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Bonnie Grein Fankhauser, 81

January 21, 2015

Bonnie Grein Fankhauser, 81 of North Platte passed away Jan. 19, 2015, at Great Plains Health. She was born March 24, 1933 in Hermosa, SD to Frank and Naomi Blanche (Martin) Grein. She attended high school in Rushville.

September 5, 1950, she married John Fankhauser in Scottsbluff. To this union four children were born.

In 1952 the couple moved to North Platte, where Bonnie sold Tupperware, worked at K-Mart, and worked as a cashier at 6th Street Food Stores and U-Save for 27 years.

Catherine M. Knittle, 93

January 21, 2015

Funeral Services for Catherine M. Knittle will be Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home Chapel in Wilcox, with Pastor Stan Murdock officiating. Interment will be at the Wilcox Cemetery at Wilcox following the service.

Catherine Mae Knittle, 93 years of age, of Wilcox, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

Mary Ellen Thomas, 91

January 21, 2015

Mary Ellen Thomas, age 91 of Eddyville, died Jan. 17, 2015, at the St. Luke’s Nursing Home in Kearney.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Burr Oak CommunityChurch, with a lunch following. After the lunch, burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. 

Memorials are suggested to the Burr Oak Church or the Homeward Trail Bible Camp at Mason City, NE. 

Helen Doris Coffman, 100

January 21, 2015

Helen Coffman, 100, of Chandler, Ariz., entered into Heaven Dec. 23, 2014.

She was born July 20, 1914, to Francis and Charles Price near Berwyn. She was the oldest of three children. Brothers Paul and Roy Price and parents preceded her.

Helen married Claire Coffman, a farmer, rancher, businessman, December 7, 1933. They were happily married for 68 years, until Claire at 91 went to be with the Lord Feb. 2, 2002.

Gary L. Kranz, 42

January 7, 2015

Gary L. Kranz, age 42 of Oconto, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Oconto Community Center in Oconto with Pastor Lawrence Francis officiating. Burial was in the Oconto Cemetery.

Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Lee Kranz was born April 9, 1972, to Dwain and Delores (Eckard) Kranz at Atkinson. He grew up near Eddyville and attended Sumner Eddyville Miller School.

Gary farmed and ranched with his family on the Kranz Farms near Eddyville.

Barry D. ‘Coach’ Schultz, 61

January 7, 2015

Barry D. “Coach” Schultz, 61, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at CHI St. Francis Health in Grand Island.

Services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the Third City Christian Church in Grand Island with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating. Burial was in the Burwick Cemetery in Cairo.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date in lieu of flowers.

Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Mary Lee Shotkoski, 88

January 7, 2015

Mary Lee Shotkoski, 88 of Lincoln, formerly of Arcadia, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Sumner Place in Lincoln.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating. Burial followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.

Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue.

Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.

You can sign Mary Lee’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

Ray Lambert, 71

December 30, 2014

Ray Lambert of Wickenburg, Ariz., passed away Dec. 15, 2014, at the Effus Ranch near Wickenburg.

Ray was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Smith Center, Kan., and lived in the area until his parents moved to Broken Bow, Neb., and then to the Steve Cooksley Ranch near Anselmo, Neb.

Ray grew up working with ranch and draft horses and developed a love for the freedom of the ranching way of life.

Virginia Lee Bedner, 78

December 30, 2014

Virginia Lee (Kelly) Bedner, 78, of Grand Island, died, surrounded by her
family, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Fr. Jose Chavez will officiate. Burial will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Catholic daughter’s rosary will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at All Faiths
Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, with a Rosary at 3 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home.

Jason Thomas Bates, 35

December 30, 2014

Jason Thomas Bates of Alabama, born Aug. 31, 1979, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the age of 35.

He loved the time he got to spend with family. Growing up he enjoyed playing with his siblings and cousin Kristy. As a father, he looked forward to family night every week. He loved teaching his boys how to fix cars and build things, especially with wood, and to show them that if they set their minds to it there was nothing they couldn’t do. He always said that in his perfect world he and his boys would play video games all day.

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