Obituaries for Plains Edition 2-14-09
Lorin Clyde Wagner, 66, of Gothenburg, died Jan. 19, 2009, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 18, 1942, to Clyde F. and Elinor F. (Kirstein) Wagner at Neligh. He grew up at Neligh and attended country school there and also Junior High. His family moved to Gothenburg in 1956 where he graduated from Gothenburg High in 1961.
He entered the Army on Jan. 29, 1963, at Fort Hood and served in Okinawa. He was a paratrooper and a Green Beret. He served his country for three years.
He married Carol Lee Holbein on Dec. 2, 1978, in Gothenburg.
He worked at Valley Sales as a welding tech and for several area farmers, Keith Aden, Doug Block and Jim Aden. He enjoyed farming, cutting firewood, wood crafting and working in the shop. In his younger years he enjoyed local dirt track racing, he was also involved in the Cub Scouts with his three sons.
Survivors include his wife, Carol of Gothenburg; three sons, Jason (Lisa) Wagner, Michael (Trica) Wagner of Gothenburg and Mitchell Wagner of Benkelman; brother, Leon (Karen) Wagner of Neligh; two sisters, Gaylene Scarrow of Gothenburg and Melgene (Jerry) Patterson of Lexington; four grandchildren, Jasmine, Sophie, Haley and Payton; his extended family, Bryan and Peggy Wright and family of Dayton, Ohio, and Randy and Serena Winter and family of Gothenburg.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Elinor Wagner; a nephew Damon Scarrow and two great nieces, Carissa A. Madsen and Kelsey L. Smith.
Mary Elizabeth Mulligan Hollopeter, 65, of Wood Lake died Feb. 1, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
She was born Aug. 10, 1943, to Vern and Gladys Denny in Ainsworth.
She attended school in Ainsworth and graduated from Ainsworth High School.
She married John R. Mulligan In 1961. This union was blessed with four children.
Her passions were her children, grandchildren, quilting, and scrapbooking. She moved to Valentine in 1985, where she eventually owned and operated The Gallery, a shop for quilting and distinctive gifts, which reflected her unique style and grace. Her gift for business began in high school, when she and her mother opened the Towne Shoppe, a elegant women’s clothing store in Ainsworth.
She was an active genealogist and was a founding member of the Brown County Historical Society at Ainsworth. She was a member of the Nebraska State Quilt Build and the Valentine Quilt Guild. She was an artist and a member of the Ainsworth and Thedford Art Guilds. She was secretary of the State High School Rodeo Association, the Independent Cattlemen and was the Co-chairman of the 1998 Cattleman’s Ball. She served on the board of Old West Days in Valentine for several years. In 2006 She was chairman for the Art and Quilt Show for the First National Day of the Cowboy in Ainsworth.
She became friends with Willard Hollopeter on 1988. Their friendship grew as they talked and laughed and traveled, to merchandise markets, cowboy poetry gatherings, and visiting family. They were married on Jan. 1, 2007. As she always did, no matter where she lived, she made a warm and welcoming home for them, their family and friends in Wood Lake. There they attended the Wood Lake Union Church. She made the Wood Lake community her home, by filling in at the Wood Lake Cafe and serving as Village Clerk.
Survivors include her husband, Willard; her children, Tanna (Rick) Licking of Thedford, Christi (Joe) Leonard of Bassett, Mark (Judy) of Halsey, and Bobby (Marcy) of Tonkawa, Okal.; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; Willard’s children Kenny (Kelly) Hollopeter of Valentine and Julie (Tom) Williams of Cody, Wyo.; six grandchildren and one great grandchild and multitudes of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Vernon; brother, Terry Denny; sister, Dorla Dee Wendler; nephew, David Denny and grandson, Josiah Hollopeter.
Helen Elizabeth Freiberg, 80, of North Platte died Feb. 8, 2009, after a courageous fight with cancer.
She was born to Ralph and Dorothy Robinson of March 9, 1928.
She will be missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing her, because, to know her, was to love her. Music and church were a big part of her life. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, sang in and directed its choir and played in and directed the bell choir. She will forever be known for, and loved by, her Ring Rong’s youth bell choir. She sang in the Heartland Singers, Monday Musical, played piano for and sang in the Frontier Review and Community Theater. She was a Job’s Daughter queen, achieved the Woman’s of Achievement Award in 1987 and their beautiful gardens, won a Yard of the Year Award, gardening was her passion.
She worked for Odegard’s Gift Shop, Fort Cody and recently ran her own home canning and pie business, Helen’s Pantry. She also taught piano for 20 years. Her students were her “kids” and she loved them like her own.
Survivors include her husband, Jack of 62 years; children, Susan (Jim) Vander Lindenher and Chuck (Pam) brother, Jim Robinson (Brenda); four grandchildren, Marissa, Charlie, Ross and Jack; three great-grandchildren, Anna, Isaac and Owen; niece, Geri Stroh; and other extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Ralph Robinson; a son, Thomas; and a sister, Ruth Robinson.
Ralph Stewart Saul Jr., 73, of North Platte, died Feb. 8, 2009 at his home.
He was born Dec. 20, 1935, to Ralph Stanley and Margaret P. Priest Saul Sr. in North Platte. He grew up in North Platte, and attended school, graduating from North Platte High School. He entered the U.S. Coast Guard after high school, and after his discharge he returned to North Platte.
He married Victoria Costilla on Dec. 20, 2005. He was a loving man to his family and his wife. He was considerate of others feelings and needs, and always willing to give others a second chance.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a member of DAV, and AMVETS.
Survivors include his wife, Victoria of North Platte; sister, Margaret Melcher of North Platte; three nephews, Myron (Cheryl) Saul, Kelvin (Cindy) Saul and Victor Saul; great nieces and nephews Myra, LeRoy, Rhonda, Tana, Dawn, Amanda, Kristi, Wesly, Casey and Justin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Elvin Saul and Gordon Saul.
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