Ainsworth Star Journal

Dorothy Ruth (Breslin Kreycik) Mundorf was born on July 26, 1927, in Waterbury, NE, near Ponca. She passed away on November 17, 2015, at Pine View Good Samaritan Center in Valentine. Dorothy Ruth (known as “Dort” to most) was an only child of Jewel and Jack Breslin, and she was later adopted by Charles Kreycik when Jewel and Dort moved to the Wood Lake area in 1938. Dort graduated Valedictorian of Wood Lake High School. Growing up, she worked in the hayfield and helped on the family ranch. After high school, Dort moved to Lincoln to attend Wesleyan University and returned to Cherry County where she taught grade school in Kilgore and the Cozad and Dukat country schools located southwest of Wood Lake. While attending a dance at Hidden Paradise in Long Pine, she met the love of her life. Darrell Mundorf and Dorothy Ruth married in the old Methodist Church in Valentine on May 24, 1949. They moved to the ranch south of Wood Lake where they lived together for the next 65 years. To this union four children were born, Joe, Julie, Jane and Jill. As the children grew up, Dort was a 4-H leader, an active member of the Wood Lake American Auxiliary for 56 years, a 50+ member of the Wood Lake Order of the Eastern Star and member of the Wood Lake Union Church where she played the piano for 60+ years. Being a ranch wife and mother was her passion. No one ever went away from her table hungry. She was also known to deliver complete meals to the elderly and sick in the Wood Lake area. In her early years she often sewed matching clothes for all three girls. Later in her life, she became an avid cross-stitcher and quilter. Dort also loved buying green-ware and finishing ceramics. Music was always an important part of her life and she played for her own enjoyment as well as playing for many organizations. Gardening and beautiful flowers colored her life. Dort spent many hours following her children’s sporting events and loved being a Big Red fan! Dorothy Ruth is survived by son, Joe (Donnie) of Wood Lake, daughters, Julie (Cort) Dewing of Valentine, Jane (Bill) Howell of Valentine,Jill (Randy) Burge of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren, Matt (Lorri) of Kearney, Mark (Lacey) of Wood Lake, Molly (Dan) Dent of Valentine, Ryan (Kelly) Dewing of Lincoln, Ramzi (Ben) Hynek of Lincoln, Rachel Howell of Denver and Blake Howell of Colorado Springs, Haley and Chanley Burge of Fort Collins, along with nine great-grandchildren. Dorothy Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and husband Darrell. Funeral service for Dorothy Ruth Mundorf were held on Saturday, November 21st at the Wood Lake Union Church in Wood Lake. Rev. Don Letellier officiated at the service. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Wood Lake. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was in charge of service arrangements

Funeral servives for Mary Lambley were held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Burke Civic Center in Burke with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating. Music was provided by Kelly Frank, Mark Tuttle, Steve and Lisa Mayer, vocalists, accompanied by Twylah Ward and Fran Eide, organists. Sue Chytka, Terri Wiedman and Esther Lindwurm were in charge of registration. Leslie Smith, Laurie Kenzy, Berniece Bauld and Kathy Petersen were flower attendants. Casket bearers were LaNeal Schonebaum, Jeremy Martin, Chisum Lambley, Derreck Martin, Tyler VanMetre, Dillon Lambley, KayCee Martin and Cheyenne Lambley. Honorary casket bearers were Jayder Schonebaum, Jakoby Schonebaum, Jazlee Schonebaum, Ryggan Lambley, Ryken Lambley, Remington Lambley and Alese VanMetre. Interment was in the Herrick Cemetery in Herrick. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mary Louise (Hagerman) Lambley was born February 8, 1938 to Lawrence and D. Lillian Hagerman in Glenrock, WY. Mary was the third child of her family. She received her education in Ainsworth NE, graduating with the class of 1956. Mary married Herris Lambley who was a classmate since third grade on May 26, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth, NE. This union brought forth three children, Jolene, Donivan and Karen. After graduation, Mary taught country school in Brown County, NE. They made their home in Ainsworth, NE, for several years where she worked as a clerk in the treasurer’s office. Then moved to Keya Paha Co. to an uncle’s ranch where Mary worked side by side with Herris to raise their children, milked cows, raised chickens and a huge garden. In 1967 the family moved to Burke where they purchased the Burke Livestock Auction. Mary retired after 47 years but still helped LaNeal manage the office each Saturday. Throughout her life Mary was a Girl Scout leader, Bethel guardian of Jobs Daughters, a member of the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and Bible school, treasurer of UMW, member of the OES having served as Worthy Matron and several other offices, one of which was Grand Electa and she was a charter member of Rosebud Rancherettes (Cowbelles). Mary enjoyed playing cards, reading and crocheting afghans for grandkids. Times she enjoyed the most were watching her kids and grandkids in all their activities. Baseball and softball was her summer pastime. Mary passed away on November 9, 2015 at the Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls after a very brief illness, at the age of 77. Mary leaves to mourn, her husband Herris of 58 years; daughter Jolene VanMetre and husband David, son Donivan and wife Brenda and daughter Karen Martin and husband Tim all of Burke; grandchildren: LaNeal (Jim) Schonebaum of Burke, Jeremy (Kellie) Martin of Sioux Falls, Chisum (Kaira) Lambley of Burke, Derreck (Danielle) Martin of Sioux Falls, Tyler (Val) VanMetre, Dillon Lambley, KayCee Martin, Cheyenne Lambley of Hartford, Kyndra Hovorka and Jared Miller of Sioux Falls; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Carol (Rick) McCullough, of Tracy, CA, Linda (Jack) Stilwell of Shingle Springs, CA; sisters-in-law Venita Hagerman of Ainsworth, NE, Lolita Taylor; brother-in-law Gary (LaVella) Lambley; many nieces and nephews, and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence (Peb) Hagerman, Lillian (Tiny) Hagerman, sister Shirley Skovsende, brother-inlaw Leo Skovsende, brother Dick Hagerman, nephew Chip Hagerman, in-laws, Lucille and Uylse Lambley, Tommy Lambley and Jerry Taylor. 

Funeral services for Gerald Drey were held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke with Father Godfrey Muwanga officiating. Jesse Johnson was eucharistic minister, Deb Indahl was lector and Jim Eastlund presented the gifts.Taylee and Adisyn Indahl were servers. Music was provided by the Sacred Heart Church choir, accompanied by Jan Determan, organist. Virginia Tolstedt was in charge of registration. Interment will be at a later date in the Graceland Cemetery in Burke. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Gerald Dean Drey was born June 9, 1926 at Gregory to Albert and Edna (Jones) Drey and he died November 11, 2015 at the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory at the age of 89 years. Gerald attended the Rhodes School and the Catholic School in Gregory. He grew up on a farm east of Gregory. He later moved to a farm south of Burke, where he farmed with his dad and his brother. In 1954 he was united in marriage to Edith Rang and to this union three children were born: Bruce, Jackie and Rodney. Together they lived and worked on a farm eleven miles south of Burke, where they also helped his father-in-law with farming. In 1964 they purchased a home in Burke and move into town. Gerald held many jobs throughout his life. Due to health reasons, Gerald entered the TLC Assisted Living in Burke before moving to the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory. He had spent the last seven years in the nursing home. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and one nephew. Gerald is survived by his wife, Edith; his children: Bruce, Jackie and Rodney; his sisters: Pauline of Colorado Springs, CO and Macy of Florida; five grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.  

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