The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Oct. 23, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Shelley German, Anita Mills, Richard Pusateri, Connie Smith, Waldo Pierson, Jerry Nelson, James Messer, Bernice Drapal, Betty Hamilton


Shelley German
Shelley R. German, 58, was born Oct. 6, 1956, to Dwayne Elting and Beverly (Schlichtman) Elting at Hebron.She lived her childhood on a farm six miles south of Carleton. She attended a country school at Trinity Lutheran Church of Friedensau until the age of 10, then finished her elementary schooling at St. Peter's Lutheran School in Deshler. While attending Deshler Public High School, she met Craig.  They married two years after graduation on June 21, 1976 in a garden wedding on her family's farm near Carleton.  Two children sprang forth from this union. Stephanie Nga in 1980 and Levi Austyn in 1986.
Shelley is survived by her parents, Dwayne and Beverly Elting; her brother, Tracy Elting; sister, Mrs. Jeff Percival (Yvette); spouse, Craig German; daughter, Mrs. Andy Frager (Stephanie); son, Levi German; and three grandsons, Aidan, Penn and Easton Frager.
Shelley entered the nursing profession at Southeast Community College in Fairbury in the fall of 1974. She graduated with her nursing degree two years later and began her career of caring for others at Bethesda Care Center nursing home at Edgar. Her true passion began in the form of a position in the Sandy Creek School system with her new employer, Educational Service Unit 9.  Her position in the special education department evolved into a lifelong career in the mission field.
A 38-year career changed and developed many times. ESU 9 had a greater need for Shelley's talents and passion within the Hastings schools system. Her passion developed into a mission and had found it's way into the homes, lives and hearts of the numerous handicapped children she was able to communicate with. This love of children and families was God's mission that personified Shelley's total being. Her legacy will live on in those many lives she touched with her countless hours of unselfish caring and her infectious smile.
She died Sunday.
Her funeral was held Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at Davenport. Pastor Patrick Flynn officiated. Burial will be at a later date. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar was in charge of the arrangements.

Anita Mills
Anita Lee (Myers) Mills died Saturday at Phoenix, Ariz., of lung cancer. She was peaceful and surrounded by family at the time of her death.
Anita was born in Superior, June 28, 1935. Her childhood was filled with memories of living with her parents, Amy and Leslie Myers, as well as her two brothers, Duane and Richard, on a farm. As an adult, she poured her intelligence and hard work ethic into her career as a nurse, through which she spent her life helping others during their time of need. She also spent this time raising her only child, Debbie, and being a dedicated, loving mother to her. In the later years of her life, Anita deeply valued all the time she spent traveling and visiting with family, enjoying the arts, painting and building relationships with her many great friends.
There was so much to be said about Anita's amazing personality and how she touched the lives of everyone around her. Throughout her life she was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Her love was shown through her devotion, support and generosity to everyone. She brought amazing joy and memories to her family and friendships that will never be forgotten. Her incredible strength, independence, perseverance and love are an inspiration to all and will continue on in the hearts of everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter Deborah (Dennis) Klippel; her granddaughters, Amanda (Jesse) Marx and Stacey Klippel; her great-grandchildren, Elias and Syndyl Newman; and her brothers, Duane (Barbara) Myers and Richard (Constance) Myers. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Erik Carnahan, and her parents, Amy and Leslie Myers.
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Richard Pusateri
Richard Thomas (Dick) Pusateri, 84, was born July 26, 1930, in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Frank and Agnes Pusateri, and died there Oct. 8.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vickie; brothers, Frank, Tony, Bob and Jimmy; and a sister, Josephine.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Douglas, Bellvue; and children Frances Pusateri, Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter Mrs. Jami Fristo (Ruth), Lincoln, Neb., Rich and his wife,(Linley Conaway) Pusateri, Austin, Texas; and Mrs. Pat Lane (Lori), Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Jamie, Kim, Kris, Richie, Dominic, Andy, and Molly; and great-grandchildren Ben and Reid.
Dick attended elementary school in Lincoln at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Irving Junior High, and Lincoln High. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1953. Dick joined the Army after graduating from college and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., as part of the 21st Engineer Battalion. Dick spent time at Camp Hale as part of the 10th Mountain Division, training near Leadville, Colo. While in the army, Dick earned both the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Dick was relieved from active military service in 1955, then continued to serve in the Army Reserve for the next eight years.
After leaving the army, Dick started work for Ideal Basic Industries as their chief chemist in 1956 at Fort Collins, Colo. There he met Vickie Karrick, and they were married at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Fort Collins on Sept. 14th, 1957.
Dick was transferred to the Portland plant near Florence, Colo., in 1960 and completed his 30 year career with Holcim Industries (who purchased Ideal) in Superior, moving here in 1975.
Dick' s hobbies included gardening and following University of Nebraska sports, especially Nebraska football. Throughout his life, Dick, his father, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews travelled following Husker football, attending home and away games in addition to bowl games in Louisiana, Florida, Texas and California.
Dick was an avid golfer whose love of golf began in his teens when he worked as a caddy at the Lincoln Country Club. He was frequently found playing at the Superior Country Club, where he was a member for more than 30 years. He was also active in the Nebraska Senior Golf Association and enjoyed traveling to and playing at golf courses throughout south central Nebraska and northern Kansas. Dick and his wife, Vickie, enjoyed daily early morning walks, birdwatching and traveling to visit their children and grandchildren.
His funeral Mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Lincoln, Neb., on Oct. 11.
A memorial reception for Dick will be held on Saturday Oct 25th at the Fellowship Hall in the Basement of St Joseph's Catholic Church immediately following the 6 p.m. mass.
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Connie Smith
Constanze (Lazzarotto) Smith, the daughter of Anna (Defolco) and Costa Lazzarotto, was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Mount Pleasant, N.Y. Later, her father would move the family to Seattle, Wash. She died Oct. 15, 2014, at Beloit, Kan., at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 24 days.
On Aug. 31, 1951, Connie (as she is known to her family and friends) married Billy J. Smith, of Mankato, Kan. They were married in Seattle, Wash., where Bill was stationed in the Navy. After Bill left the Navy, they moved back to Kansas and farmed. To this union they had six children: Mary Jane, Henry, Anna, John, Joe and Jim.
Connie loved and practiced her Catholic faith. She taught her children to be independent and to always treat others as they would ask to be treated. Connie enjoyed quilting, knitting, sewing, painting and reading.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Anita Smith.
Connie leaves to mourn her death, her loving husband, Billy, of 63 years; their children, Mary Jane and husband Jim, Armstrong, Ft. Morgan, Colo., Henry Smith, Wiggins, Colo., Anna Smith, Carbondale, Kan., John and wife Kathy Smith, McPherson, Kan., Joe Smith, Austin, Texas, Jim and wife Annette Smith, McPherson, Kan.; brother, Costa and wife Carol Ann Lazzaretti, Seattle, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Constanza "Connie" Smith was Saturday, Oct.13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mankato, Kan., with Father Joseph Keiffer officiating. Vigil service was Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 7 p.m., at St. Theresa's Church, Mankato, Kan. Visitation was Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the Melby Mortuary Chapel, Mankato, Kan., from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to St. Theresa's Catholic Church, or the donor's choice. Melby Mortuary, 402 N. High Street, P.O. Box 384, Mankato, Kan., 66956-0384, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences way be left t
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Waldo Pierson
Waldo Pierson, Lincoln, Neb., died Sept. 30 after suffering a stroke and a heart attack in September. He was born Dec. 22, 1931, to Glenn and Juanita Pierson, Ionia. Waldo attended Jewell High School. During his high school years, he was a member of the Max Louder custom combining crew, along with Robert McAlavy and Dean Roberts.
He served in the Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Viola; a son, Tom; two grandchildren and one brother.

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson, 83, the son of Wilma Karen (Henningsen) and Ralph George Nelson, was born April 22, 1931. He died last Sunday at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit.
Interment was held at the Esbon Cemetery last Monday with Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud in charge of the arrangements.

James Messer
James "Jimmy" Messer, 68, of Superior, died last Saturday. He was born Dec. 26, 1945.
Services are pending at this time. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of the arrangements.

Bernice Drapal
Bernice C. Drapal, 86, of York, died last Wednesday at her home in York. She was born May 17, 1928, in Memphis, Tenn., to Kenneth and Vena (Wall) Crandell.
She was united in marriage to Earl Drapal on June 16, 1946, in Mankato. Earl preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2003. Bernice was an active member of the Arbor Drive Community Church in York. She was a former hairstylist and was an amazing quilter. She enjoyed gardening and could bring any plant back to life. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and a caring friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by five sons: Gary Drapal of San Antonio, Texas; Richard Drapal of Lincoln, Neb.; Craig Drapal of Lincoln, Neb.; Todd Drapal of Gretna; and Jan Drapal of Lincoln, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Also surviving is one sister, Sonja Phyllis of Grand Island; and one brother, Ted Crandell of California.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, brother, Robert Crandell; and grandson, Jeffrey Drapal.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday at Arbor Drive Community Church in York. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Arbor Drive Community Church.

Betty Hamilton
Betty L Hamilton, 91, Salina, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born March 24, 1923, in Formoso, Kan., the daughter of Carl B. and O'Dessa (Dunn) Bradrick. She graduated from Formoso High School and was valedictorian of her class. She also played tennis in high school and she and her sister, Joyce, sang as an opening act for Monty Montana.
She attended Brown Mackie School. Betty worked for the Kansas State Department of Revenue as a driver's license examiner in Dodge City and Salina for 20 years. She also worked for Long's Clothing and Key Rexall in Salina.
She was a member of the Mankato, Kan., Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Hoyt United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; three brothers, Don, Jack, and Bob; and one sister Wilma Joyce (Hoyt) Bradrick.
Survivors include two sons: Jim and wife Cindy Hamilton, Salina, Kan., and Brad Hamilton, Hoyt, Kan.; three grandchildren, Krista (Rob) Long, Karla (Jerry) Breeden, and Mose Hamilton; five great-grandchildren, Callie, Cooper, Cade, Cason, and Wyatt; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N 8th, Salina, with family greeting visitors from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials are to the Hoyt United Methodist Church.
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