Gothenburg Resident: Thomas Eckholt (1944-2016)

  Thomas  Eugene Eckholt, 72, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died October 14th, 2016 at Cozad Health Systems in Cozad, Nebraska.  
  He was born July 28th, 1944 in Yankton, South Dakota, son of Cyril B. Eckholt and Mary Lalande Eckholt. Tom served his country in the Armed Forces for 2 years. Thomas moved around the country and settled in Gothenburg in 2004. 
  He spent many years working as a painter and a cook. He grew a big garden and was often called "Tom the Produce Man". He enjoyed fishing and was called "Tom the Fisherman".  He was a very private man and treasured his alone time. 
  There will be no services held. Thomas will be laid to rest near his favorite fishing hole. 
  Memorials may be given to Central Plains Hospice. To sign the online guest book, go to

Former Cozad Resident: Doris Osborn (1936-2016)

  Doris Marie Osborn passed away October 4th, 2016 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado at age 80. She was born April 14th, 1936 in Cozad, Nebraska to Frank West and Kathryn Alice (Hartman) West.  
  She was married to Jimmie Dean Osborn, who preceded her in death May 8th, 1997.  
  She is survived by her son Bruce Osborn and his wife Jean.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster, Colorado. 
  A visitation will be held on Friday, October 21st, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad. Burial will be Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cozad Cemetery.  

Cozad Resident: Darcy Ritterbush (1967-2016)

  Darcy J. Ritterbush of Cozad passed away October 15th, 2016 at Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 49.  
  Darcy was born July 4th, 1967 at Cozad, Nebraska to Ronald and Barbara (Minnick) Ritterbush. She graduated from Lexington High School. Darcy was a resident client at South Central Development Center for many years. She enjoyed dancing, listening to country western music and attending concerts. Darcy could light up a room and lift everyone's spirits with her welcoming smile. Her warmth and kindness stayed in your heart forever.  
  Darcy was preceded in death by her father; infant sister, Mary; and her grandparents.  
  She is lovingly survived by her mother, Barbara Ritterbush of Cozad; 2 brothers, Chris (Jayne) Ritterbush of Fulshear, Texas and Jason (Rebecca) Ritterbush of Gretna, Nebraska; nieces, Gabbie, Sloane, Alexis and Reagan; uncles, John (Genene) Minnick of Lincoln, Steve (Chris) Minnick of Lincoln and Tom (Sharon) Ritterbush of Hot Springs, South Dakota; aunt, Dianna Robenson of Grand Island; and best friend, Lindsey Sears of Cozad.  
  Memorials are suggested to South Central Development Center. Online condolences may be shared at  
  Mass of the Christian Burial will be Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church with Father Don O'Brien as celebrant. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m on Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will be at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.  

Cozad Resident: Phyllis Jensen (1934-2016)

  Phyllis 'Joyce' Jensen of Cozad passed away October 17th, 2016 at Lexington, Nebraska at the age of 82.  Phyllis was born August 26th, 1934 in Cozad, Nebraska to Chris C. and Margaret Ann (Kandler) Jensen. She attended Cozad Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1952. Joyce was married to Daniel Webster of Crown Point, New York from  1955 to 1980.  
  Joyce was of the Christian faith and was baptized in the First United Methodist Church in Cozad. Her faith was a very important earthly lifeline. She also had a fascination with the life and writings of Kahlil Gibran and found peace and enlightenment in his words. Joyce had a variety of personal interests, which included calligraphy, graphology, and genealogy. She found volunteering in medical facilities to be very rewarding. She worked primarily as an administrative assistant for five years at the VA Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming in special and social services as well as for insurance and real estate businesses, among a variety of other endeavors.  
  Joyce lived in ten different states, and for five years she resided in Woodbridge and Felixstowe, Suffolk County, England, where both of her children were born. What she learned in England was refreshing politeness from the people and simplicity without forfeiting quality. She also learned that there is no place like home in the United States of America. States in which Joyce lived, other than Nebraska, were: Oregon, Wyoming, Upstate New York, Maryland, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Florida, Mississippi, Delaware and northeast Tennessee.  Tennessee was probably her favorite state of all.  
  In 2007, Joyce became legally blind and learned new ways of incorporating the necessary and enjoyable into her life. She was extremely brave in this new endeavor and faced this challenge with much courage.  
  Joyce's cherished and beloved survivors include, her loving daughter, Michelle Ann (Webster) McKenzie, and Michelle's wonderful husband, James Michael McKenzie of Lawrenceville, Georgia; her accomplished son, Daniel Webster II, of Tampa, Florida; her thoughtful and gifted granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane Kaufman, and Elizabeth's kind husband, Jack Andrew Rodber of Nottingham, England; her empathetic and kind-hearted step-grandson, Ryan Joseph McKenzie of Atlanta, Georgia; and her compassionate and devoted caregiver, Candi Hasbrouck, who was like a granddaughter to her. Other survivors include three of Joyce's brothers, Gene Dallas Jensen of Dover, Delaware, Gale Victor Jensen of Gothenburg, Nebraska and Lyle Eldon Jensen and Lyle's wife, Darlene of Dunsmuir, California.  
  Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Chris C. Jensen in 1935; her mother, Margaret Ann (Kandler) Jensen, in 1954; her brother, Russell Dean Jensen; her sisters-in-law, Mary (Shepley) Jensen, Velma (Philpot) Jensen, and Norma (Wilburn) Jensen; and her nephew, Lynn Jensen.  
  Memorial donations may be made to: Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 4600 Valley Road, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68510 Website: Online condolences may be shared at  Joyce requested cremation. There will be no service. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gothenburg Resident: Lois Stanton (1941-2016)

  Lois M. Stanton, 75, died Oct. 13th, 2016, at Gothenburg Health.She was born Jan. 24th, 1941 in Gothenburg to Esther (Still) and Paul Stanton, their only child. Her childhood and much of her adult life were spent in Gothenburg. After graduating from Gothenburg High School in 1959 she attended the University of Nebraska taking art classes, later studying at the Art Institute in Chicago. She earned an associate of applied science degree from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis in May, 1986.
  Stanton also lived in Lincoln, Illinois, Washington D.C., Arkansas and California. Her many occupations include bookkeeper for her father’s Stanton Maytag appliance store, painter-wallpaperer, justice of the peace, rural mail carrier, truck stop cashier and analyst at Super Nutrition USA in San Francisco.
  Strong willed, passionate and talented, Stanton was an artist (though she would always deny it) and a superb photographer (though she would always deny it). Active for many years in the Gothenburg Community Playhouse, Stanton had the lead in “The Little Hut.” An avid reader with eclectic tastes, she was a fan of C-Span and working Sudoku puzzles for hours on end. A student of the Bible, she also practiced yoga in her younger years.
  Conversations with Stanton were insightful, delightful and full of adventure. Her photographic memory could recall the smallest of details.
  A mystic sometimes even to those closest to her, Stanton rarely asked anything of anyone yet was generous with others. She always took time for, and interest in, people and animals. She held true to her convictions and stewardships, a connoisseur of fine food yet scarce to indulge.
  Forever a champion of the unfortunate, human and non-human species, she nurtured hundreds if not thousands of abandoned felines throughout her life. To those who knew her intimately, Stanton was a remarkable person, who shall remain enigmatic to those who were touched by her presence.
  Survivors include cousins Dale Stanton of Orlando, Florida; Roger Stanton of Prairie Village, Kansas; and Barbara Heier of Wayne, Nebraska; children of former husband Patrick Mooney: Kathy Mooney, Kim Mooney and Michael Mooney; former husband, Robert Schmoker of Arkansas; and a host of devoted and loving friends. 
  She was preceded in death by her mother in 1981, father in 1988 and first husband Patrick Mooney in 2013.
  Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg, Nebraska on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jill Boyd officiating. Inurment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery next to her parents.    
  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Paw Prints in Dawson County; P.O. Box 21; Cozad, NE 69130.

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