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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.

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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

Georgene (Brehmer) Fuller, 85, of Pender NE


Georgene (Brehmer) Fuller, 85, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, NE; Pastor Brion Tolzman will be officiating. Visitation will be Monday, March 13, 2017 at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Pender, NE is in charge of arrangements.

Georgene was born September 12, 1931 in Bancroft, NE to Emil and Lizzie (Stuckenschmidt) Brehmer. She was baptized October 4, 1931 and confirmed June 17, 1945 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pender by Reverend Robert Kruse. She married Francis “Barney” Fuller of Bancroft, NE on August 9, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church by Reverend H. L. Hennig. Georgene worked at the sale barn as a cook where she became famous was her pies. She started working there in 1972 and for G and G Catering since 1983. She was a member of the Ladies Aid since 1963, the Red Hat Club, and the Neighbor Card Club. Georgene and Barney were also a 4-H leader since 1965.

Georgene is survived by her sons; Harvey Lee of Elkland, MO, Lonnie Gene (Diane) of Elkland, MO, daughter; Cheryl Lynn (Steve) Utech of Sioux City, IA, grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Georgene is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis; a step grandchild, Jason Utech; sisters, Violet Paulson and Deloris Abendroth; and brothers, LeRoy Brehmer and Marlin Brehmer.

Marcella Brehmer, 91, of Pender NE


Marcella (Konopasek) Brehmer passed away February 14, 2017 at Pender Community Hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church in rural Pender Nebraska; Pastor Robert Schilling will be officiating. The visitation will be Friday, February 17, 2017 at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The burial will be at St John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, followed by lunch at the Pender Senior Center. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Marcella was born May 24, 1925 on a farm near Beemer, NE to James and Anna (Vach) Konopasek. Marcella attended rural Cuming County Schools. On December 3, 1944 she married Leroy Brehmer.  In their younger years, Marcella and Leroy enjoyed roller skating and dancing. They farmed southwest of Pender and were blessed with two sons, Gary and Keith. Leroy passed away in 1990 and Marcella moved into town shortly after.

Marcella was a life time member of St John’s Lutheran Church of rural Pender. The past five years Marcella spent at Heritage of Emerson. She enjoyed the activities and made many close friends. Marcella was very honored to be the Valentines Queen in 2014. Marcella’s greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marcella is survived by her sons, Gary (Pat) Brehmer of Ponte Vedra Beach FL, Keith (Rita) Brehmer of Pender NE; close cousin, Dale (Joyce) Doescher of Galva, IA; grandchildren Ryan Brehmer of Niagra Falls, NY, Angie (Barry) Matthewson of St Johns, FL, Ben (Katie) Brehmer of Pender, NE, Molly (Amp) Ferg of David City, NE; great grandchildren, Daphne and Gwynn Matthewson, Collins and Crew Ferg; and step great grandchildren Kolton, Rylee and Zoey Lehmkuhl.

Marcella is preceded in death by parents; husband, Leroy; and infant granddaughter, Bobbi Jo.

Marcella Brehmer

Marcella Brehmer

Dena Lampe, 91, of Pender NE


Dena Colleen (O’Mara) Lampe, 91, of Pender, NE, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the United Church of Pender at 10:30 a.m.; Pastor Aaron Trimble will be officiating. The visitation will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at the United Church of Pender from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials may be directed to the MS Foundation in Omaha. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.

Dena Lampe

Dena Lampe

Darrel E. Baker, 83, of Pender NE


Darrel E. Baker, 83, of Pender, NE died on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.  Memorial services for Darrel will be held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender; Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko will be officiating.  The visitation will begin one hour prior to the service on Friday morning.  Burial will be at a later date in the Bancroft Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Pender is in charge of the arrangements.

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Darrel Baker

Arthur W. Oetken, 89, of Emerson NE


Arthur W Oetken, 89, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE. Memorial services will be Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE; Pastor Gretchen Ritola is officiating. The visitation will be Friday, August 26, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson, NE.

Arthur was born on the family farm near Emerson on May 22, 1927, the son of Henry and Mary (Bottger) Oetken. He lived all his life in the Emerson area. He married Mildred Pallas on March 29, 1947, the couple had seven children. In 1991, Art and Mildred retired and moved into Emerson.

Arthur loved fishing and trains, but most of all he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; sons, Dale (Darlene) Oetken of Fostoria, IA, Roger (Sharon) Oetken of Emerson, NE, Robert (Karen) Oetken of Lincoln, NE, Larry (Barbara) of Norfolk, NE, Richard (Michelle) Oetken of Lincoln, NE; daughters, Connie (Glen) Vraspir of Emerson, NE, Beverly (Leonard) Gradert of Emerson, NE; sister, Helen Frey of Pender, NE, 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wayne and Herman; and two sisters, Leona Pullen and Alvena Evans.

Arthur Oetken

Arthur Oetken

Arthur W. Oetken, 89, of Emerson NE


Arthur W. Oetken, 89, of Emerson, NE died on Monday, August 23, 2016 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.

Memorial services are currently pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Emerson, NE.

Leora Russman, 101, of Bancroft NE


Leora Russman, 101, of Bancroft, NE died on Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.

Funeral services for Loera are pending at this time with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft.

Michael Tott, 55, of Pender NE


Michael Tott, 55, of Pender, Nebraska died on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.

Funeral services for Michael are currently pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Pender.

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