Bonnie J. Hansen of Cozad passed away May 8th, 2018 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 65. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 from 4pm to 7pm at Berryman Funeral Home.
Audrey V. Gentzler of Cozad passed away May 5th, 2018 at her home at the age of 88. Audrey was born October 17th, 1929 in rural Verdigre, Nebraska to Joseph and Eva (Oberle) Kukral. She graduated from High School in Creighton, Nebraska with the class of 1947.
Audrey married Stanley Gentzler on June 2nd, 1949 at the American Lutheran Church in Creighton, Nebraska. The couple were blessed with five children, Deanne, Wynetta, Sandy, Dwight and Bob.
Audrey enjoyed traveling with Stan. Her most treasured times were spent with family. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, decorating and reading. She loved spending time with her PEO friends, book club and playing bridge. She was an active member of the American Lutheran Church and volunteered for many organizations in the community through the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Florence Wesp and Delpha Hull and their husbands.
Survivors include her husband Stan of Cozad; children, Dee (Roger) Nuss of Lee's Summit, MO, Wynetta (Terry) Headley of Omaha, Sandy (Kevin) Rhone of Lincoln, Dwight (Linda) Gentzler of Lincoln and Bob (Kathi) Gentzler of Gretna; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sister, Joan McCrary of Atlanta, GA.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church.
Services will be Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church with Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad. The casket will be closed. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 pm to 8 pm with family receiving friends from 6 pm to 8 pm at Berryman Funeral Home.
Jon David Carlson age 59 years, was born August 3rd, 1958 to Glenn and Maryan Carlson. He grew up in Cozad, Nebraska and was proud of his small town upbringing. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1976.
He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he pursued an undergraduate degree in architectural studies and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Architecture, from the University of Nebraska and graduated summa cum laude in 1984. Jon began his architectural career at Dana Larson Roubal and Associates in Omaha. He became a licensed Architect in the State of Nebraska in 1987. In 1990 he joined the recently founded firm Krhounek Povondra Architects and was named Principal in the firm in 1994. In 1999 the firm was renamed Carlson West Povondra Architects. Jon was a professional member of American Institute of Architects and Council of Educational Facility Planners International. He was known at the firm for his dedication to work and for treating his clients like family. Over the course of his career Jon worked on multiple justice, education, senior living, religious and community projects. We take pride and gain comfort in knowing that Jon’s hard work can be seen through these facilities.
Jon’s faith and community involvement were very important to him. He served many terms on church council and was president of the foundation at Lutheran Church of The Master. He was a member of Gideon’s International for which he proudly gave talks and distributed bibles throughout Omaha. For several years he was on the planning committee for the American Cancer Society. He also enjoyed spending his time mentoring young architects and traveling to Lincoln to critique the projects of graduate students at Architecture Hall.
Of all his accomplishments, the two aspects of his life of which he was proudest were his three daughters Kalen, Erin and Sarah and especially his marriage of 33 years to the love of his life, Val. He was his daughters’ first coach in many of their youth sports and later the biggest supporter of their teams, especially Westside High School Girls Basketball and Volleyball, Special Olympics Swimming and Doane College Basketball.
Jon was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Carlson; brother, Donald Carlson; father-in-law, Larry Masters. He is survived by wife, Valerie; daughters, Kalen, Erin and Sarah; mother, Maryan Carlson; sisters, Jodi Doran (Jay) and Chris Carlson; niece, Andrea Hewitt (Kyle); nephews, Evan Huston (Amy) and Jeff Carlson; mother-in-law, Wilma Masters.
Karla Lynn Bryant, 68, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 29, 2018 in Gothenburg, NE.
She was born April 2, 1950 in Lexington, NE, daughter of Paul and Lola (Tharp) Heins.
Karla lived in the Cozad area until moving to Gothenburg in 1967. She attended school at District 29 south of Cozad and Cozad High School before graduating from Gothenburg High School. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine (BS in Physical Therapy); Nebraska Wesleyan University (BS in Biology) and Kearney State College.
Karla begin working as a Physical Therapist in 1973. In the 1990's she started serving many of the area schools. Karla truly loved working with the kids, something she continued to do until her passing. She incorporated as Karla Bryant, PT, PC in 2003. Karla was a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nebraska Chapter, Pediatric Section, Private Practice Section, and the Neuro-developmental Treatment Association.
She married Cedric Bryant on May 23, 1971 at Gothenburg, and to this union daughters Amanda and Alison were born. The couple later divorced. Karla was a member of the Gothenburg Community Playhouse and the Gothenburg First United Methodist Church. Her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior was most special to her, along with her family and friends.
She liked to play cards, board games and puzzles. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, biking, hiking, therapeutic riding and riding the motorcycle. She enjoyed a wide variety of sports, especially softball and baseball. She participated in Wellsprings Camp for many years.
Survivors include: two daughters, Amanda (Corey) Rossell of Gothenburg and Alison (Matt) Feik of Cozad; brother, Byron Heins; sister, Myra (Dale) Gronewold; granddaughter, Makenzie Rossell; three grandsons, Tra Rossell, Bryant Feik, Austin Feik; former husband, Cedric Bryant; two sisters-in-law, Judy (John) Jensen and Loretta (Robert) Todd; brother-in-law, Roger (Sharon) Bryant; boyfriend Charles Bean of Cozad; lifelong friend Iris Desmarteau; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews along with many friends.
Karla was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Chad Gronewold; grandparents, Fred and Sophie Heins, Cyrus, Myrtle and Luella Tharp.
Book Signing will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Memorial Services will be held at Cozad First United Methodist Church, 151 B Street, Cozad, NE, Friday May 4, 2018 at 10:30 am with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.
Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to AWANA, Gothenburg First United Methodist Church, Banner United Methodist Church, or Farnam United Methodist Church. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
William G. Umberger, formerly of Elwood, passed away April 29, 2018 at the Aksarben Village Independent Living facility in Omaha at the age of 86.
William was born June 11, 1931 to Perry J. and Alice (Kolb) Umberger on the Umberger ranch southwest of Elwood, Nebraska, in the same bedroom where his father was born in 1895. William had two sisters to greet him, Mary Ellen and Janet.
Bill attended country school for eight years and then went to high school at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska. He attended college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, receiving an Associate degree in 1951. Bill returned to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in the fall of 1951, was accepted into the Advanced ROTC program and received a Bachelor degree in Agronomy.
William married Shirley I. Miles on August 10, 1952 at the Christian Church in Elwood, Nebraska. They moved to Lincoln where Bill finished his schooling and Shirley taught Home Economics in Eagle, Nebraska. Bill was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army in 1953. When Bill was called to active duty, Shirley accompanied him to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where they lived in Lawton, Oklahoma for 8 months. Bill went to Karlsruhe, Germany as an artillery officer in July of 1953 and Shirley was able to join him in November. While Bill was stationed in Germany for 16 months, he and Shirley traveled all over Europe.
After Bill's discharge from the Army in 1955, the couple returned to the family ranch southwest of Elwood. Four children were born to their family between January of 1957 and November of 1963: Laura Ann, Julia Ruth, Patrick Miles and Mary Lynne. Bill continued to farm and raise cattle and hogs while Shirley taught school.
In 1972, Bill became the Director of the Soil and Water Conservation District in Holdrege, Nebraska. Bill served as the director until 1978 when the Soil and Water Conservation District transitioned into the Natural Resources District. Bill was the Manager of the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District in Holdrege from 1978 until his retirement in 1995.
The Umberger Ranch was recognized in 1985 by the Knights of AK-SAR-BEN and The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers with the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award for long and meritorious service to agriculture, as exemplified by continued ownership within the family of the same Nebraska farm for 100 years or more. Bill and Shirley retired to Omaha, Nebraska in 2007.
William was baptized as a young man at the First United Methodist Church in Elwood, Nebraska and was an active member of the church until his death. Bill was also a member of the Tahama Shriner's Association, and was honored for 60 years of service as a Master Mason of Thistle Lodge No. 61. He was an active member of the American Legion Post of Elwood and called bingo and worked the Legion food booth at the Gosper County Fair for many years.
William was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 2016; his parents; 2 sisters, Mary Ellen Balke and Janet Schutz; sister-in-law, Gloria MacEwen; 4 brothers-in-law, Larry Miles, G.A. MacEwen, Ted Schutz and Harold Balke.