October 11th, 2012
Ildie Mae Blixt, a resident of Chapman, Kan., passed away at Chapman Valley Mahnor in Chapman, Kan., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the age of 99.
Ildie was born April 9, 1913, at Cumro. Her parents were Hoasel and Inez Trew Wheeler. She attended Hall Grade School, and helped care for the family after their mother died.
She was married to Manfred Blixt March 30, 1937, in Broken Bow. They lived their lives in the Sandhills on Tallin Table, and in and around Arnold. They moved into Arnold in 1957, and she was preceded in death by her husband in June 1986.
Beatrice Elaine Datus Cooley was born March 30, 1926, to Virgil E. and Helen G. Copsey Datus at Westerville, and passed away Sept. 14, 2012, at Golden Living Center.
She attended school in Westerville and later graduated. In high school she met the love of her life, Ivan Rex Cooley. May 7, 1942, they were married.
To this union three children were born: Gary Lee, Sept. 9, 1943, Larry Dale, Sept. 27, 1948, and Nancy Annette, Dec. 26, 1954. The couple resided near the Westerville Community before relocating to Albany, Ore.
Howard A. â€śJ.R.â€ť Hanson, Jr., 70, of Lexington, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
Howard was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Tooele, Utah to Howard A., Sr. and Marie W. (Galbraith) Hanson. He was the second of four children.
As a young child his family returned to Lexington where he was raised. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1960.
Kathryn Mannel passed away at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln with her three children at her side. She fought a lengthy illness with grace and dignity and without complaint to the very end.
Kathryn is the daughter of Frank and Ruth Anderson Bartak, and grew up on a farm west of Merna A childhood member of the Cliff Union Church, church activities provided fond memories throughout her life. Kathryn attended Sunflower Country School and graduated from Merna High School.
Martin R. Achterberg, 89, of Lexington, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington. He was born Feb. 18, 1923, south of Oconto, on the home place to Carl and Ida (Camin) Achterberg.
He attended school at rural District 217. Martin was married to Bonny Estergard April 12, 1956, at First Lutheran Church at Buffalo.
The couple farmed near Oconto until 2006, when they moved to Park Avenue Estates in Lexington. Martin enjoyed his life on the farm, planting the seeds in the spring and harvesting in the fall.
Amy Bundy, age 89 of Broken Bow, formerly of Ansley, died Oct. 3, 2012, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Amy Natalie (Tobin) Bundy was born May 18, 1923, to Amelia (Small) and Walter Tobin at Clarks. As a little girl, and the oldest of four girls in the family, she enjoyed helping her father on the family farm.
She loved the farm life and caring for the animals. She graduated from high school at Hordville. The family then moved to the Comstock - Arcadia area where she met and married Evert Allen Bundy.
National Wildlife Refuge Week is being celebrated across the country during the week of October 14-20, 2012. Special events are scheduled at many refuges including Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge east of Valentine, Nebraska. Approximately 48 bison and several lots of skulls and antlers will be sold during a live auction at the refuge corrals on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 beginning at 12:00 noon C.D.T. National Wildlife Refuge Week posters "Drawn To Refuges" will be given away and lunch will be served on site by the German Settlement Ladies Organization.
Broken Bow residents Michael Steckler and Andra White asked questions and shared their opinions as part of the NET Television election year project "Voter Voices." Steckler talked about health care and White asked questions about immigration during a videotaped roundtable discussion at the Broken Bow Public Library last April. Their comments, along with others from across the state, are part of a new NET Television special "Campaign Connection 2012: Voter Voices," airing Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1/HD.
LINCOLN--Nebraskaâ€™s child welfare system might face another major change by the summer of 2013, continuing the overhaul of the system begun by the Legislature last spring.
The Legislatureâ€™s Health and Human Services committee held a hearing on Friday morning to explore changes to the way children enter the foster care system, how reports of child abuse are screened and investigated and how that can contribute to the number of children in foster care.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each year at this time the local Breast Cancer Support Group hosts a cancer walk in downtown Broken Bow - to raise funds, and awareness, for a disease that afflicts so many.
Joann Still is the chair of the local support group, which she started in 2005, one year after her own breast cancer diagnosis. However, she and the other members of the group - all breast cancer survivors - are quick to point out this walk is not just for breast cancer. Rather, the money raised during the event go to research for all cancers.