The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Dec. 8, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Lynda Rhodes, William E. Dixon, Mindy Howard, Edna Anderson, Betty Johanek-Zabel, Goldie Umbach, Janet Bauer, Lorene Saathoff, Esther P. Meyer, Harold E. Eilers, James Peteete


Lynda Rhodes
Lynda J. Rhodes, 70, a Deweese resident, died Friday at the Hastings hospital.
Her funeral was held Tuesday at the Fairfield City Auditorium. She requested her body be cremated and her funeral to be a celebration. She asked those attending to dress in their favorite colored casual attire.

William E. Dixon
William Eugene Dixon, the son of Virgil and Acena (George) Dixon, was born on Dec. 15, 1928, in Bostwick, Neb. He died on Dec. 3, 2016, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, Neb., at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 18 days.
Bill grew up in the Bostwick area attending grade school through the 8th grade. In October 1945, Bill started working at the Ideal Cement Plant in Superior. On March 20, 1951, Bill was inducted into the armed services at Omaha, Neb. He was stationed in Korea, receiving the Korean Service Medal with 2BZ Camp Stars and a UN Service Medal. His duty ended Dec. 19, 1952, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He served a total of 21 months in the army, returning to Superior to continue his job at the Cement Plant, retiring in January of 1994.
On Dec. 8, 1950, Bill was united in marriage to Katherine Rose Larkins at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Fairbury, Neb. This union was blessed with six children. Bill was a member of the VFW and American Legion Clubs in Superior. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, summers camping at the lake and playing cards.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Katherine, on April 27, 2005; siblings, Agnes Imhoff, Virgil Dixon, Ella Messersmith, Robert Dixon and Mary York.
Survivors include his children: Diana Kranau and husband, Victor, of Superior, Neb.; Linda Eggers and husband, Mark, of Ruskin, Neb.; William Dixon of Hildreth, Neb.; Debra Jetensky and Curtis Schiermeyer of Nelson, Neb.; Mary Utter and husband, Neal, and Barbara Woerner and husband, Duane, all of Superior, Neb.; sister ,Carol Gergen; 11 grandchildren: David Amack and Beth, Amanda Foreman and husband, Travis, Amy McGee, Stephanie Young and husband, Angel, Valerie Weinert and husband, Allen, Lesha Eggers-Koch, Jenny Garen and husband, Ross, Tony Jetensky, Angela Hanel and husband, Brock, Aadel Bussinger and Vanessa Pruitt; 17great-grandchildren: James and Jeremy Foreman, Hayden Weinert, Joshua Bertrand, MacKenzie and Konner Garen, Angel and Zoee Young, Caleb Amack, Natalie and Ashley Abrams, Makenna, Aiden and Trevin McGee and Riley Pedersen, and Maddy and Gage Hanel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with Pastor Mark Diehl officiating.
Music will be "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Wind Beneath My Wings," solos by Stephanie Thayer with Carlita Price as her accompanist.
Visitation was held yesterday (Wednesday), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and today (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Rick Hiatt, Doug Hiatt, Denny Mohler, Sam Mohler, David Rust, Neil Larkins and Dave Larkins. Honorary Pallbearers are David Amack, Amanda Foreman, Amy McGee, Stephanie Young, Valerie Weinert, Lesha Eggers-Koch, Jenny Garen, Tony Jetensky and Angie Hanel.
Interment with full military honors will be in the Bostwick Cemetery at Bostwick, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the Bostwick Cemetery or the donor's choice
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978, or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., is in charge of the arrangements.

Mindy Howard
Mindy S. Howard, 44, Shawnee, died Nov. 30 in Shawnee Mission, after a battle with cancer. Mindy was born Feb. 22, 1971, at Belleville, the daughter of Kenny and Marilyn Schaffer Lynch, Mankato.
Mindy grew up in Mankato attending and graduating from Mankato schools. She studied at K-State University going on to obtain her master's degree in early childhood special education. She dedicated her career to helping infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs to get the help and services they deserve, first with the Infant-Toddler Services of Johnson County and later with the Shawnee Mission School District.
She is survived by her husband, Brad, of 17 years; her two sons, William 14, and Alexander 11; her parents; aunt, Dorislea Stouffer; uncle Gordon Schaffer; and many cousins. Mindy was a loving wife and devoted mother to her sons, understanding their unique characteristics while also pushing them to achieve.
Her funeral will be held at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo., at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday). Mindy chose cremation and her ashes will be scattered as to her wishes at a later date.

Edna Anderson
Edna Irene Andersen, 74, Downs, formerly of Cawker City, died Friday in Downs. She was born Nov. 7, 1942, to Raymond and Christina (Schmartybach) Hooker. She graduated from Esbon High School. Edna studied licensed practical nursing at Cloud County Community College and worked as an LPN for nursing homes.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Merle and Joe Hooker; and sister, Luella Hooker.
She is survived by a son, Chad Andersen, Salina; a daughter, Corriena Davis, Miltonvale; a brother, Ira Hooker; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A private inurnment will be later in Mankato. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements.

Betty Johanek-Zabel
Betty Johanek-Zabel, daughter of Orlo Fred VanWey and Irma Elizabeth Boyer VanWey was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Jewell County on a farm north of Ionia, Kan. She attended all eight years of grade school at White Swan Grade School in Erving Township. She graduated from Ionia High School, one of four senior girls, in 1946. She worked for the Jewell-Mitchell Cooperative Electric Company until the marriage of Elden Francis Johanek on Nov. 27, 1948. (p.s. she worked for Rural Electric Company for .40 an hour!)
Elden and Betty were married at the Sacred Heart Church in Esbon, Kan., by Father Michael Barrins. Father Barrins gave her religious instructions in the Catholic Church, but it was election year and he and Elden talked more about the election than the instructions. She learned more in later years about the catechism when her children were taking it. Their children include: Steven Lynn, Sharon Louise (John) Bergman, James Elden (Angie), Ronald Paul (Barb), twins who died at birth, Mary Jeannette and Marie Annette, Nancy Patrice (Dave) Stortz, Kristina Joan and Tracy Colette (Chuck) Decker. After Elden's death in June 1989, Betty moved to Smith Center. On Nov. 14, 1992, she married Clarence Zabel. With this union the following kids became Betty's: Deb and Kenton Weltmer, Bob and Christy Masleid, John and Laura Zabel and Evelyn and Mike Wilson.
Clarence and Betty enjoyed 23 years of marriage filled with traveling to places such as Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and Branson, Mo. Clarence died on Jan. 26, 2015.
She belonged to the Blue Stocking card club since 1951, joined the Heartland Sweet Adeline's, barber shop singing group, in Red Cloud, Nebraska in 1977. She then became a charter member of Sweet Adeline's, in Smith Center, later called Friends in Harmony. One of Betty's greatest joys was spending time with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed quilting (some of her quilts are displayed here today), playing cards, singing, playing piano by ear, and baking delicious pies and sweets.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents Orlo and Irma VanWey, husband Elden Johanek, second husband, Clarence Zabel, sister Barbara Alcorn, son Steven Johanek , daughters Mary, Marie and Kristy, step grandson, Simeon Weltmer and son-in-law Steven Abbott.
Grandchildren include; Aleshia Bedore, Jami Stewart (Andy), Katie Smith (Matt), Jodi Wagner (Chad), Cassie Blubaugh (Barr), Andrea Pianalto (Dominic), Erin Cameron (Jamie), Brandon Decker (Megan), Whitney Gantz (Bryan), Kiley Conaway (Chase), Colbie Lewis (Ryan) and Brett Decker.
Step grandchildren include; Taylor Zabel, Kate Rivard (Earl), Philip Masleid (Ting Ting), Jenny Collins (Adam), Tim Weltmer (Dayna), Keri Houts (Matt), and Greg Wilson (Lisa), Taneasha Eckstrom (Eric), Zediah Timmons and Andrea Morriss (Matt), Justin, Joby, Jamie, and Crockett Stortz.
Great grandchildren include; Chance and Tatum Bedore; Wrigley, Kearney, Tenney, Massey, Augie and Issey Stewart; Henry and Maxwell Smith; Ethan, Peyton and Blake Wagner; Barrett and Sydney Pianalto; Riley and Jordan Cameron; Crue and Claire Decker, Nora Gantz, Hadley and Mason Conaway, Clayton and Kennedy Lewis.
Step great grandchildren include; Daris, Decklyn, Drake and Dayvie Weltmer, Austin Weltmer and Aaron Collins; Payne, Gabe and Ella Houts; Olivia and Lane Wilson; Noah, Izayiah and Ezra Eckstrom; Aurora Timmons and Stryker Morriss; Ezekiel, Titus, Selah, Elijah, Brecklyn Stortz and Aiden Stumbaugh.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Esbon, Kan., with con-celebrants Father David Michael and Father Don McCarthy.
Interment will follow in the St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery in rural Esbon, Kan.
There will be a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.
The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Smith County memorial hospital Long Term Care and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary of Smith Center, Kansas.
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Goldie Umbach
Goldie Anita Umbach, the daughter of Richard and Laura (Royer) Booker, was born on Dec. 8, 1919, in North Branch, Kan. She died on Nov. 30, 2016, at her residence in Superior, Neb., at the age of 96 years, 11 months and 22 days.
Goldie was one of 13 siblings, growing up she attended school at District 37 and also Guide Rock until 1935. She went to live with her brother in Streator, Ill., and graduated from high school there in 1937. Upon graduating she received her teacher certificate from the University of Nebraska Teachers College and started her career in teaching in 1943. She taught for 21 years, retiring in 1964. She lived in many different places. In 1953, she moved to Superior, where she stayed the rest of her life.
On Aug. 7, 1960, she was united in marriage to George Umbach at Guide Rock, Neb. Goldie enjoyed being with her husband and going to rock shows. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George on Oct. 8, 1996; brothers, Harry, Vaughn, Orville, Marvin, Loren, Harold and Paul Booker; and sisters, Sarah Seeba, Vida Rehtus, Nellie Booker, Alice Bangert and Viola Gerloff.
She is survived by many nephews, nieces, other relatives and a host of friends.
Her funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 11 a.m., from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Superior, Neb., with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Recorded music will be provided.
Visitation will be held today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to go to the family. Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978, or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., is in charge of the arrangements.

Janet Bauer
Celebration of Jan Bauer's life gathering will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Lady Vestey Center in Superior. Please come to remember Jan with her family and friends. A lunch will be served.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society c/o Joseph Bauer, 4836 Road C, Hardy, Neb., 68943.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978, or

Lorene Saathoff
Lorene A. Saathoff, 82, of Hebron, died Sunday at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron. The daughter of Eilert and Hedwig (Eilers) Bargen, she was born March 19, 1934, in Nora.
She was baptized June 17, 1934, at Zion Lutheran Church in Deshler and confirmed July 28, 1946, at Salem Lutheran Church in Superior.
Lorene grew up in the Nora area and graduated from Superior High School with the Class of 1951.
She married Harold Saathoff on Aug. 16, 1952, at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior. This union was blessed with the birth of six children.
Lorene and Harry moved to Hebron, where Harry started working for the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Co.
Lorene was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron and in Women of ELCA, teaching Sunday school and confirmation class, helping with funeral dinners and working as a member of the property committee.
She was a member of the Hebron American Legion Auxiliary for more than 50 years, the Hebron Bible Club, Centennial Extension Club and worked on the election board. Lorene enjoyed time with her family, visiting and was always excited for the children to come home. Most of all, she enjoyed time with her grandchildren. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed God's gifts of nature, outdoors and indoors.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry, in 2009; brother, Albert Bargen; and sisters, Norma Elliott and Wilma Kugler.
She is survived by her sons, Kurt of Waterloo, Kevin of Lincoln, Neb., and Phillip of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Mrs. Victor Saltzman (Susan) of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Warren Johnson (Janine) of South Sioux City; and Mrs. Randy Brown (Laura) of Centerton, Ark.; two brothers, Donald Bargen and Lyndall Bargen, both of Nora; sister, Evelyn Moore of Texas; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Her funeral was held at 10 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday) at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron, with Pastor Keith Brozek officiating. Casket bearers were Brent Saathoff, Tom Bargen, Jeff Kugler, David Bargen, Andrew Bargen and Justin Volker. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hebron. Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron was in charge of the arrangements.

Esther P. Meyer
Esther P. Meyer, the daughter of Harvey and Elsie (Molly) Harvey, was born on Oct. 23, 1924, in Nelson, Neb. She died on Dec. 1, 2016, at the Bickford Assisted Living at Lincoln, Neb., at the age of 92 years, one month and eight days.
Esther was a graduate with the Class of 1942 from Nelson High School in Nelson, Neb. On Feb. 1, 1945, she was united in marriage to Donald Meyer in Mankato, Kan.
She taught in rural schools in the Nuckolls County area for several years. Her love was gardening and especially roses of all colors. She grew test roses for Jackson Perkins testing and creating new hybrids for them and also helped in naming those new hybrids.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Meyer; one brother, Lester; and two sisters, Leona Surber and Inez Snavely.
She is survived by her daughter, Tricia Cayette and husband, Arthur, of Charleston, S.C., and two grandchildren, Dustin and Ethan Rymph, along with a sister, Iliene Heidtke, of Sun City, Ariz.
Private family funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, from the Nelson Cemetery in Nelson, Neb., with Missie Wilt officiating.
Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to in care of the family at this time.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978, or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

Harold E. Eilers
Harold E. Eilers, the son of Otto and Ruby (Ray) Eilers, was born on Dec. 12, 1944, in Nelson, Neb. He died on Nov. 30, 2016, at the Blue Hill Care Center at Blue Hill, Neb., at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 18 days.
He grew up in Nelson and attended Nelson Public Schools.
During Harold's lifetime, he lived in numerous communities including Fairbury, Hebron, Hastings, Fairmont, Superior and Blue Hill, where he was residing upon his death.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John, in 2003.
He is survived by his brother, Robert Eilers, of Nelson, Neb., and sister, Helen Bradley, of Central City, Neb.; other relatives and a host of friends.
His funeral was held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. from the Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson, Neb., with Pastor Kathryn Bates officiating.
Music was "The Old Rugged Cross" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," with Donna Cox as the organist.
Visitation was held on Dec. 4, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pallbearers were Marvin Hoffman, Marlin Cox, Arnold Brown, Mike Bondegard, Chuck Tuttle and Ken Hamel.
Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to the family.
Condolences may be sent to Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, 446 South Main St., Nelson, Neb., 68961, or
Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

James Peteete
James Leroy Peteete, 96, of Hays, died last Monday at his home in Hays. He was born Oct. 20, 1920, in Singleton, Texas, to John Henry and Ollie (Blount) Peteete. He married Clarice Elaine Kelly Oct. 19, 1946, in Topeka.
James was a veteran of the Army Air Corp where he attained the rank of tech sergeant. During his military career he was stationed in England as a staff sergeant flight engineer with the 458th Heavy Bombardment Group, 8th USAAF. During his service he was part of the first daylight bombing run over Berlin. On March 6, 1944, his plane, under attack and badly damaged, made it as far as Holland where, crippled, it went down. He was captured and was a POW for 15 months. He received a Purple Heart and the Golden Caterpillar awards for his service, as well as the European Theater of Operations ribbon.
James was a retired union ironworker. He helped to build missile silos throughout Kansas, along with many other projects in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. One project was Gross Memorial Colosseum in Hays. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hays and Hays VFW Post 9076. He enjoyed gardening, canning, woodworking, fishing and deer, coon and game bird hunting. He also ran the Hays Farmers Market for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Clarice, of Hays; five sons, James Kelly Peteete of Mankato, Terry Lynn Peteete of Kansas City, Mo., John Michael Peteete of Independence, Mo., Matthew Wayne Peteete of Moundridge and Sean Timothy Peteete of Hays; two daughters, Linda Elaine Maxey of Kansas City, Mo., and Rebecca Sue Herrman of Manhattan; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Patrick Leroy Peteete; and a sister, Evelyn Gilbert, of Navasota, Texas.
His funeral was Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Hays. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Republic County.

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