Obituaries

Mon
25
Apr

Robert Nels (Bob) Blomstrand

Robert Nels (Bob) Blomstrand, age 89, formerly of Aurora, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016, after a brief illness in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016 in the Aurora Cemetery, Aurora.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday evening, April 29, 2016 at Higby - McQuiston Mortuary.  A memorial service will be held in Green Valley, Arizona at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at http://www.higbymortuary.com/ as well as Sierra Vista’s Hatfield Mortuary website at http://www.hatfieldfh.com/.
Robert Nels (Bob) Blomstrand, the son of Gregory R. and Laura (Weedin) Blomstrand, Sr., was born in Aurora, on August 21, 1926 and died in Sierra Vista, Arizona on April 19, 2016, at the age of 89 years.

Mon
18
Apr

Allan C. Hansen

Allan C. Hansen, 83, of Aurora passed away April 13, 2016. Full obituary to run at a later date. He was born June 13, 1932.

Mon
18
Apr

LaVonne Marie Law Hutsell

LaVonne Marie Law Hutsell was born on August 20, 1936 in Stromsburg, to Oscar Wallace “Wally” and Marie Christine Neujahr Law. At the age of 3 the family moved to York, where LaVonne attended elementary and high school.  She later went on to graduate from Grand Island School of Business.  She was baptized and confirmed in the First Evangelical Church in York.
On May 11, 1956 she was united in marriage to Dale Hutsell and to this union were born three sons.  The family lived near Marquette and for 17 years LaVonne worked as a secretary at the Marquette schools.  Following the death of her husband Dale, she moved to San Diego, California where she worked as a mortgage company administration assistant.  LaVonne retired in 2004 and moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Tue
12
Apr

Charles "Tom" Dodge

Charles “Tom” Dodge passed away on April 2nd, 2016 at the age of 75. Tom is preceded in death by his parents Charles Sr. and Evelyn Dodge; his siblings Mary Louise Dodge, Laurel Reynolds, Sandra Reynolds, Charles B. Reynolds; his son Timmy Dodge and his wife Patricia Dodge. He is survived by daughters Jennifer Newcombe, Jessika Black, Karen Higgins, Kimberly Mclamb, Tammy Sylvester, Cherie Libby; his sons Charlie Dodge, William Dodge, Lee Dodge and his brother Henry Dodge.

Tom was a jack of all trades and enjoyed the outside, he particularly loved fishing and walking his beloved dog, Doodle. Tom will be remembered for his wit and his generosity, as well as his devotion to his numerous grandchildren.

Services will be held in Laurel, Delaware. Flowers and condolences may be sent to 17249 Phillips Hill Road Laurel, DE 19956.

Mon
11
Apr

Henry E. Kliewer

Henry E Kliewer, age 84, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016, with family at his side at Memorial Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 14 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson.  Rev. Jim Voth will officiate. Private Family inurnment will be at a later date.  Henry donated his body to science. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nebraska Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Henry E. Kliewer was born on December 11, 1931, to Henry A and Elizabeth (Wieler) Kliewer in Henderson.

Mon
11
Apr

Henry H. Quiring

Henry H. Quiring, age 92 of Henderson, passed away Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Henderson Hospital in Henderson.  He was born October 2, 1923 in rural Hampton, to John P. and Katherine (Toews) Quiring.  He was a graduate of Hampton High School and was united in marriage to Miriam  R. Regier on August 6, 1950 at Henderson.  Henry was a lifelong farmer in the Henderson area and was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Henderson.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of sixty-five years, Miriam of Henderson; three daughters, Connie (Marion) Travis of Lincoln, Joyce Nielsen of Aurora and Gaylene (Nick) Grosshans of Aurora; grandchildren:  Brandon (Tanya) Grosshans, Carrie (Mike) Crosby, Darrin Grosshans and Katie (Nick) Travis; great-grandchildren, Abbigale, Levi, Luke and Eli Grosshans, and Kaylee and Kayden Crosby.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Mon
11
Apr

Clarence 'Pat' Cline

Clarence “Pat” Cline, a grandson of the 1871 Stockham pioneer Tom Salmon, died in his sleep April 3 at Brookdale Assisted Living Home in La Crosse, Wisc.
Pat Cline, the son of Leslie and Mildred Salmon Cline, was 92. He was born at Phillips on Dec. 28, 1923, but spent most of his life in Wisconsin.
The military funeral will be at  12 p.m. on April 16 at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home at Onalaska, Wisc. The folded flag will be presented to Pat’s grandson Tom Boenigk, who served in the Army National Guard for two tours in Iraq. He’s the son of Maureen Cline and Richard Boenigk. Pat’s favorite song “Sentimental Journey” will be sung in the ceremony.
 Pat Cline’s life will be remembered at the June 19 Salmon Pioneer Family Association Reunion at the Bremer Center in Aurora. The reunion is on a Sunday at 1:30 this year, but for over 20 years was on the third Saturday.

Fri
08
Apr

Bonita L. "Bunny" Paup

Bonita L. “Bunny” Paup, 71, of Grand Island, died Thursday, April 07, 2016 at home.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Grand Island with the Reverend Richard Piontkowski officiating.  A time of fellowship will follow at Cathedral Square.  The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Apfel Funeral Home with the rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.    In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St Mary’s Cathedral, Grand Island.  Inurnment will be at a later date.   Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Bonita L Paup was born August 8, 1944 in Hartford, CT the daughter of Joseph and Ariel (Roach) Zemak.   She grew up in Hartford, CT, Grand Island and Marquette, graduating from Marquette High School.   She married the love of her life Francis (Frank) Paup on November 4 1967 in Aurora.

Fri
08
Apr

Pamela Leak

Pamela Leak, age 69, of Lincoln, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Bryan/LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln.
 A Private Family Committal Service was held at the Aurora Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Cat House, P O Box 23145, Lincoln, NE  68542.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
 Johnette Pamela Leak, the daughter of John and Nina (Davis) Hielen, was born in Columbia, South Carolina on July 14, 1946 and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 6, 2016, at the age of 69.
 Pam grew up in Columbia, South Carolina.  Her family moved to Nebraska in 1950 and in 1956 they moved to Aurora.  Pam graduated from Aurora High School in 1964.   Pam moved to Lincoln and worked for LT&T for 25+ years until her retirement.  She then worked part-time at Target.

Tue
05
Apr

Doug Smetter

Douglas Ray Smetter was born in Aurora on February 27, 1968 to Marion "Smitty" Smetter and Joanie (Doremus). He passed away on March 31st 2016 at 4:20.
 
He lived every day as if it were his last and was dedicated to his close friends, who consider themselves direct family.
 
He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
 
Those left to enjoy his memory are his brother, Dallas Ray Smetter (Wilma Jo) of Bayview Texas, a nephew, Reed Justis Smetter in Waco Texas and his friends, especially Ami.
 
Higby-McQuiston Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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