Cozad Resident: Rebecca Guerra (1932-2017)
Rebecca Guerra of Cozad passed away January 7th, 2017 at Cozad Care Center at the age of 84. Rebecca was born April 9th, 1932 at Big Spring, Texas to Jose and Eremine (Lopez) Cañas. She was baptized in the First Mexican Church in Big Spring at the age of 13. On April 21st, 1951, she married Jesus Guerra at Big Spring, Texas.
The couple moved to Cozad in 1952. Rebecca worked at F & S Sausage, Southview Manor and Norm's Cafe. She was a translator for the hospital, doctors, police department and court house. Rebecca won the Community Service Award in 1994 and was inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2009. She was 'Gramma Guerra' to many people in town.
She loved sports of all kind and went to many football games, wrestling matches, baseball games and swim meets. As busy as she was with all activities, she still made time for family, camping and vacations, and cooking supper for all of her family. Rebecca enjoyed crocheting, collecting jewelry, dolls and salt and pepper shakers.
Memorials are suggested to Aseracare Hospice, Kearney. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesus 'Jesse' Sr.; brothers, Ismael Cañas and Joe Cañas; sister, Esther Lopez; grandson, Tyrone Guerra and son-in-law, Anthony Haggan.
Survivors include her children, Irma (Junior) Dishman of Cozad, Irene (Doug) Kniesteadt of Lincoln, Aurelia 'Ralph' (Danny) Dishman of Cozad, Jesse Jr. (Beth) Guerra of Cozad, Vicky (Lance) Peterson of Cozad and Noemi 'Mimi' Haggan of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Elena Cañas; brother, David Cañas; 35 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Services were Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Susan Sukraw officiating. Burial was at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was on Tuesday at Berryman Funeral Home.
Lexington Resident: Nina Hubbard (1953-2017)
Nina M. Hubbard of Lexington, passed away peacefully January 8th, 2017, surrounded by her family. Nina was born May 6th, 1953 at Lexington, Nebraska to Alvin and Mary (Wood) Hubbard. She grew up on a farm north of Overton, Nebraska and graduated from Overton High School.
Nina worked at Lexington Livestock and for the Nebraska Department of Roads. She loved all animals and adopted any animal that needed a home, even if it meant getting another job to pay for them. She was a kind and caring person, often taking in others that needed a little help getting back on their feet. Nina enjoyed traveling and camping, especially to Colorado and Wyoming, and would take her nieces and nephews on trips with her. She cherished her nieces, nephews and two dogs as if they were her own children. She will be missed by many.
Nina was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Richard Hubbard.
Survivors include her siblings, Wally (Martha) Hubbard of Lexington; Sherry (Nick) Gehrt of Lexington; Wayne (Bobbie) Hubbard of Overton and Charlie Hubbard of Overton; sister-in-law, Cindy (Steve) Getty of Overton; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
“I had a good run, join my family at Tep's, I'm buying you the last drink I can buy.”
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 14th, 2017 from 5 pm to 10 pm at Tep's Bar and Grill in Lexington. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lexington Resident: David Storjohann (1950-2017)
David L. “Dave” Storjohann, 66, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, January 9th, 2017, at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.
He was born July 3rd, 1950, in Lynch, Nebraska, to Louis August and Doris Evelyn (Eppenbach) Storjohann. He was a 1968 graduate of Burwell High School, and went on to further his education at Milford Technical College studying auto body repair.
Dave enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country from July 20th, 1970, until his honorable discharge on July 19th, 1976. He served in Vietnam and Thailand.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Timm on August 2nd, 1975. One daughter was born to this marriage, Sarah. The marriage ended in divorce, but he would find love again. He was united in marriage to Coleen O’Donnell Lauby on July 5th, 2008, after 14 years of being engaged. He welcomed Coleen’s children, J.J., Mitch, and Megan to complete the family.
Dave worked as a car body repairman for several years in Cozad. He worked for H&H Body Shop in Cozad, then Sperry New Holland, Big Valley, and finished his working years at Orthman Manufacturing, all in Lexington.
He loved cars. He belonged to the Golden Rod Antique Car Club, the American Legion for 44 years, as well as the VFW. Dave enjoyed cooking, and was well-known for his special salsa! He loved to garden, old cars, tinker around, spending time with his friends, but his grandchildren always held the special place in his heart. Dave could tell a story like no other, and was always teasing. He fought a good fight until the end, and will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dave is survived by his wife, Coleen of Lexington, Nebraska; four children, J.J. Lauby of Loomis, Nebraska, Mitch Lauby of Gainesville, Florida, Sarah (Jeff) McKeown of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Megan (Eric) Williams of Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren, Drew, Jackson, & Kinsey Lauby, Maggie & Cooper Williams; two brothers, Harold (Joy) Storjohann of Goodyear, Arizona, and Larry (Monica) Storjohann of Phoenix, Arizona; three sisters, Shirley (Morry) Belisle of Denver, Colorado, Linda (Ron) Hendrickson of Big Springs, Nebraska, and Debbie (Roger) Clark of Cozad, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 14th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 13th, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the Dawson County Relay For Life.
There will be no graveside service as Dave wished to be cremated. Please join the family for a luncheon in the fellowship hall following the funeral service.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family, please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Eustis Resident: Erna Schurr (1920-2016)
Erna Rita Schurr of Eustis passed away December 31st, 2016 at Elwood Care Center. Erna was born in May of 1920 at Eustis, Nebraska to Louis G. and Rosine (Scholl) Gall on their farm south of Eustis. She attended school at Eustis and graduated with the class of 1938. On April 16th, 1946, she married Martin T. Schurr at the Eustis United Methodist Church. The couple were blessed with eight children.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Eustis, Nebraska, Mary Martha Circle and U & I Extension Club. Erna was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Caring for her family was especially important to Erna. She spent many hours sewing quilt tops which were donated to church missions. She was well versed in family and community history. She enjoyed visits with family and neighbors, maintaining a garden large enough to feed her family even after they left home, and playing board games with children and grandchildren. Erna enjoyed music, was a talented piano player who enjoyed playing piano duets and singing. She enjoyed traveling, taking note of everything along the way and refusing to sleep, just in case she might miss something. She was also a life long avid reader. Erna spent the last three years of her life at the Elwood Care Center. She organized evening and weekend scrabble and other board games with any interested resident and occasionally played the piano at the care center.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include her children, Larry Schurr, Stanley (Cindy) Schurr and David Schurr all of Eustis; Beverly (Ken) Sherrets of Grove Oklahoma, Susan (Dallas) Whitford of Lincoln, Jeanne (Dan) Hoselton of Juniata, Marian (Mike) Feddersen of Oconto and Vivian (Ken) Carriker of Culbertson; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Friday, January 6th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis with Kathy Gundell, PMA officiating. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell. Visitation was Thursday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Gothenburg Resident: Johanna Bedell (1918-2017)
L. Johanna Bedell, 98, of Gothenburg, passed away January 6th, 2017 at Gothenburg Health in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Lily Johanna Bedell was born March 31st, 1918 to Peter and Marie (Peterson) Loostrom on a farm north of Gothenburg, Nebraska, the second of seven children. She attended grade school at New Hope District 153 in Custer County. She attended High School in Gothenburg, boarding with three other girls also from north of town. After high school, she returned home to the family ranch to help her parents and family. Johanna also worked several other jobs as well.
Johanna married James K. Bedell on June 18th, 1940. They made their home in Gothenburg, Wheatland, Wyoming, and Lexington, Nebraska. On January 1st, 1943, Jim was drafted into the U.S. Air Force and sent to basic training in Florida and then advanced training in Pauling, New York. Jim sent for her, Johanna went to join her husband. While in New York, Johanna took a job as a governess for a family with two boys at a summer resort outside of New York City and later another job in New York City. Johanna and Jim were apart for thirty-eight months while he was overseas.
After returning from service, the couple resided in Herrington, Kansas, Lexington, Nebraska, Sacramento, California, York, Nebraska, and Sheridan, Wyoming where Jim managed J.M. McDonald’s stores.
Johanna and Jim were longtime members of the First Presbyterian Church. Johanna also served as President of the Sheridan Fine Arts Club, Sheridan Women’s Club, 50 Year Member of the Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary VFW, and also was a member of a sewing club. Hobbies included: sewing, fine arts, and music.
Jim passed away on December 16th, 1986. Johanna moved to North Platte in 1992 to be near family.Jim and Johanna loved and enjoyed their great family and many friends.
She is survived by sister, Carol Brown of Cozad, Nebraska, brother-in-law Rodney Carlson of Cozad, Nebraska, sister-in-law, Rosemary Loostrom, Plymouth, Michigan, nephews David (Linda) Loostrom of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Mark (Shawn) Loostrom of Maxwell, Nebraska, Kent (Shandra) Brown of Cozad, Nebraska, nieces Karla (Randy) Zima of Mead, Nebraska, Peggy (Johnny) Pape of Grand Island, Nebraska, Jan (Tony) Sloboth of Centennial, Colorado, Sue (Greg) Maack, of Eaton, Colorado, Brooke (Brad) Hoffman of Windsor, Colorado, Barbara Denzer of Azuza, California, Jeanne Evans, Charleston, South Carolina. and Barbara Fry, Baton Rouge, Lousania and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Johanna was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Mary Ann Carlson, brothers, John, Bob, Bruce, and Ivan Loostrom, sister-in-laws, Beulah Loostrom and Edith Jorgenson, and brother-in-laws Sam Brown, Ivan Lynn Bedell, and Max Bedell.
Funeral services were held 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 10th St. Gothenburg Nebraska.
Burial took place in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society Heartland Division, 9850 Nicholas, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68114 or Callahan Cancer, North Platte, NE.
Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com.