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Emerson Kay Thorberg

November 18, 2009 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Owen Thorberg is proud to announce the arrival of his little sister Emerson Kay born November 3, 2009. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Parents are Aaron and Kendra Thorberg.

Grandparents are Tom and Sheila Shavlik of Mullen, Martin and Shirley Thorberg of Elgin and Great-grandparents are Robert and Beulah Hofacker of Elgin.  

Alvin Kallhoff

November 18, 2009 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Alvin Kallhoff

1925 - 2009

Alvin Kallhoff, 84, Fargo, ND, died Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Manor Care Health Services.

Alvin “Smokey” Reynolds Kallhoff was born January 8, 1925 to William and Anna (Venteicher) Kallhoff in Antelope County near Elgin, NE. He attended St. Boniface Catholic Schools until tenth grade.

Alvin worked in a variety of agriculture related jobs in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Minnesota before arriving in North Dakota in 1948. 

On April 19, 1949 he married Arlene Wheeler at the Wheeler family homestead near Wheatland, ND. Alvin continued to work in the agricultural field and even operated a service station in Alice, ND for a period of time before settling in Fargo.

Smokey worked for Northern States Power (NSP) for twenty years working his way up to Service Foreman in the Natural Gas Department. He then opened Al’s Pallet Company which he operated for four years. After selling the business he worked as a welding inspector for Northern Border Pipeline until retiring in 1983.

Smokey was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Fargo, including the Methodist Men’s Club and various board positions. 

He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, earning the Pilgrim Lifetime Achievement Award through serving on their ritual teams, as Governor for Fargo Lodge #1410, and also as Deputy Supreme Governor for the Dakotas.

His hobbies included the flowers in his yard, building birdhouses and feeders, fishing, and helping others. He was a jack of all trades and a craftsman at many.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty years, Arlene: two sons, Larry (Andra), Sioux Falls, SD, Rick, Fargo, ND; one brother, Floyd “Bud” (Phyllis), Arcadia, NE; two sisters, Delores Hill, Mercedes, TX, Evelyn (Wilfred “Red”) Arehart, Elgin, NE; and one granddaughter, Kasie; three grandsons, Brian, William (Melisa), and Micah, and one great grandson, Liam.

Smokey was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leonard and Gerald, an infant, and sister Irene Flora. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at First United Methodist Church, Fargo. 

Interment was at Wheatland Cemetery, Wheatland, ND. Condolences can be sent online westfuneralhome.com

Ilene J. Pletcher

November 18, 2009 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Ilene J. Pletcher

1928 - 2009

Ilene J. Pletcher, 81, of Grand Island, died Sunday, November 8, 2009 at St. Francis Medical Center.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 12, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. The Reverends Bruce Phillips and Mary Avidano officiated. Burial was at the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup.

Mrs. Pletcher was born February 21, 1928 at Lincoln, Nebraska the daughter of Clifford and Bertha (Mong) Bishop.

Ilene was adopted as an infant, was raised and received her education in Bartlet. 

She graduated from Wheeler County High School, class of 1944. She married Robert Martin in 1946. She then was united in marriage to Gene Pletcher on June 4, 1963. They made their home in North Loup until moving to Grand Island in 1989.

Ilene was employed at the Yancey Hotel as a telephone operator then worked for the Grand Island Independent and later as a dispatcher for the Ord Police Department. She played the piano at Bartlet Methodist Church and was a gifted singer that sang for many funerals and weddings in her earlier life. Ilene enjoyed photography and crocheting having crocheted many afghan’s for family and friends.

During Ilene’s last years her faithful cats, Mushie and Molly brought her laughter and companionship. Ilene had a great interest in all of God’s creatures and would be pleased to have memorials directed to Central Nebraska Humane Society.

Survivors are her husband Gene; son, Randy Martin of Grand Island; daughters and sons-in-law, Lauren and Duke Stevens of Grand Island and Kim and Mark Koch of Norfolk, NE.

Other survivors are grandchildren, Rhett Martin, Jamie Hurley, Tracey Stevens, Sherri Kolar, Kalin Koch and Kirstie Koch and five great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to www.giallfaiths.com.

City of Elgin to Conduct Survey

November 18, 2009 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin residents will have an opportunity to play a role in helping the City of Elgin secure grant funds for needed projects.

Several months ago the Elgin City Council approved a plan to survey the community. The Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD) out of Norfolk has assisted city officials in developing the survey and will tally the results.

According to City Clerk Vicki Miller, in order to apply for any grants, it is necessary to have 100 percent of the surveys that are sent out returned. Only 198 residents within the City limits of the City of Elgin will receive a survey.

Upon completion of the survey, the City may be able to receive grant funds of up to $350,000 for each eligible project.

Residents receiving a survey should complete it and send it back in the enclosed envelope to NENEDD. Each survey will be numbered, Miller said, however it is for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s use only. The number will be removed by NENEDD staff and no one in the City of Elgin will see this number, nor will they be able to identify who is completing each form. Income survey information will be kept completely confidential.

Residents receiving surveys are asked to complete and mail them back to NENEDD in the enclosed envelopes no later than December 3, 2009.

EHS Alumni Pens Song in Memory of Fallen Soldier

November 18, 2009 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The song which moved some to tears Wednesday morning at the Veterans Day observance in Elgin came about by accident.

“Bringing Him Home” was written by Elgin High School alumni Amanda Miller who encountered a caravan of Patriot Guard riders escorting the remains of Spec. Donald Grella, a Vietnam veteran on the last leg of his journey home to Laurel. Funeral services were held October 3, 2009.

Contacted last week, Miller said the song was part of a project where she was writing one song a day for 30 days in a row.

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