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Tiffany Rose Kilmurry-Keith 
of Battle Creek, NE 

Date of Death:  2016    08    09   
Date of Birth:  2016    08    09 
Place of Death:  Faith Regional Health Services

County:  Madison
Town of Death:  Norfolk
State of Death:  Nebraska

Place of Birth:  Norfolk, NE   

Father’s Name:  Marquin Keith       

Mother’s Maiden Name:  Terri Kilmurry       

Private Family Graveside: Monday August 15, 2016 at 10 am

Place of Service:  St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery Atkinson, NE

Visitation: NONE

Clergyman/Address:  Father James Weeder

Cemetery/Address:  St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, NE

Preceded in Death by:  Great Grandfather Frank Kilmurry


Parents: Terri Kilmurry and Marquin Keith of Battle Creek, NE

Brother: Jaxon Kilmurry of Battle Creek, NE

Grandparents: Ed and Marla Kilmurry of Atkinson, NE

Uncles: Wes & Calvin Kilmurry of Atkinson, NE

Aunt: Gina Steininger and husband George and cousin Lucas of Richardson, TX

Great Grandparents: Allen & Lavonne Boes of Atkinson, NE., Rosemary Kilmurry of Atkinson, NE     

Memorials to the family to be designated at a later date.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Eugene R. Batenhorst
Age 85  of Stuart NE.  

88041   465th Ave. Stuart, NE 68780

Date of Death:    2016    08    08   
Date of Birth:    1930    08    27  
Age    85 
Place of Death:    At his home
County:  Holt
Town of Death: Stuart 
State of Death: Nebraska

Place of Birth: Stuart, NE
Father’s Name:  Robert Batenhorst  
Mother’s Maiden Name:  Mary Hoffman    

Organization: U.S. Army
Name of War: Korea
Date of Enlistment    2-13-1952
Date of Discharge    11-12-1953
Rank & Serial Number:    SFC 55 250 176

Name of Spouse: Rita M. Hamik
Date of Marriage: June 28, 1952 
Place of Marriage:  Stuart, NE

Occupation;  Farmer 
Education:   12th grade

Date of Funeral:  Saturday August 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service:  St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE

Visitation: Friday August 12, 2016 from 3 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart with a 7pm Rosary Friday evening

Clergyman/Address:  Father James Weeder

Cemetery/Address:  St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE

Singers:  Rick Shearer 
Organist:  Terri Vrooman

Pall Bearers:  Josh, Casey, Keith, Ryan, Jason, & Lance Batenhorst, Jimmy Lynch       

Honorary Pallbearers:  Courtney Aspe, Tarissa Batenhorst, Chelsey Hastings, April Batenhorst, Mandi Batenhorst, Krista Batenhorst, Ginger Washburn, Allison Lynch       

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, 2 brothers Kenny & Jim Batenhorst, sister Dolores Keating


Wife: Rita Batenhorst of Stuart, NE

Children: Dr. Gary Batenhorst and wife Patti of Berlin, WI

                Ronald Batenhorst and wife Chris of Atkinson, NE

                David Batenhorst and wife Patty of Stuart, NE

                Duane Batenhorst and wife Karen of Dyer, IN

                Janet Kirstine and husband Jason of Stuart, NE

      15  Grandchildren            13  Great Grandchildren

Brother: Michael Batenhorst and wife Elaine of Kearney, NE

Sister: Maureen Flynn of Sioux Falls, SD

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Eugene Robert Batenhorst was born on August 27th, 1930 in Stuart, Nebraska to Robert and Mary (Hoffman) Batenhorst . The family lived in Stuart for a while, later moving a mile South of the old homestead, where Joe and Alice Batenhorst lived originally. When Alice passed away, Bob, Mary, and their family moved in with Joe and little Maureen, and would stay there for the remainder of their lives. Gene and his three brothers and two sisters would help on the farm raising pigs, putting up hay, feeding the chickens and planting a garden. Grandpa Bob and Uncle Joe would still find time to take Gene and the siblings fishing.

Gene graduated from Stuart Public High School in 1946 at age sixteen. He would later go to work for the Holt county Dept. of Roads. He did a lot of work on Hwy.11 that takes you South of Atkinson. He loved the land and would always comment on a nice looking cornfield or the beautiful bales of alfalfa. He met Rita Hamik at a local dance and they started dating soon after. They both loved to dance with Gene’s specialties being the polka and the waltz. They were still dancing at their granddaughter Chelsey’s wedding in 2011.

On February 12th, 1952 Gene began 16 weeks of basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas after being drafted into the Army. He returned to Holt County on June 24th and on June 28th, 1952 he and Rita married at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They danced after the wedding at the Stuart Auditorium and left for a honeymoon to Yellowstone National Park and the Black Hills. On July 14th, 1952 Gene flew to Settle, Washington with the 120th Engineer Combat Battalion, 45th Infantry Division. On July 2oth they left Seattle on a boat headed to Yokahama, Japan arriving August 2nd. He was chosen along with 25 men in his unit to tour Tokyo and Yokahama and given his assignment to the signal corps and trained in communication.

He arrived in Korea on August 7th, and began work as a heavy equipment operator building roads out of slopping hills and along deep embankments. Gene was promoted from PFC to Sergeant after only a few months there. The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge took place from Feb.10th through Feb. 25th, 1953. Gene constructed an access road to the main line of resistance for a front line company. Without regard for his personal safety he operated his caterpillar on the abrupt slopes of Heartbreak Ridge, under direct observation of the enemy. They were almost always under hostile fire. He received a Citation for Meritorious Achievement and the Army’s Commendation Ribbon with medal pendant for his efforts in building his road. He was given office duty for the last few months that he was in Korea, working at night to keep track of records and correspondence. He was able to type a few letters to Rita, the first time that they were able to correspond with each since his arrival in Korea. He had heard rumors of a truce and told her he would hopefully be home soon.

In early November 1953 Gene arrived back in the states and was sent to camp Carson for several months. Rita stayed there in an apartment on the base and could see Gene when he would have passes to go off base. They returned to Holt County and to a house they rented South of Stuart. In 1954 they moved to their current home shortly before giving birth to their first child, Gary. Here they would remain for their 64 years of marriage raising five children and farming the land. He was a complete farmer who planted corn, raised dairy cows, put up hay and plowed Rita’s garden each year. He hand milked cows for many years, building a modern barn with a bulk tank milking system in the early seventies.

Gene belonged to the Norton Carlisle Legion Post 115 and the Knights of Columbus. He was proud to march in the Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades, and participate in military rites at any Veteran’s funeral. He and Rita attended many Legion Conventions and loved to help out on the Sunday night Legion dinners. He and Rita played pitch with friends from the Stuart area and they still enjoyed dancing at the Fireman’s Ball or a wedding dance. He supported his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and liked to go to coffee with the local men to catch up on news. Gene would give you the shirt off his back and his family and friends will miss him immensely!   

JoAnn Scripter Sprague
Age 68 o7 Dallas TX
(Formerly of Atkinson, NE)

Place of Birth:  Atkinson, NE 

Father’s Name:  Joe Scripter       

Mother’s Maiden Name:  Florence Andrus       


Date of Funeral:  Graveside Service Saturday August 13, 2016 at 10 am

Place of Service:  Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE

Clergyman/Address:  Rev. David Feddern

Cemetery/Address:  Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE

Preceded in Death by:  Parents, brothers Joe & Kenneth, sisters Marjorie & Helen


Robert Rossman of Dallas, TX.,
Troy Alan Rossman of Dallas, TX

2 Granddaughters: Peyton & Piper

Brother: Chuck Scripter of North Platte, NE
Sister: Betty Wasson of Ainsworth, NE

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

JoAnn Scripter Sprague, age 68 of Dallas, TX, passed away Dec. 11, 2015. She was born April 8, 1947 in Atkinson, NE.  She was preceded in death by parents Joe and Florence (Andrus) Scripter, and siblings Joe, Kenneth, Robert, Marjorie and Helen. JoAnn is survived by siblings Chuck Scripter of North Platte and Betty Wasson of Ainsworth, along with many nieces and nephews, and her two sons Robert Rossman of Dallas and Troy Rossman and his wife Patty of Rowlett; and her two granddaughters Peyton and Piper, whom she loved more than life itself.

Bettye Stolcpart
Age 90 of Newport, NE

Date of Funeral:    Wednesday August 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service:    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bassett, NE
Visitation:    Tuesday August 2, 2016 from 5 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a 7pm Prayer service Tuesday evening and Wednesday August 3, 2016 from 9 am until the service time at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bassett. Ne.

Clergyman/Address:    Pastor Wayne Owens
Cemetery/Address:    Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, Husband Lloyd, 2 sons Rex and Rick Stolcpart


Sons: Randy Stolcpart and wife Linda of Burton, NE., Rod Stolcpart and wife Lori of Newport, NE., Daughter-in-law: Suzanne Stolcpart of O’Neill, NE.
8 grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Geraldine DeGroff and husband Don of Atkinson, NE.

Memorials may be made to the Newport Fire Hall, Rock County High School Stolcpart Family Scholarship or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bassett.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

“Bettye” Frances Elizabeth Olive Hanel Stolcpart was born April 20, 1926 in the home of her Aunt Pearl in Oakdale, Nebraska.  She passed from this earth and was reunited with her husband in Heaven, Lloyd, and welcomed by her sons Rick and Rexie B. on July 28, 2016, at the age of 90 years and 99 days.  After a lengthy progression of congestive heart failure, sons Randy and Rod gave her permission to fall into eternal slumber.  And with that, the Angels came to Parkside Manor in Stuart Nebraska, and took her home.

          At an early age she was occasionally called Beth but later was referred to as “Bettye”, the name that stuck with her the rest of her life. Bettye received her name from the following people:  Frances – after her father Francis J. Hanel, Elizabeth – after her grandmother Elizabeth Hettinger, Olive – after her aunt Pearl Stephenson Anderson.

          Bettye was the oldest daughter of Francis J. and Rose “Mae” Schindler. Bettye was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atkinson on July 25, 1926.  On April 6, 1941, Bettye was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran.

          Bettye’s family grew up in hard times, known as the Great Depression.  While living in Keensburg, Colorado their home was a one-room apartment with a pull down cot.  Two chairs were pushed together to make a bed for then four-year-old Bettye.  Their main meal was creamed green beans since it was a cheap vegetable.  Growing up in Colorado, Bettye’s dad worked in the beet fields and her mother was a beauty operator.         Bettye always enjoyed working with her father in the fields or around the buildings.  As a young girl she would drive the wagon while her dad would husk the corn by hand.  One sad summer a big wind and hail storm passed through the area and completely wiped out that years crop.  About that same time they had forty some pigs that all died as a result of Cholera.  Little by little they pawned off various items until they sold enough of their possessions to return home to Nebraska to Mae’s fathers ranch.  It was slim picking for a few years but they finally were able to get back on their feet.

          Some of Bettye’s earliest childhood memories include swinging from a homemade swing with her sister Geraldine that their father built and hung from a tree.  Most of her free time was spent here, or else she was in the haymow jumping off of the rafters into the hay.  Her constant companion was a big old Police dog named King who one day ran off with her to town.  At age four a policeman approached Bettye only to be confronted by King protecting the little girl.  Bettye’s mom was eventually called who came to town and took her home.

          Another one of Bettye’s chores as a little girl was to restock the wood pile by the house. Bettye went to grade school in Atkinson; one of her teachers was Dorothy Vahle who was also her godmother. Both of her parents loved to play cards and always took Bettye and Dean along to play with the other neighbor kids.  Barn dances were a big thing when she was growing up and usually involved the entire family, with most of the dances being held around the Pony Lake area near her grand dad’s ranch.  Bettye learned to dance at those dances and really enjoyed them.

          After attending a rural school for a few years Bettye completed her elementary education at Atkinson Grade School and later attended and graduated from Atkinson High School on May 29, 1943.  While attending high school Bettye worked for Ralph Kelley at the Atkinson Graphic, later she worked for Colonel Spence at his grocery store where she was paid $15.00 per week.  Following graduation Bettye completed the course and received her diploma in Beauty Culture at the Omaha Capitol Beauty School.

          Bettye once said that she didn’t really remember her first official date with Lloyd but that most likely it was at a dance as they both loved dancing.  Bettye remembered a time on one of their first dates when Lloyd was trying to get a kiss in.  When she wouldn’t give in too easily, he just smiled and said, “Well, you know, it’s in the cards”.  That phrase made up a book title that the entire Stolcpart family put together to commemorate the 50th wedding anniversary of Bettye and Lloyd.

          On July 2, 1944 Bettye married Lloyd Charles Stolcpart in Atkinson.  To this union four boys were born and raised on the family ranch:  Ricky Lane, Randy Steven, Rodney Jay and Rexie Bradley.  In 1964 Bettye opened the “Kountry Kurl” beauty salon in her home.  She cut and styled hair for both men and women in the area for 56 years prior to retiring.  Bettye was proud of her occupation as a cosmetologist and loved the time she spent in her shop and at nursing homes not only fixing hair, but also putting a smile back on someone’s face.  Late night appointments from men fresh out of the hayfield to early morning perms to get ready for a prom Bettye was always willing to accommodate.

          One of Bettye’s favorite hobbies was dancing the night away with the love of her life husband, Lloyd, and once won a dance contest at a hairdresser’s conference in North Platte.  They were both thrilled when they were able to dance the night away to Lawrence Welke who made an appearance at Hidden Paradise in Long Pine.  On weekends Bettye and Lloyd also spent a lot of time dancing at the Kings Ballroom in Norfolk and other locations.  First couple on the dance floor, last one off – that was their motto.

          Bettye’s hobbies were painting, reading, sewing and playing cards but her and Lloyd LOVED spending time with ALL of their grand and great grandchildren.  Evidence of that  were pictures of family members everywhere throughout their home.  Family and friends were always important to Bettye.  If they were not entertaining guests in their home, they would often gather up some of their friends from the Stuart or Newport area and head for the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, among other spots where they could “Shake A Leg.”

          Bettye and Lloyd were constant companions.  Friends would know that the other partner was probably ill if they were not seen in public together.  Bettye was a great cook and home made bread or other canned goods from her garden would often be smelled throughout the house.  If a neighbor or friend stopped by, Bettye would whip up a lunch quick as a wink.

          In 1985 Bettye was honored with the “Good Neighbor Award”, and was also proud to be a member of the Eastern Star for over fifty years.  She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran and St. Peter Lutheran all of her life.

          Bettye was never one to complain and was always more concerned about the health and welfare of a friend than about herself.  She was loved by many and will be missed by many.

          Bettye Stolcpart was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Mae (Schindler) Hanel, husband Lloyd, sons Rick and Rex.  Bettye is survived by her sons Randy (Linda) Stolcpart of Burton, NE, Rod (Lori) Stolcpart of Newport, NE and daughter-in-law Sue Stolcpart of O’Neill, NE.  Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include:  Rex (Ronda) Stolcpart and children Jared and Mercedes of Stuart, NE; Cara (Paul) Kroeker and children Cody, Megan and Allison of Henderson, NE; Corby (Shelley) Stolcpart and daughters Madalyn, Ellyson and Mayah of Firth, NE; Ryan Stolcpart of Verona, WI; Marnee (Tim) Rosenberg and sons Jackson and Benjamin of Chandler, AZ; Holli (Brandon) Lovegrove and daughters Lauryn and Hayden of Geneva, NE; Bradley (Tara) Stolcpart and daughter Brynlee and Jenna (Ryan) Pickel, both from Kearney, NE; sister Geraldine (Don) DeGroff, nieces Sheila Strand and family, Sheryl DeGroff and Sharlene Buss and family all of Atkinson, NE, and a host of relatives and friends.

          Memorials can be sent to the Newport Fire hall project, the St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Stolcpart family scholarship or to the donor’s choice.

Margaret Fries
Margaret Mary Fries  (Krajewski-Nemetz)
Age 70 of Atkinson, NE.

Date of Death:  2016 07 26   
Date of Birth:  1946 03 18   
Town of Death:  Atkinson   
State of Death:  Nebraska

Place of Birth:  Ogallala, NE.
Father’s Name:  Norbert Krajewski  

Mother’s Maiden Name:  Crescentia M. Reznicek

Widowed, Name of Spouse: Lyle Fries
Date of Marriage: 6-14-1991   
Place of Marriage:  Farewell, NE

Occupation:  Secreterial/Life Ins. Co.
Education:  2 years College

Date of Funeral: Friday July 29, 2016 at 11 am
Place of Service: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, NE with Father James Weeder officiating.
Visitation: Thursday July 28, 2016 from 5 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a 7 pm Rosary Thursday evening.
Services in Ogallala: Friday evening July 29 from 6 to 8pm at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala, NE  with a Rosary at 7pm.  308-284-3196
Committal Services: Saturday July 30, 2016 at 9 am Ogallala Cemetery in Ogallala, NE with Father Thomas Bush officiating.

Singer: Jenna Hoffman and Mlnarik Boys
Organist: Terri Vrooman

Pall Bearers: Dan, Darin, & TJ Krajewski, Brian Behrens, Jason Hadenfeldt, Andy Hoffman
Honorary Pall Bearers: Drake Nemetz, Mike Weber, Bruce Behrens, Nick, Dustin, Dean, Seth, & Shad Krajewski, Josh Pierce

Preceded in Death By: Parents, nephew Brent Behrens, Husbands Ed Nemetz (1987) & Lyle Fries (2006)
Daughter: Jill Cosatino of Crystal Lake, Illinois
Son: Chris Nemetz and wife Lindsey of Atkinson, NE.
Grandchildren: Maci, Drake, Avery, Landri, Brooke & Emma Cosatino

Memorials may be made to the Margaret Fries family to be designated at a later date.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Margaret Mary Fries (Krajewski-Nemetz)

Margaret’s life began as the oldest of eight children to Norbert and Crescentia (Sancy) Krajewski in Ogallala, NE.  Most of her early days were spent helping raise her siblings and attending school in Ogallala where she graduated in 1964. 

After graduation, Margaret attended College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE and then moved to Washington D.C to work in the Treasury department. 

After her time in D.C., she moved back to the Omaha area where she met Ed Nemetz and had two children:  Jill and Chris.  During her time in Omaha, she worked for various institutions including Nebraska Savings and Loan and Omaha National Bank. 

From there, Margaret moved to the Cairo/Dannebrog area where she raised her children and became involved with the local communities, the Centura school system and DCB baseball program.  Margaret married Lyle Fries in 1991 and together they enjoyed following local sports teams, especially ones their kids and grandkids were involved in.  Husker sports also held a very special place in Margaret’s heart. Margaret held various jobs ranging from Metropolitan Life, the Dan Dee Drive Inn, Principal Insurance, The Cairo Record and attended Central Community College. 

After the passing of her husband Lyle, in 2006, Margaret made her way back to Ogallala to care for her ailing mother.  During her time in Ogallala, she worked for Sapp Brothers Petroleum, her brother’s law office and enjoyed being able to spend time with family and friends. 

In 2012, Margaret moved to Atkinson to be close to her son and his family.  She enjoyed West Holt football, Sunday morning breakfasts and daily Skype time with her granddaughter Emma.  Margaret moved across the street from her son’s family in May and was able to enjoy her final weeks near family.

Margaret beamed with pride over Jill and Chris’ accomplishments and nothing made her happier than spoiling all of her grandkids.  Margaret was quite witty, with a great sense of humor, and a fantastic cook.  Playing Scrabble, reading and watching sports were a few of her favorite past times.   

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Norbert and Sancy, ex-husband, Ed Nemetz, husband, Lyle Fries, her grandparents and an infant nephew, Brett Behrens.  Memorials are suggested to Team Jack or St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Atkinson.

Survivors: Daughter, Jill Cosatino of Crystal Lake, IL, son, Christopher & wife, Lindsey of Atkinson, NE, grandchildren Emma Cosatino, Maci, Drake, Avery, Landri & Brooke Nemetz. Brothers, Toney Krajewski & wife Barb of Paxton, NE, David Krajewski and wife Diane of Ogallala, NE, Gary Krajewski and wife Diane of Ogallala, NE, Jim Krajewski and wife Brenda of Fayetville, AR, and Robert Krajewski of Ogallala, NE. Sisters, Jeanette Richardson and husband Ted of Derby, KS and Sue Behrens and husband Glenn of Murray, IA. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Milton Dean Funk Milton Dean Funk
Age 89 of Atkinson, NE.

Date of Death:  2016 07 17   
Date of Birth:  1926 09 14   
County:  Holt
Town of Death:  Atkinson   
State of Death:  Nebraska

Place of Birth:  Atkinson, NE.
Father’s Name:  George C. Funk
Mother’s Maiden Name:  Mabel Bokhof

Veteran, Name of War:   WWII
Date of Enlistment:   3/15/1944
Rank & Serial Number:   Mailman 3rd Class, #7570557
Organization:    U.S. Navy
Date of Discharge:  6/14/1946

Married, Name of Spouse: Theo Jeanine Withers
Date of Marriage:  Feb. 2, 1949   
Place of Marriage:  Atkinson, NE

Occupation:  Farmer/Rancher
Education:  4 years College

Doctor: Dr. Robert Randall, Atkinson NE.
Karen Fundus (daughter)
308 South 12th Norfolk, NE 68701 402-750-7727

Date of Funeral: Saturday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Place of Service: United Methodist Church, Atkinson NE.
Visitation: Saturday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. until the service at United Methodist Church, Atkinson, NE
Graveside Services: Private family burial at Woodlawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. in Atkinson, NE. Military Graveside Rights by Atkinson American Legion and U.S. Navy Honors Guard.

Clergyman/Address: Rev. Art Anderson & Gary Aten
Singer: Bonnie Krysl
Organist: Jean Estill
Songs: Amazing Grace & Lord’s Prayer, Congregational-How Great Thou Art, Navy Hymn.

Honorary Pall Bearers (Grandchildren):
Amy Funk, Lisa Graycar, Katie Almgren, Matthew Fundus, Ross Fundus, Carla Hottovy, Nora Petersen, Gerdon Kopecky, Cory Kopecky, Valerie Kopecky, Ryan Kopecky, Ryan Kopecky, Paul Kopecky

Preceded in Death By: Parents, One Brother, Two Sisters
Wife: Jeanine Funk of Atkinson, NE PO Box 543, ph: 402-925-2343
Children: Warren Funk and wife Carol of Atkinson, NE., Karen Fundus and husband Ken of Norfolk, NE., Michele Kopecky and husband Joe of Atkinson NE., Pamela Kopecky of Papillion, NE.
12 Grandchildren, 28 Great-Grandchildren.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Milton Dean Funk, son of George Connie Funk and Mabel (Bokhof) Funk was born on September 14, 1926 in Atkinson, NE.  He graduated from Atkinson High School before enlisting in the United States Navy at age 17.  He served in the Pacific during WWII from 1944-1946.  After completing his tour of duty, he graduated from the University of NE and enlisted in the Naval Reserve.  He taught Veterans Agricultural School in Atkinson for many years. 

On February 2, 1949, Dean was united in marriage to Theo Jeanine Withers.  They raised four children on the family farm/ranch north of Atkinson.  Dean enjoyed his family and friends, hunting, fishing, photography, gardening and Nebraska football.  He especially enjoyed watching and identifying varieties of birds and had a special love for Labrador Retrievers.  He took pleasure in canning, baking bread, and making delicious angel food cake, lemon meringue pie, and prime rib roast.

Dean was a proud member of the American Legion Post #86 for 71 years.   He was a Holt County Supervisor for 14 years, was a board member for the Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging, and served on a committee at the Atkinson United Methodist Church.   Dean was also a member of the Artificial Cattle Breeders Association. 

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Raymer Funk, and sisters Beulah (Funk) Atkins, and Bethene (Funk) Morris.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jeanine; his son Warren (Carol) Funk of Atkinson; his daughters Karen (Ken) Fundus of Norfolk, NE, Michele (Joe) Kopecky of Atkinson, Pam Kopecky of Papillion, NE; 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. 

Leah M. Olberding
Age 64 of Lincoln NE.
(Formerly of Stuart, NE)

Date of Funeral:  Thursday June 16, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service:  St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, NE
Visitation:  Wednesday June 15, 2016 from 5 to 7:30pm with a Rosary at 7:30 pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson.

Clergyman/Address:  Father Luke Steffes
Cemetery/Address:  St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE.

Pall Bearers:  Ralph Olberding, Roger Olberding, Josh Olberding, Dean LeMunyan, Gail LeMunyan, Paul Brodhagen       
Preceded in Death by:    Parents Lucille and Elmer Olberding
Sister: Sharon Brodhagen and Paul Brodhagen of Lincoln, NE
Niece: Krystal Brodhagen of Lincoln, NE
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Leah Marie Olberding was born to Elmer and Lucille Olberding June 13, 1951 in Stuart, Nebraska.  She grew up and attended country school in the Cleveland area. In 1963 she moved to the Martin Luther Home in Beatrice, NE and continued her education. 

After completing her job training she was hired by Mosaic in 1979 in the housekeeping department.  She retired from Mosaic in April, 2016 after 37 years and moved to Lincoln to live with her sister.  She passed away peacefully at home on June 9, 2016 with family by her side. 

Leah enjoyed shopping with her friends, coming to Lincoln to visit and dinner at church on Tuesday.  She was a big Husker fan but an even bigger Elvis fan.   She will be missed for her boundless energy, positive attitude and infectious smile.  Knowing her was a privilege and a blessing. 

She will be greatly missed by niece, Crystal Brodhagen,  sister, Sharon Brodhagen, fellow Husker fan, Paul Brodhagen, Uncle & Aunt LuVern & Maxine Olberding, many cousins and numerous friends. 

Proceeded in death by her parents Elmer & Lucille Olberding, Grandparents, Clem & Anna Olberding and Frank & Victoria LeMunyan.  

Memorials to Tabitha Hospice or the family for later designation to a Mosaic program.

Richard V. (Dick) Wilbern
Age 82 of Superior, NE
(Formerly of Atkinson, NE)

Date of Death:  2016  06  08    
Date of Birth:  1933  10  15  
Town of Death: Superior
State of Death: Nebraska

 Date of Funeral:  Saturday June 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Graveside Services:  Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE.

Military Graveside Rites by the Atkinson American Legion and Legion Riders.

Cemetery/Address: Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE

Preceded in Death by: Parents, Brother Robert Wilbern & His wife Jean, sister-in-law Cindy Collins


Wife: Barbara (Jo) Wilbern of Superior, NE
Daughters: Ann Long and husband Larry of Downs, KS,
Kim Thomsen and husband Chris of Hoover, Alabama

4 Grandchildren

Brother-in-law: Bill Collins of Danville, CA
Sister-in-law: Mary Nelson and husband Duane of Superior, NE

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Richard Vernon Wilbern, the son of Vernon and Alice (McGuffie) Wilbern, was born on October 15, 1933 in Atkinson, Nebraska. He passed away on June 8, 2016 at the Brodstone Memorial Hospital at Superior, Nebraska at the age of 82 years, 7 months, 24 days.

Richard attended Atkinson grades and high school. After graduating, Dick was inducted into the United States Army on October 22, 1954 and was honorably discharged on August 21, 1956 serving during the Korean War. During his Army duty in Europe, Dick played basketball and volleyball with the Armed forces team.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Collins on May 18, 1963 at the First United Methodist Church in Superior, Nebraska. This union was blessed with 2 daughters, Ann and Kim.

During Richard’s lifetime he lived in Atkinson, Nebraska; Silver Cliff, Colorado; Omaha and retiring in Superior, Nebraska. He was a member of the Atkinson American Legion and the Country Club and the Masons. While living in Atkinson, Richard was a cattle rancher.

Richard loved all sports, including basketball, football, track, baseball, golf, and swimming. For nine years he was a lifeguard and swim instructor. He enjoyed collecting toy lead soldiers, antique ships and planes. He was great at drawing, and enjoyed carving wood planes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Wilbern and his wife Jean and sister-in-law Cindy Collins.

Survivors include his wife Barbara of Superior, Nebraska; daughters Ann Long and husband Larry of Downs, Kansas and Kim Thomsen and husband Chris of Hoover, Alabama; four grandchildren: Maddie Thomsen, Jack Thomsen, Logan Thomsen and Caroline Long; brother-in-law Bill Collins of Danville, California and sister-in-law Mary Nelson and husband Duane of Superior, Nebraska; other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services at: Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior, Nebraska Time of Service: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm.

Inurnment: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:30 PM with Full Military Honors at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Atkinson, Nebraska.

Memorials to: Superior Volunteer Fire Department or the EMT's or the Atkinson American Legion.

Elaine Schorn Elaine Schorn
Age 85 of Stuart, NE

Memorial Services: Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 11:00 am

Place of Service: Stuart Community Church in Stuart, NE
Visitation: Tuesday May 31, 2016 at the Stuart Community Church from 9 am until the service time.

Clergyman/Address: Pastor Wayne Owens
Cemetery/Address: St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery Stuart, NE
 Elaine is survived by her daughters Angie Olberding (Terry Rudolph) of Stuart, Erin (Scott) Kitt of Malcolm, NE, and her son Tim (Ilmira) Schorn of Vermillion, SD, her granddaughters Courtney Batenhorst of Las Vegas, Miranda Henderson of Lincoln, and Justine Olberding of Farmerville, Louisiana, and her grandson, Kamil Schorn, of Vermillion, and nine great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her husband William, daughter Michele, and her brother Neil Harshfield of O’Neill and her sister Margaret Watson of Atkinson. 

Elaine Schorn 

April 14, 1931—May 10, 2016 

Elaine Schorn, 85, of Stuart, passed away on May 10, 2016 at West Holt Memorial Hospital. Elaine was born April 14, 1931 to Edward and Mabel (Foster) Harshfield of Atkinson. She graduated from Atkinson High School and worked as a bookkeeper at Galyen Auto in Atkinson. She married William Schorn of Atkinson on November 13, 1954 in O’Neill. Elaine and Bill lived near Atkinson until they moved north of Stuart. They raised four children, Michele, Margaret (Angie), Tim, and Erin. Elaine worked at home raising their children, gardening, canning, and taking care of the garden. Elaine began working for Stuart Public Schools as a para-educator in 1982 and remained there for nearly twenty years. 

She was involved in the Stuart Legion Auxiliary, Town & Country Extension Club, and her churches, Cleveland Presbyterian and Stuart Community, where she played the organ. Elaine played organ or sang for many weddings and funerals and gave piano lessons for years. She really enjoyed her “piano lesson kids”. 

Elaine is survived by her daughters Angie Olberding (Terry Rudolph) of Stuart, Erin (Scott) Kitt of Malcolm, NE, and her son Tim (Ilmira) Schorn of Vermillion, SD, her granddaughters Courtney Batenhorst of Las Vegas, Miranda Henderson of Lincoln, and Justine Olberding of Farmerville, Louisiana, and her grandson, Kamil Schorn, of Vermillion, and nine great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband William, daughter Michele, and her brother Neil Harshfield of O’Neill and her sister Margaret Watson of Atkinson.  

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 31st, 11:00am at the Stuart Community Church, with burial in the St. Boniface Cemetery in Stuart.

Helen A. Schmaderer.
Helen A. Schmaderer
Age 98 of Stuart, NE

Date of Funeral: Saturday May 14, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE
Visitation: Friday May 13, 2016 from 4 to 8pm at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE with a 4 pm Christian Mothers Rosary and a 7 pm Rosary at the church Friday evening.
Cemetery/Address:  St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE
Preceded in Death by:  Parents, Husband Joseph, Son James, Granddaughter Jodi Schmaderer, Daughter-in-law Sally Schmaderer, Great Granddaughter Terra Wallinger, 4 sisters & 7 brothers and their spouses, numerous nieces and nephews.
Don Schmaderer of Stuart, NE
Mel Schmaderer and wife Linda of St. Paul, NE
 Janice Lockmon and husband Garry of Stuart, NE
 Marilyn Wallinger and husband Jerry of Stuart, NE
 Arlene Schwaderer and husband Paul of Grand Island, NE
Daughter-in-law: Kathy Schmaderer of Sioux Falls, SD

19  Grandchildren, 46  Great Grandchildren, 7 Great Great Grandchildren.
Brother-in-law: Pete Schmaderer and wife Marge of Atkinson, NE
Sister-in-law: Loretta Muhs of West Point, NE
Many Nieces and Nephews.
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Helen Anne Schmaderer, age 98, was born September 19, 1917 to Jacob and Mary (Erber) Feilmeier at Hartington, NE and passed away May 10, 2016 at Parkside Manor in Stuart, NE.  She was the youngest and last of 12 children.  She went to a country school and then Holy Trinity through the 9th grade.

She married Joe Schmaderer on April 25, 1938 at Hartington, NE.  To this union six children were born, Janice, Don, Marilyn, Jim, Mel, and Arlene.  They lived north of Stuart until 1962 when they moved to Loup City, NE where they owned and operated the Fredrick Hotel and Café for 17 years.  She was a hard worker, feeding her family, friends, and customers at the hotel.  Helen was known especially for her lemon and raisin cream pies, maple sticks and fried chicken.  When she knew the elderly tenants at the hotel wouldn’t have meals for the holidays, she would fix special meals for them and Joe would deliver them to their doors. They retired and moved back to Stuart in 1979 and built a new home.  Due to failing health at 92 she went to live at Parkside Manor.

Helen loved to garden and can her produce.  She made the best dill pickles and had a green thumb for growing flowers as well, especially her lovely roses.

Helen was a great woman of faith and lived and taught it daily to her family.  It was never a surprise to see her with a rosary in her hand praying, even in her last weeks of her life.   She loved her family and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them.  She always stood behind you and encouraged you forward.  She had a glorious sense of humor and her infectious laugh made everyone smile to hear it. 

She is survived by her children; Janice Lockmon and husband Garry of Stuart, Don Schmaderer of Stuart, Marilyn Wallinger and husband Jerry of Stuart, Mel Schmaderer and wife Linda of St. Paul, NE, and Arlene Schwaderer and husband Paul of Grand Island, NE; Daughter-in-law: Kathy Schmaderer of Sioux Falls, SD;  19 Grandchildren, 46 Great Grandchildren, and 7 Great Great Grandchildren; a Brother-in-law Pete Schmaderer and wife Marge of Atkinson, and a Sister-in-law Loretta Muhs of West Point, NE; and many Nieces and Nephews.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Husband Joseph, Son James, Granddaughter Jodi Schmaderer, Daughter-in-law Sally Schmaderer, Great Granddaughter Terra Wallinger, 4 sisters & 7 brothers and their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris May Vogel Doris May Vogel
Age 90 of Stuart NE.

Date or Death: 2016/05/06
Date of Birth: 1925/05/13
County: Holt
Town of Death: Stuart

Father’s Name: Edward Owen   Slaymaker       
Mother’s Maiden Name: Rose Dvorak       
Name of Spouse: Elmer A. Vogel       
Date of Marriage: November 24, 1947
Place of Marriage: Atkinson, NE
Occupation: Housewife 
Education: 2 yrs. College

Date of Funeral: Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 10:30 am
Place of Service: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atkinson
Visitation: Monday May 9, 2016 from 4 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a 7pm Rosary Monday evening at the funeral home.

Clergyman/Address:    Father Luke Steffes
Cemetery/Address:    St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, NE
Singers:    John Madsen & Holly Meuret 
Organist    Terri Vrooman
Songs    Jesus the Lord, On this Day of Beautiful Mother, The Summons (guitar), Song of Farewell, We Will Rise Again

Pall Bearers :Steven LeMunyan, Lucas Vogel, Nicole Kreitel, Jeff Vogel, Dixie Cruise, Josh Vogel, Lauren Cobb, Riley Meuret   
Preceded in Death by:  Parents, Husband Elmer, Daughter Rosemary LeMunyan, 2 great grandchildren Deklan and Molly, a sister Raydean Kunz.

Survivors: Children

Everett Vogel and Carol Ries of Stuart, NE
Greg Vogel and wife Roma of Atkinson, NE
John Vogel and wife Chris of Atkinson, NE
Carol Cruise of O’Neill, NE
Phil Vogel and wife Sarah of Omaha, NE       
Kristi Cobb and husband Kelly of Omaha, NE
Laurie Meuret and husband Jim of Brunswick, NE
27 Grandchildren         28 Great Grandchildren
Son-in-law: Gail LeMunyan of Grand Island, Ne

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Doris was born on May 13, 1925 to Edward O. and Rose (Dvorak) Slaymaker.  She grew up a country girl on the ranch most all of her life.

Professionally she was a school teacher and a licensed cosmetologist, but her life focused on being a homemaker and mother.

She enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling and painting.  Her hundreds of pictures are her testament to the talent she had as an artist.

As time went on and her health began to fail, she enjoyed just sitting, listening, watching nature and the laughter of her grandchildren; which gave her a great sense of peace.

Christmas will always hold a special place in the family’s hearts not only because of the amazing feast but because Doris insisted on making God and Family the most important part of the holidays.

Doris is survived by her children Everett Vogel and Carol Ries of Stuart, Greg and wife Roma of Atkinson, John and his wife Chris of Atkinson, Carol Cruise of O’Neill, Phil and wife Sarah of Omaha, and Kristi Cobb and husband Kelly of Omaha, Laurie Meuret and husband Jim of Brunswick; a son-in-law Gail LeMunyan of Grand Island, NE; 27 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer, a daughter Rosemary LeMunyan, 2 great grandchildren Deklan and Molly, and a sister Raydean Kunz.

Michael G. King

Michael Gale King passed from this life on April 30, 2016, at his brother’s home in Stuart, Nebr. He was 66 years old.

Michael was born to Gale and Pauline (Hytrek) King on November 23, 1949, in Blair, Nebr. The family lived in Tekamah, where his father was an REA lineman and his mother a housewife. In 1952 the family moved to Valentine, where he attended elementary school, and in 1958, the family moved to a farm in Todd County, S.D., where Michael attended Lone Tree Country School with nine schoolmates, including his sisters. In 1961 the family moved to Elk Point, S.D., where Michael was graduated from Elk Point High School in 1968.

Michael loved the outdoors, hiking and camping far from the city. He was variously employed as a welder, millwright, and construction-equipment operator. He worked for John’s Weld and Mfg. of Stuart until his retirement in 2015.

Michael married Billie Slott on August 6, 1977, they later divorced. They welcomed the arrival of their son William Michael Slott-King on April 24, 1979.

He is survived by his son William and grand-daughter Nika Sophia King, of Davis, Calif.; his sisters Teddy (Lynn) King Sanem of Sequim, Wash., Roberta ‘Bobbi’ King (Will Burt) of Lakewood, Colorado, and Paula (Ted) King Bickel of Louisville, Kentucky; his brother Richard, of Stuart; his ex-wife Billie Slott, of Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and first cousins who remember him with affection.

Memorial services are pending.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV).

Martin John Miksch
Martin John Miksch
Age 86 of Stuart, NE  

Date of Death    2016 05 03   
Date of Birth    1930 04 10   
County:  Holt
Town of Death:    Atkinson   
State of Death    Nebraska

Place of Birth:    Stuart, NE.
Father’s Name :   John Robert Miksch
Mother’s Maiden Name:    Mary Louis Wewel

Veteran, Name of War:    Korea
Date of Enlistment:    Jan. 18, 1952
Rank & Serial Number:    Corporal 1275155
Organization:    U.S. Marine Corp
Date of Discharge: Jan. 17, 1954

Married, Name of Spouse: Maralyn Weber
Date of Marriage:    August 22, 1959   
Place of Marriage    Atkinson, NE

Occupation : Rancher
Education:  8th grade

Date of Funeral: Saturday May 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE       

Visitation:   Friday May 6, 2016 from 4 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart with a 7pm Rosary Friday evening at the funeral home.

Clergyman/Address :   Father Luke Steffes
Cemetery/Address:    St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE
Singers: Bonnie Krysl   
Organist: Terri Vrooman

Pall Bearers: Jeremy, Matthew, Tyler, Bradly, Jeffrey, Nicole, & Margaret Miksch & Eric Ford

Preceded in Death by: Parents, Sisters: Gertrude Bott, Helen Schantz, Delores Malone, Mary Ann Baterman

Wife: Marilyn Miksch of Stuart, NE
Martin Jr. Of Topeka, KS
Marvin Miksch and wife Christine of Stuart, NE
Randy Miksch and wife Rhonda of Stuart, NE
Brian Miksch of Stuart, NE

9 Grandchildren
5 Great Grandchildren

Brother: Bob Miksch and wife Phyllis of Stuart, NE
Sisters: Annie Bott of Hastings, NE
Lorene Trausch of Roseland, NE       

Military Graveside Rites by the Stuart American Legion.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Martin John Miksch was born April 10, 1930, the fifth child of John and Mary (Wewel) Miksch, on the family farm south of Stuart.  He attended school until the 8th grade, and then stayed home to help on the family farm. 

In 1952 he joined the Marines, serving for two years in Korea and Japan. He was discharged in 1954.  On returning home Martin worked for many of the local farmers stacking and bailing hay.

On August 22, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Weber in Atkinson at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  They lived on the family farm and raised four boys along with cattle, hogs, laying chickens, and broiler fryers which he helped raise and dress.  In the late 60’s he began to work with Harold Givens as a carpenter.  He built all the buildings on the farm.

Martin and Marilyn celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1984 and their 50th anniversary in 2009.  In 1990 he helped get the bakery started in a trailer house on the farm and he delivered the rolls every morning to Atkinson, Stuart, and Bassett.  In 1995 the bakery was moved to town in Stuart after he built and remodeled the present building.  He fried maple sticks and all the rolls that needed frying.  He enjoyed having coffee with the boys in the morning, which was the highlight of his day.  After 20 years it was time to retire.

In 1983 Martin became a Grandpa and enjoyed every minute he had with all his grandkids, whether it was talking about the weather, how the grocery business was doing, patients and physical therapy, hogs or carpenter work.  He enjoyed sitting outside and watching the kids play at school or people stopping to just talk.

Martin is survived by his wife Marilyn of Stuart; sons Martin Jr. of Topeka, KS, Marvin and his wife Christine, Randy and his wife Rhonda, and Brian all of Stuart; Brother Bob and his wife Phyllis of Stuart; sisters Annie Bott of Hastings, NE, and Lorene Trausch of Roseland, NE; 9 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Gertrude Bott, Helen Schantz, Delores Malone, and Mary Ann Baterman.

Louise Babl Louise Babl  
Age 92 of Stuart, NE


Date of Funeral: Saturday April 16, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE

Visitation:    Friday April 15, 2016 from 4 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart with a 7pm Parish Rosary Friday evening.

Burial in:    St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, Husband Paul Sr., daughter Linda Lorenzen, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, 1 granddaughter

Survivors: Children:

Sons: Paul Babl Jr. And wife Linda of Lincoln, NE., Gary Babl and wife Helen of Hermosa, SD.

Daughters: Carol Olson and husband Jim of Oshkosh, NE., Mary Babl and husband Scott James of West Point, NE., Paula Chamberlain of Lincoln, NE., Julie Iverson and husband Scot of Bassett, NE., Karen Holder and husband Dwain of Jackson, TN., Kim Wallinger and husband Jeff of Stuart, NE.

24 Grandchildren           25 Great Grandchildren   

Brothers: Alfred Schneider and wife Fern of Pierce, NE., Victor Schneider and wife Candy of Captain Cook, Hawaii.   

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements. 


September 29, 1923 – April 12, 2016

Louise Elizabeth Schneider Babl, age 92, of Stuart, NE, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Parkside Manor Nursing Home in Stuart.

Louise was born at home, south of Stuart, NE, on September 29, 1923, to Frank and Ellen (Cole) Schneider. She was the sixth child in a family of eleven kids.  Louise attended a country school, and after completing the eighth grade, she began working.  She worked for different families, including her sister Florence , and later worked at the Stuart hospital.

Louise married Paul Babl at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart , NE , on September 28, 1946.  Paul and his brother, Lou, had recently purchased and were operating Babl’s Café in Omaha , NE.   They continued this venture with Lou and Berniece Babl for a couple of years and then moved to Rock County .  They purchased the Bernt farm north of Newport ,  where they raised nine children, and continued to live until their retirement in 2005, when they moved to Stuart.

Louise always raised a big garden and canned all of her produce.  She helped Paul in the field, milking cows, raising chickens and pigs on the farm.  She waited tables at the Range Café in Bassett for a few years, and in later years she babysat for neighbors’ children.  She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing until her eyesight declined and made it difficult.

Louise was a member of the Northern Lites Club and St. Michael’s and Holy Cross Altar Societies.  She and Paul enjoyed playing pinochle and pitch with friends and neighbors, but their favorite pastime was dancing.

She loved her family and always enjoyed big family gatherings.  Louise was a great cook and always made sure everyone was well fed. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; parents, Frank and Ellen Schneider; daughter Linda Lorenzen; granddaughter Terra Wallinger; brothers, Leo, Laurence, George and Robert; sisters, Florence, Berniece, Emma and Catherine.

She is survived by her children: Paul, Jr. (Linda) Babl of Lincoln, NE; Carol (Jim) Olson of Oshkosh, NE; Gary (Helen) Babl of Hermosa, SD; Mary Babl (Scott James) of West Point, NE; Paula Chamberlain of Lincoln; Julie (Scot) Iverson of Bassett, NE; Karen (Dwain) Holder of Jackson, TN; Kim (Jeff) Wallinger of Stuart, NE; brothers, Alfred (Fern) Schneider of Pierce, NE and Victor (Candy) Schneider of Captain Cook, Hawaii; along with 24 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, with one on the way.

bud kreitman
Verle “Bud” Kreitman 
Age 84 of Bassett, NE

Date of Funeral:  Monday April 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Place of Service:  United Methodist Church in Bassett, NE

Visitation & Fellowship:  Sunday April 3, 2016 from 4 to 8pm at the United Methodist Church in Bassett, NE


Burial:   Stuart Community Cemetery in Stuart, NE

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, 2 sisters Phyllis McLain and Roberta Pringle


Wife: Vera Kreitman of Bassett, NE
Sons: Steven Kreitman of Bassett, NE, Michael Kreitman and wife Deanna of Bassett, NE
1 Grandson, Marty Kreitman of Wayne, NE

Military Graveside Rites by the Stuart and Bassett American Legions    

In Lieu of Flowers Memoirals may be made to the family for future designation.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Verle Kreitman was born July 17, 1931 at Stuart, Nebraska, the second child of Bert and Frances (Wehenkel) Kreitman.  He lived on the Kreitman ranch all of his 84 years, excepting for two years when his family moved to Oregon, and two years in the United States Army.

Verle attended Rock County Thurman District #41 and was a 1949 graduate of Rock County High School.  He ranched with his father until called to the service.  He served in Korea as a photo interpreter, being discharged as a Staff Sargent at Camp Carson, Colorado, returning to the ranch in November 1953.

Verle and Evera Brown were joined in marriage June 3, 1954 at Long Pine, Nebraska. They made their home for over 61 years on the beloved ranch.  To this union two sons were born, Steven and Michael.

Verle worked with the Kreitman Well Service since it was established by his father in 1948.  He enjoyed his family, people, and a little hunting and fishing, arrowhead hunting and in later years he contacted “Old Iron Fever”.  Well known as a collector of water cooled engines and such.  He and Vera traveled some, but for the most part, the love of the ranch was their life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Frances, and his two sisters Phyllis McLain, and Roberta Pringle.

Verle leaves to mourn his passing his wife Evera of Bassett, and sons Steven of Bassett, and Michael and his wife Deanna of Bassett, and an only grandson Marty Kreitman of Wayne, Nebraska.

He was known for his generosity, quiet disposition, dry humor, and a faithful husband and friend.  In his last days requesting of Vera, that she not mourn for him.

Timothy “Tim” Allan Gustafson
Age 55  of  Lincoln, NE 68505

Date of Funeral: Thursday March 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Place of Service: Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson, NE.

Military rites by the Atkinson American Legion and the Legion Riders.

Visitation:    Thursday March  31,   2016 from 8 am until the service time at 2:00 pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson.

Burial:   Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, one brother Gavin Gustafson


Wife:    Gloria Gustafson of Lincoln, NE  (formerly Gloria Shellhase of Atkinson), Brother: Jamie Gustafson of Lincoln, NE., Sister-in-laws: Shirley Raff and husband Larry of Orchard, NE., Margery Fager and husband Harold of Kearney, NE. Great Nieces and Nephews

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Tim Gustafson, 55, passed away Thursday morning, March 24 in the home he shared with his wife Gloria (Shellhase) Gustafson.  Tim graduated from Lincoln East High School in 1979, then joined the United States Air Force in 1981.  His primary duties included hot and cold refueling of jets at Bitburgh AFB in West Germany.  He served during the Cold War, NATO exercises and during the period of conflicts in Lebanon and Grenada. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.  Tim ended his tour of duty as an Airman 1st Class in 1983. 

On July 19, 1991 he entered into Holy Matrimony with Gloria Shellhase, who graduated from West Holt High School in 1983 and received her Associate’s degree from Lincoln School of Commerce in 1985.

Tim worked at various jobs throughout his career, including security for the Lied Center for Performing Arts, processing University payroll, security for the Nebraska State Capitol, then moved to grow his computer skills through a secure position with the Nebraska State Lottery and eventually moving into the Nebraska State Department of Revenue (Revenue Operations) as an Office Clerk III.  In all, he worked for the State of Nebraska for 17.5 years.  He retired in February 2013 due to the extreme fatigue associated with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia).

Tim’s hobbies included traveling, taking photos, biblical archaeology, camping, reading and learning more all the time about the God who created him and about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  His quick wit and easy smile will be missed by all.

He told Gloria he wanted to be a Daniel, on his knees in prayer, and have on his gravestone the words “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Gloria said, “No, Tim, you are a David – a man after God ‘s own heart.“

Services will be Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with Dean Seger, a close family friend, officiating.  The American Legion riders will then lead us to the Woodlawn Cemetery where full military rites will be performed.  Visitation will be the same day, prior to the service.

A memorial service for Tim will be held at the couple’s church in Lincoln, Indian Hills Community Church, on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Eddie Masters officiating.

Survivors include his wife Gloria (Shellhase) Gustafson, brother Jamie Lee Gustafson and sister Gretchen (Gustafson) Bridges; all of Lincoln.  Tim is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Shirley (Shellhase) Raff of Orchard, Margery (Shellhase) Fager of Kearney along with numerous nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his older brother, Gavin, his parents, parents-in-law and grandparents. 

Helen Ramm Obituary.
Helen M.  Ramm  
Age  90  of Stuart, Nebraska

Date of Funeral:  Monday March 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service:  St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE

Visitation:  Sunday March 27,2016 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart, NE with a 4pm Christian Mothers Rosary and a 7pm Parish Rosary Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Burial:  St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, Husband Bob, son Mike, and 2 brothers


Sons: Jim Ramm and Diane of Atkinson, NE, Bill Ramm and wife Jane of Chadron, NE,  Jon Ramm of Stuart, NE. Daughter-in-law: Rose Ramm of Stuart, NE.

        6   Grandchildren             6  Great Grandchildren

 Please send condolences to:
Jim Ramm
87162 Hwy. 11 
Atkinson, NE 68713   

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Funeral services for Helen M. Ramm of Stuart were held on Monday, March 28, 2016.  She passed away at Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska on March 22, 2016 at the age of 90.

Father Luke Steffes officiated at the 10:30 am funeral mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart.  Music was provided by Bonnie Krysl and John Madson, the soloists and Terri Vrooman, the organist.

Pallbearers were grandchildren Kendell Ramm, Kristen Ramm-Kuiken, Justin Ramm, Matt Ramm, Becky Lieswald and Trevor Ramm.            Graveside services and burial were at the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery north of Stuart.  Seger Funeral Home of Stuart was in charge of arrangements.

Helen Marie Ramm was born on November 25, 1925, the third child of August and Ina (Dallegge) Peterson on the family farm southwest of Spalding, NE.  Her parents died when she was young and she was raised in her early years by her Grandmother Ella Dallegge in Emmett, NE and later by her Aunt Margaret Bonenberger in Atkinson, NE.  Helen enjoyed school, was active in high school as the Drum Majorette and was selected for Girl’s State.  She worked at the soda fountain at Schultz’s Drug Store after school and on weekends.  She graduated from Atkinson High in 1943 and then worked at jobs in Vancouver, WA and O’Neill, NE before returning to Atkinson to work as a switchboard operator at the local phone company.  She was selected as the Atkinson Hay Days Queen in August 1946.

On September 11, 1947 Helen was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Ramm of Stuart at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Atkinson.  They lived in Stuart for about 10 years before moving to the family ranch west of town where they built a new home in 1960.  They were proud of their ranch and Angus Cattle and Helen was a stay at home ranch wife, raising her four boys.  Helen always had a smile and was willing to help out wherever needed.  She taught herself how to cook, bake and sew and always had plenty of good food on the table.  She patched many pairs of blue jeans for the family in her lifetime.

Helen was a member of both the St. Boniface Christian Mothers and the Stuart American Legion Auxiliary since 1948 and a long time member of the Town & Country Extension Club.  Helen and Bob were also regular members of a local Pitch Card Club.  In her later years, she volunteered at the Parkside Manor with bingo and as a tour guide at the White Horse Museum.  She enjoyed dancing, putting jigsaw puzzles together, listening to Big Band music, and visiting with friends.  A highlight of her life was her grandchildren, whether they were playing on the floor, swinging outside or baking cookies. 

Bob and Helen celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 13, 1987 with a mass at St. Boniface, followed by a reception and dance.  In August 2010 Helen and her family received the AK-SAR-BEN Pioneer Award, which is awarded to a family having continuous ownership of the same parcel of  land in Nebraska for 100 years.  After Bob's passing in 1997, Helen continued to live at home on the ranch until November of 2011 when she moved to the assisted living and later the nursing care facility at Parkside Manor in Stuart.

Helen is survived by sons Jim of Atkinson, Bill and wife Jane of Chadron, Jon of Stuart and daughter-in-law Rose Ramm of Stuart.  Grandchildren Kendell Ramm of Atkinson, Kristen (Rick) Kuiken of Gretna, Justin (Megan) Ramm of Stuart, Matt (Emily) Ramm of Gretna, Becky (Brett) Lieswald of Atkinson and Trevor Ramm of Stuart, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert of 49 years, son Michael, and brothers George Peterson and Marion Peterson. 

A memorial has been established for the Stuart American Legion Auxiliary, Stuart Community Foundation or the White Horse Museum.

Gerald D.  Fahrenholz
 Age  82 of Stuart, NE.               

Date of Funeral: Saturday March 19, 2016 at 10:30 am.

Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE.

Visitation on  Friday March 18, 2016 from 5 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart, NE with a Wake Service at 7pm followed by a K.C. Rosary Friday evening.

Burial at: St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Stuart, NE 

Pall Bearers: Grandsons;    Kyle Fahrenholz, Ben Osburn, Matt Rentschler, Greg Rentschler, Nick Ramold, Jason Fahrenholz, Clayton Osburn, Kalvin Fahrenholz, Kraig Fahrenholz   

Honorary Pallbearers:    All of Gerald’s Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren        

Preceded in Death by:    Parents, one sister Eleanor Kotrous

Wife: Alice Fahrenholz of Stuart, NE
Children: Randy Fahrenholz and wife Jacque of O’Neill, NE , Marsha Osburn and husband Rusty of Cody, NE , Cheryl Rentschler and husband Mike of Atkinson, NE , Carl Fahrenholz and wife Theresa of Stuart, NE,       Linda Ramold of Norfolk, NE , Jerry Fahrenholz and wife Paulette of Stuart, NE , Nancy Kratz and husband Mike of Atkinson, NE

26 Grandchildren      12 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Jean Truman of O’Neill, NE

Gerald was born with his twin sister Jean on May 29, 1933 to Leon and Nancy (Jeffry) in Stanton County NE. He had one sister, Eleanor. The family moved from the Stanton area to a farmstead southeast of Chambers. Gerald attended country school near Chambers then attended high school at St. Mary’s in O’Neill. After high school, Gerald was drafted into the United States Army in 1953, serving in Germany during the Korean War until being honorably discharged in 1955. 

After his service in the army Gerald returned to Nebraska and worked as a ranch hand in the Bartlett area.   In 1957 he went to Milford Trade School and became a diesel mechanic .He was married to Alice (Frerichs) on June 4, 1960 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. They made their home in Stuart where Gerald worked at a repair shop until they moved to Bassett where he worked for Ted Blake Implement. Due to a job related back injury Gerald required surgery. It was during this time that Gerald and Alice and their growing family moved north of O’Neill where Alice returned to teaching to support the family while Gerald recovered from his surgery and took care of the kids. They lived there for two years then moved to Stuart where Alice continued teaching and Gerald was employed at Shelhamer Equipment in O’Neill.

It was in the mid 1970’s that Gerald started his own business in Stuart and the family moved into Stuart where Alice still lives. Gerald was a proud member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, The American Legion, a 4th Degree KC, Knights of Columbus and a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed gardening and was known around town for the huge garden that he and the family grew and preserved. Other interests included fishing, his pets, playing cards and enjoying his family. He always took pride in the accomplishments of his children and especially his grandchildren.

Gerald is survived by his wife Alice of Stuart, seven children: Randy (Jacque) Fahrenholz of O’Neill, Marsha (Rusty) Osburn of Cody NE, Cheryl (Mike) Rentschler of Atkinson, Carl (Theresa) Fahrenholz of Stuart, Linda Ramold of Norfolk, Jerry (Paulette) Fahrenholz of Stuart, Nancy (Mike) Kratz of Atkinson, 26 grandkids and 12 great grandkids; sister Jean Truman of O’Neill.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and sister Eleanor Kotrous and his beloved dog Shirley.

Military Gravesite Rites by the Stuart American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Stuart American Legion, Knights of Columbus or Stuart Fire Department.

George David Geib, Jr.
Age 91 of Bassett, NE.

Date of Funeral: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Memorial Services: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bassett, NE at 11:00 am

Visitation: Saturday March 12, 2016 from 9am until the service time at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bassett, NE

Clergyman: Father Randy Goeke

Preceded in Death by: Parents


Wife: Lucille “Lucy” Geib of O’Neill, NE
Daughter: Sandy Benson and husband Barry of Riverview, NE [email protected]

2 Grandchildren 3 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Marie Griffin of Camarillo, CA

Five nieces and Nephews

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

George David Geib, Jr. was born on April 14, 1924 to Ann Thuresson Geib and George David Geib, Sr. shortly after the couple had moved to Santa Barbara, California from Omaha, Nebraska where Ann had been an elementary school teacher and George, Sr. had worked for the railroad.

 George grew up in Santa Barbara and was in his third year at Santa Barbara State College when Uncle Sam gave him the choice of going into the army at once or enlisting in the Army Air Corps with deferment guaranteed until his college graduation in June, 1945. He chose deferment, but that was soon cancelled and he received a letter ordering him to report to Lincoln Air Base in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 3, 1943. There was a foot of snow on the ground when George and 600 other trainees from California arrived in Lincoln wearing T-shirts, as their original orders had been to report to a different base in a warmer climate.

 After spending six weeks in basic training in Lincoln, George received additional assignments to Drury College in Springfield, Missouri; Santa Ana Army Air Base in California; and Cal Aero Academy in Ontario, California. He received his pilot wings in Phoenix, Arizona in June, 1944. Soon after graduation he received another set of wings as a glider pilot.

 He was shipped to England on a refitted and stripped down Queen Mary luxury ship, arriving on November 11, 1944. He was assigned to Troop Carrier, where he learned to fly the C-47 two-engine transport airplane preparatory to transporting paratroopers, wounded troops, and supplies all over Europe. He also flew many men who had been prisoners of war, and he towed gliders. Every week he faithfully wrote a letter home to his mother, who carefully saved them and eventually returned them to him. Many years later he collected them into a book and published them.

 After the war, he flew VIPs all over Europe. George was allowed a day to sit in on the War Trials in Nuremberg, Germany. He arrived home July 1, 1946.

 After returning to college and receiving his diploma in economics from the University of California at Santa Bar­­bara, George worked in a local retail store. When the owners opened a branch in La Jolla, California, they asked George to manage it. In La Jolla, he met and married Lucille Miner Dahl and her young daughter, Sandy.

 George began his real business career shortly afterwards, when he became a loan officer at La Jolla Federal Savings and Loan Association. He became the manager of their branch in Fallbrook, California. When La Jolla Federal merged with Glendale Federal of Los Angeles, he was appointed the area Vice President and managed 10 branches in San Diego and Riverside Counties. While in Fallbrook, George and Lucy built a home on a small acreage, where they grew avocado and citrus trees.

 In 1988 George retired, and he and Lucy moved to Prescott, Arizona, a mile-high city in the mountains between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona. They had an active retirement there as tour guides at a local history museum and the chamber of commerce. They taught AARP 55-Alive Safe Driving classes for many years. They were very active in the Episcopal Church in every place they lived. They also traveled extensively and visited places as diverse as the Amazon River, Russia, and Europe.

 In 2004 they moved to Bassett to be closer to their daughter, Sandy, and her husband Barry. George and Lucy built a home and enjoyed working in their yard and taking walks. George really enjoyed watching his grandchildren, Chantelle and Samantha, grow up. He was pleased to be able to attend the baptism of his great-grandson, Midas.

 George is survived by his wife, Lucy, his daughter Sandy and her husband Barry, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Marie Griffin, of Camarillo, California, and five nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bassett.

John Anthony Ziska 
Age 84 of Atkinson, NE             

Date of Funeral:    Saturday March 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service :   St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, NE

Visitation:    Friday March 11, 2016 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a 7 pm Rosary Friday evening at the funeral home.

Clergyman/Address:    Father Luke Steffes

Cemetery/Address:    Military Graveside Rites by the Atkinson American Legion Post.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, NE
Preceded in Death by:    Parents, Brothers Eugene J. & Edward, sister Doris Ziska
Sister: Lorene Perez of Pueblo, CO
Sister-in-law: Charlene Ziska of Grand Island, NE
Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, NE
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Robert Westlake Hendricks  
Age 82 of Atkinson, NE

 Celebration of Life Service:    Thursday  March 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

Place of Service:    Faith Wesleyan Church in Atkinson, NE

Visitation /Wake Service:    Thursday March 10, 2016 at 9 am until the service time at the Faith Wesleyan Church in Atkinson.

Clergyman/Address:    Rev. R.J. Wolgemuth and Myron Buller

Cemetery/Address:    Burial at a later date at Joy Cemetery North of O’Neill, NE
Preceded in Death by:      Parents, son-in-law Glenn Dunn,
Wife: Marilyn Hendricks of Atkinson, NE
Children: Becky Woods and husband Larry of Chambers, NE
                Bob Hendricks and wife Rhonda of Marshalltown, IA
                Rick Hendricks and wife Nancy of Atkinson, NE
                Rhonda Dunn of Derby, KS
10 Grandchildren      11 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Markita Klinger of Atkinson, NE
Brothers: Leon Hendricks and wife Millie of Wamego, KS
                Arlin Hendricks and wife Linda of Atkinson, NE
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of Arrangements.

Robert Westlake Hendricks was born on June 3rd, 1933 to Mark & Arla (Peabody) Hendricks on the family ranch north of Atkinson.  He was the oldest of four children and spent the majority of his childhood working and playing on the ranch.

He attended Atkinson High School until he was asked to join a traveling gospel group from Miltonvale Wesleyan College in Miltonvale, Kansas.  While there, he met his sweetheart Marilyn Ernst. After graduating from Miltonvale Wesleyan Academy, he and Marilyn married in Miltonvale on September 1st, 1952.

The two began their marriage in Holt County and were blessed by their first child, Rebecca.  For five years they lived in McPherson, Kansas, where Bob worked for a flour mill and Red’s Appliance.  Two sons, Robert & Richard, were born while the young family resided in Kansas.

In the spring of 1959, Bob and Marilyn returned to the Hendricks ranch in Holt County. It was here that their youngest child Rhonda was born. Bob worked for a time on the Bill Kretchman ranch and raised his own pigs and dairy cattle.  In 1966, Robert began his own electrical business. His son Rick partnered with him starting in 1977, and Hendricks Electric served many area customers until Bob’s retirement. 

Music served as a common thread in Bob’s life. It was evident during his youth in Miltonvale and throughout his adulthood, as well. He sang and played instruments for church worship and local functions, provided music for many weddings and funerals, and nearly every gathering hosted at the ranch included at least a song or two. He also served the local community in many ways, as a long-time member of the West Holt board of education and in various roles within Faith Wesleyan Church. Bob enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, woodworking, hunting, fishing, and camping. He and Marilyn hosted many gatherings for family, friends, and neighbors. He loved people and cherished time spent with others.

Robert passed away March 5th, 2016, at West Holt Memorial Hospital.  He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 63 years.  Children Becky (Larry) Woods of Chambers, NE; Bob (Rhonda) Hendricks of Marshalltown, IA; Rick (Nancy) Hendricks of Atkinson, NE; and Rhonda Dunn of Derby, KS; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Siblings Leon (Millie) Hendricks of Wamego, KS; Markita Klinger of Atkinson, NE; and Arlin (Linda) Hendricks of Atkinson, NE; as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbors, & friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father, mother-in-law and father-in-law, brother-in-law Richard Klinger, and son-in-law Glenn Dunn.

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