2004-12-15T18:00:00Z Obituaries
December 15, 2004 6:00 pm

n Iona M. Birt

Greeley, Colo., formerly Roca

Iona M. Birt, 85, Greeley, Colo., formerly Roca, died Thursday (12/16/04).

Services pending. Butherus, Maser &Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St.

n Bernie G. Brandt

Pawnee City

Bernie G. Brandt, 54, Pawnee City, died Wednesday (12/15/04). Born, Crete (10/24/50), to Lester and Dorothy (Drevo)Brandt.

Survivors: mother, Dorothy Jilek, Fairview, Kan.; brothers, sisters-in-law, Allen and Bonnie, Emery and Charlene, Fred, all Martell, Charles and Lois, Wichita, Kan., Daniel, Lincoln; nieces, nephews.

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. Visitation: begins 6 p.m. today, funeral home. q

n Max Brown


Max Brown, 92, Lexington, pioneer in broadcast journalism, died Wednesday (12/15/04).

Memorial services pending. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lexington Foundation designated for the KRVN Foundation or to First Methodist Church, Lexington. q

n Kenneth Cauble


Kenneth Cauble, 56, Lincoln, died Tuesday (12/14/04).

Corrected survivors: daughters, Gina Hill, Leawood, Kan., Mikaela Cauble, Lincoln; sons, Jeff Cauble, Omaha, Rockdale "Rocky" Cauble, Lincoln.

Memorial services:1 p.m. Saturday, Roper &Sons Funeral Services, 4300 O St. Cremation; no visitation. Memorials to the family, in care of the funeral home.

n Hilda (Coulthard)Christman


Hilda (Coulthard)Christman, 88, Lincoln, died Saturday (12/11/04).

Burial will be at a later date in Kansas, next to her husband, Marvin. Cremation; no visitation. Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Ave. q

n Viola Amelia Hoessel Weber Dasenbrock


Viola Amelia Hoessel Weber Dasenbrock, 89, Lincoln, died Dec. 8, 2004.

Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, St. John's Lutheran Church, Leigh. No visitation. Memorials to Platte County Historical Society, Tabitha Health Care Center; ELCA Seminarian Fund; or donor's choice. Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N. 27th St. Condolences or personal reflections may be left online at q

n Charles R. 'Chuck' Faulder


Charles R. "Chuck" Faulder, 53, Lincoln, died Wednesday (12/15/04), from injuries as a result of a car accident near Lexington. Born Beatrice, (10/26/1951) to Irvin (Emery) and Nellie (Beck) Faulder. Field representative, Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak Law Firm. Member: Christ Lutheran Church; Lincoln Southwest High School Booster Club. Previously employed by the State of Nebraska Public Service Commission as a railroad safety inspector and Burlington Northern Railroad. Chuck had a wonderful sense of humor, magnetic personality and enjoyed spending time with many family and friends.

Survivors: beloved husband of Terri; proud father of sons, Christopher and Grant; daughter, Jordan; loyal son of Irvin (Emery) and Nellie Faulder, Lincoln; sisters, brothers-in-law, Roberta and Eldon Beavers, Oklahoma City, Judy and Jim Zagar, Alamogordo, N.M.; Sara and Mark O'Rourke, Lincoln; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and friends. Preceded in death by grandparents.

Memorial service: 1:00 p.m. Monday, Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St. The Rev. Luke R. Schnake. Pallbearers: Tim Sandusky, Wayne Goos, Bruce Couillard, John Charbonneau, Rick Bryant, Jim Klein. Honorary pallbearers: Law Firm of Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak, PLC in Minneapolis. Visitation: 5 p.m. Saturday until 9:00 p.m. Sunday, with family greeting friends, 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Roper & Sons, 4300 O St. Memorials to the Faulder Children's Education Fund. Condolences or personal reflections may be left online at q

n Clyde N. Fletcher Sr.


Clyde N. Fletcher Sr., 87, Avoca, died Thursday (12/16/04), in Lincoln.

Survivors: wife, Ermil; sons, daughters-in-law, Clyde Jr. and Doris Fletcher, Nebraska City, Thomas and Darlene Fletcher, Lincoln; granddaughter, Sharri Fletcher; grandsons, spouse, Russ Fletcher,Randy Sr. and Sheli Fletcher; six great-grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by: parents; three sisters; six brothers.

Services: 11 a.m. Monday, First Christian Church, Weeping Water. Avoca Cemetery. Visitation: 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Hammons Family Funeral Home, Weeping Water. Memorials to the cemetery. q

n William J. Franzen

Falls City

William J. Franzen, 96, Falls City, died Thursday (12/16/04). Born, Wymore. Retired, custodian.

Survivors: wife, Thelma; son, Larry, Falls City; daughter, Janet Krawczyk, De Land,Fla.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Falls City. Memorials to family's choice. Dorr&Clark Funeral Home, Falls City.

n Clyde W. Fuhrer


Clyde W. Fuhrer, 84, Hickman, died Monday (12/13/04) at Firth.

Services: 10 a.m. today, Metcalf Funeral Home, Firth. Visitation: today, 8 a.m. until services. q

n George J. Fujan

Wahoo, formerly Colon

George J. Fujan, 79, Wahoo, formerly Colon, died Wednesday (12/15/04) in Wahoo. Born, Raymond (12/4/25),to Fred R. and Verna Pokorny Fujan.

Survivors: sisters, brothers-in-law, Alice and Adolph Furasek, Wahoo, Geraldine Palanuk, Oakridge, Ore, Mary Ann Votipka, Exeter; brothers, sisters-in-law, Fred and Edna Fujan, Lincoln, John and Delores Fujan, Linwood; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wahoo. The Rev. John Cooper. Visitation: 4-8 p.m., with a rosary, 7 p.m., today, Svoboda FuneralHome, Wahoo. Memorials to family's choice. q today, Svoboda FuneralHome, Wahoo. Memorials to family's choice. q today, Svoboda FuneralHome, Wahoo. Memorials to family's choice. q

n DeVere J. Gerwick


DeVere J. Gerwick, 81, Seward, died Dec. 8, 2004. Born, Beatrice. Former: educator, Seward Public Schools; State Farm agent; fund-raiser at Concordia University; Hughes Brothers. Member: St. John Lutheran Church, Seward; Lutheran Layman's League.

Survivors: wife, Winona; daughter, son-in-law, Sue Christine and Gary Glen Weaver, Irvine, Calif.; grandson, Daniel DeVere Weaver, Honolulu; granddaughter, Sara Rebekah Weaver, Irvine, Calif.; brothers, sisters-in-law, Vern Frank and Marian Leila (Bliss) Gerwick, Louisville, Ky., Carl Lewis and Clara Lydia (Gregerson) Gerwick, Overland Park, Kan.; niece; nephews; cousins. Preceded in death by: parents, Charles L. and Mary V. (Novotny) Gerwick; infant sister; nephew, James Arthur Gerwick and his son, Rex DeVere Gerwick.

Services: 2 p.m. Monday, St. John Lutheran Church. The Rev. Orville Walz. Seward Cemetery. Visitation: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Wood-Zabka Funeral Home, Seward; one hour prior to services Monday, church. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to the family, 430 N. 2nd St., Seward, NE 68434. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent to q

n Barbara Jean Hawkins


Barbara Jean Hawkins, 61, Wymore, died Wednesday (12/15/04). Born,Beatrice.

Survivors: mother, Irene Jurgens, Gretna; son, Elliott, Fairbury; daughter, Angelique Meyer, Wymore; brothers, Leon Jurgens, Dallas, William Jurgens, Omaha; sister, Sandra Stryner, Panama City, Fla.; two grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters.

Memorial services: 11 a.m.Monday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, south of Wymore. Church cemetery. No visitation. Register book: 12:30-9 p.m. Sunday, with family greeting friends, 4-5 p.m., Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore. Memorials:church; Wymore Senior Center with Marvin Pollman, Alvin Luppen and Ramona Wienck in charge.

n Esther Hazel (Nye) Henderson


Esther Hazel (Nye) Henderson, 91, Lincoln, died Saturday (11/13/04). Born, Knox County (Winnatoon Township), Jan. 17, 1913, to Enoch Wesley and Glendale (Fletcher) Nye. Graduate, Jackson High School. Homemaker. Member: Rosemont Alliance Church; former, First United Methodist Church; Order of Eastern Star; Bethel Guardian of Job's Daughters No. 27; Lincoln Music Club. Active church musician as a singer, pianist. She loved family activities, crafts, games and camping.

Survivors: husband, Arthur J.; son, daughter-in-law, Dwain and Ethel Henderson, Lincoln; daughter, Jean E. Henderson, Lincoln; grandchildren, Cameron, Graeme and Adam Dodworth; one great-grandson; stepsister, LaVerne Iverson, Iowa; nieces; nephews; cousins. Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, The Revs. Harold, Laurence, Roland andKenneth Nye.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Eastmont Towers Chapel, 6325 O St. The Rev. LeRoy Anson. No visitation; cremation. Memorials to Eastmont Towers Foundation, 6325 O St., Lincoln 68510. Condolences or personal reflections may be left at Roper & Sons Funeral Services, 4300 O St. q

n Kay Ellen Jacobsen

New Holland, Pa.

Kay Ellen Jacobsen, 64, New Holland, Pa., died Wednesday (12/15/04). Born, Lincoln. Graduate, Hastings College.

Survivors: husband, Kenneth K.; daughters, Karen M. Jacobsen, Harrisburg, Loré T. Rayer, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., Kristina R. Angellotti, Julian, Pa.; two grandchildren; brother, Thomas Cooper, Omaha; sister, Mary Lou Hoing, Aspen, Colo.

Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Beck Funeral Home Inc., New Holland, Pa. Private interment, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers: Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

n Robert L. Jelinek


Robert L. Jelinek, 89, Crete, died Wednesday (12/15/04), in Friend.

Survivors: nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Kuncl Funeral Home,Crete. The Rev. Roger Wolfe. Big Blue Cemetery, Saline County. Visitation: begins 1 p.m. today until time of services, funeral home. q

n Erma Kuzel


Erma Kuzel, 95, Seward, widow of Emil, died Sunday (12/12/04).

Mass of Christian burial:10 a.m. today, St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Seward. Signing of remembrance book: one hour before services, church. Memorials todonor's choice, in care of the family. Wood-Zabka Funeral Home, Seward. q

n Robert L. Law Sr.

Falls City

Robert L. Law Sr., 72, Falls City, died Wednesday (12/15/04). Born, Falls City. Retired, law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard.

Survivors: sons, Robert Jr., Lawson, Mo., John, Longmont, Colo.; daughter, Cindy L. Law, Topeka, Kan.; sister, Phyliss Cudney, Hutchinson, Kan.; special friend, Sharon Eckard, Falls City; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, Falls City. Cornelison Cemetery, Reserve, Kan. Visitation: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, funeral home.

n Fredolin T. Lechner

Phoenix, formerly Nebraska City

Fredolin T. Lechner, 87, Phoenix, formerly Nebraska City, died Sunday (12/12/04). Born, Otoe County. Retired, power plant operator, Corps of Engineers, Riverdale, Calif.

Survivors: children, Alice Huey, Judy Ison, both Phoenix, James Lechner, Buena Park, Calif., David Lechner, Grand Ledge, Mich.; sister, Minnie Schmitz; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Nebraska City. Church cemetery. Rosary:7 p.m. today, Gude Mortuary, Nebraska City. Memorials to the Nebraska City Rescue Squad.

n Shirley Claire Washburn McCoy


Shirley Claire Washburn McCoy, 76, Lincoln, widow of Mac, died Monday (12/13/04). Born, Denver.

Survivors: daughters, Lynn Hannah, Leslie Bender, both Lincoln, Sandra Washburn, San Francisco, Paula Wilson, Atlanta; sons, Ronald Washburn, Houston, David, Las Vegas; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, James Griffis, Boston.

Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Louisville. Riverview Cemetery, Louisville. Visitation:9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, with family, 6-9 p.m., Fusselman Wymore Funeral Home. Memorials to family's choice.

n Owen H. 'Jack' Monson

Formerly Grand Island

Owen H. "Jack"Monson, 84, formerly Grand Island, widower of Jean, died Dec. 5, 2004. Born, Mayville, S.D. U.S. Army Air Corps. Owned his own band, Jack Monson Combo Molzer Music Company.

Survivors: son, Larry, Lincoln; daughter, Karen Woodward, Cheyenne, Wyo.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services: 4 p.m. Tuesday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Private burial, West Lawn Cemetery. Memorials: Shrine Children's Hospital; Tabitha Health CareHospice Unit in Lincoln. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island.

n Dorene (Patton)Moore

Pueblo West, Colo., formerly Crete

Dorene (Patton)Moore, 67, Pueblo West, Colo., formerly Crete, died Dec. 7, 2004.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Pueblo West Baptist Church. q

n Lloyd Dean Murphy


Lloyd Dean Murphy, 54, Lincoln, died Monday (12/13/04).

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. today, St. John's Catholic Church, 7601 Vine St. Visitation:half hour prior to Mass, church. Butherus, Maser &Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St. q

n Mildred P. 'Polly' Northrup

Lincoln, formerly Norfolk

Mildred P. "Polly"Northrup, 78, Lincoln, formerly Norfolk, died Tuesday (12/14/04).

Services: 10 a.m. today, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 6001 ASt. Burial:3:30 p.m. today, Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Norfolk. A memorial fund has been established forPleasant Plains Baptist Church, 331 Pleasant Plains Road, Jackson, TN 38305; and Alzheimer's Association (to support research), 5601 S. 27th St., Suite 201, Lincoln 68512. Condolences or personal reflections may be left online at q

n Mary H. O'Brien


Mary H. O'Brien, 93, Kearney, died Sunday (12/12/04) in Kearney.

Services: 10:30 a.m. today, First United Methodist Church, Kearney. Visitation:one hour prior to services, church. Memorials: church. Roper &Sons Funeral Services, 4300 OSt. Condolences: q

n Leon G. Orender


Leon G. Orender, 59, Lincoln, died Monday (12/13/04).

Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 6126 Morrill Ave. Visitation:9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, with Rosary service at 7 p.m., Butherus, Maser &Love Funeral Home, 4040 ASt. Memorials to the family or to the church. q

n Richard Montz'Dick' Pope


Richard Montz "Dick" Pope, 78, Tecumseh, died Wednesday (12/15/04) at his home in Tecumseh. Postal clerk, U.S. Postal Service, Tecumseh, 30 years. Member: past Masonic Master; past Worthy Patron, Order of Eastern Star. Veteran, World War II,U.S. Marine Corps.

Survivors: wife, Theoma; daughter, son-in-law, Suzanne Pope Wilson and David, Tecumseh; son, daughter-in-law, Phillip Andrew "Andy" and Karen, Chadron; grandchildren, Casey Bryant Wilson, Carylnn Richard Lang, Mitchell Andrew Pope, Andrew Michael Pope, William Richard Pope; brothers, sister-in-law, James Rogers Pope, Eugene and Carol Pope, all Tecumseh, Dale Bruce and Arlene Pope, Syracuse, Robert and Namoi Pope, Table Rock; sister, Dorothy Phillips, Tecumseh; many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Preceded in death by: brother, John; sisters-in-law, Betty and Jenny Pope.

Memorial services: 11 a.m. Monday, United Methodist Church, Tecumseh. Private family inurnment, Tecumseh Cemetery. Register book available: 2-5 p.m. Sunday; one hour prior to services, Monday, both Wherry Brothers Mortuary, Tecumseh. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to family's choice. q

n Judith E. Reinke

Rural Byron

Judith E. Reinke, 56, rural Byron, died Dec. 10, 2004. Born, Bellingham,Wash. Secretary, Larkin's Trucking.

Survivors: husband, Gary; children, Michael Burkey, Mark Burkey, both Lincoln, Nichole Weed, Fresno, Calif.; mother, spouse, Glendora and Fred Ficken, Fertile, Minn.; brothers, Art Gundell, Honolulu, Bob Gundell,Eustis; sister, Julie Ficken, Fargo, N.D.; five grandchildren.

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Deshler. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Byron. Cremation; no visitation. Memorials: Mosaic (Martin Luther Home), 919 N. 6th St., Beatrice, NE 68310. Ahrendts Funeral Home, Deshler.

n Otis Reinmiller

Hidalgo, Texas, formerly Staplehurst

Otis Reinmiller, 79, Hidalgo, Texas, formerly Staplehurst, died Monday (12/13/04).

Additional memorial services:2 p.m. Dec. 22, Wood-Zabka Funeral Home, Seward. q

n Wendell A. Ruth

Rising City

Wendell A. Ruth, 88, Rising City, widower of Maxine, died Thursday (12/16/04), in David City.

Services Pending. Roberts-Chermok Funeral Home, DavidCity. q

n William H. Schlabach


William H. Schlabach, 86, Omaha, died Sunday (12/12/04).

Services: 9 a.m. Saturday, Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Lakewood, Colo. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. today, Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary. Memorial services were held Wednesday, John A. Gentleman Funeral Home, 14151 Pacific St., Omaha. q

n Michael E. 'Motorhead' Schmidt


Michael E. "Motorhead" Schmidt, 55, Lincoln, died Monday (12/13/04) in Lincoln.

Memorial services:3 p.m. today, Zion Church, Ninth and D streets. Visitation:8 a.m.-noon today, Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N. 27th St. (corrected funeral home). Memorials to the family. Condolences and personal reflections may be left online to q

n Helen I. Schwenke


Helen I. Schwenke, 90, Lincoln, widow of Emmett, died Sunday (12/12/04).

Funeral Mass:11 a.m. today, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd. Graveside services: 2 p.m. today, Denton City Cemetery. Memorials to the Madonna Foundation. Butherus, Maser &Love Funeral Home, 4040 ASt. q

n Evelyn E. Tejral

Wahoo, formerly Ceresco

Evelyn E. Tejral, 93, Wahoo, formerly Ceresco, widow of Lod, died Saturday (12/11/04).

Services: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wahoo. Rosary: 3 p.m. Sunday; scriptural wake service, 4 p.m. Sunday, both Svoboda Funeral Home, Wahoo. Visitation: noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with family present after 2 p.m., funeral home; one hour before services, church. Memorials to the church or Saunders County Care Center. q

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