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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. 



Scholarship Drive Surpasses $3,000

April 23, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Elgin Area Community Foundation’s (EACF) scholarship drive continues to accept donations.

Altogether, 62 students have benefitted from the scholarship drive since its inception nine years ago. Just last year alone, $6,400 was raised. Making donations last week were the Bank of Elgin, David & Joyce Sullivan, Anonymous, Mike & Judy Kerkman, Duane & Vicki Miller, Maxine Uhrenholdt and Keith Hemmer CPA. Donations received so far this year total $3,215. 

Previous donations were received from Roland & Phyllis Kinney, Lyle & Betty Mackel, Jerry & Millie Mundorf, Dale Jillson, Denis & Janette Henn, Dallmont & Bernadine Erickson, Herman Starman, Karen Eischeid, Anonymous, Dennis & Priscilla Blair, Leora Sullivan, Dvorak Construction, Korene Erickson, Wilfred & Evelyn Arehart, Jim Fredrickson (in memory of Gayla), Phil & Kris Starman, Anonymous, David & Janice Eischeid, Betty Salber, Terry & Michele Reicks, Marilyn Hutchinson, James & Rose Ann Sheets, Gene & Mary Jane Boes, Nancy Iverson, Gale & Barb Mahnke, Tom & Orfilia Eischeid, Leo & Josephine Eischeid, Raymond & Leora Dinslage, Peg Schindler (in memory of Mark), Genny Henn, Calvin & Pam Heithoff, Steven & Casey Busteed, Dave & Gwen Beckman, Leonard & Ann Beckman, Jack & Mardell Blair, Charlie & Shelley Bode, Dean’s Market, Elgin Pharmacy, June Kerkman, Randy & Linda Mitchell, Ed & Anne Parks, Jim & Chris Redding, Tom & Marilyn Reilly, Gayla Fredrickson estate, Al & Mary Helen Schrage and Jerry Tunink. 

The scholarship drive hopes to raise more than $4,000 in local donations. If that number is met, the scholarship drive will be eligible for a $2,500 grant from the Col. Barney Oldfield and Vada Kinman Trust. 

Persons wishing to make a donation can send it to the Elgin Area Community Foundation, PO Box 345, Elgin, NE 68636-0345.

Schools to Hold Spring Concerts

April 23, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School will present their Spring Concert in the St. Boniface Gym on Thursday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. Several selections will be presented by students in grades 7-12.

At Elgin High School, the spring concert will be held on Tuesday night, April 27.

The concert, in the school gymnasium, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Great Plains Communications Announces Outage Plans

April 23, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Great Plains Communications is advising customers that it will be necessary to conduct a planned power outage beginning at midnight on Saturday, April 24 and should be completed no later than 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 25. 

The outage is expected to last less than 8 hours. During this time period, all Great Plains Communications Internet services will not be operational. Internet customers will not have access to the Internet, email, or website. The planned power outage is necessary for safety reasons while the work is going on to build a new computer center at its corporate offices, in Blair, Nebraska. 

Due to the nature of this change, there may be a brief period between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday morning when our customer support staff will not be accessible. The company scheduled the work to take place early on an early Sunday morning to minimize inconvenience for residential customers and businesses. Customers with questions regarding this outage should call 888-343-8014 and a representative from the Customer Response Center will assist them.

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