Shirley Aden, 86, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 20th, 2017 at Gothenburg Health. 
  Shirley was born to James and Lila (Barnes) France on February 20th, 1931 in Gothenburg. She attended school and graduated from Gothenburg High School. She married her high school sweetheart Roger Aden on June 17th, 1951 and taught school while he was in the service. After Roger returned from the service, they moved to the Aden farm/ranch south of Farnam where they raised their children - Kent, Mary Lou, Matthew, and Michael for 38 years. She received an Educational Degree from Kearney State College and taught for 25 years in Dawson County. Shirley enjoyed her church, family, and teaching. In 1988, they moved to Gothenburg and retired soon after. 
  Survivors include husband Roger Aden; children Kent (Sue) Aden of Cozad, Mary Lou (Dennis) Clark of Gothenburg, Matthew (Ann) Aden of Farnam, and Michael (Joy) Aden of Littleton, Colorado and sister Carolyn Peterson. 10 grandchildren - Mandy (Doug) Abbott, Ashley (Jay) Fuller, Jamion (Tasia) Aden, Kaitlyn Clark, Joshua Clark, Scott (Audrey) Aden, Jared (Molly) Aden, Derek (Jordan) Aden, Claire Aden, and Luke Aden.11 great-grandchildren - Rachel, Tyler, Jayleigh, Katie, Addison, Rugor, Rider, Tanner, Rhakenna, Kye, and new baby soon to arrive.
  Shirley was preceded in death by parents James and Lila (Barnes) France, granddaughter Kendra Leigh Aden, grandson Jason Douglas Clark, brother Max France and wives Opal and Glenda, brother Milford France and wife Yvonne, and brother-in-law Larry Peterson. 
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017.
  Services were held at the American Lutheran Church, Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.  
  Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
  Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, Gothenburg-Brady ministerial association, or donors choice.
  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
  Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia M. Margritz will be conducted from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Paul Colling and Father Jose Chavez as concelebrants.  Interment will be in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington, following the services.
   Virginia Mary Josephine Margritz, 81 years of age, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege. Virginia was born June 25th, 1936 at Julesburg, Colorado, the second of three children born to Joseph A. and Katherine V. (Kukla) Schmitt. When the children were young they made their home in Grant, Nebraska until 1951, at which time they moved to Julesburg, Colorado.  In 1954, the family moved to Missouri before settling to Lexington. As a young girl, Virginia was introduced to her love of riding horses by her older brother, Donnie.  Special memories riding the countryside together were formed that lasted a lifetime.
  Virginia received her primary education from Grant, Nebraska and Julesburg, Colorado.  She then attended parochial school at St. Patrick’s High School in Sidney, Nebraska, graduating with the class of 1954. Her formative years in Catholic school is where Virginia dedicated her life as a servant to her Lord, and a true “Prayer Warrior” she became. During her senior year she met her future husband, Gerald Allen Margritz of Lexington. After high school, she pursued nursing school in Kansas City, Missouri.    
  Virginia introduced her sister, Donna to Gerald’s brother, Leo. The two sisters married brothers, and many special memories were made raising their families together in the rural Lexington, and Overton area.  Virginia and Gerald were united in marriage on June 23rd, 1955 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, and to this union eight children were born: Pam, Randy, David, Mark, Joyce, Janet, Patty, and Jody.
   The family made their home on the family farm eight miles east, and a mile north of Lexington. Caring for every need of her large family was her entire focus when the children were young. Countless meals were lovingly prepared, and needless to say Mom wore many hats that included: nurse when accidents happened playing with siblings, school tutor, serving as family counselor when life experiences occurred, disciplinarian when teenagers needed direction, encouraging advisor throughout many years of sports, and of course laundry attendant, to only name a few.  All was done with love, and respect to reach the goal of raising a Christian family. On November 11th, 1989, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry.  
  After Jerry’s passing, the farming operation was passed down to sons: Randy and Dave, and Virginia moved into Lexington. After moving into town, Virginia’s caring ways for children continued as a school cook at Pershing Elementary until her retirement. For the past four years, due to her failing health she began to make her home at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege to be near her daughters.  
   After grandchildren, and great-grandchildren arrived, they became the highlight of her life.  And, in return they adored the ground Grandma Ginger walked on.  On a daily basis her entire family, and many friends were in her prayers. She was a longtime member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, where she taught first communion class for over ten years, and served as a member of the Altar Society.   
   She leaves to celebrate her life; her eight children:  Pam Burchett of Bastrop, Texas; Randy Margritz and his wife, Patti of rural Lexington; David Margritz and his wife, Barb of Lexington; Mark Margritz and his wife, Gloria of New Braunfels, Texas; Joyce Cornell and her husband, Rodney of Elm Creek, Nebraska; Janet Fiene of Holdrege; Patty Kohtz and her husband, Bruce of Kearney, Nebraska; and Jody Bauer and her husband, Ryan of Holdrege; seventeen grandchildren:  Eric, Nathan, and Jake Burchett; Lucas Margritz; Thomas Margritz and his wife, Zuerela; Josh Margritz and his wife, Sandy; Katie Niver and her husband, Erik; Audra and Aiden Margritz; Jerilyn Kliewer and her husband, Tim; Claire Cornell; Emma and Cole Fiene; Austin Hilkemann; Jordyn and Chase Kohtz; and Blare Bauer; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Schmitt and his wife, Lucille of Red Feather Lakes, Colorado; sister-in-law, Julene Margritz of Lexington; brother-in-law, Frank Mavetz and his wife, Janet of Canton, Illinois; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  
  Besides her parents, and husband, Jerry, she was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Margritz and her husband, Leo; sister-in-law, Catherine Mavetz; and brother-in-law, Charles Margritz. 
  Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with a Wake Service held at 7:00 p.m. at the church, guided by Sister Mary Ann Flax.  
   A memorial has been established in Virginia’s honor, and kindly suggested to the St. Ann’s Catholic Church or the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery in Lexington.   
   Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
   The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements. 
   Harriet M Block, 95, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 16th, 2017 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  She was born November 24th, 1921 in Callaway, Nebraska daughter of Arthur Charles and Elsie Roberta (Oberg) Tickle. Harriet accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a young child. Her faith and strength carried her thru life and gave her an inner peace and happiness that was expressed in her cheerful smile. 
  Harriet married James O. Block on March 17th, 1947 at Gothenburg. She was a busy wife and mother, helping her husband with his beekeeping business and grain elevators. She spent many years working as a secretary for several businesses. She was member of the Red Hats and enjoyed helping out the Senior Center with their Bingo fundraising games. 
  The Block family thanks you for your years of friendship and your expressions of love and sympathy. 
  Surviving include daughter, Charlotte (Lyle) Sitorius of Brady, Nebraska, daughter, Cynthia Cary of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, son, Jim (Peggy) Block of Lexington, Nebraska, 7 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 13 great grand children along with nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. 
  Harriet was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Dale and Luella.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, August 18, 2017.
  Funeral Services were held at Evangelical Free Church 1721 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, Nebraska, Saturday, August 19th, 2017 with Pastor Scott Newman officiating.  
  Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be made to the Senior Center or the donors choice. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
  Georganna Griffith, 87, of Lexington, Nebraska, formerly of Cozad, Nebraska, died Friday, August 4th, 2017, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.
  She was born Decemeber 25th, 1929, in Garfield County, Nebraska, to George Francis and Eliza Jane (Maret) Wolf.  Georganna attended grade school in Springfield, Missouri, and then moved to Cozad, Nebraska, where she graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1948.  She then went on to further her education at the Kearney State College.
  Georganna was married in September of 1949, to LaVern Griffith in Washington D.C.  Four children were blessed to this union: Deb, Marcia, Phillip and Paul.  They would later divorce.
  Georganna lived in Cozad, Nebraska where she was a Nurse’s Aide, and then went to the Cozad Police Department where she was an Officer and dispatcher. She then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and worked for the State Patrol. Georganna then spent the next twenty plus years working as a Driver’s License Examiner. She retired in 1993, and moved to Heber Springs, Arkansas for the next twenty years. Georganna moved to Cabondale, Colorado to be closer to family, and then to Nebraska where she resided until her passing.
  Georganna always enjoyed visiting with friends and family. She liked bird watching, planting flowers and traveling. She loved her dog Benji.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.
  Survivors include her children, Deb (Earl) Linn of Overton, Nebraska, Marcia (John) Harnly of Denton, Texas, Phillip (Ramona) Griffith of Carbondale, Colorado & Paul (Teresa) Griffith of Onawa, Iowa; twelve grandchildren, Lisa Enochs, Troy Linn, Mandi Wallace, Jennifer Dunseith, Jason Harnly, Jocelyn Fowler, Caleb Griffith, Claire Ann Erickson, Casey Griffith, Joshua Griffith, Brent Griffith & Adam Griffith; twenty-seven great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  It was Georganna’s wishes for cremation. The family has honored those wishes. There will be no visitation.
  A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 10th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with Pastor John Shields, officiating.
  Inurnment will be in the Sumner Cemetery in Sumner.
  Memorials are suggested to Parkinson’s Research or Wounded Warriors.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
  Molle Rae Jorgenson, 71, of Callaway, Nebraska, died Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, at Callaway District Hospital in Callaway, Nebraska.
  She was born May 6th, 1946, in Arnold, Nebraska to Harold and Zola (DuGuay) Headley. Molle lived in the Oconto area until the age of 12 at which time she, along with her younger brother Thomas, moved to Cozad after the death of their parents to live with their brother Rodney and his wife Marilyn Headley and their sons Terry and Stan.
  Molle graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1964. On July 12, 1964, she married Richard Jorgenson in Cozad, Nebraska. Two children were blessed to this marriage; Ward A. and Todd L.
  Molle was a church organist for over 50 years and an active participant of Callaway Community Church where she volunteered with the Awana Club. She enjoyed teaching piano lessons to the local children, riding her horses, Prince and Misty, and attending any and all sporting events, including her beloved Huskers. Time spent with family and friends was something she loved the most.
  Survivors include her husband Richard; two sons; Ward and wife Diane (Nordyke) Jorgenson of Kearney, Nebraska and Todd and wife Lori (Gosweiler) Jorgenson of Bridgeton, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Lea and Hannah Jorgenson and Carly and Jenna Jorgenson; one sister, Carrie Ann Nagl of Ravenna, Nebraska; one brother, Thomas and wife Sheryl Headley of Silver Spring, Maryland as well as nephews, a niece, extended family and friends.
  Molle was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Rodney.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Callaway Community Church with Pastor Dean Haidle officiating.
  Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway.
  Visitation was held Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Callaway Community Church.
  Memorials are suggested to the Callaway Community Church’s youth ministries.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.