Karole Jean (Wait) Pokorny was born December 22nd, 1941 to Raymond "Dick" Wait and Velma Marie (Lehn) Wait in Ainsworth, Nebraska and passed away December 2nbd, 2017 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Nebraska with her sister by her side.
She attended various rural schools in Brown County before graduating from Ainsworth High School in 1960. After graduation, she moved to Omaha and met Roger Pokorny, who was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. On November 21st, 1964, they married at the Methodist Church in Omaha and shortly after they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1973, they built a home southeast of Lonsdale, Minnesota. She fell in love with the country life and taking care of horses, sheep, cattle and chickens. She especially enjoyed raising several babies from her palomino mare, Duster Suzette. In the fall of 1973, their home felt complete with the adoption of three siblings: Jim (age 6); Bob (age 4); and Kim (age 3).
The marriage ended in 1980 and Karole and the children moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska for a short time. Eventually, she and her children moved to Denver, Colorado where she worked for the National Western Stock Show, the American Saler Association, and the Colorado Health Department.
In 1996 she moved to Gothenburg where she worked as an office manager for Circle B Irrigation and then Holdrege Irrigation, retiring in 2004. Karole also became very involved with the Cub Scouts while in Gothenburg and spent twelve enjoyable years as den leader and treasurer. During this time she helped raise her grandson Thomas Jay (TJ) Gallegos.
She enjoyed painting landscapes and belonged to the Gothenburg Pony Expressionist Art Club, enjoyed sewing and was an avid gardener. She had an extraordinary rapport with animals and shared a special bond with Sasha, her beloved German Shepherd mix.
Karole is survived by three children, James Roger (Jo) of Ramsey, Minnesota, Robert Wayne of Anoka, Minnesota and Kimberly (Chris) of Cozad; two sisters Janice Ammon (Tucker) of Brighton, Colrado and Donna (Jeff) Morris of Gothenburg; one brother James (Valerie) of Longmont, Colorado; and five grandchildren: Chesca, Justin, Cassidy, TJ and Serenity. Karole is also survived by nieces and nephews: Aaron, Nathan, Blair, Taylor, Stacie, Scott and Kristyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church, Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be designated to the Fur the Love of Paws, Pawsitive partners, or Paw Prints in Dawson County PO Box 21 Cozad, NE 69130.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Laurance "Larry" Dean Alger, 67, of Gothenburg, died November 30th, 2017 at Cozad Care and Rehabilitation in Cozad, Nebraska.
Larry was born December 24th, 1949 in Colorado Springs, Colorado son of Ralph and Josephine Alger.
Larry grew up in Colorado Springs. In August of 1987, Larry moved to Gothenburg where he worked as a carpet layer for 36 years.
Larry enjoyed many things in life including stock cars and racing in his early adult years as well as car club, Husker football and Denver Broncos football.
Survivors include two daughters, Jill (Troy) Franzen and Kristy (Matt) Connolley all of Gothenburg; two sons, Lawrence James Alger of Menominee, Michigan and Scott (Kayla) Peterson of Gothenburg; six grandsons, Nicholas, Andrew, Bradley, Austin, Zane, Kendrick; three granddaughters, Evelyn, Ashlyn, Brilyn; brother, Ralph Alger; sister, Dora Jackson and special friend Ann Butterfield.
Larry was preceded in death by father, Ralph Alger, mother, Josephine Alger, sister, Elsie Frances Pinson, brothers Ray and Bruce.
Register book signing was held on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel with Tiff Varney officiating.
Memorials may be given to the Family to be determined later.
Robert A. 'Bob' Irish of Cozad passed away December 2nd, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 58. Bob was born April 29th, 1959 at North Platte, Nebraska to Bennett and Verna (Glenn) Irish. He grew up in Cozad, Nebraska where he attended school.
On August 8th, 1976, Bob married Penny Kraft in Julesburg, Colorado. The couple was blessed with a son, Travis. Bob worked for Easterday Trucking, Evans Bakery for many years and was currently with Gruber Painting. Bob was an avid Husker fan, but enjoyed supporting Cozad Haymaker teams the most. He could be tough and outspoken at times, but his family and dog Max meant everything to him. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bennett, Patrick, Steve and Mel; nephew, Jeremy Stephens; great nephew, Nathaniel Irish.
Survivors include his son, Travis and wife Christie Irish of Cozad; grandchildren, Aubrea and husband Jade Janssen of Litchfield, Jercey and Boston Irish of Cozad; great grandson, Ryker Janssen of Litchfield; brothers, Ed Irish of North Platte, Ben Irish of North Platte; sisters, Rhonda Stephens of Gothenburg, Cindy Irish of North Platte, Trudy Delgado of Sterling, Colorado, Judy Vanderpool of Tennessee; and many other nieces, nephews and extended family.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Matt Irish officiating. Burial followed at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
￼Norma J. Foss, age 80, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska. She was born November 19th, 1937 to Earl and Ruth (Dunlap) Randolph in Oxford, Nebraska. She grew up in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1955.
On January 11, 1959 she married Donald Foss at Salem Lutheran Church south of Elwood. Four children were born: Doug, Roger, Jennifer, and infant daughter who died at birth. They farmed for many years before moving into Elwood. Don and Norma were faithful followers of Elwood High School athletics and attended many years of activities for their children and grandchildren.
Norma enjoyed neighborhood card clubs, dancing with Don, and was a founding member of the Udder Bunch. From this grew her love of collecting cows, and she had quite a herd. Norma was also a very talented cake decorator which became a successful business for her.
Survivors include her children: Doug and wife Barb Foss of Elwood, Roger and wife Kelli Foss of Wichita, Kansas, Jennifer and husband Craig Ward of Elwood, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Viewing & visitation were Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at Elwood Funeral Home in Elwood, Nebraska and prior to the services at the church.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. Interment was at the Salem West Cemetery at Elwood. Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Booster Club and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Conrad Huerta, age 90, of Cozad, Nebraska passed away on Friday, December 1st, 2017 at the Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad, Nebraska. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 19th, 1927 to Manuela (Ledesma) and Pasqual Huerta.
The family moved to the Valley of Mitchell/Scottsbluff Nebraska while he was a child. He graduated from Mitchell High School, Mitchell, Nebraska in 1945. After high school Conrad went to serve in the United States Army. He attended Officer’s Candidate school and served as 2nd Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1954 and returned home. He enrolled at Chadron State College where he studied Education. He was the first student of Mexican/American Descent to attend Chadron State College. Many friends and his brothers, followed his example and went on to Chadron to successfully earn a degree. While at Chadron State College, Conrad was actively involved and lettered in college baseball and track. In the spring of 1955 he met his future wife Mary Nell (Semroska) of Chadron, Nebraska. They married in 1956. In 1955, J. Conrad Huerta graduated from Chadron State College with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He was employed by District #3 in the Mirage Flats near Alliance, Nebraska as the head teacher. Conrad continued in Education as a teacher/administrator for 37 years. He received his Master’s Degree in 1959 and his Specialist Degree in 1973. As he pursued his administration degrees he served the schools of Martin Elementary School- Martin South Dakota, Hay Springs Public Schools- Hay Springs, Nebraska, Sargent Public Schools-Sargent, Nebraska, Newman Grove Public Schools- Newman Grove, Nebraska, Beaver City Public Schools- Beaver City, Nebraska, Elwood Public Schools- Elwood, Nebraska. He retired from Education in 1992 and continued working the summers for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Johnson Lake Recreational Area. Conrad enjoyed singing with the Barbershop Chorus in Lexington, Nebraska but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Conrad was preceded in death by his parents, Manuela and Pasqual Huerta, his sisters Sr. Pasqualita Huerta, Connie McDowell and Theresa Ramirez, his brothers Jose (Natalie) Huerta and Pasqual Huerta , Jr., and step sister Agnus DeBano.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nell (Semroska), his six children Kathy (Bill) Simpson-Lincoln, Nebraska, Tony (Connie) Huerta- Caddo Mills, Texas, Greg (Lisa) Huerta, Kearney, Nebraska, Andy (Bev) Huerta- Aurora, Colorado, Vickie (Kevin) Gilbert, Cozad, Nebraska and Tim (Krista) Huerta, Lexington, Nebraska; 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with one more on the way. Sisters Rita Garcia, Kansas City, Missouri, Cora Lucius, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary Blanchard, Wray Colorado, Brothers: Salvador (Helen) Huerta, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Philip J Huerta Roswell, New Mexcio, Patrick (Franca) Huerta, Bern, Switzerland, Steven Huerta, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Sister in laws: Laura Huerta, Brighton, Colorado., Irene Rex, Rapid City, South Dakota., Mary Ellen Semroska, Brother in laws; Ray (Doreen) Semroska, Harrison, Nebraska, Ed (Marylou) Semroska, Omaha, Nebraska, Joe (Karen) Semroska, Little Falls, Minnesotta, Mary Ellen Semroska, Harrison, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.
Conrad wanted to be remembered as a loving spouse, father and grandfather. As a person proud of his family and his heritage. As an American of Mexican Ancestry protecting the best of two cultures. As a devoted Catholic leaving everything in God’s hands. As a person who believes in doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Memorials Christ the King Catholic Church or Cozad Community Hospital, Cozad, Nebraska. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Viewing was 1 hour before Rosary and Funeral Mass at Christ The King Catholic Church, Cozad. Rosary was Monday, December 4,th 2017 at at Christ The King Catholic Church of Cozad, Nebraska. Funeral Mass was Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church in Cozad, Nebraska. Inurnment wil be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, at Maxwell, Nebraska at a later date. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.