February 21, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1959 - 2013
Reta Faye (Bienhoff) Norton, wife of Elgin native and Elgin Public School graduate Brad Norton, passed away on Wednesday, February 6 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System in Omaha, NE. Norton, of Hastings, was 54 years old.
Memorial Services were held on Wednesday, February 13 at Butler Volland Chapel in Hastings with Bishop William Dendinger officiating. Burial with military rites by the Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hastings.
An Air Force Medic who retired as a Technical Sergeant, Reta married Brad Norton in 1981 in Hastings, NE. A recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal, Reta was also very active in the Hastings and State Elks Lodge, serving leadership roles. She received Officer and Volunteer of the Year awards at the state level for 2011-12. She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She is survived by her husband, Brad and sons Matthew and Michael (Delta) Norton all of Hastings; brothers Calvin and Lloyd of Texas; sister Valjean West of Pennsylvania; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be given to the Elks State Army of Hope c/o Lodge Secretary Hastings P.P.O. Elks Lodge #159, 3050 East South Street, Hastings, Nebraska 68901.
February 21, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Lawrence J. Pelster
1920 - 2013
Lawrence J. Pelster Sr., 92 of Petersburg, NE passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #334 of Petersburg.
Lawrence Pelster Sr. was born to Adolph and Sophie (VonBonn) Pelster on November 27, 1920 at Dalton, NE. They later moved to Elgin, NE where he attended rural schools and St. Boniface School. The family then moved to a farm near Raeville, NE where he was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
He entered the service in June 1942 and participated in the Northern France and Normandy Campaigns. He was wounded in November 1944 and spent six months in the hospital. He earned the purple heart and two bronze stars and was honorably discharged in June 1945.
On April 26, 1949, Lawrence was married to Reola Klein at ST. Bonaventure Church in Raeville by Father Vincent Pelster. They made their home on a farm east of Petersburg and he was engaged in farming. He was an auctioneer and seed corn dealer for many years.
He was a member of American Legion Post #334 of Petersburg, NE and a lifetime member of the DAV Chapter 8 of Norfolk, NE.
Lawrence is survived by his wife Reola of Petersburg; six children and spouses: Diane (Don) Blazek of Valparaiso; Judy (Cliff) Lindholm of Lincoln; Larry (Cathy) Pelster of Petersburg; Linda (Tim) Iburg of Columbus; Mary (Carl) Church of Clarks; Gary (Karla) Pelster of Columbus; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Don (Rose) Pelster and Delmer (Pauline) Pelster, all of Petersburg; one sister: Berneda (Bill) Leifeld of Petersburg; one sister-in-law: Evelyn Pelster of Elgin; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Melvin and Clarence Pelster; and one sister Celestine Vacha.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
February 14, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Delores K. Metz
1928 - 2013
Delores K. Metz 84, of Petersburg, NE, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Levander Funeral Home at Albion, followed by a 7 p.m. visitation at the church with wake services beginning at 8 p.m. Visitation will resume Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Delores Katherine Metz, the daughter of Bernard and Katherine (Turner) Tunink, was born August 12, 1928 at Elgin, Nebraska. She was baptized at St. Boniface Church in Elgin and confirmed at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville. Delores received her education at St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Raeville.
Delores was united in marriage to Alfred Metz. Sr. on September 14, 1948 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg. They farmed southwest of Petersburg until 1990 when they retired and moved to Aurora. In 2003 they returned to Petersburg.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Delores worked beside her husband on the farm. She also managed the Petersburg Legion Club for many years. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Altar Society. Besides the special love she shared with her family, she loved to bake and cook and devoted many hours to her crafts which she enjoyed so much.
Surviving Delores are her children: Kathleen (Dan) Morgan of Albion; Alfred Metz Jr. (Carol) of Cedar Rapids; Carol (Tony) Thieman and Ronald Metz, all of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Marie O’Brien of Belmont, CA; Cecelia Thiem of Albion; 3 sisters-in-law Hildegarde Henn of Albion; Joan Tunink of Odebolt, IA; and Monica Tunink of Guthrie Center, IA, along with numerous relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred, granddaughter Joey Metz; brothers: Bernard, John, Joseph, and Francis Tunink.
February 14, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1923 - 2013
Darlene E. Schindler, 89, of Elgin passed away peacefully, Friday, February 8, 2013 at her Elgin farm home with her children at her side.
Services were held Tuesday at St Boniface Catholic Church with the Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating and burial in the parish cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Elgin Public Library and the Elgin Fire & Rescue Dept.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
Darlene Elizabeth Heithoff, daughter of Ben and Margaret (Beckman) Heithoff was born April 21, 1923, on a farm east of Elgin. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church. She attended District 110 for 3 years and then attended elementary and HS at St. Boniface School, graduating in 1942. She then worked in Norfolk at the Montgomery Wards Clothing Store as Asst. Mgr. and later at Prenger’s Restaurant.
On April 26, 1944, Darlene was united in marriage to Max Schindler at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. They made their home on a farm southwest of Elgin and lived there for nearly 60 years. To this union, ten children were born. Max passed in January of 1992.
Darlene was a member of St. Boniface Alter Society and Domestic Arts Club.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers and cooking. She loved spending time with her family which involved all the holidays, Sunday dinners, playing cards, camping at the NE State Parks with her grandchildren and accompanying her children on many US trips through the years. She was a very devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by her children: Marilyn Sehi(Dave)of Clearwater, Noreen Miller(Neil) of Milw., Wisc., Glen Schindler(Louise) of Elgin, Lois Coyne(Jerry) of Omaha, Alice Holtz(Dan) of Nebraska City, Janie Score(Randy-deceased), Dale Schindler(Renee), Leroy Schindler(Kathy) all of Elgin, Steve Schindler(Deb) of Algona, Iowa and Annette Snodgrass(Tom) of Dallas, TX., 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, brother Mel Heithoff , sister-in-law Jenelda Dittrich along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Leroy, Ray Heithoff, husband Max, son-in-law Randy Score, sister-in-law Dorothy Heithoff.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Bill Sehi, Nathan Miller, Josh Schindler, Max Coyne, Jon Holtz, Jim Score, Corey Schindler, Travis Beel, Peyton Schindler and Tom Snodgrass.
February 7, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1929 - 2013
Leonard Harris Conner, 84, formerly of Grand Island died Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Waxahachie, Texas.
Memorial Service will be at 10:00 am Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island.
Leonard was born June 19, 1928 in Orchard, Nebraska to Roy E. and Lora K. (Harris) Conner.
Leonard grew up in the Elgin area and graduated from Elgin High School in 1946. He was the pole vaulter on the track team and a starter on the basketball team. He was also the projectionist at the movie theatre. He joined the Vern Wilson dance band and then formed the Leonard Conner and his music band. They played Elgin, Raeville, and through out Nebraska and Kansas. It was at a dance in Central City where he was playing that he met his wife, Anne.
Leonard and Anne were married May 26, 1947. They made Grand Island their home for 60 years. Anne passed away in 2012.
Leonard joined the First National Bank of Grand Island in 1948. He served as the Executive Vice President and was on the Board of Directors. He retired in 1987. Leonard served on the Grand Island City Council in the late 1970’s.
Leonard enjoyed trap shooting, golf, reading and traveling. He and Anne traveled extensively on vacations. They enjoyed many years of friendship with their “kool-aid-crowd” card group.