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 Drayton age 72 of Orchard, Nebraska will be held Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 at the United Methodist Church in Orchard. Martha Anne Drayton passed away unexpectedly April 6th, 2018 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, NE.
Martha was born in Manhattan, KS May 14th, 1945 the daughter of Clare and Georgiana Porter. The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1947 where she lived until graduation from University High School. She attended the University of Missouri for three years and later graduated from Morehead State University. In 1966 she married Terry Drayton and in 1974 they moved to Orchard, NE from Moorhead, MN where she resided until her death.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Terry, two sons, David of Omaha, Scott and grandsons Adam and Wendel of Lincoln and a brother, Alan of Santa Barbara, CA.
Martha will be missed by her family and a host of friends including lifelong friendships developed while growing up in Lincoln and later ones developed in Orchard and Palm Desert, CA.
She loved working as a volunteer and board member of the Orchard Public Library for many years. She also enjoyed her time spent on behalf of the Orchard United Methodist Church and as a volunteer at the annual Indian Wells Tennis Open in Ca. Martha was avid reader and art enthusiast who enjoyed learning about art through monthly education classes at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Orchard United Methodist Church, Orchard, NE.
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.
Funeral services for Duane Stelling, age 88, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2018, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Jacob Bobby will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska.
Duane died Monday, March 26, 2018, at his residence.
Duane Gordon Stelling, son of Chris and Erna (Eggen) Stelling, was born March 7, 1930, in Orchard, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Orchard. Duane attended and graduated from Orchard High School in 1947.
On August 14, 1949, Duane was united in marriage to Violet Auman. They were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. God blessed this family with two sons, Timothy and Mark. Duane and Violet were blessed to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in 1999.
After farming in the Orchard community, Duane and Violet moved their family to Bloomfield where they operated a successful dairy operation and cattle farm. Dairy was in Duane’s blood. In 1950, a year after they were married, Duane and Violet established their dairy herd with the purchase of three bred Holstein heifers from Wisconsin. One of his proudest accomplishments was being named by the Nebraska Dairyman’s Association as recipient of its state distinguished dairyman award in 1982. Following the dispersal of the dairy cows in 2000, Duane continued to farm and feed cattle, participating in the daily operation until his health prevented him.
Duane served on the Harrison Township Board and Nebraska Dairy Association. He used his God given talents to the glory of God and was actively involved in his church, serving on various committees at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield.
Duane departed this life on Monday, March 26, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Erna; sister, LaVonne in childhood; wife, Violet in 2011; and sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Karen Schwager.
Left to cherish Duane’s memory are his sons, Timothy and his wife Linda of Osakis, Minnesota and Mark and his wife Karen of Bloomfield, Nebraska; grandchildren, Eric and Deb Stelling and Nathan and Shirley Stelling, all of Osakis, Stacy Hlatky of Long Prairie, Minnesota, and Nick and Beth Stelling and Eric and Julie Ketelsen, all of Bloomfield; great-grandchildren, Amber and Payton Hlatky, Austin Stelling, Grant Stelling, Piper, Parker, and Padden Stelling, and Raegan, Kenna, And Lainey Ketelsen; brothers, Lee (Neoma) Stelling of Orchard and Ken (Darlene) Stelling of Plainview; sister, Saundra (Walter) Biermann of Wisner, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service for James Van Ert, age 80 of Neligh will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at St, Francis Catholic Church in Neligh, NE with Father Christopher Onuoha, Officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh with Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. James passed away in Norfolk on March 22, 2018. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com.
James Christian Van Ert was born on October 30, 1937 in Kansas City, MO to Amelia (Beck) and Henry Van Ert. They moved back to Nebraska when he was two and he grew up close to Neligh. He attended Elementary School at Dist. 38 Antelope Co. and graduated from Neligh High School with the Class of 1955 He worked on irrigation and drove a gravel truck before working at the Old Mill in Neligh. December 31, 1958 he was united in marriage to Patty Anderson of Meadow Grove at St. Francis Church in Neligh. They were blessed with 7 children. They lived on a farm near Neligh until 1983. He later remarried and to this union a daughter, Jamie was born. He worked at Kvols Feedlot and resided in Wisner until he moved back to Neligh in 2014. In 2016 he moved to Prairie View Assisted Living in Tilden. In January 2017 he moved to Bel AIr Nursing Home in Norfolk. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered for wearing his cowboy hat, tasty macaroni salad and grilling, baking cookies, pheasant hunting, gambling, and playing bingo and winnings were candy bars for the family and grandkids.
He leaves to cherish his memory brothers; John (Michele) Van Ert in Anderson, CA, Henry (Anita) Van Ert in Omaha, brothers-in-law, Bill Meis in Slatford, WI, Dan McCarty in Lincoln. Patty Van Ert in Neligh. Children: Teresa (Chet) Schade of Neligh, Charles (Joan) Van Ert of Petersburg, Anita (Charley) Donason of Neligh, Stephanie (Curt) Graber of Fort Wayne, IN, Audrey (John) Meier of Pierce, NE, and Jamie Van Ert of Norfolk, NE. Grandchildren, Brent, Nicole, Alyssa, Greg, Wes, Lisa, Sarah, Adam, Ashley, Abby, Nate, Austin, and Brandon. 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Josphine (Bill) Meis, Marie (Sam) Meis, Lorraine (Tom) Logas, Evelyn (Dan) McCarty. Son, Kevin; daughter, Tamara, and grandson Jordan.
Memorial services for Roger Tillotson, age 57, of Tilden, Nebraska will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden. John Petersen will officiate.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Roger died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Memorial Services for Joan Nelson, age 63, of Orchard, and formerly of Page, will be 11:00 am Monday, March 19, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Page, Nebraska. Pastor A.G. Turner will officiate. Inurnment will be at 1 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska. Memorial visitation will be from 5-7 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service. Joan passed away at her home on Monday, March 12, 2018. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.
Joan Louise Matschullat was born on March 10, 1955 in O’Neill, Nebraska to Dale and Barbara (Harrison) Matschullat. She graduated from O’Neill High School in 1973. She attended the Lincoln School of Commence for Court Reporting in Lincoln, NE.
Joan spent most of her life in North Platte, working as a dispatcher for the North Platte Police Department, then later for the State Patrol. She married Steven Nelson on August 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.
In 1995, the couple moved back to the Page, Nebraska area to help on the family farm.
Joan enjoyed fast cars, especially her Corvette. She was a huge animal lover and always had a special place in her heart for horses, dogs, and cats. Being a grandmother was Joan’s favorite thing to do. She loved to spend time with and take care of her grandkids.
Joan is survived by her husband, Steven Nelson of Orchard; two children, Kris Matschullat and wife, Keri, of Page, Dr. Erin Kindred and husband, Todd, of Papillion; five grandchildren, Sierra Matschullat, TJ Kindred, Autumn Kindred, Austin Matschullat, Shane Kindred; one brother, Doug Matschullat and his wife, Bert, of Page; one sister, Jan Gratz of Annapolis, Maryland; one nephew, Jake Gratz of Ft. Collins, Colorado; and two nieces, Tracy Kaczor and husband, Brian, of Ewing, Tricia Wiseman and husband, Jason, of Page.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; one sister-in-law, Sue Matschullat; and a cousin, Milton Hill.
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