Obituaries

Wed
06
Jan

Martina Louise Petersen

Martina Louise Petersen, daughter of Ardean and Leone Petersen, was born July 8, 1941 in Aurora, and died January 3, 2016 at her home in Reno, Nevada.  She graduated from Hampton High School in 1959, attended the University of Nebraska, graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston University and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, and was a Doctoral Candidate in Education from Oklahoma State University.  She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Xi Chapter, at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honorary society, from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Wed
06
Jan

Willard Klawonn

Willard Klawonn, age 91, of Aurora, formerly of Hampton, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2015, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 11 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Rev. Jim Gruber will officiate. Interment will be in the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5–7 p.m., Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 381 H Street in Hampton. Memorials may be made to Hampton Lutheran School. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Willard Earl Klawonn, the son of Bernard Paul and Alma (Salchow) Klawonn, was born near Bradshaw, on July 27, 1924 and passed away in Aurora, on January 5, 2016, at the age of 91.

Wed
06
Jan

Arnold Otto

Arnold Otto, age 82, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016, at the Hamilton Manor.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 8 at Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Interment will be in the Phillips Cemetery. No Visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Phillips Youth Baseball Program. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at higbymortuary.com.
Arnold Eugene Otto, the son of W. Gordon and Wilma (Arnold) Otto, was born in rural Phillips, on July 4, 1933 and died in Aurora, on January 4, 2016 at the age of 82 years.
He grew up in Phillips, where his family owned Otto’s Service.  Arnold graduated from Phillips High School in 1950, received a diploma from Northwest Radio and Television in Hollywood, California and a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from UNL.

Mon
04
Jan

Sharon A. Mason

Sharon A. Mason, age 74, of Grand Island, formerly of Hampton, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at Golden Living-Lakeview.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 8 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Pastor Jim Garfield will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date. No Visitation. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Sharon Ann Mason, the daughter of Everett and Marvel (Swanson) McCray, was born in Wolbach, on July 18, 1941 and passed away in Grand Island, on December 30, 2015, at the age of 74.
Sharon grew up in Wolbach and graduated from Wolbach High School, where she was Prom Queen and lettered in volleyball and basketball.  After graduation she moved to Lincoln, where she worked for Cedars Home for Children.

Wed
23
Dec

Laura Jensen

Laura Jensen, age 56, of Aurora, went to be with her Heavenly Father, Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at her home.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, December 28 at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church in Phillips. Pastors Bob Stretch and Joe Mullarkey will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church, 1001 West 18 Road. Memorials may be made to the Monroe Evangelical Free Church or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Laura Marie Jensen, the daughter of Franklin and Evelyn (Hinkle) Miller, was born at Nebraska City, on May 13, 1959 and went to be with her Heavenly Father in Aurora, on December 22, 2015, at the age of 56.
Laura grew up in Valley, and then went on to attend and graduated from Grand Island Central Community College.

Wed
23
Dec

Arlene Salmon

Arlene Salmon, age 92, of Grand Island, passed away Monday, December 21, 2015, at Tiffany Square.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 28 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston in Aurora. Rev. Paul Nauman will officiate. Interment will be in Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Arlene Twila Salmon, the daughter of Roy and Mamie (Bozell) Eckerson, was born at Aurora, Nebraska on December 16, 1923 and passed away in Grand Island, Nebraska on December 21, 2015, at the age of 92.
Arlene grew up in Hamilton County, where she attended school and went on to be a school teacher.

Tue
22
Dec

James (Jim) Martin Murphy

Former Aurora resident, James (Jim) Martin Murphy passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Friday, December 11. Jim was born December 8, 1928 to Cornelius (CJ) and Laura (Martin) Murphy in Geneva. The family lived in Geneva where two more sons, Paul and Bernard (Pete), joined the family. They then moved to a farm near Giltner in 1935. Jim attended Giltner High School, where he was a four-sport athlete and graduated in 1946.
Jim farmed with his father and brothers after high school until joining the US military in 1951 where he served in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
He returned to Nebraska and went to work for E.R. Springer in Aurora. During this time he also attended the Fridgidare Corporation refrigeration school in Omaha. After successful completion of his schooling, he continued working for E.R. Springer until the family moved to Washington in 1963.

Mon
21
Dec

James Topham

James Topham, age 78, of Harvard, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard.
 A Remembrance Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 27 at the Leadership Center 2211 Q Street, Aurora. Private family inurnment will be at Aurora Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harvard Rest Haven or the American Legion Post #61 of Sutton.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

Fri
18
Dec

Jack Robert Killion

Jack Robert Killion passed away in Lake Forest, CA on December 14, 2015 at the age of 86.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2015 at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island with the Rev. Jack Gillam officiating.  Burial will be in Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island.  Military honors will be provided by United Veterans Honor Guard Team and the United States Navy Honors Team.   Visitation hours will be 4-7 Sunday, December 20, 2015 and 10 a.m. Monday until service time at Apfel Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Lutheran Hour Ministries at www.lhmgift.org or 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141, or the VFW at www.vfw.org. A memorial service will be held at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, CA at a later date.

Wed
16
Dec

Pastor Harry Soren Andersen

Pastor Harry Søren Andersen, the first Bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America passed away, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The Memorial Service for Bishop Andersen is Jan. 2, 2016, at Ascension Lutheran Church, Minocqua, WI. Visitation is at 1 p.m.,  with the service at 2 p.m.
In 1943, Harry married his high school sweetheart and soul mate,  Dorothy Elaine Erickson.
They have 3 children: Elaine Bugge (Larry),  Craig (Sharon) and Brad (Joanne). 6 grandchildren: David and Carol Bugge; Eric and Loren; Rachel Anderson and Michael. 1 great grandchild: Nicole Anderson.
Ordained in 1952, Harry served 3  parishes in Michigan: Juhl Community, Zion Germania in Marlette and Trinity, Brown City. He then served St. Stephens on Chicago’s south side for 8 years.

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