Mark Peterson, 61, of Grand Island passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gollaher Chapel. The Rev. Kelly Karges and Pastor Murray Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in Grand Island City Cemetery.
All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. More details will follow.
BROKEN BOW — Dorothy Mae Manning, 92, of Broken Bow passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Brookestone View in Broken Bow.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow, with Pastor Matt Fowler officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church or Broken Bow Library.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary, with family greeting from 5 to 7. Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Words of encouragement or remembrance may be left at www.govierbrothers.com.
Dorothy is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Les and Sandi Manning of Broken Bow; a daughter and son-in-law, Sonya and Kevin Chilewski of Cairo; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ella Cross of Medford, Ore.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; her parents, Hugh C. and Lillie V. (Snyder) Drake; three brothers; and four sisters.
David A. Elliott, 73, of Grand Island, formerly of North Platte, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
Services to honor David will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Third City Christian Church, 4100 W. 13th. The Rev. Scott Jones will officiate.
As Dave’s life was about service to others, he chose anatomical donation through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Dave was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Lincoln, the son of Morris and Elaine (Yost) Elliott. He graduated from Lincoln Northwest High School, class of 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star as well as the Purple Heart while in Vietnam. While on leave, Dave married his high school sweetheart, Susie Weatherly, on Aug. 4, 1967.
Following the military, David served with the Nebraska State Patrol for 25 years, retiring in 1996. During that time, he and his family lived in North Platte for 31 years. Following his retirement, just to keep himself busy, he worked for Earl May Garden Center, bartended at the Depot and drove the Handy Bus in North Platte. He and Susie made Grand Island their home in 2003. While in Grand Island he worked for Tractor Supply.
Dave was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Third City Christian Church. Dave enjoyed golf, travel, fishing and hunting, but most of all being with friends, family and particularly grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Susie; their children and their spouses, Shanie and Brad Bockmann of Grand Island and Colby and Sandra Elliott of Groton, Mass.; grandchildren, Jacob, Helena and Georgia “Leo” Elliott and Logan and Hadley Bockmann; honorary grandchildren, Emma and Easton; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Kitty Elliott of Lincoln; a sister and brother-in-law, Laurie and Bob Siemsen of Lincoln; and an aunt, Sharon Ackerman of Roca.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Metzger.
AURORA — Arthur Lee Scott, 92, of Aurora passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Westfield Quality Care in Aurora.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. The Rev. Karl Larson will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.
Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made in care of the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Arthur Lee Scott, the son of H. W. and Mary Ruth (Logue) Scott, was born at Casper, Wyo., on June 15, 1927, and passed away at Aurora on Jan. 13, 2020, at the age of 92.
He attended Grant School K-7, junior high, then Natrona County High for four years, graduating in May 1945. In high school he spent four years in Junior ROTC, attaining the rank of Captain, Commander of Company C.
In July of 1945, he went to Denver for his pre-induction physical and in August 1945 went to Denver for induction. He was given the chance to join the Navy — the day after Japan surrendered. After training in San Diego, he was sent to Pearl Harbor, where he was assigned to the USS PGM-31 as the ship’s Yeoman. His duty station was at Pearl Harbor and the Marshall Islands until his honorable discharge in late summer of 1946.
With discharge in hand, he enrolled at the University of Wyoming in the College of Agriculture Agronomy with a major in Range Management, from which he graduated in the spring of 1950.
His first job out of school was with the Bureau of Land Management in Miles City and Malta, Mont. Later he spent three years with the Soil Conservation Service in various central Wyoming locations.
In the spring of 1955, he had the opportunity to come to Aurora to farm with his uncle, Clarence Kemper. Lee spent the next 35 years farming until retiring in 1990. In the summer of 1958, Lee married Edith LaVonne (Kemper) Sullivan, a widow with two children, Richard and Kim. To this union a second son, David, was born. Edith passed away on Jan. 8, 2018.
In retirement years, Lee obtained Real Estate licenses in Nebraska and Colorado. Other interests include being on the Board of Directors of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, representing Nebraska. He worked for the Salvation Army in Grand Island serving meals for about five years, also serving on the Advisory Board there. Another interest was attending to the needs of ranch ownership for the lands owned by the family in Natrona County in central Wyoming, since 1924.
Lee was a member of Aurora Methodist Church and attended services at the Evangelical Covenant Church, where his wife was a member.
Those left to cherish his memory are his two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Deb Scott of Hastings and David and Kirsten Scott of Northfield, Minn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Brian Crabtree of Aurora; six grandchildren and their spouses, Ben and Jenna Crabtree of Aurora, Heather and Steven Tibbles of The Colony, Texas, Drew and Sara Scott of Giltner, Emma Scott and Jordan Dettman of Hastings, Colin Scott of Minneapolis, Minn., and Peter Scott of Dubuque, Iowa; and seven great-grandchildren, Ayden, Ethan and Owen Scott of Giltner, Ella and Leila Tibbles of The Colony, Texas, and Kaiya and Hudson Crabtree of Aurora.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and other relatives and friends.
SHELTON — Dorothy Marshalek, 79, of Shelton, formerly of St. Paul, died Saturday, Feb 8, 2020, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Jorge Canela and Rayappa Konka will concelebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Elba.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a Rosary at 6. Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul is assisting the family.
Dorothy was born on June 8, 1940, in Nara Visa, N.M., the daughter of Cruz and Sarita (Vigil) Sanchez.
At age 8, she moved with her family to Hanna, Wyo.
She was united in marriage to Filomeno “Fil” Cruz on Nov. 5, 1955. The couple was married for 23 years, living in various cities in Wyoming and Colorado.
In June of 1980, she moved to Elba and married Alex Marshalek on Dec. 20, 1980. Alex passed away on Aug. 18, 1994.
In 1997, she moved to St. Paul. She married Jesus Hinojos in March 2000. From 2007 to 2017, she resided in Lexington, before moving to Alda to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Becky Cruz. On April 1, 2019, she and her son Dennis Cruz moved to Shelton, where she lived the rest of her life.
Over the years she worked as an assembler in various factories and as a nurse’s aide for different nursing homes and care facilities.
She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, embroidery and gardening. She loved popcorn, popsicles, watermelon, apples and oranges.
Dorothy is survived by four sons and two daughters-in-law, Burt and Deb Cruz of Lincoln, Tony and Becky Cruz of Alda, Pat Cruz of Grand Island, and Dennis Cruz of Shelton; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and John Garcia of Fort Collins, Colo.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Daniel and Barbara Sanchez of Laramie, Wyo., and Jessie Sanchez of Denver, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Alex and Jesus; a daughter, Doreen Cruz; a brother, Paul; and four sisters, Marie, Viola, Dora and Rose.
ST. PAUL — Daniel “Dan” D. Svoboda, 80, of St. Paul passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Rayappa Konka will be presiding. Interment will be in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Elba, with graveside military honors by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a Rosary recited at 7, at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
Dan was born Oct. 6, 1939, in Elba to Daniel and Blanche (Spilinek) Svoboda. He was raised on the family farm in the Elba area. He attended the Elba Public School, graduating in 1957. Dan entered the United States Air Force in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1963. He was in the Reserves until 1968. After his discharge, he worked for Floyd Tesmer in St. Paul for 1-1/2 years and then went to work for Novotny Electric in Elba for 45 years before semi-retiring and working on his own for several years in the Elba and St. Paul area.
On July 25, 1970, Dan was united in marriage to Helen Jurzenski at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elba. They made their home in Elba before moving to St. Paul to raise their children, Joan and Robert.
Dan enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sports activities. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, scratching his Bingo and Crossword tickets, and playing Nebraska Pick 5.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of St. Paul; a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jesse Jakubowski of St. Paul; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Rita Svoboda of St. Paul; six grandchildren, Jaden, Josie and Jenna Jakubowski, and Avery, Eli and Sawyer Svoboda, all of St. Paul; a brother and sister-in-law, Arden and Ethel Svoboda of Grand Island; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Blanche Svoboda; a brother, Harold Svoboda; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Alfred Novotny; and two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Della Jurzenski and Margie and Ray Nowak; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anton & Barbara Jurzenski.
GIBBON — Evelyn C. Vohland, 91, of Gibbon passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Brookefield Park in St. Paul.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Kearney, with the Rev. Nancy Tuma officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.
Evelyn was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Gibbon to David H. and Orta J. (Betebenner) Halkyard.
She was raised in Gibbon and was a graduate of Gibbon High School. Evelyn continued her education at Kearney State College. On June 1, 1948, Evelyn was united in marriage to Robert G. Vohland in Taos, N.M. The couple made their home in Gibbon. She a was employed as a beautician for several years. Evelyn was a longtime bus driver for Gibbon Public Schools. Most recently, she was a field adviser for the Girl Scouts of America.
She was member of the Mayflower Society, Nebraska Genealogy Society, Eastern Star, First Family of Ohio, Sweet Adelines and First Presbyterian Church. Evelyn was very active with the Daughters of the American Revolution and served in many positions, both state and nationally.
Evelyn enjoyed gardening, sewing, camping and genealogy. She loved her family very much and was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Bob Vohland of Gibbon; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Bob Crouch of St. Paul; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Vohland of Kearney; her grandchildren and their spouses, Susan (Vohland) and Dave Grove, Michelle (Crouch) and Todd Padrnos, Katherine (Vohland) and Cory Hoagstrom, Stephanie (Crouch) and Jason Kounovsky, Matthew and Lanaya Crouch, Michael Vohland, Heather (Crouch) and Chase Placzek, and Megan (Crouch) and Wade Wiles; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-
great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Myrtle Halkyard and Joan Hemmerling of Gibbon and Jane Olson of Kearney; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Rich Vohland; a brother, Donald Halkyard; and two brothers-in-law, DeWayne Hemmerling and Norris Olson.
NORTH PLATTE — Donald “Don” Fierstein, 63, of North Platte passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Waunita Care and Therapy Center.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island. Graveside services will follow at Grand Island City Cemetery, with Dan Naranjo officiating.
Memorials may be left for Don’s family to designate at a later date. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Don was born in Grand Island on April 7, 1956, the son of Irvin and Marilyn (Jackson) Fierstein.
Don attended Fremont Public Schools and graduated from Rock County High School in Basset in 1974. He continued his education, earning his associate degree in Mechanical Drafting from Central Community College in Hastings.
He settled in Grand Island to begin employment with Rich & Sons RV Sales in the maintenance department. In 1979, Don moved to Omaha and began employment with Ming Auto Detailing and then later at Woodhouse Ford in Blair. In 2009, Don moved to North Platte to be near his father.
Don was an avid electric model train collector and enjoyed watching the trains as they passed through Bailey’s Yard in North Platte. He was a strong supporter of Husker football and NASCAR.
Don is survived by his father, Irvin of North Platte; a brother, Dennis Fierstein of Grand Island; a sister, Diane Obrist of Grapevine, Texas; a niece and her husband, Emily and Jared Melcher of Grand Island; a nephew and his wife, Derek and Alycia Fierstein of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and great-nephews, Braxstyn and Brooks Melcher of Grand Island.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Smith.
LINCOLN — Helen Laurene Lane, 89, of Lincoln died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Wood River.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island.
Helen was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Shelton to her parents, Frank Lane and Theresa Mullen. She lived for many years in San Diego, Calif., where she excelled in her career as an accountant.
Helen decided to return home for a second career helping her mom and auntie with the family farm. The three of them worked hard to keep the farm going that had been in the family for a couple of generations. Her auntie passed away and her mom died in a tragic car accident. Helen continued to toil on her own. Unfortunately, some very unscrupulous and immoral people who didn’t have enough farmland already took Helen’s. She did the right thing and retained a lawyer, but guess what? He was just as corrupt. So, she never got her family land back.
Helen then began her third career spending all her time in the state law library in the State Capitol Building. She wrote her own legal briefs and case documents. She eventually won a judgment for malpractice against her lawyer for a substantial amount. But guess what? She never saw a dime. He hid all his assets. But all along Helen kept her Catholic faith and knew she would be rewarded someday. That day has come!
She is survived by her friends, John and Despina Kazas, Sophia Kazas, Stella and John Kalogeras, George Kazas, Marianna and Steve Hurst, Mike and Cat Kazas, and Angela and Bob Grenier, and all their kids, whom Helen truly enjoyed being around and watching grow up. She has been a part of our big Greek family for over 30 years, and she was one of us.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theresa Mullen and Frank Lane; her auntie, Mary Mullen, and many other Mullens from the Wood River/Shelton area.
We would like to give our sincere thanks to the entire staff at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care they have given Helen over the years.