Maiden Name: Mittelstaedt


Gina Genétte Gerken, 55 of Lander, Wyoming passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at her parents’ home in Lexington from cancer.

She was born September 6, 1965 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Gene and Sandy (Lamm) Mittelstaedt. The family lived in Norfolk until they moved to Lexington in 1974. Gina attended school in the Lexington school system and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1984. She was united in marriage to Farren Stombaugh.

On February, 15, 1997 she was united in marriage to Kreg Gerken at the Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington. She was blessed with four children; Taryn, Trey, Gage and Kamden. The family lived at Johnson Lake, Lexington, Cozad and Eustis before moving to Lander, Wyoming in 2013.

She had been employed by the Lexington Community Hospital, operated a daycare, the Cozad Community Hospital and then was an Optometrist Tech in Lander, Wyoming.

Gina enjoyed fishing, camping, caring for her chickens, doing home remodeling but most importantly her family especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include; her parents of Lexington, husband Kreg of Lander, Wyoming, three sons; Trey (fiancé Alex Aden) Stombaugh of Kearney, Gage (Brittany) Gerken of Cozad and Kamden Gerken of Lander, Wyoming, one daughter; Taryn (fiancé Michael Teurman) Stombaugh of Elwood, two grandchildren; Grayson Gerken and Harper Gerken, two brothers; Stacy (Tammy) Mittelstaedt of Ravenna and Mitch (Jennifer) Mittelstaedt of Grand Island as well as nieces, nephews extended family and friends.

Gina was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Erin Dunlavy and John Strackbein P.M.A., officiating. Face coverings are recommended at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences, please visit:

Maiden Name: Margritz


Mary Kay (Margritz) Ice, 54, went home to the Lord with her husband praying the rosary by her side, in Naples, Florida on April 30, 2020, after a long, hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Mary had recently moved to Ave Maria, FL from Lee’s Summit, MO.
Mary was born on October 15, 1965 to Charles and Julene (Choquette) Margritz, and raised on a farm in Lexington, NE. She was a 1984 graduate of Lexington High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS, where she played volleyball for four years.
She married her college sweetheart, Christopher P. Ice, on June 25, 1988 in St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, NE and they were blessed with 10 children. Mary spent her life as a beautiful mother and homeschool teacher.
Mary’s Catholic faith, family, and friends were the most important things to her. She started and ended each day with prayer, and was often found walking her dogs and praying the rosary. She attended daily Mass with her kids, and she always led them close to Our Lord and His Mother through the rosary. She would spend hours listening and talking with her family and friends, building deep relationships, rooted in Christ. Her witness lives on in her family.
Mary is survived by her husband of almost 32 years, Christopher P. Ice, of Ave Maria, FL, her seven children, Kathryn A. Welch and her husband, Ryan Welch of Ave Maria, FL; Kassondra K. Christensen and her husband, Nick Christensen, of Lincoln, NE; Nathan C. Ice of Pittsburg, PA; Jacob A. Ice, Michael C. Ice, Therese M. Ice, and Julia D. Ice who reside in the home in Ave Maria, FL; and 1 granddaughter, Magdalena Rose Welch. She is also survived by her mother, Julene Margritz of Lexington, NE; and by her 3 siblings, Patrick Margritz of Lexington, NE; Jan Gunderson of Elm Creek, NE; and Brian Margritz-Peters of Council Bluffs, IA.
Mary was predeceased by her 3 children, Mary Dominique, Joseph Christopher, and Joshua Joseph Ice and her father, Charles A. Margritz.
Due to COVID-19, a private funeral Mass was held for the immediate family with the chaplain of Ave Maria University, Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM officiating.
There will be a private family visitation and rosary, followed by a public viewing on Friday, May 8th from 7-9 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
A Graveside service will be on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 am. in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington, NE.
Please adhere to the social distancing recommendations.
Memorials are suggested to be sent to the Mary Ice Memorial Fund to help with the family’s financial needs at or send your gift to her favorite charity, The Apostolate for Family Consecration (Catholic Familyland) in Bloomingdale, OH at Please specify the donation to AFC is in memory of Mary K. Ice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, NE is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Date Posted: 2007-05-19

Donald K. Slater, 40, of Warrenton, Ore., died May 19, 2007, in a boat accident on the Columbia River in Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 2, 2007, at the Grand Generation Center in Lexington.
Don is survived by his wife, Melinda, of Warrenton; a son, Brian, and a daughter, Elisabeth, both of Warrenton; his parents, Bill and Kay Slater of Lexington; a sister, Kelly Slater and her partner Harold Beam of Johnson Lake; and nephews Timothy and Adam; along with numerous cousins. Don was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Velma Hammond and Alvrada Slater.
Don was born Aug. 19, 1966, in Lexington, to Bill and Kay (Reed) Slater.
He was a 1984 graduate of Lexington High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1990.
He married Melinda Brown on Aug. 22, 1991, in Lexington. At the time of his death he managed North Coast Home Care.

5/21/2007 11:03:00 AM
Coast Guard calls off search in capsizing
Fisherman missing after boat accident at mouth of Columbia River
The Daily Astorian
A Warrenton man remains missing and is presumed drowned after his sports boat flipped during a fishing trip on the Columbia River Saturday morning.
North Coast Home Care manager Don Slater, 40, his son, Brian, 19, and son's friend Eric Peterson, 23, were planning to fish for sturgeon when they decided to drop anchor about 100 yards west of the Astoria Bridge just before 8 a.m.
But the anchor line became tangled on a bow cleat - part of a boat's mooring system - and a strong ebb tide dragged the bow into the water, down toward the anchor on the river's bottom.
"That tripped the boat and it rolled over in the current," said Bob Coster, civilian search and rescue controller at U.S. Coast Guard Group Astoria.
All three aboard were thrown into 58-degree water. None was wearing a lifejacket, Coster said.
Someone watching the scene unfold from shore called for help, and an HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria was diverted to the area. A motor lifeboat and 25-foot response boat were launched from Station Cape Disappointment, and a Clatsop County Sheriff's Office marine patrol was underway by 8:05 a.m.
The person who phoned in the report lost sight of the fishermen at 7:57 a.m., Coster said.
Authorities recovered the two younger men within 30 minutes of their plunge into the water. One was snatched by a rescue swimmer who dropped free-fall from the helicopter, the other was grabbed by a sheriff's deputy.
It was just in time, said Coster. They were struggling to stay afloat against a current faster than 5 knots, driven by the outgoing tide. "Neither one had much time left," he said. "Both were on the verge of drowning."
Both survivors were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where they warmed up and were released.
However, the father, who was seen within 15 minutes of the rescue, disappeared.
Coast Guard crews combed 40 square nautical miles of the lower Columbia from the Astoria Bridge to the river's mouth looking for Don Slater. The search was suspended at 3:01 p.m. pending any new developments.
Clatsop County sheriff's deputies recovered the capsized boat and turned it over to Brian Slater Saturday afternoon.
Given the short time the men could survive in the river, bogged down by their heavy cotton clothes and without life jackets, it was lucky a Good Samaritan noticed them struggling, said Coster. "If they didn't see it, everybody would have perished," he said.
In a statement issued today, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office encouraged boaters to wear personal flotation devices. "They are essential for even confident boaters," the statement said.

Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Jeffrey B. Shriver, age 51 of Bottineau died Friday in a tragic automobile accident. There will be a prayer vigil Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau and funeral mass will be held on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Marks Catholic Church also in Bottineau.

Jeffrey was born to Vern Shriver and Donna Mclain in Lexington, NE. He attended school in Lexington and graduated in 1984. In 1985, he married Daneen Smith and they had two Daughters Crystal and Heather. This marriage later ended. In 1995 he met Echoe Brown and they were married in April 1997 and had four children together, Jayhawk, Rhegan, Jacob, and Joshua.

Jeff served in the USMC from 90-94 and served during in Desert Storm. Jeff loved his family, flag and Country beyond measure. His greatest passion was fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a dedicated employee and community member. He worked for Wal-Mart for 10 years helping to set up new Wal-Mart’s with their management teams. During his time working for Wal-Mart Jeff and his family lived in 5 different states, finally deciding to make Bottineau, North Dakota their final home. He became the manager of Jason's Super Foods in Bottineau in 2017. In every community Jeff became very active by volunteering for different organizations and donating whatever was needed.

Jeffrey is survived by his wife Echoe, Bottineau, ND; Daughters Heather Peil, North Platte, NE; Rhegan Shriver, Bottineau, ND; Sons Jayhawk Shriver, Jacob Shriver and Joshua Shriver of Bottineau, ND; Father Vernon Shriver Wiggins, CO; Mother Donna Mclain, Lexington, NE; Sister Laura Shriver, Lexington, NE; several extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and daughter Crystal.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given.