Former Lexington Resident: Deloris “Dee” Groves, age 78 (1936-2015)

Deloris M. “Dee” Groves, 78, of Grand Island, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, died Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at CHI Health St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island.
Dee was born April 25th, 1936, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Clay C. and Florence M. (Stauffer) Small. She lived her life in the Cozad/Lexington areas and graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1954. She then attended Beauty School.
She was united in marriage to Charles Groves on October 5th, 1956, in Brady, Nebraska. Two daughters were blessed to this marriage; Sonia and Rhonda.
Dee was a friendly face around Lexington for many years. She worked in the restaurant business for over 25 years. She worked at the Eagles Club, the Vet’s Club, Dotty’s Diner, Kirk’s, and for a time at Sperry New Holland. The couple also owned and operated Riverside Trailer Park south of Lexington for many years.
She was a member of LexChristian Church as well as the Eagles and Vet’s Clubs. Dee loved bowling, dancing, Nebraska Husker sports, fishing and flower gardening. In 2006, she made the move to Riverside Lodge in Grand Island because of health issues. She made so many friends while living there. She had a smile and a kind word for all she came in contact with. She didn’t just sit around while at Riverside either, she was active in all the activities provided; arts and crafts was one of her favorites. Dee will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her daughters, Sonia (Ted) Eden of Grand Island, Nebraska and Rhonda (Steve) Fokken of Lexington, Nebraska; one sister, Phyllis (Herman) Fredericksen of Wichita, Kansas; five grandchildren, Dustin (Amanda) Whaley of Chandler, Arizona; Sarah (Tony) Foggia of New Hope, Minnesota; Samantha Whaley and Michael Young of Omaha, Nebraska; Michael (Gwen) Eden of Denver, Colorado and Austin Whaley of Saratoga Springs, New York; four great-grandchildren, Ben Foggia, Simon Eden, Beatrice Eden and Carson Whaley; two sisters-in-law, Liz Small of Spokane, Washington and Jean Small of Dallas, Texas; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chuck in 2012; infant great-grandson, Nathan Foggia; and, four brothers, Clayton “Jack”, Norman, Marlyn & Doyle Small.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 27th, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Visitation will be Friday, February 27th, 2015, from 9 a.m. until service time at LexChristian Church.
Memorials are suggested to LexChristian Church or the Donor’s Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Memorials Are Suggested: LeRoy A. Woodside, age 78 (1936-2015)

LeRoy Allen Woodside, 78, of Kearney, Nebraska, died Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Society in Kearney.
He was born July 2nd, 1936, to Axel Harold and Rosa Karolina Josephine (Schwarz) Woodside. He grew up in Lexington, Nebraska where he attended school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1955. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Flint in 1955. Three children were born to this marriage; Laura, Kelly and Mark. LeRoy later married Myrna Sater on September 13th, 1964, in Grand Island, Nebraska. He welcomed Myrna’s daughters, Kim and Billie into the family. The couple later was blessed with two children, Joannie and DelRay.
LeRoy loved children. He and Myrna were foster parents to Marty, James and Jason Branstitter and Hannah (Hochstetler) Metzger.
During LeRoy’s working years, he spent most of his childhood working at the bowling alley in Lexington and then Cornland Dressed Beef. In 1970, the family moved to Gibbon. They bought and operated the bowling alley in Shelton, Nebraska until 1977. In 1977, they returned to Lexington where LeRoy worked at Sperry New Holland in Quality Control. In 1983, they moved to Merna, Nebraska where he was the custodian at the school and was a masseuse.
In 1993, they moved to Mississippi where he was a security guard at Casino Magic. They then returned to Nebraska and moved to Minden. While in Minden Myrna passed away and LeRoy was manager of a trailer park. He later moved to Kearney when he retired.
LeRoy had been confirmed and was a member as a young man of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lexington Muzzleloader’s Club. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, deer hunting, fishing, camping, playing guitar and being with family.
Survivors include his children; daughter Kelly Bliven and Terry Blum of Bertrand, Nebraska, son, Mark Woodside of Kearney, Nebraska, stepdaughters, Kim (Kirk) Carlson of Ralston, Nebraska and Billie (Lonnie) Root of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; three brothers, Bernard (Judy) Woodside of Holdrege, Nebraska; Wayne (Patricia) Woodside of Odessa, Nebraska and Mick (Rita) Woodside of Kearney; one sister, Viola Woodside of Lexington; eighteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; as well nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, two daughters, one son, one grandson, five brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 20th, 2015, at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.
Burial was held in Grace Cemetery northwest of Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.
Please share online condolences with the family by visiting reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Elwood Resident: Anna M. Wade, age 90 (1924-2015)

Anna Mae Leggott Wade, 90, of Elwood, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, at the Elwood Care Center. She was born on June 28th, 1924, at rural Clifton, Illinois to James Thomas and Susan Catherine (Elbert) Leggott.
She attended grade school at Leggottville Rural School in Illinois. In 1935, Anna Mae moved to Nebraska with her parents and eight brothers and sisters. She graduated from Elwood High School with the class of 1942.
On June 23rd, 1942, she was united in marriage to Keith Wade in Las Vegas, Nevada. To this union four children were born, Shirley, Linda, Cynthia and Jeffery. They made their home in Culver City, California before moving to Elwood in 1946. While in Elwood they owned and operated the Wade Dairy & Grocery. After selling the dairy, they farmed and later became partners of the Elwood Lumber Yard.
In 1974, Anna Mae started working for the First National Bank of Elwood, what is now known as the Pinnacle Bank and continued working there until her retirement almost 30 years later. She enjoyed working in her yard, decorating her home, spending time with her family. She was a kind, gentle and loving person, with a smile for everyone, she loved her family, doted on her grandchildren and was a friend to all.
She was baptized at the First Christian Church of Elwood and was a longtime member and served as a Deacon.
She moved to Park Avenue in Lexington, Nebraska in February of 2013 and then to the Elwood Care Center in October 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Keith Wade; her sisters, Evelyn Puls and Eldora Synovec; her brothers, Sherle, James and Charles “Billy” Leggott; brothers-in-law; Leonard Puls, Frank “Shorty” Synovec, Ed Saulsbury and Dale Dreher; son-in-law, Gary Humphrey.
She is survived by daughters; Shirley Wade-Hayhurst of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Linda Hock Humphrey of Parker, Colorado; Cynthia and husband Norman Evans of Elwood, Nebraska; son, Jeffrey and wife Linda Wade of Mason, Ohio; eight grandchildren; Greg Hayhurst, Shannon Hayhurst, Thad Hock, Melissa Franzen, Melinda Riedel, Christopher Evans, Olivia Wade and Charlie Wade; eight great grand-children; sisters, Alice Jean Dreher and Doris Saulsbury; brother; Donald Leggott and wife Alice; sisters-in-law; Maxine Leggott and Beth Leggott.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21st, 2015, at the First Christian Church, in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Phyllis Dunlop, officiating. Interment followed at the Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Nebraska.
Elwood Funeral Home, of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com

Cozad Resident: James R. Cover, age 81 (1933-2015)

James Russell Cover, 81, of Cozad, Nebraska, died February 17th, 2015, at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad.
Jim was born October 7th, 1933, in Cozad, son of Victor and Edith (Winter) Cover.
Jim grew up at Cozad and graduated from Cozad High with the class of 1951. He served in the US Army from December 3rd, 1953, to November 17th, 1955. On June 26th, 1960, Jim married Virginia Meinberg at Seward, Nebraska; to this union two children were born, James H. and Heidi. Jim was a farmer and rancher. He enjoyed fishing, goose hunting and coffee time with his friends. He was a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge 2250 and a member of the Gothenburg VFW post 64.
He is survived by his wife 54 years, Virginia Cover of Cozad; daughter, Heidi Cover of Cozad; son, James H. (Tami) Cover of Lincoln, Nebraska; two grandsons, Jimmie and Jacob Cover of Lincoln; three sisters, Mary Keller, of Kearney, Nebraska; Judy (Tom) Maline, of Holbrook, Nebraska; Sandy (Milan) Schneider, of Gibbon, Nebraska; brother, Bill (Audrey) Cover, of Lexington; along with several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Marie Meinberg and a niece, Cari Kadavy.
Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church, 819 E, Cozad, Nebraska, on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, with Rev. Karen Woo officiating.
Burial followed in the Cozad Cemetery, Cozad, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 819 E, Cozad, NE 69130, Central Plains Hospice, PO Box 108, Cozad, NE 69130 or North Platte Animal Shelter, 1402 N. Sycamore, North Platte, NE 69101.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Cozad Resident: Manuel R. Sanchez, age 50 (1964-2015)

Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez, 50, of Cozad, Nebraska, died February 14th, 2015, at his home. Manuel was born May 9th, 1964 in Juarez, Mexico, to Manuel Rodriguez Del Rio and Maria Emma Sanchez.
 He moved with his family to California in 1970 and later to Nebraska in 1996. He was employed as a butcher and most recently worked at Walmart.
Survivors include his children, Manuel (Jesica) Rodriguez of Gothenburg, Nebraska and Maria Rodriguez of Lexington, Nebraska; two brothers, Rigoberto (Lorena) Rodriguez of Cozad and Samuel Rodriguez of Mexico; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and loved ones.
Manuel was preceded in death by his parents; wife and sister. Mass of the Christian Burial was held Friday, February 20th, 2015, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad with Father Jorge Canela officiating. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.

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