Danny Archer, age 59, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Hamilton Manor. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be at the Richland Cemetery south of Marquette. Visitation will be one prior to service time at the mortuary. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Danny Ray Archer, the son of Raymond and Donna (Eastman) Archer, was born at Aurora, on August 16, 1955 and passed away in Aurora, on April 15, 2015, at the age of 59. Danny was the sixth child of 14. Danny received his G.E.D. on June 30, 1993 in Colorado. Danny worked in the health care industry. In Nebraska, he worked at Park Place in Grand Island, Barth Hotel Assisted Living and Med Aid as the Wellness Director.
LeRoy “Pete” Friesen, age 74, of York, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Hearthstone in York. He was formerly of the Henderson/Hampton area and had been a resident of the Hearthstone for the past four years. Pete was born October 7, 1940 to Herman and Susie (Hiebert) Friesen at their home west of Henderson. He graduated from Henderson High School in 1958. In 1960 he graduated from Milford Vocational Technical School with a degree in Auto Mechanics. He worked at Stuhr Motors and Midwest Irrigation in Henderson, Kroy Metals and Geis Motors in York, and Steve’s Body Shop in Hampton. In 1968 he married Rita Wilson in York. They lived on the family farm for 26 years, where he also farmed. Due to failing health, they moved to Hampton in 1994. In the summer of 2011, he entered the Hearthstone with Rita moving to York so she could visit him every day.
Lillian Lucile (Feddersen) Barnard passed away April 8, 2015. Lillian Barnard was born in Aurora on April 21, 1926. She was the daughter of Christian S. and Thyra M. (Hansen) Feddersen. Lillian’s grandparents were Danish immigrants and helped found St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at Kronborg, a Danish American community in Marquette. Lillian was baptized and confirmed there. After graduating from high school in Aurora, Lillian attended Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa for a year before continuing on to nursing school. In 1948 she graduated from Rush, Presbyterian, St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Chicago, IL.
Eunice Balasa, age 96, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Memorial Community Care. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. Interment will be at the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 9th Street, Aurora. The Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the church. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Eunice Marie Balasa, the daughter of Edward and Gertrude (Orendorff) Herbig, was born in Marquette, on October 17, 1918 and passed away in Aurora, on April 11, 2015, at the age of 96.
Dianne Gimpel, age 77, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 13 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Aurora. Rev. Karl Larson will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Dianne Joyce Gimpel, the daughter of Nels and Ada (Munn) Bossen, was born at Grand Island, on June 18, 1937 and passed away in Aurora, on April 8, 2015, at the age of 77. She grew up in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1957.
Ken Troester, age 86, of Hampton, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at his home. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 11 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York. Rev. Mike Neidow will officiate. Burial will be at 11 a.m. prior to the service at the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with family will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Kenneth Willard Troester, the son of William C. and Anna (Bamesberger) Troester, was born at York, on May 31,1928 and passed away in Hampton, on April 8, 2015, at the age of 86. Ken grew up in the Hampton area and attended school at District 34 and Salem Lutheran. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1945. Following school he farmed with his father.
Ardyce Jeanne Rader Barnett, 81, entered paradise March 27, 2015, at Harvard Rest Haven, Harvard. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Harvard.United Methodist Church, with Pastor Travis King officiating. A private family burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Trumbull. There was no viewing or visitation as Ardyce’s wishes were to be cremated. Memorials may be given to Harvard United Methodist Church or Harvard Rest Haven. Private condolences may be sent to www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center served the family.
Bowers, Josephine Mary (Miller), age 92; we say our final goodbye to Josephine who passed on to heavenly places this first day of April, 2015. She and her twin brother were born February 16, 1923, two of a total of 19 children. Josephine married Charles Albert Bowers on February 10, 1947 and together they raised six sons, Charles Albert Bowers Jr. of Rosenburg, TX, Ralph David (Tammy) Bowers of Portland, IN, Paul Joseph (Glenna) Bowers Sr. of Boston, MA, Donald Eugene (Tammy) Bowers of Kailua Kona, HI, Kenneth Lloyd (Marci) Bowers of Aurora and Elwood Robert (Sharon) Bowers of Somerville, OH; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Evans of Middletown, OH, Lucille Richardson of OK, Arlene Morris of Middletown, OH and Ora Jean Moon of Springboro, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty Larson, age 76, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the Hamilton Manor. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Mary Scott will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Betty L. Larson, the daughter of Elbert and Della (Brown) Black, was born at Bolivar, Missouri on April 21, 1938 and passed away in Aurora on April 4, 2015, at the age of 76. Betty grew up in Bolivar, Missouri and moved to Grand Island in 1956 after graduating from Bolivar High School. Following graduation she moved to Grand Island where her sisters were living and worked at Hesteds Co.
Betty Jean Schmidt, 73, of Grand Island died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at her home in Grand Island. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jack Gillam officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m., at Concordia Cemetery at Proesser. Visitation hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or to the family to be designated to an Educators Scholarship Fund. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Betty Jean Schmidt was born June 18, 1941 in Aurora, the daughter of Rueben E. and Hazel L. (Ryder) Ott. She grew up in Giltner, graduating from Giltner High School with the class of 1959 as the class valedictorian. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kearney State Teachers College in 1966 and her Master’s Degree in 1976.