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Marie J. Schrage

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.

Leander Hamling

March 24, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Leander J. Hamling

1937 - 2011

Leander J. “Lee” Hamling, age 74, of York, NE, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Lincoln, NE, following a very courageous six month battle with Leukemia.

He was born March 15, 1937 at Petersburg, NE to Edward and Clara (Spieker) Hamling.  Lee graduated from St. Boniface High School in Elgin, NE.

Following graduation he served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1959 and was married to Joyce Janning on September 8, 1959 at Elgin.  Lee attended Platte College where he received his associate’s degree in business management.  He worked for the Loup Power District and NPPD for a total of 35 years prior to his retirement.  Lee was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in York, the Knights of Columbus, and a former member of the Lions Club.  Lee had a lifelong love of deer hunting, camping, and fishing, but enjoyed traveling, coin collecting and tinkering in his “Doghouse” as well.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 51 years, Joyce of York; four sons, Dave (Lori) Hamling, and Dean (Sherry) Hamling of York, John Hamling of Kearney, NE, and Brian (Reneé) Hamling of Corpus Christi, TX; one daughter Nancy (Dave) Dickey of York.

Lee also leaves behind 12 grandchildren:  Ryan, Adam, Erik and Lexi Hamling, Laura Howard, Aaron and Emily Dickey, Savannah Hamling, Daniel, Mary, Nora and Joe Hamling;  two step-grandchildren, Justin Harcrow and Heather Davis; one great-grandson James Howard; and two step-great-grandchildren, Karson Harcrow and Everett Davis.

Lee is also survived by his mother, Clara Schmitz of York and step-father Bob Schmitz of Grand Island, NE; brother LeRoy Hamling of Forsyth, MO; one niece and one nephew.  Preceding him in death were his father Edward and infant daughter Joan Ellen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will was celebrated Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in York with the Reverend Monsignor James Reinert officiating.

Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, York. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to St. Joseph Catholic Church for the masses. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.metzmortuary.com. Metz Mortuary, York NE, is handling arrangements.

Stella Stokes

March 10, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Stella M. Stokes

1923 - 2011

Stella Marie Stokes was born May 23, 1923 to Ben and Mary (Hoefer) Luettel in Raeville, NE. She was baptized at St. Bon-aventure Church in Raeville and attended school at Rural District 16, northeast of Petersburg and St. John the Baptist School in Petersburg.

She married Harold C. Stokes on September 30, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg. They farmed west of Petersburg their whole life.

Stella was a member of St. John the Baptist Altar Society and was a 4-H Leader for many years. She was a cook for St. Johns School and volunteered for many years at St. Johns school and at the Senior Center. She was also a cancer survivor. She loved watching her growing family, gardening, sewing and quilting.

Stella M. Stokes, 87 of Petersburg, NE, passed away Friday, February 25, 2011 at her home.

Stella is survived by 3 children: Susan Brandenburg of Central City, NE; Charles Stokes of Lincoln, NE; Steven Stokes and wife Jeanne of Petersburg, NE; 9 grandchildren; 1 step- grandchild; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; 1 sister: Mary (Henry) Starman; 5 brothers: LaVern, Florian (Clarice), Flavian (Pat), Alvin, and Bernard Luettel; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold; her parents; 3 children: Harold Jr., James and Mary; son-in-law Douglas Brandenburg; grandson Ryan Brandenburg; 5 siblings: Emma Koch, Marcella Stokes; Clem Luettel, Greg Luettel and Lawrence Luettel; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg with Rev. Stan Schmit officiating.

Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.

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

Donna R. Toelle

March 10, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donna Rose Toelle, age 84, of Golden Colorado formerly of Fremont died Friday February 25, 2011 in Colorado

Donna was born September 19, 1926 in Neligh, Nebraska to Guy Richard and Effie (Rings) McCloud of Elgin, NE.  She had one sister, Wanda McCloud also of Elgin.

Donna was a graduate of Elgin High School.  Following her graduation she taught country school near Elgin for two years.

Donna continued her education at Norfolk Community College.  She met and married Joseph H. Toelle, Jr. there on May 21, 1950.  They were married 55 years.

Donna worked as a home-maker, raising her three children in Fremont, NE.  During this time she was a member of PTA, the YMCA, and Gals & Pals Extension Club.  She was also a member of Arbor Vitae Chapter 92 Order of Eastern Star.

Following the death of her husband, Donna relocated to Golden, CO where she lived until her death.

Survivors include one daughter, Karin Montague and her husband Pat Moore, of  Indian Hills, CO; two sons and their wives, Steve  and Gloria Toelle of North Platte; and, Rick and Jennifer Toelle of Omaha; one sister-in-law and her husband, Beverly and Delmar Eggers of Ewing; one niece, Patty Graber of Ewing; three grandsons, Joseph Toelle of Lincoln; and Sam and Nick Toelle both of Omaha, NE; and two step-granddaughters, Chero Everson of  Ft. Worth, Texas, and Savannah White of Kearney, NE;  four great grandchildren, Gracie, Ellie, Gabriel and Hayleigh Toelle of Lincoln, NE; and four step great grand-children, Jordan and Jason White of Kearney, NE, Zoe Whelan of Missouri; and, Jacob Everson of Omaha, NE.

The funeral will be Friday, March 11th, 11:00 am, at the Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont.   Visitation is Thursday, March 10th from 2pm until 8pm at the Ludvigsen Mortuary.  Memorials are suggested to the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.  The committal will follow in Ridge Cemetery, Fremont.

A memorial luncheon for Donna’s friends, neighbors and family will be held at The Gathering beginning at 1:00 pm, March 11th, 750 N. Clarmar Avenue, Fremont, NE.  Please RSVP before Tuesday, March 8th, at this telephone number:  402-861-0184.

Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com.

John A. Salber

March 10, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

John Alphonse Salber

1928 - 2011

John Salber, 82, of Forest Grove Oregon died on February 12, 2011 at his home. Services were held at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro.

John was born on June 23, 1928 in Petersburg to Charles and Margaret (Koenig) Salber. He attended and graduated from St. John’s school in 1946. John served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953. In 1956, John married Rosemary McCarty in Hartley, IA. They farmed and lived at Petersburg until 1961.

John is survived by his wife Rosemary and children Mary, Richard, Mike, Frank, Joan, Tim, Nancy, Cathy, Carol and their spouses and thirteen grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Monica Hoefler, Alice Brugman, Rita Schrage and Irene Schmeits, sister-in-law Pat Starman and relatives.

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