Norman “Butch” CarnahanAugust 21, 1930 – August 19, 2019
Norman “Butch” Dean Carnahan, 88 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1930, at Loretto, Nebraska, to Arvene “Ben” and Alma (Hinze) Carnahan. Norman grew up and farmed near Petersburg and Albion, Nebraska. He married Vivian Chana on Sept. 1, 1956, at Primrose, Nebraska. The couple moved to Fremont in 1961. Norman was employed by R.E. Reutzel Construction as a heavy equipment operator and worked his way up to superintendent. In 1973 the couple built a house on an acreage east of North Bend. They returned to Fremont in 2007.
Norman was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. He was an expert carpenter and loved gardening tractors and the outdoors.
Norman is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, David Carnahan of Omaha, Nebraska; daughters, Joanne (Bill) Royuk of Fremont, Pamela (Bill) Baxter of Aurora, Colorado, Sherry (Dan) Reimers of West Point, Nebraska, and Sandra (Mike) Royuk of Fremont; brother, Arvene “Pete” Carnahan of Fremont; sisters, Marilyn (Bruce) Fairchild and Fredricka Berthelson, all of Omaha; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Loran, and Donald Carnahan; sisters, Arlene O’Brien and Sarah O’Brien; and infant son, James Dean Carnahan.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. Rev. Dan Heuer will officiate. Visitation is Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran School.
Doris M. Eckerman, 90 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Bickford Cottage in Urbandale, Iowa. She was born June 12, 1929, in Sac City, Iowa, to Leland and Lucille (Garrison) Colburn.
Doris graduated from Sac City High School. She married Robert “Bob” Eckerman on April 17, 1948, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City. In 1956, they moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where they resided until 1971, when they moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she worked as a clerk at Stafford’s Insurance. In 1979 they moved to Fremont where she was employed at the Half Price Store.
Doris was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. Patrick Women, the church choir, and volunteered for serving lunches at Bergan Jr. and Sr. High. She was a member of the F.O.E. Auxiliary in Fremont, and in her spare time she enjoyed playing bridge, solving crosswords, reading, putting jigsaw puzzles together and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Doris is survived by sons, Steven Eckerman of Carl Junction, Missouri, James Eckerman of Fremont and Timothy Eckerman of Omaha; daughters, Kathleen (Mel) Davis of Las Vegas, Nevada, Dian (Roger) Schmiedeskamp of Urbandale, Iowa, Marilyn Dawes of Bonita Springs, Florida, Debra Eckerman Slack of Ankeny, Iowa, and Michelle Riepl of Gretna, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 71 years, Bob; sisters, Norma Colburn, Dorothy Colburn, Elva Jean Montgomery; son-in-law, Randy Dawes; grandson, Zach Thompson; son-in-law, Rick Slack; and brother, Archie and wife, Marie Colburn.
The funeral service is 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont.
Visitation on Friday at church 1 hour prior to service. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials may be given to St. Patrick Catholic Church.
William H. Norenberg, age 94, of Fremont died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Nye Legacy.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont.
Geraldine R. “Gerry” BauerDecember 23, 1935 – August 18, 2019
Geraldine R. “Gerry” Bauer, 83 years, of Fremont, formerly of Lincoln, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Hooper, Nebraska. She was born on Dec. 23, 1935, in Page, Nebraska, to Alfred and Rose (Bohn) Bauer.
She is survived by sisters, Catherine “Cathy” Chapman of Fremont and Mary Ann (Doug) Shrader of Hanover Park, Illinois; sister-in law, Deb Bauer of Bennington, Nebraska; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug., 23, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 7 p.m., all at Moser’s in Fremont. Interment is 2:30 p.m. Friday at Vandersnick Cemetery near Ewing, Nebraska.
Memorials to St. Patrick Catholic Church Endowment Fund.
Robert Lee “Bob” Knoell, age 63, Crete, originally from Fremont, passed away Aug. 17, 2019, in Crete. Celebration of Life Services are pending at this time. Condolences may be left at trumpmemorials.com. Trump Funeral Services, 1600 W. "O" Street, Lincoln.
Services were held at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ponca, Nebraska, on Saturday, Aug. 17. Interment followed in South Creek Cemetery. A Celebration of Life followed at Rivertime Resort in rural Ponca, overlooking the Missouri River.
Memorials may be sent to: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 421 W. Second St., Ponca, NE 68770.
Norman August Grashorn, 92, of Fremont, formerly of Valley, was born on Sept. 7, 1926, in Wisner, Nebraska, to George and Martha (Lawiniczak) Grashorn. He grew up on the farm near Wisner where he attended country school. Norm spent much of his time working on the family farm but in his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. At an early age, Norm began to hire out to the local farmers. Norm enlisted in the United States Army and served his country from November of 1951 to October of 1953. He was deployed in Germany serving in the 7th Evac Hospital for much of his duty.
Norm married Elaine Kollars on Feb. 21, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Norfolk, Nebraska. They were blessed with four children: Gary, Duane, Sharon and Glen. Norm and Elaine made their home in Battle Creek for several years before moving to Valley in 1960.
Norm worked as a farmer and worked at a local feed lot before joining 3-M. After his retirement from 3-M, Norm worked as a custodian for Valley Public Schools. Norm enjoyed fishing, dancing, especially square dancing and polka, bowling and playing cards. He was a quiet, hardworking man with a dry sense of humor and an ornery streak. Norm enjoyed watching TV, was an avid Husker and Cubs fan.
Norm passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens with his family by his side at the age of 92 years, 11 months and 7 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Martha; and siblings, Art, Dick, Hank, Herman, George, Edna and Arnold. Norm is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary of Bennington, Duane and Kathy of Fremont and Glen and Lorna of Bennington; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jeff Olson of Valley, Nebraska; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Elmer of Clarinda, Iowa, and Harold of Stanton, Iowa; sisters, Betty Eucker of Madison, Nebraska, and Irene Hansen of Tilden, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral is Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at United Faith Community Church in Valley. Interment at Hillcrest-Westlawn Memorial Park in Omaha. Memorials to the church. Condolences to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com.
Beryl A. Knudson, age 81, of Fremont passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at CHI Bergan Mercy Hospital.
Beryl was born Sept. 20, 1937, to Paul and Ruth Burch in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. Beryl grew up on a small family farm with one brother. She then attended nursing school in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Beryl met Keith Knudson on a blind date where they eventually married ending up in Fremont in 1962. Beryl and Keith had a wonderful marriage, raising their family in Fremont where Beryl was an emergency room nurse for 28 years before retiring. Following her retirement she worked at the Yankee Peddler.
Beryl was a very involved member of First Lutheran Church in Fremont. She also enjoyed traveling, playing bridge with friends, was an avid reader, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Keith, and parents.
She is survived by her children, Joel (Patty) Knudson of Omaha, Tara (Kelly) Carl of Omaha, Erik (Bonnie) Knudson of Sandy, Utah; brother, Francis Burch of Lester Prairie, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kelly, Drew, Brett, Ian, Kyra, Piper; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Nixen.
Frederick Junior Juilfs was born July 9, 1925, in Burr, Nebraska, to Fred W. and Elsie M. Juilfs, and joined eternal life on July 8, 2019, a journey he had well prepared himself for.
Frederick graduated from Midland Lutheran University, Fremont, Nebraska, with a BA in 1951, then received his master’s degree in Divinity from The Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago. He was ordained in 1954 by the Nebraska Synod of the United Lutheran Church. While attending Midland University, Frederick met his bride, Lois Angeline Giebler of Fremont, Nebraska, and they were married Dec. 29, 1951, and blessed with three children.
After serving his pastoral internship, Frederick was called to serve as a mission developer for: Prince of Peace Lutheran in Kansas City, Kansas, and Christ the King Lutheran in Tigard, Oregon. After serving 15 years in the ministry, Frederick began his second career in health care administration for the elderly working with The Good Samaritan Society of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was administrator in Syracuse, Nebraska, Eugene, Oregon, and Sun City, Arizona. He then served as Executive Director for the Santa Clara Retirement Foundation, Santa Clara, California, until his retirement in 1988.
During their retirement years, Frederick and Lois enjoyed their many travels both state side as well as abroad.
Frederick touched so many lives in his time here on Earth and had a gift for bringing Christ-like perspective in which to help navigate this earthly journey. He looks forward to seeing all of us again in the life here after.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Darlene Beckman, and brother-in-law, Rev. Reinhard Beckman of Syracuse, Nebraska; his brother, Lester Juilfs, and sister-in-law, Ruth Juilfs of Burr, Nebraska. In-addition there were four nephews: Rev. James Beckman, Donald Beckman, Kenneth Juilfs, Delton Juilfs; and niece, Delores Meeske.
Frederick leaves behind his wife, Lois, and their three children with their spouses, Timothy Juilfs and Sally of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Patrick and Lisa Juilfs of Eugene, Oregon, and Pamela Rinehart and Rob of Beaverton, Oregon; seven grandchildren, Amber Bargstadt of Winside, Nebraska, Tyler Juilfs of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Capri Stinekuehler of Lincoln, Nebraska, Aaron Pedersen of Beaverton, Oregon, KalaBeth Pedersen of New York City, New York, Jonathon Juilfs of Eugene, Oregon, and Angela Juilfs of Lake Oswego, Oregon; two stepgrandchildren, Mallory Mohr and Torrie Rinehart of Minneapolis, Minnesota; seven great-grandchildren, Lillian, Evan, Ryan, and Clayton Bargstadt, Kinley and Ky Juilfs, and Calvin Pedersen; niece, Carol Tyler; and nephew, Rev. Ronald Beckman.
Services will be held at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. in Syracuse, Nebraska, with the internment immediately following at Park Hill Cemetery, Syracuse.
Memorials have been established at St. Matthew Lutheran Church Foundation in Beaverton, Oregon, and the Beckman Foundation at Lutheran Memorial Church in Syracuse. Both foundations will support tuition for students entering college.
Arrangements by: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse.
Dean J. Swim, age 83, of Winslow died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at the Norfolk Veterans Home.
Dean was born in Springview, Nebraska, on April 19, 1936, to Gerald and Edith (Hahn) Swim. He joined the Army while still in school, graduated from Keya Paha High School in Springview, then served during the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie L. Foster, on Sept. 30, 1956. For over 40 years he worked at various places, including S & S Tire, Hooper Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Golden Sun Feeds, Nebraska Sports and finally Arms and Ammo.
He is survived by his three daughters, Rebecca (Dean) Hoge, Beth Beerbohm and Amy M. Swim (Bret Burianek); six grandchildren, Kurt (Andrea) Hoge, Chris Beerbohm, Rachel (Nate) Stratton, Amanda (Kyle) Walton, Logan (Jacob) Kreikemeier, Connor (Samantha Rasmussen) Clark and Alexis Lewin; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Duane (Phyllis) Swim; and brother-in-law, Roger (Diane) Foster.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie on June 4, 2018; a son, Kyle; and son-in-law, Stanley Beerbohm.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 18, at Ludvigsen’s Scribner Funeral Chapel from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the family present from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the funeral home in Scribner with the burial to follow in the Scribner Cemetery with Military Honors.
Kenneth K. Thernes, age 80, of Hooper died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at home.
Ken was born Feb. 9, 1939, on a farm near Uehling to Harold and Grace (Wagner) Thernes. He was raised on the family farm near Hooper, attended rural schools and graduated from Hooper High School in 1956. After high school he worked in Fremont at a grocery store before going back to Hooper to open his own grocery store. He married Berniece Kriete on April 9, 1961, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They lived southwest of Hooper until moving into Hooper in the mid-1960s. The couple continued to operate the grocery store in Hooper for a short time. Ken then worked various jobs, including clerk for the city of Hooper. He also worked for the post office for nearly 40 years before retiring as Post Master.
Ken was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving on many of the church committees. He had been a member of the commercial club, Hooper Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and the Elkhorn Valley Golf Club. Ken loved to play cards at the VFW in Hooper and could be seen driving his golf cart all over Hooper.
Survivors: wife, Berniece of Hooper; children, Becky (Steve) Hotovy of Fremont, Kevin (Sharla Kurz) Thernes of Omaha, Wendy Evertson of Sidney; grandchildren, Carissa (John) Evans of Milwaukee, and their children Eleanor and Hudson, Connor Hotovy of Fremont, McKenna Hotovy of Lincoln, Aaron and Henry Thernes of Omaha, Jacob and Julia Evertson of Lincoln; sisters, Marjorie (Arlen) Gnuse of Fremont, Julene (Larry) Karloff of Yutan, Janice Bopp of Hooper; brothers-in-law, LeRoy (Gloria) Kriete of Hooper, John (Donna) Kriete of Hooper, Paul (Cory) Kriete of Hooper; sister-in-law, Sharon Thernes of Hooper.
Ken was preceded in death by his brothers, LeRoy and Louis, and a brother-in-law, Willis Bopp.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper. Burial will follow in the Hooper Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also at the church.
Brandy Lynn Hoff, age 44, of Fremont passed away after battling cancer on Aug. 9, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She was born Feb. 4, 1975, to Kirk Muller and Toni (Dixon) Oakman.
After her parents’ divorce, Brandy moved with her mother and brother, Jeremy, to Ashtabula, Ohio, where she attended school. In 1992, she moved to Scribner, Nebraska, and graduated from Scribner-Snyder Schools in 1993. After high school, Brandy worked various jobs, and most recently was employed at Valmont Industries in Valley.
Brandy loved her children, she enjoyed watching them grow and achieve their goals. She had a passion for country music, arts and crafts, and her dogs, Zola, Zeke, and Smallz.
Survivors include: Charissa Hoff, daughter; Cooper Freeman, son; Ross Pekarek, significant other; Toni (Robert) Oakman, mother; Jeremy (Tina) Hoff, brother; and Brooke (Donald) Walker, sister. She is preceded in death by her father, Kirk Muller; stepfather, Mark Hoff; and brother, Bobby Oakman.
There will be a potluck dinner and Celebration of Life for Brandy at Mel’s Bar in Scribner on Saturday, Aug. 24, starting at 3 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.duganchapel.com.
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).