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Sara Baker

Jul 04, 1963 - Nov 14, 2023

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Grand Island, NE

"Sara Ann Baker (Van Vuren), age 60, of Centerville, IA, formerly of Grand Island, NE, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Sara was born on July 4, 1963, in Grand Island, NE, to Edward Van Vuren and Sharon (Lewton) Trampe. She was raised by Ronald and Sharon Trampe and graduated from Grand Island Sr. High in 1982. Sara then attended Wayne State College, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Sara was blessed with 2 sons, Cameron and Caleb. Sara began her career in the Human...Read More

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Dale L. Schmidt

May 22, 1960 - Feb 28, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

Dale L. Schmidt, 63 of St. Paul, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2024, with his loved ones by his side at CHI Health - St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Grace Baptist Church in St. Paul. Pastor Daniel Bear will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Grace Baptist Church in St. Paul, and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Inurnment will be held in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Dale was born May 22, 1960, to John G. & Lila "Faye" (Riggs) Schmidt in Kearney, Nebraska. He grew up in the rural Franklin area and graduated from Hildreth High School. He was baptized as an infant, confirmed as a child, and baptized again as an adult. Dale married Tammie Carr on June 12, 1982, and they had one son, Travis John, (whom after they departed ways), was adopted by his stepfather, Jim Binderup. Dale married Barbara Toyne on May 5, 1990, and to this union, they had two sons, Thomas Dale and Raymond Edward. Dale was blessed with a bonus son, (of Barb’s) adopting, Jeremiah David. Dale was active with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. When Dale & Barb moved to St. Paul, Dale drove truck until his health forced him to stop. He had worked at Jim’s Champlin Truck Stop, for many years until his death. He enjoyed visiting with the customers, fishing, and spending time with his granddaughter, Lily. Dale is survived by his wife, Barb; sons, Travis Binderup of Kenesaw, Jeremiah Schmidt of Kearney, Thomas Schmidt of Grand Island, and Raymond Schmidt of Waco; granddaughters, Lilith (Lily) of Grand Island and Braelynn of Waco; sister, Lori Wagner of Palm Harbor, Florida; mother-in-law, Maxine Walker of Gering, sisters-in-law, Kathy (Jorge) Sanchez, Meredith Toyne of Chappell, Carla Danitschek of Everett, Washington, brothers-in-law, Michael Toyne of Gering, Jeff Lee of Minden, Bob Cherry of Hildreth; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Karen Lee and Fayelynn Cherry. To to the family or in memory of Dale L. Schmidt, please

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Philip "Ed" Darby, Jr.

Oct 16, 1930 - Feb 17, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

Philip "Ed" Darby, Jr., 93, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Tabitha Prairie Commons in Grand Island surrounded by his loving family.He was born on October 16, 1930, near Darr, Nebraska to Philip Edwin Darby Sr. and Clara B. Strohmyer. He graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1948. In 1951, Ed joined the United States Army where he did topography in the Philippines during the Korean War until 1953. On July 22, 1956, Ed married the love of his life, Karen Rupe at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. To this union, six daughters were born: Sara, Jennifer, Luanne, Linda, Patricia, and Karla. Ed worked for three years at Reed Engineering in Columbus, Nebraska before dedicating 43 years to the Dawson Public Power District. There he worked for the engineering department for 20 years and transitioned to being a manager for 23 years before retiring in 1998. Ed loved being involved in his community and served on various committees. He was a part of the Founding Fathers of Lexington Foundation, was the president of the Nebraska Power Association, was a secretary and treasurer for the Tri-County Shrine Club, served on the board at Home Federal as well as several committees with the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, helped campaign for John Wightman, and was a dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge Thistle #61. Ed was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church He loved Nebraska football, spending his days out at the lake, and gardening. He was an incredibly hard worker and was able to fix anything you brought to him. He was a doting father to his girls and always followed their activities as well as his grandchildren's activities. Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Sara (Craig Forester) Darby of Omaha, Jennifer Jo (Scott) Mitchell of Grand Island, Luanne Rae Gesell of Lincoln, Linda Kae (Rick) Petet of Lincoln, Patricia Ann (Andrew) Cohen of Lincoln, and Karla Lynn (Roger) Schmidt of Grand Island; grandchildren, Liza Jo (Chad) Lorenz, Clair Olivia Schmidt, Philip Payton (Jessica) Schmidt, Cameron Lee Petet, Erin Darby (Jared Kennedy) Gesell, Darby Linn (Dana) Kurtz, Sydney Kae (Tyler) Wilhelms, and Tanner John Gesell; great-grandchildren, Tatum, Taelor, Devon, Porter, Lettie, Lovelyn and one on the way; sister, Joan C. (William) Smith of Broomfield, Colorado, as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Darby; sister, Jean E. Large; brothers-in-law, Dean Linn and Harold Benzel, sisters-in-law, Gloria Benzel, and Donna Linn.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Pastor Sarah Neben, officiating. The service will be live-streamed on the church website: firstchurchlex.orgInurnment will be held at a later date in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.Memorials are kindly suggested to the Lexington Community Foundation, the First United Methodist Church, or Shriners Hospital for Children.Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

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Arnold L. Toben

Jan 09, 1933 - Feb 04, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

Grand Island resident Arnold L. Toben, 91, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024, at CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, NE. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 9, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doniphan with Pastor Tyler Hauptmeier officiating. Burial with military rites by Doniphan American Legion will be at Cedarview Cemetery in Doniphan. Visitation will be 1-7 p.m. with family present 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 8, at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Doniphan or Doniphan Fire Department QRT. Arnold was born January 9, 1933, in Hastings, NE to Henry and Martha (Porth) Toben. He graduated from Doniphan High School in 1950. Arnold served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He married Marilyn J. Schroetlin on August 7, 1960. Arnold farmed in the area for many years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and American Legion Post #300 in Doniphan. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and spouses, Victor Toben, Arvilla & Don Treat, Ron & Vivian Toben, and Donald Toben; and infant daughter, Susan K. Toben. SURVIVORS:Wife: Marilyn Toben – Grand Island, NEChildren & Spouses: Laurie & Jim Keilwitz – Alliance, NE Larry & Jennifer Toben – Doniphan, NE Sandi & Tom Brennan – Omaha, NEGrandchildren & Spouses: Abigail & Nick Grosse-Rhode Morgan & Trent Kuhn Tyler Keilwitz Lindsey & Mike Spray Beau & Jocelyn Toben Jake Brennan Rachel & Evan Thibault Sam Brennan & Olivia JohannesGreat-Grandchildren: Quinn Wyatt Anna Emery Gavin Belle Jaidyn Everett Reece One on the wayBrother & Spouse: Wendell & Beverly TobenSister-in-law: Rogene Toben

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Linda Wolff

Mar 07, 1944 - Feb 01, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

Linda Wolff, 79, of Grand Island died February 1, 2024, at Country House in Grand Island. Memorial service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. The family suggests a memorial donation to Trinity Lutheran Church, 212 W. 12th St, Grand Island NE, 68801 or The Alzheimer’s Foundation. Online condolences may be directed to www.apfelfuneralhome.com.Linda Grace Wolff made her entrance on life’s grand stage on March 7, 1944, the youngest of five children born to Melvin and Fern Wells in Grand Island, NE. She took her final curtain call on February 1, 2024, having lived a full life centered around a deep-seated faith and the high school students she was privileged to guide and to teach.After graduation from Hastings College, Linda and her husband, Gene, taught in the English department of Kingman High School. She soon added the responsibilities of being a drama coach to her duties. Linda brought her elegant posture and stage presence to her classroom as well as the solid mid-western values she learned from her parents and teachers at Trinity Lutheran School.Linda retired after three decades of service as a teacher and guidance counselor but stayed busy hiking, singing in the choir at Grace Lutheran Church, cooking her famous "roast beast" for friends and making several extended trips to the British Isles.When illness finally slowed her down, Linda was cared for by the dedicated staff of Country House in Grand Island. The family is grateful for their tender, compassionate care which eased her transition from life to life.Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Fern Wells and her siblings, Neal, Gene, Bob, and Janis. She is survived and missed by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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Mary E. Bloomquist

Aug 10, 1934 - Feb 10, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

Mary E. Bloomquist, 89 of Grand Island, NE passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at the Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with Derek Apfel officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 15th from 5 to 7 PM at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the family for later designation.Mary was born on August 10, 1934 in Ord, NE to Raymond and Ida (Fowler) Murphy. Mary grew up in Ord and graduated from Ord High School. She was united in marriage to Weston Bloomquist in May of 1957.Mary (Mert) loved her Dreisbach family of 44 years as much as she loved her own family. She enjoyed playing Bingo, crocheting, puzzles, and talking on the phone for hours to her Dreisbach co-workers, family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Christy (Alan) Kroeger; sons, Dennis (Karry) Bloomquist, Dean (Vickie) Bloomquist, and Doug (Kim) Bloomquist; brother, Bill (Pat) Murphy; grandchildren, Zac (Nicole) Bloomquist, Ethan (Abbey) Bloomquist, Caleb Hetrick, Tiffany Bloomquist, Rick (Lexie) Bloomquist, Nate (Malorie) Bloomquist, Kylie Bloomquist; step grandchildren, Tyler and Cody Kroeger; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Weston; daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Mike Hetrick; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Loretta Murphy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Don Butts, Virginia and Leland Nelhs and granddaughter, Sarah Lynn Hetrick.

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Abraham G. Soto

Mar 16, 1931 - Feb 13, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

WOOD RIVER – Abraham G. Soto, 92, of Wood River, passed away on February 13, 2024, at the Veterans Medical Center in Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River, NE. The Rev. Jorge Canela will be the celebrant. Burial with military honors by the Grand Island Honor Guard will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River and will conclude with a rosary at 7 p.m. Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family.Abraham was born March 16, 1931, in Hastings, NE to Jesus and Rosario (Herrera) Soto. He received his elementary and middle school education in Hastings, before moving to Wood River in the mid-1940s where he received his high school education at Wood River High School.He was drafted into the Army in 1953 and went to basic training at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, for 16 weeks. He was deployed to The Harold D. Smith Barracks, Baumholder, Germany, where he was assigned to the 43rd Armored Infantry Division Head Quarters & Service Co. and was in a Morter Platoon. He served for 1 year, 6 months and 23 days in foreign and sea service. Abraham returned to the USA on February 11, 1955. He served 2 years and one day, because of a storm delay.On February 18, 1956, he married Emily Galvan. They were 5 days shy of their 68th anniversary. They raised their family in Wood River. He worked in construction and farmed. He worked at Sperry New Holland for 20 years, 15 of those years he was a supervisor. He was able to retire at 55. After retirement, he worked in the summer at the Wood River Country Club. He also helped Marvin Wiseman in the fall with harvest. Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Emily; his children and their spouses: Judy and Chris Wiemers of Elm Creek, Abraham Jr., and Sue Soto of Omaha, Michael and Misty Soto of Wood River; Jesse and Marilyn Soto and Terri and Gilbert Trejo, all of Grand Island, and Tim and Jodie Soto of Phoenix, Arizona; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers: Frank Soto of Oxnard, California, Robert and Linda Soto, and Richard and Virginia, all of Wood River; and a sister, Juanita and Robert Briseno of Wood River. He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Secundino and Isabel Galvan; brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Reynalda Soto; brother, Joseph Soto; sisters and brothers-in-law: Lupe and Henry Aldana, Connie and Gonzalo DeLeon, Comfort and Felipe DeLeon, and Hope and Pete DeLeon.

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Robert Minor Keeley, Sr.

Sep 12, 1962 - Feb 26, 2024

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Grand Island, NE

Robert Minor Keeley, Sr., 61, of Grand Island, Nebraska passed away Mo