Xavier ‘Jerry’ Montelongo, 75, of Grand Island died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at CHI Health St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. Rev. Dhan Raj Marneni will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a 7 p.m. Rosary. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 524 West 10th St., Grand Island. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Xavier Montelongo, the son of Santos and Maria (Gonzalez) Montelongo, was born in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico on Oct. 31, 1939.
Services for Myron Conrad Frevert, 90, of Norfolk will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk with the Rev. Chip Winter officiating. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at the Bloomfield City Cemetery in Bloomfield on Monday. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, also at the funeral home. Military Rites will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996, American Legion Post 249, of Bloomfield, and United States Army Honors Guard. Myron entered into eternal rest on August 18, 2015 at the Stanton Health Center in Stanton NE.
Jay Brian Nylander, 68, of Aurora died exercising on August 19, 2015…just the way he would have wanted it. Celebration of life services will be Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev Ron Harris and Rev Karla Sheffy will officiate. Jay’s wishes were to be cremated with ashes spread at Medicine Creek Dam in Cambridge. He always said he and his dad took plenty of “stuff” out of that lake, they may as well put something back in! The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening at the Methodist Church in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Aurora Optimist Club, the Aurora United Methodist Church, or the Edgerton Explorit Center.
Marion May, age 67, of Axtell, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015, at Mosaic in Axtell. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Chaplin John Gosswein will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lillian May Scholarship Fund in care of Mosaic, P.O. Box 67, Axtell, NE 68924. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Marion LeRoy May, the son of Maynard L. and Lillian F. (Andersen) May, was born at Valentine, on August 14, 1948 and passed away at Axtell, on August 17, 2015, at the age of 67. Marion lived with his parents at Valentine, Chapman, Grand Island, Denver, Pueblo and rural Phillips, until 1993 when he became a resident of Mosaic in Axtell.
Marvin D. “Russ” Russell, 75, of Central City, died peacefully Saturday, Aug., 1, 2015 at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City. Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home (downtown) location. Russ was born on Oct. 27, 1939 to Frank and Gertrude (Scott) Russell of Marquette. He grew up in the Marquette area and graduated fro St. Paul High School in 1957. He entered the United States Army right our of high school. He transferred to the Air National Guard in Arizona, for several years after that. While in Arizona he worked and took college classes, later moving to Colorado, still taking classes and working for the City of Denver, eventually receiving his degree, always working, saving money, and buying properties to improve to resell.
LeRoy Hopkins, age 97, of Seaside, Oregon, formerly of Aurora, graduated to heaven on Aug. 5, 2015. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Pleasant View Bible Church in Aurora. Pastor Bob Gannon and Rev. Paul Nauman will officiate. A private family burial will be at 9 a.m. at the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. LeRoy Benjamin Hopkins, the son of Benjamin and Gertrude Hopkins, was born in Stapleton, Nebr., on July 24, 1918 and graduated to heaven at Seaside, Oregon on Aug. 5, 2015, at the age of 97.
Gerald C. (Jerry) Friesen passed away July 27, 2015, in Geneva, at the age of 86 years, 5 months, 11 days. He was born February 16, 1929, to David P. and Anna (Tessman) Friesen in Henderson. The second of four children, Jerry grew up on a farm south of Hampton and graduated from Hampton High School in 1946. After graduation he farmed until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1951. He completed radar school in Texas and served his country in Japan during the Korean War. Upon his discharge in 1953, he used his radio repair skills at Springer’s Appliance in Aurora where he was a TV technician. Later he opened his own business, Jerry’s Radio and TV, where he repaired and sold TV’s, stereos, and antennas.
Jeanice Nitz, age 85, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Hearthstone in York. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 25 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Pastor Barb Johnson will officiate. Interment will be in the Stromsburg Cemetery at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Jeanice L. Nitz, the daughter of Ivan L. and Blanche F. (Sweeney) Sutton, was born in Silver Creek, on November 25, 1929 and passed away in York, on July 21, 2015, at the age of 85. She grew up on a farm near rural Silver Creek and attended Stromsburg High School. Jeanice was united in marriage to Harold Russell Cole and to that union they had four boys.