Ainsworth Star Journal

Funeral services for Mervin Higgins were held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Butte, NE with Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiating. Ed Peppel was lector, David Schmitz, eucharistic minister, Zach Sextro and Kelsey Sextro were servers and Kathy, Joe, Rich and Steve presented gifts. Music was provided by Pat Thiry, organist and Kelly and Lois Vogt was in charge of registration. Casket bearers were Jay Peppel, Mark Peppel, Kurt Peppel, Ron Schochenmaier, Travis Schochenmaier, Ryan Higgins, John Higgins and Kyle Higgins. Honorary casket bearers were Lisa Peppel, Julie Skott, Sarah Higgins, Rachel Higgins, Kelsie Higgins, Kelli Higgins, Kaitlyn Higgins and Jennifer Higgins. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery in Naper, NE. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mervin John Higgins was born July 20, 1929 to John and Ada (Brown) Higgins at Brocksburg, NE. He died January, 20, 2015 at the Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 85 years. Merv attended country grade school and graduated from Butte High School in 1946. On November 28, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen Schmitz at her parent’s, Joe and Bertha (Blum) Schmitz, home east of Naper, NE. To this union five children were born: Kathy, Joe, Cindy, Rich and Steve. Merv and Helen lived their entire married life, of 64 years, on a ranch southwest of Naper, NE Ranching was his passion, farming was his sideline. He loved tending his cattle, seeing his children, 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and was looking forward to those on the way. Mervin is survived by his wife, Helen; his children: Kathy (Ed) Peppel of Butte, NE; Joe (Mary) Higgins of Naper, NE; Rich (Janice) Higgins of Bow Valley, NE; and Steve (Denise) Higgins of Winner; his son-in-law, Mike (Linda) Schochenmaier of Bonesteel; two sisters: Joyce Stahlecker of Albion, NE and Lorraine (Bob) Peppel of St. Charles; one brotherin- law, Leonard (Thelma) Schmitz of Naper, NE; and his sisters-in-law: Inez Schmitz of O’Neill, NE; Bennetta (Roger) Roth of Spencer, NE and Margaret Schmitz of Bonesteel. Mervin was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ada; his parents-in-law, Joe and Bertha Schmitz; his daughter, Cindy Schochenmaier; his brother, Max Higgins; his sister-in-law, Janet Higgins; brothers-in-law: Howard Stahlecker, Pat Higgins, Donald Schmitz and John Schmitz; and a great-grandson, Brady Peppel.

Funeral services for Gladys Siewert were held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial was in the Winner City Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Gladys Siewert, 73, of Gatesville, TX passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Gatesville, TX. She was preceded in death by her mother Evelyn Marie Brumbaugh; father Harold Lee Brumbaugh; sister-in-law Bea Brumbaugh. She is survived by two daughters: Yvonne Marie Siewert Yaceczko of Ohio, Lynette Ann Christensen and her husband Neal of Montana; five grandchildren: Yancey Lee Siewert Yaceczko and wife Emily, Lionel Grant Siewert Yaceczko and wife Janet, Janich Yaceczko, IV and wife Sarah, Patrick James Pitman, Victoria Nicole Christ; six greatgrandchildren; two brothers: Merlin Brumbaugh and wife Violet of Newport, NE, Donald Brumbaugh of Burke; nieces and nephews; and seven great nieces and nephews.

Duane Stewart was born near Parmalee, SD on August 21, 1928 to Robert Dale and Louise Runte Stewart and passed away January 11, 2015, at South Baldwin Medical Center in Foley, AL. After graduating from Wood Lake High School with the class of 1946, he attended Peru State College for a year with his brother, Gene Stewart. Duane then joined the Navy and was stationed at San Francisco, CA for four years serving in the Medical field. After discharge, Duane worked for various ranches in the Sandhills as well as the O’Halloran Lumber Company in Hay Springs, NE. He visited his brother, Gene in Atlanta, GA and liked the area so he and his wife, Fran settled there. Duane owned and operated several businesses as well as a land clearing operation and business properties. Interment was in the National Cemetery at Atlanta, GA. Preceeding him in death were his wife and parents. Surviving is his brother, Gene Stewart of Foley, AL.

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