OBITUARIES

James “Jim” J. Svoboda

James “Jim” J. Svoboda, 73, of Wahoo, NE, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at his home in Wahoo, NE.  He was born September 13, 1945 in Wahoo, NE to Milo E. and Mary Lucille (Woita) Svoboda.  He graduated from Wahoo High School and he attended mortuary school in Dallas, TX.  Jim served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era until he was honorably discharged.  On October 19, 1973, Jim was united in marriage to Carlene Liermann at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE.

Jim was a third generation funeral director for over 50 years at Svoboda Funeral Home working alongside his family.  He took over the family business after his father, Milo died in 1982.  Two years later, Jim purchased Marcy Mortuary in Ashland and continued operating the funeral homes until his retirement.

Jim was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association.  He served his community in many ways through the years volunteering countless hours.  He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and attending his grandkids activities.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carlene Svoboda; children, Jill (Jeff) Maly of Weston, NE, Trisha (Jonathan) Little of Lincoln, Mandy (David) Boehle of Lincoln and Tim (Jessi) Svoboda of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; siblings, Tom (Marilyn) Svoboda of Wahoo, Jean (Walter) Paisley of Holy Cross, IA and Carol Svoboda of Lincoln; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Lucille Svoboda

Mass of Christian Burial will be held for on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wahoo, NE.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary.  Burial will be at the St. Francis Cemetery in Wahoo, NE.

Memorials in care of the family for future designation.

Visit www.marcysvoboda.com to leave condolences.


Paul F. Seger

Paul Francis Seger was born December 12, 1938 in Broken Bow, NE to Leo and Blanche (Bigelow) Seger, the second of four children.  The family moved to Atkinson and opened a new funeral home in 1941 in the A.T. Hart building.  Paul attended St. Joseph’s School graduating in 1956.  He finished his pre-mortuary science degree at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE.  Paul met the love of his life Karen Marie Kaup and they were married on February 27, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  To that union, eight children were born.  Paul went on to mortuary school at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL graduating in 1961. He then returned home to work with is father in the business.  When his father passed away suddenly in 1962, Paul was left to care for his ailing mother, 2 sisters, 2 children, and many elderly aunts and uncles.  He continued to care for his family showing them by example what it truly means to take care of family, friends, and his beloved Atkinson community.  Paul and Karen wanted to leave a lasting legacy to the community.  In 2008, they created an endowed family fund to benefit future generations in Atkinson, Stuart, Antelope County and Elgin. Paul was a very compassionate man, helping and caring for people whenever he could.

Because of his large family, along with operating the funeral home, it became necessary to find other ways to provide for them.  Paul sold his funeral home in Butte, NE and used the money to buy his first farm ground east of Atkinson in 1967. He continued to grow the farm, expanding into trucking, and later added a sizeable cow/calf operation.  He was able to accomplish this with the help of very dedicated family and friends.  We say this because Paul never looked at the people who worked for him as employees.  They were family to him! Paul loved people and had a great group of friends.

Paul served the community in many roles. He was a 26-year member of the Atkinson Fire Department, and he helped organize and was president of the Atkinson Ambulance Board.  Up until that time the ambulance was owned and operated by the funeral home but Paul saw the need for a more efficient way to get patients the care they needed.  He was a charter member of the Atkinson Lions Club. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Atkinson Development Corp., the Nebraska Community Foundation, Sandhills Cattle Association, and the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association serving as secretary until his health forced him to resign that position. He also served on the Atkinson City Council for more than 30 years and the West Holt Hospital Board serving as director, officer, and President. Paul loved his church and was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was president of the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Board for many years. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his friends at the Roadrunner where he was the “President” of the “College of Knowledge.”

Paul loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  He was most happy when the parents would bring him the new “little ones” to snuggle and love!  He was asked once if all the crying of the newborns made him nervous and he said with a smile, “No that noise means my family is growing!”

Paul passed away at his home on July 17, 2019 after an extended illness surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children, Sharon (Dave) Gossman, of Neligh, Patricia (Joseph) Skrdla, Leo (Vickie) Seger, Sandra (Harlan) Schrunk, all of Atkinson, Michele (Doug) Moser of Omaha, Peg (Schindler) (Ron) Wemhoff, of Norfolk, Tami (Joseph) Kaup of Norfolk, and Matthew Seger of Lake Elsinore, CA, 28  grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, sisters, Patty Callahan of Omaha, Margaret (Gary) Burkholder of Yutan, NE, and Mary Wagman of Atkinson; sisters and brother-in-law; Phyllis (Marvin) Scholz of Stuart, NE, Florence Kaup, Judy (Gene) Steimle, Janet (Mike) Davis, Carol (Frank) Charvat all of Omaha, NE, and brother, Ralph Kaup of Atkinson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Blanche Seger, wife Karen, son-in-law Mark Schindler and grandson Reid Miller.


Jean M. Brockhaus

Mass of Christian Burial for Jean M. Brockhaus, age 73, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery in Creighton.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, with a 7:30 p.m. Wake Service.

Jean died surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Brookestone Village in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jean Marie Dennell Brockhaus was born November 16, 1945, in Omaha, Nebraska to Alfred R. and Janet (Jamieson) Dennell. She attended Marian High School and graduated in 1963 as Salutatorian. Jean graduated with high honors from Duchesne College in Omaha, earning a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology. On August 26, 1967, she was united in marriage to Gerry J. Brockhaus at Christ the King Catholic Church. They resided in Omaha and she worked at Lutheran Hospital in the pathology department. Five children were born to them, John, Tom, Greg, Ann, and Joe.

In 1979, Gerry and Jean purchased Hengstler Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska. In 1984, Jean purchased the Flower Basket from Delores Gragert and worked side by side with Gerry until his death in 1997. After Gerry’s death, Jean owned and operated Brockhaus Funeral Homes and Flower Basket until her retirement in 2011. Later that year, she moved to Arizona to be closer to her daughter. Jean moved back to Omaha in 2017.

Jean’s best friend and love of her life was her husband, Gerry. They enjoyed traveling together. She was a woman of faith, and her faith carried her through life after Gerry’s death. She enjoyed cooking, holidays, being with her family, and attending Mass. After Gerry’s death, Jean enjoyed traveling with her cousin, Father Pete, to Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and many other destinations in the United States. Jean also loved boating and being near the water.

Jean was a member of St. Ludger Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is a past member of American Floral Association. Jean served as a trustee for the Omaha Archdiocesan Educational Foundation, Inc (OAEF), a trustee for the Omaha Archdiocesan Parish Foundation, Inc. (OAPF), and the Archbishop’s Committee for Development Board (ACD).

Jean is survived by her five children: John (Kim) Brockhaus of Omaha, Tom (Anne) Brockhaus of Sioux City, IA, Greg (Heather) Brockhaus of Creighton, Ann (Ray Trom) Brockhaus of Goodyear, AZ, and Joe (Tonia) Brockhaus of Norfolk; 14 grandchildren, Dana (Andy) Combs of Plattsmouth, Meghan Brockhaus and Taylor Brockhaus of Omaha, Makayla, Brady, and Braxton Brockhaus of Creighton, Paul, Andrew, and Kiara Brockhaus of Sioux City, IA, Hana Trom of Goodyear, AZ, and Lydia, Will, Charlie, and Kate Brockhaus of Norfolk; two great-granddaughters, Cecilia and Lula Combs; three brothers, Alfred Dennell, Jim (Lorrie) Dennell, and John (Candi) Dennell, all of Omaha; sister-in-law, Marilynn (Paul) Peters of Florida; brother-in-law, Larry (Diane) Brockhaus of Overland Park, KS; and cousin, Reverend John “Pete” Morfin of Houston, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Gerry.

Memorials may be designated to St. Ludger Catholic Church, Greenwood Cemetery, or donor’s choice.

Family and friends can leave condolences at www.brockhausfuneralhome.com.


Gerald “Jerry” Delatour

Gerald “Jerry” Delatour, 83, of Oshkosh passed away early Sunday morning, June 1, 2019 at the Regional West Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh.

Graveside Services will be held at 10.00 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen with Scotty Ray officiating. There will be no visitation. Per Jerry’s request no formal obituary will be published.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Jerry’s name can be made to The Regional West Garden County Foundation designated to the Nursing Home Activities Fund or the Ambulance.

Family and friends can leave condolences at www.bondegardfunerals.com.

Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Delatour Family.ble. Call Lee Bartlett at (605) 940-8777.