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).
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.