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Katie G. Meints

Katie G. Meints, 87, of Adams, surrounded by her family's love, was received by her Lord on Sunday, February 10, 2019. She was born November 12, 1931 at Beatrice to John J. and Tena (Stevens) Gronewold. She was baptized on November 26, 1931 by Pastor J.B. Reents and later confirmed on March 30, 1947 at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell. Her confirmation verse was Luke 11:28, “But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” Katie married Walter Lee Meints on May 21, 1950 at Zion Lutheran Church. They resided on the same farm in the Pickrell area their entire married life. She was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was active in choir, Altar Guild and Circle and also taught Sunday School and Bible School. She enjoyed family activities, painting, gardening, square-dancing, and taking many trips with her husband. Her greatest passions in life were her faith and her family – her husband, Walt, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Dianne (Elmer, Jr.) Zimmerman of Beatrice and Sandy Mahler of Virginia; one son, David (Carrye) Meints of Beatrice; ten grandchildren, Ryan Meints and fiancée Kelly Pella, Shawn (Bethany) Meints, Nick (Lindsey) Meints, Curtis Meints and fiancée Miranda Kelle, Peggy (Avery) Ford, Lisa Hostetler, Stephanie Mahler, Craig Mahler, Matt (Kate) Meints and Sarah (Jay) Bartlett; 22 great-grandchildren, Carly Meints, Brandon and Cristell Schmidt, Bailey Pella, Devin Pella, Shelby Meints, Skylar Meints, Brooklynn Meints, Aubrie Hill, Madyson Hill, Halah Lamberti, Everly Meints, Luna Meints, Ainsley Hostetler, Kaitlyn Hostetler, Corino Ford, Naomi Ford, Sophia Ford, Taven Mahler, Ava Meints, Everett Meints, Ace Bartlett; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Gronewold and Emma Meints; one brother-in-law, Lawrence (Mildred) Meints; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Meints; two sons, Johnny Meints and James “Jim” Meints; two brothers, John Gronewold and Ehme Gronewold; three sisters-in-law, Doris Gronewold, Elizabeth Oltman and Teda Meints; three brothers-in-law, Clarence Meints, Ernest Meints and Anton Oltman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell with Pastor Jerry Gilbreath officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery of rural Pickrell. A family prayer service will be held at 1:45 p.m. at the church on Friday. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with Lawrence and Shirley Gronewold in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice on Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8-11 a.m. and at the church one hour preceding the services. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.

Verlyn L. Walters

June 5, 1943 - February 11, 2019

Chalmer W. Knick

September 2, 1934 - February 8, 2019

Dallas students learn about mental health

DALLAS — In a scenario playing out in more and more classrooms around the world, a Dallas teenager recently asked her classmate if anything was wrong, noting that she hadn't been acting like herself. The brusque reply: "Just leave me alone."

The ninth-graders at the Uplift Hampton Preparatory school were role-playing as part of a program that aims to teach teens how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans ages 10 to 18, according to government health statistics, and experts hope the lessons will get help to depressed teens more quickly.

"It's kind of like 'Mental Health 101.' So they talk about depression and anxiety and just common mental health issues, and then I think the most important thing is they talk about what to do if you feel that way," said Tony Walker, senior director of student support services at Uplift Education, which offers the program to all ninth-graders at its network of Dallas-area public charter schools, including Uplift Hampton.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is administering the program, which is called Youth Aware of Mental health, or YAM, and was developed by researchers at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Columbia University in New York.

UT Southwestern researcher Marshall Motsenbocker, who led the program's five 45-minute sessions at Uplift Hampton, said role-playing helps teens talk through difficult issues. When the two girls finished their recent scene, he asked the class what signs of depression they recognized and what might be causing it. He said teens are sometimes too quick to act, and these discussions help them pause to think about what might have motivated someone to behave a certain way.

Destinie Medina, who participated in the sessions at Uplift Hampton, said it's important to know how to help someone who has depression or suicidal thoughts. She said she also learned "what might cause depression, like what's the difference between depression and sadness."

Classmate Jose Perales said he learned that sometimes helping means "you just have to listen to what they have to say and how they feel."

Research on the program has shown encouraging results. A study published in the medical journal Lancet in 2015 found that it reduced the number of suicide attempts and severe suicidal thoughts of those who went through it.

Interest in the program has increased since then, with some schools in Sweden, Australia, India, England and the U.S. now offering it, said Camilla Wasserman, a Karolinska Institute researcher and one of the program's creators. She said one of its strengths is that it encourages discussion.

"We don't really believe in right or wrong answers and we explore all types of situations," Wasserman said.

This is the third year UT Southwestern has offered the program. It's reached more than 18,000 students in that time and is currently in more than 30 Dallas-area schools.

Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, who oversees the program and conducts research on depression at the university, said assessments of students before and after completing the program shows they improve their knowledge of what to do when someone needs help and that their own symptoms of depression and anxiety decrease.

Trivedi said that to allay any concerns that parents might have, including the "unfortunate misperception" that talking to teens about depression might make them depressed, parents are invited to an informational session.

One area school district turned to the program two years ago after a string of suicides.

"Our counselors have reported that they see a lot more students who come in concerned about their own health or someone else as a result of this program," said Jana Hancock, director of guidance and family education services for the Plano Independent School District. She noted that the program is designed for everyone — not just those who might be experiencing issues.

Youth Aware of Mental health is just one of the programs used to teach teens about mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness created a 50-minute program called Ending the Silence that teaches students the warning signs of mental health problems. It has reached almost 450,000 kids in 41 states since the organization started offering it nationally in 2014, said Jennifer Rothman, the group's senior manager for youth and young adult initiatives.

New York and Virginia, meanwhile, recently passed laws requiring such lessons.

"It was an idea, frankly, whose time had come," said Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc., a mental health advocacy group that spent several years pushing for the legislation before it passed.

Allen A. Kreuscher

Allen A. Kreuscher, 88, of Beatrice passed away Saturday February 9, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. He was born on August 25, 1930 at rural DeWitt, graduated from DeWitt High School in 1947, and attended the University of Nebraska for one year. He served in the Nebraska National Guard for six years. He married Mary Ann Spilker 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. He worked at Fox Funeral Home for five years. He was a member of Christ Community Church of Beatrice where he had served on the church council and was the head usher. He was a member of several organizations including Board of Pregnancy Resource Center, Beatrice Kiwanis Club, DeWitt Grange, and was a Past Master, Ag Achievement, Nebraska Ag Council, Past President of Nebraska Corn Growers, Nebraska Ethanol Board, the State ASCS and County Boards. He enjoyed going antiquing with Mary Ann.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Ann of Beatrice; one son, John (Kristi) Kreuscher of Gothenburg; one daughter, Jane (Tony) Gevo of Largo, FL; two grandsons, Aaron and Andrew Kreuscher of Gothenburg; one sister, Lois Schuerman of Lincoln; several nieces and nephews and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Grace (Felderman) Kreuscher; brother, Glenn Kreuscher and wife Marion; sister, Ruth Powell and husband Tom.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Christ Community Church of Beatrice with Pastor Jack Magness officiating. Inurnment of the cremains will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery of DeWitt at 4 p.m. on Friday. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice on Thursday, noon until 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour preceding the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Christ Community Church. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.

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Virgil Daubendiek

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church of Beatrice with Pastor Leah Lawson officiating. Private inurnment of the cremains will be held at Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice with Harvey and Charlene Ideus in charge. A register book will be available for signatures at Fox Funeral Home on Friday, February 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

NC's Jones dies on 76th birthday

RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.

The congressman's office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. His health declining in recent months, Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018 and was sworn in for his last term back home.

Jones was a political maverick unafraid to buck his own party. He was one of the first Republicans to reverse direction on the war in Iraq, even as his North Carolina district included the sprawling Marine installation Camp Lejeune.

His ultimate opposition to the Iraq war came with the irony that he instigated a symbolic slap against the French when their country early on opposed U.S. military action. Jones was among the House members who led a campaign that resulted in the chamber's cafeteria offering "freedom fries" and "freedom toast" — instead of French fries and French toast.

Jones said he introduced legislation that would have required President George W. Bush's administration to begin withdrawing troops in 2006 because the reason given for invading Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, had proved false.

"If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have supported the resolution" to go to war, Jones said in 2005. Jones took heat for his reversal from GOP colleagues. He ultimately signed well over 11,000 letters to the families of dead troops, describing that as a penance of sorts.

"For me, it's a sacred responsibility that I have to communicate my condolences to a family," Jones said in a 2017 interview with The Associated Press. "And it's very special to me because it goes back to my regretting that I voted to go into the Iraq war."

Jones, who had served in Congress since 1995, had already announced his 2018 campaign would be his last. His death means Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will schedule a special election to decide who will complete Jones' two-year term in the coastal 3rd Congressional District. State law requires the schedule include primary races as well in the GOP-leaning district. No specific dates are mandated in the law for the elections.

Jones also was a relentless advocate for campaign finance reform and controlling the national debt. The fiscal and social conservative won unopposed in last November's general election after fending off Republican primary challengers stoked partly by Jones' willingness to dissent from the Washington leaders of his party. For example, he voted against the tax overhaul promoted by President Donald Trump and a "repeal and replace" plan for President Barack Obama's health care law.

In a 2018 AP interview, Jones said that he wasn't afraid to oppose GOP leaders "when I don't think they're right."

"It's absolutely about principle," he said. "When I leave Congress, I would rather have one thing said about me: 'I will never question Walter Jones' integrity.'"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a release that Jones' "relentless work on behalf of our men and women in uniform, veterans, military families and caregivers honored our American values and strengthened our country."

"He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his convictions, no matter the political cost," added Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Either Jones or his father, Walter Jones Sr., represented eastern North Carolina in Congress for five decades. The elder Jones, a Democrat, represented the region from 1966 until his death in 1992. Walter Jones Jr., then also a Democrat, lost the party primary to succeed him. He became a Republican and was sent to Washington two years later.