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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

Jerrene Bennett

May 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Jerrene Bennett

1924 - 2011

Jerrene J. Bennett, 87 of Elgin, NE passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 at the Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek, NE.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the West Cedar Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE, with a 7:30 p.m. Order of Eastern Star Service by BEULAH Chapter #40 of Norfolk, NE and SUNSET Chapter #300 of Orchard, NE.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s newspaper.

Ervilla Selting

May 13, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Ervilla Selting

1911 - 2011

Camilla Caroline Henkenius, daughter of August Henkenius and Anna Marie Bruening, was born Aug 5, 1911 and died in Neligh on May 5, 2011 at the age of 99 years and 9 months.

She was born on a small farm on the Cedar Creek, southeast of Elgin. She soon was called Ervilla though she has no recollection of when or why. Life was different early in the last century. They were isolated farm people with no close neighbors. August farmed and hunted rabbit, squirrel, pheasant and duck. Ervilla and her siblings climbed trees and played in the fields.

The children went to the Horn Country School near their home some years but travelled the 5 miles to St. Boniface other years. When they went to St. Boniface, they boarded at the school dormitory all week and just went home on the weekends. Her formal education ended with the 8th grade; however, Ervilla went on to get a GED certificate in later years.

Ervilla moved to Albion where she worked for Dr McCready. She stayed at the doctor’s home and worked at his office and the hospital. When she returned she met a tall and handsome Bernard T. Selting.

They were married at St. Bonaventure church in Raeville, Nebraska on Sept. 18, 1934 and farmed near there. Ervilla played the piano and Ben played the guitar and accordion in a local 5-piece band for house dances, barn dances and Raeville hall dances. Ervilla continued to play the piano throughout her life.

In 1942, they moved to Hillsboro, Oregon and, in 1945, to Boulder, Colorado. In 1947, they moved back to Elgin and built a garage where the family of 7 lived for 2 years while Ben built a home. Ben started a construction company and, in 1955, went back to farming full time.

Ervilla was busy doing the things that farmwomen did in those days. She raised vegetables and canned them for use throughout the year and baked bread almost daily. She made sauerkraut and even made lye soap in the basement. She was also an avid quilter, making over 150 quilts.

Ervilla still made time for church and friends and was an important and popular part of her community. She was a founding member of the Woman’s Club and held every office over the years including president. She was also a member of Hobby Club, Renew Group, St. Boniface Altar Society, and a Board member of the National Council of Catholic Women as well as a Girl Scout Council member. Ervilla and Ben traveled extensively from Spain to Hong Kong and from Alaska to Acapulco until Ben’s death in 1983.

Ervilla is survived by five children; Donald (Nancy) Selting of Elgin and their children Leigh (Marsha), Lynn (Amy), Gene (Angie), Jamie (Dixie), Joseph (Tina); Arlyn (Jan) Selting of Bozeman and their children Ann (David Sosa), Rachel (Todd) Armstrong, and Amy (Ted) Williams; Karen Haley of Milwaukee, WI and children Timothy (Jan), Michael (Brooke), Patrick (Mandy),Christina (Scott) Hewitt, and Jennifer Haley; Wayne (Renee) Selting of Colorado Springs, CO and children Kim (Brian) Null, Terri (Marc) David, Molly, and Caroline; Bernard (Mary) Selting of Anacortes, WA and children Elise (Nick) Lentini, Stephen, Ben, and Kate. She is also survived by 39 Great-Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Wilfred and Melvern Henkenius, and two sisters Querina Landauer and Violet Buelt.

Services were held Monday, May 9 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lynn Selting, Gene Selting, Anne Selting, Rachel Armstrong, Timothy Haley and Michael Haley. Honorary Pallbearers were Jamie Selting, Joseph Selting and Patrick Haley.

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

Raymond H. Josten

April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Raymond H. Josten

1924 - 2011

Raymond H. Josten, age 87 of Sidney, NE  passed away Tuesday evening, April 19, 2011 at the Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney.

Ray, the son of Joe and Anna (Penne) Josten was born on January 25, 1924 at Elgin, NE.

Ray along with four brothers and two sisters was raised on the family farm, attended and graduated from St. Boniface School at Elgin in 1942.  In July 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the Destroyer USS Zellers as a signalman in the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres.  Following his discharge in July 1946 Ray attended the Grand Island Business College.  On October 11, 1948 he was united in marriage to Darlene Ridder and are the parents of four children:  David, Nancy and twins Dean and Diane.

Ray spent his entire lifetime connected to the lumber and building business.  He was employed as assistant manager to the Elgin Lumber Co. and Albion Elevator & Lumber Co.  In September of 1953, he moved with his family to Sidney when he joined Neil D. Hughes and purchased the former Moore Lumber Co. at 15th and Quince Streets.  He and Neil operated the Hughes-Josten Lumber Co. at that location until 1960 when the business was purchased by Foster Lumber Co.  At this time, he and wife Darlene formed the Josten Construction Co and operated this business until 1982.  Ray and Darlene have resided at their present home at 1714 15th Avenue since 1958.

Ray was an avid golfer, loved boating, fishing, hunting and playing cards.  He and Darlene have been loyal followers of their children and grandchildren in sports.  He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, served on the original St. Pat’s School Board during the construction of the St. Pat’s High School, and served on the building committee during the construction of the present St. Patrick’s Parish Center.  Ray is a Past Commander of the American Legion in Elgin, Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus of Sidney and 4th Degree Member.  He was a life-member  of the Knights of Columbus, V.F.W. as well as the Sidney Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife:  Darlene of Sidney; sons:  David (Lisa) and family of North Platte, NE and Dean (Rhonda) and family of Omaha; daughters:  Nancy O’Connell (John) and family of Sidney and Diane Watson and family of Lincoln; (10) grandchildren; (4) great-grandchildren; (1) brother:  Clarence and wife Clem of Powell Butte, OR; (2) sisters-in-law:  Berniece Josten of McCook and Mary Ann Olson of Sidney and many extended family members and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, (3) brothers:  Lawrence and wife Betty, Sylvester and Alfred; (1) brother-in-law:  Harold Olson; (4) brothers-in-law:  Frank, Joe, Herman and Lawrence “Pete” Ridder and (3) sisters-in-law:  Cathrine, Bernadine and Cecilia.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 23, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Art Faesser officiating.

Military Graveside Honors were conducted at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Memorial Health Center Hospice.

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