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Friday's obituaries

Friday's obituaries

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Local deaths

Donald R. Alexander

Donald R. Alexander, 73, of Grand Island died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at St. Francis Skilled Care Center in Grand Island.

Services are pending with Kleine Funeral Home in Grand Island.

More details will appear later.

Milo Kozak

Milo R. Kozak Sr., 90, of Grand Island died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at the St. Francis Medical Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. George Wheat will officiate. Burial will be in Grand Island City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Survivors include his wife, Bernadine; two daughters and son-in-law, Barbara Kozak and Roberta and Robert Clark, all of Hastings; two sons and daughter-in-law, Milo R. Kozak Jr. of Rhode Island and David and Debra Kozak of Grand Island; five grandchildren; and a half sister, Theona Kozak of Point Pleasant, N.J.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Alma Kozak, and a half brother, Raymond Kozak.

Weston Webb

Weston H.B. Webb, 84, of Grand Island died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home following an extended illness.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central City Friends "Quaker" Meeting House in Central City.

Memorials are suggested to Grand Island Little Theatre or the Central City Friends "Quaker" Meeting House.

Area deaths

Chester Boyer

78, World War II, Korean War veteran

KEARNEY — Chester Boyer, 78, of Kearney died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney. The Rev. Greg Mast will officiate. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military rites provided by the North Platte Veteran's group.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Mr. Boyer was born Oct. 16, 1923, at Humboldt to George "Peg" and Etha (Rowe) Boyer. He grew up in southeastern Nebraska. He was educated in various schools, including the Platte Valley Academy in Shelton.

He married Margaret Howell on Jan. 10, 1938, in Kentucky. He entered the U.S. Army on March 31, 1943. He served during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the service on Jan. 31, 1965. After his discharge, the couple lived in various communities. He worked as a community law enforcement officer in Elm Creek, Gibbon and Cairo.

He was a member of VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include a special friends, Evelyn Smith of Gibbon and Florian Pelster of Kearney; two sons, Alvin Brisbin of Kearney and Douglas Boyer of Rocky Mount, N.C.; four daughters, Delores Potter of Lexington, Shirley Schwartz of Elmwood, Cindy Lienemann of Gibbon and Rita Boyer of Kearney; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Boyer of LaPorte, Texas, and Charles Boyer of Frye, Texas; and five stepsisters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, several stepsisters and a brother-in-law, Dean Potter.

Phyllis Garnick

ORD — Phyllis A. Garnick, 78, of Ord died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Ord. Burial will be in Ord City Cemetery.

No visitation will be held.

Memorials are suggested to Valley County Hospital Foundation or the church.

Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

More details will appear later.

Martin Osterloh

98, Retired farmer

ALBION — Martin D. Osterloh, 98, of Albion died Thursday, June 27, 2002, at Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Albion. The Rev. Larry Sydow will officiate. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Newman Grove.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.

Mr. Osterloh was born March 13, 1904, on a farm near Hooper to Fred and Mary (Romberg) Osterloh. He grew up on the farm. He was baptized and later confirmed into the Lutheran faith at the age of 14 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Hooper. He attended Dodge County School District 35 and graduated from the eighth grade. For several years, he worked on the farm with his father and brothers. He attended Wayne State College and later completed a business course at Grand Island Business College.

He married Louise Lohmeyer on June 24, 1930, at her farm home near Uehling. Shortly after, they moved to a farm owned by his family southeast of Sidney. In 1945, they bought this farm from the family. They sold the farm in 1949 and moved north of Kennard to another farm they purchased. This was sold in 1951 and another farm was purchased west of Newman Grove. The family remained there until they retired and moved to Albion. His wife died Sept. 11, 1985. He continued to live at their home until April 1989 when he moved to the Harmony Home Apartments. In 1992, he entered the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove.

He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran faith, having belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hooper, Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, Emmaus Lutheran Church in Kennard, Trinity Lutheran Church in Newman Grove and Zion Lutheran Church in Albion. He served as a church councilman at Trinity Lutheran in Newman Grove for three years. He also served on the school board of District 56 School in Cheyenne County and Kennard Public Schools. He was an active member of the Farmers Union in Cheyenne County.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Martin and Gladys of Rapid City, S.D., and Charles and JoAnn of Casper, Wyo.; daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Eugene Nelson of Norfolk; 14 grandchildren; and two brothers, Elmer of Scribner and Glen of Fremont.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Kenneth; a great-grandchild; an infant brother, Donald; two brothers, Bill and Herbert; and three sisters, Christina Rueter, Anna Meyer and Margaret Popken.

Andrew Peterson

TRUMBULL — Andrew W. Peterson, 38, of Trumbull died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m Saturday at the Evangelical Free Church in Hastings. The Rev. Matt Sass will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Trumbull.

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m., and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Peterson was born May 26, 1964, at Grand Island, to Leroy and Cleo (Anderson) Peterson. He graduated from Trumbull High School and received a certificate as a draftsman from Central Community College in Hastings.

He married Audrey Burge on April 6, 1991, and they later divorced.

He was a machine operator for Nebraska Aluminum Castings, Inc.

Mr. Peterson was a member of the Evangelical Free Church. He was a past volunteer for the Trumbull Fire Department and civil defense.

Survivors include his parents of Trumbull; two sons, Brice Peterson of Hastings and Tyler Peterson of Aurora, Mo.; a daughter, Jenifer Peterson of Hastings; a brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Laurie Peterson of Grand Island; and a sister, Susan Buman of Grand Island.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rachel; an infant son, Philip; and his grandparents.

Shirley Shears

MULLEN — Shirley Maurine Shears, 65, of Mullen died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Methodist Church in Mullen. Burial will be in the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mullen Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Methodist church air conditioning fund.

Mrs. Shears was born March 31, 1937, north of Mullen to Harvey and Elva (Willis) Cotant. She moved to Mullen with her family at an early age and attended Mullen schools. She graduated from Mullen High School in 1954. She then attended Kearney State College and taught school in the Mullen area until 1959.

She married Vernon Shears on May 10, 1959, in Mullen. They lived in the Mullen area. For the past 11 years Mrs. Shears worked as a home health aide.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, Goodwill SC Extension Club, the United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed the extension club, making crafts, attending her grandchildren's events, and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband; her mother of Mullen; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Verlon and Pam Shears of Grand Island, and Marvin Shears of Overton; one daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Mike McDermott of North Platte; four brothers, Willis Cotant of Livingston, Mont., Gary Cotant of Bozeman, Mont., Mick Cotant of Imperial, and Doug Cotant of Kearney; two sisters, Vonnie Barr of Wolbach and Mary Jane Younkin of Mullen; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father; one brother, Harold; and an infant grandson, Dale Joe.

Rose Swanson

RAVENNA — Rose S. Swanson, 102, of Ravenna died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at Good Samaritan Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard. The Rev. Dean Hanson will officiate. Burial will be in Litchfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan Center or the church.

Rasmussen Mortuary in Ravenna is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Swanson was born April 12, 1900, at Shelby to Clayton and Viola (Connor) Ellsworth. She grew up in Polk County and attended Pleasant Home School and later Shelby High School. She moved to Litchfield with her family in 1920.

She married Charles H. Swanson of July 20, 1921, in Mason City. The couple lived and farmed in the Litchfield area. Her husband died in February 1984. She then moved to Litchfield Manor and lived there until 1994. She then lived at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include five daughters, Gwen Eastabrooks of Kearney, Bernadeen Alexander of Des Moines, Iowa, Phyllis Rasmussen of Hazard, Patsy Aden of Greeley, Colo., and Norma Lammers of Kearney; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, LaVern, two grandchildren, four brothers, four sisters and two infant siblings.

Other deaths

Jerry Rehfuss

61, Former GINW music director

SALEM, Ill. — Jerry N. Rehfuss, 61, of Salem, Ill., formerly of Grand Island, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at his home.

Memorial services were held June 16 at Salem Lutheran Church in Salem. The Rev. Doug Meyer officiated.

Memorials are suggested to Diabetes Association or the church building fund.

Mr. Rehfuss was born Dec. 24, 1940, at Green Bay, Wis., to Kenneth E. and Selma "Sally" (Reinsvold) Rehfuss. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1959. He then attended the University of Wyoming from 1959 to 1963 where he received his degree in music.

He married Carole R. Newcommer on June 21, 1964, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He became band and choir director at the newly built Grand Island Northwest High School in 1963 and remained there until 1969. He moved to Salem, Ill, in 1976. For the last five years, he worked as the custodian for the Salem Lutheran Church.

He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kevin Rehfuss of Marion, Ill.; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dennis Mikeska of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren; and his mother of Charlotte, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Walter.

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