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home : obituaries : obituaries August 24, 2017

Obituaries (8-3-17)

Marcia Kratke, 68

Marcia Joy Kratke, 68, of Wayne, died Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Wakefield Heath Care Center in Wakefield. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor Patti Meyer officiating. 

The burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery

Marcia was born March 6, 1949 in Wakefield to Arthur and Clara (Nelson) Doescher. She graduated from high school in 1967 and went to the Omaha Business College and graduated in 1968. 

Marcia married Gene Kratke on April 28, 1968 at Salem Lutheran Church. 

Marcia served Salem Lutheran Church as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and as a member of the church council. She also served the Wakefield community by being on the Park Board Planning and Zoning Board, Firemen’s Auxiliary and as school board president and board member. 

She loved watching all kinds of sports, including the Huskers and her grandchildren’s sports.

Marcia is survived by her husband, Gene Kratke of Wayne; son, Todd (Carol) Kratke of Ponca; daughter, Wendy (Greg) Owens of Wayne, Lynn (Jeff) Reed of Dakota City;  seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister, Garna (DeWayne) Klausen of Springfield and Julie (Ray) Lund of LaCygne, Kan., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Orville Hassler, 93

Orville “Ollie” Hassler, 93, of Emerson, died on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Heritage of Emerson in Emerson.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson with Father Gerald Leise celebrating mass. Visitation will be Sunday, from 5-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a wake service beginning at 7 p.m. The burial with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in Emerson. 

Ollie was born July 5, 1924 in Beemer to Pete and Rosa (Poledna) Hassler. They lived in Beemer until he was six. The family then moved four miles south of Emerson for two years and then to a farm by Emerson in 1934. He worked at the Phillip 66 gas station for about five years and at the farm in the late 1930s. Ollie graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Navy for two years in 1946, which allowed him to travel all over the world. He attended Wayne State College on the GI Bill and completed his degree in business and education in three years. Ollie achieved his Master’s Degree from the University of South Dakota in 1958. He taught at many different Nebraska schools, his longest being at Exeter High School. He also coached football and basketball. Ollie worked for Reader’s Digest Education for more than a year and then joined Merrill Publishing for more than 28 years. He was very successful selling text books to schools in Iowa and Nebraska. After retirement, he enjoyed creating stained glass windows.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Marilyn Hassler of Emerson and many nieces; nephews and cousins.

Ollie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sisters and nieces and new-phews.

Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.


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