The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record Obituaries Obituaries published December 5, 2013 The Superior Express and Jewell County Record
This week: Don Alexander, Duane Beaushaw, Catherine Riffey, Floy Jensen, Linda Brennfoerder, Viola Crane, Gregg Roe, Lonnie Beneda
Don William Alexander, 70, died Nov. 25 at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. The son of Donald and Margaret (Taylor) Alexander, he was born June 22, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio.
Don attended Hopewell Grade School and graduated from Whitmer High School in 1961. After graduating he attended Lawrence Technical School. He worked as a computer repair technician near Detroit, Mich., for IBM for many years.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, being honorably discharged on Oct. 31, 1966.
He moved to Nelson to retire and enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing, restoring antiques and old chests.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jack.
He is survived by his daughters: Mrs. Dave Sikorski (Lori) of Gaylord, Mich.; and Mrs. John Kochanski II (Ann) of Macomb Mich.; two grandsons, Kaleb Schumakek and John Kochanski III, and a sister, Kay Kocher, of Toledo, Ohio.
Memorial services were held Monday at the Nelson Community United Church of Christ with The Rev. Dr. Stephen Berry officiating. Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson was in charge of the arrangements.
Duane E. "Dewey" Beaushaw, 90, died November 30 at Thorne Care Center. He was born May 3, 1923, to Evelyn and Goldie Logan Beaushaw, in Jewell County.
He was a machinist at Cessa for many years before he retired in 1986. He was a member of First Church of God and the American Legion, Lyle Rischel post No. 68. He married Neva Rathbun on Sept. 21, 1947, in Belleville. She died Nov. 29, 2001.
Survivors include: daughter, Julie Brock and husband Lynn, Hutchinson, sons, Gordon Beaushaw and wife Patty, Halstead, Lynn Beaushaw and wife Stephanie, Gig Harbor, Wash., brother Merrill Beaushaw and wife Esther, Abilene, sister, Ila Lewis, Belleville, 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers; Melvin, Carl, and Earl Beaushaw, sisters; Madeline Motes and Marjorie Ireland.
Funeral service were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Elliott Chapel with Pastor John Carney presiding. Burial followed in Fairlawn Burial Park. Military Honors were conducted by Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Harden Hospice or First Church of God in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Kan., 67501.
Catherine Marilyn Riffey, 94, died at her home in Sawyer, Kan., last Tuesday. She was born Sept. 2, 1919, at Fairview, Mo., the daughter of Oscar and Ethel (Stipp) Montgomery. April 12, 1942, she married Clyde L. Riffey at Fairview, Mo.
Catherine was a member of The Old German Baptist Brethren Church. During her lifetime she was involved in Ashton EHU, Pratt Garden Club, Sew n' Sews and as a 4-H leader.
She is survived by two sons, Larry, Pratt, and Charles, Sawyer; two daughters, Mrs. Dean Thrasher (Becky), St. John, and Mrs. Lyle Dauner (Cathy), Mankato; 12 grandchildren, Kylie Riffey, Kevin Riffey, Darren Thrasher, Brian Thrasher, Rebecca Kejr, Christopher Dauner, Jennifer Harris, Tanner Dauner, Brandon Riffey, Angela Storey, Erin Riffey, Cherie Riffey; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard and Joel Montgomery.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Charlie Riffey; a brother, Riley Montgomery; and a sister Marie Gascho.
Her funeral was held Saturday at The Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Sawyer. Burial was in Ellenwood Cemetery, Sawyer. A visitation was held Friday with family present. Larrison Mortuary, Pratt, was in charge of arrangements.
Roseland resident, Floy E. Jensen, 81, died Thursday at the Good Samaritan Society's Perkins Pavilion, Hastings. Her funeral was held Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Hastings, with the Rev. Dr. William Nottage-Tacey officiating. Burial was in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings.
Mrs. Jensen was born in Nelson on Sept. 26, 1932, to Con and Elma (Van Dyke) Whiteley. Floy graduated from Nelson High School with the Class of 1950. She worked at the ASCS office in Nelson. She married Jack Jensen of Nora on Sept. 21, 1952. Her husband died on June 5, 2001.
Floy and Jack lived in Baltimore, Md., while Jack was in the service and Floy worked in an insurance office. They moved to the Holstein-Roseland area in 1956. Jack was in the grain business and Floy worked at the Roseland State Bank. She enjoyed reading, music, poetry and entertaining family and friends. She was active in her church, with evangelism, and her Bible study group of many years. Her life was her faith, family and friends.
Floy was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jack D. Jensen.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Kevin Jensen, Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Kelly Barnett, Hastings; sisters, Verleen Gharring, Sheridan, Mich., and Shirley Whartman Kimball; and a grandson, Jaryd Barnett, Lincoln, Neb.
Kearney resident, Linda M. Brennfoerder, 68, died Saturday at Juniata.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hastings, with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Edgar Cemetery, Edgar.
Linda was born May 21, 1945, in Superior to Ernest W. and Rosemary (Hakanson) Brennfoerder. She was raised on a farm outside of Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1963. Linda was a member of The Willard Sorority at Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated in 1967 with a bachelor of education degree. She was an elementary teacher with the York, Columbus and Kearney public schools and retired at Kearney. Linda was a member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Nebraska State Education Association, and ADK.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, William E. Brennfoerder; and a sister, Mary B. Sykes.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Heath Mlady (Cindy), Juniata; and four grandchildren, Madison, Reece, Sienna and Cole Mlady.
Viola H. Crane, 92, died Thursday at her home in Burr Oak. She is survived by one son, Charles Crane. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, in 2001.
Services are not planned at this time.
A former resident of Superior, Gregg Roe, 49, apparently suffered a heart attack while at work in Kearney about 2:30 p.m. Monday and died. He was a computer specialist for a Kearney manufacturing company. His funeral arrangements are pending at this time at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home.
Earlier Monday he had sent an e-mail message to the editor of this newspaper.
Lonnie D. Beneda, 69, son of Ernest Beneda and Viola Benyshek, was born Dec. 2, 1943, at the Beiderwell Hospital in Belleville. He died Nov. 19, in the Salina Regional Health Center at the age 69. Lonnie attended the Jefferson Center country school that was originally one mile south of the Beneda homestead. The original school building was moved to the Beneda farm where Lonnie lived his entire life. Lonnie played football at Cuba High School. After graduation in 1961, he went to work at The Belleville Telescope. He was proud he had not retired and had served The Telescope for 51 years.
He was united in marriage to Nancy Dart on July 7, 1963, at the Cuba Presbyterian Church. To this union, two children were born, Danny and Deena. Nancy and Lonnie regularly visited garage sales. Lonnie said he never found anything for himself but enjoyed watching Nancy find treasures for their family. Lonnie enjoyed living in the country with his wife and caring for animals, especially his dogs. In his spare time he worked on trucks and equipment and was passionate about rebuilding Ford Mustangs. He collected model cars and old coins and shared his collections with his family. As a true Czech, he liked Kolaches and Jaternice and wanted his family to value their heritage.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dart Beneda; one son, Danny Beneda, Cuba, a daughter, Mrs. Farhang Khosh (Deena) Farhang, Lawrence, Kan.; four grandchildren: Cole Beneda, Concordia, Celsey Beneda, Manhattan, Nisa and Sina Khosh, Lawrence, Kan,; and one sister, Mrs. Bob Trecek (Glennis), Belleville.
His funeral was held at the Cuba Presbyterian Church, Nov. 23 with Deb Hadachek officiating. Burial followed in Kopsa Cemetery, Cuba.
His association with the Telescope, frequently brought him to Superior when the two newspapers shared projects.
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