Obituaries for Plains 3-28-09
Lucille Jehorek Brethauer, 98, of rural Brule died March 14, 2009, at her home.
She was born July 16, 1910, at Keystone, Neb., the daughter of Silas Crawford and Eva Ulrich Coyner. She was the second baby girl born in Keystone and was raised there.
She graduated from Keystone High School as valedictorian of her class in 1929. She earned a teaching certificate at Kearney College. She rode horseback to the Birdwood School north of Sarben and taught there, then at District #62 south of Brule. She also taught at District #18 north of Ogallala.
In 1934 she married Leo Jehorek and the couple lived in Denver. Due to Leo’s father’s needs the family moved back to Keith County to help on the farm. Later they began their own farming business. They established a Grade A Dairy and sold milk.
The next move was to the Campbell Farm that they had bought back in 1949 and they lived there until Leo’s death in 1975.
She got her teaching certificate renewed and taught school for ten years, retiring in 1970. She then worked as a bookkeeper for her son Bob at his grain elevator business in Platteville, Colo., for several years.
On May 2, 1987, she married Jake Brethauer and the couple lived in the Platteville area. He died on April 16, 2000, after a long illness. She returned to Ogallala to be closer to her family.
Her hobbies include reading, music, painting, and crocheting. She was a member of the Ogallala Regional Arts Council and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Survivors include her twelve children, Pauline (Dean) Fifield of Madera, Calif., Caroline (Francis) Moes of Green Bay, Wich., Leon (Lois) Jehorek of Paxton, Thomas Jehorek and Fiance Deanne Wolford of Ogallala, Robert (Teresa) Jehorek of Brule, Richard (Jennifer) Jehorek of Brule, Steve (Karen) Jehorek of Brule, Bill (Kristy) Jehorek of Ogallala, Marty (Janie) Jehorek of Lincoln, David (Kathy) Jehorek of Las Vegas, Nev., Francie (David) Claus of Douglas, Wyo., Ed (Tiffany) Jehorek of Longview, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Dorothy Jehorek of Ogallala and Rosemary Jehorek of St. Joseph, Mo.; and more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leo Jehorek and Jake Brethauer; son, Larry Jehorek; six sisters, Daisy Collister, Margaret Kenfield, Ada Robeson, Eva Sennett, Paula Goertzen, and Kay Coyner; two brothers, Bert Coyner and Crawford Coyner; daughter-in-law, Joyce Jehorek, granddaughter, Danielle Jehorek, and great-granddaughter, Bryanna Jehorek.
Helena Bonadeen Walker, 73, of Lakeside died March 15, 2009, at Highland Park Care Center after a battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 27, 1935, in Sheridan, Mo., to Lloyd Earl and Lillie (Hudson) Winemiller.
She was united in marriage to Jack E. Walker on April 22, 1953, at Bedford, Iowa. This is where they started their family. They decided to move the family to Nebraska, and raise the kids on a ranch. She spent many years being a mother, ranch cook, ranch hand, and anything else the situation called for.
Later on in life they left the ranch to start their own Trucking business, Walker Trucking. She was the dispatcher for many years. Later she started going in the trucks with Jack to keep him company. After a few trips in the trucks she decided to start driving. She got her CDL license, and has had it until the past few years. They ran their trucking business for 30 years.
The ranch life called them back again, so they went to work for Black Ranches. It has been noted all over the neighborhood, that she was the best cook in the country. You never left her house hungry. She enjoyed camping, riding her 4-wheeler, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
She later moved from the ranch to Crossroads Assisted Living in Alliance where she had many dear friends.
Survivors include her children, Jess (Nancy) Walker of Gering, Peggy (Butch) Black of Lakeside, Kerry (Denise) Walker of Bayard, Alan (Karen) Walker of Minatare, and Brian (Judy) Walker of Hemingford; brother, Ben (Gayle) Winemiller of Iliff, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Walker; infant son, Jackie Earl, and her stepbrother, Vernon Wilcox.
Alta Mae Von Behren, 81, of North Platte, died March 16, 2009, at Linden Court.
She was born June 7, 1927, in Republic City, Neb., to John and Edith Clay Brumbaugh.
She attended school in Chester, Neb., and graduated from Chester High School in 1944, she then went to Kearney Teacher’s College, graduating from there also.
She married Loren R. Von Behren on April 15, 1950 in Chester. The couple lived in Kearney for awhile, before moving to North Platte. In North Platte, she taught at Pleasant View Country School; Platte Valley; Cleveland and Lincoln Elementary Schools.
She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church; member of the Retired Teachers Group; Neophyte Extension Club. She enjoyed her aqua size exercise group and the church circle. After her retirement, she enjoyed painting and china painting.
Survivors include daughters, Vicky (John) Smith of North Platte, Linda (Bill) Brown of Broomfield, Colo., and Carol (Wes) Reichenberg of Broken Bow; one son, Robert (Marianne) Von Behren of Wildwood, Mo; nine grandchildren, Tonya (Scott) Miller of Hershey, Stacy (Trevor) McCarty of Parker, Colo., Brett (Bri Gauger) Smith of Lincoln, Neb., David (Cassandra) Krause of Centennial, Colo., Jeremy (Catherine) Reichenberg of Reno, Nev., Kent Reichenberg of Grand Island, Laurie Reichenberg of Broken Bow, Tessa Von Behren of Columbia, Mo., and Brittney Von Behren of Wildwood, Mo.; five great grandchildren, Trevor Miller, Josie Miller, Ella McCarty, Keaton McCarty and Caroline Krause; and many other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and several half brothers and sisters.