U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., is once again helping to collect cards for the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program which gives Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings and thanks to service members, veterans and their families around the world.
Pamela Bergmann, 1970 Auburn High School Graduate, Received the YWCA Alaska Women Of Achievement Award
Pamela Bergmann, Auburn native and 1970 Auburn High School graduate, has been selected as a winner of the prestigious YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement award for 2013. Bergmann is the daughter of Nadene Bergmann and the late Julius Bergmann Jr. of Auburn. Her spouse is John Duffy. Bergmann is Regional Environmental Officer based in Anchorage, Alaska, with the Office of Environment Policy and Compliance (OEPC), of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI).
Twenty-two boys are out for basketball this season at Auburn High School. The squad includes a number of seniors and juniors with varsity experience.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) sits atop the NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced. The Bees accumulated 14 first-place votes and 465 points to earn the No. 1 ranking. No Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) golf team was ranked in the Top 25 or was receiving votes in the preseason poll.
Lester Frederick Oestmann, son of Edwin Oestmann and Clara (Stutheit) Oestmann was born on August 21, 1927 on a farm southwest of Johnson, Nebraska. He was one of nine children born to this union. Lester grew up in the Johnson area and moved onto the home place when he was seven years old. He attended school through the 8th grade. He enlisted in the United States Army in March of 1946. Lester served his country during WWII and was honorably discharged in April of 1947. Lester was united in marriage to Ellen Kuper on August 23, 1948 at the St. John’s Lutheran (Stone) Church. To this marriage three children were born. Lester farmed all of his life, also working for the sale barn and driving tractors in the spring and fall after retirement. He was a lifetime member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church. Lester was active with his church, and was a member of the Johnson American Legion Post #330. Due to ill health Lester moved the Belle Terrace Nursing Home in Tecumseh, Neb. It is there that on Tuesday, November 26, He passed away having reached the age of 86 years, three months, and five days. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Roy and Larry, and sister Eileen Saathoff. Lester is survived by his wife, Ellen of Tecumseh; children David Oestmann of Beatrice, Neb.; Paul L. Oestmann and wife Carrolyn of Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Ralph L. Oestmann and wife Kelly of Bristow, Virginia; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Adolf Oestmann and wife Connie of Tecumseh; Harlan Oestmann and wife Betty of Tecumseh; Lois Othmer and husband Leslie of Tecumseh; Ronald Lee Oestmann and wife Beverly of Shanandoah, Iowa; Rosa Lee Crow and husband Bill of Marysville, Kansas; Kay Oestmann of Johnson; other relatives and friends. A funeral service for Lester Oestmann was held Saturday, November 30, at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church, south of Johnson. Burial followed in the church cemetery with graveside military rites provided by Johnson American Legion Post # 330 and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Hall Mortuary in Johnson was in charge of arrangements.
Louise S. (Kehr) Whitehead Fink passed away November 28, 2013. She was born to John and Alvina (Stock) Kehr on September 13, 1919 at Hickman, Nebraska. Her early life was spent in Nemaha County where she attended elementary school through the eighth grade. She was married to Clarence Whitehead Sr. and they had four children, Kathleen, Clarence, Phyllis and Kenneth. Louise was united in marriage to Adolph Fink in October, 1970. They were married 28 ½ years until Adolph’s passing on March 21, 1999. With this marriage Louise gained seven additional step-children for her to love and cherish. Louise was a farm wife for many years and later worked for nearly 30 years at the Campbell Soup Company in Tecumseh. She enjoyed baking pies, collecting chickens, traveling, including visiting all 50 states, playing cards, watching Nebraska football and she always had the coffee pot on for family and friends. Left to mourn her passing are her children, Clarence Whitehead, Jr., Syracuse, Phyllis Malan and husband Bob of Austin, Texas, and Kenneth Whitehead and wife Elaine of Omaha; step-children, Helen Thornton and husband Bill, Florence Galazka and husband Walter, Pauline Linder and husband Merlyn, Dorothea Badsher and husband Amos, Wayne Adam, Joe Fink and wife Sharon and Jim Fink and wife Pat; grandchildren, Marilyn Jackson and husband Jeff, Bill Malan, Rodney Whitehead and wife Kim and Chris Neemann and husband Terry, seven great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, one stepgreat- great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Clarence Whitehead, Sr. and Adolph Fink; in-fant daughter, Kathleen; step-daughter, Teresa Adam; brothers, Bill Kehr and Alfred Kehr and sisters, Irene Yelkin, Amanda Lichteig, Lettie Carter and Lena Kuenning; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert Fink, Joseph Fink, Francis Fink, Sister Mary Peter and Mary “Marie” Fink. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tecumseh, Nebraska with Father Thomas Dunavan officiating. Organist Sharon Floth accompanied congregational hymns “How Great Thou Art”, “For The Beauty Of The Earth”, “Where Charity And Love Prevail” and “Amazing Grace”. Pallbearers were Rodney Whitehead, Terry Neemann, Trent Neemann, Travis Neemann, Trevor Neemann, Joe Fink, Bill Malan and Jeff Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Nicole Whitehead, Tina Winn, Dylan Malan and Erik Malan. Interment was in the Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn, Nebraska. Memorials may go to the family choice. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.