Jessie F. Meyer, 87, of Elwood, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, died on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at Elwood Care Center.
Jessie Fraser McGawn McCulloch was born December 11th, 1930 at home in the quaint countryside village of Patna, Scotland to Alexander and Elizabeth McCulloch, not far from the birthplace of Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet. Jessie was the 5th of 8 children and was named after a great aunt. She was born and raised where the river Doon runs peacefully through this wee village alongside Patna Hill where she played as a child and attended Patna school.
Her childhood was not without its challenges from War World II. She recalled watching bombs fall over the ship building village of Glasgow, carrying a gas mask to school and food and dry goods being heavily rationed. However, as a young adult, she loved ballroom dancing for which she won many awards while following her favorite bands around Great Britain.
On August 14th, 1954 Jessie married Alfred R. Meyer, a United States Airmen, station in Great Britain. They were married in Patna, Scotland and four years later, after Al’s honorable discharge from the Air Force, Al, Jessie and their daughter, Yvonne, retuned to America and moved to Kansas to help at the family farm. After a short-time in Kansas the family moved to Nebraska where they were blessed with three additional children; Ray, Deb, and Rick.
Jessie was passionate about staying home with her children that she loved dearly, spending time with her grandchildren, engaging with activities and programs in her church including Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and decorating her home beautifully for holidays to bring her family together.
Some important highlights of Jessie’s life include getting her and Yvonne’s U.S. citizenship, and getting her first-ever driver’s license at the age of 55. Jessie was very proud of where she came from. She passed on her Scottish heritage to her children by dancing the Highland Fling, playing the Mary Queen of Scots game, singing Scottish songs, and cooking and baking Scottish dishes. It was well known that hot tea was served daily at Jessie’s home. She never lost her beautiful Scottish accent.
Left to cherish her beautiful memory are her four children Yvonne (Dennis) Rickertsen of Lexington, NE, Ray (Judy) Meyer of Sun City West, AZ, Deb Farmer of Scottsdale and Rick (Mona) Meyer of Sun City, AZ; 14 grandchildren Kathryn Segovia of Menlo Park, CA, Christine Rickertsen of Austin, TX, Rebecca Rickertsen of Lincoln, NE, Nathan (Jacki) Meyer of Nebraska City, NE, Chad (Jessica) Meyer of McCook, Justin (Lauren) Meyer of Nebraska City, NE, Christopher (Amanda) Meyer of Wadsworth, OH, Julie Banning of Scottsdale, AZ, Katie (Alexander) Bellesteros of Omaha, NE, Kurt (Libby) Farmer of Omaha, NE, Allison Baker of Greeley, CO, Erin (Joey) Reynolds of Greeley, CO, Stacy (Steve) Aitken of Cozad, NE, Matt (Amanda) Welch of Cozad, NE, and 21 great-grandchildren. Jessie was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, of 57 years, her parents, 7 siblings, her many aunts, uncles, extended family, and special friends.
Jessie was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and a friend to many. Her family always came first. If her family was asked to describe her, it would be: delightful, loving, caring, and kind-hearted. She will be greatly missed.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Friday, June 8th, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Pastor Dave Irwin, officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
Judith Marlene (McNulty) Smock passed away June 2nd, 2018 at her home in Cozad at the age of 75. She was born May 29th, 1943 in Cozad, Nebraska to Barney Sr. and Gladys (Weaver) McNulty. She attended Cozad City Schools and graduated in 1961.
On June 4th, 1961, she married Oran Eugene Smock. Three daughters were born to this union: Sherri Ann, Dawn Marie and Crystal Lynn. She worked for the Dairy Queen, Valley Vending, WJ O’Connor’s, and D&S Crafts before retiring in 2000 because of health reasons. She loved playing Bingo and cards with her friends. Early in her retirement, she spent the afternoons having coffee (pop) with her friends. She enjoyed helping out with the Lion’s Club Bingo stand at Hay Days.
Her grandchildren were her life and she loved them all. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, she loved buying gifts for them and seeing their faces when they opened them.
She is survived by her husband, Oran Eugene; three daughters Sherri Ann Policky of Kearney, Dawn Marie (Steve) Beans of Cozad, Crystal Lynn (Steve) Caravan of Grand Island; 9 grandchildren, Austin (Nicole) Policky of San Antonio, TX, Logan and Tarren Policky of Kearney, Travis Beans of Fremont, Morgan Smock of Cozad, Rachel Caravan of Henderson, Colorado, Kayla Caravan of Sioux City, IA, Brooke Caravan of Kearney, and Chanc Caravan of Grand Island; 4 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter; and one brother, Barney (Pat) McNulty of Cozad. She was preceded in death by her parents, Barney Sr. and Gladys; one brother, Bernard McNulty; three sisters, Esther Hatcher, Donna Eileen McNulty, and Betty Lou McNulty.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Cremation was chosen. Private family services will be held. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Friday, June 8th, 2018 from noon until 5 pm with family receiving friends from 2 pm to 5 pm at Berryman Funeral Home.
H.D. "Jack" Ostergard, 89, of Gothenburg, passed away on May 16th, 2018 at Gothenburg, NE.
Due to medical circumstances, services will be delayed until later this summer. Online condolences can be given at www.blasestrauser.com.
Helen Marie Spradlin, 95, joined beloved family and friends in heaven’s skies on Wednesday, May 17th, 2018. Helen very much wanted to reach 100.
On October 24th, 1922 Helen was born at the homesteaded farm northeast of Cozad to loving parents Fred and Nora Danielsen. As a little girl, Helen was able to visit her Grandmother who lived in a home in the grove of trees just West of her house. Her Grandmother spoke only Swedish and Danish but the two communicated really quite well. Helen would knock at the gate, and her Grandmother would holler for her to come on in (at least that is what Helen thought she said every time).
Helen grew up knowing what hard work was and as an only child, did a lot of the outside chores while her Mother tended to the household chores, and her father farmed the land. Helen learned all the household chores, and some of the farming skills also. She always loved animals and every stray dog that would come to her own farm later in life, became part of the family. Her parents always emphasized honesty and character. Even during the depression, the dirty '30s and during World War II with ration coupons, they held God very close to their hearts and trusted in the Lord to carry and guide them through.
Helen attended a one room school and later drove into Cozad to attend high school. She drove a Model A and became the area "school bus" as she often would pick up 4 to 5 other kids. There wasn't too much fooling around after school, because there was work to be done by all. Helen had a very good friend named Wilma (everyone called her, Billie). Some weekends, what those two girls got into I would love to tell you about... .but promised I wouldn't. Helen was inducted into the National Honor Society in High School and loved bookkeeping and typing.
Saturday evenings in town was a special time for the whole family. One such Saturday, off they went to town to sell the milk, eggs, and cream. Someone asked Helen if she and a girlfriend would like to ride with him and his brother to Gothenburg for a coke-a-cola. Helen said sure and the two girls got into the car with the two boys. Later that evening, her Father could not find her and he started getting a little angry and a lot worried. Someone finally told him that they had seen Helen get into a car with that oldest Spradlin boy. Her Dad said, "Oh if it was Bernard Spradlin, then she will be O.K."
Thus started the rest of Helen's life. Bernard and Helen fell in love and just as they were getting serious, Bernard went to Ohio to work in an airplane factory for the Army as he was rejected as 4F. Neither Billie nor Helen were happy with this long
distance stuff because Billie’s fiance was also in Ohio receiving training for the service. Well, the two girls talked Bernard's brother Edwin into helping them drive cross country to Ohio to marry these two men. Off they went, the two girls and Edwin. They had many stories to share with us as the years went by after returning home to Cozad. All except Billie’s husband, Ferd. During the war, he was shot down and killed over France. Bernard and Helen were married for 63 years.
Bernard and Helen bought a little 3 room house, moved it and made a home and family. To this union 4 children were born. Eunice Spradlin, Lee Spradlin (Terry), Bobbi Laird (John) and Marsha Thomas (Larry). The house needed adding onto before too many years, and still stands and is lived in by family. Helen was a wonderful cook, baker, historian, bookkeeper and doctor. If you ever got hurt, you saw Helen as Bernard was not too good in medical emergencies. Helen belonged to a neighborhood womens club and often gave the lessons. She loved to drive a car fast and always wanted to fly in an ultra lite. She could drive trucks, stick shifts, and tractors. Also tended to some times dump the farmhand bucket the wrong way at the wrong time...left handed you know.
Left cherishing her memory are her 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Two other special people also call her Mom. (Tony and Kay), Many others have felt a mother’s concern and love, and they too have fond memories of "Mom!".
Welcoming Helen to God’s Celestial Heaven are her husband Bernard (2005), parents, infant brother, 3 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law, 2 nephews and many other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Cozad Christian Church (821 F Street) on Friday May 25th at 2:00p.m. (As cremation was chosen there will be no graveside services.
Mardell “Mardy” Schley, 76, of Lincoln, NE, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, at her home after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the day before. Cremation was chosen. Memorial service was at 10:00 AM Monday, May 21st, 2018, at Apfel Funeral Home Grand Island. Inurnment was at 2:30 PM at the Cozad Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, May 20th from 3 PM – 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory can be made to the donor’s choice or will otherwise be dedicated a scholarship being established in her name to support students at Grand Island Northwest. Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be directed to www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
Mardy was born March 22nd, 1942, to Carl and Tillie (Lammers) Wuehler. Mardy was the youngest of 4 children. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1960.
She met and married her first love, Jerry Kapustka in Cozad. He passed in 1971, shortly after the birth of their first child. She later met and married the love of her life, Dave Schley, in 1982, which brought together their families.
They lived in Lexington, Shelton, Cairo, and most recently in Lincoln with Dave in a home they loved and cared for, surrounded by wonderful neighbors. She adored her grandchildren and the students she helped through her work at the Cozad and Grand Island Northwest High Schools. She was deservedly proud of her work ethic and kept postponing her retirement until age 72 simply because she loved working and helping the students that still, from all over the state, are grateful for the connection she made with them. Traveling to new places, visiting family and friends across the country, watching grandkids’ activities, and wintering in Arizona with Dave brought her much happiness, too. She also loved and cared for their dogs, most recently Khia, and enjoyed walks with Dave. Her joyful smile and laughter will be missed and remembered by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband: Dave, daughter: Kelli Kapustka (Chad) Smith; sons: Kory (Amy) Schley, Brandon (Tiffanie) Schley; step-children: Rodman (Gina) Schley, Heather (Eric) Wagers, Jube (Heather) Schley; beloved grandchildren: Karson Jane, Rowen Clare, and Harper Ann Smith, Madyson Schley, Willow Anne Schley, Rylie Kay Saathoff, Sophia and Cecilia Schley, Hailee, Ricky Ames, Etienne and Lucien Wagers, Kaydee Schley; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; siblings: Lola (Ken) VerMaas, and Eddie (Karen) Wuehler.
She was predeceased by her husband: Jerry; parents; and brother: Verlin.
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