Rita Renee Wardyn, 81, of Loup City, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service.
Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Wardyn was born on Sept. 1, 1933, at Litchfield, the daughter of Matt and Mary (Baker) Woitalewicz.
She is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Dawn Wardyn of Grand Island, John and Denise Wardyn of Wichita, KS, Leonard and Marcia Wardyn of Farwell, Ron and Linda Wardyn of Loup City, Pete and Deb Wardyn of Cozad and Mike and Ann Wardyn of Grand Island; seven daughters and five sons-in-law, Kathy and Dick Kohel of Lincoln, Marcia and Jim Leonard of Kearney, Mary Jo Colorafi of Scottsdale, AZ, Linda Alexander of Columbus, Sharon and Doug Day of Loup City, Theresa and Kevin Jorgensen of St. Paul and Marge and Larry Kemling of Columbus; and a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Bryan Hall of Ravenna.
She is also survived by 37 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law, Janet Woitalewicz of Loup City, Irene Woitalewicz of Farwell, Caroline Mazankowski of Loup City and Donna Wardyn of Loup City.
Renee grew up in the Loup City area and attended St. Josaphat's parochial school and Loup City High School.
She was united in marriage to Ralph S. Wardyn on Sept. 12, 1949, at Loup City. The couple farmed north of Loup City, later moving to Hazard and then Litchfield. They then moved to the family farm south of Loup City, where all their children were raised. Renee grew a big garden that she used for fresh produce and canning. She was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed baking bread, pies and pierogies.
In 1985, the couple retired and moved into Loup City. In 2011, the couple moved to Rose Lane Home. Ralph died on Aug. 26, 2013, and Renee continued to live at Rose Lane the rest of her life.
She was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women and Rosary Sodality.
Renee enjoyed playing cards, BINGO, and crocheting, having made each of her grandchildren and many of her great-grandchildren afghans.
In addition to her husband, Ralph, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Janis Lynn Wardyn; infant son, Lawrence Howard Wardyn; sister, Mary Frances Woitalewicz; and two brothers, Melvin and Richard Woitalewicz.
Kevin L. Osentowski, 47, of Grand Island passed away on September 24, 2014, at his home in Grand Island.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel in Ord, Nebraska. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Kevin LaVerne was born November 26, 1966, at Broken Bow, Nebraska to LaVerne T. and Evelyn R. (Bruha) Osentowski. He was raised in Ord where he received his education at Ord Elementary and Ord High Schools.
Following high school he attended Law Enforcement Training for a year in Norfolk. Kevin moved to California and resided in Lodi, where he met and married Cheryl Hulsey.
Kevin was a truck driver for Allied Van Lines for several years before becoming the manager of United Rentals, where he worked for 15 years. He then resided in Montana for a brief time and then returned home, to Nebraska in December of 2012. Kevin was a District Manager for Performance Matters Associates until his passing.
Kevin’s hobbies were horseback riding, roping, truck driving and playing cards, especially Poker. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews and attending their school activities. He was an avid animal lover. His two dogs, Panda and Fred meant the world to him and were considered, “his boys”.
Survivors include his parents, LaVerne and Evelyn of Ord; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Jay Windreich of Plattsmouth, NE; Diane and Kevin O’Connor of Shepherd, MT and Jo and Bill Trofholz of Elyria, NE; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jim Florian of Grand Island and Bruce and Christi Osentowski all of Grand Island, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wencel and Emma Bruha; paternal grandparents, Tom and Gertrude Osentowski; a brother-in-law, Vincent Dobrovsky; and twin nephews, Justin and Jeremy Osentowski.
Bess M. Fryzek, 98
Bess Magdalene Fryzek (nee: Hrebec) came into this life on September 14, 1916. She went to her eternal rest on September 24, 2014.
Bess was born in Ord, Nebraska, the eldest daughter of John and Anna Hrebec. She married Frank J. Fryzek on January 15, 1935 in Ord. After a brief stay in Washington State, they settled in Greeley where Bess remained for more than 70 years. They had three children; Ted of LaSalle, CO; Peggy (John) Holland of Franksville, WI; and John (Becky) Fryzek of Anchorage, AK. Bess had three grandsons: Robbie (Amy) Fryzek of Milliken, CO; Chad (Eileen) Holland of Wexford, PA; and Christopher (Jessica) Holland of St. Louis Park, MN. She also had eight great-grandchildren: Shannia, John, Adam, David, Jacob, Hannah, Finn, and Leo as well as one great-great-granddaughter, Raylen. She is also survived by two sisters: Marie of Santa Rosa, CA and Lillian of St. Paul, NE. Bess dearly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with all of them.
Bess worked for many years for the Greeley school district as a baker and then manager of the kitchens at Maplewood Elementary School and then Heath Junior High School. She was a wonderful cook and well-known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She was also a proud Czech who baked great kolache and loved to polka.
After retirement, Bess spent many years catering civic and private groups. She was active in a bowling league, playing bingo at the senior center, gardening, and quilting. She once had a grand prize quilt at the county fair which went on to the Colorado State Fair. She was a lover of animals, cats in particular, and was often known to feed a stray, hungry critter. She was also a wonderful friend and neighbor to many.
Bess was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1982, as well as her brother, Oldrich. She will be deeply missed by friends and especially by her loving family.
Services for Bess Fryzek will be held at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street. Greeley, CO on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 with visitation at 12:00 and services at 1:00. Internment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens immediately following.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Fairacres Manor and especially thank Dr. John Ebens for his compassionate concern and kindness which he has shown Bess for so many years.
Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook.
Lavern L. Stout, 89
Lavern Leroy Stout, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died September 25, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Rose Cemetery near Rose, Nebraska. Pastor Stan Gurney and Pastor Jeffrey Wohlfert will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 - 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Gracy Fire District.
Lavern was born January 1, 1925 in Minatare, Nebraska to Elbert and Florence (Gerling) Stout. Lavern served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Germany.
Lavern married Helen Marie Nachtman on December 30, 1947 at the Catholic Church in Long Pine, Nebraska. To this union six children were born; Lee, Tom, Jim, Rick, Kate and Terry.
After they were married they lived by the Rose Church until 1949 when they moved to the ranch in southeast Rock County.
Lavern was an avid reader. Mathematics were easy for him and he could make anything run. Lavern loved to work, read, play cards, especially cribbage. He was on the Pleasant Hill school board, a member of the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association and helped establish the Gracy Fire District.
Lavern is survived by five children: Lee “Butch” and his wife Jeannè Stout of Burwell, Nebraska; Jim Stout of Bassett, Nebraska; Rick and his wife Betty Stout of Burwell, Nebraska; Kate and her husband Ron Dearmont of Bassett, Nebraska and Terry and his wife Roberta Stout of Burwell, Nebraska. Thirteen grandchildren: Laura, Ronda, Scott, Jeff, Dan, Charley, Casey, Julie, Amber, Bret, Dena, Alyssa, and Tucker and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. A sister, Ardeen Philbrick of O’Neill, Nebraska. Two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Nachtman of Atkinson, Nebraska and Rosie White of Blackfoot, Idaho.
Lavern was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Helen in 2007, a infant son, Thomas Lavern Stout, two great-grandsons, Kaid Stout and Brogan Stout, and a sister Dee Sitz.
Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Burke, 25-15, 25-20
Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Central, 25-22, 25-12
Burwell Fire Dept. Pancake Feed During Junk Jaunt Weekend
The Burwell Fire Department will be serving pancakes and sausage for breakfast on Saturday, September 27th from 7 am to 9:30 am, and on Sunday, September 28th from 10 am to 1 pm. The Burwell Fire Department is located on West of the square in Burwell, and all proceeds will go towards the purchase of new fire equipment.
NASB Recognizes Two OPS Board Members
The Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB), Board of Directors and staff, recognized the 2014 Award of Achievement recipients during the Kearney Region Meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
NASB is a private, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of Nebraska public school districts and Educational Service Unit board members. Board Members from across the state may participate in board development training throughout the year by attending workshops and conferences to help strengthen their role in governance, legislative advocacy, and stewardship of district resources in support of student achievement.
In recognition of their volunteer time and commitment to education, the Nebraska School Boards Association commends continued participation and growth in knowledge and best practice governance. Through the Awards of Achievement program, the following board members were recognized for their outstanding excellence:
· Level I Heather Sikyta Ord Public Schools· Level VII William Ziegler Ord Public Schools
Car Chase Starts in St.Paul
Two people from South Dakota were arrested in Nebraska after a high speed chase through Howard and Hall counties.
30-year-old Lucas Johnson of Mitchell, South Dakota, was arrested in Hall County on Tuesday. He is charged with operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a drug test.
A female passenger in the van with him also faces a similar charge.
Police say the chase started near St. Paul when the driver of a minivan left a gas station without paying. They say the van reached speeds of 105 mph before it crashed near Grand Island.
Johnson also faces a theft charge in Howard County.
Volleyball Scores From 9/23/14
Alliance def. Kimball, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22
Ansley-Litchfield def. Central Valley, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18