Nemaha Herald

Annetta Pauline Hitzemann, 95, of Tecumseh, (formerly of rural Elk Creek), passed away October 14, 2014 at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh, Nebraska. She was born to George W. and Bertha Pauline (Geyer) Burow in rural Nemaha County, Nebraska. She was baptized March 23, 1919 and confirmed September 18, 1932 at St. James Lutheran Church, rural Humboldt. Annetta attended Grove School in rural Nemaha County through the eighth grade. She was united in marriage to Elmer Hitzemann on September 5, 1940 at St. James Lutheran Church. To this union two children were born, LaVelle and Dianne. Annetta was an involved homemaker and farm wife. She also worked outside of her home as a cook at the Elk Creek Public School and at Scotty’s Grocery in Elk Creek. Annetta loved quilting, baking, (she will be especially remembered for her coconut cream pie), vegetable and fruit gardening, and raising flowers both inside and outside of her home. In her earlier years, Annetta taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and she was a very active member of the Mary/Martha Circle of the WELCA at St. James Lutheran Church. Annetta was a longtime member of the Tracy-Bates American Legion Auxiliary of Elk Creek. When her health declined Annetta moved to Ridgeview Towers in Tecumseh and later transferred to Belle Terrace. Annetta is survived by her son, LaVelle Hitzemann and wife Judy of Hampton; daughter, Dianne Franzen and husband Roger of Beatrice; grandchildren, Scott and Jen Hitzemann, Trista and Craig Newcomb, Andrea and Nate Blackford, Brandon Franzen, Cody and Melissa Franzen, Steve and Jen Arndt and Matt and Angie Arndt, great-grandchildren, Ani and Brody Hitzemann, Dawson Newcomb, Connor and Chloe Blackford, Emmett and Caitlin Franzen, Taylor Riemersma, Dakota and Haven Franzen, Ashlynn and Jacob Arndt and Jaylen, Abbey and Eli Arndt; sister-in-law, Mildred Burow of Tecumseh; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elmer, brother, Arnold Burow and daughter-in-law, Robin Hitzemann. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church, rural Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastors Eric and Amalia Spruth-Janssen officiating. Carolyn Hahn, organist, accompanied congregational hymns, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, “Beautiful Savior” and “Now Thank We All Our God”. Special music was provided by Chaplain Sharon Schuster as she sang, “In The Garden” and Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were Brandon Franzen, Cody Franzen, Scott Hitzemann, Craig Newcomb, Nate Blackford, Steve Arndt and Matt Arndt. Interment was in the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Cemetery, rural Humboldt. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be left @

Robert L. Kratz, age 80, Stella, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society–Auburn. Kratz was born July 13, 1934, at Falls City, son of Bert and Marguret (Chandler) Kratz. He married Dorothy Gibson April 25, 1960, in Falls City and they were divorced in 1987. Kratz was raised in the Falls City area and graduated from Falls City High School in 1952. He was a carpenter for Moss Jones until being drafted into the U.S. Army, where Kratz served from May 28, 1957 to May 12, 1959 and was in the Reserves until 1963. When he returned from the service, Kratz was employed at Frontier Homes, working as plant manager until he was transferred to the Oklahoma location and he lived at Fort Smith, Ark. In 1972, Kratz moved to Humboldt, Neb. and worked as a custodian at the school until 1985. He next moved to Columbia, Mo. and worked in various jobs before moving to Stella in 1993. Kratz was employed with Pony Express Carriers until he retired in 1996. Surviving are two sons, Terry of Hiawatha, Kan. and David L. (Kerri) of Auburn; three daughters, Debbie (Kim) Koerperich of Justin, Texas, Lori (Mark) Adcock of Warrington, Va. and Linda of Stella; a brother, Edwin of Falls City; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Kratz was preceded by his parents and a great-grandchild, Paula Hyde. The funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, with the Rev. John Henderson officiating. Interment will be in the Steele Cemetery. Military graveside honors will be performed by the Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard. Family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, 2303 Harlan St., Falls City. Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, is in charge of arrangements. More information may be found at:

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on October 14, 2014 at 4:00 a.m. in Lincoln, NE. Bart was born September 17, 1937 to Raymond Chandler and Gladys Boatman Chandler on a farm near Nemaha, NE. Bart graduated from Shubert High School, of Shubert, NE in 1955. He traveled all 50 of the United States, parts of Canada, Central America, and Caribbean Islands. He worked hard to care for his wife and family, working at many occupations. Bart relocated to several cities before settling his family in Lincoln, NE in 1976. It seemed that Bart could drive just about anything. To name a few of his occupations: Farming in NemahaCounty, NE; Logging in Willow, AK; Commercial Fishing for Salmon off  the coast of Alaska; Setting Dynamite and driving a Train for Climax Mining near Leadville, CO; and Over The Road Trucking, retiring from Commercial Driving in early 2009. Bart had been in failing health for the past several years. He was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Gladys; brothers Donald and Edward; grandsons Trent and Michael. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; his sister Myrna Georges of Auburn, NE; children Cathleen Jenkins (Bruce) of Omaha, Timothy (Jennifer) of Concord, CA, Jackson (Debora) and Douglas (Shanique) of Lincoln; 6 grandchildren James, Shane, Diane, and Levi of Lincoln, Crystal, and Mackenzie, of Concord, CA and 8 great-grandchildren; manyother family and  friends. 6 There will be no formal service, except private service at a later date in Prairie Union Cemetery, Shubert, NE. Funeral Home assisting Aspen Cremation & Burial Service. Condolences can be sent to the family at