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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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David Wood

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Obituary for Mr. David Joel Wood
September 23, 1939 – February 2, 2016
Mr. David Joel Wood, 76, of Phoenix, AZ, as of late Roswell, GA, passed away on February 2, 2016. Mr. Wood is preceded in death by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Clinton and Emily Wood, Jr., as well as his three Brothers; Mr. Peter Wood, Mr. George Wood, and Mr. Clinton Wood, III. Mr. Wood is survived by his two children, son; Christopher(Sara) Wood of Colorado, daughter; Allicyn(Michael) Reed of Roswell, GA., grandchildren Morgan, Spencer, Truman, and Everett. He will be missed by many old friends and those who knew him.
 

Thank you Ken Busch for letting everyone know: "It is with much sadness that I pass along the news that Dave Wood, my ole college roommate passed away on February 1st. He was a very dear friend and I wish his family our deepest sympathy."

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Bardstown Art Gallery 44

We are very excited to share the miracle of surviving 44 years in business. 

Hope you can join us for the opening reception of new and older works by Jim Cantrell!

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Jill Boatright Johnson

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JILL JOHNSON
Date of Birth
March 28, 1949
Lebanon, Kansas
Entered into Rest
August 20, 2015
Wahoo, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Bishop Neumann High School ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Monday, August 24, 2015
Visitation ~ 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
Bishop Neumann High School ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Memorials

Saunders County Catholic Schools or In Care of the Family

Jill Johnson, 66 of Wahoo, NE, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo. She was born March 28, 1949 in Lebanon, KS to William and Margaret (Leonard) Boatright. Jill graduated from Gibbon High School in 1967 and Kennedy College in 1971. On June 19, 1970, she was united in marriage to Paul Johnson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelton, NE. Jill has spent the past 30+ years teaching 7th and 8th grade English at St. Wenceslaus and Bishop Neumann Schools.

Jill not only worked at Bishop Neumann, but the people of St. Wenceslaus and Bishop Neumann were her extended family. She loved her Junior High kids and she was a mother figure at Neumann. Every day she encouraged her kids to read and she was an avid reader herself. Jill was a Junior High Lead Teacher and a Co-Moderator of the National Honor Society.

Family was a very important part of Jill’s life. She was a proud mother and she loved her grandchildren. She always enjoyed playing cards, traveling with her husband Paul, and going to the movies. Jill was also a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, the St. Wenceslaus PCCW, and the FFI (Foolish Female Investors) Club.

She is survived by husband of 45 years, Paul Johnson; children, Adam (Carrie) Johnson of Wahoo, Bil (Brandi) Johnson of Wahoo, and Beth (Jon-Erik) Divis of Wahoo; grandchildren, Kenna and Avery Johnson, Jack and Sam Johnson, Oscar Divis, and a soon to be grandchild due in August; sister, Jamie (Phil) Maddern of Oklahoma City, OK; brother, David Boatright of Colorado Springs, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Alex Divis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Sally

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It is with much sadness that I am sending this. John was a wonderful friend to Mike & I during our JFK years. We had so much fun and the stories we could tell about this man could fill a book. Unfortunately I hadn't noticed that his e-mails of jokes and stories had stopped so didn't think to inquire. Consequently I do not know what type of cancer he was battling or for how long, I am planning on calling his wife in a few days and if I have more info I will... pass it on. Sometimes our lives get in the way and we do not stay in contact with dear friends the way we should. Then something like this happens and you end up kicking yourself saying "Why didn't I just make a phone call to check in?" Opportunity lost . Just know John that we love you, loved the wonderful years we spent with you and will never forget you and when we do think of you it will always be with a big smile on our face, remembering that wonderful smile and laugh of yours.
Sally, John V.Greece: Passed Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM after a heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by Rita, his devoted wife of 25 years, daughter Jennifer (Jim Malley) Sally, son Vincent (Maria Mammano) Sally, step-daughter Kelly (Rick) Hobbins, step-son Tony (Lida Moore) Camarata, and 5 adored grandsons Jude Malley, Dean Sally and Adam, Mark and Sean Hobbins, brother Robert (Jill) Sally, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law and many friends. Also, his devoted business associate and office manager Vanza McEntee.John was a graduate of Manlius Military Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kennedy College in Nebraska. He taught briefly before finding his niche in the insurance industry which led to ownership of the John V. Sally Agency. John loved to travel, cook, entertain and golf. He was a 17 year member of Ridgemont Country Club which was his second home. A testament to his beautiful heart was how he loved all 4 children as his own, and that love was returned. Beautiful man, heart and soul. 
 

Thank you Bucky

 

 

John V. Sally
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Greece: Passed Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM after a heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by Rita, his devoted wife of 25 years, daughter Jennifer (Jim Malley) Sally, son Vincent (Maria Mammano) Sally, step-daughter Kelly (Rick) Hobbins, step-son Tony (Lida Moore) Camarata, and 5 adored grandsons Jude Malley, Dean Sally and Adam, Mark and Sean Hobbins, brother Robert (Jill) Sally, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law and many friends. Also, his devoted business associate and office manager Vanza McEntee.

John was a graduate of Manlius Military Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kennedy College in Nebraska. He taught briefly before finding his niche in the insurance industry which led to ownership of the John V. Sally Agency. John loved to travel, cook, entertain and golf. He was a 17 year member of Ridgemont Country Club which was his second home. A testament to his beautiful heart was how he loved all 4 children as his own, and that love was returned. Beautiful man, heart and soul.

We thank Wilmot Cancer/UR Med and Lifetime Care for their treatment, compassion and sincere effort.

Friends may call Thursday 2-7 at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English & Latta). Funeral Mass, 9:30 Friday at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilmot Cancer/UR Med or Lifetime Care.
 
 
Funeral Home
Farrell-Ryan Funeral Homes
777 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY 14612
(585) 225-0248

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on May 12, 2015
 
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Katherine (Riley) James

Alumni Remembrance

Hi JFK alumni group......here is the information that Kitty's sister Christine shared with me in the Obituary of Kitty's life. Not sure how to post to the JFK alumni page on "remembrances." I actually am locked out of getting on...can someone direct me as to how to get back onto the site?

If anyone in the Wahoo area knows who the musical director of the New Generation group was please share with him...I have forgotten his name and any of the others in the New Generation who knew Kitty. We had an awesome group of singers back then with the group! and in the theater group with Mrs. Dillow.

Please keep Kitty in your prayers and also her siblings and family as they grieve for the loss of their loved one. Please share with others that you know from the college during the time we were students there 1971-1974. Christine also attended JFK but only for a short time so we have renewed old friendships.

Rich sends his best to everyone as well from here in Upstate NY.

Debbie and Rich
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Deb

Here is what I sent to the Union Leader. Kitty approved it minutes before she fell asleep for the last time. How many of us get to do that?

Thanks for getting this information to those you think would want to know at JFK.

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Christine


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

Christine
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Katherine Louise [Riley] James 1953 – 2015

On April 16, 2015, Kitty [Riley] James chose to end her 55-year battle with Type I Diabetes at her home in Nashville, TN. She was 62.

Kitty was born in Manchester, NH, to Paul Jordan and Frances Louise [Hartnett] Riley. Growing up in Manchester, the oldest of three girls, she was a participant of Blessed Sacrament, St. Anne’s, and later St. Joseph Cathedral. In her adult life, she was a decades-long follower of the teachings of the Church of Scientology, working for the organization for many years before retiring in 2012.

She attended Manchester schools [Blessed Sacrament School, McDonald School, Immaculata High School] before graduating from Manchester Central High School in 1971. She later attended Juliet Gibson School in Boston,MA, John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, NE, and Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO. For much of her adult life, she worked in the fields of legal and church administration.

She is predeceased by both parents, and is the widow of Fred James formerly of Boston MA. She is survived by her husband, Mike Walimaa of Nashville, TN; son Benjamin Moses, his wife Emily and their children Sylvia and Ari, of Charlottesville, VA; son Eddie Semrad of Dallas, TX; sister Christine Riley and her husband Michael Koza of Asheville, NC; her sister Karen Godzyk and her husband, Chuck of Tucson AZ, and their children Mark, Chris and Beth.

From her very early years, Kitty was known for her beautiful singing voice, her quick and contagious laugh, and her deep and abiding appreciation for very bad puns.

Kitty has requested that there be no formal memorial services. She has donated her body to scientific research
in Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pediatric Research Fund of the Joslin Diabetes Clinic in Boston, MA.
Follow this link -- Joslin Clinic -- or mail check to Joslin Clinic, One Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215.

 

If you would like the family's address to send a note you can request it from Lynette.

 

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