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January 27th

Julie Phelps, 52

January 27, 2011

Julie Ann Phelps was born Aug. 21, 1958, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Charles and Doris Goodner. Her family moved from Idaho back to Nebraska, living in various cities until 1972, when they made Merna their permanent home.
She graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School in 1977, and was wed in that same year. Julie proceeded to have four children over the next eight years.
After divorcing in 1990, Julie was remarried to Irvin Phelps in 1994. The family lived for a short time in Anselmo, then moved to the Phelps’ family farm just North of Anselmo.

Elsie Jensen, 83

January 27, 2011

Elsie Mae Jensen, 83, of Broken Bow passed away Jan. 18, 2011, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Friday Jan. 21, 2011 in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges and the Rev. Larry DeMoss Officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Broken Bow Chamber Beautification Fund, the Custer County Children's Fund, or the Donor's Choice.

Bennie Ostrand, 80

January 27, 2011

Bennie Rex Ostrand, age 80 of Mason City, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his home.
Memorial funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the First Baptist Church in Kearney, with the Rev. David Harder and the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating. A private burial service was at the Basin Cemetery south of Mason City. Memorials will be decided by the family at a later date.
Bennie R. Ostrand was born Nov. 7, 1930, to Benjamin and Florence (Peck) Ostrand at his grandparent's home in Mason City. He passed away at his home, the family farm/ranch south of Ansley, Jan. 22.

Gretchen Boyles, 79

January 27, 2011

Gretchen E. Boyles, age 79 of Mason City, died Jan.19, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Jan. 24, in the Mason City Baptist Church with the Rev. John Lewis and Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mason City EMT’s or the Baptist Church in Mason City.
Gretchen E. Boyles was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Mason City, to Ray and Addie (Wright) Taylor. She attended school and graduated from Mason City High School in 1949.

Martelle Ritz, 93

January 27, 2011

Martelle Anita Ritz, 93 of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls.
Martelle was born April 7, 1917, in Westerville, the daughter of Henry Giles and Margaret (Metta) Boeltz Giles. She grew up and attended schools in Nebraska. Martelle furthered her education at the Kearney State Teachers College and taught school in a one-room school house for seven years.

Geraldine Russell, 92

January 27, 2011

Geraldine Frances (Smith) Russell, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Peoria, Ariz.
Retired from California State Service, she was born in Broken Bow, March 18, 1918, and was a graduate of Broken Bow High School. She attended Hastings Business College and for a time worked in Broken Bow and Kearney, before the family moved to Sacramento, Calif.

January 20th

Ervin Mortensen, 75

January 20, 2011

Ervin “Erv” Mortensen passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Ervin Eugene Mortensen was born Sept. 5, 1935, to Marvin and Grace (Krause) Mortensen on the family farm near Mason City. He attended school in Mason City through the 9th grade, when his father’s illness required him to help on the farm.
He entered the U.S. Army Oct. 14, 1958, and served at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Ft. Bragg, N.C. Erv also spent nearly 1 1/2 years in Germany before being discharged Sept. 28, 1960, at Ft. Dix, N.J. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1964.

Christopher Glidden, infant

January 20, 2011

Christopher Floyd Glidden, infant son of Levi and Tiffany Glidden, was born into the arms of God Jan. 5, 2011.

JoAnn Dramse-Bean, 71

January 20, 2011

JoAnn (Kaelin) Dramse-Bean, age 71 of St. Maries, Idaho, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at her home near St. Maries.
Jo, as she was known to most, was born Nov. 7, 1939, at the farm 1 1/2 miles south of Weissert, to George H. and Anna H. (Petersen) Kaelin. She received her early education at the rural grade school East Weissert District 17 and started high school at Westerville.
After three years the Westerville High School closed and she transferred to Ansley, where she graduated witht he class of 1957.

Lillian Swick, 96

January 20, 2011

Mrs. Lillian Marie (Duryea) Swick, 96, of Norfolk passed away at her home, Heritage of Bel-Air, Jan. 16, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Lillian was born March 14, 1914, to Isaac and Inger Marie “Mary” (Matson) Duryea. She grew up in Blaine and Custer Counties, graduating from Merna High School in 1930.
June 14, 1936, she married Louis Oliver Swick at the Broken Bow Christian Church parsonage with Pastor W.A. Baldwin officiating. To this union one child was born, Janice Louise Swick.

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