Frances ‘Sharon’ Stear Bowen, 81, of Spotsylvania County, Virginia passed on to the care and comfort of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday morning, January 1, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  
  Sharon was the widow of Richard ‘Dick’ Bowen, Colonel USAF Ret. who predeceased her by four years and mother of Mark Bowen who predeceased her by twenty six years.  Survivors include her brothers Ron and Roger Stear of Cozad, son Matthew (Anne) Bowen and daughters Lindi (Mike) Copeland and Patricia (Steve) Garvis, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
  Sharon was a vibrant and active member of Church of the Messiah, Episcopal Fredericksburg and the Fawn Lake Spotsylvania, Virginia community.  She raised her family around the world and across the country, making homes in Brussels Belgium, Vienna Austria and Washington D.C. as a Military Officer and Diplomat’s wife.  Sharon and her family were residents of McLean, Virginia for thirty years where she taught and served at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Garden Club, and Community Bible Study.  She embraced opportunities to explore other cultures, make new friends and extend her and her family’s horizons.  She was a strong witness and light for Christ the Savior. We are warmed still by the incandescence of her smile and the grace shone outward to all.
  Sharon is another member of the greatest generation to have devoted her life in the service of community and country.  Born on a small depression era family farm near Cozad, devoted wife and mother, servant and follower of Christ, community contributor, Sharon lived a marvelous exemplary twentieth century American life. 
  Barbara J. Garrett, 77, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died January 3rd, 2018 in Gothenburg, NE.  
  She was born May 28th, 1940 in Gering, NE, daughter of Alexander and Pauline (Zechman) Dietrich.  The Dietrich family would eventually move to Alliance, NE where Barbara attended and in 1958, graduated from Alliance High School.  She would go on attend Chadron State College for a year before marrying Larry Garrett on August 7, 1960 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance.
  Barbara and Larry moved to Memphis, TN where Larry attended optometry school and Barbara worked at a Memphis bank as a personal bookkeeper for the bank president. In the spring of 1965 Larry graduated from optometry school and they moved to Gothenburg, where they established an optometric practice in September of 1965.
  Through the years, Barbara had been active in many activities in and around the community.  In addition to working as Larry's office manager and maintaining his records, she was also involved in Jaycees, sang in the Community Christmas Cantata, and for many years, she sang in the North Platte Chapter of the Sweet Adeline's.  She was a member of the Red Hats and was very active in the Two-Ten extension club.  She very much enjoyed being involved in the Mary-Martha Circle and Trinity Lutheran Church. 
  Surviving are daughter, Lisa (Jon) Seimer of Gothenburg, NE,  grandchildren, Alex and Abby Meyer; three step grandchildren, two brothers Marvin and Willard (Karen) Dietrich' sister Lillian Barker-Hannon, along with several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  
  Barbara was preceded in death by husband, Larry D. Garrett in 2016, her parents,  brother, Alex & Shirley Dietrich, brother, Kenneth Dietrich, sister Alma (Jack) Runge, sister-in-law Betty Dietrich, brother-in-laws Dennis (Julie) Garrett. 
  Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, January 12th, 2018, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. with her family present from 4-6.
  Funeral Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating.  
  Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2002 27th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or American Heart Association, 1540 South 70th Street Suite 100,  Lincoln, NE 68506 or, Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138..  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
  Cathy A. Walters of Cozad passed away January 3, 2018 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 82.                 Cathy was born September 19, 1935 at the family farm north of Cozad, Nebraska to Lester and Ruby (O'Kane) Adle. 
  Cathy loved growing up on the farm and was happy doing chores and being her dad's helping hand. She graduated from Gothenburg High School and went on to attend Kearney State College where she received her teaching degree. 
  On May 4, 1956, Cathy married Kennith Walters at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad. The couple were blessed with four children and celebrated 61 years of marriage. 
  Cathy taught at a country school, was a bookkeeper for several businesses, and was a Para at Cozad Public Schools after her retirement. She served as a city council member for four years before being elected Mayor of Cozad, a position she held for 16 years. Cathy was a faithful and devoted member of the Catholic Church. She served as treasurer of the Altar Society, taught catechism, and was a member of the church choir. She enjoyed taking gambling trips, was a member of the Cozad DOES Drove #177, but her most treasured times were spent with family and friends. 
  She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Kenny Walters of Cozad; sons, Kenny Walters Jr. of Cozad and Randy Walters of Omaha; daughters, Cindy Wells and husband Joe of Grand Island and Patty Seevers and husband Tony of Kearney; grandchildren, Kevin Walters, Lyndee Mitchell, Jeff Walters and Steven Walters, all of Texas, Dylan Munson of Kearney, Shane Walters, Logan Walters and Dustin Walters, all of Waverly, Brooks Wells and Kirby Wells of Grand Island, Jordan Seevers of Missouri, and Emily Seevers of Kearney; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Jim Adle and wife Diann of Cozad; her beloved fur baby, Gigi; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. 
  A memorial has been established in her name for later designation. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. 
  Mass of the Christian Burial was held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church with Father Don O'Brien as celebrant. Burial followed at Cozad Cemetery. Rosary was recited Friday at 7 p.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church with Rev. Matt Koperski. Visitation was held Friday from 4 to 7 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
  Lorene M. Meyer, 88, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Broken Bow Care & Rehabilitation.
  Lorene was born April 4, 1929, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Lorenz and Edith M. (Pickerill) Wilken.  She attended school in Lexington. 
  She was united in marriage to Dick H. Meyer.  Three children were born to this marriage; Grant, John, and Lorene E.  Dick died in 1987.  She enjoyed going to the Grand Generation Center where she loved visiting with friends.
  Lorene made her home in Lexington for many years, until moving to Broken Bow when her health began to decline.
  Survivors include two sons; Grant (Connie) Meyer of Cozad, Nebraska, and John Meyer of Broken Bow, Nebraska; one daughter, Lorene E. Meyer of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 
  Lorene was preceded in death in addition to her husband, by her parents; and two brothers, Carl & Bill Engler.
  It was Lorene’s wishes her body be cremated.  There will be no visitation.
  A Memorial Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at l:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
  Joyce Irene Royle, 75, of Lincoln, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, died Saturday, December 30, 2017, at The Ambassador in Lincoln.
  She was born June 15, 1942, in Mitchell, Nebraska; she was adopted by Arthur and Della (Young) Hughes.  She grew up in Ravenna, Nebraska where she attended school.  Joyce was united in marriage to Loren N. Royle on May 25, 1958, in Hazard, Nebraska.  Six children were born to this marriage, Loren, Leroy, Debra, Glen, Niels, and Becki. 
  The family lived in Ravenna, Litchfield, and Denver, Colorado before they settled in Lexington in November of 1978.  She worked for Sperry New Holland for a time as well as other odd jobs around town.  Joyce was a Licensed Beautician for over 26 years, and worked at Village Court Beauty Salon.  She did purchase the shop in 1996.
  In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, reading romance novels, but she mostly enjoyed being with her family, especially the grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 
  Joyce so loved her customers; they were like family to her, and she will be very missed by all who knew and loved her.
  She is survived two sons, Loren D. Royle of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Glen E. Royle of Fort Collins, Colorado: two daughters, Debra A. Abrams of Elm Creek, Nebraska, and Becki J. (Scott) Meredith of Lincoln, Nebraska: two grandchildren, Aaron J. Reimers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Andrea (Alex) McDaniel of Elm Creek, Nebraska: two great-grandchildren, Gage & Madden.
  Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband, two sons, Leroy and Niels; and one brother, Harry.
  Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.
  Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 5-7 pm. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.