Obituaries for Fox Funeral Home Nebraska Obituary for Leslie MayhewLeslie Mayhew, 87, of Lincoln formerly of Beatrice died at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln on Wednesday morning, September 17, 2014. He was born December 20, 1926 in Marshall County, KS and graduated from Marysville High School. He joined the United States Navy and served from 1944 to 1946. He met and married Nola Petet in San Diego, CA in 1946 before moving to Beatrice. He worked at Steel Tanks, Store Kraft and the City of Beatrice. He started and ran the Walnut Grove Pet Cemetery. He was a force in unionizing the City of Beatrice and the Board of Public Works Employees, was a charter member of the Gage County Credit Union and served on the Beatrice City Council from 1992 to 1996. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice; Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the American Legion; FOE #531 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and had been active in the Boy Scouts and PTA. Survivors include his wife, Nola of Lincoln formerly of Beatrice; two daughters, Sandra Mayhew of Ashland, Rebecca Lyons and husband Blaine of Lincoln; two sons, Thomas Mayhew of Lincoln and Daniel Mayhew and wife Kim of Lincoln; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Maxine Mayhew of Maryland; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Zilpha Anderson Mayhew; three brothers, Everett, Roy and Dale Mayhew; three sisters, Ada Heaton, Correne Corey and Zelma Daily. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Rev. Dr. Charles Spence, III officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 8:00 A.M. Sunday until time of services on Tuesday. 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=ff4c342580Obituary for Frances C AlwardFrances C. Alward, 72, of Beatrice, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Beatrice Community Hospital. She was born on November 26, 1941 at San Jose, CA and graduated from high school there. She began working in production at Owen Illinois Glass Company in San Jose and on February 12, 1967 married Larry Alward. They lived in California until 1977 when they moved to Beatrice. In 1982 she began working for nearly 20 years as an aide at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center. She enjoyed cooking and baking pies. Survivors include her husband Larry Alward of Beatrice; one son, Aaron Alward and wife Tracy of Gretna; two grandchildren, Logan and Aiden Alward of Gretna. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Josephine Meyer Poulson, her son, Lance, who died on July 5, 2014, and two brothers, Ed, Jr. and Michael Poulson. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Pastor Theodora Boolin officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the Myotonic Dystrophy Association (MDA.org) Cremation has taken place and there will be no viewing. A register book will be available from 8:00 A.M. Sunday until the time of the service on Monday. A guestbook for signatures is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=9c75342222Obituary for Gene F. SetzerGene F. Setzer, 97, of Beatrice passed away at Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. He was in excellent health his whole life until he fell on August 27th breaking his hip and pelvis. He was born at the home place in Peru on May 8, 1917 to Fredrick (Ace) and Katie (Carter) Setzer. He graduated from Peru High School in 1935 and served in the United States Army during WW II. He married Lavina Moneypenny of Dorchester on January 25, 1942 in Nebraska City. They lived in Peru and Crete before moving to Beatrice in 1953. He worked as a grocer and baker his entire life at Red and White Grocery in Peru, Keystone Grocery in Crete, Geiger’s IGA, Lovell’s, Boogaarts and Grant St. Grocery in Beatrice. His second job was at Sunrise Bakery where he worked for over 45 years. He was the donut man for many years doing the early morning delivery of donuts and rolls. During the summers, he hauled melons from Kansas to many stores in Beatrice, Lincoln and Tecumseh for re-sale. He also sold them on his driveway out of the back of his truck. In the fall, he would haul apples and pumpkins. He had many faithful customers that stopped by each year. Depending on the season, he was known as the donut man, melon man or apple man. He also spent many years delivering groceries to the elderly. He retired in January 2011 at age 93. He was an avid Denver Bronco’s fan. Survivors include three sons, Virg Setzer and wife Sue of Centennial, CO, Mark Setzer and wife Kathy and Tom Setzer and wife Dawn of Beatrice; three daughters, Sally Diekman of Beatrice, Sarah Wienck and husband Ralph of Marysville, KS and Katie Ticnor and husband Scott of Beatrice; eighteen grandchildren, Jim Genrich of Beatrice, Angie Setzer of Booneville, CA, Shelly Setzer of Castle Rock, CO, Stacy Allgood of Beattie, KS, Kristi Langford of Omaha, Jenny Behrens of Marysville, KS, Debbie Setzer of Norway, Emily Bray of Olathe, KS, Christopher Setzer of Seattle, WA, Lindsay Setzer of Beatrice, John Ticnor of Lees Summit, MO, Amanda Wienck of Marysville, KS, Matt Setzer of Lincoln, Cory Wienck of Marysville, KS, Jayme Stiefvater of Beatrice, Kelly Setzer of Nashville, TN, Jacie Ticnor of Beatrice and Meaghan Setzer of Lincoln; 19 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Max, Zane, Elsa, Jacob, Noah, Colby, Triston, Shalee, Nicholas, Katelyn, Noah, Lauren, Kylie, Macy, Myah, Hunter, Gracie and Karly; one brother-in-law, Kenneth Moneypenney and wife Doris of Wilber; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ace and Katie Setzer, his wife Lavina, who died in September 1996; one brother, Dorsey Setzer; four sisters, Leora Hammond, Marie Pharoah, Jo Zentner and Laverne Lunsford; parents-in-law, Chancey and Bessie Moneypenny. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home with the Pastor Jack Magness officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home until time of services on Saturday. 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=f09e341992Obituary for Hazel Dora "Dode" ArpkeHazel Dora “Dode” Arpke, born March 8, 1920 in Beatrice, died September 8, 2014, after nine joy-filled decades. Hazel was a force to be reckoned with being “the oldest and the boldest” (as she would say) of seven siblings. Her father, Albert (Walt) Arpke, and mom, Cuba Kyle, raised her in Beatrice with siblings Charles, Betty, Walter, Joe, Shirley and Marcia. Hazel’s father always joked he had wanted his own orchestra. Hazel developed an early love of music which became her lifelong passion that she joyfully shared with others. She first attended William Woods College but gracefully deferred after a few semesters so her brother Charles could continue his education. Hazel graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and started her teaching career in Oxford. She also taught in Valentine, David City and Central City. She then spent six years as a receptionist at State Savings and Loan Association in Beatrice before becoming the elementary music teacher for Beatrice Public Schools. Former students fondly remember her “good morning, boys and girls” classroom entrances. She took great pride in writing and planning music programs for the schools. Hazel’s first love was music but a close second was correcting the grammar of others. She loved spending time with family and for many years organized family reunions in Beatrice. She especially loved the Fourth of July and always requested her own case of snappers. Ever the documentarian, Hazel was known for meticulously keeping family photo albums, which made people laugh with her unique hand-written captions. Hazel never passed up an opportunity to spend time with her great-nieces and great-great-niece and nephews. From shuttling to cheerleading or bowling practice to making a chocolate shake for breakfast, she could always be counted on. She wasn’t much of a cook, but she always loved to bake. October wasn’t too early to start making caramels, cookies and peppernuts. She hated the idea of anyone spending a holiday alone and always welcomed friends and acquaintances to join her family festivities. She was a member of the First Christian Church (DOC) of Beatrice where she was choir director for many years and director of the Jubilate Ringers, her pride and joy. She was an honorary life member of the Nebraska PTA, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Delta Omicron (national music fraternity), Music Educators National Conference, Nebraska Music Educators Association, Nebraska Choir Directors Association and American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, NEA, NSEA, Beatrice Area Retired Teachers Association, Choristers Guild, Gage County Historical Society, Cosgrove Music Club and was a long-time member of the Association of Disciple Musicians and had served as historian for that organization for many years. In 1988, she was awarded the first “Lifetime Achievement Award” presented by the Women’s Division of the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include one brother, Walter Arpke of Beatrice; two sisters, Shirley Arpke Clapp of Wichita, KS and Marcia (C.E.) James of Bokchito, OK; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Arpke of Niceville, FL and Carol Arpke of Beatrice; three nieces, Melissa Searcey, Theresa Kamen and Charity Gomez; six nephews, Dr. Robert Arpke, David and John James, and Doug, Tom and Rich Arpke; two great-nieces, Emily (Jason) Rosenthal and Sarah (Brett) Corey; two great-great-nephews, Evan Rosenthal and Conner Corey and one great-great-niece, Ava Rosenthal. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Betty Arpke Stahl; two brothers, Dr. Charles Arpke and Joseph Arpke. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. A family prayer service will be held at 10:45 A.M. in the church parlor on Friday. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 8:00 A.M. Wednesday until 9:00 P.M. Thursday and then at the church one hour preceding the services. Following the service, the body will be cremated and graveside services will be held Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. 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=4a5d341730Obituary for Rodney L. ZimmermanRodney L. Zimmerman, 59, of Pickrell died at Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation on Thursday morning, September 4, 2014. He was born on January 17, 1955 at Beatrice and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell. He graduated from Filley High School in 1973 and farmed all of his life. He also worked at the 77 Livestock Sale Barn, Husqvarna and Casper Construction all of Beatrice. He was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and his three great-nephews. Survivors include his parents, Ernest and Marilyn Zimmerman of Pickrell; two sisters, Rose Marie Fossler and Rhonda Fossler and husband Dennis all of Beatrice; one niece; four nephews and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Jimmie Fossler. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell with Jerry Gilbreath officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery of rural Pickrell. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice until 9:00 P.M. Friday and at the church one hour preceding the services on Saturday. A family prayer service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday at the church. 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=fde8341430Obituary for Thomas W. McDonaldThomas W. McDonald, 59, of Omaha formerly of Lincoln died on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. He was born on February 6, 1955 at Pawnee City and lived in Beatrice until moving to Lincoln in 1962. He later moved to Omaha. He attended Southeast Community College of Lincoln and worked for Garner Tool and Dye in Lincoln. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Lincoln. Survivors include brother, James McDonald and wife Valerie of Sun Lakes, AZ; brother-in-law, Michael Zoubek of Lincoln; uncle, Ken Manley of Lindon, UT; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elvaree Manley McDonald; one sister, Nancy Zoubek. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Beatrice with Father Robert Barnhill, Celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery of Beatrice. A Scriptural Rosary service will be held 9:30 A.M. on Saturday preceding the service at the church. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from noon Friday until 9:00 P.M. Friday and then at the church one hour preceding the service on Saturday. 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=a441341326Obituary for Lenora H. PardeLenora H. Parde, 87, of Sterling died at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. She was born on March 20, 1927 at Tecumseh and attended country school. She attended St. John Lutheran Church of Tecumseh, was a member of the choir and did quilting for Lutheran World Relief. She cleaned houses, did babysitting and worked at the Rexal Drug Store all in Tecumseh. She married Marvin E. Parde on April 20, 1958 at St. John Lutheran Church of Tecumseh and they lived and farmed the Parde home place northeast of Sterling, all their married life. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling. She moved to Belle Terrace in 2006. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, traveling and playing Bingo and cards. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; one sister-in-law, Leona Parde of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her parents, August W. and Rosa Bartels Borrenpohl; her husband Marvin, who died on November 25, 2000; three brothers, Lee, Ervin and Everett Borrenpohl and two sisters, Alma amd Verna Borrenpohl. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling with Pastor Steve Chellew officiating. Burial will be in the Tecumseh Cemetery of Tecumseh. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. in the basement of the church on Friday. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice with Shannon and Erma Hazen in charge. The body will lie in state at the Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling until 8:00 P.M. Thursday and at the church one hour preceding the services on Friday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c877341354Obituary for Mary Alta Sandy HubbardMary Alta “Sandy” Hubbard, 95, of Suisun City, CA formerly of Beatrice went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 22, 2014. She is now in the loving arms of God. Mary, fondly called Sandy, was a loving mother with a strong faith. Grandma Sandy or Grammy was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will live on in our hearts. Her legacy is a closely bonded family whose members will always honor her memory. We are thankful for having her in our world. Born December 6, 1918, she spent her childhood in Cheney, Union Center, Siloam Springs, AR and Wymore, where she graduated from high school in 1936. Sandy’s family then moved to Beatrice where she met and married Malvern Hubbard in May 1937. She then lived for 64 years in Beatrice. Sandy was a homemaker most of her life. In Beatrice, she was a member of First Christian Church (DOC) and several church circles, women’s fellowship, AARP, and was a member and an officer in the Gage County Saddle Club. She led a Girl Scout Brownie troop for two years, worked in the PTA for several years, was employed at Montgomery Ward Credit Department for four years and employed at the Gage County treasurer’s Office for eight years. Five years after her husband died, Sandy moved to Albuquerque, NM, to live with her daughter, Gail and her family and then in 2006, she moved to Suisun City, CA to be near her son, Leland and his family. She enjoyed traveling, hiking and camping throughout the United States. Her hobbies included arts and crafts, ceramics, making quilts, sewing, collecting and using recipes, reading and crocheting. She learned to enjoy bicycling after she was 65 years old and learned to use her computer when she was 80. Survivors include her daughter, Gail Velez of Albuquerque, NM; four sons, Vern Hubbard of Rock River, WY, Leland Hubbard and wife Cheryl of Fairfield, CA, Leonard “Jack” Hubbard of Casper WY and Ross Hubbard and wife Pamela of Fort Fairfield, MA; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James A and Myrtle M.G. Ellis Johnson, her husband, Malvern M. (Hub) Hubbard, three brothers, Clarence, Gilbert and Arnold Johnson, sister, Vera Arlene Winslow, son-in-law Joseph Velez; an infant granddaughter, Kimberly Hubbard and a great-grandson, Austin Ferrara. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Rev. David A. Bigley officiating. Burial will be at the Wymore Cemetery of Wymore. A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 8:00 A.M. Thursday until time of service on Friday. 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=7490340819Obituary for David Duane WadeDavid Duane Wade, 71, of Sterling, Nebraska, went to be with his heavenly Father on Friday, August 22, 2014 at home. He was born July 8, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD to Marshall & Leola (Rabey) Wade. He married DeAnn Amick on November 7, 1964. They raised three children: Stephen, Duane and Tammy. He started his career in education as a coach and teacher at Keya Paha County Schools from 1966 -1968, and then at Creighton from 1968- 1981. He served as a school administrator in Elwood from 1981-2003 and Bassett from 2004-2008. After retiring in 2008, he and his wife moved to Sterling, Nebraska. He enjoyed each place they lived and gained new friendships along the way. Dave was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine and the American Long Rifles Association. His hobbies included 18th Century historical reinactments, muzzleloading, hunting, reading and college football. He loved spending time with his family especially his 6 grandchildren. He also was on the board of his church in Sterling and the city council in Elwood. He is survived by his wife, DeAnn; his sons, Steve and his wife Mary Beth (Murphy) of Omaha, NE, Duane and wife Kandy (Hunt) of Lincoln, NE, and his daughter, Tammy and her husband Mike Harris of Newport News, Virginia; six grandchildren made him very proud: Grace Wade and fiancé Gavin Smith, Anna & Connor Wade, Jimmy & Malcolm Harris and “grandson” Dan Utter; sisters, Judy (John) Rosa, Jolene (Doug) Hookie, Sr. Marla Clercx, and brother, Rick (Diane) Clercx; mother-in-law, Dorothy Amick; brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling. The body has been cremated. There will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling with Pastor Steve Chellew and Pastor Mark Jamison officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations through the Nebraska Community Foundation www.nebcommfound.org to fund one of the affiliated schools or libraries: Bassett, Creighton, Elwood or Springview. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e144340299Obituary for Bonita M. JohnsonBonita M. Johnson, 67, of Beatrice died in a Lincoln hospital on Thursday, August 21, 2014. She was born on September 21, 1946 at Pawnee City and grew up at rural Burchard. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Summerfield, KS, graduated from Summerfield High School in 1964 and Concordia Teachers College in 1967. She taught school in Whittemore, IA for two years. She married Ardell Johnson at Summerfield on November 29, 1969 and they lived in Lincoln and Sioux City, IA for several years before moving to Beatrice. She was a team leader at BSDC for 30 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beatrice and had been a Girl Scout Troop sponsor. She enjoyed sewing and reading. Survivors include one son, Aaron Johnson and wife Heather of Beaverton, OR; two grandchildren, Lila and Everett Johnson; one sister, Betty Bstandig and husband John of Beatrice; two brothers, Larry Menninga and wife Cindy of Willow, AK and Leroy Menninga and wife Barbara of Wichita, KS; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Maxine Vaughn Menninga; her husband Ardell, who died on May 24, 1982; one sister-in-law, Ann Menninga. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beatrice with Pastor Timothy W. Wagner officiating. Inurnment will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday prior to the service at Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the Relay For Life. A register book for signatures will be available at the Fox Funeral Home from 8:00 A. M. Monday until 9:00 P.M. Tuesday and at the church one hour preceding the services. 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=8c8e340233