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February 21, 2018

Obituaries (2-8-18)

Lyle Storm, 93

Lyle Raymond Storm, 93, of the Eventide Nursing Home in Denson, Iowa, and formerly of Walthill and Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Jan. 29, 2018, at Burgess Health Care in Onawa, Iowa. Funeral services for Lyle were held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lyons officiated by the Rev. Heidi Wallace. The visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lyons. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Burial with military honors was in Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Walthill Fire Department and the Walthill and Lyons Senior Centers. Arrangements are with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Lyle was born on the family farm near Decatur, Nebraska, on Feb. 9, 1924, to Alfred and Lena (Harmon) Storm. Soon after graduating from Macy High School, Lyle was united in marriage to Alice Arlene Mitchell on Sept. 16, 1942 in Dakota City. Lyle entered the United States Army, where he served in the 104th Infantry and earned the Purple Heart. He began working for the US Government in 1951, working in the ASCS office until his retirement on July 1, 1983. He was a member of the American Legion Post 89 in Walthill and Lyons VFW #83. He was also a member of the Walthill Fire and Rescue Department, served as Fire Chief, and rescue member instructor.

He is survived by sons, Raymond (Penny) Storm of Las Vegas, Rodney (Joyce) Storm of Blair, Nebraska, George (Terri) Storm of Granger, Iowa; daughters, Carol (Robert) Neilsen of Dow City, Iowa, Janice (Joel) Bring of Lyons, Mary (Brad Gosch) Burhoop of Dow City, Iowa; brother, Lewis (Angela) Storm of Homer, 25 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Lyle was preceded in death by wife, Alice; parents, brothers, Lawrence Storm and Leon Storm; sister, Lavonna Holbrook, grandson, BJ Gosch; great-grandsons, Timothy Marten and Jacob Bull.

Margaret Paul, 100

Margaret Katherine “Mikki” Paul, 100 of North Sioux City, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday Jan. 30, 2018, at her daughter’s home in South Sioux City surrounded by family.

Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at River Hills Church in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Janell Norton officiating. Immediately following the service there was a lunch and sharing of memories with the family at the church. Visitation was one half hour prior to service at the church. Becker – Hunt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mikki was born Sept. 13, 1917, in Newcastle, Nebraska, the daughter of Peter and Helen (Lukken) Redl. She graduated from Newcastle High School. She married Harold Paul Aug. 1, 1934, in Sioux City.

She first started working as head secretary for Sioux Transportation. Then for 50 years she was employed at various theaters in South Sioux City and Sioux City. She wrote a newspaper column, had a short radio talk show with Johnny Walker and was a Walmart Greeter in Singing Hills for 25 years. Margaret had received several awards from the mayor and city council of Sioux City for years of work and dedication in the community. She was Grand Marshall in 2017 for the RiverCade Parade.

Mikki loved to read and watch old cowboy movies starring John Wayne and collecting anything pertaining to Elvis Presley.

Survivors include her son Randy and his wife Lynn Paul of Hot Springs, Alaska, three daughters: Alaine Jenkins of Milford, Kansas, Connie Anderson of Lutton, Iowa, Judy Curry of South Sioux City, 13 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 23 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John Redl, two sisters: Marcella Clark, Lucille Overhulser, grandson Bryan Paul, sons-in-law: Eugene Curry, Merlin Jenkins and Connie’s significant other Roger Rand.

Ruth Meyer, 79

Ruth Meyer, Ph.D., 79, died on Monday, January 29, 2018. 

Dr. Meyer was born on June 3, 1938 in Pender the daughter of Dick and Rose Meyer. 

She graduated from Thurston High School, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1964, her Master of Arts degree from Wichita State University in 1966, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Kansas State University in 1978.

She taught at the University of Northern Iowa, Morningside College, Wichita State University, and Newman University (formerly Sacred Heart College) in Wichita. She was a member of American Association of Professors, American Association of University Women, Modern Language Association and National Council of Teachers of English. She was awarded the honor of membership in Phi Kappa Phi for academic achievement at NWU.

She was also a member of Foreign Language and English honor societies. Her Master’s thesis was published in Educational Theatre Journal, sponsored then by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her doctoral dissertation was under consideration for publication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Meyer also worked for the State of Kansas, retiring from full-time employment as Employment Resources Manager for all grants and contracts within an 11-county management area. She subsequently became the editorial consultant and test developer for the Medical Training Unit at Wichita State University, which developed and provided training for all Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas.

Travel in Europe was her favorite leisure pastime. She made nearly a dozen trips there covering nearly all the countries of Europe. She also often visited her father’s family near Bremen. She was passionate about learning, literature and the beauty of nature. Upon retirement from full-time employment, she immediately enrolled as a graduate student again, specializing in European history and photography.

Dr. Meyer was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1965 by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Turner of Kansas, and at the time of her death was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wichita. 

A Requiem Eucharist was held in Wichita at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Chapel on Sunday. Private burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Pender, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, she wishes for memorials to be made to: Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS, 67219. She was preceded in death by her parents. There are no survivors. 


Alverna Harstick, 92

Mass of Christian Burial for Alverna “Chrissy” Harstick, 92, of West Point will be held today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church-St. Charles, rural West Point, with Fr. Steve Emanuel as celebrant.  Interment will be in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.  A luncheon will follow at the Nielsen Community Center.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 12-7 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m., at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point and will continue on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at church.  There will be a public vigil service on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point. The family suggests that memorials be directed to St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund or St. Anthony’s Repair Fund.

Chrissy passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Colonial Haven Nursing Home in Beemer.

Alverna “Chrissy” (Christensen) Harstick was born on September 3, 1925 on a farm east of Pender to Paul and Hilda (Sievers) Christensen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.  She attended a one room country school, District #37, and in 1943 graduated from Pender High School. Chrissy then attended Samuel School of Cosmetology in Sioux City, Iowa.  She was employed at Pat’s Beauty Shop and Margie Andersen Beauty Salon in West Point.

On July 22, 1947 at St. Anthony’s Parish near West Point, Alverna and Leonard Harstick were united in marriage by Rev. Virgil Walkowiok.  They raised their three children, Shirley, Nancy, and Glenn, on the Harstick family homestead, where they farmed and raised livestock side by side.

After Leonard’s passing in 1983, she moved into West Point and began her career as a CNA at the West Point Living Center; retiring after 22 years at the age of 80.

Chrissy lived in her home until the age of 90 and then made the move to Colonial Haven Nursing Home in Beemer.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.  She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and reading, but especially spending time with her family. 

Survivors include daughter Nancy and Gerald Rief of West Point and their family, Jason (Anjanette) Rief and children, Amanda, Brittney, Courtney, Dylan (Marie), Evan and twins Morgan and Madison; Tonya Rief; Kami (Kevin) Baumert and children McKena and Macabe; Meghan (Bill) Doiel and children Brantson, Kenzie, Cainen, Quinton and Marissa; Jerome Rief; Jaren (Amy) Rief and daughter Paislee; sons Glenn and Mary Harstick of West Point  and their family, Angi (Paul) Ernesti and sons Jarod, Tate, Caden and Noah; Amy (Nick) Troyer and children Ashton, Connor and Alexis; Anna (Casey) Koch and children-Brennan and Everly; John (Jennifer) Harstick and children Taylor, Hannah, Emily, Chelsey, Allison, Ethan and Clayton, son-in-law Steve Svoboda of Ft. Calhoun  and family Kristen (Roger) Alley and son Stetson; Nathan Svoboda and son-Hunter Knowles; six great-great-grandchildren; sister Pauline Hoffman of Overland Park; sister-in-law-LaVertha Radtke of Pender; and several nieces.

Chrissy was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leonard Harstic; daughter Shirley Svoboda; great-grandson Cody Troyer; sister Rose Ann Christensen; brothers John Paul in infancy, Don and George Christensen; brothers-in-law-Leo Harstick and William Hoffman and sisters-in-law-Matilda Harstick and Phyliss Christensen.


Marian Fosler, 89

Marian Margaret Ramsay Fosler was born on February 17, 1928 in Seward to Roland Shelby and Margaret Eloise (Anderson) Ramsay. Having spent the vast majority of her life living happily on the farm, Marian passed peacefully on February 3, 2018 in Seward, Nebraska at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 17 days.

A devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, business owner, quilter, friend, volunteer and member of the United Methodist Church of Seward, Marian was a compassionate go-getter who took pride in helping others — and mowing her yard even at the age of 89.

A celebration of life was held at Seward United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Henre and JoEllen Axthelm as officiants. Zabka Funeral Home of Seward-Dwight was in charge of arrangements.

Marian graduated from Seward High School in 1946. It was as a Bluejay that she met a farm boy who would become the love of her life, Dale Fosler. They married on May 27, 1948 at the Presbyterian Church in Seward and celebrated 63 years of wedded bliss together. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Steven Dale, Susan Kay, CoraLynn “Corky” Ruth, Carl Shelby and Clark Harry. Their children could not have wished for a better, happier childhood or more supportive parents than Dale and Marian.

While raising her children, Marian drove the bus for Seward Public Schools for 15 years, and started her legacy of making a difference wherever she could. She was instrumental in motivating the school consolidation initiatives to improve education for rural students in the late 1950s.

She was a 4-H leader for many years and later became integral in supporting the Seward County 4-H Foundation. And, she was expert in stretching fabric into as many dresses and doll clothes as possible, and splitting a candy bar in five pieces so that her children could have a treat in their lunch sacks. A true farmer’s wife, she creatively made the most of limited resources.

Marian was an active lifelong community member and devoted member of the United Methodist Church of Seward for more than 70 years, serving on many committees and especially enjoying being the MYF sponsor and high school Sunday School teacher during the 1960s and early 1970s. She was a devoted member of the Seward United Methodist Church Foundation, and until recently, she was a key member of the church building committee.

A trailblazer in her own right, Marian was the owner of Fabric Fair in Seward from 1972 until her retirement in 2002. Always committed to bettering the community, she was elected as the first woman president of the Seward Chamber of Commerce and was the “Community Service” Award winner in 2003 during the July 4 celebrations. Through her 30 years as a business owner and many years as a 4-H leader, Marian taught countless girls and boys to sew and quilt for fun and as well as for 4-H projects.

Spreading her love of fabric and quilting went beyond her store and Seward. Marian was a founding member of Nebraska Independent Fabric Shops, helping to organize the first Shop Hop across Nebraska. She received the Golden Thread award in 1993 from the Nebraska State Quilt Guild.

In addition to pursuing her own passions, Marian beautifully managed to be a devoted farm wife and supporter of her husband’s hobbies. Marian enjoyed driving her Massey Harris Pony tractor in many parades and shows alongside Dale. Highlights for Marian and Dale were being at the National Massey Harris Convention and the Camp Creek Threshers annual event.

A grandmother and great-grandmother, Grammy made the best doll clothes and French toast, and her hugs could solve any ailment. At her miniature tea table, “Teapot” little Grammy or Grammy on the farm, hosted the perfect tea party for all of her grandchildren. Marian leaves a legacy of her love of sewing and quilting, as well as her positive outlook on everything that life has sent her way.

Survivors include Steve and Mark Fosler of Portland, Ore.; Susan and E.V. Walsh of Seward, and their children Vince and Jen Walsh, J.B. and Shannon Walsh, Elizabeth and Shawn Troyer, Aaron and Sarah Walsh; Corky and Charlie Malmberg of Pender and their children Julie and Andy Grawe, Sam and Jenn Malmberg; daughter-in-law Linda Fosler of Kansas City and her children Amanda Fosler and Corissa and Geoffrey Gross; Clark and Julie Fosler of Lincoln and their children, Kaitlin Fosler, Molly Fosler and Max Fosler; 14 great-grandchildren, Alexa Walsh, Zoe Walsh, Emily Walsh, Abby Walsh, Evin Walsh, Katelyn Walsh, Lyra Walsh, Zach Walsh, Halley Herring, Maggie Troyer, Grace Troyer, Aden Troyer, Addisyn Gross, Jaxon Gross; sister Dorothy Heideman Nelson and Don Nelson of Lincoln; brother Bill and Pat Ramsay of Lincoln and a host of friends. To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Marian.

Marian is preceded in death by her husband, H. Dale Fosler; son Carl; parents Roland and Margaret Ramsay and sisters Jane Graff and Nancy Radford.


Ruth Radtke, 84

Ruth E. Radtke, 84, of Fremont died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Fremont Health Medical Center.  

Memorial Mass will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Father Walter Nolte will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Ruth was born April 18, 1933 on a farm north of Pierce to Nick and Catherine (Korth) Windeshausen.  She grew up in Osmond and was a 1952 graduate of Osmond High School. Ruth moved to Norfolk in 1953 and was employed at Our Lady of Lords Hospital. She came to Fremont in 1957 and then moved to a farm near Pender in 1960, returning to Fremont in 1968. Ruth worked for the Fremont Public Schools as custodian for over 20 years, retiring in 1998. She then worked at the former Holiday Lodge in Fremont.

Ruth married Wayne W. Radtke on November 24, 1956 at Norfolk. He died September 23, 2003. Ruth was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. She is survived by son John (Renee) Radtke of Fremont; daughter Jody (Todd) Vie of Lone Jack, Missouri; brothers, Dr. H. N. Windeshausen of California and Jim (Carolyn) Windeshausen of Fremont; sisters, Theresa Rice and Vivian Manzer both of Osmond, Marge (Ron) Greiss of Lincoln and Kitty Kear of York; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Tom Radtke; daughter, Connie Fox; sisters, Marie Morfeld and Deloris Wittsche; brothers, Gene and Norman Windeshausen; and grandson, Todd Vie.







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