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Vivian L. Fallbeck Petersen

Vivian L. Fallbeck Petersen, 92, of Fremont, Neb., passed away January 19, 2013, at her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

She was born February 20, 1920, in Cook, Neb., to Charles and Maude (Marshall) Sears. She was one of 11 children.

She married Milford Fallbeck on January 1, 1939, in Nebraska City, Neb., and they moved to South Dakota where they farmed for many years near Dempster, Estelline and Clear Lake, S.D. They relocated to a farm near Hooper, Neb., in 1959 and she began her employment at the former Campbell Soup Company in Fremont, Neb., where she worked for 21 years.

Her husband, Milford, passed away on March 12, 1962. Vivian then moved to Fremont, Neb. After retirement, she cared for her ailing mother and several elderly ladies. She volunteered as a Red Cross aide and delivered for Meals on Wheels. She also worked part time for McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

In November 1987, she married John Petersen and worked beside him in his garden until his death on August 2, 1993. They loved to dance and attended dances every weekend in Fremont, Neb., and Colon, Neb.

Vivian was a member of First Congregational Church, U.C.C. in Fremont, Neb.

She is survived by son, Roy Fallbeck of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters Jeannine Kelley of San Antonio and Connie Souza of Omaha. Neb.; sister, Helen Linn of Auburn, Neb.; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Milford and John; six brothers, Russell, Harlan, Bud, Warren, Robert, and Johnny Sears; two sisters, Pearl Tucker and Elizabeth Lunsford; daughter, Judy Nelson; daughter-in-law, Ann Fallbeck; son-in-law, Thomas Kelley; and another sister, June Hogard who passed away 24 hours after Vivian.

Memorial services were held January 23, 2013 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont, Neb.

Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Clear Lake S.D.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Jefferson House.

Online condolences may be left at

F. Alberta ‘Bertie’ Elfeldt

F. Alberta ‘Bertie’ Elfeldt, 98, formerly of Sutherland, Neb., passed away January 18, 2013 in her home at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

She was born May 2, 1914 on a ranch west of Tryon, Neb., to A.B. and Grace (McCance) Snyder. As a child, Bertie and her family moved to Oregon where she graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Ore. Afterward, she and her family returned to the Sutherland, Neb., area and she worked as a nurse at the North Platte Hospital.

On September 27, 1934, she married Glenn A. Elfeldt and to this union, three children were born. Bertie and her family soon settled on a ranch south of Sutherland, Neb. In 1957, a group including Bertie founded Sutherland Industries. She worked there until 1977 and her family continues to run the business today.

Bertie lived a full 98 years. She served as president of the Nebraska Cowbells (now Nebraska Cattlewomen), was a member of the Lincoln County Extension Board, was a 4-H Leader, served on the Census and Election Boards, was an Honorary Member of the Sutherland Chamber of Commerce, and was active at the Sutherland United Methodist Church where she found time to teach Sunday School. After being nominated by her grandchildren for being an outstanding grandmother, she was selected and hosted by the Granny Smith Apple Company with a trip to Washington State to receive an outstanding Granny award.

Bertie had many hobbies and loved a good adventure. She and Glenn loved to square dance and traveled to dances all over the country. She enjoyed trapping, hunting rattlesnakes, raising many varieties of cactus, and was a fixture at the top of the stands at the Sutherland Rodeo for many, many years. In later years, Bertie always creatively celebrated her birthdays with her family, including going whitewater rafting when she turned 80, and driving the lead team of horses on the Oregon Trail at Chimney Rock when she turned 90. She truly had a great life.

She is survived by daughter, Dr. Josee (Ray) Schultze of Bellevue, Neb.; two sons, Dr. William ‘Bill’ (Kandi) Elfeldt of Strawberry, Ariz., and Robert ‘Skip’ (Anita) Elfeldt of Sutherland, Neb.; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Beulah Callihan, formerly of Sutherland, Neb., and currently residing in Connecticut.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn, two sisters, Nellie Yost and Billie Thornburg, a brother Miles Snyder, and a grandson Jamie Elfeldt.

Memorial services were held January 23, 2013 at the Sutherland United Methodist Church.

Burial followed at the Riverview Cemetery south of Sutherland, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sutherland United Methodist Church or to the Sutherland Public School Foundation. ❖

Clarence H. Maas

Clarence H. Maas, 98, of West Point, Neb., passed away January 18, 2013, at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Neb.

He was born February 28, 1914, on the farm southwest of Bancroft in Logan Township to Carl and Matilda (Munderloh) Maas. He graduated eighth grade on June 9, 1925, from Zion Lutheran Church, rural Bancroft, Neb.

He married Edna Rink on June 1, 1943, near Pender, Neb. The couple farmed north of West Point, Neb., until retiring to West Point, Neb., in 1985. They resided at St. Joseph’s Retirement Community from July 2004. His wife preceded him in death June 16, 2005.

He raised grain and was a livestock producer. He served on the Bancroft Rural Fire Department and Logan Township Board.

He is survived by a daughter Marilyn (Dennis) Kimbrough of Geneva, Neb.; son, Larry (Korri) Maas of Bancroft, Neb.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Martha and Clayton Christensen of Storm Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law, Esther Sage of Ogden, Utah; sister-in-law, Phyllis Rink of Huron, S.D.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Marilyn Rink of Pender, Neb.; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a brother, a sister, two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

Memorial services were held January 21, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Bancroft, Neb.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

A memorial has been established. ❖

Nellie Jean Trosper

Nellie Jean Trosper, 86, passed away January 18, 2013.

She was born January 23, 1926, to Harry and Mabel (Barnhart) Williams on the family farm north of Cambridge, Neb.

She attended country school then graduated Valedictorian from Cambridge High School in 1943. She received her Normal School Certificate and taught country school north of Cambridge, Neb., in 1944 and 1945.

Nellie Jean married Fredrick Trosper on February 24, 1946, in Norton, Kan. To this union three children were born: Norman, Connie and Don.

Nellie Jean and Fred farmed south of Cambridge, Neb., from 1946 till 1953 when they moved to town. She owned and operated the Frontier Café from 1957 till 1989, when health concerns caused her to retire.

She loved her garden, flowers, sewing and quilting. The Cambridge Trojans and Nebraska Cornhuskers were her favorite teams. She was a life-time member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Fred; daughter, Connie; son Norman and wife, Joyce, all of Cambridge, Neb.; Don and wife, Janet of Wilsonville, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Pauline Williams of Clarksville, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents: brothers, Irwin, Dale, Robert, Willard and a sister, Wilma.

Memorial services were held January 23, 2013 at the First Congregational Church in Cambridge, Neb.

Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.

Friends may leave online condolences at

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