Obituaries

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Mildred L. Panec

Mildred L. Panec

Mildred L. Panec, 84, of Fairbury passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at CHIHealth St. Francis.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019 at All Faiths Funeral Home with a service held at 7 p.m. Dan Naranjo will officiate. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Fairbury United Methodist Church, 605 E St, Fairbury, NE 68352. Pastor Victor Peterson will officiate. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Du Bois Cemetery. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Mildred was born on September 1, 1935 at Du Bois, NE, daughter of Emil and Lucy (Brtek) Shinn.

Mildred was raised and received her education from Du Bois, she graduated with honors as valedictorian, class of 1953.

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05
Dec
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Janice Jeri Marfice

Janice Jeri Marfice

Janice Jeri Marfice, age 78, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Wood) Cunningham, was born June 26, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away November 28, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Janice is survived by her husband, Norman Marfice; children: Deborah Matthews (Tom) and Douglas Marfice (Jillora); grandchildren: Ann Matthews, Sara Hoffman (Michael), Nick Matthews (Nicole), Christina Marfice, Adam Marfice (Ashley), John Marfice; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Emma Cunningham; grandson, Jeffrey Marfice.

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28
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Margaret Irene Mullin

Margaret Irene Mullin

Margaret Irene Mullin, 87, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Margaret was born on May 5, 1932 at her grandparent’s hotel (William and Mary Sebring) in DuBois, Nebraska. Her parents, Henry and Maude Triska, farmed near DuBois where they resided on various farms. Margaret attended East Start Country School, Union School, and in 1950 she graduated from DuBois High School. After graduation, she worked at the old Pawnee Hospital as a nurses aid and lived in the hospital annex.

On New Year’s Day in 1954, she was married to Jerome “Jerry” Mullin in a double ring ceremony with her sister Beverly and Byford Thomas at the DuBois Church.

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21
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Nola Emma (Heuppelsheuser) Rinne

Nola E. (Heuppelsheuser) Rinne, 97, of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Pawnee City Assisted Living. She was born to Herman and Elsie (Meyer) Heuppelsheuser on August 22, 1922 in Seneca, Kansas, along with her twin sister Nila.

Nola grew up in the country around Seneca, Kansas area. She went to country school and said that she walked or rode her horse to school.

In 1942 she married Everett Rinne in Pawnee County, Nebraska. To this union two children were born.

Nola loved to garden and loved her flowers. She enjoyed working on the farm with her husband and milking cows. Nola was a member of the Friedens United Church of Christ, Bern, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett, brother, Norman Heuppelsheuser and sisters, Delores Hartung and Lula Weitzel.

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21
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Leroy H. Benson

Leroy H. Benson was born December 14, 1926, in the family home, rural Pawnee County to William H. Benson and Lydia C.M. (Ulrich) Benson. He attended country school at Salem, District 60, 1-8th grade, Pawnee City High School his Freshman year, Burchard High School his Sophomore year, and Pawnee City for Junior and Senior years. He graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1944 with 56 in his class.

After graduating from high school, Leroy worked on the family farm, did custom work for neighbors, and was drafted to the Army the spring of 1945. After the war ended, he completed training, then was stationed in Hawaii until he was discharged in 1946. He returned to Pawnee City and farmed with his father and helped neighbors Joy Wilson and Floyd Mort.

Leroy married Shirley Volle at the Methodist Church in Pawnee City on June 12, 1952. Together they raised their four children Gail, Kurt, Gary and Jill.

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21
Nov
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Marilyn K. (Wenzbauer) McCage

Marilyn K. (Wenzbauer) McCage

Marilyn K. (Wenzbauer) Mc-Cage, 78, of Lincoln passed to eternal life on November 12, 2019, at 1:42 PM. She was born on October 12, 1941, in Pawnee City to Lawrence J and Elsie (Kalina) Wenzbauer. Marilyn was raised and lived in Table Rock, NE, where she graduated from Table Rock Public school in 1959, at age 18. Marilyn began her Christian path at the Table Rock United Methodist Church on December 18, 1942. She was baptized into the faith on March 25, 1956, by Reverend Harry Hart. Marilyn loved music her entire life. As a youth, she sang in the United Methodist Church junior choir, and it is one of her fondest childhood memories. At age 19, she started playing the organ for the United Methodist Church and continued to do so for 25 years until age 44. During that time, Marilyn played piano for many funerals in the area and played the bells at various churches.

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14
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Gerald D.“Jerry” Stitt

Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt

Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt, 87, of Lincoln, (formerly Tecumseh), died November 8, 2019.  He was born on April 29, 1932 in Pawnee City, Nebraska and preceded in death by his mother, Eva Caron, and his grandparents, Melvin and Mabel Stitt of Pawnee City.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Jane Stuart, and husband, Scott, of Lincoln, NE; son, Robert Stitt, and wife, Joan, and grandsons, Joe and Sam Stitt of New Braunfels, TX, and many cousins, nieces and nephews

In l95l, Jerry attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for two years.  He joined the Air Force and served from 1953 to 1957, being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was aide to the Commanding General, William M. Canterbury.

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07
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Dale M. Buzzard

Dale M. Buzzard

Dale M. Buzzard, 90 years of age, of Burchard passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. He was born in Saint Elmo, Illinois on May 26, 1929 to George and Mary (Radcliff) Buzzard. Dale graduated from Lewiston Consolidated High School in 1948. He married Carol Hunt on June 6, 1950. Dale served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was a lifelong farmer, attended Burchard United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion and VFW. Dale enjoyed old cars, boating, fishing, motorcycles, water skiing, snow skiing, traveling and especially time with his grandchildren.

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31
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Willa Ruth (Wade) Woods

Willa Ruth (Wade) Woods passed away on October 23, 2019.

Willa was born in Pawnee City, NE on April 24, 1922 to Ruth and Glen Wade. On June 1, 1941 she married the love of her life, Dale H. Woods who predeceased her in 2013.

Willa and Dale moved to San Diego, CA, right after their marriage. Willa is survived by her three children; six grandchildren (2 are deceased), 9 great grandchildren (1 is deceased), and three great great grandchildren. Willa is also survived by her beloved sisterin-law, Mary Alice Winchell of La Mesa, CA. and many nieces and nephews.

Willa was an excellent seamstress and an even better cook. She enjoyed her family and will certainly be missed by not only her family, but her friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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31
Oct
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Janet Lee Leitschuck Gartner

Janet Lee Leitschuck Gartner

Janet Lee Leitschuck Gartner, age 85, of York, NE died Saturday, October 26, 2019 in Stromsburg, NE. She was born January 22, 1934 in Pawnee City, NE to LaVerne and Doris O. (Bennett) Leitschuck.

Janet graduated from Burchard High School and also completed business school at Wichita Business College. On August 17, 1952 she married her high school sweetheart Otis Gartner while he was home on leave from the Army. To this union three children were born: Fred, Shirley, and David.

Otis and Janet owned and operated the Cedar Motel in Randolph, NE and the Staehr Motel in York. Upon selling the Staehr Motel they purchased a house in York. Following Otis’s death in 1991, Janet continued to live in York until 2010 when she moved to Stromsburg where she resided until her death.

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