Obituaries

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28
Nov
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Frances (Grof) Schmidt

Frances (Grof) Schmidt

Frances Margaret (Grof) Schmidt passed away on November 22, 2019 at the Johnson County Hospital. Frances was born September 30, 1927 on a farm near Tecumseh to Thomas J. and Josephine C. (Farley) Grof. She was united in marriage to George F. Schmidt at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church on September 26, 1959. Her life was spent in Johnson County except for a time spent in San Diego and in Adams. She attended school at Brush Hill #16, Tecumseh High School, and Business College in Lincoln.

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28
Nov
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Jack D. Yates

Jack D. Yates

Jack Dean Yates was born to John and Goldie (Mitchell) Yates on May 22, 1938 at Tecumseh, Nebraska. He grew up in Johnson County and attended Tecumseh Public Schools.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 11, 1955 at the age of 17 years and 2 months and served on eight different naval destroyers until his honorable discharge on August 6, 1963. Jack served during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was one of a group known as the Tin Can Sailors.

Thu
21
Nov
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Rosalyn J. Grundman

Rosalyn J. Grundman

Rosalyn J. Grundman, 89 of Syracuse, passed away on November 15th, 2019 at The Greene Place in Seward. She was born on November 29, 1929 to Earl & Ethel (Powell) Rowe on the family farm near Sterling.

Rosalyn attended district 24 and graduated from Cook High School in 1947. She married Darold A. Grundman on June 4th, 1950 at the United Methodist Church in Cook. Rosalyn worked on the farm with Darold. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Goldenrod Extension Club and served as treasurer for 12 years for the women’s fellowship. She also served as a board member of district 41 and was a 4-H leader.

Rosalyn enjoyed genealogy research, photography and spent many hours crocheting and embroidering. Most of all she loved her family.

Thu
14
Nov
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 John “Jack” Wilmes

John “Jack” Wilmes

John William Wilmes was born March 15, 1927 near Creighton, Nebraska.  Jack grew up on his parents’ farm west of Creighton, Nebraska, with two brothers and two sisters.  He attended a country school through the 8th grade and then graduated in 1944 from St. Ludgers High School in Creighton, Nebraska.  Jack was active in 4-H and farmed with his father. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska where he received his Bachelor of Science degree.  

Jack was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Maly on August 16, 1951 at St. Ludgers Catholic Church in Creighton, Nebraska.  To this union four children were born, John J., Patricia Ann, Michael James and Barbara Jean.  

Jack was a Vocational Agriculture teacher and farmer in Knox County, County Extension Agent in Merrick, Pierce and Johnson counties, Johnson County Assessor and was a part time employee at Brinkman’s in Tecumseh.  

Thu
14
Nov
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Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt

	Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt

Gerald D. “Jerry” Stitt, 87, of Lincoln, (formerly Tecumseh), died November 8, 2019.  He was born April 29, 1932 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Caron, and his grandparents, Melvin and Mabel Stitt of Pawnee City.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Jane Stuart, and husband, Scott, of Lincoln, NE; son, Robert Stitt, and wife, Joan, and grandsons, Joe and Sam Stitt of New Braunfels, TX, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In 1951, Jerry attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for two years.  He joined the Air Force and served from 1953 to 1957, being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was aide to the Commanding General, William M. Canterbury.

Thu
14
Nov
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Steven G. Wehmer

Steven G. Wehmer

Steven G. Wehmer, 63, of Beatrice, NE passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Beatrice, NE on December 1, 1955 to Gaylord and Beverly (McCoy) Wehmer. Steve graduated from Lewiston Consolidated High School in 1974. After high school Steve attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and played football. He enjoyed farming just as much as he loved football. He farmed with his Dad, near Lewiston, where they raised hay and pigs. Steve eventually retired and moved to Beatrice. He enjoyed cars, music, animals, kids and of course Husker sports. In his younger years he enjoyed traveling with friends, especially to Colorado and the mountains. Steve was a past member of the FFA, 4-H, and the Pork Producers and a current member of the Eagles Club Aerie #531 in Beatrice.

Thu
14
Nov
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Virginia “Ginny” Lee Mittelberg

Virginia “Ginny” Lee Mittelberg

Virginia “Ginny” Lee Mittelberg, 90, of Bridgman, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019, at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Avenue, St. Joseph, MI with Reverend Phil Bubar officiating.

The burial will be in St. Paul Osage Cemetery in Cook, Nebraska.

Memorial gifts may be given to either The Chapel in St. Joseph, MI (www.yourplacetobelong.com) or Five Pines Ministries in Berrien Center, MI (www.fivepines.org).

Online condolences can be posted at www.PikeFH.com.

Thu
07
Nov
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John D. Cawley

John D. Cawley

John David Cawley, 81, of rural Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at his home. He was born to Charles R. and Emma (Hoskins) Cawley on June 2, 1938 in Tecumseh, Nebraska. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh, Nebraska. John graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1956, served in the Army National Guard from 1958-1964 and was a past member of the local Masonic Lodge.

On October 28, 1962, John was united in marriage to Janice Holthus at the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh, Nebraska. Together they made their home on a farm near Tecumseh and raised their five children.

John had a deep love for animals, agriculture and heavy equipment. He farmed, raised a wide variety of animals, drove semis across the Midwest and pushed dirt around with his many bulldozers. John was usually found working outside tending crops, fixing fence, feeding cows or even cutting wood.

Thu
31
Oct
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Cherri R. Topp

Cherri Rose (Bolin) Topp was born to James and Flossie (Fraker) Bolin on January 6, 1956 in Gillette, Wyoming. She moved with her family and grew up in Forks, Washington where she graduated from high school.

Cherri met Ron Topp in California while he was in the Marines Corp and they were married September 16, 1976. They had three sons, Jake, Jesse and Andy. They made their home near Tecumseh where they raised their family. Cherri worked for Campbell’s Soup Company in Tecumseh for about 12 years and later went back to Southeast Community College to earn her Licensed Practical Nursing degree. Her nursing career began at Belle Terrace and then after a number of years, Cherri worked for the Good Samaritan Center in Auburn until her health forced her to retire.

Thu
24
Oct
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Mardell Kathryn (Brandt) Seeba

Mardell Kathryn (Brandt) Seeba

Mardell Kathryn (Brandt) Seeba, 93, of Syracuse, Nebraska, passed into the arms of her Savior Jesus on Friday, October 11, at Syracuse Area Health Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mardell was born April 30, 1926 to John and Lucinda (Huhold) Brandt on the family farm near Cook, Nebraska. She graduated from Cook High School in 1943. She married Harold L. Seeba on June 9, 1946 at Osage United Church of Christ near Cook, Nebraska. The couple farmed SE of Cook and raised their three children. She enjoyed square dancing, sewing, gardening, baking and the fellowship of friends and activities at Grace Lutheran Church. She was very talented at cross stitching and quilting. After retirement, the couple moved to Syracuse. Harold passed away in 2004 after 58 years of marriage. She enjoyed visitors and playing cards and other games with her children and grandchildren.

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