Ainsworth Star Journal

Funeral service for Ralph Sachtjen were held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner. Burial was in the Winner City Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Ralph Wesley Sachtjen was born August 16, 1922 on the farm south of Winner. His parents were Frank and Ida Beckner Sachtjen. He lived all his life south of Winner. He attended 7 1/2 years at South Crystal Springs grade school. Ralph graduated eighth grade at Clairmont School. Ralph worked at home helping his dad on the farm until he entered the service in March 30, 1945. He spent time in the Philippines and Tokyo, Japan during his time in the service. He was a mail clerk for General MacArthur. Ralph returned from the service in October 1946 and was discharged December 2, 1946. Ralph married Lois MayBelle Bromwich on March 3rd, 1945 at the Methodist Church in Winner. After his discharge from the Army, Ralph and Lois lived southwest of Winner until February 1951 when they moved to their present home. He spent his life farming, helping his neighbors and mechanic work. He was on the school board for nine years. He continued helping his son Cecil on the farm until he was 90 years old. Some of Ralph’s hobbies included fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ralph Sachtjen, age 91, of Winner, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner. Ralph is survived by his wife Lois; by his children: Jane and Dennis Souhrada of Sioux Falls, Gail and Marlene of Fort Morgan, CO, Cecil and Cathy of Winner and Donna and Larry Havranek of O’Neill, NE; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; his brother, Leslie of Burke; a sister-in-law; a cousin and a host of nieces and nephews. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Ida, brothers Bob, Albert and sisters Marie and Alice, a grandson, two great-grandsons and nephew.

Funeral services were held for Patricia Bennett on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery, Omaha, NE. John A. Gentleman Mortuaries was in charge of arrangements. Patricia K. Bennett was born in Gregory to Bernard and Ella (Noziska) Dunn. She graduated from Gregory High School in 1957. She then attended and graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton. During her nursing career, she worked 26 years for the V. A. Medical Center in Omaha, NE. She also practiced her nursing skills at St. Catherines Hospital, Bergan Mercy Hospital, both in Omaha, NE, and cared for the Servants of Mercy for four years. She is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Bennett; children, Richard (Dr. Ranti Aryani) Bennett, Jr., Christopher (Beth Anne) Bennett, Mary Kathryn (Michael) Gunther, Paul (Susan) Bennett, Molly (Kevin) Kelly, John Bennett, James Bennett, Erica Bennett; grandchildren, Bailey, Nash, Sydney and Wyatt Kelly, Michael, Nathan, Shelby and Gabrielle Gunther, Abby, Ella and Bradley Bennett; siblings, Dorothy Dunn, Maureen Ogle, Judy (Roy) Fish, Thomas (Theresa) Dunn and many nieces and nephews.

Nedra M. Norton was born on February 6, 1937 at O’Neill, NE to Pete and Gula (Myer) Weber and passed from this life at her home in Ainsworth, NE on July 20, 2014 at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 14 days. Nedra went to school in central Nebraska and South Dakota. She graduated from Stuart, NE, where she met and married Raymond Norton on May 28, 1956 in Atkinson, NE. To this union were born four children; Robert, Marcia, Todd, and Michael. They lived most of their lives in Brown County. Nedra was a rancher’s wife, and worked as a Brown County Sheriff Dispatcher and Deputy for 30 years. Nedra was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, sisters, Phyllis Christenson and Susan Cassidy, as well as a brother, Billie. She is survived by, her husband, Raymond of Ainsworth; children, Robert (Janet) Norton of Valentine, NE, Marcia (Scott) Menish of O’Neill, NE, Todd (Cindy) Norton of Ainsworth and Michael (Jeanie) Norton of Ainsworth; eight grandchildren, Travis (Mindy) Menish of Blencoe, IA, Amanda (David) Lindquist of Cameron, MO, Bradie (Cody)Dillon of Long Pine, NE, Casey (Kayla) Norton of Mills, NE, Missy (Joey) Neidhardt of Albion, NE, Christopher (Randi) Norton of Norman, OK, and Ashley Norton and special friend Byron Thompson of Holdrege, NE, and Banning Norton of Ainsworth, ten great-grandchildren; (and 2 great-grandchildren on the way); sister, Deanna Cornish of Long Pine, NE and step-brothers, Ray Fairbanks of Hume, MO, and George (Delpha) Fairbanks Jr. of White River, SD; brother-in-law, Jim Cassedy of Washington, and nieces, nephews and other family members. Memorial services were held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth, NE. Brad Dugan officiated the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials were directed to the family in her name.

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