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Obituaries
Peggy R. Havener

December 8, 1965 – December 2, 2018

Peggy R. Havener, age 52, of Fremont passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at the Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo. Peggy was born Dec. 8, 1965, in Blair to Tyrone ‘Terry’ and Diane (Rasmussen) Uhing.

She grew up in the area of North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School. After some college she came to Fremont. She worked at the Truck Haven Café, Fremont Golf Club and spent the last 22 years with Getzschman Heating & Air. Peggy married Scott Havener on June 30, 2001, at the Platte Township Hall.

Peggy was a special part of many families and also enjoyed her time supporting her family at Cedar Bluffs and Fremont High events.

Her father Terry preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Scott, Fremont; mother, Diane (Jim) Hansen, Fremont; sons, Gregory (Kelsey) Brown, Lincoln, Christopher (Samantha) Brown, Fremont, Ethan Lennemann, Fremont, Adam Havener (Stephanie Behrns), Hooper, and Jacob Havener (Amber Brandenburg), Fremont; daughters, Danielle Lennemann, Fremont, Carley (Trevor) Williams, Kearney, and Dawn Egr, Fremont; brothers, Gregory Uhing, Fremont, Ryan Uhing, Uehling, and Eric (Brenda) Hansen, Fremont; sisters, Terri Ditter (Dan Jilg), Grand Island, Brenda (Bobby) Herring and Cindi Anaya, all of Cedar Bluffs, Robyn (John) Sparks, Bancroft, Sonja (Greg) Hampton, Fremont, and Jamie (Dewey) Roberts, Pierce; and 15 grandchildren.

The funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, North Bend. Visitation is Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and a vigil/prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Burial at Holy Rosary Cemetery near Colon.

Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave., Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490


Local
Friday calendar

Today

Cosmopolitan 100 Service Club, 7 a.m., Fremont Eagles Club.

HomeStore, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 701 E. Dodge St., Fremont. The HomeStore sells donated items at discounted prices. Proceeds support the mission of Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity.

Don Peterson Holiday Open House, 9-10 a.m., 1006 E. Sixth St., Fremont. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Low Income Ministry.

Al-Anon meeting, 9:30 a.m., Chapter 5 Club front room, 136 N. Main St., Fremont.

Community Closet, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Uniquely Yours Stability Support, 240 N. Main St., Fremont. The cost is $5 to fill a bag. There is no limit of how many bags you can buy. For more information, call 402-727-8977.

Fremont Community Breastfeeding Support Group, 10-11 a.m., Three Rivers Health Department conference room, Fremont.

Storytime, 10-10:30 a.m., Keene Memorial Library auditorium, 1030 N. Broad St., Fremont.

Baby and toddler time, 11 a.m. to noon, Keene Memorial Library auditorium.

Alcoholics Anonymous 12x12 study, noon, Chapter 5 Club, Fremont

Fremont Rotary Club, noon, Fremont Golf Club, N. Somers Ave.

Cedar Bluffs Music Department Soup Supper, 5-8 p.m., Cedar Bluffs Public Schools lunch room. Soup will be sold for $3 per bowl. The hometown holiday celebration also will include a cookie walk, craft fair, senior citizen craft and bake sale, winter book fair, pictures with Santa, and elementary school Christmas programs.

December artist reception, 5-7 p.m., Gallery 92 West, Fremont. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Kitchen open, 5:30-7 p.m., Fremont Eagles Club. The regular menu will be served along with chicken hot wings. There will not be music. Everyone is welcome.

Fremont Izaak Walton Fish Fry, 6-8 p.m., Izaak Walton Main Lodge, 2560 W. Military Ave., Fremont. Fried Pollack, baked Pollack, french fries, cole slaw, bread, soda and water will be served. Chicken strips will be available for non-fish eaters. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Carry out dinners may be ordered by calling 402-721-6112 at least 20 minutes in advance.

Fremont Antique Car Club, 7 p.m., Fremont Rural Fire Hall, 110 Boulevard St. For more information, contact Scott Reeson at 402-719-8318.

Al-Anon meeting, 8-9 p.m., Chapter 5 Club back room, Fremont. This support group is for families and friends of alcoholics.

Narcotics Anonymous Freedom Works Group, 8 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Education Building, west of the church, 1440 E. Military Ave., Fremont. Enter through the rear door.

Alcoholics Anonymous candlelight meeting, 10 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Saturday

HomeStore, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 701 E. Dodge St., Fremont. The HomeStore sells donated items at discounted prices. Proceeds support the mission of Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity.

16th Annual Catholic Daughters Cookie Walk, 8 a.m. to noon, Delaney Hall, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Fremont. Mrs. Claus will be visiting the cookie walk.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 10 a.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Stuff the Cruiser event, 10 a.m. to noon, Dollar General Store, North Bend. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations of new toys, winter wear and clothing that will be delivered to families.

Storytime, 11-11:30 a.m., Keene Memorial Library auditorium, Fremont.

Alcoholics Anonymous women’s heart to heart group, noon, Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Stuff the Cruiser event, 1-3 p.m., Dollar General Store, Hooper. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations of new toys, winter wear and clothing that will be delivered to families.

Stuff the Cruiser event, 3:30-5 p.m., Dollar General Store, East Military Avenue, Fremont. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations of new toys, winter wear and clothing that will be delivered to families.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Soup & Pie Feed, 5:30-7 p.m., Fremont Air Boat Club, 3159 Big Island Road, Fremont. A $10 donation will be accepted for ages 11 and older. A $5 donation will be accepted for ages 10 and younger. Bring your own beverages. Everyone is welcome.

Narcotics Anonymous Lie Is Dead Group, 8 p.m., Care Corps, 723 N. Broad St., Fremont.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 10:30 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Sunday

Alcoholics Anonymous Happy Sober Sunday Group, 9 a.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Fremont Eagles Aerie 200 breakfast, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will be cooked to order. All proceeds will go to Aerie-supported charities. Everyone is welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 10 a.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Narcotics Anonymous Seekers of Serenity Group, 10:30 a.m., Care Corps, 723 N. Broad St., Fremont.

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, 1:30-3 p.m., Izaak Walton Park, Fremont. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the park for pictures with goody bags. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank.

9th Annual Family Christmas Party, 2-4 p.m., Fremont Eagles Club. Those attending are asked to bring a tray of goodies to share. There will be a movie, popcorn and pop for kids, and possibly a visit from Santa Claus.

Back to Bethlehem, 5-7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1440 E. Military Ave., Fremont. Those who attend can walk through a re-creation of the streets of Bethlehem, munch on treats, make crafts, pet live animals and post a prayer on a special tree. Various groups will provide music and CDs of the Christmas story are available. The public is invited and admission is free.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Narcotics Anonymous Freedom Works Group, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Education Building, west of the church, 1440 E. Military Ave., Fremont. Enter through the rear door.

Alcoholics Anonymous Sunday speaker, 7:30 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.


Columnists
Spiritual Spinach
Lessons from a smart dog

I always said we should have sent Abby to a school for gifted dogs.

That crazy dog was so smart.

I still remember when Chuck brought Abby home. Chuck hadn’t intended to get a dog when he stopped by a rescue place in Omaha.

But Chuck wandered past cages until he saw a dog that looked like a pet his parents once had.

There was Abby with that sad, “please take me home” look in her eyes.

Chuck asked an attendant how much time Abby had left.

“A couple more days and we’ll put her down,” the guy said.

That was it.

Chuck found a cash machine, adopted Abby and our family got a third dog.

She was medium-size, black and white wonder. Abby’s coat was silky soft, but she had the funniest legs, perhaps revealing her heritage.

Her legs started out straight, but then seemed to go off at an angle.

The rescue place folks said she was part-basset hound and part spaniel, but I honestly wonder if she didn’t have some border collie in her.

Border collies are known for their keen intelligence — and she was smart.

Abby soon found ways to entertain herself while our family was at work and school.

She pawed open a drawer and ate our bread. She pawed open a cupboard door, pulled out SOS pads and got the blue cleaning powder all over our mauve-colored carpeting. She could nose open the latch on our gate.

And then there was the refrigerator.

Abby learned to paw it open, too.

We put chairs in front of the refrigerator door.

Eventually, we’d get one of those baby-proof devices that looked like a little, white seatbelt that you adhere to the refrigerator door.

But that didn’t happen until after the pot roast fiasco.

That happened in the winter.

At the time, I was busy writing a story at the computer in our basement.

We’d had a wonderful pot roast the night before and had a big hunk of meat and gravy leftover in a pan in the bottom of our refrigerator.

I was typing away when I heard a crash.

This wasn’t a good sign.

I rushed upstairs. The refrigerator door was open. The pan was on the kitchen floor and there was gravy everywhere. I rushed into the living room — with the mauve carpeting — and there was Abby with the pot roast.

“Get out!” I yelled at the dog as I opened the back door.

Abby ran out of the house like a horse bolting from the gate in a Kentucky Derby race.

I looked out the door after her.

It was snowy outside.

And there stood Abby with that pot roast hanging out the side of her mouth.

If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought she had a furry case of the mumps.

I slammed the door shut.

Then I started thinking how very cold it was outside and how heartbroken the kids — and I — would be if that dog froze to death.

I had to get Abby back in the house.

So I took a little thinly sliced deli ham and went to the door to try and lure her back inside.

“C’mon Abby,” I said, holding out the ham like a county fair prize.

The dog looked at me and didn’t budge.

And why should she?

She had a good-sized pot roast in her mouth.

I shut the door. I prayed that Abby would come back in the house.

Which she did — eventually — after she devoured the roast.

Years passed and our should-have-been-working-for-the-FBI dog got older.

She lived to be almost 14 years old and I’ve thought so many times what a shame it would have been if her life had ended early in that rescue place.

Did I ever forgive Abby for snatching the pot roast?

Of course.

Why?

Because I loved her so much. Despite some of the stuff she did, she was my dog, who:

Looked out the picture window waiting for us to come home.

Would sit on the couch and bark at visitors until they petted her.

And who was my good friend.

Forgiveness — for me — wasn’t hard when it came to Abby.

And I wonder if that’s how it is for God when it comes to us.

The Scriptures say he knits us together in our mother’s womb and I have to think he starts loving us even before then. He knows how we’re made and what plans he has for us.

He sees us as babies and watches us grow. He sees our hurts and triumphs. He know our weaknesses.

He’s seen our pot roast fiascoes and still loves us.

How do I know this?

I read his words in the Bible. Scriptures like:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘plans to prosper and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

Does this mean God tolerates our sins? Not at all. The Scriptures say he wants us to repent (turn from) them and come back to him.

And he wants us to forgive others when they hurt us, too.

In the book of Matthew in the Bible, we find a place where a disciple of Christ, named Peter, asks Jesus about forgiveness.

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me?” Peter asks. “Up to seven times?”

Most people would think Peter was being generous.

But Jesus answers, “I tell you, not seven times, but 77 times.”

Oh boy. That sounds like a lot.

Yet I think Christ knows the importance of love and forgiveness better than anyone — so much that he gave his life for us.

Jesus would go on to tell Peter a parable, which is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

Christ tells about a servant, who owes a king an incredible amount of money and begs for mercy. The king forgives the debt.

That servant goes out and finds another guy who owes him a much smaller sum of cash. That guy begs for time to pay him back.

But instead of being merciful, the first man has his fellow servant thrown into prison until he can pay back all he owes.

When the king hears the news, he’s enraged. He asks the first guy why he wasn’t merciful and has him thrown into prison where he’ll be tortured until he can pay back all he owes.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart,” Jesus says.

Wow. Tortured in prison?

And yet, what torture do we experience when we live in unforgiveness?

It’s been said — in various ways — that harboring unforgiveness is like drinking poison, hoping it kills your enemy.

Here’s what I think: Unforgiveness is a thief that robs you of peace and joy. It’s a door that can block the free, loving flow of the Holy Spirit. It’s a chain that keeps you linked to bad memories that replay repeatedly in your mind, making you miserable, angry and even feeling hopeless.

With forgiveness comes peace that allows you to really breathe again. And as Christian author Beth Moore says, forgiveness doesn’t make what they did right, it just frees you.

Abby has been gone now for eight years and I’ve cooked many pot roasts since then.

But I’ll never remember a pot roast like the one my very smart dog escaped with on that snowy day years ago.

Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She writes a weekly spiritual column.


Obituaries
Barbara J. Mortensen

January 22, 1948 – November 22, 2018

Barbara J. (Couchman) Mortensen of Mesa, Arizona, Jan. 22, 1948, to November 22, 2018. Preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Opal Couchman (Storey). Survived by husband Pete; sons, Andy Sr., (Missy), Tony; daughter, Kris Hensley (Bryan); and grandchildren, Andy Jr., Emma, Lilly Hensley and Sam, all of Arizona.

Barb was born in Omaha. Graduated from North High Class of 1966. She also lived in Fremont and Nickerson. Barb and Pete followed their sons, Andy and Tony, to Arizona in 1998.

She was an original member of the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Club in Fremont. She also was a member of the Nickerson Volunteer Fire Department and a Partner in the Telephone Pioneers of America Three Rivers Club.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, from 1 to 4 at the Castillo Nuevo Senior Court club house in Mesa.

If you would like to donate in Barb’s memory please do so to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Obituaries
Walter Nebuda

Died December 4, 2018

Walter Nebuda, 94, of West Point died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at Parkview Home in Dodge. The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery with lunch following at the Nielsen Center. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., all at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to West Point Rural Fire. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.


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Democrats appear ready to scrap presidential caucus

It looks like two and done for Nebraska’s Democratic presidential caucus.

The party’s state central committee is expected to vote to abandon the caucus system that was launched in 2008 when it meets in Ord on Saturday.

That decision would return to the process of determining Nebraska’s Democratic presidential preferential vote at the May primary election.

Democratic State Chair Jane Kleeb said Thursday that she is determined to let the members of the party’s governing body make that call after an opportunity for full debate this weekend.

But, she noted, about 80 percent of the 1,500 people who have responded to an online survey have signaled that they prefer to return to the presidential primary system and a year of intra-party discussions appear to show a 60-40 inclination to abandon the caucus system.

Caucuses “tend to be a great organizing tool,” Kleeb said, but they also are costly and they engage far fewer people in the decision-making process than the number that participates in a primary election.

The best estimate is that a 2020 presidential caucus would cost the party at least $250,000, she said.

And that could divert resources and focus from electing Democrats in Nebraska, some critics of the caucus already have argued.

“A huge benefit of the primary system, from my perspective, is that it would significantly help our down-ballot candidates,” Kleeb said, including those who are seeking seats in the nonpartisan Legislature.

Caucuses have been especially valuable in organizing people in rural communities, Kleeb said, and in fueling voter registration efforts.

And they have lured presidential candidates into Nebraska to personally campaign.

“If we change, I will do everything I can to bring candidates to Nebraska,” Kleeb said. Discussions already are underway with Democrats in Kansas and Wyoming “to cluster” with events that might attract candidates to make regional visits or appearances, especially at a time when they are engaged in in the early Iowa Democratic caucus.

Nebraska’s Democratic presidential caucus was spawned in 2008 with arguments to get Nebraska involved before the nominee essentially has been selected and be strategically positioned as a player in the process in order to attract candidates to campaign in the state.

And it succeeded in doing that.

Sen. Barack Obama traveled to Omaha two days before the initial event in 2008 and won the caucus. He subsequently won one of Nebraska’s five presidential electoral votes.

In 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders won the caucus, campaigning in Lincoln two days before the event. Hillary Clinton made an early appearance in Omaha three months before the caucus and former President Bill Clinton came to the state on the eve of the event, campaigning in Lincoln and Omaha.

With Obama seeking re-election, there was no competitive caucus in 2012.