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Obituaries
Mary Frances Jurgens

Mary Frances Jurgens

Mary Frances Jurgens, 94, of Summerfield died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Cambridge Place in Marysville. She was born on Sept. 2, 1923 in Home, Kan., to Karl and Hazel (Carter) Stock.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Raymond; and a brother, Leroy Stock.

Survivors include her children, Phyllis (Vince) O'Toole of Marysville, Gary (Carlene) Jurgens of Summerfield and Dale Jurgens of Summerfield; and two grandchildren, Vince (Amie) O'Toole and Lena O'Toole.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 at Kinsley Mortuary of Marysville. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at First Lutheran Church of Summerfield.

Burial will be in the Marysville City Cemetery.


Obituaries
Kristin "Kris" C. Woodyard

Kristin C. Woodyard

Kristin C. “Kris” Woodyard, 45 years of age, of Beatrice passed away at her home Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. She was born on Jan. 25, 1972 in Fairbanks, Alaska to Dennis and Karen (Verno) Vicars. Kris was a 1989 graduate of Beatrice High School and received her LPN degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice. She had worked as an LPN at various places in Beatrice, and had also worked at Ace Hardware and Holiday Inn Express. She enjoyed scrapbooking, painting and especially enjoyed cooking. She had received several local cooking awards. Kris had an infectious laugh, was always smiling and loved to play jokes on people.

Survivors include her companion, Tom McCabe, and his daughter, Taylor, and her son, Lyric, all of Beatrice; her son, Trent Beach and wife, Jennifer, of Lincoln; her daughter, Jacey Woodyard of Beatrice; her grandson, Carsen Beach and his mother, Shelbi, of Beatrice; her mother, Karen Kramer and husband, Randy, of Crab Orchard; her father, Dennis Vicars and wife, Diane, of Pickrell; her sisters, Monica Knobel and husband, Brian, of Beatrice and Jaime Vicars of Lincoln; her grandmother, Eleanor Vicars of Martell; and her half-brothers, Matthew Vicars of Chicago and Derek Vicars of Pickrell. Kris was preceded in death by her son, Andrew Beach (March 2017); and her grandparents, Lester Vicars and Jim and Thelma Verno.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice, with Jon Palmquist officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m.  to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, with the family greeting friends from 6:30-8 p.m. and at the church for one hour preceding the services on Saturday. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A memorial has been established to the family's choice, with the funeral home in charge. Sign Kris' online guestbook and view her video tribute when it is completed at www.ghchapel.com.

These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.


History
Today in history

Today is Thursday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2017. There are 24 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 7, 1941, during a series of raids in the Pacific, Imperial Japan's navy launched a pre-emptive attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing 2,400 people, about half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. (The United States declared war against Japan the next day.)

On this date:

In 43 B.C., Roman statesman and scholar Marcus Tullius Cicero was slain at the order of the Second Triumvirate.

In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1842, the New York Philharmonic performed its first concert.

In 1909, chemist Leo H. Baekeland received a U.S. patent for Bakelite (BAY'-kuh-lyt), the first synthetic plastic.

In 1917, during World War I, the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary.

In 1946, fire broke out at the Winecoff (WYN'-kahf) Hotel in Atlanta; the blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.

In 1967, the Beatles opened the Apple Boutique in London; the venture proved disastrous, and the shop closed the following July.

In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant who was shot dead by her bodyguards.

In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time, arriving for a Washington summit with President Ronald Reagan.

In 1993, a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 19. (The shooter was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.)

In 1995, a 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was presumably destroyed.

In 2004, Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye) was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.

Ten years ago: Congressional Democrats demanded a full Justice Department investigation into whether the CIA had obstructed justice by destroying videotapes documenting the harsh 2002 interrogations of two alleged terrorists. Two window washers fell 47 stories from a Manhattan skyscraper when their scaffolding failed; Edgar Moreno was killed, but his brother, Alcides (ahl-SEE'-days), miraculously survived (and is still alive).

Five years ago: President Barack Obama asked Congress for $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy (lawmakers ended up passing a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure in addition to a $9.7 billion bill to replenish the National Flood Insurance Program).

One year ago: President-elect Donald Trump selected retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, Linda McMahon, to run the Small Business Administration and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the new U.S. ambassador to China. Time magazine named Donald Trump its Person of the Year. A Pakistan International Airlines commuter plane crashed in the north of the country, killing all 47 people on board. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh (ah-cheh) Province, killing more than 100 people. NBC broadcast a live, three-hour production of the musical "Hairspray."

Today's Birthdays: Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 89. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 86. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 85. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is 80. Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 77. Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 70. Actor-director-producer James Keach is 70. Country singer Gary Morris is 69. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 68. Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, is 65. Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 61. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 60. Former "Tonight Show" announcer Edd (cq) Hall is 59. Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 59. Actor Patrick Fabian is 53. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 52. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 51. Actress Kimberly Hebert Gregory (TV: "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World") is 45. Producer-director Jason Winer is 45. Former NFL player Terrell Owens is 44. Rapper-producer Kon Artis is 43. Pop singer Nicole Appleton (All Saints) is 42. Latin singer Frankie J is 41. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 41. Actor Chris Chalk is 40. Actress Shiri Appleby is 39. Pop-rock singer/celebrity judge Sara Bareilles (bah-REHL'-es) is 38. Actress Jennifer Carpenter is 38. Actor Jack Huston is 35. Singer Aaron Carter is 30.

Thought for Today: "The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude." — Thornton Wilder, American playwright and author (born 1897, died this date in 1975).


Obituaries
Gladys M. Ruhnke

Gladys M. Ruhnke

Jansen, April 27, 1924 - Dec. 5, 2017.


Local
Funeral notices

George Narancic

A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m., with Father Jack Walmsley officiating. Interment will take place in the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery of Edmonds, Wash.

Kristin "Kris" C. Woodyard

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice, with Jon Palmquist officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, with the family greeting friends from 6:30-8 p.m. and at the church for one hour preceding the services on Saturday. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A memorial has been established to the family's choice, with the funeral home in charge. Sign Kris' online guestbook and view her video tribute when it is completed at www.ghchapel.com.

Steven A. Brady

Funeral services will be held at the chapel at Mosaic on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m., with Chaplain Eric Spruth-Janssen officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery of Omaha. A memorial has been established to Mosaic. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday and at the chapel for one hour preceding the services on Monday.


Crime-and-courts
Beatrice man sentenced in drug case

A Beatrice man was sentenced to probation for a drug violation.

Brian A. Hunkins, 46, will spend 36 months on probation for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a legend drug.

Two additional charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of drug paraphernalia were previously dismissed as part of the agreement.

Hunkins was arrested in early March after being found hiding in a closet while authorities were searching for another man accused of crashing into a Beatrice building and leaving the scene.

Deputies and the U.S. Marshal’s Metro Area Fugitive Task Force went to 212 N. Ninth St. in Wymore searching for man suspected in the crash after the departments obtained information that he was associated with someone who lives at the residence.

A female resident answered the door and gave authorities permission to search the residence, according to Gage County Court documents.

During the search, authorities found Hunkins hiding in a bedroom closet.

In the same bedroom and in plain view was an H&R 922 revolver in an open safe within reach of Hunkins, who is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Deputies also observed multiple glass pipes and prescription pill bottles.

The female resident gave authorities consent to further search for drugs, court documents state, and 3.2 grams of methamphetamine was recovered, along with a digital scale and $724 cash.

One of the pill bottles found contained 58 Vioxx pills, a legend drug. Another $31 and a baggie with white residue were found in a vehicle in the garage.