Obituaries

Fri
02
Mar

Robert Nielsen

Robert Nielsen, age 96, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 6 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Rev. Ron Harris and Rev. Sarah Ruch will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Robert E. Nielsen, the son of Sam and Marie C. (Gustafson) Nielsen, Sr., was born at Bellwood, on February 26, 1922 and passed away in Aurora, on March 1, 2018, at the age of 96.

Mon
26
Feb

Ethel Johansen

Ethel Johansen, age 92, formerly of Marquette, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Memorial Community Care in Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 28 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg.  Rev. Kristine Schroeder will officiate. Interment will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.  Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Ethel M. Johansen, the daughter of Jens and Viola (Lagoni) Christensen, was born on the family farm near Kronborg, on April 22, 1925 and passed away in Aurora, on February 24, 2018, at the age of 92.

Thu
15
Feb

Merle Jones

Merle Jones, 78, of Lincoln, passed away on February 12, 2018. He was born May 21, 1939 to Preston and Altha (Hull) Jones in O’Neill. He was the owner of Jones Appliances for many years as well as a Para for Lincoln Public Schools. Veteran of the United States Army, member of Southwood Lutheran Church, member of the Eagles Club in O’Neill (3644), past president of the Eagles Club Grand Island (4539). He also loved to golf, dance, and was an avid Husker Fan!
Merle is survived by his loving wife Karen; children, Marcy (Tim) Grutsch, Stacia (Rich) Kennedy, Jason (Jenny) Jones; step-children, Reynold (Tammy) Merchant, Frank (Debbie) Merchant, Jennifer (John) Katz, Jessica (Doug Swanson) Nelson, Jeff (Margie) Merchant; 22 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edwina Walter, Jenine Fridley; sister-in-law, Lorene Jones, sister-in-law, Marlene Handquist.

Wed
14
Feb

Donna Maurine Wacker

Donna Maurine Wacker (of Edgar) 91 years, passed peacefully at Mary Lanning Health Care, Hastings, February 11, 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s. Donna was born February 2, 1927, on the family farm near Otego, KS in Jewell County to Philip Norman and Lona Irene (Black) Underwood.
Left to cherish her memory are her children and spouses: David L. Wacker Sr. and Polly, Linda and Micheal Nuss and Martha Wacker; grandchildren: Andrea Nuss Davenport, Stacy and Rustin Riley, Natalie and Derek Meyers and David Wacker Jr.; great-grandchildren: Samuel, Alexis and Jonathan Davenport, Mason, Carter and Everhett Riley, and Darin Meyers; sisters-in-law Donna Allen Underwood and Carol Nash Underwood; special friend and caregiver Carol Appleby, caregivers Ellie Clark and Dennis Nevin.

Wed
14
Feb

Wayne Rennau

Wayne Rennau, 82, of Alda, died on February 9, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday February 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Mike Reiners officiating. Interment will be in the Aurora cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday February 13 at Peace Lutheran Church.  Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Wayne was born on November 7, 1935 at Aurora, to Claude and Susie (Salmon) Rennau. He grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School. He was united in marriage to Betty Mader on September 23, 1956. They farmed at Phillips for a year before moving to the farm south of Alda where they lived for 54 years, before moving to Grand Island in 2012.
Wayne’s love of farming began as a young boy working on his Uncle’s farm near Stockham. He spent his entire working life raising crops and cattle.

Mon
12
Feb

Tom D. Rodabaugh

Tom D. Rodabaugh, 67, of rural Marquette died Thursday, February 8, 2018 with his loving family at his side at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17 at All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Daniel Naranjo will officiate.  Casual dress is requested.  To honor Tom’s wishes cremation has taken place.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Tom was born January 22, 1951 at Grand Island, the son of Emery and Phyllis (Grotzky) Rodabaugh.  He graduated from Grand Island Northwest High School class of 1969.  Following high school, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College.
Tom married Joni Perrett and to this union were born a son, John and daughter, Billie.  On July 5, 1997 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Vickie Montgomery.

Fri
09
Feb

Barbara M. Handrup

Barbara M. Handrup, age 88, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Bryan/LGH Medical Center West in Lincoln.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg.  Rev. Kristine Schroeder will officiate. Interment will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.  Memorials may be made in care of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg.   Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Barbara Mae Handrup, the sixth child of Thomas S. and Clara Marie (Rasmussen) Hermansen, was born at Dannebrog, on June 13, 1929 and passed away in Lincoln, on February 8, 2018 at the age of 88.

Wed
07
Feb

Jeffrey Heiden

Jeffrey L. Heiden, 54 of Grand Island died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at CHI Health-St. Francis due to trauma incurred from a fall at his work.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island.  A Christian wake service will begin at 6 p.m. with Father Marty Egging leading.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home. Reverend David Feddern will officiate. Cremation will take place following the service.
Jeffrey was born July 29, 1963 at Central City the son of Ronny and Harleen (Johnson) Heiden.

Mon
05
Feb

Bertina Anderson

Bertina Anderson, age 83, was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 31, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln after a short illness.
A celebration of life service will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church in rural Hamilton County. The family will greet guests following the service and at the fellowship lunch.
Bertina Ruth Beins, was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Aurora to Harold and Amy (Lockhart) Beins.
Bertina was raised on a farm, attended country school and then graduated from Phillips High School in 1952. Bertina was known, during her growing up years, for her baton twirling, her hard work on the farm, and raising prize 4-H calves.  Bertina then continued her education at Clarkson Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, where she became a registered nurse.

Mon
05
Feb

Nicolas Pachta

Nicolas Pachta, age 17, of Aurora, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, due to injuries received from a car accident.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. Rev. Loras Grell and Very Rev. Rudy Oborny will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 9th Street, Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Nicolas Daniel Pachta, the son of Daniel and Jaime (Nicolas) Pachta, was born in Aurora on June 6, 2000 and passed away in Aurora on Feb. 2, 2018, at the age of 17.

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