Funeral services for Irene Stewart, age 79, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lindy, Nebraska. Pastor Tom Jacobsen will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Irene died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.
Funeral services for Arturo Rouillard, age 39, of Santee, Nebraska will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Oyate Oyanke Community Center in Santee. Spiritual leaders will be Ron Thomas and Redwing Thomas, with burial in Howe Creek Cemetery in rural Center, Nebraska.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the Community Center, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service, and continue until service time.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Arturo died Saturday, May 5, 2018, as the result of an accident.
Arturo C. Rouillard, (Mahpiya Ho Tanka Mani), age 39, of Santee, Nebraska was born March 20, 1979, in Sioux City, Iowa to Laura A. Rouillard and Arturo Arana. He lived most of his life in Sioux City where he received his GED. Arturo worked hard at a number of jobs. In 2010, he moved to Santee, Nebraska. In Santee, Arturo became a B.I.A. Wildland Firefighter working with his “band of brothers” for the past eight years. Arturo loved being a firefighter and thrived on helping others. He loved his family above all else. He was especially close to his mother Laura, and girlfriend, Adrienne Denney. Arturo began dating Adrienne five years ago. They did everything together from fishing to cruising and “bumping” to music. He was honored to become step-father to Adrienne’s precious children: Dakota, Georgianna, Nina, Taneice, and Tessa Denney. Arturo also loved being “Papa Art” to Adrienne’s beautiful grandbabies: Harmony, Amari Jaie, Mila, and Azarah. Adrienne and Arturo were inseparable.
Arturo also loved music, cars, ATVs and motorcycles. He loved storytelling and joking around and constantly making others laugh including his cousins, Michele Haller and Carrie Rouillard. Arturo’s humor was among his many gifts. In 2005, when Arturo’s beloved grandmother Ruby passed, he wrote a poem in her honor which he titled “I Sit and Cry.” Arturo was loving and was deeply loved by all, especially his mother. He would text his mother twice a day to check on her.
Arturo leaves behind his mother, Laura Rouillard; his auntie, Lynne Rouillard; cousins, Michele Haller (husband John), Carrie Rouillard, and their families; his hunka brother, James and Veronica Starr Comes Out and family. He also leaves behind all of his other aunties, uncles, cousins, and other extended family and close friends.
Arturo was preceded in death by his father, Arturo Arana; his maternal grandparents, Ted and Ruby Rouillard Robertson; paternal grandparents, Felix and Candelara Arana of Jalisco, Mexico; uncle Gary Rouillard, uncle Larry Rouillard; and auntie Emily Frazier.
Funeral services for Ronald Cook, age 88, of Verdigre, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orchard, Nebraska. Reverend Marcel Kohlmeyer will officiate, with burial in Hope Enterprise Cemetery in rural Orchard.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska, with an 8:00 p.m. Prayer Service.
Ron died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre in Creighton.
Ronald LaVerne Cook, son of Orval and Louise (Block) Marshall Cook, was born December 29, 1929, at Walnut, Nebraska. He attended District 18 School until the eighth grade, and then attended Verdigre High School, graduating in 1947.
Ron was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where, at the age of four, he met a girl named Carol Marie Pierce. He told his brother that he was going to marry that girl. Ron and Carol attended Sunday school, were confirmed, and attended high school together. On September 23, 1951, they were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Ron spent his life on the farm except for the time he spent in Korea with the United States Army during the Korean War.
Ron and Carol were blessed with twelve children: Kathryn, Alice, Charles, Mary, Ruth, Martha, Janet, Rachel, Nellie, James, Patty, and Penny.
Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Kathy Weber (Leo) Specht of Towner, Colorado, Alice Fritz of Waco, Nebraska, Charles (Marjorie) Cook of Verdigre, Nebraska, Mary (Paul) Menter of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ruth Cook of Verdigre, Martha Cook of Norfolk, Nebraska, Janet (Kent) Hollman of Grand Island, Nebraska, Rachel (Steve) Boyer of Marengo, Illinois, Nellie (Nathan) Ristvedt of Utica, Nebraska, James (Lisa) Cook of Verdigre, Patty (Kenny) Cope of Lincoln, and Penny (Brian) Meyer of Seward, Nebraska; 38 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Arne Pierce and Larry Pilar; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Pierce.
Ron would frequently ask his grandchildren “What was the best thing I ever did for you?” Everyone knew the answer was “married Grandma.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Louise Cook; parents-in-law, Frank and Mary Pierce; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred (Anne) Marshall and Richard (Marlene) Cook; brother, Ben Marshall; sister, Merleen Pilar; sons-in-law, Larry Weber and Allen Fritz; granddaughter, Melinda Ristvedt; brother-in-law, Dean Pierce; and sisters-in-law, Roma Ham and Doris Meyer.
Memorials may be designated to St. Paul Lutheran Church or The Lutheran Hour.
Funeral services for June Petersen, age 95, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Christ Memorial United Methodist Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Lynde Linde will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
June died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.
June Pearl (Hilfiker) Petersen, daughter of Elmer and Margaret “Maggie” (Sawyer) Hilfiker, was born June 4, 1922, at Crofton, Nebraska. She attended rural school and graduated from Bloomfield High School. June was united in marriage to Raymond E. Petersen at Star Church in rural Knox County, Nebraska. They were blessed with six children.
June was a caregiver throughout her lifetime. She lovingly cared for her daughter, Margaret, and later for her mother, Maggie. There was always an abundance of love and food in June’s home. Family and friends would often gather at her house. Many quilting bees were held there as well. June helped on her parent’s farm, worked in her garden, and sewed clothes for her family, along with other household chores. June was a hard worker, and although she never worked outside her home, she was always willing to help her church, her community, and volunteer at Bloomfield Good Samaritan Society. She gave her heart and love to many people.
June was a member of Christ Memorial United Methodist Church in Bloomfield and was very active in the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
June is survived by her daughter, Lila Petersen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and her son, Donald Petersen of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; children, Margaret Petersen, Leslie Petersen, Loren Petersen, and Jean Stine; and six brothers and sisters.
Funeral services for Barbara Farr, age 91, of Creighton, Nebraska are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Barbara died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Mass of Christian Burial for Norma Kohler, age 92, of Norfolk, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre, Nebraska. Reverend Kizito Okhuoya will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Norma died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Funeral services for Lorinda Hoferer, age 65, of Creighton, Nebraska are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Lorinda died Monday, May 7, 2018, at her residence
Funeral services for Gene Jessen, age 86, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Terris Krueger will officiate, with burial at a later date at the devils nest.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996, American Legion Post 249, and Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lindy, Nebraska.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Gene died Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at his residence.
Gene Dale Jessen, son of John and Frieda (Steinike) Jessen, was born August 6, 1931, at his parent’s home. He graduated from Bloomfield High School. On September 24, 1958, Gene married Bette Ann Broders at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at Lindy, Nebraska. They were blessed with six children, Tim, Robin, Todd, Elizabeth, Michelle, and Shelby.
Gene was a farmer in the Lindy area. In 1960, he took over the management of the Devils Nest ranch when his dad retired. In 1980, Gene quit farming to concentrate on cattle ranching. At that time, he made conservation a priority for his prairie.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lindy Country Club, and numerous other organizations in the Lindy and Bloomfield area.
Gene is survived by his children, Tim (Annie) Jessen of Niobrara, Robin Jessen-Ingram of Bloomfield, Todd (Kat) Jessen of Lone Grove, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Jessen of Lenox, Iowa, Michelle Driscoll of Omaha, and Shelby (Jeff) Nilsen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; thirteen grandchildren, Brandon (Keisha) Jessen, Logan (Minday) Jessen, Lindsay (Dan) Reinwald, Jake Jessen, Morgan Ingram, Cheyanne, Mariah, and Trevor Jessen, Garrett and Spencer Brown, Jackson and Delaney Driscoll, and Nash Nilsen; six great-grandchildren, Trey, Javon, Amirah, Phoenix, Breckyn, and Hailey; and siblings, Shorty (Thelma) Jessen of Bloomfield, Arlene Barnes of Bloomfield, Helen McCoy of Greely, Colorado, Janet (Norris) Gold of Diller, and Mary (Tom) Trenhaile of Bloomfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frieda Jessen; and his siblings, Herb Jessen, Marjorie Barnes, Lyle Jessen, Jack Jessen, Joan Case, and Alyce Sphon.
Family suggests memorials to Bloomfield Veterans Memorial Fund.
Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Frisch, age 90, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery in Creighton.
Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service.
Dorothy died Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Dorothy Rose Frisch, daughter of John Sr. and Elizabeth (Losselyong) Demerath, was born February 11, 1928, at rural Creighton, Nebraska. She attended District 22 grade school in Antelope County and graduated from St. Ludger Academy of Creighton in 1945.
On September 25, 1946, Dorothy married Lawrence “Lornie” Frisch at St. Ludger Catholic Church. They farmed six and a half miles east of Creighton where four children were born to them: Donna, Dianne, Delores “Lori”, and Lee. Lornie and Dorothy lived on the farm until 1978, when they moved into Creighton and Dorothy began working for the Flower Basket. In July of 1985, Lornie passed away. Dorothy continued working at the Flower Basket for several years.
Dorothy was a member of St. Ludger Catholic Church and was involved with the Altar Society.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Donna (Gordon) Fulton of Creighton, Dianne (Tom) McInerney of Cave Creek, Arizona, Lori (Steve) Pecha of Evans, Georgia, and Lee (Lenice) Frisch of Creighton; ten grandchildren, Cindy (Jerry) Fulton-Serrano of Raymond, Nebraska, Christy (Chad) Waldow of Norfolk, Cathy (Erik) Burns of Creighton, Brian (Krista) McInerney of Seattle, Washington, Kelly (Kevin) Groff of Phoenix, Arizona, Doug (Sue) Baker of Omaha, David (Melissa) Baker of Appling, Georgia, Aaron (Jennifer) Frisch of Papillion, Alisa (Tom) Kuether of Pierce, and Abbey (Blake) Baumann of Lincoln; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Ray, John Jr., and Edward; sisters, Helen Demerath, Ann Jelinek, and Betty Tichy; and one great-granddaughter, Madison McInerney.
Funeral services for Kay McManigal, age 58, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Faith Hope and Love Fellowship Church in Creighton. Pastor Janice Nelson will officiate, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Verdigre, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Kay died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at her home in Creighton.
Kay Jean (Gier) McManigal, daughter of Dean and Betty (Schwartz) Gier, was born on April 1, 1960, in Yankton, South Dakota. She grew up in Bloomfield, Nebraska with her parents and three siblings, Bill, Mary, and Robert. She attended school in Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1978. After Kay graduated high school, she attended college at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then attended and graduated from the nursing program at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.
She married Thomas McManigal on November 17, 1979, in Bloomfield. Tom and Kay had five beautiful children, Andrea, Melissa, Brett, Adam, and Kylee. After marriage, Kay and Tom lived in Center, Nebraska for two and a half years before they purchased a farm northwest of Center. Kay enjoyed helping out on the farm by milking cows and doing other chores.
Kay was a dedicated and loving nurse for 20 years. In 2016, she hurt her back while on the job and no longer could work. She moved out of her home in Verdigre, Nebraska to Creighton, Nebraska shortly after, this is where she spent the last couple years with her daughter Kylee.
Kay was a very kind, caring, passionate and loving woman. She spent her whole life taking care of others. From her family to her job, she always went beyond what was expected of her. Her love for Jesus Christ is indescribable. She spent her life spreading the word of the Lord, reading the bible and writing to him in countless notebooks. Kay enjoyed attending bible studies with her close friend, Lois Kreycik and sharing her faith with the Faith Hope and Love Church.
Kay had a wonderful love for flowers. She would surround her house with flowers every spring. She took pride in her very clean, neat home. Decorations and pictures were always displayed throughout the home. One of her hobbies included coloring. She would spend hours in bed coloring one page and drying out dozens of markers. She shared her love for coloring with her youngest grandchild, Morgan, who she watched two-days a week this past school year.
She loved spending time with her five kids and six grandkids. Kay was very proud of all five of her children. Her and her youngest daughter lived alone together for about nine years, after her other four children graduated and moved out. Her grandkids, Hunter and Walker Kotrous, Layne, Jordyn, Brooklyn, and Morgan Ebel, brought so much happiness and sunshine to her life. She spent countless hours watching them play sports, coloring and playing games with them.
Kay did everything with a purpose. She worried about others before she ever considered herself. Her love and compassion could move mountains. She always put her trust in the Lord that everything would work out for the better. Kay will be greatly missed by many, many people who loved and adored her presence.
Survivors include daughter, Kylee of Verdigre; son, Adam of Center; son, Brett and daughter-in-law Jessica of Lincoln; daughter, Melissa and son-in-law Dan Ebel and grandkids Layne, Jordyn, Brooklyn, and Morgan of Winnetoon; son-in-law Darrell and grandsons Hunter and Walker Kotrous of Yankton, South Dakota; sister, Mary and brother-in-law Randy Ellis of Cosby, Missouri; brother, Bill Gier of Davenport, Iowa; brother, Robert and sister-in-law Natalie Gier of Lincoln; and her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Andrea Kotrous; husband, Thomas McManigal; father, Dean and mother, Betty Gier; grandpa, Robert and grandma, Emma Schwartz; grandpa, William and grandma, Mary Gier; and sister-in-law, Debra Gier.
Pallbearers include Dylan Walton, Chip Bartos, Taylor Kraft, Cole Sokol, Dustin Pischel, Cody Konopasek, Chase Rohrer, and Mike Jelinek. Grandma’s Special Pallbearers include Hunter and Walker Kotrous, Layne, Jordyn, Brooklyn, and Morgan Ebel.
Condolences can be sent to Brockhaus Funeral home in Creighton, Nebraska or to Melissa Ebel at 206 Clark Ave. Winnetoon, Nebraska, 68789, to help with funeral expenses.
“But I trust in you, LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.” Psalm 31: 14-16