Laura L. Kluthe
1913 - 2012
Laura L. Kluthe, 99 of Elgin, NE passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE. Visitation was held Friday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin.
Memorials are suggested to the Elgin Community Center and the Elgin Area Community Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Laura L. (Kennedy) Kluthe, daughter of Edwin C. and Ellen “Nellie” (Cady) Kennedy, was born February 10, 1913 at St. Edward, NE. She moved with her family at the age of three, to a farm in the Deloit-St. John’s area south of Ewing, NE. She attended school at District #18 in Wheeler County for eight years and graduated from Wheeler Central High School in 1930. She spent the summer working for Dr. Sullivan in St. Edward before enrolling in nurses training at Lincoln General Hospital that fall.
On June 2, 1932 she married Joseph Kluthe at St. John’s Catholic Church in Pender, NE.
They moved to Elgin, NE in 1933 where they were blessed with five children: Barbara, Jerry, Juliann, Phillip and Jean.
Laura was a member of St. Boniface Church and a former member of the Elgin Women’s Club and Elgin Chamber of Commerce. She was very civic-minded, co-founding the Elgin Senior-Community Center, serving on its first Board of Directors and contributing to many community projects.
She was very active in Elgin’s Centennial Celebration and spent countless hours helping with the Elgin history book. She was an avid supporter of the youth baseball, basketball and other community teams. She loved her community, especially her neighborhood.
She is survived by her children: Phillip Kluthe; Barbara Ives; Juliann (James) Jochum, all of Elgin, NE; Jean (Ron) Andrews of Omaha, NE; 13 grandchildren: Wayne Ives of Elgin, NE; Chris (Nancy) Ives of Denver, CO; Brenda (Dale) Strieter of Rossmore, CA; Laura Ives of Littleton, CO; Jerry Ives of Seal Beach, CA; Karen (Keith) Shoemaker of Sioux City, IA; Joe Jochum of Lincoln, NE; Carol (John) Boyd of Dallas, TX; Bill (Diane) Jochum of Omaha, NE; Bob (Barbara) Jochum of Seattle, WA; Ryan (Jen) Andrews , Aaron (Karri) Andrews, and Jessica Andrews, all of Omaha, NE; 20 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband Joe on March 14, 1977; son Jerry (airplane accident); parents Ed and Nellie Kennedy; and siblings: Francis Christensen, Helen Kennedy, Harold Kennedy and Allan Kennedy.
1959 - 2012
Lori (Waid) Splinter lost her valiant four-year battle with breast cancer on December 22, 2012 at her home in Palmdale, CA with her husband, William “Bill”, and sons, Wil and Garrett, by her side.
Lori Jane was born in Albion, Nebraska on December 3, 1959 to Lauraine (Schultz) and Francis (Joe) Waid, the fifth of seven children. Lori loved music. She played solo clarinet and sang, winning superior ratings in both instrumental and voice competitions.
Lori also excelled as a student and a cheerleader. She graduated from Albion High School and continued her education at UNL. There Lori met her future husband, Bill. They were married in February of 1983 and moved to the Antelope Valley of California, first to Lancaster and later to Palmdale.
Lori was an active member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Palmdale for 28 years. She served in many capacities including outreach, visitation, and office administration. Lori was an active vocalist in the church band for many years.
In 2005, Lori was elected Vice-President of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and was re-elected to a second term in 2008. As a Southwest California Synod representative, she was blessed with a trip to Ethiopia.
She also served on the Constitution Task Force, Endowment Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Retreats, Camps, and Conferences.
Lori was one of those rare, gentle souls who uplifted everyone who met her. We were all better for having witnessed her well-lived life as a loving wife, mother, sister, and faithful servant of her Lord.
In addition to her husband and children, Lori is survived by her siblings, JoAnn Christensen of Joplin, Missouri; Brian and wife Ruthie of Seattle, Washington; Barry and wife Kathy of Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael and wife Lori of Yankton, South Dakota; Sherry and husband Thomas Mitchell of Newnan, Georgia; and Shelley and husband Charles Bode of Elgin, Nebraska, as well as seventeen nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held December 28, 2012 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Palmdale, CA.
Auralia C. Meis
1921 - 2013
Auralia C. Meis, 91 of Elgin, NE, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013 at her son’s home in Elgin.
A Mass of Christian burial was held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter, Rev. John Broheimer, and Rev. Bernie Starman officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Auralia Catherine Kleffner, daughter of Ben and Emma (Heithoff) Kleffner, was born December 25, 1921 on a farm east of Elgin, NE.
She attended District #110 for two years and then St. Boniface School. She worked at the Agler Grocery Store and also at the Elgin Post Office part-time.
On February 12, 1945, Auralia was united in marriage to Arthur Theodore Meis at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. They made their home on a farm southeast of Elgin and lived there for 58 years.
To this union, three children were born: Marvin, Arlene and Jerry. In 2003, Art and Auralia moved into a house in town that his grandfather, Meinolph Meis, had built.
Auralia was a member of St. Boniface Altar Society and a life-long member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
She was a charter member of the St. Boniface Quilters and the Domestic Arts Club. She was a leader for the Elgin Busy Bees 4-H Club, a member of the Elgin Red Hatters, Antelope Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and spent many hours volunteering at the hospital. She was known for her skills in gardening, cooking, growing flowers, and sewing. She loved spending time with family, entertaining friends and was a great supporter of the Catholic schools and their activities.
She is survived by her three children: Marvin Meis and wife Jodine of Elgin; Arlene Gabelman and husband Roger of Neligh; Jerry Meis and wife Jane of Omaha; five grandchildren: Ben (Anna) Meis; Bart (Toni) Meis; Candi (Dave) Kirkwood; Eric (Brenda) Meis; Monica (Kevin) McMahon; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Laura Osgood of Napa Valley, CA; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Auralia was preceded in death by her husband Art on December 30, 2011 and her parents.
December 20, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Regina M. Koenig
1925 - 2012
Regina M. Koenig, 87 of Elgin, NE passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface School or Pope John High School.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Regina Magdalena Koenig, daughter of Henry and Theresa (Friedman) Eischeid, was born June 5, 1925 on a farm northeast of Elgin, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church, attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from St. Boniface High School in May 1943. She worked for the Antelope County Soil Conservation office in Elgin and Neligh for a few years, and then was employed in Omaha, NE for 1 ½ years as secretary for the Farm Credit Building manager.
In April 1950, Jean was united in marriage to Benjamin J. Koenig at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE. They lived on several farms in the area until moving to the Koenig family farm in 1979, where they lived, farmed and raised chickens, cattle and hogs until retiring and moving to town in 1991.
Jean was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Church, an active member of the Altar Society and Choir and a member of the Scattered Neighbors Extension Club. She was also a church organist. She enjoyed baking, gardening, quilting, playing the piano and spending time with her family.
Jean is survived by her sons: Bob (Karen) Koenig of Elgin, NE and Joe (Lisa) Koenig of Raleigh, NC; daughters: Carol (Doug) Smith of Griswold, IA; Linda Koenig of Oklahoma City, OK; Betty (John) Dine of Omaha, NE; Mary (Jeff) Bohning of Seward, NE; 13 grandchildren: Melissa Smith of Syracuse, NY; Mary Helen Smith of Denver, CO; Mitchell (Erica) Smith of Cedar Falls, IA; Laura (Cody) Adams of Oklahoma City, OK; Nathan Dine of Omaha, NE; Stephanie Dine of Omaha, NE; Melodie (Justin) Puffer of Roseville, CA; Shanna Koenig of Aliso Viejo, CA; Allison Koenig of Elgin, NE; Arianna Bohning of Seward, NE; Elise Bohning of Seward, NE; Adam Koenig of Raleigh, NC; Ana Koenig of Raleigh, NC; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Theresa; husband Ben in March 2012; three brothers: Joseph, Leo and Edward Eischeid; and two sisters: Alma Eischeid and Henrietta Ridder.
December 13, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elizabeth C. “Betty” Musser
1922 - 2012
Elizabeth C. “Betty” Musser, 90 formerly of Oakdale, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Cottonwood House Assisted Living in Columbus, NE.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Oakdale, NE, with Reverend Carroll Plicek officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.
Elizabeth Carrie (Christensen) Musser, daughter of Neil Jr. and Nellie (Clark) Christensen, was born March 11, 1922 at Westlake, OR. She graduated from Gardiner High School in Gardiner, OR and attended Business College in Portland, OR.
Betty married Elmer W. Musser on May 6, 1944 at the 1st Christian Church in Klamath Falls, OR. She worked for Montgomery Ward as a credit manager in Oregon and worked as a cashier for Montgomery Ward in Norfolk, NE. She started working in Neligh, NE for Agricultural Stabilization (ASCS) in 1956. After a 26 year career with ASCS, she retired in March 1982.
Betty was a member of the Oakdale United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary, the Sew and So Club of Oakdale, and the Betty Club.
She is survived by her son: Wesley N. Musser and wife Lynn of Laurel, MD; two daughters: Linda R. Rumsey and husband Dan of Columbus, NE; Cheri G. Blocher and husband Mike of Oakdale, NE; three grandchildren: Jonathan Musser and wife Amy; Amy Blaser and husband Chris; Bryan Busteed and wife Kerrie; six great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elmer in 1998; and two brothers: Dick Clark and Leland Christensen.