Plains Edition Obituaries 3-10-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 3-10-12

Joletta Mae Hogsett, 64, passed away February 23, 2012, in Missouri as a result of an accident.

She was born on May 19, 1947 to Annabel (Walcott) and Harry James Huston in Imperial, Neb. She graduated May 1965 from Chase County High School. She was married to Eugene Elva Hogsett on May 19, 1965.

She lived in Wichita, Kan., later moved to Enders, Neb., where she worked at Jones Plumbing and Heating, and later for Scoular Grain in Imperial, Neb. She later moved to McCook, Neb., then to North Platte, Neb., where she and Tom Maddux operated Top Cut Meat.

In 1991, Joletta was instrumental in the development of the Western Nebraska Cutting Horse Association, that is to date, still a respected and strongly supported organization in Nebraska. Joletta’s attention to detail and strong organizational skills proved to be a necessity to the success of the club’s growth and future.

She spent many years helping manage a working cow ranch. One of her favorite things was to spend time with the young colts and assist in the training of the horses. There was not a single horse that did not respond to Joletta’s kind touch and generous heart.

Joletta also enjoyed helping in the development of the TOP Cut gourmet products that eventually led to the start of the USDA Meat Processing Plant located in North Platte, Neb. As the plant manager, the business became nationally acclaimed for shipping top quality products throughout the United States. Many hours were placed in travel and promotion of the Top Cut business where Joletta cooked, networked, organized and provided professional assistance. It was Joletta that helped design the image and layout of the Top Cut business, located in North Platte, Neb. Joletta as an individual, became synonymous with the association of the Top Cut business and its products.

Another hobby of Joletta’s was the joy in assisting with the Overland Livery Carriage business. She managed and designed services that promoted special events throughout Western Nebraska. The job consisted of training carriage horses, collaboration with weddings and anniversaries, and all other special occasions.

Joletta’s greatest strength in life was her ability to make people feel so comfortable and welcome at all times. She had a special gift – that of unconditional generosity. Joletta will be greatly missed by all of those that had the opportunity to experience her kindness and love of life.

She was a devoted mother and daughter, as she spent several years caring for her parents. She always had time for her family, especially all the children. The grandchildren loved spending time with her riding horses, swimming and playing.

She is survived by daughter, Nita and husband, Daniel Ogden of Lincoln, Neb.; son, Lonnie Hogsett of Humansville, Mo., and son, Jessie and wife, Peggy Hogsett of Ossian, Ind.; sisters, Sharon Younquist of Beaver City, Neb., Jaqueline Jane and husband Keith Hogsett of Ft. Scott, Kan.; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four nephews; two nieces, and special friend and companion, Tom Maddux, of North Platte, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Annabel Huston, her brother-in-law. Lynn Youngquist, and her sister-in-law, Debbie Bridgeford (Storrie).

Memorial services were held March 10, 2012 at Enders Reservoir, at the boat dock.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joletta Maddux Memorial, Western Nebraska Cutters for Youth Scholarship Fund, Roxy-Secretary, PO Box 204, Sterling, Colo., 80751.

Neva Aylward, 81, passed away March 4, 2012 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 10, 1930 to Lake and Bertha (Doudna) Schultz at Sommerset, Neb.

She married Duane Aylward at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wallace, Neb., on November 12, 1949.

Neva was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Alter Society, Federated Women’s Club and was also a 4-H Leader. She was a very nurturing person, loved to dance, garden, and cook. Neva was proud of her children, their families and also cared for many other little ones.

She is survived by her husband, Duane; three daughters, Patricia (David) Hill of Springfield, Neb.; Rita (Bob) Dobbins of Hershey, Neb., and Lisa (Bob) Kosmacek of North Platte, Neb.; one son, Jeff (Kendra) Aylward of Dickens, Neb.; seven granddaughters, Brenda (Sam) McCants, Christa (Kory) Patera, Kayla Dobbins and her fiance Jason Star, Taryn Dobbins, Jena Aylward, MaKenzie Aylward and Rachel Kosmacek; two grandsons, Greg Hill and Robbie Kosmacek; brothers, Everett (Mary) Schultz, Donald Schultz; sister, Donna Werkmeister; and sister-in-laws Gloria Schultz and Dorothy Schultz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lake and Bertha Schultz and brothers, Wayne and Jerry Schultz and an infant brother.

Memorial services were held March 8, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wallace, Neb.

Burial was at the Morningview Cemetery near Wallace, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Callahan Cancer Center.

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Frances Irene Dubs, 89, passed away March 4, 2012, at Highland Park Care Center.

She was born October 1, 1922, north of Hyannis, Neb., to Harry and Anna (Becker) Burgess. She was raised on a cattle ranch south of Ashby, Neb. She graduated from Ashby High School in May of 1939 at the age of 16, but had to wait another two years to be 18 before she began her lifelong passion to become a nurse.

She attended nurses training at St. Francis Hospital at Grand Island, Neb. She then enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, and received her training at Camp Carson, Colo. She served with the 137th on Saipan and the 204th General Hospital at Gaum. She was released from active duty in June of 1946.

She was married to Rudolph (Rudy) Dubs on December 5, 1949, in Ashby, Neb. They made their home on a cattle ranch south of Ashby, Neb. To this union three sons and three daughters were born.

She once again took up her ambition of being a nurse. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Alliance, Neb., in the mid ’60s, and for a short time at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., until she moved to Ogallala, Neb., in 1968. She specialized in CCU and ICU care and became director of nurses at Ogallala Community Hospital. In 1976 she worked at Box Butte General Hospital at Alliance, Neb., and retired from nursing in 1983 and returned to the ranch.

She had many interests in life. She enjoyed studying history, especially the Civil War era, and genealogy. She had a huge flower and vegetable garden, enjoyed cooking and about any type of crossword or word puzzles, as well as a good game of pinochle. One of the real joys in her life were her grandkids.

She was a member of the Hyannis Seventh Day Adventist Church, as well as the American Legion, VFW and the D.A.R.

She is survived by her sons and daughters, Rose (Robert) Wehtje of Hemingford, Neb., Nancy (Dennis) Mazanec of Hemingford, Neb., Paul (Alice) Dubs of Ashby, Neb., Sid (Chris) Dubs of Alliance, Neb., Ted (Jo) Dubs of Cleveland, Tenn., and Kathy (Tim) Doty of Thornton, Colo.; sister Hazel Mattern of Ainsworth, Neb., brother Robert Burgess of Gordon, Neb.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rudy, parents Harry and Anna, brothers William, Edward and Bernard and sisters Katherine Weeks and Pauline Burgess.

Memorial services were held March 9, 2012 at the United Church of Christ at Hyannis,Neb. Internment followed at the Hyannis Cemetery.

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