The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Oct. 18, 2018, in

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Darlene Thompson, Cindy Willett Perez, Joseph Posey, Betty Kopza, Bonnie Wilson, Vera Duncan, Bradley Neal Ost, Robert Switzer, Darlene Hayes, Wendall Moyer

Darlene Thompson
Darlene P. Thompson, age 84, Jewell, Kan., died Oct. 8, 2018, at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kan. She was born July 4, 1934, in Superior, Neb. She was the daughter of Boyd Brown and Pearl H. (Norwood) Brown. Aug. 22, 1954, she married William Gene "Bill" Thompson. She was a homemaker and a farm wife. She was a member of the Jewell Christian Church, Jewell Chamber of Commerce, Red Hat Society, Brownscreek Garden Club and CWF. She was a former member of the Salem United Methodist Church and UMW. She was a graduate of the Class of 1952, Loveland, Colo.
Survivors include three daughters, Elaine Spellman and husband, Les, Salina, Kan.; Nadine Champlin and husband, Bob, Sabetha, Kan.; Becky Bolte and husband, Mike, Jewell, Kan.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one sister, Helen Hart.
Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, from 2 to 8 p.m., at Kleppinger Funeral Home. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Her funeral was Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Dan Daniels officiating. Memorial contributions are to the Jewell Christian Church, and interment was in the Jewell City Cemetery. Online condolences to

Cindy Willett Perez
Cindy Willett Perez was special from the beginning of her life. She was the fifth child of Virginia Sloane Willett and Samuel Wilson Willett, Jr., and was brought home from Brodstone Memorial Hospital to the little house on Central Street in Superior. There, two brothers and two sisters were ready to adore her. Underneath the bassinet, placed very close to the floor furnace, was Brownie, the loyal family mut, ready for his most important job to date ­­ being her watch guard. Cindy Sue grew to be a sturdy, wavy-haired blonde toddler, the apple of her daddy's eye. During her toddler days she was in demand as a flower girl; one year there were three weddings and the gorgeous dresses she wore cast the die for a love of fashion that lasted her entire life.
She loved kindergarten at North Ward School; she never forgot her teacher, Annabelle Alexander. Cindy shared that as every student learned to count to 100, Mrs. Alexander would walk the entire class to her home for a treat. Cindy loved treats and traveling.
After graduating from Superior High School in 1975, Cindy attended K-State University and the University of Nebraska. She was married to Michael Perez of Kansas City, Kan., in 1980 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Superior, Neb. Two daughters were born of this union, Virginia Lee (Gin) Perez in 1981 and Katherine Michelle (Kate) Perez Moffett in 1984. By this time, Cindy was being called CiCi by her young nieces and nephews, and the nickname stuck with her forever. CiCi decided to begin an at home daycare which enabled her to be a constant presence in the home while raising her girls in Kansas City, Kan. She cheered her girls through dance, gymnastics, years in softball, volleyball, basketball, track, their studies at Catholic school, and welcomed every friend the girls brought home with open arms; she reveled in being their mama.
When her girls were in college, CiCi served as senior manager for three Curves locations in Kansas City; operating under her sister (in-law), Dana. When the clubs were sold, she worked in direct sales, enjoying every foray into new products she sold far and wide. She never met a stranger and collected many friends through her work.
CiCi was a walking miracle the last six years of her life. After multiple surgeries and a grim prognosis, she volunteered to be a patient in a research study at the National Institute of Health for treatment of her rare, genetic, incurable renal cell cancer. She expressed thankfulness for this care at every turn. She loved to say that she had not "battled cancer," but had "always landed in a very soft place." Her nurse practitioner, Julia Friend, and her physicians at NIH, Dr. Linehan and Dr. Raum, treated her illness and her spirit. At every chemotherapy treatment she wore her ocean glass bracelet reminding her of her girls while grasping her olive wood cross for comfort and encouragement. She knew God was carrying her through the tough spots.
You could find CiCi more often than not in an airport ­­ bouncing between D.C. and impromptu excursions with her younger brother, Jim, and his family. Over the course of 20 years, CiCi was a visiting nanny to Jim and Dana, helping raise their boys Sam and Ben, forming a very special bond with them from birth through college. Jim was determined to tackle CiCi's bucket list, which included Hawaii, Italy, New York, Chicago, Brecken-ridge and San Diego ­­ always with family in tow.
Her grandsons, Cindrich Lee Perez, 3 1/2 years, and Anthony James Moffett, 10 months, were born during these miracle years. Her greatest loss at the end was taking leave of her beautiful grandsons. In their Sugar's absence, her Lovey (Cindrich) now asks why he cannot go visit her with the angels and her Pumpkin (Anthony), newly mobile, attempts to seek her out at his every turn.
In her final months, CiCi was cared for in the home she shared with daughter Kate and son (in-law) Brian, with Gin basically moving in so that "The Perez Girls" could all be together. CiCi was always enormously appreciative of Brian's open-armed generosity, and she fiercely loved "Uncle Taco." Brian was a quiet, but consistent, loving force in CiCi's life, unselfishly supporting her with home and hearth. Another constant fixture in the home was CiCi's long-time best friend, Linda Noren Sunquist, who was the most loyal of friends, coming to sit with CiCi every evening in the last month of her life. As Gin and Kate tended to their mama through the final stages of life, managing her needs with jobs and young children, they were sure to never leave her alone, and Gin crawled in to bed with her every night, soothing her when the pain was insurmountable. They bathed her and fed her, sorted medications and facilitated all appointments, always with smiles, wisecracks, hand-holding, kisses and many, many tears.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Virginia Willett, brothers Richard Lee and Donald Eugene, and sister, Pennie Elaine Timberlake. Survivors include her daughters, grandsons, son (in-law), Brian Moffett, all of Overland Park, Kan.; brother, James Earl Willett and wife, Dana, of Longmont, Colo.; sister, Mitzie Marlene Willett, Superior, Neb.; sister (in-law), Ann Ridle Willett, Superior, Neb.; numerous nieces, nephews, "greats," extended family and friends. CiCi will live on ­­ laughing in the stars and smiling in the hearts of all who loved her.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday Oct. 20, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb. A graveside service will follow at Beulah Cemetery, near Mt. Clare, Neb. Memorials may be made in care of Katherine Moffett, 12904 Grant Street, Overland Park, Kan., 66213, to be utilized for college funds for Cindy's grandsons, the maintenance of Beulah Cemetery and, if possible, the National Institute of Health in her name. Condolences to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial Superior St., Neb., 68978.

Joseph Posey
Joseph Clark Posey, 86, died last Wednesday at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron. The son of John R. and Mary R. (Barrett) Posey, he was born July 30, 1932, in Hubbell.
Joe grew up in the Hubbell area attending Union grade school and graduating from Hebron High School with the Class of 1950. Upon graduation he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Joe worked in construction in Colorado for a few years before returning to Thayer County in 1957 to farm near Hubbell with his dad, and brother, Jim.
Joe was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Hubbell. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. On Feb. 29, 1980, Joe and Ina (Sue) Cox were united in marriage at the Methodist Church in Hubbell. They made their home on a farm north of Hubbell. She died in 2016. In 2013, Joe moved to Courtyard Terrace in Hebron.
Joe's passion was farming and working in his shop with wood and metal. He retired from farming in 2003. An active community member, Joe served in several organizations and on boards, including the Hubbell Lions Club, Hubbell Volunteer Fire Department, Hubbell Elevator Board, Hubbell Methodist Church trustee, Hubbell Community Hall Board and Hubbell Cemetery Board.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Sue; parents, Roy and Mame Posey; brothers, John and James Posey; and sister, Mrs. Harold Shick (Lorena).
Survivors include 21 grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many friends.
Funeral was held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Chester. Officiant was Pastor Rick Jones. Burial was in the Hubbell Cemetery. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home of Belleville was in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Kopsa
Betty Florine Kopsa, 93, died last Wednesday at Republic County Hospital. The daughter of Charles W. Kopsa and Hattie Vaneta Peterson, she was born on July 15, 1925, on a farm near Cuba. After graduating from Munden High School in 1942, she obtained her teaching certificate from Kansas State University. She taught country school and also first and second grades in Republic, where she was affectionately called "Miss Betty."
She married Elden Lorraine Evert on Aug. 29, 1949, and together they raised four children. She worked at the nursing home, the hospital, library and, later, the Republic and Jamestown post offices, before becoming postmaster at Webber.
She liked working outdoors, checking electric fences and raising chickens and the occasional orphaned lambs and calves. She was a humble and giving person, but preferred to work behind the scenes, washing dishes after church dinners and typing the church newsletter. Her hobbies included playing bridge and working crossword puzzles. She was an excellent seamstress. She also enjoyed feeding her wild birds and farm cats
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Ron Hallagin (Vicki), Ellis, and Mrs. Carl Hoskins (Lorraine), Parsons; sons, Randy Evert and Ron Evert, both of Belleville; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob Kopsa of Chester and Don Kopsa of Craig, Colo.; many nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elden; a brother, Clair Kopsa; and a grandson, Clayton Hergott.
Funeral was held Monday at the Republic United Methodist Church, with pastors, Lance Rundus and Roger Walls, officiating. Inurnment followed at Prairie Rose Cemetery, rural Republic. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Bonnie Wilson
Bonnie Harriet Wilson, 97, died Oct. 3 at Colonial Villa Nursing Home in Alma. The daughter of Otto and Elsie (Lambrecht) Skjelver, she was born May 31, 1921, on her parents' farm north of Inavale. She attended New Virginia country school and graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1940. She received her teaching certificate and taught for several years at North Star and Harmony county schools. On Oct. 3, 1942, she was united in marriage with Johnny Robert
Wilson in Smith Center. They were blessed with three children, Teresa, Robert and Jayne.
Bonnie was an active farm wife and helped out on the family farm and ranch. She prepared and served meals to the farmhands and family, always with a freshly baked desert. Wednesdays would find her working on a quilt with the women in the church basement. In the evenings, Johnny and Bonnie played cards with their neighbors and friends. Bonnie was active in the UMVV church group, Women's Aid and the extension club. She was a 4-H leader for many years and helped
with 4-H projects for her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; a daughter, Teresa Wilson; her parents; and a sister, Eloise
Survivors include her son, Robert Wilson; her daughter, Mrs. William Hogeland (Jayne); five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris
Padovan and Ila Young; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral was last Monday at the Bladen United Methodist Church, with the revs., Dan Albers and Jim Bendorf, officiating. Interment was in New Virginia Cemetery.

Vera Duncan
Vera Mae (Ritchie) Duncan left us Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018, to go to her heavenly rewards. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Vera was in declining health and got very ill after the unexpected death of her oldest son, Scott, 27 days ago from cancer. (Scott was diagnosed just seven weeks before his death.)
Vera was 84 years old, born April 3, 1934, to William Arthur Ritchie and Estella Faye (Doane) Ritchie in Flagler, Colo. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Duncan, and three remaining children: Paulette Taylor and husband, Larry; Elaine McCallum and husband, David; Kenneth Ray Duncan; and Scott's wife, Pat Duncan. Vera and Kenneth have 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Vera was the last surviving child out of eight siblings, and is survived only by one sister-in-law, Lorraine Ritchie, of San Antonio, Texas.
Her ministries were many and her faith in God was strong. She was Nebraska's state president for the American Baptist Women for three years, and served as an advisor to that office for several more years. Kenneth and Vera held various positions with the Gideons organization and served with Gideons for approximately 44 years. She worked for the Good Samaritan Center in Superior, Neb., for 26 years as a food services supervisor.
Vera and Kenneth lived in Flagler, Colo., for the early part of their marriage, and moved to Superior, Neb., in 1969. In January of this year, they sold their home in Superior and moved to Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, Neb.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at All Saints Chapel at Good Samaritan Village (926 East E Street, Hastings, Neb., 68901) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Gideons International. Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., is in charge of the arrangements.

Bradley Neal Ost
Bradley Neal Ost of Mankato, Kan., died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at the age of 62, with his family by his side, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan.
Brad was born in Red Cloud, Neb., on Dec. 30, 1955. He was one of four children born to Milford and Anne (Siemon) Ost, Mankato, Kan.
He loved learning and was an accomplished student, and this love of learning continued throughout his life.
Brad played football and basketball in high school, and at one point, he and two of his brothers, Mike and Larry, were three men of the eight man football team. At Cloud County Community College in Concordia, he found an undiscovered talent in cross country. The first time he ran a race, he was only one second off the school record. He later went on to break the school record.
Brad joined his father and brother in farming seven miles west of Mankato. When his dad died in 2004, Brad and Mike continued the farming and cattle operation. Brad was a very successful and well-respected farmer. He used his love of acquiring knowledge to research new technology and trends in agriculture.
On Aug. 27, 1977, Brad and Linda (Eilert) were married at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Mankato, Kan. Their first home was Brad's grandparents' house, which he had lovingly restored.
Brad and Linda were blessed with the birth of a son, Ryan, on March 14, 1979, and a daughter, Staci, on Oct. 11, 1980. Brad loved following his children in sports, attending every game. Ryan and his wife, Darcy, and Staci and her husband, Chris, blessed him with five grandchildren, whom he adored. Farming came second when it meant missing a game or program his children or grandchildren were in.
While farming and cattle consumed most of his time, he also enjoyed his yearly fishing trips with his brothers, ski trips in the winter, weekly card games with his buddies and driving his 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee. Sunday Scrabble tournaments became a rowdy weekly challenge, including cardboard pie. However, his most enjoyable times involved his children and grandchildren, including driving lessons and four-wheeler escapades with the grandchildren.
Sadly, Brad was forced by illness to quit farming in 2007, which was an enormous loss for him, but greater still was the death of his beloved son, Ryan, in 2009.
Brad was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Kenny (Rubber) Eilert, in 2001; son, Ryan, in 2009; dad, Milford, in 2005; special friend, Dennis Clark, in 2015; and loving uncle, Bud (Donald Siemon), in 2014.
Brad is loved and remembered by his mom, Anne Ost, Mankato; daughter, Staci Whelchel, her husband, Chris; and four incredible grandchildren, Lauren, soon to be 14; Kale, 12; Eli, 9; and Karlee, 4, all of Mankato; also daughter-in-law, Darcy Ost, and Brad's other amazing grandson, Caden, 13, York, Neb.; his sister, Audra Berry, and her family, Belton, Mo.; brother, Mike, wife, Lora, and family; brother, Larry, wife, Ronda, and family, Mankato; as well as scores of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., and the family received friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Melby Mortuary, 402 N. High Street, Mankato, Kan. A celebration of life service for Bradley Neil Ost was at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Harmony United Methodist Church, 109 S. High Street, Mankato, Kan., with Pastor Rod Rose officiating. Shelby Gengler and Kaley Broeckelman sang "Hallelujah" and "I Will Rise." Casket bearers were Jay Sellami, Brett McGuire, Trevor Elkins, Jesse Ost, Nick Eilert, Danny Eilert and Jason Eilert. Honorary casket bearers were Ron Whelchel, Doug Hancock, Rodney Payne, Brian Howard, Fred Eilert, Rick Diamond, Gene Underwood and the late Dennis Clark. Interment was in Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Kan., immediately following the service.
A memorial in Brad's name has been established with the Jewell County Endowment Association for the Rock Hills Athletic Department, Mankato, Kan. Online condolences may be left at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Switzer
Robert Jacob "Bob" Switzer was born May 21, 1930, on the family farm in Lovewell, Kan., to Jacob Henry and Lara Frankamp Switzer. He died in Mankato, Kan., on Oct. 10, 2018, at Jewell County Hospital.
Bob graduated from Superior High School in 1948, where he rode his bicycle four and a half miles each way to school. Bob served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. In the 60s, he owned a grocery store in Webber. In 1995, he retired from the Rural Electric Association. Bob had 75 first cousins, of which he was the youngest. He taught Sunday school at First Baptist in Mankato for many years. Many people have benefited from Bob's servant's heart.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his step-brother, Dale Switzer; and step-sisters, Alice Weirman and Sopha Moore; his first wife, Marianna Fowler Switzer; his second wife, Maxine Walker Switzer; and a grandson, Lee Adelstone.
He leaves behind his son, David Switzer, Vail, Ariz.; step-daughter, Lori, and husband, Jeff Bradford, Woodstock, Ga.; step-son, Rodney, and wife, Charlene Adelstone, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister-in-law, Lesley, and husband, Jim Hunter, Manhattan, Kan.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be at10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Mankato, Kan., with Pastor Brandon Haggins officiating. Interment and graveside services will be Fairview Cemetery, Lovewell, Kan. Visitation will be held at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wy Cliff Bible Translators in his memory. Online condolences may be left at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of the arrangements.

Darlene Hayes
Darlene Louise (Whitten) Hayes, the daughter of Leonard and Ruth (Wehrly) Whitten, was born on Nov. 13, 1948, in Hastings, Neb. She died on Oct. 13, 2018, at her home in Bostwick, which is now rural Superior, Neb., at the age of 69 years and 11 months.
Darlene attended grade school in Guide Rock and graduated from Guide Rock High School with the Class of 1967.
She was united in marriage to Samuel Hayes on June 1, 1968. This union was blessed with a son and daughter, Brad and Becky. Darlene was a homemaker for her family and also helped Sam on the farm, working with the livestock. She also worked as an assistant manager at Gas-N-Shop, bartended at the VFW and Legion Club and worked at Kirchhoff Farms in Hardy, Neb.
Darlene liked to travel, which included Japan, Hawaii and California. She attended many of her grand-children's activities. Her hobbies included working in the garden and putting together puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dennis Whitten; and her angel babies.
Survivors include her husband, Sam; son, Brad, a senior chief in the U.S. Navy presently stationed on the ship, Blueridge, and his wife, Amy; daughter, Becky Meyer, Smith Center, Kan.; seven grandchildren, David and wife, Lyssa; Brett and Ashlynn Meyer; Jocelyn, Sam, Carolyn and Gwendolyn Hayes; great-granddaughter, Ava Meyer; brother, Lonnie Whitten, and his wife, Debbie, of Smith Center, Kan., and her sister, Linda Thagard, of Superior, Neb., sister-in-law, Patty Whitten, of Blue Hill, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
There will be a private memorial graveside service for family and friends.
Memorials are suggested to go in care of the family.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978, or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., is in charge of the arrangements.

Wendall Moyer
Wendall C. Moyer, 88, Jewell, died Monday at Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday), at the Jewell Christian Church. Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, is in charge of the arrangements.

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