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Lola Mae Heins, 92 - January 26, 2017

Lola Mae (Tharp) Heins, 92, of Gothenburg passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Gothenburg Health.
Services were conducted at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday, Jan. 30, with the Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating. Burial was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Heins was born at Cozad on Oct. 15, 1924, to Cyrus William and Myrtle Esther (Stear) Tharp. Her birth mother passed away in March of 1927. The family then made their home with grandparents, Jacob and Mable Stear, until 1929 when her father married Louella Ewing of Scottsbluff County. The family then moved to Mitchell.
She started school at Springer District No. 7, and in 1932 the family moved northeast of Cozad where she attended District No. 60. She graduated with the Class of 1942 from Gothenburg High School.
Heins was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Church in Cozad. Later, she joined Lutheran churches with her last membership at Trinity Lutheran in Gothenburg.
She was employed with Northwestern Bell and worked in the office at Stickelman’s sale barn as well.
In March of 1947, she married Paul Heins. To this union, three children were born. The couple resided and farmed south of Cozad.
As her children were growing up, she helped on the farm, especially during calving season. In the fall of 1967, she and her husband moved to their farm south of Gothenburg, and later, she was employed at Larsen Jewelry.
Heins and her husband enjoyed square dancing, traveling and participating in activities at the Gothenburg Senior Center, according to family members.
She left the farm in February of 2015, and initially, made her home in a duplex apartment. With an illness in October of 2015, she moved to Stone Hearth Estates.
?Heins was preceded in death by: her husband, Paul; a grandson, Chad Gronewold; sister, Vivian and her husband, Merald Overturf; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law—Martin and Helen Heins, Harold and Wilma Heins, Art Heins and his first wife, Gloria and second wife, Ramona and Dale and Helen Vickers; sister-in law, Esther Gibbs; three nephews and a niece.
Survivors include: her son, Byron of Oklahoma; her daughters—Karla Bryant and Myra (Dale) Gronewold of Gothenburg; daughter-in-law, Judy (John) Jensen of Gothenburg; a son-in-law, Cedric Bryant of Gothenburg; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren—Jeremy (Jolene) Heins, KayLee and Kolton, Amanda (Corey) Rossell, Makenzie and Tra, Alison (Matt) Feik, Bryant and Austin, Daniel (Kaydee) Gronewold, Eva, Blake and Tobin, Brian (Rebecca) Gronewold, Gabby, Carly, Maxon and Phillip Gronewold; three step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren—Robert (Patti) Jensen, Will and Anna, Brian Jensen, Stephen (Christina) Jensen, Grayson and Bennett; extended family members—Al and Iris Desmarteau of Colorado, Linda Damiano of Oregon, Charles Bean, Leslie and Diane Brown; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2002 27th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138 and The Gideons International, P.O. Box 133, Gothenburg, NE 69138.