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.
Hubert D. Bowley, 97
Hubert D. Bowley, 97, of Ord formerly of Taylor died Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord. Graveside services will be at 11 A.M. Tuesday April 14 at the Taylor Cemetery with military honors. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent.
Gertrude Durand, 94
Gertrude Durand, 94, of Ord left this life on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, surrounded by her family while residing at the Valley View Living Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s School or Valley County Health System Foundation. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Gertrude "Gertie" was born on the family farm north of Elyria, Nebraska on August 4, 1920, to Boleslaw "Bolish" and Marthie "Martha" (Zulkowski) Suminski. She attended the Goodenow Country School, Elyria High School and graduated from Ord High School in 1938.
She worked as an operator for the local telephone company before moving to Omaha in 1941, where she was employed at Safeway. Gertie joined the war effort and worked at the Nebraska Ordinance Plant in Mead.
Gertie met John Durand, an Army Staff Sargent from New Iberia, LA and married him in Omaha on October 6, 1943. John returned to the war and Gertie returned to Ord to give birth to their first daughter, Kathleen in 1945. The young family moved to New Iberia, LA in 1946, where they were joined by daughter Joyce. In 1949, they returned to Nebraska and later to the Suminski family farm and welcomed daughter, Phillis in 1950, son, Ken in 1951, and daughter, Janet in 1956.
Gertie loved to dance. Playing Scrabble or dominoes with her children and grandchildren was always a favorite pastime, but big family gatherings were her favorite days. She also took pride in baking the world's best cinnamon rolls and making holiday gifts of her much sought after fudge and divinity. She was a member of the Does, VFW Women's Auxiliary and the Women's Circle at Saint Mary's parish in Elyria.
Gertie and John remained on the family farm until 1998, when they moved into Ord. She started attending mass and joined the Women's Circle at Lady of Perpetual Help and the St. Anne's Study Club. The couple enjoyed their retirement and would move again in 2011, to the Grandview Living Center where Gertie loved playing bingo, listening to polka and doing crafts.
Her survivors include her husband John of Ord; her sister, Martha Janus of Ord; her children and their spouses, Kathleen and Gaylord Boilesen of Ord, Joyce and Jack Likens of Longville, MN, Phillis and Steve McNeill of Santa Fe, NM, Chris and Ken Durand of Grand Island and Janet and Gary Grace of Waverley, IA; her grandchildren and their spouses, Dorothy and Jeff Boilesen of Ord, Julie Boilesen of Atlanta, GA, Tina and Tony Likens of Longville, MN, Dana and Tony Abel of Albertville, MN, Jennifer and Marc Caro of Tucson, AZ, Mathew McNeill of Scottsdale, AZ, Daniel McNeill of Layton, NJ, Benjamin Grace and Carol Haywood of Los Angeles, CA, Nathan McNeill of Tempe, AZ, Samuel Grace of Minneapolis, MN, Brad Durand of Grand Island, and Katie Durand of Grand Island; great-grandchildren, Steve Rowse of Ord, Cindy (Rowse) Beach of Malcolm ,NE, Dakota Likens of Longville, MN, Hanna Abel of Albertville, MN, Anna Likens of Longville, MN, Brett Abel of Longville, MN, and Alex Abel of Albertville, MN; and great-great-grandchildren, Brooke and Colton Rowse of Ord, and Dillon and Lillie Beach of Malcolm, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Bolish and Martha; her bothers, Dominick, Carl, Bernard and Leonard; her sister, Barbara Papiernik; and her grandsons, Jason McNeill and Joshua Durand.
Erma E. Goldfish
Erma E. Goldfish, 91, of Ord passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Valley View Living Center in Ord with her family by her side.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Ord Christian Church with Pastor Doug Durre officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Christian Church. Memorials are suggested to the Valley County Health System Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Erma Esther was born September 22, 1923, to George and Esther (Sautter) Meyer in the house east of Scotia, Nebraska, where her father was born. She lived on this farm and attended the Fish Creek Rural Consolidated Schools for ten years and graduated from Scotia High School in 1940.
In 1945, Erma was united in marriage to Harold Goldfish. They made their home on a farm 8 miles east of Scotia where they lived until 1983, when they moved into town.
Erma received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Kearney State College. She taught in rural schools for fifteen years, and then taught Kindergarten in Greeley for another twenty years. Erma loved working with children and was passionate about teaching. She touched many lives and held many little hands throughout her career. She continued to substitute teach and tutor after her retirement in 1986.
Erma was a member of Salem Evangelical Church from a child until 1992, when she joined the Ord Christian Church. She was very active in church functions and taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, sang solos and sang in the choir. For most of her life, her hobby was making wedding cakes, birthday cakes and cakes for all occasions. She enjoyed family, crocheting, baking, gardening, as well as being active in her community. She was a hard worker, had a generous caring heart and was a totally devoted loving wife and mother.
She is survived by a son and two daughters-in-law, Roger and Rita of Ord and Barbara (Mrs. Gordon) Goldfish of Kearney; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Steve Ryle of Atlanta, GA; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Vondell Meyer of Scotia; a brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Bill and Shirley Goldfish, and Norma Meyer all of Scotia and Maxine Zulkoski of Grand Island; grandchildren, Dr. Randall Goldfish of Kearney, Robert Goldfish of Ord, Rachel (Ben) Klein of Elm Creek, Kirk (Kaylea) Goldfish of Bertrand, Eric (Amanda) Goldfish of Shelton, Gina (Nick) Evans of Lincoln, Jordan (Brittney) Ryle of Atlanta, GA; and Taylor Ryle of Lincoln; great grandchildren, Avery, Seaver and Gentry Goldfish, Madison and Matthew Goldfish, Alyssa and Marcus Evans, Noah and Addisyn Ryle and Micah Klein.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold; a son, Gordon; and a brother, Bernard Meyer.
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