Obituaries

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24
Sep

Bernie Horst

Bernie Horst, 69 of Grand Island, died peacefully, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island. He fought hard and long in an extremely difficult and painful journey with courage and endurance.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Third City Christian Church with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating.  Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.  Visitation hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at the Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Memorials are suggested to rettsyndrome.org.  Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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20
Sep

Donna Jean (Dixon) Peters

Donna Jean (Dixon) Peters was born April 10, 1932 in Hastings to John W. and Venita L. (McClure) Dixon and passed away on Sept. 18, 2018 at the Hearthstone in York at the age of 86.  Her first home was in a sod house on a farm northeast of Alma, on land that her great-grandfather homesteaded in 1873.  In May of 1940, she was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Alma.  That same year, she moved with her family to Phillipsburg, Kans. where she attended school through the 8th grade.  In the summer of 1945 the family moved to Aurora, and she graduated from Aurora High School in 1949.  On Aug. 28, 1949 she was married to John H. Peters at the Methodist Church in Aurora.
They moved to York in May of 1950 and Donna worked for Nebraska Public Power (formerly Consumers Public Power) either part-time or full-time for almost 50 years.  She retired in 2000.  Following retirement, she volunteered at Blue Valley Community Action and drove Busy Wheels.

Tue
18
Sep

Charlene (Knecht) Weber

Charlene L. (Knecht) Weber, 64, of Aurora, died Friday Sept. 14, 2018 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island.
Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 20, 2018 at the Apfel Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island, with Rev. Wayne Oblender officiating. Family will gather to greet friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Tue
18
Sep

Dennis D. Weeks

Dennis D. Weeks, 77, of Omaha, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 at his home.  Celebration of Life Services will be held  Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at West Center Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  
Local memorial graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Hordville Cemetery in Hordville.  Luncheon will follow at the Hordville Events Center.
He was born on July 31, 1941.
He was preceded in death by: father, Cy; grandmother, Ida Bush and uncle, Andrew Bush.
 He is survived by: wife, Dorothy; sons, Bryan (Sharon), Douglas (Leah), Bradley (Heidi); eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; mother, Emma Crawford; sister, Marilin Crawford; brothers, Marvin Crawford (Becky), John Crawford (Julie); nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mon
17
Sep

Rev. Stanley R. Schrag

Rev. Stanley R. Schrag, 77, of Lincoln, passed away on Sept. 15, 2018. He was born on March 10, 1941 to Elmer P. and Avena Dean (Thompson) Schrag in Neodesha, KS. Retired minister who most recently served at Grace Community Evangelical Church in Lincoln.
He is survived by his wife, Carlene; daughters, Elizabeth (Nathan) Hancock, Wayne, IL and Sandra (Mark) Busching, Arlington, VA; son, Timothy John Schrag, Lincoln; grandchildren, Ellen Hancock, Ann Hancock, Andrew Hancock, William Busching, and Robert Busching; and nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry Schrag.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Grace Community Evangelical Church, 6843 South St., Lincoln.
The family will greet friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Drive (40th and Yankee Hill Rd.), Lincoln.

Mon
17
Sep

James 'Jim' Sample

James ‘Jim’ Sample, age 71, of Aurora, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at CHI-St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the 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.
James Martin Sample, the son of Clifford and Julia (Vincent) Sample, was born in Ord,  on Aug. 23, 1947 and passed away at Grand Island, on Sept. 14, 2018, at the age of 71.

Tue
11
Sep

Stephen L. Sack

Stephen L. Sack, 72, of Central City, died Monday, September 10, 2018 at VA Nebraska-Iowa Healthcare Systems in Omaha.  Celebration of Life services will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at  Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City.  More details will appear later.

 

Mon
10
Sep

Patricia "Patty" Omel

Patricia ‘Patty’ Omel, age 71, of Grand Island, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 13 at the Evangelical Free Church, 2609 South Blaine, Grand Island.  Rev. Dan Brenton will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery at 1 p.m. following the church service and lunch.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island.  The family will greet friends from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Memorials may be made in care of the family to be designated at a later date.  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.

Mon
10
Sep

Gary Jensen

Gary Jensen, age 82, of Aurora, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018, at his home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 11 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Greg Reed will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Aurora United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street.  Masonic Rites will be held at 7 p.m.  Memorials may be made in care of the 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.
Gary Lee Jensen, the son of Edward and Naomi (Jeffers) Jensen, was born in Sutton, on August 30, 1936 and passed away at home in Aurora with his family by his side on September 7, 2018, at the age of 82.

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10
Sep

Naomi Ione Andrews

On July 18, 2018, Naomi Ione Andrews passed away at home with her husband of 67 years at her side. Per Naomi’s wishes, her body was donated for research and was cremated at the completion of study. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at the home of Gary and Laurie Andrews (125 Driftwood Drive, Aurora) on September 15, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. with a balloon release at 3 p.m.
Naomi Umbenhower was born in Giltner, on June 20, 1929 to Lester and Grace (Lansden) Umbenhower.  Naomi attended school in Phillips, where she met her husband, Bob.  On October 29, 1950 Naomi and Bob were joined in marriage. Naomi and Bob were blessed with 4 children.
Naomi is preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Grace Umbenhower, brothers Bob and Delmer Umbenhower and granddaughter Kaysie Layne Andrews.

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