Archive - Obituary
February 3rd, 2011
Wayne W. Lyon, age 82 of Merna, died Jan. 29, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Private family graveside funeral services were Feb. 2, 2011, at the Merna Cemetery in Merna, with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating. Burial was in the Merna Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mort-uary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Merna Fire Department.
Elizabeth â€śBetteâ€ť Violet Irwin, 89, of Gering, went to be with her Lord Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Northfield Villa Retirement Community in Gering. A Celebration of Life service was held Feb. 1, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Gering with Pastor Lauren Ekdahl officiating.
Inurnment took place at Feb. 2, at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Gering. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel. com. Gering Memorial Chapel & Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements.
Margaret E. Wilcox, age 94, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Heritage Estates in Gering. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 31, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Fr. Vince Parsons celebrating. Interment was Feb. 1, at St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery near Oconto. Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Prairie Haven Hospice or a charity of your choice. Margaret was born July 29, 1916, in Miller, to Edd and Anna Jones. She graduated from Miller Schools and attended Kearney State College.
Emily A. Jacobsen, age 80 of Merna, died Jan. 25, 2011, at the Custer Care Center at Broken Bow. Memorial services were Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Scott Harvey, Rev. Jim Bull and Rev. Dougg Custer officiating. Inurnment was in the Merna Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
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 Phelpsâ€™ family farm just North of Anselmo.
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 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 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 EMTâ€™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 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 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.