OAKES, Marcella (Dowling)

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OLSON, LaVera Rose

b. 21 May 1929 - Windsor, North Dakota

d. 1 Sep 2007 - Laurel, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 4 Sep 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

LAUREL - With grace and courage, LaVera Rose Olson Ehrlick, 78, won her five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease and went to her eternal home to be with family, friends and her savior on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. A woman who treasured family above all else, she had been surrounded by her family in her final days.
She was born on May 21, 1929, in Windsor, N.D., one of 11 children born to Oscar and Josephine (Goodroad) Olson. She moved to Huntley Project when she was 13.
The next year, she met her lifetime companion, Albert EHRLICK at a dance and she married him a year later. LaVera married Albert on her mother's birthday, Oct. 14, 1944. They lived in Laurel, where Albert built the family home, room by room, paycheck to paycheck, over the course of six years.
She loved to travel and she fulfilled her dreams of seeing the world. She visited the Panama Canal, cruised to Alaska, took in the colors of New England in the fall, saw Hawaii with her family, enjoyed the shows of Branson, Mo., and crisscrossed the country on many bus tours.
She enjoyed reading and listening to music. She was an avid fan of Lawrence Welk and rarely missed a Saturday night watching his television program. In her later years, she saw his orchestra and many members of the show, including Myron Floren and the Lennon Sisters, in person.
Above all, her family was the center of her life. She kept track of all family - no matter how far extended - and the only home she ever lived in as an adult was always a place of love, laughter and very good cooking.
LaVera is survived by her husband, Albert; children Linda (Jerry) Broderson, Darrell (Sally) Ehrlick and Guy (Teresa) Ehrlick; six grandchildren, Daron Faught, Dalayna Faught, Darrell (Angie) Ehrlick, Melannie (Jake) Nienaber, Jacob Ehrlick and Nathan Ehrlick; one brother, Donald Olson; three sisters, Esther Knaub, Marjorie Yakel and Bertha Craven; one aunt, Lydia Goodroad; and many special nieces and nephews. She would have also been thrilled to know she would be a great-grandmother in the next few months.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clarence, Albert and Martin; sisters, Dorothy Yakel, Elenora Wirtanen and Lucille Schwartzkopf.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the First Congregational Church, 506 S. Fifth, Laurel. Visitation for family and friends will be one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in the Laurel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Big Sky Hospice, Alzheimer Association – Montana Chapter or a charity of choice.
LaVera's family would like to thank Big Sky Hospice for the compassionate care in the final days of her life. Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel is in charge of the arrangements.

OPP, Katherina (Schlecht)

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ORTIZ, Manuel, Jr.

b. 15 Mar 1943 - Greeley, Colorado

d. 16 May 2007 - Greeley, Colorado

From Obituary

Submitted by Arliss Hoskins
Manuel Ortiz Jr. - March 15, 1943-May 16, 2007 - Age: 64 - Residence: Greeley

Tribute: Manuel "Manny" Ortiz Jr. was born in Greeley to Manuel and
Florence (Martinez) Ortiz.
On May 22, 1965, he married Lorina C. VELASQUEZ in Greeley. They were married for 17 years. Mr. Ortiz grew up in Greeley where he attended schools and graduated
from Greeley High School in 1961. He was well-known as a high school
star in football and baseball. Mr. Ortiz enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching sports. He was a very quiet, private person who enjoyed being with his family. He worked for Monfort Packing Plant in Greeley for 17 years and Teledyne in Fort Collins for 27 years.
Mr. Ortiz died Wednesday at North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley.
Survivors: Two daughters, Joan Vigil and Vanessa Wilkins, both of Greeley; two sons, Michael Ortiz of Greeley and David Goldberg of Fort Collins; his mother, Florence Ortiz of Greeley; five sisters, Betty Hubbard, Viola Lopez, Josie Crespin and Carol Ortiz, all of Greeley, and Ernestine Daniels of Canton, Mass.; a brother, Leroy Ortiz of Lakewood; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by: His father and two brothers, Rudolph and Bennie Ortiz.
Services: Visitation, 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the recitation of the rosary at Upper Room Ministries, 3415 34th St. Road, Greeley. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 915 12th St., Greeley. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley.
Notes: Contributions may be made to Manuel Ortiz Jr. memorial fund in care of Paul's Funeral Services & Consulting, 469 Frontier Lane, Johnstown, CO 80534.


OSTERMILLER, Marsha (Mundschenk)

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OTT, Esther Katherine (Meier)

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OTT, James

b. 5 Oct 1928 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 23 Jul 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From The Star-Herald from 7/25/2007 - 7/27/2007. - Scottsbluff, NE

Submitted by Mark B. Wills

James "Jim" Ott, Sr., 78, of Scottsbluff died Monday, July 23, 2007 at his home under the care of his granddaughter, Tonia and her husband, Louis and Hospice.
His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 26, at Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Garry Schick officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be given to the family. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com.
James was born Oct. 5, 1928 to Phillip and Margaret (Bauer) Ott. He grew up in Scottsbluff and met his life long partner, Esther MEIER of Scottsbluff. They were united in marriage Aug. 24, 1947 and to this union two children were born, James Lee Ott, Jr. and Bonnie Kay Clinesmith.
James enjoyed camping with his family and going to Polka Dutch Hop Dances, listening to his German Music and spending Sundays with his son Jim watch-ing TV. He had various jobs in-cluding working at Greenwalt's and Lockwoods for many years. He also was a devoted employee at Frank Implement and retired after 15 years.
James has gone to be with the love of his life, the late Esther Katherine Ott, who passed away June 8, 2007. They would have been married sixty years in Au-gust.
Survivors include his son, James Ott, Jr. and daughter, Bon-nie Kay Clinesmith; grandchil-dren, Melissa Grumbles (Martin), Tammy Schaffert (Chris), Tonia Mendoza (Louis), Hilary Greene and Allison Cushing (David); great-grandchildren, Colby Louis Mendoza, Jr., Danille Maree Sala-zar, Brittany Kay Grumbles, Tyler Jacob Grumbles, Madison Louise Grumbles, Quentin James Scott, Elizabeth Esther Schaffert, Mat-thew Russell Schaffert and Sophia Jeanetta Cushing. His siblings, Victor Ott and Vera Hessler and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his wife Esther, parents, sister Katy and brothers Jake and Johnny.

OTT, Robert

b. 22 Nov 1929 - Bayard, Nebraska

d. 17 Dec 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 19 Dec 2007

Submitted by Henry L.Schmick

Robert Ott, 78, of Gering, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Brad Gustafson officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. A committal service of his ashes will be Thursday at 1 p.m. prior to the memorial service. Family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Make-A-Wish Foundation or to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Tributes of sympathy may be left at
Bob was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Bayard to J. George and Lydia (Schmidt) Ott. They moved to Gering in 1941 where Bob attended South Highland Grade School and East Gering Valley School before graduating from Gering High School in 1947. He farmed with his family until entering the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict in July of 1951. He was honorably discharged in June of 1953 and married Kay NIELSEN Feb. 28, 1954 in Scottsbluff. Bob was farming until the time of his death.
Bob enjoyed playing golf, cribbage and pitch. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Scottsbluff where he was an Elder and was a former member of the Melbeta School Board.
He was a member of Elks Lodge #1367 of Scottsbluff, American Legion Post #36 of Gering and the Gering Men's Golf Association.
Survivors include his wife Kay; daughters and sons-in-law, Robyn and Rick Gross of Gering and Laurie and Bill Teahon of Broken Bow, Neb; grandchildren, Stevie (Travis) Gable of Gering, and Megan and Katie Teahon of Broken Bow; great-granddaughters, Kennie McFarland of Gering and Madison Chapin of Broken Bow; sisters-in-law, Betty Ott and Evelyn Ott both of Gering and Carol Gaukel of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brothers-in-law, Elmer Jerger, Gering and Bernard Tierney of Denver and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; infant brother, George; brothers, Walter and Richard; sisters, Leona Buth and Dorothy Jerger and great-grandson, Toren Gable.


OTTE, Edra Mae Hudnall (Brown)

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