Larry Zessin, 71, of Warsaw MO

Larry Zessin, 71, passed away surrounded by family on April 26, 2019, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO.

Funeral Service will be  Monday, May 6, 2018, 10:30 am, at First Baptist Church in Tekamah, Nebraska.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.  Burial with Military Honors Tekamah Cemetery in Tekamah.

Memorials to the family for later designation.

He was born to Walter and LaVern (Bartels) Zessin on January 3, 1948 in Norfolk, NE. During his younger years, he lived in the Madison, NE area, and later moved to Oakland, NE. Larry attended Universal Tradeschool for autobody in Omaha.  Larry then worked for Jim Wheeler Chevrolet in Tekamah.

On November 4, 1967, he married the love of his life, Joan McMullin and they were the proud parents of four children: Todd, Lisa, Lori and Ryan. In January of 1968, Larry was drafted into the United States Army and served 18 months in Germany where Joan was able to join him. During Larry’s time in the Army, Larry and Joan found a love for travel.  Larry was able to visit Germany several times throughout his life.

After Larry’s discharge from the Army, Larry and Joan lived briefly in Central City, NE then moved to Fremont for a couple of years.  In 1973, Larry purchased Warren Tiedtke’s body shop in Tekamah, NE. A few years later, Larry moved the business to a new shop he built at the south end of town. Larry always took pride in his work and was a proud self-employed business owner in Tekamah for 30+ years.

Ever since he was a young kid, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.  His passion for the outdoors was more than a hobby; it was a large part of his life.  Time spent in the woods and on the water led to many memorable times and cocktails with family and friends that will never be forgotten.  After retiring from the auto body business, he and Joan were able to fulfill a dream of his by living in Alaska for two years and experiencing life in the Last Frontier. Following the two years in Alaska, they came back to Tekamah where they lived for ten years. In 2016, they moved to Warsaw, MO where they enjoyed retirement and made many new friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and LaVerna; sister, Sandra; brother, Lonnie.

Larry will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his family. He is survived by his wife, Joan Zessin; son, Todd (Becky) Zessin of Elkhorn, NE;  daughter, Lisa (Becky) Zessin of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Lori (Joe) Breckenridge of Bennington, NE; son, Ryan (Erika) Zessin of Aurora, CO; eight grandchildren: Brooklyn, Brennen, Justice, Samantha, Drew, Austin, Griffin and Jacob; brothers: Vern, Lennie and Ronnie; sister, Shirley.

Larry Zessin

Craig/Alder Grove Parish News


August 31 – Worship service in Craig Methodist Church 10:00 a.m.



September 7

Worship Service at 10:00 at Craig United Methodist Church. Marvin Neubaur, Methodist District Superintendent speaking.

Church meetings will follow immediately after the service for Craig Methodists.

All Parish Pot Luck in the Presbyterian Church basement. Meat, buns and beans provided.

After lunch Doc Wyatt will meet with the Craig Presbyterians while Marvin Neubaur will meet with Alder Grove members.

At the conclusion of these meetings, there will be a Parish Council meeting.


Sunday, September 14

Sunday School begins for the year!

9:00 a.m. (NEW TIME) in the Craig Methodist Basement for Opening. Everyone welcome!!

10:00 a.m. Worship service at Alder Grove.

Palm Sunday

At The Procession With Palms – GospelMk 11:1-10

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it,
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ reply,
‘The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.'”
So they went off
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders said to them,
“What are you doing, untying the colt?”
They answered them just as Jesus had told them to,
and they permitted them to do it.
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!”



Confirmation Retreat Held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft

Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft hosted a Confirmation Retreat for both Holy Cross (Bancroft) and St. Joseph’s (Lyons) Catholic Churches.  Nineteen students from Bancroft, Lyons and Oakland, along with their Confirmation teachers,  participated in the day-long event on Saturday, March 29th.

Four youth ministers from Lincoln Nebraska, Tim, Tyler, Molly and Sarah guided the 2015 Confirmation class through a day-long faith filled journey.   The day ended with a mass presided by Father Paul Ortmeier.

Laying on the ground: Cydnee Bonsall, Tim Front Row: Shannon Johnston, Molly, Kennedy Schuttler, Teagan Steinmeyer, Lupita Prieto, Grace Maline, Meghan Fischer, Natalia McBride, Kassandra Prieto, Jacob Nelson, Sarah. Back Row: Barb Wagener, Deb Lund,  Brock Vetick, Dean  Gibbs, Ben Smith, Tyler, Jacob Whitaker, Nick Ronnefeldt, Joey O’Connor, Dustin Burgett, Cole Bures, Jane Olson, Mark Olson. Not pictured: Miguel Madrid. Photo Courtesy of Jane Olson.

Laying on the ground:
Cydnee Bonsall, Tim
Front Row:
Shannon Johnston, Molly, Kennedy Schuttler, Teagan Steinmeyer, Lupita Prieto, Grace Maline, Meghan Fischer, Natalia McBride, Kassandra Prieto, Jacob Nelson, Sarah.
Back Row:
Barb Wagener, Deb Lund, Brock Vetick, Dean Gibbs, Ben Smith, Tyler, Jacob Whitaker, Nick Ronnefeldt, Joey O’Connor, Dustin Burgett, Cole Bures, Jane Olson, Mark Olson.
Not pictured:
Miguel Madrid. Photo Courtesy of Jane Olson.


Walking With the Lord


LEN’S LINES —- A Little Religion On A Positive Note By Len Granger

Walking With The Lord
We often hear people say they are trying as Christians to walk with the Lord. We find in the Bible many references of walking with the Lord in both the Old and New Testaments. In 2 Corinthians, 5:7 we read, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”

In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah tells us in Chapter 10 verse 23,” “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself, it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps, Verse 24, he adds “Lord correct me.”

Yes, often the world offers a powerful attraction and we fail to prayer to our gracious and loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his guidance and protection, possibly believing we can handle everything. Even if we pray to the Lord and have not received a clear answer, we may go ahead praying it is alright.

I can remember such a situation in my life years ago, where I prayer over several days and did not have an answer to my prayers. I think sometimes the Lord puts us in a situation to see how we will react as He did with men of God in the Old Testament?

As a young man going through Air Force Basic Training which lasted thirteen weeks, we had a Saturday break arranged where we would go to town. It was to a USO dance at the Hayward High School and we had to sign up for a bus by Friday. I like others wanted to get off the base but having been raised in a very conservative church really did not feel comfortable at a dance. I signed up knowing I would be a wall flower but would be able to talk to others.

On arrival we were each met by a host high school senior and welcomed to the USO dance. As we talked, I noticed a young lady on the dance floor that everyone seemed to want to have a dance with that day.. I asked my host, if maybe I could talk with her and she said Coralie is my friend and will soon be resting with us. Well, I talked to this beautiful young lady for about a half hour, also telling her I did not drink, smoke, or dance, which I thought would scare her away. To my surprise she said. “My folks will be here to pick me up in a few minutes; will you go home with me and meet my folks and they will take you back to the base? That was a real surprise for this Iowa country boy. We were engaged in 3 months and married in six months when she graduated from high school. Her father was the superintendent of the large GM Auto Assembly plant and I was just an airman but the Lord blessed us with fifty-five years of living for the Lord and raising a family of six children. My wife on her death bed said, she could not recall anything we failed at, as we would always pray and ask the Lord for His guidance. The Lord answered my prayer and I thank Him everyday, as I try to walk by His side.

Trust this Sunday we will all be in the church of our choice worshiping and praising the Lord for all the blessings he showers on us.

God Bless America

Quilting Group Meeting Cancelled

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland has cancelled the Quilting Group meeting for  tomorrow and Tuesday.

Religious quote

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis

Cold Eggs Never Killed Anyone

By Jennifer Cardinal

I have taken on this season of being a stay at home mom and wife with a sense of purpose … I really do believe that this is exactly where God wants me right now.

So in that spirit , I have obeyed God with a small but never the less a calling to get up early and make my family a hot breakfast and read from the book “Jesus Calling” … I know it may not seem like a big thing but when my bed is all nice and cozy and with fall rolling in and it staying darker longer … being the first one out of bed when I don’t have a time card to punch … really does take a bit of a push … I not bleeding or agonizing or in any sort of pain … but it is an effort on my part.
So with this “gift” that I am giving to my family I guess I sort of imagined everyone would come running downstairs as soon as they could to get their hot breakfast I labored over and just gloat about what a wonderful wife and mother I am. So when I noticed my husband and then my son started coming down later and later each day and it started getting to be a routine that I was serving them cold eggs … it started to get a little under my skin. Not in a big way but just in that little annoying voice that says ” it does not even matter what you do … serving them breakfast is not really any big deal ” .

So I decided to say something … but not really in a direct way but kind of a read-through-the-lines type of way … like “well you must like eating cold eggs because it seems you are just getting later and later every morning.”

Well , my timing sucked. Because for whatever ingenious reasoning I had I decided to say this the morning of my husbands birthday. Now , I did not rant or rave or make a hissy … but you know it was just the “tone” and very soon after I realized I set the tone for the day … on my husband’s birthday.

My husband is not perfect by any means, nor am I , but I can tell you one thing … he is a great man who I am proud of. He tells me I am beautiful , he supports all my decisions , he works hard , he is a dedicated and responsible man and father … I am blessed to have him.

Did I feel a little erked he did not skip down the stairs to eat my hot breakfast singing my praises … well , yes. But luckily , I have a God who allowed me to see how silly and pretty darn critical I was being … so I get up early and I make breakfast … I will continue to do so and I won’t do it for any reason other than it is my small way of giving back to God and to my family. If the eggs are cold when they come down … they will get the picture and realize if they want a hot breakfast they better come down earlier . After all , no one ever died over cold eggs and in the big scheme of things it really does not matter.

We have the power to speak life into others … I am reminded to chose my words and refrain my tongue when it does not serve a higher purpose … I certainly can not do this on my own ability but pressing into God I can. It is a small thing, I know … but the small things all really add up to big things and make our life what it is. I want to , I desire to make those small moments matter … after all my words will have more impact on my family than my eggs.

I am a 44 year old wife,mother, & chiropractor. My family and I recently moved across the country from NV to CT for a job opportunity for my husband. I sold my practice and am currently on a sabbatical as we settle in. I am now taking biblical studies and have rediscovered a passion for writing.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10: Bible verse of the day,

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Church services at Summit Lake

Pastor Rich Tiggelaar leads one of his final church services Sunday, September 8 at Summit Lake.

He will be leaving the Craig Alder Grove Parish after 11 years of service.

His final service will be next Sunday, September 15 at the Alder Grove Church 6 ½ miles South of Craig  beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this service to celebrate his impact on the community and to wish him the best.


Church services at Summit Lake. Photo courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Church services at Summit Lake. Photo courtesy of Mary Loftis.

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