May 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1911 - 2011
Camilla Caroline Henkenius, daughter of August Henkenius and Anna Marie Bruening, was born Aug 5, 1911 and died in Neligh on May 5, 2011 at the age of 99 years and 9 months.
She was born on a small farm on the Cedar Creek, southeast of Elgin. She soon was called Ervilla though she has no recollection of when or why. Life was different early in the last century. They were isolated farm people with no close neighbors. August farmed and hunted rabbit, squirrel, pheasant and duck. Ervilla and her siblings climbed trees and played in the fields.
The children went to the Horn Country School near their home some years but travelled the 5 miles to St. Boniface other years. When they went to St. Boniface, they boarded at the school dormitory all week and just went home on the weekends. Her formal education ended with the 8th grade; however, Ervilla went on to get a GED certificate in later years.
Ervilla moved to Albion where she worked for Dr McCready. She stayed at the doctor’s home and worked at his office and the hospital. When she returned she met a tall and handsome Bernard T. Selting.
They were married at St. Bonaventure church in Raeville, Nebraska on Sept. 18, 1934 and farmed near there. Ervilla played the piano and Ben played the guitar and accordion in a local 5-piece band for house dances, barn dances and Raeville hall dances. Ervilla continued to play the piano throughout her life.
In 1942, they moved to Hillsboro, Oregon and, in 1945, to Boulder, Colorado. In 1947, they moved back to Elgin and built a garage where the family of 7 lived for 2 years while Ben built a home. Ben started a construction company and, in 1955, went back to farming full time.
Ervilla was busy doing the things that farmwomen did in those days. She raised vegetables and canned them for use throughout the year and baked bread almost daily. She made sauerkraut and even made lye soap in the basement. She was also an avid quilter, making over 150 quilts.
Ervilla still made time for church and friends and was an important and popular part of her community. She was a founding member of the Woman’s Club and held every office over the years including president. She was also a member of Hobby Club, Renew Group, St. Boniface Altar Society, and a Board member of the National Council of Catholic Women as well as a Girl Scout Council member. Ervilla and Ben traveled extensively from Spain to Hong Kong and from Alaska to Acapulco until Ben’s death in 1983.
Ervilla is survived by five children; Donald (Nancy) Selting of Elgin and their children Leigh (Marsha), Lynn (Amy), Gene (Angie), Jamie (Dixie), Joseph (Tina); Arlyn (Jan) Selting of Bozeman and their children Ann (David Sosa), Rachel (Todd) Armstrong, and Amy (Ted) Williams; Karen Haley of Milwaukee, WI and children Timothy (Jan), Michael (Brooke), Patrick (Mandy),Christina (Scott) Hewitt, and Jennifer Haley; Wayne (Renee) Selting of Colorado Springs, CO and children Kim (Brian) Null, Terri (Marc) David, Molly, and Caroline; Bernard (Mary) Selting of Anacortes, WA and children Elise (Nick) Lentini, Stephen, Ben, and Kate. She is also survived by 39 Great-Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Wilfred and Melvern Henkenius, and two sisters Querina Landauer and Violet Buelt.
Services were held Monday, May 9 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with burial in the parish cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lynn Selting, Gene Selting, Anne Selting, Rachel Armstrong, Timothy Haley and Michael Haley. Honorary Pallbearers were Jamie Selting, Joseph Selting and Patrick Haley.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.huffmanlevander.com.
April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Raymond H. Josten
1924 - 2011
Raymond H. Josten, age 87 of Sidney, NE passed away Tuesday evening, April 19, 2011 at the Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney.
Ray, the son of Joe and Anna (Penne) Josten was born on January 25, 1924 at Elgin, NE.
Ray along with four brothers and two sisters was raised on the family farm, attended and graduated from St. Boniface School at Elgin in 1942. In July 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the Destroyer USS Zellers as a signalman in the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres. Following his discharge in July 1946 Ray attended the Grand Island Business College. On October 11, 1948 he was united in marriage to Darlene Ridder and are the parents of four children: David, Nancy and twins Dean and Diane.
Ray spent his entire lifetime connected to the lumber and building business. He was employed as assistant manager to the Elgin Lumber Co. and Albion Elevator & Lumber Co. In September of 1953, he moved with his family to Sidney when he joined Neil D. Hughes and purchased the former Moore Lumber Co. at 15th and Quince Streets. He and Neil operated the Hughes-Josten Lumber Co. at that location until 1960 when the business was purchased by Foster Lumber Co. At this time, he and wife Darlene formed the Josten Construction Co and operated this business until 1982. Ray and Darlene have resided at their present home at 1714 15th Avenue since 1958.
Ray was an avid golfer, loved boating, fishing, hunting and playing cards. He and Darlene have been loyal followers of their children and grandchildren in sports. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, served on the original St. Pat’s School Board during the construction of the St. Pat’s High School, and served on the building committee during the construction of the present St. Patrick’s Parish Center. Ray is a Past Commander of the American Legion in Elgin, Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus of Sidney and 4th Degree Member. He was a life-member of the Knights of Columbus, V.F.W. as well as the Sidney Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife: Darlene of Sidney; sons: David (Lisa) and family of North Platte, NE and Dean (Rhonda) and family of Omaha; daughters: Nancy O’Connell (John) and family of Sidney and Diane Watson and family of Lincoln; (10) grandchildren; (4) great-grandchildren; (1) brother: Clarence and wife Clem of Powell Butte, OR; (2) sisters-in-law: Berniece Josten of McCook and Mary Ann Olson of Sidney and many extended family members and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, (3) brothers: Lawrence and wife Betty, Sylvester and Alfred; (1) brother-in-law: Harold Olson; (4) brothers-in-law: Frank, Joe, Herman and Lawrence “Pete” Ridder and (3) sisters-in-law: Cathrine, Bernadine and Cecilia.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 23, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Art Faesser officiating.
Military Graveside Honors were conducted at Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Memorial Health Center Hospice.
April 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1954 - 2011
Jacqueline Ruth Boettner-Hughes daughter of Marlene Busteed Brown and Ronald Pape was born October 28, 1954 in Monterey Park, California and died on March 26, 2011 at the age of 55 at Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside, California after a lengthly illness.
She was the granddaughter of Ruth and Harold Busteed and Hilda and Greg Pape.
Survivors include her husband, Steve, mother, Marlene, two sons Brandon and Ryan, one granddaughter, Zoe, two brothers Randy and Scott and one sister, Chris Ann.
She was preceded in death by Ron Pape and Ron Bilderback and her grandparents.
April 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Hugo V. Werner
1914 - 2011
Hugo Valentine Werner, son of John and Clara (Reicks) Werner, was born February 14, 1914 at Raeville, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE and attended St. John Berchman School in Raeville.
On July 3, 1934, Hugo was united in marriage with Louise Velder. The couple made their home by Elgin, NE where he worked for a farmer and rancher along with farming ground that he rented.
During the years of drought, he traveled to the Clearwater area where he helped harvest the crops that survived.
In 1946, the couple moved to Petersburg, NE where Hugo had rented a farm. He eventually bought the farm and worked the ground until retiring from the farm at the age of 65 and later making their home in Petersburg.
The couple enjoyed traveling and spent their retirement years wintering in Texas. Hugo loved to fish; taking trips to Minnesota and Hawaii, along with fishing off the coast of Texas during the winters.
Hugo and Louise spent every summer enjoying the cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota with friends and family. On July 3, 2010, the couple celebrated 76 years of marriage.
Hugo was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and Holy Name. His faith was important to him and he enjoyed reading his prayer book. Hugo and Louise were instrumental in the development of the Petersburg Senior Center in Werner Hall.
Hugo is survived by his wife Louise (Velder) Werner of Petersburg, NE; Children: Della Edic of Norfolk, NE; John (Betty) Werner of Perham, MN; C.L. (Rachel) Werner of Montrose, CO; Carol (Cletus) Scholl of Columbus, NE; Lois (Jim) Bode of Petersburg, NE; LaVern Werner and special friend Miriam Barker of Petersburg, NE; daughter-in-law Marlene Werner of Springfield, NE; 32 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Jim; his parents John and Clara; 1 brother: Louis Werner; 4 sisters: Marie (Dozler)Hoffsten, Rosella Petsche, Martha Zamilatala and Charlotte Schaudel; 1 son-in-law: Carroll Edic.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday morning, April 12, 2011, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg.
Officiating were Fr. Stan Schmit and Msgr. Cyril Werner.
Interment was at St. Joyhn the Baptist Catholic Cemetery at Petersburg.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
March 31, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Marie J. Schrage
1920 - 2011
Marie J. Schrage, 90, of Elgin, NE passed away Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion.
Marie Josephine Schrage was born September 23, 1920, to Joseph and Catherine (Hoefer) Petsche in Raeville, NE. She was bap-tized at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville and attended the St. Bonaventure School. Marie was the sixth of 10 children.
She married Robert N. Schrage on June 23, 1943, in Raeville. They farmed east of Elgin for many years and retired to town in 2005. Marie was a member and one-time president of the St. Boniface Christian Mothers Society. She devoted many years of service to the church and received the 2006-2007 St. Boniface Outstanding Volunteer Award. Marie and Bob recently were recognized as the longest-married couple in the parish.
Marie had a passion for sewing, quilting, gardening, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Marie is survived by her husband Robert and seven children: Diane and Gary Kerkman of Raeville; Pamela and Charles Meis of Albion; Gary and Janice (Vanourney) Schrage of Sloan, IA; Paul and Jolene (Bennett) Schrage of Elgin; Jeanne and Steve Stokes of Petersburg, Jayne and Gary Arehart of Elgin; Dan and Deanne (Veik) Schrage of Neligh; sisters-in-law Margaret Petsche of Petersburg, Jerrene Petsche of Hillsboro, OR, and brother-in-law Ross Manganaro of Omaha; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine Petsche; five brothers: Henry (Elnora), Leander (Rose), Harold, Florian, and Sal Petsche; four sisters: Wilma (Ed) Dinslage, Irene (Pete) Ridder, Dolores (Walt) Parr, Alice Manganaro; several nieces and a nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.