Dorothy Bialas, of Fullerton, formerly of Columbus, died Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, at Valley View Assisted Living in Fullerton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. A CDA rosary will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, with visitation from 3–5 p.m. at McKown Funeral Home. Vigil service will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday morning, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Dorothy was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Fullerton, to Charles and Mary (Sturek) Bialas. She grew up on the family farm. She worked for 22 years at Becton Dickenson, and was a member of the BD retirees. She was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, St. Bonaventure Guild, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Legion of Mary and Franciscan Missionary
Dorothy is survived by sister, Rose Tworek of Omaha; brother, Walter (Beverly) Bialas of Genoa; brother, Daniel (Emily) Bialas of Silver Creek; brother, Richard Bialas of Columbus; brother, Johnnie (Maxine) Bialas of Fullerton; sister-in-law, Rita Bialas of Columbus; sister-in-law, Anne Bialas of Fullerton; sister-in-law, Emily Bialas of Fullerton; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Mary Bialas; brothers: Edward, Louis, Steve, Lloyd and Leonard Bialas; sisters, Frances Zelazny and Belbina Zona; two infant sisters
Matthew Dohmen, 32, of Humphrey, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at his home in rural Humphrey.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Humphrey, with the Rev. Eric Olsen celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, rural Humphrey. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the church, with a 6 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Monday at the church. Memorials are those of the family or donor's choice.
Matt Scott Dohmen was born on Oct. 24, 1987, in Norfolk, to Joe and LeAnne (Salmen) Dohmen. Matt grew up in rural Humphrey, and was a 2006 graduate of Humphrey Public Schools. He attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, where he graduated with a degree in agronomy
After graduation, Matt returned to the family farm. He was a jack of all trades. Along with farming, Matt crop scouted, sold Channel seed and hail crop insurance. Matt lived and breathed all things related to farming. He had it down to a science and was a lot of people's “go-to man” for just about everything. Matt was always willing to lend a helping hand and was probably one of the hardest workers you would ever meet. He might have worked hard, but he also played just as hard. Matt loved the outdoors, he loved riding the river in the summers, hunting deer in the fall, and on any given weekend you could probably find him playing foosball with friends, playing cards, or watching the Huskers play football at grandma's house. Matt enjoyed his time with his friends and family immensely.
Matt is survived by father, Joe Dohmen of Humphrey; brother, Jon (special friend Christina Eno and her children Mia and Devon) Dohmen of Humphrey; sister, Rebecca (Payton) Sell of Humphrey; nephews, Jaxon and Kolson Sell of Humphrey; grandmother, Pat Dohmen of Humphrey; grandmother, Linda Adams of Madison; grandparents, Kenneth and Fern Salmen of Madison.
Matt was preceded in death by mother, LeAnne Dohmen on Feb. 6, 2017; grandfathers, Ervin Dohmen and DJ Adams; aunts, Lisa Dohmen and Sarah Dohmen.
Cindy Colfack, 64, of Omaha, formerly of Columbus, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Columbus, with the Rev. Adam Lassen officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Monday at the church, with a 9:45 a.m. family prayer service.
Matthew Dohmen, 32, of Humphrey, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at his home in rural Humphrey.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Humphrey, with the Rev. Eric Olsen celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, rural Humphrey. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the church, with a 6 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Monday at the church.
Darlene F. Smith, 92 of Syracuse, formerly of Cook, died Jan. 20, 2020. She was born April 26, 1927, to Elmer and Hattie (Bailey) Johnson.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Paul's UCC (Osage) in rural Cook. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Rosewood Cemetery in Palmyra. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, with family receiving friends from 5:30–7 p.m., all at the Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home in Syracuse.
Darlene is survived by children: Cheryl (Barney) Doeden of Syracuse, Daryl Smith and Ron Novak of Columbus, Ron (Colleen) Smith of Cook; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Norma Smith.
Robert M. “Bob” Ross, 85, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Prestige Care Center in Nebraska City. Bob was a 1952 graduate of Columbus High School.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Visitation with family greeting friends will be held one hour prior to service. Committal service and burial will take place at 3 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery in Columbus. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
Survivors include his wife, Earlene of Auburn; children: Mary Ann (Mike) Somers of Watertown, Minnesota, Robert D. (Tami) Ross of Grand Junction, Colorado, Christine (Matthew) Hickey of Adel, Iowa; grandchildren: Kelsie Somers, Kenadie Somers, Kaitlyn Somers, Kaiden Somers, Brooke Hickey, Grant Hickey, Andrew Hickey; sisters, Lou Ann Weber of Omaha, Carolyn Hoppe of Columbus; other relatives and friends.
Wilfred Hasenkamp, 89, of Stanton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Stanton Health Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger. Rev. Timothy Booth will officiate, with burial in Pilger City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Stanton/Pilger Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3602, Stanton/Pilger American Legion Post 69, and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the church.
Wilfred Herman Hasenkamp was born on July 21, 1930, to Edward and Beata (Loewe) Hasenkamp of rural Pilger. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger, where he was baptized and went through confirmation.
Wilfred attended Stanton County Rural Schools north of Pilger through the eighth grade, and then helped on his family farm. In February 1952, Wilfred entered the United States Army, fulfilling his basic training at Fort Riley in Kansas, then serving his country in Germany during the Korean conflict. He returned home in 1954, and continued to farm
Wilfred married Palma Dolezal on Aug. 24, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger. The couple farmed and raised their family northwest of Pilger, where Wilfred served as a Stanton County 4-H leader and was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He enjoyed singing in choirs and for weddings, bowling, and playing cards in a card club. Upon retirement from farming, he worked at Dinklage Feedlot and Norfolk Sale Barn. They moved to Stanton where he worked at Elkhorn Acres Golf Club, attended Faith Lutheran Church, maintained a beautiful garden, and mowed neighbor's yards.
Wilfred is survived by his five children along with their families: son, Mike and Joan Hasenkamp of Columbus, and their children Christie and Ryan; daughter, Lynette Hasenkamp of Nanuet, New York, and her daughters Kate Liebert and Emily (Joe) Kelderhouse; son, Tim and Emma Hasenkamp of Stanton, and their sons James and Joseph; daughter, Sheryl and Kevin Eames of Lincoln, and their sons Matthew and Nathan; and daughter, Karla and Michael McClure of Longmont, Colorado, and their children Ethan, Rachel and Anna; sister, Luetta Reuter of Norfolk; and sister-in-law, Joan Hasenkamp of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Palma; parents, Edward and Beata Hasenkamp; sister, Bernitha Gemelke; brother, Merlin Hasenkamp; and brothers-in-law, Emil Gemelke and Calvin Reuter
Ronald J. Hruska was born on Jan. 11, 1931, in Rising City, to John and Rose (Fisher) Hruska, and passed away on Jan. 14, 2020, at the age of 89 years and three days.
Visitation was from 1–4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home in Seward and resumed at 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, followed by a 7 p.m. rosary. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, with The Rev. Michael Stec celebrating Mass. Graveside service and interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ulysses, with military honors conducted by the United States Air Force and Dwight American Legion Post #110. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Growing up, the family lived near David City, Abie, Chapman and Ulysses. Ron attended school near David City, Nimberg, Chapman and District 31 near Ulysses. His high school years were spent in Ulysses, graduating with the class of 1949.
Ron farmed with his father after graduation, and worked in the Burlington shops in Havelock. He joined the Air National Guard in Lincoln and was called to active duty on April 1, 1951, during the Korean Conflict. After basic training, he attended A & E School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He then crewed an F51 D until his discharge where he reached the rank of staff sergeant. Ron was honorably discharged on Dec. 5, 1952. Upon his return, he farmed with his father until he rented his own land. On June 16, 1954, Ron was united in marriage to Rita J. Rolenc, and to this union 13 children were born (seven boys and six girls). They retired on their farm near Ulysses. Rita passed away in 2000. Ron then married Nadine Dobesh in 2003.
Ron loved old tractors and old machinery, and he restored several of them. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, the Dwight American Legion Post #110 and the Knights of Columbus Council #01717 in David City.
Ron is survived by his wife, Nadine; 12 children, Ron Hruska, Jr. and wife, Robin, Lincoln, Mark Hruska and wife, Janet, Ulysses, Chris Hruska and wife, Connie, Blue Springs, MO, Mary Buckley and husband, Kelly, Omaha, Philip Hruska, New York, NY, Andrew Hruska, Omaha, Joseph Hruska and wife, Diane, Ulysses, Matthew Hruska and wife, Denise, Ames, IA, Ann Giebler and husband, Joe, Omaha and triplets, Jane Baumert and husband, Dean, Omaha, Joan Kisling and husband, Jeff, Kansas City, MO, Janice Krohn and husband, Rob, Yorba Linda, CA; 30 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren; step children, Bill Dobesh and wife, Karen, Columbus, Sharon Orrell and husband, John, Milford and Judy Pernicek and husband, Darrel, Hastings. To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Ron.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rita; daughter, Rita Mae; brother, Dennis; sister-in-law, Lavern Hruska.
Margaret Kurtenbach, 97, of Lindsay, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Mid Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindsay, with The Rev. Eric Olsen and The Rev. James Novotny concelebrating the Mass, along with Deacon Joe Kurtenbach assisting. Interment will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, also at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad of Newman Grove or Lindsay.
Marge was born May 28, 1922, in Clearwater, to John and Hilda (Kallhoff) Sehi. On Sept. 14, 1945, Marge was united in marriage to Leo “Butch” Mlnarik in Clearwater. Leo died on March 12, 1961, in Lindsay. On Jan.16, 1962, Marge and Irvin Kurtenbach were united in marriage in Neligh, and farmed in Lindsay. Marge was a member of Holy Family Church in Lindsay. She also was active in the Family Sewing Circle, and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the VFW Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed being with her family, making quilts, crocheting and going fishing with her camper or motorhome.
Marge is survived by son, Ed (Ann) Mlnarik of Fremont; two grandchildren, Kevin and Deanna; three great-grandchildren: Anna, Nora and Ezra; close friend, Beth Kurtenbach; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Marge was preceded in death by parents, John and Hilda Sehi; first husband, Leo Mlnarik; second husband, Irvin Kurtenbach; two brothers, Virtus and Mark Sehi; sister, Marcella Juracek.
Marvin Wichman passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 15, 2020. He was born on July 21, 1935, in Norfolk, to Ruben and Velma (Warnecke) Wichman.
A celebration luncheon to honor Marvin's life will be held from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Omaha Association for the Deaf, 4050 Hillsdale Ave., Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The family is asking that all attendees wear red, white or black in honor of his favorite Huskers.
Marvin is survived by his adored children: Kathy Mummert, Beverly Dumke (Jim), Janet Harpham and Marva Wichman; revered brother, Don Wichman; and beloved grandchildren: Joshua Mummert, Nick Dumke (Kassy), Ally Dumke, Sydney Harpham, Ryan Harpham and Hope Harpham.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy; parents, Ruben and Velma Wichman; and brother, Richard Wichman.
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Marcella C. Thiele, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation will be from 6–8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the burial at Brookestone Acres, 4715 38th St. in Columbus. Memorials are suggested to Samaritans Purse.
Marcella C. Thiele was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Columbus, to Oscar and Clara (Benning) Schreiber. She graduated from Columbus High School. On Oct. 1, 1946, Marcella was united in marriage to Lawrence Thiele in Columbus. The couple lived on a farm outside of Columbus until moving to town in 1979. Marcella served as a Red Cross volunteer. She was a homemaker and devoted mother, raising eight children. Marcella loved to play cards and games with her grandchildren. She loved music and dancing. She loved to make people laugh, and always made people feel at home. Marcella was a member of various Bible study groups, Christian Women, and attended Fellowship in Christ.
She is survived by daughter, Dianne (Chuck) Dallman of Columbus; son, Dennis Thiele of San Diego; son, DeWayne Thiele of Reno, Nevada; son, Daryl (Shirley) Thiele of Columbus; son, Wesley (Pearl) Thiele of Shiprock, New Mexico; son, Jim (Peggy) Thiele of Schuyler; daughter, Deb (Dave) Escher of Reno; son, Jeff (Shirin) Thiele of Peoria, Arizona; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Lawrence Thiele on Jan. 5, 1989; parents; and brother, Willis Schreiber