Gothenburg Resident: Joyce M. Cunning, age 85 (1929-2015)

Joyce Margie Cunning, 85, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 18th, 2015, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg.
She was born May 14th, 1929, in Julesburg, Colorado, daughter of Joy and Margy (Miller) Rothrock.
Joyce grew up in Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High with the class of 1947. She married Francis Marion “John” Cunning on October 3rd, 1947, at Gothenburg. To this union three children were born, Linda Joyce, Johnnie Francis and Michael Joy.
She spent many years babysitting and worked as a cook at Gothenburg Schools and Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. She treasured the time she spent with her family and always had a soft spot in her heart for children. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the Gothenburg First Presbyterian Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include her son, Michael (Brenda) Cunning of North Platte, Nebraska; five granddaughters, Heather Cunning, Brandy (Ty) Persoma, Amber (Dustin) Smith, Chelsea (Josh) Hamilton, Jessica (Tucker) Shuler; great grandchildren, Dillon, Jayden, Augustyn, Nathan, Colton, Trevon, Boelen, Bridger, Carly, Kennedy, Hudson, Presley and Brooks; daughter-in-law, Beth Cunning; sister-in-law, Eileen Cunning; brother, James Rothrock; sister, Jacqueline Frandsen; along with special nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, daughter, Linda, son, Johnnie and her parents.
Services were held at First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, PO Box 194, Gothenburg, NE 69138, March 23rd, 2015 with Pastors David and Jill Boyd officiating.
Interment followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, PO Box 194, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Order of Eastern Star, 711 West 13th St, Cozad, NE 69130.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Former Cozad Area Resident: Dean Conner, age 84

Dean Conner, 84, of Surprise, Arizona, died Sunday, March 15th, 2015.
He grew up in the Cozad area and graduated with the class of 1948. He was an eight year veteran of the United States Air Force. He and his family have lived in Arizona since 1974.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Kauffman); his children, Susan, Boyd, Jeffrey and Steven, who all reside in Arizona.

Gothenburg Resident: Susan J. Daub, age 91 (1923-2015)

Susan J. Daub, 91, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 18th, 2015, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg.  
She was born July 4th, 1923, in Pine River, Minnesota. Susan was one of 16 children born to Frank and Mary (Slovic) Mudick.  Her siblings included  Annie, Stella, Francis, Maxine, Lois, Albert, John, Fred, Ben, Joe and Henry.
Susan grew up in Pine River and lived there until 1954. Susan married Allan Daub on July 18th, 1956 and they lived in Colorado from 1954 to 2003 living in Rifle, Ridgeway, Hotchkiss, Fruita, Grand Junction and Aravada. They moved to Gothenburg in 2003.  Susan worked as a cook in various restaurants and also provided child care for many years.  She enjoyed cooking, dancing, sewing and gardening.
Surviving are husband, Allan Daub of Gothenburg; son, Franklin Daub; three daughters, Constance Daub, Catherine Hoffman, Madeline York; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; two sisters - Stella and Annie; along with many extended relatives and friends.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents and 14 siblings.
Visitation will be held (today) at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 1-8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m.
Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 2:30 pm with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.  
Burial will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or, Gothenburg Cemetery.  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Cozad Resident: Beulah F. Hall, age 88 (1926-2015)

Beulah F. Hall, 88, of Cozad, Nebraska, died March 20th, 2015, at Cozad Community Hospital. Beulah was born May 6th, 1926, at Curtis, Nebraska, to Elmer and Ida (Seybold) Maret. The family lived near Moorefield, Elsie and Madrid, where the family farmed.

In 1945, Beulah married Lawrence Hall and moved to Cozad where they made their home. Beulah and Lawrence were blessed with two children, Connie and Gary. Beulah was loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence of Cozad; daughter, Connie (John) Willets of Cozad; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; one brother; son, Gary; two grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Services were held Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at the Cozad Christian Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating. Burial followed at Moorefield Cemetery, near Moorefield, Nebraska.
 A memorial has been established in her memory. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cozad Resident: Sharon K. Hill, age 68 (1946-2015)

Sharon Kaye Hill, 68, of Cozad, Nebraska, died on Monday, March 16th 2015. Sharon was born December 20th, 1946, in Kearney, Nebraska, to Glen C. and Jeanne A. (Day) Stevens.
She spent her childhood in the Miller area, attending schools in Amherst and Sumner. On April 18th, 1969, she married Dennis Hill of Arcadia, Nebraska.
The couple resided in the Arcadia area for several years, moving to Cozad in 1981 where she spent over 30 years working in manufacturing. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking, home shopping, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dennis Leroy Hill; two sons, Douglas Daake and wife, Brooke of Broken Bow, Nebraska and Doyle Daake and his wife, Pam of Smithfield, Nebraska; a daughter, Denise (Hill) Schwarz and husband Charlie of Lexington, Nebraska; three children by a previous marriage,  Eugene and Junior Meyer of Staples, Minnesota, and daughter Virginia Manus of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include sisters, Donna Williams and husband Raymond of Chapman, Nebraska; Helen Stevens of Omaha, Nebraska; brothers, Glen C. Stevens and wife Joanne of Cozad; Gene Stevens and wife Di of Diboll, Texas; LeRoy Stevens and wife Peg of Sumner, Nebraska. In addition, she leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Jeanne Stevens; in-laws, Wayne and Neola Hill; a brother, Joseph Stevens and grandson, Joshua Colt Daake.
Services were held Saturday, March 21st, 2015, at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Rev. William Ohlmann officiating. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery.
The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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