Mary E. Pesek, 78, of Ord passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the UNMC Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
Mrs. Pesek was cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Evangelical Free Church in Ord. Pastor Doug Olson will officiate. Inurnment will be a later date in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elaine was born January 16, 1936, at Burwell, Nebraska to Clarence C. and Mary (Holecek) Conner. She was raised on the farm in Garfield County, receiving her early education at Lone Star School and graduating from Burwell High School.
Mary obtained a teaching certificate from Kearney State College and taught at various schools in the Burwell and Ord areas.
On June 1, 1957, Mary was united in marriage to Eddie Pesek at Ord, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Ord where they owned and operated Eddie’s Pool Hall for over 20 years. Mary also worked at the Veteran’s Club and Elk’s Lodge. After working for 22 years as a dispatcher for the Ord Police Department Mary retired and continued to make her home in Ord.
She was a member of the VFW Ladies and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, reading and embroidering.
Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Pesek-Taylor of Grand Island; a son, Mark Pesek of Ord; two grandchildren, Destawny Taylor of Lincoln and Anika Powers-Pesek of Brule; her siblings and their spouses, Bo (Bonnie) Conner and Elwin (Lucille) Conner all of Burwell, Freda (Gene) Augustyn of Ord, Pat (Ron) Watson of Ericson and Juanita Allen of Burwell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois Conner and Jack Anderson both of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eddie; an infant brother, LaVerne Conner; two brothers, Sonny and Edward Conner; and a sister, Linda Anderson.
Cynthia S. Kroeger, 61
Cynthia S. “Cindy” Kroeger, 61, of Burwell passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Miss Kroeger was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Community Memorial Health Center of Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia Sue “Cindy” was born September 1, 1953, at Hays, Kansas to Elmer and Vera (Henrickson) Kroeger. During her early years she lived with her parents in various locations throughout Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. Later, she was a resident of Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell until her death.
Cindy loved fresh flowers, the color purple and listening to music. She was fond of her collection of stuffed animals and enjoyed picking out jewelry to wear, or going for drives to see combines harvesting in the fields. Cindy especially liked get-togethers with family and friends to celebrate her birthday and Christmas.
Some of the nursing home activities she enjoyed included dressing up for Halloween and handing out candy to the local children, swimming in the Burwell pool, and riding on a float in the Burwell Rodeo Parade as the home’s queen. Cindy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Ord.
Cindy lived at the Community Memorial Health Center for 23 years and was recognized as the resident who had been there for the longest time. Her family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff for their many years of wonderful care.
Survivors include her father, Elmer Kroeger of Ord; a sister and brother-in-law, Lora and Steve Ettien of Ft. Collins, CO; nephew, Sean Ettien of Boulder, CO; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Vera; a brother, Mark Kroeger; and her grandparents.
Beverly J. O'Neel, 76
Beverly J. “Bev” O’Neel, 76, of rural Ord passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the CHI St. Francis Heath System in Grand Island.
Mrs. O’Neel’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Rose Cemetery at Rose, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church or the Heartland Youth Ranch. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Beverly Jean was born June 8, 1938, at Sargent, Nebraska to Floyd and Neva (Raines) Tucker. She spent her childhood in Rock County on a ranch east of Rose, Nebraska where she received education and graduated from Rock County High School in 1955.
Following high school she obtained a teaching certificate and taught country school in Rock County. On December 23, 1956, Beverly was united in marriage to Myron “Mike” O’Neel at Rose, Nebraska.
The couple spent three years in St. Louis before returning to Nebraska in 1959. They first lived in Ainsworth and in 1962, they settled in Ord.
Bev worked at the Valley County Hospital for 27 years as a Nurse’s Aide and also for CNCS WIC program. She spent many years traveling and driving a pilot car with Mike while he was trucking.
For the past 34 years, the couple has made their home west of Ord where Bev enjoyed animals; especially her cats and dogs. She loved to cook and host family events. Bev attended many of Mike’s musical events and loved the music and visiting.
She was a member of the Ord Christian Church and Ord Does.
Survivors include her husband, Mike of Ord; two sons and daughter-in-law, Terry and Denise O’Neel of Ord and Rod O’Neel of Burwell; five grandchildren, Tyler, Travis and Timbre O’Neel and Clinton and Darci O’Neel; three great-grandchildren, Treyton, Kaiya and Katrina Cassell; and her twin brother and two sisters-in-law, Bruce and Linda Tucker of Waverly and Marcella (Mrs. Dan) Tucker of Raleigh, NC.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Wendy (Mrs. Rod) O’Neel; and three brothers, Jerry, Bill and Dan Tucker.
Theodore J. "Ted" Golus
Theodore J. “Ted” Golus was born February 15, 1923 on a farm near Rockville, NE to Peter J. and Cecelia T. (Kuta) Golus. He attended rural schools in Sherman County, St. Josaphat’s Catholic School and graduated from Loup City High School in 1941. After graduation he farmed with his parents southeast of Loup City and in 1952 he moved to a farm west of Loup City. He married Rosemary Miller on October 15, 1960 at Loup City. They continued to live on the farm where they raised their family of seven children. He was active in St. Josaphat’s Church. He retired and moved to Loup City in 1997. He was a charter member of Sherman County National Farmers Organization; member of the Loup City Co-op board for 15 years; life member of the Knights of Columbus since 1945; District 44 school board member; member of the Sherman County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Committee; Sherman County school re-organization committee; St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Bible Study Group. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary of Loup City; daughter, Kathy Golus of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and RoxAnne Golus of Holdrege, NE; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tim Riley of Omaha, NE; son, David of Grand Island, NE; son, Jeffrey of North Platte, NE; sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Eileen of Holdrege, NE and Kevin and Jen of Loup City; grandchildren, Rebecca and Melissa Golus; Elliott and Jameson Riley; Justin, Michael and Anna Golus; Carson and Finley Golus; brother, Harold Golus of Grand Junction, CO; sisters, Loretta Drake of San Diego, CA; Marjorie Whalen of Baton Rouge, LA; Virginia Lucero of San Diego, CA and Patricia Asher of Washington, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Margaret and sister Jeannette Guynes.
Keli Gideon New VCHS Foundation Executive Director
ORD – Keli Gideon has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Valley County Health System Foundation. She will assume her new role in December.
Keli resides in Burwell and has most recently worked for Grandview Assisted & Independent Living where she was the Director of Nursing. Prior to working at Grandview, Keli also held acute care positions at both Valley County Health System and Howard County Medical Center. Keli has two children, Lily and Titus, who attend Burwell Public Schools.
The VCHS Foundation Board welcomes Keli and looks forward to working in partnership with her to fulfill the Foundation's mission to seek, receive and administer donations and gifts for the sole benefit of Valley County Health System.