Dolores Harley - April 04, 2012

Dolores Harley, 85, of Norfolk, formerly of Aurora, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Golden Living Healthcare in Norfolk.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at Higby-McQuiston Chapel, 1404 L Street, Aurora. Pastor Tim Harley will officiate. Burial will be at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Monday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Dolores Janet Harley, daughter of Ernest and Sylvia (Sulc) Mohnsen, was born on the family farm in Colfax County on Aug. 12, 1926.
Dolores attended school in Howells through the 8th grade and then worked on the family farm.
In 1949, Dolores married Cortland Bersee. They lived in Columbus and had two sons, Charles and Cortland. Cortland, her husband, died in 1952.
On Aug. 9, 1953, she was united in marriage to Elvin E. Harley. They resided mostly in the Norfolk area and then moved to Aurora in 1987. Dolores continued to live in Aurora until October of 2011, when she moved to Norfolk for health reasons.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Ernie, who died in infancy, Jason and Tom Harley; her brother, Ernest Mohnsen and sister, Betty Bendig.
Survivors include her daughters, Verna (Ed) Ferris of Norfolk and Carolyn (Charles) Clark of Lincoln, formerly of Aurora; sons, Cortland (Susan) Bersee of Warrenton, Va., Charles Bersee of Lincoln, Tim (Donna) Harley of Timberville, Va., Carl Harley of Aurora and Paul Harley of Grand Island; sister, Shirley Kluthe of Howells; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

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