Obituaries

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Marilyn Elizabeth (Obrist) Neukirch November 30, 1933 ~ February 17, 2017

Marilyn Elizabeth (Obrist) Neukirch, 83, Beatrice, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017. She was surrounded by her family after a long battle with Lymphoma. She was born November 30, 1933 in Steinauer, Nebraska to Chuck and Aggie (Barry) Obrist. She attended grade school at St Anthony’s in Steinauer, and graduated high school in 1952. After graduating, she moved to Lincoln to work as secretary in the Capitol building. She worked for the Department of Roads and Irrigation and night shifts at Saint Elizabeth Hospital admissions. She lived with her sister, Marge, and two other women from Steinauer. She married Arthur Neukirch on June 16, 1954 at Saint Anthony’s in Steinauer. Marilyn and Archie lived and farmed near Saint Mary’s, Nebraska, until 1965, when they moved to Beatrice. She began her career at Lowell Beer Apothecary as a bookkeeper, eventually becoming office manager at Med-Equip Medical Supply Company, before retiring in 1998.

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Burt D. Rhine April 23, 1937 ~ February 14, 2017

Burt D. Rhine, 79 of Liberty, NE passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Community Memorial Healthcare, Marysville, KS. He was born April 23, 1937 in Beatrice. He attended Union Center School and graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1955. Burt served in Germany form 1957 to 1960. Married Beverly Garton on October 1, 1960 at the Blue Springs Methodist Church. He worked at StoreKraft before moving to the farm in 1961. He had a dairy for many years, was a 4-H leader, served on the Pawnee County Extension Board. Burt was a former member of the Liberty Legion Post #246 and served one year as commander. He enjoyed farming, watching NASCAR, tractors and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

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June I. (Houghtalling) Dorsch December 22, 1943 ~ February 13, 2017

June I. (Houghtalling) Dorsch was born to John C. and Reba Belle (Pierce) Houghtalling on December 22, 1943 in Kearney, Nebraska. She grew up in central Nebraska and attended Pleasanton High School through the 10th grade. She was united in marriage to Lorin E. Dorsch on June 2, 1974 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Lorin and June lived in Elk Creek after their marriage, then moved to Tecumseh and later resided in Pawnee City, Nebraska. June worked for the Campbell Soup Company in Tecumseh for nine years, Belle Terrace Nursing Home for 10 years, Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt for five years and later worked at Casey’s in Pawnee City for five years until her retirement. Lorin passed away June 27, 2005. June moved to The Village in Pawnee City after Lorin’s death. She loved her little pet dog, Shelby. June was a very kind hearted person and was always willing to help anyone in need. She drove many friends to doctor appointments.

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Edward J. “Ed” Pepperl December 13, 1921 ~ February 9, 2017

Edward J. “Ed” Pepperl was born on December 13th, 1921 at home on the family farm near Burchard. He graduated from Burchard High School in May 1938. He worked on the farm until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1942. After basic training he was assigned to the 442nd Anti-Aircraft Battalion as a squad sergeant. The battalion served in the North African Campaign for 1½ years. Then after a short training period, they reorganized and served in southern France and Germany as the 99th Chemical Mortar Battalion. After the surrender of Germany, they returned to the States in July 1945. Ed received numerous medals from his war service, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Presidential Unit Citation. He was discharged in October 1945. Ed married Josephine Conradt on July 25th, 1945 at St. Anthony Church in Steinauer, Nebraska. He was employed in Burchard first as a store clerk and then was appointed as Postmaster.

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Clarence Roy Voigtlander September 9, 1920 ~ February 10, 2017

Clarence Roy Voigtlander was born at home in San Francisco on September 9, 1920 to Frank and Hattie Voigtlander. He was youngest of his family. He attended grammar school in the Portola district of San Francisco until moving to San Anselmo in 1932 to help his aunt Doris Kreuzer run her grocery store. He completed his elementary education in San Anselmo and graduated from San Rafael High in January 1938. He returned to San Francisco to attend Radio Technical School and worked part time as a bartender at the San Francisco Ferry Building during the World Fair of 1940 and 1941. During a break between the fairs he worked for Western Union digging post holes and erecting poles in conjunction with the construction of the Shasta Dam. He married Anne Katherine Ohlemutz in San Anselmo at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church on October 11, 1947 living together happily for 55 years. When his wife’s health failed in 2002 they moved to Pawnee City to be closer to George. Anne died on December 18, 2003.

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Mildred Louise Peterson January 17, 1924 ~ February 4, 2017

Mildred Louise (Dick) Peterson, 93, of Pawnee City formerly of Waverly and Humboldt, Nebraska was born on January 17, 1924 near Du Bois, Nebraska to Ernest and Sarah (Habegger) Dick. Mildred grew up the middle child of three children, on a farm east of Du Bois. For her early formal education, she attended Rockdale country school and later graduated from Du Bois High School with the class of 1940. On August 22, 1948, Mildred was united in marriage to Norman W. Peterson in Humboldt, Nebraska. To this union, a son, Loren, was born. The couple established their home on a farm eleven miles northwest of Humboldt where Mildred helped with the daily farm activities. She began working for Dr. Heim and then at the Humboldt Hospital. Mildred retired from the Colonial Acres Nursing Home after working in the laundry department for 28 years. Mildred liked to travel and had taken vacations with her son Loren to the mountains and the Great Lakes region.

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Joyce Lorraine (Hefling) McAferty Spier February 25, 1937 ~ February 4, 2017

Joyce Lorraine (Hefling) McAferty Spier, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Colonial Acres, Humboldt, Nebraska. She was born February 25, 1937 to Ira Franklin and Gladys Rose (Anderson) Hefling on the “Home Place” during a snowstorm. She was baptized at the Federated Church in Mt. Hope, KS. She graduated from Mt. Hope, High School in 1955. She attended the American Business College and worked for Security Oil Company in Wichita, Kansas. Joyce married Robert L. McAferty on July 4, 1957 in the Federated Church in Mt. Hope. Three children were born to this union, Debbie Sue, Michael Lee and Tony James. They were later divorced. Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for Wittwer Construction Company and then worked for Donahue and Faesser for 28 years. Following retirement she remained active working for Experience Works at the Pawnee Historical museum. Joyce enjoyed working with stained glass, reading and taking care of her children.

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Ardis Bernice Gottula Hunzeker

July 20, 1928 ~ January 28, 2017

 

Ardis Bernice Gottula Hunzeker passed away January 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years at the Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City NE. She was born on July 20, 1928 to Albert Christopher Gottula and Esther Marie (Damm) Gottula, at the family’s home near Steinauer NE.

Ardis attended country school at Clear Creek. She attended 2 years of parochial school at St Peter’s Lutheran church near Elk Creek, and graduated from Table Rock High School in 1945. She followed the normal training courses in high school and taught country school for a time after graduation.

Ardis married Art Hunzeker on October 19, 1946, at St Peter’s Lutheran church. Four children were born to this union. Ardis and Art spent the early years of their married life south of Humboldt NE, living with Art’s brother Jake, and Jake’s wife (Ardis’s sister) Maxine. Shortly before their son Russell’s birth, they moved to their farm south of Pawnee City.

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Duane A. Smith July 28, 1933 – January 28, 2017

Omaha, NE- Preceded in death by son, Verlyn; brother, Larry; parents, Archer and Mary; daughter-in-law, Kathy. Survived by wife, Edna; children: Patricia Wokurka, Donald (Teresa), Verneal Rogers, Douglas (Jackie), Kevin (Nancy), and Kimberley Arnold (William); seventeen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Collins; loving dog, Murphy; many other loving family members. FUNERAL was on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am, First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St., Omaha Additional FUNERAL SERVICE was in Pawnee City on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church. Interment was in the Pawnee City, Nebraska Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Boy Scouts of America, Mid America Council. Arrangements were by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68144 402-391-3900, www.heafeyheafey.com

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Ardis Bernice Gottula July 20, 1928 ~ January 28, 2017

Ardis Bernice Gottula passed away January 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years at the Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City NE. She was born on July 20, 1928 to Albert Christopher Gottula and Esther Marie (Damm) Gottula, at the family’s home near Steinauer NE. Ardis attended country school at Clear Creek. She attended 2 years of parochial school at St Peter’s Lutheran church near Elk Creek, and graduated from Table Rock High School in 1945. She followed the normal training courses in high school and taught country school for a time after graduation. Ardis married Art Hunzeker on October 19, 1946, at St Peter’s Lutheran church. Four children were born to this union. Ardis and Art spent the early years of their married life south of Humboldt NE, living with Art’s brother Jake, and Jake’s wife (Ardis’s sister) Maxine. Shortly before their son Russell’s birth, they moved to their farm south of Pawnee City.

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