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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. 

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.

Emma Smolik, 91

Funeral services for Emma Smolik, 91 of Sargent will be held Monday, November 24 at 10:00 am at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent.  The Father Jim Hunt will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent.  Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 23 at the church with a 6:00 pm wake service.  Rhoad Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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