Nemaha Herald


Ginny Karpinski, age 67 of rural Stella, Nebraska passed away on April 18, 2016 at Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., with her husband Frank by her side. Ginny was born on March 28, 1949  In Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Jesse and Virginia (Tabone) Tucker. She graduated from Harlem High School in Loves Park, Ill. Ginny was united in marriage to Frank D. Karpinski on November 15, 1968 in Freeport, Ill. She was a housewife and homemaker and also worked for 12 years at the Glenwood State School, Glenwood, Iowa. Frank and Ginny served as foster parents the last 32 years and during that time helped in raising some 200 children! She is survived by her husband, Frank Karpinsi of Stella; seven children: Katie Smithberg and husband Mike of Plattsmouth, Neb.; Amie Karpinski of Stella; Christie Karpinski and significant other Chris Jones of Plainfield, Ill.; Bud Karpinski and wife Lacey of Barada, Neb.; Rachel Karpinski of Syracuse, Neb., Nate Foreman of Lincoln, Neb. and Micky Karpinksi and wife Brandi of Shubert, Neb.; seven grandchildren; brothers: Rick Tucker and wife Vickie of Loves Park, Ill. and David Tucker and wife Sandy of Durand, Ill.; extended family: Tausha and Tim Pokorny; Crystal Shaffer, Alicia Schoenberger, Ogie Nelson, Erin and Danny Beckman, M.J. and John Driskell and Sally Nuss; other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Baylie Jo Karpinski on March 18, 2015. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, May 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nemaha County 4-H Building in Auburn. Condolences may be left at Gude Mortuary of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.


Valeria (Wellsandt) Damme was born April 4, 1935 in Nebraska City, the daughter of Elmer and Alma (Glassmeyer) Wellsandt. She married Harvey Damme April 17, 1956 at St. Paul’s Lutheran church near Talmage. She was a graduate of Talmage High School with the Class of 1953. Valeria lived in the Talmage community where she and Harvey raised their family until moving to Syracuse in 2007. Valeria was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Talmage. Valeria worked at Thygeson’s drug store in Nebraska City. Valeria was an active member of St. John’s Evangelical (McWilliams) Church, rural Talmage. Valeria enjoyed flowers and gardening and especially attending her grandchildren activities and was very proud of their accomplishments. Survivors include her husband Harvey of Syracuse, daughter: Debra Wolken and her husband Dale of Adams and sons: Dale and wife Debbie of Talmage and Lynn and his wife Sherlyn of Syracuse; seven grandchildren: Denae Wolken and fiancé Brady Beckman; Devin Wolken and special friend Anna Dorn; Clayton Damme and wife Ana; Clinton Damme and Makayla Damme; Cody Damme and Ryan Damme; brother-in-law: Edward Damme and his wife Donna; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law Louis and Anna Damme. Valeria died May 19, 2016, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln at the age of 81 years, 1 month and 15 days. Funeral services were held on Monday May 23 at St. John’s Evangelical Church (McWilliams) in rural Talmage. Burial was in the St. John’s Cemetery (McWilliams). Memorials are suggested to the St. John’s Cemetery (McWilliams), Talmage Rescue Squad or Family’s Choice Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE 402-269-2441 Condolences to


Carol J. (Banks) Frick, 74, of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at her home. She was the wife of Ronald Frick with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Carol was born on July 25, 1941 in Auburn, Nebraska. She was a daughter of the late George Banks and Blanche (Kipling) Banks. Carol was a den mother for Cub Scouts, a troop leader for the Girl Scouts, a volunteer at the school district, and loved the outdoors. She and her husband are members at Grace Lutheran Church. In addition to her husband she is survived by: Two daughters: Cynthia Wilkinson, wife of Kevin, of Pottstown, Penn.; and Denise Mathias, wife of Chris, of Pottstown, Penn. One son: Ronald Frick, Jr., of Honolulu, Hawaii. One sister: Janet Knipe of Nebraska. Two brothers: Dennis Banks, husband of Claudia, of North Carolina; and Thomas Banks, husband of Jo, of Minneapolis A funeral service was held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N Charlotte St, Pottstown, PA 19464. Interment followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown, Penn. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Grace Lutheran Church in Carol’s honor. Houck & Gofus Funeral Home, Inc. 955 N. Charlotte St. Pottstown, PA 19464 are handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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