Mary L. Beach Roh
PAPILLION — Mary L. Beach Roh, 80, of Papillion, formerly a 40-year resident of Scottsbluff, died in Papillion Tuesday, June 8, 2004. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., today, June 11, at Monarch Villa, Papillion. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 12, at Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice.
Survivors include her sons, William J. Roh, (Peg) of Allen, Texas; Dr. James Roh of Omaha; and Thomas J. Roh (Francine) of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren; sisters, Lenora Adams of Calhoun, Mo.; Ruth Storm of Spokane, Wash.; Dr. Betty Beach of Omaha; JoAnn Hausman (Larry) of Omaha; and Melodee Costello of Huntsville, Ala.
A memorial has been established with the Griffiths- Hovendick Chapel, 708 North Sixth, Beatrice, NE 68310. Messages of condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
DALTON — Norman Rushman, 82, of rural Dalton, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, at Salem Lutheran Church in Gurley with Pastor Ted Bourret officiating. Interment will be at the Dalton Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday, June 14, from 10 to 8 p.m., at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney. Memorials have been established to Salem Lutheran Church or the Memorial Health Center Hospice.
Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
KIMBALL — Lula Ethel Gram, 91, of Kimball, died at her home on Saturday, June 12, 2004. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 15 at the Kimball Presbyterian Church. Pastor Alan Foutz will officiate. Interment will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Lula’s request was that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts be made to the Kimball Presbyterian Church or to Prairie Haven Hospice. The Cantrell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lula was born June 1, 1913, on a farm near Palmer, a daughter of Earl and Ethel (Weber) Ross. She attended rural schools in that area and graduated from Palmer High School in 1929. She attended Kearney State Teachers College and also Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley, Colo. She taught rural schools in Merrick, Howard and Kimball counties.
On December 20, 1939, she married Holger Gram. They lived on a farm northeast of Kimball until moving into town in 1994. Her husband died on February 27, 1999.
Lula was a member of the Kimball Presbyterian Church where she was very active with the Sunday school program, the Session, Presbytery, and the Women’s Association. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and taking part in various craft shows. She was a "homemade person," and spent many hours crafting clothes and quilts and making bread and noodles.
She is survived by two sons, Danny and wife Diane Gram of Vermont, and Gordon and wife Carmen Gram of Grand Junction, Colo.; and one daughter, Bonnie Kovatch of Denver; three grandchildren, Jessica and husband Greg Overturf, Alex and wife Lynne Kovatch, and Engel and husband John Polousky; two step-granddaughters, Susan Rector and Christine Knowlden; two great-granddaughters, and two great-grand-stepsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Lyle Ross; a son-in-law Al Kovatch; and a daughter-in-law, Cathi Gram.
Virginia Holmes, 74 of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Beverly Health Care.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.
Don ‘D.B.’ Smith
BRIDGEPORT — Don "D.B." Smith, 58, of Bridgeport, loving husband of Jackie Smith passed away Friday June 11, 2004, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff.
His funeral will be Tuesday, June 15 at 2 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center at Bridgeport with Pastor Darren Stroh of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery at Bridgeport. A memorial has been established to the Regional West Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center. Friends may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. The casket will be closed at the community center.
Don was born June 8, 1946, in Omaha, the son of Ernest and Florence (Kaup) Smith. He graduated with the Class of 1964 from Bridgeport High School. He was a public servant for over 37 years with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Don was a vital part of the Bridgeport community; serving on the Board of Directors for the Court House-Jail Rock Golf Course, Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department and the Eagles Lodge. He was also an active and beloved member of the Bridgeport A.A. He attended the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, which has continued to provide support and comfort for Jackie and family. Jackie and Don were united in marriage Nov. 19, 1994, in Bridgeport.
During his battle with cancer over the past year, Don was an inspiration. His faith was unwavering and his courage admirable. Don’s cheerfulness, easy-going demeanor and wry sense of humor were a joy to all about him. Don loved the great outdoors, golfing, camping and hunting. Most of all Don loved being "a part of" — participating in life to the fullest. Don was always a compassionate, loving man showing much affection to his wife, family, friends and pet dogs Suzie and Cuddles. His memory will live in many hearts for many years.
Jackie wants to remind everyone that Don would want us to celebrate his life rather than mourn his passing.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie; sons, Gary Smith of San Antonio, Texas, Travis Benoist and wife Ama of Salina, Kan., Bruce Benoist and special friend Catherine of Lincoln; grandchildren, Derek and Tiffany Benoist of Gering; brother Dick Menuey and his wife Mary of Carlsbad, N.M., Stan Smith and his wife Roxanne of Hershey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Grace Smith; brother, Jack Menuey; his grandmother Annie Smith and companion John Jett who helped to raise him.
Anna Lucille Brandt
BRIDGEPORT — Anna Lucille Brandt, 88, of Bridgeport, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 12, 2004, at the Morrill County Community Hospital.
Her funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 16, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Pastor Darren Stroh officiating. Interment will be at Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the church. Friends may call today, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Bridgeport Memorial Chapel, and on Wednesday, one hour prior to the services, at the church.
She was born May 1, 1916, to Ozro and Irene (Barry) Cox, in Maywood, the youngest of eight children. She married Charles Edward Brandt in Eads, Colo., in 1933. They made their home in Curtis, operating the City Cafe, Horse Shoe Inn and Charlie’s Place. She worked as a cook and waitress, while raising their five children, Lenore, Marlene, Carol Ann, Douglas and Ed.
She also cooked at Heritage of Bridgeport and the Senior Center in Bridgeport and worked as a clerk at the dime store. She worked until her husband retired, then spent time traveling, camping and fishing. The couple really enjoyed their time together and their family time.
She was a very loving, caring mother and friend. She was a hard worker, wonderful cook and always ready to have fun and enjoy her family. She thought of her Pastor Stroh as a great friend and enjoyed all the times she spent with him.
She will always be loved and will be missed by all.
She is survived by her children, Lenore (Bill) Hutchinson of Gering; Marlene (Gene) Hazen of Globe, Ariz.; Carol Ann (Leon) Warren of Muleshoe, Texas; and Douglas D. (Nancy) Brandt of Bayard; 13 grandchildren, Richard L. Williams, David W. Williams, Steven A. Williams, Linda Oddonetto, Sheri Nieves, Scott Ellard, Colleen Muhr, Michele Deaver, Amy Nichols, Holly Brandt, Troy Brandt and Jason Brandt; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kathy Brandt of Bridgeport; and sisters, Ethel McGuire of Alliance and Lydia Mae Hamilton of Kimball.
Her parents; husband, Charlie; son, Ed; four brothers; one sister; one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters preceded her in death.
Hildedard ‘Gardi’ Elizabeth Eckhardt
Hildedard “Gardi” Elizabeth Eckhardt of Scottsbluff, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at the Residency. Memorial services are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.
MITCHELL — Bertha Hettinger, 90, of Mitchell, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2004. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Mitchell with The Very Rev. Gary R. Young officiating. Interment will follow at the Mitchell Cemetery. The family would appreciate memorial donations to Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, the Mitchell Rescue Unit or the donor’s choice.
Friends who wish may sign the memorial register at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell today, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bertha was born May 23, 1914, in Ault, Colo., to Henry and Katherine (Cook) Hoff. She moved to the Sunflower Community, with her family, when she was five years old; was educated there and graduated from Sunflower High School. She attended nursing school in Scottsbluff for one year, and on March 4, 1934, she married Alexander Hettinger in Mitchell. She and her husband farmed in the Sunflower Community. Bertha worked for 14 years as a cook for Mitchell Schools, followed by 14 years as a cook for Mitchell Valley School. She then worked for 21 years as a foster grandparent at Mitchell Grade School.
She was a member of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Mitchell.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and James Elliott of Sioux County; son and daughter-in-law, Wilmer and Aloha Hettinger of Mitchell; brother, Alex Hoff of Mitchell; sisters, Amelia Margheim and Leah Eichman, both of Mitchell; and four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren
Her parents; husband; one brother and three sisters, preceded her in death.
Virginia Holmes, 74, of 418 W. 29th St., Scottsbluff, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Beverly Health Care. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, at West Way Christian Church with Pastor Willie Coop officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Minatare. A memorial has been established to the West Way Christian Church Building Fund.
Friends may call Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel today, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service, at the church. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugan- kramer.com.
She was born Jan. 6, 1930, in Scottsbluff, to Raymond and Violet (Hewitt) Hain and received her early education at Lake Alice School, graduating from the 10th grade; then from Scottsbluff High School graduating from the 12th grade in 1947.
She married Dale Holmes Jan. 11, 1948, at First Christian Church in Scottsbluff, and they made their home in the Hope Community, north of Minatare, where they raised their four children. In 1977, they moved to Mitchell, where Dale was manager for Pathfinder Irrigation. After his retirement, they moved to Scottsbluff in 1990.
Virginia was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was member of the Hope Women’s Club for many years and has been a member of West Way Christian Church since 1995.
Survivors include her husband, Dale of Scottsbluff; daughter, Leona Stricker and Tom Bixby of Mitchell; son, Ken Holmes and wife Vicky of Fairfield, Mont.; daughters-in-law, Alma Holmes of Scottsbluff and Kathy (Jack) Strong of Colorado; brother, Curtis Hain of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Holli (Wes) McCance of Mitchell; Brant Stricker of rural Mitchell; Jennifer (Ty) Adams of Billings, Mont.; Michael Holmes of Helena, Mont.; Emily and Kari Holmes, of Scottsbluff; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Brigitte and Bethany Gross, of Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother Marion; son, Dick, in 1983 and son, Lee, in 1993; and sister-in-law, Alice Hain.
Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Patty J. Wise
LAVISTA — Funeral services for Patty J. Wise, 60, of LaVista, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston. Interment will be in Cedar Dale Cemetery, Papillion.
Visitation is scheduled Wednesday, June 16, from 1 to 8 p.m., with family present from 5 to 8 p.m., at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary in Papillion. Memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society or Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.
Survivors include her husband, Norman; daughters and son-in-law, Hope of Omaha and Heather and Joe Farrell of Ralston; and sister and brother-in-law, Merry and Kim Witzki of LaVista.
Jackie Lu Collins
GEORGETOWN, Texas — Jackie Lu Collins, 76, of Georgetown, formerly of Cedar Park, Texas, died Monday, June 14, 2004, at her home.
She was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Beckett, Okla., to Charles William and Lelia Olive (Melton) Glasby. She married Kingsley Edwin Collins July 22, 1949, in Gering; he preceded her in death Feb. 10, 1994. Her parents and one sister also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Collins worked for the Austin I.S.D. as a school librarian and school administrator. She was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Taylor, Texas; life member of the NEA along with the VFW Auxiliary Post #8787; member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #2; and Naval Reserve Ombudsman in Austin, Texas.
Visitation will be Friday, June 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel. A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, June 18, at the V.F.W. Post #8787 in Austin with Minister Lorraine Smith Rankin officiating.
Arrangements by The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 N. I-35, Georgetown 78628 (512) 869-8888 or www. gabrielsfuneral.com
Tommy D. Shelly
Tommy D. Shelly, 39, of Gering, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2004, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill with Pastor Rodney Long officiating. Cremation has taken place at The Jolliffe Funeral Home and Crematory in Scottsbluff.
Jones Mortuary in Mitchell is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 17, 1964, in Scottsbluff, the son of Mickey D. and Marilyn E. (Staab) Shelly. He was raised here in the Panhandle on various farms and ranches. He attended primarily rural schools and received his GED in Alliance in the late 1980s. He attended Community College in Scottsbluff and was named to the honor roll. Tommy did various jobs on farms and ranches; landscaping work; janitorial work; and cooked and washed dishes in local restaurants. He was the most honest, hard-working person one could ever meet. He loved his motorcycle and he loved children.
Tommy will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
He is survived by his son, T.J.; mother, Marilyn Shelly of Scottsbluff; sister, Cindy Rein of Scottsbluff; brothers, John Shelly of Morrill and Tad and Sam Shelly, both of Scottsbluff; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Timmy Dean Shelly; sister, Candy Sue Shelly; father, Mick Shelly; and grandparents, Ada and Walter Staab and Viola and William Shelly.
Salvador V. Ysac
Salvador V. Ysac, 76, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday June 15, 2004 at Regional West Medical Center. Funeral services are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home.
Ida Mildred Andrews
KIMBALL — Ida Mildred Andrews, 91 of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Hawk Springs, Wyo., died in Scottsdale on Wednesday, June 16, 2004. Funeral Services will be held in Kimball, and will be announced in Tuesday’s Star Herald. The Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is assisting the family with arrangements.