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Nebraska State Fair Cares program continues

The Nebraska State Fair is opening entries for the State Fair Cares program for 2017. The State Fair Cares program is designed to benefit bona fide non-profit organizations in Nebraska by allowing them premium access to the Nebraska State Fair visitors for solicitation of funds, item collection or program awareness.

Shaun Schleif, director of marketing and sponsorships said, “Qualifying organizations simply have to go to and click on the State Fair Cares icon to begin the process. Once complete, they click submit and the process is done.”

The Winner of last year’s program was the Nebraska Emergency Nurses Association (NENA) based in Omaha. The organization provides education to all ages regarding injury prevention and healthy choices.

Second place went to Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska based in Grand Island. Goodwill serves over 1,300 people in greater Nebraska across 55 counties promoting independence and access to the community, help people to work, support goals of wellness and recovery, teach responsible behavior and provide safe, affordable housing.

Like last year, two winners will be chosen from bonafide non-profits with one from communities of 50,000 population and above and another from communities 49,999 population and below. Those considered to become finalists must offer services in one of three categories from the Nebraska State Fair mission statement. Those are: 1. Agriculture, 2. Education, 3. Nebraska Families.

Schleif said, “The Nebraska State Fair will match the dollar amount equal to the value of donations which may include money, clothing or product, up to $10,000 for the first place entry and up to $5,000 for the second place selection. If one of the chosen groups simply wants to educate fairgoers about their organization, the State Fair will contribute $2,500 for their cause.”

Deadline for entries is Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m. The first 25 from each population category will be accepted and after review, an independent panel of judges as well as the executive committee of the Nebraska State Fair board of directors will judge the top five finalists from each category. Complete rules are available at

Joseph Rice

Joseph Corbit Rice was born Sept. 19, 1932, in Harrisburg, Ill., to Kenneth Sinclair Rice and Hattie Lois (McMaster) Rice and passed away Feb. 2, 2017, in David City at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 14 days.

A graveside memorial service will be held for Joe on June 16 at the Ulysses Township Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy from June 6, 1950, to Aug. 18, 1953.

He was a life member of Seward VFW Post 4755 and Dwight American Legion Post 110.

When Joe lived in Lincoln, he worked for Lincoln Welding Supply. Joe moved to Phoenix, later moving to Tucson, Ariz., where he worked for Pima Welding Company, where he retired. He moved to Bee after retirement. Joe was united in marriage to Janet Allane (Smith) Crocker on Jan. 26, 2007, and they made their home in Ulysses. Joe had many hobbies including woodworking, metal work, model boat building and leather craft.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Hattie Rice.

Joe’s survivors include his wife, Jan of Ulysses; his children, Connie (Dean) Born of Slidell, Louisiana, Cheryl Fahee of Lincoln and Ken (Amy) Rice of Grand Junction, Colo.; sister, Shirley Yarbrough of Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; Jan’s children, Jay L. Pavey of Lincoln, Joy Lynn Pavey of Ulysses and Jean Manley of Council Bluffs, Iowa; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

To this obituary, we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Joe.

Jolene Rezac

Jolene F. Rezac, 76, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Bryan/LGH East Hospital in Lincoln.

A graveside service was held Monday, June 5 at Ulysses Township Cemetery with Pastor David Palomaki officiating. A memorial service followed at Sheridan Lutheran Church with pastor Rhonda Bostrom officiating.

Jolene was born on September 4, 1940 in Ulysses to Frank and Florence (Daro) Kothe. She graduated from Ulysses High School in 1957 and went on to earn her Associates Degree from Lincoln School of Commerce. She married Lloyd Rezac on May 22, 1960 and three children were born to this union.

Jolene worked at Metromail/Experian for over 30 years in Customer Service. After her retirement, she was very involved with her church, Sheridan Lutheran Church, and their outreach program, Barnabas Community. She would spend several days each week assisting in whatever needed to be done. She also enjoyed quilting, going out to their cabin on the lake and spoiling her grandchildren.

Jolene is survived by her husband, Lloyd of Lincoln; son, Steven(Lorinda) of Albuquerque, NM; daughters, Susan Rezac of Lincoln and Sandra Rezac of Plattsburgh, NY. Two grandchildren, Cassie and Cody Rezac; two sisters, Rosemary Kunkee of Ulysses and Michelle Buresh of Lincoln, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS: Memorials to Sheridan Lutheran Church or Barnabas Community, c/o Sheridan Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

Donice Bruner

Donice I. Bruner, widow of Richard, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Eastmont Towers in Lincoln.

A Memorial Service will be held at Chermok Funeral Home Thursday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Per Donice's wishes, cremation will take place. Burial of the ashes will be at David City Cemetery.

Donice was born on April 16, 1924 to George W. and Anna L. (Polak) McNaught at Benkelman. She grew up in on the ranch near Benkelman with her parents, two sisters, Marian and Jean and brother, Clinton. She attended a one room school until going to high school, graduating from Benkelman High in 1941.

Donice then attended Colorado Women's College for a year and then went to the University of Nebraska where she earned her teaching degree in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics at David City High School for many years.

She married Richard J. Bruner on September 4, 1949 at David City. They lived on the farm near David City and raised registered Angus Cattle. She was active in the community and with many organizations. She was a past president of the Farm Bureau, and a member of Eastern Star, the Cow Bells, The Nebraska Beef Association and St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the Sunshine Community and belonged to the Red Hat Club.

She also was an organic gardener, raising goats and providing goat's milk to many people who had dairy allergies.

Later in life, Donice had fun dressing up as a clown and helping with openings and school functions. She enjoyed baking, sewing, musicals and plays and she and Richard loved to travel. She also loved to go to auctions and garage sales and at one time, raised her own bees and honey.

Donice is survived by her sons: David (Barb) Bruner of Lincoln, Kevin Bruner of Russellville, Ark., and Daughter: Kathy (Darin)Engle of Bellwood. 7 Grandchildren and 10 Great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard in 2009, sisters, Marian Hatfield and Jean Reese and brother, Clinton McNaught.

Memorials: In Care of the Family. On-line tributes:

Donald Mashek

Donald Eugene Mashek passed away Friday, June 2, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 80.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Seward United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Henre officiating. Visitation was Tuesday at Volzke Funeral Home, Seward. Viewing also one hour prior to services at church. Graveside services are in Ulysses Cemetery with military services. A luncheon is to follow back at the church. Memorials have been established to the Rec Center in Ulysses.

Don was born August 4, 1936, in Seward, Nebraska to Leopold and Isabel (Alcorn) Mashek.

As a young boy, Don attended school in Ulysses and graduated at the age of 16 in 1953. He later enlisted into the U.S. Air Guard as an MP. In 1962, Don was united in marriage to Glenna K. Payne and to this union seven children were born: Jeffery, John, James, Jil-Beth, Jennifer, Janet, and Jocelyn. Early on, Don farmed in the Ulysses area. He later was employed as a security guard with Metromail, Goodyear and Bryan East and West. After Don’s wife, Glenna, died, he later was blessed with a companionship with Phyllis Rosenthal-Daubendiek. Don served on the Ulysses Cemetery Board and the REC Center Board. He was a member of the Seward United Methodist Church. Don enjoyed farming, reading classifieds, loved animals, was friendly to everyone he met and was a stranger to no one. Grandkids and the sports they participated in were very important to him.

Survivors include his loving companion, Phyllis, of Ulysses; son and daughter-in-law, John and Kelly Mashek, Ulysses and James and Jeanie Mashek, Omaha; daughters and sons-in-law, Jil-Beth and Kevin Svoboda, Valparaiso, Jennifer and Wade Nienaber, Omaha, Janet and Pat Mullally, Seward, Jocelyn and Scott Turner, Holton, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; Adam and Alyssa Hans, Wyatt and Olivia Svoboda, Brendan, Holly, and Andrew Mashek, Zachary, Joshua, Nathan, and Noah Nienaber, James and Kate Mullally, Peyton and Brook Mashek, McKale and Magdalene Turner; a sister-in-law, Maxine Mashek, Ulysses, brother-in-law, Carey Payne and wife, Vivian, of Woodbridge, Va.; nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 42 years, Glenna, a son, Captain Jeffery Paul Mashek, and a brother, Maurice.

Volzke Funeral Home, Seward, is entrusted with the care and arrangements.