Mabel Lavern Ennis, age 98 of North Platte, formerly of Minot, ND, daughter of Andrew Edward and Ella Elenora (Anderson) Nelson, was born in Kickapoo Township near Blaisdell, ND, on July 15, 1920. She passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in North Platte, NE.
Mabel was part of the Shell Creek Community near Blaisdell until she was eight years old and her family moved to a farm north of Tagus, ND. She attended school in Tagus and graduated from Tagus High School in 1938.
In January 1939 she married Harold Ennis of Tagus. After their marriage they lived in the teacherage at the Clay Center School, rural Lansford, ND, where Harold was the principal and teacher. After Harold was drafted into the to US Navy, she and their daughter Janice lived in Minot. After Harold returned from WWII, they continued to make their home in Minot, where Harold worked for the Great Northern Railroad. Their daughter Nancy was born in 1951. Harold and Mabel celebrated 74 years of marriage before Harold’s death. Harold and Mabel lived in their house in northwest Minot for over 50 years, where they had a special bond with their wonderful neighbors.
After Harold’s retirement in 1978, they spent time at their trailer in Van Hook, ND and spent the winters at the Fiesta Trailer Park in Mesa, AZ, where Mabel enjoyed ceramics, Bible study group, and a circle of friends who met to make quilts for the needy. In Minot, she was a longtime member of Bethany Lutheran Church where she served in Sunday School, Ladies Circle, and BLCW for many years. During the Minot flood of 2011, Harold and Mabel were evacuated to Velva, ND where Harold passed away in September 2012. In November 2012 Mabel moved to North Platte, NE.
Mabel is survived by two daughters, Janice Barlow of Minot, ND, and Nancy (Karl) Christensen of Maxwell, NE; five grandchildren, Amy (Jeff) Bowman, Beth (Matt) Hardy, Colleen (Tyler) Sexson, Patrick (Kendra) Christensen, and Ruth (Dustin) Meyer; great grandchildren Cassie, Allie, DJ, Brandy, Hope, Camden, Kirby, Clyde, Millie, Waylon and a great granddaughter to be born in April; great great grandchildren Devin, Ryan, Penelope, and Jackson; and four step great grandchildren. She is also survived by a special niece Carol (Dan) Crockett of Spokane, WA; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harold; son-in-law Arden Barlow; step father Oscar Anderson; and three sisters, Ethel Csech, Bernice Grant and Arlene Nelson.
Memorials are suggested to the Bethany Lutheran Church, 215 3rd Avenue SE, Minot, ND 58701, and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswnson.com.
Mabel will be buried beside her husband Harold at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, NE at a later date. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Della Marjorie ‘Mick’ Hoffmann, 88, formerly of North Platte, died
Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln.
Mick was born May 12, 1930, to Leslie Jasper and Dorothy Evelyn
(Chamberlin) Mayfield at Maywood. Mick began her life journey as a farm
girl growing up in Lincoln County and sharing many adventures with her
brother, Bud. These early years made her tough and ready to face life’s
challenges. After graduating from North Platte High School in 1948 Mick
attended Teacher’s College in Kearney then taught at a small country
school for two years. She later worked at Walther’s Office Supply in
downtown North Platte until she began her family.
Mick married Larry Hoffmann in North Platte on September 26, 1959. They
soon had four girls in five years so Mick stayed home to raise the kids
and was instrumental in helping Larry with his cattle buying career for
IBP by answering the phone and making arrangements.
Mick made delicious kolaches and pies, needlepointed many beautiful
pieces, and collected Hummels and glassware. She enjoyed her vegetable
garden and many flower beds. Later in life Mick traveled the world with
Larry and yet enjoyed local country auctions. They were married for 54
years when Larry died in 2014.
These last few years Mick lived at Clark Jeary in Lincoln where she
reinvented herself, made new friends and loved to tease the staff. The
family is especially grateful to the excellent care she received at
Clark Jeary and at the very end, the nurses on 3rd and 7th floor at
Bryan East in Lincoln.
Mick will be remembered for her keen sense of business and her even
better sense of humor. She was quick to forgive and move forward in
life. She always fought the good fight, right up until the end.
Along with her husband, Larry, she was also preceded in death by her
mother, Dorothy Vencill; brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Phyllis
Mayfield; sister-in-law and her husband, Mary Frances and Charles
Brannen; sisters-in-law, Regina Minton and Theresa McCaslin; and
brother-in-law, Thomas Hoffman.
Mick was a good and loyal friend who was preceded in death by her dear
friends, Marie Voorhies, Gladys Morin, Maxine Lange, Dort Lewis and
Betty Shaner; as well as her many pets that she loved and cared for
throughout her life, especially her pony, Laddie, and Trixie the family dog.
She is survived by her daughters, Ann (Gary) Neimanis, of Dexter, Iowa,
Lisa Hoffmann, Kristina Hoffmann, and Molly Hoffmann, of Lincoln;
grandchildren, Austin (Lauren) Neimanis, Katherine Hoffmann and Avery
Hoffmann; great-grandson, Hudson; sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law;
many nieces, nephews and other family.
In keeping with Mick’s wishes, there will be a private family burial at
Fort McPherson National Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends
will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Odean Colonial
Chapel at C & Sycamore. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to Paws-Itive
Partners or the Maywood Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed at
odeanchapel.com or prior to the gathering from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of
Joan C. Driggs, 88, passed away February 9, 2019 at the Sutherland Care Center. She was born May 28, 1930 to LeRoy E. and Alta I. (Ward) Walker at North Platte. Joan graduated from North Platte High School with the class of “49”.
She was united in marriage to Herbert L. “Herb” Driggs on June 16, 1951. Joan resided in North Platte her entire life. She was employed as a nurse’s aide at Linden Manor and then at Great Plains Regional Medical Center for over 16 years. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the North Platte Volunteer Fire Fighters Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey C. (Kendra) Driggs of North Platte and Stephen L. Driggs of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Alyssa, Chris (Jade) and Lindsey; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister, Mildred Lorraine Gade.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in her memory. Visitation will be Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 to 6pm at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at the funeral home. Private burial will follow at North Platte Cemetery. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Esther Alscena (Winters) Arensdorf, age 83 of Tryon passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019 in North Platte, Nebraska.
Esther was born at the family farm northeast of Tryon on April 14, 1935 to Warren and Ora (Miller) Winters, the youngest of their children. Esther attended elementary school at the District 1 country school in McPherson County and District 4 in Tryon. She attended McPherson County High School. On June 7, 1952, Esther was united in marriage to Dale Duane Arensdorf in Julesburg, Colorado. They lived at the Bird Huffman ranch until May 1953. They then moved to the Walt Bassett ranch where they resided the rest of her life. They had five children: Deb, Dan, Jeff, Pat, and Dale Dee.
She had many talents – cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and gardening – that she used to support her family and demonstrate her love for them and her friends. Each child, grandchild, and great grandchild had a favorite meal that she would happily prepare, and anyone who stopped by the ranch near mealtime was treated to great food and a card game. Everyone raved about her branding and holiday meals. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have beautiful quilts – “love in stitches” – that she lovingly sewed by hand for them, in addition to making rugs, towels, afghans, and other items.
Esther was joyful in nature and always laughing. Her creativity and playfulness created unforgettable memories for her family and friends at Halloween and Easter in particular. She loved to tell stories and entertain. She especially loved dancing, playing games, and making happy memories with her family and friends. Her thoughtfulness was unmatched with cards and hand-written letters for each birthday, anniversary, and special occasion. She was a member of the Helping Hand Club, where she enjoyed collaborating with her neighbors and friends.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Dale, sisters Wilma Neal and Alma Bullington, daughters Deb (Jim) Schmidt and Pat (Cliff) Dailey, sons Dan (Berva), Jeff, and Dale Dee (Peg), 16 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. Grandchildren include Randi (Patrick) Gude, Ryan (Kendra) Schmidt, Alan (Nicole) Schmidt, Dana (Kyle) Songster, Dawna (Derek) Payton, Darla (Terry) Sautter, Wyatt (Erin) Arensdorf, Jason (Jennifer) Arensdorf, Jeremy Arensdorf, Jared (Amanda) Arensdorf, Warren (Jackie) Dailey, Lara (Ben) Hager, Bandy (Chari) Arensdorf, Levi (Amber Hollenbeck) Arensdorf, Dale Riley Arensdorf, and Duell Arensdorf.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Alice, sister Dorothy Kramer, brothers Roy and Glenn Winters, daughter-in-law Joleen (Shelly) Arensdorf, and granddaughter Jessika Songster.
Memorials may be made to the Tryon Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department and online condolences can be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2pm at the McPherson County High School Gymnasium with the Reverend Dr. Doug Delp officiating. Burial will follow at the Miller Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 pm to 8pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 with family receiving visitors from 6pm until 8pm at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Eugene “Gene” L. Pursley, age 59 of North Platte, passed away February 9, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.
Gene was born September 18, 1959 in Stratton, NE to George Walter and Josephine (Deal) Pursley. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1978 and moved to North Platte for electrical and refrigeration schooling. He worked at Pappas Standard for many years and then in 1985 was hired at the North Platte Public Schools and worked his way up to Director of Building, Grounds and Transportation. At the time of his death, he was in his 34th year of service. On July 5, 1986 he married Tammy Johnson in North Platte at the Nazarene Church. He was a past member of the Eagles Club, he loved Husker football, square dancing, bowling, fishing, hunting and playing cards. He was instrumental in helping many young men complete their Eagle Scout projects. He will be remembered for his work ethic, his willingness to help others, and being a friend to everyone.
Gene is survived by his wife Tammy of North Platte; sons Derek (Dehjin) Pursley, and Zach Pursley all of North Platte, and Tyler (Tristan Johnson) Pursley of Lincoln, NE; 5 grandchildren Kayson, Bentley, Chevy, Porscha, and Enzo, all who called him Papa; brother Steve (Bonnie) Pursley; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Josephine Pursley; brothers Ernest and LeRoy Williams; sister Jacki Wilson; and father and mother-in-law Clarence and Rita Johnson.
Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday February 13, 2018 at Parkview Community Church of Nazarene with Reverend James Trippett officiating. Burial will follow at North Platte Cemetery. Gene’s family requests that those attending the service wear Husker apparel. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday February 12, 2019 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Ann McEntire, age 75 of North Platte, passed away Sunday February 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a very recent diagnosis and battle with cancer.
Pat was born June 25, 1943 in Kearney, NE to Raymond and Lilly (Olson) Stubbs. She attended school first in Kearney, then North Platte, graduating from North Platte High School with the class of 1962. She married the love of her life, Arthur Ennis McEntire, on October 8, 1962, and they were blessed with four wonderful children. Pat held many jobs through the years as an interior decorator, buying and selling antiques, she was the manager of Palmer Brother Monuments, and was most proud of her nursing career as an LPN at St. Mary’s Hospital, Great Plains Hospital and the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church where she helped her husband with ministry, music worship. She had a wonderful sense of humor which she passed on to her children, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Pat is survived by her daughters Lori (Patrick) Clinch, Pattie (Pat) Condon, and Misti (Michael Torres) McEntire all of North Platte; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; special daughter and granddaughter Carolyn O’Brien and Bailey O’Brien; sister Jean Triplett of North Platte; brothers`-in-law Bill Olson and Rick McEntire both of North Platte; as well as numerous other family members and friends; not to mention her beloved dog Arfie.
She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond Stubbs and Lilly Stubbs-Johnson; stepfather Jason Johnson; husband Arthur in March of 2018; son Artie in August of 2016; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday February 14, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church with the Reverend Gary Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday February 13, 2019 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Elva Louise Evans, 93, of Grand Island, formerly of Sutherland, died Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Village in Grand Island, Nebraska. Elva was born on April 8, 1925 at Arcadia, Kansas to Frederick Albert Arnold and Sarah Margaret Galvin Ricketts. She grew up in Kansas and Missouri and graduated in 1943 from Bronaugh High School in Missouri. On July 4, 1943, Elva was united in marriage to Vencil Mondell Evans in Bronaugh, Missouri and they lived in Wichita, Kansas. They moved to Sutherland, Nebraska in 1962 and opened the Tack Room in 1970. After Vencil died in 1992, Elva eventually moved to Grand Island. She attended the Hershey Baptist Church.
She is survived by her sons, Ron (Diane) Evans of Marianna, Florida, Denny (Vickie) Evans of Spokane, Washington, Ray Evans of Grand Island, and Robert Evans of Evanston, Wyoming; daughter-in-law, Ellie Evans of Trenton, South Carolina; and other family. Along with her husband, Vencil, Elva was preceded in death by their son, Dough; her parents; brother, Robert and Ivan Ricketts; and sisters, Fannie Goddard, Mayme Zilliox, Bernece Galvin, Audra Ricketts and Leatha Griffith.
Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery on July 3, 2019. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte is in charge of the arrangements.
D. Jean Fritz, 90, of North Platte, passed away January 25, 2019 at Linden Court. She was born on January 12, 1929 to William and Mary (Johnston) Gugelman at Stockville, Nebraska.
Jean attended grade school in Orafino, Nebraska and graduated from Curtis High School with the class of 1944. She went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning a teaching degree. On May 25, 1947, Jean was united in marriage to H. Earl Fritz in Kansas. They lived in the Eustis and Farnam areas, moving to North Platte in 1988. Her greatest joy was her family. She loved music, sewing, gardening, and bowling.
Jean is survived by her children, Vicky Fritz of North Platte, Connie Taylor of Moorefiled, Nebraska, Denise (Stan) Reed of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Tonya (Tony) Hergenrader of North Plattte; daughter-in-law, Vicki Fritz of Farnam; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl in 2003; son Terry Fritz; son-in-law, Terry Taylor; grandchildren, Jeremy Fritz and Kacy Taylor; a great grandson, Keegan Taylor; three sisters and one brother.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2109 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation with family receiving friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carepenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Adrian F. “Herb” Szwanek, age 88, of North Platte passed away January 27, 2019 at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
Herb was born on September 16, 1930 in Cotesfield, NE to James and Lizzie (Duester) Szwanek.
Herb graduated from Elba High School in 1949. He worked for farmers; and then the railroad for a short time before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1950. After being discharged, he went back to the Union Pacific Railroad as a signalman, then transferring to the Maintenance of Way department as a crane operator. Herb married Mary Anderson on August 23, 1958 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arnold. He retired from the railroad September 30, 1992.
Herb was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He loved his yard, full of peonies, rose bushes, and a garden. He enjoyed the outdoors and mechanic work and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of North Platte; children, David (Mary) Szwanek, Kirk (Pam) Szwanek all of North Platte, Jeff (Robin) Szwanek of Lincoln, and Rod (Lori) Szwanek of Omaha; brothers, Frank (Mildred) Szwanek of Mullen, and Ed Szwanek of Evanston, WY; sisters, Verna Nabity of Sacramento, Ca, Katherine Kyhn, Sylvia Chelewski both of Grand Island, and Rose Marie “Rosie” (Paul) Kilian of Omaha; numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Shirley Szwanek; brothers-in-law, Leo Nabity, Ron Chelewski, and Monty Kyhn; and a step-grandson, Robbie Mills.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic School Endowment Fund or to the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Christian Wake Service will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Matthew Nash as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors graveside. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.