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Bernard McMahon, 88 - October 17, 2011


Bernard Joseph McMahon, 88, of Giltner, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at his home.
Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora with the Rev. Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial will be at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Giltner.
A visitation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Giltner with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. and Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
McMahon was born Dec. 15, 1922, at Central City, son of Joseph Peter and Vivienne Anna (Farrell) McMahon.
He received his education from District No. 38 in Merrick County and graduated from Central City High School with the class of 1940.
McMahon entered the United States Army on Jan. 15, 1943, at Fort Crook in Omaha, serving with the Reconnaissance Company No. 692 Tank Destroyer Battalion. He served during World War II in the European Theater. His tour of duty included Omaha Beach, The Battle at Antrwerp, Belgium, Battle of the Bulge, first platoon to siege and cross the Remagen Bridge and guarding the German-Austrian border. He received his honorable discharge on Dec. 6, 1945, from Camp Swift, TX. He then returned to Central City to farm with his farther.
He was united in marriage to Petronella (Nellie) Bader on Oct. 8, 1947, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island by Msgr. Leo Keating. To this union, 11 children were born. The couple began their married life in Grand Island before moving to Merrick County where he farmed. He and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.
In March of 1953, he and his family moved to a farm south of Aurora and later to Giltner in 1956. He was also employed with Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, worked as a substitute rural mail carrier and retired from Bonnavilla Homes in Aurora in 1986.
McMahon was an avid baseball fan as a player and a coach. In his youth he played for Irish Town.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Giltner, joined the Knight’s of Columbus Council 1159 of Grand Island on April 1, 1942, and transferred to Aurora-Giltner Council No. 8010 in 1986 where he served as Grand Knight for two years. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post No. 5539 of Harvard and American Legion of Aurora. He also served on the Giltner town board for 22 years where he was instrumental in many city projects.
McMahon was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Agnes Bricault; son-in-law, Barry Robertshaw; two brothers-in-law—Robert Bricault and Leonard Jisa.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Petronella (Nellie) McMahon of Giltner; sons—Bernard T. “Tom” (Pamela) McMahon of Roseville, CA, Patrick L. (Patricia) McMahon of Hemingford, Joseph T. (Betty) McMahon of Omaha, and John M. (Dianne) McMahon of Grand Island; daughters—Mary (Daniel) Schartz of Gothenburg, Margaret (Randy) Carrier of Salina, KS, Catherine (Denis) Bachman of Giltner, Jeanne Robertshaw of Aurora, Rita (Scott) Harmon of Trumbull, Anne (Mark) Pittard of Ankeny, IA, and Marilyn (Todd) Williams of Doniphan; 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jisa of Hastings.

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