Obituaries

Mon
09
Nov

Michael J. Potter

Michael J. Potter was born Nov 28, 1949 and passed away Nov 8, 2015.
 He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Marjorie Potter; sisters, Margie and Penelope.  Survived by wife, Debra; son, Ryan and wife Vanessa; grandchildren, Natalie and Luke; brother, Gordon (Kathy); nieces and nephews.
 A memorial service will be held Friday, November 13 at 4 p.m. at Brookside Church, 11607 “M” Circle in Omaha.  Memorials may be directed to the family.
 Arrangements by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, 7805 W. Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124, 402-391-3900, www.heafeyheafey.com

Mon
09
Nov

Mark A. Williams

Former Hastings resident, Mark A. Williams, 52, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015 at CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island.  
Services will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at North Shore Assembly of God, Hastings with Pastor Rod Armon officiating.  Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mark A. Williams Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date.  Visitation will be Monday, November 9, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. with the family present at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church.  Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com.  Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Thu
05
Nov

Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson, age 85, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at CHI Health-St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
 Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 7 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.  Rev. Ron Harris will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.   
 Wayne Wessley Jackson, the son of Elmer Earl and Bertha Ellen (Etherton) Jackson, was born at Almena, Kansas on March 30, 1930 and passed away in Grand Island, on November 3, 2015 at the age of 85.

Thu
05
Nov

Bonita K. "Bonnie" Hower

Bonita K. “Bonnie” Hower, age 68 of Bradshaw, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at York.  She was born in York on March 12, 1947 to Leroy and Esther (Helton) Hower.  Bonnie worked for many years as a medical transcriptionist at the Aurora Medical Clinic. She loved poetry and was a member of the American Poets Fellowship Society.  She enjoyed reading, watching television, gardening and caring for her cats.

Bonnie is survived by nephews and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Geneva Public Cemetery with the Reverend Mary Scott officiating.  Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary in York. Memorials may be directed to Adopt-A-Pet in York.
Metz Mortuary, York, NE is handling arrangements.   www.metzmortury.com.
 

Mon
02
Nov

Mike "Nellie" Nelson

Mike “Nellie” Nelson, age 62, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015 at his home in Aurora.
 A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 5 at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Aurora.  Pastor Bruce Bradley will officiate.  Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  No Visitation.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.  Memorials may be made in care of the family.
 Michael Lloyd Nelson, the son of John and Dorothy (Lacey) Nelson, was born at Ogallala, on August 23, 1953 and passed away in Aurora, on October 31, 2015 at the age of 62.
 Mike grew up on a farm near Brule.  He moved to Aurora in 1966 and graduated from Aurora High School in 1972.
 Mike was married to Lisa Weller and two children were born to this union, Larce and Mollie.

Mon
02
Nov

Donna Berck

Donna Berck, age 74, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 4 at Faith Community Church in Aurora.  Rev. Bob Gannon will officiate.  Interment will be in the Richland Cemetery near Marquette at 10 a.m.  Visitation will be from 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Donna R. Berck, the daughter of Linley and Opal (Scott) Berck, was born at Torrington, Wyoming, on May 1, 1941, and passed away at Aurora, on October 31, 2015 at the age of 74.
Donna grew up in southern Oregon.  Church was important to her family.  As a child she accepted Christ as her Savior.  From childhood her desire was to be a missionary nurse.

Mon
02
Nov

Wilbur (Bill) Weedin

Weedin, Wilbur H., passed away October 15, 2015. Bill, as he was known, was born in 1921 in rural Aurora, to Frank and Lydia (Danielson) Weedin. He lived and worked on the family farm until he graduated from Aurora High School in 1940.

Mon
26
Oct

Martha Ruth Friesen

Martha Ruth Friesen, age 89, died on Oct. 24, 2015 with her family at her side at the Henderson Care Center. Martha understood with certainty that after her final breath on earth, her next breath would be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Martha lived her live on earth with the sure knowledge that the Lord’s grace and mercy would be sufficient for her when she died and she would spend eternity with Him. She is with Him now.
Martha was born on July 24, 1926 to Bernhard and Katie (Abrahams) Friesen on the family farm in Hamilton County, Nebraska. She graduated from Henderson High School in May of 1944.
She was a lifelong member of the Bethesda Mennonite Church. She served as a member of the Ladies Mission Circle, Chancel Choir for 40 years, and Bible School Teacher.

Mon
26
Oct

Robert W. Friesen

Robert W. Friesen died Oct. 24, 2015 in Henderson at the age of 84.
Graveside service will be held 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at the Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at Bethesda Mennonite Church. Memorials may be directed to the MCC Canner or MCC.
Visitation at the mortuary in Henderson will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday with his family greeting friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evening. Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com.
Due to construction on Henderson main street, temporary entrance can be found in the alley, adjacent to the park.  
He was born on Aug. 10, 1931 in Holt County to Frank F. and Agatha (Harder) Friesen. During his elementary years the family moved to a farm northwest of Aurora.

Thu
22
Oct

Jennifer Lyn Spatz

Hastings resident, Jennifer Lyn Spatz, 21, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2015 due to a motor vehicle accident.  
Rosary will be Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, October 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Hastings with Father Joseph M. Walsh officiating.  Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.  Visitation will be Saturday, October 24, 2015; 1:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church.  Private condolences may be sent at www.lbvfh.com.  Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

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