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Marjean Helen Main

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, 76, of North Platte died Feb. 2, 2007, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 1, 1930, to Allen and Victoria (Ciemny) Long in Brady. She graduated from Baker Rural High School in 1947 and attended Kearney Normal School.

She then taught country school for a year. On June 1, 1950, she married Cecil Main in North Platte. The couple lived on the home place southwest of Stapleton where they farmed and ranched. She moved to North Platte in 1988.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in North Platte serving as church librarian and was active in church circles. She was a past member of the Stapleton Presbyterian Church, a 4-H council member, a member of the Farm Bureau, was on the Logan County Library Board and was in the Quilt Guild in North Platte.

Survivors include four daughters, Eloise (Daniel) Shuck of North Platte, Janice Kirby of North Platte, Wanda (Brad) Osnes of Stapleton and Brenda (David) Carter of Keller, Texas; a son, James (Karen) Main of Stapleton; two sisters, Martha Houpt and Margaret (Robert) Sheets both of North Platte; 11 grandchildren, Everett Jones of Lincoln, Joshua Jones of Denver, Colo., Renee (Jason) Trosper of North Platte, Michelle (Brandon) Perry of North Platte, Suzanne (Ben) Hart of Manilla, Philippines, April and Heather Osnes, Jamie, Kellie, John and Kurtis Main all of Stapleton; step-children Robert Shuck of Santa Fe, N.M., Gary Shuck of North Platte, Janet (Lloyd) Lockhart of Lincoln, and Donna Shuck of North Platte; five great-grandchildren, Aryan Perry, Jayla and Jakob Trosper, Ty and two week old, Ellie Hart.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil on May 20, 1983; a brother-in-law, Lyle Houpt; and a son-in-law, Gregory Jones.

, 87, of Scottsbluff died Feb. 1, 2007, at the Heritage Estatce in Gering.

She was born Sept. 25, 1919, at Ortelsburg, East Prussia, Germany, the daughter of Otto and Erna (Spaltner) Zdunek. She moved with her parents to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1921. They then moved to Denver in 1926 and to Scottsbluff in 1928. She graduated with honors with the class of 1936 from Scottsbluff High School.

She began working as a secretary for Terry Carpenter. She also worked for Raymond Brothers and Company as a secretary. During this time she was the pianist for the German Congregational Church where her father was the Pastor.

She was united in marriage to Lloyd Burbach on Nov. 29, 1939, at Scottsbluff with her father officiating the wedding service. As her children were born she stayed home to raise them. In 1953, she became a secretary and organist for the First United Methodist Church until 1961. In 1961 she was offered the position as executive secretary for the United Telephone Company retiring in 1982.

She enjoyed her retirement years including, but not limited to, performing secretarial services at her home for a multitude of clients. She also enjoyed spending time at her mountain cabin in Estes Park, Colo., with her family and friends.

She raised and showed Pekingese show dogs and attended associated events in several states. She also had a passion for Gospel music and selections of her music were always being played in her home, regardless of what hour of the day. Her love for music was always present and her accomplishment of playing the piano and organ was extraordinary.

Survivors include her sons, Lloyd (Judy) Burbach of Estes Park, Colo., Steven R. (Cheryl) Burbach of Aurora, Colo., James Allen (Lois) Burbach of Ignacio, Colo.; four granddaughters; four grandsons; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and her puppies Andy, Macarena, Acie, Harriet and Asia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband April 25, 1985 and two sisters.

, 68, of Scotia died Nov. 26, 2006, at his home.

He was born July 22, 1938, north of Gibbon in Buffalo County to Mark Sr. and Irma (Brown) Clevenger.

He married Donna Rae Willard on April 28, 1962, in Bartlett.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; sons, Leslie of Carpi, Italy, and Leon of Hampton; daughter, Lynette of Greenwood, Mo.; brothers, Bert of Omaha and Bob of Gibbon; and sisters, Doris Marquart of Oak and JoAnne Meyers of Kearney.

, 94, of North Platte, died Feb. 9, 2007, at Linden Court in North Platte.

He was born March 31, 1912, at Streator, Ill., to Albert and Wilhelmina (Mylenbusch) Schaefer. He graduated from Streator High School in 1930 and worked on the family farm.

He was united in marriage to Elsie Bengtson in 1934 at Decatur, Ill., and the couple lived at Dekalb, Ill., were he was employed by Wurlitzer Piano factory, Dekalb Agriculture Company, and retired in 1970 from Northern Illinois University Central Receiving Department. After retirement he enjoyed helping Elsie with quilt making.

They also make many Raggedy Ann dolls, which they displayed and sold at art and craft shows. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Sommers of North Platte; a son, Donald Schaefer of San Francisco, Calif., and a grandson, Dan Sommers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a sister, Wilma; three brothers, Ervin, Willard, and Vernon and a granddaughter, Amy.

, 86, of Gering, died Jan. 22, 2007, at Regional West Medical Center.

She was born March 30, 1920, at Rawhide Tea Kettle Hill, north of Lingle, Wyo., to James G. and Edna (Blakley) Webb.

She grew up in Torrington and graduated from Torrington High School. She then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb.

She married Eugene W. Swanson Jan. 4, 1940, in Lincoln. The couple returned to Torrington where she was a bookkeeper for the Hardesty Sale Barn.

She began her career as an operator with United Telephone Company of the West in Torrington, before transferring to Scottsbluff and enjoying a 30-year career with the company before retiring. They moved to Scottsbluff in 1962.

She loved music and was an accomplished organist, pianist and vocalist, winning many contests. She also was an avid card player.

While in Torrington, she belonged to the United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school there. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff, the United Methodist Women and was a member of Dome Rock Chapter #215, O.E.S. and the Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna J. Yancey of Gering; son, William W. Swanson of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Brandon V. (Audra) Yancey of Arvada, Colo., John W. Yancey of Sunnyvale, Calif., Shannon Y. (John) Harris and Myron E. Swanson, all of Aurora, Colo., and Aaron P. (Cindy) Swanson of Genesee, Colo.; and great-grandchildren: Brandon V. Yancey Jr., Lauryn D. Yancey, Natalya R. Yancey-Hobdell, Charles J. Yancey-Hobdell, Ellaura V. Harris, Jeremy D. Harris, Akalya Swanson and Zach Swanson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother, Kenneth; sister, Mary Em; and granddaughter, Robyn R. Yancey.


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