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December 11th

Beth Rains, 89

December 11, 2014

Beth Rains, age 89 of Broken Bow, passed away Dec. 5, 2014, at the Jennie M. Melham MemorialMedical Center in Broken Bow.

Elizabeth Ann (Leberman) Rains was born June 2, 1925, at Culbertson, the daughter of Rex Hugo Leberman and Eola(Page) Leberman. 

She attended grade school at Gering, and graduated from Sidney High School in 1943. 

She soon entered nurses’ training at West Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Scottsbluff, graduating in January 1946. 

Vernon Lee Souders, 77

December 11, 2014

Vernon Lee Souders, age 77, died Nov. 30, 2014, in McMinnville, Ore.

The second son of Vernon and Helen (Kellenbarger) Souders, he was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Merna. His sister was born several years later.

Raised in Ortello Valley south of Anselmo, he attended local rural schools, graduated from Merna High School in 1954, and took his BS in geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1958.

Howard Pracht, 89

December 11, 2014

Howard Pracht, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Dec. 1, 2014, at his home.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in the First Baptist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev.Jurdan Counts officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideon’s Bibles or the First Baptist Church.

Jack L. Mattson, 73

December 11, 2014

Jack L. Mattson, 73 of Grand Island died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln.

Celebration of Life Service were Monday at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Dan Naranjo officiated. Family will be greeting friends one hour prior to services.

Mr. Mattson was born April 3, 1941, at Dunning, the son of Etta Mae (Gould) Mattson.

Irene M. Price, 78

December 11, 2014

Irene M. Price, 78, of Grand Island, formerly of Shelton, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Golden Living Center – Grand Island Park Place. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Gibbon.  Interment followed at the Shelton Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home of Gibbon is in charge of arrangements. 

Irene Marie Price was born Jan. 28, 1936 in Broken Bow, to Solomon and Hazel (Wagner) Jackson. She attended school in Broken Bow. 

December 4th

Shirley R. Wolsleben, 79

December 4, 2014

Shirley R. Wolsleben, 79, of Bellevue, formerly of St. Libory and Grand Island, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at the Huntington Park Care Center in Papillion.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul. Her family members will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul.

Mrs. Wolsleben was born Dec. 7, 1934, at Sargent, the daughter of Lysle B. and Guyneth E. (Scott) Orvis.

Bernard D. Staab, 85

December 4, 2014

Bernard D. Staab, 85, of Kearney died of acute leukemia Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at his home.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Living Faith Fellowship Church (3311 Avenue I) in Kearney with the Rev. Doug Shada officiating.

Graveside services will be prior to services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Military rites at the grave will be provided by the Kearney American Legion Post #52, V.F.W. Post #759 and the Nebraska National Guard Military Honors Team.

Dona V. Martin, 90

December 4, 2014

Dona V. Martin was born April 20, 1924, to John and Bessie Culp Harrold at Alexandria. She went to be with her Lord Nov. 27, 2014, at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 7 days.

Dona worked side by side with her father on the farm until after her graduation in 1942 from high school at Merna. She then moved to Broken Bow where she worked at the City Café. It was there she met Leonard “Soapy” Martin.

They were married in Fremont, Oct. 6, 1946, and lived in Fremont until Soapy graduated from AutoBody School and they moved back to Broken Bow to make their home. 

Bob Brainard, 89

December 4, 2014

Robert Wallace Brainard was born to Margaret Martha and John Stuart Brainard in Anselmo, Sept. 24, 1925, and passed away Nov. 21, 2014, in Eugene, Ore.

Growing up on a small ranch in a family of seven children he learned at an early age to take on the responsibilities of an adult helping his mother provide for the family.

He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Glea Wykoff, in 1945. 

Sandra L. Schmitz, 73

December 4, 2014

Sandra L. Schmitz age 73, of Fremont passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at her home.

Sandra was born Dec. 13, 1940, to Earl and Verna Price. Sandra grew up in Broken Bow and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1959. After high school she attended University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

After school she moved to Merna and began raising her children on the farm. She divorced in 1973 and spent a few more years in Broken Bow before moving to Omaha. While in Omaha she worked for Mangelsen’s. She lived in many different places before returning to Fremont.

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