October 27, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
John H. Schindler
1936 - 2011
John Harold Schindler, son of Adolph and Elizabeth (Kerkman) Schindler, was born December 26, 1936 on a farm near Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin. He attended St. Boniface School, graduating with the class of 1954. On September 7, 1955, he entered the US Army, served time in Germany, and was honorably discharged on July 8, 1957. He returned to Elgin and began farming and raising hogs west of town.
Jack was united in marriage to Joan M. Stoltz on June 18, 1960 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin. The couple made their home west of Elgin and to this union 7 children were born: Gwen, Beverly, Marla, Mark, Paul, Greg, and Jeff. The couple continued farming and raising hogs for the next 51 years.
Jack was a life-long member of St. Boniface Parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Elgin Rural Fire Board, St. Boniface Parish Council, Stanton Township Board, and was very involved in the Thanksgiving Bazaar.
Jack’s most treasured times were spent with his family, following and supporting his grandchildren in all of their activities.
John H. “Jack” Schindler, 74 of Elgin, NE passed away at his home on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
He is survived by his wife Joan of Elgin; mother Elizabeth Freese of Elgin; 6 children and spouses: Gwen Beckman and husband David of Elgin; Beverly Funk and husband Jim of Clearwater; Marla Neukirch and husband Don of Yankton, SD; Paul Schindler of Yucaipa, CA; Greg Schindler and wife Judy of Norfolk; Jeff Schindler and wife Tracey of Elgin; daughter-in-law: Peg Schindler of Elgin; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings and spouses: Gayle (Dolly) Schindler of Elgin, Carol Mescher of Elgin, Dave (Linda) Schindler of Odell, Dan (Sharon) Schindler of Elgin.
Jack was preceded in death by his father Adolf Schindler; step-father George Freese, son Mark Schindler, and brother-in-law Bob Mescher.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #229 and VFW Post #5816 of Elgin, NE. Condolences may be sent to www.huffmanlevander.com.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE was in charge of arrangements.
October 19, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Joseph V. Grundmayer
1929 - 2011
Joseph Vincent Grundmayer, son of Joseph H. and Elizabeth M. (Kuhlman) Grundmayer, was born March 20, 1929 on the family farm near Raeville, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville, attended St. John Berchman School, and graduated from the 8th grade. Following school Joe began farming with his father and continued to farm until retirement in1993. He moved from the farm into Raeville in 1991and lived there until entering the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE in 2005.
Joe was a member of the National Farmers Organization, Knights of Columbus, Petersburg Rural Fire Board, and the Board of Directors of the Boone & Antelope Mutual Insurance Company; serving as president for a period of time. He also served as an election judge in Boone County.
Joe was also very involved in his church. He was a life-long member of the St. Bonaventure Parish and a member of the St. Bonaventure Holy Name Society. After moving off the farm, he took on the role of looking after the church, along with giving tours of the church when called upon. Along with attending any and all happenings at the church, he enjoyed bowling, taking pictures and traveling to visit family.
Grundmayer, 82, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion, NE.
Joe is survived by four brothers: Jerome and wife Elvira of Eagan, MN; Edmund and wife Cathy Ann of Gaithersburg, MD; Alvin and wife Kathy of Ceresco, NE; Gerald and wife Barb of Hastings, NE; 10 nephews and nieces, 12 great-nephews and great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Ferdinand; two brothers in infancy; one sister: Adele Barnett and her husband Richard.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
1930 - 2011
Grace Delema “Sarah” McDowell, 81, of Lakewood CO passed away on October 4, 2011. Grace was born on January 25, 1930 to Rudolph and Faye Schindler in Lincoln, NE. Rudolph was a brother to Adolph and Fred Schindler of Elgin.
Grace is survived by her ex-husband Robert Wright McDowell, Jr. of OK and their five children, Dianne White of TX, Lt. Cmd Robert W. MCDowell III (Lisa) of FL, Thomas R. McDowell of CO, Mary F.M. Pekas of CO and spouse Scott Kelley of NE, and Daniel M. McDowell of MO; four grandchildren - Aleesha Faye McDowell of CO, Daniel C. McDowell (Candice) of CO, William Gray McDowell (Joribeth) of MI and Lucas M. Pekas of CO.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, sisters Mary Ellen McGee and Rudina Lautenschlager and ex-husband Richard White.
Memorial services were held on Friday, October 7, 2011 in Centennial, CO.
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.
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.