Obituaries

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.  

Mon
28
Sep

George E. Eberly

George E. Eberly, age 71, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2015, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 30 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Pastors Ron Harris and Karla Sheffy will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Aurora United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street. Memorials may be made to the Aurora Lions Club or the Aurora Optimist Club.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
George Ernest Eberly, the son of David E. and Alma (Florea) Eberly, was born in Republic, Kansas on May 4, 1944 and passed away in Aurora, on September 27, 2015, at the age of 71.

Thu
24
Sep

Norma R. Rohde

Norma R. Rohde of Aurora Community Care, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  She was the youngest of six children, born to Henry and Minnie (Blase) Smith. She was born June 5, 1914 at Polk. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was baptized June 28, 1914 and confirmed April 1, 1928. On March 19, 1937 she was united in marriage to Lester Rohde of Hampton. At that time she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she has attended since. They were blessed with two daughters, Kathleen and Lavera.
Norma was hard working, loved to sew, quilt, and bake. She was her husband’s right hand on the farm, cooked many meals for corn shellers and hay crews. They retired to Hampton in 1976, where she continued to make quilts for the family, and made many World Relief quilts for the Zion Lutheran ladies aid. You never left her house without having coffee and homemade cookies.

Thu
24
Sep

Donovan L. Colby

Donovan L. Colby, age 88, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Grand Island Veterans Home.
 Don’s wishes were to be cremated.  There will be no Visitation or Memorial Service.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
 Donovan Lee Colby, the son of Glenn E. and Odelia (Dyvig) Colby, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on June 20, 1927 and passed away in Grand Island, on September 23, 2015, at the age of 88.
 Don lived in Valley Springs, South Dakota until the age of 11 when his parents moved to Avon, South Dakota.  Don attended Avon Public School graduating in 1945.  He served in the U.S. Army during WW II from September of 1945 to February of 1947.  Don was stationed in Germany at the Headquarters USFET as a courier.

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