GRAND ISLAND - Alexander C. "Alex" Stienike, 91, of Grand Island died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with the Rev. Bob Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Grand Island Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour before service time Saturday.

He was born Aug. 14, 1915, near Minden to Guy and Anna (Rasmussen) Stienike.

On Sept. 17, 1939, he married Irene Schwartz north of Wood River.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Don of Dannebrog and Gary of Loveland, Colo.; daughters, Betty Faux of Fremont and Emily Eutsler of Kearney; brothers, Virgil of Cozad and Elmer of Grand Island; sisters, Ruth Lewis of Shelton, Viola Lindley of Sumter, S.C., and Irene Sorensen of Fort Worth, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Additional survivors include his daughters-in-law, Pat Stienike of Dannebrog and Bobette Stienike of Loveland; sons-in-law, Willis Faux of Fremont and Steve Hunsberger of Kearney; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He graduated from Lexington High School in 1933. He worked for the railroad in North Platte then ventured to Utah to harvest beets for a deaf couple. He traveled to Denver for a short time before returning to the Shelton area to farm with his parents.

He enjoyed going to dances at the Glovera Ballroom in Grand Island, and it was there he met his future wife. Later, they purchased a farm south of Dannebrog where they had a dairy operation and raised their children.

He was involved in many leadership roles: director of Nysted Insurance Co., grain inspector for Howard County ASCS, Dannebrog School Board, Howard County Zoning and Planning Commission and Platte Duetsche Society, and was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed all sports, traveling in the camper, fishing and playing cards. He especially enjoyed when all his family would get together.

He was a loving husband, grandpa, great-grandpa and a friend. The Lord called on the best, and Alex has gone home. We love you and will miss you.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Date Posted: 2008-01-10

Francis John “Johnny” Anthony, 92, of rural Lexington, died Thursday, January 10, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born March 10, 1915, on the family farm northwest of Lexington, Nebraska, to Luther Francis and Elizabeth (Peters) Anthony.

Johnny attended rural Dawson County District North #22 school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1933. He was united in marriage to Lois Wells on September 1, 1945, at Grant, Nebraska. Two sons were blessed to this union; Clifford John and Russell Vernon.

Johnny was a “man of the land” he farmed and ranched his entire life and enjoyed his vocation. He was a charter member of the Plumcreekers Riding Club and the T-Bone Club. He enjoyed attending his boys’ activities when they were growing up, but especially loved being with his grandchildren. He taught each of his grandchildren how to drive and they each cherish those memories. He enjoyed horseback riding and being a member of the “Dirty Dozen” card group.

One thing Johnny really enjoyed doing was jumping in his red Jeep Cherokee with his beloved dog, Morgan, and driving through the countryside. He will be so very missed.

Survivors include his wife: Lois Anthony of Lexington, Nebraska

Two sons: Clifford (Deb) Anthony of Lexington, Nebraska
Russell (Pam) Anthony of Wellington, Colorado

One brother: Robert (Mary Jane) Anthony of Lexington, Nebraska

One sister: Hazel Anthony of Lincoln, Nebraska

Four grandchildren: Sandra Anthony of Kearney, Nebraska; Kelly (Ben) Kinnison of Kearney, Nebraska; John Anthony of Fort Collins, Colorado; Darcy Anthony of Wellington, Colorado.

One great-grandson: Evan Kinnison of Kearney, Nebraska

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Dutch.

Funeral Services will be Monday, January 14, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Cozad Church of Christ in Cozad with Pastor Mike Dennis officiating.

Burial will be in the Hewitt Cemetery northwest of Lexington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 13, 2008, from 3-5 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Foundation, the Cozad Church of Christ or the Donor’s Choice.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2012-09-06
Maiden Name: Hofferber

Dorothy R. Baradics, 97, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Dorothy was born June 25, 1915, in Lexington, Nebraska to Jacob and Myrtle (Hollibaugh) Hofferber. She was a 1933 graduate of Lexington High School. Following her schooling Dorothy moved to Buffalo, New York, where she met and married her husband, Joe Baradics. The couple settled in Clearwater, Florida, where Dorothy worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Goodyear Tire Company.

Dorothy owned a home in Lexington for the past 20 years where she spent her summers. In 2010, she returned to Lexington to live fulltime and moved to Park Avenue Estates. She enjoyed being home near family and friends.

She enjoyed playing bridge and knitting.

Survivors include two nephews: Jim (Tony) Smith of Colorado Springs, CO

David Smith (special friend Peggy) of Glendale, CA

Three nieces: Linda (Don) Anthony of Lexington, NE

Janet (Norman) Nott of Grand Island, NE

Lori (Kim) Kitzing of Gothenburg, NE

Dorothy is also survived by several grandnieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; twin sister, Gladys and brother, Bill.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday, September 10, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.

Visitation will be prior to the Graveside Service from 1-2 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

A Memorial has been established to the Family for later designation. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please forward online condolences to the family through:

Date Posted: 2011-07-12
Maiden Name: Pickering

Ella L. Brown, 95, of Olathe, Kansas, formerly of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kansas.

She was born November 8, 1915, the youngest of five children to James and Bessie (Howard) Pickering at Lexington. She graduated from Lexington High School 1933. She married Don E. Brown on October 13th in Lexington the same year and they started their married life in Lexington. Soon, they became a sales team for Wear-Ever Cookware, preparing Wear-Ever-cooked meals in homes across the state and beyond. WWII ended that sales effort and Ella returned to Lexington with her son, Tim, as Don joined the Army.

After the war, the family remained in Lexington. In the mid-50’s she became the receptionist/bookkeeper for the Nebraska Natural Gas Company, a position she held for more than 15 years. Later, she worked as a librarian at the Lexington Public Library. Her unusual attention to detail made her perfectly suited for both positions.

She was active in Lexington’s First Presbyterian Church, serving on many voluntary committees and as co-chairman for the Mariner’s Club for two separate terms. She was an active participant in many community activities, ranging from duties as a Cub Scout den mother, to the PTA, to membership in Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed couples’ dance clubs and bridge clubs throughout her adult life in Lexington.

After suffering a stroke in 2003, Ella moved to Olathe, Kansas to live near her son. She remained there, living at an assisted living facility, until her death.

Ella is survived by her son, Tim and his wife, Barbara Brown of Overland Park, Kansas.

Two granddaughters and their spouses and children: Heather and John Henstock and their daughter, Tess, of Chicago, Illinois and Megan and Darren Brown and their children, Lainey and Spencer of Gardner, Kansas.

She is also survived by nieces, nephews,cousins, other relatives and friends.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don in 1995; one brother, Howard Pickering; and three sisters, Edith Andersen, Harriette Furry and Irene Swanson.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Matt Coplen officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the family through:

Date Posted: 2008-03-12

Floyd Everett Housel, Jr. 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, died March 12, 2008, at Grand Island Veteran’s Home in Grand Island, Nebraska, where he had been cared for since 2004.

He was born October 21, 1915, to Floyd Everett and Mildred (Barger) Housel in Williamsberg, Iowa. The family moved to Hebron, Nebraska in 1928, then to Lexington in 1931.

Floyd graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1933. He attended Kearney State College from 1933-1935, then transferring to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and graduated in 1938.

He was united in marriage to Betty Jane Hume on August 4, 1940, at Jetmore, Kansas. The marriage was blessed with three children: Diane Elizabeth, Cathy Jean and Thomas Hume.

Floyd was a lifetime member and lay leader of the United Methodist Church. He joined the United States Army Air Corps on December 7, 1942, and served stateside in WWII until August 25, 1944. He returned to Lexington where he worked for Walt Dunlap in 1945. For the next fifteen years, he managed the Rosenberg Company. He was chosen “Lexington’s Man of the Year in June, 1953, by local service clubs, presented during a session of the state convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles held in Lexington on June 11, 1953. During that year alone, he was a member of the board of executives of Dawson County Agriculture Association, a member of the Lexington Board of Education, serving as President from 1956-1958, District Commander of the American Legion, Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge, and Chairman of the Methodist Church Official Board. He was a member of the firm and general manager of Rosenberg Company.

As a 60 year Mason, Floyd served a second time as Worshipful Master of Thistle Lodge #61 and was a member of Tri-County Shrine Club, which in 2006, awarded him an honorary membership in recognition for his many years of dedicated service to the club and to the Tehama Shrine.

Of note, Floyd was a founding member of the Lexington Country Club. In 1960, he began his new career in insurance with Ernst & Bieck. In 1965, he served on the Lexington Library Board. In 1966, he merged insurance/real estate business with Barrett & Associates. In 1971, built the Cottonwood Apartments, in 1978, built the Carriage House and was a founding member of Park Avenue Estates.

Floyd enjoyed volunteering as a timer for LHS track meets, golfing, playing bridge, dancing, walking, reading, cheering for Nebraska football and in retirement, he and Betty enjoyed many world cruises as well as traveling. He and Betty were married 62 years, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Floyd has generously donated his body for study to the Nebraska Anatomical Board.

Survivors include one daughter: Cathy (Larry) Foster of Lincoln, Nebraska
One son: Tom (Kathy) Housel of LaQuinta, California

Five grandchildren and their spouses: Suzi Henry (Mark Collier), Sara (Dan) Sottrel, Amy (Chris) Kielian, Tyger (Kelli) Foster, Paige (Michael) Savage; and four great-grandchildren, Henry and Jane Sottrel, Taj Foster and Sienna Savage.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Diane; his wife, Betty; his three younger brothers, Lauren, Wayne, and Dean.

A Memorial Service will be held March 28, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Todd Karges officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the First United Methodist Church, Floyd & Betty Housel Scholarship Fund for a LHS graduate, or any local organization.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent to: