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Blanche Uher

Jan. 11, 1925 — Dec. 11, 2017


DAVID CITY — Blanche E. Uher, 92, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Villa in David City.

Blanche (Mom) was born on Jan. 11, 1925, to Stephen and Mary (Kulhanek) Kalisek in the Howells area and attended grade school in Colfax County. At dances in the Howells Ballroom, she met and later married Lumir Uher, the love of her life, on April 11, 1944, in St. John’s Catholic Church in Howells. They farmed on the Uher family farm near Tabor, south of Howells, until their retirement in 1980. Mom and Dad then moved to Schuyler, where they made and maintained many close friendships.

Mom was wife, chauffeur, farmhand, friend, confidant, teacher, referee, disciplinarian, amazing, selfless, loving, caring, kind, and always — mom; later, we shared her with others as a dotingly-proud grandmother. Those of us fortunate to be her children were able to experience all of her wonderful traits. Mom always provided us a hot breakfast before school, well-balanced lunch and had baked goodies for our return. On “special” occasions, Mom would boil water and place it in a thermos with Faltin’s wieners to enjoy for lunch. She would begin working before sun-up and continued late into the night: cooking, cleaning, helping Dad bale hay and scoop grain, cook for field hands, help us with schoolwork, and made sticky popcorn while we all sat and watched TV. After all of us left home, Mom became a certified nurse assistant in Dodge and Schuyler. She absolutely loved and adored taking care of others, as she had done with us. Mom was active in our Jolly Jills 4-H club and helped us with cooking and sewing projects; polka dancing, traveling about the world, and gardening with Dad, and then sharing their produce with friends, neighbors and family; loved canning produce, cooking and baking — especially a family favorite, her peanut bars. Holidays were special with her homemade kolaches, duck, dumplings and sauerkraut with giblet dressing; Mom was always the last to sit to eat and the first to leave the table in order to start cleaning and begin preparation of the next meal. Mom and Dad’s faith in God was unwavering — we now have two guardian angels watching over us.

Blanche is survived by her sons, Gene (Brigitte) Uher of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Paul (Jill) Uher of Hastings; daughters, Diane (Del) Truss of Palos Heights, Illinois, Carol (Dr. Terry) Welke of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Bev (Tommy) Mann of Colleyville, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Jen) Truss of Round Lake, Illinois, Craig Truss of Palos Heights, Illinois, Michelle Uher of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brieanna (Jason) Durham of Missouri City, Texas, Dr. Brett Welke of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tommy Mann of Colleyville, Texas, Cpt. Dustin (Lindsey) Mann of Kyle, Texas, Matthew Uher and Jared Uher of Hastings and Elizabeth (Scott) Swank of Montrose, Colorado; 12 great-grandchildren, Ben, Claire, Sydney, Grant, Reagan, Adelaide, Crosby, Lily, Gemma, Calvin, Evelyn and Ellie Rose; three step-great-granddaughters, Emma, Laura and Caroline; sister, Lydia Peitzmeier of Omaha; and sisters-in-law, Wilma Kalisek and Marie Uher, both of Dodge.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Mary Kalisek; loving husband and constant companion, Lumir, in 2012; beloved grandson, Todd Uher, in 2015; and brothers, Stanley, Rynold and Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Gerry Gonderinger as celebrant. Burial was in Schuyler Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler or the Howells Community Fund in Howells.

Greta Chleboun

Nov. 5, 1933 — Dec. 17, 2017


COLUMBUS — Greta Chleboun, 84, of Columbus, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Columbus Community Hospital.

A funeral service was held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus. Committal was in Clarkson Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, John David (Isabel) Koopman of Omaha; daughters, Linda (Albin) Moore of Columbus and Joan (Bill) Kreifels of Nebraska City; stepson, Jeff (Joyce) Chleboun of Missouri Valley, Iowa; sister-in-law, Theresa Kumpf of Columbus; special friend, Frank J. Vrba; and many nieces and nephews.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Jessica Moore, Jaimie Medlin, Allison Weddle, Dr. Will Kreifels, Jordi Koopman, Jenni Soukup and Amy Kreko; and great-grandchildren, Tessa Weddle, Madison Weddle, Levi Weddle, Layton Weddle, Charlotte Soukup, Jaxson Medlin and Savannah Soukup.

Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler was in charge of arrangements.

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Clara Meister

Dec. 28, 1933 — Dec. 18, 2017


SCHUYLER — Clara Ann (Schneider) Meister, 83, of Schuyler, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Schuyler Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Clara was held Saturday, Dec. 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. Clara was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Schuyler. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the family’s wishes.

Clara was born on Dec. 28, 1933, in rural Blair to Peter and Clara Benck Schneider. She grew up on a farm and attended Wranch School, Dist. 25. She graduated from Blair High School in 1953. After graduating she moved to Sidney and worked there. She moved back to Fremont and got a job at Gambles warehouse where she met her husband, Lawrence Meister. They married on Oct. 11, 1958, at St. Patrick's Church in Fremont. To this marriage four children were born. After marriage, Clara was a stay-at-home mother who lovingly cared for her children as well as countless other children and loved them as much as her own. Clara was a Cub Scout leader while living in Fremont and an active member of St. Patrick's Church.

In 1975, they moved to Schuyler after purchasing the Gambles store. There she worked alongside her husband and children until it closed in 1984. After the closing of the store, Clara cared for the elderly by doing their laundry, ran errands for them, went to doctor appointments and assisted them with their daily life. She then offered her babysitting services to families in Schuyler. Later she worked at Schuyler Elementary School in the kitchen serving meals to the children. She truly cherished seeing all of the children every day.

Clara was an excellent cook who collected many recipe books along the way. If you left the table hungry, it was your own fault. Family gatherings were an important thing for her to plan. She was also excelled at canning and baking. One of her greatest joys was making and decorating cakes for her children and grand ones. She was an avid family picture taker, who would mark the event with photos for her large collection of photo books. She spent countless hours working on family genealogy for her family as well as her husband’s family. Clara also enjoyed playing card games, doing word search puzzles, listening to polka music and going on Gambles market trips.

Clara was a very loving wife and mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother who always shared her love with them. She said she never stopped worrying about her children, even when they were grown adults.

Clara was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Schuyler and Divine Mercy Guild.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; four children, Diane (Rick) Fendrick, Donald (Deborah) Meister and Dean Meister, all of Schuyler, and Donna Meister of Lincoln; grandchildren, Derrick Fendrick and Ashley (Fendrick) Zastera of Schuyler, Jason and Justin Meister, both of Omaha, Jordan Meister of Schuyler and TJ White of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Kelly, Raymond and Anthony Zastera of Schuyler; sisters, Marilyn (Raymond) Clapper of Ames and Wilma Jean (David) Geary of Fruita, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Clara (Benck) Schneider; sister Geraldine Storjohn; and brothers Alvin (infant), Stanley, Bill and Robert Schneider.

Svoboda Funeral Home handled the arrangements for the family.

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Area digests: Bank employees get bonuses

Bank employees get bonuses

Nebraska-based Pinnacle Bancorp is paying a special $1,000 bonus to each full-time employee to share the benefit of the tax cut passed last week by Congress.

“We feel strongly that the message should be loud and clear that this is a tax cut that will benefit all Americans," said Sid Dinsdale, chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp.

Pinnacle Bank has 1,007 employees in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

To benefit customers, Pinnacle Bank raised interest rates on its money market accounts.

Rebates offered through NDEQ

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s 2017 Clean Diesel Rebate Program has extended the application deadline for rebates for two types of rebates -- diesel refuse truck replacements and agricultural irrigation pump diesel engine replacements. The deadline for these two categories has been extended to Feb. 15.

NDEQ established the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program in 2008 to distribute funding received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of reducing diesel emissions in the state.

In the diesel refuse truck category, funding assists public and private refuse haulers with the early replacement of diesel refuse trucks with newer trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) engines that comply with low nitrogen oxide standards, or with diesel engines. NDEQ will reimburse 35 percent of the base cost of a new CNG truck up to a maximum of $105,000, or 25 percent of the base cost of a new diesel truck up to a maximum of $70,000. NDEQ anticipates funding four refuse truck rebates.

In the agricultural irrigation pump diesel engine replacement category, funding will assist farmers with the replacement of irrigation pump diesel engines with electric motors. NDEQ will reimburse 60 percent of the cost of the electric motor, installation and required electrical infrastructure (including electric line extension) up to a maximum of $16,200. NDEQ anticipates funding five irrigation engine rebates.

More information about the Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program, including rebate applications, can be found at NDEQ’s webpage:

St. Benedict hosting events

The public is invited to St. Benedict Center to view Nativity scenes from around the world, including the Holy Land, Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Europe. The Nativity display will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-5. There is no admission fee.

God Calls! A Discernment Retreat for Women is scheduled for Jan. 19-21. Teresa Monaghen, Sr. Inviolata Mukhaabi, Fr. Thomas Leitner and their team of consecrated and lay women will help attendees draw closer to God and participants will be introduced to life-giving spiritual tools. Scholarships are available.

Men’s Retreat: Spiritual Exercises for Discipleship is scheduled for Jan. 26-28. This weekend for men will introduce attendees to many practical tools for living as Jesus’ disciples. Br. August Schaefer, Deacon Duane Karmazin, Fr. Thomas Leitner and Teresa Monaghen will present various aspects of discernment. The schedule will include brief conferences, silence, Mass, Confession, fellowship, and spiritual direction. It's open to all ages and scholarships are available.

Walking the Lenten Journey with Scripture and Benedictine Values is a one-day retreat scheduled for Feb. 3 with Brother Tobias Dammert. This day will include shared lectio divina with selected Scripture passages, time for silent reflection and exploration of Benedictine values regarding the observance of Lent, God’s mercy, the community of brothers and sisters, silence and celebration. Program fee is $30. Lunch is available at the center for $10.50.

For more information on these events, call 402-352-8819 or visit