Thelma Grace (Sack) Snell, 82, passed from this life February 20th, 2018, in Lexington, Nebraska, following a brief illness.
Born in Haxtun, Colorado, September 8th, 1935, to Roy and Hazel (Cole) Sack, she was the third of six children. When Thelma was 5 years old, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado. She began her schooling in a country school and graduated from Longmont High School in 1953.
Christianity and faith played a significant part in Thelma’s life from an early age, with active involvement in church and her decision to become a Christian by being immersed into Christ. Following high school, she enrolled in Midwest Christian College in Oklahoma City. There she met a young Bible college student who was studying for the ministry, and on August 22nd, 1954, she and Richard Harvey Snell were married. She taught Sunday school, played piano, helped in church camps and followed her preacher husband all over the country to serve in churches. Together, Richard and Thelma brought many to Christ and encouraged Christians in Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, Wyoming and Indiana.
Thelma was a godly mother to four children. Mike (Shirley) Snell of Lexington, Lauren (Donnetta) Snell of North Platte, Karen (Merle) Pope of Topeka, Kansas, and Tim (Mindy) of Louisville, Kentucky. She delighted in taking care of her family and made home and faith her priority. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing quilts for her 16 grandchildren. Many of her 18 great grandchildren were blessed with handmade gifts or enjoyed tea parties with great-grandma.
Thelma took great pleasure in being a homemaker and showing hospitality to many. She baked pies, cookies and cinnamon rolls by the dozens for others. Many remember her as a hard worker and a cheerful soul. She laughed often and found hilarity in practical jokes on others.
Thelma was preceded in death by husband, Richard Snell (2014), her parents and brothers, Floyd and Wendell.
She is survived by all her children and grandchildren, her brothers, Stanley and Sherman, and sister, Sharon Karlstrum.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 am at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Nathan Rhea officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorial donations are suggested to “The Richard and Thelma Snell Christian Ekklesia Fund”.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Jolene E. Griese, age 64 of Cozad, passed away February 20th, 2018 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri as the result of a semi truck accident. Jolene was born June 7th, 1953 in Gettysburg, South Dakota to LeRoy and Theresa (Hoffman) Griese. She graduated from Cozad High School and attended college at UNK. Jolene worked at Monroe Auto in Cozad before moving to Colorado in 1987 to raise her children, Sonja and Jeremy. She spent recent years as a truck driver. Jolene enjoyed fishing and playing games, and spending time at her farm near Hershey, taking care of her animals and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl Griese; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Griese. Survivors include her son Jeremy Eynetich of Cozad; daughter, Sonja Wright and husband Daniel of Cozad; grandchildren, Aliyah and Aryana Eynetich of Wyoming, Teryn Eynetich and wife Ashlei of North Carolina, Tia Montgomery of Cozad and Jericho Wright of Cozad; great grandchild, Gavyn Eynetich of Odessa; brother, Lynden Griese of Cozad; sister, Linda Mae Tidwell of Colorado; nephew's, Corey Roberts of Colorado and Bobby Griese of Chadron; niece, Tara Armagost of Cozad; and many other extended family and close friends.
Services were held Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Burial was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at Lebanon Cemetery near Gettysburg, SD. Visitation was Sunday, February 25th, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.
Deborah L. Clark of Cozad passed away February 22nd, 2018 at Plum Creek Assisted Living in Lexington, Nebraska at the age of 64. Deborah was born April 20th, 1953 in O'Neill, Nebraska to Louis and Doris (Eppenbach) Storjohann. She grew up in Burwell, Nebraska and graduated from High School.
On January 5th, 1974, she married Roger Clark. The couple were blessed with three children, Candy, Nicole and Jerad. The family settled in Cozad in 1976 to raise their family. Deborah cleaned the post office and other local businesses for 20 years and helped Roger at the boot shop. Deborah enjoyed cooking, listening to music, sewing and crocheting. Her most treasured times were spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and her dog, Jadyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, David Storjohann. Survivors include her husband, Roger of Cozad;daughters, Candy Buffing-
ton and husband Mike of North Platte and Nicole Clark of Hastings; son, Jerad Clark of Kearney; grandchildren, Allison and Ryan Clark of Kearney; 2 sisters, Shirley Belisle and husband Maurice of Denver, CO and Linda Hendrickson and Ron Hendrickson of Big Springs, NE; 2 brothers, Harold Storjohann and wife Joy of AR and Larry Storjohann and wife Monica of AR; furry friends, Jack, Jadyn and Buttercup; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
A memorial has been established in her name. Services were held Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ann Gahn officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation was Sunday from 1 to 5 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Beverly E. Johnson, 96 of Cozad passed away February 20th, 2018 at her home with family by her side. Beverly was born August 2nd, 1921 in Minden, Nebraska to Fred and Elizabeth (Podewitz) Arent. She graduated from Stockville High School. On December 25th, 1941, Beverly married Raymond Johnson at Overland, Kansas. She and Ray moved to Gothenburg, following his discharge from the Navy, where they operated a Cabin Camp. In 1948, the couple moved to a farm site south of Farnam, where they resided until 1979.
In 2005, Beverly and Ray moved from North Platte to Cozad. Beverly was a skilled quilter and loved to paint landscapes of the farm and cardinals. She enjoyed camping, square dancing and playing cards. She loved spending winters in Arizona and summers in Colorado with her husband. Family was important to Beverly and she cherished every minute with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Survivors include her son, Larrie Johnson and wife Janice of Cozad; daughter, Sharon Call and husband Larry of Omaha; grandchildren, Brenda Stombaugh and husband Farren of Cozad, Phyllis Johnson of Cozad, Rick Johnson and wife Stacey of North Platte, Jennifer Schneider and husband Jason of Cozad, Lacey Anderson and husband Allen of Cozad, Michael Call and wife Lea of Council Bluffs, IA, Brian Call and wife Pam of Pocatello, ID, Joseph Call of Fort Calhoun, NE; 25 great grandchildren; 19 great great grandchildren; sister, Leona Greenlee of North Platte; brother, Charley Arent and wife Carol of Loveland, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.
Memorials are suggested to Cozad Fire and Rescue or Central Plains Hospice. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Services were held Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Burial followed at 12:00 p.m. at Arbor Cemetery, Stockville, NE. Visitation was Friday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Verna Jean (Frew) Deans, 94, of Chadron, passed away Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at Chadron Community Hospital. Her funeral service was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held at the Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
Verna was born January 26th, 1924 at Cozad, Nebraska to George and Elizabeth (Hoselton) Frew. She grew up on a farm south of Cozad, attending rural school and then Cozad High School. After graduating from high school, Verna taught in a rural school near Cozad. On June 6th, 1946, she married F.S. (Bud) Deans at St James Catholic Church in Kearney, Nebraska. They moved to a farm south of Chadron. Together, Verna and Bud raised their seven children on the farm.
Along with raising a family, she worked part time jobs including selling Rainbow vacuum cleaners, cleaning the District 69 schoolhouse, and as a nursing aid at Chadron Community Hospital. She always enjoyed the interaction with people, and especially loved her work at Chadron Community Hospital. In 1985-1986, she was chosen by her peers as the recipient of the Caring Kind Employee of the Year Award, and travelled to Lincoln for a banquet where she was presented the award by the Hospital Administrator. She made many friendships with co-workers, and loved helping and caring for patients. She was always a very hard worker in anything she did.
Verna was a creative and giving person by nature. She had a joy for life and sense of humor she shared with all who knew her. She touched many lives by her service in her church, her children’s’ schools, her Rainbow customers, the patients she worked with at the hospital, her co-workers, her many friends and her family. Nothing made Verna happier than planning a party to bring together those she loved. Over the years, Verna lovingly made and gave many treasured quilts, afghans, doilies, embroidered towel sets, stuffed dogs, beaded Christmas tree decorations and baked goods for her family and friends.
Above all else, she dearly loved her 7 children. She made many sacrifices to see that they always had everything they needed. She was so proud anytime she was able to get the family together. Nothing brought her family more joy than to watch Verna get tickled trying to tell a joke or seeing her face light up at the payout of a slot machine. There was love and joy in all she did.
Verna is survived by her 7 children, Larry (Sher) Deans of Vonore, TN, Dave (Fonda) Deans of Eagle River, AK, Judy (Louis) Cook of Fountain Green, UT, Randy (Teri) Deans of Lexington, NE, Rick (Kristy) Deans of Chadron, Curt Deans of Palmer, AK, and Steve Deans of Lincoln, NE; 9 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren; one brother, Marion, of Mesa, AZ; and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, her parents, brothers Dave and Gordon, and sisters Lavon and Leah.
Memorials are suggested to the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad.