Obituaries

Fri
24
Mar

Lowell Keyes

Lowell Keyes, age 83, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at his home in Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 27 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 the Evangelical Covenant Church, 1009 1st St., Aurora.  Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

Fri
24
Mar

Jacqueline M. Tompkins

Jacqueline M. Tompkins, age 68, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Bryan/LGH East in Lincoln.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 27 at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Rev. David Feddern will officiate.  Inurnment will take place in Graceland Cemetery in New Salem, North Dakota.  No Visitation.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Jacqueline Mae Tompkins, the daughter of John and Mildred (Tausend) Cofer, was born in New Salem, North Dakota on May 5, 1948 and passed away in Lincoln, on March 23, 2017, at the age of 68.
She grew up in New Salem and went to school thru the 8th grade and then went on to help on the family farm.  She later obtained her G.E.D., something that she was very proud of.

Thu
23
Mar

Ellen Jean Simon

Ellen Jean Simon, age 85, of Henderson, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at Henderson.  She was born June 10, 1931 in Gibbon, to Ernest and Cora (Lange) Frank.  Ellen was united in marriage to Dale V. Simon on September 16, 1951 in Norfolk.  Their life together led them from Stanton to the Nebraska sandhills  and later to the South Dakota plains.  After her husband’s death in 1994, she moved to Henderson.  She was a faithful christian, wife, mother, writer, teacher’s aide, volunteer  and friend to many.  Ellen was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton.

Mon
20
Mar

Janet Buchholz

Janet Buchholz, age 71, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Memorial Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ron Harris will officiate.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.  Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Women.

Janet Marie Buchholz, the daughter of Edmund  and Gladys (Robison) Moravec, was born at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on June 4, 1945, and passed away in Aurora, on March 15, 2017, at the age of 71.

Mon
20
Mar

Doris Sundermeier

Doris Sundermeier, 89, of Grand Island, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bill Pavak officiating. Burial will be at the Phillips Cemetery following the lunch. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home with family present. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com.

Doris Marie Katheran Brehm was born December 28, 1927, at Grand Island to John and Pauline (Feierstien) Brehm. She received her education in the Grand Island schools, and graduated from GISH in the class of 1946. During her high school years, she worked in the Dime Store, Hestes, and the Dave Kuafman’s Store.

Wed
15
Mar

Wilson James Dukes, Jr.

Wilson James Dukes, Jr., 74, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.
 He was born October 22, 1942, at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Omaha, to Wilson and Gladys (Rhoades) Dukes. He grew up in Omaha and Central City. He graduated from Central City High School in 1961. During his high school career, Wilson was an exceptional athlete. He played baseball, football, basketball, and track. Wilson was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1959-1960 for Central City baseball. After graduation, Wilson attended Lutheran Junior College in Wahoo, playing college football. Wilson transferred to Waxahachie, TX.

Mon
13
Mar

Irene Jones

Irene Jones, age 94, of Aurora, passes away Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 14 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg. Rev. Ben Erzkus will officiate. Private Family Inurnment will take place at Mamre Cemetery.  No Visitation.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Irene Maxine Jones, the daughter of John Oscar and Edith N. (McCoy) Peterson, was born in Marquette, on February 1, 1923 and passed away in Aurora, on March 10, 2017, at the age of 94.
She was raised in Hamilton County and went to Bell School District #21 through the 8th grade. Irene graduated from Marquette High School in 1940.   

Thu
09
Mar

Sandra "Sandi" Bolton

Sandra “Sandi” Bolton, 68, of Aurora lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on March 9, 2017 at CHI-Health St. Francis Skilled Care with her family by her side.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 14.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in Benedict. Pastor Kimberly Belken will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benedict.
Sandi was born on December 8, 1948, daughter of Howard and Lorena (Lorimer) Legg in Imperial.
She grew up and graduated from high school in Wauneta in 1967. Sandi went on to Lincoln and became a licensed beautician.

Thu
09
Mar

Bethine Hagemeister

Bethine Hagemeister, age 83, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 13 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Mary Scott will officiate.  Interment will be held at the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be to the family to be designated at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Bethine Wilma Hagemeister, the daughter of Frans John and Elva (Zimmerman) Anderson, was born in Litchfield, on December 20, 1933 and passed away in Aurora, on March 9, 2017, at the age of 83.
She grew up in Litchfield and Loup City and graduated from Loup City High School in 1951.  Following her graduation she worked at the telephone company in Aurora as a telephone operator.

Fri
03
Mar

Gene Strotman

Gene Strotman, age 92, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. Rev. Dhan Raj Marneni will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, with the Rosary at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made in care of family to be designated at a later date.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Eugene Joseph Strotman, the son of Fredrick Christian and Julia Mary (Van De Walle) Strotman, was born at Aurora, on June 9, 1924 and passed away in Aurora, on March 2, 2017, at the age of 92.

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