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Frederick “Rick” Neil Strong

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Frederick “Rick” Neil Strong, 62, passed away Nov. 14, 2020, after surgery in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He was born Apr. 8, 1958 at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho to Nancy (Stevens) Strong and Frederick Carroll Strong of East Montpelier, Vermont.

Rick was educated at schools in Bangor, Maine; Goose Air Base, Labrador; and Bellevue, Nebraska. He graduated from Bellevue High School with honors and a Naval ROTC scholarship. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow while in Labrador.

He married Margaret Sue Gradoville, in Omaha, Nebraska on Dec. 30, 1982. Together they had four children: Sarah, Rebecca, Jacob, and Rachel.

Rick met his life partner, Joni Thomas, in 2015. They committed their lives to each other a year later. Together, they cared for their three cats and two dogs. Rick and Joni attended farmers markets nearly every week and enjoyed creating new plant-based recipes made with whole foods. He loved providing weekly child care to his grandson, Ethan, and was eagerly awaiting his 10th grandchild.

Rick is survived by his life partner, Joni; his father, Frederick; his sister, Nancy Jean (Strong) Barker, and her husband, James; and his nieces, Emma Barker and Hanna (Barker) Mullin. He is also survived by his children and grandchildren: Sarah Strong and her husband Ross Schall, and their son Ethan; Rebecca Strong and her children, Tobias, Magdalena, Eziah, and Katrina; Jacob Strong and his wife Michelle, and their children, Jackson and Jordan; and Rachel (Strong) Mills and her husband Kevin, and their children, Azaylea, Markus, and baby on the way. He was predeceased by his mother, Nancy, in 2014.

He was loved and will be missed.

No service at this time.

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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.

James R. Sawtelle

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From Ville Platte, Louisiana

Born on August 12, 1947.

Passed away on October 31, 2020.

No service at this time.



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.

David Ernest Stemmerman

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From Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born on December 14, 1962.

Passed away on October 27, 2020.

No services at this time.

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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.

Marcia Lu Stubbs

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Marcia Lu Stubbs, beloved sister, died Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

She was born April 13, 1956 in Lincoln, and graduated from Norris High School in 1974. Marcia then went on to study at Southeast Community College and going to work at Bryan Hospital as a Certified Surgical Technologist. She later went to St. Elizabeth Hospital and worked as an OB Tech. She later became a cosmetologist.

Marcia was preceded in death by two sets of grandparents, her parents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Marcia leaves behind two sisters and their spouses.

There will be no services per her request, and she has chosen to be cremated.

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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.

Paula Lynn Shufeldt

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Paula Lynn (Lafler) Shufeldt was born on January 7, 1952 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Willie G. “Bill” and Darlene J. (Thompson) Lafler, who preceded her in death.  She passed away on September 14, 2020 at her home in Ashland, Nebraska with her daughter by her side.  Paula was a twin to Paul Lyle Lafler, who passed away on May 23, 1953.  Her most beloved older brother, Darrell G. Lafler and wife, Sharon preceded her in death, as did her most loved brother-in-law, Robert G. “Bob” Bethel.

Paula was the kind of person who would help anyone out in any circumstance.  She had a huge, soft heart, especially for the underdog.  She loved bingo and all her many friends there; it was the highlight of her week.  She had a great sense of humor.  She loved the ocean and took many cruises, which she dearly loved to do.  She retired from the League of Human Dignity in Lincoln, where she had worked for many years.

Paula is survived by her son, Steven C. Bade, daughter, Jacqueline J. (Barber) Lydiatt (Steve R.) and her dearly beloved granddaughter, Shelby F. Lydiatt, the sunshine and absolute heart of her life.  She is also survived by her older sister, Norma J. “Jeanne” Bethel of Tucson, AZ, and younger brothers, William B. “Bill” Lafler, Colorado and  Glenn D. Lafler, Lincoln, honorary childhood friend, Ella M. Carson, Lincoln and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paula was cremated and her wish was to have a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2021; details of Celebration will be posted on Paula’s Facebook page.

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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.