June 2, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Robert J. Thiele
1950 - 2011
Robert James Thiele, son of Vincent and Marie (Pistulka) Thiele, was born February 12, 1950 in Tilden, NE. He began his education at District #131, a one-room school house near Clearwater, NE. He then attended St. Boniface High School in Elgin, NE and graduated with the class of 1969 from Pope John XXIII Cen-tral Catholic High School in Elgin. He continued his edu-cation at Milford Technical College in Architectural Drafting, and then worked 1½ years in construction before taking the assistant manager position at Millard Lumber.
On August 21, 1971, Robert was united in marriage to Nancy Marie Meis at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE.
The couple made their home in the Omaha area until 1974, when they moved from to their current home southwest of Elgin, NE. Robert began farming and continued the rest of his career.
Robert was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church since 1974 and was an active member of AA for 24 years. He was on the Pope John Development Committee for over 20 years; founding the “Grain for the Brain” program and was dedicated to selling raffle tickets. He was also a board member for the Farmers Coop Exchange and Pope John School Board. Robert was honored in 2010 to receive the Roncalli Award for his dedication and support to the Pope John Community.
Robert was a fair and just man. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren, Texas Hold-em, Bowling and Casino Blackjack.
Robert J. Thiele, 61 of Elgin, NE, passed away Friday, May 27, 2011 at his home southwest of Elgin, NE.
Bob is survived by his wife Nancy of 39 years; 4 children: Candice Rastrelli and husband Dr. Peter of Round Lake, IL; Amy Weber and husband Joel of Dorchester, NE; James Thiele and wife Kiley of Louisville, NE; Dr. Kevin Thiele and wife Sarah of Parkston, SD; 10 grandchildren; his father Vincent Thiele of Clearwater, NE; one sister: Kathryn Wells and husband Dennis of Beatrice, NE; one brother John Thiele and wife Patty of Clearwater, NE; mother-in-law: Sally Meis of Petersburg, NE; sister-in-law: Sam Murray of Phoenix, AZ; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Marie Thiele; 3 brothers: Tommy, Joey and Pat Thiele; and father-in-law Leonard Meis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Pope John Endowment Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
May 19, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1924 - 2011
Jerrene Joyce Bennett, daughter of Dr. Paul M. and Juanita (Bartlett) Jillson, was born May 3, 1924 at Elgin, NE. She attended Elgin Public Schools, graduated from Elgin High School in 1942, and taught country school for a year, riding a horse to school. She then furthered her education at Midland College in Fremont and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 1946 as a Registered Nurse.
On March 23, 1947, Jerrene was united in marriage with Kenneth D. Bennett at the Presbyterian Church in Elgin, NE.
The couple lived in Pensacola, FL for five months until Kenneth was honorably discharged from the service. They returned to Nebraska and made there home in Elgin, NE. Jerrene worked as a registered nurse for 20 years in nursing homes in Neligh and Tilden.
Jerrene was an Admiral of the Nebraska Navy, a devoted volunteer at the Red Cross Blood Drives, an original and long-term member of the Elgin EMT’s, and worked for more than 10 years as the head nurse at the “Girls’ State” event. Jerrene was extremely involved in the republican party; both at the state and national levels. Jerrene enjoyed her work, her volunteerism, her family and playing Bridge.
Jerrene, age 87, passed away Monday, May 9, in Battle Creek, NE.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Bennett of Elgin, NE; two sons: Michael Bennett and his wife Peggy of Kennesaw, GA; William P. Bennett, Sr and wife JoAnne of Papillion, NE; six grandchildren: Michelle (Brian) Howley; Christopher Bennett; Courtney S. (Schyler) Fricke; William “Paul” Bennett Jr. and fiancé Allison Leapley; Whitney A. Bennett; Matthew H. Bennett; one great-granddaughter: Brooklyn Howley; and one brother: Dr. Dale Jillson of Elgin, NE.
Jerrene was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Ted, Paul and Gene Jillson.
An Order of Easter Star Service By BEULAH Chapter #40 of Norfolk was held at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin on Wednesday, May 11.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the Elgin United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Davis officiating.
Interment was at West Cedar Valley Cemetery.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
May 19, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1918 - 2011
Clara Minnie Dinslage McGehee, 92, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2011 at the Cottages of Meridian in Meridian, Idaho.
Clara was born in Elgin, Nebraska on November 3, 1918 to John and Anna (Baumert) Dinslage. She was baptized at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, Nebraska November. 4,1918 and confirmed Oct. 15, 1934. She attended St. Boniface School through the 10th grade.
On May 30, 1941 she was united in marriage to George McGehee of Granite, Oklahoma in Huntington Beach, California. They moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1963 and later to Nampa, Idaho where she volunteered at the Nampa Senior Citizen Center the past 25 years.
Clara is survived by one brother, Raymond Dinslage, of Elgin, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her husband George McGehee, four brothers John Jr., Frank, William, and Edward, and three sisters, Theresa (Ted) Kerkman, Julia (Gerald) Zegers, Henrietta (Gilbert) Zegers. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who loved her kind spirit and wonderful sense of humor.
Funeral services will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Canyon County, Nampa Idaho on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2 p.m.
The Dinslage family would like to give a special thank you to Clara and George’s niece, Jan Streng. She had been a devoted niece who provided much care and love throughout the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Clara’s name to:
Nampa Senior Center
207 Constitution Way
Nampa, ID 83686
Or to: St. Paul’s Catholic Church and School
1515 8th St. South
Nampa, ID 83651
May 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1924 - 2011
Jerrene J. Bennett, 87 of Elgin, NE passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 at the Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek, NE.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the West Cedar Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE, with a 7:30 p.m. Order of Eastern Star Service by BEULAH Chapter #40 of Norfolk, NE and SUNSET Chapter #300 of Orchard, NE.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s newspaper.
May 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1911 - 2011
Camilla Caroline Henkenius, daughter of August Henkenius and Anna Marie Bruening, was born Aug 5, 1911 and died in Neligh on May 5, 2011 at the age of 99 years and 9 months.
She was born on a small farm on the Cedar Creek, southeast of Elgin. She soon was called Ervilla though she has no recollection of when or why. Life was different early in the last century. They were isolated farm people with no close neighbors. August farmed and hunted rabbit, squirrel, pheasant and duck. Ervilla and her siblings climbed trees and played in the fields.
The children went to the Horn Country School near their home some years but travelled the 5 miles to St. Boniface other years. When they went to St. Boniface, they boarded at the school dormitory all week and just went home on the weekends. Her formal education ended with the 8th grade; however, Ervilla went on to get a GED certificate in later years.
Ervilla moved to Albion where she worked for Dr McCready. She stayed at the doctor’s home and worked at his office and the hospital. When she returned she met a tall and handsome Bernard T. Selting.
They were married at St. Bonaventure church in Raeville, Nebraska on Sept. 18, 1934 and farmed near there. Ervilla played the piano and Ben played the guitar and accordion in a local 5-piece band for house dances, barn dances and Raeville hall dances. Ervilla continued to play the piano throughout her life.
In 1942, they moved to Hillsboro, Oregon and, in 1945, to Boulder, Colorado. In 1947, they moved back to Elgin and built a garage where the family of 7 lived for 2 years while Ben built a home. Ben started a construction company and, in 1955, went back to farming full time.
Ervilla was busy doing the things that farmwomen did in those days. She raised vegetables and canned them for use throughout the year and baked bread almost daily. She made sauerkraut and even made lye soap in the basement. She was also an avid quilter, making over 150 quilts.
Ervilla still made time for church and friends and was an important and popular part of her community. She was a founding member of the Woman’s Club and held every office over the years including president. She was also a member of Hobby Club, Renew Group, St. Boniface Altar Society, and a Board member of the National Council of Catholic Women as well as a Girl Scout Council member. Ervilla and Ben traveled extensively from Spain to Hong Kong and from Alaska to Acapulco until Ben’s death in 1983.
Ervilla is survived by five children; Donald (Nancy) Selting of Elgin and their children Leigh (Marsha), Lynn (Amy), Gene (Angie), Jamie (Dixie), Joseph (Tina); Arlyn (Jan) Selting of Bozeman and their children Ann (David Sosa), Rachel (Todd) Armstrong, and Amy (Ted) Williams; Karen Haley of Milwaukee, WI and children Timothy (Jan), Michael (Brooke), Patrick (Mandy),Christina (Scott) Hewitt, and Jennifer Haley; Wayne (Renee) Selting of Colorado Springs, CO and children Kim (Brian) Null, Terri (Marc) David, Molly, and Caroline; Bernard (Mary) Selting of Anacortes, WA and children Elise (Nick) Lentini, Stephen, Ben, and Kate. She is also survived by 39 Great-Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Wilfred and Melvern Henkenius, and two sisters Querina Landauer and Violet Buelt.
Services were held Monday, May 9 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with burial in the parish cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lynn Selting, Gene Selting, Anne Selting, Rachel Armstrong, Timothy Haley and Michael Haley. Honorary Pallbearers were Jamie Selting, Joseph Selting and Patrick Haley.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.huffmanlevander.com.