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Local deaths

Lena Julian

Lena M. Julian, 72, of Grand Island died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at the Skilled Care Unit at St. Francis Medical Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Melby Mortuary in Mankato, Kan. The Rev. Scott Jones will officiate.

Mrs. Julian was cremated, and there will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Julian was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Cawker City, Kan.

She received her education in Cawker City, after which time she was employed as a receptionist at a doctor's office in Mankato.

She married Gerald R. Jonas. Following his death, she married Donald L. Gering.

She was also employed as a waitress in a cafe in Mankato.

Following the death of her second husband, she married LaVern Julian. Mrs. Julian moved to Grand Island in 1994.

She enjoyed playing bingo and keno and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mankato.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda and Doug Winder of Grand Island and Patricia Lewis of Wichita, Kan., and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands; two sons, Gary Jonas and Richard Jones; a daughter, Beverly Jonas; a sister, Alta Albertson; and a brother, Raymond Dehaan.

John Socha

25, Construction

John J. Socha, 25, of Grand Island died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Grand Island due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Resurrection Catholic Church. The Rev. James Schmitt will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a parish rosary at 7, at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Mr. Socha was born March 8, 1977, at Grand Island to Ron and Joan (Berberich) Socha. He grew up in Grand Island and attended Gates Elementary School and Central Catholic and graduated from Northwest High School.

He married Arin Knapp on April 27, 2002, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Grand Island. He worked for Cleary Building Corp. and was most recently employed with Oxbow Construction.

Mr. Socha enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on his vehicles. He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Alexis at home; a son, Dré at home; his parents of Grand Island; six sisters and two brothers-in-law, Julie and Mike Reynolds of Newport Richie, Fla., Katie and Lynn Kinne of Aspen, Colo., and Janet Socha, Mary Socha, Diane Socha and Michelle Socha, all of Grand Island; and his grandparents, Joe and Eva Socha of Spalding.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather and stepgrandfather.

Norma Jean Zlomke

Norma Jean Zlomke, 60, of Grand Island died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare Lakeview.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kleine Funeral Home chapel. Capt. Al Simmert will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Sutton City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

More details will appear later.

Area deaths

Bob Cassel

BROKEN BOW — Bob Cassel, 66, of Broken Bow died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow. Pastor Jim Stark will officiate. Burial will be in the Westerville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Govier Brothers Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

More details will appear later.

Marilyn Coats

75, Secretary

GILTNER — Marilyn R. Coats, 75, of Giltner died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Giltner. The Rev. Nora Leeds will officiate. Burial will be in the Giltner Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.

Mrs. Coats was born July 9, 1927, in Chambers to Louis C. and Ruth R. Harley. She graduated from Chambers High School and attended business school for a year.

She married Dewey E. Struebing on May 9, 1947. She worked at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant and Missouri Valley Construction in Grand Island.

She married Warren G. Coats on Jan. 11, 1975, in Grand Island. Mrs. Coats was a secretary for the Giltner public schools for 19 years. Mr. Coats died on Nov. 30, 1987.

Mrs. Coats enjoyed reading, the Ladies Birthday Club and playing cards. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Giltner.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary Struebing of Omaha, Larry Struebing of Baltimore and Timothy and Michelle Struebing of Lincoln; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Delores and Dave Leschinsky of Fort Collins, Colo., and Donna and Cecil Boelts of Yuma, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her second husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dewey I. Struebing; a sister, Chloe Ellen McKay; and two brothers, Gordon and Richard Harley.

Otto B. Faaborg

DANNEBROG — Otto B. Faaborg, 84, of Dannebrog died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Peder's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Nysted. The Rev. Don Voorhees will officiate. Burial will be in the Nysted Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Mr. Faaborg was born June 27, 1918, at Kimballton, Iowa, to Mads and Anna (Christensen) Faaborg.

He moved with his family in 1923 to Dannebrog. He attended school in Nysted. He then worked on a dairy farm in California. He entered the U.S. Army on May 1, 1942. He served in Europe for most of his active duty. He was discharged on Nov. 10, 1945. He returned to Dannebrog, where he trucked with his brother, Carl, and also worked for Farmers Union and for Clarence Southard.

He married Eileen Oakley on July 27, 1968, in Wolbach.

The couple lived in Dannebrog, where Mr. Faaborg and his brother worked in the land-leveling business. After his brother's death, he continued to level land with Russel Lemburg. He retired in 1978.

He enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing. He also liked country music festivals.

Mr. Faaborg was a member of St. Peder's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nysted and the Nebraska Cushman Motor Scooter Club. He was a past member of the Dannebrog Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife of Dannebrog.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl.

Ruby Kimble

Ruby June Kimble, 77, of Grand Island, formerly of Hastings, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island. The Rev. William Forbes will officiate. Burial will be in the Fullerton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kimble was born June 22, 1925, in Illiopolis, Ill. to George and Naoma Bell (Colburn) McMillen. She attended rural schools.

She married Lamont Kimble on March 3, 1984. They lived in Central City and Grand Island and moved to Hastings in 1994.

Mr. Kimble died on June 15, 2000.

Mrs. Kimble then moved to the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island, where she lived until her death.

She enjoyed fishing and visiting with people.

Survivors include a nephew, Billy Ray McMillen of Warsaw, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Helen Konwinski

CENTRAL CITY — Helen Konwinski, 85, of Central City, formerly of Fullerton and Silver Creek, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Fullerton. The Rev. Don Cleary will officiate. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Silver Creek.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a scripture service and St. Ann's Rosary at 7 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton.

Mrs. Konwinski was born Aug. 16, 1917, in Nance County to Jake and Tillie (Hapday) Gunchick. She attended St. Peter and Paul's Catholic School in Krakow near Genoa.

She married Henry Konwinski on Oct. 22, 1935, in Krakow. They lived and farmed southeast of Fullerton and moved to Silver Creek in 1961. Mrs. Konwinski worked at Dale Electronics and B&D Manufacturing in Columbus for several years.

Mr. Konwinski died on March 25, 1977.

Mrs. Konwinski moved to Woodland Park in Fullerton in 1978 and then in May 2001 moved to Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City, where she lived until her death.

She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and St. Ann's Altar Society in Fullerton. She was a former member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and St. Lawrence Altar Society in Silver Creek.

She enjoyed her family, quilting and needlework, listening to polka music, bird watching and growing house plants.

Survivors include a son, Don Konwinski of Fullerton; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Duane Stuart of Central City; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a special family friend, Jayme Grella.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Florian and Thomas; four sisters, Clara Boro, Victoria Lassek, Leona Boro and Dorothy Urkoski; a daughter-in-law, Patricia (Mrs. Don) Konwinski; a grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

Florence Lamphear

ARCADIA — Florence L. Lamphear, 93, of Arcadia died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the old Congregational Church in Arcadia. The Rev. Chuck Myers will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcadia City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Rescue Unit or to the donor's choice.

Higgins Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of arrangements.

Inez Russell

BROKEN BOW — Inez Russell, 97, of Broken Bow died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow. Pastor Jim Stark will officiate. Burial will be in the Gates Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in Broken Bow or the donor's choice.

More details will appear later.

Frank Schuller

RAVENNA — Frank J. Schuller, 86, of Ravenna died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna. The Rev. Rod Pruss will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery at Ravenna.

Christian wake services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Rasmussen Mortuary in Ravenna is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schuller was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Poole to Joe and Marie (Siefert) Schuller. He attended Sunflower School and Poole High School.

He farmed for his father until he was old enough to take over the farm himself. He farmed in Cedar Township. He dedicated his life to farming.

He married Elizabeth Pokorney July 20, 1945, at the Catholic church in Pleasanton.

Mr. Schuller was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Steve R. Schuller of Grand Island and Wendell F. Schuller of Omaha; a daughter, Alice Kaye Holmgrem of Golden, Colo.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Grace Markus of Lexington, Alice O'Lear of Littleton, Colo., and Merna Krakowski of Plymouth, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Lyle Stevenson

AURORA — Lyle Stevenson, 80, of Aurora died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Aurora. The Rev. Mary McQueen will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.

Mr. Stevenson was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Hamilton County to Ray and Zora (Coffey) Stevenson. He was raised on the family farm in Hamilton County and attended country school through the eighth grade. He left school to help his father on the family farm.

He married Kathleen Crawford on June 2, 1943. They farmed near Aurora, Loup City and Phillips. They retired to Aurora in 1978.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Garland Stevenson of Hanson, Ky., Gary Stevenson of Aurora and Roger Stevenson of Grand Island; a daughter, Linda Boyce of Grand Island; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane Stevenson of Boelus; and a sister, Donna Hosier of Giltner.

Mr. Stevenson was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter and two sisters, Elaine Wagner and an infant, Bonnie Mae.

State deaths

Dick Becker

SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Richard W. "Dick" Becker, 64, of Sunnyvale, Calif., died Saturday. Oct. 26, 2002, at home after a year-long battle with throat cancer.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos, Calif. His body was cremated and burial will be at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, Calif.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Pathways Hospice of Mountain View, Calif.

Mr. Becker was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Grand Island to Walter and Dorothy Becker. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1955.

He received his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master of mathematics degree from the University of Illinois.

He married Janice (Jan) Kuck of Grand Island in September 1960. The couple lived in Illinois for two years before moving to the San Francisco Bay area in California in 1962.

He was a research scientist at SRI International for many years before becoming an independent consultant. For the last 14 years he was employed first at Apple Computer and then at VM Labs as a senior software engineer.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Stacey Snevely of San Jose, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Sarah Becker of Mountain View, Calif.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Michele Becker of Evanston, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Other deaths

Jason Ourada

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Jason W. Ourada, 25, of Buckeye, Ariz., formerly of Grand Island, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene in Grand Island. Pastor Dominic Pecoraro will officiate. Mr. Ourada was cremated.

All Faiths Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

More details will appear later.

Frieda Ash

BROKEN BOW — Frieda Valborg Ash, 87, of North Platte, formerly of Broken Bow, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at Great Plains Medical Center in North Platte.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow. The Rev. Jim Stark will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Broken Bow Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary.

Mrs. Ash was born April 11, 1915, near Ord to Jens and Alberta Nielsen Larsen. She attended school in Ord.

She married Criss B. Ash on Aug. 9 1933, in Burwell. They lived on the farm that Criss' father homesteaded in Sargent Valley. During the Dust Bowl years, they moved to Bell, Calif. They returned to Nebraska in 1941 to manage the other family farm northwest of Broken Bow, where they lived until Mr. Ash's death in 1983.

Mrs. Ash's health required her to move in 1999 to Sandhill Manor and later to Premier Estates in North Platte. Their country home was a main gathering place for family and friends and reached landmark distinction with the community.

Mrs. Ash was a member of First Christian Church and Christian Women's Fellowship. She was baptized in the river near Walworth. She served as worthy matron and was a 50-year member of Arrow Chapter of Eastern Star and a member of Custer Center Grange.

She was well-known for homemade pies, bread, cinnamon rolls and pastries. She raised bountiful gardens and was a skilled seamstress. Later in life, she designed and made many quilts and collected buttons. She and her husband collected and restored many antique furniture pieces.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Valerie and Bill Teahon of Prescott Valley, Ariz., De Etta and Dale Hill of North Platte and Vivian Lueck of Chino Valley, Ariz.; a sister, Viola Lee of Mesa, Ariz.; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Larsen of Alma.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Margaret Davis and Helga Grow; and two brothers, Leon and Henry Larsen.

Bernice Lockenvitz Nelson

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Bernice Lockenvitz Nelson, 83, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at Britthaven Northchase in Wilmington, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shamrock Drive Baptist Church. The Revs. Michael Jamison and Michael Queen will officiate.

Visitation was held on Sunday afternoon and family will also greet friends following the service.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C., or to Shamrock Drive Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nelson was born Nov. 27, 1918, in Grand Island to Paul and Antoinette Lockenvitz.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Fred W. Jr. and Janet Nelson of Wilmington, N.C., and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred W. Nelson Sr., in 1995.

Joseph Okrzesa

NORTH LOUP — Joseph Okrzesa, 87, of North Loup died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 at the Veterans Hospital in Omaha.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Scotia. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the North Loup EMTs.

Mr. Okrzesa was born May 17, 1915, at Comstock to John and Mary (Swinoga) Okrzesa. He was raised in Garfield County and Valley County. He went to rural school and attended CC training in 1931. He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 during World War II, first serving in Panama and later serving as a scout for the Merrill Marauders in the China/Berma Theater.

After serving for 57 months, he was discharged from the service in 1945 and returned to Nebraska. He moved to Spokane, Wash., and later to Hooper, Wash., where he worked on construction, and for the McGregor Ranch for 16 years.

He married Mary Lautenschlager in 1971. He retired and moved to Spangle, Wash., and in 1995 moved to North Loup to live with a sister Martha Shoemaker. In November 2000 he moved to the Grand Island Veterans Home and the first of this month he moved to the Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home in Omaha.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge and was a past member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and gardening.

Survivors include four sisters, Rose Weeks of Omaha, Ann McGuigan of Omaha, Gertrude Soreide of West Linn, Ore. and Martha Shoemaker of North Loup.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Julius and Rudolph.

Irma Woten

OMAHA — Irma K. Woten, 102, of Omaha, formerly of Shelton, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Immanuel Fontenelle Home in Omaha.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Shelton United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Ewton will officiate. Family burial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the church or to the Shelton Emergency Unit fund.

Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon/Shelton is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Woten was born May 29, 1900, in Rockville to Chris and Anna Evalina (Isaacson) Nielson, who were pioneers of Howard and Sherman counties. She grew up in that area, graduating from Rockville High School. She attended Kearney Normal School (now UNK). After her mother's death, she returned to Rockville to help her father run the Rockville General Store.

She married Alton "Al" Woten on Feb. 9, 1921, in Grand Island, and the couple lived on a farm near Rockville. They moved in 1939 to Shelton, where they farmed until moving to a farm northwest of Gibbon in the late 1940s. They later retired and moved back to Shelton, where they ran the Dairy Queen for many years.

Mrs. Woten was a member of the Shelton United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge.

She enjoyed reading and playing bridge. She outlived and outplayed almost everyone in three different bridge clubs in the Gibbon-Shelton area.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma L. Hartman of Omaha and Phyllis J. Moore of Lompoc, Calif., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; twin daughters, Alice and Alta; a grandson, W. Paul (Buzz) Moore; two sisters and two brothers.

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