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FEB
28
2024

Theresa “Terry” Anne Urbanski • Grand Island, NE Resident, 69

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   Theresa “Terry” Anne Urbanski, age 69, of Grand Island, passed away on Thur., Feb. 22, 2024 at her home.  
   A funeral mass was held Tues., Feb. 27 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.   Father Tom Ryan was the celebrant.  Memorials suggested to Central Catholic.  Condolences can be left at www.giallfaiths.com.
   Theresa was born Sept. 8, 1954 in Palm City, CA to Joseph “Spud” E. and Josephine “JoAnne” Shafer.  She grew up in various towns around Nebraska and graduated from Ord High School in 1972.   She then moved to Omaha and that is where she met the love of her life, Thomas.  They were united in marriage on Sept. 28, 1974 in Ord.  To this union five children were born. They lived in Omaha until 1977 when they moved to North Platte and then in 1993, they moved to Grand Island.  She attended Mid-Plains Community College where she received an associated degree.  Terry was employed with Mid Plains Center for Behavior Health for over 20 years.  
   Terry was devoted to her children and grandchildren.  She attended all their musicals, sporting events and activities.  She will be remembered for always having a surplus of candy comparable to a candy store.  She liked to read and be on the boat at the river or the side-by-side.  Her and Thomas enjoyed traveling and went to many amazing places together.  She was always up for a game, whether it was Yahtzee, bingo or pitch and she always kept a running tally of who won.  She was always happy with a big smile on her face (until Walmart started self-checkout).  She was hardworking, passionate and always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.  She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. 
   Terry is survived by her husband, Thomas; children, Jennifer (Tyler) Hering of Omaha, Amanda (Steve) Skradski of Omaha, Alison (David) Johnson of Omaha, Martin (Erin) Urbanski of Grand Island and Thomas II (Jessica) Urbanski of Papillion; grandchildren, TJ, Brayden, Maddie, Hayley, Skylar, Isaac, Ellie, Natalie, Savannah, Mackenzie, Corbyn, Avery, Thomas III, Alexander and Lilianna; sister, Cynthis (Harvey) Schultz of Queen Creek, AZ; brother, Dan Shafer of West Monroe, LA; and sisters in-law, Mickey (Dean) Shafer of Grand Island and Marlene Vasicek of Ord; 11 nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.  
   Terry is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph Michael Shafer and Donald Douglas Shafer; in-laws, Martin and Adeline Urbanski and brother in-law, Leonard Urbanski.

Evelyn J. Wampole • Ord, NE Resident, 94

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   Evelyn J. Wampole, 94, of Ord, NE passed away on Wed., Feb. 21, 2024, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, NE.
   Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., March 1, 2024 at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Evelyn J. was born Feb. 22, 1929, on a farm near North Loup, NE to Clifton and Ferne (Anderson) Severance. She grew up in Valley County and received her early education at District #42 and Olean schools and then attended North Loup High School. Later in life she received her diploma through GED courses.
   On Aug. 4, 1946, Evelyn was united in marriage to Marvin D. Wampole at Ord. To this union two children were born. The family lived in Ord, Gibbon and Lexington. Evelyn worked in the Curler Factory at Burwell from 1975 to 1980. In 2018, Evelyn moved to the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
She had a love for cats and horses and horseback riding. Her Siamese cat was very special to her; living to the age of 17. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to California to visit her son, David. Evelyn crocheted and made crafts. 
   Evelyn was a devoted Christian, and was baptized in 2000 at Anderson Island in Ord. For 24 years she attended the Assembly of God Church and later became a member of the Ord Christian Church. 
   Survivors include a son, Dale Wampole of Bellevue; a sister, Caroline Kinney of Burwell; a brother, Gene Severance of Texas; a sister-in-law, Barb Severance of Greeley; three step grandchildren; many step great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin who passed away on August 2, 2001; a son, David; daughter-in-law, Monica; two brothers, Donald and Cecil “Bob” Severance; three sisters and four brothers-in-law, Marie and Duaine Kazeck, Donna and Fred Marshall, Alice and Bill Wetzel, and Don Kinney; and a sister-in-law, Darleen Severance.

Janet C. Hanson • Norfolk, NE Resident, 89

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   Janet C. Hanson, 89, of Norfolk, NE passed away on Mon., Feb. 12, 2024, at Edgewood Memory Care Center in Grand Island, Nebraska where she resided since Nov. 7, 2023. 
   Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., March 2, 2024 at the North Loup United Methodist Church in North Loup, NE. Pastor Arsene Lumami will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the Loup Valley Veterans Memorial Wall or the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangement. Condolences can be left at www.ordmemorialchapel.com. 
   Janet Christine was born in Wildrose, ND on Sept. 26, 1934 to Peder and Lu Esther (Myhre) Knudsvig. Janet spent most of her younger life in Wildrose, attending the Wildrose Public School. Since the family lived about four miles east of Wildrose, she commented many times about walking to school along the railroad tracks. Likewise, the snowstorms created quite a challenge, requiring her to stay in town with friends and relatives until she was able to get back home. 
   Both Janet and her future husband, Verlin, attended the public school and would later marry on Oct. 8, 1951. They farmed and raised cattle in rural Wildrose until December of 1965, when the family moved to rural North Loup where Verlin worked on the Schudel Ranch, known for its registered Herefords. In 1966, the family moved into North Loup and Verlin ventured into self-employment with his painting and finishing business. 
   Janet spent her early married years as a housewife and mother, caring for the couples five children, with occasional stints as the presiding referee. She also worked at the Vodehnal Pharmacy in North Loup for several years. When Verlin accepted a position as a Deputy State Fire Marshal in 1974, they moved to Osmond, NE and later settled in Norfolk. Janet always enjoyed working with the public and held numerous jobs at different businesses throughout her life. This included working at clothing stores and lastly as a hostess at a well-established eating establishment in Norfolk. 
   Janet lost her husband in 1990, but continued to reside in Norfolk and work part-time at a variety of businesses. Later in life, she decided it was time to retire and shifted her attention to attending sporting events, musicals and any other activity involving her children and grandchildren. Even as she aged, Janet, who was very independent and strong-willed was known for heading out for nighttime games or programs, making every effort to be present for her grandchildren’s activities. 
   Probably one of Janet’s most cherished accomplishments was preparing food and delicacies for the family. She would spend countless hours making Norwegian meatballs, lefse and lutefisk. In the summertime, the favorites were no-bake cookies and her famous lemon icebox dessert. She was an excellent cook/baker and no one turned down anything (except maybe the lutefisk). Obviously, Janet was a Norwegian through and through. She loved eating flatbread, krumkake, rosettes and rommegrot (a rich cream pudding or porridge), and other Norwegian treats. Baking homemade buns along with loaf bread and making homemade butter (had to milk the cows first) were some of her specialties in North Dakota, along with chokecherry syrup that was excellent on cream and bread. 
   Janet was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Norfolk and enjoyed attending for the food, music and dancing. One of her favorite pastimes was dancing to country western music, along with listening to some Elvis Presley songs from time-to-time. If she wasn’t listening to music, she was reading newspapers. Janet loved receiving newspapers from the towns where her children lived to read about what her grandkids were doing and the activities of friends and former neighbors. 
   Survivors include her five children, Joey D. (Phyllis) of North Loup, Jerry D. (Jeanne) of Kearney, Vincent C. (Judy) of Amarillo, TX, Vern A. (Susan) of Bloomfield, and Vickie J. Burnett (Cliff) of Merna; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jerry Sorenson; brother and sister-in-law Dean and Lois Knudsvig; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Peder and Lu Esther Knudsvig; husband, Verlin; parents-in-law, Henry and Medora Hanson; sister, Deanna Sorenson; and infant grandson, Riley Burnett.

Deloris M. Thompson • North Loup Area Resident, 96

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   Deloris M. Thompson, 96, a lifelong resident of the North Loup area, returned home to her Maker in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2024, while in the loving care of Arbor Care Center in Ord. She passed into Heaven in her daughter’s arms and surrounded by her son and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved her beyond words. 
   Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thur., Feb. 29, 202; at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia, NE. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flower arrangements, green plants or memorials donations to North Loup Pride or Boy’s Town are suggested. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Deloris was born May 15, 1927, to George O. and Zena M. (Sautter) Barnes in the Horace area of Greeley County, NE; the fourth of nine children. Her early childhood education took place at Fish Creek rural school and she graduated from Scotia High School in 1944. Deloris lived in town during parts of her high school years in the home of Walter and Maude Bundy, who became treasured friends for life. “Auntie Maude”, to Deloris’ children remained a part of their lives beyond all of Floyd and Deloris’ children entering school. 
   Deloris began clerical work in 1945 at the Greeley County Court House and worked in Grand Island in several capacities. It was on one of her bus trips from Grand Island to Greeley that she met a quiet, handsome young man returning home from service in the Army of the Air Force. She married that young man on Aug. 29, 1946, and became Mrs. Floyd Thompson. Two sons and a daughter were born to the couple; Gerald, Danny and Susan. Deloris returned to clerical work as the Deputy Treasurer for Valley County in January of 1971, when her youngest (daughter) was a senior in high school. She retired from that position 20+ years later, in July of 1991. The family believes that there wasn’t a face or farm in Valley County that Deloris didn’t know.
   Floyd and Deloris lived in the Horace area and on the edge of Scotia briefly when their children were young, then settled on their own farm south of North Loup on the Ashton Highway in 1961. Even before purchasing that farm, Floyd worked for Orent Hog Farm and Deloris proved her skills as a gardener, mother, homemaker, 4-H leader, and a devoted disciple of God. She and Floyd raised their children in the fold of the United Methodist Church of North Loup, where she was a Sunday School teacher, MYF leader, active member of the U.M. Women’s Society, and was the dedicated custodian and beautifier of the church for many years. Deloris was the perfect farm wife! There was not a vegetable she couldn’t grow and preserve, a flower that she couldn’t make bloom, a meal that anyone left hungry from, a farm task that she wouldn’t tackle with Floyd or a musk thistle or weed that didn’t fear her.
   Throughout her life, Deloris was active in United Methodist Women’s Society, 4-H and Camp leadership, Valley County Pork Producers, American Legion Auxiliary for which she was honored for 35 years in 2023, and her passion in post child raising years the Order of the Eastern Star at local and state levels. Deloris was honored along with Floyd as the First Kernel for North Loup Popcorn Days and received the Good Neighbor from AK-SAR-BEN. She never sought recognition for the many things she did for her farm neighbors, her church and especially the North Loup community, but was highly deserving of these earthly honors.
   Deloris lived the last 13 years of her life at Grandview in Ord, before moving to Arbor Care Center in September of 2023. She lived a full life and had a strong faith in God, and was ready to “go home.”
   Deloris leaves to mourn her on earth a son, Danny Thompson (Debra) of LeMars, IA; daughter, Susan Wood (Paul) of Parsonsburg, MD; sister, Mildred Otto of Ord; sister-in-law, Rita Barnes Tolen of Ord; daughter-in-law, Carol Snodgrass Thompson of Scotia; former daughter-in-law who has remained very close to her, Betty Wood of Ericson; and the mother of six of her grandchildren, Margaret Wadas of Ord. Deloris also leaves the loves of her life, her grandchildren, Jason, Tom and Wesley Thompson, Brenda Hickson, Marci Veach and Shari Sandoz Meyer and all their spouses; and Brad Thompson and Julie Thompson. She also has three bonus grandchildren. 12 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jadyn, Madison, Colton, Dawson, Raegan, Haelyn, Cheyenne, Kinsley, Reba, Dylon and Gage and 10 bonus great-grandchildren. The most recent sparkles in her eye are her five great-great-grandchildren, Kambrey, Kora, Kelby, Knox and Dutton; plus 11 bonus great-great-grandchildren. 
   Deloris was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law; husband of 60 years, Floyd in 2007; oldest son, Gerald in 2023; seven siblings, Louis, Geneva, Lorna Mae, Virgil, Donna, Verlon and George Jr.; all of her in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alan Heuermann • Ericson, NE Resident, 60

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   Alan Heuermann, of Ericson, NE, a few short days after celebrating his 60th birthday surrounded by family, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 22, 2024 at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.
   A Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 26, 2024; at the Evangelical Free Church in Ord. Alan was laid to rest in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Christian Schools Foundation. Condolences may be left at www.ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Alan Lee was born on Feb. 19, 1964. A Phillips, NE native, he received his pilot’s license at age 16 and graduated from Aurora High School in 1982. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied agriculture, was a member of the Ag Men Fraternity, and met his future wife, Jody Knapp. Together, they ran an agricultural operation and were blessed with two wonderful children, Curtis Alan and Whitney Ann.
   He will be remembered for his charitable contributions, storytelling, and sense of adventure. Alan loved all things maritime and pursued his captain’s license for large vessels. He was an avid follower of current affairs and appreciated a good discussion on all manner of topics. Flying through a clear blue sky or boating on the water, Alan loved spending time in the great outdoors. In his final years, Alan sincerely enjoyed getting involved in the Ericson community through the 4th of July celebration and Lake Association. Proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ, his family rejoices that he is now at peace with his Savior.
   He is survived by his parents, Keith and Norma Heuermann of Phillips; wife of 24 years, Jody Heuermann of Central City; son, Curtis (Joanna) Heuermann of Central City; daughter, Whitney Heuermann of Central City; grandchildren, Jessie and Cassie Heuermann of Central City; brother, Scott (Lynn) Heuerman of Roca; sisters, Cindy Meek of Edna, KS and Linda (Stan) Bell of Dyersburg, TN; and numerous other nieces, nephews and family.

Virginia L. Duvall • Aurora, CO Resident, 75

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   Virginia Lee Duvall, 75, of Aurora, CO passed away unexpectedly at her home in Aurora.
   Ms. Duvall’s wishes were to be cremated. She will be laid to rest in the Ord City Cemetery following a private family gathering. Condolences may be left at www.ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Virginia Lee was born Aug. 16, 1948, at Audubon, IA to Harlan “Jack” and Mildred (Lincoln) Duvall. The family moved to Atkinson, NE and then to Ord in 1960, where Virginia graduated from Ord High School in 1966. 
   Following high school Virginia continued her education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching. She went on to teach English at DeWitt and Palmer, NE. In the mid-90s Virginia moved to Denver, CO. While in Denver, she worked as a paralegal for the State of Colorado Transportation Department and retried in her early 60s.
   During the late 70s, Virginia served in the Peace Corp for two years in Tunisia teaching English and French. She enjoyed participating in the Sweet Adeline’s singing group; quilting, sewing, crocheting and reading.
   Survivors include three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Nancy Duvall, Arthur and Tanya Duvall and Lester and Ninette Duvall; a sister, Linda Freeman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Donna and Rose; and a brother-in-law, Richard Freeman.

FEB
21
2024

Mirek Bolesław Iwanski • Former Ord, NE Resident, 68

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   Mirek Bolesław (Mark Henry) Iwanski was born on Feb. 9, 1956 in Dalnia, Poland. Mirek accompanied his older brother, Roman, to America on April 23, 1959. The boys were adopted by an aunt and uncle, Julius and Mary (Potzreba) Iwanski and spent their childhoods in Valley County, and later in Ord, NE.
   Mirek graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ord. Mirek worked at various construction jobs in Ord before becoming disabled. After becoming unable to work, Mirek enjoyed fishing and searching thrift stores for antiques and treasures. He moved to the Salem, MO area in 2017, to be nearer to his brother, Roman. 
   Mirek is preceded in death by his mother, Aleksandra Iwanska of Dalnia, Poland; father, Bolesław Iwanski of Radzanowa, Poland; brother Eugeniusz Iwanski of Wolomin, Poland; uncle, Julius Iwanski of Ord; aunt, Mary Iwanski of Ord; and his godmother, Barbara Grablewska of Dalnia, Poland. 
   Survivors include his brother, Roman (Kathy) Iwanski of Salem, MO; nieces, Mary Iwanski of Dallas, TX, Becky Hall of Sioux Falls, SD, and Emily Ashlock of Leland, NC; five great nieces and nephews, Oliver Hall, Łukasz Hall, Tristan Ashlock, Sophia Ashlock, and Chloe Ashlock; cousins, Mirosława (Stanisław) Wasinski of London, Ontario, Canada, Marlene (Rick) Ochman of Swickley, PA, Janusz Mikucinski of Mława, Poland, Ania (Jan) Pawlowska of Mława, and Jadzia (Wlodek) Grablewska of Dalnia, Poland; and a large extended family throughout Poland. 
   Per his wishes, Mirek will be cremated and laid to rest alongside his mother in Dalnia, Poland.

Jana L. Edghill • Ord, NE Resident, 62

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   Jana L. (Blaha) Edghill, 62, of Ord, NE passed away unexpectedly at her home on Fri., Feb. 16, 2024. 
   Jana’s wishes were to be cremated. The family will honor her life by receiving friends on Wed., Feb. 21, 2024 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice to be designated at a later date. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Jana Lin was born Dec. 18, 1961, to Donald E. and Sharon N. (Wallace) Blaha at Ord. She grew up in Ord where she received her education and graduated from Ord High School in 1980.
   Following high school, Jana continued her education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. On March 21, 1987, Jana was united in marriage to Alan Lee Edghill at Ord. The couple was blessed with three children.
   While making their home in Ord, Jana worked in various capacities, including the Snack Shack, St. Mary’s School, McDonald’s and Professional Eye Care. However, she will be remembered by her ownership of Jana’s School of Dancing, where she was a dance instructor from 1976 to 2010. Jana and Alan also shared in many business ventures included Edghill Motors, The Cutting Edge and Riverside Trailer Court.  
   Jana was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Nebraska Twin Convention; and enjoyed being a member of the women’s and couples golf and bowling leagues.
   Traveling and cruising with her family and long car rides with her husband were among her favorite things to do. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, scrapbooking, reading and gambling.
   Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Alan; father, Donald Blaha; mother, Sharon Blaha; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kristin and Mike Schernikau and Katy Edghill; a son and daughter-in-law, Austin and Taylor Edghill; three grandchildren, Deacon, Winry and Evie; two sisters and brothers-in-law, her twin, Jody, and Paul Machal and Carol and Greg Smith; a brother and sister-in-law, Russ and Sheri Blaha; and her fur baby, Greta.
   She was preceded in death by her parents-in-law, Ardith “Bob” and Geneva Edghill; maternal grandparents, Opal “Maxine” Wallace and Al Wallace; and paternal grandparents, Edward and Emma Blaha.

   Daniel Douglas Rasmussen, 50, of Shawnee, KS passed away Jan. 30, 2024 at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1973 to Carol (McOstrich Rasmussen) Bonness and Delmar Rasmussen in Lincoln. He attended Lincoln Public Schools and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1992. While in high school he participated in football and track. He also became involved in Taekwondo winning second at nationals in weapons. He also taught at Longoria’s ATA Blackbelt Academy in Lincoln.
   After graduation he continued his education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln majoring in criminal justice and psychodrama.
   While at the University he as a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He also enjoyed participating in the melodramas in the summers at Mahoney State Park. In 2004 he received his master’s degree in counseling/psychology from Doane College.
   Dan and Traci Petska were married on June 11, 2005, in Lincoln. They were blessed with two daughters, Alana Dae and Neleigh Nicole. Although the marriage ended in 2020 they continued to co-parent their girls and remained best friends. He treasured his daughters.
   Dan lived the last 10 years in Shawnee, but Nebraska was always his home. 
   At the time of his death he was the clinical director at the Center for Discovery. He dedicated his life to helping others in the substance abuse addiction field, something he, unfortunately, struggled with daily. He was amazing at his job, touching many clients lives and enriching those around him. He had recently been nationally accredited.
   Dan was an avid lover of the Nebraska Huskers, the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Chiefs. He will be remembered for the mischievous side of his personality that made him love practical jokes and keeping his family and friends entertained.
   He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawnee.
   Survivors include his daughters, Alana and Neleigh, Topeka, KS; sisters, Laura (Corey) Decker, Victor, NY, Karen (Mark) Warren, Lincoln; brother, Steve (Jennifer) Rasmussen, Overland Park, KS; nieces, Meg Warren, Ainsley Decker, McKinley Decker, Sydney Rasmussen; nephews, Bryant Decker and Kyle Rasmussen; stepfather, Bryce Bonness, Lincoln; aunts, Rita (Roger) Jones, Minden, NE, Patricia (Arthur) Hughes, Bethesda, MD; several cousins and his two dogs, Louie and Benny, who were his constant companions.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Douglas John, and numerous grandparents.
   The family is honoring Dan’s wish for cremation. A Celebration of Life will be held Feb. 24, 2024, at 5 p.m. at the Apothecary Loft located at 140 N 8th Street in Lincoln, NE. Dress code is casual. Bring on your best KC Chiefs, Huskers or Red Sox Attire.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for his daughter’s Alana and Neleigh at gofundme.com/f/dan-ramussens-family-alana-and-neleigh?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook. If you prefer, you can mail to: T/D Traci Westerhaus, 7303 SW 24th Street, Topeka KS, 66614. 
   If you, or someone you know is suffering from depression, please call 988 suicide and crisis lifeline.

FEB
14
2024

Daniel Douglas Rasmussen • Shawnee, KS Resident, 50

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Michael Worth • United States Air Force Veteran • Broken Bow, NE Resident, 52

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   Michael Worth, age 52 of Broken Bow, died Sat., Feb. 3, 2024, at the Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
   Funeral services were held Wed., Feb. 7, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Kathy Salts PMA officiating. The burial was in the Ord Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
   Michael Dennis Worth was born in Broken Bow on April 25, 1971, to Dennis M. Worth and Carolyn E. Sullivan. He spent part of his childhood in Broken Bow and attended elementary school at North Park through the third grade. In 1980, he moved with his family to a farm west of Arcadia when his mother married his step­father, Gerald Kerchal. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1989.
   Upon graduation, Mike joined the United States Air Force, completing his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He decided to make the Air Force his career and spent twenty years proudly serving his country. His Air Force career took him around the world many times. Some of his favorite stations and TDYs were in South Korea, Guam, Turkey, Alaska, and many places in Europe. He also served his nation in the Middle East during Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism, serving in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. He was honored by the Air Force by being selected as Airman of the Year in 1992, accepting his award at the United States Pentagon. Mike retired from the Air Force as a Tech Sergeant in 2009.
After leaving the Air Force, Mike decided to continue serving his nation as a civilian contractor in the Middle East. He worked for DynCorp in Qatar and then Lockheed Martin, working in Afghanistan until 2011.
   Following his service, Mike retired to Ord and then Broken Bow. He loved following the activities of his niece and nephew and helping from time to time on his sister and brother-in-law's farm. Mike had a dry sense of humor and loved joking around with his family and telling stories about the crazy adventures he had while traveling the world.
   Mike is survived by his mother, Carolyn Kerchal, of Broken Bow; his sister and brother-in-law, Kris and Jim Lech of Burwell; a brother, John Burnett of Texas; a niece, Kassidy and Craig Wachter, Braxton and Josie of Pierce, NE; a nephew, Sam and Karissa Lech of Burwell; aunts, Sonja and Steve Govier of Pleasanton, NE; Joan and Al Dillenback of Grand Island, NE; and Janet and Jerry Grosse-Rhode of Broken Bow, NE; and many cousins and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Gerald Kerchal; his father, Dennis Worth; and grandparents, John and Ruth Sullivan.

FEB
07
2024

Bryan L. Mentzer Ord, NE Resident, 69

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   Bryan L. Mentzer, 69, of Ord passed away on Sat., Jan. 20, 2024.
   Mr. Mentzer’s wishes were to be cremated.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Bryan Lee was born Nov. 1, 1954 in Burwell, NE to Arthur J. and Caroline M. (Rohde) Mentzer.  He grew up on a farm near Ericson, NE and received his education at Rosevale Country School and graduated from Ord High School in 1973. 
   Following high school, Bryan moved to Columbus and later Cheyenne, WY. He returned to Ord and married Linda Waltman on Dec. 3, 1983. To this union a son, Eric, was born. Later Bryan married Robin Young and they spent 13 years together. 
   Bryan had a career in construction; working in various capacities throughout his life. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and also enjoyed playing cards and pool and listening to music. Bryan was a story teller and swapped stories between his family and friends.
   Survivors include three sons, Michael Sich of Ord, Joseph Sich of Lincoln and Eric and Amber Mentzer of Ord; six grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon and Bob Brown. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eric Mentzer; and a sister, Ruth Larson. 

Darcy Lee (Thompson) Cronk Ord, NE Resident, 72

   Darcy Lee (Thompson) Cronk, 72, of Ord, peacefully entered the gates of Heaven on Fri., Feb. 2, 2024, surrounded by her family at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.
   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 7, 2024 at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Spenser Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be left at ordmemorialchapel.com.
   Darcy was born into this world on April 14, 1951, at Ord, NE to Don W. and Shirley Y. (Sample) Thompson; the oldest of four siblings.
   Darcy graduated from Elba High School in 1969. She always had a passion for helping others and began her nursing career shortly after graduation. Darcy practiced nursing for 39 years and loved every second of her career. In an Employee of the Month recognition, she quoted, “Enjoys being a nurse and taking care of people. The best part is seeing people get better and able to go home.”
   While Darcy waitressed at Douthit’s Diner, Willie relentlessly tried acquiring her number. Darcy turned Willie down until after many months and finally gave in and went on a date with him. Darcy and Willis “Willie” Walter Cronk were united in marriage on June 25, 1972, at Cotesfield, NE. The couple spent 45 joyful years together.
   Darcy admired her family and spending time with all of them. She especially took pride in being an extraordinary grandma to her grandchildren; continuously bragging about her grandchildren to anyone she came across. Darcy was kind to everyone and was a wonderful person to be around.
   Her hobbies included playing board games, attending activities, gambling trips with friends, family movie nights, and telling stories to her grandchildren. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. 
   Survivors include two sons, Jeff Cronk, and his wife, Shana of McCook and Jon Cronk and his girlfriend, Melissa of Grand Island; a daughter Jody Lawrence, and her husband, Robert of Ord; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Neil and Debby Thompson of North Loup, Darren and Patty Thompson of Cotesfield, and Gale Thompson of Lincoln; a lifelong family friend, Faith Lehman of Hastings; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many grand fur-kids.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis Cronk; and two grandsons, Andre and Jesse Cronk.

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Peggy J. Luby • North Loup, NE Resident, 70

Peggy J. Luby, 70, of North Loup passed away on Sun., March 12, 2023 at the Valley County Health System hospital in Ord.

   Mrs. Luby’s wishes were to be cremated. Condolences may be sent to Dennis Luby, 80475 Ashton Avenue, North Loup, NE 68859.

   Peggy Josephine was born July 8, 1952, at Dayton, OH to Tom and Jan (McBeck) Caster. She spent time in Dayton before moving to Omaha where she graduated from Westside High School in 1971.

   In 1975, Peggy was united in marriage to Dennis John Luby at Grand Island. The couple made their home in Grand Island and Peggy worked at Overhead Door Company for 15 years. They moved to Phoenix in 1985, where Peggy was employed at Universal Technical Institute for 10 years. In 1998, they returned to Nebraska and settled in North Loup. For 10 years, Peggy worked at Timberline in Ord and spent the remaining 12 years of her career at Mid-Nebraska Individual Services of Ord.

   Peggy enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing and also played marbles.

   Survivors include her husband, Dennis of North Loup; a son, Chris Luby of Doniphan; two grandchildren, Alandra and Autumn Luby; two brothers, Tommy Caster of Cleveland and Timmy Caster of Memphis; and a sister, Beth Bowles of Longmont.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Susie Hobner; and parents-in-law, Jack and Doris Luby.

Regina Marie Rohan • Ord, NE Resident, 74

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   Regina M. Rohan, 74, of Ord, NE, died Sun., Sept. 17, 2023 at Arbor Care Center in Ord.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. 22 at St. Michael’s Church in Spalding, NE with Fr. Lawrence Vadakkan officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Spalding.Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7 p.m. wake service. 
   Levander Funeral Home of Spalding is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at levanderfuneralhome.com.
   Regina Marie Rohan, daughter of Charles and Anna Marie (Ringlein) Haggerty, was born Feb. 26, 1949 at Spalding, NE. She attended a rural Greeley County School, prior to attending Spalding Academy where she graduated from in 1967.
   On Dec. 23, 1967, Regina was united in marriage to Louis George Rohan at St. Michael’s Church in Spalding. They made their home in Columbus, Spalding, and Benkelman, NE while raising their children Mark, Ed and Michaela, before settling in Ord in 1986. Regina worked as a custodian at various employers over the years. 
   She was a member of St. Michael’s Church from 1949-1984, St. Joseph’s in Benkelman from 1984-1986 and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ord from 1986-present. She was a long-time member of St. Anne’s Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary Post 299 in Spalding. She enjoyed camping, bowling, crocheting, and sewing. She was an excellent cook and loved spending time with family and friends. 
   Regina is survived by her husband Lou of Ord; three children: Mark (Melanie) Rohan of Ord; Ed Rohan of Arcadia, NE; and Michaela (Michael) Mallery of Waverly, NE; five grandsons: Tynan and Connor Mallery of Lincoln, NE; Randy Rohan of Springdale, AR; Willam Rohan of Ord; and James Rohan of Arcadia; three great-grandchildren: Damien, Deakin and Hailey; two siblings: Tim (Maureen) Haggerty of O’Neill, NE; and Angela Buhrman of O’Fallon, IL; sister-in-law Colleen Haggerty of Minden, IA; sisters-in-law: Margaret (Jack) Glassmaker of Navato, CA; and Connie Rohan of Superior, NE; brother-in-law Dennis (Sue) Rohan of Willaimsville, NY; along with nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael Haggerty; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Pauline Rohan; and brother-in-law, Jim Rohan.

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