Obituaries for Fox Funeral Home Nebraska Obituary for Ida Marie MumfordIda Marie Mumford, 92, of Beatrice died at her home on October 16, 2014. She was born February 26, 1922 at rural Roca, grew up on a farm in Gage County and graduated from Filley High School in 1939. She married Dean Mumford on September 16, 1940 in Yakima, Washington and they lived and farmed northeast of Beatrice from 1940 until 1942 and lived in the log cabin that is now located at Homestead National Monument. In 1942, they moved to a farm near Filley and in 1946 they moved back to the farm northeast of Beatrice and lived there until 1948 when they moved to Dean’s grandfather’s homestead northeast of Beatrice. They moved to Beatrice in 1954. They owned and operated the Big Blue Auction for 14 years, retiring in 1993. She was known for her angel food cake and enjoyed family get-togethers, Bingo, cards, bowling and fishing. Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Turner and special friend, Ron Howell of Virginia, NE, Judy Buhr and husband Gilbert and Cindy Essam all of Beatrice; eight grandchildren, Michelle Droege and husband Micheal, Todd Turner and special friend, Carla Mahloch, Shaun Turner, Galen Buhr, Rodney Buhr and wife Alicia, Karla Carstens and husband Scott, Deziree Ebbers and husband Dave and Shane Essam and fiancée April Kreft; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ella Dougherty Honnor; her husband Dean, who died September 16, 1997; brother, Arthur Honnor; sister, Fern Zielski; son-in-law, Bill Turner; grandson, Kent Turner, great-grandson, Tayten Buhr; granddaughter-in-law, Susie Buhr and sister-in-law, Kathryn Fitzgerald. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, October 20, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Rev. David A. Bigley officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the Gage County Agricultural Society. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 8:00 A.M. Saturday until time of services on Monday. The family will meet and greet friends and family on Sunday from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Fox Funeral Home. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=cb78345300Obituary for Agnes Lillian BrattAgnes Lillian Bratt, 100, of Beatrice died at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center on Sunday, October 12, 2014. She was born February 8, 1914 at Ash Creek, SD and moved with her parents to Stella, NE. She attended school in Stella and Humboldt. She was married to Raymond H. Bratt on May 28, 1930 in Seneca KS and they lived in Humboldt before moving to Beatrice in 1943. She worked at the Beatrice State Developmental Center as a nurse aid and chef in the “Goodie Shop” for ten years. From 1989 to 1997, she was a foster-grandparent at BSDC. She is a member of First Christian Church (DOC) of Beatrice and enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, dancing and traveling. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Gibson and husband Gary of Beatrice and Kay Salts and husband William of Clay Center, KS; 29 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and 58 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ella Burt of Phoenix; two daughters-in-law, Barbara Bratt Kennedy and husband Duane of Texas and Shirley Bratt of Beatrice; special daughter, Vicki Philippi and husband Dan of Beatrice; several nieces and nephews, including Gerald (Terry) Terhune and wife Shirley of Beatrice. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest C. and Bertha Rogers Terhune; her husband Raymond, who died in 1972; two sons, Raymond and Ernest (Fred) Bratt; daughter, Dorothy Mize; four grandchildren, William Salts, Alan Parde, Greg Parde and Becky Parde; one great-granddaughter, Sara Bishop; four brothers, Melvin, Mark, Earl and Carl Terhune; sister, Laura Terhune. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Rolly Salts officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. Visitation will be held at Fox Funeral Home from 12:00 noon Wednesday until time of services on Friday. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bab4344935Obituary for Gladys NortonGladys Norton, 91, of Beatrice, formerly of Filley, died Friday night, October 10, 2014 in Beatrice. She was born on September 10, 1923 at rural Filley and graduated from Filley High School in 1941. She worked at the Filley Bank as head cashier and vice-president for over 20 years, retiring in 1988. She married Robert Norton on May 8, 1975 in Filley. They moved to Flowing Springs in Beatrice in 2002. She was a former member of the Filley United Methodist Church where she had been active in the UMW. She was currently a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Beatrice. She was a breast cancer survivor and enjoyed quilting, baking pies, traveling, yard work and golfing. Survivors include one son, Randy Siefkes and wife Jan of Pasadena, CA; one daughter, Phyllis Steube and husband Loyal of Granby, CO; two step-sons, David Norton and wife Betty of Filley and Steve Norton and wife Pam of Beatrice; two step-daughters, Linda Lamb and husband James of Elkhorn and Marcia Busboom and husband John of Pickrell; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Audrey Bowers of Lincoln and Carol Carbone of Sheridan, WY; two nieces, Jolene Huls and husband Ervin of Beatrice and Glenna Heller and husband Paul of Clatonia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Bertha Bowers Hendricksen; her husband Robert Norton, who died on September 9, 2008; an infant daughter, Gail; three brothers, Orval, Donald and Gene Hendricksen; sister-in-law, Eileen Hendricksen; one nephew, Daniel Hendricksen and one niece, Harriet Fotinos. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Filley Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice with Rev. Dr. Charles Spence, III officiating. A memorial has been established to the Filley Cemetery and Susan G. Komen Foundation. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from noon Sunday until 11:00 A.M. Tuesday and not at the church. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c63b344812Obituary for Gaskey M. DentonGaskey M. Denton, 96, of Beatrice died at Beatrice Good Samaritan on Monday, October 6, 2014. She was born on June 6, 1918 at Pickrell and attended Logan Center Country School. She lived on a farm northwest of Filley before moving into Beatrice in 1941. She married Harry Denton on July 4, 1942 at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell. She worked at Happy Hour Café and Busy B Café for 25 years and also worked part-time at the Elks Club, retiring in 1985. She was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church and currently a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Beatrice where she was a member of the quilting group and a Sunday School teacher. She was a Cub Scout Leader and enjoyed her flower gardens, garage sales, doing handy work and camping. Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Williams of Pickrell; three sons, Thomas Denton of Beatrice, Wayne Denton of Glenpool, OK and Dallas Denton and wife Karen of Beatrice; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Robert Denton and wife Phyllis of Las Vegas, NV; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harm and Emma Jurgens Ackerman; her husband Harry, who died on April 24, 1997; brother, John Ackerman; sister, Trientje Denton; son-in-law, Sherman Williams. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the Good Samaritan Trinity Garden. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 8:00 A.M. Thursday until time of services on Saturday with the family meeting and greeting friends and relatives on Friday, October 10th from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0479344309Obituary for Gretl JantzenGretl Jantzen, 84, of Beatrice passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 in her home. She was born on March 15, 1930 at Neureut, Germany to Adolf and Luise Linder Ott. She attended school in Germany through the ninth grade. She was confirmed in the Reformed Evangelical Church on March 5, 1944. She lived through World War II and started working at age 15 to support her family. In 1949, she went to work for a family in Switzerland. Through a small German Mennonite community there, she made a decision to participate in a Vistor Exchange Program in the United States. She was assigned to work at the Mennonite Deaconess Hospital in Beatrice in September 1953. While working there she met Henry Jantzen and they were married on December 15, 1955 in Neureut, Germany. They returned to the Jantzen family farm in February 1956. She was baptized at First Mennonite Church May 28, 1956. Life was very different for this town girl on the farm but with her sister-in-law Emma’s help and Henry’s patience, she became a farm wife. The union was blessed with five children. They had a busy life on the dairy farm with travel, church and community activities over the years. Their wish to host participants in the Vistor Exchange Program became real in February 1978. They hosted 18 trainees over the next ten years. In 1993, they moved to Beatrice. She was a member of First Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday and Bible School, sang in the choir for many years and was a member of the Women’s Mission Society. She also volunteered at Burwood Books, the hospital gift shop, and was an active member of her exercise group. She enjoyed reading, quilting and writing letters. Survivors include four sons, Vern Jantzen and wife Dolores and Glen Jantzen and wife Linda all of Plymouth, Mark Jantzen and wife Alice of Newton, KS and and Eric Jantzen and wife Joelle of Overland Park, KS; a daughter, Sarah Peters and husband Tim of Silverton, OR; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Hans Ott and wife Renate of Karlsruhe, Germany; Bert Ott and wife Daffol of Carthage, MO and Adolph Ott and wife Margarete of Kevelar, Germany; one sister, Sieglinde Evensen and husband Rudolf of Sandefjord, Norway; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, who died on November 29, 2003; two grandsons, Justin Jantzen and Luke Peters; one sister, Irma Zickwolf and her husband Fred. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice with Pastor Brett Klingenberg officiating. Private burial will be in the First Mennonite Cemetery of rural Beatrice prior to the memorial services. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday, October 31, 2014 with family meeting and greeting friends and relatives from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday. A memorial has been established to the Mennonite Central Committee, Bethel College History Department and Gage County Habitat for Humanity with Letha Hamm and Laura Franz in charge. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=767b344264Obituary for Mark J. JurgensMark J. Jurgens, 58, of rural Filley died at his home unexpectedly on Friday, October 3, 2014. He was born on June 23, 1956 at Beatrice, grew up in the Filley area and graduated from Filley High School in 1974. He farmed with his dad and also worked at the Filley Tavern. He married Burdette Schoen and they had one child, Sabrina. After their divorce, he was married to Deb Rathbun to which Tiffany was born and they were later divorced. He worked for Caspers Construction of Beatrice as a construction crew foreman and was then at Topps Mechanical at Tecumseh. At the time of his death, he was self-employed as a traveling contractor. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell and had received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award. He took pride in all of his work. He loved hunting, fishing, Westerns, hanging out in the man shed entertaining anyone who stopped and all left with bellies full. He was a jokester and put a smile on everyone’s face. He especially loved spending time playing games with his daughters and granddaughter. Survivors include the love of his life, Tiffany Wright of Filley; two daughters, Sabrina Jurgens of Beatrice and Tiffany Jurgens of Lincoln; granddaughter, Nora Jurgens of Beatrice; brother, Alan (Jake) Jurgens and wife Tracy of Plymouth; sister, Julia Lenners and her husband Michael of Beatrice; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry M. Jurgens and Joan Parde Jurgens Witt and a step-father, Fred Witt. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell with Pastor Jerry Gilbreath officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery of rural Pickrell. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. on Tuesday at the church. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice with Alan and Sheryl Wiese in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 12:00 noon Sunday until 9:00 P.M. Monday and at the church one hour preceding the services on Tuesday. The family requests casual dress especially camouflage. The family will meet and greet friends and family at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M on Monday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangement http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=9573344135Obituary for LaVern RoschewskiLaVern F. Roschewski, 83, of Laughlin, NV, died Friday, October 3, 2014 in Lincoln. He was born on October 9, 1930 at Beatrice and baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church of Beatrice. He graduated from Beatrice High School in 1948 and then attended Doane College in Crete. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a Degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary Scholastic Society. On August 23, 1953 he married Carol Leafgren in Beatrice. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. In 1956 he began working for First Federal Lincoln as an internal auditor, was the controller, treasurer, vice-president, president, chief operating operator and Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Federal Reserve Board at Kansas City. He married Judith Ann Zadina Hansen on December 29, 1999 in Lincoln. He was a member of the American Legion and Hillcrest Country Club. LaVern dedicated many years of financial experience to help First Federal Lincoln continue as a leader in the financial industry. Survivors include his wife, Judith Ann Hansen of Lincoln; daughter, Lynn Roschewski and son, Kevin Roschewski both of Lincoln; step-son, Jason Hansen and wife Marie Claude-Hansen of Colorado Springs, CO; three step-grandchildren, Janae, Mercedes and Tristan Hansen; sister, Darlene Meints of Fremont; niece Jan Roberts and husband Carl of Atkinson; great-nephew, Shawn Roberts . He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Louise Deeke Roschewski, his first wife, Carol, who died October 7, 1983, and step-son, Michael Hansen. Private funeral services will be held at the Fox Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Gabriel officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment of the cremains will be at a later date. A memorial has been established to Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the American Legion of Beatrice. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=edf9344764Obituary for Jesse Lee (Corvus) TowneJesse Lee (Corvus) Towne, 33, of Beatrice died on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. He was born on May 9, 1981 in Omaha and at an early age moved with his family to Beatrice. He attended Beatrice Public Schools but received his high school diploma from SCC in 2006. He was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in 2008. He worked as a handy-man and doing roofing. He enjoyed music, video games, fishing, barbequing and crows. Survivors include four children, Adam, Victoria, Nina and Nathan; his mother, Shelia Arington of Beatrice; his father, Christopher Towne of Evanston, WY; two step-dads, John Arington and Steve Frye both of Beatrice; step-mother, Lori Cary of Beatrice; girlfriend, Amanda Abdunazarov of Beatrice; grandparents, Clyde and Dolores Towne of Evanston, WY; aunts and uncles, Don and Toni Fanning, Butch and Sandy Garrison and Linda and Tim Langdon; two step-sisters, Jennifer Volkmer and husband Brian and Stacey Hahn and husband Will; step-brother, Brian Cary; many extended loved ones and family. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jacob and Gentry Garrison; grandparents, Louis and Jaunita Garrison; uncle, Tony Garrison. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Pastor Greg Gabriel officiating. The body has been cremated. Visitation will be Monday from 8:00 A.M. until service time. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available on line at www.forfuneralhome.net. A memorial has been established. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6891344029Obituary for Barbara A. LempkaBarbara A. Lempka, 77, of St. Mary went to meet her Lord on Monday, September 29, 2014. She was born on October 21, 1936 in rural Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School in 1954. She attended Peru State College for two years and then taught country school. She married Bernard F. Lempka on December 27, 1956 and they lived and farmed near Tecumseh until 1964. They owned and operated the St. Mary’s Service Station for 21 years. She was then a cook and waitress at several cafes around her local area. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church of St. Mary, the Holy Rosary Altar Society and Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, cooking, playing cards, dominoes, Bingo, cross-stitching and embroidery. Survivors include two sons, Jim Lempka and wife Gen of St. Mary and David Lempka and wife Susan Lococo-Lempka of Lincoln; two daughters, Dianne (Lempka) Hoppes and husband Morry of Lincoln and Susan (Lempka) Goracke of St. Mary; nine grandchildren, Asa Lempka and wife Jenna, Avery Lempka, Andrew Hinman and wife Shannon, Nicole Hall and husband Josh, Andrew Bornemeier, Roy Goracke and wife Mandy, Tiffany Goracke, Tasha Goracke and Olivia Lempka; eight great-grandchildren, Lance, Samantha, Addyson and Tyler Hall, Bryce and Haley Goracke, Brinnly Goracke-Chadwick and Amiya Goracke; one sister, Viola Lucas and husband Tim of Sterling; one brother, Walt Masur and wife Sharon of Tecumseh; one brother-in-law, Bob Lempka and wife Rose of Tecumseh; one sister-in-law, Donitta Straub and husband Dave of Syracuse; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ottilia (Goetz) Masur and her husband Bernard, who died on November 18, 1997. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Mary with Father Thomas Dunavan, Celebrant. Inurnment of the cremains will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Arthritis Foundation. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A register book for signatures will be available at Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3eb2343724Obituary for Delma Roine (Lefler) PaulDelma Roine (Lefler) Paul, daughter of Ralph and Gladys White Lefler, 78, of Beatrice died on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Bryan Medical Center East in Lincoln. She was born on a farm north of Fairmont on July 4, 1936, and baptized on March 28, 1937 at Fairmont Federated Church. She attended rural grade school at District 11 and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1954. Following graduation, she moved to Lincoln and held various positions for 39 years in the home offices of US Life and Lifeshares. After the companies moved out of Nebraska, she accepted employment in Beatrice as a receptionist/insurance clerk with Dr. E.W. Paquette Chiropractor. On March 2, 1974, Delma was united in marriage to Louis O. Paul of Plymouth at the Fairmont Community Church. She became step-mother to his four children: Debra, Theresa, Pamela and James. Their first home was in Crete and after two and a half years, they moved to Beatrice. She continued to commute to work in Lincoln until 1993. The later years were in Beatrice when she retired in 2004. She joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete on August 26, 1974 and later transferred membership to Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Beatrice on March 20, 1977. She joined ESA International in 1960 and co-chaired many community philanthropic projects. She served as Nebraska State ESA President in 1972-73. She enjoyed homemaking tasks, sewing, piecing quilts, her employment jobs as well as serving her church in various positions. She compiled Holy Cross Church history from 1966 through 2014 in the form of pictures and written information. Many pictures were taken and scrapbooks prepared for each of the eight grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Louis of Beatrice; three step-daughters, Debra Lawrence and husband Jeffery of Independence, KS, Theresa Hefner and husband Russell of Lindsborg, KS and Pamela Clark and husband Scott of Bettendorf, IA; one step-son, James Paul and wife Rhonda of Beatrice; eight grandchildren, Jamie and Jennifer Lawrence, Nikie Rogers, Charles Hefner, Jessica Ritter, Brandon Clark, Courtney and Colby Paul; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Lefler and wife Donna of Fairmont and Francis Lefler and wife Nancy of Fort Collins, CO; nieces, Marcia Foster and husband Casey and Emily Lefler; nephews, Bradley Lefler and Michael Lefler and wife Lisa; three sisters-in-law, Elda Guthrie of Santa Fe, NM, Elaine Ackerman and Margaret Morrow both of Beatrice. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a nephew, Scott Lefler. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 2, 2024 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Beatrice of Pastor William Shaner, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. on Thursday at the church. The family will meet and greet friends and family from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Fox Funeral Home on Wednesday. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice and Burley and Genell Copas in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 12:00 noon Tuesday until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday and at the church one hour preceding the services on Thursday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=50b5343835