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Sharon Starzl, 61, of Emerson NE


Sharon Starzl, 61, of Emerson, Nebraska died on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial is currently pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Emerson.

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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

Cheerie Ann Raasch, 69, of Bancroft NE


Cheerie Ann Raasch, 69, of Bancroft, Nebraska passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Pender Community Hospital in Pender.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft; with Father Paul Ortmeier Celebrating Mass.  Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with a wake service starting at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Bancroft.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.

Cheerie Raasch

Cheerie A. Raasch, 69, of Bancroft NE


Cheerie A. Raasch, 69, of Bancroft, NE passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial services are pending with Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE.

Jerry P. Clausen, 84, of Pender NE


Jerry P. Clausen, 84, of Pender, Nebraska died on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender.  The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.  T

here will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery near Pender.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Jerry Clausen

Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Kubik, 62, of Pender NE


Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Kubik, 62, of Pender, NE died on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.  Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender; Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko will be officiating.  Burial will follow lunch at the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, NE.  Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Pender is in charge of the arrangements.

Cindy was born on December 13, 1954 in Pender, NE, the daughter of Darrel and Karen (Hulsebusch) Baker.  She attended school in Pender, graduating in 1973.  In March of 1974, she was united in marriage to Dan Kubik at Toledo, IA.  They later divorced.  Cindy worked at Mary Ann’s Quilt Shop in Pender and later went on to work at IBP for 15 years.  She also worked for Smith Farm Service, and most recently at Thurston County as a 911 dispatcher.  Cindy enjoyed counted cross stitch, sewing and reading.  Most of all she loved the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Cindy is survived by her son David Kubik of Hastings, NE; daughter Amanda (James) Ferris of Sergeant Bluff, IA; mother Karen Dahlman of Pender, NE; and four grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister Jenny (Verne) Tyrrell of Pender, NE; brothers, Brian (Val) Baker of Wakefield, NE, Brad Baker of Pender, NE; step brothers, Steve Shemat of Calais, ME and John Shemat of Pender, NE.

She was preceded in death by her father, Darrel Baker and step brother Vincent Shemat.

Philip “Flip” E. Hetrick, 71, of Walthill NE


Philip “Flip” E. Hetrick, 71, of Walthill, NE passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at an Omaha hospital. Funeral services will be Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill; Pastor Brion Tolzman will be officiating. The visitation will be Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill. The burial will be at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Flip was born September 24, 1945 in Onawa, IA to Philip H. and Marjorie (Morse) Hetrick and baptized into the Methodist faith in Sioux City, IA in 1945. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Flip married the love of his life, Karen Swanson, on December 14, 1967 and made their home in Walthill. He worked at IBP for 31 years, and was part-time at Cooney Fertilizer. He was also a union member of local 222. Flip had a petting zoo for many years.

Flip enjoyed being outside fishing, swimming, and gardening. He also enjoyed gambling and watching westerns. Flip loved his animals, John Deere equipment and was an avid Husker and Buffalo Bills fan.

Flip is survived by his wife Karen Hetrick of Walthill, NE; sons, Jeff Bradley of Indianola, IA, Mike Bradley of Niceville, FL; daughters, Melissa (Tim) Ruge of Decatur, NE, Robin (Scott) Davis of Hubbard, NE, Jill (Tom) Ruge of Lake Park, IA; sisters, Janice (Bill) Sampson of Sioux City, IA, Janet Dowdy of Phoenix, AZ; brothers, Marc (Beth) Hetrick of Monument, CO, Greg (Joy) Hetrick of Rice, MN, Jack (Kim) Hetrick of Walthill, NE; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Marjorie Hetrick and brother, Chuck Hetrick.

Kirk R. Slaughter, 49, of Honolulu Hawaii, Formerly of Lyons Nebraska


Colonel Kirk R. Slaughter, age 49, of Honolulu, Hawaii was tragically killed on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in a boating accident at Waianae Boat Harbor in Hawaii.  Colonel Slaughter formerly of Lyons, Nebraska was stationed at Fort Shaftner, Hawaii and served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Operations of the 9th Mission Support Command of the Army Reserve.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Lyons-Decatur Northeast School Gymnasium in Lyons, NE; with Farther Paul Ortmeier celebrating Mass.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons.  Visitation will be 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons, with a wake service starting at 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation (Slaughter Memorials, 265 Radar Hill, Honolulu, HI 96819).  Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.

Colonel Slaughter formerly of Lyons, Nebraska was stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Operations of the 9th Mission Support Command of the Army Reserve.

Kirk Richard Slaughter was born December 3, 1967 in Pender, NE to Eugene Richard and Sharon Kay (Frey) Slaughter. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Upon graduating from Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School in 1986, he attended Chadron State College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, which he used to become a member of the Nebraska State Patrol for several years in the David City area.

Kirk loved sports and participated in football, basketball, track, and baseball in high school; and track in college. When Kirk was not participating in his own athletic endeavors, he was following the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Nebraska Football. Kirk also had a passion for hunting, fishing, golfing, surfing, and any other activity he could participate in, but he was not necessarily an expert at those activities.

On July 27, 1990, Kirk married his high school sweetheart, Kimrena Brehmer and shared in the joy of her Catholic faith. They made their home in Lyons, NE; David City, NE; Pelham, AL; and recently Fort Shafter, HI. They were blessed with four children, Allison, Derek, Max, and Zoe. Always as a family, they enjoyed going to football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball games of the kids. He had a talent in cheering on his children and their teams from the stands, as every stadium was aware of Kirk’s presence.

After high school, he joined the Army National Guard and began his military career. While on a support mission to Bosnia, Kirk was offered a full-time position with the Army Reserve, which he and Kim decided would be good for their family.  After moving to Alabama, he was deployed to Iraq for a year and earned the Bronze Star. After graduation from Air War College, they moved their family to Hawaii.  He loved his country and took great pride in achieving the rank of Colonel.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kim; daughters, Allison and Zoe; son, Max all of Fort Shafter, HI; son, Derek and fiance Haley Brooks of Fort Rucker, AL; mother, Sharon Slaughter of Lyons, NE; brothers, Marty (Amy) of South Sioux City, NE, Rustin (Michelle) of Omaha, NE; grandmother, Kathryn Frey of Lyons, NE; uncle, Lonnie (Carol) Slaughter of Sergeant Bluff, IA; aunt, Pat (Roger) Andersen of Lyons, NE; mother-in-law, Bette Brehmer of Lyons, NE; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and endless friends.

In eternity, Kirk will join his father, Eugene; beloved brother, Scott Eugene; grandparents, Alton “Buck” and Melba Slaughter; grandfather, John W. Frey; father-in-law, Reynard Brehmer; aunt, Barbara (Paul) Brewer; and cousin Sherry.

Kirk Slaughter

Kirk Slaughter, 49, of Hololulu Hawaii, Formerly of Lyons NE


Kirk Slaughter, 49, of Honolulu, Hawaii formerly of Lyons, Nebraska passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 due to an accident involving a boat at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor in Hawaii.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, Nebraska.

Kirk Slaughter

Elaine M. (Mueller-Stuckenschmidt) Moeller, 91, of Pender NE


Elaine M. (Mueller – Stuckenschmidt) Moeller, 91, of Pender, NE passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, June 03, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Pender, NE; Pastor Robert Schilling will be officiating.  Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Pender.  Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.  Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Elaine M. Mueller was born March 10, 1926 at her home in rural Pender to Willie and Louise (Kratke) Mueller.  She was baptized on April 22, 1926 and confirmed on June 18, 1939 in Pender.  She attended and graduated from Pender High School in 1944.  On November 23, 1947 Elaine married Melvin Stuckenschmidt in Pender.  To this union the couple had two children.  Together the couple lived and farmed southwest of Pender.  In 1975, they moved into town and continued farming until Melvin passed away.  On February 10, 1998 Elaine married Roland Moeller, together the couple farmed with Roland’s son Randy.

Elaine enjoyed bowling league, decorating cakes, card parties, square dancing, ballroom dancing, gardening and her flowers beds.   She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hospital Auxiliary, Pioneer Center, Jolly Fifteen Club, L.W.M.L. and L.L.L.

Elaine is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Trimble of West Point, NE; grandsons, Matt (Janet) Trimble of Pender, Aaron (Sara) Trimble of Pender, Daniel (Kristia) Trimble of Pender, and Stephen (Megan) Trimble of Cottondale, FL; step-son, Randy Moeller of Pender; and 13 great grandchildren.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Louise Mueller; husbands, Melvin Stuckenschmidt and Roland Moeller; son, Duane Stuckenschmidt; brother, Marvin Mueller.

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