Marlene A. Kersten
1939 — 2016
Marlene A. Kersten, 77 years, of Fremont, Nebraska died Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Fremont Health Medical Center in Fremont. Marlene was born April 10, 1939 in Dalton, Nebraska to Raymond and Katherine (Josten) Pelster.
She grew up on a ranch in Antelope and Wheeler County in Nebraska. She was a graduate of St. Boniface Catholic High School in Elgin, Nebraska. She attended Beauty College in Norfolk, Nebraska. Marlene married Albert “Al” Kersten on March 30, 1959 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin. She moved to Fremont and owned Marlene’s Beauty Shop in Hooper, Nebraska for a few years and then started Marlene’s Beauty Shop in Fremont and worked there for more than fifty years. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. She loved sewing, spending time with her family and especially with her great grandson.
She is survived by her husband, Al Kersten of Fremont; son, Kevin and wife, Barb Kersten of Fremont; brothers, Raymond, Jr. and wife, Janice Pelster of Denver, Colorado, Duane and wife, Nancy Pelster of Burwell, Nebraska and Edwin Pelster of Grand Island, Nebraska; sisters, Mary Jane and husband, Bill Hoefener of York, Nebraska, Maggie and husband, Larry Siders of Fremont, and Linda and husband, Randy Jochum of Osmond, Nebraska; granddaughter, Shantell and husband, Scott Hall of Omaha; and great grandson, Preston Hall of Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Mass was held, Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Father David Belt officiated.
Visitation was Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rosary at 7 P.M. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Dodge County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com
Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Avenue, Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490
1919 — 2016
Sally Bohnenkamp, 96 of Elgin, NE, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with Rev. Kevin Vogel officiating.
Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a 7:00 p.m. wake service.
Marcella Ann Schmitz, daughter of Tony and Mary (Thieman) Schmitz, was born November 23, 1919 at Petersburg, NE.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and attended St. John’s School.
On June 26, 1946, Sally married Lawrence H. Bohnenkamp at Omaha. They lived and farmed east of Elgin, where they were blessed with three daughters: Karen, Cherlyn and Mary Jo.
Lawrence died of a heart attack in 1968, and Sally moved into town across from St. Boniface School, where she was currently living.
She was a farmer’s wife, a homemaker, a caretaker for elderly and a custodian at St. Boniface School.
Sally was a member of St. Boniface Church, St. Boniface Altar Society and was devoted to delivering meals on wheels for the Elgin Community Center. She was an excellent cook, had a great sense of humor and was always prepared with a quick “come-back”.
She is survived by three daughters: Karen (Julio) Rodriguez of Sioux City, IA; Cherlyn “Cheri” (Richard) Schwager of Orchard, NE; Mary Jo (Patrick) Newburn of Sioux City, IA; six grandchildren: Jamie (Angela) Rodriguez, Jennifer (Steve) Koutz, Chris (Patty) Schwager, Terra Bentley Kimes (Aaron), Jeremy Newburn (Kristal), and Matt (Sindy) Varnadore; seven great-grandchildren: Connor and Chris Bentley, Cambree Kimes, Caleb and Morgan Rodriguez, Caleb Schwager and Easton Newburn; five step great-grandchildren: Mallory, Haeden, Dawson, Drake and Kaiya; and her St. Boniface foster grandchildren: the Bob and Sue Schiltmeyer children.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawrence, brother Laurence Schmitz and special friend Bert Reestman.
Ryan and Abby Lodge of Elgin are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Henry Martin, born August 25, at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk.
Henry weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. He is welcomed by big brothers James and Harrison.
Grandparents are Steve and the late Sandy Lodge of Petersburg and Mike and Mary Alice Dwyer of Bartlett. Great Grandparents are Lois Zegers of Petersburg and Dorothy Dwyer of Bloomfield.
The 2016 Elgin Fall Festival Crafts and Products Fair will be held this Saturday, October 1 at the St. Boniface Auditorium, Third and Remington Street.
This marks the 37th year for the craft fair, bringing together area/regional craftsmen and area/regional shoppers for one fantastic day of homemade merchandise to buy and sell.
According to Patricia Spieker, the event will feature many popular crafts and products from previous years as well as some new items. She said wooden toys are popular every year and will be available for purchase again this year.
Among the new vendors/items will be Lip Sense, Martha & Me (Christian home decor items), as well as many sewn and quilted items and even homegrown honey.
Spieker said the auditorium will be full this year, providing many items to choose from. She said the fall festival, at this time of year, provides a way for people to do some early Christmas shopping without having to go too far. Admission to the event is free.
Again this year, buyers will find everything in one place.
The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year. Organizers and volunteers will be at the gymnasium around 6 a.m. to help vendors do setup for the festival.
The Young-N-Lively Club will be holding a bake sale.
As in past years, the St. Boniface Altar Society will be serving soup, sandwiches, etc., Take outs are available. See ya there!
By Jaime Hoefer
The Public Library in Elgin gained a couple of new faces this August!
Former Elgin Public teachers Barb Bode and Diane Gunderson are sharing the position of librarian since retiring from many years in the teaching profession.
Both delight in sharing the job while brainstorming ideas of getting people involved in the library.
Both women say they are loving retirement but also like being able to stay busy at the library because even though the atmosphere is much different, the teacher in them causes them to “think the way they do.” This aids in coming up with new ideas for children and adults to further enjoy the library. They say that they are enjoying trying new things, especially those which tie into education and the younger generation. Because the atmosphere of the library possesses a different structure, Bode and Gunderson are adapting to their new surroundings.
They have become acquainted with adults in the book club and strongly encourage more groups to start their own!
Gunderson appreciates that she can continue reading while she is working.
This way she is able to accomplish more reading than just limiting a majority of it to summertime. She stated that she does not mind the schedule and takes pleasure in seeing students she has taught in the past.
The students particularly delight in the availability of suckers and mints upon each visit. Many have let her know that they miss her, with the same sentiment expressed towards Bode.
For the complete story, see the print edition of the Elgin Review