A “great idea” swirling in her head for years has finally become a reality for Raeville resident Karen Siems.
Know by many for her award-winning works of leather art, Siems will add the title of Shop Owner to her resumé.
“It’s been an accrued thing over the years,” said Siems on Monday of her desire to open a shop. “Its just finally happening.”
With the opening scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, final touches are being completed on the east side of Siems’ home. Posts for a rail along the few steps up to the door are being put up and they have revamped their enclosed east porch, adding shelving that is stocked with items and named it Prairie House Gifts.
“I had my leatherwork for sale at the Wildwood Gift Barn (in Nebraska City),” Siems said. Then her nephew opened a gift shop also in Nebraska City. Those two experiences motivated her to follow through on her shop idea.
“I wanted a showcase for our local people to show their works,” she said.
At this time, Siems is featuring local work by five area artists. Eventually she plans to add a website that will also feature the works found in Prairie House Gifts.
Along with Siems leather art (unique creations) and leather crafts (repeats of a pattern), visitors to her shop will find stained glass art by Dennis and Mary Mattner, specialty sewing by Kate’s Treadle Treasures (aprons & more sewn items), fleece Cuddle Blankets by Joan Mattner and prints by photographer Jack Nordeen.
Other gift shop items she carries includes souvenirs for visitors. “We get a lot of visitors who stop to see the church (St. Bonaventure),” she said. At this time, Raeville-themed items are T-shirts and koozies. Stop by and you’ll find a selection of spice mug mats (scented mats that release aroma as a hot item sits on it), greeting cards, jewelry and note pad/pens with coordinated tea towels.
Prairie House Gifts will be opening this weekend, April 25 and 26, with Saturday hours of 1 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. These weekend days and hours will continue to be their normal hours. To set up an appointment or for more information, Siems can be reached at 402-386-5206.
William “Bill” Wirges, 83 of Omaha passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Omaha.
Bill was born July 11, 1931 in Petersburg, NE and passed away on Thursday, April 16 at the age of 83.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 21 at St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Mass of Christian of Burial was held Monday, April 20 at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 S Street, in Omaha with military honors by Millard AL 374 & VFW 8334. Rosary Recitation was held Sunday at Braman Mortuary, Southwest Chapel.
Josephine M. Schrad, 89 of Elgin, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Josephine M. Schrad, daughter of William and Margaret (Stoltz) Salber, was born March 2, 1926 at Elgin. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church, attended rural Antelope County grade school and graduated from St. Boniface School.
She did housekeeping for several neighbors and worked at Parr’s Café as a baker/cook and later as a cook for the St. Boniface Lunch Program.
On March 27, 1951, Josephine married Alfred Schrad at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. They lived on a farm southwest of Elgin where they raised their six children: Doris, Ron, Linda, Sue, Jan and Dan. They farmed for over 50 years. Josephine was a member of the St. Boniface Altar Society and loved cooking for her family. She is survived by her husband Alfred of Neligh; five children: Ron (Carla) Schrad of Elgin; Linda (Randy) Mitchell of Elgin; Sue (Elliott) Castillo of Lincoln; Jan (Scott) Clausen of Norfolk; Dan (Sharon) Schrad of Omaha; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Vera (LaVern) Buelt of Hillsboro, OR; Gladys (Rollie) Reicks of Elgin; one sister-in-law: Betty Salber of Elgin; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Doris Ping, son-in-law Mike Ping; and two brothers: Delbert and Melvin Salber.
Madonna L. “Donna” Gregor passed peacefully on April 19, 2015 at Parsons House in Omaha.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am Thursday, April 23, 2015 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation is 5:00 to 7:30 pm Wednesday at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Elgin Community Center, or directed to the family for charity of their choice.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Donna worked her entire career as a clerk and postmaster of the Post Office in Elgin. She was very active in her community, especially St. Boniface Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Red Hatters Society.
She also led the Junior American Legion Auxiliary for many years and founded the Quad-Lum News for local Catholic school alumni to stay informed.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Raymond, parents Greg and Hilda Pape, one brother, Ronald Pape, and 2 brother-in-laws, Dennis Friese and Eric Boshart.
She is survived by son Timothy of Denver, son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Jennifer (Koesters) and their children whom she cherished Camryn, Jayden, and Delany, brother Charles Pape, and 3 sisters Mary Friese, Margaret (Bob) Grigg, and Kathy Boshart and their children.
O’NEILL — The Wolfpack girls finished seventh and the boys track team finished ninth at the O’Neill Invitational held Thursday.
Battling some of the best teams in the area, the Wolfpack found success in a variety of events. Leading the way were sophomore Liz Selting who placed third in the triple jump.
Teammate Taylor Schumacher finished third in the pole vault.
Jill Schindler placed in both the 100 and 200 meter dash events.
For the boys, Ryan Pelster led the way with a second place finish in the 1600 meter run. Earlier, Pelster took third in the 3200 meter run.
In the boys team competition, Wausa won with 98 points. followed by Chambers/Wheeler Central 80.5, Creighton 75, Elkhorn Valley 72, North Central 63, Boyd County 47, Bloomfield 32, Humphrey St. Francis 21, EPPJ 17, Clearwater/Orchard 11.5, Ewing 6, Spalding Academy 3 and St. Mary’s 1.
St. Mary’s won the girls team title with 129 points followed by North Central 89, Clearwater/Orchard 69, Creighton 42, Ewing 32, Chambers/Wheeler Central 30, EPPJ 29, Spalding Academy 28, Humphrey St. Francis 27, Boyd County 26, Elkhorn Valley 10, Wausa 9, Niobrara/Verdigre 6 and Bloomfield 1.
Competing in Division Two, here are the Wolfpack individual results:
100 meter dash — 1. Bridget Schneider, St. Mary’s, 13.58 seconds; 4. Jill Schindler, EPPJ, 14.05
200 meter dash — 1. Kinzly Macke, Clearwater/Orchard, 27.78 seconds; 4. Jill Schindler, EPPJ, 29.09
400 meter dash — 1. Kylie Thiele, Clearwater/Orchard, 1:01.30; 6. Lydia Behnk, EPPJ, 1:06.56
800 meter run — 1. Kylie Thiele, Clearwater/Orchard, 2:27.28
1600 meter run — 1. Lexy Heyden, North Central, 5:47.94; 5. Jenna Parks, EPPJ, 6:13.18
3200 meter run — 1. Lexy Heyden, North Central, 12:26.98; 6. Sydney Kerkman, EPPJ, 14:23.55
100 meter hurdles — 1. Rachel Stewart, North Central, 16.46 seconds
300 meter hurdles — 1. Rachel Stewart, North Central, 50.07 seconds
400 meter relay — 1. St. Mary’s, 53.94 seconds
1600 meter relay — 1. Clearwater/Orchard, 4:20.87; 6. EPPJ (Lydia Behnk, Baylee Wemhoff, Liz Selting, Jenna Parks), 4:36.18
3200 meter relay — 1. St. Mary’s, 10:28.89; 5. EPPJ (Jenna Parks, Liz Selting, Baylee Wemhoff, Taylor Schumacher), 11:50.84
High jump — 1. Rachel Stewart, North Central, 5’1”
Pole vault — 1. Mackenzie Wecker, St. Mary’s, 9’6”; 3. Taylor Schumacher, 7’6”; 5. Jordan Mescher, EPPJ, 7’
Long jump — 1. Rebecca Eggerling, Creighton, 15’4 3/4”
Triple jump — 1. Ranee Keehn, Elkhorn Valley, 34’; 3. Liz Selting, EPPJ, 31’9”
Shot put — 1. Addie Shaw, North Central, 40’6”
Discus — 1. Emily Pongratz, St. Mary’s, 108’10”
100 meter dash — 1. Austin Hegge, Wausa, 11.61 seconds; 6. Austin Meis, EPPJ, 12.28
200 meter dash — 1. Austin Hegge, Wausa, 23.42 seconds; 6. Austin Meis, EPPJ, 24.83
400 meter dash — 1. Brook Baller, Creighton, 53.16 seconds
800 meter run — 1. Caleb Rihanek, Boyd County, 2:11.22
1600 meter run — 1. Colin Erickson, North Central, 4:49.49; 2. Ryan Pelster, EPPJ, 4:58.60
3200 meter run — 1. Colin Erickson, North Central, 10:19.13; 3. Ryan Pelster, EPPJ, 10:41.76
110 meter hurdles — 1. Kyle Kleinschmit, Wausa, 17.06 seconds
300 meter hurdles — 1. Kyle Kleinschmit, Wausa, 44.71 seconds
400 meter relay — 1. Elkhorn Valley, 46.89 seconds; 6. EPPJ (Andrew Fangman, Dylan Behnk, Kyle Kallhoff, Austin Meis), 48.92
1600 meter relay — 1. North Central, 3:41.53
3200 meter relay — 1. Chambers/Wheeler Central, 8:57.80
High jump — 1. Jagger Smith, Clearwater/Orchard, 5’8”
Pole vault — 1. Kyle Young, Bloomfield, 9’6”
Long jump — 1. Austin Hegge, Wausa, 20’3”
Triple jump — 1. Austin Hegge, Wausa, 41’8”
Shot put — 1. Jayle Hinkle, Chambers/Wheeler Central, 50’0 1/4”
Discus — 1. Jayle Hinkle, Chambers/Wheeler Central, 140’1”