News From Bancroft Senior Center

Bancroft Senior Center News by Connie Bargmann

*If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648. There are no membership fees or attendance requirements and new faces are always welcome.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walkers. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Meals on Wheels

*Would you like to get Meals on Wheels? Anyone over the age of 60 years and lives within the city limits are eligible for these meals. You may sign up anytime for the Meals on Wheels program; you can get the meals delivered however many times you want them each week. You must call 402-687-2332 before 8:30 a.m. if you want a meal that day. The suggested donation for the meals is $4.00.


Weekly Activities:

Wed. June 29: Coffee time at 9:30 a.m. Melody chimers will practice at 9:00 p.m. Today

You are invited to play cribbage or cards at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. June 30: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. and walking club at 10:40 a.m. Rolls and coffee from 9-11 a.m. There will be chair exercises today at 1:00 p.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at1:30 p.m.

Fri. July 1: Would you like to play in the pinochle or hand & foot tournament today at 1:30 pm? Remember you should sign up if you would like to play.

Sat. July 2: We invite you to come to the music jam tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Mon. July 4: Center is closed today for the 4th of July.

Tues. July 5: Tai Chi class is at 9:30 a.m. Stop in for coffee at 10:00 a.m. Walking exercises 10:40 a.m. Pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. July 6: Melody chimers will practice at 9:00 p.m. Coffee time 9:30 a.m. The card game called 65 will be played at 1:30 p.m.

Walter Eugene Bolln, 75 of Decatur NE

Walter Eugene Bolln, 75, of Decatur, NE died on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Memorial services for Walt will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender; Pastor Miles Ruch will be officiating.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Pender.

Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements by Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Pender.

Joanne K. Bowman, 68, of Arizona Formerly of Uehling NE

Joanne K. Bowman age 68, of Arizona formerly of Uehling passed away Monday June 6th at Southlake Village in Lincoln.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday June 29th from 6pm to 8pm at Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel in Hooper.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 on Thursday June 30 at Elim Lutheran Church in Swaburg.

Joan was born to Melvin and Lois ‘Meyer’ Bowman on July 2, 1947.  She was baptized and confirmed at Elim Lutheran Church in Swaburg, and graduated from Uehling High School in 1965.  She attended Midland University in Fremont and graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a degree in Fashion Merchandizing in 1969.

Joanne was a lifelong businesswoman, who was employed as a buyer, merchandizer, and later in realty.  Interests included travel (especially to Hawaii) and reading.  She was a steadfast friend with one terrific sense of humor.

Joanne is the sister of Ron (Anita) Bowman of Fremont and aunt of Elizabeth (Ken) Halvorsen, Erik (Crystal) Bowman of Lincoln and Alicia (Erich) Schafer of Cedar Springs, Michigan.  She is the great aunt of Jordan, Kaitlyn, Brigham, Ellianna, and Zahara.  She was a cousin to a multitude.

Joanne Bowman

Joanne Bowman

Ray Cecil Hale, 80, of Lincoln Arkansas Formerly of Decatur NE

Ray Cecil Hale, 80 a resident of Lincoln, Arkansas, passed away March 25, 2015 at his home. He was born March 17, 1935 in Decatur, Nebraska, the son of Cecil and Juanita Ploof Hale.

Ray worked as a certified heavy equipment operator, he enjoyed fishing, woodworking and wood burning. He had a love of animals and often took in rescue cats and dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Hale, one brother Johnny Hale and one son-in-law Michael Nolan.

Survivors include his companion Cherokee Steinbach; six daughters Kristy White and husband Michael of Oakley, California, Rhonda Nolan of Lawndale, California, Beth Mathieu and husband Mark of Hawthorne, California, Ann Hale of Gardena, California, Heather Smith and husband John of Springdale, Arkansas and Dawn Steinbach of Deforest, Wisconsin; one brother Omer Hale and wife Muriel of Gold Hill, Oregon; one sister Betty Hale of Omaha, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren Cori White, Shawn White, Vail White , Michelle Valles, Paul Nolan, Blake Mathieu, Katie Mathieu, Ashley Cruz, Amanda Cruz, Brian Steinbach, Jeremy Smith, Brandon Smith and Preston Smith twelve great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held Sat., July 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time or to the Humane Society of the Ozarks, 1020 S One Mile Rd Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704.

Ray Hale

Ray Hale


July 3rd Party in the Park Fast Approaching!

July 3rd Party in the Park

July 3rd Party in the Park

Alta P. Townsend, 74, of Tekamah NE

Alta P. Townsend was born January 7 1942 in Falls of Rough Kentucky to Henry and Sarah (Daughtry) Carmen. She went to be with the Lord June 25, 2016 at her home in Tekamah.

Alta married Gary Townsend in June 1966 and together they raised 7 children. The family moved to Tekamah in September 1974. Alta worked at the nursing home before returning to school graduating from Tekamah High school in 1975 and continued her education at Metropolitan Community College.

Throughout her life she enjoyed working various jobs in healthcare and customer service. She was also a member of fraternal order of eagles. She enjoyed baking, canning and quilting. The greatest love in her life was her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She enjoyed going to concerts, ball games and swim meets over the years. She also enjoyed attending church. Alta was friends to so many people.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Pauline Johnson; sons: Norman, George and infant son James; daughter, Theanna; daughter in law, Carol; and three infant grandchildren: Nathan, Jamie and Daniel.

She is survived by her sons: Leroy Townsend of Tekamah, NE, Robert (Kelly) Camron of Omaha, NE; daughters: Udith (Art) Johnson of Craig, NE, Linda (Joe) Sergio of Sherman TX; brother, Raymond Courtney of Morganfield, KY; 23 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Thurs., June 30th at 12:00 p.m. at the Faith Family Baptist Church in Tekamah.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Alta Townsend

Alta Townsend

Nebraska State High School Fishing Tournament

LINCOLN – The Sixth Annual Nebraska State High School Fishing Tournament is scheduled for July 23 at Elwood Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

The tournament, a cooperative program between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and The Bass Federation – Student Angler Foundation, is open to two-person teams of anglers in grades 9 through 12. Each team will have a coach who provides a boat for the competition.

Anglers will check in at 5:30 a.m., and a rules meeting will follow at 6. The tournament launches at 7 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m., with the weigh-in to follow.

Elwood Reservoir WMA is located 3 miles north of Elwood in Gosper County. The boat ramp is located on the east side of the reservoir.

Contact Larry Pape at with questions. For tournament rules or to register, visit

JoAnn Rager, 82, of Emerson NE

JoAnn Rager, 82, of Emerson, NE died on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Heritage of Emerson. Funeral services for JoAnn will be held on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson with Vicar Rebecca Truland officiating. The visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery of Emerson. Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Emerson is in charge of the arrangements.

JoAnn was born April 21, 1934 in Walthill, Nebraska, the daughter of Lanie and Artie Lee (Deckard) Nunn. She attended school at Walthill, Nebraska. JoAnn was married to Robert (Bob) Rager in Dakota City, Nebraska on July 18, 1953. To this union of marriage they had eight great children.

JoAnn worked for Waldbaum’s, Automatic Equipment, and also drove school bus for Emerson-Hubbard schools. She was a member of the Emerson Firemen’s Auxiliary for several years. She enjoyed baking, cooking, watching her children play sports, keeping book at softball games and following her daughters around watching them umpire. And later in life, watching Downton Abbey, putting puzzles together and going to the casinos. But most of all, she enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

JoAnn is survived by three sons; Butch (Teresa) of Thayer, Iowa, Bob (Betty) and Bill (Rhonda) both of Emerson, Nebraska; five daughters; twins Lela Rager of Emerson, Nebraska and Lila (Bob) Hadcock of Decatur, Nebraska, Patty (Ken) Pojar of South Sioux City, Nebraska, Jackie (Rick) Claassen of Dakota City, Nebraska and Paula (Karen Mackey) of Sioux City, Iowa. JoAnn is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and sister, Ella Petersen of North Bend, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob in 2009, three grandchildren: Anthony E Kubik, Joshua R Rager and April Joy Claassen, her parents and ten siblings.


Melanie E. Juarez, 43, of Tekamah NE

Melanie E. Juarez, 43 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska.

MEMORIAL SERVICE is pending with Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

The Gilliland Garden

Our garden. It is really thriving! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Our garden. It is really thriving! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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