Cheri Lavonne Koinzan, age 63 of Gothenburg formerly of Broken Bow, went to be with the Lord Feb. 27, 2011, at her home in Gothenburg. Memorial funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, March 3, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Irving Jennings officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Arnold Baptist Church or Central Plains Home Health and Hospice Agency.
Cheri was born Feb. 28, 1947, at North Platte, to Harvey and Ruth (Whitney) Brown. She grew up on a ranch near Arnold.
After graduation, she married and worked at Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow. Following that she worked as a postal clerk, administrative secretary for Jennie Melham Medical Center and worked for Broken Bow Clinic for several years as a medical transcriptionist, insurance filings and collections.
During this time her two sons were born, Arin and Dagin Duryea. She also had an involvement with the family farm where she worked in the fields and learned how to handle and process the cattle. In the following years she lived and worked full time for J.C. Poppe Construction Co. before moving back to Nebraska to be near her children. She worked as an administrative secretary for Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
She owned cattle, farmed and worked in a feedlot for a friend, worked in Mills Hardware and did bookkeeping when she lived in Arnold. During the years she had served as a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader and church officer.
She enjoyed training her horses and dogs, the cattle, cooking, being a homemaker, all work in general and writing poetry. She was never to busy to listen to a friend or try to help.
In 2005, she felt very fortunate as she re-met and married John Koinzan. They moved to Broken Bow. Her life had found contentment and as she had known most of her life God is the only answer, as she accepted Jesus as her Saviour at a young age.
Survivors include her husband, John of Gothenburg; son, Dagin Duryea of Valentine; step-children, Teresa (Mike) Halley of Scottsbluff, Shari (Kent) Sandoz of Valentine, John J. (Lisa) Koinzan of Merna, Adam Koinzan of Broken Bow, and Ethan Koinzan of Broken Bow; seven grandchildren, Traceton, Devaney, Jade, Peyton, Lauren, Kaycee and Tyler; sister, Valarie (Bob) Jackson of Maxwell; niece, Leah (Ivan) Miller and children Jessie and Brian of Maxwell.
She was preceded in death by her son, Arin Duryea, and her parents Harvey and Ruth Brown.
Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements.