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Wed
06
Apr

Lela Blas

Lela Blas
Lela Alice Blas was called to her eternal rest on April 1, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. She was born October 17, 1917 in Beatrice, Nebraska to Charles and Stella (Vrooman) Bachle. When she was three years old, the family moved from their home east of Ellis, Nebraska to Thayer County. She attended a rural school all of her elementary years and went to high school at Hubbell, Nebraska.
She and John Blas Sr. were married in 1940. They lived near Reynolds, Nebraska and she taught in that area for three years until they were blessed with two children, Conny and John Jr.
She returned to teaching at Diller Elementary School where she taught two grades. She became Supervisor of the school and also was in charge of the school lunch program. She served as the musical chairperson for Diller Rural Area Schools to produce spring musicals for the public showcasing songs and square dancing.
Wed
06
Apr

Michel G. Weerts

Michel Weerts
Wed
06
Apr

Shirley Johnson

Shirley Johnson
Shirley Ann Johnson, 89, passed away on March 24, 2016 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.
Shirley was born on Oct. 22, 1929 in Chicago, Ill. to David and Winifred O’Brien. 
The family moved to DeKalb, Ill., where she graduated from DeKalb Township High School in 1946. After graduation, Shirley worked at the Wurlitzer Piano Plant in DeKalb where she met and then married Harlan Johnson on June 16, 1951. The couple had four children.
Wed
06
Apr

Betty Johnson

Betty Johnson
Betty L. Johnson, 87, Logansport, passed away at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at her residence.
Born June 30, 1928, in Fairbury, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Arlie Howland Leonard.
She was married in Fairbury on Dec. 22, 1946, to Buford Johnson, who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1991.
Betty had been employed at CVS Pharmacy (formerly Hook’s Drugs). 
Prior to that she had been employed at Young’s TV and Appliances.
Betty was a member of the Logansport Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Betty had been a member of the Cass County Humane Society and VFW Post 3790 Auxiliary. She loved animals.
Surviving are a son, John (Susan) Johnson, Oregon, Ohio; daughter, Phyllis (Michael) Roecker, St. Anne, Ill.; sister, Jean Shane, Wahoo, Neb.; grandsons, Scott Roecker and Stephen Johnson; several nieces and nephews.
Wed
06
Apr

Della Roelfs

Della Roelfs
Della Jean Roelfs of Smithfield, Ky., passed away at Baptist East Hospital, Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
Services will be Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 Lavelle St., Diller.
She was born on Nov. 10, 1956 in Fairbury to Delbert and Betty (Reynolds) Ostrander.
She married Gary Roelfs on June 17, 1978.
She received her Nursing Degree at Hastings College in Hastings, and earned her Nurse Practitioner Degree from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. 
She spent her career seeing patients in their homes and at South Oldham Medical Clinic in Kentucky.
Survivors include husband Gary Roelfs and son Jason Roelfs, sister  Raelyn Montgomery; brother Andy Ostrander.
Memorials may be made American Cancer Society or Jason Roelfs College Fund.
    
Tue
05
Apr

Marvin Weichel

Marvin L. Weichel 78 of Fairbury, NE. passed away April 5, 2016 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. He was born November 30, 1937 at Beatrice, NE. 
Survivors include numerous cousins. Services will be at 10:30 am. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Charles Schmidt officiating. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery – Fairbury, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.
Tue
05
Apr

Robert Fox

Robert (Bob) M. Fox, age 64, of Fremont, passed away April 4, 2016, at Fremont Health.
Memorials have been established to the family.
To leave an online condolence please visit www.duganchapel.com
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:00P.M. at Dugan Funeral Chapel in Fremont.
Tue
05
Apr

Candy D. Atkins

Candy D. Atkins, 40, of Fairbury, NE passed away April 4, 2016 in Lincoln. She was born to Milton and Diana (McCrory) Stanford on October 25, 1975 in Crescent City, CA.
Survivors are parents Diana and D.J. Barnes of Fairbury, daughter Ivy Blanchett of Beatrice, son Joshua McCrory of Fairbury, brother Michael Stanford of Rose Burg, OR, sister Bonnie Stanford of Crescent City, CA, and great-grandmother Patricia Siedschlag of Demming, WA.
Services will be Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Fairbury with Darlene Novotny officiating. Cremation has taken place.  Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice.  Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Mon
04
Apr

Michel G. Weerts

Michel G. Weerts, 68, of Beatrice, died Friday night at a Lincoln hospital. He was born on September 18, 1947.

Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly Parde and husband Scott of Beatrice; one son, Jeffrey Weerts and wife Kari of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Camden and Makenna Parde and Elle and Collins Weerts; two sisters, Carolyn Blobaum of Ashland and Barbara Tremblay of Lincoln; many beloved nieces and “favorite” cousins.

Wed
30
Mar

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook, 79, of Haddam, Kan., died Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home in Washington.
 A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 29 at the United Methodist Church in Haddam.  Rev. Randy Jellison-Knock officiated.  
Burial was in the Morrowville Cemetery.
 Barbara was born Feb. 21, 1937 near Morrowville, Kan., to Paul and Faye (Stanton) Henderson. She graduated from Morrowville High School.
 Barbara drove a school bus and worked in the kitchen for North Central High School in Morrowville.  She also helped her husband farm. She liked to see the former students and see what they were doing.
 Barbara enjoyed needlework, quilting, reading, attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events, school programs, playing cards, making ceramics and shopping with Beverly.

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