Marjory J. Stephens, 84
(Nov. 30) ALLIANCE - Marjory Janis Stephens, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. She was born June 20, 1917, at the family homestead in Weld County in northern Colorado. Her parents were George Henry and Minnie (Marunda) Buess.
She received her early education in rural Colorado and Kimball before graduating from Hemingford High School in 1945. She was married to Walter L. Stephens Setp. 25, 1935, at the Lutheran Parsonage at Alliance. They made their home in various towns along the CB&Q Railroad. She was a devoted wife and grandmother. She never missed any of the activities that her children or grandchildren participated in until her health failed. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Burlington Veterans, Christian Women and Country Music Association. She sang with the Sweet Adelines. She is survived by her daughters Joyce lauer, julia Nepper and Melody Heits of Alliance, and Marcella Smith of Fort Collins, Colo.; 22 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She also is survived by her brother-in-law, Lyle Stephens. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, all of her siblings, one son and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Stephens' graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Alliance Cemetery, with Fr. Vince Parsons officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memoral Park Crematory. A memorial has been established to the Alliance Senior Center. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel of Scottsbluff is in charge of arrangements.
Vern P. Lindholm, 82
(Dec. 1) CRAWFORD - Vern P. Lindholm, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born April 24, 1918, at Eddyville. His parents were George and Maude Lindholm.
He was a charter member of Elks Lodge No. 1399, American Legion, VFW, president of the Nebraska Probation Association and trustee of the Congregational Church of Crawford.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lindholm of the home at Crawford; son Steve Lindholm of Parker, Colo.; daughter Karen Stump of Lincoln; stepdaughter Cherry Lee Bradt of Keystone, S.D.; four grandchildren; one grandchild; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Lindholm's private family service will be at a later date. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley J. Sandage, 81
Dec. 1) GORDON - Shirley J. Sandage, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 30, at Gordon Countryside Care. She was born June 2, 1919, at Gordon. Her parents were W.C. and Bessie (Fisher) Maddox.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard Sandage, of the home in Gordon; three daughters, Rhonda Ferguson of Gordon, Kathie Bixby of Ellsworth, and Glenna Haller of Weatherford, Texas; six grandchildren; and one grandchild.
Mrs. Sandage's funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Presbyterian Church in Gordon, with Rev. Vonne Blessman Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Amy Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343. Chamberlain-Gates Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Mary N. "Babe" Baumann, 79
(Dec. 1) CHADRON - Mary Nadine "Babe" Baumann, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Crest View Care Center at Chadron. She was born Oct. 10, 1921, at Chadron. Her parents were Carl and Ina (Huffman) Simpson. She was a past president of Beta Sigma Phi and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Baumann of the home in Chadron; three sons, Larry Baumann of North Platte, Mike Baumann of Morrill and Lee Baumann of New Albany, Ohio; her daughter, Janice Smith of McCook; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother, Dean Simpson of Alliance.
Mrs. Baumann's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at United Methodist Church in Chadron, with Rev. K.F. Kaleuati officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church or Crest View Care Center or Chadron State College, in care of Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Virlene S. Tolstedt, 95
(Dec. 1) ALLIANCE - Virlene S. Tolstedt, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. She was born July 24, 1906, in Sheridan County, Neb., to John and Laura (Jay) Frazier.
She married Calvin Franklin Tolstedt on Feb. 1, 1928, in Alliance. Together they farmed in Box Butte County for many years. After retiring from the farm they moved into Alliance and built and operated the Sunset Motel for several years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women's Association and the I.C. Club. Her survivor include her sons and wives, Keith and June Tolstedt of Alliance, Dean and Sharon Tolstedt of Truth or Consequences, N.M., Frank and JoAnn Tolstedt of Alliance, daughter and husband, Idonna and Bob Minnick of Alliance, 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Her parents, husband, three sisters and one brother preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen T. Roosa officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church, Highland Park CareCenter, Carnegie Arts Center or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Constance Marie Rincker, 52
(Dec. 2) HAY SPRINGS - Constance Marie (McAllister) Rincker, 52, of Hay Springs, Neb., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at the Chadron Community Hospital in Chadron. She was born Feb. 20, 1950. Her parents were Robert "Speed" and Alma McAllister.
She attended school in Hot Springs, S. D., and was crowned Miss Fall River. She is survived by her husband Roger Rincker of Hay Springs; her mother Alma McAllister of Hot Springs, S.D.; her son Seth Stock of Hay Springs; daughters Chris Brings Plenty of Rapid City, S.D.; Monica Dryden of Rapid City, Robyn Dane of Chadron and, Kelly Rincker of Chadron; and three grandchildren. She also is survived by sister Karren Kruse of Rapid City, SD; and brother: Bob McAllister of Denver.
Mrs. Rincker's wake service will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at St. Anthony o Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs, S.D. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, also at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs, S.D. A memorial has been established in Connie's memory to benefit her son Seth's education. Arrangements are in the care of McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs, S.D.
Marilyn Mae Athey, 79
(Dec. 2) HEMINGFORD - Marilyn Mae Athey, 79, died Friday, Nov. 29, at Regional West Hospital Medical Center in Scottsbluff. She was born Dec. 12, 1922, a Hemingford. Her parents were Erle and Gladys (Danborn) Rockey.
She graduated from Hemingford High School and attended nursing college in Alliance. She was married to Kenneth L. Athey on Nov. 6, 1945, at San Luis Obispo, Calif. The couple returned to Hemingford, and later moved to Gering and then Minatare. Mr. Athey preceded her in death. She was one of the first telephone operators in Hemingford. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in Minatare. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Wayble of Honalulu, Hawaii; three sons, David Athey of Scottsbluff, Bill Athey of Elm Creek and Ed Athey of Kingsport, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother Dale Rockey of Alliance.
Mrs. Athey's funeral will be t 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, with Paster Robert Haverick officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Minatare. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.
Jerry Dean Griffith, 65
(Dec. 2) ALLIANCE - Jerry Dean Griffith, 65 died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at Box Butte General Hospital. He was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Johnstown, Neb., to Garold and Edna (Miller) Griffith.
His family moved to Chadron and Jerry graduated from Chadron Prep. He moved to Alliance in 1959. Jerry worked as a meat cutter at Safeway for over 40 years. On July 30, 1967, he married Sharon Forsstrom in Alliance. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Eagles, Elks and Panhandle Country Music Association. His survivors include his wife Sharon, daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Ken Rein of Alliance, grandchildren Tyson and Kolbee Rein, brother Doug and wife Jan Griffith of Breckenridge, Texas; sisters, Lucille Kirkpatrick of Hot Springs, SD, Betty House of Spokane, Wash., brothers Robert and wife Sheri Griffith of Ceresco, Neb., and Gary Griffith of Breckenridge, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and two brothers preceded him death.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jerry Mercer officiating. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, Eagles Auxiliary Cancer Fund, United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donorÔs choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Victoria Sue Huckfeldt, 55
(Dec. 2) ALLIANCE - Victoria Sue Huckfeldt, 55, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at her home in Alliance She was born Oct. 17, 1947, in Marysville, Kan., to Don and Beverly (Kelley) Edwards.
On July 9, 1974, she was united in marriage to Dean Huckfeldt in Rapid City, S.D. After their marriage they lived near Hay Springs where she worked at DeCastro Dental Clinic. Two years ago, they moved to Alliance and she has worked for the Alliance Public Schools. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary in Hay Springs and served on the Board of Directors for The Mission Store in Alliance. Her survivors include her husband Dean of Alliance, children and their spouses, Clyde and Pat Cammel of Virginia Beach, Va., Karen and Graham Stone of Rapid City, S.D., Dustin and Heather Huckfeldt of Pensacola, Fla,; six grandchildren, Darrell, Hannah, Jared, Mark, Tia and Alyssa; her mother Bev Edwards of Blue Rapids, Kan., sisters Linda O'Toole of Frankfort, Kan., Donna Rhyne of Topeka, Kan. and Janice Brooks of Blue Rapids, Kan. Her father preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at St.Peter's Lutheran Church at Mirage Flats, with Pastor Woody Hipple, Father Paul Mottl and Rev. Cheryl Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Hay Springs Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alliance Mission Store, 203 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
Meda I. "Pat" LaBarge, 81
(Dec. 2) GERING - Meda Irene "Pat" LaBarge, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Gering. She was born March 21, 1921, at Bison, S.D.
She received her primary education at Bison, S.D., and graduated from the School of Cosmatology in Rapid City. She resided in Alliance for many years, before moving to Grant in 1972 where son David and she operated the Grant Steak House. Since 1999, she has resided in Gering. She is survived by four daughters, Pamela Griffith of Alliance, Joyce Carter of Gering, Saundra Kedrowski of Grant and Judith Heflin of Oklahoma; her son Cavin LaBarge of Alamosa, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Debra.
Mrs. LaBarge's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kinkade Funeral Home in Sturgis, S.D. Burial will be in Bison Cemetery, Bison, S.D. Memorials may be made to Prairie Havcn Hospice, 2 West 42nd St., Suite 2300, Scottsbluff, NE 69361.
Neva E. Hawley, 98
(Dec. 3) ALLIANCE - Neva E. Hawley, 98, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born Sep. 5, 1903, in Cowles to Lewis and Etta (Buster) Beal.
She was married to Orla M. "Brigg" Hawley on Feb. 6, 1925. She worked as a seamstress for Rhoads Store at Alliance for 28 years. She was a member of United Methodist Church and Rebekah's Lodge. Her survivors include her daughter and husband, Gretchen and Max Garwood of Alliance; grandchildren, Mike Garwood of Alliance, Janet Joslin of Minneapolis, Minn., Roger Garwood of Scottsbluff, Tim Garwood of Alliance, Wayne Akert of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jolene McGinnis of Alliance, J.R. Akert of Blue Springs, Mo.; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, daughter Donna Akert, son Radean Hawley, two brothers, two sisters, and one grandson Stephen Akert preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance with Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Carnegie Arts Center or to the United Methodist Church Elevator Fund. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
F. Jane Nagaki, 75
(Dec. 3) ALLIANCE - Fujiko Jane Nagaki, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born March 7, 1926, at Gallup, N. M., to Hiroji and Tsuna (Shinto) Hirokawa.
She was married to Akira "Skeets" Nagaki Jan. 26, 1947. They moved to Alliance later in 1947 to assist with the Nagaki family farm. She worked as a receptionist for the Soil Conservation Service during the 1960's and 1970's. She also worked for a short time as a teller at the Guardian State Bank and as a ticket processor at Westco. She was an active member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, the Legion Auxiliary Unit 7, the Friendly Circle, Friends of the Library, and many other organizations in the community. She is survived by her husband Akira "Skeets" Nagaki of Alliance; sons, Michael Nagaki of North Richland Hills, Texas, James Nagaki of Ogallala, and son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Elizabeth Nagaki of Scottsbluff; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Finn of Rolling Meadows, Ill.; granddaughters, Stephanie Finn of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and Mara Nagaki of Scottsbluff; grandson, Grant Nagaki of Scottsbluff; and step-granddaughter, Tanya Fay of Crookston. She also is survived by one sister, Kim Matsutani of Gallup, N.M.; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Sam, Tachi, and Koichi, and two sisters, Tsuneko, and Misao.
Memorial services will be at 2p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, with Rev. Paul Mottl officiating. Inurnment will be in the St. Matthew's Columbarium. In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be given to the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Youth Group, Prairie Haven Hospice, or the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.