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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2023. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Gary D. Andrews, Fremont, Dec. 30, age 74
Gary Andrews

Gary D. Andrews of Fremont, passed away Dec. 30, 2023, in Fremont. He was born April 9, 1949, in Fremont to Gaile and Vera (Goldberg) Andrews.
Gary grew up in Fremont and was a 1967 graduate of Fremont Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Army. Gary worked as a machinist at Valmont Industries until retiring in 2013.
Gary married Susan Wehner in 1993 in Fremont.
Gary loved to fish and play shuffleboard and was well known as one of the top shuffleboard players in the state back in the day. He was a huge fan of volleyball, especially the Huskers.
Gary is survived by wife Susan of Fremont; sons Bryan (Amanda) Andrews, Phoenix, Arizona, Tim (Tammy) Andrews, New London, Iowa, Matt Anderson, Oakland; daughter Michelle (Jeff) Kluthe, North Bend; brothers Terry (Cathi) Andrews, Ames, Ron Andrews, Fremont; grandchildren Colby, Logan, Cierra and Aidan and great-grandson Barrett.
He was preceded in death by parents, sister JoLynn Roumph, brother Greg Andrews and nephew Shane Andrews.
The funeral was Jan. 5 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Interment with military honors was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be sent to the family for a future designation. Online condolences can be left at at

Published Jan. 10, 2024

Jean (Christiansen) Warren, North Bend, Dec. 26, age 78
Jean Warren

Jean B. Warren of North Bend passed away Dec. 26, 2023.
She was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Vivien Christiansen. Jean is survived by husband Charles “Chip” Warren; sons Jeff Warren and Dan Warren; siblings Arthur (Mary) Christiansen, Marjorie (George) Johnson, Mary Frances (Harry) Tilley, Paul (Brenda) Christiansen, Dale (Bonnie) Christiansen, and Helen Olsen, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation and viewing is Saturday, Jan. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. with a funeral service at 3 p.m., all at Reichmuth Funeral Home, 21901 West Maple Road, Elkhorn. Private interment will be at a later date.
Memorials can be sent to the North Bend Senior Center.

Published Jan. 3, 2024

Steven W. Raymond, Ames, Dec. 19, age 73
Steven Raymond

Steven W. Raymond, age 73, of Ames passed Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Omaha.
  Steven was born May 12, 1950, in South Bend, Indiana, to Charles and Dorothy ‘French’ Raymond. He was raised in the South Bend area and graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. He enlisted in the Air Force serving in military law enforcement and in 1970-1971 moved to the Scribner Air Base.  Steven married Judy Taylor and together had three children. They later divorced, and he married Sherry Otto on May 26, 2000. 
Steven was a welder by trade and was an avid motorcyclist.  Steven loved to bargain and deal with people and as result, Steven and his wife Sherry loved to go treasure hunting and go to flea markets. Steven was a proud member of the Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340 and the Fremont Coin Club.  He loved his guns and the sport of shooting with family and friends. He and Sherry were able to turn that passion into a business in 2016 called Back Alley Defense located in North Bend. His real passion was his family and spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He loved them all so much.
  Steven is survived by his wife, Sherry of Ames; children Cher (Paul) Krause of Arlington, Charlie (Michelle) Raymond of Chesapeake, Virginia, Raymond (Erika) Raymond of North Bend, Shannon Ruppert of North Bend, Shunari Lucas of Columbus and April Williams of Fremont; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Donald, Kent, Jeff and Phil Raymond and sister Stacey Wroblewski.
  Steven was preceded in death by his parents, brother, grandson and in-laws Richard and Bonnie Otto.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
The family will be having a celebration of Steven’s life on Jan. 20 at the North Bend Senior Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Published December 27, 2023

Edith (Svoboda) Chromy, Linwood, Dec. 17, age 87
Edith Chromy

Edith Chromy, 87, of Linwood passed away Dec. 17 at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.
Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 19 at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Schuyler. Con-celebrants Rev. Gerry Gonderinger and Rev Jairo Enrique Congote. Committal was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Linwood.
Edith was born July 12, 1936, in Butler County to Adolph and Elsie (Jakub) Svoboda. She attended Dist. 10, Linwood Elementary and Linwood High School. On August 4, 1953, Edith married Ray Chromy at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Linwood. She helped on the farm and also worked at CHI Schuyler Memorial Hospital. Edith was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Schuyler, and Women of Divine Mercy. Edith, who was known to everyone as a very sweet lady, enjoyed polka music, watching football and baseball games, and taking care of her chickens and her cats.
Edith is survived by her daughter Irene Chromy of Omaha, brother-in-law Dr. James (Carolyn) Chromy of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandsons Jared Chromy, Zachary Chromy, Rylan Chromy, Doug (Laura) Brtek, their children Carson, Jace, Decklyn and Beckett, and granddaughter Lisa (Sean) Wiseman and their children Elsie and Maya, nieces Jamie (Rick) Miner and Leslie (Jim) Poli, and nephew Paul (Debra) Chromy, cousins Bill and Teri Chromy and many other cousins. Edith was preceded in death by her parents Adolph and Elsie Svoboda, husband Ray in 2014, infant son Raymond, sons Alan and Joe Chromy, in laws Jim and Agnes Chromy.
Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler was in charge of arrangements

Published December 20, 2023

Lula Friedrichsen, Bloomfield, Dec. 9, age 99

Lula Friedrichsen of Bloomfield, mother of Connie Wamberg of North Bend, died Dec. 9. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 15, 2024.
The family gathered for a funeral in Bloomfield on Dec. 16.

Published December 20, 2023

Gilly (Gregg) Racek, Morse Bluff, Dec. 3, age 76
Gilly Racek

Gilberta A. “Gilly” Racek, age 76 years, of Morse Bluff passed away Dec. 3 at Methodist Fre-mont Health.
Gilly was born on Dec. 27, 1946, to Kenneth and Fran-ces (Schroeder) Gregg in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Gilly lived several places throughout her life in both Iowa and Nebraska, finally residing near Morse Bluff. On Oct. 10, 1995, she married Keith Racek.
She enjoyed gardening, 4-H ac-tivities, and refereed for volley-ball and basketball and umpired for softball.
Gilly was a member of WFLA, St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend, Fremont Presby-terian Church, and the North Bend Golf Course. She loved her time with the birthday group in Linwood and playing cards with the ladies.
Gilly was predeceased by her parents; husband Keith; sisters Phyllis (Arnold) Smith and Madylon (Larry) Anker; and niece Bonnie Vaughan.
She is survived by her daugh-ters Kendra (Mark) Remington, Renee (Jeff) Robinson; sons Gregg Dau, Clay (Michaela) Mueller; grandchildren Klo-
ey (Trevor) Cooley, Elizabeth Remington, Hunner Juzenas, Kennen Robinson, Parker Rob-inson, Alisha (Dallas Chaulk) Micek, Alexis Micek, Faith (Ben) Bluedorn, Alex (Imely Walls) Wagner, Dru Mueller, Court-ney Haswell, Camden (Mariah Barauskas) Mueller, Hunter Has-well, Katrina Schreiner; great grandchildren, Wrenlee, Klaira, Kiana, Hazel, Mia, Coy, Breccan, NovaLeigh, and one on the way; nieces and nephews.
Her memorial service was Dec. 11 at Moser Memorial Chap-el in North Bend with Chaplain Scott Jensen officiating. Burial will take place at Killian Ceme-tery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be directed to the Morse Bluff American Legion and Killian Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at:www.

Published December 13, 2023

Eileen (Kracl) Schmit, O'Neill, Dec. 7, age 70
Eileen Schmit

A funeral Mass for Eileen Marie Schmit of O’Neill was held Dec. 7 at St. Patrick’s Church in O’Neill. Burial was in the O’Neill Cemetery. Rev. Bernard Starman officiated. Eileen passed away on Dec. 2 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Memorials are directed to the St. Patrick’s Altar Society or to family for future designation. Arrange-ments are under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.
Eileen Marie Kracl was born March 26, 1953, in North Bend to Norman and Marie (Jedlicka) Kracl. She attended District 55, a one-room country school in rural North Bend through eighth grade, then graduated from North Bend Central High School in 1971.
After high school, Eileen went on to accounting school in Omaha from 1971-1973. The Kracl family moved to O’Neill, in 1973 and Eileen began work as the bookkeeper for Kracl Equipment, the family John Deere dealership. She worked at Kracl Equipment for 30 years while also maintaining the books for Nor-Mar farms, Kracl Irrigation, and numerous other businesses in O’Neill.
Eileen first met Ron Schmit .on the street outside the O’Neill post office. It was love at first sight. They were married
on Nov. 1973, at St. Patrick’s Church in O’Neill.
To this union two children were born: Travis and Stepha-nie. Early on when Ron worked for NPPD, the couple lived in Grandma Janousek’s house north of the hospital (now a parking lot). In 1977 Ron and Eileen built their first home in O’Neill where they raised their family until moving to their dream home on the Schmit fam-ily ranch in 2000.
Eileen never sat still! Through her youth she worked the family farm with her Dad helping with the animals and working in the fields. She loved gardening, working in the yard, her flowers and the joy of the hummingbirds that came back every year.
Eileen loved animals, includ-ing horses and her Cairn terri-ers. She treasured her 4-H time with Stephanie. Eileen helped coach and transported kids for the Blue Dolphin swim team every summer. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining and couldn’t wait for the holidays to host family and friends. Eileen enjoyed camping, boating, hunting and fishing with her family. For many years Ron and Eileen, along with their friends the Ludemanns and a host of wonderful helpers, have hosted turkey hunts for veterans and active service members through the Patriot Hunts organization.
Eileen retired in 2005 and Ron in 2011. They spent nine years traveling in their bus and in the 10th year bought a home in Arizona. She was a wonderful painter and enjoyed her glass-work and antiquing in her spare time. Eileen had a big heart and helped those in need. She was always going nonstop without any complaining and just took care of whatever needed to be done.
Eileen is survived by her hus-band of 50 years, Ron Schmit; son Travis (Molly) Schmit and their children, Chandler, Eden, and Ava, of Lincoln; daugh-ter Stephanie (Lee) Clark and their children, Andrew and Alex, of Norfolk; siblings Bob (Barbra) Kracl, Carol (Mike) Hedlund, Mike (Wanda) Kracl all of O’Neill; brothers-in-law Mike (Lexie) Schmit of York, Don (Holly) Schmit of Aurora; sister-in-law Regina (Joe) Kafka of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ron and Eileen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary together at the ranch on Nov. 3, 2023.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Marie Kracl; infant brother Anton Kracl and brother Steven Kracl.

Published December 13, 2023

Bob L. Harris, Omaha, Nov. 17
Bob Harris

Robert “Bob” L. Harris, of Omaha, passed away Nov. 17.
Bob was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He attended Ft. Dodge Junior College; Air Force Band School at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.; Missouri School of Mines (Metallurgy) in Rolla, Missouri; and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Bob served in the Air Force from 1953 until 1957 at Albrook Air Force Base in the Canal Zone, Panama City, Panama, and performed throughout the years with several local bands playing saxophone and clarinet including the Paul Moorhead, Dennis Wesely, and Tommy Bishop Orchestras.
Having reconnected with one another 35 years after they first planned to wed, Jerrine Racek and Bob were married June 4, 2016, at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff. The couple initially met in 1973, performing together with the Paul Moorhead Orchestra in Omaha.
Bob became a Catholic on March 26, 2016. He was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Omaha.
Bob recently retired from CBS Homes as a realtor and from Schmitt Music (School Instrument Sales and Service).
He is survived by his loving wife, Jerrine, of Omaha; sisters Marilyn (Lewis) Willis of St. Peters, Missouri, and Victoria (the late Kenneth) Davenport of St. Louis, Missouri; brother-in-law Phil Cryer; nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his son Lee Scott Harris; his parents David and Sally (Hansen) Harris; and sister Carolyn Havlin Cryer.
The Catholic Mass was held Nov. 25, at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff, with a rosary recited prior to Mass. Military honors were conducted by V.F.W. Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 of North Bend and American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be sent to the family to be distributed to St. George Catholic Church (Cemetery Fund) or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Online condolences may be directed

Published December 6, 2023

Corkey Busch, Fremont, Nov. 4, age 84
Corkey Busch

Burdette Ralph Busch, Corkey, was born Oct. 21, 1939, to Ralph and Dolores (Yosten) Busch in rural Wisner. He died Nov. 4 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Corkey attended St. Wenceslaus School and graduated from Dodge High School in 1958.
On July 11, 1959, he was united in marriage to Lea Gross-Rhode at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church-Clyde, in rural North Bend. To this union five children were born: Jay, Joy, Jill, Jan and Joel.
Corkey was a carpenter for a number of years. He later was the maintenance man for Dodge Public Schools and in retirement was a groundskeeper for the North Bend Golf Course.
Corkey was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Aquinas Council 3736 in North Bend. He also had served on the Dodge Volunteer Fire Department. He loved baseball, watching the Chicago Cubs, and coaching midget and Legion baseball in Dodge. He enjoyed golfing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife Lea Busch of North Bend, son Jay (Michelle) Busch of St. Paul, daughter Joy (Dale) Knievel of West Point, sons Jan (Alicia) Busch of Norfolk, Joel (Todd) Busch-Vesely of Lincoln; son-in-law-Joe Young of Boelus; 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; sisters Jeanette Jindra of Mason City, Iowa, Doris Ternus of Neligh; brother Dean (Debbie) Busch of Muskogee, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews.
Corkey was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Dolores Busch, daughter Jill Young in 2004, granddaughter Christine Busch in 1981, grandson Timothy Busch in 1991, brothers-in-law-Robert Jindra and Dennis Ternus, and his parents-in-law William and Genevieve Gross-Rhode.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Burdette “Corkey” Busch of North Bend was Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Interment will be later at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Ridgely, rural Scribner.
The family suggests that memorial be directed to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgely, rural Scribner, or to a charity of your choosing. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Published November 15, 2023

Don J. Thomas, Morse Bluff, Nov. 6, age 75
Don Thomas

Donald J. “Don” Thomas of Morse Bluff passed away Nov. 6 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Don was born on Oct. 14, 1948, to Donald P. and Elaine M. (Shanahan) Thomas in Fremont. He grew up in Fremont and moved to Ames with his family. Don was a 1966 graduate of Fremont Bergan.
On Oct. 11, 1969, Don married Karen A. Hobza at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend. The couple lived in North Bend for several years and lived in Morse Bluff for the past 24 years.
Don loved spending time with his grandkids whether it be at a school event, horse, cattle, or goat show and multiple county fairs. Don was a very social person who enjoyed talking to all his friends and family, no matter where he went he could always find someone he knew. 
He was preceded by his wife, Karen and parents.
Don is survived by his daughters, Michelle (Thad) Micek and Nicki (Nick) Petersen; son William “Bill” (Kristyn) Thomas; sisters Theresa (Greg) Preas and Kathleen Redwing; brother Larry (Martha) Thomas; grandchildren Brendan, Ty, Emerson, Madelyn, Gracie and great-grandchild, Nolan.
A memorial Mass was held Nov. 10 at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff with the Rev. Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Morse Bluff, and North Bend Fire/Rescue.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published November 15, 2023

Paul J. Wadzinski, Fremont, Nov. 4, age 63
Paul Wadzinski

Paul John Wadzinski of Fremont passed away Nov. 4 at his home. He was born March 12, 1960, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Donald and Elizabeth (Omernik) Wadzinski.
Paul grew up in Junction City, Wisconsin, Powers Lake, North Dakota and Dodge. He graduated from Dodge High School and then received his degree from University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He lived at Pinconning, Michigan, and Ethan, South Dakota, before settling in Fremont about 25 years ago. Paul worked at Dodge Dairy Products and later became a Real Estate Broker/Agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
He was a former member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge and current member at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Paul loved fishing and bow hunting. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Pheasants Forever and the American Dairy Association.
Paul is survived by his brothers Robert Wadzinski of Newton, Iowa; Donald (RaNell) Wadzinski of Boone, Iowa; John (Patricia) Wadzinski of Lakeland, Minnesota; David Wadzinski of Omaha; sisters Barbara (Jerry) Soukup of Morse Bluff, Bonnie Jisa of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Elizabeth, sisters-in-law Cindy and Mary Wadzinski and nephew Jack Wadzinski.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. The Rev. Walter Nolte will officiate. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Private interment will be at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Dodge.
Memorials are suggested to the American Kidney Fund.
Online condolences may be left at

Published November 8, 2023

Edward D. Trapp Sr., North Bend, Oct. 20, age 66
Edward Trapp Sr.

Edward D. Trapp Sr. of North Bend died Oct. 20 in Morse Bluff.
Edward was born June 23, 1957, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to John and Viola (Green) Trapp. He was in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1990. Edward worked as a civilian contractor for DynaCorp/Lockheed Martin over the years. He lived in Omaha, Kansas, Alaska and Texas. Being in the Army he had traveled all over, but as he got older, he realized he was missing so much in life. In 2012 he returned to Nebraska, where he was able to be with his sons, Eddie Jr. and Shane. But it was mostly his baby girl that brought him back “up er” from Texas. Dads and daughters have special connections. Edward married Sharon Biscamp, the mother of their three children. They later divorced.
In his younger days, he was listening to BB King and Watutsi, he enjoyed a good party on the weekends, spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed working on model trains, cars, helicopters and cuckoo clocks. He belonged to the Fremont Racing Club and was a Mason.
Ed was an amazing man. He was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, driving his race car and riding his motorcycle.
He is survived by daughter Tiffany Trapp and her partner Jeremy; sons Edward (Bobbie) Trapp Jr. and Shane Trapp and his partner Michelle; and brother Michael (Pamela) Trapp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David and sisters, Sue, Mary Kay and Deb.
A celebration of life will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Burial will be at the Omaha National Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday with military honors. Online condolences may be left at

Published November 1, 2023

Darryn W. Martens, North Bend, Oct. 17, age 62
Darryn Martens

Darryn W. Martens of North Bend passed away Oct. 17 at CHI Bergan Mercy in Omaha.
Darryn was born on Aug. 9, 1961, to Gerald and Sandra (Kudlacek) Martens in Fremont. He was a 1980 graduate of North Bend Central High School.
Darryn was a chef his whole life. He started his career at the family business, The Frontier Steakhouse in North Bend.
Darryn later moved to California and became a sous chef for over 20 years at Harris Ranch Resort. He was a jack-of-all trades in the restaurant business which included baking and meat cutting.
Darryn moved back to North Bend and worked at the Bottom Road Bar for several years. He loved watching sports, especially football and NASCAR.
Darryn is survived by son Travis (Chelsea) Martens; daughters Melanie Martens and Nicole McCarty; mother Sandra Martens; brother Corby (Sheryl) Martens; uncle Marvin Martens; and grandchildren Andinn, Dexter, Devin and Quinn; and nephew Dylan (Kimberly) Martens. He was predeceded by his father Gerald, aunt Christiana Martens and cousin Robert Martens.
A funeral Mass was Oct. 24 at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published October 25, 2023

Rosie (Johnson) Euken, California, Sept. 28, age 87
Rosie Euken

Rosemary “Rosie” A. Euken, of Aliso Viejo, California, died Sept. 28, at her home. Rosie was born Aug. 30, 1936, to Percy and Meta (Black) Johnson in Fremont.
Rosie grew up on a farm near North Bend, and was a 1953 graduate of North Bend High School. She graduated from Tarkio College, Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1957. Rosie was a teacher in South Dakota and Colorado, before teaching fifth grade at Catlin Elementary School in Omaha. She was a dedicated teacher who earned her master’s degree in elementary education in 1980.
Rosie is survived by her partner, Jon Wiemann; brother, Richard “Dick” Johnson of
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; nieces, Hunter Haggart of Lewisville, Texas, Christine Vivek of Omaha and Dr. Rosemary “Randi” Dubiel of Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert L. Johnson. Celebration of
Life service will be at a later date.
Memorials may be given to Wounded Warriors and St Jude Children’s Hospital.
Send condolences to Christine Vivek, 7705 S 169 th Street, Omaha, NE 68649 or

Published October 11, 2023

Leland D. Hull, Casper, Wyo., Sept. 11, age 96
Leland Hull

Leland D. Hull died at Hospice Transitions, Casper, Wyoming, on Sept. 11. Leland’s body is being donated to Science Care to positively impact the future of medicine through medical research. A memorial service will be held at a later date following the return of his ashes.
Leland was born in North Bend on May 22, 1927, to Anna Rose Roubal Hull and Edwin Holcomb Hull. He was a graduate of North Bend High School and a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Following his service, Leland graduated from Midland College in 1950 with a degree in business education. While at Midland, Leland met his future wife, Shirley Jean Lydick.
Leland started his career as a business education teacher and a basketball coach and later served his communities in education and school administration. After receiving his Doctorate of Education he joined the University of Wyoming as a field coordinator, supervising student teachers and teaching classes in school law and school administration in eastern Wyoming communities.
Leland is survived by Shirley, his wife of 74 years, daughters Linda Wise, DeeAnne Simonson (David) and Lori Hull and grandchildren; Joel (Kate) Simonson, Bethany Simonson, Jacob Knopp, Elizabeth Knopp and great-granddaughter, Logan Simonson. He was predeceased by his parents, son David L. Hull and siblings Roland E. Hull and Delma F. Hull Janssen.
A memorial scholarship will be created at the University of Wyoming in the future to honor Leland and David Hull.
Condolences can be mailed to Shirley Hull, 2213 Sweetwater Dr., Casper, WY 82609.

Published September 27, 2023

James D. Austell III, Fremont, August 21, age 37
James Ausetell

James Donald Austell III of Fremont passed away Thursday, August 31 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and benefited others as an organ donor.
James was born on May 7, 1986, to James Donald Austell Jr. and Sheila Rae Boggy in Oceanside, California. He grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Fremont High School in 2004.
Following high school he served in the United States Marine Corp from June 14, 2004, to June 12, 2009. James served for a period of time in Iraq. Following his time in the service, he lived in Virgina and Nebraska.
James was always pulling shenanigans with friends and family. He never liked wearing shoes and usually wore cutoff jean shorts and no shirt. Some called him Joe Dirt. James loved being around the water. He enjoyed playing frisbee golf, rooting for the Clemson Tigers and collecting ridiculous art. Most of all, James loved his children and family. He would help anyone in need.
James was preceded in death by his grandparents Walter “Corky” and Sylvia Boggy; and uncle Bootie.
He is survived by his children, Alexa Jade, Adeline Grace, Genesis, and Elijah Grant; mother Sheila (Wayne) Johnson; father Jim Austell Jr.; sisters, Sylvia Rae (Cody) Kitt and Claire Idella Austell; brothers Troy Sullivan and Jackson Gabriel Austell; grandparents James Austell Sr. and Ethel Claire Doniphan; nephews and niece Hunter, Tayler, Walker, Marleigh, Barrett and his best buddy Conner who is currently in Marine Corps boot camp.
Family will received friends Sept. 3 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with a military flag presented to the family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published September 6, 2023

Don A. Chvatal, Eklhorn, July 29, age 90
Don Chvatal

Don A. Chvatal of Elkhorn, formerly of Morse Bluff, passed away July 29 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Don was born at the family farmhouse on May 2, 1933, to Anton and Irma (Ondracek) Chvatal in Morse Bluff. He was born and raised around Morse Bluff. He graduated from Prague High School in the Class of 1950. Don served in the United States Army from Jan. 26, 1954, to Jan. 25, 1956.
On July 30, 1958, he married Gladys R. Prochaska in David City. Don worked on the family farm near Morse Bluff and was a recipient of the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award for 100 years of continuous family ownership.
He served several decades as the treasurer of the Bohemia Township Board. In Don’s spare time, he enjoyed doing puzzles, gardening and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He also liked to read western books and watch western movies and TV shows.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys, sister Maxine Bolte and great-grandson Grant Slattery.
He is survived by his daughters Karen Michaelson (Mark NewVille), Linda (Mark) Brower, Donna (Jon) Schuetz, and Rose (J.B.) Suddarth; son Terry (Vicki) Chvatal; grandchildren, Annie (David) Slattery, Ryan
Schuetz, Matt (Alyssa) Schuetz, Jamie (Reid) Wagner, Josie, Erin and Julia Lee, Drake and Blair Suddarth, Jacob and Logan Chvatal; great-grandchildren Parker, Cally and Grayson Slattery, Isaac and Luca Schuetz; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Don chose to be cremated. A private family service will be held. Burial will take place at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff with military honors.
Memorials may be directed to the American Legion of Morse Bluff, Be Great for Grant, and the Prague Fire Department.

Published August 2, 2023

Duane J. Emanuel, North Bend, July 27, age 87
Duane J. Emanuel of North Bend passed away on July 27. He was born on the family farm on Nov. 26, 1935, in Webster to Joseph and Martha (Plantenberg) Emanuel.
While growing up in Webster he joined 4-H in grade school showing Holstein dairy calves. He won numerous ribbons and awards, and in 1952 he won the state dairy judging championship. Duane graduated from Dodge High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1955 to 1957. He moved to North Bend in 1960.
Duane married Mary Ann Chapman on Oct. 7, 1961, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend.
Duane had several occupations including farming, welding and heavy equipment operations. He also truly enjoyed baseball. He played for many years and then coached Little League baseball, Legion baseball and town team baseball. He also umpired baseball for many years.
Duane was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Clyde. He was member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend, serving years as church Sacristan, EMHC and on the Parrish council. He was a lifetime member of AmVets, a lifetime member of 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Council 3736 of North Bend, Fr. Leo Raus 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Council 2071 of North Bend/Fremont/Blair and held several Knights of Columbus offices. He was a board member and past president of the North Bend Senior Center, a member of the park board and on the North Bend city planning commission.
Duane is survived by his wife Mary Ann, daughter Patricia Emanuel, son Rev. Steven D. Emanuel, brother Wendell (Mary Ann) Emanuel of North Bend, sister Rosanne Eikmeier of Dodge and sister-in-law and husband Betty and Ed Watt of North Bend.
He was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Martha, parents-in-law Mike and Belle Chapman, brother and his wife Jerome and Lorraine Emanuel and brother-in-law Delbert Eikmeier.
Mass of Christian burial was Aug. 1 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Interment and military honors will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at

Published August 2, 2023

Marcella (Svoboda) Pallat, North Bend, July 25, age 108
Marcella Pallat
Marcella Pallat of North Bend passed away July 25 at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont.
Marcella was born in 1914 in Morse Bluff to John and Mary (Pabian) Svoboda. John was an immigrant from what is now the Czech Republic and virtually no English was spoken in the home leading to much frustration when she started school speaking only Czech. Fortunately, she was a fast learner though had to leave school after eighth grade to work in the fields on the family farm near Morse Bluff. She often spoke about her fear of the large horses though often she was the one pulling the plow.
Marcella remained in this area for many years until December 1935 when she married Anton Pallat in Wilber, and the couple moved to Omaha where they remained for almost 50 years, living in a small downtown apartment so they could walk to work. The companies she worked for – hand work on the lines – were absorbed by various companies throughout the decades. She received a significant promotion when TV dinners were invented in Omaha. Marcella was told she was very good with figures (math) and worked in quality control for Swanson’s chicken TV dinners, making sure the correct amount of chicken weight was in each dinner.
After Anton suffered a debilitating stroke in the 1980s, the couple moved to North Bend where they spent the remainder of their lives until she moved to Shalimar Gardens just months ago.
Marcella was an excellent ballroom dancer and there were several Omaha ballrooms in the ‘40s, ‘50s and early ‘60s. She also enjoyed polka music, playing cards, especially bridge, gardening, gambling trips to the casinos, and in her later years watching the birds from her kitchen glass door. She also often reminisced about her two trips to the Czech Republic where she met her first cousin, Frencesca.
Marcella is survived by three generations of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to St. Charles Church or North Bend Fire and Rescue.
Her funeral Mass was July 28 at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend with Rev. Father Keith Rezac officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
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Published August 2, 2023

Marjorie (Woita) Dirkschneider, Charlotte, N.C., July 21, age 64
Marjorie Dirkschneider

Marjorie Lynn (Woita) Dirkschneider passed away on July 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born on Nov. 19, 1959, in Fremont.
Marge graduated from North Bend Central in 1978 and then the University of Nebraska. She married Scott Dirkschneider on June 12, 1981, in North Bend. After several moves, she and Scott eventually made their home in Charlotte, N.C. in 1997 where she lived until her passing.
Marge was a devoted wife, mother, and friend to everyone. She loved traveling, gardening and especially her dogs. She had returned to North Bend for Old Settlers and her 45th Class reunion this past June where she truly enjoyed time with her family, friends and classmates.
Marge is preceded in death by her son Eric Dirkschneider and her parents Joe and Rita Woita.
She is survived by her husband Scott and her daughter Andrea (Kory) Dirkschneider-Bliss. She is also survived by her brothers Ron (Megan) Woita, Steve (Anne) Woita, Jeff (Marcy) Woita; sisters Lea (Wayne) Sissel and Sherry
(Ryan) Reynolds; Scott’s mother and siblings and their spouses as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials in Marge’s honor can be directed to the NBC Foundation (P.O. Box 160, North Bend, NE 68649).

Published August 9, 2023

Tom E. Wolf, North Bend, July 15, age 78
Tom Wolf
Thomas E. Wolf of North Bend died peacefully in his home on July 15 leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter and cherished memories. The embodiment of a life well-lived, He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a dedicated friend and community member who touched
countless lives.
Tom was born on Aug. 30, 1944, to Arden and Ellen (Byrnes) Wolf, and spent his early years in Grand Island and North Bend. As a middle child surrounded by an ornery older brother and an outgoing younger sister, he learned early the importance of diplomacy and compassion, which were skills that he used to great effect throughout his life.
Tom graduated from North Bend High School in 1962, and then attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he received a B.S. in business administration and was an active member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He then attended Santa Clara University and received a Masters of Business Administration.
Tom was extremely proud to be a third-generation banker, following in the footsteps of his father, Arden, and grandfather, Emil Wolf Sr. He spent more than 60 years in the banking industry, holding a variety of positions, including teller, branch manager, executive vice president and president. Tom served as CEO of Platte Valley Bank from 1974 until 2016 when he was succeeded by his daughter, Katy, as the fourth generation of the Wolf family to lead the bank. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the bank until his death. Tom loved partnering with his customers and believed firmly in the role banks play in their communities. He was very active in the
Nebraska Bankers Association, culminating in his service as Chairman of the NBA in 2004.
Tom was an active leader in many community organizations, having previously served on the boards and as an officer of the North Bend Area Community Foundation, Fremont Area YMCA, Fremont Golf Club, Delta Tau Delta House Corporation and North Bend Chamber of Commerce, among others. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. In 2016, Tom and
Deanna were honored with the Betsy Mulliken Award for Philanthropy from the Fremont Area Community Foundation, and he recently received the Bridge Builder Award recognizing his decades of alumni service to Delta Tau Delta.
Notwithstanding all of his professional and civic endeavors, Tom’s foremost priority was always his role as a family man. He was a devoted husband to his loving wife, Deanna (Hoffman) Wolf, for almost 51 years. Together, they built a strong and nurturing home filled with love, laughter and cherished memories. Tom was an exceptional father, always present for his children (and also their friends), offering them unwavering support, encouragement, and unconditional love. He took great joy in watching them grow into successful and compassionate adults. As a doting grandfather, Tom adored his grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as “Papa.” He relished every opportunity to spend time with them, creating special bonds and sharing in their youthful enthusiasm. He was happy to pass along his love for Husker sports, golf and the outdoors. Whether attending their events, hosting them for fishing or camping, or simply enjoying quality time together, he cherished being a part of their lives.
Tom is survived by his wife, Deanna, his children Dr. Tom (Misti) Wolf of Fremont, Katy (John) Bode of Omaha, Alex (Angela) Wolf of Ashland; grandchildren Evan and Lauren Wolf, Ellen and Kate Bode, and Eli, Grayson and Chloe Wolf; his siblings John (Linda) Wolf and Anne (Dr. David) Sabott, as well as many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ellen and Arden Wolf, and his niece Amy Wolf. Tom leaves behind a void that will be felt by all those who knew him. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched, the wisdom he imparted, and the compassion he demonstrated. He will forever be remembered as a pillar of the North Bend community, a devoted family man and a true friend.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, North Bend. Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7 p.m. July 21 at the church. A funeral service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Saturday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tom’s honor are suggested to the North Bend Area Community Foundation or St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at

Published July 19, 2023

Kim M. Hansen, North Bend, July 9, age 71
Kim Hansen
Kim Marshall Hansen, born Aug. 14, 1951, joined his heavenly family on July 9 surrounded by love. Kim was raised in Griswold, Iowa, by Joyce and Bernie Hansen. He worked in the trucking industry in one capacity or another his entire life, from owning and operating a large trucking company, to working on the auction side of the business.
He raised three beautiful daughters with his wife Denise, they later divorced and nearly three years later he married Shelley, whom he always said is his best friend, soul mate, and travel partner. Shelley and Kim traveled to many parts of the world: England, France, Hawaii, Tahiti and islands in the Caribbean. They also crossed the Atlantic from South Hampton, England, to New York on the Queen Elizabeth 2.
Kim loved and adored his three daughters, Kristi, Melissa, and Mindy and took them on exciting trips to England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Argentina, as well as a cruise down the Amazon River. Kim also solo traveled to Machu Picchu, Peru, and Bolivia.
Kim’s grandchildren were the light of his life. He was always a very proud grandpa. He also made sure the kids had a zest for traveling, taking them on a cruise, NYC, Washington D.C, Germany, Switzerland where they went to the base of Matterhorn mountain, and Austria.
Kim leaves behind a family he loves and adores for eternity: wife Shelley Hansen; three daughters Kristi (Denise) Hansen, Melissa (Jay) Poessnecker, Mindy (Marcus) Kelberlau; six grandchildren, Malorie, Dawson (fiancé Alyssa Yunker), Jarrett Poessnecker and Dalton, Dane, and Alexa Kelberlau; brother Chris (Jacque) Hansen and sister Joy (Danny) Weaver. Kim also had a special bond with nephew Josh (Michelle) Hansen. His furry best friend was a mini Australian shepherd named Beans who was always by his side.
His memorial service will be held on Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Dugan Funeral Chapel.
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Published July 19, 2023

Marjorie (Hrebec) Buresh, Kearney, June 29, age 84
Marjorie Buresh
Marjorie Buresh, 84, of Kearney passed away June 29 peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. Services were held July 5, at the St. James Catholic Church in Kearney. Burial took place at the Kearney Cemetery.
Marjorie was born on May 3, 1939, in Ord, the daughter of James and Elma (Skolil) Hrebec. She grew up on a farm in the North Loup area, where she received her education and graduated from North Loup High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to John Robert Kelly Dec. 1, 1958. They had three children: Rita, Sherry and Bobby. Marjorie later married Francis Buresh on June 24, 1999, and they resided in North Bend. After Francis passed away, she moved back to Kearney in 2014 to be closer to her family.
She was employed with GAB Insurance and was owner and tour guide for Kelly’s Luxury Liner. Of her tours and other vacations, one of her favorite places came to be Branson, Missouri. Her love for the shows there became memories she cherished and shared with her family.
Marjorie treasured her faith, family and friends. She loved playing cards along with family meals and gatherings. Her family was the most important thing in her life, and she loved them immensely. Her favorite hobby was always dancing and listening to polka music.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Sherry (Ron) Kelly, of Sumner; son Bobby (Cindy) Kelly, of Kearney; Grandchildren Briean (Keith) Dragoo of Greenwood; Kassidy (Ryan) Hurlbutt of Kearney; Zachariah Steele of Kearney, Token (Matt) Kennedy of Kearney; Justin (Rachel) Kelly, of Kearney; and Kelsey (Johnatan) Kelly of Kearney. She also has 17 great-grandchildren and four geat-great-grandchildren along with nieces, nephews and other loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Rita Kelly, husband Francis Buresh, parents James and Elma Hrebec; brother Emil Hrebec; and twin sister Marie Potter and her husband Wilbert.
Condolences may be shared online at Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.

Published July 12, 2023

Holden T. Mead, Port Orchard, Wash., June 25, age 22
Holden Mead
Holden Thomas Mead, 22, of Port Orchard, Wash. passed away June 25 in a civilian automobile accident in Manchester, Washington.
Funeral services was held July 11, at First Lutheran Church, Blair.
Holden was born on May 15, 2001, in Omaha to Philip and Heather Mead. He was a brother to Taylor and brother-in-law to Eric Hitt. He was a graduate of Blair High School, Class of 2020, and U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Goose Creek, South Carolina, in June 2022. Holden was a proud submariner of the United States Navy, serving on the USS Connecticut.
Holden lived for adventure; enjoyed skiing, snowboarding, fly-fishing, motorcycles, baseball and art. He loved to smile and laugh.
Holden is survived by parents Philip and Heather; sister Taylor (Eric) Hitt; grandparents Charles and Judy Mead and James Colgan; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, classmates and fellow members of his crew.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother Alice Colgan.
Memorials may be directed to BHS Arts Department (Blair Fine Arts Boosters) and Blair Cubs Baseball.
Holden touched countless people in amazing ways. He was loved and he will be missed.
Service provided by Campbell Aman Funeral Home.

Published July 12, 2023

Sue Stack, North Bend, June 2, age 69
Sue Stack
Susan “Sue” Jane Stack of North Bend passed away June 2, at the Arbor Care Center in Tekamah.
Sue was born on May 20, 1954, to Paul and Melba (Beeler) Stack in Fremont. Sue was very talented making arts and crafts, including bead working and sewing. She was very proud of her many years of involvement with AA.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Pat Longwith, Pauline (Al) Hand, and Ada Marie Duke and sister-in-law Carol Stack.
She is survived by her sister Bonnie (Harry) Campbell, brother Jerry Stack and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, June 15, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Chaplain Scott Jensen will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moser’s. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service.
Burial will take place at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published June 14, 2023

Laura (Farmer) Dressel, Calgary, Canada, May 13, age 78
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Laura Ann Dressel (nee Farmer) on May 13, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Laura Ann Dressel was born in Akron, Ohio, to Valburga (Chudomelka) and Frank Farmer who met while working in a World War II plant making bomber planes. When Frank passed away, Val, Laura and brother Mike returned to North Bend, where Val’s family lived. Val married Victor Pabian and they all lived on the family farm where the family expanded giving Laura three sisters Pat, Vicki and Roz and two more brothers, Don and Tom, to grow up with.
Laura started her education in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from North Bend High School in 1963. She attended St. Elizabeth’s Nursing School in Lincoln and on June 9, 1969, was certified as a Professional Registered Nurse.
Laura began her career in Florida in the U.S. Air Force. She was later stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, where she met A1C Joseph Skierka. They were married Feb. 17, 1968. The couple moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in August 1971, and later to the Skierka family ranch near Lundbreck, Alberta. After a move to Claresholm, Alberta, they took the family to Creston, British Columbia, where they lived until Joe passed away in 1980.
Laura married Roderic Dressel on Oct. 8, 1994. Rod predeceased Laura in 2005.
Laura is survived by daughters Linda (Jeff) Kirby, Jennifer (Todd) Readman, both of Canada, Katherine Young of Texas; siblings Mike Farmer, Pat Houska, Vicki Foltz, Don Pabian, Roz Hamilton and Tom Pabian; six grandchildren, stepchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held May 23 in Alberta with Pat and Denny Houska and Vicki and Tom Foltz attending.
Friends wishing to make a memorial may do so to Cedar Hill Cemetery maintenance, Morse Bluff.

Published June 7, 2023

Dick D. Cantral, Kearney, May 17, age 90

Dick Cantral

Richard “Dick” D. Cantral, age 90 years of Kearney, formerly of North Platte, died May 17 at Brookstone Gardens in Kearney. He was born July 11, 1932, in Schuyler to Virgil and Wilma (Hare) Cantral. He lived in Schuyler then lived at St. Cloud, Florida, from 1939 until moving to North Platte in 1942.
Dick married Ardith Moser on June 3, 1952, in North Bend.
Dick served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1951 to 1955. He worked as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad until retiring in 1994. Dick moved to Kearney in 2020.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in North Platte for 68 years and was a current member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Kearney. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen from 1951 to the present, Prairie Lake Boat Club at North Platte for 64 years and was an avid golfer.
Dick is survived by wife Ardith; sons Rick Cantral of Centertown, Missouri, Dr. David (Kimberly) Cantral of Kearney and Michael (Diana) Cantral of Aurora, Colorado; daughters Cynthia (John) Seberger of Lincoln, Lori (Ralph) Grimit of Tucson, Arizona, and Denise (Johnny) Koller of Arapahoe; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob (Caryn) Moser of North Bend, Jim (Lynda) Moser of Fremont, Dick (Donna) Moser of Sacramento, California, and Eldon (Cheryl) Moser of Yutan; 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law Ed and Doris Moser, Margie and John Reynolds, Mae and Charles Jirkovsky, Richard Hartmann, Mercedes Hartmann Roth, Kathy Powers and Elizabeth Moser.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at Fremont Moser Memorial Chapel. The Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m, Thursday, May 25, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at North Bend with military honors conducted by North Bend V.F.W. Post 8223 and AmVets Post 20 and Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340.
Memorials may be directed to North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Trust.
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Published May 24, 2023

Patricia (Heald) Voss, Ames, April 25, age 89

Pat Voss

Patricia V. (Heald) Voss, 89, of Ames, passed away April 25 at Unity Point Health Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.
Pat was born April 20, 1934, in Marietta Township, Saunders County in the home of Richard L. and Ora (Neff) Heald. She grew up in rural Marietta Township and went to Dist. 57 grade school and then Clover Park High School when her family moved to Tacoma, Wash., graduating in 1952. She moved back to Nebraska and worked various jobs, including Spanglers Jewelers in Fremont. She also trained and showed quarter horses.
Pat married Douglas Voss in 1959 and moved to the farm near Ames. Doug passed away in February 2009 and Pat continued to live and work on the farm.
Pat was a lifelong member of the Mead Emanuel Baptist Church and involved in the American Quarter Horse Association for 60-plus years. Her greatest passion was her quarter horses, which she raised, trained and showed all her life, including a Grand Champion in 1970.
Pat liked to bake and made a special "upon request" birthday cake for each of her children. She enjoyed a good crossword puzzle and watching Jeopardy and westerns on television.
Pat is survived by her daughters Lori of Bassett, Linda (Sam) of Linwood, and Lisa of Snyder; sons Larry (Rhonda) of Ames, Lee (Holly) of Dike, Iowa, and Ivan (LaDawn) Hankins of Waterloo, Iowa; sister Betty (Carl) Whinnery of Lakewood, Wash.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and two sisters.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 22 at 10 a.m., at Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. A private family burial will be at Green Mound Cemetery in Mead.

Published May 3, 2023

Leonard G. Vyhlidal Jr., Fremont, April 12, age 70

Leonard Vyhlidal

Leonard G. Vyhlidal Jr. of Fremont passed away April 12 at the VA Medical Center in Omaha.
He was born Oct. 7, 1952, in Fremont to Leonard Sr. and Helen (Vavak) Vyhlidal.
Leonard was a 1970 graduate of North Bend Central High School, and during that time he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Wayne State College and soon after he served in the U.S. Army. He resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Fremont.
He is survived by his sisters Carol (Doug) Dale of Fremont and JoAnn (Francis) Zakovec of Morse Bluff, nephews Jason (Cindy) Dale, Mike Albert, and Ryan (Brienna) Zakovec; nieces Brooke Zakovec and Chris Dale; aunt Leona Loehr; and several great nieces and nephews.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sisters; and two nephews Jeff Dale and Brent Zakovec.
Per Leonard’s request no funeral services will be held.
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Published April 19, 2023

Gary L. Anderson, Fremont, April 4, age 74

Gary L. Anderson of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, passed away April 4 at Methodist Fremont Health.
Gary was born Jan. 15, 1949, in Kearney to Clarence and Jurethia (Ray) Anderson. He grew up in Gibbon and graduated from Arlington High School in 1967. Gary married Susan Bloch on Aug. 25, 1969, in Lakewood, Colorado. They resided in Arlington until moving to North Bend in 1978.
Gary was employed by Appleton Manufacturing as a tool and die supervisor for more then 20 years before retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Arlington and North Bend Volunteer Fire Departments. Gary worked as an EMT. He was a member of the Jaycees in Arlington and was named as a state officer. Woodworking and gardening were his favorite hobbies.
Gary is survived by his loving wife Susan of Fremont; sons Brian (Ramona) Anderson of Shelly, Idaho, and Brent (Danielle) Anderson of North Bend; daughter Jennifer (Todd) Aspy of North Bend; brothers Dennis (Theresa) Anderson of Fremont, and Danny (Robin) Anderson of Arlington; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dell and Randy Anderson.
The funeral was April 10 at Fremont Moser Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Scott Jensen officiating. A private family burial will be a later date at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to the family for a designation at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at

Published April 12, 2023

Darlene (Wesely) Steinbach, Fremont, April 1, age 91

Darlene Steinbach

Darlene J. Steinbach of Fremont passed away April 1 at Pathfinder Place in Fremont. She was born April 24, 1931, in Schuyler to Otto and Frances (Kracl) Wesely.
Darlene grew up and lived on her family farm northwest of North Bend until her marriage. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1948. Darlene taught at District 7 in Dodge County for four years. She then married Loye “Max” Steinbach Jan. 19, 1952, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They lived and farmed on an acreage east of Ames for nine years and then 36 years on a farm east of Fremont. They moved into Fremont in November of 1996.
Darlene was a 71-year member of the Fremont Presbyterian Church and its church circle. She was also a member of the Fremont Eagles Club and the Eagles Camping Club.
Darlene is survived by her husband Loye Max Steinbach of Fremont; daughters Debora (Eugene) Volnek of Valley, Suzanne Steinbach of Clarkson; sons Michael (Patsy) Steinbach of Valley and Bruce Steinbach of Ames; daughter-in-law Renae (Dusty) Lowther of Fremont; 10 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Randy Steinbach, grandson Adam Steinbach, daughter-in-lawKimberly Steinbach and sister Patricia (Vern) Janovec.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m., April 7, at the Fremont Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Online condolences may be left at

Published April 5, 2023

Joy (Linnie) Jenkins, North Bend, March 25, age 59
Joy Jenkins
Joy Jenkins of North Bend was born Sept. 17, 1963, in Apple Valley, California. She lost her battle with cancer March 25 surrounded by family.
After living in two foreign countries and several states with her parents, she settled in Nebraska. She was a 1981 graduate of Papillion High School. She married Gary Cady in 1987. They later divorced. They had two children, Jesse and Mandy.
Joy married Mark Jenkins Jan. 17, 2003. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, riding motorcycles with her husband, watching NASCAR and crafts. One of her favorite things to do was to take other people’s junk and turn it into works of art.
Joy was a cafeteria manager with Schuyler Community Schools for 17 years. Her ideal accomplishment was when she began her employment as Food Director at the North Bend Central Schools.
She was preceded in death by her son Jesse Cady, sister Teresa Lennie, aunts Carrol Ramos and Faye Muller and both sets of grandparents.
Joy’s love for life is carried on by her husband Mark; children Renae (Chad) McCollum, Mandy Cady, daughter-in-law Brandi Cady; brother Shawn (Kim) Lennie; parents Del and Jean Lennie; stepdaughters Diane (Tim) Bryson and Jennifer Jenkins; grandchildren Ronnie, Lovelynn, Halo, River, Willow, Quentin, Cash, Bren, Justen, Jessica and Christine; great-grandchildren Jaidynn, Kayden, Hailey; niece Jennifer; and nephews Andrew and Tyler.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at the North Bend Senior Center, 240 East 10th St., North Bend.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the family.
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Published April 5, 2023

Janet (Strong) Mathis, Fremont, March 19, age 79
Janet Mathis
Janet L. Mathis of Lyons passed away March 19 at her home.
Janet was born Dec. 4, 1943, to Harry W. Sr. and Lucille (Hansen) Strong in Fremont.
Janet had been employed in higher education her whole life. After achieving her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she worked for the Nebraska Indian Community College, where she became the vice president.
On Oct. 6, 1984, Janet married Tony Mathis.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Tony; sons Tony (Christine) Dodge, Richard (Sharon) Dodge, Randy (Wendy) Dodge; stepsons John Mathis, Michael Mathis; daughter Jody (Jim) Renninger; step-daughter Michele Grosch; brothers Gary (Sharon) Strong, and Harry Jr. (Kathy) Strong; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 9, at Merly’s in Lyons.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published April 5, 2023

Stan Popken, Fremont, March 24, age 90
Stan Popken
Stanley Popken, 90, of Fremont passed away on March 24.
He was born June 27, 1932, in rural North Bend to Bernhard and Marie (Gollenstede) Popken. Stan was baptized August 7,
1932, and confirmed April 14, 1946 at St. John Ridgeley Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a 1949 graduate of Scribner High School and farmed with his father. Stan worked at Scribner Co-Op and Scribner Implement Co. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, spending a year with the 23rd Quartermaster Group at Headquarters in Seoul, Korea.
Stan married Ione Hasemann on March 13, 1955, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hooper. They lived and farmed two and one-half miles west of Scribner until 1961 when he became partnership owner of Uehling Implement Company
and the family moved to Uehling. Stan served on the Uehling Village Board of Trustees. He was a Uehling Volunteer Fireman for 23 years, served in various capacities with the Uehling Lions Club, the Uehling Business Club and American Legion Post 196. He served on the church council of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Uehling and sang in the church choir.
In 1988 Stan and his wife moved to Fremont after having sold the implement business in 1986. They became members of
First Lutheran Church. He did part-time work in sales with Air Comfort Company and was crop/hail insurance agent with
Uehling Insurance until retirement in 2007.
Through the years he enjoyed playing softball with the church league and Hillside Dairy and was in league bowling and
golf. Stan regularly followed his children’s activities, later catching flights to events of the grandchildren, as well as being a regular attendant for events of those grandchildren nearby.
Stan is survived by wife of 68 years, Ione Popken, son David (Michele) Popken of Florida, daughters Barbara (Darrell)
Sagehorn and Nancy (Jack) Hank of Texas and son-in-law Kurt Baumert of North Bend. Grandchildren Sarah and James Popken; Lisa (Dan) Rymas and Pamela (Scott) Henry; Samantha (Michael) Matson, Patricia (Brad) Lambert, and Kristina
(Andrew) Jastram; Ashley (Broc) Blanchard, Tyler Baumert, Kelly (Luke) Blanc, and Amy Baumert (and fiancée Alex
Jensen); great-grandchildren Jackson, Lila, and Amelia Rymas; Jace and Jordan Henry; Morgan and Cooper Matson;
Miles, Isla, and Ryder Lambert; Holly and Luke Jastram; Brody, Kate, Breckin, and Cora Blanchard; Beau and Rylee
Blanc; and sister-in-law Jean Popken.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Linda Baumert, in 2011 and brother, Duane Popken, in 1985.
The family will receive friends beginning 9:30am on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at First Lutheran Church. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, at First Lutheran Church (3200 E Military Ave.) in Fremont.
Fellowship and luncheon to follow the service.
Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Church Fremont and new Uehling Fire and Rescue building. Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont in charge of arrangements.

Published March 29, 2023

Elaine (Buresh) Pokorny, Fremont, March 20, age 89
Elaine Pokorny
Elaine (Buresh) Pokorny was born Feb. 24, 1934 in Elma, Iowa. She passed to her heavenly home March 20, surrounded by her daughters at Providence Place in Fremont.
As a teen, she attended a Billy Graham Crusade and accepted Jesus as her personal savior. Her faith in Christ deepened by reading scripture and through prayer.
Elaine moved to Fremont after high school and worked as an auditor at Gambles-Skogmo, Inc. for 2.5 years. After her children were older she worked at Reliable Services in Wahoo.
She married Ben Pokorny of Wahoo on March 20, 1955. He passed away in 2008.They made their home on a farm southwest of Wahoo for over 50 years, later moving to Fremont. Elaine worked alongside Ben helping with livestock, working in the fields and hauling grain. Her skills as a seamstress were often seen in the dresses she made for her little girls. Elaine was a vegetable and flower gardener. She canned produce and was an excellent baker. She set up bird feeders so as to enjoy the beauty and songs of various birds.
Elaine was active in ministries at the Czech Presbyterian Church and later Fremont Alliance Church. In the community she was an assistant 4-H leader, active in Christian Women’s Club and Bible Study Fellowship. She served on the Chapman Precinct election board for over 30 years.
She is survived by daughters Karen (Kirk) Kavan, Laurie (Jim) Martens, and Janette (Doug) Stuart, son Jim (Lisa) Pokorny, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother Dale (Sue) Buresh and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Two of her grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kyle Kavan, had the honor of singing at her celebration of life service,
Memorials may be sent to Assure Women’s Center or Fremont Alliance Church. Elaine had a heart for missions and to the furtherance of the Gospel. She also cared deeply for the lives of pre-born babies, as she was given the great privilege of adopting her sweet son from a woman who chose life.

Published March 29, 2023

Shane R. Powers, Omaha, March 17, age 44
Shane Powers
Shane R. Powers of Omaha passed away March 17 at his home.
Shane was born Oct. 18, 1978, to Larry “Bart” and Linda (Burger) Powers in Fremont. He graduated in 1997 from North Bend Central High School. On Sept. 9, 2006, he married Sandy DiMinico. They later divorced.
Shane worked for Certified Transmission for 23 years. He enjoyed gardening, grilling, and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Shane was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Jason Daugherty.
He is survived by his brother Corey (Jennifer) Powers; sisters Misti Daugherty, Amber (Nick) Cherny, Amy (Jim) Paschal, and Jill (Greg) Peterson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. The Rev. Walter Nolte will officiate. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., prior to the service at Moser’s.
Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery near North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published March 22, 2023

Robert E. Nesladek, Omaha, March 14, age 91
Robert Nesladek
Robert E. Nesladek, 91, of Omaha, formerly North Bend, passed away March 14 at Nye Legacy in Fremont. He was born May 22, 1931, in North Bend to Edward and Julia (Pacas) Nesladek.
Robert grew up in rural North Bend and was a 1948 graduate of North Bend High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 through 1955 during the Korean War, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Robert married Janice Platt on Sept. 19, 1959, in North Bend. They lived and farmed northeast of North Bend until Robert retired in 1994, and then they moved into North Bend in 1999. They moved to Omaha in 2019.
Robert was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340, North Bend Am Vets Post 20 and National Farmers Organization. He served on the District 93 School Board and the North Bend Area Senior Center board since its inception and as president and vice president.
Robert was recognized as an Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor in 2003.
After retiring from farming, he delivered fire trucks and other equipment for Danko Equipment for many years. In his later years, Robert volunteered at the North Bend Eagle newspaper.
Robert met his wife through Rural Youth where they did a lot of square dancing. He was a league bowler for many years and loved to listen and dance to polka music, play cards, work in the garden, play games with grandchildren, and spend time with friends and family.
Survivors include his wife Janice; daughters Kathy Nesladek of Richardson, Texas; Kris McMahon of Omaha; Deb (Chuck) Ness of Lincoln; son Tim Nesladek of Omaha. Grandchildren include Rachel (Joel) Beckman, Sean McMahon, Ryan McMahon, Michelle Ness, Bria Ness and Benjamin Ness, and great-grandchildren Jane Ann and Thomas Beckman.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Leonard Vech and son-in-law Dan McMahon.
A memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 23, from 5-7 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Living Rosary starting at 7 p.m., all at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend.
Private committal service with military honors will be at the Omaha National Cemetery near Omaha.
Memorials are suggested to North Bend Area Senior Center, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church or to the family.
Online condolences may be left at or send to Janice at 13410 Blondo Street, Apt. 316, Omaha, NE 68164.

Published March 22, 2023

John J. Chapman, Corpus Christi, Texas, Nov. 14, 2022, age 83
John Chapman
John J. Chapman, aged 83 years, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at the PAM Health of Corpus Christi.
John was born on March 29, 1939, to John Joseph and Edith Maud (Button) Chapman in Fremont. He attended District 10 country school until eighth grade and graduated from North Bend High School in 1956. John attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln majoring in Agriculture.
In 1962, John enlisted in the United States Navy, retiring as an Avionics Master Chief in 1985. He attended the University of Guam and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. He taught school in Guam for 20 years. He lived all over the world throughout his career and lastly resided in Corpus Christi, Texas.
John married Elssa Brooks in 1979.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers David and Charles Chapman; brother-in-law Joseph Wisnieski; niece Susan (Wisnieski) Schommer; and nephews David and Sean Chapman.
John is survived by son Randy Chapman of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister Mary Ida Wisnieski of Dodge; sisters-in-law Kay Chapman of Grand Island, Diane Chapman of Pescadero, California; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend, with military honors.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published March 15 ,2023

Elaine (Kracman) Walla, Linwood, Feb. 21, age 91
Elaine R. Walla of Linwood passed away Feb. 21 at Nye Legacy in Fremont. She was born at home near Linwood to Jerry and Marie (Frana) Kracman.
Elaine graduated from Linwood High School in 1949. She married LaVern Walla April 19, 1950, in Linwood. He passed away May 13, 1973. She raised her children and worked at the Corner Café in North Bend. Elaine was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend, the Presbyterian Women and ZCBJ Lodge in Morse Bluff.
Elaine is survived by sons Larry (Deborah) Walla of Linwood, Darwin (Denise) Walla and Eugene (Paula) Walla, all of Morse Bluff; daughter Susan Walla of New Knoxville, Ohio; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Delmar Kracman and infant sister Mary Frances Kracman.
Her funeral was Feb. 24 at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. Interment was at Killian Cemetery Morse Bluff.
Online condolences may be left at

Published March 1 ,2023

Elsie (Evans) Stecki, Rogers, Feb. 15, age 90
Elsie Stecki
Elsie Fern Stecki of Rogers passed away Feb 15, 2023, at Clarkson Community Care Center in Clarkson. She was born on Aug 19, 1932 in Octavia to Samuel and Frances (Milligan) Evans.
Memorials can be directed towards family wishes.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler, the Rev. Jairo Congote officiating. A parish rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 with a visitation beginning at 9 a.m., all at the church. A funeral luncheon will follow Mass in the parish hall with burial taking place at 1 p.m. at Edholm Cemetery in rural Linwood. Svoboda Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elsie grew up in Octavia and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1950. After graduating she moved to Omaha and worked at Mutual of Omaha. She was introduced to Joe Stecki and immediately fell in love. They were married on Aug. 29, 1955. She raised six children and lived in several different locations while her husband traveled working on the Union Pacific railroad. They finally settled in Rogers in 1967 where they made their home.
Elsie was a member of the St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler and was deeply involved with prayer groups. She was a longtime member of the Eagles Auxiliary Club. She enjoyed canning, sewing, reading and crocheting. Closest to her heart were her grandchildren and her deep faith in God which she shared with family and friends.
Elsie is survived by her son Ed (Nikki) Stecki of Corinth, Texas; daughters Lucy (Mark) Hahn of Omaha, Mary (Perry) Tompkins of St Joseph, Missouri, Laura (Don) Heins of Clarkson, Barb Gabel of Rogers; sisters Rita Beam of McPherson, Kansas, and Bev Garcia of Dixon, Illinois; grandchildren Zach Stecki, Mallory (Jared) DeWald, Teresa (Anthony) Maly, Stephanie (Joel) Stjernholm, Stacy (Travis) Brewer, Marissa Heins and Jose, Chris (Stephanie) Gabel, Lance Gabel and Haley (Nathan) Boyce and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe Stecki, son Mark Stecki, grandchildren Mark Jr Hahn and Ian Heins and sister Merna Danaher.

Published Feb. 22 ,2023

Carolyn (Miller) Nielsen, Fremont, Feb. 22, age 87
Carolyn Nielsen
Carolyn J. Nielsen of Fremont passed away Feb. 13 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. She was born on Sept. 7, 1935, in Leigh to J. Henry and Bessie (Novotny) Miller.
Carolyn was raised in Leigh until she moved to Fremont in 1946. She graduated from Fremont High School in
1953. Carolyn married Lee Nielsen on Jan. 14, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. She was employed by J.C. Penney and Don Peterson & Associates.
Carolyn was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fremont and the Women Of Faith group.
Carolyn is survived by her grandchildren, Jessie (Vinnie) Krikac and children Calum and Katelyn of Lincoln; Chris (Mary Jane) Nielsen of Omaha; Tara (Brad) League and children Cameron, Grace and Cody of Waterloo; Spencer Nielsen and son Grayson of Fremont; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lee; sons Timothy Nielsen and Randy Nielsen; sisters Marlene Keyes, MaryAnn Cate, and Jeanette Mather.
A memorial service was Feb. 28 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont.
Burial took place at Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published March 1 ,2023

Dean M. Cunningham, North Bend, Jan. 30, age 88
Dean Cunningham
Dean M. Cunningham of North Bend passed away Jan. 30 at his home. He was born May 6, 1934, in Tekamah to Raymond and Garnet (Martin) Cunningham.
Dean grew up in Tekamah and graduated from Tekamah High School in 1952. Dean then served in the US Navy from Jan. 14, 1955, to Dec. 31, 1958. He then received multiple degrees from University of Nebraska–Lincoln: a bachelors in physical education and social sciences in 1961; master’s in educational administration in 1965 and a specialist degree in education administration in 1978.
Dean worked for 40 years as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in Exeter, Tekamah, Hooper, Logan View, East Butler, Haigler, Prague, Thedford, Greeley, Marquette and North Bend Elementary, retiring in 1994. Before retiring a second time, Dean started Cunningham Educational Services where he supervised and consulted for School Districts 5, 36, 50, 70 and 14.
Dean was a member of NCSA, NASSP, NASCD, Methodist Church, Lions Club, Commercial Club, Hooper Masonic Lodge 72 and the American Legion.
He is survived by his sons, Mark (Pam Murphy) Cunningham of Grant, Mike (Lisa) Cunningham of Lincoln; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Howard and Donald Cunningham.
The funeral was Feb. 7 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Interment with military honors conducted by the US Navy Honors Team, North Bend VFW Post 8223, AmVets Post 20 and Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340 was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to the North Bend Central Foundation for the North Bend Elementary School. Online condolences may be left at

Published Feb. 8 ,2023

Rev. Hugh F. Schwartz, Omaha, Jan. 30, age 92
Rev. Hugh F. Schwartz passed away Jan. 30 in Omaha. He was born Jan. 27, 1930, in Wyoming. He was a graduate of Conception Seminary in Missouri and studied at Catholic University in Washington D.C. and ordained into the priesthood on May 26, 1956.
He served at numerous churches including St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend from June 1986 to 1992. He was pastor at St. Charles when the present rectory was built.
Schwartz also served St. Wenceslaus Catholic in Dodge from 1976 to 1986.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 25, at St. Patrick Church in Elkhorn. Internment was at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Priest Retirement Fund.
Online condolences may be left at

Published Feb. 1, 2023

Keever E. Swenka, Solon, Iowa, Jan. 26, age 78
Keever Swenka
Keever E. Swenka of rural Solon, Iowa, passed away at the Solon Nursing Care Center on Jan. 26. The funeral Mass was Jan. 28 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, officiated by the Rev. Charles Fladung. Burial was Sulek Cemetery, near Shueyville.
Keever is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria; children Amber (Richard) Wesely of Cedar Bluffs, Paul (Cindy) Swenka, Audra (Keith) Nearad, both of Iowa; grandchildren Joseph Nearad, Jenna (Austin) White and Samuel Wesely; siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary (Klima) Swenka, and brothers Dennis and Glenn.
Keever was born May 25, 1944, in Cedar Rapids and was a lifelong resident of this area. He was a 1962 graduate of Oxford High School. Keever married Gloria Patten on June 5, 1965. Keever was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (later Century Link) for 45 years until his retirement. He and Gloria moved from Cedar Rapids to their farm home in 1986 and started a cow/calf operation in the early 1990s which they maintained for almost 30 years.
Keever was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a longtime member of the Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association, CWA, ARA, and Lodge Cedar Rapids 262 WFLA.
A memorial fund has been established and donations may be directed to the family.

Published Feb. 1, 2023

Jeanene (Dunker) Westerman, North Bend, Jan. 23, age 91
Jeanene Westerman
Jeanene Westerman of North Bend passed away Jan. 23 at Nye Legacy in Fremont.  
Jeanene was born June 29, 1931, in rural North Bend to Chris and Agnes (Gaughen) Dunker.  She graduated from North Bend High School in 1949 and moved to Omaha where she worked before meeting Glenn (Wes) Westerman. They were married Oct. 29, 1950, in Fremont and together celebrated 70 years of marriage. In 1958, they moved back to North Bend and resided there for 64 years.  
Jeanene was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend and a former member of the United Methodist Church in North Bend before its closing. Jeanene was a member of the North Bend Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary. 
She had a love of playing bridge, a game that she believed more should learn to play. She had the opportunity to play with many from around the North Bend and Fremont areas as well as in Edinburg, Texas, where she and Wes would spend the winters after their retirement. She was a member of the Red Hat Society of the Citrus Mobile Park in Edinburg where she enjoyed the social gatherings. Jeanene was the one who would get others together for happy hour and loved hosting, whether at home in North Bend or in Edinburg. During COVID, she hosted porch parties to help others with the isolation created by the pandemic. 
Christmas was her favorite holiday and she would host Christmas bridge, decorating her home just like you would see in magazines. 
She and Wes loved traveling and visited many states of the United States. She always said no one should travel to another country unless they had toured the U.S. first. 
Jeanene is survived by daughters Pam (Jim) Kabourek of David City, Virginia Sue (Bart) Bosco, Jeanene Lambley both of North Bend; sons Bob (Jan) Westerman of Lincoln, Tom (Tamara) Westerman of Scribner; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Jeanene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wes; sisters Jerry Mohr, Roberta Freeman and her twin sister, Virginia Paden; brother Gilbert Dunker; and great-granddaughter Dionne Striplin.
Services were Jan. 28 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend with burial at Woodland Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the North Bend Volunteer Fire Dept or the Nebraska Kidney Association. Condolences may be left at

Published Feb. 1, 2023

Sandra (Dahlstrom) Kruger, Omaha, Jan. 23, age 83
Sandra Kruger
Sandra A. Kruger of Omaha passed away Jan. 23 at her home. She was born March 2, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois to Verne and Eileen (Backstrom) Dahlstrom.
Sandra grew up in Chicago and graduated from North Park Academy High School. She also went to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for two years. She moved to Omaha in 1969.
Sandra married James H. Kruger on July 17, 1973,in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 2020.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha.
Sandra is survived by her children, Barbara (Kenneth) Krzycki of Mesa, Arizona, Joni (Jeff) Gunn of Fort Collins, Colorado, Julie (Mark) Murphy of Papillion, Jami (Kenneth) Kotera of Springfield, Matt (Cheri) Keyes of Gretna, Dan (Bethany) Kruger of Holland, Michigan, Karla (David) Miller of Coppell, Texas; 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim, sister JoAnne Brill and nieces Jamie Hammer and Kathy Finn.
Her funeral was Jan. 31 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. A private interment was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
In lieu of flowers send memorials to Al-anon, AIS 4611 S. 96th St. Suite #172, Omaha, NE 68127.
Online condolences may be left at

Published Feb. 1, 2023

Jerry Warneke, Grand Island, Jan. 21, age 79
Jerry Warneke
Jerome “Jerry” C. Warneke of Grand Island passed away on Jan. 21 at CHI-Health Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln. A funeral service was held on Jan. 27 at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dan Bremer officiated.
Jerry was born on Oct. 5, 1943, in Omaha to Carl and Cecelia (Frauen) Warneke. He was raised in the Chapman, Omaha and Ralston areas, graduating from Ralston High School in 1962. Jerry entered the United States Army in 1965.
On July 28, 1979, Jerry was united in marriage to Janet Thurber. He spent many years working with his father at Warneke Plumbing and Electric. He later went to work for the Veteran’s Home in the Maintenance Department until his retirement in 1995. Jerry was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the VFW, Eagles and American Legion.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Janet; brother Lon (Kathie) Warneke of Granger, Ind; sister Carla Warneke of Grand Island; sister-in-law Cheryl (Larry) Feala of North Bend; brother-in-law Marvin (Linda) Thurber of Jackson, Wyo; nieces and nephews Paul Warneke, Megan Warneke, Kenna Feala, Michaela (Mark) Buckner, Jason (Leigh) Feala, Seth Feala, and their families; and many cousins.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, grandparents and sisters-in-law, Georgia Kempkes and Frances Butler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Online condolences may be left at

Published Feb. 1, 2023

Barb (Vech) Anderson, Ericson, Jan. 16, age 63
Barb Anderson
Barb Anderson of Ericson passed away peacefully at her home in Ericson surrounded by her family on Jan. 16.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 23, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Ericson with Fr. Scott Harter and Deacon Paul Nordhues officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Ericson, with a rosary and wake service at 6:00 p.m. A visitation will also be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cedar Bluffs followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church – Ericson, Ericson Volunteer Fire and Rescue, or to the family for later designation.
Levander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Barbara Ann Anderson, daughter of Leonard J. and Evelyn J. (Nesladek) Vech, was born Oct. 17, 1959 in Fremont. She was baptized and confirmed at St. George’s Catholic Church in Morse Bluff.
Barb attended elementary school at District 91 near Cedar Bluffs and moved with her family to Ericson her eighth grade year and attended Wheeler Central Schools, where she was very active in band, swing singers, FHA, volleyball, track, cheerleading, and showing 4-H calves. She attended the University of Nebraska where she played saxophone in the marching band.
On Feb. 4, 1978, Barb was united in marriage to Bryan Lee Anderson in North Bend. They were blessed with two daughters, Becky and Angie.
Barb was a 4-H leader and taught music at numerous rural
schools in Dodge and Saunders counties and St. Wenceslaus from 1982-2002. She went back to college and earned her teaching degree from Peru State College at the age of 40.
In 2002, Barb and Bryan began splitting time between
Cedar Bluffs and Ericson as Barb spent the next 20 years doing what she loved, teaching elementary grades and music at schools in Wolbach, Greeley and Scotia. Barb had a gift of inspiring students to give outstanding performances at Christmas music concerts with many concerts receiving standing ovations.
Barb had a strong faith in God. She was very supportive to others and generously gave of her time, talent and treasure. Barb was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Ericson. She taught CCD and was active in the altar society and CEC (Catholics Encounter Christ).
Barb was a very talented musician. She played the guitar during her youth for Mass at St. Theresa’s and later as an adult she was the musician for St. Theresa’s for over 20 years. She taught private piano and guitar lessons to countless students over the years and led a bell choir in Fremont.
Throughout Barb’s five-year battle with cancer, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. God’s grace filled her with hope and she always had a positive attitude. She was full of courage and accepted her “health condition” and never felt sorry for herself. Barb was blessed with an abundance of energy and attended many of her granddaughter’s school events, traveling after her busy school day and on weekends. Barb’s most valuable treasure was her family. She loved children, especially her granddaughters. Golf cart rides and going swimming at the pool or lake with the granddaughters and playing pasture golf with her husband on the ranch, were some of her favorite things to do.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Bryan of Ericson; daughters Rebecca Anderson of Cedar Bluffs; Angie Anderson (Frank Blanchard) of Cedar Bluffs; granddaughters Cassandra Burbach, Cecilia Anderson and Hailey Anderson, all of Cedar Bluffs; sisters Sharon (Robert) Swett of Ericson; Lois (Randy) Peterson of Rapid City, South Dakota; sisters-in-law Vanessa (Virgil) Riecks of Elm Creek, Vikki (Fred) Buhlmann of Albion; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Evelyn Vech, and parents-in-law Allen and Bernice Anderson.

Published Jan. 25, 2023

Tom L. Ladehoff, Fremont, Jan. 13, age 86
Tom Ladehoff
Thomas L. ‘Tom’ Ladehoff of Fremont died Jan. 13 at Methodist Fremont Health.
Tom was born to Landers and Para Ladehoff in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1953. He attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, majoring in architecture before serving in the U.S. Army National Guard. After being discharged he returned to North Bend and met Darlene Isaacson of Oakland. They later married and divorced. He began his career in farm services selling International Harvester Equipment from 1956 to 1969 until buying his first trucks and began hauling for Archer Daniels Midland of Decatur, Il. He owned Central States Trucking for 47 years. He met the love of his life, Debbra Castillo, and they married in 2001.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golf, tennis and was a long time member of the Fremont Golf Club, serving as President in 1980.
A letter from us all:
You were an artist. A pilot. An apple pie baker. An adventure seeker. Your zest for life was unmatched. Your life stories were as bright, colorful, and as unique as you were.
You elevated us. You made us smile with your infectious laugh. You made our lives fun.
Your happiest times were spent in Canada laughing and going on adventures with friends and family. “Papa Tom’s Nine Pines” we now fondly call this magical place. What a legacy you leave behind.
There is a void without you here. We are better for having known you. Thank you for your beautiful life, your smiling eyes and the big way you loved this world.
We miss you so much.
Survivors include his wife Deb of Fremont; twin daughters Kimberly Lynn (Brian Timmons) Ladehoff of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Kelly Lynn (Jason) Wills of Salt Lake City, Utah; son Colby (Taylor) Ladehoff of Michigan; six grandchildren Jackson, Anna-Kathryn, Emma Grace and Tenley of Salt Lake City, August Jackson and Addison of Steamboat Springs; step-daughter Peggy (Joe) Spence of Arlington; grandchildren Isaac Lackey, Paul and Alli Spence.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bob, Bill and Jim, and sisters Marilyn and Eleanor.
A memorial service was Jan. 16 at First Lutheran Church in Fremont. Memorials are suggested to Wishing Wheels or Rebuilding Together. Online guestbook at

Published Jan. 18, 2023

Mary (Podany) Flamme, North Bend, Jan. 10, age 95
Mary Flamme
Mary Libbie (Podany) Flamme, 95 years, passed away Jan. 10, at the Saunders County Medical Center in Wahoo surrounded by her family. Mary was born Nov. 8, 1927, to Rudolf and Libbie (Dvorak) Podany on the family farm north of Clarkson.
Her brother Lumir was born in 1931. She attended elementary school at District 48 near Clarkson and graduated from Howells High School in 1946. Mary worked various jobs including house cleaning, mowing lawns and helping young couples after the birth of their babies, staying with them for one to two weeks. She did that for three years, until the Karl brothers asked her to work in their grocery store in Howells for seven years. She worked Saturday nights until 11 p.m.
Mary met Marvin Flamme at a dance in Howells, where they would dance on Sundays at the Howells Ballroom. Marvin would hang out at the grocery store until Mary was done working, and then they would go out to eat in Pilger. They were married on Jan. 26, 1956, at the Schuyler courthouse. The couple made their home on a farm two miles north of North Bend, later moving to the Flamme home place a quarter mile north.
Mary belonged to an extension club and a bowling league. She loved to garden, sew, cook, listen to polkas, bake kolaches, and take car rides in the country. Mary was a wonderful farm wife, mother and grandmother.
After Marvin’s death on June 24, 1999, she moved to North Bend. She enjoyed playing dominoes, cards, and the friendships that she developed at the North Bend Senior Center. Mary looked forward to a regular Sunday game of Three Thirteen and visits from grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her children Twila Flamme and husband Jeff Alderson, Theresa (Kent) Baumert, Maynard (Stephanie Iwan) Flamme and Mark Flamme and his special friend Christine Balch; grandchildren Mary and Collin Alderson, Neal (Andrea) Baumert, Laura Baumert, Alle (Flamme) and Joe Henderson, and Livi Flamme; great grandson Elijah Baumert and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Lumir Podany. A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Chaplain Scott Jensen officiated. A private family burial was held at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be given to the North Bend Senior Center.
Online condolences may be left at

Published Jan. 18, 2023

Jim R. Kingston, Fremont, Jan. 3, age 91
Jim Kingston
James “Jim” R. Kingston of Fremont passed away Jan. 3 at his home in Fremont.
Jim was born April 12, 1931, to Robert and Martha (Childrey) Kingston in Stanton. He was raised on a farm near Stanton and graduated from Stanton High School in 1948. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was medically discharged. He considered a career in farming with his dad, but they believed working at the Fremont Pack (later purchased by Hormel) was a better choice.
On Feb. 21, 1955, Jim married Jodean Jones in Wayne. They had three children, Mark, Debra and Robert, and lived together in Fremont for 25 years when they divorced. On May 25, 1984, Jim married Carolyn (Gaspers) Heimann of Omaha. They married in Yankton, South Dakota and made Fremont their home.
Jim lived on a lake and loved boating. He enjoyed playing cards at the Fremont Friendship Center.
In his younger years, Jim owned a bakery and invested in rental properties. He worked for Hormel Foods for over 40 years until his retirement.
Jim was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. He was a previous board member of the Fremont Friendship Center, loan officer for the Hormel Credit Union, and a union leader while working at Hormel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, second wife Carolyn, stepdaughter Arlene Heimann and nephew Thomas Kingston.
Jim is survived by his sons Mark (Mary) Kingston of North Bend, Robert (Eileen) Kingston of Omaha; stepson Mike (Leisa) Heimann; daughter Debra Kingston of Omaha; stepdaughter Janice (Mike) Stopak of Park City, Illinois; brother Larry (Jana) Kingston of Yorkville, Illinois; sister Lou Ann (Phil) Quinn of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
His funeral Mass was Jan. 9 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont with Rev. Walter Nolte officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Fremont Friendship Center. Online condolences may be left at:

Published Jan. 11, 2023

Stan E. Vala Jr., Elkhorn, Jan. 1, age 68
Stan Vala Jr
Stanley E. Vala Jr. of Elkhorn, formerly of North Bend and Lincoln, passed away on Jan. 1 at Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha. He was born on Jan. 4, 1955, to Stanley E. Vala Sr. and Bernice (Grow) Vala. He was a 1973 graduate of NBC.
The Lord, family and many friends and neighbors supported him and Nancy through their four-year journey fighting non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The latest in care, clinical trials, and treatments such as stem cell transplant, CAR-T Cell and other immunological agents were provided by the UNMC Lymphoma Care Team.
Stan is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy (Rehbein) Vala, son Justin (Karamie) and grandchildren Kendall and Owen, all of Elkhorn; sister Nancy (Larry) Frank; sister-in-law Karen Dorian; brothers-in-law Dave (Ann) Rehbein, Randy (Loretta) Rehbein, uncle Marvin (Gayle) Vala and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Stanley Sr. and Bernice Vala and cherished in-laws Raymond and Phebe Rehbein.
A memorial service was held Jan. 6 at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn.
Memorials may be sent to Josie Harper Hospice House, 7415 Cedar Street, Omaha, NE 68124.
Special thanks to neighbors in Lincoln and Elkhorn for their help around the house and yard, as well as with surprise gifts and treats throughout Stan’s illness.

Published Jan. 11, 2023

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