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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

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.

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
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
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:
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published Jan. 16, 2019


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