Maiden Name: Gulden


Carolyn J. Malzahn

September 30, 1943 – October 20, 2022

Carolyn J. Malzahn, 79yrs old, passed away peacefully on October 20th, 2022, in Omaha, NE. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, October 27th at 2:00 pm at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuary West Center Chapel in Omaha, NE, with Pastor Shawn Kitzing officiating. Friends and family are invited to join the family after the service for a small reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Staplehurst, NE. Carolyn enjoyed the online services of Pastor Shawn Kitzing for several years as her mobility became limited. To view a live broadcast of the Celebration of Life, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Carolyn Joyce Malzahn, daughter of Marion “Bud” and Edna (Wolfe) Gulden was born on September 30, 1943 in Kearney, NE. Carolyn had one brother, Darryn Gulden. On February 2, 1964 Carolyn was united in marriage to Leon Malzahn in Lexington, NE. They lived in the Lexington and Johnson Lake area for the majority of their lives, later moving to Omaha, NE.

Carolyn attended Clarkson College in Omaha before starting her career working for Tri County Hospital in Lexington, NE, specifically the HR department. Many lifelong friends were made while working there. After retirement, Carolyn enjoyed traveling across the country and spending several winters in Florida.

Carolyn’s greatest pride and joy were her kids, grandkids, and then great-grandkids. She celebrated all their successes and was their biggest prayer supporter. She enjoyed visiting with everyone and became a master of all social media. She shared her love of Johnson Lake with all the grandkids who learned to swim, ski, jet-ski, and fish there. Many memories were created in the kitchen with grandma cooking everyone’s favorites. She could be counted on to always keep frozen snickers in the freezer as a special treat.

Survivors include two children, Monte (Sarah) Malzahn and Lynnette (Paul) Taylor; seven grandchildren: Allyson (Matt) Benzel, Ethan (Lauren) Malzahn, Madison (Mitch) Wilkinson, Kaitlyn (Daniel) Droll, Amelia (Gerrit) Bernink, Isabella Taylor, and Alexandra Taylor; six great-grandchildren: Addyson, Jack, and Noah Benzel, Brooks Malzahn, Sophia Droll, and Baby Wilkinson due in May; nieces and nephews: Pam (Mike) Abbott, Kristy (Jerry) Acton, Robin (Rod) Ford, Penny (Shayne) Hite, Mike Bonine, Kristi Beers, Diane (Rich) Neal, and Mark (Dani) Bonine; many grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leon; her parents, Marion and Edna Gulden; brother and sister in law, Darryn and Jan Gulden; in-laws, Edward and Helen Malzahn; sister-in-law, Marlene Bonine; and niece, Heidi Bonine.

Special thanks to her caregiver Michelle, her extended family, and neighbors all who enabled her to stay in her home the last few years. Love and Hugs to all.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, October 27, 2022, 2:00PM, at West Center Chapel. To view a live broadcast of the celebration of life, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Staplehurst. Carolyn enjoyed Pastor Kitzing’s online services for several years as her mobility became limited.

Maiden Name: Perkins


Darlene J. Bevard, 79 of Kearney passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family.

Memorial Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022 at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

Darlene was born November 19, 1942 in Lexington, Nebraska to Joe and Margaret (Sansom) Perkins. She was raised in Lexington and received her education from Lexington High School. Following her graduation, she worked for the FBI as a stenographer. Darlene continued her education at Kearney State College where she earned her bachelor's degree in education and later her master's degree in counseling.

On September 11, 1964, Darlene was united in marriage to Bobbie Bevard in Lexington. To this union two children were blessed. She worked at Richard Young Hospital for over 20 years. Darlene also was a LPN and worked as a traveling nurse and did home health for many years.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Michelle Bevard of Kearney; son, Scott Bevard and girlfriend, Jacqui Moore and her daughter, Vivi Beck of Kearney; grandson, Devyn Silvrants; brother, Larry Perkins and wife Marilyn of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; sister-in-law, Judy Whited and husband, Orville of Bayard; nieces, Holly Zeir and husband Mike of Bayard, Laurie Thompson and husband Jeff of Evansville, Ind., and Charlene Hoyle and husband Matt of Amelia, Ohio; grandnieces and grandnephews, Nikki LeDroit and husband and their children, Tanner and Aylee Viola; Bryan Thompson and Stephanie Raven and husband; Alex Hoyle and wife, and their daughter, Josie; and Nick Hoyle.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Bevard; and her great nephew, Alan Zeir.

Memorials are suggested to the Kearney Area Animal Shelter. Condolences may be shared online at

Services are entrusted to O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.

Date Posted: 2021-10-07
Maiden Name: Wilcox


Janice E. Lichtenwalter, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.

She was born on November 7, 1942 in Lexington, Nebraska to Clifford and Laura (Voss) Wilcox. She attended public schools in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1961.

Janice was united in marriage to Wayne Lichtenwalter on November 23, 1963 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, this union was blessed with three sons: Mark, Michael and Matt.

Janice keeping busy was an understatement. She worked for Darr Fertilizer for over twenty years, she then worked at Fairbanks International before retiring. She didn’t stay retired for long, Janice worked at Jackson Hewitt doing income taxes for a few years before she started J & W Tax Service. She would own and operate her services until her health forced her to retire.

The Red Cross was very important to Janice and she was a faithful donor of blood. She donated many units of blood which brought a lifetime of many gallons.

Her hobbies included stained glass, miniature doll houses, reading books, flying with her husband Wayne, who was a pilot, going on road trips with her sisters and friends. Janice enjoyed attending the Balloon Festival in Arizona, and tending her flowers in her yard. She was multi-talented in sewing and doing upholstery on Antique Cars. She also enjoyed watching Star Trek, Doctor Who, and other Sci-Fi Television shows. In her younger years, the family would take many camping trips to the mountains in Colorado in their 1947 Buick and 1935 Indian Camper.

Janice is survived by her husband, Wayne of Lexington; her three sons, Mark (Tracy) Lichtenwalter of Elwood, Michael (Kim) Lichtenwalter of Murrieta, California and Matt (Kamie) Lichtenwalter of Minneapolis, Kansas; grandchildren, Linda Lichtenwalter of Omaha, Casey Johnson (fiancé Julia) of Parachute, Colorado, Danielle (Blake) Thompson of Roswell, New Mexico, Harley (Brandon) Martin of Alto, Georgia, Faith (Shaun) Montoya of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Damion Keyes of Plainville, Kansas and Claire and Lance Lichtenwalter of Minneapolis, Kansas; step-grandchildren, Sarah (Joey) Sivula of Oceanside, California, Rylee Cronin of Temecula, California and Ronni Cronin of Temecula, California; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Gil Wilcox of Holdrege; sisters, Irene Kenning of Elwood and Delores (Paul) Kenning-Plummer of Elwood; brother-in-law, Kent (Carolyn) Lichtenwalter of Grand Island and a sister-in-law, Peggy (LaVon) Sumption of Lincoln; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Besides her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Laura Lichtenwalter; great-granddaughter, Cerenity; brothers-in-law, Brian and Denny Kenning and a sister-in-law, Ina Wilcox.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Father Tim Stoner, officiating.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Interment will be in Cozad Cemetery at Cozad, Nebraska.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the American Cancer Society - Relay For Life of Dawson County or American Red Cross.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

Maiden Name: Lundgren


Services for Jean A. Wyant, 77, Newman Grove, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the United Methodist Church in Newman Grove. The Rev. Alice Shomari will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will be followed at the visitation and service. Masks are requested.

She died Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at her home in Newman Grove.

Levander Funeral Home of Newman Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Maiden Name: Fuqua


Mary Ann Schnacker, 77 of Lexington passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Kearney Regional Medical Center.
Mary Ann was born November 23, 1942 in Trenton, Nebraska to Wesley I. and Edna L. (Frakes) Fuqua. As a child she moved with her family different places in central, Nebraska but ended up in Lexington in 1957. She graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1961.
On August 31, 1963 she was united in marriage to Richard Schnacker, to this union two sons were born: Rick and Rex. The couple would later divorce.
Mary Ann worked as bookkeeper at Joe’s Tavern, later known as Schnacker’s Country and then was employed by Tri-County Hospital in Lexington as the purchasing Agent for twenty-eight years.
Mary Ann was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
Mary Ann enjoyed growing plants and flowers, bowling, needle point, sewing, playing Bingo, and crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was her family, attending the son’s sporting events and later spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two sons: Rick and wife Angie of Humboldt, Nebraska , Rex and wife Tammy of Lexington, one sister; Rosie Griess of Spokane, Washington, Six grandchildren: Stacia Schnacker, Kalyn Schnacker, Sonja (Kyle) Davis, Emily Schnacker, Kali (Blaken) Zamudio and Aric Schnacker, ten great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Harry and one sister Betty Wonderly.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastors Rob Kuefner and William Ohlmann, officiating.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: