Charles E. “Chuck” Edwards, age 80, of North Platte, died October 14, 2012 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Chuck was born on September 8, 1932 in Cozad, NE to Edward N. and Eva (Kaiser) Edwards.
Chuck attended school in Cozad and North Platte, graduating from North Platte High School. He then began working for Hoppe Lumber until entering the U.S. Army on March 14, 1956. After his discharge on March 13, 1958, he returned to Hoppe Lumber where he worked until his health forced his retirement in 1991. He married Fran Krause in 1958. She preceded him in death in 1986. In 1995, Chuck married Doris Burch.
Chuck was a wonderful husband and father, always taking time for his boys. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, and for the wonderful care that he took of his mother and Aunt Max in their later years.
Survivors include his wife Doris of North Platte; a son, Rick Edwards of North Platte; a step-son, Danny Knuter of North Platte; three sisters, Mary DeLeFe of California, Barb (Dean) Eckel of Omaha, and Debbie (Bill) Volbreth of California; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Fran, a brother, Paul Edwards, and a brother-in-law, Ralph DeLeFe. A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences can be made at www.adamsswanson.com.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday October 17, 2012 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with Pastor Joe Sukraw officiating. Visitation will be noon to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorthe Marie Jensen, age 90 formerly of Chappell, NE, passed away October 14, 2012 in North Platte. Dorthe was born on March 28, 1922 in Chicago, IL to William and Clara (Sylvano) Affleck. She grew up in Chicago, graduating from high school there. Dorthe worked at various clerical jobs before moving with her family to Ogallala.
Dorthe met Mervin Jensen and the couple was married in Ogallala on June 17, 1950. They moved to Chappell, NE where she worked part time at Mervin’s insurance agency. She also owned a fabric shop for several years, was a past city councilwoman and a member of the Methodist Church. Dorthe was a welcoming person and loved to share her excellent cooking. She was very interested in other people and never knew a stranger.
Dorthe is survived by her sons Peter “Cory” (JoJo) Jensen of North Platte, Todd (Julie) Jensen of Aurora, NE; daughter Teresa Jensen; sister Mary Osterman of McCook, NE; grandchildren Tyler (Cara) Jensen of Wayne, NE, Kylie (Quintin) Penner of Lincoln, NE, Connor Jensen of Aurora, NE, Rebecka Jensen of Michigan, James Jensen of Kearney, NE, Matthew Jensen of Kearney, NE, Nichole Armentrout of Colorado, Jennifer (Robert) Maestas of Denver, CO, Jeremy (fiancé Lupe Comparan) Jensen of Sidney, NE, and Alexis Sherman of Chicago, IL; great grandchildren Tate Jensen of Wayne, NE, Noelleona Armentrout, Soriya Armentrout of Colorado, Alexis Maestas of Denver and Mark Jensen of Sidney, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Mervin; brother William Affleck; and sister Emily Wlaschin.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church in Chappell or the Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte. On line condolences may be made at www.adamsswanson.com. Services will be Thursday October 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home with the Reverend James Golka officiating. Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be Wednesday October 17, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Our beloved Mother, Edith R. Coombe, died on Sunday, October 14, 2012, surrounded by her family at Linden Court in North Platte.
Edith was born on February 8, 1921, at Bronaugh, MO. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Andrew Jackson and Edith Rosamond Hill Foster. At the age of eight, her mother died and her father brought her to live with her sister, Dora, in North Platte where she attended school.
On July 26, 1936, Edith married her high school sweetheart, Walter Thomas Coombe at Ringgold, NE. They were longtime residents of Lincoln County where they farmed and ranched for over 50 years. Edith worked right alongside Walter all her life.
Edith loved flowers and had her own garden. She was an avid collector of carnival glass for over 50 years and was a fabulous seamstress. She enjoyed quilting and making doll clothes and dresses. Edith was also a great cook who made the best homemade pancakes and peanut brittle.
Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Dora Grace (Jim) Nowlin, of Huntertown, Indiana and Mary Ellen Coombe, of Houston, Texas; a son, Walter Thomas (Cheri) Coombe, Jr., of Bismarck, North Dakota; her sole surviving sister, Dorothy Cerney, of Riverside, California. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Martin T. Fletcher, Jr., Michele D. Adrian, W. Scott Coombe, Christopher T. Coombe, Ryan J. Coombe and Lindsay A. Coombe; six great-grandchildren, Eliza, Bennett and Jared Fletcher, Susan and John McKenna and Mary Adrian; and other family.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Walter T. Coombe, Sr.; her parents, Andrew and Edith Foster; six brothers; three sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Adrian.
The family wishes to thank family and friends for all of their prayers and support during this difficult time. The family would also like to thank the wonderful staff of Linden Court for their dedication and care.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2012, at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore with Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday with family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com and memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Lou Golden, 76, of North Platte, NE died Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Mary was born February 2, 1936, at Comstock, NE to Garland Peter and Anna Mary Land Bivens. The family moved to Loup City, NE when Mary was 12 years old. She married Ivan Raymond Burson in November 1954, they later divorced. Mary married Walter E. Wells and they moved to Montana where she finished her education under a government program at Mountain Plains in Glasco, MT. They moved to McCook, NE in 1973 and later divorced. Mary waited tables, cooked and worked in nursing.
On October 3, 1975, Mary married Carl Edmond Golden at Hastings, NE. They made their home in McCook until the mid 90’s. After Carl’s death in 1993, Mary moved to North Platte.
Mary was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, R.S.V.P. and Grandmothers’ Club and was a past member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in McCook and North Platte.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Lynn) Wood, of North Platte; her brother, William (Karen) Bivens, of Centralia, IL; two grandchildren, Gregory Wood, of Beatrice, NE and Jessica (William) Bishop, of North Platte; three great-grandchildren, James Breedlove, Andrew Wood and Aubrey Bishop; several nieces, nephews and other family.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; a daughter, Robin Wells; and her parents, Garland and Anna Bivens.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore with Father Neal Hock of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com.
Regina M. Teichert, age 89, of North Platte passed away October 6, 2012 at the Sutherland Care Center. She was born December 25, 1922 in Grainton, NE to Joe and Edith Sintek Welch. She attended school in Grainton, NE graduating with the class of 1940. Regina attended college for a semester in 1940 at Kearney State and began teaching in February 1941, teaching in rural schools in Perkins County through May of 1944. She was employed at the Hastings Navel Ammunition Depot in Hastings, NE and later at the Army Ammunitions Depot in Grand Island, NE. At the end of WWII she returned to teaching until May of 1947 when she married Richard Teichert in August and became a housewife and mother. Regina lost her husband in January 1962 and returned to Kearney State College part-time that June. She was employed at St. Patrick’s Elementary from September 1962-May 1970 while attending night classes. Regina enrolled at Kearney State College full-time September 1970, attending classes and student taught the next 2 semesters. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education in August 1971. She taught at several schools over the next 17 years including West Holt High School in Atkinson, NE, ESU #16 in Ogallala, NE and North Platte, retiring from teaching in 1988. From January 1989-January 1992 Regina was employed part time with Office Personnel Management out of Wichita, Ks. and also worked part time with ESU #16 as a Special Education Consultant in outlaying schools from August 1990 until present. She enjoyed playing cards and sewing.
Survivors include her sons, Jim (Karen Fleming) Teichert of North Platte, NE, Bill Teichert of Grand Island, NE and Bob (Jeanne) Teichert of Casper, WY; 6 grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Walters of IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Richard; and 7 brothers and sisters.
A memorial has been established in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Neal Hock as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation is 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Birdine Smith, age 84, of North Platte passed away October 7, 2012 at the North Platte Care Center. She was born March 20, 1928 in Duluth, MN to Don and Ethel Mehling Aydelott.
Virginia grew up in Lincoln, NE, graduating from North East High School. After high school she married Robert Hansen. The couple lived in Idaho, and had a son, Don.
Virginia lived in Sioux Falls before returning to Lincoln to work as an Office Administrator with Dairyland Insurance Company. She married Edgar “Bud” Smith and the couple moved to North Platte where they had a house out at Lake Maloney for many years.
Virginia volunteered for many years at the North Platte Tourist Center. She enjoyed golfing and trying to make home made breads and soaps like the pioneers.
She is survived by a son, Don Hansen of Winter Park, CO; and a grandson, Tyler Hansen of TX.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and husband, “Bud” Smith.
A memorial has been established and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Lincoln, NE. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
James A. Wheeler, age 73 of Ogallala, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at his home.
Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10th followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke’s Catholic Church with Fr. Bryan Ernest as celebrant. Burial will be in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Jim was born November 12, 1938 at Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Clifford “Hap” and Mary (Brady) Wheeler. He attended elementary school in Council Bluffs. He worked in his father’s drug store as a young man and attended Creighton Prep High School and Creighton University where he was a member of ROTC. He later also attended Automated Institute and received a certificate in computer programming. He worked as a computer programmer for Peter Keiwit and Sons before moving to Ogallala in 1972 to open a Western Auto Store. He was later employed by the Ogallala Community Hospital as a data processor.
Jim was a Boy Scout leader and a youth baseball coach. His hobbies included bowling, gardening, bird watching, puzzles and going to garage sales. He was an active member of the Regional Art Council.
Survivors include two daughters, Therese Wheeler and Mary (Dave) Barnes both of Ogallala; two sons, John (Cathy) Wheeler and Mike (Becky) Wheeler both of Ogallala; one sister, Peggy (Joe) Respeliers of Council Bluffs, IA; grandchildren, Tony Reyna of Ogallala, Tim (Jenelle) Reyna of Bennett, CO, Tiffany Reyna and fiancé Zeke Peterson of Brule, Camille (Aaron) Ballagh of Burwell, NE, Stephanie (Jeff) Armour of Ogallala, Kelsey (Jake) Snow of Ogallala, Elisha Stanislav of Lincoln, NE, Ryan Barnes of Ogallala, Jennifer (Joe) Rodriquez of Manhattan, KS and Austin Wheeler of Ogallala; and nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathyrn in 2007; his parents, Clifford “Hap” and Mary Wheeler; grandson, Davey Barnes; great granddaughter, Alejandra Reyna; and a niece Kathy Jo Reinhardt.
Memorials may be directed to Creighton Prep High School or the Ogallala Regional Arts Council in his memory. Online condolences may be sent to gubserfuneralhome.com. Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret B. Westerbuhr, age 90, a longtime Brule resident, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brule with Pastor Jon Dickmander officiating. Burial will be in the Brule Cemetery.
Margaret was born December 1, 1921 at Brule, the oldest daughter of Charles and Helen (Pearson) Welsh. She graduated from the Brule High School in 1939 and received a teaching certificate from Kearney State College and taught for five years in Keith County.
On January 12, 1944 she married Elmer Westerbuhr at her parent’s home. In 1960 she started two jobs, working at the Farmer’s Coop in Brule and the Ogallala Livestock Auction in Ogallala. In 1964 she went to work for the Keith County ASCS office retiring in the late 1980’s.
Margaret was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brule. Amount her interests were crocheting, playing cards, watching Denver Rockies baseball, volunteering at the Senior Center and staying active in her church.
Survivors include one daughter, DeEtta (Bud) Madson of Papillion, NE; one son Delmer (Karen) Westerbuhr of Oshkosh, NE; four grandchildren, Cheryl Madson of Papillion, NE, Chad (Margarita) Madson of Ralston, NE, Sarah Westerbuhr (Dana Sendin) of Loveland, CO and Steve (Tara) Westerbuhr of Lincoln, NE; five great grandchildren, Alex and Angela Madson, Elena Sendin, Jenna and Paige Westerbuhr; one sister, Erma Hulinsky of Brule and many special nieces and nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer in 1980; her parents; one great granddaughter and two sisters, Mildred McCroden and Thelma Wiest.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Brule, the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh or the Donor’s Choice in her memory.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8th at the Gubser Funeral Home. Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Fowler Getty, M.D., age 83 of North Platte, died October 4, 2012 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born July 16, 1929 at Monmouth, IL to Robert Lamont Getty and Lois (Fowler) Getty.
The family moved to North Platte in 1939 where Robert attended the North Platte public schools, graduating from North Platte High School in 1947. Robert attended Grinnell College, receiving a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry in 1951. He also attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, receiving the M.D. degree in 1955.
Robert married Naomi Nettleton June 24, 1955 at York, NE. Four children were born to this union.
Following internship at Immanuel Deaconess Institute in Omaha, and military service in the U.S. Air Force at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, KS, Robert returned to North Platte, where he began practicing family medicine in the fall of 1958. He practiced medicine in North Platte for 43 years. He was on the medical staffs of Memorial and St. Mary’s Hospitals, and when Great Plains Regional Medical Center opened he continued on its medical staff. Dr. Getty worked during the 1960s’s and 1970’s on the effort to combine the two small hospitals into a single hospital, and to encourage new physicians to come to North Platte. Robert was a pioneer in North Platte, encouraging general practitioners to work with specialists for obtaining better patient care.
Robert was a 70-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in North Platte. He served several terms on the Session of the church, and three times as stated clerk of Session. He also taught church school classes as well as short-term Bible studies. Other memberships included the Lincoln County Medical Society, the Nebraska Medical Association, The American Academy of Family Practice and the Nebraska chapter of the AAFP.
Robert is survived by his wife Naomi; sons Robert John (Cindy) Getty of Papillion, NE, and Stephen (Patti Parziale) Getty of Wilmington, DE; daughters Mary (Karl) Haider of Pittsburgh, PA, Margaret Anne (Dan Kissel) Getty of Cranberry Township, PA; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in North Platte, the Robert F. Getty Scholarship Fund at Great Plains Regional Medical Center, or to the donor’s choice. On line condolences may be made at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be Monday October 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Polly Deppen officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service. Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from noon to 6:00 on Saturday, and noon to 7:00 on Sunday. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Rosemary Pueppka, age 77 of North Platte, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday October 3, 2012 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Rosemary was born February 1, 1935 on a farm near Wellfleet, NE to Leo and Veda (Flock) Greenwood. The family moved to North Platte in 1939. She attended school at St. Patrick’s until her senior year, graduating from North Platte High School with the class of 1952.
Rosemary married Darrell Pueppka at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on May 17, 1954 and the couple made their home in North Platte.
Shortly after graduating from high school Rosemary went to work for the CPA firm of Hansen & Fuening where she worked for over thirty years, retiring in 1984.
Rosemary was a deeply spiritual person whose Catholic faith was very important. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish for over seventy years, serving as a lector, Eucharistic minister and on the Parish Council.
Survivors include her husband Darrell; sons Steve and Larry both of North Platte; and daughter Sharee of Omaha. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother James.
A memorial has been established to the St. Patrick’s Food Pantry and on line condolences may be made at www.adamsswanson.com. Christian Wake services will be Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday October 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Golka officiating. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Friday noon to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 6:00 p.m. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.