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Herman Ridder

September 22, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Herman L. Ridder

1920 - 2010 

Herman L. Ridder, son of Herman and Helen (Drueke) Ridder was born August 15, 1920 on the family farm three miles east of Elgin, NE where he grew up with his eight siblings. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church, attended country school until 1930 when he became a student at St. Boniface School and graduated in 1939.

On June 14, 1944, Herman was united in marriage to Henrietta Eischeid at St. Boniface Church. The couple made their home in Elgin, NE where they raised their four children: Rick, Jeanne, Joan and Jan. Herman worked, and later managed, Elgin Lumber and Grain for 45 years. On November 30, 1996, he married Ruth (Roberts) Gries. The couple continued to live in Elgin, NE until due to health reasons they entered The Willows in Neligh, NE in January 2006. In March 2006, Herman entered the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion and Ruth entered a Lincoln care center.

He was a great community supporter and a member of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Antelope County Weed Board, and the Antelope Country Club Board. A member of St. Boniface Parish his entire life, he was active in the Parish Council, Finance Committee, Trustee, counted and recorded Sunday offerings for 10 years, School Board and Knights of Columbus.

Herman enjoyed card club, his family, community and parish activities. He was a league bowler for many years and loved to golf. He loved going for drives, loved people, especially children, and they loved him back.

Ridder, 90, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.

Herman is survived his son Rick Ridder and wife Cheryl of Hixson, TN; two daughters: Jeanne Knievel and husband John of Elgin, NE; Jan Leehy and husband Bill of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren: Nolan Walker; Alex and Zach Ridder; Michael, Carrie and Jeff Knievel; Garin and Dana Leehy; six great-grandchildren: Ava, Grace and Nora Knievel; Cecilia Wiedel; Oscar and Jesse Knievel; two sisters: Mary Ann Olsen and Darlene Josten; two step children: Jim Gries and Myla Anderson and their families; along with many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives: Henrietta in 1993 and Ruth in 2010; daughter Joni in 1979; three brothers: Joe, Frank and Lawrence Ridder; three sisters: Catherine Arends, Bernadine Fitzwater, and Cecelia Scheyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, September 20, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter celebrating, Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Frank J. Hecht

September 22, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Frank J. Hecht 

1925 - 2010 

Funeral services for Frank J. Hecht of Tilden will be held Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Tilden. Reverend John Bro-heimer will officiate with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 7603 and American Legion Post 170 of Tilden. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 4 to 6 P.M. at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home and a 7 P.M. wake service at the church. 

Frank J. Hecht, son of Albert J. and Caroline (Rotter) Hecht, was born on February 22, 1925 in Tilden, Nebraska on the farm. He attended Bunker Hill School and graduated from Tilden High School Class of 1942 and then attended Wayne State College. 

He married Nancy Forge of Omaha on June 25, 1960 at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church in Omaha. 

To this union eight children were born: Lisa, Mark, Paul, Anne, Emily, John, Sarah and Kathleen. 

The couple lived on the farm southwest of Tilden, where Frank farmed. Frank was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Tilden. His hobbies included home building, carpentry and building scaled replicas of antique machinery for show. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He loved antique cars, animals and spending time with his family. 

Frank died on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at the age of 85, at Tilden Community Hospital. 

He is survived by the mother of his children, Nancy Hecht of Norfolk, NE; seven children and their families, Lisa (Paul) Mettler, Tara and Katie of Champaign, IL, Mark (Mary) Hecht, Ashley and Tristan of Tilden, NE, Paul (Stephanie) Hecht, Tucker of Tilden, NE, Anne (Jim) Meis, Justine, Jonathon and Marie of Elgin, Emily (Merle) Borer, Olivia and Jackson of Elgin, NE, John (Stacy) Hecht, Makinley and Isabella of Gretna, NE, Kathy (Scott) Margheim of Columbus, NE; and sister, Agnes Renner of Battle Creek, NE. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter in infancy; sister, Marion Wisch; and one brother in infancy.

Mary Jane Overton

September 16, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Mary Jane Overton

1945 - 2010 

Mary Jane Henn, daughter of Sylvester and Ada (Stokes) Henn was born March  20, 1945 on the family farm near Elgin, Nebraska. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin. She attended St. Boniface Elementary School, graduated from St. Boniface High School with the class of 1963 and later attended trade school in Minnesota before returning to Nebraska and marrying Ralph Overton. She lived throughout the Midwest, spending time in Nebraska, Montana, New  Mexico, Missouri and North Dakota. She finally settled in Dickinson, North Dakota where she has lived for the last  20 years. Mary Jane’s hobbies included crafts, playing cards, reading, gardening, and crocheting. The greatest joy in her life was her grandchildren and she enjoyed every moment spent with them.

Mary Jane Overton passed away Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Triumph Hospital in Mandan, ND.  

Mary Jane is survived by her 5 brothers: Floyd (Marlene) Henn, Roger (Joan) Henn, Dean (Mary Jane) Henn, Dan (Readean) Henn, Terry (Jan) Henn, all of Nebraska; 1 sister: Lois (Robert) Camp of South Dakota; 2 sons: Trent Overton of St. Louis, MO; Nolan (LaCota) Overton of Dickinson, ND; and 1 daughter: Nicole Overton of Dickinson, ND; and her 8 grandchildren: Jacob, Zachary, Jennifer, Kelton, Vanessa, KaDynse, Dante, EvaRyst; Also calling her grandma are Finny, Connor and MyKa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Ada Henn,  her sister, Delores Henn,  sister-in-law Marjorie Henn and niece Cindy Bohaboj.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

George Harsin

September 16, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

George H. Harsin

1921 - 2010

George Harvey Harsin, son of William and Effie (Roberts) Harsin was born July 12, 1921 in Spalding, NE. He attended school at a rural Wheeler County School.

George was united in marriage to Ann Schmeits in June 1945 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE. The couple made their home near Spalding, NE where he farmed until 1956 when they moved to the Elgin, NE area. George worked for Gail and Theresa Doran on the farm and at the sale barn and later worked for the Elgin Lumber Company for a couple of years and for a local farmer until he retired. 

George enjoyed playing cards, dancing, site-seeing, fishing and hunting. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

George H. Harsin, 89 of Elgin, NE passed away on September 10, 2010 at his home. 

He is survived by special friend: Elma McLain; one son: Larry Harsin of Minden, NE; three daughters: Georgia Koenig and husband Bill of Omaha, NE; Mary Timblin and husband Virgil of Bee, NE; Patricia Boldt and husband Del of Upland, NE; one sister: Margery Cape of Lincoln, CA; 9 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ann, a brother Ray Harsin, and a sister Pearl Hawley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Chuch in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating and burial in the parish cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Elinor Hunter

September 16, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elinor Belle Hunter

1919 - 2010

Elinor Belle Hunter was born August 10, 1919 in Elgin, Nebraska to Walter and Ella Kinney.  She grew up in the Park Center community, attended Park Center School and graduated from Elgin Public High School.  She was a teacher in both Antelope and Wheeler counties.  

On May 31, 1940 she married Raymond B. Hunter.  They lived on a farm 9 miles west of Elgin until they moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1960.  

After moving to Arizona, she owned a children’s nursery and taught school.  Later Elinor attended Arizona State University and received her B.A. in Library Science and became a children’s librarian for the City of Phoenix, City of Tempe and also in public school until her retirement, when they moved to Cottonwood.  Elinor died August 27, 2010, in Cottonwood, Arizona at the age of 91. Along with her husband of 70 years, Raymond, Elinor is survived by her children, Judith K. Galas (Frank), Jon Hunter (Judy), James Hunter (Cheryl), Susan Wingard (Stan), and Steven Hunter (Sherril).  Grandchildren, David Galas (Bridget), Jonathan Galas, Tamera Galas Ward (James), Erika Wingard, Anna Hunter, Taylor Hunter, and Tanner Hunter.  Great grandchildren, Abigail Ward and Richie Ward.  Siblings, Dorothy Currie (Wayne), and Roland Kinney (Phyllis).

Donations in Elinor’s memory may be made to the Park Congregational UCC Church fund or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.  

Condolences may be mailed to: Raymond Hunter, 972 Chaparral, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326.  An online guest book is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com

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