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Harold A. Anderson

December 16, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Harold A. Anderson

1934 - 2010

Harold A. Anderson  “Andy” or “Bud” of Bellevue was born on October 4, 1934 and passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2010.

He worked at Vickers Hydralics for 13 years and owned a shoe repair shop in Bellevue.

During his time in Elgin he assumed ownership of Harold’s Shoe Service when his father retired. Anderson was a member of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department and the Elgin Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors are wife, Joyce; children, Lisa & husband Steve Roers, Sioux Falls, SD LCDR (Ret.) Tim & wife Ruth Anderson, Jacksonville, FL; Mary Schroeter, Littleton, CO; Lt Col Steve & wife Brandy Anderson, Ft. Mead, MA; Brother, Jack Anderson, New Orleans, LA; sisters, LeeAnn & husband Don Skillstad, Elgin, NE; Sally & husband Ron Schindler, Omaha; 9 grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 15 (today) from 5-7 p.m. with Vigil service at 7 p.m. at Bellevue Memorial Chapel in Bellevue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 17, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Martin Beckman and Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin, NE. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin. Visitation will resume Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be directed to Sienna Francis House or your favorite charity.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com

Dorothy M. Heithoff

December 10, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Dorothy M. Heithoff

1939 - 2010

Dorothy was born during the Great Depression, on April 9, 1939 to Henry and Elizabeth Vahle. She was born prematurely at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Norfolk on Easter Sunday. She weighed only 2 pounds, 10 ounces and an incubator had to be flown in from Chicago to take care of her.

She grew up in Pilger, NE and attended Country School District 16 and graduated from Pilger High School in 1957. There were 19 students in her graduating class. Her favorite subjects were Speech and English. After high school, she went to Estes Park, CO to work for the summer. She attended one year of college at Norfolk Business School and then worked as a telephone operator.

At the age of 19, she met her future husband, Mel Heithoff, at Kings Ballroom in Norfolk. They courted for 3 years before getting married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wisner, Nebraska on Nov 11, 1961. Mel and Dorothy were scheduled to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on 11/11/11. Except for the first few months of their marriage, they have lived at their current farm 2 miles east of Elgin for the last 48 years.

For many years she taught the 2nd grade CCD class at St. Boniface getting many a child ready for their First Communion. She was a member of the Elgin Legion Auxiliary, National Veteran’s Foundation and belonged to the Christian Mothers at St. Boniface. For ten years, she worked as a care giver for Nebraska Health & Human Services. She loved her Red Hatters Club, attending grandchildren’s activities, playing cards and dancing. Dorothy always saw the good in all people and carried the endearing qualities of innocence and sincerity.

Dorothy M. Heithoff, 71, passed away at her home on Saturday morning, November 27, 2010.

Survivors include husband Mel Heithoff of Elgin; children Amy Heithoff-Dominguez and husband Andres and their children Sophia and Cayo, of Parkville, MO; Keith Heithoff and wife Lynne and their children Samantha, Beau and Lexie of Elgin; Mark Heithoff and wife Leigh and their children Shelby, Sydney and Riley of Raymond, NE; Beth Schulte and husband Al, and their children Lauren and Ryan of Wentzville, MO; JoAnn Heithoff of Kansas City, MO; and brother William Vahle of Omaha, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels and Concerned Care (the organization that provides care for JoAnn).

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November, 30, 2010, at St. Boniface Catholic Church inh Elgin with Rev. Ross Buckhalter officiating. Burial was at St. Boniface Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Claude S. Schrage

December 10, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Claude S. Schrage

1917 - 2010

Claude Steven Schrage was born on September 26, 1917 to Ferdinand and Anna (Klein) Schrage at Raeville, NE. He was the oldest of 9 children. He attended St. Bonaventure School in Raeville. On June 16, 1941 he married Josephine Thiele at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater. They made their home on a farm south of Clearwater. In 1954 he had one of the first irrigation systems in the area. Claude retired from farming in 1977.

After his retirement he went to work for Middleton Construction in Clearwater building homes. Claude was an Antelope County Supervisor and served on the Clearwater School Board. His wife Josephine passed away in 1999. He was a CCD coordinator and taught CCD and sang in the choir.

On February 24, 2001he married Vivian Watson at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Claude had many hobbies that he enjoyed such as woodworking, farming, flower gardening, and gardening. He enjoyed his grand and great grandkids, reading books, bowling, and traveling.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church since 1942; he was currently the oldest parishioner there.

Claude passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at his home.

He is survived by his wife Vivian and his children: Jeanette and husband Arlyn Selting of Bozeman, MT, Cyril and wife Jennie Schrage of Clearwater, NE, Larry and wife Sheri Schrage of Gretna, NE, Jim Schrage of Orchard, NE, and Roger Schrage, of Cheyenne, WY. Brothers and Sisters: Robert and wife Marie Schrage of Elgin, NE, Flora Hoefer of Columbus, NE, Bernette and husband Jim Raemakers of Bayard, IA, Jerome Schrage of Omaha, NE, Ferd and wife Ramona Schrage of Petersburg, NE., Sister-in-laws: Janice Schrage of Elgin, NE, and Sally. Step Brother and Sisters: Julia Powell of Mesa, AZ and Glenn and wife Maxine Worley of Tilden, NE. Grandchildren: Anne Selting, Rachel Armstrong, Amy Williams, Regina Krebs, Coleen Schrage, Anita Schrage, Kevin Schrage, Christopher Schrage, Michelle Schrage, Nicholas Schrage, Kara Schrage, Lisa Walters, Mike Schrage, Courtney Shields, and Sam Schrage. Step grandchildren Scott Leatherwood and Stacie Leatherwood. 16+ great-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren, as well as many relatives, family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Josephine; Son, Steven; brothers, Raymond, Walter Schrage. Sister, Rita. Brother-in-law, Quintin Hoefer; Sister-in-law, Patricia Schrage; Step daughter, Loretta Leatherwood; Step brother-in-law Johnny, Ernest, Albert Worley. Step sister-in-law Maxine Dow.

Funeral Services for Claude S. Schrage age 93, of Clearwater were held Monday, December 6, 2010, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater with Father James Kramper, officiating.

Visitation was Sunday, December 5, 2010 with a wake service at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater.

Music was provided by Rita Kester, Organist and St. Theresa’s Church Choir. Burial was in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Schrage, Christopher Schrage, Michael Schrage, Nicholas Schrage, Lisa Walters, Anita Schrage, Amy Williams, and Rachel Armstrong. Honorary Pallbearers were Kara Schrage, Regina Krebs, Coleen Schrage, Anne Selting, Courtney Shields, Sam Schrage, and Michelle Schrage.

Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorial.com

Donald W. Nyrop

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donald W. Nyrop

1912 - 2010

Donald William Nyrop, age 98, of Edina, MN died Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at his home.

His lifelong career in the airline industry, beginning in Washington D.C. as a federal regulator of the nascent commercial airline industry and concluding with a quarter-century at the helm of Northwest Airlines, define his legacy.

Born in Elgin, Nebraska, on April 1, 1912, he graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska in 1934 and subsequently graduated from George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. while working as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office. Admitted to the bar in 1938, he joined the newly formed Civil Aeronautics Authority (the precursor to the Federal Aviation Authority), where he honed his focus on route proceedings and airline safety. During World War II, he served as executive operations officer in the U.S. Army’s Air Transport Command, returning to civilian life in 1946 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Prior to joining Northwest Airlines in 1954, he held the highest civilian aviation posts in the U.S. government, as Civil Aeronautics administrator and Civil Aeronautics Board chairman. Under his leadership, Northwest Airlines transformed from a failing mail carrier to a financially successful international airline, profitable in every year of his tenure. Safety considerations drove decision making and programs at Northwest, including advanced piloting techniques and training, state-of-the-art meteorological research, and equipment standardization. Northwest had one of the best safety records in the industry.

In the late 1960’s and the 1970’s, Northwest bought or sold an airplane , on average, every 26 days, maintaining a modern fleet, while enhancing profits for the company and its shareholders. When he retired in 1978, Northwest Airlines was debt free. He served on many Boards of Directors, including First Bank System, Inc.; Northwestern Bell Telephone Company; Gould, Inc.; The Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co.; Honeywell, Inc.; Stetson Hat Company; and as a Trustee of Doane College, Crete, NE. In his lifetime, he was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, and received the Tony Jannus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Aviation. He was a long time member of the Minikahda Club, the Minneapolis Club and the former Minnesota Club.

Noted for his rich story-telling, he was fortunate to share his retirement with many friends, neighbors and Northwest employees, attending regular reunions, dinners and events. He had an avid interest in history and politics, traveled throughout the western US, and enjoyed fishing in Alaska. Married to Grace Cary Nyrop for over 50 years, together they were dedicated to their family and unfailingly supportive of all their children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Cary Nyrop, and his son, William Donald Nyrop. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Nyrop Scherer, her husband, Richard Scherer and their children, Matthew and Cary; daughters of William Nyrop and daughter-in-law, Mandy Love, Jessica Nyrop Rolin and Hannah Nyrop; daughter, Kathryn Nyrop and her husband, Stephen Koch and their children Nicholas and Charles; daughter, Karen Nyrop, her husband, Larry Israelson and their children, Paige and Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on January 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN.

Memorials preferred to Allina Hospice, 1055 Westgate Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55114 or the Edina Foundation - Bill Nyrop Scholarship Fund, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436.

Wanda Lorenzen

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Wanda Lorenzen

1918 - 2010

Wanda E. Lorenzen, 92, formerly of Neligh, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Wanda Eloise Lorenzen was born Oct. 25, 1918, at the family home in rural Neligh and passed away at 2:15 p.m., Nov. 18, 2010, at the Ridgewood Rehabilitation Center in Seward, NE.  She was 92 years old.

Wanda was baptized into her Lord on Dec.3, 1930 at the Church of Christ in Norfolk, NE.  She was the second of four daughters born to Carsten and Ethel (Bickford) Lorenzen who farmed east of Neligh all their life and where Wanda made her home for many years.  Wanda taught country school and later in life was a volunteer at the Antelope County Museum and the Neligh Mills Historical Foundation.

Her parents and oldest sister, Lois B. Donner of Elgin, preceded Wanda in death. Sisters H. Bernadine Smith of York, NE, and Norma M. Walther of Denver, CO, several cousins and a large number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends survive her. Wanda was greatly loved by her family and was a very special person in our midst.

A memorial service was held at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Antelope County Museum or the Neligh Mills.

Beyer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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