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Sue E. Jensen

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Born Oct. 21, 1939 to Herman and Thelma Nale of Bloomington, IN. Marriage to Intelligence Officer Robert A. Jensen USAF brought her to Nebraska. Married 39 yrs. Member of the First United Methodist Church Harvard. She spent many years as a dispatcher for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Clay Center, NE. She was certified through the Nebraska State Patrol on DataMax, NLETS, NCIC, and NCIS state and national crime information centers. Member of Nebraska Juvenile Justice Assoc. and NESCA. She also served as a 911 dispatcher in Hastings. Later, her passion to help others found her serving as a Certified Nurse’s Aide in which she found very fulfilling. Upon moving to Lincoln, until an opening to work for Holmes Lake Manor as a CNA, she worked a short time for the Lincoln Correctional Facility.

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John K. Burt

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John Keith Burt, known by everyone as JB, was born in Hastings on June 26, 1957, to Keith Remy and Marjorie Lucille Lovegrove Burt. He passed away following a heart attack on March 14, 2019, at the age of 61. He was the third of Keith and Marjorie’s four children and the only son. During his first couple years the family lived on the Harvard air force base. In 1960, the family moved to the Burt homestead south of Grafton. JB attended school in Geneva, graduating from Geneva High School.

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Roger Burdick

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Roger Burdick of Edgar, the son of Gail Ross and Bertha Minnie (Hoffman) Burdick, was born April 20, 1938, at his grandparents’ house on Goose Creek near Elsmere, NE. He departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at his home in Edgar, at the age of 80 years.

Roger moved to Edgar in 1948, where he attended grade school and high school. He loved riding and breaking horses in his younger years. Roger loved being able to spend time with his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Roger is proceeded in death by his father and mother.

He is survived by his children: Nicole Skinner and significant other Ryan Hinrichs, Eric Burdick, Richard and Evia Burdick, Valerie Burnett, step-daughter Jill and Andy Anderson, step-son Dustin Nebe and significant other Amy Behrens, and step-son Shawn Nebe. He has 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Lyle and Carol Burdick, and sister, Deloris and the late-Aubrey Wilson.

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Karen Moncrief

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Karen Moncrief, age 73, of Lincoln, formerly of Aurora, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at the Stockham Community Church. Rev. Paul Nauman officiated. Interment was in the Harvard Cemetery, prior to the Memorial service at 10 a.m. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

Karen Kay Moncrief, the daughter of Wilbert Fred and Helen D. (Nelson) Klein, was born in Palmer on March 19, 1945 and passed away in Lincoln on Feb. 25, 2019, at the age of 73.

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Arlene L. Bivans

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Clay Center resident Arlene L. Bivans, 65, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Westfield Quality Care of Aurora in Aurora.

Memorial services were conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the Clay Center Christian Church in Clay Center, with Rev. Kevin Whitmore officiating. Inurnment followed at the Clay Center Cemetery. A book signing with the family present was Monday, from 5–7 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center.

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

Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com.

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Velma J. Chapman

Velma J. Chapman, 96, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at The Heritage at College View in Hastings.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, with Rev. Kevin Whitmore officiating. Interment followed at the Clay Center Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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

Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com

Mrs. Chapman was born July 3, 1922, to Daniel and Frances (Burghart) Godtel near Clay Center. She attended Hedge Valley rural school near Clay Center, graduating from Clay Center High School. She worked various jobs, including a salesperson for a jewelry store. She married Donald R. Chapman on Dec. 27, 1940, and lived in Elwood. They divorced in 2006.

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Winell A. Suckstorf

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Services for Winell A. Suckstorf, 89, Pierce, were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce. The Rev. Gordon Bruce and Joshua Mork officiated. Burial was at the Lambrecht Cemetery in rural Pierce.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Sunday at the church.

She died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Heritage of Bel Air Nursing Home in Norfolk.

Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce is in charge of the arrangements.

Winell Audrey (Buss) Suckstorf was born west of Pierce on April 27, 1929, to Albert and Louise (Kuhl) Buss. She was baptized on May 26, 1929, and confirmed March 29, 1942, by the Rev. M.F. Scheips. She attended school districts 40 and 8 and Zion Parochial School at Pierce and graduated from Pierce High School in 1946.

She and Clarence Suckstorf were married on Feb. 26, 1950, by the Rev. Steging at Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce. They farmed west of Pierce. They were blessed by three children, Marlene, Douglas and Gary.

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James “Jim” D. Hoyt

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Fairfield resident James “Jim” D Hoyt, the son of Melvin and Millie (Drabek) Hoyt, was born Aug. 26, 1942, in Clay Center, and departed this life on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

Celebration of life will be March 1, 2019, from 1-4 p.m., at the American Legion in Fairfield.

Jim graduated from Edgar High School and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Jim taught and coached in Diller, NE, for several years before returning to Fairfield to run the family farm.

Jim was united in marriage to Carol Lee Bohaty on Aug. 15, 1965. To this union they were blessed with three children; Jonathan, Andrea and Curtis.

Jim was an avid sports fan. He was State of Nebraska Horseshoe Pitching Champion in 1985 and played in the Nation Horseshoe Pitching tournament the following year. Jim was also an excellent bowler and bowled on many leagues and tournaments. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and sons Jonathan and Curtis.

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Mary Ratzlaff

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Mary Ratzlaff, age 93, of Stockham, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at her home.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 18, at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel. Rev. Paul Nauman officiated. Interment was in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation was from 5–7 p.m., Sunday evening at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

Mary Ratzlaff, the daughter of Monico and Eloisa (Rodriquez) Montoya, was born in Jensen, CO, joining her nine siblings on March 3, 1925 and passed away in Stockham on Feb. 13, 2019, at the age of 93.

Mary graduated high school and attended business school before working at the unemployment office in Omaha, where she met the man she was to marry.

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Kenneth R. Volz

Deweese resident Kenneth Robert Volz, 40, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, unexpectedly on the farm in Deweese. Memorial services were 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Fairfield Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, with Pastors Joyce and Ivan Dean officiating. The family requests casual attire be worn to service, overalls are welcome. Private family burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to the family.

There will be no viewing or visitation. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.mertenbutler.com. Merten-Butler Mortuary is serving the family. Kenneth was born Jan. 22, 1979, in Hastings, to Kenneth L. and Dorothy Lea (Babcock) Volz. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1998 and North Central Kansas Technical College receiving his degree in plumbing and heating/air conditioning.

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