Obituaries

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.

Mon
29
Jul

RoseMary Hansen

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RoseMary Hansen, age 87, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the York General Hearthstone.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 31st at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Rev. Tim Wells will officiate. Interment will be in the United Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 P.M., Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made 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.
RoseMary Ann Hansen, the daughter of Edward Richard and Alice Louise Anna (Sundermeier) Obermeier, was born at home in Giltner, Nebraska on May 24, 1932 and passed away in York, Nebraska on July 27, 2019, at the age of 87.

Mon
29
Jul

Pauline Torgerson

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Pauline Torgerson, age 101, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Memorial Community Care.

A memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1st at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate.  Inurnment will be in the Giltner Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.  Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family for support of Mary Lanning Nursing scholarships. 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
19
Jul

Dewey Wheeler

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Dewey Wheeler, age 81, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at G. I. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 23 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Greg Reed will officiate.  Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne at 2:30 p.m.  No Visitation. 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.
Dewey E. Wheeler was born on Feb. 23, 1938 at home, at Coleridge, to Ross and Emily (Whipple) Wheeler.  He passed away on July 18, 2019 in Grand Island, at the age of 81.

Fri
19
Jul

Dorothy J. Ryan

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Dorothy J. Ryan, 79, of Phillips, died Friday, July 12 at CHI-Health St. Francis.
 A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22 at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Dan Naranjo will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in the Phillips Cemetery.
Dorothy was born on July 27, 1939, in Longmont, CO, to Herman and Ruth (Gifford) Hoffschneider.  She grew up in York and graduated from York Senior High.
She was united in marriage to John Ryan on Nov. 16, 1957, and moved to Phillips in 1960.  Four children were born into this union.
Dorothy was employed by Skagway for over 20 years before her retirement.  She was a member of Blessed Sacrament church, as well as volunteering for 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.  In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, walking, and flowers.

Wed
17
Jul

Donald Schaffert

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Donald Schaffert, age 78, of Phillips, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Grand Island Lakeview.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 22 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Grand Island, 1515 S. Harrison St. Rev. Bill Pavuk will officiate. Interment will be in the Phillips Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Phillips Cemetery, Hampton American Legion Post #141 or the Plainsman Museum volunteer fund. 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 Lee Schaffert, the son of Rudolf and Christine (Miller) Schaffert was born on July 1, 1941 in Aurora, and passed away on July 16, 2019 in Grand Island, at the age of 78.

Mon
08
Jul

Jerald Oswald

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Jerald Oswald, age 59, of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16th at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. Private family inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. 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.

Jerald Lee Oswald, the son of Walter M. and Patricia (Dolloff) Oswald, was born at Grand Island, Nebraska, on Aug. 9, 1959, and passed away at Lincoln, Nebraska, on July 1, 2019, at the age of 59.

Mon
08
Jul

Dr. Kenneth Treptow

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Dr. Kenneth Treptow, age 90, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Memorial Community Care.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, July 8th at the United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate.  Interment will be in the Sunrise North Cemetery in Wahoo at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 9th.  Visitation will be from 6 - 8 P.M. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials given to the family will be donated to World Vision in honor of Ken.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

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