Funeral services for Otto Holmberg, age 100, of Bristow, NE, were held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Rosedale Covenant Church in Bristow, NE with Pastor Joel Wentworth officiating.
Burial was in the Rosedale Covenant Cemetery in Bristow, NE. Brockhaus Funeral Home
in Spencer, NE was in charge of arrangements.
Otto was born March 26, 1916, at Gregory, to Emil and Bolina (Anderson) Holmberg. He grew up in the Gregory and Dallas area before moving to a farm north of Gross, NE. Otto attended grade school at Gross until eighth grade. He quit school to help his parents on the farm. On October 7, 1942, Otto married Frances Pelc at the Rosedale Church rectory at Bristow. They were blessed with eleven children.
Otto and Frances lived on the family farm and milked cows. They enjoyed traveling. In the 1980’s, they moved to Bristow, NE. Frances passed away in 2010, and Otto remained living in his home until 2015, before moving to Butte Healthcare Center.
Otto enjoyed telling stories about his growing up, walking the hills, hunting rabbits, and the dirty thirties. He also loved baseball and enjoyed playing the harmonica for his family.
Otto died Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Butte Healthcare in Butte, NE.
Otto is survived by his children, Rita (Jim) Haney of Rapid City, Shirley Wessel of Columbus, NE, Kathy Kemnitz of Niobrara, NE, Clayton Holmberg of Bristow, NE, Marcy (Lou) Kerbel of Stanton, NE, Diane Mitchell of Grand Island, NE, Cindy (Martin) Reiser of Spencer, NE, Judy (Terry) Reiser of Butte, NE, and Eugene (Brenda) Holmberg of Bristow, NE; one brother-in-law, Howard Pelc of Platte Center, NE; 37 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and 16 step-great-grandchildren.
Otto was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; sons, Richard and Wayne; sons-in-law, Dean Wessel and Jerome Kemnitz; four grandchildren, Wayne Haney, Amber Holmberg, Cally Kerbel, and James Reiser; four brothers and five sisters.