Funeral services for Thomas Kotrous, age 81, of Verdigre are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre.
Thomas died Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Wausa Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services for Rhonda Coffman, age 47, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Santee, Nebraska, will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Oyate Oyanke Community Center in Santee. Reverend Pat Whitehorse-Carda will officiate.
Visitation will begin Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. and continue until service time at the community center on Tuesday. Wake services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Rhonda died Thursday, August 2, 2018, in Lincoln.
Rhonda Joyce Coffman, was born May 28, 1971, in Wagner, South Dakota to Frances and Raymond Coffman. Family members include her five children and 21 grandchildren, Katrina Lavern Coffman (Esequiel Guerrero) and her seven children, Karla Rae Coffman (DeAngelo Walls) and her four children, Kathleen LaRae Coffman (Roberto Robertus) and her six children, Kayli Rose Coffman (Brendan McBride) and her two children, and Roberto Romero, Jr. (Makayla Staton) and their two children; significant other, Ricardo Torres; sisters, Juanita, Peggy, Debra (Jerome), Crystal Coffman, and Christina “Tina” Mesa; brother, Delray (Sherri) Coffman; 21 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Coffman; grandmother, Katherine Saul Redwing; uncles, Derrel Saul and Delbert Redwing; and aunt, Rosie Redwing.
Ralph Alanzo Dempsay, 72, passed away in hospice on July 26, 2018 in Lee Summit, MO. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, sister Charlotte Kiichler, children Rhonda Meister (Dempsay), David Dempsay, Shawn Dempsay, Nancy Cromer (Dempsay), and Laura Dempsay, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many adored nieces and nephews.
Ralph was born in Coleridge, Nebraska on October 30, 1945, graduated Coleridge High School in 1964, and married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Halleen on August 14, 1965. He is preceded in death by father Ralph A. Dempsay , mother Florence and brother Leroy.
Ralph had many occupations in life but was best known as Maintenance Supervisor at Bloomfield public schools in Nebraska from 1983 to 1996. He took great pride in the football field which was always in great condition. Hobbies of Ralph were amateur photography and stained glassworks, but by far his greatest passion was for his family; children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved each one as a gift from God, unique and special, and saw them as much as he could.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 3 at Ebenezer Congregational Church, 801 B St., Lincoln, Nebraska at 11:00 am. Memorials can be sent in care of Ebenezer Church. Ralph’s ashes will be interred at a later date.
Funeral services for Mardella M. Smith, age 78 of Wausa, Nebraska, will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Wausa, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wausa.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Wausa.
She died Saturday July 28, 2018, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Mardella M. Smith, daughter of Reinhard and Bertha (Von Rentzell) Doerr, was born October 10, 1939, at Creighton, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at Golgotha Lutheran Church of rural Wausa. Mardella raised three children; Rod, Sandy and Diane, on the farm northwest of Wausa. In 1979, she was employed at Goodyear Tire in Norfolk, for several years. She retired in Wausa.
Mardella's greatest joy in life was her personal relationship with her Savior, Jesus. She also found great joy in her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to shower the little ones with gifts at Christmas and always had something special for them when they came to visit. She also enjoyed her many flowers, gardening, cooking, sewing, and feeding birds.
Mardella died July 28, 2018 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk at the age of 78.
Survivors include her children, Rod (Gayle) Smith of Pleasant Dale, NE, Sandy (Mike) Klassen of Lindsay, NE, and Diane (Mike) Wakeley of Wausa, NE; brothers, Melvin (Gladys) Doerr of Omaha, NE, and Ray (Joyce) Doerr of Plainview, NE; sister, Stella (Luther) Gutz; brother-in-law, Tom Guernsey of Omaha; sisters-in-law, Janice Doerr of Norfolk, Janiece Carr of Sedona, AZ, and Gladys Doerr of Omaha; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Reinhard and Bertha (Von Rentzell) Doerr; brothers, Milford and Les Doerr; and sister, Ethel Guernsey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Christian Worship Hour, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Funeral services for Ronald E. Johnson, age 89, of Wausa, Nebraska will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa. Reverend Carl Sirotzki will officiate, with burial in Thabor Lutheran Cemetery in Wausa.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5824.
A Celebration of Life for Harold Doerr, age 92, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Jacob Bobby will officiate with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996 and American Legion Post 249.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Harold died Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Osmond General Hospital in Osmond, Nebraska,
Harold Peter Doerr was born in rural Creighton, Nebraska on December 22, 1925, to Peter and Frieda (Martens) Doerr. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1943 and farmed with his parents until he was drafted for the Korean Conflict, where he served from 1951 until 1953 and attained the rank of sergeant.
He returned to farm and married Jean Rudebusch of Randolph on December 20, 1957. Harold and Jean farmed southwest of Bloomfield until they retired and moved to a home built by their son, Kent, in Bloomfield. As a child, he was a 4-H member and raised and sold purebred Chester White hogs.
Farming was Harold’s occupation, his passion and his hobby. An active member of the community, he delivered Meals on Wheels, was a member of Ruritan, served on the ASCS committee, sang in church and community choirs in Bloomfield and Verdigre, and played the omnicord and sang in musical jams at his winter home in Texas for 15 years. At age 70, he played softball and took up golfing. He celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving.
Harold had a strong faith and was a daily Bible reader, completing the entire book every year for the last several years. He enjoyed travel to 50 states and 40 countries.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Brad (Deb), Kent (Shari), Amy (Tom), and Brian; brother, Wes; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harvey; and sisters, Elsie, Melba, Lois, Velma, and Arlene.
In lieu of flowers and memorials, the family requests doing a kind gesture for someone.
Funeral services for Sharon Christiansen, age 72, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton. Reverend Terry Huber will officiate, with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery in Plainview, Nebraska at a later date.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Sharon died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Sharon Joy Christiansen, daughter of Woodrow “Dutch” and Connie (Wilcox) Spangler, was born July 11, 1946. She attended Ewing Public Schools. On March 2, 1968, Sharon was united in marriage to Ernest Jakob Christiansen at Ewing, Nebraska. They were blessed with one daughter, TyLynne.
Sharon and Ernest lived in rural Creighton after their marriage and were lifelong ranchers in northeast Nebraska. They were the original founders of SantaLand. Sharon worked as a nurse’s aide and physical therapy assistant at Creighton Care Centre. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Bazile Mills, Nebraska and was a philanthropist of many area children’s organizations.
Sharon died July 17, 2018, at the age of 72.
Sharon is survived by her daughter TyLynne (Michael) Bauer of Norfolk, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Marisela (Matthew) Hahne, Claudia Perez-Bauer, Suzy (Josh) Bolton, Elizabeth Perez-Bauer, Collin (fiancé Rachel) Bauer, and Madison Bauer; seven great-grandchildren, Anaveya, Marshall, Makayla, Blaze, Joshua, Maeya, and Luella; brother, Gerald (Jessie) Spangler of Ewing, Nebraska; sister, Gwen (Jim) Kethcart of Norfolk; brother-in-law, Gary (Alberta) Willers of Neligh, Nebraska; sister, Thelma Lamb of Grand Island, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Christiansen; sisters, Lois Willers and Laura Rommers; and infant brother, Billy Spangler.
Funeral services for Joyce Lantz, age 84, of Creighton, Nebraska are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Joyce died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre in Creighton.
Tawna Lichty-Reineke, 40
Chad Reineke, 43
Janicka Luschen, 10
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 16th at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Osmond. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Osmond with Rosary at 8 p.m. Inurnment will be in the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Plainview.
Tawna Lichty-Reineke, Chad Reineke, and Tawna’s daughter, Janicka Luschen died Wednesday, July 4, 2018, as the result of an automobile accident near Yankton, SD.
Tawna Raeanne Lichty, 40, daughter of Dennis and Dorothy Belina Lichty, was born November 14, 1977, at Norfolk, Nebraska. A graduate of Plainview High School, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Service Counseling and Community Counseling at Wayne State College. Tawna and Jeff Luschen were married June 5,1998; & they became the parents of two daughters, Tirany Traeanne and Janicka Reeanne. On February 14, 2014, Tawna married Chad Reineke. Tawna, Chad, Tirany, & Janicka made their home in Wausa. They moved to Yankton, SD, in 2016. At the time of her death, Tawna was employed by the State of South Dakota as a vocational counselor.
Tawna Lichty-Reineke is survived by her daughter, Tirany; her, father Dennis Lichty; siblings, Anthony (Tony) and Sarah Cady Lichty; Tara and Vincent Tucker; Tiffany Lichty; and Tracy and Patricia Lichty; and nieces and nephews, Treyla and Traven Tucker, Eleanor (Ellie), Miriam, and Cassandra (Cassie) Lichty; and Kaden and Jace Lichty. Tawna was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy; grandparents, Lambert, Sr., and Agnes Belina; and Harmon, Florence, and Mary Lichty; and her uncle, Lambert (Rusty) Belina, Jr.
Chad Reineke, 43, son of Helen Thorell and Gary Reineke, was born in Wausa, Nebraska, on December 5, 1974. He graduated from Wausa High School. Chad attended Wayne State College for Business Administration. On August 27, 1995 Chad married Jennifer Johnson and they had two children Chase and Taylor Reineke. At the time of his death, he was working at Kolberg Pioneer in Yankton. He is survived by his son and daughter, Chase Reineke and Taylor Reineke; his mother and stepfather, Helen and David Thorell; his father and step mother, Gary and Mary Reineke; and his sisters, Mary (Garret) Keller and Lauren (Jared) Thompson; and his step brother and sister-in-law, Aaron (Lisa) Thorell; step brother Frankie (Lauren) Reineke; step sister Jolene Reineke; step sister Jessica Schmoll; brothers-in-law, Garrett Keller and Jarrod Thompson and brothers-in-law, Garrett Keller and Jarrod Thompson. and his grandmother, Delores Thorell. Chad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Keen and Helen Reed; grandparents Frank and Violetta Reineke; and Floyd Thorell, Jr.
Janicka Reeanne Luschen, 10, daughter of Tawna Lichty-Reineke and Jeff Luschen, was born January 19, 2008, in Norfolk, Nebraska. At the time of her death, she was a fifth-grader at Beadle Elementary School in Yankton. Janicka was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Lichty; grandfathers, Jim Luschen and Orin Zach; great-grandparents, Melvin Johnson, Lambert, Sr., and Agnes Belina; Harmon Lichty, Florence Lichty, and Mary Lichty; and great-uncle, Lambert (Rusty) Belina, Jr. She is survived by her father and stepmother, Jeff and Bobbie Luschen; sister, Tirany Luschen; stepbrothers, Tanner Stubbert & Chase Reineke; and stepsister, Taylor Reineke; grandparents, Dennis Lichty and Karen Zach; great grandmother, Dorothy Johnson; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services for Robert Pokorny, 52, of Clearwater, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13 2018, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater with Father John Norman and Father James Kramper, officiating.
Burial will be at Chambers Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and the wake will be at 7 p.m.
Bob passed away Monday, June 9, 2018 Neligh. Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be directed to family at www.snidermemorialfh.com
In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the family for future designation.