Nemaha Herald


Gloria Henry was born February 3, 1928 and died January 25, 2016. Formerly of Peru, Nebraska; Vermillion, S.D. and Bullhead City, Ariz.; Gloria was currently residing in Elkridge Assisted Living in Elkhorn, Nebraska. She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Danna and Tom Mosser of Elkhorn, Nebraska and Lanna Machmuller of Kearney, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and sister Gerilee Gustason of Sequim, Washington. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Ramon (Dutch) Henry; her son, Jeffrey Lynn Henry; brothers Bill and Dale; and sisters Jane and Maxine. Gloria was a fascinating and innovative woman. Besides being a wonderful mother and terrific partner to her husband Dutch, Gloria helped Dutch manage the Peru Hunt Club for 25 years and the Henry Fish Market. Later Gloria helped run and manage their company, Big River Construction. Gloria obtained her college bachelor of science degree in teaching at the age of 44. At age 50 she earned a cosmetology degree, opening her own salon Gloria’s Kut and Kurl. Her children and grandchildren remember her as a wonderful seamstress, cook, 4-H instructor, Cub Scout leader, and loving mother and grandmother. A positive role model who will be missed. The family wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to Serene Care Hospice for their wonderful care of Mom. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 12 at Reichmuth Funeral Home, 21901 W. Maple Rd. in Elkhorn, Nebraska. A luncheon will follow the service. There will be no visitation. Internment will be at the Peru Cemetery at a later date.


Bernita Caroline (Goos) Heidzig, one of 10 children of William August and Caroline F. (Beckmann) Goos, was born June 9, 1928 in Elk Creek, Nebraska. She attended rural school until she was needed to help with things at home. On April 13, 1947 Bea, as she was affectionately known, was married to James Leland Hoover at St. Paul (Stutheit) Church south of Johnson, Nebraska. They were blessed with two sons, Richard and Robert. The couple later divorced. On September 22, 1954 she was united in marriage to Wilbur Henry Heidzig at her grandmother’s home in Auburn, Nebraska. Wilbur’s two sons, Gailen and Robert, became a part of Bea’s family at that time. Bea’s first job was as a nurse for Dr. Tushla in Auburn. She next worked at the sewing factory in Auburn for almost 20 years. When she and Wilbur purchased a farm Bea helped with the farm work. Bea next worked at a downtown bar in Auburn before opening Bea’s Tavern in south Auburn in the 1970’s, which she operated for close to 20 years. Even after she sold the bar, she enjoyed spending time there with old and new customers. She was queen of the shuffleboard table, and was seldom defeated at the game. Bea was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, and also belonged to the Auburn Eagles Club and VFW Auxiliary. She was a faithful sponsor of a bowling team in Auburn. In her spare time Bea enjoyed crocheting or just hanging out at home with Roscoe, her dog. Bea passed away at her home in Auburn on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the age of 87 years, 7 months, and 22 days. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur, brothers Arthur, Theodore, Wilbert, Herbert, Frederich, Walter, and sisters Josephine Schmiegelow and Olga Hantak. Bea is survived by her sons Richard Hoover of Lincoln; Robert and wife Cindy Hoover of Auburn; grandchildren Chad and wife Angie Hoover; Dana Hoover and friend Matt Tillman; great-grandchildren Mackenzi, Breslynn, Avery, Dylan, and Kole; sister Adeline Kuhlmann of McCook; many other relatives and many friends. A memorial service will be Saturday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial of ashes will be at a later date at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation, no viewing, will be at the funeral home Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family greeting friends 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.


Marilyn June Willis was born August 17, 1939 in Aspinwall, Nebraska, which is now a part of Auburn. She was the daughter of Sidney Leonard and Ella Darlene (Cook) Byrom and lived in Auburn before moving to Nebraska City. Marilyn married Lowell Alan Willis June 25, 1959 in Nebraska City. Alan died December 27, 1991. Marilyn worked at the Pendleton Factory in Nebraska City for 34 years before she retired. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. Survivors include her son, Michael Alan Willis and wife Sarah of Ankeny, Iowa; daughters, Brenda Blair and husband James of Swan, Iowa and Jennifer Murray and husband Jason of Nebraska City; five grandchildren; sister, Glenda Palmer of Auburn; brother Sidney Byrom of Springfield, Missouri; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, James Alan Willis; sisters, Alice Gerber and Donna Henson; father in law and mother in law, Alvin and Dorothy Willis and step mother in law, Doris Willis. Marilyn died January 28, 2016 at Duff’s Memorial Home in Nebraska City at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 11 days. Funeral services were held Monday, February 1, 2016 at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with Terry Weible offering words of comfort. Memorials are suggested to Duff’s Memorial Home. Online condolences may be expressed at Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Wyuka Cemetery at Nebraska City.