Plains Edition Obituaries 5-19-12
Oliver Grace, 97, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away May 9, 2012 at Eastmont Towers Community in Lincoln.
He was born December 21, 1914 in Washington D.C., the son of Oliver J. and Gladys Grace. His childhood years were spent in various cities in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. He graduated from Washington County High School in 1934 where he was a member of the seven man football team and received the Walker Trophy. He continued his education at Colorado State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1940.
While working for the US Food and Drug Administration, he was assigned to the University of Illinois where he met Vera Hanawalt. They wed in 1948. In 1951 he received his Master of Science degree in animal pathology and hygiene. In 1955, the family moved to Lincoln, Neb., when Oliver accepted a position at the University of Nebraska. His primary responsibilities at UNL were in the diagnostic laboratory as a research veterinarian and teaching and advising pre-veterinary students. Among his most interesting experiences was performing over 100 necropsies on animals during the mutilation scare in the early 70s. Farmers were concerned that cattle were being killed by some sort of cult. As recognition of his assistance, he received the Our Man Friday Award from local law enforcement. In 1982 he accompanied 462 pigs to China. These pigs had been purchased by the Chinese government. Over the years Oliver received many awards in recognition of his service to other veterinarians and farmers throughout the state. He also was elected to numerous honorary societies.
Oliver was involved in a variety of other activities. He was an active member of Warren Methodist Church for many years. As a member of the Northeast Lincoln Kiwanis Club, he was named Kiwanian of the Year in 1982-1983. In recognition of his Welsh heritage, he belonged to the St. David’s Welsh Society and served as treasurer for several years. In recognition of Vera’s Swedish heritage, he also belonged to the Norden Club. As an avid Big Red sports fan, he and Vera were football season ticket holders for over 50 years and followed other Nebraska teams.
He is survived by his two children, Edward (Elizabeth) Grace of Overland Park, Kan., and Kerstin Lanser of Brookfield, Wis.; and his four grandchildren, Matthew and Benjamin Grace of Overland Park, Kan., and Eric (Amanda) Lanser of Minneapolis, Minn., and Jennifer Lanser of Chicago, Ill.
Memorial services were held May 14, 2012 at the Gallery at The Seasons.
Private interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made in Oliver’s name to the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association’s Centennial Scholarship Foundation for Nebraska students studying veterinary medicine at NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 296, Alliance, Neb., 69301.
JoAnne (Smith) Jonas, 69, of Lincoln, Neb., (formerly of Holdrege, Neb.), passed away on May 16, 2012, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born February 24, 1943 in Columbus, Neb., to Glenn and Luella (Soulliere) Smith. JoAnne spent her childhood and early years in Columbus, Neb., growing up on the Smith Dairy Farm, owned and operated by her father’s family. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1961 and marched in the 1960 Rose Bowl Parade with the CHS band.
In June of 1962, she married Ron Jonas at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church in Columbus, Neb., and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 16, 2012. To this union, the Lord gave three loving sons: Todd, Tim and Terry.
JoAnne worked at the Consumer’s Public Power in Columbus, Neb., and then in Lincoln, Neb., where she helped put her husband, Ron through college at The University of Nebraska. After the Jonas family moved to Holdrege, Neb., she worked as the school secretary at Washington Elementary School for nearly 30 years. She had fond memories of all the children who went through school during those years. She also ran Mrs. J’s Jingle Jeep (an ice cream wagon) in Holdrege, Neb., for several summers. JoAnne also volunteered for Hospice in Holdrege, Neb. In Lincoln, Neb., she volunteered at Bryan Hospital, St. Peter’s Church and School, and worked part-time as the receptionist for Bob Bennie Wealth Management. She loved to stay busy and did so even into advanced stages of her disease.
JoAnne loved all activities in which the grandkids took part and they were her pride and joy.
She is survived by her husband, Ron; sons and daughters-in-law Todd and Kim Jonas of Ansley, Neb., Tim and Teri Jonas of Lincoln, Neb., and Terry and Brenda Jonas of McDonough, Ga.; her grandchildren Janelle and Jana (Terry and Brenda), Tanner (Tim and Teri), and Emily and Lilly (Todd and Kim); her sister Karen Luhr of Lincoln, Neb.; brothers Dwayne (Virginia) Smith and David (Pat) Smith of Columbus, Neb.; and many other family members and friends who will miss her bright smile, positive outlook and zest for life, her faith, and never ending friendship.
Memorial services were held May 19, 2012 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, Neb.
Inurnment was at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tabitha Hospice at 4720 Randolph Street, Lincoln, Neb., 68510 or to St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Kenneth H. Wiese, 85, of Grand Island, Neb., passed away April 25, 2012 at Hamilton Manor in Aurora, Neb.
Mr. Wiese was born on September 6, 1926 at Doniphan, Neb., to Max and Elsie Wiese. He grew up on the family farm.
He was united in marriage to Gladys Christensen in June of 1946. He continued to farm and ranch with his parents in the Ainsworth and Grand Island area. Gladys preceded him in death on April 4, 1970.
He was united in marriage to Bonnie Kucera on January 5, 1973.
In addition to farming Ken also worked as a truck driver for Nordon Laboratories and Sperry New Holland. During retirement years he worked part time for Schuppan Motors and the Grand Island Public Schools.
Ken loved life and is loved by all who knew him.
He was a member of the Platt Duetsche Society. Ken loved to dance and listen to Polka music.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two daughters, Susan (Deryl) Lantzer and Cherri (Paul) Fischer; a son, Rick (Linda) Wiese; a stepdaughter, Kathy (Art) Fullwood; and three stepsons, Frank (Theresa) Kucera, Steve (Ronna) Kucera and Stuart (Brenda) Kucera. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Ken was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys, an infant son Robert Kenneth and his parents, Max and Elsie Wiese.
Services were held April 28, 2012 at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island.
Memorials are suggested to Hamilton Manor or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Gladys Elizabeth Nickeson, 98, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away May 13, 2012 in Lincoln, Neb.
She was born July 2, 1913 in DeWitt, Neb., to Ben and Emma (Huenke) Kracke. Gladys worked for Western Electric and Russell Stover Candies doing factory work. She was married for 25 years to Harold Nickeson. Gladys and Harold raised horses on their farm. She discovered a whole new life in 1994 when she moved to the city. Gladys was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her twin brother, Glen Kracke; nephews and spouses, Alan and Nancy Kracke, Doug and Karen Landon; great nieces and nephews; stepdaughters, Colleen and Joyce; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; parents; brother, Orville.
Memorial services were held May 18, 2012 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home.
Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 724 South 12th Street, Lincoln, Neb., 68508.
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