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C. Joan Hilts

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C. Joan Hilts, 76, of Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th, Omaha, NE 68154. Visitation on Thursday, September 21, 2017 will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Roeder Mortuary 108th Chapel, 2727 N. 108, Omaha, NE 68164

Carol Joan Lewis was born on February 25, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Charles A. and Meredith M.(Anderson) Lewis.  She was the first of four children with siblings, Kay and Kenneth (twins) and brother, Robert (Bob) Lewis. She was raised in Sioux City, married to Terry Hilts and raised her family there. In 1983, she moved to Omaha, NE, and worked for thirty-two years at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Health System, and at Nebraska Methodist College. She retired in February of 2014, but went back to the college to work on occasion and as needed, until the summer of 2015.

Joan has been a devoted member of Christ Community Church since September of 2001, and made a conscious decision to profess her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and asked for forgiveness of sin by being re-baptized on September 28, 2003. She has loved praising our Lord as a member of the Christ Community Church choir. She was a former member of the Omaha Chapter of Sweet Adelines, currently, Acappella Omaha,and she has also participated in the Omaha Music Circle. Traveling has also been a joy. She especially loved Siesta Key Beach, FL, and the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she vacationed many times with family and friends. She has enjoyed scrapbooking photos and other memories for family and friends, and researching her family genealogy. On one very special trip,  she joined her cousin, Tom Bloxham and his wife, Betsy, along with her brother, Ken, his wife, Pam Lewis, as they traveled to Denmark to see where their great-grandfather and great-grandmother Anderson were born and lived before they came to the United States in the 1800s. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob.

Joan is survived by her loving family, her son, Mark (Teresa) Hilts of Sioux City, IA; her daughters, Diane (Richard) Nyalka of Rotonda West, FL; and Susan (Mike) Kahler of Dell Rapids, SD; her grandchildren, Matt (Britni) Hilts; Eric (Jen) Hilts; Allison (Vince)  Mathis; Jared (Ashley) Brown; Amanda Kahler; Nic Kahler; step-grandchildren, Dan (Nichole) Nyalka; and Renee (Brian) McVey; great-grandchildren, Philip Hilts; Madison Hilts; Ethan Hilts; Aiden Mathis; Simon Hilts; Samuel Hilts; Morgan Nyalka; Jocelyn McVey; Grady Nyalka; Aria Mathis; Jayce Brown; and Colin McVey; her sister, Kay Tabscott of St. Louis, MO; her brother, Ken (Pam) Lewis of Cedar Rapids, IA; and her many special cousins, nieces and nephews and extended special friends and Sisters and Brothers in Christ.

Visitation Thursday 5-7 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Funeral Service Friday ((22/17) 11:00 AM at Christ Community Church 404 S. 108th Ave. Omaha, NE. Memorials to Christ Community Church.

James E. Jones (Jim)

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10/1/1942 – 9/18/2017

Of Omaha, survived by children Jim (Jill), Joann (Mike) Morfeld, grandchildren  Alex, Jessica, Calleigh, many family & friends. Preceded in death by wife Betty, parents.

Visitation Thursday (9/21/17) 4:30-6:30 PM with Memorial Service Thursday 6:30 PM and Masonic/Eastern Star Service 7 PM Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Donor’s Choice

Frances D. Lueders (Fran)

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5/22/1935 – 9/14/2017

Of Ralston, survived by Frances Denise Lueders, 82 passed away September 14, 2017.  Fran was born to Mary Bramble on May 22, 1935 and was later  adopted to Harley and Lela Miller of Anita, Iowa.  Fran married  Ron Lueders on March 26, 1976, and lived in Omaha for 41 years.  Fran’s passions were her flowers, garden and cooking.  If you  visited, you never left empty handed or with an empty stomach.

Graveside Service Thursday (9/21/17) 10:00 AM Omaha National Cemetery.

Dr. Kenneth A. Harman

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Dr. Kenneth Alford Harman

Ken Harman was born to Otto and Lula Harman on February 3rd, 1928, in Burke, South Dakota and died in Omaha, September 15, 2017, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jo Harman, daughter Bobbie Allgood (Rick), and sons Rich Harman (Kim) and Tom Harman (Linda), eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Upon graduation from Burke South Dakota High School in 1946, he enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1946 until 1948 on the USS Vermillion and USS New Kent.

He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Creighton University graduating from Creighton Dental School with a degree in dental science and later received a master’s degree in orthodontia from University of Nebraska Dental School. He practiced dentistry in Valentine, Nebraska for nine years and orthodontics in Omaha for thirty-two years during which time he also served as a clinical professor at the Creighton and University of Nebraska Dental Schools.

Memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church or Creighton Dental School.

Visitation Monday 5-7 PM Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Memorial Service Tuesday (9/19/17) 11:00 AM St. Paul Methodist Church 5410 Corby Street Omaha, NE.

Rebecca L. Lowe

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Rebecca Lowe was born January 22, 1966 to Dr Roger C Crum Jr and Brenda Crum In Kansas City Missouri and passed into the next life peacefully September 10th 2017
Her youth was spent in Overland Park KS. She spent a few years in Overland Park, Terre Haute IN where she was joined by her brother Roger Allen , Radnor Pennsylvania and finally to West Des Moines where she graduated from high school at Valley High in 1984. Iowa State University was calling her name so she backed a car out of the driveway and enjoyed her time spent in Ames. After a couple years in Ames New York City was calling her name for a modeling career. As things do in your youth that experience shaped her for a return to college at Grandview University where she earned her BA in TV and Radio journalism . Several jobs in Des Moines and west Des Moines in various industries gave her more life experiences. During a company outing (I-Cubs ) game she met a guy who would become her husband Dave within a year. They bought a house and decided to start a family, in October of 1998 they welcomed Josie into their home where Rebecca took to the hardest and her most challenging job she would ever undertake, motherhood. Josie thrived under her mothers care and was reading by age 2. They enjoyed trips to the park and walks on the beach in various venues that were almost always the most exciting trips Josie had seen in her young life. During that time Rebecca had a abnormal PAP tests , so a cone biopsy was performed where the margins hadn’t come out cleanly , and a hysterectomy was recommended, she sought a second opinion as she was not yet finished with her uterus yet. Another cone biopsy was complete with clean margins and was given the go ahead to proceed to get pregnant with John before a move to Gretna via Omaha while our home was being built . Rebecca shopped for fixtures and finishes , sinks and toilets while pregnant with John and taking Josie all over the city. With 2 kids in tow we moved into our home in Gretna. Volunteering for preschool and school and taking John on adventures to the zoo and taking care of our home was Rebecca’s forte , she enjoyed meeting new people and helping teachers with classroom help and making calls to help anyway she would be able to. As John started full time school her thoughts changed to working with kids and off to the Elkhorn school district to be a “lunch lady”. This allowed her to be off during the days the kids were off and engaged her motherly love for even more children . Band and show choir completions filled our weekends , along with trips to see family and enjoying the experiences where life took us were her favorite memories , she once joked that she would scout camp with John and I when there was room service and a 5 star chef where we were going . Never materialized for the chef but John has turned into a pretty good cook for a 13 year old. Baking cookies and cooking family dinners were some of the hardest things for her to give up during her decline due to cancer. She sat in her chair and directed us on what to do in the same manner as if she had been cooking it herself.

During a family trip and cruise to Alaska she had some strange swelling in her left leg that was chalked up to sciatica and aging. Knowing now it was the return of the cervical cancer that ultimately took her life makes it all the more disheartening. Throughout it all her upbeat and positive energy and ability to laugh at the situation lessens the blow to our family .

She is survived by her husband of 21 years Dave , their children John (13) and Josie (18) , her parents Roger Jr and Brenda , her brother Roger (Allen) his wife Consuelo , and her furry children Rose and Clara.
She was preceded in death by her Grandparents Roger Sr and Louise Crum and Merwyn and Joyce Ingram

The family would like to extend their most gracious thanks to the teams at UNMC (Dr Kerry Rodabaugh , Leslie , Pam and everyone else who cared for Rebecca during her struggle.

Also the tireless effort of the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) who helped us care for her at home for as long as we were able to.

Special thank you to Amanda Lathrop at Makovicka Physical therapy for helping to ease her transition after her hip surgery, always the helpful one Rebecca shared information with Amanda with a wealth of new information about her adopted home town of Gretna to make their families transition easier.

The most excellent staff of the Josie Harper Hospice House that helped her transition to the next phase in her life.

We will continue her fight to educate and inform the vulnerable about the danger and human cost of HPV cervical cancer . Our hope is for this disease to disappear from the planet one life at a time through vaccination and prevention and education.

Visitation Thursday 1:00 PM till service time Family. Celebration of Life Service  2:00 PM  Thursday (9/14/17) Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, NE. 68028

In Lieu of flowers , the family would prefer a donation to the American Cancer Society in Rebecca’s name or to the Lowe family for the children’s education to become a lasting legacy to their mothers perseverance to encourage them to do their best.

Richard A. Richter

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9/29/1945 – 9/3/2017

Of Gretna, survived by wife Linda, children Cameron and wife Alice Coyle, Tamara and husband Jason Villone, Stacie Beaman, grandchildren Ashtin, Scott, Taylor,  great granddaughter Kenzie, siblings Rose Mundhenke, Clara Hilquist, Jim, Gerald, many family & friends.

Visitation Sunday 5-7 PM with Vigil Service 6:30 PM St. Patrick Catholic Church 508 Angus Street Gretna, NE. Funeral Service 10:30 AM Monday ( 9/11/2017 )  at St. Patrick Catholic Church  508 Angus Street Gretna, Nebraska  68028, Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at  Gretna, Nebraska Memorials to Knights of Columbus Council of Morrisonville IL., or St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Phyllis C. Hilton

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1/26/1927 – 9/3/2017

Of Omaha, survived by children, Jeanette Hilton; James (Barbara) Hilton; grandchildren, John (Hannah Sorensen), Joseph (Jessica Hurley), Anthony, Mary and Matthew, sister  in law , Helena Lamb, nephew, nieces, cousins and good friends. Preceded in death by husband, John E. and son John Wm., parents William J. and Cecilia (Duchek) Lamb; brother William L. Lamb.

Visitation Friday 5-7 PM with Vigil Service 6:30 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Funeral Mass St. James Catholic Church 9025 Larimore Ave. Omaha, NE. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Omaha, NE.  Memorials to St. James Catholic Church or Josie harper Hospice House.

Ruth E. McGlee

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8/13/1921 – 9/4/2017

Of Omaha, survived by daughters Donna (Dean) Martin, Sharon McGlee, granddaughters  Meghan (Scott), Jamie (Sean), great grandsons Brayden & Kyler.  Preceded in death by husband Harold McGlee.

Visitation Thursday 5-7 PM Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, NE. Funeral Service Friday (9/8/17) 10:00 AM Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, NE. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Omaha, NE. Memorials to Westside Church.

Esther M. Orr

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Esther Margaret (Smith) Orr

Born June 10, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska

Died September 1, 2017

Esther Margaret (Smith) Orr 88, formerly of Omaha died September 1, 2017 at Heritage of Bel-Air in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Esther was baptized in 1929 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church near Hoskins, Nebraska. She lived in several Nebraska and Iowa towns during her childhood. She and Clinton were married at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Omaha in 1947 and shared their love for 66 years. Esther taught Sunday School, played guitar for services and programs, was active in and awarded an honorary life membership to Presbyterian Women. She served with her husband as Skippers of the church Mariners group, and both guided their five children by their example on how to live their Christian faith.

Esther demonstrated her love for God, her husband, family and community. She was a dedicated home-maker, she valued education, and was involved in her husband and children’s interests. She was a past commander of the Wives of Submarine Veterans of WWII, volunteered as a Camp Fire Girls leader for many years, diligently sewed Cub Scout and Girl Scout badges on uniforms, and was a creative seamstress making clothes and costumes. In 1998, she was awarded the Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska certificate by Governor Ben Nelson for her patriotism. Esther’s talents included china painting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. After the children were grown, she enjoyed two trips to England with her husband to visit friends.

Esther loved music, especially playing the Hawaiian and Spanish guitars. Her first recital was at the age of 8 at the Honolulu Conservatory of Music in Omaha where she later taught and became co-manager. At age 16, with support from her mother, she opened the Aloha Isle Guitar Studio where she taught guitar, enjoyed performing with her students, and judging competitions in the region. She graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1946, and studied business at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After the youngest child started school, Esther was employed as a cafeteria worker for the Omaha Public Schools, retiring in 1994. During retirement she volunteered at the neighborhood Salvation Army store, continued serving the community through church projects, enjoyed her flower gardens and spending time with grandchildren.

Esther is preceded in death by her parents, Edward C. and Leta J. Smith; husband, Clinton J.H. Orr; daughter, Karen (Orr) Conoan; sisters, Edna Postlewait and Evelyn Smith; brother, Edward D. (Eddie) Smith; brother-in-law Jack Postlewait; mother-in-law Ruth A. Orr, sister-in-law & brother-in-law Ann and Wilford C. Orr, brother-in-law W.L (Pat) Jacobs.

Survived by her aunt, Margie Meyer (Wahoo, NE.), sister-in-laws Beverly Smith and Jennie Jacobs; four children, Lynne (Teri) Orr, Sue (Donald) Buryanek, John (Kerri) Orr, Tom Orr, and son-in-law John Conoan, NE. 27 grandchildren, 25 Great-grand-children, nieces & nephews.

Visitation Thursday before service, Funeral Service Thursday (9/7/17)10:30 AM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery 7909 Mormon Bridge Rd. Omaha, NE. Memorials to the family to be designated later.

Patricia M. Shreves

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6/30/1928 – 8/30/2017

Of Omaha, survived by children Susan Flaherty, Kenneth, Shelley Schrader (Mark),  John (Deborah), Sheila McQueen (Patrick), D. Michael (Susan),  20 Grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren,  sisters Virginia Brenneman, Kathleen Mohatt, sisters in law  Alice Neumann, Donna Petri (Allen),many family & friends. Preceded in death by husband Kenneth, sons Jeff & Baby Boy, daughter in law Marilyn, son in law Edward Flaherty.


Visitation Friday 5-7 PM with Wake Service 6:30 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Funeral Service Saturday (9/2/17) 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 114th & Fort Street Omaha, NE.  Graveside Service Saturday 2:00 PM West Union Cemetery Union, NE. Family prefers memorials to Salvation Army.