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Roland E. "Ron" Petersen

Roland E. “Ron” Petersen, 77, of Arcadia passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251 and U.S. Navy Funeral Honors. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department, Arcadia Library or the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Earl “Ron” was born January 29, 1937, to Earl B. and Josephine (McNeice) Petersen at Culbertson, Nebraska. He received his education in Culbertson until 1947 when he moved with his parents to Stratton. He graduated from Stratton High School in 1955.

Ron attended McCook Junior College and received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1970. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1955, and served in active duty until November of 1959.

Ron married Betty Meguire. The couple’s children are Mark and Michelle. On October 3, 1987, Ron was united in marriage to Shirley (Leininger) Wilson at Lexington, NE.

In 1988, Ron and Shirley moved to the Leininger family farm at Arcadia.

Ron was employed at several ag-related jobs. After moving to Arcadia he worked at Trotter Lumber, then Maschka’s Building Center.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Arcadia. Ron especially enjoyed the outdoors and collecting old cars and milk separators.

Survivors include his wife Shirley; a daughter, Michelle Biggert and her husband, Henry; a son, Mark Petersen and his wife, Jamee; step-children, Dick and Roxie Wilson, Susan Wilson, Rodney Wilson, Billy Wilson, and Tony Wilson; three grandchildren, Blake Petersen, and Lindsey and Preston Biggert; 13 step-grandchildren; 20 step-great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Doug Eller; a brother and sister-in-law, Roddy and Rebecca Petersen; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Ruth Mundt, Ronald and Mitzi Leininger, Retta and Dale Bettenhausen, and Carol and Doug Zikmund; special cousins, Gary and Renetta Simms; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Bill and Alma Leininger; a brother, Merwyn Petersen; a sister, Joyce Blake; and brothers-in-law, Darold Blake, William B. Leininger, and Leon Mundt.

Eldon Hulinsky, 86

Eldon Hulinsky, 86, of Ord, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father Josh Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Eldon was born June 7, 1927, to Frank and Lillian (Codr) Hulinsky in rural Garfield County near Burwell, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm in the Burwell area where he received his education and graduated from Burwell High School in 1945.

Following graduation Eldon entered the United States Army. He was a part of the Occupation Forces in Tokyo, Japan during World War II and served as a clerk typist at the Army Hospital.

After the Army, Eldon was united in marriage, Bessie Shepperd on March 27, 1951, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. The couple farmed in the Geranium Township in Valley County, west of Ord. In 1984, they sold the farmed and moved into Ord.

Eldon worked various jobs including driving a bus for the Ord District Schools and as a janitor at the Ord Veteran’s Club.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #38, and VFW Post #7029, and had served as Post Commander.

Eldon enjoyed gardening, polka dances, listening to music, and enjoying good Czech food. He had a special love for the land, farming and caring for animals.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie of Ord; two daughters, Donna Lay of West Plains, MO, and Annette Hulinsky of Grand Island; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Lyle Hulinsky of Grand Island, and Ben and Janet Hulinsky of Westmoreland, KS; five grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Lorraine Hulinsky of Burtrum, MN; and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bud Heil of Loup City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Irene Seidel.

Hazel Irene Smith, 84

Hazel Irene Smith, 84, of Burwell, Nebraska died April 9, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Davenport and Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 -7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Hazel was born April 28, 1929 in Burwell, Nebraska to John and Ethel (Poor) Dehart. While Hazel was growing up her family lived north of Burwell in a sod house and then a rock house until moved to their place on Windy Hill Road. Hazel attended Banner and District 15 schools. Hazel stayed with and cared for her grandma Dehart. Hazel worked as a cook in Scotia, Grand Island and the Palmer hospital where she also worked as a nurse’s aid. She then worked in Grand Island at the Fairmont Factory until moving back to Burwell where she worked in different cafes.
She met Perry Eugene Smith, and they were later married on April 28, 1954 in Burwell. They lived northeast of Burwell where they ranched until moving into Burwell in November of 2007.
Hazel enjoyed going to her grandkids different games and activities and Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Hazel is survived by her husband Perry Smith of Burwell, Nebraska. Three children, Ruby Smith of Springfield, Nebraska, Deb and John Pelster of Burwell, Nebraska and Sonny and Kelly Smith of Wallace, Nebraska. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and three on the way. Two brothers, Richard Dehart and Ted Dehart of Burwell, Nebraska and two sister-in-laws, Aza Dehart of Ord, Nebraska and Lillian Smith of Burwell, Nebraska.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, three children, Franklin Charles, Bernard Fay and Mickel Joe, one brother, Jimmie Dehart and two sisters, Pauline Kinney and Lucille Boyer.

Agnes Barbara Woitaszewski, 88

Agnes Barbara Woitaszewski, 88 of Ord formerly of Loup City, died Sunday April 6th 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 10, at 10:30 am at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City at 2:00 pm Thursday. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Memorials may be given to the family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Agnes was born October 8, 1925, in rural Litchfield, Nebraska to Frank and Catherine (Bandur) Oseka.
She was married to Richard Woitaszewski on July 11, 1945, at the St. Josaphat’s Church in Loup City. He preceded her in death on January 11, 2009. They were married for 63 years.
Agnes grew up on the family farm and attended Rural District 64 and graduated from Wiggle Creek High School. Agnes and Richard celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2008. Richard was called to service, and Agnes worked in Elkhorn until his discharge December 11, 1946, they continued to live in Elkhorn until 1951. They then moved to Sherman County and farmed until 1986, when they retired and moved to Ord.
Agnes was a homemaker at heart, she enjoyed cooking, baking apple pie, rolls, canning and making horse radish, dill pickles, and farm chores. Her hobbies were playing cards with neighbors; her children, sewing, crocheting, gardening and having family gatherings.
Agnes loved genealogy and did extensive findings with relatives and getting family history of her parents and other relatives.
She was a member of the St. Josaphat’s Church in Loup City and the rosary sodality. In 1986, she became a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and altar society in Ord.
Agnes is survived by six daughters and five sons-in-law, Kathy and Richard Bilka of Burwell, Cindy and Adrian Sonnenfeld of Ord, Jean and Brett Jungren of Elmwood, Stacy and Duane Drake of Lincoln, Connie and Clint Lewis of Hastings and Stephanie Woitaszewski of Durango, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Peetz and her husband Alvin of Omaha.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a infant daughter, Kimberly, a granddaughter ,Debra Sue Bilka, a grandson, Wayne R. Bilka; three sisters, Florence Peterson, Cecilia Agnew, Evelyn Karmann; and three brothers, Leonard, Donald and Clarence Oseka.
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