Obituaries

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Lloyd Foale Vrtiska October 12, 1926 ~ January 7, 2017

Lloyd Foale Vrtiska was born on October 12, 1926 to Rudolph and Ida (Foale) Vrtiska on the family farmstead that was homesteaded in 1874 north of Table Rock, Nebraska. Lloyd lived in the same home he was born in, which was built by his parents in 1925, until his death on January 7, 2017. Lloyd is survived by his twin brother, Floyd Percy Vrtiska, of Table Rock, NE. Lloyd attended Bunker Hill Country School until 8th grade and graduated from Table Rock High School in 1943. He spent one year in lower grade school in a hospital in Lincoln, having broken his hip on the farm. He was sent there for recovery and attended classes while in the hospital. It was a lonely time for him, being separated from his twin, his parents and his friends but he soon caught up with everyone on his return a year later. Lloyd married Betty (Layden) Vrtiska on October 24, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Table Rock, NE and celebrated 62 years of marriage until Betty’s death in 2011.

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Darrell Eugene Thomas June 17, 1940 ~ January 5, 2016

Darrell Eugene Thomas, 76 of Liberty, Nebraska passed away at home on Thursday, January 5, 2016. He was born on June 17, 1940 to Franklin and Leila (Specht) Thomas. Darrell was the youngest of four brothers. Darrell attended Pawnee County Schools and Pawnee City High School, graduating with a correspondence course. Darrell was employed as real estate appraiser. His first short marriage ended in divorce. To this union one daughter, Holly, was born. He worked with his brother Ronald in soil conservation work. On September 17, 1961 he married Betty Bock. To this union a son Ricky Lee and a daughter Kimberly Ann were born. He then returned to Real Estate appraisal. When the children reached school age in Superior, Nebraska he changed jobs to hauling petroleum. The family moved back to Pawnee City in 1976. They moved to Liberty, Nebraska in 1979 where he resided until his death. Darrell was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, mother, brothers, LeRoy, Byford, and Ronald.

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Jacquelyn Lee Dalinghaus Kroemer December 14, 1965 ~ January 11, 2017

Jacquelyn Lee Dalinghaus Kroemer, 51, of Seneca died on January 11, 2017 at her home. Jackie was born on December 14, 1965 in Axtell to Larry and Betty Ann Koch Dalinghaus. Jackie attended B&B School and graduated with the Class of 1984. After she graduated she went to work at Crestview Manor and Country View Estates in Seneca was a CNA. Jackie’s health deteriorated and the physical demand of her profession took their tole and she “retired” at a young age. Jackie dedicated her attention to raising her children. On January 2, 2004 Jackie married Dennis R. Kroemer at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Jackie had many interests, but she relished baking and cooking.; she never turned down a good game of cards or a board game. She enjoyed connecting through Facebook and shopping at the farmer’s market. Jackie was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ north of Seneca. Jackie was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery A. Dalinghaus on December 24, 1997.

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Delores Avis Bernadette (Schmit) Puhalla

February 18, 1948 ~ January 2, 2017

Delores Avis Bernadette (Schmit) Puhalla, of Steinauer, Nebraska, 2nd child of 4, born to John and Alice (Halsey) Schmit on Wednesday February 18, 1948, at Pawnee City Annex Hospital in Pawnee City, Nebraska. At the time of her birth her family lived in rural Pawnee County, Nebraska in the Cold Point School District.

Delores passed away peacefully in her home, Monday, January 2, 2017 surrounded by her family following a short battle with a very, very rare gallbladder cancer.

Delores attended Kindergarten at Steinauer Public High School, then attended 1st through 8th grade at St. Anthony’s Parochial School and 9th through 12th at Steinauer High School graduating in 1966, as Salutatorian of the last graduating Class.

Delores married Michael Paul Puhalla on Saturday July 30, 1966 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Steinauer, Nebraska by Father Irvin J. Weber.

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Elizabeth Lynne Leitschuck

February 3, 1934 ~ January 4, 2017

South Sioux City- Elizabeth Lynne Leitschuck (82) passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at Regency Square Care Center in South Sioux City.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. , Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in South Sioux City with the Rev. Stephen S. Niles officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery at Beatrice, NE. Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the church with the family present from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.. Arrangements are under the direction of Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent online to www.beckerhuntfuneralhome.com. Elizabeth was born in rural Armour, NE on Feb. 3, 1934 to W Lin and Helen (Kerl) Doty.

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Dorothy T. Butterfield

March 23 1925 ~ December 10, 2016

Dorothy T. Butterfield, 91, of Belton, Missouri, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10.

Dorothy was born on March 23, 1925 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania to Charles and Dorothy Reed. She was the fourth of seven children.

In 1944, she entered the US Marine Corps and was based at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Here she met and married Kenneth L. Butterfield on August 9, 1946. They raised 4 children.

Dorothy was an avid golfer. She expressed her creativity through painting, sewing clothes, and knitting. She was an excellent cook and baker as well.

She is survived by her four children Barry (Patricia), Mark, Debra, and Dorothy Charest, her brother Paul Reed, sister Marlene Hardy, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

Family requests memorials be made to America’s Second Harvest of St. Joseph, Missouri https://www. ourcommunityfoodbank.org/getinvolved/ donate/.

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Louida A. Golter

August 6, 1922 ~ December 23, 2016

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Harlan E. Heideman

September 28, 1935 ~ December 29, 2016

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Iola Colson

February 2, 1939 ~ December 19, 2016

Iola Colson, 77 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan in Auburn, Nebraska. She was born on February 2, 1939 to Elmer and Lauretta (Skidmore) Colson in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Iola grew up in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Iola enjoyed playing bingo, sitting outside, going to church and visiting with family.

She is survived by her children, Carol & Gage Stermensky of Lincoln, NE, Cathy Beutler of Johnson, NE, Robert Colson of Hebron NE, and Joyce Colson of Lincoln, NE, siblings, Richard Colson of Oregon, Dale Colson of Beatrice, NE, Sandra Menninga of Summerfield, KS, Roberta Staley and Betty Colson of Tecumseh, NE, Diane Hall of Pawnee City, NE, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and friends.

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Velma Ione (Babcock) Rowland

August 1, 1930 ~December 19, 2016

Velma Ione (Babcock) Rowland 86 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was born on August 1, 1930 to August and Bertha (Burgett) Babcock in Dawson, Nebraska.

Velma married Charles (Sandy) on April 27, 1947 in Seneca, Kansas and to this union seven children were born.

Velma worked many years at the Pawnee Manor and Campbell Soup Company where she formed many lasting friendships, but her life passion was her family.

Always the Lady; eternal defender of the downtrodden; adopter of the lost; seeker of the soul; endless love and forgiveness; Wheel of Fortune genius; her ship has finally come in.

She is survived by her sister Margie Clifton, children, Joyce Young, Mary Sparenberg, Nancy Wahlstrom, David Rowland, Ron Rowland, 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

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