Local deathsMerle LuftMerle D. Luft, 79, of Grand Island died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Park Place Health Care and Rehab Center in Grand Island.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Onamae Waddel will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Mr. Luft was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Osceola to Adam and Violet (Grossnicklaus) Luft. He attended country school and graduated from Osceola High School in 1939. He entered the U.S. Army in July 1942 and served with the 46th General Hospital in North Africa and the Rhineland in Southern France. He received his discharge in December 1945.
He married Ruth Swanson on June 15, 1948, at Fremont. The couple lived in various Nebraska communities where he was employed by J.C. Penney's in Columbus, the J.M. McDonald Stores in York and Grand Island and Swanson's of Stromsburg. While in Grand Island, he also worked for Cook Paint and Delicious Foods.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and enjoyed camping, fishing, baseball, football and dancing.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Michael Skoff of Longmont, Colo.; a son, Gary of Grand Island; and two grandsons.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Delmar, and one sister, Bernice.
ST. EDWARD — Roy G. Cumming, 91, of St. Edward died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in St. Edward with the Rev. Tom Henstock officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in St. Edward.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Miller-Levander Funeral Home in St. Edward.
Mr. Cummings was born Oct. 25, 1909, on a Platte County farm southeast of St. Edward to James and Mary Ann (Moody) Cumming. He was baptized at the Methodist Church in St. Edward. He attended at Platte County District 47 School and graduated from St. Edward High School in 1928.
He married Esther Olson on Sept. 20, 1933, at the Methodist parsonage in St. Edward. He worked with his father until 1940, when the couple moved to the Looking Glass area. In 1944, they returned to the family farm, where they farmed and fed cattle. In 1970, the couple moved to St. Edward. His wife died March 8, 1990. He continued to live at home with his daughter, Janet.
In addition to being a long-time member of the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, he served on the board of the Farmer's Union Co-op and belonged to the Platte County Feeders as well as the Boone and Nance County Feeder's Association.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Phyllis Cumming of St. Edward; two daughters and son-in-law, Nana and Carroll Channer of Columbus and Janet Cumming of St. Edward; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruby Behlen of Columbus and Alta Toms of Walnut Creek, Calif.
Other than his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Gilbert, Robert, Orville, Earl and Leonard; and one sister, Ethel.
ASHTON — Evelyn E. Fredrick, 74, of Ashton, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the Howard County Hospital in St. Paul.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton. The Rev. Larry Coulter will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. vigil service.
Peters Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.
Ms. Fredrick was born Nov. 5, 1926, on the family farm north of Ashton to John and Anna (Garvel) Fredrick. She attended Sherman County rural schools and grew up there.
She moved to Omaha in the early 1940s where she worked at Kellogg's Cereal Co., Kitty Clover and several car dealerships. She also worked as a waitress at Eli Caniglia's Venice Inn in Omaha.
She married Charles Totzke on Oct. 20, 1979, at Omaha. In the early 1980s, she retired to Ashton to care for her parents. She worked at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City for several years as a nurse's aide and later was a caregiver for many Ashton residents. She moved to the Rose Lane Home in April 2001.
She enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning and crossword puzzles.
She was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 of Ashton.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Ann Sanders of South San Francisco, Calif.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gilbert and Jan Fredrick of Omaha and Wilfred "Fritz" and Marie Fredrick of Ashton; two sisters and brother-in-law, Angela Juhas of Omaha and LeeAnn and Clarence Roberts of Tacoma, Wash.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Aloysius Fredrick, and one sister, Maria Fredrick.
GREELEY — Joseph J. Happ, 88, of Greeley, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at his home west of Greeley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Gerald Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday at the church.
T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary in Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Mr. Happ was born April 25, 1913, at Lindsay to Edward J. and Dorothy (Albracht) Happ. He was raised in Lindsay and was educated at the Holy Family Convent there. He moved with his family to Greeley at age 17.
He married Ethel Purdy on Feb. 14, 1942, in Greeley. He lived his entire adult life farming west of Greeley.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Greeley, was on the church council, a member of the Knights of Columbus and of the National Farmers Organization. He was a rural school board member of District 54 for 27 years.
Survivors include his wife; seven sons and daughters-in-law, James and Peggy Happ, Jerry Happ, Joe and Karen Happ, Peter Happ and Paul Happ, all of Greeley, Larry Happ of Ericson and Ted Happ of Littleton, Colo.; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Ervin Woltman of Grand Island, Jeanne Happ of Phoenix, Ariz., Rosie and Howard Leino of Morrison, Colo., Terri and John Burke of Alliance, Judy and Jeff Maller of Encinitas, Calif., Diane and Tom Howeth of Omaha and Mary and Matt Glesinger of Spalding; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Emil Labenz of Spalding, Rose Koenig of Primrose and Anne Brannen of Bellevue; two sisters-in-law, Lillie Happ of Greeley and Agnes Happ of Grand Island; 25 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Happ Carper; three brothers, Tony, Bill and Syl Happ; one sister, Sister M. Jarlath; and two brothers-in-law, John Koenig and Fred Brannen.
PAGE — Pauline Wiley, 83, of Page, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001 in Grand Island.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Page United Methodist Church. The Rev. Costa de Oliveira will officiate. Burial will be in the Orchard Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.
Memorials are suggested to the village of Page.
Mrs. Wiley was born Aug. 18, 1917, at Orchard to Paul and Clara (Aaberg) Schwager. She graduated from Royal High School.
She married Capt. Marvin Wiley on June 30, 1936 at Yankton, S.D. Mr. Wiley worked for the State Patrol.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Gary Meyer of Lincoln, Judy and Don Harrie of Grand Island and Jan and Stan Poff of Kearney; two sons, Jerry of Fairway, Kan., and Jim of Lincoln; one sister, Leona Wells of Brunswick; three brothers, Robert Schwager of Orchard, Dwaine Schwager of Hereford, Texas, and Mervin Schwager of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and one grandson.
LINCOLN — Donna L. Ross, 64, of Lincoln died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Firth.
Services were June 1 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Russell Leeper officiated. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Lakeview Nursing Home in Firth.
Mrs. Ross was born Nov. 4, 1936, at Republic, Kan., to Lowell and Daisy (Persinger) Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Ross of Firth; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Darwin Garton of Lincoln, Sherri and Bill Berg of Lincoln, Penny and Jerry Tangney of Overland Park, Kan., and Patty and Ken Essink Jr. of Grand Island; nine grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Ed Ross of Lincoln.
She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Norman Ross.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Augusta Bowen, 87, of California, formerly of Dunning, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Open Bible Church in Dunning. The Revs. Carl Plumb and Ralph McKay will officiate. Burial will be in the Dunning Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Govier Brothers Mortuary.
Mrs. Bowen was born Dec. 15, 1913, at Dunning to William Conrad and Eva May (Winter) Zutavern. She grew up at Dunning and graduated from high school in 1932.
She married Lloyd Bowen on April 12, 1936, at Kearney. They lived in Dunning. She was the postmaster of Dunning and worked for the postal service for 45 years. Mr. Bowen died July 21, 1965.
Survivors include one son, Barry Bowen of Rancho Mirage, Calif.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell Zutavern and George Zutavern, and two sisters, Gladys Anderson and Valda Sanderson.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Gary L. Vogt, 59, of Muscatine, Iowa, died May 22, 2001, at Muscatine.
Services were at St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cordova. The Rev. Arnold Jurchen officiated. Burial was in the Zastrow Cemetery in Cordova.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Metz Funeral Home in York was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Vogt was born Sept. 25, 1941, at the family farm near Ravenna to Arthur and Birdean (Roth) Vogt. He was baptized on Oct. 12, 1941, and was confirmed on May 22, 1955, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna.
He married Angeline Finke on Dec. 19, 1965, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Cordova. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education in 1963 and a master of science degree in agricultural economics in 1966 from the University of Nebraska.
He worked his entire life with the farming community. For the last 22 years, he was employed by Iowa State University Extension Service as an area management specialist. He had been based at the Muscatine, Iowa, office since 1992.
Through the years, he received many awards related to his employment, but his greatest reward was the opportunity to assist farmers as the times changed and financial planning became a greater part of their operations.
He enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobby was horticulture, and he provided plant starts for people and cultured numerous varieties of hostas to use in landscaping.
Survivors include his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Nicole Vogt of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Pang Yuan of Columbus, Ohio; a granddaughter; his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Jean Vogt of Grand Island; and a sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and David Pick of Coleridge.