June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1937 — 2014
Geraline “Gerry” Damme, born May 31, 1937 in Elgin, Nebraska to Leander and Margaret [Schneider] Kluthe, passed away November 16, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 77.
Gerry had a love for dancing, painting and embroidery. She loved to cook and was the master of “Gerry’s surprise”. Together with her husband William, she traveled all around the country and went on several cruises.
Gerry was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Margaret Ann Kluthe and one brother Marvin Kluthe.
She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, William L. Damme; son Dave (Ronda) Barth; step-daughters Alta Sharp, Deborra (Gregory) Watson and Coralette Damme; brothers Allan (Doris) Kluthe and Bernard (Diane) Kluthe; sisters Linda (Dave) Schindler and Mary (Tom) Bergstrom; grandchildren Cassandra Finch, Ethan and Brandon Barth, Scott, Andrew and Stephanie Sharp and Angela, Joshua and Jerrod Watson as well as (4) great grand-children; Zoey Watson, Morgan and Nathan Finch and Roland McGinnis.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday June 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church ELCA1300 W. Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska 68701.
Please visit www.mariposagardens.com to leave a tribute.
Memorials can be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk.
June 4, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1923 — 2015
Leo Dwyer, 91 of Elgin, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
Leo N. Dwyer, son of Matthew and Grace (Mignery) Dwyer, was born July 14, 1923, at their ranch on the Beaver Creek west of Elgin.
He attended rural school at District #3 in Wheeler County through the eighth grade and St. John’s High School in Petersburg, NE, graduating in 1940. After high school he joined his father in ranching.
He married Dorothy Ann Buelt on November 25, 1947 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. They lived on the ranch west of Elgin and Leo continued raising Hereford cattle and hay. Dorothy passed away in 1994.
On December 27, 1995, Leo married Dorothy Ann (Jackson) Anderson at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Bloomfield, NE.
They retired and moved in to Elgin in 1997.
Leo was a member of St. Boniface Church and Knights of Columbus in Elgin for most of his life.
He served on the Wheeler County District #3 School Board for 18 years, as director of the Sandhills Cattlemen’s Association for 12 years, St. Boniface School Board, Nebraska Beef Industry Council and as a PCA director for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing.
Leo is survived by his wife Dorothy of Elgin; five children: Sheila (Patrick) Clark of Birdseye, IN; Patricia (Vincent) Spieker of Elgin; Matthew (Jan) Dwyer of Hastings, NE; Michael (Mary ) Dwyer of Bartlett, NE; Bridget Dwyer of Jasper, IN; three step-daughters: Deb (Mike) Hoffman of Bloomfield, NE; Dee (Gary) Walters of Shelby, NE; Darla (Dan) Schiefelbein of Columbus, NE; 23 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Dorothy (Buelt); one son Patrick Dwyer; one brother Paul Dwyer; two sisters: Pauline (Hal) Golden; Velda (Otto) Schindler; one granddaughter Grace Dwyer and one step-granddaughter Brooke Scott.
June 4, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
2013 — 2015
Emma Grace Kerkman, 23 month old daughter of Jesse and Lindsay Kerkman, passed from her mother’s arms into the hands of the Father, May 20, 2015 after a lingering illness.
She is survived by her parents and twin sister, Charlotte Joy, grandparents: Leroy and Linda Kerkman, Elgin, and Sam and Cindy Harmon of Glencoe, MN.
In her short life she brought much joy and many smiles to all who knew her.
She was laid to rest in Lincoln Memorial cemetery in Lincoln.
Cards may be sent to Jesse and Lindsay Kerkman at 524 West Burt Dr., Lincoln, NE 68521
May 21, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1943 — 2015
Ronald J. Johnson, 72 of Elgin, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 16, 2015 at his home west of Elgin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (today) at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Ronald James Johnson, son of Maurice and Claradine (Sehi) Johnson, was born February 14, 1943 at Clearwater, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at Rural St. John’s Church south of Clearwater, attended school at rural District 103 and St. Boniface High School, graduating in 1960. He served in the United States National Guard from 1964-1970.
On February 12, 1966, Ron married Judy Kay Henn at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg. They lived in Columbus where Ron worked for Behlen Manufacturing until moving back to Elgin in 1968 and working for Ray’s Mobil and Elgin Lumber. In 1976, they moved 10 miles west of Elgin, where Ron began farming.
Ron was a member of St. Boniface Church. He loved his family and spending time with them. Some of his favorite times were fishing and camping with his family and going to the Pro Bull Riding events.
He is survived by his wife Judy of Elgin; three children: Tracy (Chris) Stamp of Elgin; Teri (William) Mescher of Elgin; Scott Johnson of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren: Jessica Stamp of Denver, CO; Austin (Mara) Stamp of Norfolk; Hayley Stamp, Chelsi Mescher and Jordan Mescher, all of Elgin; one sister: LaVonne (Barney) Morava of Chappell, NE; one sister-in-law: Evy Johnson of Albion, NE ; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Claradine, and one brother Dennis Johnson.
May 21, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1921 — 2015
Funeral Service for Norma Koinzan, age 93 of O’Neill and Bartlett were held Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, NE with Pastor John Ryding, officiating. Music was provided by Janet Grosch, Organist and The Quartet.
Pallbearers were Steven Schrunk, Jim Havel, Dennis Derner, David Mignery, Ken Pelster, and Larry Day.
Burial was in Bartlett Cemetery. Visitation was 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Norma passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrange-ments.
Memorials may be directed to Asera Care Hospice in O’Neill.
Norma E. Koinzan was born on July 31, 1921 to Pearl and H.M. Summers in Chambers, NE.
She grew up in Antelope and Wheeler Counties, graduating with the class of 1938 from Wheeler County High School.
On October 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Fred Koinzan at Hartington, NE. They were married for 61 years. They lived on the family ranch on the Beaver Valley, northeast of Bartlett.
She taught in several rural grade schools. Norma was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Beaver Val-ley Women’s Club, Nebraska Extension Service, 4-H leader, Trinity Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church, Lutheran Ladies Aide, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was an avid reader, liked crocheting and needlework and crafting.
She is survived by daughter Norine and husband John Prim of Lakewood, OH and Rick and wife, Carol Koinzan of Bartlett, NE, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren, daughter in law, Karen Koinzan of Lincoln, NE and sister-in-law Mary Ann Summers of Burwell, NE. Preceded in death by parents, husband Fred (2002), son Mick Koinzan, siblings Harry (infancy), Lois Day, and Lavern Summers.
Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com