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Arleen Louise Steiner Hippen October 8, 1931 ~ March 10, 2015

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Margaret Charlene Beezley

Margaret “Marge” Charlene Beezley died peacefully surrounded by family in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 1, 2015 at the age of 81. Marge was born on Nov. 5, 1933 in Hebron, NE to Ralph and Margaret  (maiden Merritt) Hill. Early in herlife she moved to Johnson, NE.  There, she became a school teacher.She met Norman R. Beezley, a US  Air Force serviceman, at a dance inSyracuse NE. They were married  in 1953.In 1967 after the Air Force years, Marge and Norm settled in Kansas City until 1990, when retirement brought them to Pawnee City NE. In recent years Marge resided in Humboldt NE. In addition to being a full-time mother, Marge was active as a leader in Boy Scouts, the schools & PTA and was president of a homeowner’s association in Kansas City. She enjoyed delivering food for the elderly with Meals on Wheels. Marge was a devoted wife and loving mother. She had a keen sense of humor and loved to laugh. She enjoyed reading novels, TV, playing cards, Bingo and crossword puzzles.

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Lois Jean (Layden) Gager

Lois Jean (Layden) Gager, 71, of Table Rock, Nebraska was born on October 13, 1943 in Tecumseh,  ebraska to Clarence “J.C.” and Dorothy (Wilkinson) Layden. She  as raised in Table Rock and attendedpublic school. Lois graduated from Table Rock High School as Salutatorian with the class of 1961. She continued her education by attending Peru State College and the University of Nebraska majoring in home economics.  On November 24, 1963, Lois was united in marriage to Shad Gager at the United Methodist Church in Table Rock, Nebraska. To this union two sons, Jim and Alan, were born. Lois was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker most of her life while being a foster parent for 13 children. After 28 years, the couple returned to Table Rock in 1990 to take care of her parents. While living in Table Rock, Lois was a very active member of her community belonging to many clubs and organizations.

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Mary Ellen (Schultz) Glenn

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Kenneth Leroy Rohlmeier

Kenneth Leroy Rohlmeier was born at his grandparent’s home near Bern, Kansas on January 5, 1927, to Carl and Charlotte (Tegtmeier) Rohlmeier. He was called home to rest on February 21, 2015, at the age of 88 years, one month and sixteen days. Kenny lived with his parents and two sisters on the family farm three miles east of DuBois, Nebraska. He attended grades kindergarten through eighth at Athens country school and graduated high school from DuBois Public School in 1945. On June 18, 1945, he began his service with the United States Army, serving in Germany as a company clerk with the 309th Infantry. On November 25, 1946, he was discharged 
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Emily Rose Grupe

Emily Rose Grupe, 23, of Beatrice, died on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Beatrice. She was born on August 28, 1991 at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her family moved to Beatrice in 2001 and she attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and graduated  from Beatrice High School in 2010. She was a member of St.  Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beatrice and attended Joseph College of Beauty. She enjoyed cosmetology work, doing make-up, writing,  drawing and all animals. She had a kind, loving spirit and was loved by her family and friends. She will be missed by all. Survivors include her mother, Sonia Grupe of Beatrice; her father, Jim Grupe of Lincoln; one sister, Helen Grupe of Beatrice; grandparents, Doug and Naomi Grupe  of Deshler and Russell Heitbrink of Oregon; aunts and uncles, Fred andLouise Kenton, William and Linda Moser, Yvonne Wehrbein, Shelley Thomas, Bill and Paula Beaver  and Barry Grupe; many cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill & Irene Moser.

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Betty Ann (Kotalik) Mahoney

Betty Ann (Kotalik) Mahoney, 82, Pawnee City, formally of Tecumseh, Nebraska, entered eternal rest on Saturday, January 31, 2015. She was born on the family farm west of Table Rock to James and Helen (Beranek) Kotalik on December 5, 1932. She attended District 17 country school and Table Rock High School graduating with the class of 1950. After graduating at the age of 17, Betty completed a state exam to become an elementary teacher. For the next 18 years she attended Peru State College at night and during the summers before graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 1967. On July 25, 1953, Betty was united in marriage to Jack Mahoney. To this union, one daughter was born, Lucinda Mae, on October 10, 1968. Jack and Betty made their home in Tecumseh. Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage before Jack’s passing on February 27, 2002. Her Czech heritage, family, music, and her great love for educating children were her life.

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Lorena Kruse Higgins

Lorena Kruse Higgins, 88, of Beatrice, passed away at her home February 13, 2015 surrounded by her family. Lorena was born in York, NE on December 26, 1926. She was one of eight children born to John and Helen Kruse. She attended Windy Hill Elementary School in Pawnee County and graduated from Burchard High School in 1945. After graduating she worked at the Paddock Hotel in Beatrice. She married Duane Higgins in 1946.
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Mary Ann Gates

Mary Ann Gates, 68, of Humboldt, Nebraska, formerly of Pawnee City, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Colonial Acres. She was born on February 22, 1946 to Alvin and Leona (Edie) Antholz
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Collins Noel Schaardt February 2, 2015

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