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Lillian Mae Burch, 87, of Falls City, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Lincoln. She was born April 1, 1927 at Ft. Dodge, IA, to the late Peter and Anna (Steiner) Rodenborn.

She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church of Falls City.

Lillian is survived by her children, Lee (Eloise) Burch, of Omaha Beach, MO, Dennis (Alice) Burch, of Alamosa, CO, Nancy (Rick) Brown, of Colorado Springs, CO, Jerry (Pam) Burch of Otsego, MI, Laura (Steve) Smith, of North Pekin, IL, Patty (Dave) Runyan, of Falls City, Richard (Debbie) Burch of Westminster, CO, and Diane (Larry) Smith, of Colorado Springs; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six brothers, Dick, Eugene, Bill, Jim, Pete and Don Burch; and two sisters, Anne Johnston and Laura Tilton.

The body of Mrs. Burch has been cremated and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, with Msgr. Robert A. Roh officiating.

Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, of Falls City, is in charge of arrangements.


“Pat” Joseph W. Martin, 77, of Salem, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Salem. He was born Dec. 9, 1937 at Falls City to the late Joseph and Loretta (Mahoney) Martin.

On Oct. 15, 1960 he married Marilyn Sue Schwab, at Falls City.They were later divorced.

Pat was raised at Falls City and graduated from FCHS in 1955. He then worked for the railroad. He graduated from Peru State College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and taught biology at Bellevue Junior High School. He owned his own businesses the majority of his life and worked for Restaurant Management Corp. and lived various places, managing their restaurants. He moved back to Bellevue and then to Salem in 1994.

Pat was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Falls City and Pheasants Forever.

He is survived by sons, Robert (Mary) Martin, of Sacramento, CA, Mitchell (Jennifer) Martin, of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Michael Martin, of Omaha; grandchildren, Candy, Jessica, Brecklynn and Caden Martin; great-grandson, Hunter Cruz; ex-wife, Marilyn Sue Martin, of Omaha.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tom; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Williams.

The body of Mr. Martin has been cremated and the services, arranged by Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, of Falls City, are currently pending.


Gertrude (Gertie) Mae Gatz, 87, died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Maple Heights Nursing Facility in Hiawatha, KS. Gertie was born Jan. 25, 1928 in Falls City, the daughter of Antone and Dora Gerweck.

In 1947, Gertie married Warren Gatz, of rural Falls City. To this union was born three children: Rita, Roger and Teresa. Gertie enjoyed being a wife, homemaker and 4-H mother and was known for her cooking, baking and sewing skills. She embraced the role of grandmother and great grandmother with love and enthusiasm.

Gertie was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Warren, of 68 years; son, Roger (Peg) Gatz, of Hiawatha; daughters, Rita (Bob) Haley, of Denver, CO, and Teres (John Krueger) Lambert, of Windsor, CO; grandsons, Taylor, Walker and Parker Gatz, and Trey Lambert; granddaughters, Holly Holland and Brittany Haley; six great grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Fisher, of Falls City.

Gertie was preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers and sisters; and one great granddaughter, Renna Rose Gatz.

A Parish Rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, led by Carol Rieger and Brian Lillie. Family visitation will follow services. Memorial donations may be sent to the Brown County 4-H Foundation, 4-H Extension Office, 601 Oregon Ste. 105, Hiawatha, KS 66434. A special message may be sent to the family at


Terry Michael Shores, 67, of Kearney, MO, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born April 22, 1947 in Falls City, to Arthur and Ramona (Oldfield) Shores.

Terry married his wife, Peggy (Waggoner), in 1967 and they started their family in White Cloud, KS. He worked at Union Pacific Railroad, a dedicated conductor with nearly 50 years of service. Terry was proud to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved classic cars. Terry attended the First Baptist Church, of Kearney.

Terry is survived by his wife, Peggy, of Kearney; two daughters, Terri Corder, of Lee’s Summit, and Rebecca (Tom Jr.) Modin, of Kearney; a son, Colby Shores, of Kearney; six granddaughters, Leah, Kourtney, Kirsten, Malory, Adelynn and Cadence; a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn; and great-grandson, Kaden; his mother-in-law, Mary Waggoner; two sisters, Vikki Nichols, of Tulsa, OK, and Andrea Shores, of Ohio.

Memorial Services for Terry will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, with visitation beginning at noon, at the First Baptist Church of Kearney. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Luke’s Hospice House, (816) 502-8935.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hidden Valley Funeral Home and Cremations of Kearney (816) 903-8888.


Patrick J. McDermott, 88, of Las Vegas, NV, died Feb. 8, 2015.

He served in the 96th Infantry in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II from Aug. 26, 1944 to Aug. 28, 1946. Patrick was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other medals.

He was a very active member of the VFW and American Legion Clubs and was the Richardson County Veteran’s Service Officer from 1947 until 1988.

Patrick is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Las Vegas; daughter, Sharlin McDermott, of Firth; sister, Beatrice McDermott, of Falls City; nieces and nephews.