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Manstedt 50 years of wrestling

General News

After 50 years, Manstedt will leave his wrestling shoes on the mat on Saturday

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Jeanine Kay Halverson

Alumni Remembrance

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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Jean Ann Joe

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Jean Ann Joe

December 10, 1924 – November 10, 2018


Jean Ann Joe, age 93, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Pathfinder Place.
Jean was born to Frank and Anna Kounousky on Dec. 10, 1924, in Fremont. She graduated from Fremont High School in 1942. Jean retired from the College of St. Mary.
Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Robert Sandage who passed in 1947; and husband, Donald Joe who passed in 1989; one sister; and two brothers.
Survived by sons, Jerry Sandage of Papillion, Charles (Vickie) Joe of Blair, James Joe of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Dorothy V. Anderson

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Dorothy V. Anderson
August 29, 1917 - July 26, 2015


Dorothy Virginia Anderson was born to Arthur B. Moore and Edna (Trumbley) Moore on August 29, 1917 in Boston, MA. She lived in many cities around the United States including Detroit, Des Moines, Omaha and Lincoln. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, IA in 1935. After graduation, she worked for several jewelry stores.
During World War II, she trained as a pilot and became a Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. Dorothy married Garwood Anderson of Wahoo on March 17, 1943 in the Methodist church in Omaha. They had twin sons in 1945 and moved to Wahoo in June of 1946.
Dorothy joined the Wahoo Saddle Club and was on the board when they decided to start the PRCA Rodeo. It is still going 60 years later. Dorothy served on the board for the Wahoo Centennial in 1970. She served as Headquarters Chairman and designed the Centennial Plate and the Souvenir Book.
Dorothy was an avid bowler. Her bowling team, Anderson Motorettes, won several city tournaments. She was the first woman bowler in Wahoo to bowl a 600. She was very active with fund raising for J.F.K. College. She was chairman several times for their Flee Market fundraiser. For this, she received the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award.
One of the most important things Dorothy did was raise and show Boxer dogs. Her kennel, Willow Ridge, was registered with the American Kennel Club for 40 years. She raised 21 champions and sent dogs to Canada, Mexico, the Phillipines, and Japan. She also raised Palamino Quarter Horses. She was a lifetime member of the American Boxer Club, the Cornhusker Kennel Club, the Nebraska Kennel Club and the founder of the Missouri Valley Boxer Club which just held its 41st AKC dog show.
Dorothy and her friend Betty Patzloff were co-chairmen of Wahoo’s Q125 Centennial, Wahoo’s part of the Mormon-Oxbow Trail Celebration, and Founders of the Wahoo Lighted Christmas Parade which, at one time, had 27 lighted entries.
Dorothy worked for the Wahoo Newspaper in the advertising department for 27 years. She retired in 2009. She was a 56 year member of the SAT_RA Temple 59 of the Daughters of the Nile, member of the Saunders County Historical Society, 68 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a 68 year member of the First Congregational Church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Burt Merner, her brother Gil Merner, her sister Patricia Cruickshank, and her husband Garwood.
She is survived by her son Garwood and wife Peggy of Loveland, CO, son Gaylord and wife Deyo of Wahoo; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, August 5, at the First Congregational Church in Wahoo. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, 4-8 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at Sunrise Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the family for a later designation.

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Rockwood T. Greene

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Rockwood "Rocky" Thomas Greene

1948 - 2013


SPRINGFIELD - Rockwood "Rocky" Thomas Greene, 65, 129 Shaine Circle Springfield lifelong resident died at home on Thursday March 21, 2013. Remembered by many for his athletic abilities while attending, The High School of Commerce. A 1966 graduate; selected "Mr. Commerce", and recipient of the Brotherhood in Action Award. Rocky excelled in sports during his high school years; football, track and wrestling. In football and wrestling he was recognized for being undefeated for three years. Most recently he received acknowledgement for his athletic talents while at Commerce; He was inducted into the Springfield Public High School Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Rocky attended the John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, NE and UMASS College. He was a member of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Springfield. Rocky will be remembered for his charismatic smile, personality and love of arts and Education. Survived by his mother Helen A. Greene, sister Nancy Jones Callands (Thelbert), and one nephew David Jones III; two nieces Laureen M. Jones and Tarra H. Lyons (David), Several great nephews, great nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 3rd, 2013. Calling hours are 10-11 am. Followed by funeral services at 11 am at Henderson Funeral Home 52 Hancock Street Spfld. Ma. Donations can be made in memory of him, to the Springfield Rescue Mission. Further information at www.hendersonsfh.com.


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Juliene Simpson Hall of Fame Induction

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Juliene Simpson to be Inducted to Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame!!


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Coach Bob Cerv

Alumni Remembrance
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

Alumni Remembrance

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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