Obituaries

Tue
26
May

Eleanor Dieckman

Eleanor Dieckman, age 97, of Aurora, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 29 at the First Christian Church in Aurora. Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or the Hamilton Community Foundation for a scholarship in memory of Eleanor. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Eleanor Marie Dieckman, the daughter of Reuben and Helen (Milliken) Lindquist, was born in Aurora on Mother’s Day, May 12, 1918 and passed away in Aurora, on May 25, 2015, at the age of 97.
Eleanor grew up in Aurora and attended the Aurora Schools.

Tue
26
May

Wayne Weyers

Weyers, Wayne H. age 85 of Lincoln, formerly Aurora, died Friday, May 22, 2015. Born in Sterling to Walter H. and Mina E. (Monroe) Weyers.
Retired service man for Minnegasco Gas Company. Member of Lancaster Lodge #54 AF&AM, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Electa Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #8. Served in the United States Air Force and the 132nd Maintenance Squad AFRES and was a member of the American Legion Post #3. Also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter Jody.

Fri
22
May

Dale Obermeier

Dale Obermeier, 87, of Aurora died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at CHI Health-St. Francis Medical Center.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Pastor Bill Pavuk will officiate. Burial will be in the West Lawn Cemetery in Grand Island.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora. Masonic Rites will be performed at 7 pm by Keystone Lodge #62 Phillips. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Mr Obermeier was born March 28, 1928, on the family farm in rural Giltner to Henry A. and Ida (Sundermeier) Obermeier. He was a lifetime member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Dale graduated from Giltner High School in 1945. After a year of education at the University of Nebraska, he began farming with his father.

Thu
21
May

Houtz Gillilan Steenburg

Houtz Gillilan Steenburg, 89, died peacefully at home in Sun City West, AZ on April 26, 2015 with his family at his side.

Wed
20
May

LaVern Wolff

LaVern Wolff, age 82, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Hamilton Manor.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Mary Scott will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
LaVern Lessly Wolff, the son of Glenn and Marie (Green) Wolff, was born at the family farm north of Aurora, on December 15, 1932, and passed away at Aurora, on May 19, 2015, at the age of 82.

Mon
18
May

Geraldine Read Welsh

Geraldine Read-Welsh, age 80, of Aurora and long time resident of Brule, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials will be made to the family to be designated at a later time.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
 Geraldine was born March 10, 1935 near Hampton, the daughter of Victor Dadey and Alma Matthes.  As a young girl, she attended various schools in Hamilton and York Counties.  She graduated from Aurora High School.  She worked for several years in the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office and later did abstracting at First Securities Corporation in Aurora.  She was active in FHA at the school and in 4-H with her daughters.  She had a love of gardening, square dancing and clogging.

Tue
12
May

Jimmy "JD" Kingston

Jimmy “JO” Kingston,  80, of Red  Cloud  died Wednesday, May  6, 2015 at the Heritage Care Center in Red   Cloud.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at ll a.m., at the First United  Methodist Church  in Red  Cloud  with  the Rev. Warren  Schoming officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to the family for a headstone. Condolences  may be  sent to the  family  at www.wmsfh.com
Jimmy Dalton “J.D.” Kingston, the son of Doris (Meese) and Bruce Kingston, was born September 9, 1934 at Phillips.  He departed  this  life  on  Wednesday,  May  6, 2015 at the  Heritage Care  Center  in  Red  Cloud  at  the  age  of  80  years,  7 months and 27  days.

Tue
12
May

Gayla Jean (Nissen) Hammond

Gayla Jean (Nissen) Hammond 75 of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Born to Harlan and Signe Nissen on August 23, 1939 in Aurora, and was raised in Kronburg. Gayla is a graduate of Marquette High School. After high school she married and had 3 children. She was a former owner of Aurora Floral & Greenhouse in Aurora, Atchison Floral & Gift in Atchison, KS and most recently owned Field’s Floral in Lincoln for 37 years. Survivors include sons and daughter-in-laws: Vaughn and Beth Hammond of Nebraska City and Craig and Anna Hammond of IL,  daughter and son-in-law: Glenda and Bill Hawk of Rosalie,  9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, brother: Lanny Nissen of Lincoln,  brother and sister-in-law: Deryl and Deb Nissen of Marquette, many special friends and faithful dog Molly.

Fri
08
May

Olga Peters

Olga Margaret Penner Peters of Henderson died peacefully on Wednesday, May 6,2015. She attained the age of 102 years, 10 months and 7 days.
Olga was born the third child of Jacob J and Margaret Penner in Munich, ND on June 29, 1912.
She lived in Munich until her early teens when her family moved to Henderson. She completed 8th grade and attended one year of German High School. She was baptized into the membership of the Bethesda Mennonite Church on May 16,1932 and remained a faithful member until her death.

Thu
07
May

Anne Birdsall

Anne Marie (Wodder) Birdsall, age 90, of Osage, Iowa, was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage.
Cremation has taken place. A joint memorial service for Anne and her late husband, Wes, is being planned for later this summer.  Please check back with the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home website and the Mitchell County Press News for details on the service.
Memorial gifts in Anne’s honor may be made to St. Croix Hospice in New Hampton, or the music program at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage.
Anne was born in Aurora, on May 15, 1924, the daughter of Niels and Laura (Nielsen) Wodder. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1942 and University of Nebraska in 1946 with a B.A. in Education. Anne married Weston Birdsall on May 29, 1943, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg. To this union were born five children:  Susanne, Sonne, Scott, Shan, and Steven.

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