Ainsworth Star Journal

Alma Mathilda Wragge was born June 18, 1913 in Pierce County, Nebraska to James and Bena (Poignee) Wragge. She attended school in Pierce until 1926 when she moved to Valentine with her Grandparents George and Betty Poignee. Alma graduated from Valentine High School in 1930 and then moved to Denver, CO. Alma married Verne A. Bolden on December 24, 1934. He was an iron worker and welder. In 1945 they bought a grocery store and operated it until 1966 at which time the City of Denver bought the property. Verne passed away in September of 1969 and in 1970 Alma moved back to Valentine. She worked at Montgomery Wards for eight years and then was secretary for the Presbyterian Church. She served the church for over 20 years. She retired in 1989.  Alma was active in Presbyterian Women and served as their treasurer for 14 years. She also belonged to Mary-Martha Circle and held several different offices. She is survived by two halfsisters, JoAnn Hanson of Pierce, NE and Dorothy Voss of Colby, WI; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Alma aged 101 passed away July 7, 2014 at Pine View Good Samaritan Nursing Home. Funeral Service for Alma Bolden was held on Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Valentine. Burial follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was entrusted with service arrangements.

David K. Van Winkle, was born on June 30, 1936 to Ira and Gladys Van Winkle in Valentine, NE. David was the first born son of five children. David passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Pine View Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Valentine, NE. David attended grade school at the ABC School on the Niobrara River south of Kilgore, and graduated from Valentine High School in 1955. After high school David worked as a ranch-hand south of Valentine, then traveled much of the western United States as an over-the-road trucker for a few years before returning to his first love of ranching with his parents south of Kilgore. David enjoyed horse shows where he took great pride in showing his beloved horses. David always enjoyed rodeos, and visiting with family and friends. It was not uncommon for David to call family and friends far and wide on their birthdays. David was a member of Farm Bureau, a long-time member of the Kilgore Volunteer Fire Department, and attended the Sandhills Church of Hope, in Cody, NE. Survivors include brother, Boyd Van Winkle, of Edmonton, Canada; sister, Sharon Grove, of New Castle, WY; Orin Van Winkle, and wife Mary of Kilgore; and sister, Marn Telitz and husband Vern of North Platte, NE. Eight nieces and nephews, Shelly Christensen, (John), Kevin Grove, Brian (Colleen), Lisa Swendener, Austin (Bethany) Swendener, Allison (Randy) Bauer, Megan (Josh) Failor, and Nathan Van Winkle. David is also survived by former spouse, Sally Sheets, and a host of neighbors and friends. David was a loving son, brother and uncle. He will be missed by many. Services were held at the Cody- Kilgore High School in Cody, NE on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, with burial at the Kilgore Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kilgore Volunteer Fire Department. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was entrusted with service arrangements.

Funeral services for Lois Hall were held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke with Pastor Mark Turner officiating. Music was provided by Twylah Ward, organist and Kim Hausmann and Amanda Zeisler were in charge of registration. Casket bearers were Cody Hall, Derek Zeisler, Jamie Dooley, Barry Merical, Heidi Dooley and Kelli Hall. Honorary casket bearers were all of her great-grandchildren and friends at the Haisch Haus. Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Lois Imogene Hall was born November 13, 1923 to Ernest and Alma Andersen at Herrick and died July 4, 2014 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke at the age of 90 years. Imogene grew up in Herrick and graduated from Herrick High School. She married Emmitt Hall on July 28, 1942 in Rushville, NE. They celebrated 69 years of marriage. She was the mother of four children and helped run Hall’s Café with her husband. When not working, she enjoyed ball games and league bowling. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After selling the Café, Imogene enjoyed watching tennis and soaps on TV. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles with her brother Lester and reading newspapers. The last two years she resided at the Haisch Haus in Bonesteel. Imogene is survived by two daughters: Carol (Ben) Merical of Mercer, MO and Kathy (Greg) Hausmann of Bonesteel; one son, Tom (Connie) Hall of Gregory; six grandchildren: Barry Merical, Heidi (Jamie) Dooley, Cody (Angela) Hall, Kelli Hall, Amanda (Derek) Zeisler, Kim Hausmann and ten great-grandchildren; and two brothers Bill and Lester Andersen of Burke. Imogene was preceded in death by her husband Emmitt in 2012 and her son David in 1992, her parents, one brother Adrian Andersen and one sister Marcene Whitley.

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