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Patricia Anne Keifer

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Patricia Anne Keifer

May 4th, 1947-March 29th, 2021

Patricia Anne (Hoffner) Keifer, of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on March 29, 2021 in Lincoln. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she is the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Tait) Hoffner. She graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School in New Tripoli, PA, in 1965.

Pat was married to Richard Keifer from November 1, 1975, until his death in 1998. Together they traveled the country as over the road truck drivers. They made a home in Bennet, Nebraska, where they raised three children. Donald, Edward, and Katie. As Richard continued driving and providing, Pat continued her driving career behind a bus, for Good Life Tour and Travel and Palmyra-Bennet Public Schools. She found great joy in transporting children to school and events, and even adults to Cornhusker Football home games.

She had many hobbies throughout her life, but some of her most recent include embroidering, birdwatching, and gardening.  She loved to ‘create’. She had a green thumb in the garden and many at Southlake Village knew she could bring any plant back to life. She was often referred to as the plant lady.  She loved her children and grandchildren, with all her heart and showered them with many types of sewing and embroidering gifts.

Pat is proceeded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, Donald and Dorothy Hoffner, and Stepfather, George Folk.

She is survived by her children: Donald Keifer of Omaha, Edward Keifer and his wife Nicole of Lincoln, and Katie Keifer of Humboldt, five grandchildren, Austin, Lillyn, Emilyn, and Carson Keifer and Brooklyn Blunt. Additionally, she is survived by her sister Mary Cressman and her husband Lawrence of Macungie PA, and her brothers John Hoffner and his wife Cheryl of New Tripoli, PA, and Tom Hoffner and his wife Sally of Slatington, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: The Sunken Gardens in Lincoln, Nebraska, in her name. For convenience, the following link can be used, and then direct the donation to Sunken Gardens or mail to: Lincoln Parks Foundation, 3131 O St, Suite 301, Lincoln, NE 68508.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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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

Mervlyn Diana (Watkins) Krausnick

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Mervlyn Diana (Watkins) Krausnick, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, March 2 at the age of 76.
Merv (as she was known to her friends) was born May 23, 1944 in Raleigh, North Carolina to
Deal and Frances (Dunn) Watkins. As a girl she loved playing “Davey Crockett” in the woods with
her older brother Butch, and in high school drove a school bus for Raleigh Public Schools (a skill
that she would call upon later in life). She left Raleigh to attend college at Appalachian State
Teachers College (now Appalachian State University) in Boone, North Carolina, where she
earned a B.S. in Business Education.

After a year of teaching high school, Merv’s desire to further her education (but mostly to
indulge her sense of adventure) had her driving across the Great Plains to attend graduate
school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. On that drive she encountered her
first Midwestern thunderstorm rolling across the wheat fields of Kansas; it was a storm she never
forgot. In Colorado she met Kenneth, her future husband and father of her three children. As a
young couple Merv and Kenneth lived in Rapid City, South Dakota, where they witnessed the
flood of 1972. After a brief stay in McCook, Nebraska, Merv and her family settled in Imperial in
1973, where she spent the next 22 years.

A devoted mother and homemaker, Merv took great pride in keeping an immaculate home
for her family to enjoy. It was the rare speck of dust, furniture scratch, chip of paint, or water spot
that escaped her notice. As wife to a large animal veterinarian and mother to three active kids,
she elevated cleaning and the domestic arts to High Art; there was nary a stain they could
produce that she could not remove. It was one of many ways she expressed her deep love for
her family.

In her middle years, when she managed to find some free time, Merv enjoyed playing
cards, softball, bowling, and being ornery. Many happy hours were spent with her ‘Happy
Hookers’ bowling league friends, where despite her strange form she became a pretty decent
bowler, even winning a couple of ‘Mother-Son’ regional bowling tournaments with her son (once
the organizers realized ‘Merv’ wasn’t a man’s name).

Merv’s greatest joy was always her children, and one would be hard pressed to find a
more devoted mother. Unfailingly supportive (despite her exactingly high standards), Merv rarely
missed a game, concert, play, or other event in which her kids participated. The number of Girl
Scout cookie boxes distributed from her garage was legion. She especially enjoyed coaching and
supporting her daughters’ softball teams. When the team needed new uniforms and the city
wouldn’t supply them, Merv, with her dear friend Darla Cook, determined to raise the money
themselves, which they did. She loved that the team’s mascot was ‘the Rebels,’ because Merv
was always and ever a rebel at heart, and not a woman easily deterred.

She was also full of love and mischief. Her home became a place where her children’s
friends naturally gathered, because they felt welcome and free to be themselves. Easy to talk to
and lots of fun, Merv was a kind of surrogate mom for many kids; a source of support for those
navigating the sometimes difficult path to adulthood. There are also rumors that she may have
been involved in various schemes of good-natured (but slightly naughty) mischief carried out by
the young people who confided in her, but these rumors can be neither confirmed nor denied.
When she found herself with only one child left at home, Merv re-entered the workforce
and once again became a bus driver, now for Imperial Public Schools. She braved the sometimes
treacherous country roads because she so loved seeing and getting to know the kids on her
route. With a toughness that characterized her whole life, she took a second job working the
graveyard shift at the all-night T-Junction truck stop. It was a job she loved, not for the work, but
for the people she got to know and conversations she got to have. Many high school kids would
swing by T-Junction on the weekend to have a late night chat with Merv.

After her divorce in 1995, Merv left Imperial and moved to Lincoln, to be near her children
and to begin a new adventure. After going back to school for a short time, she landed a job with
the Nebraska Legislature as an Assistant Statute Technician in 1996, where she enjoyed
correcting people’s grammar for the next 15 years. When not working, Merv’s greatest pleasure
came from spending time with her grandchildren. She loved nothing more. She retired from the
State of Nebraska in 2011, when her worsening Multiple Sclerosis no longer allowed her to work.
Though over time her body failed her, she never lost the fierce independent spirit, toughness, and
stubborn streak that characterized her entire life. Nor did her inner rebel disappear, as displayed
when she staged an escape from her nursing home in her power wheelchair when nobody was
looking, because she wanted to go get coffee (though the sweet taste of freedom was her true
desire). She also never lost her heart for young people, becoming a beloved friend and
conversation partner to the nursing home staff that cared for her so well in her later years.

As we all are, Merv was a mixed bag of virtue and vice, of wisdom and folly, of strengths
and weaknesses. But she will be most remembered for her unflinching devotion to her family, for
her love for young people, for her sense of fun and mischief, for being able to “talk to a fencepost”
(as she put it), and for facing life’s challenges with strength, courage, and independence. She will
be greatly missed.

Mervlyn is survived by her daughters Teresa Gray of Lincoln, Dixie Robertson (Randy) of
Kansas City, son Kevin Krausnick (Dorene) of Lincoln, and nine grandchildren: Ashley and
Danielle Gray; Anna, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Nathan Robertson; and Audrey, Lewis, and Wesley
Krausnick. Mervlyn was preceded in death by her parents and brother. A private memorial
service will be held at a later date.

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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

Garnet Lee Kenaston

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From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born February 10, 1947 in Lincoln to James & Rozella Kenaston.

Passed away on November 20, 2020, age 73.

He graduated Northeast High School 1966, was drafted into the Army and served in Viet Nam.

Lived for 30 years in California, most of that time with Sharon, his one true love.

They owned a cafe in Huntington Beach for two years.

He loved all animals, with most of his heart given to Major, Bogey and Ruby, his little Jack Russell.

Garnet was an amateur painter and author who wrote a memoir of his Viet Nam experiences and two unpublished novels.

He was an incurable romantic who loved cars, rock ‘n’ roll and movies.

He made friends easily. His sense of humor and shy smile could light up a room.

His corny jokes would always get the most laughs from his sister.

Predeceased by brothers Jerry, Clyde, Tim and his parents.

Survived by sister Candy Downing, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He can now join the animals he loved, his brothers and friends.

He will finally get to meet Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.

No 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

Teresa Fern Kuenning

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Teresa “Terri” Fern (Waline) Kuenning was born on January 11, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Earl and Veta Waline.

At age 13 they moved to Lincoln, NE. She graduated from Northeast High School in the spring of 1963. She met the love of her life, while working at A&W that same year. She often said she knew she was going to marry him the night they met. And she was right! Rich and Terri Kuenning were married on July 18, 1964 at Havelock United Methodist Church. Together they welcomed three children.

Terri had a love for life and enjoyed many activities including painting, clowning, traveling, reading sci-fi and playing games especially progressive rummy, and flower gardening her lilies. She taught Sunday school, was a cub scout leader, worked as a teller at several banks, and at Weight Watchers as a meeting leader. When her kids were growing up, she was known as “Mom Kuenning” and always had everyone’s favorite food and pop readily available, as well as she was someone to confide in. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family.

She is survived by husband Richard, children Rick (Debbie) Kuenning, Troy (Krista) Kuenning and Tracy (Greg) Faust. Grandchildren: Dillon, Derrick (Bobbi) and Reilly Kuenning, Allison and Kara Kuenning, Karissa and Seth Faust. Great grandchildren Nicholas and Kylea. Brother Robert (Etta) Waline Senior. Sister-in-law Bonnie Graverholt. Brother-in-law Ronald (Phyllis) Kuenning. Many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Preceded in death by parents, Earl and Veta Waline; parents-in-law, Ralph F. and Marie Kuenning; brothers, Donald, Benjamin and Dick; brothers-in-law, Martin Graverholt and Ralph D. Kuenning; nephew, Chris Graverholt

A Celebration of Life will be held outside at the home of Troy Kuenning 2801 N. 78th at 2:00pm Saturday, October 3rd with Reverend Daryl Lauber officiating. Memorials in care of the family for future designation.

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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

Karen Lee Kling

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Karen Lee Kling, 70 of Crete, Nebraska passed away on August 2, 2020. Karen was born on February 22, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska to Leah Mary (Chase) Shelburn. Karen married Melvin Kling on October 26, 1974 in Omaha, Nebraska. Together they had five children Jennifer, Andrew, Lucas, Benjamin, and Marybeth.

Karen enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables as well as writing letters to people. She collected Care Bears and loved to watch wrestling on television. Karen also loved to write and send cards to her loved ones with stickers decorated all over each card and envelope.

Karen is preceded in death by her mother, Leah and her sister, Gretchen Shelburn. She is survived by her husband Melvin Kling of Crete, Nebraska, brother Gary Shelburn of Pleasanton, Nebraska, sister Leslie Graske and son-in-law Lee Graske of Elk City, Nebraska. Karen is also survived by her daughter Jennifer Sims and son-in-law Mario Sims of Colorado Springs, Colorado, son Andrew Kling and fiance Julie Pinkston of Lincoln, Nebraska, son Lucas Kling and daughter-in-law April Kling of Fairbury, Nebraska, son Benjamin Kling and daughter-in-law Christina Kling of Seward, Nebraska, daughter Marybeth Chanchavac and son-in-law Ottoniel Cruz Chanchavac Sanchez of Crete, Nebraska, and nine grandchildren.

Memorial Service on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Radiant Springs Church, 1910 West 12th Street, Crete, NE 68333.

Memorial cards and flowers for the family can be brought to the church or sent through Aspen Cremation Service, 4822 Cleveland Ave., Lincoln, NE.  Please have flowers delivered to the church.

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