1921 — 2014
Memorial Service for Katherine L. Watkins age 93 of Neligh will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Abundant Life Christian Church in Neligh, NE with Associate Pastor Bryan Dunlap, Officiating. Arrangements are being conducted by Beyer-Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh. She passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 in Neligh.
1926 — 2014
Helen A. Venteicher, 88, of Pierce died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pierce, with burial in the parish cemetery and the Rev. Keith Rezac and Deacon John Starman officia-ting. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church with a rosary at 7 p.m. Stonacek Memorial Chapel is in charge.
She was born April 19, 1926, at Elgin to John and Mary (Beckman) Starman. She attended school at St. Boniface in Elgin.
She was married to Anton H. Venteicher. They farmed southwest of Pierce. They retired and moved to Pierce in 1981, and she remained living in Pierce until January 2014. She became a resident at St. Joseph’s Care Center in Norfolk on Jan. 15, 2014. Helen enjoyed gardening, flowers, walking and spending time with family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Pierce, Altar Society, Legion of Mary and Christian Mothers.
Survivors are her children, Lyle and wife Denise Venteicher of Pierce, Ann Marie Venteicher of Norfolk, Monica and husband Don Talbott of Norfolk, Marlene and husband Robert Thiessen of Clearwater, Arnold and wife Pat Venteicher of Pierce, Joyce and husband Todd Schmidt of Norfolk; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Catherine and husband Ronnie Hemenway of Clearwater; brother Herman Starman of Grand Island and sister-in-law Eleanor Starman of Neligh; along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anton Venteicher, May 2, 1997; her parents; brother Edward Starman; and a sister-in-law Joan Starman.
Music was provided by organist Mrs. Celine Fehringer and the St. Joseph’s Choir. They performed: “Be Not Afraid”, “On This Day O Beautiful Mother”, “Hail Mary Gentle Woman” and “On Eagles Wings”
Casket bearers were grandsons D.J. Talbott, Kent Talbott, Michael Venteicher, Brian Thiessen, Justin Schmidt, Aaron Thiessen, James Thiessen and Mark Venteicher.
Honorary bearers were granddaughters Lisa Bahns, Peggy Venteicher, Mary Venteicher, Andrea Winfield, Cheryl Venteicher, Kathy Venteicher, Jessica Schmidt, Laurie Venteicher, Amy Venteicher, Brenda Venteicher and Susan Venteicher.
Willa M. Borer
1929 — 2014
Willa M. Borer, 84 of Petersburg, NE, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg, NE with Revs. Stan Schmit and John Hagemann officiating.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday with a 7:00 p.m. wake service. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Levander Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com
Willa Mae Borer, daughter of Henry and Clara (Bender) Chavanu, was born July 23, 1929 at Petersburg, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and attended school at St. John the Baptist School in Petersburg. She moved to Omaha as a young woman to help support her family, working as a nanny for several years before returning to Petersburg.
On June 19, 1949, Willa married Roman Edward Borer at Raeville, NE. The couple made their home on a farm east of Petersburg where Willa was a homemaker, helped on the farm and raised their six children. She began working at the Petersburg Lockers in the late 1960’s and continued until retiring in May of 1999. Following the death of her husband on July 31, 1978, she moved to a house in town and lived there until moving to Omaha to be with family in October 2012, and then Hickory Villa Assisted Living in October 2013.
She was a member of St. John’s Altar Society and member and officer of the Petersburg Senior Center. For many years, she was a member of a neighborhood card club and would join in monthly birthday get-togethers. She enjoyed volunteering at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, helping with Bingo.
Willa loved playing Bingo and cards. She was a hard worker and an excellent cook: especially her fried chicken. She was always there for her kids, and dearly loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild.
She is survived by her children: Linda (Larry) Pedersen and Sharon (Dale) Noon, all of Omaha, NE; Roman Borer and friend Linda of Norfolk, NE; Debra (Cyril) Kerkman of Atkinson, NE; Eugene (Marcia) Borer of Ludowici, GA; Rodney (Anita) Borer of Norfolk, NE; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; two sisters: Verlene Heithoff of Beausejour, Canada; LaDonna Kaukver of Leshara, NE; one brother: Marvin (Arleen) Chavanu of Omaha, NE; brothers-in-law: Vic (Ann) Borer of Albion; Larry (Helen) Borer of Elgin; sisters-in-law: Bernie Spieker of Petersburg; Carol Borer of Indiana; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Willa was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roman; two sisters: Marian Chavanu and Lenore Bode; and two brothers: Ervin Chavanu and Larry Chavanu.
1949 — 2014
Celebration of life for Jim Petsche age 64 of Neligh were 10:30 am , Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Neligh with Pastor Bob Dainton, Officiating.
Music was provided by Steve Johnson. Burial was in Laurel Hill cemetery in Neligh. Pallbearers were Darrin Kiger, Kelly Kosek, Jim Blackburn, Tom Boggs, Kevin Irish, Jay Petsche and Dylan Petsche. Honorary Pallbearers were Jim Wiebelhause, Les Ridder, John Torseth, Jerome Bahm, Harlan Frazier and Daryl Rodgers. Visitation was Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Beyer-Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Jim passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
The family suggests memorials to Multiple Sclerosis Society.
James Joseph Petsche was born on June 12, 1949 and passed away peacefully after battling multiple sclerosis for more than 25 years. Jim was born to Elnora (Sesler) and Henry Petsche at the Tilden Hospital. He grew up on the farm near Raeville, NE. Jim attended grade school at St. John Berchmans at Raeville through the 8th grade and graduated from Petersburg High School in 1967. Jim then attended UNL and Norfolk Junior College. On April 25, 1970, Jim married Karen Irish in Norfolk, NE. Shortly after marriage they moved to Neligh where they spent their married life. Jim worked for Kluthe Flying Service as a spray pilot and then at Blackburn Manufacturing for 25 years. He retired due to health reasons and spent the remainder of his life enjoying family, grandchildren, Nascar, Husker Football/Volleyball, and watching his special companions, Mr. Mittens and Jonah.
Jim and Karen were blessed with 4 children: Melissa and Darrin Kiger of Fremont, NE; Jay and Denise Petsche of Lonsdale, MN; Jenna Petsche of Omaha, NE; 3 grandchildren, Emma Kiger and Dylan and Kaitlyn Petsche. Also, survived by a sister, Kathleen Gray of Omaha, NE, Brothers, Bill Petsche and Joyce Cameron of Neligh, NE, Ron and Lori Petsche of Norfolk, NE, and Mark Petsche of North Branch, MN. Along with, several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Dean Irish; mother-in-law, Irol Hoffman; infant son, Trevan James. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
Francis E. “Jake” Schuster and Claudia R. (Cahoy) Schuster
Claudia, born Aug. 27, 1942 to parents George and Louise Cahoy of Elgin, passed away Dec. 24, 2013, after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Francis “Jake” born Feb 28, 1940 to parents William and Gertrude Schuster of Oakdale, passed away Feb. 2, 2014, due to complication of lung failure from pneumonia and nine year stoke survivor.
Jake and Claudia were married May 29, 1961 at St. Boniface Catholic church in Elgin. Francis joined the Air Force in 1960 and retired after almost 27 years of service.
Claudia, a committed housewife and mother, worked over 20 years for South San Antonio School District as a Librarian Assistant.
Jake and Claudia are survived by their three sons. Michael Schuster and Carol Brown of San Antonio, TX; Jeff and Mitzi Schuster of Boerne, TX; and Tim and Lorna Schuster of Milton Freewater, Oregon. Other survivors include, (Claudia) Lonnie and Frank Heiderman of Carson City, NV; Mary Ann Cahoy and Don George of Columbus, NE; (Francis) Betty Salber of Elgin NE., Duane and Lorna Schuster of Norfolk, NE and Joe and Marlene Schuster of Omaha, NE; along with many nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, May 29, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Father Ross Burkhalter officiating, followed by committal ceremony and luncheon.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.