Deacon Paul L Matukewicz passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 21. He was the founder of Bethany Funeral Home and served as a Deacon for 23 years. Deacon Paul was proud of his Polish heritage, serving as President of the Polish Home. He was a past President of St. John Cemetery and was instrumental in the development of the Mausoleum there.

Deacon Paul was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 2 infant sisters, and special sister Babe (Bill) Vetock.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Pat; the 4 Smith girls Sis, Judy, Kathy, and Tink; brother-in-law Ed (Ginny) Smith; best friends Ronald Stodola and Deacon James Staroski; many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends

Deacon Paul L Matukewicz will be entombed in the Mausoleum at St John Cemetery.

LaVerne Mae (Kellner) Perry age 90 of Plattsmouth, NE passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth. She was born on May 30, 1926 to Arthur Raymond and Esther Minnie (Sellin) Kellner in Norfolk, NE. She was raised and schooled in Norfolk and graduated from Norfolk High School with the class of 1943. After graduating from high school, she attended Wayne State Teachers College for a year and then the University of Nebraska at Omaha for two years. Then LaVerne taught grade school at the country school in Madison, NE for two years. She met the love of her life Milo DeWitt Perry Jr. in high school and they were later married on August 29, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk, NE. They were married for 67 years. LaVerne worked as a principal at Oakdale Elementary School of District 66 in Omaha, NE until her daughter Susan was born. The family moved to Fremont, where son James was born. LaVerne enjoyed being an at home mom, wife, homemaker, and substitute school teacher. In 1964, the Perry’s moved to Plattsmouth where they made their home and raised their children. Then in 1986 LaVerne and Milo moved to Belle Vista, AR where they lived for fifteen years, enjoying their retirement years. In 2007 they moved to Bellevue, NE and then in 2013 to the Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth. LaVerne loved her Lord, enjoyed her bridge clubs, and loved traveling, square dancing and camping. Her laughter was contagious. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Order of Eastern Star Home Chapter #189, both of Plattsmouth.

LaVerne is survived by her daughter: Susan Nielsen and husband Steven “Steve” of Bellevue, NE; son: James “Jim” Perry and wife Sandra “Sandy” of Bennington, NE; five grandchildren: Scott Nielsen and wife Naomi of Omaha, NE; Sherry Arch and husband Rick of Papillion, NE; Spencer Nielsen and wife Melissa “Missy” of Cedar Hill, TX; Keith Perry and wife Stacy of Las Vegas, NV; Sara Christiansen and husband Anthony “Tony” of Bennington, NE; twelve great grandchildren: Alyssa DeLaCruz, Logan Arch, Kellner Arch, Amelia Nielsen, Aileena Nielsen, Mackenzie Perry, Sydney Perry, Kamdyn Perry, Emma Christiansen, Autumn Christiansen, Hunter Christiansen, and Easton Christiansen; sister: Arlene Hord of Elkhorn, NE; brother-in-law: Duane Riggert of Middleton, WI; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: Arthur and Esther Kellner, her husband Milo Perry and two of her three sisters: LaJean Magwire and Delilah Riggert.

Kinzer, Ted E., 75 of Mesa, AZ passed away on March 20, 2017.  Ted was born in Beloit, WI.  He is survived by his brothers Philip (Sara), Steven (Gloria) and sisters Kathryn Kinzer and Kristen Martin (Frank), nephews Shawn Kinzer (Brooke), Brendan Ryan (Courtney), David Narrin (Brandie) and niece Angela Flaminio (John) as well as great nephew Kendrick Kinzer and great niece Nina Flaminio.  Ted was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and The Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science and was an officer in the US Army.  “Uncle Ted” as he was called by so many children and adults alike traveled the Southwestern United States most recently as a Sales Rep for The Dodge Company.  Ted’s sense of humor coupled with his pursuit of sales and service excellence endeared him to all he met.  A family graveside ceremony will be held in Beloit, WI.  A celebration of life ceremony is being planned for the Phoenix area during the first week of June 2017.  Ted will be missed! Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ

Darel Dee Olliff, son of Thomas Arel & Minnie (Lowrey) Olliff, was born February 28, 1933 in Kensington, Kansas. He departed this earthly life on February 22, 2017 at the Phillips County Retirement Center in Phillipsburg, Kansas, just six days shy of his 84th birthday. Darel attended elementary school in Kensington and then his middle school through high school years in Phillipsburg, where he graduated with the class of 1951. After graduation he obtained his Mortuary Science degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He later went back to college at Fort Hays State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. On November 12, 1953, Darel was inducted into the United States Army and served during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on September 9, 1955. He then returned to Phillipsburg and joined his father in the family funeral business. On February 13, 1955, Darel married the love of his life, Shirley Boeve, in Phillipsburg, KS. Their home was blessed with two sons, Kenton and Gary. In 1959 Darel partnered with his brother-in-law, Ron Boeve, to purchase what is known today as the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel. They were also responsible for the local ambulance service, which was a part of the funeral home at the time, and which was later purchased by the county. Darel and Ron, along with their wives, provided the families in this area the highest quality of funeral service for over 58 years, leaving a legacy of compassion and care that is still being honored today. Two of the greatest joys in Darel’s life were his grandchildren, Sydnie & Thomas. He was a doting grandfather who thoroughly enjoyed attending their school programs & sporting events, bragging about their accomplishments, and shaking his head at some of their adventures. Darel was a faithful and active member of the First Christian Church, as well as past board member of Hospice Services, the Huck Boyd Foundation, Kansas Board of Mortuary Arts, and USD 325 School board. He served this community in countless ways and was always available to anyone who needed a listening ear or spiritual counsel. For many years Darel & Shirley loved spending time at their cabin in the Colorado mountains during the summer. Their retirement years found them to be loyal patrons of the Wellness Center, the Post Office, and, of course, Shelley Ann’s, Third Street Bakery, and Hometown Grounds for morning and/or afternoon coffee. Darel did some of his best PR work during his routine visits around town during the day. He touched so many with his smile, his laughter, his stories & jokes, and especially his sense of kindness and comfort to anyone in need. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Donna, and brother-in-law, Bill Nichelason; brothers-in-law, Larry Boeve and Gary Boeve; and niece, Glenna Jo Nichelason. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of their home in Phillipsburg; sons, Kenton & wife, Carol, of Hays, KS and Gary & wife, Kathy, of St. Peters, MO; and his grandchildren, Sydnie Olliff of Veneta, OR and Thomas Olliff of Phillipsburg.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Phillips County Christian Foundation or the First Christian Church Local Missions


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