Family caregivers know all too well the devastating effects of Alzheimer's on the families of seniors living with this incurable disease.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.1 million people 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease. They likely will lose one of their most treasured possessions: memories. The "I Will Remember for You Family Reunion Giveaway" contest recently launched by the Home Instead Senor Care® network can help those families keep their memories alive.
Submit a story in either written or video format about your experience with a family member living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias for a chance to win a family reunion.
The Waffleman will be here on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Fairbury High School, serving from 5 to 8 p.m. Fairbury boys and girls basketball teams will be playing Tri County. Sponsored by Fairbury Post Prom. There is a fee to eat.
Fairbury Jeffs basketball game against Tri County will be "Pink Out" on Saturday, Jan. 7. Proceeds to be given to the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.
Fairbury Post Prom
There will be a Post Prom meeting on Sunday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m. at the 47 Building. All Junior and Senior parents are encourage to attend.
The Tri County Student Council recently presented the Student of the Semester honors for the 2011 fall semester. Each semester, two well deserving students at Tri County Public Schools are awarded for their academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievements. Leadership, enthusiasm, and being a role model for peers are also considered when nominating and choosing recipients. This year's winners were seniors Krystal Hicok and Kyle Riesen.
Elva Margaret DeLong, 93, died Dec. 23, 2011. She was born Jan. 8, 1918 in Panama, Neb., the fourth child of Samuel and Nellie (Shrader) Steeves.
Upon graduating from the Panama High School in 1935 she went on to attend Peru State Teachers College studying to become a teacher.
She was united in marriage to Mark Thomas DeLong Sr. in 1941 at Marysville, Kan. They lived their entire life in Fairbury, where they owned and operated DeLong Auto sales until 1981. She helped her husband in all areas of their business including sales, pick up and delivery of cars, record keeping, banking and customer service.
She lived through the Dirty Thirties, the Great Depression and World War II. She had countless, detailed memories of those difficult times while growing up on a farm, teaching and being in business that she shared with her family.
John Arnold Wallman was born near Beatrice, Neb. on Jan. 18, 1926 to German immigrants Heye and Anna (Debuhr) Wallman. He died in his home near Harbine on Dec. 24, 2011 at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 6 days.
He was baptized as a infant at Zion Lutheran Church at Pickrell and also confirmed there March 29, 1942.
He received his elementary education in the Rockford Elementary School.
He grew up on a farm near Beatrice.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from July 14, 1951 to 1955, then four more years in the reserves. He was a mechanic in the motor vehicle squadren. His assignments were to Bedfort Air Force Base in MASS., Iceland (with the NATO Forces), Greenland, and Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC.
Belva Maxine Hewitt was born Jan. 23, 1922 in a farm house just north of the Fairbury fairgrounds to William Howard Hewitt and Anna Marie (Janz) Hewitt. She died Dec. 3, 2011 at the age of 89.
Her first job was a "milk maid" when she delivered milk to the doors of her parents milk customers. After the Hewitt's sold their dairy and milk route they moved to rural Gladstone, then to Rock Creek and eventually settled on a farm north of Endicott in 1942. She spent much of her retirement years on the farm.
Richard Emil Niemeier was born Jan. 30, 1933 in Beatrice, Neb. to Emil and Alma (Zulauf) Niemeier. He died Dec. 5, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 5 days.
He was baptized Feb. 20, 1933 and confirmed April 14, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Plymouth.
He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1950. He received a bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1954, where he was initiated into Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
He received a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army, where he served from 1954-1956.
He was Jefferson County Extension Agent from 1958 to 1961.
He spent a career in agriculture sales with Walnut Grove Feed, Harvestore and Reinke Manufacturing Company. For many years he raised cattle, hogs and crops.
Leona Siebe, 75, of Fairbury, Neb., died Jan. 2, 2012 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.
Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Schroeder and husband, Alan of Omaha, Frances McCown and husband, Dan of Fairbury, Belinda Cox and husband, Joseph of Harbine; sons, Fredrick Siebe and wife, Teresa DeWald-Siebe of Wakefield, Kan., Tony Siebe and wife, Ronda of Grand Island; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, John Shumake and wife, Linda of Midland, Texas and George Shumake.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Ken Hart officiating. The family will greet friends on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury. Memorials to family's choice. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Plymouth.