Obituaries

Mon
19
Aug

Esther S. Ediger

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Esther S. Ediger, age 96, of Hampton, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Westfield Quality Care in Aurora.
She was born Oct. 1, 1922 in rural Henderson to Abraham and Agnes (Kliewer) Goossen. On July 8, 1945 she was married to Edward Ediger at the Henderson M.B. Church.
Esther was an active, lifetime member of the Henderson M.B. Church and served in various areas of ministry within the church and community.  She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, quilting, baking, reading, and especially loved spending time with her family. She also had he gift of hospitality – in everything demonstrating her servant’s heart.

Mon
19
Aug

Shirley (Bish) McVicker

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 Celebration of Life for Shirley (Bish) McVicker, 77, of Sun City, Ariz., will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. (reception to follow) at the First-Faith United Methodist Church in Grand Island, (4190 W Capital Ave). Shirley passed away on Aug. 10, 2019, at her home.

Wed
14
Aug

Maxine Carnes

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Maxine Carnes, age 95, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 17 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Aurora United Methodist Church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Maxine Luree Carnes, the daughter of Richard Julius Bruno and Irma Irene (Lemmons) Fenster, was born at her parent’s farm in Marquette, on May 26, 1924 and passed away in Aurora, on August 12, 2019, at the age of 95.
Maxine grew up in Marquette and graduated from Marquette High School.  She did office work at the school, housework for the superintendent and helped out on the farm.

Mon
12
Aug

Reeve Baker

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Reeve Baker, 28, of Phillips, died Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Hamilton County. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island. Father Thambi will be celebrating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m.,  Monday, Aug. 12 at Apfel Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 7 p.m. Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family. Online condolences may be directed to http://www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Memorials can be directed to the Family of Reeve Baker to be used in honoring his life. Family requests casual attire.
Reeve Baker was born Jan. 31, 1991 in Aurora. He attended school in Aurora, Giltner, and Central Community College. He worked at Deterdings, Sherwin Williams, and Interstate Battery.

Mon
12
Aug

Dorene Sorensen

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Dorene Sorensen, age 90, of Aurora, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg. Rev. Ricardo Riqueza will officiate. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Memorials made be made to the family to designate at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Dorene Mae Sorensen, the daughter of Oscar Walter and Mae (Benson) Andersen was born in Aurora, on Sept. 22, 1928 and passed away Memorial Community Care in Aurora, on August 9, 2019, at the age of 90.

Mon
12
Aug

Rodney D. Heinen

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Rodney D. Heinen, 54, of Central City, died on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at CHI-Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha.  Memorial services will be on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City with Pastor Jim Garfield officiating.  A celebration of life will be held at the Independent Club following the service. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16 from 2-4 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.

Mon
05
Aug

Mary Lambert

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Mary Lambert, age 79, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at her home.
A Memorial Service will be held 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.
Mary Ann Lambert, the daughter of Claud and Mary A. (Koler) Conrad was born on Dec. 15, 1939 at Red Cloud, and passed away on Aug. 4, 2019 in Aurora, at the age of 79.

Mon
05
Aug

Thais Charlotte Ueckert

Thais C. Ueckert, 88, of Arlington, Virginia, peacefully passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019.  Ms. Ueckert was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Harvard.  She was the daughter of Rudy and Lenora (Broendel) Ueckert.  Thais grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School.  
She enjoyed a wonderful life doing what she enjoyed most, traveling to see the world.  She worked for the Department of Defense for over 34 years.  After her retirement, Thais continued to pursue her passion and embarked on traveling the world.
Just prior to her death, Thais said that her marvelous life had been full and complete and that she had no regrets.  During her life, she was exacting on every detail and she left this world in the same manner, she was totally prepared.

Fri
02
Aug

Jeane Nylander

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Jeane Nylander, age 96, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019, at CHI-St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 10 at the chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate.  No Visitation. Memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist 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.
Jeane Adelle Nylander, the daughter of Carl and Leona (Olson) Larson was born on April 2, 1923 at Lambert, Montana and passed away on July 29, 2019 in Grand Island, at the age of 96.
Jeane grew up in Wildrose, North Dakota and graduated from Wildrose High School.

Tue
30
Jul

Dr. Burt Thomsen

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Dr. Burton Thomsen, age 72, of Hampton, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at his home after a courageous fight against cancer.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 31 at the Aurora Airport in the Traudt Aerial Hangar, 1406 North Hwy 14, Aurora. Rev. Karl Larson will officiate. Interment will be in the United Lutheran Cemetery north of Hampton. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 1009 1st Street, Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Burt Lee Thomsen, the son of Soren and Grace (Keith) Thomsen, was born in Superior on Oct. 24, 1946, and passed away in Hampton on July 28, 2019, at the age of 72.

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