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Lily Johanna Bedell, 98 - January 06, 2017

Lily Johanna Bedell, 98, of Gothenburg passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Gothenburg Health.
Services were conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel at Gothenburg. Burial took place at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Bedell was born March 31, 1918, to Peter and Marie (Peterson) Loostrom on a farm north of Gothenburg, the second of seven children.
She attended grade school at New Hope District 153 in Custer County, and attended high school in Gothenburg, boarding with three other girls also from north of town. After high school, she returned home to the family ranch to help her parents and family, as well as working other jobs.
On June 18, 1940, she married James K. Bedell. The resided at Gothenburg, Wheatland, WY, and Lexington.
On Jan. 1, 1943, her husband was drafted into the U.S. Air Force and sent to basic training in Florida, then advanced training at Pauling, NY. He sent for her and she went to join him. While in New York, she took a job as a governess for a family with two boys at a summer resort outside of New York City, and later another job in New York City.
Bedell and her husband were then apart for 38 months while he was overseas. After returning from service, they resided at Herrington, KS, Lexington, Sacramento, CA, York and Sheridan, WY, where he managed J.M. McDonald’s stores.
She and her husband were both longtime members of the First Presbyterian Church. She also served as president of the Sheridan Fine Arts Club, Sheridan Women’s Club and 50 Year Member of the Eastern Star, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and was also a member of a sewing club. Her hobbies included sewing, fine arts and music.
?Her husband passed away on Dec. 16, 1986. She moved to North Platte in 1992 to be near her family. She, along with her husband, loved and enjoyed their great family and many friends, according to family members.
Bedell was preceded in death by: her husband, James; her parents, Peter and Marie; a sister, Mary Ann Carlson; brothers—John, Bob, Bruce and Ivan Loostrom; sisters-in-law—Beulah Loostrom and Edith Jorgenson; brothers-in-law—Sam Brown, Ivan Lynn Bedell and Max Bedell.
Survivors include: her sister, Carol Brown of Cozad; a brother-in-law, Rodney Carlson of Cozad; sister-in-law, Rosemary Loostrom of Plymouth, MI; nephews—David (Linda) Loostrom of Gothenburg, Mark (Shawn) Loostrom of Maxwell and Kent (Shandra) Brown of Cozad; nieces—Karla (Randy) Zima of Mead, Peggy (Johnny) Pape of Grand Island, Jan (Tony) Sloboth of Centennial, CO, Sue (Greg) Maack of Eaton, CO, Brooke (Brad) Hoffman of Windsor, CO, Barbara Denzer of Azuza, CA, Jeanne Evans of Charleston, SC, and Barbara Fry of Baton Rouge, LA; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society Heartland Division, 9850 Nicholas, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68114, and Callahan Cancer at North Platte, NE.