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Dorothy C. Butts, 91

Dorothy C. Butts, 91, of Minden, formerly of Ord and Burwell passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Bethany Home in Minden.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. A Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Altar Society. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Cecilia was born April 14, 1923, at Ord, Nebraska the second of ten children, to Frank and Gertrude (Bialy) Piskorski. She was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1941.

Following high school she worked for her dad at Ord Cold Storage. On June 1, 1943, Dorothy was united in marriage to James “Leo” Butts at Ord. The couple lived in Wichita, Kansas for a short time while Leo served in the United State Army. They returned to Leo’s family farm southeast of Burwell where they farmed and raised potatoes. Dorothy also volunteered at St. Mary’s School in Ord for many years.

Leo passed on July 26, 1988. Dorothy remained on the farm until 1998, when she moved to Ord. Dorothy had made her home at Grandview Assisted Living Center at Ord and recently Bethany Home at Minden.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Burwell and Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Ord and belonged to both of the church altar societies. Her hobbies were sewing, gardening, flowers, and canning. She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered by her gingerbread houses and divinity.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Henrietta Boots of North Platte and Martin Butts of Burwell; two grandsons, Cortney Boots of South Korea and Kevin Boots of North Platte; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Martin and Joyce Piskorski of North Platte, Edward and Marianne Piskorski of New London, Wisconsin; and Tom and Renee Piskorski of Hugo, Colorado; and a sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Milt Turek of Ord.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and five brothers, Richard, Ernest, John, Frank and George.


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 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Mark Middendorf will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ellis, Kansas.  Memorials may be given to the Community Memorial Health Center of Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary L. Hudson, 89

Mary Lou “Lou” Hudson, 89, of North Loup passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Greeley Care Home.

Mrs. Hudson’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup with lunch following at the church. Memorials are suggested to the North Loup United Methodist Church or the North Loup First Responders. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou was born January 30, 1925, at Bridgeport, Illinois to John and Ellen (Muir) Andrews. She grew up in Bridgeport where she received her education and graduated from Bridgeport High School.

Following high school Lou worked at the George Field Force Base near Vincennes, Indiana where she met Edward “Bus” Hudson. The couple was united in marriage on June 2, 1946, at Bus’ hometown of North Loup, Nebraska. Bus and Lou made their home in North Loup where they lived their entire married life and raised their four children.

Lou was very active in various capacities within the community and church. She cared for her many friends and touched many lives. Over the years, the couple was philanthropic supporters of their church and community organizations. Lou had a passion for music. She was a vocalist and was instrumental in the Popcorn Days Talent Show.

She was a member of the North Loup United Methodist Church and American Legion. As a devoted Christian she enjoyed Christian Radio and reading the Bible. Lou enjoyed being outside, working in the yard and always had a project. Her pride and joy was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Edward “Bus” Hudson of North Loup; four children and their spouses, Susan and Dan Traudt of Grand Island, Mike and Pam Hudson of Holdrege, Jean Hudson of Ord, and Leslie and Tom Essman of North Loup; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George and James Andrews; a son-in-law, Bob Sixel; and a grandson, Jarrod Sixel.


Mary Dennis, 53

Funeral services for Mary (Straka) Dennis, 53 of Wilcox, formerly of Ord, and Atkinson will be held Tuesday, December 9th at 2pm, at First United Methodist Church in Kearney, NE, with burial at the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney, NE.
Visitation will be 5-7pm, Monday December 8th, 2014 at O'Brien Strattmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney and continue one hour prior to service time at the church.
Mary is survived by her husband Steve Dennis, her son Benjamin and his wife Jennifer of York, Andrew and his fiance Nicole Lubberstedt of Norfolk, and Derek of Lincoln. Also surviving Mary are her parents Donald and Catherine Straka of Kearney, brothers Steve (Anne) Straka of Buda, TX, Gerard (Nicole) Straka of Kearney, Joe (Heidi) Straka of Kearney, and sister Maureen (Dan) Bird of Burwell, mother-in-law Ellen Dennis of Arnold, brother-in-laws Tom and Dave (Robbin) Dennis of Lexington and Lucinda Dennis of Funk. A large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survived Mary.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.
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