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Title: Book of Memories Grand Island Central Catholic Development


1
Book of Memories
  • Grand Island Central Catholic
  • Development Foundation2011

2
Phyllis Dryer
  • Phyllis Gene Dryer, 81, of Grand Island, died
    Friday, June 24, 2011 at Primrose Retirement
    Community with her family at her side.
  • Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011
    at St. Marys Cathedral.
  • The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski, Rev. Sidney
    B. Bruggeman, Rev. Thomas Dowd and Rev. Mark A.
    Maresh officiated. Burial was in the Grand
    Island City Cemetery.
  • Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at
    Curran Funeral Chapel with a vigil service at 7
    p.m.
  • Phyllis was born July 27, 1929, in Merrick
    County to Julius and Christine (Gerlach)
    Daberkow.
  • Survivors of her immediate family include
    her husband of 60 years, Bob Dryer, of Grand
    Island two sons, Tom Dryer of Lincoln and Dan
    Dryer of Grand Island nine daughters and seven
    sons-in-law, Cathy and Dr. Hugh Brown of
    Avondale, Pa., Mary Kay and Steve Chesley of
    Rifle, Colo., Barb and Jim Frank of Urbandale,
    Iowa, Stacia and Lloyd Yancey of Dallas, Carol
    Heimkes and fiancé Dave Edmunds of Bloomington,
    Minn., Debbie Plettner of Omaha, Jamie and Steve
    Meyer of Grand Island, Linda and Ron Glause of
    St. Libory, Sharon and Jim Liske of Grand Island,
    and 27 grandchildren two brothers and
    sisters-in-laws, Dr. Stan and Julie Daberkow of
    University Park, Md., Don and Carol Daberkow of
    Grand Island, and one sister, Donna Larson of
    Kearney.
  • Other survivors include two
    great-grandchildren.
  • Phyllis grew up in Merrick County and
    graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1945.
    She was employed for five years at Northwestern
    Bell as a telephone operator supervisor.
  • She married Robert Bob Dryer on Dec. 2,
    1950, at St. Marys Cathedral in Grand Island.
    They lived in Grand Island, where she raised her
    11 children. She later worked as a media aide
    and educational assistant for special needs
    children at Grand Island Public School.
  • Phyllis was sports enthusiast. She
    especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren
    play football, volleyball, basketball, baseball
    and softball, as well as their dance recitals,
    music concerts, and play productions. She
    enjoyed crocheting pieces for her family and
    items for fundraising events. She enjoyed
    reading to her grandchildren. She was a true
    Husker fan.
  • She was a member of St. Marys Cathedral,
    Cathedral Ladies, Eucharist Minister to the
    homebound and nursing homes, St. Marys Study
    Club and past secretary-treasurer of that club
    and member of the YMCA.
  • She is welcomed into heaven by her parents
    one granddaughter, Stefanie Chesley and a
    son-in-law, Joel Plettner.
  • Memorials are suggested to St. Marys
    Cathedral Square or Grand Island Central Catholic
    Foundation.
  • Online condolences may be given and her
    video tribute viewed at www.curranfuneralchapel.co
    m under Phylliss obituary.

3
Marian Fauquier
  • Marian F. Fauquier, 91, of Des Moines, Iowa,
    formerly of Grand Island, died Saturday, Aug. 27,
    2011, at Trinity Center at Luther Park in Des
    Moines, Iowa.Funeral services will be 1030
    a.m. Wednesday at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in
    Grand Island. The Rev. Sylvia Karlsson will
    officiate. Burial will be in the Central City
    Cemetery.Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
    Tuesday at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand
    Island.Marian was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Grand
    Island to Fred and Tina (Rohweder)
    Schirkofsky.She married Clifford Fauquier on
    Sept. 21, 1941, in Grand Island.Survivors of
    the immediate family include her son and
    daughter-in-law, Michael and Jane (Hellwig)
    Fauquier of Mandeville, La. daughters and
    sons-in-law, Judith and Dennis Palmer of
    Beaverton, Ore., and Jacqulyn and Donald Garrett
    of Des Moines, Iowa and seven grandchildren.Oth
    er survivors include one great-grandchild.She
    grew up in Grand Island and graduated from Grand
    Island Senior High School.Following her
    marriage, the couple lived in Independence, Mo.
    They also lived in Nebraska at Pickrell, Central
    City and Grand Island.She was a member of St.
    Pauls Lutheran Church, the Liederkranz, Eagles,
    Grand Island Women's Club, and the Grand Island
    Historical Society. She enjoyed socializing with
    her friends and family, along with playing cards,
    and dancing.She was preceded in death by her
    husband, Clifford parents one grandson three
    sisters, and one brother.

4
Ruth Fox

Ruth Fox, 94, of Santa Monica, Calif., died
Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Sinai Memorial Park
was assisting the family in arrangements.
Ruth was born in Chicago on May 17, 1917, to
Harry and Anna Ellis. She married Joe Fox in
1945 and had three beautiful daughters. She
was a gifted writer and compassionate social
worker. Ruth loved dancing and was always looking
for a dance partner. Ruth is survived by her
three daughters and sons-in-law Sonya and Bruce
Sultan of Santa Monica, Jacquey and Richard
Snyder of Los Angeles and Barbara and Bill Dunn
of Grand Island.
5
Margaret Ann Hoelck
Margaret Ann Hoelck, 75, of Grand Island
died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at
Tiffany Square after a short illness with
pancreatic and liver cancer. Services will
be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral in
Grand Island. The Rev. Richard Piontkowski will
officiate. Burial will be in the Westlawn
Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Apfel Funeral Home,
with a rosary wake service at 7 p.m. Mrs.
Hoelck was born Feb. 27, 1936, in Grand Island to
Lawrence and Margaret Bernt. Survivors of
the immediate family include her husband, LeRoy
C. Hoelck a daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and
Randy Mendyk of Grand Island and a son, Patrick
Hoelck of Los Angeles. Additional survivors
include grandchildren, Anna, Ashley and Evan
Mendyk, and many dear friends and family.
She grew up on the family farm and attended
District 1 Elementary School and St. Mary's High
School. Margaret attended college at Duchene in
Omaha majoring in business. She worked as a legal
secretary for Overland National Bank in Grand
Island. On May 18, 1957, she married LeRoy
C. Hoelck at Blessed Sacrament Church in Grand
Island. Lee and Margaret moved to Denver for five
years where Margaret worked as a legal secretary.
They then moved to southern California for 28
years where she and Lee were self-employed in the
retail business. In 1989, they returned to Grand
Island to care for her father in his final stages
of ALS. Margaret spent the rest of her life in
Grand Island. Margaret was a charter member
of the Serra Club and Blessed Sacrament Church.
She belonged to the Catholic Daughters, the
Sunset Club, and the African Violet Society of
southern California. Margaret was the original
extreme couponer (before it became popular) and
was a lifetime patron of the arts attending
various symphonies, concerts and Broadway shows.
She traveled extensively with her family, and her
favorite city was Dublin, Ireland. She was
preceded in death by her parents and her aunt,
Claire. Memorials are suggested to the
Central Catholic Foundation or to the St. Francis
Cancer Treatment Center of Grand Island, NE.
6
Ralph E Kraning
Ralph E. Kraning, 67, of Papillion died
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Nebraska Skilled
Nursing and Rehabilitation in Omaha.
Services were 1000 a.m. Wednesday at St. Marys
Cathedral. The Rev. Richard Piontkowski and Rev.
James Janovec officiated. Burial was in the
Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation
was at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Apfel Funeral Home,
concluding with a 7 p.m. rosary and wake
service. Ralph Eugene Kraning was born
February 19, 1944, at Grand Island to Samuel, Sr.
and Annette (Ziola) Kraning. Survivors of
the immediate family include his wife, Rita
Kraning of Papillion one daughter, Carissa
Kraning of Eveleth, Minn. one brother, Samuel
Kraning, Jr. of DesMoines, Iowa and a
brother-in-law, Glen Lorance of Grand Island,
NE. Additional survivors include one
grandson, Matthew Kraning. Ralph grew up in
Grand Island and received his education at Grand
Island Central Catholic, graduating in 1962. He
entered the U.S. Air Force in 1963 and served in
Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1967.
Following his military service, he worked for the
Internal Revenue Service in Omaha and then Kansas
City. He married Rita Janovec on August 19,
2000, at St. Marys Cathedral in Grand Island.
They lived in Papillion, where Ralph retired from
the Internal Revenue Service. Ralph was a
member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles and the
Platt-Deutsche. He was a master gardener and
enjoyed books and antiques, as well as unique and
unusual items. He loved his time spent with
family, his basset hounds and just liked to get
out and go places. He had a never-ending thirst
for knowledge, always yearning to learn new
things. He was preceded in death by his
parents and his sister, Marie Lorance.

7
Carl Meier

Carl J. Meier, 78, of Grand Island died
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at Parsons House in
Omaha. Services were 1030 a.m. Saturday at
Blessed Sacrament Church in Grand Island. The
Rev. Todd Philipsen officiated. Burial was at
the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation
was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church, with a
parish rosary/wake service at 7 p.m.
Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home was in charge
of arrangements. Mr. Meier was born April 25,
1930, at Petersburg to Carl Sr. and Catherine M.
(Schalk) Meier. Survivors of the immediate family
include his wife, Loretta Meier of Grand Island
two daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Mark
Brammer of Grand Island and Karen and Carl Bowman
of Lincoln two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry
and Carol Meier of Grand Island and David and
Connie Meier of Aurora, Colo. and a brother and
sister-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Meier of
Alda. Additional survivors include 13
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Carl
grew up and attended school in Petersburg,
graduating in 1948. He married Loretta Rotherham
on June 16, 1952, at St. Edwards Church in St.
Edward. The couple made their home in Grand
Island. Carl worked at the Cornhusker Army
Ammunition Plant until 1956. He then worked as a
home delivery driver for Fairacres Dairy until
the early 1970s. At that time, he went to work
for Sperry-New Holland until his retirement in
1985. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament
Church, the BPO Elks, Eagles and the
Platt-Duetsche.
8
Rona Melkus

Rona Melkus, formerly of Grand Island,
died April 16, 2011, in Fresno, Calif. A
prayer service and celebration of her life was 11
a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Leos
Catholic Church in Grand Island. A lunch
followed in the parish center. Her many friends
and former colleagues were invited. Rona
Melkus was born in Hartley, Iowa on February 24,
1951. Ronas devotion to her family, friends,
career and her faith touched the lives of many
and those who were privileged to know her were
endeared by her integrity, strength, kindness and
everlasting smile. Rona graduated from Grand
Island Central Catholic in 1969, where she met
her husband whom she married in 1971. She then
graduated from the University of Nebraska in
Lincoln in 1973, earning a BS in Education.
A true community servant, Rona dedicated her life
to serving others. In honor of her son JJs
successful recovery, she became an active
volunteer with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society
and in 2005 was named Woman of the Year for
raising the most funds during an eight-week
campaign. Rona was also a frequent donor at the
Central California Blood Center. Rona began
her career teaching in Grand Island public
schools and at the Grand Island School of
Business she discovered her passion for
accounting. When the family moved to Clovis,
Calif., in 1986, she enrolled in accounting
courses at Fresno State. In 1992, she began a
nearly 20-year accounting career with the Central
Valley Community Bank and was named Vice
President Controller in August 1996. Ronas
outstanding work ethic and excellent performance
was highly regarded, consistently awarding her
top honors and leaving a significant legacy for
the banks future. Rona was preceded in
death by her parents, Daniel and Marcella Luton,
and her husbands parents, Leonard and Margery
Melkus. Rona will be deeply missed by her
loving husband of 39 years, Gordon Melkus, and
her three children Robert Melkus, JJ Melkus and
Elizabeth Hamel (Josuha). She is also survived
by her nine siblings Connie Luton, Barbara Boos
(Ed), Marabeth Luton, Janet Perantoni (Jay),
Dennis Luton (Pat), Dan Luton (Mary), David Luton
(Sally), and Dana Luton (Hillary) and many
beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
She will always be remembered for her
unconditional love of family, friends, community
and her dedication to her faith, career and
garden.
9
Kristy Middleton
Kristy M. Middleton, 47, of Grand Island
died Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Services were 7
p.m. Monday in the chapel of All Faiths Funeral
Home. Dan Naranjo officiated. Her ashes were
buried in the Dublin Cemetery near Primrose.
There was no visitation. Mrs. Middleton was
born April 7, 1964, at Grand Island to Kenneth
and Diane (Dickey) Bogner. Survivors of the
immediate family include her husband, Dan a son,
Blade of Grand Island her father of Grand
Island a sister and brother-in-law, Marcy and
Chris Hess of Lee-Summitt, Mo. and two brothers
and a sister-in-law, Tim Bogner and Todd and
Becky Bogner, all of Grand Island.
Additional survivors include grandma, Marie
Dickey of St. Edward nieces and nephews, Alicia,
Isabella, Christian, Coebin, Kenley, Melissa,
Brian, Brandon, Georgia and Lissa and
great-nieces and nephews and uncles and aunts.
She was welcomed into heaven by her mother.
Kristy was raised in Grand Island graduating
from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in
1982. She was employed by Shopko Optical for 17
years. Some of her enjoyments were
antiquing, spending time on her grandparents
farm and most of all, spending time with family
and friends, especially with her nieces and
nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials are
suggested to the family.

10
Jeannie Cockson Opp
Jeannine Mae Cockson Opp, 69, died May
14, 2011, at Bryan LGH West Medical Center in
Lincoln. She was born April 15. 1942, in
Grand Island, NE, to Alvin and Mary (Walsh)
Cockson. Jeannine lived her entire life in
Nebraska, except for a brief time as a young
child in Burlington, Iowa, and Dallas Texas, when
her fathers employment took the family there.
She spent the remainder of her childhood and
young adult life in Hall County living in Alda,
Grand Island and Doniphan. She attended Blessed
Sacrament Elementary School and was a graduate of
Central Catholic High School in 1961, both in
Grand Island. In the late 1960s and early
1970s she was employed by the Cornhusker Army
Ammunition Plant in Grand Island, where she met
her husband, Robert Opp of Wood River. After
their marriage they lived near Wood River on Opp
family farm until Roberts death in 2002.
Jeannine and Robert are best remembered by their
friends and family for their love of dancing.
Jeannine was also a bingo enthusiast.
Shortly after her husbands death, Jeannine moved
to Grand Island and then to Lincoln, where she
resided until her death. She was preceded in
death by her husband, her parents, her sister,
Marcia, and brother, Daniel, and a nephew, Ryan
Cockson. She is survived by five siblings,
Kathleen Bennett of Highlands Ranch, Colo.,
Michael Cockson of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Rio
Verde, Ariz., Deacon David Cockson of Pueblo,
Colo., Cheryl Crawford of Purcellville, Va., and
Mark Cockson of Fountain Hills, Ariz. She is
also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and 13
great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial
Mass of Resurrection was celebrated by the Rev.
James Janovec at 930 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at
St. Marys Catholic Church in Wood River.
Interment of cremains immediately followed at
Westlawn Cemetery in Grand Island. Apfel Funeral
Home of Grand Island was in charge of the
arrangements.

11
Mary Kay (McGowan) Redman
Mary Kay (McGowan) Redman, 46, of
Kearney died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Clarkson
Medical Center in Omaha. Mass of Christian
burial was 1030 a.m. Monday at Kearney High
School Auditorium, with the Rev. Joe Hannappel
officiating. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday at St. James Catholic Church, with a vigil
service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour
prior to the mass at Kearney High School.
Interment was at the Kearney Cemetery. OBrien
Straatmann Funeral Home was in charge of
arrangements. Mrs. Redman was born August
28, 1964, in Grand Island to Paul and Wauneta
(Burns) McGowan. Survivors of the immediate
family include her husband, Matt Redman of
Kearney two sons, Josh and Jake Redman and a
daughter, Maggie Redman, all of Kearney her
mother of Grand Island two sisters, Sister Mary
Margaret McGowan and Sister Carlene Headrick,
both of Grand Island six brothers and four
sisters-in-law, Jim and Jan McGowan of Puyallup,
Wash., Larry and Barb McGowan of Schuyler, John
McGowan of Denver, Mark and Kim McGowan of Grand
Island, Steve McGowan of Windom, Minn., Matt and
Jen McGowan of Iowa City, Iowa. Additional
survivors include father-in-law and
mother-in-law, LeRoy and Lois Redman of Grand
Island, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law,
Connie and Don Bennett of Kansas City, Mo., Mary
Redman of Grand Island, Mike and Jen Redman of
Grand Island, Colleen and Stu Girard of Castle
Rock, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
She was raised in Grand Island and received her
education at Grand Island Central Catholic
graduating in 1982. Mary Kay was a 1987 graduate
of Kearney State College. She was united in
marriage to Matthew A. Redman on August 20, 1988,
in Grand Island. She started her teaching career
with Kearney High School in the fall of 1988.
Mary Kay was a member of St. James Catholic
Church, the Nebraska Educators Association,
Co-founder of Kearney Tackles Cancer and a board
member of Kearney Legion Baseball. Mary Kay had
a passion for education and working with kids.
She will be missed by many of her past and
present students. Mary Kay was preceded in
death by her father, Paul McGowan. In lieu
of flowers, memorials are suggested to Kearney
Tackles Cancer, the Mary Kay Redman Memorial
Scholarship Fund or to the family for future
designation.

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Lester Riesberg
Lester Riesberg, age 89 of Carroll, died Monday,
July 25, 2011 at Mable Rose Estates in Papillion,
Nebraska. Mass of the Christian Burial will be
celebrated at 1030 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011
at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. The
Celebrant will be Fr. Timothy R. Schott. Music
will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence
Choir. Lectors will be Lesters sons Dale and
Kent Riesberg. Gift Bearers will be Lesters
granddaughters Danielle Riesberg, Kayleen
Collins, Katie Anderson, Rhonda Brunson, Janice
Riesberg, Rachel Riesberg and Amanda Riesberg.
Eucharistic Ministers will be a daughter and
son-in-law Kathy and Jim Golwitzer and son,
Richard Riesberg. Casket Bearers will be Lesters
grandsons Patrick Riesberg, Douglas Riesberg,
Kevin Huebert, Matt Golwitzer, Jay Golwitzer,
Jeremiah Riesberg, Joshua Riesberg, Andrew
Riesberg, and Adam Riesberg. Burial will be at
Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Carroll. Friends may call
at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 330
p.m., Wednesday where there will be a rosary at 4
p.m., and a Christian Wake Service at 630 p.m.,
by St. Lawrence Parish. Memorials may be made to
the Lester and Angela Riesberg Kuemper
Scholarship Fund or St. Lawrence Parish and may
be left at the funeral home or the church in
Lesters name. Online condolences may be left for
Lesters family at www.sharpfuneral.com. Born on
January 4, 1922 in Templeton, Iowa, Lester was
the son of Anton and Mary (Sondgeroth) Riesberg.
On April 18, 1944, Lester was united in marriage
to Angela Dentlinger in Halbur, Iowa. They made
their home in Carroll, Iowa for 63 years and were
blessed with six children. Lesters life was
devoted as a loving husband, father, grandfather,
and great-grandfather. Lester's occupations
included farming, owner of an egg and cream
route, Halbur hammermill, and Farner-Bocken
Company. He was a volunteer at New Hope Village
and was a member of St. Lawrence Parish. Lester
is survived by his wife Angela of Carroll his
children Dale (Karen) Riesberg of Crofton, NE,
Sharon (Dallan) Huebert of Omaha, NE, Kathleen
(James) Golwitzer of Keller, TX, Kent (Karen)
Riesberg of Papillion, NE, Richard (Eunice)
Riesberg or Grundy Center, IA, and Roger (Paula)
Riesberg of Grand Island, NE 16 grandchildren
Patrick Riesberg, Douglas Riesberg, Danielle
Riesberg, Kevin Huebert, Kayleen Collins, Katie
Anderson, Matt Golwitzer, Rhonda Brunson, Jay
Golwitzer, Jeremiah Riesberg, Joshua Riesberg,
Janice Riesberg, Andrew Riesberg, Rachel
Riesberg, Adam Riesberg and Amanda Riesberg 8
great-grandchildren brother Anthony (Rose)
Riesberg of Carroll his sisters Lillian
Ferneding of Carroll, and Irma (Paul) Grote of
Carroll his sisters-in-law, Hiltrude Riesberg of
Carroll, Gladys Halbur, of Halbur and Jeanette
Venner of Carroll brothers-in-law Clarence
Fischer of Carroll, James (Rita) Dentlinger of
Glidden, Jerome (Elaine) Dentlinger, of Carroll
as well as many nieces and nephews and many
friends. He was preceded in death by his
parents his brothers Clarence, Walter, Andrew,
Fr. Leo and Hilbert Riesberg his sisters
Elizabeth Willenborg and Helen Schweers his
brothers in-law Paul Ferneding, Maurice Glass,
Bernard Willenborg, Vincent Schweers, Vincent
Halbur, Edward Venner and his sisters in-law
Martha Riesberg, Hilda Riesberg and Agatha
Fischer.

13
Mary Ellen Rupp

Mary Ellen Rupp, 71, of Grand Island died
Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Tiffany Square Care
Center. Services were 1030 a.m. Tuesday at
St. Marys Cathedral. The Rev. Richard L.
Piontkowski Jr. her nephew, the Rev. John
Neneman, and the Rev. James J. Janovec
concelebrated. Inurnment was in the Grand Island
City Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7
p.m. Monday at Curran Funeral Chapel, with a
Catholic Daughters Rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil
service at 7 p.m. Mrs. Rupp was born Jan.
25, 1940, in Omaha to William R. and Agnes
(Slegl) Spencer. Survivors of the immediate
family include her husband, Robert of Grand
Island a daughter, Anne Rupp of Charlotte, N.C.
three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Bob and
Kris Rupp of Omaha, Roger and Judy Rupp of
Seattle and Craig and Karen Rupp of Grand Island
nine grandchildren, two sisters and a
brother-in-law, Adrienne Neneman of Great Falls,
Mont., and Cookie and Dr. James Hervert of
Hastings a brother and two sisters-in-law, David
and Becky Spencer of Denver and Joan Spencer of
Buffalo Grove, Ill. Additional survivors
include a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Julie
(Rupp) and Bill Ziller of Grand Island. Mary
Ellen grew up in Omaha and graduated from Notre
Dame Academy in 1957. She attended Duchesne
College and graduated from St. Francis School of
Nursing in Grand Island in 1960. On October
8, 1960, Mary Ellen married Robert Rupp at St.
Marys Cathedral in Grand Island. She was on
the nursing staff at the University of Nebraska
Medical Center in Omaha and St. Francis Hospital
in Grand Island. After retiring from the nursing
field, Mary Ellen worked for Orthotics and
Prosthetics in Grand Island. Mary Ellen had
been an active member of St. Marys Cathedral,
Christian Mothers, St. Marys Altar Society,
Catholic Daughters of Americas, Court Ave Maria
No. 1263 and Riverside Ladies Golf League. Her
other activities included playing bridge and
pinochle, snow skiing and antique shopping. She
also volunteered at St. Francis gift shop and
snack cart. She had a great sense of humor
and her appearance and work ethic were important
to her. She took pride in her family and
appreciated her many friends. Mary Ellens
greatest loves were her family and Catholic
faith. She was a devoted wife, mother,
grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and sister. She
will be remembered for her heroic battle with
brain cancer. She was preceded in death by
her parents a brother, Bill Spencer a nephew,
Patrick Spencer and a niece, Abigail Spencer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to
St. Marys Cathedral Square or the Central
Catholic Development Foundation. The
guestbook may be signed or the video tribute
viewed at www.curranfuneralchapel.com
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Rose Samek

Rose T. Samek, 87, of David City died
Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Butler County Health
Care Center in David City. Services will be
at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in David City, with the Rev. Kenneth Wehrs as
celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Mary's
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 6
p.m. Sunday at the church, with a rosary 6.
Visitation will resume Monday one hour prior to
services at the church. Mrs. Samek was born
on Nov. 23, 1923, on the family farm between
Garland and Bee to Joseph and Theresa (Vogeltanz)
Hain. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Anton "Tony" Samek, on April 4, 2010.
Survivors of the immediate family include five
daughters and four sons-in-law, Carole Essink,
Judy and Mark Moravec, all of Grand Island, Jan
and Dick Schmid, Mary and Randy Schultz, all of
David City, Susan and Kevin Gustafson of Seward
three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Jane
Samek, Bob and Dee Samek, all of David City and
Steve and Monica Samek of Omaha one sister,
Marie Jirovsky of Seward sisters-in-law, Delores
and Marie Hain 24 grandchildren, 28
great-grandchildren with another on the way.
Additional survivors include brothers-in-law,
Fred Samek and John Rerucha of David City.
She graduated from Dwight Assumption High School.
She married Anton Samek on April 22, 1947, at St.
Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Bee. Eight children
were born to this union. Rose was a member
of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Seminarian Club,
PCCW, and American Legion Auxiliary. Rose was a
homemaker, in her later years she was a
housekeeper for the ASCS Office, Tomek Tomek
Attorneys as well as the Fiesta Motel. She
was also preceded in death by her parents
son-in-law, Jim Essink and brothers, Joseph,
Jerry, Hubert, Emanuel and Cyril Hain.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online tributes may be left at www.chermokfuneralh
ome.com.
15
Bonnie-Lou Peters Scott

Bonnie-Lou Peters Scott, 79, of Williamsburg, VA
died June 22, 2011. Services were held July
5 at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg.
Mrs. Scott was cremated. Inurnment was in the
St. Bede Cemetery in Williamsburg, VA. Those
left to cherish her memory are her husband of 58
years, George A. Scott daughter and son-in-law,
Mary-Rose Scott Woodward and John M. Woodward of
Centreville, VA. a son and daughter-in-law,
James Daniel and Amy Marie Scott of Littleton,
Colo. one brother, John D. Peters of Carrolton,
PA. and one sister, Becky Markwell of Salem,
Ore. Additional survivors include five
grandchildren, Michelle Rae, Scott Wilson and
John Marshall Woodward and Samantha Renee and
Jessica Ann Scott three nephews and one niece.
Bonnie-Lou graduated from St. Marys Catholic
High School/Grand Island Nebraska in 1950 and
attended Grand Island Nebraska Business School.
She married George A. Scott on June 20, 1953. A
retired real estate associate, insurance
adjuster, executive secretary, fashion designer,
photographic model and teacher. She was a first
lieutenant communications officer in the Civil
Air Patrol in the early 1950s. She served
as a Williamsburg St. Bede Catholic Church Parish
Council President, Lector and Eucharistic
Minister.
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Margaret Kiolbasa Stuckey

Margaret Kiolbasa Stuckey, 71, of Omaha, formerly
of Grand Island died Thursday, June 23,
2011. Services were Thursday, June 23, 2011 at
West Center Chapel. Mrs. Stuckey was born June
15, 1940, at Grand Island to Frank and Barbara
Kiolbasa. She graduated from Grand Island Central
Catholic High School in 1958. She went on to
nurses training at Marymount College in Salina,
Kansas. Survivors of the immediate family include
her husband, Paul Stuckey a son, Tim Lapenza of
Omaha stepsons and daughter-in-law, David
Stuckey and Douglas and Elaine Stuckey 3
step-grandchildren one step-great grandchild
brothers and sister-in-law, Ed Kiolbasa and Gene
and Sharon Kiolbasa sister and brother-in-law,
Jeanette and Bob Kemper sister-in-law, Polly
Kiolbasa.
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Bill Wetterer
William C. 'Bill' Wetterer, 86, of Wood
River died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at St.
Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Mass
of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday
at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wood River, with
the Rev. James Janovec officiating. Burial will
be in the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery,
Wood River. Visitation will be from 4 to 7
p.m. Friday at the church, with the rosary and
scripture wake service at 7 p.m. Apfel Funeral
Home of Wood River is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Wetterer was born Oct. 16, 1924, in
Lincoln. He was the son of William C. Sr. and
Jeanette (Adams) Wetterer. Survivors of the
immediate family his wife, Billy Wetterer of Wood
River five sons and two daughters-in-law,
William C. Wetterer III of 29 Palms, Calif.,
Michael T. and Bridget Wetterer of Tucson, Ariz.,
Timothy D. Wetterer of Wood River, Donald
Wetterer of Cairo, Paul G. and Deanna Wetterer of
Grand Bay, Ala. five daughters and three
sons-in-law, Liane and Bill Davis of East
Norwich, N.Y., Janet K. Wright of Liberty, S.C.,
Mary and Wayne Stoltenberg, Ruth Anne and Jerry
Brandt, all of Grand Island and Susan J. Brewer
of Katy, Texas 22 grandchildren, nine
great-grandchildren and a sister and
brother-in-law, Mary and Elton Wortman of Wood
River. He grew up and received his
education, graduating from Wood River High School
with the class of 1941. He was united in marriage
to Billy McCright on Oct. 20, 1945, at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Wood River. The couple lived
on the family farm north of Wood River where he
farmed and the couple raised their family.
Bill was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Wood River. His hobbies included
reading, hunting, fishing, trapping and doing
puzzles. He was a friend of Bill W. for more than
30 years. Bill was preceded in death by his
parents, and a granddaughter, Brenda Coakley.
Memorials are suggested to the family which will
set up a memorial in Bill's name.

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Larry Wirth
Larry E. Wirth, 61, of Grand Island died Monday,
July 25, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center in
Grand Island after a four year battle with colon
cancer. Memorial services were 10 a.m.
Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with
the Rev. Harold Kurtenbach officiating, the Rev.
James Schmitt concelebrated. Inurnment of the
ashes was 3 p.m. Friday in the Overton Cemetery,
Overton, with full military honors. The
family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday
at the church, with a rosary at 7. Apfel Funeral
Home was in charge of the arrangements. Mr.
Wirth was born March 20, 1950, in York to Eugene
and Norma (Menssen) Wirth. Survivors of the
immediate family include his wife, Peggy Wirth of
Grand Island on son, Damon Wirth of Bennet one
daughter and son-in-law, Kaitlyn and Erin Bright
of Lincoln three brothers, Gary Wirth of
Kearney, Bob Wirth of Garden City, Kan., Jerry
Wirth and Leslie Wirth of Texas and a sister,
Jeanette Young of Cushing, Okla. Additional
survivors include grandchildren, Henry and Julia
Bright, and father-in-law, Gordon Jensen of Grand
Island. He grew up in Kearney, graduating
from Kearney High School in 1968. Larry entered
the United States Marine Corps on Jan. 27, 1969
and received his honorable discharge on Jan. 29,
1979. He was united in marriage to Peggy
Jensen on Aug. 21, 1976, in Overton. The couple
made their home in Jacksonville, N.C., while he
was serving his country. Following his military
service, Larry worked as a meteorologist for the
National Weather Service, working in Kansas City,
Alliance for 11 years then Scottsbluff before
coming to Grand Island in 1991. After closing
the Grand Island office 1993, he worked at the
Hastings office until the time of his death.
Larry received many awards over his 42 years of
federal government service for his excellence in
job performance, media communications, and
professionalism as it related to his work. He
was a member of the Cooperative Observer Team,
dedicated to the observers and the valued
information they provided. He successfully
nominated two observers for major national awards
and although few are selected from across the
nation, his observers were chosen and a memorable
award ceremony followed. His proudest moment was
during the 1980 Grand Island Tornado outbreak,
where he observed the storm from the Alliance
radar. As the storm barred down on the city, and
made a sudden turn back towards the Grand Island
office, he alerted the staff and averted injuries
and loss of lives. He received the United States
Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for his
Superior Federal Service for the voluntary
service he provided during the FEMA-post-disaster
relief operations after Katrina and Rita in 2005.
He was a member of Blessed Sacrament
Catholic Church, where he served as a lector and
member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed
local politics, computers, fishing and was an
avid collector of barometers. Larry was
preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law,
Dorothy Jensen, and sister, Lynette Schutte.
He will be remembered for his humility, sense of
humor, curiosity for life, moral character, and
the love and pride of his family. Memorials
are suggested payable to the University of
Nebraska Foundation Childrens Cancer Research
Fund, as it never was about him, but the children
who fight the battle that rages on.
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