Kenneth J. Lowin, 87 of Cedar Falls, Iowa, formerly of Bloomfield, died Saturday, November 11, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.
He was born on June 12, 1931 in Bloomfield, the son of John and Dorothy (Bahr) Lowin. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in the class of 1949 and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1956. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1956. On June 17, 1956, he married Audrey Barger in Bloomfield. He worked as an engineer for John Deere for 34 years, retiring in 1990.
Survived by: his wife of Cedar Falls, IA; a son, Mark of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Lynda Lowin of San Antonio, TX; a grandson, William (Regan) Lowin of Grain Valley, MO; a great-granddaughter, Tayten Lowin; and two nephews, Bart (Simone) Lowin of Newnan, GA, and Jon Lowin of Denver, CO.
Preceded in death by: his brother, Jerome (Nadine) Lowin.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17th at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Lindy, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, NE.
Memorials may be directed to the church or the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Kenn was a faithful, caring person who served his community and church in many capacities and was devoted to St Paul Lutheran Church and his family. He was an avid fisherman and stamp collector and loved traveling with his wife of 62 years. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services for Phyllis Schmeckpeper, age 94, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Pastor Jacob Bobby will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Phyllis died Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Phyllis Dorothy (Bruhn) Schmeckpeper was born August 12, 1924, to Herman and Emma (Prosch) Bruhn in the rural area southeast of Bloomfield. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith on October 26, 1924. In April 1939, Phyllis renewed her Christian faith with her confirmation at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She received her education from rural district #152 and Bloomfield High School, from which she graduated in May 1941. Phyllis taught in rural school districts #128 and #100 until her marriage to Daylon Schmeckpeper on February 2, 1944. They lived in the Pleasant Valley vicinity west of Hartington where they farmed and operated a dairy farm for many years. While still living on the farm, Phyllis was a 4-H leader.
In 1966, Phyllis and Daylon left the farm and moved into Bloomfield. She was employed at the dental office of Dr. HJ Blankinaw until 1994. She also was employed at Good Samaritan Society as a dietary aide and at Walmart in Norfolk. She retired in 2001 and returned to Bloomfield. Phyllis and Daylon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1994. She was a member of the Bloomfield Women’s Club and First Trinity Ladies Aide.
Phyllis was called to her Heavenly home on November 6, 2018, reaching the age of 94 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Emma Bruhn; her husband, Daylon; sisters, Vera Lamprecht, Ruby Schainost, and Arlene Lemke; brother, Raymond; great-grandson, Hudson Mertens; and nephew, Gary Lamprecht.
She leaves to mourn two daughters, Joy Thomason and JoAnn Claussen; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for LuVerne Koops, age 91, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018, at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Terry Krueger will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
LuVerne died Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.
LuVerne Helen Koops was born July 10, 1927, on the family farm northeast of Magnet, Nebraska. She was the sixth child of Henry and Esther (Swanson) Schultz. The family moved into Magnet in 1934 and LuVerne attended grade school through the eighth grade, and then graduated from Magnet High School in 1944.
That fall LuVerne continued her education by attending Norfolk Junior College. She began working for Montgomery Ward on the weekends, evenings, summers, and holidays to pay for her education. LuVerne graduated from college in 1946 and began her teaching career at O’Neill Public Schools. After five years there, she taught for one year at Randolph and two years at Ogallala Public School.
In 1954, LuVerne married Alfred Koops at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. She began her career at Bloomfield Community School first as a classroom teacher and then as Elementary Principal. LuVerne was employed at Bloomfield Community Schools for 34 years. She retired at the end of the 1987-1988 school year. She received several teaching awards including, 1970 Outstanding Educator of America and 1978-1979 listing in the “Bicentennial Edition” of Who’s Who in Nebraska.
After retirement, LuVerne enjoyed her home, flowers, gardening, and canning. She also loved to travel taking numerous trips to the Black Hills and State Parks. She kept busy with church and community organizations.
LuVerne is survived by her husband, Alfred Koops of Bloomfield, Nebraska; sister, Gladys Wakeley; sister-in-law, Evon Koops; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Esther Schultz; brothers, Wayne (Doris) Schultz, Les (Katherine) Schultz, Don (Lois) Schultz, and Lee Schultz; brother-in-law, Harley Wakeley; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Melvin (Evelyn) Koops, Henrietta (Melvin) Stewart, Elsie (Elmer) Moeller, Edna Mae (Clyde) Nelson, Dorothy (Vernon) Ziegler, and Kenny Koops
Luree Dora was born February 18, 1930, to Lawrence and Frieda (Schwarz) Rose. She attended Bloomfield Public Schools, graduating in 1947. United in marriage to Walter Wearne in 1948, the two made their home first in Kansas City and then in Bloomfield and back to both again, finally settling in Bloomfield in 1962. To this union were born 3 girls and 4 boys: Grant (Sandi), Steve (Deb), Marilyn Warriner, David (Denice), Eric (Linda), Sharon (Dennis) Larson and Joanne (Darrel) Swenson. Of course, from there the family grew to 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Luree was a mother and homemaker, keeping busy bossing the kids around and sewing. Among the many roles she played in her life were den leader, 4-H leader, camping girls leader, and seamstress. She was active in her church and along with Walter, opened her home to people from all over. In the 1960s it was Helga immigrating from Germany as a young adult. Then Luiz and Maria from Brazil and Julio of Chile were welcomed into Luree and Walt’s home as foreign exchange students during the 1970s and 80s. Around 1974 she began working part-time at the United States Post Office in Bloomfield where she continued until her retirement in 1992.
When Luree wanted to “get away from it all”, she would head for the outdoors where she enjoyed bird watching, camping, fishing and traveling. She was quick to invite others to join her and always tried to help those in need. She had a huge heart and shared it with everyone.
When Walter died in 1988, Luree dove into the work of helping the Bloomfield Community plan and commemorate their centennial celebration. She regularly wrote a newspaper column for the Monitor and was instrumental in producing a large book about the history of the citizens of Bloomfield and the surrounding area.
On March 7, 1992, Luree married Renze Boersma of Springfield, SD. They made their home in Yankton, SD. With her marriage, Luree enlarged her family with the addition of Renze’s son and daughter-in-law, Bernie and Margaret of Cheyenne, WY. Their marriage also gave her 4 more grandchildren.
Renze and Luree made it a point to be involved and busy having fun while they could. They enjoyed square dancing, church activities, woodworking, visiting and traveling. They were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton and were very active in the Over 50’s group at the church. During their years together, they traveled to Denmark, Japan, Alaska, California and many more local places to spend time with family. Sadly, their life together was cut short when Renze succumbed to cancer in 2006.
In 2011, Luree moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and changed her name to Rosie. She had many different homes during her life there and always won the hearts of those around her. By this time, Rosie didn’t have much to say, but was often quick with a smart remark and a smile. She became a card shark at the game of Kings in the Corner and loved everything purple. Rosie always felt so lucky that her children and their families all still talk to each other and so many of them are accountants and college graduates. Rosie’s children and their families all counted her as one of their many blessings. They will mourn her loss forever, but also forever feel blessed to have had her in their lives. Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Sister, we miss you. She died October 22, 2018.
Preceded in death by husbands Walter Wearne and Renze Boersma; Survived by children Joanne (Darrel) Swenson of Omaha; Sharon (Dennis) Larson of Nebraska City; Eric (Linda) Wearne of Portland, OR; David (Denice) Wearne of Papillion, NE; Marilyn Warriner of Waverly, NE; Steve (Deb) Wearne of Rio, WI; Grant (Sandi) Wearne of Cincinnati, OH; Bernard (Margaret) Boersma of Douglas, WY; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; Sister Kathy (Ray) Knutson of Hartington, NE; Visitation Thursday 6 to 8 PM at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church ( 150th & Q St). Memorial Service Saturday 1:30 PM at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, NE. Inurnment Bloomfield City Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimers Assc., American Cancer Society or First Trinity Lutheran Church; Condolences to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com
Justin John Rohrer (41) of Cretna, Nebraska passed away on October 15, 2018.
Justin was born in Creighton, Nebraska on January 8, 1977. He grew up in Center, Nebraska and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1995.
Justin was married to Michelle Rienfeld on August 18, 2001; they were married 17 years. He was a partner and worked as a "head-cheeser" or construction manager for TH Construction Company for 20 years. He enjoyed meeting new folks, debating any topic and winning people over. He loved "playing in the dirt," working with his best friend Tim, drinking with his friends, and going to the Knox County Fair. Justin was 100% in love with his wife and family and enjoyed watching his boys play sports, teasing his daughter and loving his wife.
Justin is survived by his wife Michelle; children Cadance, Aiden, Brysen, and Peyton; parents Jim and Sue Rohrer of Center, NE; sister Chessie Vesely (Nate) of Omaha; brothers Chase, of Omaha, and Jared (Taylor) of Council Bluffs, IA; Michelle's parents, Mike and Karen Rienfeld of Omaha; several nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
Justin is preceded in death by his aunt JaVee Suhr, sister-in-law Debra Rienfeld, and his grandparents.
Mary Ellen Blatchford, age 96, of York, NE, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at York. She was born June 4, 1922 in Coleridge, NE to Morris and Hazel (Tidemann) Bailey. She graduated from Coleridge High School in 1939 and attended Wayne State College. She taught 2 years in rural schools and worked for 4 ½ years in a rationing office during WWII.
She was married to Howard Blatchford on August 4, 1946, and they were the parents of Bill and Beth. Mary Ellen loved crafts, and gave thousands of crocheted Easter bunnies to her friends. She enjoyed reading so much that she said that she was almost antisocial. She also wrote many, many letters.
Mary Ellen was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in York. She was the secretary of various church circles in a number of congregations for over 60 years. Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Past President of the Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Daughters of the Revolution.
She is survived by her son Bill (Bev) Blatchford of Bloomfield, NE, daughter Beth (Edwin) Vavra of Milligan, NE; 5 granddaughters: Rita Smith, Roxanne Songer, Rhonda Veleba, Shelley Downing, and Kimberley Warnick, and their families including 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1999, and sister Wilma.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in York, with the Reverend Art Philips officiating. Inurnment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, York. There will be no viewing or visitation as it was Mary Ellen’s wish to be cremated; however, her family will greet friends Monday evening, October 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the mortuary in York. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or to Epworth Village.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.
Funeral services for Patricia "Pat" Cihlar, age 76, of Verdigre, Nebraska will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at United Methodist Church in Verdigre. Reverend Judy Carlson will officiate, with burial in Grimton Cemetery in rural Verdigre.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre is in charge of arrangements.
Pat died Friday, September 7, 2018, at Avera Creighton Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene “Gene” “Lefty” Cerny, age 79, of Papillion, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at St Columbkille Church, 2250 E Sixth St, Papillion, NE.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Columbkille Church in Papillion, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018, at St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery, Creighton, Nebraska.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151, American Legion Post 74, Army National Guard Honor Guard, and American Legion Riders.
Kahler Dolce Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of local arrangements.
Gene passed away August 25, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born June 9, 1939, in Burke, SD, to the late Frank and Mildred (Pistulka) Cerny. Gene married Julia (Judy) Sukup on May 9, 1964, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton, NE.
Children are Dee Kohler (Steve) of Papillion, NE, Kris Donnelly (Patrick) of Columbus, NE, Doug Cerny (Angie) of Gretna, NE, and Gina Woods (Scott) of Grand Island, NE; eleven grandchildren, Sarah Cooper, Drew Kohler (Jasmaine), Claire Donnelly, Mallory Woods, Sean Donnelly, Cameron Cerny, Megan Woods, Gracie Woods, Caleb Cerny, Carter Cerny, Callum Cerny; and one great grandchild, Brandon Cooper; siblings and in-laws, Frank (Betty) Cerny, Tom (Pam) Cerny, Midge (Don) Effle, and Ray (Pat) Cerny, Ann Sukup, Dan (Connie) Sukup, and Dave (Barb) Sukup.
He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Ray Sukup.
Gene entered the US Army after graduating from Verdigre High School in 1957. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He attended Wayne State College in 1963.
Gene was a math teacher at Omaha Central High School until 1970. He was a High School Principal in Verdigre, NE, from 1970-1976; and Bloomfield, NE from 1977-1978. The family moved when Gene became Superintendent of schools at Bradshaw, NE, from 1978-1986. He also served as the York County Superintendent. He finished his career as Superintendent at Madison schools in Madison, NE, from 1986 to 1998.
Gene and Julie were an amazing dancing couple. He took lessons before their wedding to learn the waltz, salsa, and other dances. Many people would comment how much joy it was to watch Gene and Julie dance. They surprised everyone at their 50th wedding anniversary with a montage dance routine that required an encore!
Gene was active as a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed improving and building things -- community centers, meeting places, schools, baseball fields, and teams of teachers. He was a lifelong learner and was always reading and sharing books. He was always growing in his faith and sharing scripture with others.
After retirement, he tutored inmates at Madison County Jail for their GED.
Gene and Julie moved to Papillion, NE, in 2005, to be closer to their family and grandchildren. Gene was actively involved in sending words of encouragement and pride for his grandchildren’s birthdays and celebrations.
The fondest memories from our family include summer “road trips” to visit Uncle Frank and Aunt Betty in Michigan, with stops along the way to Wisconsin Dells or other fun places. Several of Gene and Julie’s grandchildren remember Gene and Julie hosting “Grandma and Grandpa Camp” in Madison with 6, 7, 8 or more grandkids - at the same time!
In the 80’s during snowy winter weather, our family would often drive in the family station wagon to check out snow drifts to see if school should be closed. We also have several unforgettable stories of Gene subbing as a bus driver when needed.
Gene knew his true purpose in life was to serve others. He was a believer in God and the fulfillment of His church. During his last days on earth, he reflected and shared with others his feeling of fulfillment and peace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St Jude Children’s Hospital.
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.