Obituaries

Mon
08
Jan

Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson, age 91, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 11 at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Aurora. Pastor Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church, 930 K Street, Aurora. Memorials may be made to Presbyterian U.C.C.. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Margaret Ann (Carnes) Johnson, daughter of Lloyd and Mable (Silvernail) Carnes, was born on May 5, 1926, in Hamilton County, and passed away on January 7, 2018 at Aurora, at the age of 91.
Margaret was raised and educated in Aurora, graduating from Aurora High School in 1944.

Mon
08
Jan

Marvel A. Mapes

Marvel A. Mapes, age 91, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 7, 2018 at Oak Park Place, Madison.  She was raised as a Nebraska farm girl, born February 28, 1926, in Marquette, the daughter of Milton J. and Edna T. (Sands) Peterson.   She attended High School and college in Nebraska.  She met the love of her life, Leonard Mapes, in 1946, and after 5 ½ weeks of courtship, they were married on February 23, 1946.  Leonard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and they were stationed in numerous locations in the U.S. and Europe.  They settled in Madison in 1962, where they made their home.

Mon
08
Jan

Cleta Alberts

Cleta Alberts, age 92, formerly of Hampton and Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 12 at Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be in the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made in care of Omaha Central High School Foundation.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Cleta Marian Alberts, the daughter of Harold and Eunice (Jensen) Hunter, was born at Omaha, on October 17, 1925 and passed away at Aurora, on January 6, 2018, at the age of 92.
She grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha Central High School, where her granddaughter, Molly, currently teaches.

Mon
08
Jan

Sharlis Hahn

Sharlis Hahn, age 67, formerly of Hampton, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island with her family by her side.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 10 at Zion Lutheran Church northeast of Hampton. Rev. David Feddern will officiate.  Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation with family will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.  Memorials may 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.
Sharlis Mae Hahn, the daughter of Raymond and Irene (Grigsby) Budnick, was born at Aurora, on June 3, 1950 and passed away in Grand Island, on January 5, 2018, at the age of 67.
She grew up and graduated from Hampton High School.

Thu
04
Jan

Patricia Ann Bowman

Patricia Ann Bowman, of Bruning, age 98 years, 8 months, 13 days, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.  Pat was born to Ray and Lena (Doty) at home in Belvidere, April 17, 1919.  She graduated from Belvidere High School in 1937.  Pat worked at Gold’s Department Store in Lincoln after high school, at an aircraft defense plant assembly plant and as an operator in Los Angeles.  Later she was assigned to Lincoln Western Electric assembling telephones.  After marriage, Pat worked at the Bruning Drug store and as a postal clerk in the Bruning Post Office until she became the postmaster 1978-1990.
Pat married Lorin Bowman on February 18, 1948 in Lincoln.  She was baptized, confirmed and became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church that year.  

Wed
03
Jan

Donald Troester

Donald Troester, age 92, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Hamilton Manor.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Rev. Jim Gruber will officiate.  Interment will be at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation with family will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 381 H Street, Hampton.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Hampton Lutheran School. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Donald William Troester, the son of William C. and Anna (Bamesberger) Troester, was born on the family farm in Hamilton County, on Sept. 27, 1925 and passed away in Aurora, on Jan. 2, 2018, at the age of 92.

Wed
03
Jan

Richard Wayne "Dick" Rathje

Richard Wayne “Dick” Rathje, 86, of Phillips passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017.
Service and celebration of Dick’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Reverend William Pavuk will officiate.  It was Dick’s wish to have his body donated to science upon his death.  Burial will be in the Phillips Cemetery.
A gathering of friends and family will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Phillips Community Center.
Dick was born Sept. 19, 1931 in rural Phillips to Herbert and Minnie (Bartz) Rathje.  He grew up in Phillips, graduating from Phillips High School with the class of 1949.  He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1951.  Serving during the Korean War, he was honorably discharged in April of 1953.

Tue
02
Jan

Eugene Gustafson

Eugene Gustafson, age 95, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Memorial Community Care in Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 8 at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church, north of Murphy. Pastor Doug Willey will officiate. Interment will be in the Monroe Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Monroe Evangelical Free Church. Memorials may be made to Monroe Evangelical Free Church or World Gospel Mission for Kaboson Pastors Training College guesthouse project. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
T. Eugene Gustafson, the son of Walter Benjamin and Myrtle (Pearson) Gustafson, was born in Phelps County, on June 2, 1922 and passed away in Aurora, on Dec. 30, 2017, at the age of 95.

Tue
02
Jan

Barbara Jean Gibreal

Barbara Jean Gibreal of Grand Island, died Thursday December 28, 2017 at Park Place after numerous health issues.  Burial of cremains will be at Niobrara a later date.
Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Barbara was born on September 27, 1951 in Plainview,  to Bob and Shirley (Freeman) Clark. She grew up in Niobrara, Seward and Holdrege, attending school and graduating from Holdrege High School in 1969. Barbara then attended Kearney State College for two years, afterwards working as a college secretary at Kearney State, bank teller in Cairo, and then a legal secretary at Walters & Murray law firm in Grand Island.
She was united in marriage to Larry Gibreal in 1972 at Aurora. After which the couple lived on a farm near Cairo for 25 years. Barbara enjoyed ceramics, crafting and gardening.

Fri
29
Dec

Walt Oswald

Walt Oswald, age 81, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at his home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 2 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Sarah Ruch will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street, Aurora.  Memorials may be made to the family to designate 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.
Walter M. Oswald, the son of Harold F. and Esther Mary (Smith) Oswald, was born at Aurora, on March 13, 1936, and passed away at Aurora, on December 28, 2017, at the age of 81.

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