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November 16, 2018

Obituaries (1-11-18)

Marjorie Gilster, 96

Marjorie Meta (Claussen) Gilster, 96, of Pender died on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender. Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko will be officiating. The visitation will be Friday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender from 5-7 p.m. The burial will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery south of Pender. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are underthe direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.
Margie was born April 6, 1921 to Henry and Clara (VonSeggern) Claussen at her home. Margie attended a country school through the eighth grade. She married Glenn Gilster on September 8, 1938 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Pender. They lived near Bancroft on a farm for one year, then moved northeast of Pender. In 1944, they settled on a farm southwest of Pender. The couple was blessed with two sons, Gary and Keith.
Margie and Glenn moved to Pender in 1977. Margie liked to help Glenn with the chores, which included feeding the chickens and the livestock. She helped pick the corn by hand, while young Gary and Keith would sit on the front of the wagon and eat their lunch. The boys also remember enjoying the smell of fresh baked bread and cinnamon rolls as they walked down the lane home after school.
Margie was a charter member of the C.C. Club, which she joined in 1938. She also belonged to the St. Mark’s Ladies Circle and held several offices. Margie enjoyed painting in homes around the Pender area with Lenora “Toots” Gilster. Glenn and Margie loved to dance, and they attended every ballroom in the area, including the Dutch Hall west of Pender, the Pender Legion Hall, the King’s Ballroom, the Howells Ballroom and many others. The two also liked to travel. Margie had a great memory, and enjoyed visiting, attending her family’s events, reading newspapers and working crossword puzzles. She was so proud of her family, and they loved her very much.
She is survived by her sons, Gary (Flavian) Gilster of Pender; Keith (Erna) Gilster of Lincoln; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Kenneth Kinlund of Hooper and many nieces and nephews. Margie is preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Glenn on September 23, 2002; two brothers, Clifford (Marcella) Claussen, Vernon (Harriet) Claussen; two sisters, Audrey (Vernon) Frahm and Joyce Kinlund.

Phyllis Blair, 92

Phyllis Louise (Van Nest) Blair, 92, of Pender died Saturday, January 6, 2018 at her home. A memorial service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. The burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Phyllis was born in Brownsville on December 19, 1925 to Omer and Alice (Degman) VanNest. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years. When Phyllis married Jim Blair of Pender, she moved to the area she has lived at ever since. She enjoyed sewing, reading and gardening. She especially loved telling stories of the good old days and spending time with her family.

Phyllis is survived by her sons, Neil and James; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Blair; and daughter, Kathleen.

Gayle McQuistan, 82

Gayle Robert McQuistan, 82, of Wayne died Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Careage Campus of Care in Wayne. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 9, at First United Methodist Church in Wayne with Rev. Kyle Nelson officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Gayle Robert McQuistan was born June 1, 1935, in Wayne to John Comfort and Mae Lillian (Gilster) McQuistan. He was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Pender. He graduated from Pender High School in 1953 and attended Wayne State College. Gayle married Sharon Van Buren on March 15, 1991 at the First United Methodist Church in Wayne. The couple has lived in Wayne for the last 30 years. Gayle was employed as a manufacturing plant manager for 50 years. His first 30 years were at Automatic Manufacturing and later National C Manufacturing for 20 years, both located in Pender. Gayle was also on the Pender School Board for 13 years. He enjoyed building, designing, wood working, marching bands, league bowling, and all sports, especially Nebraska football.
Gayle is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Christina Hendrix of Wayne, Teresa (Jessy) Mick of Wayne, Sheryl (Alex Garcia) Salmons of Oakley, Kan., John McQuistan of Wayne, Janelle McQuistan of 29 Palms, California, Bob (Deb) McQuistan of York, Sally (Terry) Bailey of York, sister, Darlene “Dolly” Robertson of Durham, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; mother-in-law, Mildred Van Buren of Wayne; and many nieces and nephews. Gayle was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Frank and Blanche Gilster; father-in-law, Ervin Van Buren; and brother-in-law, Gerald Robertson.

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