Pamela K. Hancock, 73, of Fremont NE, Formerly of Tekamah NE

Pamela K. Hancock, 73 years, of Fremont, NE died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Fremont Medical Health Center. Pamela was born November 24, 1943 in San Francisco, California to Ralph and Mable (Lewis) Petet.

She lived in San Francisco during World War II and moved to Comstock, NE and then to Tekamah, NE. She graduated from 8th grade at District #8 at Tekamah and graduated in 1961 from Tekamah High School. She moved to Fremont in 1961. Pamela married Lawrence D. Hancock on November 9, 1962 and they later divorced. He preceded her in death on November 14, 2013. She retired in 2010 from Hormel Foods in Fremont after thirty-four years of employment.

Pam was a member of First Baptist Church in Fremont, a very proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a former member of a Red Hat Society. She volunteered at Fremont Health Medical Center. She was an avid genealogist, Huskers Fan and Elvis Fan. She traveled as much as possible with family and friends and had planned a trip for later this winter. She visited Graceland multiple times and enjoyed flowers and gardening. She loved her dog, Dutchess, a Boston terrier.

She is survived by sons, Scott (Angie) Hancock, Chris Hancock all of Fremont and Tyler (Michelle) Hancock of Arlington, NE; brother, Jerry (JoAnn) Petet of West Point, NE; sister, Sharon Sohl of Columbus, NE; and grandchildren, Nathan Hancock, Sara Hancock, Caleb Hancock, Jordyn Hancock, Brady Hancock, and Cameron Hancock.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Service will be at 9:30 A.M., Saturday, November 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Fremont. The Rev. Leland Foreman and Rev. Richard Crooks will officiate. Visitation on Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont and forty-five minutes prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation or to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Avenue, Fremont, NE 68025   402-721-4490





James Q. Carlson, 74, of Oakland NE

James Q. Carlson, 74 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.


Memorial Contribution


Waffle Supper at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights will be hosting a waffle supper Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m. Stop in and enjoy a delicious meal!

Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

This next week is the monthly Waffle Supper at 5:30 pm on Thursday November 16th, and on Saturday November 18th the Rusty Buckets will be here to perform at 2:30 pm. Next week on Wednesday November 22nd at 2:30 pm  is our Thanksgiving service given by First Lutheran Church. On Thursday November 23rd is Thanksgiving and the residents will be having a tradition Thanksgiving Day Dinner starting at 11:30 am. On Friday is the Nebraska Football game starting at 3:00 pm.

Church Service for Sunday November 19th  will be given by the Evangelical Free Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service.

Activities for the week of November 20th  to November 25th    are as follows, reading with Suzanne, Manicures, Sing A Long, Game Day,  Bingo the w/Staff, Mike Barger,  Bell choir practice, Saturday Video, Nebraska Football, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Suzanne Sanderson, Cover McCauley, Judy Nelson, Dani Moseman, Anne Anderson, Mary Donavon, Betty Hanna, Marge Maller, Patty Miller, Bonnie Fleischman, Kristen Johnson, Monroe Johnson, Lola Bridgeford, Nadine Anderson, Sue Beckner, and Makayla Johnson.

Guest signing the guest book last week was; Mary Stuenkel and Brain Goracke to see Jene Hightree. Tom and Mary Plageman to see Dorothy Larson.




Caroline (Beckmann) Zila, 67, of Thurston NE

Caroline Mae (Beckmann) Zila, 67, of Thurston, Nebraska passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pender: Pastor Robert Schilling will be officiating. The visitation will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Caroline was born August 22, 1950 to Alfred and Orma (Witt) Beckmann in Pender. She graduated from Pender High School in May of 1968. Caroline married Donald Melvern Zila on December 26, 1969 at St. John’s Lutheran Church and the couple had three children.  Don and Caroline owned Zees Greenhouse for many years. She enjoyed word finds, puzzles, reading, and playing games, especially cards. Caroline loved coloring with and spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids. Caroline was a quiet, selfless woman who did anything for her family and will be greatly missed.

Caroline is survived by her husband, Don Zila of Thurston, NE; daughters, Jeanette (Maurice) Norton of West Point, NE, Patti (Mike) Owen of Omaha, NE, Christine (Mike) Krueger of Omaha, NE; sisters, Marie (Larry) Sokol, JoAnn (Scott) Henrickson, Leora (Mark) Peterson; brothers, Marlin (Ruth) Beckmann, Dale (Becky) Beckmann, Alvin (Barb) Beckmann; grandchildren, Lacy (Bobby) Dugan, Alex (Jamie) Norton, Ellen, Aiden and Libbie Owen; great grandchildren, Emma and Braden Dugan; grand-dog, Peanut Krueger; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Beckmann in November of 1997 and Orma Beckmann in September of 2016.

Caroline Zila

Caregiver Support Group to Meet at Bancroft Senior Center

The monthly Caregiver Support Group will meet November 20 at the Bancroft Senior Center at 2:00 p.m.

All caregivers are invited to come and enjoy the afternoon with us.

Informational topics are presented and thoughts are shared on how to keep the people we care for comfortable and happy.

News From Bancroft Senior Center

If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you stay 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


Weekly Activities:

Wed. Nov. 15: Chime group practices at 9:00 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. FROG Ex. at 1:30 p.m. We will play bingo at 2:00 p.m.

Thurs. Nov. 16: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. Sign up to play 5-handed pinochle at 1:30 p.m. Make your reservation for the noon meal on Tuesday, November 21 Friday.

Fri. Nov. 17: Come in for coffee. Join us for the birthday party in the afternoon; we’ll play pitch and hand & foot. There will be a speaker at 1:30 p.m. Come and eat lunch with us at 3:30 p.m.

Mon. Nov. 20: Join us for coffee. The caregiver group meets at 2:00 p.m.

Nov. 21: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 p.m. The noon meal will be pancakes and French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cup, juice and coffee. Cards will be played in the afternoon.

Wed. Nov. 22: No chime practice today.  Coffee time at 9:00 a.m. FROG Ex. at 1:00 p.m. Play Skip-Bo at 1:30 p.m.


Meals on Wheels

Getting tired of cooking for one person and then have left over’s that you will be eating for the next couple of days? Why don’t you consider getting meals on wheels; the meals are very nutritious and provide you with the protein, fruits and vegetables needed for a well balanced meal. Contact the manager at the Bancroft Senior Center if you have more questions or want to sign up; the number is 402-648-3387.

This Day in History: Moby Dick was Published

On this day in 1851, Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published by Harper & Brothers in New York. Moby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale was a flop.

Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819 and as a young man spent time in the merchant marines, the U.S. Navy and on a whaling ship in the South Seas. In 1846, he published his first novel, Typee, a romantic adventure based on his experiences in Polynesia. The book was a success and a sequel, Omoo, was published in 1847. Three more novels followed, with mixed critical and commercial results. Melville’s sixth book, Moby-Dick, was first published in October 1851 in London, in three volumes titled The Whale, and then in the U.S. a month later. Melville had promised his publisher an adventure story similar to his popular earlier works, but instead, Moby-Dick was a tragic epic, influenced in part by Melville’s friend and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, neighbor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose novels include The Scarlet Letter.

After Moby-Dick‘s disappointing reception, Melville continued to produce novels, short stories (Bartleby) and poetry, but writing wasn’t paying the bills so in 1865 he returned to New York to work as a customs inspector, a job he held for 20 years.

Melville died in 1891, largely forgotten by the literary world. By the 1920s, scholars had rediscovered his work, particularly Moby-Dick, which would eventually become a staple of high school reading lists across the United States. Billy Budd, Melville’s final novel, was published in 1924, 33 years after his death.

Jackson Lee Potadle, 19, of Fort Calhoun NE

Jackson Lee Potadle age 19, of Ft Calhoun, Nebraska passed away November 10, 2017 near his home in Ft. Calhoun.  Funeral services will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 10 am, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tekamah.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 2-8 p.m. with family receiving friends, and a Prayer Services at 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  in Tekamah.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be directed to the Lane Thomas Foundation and Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Tekamah. Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah in charge of arrangements.

Jackson Lee Potadle was born to Eric Potadle and Victoria Ahmann October 22, 1998 in Omaha, Nebraska. Jackson was raised in Tekamah, Nebraska with his sister Erica and brother Luke. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved camping. He enjoyed shooting trap and playing golf in Tekamah. He was successful in ROTC at Boystown.

Jackson adored his nieces Brooklyn and Brylee. He loved his dog Aspen, who is his most loyal friend.

He was preceded in death by his best friend and cousin, Ethan Ahmann-Weaver; grandfather, Richard Ahmann; great grandparents.

He is survived by his parents; sister Erica (Dustin) Franklin; brother, Luke (Mariah) Potadle; nieces, Brooklyn and Brylee Franklin; grandparents, Jon and Sharron Potadle and Carol Ahmann; aunts and uncles, Paul (Lisa) Ahmann, Greg (Anna Thoma) Ahmann, Carrie (Steve) Weaver, Kurt (Marti) Potadle; many more cousins and friends.

Jackson Potadle


Lyle “Gene” Marr, 81, of Tekamah NE

Lyle “Gene” Marr, 81 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah.

Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah.

Funeral Services are Friday, Nov. 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Lyle “Gene” Marr

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