Ainsworth Star Journal

Memorial services for Jacob C. Koch, age 77, of Long Pine, NE will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth, NE. Inurnment will follow in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Jacob Koch passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, NE. Survivors include: seven children, Jacob Koch and significant other, Evelyn Schaaf of Ord, NE, Lori (Tom) Hoevet of Ord, NE, Rick (Sue) Koch of Ord, NE, Michael Koch of Grand Island, NE, Bruce (Kim) Koch of Ord, Keri Nissen of Hastings, NE and Kris (Mary) Koch of Edgar, NE; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters: Judy Baxter of Gordon, NE; Alita Mae (Ben) Burdick of Johnstown, NE; half-sister, Joan (Don) Fredericksen of Long Pine, NE; along with nieces, nephews and other family members. There will be no visitations. Memorials have been suggested to the family in his name for future designation. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

Mass of Christian burial for Kimberly Frasch, age 43, of Tabor, was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Butte, NE with Reverend Doug Scheinost celebrant. Burial was in the Butte City Cemetery in Butte, NE. Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer, NE, was in charge of arrangements. Kimberly Frasch passed away on September 20, 2015, at the age of 43. She was born in Omaha, NE on August 17, 1972, to Joann Scholz and Norman Scholz. Kimberly enjoyed gardening, camping, 4-wheeling, mudding, spending time with her family and friends, dancing, singing, going to bonfires, swimming, cooking, traveling, and the country lifestyle. She was preceded in death by her son Caleb Frasch; daughter Chelsea Frasch; grandmother Marie Layh; and father Norman Scholz. She is survived by her mother Joann Scholz; sisters: Melissa Peck, Pamela Johnson, Michelle Winsett, Rebecca Scholz, Jeannette Scholz, Laura Bobziene, Kathy Neal, Jannie Zatloukal, Laura Heart; brothers Tim Ruhkamp, Bruce Scholz, Joseph Weispfennig; sons Dillon Frasch, Brenen Frasch, Conner Frasch, Haiden Frasch; and daughters Breauna Martinez and Shaelyn Martinez.

Funeral services for LaVerle Bails were held Monday, August 24, 2015, at Omaha, NE, who died August 18, 2015, four days short of her 76th birthday. Services were held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church; burial was in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Omaha, NE. LaVerle was born to Elmer and Florence (Lund) Dobesh at Burke on August 22, 1939. She was raised on the family farm north of Burke and attended grade school in the rural school a mile from their home, with brothers Dennis and Ron, and her sister Gayle. LaVerle graduated from Gregory High School in 1957. She graduated from Commercial Extension Business School in Omaha and ultimately worked at Omaha Public Power District, retiring after 30 years of service. LaVerle met Harvey “Don” Bails, who was stationed at Offut Air Force Base near Omaha; they married in May of 1960. Their son, Dan, was born in 1965 and his interest in youth hockey led to many years of the family’s involvement with the Omaha Metro Amateur Hockey Association. LaVerle was awarded the association’s lifetime membership award and she was the first woman to be inducted into the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1992 LaVerle and Don bought a home in Bonesteel ... to have a place close to the “River” and to their family farm, for fishing and vacation time with family and friends. LaVerle is survived by her husband, Don; their son Dan and wife Lisa; granddaughters Riley and Sailor; brother Dennis, sister Gayle, sister-in-law Ruth, and their families; many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Florence, and her brother Ron. “LaVerle” In these later years, when LaVerle wasn’t feeling well, she still came into a group or a room or a conversation and, even though you knew she wasn’t well and had to be hurting, she breezed in with a smile and a hug and a “love you”. She walked a little tipped – favoring that diseaseravaged back, but the smile was there and she always saved some of the day’s energy for a strong hello and appreciation for what the day did bring. To look for the best in your own world is one thing – and LaVerle did that with her love for her own family, but she delighted in hearing that all was well in your world, too. That epitomizes LaVerle’s travels on earth … complete, heartfelt compassion for her people; any other people she knew; other people she didn’t know; and the doggy world she reigned over for so many years on earth. God speed, LaVerle … I’m sure you will want to meet us all on Rainbow Bridge. 

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