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Diana Keeler

June 8, 1955 – May 12, 2018

Diana K. Keeler, 62, of Fremont passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Fremont Health Medical Center.

Diana was born June 8, 1955, in Fremont to Melvin and Myrtle (Eckert) Sandeen. She was a lifelong resident of Fremont. She graduated from Fremont High School in 1974. Diana married Robert Keeler on Aug. 11, 2000, in Fremont. They have been companions for 37 years. She had been employed at Pendleton in Fremont.

Diana was a member of First Christian Church in Fremont. She enjoyed spending time on the computer and adored every moment with her grandchildren.

Diana is survived by her husband, Robert of Fremont; daughters, Michelle (Chuck) Mellinger of Fremont, Kelly Keeler of Omaha, Nisha (Brian) Davis of Wichita, Kansas, Megan Keeler and special friend Chris Mossburg of Fremont, and Becki Sandeen and special friend Tyler Stover of Fremont; sons, Shane (Deirdre) Keeler of Houston, Coday (Ashley) Keeler of rural Scribner, and Dustin Sandeen and special friend Dana Morter of Fremont; brother, Roger Sandeen of Phoenix; sister, Peggy Corkle of North Platte; 6 granddaughters; and 12 grandsons.

Preceded in death by sister, Janet Johnson, and parents.

Family will host a celebration of life service 4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Cedar Bluffs Senior Center. Please contact family for further information.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences may be left at

Christina Dupsky

July 3, 1952 – May 14, 2018

Christina L. Dupsky, 65, of Omaha, was born July 3, 1952, in Columbus and raised in Leigh, graduating from Leigh High School in 1970. She attended Bahner School of Cosmetology in Fremont. She then worked at Regis Salon and Velvet Touch before opening Looking Good Hair Care. She lived in Fremont and Ankeny, Iowa, before moving to Omaha 20 years ago.

Christina Bausch married Reuben Dupsky on Jan. 3, 1971, in Fremont.

She is survived by two sons, Brandon Dupsky (wife Kristina) of Lincoln and Brian Dupsky of Omaha; three sisters, Veronica Kauk (husband Doyle) of Hauxie, Kansas, Janice Recek (husband Curt) of Fremont, and Deanna Bausch of Fremont; one brother, Phillip Edward Bausch (wife Jeannette) of Eugene, Oregon; also by two grandchildren.

Private family services are going to be held. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at Camp Christian on July 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Condolences may be left at Dugan Funeral Chapel, 751 N. Lincoln, Fremont.

Austin Mort

June 10, 1994 – May 11, 2018

Survived by son, Gabriel; mother, Tonia (Mark) Peterson; father, Doug (Deb) Mort; brothers, Brandon, Chase, Dustyn, Bradley; sisters, Jeannette, Jessi; grandmother, Dee Mort; great-grandmother, Jenny Cope; many other loving relatives and friends.

Visitation begins Saturday at 12 p.m. with a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Gabriel Struble Education Fund.


May 24

1931 — A pilot and a passenger in the only airplane in Wayne were killed when the plane crashed into a creek bank and burst into flames.

Walker: New Look to the Online catalog

As some of you may know, the library online presence sits in a software called SirsiDynix/Horizon. This is the software we use for all of the library records, data, website, and catalog. We recently renegotiated the contract with SirsiDynix and as a result, saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and have been able to add some additional modules and new features that we would not have been able to afford otherwise. We were able to add a new version of the catalog called Enterprise and within Enterprise, added a children’s module.

The jargon and technical details are too complicated, so to help everyone understand what is coming, it is easiest to just say a new version of the online catalog will be available alongside the old version. Kelly Olson, our IT Specialist has spent several months building the new platform. We have test driven the beta version and staff has spent months reviewing and testing the platform. In the coming month, Kelly will be adding the new version to exist on our website, so patrons can still use the old version, but can also start learning the new version and seeing the great features this upgrade has to offer. Eventually, sometime down the road, we will be moving solely to the new platform. We encourage patrons to test out the new version and start learning how to search for materials in the new Enterprise online catalog.

The biggest benefits to moving to Enterprise and adding the children’s module are:

1. Better patron access and ease of use

2. More search functionality

3. More dynamic searching

4. Able to search electronic resources and print at the same time

5. Bringing the electronic resources into Enterprise – don’t have to separately go into databases

6. Able to download Overdrive books directly from the catalog (don’t have to go into Overdrive)

7. Adding a separate children’s platform to help with searching for materials and resources – kids will have their own catalog page

This project was started in late 2016 with contract negotiations and the final steps of adding Enterprise are finally coming to fruition. Staff has spent many hours test driving the new version and making sure functionality is on target and patrons will be able to find what they need. We greatly hope that parents and children will enjoy the separate children’s platform and that finding materials for children will be easier and more intuitive than the old catalog version.

We do of course hope to receive feedback from patrons and community. Our goal is to make sure everyone is heard, and we will use the feedback to improve our resources and functionality. Patron feedback is the best form of flattery. It means that you are interested in our services and we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to make all your experiences with Keene Memorial Library top notch!

Joseph Neubert

Nov. 14, 1952 – May 12, 2018

Joseph J. “Crappie Joe” Neubert, age 65, of Cedar Bluffs died Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Fremont. He was born Nov. 14, 1952, in Fremont to Reuben and Betty (Johnson) Neubert.

Joe is survived by his life partner, Laura Price of Cedar Bluffs; children, Tabatha Neubert of Manhattan, Kansas, Travis (Danielle) Neubert of Fremont; grandchildren, Carter and Griffin; siblings, Suzanne (Richard) Loudon of Hastings, Lena (Wesley) Klemke of Keller, Texas; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben Neubert and Betty Peoples, and Ted and Maxine Price.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community of Christ Church, 1420 N. Lincoln Ave., Fremont, with lunch immediately following at Eagles F.O.E, 649 N. Main St., Fremont. Private family burial at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family for a later designation. Leave online condolences at

Joyce A. Bales

Nov. 25, 1930 – May 15, 2018

Joyce A. Bales of Fremont died at Nye Pointe on Monday, May 15, 2018. She was born in Fremont on Nov. 25, 1930, attended Fremont Schools and graduated from Fremont High School in 1949. She worked for Dr. William Eaton for a number of years. Joyce was a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church.

Joyce Hooper married John Bales on Sept. 1, 1950, in Papillion, Nebraska. He died in 1969.

She is survived by one son, John Bales (wife Janet) of Fremont; one granddaughter, Jill Hughson (husband Marshall) of Fremont; one grandson, Shawn Bales (wife Andrea) of Fremont; and two great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held with interment in Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be left at Dugan Funeral Chapel, 751 N. Lincoln, Fremont.

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Governor recognizes 22 Nebraska high school seniors — 8 from Lincoln — who got a perfect ACT score

An elite group of Nebraska high school seniors will use skills that helped them attain perfect ACT scores to reach career goals that include everything from creating prosthetic limbs and joining the Global Health Organizations to becoming a hedge fund manager.

Monday morning, 11 of the 22 seniors who scored a perfect 36 on the college-entrance exam donned suits and dresses to be recognized by Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt.

More than 2 million high school students take the ACT, including 22,300 Nebraska juniors who took the test last year. Just one-tenth of 1 percent of those who take the test nationally achieve a perfect score.

In 2017, Nebraska began giving the ACT to all high school juniors to gauge school performance in reading, English, math and science. This year, the state is among 13 states to pay for the ACT for all high school juniors.

The average composite score statewide in 2017 was 21.4. Less than half the students who took the ACT last year met all four benchmarks that predict success in college courses.

Of the 22 Nebraska seniors this year who earned perfect scores, eight were from Lincoln. They are: Jesse Lin and Emma Jewell from Lincoln East High School; Ruby Hoffman and Cole Shank from Lincoln High; Aaron Haake and Jae Hyun Lim from Lincoln Southwest; Gregory Hubbard from Lincoln Northeast and Darin Schlautman from Pius X.

Other perfect scorers are: Lauren Franzen, Elkhorn; Kaitlyn Ryan and Jacob Mann from Gretna; Calla Sullivan from Norris; John Brockmeier from Kearney; Vishnu Menon and Daniel Fu from Millard North; Victoria Lei from Brownell-Talbot; Bennett Wright from Elkhorn South; Joseph Hennessey and Gabriel Drew from Creighton Prep; Dawson Beutler and Jonah Turner from Millard West; and Galdino Guzman Navarro, from South Sioux City.

Ricketts congratulated the students for their hard work and encouraged them to settle in Nebraska — and change the world from here — once they earn their degrees.

At least one student, Beutler of Millard North, gave him some hope. He said after studying mechanical engineering at Caltech he hopes to be a business owner in Nebraska.

Of the 11 who came to the state Capitol to be recognized, four will start off in their home state at the University of Nebraska.

Drew of Creighton Prep plans to study information security and computer science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and eventually wants to create video games.

Haake of Southwest will study mechanical engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has an interest in making prosthetic limbs one day.

Mann of Gretna and Menon of Millard North both will attend the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Management at UNL to study computer science.

Hennessey of Creighton Prep will study biomedical science at Marquette University in Wisconsin but hopes to return to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The others are going to prestigious schools around the United States, including Grinnell College, the University of North Texas, Harvard, Yale, Georgetown and Caltech.

Some have specific post-college plans; others will figure it out in the next four years, including Turner of Millard West, who said he plans to study economics at the North Texas “and spend a lot of time in the career counselor’s office.”