Dr. Janet S. Bumgarner
1954 — 2016
Dr. Janet S. Bumgarner, daughter of John L. and Thais A. (Haley) Parilek, was born on November 28, 1954 in Omaha, Neb. She entered into eternal peace on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the age of 61 years, 8 months, 11 days at the Shenandoah Medical Center following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Her early childhood was spent growing up in Waterloo, Neb. The family later moved to Elgin, where Janet spent the latter part of her childhood through her high school years. She attended Pope John XXIII High School, graduating with the Class of 1973. She then attended the University of Nebraska, receiving her undergraduate degree in 1977. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa. On June 11, 1977, Janet was united in marriage to the love of her life, Donald Lee Bumgarner in Elgin. They had two children, Benjamin J. (BJ) and Jessica (Jess) were born.
Following their marriage Janet attended Medical School at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, receiving her MD degree in 1980. Both Janet and Don enlisted in the US Army as physicians. They spent three years at Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Georgia from 1980 – 1983 and three years at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma from 1983 – 1986. Dr. Janet reached the rank of Major in the Army Medical Corps.
They made Shenandoah their home in 1986. Dr. Janet moved to Shenandoah when her daughter, Jessica, was 2 weeks old. She worked for various employers over the years from 1986 through 2016 at the Shenandoah Medical Center as a family physician. She worked in association with Dr. Floyd Jones, for Clarkson Hospital, for Nebraska Medicine (under various names), and Shenandoah Medical Center. She served as the Page County Medical Examiner for years and was the SMH Hospice Director.
Through the years she greatly impacted the lives of her many patients and their families as well as her co-workers with her vast knowledge of medicine and personal, kind and caring dedication to improving the quality of life of everyone around her. She delivered many babies in Shenandoah. She really enjoyed caring for the full range of ages from newborns to centenarians. All she ever wanted to be was a family doctor in a small town.
Away from work, Janet enjoyed knitting, bird watching, astronomy, gardening and reading. Janet was a avid Nebraska Cornhusker football fan. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. She was also active in PEO (DN Chapter), Gamma Phi Beta Sorority,
American Academy of Family Practice and the ravelry.com Breast Cancer Support Group.
Preceding Janet in death were her parents, John L. and Thais Parilek; and brother, John Richard Parilek. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Donald L. Bumgarner of Shenandoah; daughter, Jessica A. Bumgarner of Shenandoah; son, Dr. Benjamin J. Bumgarner and his wife, Elizabeth Hilpipre, of Omaha; sister, Mary R. Roberts of Waukegan, IL; nephew, Bryan Roberts and his wife, Lisa, and two sons of Highland Park, IL; nephew, Sean Roberts of Chicago, IL; niece, Jennifer Roberts of Chicago, IL; cousin, Jim Sanders of Clayton, GA; and other cousins, relatives, and many friends.
By Marie Meis
The 2016-2017 school year marks the return of Pope John foreign exchange student, Wenting Yu. It’s rare for an exchange student to return to the same school for a second year, but Wenting is excited to be back after a summer of traveling to places like Australia with her family. Last year, she spent the year with Paul and Diane Dicke but this year she is staying with Steve and Becky Kerkman.
There are multiple reasons for Wenting’s return, but she says she just really likes Pope John. When asked to describe the school she said, “Fantastic, that’s a new word I just learned!” This year will be a lot easier of a transition than last year, as she said the different language was hard at first.
Wenting has made quite an impact in the school, as she went out for many school activities such as one act, speech, musical and choir. She was recognized by all the judges in Pope John’s one act competitions, which was quite a feat. She also received 5th place at district speech for her poetry piece written by Doctor Suess.
Not only is Wenting excited to come back, but Pope John is excited to have her back. She has achieved a lot academically and in extracurriculars.
As she said, “Pope John is a nice choice for a school.”
Fans of Wolfpack football will have an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the upcoming season.
Coach Randy Eisenhauer announced the Wolfpack will hold a scrimmage Saturday morning, Aug. 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Elgin Field.
Admission will be a bottle of Gatorade/Powerade.
Professional sports have their pre-season games.
This year, so too, the Wolfpack varsity volleyball team who will compete in a “jamboree” triangular leading up to the start of the regular season.
The volleyball jamboree is scheduled for Monday, August 29th beginning at 6 p.m. at Elkhorn Valley (Tilden).
The schedule will be as follows:
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge vs. Elkhorn Valley
Elgin Public-Pope John vs. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
Elkhorn Valley vs. Elgin Public-Pope John
This jamboree will take place of the scrimmage and parent meeting that is normally held.
The following are a few things to note about the jamboree:
• This will be for varsity only.
• The games will be two sets only to 25.
• These games do not count toward our record or NSAA wild card points.
• Cost for the jamboree games will be $5 for adults and $4 for students. No passes will be accepted. All proceeds go to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.
The Elgin Red Cross Bloodmobile was held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the KC Hall.
The goal for the bloodmobile visit was to collect 58 units and, by the end of the day the number of units donated came to 56, double red donors contributed 12 of those units.
Receiving award pins were Ben Meis - seven gallons; Craig Niewohner - three gallons and LeAnne Eggers - one gallon.
Other donors were: Tony Levander, Bob Koenig, Patricia Spieker, Denis Henn, Bill Alderson, Phil Starman, Bob Schiltmeyer, Peggy Payne, Ronni Jones, Ron Scholl, Duane Hoefer, Audrey Wondercheck, Paige Nichols, Julie Nichols, Jim Baum, Jim Schindler, Gary Dinslage, Robert Coakes, Barb Bode, Jennifer Bush, Elma McLain, Dave Sullivan, Chris Redding, Larry Borer, Evan Davis, Alois Warner, Vicki Miller, Jenna Parks, Duane Miller, Marvin Meis, Dan Baum, Tyler Childers, Mark Salber, Gerald Scholl, William Eischeid, Lauren Selting, Esther Bush, Vida Sprout, Bonnie Jennings, Dean Henn, Karin Kinney, Morgan Carpenter, LeRoy Kerkman, Dorothy Heithoff, Anna Meis, Tony Getzfred, Denise Getzfred, Marilyn Sehi, Mark Dwyer, Sam Heithoff, Lori Widger and Angela Cuffe.