Obituaries for Fox Funeral Home Nebraska Obituary 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 Erna Marie ReimerErna Marie Reimer, 95, of rural Beatrice, died Saturday morning, September 27, 2014 at the Beatrice Community Hospital. She was born on July 29, 1919 in Beatrice. She graduated from Beatrice High School, attended Bethel College for two years and then became the secretary for Beatrice High School from 1941 until 1951. She married John E. Reimer on May 4, 1951 at the First Mennonite Church west of Beatrice and were the second couple married in the present church building. They farmed northeast of Beatrice until 1960 and then moved west of Beatrice to live on the Penner home place. She was a lifelong member of the First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice where she played the organ, sang in a trio and was a Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She enjoyed volunteering at the “Ten Thousand Villages in Lincoln, traveling, playing cards, sports and was a china painter. She had many friends from all walks of life and enjoyed people coming into their home. Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Regier and husband Gayland of Beatrice and Karen Beadie and husband David of Edina, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Paula Heinz and husband Bryan, Ann Regier, and John Regier. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Anna (Penner) Penner, her husband, John, who died on March 15, 1997 and an infant brother Edgar. Burial services will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Mennonite Cemetery of rural Beatrice. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday at the First Mennonite Church west of Beatrice with Pastor Brett Klingenberg officiating. A memorial has been established to Mennonite Central Committee with LeRoy Janzen in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. Sunday until 9:00 P.M. Monday with family greeting friends from 7:00 P.M. until 8:00 on Monday at the funeral home. A register book is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5d5f343531Obituary for Donna Ruth HauptmeierDonna R. Hauptmeier, 79, of Beatrice, died Saturday afternoon, September 27, 2014 at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center. She was born September 2, 1935 at Beatrice and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1953. She married Wilmer Beethe on February 2, 1959 at First Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Beatrice and they lived and farmed west of Beatrice. She was a life-long member of First Trinity Lutheran Church and was involved in Sunday school, LWML, Lutherans for Life and Orphan Grain Train. She moved to Beatrice in 1991 and was married to Willard Hauptmeier on July 10, 1999 also at First Trinity. Her joy and fulfillment in life was taking care of others, but she also enjoyed playing cards, scrabble and doing puzzles. Survivors include her husband, Willard Hauptmeier of Norfolk; son, Tim Beethe of Vona, CO; daughter, Karen Schroeder and husband Joel of DeWitt; five grandchildren, Matt Beethe, Lee Beethe, Ben Schroeder and wife Kaelyn, Tom Schroeder and Amy Schroeder; two great-grandchildren, James and Emma Schroeder; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Mahloch of New Braunfels, TX, and Marlene Beethe of Manhattan, KS; one brother-in-law, Ken Bredemeier and wife Rita of Wauconda, IL; two step-sons, Sid Hauptmeier and Randy Hauptmeier; one step-daughter, Connie Leapley and husband Duane; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lydia Tegtmeier Mahloch; her first husband, Wilmer (Dale) Beethe, who died on September 9, 1990; one brother, Robert Mahloch; three sisters, Elfrieda Diekmann, Myrtle Diekmann and Marge Bredemeier; three brothers-in-law, Norman Diekmann, Vic Hall and Vern Beethe; sister- in-law, Arleen Hall; step-daughter, Terry Ricchio. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at First Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Beatrice with Pastor Timothy W. Wagner officiating. Burial will be at the First Trinity Lutheran Cemetery of rural Beatrice. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. Wednesday at First Trinity Lutheran School. A memorial has been established to First Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund and Lutherans for Life with the church elders in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home until 9:00 P.M. Tuesday and then at the church one hour preceding the service on Wednesday. A register book is available for signatures and messages of condolence at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=fe92343586Obituary for Delores J. OdenDelores J. Oden, 81, of Beatrice died at the Beatrice Community Hospital on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She was born on January 3, 1933 at Barnes, KS. She and her family moved to Beatrice in 1944. She married Walter Oden on August 14, 1948 in Marysville, KS. She worked at J. M. McDonald Co., Kampler’s, the Dollar Store and was a bookkeeper at Ron’s Automotive all in Beatrice. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice where she had been a Sunday School teacher and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed her grandchildren’s activities, volunteering at the Bargain Box, gardening, especially flowers, quilting, crocheting and traveling. Survivors include her husband, Walter of Beatrice; five sons, Ted Oden and wife Melody and Wes Oden and wife Lois all of Beatrice, Morris Oden of Fairbury, Dan Oden and wife Michelle of Odell and Keith Oden and wife Jackie of Firth; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Alma Rencin Nelson and her sister, Marjory Jones. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Pastor Doyle Karst and Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the Bargain Box and Aseracare. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice until time of services on Friday. 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=2e8c343203Obituary for Donlan R. NoojinDonlan R. Noojin, 87, of Beatrice died at Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation on Sunday, September 21, 2014. She was born February 2, 1927 at Deshler, NE and graduated from Deshler High School in 1945. She moved to Beatrice in 1957 and worked at Formfit for over 17 years and was also a cook at the American Legion for 30 years until her retirement. Following her retirement she worked part-time in the kitchen at the Beatrice Manor and the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center and had been a foster grandparent. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Beatrice. She enjoyed crocheting, music and Husker football. Survivors include three sons, Dan Magnus and wife Mary of Springfield, MO, Tom Noojin and wife Verjean of Beatrice and John Noojin and wife Tammy of Deshler; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Voss and husband Don of St. Joseph, MO; many nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Emma Atenhan Magnus and one brother, Roger Magnus. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beatrice with Pastor Douglas D. Irmer officiating. Private inurnment of the cremains will be at the Deshler Cemetery at Deshler, NE. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. on Saturday in the fellowship room of the church. A memorial has been established to the Foster Grandparent Program. Cremation has taken place and there will be no viewing. A register book will be available for signatures on Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. and then at the church one hour preceding the service on Saturday. A register book is also available for signatures and messages of condolence at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=08e9342914Obituary for Marjorie M. WoltemathMarjorie M. Woltemath, 92, of Adams formerly of Sterling died at Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams on Thursday morning, September 18, 2014. She was born on January 28, 1922 at Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School. She married Norval Woltemath on November 14, 1942 at Okmulgee, OK and they lived in Fort Worth, TX until after the war when they returned to Sterling and they lived and farmed west of town. She was a life member of St. John Lutheran Church. She devoted her life to her family, and especially Jana. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their activities and the Nebraska Huskers. Survivors include one son, James Woltemath and wife Bonnie of Adams; two daughters, Jayne Uher and husband Lee of Sterling and Jana Woltemath of Adams; six grandchildren, Matt Uher and wife Jen, Micah Uher and his fiancée Tiffany, Mary Nelson and husband Scott, Jennifer Adams and husband Randy, Jonathan Woltemath, Joshua Woltemath and wife Tara; ten great-grandchildren, Owen and Nora Uher, Tommy and Sam Nelson, Austin, Kylee and Bently Adams, Chase Woltemath, Alex and Kate Woltemath; three sisters-in-law, Ardythe Haynes of Sterling, Lorie Woltemath of Denver, CO and Jean Eilers of Marquette, MI; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Mary Schmidt Haynes; her step-mother, Katherine Haynes; her husband Norval, who died December 30, 1996; brother, Ralph Haynes; parents-in-law, Henry and Louise Woltemath. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 22, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling with Pastor Steve Chellew officiating. Burial will be in the Sterling Cemetery of Sterling. A family prayer service will be held at 10:45 A.M. at the church on Monday. 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 from 12:00 noon Saturday until 8:00 P.M. Sunday and then at the church one hour preceding the services on Monday. 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=9c55342760Obituary 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=4a5d341730