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, 90, of Kearney died Dec. 19, 2007, at Mount Carmel Keens Memorial Home.

She was born Dec. 15, 1917, south of Axtell to Charles and Amanda (Miller) Carlson.

Her mother died when she was 2 years old and she was raised by her father and an aunt. Her aunt died when Leitha was 13, and then she became the woman of the house.

She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church near Axtell. She attended a rural school near Axtell and graduated from Axtell High School in 1935.

On April 7, 1940, she married Carol Peterson near Axtell at the Bethany Lutheran Church. He died Sept. 22, 1998.

She then became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bertrand.

Their early life together revolved around family and farming north of Bertrand. She was an active member of the church. She was a member of the church choir, taught Sunday school and held offices in the church women’s organizations. She was also a member of the Homemakers Extension Club in Bertrand.

At age 50, she became employed for the first time, working as a nursing assistant at Bertrand Nursing Home for many years. She loved her job and loved caring for the elderly. Besides this job, her main priority was being a homemaker.

After moving to Kearney upon retirement, their lives revolved around their grandchildren’s activities and their church. She enjoyed spending time in her yard and loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed writing poems and working crossword puzzles. She baked birthday cakes for all of her grown children and grandchildren until declining health prevented her from doing so.

She lived in her Kearney home until March 2003, when she moved to Prairie View Gardens Assisted Living in Kearney. In March 2005 she became a resident of Mount Carmel Nursing Home, where she resided until her death.

Survivors include her sons, Ward (Paula) and Timothy (Stacy), all of Kearney; daughters, Ramona (Wayne) Karschner and Rebecca (Rod) Bredenkamp, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Angie (Jon) Sostad Eric (Bridget) Bredenkamp, Amber (Greg) Benson, Dana Karschner and Ryan, Kylie and Joel Peterson, all of Kearney, Amy Lammers of Grand Island, Brooke Peterson and her fiance, Matt Larson of Omaha, Alison Peterson of Lincoln and her fiance, Seth Svoboda of Kearney, and Corey (Christi) Karschner of Papillion; great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Katie and Beau Sostad and Ivy Bredenkamp, all of Kearney, and Kennedy Bowling-Karschner of Papillion; six nephews; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carol; her parents; infant daughter, Deanna Louise; brother, the Rev. C. LeMont Carlson; sisters-in-law, Valeda Carlson and Florence Peterson; and brother-in-law, Gearo Peterson.

, 85, of Amherst died Dec. 21, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Amherst to Donald and Mabel (Whitesel) Harris.

On March 10, 1945, she married Grover Stubbs in Phillipsburg, Kan. He died April 30, 2003.

She graduated from Amherst High School in 1939 and attended Kearney State College. She then taught rural schools in Cherry Valley, Watertown and Amherst.

She and her husband farmed in the Amherst area until they retired in 2000.

She was a member of Miller Christian Church, the Republican Women and American Legion Post 251 Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie (Merv) Dittmer of Kearney; sister, Virginia Stamm of Eddyville; two granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover; her brothers-in-law, Donald Stamm on Nov. 27, 2007, Orval Stubbs and Ben Stubbs; and sister-in-law, Aletha Wagner.

, 87, of North Platte, died Dec. 21, 2007, at the Central City Care Center in Central City.

She was born Feb. 3, 1920, at Merino, Colo., the first child of Samuel Frederick and Martha Pearl (Donner) Millstead. She grew up in the Merino area and attended school there.

On June 13, 1938, she was united in marriage to Paul R. Shield in Fort Morgan, Colo. They were the parents of three daughters – Paula Aileen, Barbara June and Claire Mae. Daughter Barbara died in 1979 and Paul died in 1980.

The family lived in the Enders area for a number of years before moving to North Platte in 1951. She worked in the retail community in North Platte all of her adult life, most recently at Brown-Harano Studio and Hoover Jewelry. Along the way she gained the nickname “Peg” and remained Peg to almost everyone who knew her.

Survivors include daughters, Paula Shield of Papillion, and Claire (Charles) Nicholas of Wellfleet; eight grandchildren, Susan Miller, John VanDusen, John Luna, Jodi Houpt, Brent VanDusen, Brenda Nicholas-Granger, Brad Nicholas and Troy VanDusen; 17 great-grandchildren, Stuart and Claire, Sarah and Anne, Tyler, Erin, Jessica, Kelsie and Brandi, Ian and Wyatt, Justin, Nicholas and Kristina, Ryan and Megan and Lauren; two great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Leigha; two sisters, Marjorie Kennedy and Joan Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Survivors also include her “family at heart.” Wade and Susan Evans and their family Katie, Janie and Cruz and Jade.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; daughter, Barbara; her parents, Sam and Martha Millstead; brothers, Ray and Bill Millstead; and sisters, Minnie Swindell, Gertrude Shear, Dorothy Fallova, and Jean Millstead.

, 82, of Grand Island, died Dec. 12, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center.

He was born June 21, 1925, in Grand Island, the son of Dr. George Halley DeMay and Genevieve Young DeMay. He grew up in Shelton and received his education at Hastings College and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

He entered the U.S. Navy Oct. 24, 1944, from Hastings and served during World War II. On July 2, 1946, he was honorably discharged from Bremerton, Wash.

He was united in marriage to Gloria L. McDermott June 19, 1948, in Grand Island. The couple made their home in Grand Island where he was in private medical practice for 40 years and was the medical director of the Nebraska Veterans Home. His wife preceded him in death.

On Nov. 6, 1983, he was united in marriage to Jessica Stocking Higgins in Grand Island. The couple resided in Grand Island.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a private pilot and an avid genealogist.

Survivors included his wife, Jessica H. DeMay of Grand Island; son, Dr. Richard Mac DeMay; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Adamson and Dr. Stephen J. Adamson; stepson, John R. Higgins and Dr. Karen Higgins; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Molly O’Holleran and Dr. Tim O’Holleran, Anne and Michael Cox, Lucy Sinkular and Major Scott Sinkular; five grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. George Hal DeMay Jr.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria L. DeMay, and his parents.

, 90, of Kearney died Dec. 19, 2007, at Mount Carmel Keens Memorial Home.

She was born Dec. 15, 1917, south of Axtell to Charles and Amanda (Miller) Carlson.

Her mother died when she was 2 years old and she was raised by her father and an aunt. Her aunt died when Leitha was 13, and then she became the woman of the house.

She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church near Axtell. She attended a rural school near Axtell and graduated from Axtell High School in 1935.

On April 7, 1940, she married Carol Peterson near Axtell at the Bethany Lutheran Church. He died Sept. 22, 1998.

She then became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bertrand.

Their early life together revolved around family and farming north of Bertrand. She was an active member of the church. She was a member of the church choir, taught Sunday school and held offices in the church women’s organizations. She was also a member of the Homemakers Extension Club in Bertrand.

At age 50, she became employed for the first time, working as a nursing assistant at Bertrand Nursing Home for many years. She loved her job and loved caring for the elderly. Besides this job, her main priority was being a homemaker.

After moving to Kearney upon retirement, their lives revolved around their grandchildren’s activities and their church. She enjoyed spending time in her yard and loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed writing poems and working crossword puzzles. She baked birthday cakes for all of her grown children and grandchildren until declining health prevented her from doing so.

She lived in her Kearney home until March 2003, when she moved to Prairie View Gardens Assisted Living in Kearney. In March 2005 she became a resident of Mount Carmel Nursing Home, where she resided until her death.

Survivors include her sons, Ward (Paula) and Timothy (Stacy), all of Kearney; daughters, Ramona (Wayne) Karschner and Rebecca (Rod) Bredenkamp, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Angie (Jon) Sostad Eric (Bridget) Bredenkamp, Amber (Greg) Benson, Dana Karschner and Ryan, Kylie and Joel Peterson, all of Kearney, Amy Lammers of Grand Island, Brooke Peterson and her fiance, Matt Larson of Omaha, Alison Peterson of Lincoln and her fiance, Seth Svoboda of Kearney, and Corey (Christi) Karschner of Papillion; great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Katie and Beau Sostad and Ivy Bredenkamp, all of Kearney, and Kennedy Bowling-Karschner of Papillion; six nephews; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carol; her parents; infant daughter, Deanna Louise; brother, the Rev. C. LeMont Carlson; sisters-in-law, Valeda Carlson and Florence Peterson; and brother-in-law, Gearo Peterson.

, 85, of Amherst died Dec. 21, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Amherst to Donald and Mabel (Whitesel) Harris.

On March 10, 1945, she married Grover Stubbs in Phillipsburg, Kan. He died April 30, 2003.

She graduated from Amherst High School in 1939 and attended Kearney State College. She then taught rural schools in Cherry Valley, Watertown and Amherst.

She and her husband farmed in the Amherst area until they retired in 2000.

She was a member of Miller Christian Church, the Republican Women and American Legion Post 251 Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie (Merv) Dittmer of Kearney; sister, Virginia Stamm of Eddyville; two granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover; her brothers-in-law, Donald Stamm on Nov. 27, 2007, Orval Stubbs and Ben Stubbs; and sister-in-law, Aletha Wagner.

, 87, of North Platte, died Dec. 21, 2007, at the Central City Care Center in Central City.

She was born Feb. 3, 1920, at Merino, Colo., the first child of Samuel Frederick and Martha Pearl (Donner) Millstead. She grew up in the Merino area and attended school there.

On June 13, 1938, she was united in marriage to Paul R. Shield in Fort Morgan, Colo. They were the parents of three daughters – Paula Aileen, Barbara June and Claire Mae. Daughter Barbara died in 1979 and Paul died in 1980.

The family lived in the Enders area for a number of years before moving to North Platte in 1951. She worked in the retail community in North Platte all of her adult life, most recently at Brown-Harano Studio and Hoover Jewelry. Along the way she gained the nickname “Peg” and remained Peg to almost everyone who knew her.

Survivors include daughters, Paula Shield of Papillion, and Claire (Charles) Nicholas of Wellfleet; eight grandchildren, Susan Miller, John VanDusen, John Luna, Jodi Houpt, Brent VanDusen, Brenda Nicholas-Granger, Brad Nicholas and Troy VanDusen; 17 great-grandchildren, Stuart and Claire, Sarah and Anne, Tyler, Erin, Jessica, Kelsie and Brandi, Ian and Wyatt, Justin, Nicholas and Kristina, Ryan and Megan and Lauren; two great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Leigha; two sisters, Marjorie Kennedy and Joan Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Survivors also include her “family at heart.” Wade and Susan Evans and their family Katie, Janie and Cruz and Jade.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; daughter, Barbara; her parents, Sam and Martha Millstead; brothers, Ray and Bill Millstead; and sisters, Minnie Swindell, Gertrude Shear, Dorothy Fallova, and Jean Millstead.

, 82, of Grand Island, died Dec. 12, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center.

He was born June 21, 1925, in Grand Island, the son of Dr. George Halley DeMay and Genevieve Young DeMay. He grew up in Shelton and received his education at Hastings College and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

He entered the U.S. Navy Oct. 24, 1944, from Hastings and served during World War II. On July 2, 1946, he was honorably discharged from Bremerton, Wash.

He was united in marriage to Gloria L. McDermott June 19, 1948, in Grand Island. The couple made their home in Grand Island where he was in private medical practice for 40 years and was the medical director of the Nebraska Veterans Home. His wife preceded him in death.

On Nov. 6, 1983, he was united in marriage to Jessica Stocking Higgins in Grand Island. The couple resided in Grand Island.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a private pilot and an avid genealogist.

Survivors included his wife, Jessica H. DeMay of Grand Island; son, Dr. Richard Mac DeMay; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Adamson and Dr. Stephen J. Adamson; stepson, John R. Higgins and Dr. Karen Higgins; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Molly O’Holleran and Dr. Tim O’Holleran, Anne and Michael Cox, Lucy Sinkular and Major Scott Sinkular; five grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. George Hal DeMay Jr.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria L. DeMay, and his parents.