Florence M. Caspar, 70, of Grand Island passed away on March 23, 2020, at CHI Health St. Francis with her family by her side in Grand Island.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. A private family burial will be held in Grand Island, at the Grand Island City Cemetery. Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Florence was born on Nov. 29, 1949, in Emmett, Idaho to Lucien and Viola (McIntosh) Bottorf. She grew up in Grand Island, where she received her education from Grand Island Senior High. She then graduated from beauty school in 1968, and became a beauty instructor following graduation.
She married Thomas Caspar on Dec. 4, 1971, in Aurora. The family lived in Grand Island until her passing.
Florence attended and graduated from nursing school in 1982. Following graduation, she was an LPN for Park Place in Grand Island. She then was employed by Tiffany Square and the veterans home. She was employed by Family Practice until her retirement.
She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. Flo enjoyed watching her children play sports, doing crossword puzzles, playing golf, quilting, movies and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by husband, Thomas Caspar; sons, Curtis (Connie Armes) Caspar and Brian (Kristin) Caspar; daughters, Michelle (Monte) McIntyre, Gyna (J.R.) McFarland and Monica (Kirk) Chamberlain; 10 grandchildren; brother, Larry (Connie) Bottorf; sisters, Sharon (Wayne) Gleason, Shirley Kraft and Rhonda (David) Mudloff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucien and Viola Bottorf; brother, Donnie Bottorf; infant sister, Viola Bottorf.
Virginia Nuss, 85, of Grand Island, formerly of Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2020, at The Homestead in Lincoln.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at this time, a private family graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 26, at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Mike Reiners will officiate.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. It is strongly encouraged that those feeling ill or who are part of an at-risk population stay home. During visitation, social distancing methods of no hugging or hand-shaking will be practiced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of Peace Lutheran Church or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4993. Condolences may be emailed to the family at www.higbymortuary.com.
Virginia Lee Nuss, the daughter of Ernest and Marcella (Roehrs) Driewer, was born at Hampton, on Dec. 13, 1934, and passed away at Lincoln, on March 22, 2020, at the age of 85.
She grew up in Hampton, where she attended school. Her first job was with Bob Hope Furniture in Aurora.
On Dec. 18, 1955, she was united in marriage to Richard Lee Nuss. Together, they owned Mitchell’s Café in Aurora from 1970 to 1975. Virginia was a drug and alcohol counselor at St. Francis Medical Center for more than 30 years.
Richard and Virginia had just celebrated 62 years of marriage before Richard passed away on Jan. 18, 2017.
Virginia attended Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island. She was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #4993 Auxiliary at Aurora.
Those who remain to cherish her memory include her daughter, Jane (Don) Droud, Jr. of Lincoln; son, Jeff Nuss of Burbank, Calif.; five grandchildren, Micala Nuss of New York, N.Y., Cody Nuss of Phoenix, Ariz., Makenzie Nuss of Burbank, Calif., Dominic and Derrick Hughes of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Robert (Bobby) Dean Nuss of Lexington, Ky; sister-in-law, Pat Nuss of Aurora; and other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Shane A. Stauffer, 59, of Grand Island, formerly of Cozad, died March 20, 2020.
It is with great sadness that the family of Shane Alan Stauffer reported his passing.
There will be a celebration of life held for Shane at a later date due to the recommendation of the CDC regarding COVID-19. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated appropriately. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.giallfaiths.com
Shane was born to Gerald and Janet (Adle) Jacoby in Pomona, Calif. Shane was raised in Cozad, where he graduated from Cozad Senior High in the class of 1979.
While in Cozad, Shane enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandfather, restoring automobiles with his uncle and cheering on the Huskers. Shane had many hobbies, but two of his favorites were WWE wrestling and his love of comic-book collecting.
After graduating high school, Shane was employed with Tenneco Automotive in Cozad. He then went on to do some traveling where he worked on the Alaskan Pipeline. Shane returned to Cozad and worked for Pete’s Electric until moving to Ravenna where he met his wife, Shannon Hopkins. From this union he was blessed with three children: Jake, Jessica and Jordan Stauffer.
Shane returned to Cozad, where he worked at Sonny’s Superfoods until he relocated to Grand Island. While in Grand Island, he worked several years for Obermiller Seamless.
Shane’s lifelong battle with diabetes and other health issues required a more hands-on approach, therefore Shane chose Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island as his final home, where he was cared for by many who loved him until his passing.
Among those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Janet (Don) Wagner of Omaha; his father, Jerry (Verlene) Jacoby of Fort Collins, Colo.; his children, Jake, Jessica and Jordan Stauffer, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Nikayla, Kyler and Lyric; sisters, Angie Stauffer, Heidi (Todd) Dvorak, Lisa (Tom ) Plahuta, Teresa Jacoby Delarosa and Amy Jacoby; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his cherished Parkview United Methodist church family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norton and Mildred Adle, Evelyn Adle, Henry and Lois Jacoby; stepfathers, James Stauffer and Richard “Pete” Peterson; and sister-in-law, Kathy Donnelly Stauffer.
“Remember not my fight for breath Remember not the strife. Please do not dwell upon my death but celebrate my life.”
Phyllis A. Swanson, 85, of Grand Island died March 24, 2020, at the Westfield Quality Care Center in Aurora.
A private family burial will be at the Grand Island City Cemetery with Derek Apfel officiating. Memorials suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Phyllis was born June 25, 1934, on a farm at Ithaca to Lawrence and Leola (Treptow) Frahm. She began her education in a one-room country school and rode a pony to and from school. Her high school years were at Wahoo High School and her transport to and from school was Ole Betsy, a 1929 Model A Ford. She graduated from Wahoo High School in 1951. Upon graduation she moved to Lincoln and began work as a secretary for Lincoln Telephone Company.
She united in marriage to Ben Swanson from Mead on Sept. 14, 1952, at the EVB Church in Lincoln. This union began a life living in many places in the United States and overseas, as her husband was a career U.S. Navy man.
Phyllis’ love of music was fostered at home and at school, and led to being a private, at-home piano teacher and a children’s and adult choir director at her church.
The family moved to Grand Island in 1972, where she continued her vocation teaching piano, and also became involved as a hospice volunteer at St. Francis Hospital.
Her interest in hospice let her to enrolling in grief studies at Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colo. and obtaining her credentials in grief counseling and subsequently a position at St. Francis Hospital as hospice coordinator. Later she served as a grief counselor and spirituality leader at ADTC unit at St. Francis. Additionally, she was a lecturer and puppeteer dealing with children’s grief issues.
Phyllis was a talented and accomplished woman in all she pursued. Her greatest accomplishment was that of a military wife and a mother to her children. She, for the most part, single-handedly raised three sons from infancy to adulthood due to her husband’s many deployments and overseas assignments.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years; her children and their spouses, Ben L. and Sandra of Lincoln, Henry and Carla of Phillips, John and Rachael of Grand Island; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Eve Frahm of Denver; and brother-in-law, Ralph Swanson of Wahoo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandchild, Becky Swanson; her in-laws, Ben and Hildur Swanson.
NORTH PLATTE — Robert Patrick Bohan Jr., 61, of North Platte passed away March 20, 2020, at Great Plains Health.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with the Rev. Daniel Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at the North Platte Cemetery. Services will be lived streamed via Adams & Swanson Facebook page and YouTube.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. There will a public Celebration of Life service at a later date.
He was born Sept. 21, 1958, to Robert and Dorothy (Ryan) Bohan.
Robert grew up in Denver, Colo., and graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in Grand Island. He moved to North Platte and was an electrician apprentice during the building of the Gerald Gentleman Power Plant. In August 1978, Robert hired on the Union Pacific Railroad and became a hump yard maintainer.
He married Valerie K. Mueller on July 14, 1984. Robert liked to bicycle, go camping and travel.
Survivors include wife, Valerie of North Platte; children, Jennifer K. (Giovanni) Buchanan of Beaufort, S.C. and Brian Patrick Bohan of North Platte; grandchildren, Rylan Patrick Buchanan and Zoe Leilynn Buchanan; sister, Mary Ellen (Rockney) Muir of Alma; many other family members and friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and in-laws, Roger and Lorraine Mueller.
Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer center. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
WINCHESTER, Va. — Muriel Grace Behringer Simanek, 93, of Winchester, Va., formerly of Denver, Colo., and Grand Island, passed away March 23, 2020, on what would have been her 68th wedding anniversary.
Graveside inurnment, joining her husband, will be at a later date at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.
Arrangements are being handled by Enders and Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, Va.
Muriel was born to Edward Herbert and Grace Peck Behringer in Brooklyn, N.Y., in May 1926. She was the only daughter, but twin sister to brother Walter Behringer.
She graduated from Bayside High School on Long Island, N.Y., and completed training as a lab technician after high school working at Rose 5th Avenue Hospital in New York City.
Muriel enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, during the Korean Conflict. During her enlistment, she was stationed stateside at Murphy Army Hospital in Waltham, Mass. She advanced her training of lab/med tech during her service. She met her future husband, Eugene Stanley Simanek, of Columbus, there as he was also a lab/med tech. They were married March 23, 1952, at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Upon finishing her enlistment in 1953, Muriel moved to Eugene’s home state of Nebraska.
William Simanek and Edward Simanek, twin boys, were born in 1954, but unfortunately did not survive. Muriel returned to the work force as a lab tech in the Grand Island area, working until retirement in 1992. She worked for Dr. Sloss in private practice initially, then working at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant while it was active during the Vietnam era, and finally for Dr. Adamson at the Lutheran/St Francis labs as a histologist.
During those years they raised a daughter, Julie, and a son, Steven.
Upon retirement, Muriel volunteered and drove transport vans for the D.A.V., transporting veterans to appointments from the Grand Island Veterans Hospital to the veterans hospitals in Lincoln and Omaha and to include hospitals in Kansas and Missouri.
Muriel moved to Denver, Colo. to be closer to Julie and Steve and continued to volunteer for the D.A.V. and the Denver VA Hospital, earning several awards for miles driven and number of veterans transported. She continued to volunteer her entire time in Denver, until moving to Virginia in 2002.
Upon moving to Virginia, she continued to do volunteer work for the Veterans Service Office in Martinsburg, W.V., working for Robbie Robinson and staff, assisted in filing and office work. Muriel loved to travel, and drove solo — at the age of 84 — to visit friends and family in Kansas City, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; Silver City, N.M. and Tulsa, Okla. She traveled 4400 miles in three weeks round-trip with her beloved Pontiac Sunfire and a cellphone.
Muriel was a charter member of the Women in the Military Memorial in Arlington, Va., a member of the American Legion, and the local Korean War Veterans Association in Winchester, Va. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island and a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Winchester, Va., at the time of her death.
Muriel will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law, John and Julie Aemmer of Winchester, Va.; her son, Steven Slade Simanek of Arvada, Colo.; granddaughter, Rachael, and two great-granddaughters. all of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Carol (Walter) Behringer of Pittsboro, N.C.; brother-in-law, Robert Simanek and his wife, Muriel, of Omaha; sister-in-law, Judy Mascarello and her husband, Frank, of Omaha; sister-in-law, Penny Schaffer of San Dimas, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Muriel was preceeded in death by her parents; her twin sons; her husband, Eugene (1984); her twin brother, Walter (2013); and sister-in-law, Gwen Osborn of Red Oak, Iowa (2019).