May 18th, 2012
Jane Simonson Hodges, 89, died May 9, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Jane was born March 9, 1923, to Carl and June (Kemp) Simonson at their homestead five miles north of Mullen. Jane graduated from Mullen High School in 1941.
She married Bill Hodges Nov. 7, 1945. They ranched in the Sandhills for several years before moving to Thedford in 1968 to own and operate Hodges' Conoco until their retirement in 1982.
Gene T. Jeffries, age 84 of Fremont, died May 4, 2012 in Fremont.
He was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Palisade, to Ivan McKinley and Ruth Charity (French) Jeffries. Gene lived in Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska as his father searched for work during the Depression Years. He was baptized into the Church of Christ at the age of 13 in Worthinbgton, Mo.
Gene and Edith Rose Anderson were married in Wauneta, Dec. 5, 1948. They spent their honeymoon stranded at his familyâs home by the blizzard of â48-â49. October 3, 1950, they became the proud parents of Judith Ann Jeffries.
Donna Lee Young, 83, passed away peacefully and painlessly April 28, 2012, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., after a five month struggle with bone cancer and a brain tumor. A resident of Fallon, Nev., for the past 12 years, she recently celebrated 62 years of marriage with her husband, Wilbur M. Young, USN Retired.
Donna is survived by her husband; two sons; her sister, and an abundance of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends all around the world and her little dog, Mila. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all.
Leona J. Hromas Mulford, 79 of Lincoln, formerly of Broken Bow, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Leona was born April 2, 1933, in Martinsville, Mo., to Archie S. and Nina B. (Edwards) Graham.
Leona was retired as an LPN at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.
June Ellen Fergusen was born in Broken Bow, June 6, 1946. She lived in Brewster and attended a country school and then Brewster High School. She graduated in 1964. June continued her education and attended beauty school in Hastings and graduated in 1965.
June was married to Larry Winberg May 16, 1965. Larry and June moved to St. Joseph, Mo., and were later transferred to Leavenworth, Kan., where they had their first child, Travis, June 28, 1967. The family moved to Lincoln in 1968, where Larry attended barber school and June worked at Lucille Duer Salon.
Charles âChuckâ Blakeman, age 86, formerly of Merna, died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Charles Horace Blakeman was born to Wallace and Nellie lone (Lang) Blakeman Sept. 5, 1925, at Merna. He grew up on the family farm west of Merna, attending Fairfield Country School. He attended Merna High School until he was a sophomore when he left school to take over the responsibilities on the family farm.
Alfred Creig Giles was the fifth of seven children born to Everett and Ida (Johnston) Giles July 26, 1945, at home in Elsmere. He died May 4, 2012, at the Genoa Community Hospital in Genoa, at the age of 66.
Alfred attended school thru the 4th grade at Elsmere District 101. He completed his grade school education at schools in Lincoln, Halsey and Dunning. His high school education was obtained at Rock County High School in Bassett and Keya Paha High School in Springview.
Hazel Jennings passed away quietly in her sleep at Shepherd of the Valley Care Center April 30, 2012. She was 106 years old.
Hazel was born Feb. 28, 1906, in Lodi, near Oconto. Her parents were Ross and Maude Kitch. She had a brother, Roy, who was two years older than her. When Hazel was 6-months-old, her family moved to a homestead nine miles northwest of Climax. Her father dug wells for a living.
Jan Geiser, age 70, of Merna, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at St. John's in Kearney.
Janice Elaine (Payne) Geiser was born Aug. 26, 1941, at Broken Bow, to Gordon Jesse Payne and Lucille Fern (Cook) Payne. She graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1960.
August 14, 1960, she was united in maniage to lvan Dale Geiser at Broken Bow. They had four children and farmed and ranched on West Table near Merna, all of their adult lives.
Jan was active in T.O.P.S, Eastern Star, Friendly Circle Club, Red Hat Club, and liked to play cards with a card group that met often.
Violette Nagy, age 99 of Stuart, formerly of Purdum, died May 1, 2012, at the Parkside Manor in Stuart. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the United Church of Christ in Purdum with the Rev. Judy Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.