Obituaries

JOANN BLECHA ROSE





Joann Mae (Blecha) Rose, 75, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Humboldt, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Falls City. She was born in Humboldt, on April 28, 1941 to Ivan and Amy (Rue) Blecha.  
Joann was raised in Humboldt where she attended grade school and later graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1959.
In Sept. of 1961, Joann was united in marriage to Jack Rose in Seneca, KS. To this union they welcomed a daughter Kelly on Oct. 23, 1963 and a son Rodney in Oct. of 1970. Joann worked for Station Casino in Kansas City from 1995 until retirement   She made many friends during her time there.  Joann loved her family more than anything and in her free time she enjoyed crocheting, reading, and playing at the casino herself!
 She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack Rose, son Rodney Rose, brothers: Roger, Donnie, Dick, and Randy Blecha.
She is survived by her daughter Kelly (Craig) Mattox, of Falls City; grandchildren: Brandy Lynn (Nick) Strecker, of Falls City,, Jessica Nicole (Keith) Carpenter, of Troy, KS; Justin Craig Mattox and Emily Campbell of Falls City; great-grandchildren: Jackson and Dayton Carpenter of Troy, KS; brother Gene Blecha of Humboldt; sister Lu Ann (Greg) Iliff, of Humboldt; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastor Howard Blecha officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska.  
  Inurnment will be at The Bohemian National Cemetery south of Humboldt at a later date.
 Memorial contributions may be given to the family’s choice with a later designation.
   

DAVID C. REAVIS





David C. Reavis, 75, of Falls City, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Lincoln. He was born on Dec. 5, 1941 at Falls City to the late David D. Reavis Jr. and Sylvia (Clark) Reavis.

Dave graduated from Falls City High School in 1960 and served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1965 to 1971. Following his service, he became employed in the hospitality industry and managed the Vet’s Club, Oasis and Falls City County Club. He retired in 2006.

Dave was a member of the American Legion Post #102 at Falls City.

He is survived by his daughter, Jolie (Marty) Edwards, of Papillion; brother, Frank Reavis, of Lincoln; and grandsons, Quaid and Lane Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, with Rev. Tim Boatright officiating. Inurnment will be in Dorrington-Reavis-Towle Mausoleum at Steele Cemetery. Military graveside honors by the Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

PAMELA K. SIKORA





Pamela Kay Sikora, 66, of Falls City, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at Falls City. She was born April 9, 1950 at Humboldt to Betty Jane (Lichty) Tubach and the late Alvin Tubach.  

On April 3, 1969 she married Fred Sikora at Falls City.

Pam was raised at Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1968; she then attended Peru State College. When the couple married they established their home in Lincoln and she transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln until 1972, when her husband joined the Navy and they traveled the world due to his service. Upon his discharge she attended UNL. They moved back to Falls City in 1976 and she was a homemaker and also was an insurance agent with her husband in the family insurance agency. She taught music at FC Sacred Heart High School and accompanied the plays and musicals there. She earned a teaching degree from Peru State Colle in 2004 and taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at St. Andrews Catholic School at Tecumseh. Following the birth of twin grandsons, she retired and helped care for the twins.

Pam was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and the Altar Society

She is survived by her husband, Fred, of Falls City; children, Doug (Heather) Sikora, of Lincoln, Jennifer Sikora, of Lincoln, and Nic (Andrea) Sikora, of Falls City; mother, Betty Jane Tubach, of Falls City; sister, Jane Flynn, of Lincoln; five grandchildren, Atom, Alvin, Griffin, Franklin and Rosalyn.

Pam was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, with Fr. Thomas Dunavan as the presiding priest. A parish rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church. The family will receive friends following the Rosary.

MILDRED L. PETERSON





Mildred Louise (Dick) Peterson, 93, of Pawnee City, formerly of Waverly and Humboldt, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Premier Estates in Pawnee City. She was born on Jan. 17, 1924 near DuBois to Ernest and Sarah (Habegger) Dick.

Mildred grew up the middle child of three children on a farm east of DuBois. For her early formal education, she attended Rockdale country school and later graduated from DuBois High School with the Cclass of 1940.

She married Norman Peterson on Aug. 22, 1948 in Humboldt. The couple established their home on a farm 11 miles northwest of Humboldt, where Mildred helped with the daily farm activities. She began working for Dr. Heim and then at the Humboldt Hospital. Mildred retired from the Colonial Acres Nursing Home after working in the laundry department for 28 years.  

She liked to travel and had taken vacations with her son Loren to the mountains and the Great Lakes region. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, working with flowers, and spending time with her family. Mildred loved dogs, which always seemed to bring a smile to her face.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; a sister, Eleanor (Oliver) Mosteller; and sister-in-law, Polly Dick.

Mildred is survived by her son, Loren (Penny) Peterson, of Waverly; brother, Robert Dick, of Lynch, NE; and other nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at The Christian Church in Humboldt, with Pastor Ron Russell officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt. Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment will be at the Humboldt Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Capitol Humane Society or Organ Recovery Services, 987050 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, the Friends of the Auditorium @ 63576 705 Rd., Omaha, NE 68376.

Online messages of condolence can be left at www.wherrymortuary.com

ARCHIE HODGE





Archie Hodge, 88, of Falls City, passed away Feb. 7, 2017 at Falls City. He was born Oct. 13, 1928 at Fairbury to the late Archie Taylor and Clara (Bean) Hodge.
As a child, his family moved to Rulo where he attended school and graduated from high school in 1946.  
Archie enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Kansas City, MO on Aug. 30, 1951 and was honorably discharged on Aug. 25, 1955 at Norfolk, VA. He earned a National Defense Service Ribbon, Navy Occupation Medal and a Korean Service War Medal
On March 10, 1957 he married Carlota J. Barber at the Reserve Christian Church at Reserve, KS.
They moved to Chicago, IL where he worked for American Airlines.  Wanting to be near family, they moved to Topeka and later to Hiawatha where he was employed by Safeway.  Their four children were born in Hiawatha and they moved to Falls City in Aug. 1966, where they have since lived.   
He was employed at Frontier Homes from 1967 until they closed.  Also worked at Circle Steele until they closed.  Worked at Woodings Verona until his retirement in July 1995.  Archie enjoyed part-time work at Sunmart for several years after his retirement.  He enjoyed gardening and spent many hours tending his flower beds.  Archie was an avid reader of books and newspapers, had a remarkable memory of dates, was very good at crossword puzzles, and enjoyed playing trivial pursuit and scrabble.  He entered Falls City Care Center on September 3rd, 2012 due to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
Archie was a member of First Christian Church.  Served as board chairman, elder and deacon.
He is survived by his wife, Carlota Hodge, of the home; children, Marsha (Jerry) Roland, Mark (Jean) Hodge, Michelle (Max) Milam, all of Falls City; Amy (Dan) Lunzmann of Auburn; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and seven  step-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers (William, Robert, James) and sisters (Daisy, Margaret, Arlene).
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church with Reverend Fay Ann Blaylock officiating. Interment will be held at Steele Cemetery. Military Honors by Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard.
Family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.
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