Obituaries

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28
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MELVIN W. MEYER

Melvin W. Meyer, 88, of Grand Island, died Sunday Oct. 25, 2015, at CHI Health St. Francis. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12th and Wheeler, in Grand Island. Reverend Jack Gillam and Reverend Adam Snoberger will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery, with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army and United Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at All Faiths Funeral Home. Melvin was born Dec. 11, 1926, on a farm south of Palmer, NE, to Herman and Helen (Leuthaeuser) Meyer. He was married to JoAnn Sigman on Oct. 1, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Grand Island. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, JoAnn; and five children, Jeri (Donald) Erickson of Grand Island; Tom (Carol) Meyer of Bettendorf, IA; Patti (Jim Calonico) Meyer of Oakland, CA; Brad (Marcella Torres) Meyer of Martinez, CA; and Staci (Matt) Matsui of Omaha.

Wed
28
Oct
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BURDELL G. VANBOENING

Rural Glenvil resident Burdell G. VanBoening, 66, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Hastings, NE, surrounded by family. Memorial Services will be Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, west of Glenvil, with Pastor Renee Johnson officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, 1-8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Private condolences may be sent at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. Burdell was born Nov. 3, 1948, in Hastings, NE, to George and Naoma (Einspahr) VanBoening. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1966. He is a former member of the Nebraska National Guard 134th Infantry, having gone through basic training at Fort Dix, NJ.

Wed
21
Oct
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RUBEN HOFMANN

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21
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CALVIN MCCLURG

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14
Oct
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John A. Stec

Hastings resident, John A. Stec, died Oct.10, 2015, as the result of a long term illness, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE. Rosary was Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m., at Livingston Butler Volland Chapel . Celebration of Life will be Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, 10 a.m., at Livingston Butler Volland Chapel, Hastings, NE, with Fr. Michael Houlihan officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 1– 8 p.m., with family present 5– 7 p.m., and one hour prior to service at Livingston Butler Vollandchapel . Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler   Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. John was born Jan. 4, 1963, in Offutt Air Force Base to Anthony and Clementina (Zelasney) Stec. He grew up in and graduated from Harvard High School in 1981.

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14
Oct
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Edward Earl Werner

Edward Earl Werner was born March 27, 1939, in Deweese, NE, and passed from this life Oct. 5, 2015, at 76 years of age, in Eugene, OR, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 48 years; daughter, Shirley and husband, Michael Hull, wihgrand children Matthew , Madison, Brooklyn  and Bry leigh ; daughter, Chri s t ine and husband, Michael Odell, with grandchildren Logan and Hailey; son, Steven Werner and wife, Susie, with grandchildren Tyler and Robyn, Trevon and Ava; and daughter, Barbara and husband, Troy Valente, with grandchildren Jordan and Kayla. He was the oldest of three other surviving siblings, Gerald, David and Linda. He was preceded in death by father, Edward S. Werner; mother, Iona Mae Werner; brothers Billy Werner and Timothy Werner; and nephew, David Wayne Werner. Ed had a zest for life ,traveling the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as other parts of the world.

Wed
07
Oct
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VELDA M. PHILBRICK

Former Clay Center resident, Velda M. Philbrick, 96, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE. Services will be Thursday, October 8, 2015, 10 a.m., at Clay Center United Church of Christ, Clay Center, with Pastor Harry Cross and Pastor Delbert “Del” Klover officiating. Burial will be in Clay Center Cemetery, Clay Center. Memorials may be given to Start Over Rover. Visitation was Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., with family present 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at church. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home and Cremation Center is serving the family. Velda was born April 25, 1919, in Fairfield, NE, to Fred C. and Anna (Haase) Kempf. She married Harold Yunko in 1937. He preceded her in death in 1985. Velda married Leonard “Lenny” Philbrick in 1989. He preceded her in death in 2003.

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07
Oct
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ROBERT R. PONTINE

Hastings resident, Robert “Bob” Reuben Pontine, 76, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 2, 2015, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska. Celebration of Life Services were Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 1 p.m., at Evangelical Free Church, 2015 N. St. Joseph, Hastings with Pastor Dale Phillips officiating. Stories were shared, memories, tears, laughter and tall tails, all assured to make Bob proud. Burial with military rites by Hastings Veterans Organizations was in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. Memorials may be made to Start Over Rover. Visitation was Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 1–8 p.m., with family present 6–8 p.m., at the funeral home and one hour prior to service at the church. Private condolences may be sent at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. The son of Reuben and Pearl E. (Johnson) Pontine, Bob was born on July 21, 1939, in Harvard, NE.

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07
Oct
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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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