Johnson-Brock One-Act Play Production Third in C2-1 Districts at Lourdes; Earn Eight Outstanding Performers
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, Johnson-Brock High School students placed third in the District C2-1 play production competition at Lourdes Central Catholic High School in Nebraska City. Students performed Soldiers Young & Brave by Lorraine Thompson.Tera Stutheit directed the play, assisted by Megan Howe.
SUZIE ADAMS, Auburn Chamber of Commerce executive director, presents John Masonbrink of Humboldt $100 in Chamber Bucks and prizes from Auburn businesses. Masonbrink was the Week Two first place drawing winner of the Auburn Chamber’s Shop Locally Holiday Promotion.
The Auburn Middle School Boys Basketball Team played three times last week. The Bulldogs won all three Dec. 3 games at Conestoga. “A” game: Auburn 35, Conestoga 21 “B” game: Auburn 32, Conestoga 5 “C” game: Auburn 10, Conestoga 4 Coach Ben Adams said about the games with the Cougars, “Overall we played well. We played good defense, pushed the ball well in transition and moved the ball well when we set up our half-court offense. Everyone got a lot of playing time. It was nice to get the sweep and come away with three wins.”
The Auburn Bulldogs boys’ basketball team split its opening week games. On Thursday night, Dec. 5, Auburn lost 36-59 at Plattsmouth before defeating visiting Marysville, Kan., 54-36, Saturday, Dec. 7. The Bulldogs took a 1-1 record into a home game with Weeping Water Tuesday night, Dec. 10.
LaVern Roger Kuper, age 93, died peacefully on November 30, 2013, with his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Barbara, at his side. He was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Humboldt, Nebraska, to Diedrich (Dick) and Maria (Mayme nee Polfus) Kuper, amid a close-knit farming community. He was educated through eighth grade, at which time he was needed on the farm, and all the skills used in the remainder of his life were self-taught. It was a joy to watch him work, and he wove a wry sense of humor into all verbal exchanges. During WWII, Vern served on two ships in the Navy as Chief Radioman for four years, in both the Atlantic and Pacific, fighting in eight campaigns, although he did not speak of his experiences until recently. He was awarded the American silver star and two bronze battle stars, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (Navy), Liberation Medal, and Bronze Star. After the war he returned to rural life to marry his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Wiencke, daughter of the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church. He started a construction business, hiring young veterans and training them in the building trade. Later, he sold furnaces and insurance in Nebraska and South Dakota, and finally returned to cabinet making and remodeling in Oklahoma. Throughout life he was an outdoorsman, and took the family on numerous camping trips in the central and western states. His fish fries and fried chicken were legendary. Vern and Rachel retired to Langley, Oklahoma and traveled extensively in their RV, often to national parks. They volunteered at Bryce Canyon, and Vern restored one of the first ranger stations in the National Park Service. He was a yearly fixture at Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi, where he was responsible for substantial projects during fall and winter months. Vern and Rachel celebrated their 63rd anniversary before Rachel’s death in 2009, after which Vern began spending most of the year with Philip and Barbara, improving their garden and home in Slidell, Louisiana.He spent his last year with them and they cared lovingly for him. Besides Philip and Barbara Kuper and grandchild Forrest Kuper, Vern leaves behind his other children Angela (Jim) Christmann of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Elizabeth Kuper of Lafayette, Colo., as well as his cousin Ellen (Lester) Oestmann of Johnson, Neb., and many area relatives to cherish his memory. Vern was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dale. A memorial service is in planning, at Lutheran Church of the Pines, Waveland, Miss. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Lakeshore Hospice, 2000 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70471, or Lutheran Church of the Pines, 309 Highway 90, Waveland MS 39576. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit http://www.honakerforestlawn.com.
Dorothy Elizabeth (Shiveley) Sierks was born on March 27, 1929 to Floyd and Georgia (Conover) Shiveley. She was the eldest of six children born to this union. Dorothy graduated from Auburn High School in 1947. She obtained her teaching certificate and taught school in rural Nemaha County. On December 24, 1948, she was joined in marriage to John Sierks. In their 65 years together, they celebrated the birth of six children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was a fantastic cook and spoiled all of her family and friends with her delicious noodles, bread, and cinnamon rolls. Dorothy was a member of Eastern Star, Gideons, and the United Methodist Church. Dorothy was a loving, caring individual who gave love and brought joy to everyone who knew her. After suffering a stroke on December 2, 2013, surrounded by loving family, she went to be with the Lord on December 4, 2013, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at age 84. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lois Keene; her brother in laws Charles “Duroc” Moore, Donald “Bud” McMann, Ivan Keene, and Everett Shaw. Those left to deeply mourn her passing are: her husband John; her children Lonnie (Wanda) Sierks, Myrna (Stan) Brooks, Michele (Bill) Hawkins, Dave (Bonnie) Sierks, Chuck (Kayla) Sierks, and Melissa Sierks; her grandchildren: Tammy (Kip) Young, Waylon Ross, Josh Sierks, Amanda (Aaron) Drier, Joe (Sheena) Sierks, Terri (Mike) Beneway, Jesse (Julie) Sierks, Amy Sierks, Jill Sierks, Lisa Sierks, Dustin Ross, Kari Sierks, and Chloe Sierks; her siblings: Esther Moore, Betty McMann, Deloris Shaw, and Donald “Buckshot” (Georgia “Sam”) Shiveley; special “grandson” Ryan Conn; 10 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Memorials are suggested to Eastern Star, Gideons, or family choice A funeral service for Dorothy E. Sierks was held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Burial followed at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Brownville. Hall Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements for Dorothy E. Sierks.