Catherine Mildred “Midge” Hoffman


Catherine Mildred “Midge” Hoffman, age 87, of North Platte, passed away July 17/2012.
Midge was born January 19, 1925 in Bucktail, Nebraska to Harry and Florence Heldt Cullinan. She grew up in the Arthur County area graduating from Arthur County High School with the class of 1941 and graduated from Kearney State Teacher’s College. Midge taught school for a time before she married Lt. Clinton Davis in 1945. To this union a daughter, Terry was born. Lt. Davis was killed in a flight training accident while in the service in 1947. Following Lt. Davis’ death she taught school for many years and then became a school secretary in Grant, NE.
She married Orville Hoffman, made their home in Grant, and the couple had three children, Cindy, Kelly and Joel. Midge moved to North Platte in 1968.
Besides teaching, Midge also worked at Joe’s Supper Club, the Lincoln County Extension Office where she coordinated the 4-H program and as a Grant Writer for the Job Training Program for the State of Nebraska until she retired in 1991. For several years following retirement she worked at the North Platte Answering Service.
She was active in the Eagles, Platter Painters and Legion Auxiliary where she organized Poppy Day and was a Gold Star Wife. She volunteered for RSVP and was a member of the First Christian Church Quilting Club. Midge enjoyed her family, and was very loving to her children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Survivors include her children, Terry (Jim) Witt, Cindy (Jackie Nolan) Hoffman all of North Platte, Kelly Hoffman of Aurora, CO and Joel Hoffman of Seattle, WA; special friend and honorary son, Larry Meadows of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Sean (Deb) Hoover, Tanya (Michael) Hollis, Adam Hoover, Kelly Hoffman II, Justin Dean and Randee Hoffman; great-grandchildren, Allison, Joshua, Aaron, Jaden, Jeremiah and Boston; siblings, Dorothy Pueppka of North Platte, Helen “Honey” Dammann of McQueeny, TX, Bob (Louise) Cullinan of Paxton, NE and Joe Cullinan of Bucktail, NE; sister-in-law, Twylia Cullinan of Authur; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; infant brother, Harry; brother, Marvin; and a sister, Mary Ann Glinn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Positive Partners and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2012 at the 1st Christian Church with the Reverend Tim Adams officiating. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service.
Private inurnment will be in the Paxton Cemetery.
Visitation will be noon until 9:00 pm today, 9:00 am until 9:00 p.m. Friday and from noon until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

Mark A. DeCent


Mark A. DeCent, 45, of Hershey, died July 16, 2012, at his home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 20, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.

Carolina Faudoa Saenz


Carolina Faudoa Saenz, 72, of Lexington, formerly of Chihuahua, Mexico, died July 16, 2012, at her home in Lexington. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3 p.m., today, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with the Rev. Jorge Canela officiating. Burial will be at Cementerio Valle de Zaragoza, Mexico, at a later date. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time at the church on Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to the family. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to the family through reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Robert Wendel Coons


Robert Wendell Coons, age 73, of North Platte, passed away July 17 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born August 8, 1938. His parents Cecil and Ada Coons and his son Billy preceded him in death.
Bob graduated from Hyannis High School in 1957 and then attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln on a music scholarship.
On June 6, 1959 Bob married Francis Kay Applegarth.
To this union 7 children were born. Roberta Coons Mendoza, Rhonda Arledge, Cecil Coons, Rosalie Rozmiarek, Roxann Macon and Robert Coons: 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Bob married LeEtta Sue Kohl on March 1, 1980, adding 2 children, Pam Alvarado and Leonda Shepherd, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren to the family.
Memorials may be made to Renal Dialysis Center in North Platte, Nebraska. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 9 a.m. Thursday July 19, 2012 at Adams & Swanson Chapel with the Rev. Tom Wiles officiating. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 12:00 p.m. until 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert “Bob” Behrens

Robert “Bob” Behrens, 86, of Cozad, died July 16, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. There will be no interment services. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Friday, July 20, at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Connie Carol Neal

Connie Carol Neal, 63, of North Platte, NE died Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, OK.

Connie was born April 8, 1949, to Samuel Benjamin and Leora Ella German Hasbrouck at Ogallala, NE. She grew up in Ogallala, Potter and North Platte where she attended North Platte High School.

On January 23, 1968, Connie married Eugene Charles Neal at North Platte and they divorced in 1993. She later met Don Hood and they became companions.

Connie worked at the Cedar Bowl as a cook and volunteered with the Youth Bowling Program. She also worked at Kmart and Shopko as a sales associate. She received her 15 Year Clock from Shopko in 2011.

Connie was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #1504 and was an avid bowler. She held many office positions with the Women’s Bowling Association. She was also involved in a Bunco Club. Connie enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, painting ceramics, playing cards and crocheting.

Connie is survived by her daughter, Mindy (James) Schmadeke, of North Platte; two sons, Maj. Martin Neal, of Lincoln, NE and Mason Neal (special friend, Mandy Thompson), of North Platte; two sisters, Vina Shaw, of North Platte and Violet ‘Vicki’ Lucido, of California; a brother, Virgil (Phyllis) Beavers, of North Platte; her sister-in-law, Pauline Laflan, of Brule, NE; four grandchildren, Taylor, Skyler and Logan Schmadeke and Maesa Neal; her aunts, Jean Yonker and Almina German, both of North Platte; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Leora; her sister, Esther Summers; a brother, William ‘Chubbie’ Laflan; and her special friend, Don Hood.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore with Pastor Terry Brokaw of the Harvest Christian Fellowship officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. The family has established a memorial. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com with Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore in charge of arrangements.

Homer Loy Branting


Homer Loy Branting, 84, of North Platte, passed away July 15, 2012, at Broken Bow.
He was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Lincoln County, to Reuben and Lydia Mogensen Branting. Homer grew up in Lincoln County. He worked as a railroader, farmer, policeman and fireman in the North Platte area. Homer enjoyed spending time visiting with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen, of North Platte; daughter, Jan (Mike) Rich, of North Platte; son, Darryl (Laureen) Branting, of Herndon, Va.; grandsons, Erik Conor Branting and Jason Kane Branting, both of Herndon, Va.; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Reuben and Lydia Branting; sister, Dorothy Branting; and a brother, Lauren Branting.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Senior Center and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.

June Taylor


June Taylor, 87, of Lexington, died July 16, 2012, at Lexington Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, at Lexington Christian Church with Pastor K.C. BeDunnah officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to Lexington Christian Church or the donor’s choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Forward online condolences to the family through reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.