By David Swanson
November has been designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Kimberly Buchmeier of Auburn believes the public needs to be made more aware of the disease, which is little known and rarely discussed. More people who have never smoked are being diagnosed with it. “Lung cancer takes more lives than colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined. I want to help people realize this is not a smoker’s cancer. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer,” related Buchmeier, who has survived the disease for more than three and one-half years.
By David Swanson
Johnson-Brock Public Schools students, staff and patrons celebrated the elementary school’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12, at the new gymnasium. The previous day, Mary Findeis and Irene Seeba, Johnson-Brock elementary teachers, accepted the award on behalf of the district in Washington, D.C. It was presented by an assistant to Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education.
The Bobcat women’s basketball team gained their first win of the 2014-15 season as they topped future Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent Grand View University on Monday night, Nov. 17 in Des Moines. Peru State only trailed once in thegame on the way to a 72-56 victory over the Vikings. With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 1-3 on the season while Grand View drops to 1-5.
2014 Auburn Middle School Boys Basketball Team
Nelva Pauline (Holthus) was born April 24, 1929 to John and Frieda (Lampe) Holthus on a farm in Todd Creek Precinct, Johnson County, Nebraska. She was baptized July 13, 1929 and confirmed November 21, 1943 at the St. John’s Lutheran (Stone) Church, rural Auburn, Nebraska. Nelva received her 8th grade education at District 37 “Long Branch” school near her home. She was united in marriage to Owen Beethe on January 5, 1950 at the St. John’s Lutheran (Stone) Church. Nelva and Owen then moved to a farm in Pawnee County. They were active members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where all eight of their children were baptized and confirmed. In 1962, Nelva and Owen moved to another farm in Pawnee County, across the section from St. Peter’s. This would be their home for over 30 years. Nelva was the typical farm wife of the times; she worked hard cooking, baking, canning, sewing and doing chores. Owen died September 11, 1997. Nelva continued to live on the farm until 2008, then due to the effects of Alzheimers, moved to Ridgeview Towers Assisted Living in Tecumseh. When the disease progressed, Nelva moved to a memory unit in David City. It was there she died the morning of November 14, 2014. Besides her husband, Nelva was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn in 2008; sister, Ellen Beethe in 2006; her parents, and severalbrothers and sisters-in-law. Nelva is survived by her children: Jeanette Heins and husband Larry of David City, Joyce Jelinek and husband Tom of Brainard, John Beethe and wife Janice of Burr, Kathy Rempe and husband Dale of Lincoln, Susan Fisher and husband David of Bradshaw, Linda Schulze and husband Tim of Hordville and Dale Beethe and wife Kayla of Ord; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; aunt, Violet Whitten of Wathena, Kansas; siblings, Alvin Holthus and wife Angela of Johnson, Delores Chizek and husband Joe of Cuba, Kan., Eileen Rich of Lincoln, LeRoy Holthus of Elk Creek and Janice Cawley and husband John of Tecumseh; brothers and sistersin- law, Mildred Luedders of Pawnee City, Alice Beethe of Elk Creek, Lois Clement of Phoenix, Ariz., Glenn Beethe of Tecumseh, Lloyd Beethe of Tecumseh and Mel and Gladys Doerr of Papillion; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Elk Creek,with Rev. Jason Wolter officiating. Loretta Kerchal, organist, accompanied congregational hymns, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “Children of the Heavenly Father”, “How Great Thou Art” and “Abide With Me”. Pallbearers were grandsons Greg Kozisek, Brad Jelinek, Ben Beethe, Brian Terrill, Caleb Schulze, Beran Fisher and Dawson Beethe. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Interment was in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Elk Creek, Nebraska. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.
Aletha Helene Bowen was born August 3, 1917 at Sioux City, Iowa, the eldest of seven children born to Aurelius “Red” and Johanna “Hannah” (Thesenga) Bowen. As a small child she moved with her parents from Iowa to South Dakota. Her early life was spent on farms near White, South Dakota and later near Avon, South Dakota with her parents and three brothers and three sisters. After Aletha received her education she decided to stay home to help care for her eldest brother, Neil, who was handicapped since birth and needed constant care. She also enjoyed working in the garden, raising chickens and turkeys, sewing and doing fancy work for others, besides helping neighbor ladies with their house cleaning and baby-sitting. At age 16 Aletha was baptized and became a member of a little country church south of Avon now known as Friedensberg Bible Church. When it was time for the family to retire from farming Aletha moved her parents and brother with her into Avon. Here she took care of her aging parents for the rest of their lives. Later, after the death of her brother, Aletha’s sister Lydia and family moved her to Auburn, Nebraska in August of 1997 where she lived next door to Lydia. Aletha passed away at her home on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the age of 97 years, 3 months, and 13 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters. Aletha is survived by her sister Lydia Dahlenburg of Auburn; nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and –nephews, great-great-nieces and –nephews, and a great-great-great-niece. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 21, 2:30 p.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Kirk Langer. Burial will follow in Bedford Cemetery near Howe.Pallbearers will be Wayne Vickers, John Clark, Jeff Falk, Richard Cox, and Evan Ax. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.