Mar 28, 1973 - Nov 05, 2023
Jan 16, 1969 - Nov 27, 2023
Jason F. Van Buskirk, age 54, passed away unexpectedly with his loving wife by his side. Born January 16th, 1969, in Chicago, IL to Francis & Artus (Doren) Van Buskirk. Jason was a free spirit, spending much of his time gardening, attending rock concerts, and trying new foods. He was an avid cheesecake and dessert baker, and it brought him great joy to share his creations with loved ones. His family meant everything to him, and he made sure everyone around him enjoyed and noticed the little things in life. He had a curious nose and a keen eye for all things beautiful in nature; never leaving a flower unsniffed. Jason stood at 6'7", a looming figure never to be missed in a crowd. He wasn't afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone. With a boisterous laugh and a gentle soul, Jason left an impact on everyone he met. His smile and vibrant energy will be greatly missed. In Jason's early life, he was a drummer in a band and enjoyed playing hockey with his brother. He was a videographer, capturing everything from weddings to commercials. He loved filming the perfect shot. Later in life, Jason started working with his wife, Amy, at Pizza Ranch where he left a legacy of pursuing excellence. The customers loved him; his coworkers looked up to him. Jason is survived by his wife, Amy Culver-Van Buskirk, his children, Jacob and Jessica Van Buskirk, his parents, sister, Jennifer Van Buskirk, brother, Jeffrey Van Buskirk, and many other relatives and friends. Cremation and a celebration of life have taken place.
Died : Nov 30, 2023
Lloyd Benal 1935-2023Lloyd Frank Benal, 88, died on Thursday, November 30, 2023. After growing up in Wahoo, Nebraska, Lloyd served in the Navy then earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska. He retired following a career at Federal Crop Insurance. Lloyd loved spending time with his family and staying active, especially running. He was a longtime parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic church. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn (Meduna); daughter, Ann Hoffmann (Jeff) of Minneapolis; son Greg of Lincoln; sister Norma Chvatal; and grandchildren Christopher and Caroline Hoffmann. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Irene (Wirka); and brothers Leo and Dale Services pending.
May 31, 1946 - Nov 20, 2023
Suzanne Marie (Dort) Kirkland, passed away November 20, 2023. She was 77 years old. Sue was born May 31,1946 to Douglas and Eileen (Donley) Dort. Sue was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Southeast High School in 1964. She went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. She absolutely loved her family, friends and meeting new people. Professionally, she worked for years in law office administration, followed by her most rewarding tenure as Assistant Dean & Director of Career Services at the University of Nebraska, College of Law. She began her public service career as Clerk of the District Court for Lancaster County, where she was elected three times. As busy as she was being a full-time career woman and single Mom, she still made time to volunteer for many political campaigns, serve on the board of her beloved Delta Gamma as their House Corporation President, Junior League of Lincoln and on the Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime. She is survived by her son, Matthew (Jennifer) Kirkland and daughter, Karie (Rich) McKinley. Her grandchildren, Patrick (Kelly) Kirkland, great granddaughter Penelope Kirkland, Kaley (Reid) Walker, Charlie and Teddie Kirkland, Kate Overstreet, Nick Overstreet and Shannon (Andrew Zahn) McKinley and Shawn McKinley. She will also be missed by her siblings, Stephanie (John) Bryn and Nancy (Larry) Rossow and nieces and nephews, Brandon (Nicole) Bryn, Kristina (Grant) Nolan and Marie and Mara Rossow. She is preceded in death by parents, Douglas M. and Eileen M. Dort and brother, Michael D. Dort. The service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 3pm. Followed by the "Suelebration of Life" at The Country Club of Lincoln, 4pm. Memorials in Sue's honor may be made to: Rainbow House, 7825 Farnum Drive, Omaha, NE 68114 & Center for People, 3901 North 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68521
Mar 17, 1932 - Nov 13, 2023
Robert Dean Ficke was born to Edgar and Elsie Ficke on March 17, 1932, in Seward, Nebraska. Bob was the first born of three children and was joined by his brother Don and sister Marlene. Early in life, Bob moved with his family to a farm 2 1/2 miles north of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. While on the farm Bob attended country schools in District 64. The family then moved to Garland, Nebraska where Bob attended country grade school through the 8th grade, at which point the family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. In Lincoln, Bob attended Irving Junior High School and Lincoln High School. Bob then went on to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where in 1954 he received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. During his college days, Bob was in the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corp and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. Bob graduated artillery school at Fort Sills, Oklahoma. He then transferred to Fort Carson, Colorado and graduated from Army School, and later received a First Lieutenant's commission. Bob and Shirley were married in 1956 in Shirley's hometown of Wray, Colorado. The couple made their home in Lincoln, where Shirley began a long career as a music teacher and Bob initially worked for First Trust Company. Bob went on to join First Federal Savings and Loan where he worked until his retirement, attaining the position of Chief Real Estate Appraiser. Bob had become a certified appraiser and a Member of the Appraisal Institute, earning the prestigious "MAI" designation. Bob served as president of the Nebraska Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. In retirement, Bob was a life member of the Appraisal Institute and enjoyed the lifetime professional designation of MAI-SRA. Bob and Shirley were married 67 years and blessed with four loving children, Gerald (Mary Pat) Ficke, Lisa (Vaughn) Dilley, John (Linda) Ficke and Tom Ficke. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (Derek) Shaner, Wallace (Laura) Dilley, Kara Ficke, Leah (Jared) Sveen, Caroline (Eric) Johnson, Caitlin (Jimmy) Lowe, Carly (Dylan) McDermott, Claire Ficke and Hattie (Trent) Kingsley. And don't forget the eighteen great grandchildren! Bob was kind, easy to love, and the consummate gentleman. He was a solid citizen, seriously embracing his professional and family responsibilities. He was a fan of Runza, Valentino's pizza and the Huskers. He was an excellent listener and a font of wisdom. Bob enjoyed hunting pheasant and quail (he was a great shot), and every year took his family to Pleasant Lake near Hackensack, Minnesota to fish, ski, boat, swim and listen to the loons. He was a loving father, and always there for his children, especially in their hour of need. Bob loved Shirley dearly, and relied upon her strength, especially in his later years. We will all miss Bob, and we look forward to seeing him again in heaven. Memorials to the Shirley V. Ficke Music Scholarship Fund at Pius X High School in Lincoln NE, or donor's choice. Viewing to be held on Monday, November 20 from 1pm to 7pm. . . family members will be present from 4-5pm. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 21 at 11am. . . lunch will be served immediately following. Both the viewing and memorial service will be held at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 40th and A Streets Lincoln, NE. After the luncheon, a burial service with military honors will be held at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery located at 6800 S 14th Street, Lincoln, NE.
Jan 29, 1940 - Nov 11, 2023
Larry D. Reifschneider, 83, passed away at home, Saturday, November 11, 2023. Larry was born in Lincoln on January 29, 1940, to Conrad and Marie (Becker) Reifschneider. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957, and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Larry was a career salesman which included Motion Industries, Kelso, and running his own cleaning supply business. He was lover of the great American automobile. He restored several cars to perfection, and proudly showed them winning over fifty awards. One of Larry's great joys was following NASCAR events and attending Sprint Car Races. As a loyal Nebraska Huskers fan, he is a season ticket holder for football and volleyball. He remains a member of the Hickman Masonic Lodge #256, and was Worshipful Master in 1980 and 1981. Larry was a member of Scottish Rite, Sesostris Shrine, participating in Little Cars, Bug Patrol and Rag Tops. Larry is survived by his wife Deanna (Bruns) Reifschneider, his sister Connie Maul, his son Scott, his daughters Michelle Reifschneider and Sheri (husband Andy) Riddle, son John (wife Donna), step son DJ Northcott, brother-in-law Dan Bruns (wife Becky Rodes), former wife Carolyn (Mandary) Linke. Grandchildren include: Brandon Reifschneider, Andrew and Cody Riddle, Cali and Jena Reifschneider, Sierra Mizell and Grace Northcott. Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Norma Boles. Larry was a member of Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Road where his Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 am. Visitation is Wednesday, Nov 15 at Butherus Maser and Love funeral home, 4040 A St, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the family present. There will be a Masonic Service following the visitation at 7:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to Sheridan Lutheran Church (c/o Readiness Fund), Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Humane Society. www. bmlfh. com
Jul 03, 1934 - Nov 07, 2023
Carol Rogers Teale was born July 3, 1934 to Rev and Mrs. John Milton Rogers in Baltimore, MD. She had an older sister Judy (Sam) Johnson and nephew Roger Johnson. Rogers daughter Le'lis (Dale) Lydigsen Carol met Robert (Bob) Edward Teale in her father's new church at age 15. Bob, 19, was singing a solo in the choir. Carol wrote on the bulletin that she was going to marry that man and handed it to her mother. Three years later they married. They added 2 sons to the marriage. John Edward, who died at the age of 27 in a tragic accident. Michael David who married Diane (Imlay) Bridger along with her 3 children Tanaya, Torry and Dale Bridger. Carol and Bob immediately adopted them into their hearts! Michael & Diane added two more grandchildren Jenae Teale & John Edward Teale II Carol grew up with her nephew Roger Johnson, who was closer in age so more like her brother. They have stayed in close contact through the years. It was almost immediately after delivering Rogers message to tell her he loved her very much and give her a kiss, that she breathed her last. Carol had a large family on Bob's side as well. Bob's sister Patricia (Pat) married to Warren B. French. Their 4 children Anne (Jeff) Dalke Cindy (Grigg) Mullen Warren ( Chip) French II Chris ( Rhonda) French And many nieces, nephews It has been shared by many who knew them, that Bob and Carol were always together. That is so true. Bob and Carol, Mom & Dad, and Mamaw and Poppy as they were affectionately called, were rarely apart. Carol was a Den Mother for Cub scouts for both their boys. I'm sure she treated all of them as her own. She loved to crochet and made Michael and Diane and each of the grandchildren and their first child, an Afghan blanket before arthritis stopped her. She also made Afghans for the pregnancy centers and hospitals. Carol traveled and spoke for the Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Woman's Club) for 18 yrs giving her testimony. Both Bob and Carol sang in the group Prime Timers and enjoyed playing in the skits. After moving from Virginia to Bennet, Ne. to be closer to family, Carol and Bob got involved with Bennett builders. Carol was the Treasurer for a time. They also enjoyed time with the Bennett senior group and made several dear friends. Carol loved helping people. Always wanting to make sure people were happy and well cared for. She would take people shopping and to appointments and was a good listening ear. Carol cared for her Mother-in-law Gladys, her dear friend Julia Ann who had cancer and she also helped in caring for her sister Judy and brother in law Sam during their illnesses. Carol continued blessing many at the Legacy independent and later the assisted living community after Bob's death in 2022. One of her closest friends was Soni who recently passed as well. We are grateful for her friendship with Mom! Carol and Bob always came up with the most unique gifts for the grandchildren through the years and loved them dearly. Having 9 great grandchildren was the icing on the cake to her! And. , one on the way, she was told two days before her passing, that it was due July 4th, one day after Mamaw's birthday. Jenae said "Mamaw's face just lit up!" She enjoyed giving the babies rides in her motor chair all over the Legacy and down to feed the fish in the pond. They will miss her! Carol is survived by her son Michael and (daughter in Love as she called her) Diane Teale Grandchildren: Tanaya (Jeremy) Locke Torry (Christina) Bridger Dale (Emily) Bridger Jenae (Carl) Brugger John Edward (Jamie) Teale II Great grandchildren: Bailey & Elli Locke, Rome & Eve Bridger, Sage Ovens, Caden & Stellan Brugger, Emma & Eric Robert Teale Nephew Roger Johnson Great Niece Le'lis (Dale) Lydigsen The French family as noted Carol also had many heart adopted children and grandchildren. I want to mention Kara (Matt) Pierce and little Isaiah who faithfully loved on Carol right up to the last days. And my sister Linda Johnson, who worked at the legacy and spent much time with Carol both on and off duty and was like a daughter to her. And my friend Kay who brought her little dog Samy each Wednesday morning for a visit. And Vasti who gave her "the best and safest showers" while on hospice Carol would say. Forgive me if I missed anyone. We are thankful to the staff and nurses who took care of Mom during her time at the Legacy. All the CHI hospice staff that cared for her, and those who cared for her during those final days at the Monarch in Lincoln Ne. Carol was preceded in death by her Sister Judy Johnson Brother-in-law Sam Johnson Son, John Edward Teale Husband Robert (Bob) Teale Sister in law Patricia French Brother-in-law Warren B. French Nephew Warren B. French III (Chip) The family will receive friends on Sunday at Butherus Maser and Love funeral home from 4 pm to 6 pm. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM Monday, November 13 at Butherus Maser and Love. As a courtesy to the family we will be attempting to live stream the services at: it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to view the stream. With technology being unpredictable, we cannot guarantee the quality of the streaming. Also, if there is recorded music during the service, Facebook may mute the audio during those times. Thank you for your patience in advance, Butherus, Maser & Love.
Mar 28, 1973 - Nov 05, 2023
Jason Lee Colby, 50, of Walton, died on November 5, 2023 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Jason was born March 28, 1973 to Walter & Verna (Meyers) Colby in Lawton, OK. Jason was a motorcycle enthusiast and could be considered a true biker. He knew his own worth and was true to that, Jason also treated others with that same respect. He had a way to make you feel connected with him with just a certain look. That look and connection may have even prompted him to remind those around him how he felt and often said, "I Got You!" Jason worked for CL Construction and was instrumental in their millright operations division. He remained friends with many people he met during his time in the penitentiary and although lives had changed for many of them, they still had a place with Jason, regardless, it was simply a comfortable place to visit and find peace. He was a comfort to all who knew him, especially his family, who dearly loved him. To be a friend of Jason's meant that you were family too!A Celebration of Jason's Life will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 6001 A Street, Lincoln 68510. Jason wishes were for cremation and his remains to be buried with family in New Mexico. Memorials are suggested to the family for further designation.
Oct 05, 1935 - Nov 04, 2023
Joan M. Reist died Nov. 4, after six weeks in hospice care following a cancer diagnosis, a time filled with family and friends who regularly squeezed into her small room to be with her. She was 88. Joan was born on Oct. 5, 1935, to Lucy and Walter Marshall, the oldest of three girls. The Marshall girls grew up in northeast Lincoln's Uni Place. Joan graduated from Northeast High School in 1953. She was a Jobs Daughter "honored queen," and that masonic ordination was just the beginning. She had a long and distinguished career in music education both locally and at the national level, was active in her church, loved traveling and was an excellent cook, though her greatest legacy may be the love for her family, as a mother, sister and Grammy Joan. She studied music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she met Wesley Reist, the clarinetist on the music school faculty. They married in 1955 and two years later she earned her bachelor's degree in music education. She earned her master's degree in 1981. She began her teaching career in Cortland Public Schools, but it was her decision to open a piano studio in 1960 that set her on a path that would define her professional life. For the next 33 years, countless young people learned to play the piano in the studio in the basement of her home - early on with her baby daughter in a crib nearby. She embraced the philosophy of her mentor Robert Pace, that teaching students to play the piano and read music was a way to help them enrich their lives by making music a part of it. In 1973 she joined the university, where her accomplishments included creating and coordinating an academy for all freshman music majors, designing piano proficiency and musicianship programs and supervising graduate assistants. She retired as an assistant professor in 2000. She was a longtime consultant for the National Piano Foundation and the International Piano Teaching Foundation. For many years, she judged music competitions, was a guest instructor at universities and music teacher organizations across the country, as well as presenting at workshops and national conferences and writing for numerous publications. She was a lifelong member of the Music Teachers National Association and was president at the local (Lincoln), state (Nebraska) and national levels. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon for more than 60 years. She received distinguished service awards from the national and state music associations and the Nebraska Music Educators Association and received a Mayor's Arts Award in 2012. She was an avid supporter of the arts, including the Lincoln Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Players, the Lied Center and Friends of Opera. She spent many years after retirement as a docent at Sheldon Museum of Art. When she and Wes were first married, he got a job as choir director at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, and she became an active member for the rest of her life, including singing with the choir for 55 years. She traveled in the United States and abroad and after Wes Died in 1994, she bought a red convertible that she would drive coast to coast staying with friends and relatives along the way. She cooked many wonderful meals for friends and family she welcomed to her home, with a glass of Chardonnay in hand. She embraced her role as Grammy Joan to her three grandsons and their cousins, attending every baseball and football game, every wrestling match, graduation, birthday. She was babysitter, chauffeur, cheerleader and friend. Her license plate said FXYGRMY, and she was - of the highest order. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (husband, Andrew) Ozaki, grandsons Marshall (wife, Peggy), Grant (wife, Jenny) and Will (girlfriend, Bethany), sisters Margaret Prahl (Tom Patterson) and Jenny Radulovich (Mark), nephews Jay (Jen) Prahl and David (Lisa) Paula, niece Paula Prahl (Brad), great-grandchildren Henry, Eliana and Hattie, honorary grandkids Steven, Cait, Dan and Megan Ozaki and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Services will be 10 a. m. Saturday (Nov. 11) at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th St. Internment at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery following a reception at the church. Memorials to the UNL School of Music (care of the NU Foundation), St. Matthew's Church or the Music Teachers National Association.
Dec 07, 1965 - Nov 05, 2023
Patty Jo Ponce born December 07, 1965 and passed to her heavenly home on November 05, 2023. Patty was one of God's innocent angels on earth who lived a life full of love for everyone and was loved by so many in return. She was especially close to her family and enjoyed any time spent together with them. She had a generous and friendly heart and was always ready with a compliment to make you feel good. Her love of music was well known. She loved dancing, singing, going to concerts and always had her CD player and CDs close by. She was very active in Special Olympics her whole life and participated in several sports. Basketball and bowling were always her favorites. She is preceded in death by her father Raymond Ponce, brother Rodney Ponce and great nephew Evan Brozek. She is survived by her mother Mary Leopold, brother Thomas Ponce, sisters Barb (Doug) Brozek and Teresa Horalek and many nieces and nephews. Family will be present 5-6:30pm Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street followed by a Rosary at 6:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 10, 2023 at 10:00am at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 735 South 36th Street. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Memorials to Nebraska Special Olympics. Father Nicholas Kipper officiating.
Dec 07, 1936 - Nov 01, 2023
Phyllis M. Spence Age 86 of Lincoln died November 1, 2023, widow of Richard Spence. Born December 7, 1936 in Fremont NE, daughter of Rudy & Adeline (Jirik) Stranik, Morse Bluff. Graduate of St. Patrick High School (Bergan) Fremont. & Creighton University, Omaha with a BA in journalism 1959. Member St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Pink Sisters Auxiliary. 40 year member St. John's choir. Owner/operator custom upholstery 10 years, former employee JC Penney's Gateway & Guardian Angels Homecare. Free Lance writer. Phyllis was a longtime member of St. John's Catholic church and after moving she added Blessed Sacrament to her membership. Survived by Sons Steve (Kristi), Jeff - Lincoln, Brothers Tom (Kathie) Stranik - Morse Bluff, Jim Stranik- Phoenix, AZ, Sister, Maribeth Stranik- Wilber,NE, , 5 Nieces & Nephews 10 Great nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by Husband Richard, Sons Joe & Greg, Sister Carol Stranik, Sister-in-law Holly SpenceServices: Visitation Tuesday 5:30-7:00 with a Rosary following at 7:00 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home 4040 A Street. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 10:30 St. Johns Catholic Church 7601 Vine Street. Memorials to St. John's or Pink Sisters.