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Leroy Fritz

June 10, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Leroy Bernard Fritz

1958 - 2011

Leroy Bernard Fritz, the son of Emil and Mildred (Kallhoff) Fritz, Jr., was born on December 23, 1958, in Neligh, Nebraska.

Leroy worked for American Electric in Omaha for many years. In 2003, he began working full-time as a cabinet and furniture maker, despite a long battle of cancer, he worked as much as he could.

On June 21, 1980, he married June E. Brennan in Omaha; they later divorced. In July 2003, he and the love of his life and best friend, Celeste Morris, committed to a life together.

Leroy was a member of the Shelby United Methodist Church in Shelby, Iowa.

He was an animal lover (he especially liked eagles) who enjoyed riding his Goldwing motorcycle, listening to country music and playing chess. He also like following the Nebraska Huskers and the Atlanta Braves.

Leroy died on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his home in Shelby, Iowa, having reached the age of 52 years, four months and 18 days.

He was preceded in death by his father and two infant brothers. He is survived by his love, Celeste Morris of Shelby, Iowa, one daughter Kelsey Fritz of Omaha, one son Brandon and wife Kathryn Ftiz of Seattle, Washington; his mother Mildred Fritz of Omaha; two sisters, Bette (Tim) Matza of Omaha, and Nancy Doyle (friend, Vern Pomerleau) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one brother, Larry Fritz of Omaha; one grandchild and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held May 14, 2011, at the Shelby United Methodist Church in Shelby, Iowa.

Memorials may go to the Jennie Edmondson Memorial Hospital Wings of Hope and the Myrtue Medical Center Hospice.

William J. Bergstrom

June 2, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

William J. Bergstrom

1953 - 2011

William J. “Bill” Bergstrom, 58 of Elgin, Nebraska, died at his home Saturday, May 28, 2011, following a battle with cancer.

William Joseph Bergstrom, son of Ivan S. & Joan F. (Keil) Bergstrom, was born April 15, 1953 at Neligh, NE.

He grew up in Elgin, attending Elgin Public Schools and graduating from Elgin High School with the class of 1971.

Bill attended Norfolk Technical College for a short time before returning to CVA.

Bill began working for Farmers Coop Exchange (currently CVA) while in high school and returned to the company after his short time at college.

He enjoyed the friends he worked with and the work he did for more than 40 years.

Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on his cars, and spending time on his computer.

Bill is survived by a brother Thomas Bergstrom and wife Mary of Norfolk, NE; nephew Tom Bergstrom Jr. and wife Julie of Omaha, NE; Niece Andrea Borgman and husband Reid of Kansas City, KS; two great-nephews: Jesse Bergstrom of Springview, NE and Mason Borgman of Kansas City, KS; and one great-niece: Ava Borgman of Kansas City, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held, followed by interment at West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Robert J. Thiele

June 2, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Robert J. Thiele

1950 - 2011

Robert James Thiele, son of Vincent and Marie (Pistulka) Thiele, was born February 12, 1950 in Tilden, NE. He began his education at District #131, a one-room school house near Clearwater, NE. He then attended St. Boniface High School in Elgin, NE and graduated with the class of 1969 from Pope John XXIII Cen-tral Catholic High School in Elgin. He continued his edu-cation at Milford Technical College in Architectural Drafting, and then worked 1½ years in construction before taking the assistant manager position at Millard Lumber.

On August 21, 1971, Robert was united in marriage to Nancy Marie Meis at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE.

The couple made their home in the Omaha area until 1974, when they moved from to their current home southwest of Elgin, NE. Robert began farming and continued the rest of his career.

Robert was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church since 1974 and was an active member of AA for 24 years. He was on the Pope John Development Committee for over 20 years; founding the “Grain for the Brain” program and was dedicated to selling raffle tickets. He was also a board member for the Farmers Coop Exchange and Pope John School Board. Robert was honored in 2010 to receive the Roncalli Award for his dedication and support to the Pope John Community.

Robert was a fair and just man. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren, Texas Hold-em, Bowling and Casino Blackjack.

Robert J. Thiele, 61 of Elgin, NE, passed away Friday, May 27, 2011 at his home southwest of Elgin, NE.

Bob is survived by his wife Nancy of 39 years; 4 children: Candice Rastrelli and husband Dr. Peter of Round Lake, IL; Amy Weber and husband Joel of Dorchester, NE; James Thiele and wife Kiley of Louisville, NE; Dr. Kevin Thiele and wife Sarah of Parkston, SD; 10 grandchildren; his father Vincent Thiele of Clearwater, NE; one sister: Kathryn Wells and husband Dennis of Beatrice, NE; one brother John Thiele and wife Patty of Clearwater, NE; mother-in-law: Sally Meis of Petersburg, NE; sister-in-law: Sam Murray of Phoenix, AZ; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marie Thiele; 3 brothers: Tommy, Joey and Pat Thiele; and father-in-law Leonard Meis.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.  Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Pope John Endowment Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Jerrene Bennett

May 19, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Jerrene Bennett

1924 - 2011

Jerrene Joyce Bennett, daughter of Dr. Paul M. and Juanita (Bartlett) Jillson, was born May 3, 1924 at Elgin, NE. She attended Elgin Public Schools, graduated from Elgin High School in 1942, and taught country school for a year, riding a horse to school. She then furthered her education at Midland College in Fremont and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 1946 as a Registered Nurse.

On March 23, 1947, Jerrene was united in marriage with Kenneth D. Bennett at the Presbyterian Church in Elgin, NE.

The couple lived in Pensacola, FL for five months until Kenneth was honorably discharged from the service. They returned to Nebraska and made there home in Elgin, NE. Jerrene worked as a registered nurse for 20 years in nursing homes in Neligh and Tilden.

Jerrene was an Admiral of the Nebraska Navy, a devoted volunteer at the Red Cross Blood Drives, an original and long-term member of the Elgin EMT’s, and worked for more than 10 years as the head nurse at the “Girls’ State” event. Jerrene was extremely involved in the republican party; both at the state and national levels. Jerrene enjoyed her work, her volunteerism, her family and playing Bridge.

Jerrene, age 87, passed away Monday, May 9, in Battle Creek, NE.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Bennett of Elgin, NE; two sons: Michael Bennett and his wife Peggy of Kennesaw, GA; William P. Bennett, Sr and wife JoAnne of Papillion, NE; six grandchildren: Michelle (Brian) Howley; Christopher Bennett; Courtney S. (Schyler) Fricke; William “Paul” Bennett Jr. and fiancé Allison Leapley; Whitney A. Bennett; Matthew H. Bennett; one great-granddaughter: Brooklyn Howley; and one brother: Dr. Dale Jillson of Elgin, NE.

Jerrene was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Ted, Paul and Gene Jillson.

An Order of Easter Star Service By BEULAH Chapter #40 of Norfolk was held at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin on Wednesday, May 11.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the Elgin United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Davis officiating.

Interment was at West Cedar Valley Cemetery.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Clara McGehee

May 19, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Clara McGehee

1918 - 2011

Clara Minnie Dinslage McGehee, 92, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2011 at the Cottages of Meridian in Meridian, Idaho.

Clara was born in Elgin, Nebraska on November 3, 1918 to John and Anna (Baumert) Dinslage.  She was baptized at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, Nebraska November. 4,1918 and confirmed Oct. 15, 1934.  She attended St. Boniface School through the 10th grade.

On May 30, 1941 she was united in marriage to George McGehee of Granite, Oklahoma in Huntington Beach, California.  They moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1963 and later to Nampa, Idaho where she volunteered at the Nampa Senior Citizen Center the past 25 years.

Clara is survived by one brother, Raymond Dinslage, of Elgin, Nebraska.  She was preceded in death by her husband George McGehee, four brothers John Jr., Frank, William, and Edward, and three sisters, Theresa (Ted) Kerkman, Julia (Gerald) Zegers, Henrietta (Gilbert) Zegers.   She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who loved her kind spirit and wonderful sense of humor.

Funeral services will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Canyon County, Nampa Idaho on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2 p.m.

The Dinslage family would like to give a special thank you to Clara and George’s niece, Jan Streng.  She had been a devoted niece who provided much care and love throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Clara’s name to:

Nampa Senior Center

207 Constitution Way

Nampa, ID  83686

Or to: St. Paul’s Catholic Church and School

1515 8th St. South

Nampa, ID  83651

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