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Donald Starman

October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donald Starman
1933 — 2014
Donald T. Starman, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, October 27, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Following services, Don’s body was donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board, and later will be buried at St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Donald Theodore Starman, son of Gerhard and Pauline (Hoefer) Starman, was born January 16, 1933 at Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church and attended St. Boniface Catholic School in Elgin. He was employed by Contois Motors in Neligh until September 1961, when he began working for Union Oil Company.
On June 12, 1962, Don married Kathleen Ann Camp at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg. To this union, three children were born: Todd, Tammi and Tanya. The couple lived in Elgin where Don continued working for Union Oil Company for 25 years. In 1986, he started his own mechanic shop, Don’s Repair. Kathy passed away February 4, 1996.
Don married Marlene Clara (Schmidt) Eskens on February 15, 2014 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Coleridge, NE and moved to Coleridge. He entered Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge in August 2014, and it was there that he passed away on October 24, 2014 following a battle with cancer.
He was a life-long member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin and enjoyed being a member of St. Boniface Church Choir for 65+ years. He enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, the mountains, and spending the last several years traveling with Marlene, “Church Hopping” and visiting religious locations.
Don is survived by his wife Marlene of Coleridge; one son and family: Todd (Michele) Starman of Cozad, NE; Zach Starman of Lexington; Kaylea, Dillon and Alyssa Kolbo of Cozad; two daughters and families: Tammi (Robert) Wald of Omaha, NE; Rachel and Trevor Wald; Tanya (Darrin) Severson of Omaha; Taylor and Katelyn Severson; 11 step-children: Debra (Steve) Orwig of Wynot; Jeff (Barbara) Eskens of Temecula, CA; Ron (Tammie) Eskens of Fordyce; Mark (Wendy) Eskens of Yankton, SD; Donna (Charles) Fyfe and Doris Burns, both of Omaha; Jim (Cathy) Eskens of Wynot; Karen (Bill) Blind of Tampa, FL; Mike (Kari) Eskens of Lincoln; Kristie Eskens and husband Tony Lukens of Omaha; Pam (Steve) Kyriss of Omaha; 29 step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Kathy; and two brothers: Robert and Vernon Starman.

Crystal Merchen

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Crystal Merchen
1939 — 2014
Memorial services for Crystal Merchen, age 75, of Petersburg, will be 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Elgin.
Inurnment will be at a later date in the Beaverview Cemetery at Crofton.
She passed away Friday afternoon, October 17, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in Atkinson. Memorials may be made to the family.  Arrangements are under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.
Crystal is survived by her step-daughter, Janice Nichols and husband Chris of Columbus, and four grandchildren: Karissa, Aliya, Cade and Laura, one brother: Leon Thompson and wife Karen of Atkinson, and one sister-in-law: Laura Thompson of Hartington.
Crystal was born August 6, 1939 on a farm at Wynot, Nebraska to Chris and Bessie (Nelson) Thompson. She had a Master’s Degree in Special Education and was a teacher her entire career. She had received her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Master of Arts degree from Wayne State College. She married Don Merchen on July 3, 1983 at Lindy, Nebraska and he died July 25, 2014.
She was a member of the ABC Club at Petersburg, Nebraska.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Don Merchen and her brother: Byron Thompson.
Pastor Michael Davis will be officiating.

Bernard Kvamme

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Bernard (Bernie) Kvamme, age 63, died at his home in Brunswick on Sunday, Oct. 5, after a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Hildegarde Henn

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Hildegarde M. Henn
1921 — 2014
Hildegarde M. Henn, 93 formerly of Petersburg, NE passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE, with Rev. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment followed at the parish cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Hildegarde Margaret Henn, daughter of Urban and Anna (Hahn) Metz, was born June 12, 1921 near Petersburg, NE. She grew up on the family farm east of Petersburg and attended school at St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
After receiving her education, she worked for neighbors doing housekeeping and caring for children.
On October 6, 1942, Hildegarde was united in marriage to Alvin Henn at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg, NE.
The couple made their home on a farm near Petersburg and after a few years moved to town.
Hildegarde moved to Samaritan Estates Assisted Living in Albion, NE in 2005, and in 2010, entered the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Home in Albion.
She was a member of St. John’s Christian Mothers, and a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, growing flowers, crocheting, embroidery, crafts and loved spending time with her family.
Hildegarde is survived by her three daughters: Barb (Phil) Stuhr of Elgin, NE; Judy (Ron) Johnson of Elgin, NE; Joan (Bob) Traphagan of Madison, NE; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Alvin in 1996; a sister Catherine Veik and a brother Alfred Metz.

Margaret “Peg” Merten

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Margaret L. “Peg” Merten
1957 — 2014
Margaret “Peg” Merten, 56 of Albion, NE passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion, with Fr. Stan Schmit officia-ting. Interment will follow at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Elgin.
Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service. Levander Funeral Home of Albion, NE is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Lea Merten, daughter of Percy William and Cecelia (Thiele) Payne, was born November 1, 1957 in Neligh, NE. She grew up in Elgin, NE where she went to elementary school at St. Boniface Catholic and graduated from Pope John Catholic High School in 1976.
Peg was married to Gail Borer in 1975 and they later divorced. To this union two children were born, Doug and Chris. On April 24, 1987, Peg was united in marriage to Jeff “Hopper” Merten.
They made their home in Albion where Peg worked cleaning houses for many years.
Peg’s favorite pastimes were watching her boys wrestle, gambling and buying scratch tickets, sports – especially NASCAR, camping, bowling and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed being the “pumpkin lady” every fall.
Peg is survived by her husband Jeff “Hopper” Merten of Albion; two sons: Doug Borer and wife Lori of Firth and Chris Borer and wife Brooke of Albion; nine grandchildren: Chelsey Urbauer of Lincoln; Lauren, Reese and Rya Borer of Firth; Ty, Parker and Sienna Borer and Benjamin and Madison Reilly of Albion; her father: Percy Payne of Elgin; one brother: Ray Payne and wife Peggy of Elgin; three sisters: Sue Mailhot and husband Jim of Bellevue; Pat Borer and friend Tim Anderson of Neligh; and Connie Laginess and husband Alan of Petersburg, MI.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her mother Cecelia.

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