Berdena E. “Dena” Hamer, 88, of North Loup passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Private Inurnment will be held at the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Berdena was born October 2, 1926, at Ord, Nebraska to Charles and Anna (Huebner) Otto. She spent her childhood in Valley and Garfield Counties and graduated from Burwell High School in 1943.
Following high school, Dena attended the Radio and Television Institute in Omaha. On June 1, 1947, she married John W. Hamer. During the war she worked at Hill Field, Utah. While living in North Loup Dena worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Osentowski in Ord and for Dr. Markley at the medical clinic in North Loup. Dena then worked as a cook at the North Loup Café and at D.J’s.
Dena spent most of her life in North Loup, living at NoLo Villa for over 20 years. She then made her home at Grandview in Ord and for the past three years has resided at Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
Dena was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she helped with cub scouts, brownie troops and 4-H. She loved arts, crafts, quilting and was a pianist who played by ear.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Gaylene Hamer of Lincoln and Russell and Sharyl Hamer of Gering; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lana and Allan Hollertz of Holdrege and Jill and Russ Barnes of Ord; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Art and Millie Otto of Kearney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gregory Hamer; one brother, Leonard Otto and a sister, Lorene Bjorklund.
Joseph "Joe" Hruza, Jr. 87
Joseph “Joe” Hruza, Jr., 87, of Burwell, Nebraska died April 28, 2015 at the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 – 6 p.m. at the church with a 6:00 p.m. Rosary. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Baseball. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Joe was born in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska to Joseph and Augusta (Stryzek) Hruza, Sr. Joe moved with his family in 1936 to a farm northeast of Burwell in Garfield county. He attended country school up till the 8th grade. At 14 years of age he started working for various farmers in the area to help support the family.
Joe enlisted in the United States Marines to serve in World War II. He talked often of his time in China, riding train guard and serving the USA.
Joe married Rose Marie Sevenker on June 30, 1957, at her parents’ home northeast of Ord, Nebraska. They made their home on the family farm northeast of Burwell in Garfield County. Joe farmed with his brother, Richard on the family farm until 1984, with his passing. Joe believed in change, in putting down one of the first irrigation wells, followed by one of the first Valley pivots. He was one of the first to begin minimum-till farming and today no-till farming. Joe continued to live his life on the farm, doing what he loved. Rose Marie died January 5, 1996. Joe married Rita Cecetka on December 31, 1997, they resided on the family farm where Rita was able to live out her dream of rural life, until her passing on December 31, 2012.
Joe was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the American Legion. Joe like baseball. He started the Loup Valley Little League, for pee wee and pony league baseball teams. He coached the Sand Flats for several years. He enjoyed following the St. Louis Cardinals.
Joe is survived by four children, Dan and Tammy Hruza of Burwell, Nebraska, Wayne and Christy Hruza of Ord, Nebraska, Jean and Frank Johns of Hemingford, Nebraska and Nancy and Keith Andersen of Adams, Nebraska. Seven grandchildren, Anthony and Emilie Hruza of Burwell Nebraska, Sarah Hruza of Burwell, Nebraska, Kristen Andersen of Omaha, Nebraska and Keri Andersen of Adams, Nebraska. Three step-grandchildren, Trisha Dahlke of Rochester, Minnesota, Travis Dahlke of Grand Island ,Nebraska, Tracy Dahlke of Lincoln, Nebraska. One Great grandchild, Brock Hruza of Burwell, Nebraska. A brother, George and Dorothy Hruza of Ord, Nebraska. Two sisters, Laura and Emil Hynek of Lincoln, Nebraska and Adeline Nelson of Burwell, Nebraska and a sister-in-law, Alma Hruza of Ord, Nebraska. Ten step children, Kathleen and Richard Elsinger, Rich and Claudia Cecetka, Joan Thomas, Thomas Cecetka, Geri Nisely, Ed Cecetka, Elaine Cecetka-Wood, Mary Jo Cecetka, James Cecetka and Ruth Cecetka.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Rose Marie and Rita, a brother, Richard Hruza and a brother-in-law, Lonnie Nelson.
Shirley A. DeBusk, 87
Shirley A. DeBusk, 87, of Sargent died Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Heritage Hall in Broken Bow. Services will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent. The Rev. Marvin Bauer will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 PM Monday at the funeral home.
Philip J. Seefus, 77
Philip John Seefus 77 of Milford, NE formerly of Scotia passed away Tuesday, April 21 at the Sunrise Country Manor at Milford, NE.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 am at the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Middendorf officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until service time on Saturday at the church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Philip was born January 31, 1938 in Grand Island to Philip and Amelia (Bredthauer) Seefus. P.J. was raised at Scotia and graduated from Scotia High School. He had worked as a farm hand for Willard Bremer for 15 years. He continued to make his home at Scotia until moving to Milford