Bernadine Hastings, 93, of Elsie, Neb., passed away March 20, 2014, at her home.
She was born on March 18, 1921, at Grainton, Neb. She was the youngest of two children born to Virgil and Alice Skrivan Hilty.
She grew up in the Grainton but attended high school in Wallace were she graduated in 1942.
Bernadine was married to Marven Hastings on December 20, 1943 in Grant, Neb. They made their home on a farm southeast of Elsie, Neb., where she lived the rest of her life and raised six children on the farm. Marvin passed away in 1992 but Bernadine was able to stay on the farm with the help of her children.
Bernadine had celebrated her birthday with family the week before and had visited with some of her children on March 20th. She had an apparent fatal heart attack the evening of the 20th, just two days after her 93rd birthday.
Bernadine was the typical farm wife — supporting her husband and taking care of her children. She was a Cub Scout leader when her sons were young. She enjoyed her garden and canned a lot of produce. She was an excellent cook and for many years remembered her children and their families with birthday cakes. She was an avid card player and always enjoyed a game of pitch or rummy at family gatherings. She had a special a special bond with her dog Toby and was saddened by his death last year.
She is survived by three daughters, Marvena (Bob) Boettger-Rongesch, Carol Lungrin and Janet (Terry) Dunlap, all of North Platte, Neb.; three sons, Dennis (Darlene) of Grant, Neb., Victor (Taffy) of rural Ogallala, Neb., and Bill of North Platte, Neb.; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two step-brothers, Roland and Dwane Hilty, and one step-sister, Marion Wilfong, all of Council Bluffs Iowa plus many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Bernadine was preceded in death by two brothers, Victor and Marvin Hilty.
Services were held March 25, at the Elsie United Methodist Church. Burial took place in the Elsie Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. ❖
William F. “Bill” Blankenau
William F. “Bill” Blankenau, 79, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away on April 16, 2014.
He was born on September 18, 1934 in Dodge to Herman and Christina (Lienen) Blankenau.
He served in the US Air Force and was later an electrical technician for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Bill met his sweetheart Rita at a dance, and they were married for 56 years and raised eight children.
To say Bill was an avid outdoorsman is an understatement. It was never too early to go fishing, nor too cold to go hunting. Nearly every photo of Bill shows him displaying a successful catch. Bill enjoyed a long retirement in Moses Lake, Washington with plenty of fishing and hunting with Kay, his black lab.
Bill is survived by his wife, Rita of Lincoln, Neb.; children, Gary Blankenau of Sweden, Lori Wood and husband Doug of Seattle, Wash., James “Jimmy” Blankenau of Beatrice, Neb., Annie Blankenau McCall and husband Jim McCall of Seattle, Wash., Dan Blankenau and wife Monica of Lincoln, Neb., Bill Blankenau and wife Angela of Manhattan, Kan., Joe Blankenau and wife Monica Snowden of Wayne, Neb., and Diane O’Neil of Alamosa, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; brothers (spouses), Tony (Elaine) Blankenau of Dodge, Herman Blankenau of Denton, Texas, Frank (Darlene) Blankenau of Lincoln, Neb., and Edmund (Britta) Blankenau of Omaha, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard and granddaughter, Maya.
A Rosary service will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday, April 21, 21014, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1940 S. 77th Street, Lincoln. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Dodge, Neb., at 2:00 p.m. Monday. ❖