Bette 'Jo' Hohlfeld, 92
(March 21) SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Bette Josephine Hohlfeld, 92, who family and friends knew as "Jo" or "Josephine," died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Kindred Hospital at San Diego. She was born at York on July 9, 1909. She was the first child of Robert R. Mathieson Sr. and Lillian Bacon Mathieson.
Soon after she was born, her parents moved to Shelton where she grew up. She graduated from Shelton High School. On Nov. 23, 1933, she was married to Edward Michael Hohlfeld. They moved to Ravenna where their only child, Doris Ruth, was born. In 1942, they move to Alliance where Edward was a fireman and engineer for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. She lived in Alliance until 1990. They were members of the Methodist Church and of St. John's Lutheran Church at Alliance. When Edward died in 1990, she moved to San Diego to be near her daughter and her two granddaughters. She spent her later years in San Diego at the Paradise Valley Health Care Center. Her health declined rapidly in January 2002. On the morning of March 15, 2002, God called her home. She was always a busy person. She was active in her church where she taught Sunday School, served as Sunday School superintendent, volunteered in the church office, and presented church programs. She was an accomplished needle-woman, an artist, and a writer. She wrote the history of Alliance that appeared in the Alliance Times-Herald for the Alliance Centennial Celebration. Her poems and writing appeared often in the Times-Herald, and she was always an active citizen not only of Alliance but of Nebraska as well. During her years in California, she always considered herself a Nebraskan. She is survived by one daughter, Doris Ruth Watts of San Diego; two granddaughters, Dr. Jill Marie Watts of San Marcos, Calif., and Rebecca Jo and her husband Donald Woo of Temecula, Calif.; and one great-granddaughter, Sarah Marie Woo. She also is survived by one neice, Susan Eastlund of Omaha; and two nephews, Richard Mathieson of Shelton and Kim Mathieson.
Mrs. Hohlfeld's funeral was on March 20, at San Diego. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 22 at the Alliance Cemetery with Vicar Joel Sauerwein officiating. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alice E. Schill, 98
(Mar. 22) KENTFIELD, Calif. - Alice E. Schill, 98, who grew up in Alliance, died Tuesday, March 13, at her home in Kentfield, Calif. She was born May 20, 1902, at her family's ranch in the Sandhills. Her parents were L.J. and Loula Blair Schill.
She graduated from Alliance High School, and earned a teaching degree from Chadron State Normal School. She taught in one-room country schools and then first grade in Alliance. After earning her degree, she took a position as kindergarten teacher at Richmond, Ind. During the Depression years, she and lifelong friend and companion Doris Elliott ran a boarding house for teachers. Later, they ran a private preschool, Storybook Nursery School, in Richmond for 13 years Having studied art earlier at Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Old Lyme, Conn., she moved to San Francisco in 1951 and attended the California School of Fine Arts. She taught in Marin County, north of Fab Francisco, where she lived the rest of her life.
She is survived by one sister, Leola Brownell of Asheville, N.C.
Miss Schill's memorial service was held in California. Her ashes will be buried in Alliance. Memorials may be made to Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, or the Nature Conservatory, 1815 N. Lynn St. Arlington, VA 22209.
Margaret Ann Leedall, 51
(Mar. 22) ALLIANCE - Margaret Ann Leedall, 51, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at her home. She was born July 2, 1949, at Peoria, Illinois to Kenneth and Roberta (Rekus) Hamstreet.
She married Roger Leedall on October 15, 1968 at Ottumwa, Iowa. They moved to Alliance in 1979. She worked at Joyceâs Convenience Corner and earlier as a teacher aide at Alliance High School.
Her survivors are her husband, Roger; son Shannon Michael Leedall of Casper, Wyo.; daughter Kerri Hernandez of Alliance; brother, John Hamstreet of Keosoqua, Ia; grandchildren, Kirsten Leedall, Cody Leedall, Cameron Hernandez, Kailee Hernandez, Kayla Leedall and Colton Leedall.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Father Jim Golka officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials to the family or to American Cancer Society may be sent to Western Heritage Credit Union, P.O. Box 697, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert R. Hartwig, 82
(Mar. 22) GORDON - Robert R. Hartwig, 82, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born June 13, 1918, near Midway, Neb. His parents were Otto and Clara (Reed) Hartwig.
He married Geneva Dillon, October 10, 1940, at Kimball. They were divorced. He married Lola Benson, March 3, 1965, at Ogallala. He was a veteran of World War II, and had worked at Sides & Milburn Ford at Rushville.
He is survived by his wife, Lola, of the home; son, Greg Hartwin; daughters, Jeannette Cole and Janice Quinn; step-son, Gary Benson; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Hartwig's funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at the Cicmanec-Pier Chapel at Gordon, with Rev. Alvin Trucano officiating. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Gordon Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1, Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Fitzgerald, 60
(March 22) LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Lt. Col. (Retired) Thomas Doran Fitzgerald Jr. of Ketchikan, Alaska, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Christus Saint Francis Cabrini Hospital at Alexandria, La. He was born on Oct. 22, 1941, at Ann Arbor, Mich. His parents were Thomas Doran and Kathryn (Ryan) Fitzgerald Sr.
He lived at Alliance in the 1950's and Ô60's, and graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 1959. He is survived by his wife, Diane C. Fitzgerald; children, Kathryn McCormick of Warrensburg, Mo., Debra Milam and James Fitzgerald of Fort Polk, La.; and six grandchildren. He also is survived by three sisters, Judy Douglas of Scottsbluff, Kate Hegarty of Omaha, and Betty Brasseur of Saginaw, Mich.
Mr. Fitzgerald's funeral will be at 1 p.m., Monday, March 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. David McEvoy officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m., at the National Cemetery of Fort Leavenworth. A memorial has been established to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Donations may be sent to Judith Douglas, 301 East 37th St., Scottsbluff, NE 69361.
Geraldine Overton, 62
(March 22) FORT MORGAN, Colo. - Geraldine Overton, 62, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Swedish Medical Center at Denver. She was born March 6, 1940, at Scottsbluff. Her parents were Gerry and Roberta Dickenson.
She was married to Larry Overton on Aug. 30, 1959 at Morrill. They moved to Fort Morgan in 1964. She was a member of Fort Morgan United Methodist Church, UMW, P.E.O., and the Colorado and National Education Associations. She was a substitute teacher for the Fort Morgan School District at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, Larry; three sons, Michael Overton of Boone, Iowa, Daniel Overton of Windsor, Colo., and Alan Overton of Eaton, Colo.; and seven grandchildren. She also is survived by her mother, Roberta Dickinson of Morrill; two sisters, Doris MacDonald of Scottsbluff, and Sharon Karnes of Morrison, Colo. Other survivors include her niece, Jeane Warfield of Alliance.
Memorials have been established to the Fort Morgan United Methodist Church or the Chapter S, P.E.O. Scholarship Fund.
Hugh C. Perkins, 68
(March 22) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Hugh Corbett "Perk" Perkins, 68, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born Oct. 21, 1933, at Hay Springs. His parents were Ralph W. Perkins and Moral (Ray) Perkins.
The family moved to Ordville, Colo., a housing complex on the Sioux Army Depot. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Anges Helfrich in 1956. They had four children. He married Carmen V. Salazar on Oct. 5, 1988 at Alexandria, Va. The couple lived in Grand Junction since 1990 following his retirement after 37 years as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Army Material Command at Washington D.C. He is survived by four children, Cecelia Mansfield, Quentin, Doug and James Perkins; and ten grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Leonard Perkins of Alliance and Kenneth Perkins; and one sister, Bonnie Sewald.
Memorials have been established to the Disabled Veterans or the American Lung Association. Donations may be sent in care of Martin Mortuary, 550 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Mr. Perkins' memorial service was Tuesday, March 19, at Martin Mortuary.
Margaret J. Frost, 87
(Mar. 23) BAYARD - Margaret J. Frost, 87, longtime Alliance resident, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. She was born Dec. 29, 1913, at Wilcox, Neb. His parents were George A. and J. Edith (Miller) Workman.
She graduated from Tobias High School in 1932, competing as a vocal soloist while there. After graduation, she moved to Alliance and was employed by Gregory Insurance Company. She was married to A. Neal Frost on Oct. 27, 1940, at Alliance. Mr. Frost died in 1990. After residing at Newcastle, Wyo., for a short time, the couple moved back to Alliance in 1942. They remained there until Mr. Frost's retirement in 1978, when they moved to Lemoyne. She moved to Bayard in 1990.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Siegfried of Bayard and Cean Jo Frost of Duluth, Minn.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sisters, Georgia J. Bixby of Bayard, Dorothy P. Franta of Geneva, Neb., Priscilla D. Prall of Longmont, Colo.; and Carrie J. Baumann of Reno, Nev.
Mrs. Frost's memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Hope Congregational Church in Bayard, with Pastor Ted Meter officiating. Her body was cremated. Inurnment will be in Bayard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Congregational Church of Bayard or Hillside United Methodist Church of Duluth, Minn. Jolliff Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is in charge of arrangements.
Ethel L. Gillespie, 87
(Mar. 24) ALLIANCE - Ethel L. Gillespie died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at North Platte Care Center. She was 87. She was born June 11, 1913, in Alliance to John and Lillian (Key) Duskin.
She lived most of her life in Alliance. She married John Gillespie on March 26, 1932, who preceded her in death in 1976. Ethel was known for her love and knowledge of horses and her riding skills influenced many.
She is survived by her daughters, Lowene and husband Dwayne Anderson of Tipton, Mo., Darlene and her husband Don Crow of Portsmouth, R.I., eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Saturday, March 24, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Alliance Cemetery. The Reverend Mark Schutt will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorcie E. Wilder, 85
(Mar. 26) HEMINGFORD - Dorcie E. Wilder, 85, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Hemingford Community Care Center. She was born July 22, 1915 at Numa, Iowa to George and Minerva (Herrald) Wilcox.
On June 2, 1934 she married Karl Wilder in Hot Springs, South Dakota. They lived in the Crawford area during their early married years and moved to Hyannis in 1956. She moved to Hemingford in 1997. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis, American Legion Auxiliary Post #57 of Hyannis, and the Friendship Club.
Her survivors are her daughter and husband, Linda and Charles Petersen of Hemingford, sons and wives, Dennis and Floydene Wilder of Hyannis, James and Rhonda Wilder of Scottsbluff; her niece Melody and husband Brad Gillaspy of Omaha; grandchildren, Lori and her husband Tyler Glendy and their children, Jordan, Madison and Mackenzie Jo Glendy of Hemingford, Jennifer and husband Adam Grabowski of Herman, Neb., Abraham Wilder of Hastings, Neb., Angela Petersen of Hemingford, Aaron Wilder of Scottsbluff, Mysti Wilder of Scottsbluff, Amanda Donnelson of Scottsbluff, Lacie Gillaspy of Omaha, Alicia Wilder of Elkhorn, NE and Chelsea Gillaspy of Omaha and special friend Kim Towne of Minden, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twins Karl and Marilyn, daughter, Mary, two brothers, Marlin and Dea and an infant brother and sister.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis with the Pastor Christine Mottl officiating. Burial will be in the Hyannis Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Sandhills Fire and Rescue or to Calvary Episcopal Church. Donations may be sent in care of Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 227, Hyannis, NE 69350. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Carl G. Young, 96
(Mar. 26) GORDON - Carl C. Young, 96 of Gordon, formerly of Merriman, died Thursday, March 22, 2001 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 21, 1905 at Volney, Va. His parents were Maxwell and Caroline (Jones) Young.
He married Vietta V. Bayliss September 21, 1941. She preceded him in death. He was an area rancher, and was active in the Tri-State Old Time Cowboys Association.
He is survived by three sons, Terry Young of Douglas, Wyo., Carlyle Young of Merriman, and Dean Young of Fernley, Nev.; two daughters, Nancy Neuharth of Martin, S.D., and Linda Hutchinson of Lusk, Wyo.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Young's funeral was held Monday, March 26, at the Chamberlain-Gates Mortuary at Gordon, with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Chamberlain-Gates mortuary is in charge of arrangements.