Shirley Bevington, age 100, of Valley, Nebraska, passed away at her home in Valley on Feb. 11, 2020.
Shirley Rosamond (Rosengrant) Bevington was born July 28, 1919, to Ward and Edith (Stewart) Rosengrant near Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa. In 1930, the family moved to Whitney, Nebraska, where her father wheat farmed. She attended school in Whitney until 11th grade when they moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Shirley graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 1938. On Jan. 4, 1939, she married Frank Bevington in Corning, Arkansas. They were blessed with two sons, Gail and Roger.
The family moved to Nebraska in 1947, and lived in Beatrice, Fairbury, and Swanton until finally settling in Valley, where Shirley lived for the next 70 years. She was a loving mother to all of her family.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank; and brothers, Blaine and Basil. She is survived by sons, Gail (Kay) of Fremont and Roger (Bonnie) of Valley; 9 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Beverly Davis of Chillicothe, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Elkhorn. Memorials can be made to Valley American Legion Post 58 or Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com.
Barbara Lynn, born Mary Barbara Kopfle on Sept. 17, 1945, passed peacefully on Feb. 8, 2020.
She was preceded in death by brothers, David Kopfle and Edward “Cap” Kopfle; parents, Robert and Marthetta Kopfle; and grandson, Joseph Rudder.
She is survived by daughters, Pam (Dan) Hopkins, Laura Lynn (Steve Frye) and Robin (Reuben) Adkins; dear friend, Doris Dehghan; siblings, Michael Kopfle, Vesta Novak and Marian Perkins, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m., at Flatland Church, 17515 Pacific St. Memorials to NAMI.org.
Donald G. Gilbertson, 78 years, passed away in Leesburg, Florida, on Feb. 9, 2020. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1941 to Harold and Gladys Gilbertson. He was a wine & spirits salesman in Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He also worked with wholesale suppliers and distributors. He is survived by his wife, Glenda; son, Todd (Leann); son, Jason; and 2 grandchildren (Natalie and Jake); brother, Warren. Arrangements are entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory, Leesburg, FL (352) 787-4343.
Henriette M. “Bo” LaMar, 76 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Feb. 11, 2020, at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Bo was born April 5, 1943, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to George and Henrietta (Brychta) Roesle. She grew up in St. Joseph and was a graduate of Convent Sacred Heart High School. Bo married John LaMar on Feb. 27, 1965, in St. Joseph. He died Jan. 5, 2019. Bo lived in Kansas City, Missouri, and in Indiana until moving to Fremont in 1969. In the early 1980s, she worked at the former ½ Price Store, now Gordmans, for 35 years until retiring. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont.
She was a woman of faith and she expressed that by volunteering for various church activities and served as CCD Principal. Bo enjoyed garage sales, spending time with friends and attending the events of her children and grandchildren.
Bo is survived by daughter, Andrea LaMar of Omaha; sons, John Jr. (Amber) LaMar of Fremont and Tony (Amy) LaMar of Omaha; brothers, George T. Roesle Jr. and Dan J. (Cathy) Roesle; sisters, Christine Roesle, Stephanie Kinney, Pat (Steve) Carson and Deanne Roesle; grandchildren, Beau Johnson, Haylea and Addisyn LaMar, Zoey and Elliott LaMar.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Timothy Roesle; and sister, Genice Amis.
The memorial Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. The Rev. Father Walter Nolte will officiate. Visitation on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m., at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Bergan Fine Arts Department.
Renae Proskovec, 15, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away on Feb. 11, 2020, after a long battle with leukemia. She died with her family by her side, surrounded with love.
Renae Lynn Proskovec was born Jan. 13, 2005, in Fremont to Jim and Sandi (Martens) Proskovec. She was befriended and taken care of by many wonderful teachers, schoolmates, and staff members at Fremont Public Schools. She also had many amazing supporters in the community who rallied around her Relay For Life team, “Rock-and-Rollin’ for Renae.” Everyone who met Renae adored her great sense of humor and silly attitude, her open-heartedness and big hugs, and her love for Disney princesses, Barbies, coloring, and the color pink.
Renae was born with Down syndrome and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2008. After a period of remission, the cancer relapsed in 2018, leading to two years of intense treatments. She benefited immensely from the incredible skill of devoted medical professionals throughout the many phases of her brave battle.
During a break in her treatments in July, Renae enjoyed a whirlwind tour of her favorite vacation spots, including Adventureland and Great Wolf Lodge. Her family also made the 22-hour drive to and from Disneyland so that Renae could enjoy “It’s a Small World,” the ride she loved watching in videos on her iPad. With the gift of more time from some additional therapies, she was able to start her freshman year at FHS, make a return trip to Disneyland to see the park decorated for Christmas, and celebrate her 15th birthday with her friends at the Amazing Pizza Machine.
Renae is remembered most for helping people live their best lives by bringing more fun, jokes, color, “pranks,” ice cream, one-liners, nicknames, dance parties, joy – and so much more love – into the world.
She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Larry Martens. She is survived by her parents, Jim and Sandi Proskovec; sisters, Lexi and Katie; grandmother, Sharon Martens; grandparents, Jim and Jeanne Proskovec; aunts and uncles, Jason Proskovec (Brooke), Jeremy Proskovec, Susan Martens (Ian), Steve Martens (Stacy); cousins, William, Henry, and Samuel Martens; and a large extended family.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 3200 E. Military Ave. Pastor Scott Jensen will officiate. Guests are invited to wear pink, orange, or bright colors to celebrate the things Renae loved. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Janice R. “Grandma Jan” Crofton, age 82, of Fremont, formerly North Bend, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Omaha. Jan was born Jan. 15, 1938, at Dorchester, Nebraska, to Henry and Helen (Tesar) Krivohlavek.
Jan grew up at Dorchester and was a 1956 graduate of Dorchester High School. She worked at the Old Scout and Town & Country Cable Company and owned Wagon Wheel Ceramics, all at North Bend. She was also a seamstress at JP Originals in Fremont. Jan married Dale Crofton on Oct. 18, 1958, in Dorchester.
Member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Bend, Fremont Friendship Center in Fremont and was an avid quilter and seamstress.
Survived by son, Craig (Jane) Crofton, Elwood, Nebraska; daughter, Kim Mann-Davenport (Jeff), Ames, Nebraska; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and Murphy, her beloved beagle.
Preceded in death by parents; husband, Dale; and brother, Allen Krivohlavek.
The funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Bend. Visitation is Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend and Saturday 1 hour prior to service at the church. Burial at Killian Cemetery, Morse Bluff, Nebraska.
A life-long advocate of helpfulness and volunteerism, Mary Adeline Culp, died at home in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at 12:15 a.m. She was 93. Her sons announced the death due to peripheral arterial disease and heart failure.
Starting her professional career as the Director of Volunteers at Mt. Zion Hospital, she was a former coordinator for Florence Crittenton Services and worked in a variety of capacities including President of The Volunteer Center of San Francisco. Mary was named Executive Director in 1975, and she collaborated with colleagues both locally and in countries around the world. She coordinated “The Human Race,” a walk to wipe out hunger.
Starting in 1988 she participated in a committee to found the charitable and humanitarian organization which became known as the San Francisco Interfaith Council. It continues to serve people in need using the skills of many people with diverse religious beliefs.
Mary Richards was born in Fremont, Nebraska, on Feb. 13, 1926. Her father, Fred H. Richards Jr., was an attorney. Her mother, Grace (Shepard), known as “Dove,” was a kindergarten teacher and homemaker. Mary graduated from Fremont High School as valedictorian in the Class of 1943. She attended the women’s college Ward-Belmont, in Tennessee, then transferred to Stanford University completing a bachelor degree in political science. Soon after, Mary met her husband, Frank Thomas Culp Jr., when they both worked at Macy’s, he in furniture, she in hats. After spending a few years in Omaha, they settled in San Francisco and raised four sons. Mary worked on many parent committees and helped the Junior League publish a book, “Still Here,” before she started her working career.
In 1987 she became President of Hills Farm, Inc., a real estate development and agribusiness in Eastern Nebraska. In 1990 she embarked on a research project probing helping behaviors and published articles and a pamphlet. Mary was known since childhood and into her senior years for her smile. Her engaging spirit, twinkling eyes and sense of justice allowed her to make and retain good friends from her many experiences. She heartily enjoyed foreign travel, reading, opera, plays, ballet and symphonies.
Mary Culp was active at Old First Presbyterian Church and also at the San Francisco Presbytery working with pastors and lay leaders around the Bay Area. She also served as the President at Old First Concerts. She was a life-long member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, and she enjoyed the Century Club of California, serving as Membership Chair and then President in 2001-2002.
Mary is survived by her sons, Thomas (Charlie), Fred (Christine), James and John (Darlene), and two grandchildren, Robin (Bart) and Joe (Tana). Mary A. Culp will be cremated and ashes placed into Old First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a helping charity are suggested. Services will be held at Old First, Van Ness and Sacramento on Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.
Robert James Chapman, age 92, of Fremont died Monday, February 10, 2020, at home.
He was born Feb. 15, 1927, to William and Elsie (Faist) Chapman and grew up in North Bend. He married Theresa Mahoney on June 13, 1953, in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska. Bob served in the U.S. Navy in 1945-46 and worked as a maintenance electrician at Hormel for 41 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church for 70 years, serving as a Deacon for the past 40 years.
Bob is survived by his wife, Terry; six children, Joe (Terri) Chapman of Hagerman, Idaho, Jerry Chapman of Lenore, Idaho, Mike (Connie) Chapman of Stilwell, Kansas, Greg (Sue) Chapman of Lincoln, Maureen (Mike) Melonis of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Betty (Greg) Counts of Madison, Wisconsin; as well as grandchildren, John (Ashley), Zachery, Bryan, Jordan, Kelsey, Jacob, Tyler, Benjamin and Emily; and great-grandchildren, Rowan, Norah and Nate.
He was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Elsie (Faist) Chapman; daughter-in-law, Kelleen (Amell) Chapman; brothers, Bill, Ken and Dick Chapman; and sister, Joyce Kreikemeier.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Patrick’s. Father Walter Nolte and Father Norm Hunke will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Archbishop Bergan Catholic School or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont.
Dolores A. Arbaugh, age 89, of Fremont died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Nye Legacy.
Dolores was born May 20, 1930, on a farm near Mead to Carl H. and Ethel (Manzel) Johnson. The family moved to Fremont when she was very young. Dolores was involved with 4-H and graduated from Fremont High School in 1948. After high school she worked for Mutual of Omaha. She married Clarence Arbaugh on Dec. 6, 1952, in the Chapel at Offutt Air Base. Clarence was in the Air Force at the time so after their marriage the family moved around living in Omaha, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Springfield, Massachusetts, until returning to Nebraska and settling in Fremont. While living in Fremont, Dolores worked for the Credit Bureau, Gambles and Sears and Roebuck while raising a family.
Dolores has been an involved member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fremont since 1962. She has served in many roles, including Sunday school teacher and running the kitchen during Bible Camp.
Survivors: husband, Clarence of Fremont; son, James (Nuria) Arbaugh of Fremont; daughter, Susan Dierberger of Lincoln; grandchildren, Sarah Dierberger, Elizabeth Dierberger, Jennifer Hecht, Stephanie Arbaugh and Phoebe Arbaugh; brother, Roland (Karen) Johnson of Fremont; many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary (Kenneth) Jones; and son-in-law, Stephen Dierberger.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Calvary Baptist Church in Fremont. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Methodist Fremont Health Hospice.
Preceded in death by husband, Earl D. Baker; parents; brother-in-law; sisters-in-law; and daughter-in-law. Survived by daughter, Deb Baker; sons, Roger Baker (Deb) and Rob Baker (Tutti); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nephews and a niece; brothers, Harry Swanda and Marvin Swanda (Teresa); sister, Norma Baker; brother-in-law, Derwin Anderson (Pat).
The funeral service is Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church (6630 Dodge St.). Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Christian Church.
Fred passed away at his home in Wahoo, Nebraska, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones and his dedicated nursing staff, at the age of 70. In his working years, he built many homes, worked on cars in his shop, and was a volunteer firefighter in Nickerson. He enjoyed tractor pulling with his son, John, and into his retirement years, he enjoyed helping his daughter, Rebecca, and son-in-law with yard work, spending time with family, and visiting with many neighbors.
He leaves behind two sisters, June Torrance and Barbara, and husband Wayne Ashfield; his daughter, Rebecca, and husband Mitch Dunaway; son, John, and wife Jami Torrance; daughter, Cindy Moreno; grandchildren, Anthony, Seth, Dane, Taylon, Breanna, Alivia, Bristol, Sawyer, Merrick, Tripp, and Cash. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and son, Bob Torrance.
A memorial service will be held at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, with inurnment to follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery of Elkhorn.
Bonnie L. Rathke, age 86, of Fremont died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Dunklau Gardens.
Bonnie Lee (Allen) Rathke, 86, was born March 20, 1933, on a farm northwest of Fremont to Myron and Grace (Bader) Allen. Growing up she was a member of Bethel Methodist Church. She graduated from Fremont High School in 1950. She held jobs at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., Hormel office, and the Mead Ordnance plant. In 1952 she married John Kupfer and they had three sons, Jeff, Gregg and Doug (Pud).
Bonnie was a lifetime member of Salem Lutheran Church where she was active in circle, Sunday school and choir. Bonnie operated Toddle Inn pre-school in her home for eight years. She then worked at Fremont Public Schools in food service for 32 years while also providing home health care before retiring in 2008. In 1987 Bonnie married Ron Rathke. Throughout her life, Bonnie loved music, cooking and being around youth of all ages.
She is survived by sons, Jeff Kupfer (Lori) of La Vista, Gregg Kupfer (Cheryl) of Omaha five grandchildren, Ryan Kupfer (Chris), Michael Kupfer (Hannah), Taylor Thielen (Andrew), Ian Kupfer (Casey), Seth Kupfer two great-grandsons, Nolan and Thomas stepchildren, Shelley (Mark) Hetzler of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Neal (Laura) Rathke of Colorado Springs, Ronna (Bob) Sanny of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sharon (Brian) Whisler of Fremont stepgrandchildren, Joel, Garrett, Breanna, Ryan, Rick, Abby, Alan, Jennifer, Heidi, Jill many stepgreat-grandchildren and her two special childhood friends for over 70 years, Gretchen Johannesen and Janice Moss.
Bonnie was preceded in death by husband, Ron Rathke son, Douglas Kupfer stepdaughter, Marla Rathke two sisters and four brothers.
The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Salem Lutheran Church. The Rev. Shari Schwedhelm will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials to Salem Lutheran Church, Salvation Army, and Lutheran Family Services.
Funeral services for Daylin Risch will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., officiated by Pastor Raymond Doubrava. Visitation Sunday, Feb. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Howells, Nebraska, with military honors conducted by Albin Folda Post No. 155 of the Howells American Legion. Minnick Funeral Chapel in Dodge is handling the arrangements.
Daylin Risch, age 53, of Howells passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at his home.
Virgene Schuette, age 89, of Fremont, formerly of Mead, died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Methodist Fremont Health.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Kenneth. Survivors: son, David (Alice) Schuette of Lincoln; daughters, Naomi (Robert) Schroeder of Jansen, Karen (Bill) Hartwig of Fremont, Valerie (Ron) Sukup of Winnetoon; grandchildren, Noel Johnson, Autumn Johnson, Karlene (Justin) Sommerfeld, Jocelyn, Kaitlin and Leah Sukup; and great-grandson, Greyson Sommerfeld; sister, Lois (Orlando) Mueller of Hooper; sisters-in-law, Luella (Gerald) Jahnke of West Point, and Joyce Schuette of Lincoln; brothers-in-law, Larry (Kay) Schuette of Raymond, Leon Schuette of Ocala, Florida, Delbert (Sally) Schuette of Denton.
Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Hooper. The funeral will follow on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Zachary Courie officiating. Visitation will be Friday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Memorials are suggested to The Lutheran Hour or Redeemer Lutheran Church – Wahoo building fund.