Lorraine Beguin Kutschara

Lorraine Beguin Kutschara passed away at Pioneer Manor on September 27, 2011, at the age of 93.

Lorraine was born in a one room house March 28, 1918, to John and Marie Lorenzen or rural Rushville. She had an older sister Irene and a younger sister Bonnie. They walked a mile to school, sometimes with the neighbors, Ada and Amie Riggs. Lorraine graduated from Rushville High School and attended Chadron Normal School (CSC). She received her teaching credentials and preceded to teach for several


Esther V. Bleakly

Esther V. Bleakly, 94, longtime Cherokee, Iowa resident, passed away Friday morning, September 30, 2011 in the Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon.

Esther was the daughter of C.W. and Mary Anne (Donaldson) Johnson of Forsyth, Montana. She was born September 16, 1917 in Forsyth, Mont. She graduated from Forsyth High School in 1937. She attended Albany College, Albany, Ore., and Oregon State College, Corvallis, Ore.

She was united in marriage to James E. Bleakly on September 11, 1942 in


Bette Housh

Mrs. Housh, 87, passed away on October 7, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Bette was born on August 11, 1924, in Dawes County, Nebraska.

Funeral services for Bette Housh of Hay Springs were held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating. Burial was at the Hay Springs Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service was Monday, October 10 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall.

A memorial has been established for the Hay


Florence Esther Hebbert

Florence Esther Hebbert, 96, of Sterling, died Oct. 7, 2011, in Sterling.

Mrs. Hebbert was born June 26, 1915, in Cherry County, Neb., to George A. and Freida (Mohr) Ostrander. She graduated from high school in Rushville, Neb., in 1932. She graduated from Colorado State College in Greeley in 1962.

She moved to Sterling in 1953 from Ashby, Neb. She taught elementary school in Iliff for 22 years, retiring in 1980. On June 16, 1940, she married Roy Hebbert at her family’s home in


Kathy L. Mohr

Kathy L. Mohr, 54, of Gordon, Neb., died Thursday October 13, 2011, at her home. After fighting a valiant fight against cancer for 85 days, the Lord chose to take her home.

She was born February 21, 1957, in Gordon, Neb., to Jim and Audrey Benedickt. The family lived between Kyle, S.D., where her parents ranched, and Gordon, Neb., where the children attended school. While attending Gordon High School, Kathy received the FFA Sweetheart Award on April 27, 1974. She graduated from Gordon High


Melvin Clifford Davis

Melvin Clifford Davis passed away at his home in Silverton, Oregon, just one day after celebrating his 85th Birthday.

Melvin was born to Clifford and Josephine Davis at the home of his Grandfather, Arnold Perters, located south of Hay Springs near the Niobrara River. He was raised south of Rushville near Pine Creek. He received his elementary education at the Mill School and then attended Rushville High School. Davis graduated as his class Valedictorian in 1943.

He joined the Armed Forces


Leslie Jo Fresquez Walking Elk

Leslie Jo Fresquez Walking Elk, “Mi Cante Etan Wowaglake”, 49, was born May 16, 1962, in Omaha, Neb., and began her journey to the spirit world on Oct. 15, 2011, in Minneapolis.

Leslie graduated from Red Cloud (S.D.) High School in 1980, where she was a varsity cheerleader and academically excelled in state oratory competitions. Leslie attended the National College of Business, Oglala Lakota College, and graduated with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University


Alice (Grant) Dodson

Born Alice Grant in the Sand Hills region of Nebraska on Oct. 21, 1922, Alice moved on to a better world Oct. 3, 2011.

She remained in Nebraska throughout her youth, and during the war she spent time working in a munitions factory. She married Lauren Dodson on June 18, 1942. After a few stops, they settled in the Spokane Valley, where they raised their boys: Gary, Jim and Doug. They moved to the Post Falls home in 1974.

After Lauren passed in 1980, Alice remained on the farm in Post Falls


Doris Green

Doris Green passed away at the age of 101 on October 19, 2011 at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea, Michigan. She was born September 17, 1910 in Mitchell, Nebraska, the daughter of Earl Warren and Maude (Hewett) Collins.

Doris attended the Secondary Consolidated Sunflower School in Mitchell and upon graduating in 1929, taught there for several years prior to enrolling in the Chadron State Teachers’ College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. In 1935, she met and


Kathryn Hansen Hayes

Kathryn Hansen Hayes was born February 21st 1923 in Gordon, NE. She passed away peacefully in her home in Seal Beach, CA, October 11, 2011. Her husband, Joseph Hayes had preceded her, leaving her to live alone for the last two years.

As a young girl out of high school, Kay drove a cab for her brother, Kenneth Hansen, in Scottsbluff, NE. Kay and two of her sisters moved to California as young women and worked in the shipyards during the war years. Kay and her older sister worked as


Harry E. Christensen

Harry E. Christensen, 61, of Hay Springs, passed away Sept. 20, 2011, at the Fort Meade VA Center in Sturgis S. D.

He was born Oct. 13, 1949 in Gordon, NE, to Harry and Bessie Christensen. He grew up in Hay Springs, attending Grade School and High School. During the school years he had The Alliance Times Heralds paper route for 7 yrs, helped Howard Weber with the maintenance of the Hay Spring School, worked at the Civic Theatre as a projectionist , and completed a very proud accomplishment


Grace Donker

Grace Donker, 79, of Chadron, NE, died early Saturday morning, August 20, 2011, at Prairie Pines Lodge.

She was born December 28, 1931, at the home of her parents, Dick and Anna Luurs, outside Platte, SD. She was born the fifth of eight children.

Grace was raised on the South Dakota farm, attended school until she graduated from the eighth grade, and was very proud to go back to school to complete her GED in 1972. When she was eighteen, she took a job taking care of a couple in a small town

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