Alma L. Brodrick, 96
(June 15) CHADRON - Alma L. Brodrick, 96, died Tuesday, June 13, at Crestview Care Center.
She was born June 17, 1903, in Atkinston. Her parents were Henry and Laura (Stromberg) Henning.
She was affiliated with Rebbekkahs, Gold Star Mother, VFW Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church.
Her survivors include her three sons, Don of Chadron, Julian of Rapid City, S.D. and Dean of Norwalk, Ohio; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her brother, Henry Henning of Bella Vista, Ark. and sister, Leona Newman of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Chadron with the Rev. Truman Sproles officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of the arrangements.
Russell J. Pedersen, 73
(June 13) ALLIANCE - Russell J. Pedersen died Sunday, June 11, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. He was 73.
He was born August 3, 1926, at Sioux City, Iowa to Christian and Mabel (Clausen) Pedersen.
He married Betty M. Peterson on May 24, 1946.
During WWII Russell served in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Morning Side College in Sioux City with a B.A. in Education in 1949. He received his Master of Science in 1955 and his Specialist in Education Degree in 1969 both from UNL.
Mr. Pedersen began teaching in Coleridge and became Superintendent of Schools in 1952. His career as Superintendent then took him to Gordon from 1956 to 1962, Sidney 1962 to 1976 and then to Milford from 1976 to 1988.
He was past president of Nebraska School Administrators. They came to Alliance in Nov. 1999.
His survivors include his wife Betty, daughters and their husbands, Janet and Steven Boshart of Grand Island, Penny and Carter Hoover of Alliance, Kay and William Ough of Chino Valley, Ariz. A sister Shirley Nelson of Hubbard, and 5 grandchildren, Christopher Boshart and Lori Watson of Lincoln, Natalie Hoover and Shaun Hoover of Alliance, and Harley Ough of Chino Valley, Ariz.
His parents, a brother Don, and sister Delores Kirkpatrick preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's
United Lutheran Church in Alliance. The Reverend Kent Bryant will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
The family will establish a memorial for the Parkinson Foundation. Donations may be sent in care of Penny Hoover, 2540 CR 58, Alliance, NE 69301.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Merle Preuss, 85
(June 13) GORDON - Merle Preuss, 85, died Saturday, June 10, at Sun City West, Ariz.
He was born March 28, 1915, at Bancroft to Carl and Henrietta (Englehardt) Pruess.
He lived in Bandcroft until he moved with his family to a farm north of Gordon.
He married Viola Johnson on Sept. 6, 1938, at St. Maries, Idaho. They made their home in Gordon where he farmed and the family ran the Preuss Drapery Company for 35 years.
He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Gordon.
His survivors include his wife of Sun City West, Ariz.; son, Marvin and wife Ann (Klingebiel) of West Chicago, Ill.; daughter Jan Karms of San Diego, Calif. and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Stanley Preuss.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. June 16, at the Gordon Cemetery with the Rev. martin T, Schnare officiating.
Memorials of the donor's choice may be sent to the First National Bank, P.O. 290, Gordon, NE 69343.
Chamberlain-Gates Funeral Home of Gordon is in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Roy Haskall, 53
(June 13) FRESNO, Calif. - Thomas Roy Haskell, 53, died Friday, June 9, in Fresno, Calif.
He was born June 28, 1946, to James and Gladys Haskell in Sidney.
He was raised on the farm north of Lodgepole and attended elementary school at Goodview Grade School in Garden County. He graduated from Deuel County High School in Chappell in 1964.
He attended the University of Nebraska before joining the United States Navy in 1966. He received an honor discharge in 1970.
He then began to work for the Department of Roads, Fresno County, Calif. He retired from in May of 2000, with more than 30 years of service.
His survivors include his daughter Tiffany Guerrero, son, Jeffery Haskell, and two grandsons.
He is also survived by his brother, Jim Haskell of Virg. and sisters, Lucille Stickley of Sidney and Marcella Merrihew of Alliance.
He was preceded in death by both parents and sister, Joanne Haskell Masbek.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Whitehurst Funeral Home in Fresno, Calif.
Memorial services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Kowanda Methodist Church in Garden County with Pastor Brenda Pfeifly officiating.
Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Sister Agnesita Krenzel, 88
(June 12) ALLIANCE - Sister Agnesita Krenzel, 88, died Saturday, June 10, at Box Butte General Hospital.
She was born Sept. 5, 1911, at Orrin. Her parents were Eustacehius and Magdalena (Hegel) Krenzel.
She entered the convent at Stella Niagra, N.Y. on Aug. 17, 1931, and professed her final vows as a Sister of Saint Francis of Penance and Christian Charity on Aug. 21, 1936.
Her work took her to Alliance and O'Neill, St. Francis and Manderson, S.D. She has lived in Alliance since 1989.
Her survivors include her sisters, Felicitas Heger of Rugby, N.D., Sr. Anna Krenzel of Alliance, Sr. Eustacia Krenzel of Denver, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her parents, three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services will beheld at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Tim Stoner will officiate.
Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery.
A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Marian Residence.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Christine Marie Parks, 52
(June 12) GORDON - Christine Marie Parks, 52, died Friday, June 9, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1947, in Omaha. Her parents are Jerry J. Barrick and Eileen E. Fitl.
Her survivors include her husband, Jerry Parks of Gordon; father of Denver, Colo.; mother of Lincoln and two sons, Jerry Lee Orange and Eugene Lee Orange.
She is also survived by her two brothers, Clifford Barrick of Fremont and Mike Fitl of Lincoln; and three sisters, Mary Ann of Kansas City, Kan., Cindy Fitl of Lincoln and Christina Ann Domenico of Sterling, Colo.
A memorial has been established for the family. Donations may be sent to the Community First Bank of Gordon.
Chamberlain-Gates Funeral Home of Gordon is in charge of the arrangements.
Bruce Cooper, 69
(June 12) VANCOUVER, Wash. - Bruce Cooper, 69, died at home on Friday, May 12, of pancreatic cancer.
He was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Alliance.
He graduated from Alliance High School in 1948, and then attended the University of Idaho School of Forestry in 1953.
He served two years in the U.S. Army and worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 31 years. He retired in 1986.
He was an avid fly fisherman.
His survivors include his wife, Kay; sister, Alice of Billings, Mont.; daughters, Margaret Sowards, Mary Bacon and Shannon Harris; sons, Charles and Robert Cooper and Bob Harris, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services and burial were held Wednesday, May 17, in Vancouver, Wash.
Cards or memorials may be sent to the family at 7015 NE 73rd Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.