April 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1929 — 2015
Paul F. Hoefer, 85 of Elgin, NE passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 7, 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 was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Paul Fred Hoefer, son of Russell Benjamin and Catherine Mary (Kerkman) Hoefer, was born May 13, 1929 at Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin and graduated Valedictorian of his class from St. Boniface School in 1947. He worked as a carpenter for Hawley Merchant and Grosskoff Construction, helping build the Steeple on the Lutheran church in Elgin. On June 25, 1951, he entered the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict, receiving an honorable discharge on June 24, 1953.
Paul married Charlotte Mae Fritz on July 12, 1954 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. To this union, seven children were born: Barb, Ron, Bev, Lori, Linda, Brian and Dan.
They made their home in Elgin where Paul worked for Ben Selting for a few years before working with Jerry Tunink for over 50 years, building and remodeling 200 homes in and around Elgin.
After Jerry retired, Paul continued his carpentry work, helping Mike Dvorak, before retiring in 2003.
He was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus for 63 years and a long time member of American Legion Post 229 of Elgin. He was a three time Beard Award winner at Elgin’s 75th, 100th, and 125th celebrations.
Paul loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte; five children: Ron Hoefer of Lincoln, NE; Bev (Daniel) Martens of Norfolk, NE; Lori (Russ) Rezny of Wilber, NE; Brian (Karalyn) Hoefer of Lincoln; Daniel (Kara) of Swansea, SC; one son-in-law Lee Freeman and wife Patty of Kearney, NE; three sisters: Reggie Smith of Wisconsin; Lois (Bill) Williams of Arizona; Margie Baum of Elgin, NE; one sister-in-law Juan Hoefer of Elgin, NE and one brother-in-law Bob Medcalf of Clearwater, NE; 16 grandchildren: Dustin, Duana, Denise, Scotty, Weston, Ryan, Vanessa, Paula, Laura, Brock, Kessa, McKenna, Kalyssa, Kaitlyn, Loudon, and Paige; 10 great-grandchildren: Shawna, Tyson, Ethan, Kallista, Jackson, Connor, Harper, Liam, Ella and Rory; and two step-great-grandchildren: Bralyn and Diamond; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother Bobbi Clemons Hoefer; two daughters: Barb Freeman in 1998 and Linda Hoefer in infancy; two infant grandchildren: Heather Freeman and Jeremiah Martens; two brothers: John and Leonard Hoefer; one sister: Mary Kay Medcalf; sister-in-law Irma Hoefer and brother-in-law Roman Baum.
1921 — 2015
Raymond J. Reestman, 93 of Elgin, NE passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed at the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Raymond Joseph Reestman, son of Gerhard and Agnes (Oberbrockling) Reestman, was born August 26, 1921 in Petersburg. He grew up on a farm near Raeville and attended St. Bonaventure School and Church. He entered the United States Army on August 7, 1942 serving in Battery A-531st AAAW Battalion, attached to the 30th Infantry Division in World War II. He received the Good Conduct Metal, Sharpshooter badge on the M-1 rifle, five Battle Stars for action in the Battle of Normandy (Omaha Beach), northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe. He also received the Victory Medal and French Medal before being honorably discharged on November 9, 1945 with the rank of Sergeant.
On January 20, 1948, Ray married Catherine A. Zwingman at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville. They resided on the same farm east of Elgin for 45 years where Ray farmed and raised livestock, until retiring and moving to Elgin in 1994. In 2014, they entered the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
Ray was a lifelong member of St. Bonaventure Parish, serving as Trustee on the parish council, member of the Knights of Columbus Council 244, and life member of American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. He enjoyed baseball, bowling and family. He was a fan for life of the Yankees, Huskers, Lakers and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s’ activities.
Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Catherine; two children: Janice (Duane) Esau of Elgin; Roger Reestman of Omaha; daughter-in-law: Marilyn Reestman of Elgin; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother: Joseph Reestman of Oakdale; one sister: Betty (Jerome) Temme of Petersburg; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ron Reestman in 2001; one brother: Norbert Reestman; three sisters: Irene Camp, Alice Schmitz, and Marie Zwingman.
1990 — 2015
Kyle Edward Thomas Faust, 25 died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his home in Elgin, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (today) at St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating.
Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.
Levander Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Kyle Edward Thomas Faust, the son of Steven A. and Jane M. (Petsche) Faust, was born February 22, 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg and confirmed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion.
Kyle attended St. John’s elementary school in Petersburg through the sixth grade and received his seventh and eighth grade education at Boone Central Schools.
Kyle attended Elgin Public High School and graduated in 2008.
Following graduation, Kyle enjoyed welding and worked at various jobs around the area including several hog confinements, worked as a farmhand for Morrison Farms at Clearwater, Nebraska, Jerry’s Feed Service in Elgin, and most recently for Sidump’r Trailer in Columbus.
Kyle enjoyed working with cars, especially detailing them, but his greatest love and enjoyment were his two boys, Landon and Bentley.
Surviving Kyle are his two sons: Landon Drake and Bentley Dwayne Faust of Albion; parents: Steve and Jane Faust of Petersburg; one sister: Krystle Buntemeyer and husband Aaron and niece Ella of Kearney, NE; grandmother: Esther Petsche of Petersburg; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and special friend Tara Vaughan of Elgin.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Edward and Elaine Faust and Lawrence Petsche.
1920 — 2015
Philip E. Lee of Ewing passed away, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Ewing Full Gospel Church in Ewing with Pastor Wayne Smith officiating. Interment followed at the Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater with military rites by American Legion Post 214 of Ewing. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Philip Edwin Lee, son of Frank and Blanche (Appuhn) Lee, was born January 10, 1920 at Ashland, NE. He attended a rural school before moving with his father to Illinois. In 1938, he hitchhiked to Milford, NE, and later that year found work on the Bar H ranch near Clearwater, NE.
On June 9, 1941, Phil married Ileen Florence Cary at O’Neill, NE The couple honeymooned at Boise, ID, where they spent a happy ‘working honeymoon’. Phil found work picking cherries and later picking corn by hand, before returning to Nebraska. He was drafted into the Army in August 1944 and then trained at Ft. Robinson and in Arkansas before being deployed to Europe to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. During the occupation of Germany, Phil served as body guard to General Dwight Eisenhower and did some guard duty for General George Patton, before being honorably discharged on July 3, 1946 and returning to Clearwater, NE.
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. Phil worked as a farm hand until purchasing a farm near Page, NE in 1962. He continued farming there until selling the farm and purchasing a house in Ewing, NE in 1992, following a battle with cancer.
Phil gave his heart and life to the Lord in 1947 and was a devoted Christian the rest of his life. He enjoyed trees and planted over 1500 on their farm, and his love for airplanes pushed him to take flying lessons later in life.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ileen in July 2014, son David, and five siblings: Frances, Wayne, Pauline, Fern and Maxine.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, his church family and a host of friends.
March 6, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1916 — 2015
Thresia Tunink, age 97, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Monday November 24, 2014 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Funeral Mass was held Friday, November 28, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in the sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Early, Iowa. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Thresia Tunink was born December 19, 1916 in Elgin, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Catherine (Overmohle) Tunink.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
Thresia did house work and helped with children for many years. She cared for the William Salber family for four years after their mother passed away. She then worked at the Indian Missions in Marty, South Dakota for several years.
In 1940, she moved to Early, Iowa to keep house for her uncle, Henry Overmohle. She looked forward to the fishing trips to Minnesota that she and Henry took every fall. Everyone looked forward to her Fourth of July picnics with fried spring chicken, fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream. After Henry’s death, she was a hot lunch cook at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Early. She retired from there to give full-time attention to her greenhouse that started as a hobby, but expanded into a thriving business. Thresia moved to the Villa in Storm Lake, where she continued her love of sewing and quilting. She quilted many beautiful quilts for friends and relatives. She entered Methodist Manor Retirement Community in 2011. Thresia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where she served on the Sacred Heart Guild. After moving to Storm Lake, she became a member of the St. Mary’s Parish. Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, Jerry Tunink of Neligh, Nebraska; sisters, Loretta Zegers of Petersburg, Nebraska, and Mary Ann Kloewer of Fremont, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Thresia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Father Wilfred, OSB, Tony Tunink, and Leo Tunink (in infancy); and sisters, Philomena Wilwerding, and Betty Wolff.