Obituaries

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Virginia E. Portrey

Virginia “Ginny” Ellen Portrey passed from this life on Nov. 21, at Kensington Manor in Hastings at the age of 94 years.

A private family service will be graveside at the Edgar Cemetery, Edgar, at a later date. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of the arrangements.

Ginny was born to Verna and Newton Gunn on July 1, 1924, in Edgar. She graduated from Edgar High School in 1942 and soon after moved, along with her brother, Bob, to Long Beach, CA, where they were employed at the Douglas Aircraft Company.

There Ginny met her future husband, Carl Kelly and after their marriage moved to Carl’s family farm in Cabool, MI, where Carl was employed by a car dealership and Ginny worked in management at the Levi Corporation. After Carl’s sudden death, Ginny moved to Houston, MI, where she eventually met and married Lester Portrey. Lester owned and operated a wrecking and repair service.

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Larry G. Yost

Superior resident Larry G. Yost, 72, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, at his home in Superior.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, with Pastor Mary Scott officiating. Interment followed at the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, from 2–8 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5–7 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com.

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21
Nov
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Opal P. Jones Drapal Nelson

Opal Pauline Jones Drapal Nelson of Edgar, was born August 29, 1931 to Paul and Etta (Headley) Jones at Webber KS. Pauline departed this life Tuesday, Nov. 13, at CHI/St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, at the age of 87 years.

Pauline attended Superior Public School and on Dec. 20, 1950, married Junior James Drapal at the First Baptist Church in Superior, NE. To this union four children were born—Jimmy Lee, Linda Diane, Cynthia Sue and Johnny Paul. Pauline spent four years in Wyoming and Illinois during Junior’s Air Force service. After Junior’s discharge they settled on a farm in the Fairfield area and then moved into Edgar. Pauline worked many years at the Edgar Nursing Home.

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21
Nov
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Victor L. Kathol

Sutton resident Victor L. Kathol, 77, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.

Rosary was prayed at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sutton. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Michael Zimmer officiating. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Sutton. Visitation was Sunday, from 1–5 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com.

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21
Nov
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Sterling L. Schelkopf

Dedicated veterinarian and livestock herd health program consultant, Dr. Sterling Schelkopf, 86, passed away on Nov. 14, at Westfield Quality Care in Aurora.

Sterling Lynn Schelkopf was born in Geneva on March 28, 1932, to Isaac and Magdalena (Shrock) Schelkopf. Sterling had three older brothers: Dean, Robert and Russell; two younger brothers, Stanley and Conley; and two younger sisters, Sharol (Cisney) and Mary (Wythers).

He grew up farming with his dad and brothers, graduating from Geneva High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952, serving as a Sergeant in the Korean War until 1954.

In June 1955, Sterling married Beverly Ham of Sutton, and they had five children together: Jeffrey (Teri), Kristin, Kurt (Shannon), Lewis (Lorraine) and Nancy.

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Nov
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Mary A. (Buller) Rath

Mary Ann (Buller) Rath, age 89, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Memorial Community Care. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Stockham Community Church. Rev. Paul Nauman and Pastor Vance Christie will officiate. Burial service will be at 9:45 a.m., at the Stockham Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made in care of the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Mary Ann Rath, the daughter of John D. and Dora (Doell) Buller, was born in York County near Bradshaw on Oct. 31, 1929, and passed away in Aurora on Nov. 4, at the age of 89. Mary Ann attended school in Bradshaw and graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1947. She attended Tabor College in Kansas and taught school near Henderson after college.

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Oct
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Kay E. Sleeger

May 19, 1946 - Oct. 20, 2018

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Kihanna S. Moreno-Brown

Aug. 24, 2018 - Oct. 25, 2018

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James A. Randall

March 30, 1934 - Oct. 27, 2018

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31
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Marian J. (Dieringer) Condon

Feb. 14, 1928 - Oct. 29, 2018

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