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Edna Hammer

Edna Hammer

Edna Anna (Oeltjen) Hammer, 92, of Fairbury passed away on Feb. 24, 2014.

She was born to John and Emilia (Heller) Oeltjen on Oct. 20, 1921. She was baptized on Nov. 13, 1921, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Gilead, Neb. and confirmed on Apr. 5, 1936, at St. Pauls.

She was married to George Joseph Hammer on Apr. 11, 1944. To their union three children were born, John, Dennis and Jolene.

She began playing the organ at St. Pauls Church when she was 15 years old. She was also an organist for Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln, and for retirement homes in Lincoln. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and also member of Lutheran Womens League.

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Karen L. Bonner

Karen L. Bonner

Karen Loree (Maatsch) Bonner age 71 of Belleville, Kansas passed from this life after battling cancer Sunday, March 09, 2014. She was born in Odell, Nebraska on March 30, 1942, the third child of four children born to Elmer and Rose (Duis) Maatsch.

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Marvin Andover-Gutzmer

Marvin Andover-Gutzmer

Marvin Jesse Andover-Gutzmer, 92, passed away on Jan. 25, 2014. He was born to Jesse and Louise (Schwisow) Gutzmer on Oct. 4, 1921 in Tobias, Neb.

He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 as Military Police. He work at Boeing as an Inspector until he retired in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Gutzmer; daughters, Kathie (Ron) Reed, Tulsa, Okla.; Jayne (Tim) Colling, Taylorsville, Ky.; son, Douglas (Christy) Gutzmer, Derby, Kan.; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Louise Gutzmer; granddaughter, Angela Colling.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 28, 2014 at Christ Lutheran Church, St. Augusta, Kan. Internment was at Lakeview Cemetary.

Memorials to Robert J. Dole Veterans Hospital Hospice Unit and Christ Lutheran Church.

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Robert G. Smith

Robert G. Smith

Robert G. Smith, 82, of Alexandria, died Mar. 11, 2014 in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; four daughters, Judy Corliss (Mark); Nancy Virus (Roger); Jayne Pholmeier (Gene); Annette Barber (Terry) and son, Kerry (Stephanie); grandchildren, Jeff Corliss; Katie Corliss Moses (Philip); Stacie Corliss; Alex Corliss; Matt Virus (Kimber); Adam, Austin; Carson Virus; Bill Pohlmeier (Lyndsey); Andrew and Chris Pohlmeier; Brittny Barber Stewart (Heath); Ridge and Kylee Barber; Ashley Smith Foutch (Clint) Whitney; Emma, Abbi and Robert Smith; great-grandchildren, Elijah Moses; Olivia Virus; Zoey and Jayden Virus; Katelyn and Emersyn Pohlmeier; and Addyson Foutch; brother, Leo Smith; two sisters, Mildred Kreuzberg; Esther Schiermeyer; nieces and nephews.

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Gene D. Siefford

Gene D. Siefford

Gene D. Siefford, 85, of Fairbury, Neb., passed away on Mar. 11, 2014 at Bryan LGH East Hospital in Lincoln. He was born Feb. 12, 1929 in Steele City, Neb. to Ralph & Bernice (Diller) Siefford.

He was a WWII Army Veteran. Survivors are Son, Steve Siefford and wife, Crystal of Fairbury; daughters, Sheryllin Shellhase of Fairbury; Nancy Pride and husband, Rob of Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. No viewing. A register book is available at the Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at11:00 a.m. Saturday March 15, 2014at the First Christian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Melody Smith officiating. Memorials to the Familys Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

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The 2014 Baseball Parents Meeting

The 2014 Baseball

Parents Meeting

will be held Sunday, March 16. at 5 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church. All Player Registrations Forms will be due at this time. Any questions, please contact Dean Schmidt at 402-239-5365.

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NARVRE Unit 174

NARVRE Unit 174

National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the home of Carl and Aldene Goeking. 906 5th Street.

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Auditions for Blackbeard the Pirate

Auditions for Blackbeard the Pirate

for Missoula Childrens Theatre will be held March 24 at the 47 gym from 4-6 p.m. Please plan to stay for full two hours. Approximately 60 roles available for students K-6. Two performances are scheduled for March 29 at 3 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Burkley Fine Arts Center at the Fairbury High School.

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Briefly Speaking...

Former Fairbury

Mayor Dies

Former Fairbury Mayor Gene Siefford, 85, of Fairbury died March 11.

Siefford was mayor of Fairbury from July 1994 to December 2000.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the First Christian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Melody Smith officiating.

Community Action

Agencies Release Study of Poverty

Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of a Community Assessment Survey on March 11 at the State Capitol.

The Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Community Assessment Report is based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska. The report contains comparative data from 2010 and 2013 highlighting the most pressing economic challenges faced by Nebraskans.

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Endicott Village Life Visit # 24 - The Redbird

In our last visit we learned that the annual Endicott High School Joy-O-Frolics was scheduled for Oct. 22, 1957.

TheNov. 1issue of the Redbird reports that the newly crowned king and queen were Gail Grammar and Nancy Check. They were attended by LeRoy Grammar and Donna Walck and Terry Messmer and Billie Kulhanek. Pamela Duke and Andy Hardy were the crown bearers. Diane Mile, the 1956 Joy-O-Frolic Queen crowned the royal pair and their attendants.

The Redbird briefly noted that the basketball team defeated the Steele City team and that there a Polio Benefit was being held.

A group of young folk enjoyed a night of skating honoring Kent Criner who was home on leave from Fort Knox and for Jerry Talbot who was soon to report to the armed services.

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