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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Local deaths

Carol Knuth

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Carol L. Knuth, 66, of Grand Island died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at St. Francis Skilled Care.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Pauls Lutheran Church with Pastor Joel Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kleine Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Carol was born March 25, 1938, in Grand Island to Clarence 'Toots' and Winnie (Dillon) Campbell.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband; one son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Amy of Omaha; one daughter and son-in-law, Denea and Dale Jenneman of Grand Island; and three sisters, Phyllis Campbell, Shirley McKinney and Joan Smith, all of Grand Island.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, D.J. and Megan Jenneman, and Emily and Anna Knuth.

Carol worked through her high school years at F.W. Woolworth. After graduation from Grand Island Senior High, she worked at G.W. Martin Co., Mr. Donut, Jake's Bake Shop, and in food services in the school system at Dodge, Wasmer, Northwest High, and Shoemaker for 25 years. Carol truly enjoyed working with all kids. On Oct. 5, 1958, she married Eugene 'Gene' Knuth at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Grand Island.

Carol was a lifetime member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church, and when she was a young woman, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and sang in the church choir. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi since 1980, a member of A.A.R.P., the Grand Island Alumni Assoc., and the Nebraska Children's Home Society Mothers Club. Carol enjoyed crocheting, crafts, but most of all her family and friends. She also enjoyed collecting dolls, angels, tea pots, and cups and saucers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Tom, Paul, Con, and Clarence, and grandson, William Jenneman.

Memorials are suggested to St. Pauls Lutheran Church, the Nebraska Children's Home in Omaha, or to St. Francis Skilled Care Center.

Lavon Nielsen

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Lavon M. Nielsen, 81, of Grand Island died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at the Tiffany Square Care Center.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Lutheran Church. The Rev. Sheri Lodel will officiate. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with the family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.

More details will appear later.

Ronald Shuda

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Ronald W. Shuda, 53, of rural Grand Island, formerly of Farwell, died Thursday, June 24, 2004.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Paplin. Fort Riley Honor Guard will provide military rites.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with a parish rosary at 7 p.m. at the church in St. Paul.

All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shuda was born Dec. 26, 1950, at Ord to Anthony and Irene (Kerry) Shuda.

Survivors of the immediate family include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Anthony and Chelsea Shuda of Farwell and Chad Shuda of Ord; brother, Don Shuda of Dannebrog; and half brother, Chuck LeViner of Oregon.

Other survivors include two granddaughters, Sadie and Kylie.

Mr. Shuda grew up on a farm in the Ashton-Paplin area. He received his education at North Loup - Scotia and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1969. He entered the United States Army serving in Vietnam.

On June 17, 1972, Ron was united in marriage to Carol Bykerk. He owned and operated Shuda's Trucking, served as Howard County Commissioner for eight years, and at the time of his death, was employed by Schay Hay and Feed Company. He enjoyed farm sales and auctions, was a car enthusiast and was an excellent craftsman.

His parents and a son, Eric Wayne Shuda, preceded him in death.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Area deaths

Velma Bamesberger

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AURORA — Velma Bamesberger, 86, of Aurora died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at her home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. The Rev. George E. Damm will officiate. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery.

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

Velma Arline Bamesberger was born on Dec. 3, 1917, in Hampton to Albert Carl and Alma Louise Emma (Klute) Kamtz.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Louis of Aurora; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Gwynuel Johnson of Hampton; and four sons and daughters-in-law, LaVerne and Gloria Bamesberger of Marquette, Eugene and Petra Bamesberger of Hampton, Dale 'Red' and Karen Bamesberger of Hampton and Dean and Susan Bamesberger of Hampton.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Velma grew up in the rural Hampton area. Velma attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated from Hampton High School. After high school she did house work for others in the Hampton area.

Velma was united in marriage to Louis Otto Bamesberger on April 13, 1941, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Velma was a devoted wife and loving mother. She loved gardening and enjoyed her flowers, and belonged to the Aurora Garden Club. She loved quilting for her children and grandchildren.

Velma was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Ladies Aid, the church choir and a member of several Bible study groups. She was also a Sunday school teacher for many years, and was a member of the Hamilton Manor Auxiliary for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Esther DeMary

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ST. PAUL — Esther DeMary, 94, of St. Paul died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at the Howard County Community Hospital in St. Paul.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. Elder Melvin Addy will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. DeMary was born on Nov. 2, 1909, in St. Paul to Charles and Mary (Jacobs) Fuller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, on July 18, 1991.

Survivors of the immediate family include five sons and four daughters-in-law, George and Betty DeMary of Grand Island, Paul and Delia DeMary of Valentine, Dick and Joan DeMary and David DeMary of St. Paul, and Max and Karen DeMary of Sidney, Mont.; and four daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty and John Jelinek and Maxine and Todd White, all of Grand Island, Elnora Tschudy of St. Paul and Alberta Fisher of Trenton, Mo.

Also surviving are 30 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Esther received her education in St. Paul schools.

She was united in marriage to Charles A. DeMary on April 30, 1927, in Central City. They made their home in Gage Valley until 1939 when they moved to St. Paul. Her husband Charles died on July 18, 1991. Esther continued to live in St. Paul for the rest of her life.

Esther enjoyed fishing, camping, crocheting and playing canasta.

She was a member of the Jehovah Witness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Alice Grim; one son, Charles (Sonny); two grandsons, Charles (Chuck) DeMary and Robert (Bob) Tschudy; one granddaughter, Sharon Kay DeMary; and a great-granddaughter, Jaime Plummer.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

Paul Rother

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WOLBACH — Paul H. Rother, 103, of Wolbach died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at the Heritage Living Center in St. Paul.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. Roger Grim will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rother was born Sept. 6, 1900, in Wolbach to Ernst and Minnie Lena (Wagner) Rother.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on June 25, 1994.

Survivors of the immediate family include three sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick and Wanda Rother and Myron and Donna Rother, all of Wolbach and Bryce and Betty Rother of Grand Island; one daughter and son-in-law, LaDean and Don Mueller of Aurora, Colo.; and a sister-in-law, Ethel Rother of Wolbach.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Rother received his education in the Wolbach schools. He received his graduation certificate from the 10th grade in 1916. After his schooling, he farmed with his father on the family homestead.

Paul was united in marriage to Mary Kock on Dec. 19, 1931, at Wolbach. The couple farmed near Wolbach for all of his life. Even after retiring from active farming, he enjoyed being around the farm.

Paul enjoyed breaking and riding horses, and fishing. He loved to be around his grandchildren and take children fishing.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach, served on the church council, was a 100-year member of the Lutheran Church, was a volunteer fireman for 50 years, the Wolbach Community Club and the Farmers Union. He served on the Wolbach Town Board, School Board, ASCS Board, and the Community Betterment Association.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Tara Mueller; four brothers, Frank, Willhelm, George and Henry Rother; and two sisters, Elsie Rother Kolar and Minnie Rother Cordes.

Memorials are suggested to the church.

State deaths

Vincent Donigan

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OMAHA — Vincent P. Donigan, 79, of Omaha died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at St. Joseph's Villa in Omaha.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home, 5108 F St., Omaha.

There will be no visitation.

Mr. Donigan was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Cairo to James and Bertha (Brandt) Donigan.

Survivors of the immediate family include his sister-in-law, Marjorie (Hare) Donigan.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Billesbach and Winifred Vierk; and brothers, James, Anthony and Kenneth.

Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.

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