Carol Joan Bihlmaier, 76, of Gothenburg, NE, died September 6th , 2017 at her home in Gothenburg, NE.  
  Carol was born November 2nd, 1940 in Gothenburg, Nebraska daughter of Vera Marie (Aden) and Lloyd O. Sealander.
  She grew up in Gothenburg and was a member of the American Lutheran Church. She married Dennis H. Bihlmaier on July 27th, 1959 at Ogallala, Nebraska. She liked to watch "Days of Our Lives", "Young & the Restless" and "The Price Is Right". She enjoyed camping and visiting with people while camping. 
  Surviving are husband, Dennis Bihlmaier of Gothenburg, Nebraska, son, Steven D. (Lisa) Bihlmaier of Cozad, Nebraska, daughter, Denise (Bill) Tate of Bland, Virgina, daughter, Cindy (Randy) Garcia of Gothenburg, Nebraska, daughter, Kelli (Dave) Cullers of Cozad, Nebraska, sister, Connie (Ralph) McNulty of Cozad, Nebraska, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, three step grandchildren, five step great grandchildren.
  Carol was preceded in death by parents Lloyd O. and Vera Marie Sealander, in-laws, Henry and Ruth Bihlmaier, brothers-in-law, Warren Bihlmaier, Gordon Bihlmaier, sister-in-law, Dolly Bihlmaier, great-granddaughter, Aiyana Tate.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, September 8th, 2017.
  Funeral services were held at American Lutheran Church, Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 3:00 pm with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.
  Burial followed in the American Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to
  Kirk D. Rimpley of Cozad passed away August 23rd, 2017 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 60. Kirk was born June 7th, 1957 in Lexington, Nebraska to Clayton and Phyllis (Gaudreault) Rimpley. He grew up in Gothenburg, Nebraska and graduated from Gothenburg High School. Kirk entered the U.S. Marine Corp in 1976 and served for 4 years. He was proud to be a Marine and serve his country. He made a life for himself in Phoenix, Arizona as a Warehouse Flooring Manager. He was eventually transferred to Troutdale, Oregon and Auburn, Washington. 
  Kirk enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, Husker Football, Oregon Ducks, hockey and listening to jazz and country music. 
  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. 
  Survivors include his brothers, Kyle Rimpley and wife Tina of Cozad and Kevin Rimpley and wife Pam of Kearney; nieces, Janah Nickel and husband Scott of Kearney and Christina Meyer and husband Zach of Lincoln; nephew Justin Haas and wife Jill of Lincoln; and many aunts, uncles, extended family and friends. 
  Memorials are suggested to the family in his name for later designation. Online condolences may be shared at 
  A memorial service was held Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Inurnment with Military Honors followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
  Gerald (Jerry) Tomasek, formerly of Cozad, died August 29th, 2017 in Green Valley, Arizona at the age of 87.
  Jerry was born October 5th, 1929 in Gothenburg to Roy and Velma (West) Tomasek. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1947. He served in the Nebraska National Guard during the Korean War. 
  In 1991 he retired at age 62 after working 37 years for Dawson Public District. He was a life long member of the Elks Club and served as Exalted Ruler of the Cozad Lodge #2250 from 1976 – 1977.  Jerry spent winters in Green Valley, Arizona and summers at his Cozad home until 2005 when he permanently moved to Arizona. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family.
  Survivors include his wife Kathy Tomasek, children Scott (Terry) Tomasek of Omaha and Kelly (Steve) Schneider of Green Valley, Arizona, grandchildren Tucker (Jayme) Tomasek of Seattle, Washington and Trista (Amanda) Tomasek of Overland Park, Kansas and brothers Don Tomasek of Lexington and Bob (Judy) Tomasek of Fort Collins, Colorado.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, his former wife, Jo (Foged) Tomasek and his brother Dale Tomasek.
  To honor his wishes there will be no public memorial service; a private family interment will be in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.
  Mary Franzen passed away August 31st, 2017 at her home in Cozad at the age of 71. Mary was born July 30th, 1946 at Fort Dodge, Iowa to Wilbur 'Barney' and Mary Genevieve (Butler) Nickless. Mary spent most of her childhood in Stuart, Nebraska before moving to Wausa, Nebraska her senior year where she graduated high school with the class of 1965. She attended beauty school in Omaha.  
  In 1975, Mary married Jim Franzen in Cozad, Nebraska. The couple raised their three daughters on the family farm north of Cozad. Mary worked at Monroe Auto for 8 years, but spent most of her time working with Jim on the family farm.  The couple moved to town around 2005 and continued farming until their retirement. Mary loved riding horses, especially with her siblings, when they were young. She was a member of the Cozad Newcomers Club, Mrs. Jaycees and the American Agricultural Movement. She enjoyed gardening and reading. Family was everything to Mary, her most treasured times were spent with her grandchildren. 
  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Nickless and sister, Barbara Sterba.  
  Survivors include her husband, Jim Franzen of Cozad; daughters, Tracy Lindstedt and husband Scott of Cozad, Sheila Eich and husband Jeffrey of Elkhorn and Julia Myer and husband John of Cozad; grandchildren, Sydney Noel and Jake Nicholas Lindstedt, both of Cozad, Cooper Cole Eich of Hooper and Alynne Marie and Maddux John Myer, both of Cozad; brothers, John Nickless and wife Mary Jean of O'Neill, Jerry Nickless and wife Ruby of Florida, Doug Johnson of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Justin Nickless and wife Jenny of Ainsworth; sister, Chrystal Mlnarik and husband Dave of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Maxine Nickless; brother-in-law, Bob Sterba; step-parents Darleen (Nickless) Mahlendorf and husband Leonard of Norfolk; step-sisters, Dranoel Fleharty and husband Bill and family of Cozad and Danielle Hatterman and husband Will and family of Tilden; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends that she loved very much.
  Online condolences may be shared at A memorial has been established in her memory.
  Services were held Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.. at Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.  Burial was at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at Berryman Funeral Home.
    Celebration of Life Services for Joyce M. Bauer will be held on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating. Interment will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington, following the services.  
   Joyce Marie (Hansel) Bauer, 71 years of age, of Lexington, passed away on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family, following a year-long battle with cancer. Joyce was born December 5th, 1945 at Morris, Minnesota, the younger of two children born to Arthur Louis and Edith “Marie” (Regelin) Hansel. On December 20th, 1945, she was baptized by Rev. H.C. Duchlmeier at the family home. As a young girl, Joyce was raised on a farm near Hancock, Minnesota. When Joyce was five years of age the family moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska, where her parents purchased a business.  Joyce received her primary education from Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Arapahoe, through the eighth grade. She was confirmed on April 10th, 1960 by Rev. G. A. Weinrich at Trinity Lutheran.  In 1961, the family moved to Lexington, where Joyce completed her education, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1964. 
   During her senior year, she met the love of her life, Larry Alexander Bauer of Lexington. The couple were united in marriage on August 22nd, 1964, and to this union three sons were born: Troy Allen, Ryan Lynn, and Kent Alexander.  They made their home on a farm north of Overton, Nebraska.  While living at Overton, Joyce was employed at Plectron Corporation as an electronics technician. In 1972, they moved to their new home in Lexington.   
   After her boys were born, Joyce dedicated her life to caring for them, and being a homemaker. When the boys began school, she served her Lord as the custodian of her church for several years. Joyce then began a long career as an Associate Department Manager for District #637 Wal-Mart Store in Lexington. She loved working under store manager, Mike Milligan until her retirement, after 26 years of service to the company.  Her work ethic was pure devotion, and set a standard for her sons to emulate in their future careers.
   After moving to Lexington, she transferred her membership from Trinity in Arapahoe, to Trinity in Lexington in 1961, where she not only served as the custodian, but helped with Wednesday night Catechism classes, Vacation Bible School, and served with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in the years past.  Joyce also enjoyed her involvement in the Joslyn Jabber’s Extension Club for many years, and she and Larry loved getting together with their card club friends for special occasions. She also spent several years making friends as a Tupperware Rep.  When retirement years rolled around, she and Larry enjoyed traveling together, spending time visiting with family and friends, and weekends with family at Johnson Lake.    
   Many miles were traveled, and countless hours on bleachers took place when the boys were involved in activities, and sporting events.  After grandchildren, and her great-grandson arrived, they became the highlight of her life.  And, in return they thought “Grandma Joyce”, and “Grandma-Great” walked on water. The grandchildren’s birthdays were always special with hand-sewn personalized birthday banners created by Grandma, which represented their current interests, and stage of life. In addition, her hobbies included: crafts, home decorating, and writing poems about her family. Her marvelous cooking, and baking skills will be missed. Serving others brought joy to her life.
   Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Alex and Wilma Bauer; her brother, Clark Hansel; brothers-in-law:  Ken Strickland, Roger Bauer, and Dale Tomasek; sisters-in-law:  Cathy Bauer and Carol Bauer; and a niece, Linda Thomsen.
   She leaves to celebrate her life; her husband of 53 years, Larry Bauer of Lexington; three sons: Troy Bauer of Cozad, Nebraska; Ryan Bauer and his wife, Jody of Holdrege, Nebraska; and Kent Bauer and his wife, Amanda of Lincoln, Nebraska; five beloved grandchildren:  Kristen Johnson and her husband, Nathan of Johnstown, Nebraska; Jake Bauer and his wife, Heidi of Central City, Nebraska; Blare Bauer of Holdrege; and Blake and Morgan Bauer of Lincoln; one treasured great-grandson, Carter Johnson; sisters-in-law:  Carol Hansel of Hastings, Nebraska; Phyllis Robinson and her husband, Archie of Holdrege; Beverly Tomasek of Omaha; Mary Bauer of Indio, California; Julia Tucker of Lee Summit, Missouri; Dorothy Larson and her husband, Fred of Loveland, Colorado; Marilyn Stephens of Englewood, Colorado; and Alyce Bauer of Overton; brothers-in-law:  Donald Bauer and his wife, Bonnie of Cozad; James Bauer of Cozad; Thomas Bauer of Farnam, Nebraska; Steven Bauer and his wife, Carol of rural Eddyville, Nebraska; and Michael Bauer of Bailey, Colorado; in addition, she is survived by a host of special cousins, nieces and nephews who she loved individually, and many friends.  
   Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
   A memorial has been established in Joyce’s honor and kindly suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
   Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.