1913 — 2016
Clara S. Hamling Schmitz, 103, of York, NE, formerly of Petersburg, NE, passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at the York General Hearthstone in York, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 18, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment followed at the parish cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
Levander Funeral Home of Albion, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
She is survived by her son: LeRoy Hamling (friend Katy Loving) of Forsyth, MO; daughter-in-law: Joyce Hamling of York, NE; grandchildren: David (Lori) Hamling of York, NE; Nancy (David) Dickey of York, NE; Dean (Sherry) Hamling of York, NE; John Hamling of Kearney, NE; Christine Lewien (friend Terry Beck) of Virginia, NE; Scott (Lynne) Hamling of Forsyth, MO; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Ed Hamling and Bob Schmitz; son: Leander Hamling; daughter-in-law: Donna Hamling; granddaughter: Joan Hamling; two sisters and two brothers.
1942 — 2016
Funeral Services for Joseph Moser, age 74 of Clearwater, NE will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Clearwater, with Father James Kramper officiating. Visitation was from from 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 with a prayer service at 7:30 P.M. at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, NE with Military Rites by Clearwater American Legion Post #267.
Joe passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, NE, surrounded by his siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews.
Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Clearwater Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
Joseph John Moser, son of Alvin (“Smokey”) and Irene (Pelster) Moser, was born on February 22, 1942 on a farm located one mile south and two miles east of Elgin, NE. His parents purchased the family farm, four miles north of Elgin, in 1948.
Joe attended St. Boniface School and graduated from there in 1960. He helped out on various ranches in the Elgin and Bartlett areas.
In fall of 1963, he took an ag short course at the University of Nebraska East Campus in Lincoln. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1964. His basic training was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He took AIT courses at Fort Meade, MD to work as an Army Medic. He then served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
After being released from the Army in 1966, Joe worked in Grand Island in the welding business and at Ravenna in an A.I. program with George Boucher. On October 7, 1967, Joe married Barbara Van Pelt in Grand Island. They lived in Palmer, where he was employed by Gary Bader. He later operated a repair shop in Worms.
After his father Alvin’s death, Joe and Barb moved to Elgin in 1972. He started a new business, J & B Manufacturing, where he produced horse and stock trailers and cattle handling equipment. In 1976, he became a Moorman’s Feed Sales Representative and continued in this line of work for seven years. The Mosers bought a house from Max Wylie that was located northwest of Elgin and moved it to a location five miles west of Elgin. They started a new place known to nieces and nephews as “Little House on the Prairie”. They also built a USDA-approved kennel there and raised miniature schnauzers.
In 1984, a new job as Shop Manager at Dean Christensen’s feedlot saw them move to Central City. Joe and Barb took a short stint and traveled around much of the United States as semi drivers, hauling various loads. In May of 1988, Joe was hired by the Green Valley Ranch southwest of Clearwater. He worked there for 16 years until his retirement. It was during this period that Joe and Barb divorced.
After living in Ericson, Joe moved to Clearwater in fall of 2007, keeping busy as a farm and ranch hand. He enjoyed visits with family and friends. His hobbies included horses, fishing with former classmates, and rodeos.
Joe is survived by his siblings: Marilyn (Nicholas) Austin of Fremont, NE; Gerald (Karlene) Moser of Elgin, NE; Rita (Robert) Kester of Clearwater, NE and Merle Moser of Elgin, NE; six nieces; five nephews; eleven great-nieces; twenty-two great-nephews; former wife, Barbara Moser; and special friend, Joyce Beedle.
1924 — 2015
Catherine A. Reestman, 91 of Elgin, NE passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church at Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
Catherine Angelinia Reestman, daughter of Henry and Angelinia (Van Ert) Zwingman, was born December 20, 1924 at Petersburg, NE.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE, where she was a lifetime member.
Catherine attended her early years of school at St. John’s in Petersburg, before moving east of Elgin and attended the District #36 “Star School” through the 10th grade.
Catherine married Raymond Joseph Reestman on January 20, 1948 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
Following their marriage, they resided on their farm east of Elgin for 45 years, working together farming and raising livestock.
In 1994 they moved into Elgin, and in the fall of 2014, they entered the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
Catherine loved being a housewife and mother to their children.
Catherine was a member of and held many offices with the St. Bonaventure Christian Mothers. She also was a member of the Woman’s Club, Woman’s Legion Auxiliary, and Farmerett Extension Club.
She loved to entertain family and friends with her baking and cooking, caring for her flowers, gardening, crafting, bowling, playing cards, many other games, crocheting, sewing, fancy work, and enjoyed working at the Senior Center.
She especially loved being with and attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events.
Catherine is survived by her daughter: Janice K. (Duane) Esau of Elgin, NE; son: Roger A. Reestman of Omaha, NE; her daughter-in-law: Marilyn Reestman of Elgin, NE; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jerome Temme and Betty Temme of Petersburg, NE; Joe Reestman of Oakdale, NE; Darold Henke of Arizona; Margaret Zwingman of California; and Leona Zwingman of O’Neill, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray in 2015; son Ron Reestman in 2001; four brothers: Anthony, Clarence, Richard and Donald Zwingman; and a sister Dorothy Henke.
March 9, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1932 - 2016
Mary Magdalene (Marilyn) Ziska, 84, of Atkinson (formerly of Clearwater) passed away on February 26, 2016. Mass of a Christian Burial was held on March 1 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson.
Marilyn was born August 29, 1931 in Clearwater to Leo and Margaret (Sehi) Funk. She married Ken Ziska Sr. on February 5, 1951 at St. John’s Church near Clearwater.
Marilyn is survived by her children Sheila Elshire of Rapid City, SD; Bonny (Richard) Kilmurry of Atkinson; LuAnne Davis of Atkinson; Ken Jr. (Kim) Ziska of Atkinson; Vicki (Ken) Prothman of Atkinson; and Chuck Ziska of Atkinson; daughter-in-law Betty Ziska of Northglenn, CO; sister Vera Dell Stuhr of Elgin; sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken, son Keith, brother Clarence Funk and an infant sister.
February 18, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1945 — 2016
Funeral Services for Ralph Heckert age 70, of Neligh, were 10:30 am Friday, February 12, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, with Pastor David Kuhfal, Officiating. Music was provided by Bonnie Reinke. Burial was in West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin with Military Rites conducted by Neligh American Legion Post #172 and Legion Riders. Pallbearers were Jim Blackburn, Jason Krebs, Jeff Frasch, Randy Helgren, Gordon Hagge and John Massie. Honorary Pallbearers were Steve Anderson, Bill and Deb Kester, Kurt and Peg Hanlin, Leroy and Sally Clarkson and Don and Aubyn Masat. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Ralph William Heckert was born on July 28, 1945 to Ralph and Madeline (Peterson) Heckert at Yankton, South Dakota. He graduated from Elgin Public High School in 1963. After graduation he attended Wayne State College with a Business in Marketing and Management Degree, graduating in 1968. He was affiliated with Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity and was also on the Wayne State Swim Team. He was a lifeguard and manager of the Neligh pools.
On June 23, 1968 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Bennett at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, Nebraska. Ralph was employed with Mobil Oil Corporation the summer of 1968. He joined the United States Navy in November 29, 1968 and served aboard the USS Fresno LST 1182 as a Yeoman in the ship’s office. His home base was in Long Beach, CA with tours of Vietnam. He was then stationed at NAS Lemoore, CA until he was honorably discharged in November 28, 1972. Ralph rejoined Mobil Oil Corporation in Kansas City, MO and then spent two years in Milwaukee, WI as a marketing representative. In 1975, Ralph and Kathy returned to Neligh starting the Sears Roebuck Catalog Store, until 1984 when he took his real estate and insurance licensure exams. He was a partner at Neligh Insurance and Realty until 1990, when he opened Heckert Insurance, Inc. selling property and casualty insurance until his retirement in 2005. Ralph was involved in many organizations: the Neligh Fire Department, serving as Fire Captain for many years; the Neligh Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska; was named Businessman of the Year of the Neligh Chamber of Commerce; was a member of the Neligh American Legion Post #172/VFW; was a Permanent Member of American Legion; was a Veteran of Foreign Wars Life Member; and a member of Pool Board. Hobbies he enjoyed in his retirement included helping his son with his mowing and snow removal business; he took an interest in woodworking, building picnic tables, outdoor end tables, flower planters, cutting boards; and most importantly, spending time with his beautiful granddaughters.
Survived by his wife, Kathy, daughter, Dr. Wende Heckert of Norfolk, NE, and son, Craig (Lia) Heckert of Neligh, NE and their six girls, Courtni, Emma, Hailey, Mercedes, Victoria, and Hadassah; sister, Nancy (Steve) Anderson of Lincoln, NE; and nephew, John Massie of Lincoln, NE.
Preceded in death by parents and twin brothers in infancy.
Condolences may be directed to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com
Funeral Services for Merle Reinke, age 74 of Neligh, were held Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater with Pastor Toni Nolze, officiating. Music provided by Carol Thiele.
Burial was at the Clearwater Cemetery with Military Rites by Neligh American Legion Post #172.
Pallbearers were Jame Kuhl, Jerry Behnk, Barton Koinzan, Ryan Lichtenberg, Roger Huntley and Dave Behnk.
Honorary Pallbearers were Karen Keifer, Karen Howards, Chris Anson, Bev Ziems, Sandy Koinzan, and Pat Decker. Merle passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.
Merle Ray Reinke was born on September 4, 1941 to Omer and Margaret (Leiding) Reinke at Clearwater, Nebraska. He attended High School in Meadow Grove, NE. On November 18, 1960 he enlisted in the United States Air Force at Omaha, NE and was discharged on November 17, 1964 at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona.
Merle farmed and did custom farming and drove truck for many years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, being with family and friends.
He was a member of the Neligh American Legion Post #172.
Merle was survived by his children: Tammy Jenkins of Oregon, Teresa and Gary Schindler of Elgin, Nebraska, Dianne Byrd of Alaska, Billy Reinke of Oregon, Bobbie Amaro of Norfolk, Nebraska, and Dustin and Liz Reinke of Oregon, 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Sisters and Brothers: Bonnie Hickenbottom of Ansley, Nebraska, Millie and Dan Virstka of Tucson, Arizona, Dale Reinke of Tucson, AZ, and Loren and Gloria Reinke of Howard, Nebraska. Preceded in death by parents, brother-in-law, Mick Hickenbottom and sister-in-law, Lois Reinke.