Obituaries

Mon
16
Feb

Dr. Warren L. Berggren

Dr. Warren L. Berggren died at his home in Golden, Colo., Jan. 30, at age 85. He was surrounded by family and loved ones. Warren is survived by wife Gretchen, children Ruth Berggren and Jeannie Tanski, sisters Janet Jones and Barbara Mohrbacher and four grandchildren.
Born on a farm near Aurora, he graduated from Aurora High School and was elected to the Aurora High Alumni Hall of Fame. He graduated with an M.D. from University of Nebraska, 1955, and a D.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 1967. In 1959 he married Dr. Gretchen Glode, in Belgium. They served as medical missionaries to Congo through 1964, commissioned by the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Fri
13
Feb

Ingred Holmberg Hedlund

Ingred Holmberg Hedlund, 95, died Jan. 23, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was born in Loup City to Einar and Ida Holmberg on May 28, 1919. The family farmed in Loup City and Ceresco areas prior to moving to Hamilton County in 1932.
Ingred graduated from Phillips High School in 1936 and later attended the Evangelical Free Church College in Chicago. She married Rev. John Hedlund at the Monroe EFC in 1940. They served as pastor of several Evangelical Free Churches in the midwest during 62 years of ministry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. John Hedlund in 2002, parents, sisters Marian, Margit (Art) Wagner and Kathryn, brothers Norman, Gerald, and Marvin.

Fri
13
Feb

Mindy Mencia

Mindy Allyson Mencia, 35, of Grand Island died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at CHI Health St. Francis.
Celebration of life service was held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at All Faiths Funeral Home. Family greeted friends one hour before service time. Burial of ashes was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9 in the Grand Island Cemetery.
Mindy was born Sept. 27, 1979 at Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Ken and Marcia (Kneisel) Bowers.
Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Mario; son, Logan Mencia; her parents, Ken and Marcia Bowers; brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Kendal Bowers, and their children, Abbey, Lauren, Cooper, Hudson and Owen; personal best friend, Holly Hanson; close friends, Jessica Ramirez and Jessica Leach; in-laws, Alex Mencia, Joel Mencia, Angel and Lupe Mencia and Enrique and Luz Garcia; and a host of friends from Aurora.
Mindy lived in Ohio before moving in 1984 to Aurora, where she graduated from Aurora High School, class of 1997.

Mon
09
Feb

Albert Ackerman

Albert Ackerman, age 91, of Aurora, formerly of Stockham, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Hamilton Manor.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m.., on Thursday, February 12 at Pleasant View Bible Church in Aurora.  Rev. Bob Gannon will officiate.   Interment will be in the Stockham Cemetery at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.   Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Albert Julius Ackerman, the son of Martin and Rosina (Schutz) Ackerman, was born at Linton, North Dakota on July 11, 1923 and passed away in Aurora, on February 8, 2015, at the age of 91.

Fri
06
Feb

Gary L. Goertzen

Gary Lee Goertzen passed away at the age of 68 in Mesa, Ariz. after an extended illness related to COPD.
He was born in Grant and lived in Paxton and Aurora until graduation in 1965 where he was very active in sports and excelled in most of them and served in the Army in the Vietnam War. He was a salesman in manufactured housing for 30+ years and retired from Ryzex Repair, a bar code equipment sales and service company in 2010.
He was the son of Henry R. Goertzen and Doris Folger. He leaves behind his sister, Terry Orenchick of Mesa, Ariz., with whom he shared a home, and a brother Dennis Goertzen and his wife Pat, from Greeley, Colo., four nieces and one nephew and their children and many friends. He will be missed by all.
He was always a sports enthusiast and loved to watch basketball, golf and baseball. Sports ruled his world!

Tue
03
Feb

John M. Green Jr.

John M. Green Jr.  61, of Millard, died Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Bergan Mercy Hospital.  Services will be Friday, February 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Curran Funeral Chapel.  The Rev. Sheri Lodel will officiate.  Burial will be in the Blue Valley Cemetery in Ayr, with a 1:30 p.m. committal service.  
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday.   
John was an avid Husker fan and the family invites you to show your Husker pride by wearing Husker attire at the funeral service.  Curran Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.  
John was born October 4, 1953, at Hastings.  He was the son of John M. and Barbara (Gerloff) Green Sr.
Survivors of the immediate family include his children and their spouses: Christopher and Amy of Wood River, Phillip of Grand Island, Courtney and Steven of Grand Island, seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

Thu
29
Jan

Margaret Mary Fitzgerald

Margaret Mary Fitzgerald of Littleton passed away on January 25, 2015 at age 90.
Margaret was born Dec 1924 in Aurora, to Joseph and Marie Schneider. She grew up with brothers Leo, Bernard, Bob and Jim, graduating from Aurora High School in 1942. Margaret went to nursing school at Creighton University, graduating in 1945.
Margaret moved to Denver, working as a nurse at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital where she met Martin (Marty) Fitzgerald, Jr. They married on June 12, 1948. She went on to work for over 45 years as a Nurse or Nursing Home Administrator.

Mon
26
Jan

Sharon Vanosdall

Sharon Vanosdall, age 74, of Grand Island, formerly of Marquette, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 29 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be in the Greeley Cemetery at 3 p.m. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.  Memorials may be made in care of the family.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Sharon Dee Vanosdall, the daughter of Ray and Carol (Smith) Albin, was born March 27, 1940, at home in Salem, and passed away January 25, 2015, at Grand Island, at the age of 74.

Fri
23
Jan

Arlo Wilshusen

Arlo Wilshusen, age 64, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2015, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
 Graveside Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, January 26 at the Richland Cemetery.  Pastor Mark Hartley will officiate.  Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary until service time. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Arlo Eugene Wilshusen, the son of Arlo A. and Carol Jean (Fowler) Wilshusen, was born in Grand Island, on July 15, 1950 and passed away at Aurora, on January 22, 2015, at the age of 64.
Arlo grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora High School with the Class of 1968.  He lived in Aurora till he moved to Central City in 1995.  Arlo worked at the Frontier Station, Dowd Grain and Overland Ready Mix till his health prevented him from working.  In 2007, Arlo moved to Hamilton Manor in Aurora and was there until his death.

Fri
23
Jan

Marian Hansen

Marian Hansen, age 94, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 27 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the United Lutheran Church Cemetery north of Hampton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian United Church of Christ or Tabitha Hospice. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Marian Blanche (Quisenberry) Hansen, the daughter of Paul and Margaret (Allan) Quisenberry, was born in Wood River, on February 12, 1920 and passed away in Aurora, on January 22, 2015, at the age of 94.
Marian graduated from the Wood River High School in 1937.  She began teaching in 1937.  Marian taught in schools in and around Wood River for 19 years prior to marriage.   

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