Patricia “Pat” Brogan
Patricia “Pat” Brogan, 88, of Aurora, Colo., and formerly of Keystone, Neb., passed away June 20, 2013 in her home.
She was born December 4, 1924, in North Platte, Neb., the daughter of Michael and Genevieve (Backes) Murray.
She was raised in Cheyenne, Wyo., and attended St. Mary’s High School for three years. Pat transferred to St. Patricks High School in Sidney, Neb., graduating in May 1942. She met Bernard Brogan in Sidney and they were married on Shoemaker Naval Base in California in 1945 before he went overseas during WWII.
She attended college for one year and was employed in the Department of Internal Revenue office in Cheyenne, Wyo., for several years. After Bernard was discharged from the Navy in 1946, the couple moved to the Brogan Ranch east of Keystone where they raised their family. Pat helped with much of the ranch work and in 1969 began employment as a part time Field Representative for the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Association, a position she held for more than 37 years. She retired at the age of 81.
Pat helped in the 4-H program when her children were young and was a member of the Ogallala St. Lukes Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the Heart Association, and the Cancer Society.
In August 2006 Pat moved to Aurora, Colo., to be near her daughter and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church and the Neighborhood Ambassadors group.
Her hobbies included traveling, gardening, reading and volunteering. She especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
She is survived by her children, Bernadette and her husband Dr. George Mohatt of Sheridan, Wyo., Colleen Brogan of Aurora, Colo., and Michael Brogan of Henderson, Nev.; Daughter-in-law Karen Brogan Chandler of Keystone, Neb.; Three Brothers-in-law Raymond Kisicki of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Ed Robinson of Seattle, Wash.; and Vince Boryla of Denver, Colo.; Four Grandchildren: Dennis (Lisa) Mohatt of Buffalo, N.Y.; Katie Mohatt and her husband Dan Keeler of Girdwood, Alaska; John Brogan of Aurora, Colo.; and Amy (David) Adams of Aurora, Colo.; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard in 2000, son Patrick J. Brogan in 1991, sister Genevieve Kisicki in 2004, one infant granddaughter Theresa Jo Brogan and two infant great-grandchildren.
Services were held July 15,2013 in the Ogallala St. Luke’s Catholic Church.
Cremation took place. Inurnment is in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. ❖
Opal M. Kuehn
Opal M. Kuehn, 92, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away July 9, 2013 in Lincoln.
She was born on a farm near Hollenberg, Kan., to Fred and Ethel (Harper) Schmitt.
She attended country grade school and graduated from Fairbury High School in the class of 1938.
She is a member of Christ United Methodist Church and Naphis Chapter Daughters of the Nile. She was a former member of Chapter No. 148 Eastern Star for over 50 years.
She was employed for 23 years as an Administrative Assistant for the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, Vault Superintendent for The Commonwealth Company for 10 years, did defense work during the war as an inspector of fiber filled washer nuts for the Stop Nut Company and soldered telephone and telegraph panels for Western Electric in Lincoln. Prior to marriage she was a switch board operator for the Fairbury Telephone Company.
Survivors include: Sons, James (Valerie) and William (Patricia) of Lincoln, Neb.; Daughter, Sharon Nilsson of Lincoln, Neb., seven granddaughters; seven great grandchildren; one step grandson; three step great grandchildren; two sisters, Lela Barber of Ozo Valley, Ariz., and Joyce Robinson of Fairbury, Neb., and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Services were held July 12, 2013 at Christ United Methodist Church. ❖