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Local deaths

Orville Lemburg

Orville A. Lemburg, 77, of Grand Island died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Omaha.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kleine Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Major will officiate. Fort Riley, Kan., honor guard will provide military rites. Private burial will occur at a later date.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7.

Mr. Lemburg was born Feb. 16, 1926, at Rockville to Harry and Laura (Carstens) Lemburg.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Delores; a daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Mike Kleier of Doniphan; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Delores and Norbert Dorszynski and Dorothy Lemburg, all of Grand Island.

He is also survived by two grandchildren, Brandon and Nicole Kleier, both of Doniphan, and several nieces and nephews.

As a child, he attended school in Rockville before moving with his family to Farwell in 1948. Orville served in the Korean Conflict from Jan. 8, 1951, to Dec. 18, 1952.

He married Delores Suntych in 1956 at Farwell. After their marriage, Mr. Lemburg and his wife lived in California, Aurora, Alda and Cairo before moving to Grand Island. During his lifetime, Mr. Lemburg farmed and had been employed by the Nebraska Turkey Growers of Gibbon and Chief Industries.

Mr. Lemburg enjoyed playing cards, fishing and visiting with others. He had a love for baseball and polka music.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernice Bernth and Arlene Ashby, and a brother, Virgil Lemburg.

Memorials are suggested to the Orville Lemburg Memorial Fund.

Otto Seier

Otto Seier, 93, of Grand Island died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Beverly Healthcare at Lakeview.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel Bremer will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Seier was born Feb. 13, 1919, south of Alda in Hall County to Henry and Emma (Schimmer) Seier.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine (Hasselman) Seier, in 1999.

Survivors of the immediate family include a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Kermit and Janet Hasselman, and a stepdaughter, Carol Byerly, all of Grand Island.

Additional survivors include eight stepgrandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Seier received his education at District 6 in Hall County. He entered the U.S. Air Force on March 12, 1942, in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Mr. Seier was a flight engineer, flying B-29s with the 20th Air Force off of Guam and Japan. He flew 22 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the air medal with two oak leaf clusters. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 31, 1945, in Santa Ana, Calif.

Following his military service, Mr. Seier was employed by United Airlines until his retirement in 1972.

He married Maxine Hasselman on Nov. 16, 1974, in Grand Island.

Mr. Seier was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the Platt-Duetsche, the Independent Order of Forresters, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Henry, Harry, Rudolph and Donald, and two sisters, Nancy Rathman and Mamie Rathman.

Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church.

'Sy' Wright

Sylvester "Sy" C. Wright, 85, of Grand Island died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the St. Francis Skilled Care Unit in Grand Island.

Services will be at a later date in Fort Morgan, Colo. Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wright was born May 10, 1917, at Lorton to Charles S. and Mary (Frank) Wright.

Area deaths

Alice Bartle

ST. PAUL — Alice M. Bartle, 79, of St. Paul died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Matelyn Retirement Community in St. Paul.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Ellen Campbell will officiate, with Phillip LaRoe assisting. Auxiliary rites will be held at the church by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 Auxiliary of St. Paul. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Mrs. Bartle was born May 6, 1923, on the family farm near Farwell to Chris and C. and Hilda H. Christensen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward "Bud" F. Bartle, on June 11, 1995.

Survivors of the immediate family include two daughters and a son-in-law, Margaret and Terry Wittler of Lincoln and Elizabeth Bartle of Los Angeles; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Barbara Bartle of Lincoln and John and Alison Bartle of Utica, N.Y.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Max and Marge Christensen of Fremont.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Alice received her early education at rural school District 47 near Nysted. She then attended St. Paul High School and graduated in 1940. After her education, Alice was a nanny in California. She later returned to Nebraska and was an office nursing assistant for Dr. Arnold at St. Paul.

On Aug. 18, 1946, Alice was united in marriage to Edward "Bud" F. Bartle at St. Paul. The couple first made their home in Lincoln. Later, Alice and Bud returned to St. Paul, where they operated the Bartle's Store. Alice lived in the family home until November 2001, when she moved to the Matelyn Retirement Community.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Howard County Historical Society, Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 Auxiliary and Chapter AP, PEO, all in St. Paul.

She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, singing in the church choir, dancing, embroidering and doing puzzles.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, George Christensen; and four sisters, Grace Jensen, Mildred Nelson, Sylvia Ibsen and Katherine Crha.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul First Presbyterian Church or the Howard County Historical Society.

Hannah Butt

CENTRAL CITY — Hannah M. Butt, 98, of Central City, formerly of Palmer, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Central City Care Center.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Solt Funeral Home Chapel in Central City.

Following visitation, services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Jack Eske will officiate. A private committal service will be held at the Central City Cemetery.

Miss Butt was born June 13, 1904, in Saline County to August and Augusta (Burkhart) Butt.

Survivors include three nephews, Weldon and Wilma Hake of Palmer, LaRoy and Alpha Hake of Eureka, Calif., and Roger and Marilyn Butt of Central City; seven nieces, Loris Ann and LeRoy Doncheske of Palmer, and Nadine and Dale Hilderbrand, Dee and Ken Luebbe, Maxine Jensen, Dorothy and Bud Irwin, Illa Jean Scherer, and Reta Kleve, all of Central City; and many great-, great-great- and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

The family moved to Merrick County in 1912 and Hannah attended District 50 School in Merrick County. Hannah made her home with her parents. Her father died in 1949 and her mother died in 1953. After the death of her mother, she went to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Bertha and John Hake, near Central City. After John's death in 1979, Hannah and Bertha moved near Palmer. Hannah spent much of her time with her nephew, Weldon Hake, and her niece, Loris Ann Doncheske. Hannah moved into the Central City Care Center in 2002.

As an infant, Hannah was baptized at St. John's United Church of Christ in Western. She enjoyed embroidery work, baby-sitting for great-nieces and nephews, taking long walks and enjoying nature, and spending time on the farm.

Preceding her in death were seven brothers, Otto, Helmet, Reynold, Fritz and Paul Butt and infant brothers Anton and Frank Butt, and three sisters, Elsie Nickel, Bertha Hake and infant sister Marie Louisa Butt.

A time of fellowship and a lunch will be held after services at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Merrick Foundation for the Lock Performing Arts Center.

Dean Cave

OCONTO — Dean Cave, 91, of Oconto died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Callaway District Hospital in Callaway.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Oconto. The Rev. Dale Coates will officiate. Burial will be in Oconto Cemetery with military rites.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

More details will appear later.

Rex Hermansen

AURORA — Rex Hermansen, 82, of Aurora died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Memorial Community Care.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kronborg. The Rev. Pam Ciulla will officiate. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery at Kronborg.

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

Mr. Hermansen was born March 21, 1921, at Dannebrog to T.S. and Clara (Rasmussen) Hermansen.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Bonnie; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Roger Christenson of Aurora; a son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Donna Hermansen of Marquette; two brothers, Leif Hermansen of Aurora and Kermit of Cassville, Mo.; and three sisters, Selma Sorensen of Tyler, Minn., Alpha Christensen of Adams and Barbara Handrup of Aurora.

Those also left to cherish his memory are two granddaughters, Tamera and husband Robert Wert of Aurora and Brooke Christenson and her fiancée, Chad Cose, both of Lincoln; and three great-grandchildren, Madison, Bryce and Riley Wert, all of Aurora.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peder's Lutheran Church at Nysted. Rex attended school District 74 in Howard County through the eighth grade. He moved with his family to Texas in 1936 and graduated from Blessing High School in 1940. In November 1942, he entered the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater with the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper during World War II. Upon his discharge in 1945, he returned to Hamilton County and started farming with his dad and brother, Leif, northeast of Marquette.

On Aug. 21, 1948, Rex was united in marriage to Bonnie Benson at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kronborg. He continued to farm and they moved to Aurora in 1984.

Through the years he served on St. John's Lutheran Church Council, Marquette School Board, Aurora and Marquette Elevator Boards, was a member of the Hamilton County Livestock Feeders Association and American Legion. Rex enjoyed bowling and golf, and since retiring, gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Anderson; and a granddaughter, Megan Christenson.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary Web site at higbymortuary.com.

'Clem' Hewitt

RAVENNA — Fayette "Clem" C. Hewitt, 72, of Ravenna died Sunday, April 5, 2003, at the Nebraska Veterans Home of Grand Island.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island. Wesley Rowe will officiate. Burial will be private for the family.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with family receiving friends from 7 to 8.

Mr. Hewitt was born Jan. 8, 1931, at Nampa, Idaho, to Fayette and Laura (Bell) Hewitt.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, A. Jean Hewitt of Ravenna; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Stuart Mues of Ravenna and Nancy and Steve Jasumme of Denver; and a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Debbie Ragsdale of Rome, Ga.

He is also survived by nine grandchildren.

He grew up in the Salina and Abilene, Kan., area, attending school there also.

He entered the U.S. Navy on March 20, 1951, serving during the Korean War. Mr. Hewitt was honorably discharged on April 10, 1951.

He was united in marriage to A. Jean Weeks on Jan. 27, 1969, at Lincoln. The couple then lived in Lincoln, Des Moines, Iowa, Grand Island and Ravenna. He worked in graphic arts, ran a group home for troubled boys, and later worked as a real estate salesman and broker. He became disabled in 1986.

He enjoyed gardening, computers and working with troubled boys.

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

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

Guila Hilton

SARGENT — Guila Bell Hilton, 87, of Sargent died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Beverly Health Care Center in Sargent.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Sargent. The Rev. Bonnie Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in Nevada, Mo., on Friday.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent.

She was born Jan. 5, 1916, at Ogallala to Charles and Joanna (Bailey) Thornley.

Survivors of the immediate family include two daughters and a son-in-law, Lois and Lyn Johnson of Sargent and Mary Ann Walker of Perris, Calif.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Kay Ludlow of Augusta, Ga., and James and Terry Hilton of Reading, Kan.

'Dolly' Stepanek

ST. PAUL — Rosyln L. "Dolly" Stepanek, 66, of St. Paul died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Howard County Community Hospital in St. Paul due to a lifelong illness.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Carl Stenzel will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stepanek was born July 29, 1936, at Grand Island to Walter T. and Meta (Grosch) Olsen.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Eddie; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward "Skeeter" and Carol Stepanek of St. Paul and Robin and Shari Stepanek of Bethany, Okla.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cyndi Ambroz of Lenexa, Kan., and Sherri and Blaine Schmidt of Fremont; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Flo Olsen of Dannebrog and Gary and Edna Olsen of Indianapolis.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Jason and Bill Stepanek, Clifton and Summer Ambroz, Chad, Neil and Kathleen Stepanek, Vince, Jennifer, and Jeffrey Tomlinson, and Camden and Brenna Schmidt, and a great-grandson, Braden Stepanek.

She was raised in and attended schools in Grand Island.

She was united in marriage to Eddie Stepanek Jr. at Christ Lutheran Church in Grand Island on April 21, 1953. The couple farmed south of St. Paul all of their married life.

Dolly was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing, reading and especially her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. The couple also raised dogs.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of St. Paul, where she was a former Sunday School teacher and superintendent. She was also a member of the Carl Mogensen American Legion Auxiliary Unit 119 of St. Paul. She served as president during 1981 and 1982.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

State deaths

Donald Prince

YORK — Donald G. Prince, 69, of York died Monday, April 7, 2003.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Metz Mortuary Chapel in York. The Rev. Mark Vincent will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, with military rites.

Visitation for the public will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Mr. Prince was born March 8, 1934, at Palmer to Glenn and Alice (Bauman) Prince.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Dorothy, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dave Prince and Doug and Deb Prince, and a daughter, Deb Siebrass, all of York.

'Dick' Coons

LINCOLN — Richard R. "Dick" Coons, 58, of Lincoln died April 5, 2003.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Coons was born Feb. 24, 1945, in Michigan to Ray and Maxine (Wall) Coons.

Survivors of the immediate family include a son and daughter-in-law, John Coons and Denise Stanley, and his father and stepmother, Ray and Jean Coons, all of Lincoln.

He is also survived by a grandson, Richard J. Coons, and a niece, Kristine Kelley, both of Lincoln; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Coons was a member of Eastridge Presbyterian Church, a Lincoln Southeast High School graduate and a member of Roadrunner car club, a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, and a member of Masonic Lodge North Star 227, Amateur Trap Shooters Association, National Pool League Association, ABATE and Harley Owners Group.

Memorials are suggested to American Lung Association.

'Bud' Evison

HERSHEY — Jesse E. "Bud" Evison, 86, of Hershey, formerly of Grand Island, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Sutherland Care Center.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the West Lawn Cemetery at Grand Island.

Services were held Monday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home Chapel in North Platte. Capt. Kris Wood officiated.

Mr. Evison was born April 18, 1916, at Chappell to Jess and Daisy (Lane) Evison.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Rose; a daughter, Sharon Mohr of Van Cleave, Miss.; a sister, Rowena Gilchrist of Castro Valley, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Judy Olguin of Hershey; and a stepson, Pete Nolan of California.

Pearl Verley

SOUTH SIOUX CITY — Pearl L. Verley, 88, of South Sioux City, formerly of Grand Island, died April 6, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Faith United Methodist Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Richard Karohl officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island,.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.

Mrs. Verley was born April 9, 1914, in Sherman County to Omenzo and Amanda (Yarrington) Hunt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Verley.

Survivors of the immediate family include a son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Bernetta Verley of South Sioux City, and three sisters, Vera Olive of Tacoma, Wash., Opal Mills of Arnold and Mildred Kyhn of St. Paul.

She is also survived by a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Pamela and Joe Bailey of South Sioux City.

She attended Loup City Public Schools. She was employed with the Loup City Hospital.

She was united in marriage to Russell Verley on Oct. 4, 1950, at St. Paul. The couple moved to Grand Island, where she worked for the Lutheran Hospital for 17 and a half years. Mr. Verley died in 1985. In 2000, she moved to South Sioux City to live with her son and daughter-in-law.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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

Emily Williams

BASSETT — Emily L. Williams, 63, of Bassett died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Rock County Hospital in Bassett.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Anselmo. The Rev. Todd Philipsen will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, with a 7 p.m. Christian wake service.

Mrs. Williams was born May 18, 1939, at home in Dunning to William and Evelyn (Schlund) Fetherston.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Ivan "Ike" Williams; five daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda Baugher of Bassett, Diana and Scott Skeabeck of Pottstown, Pa., Anita Williams of Madison, Ronda and Gary Williams of Bassett, and Marla and Roy Snodgrass of Orchard; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Tim Williams of O'Neill, Tony and Beth Williams of Norfolk and Tom and Tami Williams of Laurel; a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Delores Fetherston of Anselmo; and a half sister, Wilma Post of Lexington.

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