Obituaries

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Joyce Clementine Bowman Walsh

Joyce Clementine Bowman Walsh, 97 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Premier Estates, Pawnee City. She was born on July 10, 1922 to Clement Glen and Ina E. (Bond) Hubka in Akron, Colorado.

She moved with her parents and sister to Virginia, Nebraska. Then to Pawnee City, Nebraska in 1930. She attended county school District 19, graduated from Pawnee High School.

Joyce married Kenneth “Sandy” Bowman on September 15,1940. To this union five children were born; Roger, Connie, Duane, Kenneth and David.

Joyce was a member of the First Christian Church of 60 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was Unit County and District President, Worthy Matron for the Fern Chapter order of Eastern Star for 60 years, Priscilla Church Circle and Fairview Golf Club.

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12
Dec
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Mary Ann (Mattox) Wenzl

Mary Ann (Mattox) Wenzl

Mary Ann (Mattox) Wenzl, 88 of Steinauer, Nebraska passed away on December 8, 2019.  She was born June 26, 1931 to Leslie and Ida (Lukens) Mattox in Tecumseh, Nebraska.  She grew up in rural Tecumseh and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1948.

Mary was a loving mother and devoted homemaker who loved to cook and kept an immaculate house.  At an early age of 15, Mary worked at the Tecumseh Hospital as a nurse’s aide.  She then married Paul Wenzl in 1948 and moved to Steinauer.  Mary became Catholic and was a lifetime member of St. Anthony’s Church.  She was an active member and officer of the Altar Society throughout her life.  She belonged to the Holy Stitchers Quilting Group and enjoyed her weekly bowling league.  Mary was an EMT and volunteered many hours of service in the Steinauer community.

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12
Dec
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Rodney Scott Robison

Rodney Scott Robison

Rodney Scott Robison went to be with his Savior unexpectedly on December 1, 2019, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 55.  

Scott was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska, on November 12, 1964. He spent countless hours working on the family farm that he loved in Elk Creek while growing up in Pawnee City. His love of farming continued as he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987.  

Farming remained a central occupation throughout Scott’s life. He raised cattle while employed as a farm loan manager in the USDA Farm Service Agency and, later, as a loan officer at First National Bank of Johnson. After his father’s death, Scott continued to manage the family farm.

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05
Dec
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Mildred L. Panec

Mildred L. Panec

Mildred L. Panec, 84, of Fairbury passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at CHIHealth St. Francis.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019 at All Faiths Funeral Home with a service held at 7 p.m. Dan Naranjo will officiate. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Fairbury United Methodist Church, 605 E St, Fairbury, NE 68352. Pastor Victor Peterson will officiate. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Du Bois Cemetery. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Mildred was born on September 1, 1935 at Du Bois, NE, daughter of Emil and Lucy (Brtek) Shinn.

Mildred was raised and received her education from Du Bois, she graduated with honors as valedictorian, class of 1953.

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05
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Janice Jeri Marfice

Janice Jeri Marfice

Janice Jeri Marfice, age 78, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Wood) Cunningham, was born June 26, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away November 28, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Janice is survived by her husband, Norman Marfice; children: Deborah Matthews (Tom) and Douglas Marfice (Jillora); grandchildren: Ann Matthews, Sara Hoffman (Michael), Nick Matthews (Nicole), Christina Marfice, Adam Marfice (Ashley), John Marfice; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Emma Cunningham; grandson, Jeffrey Marfice.

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28
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Margaret Irene Mullin

Margaret Irene Mullin

Margaret Irene Mullin, 87, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Margaret was born on May 5, 1932 at her grandparent’s hotel (William and Mary Sebring) in DuBois, Nebraska. Her parents, Henry and Maude Triska, farmed near DuBois where they resided on various farms. Margaret attended East Start Country School, Union School, and in 1950 she graduated from DuBois High School. After graduation, she worked at the old Pawnee Hospital as a nurses aid and lived in the hospital annex.

On New Year’s Day in 1954, she was married to Jerome “Jerry” Mullin in a double ring ceremony with her sister Beverly and Byford Thomas at the DuBois Church.

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21
Nov
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Nola Emma (Heuppelsheuser) Rinne

Nola E. (Heuppelsheuser) Rinne, 97, of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Pawnee City Assisted Living. She was born to Herman and Elsie (Meyer) Heuppelsheuser on August 22, 1922 in Seneca, Kansas, along with her twin sister Nila.

Nola grew up in the country around Seneca, Kansas area. She went to country school and said that she walked or rode her horse to school.

In 1942 she married Everett Rinne in Pawnee County, Nebraska. To this union two children were born.

Nola loved to garden and loved her flowers. She enjoyed working on the farm with her husband and milking cows. Nola was a member of the Friedens United Church of Christ, Bern, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett, brother, Norman Heuppelsheuser and sisters, Delores Hartung and Lula Weitzel.

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21
Nov
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Leroy H. Benson

Leroy H. Benson was born December 14, 1926, in the family home, rural Pawnee County to William H. Benson and Lydia C.M. (Ulrich) Benson. He attended country school at Salem, District 60, 1-8th grade, Pawnee City High School his Freshman year, Burchard High School his Sophomore year, and Pawnee City for Junior and Senior years. He graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1944 with 56 in his class.

After graduating from high school, Leroy worked on the family farm, did custom work for neighbors, and was drafted to the Army the spring of 1945. After the war ended, he completed training, then was stationed in Hawaii until he was discharged in 1946. He returned to Pawnee City and farmed with his father and helped neighbors Joy Wilson and Floyd Mort.

Leroy married Shirley Volle at the Methodist Church in Pawnee City on June 12, 1952. Together they raised their four children Gail, Kurt, Gary and Jill.

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21
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Marilyn K. (Wenzbauer) McCage

Marilyn K. (Wenzbauer) McCage

Marilyn K. (Wenzbauer) Mc-Cage, 78, of Lincoln passed to eternal life on November 12, 2019, at 1:42 PM. She was born on October 12, 1941, in Pawnee City to Lawrence J and Elsie (Kalina) Wenzbauer. Marilyn was raised and lived in Table Rock, NE, where she graduated from Table Rock Public school in 1959, at age 18. Marilyn began her Christian path at the Table Rock United Methodist Church on December 18, 1942. She was baptized into the faith on March 25, 1956, by Reverend Harry Hart. Marilyn loved music her entire life. As a youth, she sang in the United Methodist Church junior choir, and it is one of her fondest childhood memories. At age 19, she started playing the organ for the United Methodist Church and continued to do so for 25 years until age 44. During that time, Marilyn played piano for many funerals in the area and played the bells at various churches.

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14
Nov
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Gerald D.“Jerry” Stitt

Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt

Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt, 87, of Lincoln, (formerly Tecumseh), died November 8, 2019.  He was born on April 29, 1932 in Pawnee City, Nebraska and preceded in death by his mother, Eva Caron, and his grandparents, Melvin and Mabel Stitt of Pawnee City.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Jane Stuart, and husband, Scott, of Lincoln, NE; son, Robert Stitt, and wife, Joan, and grandsons, Joe and Sam Stitt of New Braunfels, TX, and many cousins, nieces and nephews

In l95l, Jerry attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for two years.  He joined the Air Force and served from 1953 to 1957, being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was aide to the Commanding General, William M. Canterbury.

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