Jesse H. Savala, 75
(Dec. 6) HEMINGFORD - Jesse H. Savala, 75, of Hemingford died Saturday, Dec. 2, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He was born April 17, 1925, at Kansas City, Mo. His parents were Sebastian and Victorianna (Hernandez) Savala.
He moved to the Mitchell area during the 1930s. He married Elisa Valdez on Dec. 30, 1950, at Mitchell. Before retiring to Hemingford, he worked at the Sioux Ordinance at Sidney, and the White Sands Missile Range and Holman Air Force Base, both in New Mexico.
He is survived by his wife, Elisa Savala of the home in Hemingford; two sons, Jesse Savala Jr. of Hemingford and Larry Savala of Ft. Collins, Colo; his daughter, Alvina Montanez of Alliance; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. His sister, Jenny Betancur of Mitchell; and brother, Leonard Savala of Grand Rapids, Mich, also survive him.
Mr. Savala's funeral mass was Monday, Dec. 4, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering, with Father Hubert Spanel officiating. His body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff was in charge of arrangements.
Donald W. McKinney, 76
(Dec. 6) DALLAS - Donald W. McKinney, 76, former Alliance resident, died in a car accident Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at Dallas, Texas. He was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Alliance. His parents were William H. and Blanch (Hudson) McKinney.
He was a World War II and Korean War veteran. He is survived by his wife, Darla Mae (Bircher) McKinney, children Jim and Shelly McKinney of Bowie, Texas; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, William McKinney of Indiana; and three sisters, Eloise Adamson and Betty Walker, both of Alliance, and Margie Cassiday of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Donny McKinney and brother Kenneth McKinney.
Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Dallas. Fry Funeral Home of Bowie, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Arlene D. Johnston, 79
(Dec. 6) ALLIANCE - Arlene D. Johnston died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Highland Park Care Center. She was 79. She was born May 6, 1923, at Dawes County, Nebraska to Charles and Mae (Scofield) Gregg.
She married J.B. Johnston June 22, 1952, at Alliance, Neb.. She taught rural school at Marsland, Lakeside, and Mitchell, Neb.. She was a member of the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years, the Panhandle Music Association, Christian Women, and the Panhandle Forum, where she also served on the board of directors. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Patty Johnston of Harrison; daughter and son-in-law, Jerene and Kurt Kruse of Albion; grandchildren, Andrea Kruse and Kyle Kruse of Albion, and Courtney Johnston and Mackenzie Johnston of Harrison; sister-in-laws, Ruth Gregg of Scottsbluff, and Alyce Gregg of Nampa, Idaho; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her parents, her husband, and three brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Reverend Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, or to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at, Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore, MD, 21208. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Elna Winten, 79
(Dec. 7) HEMINGFORD - Elna B. Winten , age 79, of Hemingford died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance. She was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Alliance to Bryan and Christina (Jensen) Christensen.
She married Clarence Winten of Hemingford on Aug. 25, 1942, in South Carolina where he was stationed in the Army Air Corp. Following his military service they returned to Hemingford and lived their life on their farm southwest of Hemingford. She was a member of St. John's United Lutheran Church, Women of E.L.C.A., American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 9 and Christian Women's Club.
Her survivors are her children and spouses, Larry and Barbara Winten of Denver, Colo., Karen and Brad Rosenberger of Lincoln, Neb., Bruce and Susan Winten of Hemingford, Grandchildren, Dan and Carol Winten, Dennis and Jill Winten and their children Kayla and Karli; Tricia Winten, Brett and Victoria Rosenberger, Melissa Rosenberger, Bryan Rosenberger, Corey and Shannon Winten, Amanda Winten, brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin and Velva Christensen of Loveland, Colo., Harlan and Edna Christensen of Alliance, Don and Mary Christensen of Phoenix, Ariz. Her parents, husband and her sister Elvera Laursen preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Reverend Kent Bryant officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association and St. John's Lutheran Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph C. Hardy, 83
(Dec. 7) ALLIANCE - Joseph C. Hardy died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at his home in Alliance. He was 83. He was born March 31, 1917, at Cheyenne, Wyo., to Susie (Hester) and John Hardy.
His family moved to Sterling, Colo., in his youth and he graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1935. He then attended St. Thomas Seminary in 1936 then to Holy Cross College in Canon City, Colo., until 1940. He then attended Scottsbluff Junior College and Chadron State College. He graduated from CSC in 1959 with an English Major and Library Science Minor. He began working for the C.B&Q. Railroad in the Alliance Division in April 1944 as a brakeman. In 1949, he became a Telegraph Operator and then a Train Dispatcher in 1952, retiring in that position after 42 years with the railroad. He married Vallie Josephine Brow in 1973 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne.
His survivors are his wife, Vallie of the home; and cousins Doris Torguson, Charles Hardy and Frances Hardy, all of Cheyenne, Edith Johnson of Omaha, and Carolyn Olson of Oakland, Calif. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Toastmaster, Eagles and lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Bryan Ernest will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice or to Good Samaritan Village. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald A. Balfany, 62
(Dec. 7) CHADRON - Donald A. Balfany, 62, did Tuesday, Dec. 5, at his home in Chadron. He was born Dec. 1, 1938, at Rosebud, S.D. His parents were William C. and Ramona (Garneaux) Balfany.
He was a member of the American Legion of Rushville. His wife, Betty of Chadron; daughter Dawn Bilby of Sidney; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson survive him. He also is survived by two brothers, William Balfany of Riverton, Wyo., and Eldon Dubray of Mission, S.D.; and four sisters, Gwendlyn Dye and Mary Owens, both of Lexington, Doris Sallis of Mission, S.D., and Darlene Tlustos of Oelrichs, S.D.
Mr. Balfany's memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Chamberlain Chapel, with Rev. Gene Hagerman officiating. Memorials may be made to Single Parents Dedicated To A Better Future, in care of Community First Bank of Chadron.
Vivian L. Hageman, 92
(Dec. 7) CRAWFORD - Vivian L. Hageman, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. She was born Nov. 15, 1908, at Woonsocket, S.D. His parents were George W. and Mary (Noltensmier) Atchison.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, Royal Neighbors, the East Side Sioux and Crow Butte Extension Club, and Eagles Auxiliary. Her son Bob Hageman of Chadron; two daughters, Dixie Lees of Whitney and Donna Clark of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren survives her. Alma Anderson of Lake Elizabeth, Calif, also survives her.
Mrs. Hageman's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at United Methodist Church in Crawford, with Rev. Tim Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Crawford United Methodist Church, in care of Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Betty M. North, 84
(Dec. 7) CHADRON - Betty M. North, 84, of Chadron died Tuesday, Dec. 5, at York. She was born March 2, 1916, at Chadron. Her parents were Dr. and Mrs. M.S. McDowell.
She was a graduate of the University of Nebraska. She was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church of Chadron, NU Alumni Association, Delta Gamma sorority and American Legion Auxiliary. Two sons survive her, Cy North of York and Steve North of Sydney, Australia; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. North's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Grace Episcopal Church in Chadron, with Rev. Lynn Orville officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron. Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church of Chadron or The Hearthstone at York, in care of Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Carolyn J. Coleman, 60
(Dec. 7) ALLIANCE - Carolyn J. Coleman, 60, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at Box Butte General Hospital. She was born March 16, 1941, at Centralia, Kansas to Albert and Anna (Skaler) Eisenbarth.
She married Clifford L. Coleman Sr. June 30, 1956, at Holton, Kan. She graduated from the Western Nebraska Community College of Nursing in 1983. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the LPN Association at Alliance. She is survived by her husband, Clifford L. Coleman Sr. of Alliance; sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford Lee and Melinda Coleman of Alliance, and Greg Alan and Shari Coleman of Wilber; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ann and Bryan Swiercinsky of Lincoln; and grandchildren, Weston Lee Coleman of Alliance, Jennifer Holly Coleman, Chelsey Ann Coleman, and Ashley Marie Swiercinsky, all of Kearney, Anessa Ann Coleman of Pierre, S.D., and Christopher Michael Swiercinsky of Dorchester She also is survived by her mother and step-father, Anna and Farrell Brooks of Seward; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Mary Jane Eisenbarth of Geneva, Ill.; sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Tom Johnson of Crete; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her father preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Vince Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, December 9, at the church. Memorials may be given to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Betty Burr, 64
(Dec. 8) ALLIANCE - Betty Irene Burr of Alliance died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. She was 64. She was born Oct. 26, 1936, at Hemingford, to Ward and Viola (Watson) Eversull. She married Vernon K. Burr on April 13, 1954, at Killeen, Texas.
Her survivors are her husband Vernon of Alliance, brothers, Byrl Eversull of Dolan Springs, Ariz., Phillip Eversull of Boise, Idaho, Leslie Eversull and Dennis Eversull of Alliance, sisters, Darlene Mady of Alliance, Mert Langton of Dolan Springs, Ariz., Carol Dickey of Kearney, and Phyllis Brehm of Alliance. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Olevia. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Alliance. Pastor Roger Larsen will officiate. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Willard "Woody" Galusha, 67
(Dec. 8) ALLIANCE - Willard "Woody" Galusha, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Arkansas. Among his survivors is his mother-in-law Cashmier Kosmicki of Alliance. Mr. Galusha's graveside memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Alliance, with Father J. Galka officiating.
Jim McBeth, 87
(Dec. 8) GORDON - Jim McBath, 87, of Gordon died Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Gordon Countryside Care. He was born July 1, 1913, at Tassell, Wyo. His parents were William Wallace and Mary Elizabeth (Bowen) McBeth.
While very young, he moved with his family to Merriman, Neb., and lived the rest of his life in the Gordon-Merriman area. He married Ava Buckels.
He is survived by his wife, Ava McBeth of the home in Gordon; his son Bill McBeth of Wray, Colo; daughter Ellen Yusten of Gordon; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. McBeth's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Gordon, with Rev. Peter B. Maupin officiating. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sheridan County Fair Board, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 290, Gordon, NE 69343. Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.