The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published May 21, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Deidra Edwards, Barbara Lytton, Barbara Kimminau, Darlene Smith, Cecil Pierce, Lorie Eitzmann, Dorothy Shaw, Kendall Nass, Carolyn Beane,


Deidra Edwards
An informal celebration honoring the life of Deidra (Blecha) Edwards will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at the Kopsa Cemetery near Cuba. A lunch will follow in the American Legion Hall in Cuba.
Deidra died Jan. 8 at Manhattan. Friends are asked to share memories, funny stories and celebrate the joy with Deidra's family and friends.For directions or more information contact Delton or Dana Blecha.

Barbara Lytton
Barbara Joyce Lytton, 74, died April 15 at the home of her son, Caleb Lytton-Jean, and her daughter, Abigail Lytton-Jean, in Somerville, Mass.
Barbara was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Beloit. She lived on a farm near Burr Oak and attended the Burr Oak schools until the tenth grade. Barbara moved with her family to Beloit and completed her secondary education at Beloit High School. During her senior year she was elected football homecoming queen.
Barbara attended Fort Hays State College for two years then transferred to Kansas State University in Manhattan and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Following graduation, she moved with her husband, Clinton Sewell, to Washington, D.C., and earned a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology from George Washington University. Barbara continued to pursue knowledge for the remainder of her life, with intense interest in physics, cosmology and history.
Barbara practiced professionally as a clinical neuro-psychologist and as a professor, adviser and mentor in psychology at numerous colleges in the United States and Canada. Her most recent professional positions were as program director at Child Center of Our Lady (a boys' residential facility) in St. Louis and as a psychological therapist at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Mo. Barbara's mission in life was to help people. During the last months of her illness, she worked as a volunteer therapist at a refugee center in Cambridge, Mass. Barbara liked to travel and was able to combine that passion with presentations at conferences in the United States as well as in Rome and Switzerland.
Barbara liked people, animals, art and music. The months of her illness were enriched by music provided by her friends, Greg Klyma and Dan Gottlieb. Shortly before her death, she attended the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for the performance of Lucia di Lammamoor.
Barbara liked animals of all kinds and felt empathy for their suffering. She was a vegetarian for much of her life and operated a natural foods store in Lancaster, N.H., with her partner, Hilary Jean. She lived in the company of horses, angora and dairy goats, angora rabbits, cats, dogs and, most recently, Silkie chickens. At one point she had a home business making goat cheese that she sold to local natural food co-ops. She also spun, hand dyed and knit the wool she produced from her angora critters. During one of her many moves across the United States, passing motorists photographed her blue 1968 Chevrolet pickup with stock racks and horse trailer, a menagerie on wheels.
Her illness caused her to give up her beloved cats and Cavalier spaniels, Cassie and Callie. Her stay in Somerville, Mass., was enriched by the beautiful Silkie chickens hatched and nourished by Barbara, Abigail and Caleb.
She hated war and ignorance. Barbara actively participated in anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C., in the early 1970s and in St. Louis prior to the invasion of Iraq.
Barbara is survived by her partner in marriage, Guy Oldfield, of Brentwood, Mo., and Burr Oak; her daughters, Krystal Sewell of Montpelier, Vt. and Abigail Lytton-Jean of Somerville, Mass.; her son, Caleb Lytton-Jean of Somerville, Mass.; her mother, Neva Lytton of Beloit; two sisters, Nancy Meiklejohn of Independence, Mo., and Rebecca Crumbaker of Beloit; two brothers, Jim Litton of Beloit, and Melvin Lytton of Lawrence, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Lytton of Burr Oak.
A funeral is planned for the Memorial Day weekend in Beloit.

Barbara Kimminau
Barbara J. Kimminau, 77, the daughter of Arnold and Norma (Harris) Streit, was born June 13, 1937, in Red Cloud. She died Thursday at the Heritage Care Center, in Red Cloud.
Barbara attended school in Guide Rock graduating from Guide Rock High School, and was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, rural Lawrence.
She was inducted into the United States Air Force, serving as an airman first class. She was honorably discharged on Jan. 20, 1959. She was united in marriage to Richard Kimminau on May 10, 1967, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Hastings.
Barbara enjoyed sewing and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Streit , and brother Rudy Streit.
Survivors include her husband, Richard, of Guide Rock; her mother, Norma, of Heritage Care Center of Red Cloud; one sister, Mrs. Robert Ahrens (Arlene) of Superior, and two brothers, Duane Streit of Guide Rock and Charles Streit of North Platte.
Her funeral was held on Monday from St. Stephen's Catholic Church, rural Lawrence, with the Rev. Thomas Bush officiating.
Rosary Service was held on Sunday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.
Pallbearers were Matt Streit, Lynn Kimminau, Ryan Streit, Ron Ahrens, Gary Kimminau, Mike Webber and Denny Smith.
Interment was in the St. Stephen's
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

Darlene Smith
Darlene Elaine Smith, 74, Lincoln, Neb., died Monday. She was born Sept. 2, 1940, to Albia and Madeline (Breault) Comeau in Glasco.
Her funeral is planned for 10. a.m. today, (Thursday)at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Lincoln, Neb.
A graveside service for the fomer Superior resident and business owner will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Courtland.

Cecil Pierce
Cecil Lon Pierce, 87, was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Beatrice to Venus and Marie (Blum) Pierce. He died May 11 at the Belleville Health Care Center.
He was raised on a farm near Reynolds, Neb., and attended country school until he went to Reynolds High School where he graduated in the 1945-1946 school year. Cecil served in the National Guard for seven years and obtained the rank of lance corporal. He married Peggy Nutsch on May 24, 1953, in Fairbury. Together they raised nine children.
Cecil made most of his living shearing sheep which he did all over the Midwest. He farmed in the Reynolds, Hubbell and Narka areas in his early adult years. He built and owned Pierces' tavern in Byron, for seven years until he moved to Mankato where he built and owned the Hideaway Supper Club, the first private club in Jewell County. In 1979 Cecil and family moved to Jenkins Mo., and then in 1983 returned to Narka where he and Peggy operated a grocery store and restaurant for nearly 20 years. Cecil did various other jobs over the years, but was most proud of his sheep shearing skills.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, V. John Pierce and Clifford W. Pierce; a daughter Charline Snyder; a granddaughter, Jessica Alcorn; daughter-in-law, Cathy Pierce; and special friend , Shelia Shoemaker.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy; sister, Carol McKenzie; sons, Jeff, Henry, Clifford and Matt; daughters, Susan Holmes, Mrs. Roger Reiter (Angelia "Gilly"), Mrs. Thomas Held (Andrea) and Mrs. Michal Svoboda (Beth); 28 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.
His funeral was held Saturday at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville. Burial was in National Cemetery, rural Narka.

Lorie Eitzmann
Lorie L. (Hoops) Eitzmann, 62, died last Monday.  She was born on Jan. 24, 1953.  She was given a loving Christian home by Rudolph and Hilda (Tietjen) Hoops.
Lorie attended the Byron Public School where she graduated high school.
She married Wayne Eitzmann on Feb. 23, 1974, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Byron. At the time of her death they were making their home in Hebron.
She worked at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home and MC Medical Supply.
Lorie belonged to Women's Circle and Extension Club. She taught Sunday School and Bible School and needlework and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Larry. Survivors include her husband, Wayne; brother, Gary Hoops, of Beatrice; and a sister, Mrs. Dale Reemers (Rose), of Bruning.

Dorothy Shaw
Dorothy I. Shaw, 89, the daughter of Rasmus and Elna (Hansen) Andersen, was born Oct. 11, 1925, near Sutton. She died Sunday at Harvard Rest Haven.
Dorothy attended rural schools and graduated from Edgar High School with the Class of 1942. She furthered her education at Hastings College. On April 6, 1946, Dorothy was united in marriage to Harold Shaw of Portsmouth, Ohio. They lived on a farm in the Edgar area.  Dorothy taught country school for 16 years in Clay and Nuckolls counties. She taught 6th grade in Fairfield for five years and for 17 years was associated with ESU 9 special education in Hastings.
Dorothy enjoyed country music and was member of the Nebraska Country Music Foundation since 1988. She enjoyed writing songs and received many awards in Nashville. One song, "Rose in His Hands" was written on behalf of her father. She received gold and platinum record awards from KMA records in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband ,Harold; a brother, Henry; and sister, Edna Johnson.
Survivors include her son, Larry Shaw, of Spring Ranch; grandchildren, Larcy Allen and Mick Shaw.
A private graveside services will be held at a later date.  Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of the arrangements.

Kendall Nass
Kendall Lewis Nass Sr. 76, died May 7 at his residence in Coolidge. Ken was born to Oscar Alfred Nass and Erma Louise Nass (Fausch) on May 24, 1938, on a farm near to Guide Rock.  
In 1956, at the age of 18, Ken left to join the Army.  He received an honorable discharge in 1964.  While in the Army, he met Erma Jean Woodard. They married in 1960 and made their home in Lincoln, Neb., They raised four children.
He enrolled in the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program, where he won a state steam fitter apprentice competition award in 1966 and continued on to compete in the nationals at Purdue University in 1967. 
In 1983 Kendall began to work at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix.  In 1984 he moved to Coolidge where he started his business, Coolidge Plumbing. Mr. Nass, stayed in business until his illnesses started slowing him down. He was house manager of the American Legion Club from 1985 to 2005 and provided much needed plumbing repairs and upgrades to the facility.
He took pride in displaying the American flags at San Carlos Park and was proud of his country and the men and women that are serving the USA.
He is survived by his sister, Clara Hartung of Lincoln Neb.; three sons, Terry Nass of Casa Grande, Ariz., Randy Nass of Lafayette, Ind., and Kendall Lewis Nass, Jr. of Selah, Wash.; a daughter Barbara Loschen of Lincoln, Neb,; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Oscar and Erma Nass; and a sister, Phyllis Hartman.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Williams Funeral Home.

Carolyn Beane
Carolyn Sue Beane, 66, Olathe, Kan., died May 13, 2015, at the Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Carolyn was born on Aug. 18, 1948, in Concordia, Kan., to Lyle and Lola Jean Cady of Mankato.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life and best friend, Roger Curtis Beane, and by her father, Lyle Cady.
Carolyn is survived by four children, Tabitha Deener, Rockdale, Texas, Eric Burkeen, Peculiar, Mo., Tara Quintero, Olathe, Kan., and Roger Christopher Beane, Springfield, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; her mother Lola Jean Cady, Mankato; two brothers, Larry and Duane Cady, Jewell, Kan.; and her sister,Patricia Hurd, Beatrice, Neb.
Carolyn graduated from Mankato High School in 1966 and received a degree in business administration from North Central Kansas School of Business in 1967. Carolyn worked at Zink Safety, Anchor Management, and Edward Jones throughout her life. Carolyn was a devoted mother to her four children and immensely enjoyed her grandchildren. She also enjoyed watching the sunrise at the lake, reading, gardening and traveling.
Carolyn's funeral was held Saturday, May 6, 2015, at McGilley and Frye Funeral Home in Olathe, followed by an escorted procession to the Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, Kan., for a graveside service.
-Paid Obituary-

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