Obituaries

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.

Thu
22
Oct

Shirley Beck

Shirley M. Beck, 80, of Central City, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City.  Funeral services will be Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home (south location) with Pastor John Prettyman and  Pastor Courtney Erzkus officiating.  Visitation will be Friday, October 23, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Bureau Cemetery by Pierce Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.  

Mon
19
Oct

Norma Elaine (Madsen) Kamtz

Norma Elaine (Madsen) Kamtz, the eighth child of Hans and Lydia (Henriksen) Madsen, was born June 16, 1924, in Aurora, and died in Bryan Medical Center October 17, 2015, at the age of 91.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St. in Lincoln.
 Norma was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church, north of Hampton. The church is now located at Stuhr Museum, Grand Island. Norma has been an active member of Christ Lutheran Church.

Mon
19
Oct

Betty Green

Betty Green, age, 89, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Hamilton Manor.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 21 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Betty M. Green, the daughter of Roy and Lizzie (Zlomke) Wagner, was born at Chapman, on March 18, 1926, and passed away at Aurora, on October 18, 2015 at the age of 89.
Betty grew up on a farm west of Central City.  She graduated from Central City High School in 1943.

Wed
07
Oct

Evelyn Mills

Evelyn Mills, age 87, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at her home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 9 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Evelyn Ruth Mills, the daughter of Frederick and Marie (Grabow) Knoop, was born at Buffalo, in Dawson County on January 25, 1928 and passed away in Aurora, on October 6, 2015, at the age of 87.
Evelyn was baptized and confirmed in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at Buffalo.  She attended country school and parochial school.  Evelyn graduated from Lexington High School in 1945.  She taught school for one year.

Tue
06
Oct

George Hohwieler

George Hohwieler, age, 52, of Aurora, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at his home after a three year battle with cancer.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 10 at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church at Phillips.  Pastor Bob Stretch will officiate.  Private Family Graveside Services will be at the Aurora Cemetery.  Family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church, 1001 W 18 Road, Phillips.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for future designation.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
George Hohwieler, the son of Eldon and Janice (Lessman) Hohwieler, was born in Madison, South Dakota, on January 23, 1963, and passed away on October 5, 2015 at Aurora, at the age of 52.

Fri
02
Oct

Wanda Ileene (Davidson) Farrand

Harvard resident, Wanda Ileene (Davidson) Farrand, 84, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Mary Lanning Memorial Health Care, Hastings.
Services will be Monday, October 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Harvard First United Methodist Church with Rev. Travis King officiating. Burial will be in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Apfel Funeral Home, Harvard is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the Harvard First United Methodist Church or AseraCare Hospice.
Wanda Ileene Davidson Farrand was born in Webber, KS, on December 21, 1930, to Doshia (Nichols) and Ernest Davidson.  She grew up in a family of seven children.  A baby sister, Darlene, died after the family experienced a bout with scarlet fever in 1934.

Thu
01
Oct

Kenneth Schroeder

Kenneth Paul Schroeder, age 70, of Aurora, formerly of Crystal Lake, Illinois passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at CHI Health St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at higbymortuary.com.
 Kenneth Paul Schroeder, the son of Frank and Rose (Wendt) Schroeder, was born in Elgin, Illinois on October 18, 1944 and passed away in Grand Island, on October 1, 2015, at the age of 70.
Kenneth lived for 50 years in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  He moved to Gilbert, Arizona for 10 years before moving to Aurora.
 He touched many lives and will be missed by all that knew him.
 He was preceded in death by his parents.

Thu
01
Oct

Cara Nickolaus

Cara Anne Nickolaus, 25, of Cambridge, Massachusetts died September 20, 2015.  She was born in Lincoln on August 10, 1990 to Lowell and Jane (Empkey) Nickolaus.
 Cara was a 2009 graduate of Lincoln Northeast and a 2013 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  She was working on her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge at the time of her death.  
Cara’s interest in academics started at an early age.  She was involved in Destination Imagination at Riley Elementary School.  At Culler Middle School she was active in Destination Imagination, Quiz Bowl, and played oboe in the band.    

Wed
30
Sep

Roger Erickson

Roger Lawrence Erickson, of Clarks, departed his heavenly home on Monday, September 28, 2015.  Funeral services will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown location of Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City, with Pastor Ford Shenk officiating.  Visitation will be on Thursday, October 1 from 5-7 p.m. also at the downtown location of Solt-Wagner Funeral Home.  Interment will be at the Lindale Cemetery near Hordville immediately following the funeral service.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.  

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