Willa M. Borer
1929 — 2014
Willa M. Borer, 84 of Petersburg, NE, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg, NE with Revs. Stan Schmit and John Hagemann officiating.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday with a 7:00 p.m. wake service. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Levander Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com
Willa Mae Borer, daughter of Henry and Clara (Bender) Chavanu, was born July 23, 1929 at Petersburg, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and attended school at St. John the Baptist School in Petersburg. She moved to Omaha as a young woman to help support her family, working as a nanny for several years before returning to Petersburg.
On June 19, 1949, Willa married Roman Edward Borer at Raeville, NE. The couple made their home on a farm east of Petersburg where Willa was a homemaker, helped on the farm and raised their six children. She began working at the Petersburg Lockers in the late 1960’s and continued until retiring in May of 1999. Following the death of her husband on July 31, 1978, she moved to a house in town and lived there until moving to Omaha to be with family in October 2012, and then Hickory Villa Assisted Living in October 2013.
She was a member of St. John’s Altar Society and member and officer of the Petersburg Senior Center. For many years, she was a member of a neighborhood card club and would join in monthly birthday get-togethers. She enjoyed volunteering at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, helping with Bingo.
Willa loved playing Bingo and cards. She was a hard worker and an excellent cook: especially her fried chicken. She was always there for her kids, and dearly loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild.
She is survived by her children: Linda (Larry) Pedersen and Sharon (Dale) Noon, all of Omaha, NE; Roman Borer and friend Linda of Norfolk, NE; Debra (Cyril) Kerkman of Atkinson, NE; Eugene (Marcia) Borer of Ludowici, GA; Rodney (Anita) Borer of Norfolk, NE; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; two sisters: Verlene Heithoff of Beausejour, Canada; LaDonna Kaukver of Leshara, NE; one brother: Marvin (Arleen) Chavanu of Omaha, NE; brothers-in-law: Vic (Ann) Borer of Albion; Larry (Helen) Borer of Elgin; sisters-in-law: Bernie Spieker of Petersburg; Carol Borer of Indiana; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Willa was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roman; two sisters: Marian Chavanu and Lenore Bode; and two brothers: Ervin Chavanu and Larry Chavanu.
1949 — 2014
Celebration of life for Jim Petsche age 64 of Neligh were 10:30 am , Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Neligh with Pastor Bob Dainton, Officiating.
Music was provided by Steve Johnson. Burial was in Laurel Hill cemetery in Neligh. Pallbearers were Darrin Kiger, Kelly Kosek, Jim Blackburn, Tom Boggs, Kevin Irish, Jay Petsche and Dylan Petsche. Honorary Pallbearers were Jim Wiebelhause, Les Ridder, John Torseth, Jerome Bahm, Harlan Frazier and Daryl Rodgers. Visitation was Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Beyer-Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Jim passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.
The family suggests memorials to Multiple Sclerosis Society.
James Joseph Petsche was born on June 12, 1949 and passed away peacefully after battling multiple sclerosis for more than 25 years. Jim was born to Elnora (Sesler) and Henry Petsche at the Tilden Hospital. He grew up on the farm near Raeville, NE. Jim attended grade school at St. John Berchmans at Raeville through the 8th grade and graduated from Petersburg High School in 1967. Jim then attended UNL and Norfolk Junior College. On April 25, 1970, Jim married Karen Irish in Norfolk, NE. Shortly after marriage they moved to Neligh where they spent their married life. Jim worked for Kluthe Flying Service as a spray pilot and then at Blackburn Manufacturing for 25 years. He retired due to health reasons and spent the remainder of his life enjoying family, grandchildren, Nascar, Husker Football/Volleyball, and watching his special companions, Mr. Mittens and Jonah.
Jim and Karen were blessed with 4 children: Melissa and Darrin Kiger of Fremont, NE; Jay and Denise Petsche of Lonsdale, MN; Jenna Petsche of Omaha, NE; 3 grandchildren, Emma Kiger and Dylan and Kaitlyn Petsche. Also, survived by a sister, Kathleen Gray of Omaha, NE, Brothers, Bill Petsche and Joyce Cameron of Neligh, NE, Ron and Lori Petsche of Norfolk, NE, and Mark Petsche of North Branch, MN. Along with, several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Dean Irish; mother-in-law, Irol Hoffman; infant son, Trevan James. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
Francis E. “Jake” Schuster and Claudia R. (Cahoy) Schuster
Claudia, born Aug. 27, 1942 to parents George and Louise Cahoy of Elgin, passed away Dec. 24, 2013, after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Francis “Jake” born Feb 28, 1940 to parents William and Gertrude Schuster of Oakdale, passed away Feb. 2, 2014, due to complication of lung failure from pneumonia and nine year stoke survivor.
Jake and Claudia were married May 29, 1961 at St. Boniface Catholic church in Elgin. Francis joined the Air Force in 1960 and retired after almost 27 years of service.
Claudia, a committed housewife and mother, worked over 20 years for South San Antonio School District as a Librarian Assistant.
Jake and Claudia are survived by their three sons. Michael Schuster and Carol Brown of San Antonio, TX; Jeff and Mitzi Schuster of Boerne, TX; and Tim and Lorna Schuster of Milton Freewater, Oregon. Other survivors include, (Claudia) Lonnie and Frank Heiderman of Carson City, NV; Mary Ann Cahoy and Don George of Columbus, NE; (Francis) Betty Salber of Elgin NE., Duane and Lorna Schuster of Norfolk, NE and Joe and Marlene Schuster of Omaha, NE; along with many nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, May 29, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Father Ross Burkhalter officiating, followed by committal ceremony and luncheon.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.
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.
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
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.