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December 18th

Eugene Franklin Thomas, 91

December 18, 2014

Eugene Franklin Thomas, formerly of the Westerville area, passed from this life in Broken Bow, Dec. 9, at the age of 91.

Born March 13, 1923, to Otho Ohio and Cennie (Christen) Thomas, Eugene spent his younger years in the Dale Valley area near Merna, on the family ranch. He attended elementary school at Dale and graduated from Merna High School.

As a young man, he asked a friend to introduce him to a pretty young school teacher, Ruby Darlene McEwen; and on Jan. 12, 1946, they were married in Phillipsburg, Kan.

Wanda N. Jones, 74

December 18, 2014

Wanda N. Jones, age 74 of Lincoln, died Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014.

Born in Broken Bow to Clifford and Waneta (Pritchard) Martin.

Wanda retired from GMAC after 32 years and was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

She loved every moment that she got to spend with her grandchildren and she enjoyed looking after her rose garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and step-father, Dr. Boyd Crable.

She is survived by her husband, Don; sons Jeff (Marlys), and Mike (Tracy); grandchildren, Sean, Sam and Max; her great-grandson; and sister, Shirley (Cecil) Mattox.

December 11th

Luetta Aleen Peterson, 67

December 11, 2014

Luetta Aleen Wenquist Peterson was born Feb. 5, 1947, to Morris and Pauline Wenquist in Broken Bow. She left for her heavenly home Dec. 7, 2014, at her home in rural Gothenburg from complications of a 16 month battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Luetta grew up in Broken Bow participating in many musical endeavors and graduating with the class of 1965. While in school set met her husband, Jerry, playing cornet in the Southwest Conference Band Clinic. They were married Aug. 31, 1968, in Broken Bow.

Hazel ‘Helen’ Stupplebeen, 97

December 11, 2014

Hazel (or as family knew her, Helen) was born as the oldest child Feb. 10, 1917, to Oliver and Nora (Huffman) Forrester. She was born in a sod house in Thomas County, north of Stapleton. She passed from this life at the Callaway Good Life Center Dec. 7, 2014, at the age of 97.

She moved with her parents to Arnold, about 1925, where she joined the Arnold Methodist Church on Easter, 1932, and attended Arnold Public Schools, graduating in 1934.

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.

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