February 16, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
1949 - 2012
Funeral services for Roger Whitwer, age 62 of Tilden, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Tilden with Reverend Ross Burkhalter as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Tilden with military honors will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7603 and American Legion Post 170, both of Tilden.
Visitation will be Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Wake Service, all at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden.
Roger died Sunday, February 12, 2012, at his home.
Roger Ray Whitwer, son of Ralph and Irma (Brandstetter) Whitwer, was born July 20, 1949, at Tilden, Nebraska. He grew up in the Tilden community, and graduated from Tilden High School in 1967. Roger served his country in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970, and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his Honorable Discharge, Roger returned to the Tilden area, where he was an active cattle order buyer. Roger loved spending his time at the sale barns throughout northeast Nebraska, attending cattle auctions. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and American Legion Post 170, both of Tilden.
Roger is survived by his sisters, Jane (Dean) Bretschneider of Springview, Nebraska, and Judy (Dennis) Pelster of Burwell, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Irma Whitwer; and brothers, Ronn Whitwer and Ken Whitwer.
February 9, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Leo M. Eischeid
1914 - 2012
Leo M. Eischeid, 97 of Elgin, NE died peacefully Thursday, February 2, 2012 at his home.
He was born February 15, 1914 to Henry and Teresa (Friedman) Eischeid. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE and attended St. Boniface School through the eighth grade. After school and during the depression years, Leo farmed with his dad and brothers. In 1939, he began working for Victor Walls at the Neligh Hatchery and later managed Walls’ other hatchery in Clearwater, NE. In 1946, Leo purchased the Elgin Hatchery from Eldon Meyers. He installed a 52,000 capacity incubator and hatched chickens commercially for 28 years. He also sold Purina livestock feeds and vaccines, along with raising cattle and hogs on his farm. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elgin Chamber of Commerce.
On October 15, 1949, Leo married Josephine Zimmerer at Sacred Heart Church in Norfolk, NE. To this union three sons were born: Tom, John and George.
Leo passed away peacefully at his home on February 2, 2012 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He is survived by his wife Josephine of Elgin, NE; sons: Thomas and wife Orfilia of Elgin, NE; John of Omaha, NE; George and wife Audie of Dallas, TX; granddaughters: Tracey of Seward, NE and Carey of Elgin, NE; grandson Aiden of Dallas TX; sister: Regina (Ben) Koenig of Elgin, NE; his special caretaker Zoila Rodas; along with nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Teresa; brothers: Joseph and Edward; and sisters: Alma and Henrietta Ridder.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, February 7, at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE with Reverend Ross Burkhalter officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
February 2, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Randy Gardner, 49, of Pierce, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at his home following a three year battle with colon cancer.
He is survived by his wife Kim, daughter Megan & Peter Tuttle, son Travis & Sara Gardner and four granddaughters all of Pierce; his parents Delvin and Loneta (Lonnie) Gardner of Osmond; brother Rick & Bette Gardner of Osmond; sisters Ronda & Clark Nelson of Norfolk and Brenda & Neil Wattier of Osmond; and grandmother Edna Gardner of Imperial.
The Gardners were former Elgin residents. Randy and his siblings attended elementary school at Elgin Public Schools before the family moved to Osmond.
January 26, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Marvin S. Pelster
1938 - 2012
Marv Pelster, age 73 of Dalton, NE passed away Monday evening, January 16, 2012 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
Marvin Sylvester Pelster, the son of Leonard Lawrence and Cyrilla Catherine (Henn) Pelster was born on August 23, 1938 at Elgin, NE.
His family moved to the Dalton area in the early 1940’s where Marv attended school and graduated from Dalton High School. He moved to Idaho for a short time and worked in a local Arboretum.
Upon his return to Cheyenne County, Marv worked for the Egging Company.
On February 11, 1974, he began working for Wheat Belt Public Power, retiring as Assistant Engineer on June 11, 2001.
While in high school, Marv excelled in all sports. Marv has been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knight’s of Columbus, the Dalton Fire Department and the Sidney Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife: Char of Dalton; one daughter: Tracy Pelster of Dalton; two brothers: Nick Pelster and wife Joni of Walnut Creek, CA and Jim Pelster and wife Henrietta of Sidney; three sisters: Kathy Bartels and husband Bob of Sidney, Joyce Eckert and husband Tom of Bellevue, NE and Norie Hamilton and husband Bob of Thornton, CO; one brother-in-law: Jack Berg of Bridgeport, NE and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Marv was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Darlene.
Wake services were held at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 19, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 20.
Both services were in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dalton with Father Dave Rykwalder officiating. Burial followed in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marv’s name to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or to the local Night of Hope.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Services was in charge of Marv’s care and funeral arrangements.
January 20, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Irene Von Riesen
1916 - 2012
Irene Genevieve Von Riesen, 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2012 at Valley View Villa Care Center in Fort Morgan. She was born February 5, 1916 in Elgin, Nebraska to Christopher and Emma (Retzlaff) Schuchardt, growing up on the family farm with her seven older brothers. She learned to drive in her brother’s Ford Model T and her Father bought her a new 1929 Ford Model A to drive to High School. She graduated in 1933 in Elgin.
She married Clifford Von Riesen on September 10, 1937 in Elgin, Nebraska. They lived in Nebraska; Logan, Utah; and Denver, Colorado until finally settling in Fort Morgan in 1951. She worked at the First National Bank for almost 30 years, from 1955 until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, and crocheting, and was always working on a craft of some kind. Her faith was an important part of her life; she was a member of the Church of Christ in Fort Morgan.
Mrs. Von Riesen is survived by her son Gerald Von Riesen of Aurora; son-in-law Arthur Zwetzig of Fort Morgan, who gave of himself unselfishly for several years to care for her; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her seven brothers, Chester, Frank, Ralph, Raymond, Robert, Warren, and Wilbur; her husband Clifford in 1997; and her daughter Gloria (Von Riesen) Zwetzig in 2001.
No services will be held at the request of Mrs. Von Riesen. There will be a private family gathering for interment at Serenity Falls Columbarium in Fort Morgan. Memorials may be made to Mountain States Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1097, Longmont, C) 80502-9912 or online at www.msch.org/donate.html. Heer and Dahl Mortuaries and Crematory in Fort Morgan are in charge of arrangements.