Marian Hollstein, 81
(Dec. 3) RUSHVILLE - Marian Hollstein, 81, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Pioneer Manor at Hay Springs. She was born Aug. 29, 1920. She is survived by her husband, Edmund Hollstein of Rushville; daughters, Linda and David Ocken of Alliance, Mary Anne and Fritz Wefso of Rushville, Susan and Jerry Retherford of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Irene and Gary Nedved of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She also survived by one sister, Wilma Carole LaBelle of Milwaukee, Wis.; and brothers Orrin J. Marcy of Hay Springs and Charles R. and Barbara Marcy of Chadron.
Mrs. Hollstein's funeral will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the United Methodist Church at Rushville, with Rev. Eric Parker officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery at Rushville. Memorials may be given to the charity or religious organization of the donor's choice. Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Mortuary of Rushville is in charge of arrangements.
Marjory J. Stephens, 84
(Dec. 3) 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 1935. She was married to Walter L. Stephens Sept. 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, mother 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, Melody Heitz and Linda Nepper 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.
Beryl R. Meehan, 73
(Dec. 3) HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. - Beryl R. Meehan, 73, formerly of McLean, Va., died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at her home. She was born May 28, 1928, at Bingham in Sheridan County. Her parents were Ralph and Hazel (Scott) Lotspeich.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1949. She was married to John J. Meehan of Lincoln in 1950. He worked for the local and national Chamber of Commerce, and the couple lived at Colby, Kan., Beatrice, Indianapolis, Ind., and for 34 years at McLean, Va. She is survived by her husband John J. Meehan of Hot Springs Village; three sons, Michael A. (Christina) Meehan of Dallas, Texas, P. Scott (Melissa) Meehan of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Gregory C. (Natia) Meehan of Centerville, Va.; two daughters, Deborah M. Turk of Denver, Colo, and Julie M. (Steve) Spanos of Dallas, Texas; and 19 grandchildren. She also is survived by sister, Loy J. (Vern) Nebergall of Omaha; brother Ralph S. (Bobbie) Lotspeich of Merrit Island, Fla.; and 25 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Leo Scott, and grandparents Sophie and Ralph Lotspeich, all of whom were Alliance residents.
Mrs. Meehan's funeral Mass was at 1 p.m., Sat. Dec. 1, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church at Hot Springs Village, with a wake/Rosary service at 7 p.m., Nov. 30, at the church. The body will be cremated, and a memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan 5, 2002, at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ at Lincoln. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials have been established for Kaleidoscope of Caring, Hospice Home Care, Inc, 3634 Central Ave., Suite A, Hot Springs, AR 71913; Arkansas Cancer Research Foundation, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham, Slot 721, Little Rock, AR 72205; or Memorial Fund, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 295 Balearic Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71909. Caruthy Village Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village is in charge of arrangements.
Glenwood James Boyles, 57
(Dec. 3) ALLIANCE - Glenwood James Boyles, 57, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. He was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Seneca, Neb., to Robert and Zetta (Walker) Boyles.
On April 9, 1969, he was united in marriage to Ruby Krueger in Alliance. He later married Tommiann Zimmerman on Dec. 2, 1972, at York, Neb..She preceded him in death, as did his parents and a half-brother. He worked for Sesnia Aircraft in Windfield, Kan., from 1973 to 1976. He then worked as an automotive mechanic in Alliance, Mullen and North Platte until he was unable to work because of health reasons. His survivors include his sons David Boyles of Alliance, Robert Boyles of Brownlee, Neb., Steven Boyles of Las Vegas, Nev., daughter Angelica Boyles of St. Petersburg, Fla., brother Melvin Boyles of Mullen, sisters Darlene Osborn of Mullen, Nila Pettit of North Platte, uncles Glen and Gordon Walker of Kimball, Neb., and grandchildren, Dominick Boyles, Adrianna Boyles and Daniyel Boyles.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, P.O. Box 21, Alliance, NE 69301 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
Gwen Christoffersen, 72
(Dec. 4) CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. - Gwen Christoffersen, 72, formerly of Alliance, died Thursday, Nov. 30, at her home in California City, Calif., home. She was born June 30, 1928, at Ansley. Her parents were Glen A. and Bess B. (Lowe) Fowler.
She graduated from high school in Alliance and later moved to Denver and Las Vegas before retiring at California City.
She is survived by her daughter Cherie Hall of Webb City, Mo.; her son Cory Hall of Norwalk, Iowa; and three grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister Elaine Hall of Alliance.
A memorial service will be held in California City, and inurnment will be in Alliance at a later date. Memorials may be made to Desert Jade Association, in care of Cory Hall, 903 So Ave., Norwalk, IA 80211, or Elaine Hall, 1271 Hammond No. 6, Alliance, NE 69301.
Sister Rosalie DuRay, 98
(Dec. 4) ALLIANCE - Sister Rosalie DuRay of Alliance died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Marion Residence in Alliance. She was 98. She was born April 28, 1902, at Milwaukee, Wis., to William and Elizabeth (Rowan) DuRay.
She attended St. Agnes Academy in Alliance as a boarding student, graduating in May, 1921. She entered Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara, N.Y. in August 1921. She professed her final vows on August 13, 1924. Sister Rosalie worked as a primary teacher and school librarian in California, Ohio, South Dakota, Nebraska, including Rushville, Alliance, Scottsbluff and Denver, Colo. She moved back to Alliance in 1989.
Three nieces, one nephew and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews survive her. Her parents and five sisters preceded her in death.
A wake service will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2000, at 9 a.m. at Marion Residence followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Bryan Ernest will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Sisters of St. Francis at Marion Residence, 1104 Toluca Ave., Alliance, NE 69301. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
George L. Johnson, 88
(Dec. 4) ALLIANCE - George L. Johnson died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center. He was 88 years old. He was born August 14, 1912, at Sioux County, Nebraska to Z.B. and Elizabeth (Ferris) Johnson.
He was raised in Harrison and attended school there graduating in 1928. He married Irene E. Hobbs in 1933 at Hot Springs, S.D. He started with the C.B. & Q. Railroad in 1942 while living in Chadron and later moved to Alliance in 1943 where he retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1975. In 1978 he moved to Zapata, Texas, residing there until 1998 when he returned to Alliance. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Alliance, the United Methodist Church in Zapata, Texas, a Golden Age Eagle of F.O.E. No. 136, a 45-year member of Elks Lodge No. 961, a 50-year member of the Alliance Masonic Lodge No.183, Valley of Alliance Scottish Rite, Sesostris Shrine Temple, Aloyah Chapter No. 185 Order of Eastern Star, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
His survivors include his wife, his children and their spouses, James and Darlene Johnson of Alliance, Bernard and Esta Johnson of Nederland, Texas, Kenneth and Jane Johnson of Glenrock, Wyo., and Georgia and Allen Heckman of Alliance. 17 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren also survive him. His parents, and one brother Gordon C. Johnson preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Alliance Berean Church. Pastor Dave Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Cattle Capital Shrine Club. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Edna G. Nielsen, 88
(Dec. 4) ALLIANCE - Edna Gertrude Nielsen, a long time area resident, died Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Highland Park Care Center. She was 88. She was born March 23, 1912, near Cairo, Neb., to Elmer and Olga (Meier) Morehead.
When she was six, she moved to the Angora area along with her parents, her grandmother Louise Meier, and her younger brothers George and Roy. She married Chris Nielsen of Alliance on March 16, 1933, at Alliance. She was a Doe and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Her survivors include her son Jack Nielsen and his family of Alliance;her daughter Mary Louise Dahlgren of Fort Collins, Co.; brother Elmer David Morehead, Jr., "Corky" of Polson, Montana; five grandchildren, Chris Collins of Alliance; Beth Nielsen of Dallas, Texas; Sara Nielsen of Denver, Colo.; Russell Dahlgren of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Marc Toler of Greeley, Colorado; and three great-grandchildren, Katherine and Geoffrey Toler and Cameron Collins will miss her. Her sisters-in-law, Esther Von Bargen of Hemingford and Alliance, Edith Smith of Alliance, and Gladys Solberg of Loveland, Colorado also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, George, Roy, and Vern Morehead, and by her sisters, Rose Mary Valerio and Dorothy Schultz.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Reverends Martin T. Schnare and Richard C. Mueller will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dayne J. Hefty, 19 months
(Dec. 4) RAPID CITY - Dayne Jakob Hefty, 19 months, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at his home. He was born March 30, 2000, of Rapid City. His parents are David and Danette (Jespersen) Hefty.
Dayne is survived by his parents; sister, Diane Hefty of the home, grandparents Duane and Barb Jespersen of Hemingford, Paul and Jeanie Hefty of Conrad, Ia., and Diana and Roger Derringer of Marysville, Wash.; great-grandparents Rozella Langmacher of Alliance, Louise Hefty of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Duna Huey of Sedro Wooley, Wash.
Services were at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at Rapid City, with the Reverend Kent Bryant of Alliance officiating. Burial followed at Pine Lawn Memorial Park at Rapid City. Memorials and cards may be sent to the family at 255 Bengal Drive, Rapid City, SD 57701.
James W. "Bill" Blanford, 84
(Dec. 5) CHADRON - James W. "Bill" Blanford, 84, died Monday, Dec. 4, at his home in Chadron. He was born Sept. 17, 1916, in Rock County, Minn. His parents were John E. and Ruby (Hughes) Blanford.
He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He is survived by his sons Butch Blanford and Randy Blanford, both of Chadron; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, George Blanford of Chadron, Joe Blanford of Haysville, Kan., and Bob Blanford of Milan, Minn; and two sisters; Lucille Erp of Milan, Minn; Blance Eggink of Sioux City, Iowa.
Mr. Blanford's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at St. Patricks Catholic Church, with Fr. Ed Cortney officiating. There will be a wake service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the church. Burial will be Calvary Cemetery in Chadron. Memorials may be made to the Chadron Rescue Unit. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
Charles L. Livingston
(Dec. 5) COLUMBIA, Mo. - Rev. Charles L. Livingston died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001. He served as pastor of First Christian Church at Alliance from 1943 to 1948. He is survived by his wife Mildred and their three children.
Enoch 'Sam' Ginn, 86
(Dec. 5) ALLIANCE - Enoch "Sam" Ginn, 86, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001 at Highland Park Care Center. He was born June 16, 1915, at Madison to Norman and Areta (Tewksbury) Ginn.
He married Pauline E. Lembrich Dec. 5, 1936, at Chadron. He is survived by his son, Curtis Ginn of Rapid City, S. D.; daughters, Elnor Hucke and Phyllis Briggs of Alliance; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Orilla Ross of Jasper, Mo. and Myrna Andrews of Tulsa, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters, and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Bates-Gould Chapel, with Rev. Gene Van Huss officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Highland Park Care Center or the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.