The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Jan. 19, 2017

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Betty Reynolds, Virginia Stokes, Rosalie Edwards, Milvern Grummert, Barbara Betka, Johnny Seefeld, Joyce Zucker, Brian Miller, Donald Shaw, Inez Watts


Betty Reynolds
Betty Jo Reynolds, 89, of Formoso, died Thursday at the Republic County Hospital Long Term Care, Belleville. She was born Aug. 29, 1927, near Booker, Texas, the daughter of Walter Lee and Dora Wakefield Lee.
Betty graduated from Booker High School in 1945. She married Clinton Reynolds on Feb. 24, 1948, in Booker. In 1954 they moved to Kansas and farmed in the Lovewell area for many years. Betty was a member of the Lovewell Methodist Church. In 1975 Betty and Clinton moved to Formoso where they operated a service station and restaurant. She and Clinton had five children. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was also an amazing homemaker, caregiver, cook, gardener and seamstress. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, needlework and quilting. She enjoyed time with family and nothing was more important to her than those shared moments in life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; nine siblings, Dora Depew, Alfred Lee, Alvin Lee, Henry Lee, Mary Kitzmiller, Beatrice Ritzman, Leonard Lee, Walter Eugene Lee and Eva Thomas; a daughter, Peggy Jo Zadina; and a grandson, Brandon Kuhn.
Survivors include her husband; a sister, Ella Page, Mankato; brother, Carl Ray Lee, Booker, Texas; four children, Mrs. Eddie Wilson (Bonnie), Holcomb, Karen Schlotterback, Topeka, Daniel Reynolds, Formoso, and Mrs. Aden Joy (Darla), Belleville; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral was held at 1 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville. Burial followed at the Balch Cemetery, Formoso. Pastor Jonathan Peppers of the Concordia Baptist Church officiated.

Virginia Stokes
Virginia A. Stokes, 87, Formoso, died Thursday at Republic County Hospital, Belleville. She was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Wathena, to Samuel W. and Aurea M. (Meidinger) Lehman.
Virginia grew up in rural Wathena and graduated from Wathena High School in 1947. She went to Gard's Business University in St. Joseph, Mo., and after graduation worked as a secretary. She married Robert "Bob" D. Stokes Dec. 28, 1955. They lived in Washington and Phillipsburg where Bob was a teacher and coach. The couple had four children. The family moved to Fontana, Calif., and then to Alta Loma, Calif. Virginia attended Chaffey College and then got a job as a secretary at the Central School District in Cucamonga, Calif. She later became the assistant to the superintendent for the board of trustees of the district. In 1982, Robert and Virginia moved to rural Courtland. Virginia went to work for Cloud County Community College as assistant to the president for 15 years before her retirement. Virginia was a member of Ada Lutheran Church, Courtland, and the Beaver Homemakers (EHU) Club. She enjoyed gardening, music, reading and time with her children and grandchildren. During the 20 years the family lived in California they made numerous trips from California to Kansas to visit parents, grandparents, relatives and friends.
She is survived by her sons David Stokes, Holiday Island, Ark., Mark Stokes, Formoso, and Darren Stokes, Salina; a sister, Shirley Larson; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; daughter, Gina Sue Stokes; parents; and a brother, Clarence Lehman.
Her funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at Ada Lutheran Church, Courtland. Burial followed at Ada Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, who were in charge of arrangements.

Rosalie Edwards
Rosalie Faye Edwards, 86, Jewell, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. She was born April 13, 1930, to Elda and Harry Buer in Norway, Kan.
Rosalie graduated from Courtland High School and attended Bethany College and Kansas State University before marrying the love of her life, John Howard Edwards of Jewell on Feb. 5, 1951. Rosalie was an avid gardener, reader, seamstress and cook. She was also a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. For more than 20 years, she was a respected employee of the Girls' Industrial Youth Center in Beloit. Trinity United Methodist Church in Jewell was her spiritual home. Although she was private and quiet, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and always carried herself with a personal grace and dignity.
Her memory will be cherished by those she loved, including her husband of nearly 66 years, John; her children and their spouses, Ginna Lee (Rom) of Seattle, Wash., Dick Edwards (Carlene) of Jamestown, Kan., Cheryl Daugherty (Duane) of Roeland Park, Kan., and David Edwards (Judy) of Concordia, Kan.; her grandchildren, Lauren Hulse of Reno, Nev., Maia Lee of Los Angeles, Calif., Morgan Whisenhunt of Kansas City, Mo., Keenan Edwards and Brenton Edwards of Concordia, Kan.; her brothers, Edward Buer of Norway, Kan., Bruce Buer of Silverton, Ore., and sister, Inez Tillery of Kingston, Okla.; and all those who knew her.
Visitors are welcome to remember Rosalie at Kleppinger Funeral Home in Jewell on Friday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family will be available for visitation at Kleppinger Funeral Home from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jewell at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. According to Rosalie's wishes, she was cremated and a private inurnment will take place at a future date. The family asks any donations in Rosalie's memory be given to the ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church.
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Milvern Grummert
As this issue went to press funeral arrangements were pending at the Price Funeral Home for Milvern Grummert, 88, of Fairfield.

Barbara Betka
As this issue of The Express went to press, funeral arrangements were pending at Minden for Barbara Kottmeyer Sholtz Betka.

Johnny Seefeld
Johnny Americus Seefeld, 93, was born Jan. 9, 1924, near Nelson. He died last Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated from Nelson High School and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served as a military policeman during the Battle of the Bulge. He married Hazel Grace Rasmussen of Maxwell on June 6, 1943, in Starke, Fla. He was a farmer near Greenwood, a 60 year member of Superior Lodge of the AF & AM and a 50 year member of Davenport Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; his parents, Charles and Fern Seefeld; brothers, Homer Seefeld, Charles M. Seefeld and Robert Seefeld; sisters, Virginia Carlton and Viola Remmereid; and a son, Philip Seefeld.
Survivors include his son, Randall Seefeld, of Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Mrs. Larry Hudkins (Carol) of Malcolm; a brother, Joseph Seefeld of Omaha; sisters, Mrs. John Greiser (Norma Jean) of Davenport, Iowa, and Mrs. Joe Mertens (Lila Mae) of Superior; six grandchildren, Mrs. Steve Olander (Janet) of Madison, Miss., Mrs. Henrik Christensen (Kathy) of Malcolm, Jonathan Seefeld , Jennifer Seefeld, David Seefeld and Brenda Seefeld, all of Lincoln; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and burial will be in the Nelson Cemetery at a later date.

Joyce Zucker
Joyce Ardith (Stuehmer) Zucker, 88, the youngest daughter of Arthur and Theresa (Schulz) Stuehmer, was born at home near Scribner, Neb., on Dec. 15, 1928. She died peacefully with family by her side at Parkview Haven in Deshler, last Wednesday.
She attended District 12 country school until tenth grade. She finished her high school education at Scribner High School, graduating in 1946.
On April 27, 1947, Joyce was united in marriage with John Henry Zucker at the United Lutheran Church in Scribner. To this union five children were born: Ardythe Joyce, Mary Jo, Jane Terese, David John, and Paul Jeffrey.
John and Joyce celebrated 54 years of marriage before his death on March 2, 2002. Before marriage, Joyce worked at the Scribner Bank. During their married life, John and Joyce raised their family in Scribner, Mitchell and Madison, South Dakota, before moving to Deshler in October, 1960. She supported her husband in various businesses including a hatchery, construction, grain bin erection with bookkeeping for each business venture. Her most important work, however, was raising her family. Joyce found enjoyment in observing nature, reading and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Her creative and artistic outlets included sewing, altering, and counted cross-stitch. In her lifetime, she made thousands of cookies for her family and their friends.
She grew up during the Great Depression and learned "to make do with what one has," therefore, she became an "Original Repurposer!" She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her sister, Dolores Bergland; and great-grandson Evan Zucker. She is survived by her daughters Mrs. Donald Dunn (Ardythe), Mrs. Stanley Hofts (Mary Jo) and Mrs. Glen Bartling (Jane), all of Deshler; sons David Zucker of Deshler and Paul Zucker of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Matthew Hofts of Lincoln, Neb., Jennifer Owens of Wagoner, Okla., Andrew Bartling of Kearney, Timothy Bartling of Kearney, Jeffery Zucker of Lincoln, Michael Zucker of Omaha, Katherine Zucker of Austin, Melanie Mikkelsen of Ruskin, Marsha Ehlers of Chapman, Kan., and Tanya Lynch of Hickman, Neb.; great-grandchildren Whitnie Owens, Macie Bartling, Madelyn Bartling, Carly Zucker, Joseph Zucker, Alyssa Zucker, Johnathan Zucker, Benjamin Zucker, Chase Ehlers, Nash Ehlers and Cannon Lynch; a sister Donna Jean Walter of Fremont.

Brian Miller
Brian James Miller, 51, a former resident of the Superior area and the son of James and Donna (Edwards) Miller was born Aug. 22, 1965, at Kearney, Neb. He died unexpectantly at his home in Kalona, Iowa ,on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
Brian graduated from Superior High School in 1984 and then graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a degree in agribusiness in 1989. He was united in marriage to Raelyn Robb on July 12, 1991. Brian was a member of the Sharon Center United Methodist Church.
Brian was an accomplished multi-sport athlete growing up, to include two high school state championships in shot put and as the starting catcher who hit a home run in the championship game for the Legion baseball team. One of his 'biggest' accomplishments in high school was defeating an opponent at the state wrestling championships who outweighed him by 150 lbs. His athletic career culminated in playing football alongside his brother, Kevin, for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1984 to 1989. This passion transferred into his post college life as he assisted with coaching football both at Superior High School and at Mid-Prairie High School in Iowa.
Professionally, Brian excelled at any task that required people-skills. Whether it was as an ag chemical salesman or an investment representative for Edward Jones, Inc., Brian had the ability to relate with any and all in which he came in contact.
Brian was defined by family. With an intense love for his wife, Raelyn, Brian dedicated his life to his family and their pursuits. Brian was a dedicated husband and father who was never too big to do the laundry or sit up front at an elementary music concert. Whether it was changing allegiances from the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Iowa Hawkeyes or driving to St. Louis for a national gymnastics competition, Brian loved his family and supported each and every one of them with a dedication similar to the one he had for his wife.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Donna Miller of Superior; his wife, Raelyn (Robb) Miller, of Kalona; sons, Tanner and Reid Miller; daughters Hannah and Ciarra Miller; brothers and their wives, Kevin and Juliane Miller of Superior, and Andrew and Kristin Miller of Hardy.
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Kalona Mennonite Church with Pastors Doug Cue and Gerry Kahler officiating. Graveside services will take place at the Hardy Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 with Danny Jackson officiating. A reception will follow at the Superior Country Club. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of local arrangements.

Donald Shaw
Donald Eugene Shaw, 89, the son of Ivan and Elsie (Jesper) Shaw, was born June 1, 1927, at Fairfield. He died Sunday at Henderson Health Care Services, Henderson, Neb.

Inez Watts
Inez E. Watts, 96, the daughter of Carl and Eva (Cornish) McCauley was born Dec. 14, 1920. at the family farm in Clay County, Neb. She died last Monday at Heritage Crossings, Geneva.
Inez attended rural schools in the Edgar vicinity and graduated from Edgar High School in 1938 with a certificate to teach rural elementary education in Clay and Nuckolls counties. On June 2, 1941, Inez married James H. Watts in Pawnee City. James and Inez committed their entire lives to farming, ranching and raising their family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandchild; and two brothers, Orval and Harold.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Richard Mailand (Charleen) of Seward; and sons, Carl Watts of Fairfield, and Jim Watts of Edgar.
A graveside service was held at 1 and 54 nations and territories.

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