Obituaries

Fri
01
Apr

Cora Lee Ashbaugh

Cora Lee Ashbaugh, age 79 of York, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at Utica.  She was born August 16, 1936 near Henderson, to Henry H. and Lucinda (Peter) Epp.  She was baptized at the age of 12 at St. Peter Lutheran Church and later that year was confirmed there as well.  She was presently a member of Faith Lutheran Church in York.   She was united in marriage to Claude Wendell Ashbaugh on October 28, 1955 at Hampton.
 Cora Lee loved to cook, bake, read and take walks.  She was an avid fan of Elvis Presley and his music.  Cora Lee enjoyed all kinds of sports and was a big fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. She enjoyed playing bingo and having morning coffee with her friends at Pump and Pantry.

Mon
28
Mar

Norman C. Nelson

Norman C. Nelson, son of Martin and Norma (Andrews) Nelson, formerly of Aurora, passed away Feb. 5, 2016. Norman lived in Simi Valley, Calif. Norman was the grandson of Melkar and Martha (Palmblade) Nelson and Jack and LaViana Andrews of Aurora.
Norman was born Jan. 22, 1943 in Aurora. He was in ill health the last two years.
Norman is survived by his wife Sylvia of 49 years, a daughter Arlene Christensen and her husband Eric Christensen, and a son Matthew Nelson and his wife Rose, two grandchildren, Harley Hanson and Caleb Christensen, all of California and a sister Adriane Kinlock, and three nephews, all of Fort Worth, Texas.
 

Mon
28
Mar

Norman C. Nelson

Norman C. Nelson, son of Martin and Norma (Andrews) Nelson, formally of Aurora, passed away Feb. 5, 2016. Norman lived in Simi Valley, Calif. Norman was the grandson of Melkar and Martha (Palmblade) Nelson and Jack and LaViana Andrews of Aurora.
Norman was born Jan. 22, 1943 in Aurora. He was in ill health the last two years.
Norman is survived by his wife Sylvia of 49 years, a daughter Arlene Christensen and her husband Eric Christensen, and a son Matthew Nelson and his wife Rose, two grandchildren, Harley Hanson and Caleb Christensen, all of California and a sister Adriane Kinlock, and three nephews, all of Fort Worth, Texas.
 

Mon
28
Mar

Pamela Jane McMahon

Pamela Jane McMahon, 63, of Roseville, California passed away March 18, 2016 at Sutter Roseville Health Center, in Roseville California.
Services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church, Roseville, California.
Memorials will be decided at a later date in Kansas and Nebraska.
Pam was born November 10, 1952 in Hayes, Kans. to Joe Locker Jr. and Lillian (Weber) Locker.
She was united in marriage to Tom McMahon on January 13, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis, Kans.
Pam and her husband Tom made their home in various locations due to his positions with Union Pacific Railroad.  Pam found the best way for her to contribute to each new community they lived was to hone her organizational skills and deep love of numbers.  She served as an administrative assistant to the President of Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, and later as bookkeeper at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and Parish of Sandy, Utah.

Tue
22
Mar

Phyllis Christiansen

Phyllis Christiansen, age 92, of Aurora, formerly of Hampton, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, at Memorial Community Care.
 Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 24 at the United Lutheran Church in Hampton.  Rev. Howard Rasmussen will officiate.  Interment will be in the Hampton Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made in care of the family.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
 Phyllis F. Christiansen, the daughter of Floyd and Pearl E. (Jones) Strolz, was born in Moorefield on December 27, 1923 and passed away in Aurora on March 21, 2016, at the age of 92.
 She grew up in Sutton and graduated from Hampton High School.

Mon
21
Mar

Violet June Adele (Bjurlin) Crabtree

Violet June Adele (Bjurlin) Crabtree was born on June 15, 1930 on the family farm near Farwell, Minnesota. She was the second daughter born to Melvin and Rose Bjurlin. The Bjurlins went on to have 5 more children, whom Violet helped to care for throughout her young life.
After graduating from high school, Violet moved to Chicago to begin her college studies at Trinity Bible College. While at Trinity she met Charles Crabtree, also a student, who grew up about 20 miles from Violet. After courting for a year and a half, Violet and Charles were married on July 12,  1952 at Ben Wade Covenant Church in Lowry, Minnesota.

Mon
21
Mar

Mildred Sands

Mildred Sands, age 105, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Hamilton Manor.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 22 at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Bob Stretch will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday 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.
Mildred I. Sands, the daughter of Henning and Anna Christinia (Johanson) Carlson, was born at Osceola, on August 22, 1910, and passed away at Aurora, on March 18, 2016, at the age of 105.

Fri
18
Mar

Anita M. Kucera

Anita M. Kucera, 77, Lawrence, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings.  Rosary is Sunday, March 20, 2016, at 7 p.m. and Mass is Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lawrence, with Father Thomas Bush officiating.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lawrence.  Visitation will be Sunday March 20, 2016 from 3-8 p.m. at the Lawrence Visitation Chapel, Lawrence.  Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Altar Society.  Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Fri
18
Mar

Idonna Russell

Idonna Russell, age 84, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the Hamilton Manor.
 Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be in Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
 Idonna S. Russell, the daughter of John A. and Bessie M. (Keim) Proctor, was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 2, 1931 and passed away in Aurora, on March 17, 2016, at the age of 84.

Fri
18
Mar

Jeanie Jensen

Jeanie Jensen, age 73, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at CHI Health-St. Francis in Grand Island.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora.  Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. No Visitation.  The family requests casual attire for the service.  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.
Virgene ‘Jeanie’ Elisabeth (Wright) Jensen, the daughter of Virgil and Olga (Hansen) Wright, was born at Aurora, on December 15, 1942 and passed away in Grand Island, on March 16, 2016, at the age of 73.
She grew up on the family farm in Hamilton County and graduated from Aurora High School.

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