Mardell WeitzenkampMarch 25, 1931 – August 12, 2019
Mardell Weitzenkamp, 88, of Fremont, formerly of rural Hooper, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Mardell Delores Weitzenkamp was born March 25, 1931, in Oakland to Marvin and Agnes (Kohlmeier) Anderson. She grew up in Uehling and graduated from Uehling High School. She married Lowell Weitzenkamp in 1950 and they moved to a farm in rural Hooper where they lived for 50 years. The family business was farming and cattle feeding and Mardell managed all the bookkeeping and banking for the business. Mardell was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church north of Hooper and Lutheran Church Women.
Mardell and Lowell moved to Fremont in 2000 where they joined First Lutheran Church and Mardell provided food for a number of programs while she was able. Mardell was active in Fremont Newcomers for a number of years.
Mardell was preceded in death by her husband in 2011. She is survived by her children, Carol (David) Trower of New York, New York, Mary Harper of San Diego, California, Tom (Cindy) Weitzenkamp of Hooper, and Scott (Wendy) Weitzenkamp of Lincoln; her grandchildren, Jon (Janelle) Weitzenkamp, Jenny (Chris) Estudillo, Michael (Kaitlin) Harper, Brian Weitzenkamp, Emily Trower-Young, Kimberly Merk and Brian Merk; and 11 great-grandchildren, many of whom knew her as Grandma Dell.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Fremont. Visitation with the family will be Friday at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Building Fund of First Lutheran Church or to LifeHouse (formerly Care Corps).
Beverly Kay Theye, 77, passed away Aug. 9, 2019, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born April 11, 1942, in Lincoln to Raleigh and Goldie (Ferguson) Owen. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was a meat packer at Campbell's Soup Co. for 32 years.
Survivors include: daughter, Goldie (Rick) Down of Lincoln; son, Edgar Theye of Lincoln; grandchildren, Eric Terrell, Harold Joseph (Renessa) Terrell, Elijah Theye, Chelsie Pickel; great-granddaughter, Alexis Atkinson; sister, Delores Bartlett; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Carl (Joyce) Owen and Raleigh Harold Owen; sisters, Donna (Anton) Mach and Shirley (James) McGrath; and granddaughter, Amanda Terrell; nieces, Kim Phillips and Angela Owen; nephew, Reuben McGrath.
Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. at Roper and Sons, 4300 “O” Street, Lincoln.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 2-8 p.m. with family greet from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.
Omaha, NE – Survived by wife, Donita; daughters, Amy Gehringer (Andy) and Abbie Moseman (Zack); grandchildren, Adyn, Archer, and Michael; brothers, John (Mary) and Elwin (Lorin); sister, Linda (Bob); other loving friends and relatives.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., in Omaha. Funeral: Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at Faith Westwood Church, 4814 Oaks Lane in Omaha. Interment at Flower Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Diana K. Campbell, 77, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Dunklau Gardens. She was born April 15, 1942, in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Plattsmouth when she was 15. Diana graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1960. After her marriage they moved to Ashland and then to Fremont in 1973. She was an insurance agent for Don Petersen and then a part owner of Inspro prior to beginning Campbell Insurance Agency in 1993. She retired in 2013. Diana was a member of the Fremont Cosmopolitan Club and taught insurance classes for the Nebraska Department of Insurance. She coached girls softball for many years and had two State Championship teams.
Diana Allison married Larry Campbell on Nov. 19, 1960, at Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He died May 26, 2007.
She is survived by a daughter, Kelly Greser (Doug) of Fremont; three sons, Larry Campbell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marty Campbell (Heather) of Fremont and Randy Campbell (Kristine) of Blair; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Mary Campbell, and brother, Steve Allison.
Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 16, at 9:30 a.m. at Dugan Funeral Chapel. Chaplain Charles Stark officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8. There has been a memorial established to the Dodge County Humane Society. Graveside services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Lewiston Cemetery near Plattsmouth. Condolences may be left at www.duganchapel.com.
Marjoury “Marge” Purdy, 95, of Grand Island died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Tiffany Square. Visitation will be on Sunday at All Faiths Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services were on Monday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. Burial followed in Wolbach.
Marge was born on Aug. 7, 1924, to Henry and Amelia (Rieck) Hadan. She was raised and received her education in Primrose; graduating from Primrose High School in 1942. She attended Wayne State College for her teaching certificate.
After her marriage to Ernest Purdy, Marge met her life partner, Robert Stubby, with whom she has spent the last 45 years.
Marge served as the Plant Manager for Cargill for 20 years before her retirement. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where she has been on several committees. In her spare time, she enjoyed going dancing and playing cards in her youth. She also enjoyed her coffee group with her special friends, and keeping track of her grandchildren's activities.
Those left to cherish her memory include Bob Stubby; daughters, Diane Bade (Allen Wiese) of Fremont, Shirley (Jerry) Cook of Wolbach; grandchildren, James (Lorraine) Cook of Fullerton, Joe (Cathy) Cook of Bellgrade, Debi (Tracy) Filter of Fremont, Dustin Bade of Fremont; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Hadan of Pharr, Texas.
Marge was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Schoessler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Messiah Lutheran Church or donor's preference.
Marjorie “Marge” Ann Doksansky, 88 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Methodist Fremont Health in Fremont. Marjorie was born March 15, 1931, in Wahoo, Nebraska, to Henry J. and Anna T. (Cernik) Princ.
She grew up in Wahoo until 1941 and moved to Dixon, Nebraska, until 1944 when she moved to Fremont. Marjorie was a 1948 graduate of Guardian Angels High School in West Point, Nebraska. She lived in Omaha from 1948 to 1955 and attended college at St. Mary's, Creighton Memorial and St. Joseph to earn her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1952. She returned to Fremont and worked at Memorial Hospital until 1966 after that she began working at Hormel's in Fremont until retiring in 1994. During this time she also worked part-time at the Dodge County Judicial Center until 2006.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont, American Occupational Nursing Association, Retired Nurses, Fremont Nurses Association and Catholic Daughters. She was a volunteer for Hospice and Meals on Wheels and enjoyed bowling and golf. She was a proud supporter of Bergan Catholic Schools and all of her kids and grandkids sports and activities.
She is survived by son, Scott (Teri) Doksansky of Atlanta, Georgia; daughters, Denise (Gayle) Novotny of Wahoo, Nebraska, Renee (Bob) Brown of Fremont, Nadine (Jim) Lallman of Omaha, Nebraska, and Nola (Dan) Hannon of Fremont; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. The Rev. Nicholas Mishek will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be designated to Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools.
Marjoury Purdy, 95, of Grand Island died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Tiffany Square. Visitation will be on Sunday at All Faiths Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Monday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. More information to follow.
Patricia “Patty” Joyce Kalkowski, 71 years, of Agency Village, South Dakota, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Patty was born Jan. 27, 1948, to Elmer and Ida (Marks) Bahr. She married Paul “Mike” Kalkowski on Aug. 1, 1977, at Sisseton, South Dakota. He preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 2010.
The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Grace United Methodist Church in Kennard, Nebraska. Burial will be at Kennard Cemetery.
Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home, 232 West Eagle, Arlington, Nebraska 68002
Julius Earl Vitamvas Sr. passed away on July 31, 2019, he was surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 8, 1941, in Fremont, Nebraska, to Theodore and Edna Vitamvas. He married Iris Sue Eix of Fremont, Nebraska, on September 24, 1961. He was the father of four children, Julius Earl (Mary) Vitamvas Jr. of Lincoln, Nebraska, Allen Leroy (MaryJo) Vitamvas, of Fremont, Nebraska, Shari Lynne (Brian) Garges of Fremont, Nebraska, and Kathy May (Eric) Russell of Fremont, Nebraska. He had 14 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Grandchildren. Julius worked at Plumfield Nursery for 10 years and Valmont Industries for 37 years. He was preceded in death by three brothers and his parents and survived by his Wife and Children. Cremation services are being handled by Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Omaha, Nebraska. There is no visitation and a private gravesite ceremony will be held at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held August 10, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. at the Fraternity of Eagles Club, 649 North Main Street, Fremont, Nebraska.
Dorla K. Ray, age 64, of Fremont died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at home.
Dorla was born March 17, 1955, in Pierce, Nebraska, to Melvin and Ardith (Bostelman) Warneke. She was raised in Pierce, moved to Norfolk for a short time, before moving to Fremont. Dorla graduated from Fremont High School in 1973. She married Mike Ray on March 30, 1974, in Fremont. After her marriage Dorla worked for Valmont, then when her children were young she stayed home and did in-home daycare. After her children were older she went back to Valmont and worked her way up to Director of Benefits. She retired for health reasons in October of 2016.
Dorla was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. She loved to golf, scrapbooking and traveling to Hawaii.
Survivors: husband, Mike of Fremont; son, Jeff (Carrie) Ray of Lincoln; daughter, Erin (Mark) Boyer of Lincoln; 4 grandchildren, Dayton, Alex, Kira, and Ellie; mother, Ardith Warneke of Norfolk; sisters, Deb (John) Matasovsky of Truman, Minnesota, Diane (Kern) Newton of Jackson, Nebraska; brother, Dean (Theresa) Warneke of Omaha; brothers-in-law, Gene (Debbie) Ray of Hastings, Don Ray of Kearney.
Dorla was preceded in death by her father Melvin.
The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Dan Heuer will officiate. The family will receive friends at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel on Monday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church and School, or Lutheran Family Services.
Todd Ryan Ball, 70, of Lincoln passed away on Aug. 6, 2019, surrounded by family. Born Aug. 3, 1949, in Fremont, Nebraska, to Rod and Joyce (Osterloh) Ball. “T.R.” served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk from (1967-1971) and served in and worked as a skilled carpenter for the National Guard for the majority of his career.
Todd is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rhonda; daughter, Rachael; sons, Andrew, Anthony, Asher and Aaron, six grandchildren; mother, Joyce Ball; and sister, Darcy McBride; cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous good friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at First Christian Church, 430 S. 16th St., in Lincoln.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hooper, Nebraska, or First Christian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, or Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Francis Dirkschneider, 88, of Dodge passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Parkview Home in Dodge. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge with Rev. Rod Kneifl as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with lunch following at the church hall. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the Dodge Veterans Memorial. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
Francis Bernard Dirkschneider was born on Jan. 11, 1931, at West Point to Frank and Margaret (Batenhorst) Dirkschneider. He attended Guardian Angels Catholic School in West Point before moving with his family to a farm south of Snyder. Francis enlisted in the National Guard and then enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War. On April 17, 1952, Francis married Alice Brune at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodge, and they had their only child, Patty Nebola, in 1953. His military service took him to Tokyo, Japan, in 1953-1954. He was honorably discharged. For 20 years, the couple farmed south of Dodge. In 1975, they moved into Dodge, where Francis worked several jobs including being a tire salesman then a car salesman at the Farmers Garage.
Francis was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Dodge American Legion Post 122, VFW Post 8597, and North Bend Knights of Columbus. For 30+ years, he and Alice volunteered for the Fun Fest dinners at the church. He spent hours every week volunteering at the VFW, and was instrumental in the planning, fundraising, and building of the Dodge Veterans Memorial. His biggest passions in life were family, fishing, polka music, dancing with Alice, playing cards, and spending time at the family cabin on Leisure Lake in Fremont.
Francis is survived by his daughter, Patty Nebola of Clarkson; grandson, Eric (Sheila) Nebola of Thornton, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Haylee and Hunter Nebola; brother, Dale (Stella) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister, Bernice Kaup of Dodge; sisters-in-law, Julia Dirkschneider of Snyder and Dolores Dirkschneider of Dodge. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alice; son-in-law, Dennis Nebola; brothers, Norbert, Quintin, Adrian (Melva Jean), Ray (Pat), and Vincent (Alma); and brother-in-law, Richard Kaup.
Mary Ann Dembowski, 87, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley.
She was born March 8, 1932, in West Point, Nebraska, to George and Luella (White) Andres. She married Bob Dembowski on Aug. 16, 1952.
Mary is survived by her son, Thomas Dembowski of Omaha; daughters, Teri (David) Starkjohann of Logan, Iowa, Jane (Pat) Vitale of Omaha, and Sherry (Jerry Lentz) Wieckowski of Montana; brother, Jack (Lois) Andres, and sister, Linda (Al) Abbey, both of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; son, Robert; 2 sisters; brother; and daughter-in-law, Laura Dembowski.
The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Joshua R. Black, 31, of Fremont, formerly of Elkhorn, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Methodist Fremont Health. He was born April 14, 1988, in Omaha to Kevin and Mary (Barr-Huard) Black. Joshua graduated from Elkhorn High School in 2006. He married Jennifer Potter on Feb. 6, 2017.
Survivors include: his wife, Jennifer of Fremont; stepchildren, Addisyn Potter, Samuel Potter, and Jackson Potter, all of Fremont; mother, Mary (Michael) Huard of Elkhorn; father, Kevin (Sue) Black of Omaha; grandparents, James (Phyllis) Black of Omaha; brother, Hayden Huard of Elkhorn; sister, Bailey (Austin) Losee of Omaha; nieces, Charlotte and Delaney Losee; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceded in death by grandparents, Beverly Black, Dale (Gen) Barr; father-in-law, George Potter.
The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Westwood Community Church in Omaha. Private family inurnment at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
Josephine M. Wilt, 97, of Fremont died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She was born in Omaha on Oct. 22, 1921, and attended Omaha Schools. She was employed by Woodman of the World Insurance Company for 29 years until her retirement
She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Svendsen (Walt) of Omaha; two sons, William Wilt (Susan) and Richard Wilt, both of Fremont; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The Funeral Mass will be Friday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with visitation at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be a visitation on Thursday at Dugan Funeral Chapel from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 and a Rosary at 7. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Omaha at 2 p.m. Friday. Memorials have been established to the Woodcliff Lions Club and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colon. Condolences may be left at www.duganchapel.com.
Beverly J. Dwyer, 81 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Methodist Fremont Health. She was born on Dec. 5, 1937, in Ulysses, Nebraska, to Emil and Anna (Hladkey) Sloup.
The Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. A Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Burial following the Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Larry Richard Ranslem, age 75, of Hooper died Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Omaha.
Larry was born on April 12, 1944, in North Bend, Nebraska, to Dick and Eileen (Starmer) Ranslem.
He graduated from Fremont High School in 1962, and shortly thereafter married the love of his life, Janet Millie, in 1966. Larry worked at Hormel’s for 15 years and owned the Hooper mini mart for five. After which he successfully owned and ran the Office Bar and Grill for 27 years. He also enjoyed a long history with Taylor & Martin for 27 years.
His grandsons had many words to describe their grandpa, including: family man, awesome, generous, happy, storyteller, golfer, fisherman, fast talker, Coors Light drinker, well dressed, shoe lover, gambler and lover of La Casa pizza. Larry had an undeniable charisma that could be witnessed by anyone he encountered.
He is survived by his wife Jan; son, Mark (Lorrie) Ranslem; daughter, Lisa (Brian) Moffatt; grandsons, Jake, Dexter, Drew and Alex; brother, Steve (Dez) Ranslem. Survivors also include in-laws, Shirley and Carl Hanson, Marianne Kollbaum, Joy Millie, Judy and Ed Rezac, Jim Millie, Dave and Leatta Millie, Randy and Robin Millie, Mish and Larry Gutz, John and Sue Millie, Mollie and Mike Anderson and many nieces and nephews. Let us not forget the Taylor & Martin Family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Eileen Ranslem; sister-in-law, Jewel Allen; brothers-in-law, Clay Millie and Royce Kollbaum.
The celebration of Larry’s life will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper. A time of food and fellowship will follow at the Hooper City Auditorium immediately following the service.
Memorials suggested to the Hooper Volunteer Fire Department or the Hooper Senior Center.
Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Donna M. Mase, age 87, of Council Bluffs passed away June 28, 2019, at her home. Donna was born May 8, 1932, in Eau Clair, Wisconsin, to the late Leo S. and Dorothy E. (Otto) Bonnin. She graduated high school in 1949. Donna was a secretary and receptionist for Midwest Eye Care for 11 years. She was very adventurous – at age 55 she sold her house, car and belongings and moved to Rhode Island to become a nanny. Three years later she moved to Sharon, Massachusetts, to nanny a family for 16 additional years. Donna loved to play cards, socialize, complete crossword puzzles – yes in ink! She loved to shop and looked perfect all the time – her top, earrings and jewelry always matched – she was a very striking lady. Donna showed us about life, loving, caring and was very nurturing. She touched everyone with her love and her life and will be greatly missed, but forever in our hearts, never forgotten! Donna was of the Catholic faith.
In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond W. Mase in 1970; son, Jason Mase in 2017; brother, Dale Bonnin; and brother-in-law, Dennis Steinke.
Donna is survived by her children, Melinda (Rick) McDermott of Atlantic, Iowa, Mike (Denise) Mase of Council Bluffs, Jeff Mase of Atlantic, Iowa, Julie (Stan) Naydo of Fremont, Nebraska; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister, Judy Steinke of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life visitation, Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1-4 p.m. at the Walnut Hill Reception Center, 1350 E. Pierce St. Donna bequeathed her body to medical science and inurnment of her ashes will be held at a later date in the Atlantic, Iowa, Cemetery. The family will direct memorial contributions.