George Charles Alberts, 91, joined beloved friends and family in heaven’s skies on March 8th, 2018.
George was the first-borne in the United States to immigrant parents Charlie and Hilway (Assif Haddad) Alberts on a farm northwest of Gothenburg Feb. 21st, 1927. George’s older brother, Alfred, was born in Syria. The family grew to include twins Jesse and Bessie born less than a year after George, Johnnie and Emil. Also living with the family was Charlie’s mother Mary (Delune Zahoor).
George attended Southwest Custer District 161 and attended two years of Gothenburg High School before being drafted into the US Army. He was located at Biloxi, MS and Randolph Field near San Antonio, training to be a tail gunner on a B52 bomber. As anyone who visited with George soon found, the time in the Army was the longest and saddest in his life, homesick and never having slept away from home until that time. At Randolph Field, George chauffeured General Mark Clark to his meetings. George later named his first son ‘Mark.’
With just weeks before being deployed overseas, Japan’s surrender ended the war and George returned to Gothenburg, vowing never to leave home again.
He married his childhood schoolmate and friend Rosemary Rubenthaler on Aug. 10th, 1951. Together, they lived and worked on a farm northeast of Gothenburg. The farm was owned by Glen VanWey, who also owned the Sun Theatre. They rented the farm for 39 years before buying it in 1991. Every landlord they had was a trusted friend as well as business partner. Their first year of farming a late summer hailstorm left their cornfield a tangled mess. When George tried to unplug the picker, his right hand got caught and later had to be amputated to save his life.
One hand never stopped George from living a normal, hard-working life; the couple did farm and livestock chores together. Over his lifetime George fed about 6,000 head of fat cattle, many of those years scooping feed by hand. The couple also raised hogs and chickens. For pleasure and recreation, and following Charlie’s footsteps, they grew watermelons, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and sweet corn, which they thoroughly enjoyed sharing with friends.
George served on the Gothenburg Co-op Elevator Board of Directors, was KOLN-KGIN’s ‘Proud to be a Nebraska Farmer’ in 2006 and shortly afterward was featured in the Gothenburg Times.
Left cherishing his memory are wife Rosemary, son Mark (Deb) Alberts of Gothenburg; daughter Cheryl (Russell Irwin), Lincoln; sister Bessie Shada of Kearney; grandson Staff Sergeant Nic (Kristen) Alberts currently of Germany; granddaughter Ashley Alberts; greatgrandchildren Camden and Eden Rose Alberts, and Riley Luebbers; Bryen, Roman and Draven Roach; and River Alberts; Cousin Gesmar Haddad Herdy of Brazil; nieces, nephews and friends.
Welcoming George in the celestial heavens are son Lane Alberts, parents Hilway and Charlie; brothers Alfred and wife Cleta, Jesse and wife Joleen, Johnnie, and Emil and wife Lois; brother-in-law Tony Shada, and Billie and wife Donna Rubenthaler; Grandmother Mary; Uncle Olaf and wife Tildie Albert; Cousins Sadie Albert and Irene Hansen and husband Lloyd; his landlords and friends.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, March 11th, 2018, 2 -5 p.m.
Funeral services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 2:30 pm with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to Gothenburg Health - Acute Nursing Services, Sun Theatre or donor's choice.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Helen Kay Linsday, 80, of Brady, passed away on February 28th, 2018 at Linden Court in North Platte, NE.
Helen Kay (Healey) Linsday was born on December 17th, 1937 in Creston, IA to William “Bill” and Beulah “Boo” (Reed) Healey. The family moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska in the spring of 1938 where Kay grew up and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1956. The fall of 1956, Kay enrolled in college at the University of Texas, where she ended up receiving her nursing degree. After college she worked for United Airlines which landed her in the Los Angeles area where she began her nursing career at the UCLA Medical Center.
Kay married Wilfred Charles Wehnes, who had three children; Terry, Edie and Robert; all were raised and grew up in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas. Kay enjoyed summer trips back to Jeffery Lake with her children and adventurous trips with her parents and her Auntie Helen (Healey), including a journey to the Panama Canal in 1984.
Kay was remarried to Herbert Edward Linsday on September 28th, 1985 at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church. The couple resided in Santa Monica until the summer of 2003 when they retired to Jeffrey Lake, a place that Kay had always remembered as home. The couple enjoyed playing cards, traveling and taking cruises. After Herb’s passing in 2008, Kay enjoyed the solitude and serenity of Jeffrey Lake, the Fox News channel, 100’s of games of Solitaire every day and always welcomed neighbors, friends and family who stopped by for a visit, brief or extended. God Bless.
Survivors include her children Arthur Terry Wehnes & Dana Kujawa of Evergreen, CO, Edith Karen (Mike) Patton of Hawthrone, CA, Robert Charles Wehnes of Gothenburg, NE; grandchildren Russel (Yolanda) Patton and Crystal Patton; great grandchildren Evan Patton, Isabelle Patton, Zoe Iguilera; brother Terry (Cathy) Healey of Gothenburg; sister Jody (Dave) Mann of Jeffrey Lake; along with loving nieces and nephew and extended family and friends.
Kay was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Linsday, her parents William and Buelah Healey; sister Mary Ellen Healey and a grandson Brock Wehnes.
A Memorial Service will be held early summer.
Memorials can be sent to the donors choice or to Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel to be decided at a later date by the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com
Jason R. Kasson of Elm Creek, formerly Eustis, passed away on February 23rd, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 39. Jason was born on August 13th, 1978 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Larry and Patricia (Beachel) Kasson. He grew up in Eustis and graduated from Eustis/Farnam High School with the class of 1997. He attended Hastings Community College where he studied Auto Body.
Jason became a father on December 14th, 2000 to Patricia Kasson. He was a proud, loving, and caring father who cherished the moments he spent watching her grow into the beautiful young woman she is today. Jason married his wife, Amanda Beatson, in 2012 and they made their home in Elm Creek where they enjoyed spending their time together playing in pool leagues and loving their fur babies. He was an excellent welder and a hard worker who would take on any challenges set before him with enthusiasm. He worked for Chief Industries and at the Gibbon American Legion. Jason had a huge heart and cared deeply for his family and friends and was always willing to lend a hand or do anything he could to help those in need. He was always making people laugh and could turn someone's bad day around with his smile and sense of humor. He loved getting HD therapy by riding his motorcycle and played on several pool leagues between Kearney and Gibbon. Jason was a member of the Legion Squadron 310.
He was preceded in death by his nephew, Gaven Kasson; grandparents Dicks and Grace Kasson and Norman and Lucielle Beachel; and uncle George Beachel. Survivors include his wife, Amanda Kasson of Elm Creek; mother Patty [Earl] Wilkinson of McCook; father Larry Kasson of WY; daughter Patricia Kasson of Louisville; brothers Jaimie Kasson of Holdrege and James [Kapi] Kasson of Kearney; nieces, Briana McCance and her mother Misty McCance of CO, Jade Kasson of Arapahoe, Azaria Kasson of Kearney; nephews Dillon Budd of SC, Nathan Doudney of Winslow, and Detric Kasson of Arapahoe. Jason is also survived by several extended family members, those whom he considered family, and a host of friends.
Services were held Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Cremation followed the service. Visitation was held Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 10 a.m. to until service time at Berryman Funeral Home.
Dorothy M. Johnson of Cozad passed away February 27th, 2018 at Cozad Care Center at the age of 88. Dorothy was born March 29, 1929 in Lexington, Nebraska to Emil and Bertha (Fritz) Heller. She grew up near Midway Lake and attended country school at District 69. In 1953, Dorothy married George Johnson at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad. She was a devoted wife and mother, raising their three daughters and working alongside George, ranching and tending the crops. Dorothy enjoyed painting, leather work and crafts. She loved gardening and was an avid horse-woman. Dorothy was a member of the American Lutheran Church Ladies Auxiliary.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, sons-in-law John Vance and Gregg Hecox; and infant great grandson, Tristan Vance-Lacy. Survivors include her husband, George of Cozad; daughters, Linda Arnold and husband Ron of Papillion, Margaret Vance of Kearney and Norma Hecox of Kearney; grandchildren, Keri Quintanilla and husband Efrain of Papillion, Scott Arnold and wife Amy of Lincoln, Stacie Burnett and husband Jon of Kearney, Kylie Vance of Kearney, Heather Hecox of Kearney; great grandchildren, Nickolas, Gavin and Nolan Quintanilla of Papillion, Ruby, Eva and Cade Arnold of Lincoln, Uriah Vance-Lacy and Weston Burnett, both of Kearney.
Services will be held Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robert Litzenberger officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Visitation will be Thursday March 8th, 2018 from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
DeWayne W. Urwiller passed away at his home in Raymondville Texas on Monday February 20th. He entered into the heavenly kingdom following a courageous fight with cancer.
Celebration of Life Services will be at the First United Methodist Church of Raymondville on March 3rd at 10:00 AM.
Survivors include his wife Shirley, son Mark, and daughter DeEnna. Grandchildren - James, Zachary, Tristen, and Brianna. Great Grandchildren: Noah, Gabrial, Landon, Hayden and Issabella. Sisters- LaVonne, and Marilyn, and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Raymondville Music Department.