Raylene Lawson

Raylene Lawson, age 52, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Memorial Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 24 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora.  Pastor Chris Kester Beyer will officiate.  Inurnment will be at the United Lutheran Cemetery in Hampton.  The family will greet friends on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran, 415 South 18th Street in Aurora.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Memorial Community Care.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Raylene Sue Lawson, the daughter of Raymond and Adell (Hillmer) Eichman, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 17, 1962 and passed away in Aurora, on February 21, 2015 at the age of 52.


"Joe" Joseph P. Aalborg

“Joe” Joseph P. Aalborg, 74 of Giltner died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
 Mass of Christian burial was held last Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island.  Burial was in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Giltner with military honors rendered by the Aurora American Legion Post 42.
 All Faiths Funeral Home served the family.
 Mr. Aalborg was born July 28, 1940 at Clarion, Iowa, the son of LeRoy and Wilma (Wanek) Aalborg.


Shirley Petersen

Shirley Petersen, age 80, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Bryan/LGH East in Lincoln.
 Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 20 at the Presbyterian U.C.C. in Aurora.  Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate.  Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul, at 2:30 p.m. Friday.   Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church on Friday.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Shirley Jean Petersen, the daughter of John and Agnes (Kotrc) Jensen, was born at Palmer, on November 9, 1934, and passed away at Lincoln, on February 17, 2015, at the age of 80.
She grew up on a farm in Gage Valley and graduated from St. Paul High School.  She was employed at the ASC Office in St. Paul.  After moving to Aurora, Shirley did in-home babysitting and bookwork.  Shirley also worked for ATI in Aurora.  

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Ernest J. Matthiesen

Ernest J. Matthiesen, 80 of Aurora died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Clarkson Towers in Omaha.  He now rests in the arms of our Lord and with his son, Steven; his parents; family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island.  Celebrating Mass will be Father Todd Philipsen.  Military honors will be rendered by the United Veterans Honor Guard and the Navy following Mass at the church.  To honor his wishes cremation has taken place.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday with a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mr. Matthiesen was born December 15, 1934 to Ernest and Laura (Schaupdach) Matthiesen in Grand Island.


Richard L. Lundquist

Hastings resident, Richard L. Lundquist, 61, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.    
Services will be Thursday, February 19, 2015; at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Hastings with Pastor Paul Dunbar officiating.  Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.  Memorials may be given to Nebraska Rod & Custom Association Scholarship Fund or Faith Lutheran Church (Scholarship Fund).  Private condolences may be sent to the family at  Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.


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.


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.


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.


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
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.


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