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Claude S. Schrage

December 10, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Claude S. Schrage

1917 - 2010

Claude Steven Schrage was born on September 26, 1917 to Ferdinand and Anna (Klein) Schrage at Raeville, NE. He was the oldest of 9 children. He attended St. Bonaventure School in Raeville. On June 16, 1941 he married Josephine Thiele at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater. They made their home on a farm south of Clearwater. In 1954 he had one of the first irrigation systems in the area. Claude retired from farming in 1977.

After his retirement he went to work for Middleton Construction in Clearwater building homes. Claude was an Antelope County Supervisor and served on the Clearwater School Board. His wife Josephine passed away in 1999. He was a CCD coordinator and taught CCD and sang in the choir.

On February 24, 2001he married Vivian Watson at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Claude had many hobbies that he enjoyed such as woodworking, farming, flower gardening, and gardening. He enjoyed his grand and great grandkids, reading books, bowling, and traveling.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church since 1942; he was currently the oldest parishioner there.

Claude passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at his home.

He is survived by his wife Vivian and his children: Jeanette and husband Arlyn Selting of Bozeman, MT, Cyril and wife Jennie Schrage of Clearwater, NE, Larry and wife Sheri Schrage of Gretna, NE, Jim Schrage of Orchard, NE, and Roger Schrage, of Cheyenne, WY. Brothers and Sisters: Robert and wife Marie Schrage of Elgin, NE, Flora Hoefer of Columbus, NE, Bernette and husband Jim Raemakers of Bayard, IA, Jerome Schrage of Omaha, NE, Ferd and wife Ramona Schrage of Petersburg, NE., Sister-in-laws: Janice Schrage of Elgin, NE, and Sally. Step Brother and Sisters: Julia Powell of Mesa, AZ and Glenn and wife Maxine Worley of Tilden, NE. Grandchildren: Anne Selting, Rachel Armstrong, Amy Williams, Regina Krebs, Coleen Schrage, Anita Schrage, Kevin Schrage, Christopher Schrage, Michelle Schrage, Nicholas Schrage, Kara Schrage, Lisa Walters, Mike Schrage, Courtney Shields, and Sam Schrage. Step grandchildren Scott Leatherwood and Stacie Leatherwood. 16+ great-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren, as well as many relatives, family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Josephine; Son, Steven; brothers, Raymond, Walter Schrage. Sister, Rita. Brother-in-law, Quintin Hoefer; Sister-in-law, Patricia Schrage; Step daughter, Loretta Leatherwood; Step brother-in-law Johnny, Ernest, Albert Worley. Step sister-in-law Maxine Dow.

Funeral Services for Claude S. Schrage age 93, of Clearwater were held Monday, December 6, 2010, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater with Father James Kramper, officiating.

Visitation was Sunday, December 5, 2010 with a wake service at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater.

Music was provided by Rita Kester, Organist and St. Theresa’s Church Choir. Burial was in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Schrage, Christopher Schrage, Michael Schrage, Nicholas Schrage, Lisa Walters, Anita Schrage, Amy Williams, and Rachel Armstrong. Honorary Pallbearers were Kara Schrage, Regina Krebs, Coleen Schrage, Anne Selting, Courtney Shields, Sam Schrage, and Michelle Schrage.

Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorial.com

Donald W. Nyrop

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donald W. Nyrop

1912 - 2010

Donald William Nyrop, age 98, of Edina, MN died Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at his home.

His lifelong career in the airline industry, beginning in Washington D.C. as a federal regulator of the nascent commercial airline industry and concluding with a quarter-century at the helm of Northwest Airlines, define his legacy.

Born in Elgin, Nebraska, on April 1, 1912, he graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska in 1934 and subsequently graduated from George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. while working as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office. Admitted to the bar in 1938, he joined the newly formed Civil Aeronautics Authority (the precursor to the Federal Aviation Authority), where he honed his focus on route proceedings and airline safety. During World War II, he served as executive operations officer in the U.S. Army’s Air Transport Command, returning to civilian life in 1946 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Prior to joining Northwest Airlines in 1954, he held the highest civilian aviation posts in the U.S. government, as Civil Aeronautics administrator and Civil Aeronautics Board chairman. Under his leadership, Northwest Airlines transformed from a failing mail carrier to a financially successful international airline, profitable in every year of his tenure. Safety considerations drove decision making and programs at Northwest, including advanced piloting techniques and training, state-of-the-art meteorological research, and equipment standardization. Northwest had one of the best safety records in the industry.

In the late 1960’s and the 1970’s, Northwest bought or sold an airplane , on average, every 26 days, maintaining a modern fleet, while enhancing profits for the company and its shareholders. When he retired in 1978, Northwest Airlines was debt free. He served on many Boards of Directors, including First Bank System, Inc.; Northwestern Bell Telephone Company; Gould, Inc.; The Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co.; Honeywell, Inc.; Stetson Hat Company; and as a Trustee of Doane College, Crete, NE. In his lifetime, he was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, and received the Tony Jannus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Aviation. He was a long time member of the Minikahda Club, the Minneapolis Club and the former Minnesota Club.

Noted for his rich story-telling, he was fortunate to share his retirement with many friends, neighbors and Northwest employees, attending regular reunions, dinners and events. He had an avid interest in history and politics, traveled throughout the western US, and enjoyed fishing in Alaska. Married to Grace Cary Nyrop for over 50 years, together they were dedicated to their family and unfailingly supportive of all their children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Cary Nyrop, and his son, William Donald Nyrop. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Nyrop Scherer, her husband, Richard Scherer and their children, Matthew and Cary; daughters of William Nyrop and daughter-in-law, Mandy Love, Jessica Nyrop Rolin and Hannah Nyrop; daughter, Kathryn Nyrop and her husband, Stephen Koch and their children Nicholas and Charles; daughter, Karen Nyrop, her husband, Larry Israelson and their children, Paige and Clay; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on January 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN.

Memorials preferred to Allina Hospice, 1055 Westgate Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55114 or the Edina Foundation - Bill Nyrop Scholarship Fund, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436.

Wanda Lorenzen

November 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Wanda Lorenzen

1918 - 2010

Wanda E. Lorenzen, 92, formerly of Neligh, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Wanda Eloise Lorenzen was born Oct. 25, 1918, at the family home in rural Neligh and passed away at 2:15 p.m., Nov. 18, 2010, at the Ridgewood Rehabilitation Center in Seward, NE.  She was 92 years old.

Wanda was baptized into her Lord on Dec.3, 1930 at the Church of Christ in Norfolk, NE.  She was the second of four daughters born to Carsten and Ethel (Bickford) Lorenzen who farmed east of Neligh all their life and where Wanda made her home for many years.  Wanda taught country school and later in life was a volunteer at the Antelope County Museum and the Neligh Mills Historical Foundation.

Her parents and oldest sister, Lois B. Donner of Elgin, preceded Wanda in death. Sisters H. Bernadine Smith of York, NE, and Norma M. Walther of Denver, CO, several cousins and a large number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends survive her. Wanda was greatly loved by her family and was a very special person in our midst.

A memorial service was held at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Antelope County Museum or the Neligh Mills.

Beyer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Marilyn J. Martinsen

November 10, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Marilyn J.  Martinsen

1934 - 2010

Marilyn Joyce Martinsen, the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Kafka) Stejskal was born May 26, 1934 at Albion, Nebraska.  She attended country school at Boone County school District #44 southwest of Albion, and graduated from Albion High School in 1951.  Marilyn received normal training in high school and began teaching at District #34 northeast of Albion.  She later received further education at Wayne Teachers College.

Marilyn was united in marriage to Nelce Andrew Martinsen in June 13, 1954.  She continued to teach at District #2, west of Albion and District #14 east of Primrose.   When they started having children, Marilyn discontinued her teaching career.

While growing up, Marilyn was a member of the Congregational Church in Albion.  Upon her marriage to Nelce, she joined the Primrose Presbyterian Church where she was an active Sunday school teacher, children’s choir director, and youth director along with her husband Nelce.

In 1989, Marilyn and Nelce moved to McCool Junction, NE where she worked at Wal-Mart in York for 15 years as a stocker.  In 2004, they moved to Burwell.  As a result of declining health, Marilyn was admitted to the Valley County Health System on Saturday, October 30, 2010.  It was there where she died Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the age of 76

She is survived by her husband Nelce of Burwell, NE; 4 sons: Dr. Chris (Kris) Martinsen of Albion, NE; Charles (Beth) Martinsen of O’Neill, NE; Cary (Holly) Martinsen of Rainier, WA; Chad (Jamie) Martinsen of Elgin, NE; 9 grandchildren along with numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Frank Jr., Leland, and Warren Stejskal. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Primrose Presbyterian Church, Primrose, Neb.  Officiating was Rev. Ray Avidano. Casket bearers were Dr. Chris Martinsen,  Charles Martinsen,  Cary Martinsen, Chad Martinsen, Rick Martinsen and Doug Stejskal. Honorary bearers were Neal Martinsen, Lynnze Martinsen,  Bradley Martinsen , Adam Martinsen, Alexis Martinsen,  Clara Martinsen, Kaylee Martinsen, Brenna Martinsen and Braelyn Martinsen. Interment was at Dublin Cemetery, Primrose, Neb. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.

Alvina Lodge

October 21, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Alvina M. Lodge

1927 - 2010

Alvina M. Lodge, 83, of Pierce, NE., passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at Faith Regional Health Services, West Campus, in Norfolk, NE.

She was born July 1, 1927, at Petersburg, NE., to Anton and Josephine (Landauer) Mescher.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Petersburg.

She attended school at Raeville and St. John’s Elementary School. She graduated from Petersburg Public School in 1945.

On September 6, 1947, she married Clifford A. Lodge at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral in Omaha, NE.

She spent many of her years as a housewife/homemaker.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pierce, NE., and also belonged to the Christian Mothers.

In 1948 they farmed in the Petersburg area till 1965 and raised their five children.  They moved to west of Pierce and farmed from 1965 to 1982.  The farmed in the Meadow Grove area until 2001. They retired to Pierce in 2001 after 50 years of farming. Alvina enjoyed playing cards and going to the Pierce Senior Center.  She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren

Survivors are: One daughter Pat and husband Terry Wragge of Pierce; four sons Tim and wife Brenda Lodge of Fremont, Ne; Steve Lodge and friend Barb Hanson of Petersburg, NE; Tom and wife Sue Lodge of Meadow Grove, NE; Mick and wife Pam Lodge of Plainfield, Illinois,, 15 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by:  Parents, four brothers, one sister, Daughter In law Sandra Lodge, husband Clifford passed away in May 2006,

Funeral Services were held Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pierce, NE., with Father Jerry Connealy officiating.

Casket Bearers were Tom Lodge, Brent Wragge, Rusty Lodge, Ryan Lodge, Tyson Lodge, Russ Sporleder, Mike Kraft, Travis Walker and Bob Wehrer,

Honorary Casket Bearers were  Tracy Sporleder, Lisa Kraft, Christi Lodge, Jessica Walker, Brandon Lodge, Stevie Richmond, Samantha Lodge, Scott Lodge, Brian Lodge and Jason Lodge

Interment was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Pierce, NE.

Arrangements By Stonacek Memorial Chapel, Pierce, NE

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