Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:52pm
On Sunday, April 3, pictured are second grade students receiving Holy Communion: CJ Goeking, Rylee Gill, Father John Birkel, Molly Hansmire and Gavin Gerths. (Photo by Trevor Gill/fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 8:16am
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 8:13am
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 8:04am
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 2:40pm
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 9:25am
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.