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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

Survivors include a number of Bredthauer cousins.

P.J. was preceded in death by his parents.

Luetta J. Hurlbert, 87




Luetta J. Hurlbert, 87, of Ord, died peacefully in the company of her three daughters on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Country House Residence in Grand Island.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice to be designated later. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Luetta Joan Kuehl was born April 22, 1927, Arbor Day, on the family farm in Ord, Nebraska. Her parents were Fred “Fritz” Kuehl Jr. and Azra (Rose) Kuehl. A brother, Gordon, died in infancy a year before Luetta’s birth. 


Luetta loved growing up on the farm, which has been in her family since the late 1800s. She took great joy in her many pets, especially her dog “Brownie,” who once saved her from getting lost in the cornfields when she was a toddler. As a young girl, she enjoyed playing with paper dolls, making scrapbooks of the movie stars of the day, and listening to radio programs with her parents in the evenings.


A 1944 graduate of Ord High School, Luetta acted with the Thespian Club, played clarinet in the band, and cheered on the Chanticleers as a member of the Ordette pep club. During her sophomore year, a snappy dresser named Orie Hurlbert caught her eye in history class. They became high school sweethearts and were later married on May 25, 1947, in Ord. They remained a devoted couple throughout their 65 years of marriage until Orie’s death in 2012. 


After graduating from high school, Luetta set off for a summer adventure with friend Elinor Koelling. The two worked in a coffee shop in Estes Park, Colorado. Luetta also worked briefly at a department store in Omaha with friend Reva Wattles. But home soon beckoned, and she returned to Ord and married Orie. Together, they ran the family farm for more than a half century.


Luetta was a strong advocate for education and studied to become a teacher after high school. She taught for about 10 years in area one-room country schools, including Brick, Brace, and Cottonwood. She and her father both attended Brace, and Luetta later taught her two oldest daughters there for a few years before they transferred to the Ord public schools. 


Luetta was an active volunteer in the community and served in many organizations, including the Order of Eastern Star, the PEO sisterhood, and the Woman’s Club of Ord. For many years, she was a leader of the Pinafore Pals 4-H Club with Betty Jo Axthelm. She was also a proud member of the Presbyterian Church of Ord and taught Sunday school for several years. 


As a couple, Orie and Luetta enjoyed playing bridge in clubs and with friends. The greatly loved their “Birthday Bunch,” a group of couples who celebrated each other’s birthdays by eating out and playing cards. Members included Henry “Hank” and Marcile Adams; George and Marie Cetak; and Harold and Del Christensen.  


Luetta was a kind, outgoing person with a lively sense of humor. Throughout her life, she was a constant source of love and support for her three daughters and their families: Pam and Doug Ackles of St. Paul, Nebraska; Jackie Hurlbert and Steve Eichenberger of Portland, Oregon; and Shelly and Eric Meyer, also of Portland, Oregon. She also treasured her three grandchildren—Kent Ackles, Kylee Moormann, and Emily Meyer—as well as her two great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Prescott Moormann.  


We love you, Luetta, and we’ll carry your spirit in our hearts forever.
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