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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

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

Mary Roemer, Scribner, May 25, age 60
Mary Roemer
Mary Jane Roemer of Scribner passed away May 25 at home. She was born Oct. 30, 1960, in West Point to LeRoy and Norma (Madsen) Roemer.
Mary Jane was raised on a farm west of Uehling. She graduated from Logan View High School and Wayne State College. After college she moved to Omaha to work. Mary Jane married Dan Dolezal in 1989 and they later divorced. She then moved to her grandparents’ farm outside of Scribner near St. John’s Ridgeley. Mary has always been a hard worker giving her all at every job she has had, most recently at Brehmer Manufacturing in Lyons. 
Mary was a loving mother who adored her kids and grandkids. She was a fighter who fought cancer twice and fought to the end. 
Mary Jane was a member of St. John Ridgeley Lutheran Church.
She is survived by daughters
Melissa (Derrick) Weyand of Valdosta, Ga.; Aubrey (Scott) Miller of Fremont; son Colby (Megan) Dolezal of Scribner;
grandchildren Maximos, Isabella, Madelyn, Raegan, Nolan and Boone; and brother Mark Roemer of Scribner. Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral was May 29 at St. John Ridgeley Lutheran Church near Scribner. Burial was in the St. John Ridgeley Cemetery. A memorial will be determined at a later date. Online condolences at guestbook Ludvigsen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Published June 2, 2021
Doris (Lage) Krepel, North Bend, May 20, age 97
Doris Krepel
Doris A. Krepel of North Bend passed away May 20 at her home.
Doris was born Feb. 27, 1934, in Carroll to Eggert and Anna (Bock) Lage. She resided in North Bend and married “Irish” Krepel at the North Bend Methodist Church on June 4, 1956.
Doris was a member of the Fremont Presbyterian Church and North Bend VFW Auxiliary. She spent 45 years babysitting North Bend children and her grandchildren.
Doris was an avid sports fan, particularly of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Her hobbies included sewing and quilting.
Doris is survived by her loving husband, Irish of North Bend; daughter, JoLynn (Robert Jr.) Hartman of North Bend; sisters Laverne Schiender of Colton, Calif., Janet Topp of Winside; three grandchildren Beau Hartman, Tony (Natalie) Hartman, McKenzie (Jon) Greve; two great- grandchildren with one more on the way, Braxton Hartman and Cru Greve; brothers-in-law Vern (Kathy) Krepel of North Bend and Joe (Marge) Krepel of Schuyler.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; three infant sons and one infant daughter; brother Willis Lage; brothers-in-law Doug Schiender, Merlin Topp, Donnie Krepel and Duane Krepel.
The funeral was May 24 at the North Bend Presbyterian Church with Chaplain Scott Jensen officiating. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to the VFW Post 8223 and Auxiliary of North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at
Published May 26, 2021
Dee (Moser) Roth, Fremont, May 20, age 81
Dee Roth
Mercedes “Dee” R. Roth of Fremont passed away May 20 at the Hooper Care Center. She was born on July 11, 1939, in Dodge to Edward and Hilda (Studt) Moser.
Mercedes grew up in North Bend and graduated North Bend High School in 1957. She married Richard Hartmann on May 10, 1958, in North Bend. They lived in Omaha until the family’s accident in 1970. Dee returned to Fremont. She married Melvin “Mel” Roth on Sept. 28, 1973, in Fremont and they have resided in Fremont ever since.
Mercedes was a member of St Patrick Catholic Church. Her family was her joy. She loved taking care of all of them.
She is survived by her daughters Donna (Dick) Brandenburgh of Fremont, Sherri (Joe) Recker of Lincoln; husband Melvin Roth of Fremont; five step-children; brothers Robert (Caryn) Moser of North Bend, James (Lynda) Moser of Fremont, Richard (Donna) Moser of Sacramento, Calif, Eldon (Cheryl) Moser of Yutan; sisters Ardith (Richard) Cantral of Kearney, Marjorie Reynolds of Fremont; grandchildren Christina, Melissa, Jennifer, Zach and Luke; and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard Hartmann; son Steve Hartmann; brother Ed Moser; sisters May Rita Jirkovsky, Kathy Powers, and infant sister Elizabeth Moser.
Her funeral service was May 25 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery at North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a fund yet to be determined.
Many thanks to the Hooper Care Center for all their love and support. Online Condolences may be left at
Published May 26, 2021
Addie (Maharg) Colgan, Oceanside, Calif., May 18, age 72
Addie Lyn Colgan was born May 4, 1949, in Maryville, Mo., to Hubert Earl Maharg and Lois Frances Barrett. Addie grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. She attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Denver. While in nursing school she joined the Navy Enlisted Officer Training Program and on completion of her nursing program, she was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. She was stationed at naval medical centers in Bethesda, Md. and Portsmouth, Va. Her specialty was operating room nursing. She completed two tours of duty between May 1971 and January 1978, being released as a lieutenant.
She met her husband, Thomas E. Colgan, at Bethesda in October 1971 and they were married at the Navy chapel in Washington, D.C., on July 15, 1972. Following her release from active duty, Addie became a full-time mom and pursued her professional career by attending college at the University of La Verne and obtaining a bachelor of science degree in health care management. While the family was overseas in Naples, Italy, she earned a master of science degree in management from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama.
Addie is survived by her husband Tom; children Jason Todd (Suzan) and Amy Rebecca (Daniel) Kuhlman; grandchildren Everett and Gabriella; and sister Lee (Gary) Mertz of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Addie worked in healthcare for over 40 years, retiring from Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton after 20 years of civil service as the risk manager of the hospital.
Addie was well known for her integrity, commitment and respect. She genuinely enjoyed working with young girls in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and was the Mother Advisor of Golden Star Assembly in Vista for six years. A talented seamstress, making formals was one of her passions, and the dresses she made with a sewing machine were awesome. She enjoyed playing cards and being with her grandchildren. But her greatest pastime was watching the Broncos play football, a true diehard fan.
Addie died May 18 in Oceanside, Calif. A private Interment is planned at the Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.
In lieu of flowers suggested donation to the:
Knights Templar Eye
Foundation, Inc
3201 Cross Timbers Road
BLDG. 4, STE 300
Flower Mound, TX 75028
TAX ID: 95-622074
Published June 2, 2021
Ron R. Fittje, North Bend, May 6, age 77
Ron Fittje
Ronald R. Fittje passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on May 6 at Parkview Home in Dodge.  Ron was born on May 24, 1943, in Columbus to Rudolph and Irene (Gehring) Fittje. 
  At a young age, he moved with his family to Omaha.  He graduated from Omaha North High School and Midland Lutheran College. Ron served in the U.S. Army from May 1962 to June 1965. He devoted 31 years to teaching and coaching at North Bend and Clarkson Schools.  
  Ron married Patsy Vanderkolk on March 1, 1969, in Octavia. To this union were born three children, Ryan, Russ and Robyn.   
  Ron was an avid fast pitch softball pitcher for 42 years. He was inducted into the Nebraska State Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in December 2019 in Hastings. Ron was also an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids athletic events and other activities. 
  Ron was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of North Bend, a former Sunday school teacher and usher.  
  He is survived by his wife Patsy; sons Ryan (Johanna) Fittje of Fremont; Russ (Sonya) Fittje of Papillion; daughter Robyn (Josh) Klingman of Grand Island; brother-in-law Rich Majerus of Elkhorn; sisters-in-law Sheryl (Mike) Block of Hallam; Beverly Vanderkolk of Austin, Tex; four grandchildren: James, Drew, RJ, and Kyla; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  
  Ron was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; sister Linda Pugh Majerus; and brother-in-law Jim Vanderkolk. 
  Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 14, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. Military Honors will follow the service. A private family interment will be at Zion Lutheran (Grand Prairie)
Cemetery in Platte Center. 
Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or North Bend Community Foundation. 
Published May 12, 2021
Jaohn A. Wennekamp, North Bend, May 6, age 84
John Wennekamp
John A. Wennekamp of North Bend passed away May 6 at Methodist Fremont Health. He was born August 16, 1936, in Monroe to Emil and Viola (Parker) Wennekamp.
John grew up in Craig and graduated from Craig High School. He lived in Loveland, Colo., where he graduated from Electronic Technical Institute of Denver. He was employed by Freuhoff of Omaha, Magnus Metal, North Bend Popcorn Plant and in 2000 retired from the Industrial Maintenance Department of Leprino Foods in Dodge. For years he raised top-quality hogs and operated his sharpening business. John was proud to have served in the US Army where he had advanced training with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was on the first drill team in the history of Ft. Ord to receive all possible points while passing in review. He received the second highest score in proficiency in the history of Ft. Carson.
John married Bonnie Allgayer on Sept. 5, 1959, at the Congregational Church in Avoca.
John is a member of Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church near Ames. He was on the board of directors at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community at Blair and is life member of AmVets Post 20 of North Bend and served as Post chaplain.
John was past president of Cotterell School District 93, a former Sunday school teacher and church council member at St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church, past president of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, North Bend (Pleasant Valley) and past president of Buffs Trinity Lutheran Church at Ames. He enjoyed nature, especially sunsets and eagles.
John is survived by his wife Bonnie; sons Mike (Patty) Wennekamp North Bend, David (Kristen) Wennekamp of Merrimac, Mass.; two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Wennekamp and sister Marcell Wennekamp.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 12 at Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church north of Ames. Rev. Sean Tyler will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial with military honors will be at St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery north of North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to North Bend VFW or Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left at
Published May 12, 2021
David R. Nesladek, Morse Bluff, April 29, age 75
David Nesladek
David R. Nesladek of Morse Bluff passed away April 29 at Kinship Pointe Assisted Living in Seward.
David was born on April 5, 1946, to Adolph and Anna (Pabian) Nesladek in North Bend. David was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Cedar Hill Catholic Church near Morse Bluff, where he attended church and grade school at rural District 77. He attended North Bend High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served from Nov. 27, 1967, to Nov. 25, 1970, during Vietnam.
David resided near Morse Bluff where he farmed the family farm during his lifetime. After retiring from farming, he moved to North Bend.
David enjoyed collecting toy farm equipment and reading farmer’s magazines. He also enjoyed the visits of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
David was a member of the American Legion Post 340 in Morse Bluff, VFW Post 8223 and Knights of Columbus at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, both in North Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Phillip.
He is survived by sister Phyllis (L.J.) Meinberg of Seward; brother James (Millie) Nesladek of Polson, Mont.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 5, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend, with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
Burial with military honors will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Family requests friends and family dress casually.
Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or St. George Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published May 5, 2021
Jean (Peters) Kovarik, Simi Valley, Calif., April 23, age 86
We are sad to announce that on April 23 we had to say goodbye to Jean Kovarik in Simi Valley, Calif. She was a 1952 Schuyler High School graduate.
She was predeceased by her parents Hatten Peters and Delsie Peters, husband Dudley Kovarik and brother James Peters.
Jean is survived by daughters Carol (Rick) Short of Omaha, Kaye (Gary) Micek of Irvine, Calif., and Kristi (Ron) Chamber of Simi Valley, Calif.; grandchildren; brother Jay (Ann) Peters of North Bend and numerous nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial was held on May 3 at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.
Published May 5, 2021
Kimberly (Knudsen) Byrd, North Bend, April 11, age 58
Kim Byrd
Kimberly Kay “Kim” Byrd of North Bend passed away April 11 at her home.
She is survived by her husband Eric; sons Tanner and Travis Byrd; daughters Paula (Ryan) White and Jenna Byrd; parents Roger and Barbara Knudsen; sister Kathy Knudsen (Michelle Baade); sister-in-law Dee Knudsen; three grandchildren, Bridget, Isabelle, and Nolan White. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ken Knudsen.
Kim was born May 18, 1962, in Aberdeen, Wash., and grew up in Omaha and graduated from Benson High School. She married Eric P. Byrd on June 26, 1982.
Throughout her life she worked as a teller, a home sales rep, a manager, a lunch lady and a teacher; yet her most valued “jobs” were her family, friends, community and overall concern for people, no matter who you were. Her smile, kind words, welcoming actions, and determination to get to know you made her one in a million.
A memorial Mass will be 10 a.m., Monday, April 19, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Memorial visitation will be on Sunday, April 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., and a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., all at the church. Family interment will be at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Camp Moses Merrill or the North Bend Central Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at
Published April 14, 2021
Vlasta A. Kavan, Fremont, April 9, age 103
Vlasta Kavan
Vlasta A. Kavan of Fremont passed away April 9 at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
She was born on April 29, 1917, to Rudolph and Emma (Hines) Kavan on a farm east of Linwood. Vlasta had a sister Wilma and two brothers, Raymond and Arnold. She started her career as a school teacher, teaching at District 56 in 1936. After teaching at District 56 for two years at forty-five dollars a month, she started teaching at District 10 for sixty dollars a month for three years. She taught for two years in Morse Bluff and another two years in Schuyler. Vlasta worked for the Fremont Public Schools for thirty-seven years as a teacher and then a principal.
In 1949, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Midland College and earned this by attending summer school. In 1957, she received her Master of Education degree at the University of Nebraska, which was accomplished through attending night school and summer school classes.
In 1982, Vlasta retired from teaching. She was very involved at church and hospital volunteer work. She joined Altrusa, AAUW, retired teachers, and Pi Lambda Theta. Vlasta moved to Nye Legacy in 2011 after living at Nye Square for several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Wilma (Adolph) Mares; brothers Raymond (Janet) Kavan and Arnold Kavan; and nieces Kristy Kavan and Kim Kavan.
Vlasta is survived by her sister-in-law Lorraine Kavan and many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 15, at the Presbyterian Church in Fremont. Rev. Earl Underwood will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to Fremont Public School Foundation or the Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published April 14, 2021
Randy Happel, Lincoln, April 5, age 65
Randy Happel
Randol “Randy” R. Happel, of Lincoln passed away April 5. He was born on Nov. 28, 1955, in Fremont to Don and Donna (Aden) Happel.
Randy attended several rural elementary schools around Ames due to mergers. He attended Jr. High School in Scribner and graduated from North Bend Central in 1974. He attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln and graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations, English marketing and psychology. Randy was employed by several advertising agencies and in public relations in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Des Moines, Omaha and finally Lincoln.
Randy was baptized and confirmed at St. Johns Ridgeley Lutheran Church.
He was past President of the Cornhusker NAMA, Chapter Chair, and Student NAMA Careers Committee. Randy was an avid writer, effective communicator and was strong in his faith.
Randy is survived by his parents Don and Donna Happel and sister Kay Poppe, all of North Bend; nieces Kimberly (Zach) Thomsen, Natilee Plagge, Beverly (Ben Morris) Poppe; seven great nieces and nephews.
Randy was preceded in death by brother-in-law Norman Poppe.
His funeral service is 2 p.m., Friday, April 9, at St. Johns Ridgeley Lutheran Church. Visitation is on Thursday, April 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. The family is receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Burial will be in Ridgeley Cemetery.
Memorial may be directed to the family for a charity yet to be determined.
Online condolences may be left at
Published April 14, 2021
David G. Otte, Linwood, April 4, age 72
David Otte
David George Otte of Linwood passed away April 4 at his home, surrounded by his family after succumbing to cancer.
Dave was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Fremont to Mervin and Esther (Hansen) Otte. He grew up west of Morse Bluff on the farm and was a 1967 graduate of North Bend High School.
Dave graduated from Wayne State College with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
On Oct. 29, 1971, he enlisted with the United States Air Force serving until Oct. 13, 1975, being stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha and then Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey, where he took his wife and two young children.
Dave married his high school sweetheart, Lois Meier, on Dec. 27, 1971, and to this union two children were born, Wendi (Otte) Emanuel and Matthew Otte. After their time in the Air Force, they returned to
Linwood to farm with Dave’s dad and brother Rollie Otte. He took a position as a rural mail carrier out of Linwood in 1976 and retired in 2010 after 34 years of service.
Dave enjoyed many hobbies, with aviation being one of his favorites.  After obtaining his private pilot’s license in 1985 he was fortunate enough to enter into a long partnership on a private plane. His true passion was his family, which included his seven grandchildren. Dave did not hesitate to be a part of their lives and attend whatever activities of theirs he could. Travel was a big part of Dave and Lois’ life.  They took many trips and really enjoyed their yearly vacations with the whole family.
Dave believed in his community and being involved.  He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge 119, Order of Eastern Star Ruth Chapter, all of North Bend, and the American Legion Post 340 in Morse Bluff. He held multiple offices in these organizations.  He was also a member of the AmVets, American Legion Riders and the Tangier Shriners.
Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Lois of Linwood; children Wendi (Ron) Emanuel of North Bend and Matt (Ranell) Otte of O’Neill, and seven grandchildren, Ethan and Marcus Emanuel, and William, Emma, Anna, Alex and Laura Otte; brother Rollie (Mary Ann) Otte of Morse Bluff; sisters Diane Powers of Omaha and Carol (George) Zwickel of Shenandoah, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law Karen Scott and brother-in-law Edward Scott.
A funeral service was April 8 at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. The Rev. Michael Hill officiated. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend following the service.
Online condolences may be left at
Published April 14, 2021
Betty (Tank) Harney, Columbus, March 26, age 78
Betty Harney
Betty L. Harney of Columbus died March 26 at the Columbus Community Hospital.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.
Betty was born May 10, 1942, in North Bend to Gerald and Gladys (Maas) Tank. She grew up in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1960. She worked in various restaurants including Adams Café, Louie’s and the Husker House. She also worked at the Columbus Manor for over 30 years, later at Apogee and Emerson School Cafeteria.
She was married to Joe Burton. To this union a son, Jay, was born. Betty later married Dale Harney. She enjoyed kitties, cars, TV and shopping at WalMart and HyVee.
Betty is survived by her son Jay (Terri) Burton of Lincoln; grandsons Bryton, Camdyn, Drayton; brothers Mick Tank of North Bend, Rick (Connie Mimick) Tank of Silver Creek; stepchildren Mike (Monica) Harney of Clarkson, Cindy (Todd) Keenan of Stanton, Cheri Harney of Valley, David (Sharon) Harney of Arizona, Shawn (Monica) Harney of Kansas and numerous step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Joe and Dale and stepson Pat Harney.
Published March 31, 2021
Don L. Zvacek, North Bend, March 23, age 69
Don Zvacek
Donald Lee Zvacek, 69, of North Bend, died March 23 at VA Medical Center in Omaha, succumbing to his seven-year battle with acute leukemia. Don was born Aug. 5, 1951, in Fremont to Rynold Zvacek and Jean McGahey.
He grew up in North Bend and was a 1969 graduate of North Bend High School. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972 and was stationed in Korea.
After his service Don returned to North Bend, marrying Leora J. Jurgens on June 16, 1973, and moved to Fremont in 1973. They returned to North Bend in 1978 and divorced in 1983. Don married Sally L. Crocker in July, 18, 1988.
Don worked for Valmont Industries for 42 years from 1972 until retiring in 2014. Upon retirement he took a part time grounds keeping position at the North Bend Golf Course, staying until his death.
Don enjoyed many hobbies, bowling, golfing, fishing, woodworking, metalworking and even bird watching. He genuinely loved the outdoors. Don had an incredible work ethic, second to none.
Don is survived by his wife Sally of North Bend, children Michael (Tammy) Zvacek of North Bend, Kelly (Richard) Dezego of Mooresville, N.C., Matthew Zvacek of Boynton Beach, Fla., Mark (Lisa) Stork of Des Moines, Iowa, Laurie (Scott) Stork of Fort Collins, Colo., Tory (Paula) Larson of North Bend, Ryan (Marilyn) Larson; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; brother Rodney (Kay) Ruzicka of Schuyler, brother-in-law John Adams of Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Rynold Zvacek and Luella Zvacek; an infant sister and sister Carol Adams; also his beloved pet dogs Poochie, Sammy and Binky.
At his request his remains were cremated and there will be no funeral service.
Published March 31, 2021
Bob A. Dauel, Malmo, March 6, age 74
Bob Dauel
Robert A. “Bob” Dauel of Malmo passed away Saturday, March 6, at Nye Legacy in Fremont. He was born Sept. 14, 1946, in North Bend to Arthur and Catherine (Wittmershouse) Dauel.
Bob grew up in the Malmo area and graduating from Cedar Bluffs High School in 1964. He farmed and was a truck driver. Bob was the owner and operator of Duck Creek Farms, Inc. and Dauel Trucking, Inc. He married Lori Codr on April 20, 1974, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague.
Bob was a member of the Malmo Volunteer Fire Department, and a former member of District 34 School Board, Farmers Union COOP Board, Union Cemetery Board, Saunders County Feeders Association, and Douglas Precinct Board.
He is survived by his wife Lori Dauel and fur baby Chloe of Malmo, sister Ardy (Bill) Rockemann of Davey and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral will be 10 a.m., Fri., March 12, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7 p.m., also at Moser’s. Burial will be Union Cemetery in Malmo.
Memorials are suggested to Union Cemetery, Malmo Fire Department or Edensburg Lutheran Church at Malmo.
Online condolences and Live-streaming of the service may be found at:
Published March 10, 2021
Lisa (Stapp) Archer, Morse Bluff, March 5, age 57
Lisa Archer
Lisa Ann Archer of Morse Bluff passed away March 5 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
She was born June 5, 1963, in El Paso, Texas, to Virgil “Keith” Stapp and Betty Mulligan.
Lisa graduated from Cozad High School in 1981. After high school she attended the North Platte Beauty Academy. Lisa became a licensed cosmetologist and worked at Backstage Review in Fremont and Shear Design in North Bend.
Lisa married Gary Archer on Oct. 1, 1994, in Cozad. They moved to Fremont after their marriage and moved to Morse Bluff in 1999.
She was fond of the outdoors and camping and had a passion for road tripping in her Jeep.
Lisa is survived by her husband Gary of Morse Bluff; sons Jeremy (Jeni) Archer of Fremont, Alex Archer of Prague; daughter Ashley Archer of Fremont; brothers Mark (Karri) Stapp of Cozad and John Stapp of Omaha; and five grandchildren: Joe, Jonathan, Jake, James and Lydia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws Ronald and Lucille Archer.
The celebration of life service will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, March 12, at the American Legion ZCBJ Hall in Morse Bluff.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a designation at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at
Published March 10, 2021
Sally (Snyder) Kmiecik, Omaha, Feb. 9, age 84
Sally Kmiecik
Marcella A. “Sally” Kmiecik of Omaha, formerly of North Bend, passed away Feb. 9 at her daughter’s home in Morse Bluff. She was born Nov. 26, 1936, in Page to Daniel and Darlene (Smith) Snyder.
Marcella was raised in Orchard and graduated from Orchard High School. She married Joseph “Joe” Kmiecik on Nov. 22, 1954, in Plainview. After marriage they lived in Plainview until moving to Fremont in 1962, North Bend in 1964 and Omaha in 1975. She worked at Weldon Industries in North Bend from 1977-1987 and Planner Pads from 1988-2004 in Omaha.
She was a former member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend, Life Member of both the VFW Auxiliary 8223 of North Bend and Morse Bluff American Legion Auxiliary 340.
Marcella is survived by her sons Robert “Bob” Kmiecik, of Omaha and Todd (Helen) Kmiecik of Diberville, Miss. and Brett (Rhonda) Kmiecik of Yutan; daughters Beth (Ralph) Pflasterer of Lincoln, Patty (Terry) Heavican of Omaha, Karma (Dave) Amison of Morse Bluff and Stacy Vieth of Omaha; sisters-in-law Patty Snyder of Lincoln and Laura Kmiecik of Norfolk; 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Marvyl Lockwood and brother Milo Snyder.
Her memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff. The Rev. Dennis Hunt will officiate. Memorial visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be at Killian Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to North Bend VFW 8223, Fire Department and The Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Feb. 17, 2021
Jane Coffman, Morse Bluff, Feb. 9, age 92
Jane Coffman
Jane Coffman of Morse Bluff passed away Feb. 9 at home surrounded by her family.
Jane was born Feb. 1, 1929, to John A. and Crystal E. (Shannon) Moller in Indianapolis, Ind. She grew up in Muncie, Ind. and attended school there. Jane married Joseph R. Love in 1950 at Muncie and he later passed away. She worked at Kresge’s Dime Store for 14 years. Jane also tended bar for the Cork & Bottle for five years.
In 1965, she moved to Omaha. On Nov. 5, 1976, Jane married James K. Coffman. She worked at St. Joseph Center for Mental Health and retired after 26 years in 1992.
In 1997, Jane and her husband resided in Morse Bluff in the home they built from the ground up at the lake.
Jane was preceded death by her husbands, Joseph and James, son Christopher Love and brother Robert Leonard.
She is survived by her daughters Judy (Don) Dawson, Linda Dineen, Mary (Dennis) Johnson, Dona (Mike) Shearer, Ruth (John) Mahon, Betty Love, and Jean Slobodnic; sons John (Diane) Love and Joe (Annette)
Love; brother Ed Leonard; numerous grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.
Her funeral service was Feb. 13 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac officiated.
Burial was at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at:
Published Feb. 17, 2021
Larry F. Colgan, Temecula, Calif., Jan. 26, age 72
Larry F. Colgan passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 26 in Temecula, Calif. Larry was born on Feb. 12, 1948, in Omaha, to Leo and Vera (Wilkening) Colgan.
When Larry was 15, he moved to Tustin, Calif., to live with his older brother Albert. He graduated in 1966 from Tustin High School. He joined the United States Army in 1968 and specialized in field artillery and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, in Fort Bragg, N.C. After his military service, he attended Rio Hondo Community College and earned his degree in fire science.
Larry married Jerri Clayton in 1971 in Tustin. To this union four children born: Tracy, Christopher, David and Michael.
Larry joined the California Department of Forestry and worked as firefighter. He later joined the Orange County Fire Authority where he worked for 39 years, retiring as a fire captain.
In 2000, he married Sandra Beresford. Larry enjoyed his family, friends, church, playing canasta, traveling and enjoying quiet evenings in the home they built together in Fallbrook, Calif. His grandchildren were always a priority and he attended ball games, swim meets, FFA shows, beauty pageants and found a new interest in trains with his grandson, Kieran.
Larry was a member of North Coast Church, and was a Sunday greeter and a coffee server.
He is survived by his wife Sandy; daughters Tracy (Jason) Ewig of Fallbrook, Calif; Kim (Jerry) Schnitz of Bullhead City, Ariz.; sons Christopher (Andrea) of Fallbrook, Calif.; David (Laina) of Oceanside, Calif.; Michael (Naryssa) of Temecula, Calif.; Jeff (Betty) Beresford of Pinon Hills, Calif.; brothers Jim (Alice) Colgan of Fremont; John (Agnes) Colgan of North Bend; Thomas (Addie) Colgan of Oceanside, Calif.; 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his sister Annette Wilson and brothers Albert and Robert.
A memorial service will be held at North Coast Church in Vista, Calif., on Saturday, June 12, with a graveside service at Woodland Memorial Cemetery in North Bend on Oct. 16, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Benevolent Association of OCFA, 1 Fire Authority Road, AE 163, Irvine, CA 92602.
Published June 9, 2021
Jim Widhelm, Ardmore, Okla., Jan. 14, age 71
Jim Widhelm
Former Hastings resident Dr. James Patrick “Jim” Widhelm, 71, passed away Jan. 14, in Ardmore, Okla., surrounded by his family.
Jim was born July 24, 1949, in Columbus to Herman J. and Elizabeth Ann (O’Hare) Widhelm. He was a 1967 graduate of North Bend High School and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1981. Jim served in the National Guard from 1971-1977. He married Kay Loghry on May 13, 1972, in Kearney.
Jim was a chiropractor and owned Widhelm Chiropractic Clinic in Hastings for 33 years. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus where he served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator, and Eagle Scouts. Jim enjoyed biking, sunsets, playing his guitar, and running. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was passionate about helping others heal naturally.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Elizabeth Widhelm of North Bend. Survivors include wife Kay; sons Chris (Jennifer) Widhelm, Dallas, Tex., Eric (Ashton) Widhelm, Ardmore, Okla.; daughter Stacie Widhelm, Hastings; grandchildren Mikayla, Kellen, Reese, Ashanti, Lilliana, Skylar, Hudson, Holden, Crew, Creed; siblings Larry Widhelm (Debra Van de Taeye), Kauai, Hawaii, Robert (Rita) Widhelm, Lincoln, Janet (Murray) Eaton, Gold Hill, Colo., uncle Joe (Helen) Widhelm, Fremont; and many other family members.
Rosary will be 7 p.m. Thur., Jan. 21, at Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian. Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan.22, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings with the Revs. Jeremy Hazuka and Thomas Brouillette officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. The service will be live-streamed on St. Michael’s Catholic Church’s Facebook page. The direct link for that page is Visitation is 1-7 p.m. Thursday with family present 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to South Central Right to Life or Wellspring Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Published Jan. 20, 2021
Marihelena (Hetherington) Emanuel, Beemer, Jan. 14, age 75
Maria Emanuel
Maria Emanuel passed away at her home in Beemer on Jan. 14.
Marihelena Emanuel was born on Sept. 4, 1945, to Francis and Vera (Degner) Hetherington in Omaha. She grew up in Omaha attending Our Lady of Lourdes School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1963. Maria went on to attend St. Mary’s College and St. Joseph’s Radiology School in Omaha.
On April 20, 1968, Maria was united in marriage to Wayne Emanuel at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Omaha. The couple lived on a farm near Webster before moving to Beemer. Maria enjoyed working as a Radiology Technician for Drs. Scherer and Chadek in West Point, Faith Regional Health Services and the Pender Community Hospital for 44 years before retiring in 2013.
She was an avid Scrabble player, loved the outdoors and spending time with her family on the water, fishing and boating. Maria treasured her family and was enamored by her grandchildren. She was also a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and its Altar Society.
Survivors include husband Wayne Emanuel of Beemer and their children and families:
Janae Emanuel of Raleigh, N.C. and daughter Desirae (Larry) Harper; Tamara Metzger of Emerson, and family Mariah Miller and children Logan and Koda, Nicholas Metzger, and Jaytin Metzger; Shawn and
Mark Wellman of Lincoln and family; Dillon Kuhn and children Kelly, Wayne, Dexter, and Katlynn, Andrew Kuhn and son Quinton, Stephen Casebolt and daughter Hadessa; Dax and Kathy Emanuel of Ozawkie, Kans. and children Laiken and Paisley Emanuel; siblings
Mike and Clara Hetherington of Omaha; Veronica and Mike Taylor of Morgan Hill, Calif.;
Russel and Sharon Hetherington of Youngstown, Fla.;
Randy Hetherington of Portland, Ore.
Maria was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Vera Hetherington and brothers James and Charles Hetherington.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial for Maria Emanuel will be on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Beemer. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Scribner. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting with the arrangements.
It is strongly recommended that masks be worn while attending the visitation, vigil and Mass at the church. The funeral Mass will be livestreamed at
Published Jan. 20, 2021
George R. Anderson, Fremont, Jan. 10, age 70
George Anderson
George R. Anderson of Fremont, formerly of North Bend, passed away Jan. 10 in Omaha. He was born on April 2, 1950, in Wahoo, to Henry and Olga (McColley) Anderson. George grew up in Colon and attended Wahoo Public Schools. Following graduation he attended Northeast Community College. He married Paula Johnston on June 22, 1973, at Wahoo Presbyterian Church.
George was a welder for Valmont Industries and later a Building Materials Manager at Menards until he retired in 2011. He enjoyed fishing, reading, wildlife, Nebraska football and will be remembered for “starting” projects.
George is survived by his daughters Jessica (Scott) Wilson of Omaha and Stephanie (Chris) Hansen of Lincoln; ex-wife Paula Anderson; brother Charles Anderson; and four grandchildren: Brooke, Jordyn, Caden and Cloe.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers T.J., Hank and Louie.
Private graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend. Visitation in Fremont, will be Thursday at Moser Memorial Chapel from 5-7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left at:
Published Jan. 13, 2021
Colette (Emanuel) Feala, North Bend, Jan. 9, age 90
Colette Feala
Colette M. Feala of North Bend passed away Jan. 9 in Fremont. She was born on Dec. 23, 1930, in Dodge County to Francis and Edna (Dunker) Emanuel.
Colette graduated from North Bend High School in 1948. She taught school for a short time after graduation. Colette married Richard “Dick” Feala on June 15, 1951, in Omaha. They resided in rural North Bend and moved in to North Bend in 1962. After raising her family, Colette went back to work for OPPD as a secretary and home economist. She retired from OPPD in 1997.
Colette was a volunteer for the elementary school, a little league baseball coach, an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the Altar Society, a member of the
funeral lunch committee and led rosary services at Birchwood Manor Nursing Home. She enjoyed softball, bowling, playing cards, gardening and had many sewing projects including dresses and wedding gowns. Colette was a Husker fan and a committed blood donor.
Colette is survived by her sons Jay (Sheri) Feala of Gretna, Tom Feala of North Bend, Richard Feala of Omaha; daughters Mary (Joe) Borsh of Plano, Texas, Patty Feala, Theresa (Brian) Stubbs all of Kearney, Peggy Cooke of Lenox, Mass.; sisters-in-law Veronica Emanuel and Mary Emanuel both of North Bend, Susan Emanuel of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Colette was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dick; brothers Gene Emanuel, Dennis Emanuel, Mark Emanuel and sister-in-law Joan Emanuel.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic
Church in North Bend. Visitation will be at the church is 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the North Bend Community Foundation, St. Charles Church, North Bend Optimist, or the little league baseball and softball programs.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 13, 2021
Arnold J. Hines, Morse Bluff, Jan. 2, age 89
Arnold Hines
Arnold J. Hines, formerly of Morse Bluff, passed away Jan. 2, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Arnold was born March 28, 1931, to Joseph and Helen (Vanek) Hines on a farm south of Morse Bluff. He graduated from Prague High School in 1948, then farmed until his duty in the Marines from 1951-1953.
On May 26, 1956, he married Donna Curda at the Presbyterian Church in Prague. The couple lived in Prague seven years, until moving to the family farm near Morse Bluff in 1963, where they raised crops and hogs. Arnold was a member of Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna on Feb. 16, 2020, brother-in-law Jim Fencl and infant grandson Samuel Minarick.
Arnold is survived by his sister Ruby Fencl of Elkhorn, twin daughters Sharen (Steve) Minarick of Morse Bluff and Karen (Tim) Cech of Rochelle, Ill.; sons Allen (Linda) Hines of Lincoln and Greg (Maria) Hines of Morse Bluff; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Chaplain Scott Jensen will officiate.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the use of masks and proper social distancing.
Burial will be at Killian Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Morse Bluff American Legion Post 340 or Morse Bluff Fire Department.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 6, 2021


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