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Plains Edition Obituaries 12-1-12

Mary Janelle Genereux

Mary Janelle Genereux, 79, of Bartlett, Neb., passed away November 15, 2012, at her home.

She was born January 11, 1933, in O’Neill, Neb., to Matthew and Helen (Rotherham) Hynes. She graduated from St. Mary’s in O’Neill, Neb.

She met Louis Arsene Genereux, and they were married on January 20, 1953, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill, Neb. She was a hard working wife, helping on and around the ranch. She was also a mother and grandmother.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of America, taught Catechism classes, and was a member of the Clover Blossom Extension Club for many years. Mary was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her Husband, Louis; son, Art Genereux and wife Karen, of Bartlett, Neb.; daughter, Julie Genereux Thompson, of Norfolk, Neb.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Katherine Spitzenberger, of Omaha, Neb.; and brothers; Bill Hynes, of Falls Church, Va., Matt Hynes, of O’Neill, Neb., and Terry Hynes, of Omaha, Neb.

Memorial services were held November 20, 2012, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill, Neb.

Burial was in the Bartlett Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aseracare Hospice or the Carson Cancer Center. ❖

Pat Hickenbottom

Pat Hickenbottom, 46, passed away November 15, 2012 at Overton, Neb.

He was born April 21, 1966 at Broken Bow, Neb., to Chuck and Karolyn (Miche) Hickenbottom.

Pat attended school in Ansley, Neb., and continued to live in Mason City/Ansley, Neb., area until a few years ago. After graduating he worked for his Grandpa Miche. Along with his farming, he also had his own truck, worked for the township and was later employed with the Custer County Road department. Pat was also a volunteer with the Ansley Fire department.

He, like his mother Karolyn, would often leave his own work to go help a friend or neighbor in need. Pat was a good worker and had a variety of mechanical skills.

He is survived by his sister, Pam Hickenbottom of Broken Bow, Neb.; grandmother Lucille Miche of Ansley, Neb.; aunt Marilyn and uncle Duane Miller, aunt Bonnie Hickenbottom, aunt RosaLee and uncle Reed Hamilton, aunt Betty Celesky and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Karolyn, grandparents Mae and Leonard Hickenbottom, granddad Robert Miche, and uncles.

Memorial services were held November 23, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Ansley, Neb.

Inurnment was in the Ansley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Ansley, Neb., and Ansley Fire Department. ❖

Lois Flores

Lois Flores, 88, of Scribner, Neb., passed away November 26, 2012, at Hooper Care Center.

She was born January 11, 1924, to Otto and Annie (Bauer) Wapelhorst on the family farm west of Scribner, Neb. Shortly after graduating from Scribner High School in 1942, her mother passed away. Along with her sister, Elaine, and brother, Wallace, the three siblings assumed the household chores. She also taught school at a one-room schoolhouse west of Scribner, Neb.

On June 25, 1946, she married Leigh B. Flores of West Point, Neb., at the Congregational Church in Scribner, Neb. Together, they rented a farm southwest of Uehling, Neb., and were blessed with three sons, Stephen, Rodney and Jeffrey. Eventually, they purchased their farm north of Hooper, Neb., where they resided until they built their new home in Scribner, Neb., and turned over the farming operation to their oldest son, Steve.

Lois was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hooper, Neb., where she was a longtime member of the church choir and Women of ELCA. She also was active in the Dodge County Extension and several neighborhood card clubs.

Lois and Leigh enjoyed square dancing, traveling with friends, family gatherings and playing cards. Lively banter and laughter were trademarks of any card game at their table. Together, Lois and Leigh found particular joy in the activities of their eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; they often drove long distances to support them. Lois enjoyed crafts, flower and vegetable gardening, as well as canning. She loved cooking for her family and having them gathered together. Her baking efforts were usually consumed before they cooled, unless she was careful to hide the freshly baked goods before her family came into the house. Lois and Leigh enjoyed over 66 years of marriage before Leigh passed away in August 2012.

She is survived by a son, Rodney (Kathy) Flores of Larkspur, Colo.; daughters-in-law, Jane Flores of Hooper, Neb., and Julie Flores of Dysart, Iowa; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, Kelly (Julie) Lefler and Karmen (Travis) Hembury; five great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Stephen and Jeffrey; her parents; a stepmother, Meta Wapelhorst; sister, Elaine Tate; brother, Wallace; sisters-in-law, Arlene Wapelhorst, Doris Johnson, Dorothy Hiatt and Dorothy Flores; brothers-in-law, Stanley Johnson, Gordon Flores, Earl Flores, Norby Kampsnider and Max Tate.

Memorial services were held November 30, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, north of Hooper, Neb., with the Rev. Judy Johnson officiating.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

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Ethel Rose (Shaw) Huffman

Ethel Rose (Shaw) Huffman, 104, passed away November 19, 2012, at Heritage Hall, Melham Medical Center, in Broken Bow, Neb.

She was born March 28, 1908, near Filley, Neb., to L. V. and Susie (Durken) Shaw. She was the youngest of six children. The Shaw family came to Custer County in 1910 settling on a farm near Berwyn, Neb., where Ethel entered school. In 1919, the family moved to the Happy Hollow School District south of Berwyn, Neb., and she attended school there through the 11th grade. She graduated from the Ansley High School with the Class of ‘26 and attended Kearney State Normal College receiving an advanced teaching certificate. Ethel taught at the Flat Bottom School near Cumro, Neb., for 3-1/2 years.

On February 24, 1929, Ethel was united in marriage to Francis Huffman at the Baptist Parsonage in Ansley, Neb. She and Francis made their home for several years on a farm near the South Loup River. They had two children, Illene and Ivyl. In 1941, the family moved to Fort Wayne, Ind. Francis was employed with the Fruehauf Trailer Company during WWII. Because of Francis’ illness, they moved to Ansley, Neb., in 1948. They operated the Sinclair gas station and motel for several years. Francis passed away October 21, 1971. Ethel was employed as secretary at the Ansley School in 1964 until her retirement in 1989.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church at Ansley, Neb., where she served as treasurer for more than 20 years. Ethel enjoyed being with her family, working at her church, volunteering in her community and taking care of her yard. Bowling was one of her favorite pastimes. She was league secretary for many years, bowled in more than 30 years of Nebraska tournaments and several national tournaments. At the age of 97, Ethel broke her hip and had to quit bowling.

She is survived by her daughter, Illene Drake and husband Rollie of Axtell, Neb.; son, Ivyl Huffman and wife JoAnn of Wilcox, Neb.; grandson Edward Huffman and wife Diane of Belton, Mo.; granddaughters Sandra Huffman of Wilcox, Neb., and Stephanie Waite and husband Jeff of Harrisburg, S.D.; and four great-grandchildren, Joel, Lindsay, Jared and Alyssa.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; five brothers, George, Charlie, Reuben, Howard, and infant brother; and one sister, Helen.

Memorial services were held November 24, 2012 at United Methodist Church in Ansley, Neb.

Burial was at the Box Elder Cemetery at Cumro, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Ansley, or Heritage Hall, Melham Medical Center, Broken Bow, Neb.

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