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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 82, of Grand Island died Oct. 30, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare at Lakeview.

She was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Gatewood, W.V., to Charles and Sallie (Clower) Mitchell.

She received her education in Fayetteville, W.V. Prior to her marriage and before moving to Nebraska, she worked in a silk-screen plant at Aberdeen, Md.

She married Max Jacobson Feb. 19, 1944, in Aberdeen.

The couple moved to rural Clay County, and she assisted her husband with the family farm and raising eight children. She then was employed at the Sutton Community Home for 15 years. The couple retired from the farm in 1991, and then moved to Grand Island. Mr. Jacobson died in 1998.

She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, reading, listening to music, and visiting with close friends. She was also an avid Husker football fan.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and the Eagles Club.

Survivors include five sons, Charles (Chris) Jacobson of Rochester, Minn., Lyle (Marsha) Jacobson of Chamberburg, Penn., Michael (Julie) Jacobson of North Platte, Myron (Donna) Jacobson of Manitou Springs, Colo., and Allen (Michelle) Jacobson of St. Charles, Ill.; three daughters, Donna McNeal of Grand Island, Deanna (Raymond) Rollins of Grand Island, and Brenda (David) Phillips of Escondido, Calif.; and one sister, Ethel Payne of Oak Hills, W.V.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max; her parents; an infant daughter, Virginia Lea; two grandchildren, Scott McNeal, and John Michael Jacobson; three brothers, Lee Mitchell, Wesley Mitchell, and Eliza Mitchell; and two sisters, India Mitchell, and Lura Brooks.

, 94, of Claremore, Okla., died Oct. 28, 2006, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

The eighth of ten children, she was born to Press and Lulu (McCoy) Wilson on Feb. 13, 1912, in Sioux County. She graduated from Sioux County High School in 1929.

She married R. Herschel Smith in Hot Springs, S.D., on July 30, 1930. They resided in Sioux County and in Lance Creek, Wyo., before relocating to their longtime hometown of Crawford.

They were members of the Crawford community as supporters of the Crawford Rodeo Association and other civic organizations. Among their favorite activities were participation in the Grand Square Dance Club and membership in the Congregational Church.

After Herschel’s death in 1968, she continued to live in the family residence in Crawford. In 2001, she relocated to Claremore, Okla., to live with her daughter and son-in-law. A lifelong Husker fan, she prized her membership in the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Cornhusker Club and attended many watch parties and club functions.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue (Gordon) Kay of Claremore, Okla.; daughter-in-law, Joan Brown of Los Alamos, N.M.; and granddaughters, Kim Smith-Neilsson of Mountain View, Calif., Julie Kay Hughes of San Antonio, Texas, Kelly Smith-Myers of Los Alamos, N.M., and Jennifer Kay of Broken Arrow, Okla.; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Fay (Wilson) Carns and other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Press and Lulu Wilson; her husband, Herschel Smith; son, Duane W. Smith; brother, Harold; sisters, Orpha, Valli, Velma, Opal, Hope, Joy and Dona Belle.

, 50, of Grand Island died Oct. 30, 2006, at home.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1956, in Humboldt to Harlan D. and Elenora (Hogrefe) Caspers.

She received her education in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1974. She attended the University of Nebraska and received her degree in food service management.

She married Robert Weitzel on Oct. 11, 1975, in Lincoln. She worked outside of the home at various jobs until she decided to return to school to get her teaching degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

She has taught second grade at District 1-R School for the past nine years.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed teaching children to read, enjoyed singing in the church choir and ringing the handbells at St. Pauls Lutheran Church.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Central Nebraska Reading Council and the International Reading Council.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Weitzel; two daughters, Amanda Weitzel of Plymouth, Minn., and Laura (Joe) Baumgardner of Peoria, Ill.; her mother of Lincoln; a brother, Delyn (Connie) Caspers of Phoenix; a sister, Vickie (Robert) Williams of Omaha; and a sister-in-law, Sherrie Caspers of Salt Lake City, Utah; her grandmother, Louise Bohling of Lincoln; a brother-in-law, Richard (Peggy) Weitzel of Fremont; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Dean Caspers.

, 96, of Torrington, Wyo., died Oct. 30, 2006, at the Restorative Care unit at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

She was born April 11, 1910, at Smith Center, Kan., the daughter of Clarence and Ruth (Allen) Pugsley. In 1915 the family moved to Goshen County and settled on a homestead in the Moore Springs area west of Jay Em. She attended school at Moore Springs in the school that her father helped build.

She worked for neighbors for a few years and then on Feb. 14, 1931, she married Kermit Brown in Lusk, Wyo. The couple farmed and ranched in the Moore Springs Community until 1971 when Kermit died and she moved to Torrington.

In 1979 she received her GED at Eastern Wyoming College and she was Valedictorian of her class. She continued at EWC and earned her Associate Degree in 1984.

She was a member of The United Methodist Church where she was a member of United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Senior Friendship Center Sunbonnet Gals for 13 years and she also did volunteer work at Diversified Services for 13 years. She was an avid reader and loved to garden and sew. She sewed clothes and quilts. At Christmas time she wrote short stories of her life and gave them to her children.

Survivors include her daughters, Edith (Richard) Rush of Guernsey, Wyo., June (Jack) Hughes of Torrington, Mona Kay Williams of Torrington, Leda Ann (Lester) Warren of Riverton, Wyo., Dolly Heyl of Torrington, Jeanie (Ray) Martinez of Cheyenne, Wyo.; son, Clarence (C.C.) (Lori) Brown of Laramie, Wyo.; sister, Rose Sjoholm of St. Louis, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 20 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and three grandchildren.


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