Mildred A. Scott
1940 — 2016
Mildred A. Stott, 76 of Petersburg, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Memorial Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, with Father Mark Tomasiewicz officiating.
Inurnment will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Petersburg.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until service time.
Mildred Ann Stott, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Dohmen) Jasper was born on May 21, 1940 at Humphrey, NE. She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Platte Center until the 8th grade. Mildred then attended St. Francis High School in Colorado Springs, CO.
On February 10, 1961 Mildred was united in marriage to Floyd Veik at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Platte Center, NE. To this union Kevin, Kimberly, Kaylyn, and Kristine were born. The couple lived in Platte Center and Omaha where Mildred worked at various jobs.Mildred married Kenneth Stott on September 17, 1981 in Elko, Nevada.
The couple lived in Iowa, Florida, and currently in Petersburg. They were team truck drivers for 17 years before retirement in 2002.
Mildred was a member of the Legion Riders Club. She has traveled to all 50 states, she loved to play cards and dominos with her family, and also loved driving her convertible and participating in Poker Runs.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth of Petersburg; 4 children: Kevin (Sally) Veik of Columbus; Kimberly Johnson of Belgrade; Kaylyn (Scott) Preister of Petersburg; Kristine Kelley of Lindsay; 12 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 brother: Dennis Jasper of Stromsburg; 5 sisters: MaryAnn Happ of Columbus; Marlene (Bert) Feik of Columbus; Betty (Virgil) Pilakowski of Platte Center; Dorothy Brandt of Humphrey; Joan (Warren) Schwanebeck of Monroe; 2 sisters-in-law Betty Jasper of Platte Center; and Betty Jasper of Denver, CO; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters and their spouses: Rose (Dave) Mohr, Helen (Norman) Shanle; 3 brothers: Clem, Ken, and James Jasper; brothers-in-law: Bob Happ, Glen Brandt, and Bob Weber, sister-in-law Dixie Jasper.
Bertha A. Farris
1917 — 2016
Bertha A. Farris, 99 of Elgin, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society-Albion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with Rev. Kevin Vogel officiating. Interment will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin. Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin.
Growing up in Elgin, Bertha was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, attended St. Boniface School and graduated from Elgin High School in 1934. Her education continued at Hastings Business College. Bertha cherished her life-long friendships and attended high school reunions for 80 years. She was the daughter of Bernard “Ben” and Anna (Selting) Beckman. Bertha married Dorsey E. Farris on January 29, 1940 in Omaha, NE. Sweethearts for life, Bertha and Dorsey often sat holding hands at family gatherings.
After several moves within the local area, Bertha and Dorsey made their home in Oakland CA. Bertha had a significant career with the Oakland Tribune in California. She retired in 1978 after serving three generations of the Knowland family, and having served as the Executive Secretary to the President: she was highly valued by the Knowland family. Her colleagues there remember her as “having a way of making everyone around her feel special.” Upon retirement in 1978 the couple moved to Mesa AZ where Bertha embraced her new parish, All Saints. She was a devout Catholic and took great pleasure in serving the Church. She was active on many parish committees and was a significant part of the life blood of the community. One of her fellow parishioners referred to her lovingly, as “the queen of the parish.” Bertha returned to her home in Elgin in 2001. She continued to be an active volunteer both at St Boniface and the Senior Center. Well into her 80s, Bertha continued visiting many local homes in her activity of “taking gifts to the shut-ins.” Bertha enjoyed serving as a Lector for over 20 years.
Bertha is survived by her son: Dorsey Gayle Farris and his wife Susan of Reno, NV; her nephew, Scott Beckman (wife Deb) of Elgin. She had two granddaughters: Sandra Ann Farris (husband Mike Behnke) and Deborah Farris; and 3 grandsons: Eric Farris (wife Holly), Nathan Farris and Zachary Farris. She is remembered as the “Cookie Grandmother” by 5 great grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dorsey E. Farris; her parents, an infant brother Raymond, a sister Aurelian, and a brother Delbert Beckman
Freda F. Bennett
1926 — 2016
Freda F. Bennett, 90 of Elgin, NE passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, with Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Elgin. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, is in charge of arrangements.
Freda Florence Watson Bennett, daughter of Edwin L. and Florence (Riley) Watson, was born June 15, 1926 at Stanton, NE. The family moved to a farm northeast of Clearwater shortly thereafter where she grew up and attended rural School District # 38. She graduated from Neligh High School in 1943 and began her lifelong career in education. She taught at several country schools in the area and attended Wayne State College, graduating in 1950. As her teaching career continued, so did her own love of learning and she graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1971 with a Masters of Art in Education and again in 1972 with her Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision.
Freda married Edmund “Pat” Bennett on May 16, 1953 at Columbus, NE. Pat & Freda resided in Howells, NE where she taught school. In 1961, they moved to Elgin where she continued teaching at Elgin Public Schools while Pat was employed at Bennett Implement. Pat died on March 13, 1968.
Freda resided at her home in Elgin, keeping involved in education. Throughout her career, she taught in Antelope, Holt, Colfax and Boone Counties. The last 18 years, she served as superintendent at Petersburg. For the last 10 years, she was the only female superintendent in the State of Nebraska. Freda retired in May 1986, with 43 consecutive years of serving the public schools of Nebraska.
Freda held such responsibilities as president of Federated Woman’s Club, president of Jolly 14 Extension Club, president of the Boone County Teacher’s Association, president of the Sandhills-Gateway Conferen-ce, president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and a member of Hobby Club, Nebraska Library Association, Counsel of School Administrators, Nebraska State Education Association as well as other school affiliated associations.Freda lived her retirement years in Elgin, NE. She enjoyed traveling to many states and countries abroad. She had many hobbies including crocheting, knitting, tatting, quilt making, puzzle solving, reading and traveling on bus tours. She had lots of fun mingling and visiting with friends, especially on casino bus tours in her more recent years.
Freda was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 2 brothers: Calvin and Edwin “Buddy” Watson. She leaves behind two sisters-in-law: Vivian Watson of Clearwater, NE and Gladys Bennett of Elgin, NE; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and former students to cherish her memory.
1926 — 2016
Wilma “Jean” Lawson, 90, of Grand Island died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Good Samaritan Village in Grand Island.
Celebration of Life services were held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in the Sanctuary. Visitation was held prior to the service.
Rev. Michael Reiners and Rodney Armon officiated. Private family burial will be held in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date to be announced.
To honor Jean’s wishes cremation was chosen.
All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Jean was born on March 31, 1926 in Pawhuska, OK, daughter of William and Mary (Niewohner) Nelson.
She grew up and attended school in Norfolk, NE graduating in 1944.
Following High School, she attended Junior College.
Jean was united in marriage to Ralph Lawson from Elgin, NE on December 27, 1953 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk, NE.
Jean was the bookkeeper and secretary for the family business, Lawson Communications, in Grand Island, NE.
The family then moved to Ogallala, NE where Jean was employed for over 15 years as the secretary for the Keith County Veteran’s Service Office.
For the last 20 years, she and her husband, Ralph, have resided in Grand Island to be near family.
While living in Ogallala, Jean loved boating and camping at Lake McConaughy.
For the last 20 years, Jean and Ralph have enjoyed wintering in South Padre Island, TX where Jean loved to walk the beach and find seashells.
Jean recently celebrated her 90th birthday with all of her family, dear friends, and neighbors.
She has been a member of Peace Lutheran Church for over 20 years.
Jean is survived by her husband, Ralph, of Grand Island. She is also survived by her children: Mark Lawson of Grand Island, Pete (Ornuma) Lawson of Woodbridge, VA, Terri Faulder of Lincoln, NE, Jill Lawson of Seoul, South Korea, Lynne (Tom) Werner of Grand Island, and Karen (Brooks) Rarden of Centennial, CO.
She loved and was especially proud of all of her grandchildren which includes Grant Faulder, Jordan Faulder, Adam Werner, Jane Werner, Elliott Rarden, Emma Rarden and Vincent Vest.
She is also survived by her sister, Diana (Lynn) Hoepfinger of Ludington MI, sister-in laws, Phyllis Kinney of Elgin, NE and Marion Gilsdorf of Norfolk, NE.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty Lea Stratton and son-in-law, Chuck Faulder.
Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church.
Words of comfort and kindness may be left for the family at www.giallfaiths.com
Dona F. Elliott
1926 — 2016
Services for Dona Fae Elliott, 89 of Elgin will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Park UCC Church west of Elgin. Burial will be at the West Cedar Cemetery in Elgin.
Visitation was held Monday, Aug. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin
Dona Fae passed away Saturday at the Good Samaritan Society in Albion.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Dona Fae, daughter of Ernest and Dollie Mott was born December 8, 1926 in Sioux City, IA. On August 14, 1948 she married Wayne Elliott in Orchard, NE. They farmed in Orchard, St John and Park Center communities. The retired in 1999 at their current home in Elgin .
Dona taught country schools for 29 years. She served on various boards, was a member of Park Womens Fellowship. She was a member of Park UCC Church for over 50 years. She enjoyed being with family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, crafting and quilting.
Dona is survived by her husband Wayne, their daughters Janice (Doug) VonBonn of Elgin, Linda (Mike) McLain of Hays KS, 4 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and an infant daughter.