The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published July 2, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Kellei Bruns, James Abram, Mona Hansen, Clara Devitt, Irene Ensign, Robert Wilson, Cindy Menke, Norman Neil Smith, Erma Dunstan


Kellei Bruns
Kellei Louise Bruns, the daughter of Charles and Darlene (White) Weston, was born Aug. 1, 1960, in Harper, Kan. She died June 22, 2015, at the Bryan LGH Medical Center East, Lincoln, Neb., at the age of 54 years, 10 months, 21 days.
Kellei lived on the Schlicka Hereford Ranch with her five siblings until she was five years old, then the family moved to Beloit, Kan., where she attended grade school, graduating from Beloit High School. She later moved to Superior, Neb., and that is where she met her future husband. On Oct. 10, 1984, she was united in marriage to Steve Bruns at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior. This union was blessed with a son and daughter, Zach and Katie.
Kellei managed an apartment complex in Superior. She enjoyed bowling, attending her children's events and games. She liked to collect tins, black and white enamel dishes, and moose items. "Nena" enjoyed reading and playing with her grandsons, whom she cherished. She was a member of Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior, being baptized on Nov. 30, 2007, by Pastor Albrecht.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Darlene; her sister, Pamela Jane Weston; and brother-in-law, Dan Woods.
She is survived by her husband, Steve, of Superior, Neb.; her children, Zach and his wife, Jennifer, of Burr Oak, Kan., and Katie and her fiance, Nick Loughran, of Kansas City, Mo.; two grandsons, Barrett and Jake Bruns; her beloved dog, Eddie; sisters, Anna Stock and husband, Ernie, of Topeka, Kan., and Sue Woods of Beloit, Kan.; brothers, Dale Weston and wife, Rae Jean, of Beloit, Kan., and Charlie Weston and wife, Janet, of Reading, Kan.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior, Neb., with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Music was Alan Jackson recordings of "Sissy's Song," and "How Great Thou Art."
Honorary pallbearers were Brent Pike, Jon Bruns, Devin Stock, Tim Stock, Charles Weston, Dean Weston, Jeff Weston, Jay Weston, Jon Weston, Margo Human, Linda Staniec, Kelly Pike and Ashley Pike.
Inurnment was in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to go to Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center or Brodstone Memorial Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Nebraska 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneral
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.

James Abram
James K. "Jim" Abram, 86, Salina, Kan., died Monday, June 15, 2015. Jim was born March 21, 1929, near Randall, the son of Keith and Maude (Greenberg) Abram. Jim was united in marriage to Charlotte Axelson on Sept. 3, 1955, in Mankato, Kan.
Jim served with the military police during the Korean War. He was a farmer most of his life. After moving to Salina, he worked in the maintenance department at Central Mall.
Jim loved his family and his little dog pal, Cooder.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte; a son, Larry Abram (Cindy Cote); a brother, Tom Abram, Ennis, Texas; and sisters, Arlene Murray, Barnard, Kan., Carol Menhusen, Mankato, Kan., and Pat Sims, Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Norma Abram.
His funeral was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 E. Crawford, Salina, Kan.
Memorials may be made to Pinnacle Park, in care of Roselawn Mortuary, P.O. Box 232, Salina, Kansas, 67401.
For online condolences please contact Roselawn at www.roselawnsalina. com.

Mona Hansen
Mona Hansen, the daughter of Carl and Hazel (Comstock) Striggow, was born on Feb. 26, 1933, in Davenport, Neb. She died Friday, June 26, 2015, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, Neb., at the age of 82 years and 4 months.
Mona attended Oak grade school and graduated from Nelson High School. She was baptized in 1933 by the Rev. Dumler. She was a 35 year member of the Methodist Church.
On March 5, 1951, Mona was united in marriage to Donald J. Hansen in Ruskin, Neb. This union was blessed with four children. Mona worked at Northside Cafe as a cook and waitress for 21 years and the Edgar Nursing Home as a cook for five years.
She liked to bake and go camping and fishing. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were important in her life.
Mona was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Hazel; her husband, Donald on May 23, 2006; a son, Gregory Hansen; a brother, Charles Striggow; and sisters, Carol Jean Schott and Alice June Andelt.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Spore and husband, Chuck, of Hastings, Neb., and sons, Wayne and wife, Melanie, of Hastings and Raymond and wife, Mary, of Gillette, Wyo.; eight grandchildren, Toni Hintz and husband, Justin, Brandi Oman and husband, Matt, Sam Hansen and wife, Tiffany, Joe Hansen and wife, Kayla, April Wright and husband, Chad, Brandon Spore and wife, Katie, Shauna Carpenter and husband, Tim, and Eric Hansen; 20 great-grandchildren, Emmit and Addyson Hintz, Elijah, Caiden and Madison Oman, Joe, Nolan, Kaisley, Mylee and Gavin Hansen, Nik, Nate and Lilly Spore, Hunter, Bryanna, Dylan and Carson Rayfield and Iris Carpenter. She is also survived by her sisters, Bonnie Colgrove of Salina, Kan., and Shirley Jacobitz of Hastings, Neb.; and brothers, Allen Striggow and wife, Mary, of Olympia, Wash., and Larry Striggow and wife, Judy, of Superior, Neb.
Mona donated her body to science. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, July 2, 2015) at the United Methodist Church in Davenport, Neb., with Pastors Mike Anderson and Paul Knott officiating.
Music will be congregational hymns, "In The Garden" and "Amazing Grace," with Lorie Hartzell as organist.
Honorary pallbearers will be Toni Hintz, Brandi Oman, Sam Hansen, Joe Hansen, April Wright, Brandon Spore, Shauna Carpenter and Eric Hansen.
A family inurnment will be held at a later date in the Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go in care of the family.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes. com.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

Clara Devitt
Clara M. Devitt, 89, the daughter of Jay and Dora (Roth) Moore, was born April 25, 1926, near Deweese, She died Sunday at Mary Lanning Health Services in Hastings.
After attending Nelson High School Clara was united in marriage to Donald O. Devitt on Dec. 22, 1944, at Mankato. Clara and Don lived in the Deweese community until moving to the Edgar community in 1954.
This union was blessed with the birth of three children: two sons and a daughter.
Clara was involved with sales of some kind nearly her entire life. She sold Avon as well as Stanley Home Products before starting a long career with AFLAC insurance. She sold for more than 25 years and served in a management position for the company.
In her spare time Clara enjoyed working in her flower garden, being in the out-of-doors whether it was fishing or hunting with her husband Don. Clara enjoyed driving and traveling to different places and found great pleasure in spending time with her family visiting and cooking meals for everyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don, on Feb. 20, 2013; a brother, Willard Moore; and a sister, Dorothy Cave.
Survivors include her sons, Duane Devitt of Hastings, and Ron Devitt of Heartwell a ; daughter, Mrs. Steve Griffith (Janet) of Shawnee, Kan.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren,
Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Edgar. Pastor David King will be officiating. Inurnment will be in the Edgar Cemetery.

Irene Ensign
Irene V. Ensign, the daughter of John and Hulda (Herr) Vilhauer, was born on July 18, 1925, on a farm near Avon, S.D. She died Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Ambassador in Lincoln, Neb., at the age of 89 years, 11 months, 8 days.
Irene was confirmed July 2, 1939, in Highmore, S.D., by Pastor Wilhelm Korn. She attended school in rural Highmore, S.D. She was a 30-year member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, Neb.
On Sept, 8, 1947, she was united in marriage to the Rev. Raymond Ensign in Scranton, N.D. During her lifetime, she lived in the communities of Highmore, S.D., Ness City, Kan., Otis, Colo., Lenexa, Kan., Clinton, Okla., Adams, Neb., rural Superior, Neb., St. Frances, Kan., Alliance, Neb., and settling in Blue Hill, Neb.
She enjoyed decorating cakes, vegetable and flower gardening, needle work, quilting, cross stitching, embroidery, plastic canvas and latch hooking.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond, on March 26, 1993; brothers, Harvey and Marvin; and sisters, LaVerna and Luella.
She is survived by her children, Phyllis Buss and husband, Norman, of Eagle, Neb., Jeanette Flaming and husband, Clayton, of Cantonment, Fla., Leann Ensign of Hastings, Neb., and John Ensign and wife, Vicki, of Nelson, Neb.; five grandchildren: Brad Buss and wife, Lori, Paula Ramold and husband, Greg, Jessi Hoeft and husband, Nathan, Kyle Flaming and wife, Nikke, and Kelly Karr and husband, William; seven great-grandchildren, Erin and Rebecca Buss, Matthew Ramold, Zane and Gianna Flaming and Caleb and Jacob Karr. She is also survived by sisters, Ruby Cables of Tyler, Texas; Velda Tweedt and husband, Art, of Minnesota; and Violet Schneider of Redfield, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Ginger Vilhauer of Highmore, S.D., and Jonni Vilhauer of California; and a brother-in-law, Robert Hersh of Highmore, S.D.; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her funeral was held at 11 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday, July 1, 2015) at the Salem Lutheran Church near Superior, Neb., with Pastors Don and Margaret Olson officiating.
Music was congregational hymns, "In the Hour of Trial" and "Beautiful Savior," Stephanie Thayer was soloist who sang "In The Garden" and "Softly and Tenderly" with Carlita Price as organist.
Visitation was held at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2015.
Pallbearers were Brad Buss, Greg Ramold, Nathan Hoeft, William Karr, Alyssa Willicott and Cory Willicott.
Interment was in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery, rural Superior.
A memorial has been established and can go in care of the family.
Condolences may be sent to Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, 446 South Main Steet, Nelson, Neb. 68961 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes. com.
Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Wilson
Robert T. Wilson, 82, of Burr Oak, died Thursday at the Smith Center Health & Rehab Center in Smith Center. A family service will be held at a later date. Williams Funeral Home, Red Cloud, is in charge of the arrangements.

Cindy Menke
Cindy J. Menke, 56, Lawrence, Neb., died last Tuesday at Mary Lanning Health Care in Hastings. She was born Feb. 25, 1959, in Red Cloud to Kenneth and Phillis (Gouldie) Giger. Cindy grew up in Guide Rock and graduated from Guide Rock High School in 1977. On Oct. 10, 1984, Cindy married Ron Menke near Lawrence, where they made their home. To this union, one child was born, Tracie Ilene.
While at home raising Tracie, Cindy was active in 4-H, continuing her passion or showing sheep and cattle. She also had an active role in their hog operation and various other farm duties. Cindy began working at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Lawrence while Tracie was a student there. She worked at the Blue Hill School District for 12 years. Cindy was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church and Altar Society.
She is survived by her husband, Ron, Lawrence; daughter, Tracie, Lawrence; parents, Kenny and Phillis Giger, Guide Rock; brothers, Roger Giger, Camden Point, Mo., Rick Giger, Guide Rock; cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and friends.
Rosary was Friday and Mass was Saturday, both at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Lawrence, with Father Thomas Bush officiating. Burial was in the Guide Rock Cemetery. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, was in charge of the arrangements.

Norman Neil Smith
Norman Neil Smith, 84, died quietly in his sleep June 19, 2015, in Broomfield, Colo. Norman was born Oct. 19, 1931, to Thompson Ray Smith and Gladys Maude (Nelson) Smith in Esbon, Kan.
After graduating from Esbon High School, Norman began working for Montgomery Ward in the Denver, Colo., area. He then entered the United States Navy and served in combat operations during the Korean War on the destroyer, U.S.S. Sutherland. After his military service, Norman returned back to work with Montgomery Ward in the Denver area and stayed employed with them until his retirement. Norman always felt a strong connection to Esbon, Kan., as his home. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing pool. He was always proud of his family and his military service. He kept deep convictions of his faith with God. Until becoming ill he was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sylvia A. (Young) Smith; daughter Marla A. Yarde and her husband, Curtis Yarde, of Colorado.
A son, Michael Thompson Smith, and a sister, Norine L. (Smith) Hajny, preceded him in death.
There was a graveside service at the Esbon Cemetery on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation was held Wednesday evening, June 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Melby Mortuary in Mankato, Kan.
Memorials can be made to the Disabled American Veterans or Esbon United Methodist Church. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of service arrangements.

Erma Dunstan
(April 02, 1924 - June 25, 2015)
Erma Louise (Snyder) Dunstan was born April 2, 1924, in Effingham, Kan. She was the third of 10 children born to Irl and Lou Ella (Binkley) Snyder. She passed away June 25, 2015, at the age of 91 years, two months and 23 days at Jewell County Hospital Long term Care, Intermediate Swing Bed, Mankato, Kan. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers, two sisters and a great-grandson.
When Erma was still in high school, her parents moved from Effingham, Kan., to Montrose, Kan., Jan. 10, 1941. She remained in Effingham to finish high school and then followed her parents to Montrose, Kan. After high school Erma received her teacher's certificate. When she moved to Montrose, Kan., she had the privilege to teach at three area schools. Later in life many of her students still remembered her being their teacher and took great pride in reminding her of that fact.
Erma continued to teach school until she was united in marriage to Edwin Dunstan April 5, 1946. They settled on what became their family farm just two miles from where she and her parents first lived when they came to the Montrose community. To this union, three children were born Edwin Rex Jr. (Eddie); Ellis Joe and a daughter Elesa Suanne. Edwin and Erma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996 and were blessed with 56 years of marriage. Until Edwin's death in October 2002 they continued working the family farm. Erma continued to live on the family farm after Edwin's death. In May 2003 Erma's daughter, Elesa, and her family moved from Randall, Kan., and joined Erma in her home to take care of her. She remained in her home until April 2010, when she moved into the LTC unit at Jewell County Hospital, where she remained until her death.
Edwin and Erma enjoyed farming, square dancing and Saturday night bridge club with other couples in the community. They also enjoyed numerous family gatherings surrounded by children and grandchildren and they were often entertained with skits performed by their grandchildren. Over the years Erma was blessed with 15 great-grandchildren. She had many opportunities to hold, talk to and watch her great-grandchildren grow.
Erma always kept a tidy house and when expecting guests, often devoting countless hours to cleaning her home. Her one great passion was house plants and flowers. There was always a plant or two in almost every room in the house and when a porch was built on the side of the house, in no time at all there were wall to wall plants. When she would come home with a new house plant, when asked "Why another plant?" her reply would be "I don't have one like this." That may or may not have been the case, but another plant came into the house and soon had a place among the others.
Erma was very active in helping where she could on the family farm. She was active in her community as a member of EHU and the ladies group in the Montrose Community Church where she and Edwin attended until its closure. She also served on the election board for several years.
Erma's love for visiting with people continued at the ISB. She did her best to participate in all the activities and enjoyed visiting with the nurses and staff. You could see her smile very widely when former students would visit her at the ISB and they greeted her with "Hello Miss Erma."
Erma is survived by her children Edwin Dunstan, Jr., and wife, Clelia, Brooksville, Fla.; Ellis Dunstan and wife Marilyn, Scandia, Kan.; and daughter, Elesa McMillan, and husband, Bill, Mankato, Kan. Grandchildren include Jeremy Edwin (Jed) Dunstan and wife Jourdan, Lake Mary, Fla.; Nanette Carpenter and husband David, Wichita, Kan.; Elwin Dunstan and wife Janie, Randolph, Kan.; Earl Dunstan and wife Crystal, Courtland, Kan.; Matthew McMillan and Mitchell McMillan, Mankato, Kan. Step-grandchildren Aaron Coil and wife Jana, Lovewell, Kan.; Kristen Mooer and husband Jeremy, Fort Collins, Colo., and Samantha O'Dell, Fort Collins, Colo. Also surviving Erma are seven great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. Also joining in the celebration of her life are two sisters, Virginia and husband, Ike, Rightmeier, Mankato, Kan.; and Leta and husband, Kenny Adams, Beloit, Kan.; one brother, Don and wife, Barbara, Snyder, Mankato, Kan., numerous nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
Services were held Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Jewell, Kan., Pastor Jim Rice officiating. Mrs. Jan McCollough, was the pianist and played "Amazing Grace" and "In the Sweet By and By." Casket bearers were Mitchell McMillan, Roger Reiter, Stephan Zachary, Jerry Adams, Darrell Adams and Roger Rightmeier. Erma was laid to rest in Pleasant View Cemetery, not far from the family farm, next to her husband, Edwin. Visitation was Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Melby Mortuary Chapel, Mankato, Kan., from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. If persons wish, memorials may be made to the ISB (formerly LTC) unit of the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato, Kan. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of service arrangements.

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