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Charles O. "Charlie" Dearmont, 78




Charles O. “Charlie” Dearmont, 78, of Elyria passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church or to Deaf Missions. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Charles was born November 26, 1935, at Burwell, Nebraska to “G.L.” Gerald L. and Grace (Heck) Dearmont. He attended rural elementary school graduated from Burwell High School.
In 1955, Charlie was united in marriage to Yvonne Cass. Yvonne passed away in 1983. Charlie and Colleen Reineke were married in May of 1985.
Charlie found his life work early and enjoyed long hours and years of doing earth work for local farmers. After growing up as the youngest of nine children on a farm, he had a deep appreciation of hard work which he felt was the cornerstone of a productive satisfying life. He loved the farmers, the land and his attempts to “heal the earth”. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his employees, co-workers and customers. Charlie operated Cass Construction until his work related accident in 2004.
Charlie had a love for his family and family gatherings. He was a dedicated father who encouraged his children in their outstanding academic progress and successes. He adored his grandchildren; and their talents and achievements.
Charlie was a member of the Burwell and Ord Christian Churches. He always took time out for church, but would often take a change of work clothes so he could get right back to the fields.
Charlie’s hobbies were Husker Football, Conservative Talk Radio, Nebraska Big Rodeo at Burwell and Country Music.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen of Elyria; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dave and Lona of Lincoln, and Steve of Burwell; a daughter, Diane Dearmont of Seattle, WA; a step son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Julie Pool Hardin, MT; a step daughter, Amy Scheffler of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Helen Fischer of Burwell, Ruby Percell of Lincoln, and Ivy Everhart of Waterloo, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Yvonne (Cass) Dearmont; four brothers, Robert, John, Nelson and Alvin Dearmont; and a sister, Viletha Graham. 




 

Elaine E. Miller, 90






Elaine E. Miller, 90, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.

Mrs. Miller’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at Sheridan, Wyoming. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department or Ord First United Methodist Women. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born October 21, 1923, at Kimball, Nebraska to Edmond W. and Ollie E. (Sperling) Petersen. She graduated from Ravenna High School in 1942.
Following graduation, Elaine taught school in a one room country school near Ravenna.
On December 18, 1945, Elaine was united in marriage to William “Bill” R. Miller at Ravenna, Nebraska. The couple farmed south of Ord before moving to Grand Island. While in Grand Island, Elaine worked at Vogue as a seamstress.

They moved to Longmont, Colorado and Elaine did the bookkeeping for a local dairy. While making their home in Sheridan, Wyoming, Elaine worked as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counselor for the Veteran’s Medical Center.
Mr. Miller passed away in Sheridan on April 30, 1991. Elaine has made her home in Ord since October of 1991.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church. Elaine enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sewing and cross-stitching.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Laura Miller of Ord, and Karl and Karen Miller of Conroe, Texas; three grandchildren, Wendy Miller-Bronson of Ord, Sean and Michelle Miller of Houston, Texas, and Jason and Jennifer Miller of Kearney; seven great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William “Bill”; a sister, Dorlene Mettinbrink; and a great-grandson, Landon Miller.
 

Donitta Ann Conrad, 50




Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Nebraska died at home on October 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell. Rev. Greg Volzke will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 -8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the For the Cure, Ropers in Need or the Community Memorial Health Center.
Donitta was born January 13, 1964 in Ransom, Kansas to Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She went to elementary school at Pawnee Rock, Kansas and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1982. After graduation she attended Barton County Community College at Great Bend, Kansas where she received her associate’s degree.
Donitta married JP Conrad on April 27, 1985 in Hoisington, Kansas. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Nebraska in 1987. Donitta later worked at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell as a nurse. In 2005 she attended Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska to continue her nursing education.
Donitta and JP moved to Grand Island, Nebraska in 2010. Donitta was a nurse at Tiffany Square in Grand Island. In 2012 Donitta and JP moved back to Burwell where she continued to work at the Community Memorial Health Center until her health forced her to quit.
Donitta was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was and avid gardener and an outstanding cook. She loved the outdoors and was very passionate about her work and care for the elderly and she loved to spoil her grandkids.
Donitta is survived by her husband JP Conrad of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Bruce and Maggie Conrad of Bartlett, Nebraska and Jessica and Evan Goodwin of Hastings, Nebraska and four grandchildren, Chet, Gracie, Natalie and Bozley Conrad. Her parents, Don and Ruby Popp of Hoisington, Kansas. Two brothers, Greg and Marla Davidson and DeWayne Davidson all of Great Bend, Kansas and a sister, Glenda and Brett Cloutier of Clermont, Florida and nieces and nephews.
Donitta was preceded in death by her grandparents, Esther and Herman Popp and Lena Jenkins and Leo Armer. Her uncle Duane Popp, a cousin, Kevin Popp and her father-in-law, Bob Conrad.

 

Isabelle Trompke, 95




Isabelle Trompke, 95 of Loup City, NE died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at her daughter’s home near Wood River, NE.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 at the church with a Vigil Service/Sodality Rosary to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or donor’s choice.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.  You can sign Isabelle’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

 
Isabelle Florence (Roy) Trompke was born July 5, 1919 at Paplin, NE to Mike and Helen (Tesmer) Roy.  She grew up in the Ashton area and graduated from Loup City High School in 1938.  She married Raymond Trompke, Sr. July 11, 1939 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City.  She lived at the same farm home since marriage for over 75 years.  Her husband, Ray died March 22, 1987.  She was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, St. Josaphat’s Sodality Rosary, CCW and St. Anne’s Quilting Club. She was also a past member of District 14 School Board, Election Board and Sherman County Extension Club.  She enjoyed playing cards, word finds, sewing, crocheting, gardening, birds and making deserts.
She is survived by her son, Raymond L. Trompke, Jr. and wife Donna of Loup City; daughter, Imogene Turek and husband, James of Wood River, NE; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Trompke, Sr.; brother, Dominic Roy; sisters, Emily Roy and Stella Smedra.
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Burwell Fall Festival Starting Strong


BURWELL --  The First Annual Fall Festival is this weekend in Burwell. The event's slogan is "A Time For Giving" and giving is just what organizers have experienced so far.

"We already have a lot of donations coming in so we're just really excited," said Johanna Jeffries, an event organizer. 

That money is important, especially considering the CMHC will match all donations. For Jeffries, the purpose of the even is information. "We want to educate the community about the Burwell Community Fund and what we do and it's a way to continue a hopeful future for Burwell and Taylor."  

The event starts Friday and continues through Sunday in Burwell. 

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Transforming Interpretive Center


BURWELL -- Former attendees of the one-room school house in Burwell got a glimpse into their past on Sunday.

"(We) had a lot of former students and teachers and things like that. People who came in and told stories, remember when, remember this. I think students got together who hadn't seen each other since they went to school there," 

Now the building is transitioning into an interpretive center. "It's going to be an education center about the by-way about our great state," Carlson said. "It's going to be a great addition to this area."

Carlson said the building is coming along, but a lot of work still needs to be done. Anyone looking to help with the transformation can do so at any Pathway Bank.


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Ries New Executive Administrative Assistant At VCHS





ORD – Becky Ries has accepted the Executive Administrative Assistant position at Valley County Health System. She will assist Bill Sugg in his role as President and CEO.


Becky has been employed by the Valley County Health System Foundation for the past seven years as the Executive Director. She has assisted the Foundation with successful fundraising efforts including the annual golf tournament and gala as well as the new Neon Moon Run. She has also worked with many private donors to generate funds for the Foundation which are used to provide needed equipment for the hospital.


Becky is married to Jim Ries of Ord and has two children and one granddaughter. Her daughter Brittney lives in Lincoln and is married to Tyler Standage. Together they have an infant daughter, Macy. Jim and Becky’s son, Ethan, is in 8th grade at Ord High School.


Becky will transition to her new role over the next several weeks and will also assist the Foundation with training her replacement once that position is filled.
ORD -- The Ord Cub Scouts are looking to help the community...and you can help them.

The Pack is holding a "Scouting for Food Drive" on Monday, October 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Ord. "We just want to get the word out that the Scouts will be out. All of the food that's collected will be beneficial to the community and the surrounding communities," said Jason Moudry, one of the drive's leaders.

Though the main point of the drive is to collect food for those in need, Moudry noted the positve effects it can have on the kids.

"Community and connection is a great part of scouting and this is a way for the scouts to give back. This is a way for the scouts to be part of that community," he said.

If you won't be home, but would still like to donate, you can give Moudry a call at 308-730-0513.

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Beran New Public Relations And Marketing Coordinator At VCHS





ORD – Jennifer (Ramsey) Beran began on October 13, as the new Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at Valley County Health System.


Jennifer has previous experience with designing marketing materials, coordination and placement of advertisements as well as event planning. She graduated from Ord High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an Advertising Major and a Marketing Minor from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jennifer is married to Jeff Beran and together they have a four year old daughter, Peyton.


Valley County Health System welcomes Jennifer to our team!
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