Cherie Lewise (Livingston) Wagnitz, 79, of Kearney died Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society St. John.
Funeral services were at 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home. The Reverend Neil Kloppenborg officiatied. Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon. Visitation was Wednesday from 12:00 pm until service time.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.
Cherie was born Nov. 20th, 1938 to George G. and Viola (Lindenstein) Livingston. She graduated from Gibbon High School and then married Lloyd D. Wagnitz on Sept 30th, 1956. Lloyd and Cherie moved to Eustis, NE in 1964 and were members of the United Methodist Church before moving to Kearney in 2006. While living in Eustis, Cherie always had a large garden and canned much of the produce. She also loved flowers and spent time in the yard. She would sew for family and other groups. She cleaned the church and worked at the Eustis Public School. She enjoyed doing crafts, traveling with her husband, being a 4-H leader, an Avon dealer and baking cinnamon rolls and kolaches. Cherie and her husband thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with family, friends, and all visitors (even UPS carriers) sharing a pot of coffee with fresh baked food and were known to sit for hours talking and playing board games.
Survivors of the immediate family include sons and daughters-in-law, Lloyd W. and Susan Wagnitz of Eagle, NE and Keith B. Wagnitz of Gibbon, NE; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Mike Wolf of Eustis, NE and Janell and Larry Welborn of Omaha, NE.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Sara Rohren and husband, Cory, Rachel Burgess and husband, Chase, Matthew Wagnitz and wife Leslie, Cassandra Wolf, Michael Welborn and wife Amanda, Melissa Stoddard and husband Martin, Keith R. Wagnitz and wife Ashley, Kevin Wagnitz and wife Stacia, Brittanie Bunger and husband Jim, Brian Wagnitz, Robert Wagnitz, Annabell Wagnitz, Samaantha Balderston, Cherakey Wagnitz, and Mavrik Wagnitz; great-grandchildren, Katrina Wolf, Emily Robinson, Miles Robinson, Henry Welborn, Ethan Wagnitz, Karson Wagnitz, Grayson Wagnitz, Peyton Wagnitz, Aidan Borgmann, RayLynn Borgmann, Chyanne Hernandez, Kayden Hernandez, Kynzlie Hernandez, Corey Bunger, Marrae Bunger, Ava Wagnitz, Skylar Balderston, Brynn Balderston, Kolton Shaffer, Abby Samulson, and Jaycee Houser.
Other survivors are sister-in-law Joy Livingston; half-brother-in-laws Gerald Wagnitz and wife Carolina, Ronald Wagnitz; nieces Lorna Livingston, Kathy Chamberlain and husband Jerry, and Cortney Larsen and husband Andrew; nephews George Jeffrey Livingston, Lath Livingston and wife Sharon, Rick Rask and wife LaRayne, David Rask, Bruce Rask, Dr. Jeremy Wagnitz, and Trevor Wagnitz.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd D. Wagnitz; parents, George G. and Viola E. Livingston; father and mothers-in-law, William, Martha and Lena Wagnitz; brother, George W. Livingston; and brother and sister-in-law Milton & Rosella Rask.
Dorothy Elizabeth (Klooz) Hansen departed this world March 17th, 2018 at Cozad Community Hospital. She was born April 24th, 1921 the daughter of the late Harvey and Elizabeth (Rice) Klooz.
She grew up in rural Frontier County and graduated from Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, Nebraska in 1939. She had normal training and taught school in Frontier County after graduation.
On May 17th, 1944 she married Elwin Hansen at Oberlin, KS. They spent their married lives farming in Red Willow and Frontier County.
Dorothy was very active in the Garden Prairie Church. She enjoyed UMW, reading and crocheted many sweaters for World Vision to be sent to underprivileged children.
Her green house had an abundance of beautiful flowers. She grew them with love and there beauty was enjoyed by many.
Reading was one of Dorothy's most enjoyed pass times. She read five chapters in her Bible every morning and her novels kept her company for the last several years.
She is survived by her children Norma Lashley of Curtis, Phyllis (Bill) Hamaker of Kearney, Betty (Charlie) DeHarty of Eustis and Tom (Addie) Hansen of McCook; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren; brother, Marvin (Ruth Ann) Klooz of McCook; sister, Eva Reichelderfer of Omaha; sister-in-law Adelaide Walther of Hay Springs and a host of relatives and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Elwin Hansen, her parents Harvey and Elizabeth Klooz, brother, Clark Klooz, sister, Evelyn Arnold, son-in-law, Bud Lashley, grandchildren, Michael Lashley, Todd Lashley and Susann DeHarty, sister-in-law Margie Hanlon, brothers-in-law Dorrance Arnold, Bruce Walther, Jack Hanlon and John Reichelderfer.
Services were held at 3:30 pm, March 21st, 2018 at Garden Prairie Church with Pastor Tunde Oladimeji officiating. Visitation was held an hour before the funeral.
Burial followed in the Garden Prairie Cemetery, Maywood, NE.
Memorials may be given to the Garden Prairie Church. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
George Charles Alberts, 91, joined beloved friends and family in heaven’s skies on March 8th, 2018.
George was the first-borne in the United States to immigrant parents Charlie and Hilway (Assif Haddad) Alberts on a farm northwest of Gothenburg Feb. 21st, 1927. George’s older brother, Alfred, was born in Syria. The family grew to include twins Jesse and Bessie born less than a year after George, Johnnie and Emil. Also living with the family was Charlie’s mother Mary (Delune Zahoor).
George attended Southwest Custer District 161 and attended two years of Gothenburg High School before being drafted into the US Army. He was located at Biloxi, MS and Randolph Field near San Antonio, training to be a tail gunner on a B52 bomber. As anyone who visited with George soon found, the time in the Army was the longest and saddest in his life, homesick and never having slept away from home until that time. At Randolph Field, George chauffeured General Mark Clark to his meetings. George later named his first son ‘Mark.’
With just weeks before being deployed overseas, Japan’s surrender ended the war and George returned to Gothenburg, vowing never to leave home again.
He married his childhood schoolmate and friend Rosemary Rubenthaler on Aug. 10th, 1951. Together, they lived and worked on a farm northeast of Gothenburg. The farm was owned by Glen VanWey, who also owned the Sun Theatre. They rented the farm for 39 years before buying it in 1991. Every landlord they had was a trusted friend as well as business partner. Their first year of farming a late summer hailstorm left their cornfield a tangled mess. When George tried to unplug the picker, his right hand got caught and later had to be amputated to save his life.
One hand never stopped George from living a normal, hard-working life; the couple did farm and livestock chores together. Over his lifetime George fed about 6,000 head of fat cattle, many of those years scooping feed by hand. The couple also raised hogs and chickens. For pleasure and recreation, and following Charlie’s footsteps, they grew watermelons, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and sweet corn, which they thoroughly enjoyed sharing with friends.
George served on the Gothenburg Co-op Elevator Board of Directors, was KOLN-KGIN’s ‘Proud to be a Nebraska Farmer’ in 2006 and shortly afterward was featured in the Gothenburg Times.
Left cherishing his memory are wife Rosemary, son Mark (Deb) Alberts of Gothenburg; daughter Cheryl (Russell Irwin), Lincoln; sister Bessie Shada of Kearney; grandson Staff Sergeant Nic (Kristen) Alberts currently of Germany; granddaughter Ashley Alberts; greatgrandchildren Camden and Eden Rose Alberts, and Riley Luebbers; Bryen, Roman and Draven Roach; and River Alberts; Cousin Gesmar Haddad Herdy of Brazil; nieces, nephews and friends.
Welcoming George in the celestial heavens are son Lane Alberts, parents Hilway and Charlie; brothers Alfred and wife Cleta, Jesse and wife Joleen, Johnnie, and Emil and wife Lois; brother-in-law Tony Shada, and Billie and wife Donna Rubenthaler; Grandmother Mary; Uncle Olaf and wife Tildie Albert; Cousins Sadie Albert and Irene Hansen and husband Lloyd; his landlords and friends.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, March 11th, 2018, 2 -5 p.m.
Funeral services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 2:30 pm with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to Gothenburg Health - Acute Nursing Services, Sun Theatre or donor's choice.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Helen Kay Linsday, 80, of Brady, passed away on February 28th, 2018 at Linden Court in North Platte, NE.
Helen Kay (Healey) Linsday was born on December 17th, 1937 in Creston, IA to William “Bill” and Beulah “Boo” (Reed) Healey. The family moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska in the spring of 1938 where Kay grew up and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1956. The fall of 1956, Kay enrolled in college at the University of Texas, where she ended up receiving her nursing degree. After college she worked for United Airlines which landed her in the Los Angeles area where she began her nursing career at the UCLA Medical Center.
Kay married Wilfred Charles Wehnes, who had three children; Terry, Edie and Robert; all were raised and grew up in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas. Kay enjoyed summer trips back to Jeffery Lake with her children and adventurous trips with her parents and her Auntie Helen (Healey), including a journey to the Panama Canal in 1984.
Kay was remarried to Herbert Edward Linsday on September 28th, 1985 at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church. The couple resided in Santa Monica until the summer of 2003 when they retired to Jeffrey Lake, a place that Kay had always remembered as home. The couple enjoyed playing cards, traveling and taking cruises. After Herb’s passing in 2008, Kay enjoyed the solitude and serenity of Jeffrey Lake, the Fox News channel, 100’s of games of Solitaire every day and always welcomed neighbors, friends and family who stopped by for a visit, brief or extended. God Bless.
Survivors include her children Arthur Terry Wehnes & Dana Kujawa of Evergreen, CO, Edith Karen (Mike) Patton of Hawthrone, CA, Robert Charles Wehnes of Gothenburg, NE; grandchildren Russel (Yolanda) Patton and Crystal Patton; great grandchildren Evan Patton, Isabelle Patton, Zoe Iguilera; brother Terry (Cathy) Healey of Gothenburg; sister Jody (Dave) Mann of Jeffrey Lake; along with loving nieces and nephew and extended family and friends.
Kay was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Linsday, her parents William and Buelah Healey; sister Mary Ellen Healey and a grandson Brock Wehnes.
A Memorial Service will be held early summer.
Memorials can be sent to the donors choice or to Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel to be decided at a later date by the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com
Jason R. Kasson of Elm Creek, formerly Eustis, passed away on February 23rd, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 39. Jason was born on August 13th, 1978 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Larry and Patricia (Beachel) Kasson. He grew up in Eustis and graduated from Eustis/Farnam High School with the class of 1997. He attended Hastings Community College where he studied Auto Body.
Jason became a father on December 14th, 2000 to Patricia Kasson. He was a proud, loving, and caring father who cherished the moments he spent watching her grow into the beautiful young woman she is today. Jason married his wife, Amanda Beatson, in 2012 and they made their home in Elm Creek where they enjoyed spending their time together playing in pool leagues and loving their fur babies. He was an excellent welder and a hard worker who would take on any challenges set before him with enthusiasm. He worked for Chief Industries and at the Gibbon American Legion. Jason had a huge heart and cared deeply for his family and friends and was always willing to lend a hand or do anything he could to help those in need. He was always making people laugh and could turn someone's bad day around with his smile and sense of humor. He loved getting HD therapy by riding his motorcycle and played on several pool leagues between Kearney and Gibbon. Jason was a member of the Legion Squadron 310.
He was preceded in death by his nephew, Gaven Kasson; grandparents Dicks and Grace Kasson and Norman and Lucielle Beachel; and uncle George Beachel. Survivors include his wife, Amanda Kasson of Elm Creek; mother Patty [Earl] Wilkinson of McCook; father Larry Kasson of WY; daughter Patricia Kasson of Louisville; brothers Jaimie Kasson of Holdrege and James [Kapi] Kasson of Kearney; nieces, Briana McCance and her mother Misty McCance of CO, Jade Kasson of Arapahoe, Azaria Kasson of Kearney; nephews Dillon Budd of SC, Nathan Doudney of Winslow, and Detric Kasson of Arapahoe. Jason is also survived by several extended family members, those whom he considered family, and a host of friends.
Services were held Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Cremation followed the service. Visitation was held Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 10 a.m. to until service time at Berryman Funeral Home.
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