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Thanks To Everyone
I want to take this time to thank everyone over the years that notify us of the passing of friends and coworkers. This newsletter works because of everyone out there that notify us of their passing so we can notify others. I thank you ALL for your help making this newsletter work. Thank you ALL…have a Happy New Year and stay healthy and safe…Gordy and former ePostmaster George Parkerson.


Bill Brink notified us tonight of the passing of Arlo D. Olsen. Arlo retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies on 3/27/1997 with 37 years of service. Bill remember that Arlo worked on the switchboard stranders in the 1970s with him and he also worked in cable repair. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/arlo-olsen-obituary?id=31996780

Arlo D. Olsen
February 4, 1936 – December 18, 2021

Survived by wife Donna; children: Karen Keeler (Randy), Chris Olsen (Christi), Caryl Cox (Tom), and Laura Melendy (Mike); grandchildren: Cathleen, Sean, Becca, Josh, Maddie, Eric, and Katie; great-grandchildren: Cole, Charli, and Brynlee; brother, Verlyn Olsen (Norma); loving dog Bailey; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceded by parents, Floyd and Velma Olsen; sister Norma; and brother Ronnie.

Private Family Services. Memorials are suggested to: Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska, P.O. Box 126, Boys Town, NE 68010 or GRRIN.org.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home
7909 Mormon Bridge Rd.
Omaha, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Mary F. Weberg. Mary retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 5/14/1987 with 29 years of service. https://www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Mary-Weberg/#!/Obituary

Mary Frances Weberg
January 5, 1928 – December 25, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Mary Frances Weberg of Bennington, Nebraska, who passed away on December 25, 2021, at the age of 93, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Mary Frances Weberg or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service.

She was predeceased by : her husband Albert. She is survived by : her sons, Albert (Marcia) and Glenn (Suzanne). She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral service 10:30 AM Friday, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bennington. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 5-7 PM at the funeral home in Bennington. Memorials to the family for later designation.

Hadan-Golden-Reichmuth Mortuary
15303 S 2nd St
Bennington, NE

Vern Larson notified us of the passing of Paul Kennedy. Paul retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 10/2/1989 with around 30 years of service. https://www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Paul-Kennedy-8/#!/Obituary

Paul Dean Kennedy
Age 80 – December 22, 2021

Paul D. Kennedy, 80, of Mead, passed away 12/22/21. Preceded in death by parents Harry & Carolyn and sister Dale D. “Tink”. Survived by significant other Nancy Swanson, daughters; Cheryl & Duane Johnson of Mead, and Candy & Chad Johnson of Wichita, KS, grandchildren; Kristina & Brett Nardoni, Dr. Olivia Johnson, and her fiancé Dr. Brian Bayer, Victoria & Boston Rew, Sheldon Johnson, Kennedy Johnson, and Lainey Johnson, siblings; Gaylene & Neal Wentworth of Franklin, NE, Jim & Marlene Kennedy of Omaha, and Joe & Peg Kennedy of North Carolina.

Funeral service 11 AM Wednesday at the Yutan Country Club, 1581 Yutan Rd., with visitation one hour prior. Interment with military honors at Hollst Lawn Cemetery, Yutan. Memorials to the Country Club or the Yutan American Legion.

Reichmuth Funeral Homes – Yutan
409 4th St.
Yutan, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Mauricette L. (Prettyman) “Frenchie” Albin. Frenchie started at the Omaha Works with Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T with 28 years of service.

Mauricette L. (Prettyman) “Frenchie” Albin
Age 95 – December 21, 2021

Retiree of Western Electric. Preceded in death by first husband, Richard Prettyman, Sr.; and second husband, Albert Albin. Survived by son, Rev. Richard (Beverly) Prettyman; daughter, Michele (David) Foote; 8 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews in France.

GATHERING of Family and Friends: Tuesday, December 28, 1-4pm at Bethany Funeral Home. Private Interment in Graceland Cemetery.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME
82nd & Harrison
LaVista, NE
(402) 593-6100 | bethanyfuneralhome.co


Kenneth Olson notified us of the passing of Rosemary J. Clair. Rose retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 2/20/1990 with 30 years of service.

Rosemary J. Clair
January 25,1938 – December 23, 2021

Rosemary was preceded in death by daughter, Robin Wuster and son, Alfred Clair, Jr.

Survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Alfred Clair, Sr; daughters Nancy (Jim) Stillmunks, Susan (Rick) Sandhoefner, Becky Grell and Nancy (Matt) Kovack; sons Steven (Cheri) Brown and Gary Clair; sister Bonnie Zrust, brother Steven Stuchlik, daughter-in-law JoAnn Clair; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Thursday, Dec 30th, 2:00pm at John A. Gentleman Mortuary, 14151 Pacific St, Omaha, NE

John A. Gentleman Mortuary
14151 Pacific St
Omaha, NE

Gene Bielenberg and Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Donald L. Hotchkiss. Don retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies on 7/10/1997 with 39 years of service. The both thought that Don worked in production control at the Omaha Works.

Donald L. Hotchkiss
September 15, 1936 – November 18, 2021

Donald passed away surrounded with love and family at his home, Thursday, November 18, 2021. Donald served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958 and in February of 1960 married his best friend Pat Day, together they raised two children, Jodie and Todd. Donald enjoyed traveling, golf, bowling and an occasional casino.

Donald is preceded in death by his siblings, Larry, Jeanne, Helen and Bill.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years Pat; son, Todd (Linda)Hotchkiss, daughter, Jodie (John) Cieslik; grand children, Ben, Alex and Ethan Hotchkiss, Brooke(Ryan)Gardner and Meredith Cieslik.

Gathering with friends and family Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 2pm to 4pm at Braman Mortuary 72nd St Chapel.

In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to
Asera Care Hospice – https://regions.billeriq.com/ebpp/AmedisysFoun/
or
Holt International – https://www.holtinternational.org/ways-to-give/

BRAMAN MORTUARY & CREMATION SERVICES
N. 72ND STREET
Omaha, NE

Loretta Thimgan notified us this evening of the passing of Garry E. Thoms. Gary retired from the Omaha Works on 2/8/1990 under ATA&T with 30 years of service. Loretta remembered that Garry worked in the cable plant. https://marcysvoboda.com/obituaries/garry-e-thoms/

Garry E. Thoms
Decemmber 11, 1941 – November 18, 2021

Garry E. Thoms, 79 of Ashland, NE passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021 at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 11, 1941 on the family farm near Ithaca, NE to Harry and Suzie (Schmidt) Thoms.

Garry worked for Western Electric and AT&T for 30 years as a cableman. He also farmed in the Memphis and Mead areas. On August 21, 1959 he married Judy Stewart, from this union a daughter was born, Paula, the two later divorced. He was united in marriage on February 15, 1992 in Yutan, NE to Elbira Velez.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of the AT&T Pioneers Club.

Garry is survived by his daughter, Paula (Bob) Akers; grandsons, Dylan (Natalie) Akers, Dalton (Kelsey) Akers; great-grandchildren, Finley Akers, Emmitt Akers; nephew, Dale Thoms; stepdaughter, Lori (Mike) Mills; step-grandson, Owen Mills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elbira Thoms; former wife, Judy Thoms; brother and sister-in-law, Duane (LaVonne) Thoms.

Funeral Service, Monday, November 22, 2021 ~ 11:00 a.m. Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at a later date at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery ~ Greenwood, Nebraska

Visitation, Sunday, November 21, 2021 ~ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Memorials
In care of the family for future designations.

Marcy Mortuary
104 N. 15th Street
Ashland, NE

Vern Larson and Pam Cerny notified us of the passing of Jerry M. Fitzgerald. Jerry reitred from the Omaha Works on 9/6/1999 under Lucent Technologies with 40 years of service. https://heafeyheafey.com/jerry-m-fitzgerald/ To view a live broadcast of Funeral Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

Jerry M. Fitzgerald
October 9, 1941 – November 17, 2021

Jerry Michael Fitzgerald, (AKA Jeremiah Michael James Fitzgerald Jr.) born in Paris, Illinois on October 9, 1941. He left earth for the loving arms of Jesus on November 17, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jerry’s Uncle Jim gave him a harmonica when he was five years old. A few minutes later, out came a song he had heard on the radio earlier that day. Jerry went on to master the piano, guitar, banjo, fiddle, accordion, etc…mostly self-taught. He loved to play for his friends and family. Jerry played guitar and sang in numerous bands including Wildwoods, Vigilantes, and High Valley Drifters. If it was old and country, he knew it and memorized over 500 songs. Jerry also wrote many of his own songs including Picture on the Wall and Carolina Moon.

He loved his family, Harleys, hats, and his dogs. His guitar collection would put the biggest rock stars to shame. God gave Jerry many gifts, and he was not afraid to use them for good. You could call him a triple threat in some sense with his hard-working family man ethics, his ability to entertain and make everyone in the room be glad they were there, not to mention his rugged good looks. Jerry also loved to give away guitars to the next generations because of his love of music and how grateful he was to have found his talent and used it at a young age.

He also loved camping and travel and spent many summer and winter vacations traveling the United States and later the world. Jerry absolutely loved going to Sturgis, South Dakota with his nephews and friends. He also spent many Christmases dressed up in his Santa suit for all his young nieces and nephews in Paris, Il. One of his last visits to Charleston, South Carolina, where he spent many winters after retirement, he rode his Harley in the Santa suit showing up at events to greet everyone as Jolly St. Nick.

Jerry worked 40 years at Western Electric, was President of the Pioneers Club, Auctioneer, and Lead Singer and Guitarist in multiple bands . Music was part of his life every day and he loved to entertain his family and friends. He was a bell ringer for Salvation Army, served at Boys and Girls Club, and member of St. Gerald Catholic Church.

Forever remembered by his loving wife, Linda Fitzgerald; sister, Rosemary Hopper; daughters: Peggy Hattam (Paul), Rose Burke (Jeff), Kelly Fowler (Judge); grandchildren: Heather McShannon (Nick), Aubrey Mitchell (William), Taylor Lamb (Aaron), Shannon Tipton (Jon), MacKenzie Fowler; great-grandchildren: Nevaeh McShannon, Abraham and Clementine Mitchell and Lindsey Lamb; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Marguerite Fitzgerald; brothers: Jack, Patrick, Paul Fitzgerald; sister, Joan Larimer; daughter, Jerretta Fitzgerald; grandson, Joshua Hattam.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 19th from 5pm to 7pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 20that 10am, all at West Center Chapel. Interment: Calvary Cemetery on Monday, November 22nd at 11am. Memorials are suggested to Toys for Tots.
HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER
West Center Chapel,
7805 W. Center Rd.
Omaha, NE
www.heafeyheafey.com

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of David A. Vojteck. David retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 3/31/1992 with 35 years of service. Darrel remembered that David worked in the tool room. https://heafeyheafey.com/david-a-vojtech/

David A. Vojtech
November 7, 1929 – November 1, 2021

Preceded in death by wife, Marian; parents, James and Alice; brother, Leon; sister, Carol. Survived by sister, Janice (John); sons: Kenneth (Pam), Robert (Colleen), and Jeffrey (Patricia); eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; seven step grandchildren; seven step great-grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, and friends.

David was born on the family farm in Morse Bluff, Nebraska on November 7, 1929. Just to the north, across the Platte River, David was raised and grew up on his parents’ farmstead a mile north of North Bend, Nebraska. Dave graduated from North Bend High School in 1947. He worked for the telephone company as a lineman. In 1948 Dave finished studies at Electronic Radio Television Institute in Omaha.

On June 25, 1949, he married the love of his life, Marian Peterson. They made residence in Scribner, Nebraska, then later moved into Holy Ghost Parish in South Omaha and Dave began his 34-year career at the Western Electric Plant on 120th and Center Street. In 1960 Dave and Marian moved to Ralston where they raised their three sons.

From farmer to engineer, Dave quietly demonstrated the importance of hard work and perseverance. The lesson taught was: You have to work for whatever it is you want to attain. While at Western Electric, during his lunch hour, he joined a makeshift band, playing his trumpet—this continued until recently. Dave and Marian joined a singing group from work and for 35 years sang together, bringing joy to people in nursing homes around the Omaha area. He enjoyed the “old tunes” for the rest of his life, singing them from memory even to his last days.

Dave loved his family. The lesson he exemplified was unconditional love: God/faith first, and love your family members no matter what happens in life. Along with his morning devotional, David drove to daily Mass for as long as he could; when that was no longer possible, he watched church on television. Weekend and Christmas trips to North Bend to visit his parents and Fremont to see his grandfather were commonplace.

David taught his children many life lessons by example. He was so kind to everyone he met, often beginning with a simple “hi” and continuing on parting with “nice talking with you”…no one a stranger. Dave was active in the Ralston community coaching youth baseball and golfing in the St. Gerald golf league and with dear friends or whomever wanted to shoot a round. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. Maintaining and repairing cars was a Saturday activity when needed. His handyman skills were somewhat creative (some jerry-rigging), yet durable. David was very involved at St. Gerald Church, where he and Marian made many lifelong friends. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus.

Dave was a loving and devoted husband to Marian. When she was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s, he took care of her at home for about eight to nine years. He would dress her, put on her makeup and earrings, and take her places to walk to stimulate her mind, in addition to all the caregiving needs in between. He missed her every day since she went home to be with the Lord.

David will be so deeply missed. Thank you, Lord, for this honorable, respectful, loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather.

VISITATION: Friday, Nov. 19th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, Nov. 20th at 10am at St. Gerald Lakeview Chapel, 7859 Lakeview St. in Ralston. Interment, Westlawn-Hillcrest, followed by luncheon at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St. in Ralston. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Gerald Catholic Church or Josie Harper Hospice House.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries & Crematory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Doris W. Widtfeldt. Doris retired from the Omaha Works under Western Electric on 6/1/1982 with 25 years of service. Darrel remembered that Doris worked in production control. https://heafeyheafey.com/doris-w-widtfeldt/

Doris W. Widtfeldt
June 11, 1922 – October 22, 2021

Preceded in death by husband, Dana B. “Woody” Widtfeldt; son, Thomas Widtfeldt. Survived by sons, Jerry Widtfeldt (Debra), Robert Widtfeldt (Connie); daughter-in-law, Diane Widtfeldt; 8 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

VIGIL SERVICE: Tuesday, October 26th at 7pm at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, October 27th at 10:30am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive. Interment: Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries & Crematory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, NE

Jane Peters posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of John M. Schenkelberg. John was listed in 1999 in our records as a Sr. Production Sp. on 2rd shift with 21 years of service at that time. We have no other records about John after that date. From his obit it states that he retired from AT&T with 30 years of service. https://www.johnagentleman.com/obituaries/John-M-Schenkelberg?obId=22701940#/obituaryInfo

John M. Schenkelberg
July 22, 1953 – October 16, 2021

John M. Schenkelberg passed away October 16, 2021. John was born July 22, 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from UNO with an Associate degree. He worked for 30 years as a long-distance operator for AT&T.
He was a member of Blessed Sacrament/St. Philip Neri in Omaha. John’s happy go lucky, maybe a little crazy attitude was enjoyed by many. His greatest joys were his grandchildren, family, friends, and hunting. He shared his smile and quirky jokes to make others feel good.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cecilia and Bernard, His brother’s Lambert, Gilbert, Bernie, Dick S. and Dick C.
He is survived by children Andi (Scott) Brewer, Becky (Joe) DeMilt. Grandchildren Samantha, Logan, Dylan, TJ, Lucas, Marley, and Tabitha along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Visitation Friday, October 22, 2021 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Wake Service Friday, October 22, 2021 7:00PM

John A. Gentleman Mortuaries – 72nd Street Chapel
1010 North 72nd Street
Omaha, NE

Pam McClure posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Marcia J. Halac. Marcia would have retired from the Omaha Works under Avaya with 30 years of service. We don’t have a retirement date for Marcia in our records. https://www.klsfuneralhome.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=2879&locid=#.YXD2-BrMKUk

Marcia J. Halac
June 17, 1943 – October 17, 2021

We are sad to announce that on October 17, 2021, at the age of 78, Marcia J. Halac (Omaha, Nebraska) passed away. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Marcia J. Halac to pay them a last tribute.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Bert Stevens and Margaret Stevens; and her brother Richard Stevens. She is survived by : her husband Bob Halac; her children, Mike Halac and Dana Halac; her grandchildren, Brandon, Cem, Elisa, Annalena and Demi; and her great grandchild Brock. She is also survived by 3 brothers; 4 sisters; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 27th 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel (5108 F St, Omaha, NE 68117). A vigil service will be held on Wednesday, October 27th 2021 at 7:00 PM at the same location. A mass of christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 28th 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church (5223 Q St, Omaha, NE 68117).

Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel
5108 F Street
Omaha, NE

Edie Riester posted on the AT&T facebook page the passing of Bradley T. (Brad) Peteresen. We don’t know when Brad left the Omaha Works it was most likely after Lucent Technolgies spin off the Omaha Works to Avaya. Edie stated that on November 5, 2021 between 5 -7 pm there would be a visitation and memorial at Heafy Hoffmann Dworak Cutler You can check this link for the complete notice later https://heafeyheafey.com/bradley-t-petersen/

Bradley T. Petersen
March 12, 1954 – October 5, 2021
Vertern

Arrangements pending; complete notice later.
You can check this link for the complete notice later https://heafeyheafey.com/bradley-t-petersen/

Heafy Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Morturaries & Creamatory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, NE

Judy Stroy posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of her husband Philip Charles Stroy. Phil retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T with 21 years of service. Phil was a machinist at the Works and retired to return to the family farm. https://www.fusselmanallenharvey.com/obituary/philip-stroy

Philip Charles Stroy
October 29, 1946 – October 05, 2021

Philip Charles Stroy age 74 of Murdock, Nebraska passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home. He was born on October 29, 1946 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Elbert and Lorna (Stoller) Stroy.

Phil grew up on the family farm in rural Murdock, Nebraska and graduated from Murdock High School in 1964. He was united in marriage to Judy Casteel on January 6, 1967 at the First United Methodist Church in Louisville, Nebraska. Together they raised two sons, John and Mike. He went to work for Western Electric which later became AT&T. During his years with them, he obtained his Federal Dept. of Labor Machinist Journeyman Licenses. After 21 years, he left AT&T and returned to his family’s farming operation.

Phil had a love for motorcycles and his 1966 Super Sport Chevelle when he young. Farming was not only his job, but his passion. He enjoyed caring for the land and carrying on his family legacy. He also had a love for trap shooting. Phil was actively involved in the local trap league as a coordinator, along with coaching the local Louisville Jr/Sr. High School Trap Team for several years. He and Judy enjoyed time together at their cabin in Canada, where he enjoyed fishing and relaxing. He also enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips throughout the years.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, served on the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Board, including serving as Cemetery Treasurer, was a Leader for LYF, and Cub Scouts. Phil enjoyed spending time with his family including many trips to the Burwell Rodeo.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Stroy of Murdock, NE, sons, John (Rosetta) Stroy of Murdock, NE, Mike (Stephanie) Stroy of Louisville, NE, grandchildren, Brent (Lindsey) Staack, Brittany (Joel) Wiley, Wyatt Stroy, Nolan Stroy and Ella Stroy, great grandchildren, Adam Staack, Sloan Wiley, and Brielle Wiley, sisters, Carol Boes of San Mateo, CA, Peggy (George) Mills of Raymond, NE and Marilyn Kerans of Louisville, NE, one niece, six nephews and two brother-in-laws Elliot Casteel, Tom Casteel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and two brother-in-laws Bill Boes and Danny Kerans.

Funeral Services will be Monday, October 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, NE with Rev. Brent Kuhlman officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 1-4 PM at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home in Louisville, resuming from 5-8 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church where the family will greet friends.

A luncheon will follow the Funeral Service at the Cass County Fair Grounds, all are welcome to attend.

Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery or Elmwood Rescue Squad.

Arrangements by
Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home
Louisville, NE

Edith O’Hara
MARCH 12, 1933 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

Edith O’Hara, 88, of Grand Junction, Colorado, passed away peacefully on September 10, due to heart disease.
Edith was born on March 12, 1933, to Vern Snodgrass and Iola Bertolini in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended grade school in Stella, Nebraska, and in 1950, married her husband of 50 years, Marty O’Hara. She was a lifelong Nebraska resident until her daughter was blessed to have her in Colorado in 2020.

Edith will be remembered for her love of bingo, crochet, and spending time with her family. She gave a lot of herself to everyone.

She is predeceased by husband, Marty O’Hara; brother, Russell Snodgrass, and sisters, Doris Bailey and Shirley Sohnleitner. Edith is survived by daughter, Sharon Eiland; son, Kevin (Kim) O’Hara; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held October 24, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., at Lakeside Hills, 17040 Francis Street, Omaha, NE, 68130.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab of Moab, Utah.

Callahan Edfast Mortuary
Funeral services & cemeteries
2515 Patterson Rd,
Grand Junction, CO

It was reported on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Sandra Kay Barnes. Sandy retired from the Omaha Works on 12/31/2005 from CommScope with 36 years of service. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/sandra-barnes-10373735

Sandra Kay Barnes
March 22, 1948 – September 26, 2021

Preceded in death by parents Jack Barnes and Pauline Barnes-Anderson. Survived by siblings Christine (Harry) Blusys, Jackie (Bill) Jones, David (Debra) Barnes, Lisa Barnes; the Monahan & McWilliam’s families; Maggie McWilliams; many nieces, nephews, friends; and friends of Bill W. Celebration of Life will be Sat, Oct 2, at 11am at the Omaha Firefighters Hall (6005 Grover St.). In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sandy’s name can be made to the Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland (PO Box 554 Boys Town, NE 68010).

Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home
5701 Center ST
Omaha, NE

Ernest j Wesolowski and Frank R. Vondra Jr. notices us of the passing of Doris N. Ettlin. Doris retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies on 2/8/1996 with 37 years of service. Doris was a good friend of Ernies and they both were members of Lodge 45 “Better Life in Omaha”. https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/ne/omaha/doris-c-ettlin-13382454

Doris C. Ettlin
June 9, 1933 – September 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Doris C. Ettlin (Omaha, Nebraska), who passed away on September 16, 2021, at the age of 88, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

She was loved and cherished by many people including : her daughter Deborah Carson; and her grandchildren, John Blood (Kita), Cassandra Carson and Jessica Carson (Marin Moreno). She was also cherished by 4 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 13th 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home (5108 F St, Omaha, NE 68117).
Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home
5108 F St,
Omaha, NE 68117

Dennis Everman posted to the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Dorothy Mae “Dot” Walter. Dorothy retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 2/9/1995 with 26 years of service. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/fremonttribune/name/dorothy-walter-obituary?pid=200203203

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Walter
October 11, 1932 – September 6, 2021

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Walter, 88, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away Sept. 6, 2021, at Dunklau Gardens in Omaha.

She was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Belden, Nebraska, to Jack and Margaret (Opfer) Wheatley. Dorothy graduated from Hooper High School in 1950. She moved to Fremont in 1961 and married Noel Walter on July 2, 1966, in Fremont. Noel preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1995. Dorothy moved to Omaha in 1996.

Dorothy was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Fremont and attended Stonebridge Church in Omaha. She retired from Lucent Technologies in 1995 and worked at Walmart in Omaha until June 11, 2021. Dorothy had a passion for Husker Football and country music. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Galley) Waninger of Fremont and Jeri Walter of Omaha; brother, David (Sharyn) Marreel of Lincoln; sister, Millie Pawling of Hooper; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marise Wheatley of Thornton, Colorado.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Noel; three sons, Jack, Chuck and David Galley; daughter, Elizabeth Galley Chapin; brother, Charles Wheatley; and sister, Jackie Luther.

Honoring Dorothy’s wishes, a simple graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials may be directed to FurEver Home.

Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser Memorial Chapel
2170 N. Somers Ave.
Fremont,NE

Judy Story notified us this afternoon of the passing of Carl E. Jones. Carl retired from the Omaha Works under CommScope on 9/29/2005 with 40 years of service. Judy remembered Carl as a truck driver in the 30 bldg. *The funeral will be live streamed on the Marcy Mortuary Facebook page. https://marcysvoboda.com/obituaries/3514-2/

Carl E. Jones
Date of Birth
June 15, 1946
Lincoln, Nebraska

Entered into Rest
September 16, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska

Carl E. Jones, 75, of Greenwood, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021. He was born on June 15, 1946 to John and Mary (Woolman) Jones in Lincoln. He was a graduate of Murdock High School, Class of 1964.

He started his career at Western Electric (AT&T) in Omaha that same year. He worked there for 42 years and retired in 2006. On December 4, 1965, he married Nancy (Bergman). To this union they raised two children, Deborah (Jones) Myers of Lincoln and Brian Jones of Greenwood.

Carl was inducted into the Army, December 20, 1965 and Honorably Discharged on December 19, 1967. He served during the Vietnam era. At that time he returned to his job at Western Electric. He later took over the family farm from his father-in-law. He called it his hobby and worked it with Brian until his passing.

Carl was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting. He had many good times with friends and family. Carl was Past Master of the Pomegranate Masonic Lodge in Ashland and was a member of the Sesostris Shrine Temple and served as Secretary of the Platte Valley Shrine Club for over 20 years.

Carl leaves behind his wife, Nancy, of 55 years. His son, Brian. His daughter, Deborah and son-in-law, Jeff and Granddaughter Andrea. He is also survived by his brothers, John Jones and Tom (JaNelle) Jones of Murdock; sister, Elaine (Mike) Royce of Gretna; sister-in-law, Sandy Webb of Texas. Many nieces, nephews and cousins. Close friends, Tom and Chris Rosencrans of Omaha.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Elmer and Irene Bergman; sister-in-law, Colleen Jones; and niece Kim Jones.

Funeral Service Directions
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Cedar Hill United Methodist Church ~ Greenwood, Nebraska
Military Honors by U.S. National Guard & American Legion #129

*The funeral will be live streamed on the Marcy Mortuary Facebook page.

Visitation Directions
Monday, September 20, 2021 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Memorials
Sesostris Shrine or Cedar Hill United Methodist Church ~ Greenwood, Nebraska

Marcy Mortuary
104 N. 15th Street
Ashland, NE 68003

Dick Scott and George Parkerson notified us of the passsing of Marlene Majeski. Marlene retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies with 34 years of service. To view a live broadcast of the Service, and for more information, go to the Funeral Home website.
https://www.klsfuneralhome.com/services.asp?locid=1&page=odetail&id=2855#.YUixRrhKiUk

Marlene J. Majeski
January 9, 1939 – September 19, 2021

Proud Executive Board member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local #1974. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Esther Latimer; brother Lyle Latimer; and sisters, Beverly Cochran and Audrey Vigneri. Survived by husband Robert; children: Diana Ortiz, Robert “Bobby” Majeski, Jr. (Cheryl), Marlene “Janie” Luedtke, and Penny Majeski (Denny Schmidt); grandchildren: Tiffany Majeski-Blake (Amanda), Mandy Majeski, Joanie West, Jimmy West (Katie), Katie Luedtke, Madison Gerken (Chandler), and Jeffrey Luedtke, Jr.; great-grandchildren: Alex, Delaney, Maycee, Bernardo, Ruby, Irelynn, Simon, and Graham; brothers: Robert Latimer, Jerry Latimer, and Terry Latimer; loving neighbors, Donald and Candi Larsen, and Bill and Karen Love; and many other friends.

VISITATION: Wednesday, September 22, at 4:30pm, with MEMORIAL SERVICE at 6pm, all at Funeral Home. Memorials will be directed by the family. To view a live broadcast of the Service, and for more information, go to the Funeral Home website.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
5108 “F” St. 402-731-1234
Omaha, NE 68117

Arnold Lessig notified us of the passing of Connie Velasquez. Connie retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 10/24/1991 with 30 years of service. Arnold remembered working with her in the cable plant raw material lab.
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/connie-velasquez-obituary?id=6497524

Connie Velasquez
July 13, 1937 – September 13, 2021

Preceded in death by son, Robert Velasquez. Survived by husband of 62 years, Filipe Velasquez; children, Anthony Velasquez (Rita) and Felicia

Velasquez; niece, Jesse Ramirez; nephews, Moochie, Phillip and David Otero; many other family and friends. She loved them all dearly.

VISITATION Friday, September 17th, beginning at 9am followed by 10am FUNERAL SERVICE at the Funeral Home. Memorials will be directed by the family.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ
FUNERAL HOME
5108 “F” Street |

Lois Hagen notified us of the passing of Walter A. Wolff.
30 years service

Walter A Wolff 98
Port Charlotte, FL formerly of Council Bluffs, IA
March 5, 1923 to September 13, 2021
Walter retired in 1986
Survived by: Sigrid (Richard) Stoufer, Kathryn (Mark) Tech, George (Lynda) Wolff, Grand Children, Great Grandchildren and loving companion Lois Hagen.

Gene Bielenberg notified us of the passing of Danny “Dan” Allen. Dan retired from the Omaha Works under Avaya with 38 years of service.
https://www.bramanmortuary.com/obituaries/Dan-Allen-3/#!/Obituary

Danny “Dan” R. Allen
August 13,1943 ~ September 12, 2021

Survived by wife, LuJean Allen; daughters, Jolene and her husband Mike Penton, Becky and her husband Matt Nelson and grand daughter Leah.
Visitation will be held 5pm-7pm Friday, September 17, 2021 at Braman Mortuary 72nd Street Chapel. With a private family service at a later date.

Masks required

Braman Mortuary & Cremation Services
1702 N. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68114

A number of friends of notified us of the the passing of Benard “Bernie” Stopak. Bernie retired from the Omaha Works in 2006 with 30 years of service. Bernie was a former president of I.B.E.W. Local 1974. https://www.klsfuneralhome.com/services.asp?locid=1&page=odetail&id=2851#.YUKG9bhKiUk

Bernard V. Stopak
February 14, 1951 – September 13, 2021

Bernard V. Stopak, 70

Preceded in death by mother Helen Stopak; brother Billy.

Survived by daughter Sarah Shortle; granddaughter Carley; brother Dennis (Tammy); loving companion Sue Davis.

Family requests that guests wear Yankee gear in memory of Bernard.

Visitation Schedule Friday, September 17, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel

Memorial Contributions
Tangier Shrine Center
2823 South 84th Street
Omaha, NE 68124

Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel
5108 F Street
Omaha, NE 68117


A friend notified us of the passing of Shirley J. Reed. Shirley retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 2/8/1990. https://roedermortuary.com/shirley-j-reed/


Shirley J. Reed
8/23/1937 – 9/1/2021
Age 84 – Preceded in death by her husband; Edward Reed, Sr.; mother, Hazel Shelby; brother, Raymond Jordan, Sr.; grandson, Edward “Lil Man” Reed III and great grandson, James “Carlo” Reed. Survived by her children, Edward Reed, Jr., Darlene Weaver, Robin Poindexter, Kim Lessley, Shawna Reed; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; a host of other loving family and friends.

Visitation: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday (9/15/2021) at Roeder Mortuary – Ames Chapel. Funeral Service: 10:00 AM Thursday (9/16/2021) at Roeder Mortuary, 4932 Ames Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska. Burial at Omaha National Cemetery.

Roeder Mortuary, Inc.
Ames Chapel
4932 Ames Ave
Omaha, NE

Philip Alexander posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Helen Mae Alexander. Helen started at the Goddard, Kansas center in 1987 and retired from the Omaha Works in 2011 with 25 years of service when the Omaha Works closed.

Helen Mae Alexander
November 21, 1963 – August 24, 2021

Helen Mae Alexander, age 57, of Amorita, Oklahoma, passed away August 24, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska after a brave and lengthy battle with breast cancer and sarcoma of the lung.

Helen was born November 21, 1963, In Kiowa, Kansas to William Alexander, Jr. and Mary Katherine (Stewart) Alexander. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1982 and Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1987. After college, Helen lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma area and then Wichita, Kansas for many years. She started working for AT&T in Goddard, Kansas until she transferred to Omaha, Nebraska in February 1993. She continued working for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya, and Connectivity Solutions until the factory was shut down.

After that she returned home to Oklahoma and assisted her mom in her final years. She then continued helping others in the community until returning to Omaha the final time for treatment in 2020.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mary Alexander and her brother Mike. Also, by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is survived by her brothers, Gary Alexander and wife, Rhonda of Cimarron, Kansas and Philip Alexander and wife Lisabet of Gretna, Nebraska, her nieces and nephews and their children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, September 5th at 4 p.m. at Driftwood Christian Church and interment following at Byron – Amorita Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Driftwood Christian Church in Cherokee, OK, or Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, NE. www.hospicehouseomaha.org

John Symonsbergen notified us of the passing of James Rhode. James retired from the Omaha Works under Avaya with 36 years of service. https://www.klsfuneralhome.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=2830&locid=0#.YRvVU4hKiUk

James F. Rhode
November 12, 1944 – August 14, 2021
James F. Rhode, Age 76

Preceded in death by parents George and Blanche Rhode; brother George Rhode; sisters Blanche Krepel, Pauline Wusterhauser and Betty Dziedzic.

Survived by wife of 51 years, Wanda Rhode; sons James E. Rhode and Robert A. (Wendy) Rhode; 2 grandchildren, Justin and Brooklynn; sister-in-law Helena Rhode; nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, 1pm, Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Chapel. VISITATION: Thursday 11:30am til time of service. Interment: Hillcrest Cemetery.

Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home
5108 F Street
Omaha, NE

Gene Bielenberg notified us of the passing of Bernard W. Gibb. Bernard retired from the Omaha Works under Avaya on 8/31/2001 with 38 years of service. It was mentioned that he worked in the cable plant. https://funeralinnovations.com/obituary/598573/Bernard-Gibb/

BERNARD W. GIBB
February 15, 1942 – August 06, 2021

Bernard Willis Gibb, age 79, the son of Bernard W. Sr. and Patricia (Downs) Gibb, was born February 15, 1942 in Omaha, Nebraska. He passed away August 6, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bernard is survived by his sons: Sean Gibb (Kelly Kuehl), Kelsey Gibb (Nancy); grandchildren: Ryan Gibb (Andrea), Collin Gibb, Chase Gibb, Mallory Smolinski; brothers: Dick Gibb, Jon Gibb (Darinda); mother of his children, Constance Gibb-Farrow; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Bernard Sr. and Patricia Gibb; son, Patrick Gibb; brother, Jim Gibb; sister, Debbie Gibb.
MEMORIAL SERVICE 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 13, 2021 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
Visitation 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
Inurnment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home
7909 Mormon Bridge Road
Omaha, NE 68152

Thomas Matthew White
June 12, 1963 – July 22, 2021

Tom was born on June 12, 1963 in Elgin, Illinois. He lived in the suburbs of Chicago until age 8, when he moved to Omaha, Nebraska with his mother, brother, and sister. He continued to visit his father in Illinois during the summer months. His father remarried and had a son. Tom loved to go camping and fishing with his younger brother, and kept that tradition of yearly, family, camping trips to Door County, Wisconsin, throughout his adult life until the last few years.

As Tom got older, he loved motor cross racing and sailing. He attended Westside High School and graduated in 1981 and furthered his education at Southeast Community College in Milford. He graduated from Southeast in 1984. He became a tool and die maker and was hired by AT&T, which later became Connectivity Solutions. After many unexpected twists and turns in the road of life, it was there that he met the love of his life, Linda, in 2004.

Eventually, they combined their families, his three children and her two. He attended all their activities and was a very loving and supportive father. Tom was a diligent worker, but was forced to find another job when the factory closed in 2010. He had a few more jobs, leading to the discovery for the need of a double bi-pass at age 48. He made a full recovery and began working at Novartis in Lincoln for two years, until he was offered a job closer to home at Kellogg’s. He enjoyed each and every job along the way, meeting new co-workers, many who remained close friends. In the latter part of his employment at Kellogg’s, he noticed a difficulty with the function of his hands.

After numerous doctor appointments, he was finally diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in June of 2016. Following the devastating news, he continued to work as long as physically possible, knowing he would never get to enjoy his plans for retiring someday. Slowly over the years, he lost the use of his legs, his voice, his arms, his hands, and finally the ability to breathe without the aid of a machine, but he never gave up hope for a cure. He lived each day with courage and strength and somehow kept his sense of humor. He dearly loved his family, his three little doggies and his loving wife, who devoted herself to his care until the end. He touched the lives of everyone he met, especially those in the medical field that walked this journey with him. He was truly an inspiration.

Tom is preceded in death by father, John P. White; mother, Virginia and step-father, Paul Thomsen; sister-in-law, Denise White. Survived by his loving wife, Linda D. White; children, Garith White, Matthew White, Jessi (Bronson) Marsh, Brandon Book, Kayla (Conor) Schnell; Granddaughters, Savannah White, Penelope White; sister, Holly (Myron) Peterson; brothers, Roger White, Randy (Katie) White; Stepmother, Linda K. White; brothers-in-law, Don (Sharron) Warner, Larry (Patty) Warner; sisters-in-law, Diana (Bill) Hutcheson, Cheryl (Dave) Japp; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A memorial scholarship in his name will be later established for a trade school.

Family will receive friends AUG 14. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CST) Reichmuth Funeral Home – Omaha / Elkhorn, NE
Memorial Service AUG 14. 11:00 AM (CST) Reichmuth Funeral Home – Omaha / Elkhorn, NE

Reichmuth Funeral Home – Omaha / Elkhorn
21901 W. Maple Rd
Elkhorn, NE

Dan Lindblad notified us of the passing ow Emily Lorraine Weible. Emily retired from the Omaha Works on8/18/1999 under Lucent Technologies with 31 years of service. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/emily-weible-obituary?id=6217474

Emily Lorraine Weible
January 6, 1944 – August 1, 2021

Preceded in death by parents, Martin and Polly Kruger; 6 siblings; and daughter Pamela Prerost. Survived by husband, Joel Weible; children, David (Katie) Prerost and Angela Prerost (Jay Quick); grandchildren, Cruz Quick, Sage Prerost, Ava Prerost; and other family and friends.

VISITATION: Wednesday, August 4th, 6pm, with MEMORIAL SERVICE at 7pm, all at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4117 Terrace Drive, Omaha NE.

GOOD SHEPHERD FUNERAL HOME
90TH STREET CHAPEL
3809 N. 90th
Omaha, NE

Gene Bielenberg notified us of the passing of Frank David Conley Sr. Frank began at the Omaha Works in 1969 and retired under Lucent Technologies on 9/7/1999 with 30 years of service. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/frank-conley-10287910

Frank David Conley Sr.
NOVEMBER 4, 1937 – JULY 29, 2021
Frank David Conley Sr. (Gwandpa Fwank)

Proceeded in Death by: Wife: Rose (Kraft) Conley Parents: Leo and Loretta Conley Brothers: Jerry and Bob Conley Survived by: Children: Frank Conley Jr, Tony Stella (Lori), Sister: Monica Grandchildren: Madison, Dustin, Shannon, Matt, AJ Great Grandson: Creighton Nephew: Mark, Sister-in-law: Carol Special Friend: Cathy Justice and friends at Anchor of Hope Church and Hillcrest Millard Rehab

Frank was born and raised in Waverly, Iowa, and grew up swimming, running, and playing various sports. He served in the United States Army for 2 years and later moved to Omaha where he was employed by and eventually retired from Western Electric (or AT&T or Lucent, etc)

He was an avid runner and bicyclist, competing or participating in marathons, 10K runs, triathlons and bike rides across the state of Nebraska. Frank loved and was a caregiver to his wife Rose who battled kidney loss and the lifestyle that comes with dialysis for over 23 years. He missed her every day of his life for the last 18 years.
Indeed, he was speaking of her on his last day.

He spent the last 3 months at Hillcrest Millard Rehab, where he changed the dynamics of the place. Soon he had residents meeting for meals and meeting outside. He rolled through stopping at people’s rooms, encouraging them, and inviting them along for the ride. He and two others were known as the Three Musketeers. It was not uncommon to pull into the parking lot for a visit and see a bunch of them sitting outside (with visiting family) solving world problems.

Multiple residents, family, and staff told us about the impact he had there. Like the thief on the cross (Luke 23:42-43), Frank accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior very late in his life- a strategy we do NOT recommend. Because of this, he was at peace in his last hours on earth, and now, so are we. In lieu of flowers, we suggest a donation to the Kidney Foundation or Fresh Hope for Mental Health.

WESTLAWN/HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME
5701 Center St
Omaha, NE

Dan Lindblad and John Symonsberg notified us of the passing of William R. “Bill” Stoner. Bill retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies on 2/9/2000 with almost 49 years of service. Bill was a level 3 in the breuterers when he retired. https://heafeyheafey.com/71515-2/

William R. “Bill” Stoner
December 19, 1933 – July 28, 2021

Forty-eight and a half years of service with Western Electric and active member of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.

Preceded in death by parents, Herman and Ruby Mae Stoner; brothers, Harve, Harland, Earl and Robert Stoner; sisters, Berdean West and Eula Seybert. Survived by wife, Mary; children: Gregory Stoner (Shelly), Suzanne Pieper (Mark), Lisa Whorley (Rob); grandchildren: Sean Stoner (Laura), Sarah Stoner, Alex and Emily Pieper, Brett and Laura Whorley; two great-grandchildren, Lydia and Murray Stoner; brother, Lyle “Fritz” Stoner; sister, Lois Ebert.

VIGIL SERVICE: Sunday, August 1st at 7pm at West Center Chapel with family receiving friends from 5pm to 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, August 2nd at 10:30am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. Interment: Voss Mohr with full military honors. Memorials may be directed to the family.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Morturies & Crematory
7805 West Center Road

Dick Scott notified us of the passing or Charles Lee Higginson, Sr. Charles retired from Western Electric, (AT&T) in 1988 with 36 years of service. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/charles-higginson-obituary?id=6150262

Charles Lee Higginson Sr
June 4, 1927 – Jully 12, 2021

Charles Lee Higginson, Sr., age 94, of Locust Grove, GA. passed away on July 12, 2021. Charles was born on June 4, 1927, in Providence, RI., to the late Benjamin Albert and Dorothy Louise (Borders) Higginson.

He graduated in January 1945 from Central High School in Providence. Charles joined the US Naval Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1946. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the University of Rhode Island in 1951. After graduation, he was employed by Western Electric (Lucent Technologies) until he retired in 1988.

Charles married the love of his life, Evelyn Martha Lawrence on April 18, 1953. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed sailing, fishing, gardening, and cooking in his retirement years. He was a devout Christian and a generous man.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Benjamin and Dorothy; wife: Evelyn; son: Michael; brothers: Albert and Arthur; sister: Shirley; sons-in-law: James Norman and Scot McCallum. Charles is survived by his daughters; Cheryl Norman and Lee Anne McCallum; sons: Charles (Connie) Higginson and Stephen (Christine) Higginson; daughter-in-law: Vickey Higginson; sister: Dorothy (Chuck) Mayville; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- grandchild.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be private. He will be laid to rest in Hampton Falls, NH.

Judy Coffey notified us of the passing of Ronald “Ron” Siwa. Ron retired from the Omaha Works in 2000 with 40 years of service. Ron was a tradesman working in plant trades. https://roedermortuary.com/ronald-j-ron-siwa/

Ronald J. (Ron) Siwa
4/11/1942 – 7/20/2021

Omaha – Preceded in death by parents Andrew & Emily, brothers Nelson, Arnold. Survived by wife Joan, sons Ron (Stacey), Joe (Teresa), Tom(Jessalynn), grandchildren Mike (Ally), Katie (Matt), Miranda, KC, Jayden, JoJo, great grandson Hudson, special dog Molly, family and friends.

Visitation Monday (7/26/21) 9:00 – 10:30 AM with Funeral Service Monday 10:30 AM at St. James Catholic Church 9025 Larimore Ave. Omaha, NE. In Lieu of Flowers Memorials to MVP4LIFE.ORG or checks can be mailed to MVP4LIFE 2900 S. 110th Street Suite 101 Omaha, NE 68144

Roeder Mortuary, Inc. – 108th Street Chapel
2727 N 108th St
Omaha, NE – 402-496-9000

Dan Lindblad notified us of the passing of Betty J. Gillogly. Betty retired from the Omaha Works in 1991 with 30 years of service. Dan mentioned that he worked with Betty in protectors. https://heafeyheafey.com/betty-j-gillogly/

Betty J. Gillogly
June 18, 1932 – July 19, 2021

Founding Member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Preceded in death by husband, Bernard Gillogly, Sr.; infant daughter, Mary Jean; sister, Gloria Thompson; brother, Bobby O’Brien. Survived by children: Deborah Herrington (Tim), Theresa Gillogly, Bernard (Patty), Timothy (Pam), Barbara Kirshenbaum (Scott); 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Nigrin; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives.

VIGIL SERVICE: Friday, July 23rd at 7pm at the West Center Chapel with family receiving friends from 5pm to 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, July 24that 10am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3122 S. 74th Street. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church or Josie Harper Hospice House.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Morturies & Crematory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, NE

Steve Odell notified us of the passing of Albinas “Al” Benkis. Al retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T in 1995 with 29 years of service. https://memorials.mosermemorialchapels.com/albinas-benkis/4668886/index.php?_ga=2.109069061.1829096358.1626498826-357155230.1626498826

Albinas “Al” Benkis
February 17, 1933 – July 14, 2021

Albinas “Al” Benkis, 88 years, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home. He was born on February 17, 1933 in Lithuania to Albinas and Eugenia (Slikas) Benkis, Sr.

He arrived in the United States, settled in Boston, in 1949. He soon moved to Omaha, NE, where he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War from 1953 – 1956. He married Darlene Agee in Papillion, NE in 1977. He was employed by AT & T for 29 years and 16 years with the rail crews in Fremont, retiring in 2016.

Member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont and the American Legion Post 20.

Survived by his wife, Darlene of Fremont; sons, Lawrence Benkis, Beatrice, NE; David Benkis, Council Bluffs, IA; daughters, Cathy (Jeff) Missinne and Janet Benkis all Omaha, NE, and Shannon Beasor; brother, Joe (Stephanie) Benkis; sister, Theresa Misiunas, all Omaha; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Ludwigas and Zigmas; and sister, Donna Dale.

FUNERAL: 11am Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont. VISITATION: Friday, 6-8pm, also at Moser’s. Interment and Military honors at Pleasant View Cemetery near Leshara, NE. Memorials to family. Online condolences www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser memorial Chapel
2170 N. Somers Ave.
Fremont, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of William “Bill” Chafin”. Darrel thought that Bill transfered to the Omaha Works from Baltimore Works and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 12/30/1989 with 30 years of service. https://www.millardfamilychapels.com/obituaries/William-Orville-Chafin?obId=21677917#/obituaryInfo

William “Bill” Orville Chafin
March 23, 1931 – July 13, 2021

William Chafin, age 90, of Omaha, Nebraska passed away on July 13, 2021 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He was born on March 23, 1931 in Lebanon, Virgina. He was united in marriage to Janet Pate on July 13, 1964

William is survived by his wife, Janet Chafin, Sons, Keith Chafin and Kevin Chafin and two grandchildren Ashley and Michael, all of Omaha. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Lynn.

A private burial will be held at a later date in his home state of Virginia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Sue Dellinger and Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Nat Adamonis. Nat retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T on 11/25/1988 with 25 years of service. They both remembered that Nat worked in engineering. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/nat-adamonis-obituary?n=nat-adamonis&pid=199429412

Nat Adamonis
September 18, 1931 – June 27, 2021

Preceded in death by parents, Peter and Frances Adamonis; sisters, Donna Sulskis and Zita Grigaitis; and Richard Sulskis. Survived by wife, Shirley; son, Paul; and grandchildren, Alexandria (Parces), and Nicholas Adamonis.
SERVICES at the Omaha National Cemetery at 9am, July 16, followed by brunch at The Belveder, Papillion.

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Llyod Reed. Lloyd retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies with 41 years of service. Darrel remembered that he worked on the shipping dock in 30 bldg.
http://www.forestlawnomaha.com/obituary/592124/lloyd-melvin-reed/

Lloyd M. Reed
May 10, 1936 – June 30, 2021

Preceded in death by parents, Howard and Marie Reed; brother, William Jack Reed; sister, Carolyn Bond; and step-son, David Nelson. Survived by wife, Janice; sons, David (Cynthia) Reed, and Gregory (Michelle) Reed; daughter, Debra (Ron) Nicotero; step-son: Galen Nelson and step-daughter-in-law, Martha Nelson; brother, Kenneth (Annie) Reed; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: 10am Monday, July 12, at Forest Lawn, with SERVICE at 11am also at Forest Lawn. Memorials to: Benson Baptist Church Food Pantry 6319 Maple St., Omaha, NE.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home
7909 Mormon Bridge Rd.,
Omaha, ME

Pam Schwenck notified us of the passing of Sondra L. Meadows. Sondra started at the Omaha Works under Western Electic and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T with 31 years of service. Pam remembered working with her in wiring in the 30 bldg.

Sondra L. Meadows
March 6, 1938 – June 11, 2021

Survived by children, Deb Gourley, and Terri McNichols; and grandchildren: Jason (Brianne) Gourley, Josh (Tara) Gourley, Chandler McNichols, Adrian Taylor, and Lacee Leeds Navarro. Preceded in death by husband Thomas Meadows; son Bob Garber; brother Bill Homan; and parents, D. and Willie Homan.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2pm Friday, June 18, Forest Lawn.
Memorials for the family may be sent to Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME
7909 Mormon Bridge Rd.
Omaha, NE

Ethel Stennis-Mickel posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Shelly Grace Brown. Shelly started at the Omaha Works under Western Electric. She retired we think around 2002 from the Omaha Works under Avaya with 25 years of service.
https://www.forestlawnomaha.com/obituary/591191/shelly-g.-brown/

Shelly G. Brown
March 14, 1952 – June 25, 2021

Shelly Grace Brown, age 69, was born on March 14, 1952 in Gary, Indiana. She passed away on June 25, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Viewing/visitation will be held Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. A celebration of life service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home with interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery to follow.

The visitation and service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. A link will be posted (above) approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the visitation and the service. Click on the link to watch.

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Visitation – Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home

Service – Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 10:00 am
Forest Lawn Funeral Home

Forest Lawn
Cementry – Funeral Home – Mausoleum
7909 Mormon Bridge Road
Omaha, NE

Jan Brown posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Mary Kay Williams. Mary Kay started under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies with 30 years of service. https://www.campbellaman.com/obituaries/Mary-Williams-278/#!/Obituary

Mary Kay Williams
Mary Kay Williams, 70 of Blair, passed away June 14, 2021. Graveside services will be held for Mary Kay and her husband Carl Williams on July 2, 2021 at 10 AM at the Blair Cemetery with Military Honors for Carl.

Mary Kay was born May 18, 1951 in Blair, NE the daughter of Nail Charles Viles and Bernita Opal Loudon. Mary Kay graduated from Blair and began working for Mabell, where she retired. She was a lifetime member of the VFW 1251 and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Graveside Service JUL 2. 10:00 AM (CST) Blair Cemetery 700 Jackson Street, Blair, NE 68002

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home
444 South 17th Street
Blair, NE 68002

Dennis Trost notified us of the passing of Myra Frances Krahmer. Myra started at the Omaha Works for Western Electric and retiree from the Works under CommScope in 2003 with 39 years of service. https://www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Myra-Krahmer/#!/Obituary

Myra Frances Krahmer
July 10, 1942 – June 27, 2021

Myra Frances Krahmer died on June 27, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was 78 years old. She was born in Hastings, Nebraska on July 10, 1942 to Harold Senstock and Frances (Boro) Senstock. Myra was the seventh of eight children and graduated from Hastings High School in 1960.

Myra married Herman Keith Krahmer on October 15, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yutan, Nebraska. From this marriage five daughters were born: Danielle, Angeline, DeAnna, Analisa, Debralee.

Myra and Keith lived most of their married life in Yutan; two years were spent in San Antonio, Texas. Myra worked for Western Electric for many years and retired in 2003. She was a member of Welca since 1969 and enjoyed working on Serving Circles. Her favorite things to do were babysitting her grandchildren, reading books, and bible study lessons.

Myra is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, four sisters, two nieces, one great niece, and longtime family babysitter, Lena Kuhr.

She is survived by her husband, Keith, and their children, Danielle (Steve) Yearout; Angeline (Ron) Sladek; DeAnna (Dennis) Persinger; Analisa Krahmer; and Debralee Krahmer (Charles Cook), five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many loveable grandcats.

Visitation will be held at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Yutan on Wednesday, June 30, from 5-7 pm. Funeral service will be on Thursday, July 1, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 10:30 am. Interment at Hollst Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the church. Memorials to be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church. The family requests masks be worn if you are not fully vaccinated.

REICHMUTH FUNERAL HOME
Yutan, NE | (402) 625-2222

Jane Peters posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Rosemarie A. Desautels (Ramirez). Rosemarie started at the Omaha Works under Western Electric and retired under Lucent Technologies with 31 years of service. https://www.klsfuneralhome.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=2801&locid=0#.YNtb3uhKiUk

Rosemarie A. Desautels (Ramirez)
September 17, 1939 – June 27, 2021

Preceded in death by her parents, George R. and Mary Rose Ramirez (Puckkee); sons, Sylvio M. and James G. Desautels; sister, Joan K. Ventura; brother, Gregory A. Ramirez; nieces, Mary R. Alcuran and Ernestine J. Ventura.

Survived by daughters, Kathleen M. (Tony) Baker and Loretta A. (Billy) Bibby; son, Michael G. Desautels; sisters, Loretta T. Ramirez, Georgiana R. (Francisco) Alcuran, Geraldine A. (Rosendo) Martinez, and Ramona J. Ramirez-Alvarez; former husband, Sylvio M. Desautels; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION at Holy Name Catholic Church Wednesday, June 30th, after 9am with MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL 11am at the church. Interment: St. John Cemetery. Memorials requested Holy Name Church.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
5108 “F” Street
Omaha,NE

Natalie Fontenelle posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of her mother Carmen Louise Fontenelle. Carmen started at the Omaha Works in the ’60’s, left, came back and bridged her time retiring from CommScope with 30 years of service.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/carmen-fontenelle-10210085

Carmen Louise Fontenelle
December 31, 1942 – May 26, 2021

Carmen was born December 31, 1942 to Floyd C. & Wilma M. (Smith) Crosby in Spalding, NE. Her childhood years were spent in rural Boone. Greeley & Howard counties of NE. Carmen graduated from Spalding High School in 1961.

Carmen’s first job out of high school was being a machine operator at Western Electric/AT&T. She also worked at Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant in Grand Island, NE, secretary at Spalding Public School, slot technician CasinOmaha on the Omaha Tribe Reservation. Carmen retired in 2009 at the same company she started her employment with at AT& T/Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing, Omaha. She had 30 years of employment there.

Often Carmen said, “life is one big learning process & she loved every minute of it.”

Carmen had several hobbies & she was very creative. She enjoyed painting, drawing,sewing, gardening, DYI projects & she could fix anything that was broken. Carmen also enjoyed music, especially live music. In her younger years she would travel all over to go see her high school friend Barb Legate (Bill) play in the Roving Cowboys band.

Carmen’s most enjoyable moments were with her children, grand children & great grandchildren.

Carmen is preceded in death by her loving parents, infant twin brother & sister, sisters Barb Sachtjen (George) Bonnie Roth (James), Shirley Fields (Milton), Rosella Glaser (Alfred) & Marge Hall (Charles) & a nephew.

Carmen is survived by a family who loves her beyond words: her son Rodney Crosby (Cynthia) Palmer, NE, daughter Natalie Fontenelle Omaha, NE, grand children Angel Alberti (Josh), St.Libory, NE & their children Blake, Hanah & Aubrey. Rodney Crosby Jr & Catherine Simoen & their children, Kylie, Tuff & MyKenzie, Tonkawa, OK. Clifford Crosby (Stephanie) Grand Island, NE & their children Ian, Kash, Truett. Sister Veronica (Tom) Peterson, Wichita, KS. Several nieces & nephews.

No Flowers

Memorials to the family

Services will be held at a later date.

Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home
5701 Center St
Omaha, NE

Jane Peters posted this morning on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Alice Schiefelbein. Alice started to work under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies with 26 years of service. Jane mentioned that she worked with her in 30 bldg. wiring. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/alice-schiefelbein-10235311

Alice Maxine (Hart) Schiefelbein
March 22, 1935 – June 15, 2021

Loving mother, preceded in death by husband, Jack Hart; husband, Ralph Schiefelbein; children, Michael Hart, Shawn Hart, Kathy Campbell, Mike Dooley. Survived by children, Jeff (Vicki) Hart, Becky Merica, Brian (Dennise) Hart, Tim (Yvette) Hart, Charlene Howell, Shirley Dooley, Pat Dooley, Sharon Dooley; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

VISITATION: Monday, June 21, 6-8pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, June 22 at 10am with Interment to follow. All Services at Westlawn-Hillcrest.

Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home
5701 Center St.
Omaha, NE

It was brought to my attention this morning by a number people that Alvin “Wayne” French had passed away. Wayne retired from the Omaha Works in 1988 under AT&T with 35 years of service. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/papillion-ne/alvin-wayne-french-10236857

Alvin “Wayne” French
MARCH 11, 1928 – JUNE 16, 2021
Age 93

The French family announces their heavy loss in the passing of Alvin “Wayne” French. Wayne was born on the family farm in Hayes County, Nebraska on March 11, 1928 and died in his home surrounded by family on June 16, 2021.

After graduating from Wauneta High School, Wayne joined the army and was a medic in Kyushu, Japan. After 18 months of service and reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant, Wayne married Nyla Ekstrum in 1951 and the union was blessed with children, Janet, Becky, and Allen. Nyla passed of sepsis, the widowed Wayne raised his children for 5 years before marrying Mary Clark Larsen in December of 1962. Wayne adopted Mary’s two children: Debra and Donna. Wayne and Mary’s union gifted them with another child–Jane.

Wayne worked at Western Electric for 35 years.

His retirement gave Wayne more time to work on his many hobbies such as woodworking, gardening, reading, fishing, hunting, volunteering at Midlands Hospital, and helping to build the church family at Bellevue Church of Christ and his missionary work. He found great joy in building his own home, remodeling others’ homes, and giving generously of himself and talents to God, family, and friends.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary; Children: Janet Pelzer (Gretna), Becky Beck (Papillion), Allen (Anne) French (Olathe), John Milota (son-in-law) (Omaha), Donna (Jeff) Bryan (Fort Calhoun), Jane (Alan) Bailey (Springfield), 15 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren and many other family and friends. Wayne was welcomed home by his parents: Irl and Lona French; spouse Nyla Ekstrum; siblings: Virginia, Barbara, Doris, Forrest, Jack; daughter: Debra Milota; and great-grandson: Reece Robert Bloom.

Visitation June 20, 2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kahler-Dolce Mortuary
Papillion, Nebraska

Funeral Service June 21, 2021 – 11:00 am
Kahler-Dolce Mortuary
Papillion, Nebraska

Kahler-Dolce Mortuary
441 North Washington Street
Papillion, NE

Cyndi Stastny and Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Margaret M. “Marg” Bruno. Marg started under Western Electric in 1961 and retired from the Omaha Works in 1998 under Lucent Technologies with 37 years of service. Margo worked in production control when she retired. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/margaret-bruno-obituary?id=5775344

Margaret M. Bruno
August 9, 1939 – June 8, 2021

Preceded in death by mother, Mary; father, Dominick; and sister, Elizabeth Peterson. Survived by two nieces; one nephew; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, July 10, 10am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
INTERMENT: Chapel of the Apostles Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery.

Jane Peters posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Mary Kay Williams. Mary Kay started to works at the Omaha Works in 1969 under Western Electric and retired under Lucent Technologies in 2000 with 30 years of service.

Mary Kay “Viles” Williams
5/18/1951 – 6/15/2021

CELEBRATION OF LIFE observing July 2, 2021
at the Blair Cemetery at 10::00 am.

Jane Peters posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Richard DeChristie, Jr. Richard started to works at the Omaha Works in 1998 Lucent Technologies and most likely left under Avaya after 2000.
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/richard-dechristie-obituary?id=5774994

Richard M. DeChristie, Jr.
December 16, 1968 – June 10, 2021

Survived by his parents, Richard and Lynn DeChristie; daughter, Katelynn; brother, Brian DeChristie; nephew, Brian DeChristie, Jr. The family is not planning any services at this time. The family requests that any memorials go to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Arbor Cremation Society
2819 S. 125th Av., Suite 367
Omaha, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Louise Kojdecki. Louise retired from the Omaha Work in 1983 under Western Electric. Lousie was 101 when she passed. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/louise-kojdecki-obituary?pid=198669999

Louise M. Kojdecki
December 13, 1919 – May 14, 2021
Age 101

CELEBRATION OF LIFE observing CDC guidelines: Wednesday, May 19th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. Graveside Service: Thursday, May 20th at 10am at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.

Louise Marie Kojdecki was born Lucietta Gulizia in Omaha, Nebraska on December 13, 1919 to Antonino and Maria Gulizia. She entered into rest on May 14, 2021. She had two brothers, Joseph Gulizia and Phillip Gulizia, and three sisters: Mary Skradski, Josephine Mickells, and Nancy Chopski.

Louise was married to Edward R Kojdecki on April 12, 1944 at St. Mary’s Church in Omaha, Nebraska. They had one son, Edward R. Kojdecki, Jr., born on October 22, 1947. She had two grandsons, Rick and Mick Kojdecki; seven great-grandkids: Kate, Ricky, Ryan, Paige, Mickey, Lauren, and Alyssa; two great-great-grandkids, Savannah and Cameron; many nieces and nephews.

Louise and Edward were divorced on October 14, 1955 and she never remarried. Louise later had a long relationship with Albert J. Thompsom until his death on January 1, 1996.

The Kojdecki family invites everyone to join them for a Celebration of Life at the West Center Chapel on Wednesday, May 19th, from 5pm to 7pm. A Graveside Service will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Thursday, May 20th at 10am. All memorials will be directed by the family.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries & Crematory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, NE

Mary Ann Bunting
January 16, 1945 – June 4, 2021

Survived by daughters Shelley Pickett/husband David, JamieSue Scebold/husband Dave, grandchildren Alisha Teichmeier, Shayla Teichmeier, Drew Scebold, Lily Scebold and Sister Patricia Lucas

Services to be held at Marshall Drive Baptist Church for Celebration of Life for both Mary Ann and Jim Saturday June 12th, visitation from 10-11am, Service at 11am

Visitation
JUN 12. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CST)
Marshall Drive Baptist Church
4845 Marshall Dr.
Omaha, NE

Celebration of Life Service
JUN 12. 11:00 AM (CST)
Marshall Drive Baptist Church
4845 Marshall Dr.
Omaha, NE

Braman Mortuary & Cremation Services
N. 72ND Street & S. 144TH ST
Omaha, NE

Hank Mass notified us of the passing of Wallace Switzer. Wally retired from the Omaha Works in 1990 under AT&T with 30 years of service. Wally worked in plant trades. A private family burial will be held at the Omaha National Cemetery. https://www.bramanmortuary.com/obituaries/Wallace-Dwayne-Switzer/

Wallace “Dwayne” Switzer
7/20/1941 – 5/28/2021

Wallace “Dwayne” Switzer was born on July 20, 1941 in Idaho Springs, CO and passed away peacefully on May 28, 2021 on his farm in rural Murdock, NE surrounded by his family. He was 79 years & 10 months old.

His early years were spent mostly growing up in Colorado, Wyoming and Missouri before settling in Manley, NE. He attended Weeping Water High School.

Dwayne joined the Navy in 1960 and spent 4 years traveling the world. Spending time in New Zealand and the South Pole were some highlights of his military career. He was stationed at Quonset Point, RI where he met his future wife, Dianne “Dee” Frazier of Warwick. After they married in January of 1965 they made their home in Millard, NE before moving to Manley in 1966.

He worked for 30 years at what was then called Western Electric where he made lifelong friends. Dwayne & Dee moved to the farm in 1984 where he loved working hard and living life.

Dwayne retired from Western Electric (AT&T) in 1990 and started up his own business, Switzer Bin & Construction. He officially retired in 2008.

He LOVED going to Nebraska football games & cheering on the Huskers. He followed and supported his grandkids and great grandkids in each and every sporting activity they participated in, it was his passion. He was THEIR BIGGEST FAN! Anytime he could, he would hunt and fish with the kids and grand/great grandkids. A fishing trip to Canada was a great road trip he took. Dwayne always loved and had dogs, in town and on the farm.

Dwayne was active with Manley Fire Dept. which he helped establish. The Manley Mustangs were lucky to have him as a baseball coach for many years. He was active with the St. Patrick’s Church Building Committee and Cemetery Board and a longtime member of the Manley School Board.

He was a no-nonsense man who lived life as HE wanted. He worked so hard his whole life and taught us so much. He was the BEST Pepere to so many. He did it “His Way”.

Dwayne is preceded in death by parents, Gerald & Mary Switzer; baby sister, Nada Audrey Switzer; brother, Gary Switzer.

Dwayne is survived by wife of 56 years, Dianne; children, Timothy Switzer, Shelly (Patrick) Smith, Heidi (Anthony) Warner & Trevor (Marilisa) Switzer; grandchildren, Justin, Logan, Jacqueline, Abigail, Colby, Trenton, Spencer, Trevor & Nickolas; great grandchildren, Karter, Kyle, Emma, Aubree; sisters, Janette (Ken) Luellen & Sharon Smith of Nebraska; sister-in-law, Arline Cahalan; brother-in-law, Dennis (Marilyn) Frazier of Rhode Island; many nieces & nephews.

A private family burial will be held at the Omaha National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be used in Dwayne’s honor at a later date.

Braman Mortuary – Southwest Chapel
6505 S. 144 St.
Omaha, NE

Jim Mantich notified us of the Passing of William “Bill” Iske. Billl retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Techonolgies in 2000 with 35 years of service. Jim remembered that Bill worked in the cable plant on the tinners and the insulating lines. https://heafeyheafey.com/william-g-iske/

William G. Iske
February 17, 1943 – May 30, 2021

COMPLETE NOTICE LATER

HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER

West Center Chapel
7805 W. Center Rd.
Omaha, NE 68124

Les Domina and Bill Miller notified us this afternoon of the passing of Dennis L. Klebe. Dennis started to work for Western Electric in ’59 and retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Techologies on 4/24/1998 with 39 years of service. https://www.ludvigsenmortuary.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=1898&locid=1

Dennis L. Klebe
July 1, 1936 – May 26, 2021

Dennis L. Klebe age 84, of Fremont
Died Wednesday May 26, 2021 at Methodist Fremont Health

Dennis was born July 1, 1936 in Hooper, Nebraska to Henry and Aagot ‘Gaarder’ Klebe. He was raised in Hooper and graduated from Hooper High School in 1953. After high school he served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. He returned to the area and married Karen Kathryn Beck. They lived in Omaha then moved to Fremont. Dennis worked for Western Electric in Omaha until he retired. He married Loretta Olson McQuistan in 1989 and they continued to live in Fremont.

Dennis was a member of Sinai Lutheran Church and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Arie #200. He was also a former member of the Lions Club all in Fremont.

Survivors:
Wife – Loretta of Fremont
Children – Dennis ‘Len’ (Renee) Klebe of Lincoln
Julie (Russell) Schneekloth of Fremont
Angie Beutel of Omaha
Eric (Jen) McQuistan of Fremont
Grandchildren – Adam (Kristin) McQuistan and their children Kallin & Cameron
Colton Schneekloth
Dillon (Madison) McQuistan
Hillary Schneekloth
Chad Beutel
Brooke Klebe
Mallory (Brynne) McQuistan
Dawson Klebe
Brock McQuistan
Sisters-in-law – Joyce Klebe of Fremont
Beverly Stone of Virgina
Brothers-in-law – Jerry Snyder of Manhattan Beach, CA.
Dale (Melodye) Olson of Omaha

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, twin boys Donald Lee and Dean Lee, brothers Robert and Richard, sisters Mardell Bokowski, Marcedes Egbers and Beverly Walraven.

There will be a private family service at Sinai Lutheran Church in Fremont. Visitation will be Monday with the family present from 4-7pm at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Burial will be at a later date in the Hooper Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sinai Lutheran Church.

Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com

Ludvigsen Mortuary – Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE

Dick Scott notified us of the passing of Peter “Larry” Josoff. Larry started to work at the Omaha Works under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works on 7/26/1995 under AT&T with 30 years of service. https://www.klsfuneralhome.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=2782&locid=0#.YK-sIqhKiUk

Peter “Larry” Josoff
July 26, 1945 – May 25, 2021
Guestbook

Peter “Larry” Josoff, 75

Preceded in death by parents Pete and Doris Josoff; son Brian Josoff; and brother Carl Josoff.

Survived by wife Donna Josoff; daughters Laura (Todd) Josoff Hopkins and Dawn Josoff Jacobsen; 5 grandchildren Carl Jacobsen, Grace Jacobsen, Noah Hopkins, Faye Jacobsen, and Isabel Hopkins; brother Roy (Connie) Josoff; sister Linda Bray; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Member of Bellevue Masonic Lodge #325 A.F & A.M

Visitation
Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel
5108 F Street
Omaha, NE 68117
Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am

Funeral Service
Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel
5108 F Street
Omaha, NE 68117
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:30am

Burial
St. John Cemetery
7506 South 36th Street
Bellevue , NE 68147

Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home Chapel
5108 F Street
Omaha, NE

Bob Madison notified us of the passing of Robert “Bob” Holz.. Robert started to work for Western
Electric in ’59 and retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies with 41 years of service.
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/robert-holz-obituary?pid=198721097

Robert Allen Holz
May 1, 1940 – May 18, 2021

Age 81, of Ashland, NE. He is survived by daughter, Angela Wilson; stepchildren, Jerry (Emy)McCune, Paul (Suzy) McCune, Bob McCune and Cindy Moran (widowed – Jay); grandchildren, D.J. Wilson, Zachery Wilson, Jacob Wilson, Leah (Ryan) Keeline, Richard Uy, Michelle (Phil) Zimmerman, Stacey (John Kinney) McCune, Jason (Megan) McCune, Chris (Regan) Moran and Nathan Moran; siblings, Jerry Holz, Fred Holz and Joy (Rodger) Osburn; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Sylvia Holz; siblings, Karl (Dot) Holz, Shirley (John) Fundaburg, Mary Ann Cornell and Paul (Bev) Holz; sisters-in-law, Shirley Holz and Alice Holz; son-in-law, Jay Moran.

VISITATION: Friday, May 21, 2021, 5-7pm at Marcy Mortuary, Ashland, NE. FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 11am, at First Christian Church, 1702 Boyd St., Ashland, NE.

Memorials in care of the family. Visit www.marcysvoboda.com to leave condolences.

MARCY MORTUARY
104 N. 15th Street
Ashland, NE

Bob Madison notified us of the passing of Stanley J. “Stan” Byers. Bob said he worked with him in the 60’s in pbx cable forming and Stan later worked in frame mounting. We have no early records on Stan and don’t know when he retired or left the Omaha Works. https://www.cutleroneill.com/obituaries/Stanley-J-Stan-Byers?obId=21151037#/obituaryInfo

Stanley J. “Stan” Byers
January 25, 1938 – May 11, 2021

Stanley J. “Stan” Byers, age 83, passed away May 11, 2021.

Stan was born January 25, 1938, in Omaha, NE. He graduated from Omaha North High School.

Stan was into sports most of his life, from Roberts Dairy Little League through his high school years, participating in basketball, track, and football where he was the quarterback for the 1956 Nebraska State Championship Viking team. In 1957, Stan qualified for the state finals as a hurdler. Throughout his athletic ventures, Stan played with injuries. A broken nose or arm never stopped him from competing!

Following high school, he attended Doane University, where more severe injuries ended his participation in contact sports. Stan worked as a carpenter, and at Western Electric as a line manufacturing supervisor. He attended First Congregational Church, and was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge. Stan’s hobbies were fishing, golf, and carving decoys. He loved Nebraska football, but his favorite pastime was attending athletic events at Abraham Lincoln High School, and spending time with family and friends.

Stan is survived by his daughter Barbara Byers, of Shawnee Mission, KS; son Stanley Byers, Jr., of Omaha; grandchildren Blair, David, Baylee, Blayne, and Emerson; sister Reta Bristol, of Hot Springs, S.D.; brother Richard “Dick” Byers, of Omaha; nieces and nephews.

He married Marilyn Shanks on July 21, 2001. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, of 20 years; stepsons Randy (Lisa) Shanks, of California, Todd (Christine) Shanks, of Oregon, and Kip (Cindy) Shanks, of Council Bluffs; grandchildren Emily, Mallory, Jake, Jenna, Jillian, Maddy, Spencer, and Gianni; great grandchildren Henry, Hadley, Booker, and Maggie; many nieces, nephews, and good friends.

Stan will be remembered for his contagious personality, and knowing all the answers to Trivial Pursuit, and his love of telling jokes.

A Memorial Service is pending, and will be held at a later date. Memorials will be directed by the family.

Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home
545 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA

Bill Miller notified us of the passing of Eugene “Gene” Bernard Bastian. Gene started work for Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies on 12/2/1999 with 39 years of service. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/eugene-bastian-10189672

Eugene Bernard Bastian
MARCH 5, 1940 – MAY 11, 2021

Eugene Bernard Bastian was born on March 5, 1940 and passed away on May 11, 2021 and is under the care of Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on May 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Westlawn/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 5701 Center St, Omaha, Nebraska.

WESTLAWN/HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME
5701 Center St
Omaha, NE

Linda White posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Bernice Warner. Linda said, “Mom worked in Mini Relays and wiring. Momma was a quiet, kind and gentle soul and I will miss her deeply. All that knew her loved her.” Bernice started to work at the Omaha Works for Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under Lucent Technologies in 2000 with 39 years of service.
https://www.campbellaman.com/obituaries/Bernice-Warner-3/?fbclid=IwAR2sWzAZW1pHaAEnuCNcJX18eXINTGwxDXL0iRPZyFzD3Qq5s7a6FRI5b4o

Bernice Deane Warner
December 29, 1931 – April 30, 2021

Bernice Deane Warner, 89, entered the gates of Heaven on April 30, 2021 at home in Blair, Ne surrounded by her loving husband and family.

Bernice was born in Butler, MO on December 29,1931 to Oliver and Ella (Coons) Herman. Bernice spent her childhood in Shenandoah, Iowa with her parents, brother Floyd (deceased), sisters: Wilma Watts, Audrey Moyer and Nancy Stone. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1949.

In 1949 she met and married the love of her life Donald Warner. To this loving union 5 children were born: Donald (Sharron) Warner Jr., Diana (Bill) Hutcheson, Larry (Patty) Warner, Cheryl (Dave) Japp, Linda (Tom) White.

Bernice and Donald started their life together in Wichita, Kansas where they both worked for Boeing Aircraft Company. In 1960, they moved to a farm in Bennington, NE where she took a job with Western Electric until she retired in 1992.
In 2013, they left Bennington and most recently resided in Blair. Bernice enjoyed family events and time spent with her
family.

Bernice is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, 5 children and in-laws, 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 4 sisters, sister-in-law Donna Herman, care-taker Currie Duysen, and many other family and friends.

Visitation: Thursday, May 6th, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home in Blair, NE.
Funeral Services: Friday, May 7th, 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bennington, NE.
Interment: Prairie View Cemetery. Memorials to family.

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home
444 South 17th Street
Blair, NE 68008

Les Wigg posted this morning on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Thomas “Tom” Munger. Tom began his service with Western Electric on 6/14/1965 and retired from AT&T on 5/4/1992 from the Omaha Works. Les noted that Tom by trade at the Omaha Works was a toolmaker. https://www.alleeholmanhowe.com/obituaries/Thomas-Munger?obId=20876653#/obituaryInfo

Thomas Munger
January 4, 1939 – April 23, 2021

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Munger, age 82, of Linn Creek passed away Friday, April 23 surrounded by his family and friends with his million-dollar view of the lake.Tom was born January 4, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Anne (Rezac) Wehrli and Kenneth Ray Munger.

Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy (English) Munger, of 56 years. They were united in marriage on December 20, 1958 at St. Adalberts Catholic Church.

Tom’s favorite things to do were being on the water and pontificating on any subject that arose. You could ask Tom anything, and he always knew the answer – no fact check needed! He was a jack of all trades – He loved being a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Elks and was a long serving member of the Knights of Columbus. The bingo crowd loved him!

Tom owned his own photography business, and worked many years as a machinist at AT&T. Tom loved being in the pilot or captain seat. He learned to fly, but his favorite pastime was eagerly expounding on the natural beauty of the lake as well as its famous residents and political intrigues – whether it was for family and friends on his own boat or first mate on the Ozark Princess for tourists.

Survivors include his two children Kenneth R. Munger and his wife Gretchen Geistdoerfer of Leawood, Kansas; Kathryn L. (Munger) Schmitz of Linn Creek, Missouri; four grandchildren: Brandon Geistdoerfer-Munger and wife Adonia David; Ryan Schmitz; Jay Schmitz and wife Courtney; and Andrea (Schmitz) Kerr and husband Zach; and five great-grandchildren: Jack Ryan Schmitz, Harlow Rae Schmitz, Beckem Jay Schmitz, Crew Thomas Schmitz and Myles Douglas Kerr.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Interment will take place in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Idiots Club and left with or mailed to the funeral home.

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home
15 Clint Avenue
Camdenton, MO

Annie Nemecek posted on the AT&T Facebook page this evening of the passing of Valerian “Val” Robert Pleskac. Val started at the Omaha Works in early 1961 and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T with 30 years of service on 2/8/1991. https://heafeyheafey.com/valerian-robert-pleskas/

Valerian Robert Pleskac
April 6, 1943 – April 25, 2021

Served in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. Preceded in death by parents, John Pleskac, Sr. and Marie Pleskac; brother, John Pleskac, Jr. Survived by sister, Betty Barry; nieces and nephews.

He will be laid to rest at the Omaha National Cemetery on Friday, April 30th at 9am with Military Honors by the U.S. Army and Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334.

Valerian was born April 6, 1943 in Ulysses, Nebraska to John J. and Marie R. (Sypal) Plaeskac, Sr. He grew up with his brother, John, Jr., and sister, Betty in David City, Nebraska and graduated from Assumption High School in 1961.

After working for several years, Valerian enlisted into the U.S. Army Reserve in February 1964, later being transferred to the Nebraska National Guard, completing his military obligation in March of 1970.

His working resume includes Western Electric in Omaha, Nebraska from 1961 through 1990 doing various factory jobs including assembly to laser welding. After retiring from Western Electric, he was employed as a truck driver, from local delivery to over the road semi driver, for Carter Freightways, Brown Truck Lines and Yellow Truck Lines from 1991 through 2006.

Being a man of the road, Valerian enjoyed motorcycle riding and was an avid keno player.

Preceded in death by parents, John Pleskac, Sr. and Marie Pleskac; brother, John Pleskac, Jr. Survived by sister, Betty Barry; nieces and nephews.

He will be laid to rest at the Omaha National Cemetery on Friday, April 30th at 9am with Military Honors.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Morturaries & Crematory
7805 West Center Road

Ethel Mickel notified us of the passing of her sister in law Lillian Wyatt. Lillian started work at the Omaha Works under Western Electric on 1/19/1975 and retired from AT&T in 1995 with 20 years of service. Lillian Wyatt Obituary | Forest Lawn Funeral Home (forestlawnomaha.com)

Lillian P. Wyatt
April 02, 1949 – April 21, 2021

Lillian Payton Wyatt, First Lady of Mount Carmel Baptist Church was born April 2, 1949 to Booker T and Mammie Queen Payton in Shreveport, Louisiana. She departed this life on April 21, 2021 due to an unforeseen terminal illness at age 72.
Lillian AKA “Lit” was educated in numerous schools due to her father’s career in the Air Force. She attended grade school in Casablanco, Morocco and returned to the United States to complete her education.

When Lillian moved to Omaha, Nebraska she met the love of her life Donald Wyatt and in their union raised six wonderful children together.

After retiring from AT&T, Lit spent much of her free time doing everything she loved. Lit had many hobbies, especially quilting that she enjoyed with her family, friends, and strangers.

Lillian in preceded in death by her parents Booker T and Mammie Queen Payton, sister Minnie Roundtree and brother Bruce Payton and brother-in-law John Jones. She leaves many people to cherish her memory including her husband, Donald Wyatt, sons: Mitchell Wyatt, Timothy Wyatt, Jamie Parks, daughters: Danita Payton, Monique Wyatt, Marsha Kay, sisters-in-laws: Detra Wyatt and Kathy Wyatt. Sisters: Willie Dulaney, Elaine Foye and Joyce Payton, brothers: her twin William Payton, Elijah Payton and Ronald Payton; grandchildren: Jerel Dunn, Terel Dunn, Mitchell Walton, Deonte Dupree, Makhi Wyatt, Chloe Cullum, Jayliah Grant, Jaime Parks, Tony Hall, Precious Williams, Leslie Hale, great-grandchildren: Mitchell Walton Jr., Deonte Dupree Jr., Yosiah Chica, Yalenni Dupree, Keshaun Hall, Kaleb Hall, Keyunna Hall, Cing McFadder and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Open Door Mission.

Celebration of Life
The family of Lillian P Wyatt cordially invites you to join in a celebration of life memorial service on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Mount Carmel Baptist Church 2702 Camden Avenue, Omaha, NE 68111

We request you bring your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of Lillian.

Reception to follow at 6:00pm at the Lothrop Social Hall
3232 N 24th St.
Omaha, NE

Erv Fahrenkrug discovered this obituary of a former Engineer that worked at the Omaha Works who passed away in 2017. Jay started work at the Omaha Works with Western Electric on 6/23/1958 and retired from AT&T in 1993 with 35 years of service at the Omaha Works. https://www.utahvalleyfuneral.com/obituaries/Jay-Stewart-2/e

Jay E Stewart
June 13, 1931 – August 13, 2017

Our wonderful Jay Edwin Stewart, age 86, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 peacefully at his home. He was born June 13, 1931 in Springville, Utah to Bertha Williams and Floyd Stewart. He married Barbara Nielsen on June 6, 1956 and enjoyed 34 years of loving marriage. Together they raised two sons, Scott and Shaun. Barbara passed away from cancer in September 1990.

From a very young age, Jay was a hard worker. His first job was working in a florist shop for five cents an hour. After graduating in Engineering from Utah State University, he went to Omaha, Nebraska to work for AT&T. There he became a senior engineer.

His hobbies include: the stock market, wood carving, oil painting, auto repair, home and appliance repair, fishing, and hunting. A sports enthusiast, he played football, basketball, golf, softball, and handball. As a basketball, football, and softball coach, he inspired young men for over 25 years.

In 1996, Jay married Betty Jean Hansen in the Manti Utah Temple. They had more than 21 awesome years together, and enjoyed traveling, spending time with grandchildren, and serving missions together. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a High Priest, he had many various Stake and ward assignments.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his two sons: Scott (Ann) and Shaun; seven step-children: John, Scott (Suzanne), Marshall (Christina), Jerry, Kristi (Brian), Keri, and Jess (Zoreatha); and numerous grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Howard (Cheryl); his brother-in-law Kay Bills; his sister-in-law Joanne Stewart; his half-siblings: Curtis, Jim, Juanita, Christine; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, August 19th, at 11:00 am, at the Spring Creek 6th Ward Chapel, 860 East 200 North, Springville, Utah. Friends may gather for a visitation, Friday, August 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at this same chapel location. Interment in Springville Evergreen Cemetery following memorial services.

Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary.
1966 West 700 North
Lindon, UT 84042

Gene Bienberg found a obituary published the in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 20 to Apr. 25, 2021.

Paul William Elvers
1931 – 2021

Paul William Elvers was born on August 16, 1931 in Boelus, NE to John and Elizabeth Elvers.

The Elvers family soon moved to the Omaha area and Paul worked for his Dad as a farmhand until he entered the U.S. Army in 1952. Paul served in Korea as a First Cook until he was discharged in 1954. Dad had a passion for cooking and was always in charge (even into his 80’s) when food was involved. He will be remembered as someone who would give you anything he had, if you were fortunate enough to call him family or friend.

Paul was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as an Electrician Apprentice and later employed by Western Electric/AT&T retiring in Phoenix, AZ as a Supervisor after 33 years. He also worked in Omaha, NE and the Vancouver, WA facilities.

For years Paul served as a Mason and a Shriner. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason at Solomon Lodge No. 10 in Fort Calhoun, NE in May 1957. He joined the Scottish Rite when he moved to Phoenix in 1984 and then the El Zaribah Shrine in 1988 until present.

Paul was a charter member of Paradise Valley Silver Trowel Masonic Lodge, a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, the American Legion and VFW. He was involved in fundraising for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals at many events. Paul was especially dedicated to raising funds for the Shriners Hospital Transportation fund to get children to the hospitals. In 7 years he and his volunteers raised nearly $200,000 from outside sources.

Paul passed away due to Cardiac arrest on April 1, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Elvers, his brother Bud Elvers and ex-wife Gwen Elvers. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Elvers, his two sisters, Betty Beers and Mary Jean Stuehm, his son Don Elvers, daughter Laurie McGee and his only grandson Brian McGee.

Paul requested no funeral but there will be a graveside service for the immediate family at the Phoenix Veterans Cemetery in the future.

Dad requested any memorials go to the Shriner’s Hospital Transportation fund at 552 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, 602.231.0300 or your favorite charity.

Edie Riester notified us of the passing or Gary Kushinsky . Gary started under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under Avaya with 41 years of service. Gary was a machine setter in the high bay sheet metal shop on the Amada Turret Punch Presses. Service at later date.

Gary Allen Kushinsky
4/12/1940 – 2/23/2021
Gary Allen Kushinsky, age 80 of St. Louis, MO peacefully passed away on February 23, 2021 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico after a short illness.

He was born April 12, 1940 in Omaha, NE to Robert Charles and Helen Genevieve Kushinsky of South Omaha, where he grew up and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1959. Following which he served in the Army National Guard. He was employed for 43 years, holding various positions at the West Omaha Western Electric Plant, retiring from Avaya Communications in 2002. Gary was an avid University of Nebraska Corn Husker fan and has owned season football tickets for many years. Anyone who knew Gary recognized his unique individuality, social personality and infectious laughter.
Gary is survived by his husband: Mark Froese of St. Louis, MO, brother: Ira (Chuck) Kushinsky of Phoenix, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother: Robert Kushinsky Jr., and four sisters: Doreen Oliver, Helen Tibbits, Grace Dworak, and Rose Dragon.

A Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Roby Funeral Home in Plattsmouth, friends and family are welcome. *Covid 19 guidelines will be followed at the mortuary, please wear a mask and use social
distancing.

A Private Burial will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Plattsmouth.
His Final Resting Place will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Plattsmouth.
Memorials to the Family (A suitable charity will be chosen at a later date).

Services Entrusted to Roby Funeral Home,
346 Ave. A
Plattsmouth, NE 68048

John Francavilla let us know of the passing of Michael Lorka Jr. this past January 17, 2021. Michalel transferred from Buffalo to Omaha and then to Phoenix and reitred there. Michael’s service was held in Lancaster, New York.

Michael Lorka Jr.
19430-2021

Michael J. Lorka Jr. (aka Mike, Mike, Mike) died on January 17, 2021 from COVID-19, He was 77.

Mike was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he excelled in smoking cigarettes, hanging out on street corners and being cool. He loved fixing things, and after graduating from vocational school as the Most Handsome in his class, he took a job with Western Electric as a machinist. There, he met Patricia Ann Wandzioch. He drove her home from work in his 1963 red Chevy Impala convertible, and that was that. They married in 1964.

Mike and Pat had three children and moved first to Omaha, Nebraska and then to Phoenix, Arizona, where he continued to work for Western Electric (now AT&T). He was a devoted father who taught his kids how to fish, whittle, throw a ball and cheer for losing football teams. He retired from AT&T and moved to Payson, Arizona with Pat , where they built their dream home.

Mike didn’t like being bored and continued to work past retirement. He volunteered for Payson Search and Rescue and he worked both for Gila County Probation Department and-up to his death- as a baliff for the Payson Jail. He enjoyed wearing a badge and pants that made him look important (ones that had lots of pockets).

Mike was a friend to everyone he met, unless they weren’t a Buffalo Bills fan. He was charming and kind and thought he was really funny. After Pat died, he became a Payson socialite and was a regular at Chili’s, the gym and Walmart. He loved to dance and spent his Sunday evenings sweeping all the girls off their feet at the Buffalo Bar, where he had his own stool and a mug of beer with unlimited refills

There will never be another one like him and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. The Bills will probably win it all this year.

Mike is the Beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Wandzioch) Lorka; Devoted father of Alisa Zells, Holly Lorka and Michael (Ashley) Lorka; Loving grandfather of Mason; Dear brother of Leonard (Beverley) Lorka, Mary Ann (David) Dommer, late Walter (late Dorothy) Lorka, late Norbert (Betty) Lorka and late Eugene (late Patricia) Lorka; Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral 6298 Broadway, Lancaster Saturday March 20 at 10 AM. Please understand that face coverings must be worn and six foot distancing will be observed. Thank you for your understanding.

Memorial Mass
10:00 am
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral
6298 Broadway
Lancaster, New York, United States

Ethel Stennis-Mickel posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Jannie B. Nelson. Jannie started work under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under CommScope on 1-31-2004 with 34 years of service. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/jannie-nelson-obituary?pid=198334280

Jannie B. Nelson
April 1, 1949 – April 9, 2021

VISITATION: 6-8pm Thursday, April 15, 2021. at Kremer Funeral Home.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 11am Friday, April 16, 2021, at Mount Nebo Baptist Church,
5501 N 50th Street.
Interment: Graceland Park Cemetery.

Kremer Funeral Home
6302 Maple Street
Omaha,NE

Dick Scott and Amy Hauth (daughter of Jim) notified us of the passing or James L. Sharp. Amy wrote that her father started at Western Electric in 1958. He worked in the shop during the day, and went to UNO at night. He graduated from UNO in 1967, and then moved into Information Systems. He spent his career there, eventually moving to Department Chief. In 1988, he transferred to the Phoenix Works. Jim retired retired from the Phoenix Works in 1995 with 37 years of service. www.johnagentleman.com/obituaries/James-L-Sharp?obId=20110641#/obituaryInfo

James L. Sharp
March 20, 1938 – February 27, 2021

Jim was born on March 20, 1938 and passed away on February 27, 2021. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Marlene Sharp; and brother, Jerry Sharp. Survived by his daughters: Amy (Courtney) Hauth, Diane (Faraz Shooshani) Sharp, Jill (Bob) Camenzind, and Jami (Rick) Hubbard; grandchildren, Corrine, Cassandra, James, Jon, Trevor, Zach, Michael, Quinn, and Erika; siblings, Carol Coulter, Larry Sharp, and Bruce Mayfield; his extended family and many good friends.
Private Family Graveside Service at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.

There will be a livestream available of the service at https://heartstreaming.link/James-L-Sharp


Ken Olson notified us of the passing or Ron Hassler. Ken started under Western Electric and and retired from the Omaha Works under CommScope with 39 years of service. Ron worked as a SR MTL MGT in 30 bldg. https://memorials.mosermemorialchapels.com/ron-hassler/4545284/index.php

Ron Hassler
July 5, 1947 – February 28, 2021

Ron Hassler, age 73 of Fremont passed away Sunday, February 28, 2021 at his home.

The Funeral Mass that will be live streamed at www.mosermemorialchapels.com is 10:00 AM, Friday, March 5, 2021, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Thursday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with a Rosary starting at 7:00 PM.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.

Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ Fremont
2170 N Somers Ave.
Fremont, NE

Linda Ohme posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Laurie L Chapman (Sellin). Laurie started under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T in 1995 with 17 years of service. Laurie was a supervisor in the cable plant. https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/ne/omaha/laurie-l-chapman-12371687

Laurie L Chapman (Sellin)
October 7, 1947 – February 23, 2021 (73 years old)

Here is Laurie L Chapman’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Laurie L Chapman of Omaha, Nebraska, born in Wahoo, Nebraska, who passed away at the age of 73, on February 23, 2021. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Laurie L Chapman.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Fred Jordan and Betty Jordan (Bergman); and her husband James Chapman. She is survived by : her daughters, Jennifer Sellin, Kelly Jacob and Christina Sellin; her granddaughter Camille Jacob; her brother Bob; her sister-in-law Cynthia Jordan; and her boyfriend Joe Miller.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 1st 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Sunrise Cemetery (Co Rd K, Wahoo, NE 68066).

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Live On Nebraska, or to Nebraska Medicine Lung Transplant Program.

Funeral arrangement under the care of
Pruss Nabity Funeral Home
911 N Linden St
Wahoo, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Doris S. Otte. Doris started under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T with 25 years of service. https://heafeyheafey.com/doris-s-otte/ https://heafeyheafey.com/doris-s-otte/

Doris S. Otte
May 7, 1922 – February 8, 2021

She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Raymond Otte; and son, Frank Claude. She is survived by children: Audrey Hansen (Bruce), Robert W. Blankenship (Dana), Donald K. Blankenship, and Kenneth J. Blankenship (Sharon); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Wednesday, February 24th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Thursday, February 25th at 1:00pm at the West Center Chapel. Interment, Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sunset Baptist Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries & Creamatory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha NE 68124

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Joseph William Hiykel Jr. We have no information on Joe Hiykle Jr. as when he started or left the Omaha Works. https://www.bramanmortuary.com/obituaries/Joseph-William-Hiykel-Jr?obId=20075525#/obituaryInfo

Joseph William Hiykel Jr.
August 2, 1960 – February 22, 2021

On Monday, February 22, 2021, Joseph William Hiykel Jr., loving husband, father of five and grandpa of ten, passed away at home at the age of 60.

Joe was born on August 2, 1960 in Omaha, NE to Joe and Ardell (Schmader) Hiykel. He received his engineering degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1981. While his degree was in engineering, Joe had a few different careers and found his niche in car sales, specifically with Stan Olsen.

On May 24, 1980, he married his first wife Susan (Wageman) Vampola. Together they had 3 children; 2 sons, Joseph William Hiykel III and Joseph John Hiykel; and a daughter, Melissa Gabrielle (Hiykel) Coffin. Although his first marriage ended, they were able to co-parent their children successfully.

Joe later found love again in Anna M. E. (Couch) Hiykel. They married on September 22, 2001 and together they raised Lloyd Couch and Heather (Couch) Cartsens.

Joe had a passion for fishing and Nebraska football. He could always be heard talking about his fishing trips and catching the “big ones”.

Joe is survived by his daughters, Melissa (Hiykel) Coffin and Heather (Couch) Carstens; his sons, Joseph John Hiykel and Lloyd Couch; his wife, Anna; his mother, Ardell Hiykel; his sister, Kristine (Hiykel) Ryan; his brothers, Jeff Hiykel and John Hiykel; and his former wife, Susan. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph William Hiykel Sr; his son; Joseph William Hiykel III; and his brothers, Joseph Jude Hiykel and James Hiykel.

No services will be held

Braman Southwest Chapel
6505 S. 144th St.
Omaha, NE 68137

Gene Bielenberg notified us of the passing of John E. Leonovicz. John retired from the Omaha Works on 10-28-1991under AT&T with 34years of service. John E. Leonovicz retired from AT&T Technologies start 5/20/57 – 10-28-1991 R 34 yearshttps://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/omaha/name/john-leonovicz-obituary?pid=197814174

John E. Leonovicz
January 19, 1931 – February 19, 2021

John was born in Omaha to Adam and Anna Leonovicz. He served in the US Army in the Korean War. He then made his career with AT&T Technologies. John was a loving husband, dad and grandpa and will be dearly missed.

Preceded in death by parents; brother, Don Leonovicz; sisters, Berniece Ostrand and Mary Jo Mallinson; and sons-in-law, Gary Harnett and Roger Lindley. Survived by loving wife, Mary; children: Sheryl Harnett, Susan Lindley, David Leonovicz, Dennis Leonovicz, and Mary Carol (Bob) Hall; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Pat Edick.

MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, February 24, at 10:30am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. VISITATION: Tuesday at 6pm, followed by WAKE SERVICE at 7pm, all at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel. INTERMENT with Military Honors in Westlawn Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorials suggested to the American Cancer Society-Nebraska or Alzheimer’s Association.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES AND CREMATORY
72nd STREET CHAPEL
1010 N. 72nd
Omaha, NE

A friend that worked with Lovell notified us of his passing last December. Lovell worked in the old GP Relay molding area. Lovell retire from the Omaha Works on 3/1/2003 under Avaya with 39 years of service. Jorden Lovell – Roeder Mortuary

Lovell Jorden
8/4/1938 – 12/20/2020

Service:
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
11:00 AM

Due to COVID-19, the family is requesting a small service.

Interment: Omaha National Cemetery, Omaha, NE

Roeder Mortuary:
2727 N. 108th St.
Omaha, NE 68164

Charity Smith Brown notified us of the passing of Alfred “Freddie” George Brown. Freddie retired from the Omaha Works on 2/8/1990 with over 30 years of service. www.omahathomasfh.com/obituary/Alfred-Brown

Alfred George Brown
1924 ~ 7/21/2020 (age 95)

Survived by niece: Wanda McCallister, Buffalo, NY; cousins: Norma Carter, Gloria (James) Moore, Dorcas Wilson, Omaha; special friend: Earlene Brown & Son, Omaha; other relatives.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Alfred George Brown, please visit our floral store.

VISITATION
Tuesday
July 28, 2020
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thomas Funeral Home
3920 N 24th St
Omaha, NE 68110

GRAVESIDE SERVICE
Wednesday
July 29, 2020
11:00 AM
Forest Lawn Cemetery

Ruby Hilt
1936 – 7/24/2020

Kathy Coffman niece of Ruby Hilt posted to the AT&T Facebook page a few days ago the passing of Ruby Hilt in Lansing, Kansas. Kathy said that Ruby would be entered into rest here in Omaha. Kathy said that Ruby worked in the old carbon room and then the 70 type fuse area. Ruby retired from the Omaha Works on 6/7/1990 with we think with over 20 years of service.
As of today no further information has come forward. Her service will be posted when it becomes available.

Linda Ohme posted on the AT&T Facebook page the passing of Laurie L Chapman (Sellin). Laurie started under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T in 1995 with 17 years of service. Laurie was a supervisor in the cable plant. https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/ne/omaha/laurie-l-chapman-12371687

Laurie L Chapman
October 7, 1947 – February 23, 2021 (73 years old)

Here is Laurie L Chapman’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Laurie L Chapman of Omaha, Nebraska, born in Wahoo, Nebraska, who passed away at the age of 73, on February 23, 2021. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Laurie L Chapman.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Fred Jordan and Betty Jordan (Bergman); and her husband James Chapman. She is survived by : her daughters, Jennifer Sellin, Kelly Jacob and Christina Sellin; her granddaughter Camille Jacob; her brother Bob; her sister-in-law Cynthia Jordan; and her boyfriend Joe Miller.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 1st 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Sunrise Cemetery (Co Rd K, Wahoo, NE 68066).

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Live On Nebraska, or to Nebraska Medicine Lung Transplant Program.

Funeral arrangement under the care of
Pruss Nabity Funeral Home
911 N Linden St
Wahoo, NE

Darrel Sudduth notified us of the passing of Doris S. Otte. Doris started under Western Electric and retired from the Omaha Works under AT&T with 25 years of service. https://heafeyheafey.com/doris-s-otte/
https://heafeyheafey.com/doris-s-otte/

Doris S. Otte
May 7, 1922 – February 8, 2021

She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Raymond Otte; and son, Frank Claude. She is survived by children: Audrey Hansen (Bruce), Robert W. Blankenship (Dana), Donald K. Blankenship, and Kenneth J. Blankenship (Sharon); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Wednesday, February 24th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Thursday, February 25th at 1:00pm at the West Center Chapel. Interment, Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sunset Baptist Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries & Creamatory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha NE 68124

Marilyn M Hollinger
October 14, 1932 – February 8, 2021

Marilyn M Hollinger preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Hollinger; siblings: Melvin Sobotka, Eldon “Bud” Sobotka, Leo Sobotka, Franklin Sobotka, June Sobotka. Survived by loving husband of 68 years, Ernest “George”; children, Vicki (Dave) Contreras, Gloria (George) Pulliam, Chris (Jerry) Lorentzen; grandchildren: Sean (Shannon) Contreras, Derek Contreras, Amy (Dustin) Ream, Angie (Luke) McConkey, Mandy (Patrick) Salesberry, Scott (Laura) Lorentzen; great-grandchildren: Gavin, Brody, Tabitha, Creighton, Harrison, Aniston, Ellison, Weston, Tenley, Kyson, Noah, Nyla, Nash, Collin, Adelyn; sister, Martha (Rodney) Davis. VISITATION: Saturday, Feb 13, from 10-11am. CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE will start at 11am. Both services will be at Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marilyn’s name can be made to Wildewood Christian Church (1255 Royal Dr #2081, Papillion).

PALLBEARERS
Dave Contreras, Pallbearer
Jerry Lorentzen, Pallbearer
Sean Contreras, Pallbearer
Derek Contreras, Pallbearer
Scott Lorentzen, Pallbearer
Dustin Ream, Pallbearer
George Pulliam, Honorary Pallbearer

Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home
5701 Center St
Omaha, NE

Dick Scott notified us of the passing of Louis A. Carnazzo. Lou worked in purchasing and retired from the Omaha Works in 1997 under Lucent Technologies with 39 years of service. https://heafeyheafey.com/louis-a-carnazzo/ To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, got to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Louis A. Carnazzo
November 8, 1938 – February 5, 2021

Preceded in death by parents, Marie and Louis Carnazzo; son, Steven Carnazzo. Survived by wife, M. Elizabeth Carnazzo; children: Cory Michalak (Michael), Angela Carnazzo, and Patricia Lauritsen (Tim); six grandchildren: Nicholas, Alexandra, Blair, Anthony, Halle, and Kylie.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, February 9th from 4pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 6pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, February 10th at 10:00am at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 109 S. 19th St. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, got to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Heafy Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries & Cremataory
7805 West Center Road, Omaha NE 68124

George Parkerson and Dick Scott notified us of the passing of Ronald W. Dye. Ron retired from the Omaha Works after 2000 under Avaya with 40years of service. https://roedermortuary.com/ronald-w-dye/ Service streamed on https://www.facebook.com/GretnaChapel

Ronald W. Dye
3/5/1943 – 2/3/2021

Gretna – Ron Dye was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Sharon Catherine, mother Margaret Pickett and brother Jerry Dye. He is Survived by his daughters, Dr Paige (Phil) Rackliffe, Nicole (Trevor) Neemann, Wendi Dye, and Amanda (Clint) Rathje. Grandchildren, Leighton, Caden, Liliana, Grace, Ella, Xavier, Faith, Isabella, Ava, and Vivian, sister Gloria (Jack) Koke and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by his ex-wife Sharrie Bruning Dye.

Ron graduated from Gretna High School and was a life-long Gretna Resident. Ron was a long-term employee of Western Electric where he retired. He was a proud member in the US Army and served in Vietnam.

Visitation Monday 5:00 – 7:00 PM with Rosary at 6:30 PM at church. Funeral Service Tuesday (2/9/21) 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church 508 Angus St. Gretna. (Service will be streamed on Roeder Mortuary Gretna Facebook page). Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials to the family to be designated later. Masks are required and please practice social distancing.

Roeder Mortuary, Inc.
Gretna Chapel
11710 Standing Stone
Gretna, NE

Vern Larson notified us of the passing of Stephen Lee Pokorski. Steve retired from the Omaha Works on 8/2/1999 under Lucent Technologies with 41 years of service.
https://greenlawnfuneralhome.com/obituary/stephen-lee-pokorski/

Stephen Lee Pokorski
April 1, 1940 – February 2, 2021

Stephen Lee Pokorski age 80 of Blue Eye, Missouri passed away on February 2, 2021 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born on April 1, 1940 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of Leo and Ann Grigaitis Pokorski. He was a retired machinist with Western Electric. He had been a resident of Blue Eye, Missouri since 1999 moving here from Omaha, Nebraska. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Omaha, Nebraska. and was also a member of the Husker Bass Club in Omaha, Nebraska.

Survivors are his wife; Shirley Pokorski of the home in Blue Eye, Missouri. One son, David Pokorski of Dallas, Texas, a sister; Judy Zikas of Omaha, Nebraska and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Debbie Pokorski and a brother, Jim Pokorski.

Steve Pokorski was a loving and supportive father (David) father-in-law (Katie) and husband to (Shirley). He was loved by his granddaughters Hadyn and Haley. They had the best times together (fishing, boating, and all of the wonderful golf cart rides around Twin Island Estates). He will be missed by his close friends and his nieces and nephews and his little sister (Judy) and his sister-in-law (Karen).

He had many adventures and wonderful times traveling with Shirley and the love you two had was special and It hurts to see that end, but you two will see each other again. He was a huge Nebraska fan and loved to watch the Huskers!

May you rest in peace Dad! I had you for 53 years and now can spend time with Debbie. I love you and I’m glad I had a chance to say good bye and I’ll see you again someday.
There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements were under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson, MO.

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Greenlawn Funeral Home Branson
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Branson, MO

Darrel Sudduth notified us this evening of the passing of Louise L. Winterstein. Louise retired from the Omaha Works on 1/9/1992 under AT&T with 26 years of service. www.kahlerdolcemortuary.com

Louise L. Winterstein
June 19, 1930 – February 1, 2021

Survived by husband, Leland Winterstein; son, David (Linda) Christensen; granddaughters, Glenda (Craig) Irish, Diana (Chris) Houston; grandson, Tim Christensen; great-grandchildren: Melissa Irish, Aaron Dice, Courtney Dice, Caleb Christensen, Gavin Christensen; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, Feb. 5, 2pm at Bellevue Church of Christ, 2311 Madison St., Bellevue. VISITATION at Church one hour prior to Service. Interment: Cedar Dale Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Homeward Bound in the Heartland Animal Rescue.

Kahler-Dolce Mortuary
441 No Washington St.
Papillion, NE

Frank M., Vern L., and Darrel S. notified us this morning of the passing of William “Bill” Alfred Lawson Jr. Bill retired from the Omaha Works on 7/8/1999 under Lucent Technologies with 33 years of service.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/william-lawson-10023411

William “Bill” Alfred Lawson Jr.
May 23, 1942 – January 25, 2021

Obituary of William “Bill” Alfred Lawson Jr.
Survived by loving wife of 56 years Pamela; daughter Stacy; granddaughter Chloe Lamprecht and grandson Eli Lamprecht; brothers-in-law Charles and George Morgan; family pet Ozzy.

Private family service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047).

Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home &
Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park
5701 Center ST

Hank Maass notified us of the passing or Thomas R. Johnson, Jr. Tom retired from the Omaha Works on 6-13-1995 under AT&T with 26 years of service.
https://heafeyheafey.com/thomas-r-johnson-jr/ To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Thomas R. Johnson, Jr.
May 21, 1931 – January 16, 2021

Thomas Riley Johnson, Jr was born in Omaha on May 21,1931 to Thomas Riley Johnson and Neta May (Cady) Johnson. He was the fourth of six children. His siblings were Beth, Terrance, Aileen, Neta and Mike. As a child he moved frequently from Nebraska to Washington State. When he was a teen, he landed at Omaha Home for Boys which helped direct him on a clearer path and helped shape him as a man. He attended Tech High School where he met the love of his life, Donna Lee Lyons. They were married at the young age of 16 and 17 in 1949 in a small, intimate ceremony. He was welcomed in by her parents, Keith and Bertha Lyons. Tom fondly gave the nickname of “Pop” to his father-in-law.

Over the course of the next thirteen years, they became parents to six children. During this time, he worked as a Millwright at the Omaha Flour Mill and went on to retire from AT&T. From there he began his adventures of traveling with his wife, spending time with his grandkids and volunteering. He was a volunteer at the Lauritzen Gardens as a Master Gardener, Pioneers, Camp Creek Threshers, AARP, and Nebraska State Highway Patrol Motor Assistance Program. Tom was a Mason and sang for the Shriner’s Chanters. He was a long-standing member of Wheeler Church and joined West Hills Church in the late 1990s. He enjoyed singing in the church choir and had a great love for Jesus.

Tom knew how to make everyone he came in contact with feel special; whether you were family or not, you were treated that way. He was known for his giant hugs and big handshakes. He wasn’t afraid to show his love to others and made sure to tell them. He took joy in working in his wood shop and tinkering around with mechanics. He knew Omaha like the back of his hand and would take several detours just to spend extra time in the car. We will all miss his tight squeezes, his raspberry cheek kisses, his goofy nature, and his gentle-giant heart.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Donna Lee Lyons Johnson; sons: Tom (Joyce) Johnson, David (Nancy) Johnson, Stephen (Kay) Johnson, Kevin Johnson and Timothy (June) Johnson; daughter, Amee (Steve) Thedens; grandchildren: Lindsy (Johnny) Brown, Paul Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Stephanie (Jim) Riley, Andy Johnson, Nathan (Tonya) Thedens, Ben Johnson, Chris (Somer) Johnson, Erika (Chris) Hanna, Joanna Johnson, Kelsy Johnson, Jordan (Nicole) Johnson and Tim Thedens; great-grandchildren: Anthony (Ashley) Thibault, Connor Thibault, Dawson Brown, Elee Brown, Macklin Hanna, Timothy “TJ” Riley, Everly Hanna, Lydia Colvin, Lilyon Johnson, Henrik Hanna, Isabella Riley, Gryffin Johnson, and Mikey Johnson.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, January 19th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. PRIVATE Funeral Service: Wednesday, January 20th at 11am. Memorials are suggested to Omaha Home for Boys and the Alzheimer’s association, Nebraska Chapter.

To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler
Mortuaries and Crematory
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, NE

Rick Madel notified us of the passing of Philip Neil Weed. Philip retired from the Omaha Works on 9/22/2000 under Lucent Technologies with 35 years of service. Rick remembered that he worked in the cable plant. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/omaha-ne/philip-weed-9999223

Philip Neil Weed
November 6, 1942 – January 12, 2021

Survived by wife of 55 years, Rose; children, Philip, Shelley (Mike) Wieser and Mike; sister, Linda (Alvin) Ward; step-mom, Hazel Weed; grandchildren, Justin (Christina), Joey, Johnny and Michaela; great grandson, Gabe; many family and friends. Memorials may be directed to the family. CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at a later date.

Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home &
Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park
5701 Center ST
Omaha, NE

Les Wigg notified us of the passing of Dale J. Snyder. Dale worked as a tool and die maker at the Omaha Works. He retired from the Omaha Works in 1996 with 37 years of service under Lucent Technologies.
https://marcysvoboda.com/obituaries/dale-j-snyder/

Dale J. Snyder
June 9, 1934 – December 27, 2020
Veteran

Funeral Service
Private family service will be held
Interment with Military Honors at St. John Cemetery ~ Weston, Nebraska

Memorials
St. Jude Children’s Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Dale J. Snyder, 86, of Wahoo, NE, entered into rest on December 27, 2020 at Saunders Medical Center LTC in Wahoo, NE. On June 9, 1934, Dale J. Snyder was the fourth of five children born to Cleo A. and Mildred (Potter) Snyder. He lived in Hayes Center, North Platte and Grand Island where he attended Grand Island High School. Dale joined the United States Marine Corps in May of 1952 and was honorably discharged in May of 1955. He proudly served in the Korean War.

On July 22, 1955, he met LaVonne R. Van Housen at a summer dance at the historical Riverside Dance Pavilion. They fell in love, eloped to Yankton, South Dakota where they were married on February 24, 1956. They moved to Wahoo with their five children in 1963.

As a young boy he sold newspapers at the North Platte Cantina. Growing up he enjoyed fishing and camping with his brothers on the river. His love for fishing was lifelong. He returned to his favorite fishing spot in North Platte regularly. As a teenager, he enjoyed boxing. He earned the title of Golden Gloves Champion in 1950 and 1958. He was employed at Kelly Wells in Grand Island. He later moved to Columbus to work at BD’s as a Tool & Dieman. He retired from Western Electric in Omaha after 37 year.

Dale is survived by his children; Gale Vopalensky (fiancé Stephen Kelley) of Omaha, Vincent (Karen) Snyder of Austin, Texas, Evelyn (Patrick Jr.) Martin of Bennet, Beth (Greg) Wonka of Weston, and David “Fud” (Shari) Snyder of Wahoo; brother; Starr Snyder of Colorado; grandchildren; Taylor (Megan) Vopalensky, Jillian Vopalensky (fiancé Dereck Trueblood), Victoria Vopalensky, Anna Snyder, Aislynne (William) Alley, Miranda Jackson, John (Jonella) Wonka, Alexandria and Max Wonka, Katelynn (David) Hoadley, and Shelby and Nicholas Snyder; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers (Jerry and Donald) and sister, Doraldine Huebner.

Svoboda Funeral Home
211 N. Linden Street
Wahoo, NE 68066
402-443-3624

Betty Golmanavich received this notice from a friend back East. Jim was an engineer at the Omaha Works and retired on 1/13/1996 under Lucent Techonlolgies with 41 years of service.
https://www.harkinsfuneralhome.com/memorials/james-elliott-cauthorn/4244451/index.php
On the memorial page the picture is also a slideshow.

James Elliott Cauthorn
Thursday, February 13th, 1930 –
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

James Elliott Cauthorn, age 90 years of Whiteford, MD died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Whiteford at 9:42 am on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. He was the husband of Josephine Phoebe (Sithens) Cauthorn who died in 1989. In 1992 he married Jean Marie (Humphrey) Cauthorn, who died in 2017.

Mr. Cauthorn was born in Mexico, MO on February 13, 1930 the only child of the late Francis Ashby and Gertrude (Cunningham) Cauthorn. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, now the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO and shortly thereafter entered the U.S. Army where he served two years during the Korean War. Following his service, Mr. Cauthorn worked for Western Electric in Baltimore, living in Whiteford from 1970-1984 when he relocated to Omaha, NE to begin working for AT&T Technologies. He retired in 1996 from the former Lucent Technologies, Inc. formed that year from the divestiture of AT&T Technologies.

Mr. Cauthorn settled in Venice, FL in the early 2000’s where he enjoyed retirement, travel, playing trivia games and was able to exercise his passion for genealogy. He became a faithful church attendee following his acceptance of Christ in the early 1960’s and was active in church wherever he lived.

He is survived by;

Five children:
James Elliott Cauthorn, II and his wife, Ellen of Palatine, IL
Jacqueline Dale Cauthorn of San Diego, CA
Josephine Sandra Ward and her husband, Richard of Whiteford, MD
Jonathan Carter Cauthorn and his wife, Luann of Brooklyn, WI
Jeri Lois Cauthorn and her husband, Stavros Blicas of Columbia, MD

Mr. Cauthorn is also survived by eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services and interment will be held on Friday, June 19 at 1:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 601 W Main St, Millville, NJ with military honors offered by the U.S. Army.

Harkins Funeral Home, Inc.
600 Main Street
Delta, PA

Darrel Sudduth notified us today of the passing of Leland O. Wade. Leland retired from the Omaha Works on 1/19/1999 under Lucent Technologies with 40 years of service. Darrel noted that Leland was a truck mechanic at the Works. https://www.prussnabity.com/obituaries/Leland-O-Wade?obId=19576678#/celebrationWall

Leland O. Wade
April 10, 1938 – January 6, 2021

Leland O. Wade, age 82 of Colon, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Omaha. He was born April 10, 1938 at Shenandoah, IA to Lawrance and Ruth (Clites) Wade, the youngest of 4 children. He graduated from Technical High School in Omaha and began working for AT& T in Omaha. Lee retired from there as an Industrial Mechanic forty and one-half years later. He married his wife of 56 years, Sandra Windmeyer, November 28, 1964 at Naper, NE. They were faithful members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wahoo.

Leland is survived by his wife Sandra Wade of Colon; children Clayton (Silvia) Wade of Wahoo, Jennifer (Rod) Ulm of Bennington, Kelly Wade of Homestead, IA; grandchildren Tyler (Lindsey) Patton of Omaha, Kyla Patton of Omaha, Alexander Wade of Iowa City, IA; great-grandchildren Avah and Logan Patton, and Kayden Patton. He was preceded in death by his siblings Donald Wade, Betty Parolarie, and Marland Wade.

Services will be scheduled at a later time. Memorials may be directed to the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church building fund.

Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home
911 N. Linden Street
P.O. Box 127
Wahoo, NE

Bill Miller notified us today of the passing of Robert Snyder and Dennis Everman posted on the AT&T Facebook page also of Robert. Robert worked in the cable plant and retired under Avaya with 43 years of service. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/fremonttribune/name/robert-snyder-obituary?pid=197447261

Robert A. Snyder
March 3, 1938 – January 5, 2021

Robert A. Snyder, 82 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Robert was born March 3, 1938, at Fremont, Nebraska, to Wilber and Hazel (Overberg) Snyder. He was a graduate of Fremont High School. Robert married Sandra L. Harding on July 7, 1963, in Fremont. He was employed at Lucent Technologies (formerly Western Electric and AT&T) in Omaha for over 43 years. He was a lifelong resident of Fremont and member of the Fremont Alliance Church. He collected antique ammunition cartridges and cap guns and enjoyed fireworks.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Lisa (Lance) Clark and Lori (Christopher) Bell, all of Fremont, Joni (Mike) Johnson of Redding, California, and Julie (John) Redmond of Reno, Nevada; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Shirley Muckey and Ann Lambson.

A private family memorial service will be held. Memorials may be given to the Open Door Mission or the Salvation Army.

Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser Memorial Chapel
2170 N. Somers Ave.
Fremont, NE 68025

Cindy Jarrett notified us today of the passing of her father in law Edward “Ed” Jarrett. Ed retired from the Omaha Works on 5/31/1996 under Lucent Technologies with 35 years of service. Ed worked in the high bay sheet metal shop. https://bartolomeo.com/tribute/details/13279/Edward-Jarrett/add-condolence.html#content-start

Edward W. Jarrett
1934 – 2021

Greece, NY, formerly of Omaha, Nebraska: January 5, 2021, at the age 86. Edward is predeceased by his parents, Clarence Raymond & Mabel Ruth (Bennett) Jarrett; brother, Joseph Jarrett of Altoona, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sylvia (DeSalvo) Jarrett; children, Leslie (Ronald) Colavecchia & Kenneth (Cindy) Jarrett; grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan) Penfold, Michael Colavecchia, Katie Jarrett, Kelsey Jarrett; great-grandchildren, Eliana & Jameson Penfold; sister, Marjorie F. Bailey, Ohio.

Ed loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting with his dog, buddy. Ed & Sylvia enjoyed visiting the casinos and golfing with friends at Ashland Country Club. After retirement the especially enjoyed their yearly vacations to Kona, Hawaii with close friends. The family sends special thanks for the kindness and caring staff at the Wegman Family Cottage 400.

Edward’s services and interment in Western New York National Cemetery will be held at the family’s convenience.

Bartolomeo & Perotto
Funeral Home, Inc.
1411 Vintage Lane
Rochester, New York

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Cozy Wraps Delivery The Day Before Christmas


On the afternoon of December 23 a couple of ladies in the Cozy Wrap group dropped off some items they had knitted and Carolyn put them with what she had finished and Bob and her planned one last delivery to the Lydia House at the Open Door Mission on the morning of December 24. Lydia House is a shelter for women and a part of the Open Door Mission. Carolyn said that they delivered 29 handmade items to Lydia House consisting of baby items, scarfs, headbands and a 14 baby blankets. Kristin accepted the donations and told Carolyn that the items were very much in need.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins – Pictures by Bob Wolkins

Care Bears Lincoln, NE Pioneer Volunteers


In 2019 Helen Loyd and Sherry Lynn Riddle moved to Lincoln, NE and continued their pioneer volunteer work. They started to make tote like bags, hug bears and blankets in their home. They connected with the Lincoln Police Department to distribute the items they were making for those in need. Their in house connection at the police department was Dawn Moore. Dawn is the office specialist that collects and helps distribute the items to those in need. Helen and Sherry Lynn had Dawn over to their home to show her the work that they have finished this year for her to distribute. Helen and Sherry Lynn made 98 hug bears, 103 tote bags and 4 blankets.

Submitted by Sherry Lynn Riddle

Heartland Council Pioneers Life Member Lunch 12/7/2021

Omaha Works Pioneers Christmas Life Member Luncheon December 7, 2021

On December 7 the Heartland Council sponsored a Life Member Luncheon for all the retirees of the Omaha Works, 1956 – 2011. There was also a food drive in connection with the luncheon. Chapter president Bob Wolkins left to deliver the donated food to the Salvation Army when the luncheon was over.

The LML had over 112 retirees attending the luncheon. They enjoyed the comradery with old friends from work and voted after the meal to keep the luncheon at Anthony’s in 2022.

This year we were able to get a number of surplus promotional items from Pioneer headquarters. Judy wrapped the items and held a grab bag and everyone got a surprise gift.

TurkeyFest In Omaha NE On Thanksgiving 2021

TurkeyFest delivers record 1,562 Thanksgiving meals to those in need

TurkeyFest Celebrates 30 Years

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TurkeyFest Celebrates 30 Years
Nov 24, 2021


Volunteer Deb Grady will arrive at the Kroc Center by 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning – something she’s been doing every Thanksgiving for more than two decades. Grady coordinates 20 or so volunteers from Heartland Pioneers, many of whom worked for Western Electric, AT&T and CommScope and have been helping to prepare Thanksgiving meals for TurkeyFest since its inception in 1991.

Originally called the Telephone Pioneers of America, the group focused on a variety of community service projects. In the early days of their partnership with The Salvation Army, Telephone Pioneers volunteers cooked the turkeys in their own home kitchens and then delivered them to The Salvation Army on Thursday morning to be delivered to older adults later that day.

In 1991, TurkeyFest volunteers delivered 40 meals. This year The Salvation Army anticipates that 1,200 Thanksgiving dinners will be distributed to older adults in Omaha.

“I love the camaraderie, everyone doing their part and in tune with one another,” said Grady, who prepares Thanksgiving dinner for her own family on Wednesday so she is free to help out at TurkeyFest on Thanksgiving morning. “And we have fun! We enjoy ourselves back there in the kitchen.”

Grady retired in 2011 from Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing, a former division of CommScope, where she worked in the print shop. But she has stayed in touch with many of her colleagues through TurkeyFest.

“It’s a nice opportunity to see people that we don’t ordinarily connect with except at this time of the year,” she said.

Grady doesn’t have plans to step down from her TurkeyFest duties anytime soon. “I’ve made mashed potatoes for TurkeyFest for more years than I can count,” she said. “It’s just part of my Thanksgiving tradition.”

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Omaha Man Spends Nearly 30 Thanksgivings Giving Back To The Community

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By Ashly Richardson
Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 1:53 PM CST|Updated: 20 hours ago
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Thanksgiving is a day Doug Thoms holds near to his heart.



For three decades he has been volunteering for the Salvation Army’s Turkey Fest.

“I’ve been involved in turkey fest in one way or another from washing dishes to cutting turkeys, from washing the peas or string beans doing the mash potatoes. Just about anything they need me to do, I do,” said Thoms.

Doug is part of a much larger tradition. It started 30 years ago with workers from the Western Electric phone company.

The group is called the pioneers and Doug is one of the many that continues to carry on the tradition even after the company closed its doors in Omaha.

“It closed about 10 years ago so the volunteers are still going on and doing what we’ve always done. We won’t let stop us,” said Thoms.

Today they are helping to dish out nearly 1,200 meals to those in need. The process works like an assembly line and once it’s boxed up, it gets delivered.

“It will go all over to individual residences that can’t get out. So the people that are in wheelchairs or shut-ins, that are sick or whatever reason. That’s one of the criteria so it’s delivered to house and nursing homes,” said Kevin Newlin, Turkey Fest Chef.

The Salvation Army says the need has grown this year because of the pandemic. And with more people needing a warm meal this holiday, Doug says it’s as important as ever to give back to the community.

“I always say that it takes a village and it does take a village. We look at this as not an I, I situation but a we situation. We need to get out and help people that are less fortunate than us.”




Josie Harper Hospice House November 9, 2021


The pandemic continued on into 2021 and the needs at Josie Harper Hospice House remained about the same for the year as last. In early September Sandy Viner (chair) began shopping for the needs this fall. The needs continued to be body lotions, shampoos, body wash, baby powder, shaving cream, combs and tooth brushes. Gary the executive director and Lisa the development director asked if it would be possible to add non-ticking wall clocks for the rooms to the list and Sandy told them to let her know how many they needed.

On this bright sunny afternoon on November 9, Sandy and Gordy were ready to load the SUV and deliver the items that Sandy had purchased this fall. Upon arrival we were met by Lisa and nurse Heidi. While unloading the SUV, Gary came out and visited with us before they took all of the items inside. Gary and Lisa thanked us and the Heartland Council Pioneers for all of the items we delivered.

Submitted by chair Sandy Viner and photos by Gordy Viner

Cozy Wraps Fall Delivers November 1, 2021


At the end of October it was time for the Cozy Wrap group to deliver the items that they had assembled this fall. Bob and Carolyn’s first stop was at the Open Door Mission. They had lap robs, stocking hats and scarves. From their they headed over to Council Bluffs, IA with a large number of lap robs. The administrators thanked them both for the items that will be handy this winter. The last photo is of the the items made by the satellite Cozy Wrap group of Granby. Everything assembled on the table was made for the Operation Christmas Child for the Christmas program at Samaritans Purse. They were very thankful to the Cozy Wrap group for their help this year.


Submitted by chair Carolyn Wolkins and photographer Bob Wolkins

Heartland Pioneers Tour of the Omaha Works 30 Building and the Grounds


At the Heartland Pioneers Life Member Luncheon on July 29, 2021 Ernie Wesolowski announced that he had a contact at Peter Kiewit and could schedule a tour of the Omaha Works that is leased by them. At the luncheon 39 retirees signed up to take the tour when scheduled. Twenty-one retirees were able to make the tour that day on September 27, 2021.

They assembled at the east door and went to the 30 building cafeteria. The tour started at the old Jim Andry Auditorium and out to the 30 building. Kelloggs is now warehousing breakfast cereal there. They couldn’t go out to the old high bay area as work was being done at that time.

The group then went to their cars and were allowed to drive around back of the 30 building and then drive around the courtyard before leaving the grounds.

This Pioneer tour was set up by Ernie Wesolowski and pictures were provided by Judy Coffey.


Submitted by Judy Coffey and Ernie Wesolowski

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