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Plains Edition Obituaries 9-8-12

Denis C. Westermann

Denis C. Westermann, 88, of West Point, Neb., passed away September 3, 2012, at West Point Living Center.

He was born May 10, 1924, on the family farm in Cuming County near Monterey, Neb., to Casper and Frances Imsicke Westermann and attended school at St. Boniface Catholic School.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a fireman first class aboard the USS Savo Island from January 31, 1945, until July 3, 1946.

On August 17, 1949, Denis married Camilla Hoetfelker at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder, Neb. The couple farmed near Howells, Neb., until 1956, moving to the farm south of Snyder, Neb., retiring to West Point, Neb., in November 1996 where Denis worked part time at Alco and as a van driver for West Point Living Center. His wife preceded him in death in 2008.

Denis was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Snyder VFW. He was a part of the Humble Heroes trip to Washington, D.C.

He is survived by daughters, JoDene (Norm) Jedlicka of Norfolk, Neb., and Lois (Mike) Oligmueller of West Point, Neb.; sons, Allen (Carla) of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Ronald of Scribner, David (Linda) of Columbus, Neb., and Marvin (Jean) of Maplewood, Minn.; brother, Hilbert Westermann of Denver; sisters, Marina Tworek of Silver Creek, Neb., and Regina Stump of Louisville; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers and two sisters.

Memorial services were held September 6, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point, Neb.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Endowment. ❖

Mamie Marie Brennemann

Mamie Marie Brennemann, 84, of Hyannis, Neb., passed away September 1, 2012 in her home.

She was born at Alliance, Neb., to Rolf and Bessie (Perrett) Brennemann on November 10, 1927. She was raised on the ranch north of Hyannis, Neb., with her two brothers, Ed and Bill. She attended the Academy in Alliance, Neb., for grade school and Brownell Hall in Omaha, Neb., for high school.

She came home to the ranch and had a couple of short term jobs until she joined United Airlines as a flight attendant. She flew the friendly skies with them for close to 30 years.

She retired to the hills near Sacrament, Calif., until she came to Hyannis, Neb., to live with her mother for her remaining years. Mamie lived out the rest of her life in the beloved Nebraska Sandhills.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and both brothers.

Memorial services will be held September 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Winters Building at Hyannis, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to they Hyannis Cemetery. ❖

Elza Bursell

Elza Bursell, 81, of Spencer, Neb., passed away August 17, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in O’Neill, Neb.

She was born on November 4, 1930, in Chambers, Neb., to Harry and Dora (Engelhaupt) Kestenholtz. She married Donald L. Bursell on November 30, 1949, in Bartlett, Neb. She was a past member of the Spencer Town Board.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Lee Nickeson and husband Jerry, of O’Neill; granddaughter, Erica Haake, and husband Trevor; grandson, Daniel Nickeson and wife Dana; great-grandson, Hadley Haake; eight nieces, Louise Kestenholtz, Carol Ann (Kestenholtz) Johnson, Barbara (Kestenholtz) McDermott, Georgiana (Kestenholtz) Metschke, Katharine (Kestenholtz) Peterson, Doraellen (Ferris) Ziemens, Darlene Ann (Clark) Block, and Debra Rochelle (Clark) Lancaster; and five nephews, Bert Ray Clark, Ronald Dean Clark, Gary Dean Ferris, Kenneth Kestenholtz, and Keith Kestenholtz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald on May 28, 2002, daughter, Diane, brothers, Kenneth Kestenholtz and Harold “Buddy” Kestenholtz, sisters, Zitella “Tillie” Ridell, Marjaul Ferris, and Hilma Clark, nephews, Eugene “Butchy” Kestenholtz and David Charles Ferris.

Memorial services were held August 21, 2012, at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill, Neb.

Burial was at the Phoenix Cemetery, north of O’Neill, Neb. ❖

Arlene Christensen

Arlene Kay Christensen, 62, of Omaha, Neb., passed away September 3, 2012.

She was born June 3, 1950, in Fremont, Neb., to Ross and Fern (Shaffer) Christensen. She grew up on a farm in rural Hooper, Neb. She attended elementary school at Districts 75 and 88, and graduated from Hooper High School in 1968. Arlene was active in 4-H for seven years and participated in sewing, cooking and gardening. She won blue ribbons for her vegetables at the Dodge County Fair. She enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers, and was especially proud of her African violets.

Arlene loved to sing and play the piano. In high school she was active in Girls Glee and the Pep Club. After graduating from high school, she moved to Omaha, Neb., where she attended Nettleton Business College. She went on to work at First National Bank, doing a variety of administrative jobs. She became a patient at Douglas County Health Center (DCHC) in June 2001, and lived there ever since.

She loved birds, cats and dogs, and she looked forward to the times when dogs would come to visit at DCHC. She enjoyed playing Yahtzee, bingo and Wii bowling. One of her favorite TV shows was Dancing with the Stars. She also enjoyed going on outings to Walmart and the zoo. Her favorite animals at the zoo were the big cats and penguins. She looked forward to visits from her Wisconsin niece Angela and her great-nephew, Angela’s son August. Her fellow residents at DCHC described her as kindhearted, polite, easy going, fiercely competitive at Wii bowling, with a wonderful laugh. She was the May 2012 resident of the month.

She is survived by sisters, Inez Bernhardt of Akron, Iowa, and Verla (Matt) Gatchell of Hartland, Wis.; brothers, Denny (Haruyo “Susie”) Mack of Stafford, Va., and Glen Christensen of Badger, Iowa; 13 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews; and uncle, Dean (Doris) Christensen of Hooper, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father and sister, Lela.

Memorial services were held September 7, 2012 at Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont, Neb.

Burial was in Hooper Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas County Health Center.

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