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.
1940 — 2016
Lila (Kerkman) Winger, 76 of Neligh, NE passed away at her home on Thursday, August 18, 2016 following a battle with cancer
A visitation was held Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Raeville, NE. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Lila Henrietta Winger, daughter of Ted and Theresa (Dinslage) Kerkman, was born August 18, 1940 at Petersburg, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, and attended St. John’s Catholic School in Petersburg, graduating in 1958. She attended college at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, SD before moving to California.
Lila married Ted Roulinavage and the couple was blessed with a son, Greg. Lila worked as an administrator for several years.
On June 5, 1976, Lila married Roy Winger at LaPalma, CA. The couple lived in California, Montana, Washington and Nebraska.
During that time, Lila was employed in a variety of jobs including owning and operating a restaurant, working for The Boeing Company, and as an administrator for a steel fabrication company in Washington. Lila and Roy retired and moved to Nebraska in 2009.
Lila was a good homemaker, enjoyed sewing and loved to travel, taking several cruises.
She is survived by her husband Roy of Neligh, NE; son Greg (Deanna) Roulinavage of Lake Forest, CA; son Michael Winger and daughter Kristen Winger of Charlotte, NC; two sisters: Doris Baum of Elgin, NE; Marlene Kluthe of Victorville, CA; two brothers: Denis (Jeannene) Kerkman of Tilden, NE; Kenneth (Ruth) Kerkman of Petersburg, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Gene Kerkman; nephew Todd Kerkman and son Eric Winger.
1923 — 2016
Leonard Salber, age 93, of Browerville, MN, passed away on August 13, 2016.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at St. James Catholic Church in Randall, MN, with Fr. Jimmy Joseph officiating. Interment in St. James Catholic Cemetery, Randall.
Leonard Salber was born February 11, 1923, in Petersburg, NE, to George & Anna (Schmitt) Salber.
Leonard enlisted in the US Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947.
In 1947, he married Delores Wagner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Leonard farmed for 47 years. After his retirement he took up full-time flower gardening.
Leonard enjoyed playing cards and searching for and collecting “treasures”. He rode a three-wheeler through his woods enjoying all of nature. Leonard kept a daily journal for 40 years. He always had a smile and a joke to tell. Leonard especially enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Leonard was a member of the St. James Catholic Church in Randall, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and served on the Little Elk Township Board.
Leonard is survived by his children: Roger (Wanda) Salber of Browerville, Steven (Cheryl) Salber of Browerville, Glen (Carol) Salber of Little Falls; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; siblings: Sister Agnes Salber OSB of Norfolk, NE and Robert (Delores) Salber of Randall and sisters-in-law Francie Salber of Browerville and Dorothy Salber of Marathon City, WI.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents; wife Delores; sons: David & James; brothers: Raymond, Clarence, Joe, Willie and Jerome; sisters: Celestine Salber, Sister Anella Salber OSB and Lucille Lordemann and sister-in-law Rita Salber.