E. Ruth Fricke, 94, formerly of Bloomfield, NE, passed away June 21, 2019, in Lincoln. Born in rural Winetoon, NE on December 10, 1924. Services are pending at this time. Condolences online at roperandsons.com
Mass of Christian Burial for LaVerne Kemp, age 89, of Niobrara, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Niobrara. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with burial in L’Eau Qui Court Cemetery in Niobrara.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church, with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara is in charge of arrangements.
LaVerne died Friday, June 21, 2019, at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.
LaVerne (Lenhoff) Kemp, daughter of Elo and Elsie (Brandl) Lenhoff, was born March 12, 1930, on a farm near Osmond, Nebraska. She was baptized at St. Mary’s Church in Osmond when she was an infant. LaVerne attended rural schools in Keya Paha County, finishing the eighth grade and then attended St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill her freshman year. She transferred to St. Ludger Academy to finish her high school education, graduating in 1948. LaVerne taught in rural schools in Knox County for several years.
On June 15, 1953, LaVerne married Arthur Kemp at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. They made their home in Niobrara where they ran a service station and tank wagon business. Following the death of Arthur Kemp in 1969, Mrs. Kemp continued to run the business, relocating in the New Niobrara. In 1987, she discontinued the business and worked at Platte River State Park near Louisville, Nebraska for eight years. She retired in 1995. Mrs. Kemp was an active member of St. William’s Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She also taught CCD for many years. LaVerne was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
LaVerne is survived by her six children, Ann Marie Mitchum, Lois (Tom) Sjogren, Gerald (Denise) Kemp, Alan (Connie) Kemp, Linda (Steve) Paesl, and Mary (Lawrence) Mozena; son-in-law, Michael Stoltenberg; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Jones, Arthur (Jane) Mitchum, Patrick Mitchum, Dominck Mitchum, Annie Larrick, Audrey Aken, Ashley Sjogren, Andrew Sjogren, Josie Sjogren, Jason (Erika) Stoltenberg, William (Bethany) Stoltenberg, Christopher (Amber) Stoltenberg, Jacob, (Danielle) Stoltenberg, Justin Kemp, Joshua Kemp, Nicholas (Nicole) Kemp, Tasheena (Michael) Henry, Jeff (Sara) Paesl, Lance Paesl, Greg Paesl, Shelton Mozena, Sloan Mozena, Marylyn Mozena, and Slater Mozena; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Rebecca Jones, Jase and Liam Mitchum, Braxtyn and Bella Mitchum, Jason Cory, Nicholas, Maxx, and Khloe Stoltenberg, Gemma Stoltenberg, Isaac, Alexis, and Gwen Stoltenberg, Wyatt and Stella Stoltenberg, Bostyn and Bowde Kemp, Peyton and Cambrie Henry, and June and Dylan Paesl.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elo and Elsie (Brandl) Lenhoff; husband, Arthur; daughter, Gwen Stoltenberg; and son-in-law, William Mitchum.
Mass of Christian Burial for John L. Levi, age 68, of Norfolk, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. Reverend Dan Andrews will be the Celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery in Creighton, Nebraska at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk, Tuesday June 18, 2019. Private family prayer service, Monday evening.
Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk is in charge of arrangements.
John died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center in Norfolk.
John L. Levi of Norfolk, NE was born February 3, 1951, to Lloyd and Meta (Diekmann) Levi in Osmond, Nebraska. He grew up in the Lindy - Bloomfield area where he, along with his sister Rita, competed in Tap Dance Competitions, as well as singing for church events. John graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1969 and afterwards attended Wayne State College. John worked construction and then later for Nucor Steel.
John and Kaye (Becker) Levi were married at St. Ludger Catholic Church on April 22, 1978, residing in Norfolk, NE. Three sons were born to them, Brent, Dane, and Chad. Family gatherings revolved around the kids, backyard games, toys, baseball, and small-town Lindy, NE surrounded by cousins and friends.
John enjoyed collecting anything Cubs, comparing baseball stats, playing baseball, coaching little league for and with his sons. All of his favorites centered around his family, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, baseball and Pepsi.
John is survived by Kaye of Norfolk; son, Brent of Omaha, son, Dane (Yuliana), granddaughter, Diana of Atlanta, son, Chad of Omaha; sister, Rita (Ernie) Eckmann of Lindy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Sandy) Becker, Mark (Annette) Becker, Tim (Kathy) Becker; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services for USN Seaman First Class Joseph Maule will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday June 20, 2019, at Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield, Nebraska.
Military Honors will be provided by the United States Navy Funeral Honors Detail, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996, American Legion Post 249, and American Legion Riders.
Brockhaus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joe died on December 7, 1941, while serving his country at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Joseph Keith Maule was born in Bloomfield, Nebraska on March 20, 1923, to Anton and Ellen Maule (deceased). He had five siblings who are all deceased: Donald (Eva), Vlastimil (Ramona), Antoinette (Willard) Drobney, Bonnie (Foam) Ellis and Elizabeth (Cammy) Cull.
Joe enlisted in the Navy in Omaha on January 6, 1941, at age 17, and reported to duty aboard the USS Oklahoma on May 8, 1941.
On December 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was moored in Berth F-5 in Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor Honolulu, Hawaii when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The first torpedo hit just before 8:00 a.m. followed by multiple torpedoes which caused the USS Oklahoma to quickly capsize resulting in the deaths of its 429 Sailors and Marines. Sf1 Maule was reported “missing” and later classified at “killed in action.” The majority of the 2,408 souls lost that day were buried in mass grave sites in Hawaii. The family was told his remains were “unrecoverable.” Joe’s parents and siblings wished their entire lives that Joe could be brought back to rest in Bloomfield. That wish is finally coming true some 78 years later.
Around 2014 the Navy contacted the Maule family and collected DNA from nephew Joseph Keith Maule, niece Jane Mattern, and niece Judy Drobney-Taylor. Joe’s remains were sent to Omaha and finally identified last year.
Funeral services for Lawrence Kumm, age 98, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. Reverend Donna Fonner will officiate, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151, American Legion Post 74, Army National Guard Honor Guard, and American Legion Riders.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Lawrence died Monday, June 10, 2019, at Norfolk Veterans Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Lawrence O. Kumm, son of William and Johanna (Lindwurm) Kumm, was born September 1, 1920, at Osmond, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed at Eden Valley Church in rural Pierce County. Lawrence attended country school near his family home where he grew up. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps from February 1942 until November 1945. Lawrence served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. When he had returned from the service, Lawrence attended GI school. On March 3, 1946, he was united in marriage to Shirley Gieselman at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, Nebraska. They were blessed with four children, Gaylen, Cliff, Jolene, and Delray.
Lawrence farmed for over 45 years in the Osmond, Hartington, and Creighton areas. He also sold Foxbilt Feeds, Hulting Hybrids Seed Corn, and Archer Oil while farming. In 1989, Lawrence and Shirley retired into Creighton. During his retirement, he kept busy fishing, gardening, making beer and wine, playing cards with neighbors, attending farm sales, woodworking and making unusual gadgets. Lawrence also restored his first new car, a 1951 Studebaker.
Lawrence was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he and Shirley were very active. He enjoyed mowing and doing snow removal for his church. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving on the firing squad for funerals for many years. Lawrence was a member of Keep Creighton Beautiful and was instrumental in the restoration of Rose Hill Cemetery, where he spent many hours volunteering.
Lawrence is survived by his children, Gaylen Kumm of Boise, Idaho, Cliff (Rowien) Kumm of Beatrice, Jolene Kasper of Crofton, and Delray (Lib) Kumm of O’Neill; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Richard (Norma) Gieselman; and sister-in-law, Fern (Bob) Svehla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; daughters-in-law, Cathy Kumm and Luane Kumm; son-in-law, Mark Kasper; sisters, Linda (Marvin) Fuelberth and Charlotte (Lyle) Young; brothers, George (Lydia) Kumm and Willard (Betty) Kumm; and in-laws, Lawrence (Virginia) Gieselman and Rachel Mumm Carlow (Aaron Mumm, Vernon Carlow).
Memorials may be directed to Alpine Village, Rose Hill Cemetery, or VFW Post 1151.
Funeral Services for Viola M. Suhr will be 10:00 am Saturday, June 22, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 K Street, Lincoln, Nebraska with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2019 12:00 - 9:00 pm with Rosary at 7:00 pm at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. The family will be present at 6:00 pm.
In 1935, Viola Margaret was born to William and Hilda (Clausen) Bruns on March 9th in Bloomfield, Nebraska. She was welcomed at home by two sisters, Wilma and Shirley. Viola received her education at the St. Andrew’s Catholic school, country school (District 143) and graduated from Bloomfield High School.
Viola found half-time work at many local businesses. Those being the Bloomfield Creamery, Teply Hardware store, the Glanzman Bowling Lanes, the local restaurant, Anderson Jewelry store and the High School lunch room.
A member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Viola held an office in the Ladies Altar Society and she also sang in the church choir for 20 years.
Gaylan Leon Suhr married Viola on November 17, 1953 on a beautiful autumn day. To this union four children were born: Gregory, Kathleen, Gayle Anne and Kurtis.
As time progressed, their children were married. Greg and Jenni Suhr, Kathleen and Chris Williams, Gayle and Gary Thibault, and Kurtis and Karen Suhr. Viola has eleven grandchildren: Cianne (Jeff) Hale, Jacob Pettinger, Ariel Judson, Kelly Judson, Philip Huttmann, Brendon (Leigh) Huttmann, Nathan (Cortney) Gieselman, Natalie Whitman, Holly (Sean) Howell, Logan Suhr and Ethan Suhr. Viola was blessed with eleven great grandchildren: Charles Huttmann, Madeline Huttmann, Taylor Huttmann, Jackson Huttmann, Lauren Gieselman, Emily Gieselman, Leo Whitman, Lily Whitman, Levi Whitman, Holden Howell and Finn Howell.
In 1979, Viola and Gaylan moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she was employed by the ASCS Dept of Agriculture as a technician operator of an electronic duplicating machine. Viola worked for 16 years and retired in November, 1996.
Viola spent many hours sewing and developing bears, dolls and rabbits. She had a collection of dolls over the years and it became a relaxing time.
Viola passed on June 6, 2019 at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska.
Viola was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gaylan; parents, Bill and Hilda Bruns; sisters, Wilma Wortmann, Shirley Fink, Mary Barger Huber; brothers-in-law Gary Erickson, Marlyn Barger and Dale Suhr.
She is left to mourn her four children and their husbands and wives, eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Judy) Bruns and sister Arlis Erickson; brothers-in-law Roman Wortmann, Gerald Fink, and Art Huber; sister-in-law Bonnie Suhr and many friends and relatives. Condolences: www.bmlfh.com.
Mass of Christian Burial for Jean M. Brockhaus, age 73, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery in Creighton.
Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, with a 7:30 p.m. Wake Service.
Jean died surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Brookestone Village in Omaha, Nebraska.
Jean Marie Dennell Brockhaus was born November 16, 1945, in Omaha, Nebraska to Alfred R. and Janet (Jamieson) Dennell. She attended Marian High School and graduated in 1963 as Salutatorian. Jean graduated with high honors from Duchesne College in Omaha, earning a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Biology. On August 26, 1967, she was united in marriage to Gerry J. Brockhaus at Christ the King Catholic Church. They resided in Omaha and she worked at Lutheran Hospital in the pathology department. Five children were born to them, John, Tom, Greg, Ann, and Joe.
In 1979, Gerry and Jean purchased Hengstler Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska. In 1984, Jean purchased the Flower Basket from Delores Gragert and worked side by side with Gerry until his death in 1997. After Gerry’s death, Jean owned and operated Brockhaus Funeral Homes and Flower Basket until her retirement in 2011. Later that year, she moved to Arizona to be closer to her daughter. Jean moved back to Omaha in 2017.
Jean’s best friend and love of her life was her husband, Gerry. They enjoyed traveling together. She was a woman of faith, and her faith carried her through life after Gerry’s death. She enjoyed cooking, holidays, being with her family, and attending Mass. After Gerry’s death, Jean enjoyed traveling with her cousin, Father Pete, to Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and many other destinations in the United States. Jean also loved boating and being near the water.
Jean was a member of St. Ludger Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is a past member of American Floral Association. Jean served as a trustee for the Omaha Archdiocesan Educational Foundation, Inc (OAEF), a trustee for the Omaha Archdiocesan Parish Foundation, Inc. (OAPF), and the Archbishop’s Committee for Development Board (ACD).
Jean is survived by her five children: John (Kim) Brockhaus of Omaha, Tom (Anne) Brockhaus of Sioux City, IA, Greg (Heather) Brockhaus of Creighton, Ann (Ray Trom) Brockhaus of Goodyear, AZ, and Joe (Tonia) Brockhaus of Norfolk; 14 grandchildren, Dana (Andy) Combs of Plattsmouth, Meghan Brockhaus and Taylor Brockhaus of Omaha, Makayla, Brady, and Braxton Brockhaus of Creighton, Paul, Andrew, and Kiara Brockhaus of Sioux City, IA, Hana Trom of Goodyear, AZ, and Lydia, Will, Charlie, and Kate Brockhaus of Norfolk; two great-granddaughters, Cecilia and Lula Combs; three brothers, Alfred Dennell, Jim (Lorrie) Dennell, and John (Candi) Dennell, all of Omaha; sister-in-law, Marilynn (Paul) Peters of Florida; brother-in-law, Larry (Diane) Brockhaus of Overland Park, KS; and cousin, Reverend John “Pete" Morfin of Houston, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Gerry.
Memorials may be designated to St. Ludger Catholic Church, Greenwood Cemetery, or donor’s choice.
Graveside services for Ruby Davidson, age 92, of Center, Nebraska will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Nebraska. Pastor Kim Insung will officiate.
Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska.
Ruby died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.
Ruby Jane Davidson, daughter of Herman and Grace Maire, was born February 2, 1927, at Mullen, Nebraska. She attended Mullen Grade School. On December 25, 1947, Ruby married Camden Thomas Davidson in Valentine, Nebraska. They lived and ranched in the Sandhills until purchasing a ranch near Center, Nebraska in 1963. Ruby and Camden were blessed with four children, David, Larry, Terry, and Debbie. She was a rancher and housewife throughout her lifetime.
Ruby is survived by her children, David (Jane) Davidson of Center, Nebraska and Debbie Davidson of Ravenna, Nebraska; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Goldie Little of Mullen, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Camden Davidson; sons, Larry Davidson and Terry Davidson; sister, Eunice Rittenour; and brothers, Roy Maire and Fred Maire.
Funeral services for Shad Larson, age 87, of Niobrara, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Niobrara Presbyterian Church in Niobrara. Reverend Martha Atkins will officiate, with burial at a later date.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4834, American Legion Post 224, and Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara.
Shad died Friday, May 24, 2019, at Norfolk Veterans Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Paul “Shad” Larson, son of Anvil and Katherine (Dredge) Larson, was born November 17, 1931, in Osmond, Nebraska. Shad attended Creighton High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean War, serving his country for a total of six years. On November 4, 1959, Shad was united in marriage to Sharon Danaher at Yankton, South Dakota. They were the parents of three children, Perry, Tyon, and Felicia.
Shad lived in the Creighton, Verdigre, and Niobrara areas throughout his lifetime. He was a barber in Creighton, municipal chemical salesman, worked in construction, and was a clubhouse manager at Niobrara golf course. Shad was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Lion’s Club. He served as Commander of the VFW and served on the Creighton City Council. Shad was an active member of the community. He was an announcer for local rodeos, parades and football games. He enjoyed umpiring baseball games and kept current in all Husker sports.
Shad is survived by his children, Perry, Tyon, and Felicia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anvil and Katherine (Dredge) Larson; wife, Sharon Danaher; a grandson, Bryce Hekrdle; eleven brothers; and two sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial for Gordon “Gordie” Masat, age 82, of Brunswick, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton, Nebraska. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with private family burial in Brunswick Cemetery in Brunswick.
Visitation was held Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Gordie died Friday, May 24, 2019, at Plainview Manor in Plainview, Nebraska.
Gordon “Gordie” L. Masat, son of Joe and Ann (Moser) Masat, was born January 25, 1937, at Winnetoon, Nebraska. He graduated from St. Ludger Academy in Creighton, Nebraska and then served his country in the United States Navy. On May 27, 1958, Gordie was united in marriage to Joan Forbes at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Plainview, Nebraska. Four children were born to them: Tom, Mike, Julie, and Kevin.
Gordie was a crop duster pilot, farmer, and dairy farmer throughout his lifetime. He was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Brunswick and the American Legion. Gordie was an avid fisherman but he had a great love for the game of baseball. He played, coached, or umpired baseball for over 70 years.
Gordie is survived by his children, Tom (Ellie) Masat of Plainview, Nebraska, Mike (Shelly) Masat of Brunswick, Julie (Gary) Hughes of Crofton, Nebraska, and Kevin (Krista) Masat of Brunswick; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Don Masat, Margie Lichty, Ken (Margo) Masat, Jim Masat, and Dick (Judy) Masat.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; and in-laws, Aubyn Masat, Larry Lichty, and Carolyn Masat.