Lois Darlington

Lois Darlington, age 83, of Kearney, formerly of Aurora and Grand Island, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Mt. Carmel Home in Kearney.
 A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Memorial Community Care Dining Room in Aurora.   Rev. Karl Larson will officiate.  Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.  No Visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
 Lois Mae Darlington was born in Franklin, on May 4, 1932 and passed away in Kearney, on February 24, 2016, at the age of 83.
 Lois grew up in Franklin.  She trained as a nurse, earning her LPN Diploma.


Carol (Schow) Mowitz Lyon

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, volunteer and friend to anyone she ever met, Carol (Schow) Mowitz Lyon passed away February 20, 2016, surrounded by her family after a short battle with recently diagnosed cancer at the age of 90. She was a resident of the Legacy Retirement Community in Lincoln.   
Carol was born in Blomkest, Minnesota, on July 7, 1925 to Grace Molenaar and Carter Schow.
She met her future husband, Navy Seabee, Eldred Mowitz, of Hampton, while serving as a Navy Wave as part of the Navy Hospital Corp during World War II. Carol and Eldred were married on September 9, 1946 in Blomkest, Minnesota, before moving to Hampton to farm. Carol and Eldred would have five children. When not tending to children, and, then later, grandchildren, in addition to assisting with the farm, Carol reveled in gardening, participating in the Hamilton County Extension Club and traveling extensively throughout Europe with Eldred.


Marlyn Friesen

Marlyn Friesen, age 68, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Memorial Community Care.
 A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 25 at Monroe Evangelical Free Church near Phillips.   Rev. Bob Stretch will officiate.  Private family inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  No Visitation.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
 Marlyn Kay Friesen, the daughter of W.K. and Betty (Hinkle) Bailey, was born in Palmer, on April 22, 1947 and passed away in Aurora, age of 68.
 Marlyn grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School in 1965.


Rosemary Lou Schnakenberg

Rosemary Lou Schnakenberg, 77, of Deshler, the daughter of Herman and Alma (Brettmann) Elvers was born August 19, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY.  She departed this life Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at her home in Deshler.
She grew up in the Deshler area attending school and graduating from Deshler High School with the class of 1956.  After high school she attended Fairbury Junior College.
Rose was baptized in Brooklyn, NY on October 16, 1938 at Flatbush Reformed Church and confirmed April 6, 1952 at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, by Pastor R. Riensche.
Rose was united in marriage to Arlo Bartling in 1957.  This union was blessed with the birth of three children; Nicky, Daniel and Kristine.   Arlo later passed away in a car accident.
In 1962 she married Merlen Ray Schnakenberg and to this union four more children were added to the family: Shelly, Jodi, Jani, and Jamie.  


James W. Smith

James W. Smith, 88, of Grand Island went to his heavenly promise Tuesday, February 16 after a brief illness at the Good Samaritan Village in Grand Island.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 20 at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island.  Reverend Dan Brenton will officiate.  Burial will be in Grand Island City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
James Wilber Smith was born November 20, 1927, on a Clay County farm south of Harvard, as the second of five children to John and Mildred (Hill) Smith. Jim attended rural school until the family moved to a farm near El Dorado.  Jim continued school in El Dorado and Aurora and worked on the family farm until 1947.


Beverly J. Dunham

Beverly J. Dunham, age 83 of York, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 at York.  She was born June 30, 1932 in Hampton, to Ralph and Gladys (Dory) Reed.  Beverly and Warren Dunham were united in marriage on January 24, 1949 in York.  The union was blessed with seven children.
Beverly was a “jack of all trades.”  Besides taking care of her large family, she was an Avon dealer for many years, a member of First United Methodist Church in York, Deborah Circle, and the church Choir.  She was also a board member of Epworth Village and District President of United Methodist Women.  
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Dudley Warren (Yvonne) Dunham of Bolingbrook, IL, Holly Kelly of Shawnee, KS, Steve Dunham of York, Diane (Pat) Budler of Kearney, Janet (Freddy) Collins of Norton, VA, Jeff Dunham and Mark Dunham, both of York.  


Gary Jo Oates

Grafton resident, Gary Jo Oates, 70, passed away suddenly Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva.
  A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Federated Church in Sutton, with Pastor Michael Fink officiating.  Interment will follow at the Grafton Cemetery in Grafton.  Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5-8 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.
  Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.
  Condolences may be left at
  Gary was born on August 3, 1945 in Geneva, to Orville and Hazel (Elofson) Oates.  He was the youngest of 5 children.  His childhood was spent on the family farm southeast of Sutton.
  Gary attended Sutton Public School and graduated in 1963.


Debra L. Brackhan

Debra L. Brackhan age 56 of York, died Friday, February 5, 2016 in Seward. She was born April 24, 1959 in Henderson to Dennis Brackhan and Myrna Landenberger. Debra was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran in Hampton, and attended Hampton Lutheran School. She graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1978, and took classes at Hastings Central Community College.
Debra’s family meant the world to her. She loved when her nieces and nephews would come and visit her, and also enjoyed spending time with her co-workers, considering them a part of her family. She worked at Arby’s, Valentino’s, York General Hearthstone, and Wal-Mart all in York.  She had numerous friends and enjoyed greeting people wherever she worked.


Keith Wetherington

Keith Wetherington, age 50, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016, at his home.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 12 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. No Visitation.  Memorials may be made to the family to be designated 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
William Keith Wetherington, the son of William Russell and Dora Montes DeOca, Wetherington, was born at El Centro, California on February 23, 1965 and passed away at Aurora, on February 7, 2016, at the age of 50.
Keith grew up and spent the majority of his time in San Diego, California.  He also lived in Lima Peru and Tampa, Florida where he attended high school at each community.   Keith then moved to Las Vegas, NV where he met his future wife.  


Verla C. Bachman

Verla C. Bachman, 90 of Grand Island, formerly of Giltner, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Primrose Retirement Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the First Faith United Methodist Church at 4190 Capital Avenue, Grand Island.  Reverend Trudy Kenyon Anderson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Giltner Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.  All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mrs. Bachman was born May 16, 1925 at Giltner, the daughter of Otto and Bessie (Detamore) Hunnicutt.


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