Walter “Wally” J. Valasek Jr., 70 years of age, passed away at home, surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Wally was born on October 13, 1948 in Spalding to Walter J. (Sr) and Eva (Trausch) Valasek. He was the oldest of seven children. Wally has lived in Beatrice since 1977. On June 2, 1973, Wally married Barbara Sabalka, and to this union three children were born: Christy, Steve, and Denise. Wally grew up on the family farm near Spalding. He graduated from Spalding Academy in 1966. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971. Wally worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) for 37 years in Beatrice, Wilber, Auburn, and Ord. Wally was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beatrice. Service organizations which Wally belonged and were highly active include: Sertoma Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Wally's greatest joy was attending his kids and grandkids activities and volunteering for many community activities. Wally was also a lifelong Nebraska Huskers fan and he loved to pheasant hunt.
Wally is survived by wife, Barb; daughters Christy (Mark) Schaaf of Beatrice, Denise (Ryan) Bohling of Auburn; and son Steve (Jen) Valasek of Gretna; 11 grandchildren: Hailey, Taylor, Logan, and Cameron Schaaf, Hailey and Joey Kiscoan, Kaden and Cole Valasek, and Emily, Johnny, and August Bohling; brother George (Diane) Valasek of Spalding; sisters Patty (Bob) Esch, Sharon (Ray) Bauer, Shelia (Kris) Louma of Spalding and Janet Valasek of Clay Center; father in law Les Sabalka of Lincoln; sisters in law Liz Gray, Janet Ball of Lincoln, Mary (Bill) Currier of Streetor, IL; brothers in law Tim (Sabrina) Sabalka of Florida, Dave (Lynn) Sabalka of California; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Wally is preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Walter Valasek Sr.; mother in law, Rosemary Sabalka; brother Donald Valasek; brother-in-law Sterling(Bud); and several aunts and uncles.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Robert Barnhill in charge. Interment will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 10:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M. Monday at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with the family greeting friends from 6-7:00, and at the church one hour preceding the funeral. Scriptural prayer service will be at 7:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the family's choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Wally's online guest book and view his video tribute when completed at www.ghchapel.com. These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.
Services will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church – Daykin. The family will greet friends Friday evening from 6 – 8 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials will go to the Family's Choice.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Clayton Lundstedt officiating. Cremation will follow the service and private inurnment of the cremains will be at the Carnahan Creek Cemetery at Olsburg, Kansas at a later date. A memorial has been established to the family's choice. The body will lie in state one hour preceding the service on Thursday.
Bonnie L. Jarchow, 81, of Fairbury, passed away September 3, 2019 in Fairbury. She was born March 22, 1938 to Harold & Letha (Staley) Harris in Fairbury.
Survivors are daughter Becky (Duane) Wiese of Filley, sons Greg (Rachelle) Jarchow of Deshler, Todd (Nancy) Jarchow of Lincoln, 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren & brother Mike (Darlene) Harris of Lincoln.
Services will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church – Daykin. The family will greet friends Friday evening from 6 – 8 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials will go to the Family's Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements. www.gerdesmeyerfh.com
Ernest A. Wollenberg, 92 of Cedarwood Assisted Living, Fairbury, passed away September 2, 2019 peacefully in his sleep. He was born May 8, 1927 to August and Sophie (Schroeder) Wollenberg at Hollenberg, KS. Ernie attended Hanover Grade School and Hanover High School. He was drafted in July of 1945. He served in World War II and was stationed in Korea. He was honorably discharged in February 1947. After service, he worked with his dad in the blacksmith shop then went into farming. After a few years later house cleaning and cooking for himself, he “went to find himself a cook”. He met the love of his life, Marjorie Gebhards. They were married on May 24, 1953. To this union there were six children. Ernie and Marjorie resided in Hollenberg for 66 years. Ernest was a farmer his entire life. He was an active member at the Zion State Line Lutheran Church. He served on the Hollenberg school board and later was on the Hanover school board. He was a substitute mail carrier for 15 years and sold Pioneer seed for 15 years. Ernie and Marjorie enjoyed dancing and playing cards with friends and neighbors. And he thoroughly enjoyed his Polka music. Ernest was well known for his love of horses. Above everything, Ernie enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors are his wife Marjorie Wollenberg and his five children, LaDonna Walters of Waverly, Kevin (Cindy) Wollenberg of Chester, Janice Wollenberg of Topeka, KS, Sandra (Kale) Rottinghaus of Beatrice and Lisa (Alex) DeLuna of Stewartsville, MO; his three sisters, Elsie Shaw of Mandan, ND, Edna Niemeyer of Omaha, and Elaine London of Paoli, PA, twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents August and Sophie Wollenberg, son Lonnie Wollenberg, and grandson Jared Rottinghaus, sisters Eleanor Sapp and Ella Miller.
Visitation is Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury with family present. The service is Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the State Line Lutheran Church, Hollenberg, KS. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.gerdesmeyerfh.com
Treslyn M. Laflin, 25 years of age, of Beatrice passed away Friday afternoon, August 30, 2019. He was born on May 9, 1994 at St. Joseph, MO to John and Alycia (Glavin) Laflin. Treslyn grew up in Wymore, received his GED and attended classes at Southeast Community College in Beatrice. Treslyn and Kassandra Seffron were married on June 29, 2013. He was employed at Charter Communication. He was a Dungeon Master of the D&D Group; was an avid video game player and loved animals. Treslyn was a devoted father and great husband and friend to many.
Survivors include his wife Kassandra; children Lilith and Arcadius Laflin; parents John and Alycia Laflin of Wymore; brother Treytyn Laflin of Beatrice; best friend Colton Lytle of Beatrice; niece Maddie Jacobson and nephew Jaxon Beene; and by his dog and best man in his wedding Scooby. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Lenora Bartek; and grandfathers Harold McPheron and Virgil Glavin.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice. There will be no viewing, but a register book will be available from 10-8:00 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with the family greeting friends from 6-7:30 P.M. A memorial has been established for a scholarship fund for his children with the funeral home in charge. Sign Treslyn's online guest book and view his video tribute when completed at www.ghchapel.com. These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Beatrice with Reverend Timothy Wagner officiating. Private family Interment will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Harbine. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Alzheimer Association at http:/act.alz.org/goto/Marlene_Malchow and First Trinity Lutheran Church with the church elders in charge. Sign Marlene's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.