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).
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.