Eleanor I. Haskell, 99

Eleanor Irene Yearick Haskell passed away at the Kearney Good Samaritan Hospital April 17, 2012 at the age of 99. Eleanor was born Sept. 5, 1912, at Pender, to George and Evelyn Gatzmeyer Yearick. Her early childhood was spent in eastern Nebraska. Eleanor graduated from Burwell High School in 1931. After high school she received a teaching certificate and taught in rural schools in Brown County. She was married to Jack D. Haskell May 31, 1939 at Long Pine. To this union five children were born: Willard, Karen, Joan, Shirley and Becky. Most of their married life was spent ranching in southern Brown County. They lived north of Brewster for two years before moving to Halsey in 1960. Eleanor lived in Halsey the last 52 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; infant daughter, Joan; and son-in-law, Roger "Jake" Jacobson. Eleanor is survived by her son, Willard Haskell of Ainsworth; daughters, Karen Jacobson of Arnold, Shirley (Leroy) Johnson of Mason City, and Rebecca (Walter) Collier of Dunning; grandchildren, Jerry Jacobson and Jim (Stephanie) Jacobson of Arnold, Kathy Johnson and Troy Johnson of Mason City, Brandy Johnson of Elm Creek, Travis (Ann) Collier of Dunning, and Michelle (Paul) Sterkel of Rapid City, SD; great-grandchildren, Jamie, Cole and Haley Jacobson of Arnold, Kelsey Hawk of Mason City, Riele Lewis, Breanna and Payton Johnson of Elm Creek, and Colby and Carlie Collier of Dunning. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Betty (Bus) Waltman of Chadron, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were Friday, April 20, 2012 at the United Church of Christ in Halsey, with the Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Special music was provided by Roger McGooden with special selections of "The Old Rugged Cross" and "One Day At A Time" being offered. Pallbearers were, Brandy Johnson, Kathy Johnson, Troy Johnson, Jerry Jacobson, Travis Collier, Jim Jacobson, and Michelle Sterkel. Graveside service followed at the Ainsworth Cemetery at 3:00 PM under the direction of Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. Memorials are suggested to the Halsey Church, Halsey Service Club or to the Thomas County Rescue Unit.Published in Custer County Chief, May 3, 2012