Ainsworth Star Journal

Mary Jane West was born in Atkinson, NE on December 12, 1924. She passed away at Good Samaritan Pine View in Valentine, NE on November 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her sister, Vivian Tracy; brother, Marion Tracy; and parents, George and Lucille Tracy. Mary Jane was married to Odes Haskins West for 35 years. To this union were born four children which she is survived by Cheryl Adams of Atlanta, GA; Carolyn Grooms of Littleton, CO; Cindy and Neil Wescott of Valentine, NE and Greg West of Colorado Springs, CO. Mary Jane had 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Mary Jane loved the Lord with all of her heart. She was a devout Christian and member of the Berean Bible Church in Valentine for many years. Mary Jane was kind-hearted, loving and a joyful lady. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with friends. All of her family had a very special place in her heart and she loved them dearly. She enjoyed spending time with them, making fond memories through stories, song and quick wit. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Berean Bible Church in Valentine with Pastor Scott McClellen officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date at Wood Lawn Cemetery in Atkinson, NE. On-line guest book is available at

Chari (Boschen) Petersen, 53, lost her battle with cancer on November 5, 2014. She was born on June 17, 1961 to Glen Boschen and Lois (Svenson) Boschen. On April 18, 1981 she married Kevin Petersen and they made their home in O’Neill, NE. In 1991, Chari and her family moved to the Valentine area. Chari will forever be remembered in the hearts of many for her unwavering compassion for children of all ages and the love she showed for family and friends. She loved to attend the sporting events of her children and after they all graduated, Chari was still one of the biggest Badger fans in the stands! Chari had quite the green thumb and enjoyed being outside in her garden and yard. Her face could light up a room at the sight of any one of her grandkids. Chari is survived by her husband Kevin, her children, Tiffani (Petersen) and Adam Ott of Wisner NE; Brittny Petersen of Lincoln, NE; Adam Petersen of Callaway, NE; Winter Petersen of Lincoln, NE; Merriah Petersen and Michaela Petersen, both of Valentine, NE; grandchildren, Kennedie, Walker and Dylann Ott and Evr and Wesson Ohlmann; her parents, Lois Boschen and Glen Boschen; sisters, Teri Staub, Cyndee Staub; brothers, Glen Dale Boschen and David Boschen; and numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones. Funeral Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in Valentine on Saturday, November 8, 2014 with Pastor Will Harley officiating. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Valentine. Holmes Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. On-line guest book at

Marion Edith Fox was born on October 11, 1920 to Ernest and Fern Barker DeBolt at Bassett, NE. She passed away on November 14, 2014 at the age of 94 at Rock County Long Term Care. She attended school in Bassett graduating from Rock County High School with the class of 1939. The normal training she participated in paved the way for her teaching in three rural schools. Following that time, she moved to Ainsworth, NE and was employed by JC Penney. During this time Marion met Robert Dillon Fox and they were married on June 9, 1946. To this union two children were born, Lynn and Douglas. Marion’s life was spent working in retail for JC Penney, McDonalds, McCarthys and Moyers department stores in the men’s department, retiring when she was in her seventies.

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