Image of Ellen Kuta

Ellen Kuta

Feb 22, 1944 - Nov 12, 2023

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

Ellen M. Kuta, 79, of Grand Island, NE died Sunday, November 12, 2023, at her home. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, November 17, 2023, at 10:30 a. m. at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Bandha Suresh and Rev. Thomas A. Ryan will concelebrate. Interment will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 5 - 7 p. m. at Curran Funeral Chapel with a vigil service at 7. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Cathedral. Your thoughts and prayers may b...Read More

Obituary Source:https://www.curranfuneralchapel.com/obituary/ellen-kuta

flowers

Memorial Card

In memory of your loved one, we offer a heartfelt way to express your condolences. Click below to send a beautiful memorial card to the obituary, extending your sympathies and sharing in the remembrance of a life well-lived.

Barbara J. Benson

Feb 17, 1963 - Feb 15, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Barbara J. Benson, 60 of Grand Island formerly of Elm Creek passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Tifffany Square in Grand Island. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. A rosary will be held at 5:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home followed by visitation until 7:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to Kearney Area Animal Shelter or to Tiffany Square in Grand Island. Condolences may be shared at www.osrfh.com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services. Barb was born February 17, 1963 in Kearney, Nebraska to Lloyd and Rose (Clouse) Stauffer. She received her education from Elm Creek High School, graduating with the class of 1981. Barb later attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kearney State College. On March 6, 1987, Barb was united in marriage to Matt Benson in Kearney, NE. To this union two sons were blessed. Barb worked at Elm Creek Veterinary Clinic and most recently at The Buckle until her health forced her to retire. She had a passion for art and loved to draw. She enjoyed being outdoors and gardening. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Tyson (Melissa) Benson of Doniphan, NE and AJ Benson of Kearney; grandchildren, Rosalie, Charlotte and Elena Benson; siblings, Vickie Stauffer, Kathy Petersen, Bill Stauffer, Rita Stauffer and Mark Stauffer; longtime companion, Matt Benson; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Barb was preceded in death by her parents; and great niece, Evelyn Langer."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Deborah Kay Rose

May 26, 1961 - Feb 14, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Deborah “Deb” Kay Rose, 62, of Grand Island, passed away on February 14, 2024 at Grand Island Regional Medical Center. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on February 23rd at 10 am at All Faiths Funeral Home. Reverend Dan Buckallew will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow at 2pm at Plainview Cemetery in Maxwell, NE. Casual attire is requested. Deb was born on May 26, 1961 in McCook to Loren and Iva (Echelberger) Larington. Deb graduated from Republican Valley High School in 1979 and then went on to attend Mid Plains Community College. On February 14, 1988, Deb was united in marriage to Robert Rose and two children were blessed into this union. For the last 30 plus years, Deb has worked for Cabela’s, now Bass Pro. In her spare time, Deb enjoyed horses, barrel racing, genealogy, and taking care of children. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Robert; children, Tosha Gott, Tim (DeEtta) Rose; seven grandsons; siblings, David (Tess) Larington, Dan (Michelle) Larington, Andrea (Mike) Castor, and many extended family members. Deb was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Theresa Anne Urbanski

Sep 08, 1954 - Feb 22, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Theresa “Terry” Anne Urbanski, age 69, of Grand Island, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at her home. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, February 27th at 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Father Tom Ryan celebrant. A visitation will be held Monday, February 26th from 5-7pm with a rosary at 7pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Memorials suggested to Central Catholic. Condolences can be left at www.giallfaiths.com. Theresa was born September 8, 1954 in Palm City, CA to Joseph “Spud” E. and Josephine “JoAnne” Shafer. She grew up in various towns around Nebraska and graduated from Ord High School in 1972. She then moved to Omaha and that is where she met the love of her life Thomas. They were united in marriage on September 28, 1974 in Ord. To this union five children were born. They lived in Omaha until 1977 when they moved to North Platte and then in 1993, they moved to Grand Island. She attended Mid-Plains Community College where she received an associated degree. Terry was employed with Mid Plains Center for Behavior Health for over 20 years. Terry was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She attended all their musicals, sporting events and activities. She will be remembered for always having a surplus of candy comparable to a candy store. She liked to read and be on the boat at the river or the side-by-side. Her and Thomas enjoyed traveling and went to many amazing places together. She was always up for a game, whether it was Yahtzee, bingo or pitch and she always kept a running tally of who won. She was always happy with a big smile on her face (until Wal-Mart started self-checkout). She was hardworking, passionate and always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Terry is survived by her husband, Thomas; children, Jennifer (Tyler) Hering of Omaha, Amanda (Steve) Skradski of Omaha, Alison (David) Johnson of Omaha, Martin (Erin) Urbanski of Grand Island and Thomas II (Jessica) Urbanski of Papillion; grandchildren, TJ, Brayden, Maddie, Hayley, Skylar, Isaac, Ellie, Natalie, Savannah, Mackenzie, Corbyn, Avery, Thomas III, Alexander and Lilianna; sister, Cynthis (Harvey) Schultz of Queen Creek, AZ; brother, Dan Shafer of West Monroe, LA; and sisters in-law, Mickey (Dean) Shafer of Grand Island and Marlene Vasicek of Ord; 11 nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles. Terry is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph Michael Shafer and Donald Douglas Shafer; in-laws, Martin and Adeline Urbanski and brother in-law, Leonard Urbanski."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Penny C. Brown

Sep 22, 1948 - Feb 21, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Penny C. Brown 75, of Grand Island died Wednesday, February 21, 2024 with her loving family by her side. Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 AM Friday, March 1, 2024 at All Faiths Funeral Home. Daniel Naranjo will officiate. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour before service time. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Penny was born September 22, 1948 in St. Charles, Iowa the daughter of Eldon and Martha (Allen) Fife. At the age of 13 she moved to Mineola, IA and graduated from high school in Glenwood, IA in 1967. On September 9, 1967 she was united in marriage to Willie R. Brown. They made their home in Grand Island. Penny worked as a nursing assistant at Parkplace Nursing Home. From 1978-1995 she worked at the Grand Island VA Hospital. She then worked for Skagway South and the Grand Island Nebraska Veterans Home retiring in 2003. Penny liked to fish, sew, read, make quilts, play cards, garden, and enjoyed spending time with her family. Those left to cherish his memory include her daughter Victoria Brown; grandchildren, Morgan Brown, Nathan (Kimmy) Crockett and Briana (Ty) Dimmitt; great grandson, Beau Dimmitt; brothers Eldon Fife of San Bernadino, CA, Mark Fife of Des Moines, IA, Stephen Fife of Des Moines, IA and Dennis Fife of Iowa. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie who died on February 4, 2018; daughter, Valerie Brown; 2 grandchildren, David and Lisa Crockett; her parents, Eldon and Pauline Fife; sisters, Paula Fife, Peggy Nelson and Patti Sieck and brother, Allen Fife."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

William J. Shottenkirk

Aug 11, 1956 - Feb 20, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"William “Bill” J. Shottenkirk, age 67, of Grand Island, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Grand Island VA Medical Center. A celebration of life service with military honors will be held Saturday, February 24th at 10:30am at Trinity United Methodist Church-Gollaher Chapel. Rev. Ray Stone officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Friday, February 23rd at All Faiths Funeral Home. Memorials suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Condolences can be left at www.giallfaiths.com. Bill Was born August 11, 1956 to William Jack and Barbara (Pokorney) Shottenkirk. He attended Grand Island Public Schools and at the age of 17 enlisted in the United States Army. After the service he studied auto body repair. In May of 1979 Bill married Vicki Frederick and they made their home in Grand Island. He was employed as an electrician apprentice for several years. His family moved to Taylor where he worked construction on the building of the Calamus Dam. When the work was completed there the family moved to Columbus where he worked maintenance at the Schuyler Packing Plant. He was then offered a job for the City of Grand Island at the Burdick Power Plant, so back to his hometown they moved. Due to a back injury Bill needed to change his career path so he went back to school and received a degree in Industrial Technology. With that degree he was able to get a position at SunTech Industries. It is there he worked until his retirement. Bill was known by family and friends as being able to fix anything. His knowledge and skills will be greatly missed. He loved football, fishing (especially when friends and family stopped by to fish with him), woodworking, and helping Mike and Braydon with restoration of vehicles, wintering in Mesa, playing in pool leagues and meeting many new friends. Bill was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. Bill is survived by his wife, Vicki; children, Russell Shottenkirk and Jacqueline Caldwell; grandchildren, Jalyn (Angel) Andujo and Jalyssa Caldwell; brothers, Jerry (Marcia) Shottenkirk, Steve (Lillie) Shottenkirk and Tom (Lourie) Shottenkirk; sister and brother in-law, Charlie and Lyn Nelson; best friend and uncle, Mike Pokorney; along with aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by parents; sister and brother in-law, Janis and Melvin Meyer; nephew, Scott Shottenkirk and in-laws, Russell and Betty Frederick."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Kenneth James Friesen

Jul 14, 1949 - Feb 18, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Kenneth James Friesen, 74, of Grand Island passed away from this earthly life to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus on February 18, 2024, at CountryHouse Residence. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 11 am at the GI Free Church, with Pastor Dan Brenton officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15th from 5-7 pm at the GI Free Church Gathering Place. Ken was born on July 14, 1949, in York to Levi H. and Elizabeth (Rempel) Friesen. He was raised and received his education in the Henderson area, graduating from Henderson High School in 1967. He then went on to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha for two years before attending Hastings Technical Institute majoring in Automotive studies. On September 6, 1969, Ken was married to Amy Beth Smith of Dannebrog. Two children were blessed into this union, Keri and Matthew. Ken was employed by Grand Island Dodge and New Holland before he opened Ken’s Auto Service in 1982. He owned and operated the automotive repair shop for 36 years until his retirement in September of 2018, when his son took over leading the company. Ken was an active member of the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church and involved in numerous ministry groups. Ken was blessed with many talents, including playing guitar and singing. He shared his musical gifts with family and friends throughout his life in a variety of musical groups, church ministries, and community performances. Whether at the campground, the shop, or church, Ken was well known for his caring smile and genuine greetings that welcomed neighbors and strangers alike to conversation and fellowship wherever he went. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Amy; children, Keri (Timothy) Frey of Hickman, NE, Matthew (Lindsy) Friesen of Central City, NE; six grandchildren, Ericka (Griswold, IA), Elisia, and Emilia Frey, Katelyn, Molly, and Andrew Friesen; sister, Ruth (Dale) Strasser of Rochester, MN; and brothers, Timothy (Debbie) Friesen of Bryant, AR, Lee (Valerie) Friesen of Lincoln, NE. Ken was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials are suggested to either Timberlake Ranch Camps, 2709 North S Rd., Marquette, NE 68854 or GI Free Church (Children\u0027s Ministries), 2609 S. Blaine St., Grand Island, NE 68801."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Lisa Marie Wooten

May 01, 1964 - Feb 15, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Lisa Marie Wooten, age 59, of Grand Island, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024 at CHI St. Francis Medical Center. Lisa’s wishes were for cremation. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be left at www.giallfaiths.com. Lisa was born May 1, 1964 in La Mesa, CA to Eugene Thomas Sr. and Iona Sue (Bingham) Terronez. She grew up in Burrton, KS and graduated from Burrton High School in 1982. She attended Cranford Business College in Hutchinson, KS. After graduating, Lisa moved to Santa Ana, CA to be near family and worked for the MS Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis. Then in 1986, she moved to Broken Bow, NE to be near family and worked at the Custer County Chief. She met Raymond in Broken Bow and they were united in marriage on March 11, 1998 and the couple moved to Grand Island. Lisa was employed as a secretary with the Hall County Attorney’s Office. Lisa loved spending time with her family and vacationing with them, especially visiting Oregon. She liked reading and listening to non-fiction books and all genres of music. She is survived by her husband, Ray; daughter, Chelsea (Ron) Wood of Grand Island; granddaughter, Scarlett; mother, Sue (David) Maxwell of Buhler, KS; brothers, Tom (Kelly) Terronez of Newton, KS, Devin (Megan) Maxwell and Nickolas Maxwell both of Hutchinson, KS; sister, Erlinda (Rusty) Larsen of Broken Bow; in-laws, Estel Ummel, Jim (Janet) Ummel, Tom Ummel and Albert “Junior” (Elaine) Ummel all of Grand Island; aunt, Linda Coiner of Moundridge, KS and numerous nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her father; grandparents; numerous aunts and uncles and brother in-law, Gary Ummel."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

David L. Wilton

Oct 30, 1958 - Feb 15, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"David L. Wilton 65 of Grand Island, died Thursday, February 15, 2024. Services will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 21st at Trinity Lutheran Church. Reverend Adam Snoberger will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Tuesday at All Faiths Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to either Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran School or Heartland Lutheran High School. David was born on October 30, 1958 in Superior, NE the son of Ralph and Esther (Wortman) Wilton. He grew up on a farm near Superior attending Beaverville Country School. He graduated from Superior High School class of 1977. David was baptized and confirmed at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island serving as an usher/greeter. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hiking in the mountains and traveling across the country. He loved time spent with family especially his great nieces and nephews. Survivors include his brothers, Richard (Donna) Wilton of Hastings and Larry Wilton of Grand Island, 3 nieces, 2 nephews, great nieces and nephews; two aunts, Delores Fullerton and Evelyn Wortman and other family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Duane and Alan Wilton and an infant sister."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Margaret Leona Kier

Dec 12, 1947 - Feb 12, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Margaret Leona Kier, 76, of Grand Island passed away at her home on Monday, February 12, 2024. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 5 to 7 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex, IA. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, IA. Margaret was born on December 12, 1947 at the hospital in Shenandoah, IA, daughter of Durward and Marvel (Sar) Dunmire. She received her education from Essex High School. On November 28, 1964 she was married to Richard Kier. They were blessed with three sons and made their home in various cities throughout southwest Iowa, Omaha, McCook, Grand Island and Lincoln, Nebraska. During this time, Margaret attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned her Associates of Arts from McCook Community College. Margaret made any house they lived in feel like home. She loved to put her artistic talent to use and over the years she crocheted, painted and put together beautiful photo albums. Margaret enjoyed supporting both her sons and grandchildren\u0027s sports and show choir events, dance recitals, plays and musicals. She enjoyed playing the piano and sharing her love of music with her grandchildren. She was their biggest fan. Having grandchildren was the joy of her life, and she had a close relationship with them. She loved to play dominos and cards, and was part of a Bridge club which she hosted for many years. She was a very religious woman, and attended Calvary Lutheran church in Grand Island for many years. She also enjoyed the outdoors, her pond, wild life and celestial events. Her steadfast love and encouragement will be missed. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Bruce “Kevin” (Christine) Kier of Grand Island, Scott Kier of St. Joseph, MO, and Ryan Kier of Grand Island; grandchildren, Tiffani (Luke) Dea, Tonia (Kane) Schmall, Emily Kier, Leighton Kier, Hannah Kier, Kamryn Kier, Addy Kier, Claire Kier, Taylor Callahan Kier, Mason Placke, Nolan Kier, Rylan Kier and Reagan Kier; six great grandchildren; sister, Mary (Joe) Jardon, sister-in-law, Anna Kampe; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Kier; siblings, Kathrine Kampe-Spencer, John Kampe, and Ward Dunmire. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Edna Louise Reed

May 29, 1949 - Feb 11, 2024

location-icon

Grand Island, NE

"Edna “Louise” Reed was born on May 29, 1949 at 11:50 pm, (Once a night owl, always a night owl), to Willis F and Grace N (Dye) Reed. She joined five older siblings, three brothers and two sisters. Louise went to District #58 and #59 for grade school. She then went on to attend Cairo Public High School. Her class was the last one to graduate as Cairo High. She joined R\u0026amp;L Shows of Chapman, operating concessions for the next 23 years. R\u0026amp;L Shows became D.C. Lynch when Louise Harvey passed away. At the end of the season in NE, Labor Day weekend, Louise joined some of the people at Heart of America Shows in Texas, playing different towns in Texas until Thanksgiving. Louise would then come back to NE and worked at Hobo Joe’s until it’s closing. She then went to Tommy’s Restaurant as a waitress until the carnival came back to start another season. Tommy would always hire her back every time she asked. Sometimes it was just washing dishes, but she was always working. Louise never had a problem getting a job, and even though it may not have always been what she wanted, she always did what was required. At 18, Louise married a man with six children, five girls and one boy (the baby). They moved after three years to Fayetteville, NC, and stayed there until Louise got a divorce and the children’s aunt wouldn’t let Louise have the kids. Louise came back to Grand Island. Later she met Roy Hunt, whom she married and moved to Houston, TX with, after two years. Ultimately, that marriage ended as well, and Louise made her way back to NE. Years later, she married David Carr, who had two daughters and a son. Louise met and fell in love with her soul mate, Ron Marshall on September 26, 2006. The couple happily lived next door to each other for 17 years until Ron passed away. Louise never had children of her own, but many that called her mom or mama. She also had numerous nieces and nephews that called her Auntie all their lives. They may not have been blood, but to her, they were family. Louise loved country music and enjoyed signing with Byron Lawrence and the Platte Valley Country Men. She often could be found singing karaoke as well. In her spare time, Louise enjoyed crocheting, and over time, she made 67 lap robes for people in the Soldiers and Sailors home. She also made blankets for friends and several newborn nieces and nephews. Those left to cherish her memory include her siblings, Pearl Mead of Wood River, Gene (Joann) Reed of Hastings, Betty Stephens of Fullerton, and Jerry (Mary) Reed of Greere Ferry, AR; special “daughter” Ann Graham, and 26 “nieces and nephews”, and numerous great nieces and nephews. Louise was greeted in Heaven by both her maternal and paternal grandparents; her parents; and siblings, Sam, Earl, Alice, and Harold."

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon
The Obituary App - Logo

Copyright © 2023 - The Obituary App