Joyce Marie (Hansel) Bauer, 71 years of age, of Lexington, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family, following a year-long battle with cancer.  Joyce was born December 5, 1945 at Morris, Minnesota, the younger of two children born to Arthur Louis and Edith “Marie” (Regelin) Hansel.  On December 20, 1945, she was baptized by Rev. H.C. Duchlmeier at the family home.  As a young girl, Joyce was raised on a farm near Hancock, Minnesota.  When Joyce was five years of age the family moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska, where her parents purchased a business.  Joyce received her primary education from Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Arapahoe, through the eighth grade.  She was confirmed on April 10, 1960 by Rev. G. A. Weinrich at Trinity Lutheran.  In 1961, the family moved to Lexington, where Joyce completed her education, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1964.

During her senior year, she met the love of her life, Larry Alexander Bauer of Lexington.  The couple were united in marriage on August 22, 1964, and to this union three sons were born:  Troy Allen, Ryan Lynn, and Kent Alexander.  They made their home on a farm north of Overton, Nebraska.  While living at Overton, Joyce was employed at Plectron Corporation as an electronics technician.  In 1972, they moved to their new home in Lexington.

After her boys were born, Joyce dedicated her life to caring for them, and being a homemaker.  When the boys began school, she served her Lord as the custodian of her church for several years.  Joyce then began a long career as an Associate Department Manager for District #637 Wal-Mart Store in Lexington.  She loved working under store manager, Mike Milligan until her retirement, after 26 years of service to the company.  Her work ethic was pure devotion, and set a standard for her sons to emulate in their future careers.

After moving to Lexington, she transferred her membership from Trinity in Arapahoe, to Trinity in Lexington in 1961, where she not only served as the custodian, but helped with Wednesday night Catechism classes, Vacation Bible School, and served with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in the years past.  Joyce also enjoyed her involvement in the Joslyn Jabber’s Extension Club for many years, and she and Larry loved getting together with their card club friends for special occasions.  She also spent several years making friends as a Tupperware Rep.  When retirement years rolled around, she and Larry enjoyed traveling together, spending time visiting with family and friends, and weekends with family at Johnson Lake.

Many miles were traveled, and countless hours on bleachers took place when the boys were involved in activities, and sporting events.  After grandchildren, and her great-grandson arrived, they became the highlight of her life.  And, in return they thought “Grandma Joyce”, and “Grandma-Great” walked on water.  The grandchildren’s birthdays were always special with hand-sewn personalized birthday banners created by Grandma, which represented their current interests, and stage of life.  In addition, her hobbies included:  crafts, home decorating, and writing poems about her family.  Her marvelous cooking, and baking skills will be missed.  Serving others brought joy to her life.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law:  Alex and Wilma Bauer; her brother, Clark Hansel; brothers-in-law:  Ken Strickland, Roger Bauer, and Dale Tomasek; sisters-in-law:  Cathy Bauer and Carol Bauer; and a niece, Linda Thomsen.

She leaves to celebrate her life; her husband of 53 years, Larry Bauer of Lexington; three sons:  Troy Bauer of Cozad, Nebraska; Ryan Bauer and his wife, Jody of Holdrege, Nebraska; and Kent Bauer and his wife, Amanda of Lincoln, Nebraska; five beloved grandchildren:  Kristen Johnson and her husband, Nathan of Johnstown, Nebraska; Jake Bauer and his wife, Heidi of Central City, Nebraska; Blare Bauer of Holdrege; and Blake and Morgan Bauer of Lincoln; one treasured great-grandson, Carter Johnson; sisters-in-law:  Carol Hansel of Hastings, Nebraska; Phyllis Robinson and her husband, Archie of Holdrege; Beverly Tomasek of Omaha; Mary Bauer of Indio, California; Julia Tucker of Lee Summit, Missouri; Dorothy Larson and her husband, Fred of Loveland, Colorado; Marilyn Stephens of Englewood, Colorado; and Alyce Bauer of Overton; brothers-in-law:  Donald Bauer and his wife, Bonnie of Cozad; James Bauer of Cozad; Thomas Bauer of Farnam, Nebraska; Steven Bauer and his wife, Carol of rural Eddyville, Nebraska; and Michael Bauer of Bailey, Colorado; in addition, she is survived by a host of special cousins, nieces and nephews who she loved individually, and many friends.

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Virginia Mary Josephine Margritz, 81 years of age, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.  Virginia was born June 25, 1936 at Julesburg, Colorado, the second of three children born to Joseph A. and Katherine V. (Kukla) Schmitt. When the children were young they made their home in Grant, Nebraska until 1951, at which time they moved to Julesburg, Colorado.  In 1954, the family moved to Missouri before settling to Lexington.  As a young girl, Virginia was introduced to her love of riding horses by her older brother, Donnie.

Virginia received her primary education from Grant, Nebraska and Julesburg, Colorado.  She then attended parochial school at St. Patrick’s High School in Sidney, Nebraska, graduating with the class of 1954.  Her formative years in Catholic school is where Virginia dedicated her life as a servant to her Lord, and a true “Prayer Warrior” she became.  During her senior year she met her future husband, Gerald Allen Margritz of Lexington.  After high school, she pursued nursing school in Kansas City, Missouri.

Virginia and Gerald were united in marriage on June 23, 1955 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, and to this union eight children were born:  Pam, Randy, David, Mark, Joyce, Janet, Patty, and Jody.

The family made their home on the family farm eight miles east, and a mile north of Lexington.  Caring for every need of her large family was her entire focus when the children were young.  Countless meals were lovingly prepared, and needless to say Mom wore many hats that included:  nurse when accidents happened playing with siblings, school tutor, serving as family counselor when life experiences occurred, disciplinarian when teenagers needed direction, encouraging advisor throughout many years of sports, and of course laundry attendant, to only name a few.  All was done with love, and respect to reach the goal of raising a Christian family.  On November 11, 1989, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry.

After Jerry’s passing, the farming operation was passed down to sons:  Randy and Dave, and Virginia moved into Lexington.  After moving into town, Virginia’s caring ways for children continued as a school cook at Pershing Elementary until her retirement.  For the past four years, due to her failing health she began to make her home at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege to be near her daughters.

After grandchildren, and great-grandchildren arrived, they became the highlight of her life.  And, in return they adored the ground Grandma Ginger walked on.  On a daily basis her entire family, and many friends were in her prayers.  She was a longtime member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, where she taught first communion class for over ten years, and served as a member of the Altar Society.

She leaves to celebrate her life; her eight children:  Pam Burchett of Bastrop, Texas; Randy Margritz and his wife, Patty of rural Lexington; David Margritz and his wife, Barb of Lexington; Mark Margritz and his wife, Gloria of New Braunfels, Texas; Joyce Cornell and her husband, Rodney of Elm Creek, Nebraska; Janet Fiene of Holdrege; Patty Kohtz and her husband, Bruce of Kearney, Nebraska; and Jody Bauer and her husband, Ryan of Holdrege; seventeen grandchildren:  Eric Burchett, Nathan Burchett and his wife, Morgan, and Jake Burchett; Lucas Margritz; Thomas Margritz and his wife, Zuerela; Josh Margritz and his wife, Sandy; Katie Niver and her husband, Erik; Audra and Aiden Margritz; Jerilyn Kliewer and her husband, Tim; Claire Cornell; Emma and Cole Fiene; Austin Hilkemann; Jordyn and Chase Kohtz; and Blare Bauer; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Schmitt and his wife, Lucille of Red Feather Lakes, Colorado; sister-in-law, Julene Margritz of Lexington; brother-in-law, Frank Mavetz and his wife, Janet of Canton, Illinois; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Besides her parents, and husband, Jerry, she was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Margritz and her husband, Leo; sister-in-law, Catherine Mavetz; and brother-in-law, Charles Margritz.

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Clarence Anthony Josten, age 88 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Prince of Peace Retirement Center.

Born to Joseph and Marie (Henle) Josten on September 2, 1928, he lived his entire life in Sioux Falls. He attended Cathedral Elementary through the eighth grade when he joined his father and brothers working at their family business, Josten Concrete Products. There he earned the nickname “Shorty” since he had to sit on pillows to see over the steering wheel to drive the trucks.

He met his wife, Darlene Hustrulid while spending time with friends at the downtown Arkota Ballroom. On November 21, 1959, they were married. They had 3 children, Linda, Thomas and Sandra.

He enjoyed flying his Cessna airplane, hunting pheasant, ducks and deer, fishing, and spending much treasured time traveling with his family, mostly in their motorhome, eventually visiting all 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico.

He served 3 years in the Army National Guard. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s Church and the Westward Ho Country Club. He belonged to the Elks and the American Legion.

In 1945, Josten Concrete Products became a licensee with the Wilbert Burial Vault Company, creating Josten Wilbert Vault Company. Clarence served as president of both companies, also serving on the board of the Wilbert Manufacturers Association for one term. He was a dedicated and hard working role model for Wilbert, loved and respected by fellow licensees nationwide, who quickly became lifelong friends.

In August 2015, he moved into Prince of Peace Retirement Center after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. His caretakers loved his smile and playful demeanor.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Darlene; two daughters, Linda Josten and Sandra Josten, both of Sioux Falls; one son, Thomas (Valerie) Josten of Sioux Falls; two step-grandsons, Bobby Mitchell and Casey Mitchell, both of Sioux Falls; one step-granddaughter, Jyssica Mitchell (Derik) Laddusaw and their children, Bryton and Bryckyn, all of Sioux Falls; one niece, Ann Josten; one nephew, Doug (JoAnn) Josten and family, and many cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed!

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marie Josten; two brothers, Arnold and Walter; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Bette; and one niece, Pam Kleinbeck.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Prince of Peace Retirement Center and Interim Health Care in Sioux Falls for their loving care of Clarence.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 am Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Church of St. Mary. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 23rd with a Scripture service beginning at 7:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.  Please join us at St. Mary’s Church following the graveside service for lunch and fellowship. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association( or to the Wilbert Foundation (


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