Sandra Busing of Fairbury was chosen as this years Volunteer of the Year for AseraCare Hospice of Beatrice.
Busing received an award and certificate at the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association annual conference in Lincoln on April 15, where she was honored with dinner and a special presentation.
She is married to Joe Busing and they reside in Fairbury.
They have two grown children and a grandson.
Sandra has been a volunteer for AseraCare Hospice since 2011.
Sandra said, My mother was on hospice in 2007 and I was so impressed with how much love and care my mother received. Ive always enjoyed working with the elderly so when I saw a request in our church bulletin for hospice volunteers I answered the call.
There is little in this world that is easy to predict, but this one is rather obvious.
If you like food (and I know that you do), get ready to shell out a lot more cash just to eat.
No, thats is not good news but it is reality.
One of the states we lean on the most for food is California.
Right now, 100 percent of California is officially in a drought as the last .2 percent of the state that was listed in the abnormally dry category was reclassified in the moderate drought class last week.
It seems the Gold Rush State is bone dry.
Texas is also a major food producer and suffering a serious drought as well with 68.68 percent of the state listed in the drought category.
As a school lunch professional, I have read horror stories of children in other cities choking to death in the lunch room. Some are because no one noticed before it was too late. And others are even worse than going unnoticed, are when someone didnt want to get involved. Some are afraid of the consequences if they do something wrong. And some say its not my job and expect someone else to step up.
Last Friday started out pretty much like every other day for me. I stayed in bed too long after the alarm went off. I was late getting in the shower. I stared into my closet and wondered which shirt to wear with what pair of pants. Shoes and socks on and out the door.
As usual there was no time to grab any breakfast at home. So, I decided to make a quick run through McDonalds and grab a bowl of oatmeal and orange juice. When I pulled up to the window thinking about which disaster to tackle first the woman at the window said, The guy ahead of you just bought your breakfast, would you like to do that for the person behind you?
I thought for a moment and said, Sure. Then I asked who was the person in front of me. The attendant replied, I dont know, he just did a good deed. Clearly, I didnt know the person in front of me. It was just some guy in a random maroon pickup.
It is always a pleasure to be able to report the many accomplishments that our areas youth are recognized for each week in the pages of the Journal-News. For those people who say that nothing good ever happens in our community or kids today are nothing but trouble they really arent paying attention.
While there certainly are things that appear in print on the pages of this newspaper that we do not relish publishing, by and large there are many more news stories, photos and snippets highlighting the many good things that younger members of our community do.
At no time is that more evident than this time of year. As schools head toward winding down our mailbox and email folders are literally bursting at the seams with more good things that kids do than we have room to print in one edition. Its a problem we like having. And we can assure our readers that we will get them all in, each and every one, as space allows.
Barbara Betty Troxel, 86, died April 22, 2014, in North Platte, Neb., formerly of Fairbury.
She was born July 9, 1927, in Ipswich, England, to Charles and Dora Isabella Bennett.
She became a war bride when she married Kermit Punk Troxel on April 25, 1945 in the Church of England in Ipswich. After WWII Betty and Kermit returned to the United States where they settled on a farm in Endicott. When she arrived in the US, she was unfamiliar with American style cooking. With the help of other women in her farming community, she quickly came up to speed. Once she learned, she became known for her cooking, especially her pies. While in Endicott, Betty became a member of the Endicott Womens Auxiliary and quilting clubs.
Betty enjoyed poetry, opera, and science fiction movies. She also loved to sing along to Elvis Presley gospel music.
In 2012, Betty was diagnosed with cancer and proclaimed, Ill fight it until the end! She fought a good, hard fight.
Verneal D. Barber, 88, of Fairbury, formerly Diller, Neb., passed away April 23, 2014 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. She was born January 19, 1926 at rural Harbine, Neb. to Oscar and Ida (Engelman) Schnuelle.
Survivors are her husband, Charles Barber of Fairbury; son, Charles Barber and wife, Ardith of Diller; grandchildren, Marcy Barber of Lincoln, Neb.; Angie Clifford and husband Chris of Diller; Jeff Osterman and wife, Sandi of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Cale and Samantha Clifford of Diller; sisters, Elaine Patras and husband, John of Elkhorn, Neb.; Joyce Neuman of DeWitt, Neb.; Janet Lawrence and husband Conrad of Henderson, Nev.; brother, Richard Schnuelle and wife, Jean of Jansen, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Arlene Wolter of Columbus; Loretta Barber of Beatrice; Carol Barber of Calif.; many nieces & nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; infant brother; sister, Arlene Nippert and husband Willard; brother-in-law, Herman Neuman.
Wendell Arend Wendy 82, of Fairbury, passed away Feb. 2, 2014 at Bay Area Hospital Corpus Christi, TX, with his loving family at his side. He was born Jan. 18, 1932 on a farm West of Fairbury to Henry and Alice (Pearston) Arend, the youngest of three.
Survivors are wife, Karen of Fairbury; brother Ferold Arend of Bentonville, Ariz.; son Jeff and wife, Lisa of Deshler, Neb.; daughters Cyndi Buchmeier of Sydney, Neb. and friend Rich McDaniels of Bayard Neb.; Angi Creek and husband, Mark of rural Beatrice; eleven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren .
Proceeded in death by his parents; sister Lois Kapke and husband Walt; and sister-in-law Jane Arend.
He was an avid golfer and loved all sports especially the Nebraska Huskers. He loved hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. He also enjoyed the summer sun in Nebraska and especially at our winter home in Texas.
Gary L. Traeger, 64, of Fairbury, passed away April 27, 2014. He was born April 5, 1950 at Fairbury, to Deyo & Velma (Mooren) Traeger. Survivors are son, Dana Traeger of Gilead, Neb.; brother, Dennis Traeger of Fairbury. Preceded by Parents. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 2, 2014at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Gail Cross officiating.
Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury.
Memorials to The Presbyterian Church. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.