HAAS, Jacob

b. 23 Jul 1921 -

d 4 Jul 2007 - Fort Collins, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune - Greeley, Colorado - 07-06-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
Jacob "Jake" Haas - July 23, 1921-July 4, 2007 - Age: 85 - Residence: Fort Collins
Tribute: Jacob "Jake" Haas was born in Windsor to William and Katherine (Erbes) Haas.
On Nov. 16, 1947, he married Bertha JORDAN in Windsor. She died in October 2003.
Mr. Haas served stateside during World War II with the Navy. He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 275. His brother gave him a nickname "Speck," and his friends called him by that name because they didn't know his real name.
Mr. Haas loved fishing, playing the harmonica, polka music and dancing. In later years he enjoyed crafts, Christmas trees and Christmas lights. He also played spoons in the Oak Brook Band.
After moving to Fort Collins in 1938, Mr. Haas worked for farmer Dick Greenwalt for several years and loaded beet pulp in the winter. He also worked for the International Harvester Implement dealership in Fort Collins, then Heath Farm Equipment Manufacturing in the shipping department until they closed.
Mr. Haas died Wednesday at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.
Survivors: A sister, Ruth Schmidt of Timnath; a brother, Edward Harry Haas of Gillette, Wyo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: His wife, his parents, sisters Mary Jacoby, Helen Haas, Katherine Miller, Elizabeth Greenwald and Betty Schmidt and brothers William Haas Jr., Henry Haas and Phillip Haas.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Funeral Chapel. Interment: Resthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation: 8:30-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.
Notes: Memorial gifts may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. U.S. 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

HAAS, Jean Margaret (Langendorfer)

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HAAS, Lorraine M.

b. 14 Mar 1930 - Hebron, Nebraska

d. 7 May 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 9 May 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Lorraine M. Haas, 77, of Billings, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at Laurel Evergreen Nursing Home.
The daughter of John and Beatrice Haas, Lorraine was born March 14, 1930, in Hebron, N.D.
She is survived by her sisters, Frieda Johnson and her family of Laurel and Esther Haas of Billings.
The family would like to thank the staff at Laurel Evergreen Nursing Home, Big Sky Hospice and the Medical staff for the loving care Lorraine received. Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Mountview Cemetery. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

HAGEL, Peter

b. 22 Mar 1858 - Kassal, Russia

d. 30 Dec 1935 - Jamestown, North Dakota

Wells County Free Press, Fessenden ND 9 Jan 1936

From eusteel@cox.net

Peter Hagel, retired farmer and resident of Sykeston since 1924 passed away on December 30th, 1935 at the Lutheran Home in Jamestown at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 8 days.
Peter Hagel was born March 22, 1858 in Kassal, Russia. He lived at that place until 1885 at which time he came to America, settling in McIntosh County, North Dakota. Later he moved to the New Home community in Wells County where he farmed for many years.
On April 10, 1873, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth HAAS and to this union was born nine children. The wife and six children had preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Christ of Sykeston; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Sperling of Sykeston and Mrs. Suckut of Bowdon; and four brothers, three sisters, 18 grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
He retired from farming in 1924 and moved to Sykeston where he resided until two years previous to his demise. He made his home with his children during that time, except for the last three months when he was at the Lutheran Home in Jamestown.
His remains were returned to Sykeston for burial, which took place from the Congregational church with Rev. Slater and Rev Kurtz officiating. Music was furnished by members of the Congregational choir with Miss Beatrice Zwemke accompanist.

HAHN, Anna M.

b. 27 Sep 1918 - Fort Collins, Colorado

d. 30 Aug 2007 - Casper, Wyoming

From Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne, Wyoming - 09-02-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
Anna M. Lesser, 88, of Casper, died Aug. 30 (2007) in Casper. She was born Sept. 27, 1918, Fort Collins, Colo.
Mrs. Lesser resided in Cheyenne from 1940 until she moved to Casper three years ago. She was a housewife and a member of the Faith United Methodist Church, the Railroad Retirees and the Eastside Community Center and Quilting Club.
Survivors include two sons, Delbert Lesser of Glenrock and John Lesser of Bremerton, Wash.; two daughters, Amy Davidson of Ten Sleep and Mardell Zook of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and one brother, Raymond Hahn of Fort Collins.
Mrs. Lesser was preceded in death by her husband, David Lesser; her parents, Henry and Amy Hahn; one brother and six sisters.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel with Rev. Lynn Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are David Lesser, Tim Lesser, Justin Lesser, Jeff Short, Edward Padilla and Boyd Padilla.

HALDER, Betty Jane Pinnick (Schedel)

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HAMBURG, Frieda E.

b. 1 Nov 1921 - Alliance, Nebraska

d. 4 May 2007 - Gering, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 9 May 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Frieda E. Prester, 85, of Gering, formerly of Mitchell, died Friday, May 4, 2007, at Heritage Estates in Gering.
Memorial Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 11, at The Federated Churches in Mitchell, with Dr. Charles H. Richardson officiating. At her request, cremation has taken place at the Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory in Scottsbluff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jan Hanson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Pinnacle Bank, 1511 Broadway, Mitchell, Nebraska, 69357. Jones Mortuary in Mitchell is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at jonesmor@charterinternet.com.
Frieda was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Alliance, Neb. to Jacob and Anna (Reichel) Hamburg. She married Walter PRESTER March 2, 1941, in Scottsbluff. To this marriage two daughters were born, Jan and Judy. The couple lived and farmed near Minatare for sixteen years before moving to the Mitchell area in 1957. Frieda worked side by side with Walter on the farm until retiring in 1984.
Frieda loved cooking, sewing, doing puzzles and playing games, especially Scrabble, but her greatest joy was her family and her friends. She was proud that she had sewn over 300 quilts.
She is survived by her daughter Judy of Highlands Ranch, Colo., grandsons, Jon Hanson and his friend Lesley and son Colton of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Jeff Hanson and his wife Tami of Minden, Neb.; great-grandson, Ethan Hanson and great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Hanson, both of Minden, Neb., son-in-law, Jim Hanson and his wife Nancy of Mitchell and a sister Lillian Potter of Creighton, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Walter; daughter, Jan Hanson; sisters, Rachel Welsch, Leah Kukas, Helen Ott and brother, Jake Hamburg.

HAMM, Elma

b. 18 Jul 1918 - Hillsboro, Kansas

d. 2 Aug 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansa

From Hillsboro Star Journal - August 8, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Elma Klein, 89, died Aug. 2, 2007, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro.

Born July 18, 1918, at Hillsboro, she was the daughter of Edward and Bertha (Hill) Hamm.

On June 10, 1938, she married Leonard KLEIN at Durham. He died in 1999.

She owned Klein's Self Service Laundry and was a member of Durham First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Donald and Sharon Klein of Tampa and Darold and Beverly Klein of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter, Carol and Wayne Ollenburger of Hillsboro; two brothers, Duane Hamm of Hillsboro and Marvin Hamm of Wells; a sister, Florence Hett of Hillsboro; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday morning at the First Baptist Church of Durham with Pastor Curtis Wiens officiating. Burial was in Durham Park Cemetery, rural Durham. Memorial funds have been established with First Baptist Church or Parkside Homes.


b. 11 Dec 1922 - Victoria, Kansas

d. 23 Sep 2007 - Hays, Kansas

From Hays Daily News - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Albina A. Schmidt, 84, Hays, formerly of Plainville, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at Hays Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 11, 1922, in Victoria to Clemens and Catherine (Stang) Hammerschmidt.
She married Fidelis J. Schmidt on Nov. 26, 1940, in Victoria. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella, both of Plainville. She enjoyed quilting as a hobby.
Survivors include three sons, Gerald Schmidt, Eugene Schmidt and wife, Dianne, all of Great Bend, and Patrick Schmidt and wife, Linda, Manhattan; three daughters: Patricia Roy and husband, Cecil, Stockton, Kathlyn Holmes and husband, Michael, Manhattan, and Jacquelyn Morgan, and husband, Robert, Menlo; a brother, Elmer Hammerschmidt, Garden City; three sisters, Evelyn Henry, Pratt, Hubertine Stecklein, Denver, and Delores Mermis, Russell; 20 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Morgan, and three sisters, Mary Schmidt, Tina Riedel and Helen Bresaw.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine. A Daughters of Isabella rosary service will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a parish wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home.

HAMPTON, Ruby (Unruh)

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HANKINS, Kathy Elaine

b. 19 Jun 1942 - Gering, Nebraska

d. 8 Nov 2007 - Torrington, Wyoming

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE -10 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

TORRINGTON, Wyo. - Kathy Elaine Hankins, 65, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at her home in Torrington.
There will be no services at her request.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in Kathy's memory to Torrington Diversified Services c/o the Colyer Funeral Home, PO Box 20, Torrington.
Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com
Kathy was born June 19, 1942, in Gering the daughter of George and Amelia (Leonhardt) Hankins. Kathy grew up and spent her young years in the Gering and Kimball areas, and then received her higher education at Torrington; graduating Torrington High School in 1960. She went on to attend the Goshen County Community College for a year before moving to Laramie, Wyo. where she graduated from Laramie Beauty School in 1965. Kathy then worked in hair salons in Laramie for 17 years before moving to Lingle, Wyoming where she opened her own beauty salon, "Country Cottage" and a side business "For Your Leisure," a video rental store. She operated the video store for a few years and her salon for 7 years and then moved to Torrington to care for her parents.
She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, counted cross stitch, and many other crafts. She also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her brothers, Jerry Hankins and Danny (DeeAnn) Hankins all of Torrington, Robert Hankins of Thermopolis, Wyo., Barry (Patty) Hankins of Wheatland, Wyo., and George (Bonnie) Hankins of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sisters, Sandra (Marvin) Rieb of Torrington and Jennifer (John) Marlatt of Burns, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Eva Hankins of Torrington; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother Dennis "Liz" Hankins.

HANSHU, Gertrude Charlotte (Koch)

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HANZLICK, Elizabeth (Lehning)

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b. 6 Feb 1923 - Hillsboro, Kansas

d. 15 Oct 2007 - Wichita, Kansas

From Hillsboro Star Journal - October 31, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Lois Hiebert, 84, of Winfield, died Oct. 15, 2007, at the Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita.

Born Feb. 6, 1923, at Hillsboro, she was the daughter of Menno and Katherine (Wiens) Harder.

She married Oliver HIEBERT in 1945. He died in 1975.

She was owner/operator of Lois' Beauty Shop at Winfield until her retirement.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Hiebert of Wichita and Tim Hiebert of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Suzanne Birch of Wichita and Sara McGuire of El Dorado; brother, Leland Harder of North Newton; sister, Joan Kaufman of Winfield; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 21 at the First United Methodist Church, Winfield, with the Rev. Phyllis Kumorowski officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Winfield. A memorial fund has been established with the Kansas Masonic Home Good Deeds Fund.

HART, Anna "Kay" (Riebschlager)

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HARDT, Alma "Johnie" Irene

b. 27 May 1929 - Laurel, Montana

d. 12 Jun 2007 - Joliet, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 20 Jun 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

JOLIET - Alma "Johnie" Irene Hardt, 78, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at her home in Joliet. She was born May 27, 1929, in Laurel, the daughter of George and Pauline (Brenning) Hardt. She graduated from Billings Senior High School.
Johnie moved to Sacramento, Calif., after graduation to work in retail sales at Carmichael Drug. She returned to Joliet to help care for her parents and worked as an Avon consultant for 24 years. Last November, she adopted "Suzy," a kitten, from her sister. Suzy quickly became the highlight of Johnie's life! In 2006, Johnie got a phone at her home and quickly made up for the years without one. She chatted daily with her sister Wilma, niece Sally and dear friend Sheryl.
Alma is survived by her sister, Wilma (Ed) Tuomi of Billings; brother Harold (Betty) Hardt of Joliet; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both her parents and her sister, Dorthea Knaub.
The family would like to thank Sheryl Smith and Larry Mathis for keeping a watchful eye on Johnie and helping care for her.

Memorial services will be held at the Joliet Cemetery on Friday, June 22, at 1 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service


HARDT, Esther

b. 28 Feb 1923 - Sugar City, Colorado

d. 16 Jul 2007 - Dorrance, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Thursday, July 19, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

DORRANCE -- Esther Reilly, 84, Dorrance, died Monday, July 16, 2007.
Mrs. Reilly was born Esther Hardt on Feb. 28, 1923, in Sugar City, Colo. She worked for Home State Bank of Russell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis A. (REILLY), in 1995.
Survivors include a son, Lionel of Elkhorn, Neb.; a sister, Irene Coffeen of Russell; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dorrance City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Dorrance Historical Society, in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665

Note: Esther is a lifetime member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. She wrote a published history of the town of Dorrance and was instrumental in setting up the Dorrance Historical Museum. Suzanne Heinitz Dodge of Utah is a cousin.

HARDT, Esther

b. 28 Feb 1923 - Sugar City, Colorado

d. 16 Jul 2007 - Russell, Kansas

From Hays Daily News - July 19, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Esther (Hardt) Reilly, 84, Dorrance, died Monday, July 16, 2007, at Russell Regional Hospital.

She was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Sugar City, Colo., to Philip and Anna (Heinitz) Hardt. She attended school in Bunker Hill and Dorrance.

She married Lewis A. REILLY on Aug. 12, 1940, in Wilson. He preceded her in death in June 1995.

She worked for Home State Bank, Russell, for more than 34 years starting in 1954.

Survivors include a son, Lionel Reilly, Elkhorn, Neb.; a sister, Irene Coffeen, Russell; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m.. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, Dorrance; burial in Dorrance City Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell. Memorials are suggested to Dorrance Historical Society in care of the mortuary.


HARDT, Esther

b. 28 Feb 1923 - Sugar City Colorado

d. 16 Jul 2007 - Russell, Kansas

From Pamphlet from Funeral Home

Submitted by Viola Heinze Shaw

In Loving Remembrance - Esther (Hardt) Reilly of Dorrance, died Monday, July 6, 2007 at Russell Regional Hospital having reached the age of 84 years, 4 months and 18 days. Esther was born February 28, 1923, in Sugar City, Colorado, the daughter of Philip and Anna (Heinitz) Hardt. She grew up on a farm south of Bunker Hill and attended school in Bunker Hill and Dorrance.

She was married to Lewis A. Reilly on August 12, 1940 in the Lutheran Parsonage in Wilson, Kansas. They moved to a farm near Dorrance and lived there until moving into town in 1967. Lewis preceded her in June 1995.

Esther worked for the Home State Bank of Russell for over 3 years starting in 1954.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Dorrance and Co-Chairman of May's Circle. She also belonged to the Red Hat Ladies of Wilson, was Secretary of Dorrance Homemakers F.C.E. and American Historical society of Germans from Russia. She also was very active in the Dorrance Historical Society including the registration of the Reiff Building on the National Register.

Surviving family include her son, Lionel Reilly and wife Jane of Elkhorn, Nebraska; sister, Irene Coffeen of Russell; and four grandchildren, L.L., Bradley, Deidra Quedensley and Heather Cooprider; and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents and three sisters.

Established Memorial may be made to Dorrance Historical Society.

Celebration of Esther's Life - First Lutheran Church of Dorrance, Kansas - 1:00 P.M. - Thursday - July 19, 2007 - Pastor Jim Wagner Officiating. Music: "Going Home" by Milton Ginther - Organist, Sandy Krug -

"Amazing Grace" - Congregational Hymn - Casketbearers: L. L. Reilly, Brad Reilly, Steve Cooprider, Steve Vandeberg, Jack Coffeen, Lawrence Hilgenberg - Internment Dorrance City Cemetery, Dorrance, Kansas

HARMS, Alice F. (Pankratz)

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HARMS, Esther A. (Ratzlaff)

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HARRIS, Patricia Ann

b. 17 Jun 1942 - Gering, Nebraska

d. 1 Dec 2007 - Cheyenne, Wyoming

From Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne, WY - 5 Dec 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Patricia Ann Reichert, 65, of Cheyenne, died Dec. 1 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 17, 1942, in Gering, Neb., and had lived here since 1960.
Mrs. Reichert was a member of Zion Congregational Church. She was a member of the Moose and American Legion and was an avid bowler.
Mrs. Reichert retired from Qwest after 22 years of service.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Christine Reichert, Catherine and Dennis Reichert-Boone, and Paula and Rich Cripe, all of Cheyenne; two sisters, Penny Suttles of Florida and Jackie McBroom of El Paso, Texas; six grandchildren, Alexandria, Camryn, Eryca, Brittany, Bryson, and Brennan; the Reichert family in Nebraska; and nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.
Mrs. Reichert was preceded in death by her husband who was the love of her life and her everything, Harry E. "Harvey" REICHERT on Aug. 27, 2007; and her parents Jack and Emma Harris.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes with Rev. Elmer Wilhelm officiating. Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. Honorary casket bearers will be Dr. Kirk Colbert, Doug Bott, Craig Brodhall, Dennis Boone, Terry Reichert, Rich Cripe, Bryson and Brennan. Friends may contribute to Zion Congregational Church.

HARTMAN, Marguerite Lena (Wagner)

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HAUF, Racheal

b. 1 Apr 1919 - Bell Fourche, South Dakota

d. 29 Jun 2007 - Cheyenne, Wyoming

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld , Scottsbluff, NE - 2 Jul 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Racheal Wagner, 88, formerly of Torrington, died Friday, June 29, 2007 at the Mountain Towers Care Facility in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington with Reverend David Lee officiating.
Visitation hours will be held at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church in Torrington or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com
Racheal was born April 1, 1919 in Belle Fourche, S.D. the daughter of Ismael and Mary (Rutz) Hauf. She moved with her family to Melbeta, Neb. and then later to Yoder, Wyo. where she received her education. She married Walter WAGNER in Harrisburg, Neb. March 14, 1941 and the couple farmed at Yoder, Wyo. They moved to Torrington in 1954.
Racheal loved working as a Nurses's Aide at Torrington Community Hospital. She especially enjoyed bowling and working with DSI clients and the Special Olympics Bowling program. Racheal was a member of the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church in Torrington and also a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She loved her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Vernon Loveland of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughters, Tanya Loveland of Tucson, Ariz., and Robyn Jarvis, and her husband Jeff also of Tucson; great-granddaughters, Haley Oliver and her husband Dusty of Lodi, N.Y.; and Cora Franks of Lingle, Wyo.; great-grandsons, Graham Franks of Rawlins, Wyo., and Matt Franks of Lingle; sisters, Lillian Weglin of Basin, Wyo., Ruth Bellek and her husband Frank of Sheridan, Wyo., and Alice Deines and her husband Rueben of Torrington, Wyo.; brothers, Harold Hauf of Gering and Reiney Hauf of Las Vegas, Nev.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters, Mary Graff, Esther Baumgartner, and Eleanor Greiss; and brothers, Sam, Ben, Bobby, and Rueben Hauf.

HAUN, Alice

Hussenbach, Russia

b. 9 Jan 1909 - Hussenbach Colonies, Russia

d. 7 Dec 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 11 Dec 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Alice (Haun) Kuxhaus, 98, of Scottsbluff, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Plymouth Con-gregational Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Rod Wetzig officiating. Inurnment will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff. Cremation will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. A memorial has been established to Plymouth Congregational Church. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com
Alice was born Jan. 9, 1909, in the Hussenbach Colonies of Russia to George and Dorothy (Groh) Haun. Two-year-old Alice, her parents and two sisters, one of whom was born on the voyage of the German ship Graf Waldersee, docked in Philadelphia on May 15, 1911, after sailing from Hamburg. For perspective, this was one year before the trip of the liner Titanic. The family traveled to Lincoln, Neb., and consequently to the western part of the state where she eventually met her husband-to-be, Alex Kuxhaus. They were married March 17, 1927, in Scottsbluff. While living in Bayard, Alex drove a tanker truck for Standard Oil Company and delivered gas to farmers. In 1938, the family of four moved to a home several miles east of Scottsbluff where Alex established his own gas station. Many times, while he was out on a farm route, Alice would pump gas for customers in addition to her household duties. In 1946, after building a new Frontier gas station at 11th Avenue and East Overland in Scottsbluff, the family moved to their first home in the city.
Alice was an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Her grebel, rye bread and cabbage burgers were the highlights of many church bake sales. The unwritten recipes consisted of a pinch of this and a handful of that, all of which consistently blended together. As an expression of love, Alice thoroughly enjoyed cooking huge meals for friends and family. In addition, she always appointed herself as the designated washer of all the dishes and had other "volunteers" do all the drying. During her younger years, Alice attended as many garage sales as her feet would endure, but her number one activity was finding antiques of all kinds and having them refurbished to their nearly original conditions.
During the early years of married life, Alice, as a self-taught pianist, preformed in a small musical group consisting of violin, piano, dulcimer and accordion. Many polkas were played for enthusiastic dancers.
Alice loved to tell factual stories about everyday occurrences concerning friends and family, these bringing much laughter to the listeners even though the tales had been told many times before. During the last two years of her long journey through a faithfilled life, she was assisted in everyday tasks at her own home by a dear friend and caregiver, Brenda Wynne.
Survivors include her daughter, Jodene (Doug) Chappell of Scottsbluff; son-in-law, Walter Schaffer of Bayard; grandchildren, Wally (Crys) Schaffer of Bayard and Cori Taedter of Scottsbluff; great-grandchildren, Wade Schaffer of Scottsbluff, Gabe Schaffer of Gering, and Brendan Taedter of Scottsbluff; great-great-grandson, Cole Schaffer of Gering; and sisters, Emilie Meisner of Scottsbluff and Lydia Ohlund of LaCrosse, Wis.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alex in 1997; daughter, Shirley Schaffer in 2006; infant daughter, Sharon; and sisters, Elizabeth Meininger and Mollie Meisner.


HECKMAN, Rachael

b. 29 Jul 1921 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 5 Aug 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 8 Aug 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

TORRINGTON, Wyo. - Rachael Korell, 86, passed into Heaven Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, surrounded by her family at Emerald Court in Scottsbluff.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at the First Congregational Church of Torrington with Pastor Matthew Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Lingle, Wyo. Visitation hours will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, from noon to 7 p.m.; at the Colyer Funeral Home and the casket will be open at the church service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations be directed to either the Torrington First Congregational Church or to the Alzheimer's Association for Research c/o the Colyer Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com
Rachael was born July 29, 1921, in Scottsbluff the eighth child, of Henry and Catherine (Robertus) Heckman. When she was just a small child, the family moved to Goshen County, Wyo. and lived at Veteran and Yoder where Rachael attended school. She married Henry KORELL Nov. 23, 1940, in Scottsbluff. Four sons and two daughters blessed this union.
When Henry entered the US Navy in 1942, Rachael faithfully followed him to his stateside billetings, and then wrote letters to him daily during his days aboard ship in the Pacific Theatre. Following Henry's discharge from service, the couple farmed. Rachael labored along side her husband on the family farms, first near Torrington, Wyo. and later at Lingle, Wyo. Rachael never missed having a meal on the table or clean clothes in the closet. She cared deeply for her family and devoted herself to her children; and that support carried on until her death.
Rachael had entered the Emerald Court in Scottsbluff in June of 2006.
Rachael enjoyed crocheting and had made afghans for all of her grandchildren; and her homemade ornaments continue to grace the family Christmas tree. She was a long time member of the First Congregational Church of Torrington where she was a member of the Friendly Society and she served as a Sunday School teacher. Rachael loved the Lord and her church. She read her Bible daily until her illness prevented it.
Rachael was honored as 'FarmWife of the Year' by W.I.F.E. (Women Involved in Farm Economics); and the Torrington Telegram named Rachael and Henry the 'Valentine Couple of the Year' in 1993.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Henry, of Torrington; children, Wayne (Beth) Korell of Lingle, Alan (Terry) Korell of Lingle, Kathy (Bob) Rose of Sinclair, Wyo., Gary (Tammy) Korell of Torrington, and Kayleen (Dan) Wunder of Ft. Laramie, Wyo.; daughter-in-law, Patricia Korell of Chula Vista, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; brother, Edward Heckman of Torrington; sister-in-law, Rose Wells of Torrington; and a brother-in-law, Jake Korell of Riverton, Wyo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Henry; sister, Leah; and brothers, Jacob, Henry, John, Alex (Toots), Manuel, and Victor.


HEIDE, Elizabeth Ann Stecklein (Beer)

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HEIL, Paul G.

b. 14 Mar 1914 - Russell, Kansas

d. 7 Nov 2007 - Gering, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 9 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

MITCHELL - Paul G. Heil, 93, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, surrounded by his family, at Northfield Villa Med. Center in Gering.
His Funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Federated Church in Mitchell with Dr. Charles H. Richardson officiating. Interment will be in the Mitchell City Cemetery with Masonic Rites under the auspices of the Mitchell Masonic Lodge #263.
Memorials may be made to the Federated Church or to the Panhandle Shrine Club for the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospitals.
Friends may call at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell, Friday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 7 p.m., with Paul's family at the Mortuary from 3 to 5 p.m. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at jonesmor@charterinternet.com .Paul was born on a farm near Russell, Kan., March 14, 1914, to John and Mary (Herman) Heil. He and his family moved to Bayard in 1920, and he graduated from Bayard High School in 1932 as Class Valedictorian. Paul served in the U. S. Army, Ordinance Branch, from January of 1942 until January of 1946, including duty in the Philippines and in the occupation of Japan. On June 1, 1946, he married Pauline EASTON in Scottsbluff. They moved to Mitchell where they resided until 2002. Paul worked as a service manager at B & C Motor Company and Valley Chevrolet and then operated Heil Standard for many years and was a substitute rural mail carrier before his retirement. He served the community in a variety of roles including City Clerk, City Council member, President of the City Council, and Member of the Board of Public Works.
He was a member of the Federated Church, American Legion, Mitchell Masonic Lodge (Past Master), York Rite, and the Tehama Shrine Temple. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodcarving as hobbies.
Survivors include his wife Pauline of Gering; son and daughter-in-law, John and Karen Heil of Omaha; grandson and his wife, Paul and Jenny Heil of Coralville, Iowa; granddaughters, Katie Heil of Dubuque, Iowa, and Jenny Heil of Kirksville, Mo.; brothers and wives, Roy and Ann Heil and Ernest and Ruth Heil, all of Scottsbluff; nephew and wife, Harold and Ruth Heil of Bayard; sister-in-law, Marj Eaton of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Dorothy Heil of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, eight sisters and five brothers.


HEIN, Ruth Helen

b. 5 Feb 1926 - Billings, Montana

d. 22 Jul 2007 - Powell, Wyoming

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 24 Jul 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

POWELL, Wyo. - Ruth Helen Hein Reichert passed away, surrounded by her family, Sunday morning, July 22, 2007.
The daughter of George and Mary Hein, Ruth was born at home, west of Billings on Feb. 5, 1926. She lived on the family farm and attended both Elder Grove Elementary and Billings Senior High Schools.
Ruth married Jacob REICHERT on Jan. 29, 1944, in Laurel, Mont. In 1952, they purchased a homestead and moved into a Heart Mountain Relocation Center barracks on the Heart Mountain Project west of Powell. They cleared 160 acres of sagebrush and rocks to build an irrigated farm.
In adulthood, Ruth was primarily a homemaker and loved playing cards with friends. Her hobbies included hunting arrowheads, raising bum lambs, painting and growing flowers and vegetable gardens. She was a hard worker and wanted the best for her family.
Her father and mother; sisters Lena Glantz, Rose Schleining, Millie Weigand, Lydia King; and brother George Hein preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Jacob Reichert of Powell; and brother William Hein of Worden, Mont.; her four children, Lynnette (LeRoy) Feusner of Cheyenne, Jack (Sandy) Reichert of Johnson City, Texas, Patti (Steve) Reichert-Dalby of Libby, Mont., Timothy (Carrie) Reichert of Billings; and family pets, Ridge and Czar (little sweetie).
She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Kristi (John) Warden of Las Cruces, N.M., Katreena (Joe) Mullican of Huntsville, Ala., TyAnn Robinson of Round Rock, Texas, Dustin Reichert of Johnson City, Texas, Heidi (Brad) Lane of Kalispell, Mont., Adam (Erika) Close of San Diego, Alisha (Elie) Soueidi of Billings, Zachary Reichert of Denver and Bethany (James) Wiesner of Billings; and nine great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place in Billings. A memorial service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, Cary Street and Avenue H, in Powell, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Interment will be at the Crown Hill Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff at Powell Valley Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hope Lutheran Church in memory of Ruth Reichert. "Until we meet again."


HEINTZ, Mrs. H. M.

2 Jan 1874 - Odessa, Russia

d. Oct 1952 - Chaseley, North Dakota

. From Wells County Free Press, Fessenden ND 16 Oct 1952

Submitted by eusteel@cox.net
Funeral services are set for today (Thursday) for Mrs. H. M. Heintz, a long time resident of the Chaseley community from the Chaseley Evangelical United Brethern Church at 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Heintz died at a Jamestown hospital Sunday.
Survivors are her husband H. M. Heintz of Chaseley, children, Henry H. Heintz and Arthur Heintz of Chaseley, Mrs. John Storhaug, Moorhead, Minn.; Jack Heintz, Paulson, Mont., Mrs. R. T. Berg, Moxee City, Wash., G. E. Heintz, Amida, Idaho, Mrs. Adolph Almendinger, Yakima, Wash., Mrs. Harold Cranswick, Globe, Ariz. She also leaves 27 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and 4 brothers and sisters among whom is Steve Hieb of Harvey.
Mrs. Heintz was born January 2, 1874 at Odessa, Russia. She was married to H. M.HEINTZ of Chaseley at Marion, S. D. Feb. 28, 1897. In 1947 she and Mr. Heintz celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Arrangements were in charge of the Neuenschwander Funeral home. Wells County Free Press, Fessenden ND 16 Oct 1952


b. 6 Jun 1918 -Wilson, Kansas

d. 23 Jul 2007 - Newton, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Thursday, July 26, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

MARION - Elma Lais, 89, died July 23, 2007, at Newton Medical Center.
She was born June 6, 1918, in Wilson, the daughter of George and Katherine Wunder Heintz. She was a retired house and office cleaner.
She belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church, Lincolnville, and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League.
On Jan. 25, 1941 she married Theodore "Ted" LAIS in Garden City. He preceded her in death in 1973.
Survivors include: two daughters, Rita Farr, Emporia, and Ruth Kaiser, Lincolnville; five grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church,

Lincolnville, with the Rev. Alan Stahlecker presiding. Friends may call Zeiner Funeral Home on Wednesday with the family present 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in Lincolnville Cemetery. Memorial funds may be given to the church or the Lutheran Hour, in care of the funeral home.

HEINZ, Mildred Emma (Doll)

See Mildred Emma Doll


b. 13 Jun 1929 - Hillsboro, Kansas

d. May 17, 2007 - Wichita, Kansas

From Wichita Eagle - Friday, May 18, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Heinze, Leo A., age 77, ret. Wichita Public School Elementary Teacher, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2007. The family visitation gathering will be held from 6 - 8 PM Saturday, May 19, in the Garden Chapel of Watson Reflection Pointe, 3201 S. Webb Road. A private burial will follow. Leo was born on June 13, 1929, in Hillsboro, KS to Andrew and Molly (Steinert) Heinze. He married Irene Asetamy on June 6, 1952, in Indiahoma, OK. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Irene, and 1 sister and 2 brothers. He is survived by his daughters, Janet Blaine, Carolyn (Randy) Mousley, Norma (Arthur) Ruiz, and son, Vernon Heinze, all of Wichita, brothers, Paul Heinze, Robert Heinze, sisters, Mildred Friesen, June Warkentin and Norma Goetz, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Friends may remember Leo with a memorial of their choosing. You can share memories at watsonfuneral.com Published in the Wichita Eagle on 5/18/2007.


HEISER, Alverna (Hoff )

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b. unk - Nebraska

d. 10 Dec 2007

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 14 Dec 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Larry Gene Heitzman passed away on Dec. 10, 2007, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was born in Nebraska and grew up on farms near Wyola and Hardin. He graduated from Hardin High School in 1955. After working campaigns at the Holly Sugar Company, Larry enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1956.
He married the love of his life, Arlene SCHNEIDER, on April 20, 1958, at the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Hardin. Together, they made homes in duty stations from Denver to Minneapolis and eventually Tustin, Calif. During his career, Larry was deployed during the Cuban Missile Blockade and served three years in Vietnam. He retired as a Captain on Feb. 1, 1976.
He and Arlene moved to Ft. Smith, where they owned and operated Yellowtail Market from 1976 to 1982 and the Cottonwood Camp campground for 25 years. Their clientele came from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. The lasting friends they made there were what they treasured most. In 1993, they moved to Billings and began working for Big Bear Sports Center in 1994. Larry retired again, from the gun department, in 2004. Throughout his life, Larry was known for his silent strength and loyal friendships. His first love was aviation and he was dedicated to his aircraft and helicopter assignments as a U.S. Marine.
During his military career, Larry was awarded Combat Aircrew Wings, the Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and Combat Action Ribbon for duty in Vietnam. Nicknamed "Dutch," he also wore the Navy Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation and Vietnam Service Ribbons. His duties included being Officer-in-Charge, Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit Detachments at El Toro, Da Nang and Iwakuni bases, and the Group Aircraft Maintenance Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 16 in Vietnam. In 1964, he completed Warrant Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, Va. He earned and maintained Expert Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Badges throughout his 20-year career.
In his youth, he was a bull rider in amateur rodeos and never missed the televised NRA finals. An avid baseball fan, he followed the Colorado Rockies, the World Series and attended Billings Mustang games at Cobb Field. He was a voracious reader of both fiction and nonfiction and was never without a book. Reading cowboy poetry was a leisurely diversion from heavier tomes.
His favorite pastimes were hunting and reloading ammunition. Larry relished being outdoors and was thankful to the gracious hosts who allowed him access to their land and hospitality. When he wasn't hunting, he was reloading ammunition in anticipation of the next hunt.
He waged a valiant fight against cancer on behalf of the women he adored. He was both loved and admired by them. To his wife of 49 years, Arlene, he was a partner and best friend; to his daughter Kim, he was an unwavering hero; and to his granddaughter Samantha, he was her Dairy Queen date and early morning coffee buddy. They were together for his 70th birthday on Nov. 9. His credo was "Wooden ships and iron men."
He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Billings; his daughter, Kim (Glen) Waipa, and his granddaughter Samantha, of Corona, Calif.; his father, Harry Heitzman of Hardin; a brother, Darrell (Sally Enderis) of Elk River, Minn.; a sister, Marilyn (Larry) Fox of Mesquite, Nev.; and a sister, Cindy (Jim) Wilkins of Otter; as well as many friends, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosalie Hibnes Heitzman.
Larry was a keen judge of character, a perceptive observer and a quiet intellectual. He possessed a wry wit that was reserved for those who knew him best. Henceforth and forevermore, we will miss, with love, our "iron man."
Our thanks go out to all the family and friends who have shared their love and support.
Services will be held at Smith's Funeral Chapel at 304 34th St. West in Billings on Monday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. Services will be with full military honors with cremation to follow. Donations may be made to Big Sky Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59107, or The Marine Corps League, PO Box 2051, Billings, MT 59103, or the charity of choice.