Lonnie G. Welke, 52
(Nov. 28) CHADRON - Lonnie G. Welke, 52, died Sunday, Nov. 26, at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1948, at Valentine. His parents were Archie and Harriett (Ryschon) Welke. His mother, Art Welke of Chadron; and two brothers, Tony Welke of Lincoln and Dr. Terry Welke of Lake Charles survive him, La.
Mr. Welke's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Chamberlain Chapel, with Randy Gulbranson officiating. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys A. Fowler, 84
(Nov. 28) ALLIANCE - Gladys A. Fowler, 84, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born Nov. 23, 1917, in Alliance to George and Minnie (Hawkins) Clark.
She attended rural schools and graduated from Alliance High School. She was married to married Glen Fowler on Nov. 28, 1956, in Alliance. She was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, past member of General Guild, Altar Guild and also was very active before her illness in Christian Women's Club. Her favorite pastime was to entertain family and friends. Her survivors include a step-daughter and husband Elaine and Bob Hall of Alliance, four step-grandchildren, Susan Messersmith of Scottsbluff, Allen Hall of Lincoln, Cory Hall of Norwalk, Iowa and Cherie Hall of Webb City, Mo.; five step-great-grandchildren, Bryson, Whitney and Trevor Hall of Norwalk, Iowa, and Dustin and Danielle Messersmith of Scottsbluff. She also is survived by two sisters, Esther Rubottom of Alliance and Laura Fenner of Lebanon, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, her husband, stepdaughter, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, with Reverend Paul Mottl officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Alzheimer's Unit, St. Matthew's Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Catherine Dumais, 51
(Nov. 28) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Catherine Melinda Dumais, 51, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002. She was born March 9, 1951. Her survivors include her daughter, Heather Anne and B.J. Taylor of Alliance; and granddaughters Tyna and Kailie Taylor of Alliance. Mrs. Dumais funeral was at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Basham Funeral Care Chapel. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Bakersfield.
Louis J. Benisek, 98
(Nov. 29) ALLIANCE - Louis J. Benisek of Alliance died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at Highland Park Care Center. He was 98. He was born Dec. 6, 1901, at Buffalo County, Neb., to John and Barbara (Novotny) Benisek.
He married Bernice Struble on June 10, 1930, in Ravenna, Neb. He began working for C.B.&Q. Railroad in Ravenna and moved to Alliance in 1947. In 1970 he retired as a locomotive engineer with over 30 years service with the railroad. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Odd Fellows and Eagles Club.
His survivors are his daughter Louise Fritzler of Alliance, son and daughter-in-law, Don and Clara Benisek of Sidney, Neb., six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, his wife, an infant son, four brothers, two sisters, son-in-law Henry Fritzler and a grandson preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. Father Jim Golka will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. A wake service will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and at the wake service. Memorials may be given to Highland Park Care Center, P.O. Box 950, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur Mischnick, 84
(Nov. 29) ALLIANCE - Arthur H. Mischnick of Alliance died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was 84. He was born March 27, 1916, at Cortland, Neb., to August and Louise (Knees) Mischnick.
He married Dorothy Bock on Jan. 22, 1941. She preceded him in death. He then married Kathryn Barth on June 19, 1993, in Alliance. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Following his military service he returned to Alliance and worked as a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he has served as an Elder and on the Board of Trustees. He was also active in Gideon's, American Legion, TRIAD, AARP, RSVP, Golden Age, and Frontier 55 Club.
His survivors are his wife Kathryn; sons, Robert of Alliance, James of Eagen, Minn.; daughters, Ruth Mischnick of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Janet Kehlbeck of Lenexa, Kan.; brothers, Walter of Alliance, Alfred of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters, Annie Mischnick of Oakland, Calif.; Esther Mischnick of Syracuse, Neb.; sister-in-law, Peg McCoy of Omaha, Neb.; grandson Mike Mischnick; granddaughters, Kelly Kehlbeck and Teresa Dahlke. His parents, first wife, 7 brothers, 3 sisters and a son Richard preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Thursday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance. The Reverend Martin T. Schnare will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Reinhardt Feil Sr., 94
(Nov. 29) SCOTTSBLUFF - Reinhardt Feil Sr., 94, died Saturday, Nov. 25, at Beverly Healthcare of Scottsbluff. He was born March 26, 1906, at Argentina, South America. His parents were David Victor and Anna (Heffle) Feil.
In 1915, the family immigrated to the United States, living on the East Coast and moving to Montana four years later. They then moved to Lincoln, and, in 1920, to the Mitchell-Scottsbluff area. In 1924, they moved to Bayard. He married Eva Schaffer on Sept. 12, 1929, at Torrington, Wyo. Mrs. Feil died Feb. 7, 1993. The couple farmed until 1969, retiring to Alliance. They moved to Scottsbluff in 1989.
He is survived by his sons Reinhardt Feil Jr. of Scottsbluff and Fred Feil of Hawk Springs, Wyo.; daughters Delores Pfenning and Shirley Vogel, both of Gering; 12 grandchildren, including Tammy Vogel and Trent Vogel of Alliance and Rod Vogel of Hemingford; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
Mr. Reinhardt's funeral was at 10:30 a.m. today, Nov. 29, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in Bayard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff.
Alice Hosey, 87
(Nov. 29) OLD HICKORY, Tenn. - Alice Brittan Hosey, 87, died at her home Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. She was born July 7, 1914, at Broken Bow. Her parents were Charles and Nellie Brittan.
She was valedictorian of her St. Agnes Academy high school class, and a 1937 graduate of The College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minn. She taught high school English, Speech and Drama at Hillsdale, Wyo., Hot Springs, S.D., and Pocatello, Idaho. During World War II she was the Activity Director for the USO at Wichita, Kan. She was social director at St. Thomas Hospital at Nashville, Tenn., and at St. Vincent Hospital at Indianapolis, Ind. She was married to Harry Hosey of Old Hickory in 1952. He preceded her in death in 2000. The couple founded the Adopt-A-Paris Program to provide aid to the poor in Haiti and several Central American countries. She was a member of the Catholic Church and was active in the Ladies of Charity and Legion of Mary at St. Stephen's Parish at Old Hickory. She was choir director there for 25 years.
She is survived by sons, Patrick (Nancy) Hosey of St. Louis, Mo., William (Ann Marjesa) Hosey of Hermitage, Tenn., Larry (Rebecca) Hosey of Old Hickory, Harry (Vickie) Hosey, Jr., Lexington, Ky., Michael (Charlene) Hosey of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Charles (Melissa) Hosey of Colati, Calif., John (Debbie) Hosey of Savannah, Ga., and Kevin (Yvonne) Hosey of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters, Barbara (William) Joern of St. Louis, Mo., Sharon Seckman of Old Hickory, Colleen (John) Geismann of Highland, Ill., Mary Ellen (Tim) Champlin of Nashville, Tenn., Wanda Baker of Greensboro, N.C., and Maureen (Brian) Williams of Murray, Ken.; 52 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Hosey's memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Madison, Tenn., with Rev. Keigh Hosey officiating. Memorials have been established to the Parish Twinning Program of America (Adopt-A-Paris), 208 Leake Ave., Nasvhville, TN 37025; College of St. Teresa Scholarship Fund, 357 Gould St., Winona, MN 55987; Ladies of Charity, 2216 State Street, Nashville, TN 37203; or Willowbrook Hospice, 145 Southeast Pkwy., Franklin, TN.
Glenn D. Shanks, 66
(Nov. 29) GORDON - Glenn D. Shanks, 66, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at his home. He was born April 3, 1935, at Gordon. His parents were Robert and Gladys Shanks.
After high school he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He then returned home to farm northwest of Gordon. After moving into town, he held various positions within the community including working for Don O'Neill as an accountant, serving as Clerk of the District Court at Rushville, and working at First National Bank while establishing his own tax business. He ran Shanks Tax Service for many years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, served in the session, sang in choir and maintained the church grounds. He was treasurer on the board for The Willow Tree Festival, was a member of the Old Time Cowboy's Association, and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He also actively sold Nationwide Advertising, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance and was a loan officer for Tecumseh Building and Loan Association. He also maintained the financial affairs of numerous elderly citizens of Gordon. His hobbies included fishing, golfing, playing billiards, watching football and working crossword puzzles. He was honest, hardworking and very patriotic. He flew either the American Flag or the Husker's flag daily.
He met Sandra Groves in 1959. They married Sept. 4, 1960. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter Carmen and Brian Drummond of Omaha; two sons, Loren and Kandas Shanks of Loveland, Colo., and Darren and Kristy Shanks of Lincoln; and grandchildren, Andrea Drummond, Nick Shanks, and Dylan and Kenly Shanks. He also is survived by one brother, Dale and Sandra Shanks of Alliance; father-in-law, Clarence Groves of Merriman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all. His parents, Robert and Gladys, and his mother-in-law, Agnes Groves, preceded him in death.
Mr. Shanks funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, ov. 30, at the First Presbyterian Church at Gordon. Burial will be at the Gordon Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Willow Tree Organization or the First Presbyterian Church of Gordon. Donations may be sent to First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343-0290. Cicmanec -Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Veronica A. Heelan, 90
(Nov. 30) NORTH PLATTE - Veronica Aller (Simon) Heelan died Saturday, Nov. 11, at North Platte, Neb. She was born Oct. 15, 1910, at Hastings. He parents were Carl and Henrietta (Young) Simon. Veronica was raised in North Platte where she graduated from St. Patrick's High School.
She earned a B.FA degree and a Supervisor of Art Certificate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1932, and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma. She then taught school for several years. She was married to Philip A. Heelan on Nov. 4, 1937. They lived on the Heelan Ranch and raised five children. Veronica pursued many interests and hobbies, including travel, genealogy and art. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Christian Mothers Club and Serendipity Study Group in Valentine. She also was active in the Wood Lake Town and Country Club, the Valentine Book Club and the Sandpainters Arts Guild. Art continued to be an important part of her life, and brought her much pleasure and recognition.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Phil in 1982, their son Phil John in 1948, her brother Bill Simon, and son-in-law Joe Heelan
She is survived by sons Bill and his wife Anne of Valentine, Tom and his wife Marilyn of Lincoln; daughters Mary Lou of Ogallala, Connie and her husband Duane Beal of Alliance, and Trish and her husband Lou Marcuzzo of Omaha; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Mary Haigler of Casper, Wyo., Regis Bliss of Ft. Collins, Colo., Jack Ryan and her husband James of Green Valley, Ariz., Rose Ann Ott and her husband Wally of Lakewood, Colo., and Pat Sexton and her husband Jack of North Platte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Heelan's Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 15, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine, with Fr. Jim Heithoff, Fr. Carl Ferris and Fr. James Janovec officiating. Memorials may be given to Great Plains Hospice, 601 West Leota, North Platte, NE, or St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of arrangements.
Harold Witham, 81
(Nov. 30) ALLIANCE - Harold Witham, 81, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Rapid City, S.D. He was born Dec. 22, 1919, at Alliance. His parents were Carl and Lula (McConaughey) Witham.
He grew up in Alliance where he graduated from Alliance High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1939 and served in World War II and Korea. He was discharged in 1959. He worked at the University of Oklahoma power plant at Norman, Okla., for 16 years. He then lived at the Nebraska Veterans Home at Grand Island before moving to Alliance. He is survived by his daughter, Deanna Holtz of houston, Texas; step-daughter Lana Shepard of Santa Fe, Texas; step-son Rex Olson of Georgia; and numerous children and great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one brother Leon Witham of Ft. Morgan, Colo.
Mr. Witham's graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at the Aurora Cemetery, with Rev. Jim Garfield officiating. Higby Mortuary, Inc. of Aurora is in charge of arrangements.
Harry S. Nakatsu, 96
(Nov. 30) ALLIANCE - Harry Soichi Nakatsu, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. He was born April 22, 1905 at Yamaguchi-Ken, Japan. His parents were Toichi and Shio (Akimoto) Nakatsu.
At the age of 13, he came to the United States to live in California and worked as a fruit farmer and gardener. While in California, he played ball with the Japanese baseball team. In 1942 he was evacuated to Postum, Ariz., due to World War II. In the fall of 1942 he moved to Western Nebraska to work as a farmer. In 1947 he became a partner of Nagaki Bros. Farming. He retired in 1977. He married Mitsu Nagaki March 24, 1945 at the Mitchell Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Mitsu of the home; daughter, Susan Wilson of Sidney; granddaughters Sabrina Wilson of Lincoln and Beth Wilson of Sidney; and son-in-law, Jeff Calvin of Kearney. He also is survived by two half-sisters in Japan, several nieces and nephews and brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Calvin, granddaughters Kimberly and Megan, his parents and son-in-law Dean Wilson, Jr.
Mr. Nakatsu's funeral will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel at Scottsbluff, with Rev. Shinryo Sawada officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel.
Maxine Riesen, 85
(Nov. 30) SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Maxine Riesen, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at memorial Hospital of Sheridan County. She was born May 13, 1916, at Alliance. Her parents were Burr and Cleo (Miller) Underwood.
She grew up on her father's ranch in the Sandhills west of Alliance. She was a 1937 graduate of Alliance High School and attended Chadron State Teacher's College at Chadron. She was married to Ernest "Bill" Riesen of Birney Mont., at Hardin, Mont., in 1942. He preceded her in death in 1974. In 1945 they moved to Sheridan where she worked at Linden School. She was active in St. Peter's Episcopal Church and was a member of the V.F.W.Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, B.P.O.E. Dopes, Odd Fellow's Diamond Rebeccas, Pythian Sisters, Royal Neighbors, and Hiss Top Social Club. She is survived by two sons, Clell Riesen of Minatare and Burr Reisen of Sheridan, Wyo.; five grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one brother, Gene Underwood of Whitney.
Mrs. Riesen's memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at Champion Ferries Funeral Home at Sheridan, with Rev. Ray Clark and Rev. David Duprey officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Oddfellows Section of Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Dog and Cat Shelter or the Elks Youth Scholarship Fund, in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, Sheridan, WY.