Obituaries

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07
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Dale M. Buzzard

Dale M. Buzzard

Dale M. Buzzard, 90 years of age, of Burchard passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. He was born in Saint Elmo, Illinois on May 26, 1929 to George and Mary (Radcliff) Buzzard. Dale graduated from Lewiston Consolidated High School in 1948. He married Carol Hunt on June 6, 1950. Dale served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was a lifelong farmer, attended Burchard United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion and VFW. Dale enjoyed old cars, boating, fishing, motorcycles, water skiing, snow skiing, traveling and especially time with his grandchildren.

Thu
31
Oct
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Willa Ruth (Wade) Woods

Willa Ruth (Wade) Woods passed away on October 23, 2019.

Willa was born in Pawnee City, NE on April 24, 1922 to Ruth and Glen Wade. On June 1, 1941 she married the love of her life, Dale H. Woods who predeceased her in 2013.

Willa and Dale moved to San Diego, CA, right after their marriage. Willa is survived by her three children; six grandchildren (2 are deceased), 9 great grandchildren (1 is deceased), and three great great grandchildren. Willa is also survived by her beloved sisterin-law, Mary Alice Winchell of La Mesa, CA. and many nieces and nephews.

Willa was an excellent seamstress and an even better cook. She enjoyed her family and will certainly be missed by not only her family, but her friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Thu
31
Oct
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Janet Lee Leitschuck Gartner

Janet Lee Leitschuck Gartner

Janet Lee Leitschuck Gartner, age 85, of York, NE died Saturday, October 26, 2019 in Stromsburg, NE. She was born January 22, 1934 in Pawnee City, NE to LaVerne and Doris O. (Bennett) Leitschuck.

Janet graduated from Burchard High School and also completed business school at Wichita Business College. On August 17, 1952 she married her high school sweetheart Otis Gartner while he was home on leave from the Army. To this union three children were born: Fred, Shirley, and David.

Otis and Janet owned and operated the Cedar Motel in Randolph, NE and the Staehr Motel in York. Upon selling the Staehr Motel they purchased a house in York. Following Otis’s death in 1991, Janet continued to live in York until 2010 when she moved to Stromsburg where she resided until her death.

Thu
24
Oct
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Richard Keith Wagner

Richard Keith Wagner

Richard Keith Wagner passed away October 9, 2019 at the age of 79.

He was born December 20, 1939 in Pawnee City, the fourth of twelve children, to the late Fred and Eleanor (Ullman) Wagner.  He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1959.  He served in the Army. Keith worked at Reimers Kaufman for 43 years.  Keith married Linda Hanson on April 11, 1981 in Harvard and to this union they had one precious daughter, Leah Marie.  The family made their home in Lincoln, NE.  Keith was an avid Husker fan, enjoyed going to their daughter’s activities and his nieces and nephews sports events.  He also enjoyed dog sitting for his daughter’s dog Miya.

Thu
24
Oct
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Dean Albert Farwell

Dean Albert Farwell

Dean Albert Farwell, 91, of rural Seneca, passed peacefully on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca, with his wife and family by his side. His wife passed just hours later. Dean was born to Albert Clyde and Laura Velma Pelton Farwell on June 3, 1928 on the family farm northeast of DuBois, NE. He was baptized at DuBois United Methodist Church on October 19, 1930. He grew up with nine siblings and graduated from DuBois High School in May 1946. In December 1948, he became a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, where he served as a church council member for several years and volunteered with church activities, especially preparation for the annual ice cream social and mowing the church cemetery and lawn in the summer.

Dean married Loree Marjorie Hess on June 6, 1948 at Friedens United Church of Christ. The couple worked side by side; raised three sons and two daughters and celebrated 71 years of marriage.

Thu
24
Oct
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Dolores Bell Sochor

Dolores Bell Sochor

Dolores Bell (Karas) Sochor, 92, formerly of Table Rock, Nebraska was born on April 22, 1927 to Edd and Jessie (Hana) Karas at their home in Table Rock. She grew up in the Table Rock community and attended Table Rock Public School District #33, graduating salutatorian of her class of 1945 with a normal training certificate to teach in rural schools. From 1944-48 she lived with her parents on a farm north of Barneston, NE and taught rural school at Gage Co. District #109. Dolores graduated from Midwest School of Cosmetology in Lincoln in 1948. She was employed as a cosmetologist in Wymore, Table Rock and Pawnee City while maintaining her state license through 1996. At an early age in 1932, Dolores became active in music. Along with her sister, Donna, they were known as the Karas Sisters, entertaining at a variety of programs by playing guitar, accordion duets, singing, and tap dancing. Often their father accompanied them on the accordion.

Thu
24
Oct
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Loree Marjorie Farwell

Loree Marjorie Farwell

Loree Marjorie Farwell, 91, of rural Seneca passed peacefully on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca, with her family by her side. Her husband passed just hours prior. Loree was born to Henry, Jr. and Gertrude Freda Bucher Hess on December 22, 1927 on the family farm southeast of Pawnee City, Nebraska. Loree attended Prairie Star Country School for grades one through eight, then attended and graduated from Pawnee City High School in May of 1945. By taking the normal training classes, she then served as a teacher for three years in the country schools of Pawnee County.

Loree was baptized May 6, 1928, and then confirmed on November 30, 1947 at Friedens United Church of Christ. For several years, she taught Sunday school and volunteered for the many activities in the church.

Thu
10
Oct
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Roy Neal Farwell

Roy Neal Farwell

Roy Neal Farwell, 82, of DuBois, was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska on August 22, 1937, the tenth of 10 children born to Albert Clyde (Bert) and Laura Velma (Pelton) Farwell. He attended school in DuBois until 11th grade and then graduated from Bern High School in 1955.

Thu
03
Oct
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Donald L. Finney

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Passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 at the age of 70 years, 9 months and 14 days. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska, with Rev. Hugh Giesbrecht officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Interment will be in the Tecumseh Cemetery, Tecumseh, Nebraska, will military rites by the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Team and Tecumseh American Legion Post #2 and VFW Post #8221. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.

Thu
03
Oct
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Kyle Herbert Klepper

Kyle Herbert Klepper

Kyle Herbert Klepper, of Pawnee City, NE tragically passed away on September 21, 2019. He was born November 21, 2003 in Syracuse, NE. He is the son of Herbert and Laurie (Fricke) Klepper.

Kyle has resided in Pawnee City his whole life. He attended Lewiston Consolidated Schools in Lewiston, NE up until 5th grade. He then transferred to Pawnee City with the rest of his siblings to continue his education. The siblings agreed to all graduate where their dad and many of their family members had graduated from. Kyle started the 2019 school year as a Sophomore at Pawnee City High School.

Kyle was a simple, easy going young man with a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone, especially his family. He was creative and very smart. If no one could imagine it or fix it, Kyle could. He was smart with electronics and loved to build anything that gave him a challenge.

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