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Lucile Anderson, 89 - February 20, 2008

Lucile C. Wahl Anderson, 89, of Gothenburg, formerly of Cozad and Eustis, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at the Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the American Lutheran Church of Cozad with the Rev. Terry Pool officiating. A private inurnment will take place at the East Cemetery at Eustis.
Anderson was the first child born to Otto and Sophie (Yeutter) Bartruff in a farmhouse north of Eustis on Dec. 1, 1918. She was baptized and confirmed at the Eustis Methodist Church.
She attended rural school north of Eustis and graduated with the final class of the old Eustis High School building in 1936.
Anderson had taught rural school in Dawson County and took education courses at Kearney as well.
Following the death of her mother in 1941, she became the caregiver of her younger siblings, a role she never relinquished, according to family members.
She was united in marriage to Lorenz Wahl on Dec. 27, 1945, after he returned from World War II. The couple pursued farm life on the Wahl homestead, which they bought from his parents.
Following her husband’s accidental death on Feb. 15, 1972, she remained on the farm and took a job in the housekeeping department at the Cozad Community Hospital.
On March 16, 1974, she married Harland “Harley” Anderson. She and her husband enjoyed country life, traveling and other benefits of retirement, said family members.
Following the death of her husband in 1978, she moved to Cozad in February of 1979. In November of 2005, she moved to Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg and in December of 2006, she moved to Hilltop Estates.
Anderson was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Eustis, and later the American Lutheran Church in Cozad. She was active in the women’s organizations and Bible study. She was also a member of the Cozad Community Hospital Auxiliary, the Eustis American Legion Auxiliary, Gothenburg quilters group, a craft club and Cozad Bridge clubs as well as playing Marathon Bridge.
She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, reading, visiting with her neighbors, friends and family, and spending time with her grandchildren, according to family members. Sharing the process of hard work and doing things right with others was important to her and brought her joy.
Anderson was preceded in death by: her parents, Otto and Sophie; her first husband, Lorenz Wahl; her second husband, Harland; her stepmother and closest farm neighbor, Urcel Bartruff; granddaughter, Amelia Cathryn Rupe; two brothers—Junior and Lloyd; stepsister, Patricia (Marvin) Taylor.
Survivors include: her daughters—Cathryn (Randall) Rupe of Eustis and Lois (Matthew) Stebbins of Honolulu, HI; grandchildren—Graham (Katie) Rupe of Omaha, Adriane Stebbins (Jeremiah Jackson) of Newport, RI, Eton Stebbins (girlfriend, Vanya Dafklova), both students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Wyatt Stebbins, who currently engages in missionary trip guiding for young people in Costa Rica and Ecuador; great-grandson, George Rupe and future grandson due to be born in April; two brothers—Vern Bartruff and Robert (Evelyn) Bartruff, all of Eustis; four sisters—Doris (Robert) Hotchkiss of Fergus Falls, MN, Betty Rieker of Farnam, Marjory (Kenneth) Kugler of Johnson Lake and Diane (Danny) Easterday of Eustis; sister-in-law, Karen Wahl of Elwood; brother-in-law, Edwin Wahl of Lincoln; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the church or the donor’s choice.
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