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Jerome “Jay” Schrage

May 15, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Jerome “Jay” Schrage
1930 — 2014
Jerome J. Schrage was born on February 18, 1930. He was the son of Ferdinand N. Schrage and Anna Rose (Klein) Schrage. He passed away on April 28, 2014 at his home in Omaha, NE.
He attended St. John Berchman School at Raeville, NE., and graduated from high school in 1948.
Jerome worked for the Elgin Mills until 1950 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
He was a radio operator on a patrol plane that operated in the Pacific Ocean area during the Korean War.
He received a honorable discharge in 1954.
Jerome returned to the Elgin Mills employment and also farmed.
In 1958, Jerome moved to Oregon and was employed there a number of years.
He then moved to Omaha and was associated with the Armorstone Company as Plant Manager.
He met and married his wife, Patricia, in Omaha. Patricia passed away in 2003.
Jerome (Jay) loved sports, especially baseball; he played American Legion ball for Neligh, NE., and his last year with the American Legion team in Elgin. After Legion ball, he played for the Elgin town team against some very competitive teams in the surrounding towns.
Jerome was a lifetime member of the Benson VFW Post 2503.
Jerome was preceded in death by wife: Patricia; brothers: Claude, Robert, Raymond & Walter; sisters Flora Rose and Rita (who died when she was three weeks old).
He is survived by brother: Ferd (Ramona) Schrage of Petersburg, NE; sister: Bernette (James) Ramaekers of Bayard, IA; sisters-in-law Janice Schrage of Elgin, NE, and Vivian Schrage of Clearwater, NE as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at Roeder Mortuary of Omaha, with Fr. Craig Loecker officiating.
Pallbearers were Cyril Schrage, Larry Schrage, Calvin Schrage, Tim Schrage, Paul Schrage and Charles Meis.
Burial was held at Mount Hope Cemetery with full military rites by Benson VFW Post #2503.

Samuel J. Simmons

May 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Samuel J. Simmons
1952 — 2014
Samuel J. Simmons, 61 of rural Oakdale, NE, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha,  following a brief illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 5, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the Oakdale Cemetery at Oakdale, NE. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
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Samuel John Simmons, son of John W. and Mildred A. (Goscha) Simmons, was born July 25, 1952 at Tilden, NE. He grew up southeast of Elgin, NE attending rural school until the second grade, Oakdale Public School through the eighth grade and graduated from Tilden High School. He studied mechanics at Northeast Technical College in Norfolk, before returning home to farm with his father.
On July 10, 1971, Sam married Angela J. Zurcher at Neligh, NE. They made their home southeast of Elgin, where they farmed and raised their four children: Clinton, Cody, Casee, and Colson.
Along with farming, Sam was the treasurer for the Rural Road Board.
Sam had a love for farming. He was very meticulous and took a lot of pride in his work. When he wasn’t farming, he enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren’s activities, hunting with his sons, golfing, watching golf and NASCAR on Sundays, playing cards and he was always interested in learning about history.
For 20 plus years, he enjoyed the annual golf trip to Phoenix with his buddies.
In more recent years, Sam had enjoyed taking car trips with Ann and their friends across the country, visiting different states, attractions and other friends. He had a sense of adventure and liked trying new foods and different restaurants. Sam was blessed with the gift of conversation, and seemed to make new friends everywhere he went.
He is survived by his wife Ann of rural Oakdale; four children: Clint (Michele) Simmons of Grand Island; Cody (Kelly) Simmons of Alma; Casee (Ryan) Kittelson of Neligh; Colson Simmons and fiancé Ally Butera of San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren: Christopher Simmons of Alma; Addison, Isaac and Graclyn Simmons of Grand Island; Myles, Bentley, and Camry Kittelson of Neligh; one sister: Sally (Verlyn) Louison of Crescent, IA; three sisters-in-law: Lynn Zurcher of Meadow Grove; Lori (Mike) Herbolsheimer of Tilden; Pam (Jan) Robertson of Lincoln; one brother-in-law: Kerry Barnhardt of Norfolk; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, one sister: Sandra Barnhart; and one brother-in-law: Ronn Zurcher.

Lainey Anne Knapp

May 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Lainey Anne Knapp
2013 — 2014
Lainey Anne Knapp was born on November 5, 2013 in Omaha, and passed away on April 24, 2014.
She was baptised on February 2, 2014.
Lainey was preceded in death by great grandfathers, Leonard Hoefer and Harold Knapp; great uncle, Alvin Hoefer; great aunt, Mary Ellen Wilke; and her cousin, Faith Hoefer.
She was survived by parents, Justin and Danica Knapp; twin sister, Harley; grandparents, Dave and Tracy Hoefer, Pete and Lisa Knapp; great grandparents, Milton and Leta Hacecky, Juan Hoefer, John and Kristina Masur, Winifred Knapp; numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were April 29, 2014 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Omaha.
Co-Celebrants for the Burial Mass were Father Tom Bowens and Father Ross Burkhalter.
Pall Bearers were Ben Knapp, Macaib Hoefer, Heidi Knapp, Jordan Knapp, Wade Hoefer and Sloane Schneider.
Interment followed at Baby Land at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha.
Memorials to www.gofundme.com/our_angel_lainey.

Lainey Anne Knapp

May 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Lainey Anne Knapp was born on November 5, 2013 in Omaha, and passed away on April 24, 2014.
Lainey was preceded in death by great grandfathers, Leonard Hoefer and Harold Knapp; great uncle, Alvin Hoefer; great aunt, Mary Ellen Wilke. She was survived by parents, Justin and Danica Knapp; twin sister, Harley; grandparents, Dave and Tracy Hoefer, Pete and Lisa Knapp; great grandparents, Milton and Leta Hacecky, Juan Hoefer, John and Kristina Masur, Winifred Knapp; numerous aunts and uncles. Funeral services were April 29, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials to www.gofundme.com/our_angel_lainey.

Mary Eva Henney

May 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Mary Eva Henney
1920 — 2014
Mary Eva Henney, 93,  passed away on April 23, 2014 at Bergan Mercy Hospital.
She was born on July 10, 1920 to Stanley and Zoe (Mellor) Huffman in Wayne, NE. The family made their home in Elgin, NE where she graduated from Elgin High School. She attended the University of Nebraska for one year before moving to Washington, D.C. to work on Senator Hugh Butler’s staff.
On January 31, 1942, she married William H. Henney. After his discharge from the Army in 1945, they moved to Omaha where they raised 6 children.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, William H. Henney; 2 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law; granddaughter, Emily Schumacher; son-in-law Galyn Schumacher; and former son-in-law Paul Graham.
Mary is survived by her children, Mary (Paul) Gurney, Kathy (Marty Riemenschneider) Graham, James (Lorraine) Henney, Alice Schumacher, John (Mary Pat Manhart) Henney, and Janet (Michael) Schawang; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Mary was a gracious hostess who loved to host gatherings for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and her many friends. Her greatest joy was having a houseful of company. It was not unusual to see a fleet of vehicles at “Mana’s” house for a get-together. The love and interest she had for others was returned to her tenfold in the many friendships she had with those who touched her life. She enjoyed conversation, laughter, and a good glass of wine. Mary was the anchor of the family; she taught tolerance and patience by example throughout her life, and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, with Interment in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation with the family begins Wednesday, April 30, after 5 p.m. at the 72nd Street Chapel, with a wake service at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Radio Talking Book Service Network; Siena Francis House; Omaha Public Library; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries is in charge of funeral services.

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