Lexington Resident: Adine L. Wright, age 89 (1926-2015)

Adine L. Wright, 89, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at Cozad Community Hospital.
Adine was born July 6th, 1926, in Ashton, Nebraska, to Stanley and Sally (Mendyk) Tesmer. She was a 1944 graduate of Elba High School. She was united in marriage to Keith Wright in 1945, at Paplin, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Ron, Joan and Gary.
Adine and Keith moved to a farm near Lexington in 1945 and then to Lexington in 1955. She began working at Tri-County Hospital as a Nursing assistant, a position she held for 29 years. It was during this time the hospital held a contest to name a new slogan. Many people entered this contest and Adine won with Tri-County Hospital - Working Together for Life. Adine made many friendships through the years at the hospital, some she remained close to still today. Following retirement from the hospital, Adine worked as a Library Assistant at the Lexington Middle School.
She was a warm, loving lady who enjoyed having a nice yard, beautiful flowers, dancing, doing crafts and was known to enjoy a good party. She loved her family more than anything and will be so very missed.
Adine was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include son, Gary (Nancy) Wright of Lexington; daughter, Joan (Jerry) West of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, Phyllis Jordan of Grand Island, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Todd (Robin) Wright, Jack (Tana) Wright, Jennifer (Scott) Samway, Carson (Kara) Wright, Travis (Danielle) Wright and Jaycee West; very special friend, Merlin Holden of Lexington; eleven great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Preceding Adine in death were her parents; husband, Keith; son, Ron; grandson, Brad West; five brothers, Floyd, Leonard, Raymond, Arnold and Delphy Tesmer and one sister, Alice Wilsey.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held (today) Thursday, July 30th, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Jose Chavez celebrating.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to St. Ann’s Catholic Church or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.
 Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Memorials Are Suggested: Randy D. Schroeder, age 53 (1962-2015)

Randy D. Schroeder, 53, of Cozad, Nebraska, received his wings Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at Cozad Community Hospital.
Randy Dean Schroeder was born on February 14th, 1962, in Kearney, Nebraska to Edward and Iva (Parks) Schroeder. He grew up and received his education in Elm Creek.
He was united in marriage to Kathy Hargett on April 7th, 1990, at First Christian Church in Elm Creek.
Throughout his life Randy drove a truck for several farmers and businesses in central Nebraska. In 2000 he moved to Cozad where he worked for Geiger Farms until 2008. He continued to live on the farm and was its caretaker until the time of his death. Randy also worked for the All Points Cooperative each spring.
He was baptized at First Christian Church in Elm Creek and was currently a member of The Crossing Fellowship in Cozad. Randy never met a stranger and could always strike up a conversation with those around him. He enjoyed collecting hats, attending family reunions and playing basketball and softball. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandson, Easton.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy of Cozad; a daughter, Molly Ellison and her husband Landon of Gothenburg; two grandchildren, Easton and Madison Ellison of Gothenburg; two stepsons, Eric Dodson and Jason Dodson of Cozad; a stepdaughter, Tammy Linden and her family of Kearney; three brothers, Robert Schroeder and his wife Betty of Holdrege, Ben Schroeder and his wife Brenda of Elm Creek and Mark Schroeder and his wife Cindy of Elm Creek; a sister, Jean Moore and her husband Calvin of Elm Creek; a sister-in-law, Vickie Schroeder of Elm Creek and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Roger Johnston, Sr., a brother, Andrew Schroeder, and a nephew, Ryan Johnston.
Funeral services will be held (today) at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Elm Creek. Pastor Eric Most will officiate. Burial will be in the Overton Cemetery. The family requests those attending to dress in casual attire.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Gothenburg State Bank.
Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.

Memorials Are Suggested: Phyllis I. Fredericksen, age 85 (1930-2015)

Phyllis I. Fredericksen, former Cozad, Nebraska, resident, died July 19th, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 85. She was born January 1st, 1930, in Cozad, to Clayton and Florence (Stauffer) Small. She attended schools in the Cozad school system and spent most of her life in Cozad.
Phyllis married Herman Fredericksen on January 20th, 1948 and to this union three daughters were born. Some of the joys of her life were gardening, music, knitting and being outside. She was fond of cats, dogs and watching the birds. Her greatest joy was her family and that extended to other children as well. She could never pass a child without having a conversation and a stranger as well. She loved people.
Her busy life in Cozad while raising a family included church activities and overseeing the family run business, The Dairy Sweet. She was an active member of the Church of Christ and was a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and participated in women's ministries. In 1990 she and Herman retired to Texas and then in 2002 they moved to Wichita, Kansas. She continued to be involved in church activities in those places as well. She had a great love of the church and the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Clayton "Jack", Norman, Marlyn "Cork" and Doyle Small and one sister, Delores Groves.
Survivors include her husband, Herman of Wichita, Kansas; daughters Sandra (Darrell) Yonkey of Lincoln, Nebraska; Sharon (Greg) Howerter of Wichita; Carla (Chuck) Johnston of White Post, Virginia; two grandchildren, Joette (Eric) Fuller of Chadron, Nebraska and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Howerter of Cozad; six great-grand-children, Micaiah, Makinley and Jentsyn Fuller, Sydney, Addison, and Emma Howerter; two sisters in-laws, Liz Small of Spokane, Washington and Jean Small of Dallas, Texas and nieces, nephews and cousins.
 A memorial has been established in her memory to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Services were held Friday, July 24th, at the Cozad Christian Church with Pastor John States officiating. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Gothenburg Resident: Audrey L. Tabor, age 77 (1938-2015)

Audrey L. Tabor, 77, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died July 21st, 2015, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. Audrey was born March 2nd, 1938, west of Gothenburg, to Oscar and Tins (Duis) Cumpston. She was raised on a farm near Farnam, Nebraska and attended rural school.
Audrey married Milton Howell on December 26th, 1964. The couple resided on a farm site north west of Cozad and later moved to Gothenburg in 1982. Milton died in 1988. She married Earl Tabor on April 9th, 1998 and moved to Farnam. Audrey was a member of the Nazarene Church at Farnam, The Crossing Church at Gothenburg and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed painting and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; son, Dennis; granddaughter, Misty; grandson, Anthony and two brothers, Roger and Gerald Cumpston.
Survivors include two sons, Matt (Kim) Howell of Gothenburg, Pat Howell of Cozad; two stepsons, Marvin (Sandy) Tabor of Kimball, Richard (Charlotte) Tabor of Douglas, Wyoming; two stepdaughters, Sandy (Pat) Glenn of Piqua, Ohio; Dianna (Paul) Linnemeyer of Farnam; daughter-in-law, Robin Howell of Gothenburg; four grandchildren, Heather Howell of Gothenburg; LaTasha Howell of Gothenburg; Tyler Bihlmeier of Gothenburg; Ashley Howell of Gothenburg; multiple step grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Cumpston of Gothenburg; one sister, Mary (David) McKim of Maxwell; sister-in-laws, Lou Cumpston of Kearney; Jane Cumpston of Colorado Springs and numerous other family members and friends.
Services were held Friday, July 24th, 2015 at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad. Burial followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Berryman Funeral Home, was is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to The Crossing Church. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Former Cozad Resident: Velma J. Kroeker, age 61 (1953-2015)

Velma J. Kroeker, 61, of York, Nebraska, died Sunday, July 26th, 2015 at her home surrounded by family. She was born October 30th, 1953, at Cozad, Nebraska, to Alvin and Ruth (Owen) Nichelson. On November 17th, 1983, she was united in marriage to Mike Kroeker. Velma had worked at Eakes Office Supply, York State Bank, York General Hospital and Wal-Mart. She enjoyed quilting and had a love for animals, especially cats. She loved spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Mike of York; siblings, Sharon (Darrel) Hartman of Cozad; Ethel (Richard) Newbrey of Lancaster, California; Alvin (Sunny) Nichelson of Wichita, Kansas and Charlie Bodenmiller of Sidney, Ohio and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Jeffery Hartman.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, July 31st, 2015 at Metz Chapel.
Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, with family greeting friends from 7- 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the mortuary. Memorials may be directed to the family.
 Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com. Metz Mortuary, York is handling arrangements.

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