Obituaries

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Val Overwald

Velda "Val" B. Overwald, 85, of Hanover, died March 1, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born Aug. 13, 1933, near Hanover to Anthony and Wavy (Turk) Overwald.

She was a life-long farmer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; special friend, Keith Burnett; sisters Twila Overwald and Wilma Jandera; brother Elmer Overwald; and brothers-in-law Gilbert Jandera and Frank Linenberger.

Survivors include her sister, Regina Linenberger, of Washington.

A funeral service was March 5 at St. John's Catholic Church. Father Joseph Kieffer officiated. The musicians were Janet Fritschi and Kelsey Goodwin. Music included “Amazing Grace,” “Peace is Flowing Like a River,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “The Strife is O’er”.

The pallbearers were Tim Koss, Ron Burnett, John Burnett, Mike Burnett, Dennis Burnett, Steve Burnett, Bobby Goodwin and Shawn Linenberger.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Ode Lehman

Jeffrey “Ode” Lehman, 56, of Washington, died March 2, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 21, 1962, in Washington to Robert “Bobby” and Jean (Ginn) Lehman.

In 1980 he graduated from North Central High School in Morrowville. While attending high school he helped his Grandpa Ginn on the farm. After graduating he worked for Nick Zenger, The Morrowville Elevator, Endicott Clay, J-Six Farms, Orschelns, J&N Elliott Construction and helped several area farmers.

On Aug. 27, 2001, he married Gidget Bernard at the Washington County Courthouse.

He was involved with 4-H, Morrowville Lions Club, Morrowville Fire Department, and took part in “Woo Pig” Days.

In his younger days he enjoyed playing on a men’s slow pitch softball team, town team basketball and in a dart league.

Later in life Jeff enjoyed going to rodeos and spending time at the lake with a couple buddies. He was very active in “spoiling” his three grandkids.

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Marjorie Roberts

Marjorie Violet Allen Roberts, 103, died Feb. 25, 2019, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born Feb. 18, 1916, at the family farm south of Haddam to Clarence and Jennie Jones Allen.

She attended Lindsey Country School and graduated from Haddam High School in 1934 and went to Manhattan where she was employed doing domestic work for families. While working at a ranch she met a young farmer from Pottawatomie County, Martin Roberts, who was also working at the ranch. They were married April 17, 1938, and were married for 61 years.

She was a homemaker and mother and did the bookkeeping for her husband’s blacksmith shop. She also taught 4-H cooking and was a cook for USD 383, Manhattan, for more than 20 years.

She was a member of the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings Gerald Allen and Viola Hiatt.

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Del Berger

Delvin “Del” L. Berger, 71, of Barnes, died Feb. 27, 2019, at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka.

He was born March 25, 1947, at Marysville, to Orville F. and Kathryn M. (Klocke) Berger. He graduated from Barnes High School in 1965 and joined the Kansas Army National Guard. On Dec. 30, 1972, he married Elaine J. Blaske at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn.

He worked for Landoll Corporation as a Powder Coat Paint Booth Operator until recently. He was also a farmer and stockman on the family’s farm northwest of Waterville.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waterville where he had served on the Church Council. He was a member of the John Doerr Post 145 of the American Legion in Barnes and the Barnes Fire Department. He had served on the board of directors for the Waterville COOP, and for more than 30 years as president of the Washington County Farmer’s Union.

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Mabel Miller

Mabel H. Miller, 82, of Fairbury, Neb., died Feb. 25, 2019, at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

She was born to Elmo and Cassie (Blanks) Wilkerson on June 7, 1936, in Monroe, Va.

Cremation has taken place and there are no services scheduled at this time. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

Washington County News • Feb. 28, 2019

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Lester Brychta

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Lester D. Brychta, 86, of Barnes, died Feb. 19, 2019, at Hanover Hospital.

He was born May 13, 1932, on the family farm south of Waterville to Albert and Bessie C. (Osner) Brychta. He married Ila Mae (Eaton) Brun on Aug. 5, 1979, at Washington. He was fond of saying that when he married Ila Mae he instantly became a husband, dad and grandpa, all of which he loved being. In addition to Ila Mae’s three children, Howard, Martha and Jeff, he also helped raise his sister Ileen’s children, Rick, Debbie and Nancy, after her husband, Bill, passed away.

Brychta grew up on the family farm and continued to work as a farmer until his retirement. Then not wanting to stay home, he worked several more years for the Farmer’s Cooperation in Barnes. The only period he was not farming was during the Korean War. He joined the U.S. Army and served as a combat engineer operating a bull dozer.

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Lola Donigan

Lola A. Donigan, 94, of Greenleaf, died Feb. 13 at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington.

She was born July 21, 1924, in Kimeo to Martin and Johanna (Burke) Hoover. On Oct. 25, 1944, she was united in marriage to James Donigan at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kimeo. In the early ‘50s they moved to Kansas City, Mo., returning to Greenleaf in 1986.

She was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo., St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mission, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Greenleaf. She was a member of the Altar Society and sang with the choir.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jim, in 2009; and siblings, Marcelline Bennett, Marcella Hogan, Viola Hoover, Fabian Hoover, Laurence Hoover, Florence Pickett and Leonard Hoover.

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Vi Wilkinson

Mary Violet “Vi” Wilkinson, 90, died Feb. 16, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Lavina (Scheetz) Mathias. She graduated from Washington High School in 1946. She worked as an office manager for Herb Hyland Law Offices and later was the clerk of the district school board for USD 222 until her retirement in 1993.

On May 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul Keith Wilkinson in Washington. This union was blessed with 4 children: Steven, Jim, Mary, and Susie.

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Milton Bledsoe

Milton Richard Bledsoe, 77, of Washington, died Feb. 15, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in rural Washington County to Ernest “Bill” and Myrtie (Johnson) Bledsoe. In 1959 he graduated from Greenleaf High School. He then went to work for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He worked for KDOT for 49 years, serving as supervisor for several years before his retirement on Dec. 14, 2007.

On April 15, 1961, he was united in marriage to Eileen VanWinkle. She preceded him in death in 1970.

On Dec. 4, 1971, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Ouellette in Washington. They recently celebrated 47 years of marriage.

He devoted many years to coaching baseball, softball and bowling for local youth teams.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eileen; sister, Shirley Wiemers; and brother, Walter Bledsoe.

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Mike Clay

Raymond Michael (Mike) Clay, 71, of Hollenberg, died Feb. 11, 2019, at Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside in Fairbury, Neb.

He was born Jan. 22, 1948, to Raymond and Audrey (Wilson) Clay in the back seat of a Buick in route to Belleville. He was the second of 4 boys.

He grew up in Hollenberg, graduating in 1966 as valedictorian of the last class of Hollenberg High School.

Growing up, Mike enjoyed working with his hands. He was an automobile, construction, and firearm enthusiast. He also enjoyed tending to his garden.

In early adulthood, he spent a lot of time working in construction and later retired after many years with the United States Postal Service. He served as the Hollenberg mayor and a member of the fire department. Most people know of his conservative politics. He was a lifetime member of the NRA.

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