Lexington Resident: Mary A. Achterberg, age 81 (1933-2015)

Mary Alice Achterberg, 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, August 14th, 2015, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.
She was born September 30th, 1933, in Callaway, Nebraska, to Charles and Edith (Thanel) Schaeffer. Mary graduated from Callaway High School with the class of 1951. Following graduation she moved to Wyoming to receive training to become a Nurse’s Aide. She returned to Nebraska and met and married Benjamin Achterberg on November 14th, 1953, in Callaway. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Susan, Larry and Jason.
The couple purchased a farm near Amherst, Nebraska. Mary helped Ben with the farming and cattle operation until his death on September 16th, 2006. Mary continued to live on the farm until moving to Lexington in March of 2014. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst.
Mary enjoyed crocheting, plastic weave, gardening, canning and family get-togethers.
Survivors include her children; Sue (Leonard) May of Lexington, Nebraska, Larry (Shelly) Achterberg of Alma, Nebraska, and Jason Achterberg of Kearney, Nebraska; three grandsons, Tim May and partner Matt Sittel of Bellevue, Nebraska, Andy (Lauren) May of Omaha, Nebraska and Joseph May of Fort Pierce, Florida; one step-granddaughter, Kendra Samson of Stamford, Nebraska; one great-granddaughter, Abbi May of Port St. Lucie, Florida; sister, Louise Hoesel of Callaway, Nebraska; one brother-in-law, Melvin Achterberg of Oconto, Nebraska; niece, Cleone (Jim) Sturtevant of Evansville, Indiana; nephews, Dale (Cinda) Hladky of Cozad, Nebraska and Mike (Lori) Hoesel of Gothenburg, Nebraska; along with many other nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben; and one brother, Richard.
It was Mary‘s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.
Graveside Memorial Services will be held Friday, August 21st, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Cemetery at Oconto, Nebraska with Pastor Bill Heermann officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Campus Crusade or Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Callaway Resident: Dave A. Malcom, age 61 (1954-2015)

Dave A. Malcom, 61, of Callaway, Nebraska, died on August 15th, 2015 at his home south of Callaway. Dave was born at Cozad, Nebraska on February 6th, 1954 to Arven and Alice (Melstrom) Malcom. Dave grew up on the family dairy farm north of Cozad. He attended Redfern School and later went to Cozad, where he graduated High School.  
On April 10th, 1976, Dave was united in marriage to Debra Putnam with a country themed wedding out in the middle of their favorite scenic pasture. To this marriage four children were born; Jennifer, David, Clay, and Tyler.  Dave started the family ranch when he and Debra bought their acreage south of Callaway.  Dave worked on the ranch and also did construction jobs to keep him busy, but his true love was to be out with his horses and cows.  
Dave owned and trained a team of horses which he loved to take out and give rides.  He especially enjoyed taking his team into town and letting the older gentlemen, that grew up on horse and cart, drive it. Dave was a kind-hearted man that would do anything to help others.   
Dave liked to call his house a country coffee shop, because people often came out just to sit and visit. Dave was very proud of all of his children and their successful careers. His two youngest sons are currently serving in the military. He often mentioned how fortunate he was to have the family that he loved so much and to get to spend his life on the ranch. These were the things he loved more than anything.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Arven and Alice Malcom.  
He is survived by his wife, Deb of Callaway; daughter, Jennifer (Jonath) Jackson of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sons, David (Shelly) Malcom of Roca, Nebraska; Clay (Catherine) Malcom of Augusta, Georgia and Tyler Malcom of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren Maeci, Drew and Madilynn Jackson, Sara, Jack and Grace Malcom and Payton, Clayton and Aubrey Malcom; sister, Rachael Lloyd of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, LaDonna Williams of Wichita, Kansas;  brother, Larry (Carolyn) Malcom of Cozad; brother, Arven Malcom of Cozad; brother, Dennis (Sheila) Malcom of Callaway; sister, Joanne Peden of Cozad and numerous other extended family and friends.
Services will be held (today) Thursday, August 20th, 2015, at 10:30 at Berryman Funeral Home with Fred Werkmeister, PMA officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, north of Cozad.  
Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared atberrymanfuneralhome.com. 

Cozad Resident: Dee O. Rosenau, age 80 (1935-2015)

Dee O. Rosenau, 80 of Cozad, Nebraska, died Monday, August 10th, 2015, at Cozad Community Hospital. Dee was born June 30th, 1935 at Omaha, Nebraska to Dr. O.P. and Lola (Sinn) Rosenau.
Dee grew up in Eustis, Nebraska and graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1952. He went on to attend and graduate from Hastings College and then went on to Colorado State University where he received a second bachelor's degree.
He met Jeanette Richardson while at Colorado State. The couple were married on November 26th, 1960, at Sterling, Colorado. Dee and Jeanette moved to Cozad operated the family farm near Cozad and Eustis, building a very successful farm and cattle feeding operation. He was a faithful and devoted member of the Cozad United Methodist Church. He sang with the choir and was a past trustee. Dee was very musical and was very proud to have passed his musical ability on to his children. He played in a dance band to support himself while in college.
He was a charter member of the Cozad Jaycees and the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250. Dee treasured time spent with his family, never missing an event for his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Lola Mae.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette of Cozad; two children, Bill (Carol) Rosenau of Blair, Nebraska and DeeAnn Rosenau of Blair; grandchildren, Sgt. Daniel Rosenau, deployed in the Middle East and Nicole and Samuel Rosenau of Blair.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad Fire and Rescue Squad.
Memorial services were held Friday, August 14th, 2015 at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later time.
Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.   

Memorials Are Suggested: Elaine Tollefson, age 96 (1918-2015)

Elaine Margaret Cowan Tollefson, renowned bridge player, talented artist, rabid Nebraska football fan, wanna-be Norwegian and first-class flirt, joined her beloved husband in the afterlife on August 8th, 2015.
Born in Luverne, Minnesota, on December 10th, 1918, Elaine wasted no time occupying herself with many adventures, trouble-making and upholding her promise of keeping her parents and younger sister, Lylis, wondering what she was going to do next. While her family ran concessions for a summer carnival in South Dakota, her mother found her playing with her new friends in the side-show: “the bearded girl” and “the lizard-skin boy.” Her love of finding unexpected friendships in unusual places continued throughout her life. Her openness to people from all backgrounds kept her stimulated and surrounded by love all of her 96 years.
One day, a handsome young Norwegian band teacher fell in love with the pies at Elaine’s family restaurant. He couldn’t help notice the stunningly beautiful and sassy waitress who’d serve the pies with a wink and a nod. Thus started a love affair that grew stronger each of its 65 years. Elaine married A.T. “Tolle” Tollefson on August 6th, 1937.
Elaine’s thirst for adventure landed the couple in the middle of the most secretive and world-altering government projects in American history. She sent Tolle’s resume to an ad she saw in a Chicago newspaper calling for chemists. His work on the Manhattan Project kept the Tollefsons, including new daughter Mary Eda Tollefson (Vap), born in 1941, moving around the country.
After the war, the couple returned to small-town life, following some friends to Nebraska where there just happened to be an opening for a band teacher. Their family of three grew to a quartet with the birth of Thea Tollefson on May 26th, 1947. The Tollefsons filled the big pink Queen Anne on Lake Avenue with parties, family gatherings and countless bridge games. The Ernest A. Calling House was added to the National Register of Historic Homes in 1979 based, in no small part, on Elaine’s careful care.
In Gothenburg, the Tollefson family found a welcoming and enduring home. Elaine joined P.E.O. chapter AW and the family attended the American Lutheran Church. Tolle eventually opened a grocery and clothing store. Kampfe and Tollefson held down the corner of 10th Street and Lake Avenue until Tolle retired in 1974.
Elaine became an award-winning painter as a member of the Gothenburg Art Guild. Her paintings continue to brighten the homes of every member of her family. She also helped Gothenburg win an honor from the Nebraska Community Improvement Program with her work on a scrapbook about the city’s strength and growth, something she supported and believed in until the day she died.
Besides Tolle, the biggest love of Elaine’s life was bridge. She sometimes played several times a week. She kept many clubs in Gothenburg lively with her sometimes “unorthodox” understanding of the rules.
In her later years, she moved to the Stone Hearth Estates assisted living center. There, she thrived with her frequent walks down the hall for their wonderful meals. She appreciated the fact they made her bacon and toast the way she liked it: burnt. It’s also where she enjoyed bible study, bridge, happy hour and her giant whirlpool bath tub. She died in her room on August 8th, 2015, with her daughter Mary and dedicated staff by her side.
Elaine is preceded in death by her husband, Tolle; daughters, Thea, Margaret and Lylis; parents, Ida and Willis Cowan and niece Karen Tollefson.
Elaine is survived by her daughter, Mary and husband, Doug Vap of McCook, Nebraska; granddaughter, Nicole Vap, her husband, Drew Sidener and their daughters, Zelda and Harper of Denver, Colorado; her grandson, Aaron, his wife Alicia and their children, Eleanor and Elliot Vap of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister, Lylis Bowden and her family of San Diego, California and numerous friends who will miss her at bridge and by their sides drinking red-beer during Nebraska football games.
Services were held at American Lutheran Church, Thursday, August 13th, 2015 with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.
Interment followed in the Maplewood Cemetery, in Luverne, Minnesota, next to her husband.
Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Former Cozad Resident: Glen D. Linder Sr., age 82 (1933-2015)

Glen Dale Linder Sr., 82, of North Platte, Nebraska, died August 8th, 2015. He passed away at the North Platte Hospital following a battle with cancer.
He was born May 31st, 1933, on a farm in Kansas. He was born to William Cecil Linder Sr. and Thelma (Elliot) Linder. He was united in marriage to Ruby Kay Rutledge in Nebraska. While they were married they had five lovely children, Susan, Jennifer, Glen Jr., Thelma and Robert.
Most of his jobs involved working at hay mills and filling stations. The things he enjoyed doing were camping with his brothers and nephews, fishing, hunting, spending time with family and friends, doing puzzle books, coloring with his grandchildren and his eagles.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Clarence) Reeves of Kansas; Jennifer Linder of New Mexico; two sons, Glen Linder Jr. of Kansas; Robert and Christina Linder of Ravenna; three sisters, Pauline Pope of Kansas; Nadine (Chuck) Davis of Arizona; Marcel (Ken) Dickey of Oregon; three brothers, Dean Linder of Missouri; Marvin (Dorthy) Linder Sr. of Cozad, Nebraska; Larry Linder of Kansas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Cecil Linder Sr. and Thelma Linder; his daughter, Thelma Linder; five brothers, Melvin Linder, William Cecil Linder Jr.; Boyd Linder, Georgie Linder, Loren Linder and sister, Kate Henry.
A graveside service for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 15th at 10 a.m. at the Walnut Grove Cemetery.

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