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Local deaths

Sister Rosemary Carraher

Sister Rosemary Carraher, 68, of Grand Island died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at BryanLGH Medical Center East in Lincoln.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Revs. Tom Ryan and Jose Chavez and other clergy will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the cathedral.

Additional services and burial will be at a later date at the mother house of the Dominican Sisters in St. Catharine, Ky.

Kleine Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Sister Rosemary was born on Dec. 19, 1929, at Spalding to Robert L. and Mary (Kinney) Carraher. She grew up in Spalding and graduated from Spalding Academy.

She joined the Dominican Sisters on Sept. 4, 1949, at St. Catharine, Ky. Her date of reception was Aug. 14, 1950, and she was professed as a Dominican sister on Aug. 15, 1951.

She received her bachelor of arts in history/education from Siena College in Memphis, Tenn., in May 1962. She received her master of science in elementary education administration from Kearney State College in August 1967. She received her master of arts in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago in January 1982.

Her positions of ministry were at Cedar Rapids, Grand Island, Memphis, Tenn., Kearney, Omaha, Hastings, Bellevue, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Lexington, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chicago. She was regional coordinator of Dominican Sisters and pastoral minister at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island for the past seven years.

She was a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, Ky., and St. Mary's Cathedral.

Survivors include three brothers, Thomas of Portland, Ore., Martin of Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert of Omaha; and three sisters, Patricia Dobson of Fort George, Utah, Alice DeLancey of Spalding and Cathy Eckland of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Bernadette Costello.

Dr. Henry Greving

Dr. Henry F. Greving, 94, of Grand Island, formerly of Central City, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at St. Francis Medical Center.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Presbyterian Church in Central City. The Rev. Dale Sallans will officiate.

Memorials are suggested to the church.

Dr. Greving was born on Sept. 20, 1904, in Luctor, Kan., to William and Katie (Dragt) Greving. He attended rural Phillips County, Kan., schools and graduated from Long Island, Kan., High School.

He taught for two years in rural Kansas. He graduated from Creighton University Dental School in 1929 and began his dental practice that year in Central City.

He married Phyllis O. Smith in 1933, and they lived in Central City. He served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1943 to 1946.

Dr. Greving retired from dentistry in 1974. They moved to Green Valley, Ariz., in 1976 and lived there until returning to Nebraska to live in Grand Island in 1998. Mrs. Greving died in March 1998.

Dr. Greving was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Central City, where he served as an elder and as church treasurer for many years. He was also on the Central City school board for many years and had been its president. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 36 and had received the Jordan Medal for the oldest living member. He was a 50-year member of American Legion Post 6. Golfing and spending time on the farm were his favorite pastimes.

Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne (Mrs. J.C.) Hauserman of Auburn and Gwynne (Mrs. Bob) Kuhn of Grand Island; guardian daughter, Lana Johnson (Mrs. Mike) Hall of Nebraska City; five grandchildren; one guardian grandson; two great-granddaughters; and one brother, Clarence Greving of Orange City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters and four brothers.

Harry Martens

Harry Martens, 80, of Grand Island died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Cleveland.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jim Keyser will officiate. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday at Kleine Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Mr. Martens was born on Oct. 19, 1918, in rural Hall County to Otto and Lena (Scheel) Martens. He attended District 23 School south of Grand Island.

He married Helen L. Bengel on Nov. 16, 1952, in Moorhead, Minn. The couple lived in Moorhead until the end of the sugar campaign with American Crystal Sugar Co. They returned to Grand Island for one year, and he worked for the Budweiser Co. They moved to Crookston, Minn., and he worked for American Crystal Sugar Co. as an assistant superintendent, retiring on Dec. 30, 1980 after 28 years of service. They returned to Grand Island in 1981.

He was a member of Wesly United Methodist Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 873 of Crookston, Minn., and Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island. He was a member of the Platt-Duetsche Society for 50 years.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Allan D. of North Olmsted, Ohio, and Arlen K. of Grand Island; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Theodore Martens of Grand Island.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Walter, Willmer and Herbert; and three sisters, Ilo Drier, Doris Hake and Mabel Schultz.

Area deaths

Henry Fischer

BURWELL — Henry J. "Pat" Fischer, 77, of Burwell died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burwell. The Rev. Greg Volzke will officiate. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Mr. Fischer was born on Aug. 23, 1921, at Burwell to John and Elma "Elsie" (Barustoff) Fischer.

He married Agnes Lukesh on March 5, 1947, in Ord. They farmed after they married. He later worked on road construction and at Rowse Rakes and Alfalfa Mill in Ord.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Lions Club. He enjoyed horses, hunting, fishing, trapping, playing cards and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Leonard of Seattle and Darrell of Burwell; two daughters, Linda Timmerman of Loveland, Colo., and June (Mrs. Alan) Griebel of Grand Island; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen (Mrs. Felix) Gold of Sheridan, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Dennis and Irvin; a grandchild; two sisters; and six brothers.

Fern Goff

ORD — Fern Goff, 87, of Ord died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at the Valley County Nursing Home in Ord.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ord Christian Church. The Revs. Michael Chase and Jim Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ord Memorial Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Rebekah Lodge or the family's choice.

More details will appear later.

Bonnie Keys

ELSMERE — Bonnie Keys, 66, of rural Elsmere died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at her home, following a long illness with cancer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Elsmere Baptist Church. The Revs. Les Canfield and Jim Mintle will officiate. Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be directed to the church.

Mrs. Keys was born on April 27, 1932, at Elsmere to Charles and Astrid Giles. She attended Elsmere School and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1948. She taught at Athey School near Elsmere and East Purdum School.

She married Keith Keys on June 3, 1951, at Elsmere. They ran a ranching operation northwest of Elsmere.

She was a member of the Elsmere General Baptist Church, where she was a pianist, Sunday school teacher, superintendent, church treasurer and Bible school teacher. She was a member of the Elsmere Missionary Society and the Happy Homemakers FCE. She served on the Elsmere school board for 21 years. She enjoyed her yard and flowers.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Kerry of Elsmere; a daughter, Michelle (Mrs. Ken) Staeck of Marysville, Ohio; four grandchildren; a sister, Ruth (Mrs. John) Sullivan of Broken Bow; and two brothers, Charles Giles of Broken Bow and Joe Giles of Ainsworth.

She was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother, George.

Robert McIntyre

CEDAR RAPIDS — Robert Lester "Bob" McIntyre, 73, of Cedar Rapids died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Lincoln.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Primrose. The Rev. Mary Avidano will officiate. Burial will be in Dublin Cemetery in Primrose.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.

Mr. McIntyre was born on Oct. 3, 1925, at Primrose to Charles H. and Mary Elizabeth (Kinnier) McIntyre. He was educated at Primrose Public School.

He married Deloris E. Primrose on Nov. 24, 1944, in Albion. He was a grain farmer and raised livestock. He enjoyed playing cards and Nebraska football.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Primrose, where he served as an elder.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Robert W. of Scottsdale, Ariz., Rodney H. of Primrose and Randall L. of David City; two daughters, Roxanne (Mrs. Robert Vogt) McIntyre of Hickman and Ronda (Mrs. DeVern Stuthman) McIntyre-Stuthman of Lincoln; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim of Pharr, Texas, and Charles of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Grace Sievers of Lincoln; eight half brothers, Bill, Walt, Dick, Larry, Ted, Alan, Kenny and Doug McIntyre; and five half sisters, Jean Young, Mary Lou Tiango, Eileen Sowokinos, Pat Splitgerber and Kathy Young.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas; and a sister, Mildred.

Leona M. Voboril

GREELEY — Leona Maria Voboril, 84, of Greeley, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Greeley Care Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. The Rev. Ralph Steffensmeier will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Primrose.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. rosary and 7 p.m. prayer service, Thursday at Levander Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids. Visitation also will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Voboril was born on April 25, 1914, at Duncan to Tomas and Anna (Czapla) Liss. She was educated at St. Stanislaus' Parachial School.

She married Stanley Voboril on April 25, 1933, at Primrose. They lived and farmed southwest of Primrose for 49 years. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 1982 and to Greeley in 1997.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar Society, St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Quilters Group in Cedar Rapids and the Women's Legion Auxiliary in Primrose.

Survivors include three sons, James of Greeley, Joseph of Primrose and Larry of Hastings; two daughters, Elaine Voboril of Minnetonka, Minn., and Linda (Mrs. Dr. Gordon) Silver of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Monica Ryan of Hudson, Fla., and Mary Olek of Rochester, N.Y.; and a brother, Frank Liss of Oroville, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a grandchild, four brothers and two sisters.

Irv Wedeking

AURORA — Irving Chris Wedeking, 67, of Aurora, former vocational-agriculture instructor at Aurora High School, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Aurora United Methodist Church. The Rev. Peggy Michael-Rush will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Higby Mortuary in Aurora.

Mr. Wedeking was born on Sept. 21, 1931, at Ohiowa to Henry and Irene Fern (Waterman) Wedeking. When he was 7 years old, the family moved to Daykin. They moved to a farm four miles south of Daykin in 1945. He graduated from Daykin High School in 1950 and worked at a grocery store and hardware store.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from April 18, 1951, to April 17, 1955. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1960. He moved to Aurora, where he was a vocational-agriculture teacher for 34 years, retiring in 1994.

He married Ila May Long on Oct. 4, 1951, at Daykin.

He was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church, American Vocational Association, Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Association, FFA Alumni and Aurora Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the Nebraska State Education Association and the National Education Association.

He was a member of the District 4-R school board and had been re-elected to his second term. He received the National Association of Agriculture Educators' outstanding service citation on Dec. 10 at the annual conference in Louisiana.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jeff of Lincoln and Gregg of Wheaton, Minn.; one daughter, Beth (Mrs. Greg) Stark of College Station, Texas; four grandchildren; and one sister, Gloria (Mrs. Wilferd) Dake of Beatrice.

State deaths

Norman Peters

SEWARD — Norman W. Peters, 81, of Seward, formerly of Grand Island, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Keyser will officiate. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Tabitha or American Cancer Society.

Mr. Peters was born on April 4, 1917, at Alden, Kan., to Mark and Pearl (Sowers) Peters. He grew up and was educated in Hutchinson, Kan. He began working for Hutchinson Rainbo Bread in 1935.

He married Layle Robinson on June 5, 1937, at Wichita, Kan. They lived at Hutchinson, where he worked for Rainbo Bread. He entered the U.S. Army on April 18, 1945, served during World War II and was discharged on Dec. 17, 1945. He re-entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 16, 1950, and was discharged on Nov. 21, 1950.

After his discharge, they lived at Wichita. They moved to Hays, Kan., in 1952 and to Hutchinson, Kan., in 1953. He was promoted to general sales manager in 1957. They moved to Grand Island in 1958. He retired in 1980.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge at Hutchinson, Kan., and a 48-year member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael of Lincoln and Stewart of New Orleans; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one stepbrother.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gary; and one grandson.

Other deaths

'Lucy' Kanouff

SALT LAKE CITY — M. Lucille "Lucy" Kanouff, 86, of Salt Lake City, formerly of Grand Island, died Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, at Salt Lake City.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas Dowd will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.

Mrs. Kanouff was born on June 11, 1912, in Shelton to William and Eliza Reeder. She was educated in the Denman School.

She married Francis L. "Lindy" Kanouff on March 30, 1959, at St. Paul. The couple lived in Grand Island, Salt Lake City, Rochester, Minn., and then moved back to Salt Lake City in 1973.

Survivors include her husband.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

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