Nemaha Herald

Nelda Anna Cecelia (Kock) Bischoff was born April 2, 1924 in Lincoln, the daughter of Hans and Bertha (Sothman) Koch. She married Arnold Bischoff February 7, 1947 in Talmage. Arnold died March 24, 2012. Nelda formerly lived in Lincoln, Syracuse and Cook before moving to Talmage. Nelda graduated from the Talmage High School in 1941. Nelda formerly worked at the Elgin Watch Factory in Lincoln before she married Arnold. She and Arnold worked together on the farm for many years. Nelda was an avid Husker fan and was an active member of the Talmage American Legion Auxiliary and Faith Lutheran Church, where she made blankets for the church. Nelda worked at the Talmage ball field for over 50 years. Survivors include her sons Donn Bischoff and wife Debbie of Maize, Kansas; Allen Bischoff of Talmage; daughter, Carol Fisher and her husband Ron of Johnson; grandchildren Nick and Heather Rinne, Mark and Michele Bischoff, Todd and Carrie Bischoff, Angie and Ken Mandl, Brad and Cheryl Bischoff, Jennifer and Jerry Manuel; great grandchildren Zachary, Kirsten, Barrett, Marisol, Caitlyn, Cameron, Courtney, Caleb, Mira and Adam; step grandchildren Russ Fisher, Lori and Jeff Colby; step great grandchildren Hayley and Jeff Murray, Reid Fisher and Shane Colby; step great great grandchildren Jaxson and Emerson; sister Marlene Royer and her husband Herman of Nebraska City. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Nelda died November 20, 2015 at The Ambassador Care Center in Nebraska City at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 18 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church in Talmage with Rev. Glatha Rathjen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Cemetery or Talmage Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be expressed at Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia “Pat” Ellen (Pryor) Cox was born on March 18, 1931 in Nebraska City, Nebraska to Glendon and Nita (Dillon) Pryor. She passed away November 19, 2015 in Concordia, Kansas. As a young girl she spent many happy times with relatives and friends in and around Peru, Neb. Her family moved to California in 1940 then to Alabama in 1943 where both parents held positions during WWII. They then moved back to Peru in 1945. Pat graduated from Peru High School and continued her education at Peru Teachers College (Peru State) for two years majoring in Elementary Education. She was active on campus, playing piano, singing in the college chorus and the Methodist Church choir. It was during her college time that she met the love of her life, Laurence Cox. They were married on September 3, 1950. They lived in Blair, Curtis and Tecumseh, Neb., then Gaylord and Concordia, Kan. Pat taught school in Omaha and Auburn, Neb. In 1959 the Cox family settled in Concordia, Kan., where Laurence was co-owner of Quartzite Stone Company. Pat was active in the United Methodist Church, Women’s Bible Study, PEO, Beta Sigma Phi, the library board and hospital board. She also played Mrs. Santa Claus all around the community and volunteered in the elementary school libraries. Pat is survived by daughter Deborah (Clark) Chambers, Wichita, Kan.; sons David Cox of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dennis (Lauralea) Cox of Milford, Kan., and Chris (Kathy) Cox, Clay Center, Kan.; granddaughters Erin (Mike) Ruffner, Fort Collins, Colo., Tara Cox, Denver, Colo., Erica Chambers, Wichita, Kan. and Carrie (Chris) Titus, Wichita, Kan.; grandsons Garrett, Evan, Trevor and Kyle Cox, all of Clay Center; four great-grandsons; sister Charlotte (Gene) Sailors, Fargo, N.D.; brother in law Merril Howrey, Rogers, Arkansas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Laurence Cox, her parents, brother in law Don Cox and sisters in law, Margaret Cox and Carlene (Cox) Howrey. Pat will be remembered as being a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother for her dedication to the values of hard work, honesty, kindness, fairness and faith in God. Memorial services were held Monday, November 23, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Concordia with Rev. Tessa Zehring and Rev. Ken Parker officiating. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, was in charge of the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. The obituary for Pat was written by her sister Charlotte. For online condolences, please visit