Obituaries

Tue
02
Jan

Barbara Jean Gibreal

Barbara Jean Gibreal of Grand Island, died Thursday December 28, 2017 at Park Place after numerous health issues.  Burial of cremains will be at Niobrara a later date.
Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Barbara was born on September 27, 1951 in Plainview,  to Bob and Shirley (Freeman) Clark. She grew up in Niobrara, Seward and Holdrege, attending school and graduating from Holdrege High School in 1969. Barbara then attended Kearney State College for two years, afterwards working as a college secretary at Kearney State, bank teller in Cairo, and then a legal secretary at Walters & Murray law firm in Grand Island.
She was united in marriage to Larry Gibreal in 1972 at Aurora. After which the couple lived on a farm near Cairo for 25 years. Barbara enjoyed ceramics, crafting and gardening.

Fri
29
Dec

Walt Oswald

Walt Oswald, age 81, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at his home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 2 at the Aurora United Methodist Church.  Rev. Sarah Ruch will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street, Aurora.  Memorials may be made to the family to designate 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 www.higbymortuary.com.
Walter M. Oswald, the son of Harold F. and Esther Mary (Smith) Oswald, was born at Aurora, on March 13, 1936, and passed away at Aurora, on December 28, 2017, at the age of 81.

Wed
27
Dec

Gaylerd Gene Stevens

Gaylerd Gene Stevens, 75, of Hordville, died at his home on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.  Funeral services will be on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Polk with Rev. Dan Spearow and Chaplin Aaron Phillips officiating.  Visitation will be on Thursday, December 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Polk.  In lieu of flowers the family asks the memorials be given to Polk United Methodist Church or Polk Fire and Rescue.  Condolences may be sent to family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.
Gaylerd was born April 20, 1942 in Stromsburg, to Arlo and Genelle (Coover) Stevens.  He attended school at Polk and graduated from Polk High school in 1959.  He was united in marriage to Mary Frederick on June 17, 1972 in Kearney.  To this union three children were born; Bill, Bud, and Gene.

Mon
18
Dec

Theodore (Ted) Janzen

 Theodore “Ted” R. Janzen, age 85, of Henderson, died Friday, December 15, 2017 at Henderson. He was born on October 9, 1932 in Lehigh, Kansas to Peter C. and Susie (Regier) Janzen, the youngest of 16 children. Theodore accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord when he was 12 years-old and was baptized into Springfield K.M.B. Church.
Theodore grew up on a farm near Lehigh, Kansas with two neighboring families and their children. Theodore graduated from Maple Hill School District 100 in 1947. He graduated from Lehigh High School in 1951. During this time he enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, softball, and track.

Fri
15
Dec

Robert Willis

Robert Willis, age 89, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, Memorial Community Care in Aurora.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 19 at the Aurora United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Rev. Karla Sheffy will officiate.  Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Aurora United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street.  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.
Robert Hamilton Willis, the son of Ralph and Hilma (Anderson) Willis, was born at, Aurora, on December 30, 1927 and passed away in Aurora, on December 14, 2017, at the age of 89.

Mon
11
Dec

Billy E. McHargue

Billy E. McHargue, 82, of Lincoln, passed away on Dec. 8, 2017.  He was born Dec. 11, 1934 to William Hiram McHargue and Frieda Mae (Drawbough) McHargue, on a farm near Central City.  Billy grew up on a farm outside of Marquette and attended country school through 8th grade.  He went to and graduated from Aurora High School in Aurora in 1952.  Billy graduated from UNL in 1958 with an Economic Degree.  Billy married his high school sweetheart at the United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Billy and Marlene Simpson were united in marriage on Nov. 28, 1954.  To this union three children were born, Vicky, Debbie and Mike. Billy ran his parents farm for 23 years and worked for NIS Financial Services/Ozark National Life until his retirement in 2002.  Billy and Marlene traveled for six years; saw all the states several times, including Alaska, Mexico and Canada.

Mon
11
Dec

Todd L. Gerdes

Todd L. Gerdes, age 54, of Aurora, passed away December 6, 2017 at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Memorial services will be held Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Central City, with Pastor Sam Krug officiating. A time of fellowship to celebrate Todd’s life with family and friends will be held the evening of Dec. 10—details will be distributed through social media. Please come as Todd would know you. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.  Dubas Funeral Home of Stromsburg and Osceola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Fri
08
Dec

(Lilo) Lieselotte Gerda Heumann

(Lilo) Lieselotte Gerda Heumann, 97 of Grand Island died Friday, November 17, 2017 at Wedgewood Care Center.
A Memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg.  Reverend Kristine Schroeder  officiated.  Burial of ashes will be in the Kronborg Cemetery.
All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Lilo was born October 2, 1920 at Rethausen, Germany, the daughter of Wilhelm and Margarete (Engel) Koehn.

Fri
08
Dec

Burdette Davis

Burdette Davis, age 99, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Hamilton Manor.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at St. John Lutheran Church at Kronborg.  Pastor Kristine Schroeder will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at the St. Paul Cemetery.  Burdette donated her body to science.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or St. John’s Lutheran Church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Burdette Petrea Davis, the daughter of Jack and Olga (Johnson) Nielsen, was born at Lindsay, on Aug. 4, 1918 and passed away in Aurora, on Dec. 6, 2017, at the age of 99.
She grew up in several locations as her family moved to find work.  Parts of her growing up years were spent in a sod house near Burlington, Colorado.

Fri
08
Dec

Marjorie Beach

Marjorie Beach, 75, of Oak Island, NC passed away December 5, 2017, at the SECU Hospice House, Bolivia, NC. She will be cremated.
Marjorie was born in Belle Fourche, SD to Leland and Mildred (Colvin) Ripley.
 She married John Beach in 1964 at Aurora.
Marji was reared on a ranch in Wyoming and the family also traveled throughout Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, and Nebraska training and racing thoroughbred horses.
She graduated from high school in Elba, in 1960, and then completed cosmetology school in Grand Island, in 1961.

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