Fern V. Schaefer, age 83 of Yankton, SD passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Yankton, SD with Rev. Scott Traynor officiating. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Helena, NE at approximately 1:15 PM Monday afternoon. Visitations will begin at 5:00 PM, Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Onsite Crematory, Yankton, SD with a rosary at 6:45 PM followed by a Scripture service at 7:00 PM. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. On line condolences may be sent at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be – Michael Schaefer, Anthony Schaefer, Josh Goeken, Tyler Goeken, Jacob Lammers, and Weston Heine.
Fern was born on February 18, 1935 to Gerhard and Louise (Hendricks) Buschkamp. She grew up on the family farm near Bloomfield, NE. She attended school in Bloomfield, NE for 12 years, where she earned her teaching degree. She taught school for one year. She married Ralph Schaefer on November 18, 1953 in Bloomfield, NE. They lived on a farm west of St. Helena until they moved to outside Yankton in 1992.
Fern was a member of the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Yankton, SD. Ralph and Fern loved to play cards and visit with family members. Fern worked at numerous places in Yankton. She worked at Gurney’s from 1971 to 1989, at the Broadway Inn from 1989 to 1994, and at the Days Inn from 1994 until 2007 when she retired. She loved visiting with people, and she is remembered for her quick wit and great sense of humor.
Fern is survived by 5 children and their spouses, Roxanne and William Walker of Spearfish, SD; Robert and Char Schaefer of Vermillion, SD; Dale and Joan Schaefer of Fordyce, NE; Gary and Michelle Schaefer of Yankton, SD; Sandra Justra of Yankton, SD; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Loraine Buschkamp and Helen Schaefer, and a brother-in-law, Gerald Bruck.
Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, her parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Funeral services for Elsie Rabes, age 86, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Terris Krueger will officiate, with burial at a later date.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Elsie died Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at her residence.
Elsie Marie Rabes was born December 12, 1932, at Omaha, Nebraska, to John and Erma (Frederiksen) Rabes. Elsie moved to Bloomfield in 1977 and became an active member of her community. She was well known throughout Bloomfield. Her beautiful smile lit up the room and she made friends easily. Elsie genuinely loved people and made everyone feel welcome with that smile and her laughter. She shared her smile with friends up until the last few hours of her life.
As someone who was always ready for a party, Elsie enjoyed social gatherings of all different sized groups. She could be found in the kitchen baking with others, at a restaurant having lunch, enjoying the social time after church, at a park having a picnic, partying during Holidays, or just visiting with neighbors and friends. Elsie enjoyed looking good and was always ready to shop or have a “spa” day to be ready for the party.
Throughout the years, Elsie spent a great deal of time sewing and embroidering. She was an independent, proud woman who loved spending time with children of all ages. As a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield and a regular participant in the ERTH class in Yankton, she shared her faith with others.
Elsie will be greatly missed by her friends at NorthStar Services, along with the other people of her community.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
No Wheelchairs in Heaven
Life isn't always easy,
Sitting in a wheelchair.
Sometimes I get discouraged
and loaded down with care.
That's when I lean on Jesus to
help me through the day.
For He gives me peace and comfort
when trials come my way.
The Bible says there is a place
that someday I will see,
Where there will be no sickness
or pain to bother me.
I'll walk upon a street of gold,
Glorious beauty I will share
In a place called Heaven, where
I'll need no wheelchair.
Funeral services for Joyce West, age 89, of Wausa, Nebraska will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa. Reverend Carl Sirotzki will officiate, with burial in Lutheran Cemetery in Wausa.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Wausa.
Joyce died Friday, January 11, 2019, at Osmond General Hospital in Osmond, Nebraska.
Funeral services for Donald "Shorty" Jessen, age 96, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Glen Emery will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
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 Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Shorty died Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Donald John Jessen, son of John and Frieda (Steineke) Jessen, was born October 28, 1922, at Bloomfield, Nebraska. He was baptized at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield and later confirmed in 1943. Donald served in the United States Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Thelma Bumann on May 29, 1949, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. They were blessed with two sons, Steven and Daniel.
Donald started farming at a young age and continued until he retired. He was a member of First Trinity Lutheran Church and served in several church offices including, usher, Parochial School Board, and finance committee. Donald enjoyed wood working, reading, being a farmer, and caring for his family.
Donald leaves to mourn his wife, Thelma; sons, Steven (Michelle) and Daniel; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Arlene Barnes, Helen McCoy, Janet (Morris) Gold, and Mary (Tom) Trenhaile.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herb, Lyle, Jack, and Gene; sisters, Marjorie Barnes, Joan Case, and Alyce Sphon; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Marvella Bertschinger, age 83, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. Reverend Milana Joseph will officiate, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Marvella entered the Lord’s Kingdom Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre surrounded by her family.
Marvella was born to Robert and Myrtle Wheeler on July 14, 1935. Her family lived around the Walnut area and she attended Verdigre schools. On August 15, 1950, Marvella married the love of her life Dale Bertschinger. They were blessed with 58 years of marriage. To this union a daughter, Adella Haineraich, and a son, Dennis Bertschinger, were born. Marvella and Dale spent their life farming, raising and milking cows, chickens, and cow/calf pairs. Dale and Marvella were members of and faithfully attended Zion Lutheran Church.
Marvella had a gift for cooking and baking awesome food. If you went to her house, you never left hungry and she always unselfishly gave treats to many. Her cinnamon rolls were her signature, as many ordered a dozen or two from her. Marvella also had the talent of sewing many projects for her family. She worked at several cafes in Creighton and also helped her daughter in her café in Verdigre.
Dale and Marvella moved to Creighton from their farm five miles north of Creighton in 2004. She continued to work at Blackhorse Inn until her health did not allow it anymore. Marvella always enjoyed her coffee time at what is now 59 Express. She also loved to dance.
Marvella’s life was always her God and family first. She was always with Dale no matter where he went. They enjoyed trips to see family members in other states and attending grandchildren’s school, 4-H, and sporting events. She was the ring-leader at all family events and was always very determined to have them at her house. She loved cooking for everyone.
Marvella entered Creighton Care Centre in February 2015, and spent her time there visiting, helping out wherever she could, and getting her nails done. She was truly cared for and developed close relationships with the staff and residents. She loved the sing-a-longs and until just recently could sing every word of the good “oldies.”
Marvella is survived by her daughter, Adella (Larry) Haineraich; son, Dennis (Joyce) Bertschinger; grandchildren, Paul (Pam) Rudloff, Glenn (Beth) Rudloff, Jason (Sara) Rudloff, Kristi Rohrer, Jeff Bertschinger, Sheri Lanier, Jeremiah (Mary) Bertschinger, and Jessica (Austin) Schleusener; 21great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothea Hines of Verdigre; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, who will miss her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; brothers, Clarence, Jack, and Robert; and sisters, Laura, Sissy, Leah Mae, and Lucille.
Kenneth G. Zimmerman, age 80, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Friday, December 14, 2018 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospice.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating. Burial will be in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield, Nebraska. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, December 18 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are Kevin Millikan, Darrin Wiese, Matt Trenhaile, John Ketelsen, Pat Trenhaile, and Daniel Schneider. Honorary Pallbearers are his grandchildren: Josie, Jack, Caleb, Allissa, and Leah.
Kenneth Gene Zimmerman was born March 27, 1938 in Yankton, South Dakota to John and Elizabeth (Wulf) Zimmerman. He grew up on a farm in Knox County, Nebraska and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1956. Ken farmed with his dad until he married Connie Trenhaile on November 27, 1959. After their marriage, they farmed west of Bloomfield and had a large dairy operation. Ken was a tremendously hard worker and taught his children the value of a good days work. He loved his life on the farm and the relationships he made with area farmers. In 1996, they ended their milking operation and eventually sold their farm in 2002 and moved to Yankton. Ken was a loyal and passionate Nebraska Cornhusker fan and enjoyed fishing with his family. He was a well-respected, tender hearted man who loved his family and treasured his grandchildren.
Ken is survived by his wife, Connie Zimmerman of Yankton; three children: Lori Liley of Grand Blanc, MI, Robert Zimmerman of Bigfork, MN and Brian (Teresa) Zimmerman of Omaha, NE; five grandchildren: Josie and Jack Zimmerman, Caleb Zimmerman, Allissa (Daniel) Turack and Leah Zimmerman; one great granddaughter on the way, Zoey Turack; and a sister, Charlotte (LeRoy) Walter of Crofton, NE.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Woodrow Liley Jr.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To send an online message to the family, please visit www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Lyle Jensen, 90, of Avon, passed away Dec. 17, 2018.
Lyle was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Bloomfield, NE, a son of the late Otto Henry and Eliza Otto Jensen. He was married to Mary Lou Carlson on Nov. 29, 1953 in Omaha, NE.
Lyle was a graduate of Bloomfield High School. He was retired from the Wilson Meat Packing Plant in Logansport.
Lyle had a passion for gardening and took interests in growing roses. He liked watching football and was an avid golfer.
Lyle was involved in Rotary and the Exchange Club in Logansport. He was a member of the Logansport Country Club and John Purdue Club. He attended the First Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE, St. James in Logansport, Trinity Lutheran in Lebanon and Our Shepherd in Avon.
Survivors include his son, Frank (Carol) Jensen of Lebanon and daughter, Joyce (Mike) Etheridge of Avon; grandchildren: Bob Etheridge of Baltimore, MD; Patrick Jensen of Brownsburg and Christopher Jensen of Lebanon. In addition to his parents and two sisters, Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou.
Family and friends will gather Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, for visitation at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2625 Elm Swamp Rd., Lebanon, IN 46052 from 4-7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 21, with visitation one hour prior to the 10 a.m. service at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 9201 E. CR 100 N., Avon, IN 46123. Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon is handling arrangements. You are invited to visit the website www.strawmyerdrury.com where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2625 Elm Swamp Rd., Lebanon, IN 46052 or St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 430 9th St., Logansport, IN 46947 or Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 9201 E. CR 100 N., Avon, IN 46123.
Funeral services for Leonard Prochaska, age 85, of Creighton, Nebraska will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. Reverend John Nelson will officiate, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton.
Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Leonard died Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Leonard Stephen Prochaska, son of Steve and Minnie (Smolek) Prochaska, was born September 13, 1933, at Verdigre, Nebraska. He attended rural schools near Verdigre and Creighton and attended Niobrara High School. On September 29, 1957, Leonard was united in marriage to Delores Krugman at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. They were blessed with five daughters, Colleen Renae, Lori Lynette, Tammie Jo, Karla Kae, and Michelle Lynn.
Leonard lived near Verdigre and Creighton and also Camden, New Jersey for a short time as a child. Leonard worked for Norfolk Bridge, Art’s Auto as a mechanic, and Largen’s Manufacturing as a molder. After retirement he liked to work on bicycles, cars, mowers or anything with a motor that he could fix. He was a hard worker and kept his cars and lawn mowers in top running condition. He loved GMC cars, his GMC Suburban, and Chevy pickup. Leonard had a love for hunting and fishing, which he has passed on to his grandchildren. He especially liked bow hunting and being out in the woods looking for wildlife. He and Delores spent many winter days ice fishing. Leonard also liked to watch Nebraska football and volleyball. He was very patriotic and proud that he had a son-in-law, granddaughter, and grandson in the military. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Leonard loved seeing and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Delores of Creighton, Nebraska; daughters, Colleen (Joe) Gilbert of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lori (Tom) Ehrenberg of Creighton, Karla (Tim) Nielsen of Creighton, and Michelle (Mike) Richards of McCook, Nebraska; son-in-law, Vance Munsell of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren and12 great-grandchildren, Jackie (Jason) Freeman and their children Tiernee and Ty, Jesse Thomas and son Daxton, Joseph Gilbert, Jason (Devin) Ehrenberg and their children Marque, Xander, and Dakotah, Angela (Daniel) McElroy and their children James and Ben, Brian (Kayla) Munsell and their children Matthew and Oliver, Aaron (Jill) Nielsen, Doug (Amy) Munsell and their daughter Hayva Jo, Nicole (Chris) Schultz and their son Destin, Derek (Dylaina) Richards, Taylor Richards, Caeleb Richards, Carson Richards, Sierra Nielsen, and Mallory Nielsen; brother, James Prochaska of Cool Springs, Texas; and sister-in-law, Erna Krugman of Neligh, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tammie Jo Munsell; sisters, Marie (Joe) George, Marceline (Ira) Haynes Domsch, and Marguerite Beck; brothers, Joe (Lois) Prochaska, Tom Prochaska, and George Prochaska; brother-in-law, Lyle Krugman; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert (Frieda) Krugman.
Perry L. Emmons, 85, passed away peacefully on November 27th, 2018 at Sanford Ava’s House. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 1st at St John’s Lutheran Church. The family will greet friends at a visitation held at the Heritage Funeral Home on Friday November 30th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shirley; 2 children, Jeffery (Mary) from Ayer, MA, Mori, who resides in Tempe, AZ; 2 grandchildren Ben (Sami) from Indianapolis, IN and Katy who lives in Brooklyn, NY; 1 great grandchild, Wilder Lee; 2 brothers, Keith (Arline) hailing from Birchwood, WI, Jim (Julie) who live in Omaha, NE; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Perry was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Eva. The family wishes to thank Sanford’s USD Medical Center and Ava’s House personnel for their exceptional care of Perry. Donations can be made to St John’s Lutheran Church, Sanford Ava’s House, and Make-A-Wish South Dakota. www.heritagesdfsd.com.
The Family Chain
If Love could have saved you,
You would not have died.
If tears could bring you back
You'd be by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone;
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
God takes us one by one
And breaks the family chain
But somewhere in a better land
Our chain will link again
Funeral services for Lisa J. (Anderson) Nissen, age 51, of Wausa, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield, Nebraska. Reverend Tim Podraza will officiate, with burial in the Lutheran Cemetery in Wausa. A luncheon will follow the graveside service at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa.
Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service. A light luncheon will be served in the church basement during the visitation.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Wausa is in charge of arrangements.
Lisa died Saturday, December 1, 2018, surrounded by family and friends at her residence after a courageous nine-month battle with breast cancer.
Lisa Jean Nissen, daughter of Vonel and Marilyn (Wrick) Anderson, was born October 30, 1967, at Linwood, California. Her family lived in Downey, California until they moved to Wausa, Nebraska in 1976. Lisa graduated from Wausa Public High School. She excelled in many sports and speech and drama activities. She attended Midland Lutheran College and graduated in 1989, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. During her college years at Midland, Lisa was involved in Greek life, basketball, and track. She continues to hold track records at both Wausa High School and Midland Lutheran College. Her first teaching job was at Palmer High School from 1989 until 1992. She moved to Wausa and continued to teach English at Crofton High School from 1992 until 2011. Lisa enjoyed teaching as well as coaching both basketball and speech and drama. She enjoyed taking an active role in students’ lives.
On May 1, 1993, Lisa was united in marriage to Michael Nissen at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa. They were blessed with four children, Bradley, Darren, Paige, and Jonathan. Lisa enjoyed being a wife and mother. She made sure that everyone made it to their appointments on time, the house was taken care of, the meals were cooked, and Max was fed and loved. She immersed herself in all of her family’s activities. Lisa enjoyed watching them and celebrating their successes. She was their biggest supporter.
Since education was important to Lisa, she decided to return to school and attended Northeast Community College, earning her ADN degree in 2017. While going to college, she worked as a CNA and LPN, and upon completion of her degree, as a Registered Nurse at Osmond General Hospital. Lisa absolutely loved her coworkers and her job at the hospital. Her biggest enjoyment came from helping others. She always put others’ needs before her own. She was an active volunteer in her tight-knit community and its numerous school activities.
Her caring nature was also shown with her friends and family. She took her children camping and hosted gatherings that served Nissen wine. Lisa was a talented cook and baker and enjoyed sharing it with others. The added ingredient to her homemade dishes was love.
Lisa also enjoyed her personal time and was an avid reader. She loved curling up with a warm blanket and a good book. And because the English teacher in her could not be silenced, she would always correct people’s grammar when they misspoke, such as “I seen” and “me and my friend.”
Lisa was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield, St. Andrew’s Altar Society, and was a CCD teacher for many years.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Michael of Wausa, Nebraska; children, Darren of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Paige and Jonathan of Wausa; parents, Vonel and Marilyn Anderson of Wausa; brother, Michael (Lynn) Anderson of Chatsworth, Georgia; sister, Laura (Troy) Schwanebeck of Norfolk, Nebraska; in-laws, Maret (Wayne) Rempp of Yankton, South Dakota, Bill (Heidi) Nissen of Riverton, Utah, Michelle (Shelby) Rogers of Draper, Utah, David Nissen of Hartington, Nebraska, Mark Nissen of Bennett, Nebraska, and Tim Nissen of Hartington; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bradley; grandparents, Carl and Frances Anderson and Albert and Marie Wrick; parents-in-law, Victor and Betty Nissen; and sister-in-law, Peggy Nissen.