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December 16, 2018

Obituaries (3-22-18)

Harold Rink, 90

Harold J. Rink, 90, of Pender died Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Pender Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 21, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender with Rev. Randall Herman officiating. Burial with military honors will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Pender. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Harold was born December 26, 1927 to Herman and Anna (Schluter) Rink. He was the youngest of six children and grew up on a farm east of Pender. Harold graduated from Pender High School in 1946.

Harold joined the Air Force in 1950 and became an aircraft mechanic. While in Wichita Falls, Texas, he married Marilyn Anderson from Bancroft on February 24, 1951. He was then transferred to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. during the Korean Conflict. In 1955, they returned to farm east of Pender and he was involved with farming and manufacturing his whole life. He started Rink Enterprises and HR Mfg. Co., which invented many items for agricultural use. His son, Randy, came back to help with the farm in 1978.

Harold loved his family, church and the community of Pender. He was thrilled to be able to see the new Pender Community Center open as he and Marilyn are two of the founding donors. It was a special day for Harold to see the center in use. He was always happy to give and set an example for others to follow. Harold also enjoyed cards, fishing, golf, restoring old tractors and cars, but most of all, desserts.

Harold is survived by his wife, Marilyn Rink of Pender; son, Randy (Callie) Rink of Pender; daughters, Connie (Chuck) Clifford of Lincoln and Jeanne (Steve) Hansen of Pender, six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Esther Sage of Ogden, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Edna Maas, Martha Vang Christensen and Helen Christensen and a brother, Richard Rink.

 

Burla Renz, 90

Burla Dean Renz, 90, of Pender died on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the United Church of Pender in Pender with Rev. Steven Breazier officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Pender.

Memorials are suggested to the Pender-Thurston Education & Community Foundation Fund or the United Church of Pender.

Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Burla Dean was born in Thurston on December 5, 1927, the daughter of Alvin and Opal (Frey) Merry. She graduated from Thurston High School.

She married Leroy Kratky on June 12, 1947. To this union, three children were born, Kenneth, Merry Lou and Debra. Leroy died in November 1959.
 In 1962, she married Dutch Renz. 
Burla Dean was a member of the United Church of Pender.

She is survived by a son Kenneth (Nancy) Kratky of Longmont, Colo., two daughters, Merry Lou (Louis) Rutar of Thurston, Deb (Ray) Welsh of Pender; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special friends Helen Kratky of Omaha and Pam Freudenburg of Lincoln; sister-in-laws Charlene Merry of Pender, Jeannie Kratky of Pender, Beth Renz of Pender, Darlene Smith of Decatur, Betty Hag- berg of Michigan, and Mildred Babb of Oregon; two stepsisters, Marilyn (Fred) Lovelace, Sharon Fabry and step brother Ronnie (Linda) Fabry all of Omaha; and step-sister-in-law Sandra Fabry of Lincoln, along with many nieces and nephews.

Burla Dean was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Leroy Kratky and Dutch Renz; twin grandsons; brother Darrel Merry and stepmother Martha Merry.

 

Jack Ring, 64

Jack Tracy Ring, 64, of Wausa died on March 15, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Memorial services were held Wednesday at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Pender. Burial will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill.

Jack was born to Jackie Calvin and Evelyn Mae (Way- man) Ring on December 5, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Jack went on to marry Joan Wicky, which later ended in divorce.

Jack had four children in this union.

In October of 1986, Jack was in a car accident that resulted in him spending the rest of his days in a nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Jack loved coon hunting, fishing and fast cars. He truly lived life to the fullest before his accident. However, Jack never lost his love for life. He was always laughing and clapping his hands when he was excited. He loved singing songs and doing activities with his friends at the nursing home.

Jack is survived by his four children, Jim (Stacy) Ring, J.T. Ring, Jack Ring and Jacqulin Ring, all of Sioux City, Iowa, several grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by three sib- lings, Calvin (Linda) Ring of Walthill, Lenora McManigal of Walthill and Alvin (Stacy) Ring of Pender and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Norman Skinner and J.B. Ring. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

 

George Berner, Jr., 57

George Edward Berner, Jr., 57, of Emerson died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson with Pastor Gary Harris officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Winside.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

George was born December 19, 1960 in Portsmouth, Vir., to George Sr. and Marcella (Lambrecht) Berner. He graduated from Logan View High School in Hooper in 1979. George worked for Platte Chemical in Fremont for eight years, Blu-Jet in Thurston for 20 years and was currently working for Heritage Gas Station in Emerson. He loved being outside around wildlife.

George enjoyed fishing and going to Benkelman for deer hunting trips. George began raising show pigeons and eventually began raising rabbits. He loved raising the rabbits so much he was nick- named the “Rabbit Man.” He judged 4-H and rabbit shows while traveling and selling them internationally. He was a member of the ARBA and the Mid-City Rabbit Club in Yankton.

George is survived by his mother, Marcella Berner of Hooper; daughter, Annie Roberts of Emerson; sister, Ragena (Rory) Sommerer of Fremont; brothers, Jeffery (Renee) Berner of Nicker- son, Gregory (Jody) Berner of Hooper and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his father, George.

 

Stacey Alexander, 52

Stacey Janelle (Carlsten) Alexander, 52, of Wayne passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Memorial visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials for Stacey are being placed in an account at the Wayne Veterinarian Clinic to spay and neuter stray cats. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Stacey was born April 27, 1965, to Kenneth and Ardyce (Simonsen) Carlsten in Pender. She graduated from Pender High School in 1983 and from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Stacey married Dale Thomas Alexander, Jr. on October 26, 1991 at Harmon Park in Kearney. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne and a member of the National Guard 189th Transportation Company Family Readiness Group. Stacey enjoyed catching stray cats in the community, getting them fixed and into loving homes.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Thomas Alexander, Jr. of Wayne; daughters, Jordan Elise Carlsten Alexander and Jaci JaNae Carlsten Alexander of Wayne; parents, Kenneth and Ardyce Carlsten of Pender; sisters, Rhonda (Ken) Cahill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Natalie (Bob) Gier of Lincoln; and many beloved pets.







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