Veronica F. Dufphey
1917 – 2011
Veronica Frances Dufphey, 94, was born at Elgin, NE on June 22, 1917, the youngest daughter of James Richard Lodge and Mary Alice Leonard Lodge. She passed away on Monday, December 12, 2011 at Heritage of BelAire in Norfolk, NE.
“Vonie” grew up in the Park Center area west of Elgin; attended Park school, the St. Boniface grade school and graduated from Elgin Public High School with the class of 1934. She did housework for several area families prior to her marriage on 28 November, 1936, in Torrington, WY, to Wayne Milton Paul also of Elgin. The couple farmed in the Elgin area until 1941, when they moved to Buffalo, NY, where Wayne was employed in the Curtiss-Wright Aeroplane factory during WWII. They returned to Nebraska where they farmed at Fremont, and Ewing (Deloit area) before returning to Elgin where they had purchased the Mobil Gas Station in 1955.
Mrs. Dufphey was employed at the Gambles Store while in Elgin, and upon moving to Norfolk, NE in 1963, she was employed as an insurance filer for Dr. Joseph David. Upon her retirement, she worked as a volunteer and secretary many years at the Norfolk Senior Citizen Center. On June 3, 1969, she was married to Don Dufphey of Battle Creek, NE. She returned to Elgin in 2002.
Veronica is survived by one son, Lawrence Dale Paul and wife, Denise of Lincoln; one daughter, Nancy Wray Selting and husband, Don, of Elgin, six grandchildren; Mallory Paul of Lincoln; Leigh Selting and wife, Marsha, of Laramie, WY; Lynn Selting and wife, Amy; Gene Selting and wife, Angie, all of Elgin; Jamie Selting and wife, Dixie, of Fairview, MT ; Joseph Selting and wife, Tina, of Lincoln; sixteen great-grandchildren and her first Great Great Grandchild, on its way in the Spring. One sister, Rosella, “Skel” Paul of Portland ,OR, and several nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Wayne Paul in 1957 and Donald Dufphey in 1987, seven brothers; Charles, Lawrence, James, Walter, Dorsey, Clifford and Melvin, three sisters, Louise, in infancy, Berniece Bartak, and Margaret (Peg)Munson.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at St. Boniface Catholic Church with Reverend Ross Burkhalter officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.huffmanlevander.com.