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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 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.

Nyeulah "Irene" Sanders, 86






Nyeulah Irene (Geisler) Sanders, known to friends and family as Irene, passed away in the early morning hours of November 29, 2014, at the age of 86 at CHI Health St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska.


Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Graveside Services will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery at Creighton, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel and at 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Rescue Unit or the Scotia United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


The long-time Ord, Nebraska, resident was currently living in Scotia at the time of her death. She had been in declining health for most of 2014. Irene was born to Emil Frederick Geisler and Edna Jane (Hubbard) Geisler on March 20, 1928, in Norfolk, Nebraska; she received her early education in Norfolk, at the same school Johnny Carson attended, and later, when the Geisler family moved to rural Creighton, Nebraska, to farm, she attended country schools and graduated from Creighton High School.


Following high school graduation, Irene began her studies in education at Wayne State Teachers College. She met her future husband, Willis Harold Sanders, also of Creighton, at a Plainview roller skating rink; they eventually married, on Christmas Day, 1948, during that year’s turbulent and stormy winter. Irene often described an episode where she and Willis got their car stuck in a drift. When his car door got caught by the drift, he was pulled out into the snow; she slipped over to the driver’s seat, drove away until she found a turnaround, and came back to retrieve him from the snow bank.


The couple farmed for a number of years in the Plainview and Santee areas. They had four children from their union: DeAnn Jane Sanders Weeks, born in 1950; Jera Lynne Sanders Timmons, born in 1951; Bobbie Jo Sanders, born in 1953; and, Mark Emil Sanders, born in 1955. The family moved to Creighton in 1956, when Mr. Sanders began working for the Soil Conservation Service. As Mr. Sanders was transferred with the SCS, they would eventually moved to O’Neill and then permanently to Ord in 1962.


Irene taught for 28 years in the Ord School District; beginning in 1962, she taught first, second, and third grades, and, at the time of her retirement, she taught Kindergarten. Prior to teaching at Ord, she taught two years in O’Neill, one year in Chambers, a year at Opportunity Country School, as well as other country schools. In 35-plus years of teaching, she touched the lives of more than a thousand students. During all those years of teaching, she faithfully attended summer school sessions at Wayne State College until she received her B.A. in 1966; she continued her education, amassing graduate hours at Wayne, Kearney State College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln equivalent to a Master’s degree.


Not only did Irene devote herself to children during her teaching career, she taught Sunday School, was a Girls Scout leader, assisted in 4-H and Cub Scouts, and chaperoned Methodist Youth Fellowship after-game parties.


Her students have remarked how much they adored her. One recently noted that when the old elementary school building was closed, the children all marched several blocks to the new school building; “we were her little ducklings,” the former student recalled, “following the mother duck down the sidewalk.” Another former student commented that while she was not a big woman physically, she commanded a big presence in classroom management; students learned, and they loved her for it. It might be noted, during recess duties Mrs. Sanders played kickball with the kids, red robin red robin, and pump-pump pull away, among other games. She even took part in a school activity where she took a whipped cream pie to the face; a student remarked she often smiled, but she had never seen her smile so big as upon that occasion. Children often visited her at her home on the front porch, and they would sit on the porch swing and talk for hours. Her character was an interesting mix of seriousness and good humor. When she meant business, the school kids (and her own children) knew; yet, she was known to dance the Charleston following a school musical, would ride bicycles around Ord with her children, and engage in snowball fights and help build snowmen.


Irene retired from teaching in 1991, to assist her ailing husband. When he passed away in 1993, she left Ord to live a number of years in Grand Island; she would later establish residence in Scotia in 2006, to be near her daughter Jera Timmons’ family.


Irene is survived by her daughter Jera Timmons and husband Harold Timmons, of Scotia; her son Mark Sanders and wife Kimberly Verhines, of Nacogdoches, Texas; her son-in-law Calvin Weeks and his wife Joyce Weeks, of Waverly; her sister Sharon Schultz and husband Russell Schultz of Grand Island; grandchildren, Kevin Weeks and partner Mattie, of Valparaiso, Tye Weeks and wife Elizabeth, of Omaha, Chrissie Weeks Coleman and husband Myron, of Waverly, Michael Timmons of Scotia, Craig Timmons and wife Melissa of Grand Island, JoDee Timmons of Scotia, Stephanie Sanders and partner Anthony Wells, of Springfield, Missouri, Travis Sanders and partner Kali Lancaster of Republic, Missouri, Nathan Sanders and wife Kelly of Kansas City, Garrett Pettitt of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Whitney Pettitt of Hunstsville, Texas; numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, grand-nephews and nieces, and dear cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Willis Sanders, two daughters—Bobbie Jo Sanders and DeAnn Weeks, her parents, her brother Robert Geisler, her sister Phyllis Geisler, grandson Cory Pettitt, and twin great-grand daughters, Sydney and Elizabeth Coleman.


Without a doubt, the greatest joys of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, of whom she could not get enough; it pleased her deeply to spoil them and to brag about them. Grandkids are likely to remember three-wheeled motorcycles that they rode on her sidewalk, buckets of Care Bear toys, Cabbage Patch dolls, and toy trucks and animals they dragged out when they visited. And, some of the grandkids will remember playing jokes on her, such as hiding silverware and tooth brushes or toothpaste, until she caught on to what they were doing. Then, the challenge was to find the new trick to play.


Irene may also be remembered as a fan of GONE WITH THE WIND, of Shirley Temple movies, Danielle Steele novels, word puzzle books, embroidery, and birds. She often said her favorite bird was the cardinal. An old myth says that when cardinals visit someone’s yard, they are the spirits of someone you love watching over you and saying hello. The next time a cardinal comes to pass, it may be Irene checking up on her family, her friends, and her students. 
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