollard of Fremont, and Karen (Kenton) Sitts of Morse Bluff; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father George, father-in-law and mother-in-law Emil and Marie Ruzicka, brother-in-law Albert “Tim” Mixan and sister- in-law Carolyn Ruzicka.
Her funeral Mass was Oct. 11, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac officiated.
Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the North Bend Library Foundation or VFW Auxiliary or American Legion Auxiliary.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com..
Published Oct. 16, 2019
Dorothy (Paschen) Petersen, Fremont, Oct. 5, age 91
Dorothy Petersen
Dorothy A. Petersen of Fremont, formerly North Bend, passed away Oct. 5, 2019, at Pathfinder Place in Fremont. She was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Middlebury, Ind., to Albert J. and Nada M. (Robinson) Paschen.
Dorothy grew up in Indiana and married Thomas Kaczmarski on July 5, 1947. Thomas passed away on June 8, 1948. In the mid 1950s Dorothy came to Nebraska. She married Leo Petersen on Jan. 21, 1978. Leo passed away May 10, 2007. She lived in Cedar Bluffs and North Bend and farmed with her husband Leo.
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend.
She is survived by son Daniel (Mary Ann) Hart of Santa Fe, N.M.; daughter Beverly Demmitt of LaSalle, Colo.; grandchildren Michael Todd (Brenda) Kaczmarski of Hooper and Troy (Laura) Kaczmarski of Leesburg, Ga.; great-grandchildren Matthew (Lisa), Kevin (Christina) and Cady Kaczmarski and daughter-in-law Linda Kaczmarski of Hooper.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son Michael T. Kaczmarski; great-grandchildren Marinna, Thomas and Mandy Kaczmarski; sisters Mary Rose Garling, Betty Roades, Wilodene Lenz and Donna Thomas.
Her funeral will be 11 a.m., Thursday, October 10, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials to Dodge County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 9, 2019
Becky Peters, Schuyler, Oct. 5, age 45
Becky Peters
Becky Peters of Schuyler passed away Oct. 5 at CHI Schuyler Memorial Hospital.
Memorials can be directed towards Family Wishes.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler, with the Rev. Gerry Gonderinger officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a parish rosary at 7 p.m. at the church, and an additional viewing will be held Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery with a lunch following at the St. Augustine’s Social Hall. Svoboda Funeral home is handling the arrangements.
Becky Jean Peters was born on March 22, 1974, in Schuyler to Larry and Carolyn (Oborny) Peters. Becky graduated from Schuyler Central High School in 1992 and completed the radiologic technology program at Bergan Mercy in 1994. Becky worked as a radiographer for Columbus Community Hospital, as a secretary at St. Mary’s Church in Schuyler and recently worked at the Girl Scout Office in Columbus.
Becky devoted a large portion of her life to raising three wonderful boys: Cole, Kyle, and Brady. She served as a leader of the local Boy Scouts and coached her boys in soccer and baseball. Becky could be heard telling people that she loved to attend “my boys’” activities.
Becky’s family and friends will always remember her bright smile and cheerful personality, love for everything Disney, and how she would decorate her entire house for every season. No matter what Becky did, including decorating birthday cakes, it had a personal touch.
Survivors are her sons: Cole, Kyle and Brady Jedlicka; parents Larry and Carolyn Peters of Schuyler; sisters Kelly (Ernie) Schulz of Ozark, Mo., Deb (Scott) Cunningham of Omaha; nieces and nephews Tyler and Paige Cunningham of Omaha and Ryan and Hallie Schulz of Ozark, Mo.
Preceded in death by her grandparents Jack and Winifred (Kelly) Peters and Stanley and Sylvia (Fendrick) Oborny.
Published Oct. 9, 2019
Heather (Robertson) Sjodin, Papillion, Sept. 27, age 43
Heather Sjodin
Heather Sjodin was born Oct. 8, 1975, to George and Karen Robertson.
On Friday Sept. 27 Heather entered Heaven’s gates into eternal life at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer.
Heather is survived by her husband Jason, children Jessica and Isaiah of Papillion, parents George and Karen Robertson of Mead, sister Lindsay (Justin) Broughton of Lincoln, two nephews and a host of cousins, friends and other family members.
A Celebration of Life service was held September 30 at Calvery Christian Church in Bellevue.
Memorials to the Calvary Christian Church Children’s Ministry. Online condolences can be left at Kahler Dolce Mortuary.
Published Oct. 9, 2019
Patricia (Ullrich) Minarick, Minneapolis, Sept. 28, age 90
Patrica Minarick

Patricia Jean (Ullrich) Minarick was born in West Point on April 30, 1929. Pat spent her life creating happiness and beauty and passed away peacefully on the 71st anniversary of her wedding day, Sept. 28.
Patricia’s parents were Winifred (Higgins) and Joseph Ullrich. She grew up in the Nickerson and Webster communities and graduated from Guardian Angels High School in West Point with a teaching certificate. She taught in the rural Webster area until she married Francis Minarick, her husband of 65 years. They had six children and farmed in the Webster area for 40 years before retiring in North Bend in 1996.
She was a loving, enthusiastic member of her communities and her churches; formerly of Saint Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder and Saint Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. In 2015, Patricia moved to Minneapolis, Minn., to be near two of her daughters where she continued to spread happiness, beauty and humor.
She is survived by daughters Susan (Bill) Bayer, Peggy Lindahl, and Patrice (Mark) Hines; sons Michael (Sarah), John (Debra), and Neal (Jody), 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Francis, brother Raymond Ullrich, sister Dolores Emanuel, three infant sisters, son-in-law Geof Lindahl, great-granddaughter Jessica Kleespie, brothers-in-law Bill Deppe and Don Emanuel and sisters-in-law Rita Deppe and Mary Minarick.
A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, North Bend. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5 to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested for Saint Charles Church, North Bend Senior Center, North Bend Rescue Squad or the NBC Foundation.
The family wishes to thank the staff of angels at Chandler Place and Pearl Garden of Minneapolis, Minn, for their tender care of Patricia since she moved there in 2015.
Online condolences at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 2, 2019

Gorgene (Dunklau) Iske, North Bend, Sept. 26, age 76
Gorgene Iske
Gorgene M. Iske of North Bend died on Sept. 26 at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Gorgene was born to Ewald and Marie (Laaker) Dunklau on May 27, 1943. She grew up on a farm near Arlington attending school and church at St. Paul’s Lutheran in rural Arlington and graduating from Arlington High School in 1961. After high school, she worked at the Fremont hospital where she met her future husband. She also worked several years at Birchwood Manor in North Bend and was a home day care provider until suffering a severe stroke on March 30, 2001.
On Sept. 12, 1965, she married Charles Iske at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. They were married 50 years until his death on July 7, 2016. During their marriage, they lived northwest of North Bend and on the Iske family farm in rural Dodge. They moved to North Bend in 2001.
Gorgene was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend where she taught Sunday school for many years.
Survivors include daughters Laurie (Jim) Griswa of Omaha, Kathy (Tom) Mensik and Christine Balch, both of Morse Bluff; sons Steven (Tori) Iske of Canyon City, Ore., Daniel (Stacy) Iske of Sutherland, Carl (Kari) Iske of Lincoln; grandchildren Michael and Justin Mensik, Katelyn Iske, Evan and Kaylea Balch, Caiden and Kloee Iske; sisters Marian Lottman and Linda (Larry) Shepard all of Fremont; and sisters-in-law Helen (Ken) Tallerico of Sacramento, Calif., and Mary Jean Paup of Port Angeles, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, father-in-law Leonard Iske, mother-in-law Clare Iske Gocken, sister-in-law Marge Iske, and brothers-in-law Earl Lottman and Martin Paup.
Her funeral service was Oct. 1 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend with the Rev. Lawson Short officiating. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church or the North Bend Central Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 2, 2019
Clayton E. Cech, North Bend, Sept. 26, age 81
Clayton Cech
Clayton E. Cech of North Bend passed away Sept. 26 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Clayton was born, March 20, 1938, in Schuyler, to Adolph and Margaret (Van Cleave) Cech. He graduated from Schuyler High School and attended trade school in St. Louis. Upon graduating, he went to work for Cummins Midwest in Omaha and became a well known diesel mechanic. In 1972, he opened his own shop, Webster Diesel Service, in rural North Bend.
Clayton married Mary Ann Sayers on March 16, 1958, in Schuyler. She preceded him in death on June 26, 2019. His biggest love was his wife and four children.
Clayton enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and loving his family.
He is survived by sons Tim (Karen) Cech of Rochelle, Ill., Jeff Cech of North Bend and Mike (Diane) Cech of Fremont; daughter Janet (John) O’Shea of Lincoln; grandchildren Jessica (Andrew) Macklin, Eric Cech, Kevin (Kristin) Cech all of Illinois, Alli O’Shea and Nick O’Shea of Lincoln; great grandchildren Luke, Jack, and Will Macklin and Kendall Cech.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ann and brother Billy Cech.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. There will be a private family funeral.
Memorials may be designated to the family for further designation.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 2, 2019
Noelle M. Hruza, North Bend, Sept. 14, age 82
Noelle Hruza
Noelle M. Hruza of North Bend passed away Sept. 14 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. She was born June 5, 1937, in Rogers to Alois and Marie (Vogel) Hruza.
Noelle resided in North Bend before coming to Fremont. She was a nurse.
She is survived by brother Thomas (Joan) Hruza of Morse Bluff and nieces and nephews.
Noelle was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Don and Jerry Hruza.
A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, with a Rosary at 9:45 a.m., all at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. The Rev. Dennis Hunt will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Central City.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be give in care of the family.
Online condolences www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Oct. 9, 2019
Gary D. Boise, Fremont, Sept. 5, age 72
Gary Boies
Gary D. Boies of Fremont passed away Sept. 5 at Methodist Fremont Health. He was born on Aug. 23, 1947, in Norfolk to Glenn and Opal (Michaelson) Boies.
His parents moved to Fremont and Gary graduated from Fremont High School in 1965. He married Cassie Gaughen on April 4, 1970, at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. They later divorced.
His passions were drag racing at the Scribner Race track, painting and restoring old cars, golfing, yard work and model cars. Gary was also an insanely avid Husker fan.
Gary met his wife Debra (Deb) Drews in 2003. They were married in a beautiful backyard ceremony on July 8, 2017, at their home in Fremont. The last years of his life he worked as a independent car appraiser.
Gary was secretary of the Monday and president of the Wednesday Night golf leagues at White Tail Run.
Gary is survived by his wife, Deb; sons Ryan (Emma) Boies of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter Michaela Boies (fiancé, Robert Row) of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; stepchildren Tara (Brad) League of Waterloo, Spencer Nielsen of Fremont; sister Glenda (Jack) Hemenway of Lincoln; special nephew Michael Hemenway of Omaha; grandchildren Reece and Grayson Boies; step-grandchildren Cameron Brown, Grace and Cody League and Grayson Nielsen.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at Moser Memorial Chapel of Fremont. Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the Dodge County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Sept. 11, 2019
Irene (Walla) Nosal, Elkhorn, Aug. 30, age 91
Irene Bessie Nosal died Aug. 30 at her home in Elkhorn. She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Clarkson to Albert and Antonia (Pekry) Walla. Irene grew up on the family farm five miles north west of Clarkson.
Irene graduated from Clarkson High School in 1946. She attended normal training to earn her teaching certificate. Irene taught school for three years before her marriage to Arthur Nosal on June 18, 1953. The couple had five children. They lived in Clarkson and LaVista before settling in Elkhorn in 1976. Irene was employed at various businesses and was active in the community.
Irene is survived by children Daniel (Elena) Nosal of Castle Rock, Colo., Timothy Nosal of Elkhorn; Bernadette Kluthe-Buresh of North Bend, Jolene (Tom) Costanzo of Council Bluffs, Iowa; nine grandchildren including Benjamin Buresh of North Bend; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Elaine Walla of Philadelphia, Penn., Lillian Walla of Stamford, Conn., Sylvia (Virgil) Mostek of Omaha; brother-in-law Jack (Kathy) Nosal of Columbus; and 34 nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, daughter Theresa McIntyre, parents, three siblings and two nephews and others.
The funeral was Sept. 6 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn with the Rev. Patrick Moser officiating. Burial was at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Elkhorn.
Memorials are suggested for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn.
Published Sept. 11, 2019
Butch Carnahan, Fremont, Aug. 19, age 88
Norman Carnahan
Norman “Butch” Dean Carnahan of Fremont passed away Aug. 19 at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Loretto to Arvene “Ben” and Alma (Hinze) Carnahan. Butch grew up and farmed near Petersburg and Albion. He married Vivian Chana on Sept. 1, 1956, in Primrose. The couple moved to Fremont in 1961. Norman was employed by R.E. Reutzel Construction as a heavy equipment operator and worked his way up to superintendent. In 1973 the couple built a house on an acreage east of North Bend. They returned to Fremont in 2007.
Butch was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. He was an expert carpenter and loved gardening tractors and the outdoors.
Butch is survived by his wife Vivian; son David Carnahan of Omaha; daughters Joanne (Bill) Royuk of Fremont, Pamela (Bill) Baxter of Aurora, Colo., Sherry (Dan) Reimers of West Point and Sandra (Mike) Royuk of Fremont; brother Arvene “Pete” Carnahan of Fremont; sisters Marilyn (Bruce) Fairchild and Fredricka Berthelson all of Omaha; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Loran, and Donald Carnahan; sisters Arlene O’Brien, Sarah O’Brien; granddaughter Ashley Reimers; and infant son James Dean Carnahan.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Aug. 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. Pastor Dan Heuer will officiate. Visitation is Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran School.
Online condolences at mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Aug. 28, 2019
Jack Mehaffey, Rock Port, Mo., July 21, age 97
Jack Mehaffey
Robert Jack Mehaffey, the son of Harold S. and Ruth N. (Scott) Mehaffey was born February 27, 1922, in North Bend, Nebraska. He graduated from North Bend High School in 1940 and entered Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri. While attending Tarkio College, he played basketball for three years and sang with the Tarkio College Men’s Quartet under the direction of Veva Ballengee.
On September 3, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He was called to active duty in February 1943 and graduated from Communications School at Yale University in Hartford, Connecticut, as a Second Lieutenant. He then attended school for cryptography at Scott Air Base, Champaign, Illinois in 1945, and was sent to New Guinea and the Philippines in the South Pacific Theatre with the 141st Army Airways Communication System Squadron, Detachment 54, of the 5th Army Air Corps. In July 1946, Jack returned from the Philippines and was released from active duty on August 7, 1946, as First Lieutenant. He then completed his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Tarkio College graduating in 1947.
On March 15, 1945, Jack was united in marriage to Nancy May Smith. They became the parents of three daughters: Linda Ann, Susan Kay, and Karen May. Jack and Nancy lived and farmed in the North Bend and Tarkio areas. They later divorced. Nancy passed away in 1987.
In January 1976, Jack married Geraldine “Geri” Raymer. He continued farming and managing his farming operations. Geri passed away December 23, 2007. Jack was an active member of the Tarkio Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and Sunday School superintendent. Civic responsibilities were important to Jack as he served in many organizations during his lifetime. He was a member of the Allen-Schiffern American Legion Post 199, Tarkio, and former member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge 119 A.F. & A.M. of North Bend. Jack enjoyed singing with the Pony Express Barbershop Chorus of St. Joseph and Noted Four Barbershop Quartet of Rock Port. Jack passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port, at the age of 97.
Besides his parents and wife Geri, Jack was preceded in death by brother-in-law Jim Arneal. Survivors include his three daughters, Linda (Dave) Lee of Tarkio, Susan (Bill) Slaughter of Fairfax, Mo., and Karen (Steve) Potter of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren Kim (Mike) Coughlin, Darin Lee, Amy (Jim) Skillen, Brian (Becky) Slaughter, David (Julie) Potter, Mark (Emily) Potter, Jonathan (Carolyn) Potter; 13 great grandchildren; sister Maxine Arneal of Beatrice, nephew Steve (Mary Le) Arneal of North Bend, niece Janet (Tim) Johns of Ft. Collins, Colo., and several great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life was held July 27 followed by his burial in Home Cemetery in Tarkio. Davis Funeral Home of Tarkio was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be directed to Tarkio Presbyterian Church or the Fairfax Community Hospital. Condolences can be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.
Published July 31, 2019
Valetta (Dieckmann) Leftwich, Fremont, July 21, age 89
Valetta Leftwich
Valetta L. Leftwich of Fremont, formerly North Bend, passed away July 21 at Methodist Fremont Health.
Valetta was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Scribner to George and Emma (Clausen) Dieckmann. She lived at Scribner, Kennard, and then mostly on a farm north of North Bend. She married Dick Leftwich on July 27, 1947, in Cedar Bluffs. Dick preceded her in death on March 6, 2003.
Valetta worked at the North Bend Trailer Factory and the North Bend Locker Plant. They moved to Sterling, Kansas, in 1977, returning to North Bend in 1988. She has been in Fremont for the last eight years.
Valetta was a member of First United Methodist Church in North Bend until it closed, and a member of the North Bend VFW Auxiliary Post 8223 and Morse Bluff American Legion Auxiliary Post 340.
She is survived by sons Bill (Deb) Leftwich of North Bend, Bob (Sally) Leftwich of South Bend and Jack (Jodi) Leftwich of Topeka, Kansas; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Valetta was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Junior and Merle Dieckmann, and an infant great-granddaughter.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 25, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Doug Smith of First United Methodist Church in Fremont will officiate. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. also at Moser’s in North Bend. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m.. Thursday at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to North Bend VFW Club or the North Bend-Morse Bluff Veterans Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be left at:www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published July 24, 2019
Gary L. Honey, Omaha, July 12, age 79
Gary Honey
Gary L. Honey of Omaha died July 12. He was born in North Bend on August 12, 1939. Gary graduated from Fremont High School in 1957. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served with the 1st Fleet on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier. His service took place during the conflict between China and Nationalist Chinese. On board ship, he served as Yeoman to the Admiral. After discharge in 1960, he returned to Fremont and married Genelle Ruzicka, who survives him. They have one daughter, Susan Honey Janssen, of Hooper.
He worked 49 years at Western Electric/Lucent until they closed in 2011. He always said, “I’ll be the last to leave and turn the lights off.”
He is survived by daughter Susan (Nick) Janssen of Hooper; grandchildren Alex (Dr. Alanna) Janssen of Sioux Center, Iowa, Lauren (Bryce) Smith of Alvo, Elliot Janssen of Omaha; great-grandchildren Nora, Hazel and Clara Smith, Kennedy Janssen; brother Stephen K. (Carol Sue) Honey of Manassas, Va.; brother-in-law Ernie Snyder of Boulder, Colo., nieces Erin Tagliola of Boulder, Lisa Honey of Raleigh, N.C., Laura Honey of Centreville, Va.; nephew Eliot Snyder of Eldora, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Hazel Honey and sister-in-law Phyllis Snyder.
The funeral was be July 16 at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. Memorials can be directed to the family until a memorial is established.
Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com.
Published July 17, 2019
Marlene (Hynek) Pruss, Fremont, July 8, age 81
Marlene Pruss
Marlene “Meem” P. Pruss of Fremont died July 8 at Pathfinder Place in Fremont. Marlene was born Sept. 3, 1937, in Morse Bluff to Phillip and Gladys (Kruger) Hynek.
She grew up at North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1955. Marlene married Theodore “Ted” Pruss on June 15, 1957, in North Bend. Ted died April 30, 2008. Marlene lived most of her life in Redwood City, Calif., before moving to Fremont in 2013.
She was a secretary and specifications analyst for Raychem Corp. for over 50 years. Marlene was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City where she sang in the choir and was an Eucharistic Minister. She did volunteer work at church and hospitals.
Marlene is survived by son, Eugene (Kristi) Pruss of Avon Lake, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Allison and Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Eugene Hynek.
A memorial Mass was July 13 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials may be given to Endless Journey Hospice in Omaha.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published July 17, 2019
Joie Kavan, Morse Bluff, July 2, age 97
Joie Kavan
Joie Kavan of Morse Bluff passed away July 2 at Edgewood Vista in Fremont. He was born Nov. 4, 1921, in rural Morse Bluff to Joe L. and Tillie (Mach) Kavan. He attended District 54 country school.
Joie faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II serving in France and the Philippines in the European and Pacific Theaters. He entered into active duty on March 16, 1944, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and was honorably discharged on May 12, 1946, in Ft. Douglas, Utah.
After the war, Joie was united in marriage to Alice Ostry on Aug. 26, 1947, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague. From this union three children were born, Marvin, Joe and Connie.
Joie was a lifelong farmer who lived on a farm with his family northeast of Wahoo until 1966 when they moved to the family homestead south of Morse Bluff.
Joie enjoyed listening to polka music, playing cards and sipping on coffee with his friends. He was a member of the American Legion Post 340 in Morse Bluff, VFW 8223 and AmVets Post 20, both in North Bend. He was a charter member of VFW 8223. In September of 2008, Joie was honored to participate in the third World War II Honors Flight to Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the Morse Bluff Rural Fire Department, a 50-year member of the Morse Bluff Z.C.B.J. Lodge 9, Nebraska Feeders and the National Farmers Organization.
Joie is survived by his children, Marvin (Susan) Kavan of Burns, Tenn., Joe (Jean) Kavan of Morse Bluff and Connie Ruppert of Fremont; seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughters; siblings, Maxine (Bernard) Kratky, Lester (Marlene) Kavan and Joan Kavan; many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Kavan, parents Joe and Tillie Kavan, siblings George Kavan, Helen Settles, Richard Kavan, Ruben Kavan and Marcella Shestak.
A funeral service with military honors was July 6 at Morse Bluff American Legion Hall. Final call followed by Morse Bluff Rural Fire Department.
Interment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials to American Legion Post 340 or Morse Bluff Rural Fire Department.
Visit www.marcysvoboda.com to leave condolences.
Larry Emerson, Osceloa, June 29, age 66
Larry Emerson
Larry Emerson, 66, currently residing in Osceola, was born in Fremont, Dec. 7, 1952, to Charles and Marion (Rockwell) Emerson. After a heart attack, Larry passed peacefully surrounded by his wife and daughters on June 29 at Bryan Heart in Lincoln.
Larry grew up in North Bend, spending countless hours at the family business, the Corner Café, where his parents taught him his strong work ethic. Larry was a 1971 graduate of North Bend Central High School, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Central Michigan University.
Larry met Karen Johnson while they were both working in the tuxedo rental department at Ben Simons in Lincoln. On Sept. 2, 1978, Larry and Karen were married in Osceola, and he spent the next 40 years making her happy. Larry and Karen were blessed with three daughters who were their father’s pride and joy: Joslyn (Colby) Brown, Charlotte, N. C., Kit (Jeff) Frank, Henderson, Nev., Chloe (John) Seipel, Lincoln, and six rambunctious grandchildren: Konrad, Meyer, and Laurel Brown; Waylon and Boone Frank; and Cullen Seipel.
Larry is also survived by his brother Cliff Emerson, Ashland; sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Wayne Strenger of Plano, Texas; brothers-in-law Gregg and Steve Johnson of Osceola, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed traveling, Husker sports, listening to talk radio while driving (he commuted countless hours every week), and teaching himself how to fix almost anything around the house. He was “handier than a pocket in a T-shirt” and championed himself at making cars last as long as possible– his record well over 370,000 miles. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. Larry and Karen were planning for his retirement in the coming year and building a lake home on Bucktail Lake outside Clarks.
Larry’s passion was helping others, and he chose health care administration as his career. Throughout his career, he felt privileged to be a leader at Tilden Community Hospital, Webster County Community Hospital, Red Cloud, Axtell Christian Hospital, Newton, Kan., and integrally involved as a member of the team who merged two hospitals and created Newton Medical Center. Larry also served as CEO of Beatrice Community Hospital, Beatrice, and for the past 15 years has led the Dialysis Center of Lincoln as CEO. Larry was a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, and an active board member and past president of the board of the National Renal Administrators Association and Renal Services Exchange board, receiving the Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2012. Larry was a member and past president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at UNL. He was also a Shriner, a Mason, and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Beatrice.
Larry requested no funeral, but rather a celebration of life, time and place to be announced at a later date. Condolences and memorials may be sent to the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, 7910 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, for the Larry Emerson Memorial Fund, where Larry’s mission to help others will be continued.
Published July 3, 2019
Mary Ann (Sayers) Cech, North Bend, June 26, age 81
Mary Ann Cech
Mary Ann (Sayers) Cech, 81 years, of North Bend passed away June 26 at Fremont Methodist Health in Fremont.
Mary Ann was born Feb. 16, 1938, in rural Leigh to Frank and Wilma (Purchase) Sayers.
Mary Ann married Clayton Cech on March 16, 1958. Mary’s biggest love was her family.
She and Clayton had four children who survive her, Tim (Karen) Cech of Rochelle, Ill., Jeff of North Bend, Mike (Diane) Cech of Fremont and Janet (John) O’Shea of Lincoln.
She is survived by grandchildren Jessica (Andrew) Macklin, Eric Cech, Kevin (Kristin) Cech, Alli and Nick O’Shea; great-grandchildren Luke, Jack and Will Macklin and Kendall Cech.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edwin and Leonard Sayers; and sister Louella (Rehak) Litz.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and loving her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
There will be a private family funeral. Memorials are suggested to the North Bend Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Pubished July 3, 2019
Daniel Romero, North Bend, June 15, age 78
Dan Romero
Daniel Romero passed away on June 15, in North Bend at the age of 78. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha (Marti) Joann (Gallatin) Romero, his parents and two siblings. He leaves behind many friends and family, who thought the world of him.
Dan is survived by his first wife, Joanne (Welt), and their four adult children: Terry Romero (Myrtle, Miss.), Larry Romero (Indianapolis, Ind.), Cheri (Romero) Fairrington (Blue River, Ore.), and Fairi (Romero) Wilson (Boron, Calif.). He is also survived by two adult children from his second marriage, whom he always loved as his own: John Stoltenberg (Sedalia, Mo.) and Kathleen (Stoltenberg) Agee (Oregon City, Ore.), as well as 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dan led a full and interesting life, with a quick and ready wit and a help-thy-neighbor attitude. He always told the greatest stories. From his younger days in California and New Mexico riding motorcycles and hanging out with the Hells Angels, being a Sonar man in the Navy, and his first “real” job in a tennis shoe factory…to meeting Farrah Faucett and Lee Majors at dinner one night on a business trip…Dan’s stories were marvelous and rich.
In the 1980s, Dan lived in Columbus and traveled the world for business working for Valley Industries and Lindsay Manufacturing in sales of irrigation systems. He always brought back unique and interesting souvenirs with new tales behind them. When he wasn’t traveling Dan loved to fish, and was an avid and competitive golfer and bowler, playing tournaments and leagues.
In the 1990s, Dan and Marti moved to Lewisburg, West Virginia, where Dan was an executive at ABB Process Analytics. He had great enthusiasm for and pride in his work, and worked his way up the ranks, closing out his work life as the CEO of a successful start-up business. Dan and Marti later retired to The Villages, Fla., where they drove golf carts to the grocery store, made loads of new friends, and played golf every day. Life was grand, until Marti was diagnosed with terminal cancer. They moved back to Nebraska to be close to family, and Marti passed in 2008. Dan remained in their little lake house that Marti so loved in North Bend until the recent floods made it uninhabitable. He was staying with family when he passed on June 15.
Per Dan’s wishes, there will be no formal service, and the family will celebrate his life privately. Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published July 3, 2019
Joe C. Kaup, Scribner, June 4, age 75
Joe Kaup
Joseph C. Kaup, 75, of Scribner, died June 4, at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.
Joseph was born on April 28, 1944, to Joseph M. and Elizabeth (Stieren) Kaup on the family farm south of Snyder. He grew up on the farm and attended St. Leo’s Catholic School to the eighth grade.
On August 17, 1968, Joe married Connie Schmuecker at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at St. Charles. The couple farmed on the Kaup family farm until the late 1990s and still continue to make their home there. In the 1980s, Joe began working at Snyder Elementary School as a custodian and bus driver. He continued that work for Scribner-Snyder schools for 30 years and also drove the school bus for North Bend schools for the last five years.
Joe was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church where he also taught CCD classes for many years. He has been a stalwart of the Snyder community – helping start the Snyder Senior Center, being a member of the Snyder Community Club, and the Young Farmers and Ranchers. He was a member of the Snyder Lions Club and worked to carry out their mission wherever he could.
In recent years, Joe became interested in antique farm equipment and often visited museums to see them. He also loved to have fun, whether that be tailgating, visiting his son Jason’s cabin in Niobrara, or just visiting with friends over a beer.
Joe is survived by his wife Connie of Scribner; daughter Lori (Scott) Beale of Firestone, Colo.; sons Joe of Hemingford, Jason (Alisha) of Cozad, and Jeremy (Jamie) of Kasson, Minn.; grandchildren Kaitlyn Beale and Chandler, Tanner, Tenley, Landon and Lincoln Kaup; sisters Anna (Leo) Goeken of Stanton and Monica (Dennis) Tomka of Howells; and brother-in-law David (Linda) Schmuecker of West Point. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Leonard and Camilla Schmuecker, sister Joanne (Larry) Peterson, brothers Donald Kaup and Erwin Kaup, brother-in-law Kenny Schmuecker, and infant son Nathan Kaup.
His funeral Mass was June 7 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder with Rev. Keith Rezac as celebrant. Burial was at St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Snyder Lions Club or St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home, West Point.
Bob Mullally, Columbus, June 6, age 67
Bob Mullally
Robert Mullally of Columbus died June 6 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation is on June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at McKown Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. Vigil, also at the funeral home. Visitation continues on Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Columbus Cemetery with military honors by Hartman Post 84, American Legion Honor Guard.
Robert Gerrard Mullally was born Dec. 5, 1951, in Columbus to Francis Leo and Agnes Ella (Branigan) Mullally. He grew up in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1970. In 1971 he entered the U.S. Army. Bob served during the Vietnam Era in Germany until his discharge in 1974. He returned to Nebraska where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Bob owned and operated donut shops in Blair and Omaha. He settled in the Columbus-Duncan area where he worked for Eller’s, B-D’s, and after retirement, at Casey’s. Bob was active at St. Stanislaus Church in Duncan where he was on the parish council and involved in youth groups. After moving to Columbus, Bob became a parishioner of St. Bonaventure Church.
On May 7, 1988, Bob was united in marriage to Lisa Brown, starting a blended family of four children. As a youth, Bob earned the rank of Eagle Scout and shared his love of the outdoors with his family through camping, swimming, and kayaking. He was an avid do-it-yourselfer always starting updates to his home. However, everything came second to spending time with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife Lisa Mullally of Columbus; sons Rory (Mikki) Mullally of Blair, Eric (Beatriz) Mullally of Columbus; daughter Shauna (Angel Salazar) Mullally of Omaha, Megan (Josh) Zehr of Columbus; six grandchildren Landon, Reiland, Emely, Wyatt, Ella and Eli; brother Jim (Marlene) Mullally of Fremont; sisters Sharon (Dan) Strecker of Central City, Micki Walker of Lincoln, Jean (Vaughn) Kinney of Brush, Colo.; sister-in-law Deb Mullally of North Bend; step-brothers Gary (Marge) Desler of Florida, David (Mike) Desler of California. He is preceded in death by his parents Francis and Agnes Mullally, step-mother Pat Mullally, brother Jack Mullally, brother-in-law Phil Walker.
Remembrances can be sent at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.
Published June 12, 2019
Cecilia (Emanuel) Powers, North Bend, May 8, age 98
Cecilia Powers
Cecilia O. Powers of North Bend died May 8 at Legacy Estates in Lincoln.
Cecilia was born Jan. 21, 1921, in the Pleasant Valley Township near North Bend to Charles and Olga (Haun) Emanuel. She was a 1938 graduate of Fremont High School and attended Success Business College in Denver, Colo.
Cecilia married Gregory V. Powers on Feb. 1, 1943, at St. Charles Catholic Church at North Bend. The couple moved to the Union Township in Dodge County in 1943. After her husband’s death on Sept. 2, 1986, Cecilia then moved into North Bend in 1987.
She was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and playing cards. She was quite a card shark. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother and was very strong in her faith. She was involved in numerous church activities at North Bend for many years.
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Altar Society, Christian Mothers and V.F.W. Auxiliary 8223, all in North Bend.
Cecilia is survived by daughter Mary Catherine Viar of Miami, Fla.; sons Steve (Michael Ann) Powers of Newport Beach, Calif., Emmett (Kathy) Powers of Lincoln and Keith Powers of Glenwood, Arizona; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gregory, brother Charles F. Emanuel and sisters and brother-in-law Anne Colburn and Marcella and Jim Waters.
A funeral Mass was May 14 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Dennis Hunt officiated. Burial was at the Woodland Cemetery at North Bend.
Memorials may be given as Masses, to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and to the North Bend Jr.-Sr. High School Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published May 15, 2019
Chad Gundersen, Fremont, Feb. 19, age 40
Chad Gundersen
Chad Gundersen was born in Omaha on Feb. 19, 1979. On May 5 he died at home in hospice care after an extensive hospitalization.
During his childhood he lived with his family in Valley where he attended schools in Elkhorn and Fremont. During his teen years, he entered services for the developmentally disabled with Bethphage Mission (currently Mosaic) of Fremont. In 1999, Chad was one of the first clients to be placed in Mosaic’s Host Home program when he joined the home of the Halladay family. In 2011 his service was switched to North Star Services Extended Family Home program. Chad continued living with the Halladays until his death.
Chad was not able to speak but was very effective at communicating through his personality. He reminded those around him to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like a good cup of coffee or can of pop. When he was happy, he had an infectious laugh accented by clapping and biting his index finger. He liked to keep things neat, clean and orderly. He made sure all lights were off, doors closed and everyone wore their seatbelts. He loved to watch people and always wanted the best seat in the house to keep an eye on everything. You would often see him sitting by a window so he could see both inside and outside.
Chad loved being outside, playing in the water, bubble baths, Gator rides with Jerry, long car rides, going out to eat, going for ice cream and attending sporting events, especially baseball.
He is survived by his mother Penny August of Valley; brother David (Rebecca) August and their sons, Daniel and Dawson all of Omaha; home caregivers Jerry and Ann Halladay and home brothers, Joshua McIntosh and W. Donte Hairston all of Fremont; extended family Jamie (Andrea) Halladay of North Bend, Kelly (Michelle) Halladay of Salix, Iowa, Jesse (Jamie) Halladay of Arlington, Jeffrey (Maggie) Phelps of Papillion, Angela (Todd) Martin of Fremont and Renae Kirschenmann of North Bend and numerous aunts, uncles and children of family members.
Memorial service is 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. Rev. Michael Hill will officiate. Memorial visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to North Star Services or to the family.
Online condolences at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Paul R. Eveland, Fremont, May 2, age 96
Paul Eveland
Paul R. Eveland of Fremont passed away May 2 in Fremont. He was born April 30, 1923, in Elmwood to George Raymond and Merle (Gustin) Eveland.
Paul grew up in Elmwood, graduating from Elmwood High School as Valedictorian in 1940. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska earning a bachelor’s degree in rural economics. His college was interrupted by his service during WWII. He was a Captain in the Army Field Artillery serving in the Philippines and in the occupation of Japan.
Paul married Kathryn (Kay) Huston on Dec. 21, 1946. He returned to Elmwood to farm and started a lime spreading business and rock quarry. In 1961, they moved to Ames where he farmed, operated a sod farm, raised purebred Angus cattle, and owned Eveland Supply Company which he later moved to Scribner. Kay preceded him death in 2007. Paul married Donna (Beeler) Dixon in 2009, moving to Fremont in 2018.
Paul was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend, Masonic Lodge 119 and Ruth Chapter 119 Order of Eastern Star, York Rite Bodies in Fremont, Lincoln Valley Scottish Rite, Tangier Shrine Temple, Sesostoris Shrine Temple, National Sojourners and Heroes of 76. He was past Grand Master of Masons of Nebraska and past president of Nebraska Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont. Paul was a member of UNL Alumni Association, Ag Builders, FarmHouse Fraternity and founding board member of Nebraska LEAD program at UNL, receiving its prestigious Allen Blezak Award in 2018. He was past President of the Nebraska Angus Association and was on the founding school board for North Bend Central School District.
Survivors include his daughter Kristin (Michael) Caradine of Wichita, Kan.; sons Bruce Eveland of Baldwin City, Kan, Scott Eveland of Ames; wife Donna Eveland and her children; four grandchildren: Alysa, Jeff (Andrea), Kendall Eveland, and Brittany Caradine and great-granddaughter Madeleine Kay Eveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Merle Evelyn Pool, wife Kay and son Alan Eveland.
His service is 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. with Masonic Service starting at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend.
Family interment and military honors will be conducted at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend prior to the service on Wednesday.
Memorials are suggested to the United Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge at North Bend or the North Bend Community Flood Fund.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Dennis E. Emanuel, Lincoln, April 21, age 86
Dennis Emanuel
Dennis E. Emanuel of Lincoln passed away April 21 at Fallbrook Assisted Living in Lincoln. He was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Rogers to Francis and Edna (Dunker) Emanuel.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, brothers Gene Emanuel and Mark Emanuel and nephew Alan Emanuel.
He is survived by wife Susan of Lincoln, daughter Jenn Emanuel of Omaha, son Bradley (Mary) Emanuel of Wichita, Kan., sisters-in-law, Veronica Emanuel, Mary Emanuel, and Rita (Bill) Peters all of North Bend, grandsons Adrien, Andrew, Gabriel, and Alexander and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 26, with a rosary starting at 7 p.m. also at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery at North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 24, 2019
Diana (Schreck) Vice, Scribner, April 15, age 76
Diana Vice
Diana Vice of Scribner, died April 15 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point. Memorial services were April 20, at St. John’s Ridgley Lutheran Church, Rev. Dr. Nicki McIntyre officiated.
Diana Mae Vice was born on Aug. 3, 1942, to John and Viola (Lass) Schreck in Florence. She grew up in Crowell and attended country school near Scribner.
On July 26, 1957, Diana married DeVerle Smidt and the couple later divorced. She worked at Campbell Soup prior to moving to Omaha and married Gary Vice. They later divorced. Diana settled in Scribner where she had various jobs including cooking at Good Samaritan Center, and doing custodial work for the City of Scribner and the Post Office. She was a hard worker and took on whatever jobs she could. She was well known for her potato salad and pan-fried chicken.
Diana was a member of St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church in rural Scribner and the Women of the ELCA.
Survivors include daughters Victoria (Terry) Recker of West Point and Patricia (Bruce) Ferguson of North Bend, sons Steve (Elizabeth) Smidt of West Point and Thomas (Maria) Smidt of Prosser, Wash.; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Doris Orton of Chetek, Wis., Claire Smidt of West Point; brothers Richard Schreck of West Point and Leonard (Debbie) Schreck of Scribner. Diana was preceded in death by her parents; son Michael Vice; granddaughter Chelsie Justina Smidt; and brothers Ernest, Jack, and Robert Schreck.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Scribner Rescue or St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
Published April 24, 2019
Mike McMahan, Fremont, April 2, age 64
Mike McMahan
Michael “Mike” John Roy McMahan, 64 years, formerly of Fremont, died April 2 at Parkview Home in Dodge. Michael was born April 5, 1954, in Fremont to Calvin John and Lois (Stoltenberg) McMahan.
He grew up in Fremont until he was 11 years old, resided in Beatrice until he was 18 years old and then moved back to Fremont with ENCOR. Mike moved to Birchwood Manor in North Bend in 2015. He enjoyed bowling for Special Olympics, swimming, and had an affinity for trains, horses and dogs.
Mike is survived by sister Johanna McMahan; half-sister Kris (Kenny Ringle) Larson; aunt Charlotte Branzovsky; and nephew Jesse Kuncl all of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Karl Jon Heidemann.
A memorial service was April 8 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Scott Jensen officiated. Interment was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to Shop With A Cop in Fremont or Fremont Special Olympics.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 10, 2019
Bonnie (Hovenden) Ruzicka, North Bend, March 25, age 91
Bonnie Ruzicka
Bonnie M. Ruzicka of North Bend died March 25 at Jefferson Community Health and Life in Fairbury. Bonnie was born June 5, 1927, at Pleasant Valley in Dodge County to Charles L. and Olive (Lawshe) Hovenden.
She grew up and was a graduate of North Bend High School.
Bonnie is survived by sons Jay Ruzicka of Morse Bluff and Kirk Ruzicka of North Bend, granddaughters Taylor (Kolin Scheele) Ruzicka-Scheele of Fairbury and Cheyenne Ruzicka of Scribner and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jean Henrichson, twin brother Charles Hovenden and brothers Ted Hovenden, Gordon Hovenden and Jack Hovenden.
There will be a celebration of her life from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Morse Bluff American Legion Hall.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published April 10, 2019
Susan (Skala) Zimmerman, Columbus, March 18, age 92
Susan Zimmerman
Susan A. Zimmerman of Columbus, formerly of North Bend, passed away March 18 at Columbus Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 20, 1926, in Bruno to James and Ida (Skala) Slegl.
Susan was raised in Bruno and Schuyler. She graduated Schuyler High School in 1945. She married Duane L. Zimmerman Oct. 8, 1955, at the Methodist Church in David City. She was employed by Schuyler Dairy, Blevins Popcorn, and North Bend Central High School.
Susan was a member of the Methodist Church Administration Board, past President of United Methodist Women, past President of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, past Matron of Order of Eastern Star #119, all in North Bend.
She enjoyed working with flowers in her garden, crocheting, word puzzles and making crafts.
Susan is survived by her son Guy Zimmerman of Columbus; brother Gilbert (Ann) Slegl of Mesa, Ariz.; grandson Justin Zimmerman of Fremont; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Kermit D. Zimmerman; brothers Alvin Slegl, Stanley Slegl, Delvin Slegl and Jimmie Slegl.
Funeral service were March 22 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Doug Smith of First United Methodist Church in Fremont officiated. Order of Eastern Star service followed the funeral. Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery in Duncan.
Memorial may be directed to the North Bend Senior Center. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published March 27, 2019
Beverly (Scott) Wunderlich, North Kansas City, March 8, age 70
Beverly Jean (Scott) Wunderlich died March 8 in North Kansas City, Mo. She was born in North Bend on August 24, 1948, and was a 1966 graduate of North Bend High School.
Beverly has lived in the greater Kansas City area for many years. She will be remembered for her joyful, lively, kind spirit and her unconditional love for family.
She is survived by three children, Walt Wunderlich Jr., MaryBeth (Roman) Madrigal, and Jill (Scott Johnson) Wunderlich; four beloved grandsons, Jacob, Benjamin Wade, Patrick and Ben Scott; great-granddaughter Mia; sisters Ann Soukup, Alice (Jim) Colgan and Beth Scott, brother Shawn (Mary Kay) Scott and nieces and nephews. Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, Gail and Delores Scott, and her brother Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Parkinson’s Foundation or the organization of the donor’s choice.
Published March 13, 2019
Gloria (Krula) Odenreider, Schuyler, Feb. 24, age 95
Gloria Odenreider
Gloria Odenreider of Schuyler died Feb. 24 at Pathfinder Assisted Living in Fremont.
Her funeral was Feb. 28 at St. Charles Catholic Church, North Bend, with the Rev. Keith Rezac officiating. Committal was in the Schuyler Cemetery. Memorials in care of the family for future designation.
Gloria Odenreider was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Sumner, to Kazimir and Anna (Johnson) Krula. She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1940 and taught in many area schools, including Clarkson and Snyder, while taking night classes until she earned a master’s degree from Wayne State Teachers’ College.
On May 21, 1946, Gloria married Norbert Odenreider at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. They lived in Leigh and Scribner, settling and farming in the Dodge area. Gloria moved to Schuyler in 1990 following Norbert’s death, and eventually moved to a farm north of Rogers.
Gloria was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church of North Bend, the VFW Auxiliary, Garden Club and St. Anne’s Altar Society.
She is survived by daughter, Louana (Edward) Neesen of Rogers; son Eugene Odenreider of Tempe, Ariz.; sister Adoline Telecky of David City; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norbert in 1983, an infant grandchild, sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Chris Bell, and brother-in-law, Riley Telecky.
Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler was in charge of arrangements.
Catherine (Vyhlidal) Zuber, Pingree Grove, Ill., Jan. 8 , age 68
Catherine M. Zuber of Pingree Grove, Ill., died Jan. 8, 2019, at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. Catherine was born Nov. 15, 1950, in Fremont, to Frank and Agnes (Vavak) Vyhlidal.
She lived in the Morse Bluff, area and graduated from North Bend High School in 1968. Catherine attended business school in Omaha. She moved to Illinois where she was employed by United Airlines until she retired.
Catherine married Richard Zuber on July 11, 1970, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Cedar Hill.
She was an accomplished needle worker, in quilting, needle point, knitting and crochet. Catherine helped with Quilts of Valor and was very generous with her time and talents.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Elgin, Ill.
A memorial service was held Jan. 15 at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin. The Rev. Rosinski presided.
She is survived by daughter Debra Zuber of Ill.; sister, Vicki (Gaylen) Swartz of Malmo; special friends Joanna and Ron Garand of Tennessee; two nieces; one nephew and many friends.
A memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, at Cedar Hill near Morse Bluff. The Revs. Benjamin Rynearson and Dennis Hunt will officiate. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery at Cedar Hill.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Mabel (Stranik) Morse, Morse Bluff, Feb. 10, age 97
Mabel Morse
Mabel E. Morse of Morse Bluff passed away Feb. 10 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Mabel was born on May 31, 1921, to Louis and Emma (Placek) Stranik. She graduated North Bend High School in 1939. Mabel taught in the rural schools of Schuyler and Rescue and attended Midland Lutheran College. She married Duane Morse on Sept. 22, 1954, in Crested Butte, Colo.
Mabel and Duane moved quite frequently due to his job. She had several job positions ranging from teaching to war plane production, teaching at California Military Academy, homemaker and accounting. She retired in 1986 from the Safeway Division Office. Mabel then worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart from 1989 to 2013.
She was a member of ZCBJ Lodge #9 in Morse Bluff, and enjoyed the casinos, gardening and traveling.
Mabel is survived by her son Greg Morse of Morse Bluff; sister-in-law Rosie Stranik; nephew Robert Stranik; cousins Tom, Jim, and Maribeth Stranik.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Leona Fencl; brothers Louis, Raymond, and Lumir Stranik.
Her funeral service is at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 13 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Prague National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Jay D. Faist, Beatrice, Jan. 13, age 54
Jay Faist
Jay D. Faist, age 54 years, of Beatrice passed away Jan. 13 at Beatrice Community Hospital. He was born March 25, 1964, in Fremont to Gary and Lois (Rood) Faist.
Jay grew up in Scribner until the age of 5. He then resided in several places including Kearney, Hastings, Fremont and Norfolk, and in January 1978, he settled in Beatrice.
He is survived by his parents, Gary and Lois Faist of Fremont; brothers Kelly (Monica) Faist, Matthew Faist all of Wayne; sister Michelle (Bryon) Page of Omaha; aunts Karen (George) Robertson of Mead, Judy Rood of Ashland, Mo. and nephews, Joshua and Caleb Page.
Jay was preceded in death by his grandparents.
A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 16., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Father Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to The Beatrice State Development Center.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Published Jan. 16, 2019

 

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