Obituaries

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13
Feb

Tom Wyatt

Tom Wyatt, 60 of Grand Island passed away peacefully surrounded by his family February 10, 2017 at his residence after a valiant two year fight with cancer.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island.  Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.   Apfel Funeral Home is serving the family.  

Thu
09
Feb

Ruth Wykoff

Ruth Wykoff, age 90, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at her home.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 11 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family, for designation at a later time. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Ruth Marjorie Wykoff, the daughter of Soren and Mabel (Nelsen) Nelson, was born in Omaha, on January 24, 1927 and passed away in Aurora, on February 8, 2017, at the age of 90.
She graduated from Aurora High School in 1945.
Ruth married Bob William Wykoff on November 1, 1952 at Tijuana, Mexico.  Bob passed away on November 28, 1966.

Fri
03
Feb

Winona Tuttle

Winona Tuttle, age 89, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 7 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ron Harris will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Winona M. Tuttle, the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Garrett) Blauhorn, was born in Grand Island, on July 1, 1927, and passed away at Aurora, on February 2, 2017, at the age of 89.
She graduated from Central City High School in 1944 and attended Nebraska Central College to be able to teach country school.  Winona taught rural grade school in Merrick County for five years.

Fri
03
Feb

Freda Hartzell

Freda Hartzell, age 91, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 6 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Aurora United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street.  Memorials may be made in care of the family.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge or arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Freda (Pennance) Hartzell was born on September 18, 1925 to Norman and Hilda (Clewes) Pennance in Crewe Cheshire, England. Here she found her love of music, dance and theater and performed in Her Majesty’s Royal Dance Troup. She also performed in the Robinson Crusoe pantomime on stage where she became a regional celebrity.

Fri
03
Feb

Donald Ljunggren

Donald “Don” Ljunggren, 92, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota passed away Jan. 21, 2017. Funeral services were held Jan. 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Dell Rapids. Pastor Dave Severtson officiated. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Kahler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donald “Don” Ljunggren was born on June 23, 1924, the son of Rudolph and Ida (Bieck) Ljunggren at Harvard. He grew up on a farm near Harvard. He attended school at Giltner and graduated from Giltner High School in 1942. After high school he farmed with his family near Giltner. He married Shirley Smith on May 20, 1947. The couple moved to South Dakota in 1956 when Don accepted a job as a livestock inspector. He retired in 1975. He then worked for his son’s mink farm retiring in 1989.
Don loved farming, bowling, going to coffee and was a “fix it” man in his retirement. He enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Wed
01
Feb

Debra L. Shepherd

Debra L. Shepherd, age 53, of Hampton, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at home. She was born October 1, 1963 in Omaha, to Arthur Regier and Mary Ann (Ediger). On January 10, 1983, Debra was married to Scott E. Shepherd in York and to them four children were born:  Jayson, Kerrie, Daniel, and Christopher. She was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Debra loved her animals and enjoyed attending all of her granddaughter’s events.
She is survived by her son Jayson (Christina) Shepherd of York, daughter Kerrie (Branden) Bonk of Lancaster, New York, grandchildren: Mina, Destiny, Atley, Jordyn, and McKenzye Shepherd. Debra is also survived by her brother Steve Regier of Sandy, Utah, niece Jade Gordon of New Orleans, Louisiana, along with many cousins and other relatives. 
Debra was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sons, Daniel and Christopher. 

Wed
01
Feb

Roger Anawalt

Roger Anawalt, age 97, passed away on Monday, Jan. 31, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.
Roger was born on September 12, 1919 in Aurora, the middle son of Fern and Glenn Anawalt. He was an army veteran of World War II, with service in France, the Philippines, and Japan. Following his return from overseas he obtained a law degree from the University of Southern California and thereafter worked in the legal and corporate secretarial field in Bakersfield and San Francisco. His marriage to Adrienne Johnson in 1958 was followed by the birth of three children.

Mon
30
Jan

Lois Marie Lindburg

Lois Marie Lindburg, 81, of Hordville, died on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, AZ.  Funeral services will be on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Polk, with Rev. Irv Stauffer and Pastor Aaron Schmidt officiating.  Visitation will be on Thursday, February 2 from 5-7 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City. Interment will be at the Lindale Cemetery near Hordville. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church in Polk or to the family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.

Mon
30
Jan

Franz H. Penner

Franz H. Penner, age 89, of rural Lamar, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at his home following a long illness.
Franz was born October 3, 1927, in Lushton, to Franz F. and Katharina (Harder) Penner.  After graduating from Lushton High School in 1948, he attended the University of Nebraska for two years.  A life-long farmer, Franz moved to St. Ann, Missouri in 1967.  In 1980 he purchased a farm near Lamar in Barton County, Mo. raising crops and livestock until retiring due to declining health.  Franz had an interest in government and social issues and was active in the Barton County Democratic Party.  He served on the Union Township Board for 16 years and was a member of Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church.

Mon
30
Jan

Esther Mae (Kopke) Winter

Esther Mae (Kopke) Winter, age 85 of Bradshaw, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Lincoln. She was born May 22, 1931 to Peter and Lavina (Carter) Kopke at rural Gresham. Esther taught country school in rural Gresham from the fall of 1948 until May of 1955. She was united in marriage to Anthony “Tony” J. Winter Jr. on September 17, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York. Together, Esther and Tony farmed for a living.
Esther was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, York, where she was a member of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed card club with her husband, and friends playing 10 pt. pitch. She enjoyed following Kansas City Royals Baseball, as well as, Nebraska football, volleyball, and baseball. She was a conversationalist and enjoyed gardening. She loved following her grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with her family.

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