Gary Edward Hansen, 77, of Lincoln passed away Dec, 10, 2019. Born Dec, 18, 1941, in Ames, Nebraska, to Edward and Alice (Plugge) Hansen.
Gary was a graduate of North Bend High School. He married Diana Brdicko on Sept. 7, 1963. Gary served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1959-1965. He retired after 40 years as a Commodity Broker.
Gary was a member of First Lutheran Church in Lincoln and Grace Lutheran Church in West Point. He served on the Church Council, the City Council, was active in Community Theatre and Cuming County Choraliers in West Point.
Family members include his wife Diana “De”; daughters, Brittne (Jerry) Madison, Lincoln, and Molle (Jeremiah) Barker, Malcolm; son-in-law, Andrew Predoehl, Clarkston, Michigan; grandchildren, Bella and Lola Madison, Lincoln, Alexis (Mike) Butera, Easley, South Carolina, Noah and Sophia Predoehl, Clarkston, Michigan; great-granddaughter, Olivia Butera; sister, Betty Vondenkamp, Fremont; brother-in-law, Dennis (Joan) Brdicko, of Lincoln; many nieces and nephews on Vondenkamp and Stratton side. Preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nicole Predoehl; and sister, Dorothy Stratton; nieces, Beth Valdes’ and Sherry Wiechek.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (12-14-19) at First Lutheran Church, 1551 S. 70th, with Rev. Dan Warnes officiating. Cremation/no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.
Judith A. “Judy” Geaghan, age 72, of Fremont died Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Judy was born Nov. 21, 1947, in Sac City, Iowa. As a little girl the family moved to several different communities before settling in Gregory, South Dakota. She met Joseph Geaghan and they were married on July 16, 1966. The couple lived for a short time in Warren, Michigan, while Joe was in the service. After his service they moved to Fremont. Judy worked as a seamstress while raising her children then she worked at Pathfinder in the kitchen before working at Hy-Vee.
Judy loved to sew and garden but her favorite thing was spending time with family, especially her granddaughters. Judy was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont.
Survivors: children, Jackie and Dale, Jim and Paul, Joey and Monika, and Jerry; granddaughters, McKenzi and Samantha; faithful sidekick, Fiona; sisters, Linda (Marvin) Sharkey, Debbie (Dennis) Arnold and Betty (Craig) Hegge; brother, Mike Schwaller.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband Joe in 2016; brother, John; and her parents.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the service with the family present at noon. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha.
Evelyn Doris Camberg was born May 28, 1926, in Kennard, Nebraska, to Lyman and Maude (Lineberry) Camberg. Evelyn grew up and attended school in Kennard, graduating from Kennard High School in 1943. In her younger years, she enjoyed going bowling.
Evelyn married Del Becker on July 3, 1948, in Wahoo, Nebraska, and they were blessed with three children: Steve, Vicki, and Tami. Evelyn and Del made their home in Kennard, the Valley/Waterloo area, and most recently lived in Fremont.
Evelyn worked as a secretary for a few years, but her primary job was mother to her three kids. She enjoyed golf, crocheting, shopping, volunteering, fishing, and playing Bingo. She cared deeply for her hometown of Kennard, the lifelong friends she made their, and her membership of over 70 years to Grace United Methodist church in Kennard. She was a fan over country/western music, Husker football, the movie “Gone with the Wind,” and dinner at Long John Silver’s or Farmer Brown’s. Her favorite color was pink, and she loved anything and everything pink. Evelyn cherished her 70 years of marriage to Del, and was happy to spend several recent winters at their house in Florida together with him. Most of all, Evelyn loved her family, and her grandkids and great-grandkids never failed to put a smile on her face.
Evelyn died on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Shalimar Gardens Assisted Living in Fremont, Nebraska, at the age of 93 years, 6 months, and 7 days. She was preceded in death by her husband Del, her parents, four sisters and one brother. Evelyn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Diana of Waterloo, Nebraska; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Jeff Olson of Tekamah, Nebraska, and Tami and Tom Nielsen of Fremont; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Grace United Methodist Church, Kennard, Nebraska, Rev. Russ Foust officiating. No visitation. Private interment. Memorials to the church. Condolences to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com.
Geraldine Ann Rozevink, 80, of Fremont, Nebraska, died Dec. 8, 2019, at Fremont Methodist Hospital surrounded by her family.
Jerri was born on Aug. 27, 1939, to Clyde and Ora Schutte who preceded her in death. Jerri attended high school in Hampton, Iowa, where she met her husband Bill. They were married Jan. 3, 1958, and had four sons, Randy, Doug, Rod and Bill Jr.
Jerri was a loving wife and mother who always made home a place of comfort for the family.
Preceded in death by parents; two brothers, Donald and Richard Lee; sister, Sandy.
Survived by husband, four sons and sister, Barbara Gregory.
Beverly H. Greunke (Royuk), 73, of Arlington, Nebraska, passed away on Dec. 8, 2019, from complications from a stroke suffered in March. Bev was a lifelong resident of Arlington, but spent her last months at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Bev was the daughter of John and Esther Royuk and was born on July 18, 1946. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Arlington through eighth grade and then graduated from Arlington High School in 1964.
She married Lyle Greunke on Jan. 30, 1965, in Arlington, and they made their home there for over 40 years. They had two children, Marcia Christensen (Dalton), and Brian Greunke (Jennifer); four grandchildren, Dakota and Wyatt Christensen (Kelsi), Elizabeth Greunke and Makayla Nemmers (Nathan); three great-grandchildren, Russell Christensen, Avery and Eleanore Nemmers.
Bev worked at Arlington High School for a few years before starting her own in-home daycare which she ran for almost 25 years. She enjoyed the HUNDREDS of kids she watched grow into great people. After closing the daycare in 1991, Bev went to work for Arlington Public Schools as a Para-Educator in the Elementary School where she worked for 15 years until her retirement. She enjoyed teaching kids, whether in her daycare, or at school. She was always there for any of them with a hug or just for encouragement. In retirement she was the director of transportation for Arlington schools.
Bev was also very active in her church and her faith in God was never in doubt. She was a longtime member of the LWML at St. Paul’s in Arlington.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle in 2003.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Norman (Dick) Royuk and wife (Gloria) and Ronald Royuk and brother-in-law, Howard Scheer.
She is survived by her children and their families; her sister, Linda Staros (Paul); sister- in-law, Elaine Royuk and many other family members and thousands of dear friends.
Memorials should be directed to the Arlington Education Foundation for a newly established grant, The Greunke Education Grant, that will help teachers and para-educators acquire funding for classroom and outside classroom activities not covered by school budgets.
The funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church north of Arlington. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and with family receiving friends from 5-8 p.m., also at church. Burial will be at (God’s Acre) St. Paul’s Cemetery following the funeral.
Arrangements by Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home, 232 W. Eagle St., Arlington, NE 68002 402-478-4151.
Robert ‘Bob’ L. Hilgenkamp, age 80, of Fremont died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Nye Legacy in Fremont.
Survivors: wife, Judith Smith of Hooper, Nebraska; children, Heather Ramig of Fremont, Nebraska (fiancé Randy Garver), Grant Hilgenkamp of Omaha, Nebraska (wife Alex Hilgenkamp), Amber Porter of Chicago (husband Andrew Porter), Gonzalo Lacayo of Tilarán, Costa Rica (wife Gaby Lacayo); stepdaughter, Amber Smith of Hooper, Nebraska; stepchildren, Todd Smith (wife Shari Smith), Brent Smith (wife Becky Smith), Megan Smith and their families; grandchildren, Claire Ramig, Katie Ramig, Ethan Hilgenkamp, and Daisy Porter; sister, Jeanette Phillippe of Casper, Wyoming; brother, Arnold Hilgenkamp (wife Jan Hilgenkamp) of Minneapolis; mother-in-law, Margaret Harmeyer of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gilmore of Ft. Wayne; nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his first wife Charlotte, two sisters, brother, and parents.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. The Rev. Dan Heuer will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Endowment Fund. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will continue one hour before the service at church.
Donna G. Dahl McClaughry, 94, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Lakeside Meadows in Osage Beach, Missouri.
A native of Nebraska, she was born Jan. 9, 1925, in Hooper, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Clarence and Florence (Ruwe) Dahl. She graduated from Hooper High School in 1942, attended Midland Lutheran College and graduated with a degree in music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1946.
Following graduation Donna taught music in both Valley and Arlington, Nebraska. On June 20, 1948, she was united in marriage to Larry Eldon McClaughry, DVM, in Fremont, Nebraska, who preceded her in death in 1994. Larry practiced Veterinary Medicine in Arlington in partnership with Dr. Jack Cady. In 1953 the McClaughrys moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where they had a private veterinary practice until 1982. While in Omaha, Donna was the organist for Countryside Community Church in Omaha for many years.
Donna was a 70-year member of PEO (Chapter CH) and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi National Sorority.
In 1982 the McClaughrys retired to the Lake of the Ozark, Missouri, from Omaha. While living at the Lake, Donna was a clarinet player with the Lake Area Orchestra. She was also a member of Harper Chapel United Methodist Church in Osage Beach, serving on a number of boards and committees.
Donna was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan, an accomplished organist and clarinet player, she enjoyed singing in the church choirs and with the Lake Area Chorale.
Donna became a resident of Lakeside Meadows in 2015 where she developed many friendships and was cared for by a warm and loving staff.
She is survived by two sons, Michael (Melanie) of Lake Ozark, Missouri, Patrick (Susan) of Omaha, Nebraska; and grandchildren, Kelley and Courtney McClaughry, Sam (Kimmy) Walker; a sister, Joan (Richard) Hamlin, Naples, Florida, and their children, Betsy Hamlin, Wisconsin, and Bob Hamlin, Florida.
A private family service will be held in Nebraska at a future date.
Memorials may be made to: Harper Chapel United Methodist Church, 5567 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065; Cottey College, Attn: Institutional Advancements, 1000 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772; Glenn Korff School of Music, C/O University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE. 68508.
Glenn Albert (Al) Behl, 93, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.
Al was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Glen and Mabel (Antoine) Behl. He grew up in Egan, South Dakota, until his senior year in high school when his family moved to Sioux Falls. He graduated from Washington High School in 1944 and entered the U.S. Army. He served as a Staff Sergeant during World War II in New Caledonia.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from South Dakota State University and did his practice teaching in Lennox, South Dakota, where he met Florene Stewart, a member of the administrative staff. They married on July 22, 1951, and moved to Centerville, South Dakota, for Al’s first teaching assignment. He later joined the staff of the public school in Salem, South Dakota, where he taught biology, shop, vocational agriculture courses, and served as FFA sponsor and advisor to the yearbook. He completed graduate work at Colorado State.
In 1961, Al joined the J.C. Robinson Seed Company in Waterloo, Nebraska, and became Production Manager. He retired as Director of Quality Control in 1988. As a representative for Funks, then Golden Harvest, he met with a wide range of farmers in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Al and Florene, members of the Presbyterian Church in Fremont, participated in many church activities. They also enjoyed traveling. Al volunteered with sports activities at Fremont High School and kept track of local and state athletic teams. He remained a fan of the SDSU Jackrabbits.
Al is preceded in death by his parents, wife Florene, and son Roger.
Survivors include daughter, Sharon Behl Brooks and son-in-law John of Hastings; daughter-in-law, Teri Behl of Lincoln; grandchildren, Andrew and Heather Behl of Lincoln, Michael Brooks of Hastings, and Matthew Brooks of Omaha.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Fremont Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel on Monday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the church.
Dr. Helen Winter Stauffer, 97, of Lincoln, formerly of Kearney, Nebraska, died Nov. 21, 2019, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She is the author of the most comprehensive biography of Nebraska author Mari Sandoz, Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains (1982) and editor of her correspondences, Letters of Mari Sandoz (1992).
Helen served in the WAVES (Women’s Navy) from 1943-1945, teaching aerial gunnery at Alameda Naval Air Base in California. She married Mike Stauffer (of Grand Island) on March 30, 1994. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1974, and taught English at Kearney State College until retiring in 1990. She was active in the Great Plains Chautauqua, Nebraska Humanities Council, Modern Language Association, National Education Association, Western Literature Association, Sandoz Heritage Society, Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial, and Alpha Delta Kappa.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion. Internment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell at a later date.
She is survived by son, Robin (Carol) Stauffer of Fremont, Nebraska; daughters, Susan (Jim) Toth of Edwardsburg, Michigan, Sally Vifquain of Wahoo, Nebraska, Melody (Rod) Chvatal of Colon, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both parents; husband Mike Stauffer; infant son, Karl; daughter-in-law, Carol Hamley Stauffer; and son-in-law Jim Toth.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. lincolnfh.com.
Please join us to celebrate Judy’s wonderful life at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Fremont Airboat Club, 3159 Big Island Road. Lunch will be served.
Judy is survived by her children, Tina (Paul) Cook, Brent (Amy) Littrell, Shawna Littrell, Brad (Colleen) Littrell; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia, Delores and Arlene; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald P. Littrell; parents, Harry and Edna Rohwer; sisters, Harriet and Donna; brothers, Norman, Clairmont and Larry; and great-grandson, Aiden.
Agnes A. Wirka, 95 years, of North Bend, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Parkview Nursing Home in Dodge. Agnes was born Sept. 12, 1924, to Joseph and Agnes (Sedlacek) Mach at rural Weston, Nebraska. She married William “Bill” Wirka on Oct. 1, 1946, at Plasi, Nebraska. He passed away Oct. 29, 1994. The couple owned and operated Bill’s Drive-In Liquor Store in North Bend. Agnes continued operating the liquor store into her 80s. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend and a very active member of the North Bend community.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Wirka of North Bend and Patricia (Jerry) Kammerer of Platte Center; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, one sister and one grandson.
The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at St. Charles Borroemo Catholic Church in North Bend. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m., rosary will begin at 7. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery at North Bend.
Memorials may be designated to the family for a charity yet to be determined.
LaVerna Kloke, 90 years, of Hooper, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at Nye Legacy in Fremont, Nebraska.
The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hooper, Nebraska. The Rev. Nicholas Mishek will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary starting at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Howells, Nebraska.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established in LaVerna’s name.
Rose M. Nichelson, age 81, of Howells died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Schuyler. She was born June 11, 1938, in Ashland to Dibrell and Lassie Billings.
She is survived by children, Don (Wendy) Nichelson of Odell, Wisconsin, Timothy (Patricia) Nichelson of Ashland, Ann (Lonnie) Brodecky-Seybold of North Bend, Kathryn (David) Pospisil-Aguiniga of Howells; sister, Ramona (Floyd) Nobbe of Goliad, Texas; brother-in-law, Marvin Nichelson of Red Oak, Iowa; nephew, Kenneth Nobbe of Point Comfort, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Rose was preceded in death by husband Willard; son-in-law, Ernie Brodecky; great-grandson, Nicholas Fangman.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverview Community Church, Ashland. Visitation at church one hour prior to service. Interment at Ashland Cemetery.
James R. Henry, 76, died at his home in Fremont on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. He was born in Fremont on Sept. 19, 1943, to J. Rex and Phyllis (Quirk) Henry and graduated from Fremont High School in 1961. He attended school in Milford for an education in drafting, worked in various auto parts stores in Omaha, then was employed by Nebraska Natural Gas as a draftsman from 1964 to 1970. In 1970 he went to work for Hormel Foods, retiring in 2000. After his retirement he worked various part-time jobs, including Vern’s Flowers and local car dealerships. Jim served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1964 until 1970. He started his work career as a paper carrier for both the Fremont Tribune and the Omaha World-Herald, spent his summers working for his uncle U.S. (Dutch) Schlueter in heavy construction. Dutch also taught him how to find the “best” local places to eat, which he never forgot.
Jim was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Fremont Eagles lodge F.O.E. 20, Fremont Area Art Association, JCF Board for six years. He was a former member of Fremont Jaycees, Nebraska Balloon Club, The Balloon Federation of America, and was a licensed hot air balloon pilot. Jim piloted their balloon at several “balloon rallies” around the Midwest and as often as possible around the Fremont area. Jim was a Husker Football fan, enjoyed bowling, golf, pool, roller skating, skiing, travel and wine tasting. He and Cookie vacationed in all 50 states, the Provinces of Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Turkey and Australia. After Cookie retired they wintered in Hawaii.
While working at the Gas Company he met and fell in love with Margaret (Cookie) Gibney who worked in the downtown office. They were married Sept. 23, 1967.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Jamie Jorgensen (husband James) of Fremont and Christine Horton (husband Mike) of Kenesaw; one son, Phillip Henry (special friend Andrea Bledsoe) of El Paso, Texas; half sister, Patricia Henry of San Antonio, Texas; and half brother, Jerome Henry of College Station Texas; grandchildren, Andrew Thomson of Flagstaff, Arizona, Brandon Thomson of Fremont, Darian Hanson of Knoxville, Tennessee, Sidney and Morgan Henry of Liberty, South Carolina, Tabitha Roberts of Liberty, South Carolina, Wes Jorgensen of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, McKenzie Jorgensen of Casper, Wyoming; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at Dugan Funeral Chapel. Rev. Scott Jensen will be officiating. Memorials have been established to the Fremont Area Art Association, Fremont Opera House and Fremont Methodist Hospital Hospice. Condolences may be left at www.duganchapel.com.