Alice Hlava, 83
(Apr. 30) GORDON - Alice Hlava, 83, of Gordon, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born August 16, 1917 at Gordon. Her parents were Patrick and Edna (Moore) Waddill.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick E. Hlava, Sr., of Gordon; one son, Fred Hlava of Gordon; two daughters Cheryl Hlava of Denver, Colo., and Peggie J. Moyer of Beaumont, Texas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hlava's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at the United Methodist Church of Gordon, with Rev. Nita Gelling Cloran officiating. Burial will be at the Gordon Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the Gordon Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations may be sent to First National Bank, P. O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343. Chamberlain-Gates Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Hazel Reutter, 76
(Apr. 30) GORDON - Hazel Reutter, 76, of Gordon, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born March 28, 1925 at Atlanta, Ga. Her parents were Johannes and Lorena (Newton) Norgard.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. She was a housewife most of her life, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church at Gordon where she had been a Sunday School teacher. She also enjoyed golfing. She was married to Robert Reutter on April 25, 1947, at Arlington, Va.
She is survived by her husband Robert of the home; one daughter, Kristine Bryce of Jackson, Wyo.; two sons, Kenneth Reuter of Lyman, Nebr., and Keith Reutter of Bradenton, Fla.; and four grandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers, Virlyn Norgard and Larry Norgard, both of Crawford.
Mrs. Reutter's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Vicar Scott Shields officiating. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Grace Lutheran Church, 801 N. Elm St., Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Toni Jo Eberle, 54
(Apr. 30) EDGEMONT, S.D. - Toni Jo (Ludington) Eberle, 54, died April 22, 2002, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 6, 1947, at Deadwood, S.D.
She attended Provo High School at the Black Hills Ordinance Depot. She was married to George Eberle, an Alliance BNSF employee, on July 22, 1966, at St. James Catholic Church at Edgemont. She is survived by her husband George of Edgemont; son Kevin Eberle of Ft. Hood, Texas; daughter Valeri Eberle of Broomfield, Colo.; and 4 grandchildren. She also is survived by her father Charles Ludington of Rapid City; two brothers David Ludington of Hot Springs, S.D. and Charles F. Ludington of Rapid City; one sister Pat Nichols of Alton, KanA Rosary and Christian Wake Service were at 6:30pm, Thursday, April 25, at St. James Catholic Church at Edgemont.
Mrs. Eberle's funeral was at 1 p.m., Friday, April 26 St. James Catholic Church, with Fr. Peter Kovarik officiating. Burial was at the Edgemont Community Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Edgemont Parks. Arrangements were made by Rooks-McColley Funeral Chapel at Hot Springs.
Guy Sonnenberg, 41
(Apr. 30) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Guy William Sonnenberg, 41, formerly of Alliance, died Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Bayfront Medical Center of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on April 24. He was born at Chadron and moved to Florida from Alliance where he had been a member of First Presbyterian Church and a Counselor at the Boys Ranch.
He was a Junior Golden Gloves State Champion in Nebraska and South Dakota. He served in the Marine Corps and was an honor graduate in his unit in Camp LeJune. He was Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion for the Fleet Marines in the South Pacific, and then was Light Heavyweight Champion for the State of Florida. He is survived by his mother, Ellen M. Moss of Westminister, Colo.; his father and stepmother, Jack and Sandra Sonnenberg of Clearwater, Fla.; two sisters, Sharon Sarkisian of Seminole, Fla. and Toni Girard of Alliance; one brother, Mark W. Sonnenberg of Largo, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church at Seminole, Fla. A memorial has been established to The Mustard Seed Foundation, Attn: Leroy Sheely, 2510 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712; or to the YMCA Building Fund.
Annie Hagihara, 80
(May 1) ALLIANCE - Annie Hagihara, 80, of Alliance, died, Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born Feb. 22, 1921 at Fresno, Calif., to Saburo and Takino (Washimi) Takamatsu.
She received her education in the Colusa, Calif., Schools. She was married to Haig Hagihara on May 14, 1950, at Denver, Colo. They made their home in Alliance.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Von Bartlett of Chadron; son and daughter-in-law, Haig, Jr. and Julie Hagihara of Topeka, Kan.; and three grandsons, Morton Bartlett of Lincoln, Kenji Bartlett of Chadron, and Jeffrey Hagihara of Topeka, Kan. She also is survived by two sisters, Erlene Kikida of Denver, Colo., and Grace Tekawa of San Francisco, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haig, and a brother Ben.
Mrs. Hagihara's memorial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 4, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel at Scottsbluff, with Father Thomas Miles officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Crematory at Scottsbluff. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Haig Haihara, 80
(May 1) ALLIANCE - Haig Hagihara, 80, of Alliance, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at his home. He was born March 6, 1921 at Scottsbluff, to Tomesaku and Mitsugi (Iizawa) Hagihara. He received his education at Bridgeport.
He married Annie Takamatsu on May 14, 1959, at Denver, Co.o. They made their home farming at Alliance.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Von Bartlett of Chadron; son and daughter-in-law, Haig, Jr. and Julie Hagihara of Topeka, Kan.; and three grandsons, Morton Bartlett of Lincoln, Kenji Bartlett of Chadron, and Jeffrey Hagihara of Topeka, Kan. She also is survived by one brother, James Hagihara of Fort Collins, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother George Hagihara and sister, Tomi Nishitsuji.
Mr. Hagihara's memorial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 4, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel at Scottsbluff, with Gather Thomas Miles officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Park Crematory at Scottsbluff. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ayden Rowdy Davies, Infant
(May 2) HEMINGFORD - Ayden Rowdy Davies, infant son of Jessica Pfeiffer and Adam Davies of Hemingford, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at their home. He was born April 15, 2001 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
His survivors are his parents; and grandparents, Steve and Lois Pfeiffer of Alliance, Duane and Brenda Davies of Hemingford, great-grandparents, Jane Pfeiffer of Radcliff, Ky., Evelyn Lundstrom of Columbia Falls, Mont., Dorothy Stumf and Lucinda Ward of Hemingford.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4, at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford, with the Reverend Craig Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. The family will establish a memorial at a later date, donations may be sent in care of the family at 7471 Dodge Road, Hemingford, NE 69348. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia A. Temple, 58
(May 2) ALLIANCE - Patricia A. Temple, 58, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at her home. She was born March 1, 1944, at Alliance to Lewis and Inez (Boness) Wollaston.
She was married to David R. Temple Jan. 14, 1978, at Alliance. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband David Temple of Alliance; sons, Boyd R. Lulow of Grover Beach, Calif., Casey J. Lulow of Yugo, Guam, Jon P. Lulow of Kansas City, Mo., Ty R. Temple of Lincoln, and Troy J. Temple of Rock Springs, Wyo; and grandchildren, Brandon Lulow, Brianna Lulow, Gage Lulow, Haley Lulow, Alex Lulow and Amayah Temple. She also is survived by one brother, Charles Wollaston of Lajolla, Calif. Her parents preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the United Methodist Church, with Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the C.J.D. Foundation at Creighton University. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lassie Lee Becker, 65
(May 3) ASHBY - Lassie Lee Becker, 65, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001 of cancer at her home north of Ashby. She was born June 16, 1935 in St. Joseph, Missouri to E.C. and Marceline (Wehrer) Miller.
She was married to Peter R. Becker on February 29, 1960 at Mullen. They have lived on their ranch north of Ashby for the past 41 years where they raised their four daughters. Through her life, Lassie spent countless hours helping with school activities and attending her daughter's and granddaughter's many school functions. Lassie was an animal lover and dedicated her time to supporting animal rights groups. But first and foremost, she was a wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends.
Lassie is survived by her husband Pete of Ashby; her father Ernie Miller of Alliance; daughters and sons-in-law, Tinka and Scott Moller of Alliance; Tracey Morgan of Hyannis; Trudy and Kasey Kistler of Ashby; and Becky and Bill Beans of Englewood, Colo. She also is survived by ten granddaughters, Heather, Taylor, Jordan and Lauren Moller of Alliance; Brittany and Brandy Morgan of Hyannis; Jaycee and Madison Kistler of Ashby; Meghan and Molly Beans of Englewood; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean and C.D. Hargreaves of Palm Desert, Calif. She was preceded in death by her mother Marceline Miller and mother and father-in-law Minnie and Felix Becker.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5th at All Saints Catholic Church in Hyannis, with Fathers Jim Warner and M.J. Koprowski officiating. Burial will be in the Hyannis Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Lassie requested that everyone please dress casually for the funeral, as she wanted everyone to be comfortable. Memorials have been established for the Hyannis Ambulance Fund; Hyannis Cemetery Fund; St. Agnes Academy in Alliance; and Hearts United for Animals, P. O. Box 286 Auburn, NE 68305. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
Dale V. Whitley, 86
(May 3) CHADRON - Dale V. Whitley, 86, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron. He was born Feb. 14, 1915, at Mills, Neb. His parents were William and Elsie (Shaw) Whitley.
He is survived by three sisters, Betty Floyd of Scottsbluff, Irene Spracklen of Kearney and Lucille Homen of Sturgis, S.D.; and his brother, Pete Whitley of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Mr. Whitley's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at United Methodist Church in Chadron, with Rev. K.F. Kaleuati officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial may be made to Crest View Care Center, in care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Edward M. Hempel, 90
(May 5) ALLIANCE - Edward Milton Hempel, 90, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was born July 7, 1912, at Kilgore, to Peter and Caroline (Grabe) Hempel.
He married Eda Busch Streeter on Aug. 21, 1937, at Omaha. She preceded him in death. He was founder and owner of Hempel's Petroleum and LP Gas Company, which he and his wife started in 1940. They also owned and operated Hempel's Electronics and Record Store for seven years. While in the petroleum business he was instrumental in the construction of approximately 107 miles of oil mat roads in Sheridan and Garden counties, which improved vehicle access to ranches in the area. He was a strong backer and promoter of business and civic projects in Alliance. He served on the Alliance Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for two terms, one term as City Councilman, and was a member of the Alliance Planning Commission. He was Director of the Nebraska LP Gas Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers. Ed was on the Board of the Nebraska Boys Ranch and served as its Secretary and Treasurer. He was a member of the Methodist Church, life member of the Elks Lodge, and a life member of the Eagles. He also was a member of the Alliance Lodge #183 A.F. & A.M., Alliance Scottish Rite Bodies, Tehama Shrine Temple and the Cattle Capitol Shrine Club. He served two terms on the Nebraska Judicial Nominating Committee and a term as Civil Defense Director for the Panhandle of Nebraska during World War II. He was appointed as Admiral in the Great Navy of Nebraska in 1961 by Governor Morrison. While President of the Izaak Walton League, he recognized the potential for a recreation area between Lakeside and Rushville at the head of Pine Creek. Largely through his efforts and the donation of the property to the State Game Commission by the Smith family, a dam was constructed and trees planted to develop what is now the Smith Lake Recreation Area. While with Izaak Walton League, he also promoted the introduction of the pheasant population in the Panhandle Area. Ed was an ardent golfer and was a member of the 19th Hole Building Committee, which successfully worked to make the Clubhouse at Skyview Golf Course a reality. Ed was one of nine children, seven of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Edward "Ted" and Kaye Hempel of Alliance; daughter and son-in-law Julianne and Steve Pacetti of Lakewood, Colo.; and grandsons Daniel and David Hempel of Lincoln. He also is survived by one sister, Emma McGary of Salinas, Calif.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, 704 Box Butte, Alliance, NE 69301; Prairie Haven Hospice, 2409 Box Butte, Alliance, NE 69301; or the Nebraska Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 639, Alliance, NE 69301-0639. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Louis "Bill" Moran, 87
(May 5) HYANNIS - William Louis "Bill" Moran, 87, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at Alliance. He was born July 22, 1915, at Parsons, W.V., to Gordon Cecil and EvaLena (England) Moran.
Bill's parents had four sons and two daughters, and to complete this family circle, they not only welcomed Patty Jo, but later adopted Faye as well. He married Mary Payte at Canyon City, Colo., on July 15, 1983, when he became part of a larger family that thought of him as one of their own. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bob Dilley; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends who will have a very large void in life without him.
Mr. Moran's memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, May 5, at the United Church of Christ at Hyannis, with Rev. Bill DeLisle officiating. Burial will be at the Hyannis Cemetery. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.