BABITZKE, Valentine

b. 13 Feb 1913

d. 10 May 2007 - Shattuck, Oklahoma

From Amarillo Globe-News, Amarillo, Texas - 05-13-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell

LIPSCOMB - Valentine Schoenhals, 94, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, in Shattuck, Okla. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Locust Grove Baptist Church in the Locust Grove community, west of Lipscomb, with Don McElroy, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lipscomb Cemetery by Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck.

Mrs. Schoenhals was married to Victor SCHOENHALS in Arnett, Okla., by Judge Alvis Prisnell. Together they lived with their three children on the family farm in Lipscomb County.

Survivors include a son, Gary Wayne Schoenhals of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

Amarillo Globe-News, May 13, 2007

Note: Valentine Babitzke was born February 13, 1913, and married Victor Schoenhals. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Schoenhals, deceased October 20, 1970, and two children Lola and Donald Victor.

BAHM, Emma

b. 19 Nov 1914 - Sutton, Nebraska

d. 22 Nov 2007 - Naples, Florida

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Saturday, November 24, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

BAZINE - Emma Schneider, 93, died Nov. 22, 2007, in Naples, Fla.
She was born Nov. 19, 1914, in Sutton, Neb., the daughter of John and Mary Schmidt Bahm. A resident of Bazine, formerly of Alamota, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to the United Methodist Church and the Golden Years Senior Center, Bazine.
On Dec. 15, 1940, she married Palmer SCHNEIDER. He died Feb. 24, 1984.
Survivors include: a son, Duane and wife Nancy, Jackson, Wyo.; a daughter, Diane Stites and husband Donald Miller, Naples, Fla.; a brother, Reuben Bahm, Dighton; and two grandchildren, Kristina Eklund and Dustin Schneider, Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, John "Johnny," Henry "Hank" and Herman Bahm; and five sisters, Katie Kuehn, Marie Schmalzried, Amelia Neiman, Naomi Bauer and Barbara Hinkle.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Bazine, with the Rev. Joel Maiorano presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Bazine Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or the Bazine Golden Years Senior Center, both in care of the funeral home.

BAHM, Emma

b. 19 Nov 1914 - Sutton, Nebraska

d. 22 Nov 2007 - Naples, Florida

From Great Bend (Kan) Tribune - November 25, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

BAZINE – Emma Schneider, 93, died Nov. 22 at Naples, Fla. She was born Nov. 19, 1914, in Sutton, Neb., the daughter of John and Mary Schmidt Bahm. In 1916 she moved with her family to Alamota, Kan., where she grew up. On Dec. 15, 1940, she married Palmer SCHNEIDER and moved to Bazine. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1984.

Emma was a homemaker, she was an active member of the United Methodist Church and was also very active with the Golden Years Senior Center in Bazine.

Survivors include one son, Duane Schneider and wife Nancy, Jackson, Wyo.; one daughter, Diane Stites and husband Donald Miller, Naples, Fla.; one brother, Reuben Bahm, Dighton; and two grandchildren, Kristina Eklund and Dustin Schneider, Chicago, Ill. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John (Johnny), Henry (Hank) and Herman Bahm; and five sisters, Katie Kuehn, Marie Schmalzried, Amelia Neiman, Naomi Bauer and Barbara Hinkle.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Bazine, with the Rev. Joel Maiorano officiating. Burial will be in the Bazine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the family present to greet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association or the Bazine Golden Years Senior Center, in care of the funeral home. Funeral arrangements provided by Fitzgerald Funeral Home* P.O. Box 96; 207 N. Pennsylvania Ness City, KS 67560 (785) 798-3243 Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 25, 2007


BAILEY, Beverly M.

b. 25 Nov 1927 - Paxton, Nebraska

d. 1 Sep 2007 - Sidney, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 5 Sep 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

SIDNEY - Beverly M. Nienhueser, 79, of Sidney, was called home by her Lord on September 1, 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 5 at the Trinity Lutheran South Divide Church with Pastor Philip Found officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Beverly's name to The Lutheran Hour or Trinity Lutheran Church. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Beverly Maxine Nienhueser, the daughter of Amos Oran and Mable Minnie (Richmond) Bailey, was born on November 26, 1927, at Paxton, Neb. Beverly was baptized in the Methodist Church in Paxton and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sidney. She graduated from Venango High School and attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of Saint Luke's in Denver where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse. On November 19, 1952, Beverly was united in marriage to Vearn Martin NIENHUESER at St. John's Lutheran Church in Denver.
Beverly worked as an office nurse for Drs. Cook, Bitner and Thayer before starting her family. She had been active in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and Farm Bureau. Beverly had been a member of the Friendly Neighborhood Club and made many beautiful quilts. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, reading and attending her grandchildren's activities. Beverly has lived on their farm south of Sidney for the last fifty-four years.
Survivors include: her husband Vearn of Sidney; her children Martin and wife Kristy of Sidney, Peggy Grimm and husband Lyle of North English, Iowa, Eugene and wife Marleen and Bruce and wife Lisa both of Sidney; eight grandchildren Shaun and Ericka Nienhueser, Jason and Brittney Grimm, Heidi and Riley Nienhueser and Tanner Nienhueser; two brothers Junior Bailey and wife Velma of Paxton, Neb., and Neil Bailey and wife Freida of Beatrice, Neb., and one sister Margaret Wid of Grant, Neb.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Clark Bailey, one sister Donna Jean Mayes and one grandson Chad Nienhueser.


BAGWELL, Josephine Gentili (Kelln)

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b. 8 Oct 1938 - Billings, Montana

d. 19 Sep 2007 - Bridger, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 21 Sep 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

BRIDGER - Dean L. Bangert of Bridger, 68, passed away of cancer at his ranch in Bridger, on Sept. 19, 2007. Dean was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Billings, to Fred and Martha (Deines) Bangert Jr. Dean graduated from Senior High School in May of 1956.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in Feb. 29, 1956. He toured on the USS Lansing, based in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged in January of 1959. He served an additional two years in the Naval Reserve. He met and wed Donna SCOTT on April 30, 1960. Dean worked for the Billings Water Dept. for a short time after his marriage. They moved to Powell, Wyo., where Dean worked for his father-in-law on his farm. In 1963, he managed/operated three farms for Knutson/Theobald. In the spring of 1973, he moved his family to Bridger, where he farmed and ranched. He raised sugar beets/corn and registered Shorthorn cattle. In the spring of 1981, he decided to take on a new venture, and moved to Hysham, where he farmed and owned numerous feedlots.
In the spring of 1986, Dean took back the original ranch in Bridger. While farming/ranching, he managed Yellowstone Bean Company until 1989. He started selling gated pipe for Clarks Fork Water Works, and stayed there for 13 years. In 2002, he opened Dean's Irrigation. He loved his business, meeting people and assisting their needs. Up to his death, he was still active in his business and ranch. He was on various boards from the Shorthorn Association to the Elks Club. He was Director of the NILE, and an active member of the Elks Lodge.
Dean loved the change of seasons. Fall was his favorite, which brought beautiful colors, harvest time, ranch chores and football. He loved his grandkids and polka music.
Dean is survived by his wife, Donna (Scott) Bangert; mother Martha (Deines) Bangert of Billings; his children, TaCele Quale (Chuck) of Billings, Troy Bangert of Bridger, Tonya (Jeff) Averill of Billings; his siblings, Alice Blasdel (Dennis Strand) of Somers, Larry Bangert (Trula) of Temecula, Calif., Debbie Cuculich of Modesto, Calif.; his grandchildren, Crystal Pinkerton, Bryce Herden, Michelle (Dana) Clifford, Jadyn Averill, Coltyn Averill; and his great-grandson, Casey Pinkerton. He left behind numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family would like to thank the wonderful Beartooth Hospice, his nurses, Donna Bratsky and Jaime Kerr. They took good care of him and his family as well.
He is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Bangert, and his dad, Fred Bangert.
Sweetheart, Dad, Grandpa, we will all miss you dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to make donations in Dean's name to the Beartooth Hospice. Checks can be mailed directly to them at 600 W. 21st St., Red Lodge, MT 59068. Services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Billings on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Rockvale Cemetery. Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel is in charge of arrangements.

BARGEN, Eldon Kliewer

b. 6 Dec 1930 - Wichita, Kansas

d. 29 Mar 2007 - Goessel, Kansas

From Hillsboro Star Journal - April 4, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Eldon Kliewer Bargen, 76, of Goessel, died March 29, 2007. Born Dec. 6, 1930, at Wichita, he was the son of Bernhard and Esther Bargen. On Dec. 28, 1951, he married Helen BARTEL.

He was an educator, draftsman, woodworker, and Mennonite and mission service volunteer.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; son, Dale Bargen; daughter, Jan Bargen; sister, Joyce Koehn; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. April 21 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, with Heidi Regier Kreider officiating. Three memorial funds have been established, Mennonite Mission Network, Justapaz; Bethesda Home; and Hospice Care of Newton.


BARKLEY, Karen K. (Swetzig)

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b. 17 Oct 1912 - Hillsboro, Kansas

d. 30 Sep 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Monday, October 1, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HILLSBORO - Sally Plenert, 94, died Sept. 30, 2007, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro.
She was born Oct. 17, 1912, in Hillsboro, the daughter of John H. and Maria Janz Bartel. She worked in the hospital dietary department. She belonged to Trinity Mennonite Church.
On Oct. 17, 1941, she married Arlo PLENERT in rural Hillsboro. He died in 1961.
Survivors include: a son, Dennis, rural Moundridge; a daughter, Sharolyn Funk, Lehigh; a sister, Marie Guhr, Newton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Johannestal Cemetery, Hillsboro. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Memorials may be sent to Trinity Mennonite Church or the Alzheimer's Disease Association, both in care of the funeral home.


b. 29 Nov 1931 -Lodgepole, Nebraska

d. 11 Jul 2007 - Sidney, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 14 Jul 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmi ck

SIDNEY - Lloyd "Bud" Bartling, 75, of Sidney died Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 14, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Edgar Schambach officiating. Military graveside services and burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery north of Lodgepole, Neb. Memorials may be made to the family. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lloyd Harold Bartling, the son of Richard and Matilda (Scharell) Bartling was born Nov. 29, 1931 at Lodgepole, Neb. He received his education in the Lodgepole schools, graduating with the class of 1950. He served in the U.S Army from 1951 to 1953. After his discharge, he returned to the Lodgepole area.
On May 9, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou BARNHART at Lodgepole. He worked at the Sioux Army Depot as a fireman and then worked for the state of Nebraska Department of Roads for 25 years. Bud loved karaoke, telling jokes and spending time with family. His hobbies included latch hook, solitaire, yard work and attending family gatherings.
Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Bartling of Sidney; sons, Mitch and wife Lori Bartling of Potter, Neb. and Rich and wife Kathlyn Bartling of Sidney; daughter, Marietta and husband Bob Arraj of Gering; brothers, Marvin and wife Ruth Bartling of Lodgepole, Vernon and wife Shirley Bartling of Oshkosh, and Gary and wife Maria Bartling of Potter; sister, Doris and husband Ray Walker of San Bernardino, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Laurie and great-grandson Zacary Maestas.

BASGALL, Elvira Marie

b. 12 Oct 1935 - Loretta, Kansas

d. 5 Oct 2007 - St. John, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Sunday, October 7, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

ELLINWOOD - Elvira Marie Scheuerman, 71, died Oct. 5, 2007, at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
She was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Loretta, the daughter of Fidelis and Rose Urban Basgall. A resident of Ellinwood for 55 years, she was a homemaker. She belonged to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
On Dec. 30, 1952, she married Merle C. SCHEUERMAN in La Crosse. He died Dec. 22, 2006.
Survivors include: a son, Merle C., Ellinwood; two daughters, Merletta M. Scheuerman and Marietta M. Link, both of Ellinwood; three brothers, Leon Basgall, Hays, Kenneth Basgall, La Crosse, and Larry Basgall, Topeka; two sisters, Sandra Dixon, Ellinwood, and Angela Basgall, La Crosse; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three daughters, Margaret, Mary and Marie; a brother, Arvin; a sister, Velma Rose; and a granddaughter.
Altar Society rosary will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Kimple Funeral Home Chapel, Ellinwood. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel, with Father Charles Mazouch presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the chapel. Burial will be in Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Elvira Scheuerman Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home


BATH, George

b. 18 Jun 1922 - Loveland, Colorado

d. 30 Oct 2007 - Loveland, Colorado

From Loveland Reporter Herald, Loveland, Colorado - 11-03-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
GeorgeBATH , 85, of Loveland, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. He was born on June 18, 1922, in Loveland, Colo., to Conrad Bath Sr. and Mary Katherine Gettman. George lived in Loveland all his life. He graduated from Loveland High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater and was a decorated combat veteran and received the Bronze Star.
George farmed in Loveland all his life at the family farm and was a prominent dairy farmer in Loveland. He was president of the Gard-Lateral Ditch Company in Loveland. He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church and a life member of the VFW.
He is survived by his sister, Lydia Winters of Loveland, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First
Congregational Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Allnutt Hunter Chapel. Interment at Loveland Burial Park. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest
book at www.allnutt.com.

BATT, Karen E.

b. 15 Mar 1944 - Sidney, Nebraska

d. 13 Apr 2007 - San Antonio, Texas

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 17 Apr 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Karen E. Demand, 62, passed away Friday, April 13, 2007.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark D. Barz will be officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East (Inside Between Stone Oak Parkway and Hwy 281. The interment with military honors will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society. To leave a message for the family, please log on to www.mem.com. Arrangements are with: Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232, (210) 495-7770
She was born March 15, 1944, in Sidney, Neb. to George Batt and Eva Fertig Batt. She was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of Crown of Life Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband, Sylvan "Ray" DEMAND of San Antonio; sisters, Delorse Kautz and her husband George of Temple, Texas, Donna Wright and her husband Jim of Westminster, Colo., Dorothea Batt of Gering; brothers, Wayne Batt and his wife Betty of Mitchell; Ed Batt and his wife Carol of Scottsbluff, Gary Batt and his wife Nancy of Gering, and numerous nieces and nephews.

BAUDER - 100 years of family farming

Journal Advocate Sterling, Colorado - 09-23-2007
Bauder homestead honored as Centennial Farm; award presented at Colorado State Fair
By Carol Barrett - Journal-Advocate Agriculture Editor
LOGAN COUNTY - In 1907, Jacob Friedrich Bauder filed a homestead claim on the prairie southeast of Sterling. For 100 years since, members of the Bauder family have lived on this family homestead.
Jerry and Jean Bauder check on son Darren's goats. The rafters and wood on the shed came from the roof of the second house built on the farm, when it was torn down to build the present house. (Carol Barrett/Journal-Advocate)
Jerry and Jean Bauder hold the sign they received, recognizing their place as a Centennial Farm. They plan to have a case made for the sign and put it beside their driveway entrance. (Carol Barrett/Journal-Advocate)
Emma (Albrandt) Bauder, seated in front, and her family celebrating her 90th birthday two years ago. Standing are all her children, from left: Sharon, Larry, Charles and Jerry. (Courtesy photo) (Note: Photo is now shown here)
On Aug. 24 this year, the Bauder farm was honored as a Centennial Farm in a ceremony at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Jacob's grandson Jerry Bauder, with his wife Jean and two of their five children, attended the ceremony and the accompanying reception.
To qualify for the award, some member of the same family must have owned the land and lived on it for the entire 100 years.
"You can't have sold it and then bought it back later," Jerry Bauder said at their home this week.
The house they live in is the third one that has been built on his grandfather's farm.
"We also received a Historic Structure award," he said. This is an additional award given to farms that have at least four buildings old enough to be designated as historic.
"And we have six or seven of them," Jerry said.
Out of the 19 farms that received Centennial awards this year, 10 of them also received the Historic Structure award, he added.
According to Bauder family history, Jerry's grandfather Jacob had come to the United States in 1889 from Hoffnungstal in South Russia when he was 14.
The family of 10 rode the immigrant train to Burlington and settled near Landsman Creek, in the German settlement north of town. In 1902, Jacob married Pauline FRANK..
In 1905, the creek flooded, spreading gravel over their farmland and ruining it. Jacob built a covered wagon, and in 1906 he came to the Sterling area looking for a homestead. The next year, he filed on a claim 18 miles from Sterling and built a sod house.
For several years, until they had their own well drilled, Jacob and Pauline had to haul water from another place just to the north. After living in the sod house for a few years, they built an adobe house with rafters and a wooden roof. The boys then used the sod house for a bunkhouse.
Jean Bauder said that the sod house was right where one end of the large metal farm shed stands today. A piece of smooth cement in the middle of the driveway marks the place where the adobe house stood. The Bauder farm has a large traditional barn, sturdily made with walls of cement. It was built around 1920, Jerry said.
"My grandmother inherited a little money, and they used it to build the barn," he said.
Then in 1925, Jacob's family had a bumper wheat crop, and the next year, they built a new frame house. With some remodeling, this is the house Jean and Jerry live in today.
"My grandparents lived here until 1946, when they moved to Sterling," Jerry said. Jerry's parents, Jake and Emma Bauder, were living on a farm a mile south at the time. They then moved to the Bauder farm with their children. Jerry was about 6.
Then about 1960, after his grandfather died, his grandmother sold the farm to his dad, Jerry said. His parents, Jake and Emma, lived there until 1979, when they, too, moved to Sterling.
Jean had grown up in farm country in Kansas, and all her grandparents had been farmers. She and Jerry met at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, where both were studying to be teachers. They married in 1964 and went to Worland, Wyo., to teach school, staying until 1976. Four of their five children were born there.
"We decided we wanted our kids to grow up on the farm," Jean said.
So when Jerry's parents moved to town, Jerry and Jean moved into the Bauder
family house with their children. "When we moved back here, we had only one TV station to watch," Jerry said, "Channel 3 in Sterling." "And if the kids wanted to get on the phone with their friends when they got home from school - good luck," Jean said. "We had an eight-party phone line."
So the youngsters kept busy with school and sports and clubs. And they were all in 4-H.
"All the kids raised hogs for their 4-H projects," Jean said. "They saved their money for college - all five of them went to college." Of course, the hog money didn't pay for everything, she said, but it was a big help.
Through the years, the family has raised wheat, dryland corn and proso millet. Livestock raised on the farm, in addition to the hogs, has included horses, cattle, milk cows, chickens and turkeys. They have even raised pheasants and chukkars.
Today, the farm encompasses 1,440 acres, and Jerry and Jean's oldest, Darren, farms with them. Jean goes down the list of the rest of their children.
Nikki is married and is a pediatric dentist in Appleton, Wis. Troy is a water and soils scientist at Colorado State University, where he works with CSU Extension. Kristen works in the electronics department at Wal-Mart in Sterling. She does a lot with the three gardens on the Bauder farm, taking a lot of produce to the farmer's market, Jean said. Dusten, the youngest, is a student at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.
Before they went to the State Fair in August for their Centennial Farm award, the Bauders had their own centennial celebration at home on the farm.
"Memorial Day weekend, we had a Bauder family reunion here," Jerry said. They had a hog roast, which more than 100 family members, as well as many neighbors and friends, attended. "We had people from Pennsylvania, California, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming," Jerry said.
Several other states were also represented. They took a family tour of nearby points of interest, such as the LeRoy Cemetery, where an uncle is buried, with an old-style German cross marking his grave.
"For over 100 years, the family's been really blessed," Jerry said. "They were good stewards, and we just want to be good stewards, too, as the good Lord is willing." Carol Barrett can be reached at (970) 522-1990, Ext. 238, or by e-mail at: cbarrett@journal-advocate.com.

BAUER, Florine (Achziger)

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BAUER, Harvey C.

b. 27 Aug 1936 - Minatare, Nebraska

d. 22 Oct 2007 - Longmont, Colorado

From The Star-Herald from 10/24/2007 - 10/26/2007. Scottsbluff, NE

Submitted by Mark B. Wills

LONGMONT, Colo. - Harvey C. Bauer, 71, died Oct. 22, 2007, at Longmont United Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Don Moore officiating. Cremation has been held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church and sent to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to leave condolences for the family.
Harvey was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Minatare to Joe and Lovina (Williams) Bauer. He was raised in Minatare, graduated from Minatare High School and attended Scottsbluff Junior College. Harvey married Beverly MARGHEIM on Nov. 17, 1957, in Scottsbluff. He moved to Longmont in 1981 from North Platte, Neb.
Harvey began work as a crane operator at a steel mill in Pueblo, Colo. He also worked sales and management positions at Fairmont Foods, Gillette Dairy, Loos Electric and Colotex.
He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, golf, basketball, softball and was an avid bowler. Harvey will be remembered as a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Beverly of Longmont, Colo.; sons, Harvey Bauer Jr., his wife Monica and their children Zackery and Nicole of Berthoud, Colo., Henry Bauer, his wife Nancy and their children, Rachel, Joshua and Aaron of Omaha, Neb.; daughters, Julie Bauer of Longmont, Lisa Prumbach, her husband Bernhard and their children Amy, Megan and Casey of Celle, Germany and Lara Pfannenstiel, her husband Mike and their children Ashley and Daniel of Longmont, Colo.; brothers, Virgil Bauer and his wife Jan of Hardy, Neb. and Ron Bauer and his wife Linda of Ft. Collins, Colo. and a sister, Jane and Tom Gable of Minatare.
His parents preceded him in death.

BAUER, Jeffery Lynn

b. 23 Mar 1956 - Bridgeport, Nebraska

d. 4 Apr 2007 - Ft. Collins, Colorado

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff. NE - 10 Apr 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

BRIDGEPORT - Jeffery Lynn Bauer, 51, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Ft. Collins, Colo. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Dave Rykwalder as the celebrant. Interment will be in Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery in Bridgeport.
A Rosary will be recited, Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the church. Friends may call the church, Monday from 11 a.m. to the Rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of his family. Jolliffe Funeral Home in Bridgeport is in charge of the arrangements. Jeff's obituary may be viewed at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com, where condolences may be left and they will be forwarded to his family.
Jeff was born March 23, 1956 in Bridgeport, the son of John Robert and Bonnie Marie (Bennett) Bauer. He was raised throughout the world with his father's occupation requiring many moves. Jeff was united in marriage to Tamara "Tammy" Lyn McCULLOUGH, Feb. 19, 1977 in Tooele, Utah. They moved to Bridgeport shortly after their marriage. He was employed with the State of Nebraska Road Dept. at Bridgeport and was a crew chief at the time of his death.
Jeff was a family oriented husband and father, especially enjoying his sons sports activities. He was also an avid bowler and Nebraska Cornhusker football fan.
Survivors include his wife Tammy, sons Jeffery Daniel Bauer and his fiancé Amanda Ryker of Scottsbluff, Joshua Lyn Bauer of Bridgeport, mother Bonnie Bauer of Broadwater, brothers Mike (Dinah) Bauer of Lincoln, Bob (Alice) Bauer of White Hall, AR., numerous nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Sissy (Carl) Meyers of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his father Sept. 25, 1994 and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

BAUER, Mildred F.

b. abt 1918

d. 15 Sep 2007 - Hesston, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Friday, September 21, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HESSTON - Mildred F. Bauer, 89, peaceably went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Sept. 15, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John W. Bauer; her brother, Roland, and her sister, Norma Jean.
Mildred strived to live a faithful life, to please her heavenly Father and to serve others. She was a church pianist, Sunday school teacher and was involved in many church and community activities. She was a caring mother and steadfast wife, a gracious host, accepting anyone and she prayed for everyone she knew.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Entz, Hesston, her son, Jim Bauer, Augusta, Ga., and her three grandsons, Nathan Boschmann, Ault, Colo., Roland Boschman, Denver, Colo., and Darrick Boschmann, Portland, Ore.
Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at 1 p.m. and the funeral will be at 2 p.m., both at the Schowalter Villa Chapel, 200 W. Cedar, in Hesston. A funeral service will also be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept., 23, 2007, at the Hanston Mennonite Church, Hanston with burial following in the Hanston Mennonite Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the Hanston Mennonite Church or the Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Fund, in care of the funeral home. Miller Funeral Home is handling the service arrangements.


b. 15 Aug 1876 - South Russia

d. 3 May 1936 - Berlin, North Dakota

Wells County Free Press, Fessenden ND 14 May 1936

Submitted by eusteel@cox.net

Mr. John Baumbach, 60, resident of the Berlin community since 1896, passed away last Sunday, May 3 (1936)at the Carrington hospital after an illness of eight days. Mr. Baumbach was on of the really progressive farmers of that community and had built up a fine farm on his property.
John Baumbach was born in south Russia on August 15, 1876. As a very young boy he came to this country with his parents and settled with them at Parkston, South Dakota. In 1896 he was married at Parkston to Miss Charlotte SEIBEL and shortly thereafter they came to North Dakota and settled on a homestead 8 miles southwest of Sykeston. They have resided there ever since.
To them were born six children, all surviving. They are Mrs. John Tonn, Mrs. Easoph Suckut, Reinhold, John, Val and Eddie. All were present for the funeral except Val. He is survived by his wife, the above mentioned six children, thirteen grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters. Brothers are Carl of Lodi, Calif., and Robert of Chaseley. Sisters are Mrs. Jacob Schmidt of Harvey, Mrs. John Unruh of Woodworth and Mrs. Dan Hager of Lodi, Calif.
Funeral services took place at the Seventh Day Adventist church southeast of Bowdon and were in charge of Rev. J. H. Seibel. Pallbearers were George Hirsch, George Seibel, Conrad Seibel, Emanuel Unterseher, Alex Widicker and John Schimke. About five hundred people were present to pay their last respects to Mr. Baumbach and a fine floral display was offered. Two quartets furnished the music, one being a male quartet and the other a mixed quartet. Mrs Walter Worth was accompanist. Interment was made in the SDA church cemetery there.

BAUS, Frieda

b. 4 Jul 1912 - Atlantic Ocean

d. 6 Apr 2007 - Lovell, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 11 Apr 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

LOVELL, Wyo. - On Good Friday, April 6, 2007, Frieda Baus March passed away peacefully at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, at the young age of 95.
She was born Frieda Baus on July 4, 1912, on the Atlantic Ocean onboard a ship bound for America. At the time, her parents, Jacob Baus and Mary Elizabeth Rinehardt Baus, were immigrating to the United States from Russia. Frieda was born in German waters, however, so that her native citizenship was Germany. Because of the international time changes involved, Frieda could claim her birthday as either July 3 or 4. She very proudly choose the Fourth of July to celebrate each year.
Frieda grew up in Wheatland, and on Sept. 1, 1929, at the age of 17, she entered nursing school at Memorial Hospital of Natrona County.
On Oct. 11, 1938, Frieda married the love of her life, Millard Francis MARCH, in San Diego, where Mr. March was serving in the Navy. In April of 1941, Millard and Frieda were stationed in Honolulu, when they returned to Mr. March's parent's home in Morton, Ill., for an extended visit. Frieda lived with her in-laws while Millard attended a three-month Navy school in mine sweeping in Norfolk, Va. Millard March had six brothers, four of whom were also serving in the Navy in 1941.
Upon completion of the school, Mr. and Mrs. March returned to Honolulu, where Millard was a First Class Gunner's Mate aboard the USS Phelps Flagship destroyer, Squadron 1. On Sept. 12, 1941, Frieda became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Millard's ship was out of the harbor on maneuvers. Frieda was employed as a nurse in a navy hospital and helped to treat many of the wounded sailors that day and for weeks and months to come. She spent several very anxious days before she was to learn that her husband had survived the attack.
After the war, Millard was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, for one tour as a Chief Petty officer and Frieda enjoyed visiting him there. Mr. and Mrs. March made their home in the San Diego area and in Laurel, Mont., until Millard's death in 1979.
In the 1980s, Frieda returned to live in Wyoming to be near her brother in Thermopolis. Throughout her lifetime, Frieda dearly loved to play golf and, though she may have been short in stature, she played the game very well. She was also very active in community affairs and made good friends wherever she went. Frieda was a charter member of the Guardian Society of the Disabled American Veterans. Frieda loved to travel and had a very mischievous grin, which would always bring a smile to your face.
Frieda is survived by her brother, Victor Baus of Thermopolis, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at sea in the San Diego area this summer. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans or any other charity of choice.

BECKER, Ella (Unruh)

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b. 19 Jan 1924 - Brush, Colorado

d. 30 Aug 2007 - Keenesburg, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado - 09-08-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell

Harry Becker - Jan. 19. 1924-Aug. 30, 2007 - Age: 83 - Residence: Keenesburg
Tribute: Harry Becker was born in Brush. A farmer his whole life, he spent a lot of his time with his wife, daughter and animals. He also owned a restaurant and worked for Henrylyn Irrigation District.
Mr. Becker enjoyed driving around Keenesburg to see what was going on and going out for dinner. He collected John Deere tractors and liked doing woodworking in his shop.
In tribute his family wrote, "Harry was a man of value. He would never treat anyone badly, thought all living things were important and loved his family most of all. Everyone always said God broke the mold when he created Harry, he was such a unique, wonderful man."
After 83 years of nothing but kindness and caring, Mr. Becker died Aug. 30 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
Survivors: His daughter, Stacy of Keenesburg; a son, Floyd of Texas; a sister, Jean of Keenesburg; two brothers, Elmer of Denver and Alex of Oklahoma; and seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.
Preceded in death by: His wife, Freida, his mother and father, Katie and Alex, a brother Herb and a grandson Kent Willmott.
Memorial services: 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church in Keenesburg. His family invites "everyone who loved Harry ... to attend. If anyone deserved a send-off into heaven, it was Harry." NOTE: Stoddard Funeral Home, Greeley, is in charge of arrangements.


BEER, Elizabeth Ann

b. 31 Jan 1914 - Ellis, Kansas

d. 27 Jul 2007 - WaKeeney, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Monday, July 30, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

WaKEENEY -- Elizabeth Ann Heide Stecklein, 93, WaKeeney, died Friday, July 27, 2007.
Mrs. Stecklein was born Elizabeth Ann Beer on Jan. 31, 1914, in Ellis. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward B. HEIDE, in 1968; and her second husband, Theodore STECKLEIN, in 1983.
Survivors include two sons, Arnold "Ed" of Abilene and Robert "Bob" of Lenexa; a brother, William "Bill" of WaKeeney; a sister, Mary Bryant of WaKeeney; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church, WaKeeney. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672. Memorials may be made to the church or Lutheran Home, in care of the funeral home. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

BEHN, Henry

b. 12 Mar 1921 - Holly, Colorado

d. 7 Oct 2007 - Greeley, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado - 10-09-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell

Henry Behm - March 12, 1921 - Oct. 7, 2007 - Age: 86 - Residence: Greeley
Tribute: Henry Behm was born (March 12, 1921) in rural Holly to Adam and Eve (Berndt) Behm, German Russian 1913 immigrants. He was eighth of 12 children who lived to adulthood. Mr. Behm spent his early years working in the beet fields and attended school in Holly through eighth grade. In his teen years, he moved with his family to the Johnstown and Windsor area.
Mr. Behm served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner on a merchant marine ship, touring both Atlantic and Pacific oceans and stopping at many ports all over the world. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he married Bonnie FULFORD on Jan. 16, 1946. She died May 16, 2002, after 56 years of marriage.
Mr. Behm worked primarily as a mechanic at the Great Western Sugar Co. in Johnstown. He also intermittently worked at the National Alfalfa Co. in Johnstown. In the 1970s, he owned and managed a second-hand furniture store and auction house and functioned as auctioneer with his friend, Jim Gibson. He helped build several houses, including his own. In 1979, he worked as a supervisor at Monfort of Colorado and later retired from Hewlett Packard in Loveland. After retirement, Mr. Behm was a self-employed house painter and enjoyed woodworking. The Behm's moved to Greeley in 1999.
Born and raised on a farm in southeast Colorado, Mr. Behm was always a farmer at heart and always had a big garden and helped his friend, Bernard Huwa, on his farm at every opportunity. He cultivated a tomato garden even at the end of his life and loved giving them away. He made many items by hand, from scrap material.
A former member of New Life Chapel in Johnstown, Mr. Behm served as deacon for many years. He was a current member of First Assembly of God Church, where he actively participated in the senior citizens' group. His devotion to Jesus and his church were integral to his life and was a generous person. Mr. Behm loved his family and especially devoted to his great-grandchildren. He especially loved babies and always enjoyed seeing them. The Behms also attended functions at the Milliken and Johnstown senior centers.
Mr. Behm died on Sunday (October 7, 2007) at Fairacres Manor in Greeley.
Survivors: A daughter, Judy Boddy and her husband David of Greeley; one son, Jim Behm and wife Elaina of Greeley; three sisters, Mary and Seelye of Manteka, Calif. and Esther Festerof of Greeley; a brother, John Behm of Colorado Springs; four grandchildren, Jonathan Boddy, Rebecca Powell and husband Craig of Fort Collins, Derek Behm and Jason Behm, both of Greeley; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Behm and Luke Powell.
Preceded in death by: His parents; five sisters Molly, Eva, Palma, Pauline, and Emma; and three brothers, Adam, Alec, and Jake. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God, 3000 16th St., Greeley. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Notes: Memorial gifts may be made to the Henry Behm Memorial Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley 80634. To visit the online memorial, go to www.mem.com.

BELTZ, Bernice Elizabeth (Hoffman)

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BENDER, Bennie Leo

b. 8 Feb 1913 - Russell, Kansas

d. 4 Apr 2007 - Russell, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Saturday, April 7, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

RUSSELL -- Bennie Leo Bender, 94, Russell, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

Mr. Bender was born Feb. 8, 1913, in rural Russell. He was employed at the Wayne Street Sweeper factory, Pomona, Calif.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Nettie, of Russell; a son, Steve of Solvang, Calif.; a sister, Frances Pabitzky of Riverside, Calif.; and a step-grandson.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665. Burial will be in St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Russell, with military rites by Russell VFW Post 6240. Memorials may be made to Main Street Manor, Russell, in care of the mortuary. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

BENDER, Elsie Lydia

b. unk - Gorham, Kansas

d. 16 Sep 2007 - Russell, Kansas

Great Bend (Kan) Tribune - September 18, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

RUSSELL — Elsie Lydia Dodson died Sept. 16 (2007)at the Main Street Manor in Russell. Born in Gorham, she was the daughter of George and Mary (Hergert) Bender Jr. She married Walter Lowell DODSON on June 15, 1957, in Russell. He died on March 31, 2005. They moved to Russell in 1959.

A resident of Russell County most of her life, she owned and operated Elsie’s Cafe in Luray for several years. She also worked as a bookkeeper/cashier at J.M. McDonald’s Dry Good Store until they closed. For over 20 years she was the bookkeeper for Peake Plumbing. She also did the bookwork for her husband’s business, Dodson’s Machine Shop, until they retired.

Mrs. Dodson was a member of the American Legion Post No. 99 Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6240 Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. She loved camping, fishing, traveling, playing bridge, bingo and other family activities.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne Harbaugh and his wife Sandy of Otis and Stanley Harbaugh and his wife Bonnie of Longmont, Colo.; one daughter, Judith Janssen and her husband Wayne of Russell; one brother, Ben Bender of Wichita; four grandsons, two great-grandsons, one great-great-granddaughter; and a special niece, Kay Homewood of Russell. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers, Gotfred Bender, Leo Bender, Edwin Bender, Victor Bender and Dave Bender; and three sisters, Amelia Kautz, Dolly Mai and Rosie Brehm.

Memorial graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Hermon Cemetery in Paradise with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Friends are also invited to Meridy’s Restaurant in Russell following the service. There will be no visitation as cremation has been effected. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by Russell Funeral Home*, 610 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 56, Russell, KS 67665

BENDER, Rosa Eleonora (Herdt)

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BENNER, John Wendell

b. 7 Dec 1939 - Park City, Montana

d. 8 Oct 2007 - Salt Lake City, Utah

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 10 Oct 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

John Wendell Benner died Oct. 8, 2007, at University Hospital, which is associated with the Veterans' Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He died of pancreatic cancer.
John was born Dec. 7, 1939, in Park City, Mont. He was the youngest child of Jacob and Mary (Schessler) Benner, and he attended schools in Park City.
From 1962 through 1965, he served in the Army; he was most proud of being part of Operation Airlift.
After being honorably discharged from the service, he married Patrica COOK and they had two children. Later they were divorced.
Until his retirement, John worked mostly as a custodian. His work included many years at Eastern Montana College; later, he worked for Joel E. Guthals and Law Partners and also for the Billings Sports Club.
He was honest, patient and dependable. For example, rather than kill it, John would gently pick up an ant or a grasshopper that got into the house, carry it outside and put it down. Always, he paid his bills and was never late for an appointment.
As a senior citizen, John developed diabetes. After some false starts, he started reading labels and not eating sugar as his doctors advised him. He lost up to a pound a week and took off over 40 pounds. He kept this weight off for a couple of years.
John and his best friend for 15 years, Diane Foley, loved to dance a couple of times a week. They learned to square dance, do the Texas-ten-step, the circle schottische and were members of the Big Sky Polka Club.
He is predeceased by his parents, brother Walt, and sisters, Helen Shuster and Betty Jean Mehling.
John is survived by his children, Karen Ashburn (David) of Sacred Heart, Minn., and John W. Benner of Washington. Also surviving him are his aunt, Beth (Schessler) Zopelli of Billings; brother, Jack of Park City, and sister Bea (Bernice) Amonette plus granddaughters, Alyssa Ashburn and Brittanie and Kelsey Benner. In addition, John is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins plus Diane and Gerald E. Wagner, a best friend since grade school.
Serenicare Funeral Home and Mortuary of Salt Lake is in charge of arrangements and cremation. Ashes will be interred in the family plot in the Park City Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The Rev. Steve Odom will give the graveside service and a Veterans' Honor Guard will also be present. After the service, a fellowship with refreshments will take place at the Park City Baptist Church, 305 First Ave. S.W. Remembrances and condolences may be addressed to: Karen Benner Ashburn, 304 Third Ave., Box 142, Sacred Heart, MN 56285.

BENDER, Nathalia

b. 18 Jan 1909 - Russell, Kansas

d. 7 May 2007 - Russell, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Thursday, May 10, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

RUSSELL -- Nathalia "Dolly" Mai, 98, Russell, died Monday, May 7, 2007.

Mrs. Mai was born Nathalia Bender on Jan. 18, 1909, southeast of Russell. She and her husband were farmers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley (MAI), in 1989; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include two sons, Vernon of Lebanon and Harold Dean of Loveland, Colo.; a daughter, Dora Lee Steinert of Hays; a brother, Ben Bender of Wichita; a sister, Elsie Dodson of Russell; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665. Burial will be in Russell City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Southwind Hospice, in care of the mortuary. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

BENDER, William R.

b. 15 Aug 1895 - Russia

d. Aug 2956 - Minot, North Dakota

From Wells County Free Press, Fessenden ND 23 Aug 1956

Submitted by eusteel@cox.net
William R. Bender, 61, of Chaseley died Monday at the Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Born in Russia August 15, 1895, he came to this country and lived for about 50 years in Delger Township on a farm 8 miles Northwest of Chaseley. He was married to Sarach C. KLEINSASSER at Bowdon on Nov. 14, 1923.
Besides his wife he leaves one son, Jerry of Chaseley and two daughters, Mrs. Otto Brandt and Mrs. Tony Muscha both of Harvey. Other survivors are three brothers, Jake, John and Edward all of Chaseley and five sisters, Mrs. Albert Lausch of Heaton, Mrs. Mike Brown and Mrs. Joe Patzer both of Hamilton, Mont., Mrs. Paul Widiger of Fessenden and Mrs. Otto Fischer of Hurdsfield.
Services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Mennonite Church 8 miles Northwest of Chaseley. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wells County Free Press, Fessenden ND 23 Aug 1956

BENSO, Glenadine

b. 27 Jan 1919 - Gorham, Kansas

d. 15 Jun 2007 - Victoria, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Sunday, June 17, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

GORHAM - Glenadine Jacobs, 88, died June 15, 2007, at St. John's Health Care Center, Victoria.

She was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Gorham, the daughter of William E. and Maggie McRacken Benso. A resident of Victoria, she was a homemaker and a farmer. She worked at the Russell County treasurer's office and was a school bus driver for the Russell School District for 14 years. She belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church and Daughter's of Isabella, both in Gorham, a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and American Legion, both in Russell. She was active in Big Creek 4-H Club and served on the board of the Junior-Senior High School, Gorham.

On Aug. 23, 1940, she married Leo F. JACOBS in Gorham. He died May 27, 1990.

Survivors include: two sons, Steve and Bill, both of Gorham; two daughters, Maggie Denning, Hays, and Mary Sander, Gorham; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Lee, Stanley, Bill, Ralph and Everett Benso; and three sisters, Margaret Mitchell, Irma Parker and Edna Benso.

Vigil service and the Gorham Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Cline's Mortuary of Hays. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Gorham. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary and from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Gorham. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Hays Medical Center, St. Mary's Cemetery Fund or for Masses, all in care of the mortuary, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.


BENZEL, Darlene Genevieve

b. 16 Sep 1925 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 30 Oct 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld , Scottsbluff, NE - 1 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L.Schmick

Darlene Genevieve Reib, 82, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday Oct. 30, 2007, at the Golden Living Center.
Graveside inurnment services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Fairview Cemetery with Phillip Innes officiating. At Darlene's request cremation has taken place at the Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory.
Memorials may be made in Darlene's name to the Golden Living Center. Condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhom.com and will be forwarded to the family. Jolliffe Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Darlene was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Scottsbluff to Peter and Lydia (Benzel) Benzel. She was raised on the farm north of Scottsbluff, attending Lake Alice School. She and George REIB were married Oct. 1, 1945 in Harrisburg. They farmed in the Morrill area, moving to Oregon for a year and then to California. They moved back to Scottsbluff in 1971, where she worked for her brother Harvey in the janitorial business, later at Benzel Pest Control.
She is survived by her brother Clarence Benzel of Othello, Wash. and her sister Dorothy (Gerald) Taylor of Arizona, and her sister-in-law Viola Benzel of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband George Sept. 9, 1976, brothers Harold and Harvey Benzel and her sister Rosie Takuski.

BENZEL, Loretta May (Chlopek)

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BERENS, Philomene (Pfannenstiel)

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b. 2 Jul 1912 - Dunn County, North Dakota

d. 8 Sep 2007 - Dickinson, North Dakota

From Dickinson Press - 09/11/2007

Submitted by A. Berger

The funeral Mass for Lee Berger, 95, Dickinson will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Dickinson, with the Rev. Jeff Zwack celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.

Visitation for Lee will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at Stevenson Funeral Home with a rosary and vigil service taking place at 7 p.m.

Lee passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at the St. Benedict’s Health Center in Dickinson.

Lee Berger was born on July 2, 1912, on the family farm in Dunn County. He was the son of Mathias and Rosalia (Jahner) Berger and the youngest of eight children including four brothers and three sisters.

Lee completed his schooling in Stark County and worked briefly on construction and with the railroad for several years until he married Margaret ARMBRUST on May 26, 1936, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Dickinson. Following the marriage, Lee operated a service station in Manning for several years and then began employment as a mechanic, first at the Ford motor dealership and then at the Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Dickinson.

In 1949, Lee opened his own automotive repair business in Dickinson and subsequently added the American Motors car dealership. He ran the business until it was destroyed by arson in 1967. After two years as an automotive parts sales representative, he re-opened a small automotive repair shop which he operated until he was forced into retirement in 1978 by a second heart attack.

Throughout his period of time, Lee became the father of seven children, five girls and two boys. Lee and Margaret recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.

Lee was regarded as a master mechanic who never gave up until he found and fixed troublesome problems with cars. He enjoyed a reputation for being able to isolate problems others had given up on. He successfully operated and grew his automotiv e sales and service business.

Following his retirement, he continued to tinker with cars and enjoyed building doll houses and doing light maintenance around the house and yard. He was a lifetime member of both the Knights of Columbus and Eagles Club. He was also a charter member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Lee is survived by his wife, Margaret, seven children, one son-in-law, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren and one great, great grandson. His children include Shirley and son-in-law Ray Kudrna, Overland Park, Kan.; Richard Berger, Burnsville, Minn.; Rosella Berger, Sarasota, Fla.; Rita Loerzel, Dickinson; Angela Klar, San Antonio, Texas; Marjorie Berger, Fargo; Robert Berger, Dickinson. His grandchildren include Pamela Ford, Kim Buck, Greg Kudrna, Lisa Olson, Todd Kudrna, Julie Kerper, Brad Loerzel and Brian Loerzel.

He was preceded by his parents, four brothers, John, Stephen, Roy, and Daniel, and three sisters, Eva, Mag dalene and Anna.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family www.stevensonfuneralhome.co (Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson)

BERGER, Violet Marie

b. 23 Nov 1945 - Mandan, South Dakota

d. Jan 1949 - Bismarck, South Dakota

From Mandan Daily Pioneer 8 Jan 1949

Submitted by eusteel@cox.net
Violet Marie Berger, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Berger of Mandan, passed away Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock in a Bismarck hospital where she had been a polio patient since Sept. 21, 1948.
Violet was born Nov. 23, 1945 in the Mandan hospital. Although arrangements had been made to have her accepted as a patient at the Sister Kenny Institute at Minneapolis her condition was such that it was deemed inadvisable to move her.
Besides her mother and father, she is survived by eight sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held from the St. Joseph Catholic church Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will be made at the Mandan Union cemetery. The body will remain at Kennelly Funeral parlors until the time of the funeral and it has been requested that only members of the family and close relatives be admitted at the parlors. Mandan Daily Pioneer 8 Jan 1949

BERNHARDT, Drucilla Ann

b. 30 Jan 1944 - Windsor, Colorado

d. 11 May 2007 - Loveland, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado - 05-15-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
*Drucilla Dye* - Jan. 30, 1944 - May 11, 2007 - Age: 63 - Residence: Brighton
Tribute: Drucilla Ann (Bernhardt) Dye was born in Windsor. She was known as "Dru" to her friends and as "Annie" to her family. She was confirmed in 1959 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1962 and later graduated from Xray Technician College in Greeley in 1964. She attended ongoing classes for her field from then on.
Mrs. Dye was very proficient in xray, mammography, CAT Scan and medical transcription of doctor's notes. She moved to and lived in Brighton since 1974. She has worked in the Medical field since 1964, having worked last at Presbyterian Saint Luke's Hospital.
She was an avid collector of dolls, cook books, cooking implements and glassware. She had a lifelong enjoyment of playing the piano and soloing. She loved to cook and was very good at it. She would try to come up with many new recipes. Her paintings are hanging in many of her relations' homes. Her green thumb served her well with raising plants of all kinds. She even got an Aloe Vera to blossom. Her ongoing love for cats and dogs helped the animal shelter many times, and she said she was the one who benefited.
She was married to Melvin DYE in 1963. They later divorced and he preceded her in death.
Mrs. Dye died Friday at Hospice in McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
Survivors: Parents, Victor A. and Leona (Becker) Bernhardt; brother, Timothy A. Bernhardt; daughter, Vickie Jo Mullin; grandsons, Nathan Allen Dye and Grandson Zachary Farrar.
Preceded in death by: Her ex-husband, Melvin; and her son, Jerry Dye, who passed away in 1965.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor.
Note: Instead of flowers, please make a donation to the Cancer Society for Cancer research or Hospice in care of Marks Funeral and Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor, CO 80550.

BERSCH, Helen Josephine

b. 14 Dec 1905 - Vancouver, Washington

d. 2 Dec 2007 - Sublimity, Oregon

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 4 Dec 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

SUBLIMITY, Ore. - Helen Josephine Wetzel, 101, formerly of Harlowton, Mont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Sublimity.
Helen was born Dec. 14, 1905, to Joseph Louis and Viola (Bolen) Bersch in Vancouver, Wash. She attended country school and graduated from Vancouver High School. Helen married Myron WETZEL on Oct. 15, 1924. In 1929, they moved to Havre, Mont., where Myron worked for the J.C. Penney Company. In 1931, they moved to Sandpoint, Idaho; 1936 to Spokane, Wash.; and in 1937, came to Harlowton. She and Myron owned "Wil-Rays" from 1947 to 1960. Helen was a member of the Federated Church where she worked in Geral Aid and Circle II. She was a 50-plus year member of Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron in 1944. She helped to create the Harlowton Rainbow Assembly in 1945 and was Mother Advisor for over 25 years. She was also a member of the Senior Center. She enjoyed playing bridge and card games.
She is preceded in death by her husband Myron in January 2004; parents; sisters Katherine Dailey and Julia Lee; and brothers Arthur and Lester Bersch. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne (Jack) Collins of Shelton, Wash.; and her son, Norman (Mamie) Wetzel of Stayton. Also surviving are six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Harlowton Cemetery. Perkins Funeral Home assisted the family with the service.


BETZ, Esther

b. 22 Jun 1922 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 19 Nov 2007, Bayard, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 21 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

BAYARD - Esther Fries, 85, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. Cremation was a Sunset Memorial Park Crematory in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established to Chimney Rock Villa. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services of Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.
Esther was born June 22, 1922, in Scottsbluff to Frank and Margaret (Kaiser) Betz. On July 4, 1941, she married Herman FRIES.
She lived her life in the Bayard area. Esther enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. Some of her favorite pastimes were playing bingo and table games. Her smile would light up the room. She was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ in Bayard.
Survivors include her daughter, Virginia (Jerry) Engleman of Aurora, Colo.; son, Vern (Karen) Fries of Bayard; sisters, Marie Micheal of Bayard and Rose Micor of Denver; brother, Rueben Betz of Greeley, Colo.; granddaughters, Katie of Bayard and Shannon of Aurora, Colo.; grandsons, Christoper and Neil of Bayard and Scott of Fort Collins, Colo.; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Herman; her parents; sisters, Martha Valentine and Ruthie Newman; and brothers, Raymond and Leo Betz preceded her in death.