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December 4th

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.

Vivian M. Ditch, 82

December 4, 2014

Vivian M. Ditch, age 82, of North Platte, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Park. She was born Oct. 2, 1932, in Milford, to George and Ruby (Swisher) Porter. She grew up in Arnold.

She married Thomas Robinson July 3, 1949, and to this union two daughters were born, Nancy and Judy.

She then married Ivan Ditch Jan. 16, 1957, and to this union two sons were born, Ira and Sean.

November 26th

Emma Smolik, 91

November 26, 2014

Emma was born Sept. 6, 1923, on a farm in Round Valley Community in Custer County, Nebraska to Joseph and Anna (Jares) Jezbera. She attended school in Round Valley through the 10th grade.

Emma assisted her parents on the farm for many years.

May 12, 1956, she was married to Alvin Smolik in Sargent. They made their home in Sargent and years later moved to a farm northeast of Sargent.

Louise (Holcomb) Bennett, 93

November 26, 2014

Louise (Holcomb) Bennett, age 93, passed away Oct. 29, 2014, at a Care Unit in Renton, Wash.

She was born near Milburn in 1921.

She leaves to mourn her four children, Pearl, Ruth, Marvin and Duane; plus grandchildren, William Plant, Ashlyn Nevius, Kiem Bennin, Rylee Bennin, Marcus Ray Bennett, Dylan Bennett and Grayson Bennett; she also leaves a sister, Audrey Allbright of Lexington and families, Robert Allbright and Richard Allbright and family of Cozad, Bonnie of Omaha, Barbara of Kearney, and Cindy and Dan and sons, Eric and Douglas of Marquette, Mich.

Antoinette Arlyne Werner, 95

November 26, 2014

Antoinette Arlyne Werner (affectionately known as Beanie) died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, as a result of an accidental house fire, at her home in Thedford.

Antoinette was born to Carl Gustave and Antoinette (Ostergard) Wiese May 31, 1919, at the family ranch northwest of Purdum. She grew up on the ranch attending country school, then graduating from Lincoln High School in Lincoln. Afterward, she attended nurses training at St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island.

She continued working there after graduating, eventually becoming the Director of Nursing.

Charles D. Swisher, 85

November 26, 2014

Charles D. Swisher was born May 19, 1929, in Halsey, to Lewis and Mary (Ott) Swisher. Charles attended school at Rose Hill Country School and later Halsey School until 5th grade. 

In 1960, he was married to Brenda Oxford. Three children were born to this union; Jim, Bonnie and Charles Jr. 

Charles later married Marilyn Saner April 21, 1984. They made their home in Halsey. 

Through the years Charles worked as a ranch hand and later at the Halsey Forest. 

November 20th

Donald Duane Skeen, 72

November 20, 2014

Donald Duane Skeen, 72, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at Ashley Manor in Chubbuck, Idaho.

Funeral Services will be at a later date in Broken Bow.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Cecil Dale Smith, 91

November 20, 2014

Cecil Dale Smith, 91, of Grand Island, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Bickford Cottage.

Memorials are suggested to the pipe organ fund at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island. Condolences may be sent to Tim and Pam Smith and Cindy and Elmar Lorenz at 2115 N. Elm Ave., Hastings, NE 68901.

He was born April 17, 1923, at his parents’ home in Fullerton. He grew up on the family farm.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a cryptographer.

He was united in marriage June 22, 1947, to Ethel Georgia Omer in Fullerton.

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