Connie Hilderbrand, 63, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 25, 2021 at her home in Gothenburg.

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The family of Kelly Smith would like to thank everyone for the cards, money, food, phone calls and all the friendship and support we have received during this difficult time. We'd like to thank pastor Eric Most for the wonderful sermon, Wyatt Meester for the excellent brisket and beans, all our neighbors and family and friends for coming out to Kelly's hayfield and giving Kelly a celebration of life to be remembered. We are forever grateful.


Kevin Maline, 57, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 14, 2021, after a short battle with cancer, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.


Iona Faye Lenz, 93, of Moorefield, Nebraska, died August 10, 2021 in Gothenburg, NE.


Juanita (Jane) Bratcher, 79 of Gothenburg, Nebraska passed away August 14, 2021 at Hilltop Estates. She was born October 30, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas, daughter of Arturo Chapa and Albertina Lopez-Chapa.

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Kelly Lee Smith, 53 of rural Cozad, passed away Wednesday, July 28 at Omaha Bergen Mercy Medical Center. Another victim of COVID-19.

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Joni Kay Peterson, 61, of Lexington went on to her heavenly home on August 4, 2021 at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington and is running around talking to all her friends and family. Joni was born in Gothenburg, NE to Kent and Marian (Rodine) Peterson on June 11, 1960. Joni was raised on the family farm in Wild Horse Valley north of Brady, NE.


Mary Ann Kreuscher, 86, of Beatrice passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the Beatrice Community Hospital. She was born June 27, 1935, at Beatrice and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1952. Mary Ann attended Doane College where she was a member of Omega Psi Theta sorority and then taught school for two years. She married Allen A. Kreuscher on June 27, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of rural DeWitt and they lived and farmed in the DeWitt area until moving to Beatrice in 2005. She was a member of Christ Community Church in Beatrice. She sang with the gospel group, Sounds of the Spirit, for 20 years, worked on the Saline County election board, and was a member of DeWitt Grange. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, decorating, traveling, and antiquing.


Ralph Eugene Rosse, 79, of Maxwell, Nebraska, died December 2, 2020 in Kearney, NE.