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Florian Pelster

May 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Florian Pelster

1927 - 2010

Florian Pelster, 82, of Kearney died Thursday April 22, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Graveside services were held last week at the St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, with Father Dan Andrews officiating. 

He was born October 21, 1927 to John & Veronica (Buddecke) Pelster in Elgin. 

On August 19,1947 he married Joy Hawks in Long Pine Nebraska.

Survivors include Beverly Walton of Kearney, John & Debra Pelster of Burwell, La Vern & Echo Plester of North Platte, Suzanne & Doug Cheeks of Midland Texas, & Karla & Jim Hehnke of Ravenna. 16 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren. Sister, Lucille Jillson, sisters-in-law Alfreda Pelster, Mildred Pelster, Bessie Hawks, Marilyn Krause & brother-in-law Orland Krause. And many many nieces & nephews.

He graduated from Elgin High School in 1945. Then he received his Auctioneering degree in the fall of 1947. He also farmed, raised cattle and had a dairy, besides auctioneering. In 1979 they moved to Loup City where he was a hog buyer. They retired to Kearney in May of 1995 and to Mother Hull Home in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joy, infant daughter Diane, parents; brothers Raymond, Wilfred, Maynard, La Vern, Phillip & Jerome; sisters Irene Moser, Laura Speiker, Esther & infant twins, and an infant grandson.

Raymond F. Kalvelage

May 26, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Raymond F. Kalvelage

1917 - 2010

Mass of a Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE for Raymond F. Kalvelage of Neligh. Kalvelage, 93, passed away on May 15, 2010 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.

Raymond Frank Kalvelage, son of Frank and Anna (Baum) Kalvelage, was born January 17, 1917 at Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church, attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from St. Boniface High School. He spent some time working on a cattle ranch near Stuart, NE. He began working with his father as a carpenter in the Elgin area until entering the United States Army in August 1942. Raymond served in WWII as a demolition/explosives instructor and later helped build Kue Army Hospital on Okinawa was honorably discharged in January 1946. 

He was united in marriage to Maxine Reiniger in October 1943 at Spokane, WA. They made their home in Spokane, WA and moved back to Elgin, NE in 1959 when Raymond began working at Ward’s Appliances as an electrician, sheet metal worker, furnace installer and appliance repairman. 

In 1976, he was united in marriage to Maxine Lee at Neligh, NE. The couple made their home in Neligh, Aurora and Clearwater before returning to Neligh and entering The Willows in 2008. They enjoyed traveling together and took many vacations including a trip to Australia and a cruise to Alaska.

Raymond was an avid bowler, enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially spending time gardening.

He is survived by his wife Maxine of Neligh, NE; five children: John Kalvelage and wife Cathy of Thousand Oaks, CA; Rayann Hale and husband Arthur of 29 Palms, CA; Max Donaldson-Kalvelage of Fresno, CA; Jane Motel and husband Vincent of Norco, CA; Paul Donaldson-Kalvelage of Sacramento, CA.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Steven; 10 siblings:  Joseph, Anne, Alphons, Fred, Herman, John, Eleinor, Richard, Alvis “Dutch”, Robert.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Rev. Dan Andrews officiating and burial in the parish cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.

Florian Pelster

April 30, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Florian Pelster of Kearney and formerly of Elgin died Wednesday, April 21 at the Good Samaritan Hospital.  His body was cremated and will be buried at a later day here in St. Boniface cemetery.

Selma F. Wilson

April 23, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Selma F. Wilson

1910 - 2010

Funeral services for Selma F. Wilson, age 99 of Neligh, Nebraska were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Neligh with Pastor Carroll Plisek, Officiating. Music was provided by Marie Krohn, Pianist and Dave Doeschot, Soloist. Burial will be in the Laurel Hills Cemetery in Neligh. Pallbearers were Raymond Olson, Alvin Olson, Steve Olson, Dan Olson, Allan Rittscher, and Gale Rittscher. Selma passed away April 18, 2010 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.

Selma was born on a farm near Stanton on October 21, 1910 to Andrew and Maude (Strope) Olson, the youngest of 5 children. When she was 6 months old the family moved to a farm 10 miles South-West of Neligh. She attended school in District #70 in Antelope County and Graduated from the Clearwater High School in 1929. On November 24, 1932 she was married to Oscar Wilson. They lived southwest of Neligh. Three children were born to the couple. They moved south of Clearwater in 1938. While living in the country she wrote news for many years for 3 local papers. Oscar passed away in May, 1980. She moved to Neligh and still resides there. She was very active in the Antelope Creek Church and WSCS. She spent a few years volunteering in the craft room at the Neligh Nursing home. For several years she led a Bible class at Pioneer Homes. She was a member of the Neligh United Methodist Church, at the time of her death. 

She is survived by her daughter and Husband, Mardelle and Jack Blair of Elgin, NE; 2 Grandsons and their wives, Dennis and Priscilla Blair of Elgin, NE and Kurt and Linda Blair of Elgin, NE. Three great granddaughters; Stephanie (& husband Scott) Stuhr and Kristen Blair; and Mindy Blair. One Great Grandson, Anthony Blair. 1 great great granddaughter, Samantha Stuhr. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband. Two children in infancy. 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters; Merwin Olson, Madge York, Ruth Clark, and Ronald Olson. 1 great grandson, Adam Blair. 

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.snidermemorial.com

Joseph A. Thramer

April 23, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Joseph A. Thramer

1928 - 2010

Funeral services for Alex Thramer, age 81, of Ewing, Nebraska, were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17th at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jim Kramper officiating. Music was provided by Rita Kester, Organist and Mark Rotherham, Soloist. Casket Bearers were PVT Derek Thramer, Zac Thramer, Travis Jackson, Paul Kresge II, Scott Sisson, Ryan Thramer, Rod Sisson, Casey Reiter, Jason Thramer, Cody Thramer, Andy Thramer, Nic Thramer, Philip Thramer, and Brian Thramer. Burial was in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Friday, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service music was provided by Mark & Julie Dwyer and Doug Wright. 

Joseph Alexander Thramer was born to Joseph Albert & Elizabeth Rotherham Thramer on November 24, 1928, Ewing, Nebraska, and grew up on the family farm southwest of Clearwater. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church. He attended Clearwater rural schools, Sacred Heart High School in Norfolk, and continued farming with his father. 

He was united in marriage to Joyce Kerkman of Elgin on August 29th, 1950, and farmed southwest of Clearwater and Neligh for 9 years. In 1959, they moved their family to Ewing where they bought the Gamble Store. In 1965, Alex and his brothers built Two Rivers Steakhouse. He managed and eventually purchased the steakhouse along with working in the irrigation “field” for 11 years. In 1976, Alex and his son, Chuck, opened Thramer Irrigation and worked with the irrigation and agriculture industry as well as farm and ranch communities for another 32 years, until his retirement in 2008. 

Alex was instrumental in the creation of several businesses, community landmarks and causes throughout the state of Nebraska. He was a visionary and leader in developing the Summerland Golf Course where he served on the Board of Directors. Alex served on the Board of Directors of the C.O.R.E. Development Team, and helped make a difference in Ewing and throughout the state for residents in need of home purchases and improvements. He organized and led the way for the building of the Husker Ag Ethanol Plant in Plainview in 2001, and served on the Board of Directors. Alex was also very visible and supportive in politics relative to Nebraska agricultural issues, and served as a member of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Board. He was a lifetime parishioner of St. Peter’s and St. John’s Catholic Churches. 

Alex had a passion for flying, his cows, country music, and exploring the countryside. He reached out to those in need of hugs, laughs and prayers. He will fondly be remembered with his “iron body, wooden clothes, fiery ……and smokey nose; and he knew how to have fun and lighten up a party……“It‘s hardly dark!”………..“On Top Of Old Smokey“!

Husband, Dad, and Grandpa Alex leaves a huge void in the family as he was there for each one of them, deeply involved with all of their families, supported them with his endless fatherly love and will never ever be forgotten. He died at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, on April 14, 2010. 

He is survived by his wife Joyce; 4 daughters: Linda Winget, Ewing; Vonnie Kresge & husband, Paul of Lafayette, Colorado; Carol Jackson, Lafayette, Colorado, and Teena Albert and husband, Tony of Omaha; 3 sons: Joe Thramer and wife Nancy, Spalding, Chuck Thramer & wife RoseAnn of Omaha; Pat Thramer and wife, Deb, Ewing; 28 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Alice Funk, Clearwater, and Bernadine Walnofer and husband Bob, O’Neill; and brother, Cletus Thramer and wife, Yvonne, Ewing.

Alex was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved daughter, Bev Thramer, his grandson, Joshua Thramer, sister Loretta Tagel and his brother, Mark Thramer; and a host of extended family members and friends.

Condolences may be sent to that family at www.snidermemorial.com

Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 



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