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Carol Ann Renick

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From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born on May 6, 1940.

Passed away on March 5, 2021.

No service.

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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

Debra Sue Meehan

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March 29,1955 – March 2, 2021

Debra Sue Meehan, 65, born to Elizabeth Jane (Keetle) & Bobby Lee Meehan in Lincoln March 29, 1955. Debra grew up in Lincoln & graduated from Lincoln Northeast in 1974. She worked at Uni Service Inc. for 18 years.

Debra did a lot of babysitting, loved children, animals, antiques, sports, movies and dolls.

Debra is survived by her parents, siblings David Meehan of Harlingen, TX, Karen (Richard) Inurrigarro of Harlingen, TX, Sharon (Dave) Heaton of Glendale, AZ, Scott Meehan of Bloomington, IN, brother-in-law Ward Hageman of Ceresco, NE, many nieces, nephews, aunts & uncles.

Preceded in death by sister Kathryn Lee Hageman of Ceresco, NE.

No service at this time.

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Robert “Bobby” Melvin Heaton

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From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born on March 12, 1932.

Passed away March 1, 2020.

Private service.

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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.

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