Obituaries

Mon
17
Dec

Dorothy Purdy

Dorothy Purdy, 104, of Phillips, passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Phillips. Rev. Greg Reed will officiate. Interment will be in the Phillips Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the United Methodist Church of Phillips. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Dorothy Pearl Purdy, the daughter of Charles and Lela (Dixon) Arnett, was born at Phillips, on Sept. 23, 1914, and passed away at Grand Island, on Dec. 14, 2018, at the age of 104.
She grew up in the Phillips area, where she graduated from Phillips High School in 1934.

Thu
13
Dec

Marian Smith

Marian Smith, age 92, of Stromsburg, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Aurora Evangelical Covenant Church. Rev. Karl Larson will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made in care of 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.
Marian Virginia Smith, the daughter of Walter and Hazel (Snodgrass) Earhart, was born in Tama County, Iowa on July 20, 1926 and passed away in Stromsburg, on Dec. 11, 2018, at the age of 92.

Fri
07
Dec

Virgil Ray Ackerman

Virgil Ray Ackerman, age 67, of Benedict, passed away Dec. 5, 2018 at his home in Benedict.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Brenda Pfeifly and LeRoy Hoyer officiating. Organist will be Sue Lehn. Musical selections will be “Amazing Grace”, “I Can Only Imagine” and “I Believe.” lnurnment will take place at a later date.
Virgil was born July 23, 1951 to Herbert and Bessie Lucille (Grigsby) Ackerman in Central City. The family lived in Aurora then York before moving to Thayer. Virgil graduated from Centennial High School in 1969.
On Dec. 2, 1971 he was united in marriage to Elaine MarVelle Noyd at York. To this union three children were born. Virgil worked at the Hay Mill, Scott-Hourigan Irrigation and in 1981 began working with Northern Agri Services where he worked as a welder until his passing.
He enjoyed family, grandchildren, mowing, woodworking and trips to Walmart.

Thu
06
Dec

Lawrence E. "Curly" Penner

Lawrence E. “Curly” Penner, age 95, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Pastor Michelle Reed will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora cemetery.  Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m., one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Memorial Health Care - Aurora.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Lawrence E. “Curly” Penner, the son of Fred W. and Genevieve (Austin) Penner, was born in Stockham, on Feb. 9, 1923 and passed away in Aurora, on Dec. 5, 2018, at the age of 95.

Wed
05
Dec

A. E. "Gene" Van Wie, M.D.

A.E. “Gene” Van Wie M.D., 84, of Grand Island passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.
Visitation for Gene will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church with Fr. Robert Lewis officiating. Burial to follow at Grand Island City Cemetery.  Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Air Force and United Veterans Honor Guard.
Gene was born on Nov. 21, 1935 in Indianola, IA, only son of Peter A. and Karna (Juline) Van Wie.
Gene moved with his parents to Norfolk, North Platte until settling in Grand Island where he graduated with the Grand Island High School class of 1953. He continued his education and went on to attend University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1953 to 1956 for his undergraduate degree. On Nov. 19, 1960 in Grand Island he was united in marriage to Connie Joy Underberg of Broken Bow.

Tue
27
Nov

Darleen Senff

Darleen Senff, 90 of York passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, northeast of Hampton. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Metz Mortuary in York. The family will meet friends from 6-7:30 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation.
Metz Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Darleen Dorothy Senff was born on Dec. 4, 1927 to Carl and Clara (Wellman) Apetz on a farm southeast of York. She attended St. John Lutheran School south of Waco. She moved with her parents to York in March 1938. She then went to York Schools.

Mon
26
Nov

John H. Green

John H. Green, age 93, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Evangelical Covenant Church.  John’s nephew, Rev. Glenn Palmberg, will officiate along with Rev. Karl Larson.  Private family inurnment will be prior to the service at Richland Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Memorials may be made in care of 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.
John Henry Green, the son of Joseph Cornelius and Lois Olive (Dixon) Green, was born two miles south of Marquette, on Sept. 19, 1925 and passed away in Aurora, on Nov. 21, 2018, at the age of 93.

Mon
26
Nov

LaVonne "Bonnie" Ernst Ediger

LaVonne ‘Bonnie’ Ernst Ediger, age 96, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the First Christian Church in Aurora. Pastor Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.
Eastern Star Rites will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made in care of the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
LaVonne ‘Bonnie’ May Hunnicutt Ernst Ediger, the daughter of Otto and Bessie (Detamore) Hunnicutt, was born on the family farm west of Giltner on May 15, 1922, and passed away in Aurora on Nov. 22, 2018, at the age of 96.

Mon
26
Nov

Francis "Pat" I. Driewer

Francis “Pat” I. Driewer, age 92 of Bradshaw, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Aurora.
She was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Curtis, to Floyd and Pearl (Jones) Strolz. On July 25, 1943, Pat was united in marriage to L. Ivan Driewer in Hampton. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hampton. She had worked at Chances R restaurant as a cook for over 20 years. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her sons Randy Driewer of Bradshaw, Wally (Donna) Driewer of Fullerton and Greg (Merna) Driewer of York, daughter Sandy (Chuck) Bumgarner of York, 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Susan Propst, three infant children and one sister.

Tue
20
Nov

LaVonne Smith

LaVonne C. Smith, 66, died Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Henderson Health Care.
LaVonne was born Aug. 26, 1952, in Henderson to Richard and Ardith (Peters) Regier. She was raised in the Henderson and Hampton area and graduated from Hampton High School in 1970.
LaVonne attended business courses at Kearney State College and on April 8, 1972, married Terry W. Smith in Henderson at the Bethesda Mennonite Church. The couple lived in Hampton at the same residence for 46 years and seven months before Terry took her to the Henderson Care Center for her final days.

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