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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2024. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Alane F. Roubal, Lincoln, May 6, age 65
Alane Roubal
Alane Fay Roubal passed away peacefully in her 65th year on May 6, at The Grace Space hospice in Lincoln after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Alane was the daughter of Lloyd and Eva (Flora) Roubal. She is survived by her mother Eva, brother Phillip (Karen) Roubal of North Bend and sister Susan (Lori Sippel) Roubal of Lincoln and aunt Aurzella Thiesen of Cedar Bluffs. Preceding her in death were her father Lloyd, husband George Douglas Vaughn, sisters Betty Jo (nee Roubal) (Ken) Yount, and Joan Marie (nee Roubal) (Mike) Okins. She was a loving aunt to Tony, Zane and Clay Roubal; Zach, Bart and Kelsey (Keyser) Yount, precious YaYa to Khloe Vaughn, and adoring great aunt to Dylan, Rylie, Addison, Presley, Olivia, Landon and Max.
Alane grew up on a farm just outside of North Bend, “enjoying” all the chores farm kids do, but here was born her lifelong love of animals, specifically dogs. She attended elementary, junior and senior high school in North Bend. Her high school days were filled with participation in volleyball, basketball and track, excelling in the classroom, and creating many life-long friendships. She continued her education at Midland College in Fremont earning her bachelor’s degree in education.
Alane met her husband Doug Vaughn, an attorney, and moved to California where she lived in the Central Valley and taught grades 7-12 English, English language development and P.E. Alane earned her National Board Certification for teaching and went on to work as a professional educational consultant assisting thousands of teachers and administrators across the state with school improvement work via classroom instructional practices. Her influence in the field of education is undeniable and many schools and districts continue to work more effectively due to her passionate efforts.
In 2012, Alane returned to her roots in Lincoln reuniting with many friends and family members. She continued in a professional development role as the education director of Nebraska Real Estate Commission. Alane was an avid sports enthusiast, always glued to the radio or television when the Nebraska Husker softball team was playing, but she also enjoyed all other sports, both professional and collegiate.
A defining passion of Alane’s besides education involved the search and consumption of great wines, predominantly pinot noir and chardonnay. She traveled to California, Oregon, and other famous wine regions seeking out the area’s best vineyards, sampling their reserve wines while enjoying her travel entourage, especially sitting around a nightly fire pit. Recently, she made her way into the Vacation issue of the North Bend Eagle by sporting a copy of the paper while visiting Stonehenge in the United Kingdom on her first voyage abroad.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you for the loving and caring efforts of the St. Croix Hospice team and The Grace Space, both of Lincoln.
Alane was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend and will be remembered in a Celebration of Life Service there at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 6. A light lunch will follow. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the North Bend United Presbyterian Church designating the “Food Pantry” as the recipient.  

Published May 15, 2024

Gwen (Mylander) Hlegenberger, Scribner, May 5, age 90
Gwen Helgenberger
Gwen Marlene (Mylander) Helgenberger of Scribner died May 5.
Gwen was born Feb. 4, 1934, to Lyle and Laurine (Dodge) Mylander in North Bend. She lived in Darr, Maxwell and Cozad before returning to North Bend. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1952 and married Dean Helgenberger on Nov. 9, 1952, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Bend. They lived on a farm northwest of Scribner until retirement in 1993 when they moved to Scribner.
Gwen had been a member at Trinity Lutheran Church until its closing and then St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Snyder where she served as President of the LWML, Sunday school teacher and pianist. She joined St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner in 2010. Gwen was a 4-H leader, a “Big Sister” and hospice volunteer. She enjoyed painting china for many years.
Survivors include her children Jean (Joe) Kavan of Morse Bluff, Dan (Alana) Helgenberger of Arlington, Texas, Dina Andersen of Scribner; daughter-in-law Cathy Helgenberger of Fremont; grandchildren Nathan, Matthew and Ed Helgenberger, Eric Andersen, John and Joe Stollberg and five great-grandchildren
Gwen was preceded in death by her husband Dean in 2015, son Jeffrey and sister Lyla Ryan.
The memorial service will be 10 a.m, Friday, May 10, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner.
Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Online guestbook at  

Published May 15, 2024

Marlene (Fencl) Thege, Clarkson, May 3, age 85
Marleve Thege
Marlene J. Thege of Clarkson, formerly North Bend, passed away May 3, 2024 at the Clarkson Community Care Center in Clarkson.
Marlene was born on August 16, 1938, to Charles and Lillian (Kavan) Fencl of Morse Bluff. She was confirmed at the Cedar Hill Catholic Church and attended school at District 54 south of Morse Bluff. In 1956, she graduated from North Bend High School. After high school, she attended Midland College in Fremont and received her teaching certificate. She taught at District 77 for two years.
On Feb. 15, 1958, Marlene married Clarence Thege at the Prague Presbyterian Church in Prague. Through the years, Marlene and her husband farmed, raised livestock and grew large gardens. In 1985, they moved to North Bend. From 1980 to 2006, Marlene worked at Birchwood Manor as a CNA and med aid. She loved her job. Marlene was a resident of Birchwood Manor from 2017 to 2019. In 2019, she moved to Clarkson.
Marlene was a member of Polly Pigtails So Sewers Club and President in 1947, Linwood Extension Club, lifetime member of the North Bend VFW Auxiliary Post 8223 and Morse Bluff American Legion Auxiliary Post 340 and the Prague Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild. Marlene taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School for many years, and was a member of the Faithful Mariners group at church with her husband Clarence. Marlene also assisted with the care of Pam and John’s foster children.
Marlene was predeceased by her parents; husband Clarence; sister Maxine (Eugene) Wesely; sister-in-law Ruby (Kucera) Matties Wesely; brothers-in-law Richard Thege, Raynold Thege, Donald Thege, George (Mary Ann) Thege; nephews David and Marcus Thege; Cheryl’s special friend David Sliva Sr. and his daughter Lisa Sliva.
She is survived by son Robert Thege; daughters Cheryl Thege and Pam (John) Eggleston; grandchildren Janessa Eggleston (Marco Rameriz), Lincoln, Jasavier, Jaslyn, and Gabriella; extended grandchildren, David Sliva and son Braxtin, Ryan Sliva and son Tanner, Aaron Nelson, Jamie Nelson Culver and daughter Aubree; great-grandchildren Taya Lemus and Tegan Lemus; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be 10 a.m., Friday, May 10, at the First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Burial was at the Prague Presbyterian Cemetery near Prague.
Memorials may be donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at:  

Published May 15, 2024

Lucille (Wotipka) Fujan, Fremont, April 28, age 93
Lucille Fujan
Lucille Ann Fujan of Fremont passed away April 28.
Lucille was born on April 3, 1931, in Wahoo to Ludvik and Bessie (Benal) Wotipka. She graduated from Cedar Bluffs High School in 1948. Lucille married Marvin Fujan on April 15, 1953, and they made their home in North Bend. Together they raised five children.
She worked as a dental assistant from 1954 until 1956 and at Mutual of Omaha from 1957 until 1960, both in Omaha. She worked at National Gypsum Co. at the Mead Ordinance Plant from 1960 until 1962 and Gambles. Lucille worked for Dr. William Walla as a dental assistant in Fremont. The majority of her life, she raised her five children and worked on the family farm. Lucille and Marvin farmed in North Bend for 47 years.
Lucille’s faith was central to her life. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and St. Anne’s Altar Society in North Bend.
During Lucille’s later years, she traveled across the world and visited every state in the USA. Her greatest joy was gardening and canning. Lucille loved her flowers and plants and being outdoors. As a farmer’s wife, she looked forward to harvest time.
Survivors include daughter Joyce (Michael) Bowman of Bellevue; sons Michael (Debbie) Fujan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Thomas (Tera) Fujan of Shalimar, Florida, Randy (Tammy) Fujan of Ames; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren with one expecting; and sister Marianne Callahan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Marvin; daughter Jill (Michael) Walters and four sisters.
The funeral Mass was May 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the family and condolences may be left at  

Published May 8, 2024

Penny (Milligan) Lewis, North Bend, April 25, age 81
Penny Lewis
Doras ‘Penny’ Ann (Milligan) Lewis of North Bend passed away April 25. She passed peacefully surrounded by her family.
Penny was born in Broken Bow on March 3, 1943, to Darrell and Mildred Mason. She was the little sister to Dillard and Dona. She attended North High School in Omaha, where she twirled baton in the band, worked at Garalick Ford Dealership as a secretary, volunteered after school in pediatrics at Immanuel Hospital, was Y-Teen of the year for four years. During high school she met Jim, the love of her life. Penny graduated high school in 1961 and worked at Mutual of Omaha as a claim typist. Jim and Penny married Feb. 10, 1962. They moved to Apple Valley, California, until 1964 while Jim served in the Air Force. They welcomed their first child Lynora “Lynn” (Troy), and in 1964 they returned to Omaha where they welcomed two more children James (Kathy) and Lesa (Jim). Through the years Penny worked as a florist in green houses and floral shops. Jim and Penny moved their family to North Bend in 1978 where they raised their three children. Penny opened her own flower shop in North Bend, “Penny’s Florist.” After many years she closed the shop and went to work at Hy-Vee as the floral manager in Fremont. She returned to college and received her two-year business degree and worked for a number of years at O’Dell Turf and Ti in Elkhorn, doing their bookkeeping. After Mr. O’Dell passed away, she worked for his son John in their office helping with payroll and bookkeeping.
Jim and Penny loved to travel, fish and host many get-togethers with family and friends. Penny loved decorating for the holidays and enjoyed spending time with her seven grandchildren Brooke (Marcus), Kyle, Leo, JT (Charlene), Allissa (David), Anna and Mary Lynn. She lit up when she got to spend time with her great-grandchildren Malcolm, Charlotte, Morrigan, Gwen, Elliott, Lincoln, Carson and Zayden. Jim and Penny had two bonus grandchildren, Christian and Kendra. They had a special bond and loved them like their own.
You would often find Penny busy sewing, doing crafts, crocheting, puzzles, gardening and canning.
In 2013, the couple lost their home of 35 years to a fire and found themselves moving to town in North Bend. Penny often said she and Jim had a beautiful life together. He spoiled her often and was in love the first time their eyes met. He was waiting in heaven for her and now they can be in peace forever, together again.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. Refreshments will follow.
Online condolences may be left at  

Published May 1, 2024

Sharon (Watson) Miller, Lincoln, April 16, age 63
Sharon Miller
Sharon (Watson) Miller of Lincoln passed away April 16 at her home.
Sharon was born on Dec. 20, 1960, to Don and Margaret (LeGrand) Watson in Fremont. She grew up in North Bend and graduated from North Bend Central High School in 1979 where she was active in music and cheerleading.
Sharon attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln and continued to live and work in Lincoln. For the last 14 years, she was an intake support specialist for the Lincoln Housing Authority.
On June 18, 1994, she married Ron Miller of Lincoln. They enjoyed many activities together, including golfing and going to their favorite restaurants. She also enjoyed spending time with family, doing crafts, going to concerts and book club.
Survivors include her husband Ron, mother Margaret Wesely, brother Doug (Linda) Watson, all of Fremont, twin sister Karen (Rick) Eaton of Katy, Texas, stepbrother Dan (Dee) Wesely of Morse Bluff, sister-in-law Kathy Nelson of Nebraska City and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Don Watson, stepfather Ben Wesely and stepsister Sharon Wesely.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 23, at Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 North Somers Avenue in Fremont. Cremation and burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the family. Online condolences may be left at  

Published April 24, 2024

Mary "Chida" Wisnieski, Dodge, April 8, age 86
Mary Wisnieski
Mary “Chida” Wisnieski of Dodge died Monday, April 8, at Franciscan Healthcare in West Point. Her funeral Mass was April 15 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge with Rev. Walter Jong-A-Kiem as celebrant. Burial was at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements were by by Stokely Funeral Home.
Mary Ida Wisnieski was born on May 5,1937, in Fremont to John and Edith (Button) Chapman. She attended school in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1954. Chida received her teaching certificate from Wayne State College and taught in a country school near North Bend. On February 1, 1958, Chida married Joseph Wisnieski at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clyde northwest of North Bend. The couple farmed and raised 10 children south of Dodge before moving to town in 1991. Chida worked in various roles in the Dodge school system. She also worked in nutritional services at Parkview Nursing Home.
Chida was a leader of Town and Country 4-H Club and a member of Sunnyside Hill Extension Club. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Altar Society where she served in various roles.
Chida’s greatest joy was spending time with her 27 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Her passions were gardening, reading, birding, watching and listening to all sporting events and playing cards and games. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida for a
few months in the winter.
Chida is survived by her children, Stephen of Dodge, Mary (Kevin) Janata of Howells, Peggy (Bill) Allen of Gainesville, Fla., Alice (Ken) Ritzdorf of Elkhorn, Joe (Beth) Wisnieski of Schuyler, Janice (Jeff) Bart of Aurora, Dan (Brenda) Wisnieski of Schuyler, Matt (Chris) Wisnieski of Malcolm, and Mike (Brandy) Wisnieski of Gretna; son-in-law Ron Schommer; grandchildren
Jennifer (Clint) Werner, Bryon (Meagan) Janata, Kevin (Rachel) Janata, Jason (Stacey) Janata, Katie (Jason) Slabach, Chrissy Allen, Brian (Kelly) Allen, Julie (Kyle) Roesler, Jake (Andrea) Ritzdorf, Sara (Nick) Schram, Joe (Faith) Wisnieski, Morgan Wisnieski, Shelby Kuehn, Ben Kuehn, Jordan (Emily) Bart, Josh (Shelby) Bart, Jonna (Zach) Renken, Kyle (Amanda) Walton, Brian Schommer, Erin Draft, Cody (Madison) Wisnieski, Casey (Katelyn) Wisnieski, Mason Wisnieski, Justin Wisnieski, Brandon Wisnieski, Madi Wisnieski, and Ethyn Wisnieski; and 35 great grandchildren.
Chida is preceded in death by her husband Joseph in 2011, daughter Sue in 2021, parents John and Edith Chapman, brothers Dave, Charles, and John Chapman, and parents-in-law Joseph and Philomena Wisnieski. 

Published April 17, 2024

Gene L. Minarick, Snyder, March 29, age 98
Gene Minarick
Eugene Luke “Gene” Minarick of Snyder passed away March 29 at Bryan East Health in Lincoln. He was born Dec. 20, 1925, on the farm near Snyder to Joseph and Elizabeth “Betsey” (Chapman) Minarick.
Gene graduated from North Bend High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from July 14, 1945, to Aug. 2, 1946, during World War II. He then returned to the family farm.
Gene married Mary Baumert on May 2, 1951, at Aloys. He farmed with his brother Francis in the Webster area for 40 years and an additional 12 years before retiring in 1998.
Gene was an active member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Snyder where he served as a lector and taught CCD classes for many years. He was a member of American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff. Gene was the last surviving World War II veteran in the North Bend/Morse Bluff area.
Gene served on the Webster School Board and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus in North Bend.
Survived by daughters Jane (Joe) Francis of Lincoln, Christine (Vaughn) Gross-Rhode of North Bend and Sister Mary Clare Minarick (School Sisters of Christ the King) of Lincoln; sons Ted (Linda) Minarick of Morse Bluff, Jim (Ann) Minarick of North Bend and Steve (Sharen) Minarick of Morse Bluff; sister Mary Konicek of Denver; sister-in-law Mary Lou Baumert of Aloys, 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary, sister Rita Deppe, brother Francis Minarick and infant grandson Samuel Minarick.
His funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at St. Leo Catholic Church in Snyder. Rev. Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Living Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church in Snyder. Private interment with military honors will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church or Morse Bluff Legion Post 340. 

Published April 3, 2024

Linda (Widhelm) Parson, Moravia, Iowa, Marh 27, age 71
Linda Parson
Linda Marie Parson of Moravia, Iowa, passed away on March 27 at MercyOne in Centerville, Iowa, under the care of EveryStep Hospice.
Linda was born on Sept. 2, 1952, in Fremont to Ralph and Katherine (Lemke) Widhelm. She grew up attending school and graduated from North Bend High School. On Sept. 1, 1973, Linda was united in marriage to Steve Parson and to this union three children were born, Aubrey, Natalie and Nolan. Linda and Steve later divorced. On April 21, 2001, she married Carl McElroy. Linda and Carl shared 19 years of marriage prior to his passing on July 12, 2020.
Linda was a lifelong Catholic who was very strong in her faith. She enjoyed being outdoors vegetable and flower gardening. Her passion was bicycling with her husband Carl. Linda was very talented with arts and crafts. She loved to paint, especially Easter eggs and bunnies, as well as embroidering. Linda and Carl enjoyed traveling and his career with the NOAA provided opportunities for them to live in locations including Camp Springs, Maryland, Brownsville, Texas, Barrigada, Guam, and Miami, Florida. Above all else, family was everything to Linda and she cherished all of the time she spent her children, brothers, sisters and especially her grandchildren.
Linda is survived by children Aubrey (Mike) Robinson, Natalie (Travis) Hunter and Nolan (Karen Meredor) Parson; her grandchildren Peyton, Kaylen, Clayton and Jayden Robinson, Brooks Hunter, and Emily and Avery Parson; siblings Doris (Mike) O’Malley, Gary (Robin) Widhelm, Jane (Don) O’Neill, Nancy (Denny) Petersen, Greg Widhelm and Genni (Steve) Cerny. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
Linda is preceded in death by her husband Carl McElroy and her parents, Ralph and Katherine Widhelm.
Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 1, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Linda’s family present to greet family and friends. A Rosary was led by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society. A Christian Wake Service was held at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., April 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia, with Rev. Mark Yates, C.PP.S. and Rev. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S. co-officiating. Burial followed services at Hillcrest Cemetery in Moravia, Iowa.
Memorials have been established to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia or Centerville and to EveryStep Hospice.
Condolences and memories to the family may be left online at 

Published April 3, 2024

Carol (Lincoln) Wiebold, North Bend, Feb. 29, age 81
Carol Wiebold
Carol L. Wiebold of North Bend, passed away Feb. 29 at Nye Legacy in Fremont. She was born March 15, 1942, in Fremont to Harry and Esther (Bandlow) Lincoln.
Carol grew up in Fremont and graduated from Fremont Senior High School. She married Carroll Wiebold on July 24, 1960, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. They moved to North Bend in 1965.
She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend and the North Bend Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
Carol is survived by her husband Carroll and son Scott (Leta) Wiebold, all of North Bend; son Tim (Carol T.) Wiebold of North Fort Myers, Florida; daughter Lorie (Tony) Washington of Grand Island; sister Mary Wahl of Fremont; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and several brothers and sisters-in-laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law Bob Nelson and eight sisters and five brothers.
Her funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. Visitation will be on Monday, March 11 from 5-7 p.m., at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Bend Volunteer Fire Department or to the North Bend-Morse Bluff Veterans Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be left at 

Published March 6, 2024

Roy "Boomer" Gillis Jr., Pages, Ariz., Feb. 24, age 80
Roy Boomer Gillis
Roy E. "Boomer" Gillis Jr. of Page, Arizona, formerly of North Bend, died peacefully Feb. 24 at St George, Utah, Hospital at the age of 80.
Boomer was born in Omaha on Aug. 30, 1943, to Roy and Geraldine (Jones) Gillis. When was the artist born? The creativeness was certainly with him growing up in North Bend where he graduated from North Bend High School in 1963. His talent for painting developed as he studied his art at Midland College in Fremont, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Southern Utah. It was in the desert that his art revealed itself completely to him. The seclusion of the Southwest took Boomer away for the greater part of his life, to paint, create and evolve.
Others have enjoyed his painting as well. This includes shows at Wesleyan University, Lincoln; Midland College, Fremont; The University of Southern Utah; The State Bank of Southern Utah, Cedar City, Utah; The Justice Building and the Lake Powell Museum in Page, Arizona, to name a few.
Boomer enjoyed volunteering with the D.A.R.E. program of Page. He also had a love of music. The guitar was his instrument of choice, and folk music was his favored music style.
Boomer is survived by his daughter Salem Gillis-Vine of Texas, brothers Robert Gillis (Eileen Johnson) of Plainview and Gary (Marsha) Gillis of North Bend, nephew Daniel (Nicole) Gillis of Omaha, nieces Shelly Gillis (Craig Duncombe) of Omaha, Elizabeth (Ross) Lafleur of Hooper and Melissa (Demetri) Fountas of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents and niece Patricia Cantu. The family will have a private memorial service at Armstrong Cemetery in Rushville, Mo. where he will be buried next to his parents. 

Published March 6, 2024

Cheryl (Wiles) Dubbs, North Bend, Feb. 1, age 80
Cheryl Dubbs
Cheryl M. Dubbs of North Bend passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, at Methodist Fremont Health in Fremont. 
Cheryl was born on Sept. 28, 1943, to Milton and Gertrude (Peters) Wiles in Grand Island. She graduated from Grand Island High School. Cheryl and her family lived in various places including Wood River, Dennison, Iowa, Cotttonwood Falls, Kanas and settled in North Bend in 1974. She worked for the North Bend Popcorn Plant, J’s Bridal, Omaha Steaks and retired in 2010 from Fremont Memorial Hospital. Cheryl loved to bowl in her younger years. She also loved to travel with her sister and take care of her garden. Cheryl loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Randy Dubbs, sister Joann Marino, brother Eugene Wiles, nephew David Fisher and brother-in-law Dave Fisher. 
Cheryl is survived by daughter Shannon (Rob) Krueger of Lincoln, sons Kevin Dubbs of North Bend, Brian (Maria) Dubbs of Fremont and Daniel (Stephanie) Dubbs of David City; sister Bonnie Fisher; grandchildren Trey (Megan) Dubbs, Kaylyn (Matthew) Lewis, Noah Krueger, Kobe Krueger, Samuel Dubbs, and Brock Dubbs; two great grandchildren, Brynlee, Lucas, and one on the way. 
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Pastor Lawson Short will officiate. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Iowa at a later date. 
Memorials may be directed to the North Bend Fire and Rescue or donor’s choice. 
Online condolences may be left at: 

Published Feb. 7, 2024

Darlene (Voss) Dvorak, North Bend, Jan. 29, age 86
Darline Dvorak
Darlene Joann Dvorak of rural North Bend passed away Jan. 29 at Methodist Fremont Health in Fremont surrounded by her family. 
Darlene was born on July 21, 1937, at the farm home east of North Bend to Lester and Wilhelmina (Kirchmann) Voss. She grew up in rural Ames and graduated from North Bend High School in 1955. In Darlene’s younger years, she worked for McGinn’s Grocery in North Bend and HP Law in Fremont.
On June 5, 1960, Darlene married James E. “Jim” Dvorak at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. The couple lived on a farm near Ames until moving to a farm north of North Bend in 1981. Darlene was a homemaker raising their children and meticulously maintaining their home and farm. Darlene enjoyed ceramics, cooking, baking, crafts, painting, caring for her beautiful flowers, gardening, mowing, and birdwatching with cardinals being her favorite. Darlene enjoyed having her family over for dinners and holidays. She was known for her delicious pies. Darlene passed her love of livestock onto her children and ensured they were involved in FFA, 4-H and showing livestock. She was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker volleyball and football fan and enjoyed the music of Elvis.   
Darlene attended Fremont Alliance Church, was a member of a local extension club and Bible studies with her friends.   
She was preceded by her parents, brother Doug Voss and in-laws Joe and Marion Dvorak.  
Darlene is survived by her husband Jim; sons Steve (Yaz) Dvorak of rural North Bend, Mike (Jen) Dvorak of Sheridan, Montana, and Dan (Kris) Dvorak of rural North Bend; brother, Don (Dixie) Voss of rural North Bend; grandchildren Luke and Jake Dvorak of Sheridan, Montana, Allie (Mark) Dorcey of rural Morse Bluff, Ashley Dvorak (Chris Janssen) of Fremont, Andrea (Johan) Williams of rural North Bend and Aspen Dvorak of rural North Bend; and great-grandchildren, Taetum, Oaklie, Krete, and Scotlyn Dorcey, and Kaia and Timber Williams.  
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Fremont Alliance Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend with family present during this time. 
Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.  
Memorials may be directed to the family and will be presented to Make-A-Wish Nebraska or mailed directly to: Make-A-Wish Nebraska (1005 South 107th Ave. Ste 102, Omaha, NE 68114) or to St. Jude’s. Make-A-Wish Nebraska was special to Darlene as her youngest granddaughter, Aspen, was a recipient of a Make-A-Wish wish. 
Online condolences may be left at:

Published Feb. 7, 2024

Irish M. Krepel, North Bend, Jan. 21, age 92
Irish Krepel
Irish M. Krepel of North Bend passed away Jan. 31 at Dunklau Gardens hospice suites peacefully with family by his side. He was born Jan.21, 1932 in Dodge to Joseph and Wilma (Cinfel) Krepel.
Irish lived in Schuyler until moving to North Bend at the age of 8. He served as a Sergent in the U.S. Army from Sept. 8, 1952, to July 20, 1954, in Korea during the Korean War receiving two Bronze Service Stars. He returned to North Bend and worked for the North Bend trailer factory as an electrician and then the Schuyler packing house for 25 years. Irish also worked in the evenings as a projectionist at several Fremont movie theaters for 20 years. In retirement he worked for the city of North Bend for 10 years and Nebraska Irrigated Seed drying corn at night during harvest for another 20 years fully retiring in 2017. He loved to garden and to share his produce with friends and family. He also enjoyed listening to polka music outside on his patio.
Irish married Doris Lage on June 4, 1956, at the North Bend Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2021.
Irish was a member of the Fremont Presbyterian Church, North Bend VFW Post 8223 and North Bend Volunteer Fire Department for about 27 years.
He is survived by his daughter JoLynn (Robert Jr.) Hartman of North Bend; brothers Joseph (Margaret) Krepel of Schuyler and Vern (Kathy) Krepel of North Bend; stepbrother Daryol (Ann) Butcher of Rolla, Missouri; three grandchildren: Beau Hartman, Tony (Natalie) Hartman and McKenzie (Jon) Greve; and five great-grandchildren: Braxton Hartman, Cru and Ty Greve, Joslyn and Reese Hartman; and sisters-in-law, LaVerne Schneider and Janet Topp.
Irish is preceded in death by his parents, wife, three infant sons and one infant daughter and brothers Donald and Duane Krepel.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9 at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday also at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Woodland Cemetery at North Bend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Blessings Food Pantry at United Presbyterian Church or to donors’ choice. Online condolences may be left at

Published Feb. 7, 2024

Erin L. Colgan, Yankton, S.D., Jan. 20, age 58
Erin Leah Colgan of Yankton, South Dakota, died at Sacred Heart Monastery on Jan. 20. She was born in Fremont in 1965 to James and Alice Colgan. Erin graduated from North Bend Central in 1983 before completing a degree in business education at Wayne State College. She worked at the University of Nebraska Foundation before entering the Sacred Heart Monastery in 1994.
After joining the monastery, Erin completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota. She served in a variety of roles in the monastery. Erin volunteered with prison ministry bringing hope to many, a role which she embraced fully.
Her hobbies included reading, knitting, playing cards and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Erin was proceeded in death by her mother, Alice Colgan, and nephew Holden Mead. She is survived by her father, James Colgan of Fremont, her siblings Rick (Jill) Colgan of Fremont, Anne (David) Webb of Ventura, California, and Heather (Philip) Mead of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
There will be a rosary at Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel, 1005 W. Eighth Street, Yankton, South Dakota, and a wake at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. A funeral Mass will be on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. followed immediately with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A luncheon will be held after the services at Sacred Heart Monastery.

Published Jan. 24, 2024

Sally (Flora) Hamilton, North Bend, Jan. 19, age 91
Sally Hamilton

Sally A. Hamilton of North Bend passed away Jan. 19, at Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn. She was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Rogers to Peter and Olive (Shultz) Flora.
Sally was raised in Rogers until the eighth grade when her family moved to a farm north of North Bend. She graduated from North Bend High School in 1949. Sally married David T. Hamilton on Feb. 12, 1950, in North Bend where they lived most of their married life. She was a former member of the First Methodist Church in North Bend and a current member of United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. Sally was a charter member of the North Bend Friends of the Library, past president of the North Bend Library Foundation and served two terms on the North Bend Library Board of Trustees. She was past president of the Trustee Section of the Nebraska Library Association. In 1986 Sally received the Nebraska Library Association Trustee Citation Award for outstanding leadership and dedicated service. She also volunteered with the activities program at Birchwood Manor nursing home for 17 years.
Sally is survived by her twin sons, Daniel (Becky) Hamilton of Omaha and David A. (Sheryl) Hamilton of Elkhorn; daughters Linda C. Hamilton (Lee Ireland) of Upland, Calif., and Carol (Phil) Stallings of Omaha; sister Eva Roubal of Lincoln; grandchildren Christy (Kenton) Schegg, Aaron (Sarah) Hamilton and Matt (Emily) Hamilton; and great-grandchildren Katie Schegg, Stella Schegg, Davin Hamilton, Lena Hamilton, Sam Hamilton, Jack Hamilton and William Hamilton.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband David T. Hamilton in Dec. 2020, and brothers Allan and Walter Mitchell.
Burial will be at Purple Cane Cemetery. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Condolences to the family may be sent to Carol Stallings, 7415 N 139 th St., Omaha, NE 68142. Memorials may be directed to the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend.
Online condolences may be left at

Published Jan. 24, 2024

Bill Peters, North Bend, Jan. 12, age 88
Bill Peters

H. William “Bill” Peters of North Bend passed away Jan. 12 at his home with his daughter Sarah by his side. He was born June 21, 1935, to Henry and Louise (Lucke) Peters on a farm northwest of North Bend. Bill grew up on the farm and attended District 7 country school. He graduated from North Bend High School in 1953. Bill then enlisted in the U.S. Army serving from Feb. 25, 1954, to Feb. 24,1956.
He worked for both United and Braniff Airlines in Denver and Washington, D.C. Bill returned to North Bend and farmed until 1977. He was then employed by Terra International Chemical Co. and Husker Coop, retiring in 2011.
Bill married Rita Agnes Gaughen on Aug. 13, 1966, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend.
He was a member of the Nebraska Air Boat Association and the North Bend AmVets. Bill was an avid fan of snowmobiling, air boats and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with family at their cabin on the Platte River.
Bill is survived by his daughter Sarah Peters (Lawayne) Svehla of Elwood; grandson Sean Kassmeier of San Bernardino, California; granddaughter Hannah Kassmeier of Lincoln; sister Maxine Peters Bray of Fremont and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Rita in 2021.
His funeral Mass was Jan. 19 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Interment and military honors were at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at

Published Jan. 24, 2024

Marvin D. Steinbach, Morse Bluff, Jan. 11, age 84
Marvin Steinbach
Marvin D. Steinbach of Morse Bluff passed away Jan. 11 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Marvin was born in a farmhouse east of North Bend on March 2, 1939, to James and Lillian (Masek) Steinbach. He worked jobs across Nebraska and North Dakota, finally settling in Omaha.
Marv and Yvonne Tesar married in 1964, the same year he founded Marv’s Tree Service
Omaha. He built his business with one chainsaw, a truck, grit and determination. Marv’s children grew up in the business and continue in some capacity today, as do several of his
In 2005, Marv and Yvonne built their dream home on his Morse Bluff childhood farm. Then he started Marv’s Tree Service West, which he operated until the autumn of 2023.
Marv is survived by his wife Yvonne; children Laura Fletcher, Mike (Maleka), Trish (Ben) Glass and Ken; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, niece and nephews. He is preceded by his parents, three brothers, one sister, one sister-in-law and one grandson.
His funeral service was Jan. 23 at St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff. Burial took place at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Morse Bluff.
Memorials may directed to the Saunders County Lost Pets.
Online condolences may be left at:

Published Feb. 14, 2024

Joyce (Adrian) Perrin, Columbus, Jan. 10, age 80
Joyce Perrin

Joyce Perrin 80, of Columbus, formerly of Schuyler, died Jan. 10 in Columbus. Funeral services are Jan. 17, 11 a.m., at Kracl Funeral Chapel, Schuyler with Jerry L. Kracl officiating. Burial will be Purple Cane Cemetery in rural Rogers. Memorials can be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Joyce was born Aug. 6, 1943, in Chicago, to Roger and Margaret (Bilecki) Adrian. The family moved to Omaha where she graduated from Omaha Central High School. On Aug. 17, 1963, she married William H. Perrin at the First Methodist Church in Omaha. They lived on Fuller Hill for two years and in 1965 moved to the family home place north of Rogers. Joyce worked in hospital admissions for Schuyler Memorial Hospital for 28 years. She was a charter member of the Schuyler Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, served as president and vice-president several times, was the chairman of the Hobby and Craft Market, was an Extension board member, member of the Purple Cane Extension Club, 4-H leader and council member and was active for many years at Christ United Methodist Church in Schuyler.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Bill Perrin of Columbus, children Laura Wisnieski and Todd Gaddie of Omaha, Jane Goseland of Derby, Kansas, James (Anita) Perrin of Ogallala and Kevin (Lisa) Perrin of Columbus; grandchildren Zakary (Hayley) Wisnieski, Breanna Goseland and Jacob Hinkle, Alicia Goseland, Tyler, Thomas, Anthony, Celine and Elyena Perrin and one great-grandchild, Clayton Hinkle. She was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws Carl and Nellie Perrin, three brothers-in-law Clarence Karsk, Morgan Werblow and Carl A. Perrin, great-grandchildren Audrey and Judith Hinkle and son-in-law Jimmy Goseland. Joyce was also preceded in death by her very dear friend Marge Bailey.

Published Jan. 17, 2024

Mary Jean (Iske) Paup, Seatt;e, Dec. 31, age 92

Mary Jean was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Fremont to Clare (Gaughen) and Leonard Iske, and she passed away on Dec. 31, 2023, in Port Angeles, Washington. She grew up on a farm in Pleasant Valley Township and was a 1949 graduate of North Bend High School. Mary Jean worked for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha for several years before moving to Seattle in 1953. Her passions were hiking and traveling around much of the world.
Survivors include her daughters Barbara (John) Soriano of Marysville, Washington, Jennifer Paup of Lynnwood, Washington, and Elizabeth (Chris) of Port Angeles, Washington. Also, she is survived by her grandchildren Dustin Soriano (Melissa) of Colorado Springs, Karina of Seattle, and Lauren of Forks, Washington; sister Helen Tallerico of Sacramento and multiple nieces and nephews.
Mary Jean was predeceased by her husband, Martin Paup of Seattle, her parents Clare (Marvin) Gocken and Leonard Iske; brother Charles (Gorgene) Iske and sister Margaret Iske.
Her graveside funeral is on January 26 in Seattle. Butterworth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and an online obituary is available.

Published Jan. 24, 2024

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