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Local deaths

Margaret Stone

Margaret Stone, 79, of Grand Island died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at the Park Place Health Care and Rehab Center of Grand Island.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Karohl will officiate. There will be no visitation. Ms. Stone was cremated.

To send condolences to the family or read additional obituary information, please visit our Web site at www.abgfh.com.

Carol Wright

Carol Ann Wright, 52, of Grand Island died Friday, May 9, 2003, at St. Francis Skilled Care.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at All Faiths Funeral Home with the Rev. Cheryl Lamb officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at All Faiths Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wright was born May 31, 1951, at Sumner to Merl Otto and Virginia (Lovett) Wempen.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Frank; her parents, Merl and Virginia Wempen of Kearney; three sisters, Linda Morgan of Auburn, Patty Runnels of Minden and Angela Runnels of Kearney; two brothers, Jerry Wempen of Kearney and David Wempen of Minden.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She grew up at Kearney, where she attended and graduated from Kearney High School in 1969.

She married Frank A. Wright on Sept. 1, 1973, at Kearney. The couple moved to Grand Island in 1975. Mrs. Wright worked at Baldwin Manufacturing in Kearney for nine years, and she had a home daycare for many years. She worked at Dodge School in the lunchroom and office, and was active in the mentor program.

She was a Hall County 4-H leader and had received the 4-H 2000 Community Service Award. She enjoyed crafts. She touched the lives and hearts of many children.

Memorials will be used to establish a scholarship in her honor for Hall County 4-H.

Area deaths

Ned Micek

FULLERTON — Ned Micek, 67, of Fullerton, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peters Catholic Church in Fullerton. The Rev. Don Cleary will officiate. Burial will be in the Fullerton Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, with a 7 p.m. vigil service followed by a Holy Name Rosary, all at St. Peters Catholic Church.

Mr. Micek was born Jan. 11, 1936, in Nance County to Joseph and Helen (Uzendoski) Micek.

Survivors of the immediate family include five brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Suzanne Micek of Bellevue, Raymond and Mary Micek of Grand Island, Albert and Barb Micek of Fullerton, Jacob "Jack" and Janie Micek of Grand Island, and Ted and Marjorie Micek of Shelby; and four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Loretta Schuyler of Cairo, Berniece and Sylvester Starzec of Columbus, Geraldine and Raymond Wrzenski of St. Paul, and Theresa and Leonard Harms of Dodge.

Also surviving is a special friend, Donna Kay Hellbusch of Belgrade.

Mr. Micek grew up in Nance County near North Star. He attended District 43 and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1953.

He farmed and raised cattle. He also worked at the Sportsman Bar for several years as well as the Frontier Saloon in Belgrade.

He enjoyed playing cards, football and raising cattle.

Mr. Micek was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Holy Name, Eagles, Sons of the American Legion and was a past member of the Nance County Cattlemen's Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gerard.

Raymond Schwartz

82, Grain elevator manager

St. LIBORY — Raymond F. Schwartz, 82, of St. Libory died Saturday, May 10, at St. Francis Skilled Care in Grand Island.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Libory's Catholic Church. The Rev. Michael McDermott will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with graveside military honors by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schwartz was born Dec. 18, 1920, at Estelline, S.D., to Henry and Ann (Rutten) Schwartz.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Rita Schwartz of St. Libory; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and David Merten of St. Joseph, Mo.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Schwartz of Erie, Colo. and Kenneth and Donna Schwartz of Dayton, Ohio; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Bea Schwartz of Phoenix, Ariz.

Survivors also include four grandchildren, Matthew and Christine Merten of St. Joseph, Mo., Caitlin Schwartz of Dayton, Ohio, and Alexandra Leeper of Los Angeles, Calif.

As a child, Ray moved from Estelline to Okaton, S.D., where he received his education and graduated from Okaton High School in 1938. He then attended Mitchell Business College in Mitchell, S.D. Upon graduating, he worked as a bookkeeper at a bank in Murdo.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the medical corps from July 1942 to June 1943.

He married Rita B. Regennitter on May 28, 1946, at Vivian, S.D. The couple first lived in Presho, then later moved to Chamberlain, S.D., where he worked as a grain elevator manager. They moved in December 1959 to St. Libory, where Mr. Schwartz managed the Union Grain Co. until his retirement in 1984.

He enjoyed working, gardening and traveling in retirement.

He was a member of St. Libory's Catholic Church, Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 and Knights of Columbus Council 1918, both of St. Paul.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Vincent Schwartz.

Memorials are suggested to St. Libory's Catholic Church.

State Deaths

'Bob' Hindman

OMAHA — Robert "Bob" Hindman, 64, of Omaha, formerly of Grand Island, died Nov. 12, 2002, at NHS Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the First Christian Church in Hebron.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Omaha. Heafy-Heafy-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home in Omaha was in charge of arrangements.

Other deaths

Rita Zabka

LA HABRA, Calif. — Rita M. Zabka, 80, of La Habra, Calif., died Thursday, May 8, in Condilecent Hospital in La Habra.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.

The Rev. Ralph Steffensmeier will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Levander Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids, with a 7 p.m. wake service.

Mrs. Zabka was born Sept. 22, 1922, at Cedar Rapids to Arnold and Anna (Luis) Batenhorst.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Zabka.

Survivors of the immediate family include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Loretta of Norco, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Rose Batenhorst of Omaha; two sisters-in-law, Bernadine Batenhorst and Mary Emily Batenhorst, both of Cedar Rapids; and a brother-in-law, Henry Kreikemeier of West Point.

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