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Flora Hoefer

January 16, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Flora Hoefer
1923 — 2014
Flora Rose (Schrage) Hoefer, 90, passed away January 7, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Columbus, NE with family at her side.
She was born September 26, 1923 to Ferdinand and Anna (Klein) Schrage at Elgin, NE.
On June 12, 1944 she was united in marriage to Quentin Hoefer of Sutherland, NE at St Bonaventure Church in Raeville, NE.  They made their home south of Sutherland on the farm, where they raised their six children. They later moved into Sutherland.  In 1981 they moved to North Platte.  Following the death of her husband in 2009, she moved to Columbus, NE.
She is survived by children: Judy (Larry) Johnson of Cedar Rapids, IA; Dolores (Jim) Ohmstede of Waterloo, IA; Raymond (Gachia) Hoefer of Carmel, IN; Dennis (Kimberly) Hoefer of Columbus, NE; Joan (Dirac) Twidwell of La Monte, MO; grandchildren: David (Karla) Dalton, Eric (Michelle) Dalton, Deb (Tony) Miksa, Alicia (Adam) Messer, Luis (Ashley) Ohmstede, Michael Ohmstede, Marty Ohmstede, Whitney (Wallace Karanja) Ohmstede, Anna Hoefer, Caitlin Hoefer, Justin Hoefer, Denise (Dallas) Thelen, Dirac (Kristin) Twidwell, Josh (Sylvia Pierzak) Twidwell, Jeremiah Twidwell and 13 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by brothers Jerome Schrage of Omaha, NE; Ferd (Mona) Schrage of Petersburg, NE; and sister Bernette (Jim) Ramaekers of Bayard, IA.
She was preceded in death by husband Quentin, son Gregory in 1980, her parents, brothers Ray, Walter, Claude, Bob and infant sister Rita Ann.
Memorials can be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church Building Fund in North Platte; Sisters of St Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, IN (http://www.ssfpa.org); or tax deductible donations suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org) to assist in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Rosary will be 7:00 pm Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.

Claudia Schuster

January 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Claudia R. Schuster
1942 — 2013
Claudia Rosalie Schuster, 71, formerly of Elgin, passed away on Dec. 24, 2013 at the Town and Country Manor in Boerne, TX. She died of pancreatic cancer.
Claudia, daughter of George and Louise Cahoy, was born Aug. 27, 1942 at Elgin, IL. In 1943, the family returned to Elgin, NE where Claudia attended St. Boniface Grade School and High School and graduated in 1960.
On May 29, 1961, Claudia married Francis E. “Jake” Schuster of Oakdale. They were the parents of three sons. As Jake had joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960, the couple lived in a number of places: Spokane, WA where Michael and Jeff were born; Vacaville, CA; El Centro, CA where Tim was born; Elgin, NE while Jake was in Vietnam; Hawaii; Abilene, TX; the Philippines, and lastly, San Antonio, TX. Jake retired from the military in 1987.
With the boys in school, Claudia worked for the So. San Antonio Independent School District as a cafeteria worker for 8 years. She then joined the library staff as an assistant for 12 years.
Claudia had many interests. She was an avid reader possessing a large collection of books. Sewing, quilting and crafts occupied much of her time. Family and friends were recipients of treasured gifts created by her. She lovingly cared for the cats and dogs that occupied a special place in their home life. Family history and research also took a predominant place in her daily schedule until her husband’s ill health required her to devote time to caring for him.
Claudia is survived by her husband, Jake, of Boerne, TX; sons: Michael (Carol Brown) Schuster of San Antonio, TX; Jeff (Mitzi) Schuster of Boerne, TX; Tim (Lorna) Schuster of Milton-Freewater, OR; sisters; Lonnie (Frank) Heiderman of Carson City, NV; Mary Ann Cahoy (Donald E. George) of Columbus, NE; brothers-in-law: Joe (Marlene) Schuster of Omaha, NE; Dwain (Lorna) Schuster of Norfolk, NE; sister-in-law, Betty Salber of Elgin, NE; two grandchildren, one great grandchild, many nieces, nephews, cousin, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Louise Cahoy; parents-in-law William and Gertrude Schuster; sister-in-law Joyce Schuster; brother-in-law, Mel Salber; and her sister, Rita Cahoy Sandman.
A memorial service was held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, TX on Jan. 6.

Donna McGrath

January 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donna M. McGrath
1930 — 2014
Donna M. McGrath, 83 of Omaha, NE, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Visitation was held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Monday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
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Donna McGrath was born to William and Irene Henkenius on October 16, 1930 in Norfolk, Nebraska. She grew up on a farm outside of Elgin, NE, graduated from St. Boniface High School and learned the values of Christianity and hard work that would provide guidance throughout her life.
After high school, Donna moved to Omaha to work for the Nebraska State Federation of Labor, American Federation of Labor and finally the Nebraska State AFL-CIO, providing assistance during the merger of the two labor organizations.
Donna moved to Washington, DC in 1960 to work on Capitol Hill for Nebraska Congressman Glenn Cunningham.
She subsequently worked for attorney Arthur Goldberg who later became Secretary of Labor for President Kennedy. She married Charles McGrath on November 25, 1961 at St. Charles’ Catholic Church in Arlington, VA.
They raised their five children in Vienna, VA. She taught religious education at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church for over 15 years.
Once the children were older, Donna returned to the workforce and became the executive assistant to the President and sales force coordinator at Coffee Butler Service in Fairfax, VA. She was proud of her ability to finance her five children’s college educations and that all of them married individuals with close ties to Nebraska. During this time, she also became active with organized labor’s Committee on Political Education and volunteered many hours with them.
Donna moved back to Omaha in 2000 and led the Nebraska chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. She enjoyed her many speaking engagements to groups about the topic.
She worked as a tour guide at Boys and Girls Town in Omaha. Donna remained busy and was subsequently awarded the Volunteer of the year award by the Douglas County Democratic Party. She also was named to the Nebraska AFL-CIO Hall of Fame. During these years, Donna attended Mass daily and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and her parents, William and Irene Henkenius. She is survived by her children; Kevin (Laura) of Maple Valley, WA, Brian (Barb) of Omaha, NE, Colleen Larsen (Don) of Raleigh, NC, Patrick (Donna) of Ashburn, VA and Maureen Policky (Mark) of Seward, NE; sixteen grandchildren; brother Donald and sister-in-law Shirley Henkenius of Elgin, NE; nieces and nephews.
Memorials to St. Boniface Catholic Church, Elgin, NE, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Vienna, VA and School Sisters of St. Francis, Milwaukee, WI.

Dean Jones

December 11, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Dean Jones
1928 — 2013
Funeral Services for Dean Jones age 84, of Neligh, were at 10:00 a.m., December 9, 2013 at Church of Christ in Neligh, NE with Pastor Bob Dainton officiating.
Music was provided by Kay Stearns. Pianist and solists were Andrea Clements, Shirley Stearns, Christina Stearns and Benjamin Stearns.
Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home, in Neligh.
Burial was at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh with Military Rites by Neligh American Legion Post #172.
Pallbearers were Dwaine Jones, Kenneth Dredge, Bob Dredge, Steven Dredge, Michael Dredge, David Dredge, and Jeremy Dredge. Arrangements are being conducted Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Dean passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, NE.
Delano Dean Jones was born to Albert and Anna (Liddy) Jones in Elgin, NE on December 30, 1928. Dean attended country school near Elgin. On December 1, 1948 he enlisted in the United States Air Force in Norfolk, NE. He was discharged on September 5, 1953 at Charleston Air Force Base Charleston, South Carolina. He married Annabelle Edwards on November 1, 1952 at Miami, FL. He operated a TV/Sales Service shop there. They moved to Neligh, 1960 where he worked at the Neligh Hatchery, constructing building homes with his brother-in-law, and worked at the mobile home trailer factory from when it first opened until the factory closed. Annabelle passed away in 1993. Dean was the maintenance man at the Antelope County Court House for 22 years. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Loudenslager Dredge on June 1, 1996 in Oakdale, Ne. Dean loved fixing things that were broken or patching them back together. He enjoyed woodworking and made many things for the family. He was a member of Neligh American Legion Post #172, the Church of Christ, and was a church Deacon there.
Survivors are his wife, Dorothy. Children: Russell and Renee Mawson of Suwanee, GA, Shirley and David Stearns, of Norfolk, NE, Dwaine and Lisa Jones of Hickman, NE, Georgia and Richard Tournear of Quincy, IL, Kenny Dredge and Karen Walker of Lincoln, NE, Donna Sack of Hooper, NE, David and Alma Dredge of Phoenix, AZ, Bob and Joelene Dredge of Fremont, NE, Steven Dredge of Omaha, NE, Michael and Jamie Dredge of Lincoln, NE, Amy VanHoose of Hannibal, MO, Jeremy and Regina Dredge of Lewistown, MO and son-in-law, Robert Sharples. 35 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 30 great great grandchildren.
He is proceeded in death by his parents and his first wife, Annabelle. Daughter, Barbara Sharples and her first husband, Gene Henry. Brothers and sisters: Albert, Charles, Maurice, Donald, Kenneth, Ella, Lloyd, Dale, Lottie, Faye, and Betty Lou.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com

Mildred A. Simmons

December 11, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Mildred A. Simmons
1918 — 2013
Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred A. Simmons, age 95 of Neligh, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Neligh. Reverend John Broheimer will be Celebrant, with burial in the Oakdale Cemetery in Oakdale, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden, Nebraska, and then resume from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Neligh, with a 7 p.m. Wake Service.
Mildred died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
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Mildred A. (Goscha) Simmons, daughter of Nick and Francis (Zimmerman) Goscha, was born March 14, 1918 at Clearwater, Nebraska. Mildred attended school in Clearwater, after which she began her career as a teacher. Mildred taught 37 years, mainly in the Oakdale and Elgin area, during which time, she earned her teaching degree from Wayne State College.
On May 14, 1946, Mildred was married to John W. Simmons at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Clearwater.
The couple was blessed with three children: Sandra Ann, Mary Salestine, and Samuel John. Mildred and John made their home and raised their family on their farm in the Star Community until retiring into Neligh, Nebraska in June of 1999. After John’s death on November 12, 2000, Mildred continued to reside in Neligh, where she passed away at the age of 95 on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Golden Living Center.
Mildred is survived by her daughter, Mary “Sally” (husband Verlyn) Louison of Council Bluffs, Iowa; son, Sam (wife Ann) Simmons of Oakdale, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lucy Allemang of Neligh, Nebraska, and Jean Goscha of Norfolk, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John W. Simmons; and a daughter, Sandra Barnhart.

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