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Local deaths

Muriel 'Tootie' Meyer

Muriel Ann 'Tootie' Meyer, 72, of Grand Island died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island. Inurnment will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Muriel was born Oct. 13, 1931, at Farwell to Leon "Leo" and Selma (Dirks) Studnicka.

Survivors of the immediate family include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Dan Ward of Holdrege; and a son, Mike Meyer of Phillips.

Other survivors include two grandsons, Isaac Ward of Holdrege and Gage Meyer of Phillips, and close friend, Tami Kehm of Grand Island.

As a young girl, she moved to Maryland and California. Later she moved to Grand Island, where she graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1949.

She married Leonard A. Meyer on July 4, 1952. They lived in Texas, California, and in Nebraska, moving to Grand Island in 1972.

She worked at Central Catholic, Miller and Paine, Home Health Care and was a cook at the St. Mary's Convent for several years.

She is a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and the Altar Society. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, crossword puzzles and spending time with her grandsons.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Area deaths

Vera Bankson

HORDVILLE — Vera M. Bankson, 68, of Hordville died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Central City, with Sister Mary Arie officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City. Burial will be in the Hordville Cemetery.

Vera was born on Dec. 9, 1935, on a farm near Beaver Crossing to Loyd and Esther (Barnes) Knerr.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Dean; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Larry and Sally Bankson of Hordville, Brian and Nadine Bankson of Hampton, and Steve Bankson of Hordville; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Robert Williams of McLouth, Kan., and Cheri and Dave Brostowicz of Smyrna, Tenn.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren.

Vera grew up on a farm near York and received her education at the York Public School. She graduated from York High School in 1953.

She was united in marriage to Dean Bankson on March 9, 1958, at the Methodist Church in York. The couple lived in York for a short time and then moved to a farm near Hordville.

Vera worked for the telephone company in York, and also at Bethesda Health Care in Central City until her Multiple Sclerosis forced her to take early retirement.

Vera enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, sewing, crafts, gardening, especially her flowers, and being with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed visiting with community members while being the Hordville newspaper correspondent.

Mrs. Bankson was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Merry Mothers Extension Club, and was a former member of Fridhem Lutheran Church and W.E.L.C.A. Vera was also very active as a 4-H leader for 35 years.

Memorials are suggested to the family and condolences may be sent to the family at www.wagnerfuneral.com.

Maynard Lakin

BURWELL — Maynard Pratt Lakin, 89, of Burwell died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Valley County Nursing Home in Ord.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. The Rev. Don Studley will officiate.

Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.

Maynard was born Oct. 14, 1914, at Burwell to Seth and Lula (Denman) Lakin.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Louise Lakin, and two sons and daughters-in-law, LeRoy and Dawn Lakin of Brea, Calif., and Bill and Norma Lakin of Frederick, Md.

Cecil McCall

ORD — Cecil Earl McCall, 91, of Ord died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mira Valley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Janet Burgel will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ord Memorial Chapel.

Cecil was born Dec. 7, 1911, to James Harley and Goldie A. (Simpson) McCall at their farm home near Austin.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Gladys; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Linda McCall of Beatrice and Randy and Susan of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Walter Searle of Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin and Arlene McCall of Hermiston, Ore., and Louis and Madeline McCall of Bridgewater, Iowa; and two sisters-in-law, Ardith McCall of Fontenelle, Iowa, and Margery McCall of Mediapolis, Iowa.

Other survivors include eight grandchildren, Stephanie Smith and husband Kevin of Beatrice; Donnita Searle of Vacaville, Calif., Michelle Kazemba of Vacaville, Calif., Shannon Lynch and husband Chris of Lincoln, Kara Yapoujian and husband Jon of Berthoud, Colo., Jolene Niesen and husband Larry of Fairfield, Calif., Keenan and Hunter McCall of Ord; 10 great-grandchildren, Breanna and Jesse McCall of Beatrice; Austin and Laken Kazemba of Vacaville, Calif., Cecilly and Henry Lynch of Lincoln, Colton, Wyatt, and Lain Yapoujian of Berthoud, Colo., and Logan Niesen of Fairfield, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. McCall attended school through the age of 11 in the Austin area. The family then moved to the Bristol Ranch about six miles south of Arcadia. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Loup City at age 13. He attended Arcadia High School, where he played football and graduated in 1931. After high school he worked for Delbert Holmes and Jess Marvel.

Cecil married Gladys Mae Dobson on July 23, 1936, at the Loup City Methodist Church and left the same day for Nampa, Idaho. They returned in December 1936 to Arcadia, where he worked for Keller Construction. In 1942 he started farming in the Arcadia and Ord area.

He moved to Ord in 1965 and worked at the Silas Mason-Hanger Army Ammunition Plant full time and the Ord Co-op Elevator part time until 1973 when the plant was closed. He worked at the elevator until 1989, when he finally retired at the age of 78.

Cecil was a member of the Ord Odd Fellows and Elks Lodges, and the Mira Valley United Methodist Church and Gideons for many years.

He was a 4-H leader, school board member, and a church elder. He loved gardening, playing cards, dancing, sports, reading, and telling jokes (and not necessarily in that order).

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Clarissa Emgarten and Alma Leininger; and five brothers: William, Seldon, Lonnie, Clayton and Carl McCall.

Memorials have been suggested to the family in his name.

State deaths

Ray Coons

LINCOLN — Ray E. Coons, 87, of Lincoln, formerly of St. Paul, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Sun City, Ariz.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home in Lincoln.

More details will appear later.

Other deaths

Charlotte Miller

OGDEN, Kan. — Charlotte Jean Miller, 73, of Ogden, Kan., formerly of St. Paul, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at Stoneybrook Health Care Center in Manhattan, Kan.

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ogden. Burial was in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Ogden.

Mrs. Miller was born Sept. 23, 1930, in St. Paul to Anton and Anna (Nosal) Matousek.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Lowell Thomas "Bud" Miller; a daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Don Harris of Ogden, Kan.; a son, Thomas F. Miller of Franklin, W.V.; and two sisters, Marilyn Placke of St. Libory and Virginia Hirschman of St. Paul.

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