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WANDA I. FARRAND

Harvard resident, Wanda Ileene (Davidson) Farrand, 84, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Mary Lanning Memorial Health Care, Hastings, NE. Services were Monday, October 5, 2015, at 2 p.m., at the Harvard First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Travis King officiating. Burial was in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to service time. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Apfel Funeral Home, Harvard is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Harvard First United Methodist Church or AseraCare Hospice. Wanda Ileene Davidson Farrand was born in Webber, KS, on December 21, 1930, to Doshia (Nichols) and Ernest Davidson. She grew up in a family of seven children. A baby sister, Darlene, died after the family experienced a bout with scarlet fever in 1934. On July 2, 1949, Wanda married her high school sweetheart, Clarence Farrand.

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07
Oct
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CARA A. NICKOLAUS

Cara Anne Nickolaus, 25, of Cambridge, Mass. died September 20, 2015. She was born in Lincoln on August 10, 1990, to Lowell and Jane (Empkey) Nickolaus. Cara was a 2009 graduate of Lincoln Northeast and a 2013, graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was working on her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge at the time of her death. Cara’s interest in academics started at an early age. She was involved in Destination Imagination at Riley Elementary School. At Culler Middle School, she was active in Destination Imagination, Quiz Bowl and played oboe in the band. During her time at Northeast High School, Cara was Valedictorian, Math Club President, Speech Team Captain, National Honor Society Treasurer, Co-founder of Study Buddies Mentoring Program and a Clifton Fellow. She was also involved in the Economics Challenge Team, Academic Decathlon, Quiz Bowl, earned letters in Academics, Band, Math and Speech.

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07
Oct
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RAMONA P. NUSS

Ramona Pauline (Rauscher) Nuss passed away on September 25, 2015, in Lincoln, NE. She was born to Henry and Pauline Rauscher June 25, 1921, near Sutton, NE. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Nuss Jr., her parents, brothers, Jerry and Tom, and sisters, Ruth Haberman and Verneta Hohnstein. Ramona and Elmer (Bud) farmed near Hastings for a few years and then near Trumbull. They lived in Grand Island, Lincoln, Wymore and Casa Grande, AZ, for many years. Ramona is survived by one brother, Robert (Bob) and Barbara Rauscher of Oregon; one son, Stephen Nuss of San Antoine, TX; daughters, Ann and Bob Wathor of Wymore; Linda and Dale Thomas of Lincoln; and Catlin Brown of Beatrice; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., at the Tabitha Chapel in Lincoln, NE.

Wed
30
Sep
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ROBERT “BUNNY” MIKKELSEN

Robert Edgar “Bunny” Mikkelsen of Edgar, NE, was born June 10, 1920, to Charles and Roselia (Althouse) Mikkelsen in Edgar, NE. He died Sept. 22, 2015, at Fairview Manor, Fairmont, NE at the age of 95 years. Bunny graduated from Edgar High School in 1937 and attended NYA Trade School at Bellevue College. He served from January 1942 to Sept. 1945, in the U.S. Army with the 95th Infantry Division in Europe. He received the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He married Eileen Shaw on Nov. 29, 1943, in Yuma, AZ. They had three sons: Robert, Clark and Charles. He was a member of the Methodist Church, later the Church of the Plains in Edgar. He was self-employed for several years in Edgar as an auto mechanic and was a professional photographer for 15 years in Superior, NE. Following retirement, he was a woodworker. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John Mikkelsen, his sister, Christine (Mikkelsen) Woods, and his wife, Eileen.

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30
Sep
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DONNA M. ROLO

Donna Mae Rolo, age 80, passed away at her home in Ransom, KS on Sept. 21, 2015. She was born on Oct. 12, 1934, in Fairmont, NE, and is the daughter of Ruben and Rose (Ackerman) Sell. She was a homemaker and cook at the Derrick Inn Restaurant. She was a member o f the United Methodist Church, Ness City, and was the #1 Fan of the Kansas City Royals and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. She was baptized at the Hope Reformed Church in Sutton, NE, where she was later to be married. On Nov. 17, 1955, she married Wilbur “Willie” Rolo in Sutton, NE. He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1975. Donna and Willie moved from Hanston to Ness City in 1972, where they raised their nine children. Donna moved to Ransom in 2014.

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30
Sep
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RAMONA P. NUSS

Ramona Pauline (Rauscher) Nuss passed away on Sept. 25, 2015, in Lincoln, NE. She was born to Henry and Pauline Rauscher June 25, 1921, in Sutton, NE. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Nuss Jr., her parents, brothers, Jerry and Tom, sisters, Ruth Haberman and Verneta Hohnstein. Ramona is survived by one brother, Robert (Bob) and Barbara Rauscher of Oregon; one son, Stephen Nuss of Texas; and daughters, Ann and Bob Wathor of Wymore, Linda and Dale Thomas of Lincoln; and Catlin Brown of Beatrice; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., at the Tabitha Chapel in Lincoln, NE.

Wed
23
Sep
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PATRICK J. VOORHEES

Patrick James Voorhees, the son of James (JP) Voorhees and Jody (Shaw) Hancock, was born July 13, 1992, at Aurora, NE. He departed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident in Hastings, NE, at the age of 23 years. Patrick enjoyed his sports, especially Kansas City Royals baseball. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Whether it was being at the river or sitting around a fire, as long as he was with family and friends,he was happy. Anybody who met Patrick was instantly drawn to him. He made friends easily (Very outgoing). Patrick was always the life of the party. He lit up a room with his smile and his eyes. He will be greatly missed and always loved. Always missed, never forgotten. Patrick was preceded in death by great-grandfather, Ward L. Shaw; grandfather, James H. Voorhees and grandmother, Kathleen S Roth.

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16
Sep
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MARY L. MCNEILL

Mary L. McNeill, age 66, of York, NE ,died Friday, September 4, 2015, in Lincoln, NE. She was born August 29, 1949, in North Platte, NE, to Robert and Wilma (Shavlik) Hoagland. Mary was co-owner of McNeill Floral in York and was also a longtime employee of Sapp Bros. in York as well. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in York, Delta Kappa Gamma, loved to bake kolaches and was once an avid golfer. She loved animals, especially horses and was a member of the Nebraska Horse Club and a fierce Husker football fan. Mary graduated from Ainsworth High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State College in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. On June 2, 1974, she was married to Dale McNeill in Ainsworth, NE. She is survived by her husband, Dale; daughter, Molly McNeill; and grandson, Cooper McNeill; all of York.

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Maxine Peterson Davis

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James E. (Jim) Kiolbasa

Clay Center resident, James E. (Jim) Kiolbasa, 65, passed away due to health problems on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings, NE. Funeral services  were 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the United Church of Christ in Clay Center, NE, with Rev. Harry Cross officiating. Interment will follow at the Clay Center Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Mills- Schroder Post #87, Clay 
Center, NE. Visitation was Tuesday from 1–8 p.m., with the family present from 5–7 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, NE. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Condolences may be left at

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