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Margaret A. Schrage

October 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Margaret A. Schrage

1914 - 2011

Margaret Ann Pelster Schrage, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Uphoff) Pelster, was born January 23, 1914 at Raeville, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville and received her education from St. John Berchman School in Raeville, graduating with the first four-year class in 1932.

She went to California in 1934 where she worked as a nanny and also in a walnut factory. In 1938, she married Hubert Schrage. They lived in California for a short time before returning to the Elgin community to farm. Later, they moved to Idaho for a few years before returning to their farm near Elgin in 1951.  They continued to live on the farm until retirement when they moved to town. Hubert passed away in 1987 and Margaret continued living in her home until entering the Golden Living Center in May 2010.

Margaret was a firm supporter of Pope John High School and St. Boniface Schools, receiving the Roncalli Award in 2003 for making a significant contribution to the long term advancement of the school.  She was a member of the St. Boniface Alter Society and a lifetime member of the Elgin Garden Club. Margaret and Hubert loved to square dance and both enjoyed all of their nieces and nephews.

Margaret A. Schrage, 97, formerly of Elgin, NE, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, with her nieces Carol Busteed and Sue Seier at her bedside.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers: Cyril Pelster; Joseph Pelster and wife Delores; two sisters: Marie Moser and husband Leonard; Florentine Vanderheiden and husband Burt; and a brother-in-law Leonard Meis.

Margaret is survived by her sisters: Sally Meis of Petersburg; Ann (Vic) Borer of Albion; sister-in-law: Viola Pelster of Elgin; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

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

Alphonse ‘Al’ Bernard Reicks, Jr.

October 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Alphonse “Al” Bernard Reicks, Jr.

1931 - 2011

Alphonse Bernard Reicks, son of Alphons and Elizabeth (Schmitz) Reicks, was born October 27, 1931 at Petersburg, NE. He was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Catholic Church in Petersburg. He attended school at St. John’s until the tenth grade. In January of 1949 he entered the Army and served until he was honorably discharged in August of 1949. He then helped his father with the farming.

On May 23, 1951 Al was united in marriage to Helen Arends at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg and to this union 6 children were born.

In the 1950’s Al custom bailed hay locally, worked in Uranium mines in Colorado in 1954, and then worked as a carpenter in Omaha. Eventually he and his family returned to Petersburg where he managed the Legion Club and worked in the bar. In 1958 he and Helen bought and operated the Petersburg Lockers and in 1975 incorporated the business with their two sons Chuck and Dennis. Al & Helen retired after 40 years at the locker. Following retirement, Al spent several weeks in Kiev, Russia working with SCORE, donating his time and knowledge in the meat industry there.

Al’s community service included serving on Pope John and St. John’s Catholic School boards, Petersburg Fire Department and EMT for 30 some years, Petersburg Community Club, Petersburg Economic Development Corporation, and Petersburg Village Board in which he was mayor for 38 years before retiring. While he was mayor, he was a strong supporter of NCIP Organization. He also served on the Boone County Hospital Board, Northeast Nebraska Economic Development Board, American Meat Processors Board and Nebraska Association of Meat Processors Board and the KN Energy Board.

Al was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and of St. John’s Parish. His passion in life was doing whatever had to be done, reading, playing Poker and camping. Al was a busy man over the years but he loved every minute of it.

Alphonse “Al” B. Reicks, 79, passed away Friday, October 7, 2011 at Cloverlodge Care Center in St. Edward, NE.

He is survived by his wife Helen of Petersburg, 3 sons: John (Nelda) Reicks of Naperville, IL; Dennis of Juniata; and Monty (Teri) Reicks of Petersburg; 10 grandchildren: Shawn Ragan, Jaimie Skinner, Melissa Reicks, Leslah Casper, Shannon Tupe, Kimberly Reicks, Dennis “Buddy” Reicks, Courtney Burbach, Brandon Reicks and Jay Reicks; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Jerome (Barbara) Reicks of Sun City West, AZ; Duane (Dorothy) Reicks of Ft. Morgan, CO; one sister Eleanor (Vernon) Borer of Lincoln, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons: Charles Dean and Douglas Alan, one infant daughter Theresa Ann; one infant brother Donald.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, October 10, 2011 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg with Fr. Stan Schmit and Msgr. Ralph Steffensmeier officiating. Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery.

Levander Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.

Gerhard C. Langhorst

October 5, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Gerhard C. Langhorst

1927 - 2011

Gerhard C. Langhorst, 84, of Fremont, NE died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at the Fremont Area Medical Center at Fremont, NE.

He was born Aug. 29, 1927 at rural West Point, NE to Henry & Theresa(Kaup)Langhorst.  He grew up on a farm in the Snyder and Howells, NE area. He was a graduate of Howells High School. Gerhard farmed in the Snyder and Howells area.

He retired in 1993 and moved to Schuyler, NE. He came to Fremont in 2009.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Fremont and member of the Knights of Columbus.

Gerhard married Lavina Pieper on Nov. 15, 1949 at Tabor, NE. She survives.

Other survivors include sons, Jim & wife, Rita Langhorst of Jackson, NE, Gary & wife, Mary Langhorst of Fremont, Glenn & wife, Mary Langhorst of Wisner, NE and Kenny Langhorst & special friend, Dee of Omaha; daughter, Kathy Miller of Grand Island, NE; Brothers, Robert & wife, Myra Langhorst  and Norbert & wife, Shirley Langhorst all of Howells, NE and Larry & wife, Pat Langhorst of Liberty, MO; sister, Marlene & husband, Bob Reiter of Valencia, CA; sister-in-law, Mary Langhorst of Bellevue, NE; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Dave Langhorst.

Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Father David Belt officiated.

Rosary/Vigil Service was held Tuesday night, Oct. 4, at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont. Burial was Wednesday afternoon at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery at Howells, NE. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com

Marcella (Sally) Baumgartner Keith

September 22, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Marcella (Sally)

Baumgartner Keith

1931 - 2011

Marcella “Sally” Keith of Fannett, Texas died on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Texas. Funeral services and interment were held on Friday, Sept. 16 in Beaumont, Texas.

Sally Baumgartner was born on Dec. 28, 1931 in Elgin, NE., the daughter of Fred and Clara (Ackerman) Baumgartner.

She was united in marriage to Francis Keith on May 20, 1953.

Sally is survived by her husband, Francis, of Fannett; daughters Connie and Patricia Ann; sons James and Richard; and sisters Vera Jerzek of California and Mrs. Mary Ann Fries of Missouri City, TX.

Marjorie Beeson

September 7, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Marjorie M.J. Beeson

1919 - 2011

Marjorie Mary Josephine Sprout, daughter of George M. and Jennie (Pojar) Sprout, was born September 30, 1919 on the family farm southwest of Elgin, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at Park Congregational Church west of Elgin, attended Park Center School K-10 and graduated from Elgin High School in 1937.

On March 3, 1945, Marjorie was united in marriage to Harold R. Beeson at Elgin, NE. The couple made their home southwest of Elgin, NE where Marjorie was a homemaker and helped her husband farm. In 1993, the couple moved into Elgin. Marjorie entered the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE in the Fall of 2009.

Marjorie was a member of Park Congregational UCC Church, American Legion Auxiliary of Elgin, NE, the ABC Extension Club, and was a 4-H Leader for many years.

Marjorie M. J. Beeson, 91, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Monday, September 5, 2011 at Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.

She is survived by one daughter: RaeJeanne Peterson of Neligh, NE; three grandsons: Jeff Lewis of Lincoln, NE; James Lewis of Madison, NE; Jon Peterson of Neligh, NE; one brother: George F. Sprout and wife Vida of Elgin, NE; two nieces: Chris Redding and husband Jim of Elgin, NE; Eileen Bode of Elgin, NE; along with other relatives and friends.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold in September 2010; one son: R. Bruce Beeson; one son-in-law: Lee Peterson.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Park Congregational UCC Church west of Elgin, NE, with Rev. Janet Davis officiating. Burial follow in the Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE.

Condolences may be sent to www.huffmanlevander.com.

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