Cozad Resident: Bob Zook (1937-2017)

  Robert (Bob) L. Zook, age 79, of Cozad, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital.  He was born December 1st, 1937 in West Liberty, Ohio. Bob moved to Cozad in 1945 and graduated from Cozad High School in 1956. He attended Kearney State College, before returning to Cozad to work with his father, Harold, in the family business, Zook’s Welding Shop.  Bob and his brother, Jerry, took over ownership of the welding and metal fabrication business from Harold in 1982, and he later became sole owner. 
  Bob married Ruth Denny in 1960 and they had two children; Michael and Robin. Bob was an active member of Cozad United Methodist Church, Cozad Fire and Rescue, and a charter member of BPO Elks Lodge #2250. Bob particularly enjoyed his many years of service to the community on the fire department and retired in 2015 after 55 years of service. 
  In 1981, Bob married Avis J. (Bodge) Barg, they were married for 33 years before her death in 2015. Attending grandchildren’s school and sports activities was a favorite pastime, as well as fishing, camping, bowling, wood working, and traveling.
  He is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Rose (Mitchell) Zook.  
  He is survived by his son Michael and his wife Laurie Carrette Zook of Omaha; his daughter Robin Kuhlman and her husband Brent Kuhlman of Murdock, and Avis’s daughter Teresa (Barg) Chramosta and her husband Rick of Minden; grandchildren; Natalie and Rachel Zook of Omaha; Allison (Kuhlman) Burtch and her husband Sam Burtch of Lincoln, Jacob Kuhlman of Wichita, Kansas; Carlie Kuhlman of Murdock; Katie (Chramosta) Thompson and her husband Jake of Yutan; Brittany Chramosta of Lincoln, and Ryan Chramosta of Minden; great grandchild Klara Thompson of Yutan; brothers Tom (Nancy) Zook of Springfield, Missouri and Jerry (Kem) Zook of Cozad and sisters Raye Ann (Bob) Schum of Surprise, Arizona and Jane (Jim) Conroy of Navarre, Florida and many other family and special friends.      
  The family wishes to give thanks to all of Bob’s caregivers at Meadowlark Pointe, Cozad Community Hospital, and Heartland Hematology & Oncology. A special thanks to his longtime physicians Richard A. Hranac, MD and George Bascom, MD. 
  Memorials are suggested to Cozad United Methodist Church, Cozad Fire & Rescue or donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at  
  Services were Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burifollowed at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday at Berryman Funeral Home.  

Former Lexington Resident: Barbara Caraway (1937-2017)

  Barbara Ann Caraway, 79, of Safety Harbor, Florida, passed peacefully with her family at her bedside on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, at Evergreen Manor Assisted Living Facility.
  She was born February 28th, 1937, in Portsmouth, Ohio to Martha Samson. She was raised by her mother along with the loving support of her grandmother, aunts, and uncles. She attended school in Dayton, Ohio where she graduated with the class of 1954. She served in the Navy at the Pentagon where she met Bob at the Officer’s Club sometime in 1961. She also said she would never marry a farmer, and later said, “never say never”!
  She was united in marriage to Robert Caraway in Dayton, Ohio in 1962, and made their home outside of Lexington, Nebraska by Johnson Lake. Barb was welcomed to Nebraska by the “Southsiders” where she found some of the most genuine and caring people on earth who would become lifelong friends. 
  They were blessed with four children; Karen, Connie, John, and Alan. Barb loved being a mother, and found herself going to many piano recitals, ballet practices, and basketball games throughout the years. She would later be going to four weddings for each of their children in Florida.
  After the children were raised she worked as the secretary at St. Ann’s Catholic Church for several years. She volunteered at the hospital gift shop and was active in the community with many organizations. Monthly luncheons kept her active and connected with her girlfriends.
  Bob and Barb decided to finally move to Safety Harbor, Florida in 2014 after much persuasion by their children. This next chapter of life, being Grandma to her grandchildren was the joy of her life.  She was always ready to share her life lessons and stories with the next generation.
  Barb is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) of Safety Harbor, Florida, two daughters, Karen (David) McCrae of Palm Harbor, Florida, Connie (Dean) Smith of Tarpon Springs, Florida; two sons, John (Stacy) Caraway of Safety Harbor, Florida, and Alan (Cari) Caraway of Lutz, Florida; eight grandchildren, RD (Mary), Derek, Shanna, April,  Annabelle, Colton, Logan, and Landon; eight great-grandchildren; Rene’, Damian, Grace, Faustina, Caleb, Nathan, Natalie, and Ryan; sister-in-law, Patricia Moon of Lexington, Nebraska. Also surviving are nieces, Terri (Dale) Fritz of Wilber, Nebraska, Jean (Tom) Ackerman of Scottsdale, Arizona, Sandra (Steve) McDonald of Firth, Nebraska, and Lorri (Erv) Warner of Arapahoe, Nebraska.  
  Barbara was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Samson, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and her brother-in-law, James (Bud) Moon.
  It was Barbara’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.
  A Memorial Celebration of Life was held Saturday, March 4th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Espiritu Santos Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, Florida with Reverend Father Brad Reed celebrating.
  Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Father Jose Chavez celebrating.
  Inurnment was held in the St. Ann’s Cemetery at Lexington.
  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations made in her memory to: National Parkinson’s Foundation at ( or Empath Suncoast Hospice at (
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Nebraska is assisted the family with local arrangements. To share online condolences, please visit: 

Cozad Resident: Dennis Biesterfeld (1951-2017)

Dennis L. Biesterfeld of Cozad passed away March 30th, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 65.  
  Dennis was born December 29th, 1951 at Bismarck, North Dakota to Leo and Lorene (Erickson) Biesterfeld. He attended grade school in Wilton, North Dakota and graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1970.  Dennis worked at Paulsen, Inc., Hi-Gain Feedlot and All Points Cooperative until his retirement.    
  He was a Jack-of-all-trades, enjoyed woodworking, yard work and especially cooking.  Dennis watched the Food Network and made all of his own meals. He enjoyed going for a drive around town and in the country but his most treasured times were spent with family, friends and babysitting for his nieces and nephews.  
  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rodney; grandparents, Louis and Emma Biesterfeld, Iver and Nettie Erickson.    
  Survivors include his siblings, Joyce (Jim) Campbell of Cozad, Janice (Larry) Werner of Cozad, Roger (Ramona) Biesterfeld of Auburn and Debbie (Larry) Tvrdy of Cozad; nieces and nephews, Lorie Campbell  of Cozad, Kristie (Mike) Converse of Lexington, Jeff (Angela) Werner of Cozad, Kim (Kelly) Peden of Cozad, Jamion (Nikki) Biesterfeld of Lousiville, Nebraska, Joe (Cheryl) Biesterfeld of Lenexa, Kansas, Chris (Emily) Tvrdy of Cozad, Jennifer (Dan) Voris of Cozad, Zach Tvrdy of Omaha, Alex, Greg and Elizabeth 'Biz' Tvrdy of Cozad; and many great nieces and nephews and extended family.  
  A memorial has been established in his name. Online condolences may be shared at  
  Services will be Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 1 to 8, with his sisters, Joyce Campbell, Janice Werner and Debbie Tvrdy, along with other family, receiving friends from 6 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.

Former Cozad/Gothenburg Resident: Aksel Jensen (1924-2017)

 Aksel Valdemar Jensen, 92, of Kearney, Nebraska, formerly of Cozad and Gothenburg, died April 2, 2017 in Kearney, Nebraska.  
  He was born October 22nd, 1924 on the family farm northeast of Cozad, Nebraska, son of T.C. Jensen  and Anna Jensen. He graduated from high school in 1943 and continued his lifetime of farming and love of the land.  Aksel married Gwendolyn H Maline on Nov 28th, 1956; to this union two daughters were born; Jane and Carol. Gwen preceded him in death in 1989.  
  Aksel retired from farming and moved to Gothenburg in 1990. On April 17th, 1990 he married Betty Grunden Slack; they lived in Gothenburg until 2003 when they moved to Kearney. He enjoyed Danish heritage and history and was a member of the Danish Lutheran Brotherhood.  Aksel enjoyed World War II history.  He also enjoyed putting together puzzles. 
  Surviving are daughter, Carol (Jim) Phillips of Running Springs, California, daughter, Jane (Gary) Marshall of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren; Sarah Marshall and Ben Marshall; his cousin Erna Jensen; sister-in-law Bonnie Maline; numerous nieces and nephews; in addition, he is survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren he shared with Betty; including Lavern "Don" and Janice Gaudreault of Keystone, Nebraska. 
  Aksel was preceded in death by first wife, Gwendolyn Jensen,  second wife, Betty Jensen, and his parents.
  Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. with family present from 4 to 6. 
  Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Friday,  April 7th, 2017 at 10:30 am.  
  Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery. 
  Memorials may be given to Meals-On-Wheels or FFA. To sign the online guest book, go to

Memorials Suggested: Marlene Finnell (1936-2017)

 Marlene Dawn Finnell, 80, of Brady, Nebraska, died April 2nd, 2017 at Hilltop Estates, Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  She was born June 16th, 1936 in Alliance, Nebraska, daughter of Melvin and Bertha (Sisley) Colerick.
  Marlene grew up at Alliance and graduated from Alliance High School in 1954.  She married George Finnell on March 1st, 1964 at Bridgeport; to this union three children were born; Todd, Troy, and Amy. After their marriage, they lived in Fremont, Sibly Iowa, McCook, and Chadron, Nebraska before making Brady their home.   
  Marlene worked at the local gas station at Diary Queen. She was a member of Red Hats Society (The Brady Beauties), a card club and a craft club. She always attended kids activities. 
   Surviving are two sons, Troy (Marci) Finnell of Wright, Wyoming, Todd (Denise) Finnell of Brady, Nebraska; daughter, Amy Finnell of Farnam, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren; Rich, Cassie, Shawn, Les, Steph, Kendra, Colt, Wylee, Cole, Ian and two great grandchildren, sister Eva Toline; faithful companion Maggie; many friends and extended family.  
  Marlene was preceded in death by husband, George W. Finnell, her parents; sisters Minnie and Dorothy; brothers, Donnie, Earl, Harlan, Ben, Dale and Lyle Colerick.
  Services will be held at Brady United Methodist Church, Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 10:30 am with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg, Rev. Janie Freeman officiating.  
  Interment will follow in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.
  Memorials may be given to the Brady United Methodist Church, PO Box 96, Brady, NE 69123.
  To sign the online guest book, go to

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