Eunice LaVae Persson, 84, of Minneapolis, MN, Formerly of Oakland NE

Eunice LaVae Persson was born to George and Emelia (Willnard) Moseman on Jan. 27, 1934 in Oakland, Nebraska. She passed away May 11th in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 84 years.

Eunice lived most of her life in Oakland, Nebraska where she graduated from high school in 1951. She graduated from nursing school in 1956 and worked as a nurse at Oakland Memorial Hospital, Oakland Heights Nursing Home and St. Francis Hospital in West Point, Nebraska as an LPN. On April 10, 1959 she and Lloyd Persson were married and made their home in Oakland. They had 3 children – Carl, Joanie and Jim. Jim married Michelle Sloma and now live in Omaha, Nebraska and has 3 children – Ashley, Andrew and Alex Persson. Joanie married Stephen Johnson of Minneapolis and has 2 children- Emelia and Alexander Johnson. Their son Carl resides in Rockford, Minnesota. Eunice spent most of her life in Oakland, but after the death of her husband, she moved to Minneapolis to stay with her daughter Joanie. Eunice was a lover of nature and loved to spend time sitting in the garden, watching the birds and helping her daughter decide what and where to plant! She loved to be with her grandchildren and sitting in her chair reading a good book. Eunice was a gentle soul who touched many lives. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Persson, her parents George and Emelia Moseman, and her siblings Kermit Moseman, Bernice Nielsen and Erwin Moseman.

The family appreciates and is so thankful for the extraordinary outpouring of sympathy received since their mother’s death but per their mother’s request, a private graveside service for family only will be held at a later date.



 Private family services will be held


Memorial Contribution


Eunice Persson


Cathryn Belle Huff, 91, of Tekamah NE

Cathryn Belle Huff, 91 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland, Nebraska.

Visitation will be Thurs., Aug. 25th from 9L30-10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah, NE.

The Funeral Service is Thurs., Aug. 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah, NE.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.


Mavis A. Jensen, 81, of Oakland NE

Mavis A. Jensen, 81 years, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home.

Memorial services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services Oakland.

Virginia “Ginny” Mae Dorn, 85, of Tekamah NE

Virginia “Ginny” Mae Dorn was born on June 10, 1930 to Lewis and Violet (Moore) Dorn, on a farm northeast of Craig, Nebraska. She passed away February 10, 2016 at the Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland, Nebraska at the age of 85.

When she was a young child, she moved with her family to Tekamah, Nebraska. She started to attend the United Methodist Church at the age of 4.

Virginia graduated from Tekamah high school in 1947. She continued her education at Dana College, receiving her teaching certificate, and taught country school east of Tekamah.

On March 29, 1950, she was united in marriage to Raymond Howard Simpson at the Methodist Church in Tekamah. They began their lives together on a farm northwest of Tekamah in the Silver Creek Township. In 1958 they moved to a farm near Bertha, Nebraska.

Virginia was active in her rural community. She was a 20-year leader of the Farmer’s Daughters 4-H Club. She was an elder and Sunday school teacher for Divide Center Presbyterian Church; and was active in her Silver Creek Extension Club for 57 years. Virginia donated time and energy to the Burt County Museum in Tekamah and was also active in planning her Tekamah High School class reunions. Ray and Virginia enjoyed their grandchildren’s many sporting events and were 40 year College World Series visitors. She loved her flowers and gardening. The Tekamah Garden Club enjoyed many visits to her beautiful gardens. Virginia enjoyed planning and hosting many family reunions. One of her greatest joys was helping care for her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She enjoyed music, which included the clarinet in the high school band, and loved to play the piano. She also enjoyed sewing for her family, making everything from wedding dresses to quilts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret (Ray) Hansen, Jean (Lowell) Thompson, Elaine (Lloyd) Warren, infant baby sister; brothers, Bud (Amy) Dorn, Bill Dorn, George (Rene) Dorn, John (JoAnn) Dorn; son-in-law, Terry Backer.

Survivors include her husband Raymond Simpson of rural Tekamah; children, Susan (David) LeGrand of Nebraska City, NE, Ann Simpson of Oakland, NE, Peggy (Jack) Hobbie of Nebraska City, Phil (June) Simpson of rural Tekamah; sister, Violet (J.D) Little of Marshfield, MO; sister-in-law, Wanda (Bill) Dorn of California; 13 Grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be held Sat., Feb. 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Lillian “Tiny” Bacon, 87, of Lyons NE

Lillian “Tiny” Bacon, 87 years, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Oakland Heights in Oakland, Nebraska.

Visitation is Sun., Dec. 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons NE.

The memorial service is Mon., Dec. 7th at 3:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons NE.

Ann Gahan, 92, of Oakland NE

Ann Gahan was born on August 6, 1923 to Oscar and Lena (Schupbach) Blaser in Columbus, Nebraska. She passed away on December 2, 2015 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland, Nebraska, at the age of 92 years.

Visitation will be held Sun., Dec. 6th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland NE.

The funeral service will be on Mon., Dec. 7th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 1072 21st Ave., Columbus NE. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church.

Ann Gahan

Ann Gahan

Melva M. Christensen, 95, of Oakland NE

Melva M. Christensen, 95 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Oakland Heights, in Oakland.

Funeral Service

2:00 PM on Tues., Dec. 1st at
First United Metodist Church
113 N. Oakland Avenue, Oakland, Nebraska

Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to service.

Burial will be at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons NE.

Melva Christensen

Melva Christensen


Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News

By Nancy Silvey Activity Director

         Starting a new month next week on Monday March 2nd we will be having the monthly Volunteer Executive Meeting at 2:30 pm, also on Monday at 3:00 pm there will cake served for Mildred Moseman Birthday her birthday is the following Day on March 3rd. We have another resident having a birthday next week Bertha Mellor celebrates hers on March 6th.

Church Service for Sunday March 1st at 2:30 pm will be given by the St. John Lutheran Church with a luncheon served afterwards. On Wednesday March 4th at 1:00 pm is Communion with Pastor Hoden.

Activities for the week of March 2nd to March 7th are as followed, Reading with Marilyn, Manicures, Sing a Long, Game Day, Crafts, Word Games, Bingo w/WOW, Bible Fellowship, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, Saturday morning movie, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Nadine Anderson, Bonnie Fleischman, Di Ruwe, Mary Donavon, Anne Anderson, Dani Moseman, Lola Bridgeford, and Pat Anderson, and Sly Rouse.

Guest sign in last week were: Sam and Linda Harmes visiting

Activity Memorial Fund

A Memorial was given by Jim and Jo Johnson in memory of Tom Tibbels.



Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News

By Nancy Silvey Activity Director

Well it seems as if February blow in on a cold and snow note. This week we will be getting ready for the Valentines party coming up next week, residents and staff will get to vote on a Valentine King and Queen. Next week we will be having on Thursday February 12th at 2:30 pm Charlie Davis will be here to play the Harmonica then the valentine Party will be on Friday February 13th at 2:30 pm and on Saturday the 14th Valentine’s Day residents will be having a special evening Supper at 5:30 pm. We have two residents celebrating a birthday, Jeanette Johnson on February 3rd and Viola Enstrom on February 12th. Viola’s family will be serving Cake on the 12th at 3:00 pm in celebration of her Birthday.

Church Service for Sunday February 8th at 2:30 pm will be given by the Methodist Church with a luncheon served afterwards. There will be no Catholic Mass on the 10th as it was moved to February 3rd instead.

Activities for the week of February 9th to February 14th are as followed, Reading with Marilyn, Manicures, Reading Group, Coffee and Conversation, Crafts, Bingo w/Evang. Free, Bible Fellowship, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Saturday morning movie, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Dani Moseman, Betty Hanna, Bonnie Fleischman, Donna Baldwin; Betty Hanna, Mary Donavon, Di Ruwe, Mary Pearson, Kay Swanson, and Pat Anderson, Anne Anderson, and Sly Rouse.





Dr. Thomas R. Tibbels, 81, of West Point NE

Dr. Thomas R. Tibbels, age 81, of West Point, Nebraska passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Oakland Heights in Oakland, Nebraska. The family will receive guests Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Nielsen Center in West Point. A private memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later time. Donations may be made to Oakland Heights Nursing Home, Oakland, NE, West Point Central Catholic High School, John A. Stahl Public Library or a St. Francis Memorial Hospital or a charity of your choice.  Stokely Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of these arrangements.

Tom was born in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 14, 1934, to Randolph (Doc) H and Ethel C. (Winkler) Tibbels, the first of their four children.  He grew up in Oakland, Neb., graduating from Oakland High School in 1952.
He attended the University of Notre Dame from 1952-54, and transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in history. Before beginning his teaching career, he served as a deputy sheriff on the Winnebago reservation. In fall 1958, he began teaching and coaching at Holy Name Catholic High School, Omaha, Neb.
On Oct. 31, 1959, he married Jacqueline Maybee at Holy Name Catholic Church, Omaha, Neb. They moved to West Point, Neb., in 1960, where he starting teaching and coaching at Guardian Angels High School and they began raising their family.
In fall 1962, he entered the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, following in his father’s footsteps. He completed his residency as a general practitioner at Lincoln General Hospital in 1968 and returned to West Point to join Dr. L.L. Erickson and Dr. Eugene Sucha in private practice at Elkhorn Valley Clinic. He retired from his practice in 1995, renewed his teaching certificate and volunteered at West Point Central Catholic High School where he taught an honors social studies class, developing his own teaching materials steeped in philosophy, history and current events. He also spent time working with the students one on one.
He spent most of his time reading. He had a life-long passion for learning – always reading, always studying – and was an expert in his knowledge of general medicine, philosophy and World War II. His genuine love for the people he cared for in his medical practice and the students he coached and taught fueled this passion. He was also a regular at the local sports events especially enjoying the high school events. At home, his booming laughter will be missed most. With Doc, the bigger his audience the bigger his laugh.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline of West Point; children, Stephen R. (Loretta) Tibbels, Scott (Michelle) Tibbels and Cathy Tibbels all of Omaha, Matt (Theresa) Tibbels of Lincoln, Michael Tibbels of Norfolk and Tracy Tibbels of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Stacey (Toby) Shinaut, Stephanie, Lauren, Danielle, and Nicholas Tibbels; Ben and Aaron Tibbels; Patrick and Nathan Tibbels; Caleb (Donna) Smidt, Elise (Ryan) Kubik and Lexa Bortle. Brothers, Mike (Kay) Tibbels of Norfolk and Terry (Mary Jean) Tibbels of Carlsbad, Calif., and sister, Nancy (Gordon) Englert of Billings, Mt., three great granddaughters, two great grandsons and many nieces and nephews

Dr. Thomas Tibbels

Dr. Thomas Tibbels

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