Dolores A. Kropp, 88, formerly of Aurora, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Lincoln surrounded by family, healthcare professionals and Tabitha Hospice caregivers. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 at the United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street, Aurora. Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Memorials may be made to Tabitha Hospice Care Services, Lincoln, Nebraska. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Viola Mae Meyers, 99, of Lincoln, passed away September 27, 2016. She was born October 30, 1916 in Marquette, to Iver and Nina (Miller) Ortegren. She retired in 1966, after 20 years as vocalist and clerical clerk for Back to the Bible Broadcast. She was a charter member of First Evangelical Free Church and Lincoln South Camp Auxiliary of Gideon’s International. Family members include her brother, Maynard (Barbara) Ortegren, Lincoln; step-son, Ron (Pauline) Meyers, Nashville, TX; step-daughters, Barbara (Jim) Blocksom, Ikoma, Japan, Carol Ann (Raymond) Olweiler, Lancaster, PA; many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; nieces, Cheryl (Bradley) Oliver, Indianapolis, IN, Barbara (Steven) Arnold, Waco, TX, Jane (John) Michael, Brookings, SD; grandnieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, husband, Lester, and sister-in-law, Jeanne Ortegren.
Maurice E. Palmberg, passed away on September 13, 2016, in Turlock, California, at the age of 84. Maurey was born in Hamilton County Nebraska in 1932, to Edwin and Esther (Swanson) Palmberg. He was the oldest of 4 siblings. He attended North Park University in Chicago before entering the Army. In 1954, Maurice and Barbara (Axelson), his college sweetheart, were married in Iron Mountain, Michigan and moved to Aurora. In January 1956, Kurt J. Palmberg was born, followed shortly thereafter in February of 1957 by Karen A. Palmberg.
Dr. Richard W. Steenburg, 91, of Stuart, Florida passed away Monday, September 19, 2016. He was cremated. He was born in Aurora on February 3, 1925. He was married to Julia Reynolds Steenburg in Omaha, on December 7, 1984 Dr. Richard W. Steenburg, 91, passed away on September 19, 2016 at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was a retired General Surgeon who devoted much of his career pioneering and performing kidney transplants.
LaVern Richard Mroczek was born in Loup City on April 24, 1933 to Leo and Clementine (Kowalski) Mroczek. LaVern attended grade school at District No. 52 in rural Loup City. He rode his horse Polly to school and carried his lunch in a syrup bucket. LaVern only spoke Polish when he started school. He attended eighth grade at St. Josaphat’s Catholic school. He graduated from Loup City High School in the Class of 1951. On June 1, 1954, he married Phyllis Safarik at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elba. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this year. Through the years of their marriage, they were fortunate to travel together to Europe, Hawaii and the tropical islands. They made frequent trips to Las Vegas and made many fond memories.
Lonne Hoselton, 46, of Marquette, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at Memorial Community Care in Aurora. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Kronborg. Revs. Ben and Courtney Erzkus will officiate. \Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was on Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2174 North T Road. The family requests casual attire for the services. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary at www.higbymortuary.com. Lonne Ray Hoselton, the son of Delbert and Penny (Whitworth) Hoselton, was born in Grand Island on Nov. 10, 1969. Lonne grew up in Grand Island and graduated from Northwest High School in 1988. He worked at Dowd’s in Alda.
Gabriel Lucas Reid Whited was born into the arms of his parents and Jesus on September 12, 2016 at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home with Pastor Stan Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com. He is survived by his loving parents: Nick and Stella Whited of Aurora; sister: Samara; brother: Ryker; grandparents: Steve and Tina Whited of Grand Island, Juan and Tina Marquez of Dodge City, KS; uncle: Joshua Whited; aunt: Megan Whited; cousin: Aiden; great grandparents: Liz Luna of Grand Island, Roger and the late Sharon Whited of Albion, and Ida Martinez of Denver, CO.
Marjorie Smith, age 90, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. Rev. Sarah Ruch will officiate. Interment will be at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary at www.higbymortuary.com. Marjorie Jean Smith, the daughter of Carl and Verna (Adams) Sanderson, was born at Marquette, on September 2, 1926 and passed away in Aurora, on September 10, 2016, at the age of 90. Marge’s childhood was spent in Marquette where she attended country school. The family then moved to Grand Island where she finished her schooling and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1944. Following her graduation she worked at SYA Café in Aurora.
Ralph W. Peters, 83 of Henderson, died on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Memorial Community Care in Aurora. Visitation with the family present will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York and then from 5 to 8 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York. Pastor Mike Neidow will officiate. Private family burial will take place prior to the service in the Grand Island City Cemetery. Ralph was born on August 27, 1933 in Worms, son of Willie and ElVera (Bader) Peters.
Marilyn A. Lewandowski, 79, of Omaha, formerly of Ansley, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at Immanuel Fontenelle in Omaha. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 6 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is assisting the family. Mrs. Lewandowski was born April 7, 1937, on the family farm east of Arcadia, the daughter of Chester H. and Mary C. (Evans) Parker. As a child, Marilyn enjoyed playing paper dolls with her sister, Alice, and swimming in the irrigation canals and river. As a teenager she enjoyed attending movies and loved country music and dances. She attended Arcadia Public Schools where she was a good student and was the Drum Majorette.