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.
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.