Nemaha Herald

Patricia Ann (Francois) Wininger was born on September 25, 1953 the daughter of Robert Francois Sr. and Bernadette (Schreiner) Francois in Nebraska City. She was raised there with her eight brothers and sisters. She attended Lourdes Central High School and graduated in 1971. Patty attended Wayne State College where she was a member of Chi Omega, the Wayne State Wildkitten dance squad and later, a WSC cheerleader. She was an excellent student and was involved in many campus clubs and activities. She finished her business degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Patty met her husband of 39 years at a dance at Peru State College. Darrell transferred to Wayne State shortly afterwards and they were married on July 4th, 1975. Patty worked in the banking industry until 1984 when she took on her favorite job of all, a full-time mother. She stayed at home with her daughter, Elizabeth and her son, Nicholas. She was an avid sports fan with the dial always set to sports talk radio. She held season tickets for the Creighton Bluejays soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball teams. She also loved Husker football and volleyball. Patty loved traveling with her family. She had visited 20 countries with her husband, but she mostly enjoyed traveling to see family in Texas, Florida, Illinois and California. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She was known by her nieces and nephews for her love of fireworks and the 4th of July. Patty had a generous heart. She loved people and animals. She fed birds, squirrels, turkeys, deer and raccoons. She was known for volunteering her time often for others. She volunteered at the Blair schools as room mother over the years, Fine Arts Boosters, Red Cross, Cub Scouts, Blair Soccer Club, and the Blair Area Community Foundation. She volunteered at Creighton University on the Parent Council for five years, serving as the president for one year. Patty loved her Lord with all her heart. She had a servant’s heart and tried her best to show the love of Christ to all people. She knew no strangers, just friends she hadn’t met yet. Patricia went home to her Lord on September 23, 2014 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha having reached 60 years of age after a hard fought battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband Darrell of Blair, daughter Lizz (Brian) Abrahams of Blair, son Nicholas (fiancée Kathryn Buche) of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter Adelle Abrahams, mother Bernadette Francois of Bangs, Texas; brothers and sisters: Robert (Kathleen) Francois Jr. of Ft. Myers, Fla., sister Mary Francois of San Antonio, Texas, sister Michelle Thomas of Brownwood, Texas, sister Vickie (James D.) Rice of Trickham, Texas, Michael (Cindy) Francois of Bangs, Texas, Mark (Judy) Francois of Nebraska City, Neb., Tammy Francois of Brownwood, Texas, brothers and sisters in law: Dennis (Allyson) Wininger of Oakland, Calif., David (Ruth) Wininger of Papillion, Neb., Melody (Phil) Parman of Allen, Texas, Dwight “Doc” (Kathy) Wininger of Lincoln, Neb.; many nieces and nephews, and dear friend Mary Lyn Wininger of Johnson, Neb. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Francois Sr., sister Diane Schalk, grandmother Elizabeth Schreiner, father in law Darrell Wininger Sr. and mother in law Ardith Wininger. Memorials may be directed to Joseph’s Coat or the Blair Area Community Foundation. A memorial service for Patricia Ann Wininger was held Friday, September 26, 2014 at Country Bible Church. Campbell Aman Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of arrangements.

Janet Elaine (Blecha) Wilson, 72, of Humboldt, Nebraska was born on July 21, 1942 in Humboldt, Nebraska to Emil and Irene (Holechek) Blecha. She was raised on a farm near Humboldt and attended Lynchburg country school through the 6th grade. Janet graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1959. She continued her education by graduating from Personnel Training School in Omaha, Nebraska where she obtained a job at Mutual of Omaha. On November 6, 1960, Janet was united in marriage to James A. Wilhelm at the United Methodist Church in Humboldt. To this union two sons, Jeff and John, were born. Janet worked the switchboard at O.A. Cooper Company until her sons were born and going to school. Community Memorial Hospital in Humboldt called and asked if she would work one day a week and thus began the foundation of her medical career. In 1980, Janet moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin a new life venture. She began working for a young physician who just started his medical practice. Janet was instrumental in laying the ground work to build two medical facilities housing specialty physicians as well as a birthing center and primary care. After many hours of studying, she became Administrator of their five medical clinics and served that position for 20 years. Janet then worked the next ten years at a Quick Care/Primary Care Clinic until retiring and moving back to her hometown of Humboldt. While in Humboldt, she enjoyed watching her remaining younger grandchildren grow up and take part in their many activities, having already followed her grandson Christian through his school days. Janet’s love was her grandchildren and family, being very proud of all their accomplishments. She was proud to be a part of the Wilhem family and continued to consider them family as she remained a part of family get-togethers with all the nieces and nephews still calling her Aunt Janet. God was an important part of her everyday living. Janet was a member of the United Methodist Church attending church services regularly and had served as a Sunday school teacher. Janet passed away at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt on Monday, September 22, 2014, having reached the age of 72 years, two months, and one day. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jeff Wilhelm, and a brother Paul Blecha. Janet is survived by her son John Wilhelm and his wife Julie of Humboldt; grandchildren: Christian Wilhelm of Boulder, Colo.; Justin Judge of Lincoln, Neb.; Jamie Wilhelm of Humboldt; Jacob Wilhelm of Humboldt; daughter-in-law Carol Wilhelm and her husband Scott of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister-in-law Susie Blecha of rural Humboldt; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends Memorial services were held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Humboldt, with Pastors Jaclyn Hoy and Dean Joy officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Richardson County Cancer Fund. Online messages of condolence can be left at Arrangements were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-Humboldt (402) 862-2915.

Lillian Joan Boden was born February 21, 1933 to Herman John and Rosa Grace (Hestermann) Boden on a farm west of Sterling, Nebraska. Lillian was baptized in March 1933 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sterling by Pastor Degner and confirmed in January 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Auburn, Neb. by Pastor Dreyer. The family moved to Peru, Neb.when Lillian was 1 year old. Lillian attended Peru Normal School until the spring of 1945 when the family moved to a farm on the Nemaha River bottom near Nemaha, Neb. Lillian then attended Larkin Country School. Following 8th grade graduation, Lillian attended Nemaha High School where she graduated in 1950. On April 19, 1953 Lillian married Leland Bohling at Trinity Lutheran Church, Auburn. They made their home in Auburn and were blessed with two children, Allan and Debra. After graduating from high school, Lillian worked as a bookkeeper for the Nemaha Coop Creamery in Auburn. The family lived in Auburn until 1960 when Leland’s employment with Safeway Stores transferred the family to Omaha, Neb. After a few years, Leland’s job moved the family to Fremont, Neb. where they made their home ever since. Though Lillian’s first priority was a wife and mother, she began a 30-year career at the Warrior Bookstore at Midland Lutheran College where she enjoyed interacting with the college students. Lillian’s faith in God was a cornerstone in her life. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sterling; Trinity Lutheran Church, Auburn; Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Johnson; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Omaha; First Lutheran Church, Fremont and most recently Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont. Lillian taught Sunday School for more than 20 years and served as the Sunday School Superintendent for five years. She belonged to the Women’s Circle Bible Study group and was the Prayer Chain Leader at Peace Lutheran. Lillian was also a 4-H Club Leader. Leland and Lillian traveled to Florida several times and always enjoyed their trips to Branson, Missouri. In April 2013, Leland and Lillian celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary alongside many family and friends. Lillian was resilient. She was diagnosed with diabetes and neuropathy in 1999 and lived with pain in her legs and feet daily. After spinal disc surgery in February 2014, Lillian recovered at A. J. Merrick Manor. Later that month, Leland was diagnosed with lung cancer and he also moved to Merrick Manor. In April, they both moved to Shalimar Gardens Assisted Living. On August 12, 2014, Leland entered the heavens to wait for Lillian. On September 8, Lillian entered Fremont Health and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. On September 16, she moved to Merrick Manor and was welcomed into heaven by her loving husband on September 23, 2014 at age 81. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband Leland; her parents Herman and Rosa Boden; her parentsin-law Herman and Mary Bohling; grandson Dirk Bohling; infant brother Dalen Boden; brother-in-laws Fred Jenkins, Jr, Alvin Bohling and Eldon Bohling; brother-in-laws and sisterin-laws Louis and Lydia Speckmann, Emil and Elvera Bohling, and Art and Irene Meyer. Lillian is survived by her son Allan Bohling and wife Jean of Hooper, Neb.; daughter Debra Pugh and husband Jon of Auburn; grandchildren Brian Pugh of Auburn; Ryan Bohling and wife Mikki of Kearney, Neb.; Darren Pugh of Waukee, Iowa; Taylor Pugh of Omaha; and Kelsey Bohling of West Point, Neb.; great-grandson Ty White of Columbus, Neb.; sisters Darlene (husband Dean) Volker of Nemaha, Orva Jean (husband Arnold) Gobber of Elk Creek, Neb., and Elvera Jenkins of Johnson; brothers Robert (wife Delta) Boden of Auburn, Marlin (wife Linda) Boden and Willard (wife Janice) Boden, all of Nemaha; sister-in-laws Marcille Bohling and Joan Bohling, both of Johnson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The funeral was Friday September 26 at Peace Lutheran Church. Pastor Sean Tyler officiated. Graveside services were at Martin Luther Lutheran Cemetery south of Johnson, Neb. Ludvigsen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.