Jean Hergenrader-Woodward, age 72 of Callaway, formerly of Cozad, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after a short battle with cancer.
Jean was born Oct. 5, 1940, at Cozad, to W.W. “Bud” and Mary Elta (Griffith) Beckley. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1958. Jean went on to attend beauty school in Grand Island.
November 29, 1959, she married Stanley Hergen-rader at Cozad. Their union was blessed with two children, Scott Alan and Kristal Lynn. Jean and Stan lived their life together in Cozad until the time of Stan’s passing in May 1993. Throughout her life Jean worked a variety of jobs, including as a beautician for many years. At the time of her retirement, she was serving as the secretary at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad, where she was also a member.
July 7, 2001, Jean married Cecil Woodward and the couple made their life in Callaway. They enjoyed traveling around the United States and into Canada, along with visiting their many friends and family. Jean and Cecil loved to attend as many activities and events of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren as possible. Jean also loved visiting the family farm and spending time with their three donkeys and cat, Sparkles.
Jean was a long-time member of the Cozad Does Drove 177 and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, scrap booking, along with collecting Santa’s and roosters.
Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley; her parents; a sister, Maxine Nash; a brother, Leon Myer; brothers-in-law, Jerry Nash, Chuck Whitehead, Al Sieler, and Bill Tracy; sisters-in-law, Sharon Myer, Dorothy Sieler-Pitz, Orla Hergen-rader, Doris Hergenrader, Jenny Tracy, Detta Wright, and JoAnne Woodward.
Jean is survived by her husband, Cecil of Callaway; her two children, Scott (Pamela) Hergenrader of Cozad, Krysti (Steve) Cunningham of Papillion; three step-children, Jeral (Sam) Tillman of Omaha, Janel (Rod) Brestel of Callaway, and Jon Woodward of Sterling; grandchildren, Jana (Bob Hinkle) and Josh (Melissa) Hergenrader, Amanda, Taylor, and Mattie Cunningham, Kayla (James) Bandy and Sara (Troy) Huebert, Clarissa Tillman and adopted granddaughter, Chelsea Eng; nine great- grandchildren; sister, Lavonne (Richard) Beans of Cozad; in-laws, Lorraine (LaVern) Gerdes, Beverly Whitehead, George Hergenrader, Dalbert Hergenrader, Gail (Jo) Woodward, Larry Woodward, Carolyn (Rich) Elliott, Peggy (Dick) Holeman; many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Callaway Community Center in Callaway with Fred Werkmeister, P.M.A. and Ken Pitkin officiating. Burial was in the Waldheim Cemetery northwesteast of Callaway.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 8, 2013