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Anita Dreimanis

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Anita Dreimanis passed away, February 26th, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson’s, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, at the age of 80. Anita was born Oct. 22, 1941 in Cesis, Latvia. She fled on a boat to Germany with her Mom in 1942, after the Russian Army had captured her Dad.  When her Dad managed to escape, he ran to a cousin in Germany where he thought Anita and her Mom might be. The village had been blown up. He found them later in disbelief, in a nearby village buying bread on the street. They eventually wound up in a displaced persons camp in Augsburg where they remained for the next 7 years. In 1950, after WW2 was over, they secured passage to the USA with a sponsor who would help them with their status as refugees. They docked in New Orleans after 30+ days at sea in a crammed boat where she had made of a friend of a crewman from Africa who shared with her the first candy bar she had ever had and a canned peach, which she at first thought he had given her a raw egg. By this time Anita spoke many languages fluently but had not yet learned English. They quickly began learning English on their train ride to Scottsbluff, NE where they had all been hired as farmhands for a year. After that they moved to Lincoln, NE where there was a good sized Latvian community and she attended Lincoln High School and graduated with honors.

She met her husband, Haralds, who had moved to Lincoln, NE from the East coast after his family had also fled Latvia. They were both members of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church and members of the Latvian fraternity and sorority.  They got married and had two children, bought a big old house on Peanut Hill in Lincoln, NE and filled it with dogs and cats. Eventually they parted ways, but shared a friendship of a sort with each other as they continued to raise their children.  This is when Anita really began her career, even though prior to marriage, she had been a social worker in Philadelphia. She wanted to give back and worked in marketing and fundraising capacities in the non-profit sector. United Way and NETV were particularly special to her in her heart always, long after she left working for them. She also had created her own marketing company, where she worked for a while with her daughter Alisa. She would slow business down for a while when she did something else, and any time she saw a need or something of interest then she would reignite the business again until she retired. In retirement, she worked for many years at The Gallup Poll, where she made many wonderful friends, and often snuck in her chihuahua Taco, that would quietly be resting in her purse at her feet while she worked.

Anita’s biggest joys in her life were her two granddaughters, Marina and Neva. Anita spent several decades driving her granddaughters to and from dance where she reveled in watching them grow and learn and dreamed of how she had wanted to be a ballerina. Her other joy in life were her pets. She spent her life rescuing cats and dogs and taking care of them as if they were her family members.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Janis and Karla Stakens (Zuberts) and her ex- husband, Dailis Haralds Nikolajs Dreimanis. She is survived by her son, Ronalds Pauls Dreimanis and her daughter Alisa Ina Kushner (Dreimanis) and her two grandchildren, Marina Max and Neva Pearl Kushner. She is also survived by many dear cousins, near and far and by many wonderful friends.

Celebration of Life in the future. For condolences, please use the form below.



Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Eric Jay Dufoe

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October 5, 1956 – February 21, 2021

Eric Dufoe was born on October 5, 1956 at Lincoln General Hospital to Danny Lee Dufoe and Catherine Jean (Steiner) Dufoe. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1975 and attended Milford Trade School achieving an associate degree in building and construction which was his lifelong career.

Eric was a master of his trade. He loved his Vizsla dogs, raising three different ones through his lifetime. Other interests included fishing, hunting, golfing, reading and photography. His nieces and nephews were very special to him.

He passed away at Journey House in Lincoln on February, 21, 2021.

Eric was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Catherine of Lincoln; his brother Michael and wife Donna of Malvern, Pennsylvania ; sister Deborah of Lincoln; brother Jeff and wife Darcie of Temecula, California; brother Brett of Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion, Nebraska will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial can be made to the Capital Humane Society, Lincoln, Nebraska. www.capitalhumanesociety.org/ways-to-give/donate.html

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Pamela Kay Dils

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Pamela Kay Dils passed away peacefully at home following a brave and valiant battle with breast cancer, with her loving daughter by her side at the age of 48 on January 28, 2021.

She was born on October 4th, 1972 in Lincoln, NE to Warren & Mary (Bowen) Dils. She graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1990. On October 27, 1993 her daughter Morgan was born. She was Pam’s pride and joy! Pam, her sister Tammy, her mother Mary and Morgan made quite the team over the years.

When Pam was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2014 the family vowed to fight with all they had. Pam went into remission, but it came back in 2019 and this time she was told that it was terminal. Even with that news Pam vowed to do whatever it took to be around for as long as she could for her daughter, sister and mother.

Pam had an amazing zest for life and loved being around family and the large extended family that her and Morgan acquired over the years. She cherished time with everyone in her life. Even with the pandemic this past year, Pam made sure to visit with as many people as she could. Those of us that know Pam know how quick-witted she was. She never lost her sense of humor.

Per Pam’s wishes, she did not want a funeral. The family is honoring her wishes and will be doing a celebration of life when it’s a bit warmer outside. We will keep everyone updated.

Since her daughter was the MOST important thing in her life, the family has asked that all memorials go to help Morgan in the difficult times coming ahead. Gas cards, grocery store gift certificates, etc can be made in Morgan Dil’s name and sent to Aspen Cremation Service, 4822 Cleveland Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504. Be sure to write “Dils Family” on the envelope.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Larry Dean Durham

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From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born on October 3, 1940.

Passed away on January 22, 2021.

Service in the spring.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Crystine Elizabeth Dozier

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From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born on January 14, 1979.

Passes away on October 6, 2020.

Private service.



Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.