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Jeanine Kay Halverson

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Jeanine Halverson the daughter of Palmer and Nada (Swartz) Halverson was born January 18, 1953 in Estherville, Iowa. She died on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her home in Estherville, Iowa at the age of 65.

She received her education and graduated from Estherville High School in 1971. Jeanine left Estherville in 1971 to attend Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa. She graduated in 1975 and remained in Le Mars to work for the college recruiting new students.

She moved on to serve as Activities Director for Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina and later performed a similar role at Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowan and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening, arranging fresh flowers, singing and playing piano. She sang at many weddings after college. 

In 1994, she moved back to Estherville to be close to her parents. She held several jobs, with her favorite being a florist at HyVee. 

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Estherville.

Left to cherish Jeanine's memory are her sister-in-law, Barbara (Marion) Halverson-Johnson; niece, Marjorie Halverson; nephew, Donald Halverson; and her aunts, uncle, cousins and many friends.

She has been preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Don and John.
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Coach Bob Cerv

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Robert H. Cerv, Sr.
Date of Birth
May 5, 1925
Weston, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
April 6, 2017
Blair, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Monday, April 10, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ~ Weston, Nebraska
Interment at St. John Cemetery ~ Weston, Nebraska
Military Honors by American Legion #308

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ~ Weston, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

Bob Cerv Monument in the Weston Park


Robert Henry Cerv, Sr., 91, better known as Bob passed on to his heavenly host on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Blair, NE.

Bob was born to his parents Anton and Henrietta (Staska) Cerv on May 5, 1925 in Weston, Nebraska, a small town west of Wahoo, NE.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII until he was honorably discharged.  On June 5, 1948, Bob was united in marriage to Phyllis Pelton at St. John Nepomucene Church in Weston, NE.

Bob was an eight time letter winner at the University of Nebraska in both basketball and baseball.  He signed with the New York Yankees in 1950.  He played with the Yankees until 1956, and then was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1957.  In 1958, Bob hit 38 home runs and was elected to the A.L. All-Star Team.

He went back to the Yankees in 1961 and roomed with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, a great threesome.  He also teamed with Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Bobby Richardson, Elston Howard, and others.  In 1962, Bob’s playing career came to an end as he was released by the Houston Colts.

After baseball, Bob coached at John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo and later Sioux Empire College in Hawarden, Iowa.

He won the NBC Tournament one summer in Wichita, Kansas while managing the Liberal B.J.’s a semi-professional baseball team.  One player stated that Bob was a great coach while sitting on a five gallon pail.  Bob swung a bat that was very similar to a six foot post-unbelievably heavy.

Bob was really a quite modest man about his baseball background and he always said his greatest accomplishment in life was his ten children.

He is survived by children: Sandy Harrington of Lincoln, Karen Chambers of Laguna Beach, CA, Robert Jr. (Mary) Cerv of Alliance, Joseph (Mary) Cerv of Overland Park, KS, John (Maggie) Cerv of Gladstone, MO, Phyllis Willis of Basehor, KS, Dawn (Todd) Ericson of Hawarden, IA, and Melissa (Randy) Lock of Blair; 32 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister Bonnie Nelson of Lincoln; brother-in-law Wade (Nancy) Pelton of Texas; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by wife Phyllis Cerv; daughters: Sithay Ann Cerv and Denise Mahoney; sisters: Laverne Richardson and Joyce Kucera.

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Connie Mae Dillow

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Obituary for Connie Mae Dillow

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Connie Mae Dillow was born September 30, 1931 in Stanley, North Dakota to Franklin C. and Helen (Rude) Isaacson. Connie graduated from Minot High School in 1949 and attended Minot State Teachers College for two years. In 1953, Connie earned a Bachelors Degree and, in 1954, a Masters Degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Minnesota.
She met Ted at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa where she was running the theater department and he was teaching and serving as the college chaplain but she moved to New York City in 1956 to pursue her dream of acting professionally. During her three years in NYC, Connie acted in several off Broadway shows and also taught acting classes. She also appeared on several variety shows on television. She taught at The Boy’s Club at Brick Presbyterian Church while in New York City. Ted travelled to New York City to propose to Connie and bring her back to Fairfield. They were married in Fairfield on February 1, 1960 and continued their work at Parsons College until they moved to Wahoo in 1965 where Ted served as Dean and President and Connie was the head of the theater department. She continued in that job until the college closed in 1975. In 1978, Connie became the first teacher for the Lincoln Public Schools Advanced Theatre Company which brought advanced theater students from all LPS high schools together for a semester of 90-minute master classes on all aspects of theater, and staging a full production. Connie had a way with young people, and yet she held them to her own high standards. The plays she chose for her Advanced Theater Company were all great classics. Connie began teaching theater part time at Wahoo High School in 1979 where she shared her infinite passion for theater with hundreds of students. Her excitement ignited passion in others. She often said that her job was to let her students “taste drama and literature and wallow in them.” She retired from teaching in 2006.
In conjunction with her role as a teacher, and her strong involvement in the Kid’s Summer Institute, Connie embraced her role as a mother raising four children. Finally, in 1994, she returned to the stage for the first time in 31 years, appearing in “You Can’t Take it With You” at Lincoln Community Playhouse. In 1995, Connie earned a Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Daisy in “Driving Miss Daisy.” In 1998, she was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame at the association’s National Conference in San Diego, CA. Among her other many honors was winning the Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012.
She is survived by her children Eric (Kathy) Dillow of Papillion, Tanya (Mike) McArtor of Grant NE, Tamra (Rob) Spykstra of Davenport IA, Tori (Jeff) Ryan of Lincoln; grandchildren Carl Dillow, Allison Dillow, Heidi Dillow, James McArtor, Sam McArtor, Zachariah Spykstra, Caleb Spykstra, Seth Spykstra, Emily Spykstra, David Ryan, Michael Ryan, Hannah Ryan and Jonathan Ryan; brother Bill (Jane) Isaacson, Stanley ND. Connie was preceded in death by her parents Franklin and Helen (Rude) Isaacson, and husband Ted Dillow.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Lincoln Community Playhouse.

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  • By the Lincoln Journal Star
  • 6 hrs ago
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Robert H. Cerv, 91, of Blair, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Carter Place Assisted Living in Blair. He was born May 5, 1925, in Weston.


Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Monday, April 10, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Weston. Visitation, 5-7 p.m. with 7 p.m. rosary Sunday, April 9, all at church. Interment at St. John Cemetery, Weston. Svoboda Funeral Home, 211 N. Linden Street, Wahoo, NE 68066; 402-443-3624. Visit www.marcysvoboda.com to leave condolences.

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Saunders County loses legend

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Saunders County loses legend

  • By Alyssa Sobotka and Sam Farmer
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WAHOO -- Saunders County native and Major League ball player Bob Cerv, 91, died April 6 at Carter Place in Blair.

A native of Weston, Cerv was a well-know Major League Baseball player throughout the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s. He began his professional career with the KC Blues minor league team, before being recruited by the New York Yankees.


Cerv played for the Yankees alongside Rodger Maris and Mickey Mantel.

He retired from baseball in 1962. He returned to Saunders County and coached baseball and men’s basketball at John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo.

He coached throughout the college’s existence from 1965 to 1975.

Cerv grew up on a farm west of Weston and graduated from Weston in 1943.

Cerv was a four-year letterman in basketball and baseball at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Last fall, a group of local men that knew Cerv began organizing a tribute at the park in Weston.

The five-foot tall monument will include a detailed list of Cerv’s life accomplishments.


Organizers have yet to identify a completion date.

Friend and John F Kennedy alum Don Clark said Cerv always put faith and family first in his life.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Weston.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at the church.

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Connie Dillow Lincoln Journal Star

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  • By the Lincoln Journal Star
  • Feb 1, 2017 Updated 7 hrs ago

Connie Mae Dillow, age 85, of Lincoln, formerly of Wahoo, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Lincoln.


She is survived by her children, Eric (Kathy) Dillow, Papillion, Tanya (Mike) McArtor, Grant, Tamra (Rob) Spykstra, Davenport, Iowa, Tori (Jeff) Ryan, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; brother Bill (Jane) Isaacson, Stanley, N.D. Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Dillow.


Visitation: 5-7 pm Friday at Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home. Funeral: 10:30 am Saturday, First Presbyterian Church, Wahoo. Interment: Sunrise Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association or Lincoln Community Playhouse. prussnabity.com

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Connie Dill

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Connie Dillow

Posted Linda L. Buckendahl Collins



It is with great saddens that I am informing you of the death of Connie Dillow. She had been suffering from Alzheimers for several
years. Now she can finally be rejoined with her beloved Ted.

Connie was my mentor. I was a Speech and Drama Major and any of us who had Connie for a professor were blessed to have her.
As well as being a fabulous and enthusiastic teacher she was a devoted wife and mother. I worked for her in her office and also babysat for her children. She was tireless in preparing for her classes and her play productions and at the same time making sure her family was taken care of. She would be ironing Ted's shirts at 2:00 in the morning, I could go on and on but suffice is to say "I loved that woman".

Obituary for Connie Mae Dillow
Connie Mae Dillow, age 85 of Lincoln, formerly of Wahoo, died Monday, January 30, 2017 in Lincoln.
She is survived by her children Eric (Kathy) Dillow, Papillion, Tanya (Mike) McArtor, Grant NE, Tamra (Rob) Spykstra, Davenport IA, Tori (Jeff) Ryan, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; brother Bill (Jane) Isaacson, Stanley ND. Connie was preceded in death by her husband Ted Dillow.
Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Visitation: Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home

911 N. Linden Street

Wahoo, NE, US, 68066



Service: FEB 4. 10:30 AM

First Presbyterian Church

981 W. 15th Street

Wahoo, NE, US

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George Nicodemus

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George "Nick" Leodean Nicodemus
July 17, 1924 - September 3, 2016


George, the youngest of 12 children, was born to Franklin and Emma 
(Mullennax) Nicodemus in Des Moines, Iowa.   A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he also was Coach Nick or Papa Coach to many others.  George spent his early school years in Wynne, Arkansas.   As a small 7th grader, he discovered his lifelong passion for basketball after scoring his first basket, a reverse lay-up, against a bigger 8th grader.  He loved to surprise the defense with his offensive moves.     
The family returned to Iowa during his high school years where he was an outstanding multi-sport athlete for Maxwell High School.   Immediately following high school graduation in 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy serving until his honorable discharge in 1946.   Using the GI Bill, he began his pursuit of a college degree.  A slow reader, he struggled but preserved and, following his junior college graduation, started a 40-plus years teaching/coaching career.  He took great pride in eventually earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working and raising his family.
In the early 1970’s, he found his niche’ coaching women’s basketball.  His John F. Kennedy College (Wahoo, NE) teams won two national AAU championships.  In 1973, the team was selected to accompany a men’s All-Star team to the People’s Republic of China.  The teams were the second to enter China (following a USA ping-pong team) as part of President Nixon’s “Friendship Through Sports” initiative.   He went on to coach the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s women’s basketball teams (1975-77), earning a Big 8 Championship and continues to hold the second highest win percentage in UNL women’s basketball history.   He was a pioneer coach in the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL), a precursor to today’s WNBA, coaching the Iowa Cornets and Milwaukee Does.   
In 1986, he joined his wife, Karen, relocating to Arizona where she had accepted a position as Cochise College women’s basketball coach.  He coached briefly at Buena High School (AZ) before joining the college as assistant women’s basketball coach.  He assumed the head coaching position when Karen resigned to accept an administrative position, continuing for several years.   After full retirement, he enjoyed his softball friends and visiting over coffee with many friends, always ready with a story to share, with time always for teaching the finer skills of shooting to young family members visiting Arizona.  He believed in education and giving young people a chance for success.  He was seldom disappointed.   
Throughout his life, he enjoyed competing in various sports, making many friends along the way.  Well into his 80’s, he enjoyed senior coed softball and competing in Senior Olympic track and basketball.
He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Karen, his children Patricia Clark, Cindy Holliday, Kim (Dale) White and son, Rex (Kim) Nicodemus.  Seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, his wife’s family, and his beloved 4-legged friends also survive him.   
A visitation will be held 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7th at Hatfield Funeral Home 830 S Highway 92, Sierra Vista.   Services and burial to will be held in Nebraska on September 10, 2016.  Memorials may be made to Border Animal Rescue (P.O. Box 3865, Sierra Vista 85636 or Care For the Horses (careforthehorses.com). 
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Arven D. Reynolds

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Arven D. Reynolds, 89, of Lincoln died July 21, 2016. Born on January 9, 1927, to William and Eleanor Reynolds. Married wife Barbara on December 27, 1949, in Scottsbluff. A WW II veteran with the US Army AirCorp. Retired executive director for Continuing Legal Education for Nebraska Bar Association. He touched many lives throughout his career in public and higher education. Lifelong Husker andYankee fan.

Survived by wife, Barbara; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Patricia Reynolds of Texas; son, Rand Reynolds of California; daughter and son-in-law, Simera Reynolds and Dennis Clifton of Lincoln; grandchildren, Brent and Nicole Reynolds and Rachel Lade; great-grandchildren, Logan, Kylie, Faith, Jude. Piper and Kennedy; sister, Ruth Johnson of South Dakota. Preceded in death by his parents.


Memorial service: 3 p.m., Monday, August 1, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St. Private internment, Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to VFW Post 10648, C/O Brent Reynolds, PO Box 125, Hickman, NE 68372.











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Arven Reynolds from Carl Wirth

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It is my sad duty to let you all know that one of the nicest and greatest of our JFK College professors died recently in Lincoln. Arven Reynolds who taught at JFK from 1967 to the college's closing in 1975 died on July 21, 2016. Mr. Reynolds who later served as Academic Dean for the college was 89 years old. I remember as a freshman in the fall of 1967, he was named advisor to the Class of '71 and was there to help us through those first months of college life. And did he look like a college professor, his rich baritone voice, his pipe and could quote Shakespeare freely. If Hollywood would send out to casting, he would have gone the part. Unknown to many of in the last year's of the college, he was willing to forgo his salary so many of his student's could graduate. Later after the college closed he became the Executive Director for Continuing Legal Education in Nebraska, which is where our paths crossed again when I was President of the Nebraska State Social Studies Council. I'm sure many of us who went into education, used Mr. Reynold's as a role model. I did attend his funeral as a representative of the Alumni Association and share for all of you to Mrs. Reynold's and her children the memories many of us shared of him.

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