Ainsworth Star Journal

Funeral services for Margaret Deering were held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke with Pastor Mark Tuttle officiating. Music was provided by Mark Tuttle. Casket bearers were Patrick Deering, Brett Annexstad, Steve Stanton, Dale York, Lawrence Oliver and Bill Sutton. Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery in Burke. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Margaret Freida Deering was born July 23, 1928 at Dallas to Reese and Freida (Jansen) Dunn and she died August 19, 2014 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke at the age of 86 years. Margaret was the eldest of four children. She graduated from Gregory High School. On March 6, 1949 she married Harold (Shorty) Deering. They farmed and ranched at Lucas for 52 years before moving into Burke in 2001. Margaret worked for several years at Prewitt’s Grocery and Pat’s Food Town before retiring. She was active in Mary and Martha Society, Lucas Baptist Church, and in the Senior Center in Burke, having served as treasurer for both. She attended the Lucas Baptist Church. Margaret’s greatest joy was her grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Harold, Jr. and wife Darlene of Brandon; her daughter, Karen and husband Doug Brucklacher of Watertown; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Dee Deering of Pierre; one brother, Don Dunn and wife Deloris of Valley Springs, CA; one brother-in-law, Elman Deering of Akron, OH; and several nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and one sister.

Memorial services for Ruth Musilek were held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Kotrba- Smith Funeral Home in Gregory with Pastor Don Windsperger officiating. Music was provided by Roxie Summerville, pianist. Tammy Meyer was in charge of registration. Urn bearers were Candy Cahoy, Sylvania Earll, Faye Condon and Ann Bolton. Honorary urn bearers were Jessica Bowling, Tyler Bowling, Jonathan Cahoy, Joshua Musilek, Drew Musilek and the staff at the Elder Inn. Inurnment was in the West Enterprise Cemetery near Wewela. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Ruth Marian (McKinney) Musilek was born July 26, 1912 on a farm near Wewela to Brayton and Alice (Godfrey) McKinney. Ruth attended grade school and graduated from the eighth grade. She stayed with her grandparents near Burwell, NE while attending high school. Ruth married Edward Musilek on February 11, 1934 and to this union three children were born. Ruth enjoyed quilting, embroidering, and gardening. Ruth lived on a farm in the Wewela area until she was 99, and then went to the Elder Inn in Winner. She is survived by her son Dean (Jackie) Musilek, Colome; one sister June Vetter, Grand Island, NE; three grandchildren, Laurie (Darrell) Olson, Springview, NE, Rosanne Muselik, Beresford, and Daniel (Debra) Muselik, Wewela; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Musilek, two daughters Delorus Jean and Shirley Mae, her parents, three sisters Merna (McKinney) Treptow, Albion, NE, Violet (McKinney) Mann, Orange County, CA, Alberta (McKinney) Weber, Burwell, NE, and one brother Chester in infancy.

Celebration of Life Services for Alice A. Crooker, age 83, of Ainsworth, NE will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Ainsworth. Burial will be held in the Giles Cemetery at Elsmere. Alice Crooker passed away Saturday, August 23rd at the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include: Children, David (Barb) Crooker of Long Pine, Georgia (Jerry) Gaskins of Paonia, CO, Linda (Rick) Strand of Ainsworth, Marie Kenton of Holdrege, NE, Lillie Parkison of Ainsworth, and Joe (Tammy) Crooker of Ainsworth; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members. Public visitations for Alice Crooker will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth and on Thursday at the church until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to either the Sandhills’ Cancer Fund or the Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

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