- Published: 21 November 2014
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.