Funeral Services for Ruth Prater age 89, of Clearwater will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Clearwater with Pastor Daniel Feusse, Officiating. Music will be provided by Caroline Jaeke. Burial is at Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater, Nebraska. Pallbearers are Wesley Prater, Brock Prater, Ben Prater, Bo Prater, Michael Morey, and Gordon Hagge. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater. Ruth passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Neligh.
The daughter of William and Flora (Mueller) Kruger, Ruth was born August 16, 1928 in Tilden, Nebraska. She was baptized on September 23, 1928 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden. She soon moved with her family to Clearwater. Ruth was confirmed on May 31, 1942 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clearwater and was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. She graduated from Clearwater Public School with the class of 1946. As a young woman Ruth worked at Miller Brother’s Grocery store in Clearwater. Ruth was united in marriage to Benny W. Prater on October 29, 1947 in Grand Island. Ruth and Benny made their home in Clearwater. Benny sold cars for Contois Motor Company and Ruth was his ever-ready assistant, running cars and parts, even tying candy bars on trees after Benny promised a would-be buyer’s children that if their dad purchased a car they could pick candy off his candy-tree. Ruth eventually worked herself into a job with Contois as well, filling out purchase agreements and other paperwork. Ruth was a Charter member of the Clearwater American Legion Auxiliary and celebrated 70 years of membership this past January. Ruth enjoyed her family, spending hours cooking their favorite dishes for holidays and birthdays. She loved to decorate and to the delight of her children and grandchildren, her house sparkled with window and yard displays for every season. Ruth insisted on mowing her own yard and scooping her own snow until in June of 2015 she moved to The Willows Assisted Living in Neligh.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Benita and husband Danny Beutler of Clearwater, son, Tracy and wife Cindy of Ewing, son Kelly and special friend, Deann Dickey of Lincoln; six grandchildren, Meredith Morey and husband Michael, Wes Prater and wife Danielle, Ivy Prater, Brock Prater and wife Stephanie, Ben Prater and Bo Prater; and seven great grandchildren. Ruth is survived by a sister, Carol (Bill) Timm of Kearney and a brother, John (Dorothea) Kruger of Lincoln. Sister-in-law, Alys Kruger and brother-in-law Don Maulding.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers, William Jr., Donnie, and Robert and one sister, Bonnie.
Louise Edith Ruterbories, age 90, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. She was born August 9, 1927 in Rolla, Missouri the daughter of Walter and Louella Lewis Underwood. Louise graduated from Barstow High School in California. She also attended Wayne State College in Nebraska where she received a teaching certificate. She was married to Arvid Belgum from 1947 – 1962. She was married to Caryl Ruterbories from 1970 – 1991. Louise taught school in one-room country schools throughout Nebraska for 10 years. She worked for the State of Nebraska in the Welfare Social Office at Neligh, Nebraska for over 18 years. She is survived by a son, Bruce (Marsha) Belgum of Omaha, Nebraska; a daughter, Lynda Pollman of Topeka; a sister, Frieda (Nolen) Gines of Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandchildren and nine great grand children.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Rochester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Midland Hospice House and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home. davidsonfuneral.com.
Funeral services for Eugene "Gene" Cecil Moser age 70 of Orchard, Nebraska will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Orchard. Visitation is from 5-8 P.M. Friday at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Orchard. Military Honors will be conducted by the Orchard American Legion post #136. Gene Moser passed away April 17, 2018 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital. Ashburn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Eugene Cecil Moser was born on March 14th, 1948 to Leona (Montgomery) Moser and Cecil Lloyd Moser. He graduated from Orchard High School with the class of 1966. Gene entered into the Army in 1968 and did his basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He then served in Vietnam where he walked point and was a sniper. Gene returned home in 1969 to farm with his dad.
Gene married Lynette Classen and to this union five daughters were born. Terra Kay, Brooke Deneise, Candace Jean, Page Marie, and Lindsey Dawn. On March 31st, 1990 he married Becky Sue Green at the Presbyterian Church in Ewing, NE.
After farming he and his family moved to Orchard where he worked at the Orchard Cheese Factory for several years and then as a custodian at the Orchard Public School until he retired in 2010. At the present time he was helping out at Mitteis Gravel during the summer months and during the winter he enjoyed sitting in his chair with his grand dog, Phoebe, watching the snow fly.
Gene’s greatest pride was his five daughters and their families. You could always find him sitting on the bleachers supporting his children and grandchildren in whichever sport they were playing at that time. Whether it be Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Softball or Baseball, he was there and always wearing the coordinating color for that town. His dresser drawers are filled with orange, green and red shirts, so he never had a problem with not knowing what to wear. Gene also enjoyed golfing with the men on Thursday nights for men’s league. This night was the only night that his golf game may have taken precedence over his grandkids’ activities. He always looked forward to going south for a couple of weeks in the winter and of course, to Vegas once a year.
Proceeding him in death were his parents, his mother-in-law, Darlene Green and a brother-in-law, Lyle Sparr.
Survivors include, his wife, Becky, his five daughters, Terra and Neil Williby of Royal, Brooke and Chris Mann of Winside, Candace Moser and Michael Nelson of Orchard, Page and Jeremy Wagner of Ewing, Lindsey and Brian Switzer of Royal, 15 grandchildren, Brock and Dalton Williby, Mercedes and Zach Bretschneider, Sean and Jacoby Mann, Kinzly and Eli Macke, Landon Nelson, Wyatt, Brenna, and Mathias Wagner, Jaiden, Gage, Taelyn and Ruger Switzer, one step grandchild, Heather Jackson, one great granddaughter, Willow, three step great granddaughters, Aubrey, Autumn, and Avery, one sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Eldon Schacht of Orchard, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Catherine M. Hemenway age 85 of Clearwater, NE was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church rural Clearwater, NE with Father John Norman, Officiating. Music was provided by Mark and Julie Dwyer. Burial was St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shawn Hemenway, Eric Hemenway, Jace Hemenway, B.J. Anderson, Blaine Anderson, Brett Hemenway, Brandon Hemenway, Morgan Beals, and Aaron Hemenway. Honorary Pallbearers were her nieces and nephews. Visitation was 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service at St. John’s Catholic Church. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater is handling the arrangements. Catherine passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation in Neligh. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
Catherine Mary Hemenway was born on October 5, 1932 to John and Mary (Beckman) Starman on the family farm West of Elgin. She grew up on the farm with her brothers and sister, attended St. Boniface Catholic School in Elgin, and graduated in 1950. She was married to George Hemenway on December 28, 1968, and became the stepmother to seven children. She was a member of the Christian Mothers at St. John’s for many years. Catherine enjoyed working in the garden and playing cards.
She is survived by her husband George Hemenway of 49 years, stepchildren: Barb (Guy) Beals of Bailey, CO; Bev Anderson of Kathryn, ND; Donna (Mike) Fancher of Colorado Springs, CO; Terry (Trish) Hemenway of Orchard, NE; Tim (Dawna) Hemenway of Clearwater, NE; and 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by stepchildren, Bonnie Hemenway and Dan Hemenway; son-in-law Robert Anderson; parents John and Mary Starman; brothers Herman Starman and Eddie Starman; and sister Helen Venteicher.
Frank J. Kamphaus, 87 of Elgin, NE passed away, Monday, April 9, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, NE with Rev. Kevin Vogel officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin, and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Frank Joseph Kamphaus was born March 22, 1931 to Frank Sr. and Helen (Hoffmann) Kamphaus at Tilden, NE. He grew up on a ranch west of Elgin and later a farm northeast of Raeville, NE. He attended grade school at Sunnyside School west of Elgin, St. Boniface School in Elgin, and St. John Berchman’s School in Raeville. At age 19, his father passed away and he took over managing the farm.
On June 11, 1955, Frank married Clara R. Hinrichsen from Chambers, NE at St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville. He was drafted by the US Navy and spent two years at Alameda CA. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Nebraska and resumed farming for several years, before taking a job driving a gasoline transport for Bergstrom and Knievel for ten years. The next four years he drove truck over the road for Knievel Inc., hauling gasoline, livestock and fertilizer. He then began a 20-year career working for the Antelope County Road Department. Following his retirement in 1997, he worked part-time for Kevin and Pam Dinslage until 2009.
Frank was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, and enjoyed working, trucking, farming and gardening.
He is survived by his wife Clara of Elgin, NE; two daughters: Ramona (Al) Hagemeister of Phoenix, AZ; Ruth (Terry) Wornath of Powell, WY; one granddaughter Christa Czajka (Matthew Robinson) of Phoenix, OR; two brothers: Anthony Kamphaus of Albion, NE; Henry (Mary) Kamphaus of Norfolk, NE; a sister Margaret Kamphaus of Post Falls, ID; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and his special buddy Sawyer Veik.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; brother Nicholas Kamphaus, and two sisters: Bertha Arnberger and Rosemary Budd.
Memorial services for Martha A. Drayton, age 72, of Orchard are pending with the Ashburn Funeral Home in Orchard.
Martha passed away April 5, 2018 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
A Mass of Christian burial for Robert M. Spieker, 94, of Neligh, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh with Father Christopher Onuoha, officiating. Burial will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Elgin with military rites conducted by Neligh American Legion Post #172 and VFW #5287. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 10, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with wake service at 7 p.m. He passed away on Saturday, April 7, at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neligh. Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home of Neligh is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neligh. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com.
Robert Matthew Spieker, son of Fred and Louise (Friedman) Spieker, was born January 22, 1924 in Petersburg, NE. Robert was baptized and confirmed in St. John's Catholic Church in Petersburg. He grew up and helped on the family farm north of Petersburg until he went to the Army in 1944. He was assigned to the 152nd Infantry Company D and transferred to Guam and Leyte Island in Philippine Island, 315 Bomb Wing of 20th Air Force D29 Air Craft MP Company and assigned Military Police Deputy.
On September 15, 1953, he married Laura Mae Sehi at St John's Church in rural Clearwater, NE. They celebrated their 64th anniversary last fall. To this union, 11 children were born: Carol Anderson, Karen Eischeid, James Spieker, Annette Spieker, Jannelle Risinger, Vera Sullivan, Cary Spieker, Lynette Faltin, Roberta "Bobbi" Kennedy, Connie Snyder, and Terri Spieker. When first married, they lived on a farm near Park Center area west of Elgin and farmed south of Elgin for several years. They moved to a farm near Brunswick, NE in 1963 and still farm to this present day.
Robert was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. He enjoyed farming the land, raising pigs or cattle and raising all those children along with his bride, Laura Mae. When he was not farming, he enjoyed fishing and camping in South Dakota, and the last 20+ years he enjoyed winters in Laughlin, NV. Robert is best known for his love of laughter as he had many 'stories and jokes' that will be long remembered. He often had that smile on his face and would start laughing before he told the punch line. He was a kind and gentle soul that will be forever missed but he left his legacy of faith and family.
Robert is survived by his wife Laura Mae of Neligh, NE, 10 children and their spouses: Carol Anderson of Neligh, NE, Karen Eischeid of Elgin, NE, James (Renee) Spieker of Madison, NE, Jannelle (Mark) Risinger of Norfolk, NE, Vera (Mark) Sullivan of Columbus, NE, Cary (Kim) Spieker of Norfolk, NE, Lynette (Gary) Faltin of Dodge, NE, Roberta "Bobbi" Kennedy of Petersburg, NE, Connie (Brad) Snyder of Holstein, IA, and Terri Spieker of Olathe, KS. He has 30 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He also has two surviving siblings: Melinda Buelt of Elgin, NE and Fred Spieker of Albion, NE along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Annette Spieker; parents Fred and Louise (Friedman) Spieker; siblings Rosamond Klein, Florence Luettel, Agatha Richard, Mae Moser, Linus Spieker, Leroy Spieker, Lawrence Spieker, Cletus Spieker; son-in law Paul Eischeid.
Funeral Service for Mary Madelyn Rice age 89 of Neligh, Ne will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh with Father Christopher Onuoha, Officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, April 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. She passed away at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, in her sleep surrounded by her two sons, Michael and Ron and his wife, Deb and their children on April 6, 2018.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Neligh Public Library.
Condolences may be directed to the family at beyersnidermemorialfh.com
Mary Madelyn Conger was born on April 16, 1928 to Roy and Mary Margaret (Connelly) Conger. She was raised on Roy and Margarets farm with her older brother, Jerry and younger brothers John (Jack) and Pat. She graduated from Neligh High School 1945. She was united in marriage to Arlo Rice on June 10, 1951, just prior to Arlo's deployment to Korea. They had three children, Michael, Ron and Mary Jo. she obtained her teaching degree and degree in Library Science. She was a life long member of St. Francis Catholic Church and also a member of the Rosary Sodality. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, gardener, and music lover.
She survived by her sons, Dr. Michael J. Rice of Denver, CO, Ron (Deb) Rice of Neligh, NE, and son-in-law, Doug Schueths of South Dakota. Grandchildren: Erin Conaway, Michael Rice, Jr., Colleen Geary, Aaron Rice, Shelby Rice, Kristin Rice, Austin Rice, and Katie Schueths. 6 great grandchildren
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter Mary Jo Schueths.
Funeral Service for Velva Fallesen, 99, of Neligh, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 9, at United Methodist Church in Neligh with Pastor Bruce Phillips, officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.
Velva passed away at her home on April 3, 2018. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com.
Velva Rose Fallesen was born on September 14, 1918 to Peter and Ethel (Newhard) Fischer at Brunswick, Nebraska. She grew up on a farm near Brunswick. Velva graduated from Brunswick High School. On September 28, 1946, she was united in marriage to Wayne Fallesen at the Neligh Methodist Church. They lived in Neligh, where she worked at Triple A, and Dr. Hybl's office as an Optometric Assistant. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Civic and Fine Arts Club, March of Dimes for fund drives, and painting club. Velva enjoyed oil painting, crossword puzzles, and being a homemaker especially cooking.
She is survived by her children: Peter (Shirlee) Fallesen of Pocatello, ID, Paul Fallesen of Omaha, NE, Ellyn (Bill) Walters of O'Neill, NE, and Jon (Mary) Fallesen of Lansing, KS. 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, and one grandchild.
Mass of Christian Burial for Rosella R. Meuret, age 86, of Brunswick, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton, Nebraska. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with private family burial in Brunswick Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Brunswick.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Rosella died Monday, April 2, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Rosella Rae Allar of Brunswick, Nebraska was born on April 9, 1931, to Joseph and Lydia (Pflanz) Allar. She was baptized in the Catholic faith and grew up on a farm outside of Randolph until her graduation from Randolph High School. She attended Nebraska State Teachers’ College where she earned her teaching certificate and subsequently taught at a local country school. Rosella met John Meuret from Brunswick while skating at the Plainview Roller Rink. They married September 19, 1953, and began their life in Brunswick where John worked in the family business, J E Meuret Grain Co. They lived in South Carolina for a short time while John was in the army before returning to Nebraska where they would spend the next 64 years together.
They raised 10 children in a small town with most helping in the family business. Rosella spearheaded the establishment of the Brunswick Public Library and in later years regularly volunteered at the Siena/Francis House and Essential Pregnancy Services in Omaha. She was an active member of St Ignatius Catholic Church, teaching religion classes and serving as a Eucharistic minister. After joining the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) she held several offices, finally serving as president before receiving that organization’s Mullen Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by that organization, awarded annually in recognition of work for the council, community and deanery as well as civil, educational and interfaith groups.
Rosella passed away peacefully in Omaha on April 2, 2018, surrounded by her husband and children. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Marilyn Hochstein and Velma Gries; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Meuret.
She is survived by husband John; children, Pamela Fusselman (Doug), Patrick Meuret (Holly), Michael Meuret (Mary), Michelle McCrady (Kim), Jacque Haupt (Joe), Jeffrey Meuret (Linda), James Meuret (Laurie), Julie Maloley (Skip), Katherine Bessmer (Joel), and Kevin Meuret; 67 grandchildren; and 50 great grandchildren.
She will be remembered as a matriarch who lived the virtues of humility, patience and love, instilling in her family the importance of family prayer and living a Christ-like life.
Memorials are suggested to Bethlehem House/Humble Lily or Essential Pregnancy Services.
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