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Diane L. Safranek

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Diane Louise (Halada) Safranek, 78 passed away quietly on April 23, 2022 at Bryan Medical Center East, Lincoln Nebraska.

Born August 19, 1943 to Adolph and Emma Halada in Crete, Nebraska, where she lived her entire life.

United in marriage to Ronald Safranek in Crete, Nebraska in March of 1963.  They lived in Crete For several years before moving to a small farm outside of town.  There they enjoyed over 50 years together, while attending to a variety of farm animals including goats and horses.

Diane worked as a human resource officer with the State of Nebraska Department of Health where she retired in 2000 after 37 years.

She was a member of the Blue River Riders Saddle Club, 4-H horse club leader for 35 years, served 20 years with the Saline Agricultural Society and an avid bowler all in Saline County, Nebraska. Diane enjoyed traveling throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota to announce at various horse shows held at county fairs, state fairs and 4-H competitions.

Survived by husband, Ronald Safranek of Crete, sister-in-law Sharon Day, Nieces Debbie (Mike) Yost, Dixie (Rich) Kornfeld, Dorie (Joe) Sittler, Tracy Day, Kelly (Randy) Brummett, Cory Day and Mike (Jessie) Day along with many great nieces and nephews.

Proceeded in death by parents, Adolph and Emma Halada, in-laws Henry and Nellie Safranek, all of Crete, brothers-in-law Lyle Safranek and Sam Day. Sister and brother –in-law Dorothy and Walter Hupka, brother Delvin Halada and nephews Gary Hupka and Rick Hupka.

No services will be held. A casual gathering with family will be held a place and time to be determined in the near future.

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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.

Virginia K Schuerman

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Virginia K (Sagehorn) Schuerman was born at home in rural Kramer, Nebraska on October 26, 1940 to Ida and Ted Sagehorn. She passed peacefully at home in Lincoln after a courageous third battle with cancer on April 22, 2022.

Virginia married Ronald Schuerman on Thanksgiving Day, November 21, 1961 and to this union, they had 3 children, Annie, Tom and Ben. She graduated in 1962 from UNL with a teaching degree in Home Economics and spent her working life teaching and working with families; she loved working with children. Virginia was a long-time organist/pianist and choir director at Hallam UCC and later at church services at Winter Haven Park in Pharr, TX where she and Ron spent many enjoyable warm winters. She also enjoyed quilting, gardening, puzzles, reading, camping, and going to music events. Spending time with family and friends, and attending the activities of her grandchildren was always time well spent.

Virginia is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Ron; children and families: Annie and Steve Olsen; Tom and Becky Schuerman, Charlotte and Eli; and Ben and Aderene Schuerman, Angel, JR and Aya. She is also survived by her brother, Elliott (Ruth) Sagehorn; brother-in-law Wayne Schupbach; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Ida and Ted Sagehorn; her sister, Harriett Schupbach; Ron’s parents Helen and August Schuerman; and sister Carolyn (Roger) Stokebrand.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Hallam UCC, Hallam, NE with lunch/visitation to follow on Friday, April 29th at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be sent to 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 www.aspenaftercare.com.

Barry Arlen Schneider

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From Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born on October 4, 1963.

Passed away on March 29, 2022.

Celebration of Barry’s Life will be Sunday April 24th from 3pm-6pm. At Hollywood Bowl 920 N 48th. We ask that you honor Barry by coming dressed casually or in his favorite bowling, racing or fishing shirt.

Barry’s family includes: Wife Diana Schneider; Dad; Arlen Schneider Mother Pauline(deceased). Brother Cory his wife Kelly niece Brenna Schneider. Sons: Travis Schneider & wife Sarah. Grandson Owen Schneider. Son Jacob Schneider & wife Samantha Grandson Chase Schneider. Stepson Michael Ertl & wife Sheila, Grandchildren Andrew Hatch girlfriend Megan Ruckman, Isaac Phillips girlfriend Haley Ronke, Hailey Ertl, Hanna Ertl. Stepson Christopher Ertl & wife Jasmine, Grandchildren Jordyn Thompson & husband Justin & future Great Grand baby. Grandson Damien Ertl.  Chance Ritchie, Raeleen Ritchie, Henry Ritchie Brother-in-law Richard Morgan & wife Lynn. Niece Katrina Hester & children Caleb, Emma & Kenzie. Nephew Kyle Morgan & Wife Kayla & children Christian, Liam, & Cameron. Uncles, Aunts & Cousins.

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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.

Paul Ray Smith

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Paul Ray Smith, “Pauly” to his friends, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Saturday, February 19, at Tabitha Journey House Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

Paul was born on July 19, 1953 in St. Joseph Missouri to Billy Ray Smith and Ruth Irene Kreiner Smith Gustafson.

He grew up in Greenwood, going to grade school there and attended High School at Ashland Greenwood High School in Ashland, NE.

He worked as a welder at Progressive Rail in Lincoln, NE among other jobs until he became disabled.
He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and bowling.

He was very grateful of the fact that he gave his life to Jesus Christ the summer of 2019 and began attending Indian Hills Community Church and grew in his faith there attending Sunday School, morning and evening services and mid-week bible studies until the past few months as it became more difficult to attend.

He is survived by his son, Shawn and Jodi Collier of Lincoln, NE, daughters, Chassity and Daniel McAtee of Frisco, Texas, and Amanda and Tony Tran of Lincoln, NE. Grandchildren, Morgan Marie Collier, Harley Youngblood, Rion Collier, Angel Foster and Rayne Forbes. Seth and Sammi McAtee, Alexis, Connor and Rylee McAtee. Justin, Brianna and Brock Abbink. Great Grandchildren, Jacob Collier, Jaquan and Jemius Youngblood, and Mercy McAtee. Sisters, Sandy and Steve Frahm of Ashland, NE and Candy Gustafson of Lincoln, NE. Good friends, Stan Malin and son Michael of Lincoln and Pat Krontz of of Lincoln, NE.

Paul has been cremated and his wishes were no funeral and to have his ashes scattered by his close friends and immediate family at a favorite fishing spot at a future date.

Paul’s favorite scripture is Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.

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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.

Jack Lee Schleiger

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Jack L Schleiger, 85, Lincoln NE passed away peacefully on Friday, February 4, 2022 at The Monarch.

Jack was born January 25,1937 to Louis & Mollie Schleiger.

Survived by daughters Kim (Tom) Garay, Angie (Bill) Zessin, Coleen (Walt) Hays, brothers Jim (Tina) Schleiger, Gary (Edie) Schleiger, 12 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, nieces, nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill, sister Beverly.

“In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.”

A family gathering 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 www.aspenaftercare.com.