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Lavern Turner

July 23, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Lavern (Vern) A. Turner
1924 — 2015
Vern 91, after a short illness died Sunday, July 12 in Stayton, Oregon.
He was born in Petersburg, NE April 4, 1924.  Vern grew up near Elgin, Nebraska and lived and worked on a farm.
When WWII came along he enlisted in the US Navy and upon completion of his duty was honorably discharged.
Vern moved to California and was employed by the County of Los Angeles Road Dept as a Master Mechanic from 1954 until 1981, at which time he retired and moved to Mehama, Oregon.
He purchased six acres that bordered the Santiam River and enjoyed working his little piece of heaven for the next 30 years.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and socializing especially dancing the polka.
Vern enjoyed traveling and had visited Israel, Egypt, Alaska and the Panama Canal on some of his trips along with several cruises.
He was a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Elks Club and Golf Club in Stayton, Oregon.
Vern is survived by his daughter Patricia Turner of Montclair, CA along with two brothers:  Sylvester of Eudora, AR and Edward of Cedar Rapids, IA.  He is also survived by two sisters, Delores Wiehn of Carroll, IA and Darlene Roberts of Mt. Pleasant, SC; grandsons Chad Turner of Vancouver, WA and Brandon Turner of Kent, WA,  great grandson Tristan.
Vern was preceded in death by his wife Jane, son Terrance Turner and grandson Matthew Turner.  He was also preceded in death by his parents John and Elizabeth Turner, brothers: Johnnie, Leonard, Joseph and Julius; sisters: Betty Jo Turner, Marie Espenhover and Helen Espenhover.
Vern will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:00 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton, OR.  At 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23, a funeral service with rosary will be held in St. Bonaventure Church, in Raeville and internment will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin.

Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lou Armstrong

June 26, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Lou Armstrong
1925 — 2015
Lou Elvin Armstrong recently passed away, at his home, in San Antonio, Texas.
He was into his 90th year. He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Donna (Riggs) Armstrong. Lou, and his brothers and sisters: William, Ruth, Nelle, James, Betty, and Larry; are the children of Orville and Martha (Matson); descendants of Capt. John and Martha (Carr) Armstrong, original Homesteaders of Antelope County in the Park Center community; Capt. John Armstrong died at Shiloh battlefield in the American Civil War.
Lou graduated from Elgin High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy in WWII in five major battles. He returned to peacetime Nebraska to farm and ranch in the Elgin and Oakdale areas. He raised Hereford cows and Appaloosa & Quarter horses.
He joined the growing airline industry in 1954 Norfolk, NE, and served 35 years with Braniff, Northwest, and Delta. He applied his knowledge and skills in carpentry and construction with his sons in the ArmWel Company thru-out his life in Chattanooga TN, Seattle WA, San Antonio TX, and to help build over 300 homes for U.S. Air Force bases in Texas.
He is survived by his sons: Dana, Terry, and Patrick; and their extended families in Texas.
Memorial Service in the Oak Meadow United Methodist Church of San Antonio, and interment, in the company of his wife Donna, at Fort Sam Houston National Military Cemetery.
He will be missed by family and friends.

Betty Thiele

June 26, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Betty Thiele
1924 — 2015
Funeral services for  Betty Thiele age 90 of Clearwater  were held Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church with Father James Kramper officiating.
Burial was at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by American Legion Post #267 of Clearwater.
Visitation was held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm with a 7:30 wake service at the church.
Betty passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Thiele was born on December 10, 1924 at Elgin, NE to Fred and Lucy (Tagel) Schindler.  She grew up on a farm southwest  of Elgin and was baptized and confirmed in the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin.
She attended grade school at District #39 and St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from Elgin Public High School in 1943.
Betty then attended Wayne State College and received her normal training.  She taught school in Elgin.  She lived in  Omaha and Kansas City where she worked office jobs. She joined the United States Navy in March 8, 1945 and served until August 8, 1946.
Betty was united in marriage to John J. Thiele on April 24, 1951 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin by her brother Fr. Frederic Schindler.
Betty was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Women’s Guild, Betty’s Club, Fr. Kramper’s Thrift Store, and was a spouse of John’s Boards.
She made white baptismal gowns for 30 years.  Betty enjoyed spending time with family and friends,  crossword puzzles, oil painting, sewing, cooking (making jelly, cookies and potato salad), needlework, jeopardy, reading and traveling which took her to Europe, Alaska and bus tours of U.S..
She is survived by her husband  and children:  Moses  and wife Teresa Thiele of Omaha, NE, Betty and husband Bob Knapp of Omaha, NE, Fred and Deb Thiele of Clearwater, NE, Chuck Thiele  of Lincoln, NE, Rosemary and husband Walt Patras of Tilden, NE,  Patricia and husband Terry  Hemenway of Orchard, NE,  Ray and wife Julia Thiele of Omaha, NE, Rick and wife Kathy Thiele of Colliersville, TN,  daughter in law Toni Thiele of Jefferson City, MO, sisters:   Mary Jean (Snooks) Meusch and Rose Marie Schueths  both of Elgin, NE.:  26 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 3 step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in by her parents, son Jerome, grandson Alex, daughter in law Barb; Brothers Lambert, Max, Vincent, Fr. Frederic and Maurice in infancy.
Condolences may be directed to www.snidermemorialfh.com

Alfred Schrad

June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Alfred Schrad
1920 — 2015
Alfred J. Schrad, 95 of Elgin, NE, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Alfred John Schrad, son of Joseph and Mary (Closter) Schrad, was born February 22, 1920 at Petersburg.
He attended school at Petersburg and then worked as a farmhand for Henry and Bobbie Clemens.
He entered the United States Army on June 5, 1942 and served during World War II, participating in multiple campaigns, before being honorably discharged on October 8, 1945.
He returned home and resumed working for Clemens’ while acquiring land to begin farming on his own.
On March 27, 1951, Alfred married Josephine M. Salber at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. They lived on a farm southwest of Elgin where they raised their six children: Doris, Ron, Linda, Sue, Jan and Dan.
They raised their family and farmed over 70 years on the same land.
Alfred was a member of St. Boniface Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin.
He was an avid fisherman and loved to go camping.
He is survived by five children: Ron (Carla) Schrad of Elgin; Linda (Randy) Mitchell of Elgin; Sue (Elliott) Castillo of Lincoln; Jan (Scott) Clausen of Norfolk; Dan (Sharon) Schrad of Omaha; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Vera (LaVern) Buelt of Hillsboro, OR; Gladys (Rollie) Reicks of Elgin; Betty Salber of Elgin; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Alfred was preceded in death by his wife; parents; daughter Doris Ping, son-in-law Mike Ping; one brother Wilfred; and five sisters: Esther, Lita, Ruth, LaRella, and Bernie.

Genevieve Starman

June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Genevieve Starman
1927 — 2015
Genevieve R. Starman, 87, formerly of Petersburg, NE, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Southlake Village Care Center in Lincoln.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (today) at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville with Rev. Ross Burkhalter of-ficiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 16, at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation or to the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Genevieve Rose (Klein) Starman was born September 5, 1927 on the family farm east of Raeville, to Alphonse V. and Frances (Bueltel) Klein.  Genevieve was baptized into the Catholic faith and attended St. John Berchman’s grade school in Raeville and obtained her GED in later years.
Genevieve married Wilfred H. Starman on September 14, 1948 at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church in Raeville.
Genevieve grew up on her parents’ farm and after her marriage to Wilfred they moved to a farm northeast of Petersburg. Together they raised eight children.
They farmed until Wilfred became incapacitated and they moved to Petersburg in 1982.
Genevieve loved farm life, working alongside her husband, as well as cooking, gardening and providing for their family.  After Wilfred passed away, Genevieve continued to live in Petersburg until 2008.
She was able to travel and took vacations with her sons and daughters through the years, including many states and Europe.
She moved to Lincoln in 2008, due to health problems and to be closer to her daughters. Genevieve was the consummate Husker Fan, and attended many Husker football and volleyball games while living in Lincoln.
She is survived by her children: Cynthia (Eugene) Kelly of Lincoln; Kathleen (Jim) Armatys of Great Bend, KS; David (Barbara) Starman of Columbus, NE; Raphael (Peg) Starman of Albion; Laura Mostek of Grand Island; Darlene Starman and Corinne (Mark) Wible of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren; a sister Bernice Grundmeyer of Lamont, IA; a brother Ralph (Mary) Klein of Elgin; brothers and sisters-in-law: Raymond (Beverly) Starman of Norfolk; Jerome, Sylvester and Mary Margaret Starman of Elgin; Henry (Mary) Starman of Albion; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband Wilfred, daughter Deanna, and son Wilfred, Jr., son-in-law Leo Mostek, grandson Travis Starman, her parents, three sisters and their husbands: Lorraine (Joseph) Stuhr, Alma (Bernard) Beckman, Stella (Vernol) Beckman, a brother Eugene Klein, and a brother-in-law Willis Grundmeyer.

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