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Rhonda Lee Borowiak

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Rhonda (Reinsch) Borowiak of Lincoln died Sunday, November 12th, 2017. Private services are planned. No pubic visitation.

Rhonda was born on August 9th, 1959 in York to Richard and JoAnn (Williamsen) Reinsch. She grew up on a farm near Strang and was a graduate of Bruning High School. Following her graduation, Rhonda attend The Grand Island School of Business. Rhonda worked in many vocations but the job she treasured the most was as a Nurse’s Aid while in Nebraska.

Rhonda married Paul Borowiak on June 18th, 1982. They later divorced. As a result of this union she was blessed with two daughters.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Lorence and husband Brandon, three grandchildren, daughter, Christina Borowiak and special friend Jacob Jandera, sister, Rebecca (Reinsch) Glad and husband Mark, sister, Renee Reinsch, brother, Rick Reinsch and wife Michelle, many nieces and nephews.

Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents.

Ricky “Rick” Lynn Braun

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Rick Lynn Braun, nicknamed “Brownie” was born September 4,1963 in Henderson, Nebraska to Irvin and Doris Braun. He went home to His Heavenly Father on November 5, 2017 (All Saints Sunday) surrounded by his loving wife, Cindy, and kids; Morgan and Landon. Rick passed away following a courageous battle with MS.

Rick was raised on a farm just outside of Hampton, Nebraska where he graduated from Hampton High School, class of 1981. In high school, he acquired the nickname “Whoosh” for his basketball shot. He attended Southeast Community College-Milford and graduated in 1989 shortly after he was united in marriage to Cindy Rathje on May, 27th.

Rick worked 20 devoted years at Duncan Aviation as an NDT Quality Control Inspector. He loved his job, the travels with it, and the many memories he made with friends at work. Following his “retirement” he volunteered at Norris 160 Public Schools where his wife worked and children attended. He read to students with the therapy dog Izzy, was the only “Dad” active in PTO for a few years, helped with sporting events and shop class in the high school. Rick was well known and highly regarded in the Norris Community. He was a 2011 Norris Foundation Titans award winner for his longtime volunteerism in the schools.

He was a member of Southwood Lutheran Church where he served as an usher and reader. He also enjoyed serving others at Matt Talbot, the City Mission, and Southwood Serve days. Rick served on the Southeast Community Advisory Board for NDT and made a commercial for SCC.

His greatest joys in life were watching his kids grow up and rejoicing in their accomplishments at sporting events, show choir performances, musicals, and graduations. Rick was a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend to all.

Rick was a kind, welcoming, and gentleman. His firm handshake and ever present smile made strangers feel like friends and friends feel like family. He enjoyed the friendship of many people, which included drinking coffee with friends, hunting, and watching Nebraska football. He exemplified positivity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Survivors of the immediate family include his beloved wife of 28 years, Cindy (Rathje) Braun; children Morgan Taylor Braun, Landon Asher Braun of Lincoln; mother, Doris Braun, Aurora; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron (Dena) Braun, Keith Braun, Dwayne (Susan) Braun; sister and brother-in-law, Sheryl (Scott) Moats; father-in-law Richard Rathje; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-laws; Teresa (Chip) Howell, Rick (Kay) Rathje, Jim (Nancy) Rathje, Brenda (Mike) Shipwright; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is welcomed into Heaven by his dad; Irv Braun, mother-in-law; Geraldine Rose Rathje, sister-in-law; Kathy Rathje.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the children’s Education Fund.

Family visitation was at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center at 9401 Andermatt Dr, Lincoln, NE 68526 on Thursday, November 16. Memorial Service for Rick was at Southwood Lutheran Church at 4301 Wilderness Hill Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68516 on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Patrick James Beecham

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Pat lost his year long battle with cancer on Friday October 27th, 2017 at home in Bennet. Pat was born to Bill and Marie (Spratt) Beecham on February 18th 1954 in Lincoln Ne. He loved spending time with family and friends, enjoyed watching football, Nascar, and old cowboy movies. Pat loved his grandchildren dearly and would have done anything for them. Pat liked nothing better than to sit on the deck and have a few drinks with friends talk about old times and watch the sun go down. He worked for Cushman for 25 years until they closed and ended his working career at ABC Pest Control as a pest control technician. He loved his customers and really enjoyed visiting with them.

Cremation. No visitation. Rosary was at 7pm, November 3rd at St. Leo Catholic Church in Palmyra. Mass of Christian Burial: 1pm, November 4th at St. Leo Catholic Church in Palmyra with Fr. Adam Sparling officiated.

A celebration of Pat’s life after the funeral at the Beecham family farm at County Road 12 and Highway 2 east of Palmyra.

Memorials to the family for future designation.

Pat is survived by daughter Molly Beecham, Lincoln, wife Patty, Bennet, stepchildren Heather and Adam Powers, Lincoln, Aaron and Tara Regan, Eagle. Grandchildren Hailey Powers, Taylor Powers, and Dylan Regan. Brothers and sisters Jerry (Karen Aspegren), Margaret (Jonathan) Skean, Marykay (Bob) Gerken, Robert (Jan) Beecham, Jean Leblanc, Martin Beecham, Father in law and Mother in law Vern and Rita Miles, sisters in law Margaret (John) Traudt, Susan Stearns, a host of nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John (Laura) Beecham, Timothy Beecham, nieces Sarah Skean and Amy Beecham, mother in law Edythe Sheldon, and stepson Buddy Regan

Pat would end this by saying: Everything will be all right, let’s all have a cocktail!

Craig L. Buchholz

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Craig Lee Buchholz lived to the age of 67 and died in the peace of his home on October 26, 2017.

Craig was born November 18, 1949, in Osceola, Nebraska to Chester and Opal Buchholz and grew up in Shelby, Nebraska.

Craig was a land surveyor for five years before becoming employed at Black Hills Energy. He retired in 2012 after 35 years in the drafting and customer service departments.

Craig’s many interests included photography, hiking, fishing, traveling, and exploring the Great Outdoors. He was an active volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 15 years with both Pack 59 and Troop 159 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. One of his fondest memories was backpacking through Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land or down among the crystals of waves or high in a balloon in the sky; through all the climates hot or cold, storms and calms, everywhere and always we are in God’s eternal beauty and love. So universally true is this, the spot where we chance to be always seems the best. –John Muir

Craig’s greatest love was his family: His wife of 41 years, Shelley (Green) Buchholz, Lincoln; Sons, Scott (JoHanna) Buchholz and Granddaughter Lydia, Denver, and Steven (Emily) Buchholz, Lincoln; Sister Cheryl (Jerry) Wilson, Lincoln; Mother Opal Buchholz, Lincoln; Sister-in-law Sarah (Green) Barth, Lincoln; Nephews, Nieces, Great Nephews and a Great Niece. He was preceded in death by his Father Chester Buchholz, Brother Robert Buchholz, and Brother-in-law Gary Barth.

Cremation.  No visitation. Celebration of Life will take place in Spring 2018. Memorials to family to be designated at a future date.

Deborah Dell Bitting

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Deborah Dell (Cleckner) Bitting, 72, passed Sunday, July 30, 2017 in her home in Lincoln, NE surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents Willard, Norma Jean (Schamp) and Pauline (Tice) Cleckner, best friends Deb Cook & Norman Tucker and sister-in-law Margaret (Peg) Wilson. Deb was a warm, caring and compassionate daughter, sister (sissy), mother (momma), wife, grandmother (Nani) and friend. She enjoyed spending her time with family and friends and most especially sitting around the table having coffee and conversation. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow and experience the beauty of life.

Her passions included crocheting, knitting, her many Schnauzers, reading romance novels and watching Hallmark (and according to Scott – these were cheesy romance novels and movies), playing penny slots and listening to the many golf and fishing stories as told by Tom(true or not?).

She leaves behind her husband of 46 years, Thomas Bitting; children Tracy (Joe) Hinderks, Troy (Victoria) Novak, and Scott Bitting; grandchildren, Melissa Staab, Emily Delisi, Trez Novak, Wynter Novak and Justice Novak, Kristopher (Tonia) Hinderks, Lisa Helms, Stephen (Becky) Hinderks, and Joey (Amy) Hinderks; great grandchildren, Dakoda Rain Delisi, Alley Mae Staab, Christopher Ewoldt, Melissa Hinderks, Kaelin Hinderks, Braeden HInderks, Matthew Ewoldt, Shelby Hinderks, Shawna Helms, Kiersten Helms, Sawyer Hinderks, Jasmine Hinderks, Jaden Hinderks, Kavan Hinderks and Peyton Hinderks; brothers, Ed (Dindi) Cleckner and Bill (Sandy) Cleckner; sister-in-law Barb (Bob) Shaw and numerous nieces, nephews, special friends, Marilee Tucker and Andi Helmkamp and many other friends and family.

Cremation. No visitation. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, August 5th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church (lower level), 230 Capitol Beach Blvd, Lincoln, NE

Memorials to the family for future designation.