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Delores K. Metz

February 14, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Delores K. Metz
1928 - 2013
Delores K. Metz 84, of Petersburg, NE, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Levander Funeral Home at Albion, followed by a 7 p.m. visitation at the church with wake services beginning at 8 p.m. Visitation will resume Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
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Delores Katherine Metz, the daughter of Bernard and Katherine (Turner) Tunink, was born August 12, 1928 at Elgin, Nebraska. She was baptized at St. Boniface Church in Elgin and confirmed at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville. Delores received her education at St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Raeville.
Delores was united in marriage to Alfred Metz. Sr. on September 14, 1948 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg. They farmed southwest of Petersburg until 1990 when they retired and moved to Aurora. In 2003 they returned to Petersburg.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Delores worked beside her husband on the farm. She also managed the Petersburg Legion Club for many years. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Altar Society. Besides the special love she shared with her family, she loved to bake and cook and devoted many hours to her crafts which she enjoyed so much.
Surviving Delores are her children: Kathleen (Dan) Morgan of Albion; Alfred Metz Jr. (Carol) of Cedar Rapids; Carol (Tony) Thieman and Ronald Metz, all of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Marie O’Brien of Belmont, CA; Cecelia Thiem of Albion; 3 sisters-in-law Hildegarde Henn of Albion; Joan Tunink of Odebolt, IA; and Monica Tunink of Guthrie Center, IA, along with numerous relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred, granddaughter Joey Metz; brothers: Bernard, John, Joseph, and Francis Tunink.

Darlene Schindler

February 14, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Darlene Schindler
1923 - 2013
Darlene E. Schindler, 89, of Elgin passed away peacefully, Friday, February 8, 2013 at her Elgin farm home with her children at her side.
Services were held Tuesday at St Boniface Catholic Church with the Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating and burial in the parish cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Elgin Public Library and the Elgin Fire & Rescue Dept.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
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Darlene Elizabeth Heithoff, daughter of Ben and Margaret (Beckman) Heithoff was born April 21, 1923, on a farm east of Elgin. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church. She attended District 110 for 3 years and then attended elementary and HS at St. Boniface School, graduating in 1942. She then worked in Norfolk at the Montgomery Wards Clothing Store as Asst. Mgr. and later at Prenger’s Restaurant.
On April 26, 1944, Darlene was united in marriage to Max Schindler at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. They made their home on a farm southwest of Elgin and lived there for nearly 60 years. To this union, ten children were born. Max passed in January of 1992.
Darlene was a member of St. Boniface Alter Society and Domestic Arts Club.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers and cooking. She loved spending time with her family which involved all the holidays, Sunday dinners, playing cards, camping at the NE State Parks with her grandchildren and accompanying her children on many US trips through the years. She was a very devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by her children: Marilyn Sehi(Dave)of Clearwater, Noreen Miller(Neil) of Milw., Wisc., Glen Schindler(Louise) of Elgin, Lois Coyne(Jerry) of Omaha, Alice Holtz(Dan) of Nebraska City, Janie Score(Randy-deceased), Dale Schindler(Renee), Leroy Schindler(Kathy) all of Elgin, Steve Schindler(Deb) of Algona, Iowa and Annette Snodgrass(Tom) of Dallas, TX., 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, brother Mel Heithoff , sister-in-law Jenelda Dittrich along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Leroy, Ray Heithoff, husband Max, son-in-law Randy Score, sister-in-law Dorothy Heithoff.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Bill Sehi, Nathan Miller, Josh Schindler, Max Coyne, Jon Holtz, Jim Score, Corey Schindler, Travis Beel, Peyton Schindler and Tom Snodgrass.

Leonard Conner

February 7, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Leonard Conner
1929 - 2013
Leonard Harris Conner, 84, formerly of Grand Island died Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Waxahachie, Texas.
Memorial Service will be at 10:00 am Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island.
Leonard was born June 19, 1928 in Orchard, Nebraska to Roy E. and Lora K. (Harris) Conner.
Leonard grew up in the Elgin area and graduated from Elgin High School in 1946. He was the pole vaulter on the track team and a starter on the basketball team. He was also the projectionist at the movie theatre. He joined the Vern Wilson dance band and then formed the Leonard Conner and his music band. They played Elgin, Raeville, and through out Nebraska and Kansas. It was at a dance in Central City where he was playing that he met his wife, Anne.
Leonard and Anne were married May 26, 1947. They made Grand Island their home for 60 years. Anne passed away in 2012.
Leonard joined the First National Bank of Grand Island in 1948. He served as the Executive Vice President and was on the Board of Directors. He retired in 1987. Leonard served on the Grand Island City Council in the late 1970’s.
Leonard enjoyed trap shooting, golf, reading and traveling. He and Anne traveled extensively on vacations. They enjoyed many years of friendship with their “kool-aid-crowd” card group.

Bernard L. Ruther

February 7, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Bernard L. Ruther
1930 - 2013
Bernard L. Ruther, 83 of Petersburg, NE passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg, with Rev. Stan Schmit officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 334 of Petersburg, NE. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
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Bernard Lee Ruther, son of Thomas and Effie (Vaught) Ruther, was born January 6, 1930 at home in Petersburg, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg, attended St. John’s Catholic School in Petersburg and graduated from Petersburg High School with the class of 1948. He worked at Andre’s store until joining the Army in 1950. He served in Korea with the 24th Division until receiving a Honorable Discharge in October of 1953, and returned to Petersburg where he was again employed at Andre’s Store.
On June 9, 1959, Bernard married Kathleen M. Roth at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE. The couple made their home in Petersburg where Bernard continued to work at Andre’s Store, and eventually became joint-owner. He retired on December 31, 1993 after 43 years.
Bernard was a life-long member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a member of the Petersburg American Legion and VFW for over 50 years. He a member of the Petersburg Commercial Club, Fire Department, Village Board and served as the Mayor.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen of Norfolk, NE; two sons: Zane Ruther of Norfolk, NE; Tom Ruther of Cedar Rapids, IA; 5 grandchildren: Jeff, Candice, Sheena, Austyn Joy and Brady; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother: David Ruther and wife Helen.

Ann Day

January 24, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Ann Day
1931 - 2013
Ann Day, 81 of Elgin, NE passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, January 18, at St. Boniface Church in Elgin with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
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Hester Ann Day, daughter of William and Irene (Phillips) Martin, was born July 20, 1931 at O’Neill, NE. She grew up in O’Neill and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1950.
On March 1, 1962 Ann married Henry A. Day at Valentine, NE. They made their home on a ranch west of Elgin, NE on the Beaver Creek. It was there that they raised their three children: Dell, Bill and Joe. In 1983, Henry retired and they sold the ranch to Jim and Elaine Wolf. They continued to live on the ranch until moving to the Homestead apartments in Elgin, NE in 2000. Ann entered the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in December 2012.
Ann loved to crochet, play cards, read, and spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member St. Boniface Catholic Church and St. Boniface Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her three children: Dell Behnk of Belton, TX; William (Gloria) Day of Norfolk, NE; Joe Day of Omaha, NE; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Judy Shaw of Albion, NE and Kay Shoemaker of Chambers, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry in 2005; two brothers: Don Martin and Ed Martin; two sisters: Midge Hickey and Mary Helen Magdanz.

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