Obituaries

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Edward J. “Ed” Pepperl December 13, 1921 ~ February 9, 2017

Edward J. “Ed” Pepperl was born on December 13th, 1921 at home on the family farm near Burchard. He graduated from Burchard High School in May 1938. He worked on the farm until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1942. After basic training he was assigned to the 442nd Anti-Aircraft Battalion as a squad sergeant. The battalion served in the North African Campaign for 1½ years. Then after a short training period, they reorganized and served in southern France and Germany as the 99th Chemical Mortar Battalion. After the surrender of Germany, they returned to the States in July 1945. Ed received numerous medals from his war service, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Presidential Unit Citation. He was discharged in October 1945. Ed married Josephine Conradt on July 25th, 1945 at St. Anthony Church in Steinauer, Nebraska. He was employed in Burchard first as a store clerk and then was appointed as Postmaster.

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Clarence Roy Voigtlander September 9, 1920 ~ February 10, 2017

Clarence Roy Voigtlander was born at home in San Francisco on September 9, 1920 to Frank and Hattie Voigtlander. He was youngest of his family. He attended grammar school in the Portola district of San Francisco until moving to San Anselmo in 1932 to help his aunt Doris Kreuzer run her grocery store. He completed his elementary education in San Anselmo and graduated from San Rafael High in January 1938. He returned to San Francisco to attend Radio Technical School and worked part time as a bartender at the San Francisco Ferry Building during the World Fair of 1940 and 1941. During a break between the fairs he worked for Western Union digging post holes and erecting poles in conjunction with the construction of the Shasta Dam. He married Anne Katherine Ohlemutz in San Anselmo at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church on October 11, 1947 living together happily for 55 years. When his wife’s health failed in 2002 they moved to Pawnee City to be closer to George. Anne died on December 18, 2003.

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Mildred Louise Peterson January 17, 1924 ~ February 4, 2017

Mildred Louise (Dick) Peterson, 93, of Pawnee City formerly of Waverly and Humboldt, Nebraska was born on January 17, 1924 near Du Bois, Nebraska to Ernest and Sarah (Habegger) Dick. Mildred grew up the middle child of three children, on a farm east of Du Bois. For her early formal education, she attended Rockdale country school and later graduated from Du Bois High School with the class of 1940. On August 22, 1948, Mildred was united in marriage to Norman W. Peterson in Humboldt, Nebraska. To this union, a son, Loren, was born. The couple established their home on a farm eleven miles northwest of Humboldt where Mildred helped with the daily farm activities. She began working for Dr. Heim and then at the Humboldt Hospital. Mildred retired from the Colonial Acres Nursing Home after working in the laundry department for 28 years. Mildred liked to travel and had taken vacations with her son Loren to the mountains and the Great Lakes region.

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Joyce Lorraine (Hefling) McAferty Spier February 25, 1937 ~ February 4, 2017

Joyce Lorraine (Hefling) McAferty Spier, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Colonial Acres, Humboldt, Nebraska. She was born February 25, 1937 to Ira Franklin and Gladys Rose (Anderson) Hefling on the “Home Place” during a snowstorm. She was baptized at the Federated Church in Mt. Hope, KS. She graduated from Mt. Hope, High School in 1955. She attended the American Business College and worked for Security Oil Company in Wichita, Kansas. Joyce married Robert L. McAferty on July 4, 1957 in the Federated Church in Mt. Hope. Three children were born to this union, Debbie Sue, Michael Lee and Tony James. They were later divorced. Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for Wittwer Construction Company and then worked for Donahue and Faesser for 28 years. Following retirement she remained active working for Experience Works at the Pawnee Historical museum. Joyce enjoyed working with stained glass, reading and taking care of her children.

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Feb

Ardis Bernice Gottula Hunzeker

July 20, 1928 ~ January 28, 2017

 

Ardis Bernice Gottula Hunzeker passed away January 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years at the Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City NE. She was born on July 20, 1928 to Albert Christopher Gottula and Esther Marie (Damm) Gottula, at the family’s home near Steinauer NE.

Ardis attended country school at Clear Creek. She attended 2 years of parochial school at St Peter’s Lutheran church near Elk Creek, and graduated from Table Rock High School in 1945. She followed the normal training courses in high school and taught country school for a time after graduation.

Ardis married Art Hunzeker on October 19, 1946, at St Peter’s Lutheran church. Four children were born to this union. Ardis and Art spent the early years of their married life south of Humboldt NE, living with Art’s brother Jake, and Jake’s wife (Ardis’s sister) Maxine. Shortly before their son Russell’s birth, they moved to their farm south of Pawnee City.

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Duane A. Smith July 28, 1933 – January 28, 2017

Omaha, NE- Preceded in death by son, Verlyn; brother, Larry; parents, Archer and Mary; daughter-in-law, Kathy. Survived by wife, Edna; children: Patricia Wokurka, Donald (Teresa), Verneal Rogers, Douglas (Jackie), Kevin (Nancy), and Kimberley Arnold (William); seventeen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Collins; loving dog, Murphy; many other loving family members. FUNERAL was on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am, First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St., Omaha Additional FUNERAL SERVICE was in Pawnee City on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church. Interment was in the Pawnee City, Nebraska Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Boy Scouts of America, Mid America Council. Arrangements were by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68144 402-391-3900, www.heafeyheafey.com

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Ardis Bernice Gottula July 20, 1928 ~ January 28, 2017

Ardis Bernice Gottula passed away January 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years at the Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City NE. She was born on July 20, 1928 to Albert Christopher Gottula and Esther Marie (Damm) Gottula, at the family’s home near Steinauer NE. Ardis attended country school at Clear Creek. She attended 2 years of parochial school at St Peter’s Lutheran church near Elk Creek, and graduated from Table Rock High School in 1945. She followed the normal training courses in high school and taught country school for a time after graduation. Ardis married Art Hunzeker on October 19, 1946, at St Peter’s Lutheran church. Four children were born to this union. Ardis and Art spent the early years of their married life south of Humboldt NE, living with Art’s brother Jake, and Jake’s wife (Ardis’s sister) Maxine. Shortly before their son Russell’s birth, they moved to their farm south of Pawnee City.

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Ilene M. Saathoff August 8, 1925 ~ January 16, 2017

Ilene M. Saathoff, 91, of Sterling, died at Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams on Monday, January 16, 2017. She was born on August 8, 1925 at Burr and was baptized at Hope Lutheran Church of Burr. She attended Pleasant Hill Country School. She was confirmed at Luther Memorial Church of Syracuse. She married Carl Saathoff on November 25, 1947 at Burr and they lived and farmed south of Sterling. She worked at Campbell Soup Company in Tecumseh for 13 years. She was a long-time member of St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling and was currently a member of the American Lutheran Church of Filley. She enjoyed gardening camping, traveling and working with flowers.

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Ivan Lee Hinrichsen October 18, 1933 ~ January 16, 2017

Ivan Lee Hinrichsen, 83 of Dawson, Nebraska passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Community Medical Center in Falls City, Nebraska. He was born on October 18, 1933 to John and Mildred (Reis) Hinrichsen in Springfield, Nebraska and then moved to Pawnee City, Nebraska with his four brothers and two sisters. When he was out of school, Ivan became a brick mason. Then from 1955-1957 he was drafted to the United States Army and went to Germany, where he was a Marksman Rifle Expert. After returning home Ivan went to Lincoln and worked as a brick mason and later he retired from Brick mason. Ivan met his future wife Charleen Flanagin and they were married March 15, 1958. To this union they had two children, Roger Lee and Debora Dee. Ivan was a great family man, he enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and just spending time with his family.

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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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