Ainsworth Star Journal

The family of the late Donna Dee Tinkham Dudley, former Johnstown resident, will gather at the Johnstown United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 5, 2015 for a time of remembrance and a memorial service for their mother. Donna Dee was born February 24,1932 and died April 2, 2015. Her funeral was held in Lincoln at St. Paul United Methodist Church on April 10, 2015. In Johnstown, on Saturday September 5th, there will be a brunch at the church at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service. Local relatives and friends will go to the East Woodlawn Cemetery with the family. Everyone is invited to come and be with the Dudley family.

Genevieve “Doris” Wetzel, 91, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Doris was born December 27, 1923 on the family farm at Ainsworth, NE, to Harvey Ernest and Olive Anne (Jamison) Williams. Doris grew up on her family’s farm at Ainsworth, graduating from Ainsworth High School. She was united in marriage to Arthur William Wetzel on October 18, 1956 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, NE. Following their marriage the couple lived and raised their family in Grand Island. Doris worked in payroll and purchasing at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant for 34 years and five months before retiring in 1987. An avid swimmer, Doris was still swimming on her 90th birthday. Her membership at the YMCA gave her much appreciated social time and many friends. She joined the Catholic Church at age 78 and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. A devoted mother and grandmother, Doris’ life revolved around her family. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Debra M. Wetzel and Arthur S. (Janell) Wetzel, all of Grand Island, NE; granddaughter, Jennifer Wetzel; brother, Harold “Dean” Williams of Ainsworth, NE; sisters, Dorothy Kienker of Central City, NE and Helen Eggert of Camarillo, CA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. Wetzel, March 21, 1973; parents; granddaughter, Stephanie Wetzel; brothers, “Bud” Williams and “Bill” Williams; and sisters, Bonnie Pelc and Mardell Graff. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 29th at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Father Todd Philipsen officiated and concelebrant was Fr. Don Buhrman. Burial was in the Grand Island City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

Sharon Ann (Hamann) Larson was born on September 11, 1946 in New Ulm, MN, the oldest of three children born to Mary (Meyer) Hamann. As a young girl, Sharon and her parents moved every three months for her father’s work to places like Las Vegas, NV, Gallup, NM, just outside of Walawala, WA, Oregon, Wyoming and California. They always went to cooler states in the summer and warmer states in the winter. Sharon spent much of her childhood in Mendota, IL where she was baptized in the St. John’s Lutheran Church. She moved to the Winner, SD area in 1961 along with her mother and brother John. Sharon graduated from the Winner High School in May 1964. Sharon married Terry Lynn Larson on August 16, 1964 in Winner, SD and to this union three children were born - Tony, Tim and Troy. The family lived in Milboro, SD and Brewster, NE before coming back to Springview, NE where they stayed for more than 10 years. They later moved to the Ainsworth and Long Pine, NE areas where they lived until their children were grown. They moved to the Doniphan, NE, Grand Island, NE and finally to St. Libory, NE. She worked in the restaurant industry much of the time her children were growing up, in a warehouse for a large distributor and as a secretary for a local business for over 10 years. Sharon is survived by her husband, Terry of St. Libory, NE; mother, Mary (Meyer) Hamann of Gregory, SD; brother, John Hamann of Gregory, SD; children, Tony (Carmen) Larson of St. Libory, NE, Tim Larson of St. Paul, NE and Troy Larson of Long Pine, NE; five grandchildren and one great-grandson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held August 25, 2015 at the Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island, NE.

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