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Don Merchen

August 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Don Merchen
1948 — 2014
Don Duane Merchen, age 65 of Petersburg, Nebraska, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at his home. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Methodist Church in Elgin, Nebraska.  He was born in Osmond, Nebraska, on November 8, 1948, to Otto Merchen and Bessie Parsons and grew up on the family farm near Bloomfield, Nebraska, with his siblings Richard, Maxine, Gene, and Dale. He attended rural school up to the 8th Grade. He also attended Bloomfield High School where he rode in the Bloomfield High School Rodeo. While working as a rodeo clown in Texas, Don lost his teeth when he was struck in the mouth by a bull’s horn. Don’s passion for hunting led him to Colorado to work as a hunting guide at Hollis Atwood for a few years, and after he was diagnosed with MS in 1975, he continued to hunt, fish, and enjoy life for 39 years.  His motto in life was “where there is a will, there is a way.”
In 1975, he married Pam Hanefeldt and to this union his daughter Janice was born.  On July 2, 1983, he married Crystal Toelle and their 31 year side-by-side journey began.
His greatest joy was his family and he truly enjoyed spending time with his grandkids.
Don is survived by his wife Crystal of Petersburg;  daughter Janice Nichols and her husband Chris, and grandkids Karissa, Aliya, and Cade, of Columbus, NE; sister Maxine Mormann of Crofton; brother Dale of Harrisburg, Oregon; 2 nephews, 2 nieces, 1 great nephew, and 1 great niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brothers Richard and Gene.
Nebraska Cremation was in charge of arrangements.

Alice Funk

August 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Alice Funk
1926 — 2014
Funeral services for Alice Funk age 88 of Clearwater, Ne were 10:00 am, Friday, July 25, 2014  at St. John’s Catholic Church rural Clearwater with Father James Kramper officiating. Music was provided by Carol Thiele, Organist, Mark and Julie Dwyer and St. John’s Choir.
Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aaron Kimes, Nathan Kimes, John Paul Kimes, Benjamin Meis, Bart Meis, Eric Meis, Adrian Feijoo, Garrett Dwyer, Kylee Funk, Adam Funk, Jared Breay, Ethan Breay, Brandon Funk, and Justin Funk.
Visitation was Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with a 7:00 Wake service at the church. Alice passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
Arrangements are being conducted by Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Alice Marie Elizabeth Thramer Funk was born on March 20, 1926 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Rotherham) Thramer at her grandparents home rural Ewing, NE.
She grew up on the farm west of Knievel’s Store until 1938, when they moved to Antelope County. She attended country school until 8th grade. Her parents wanted her to attend a catholic high school so she lived with her grandmother while attending Sacred Heart High School in Norfolk, Ne and graduated with the Class of 1943.
After graduating from High School she worked at the Fair Store in Norfolk, Ne. On April 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Clarence Funk at St. John’s Catholic Church rural Clearwater. Alice was an excellent cook, enjoyed baking, reading, dance, and music. She especially enjoyed being with her family. Her coffee pot was always on. She was a member of the Christian Mother’s at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Survived by her children: Elaine (Tom) Kimes of Clearwater, NE, Jodine (Marvin) Meis of Elgin, NE, Janette Feijoo of Denver, CO, Mary Alice (Mike) Dwyer of Bartlett, NE, Jim (Bev) Funk of Clearwater, NE, Elizabeth (Ed) Funk Breay of Greeley, CO, Ron (Angela) Funk of Clearwater, NE. 26 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Sister, Bernadine (Bob) Walnofer of O’Neill, NE. Sister-in-laws: Yvonne Thramer of Ewing, NE, Joan Thramer and Joyce Thramer of both of O’Neill, NE, Marilyn Ziska of Atkinson, NE, and Vera Dell Stuhr of Elgin, NE.
Preceded in death by: her parents, husband passed away 1999, infant son, Jerry. Sister, Loretta Tagel and husband Ludwig. Brothers: Alex, Mark, and Clet Thramer. Brother’s-in-law: Phillip Thiele, LaVern Stuhr, and Kenny Ziska. Son-in-law, Julio Feijoo. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Margaret Funk. Great grandson, Elliot Dooner.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com.

Ileen Lee

August 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Ileen F. Lee
1921 — 2014
Ileen F. Lee, 93 of Ewing, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at her home in Ewing.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Ewing Full Gospel Church in Ewing, with Pastor Wayne Smith officiating.
Interment followed at the Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Ileen Florence Cary, daughter of Elmer and Jessie (Hemenway) Cary, was born June 15, 1921 near Clearwater, NE. She attended rural School District #7 with her 11 siblings; the same school her mother had attended as a child. She took Normal Training classes to prepare her for teaching school, and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1940.
Ileen was married to Philip Lee on June 9, 1941 at O’Neill, NE. The couple honeymooned at Boise, ID, where they spent a happy ‘working honeymoon’. Ileen worked for neighborhood women ironing, cleaning, canning and whatever it took to maintain a home. She canned the tree ripened fruit, a task she had learned as a young girl.
After returning to Nebraska in October 1941, the couple lived and worked in the Ewing area, until Phil was drafted and they moved to Little Rock, AR during his training. After six weeks, Ileen returned to Ewing, NE and worked in several homes as a hired girl while her husband served overseas in World War II. In 1946, Ileen was diagnosed with an incurable heart valve disorder and Phil returned home to her after receiving his discharge. In 1947, following their attendance to Evangelistic Services in Clearwater and accepting the Lord, the pain of her ailment was gone and she was healed.
The couple became parents to a baby boy David in 1948. He was diagnosed with nephritis at age 3 ½ and passed away a year later. Following this difficult time, Ileen renewed her teaching certificate and resumed teaching for the next 26 years before retiring.
The couple purchased a farm near Page, NE in 1962 where they lived and farmed the next 30 years before selling the farm and moving to Ewing, NE in 1992.
Ileen enjoyed many things, including joining her husband in taking lessons to fly airplanes and spending their 60th wedding anniversary on a Hot Air Balloon ride.
She was a committed Christian throughout the years; always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone. Our loss is Heaven’s gain!
Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, son David, and 11 siblings: Edna, Wallace, Alice, Leslie, Martha, Nettie, Esther, Dorothy, Emery, Giles and Ethel.
She leaves to mourn her passing: her husband of nearly 73 years, Philip Lee of Ewing, NE; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Carole McDonald

July 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Carole McDonald
1947 — 2014
Carole McDonald, age 67, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 17th at Zion Lutheran Church in Hampton.  Rev. Loren Cooper will officiate.  No Visitation.
Private Family Inurnment will be in the Stromsburg Cemetery.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Carole Louise McDonald, the daughter of Arthur and Anna May (Jenkins) Doremus, was born at Stromsburg, Nebraska on January 30, 1947 and passed away at Aurora, Nebraska on July 14, 2014 at the age of 67.
She grew up on a farm in rural Polk and graduated from Polk High School in 1965.
Carole was united in marriage to Robert C. McDonald on September 24, 1965.  After their marriage they moved around to many places until settling down in Aurora.
She worked at various restaurants as a cook.  As a cook at the Hamilton Manor she grew close to residents and staff and eventually resided there when her health failed.
Carole had a love of cross stitching. She collected cookbooks and Winnie the Pooh.  She loved the Huskers and especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Diane Bohne. Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Janna (Steven) Schrunk of Elgin; Troy (Jennifer) McDonald of Aurora and Michelle Wengler of Nebraska City; eight grandchildren, Nicholas and Meghan Schrunk, Abby and Brad McDonald, Austin, Ian, Cyrus and Kia Wengler and sisters, Delores (Gary) Aringdale and Jolene Lingwall.

Mary Jo Schueths

July 10, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Mary Jo Schueths
1957 — 2014
Funeral Services for Mary Jo Schueths, age 56 of Lincoln, NE were 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father John Broheimer, officiating.
Music was provided by Jane Ruterbories, Organist and Mark and Julie Dwyer, Soloists. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh, NE.
Pallbearers were Aaron Rice, Greg Schrage, Andrew Curry, Chris Teeslink, Jon Schueths, and Mike Rice, Jr. Visitation was 5 to 7 pm, Monday, July 7, 2013 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh with a 7 pm Vigil Service.
Mary Jo passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Southlake Village in Lincoln, NE.
Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorials can be made to St. Francis Church Rosary Sodality in Neligh, NE or Tabitha Hospice in Lincoln, NE.
Please consider a memorial rather than flowers.
Mary Jo Schueths was born on August 16, 1957 to Arlo and Mary Madelyn (Conger) Rice in Neligh, NE. She was baptized at St. Francis Catholic Church, Neligh, NE.
Mary Jo attended grade school through 6th grade in a one-room country school (District 15 a couple miles east of Neligh). She had fond memories of her country school experience. She attended Neligh public schools through high school and graduated with the Class of 1975.
Mary Jo was active with the 4-H organization and was involved with 4-H youth leadership and public speaking tours even traveling to Washington, DC.
She graduated in 1979 with a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, NE; where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.
On August 18, 1979 she was united to Douglas W. Schueths by Fr Frederic Schindler O.S.B. at St Francis Catholic Church, Neligh, NE. It would be their 35th wedding anniversary in August this year. They lived in Rapid City, SD after marriage until 1985.
Mary Jo worked at KEVN-TV in Rapid City in advertising production. In October of 1985 they moved to Lincoln, NE where she formed a free-lance advertising and marketing company. She directed her company for over 26 years from 1986 until August of 2012 when she had to retire due to illness. Mary Jo was an avid flower gardener.
She is survived by her husband Douglas and daughter, Katherine M. (Katie) Schueths both of Lincoln, NE. Mother, Madelyn Rice and older brothers, Michael (Margaret Thurn) Rice, of Denver, CO and Ronald (Deb) Rice of Neligh, NE.
She was preceded in death by her father Arlo Rice in January of 2011.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com

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