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Edna H. St. John, 93, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, July 25, 2008, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington. She was born March 27, 1915, at Lexington, Nebraska, to William F. and Effie E. (Perkins) Passage. Edna was a lifetime resident of Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1932. She was united in marriage to Robert W. St. John on January 12, 1935, at Elwood, Nebraska. The marriage was blessed with two sons; Gerald "Jake" and Paul.
     Edna was a stay-at-home mother until her boys were in school and then she began her career as a secretary/bookkeeper for the Lexington Locker Plant, J.M. McDonald Store and then as Administrative Assistant to the Lexington School Superintendent. She spent 28 years in this position, retiring in 1985.
     She was a member of Lexington Christian Church where she belonged to the Women's Council and taught Sunday school. She was also a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the Lexington Women's Club.
Edna enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed quilting, painting, flowers, but most especially, spending time with her grandchildren.
     Survivors include one son: Paul (Laraine) St. John of Lexington, Nebraska. Daughter-in-law: Imogene St. John of Lexington, Nebraska. Five grandchildren: Kelly (Mike) Forde of Dallas, Texas; Kim (Rick) Sheldon of Kearney, Nebraska; Scott St. John of Cozad, Nebraska; Lonna (Reg) Dallman of Kearney, Nebraska; Jody (Ryne) Norton of York, Nebraska. Eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 1981; one son, Jake; a stepdaughter, LaRae Clark; and three sisters, Patricia Shaw, Grace Brown and Esther Phillippi.
     Services will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Lexington Christian Church in Lexington with Pastor K.C. BeDunnah officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2008, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Reynolds-Love in Lexington. Memorials to the Lexington Christian Church or the Donor's Choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances and online condolences may be directed to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Else F. Biehl, 94, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
     She was born March 30, 1914, on the farm in rural Lexington, Nebraska, to Adolf and Henney (Seehusen) Rickertsen. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1932. On March 11, 1934, Else married Wesley Biehl at Lexington, Nebraska. To this union three children were born: Jim, Bernice, and Buss.
     Else spent most of her life on the farm where she was secretary for Biehl Cattle Company for many years. Else also did volunteer work on a monthly basis at Tri-County Hospital and Westside Care Home. She was also very active in the community. She was a member of the Extension Club, Woman's Club, Business and Professional Woman's Club. Else was a 4-H leader for many years and past president of the "Make it yourself with Wool" project.
     Else was known for her quilting, she was very talented and made one for every niece and nephew. She also enjoyed working on her lawn and flower gardens. But, most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
     Survivors include two sons: Jim and Marilyn Biehl of Lexington, Nebraska. Buss and Casey Biehl of Kearney, Lexington. One daughter: Bernice and Phillip Pebley of Cozad, Nebraska. Three sisters: Anna Hilton of Elwood, Nebraska. Frida Cline of Gothenburg, Nebraska. Betty and Roy Clark of Lexington, Nebraska. One sister-in-law: Bertha Rickertsen of Lexington, Nebraska. Seven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and many friends.
     Else was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wesley in 1988; three brothers, Henry, Chris, and Carl; and a great-grandson, Jason Lans.
     Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Pastor Caroline Vickery, officiating. The casket will be closed at the church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Memorials are kindly suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or Donor's Choice. Reynolds Love Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences or personal reflections may be sent to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

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Joe D. Sill, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, December 27, 2007, at Mt. Clair Skilled Nursing Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born May 29, 1915, at Eustis, Nebraska, to James H. and Effie C. (Cole) Sill. Joe grew up in the Lexington area with a farming background. He was a graduate of Lexington High School with the class of 1932. He farmed and raised purebred hogs for 35 years prior to retiring. He served his Country during WWII in the European Theater in the Army Quartermaster 35th Division, receiving the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Service Ribbon. Joe was Honorably Discharged on October 15, 1945.
     Joe was united in marriage to Helen Doughty on April 17, 1942, at San Luis Obispo, California. One son was blessed to this union, Jeffrey. The couple enjoyed wintering in Yuma, Arizona following their retirement. Joe was a member of the First Christian Church, the American Legion, V.F.W. and was past president of the Spare Rib Club.
   Survivors include his wife: Helen Sill of Omaha, Nebraska. One son: Jeffrey Sill of Omaha, Nebraska. Two brothers-in-law: Bill (LaDonna) Doughty of Lexington, Nebraska Gene Doughty of Lincoln, Nebraska. Nieces and nephews.
     Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond and Robert; one sister, Helen Jensen; one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law.
     Memorial Services will be held Monday, December 31, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at Lexington Christian Church with Pastor Jim Henry officiating. Burial will be held prior to the memorial service at Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors for family members only. There will be no visitation.
     Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation, the Lexington Public Schools Foundation or the Donor's Choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

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Gladys M. Knoedler, 92, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed on to meet our Lord, Sunday, December 30, 2007, at Hospice House in Omaha. She was born September 13, 1915, near Lexington, Nebraska, to Charles and Dollie (Dingee) Brand.
     Gladys attended District #37 school at Darr and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1932.
     On June 7, 1936, she married Carl Christian Knoedler. In 1941, they moved to a farm northeast of Lexington. Carl died in 1950, just after their last child was born; and she kept the farm going until 1956, when she moved to a ranch northeast of Valentine, Nebraska; then to one nearer Valentine. She later moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she worked at Cedar's Home for Children and Whitehall Children's Home; and then to Loveland, Colorado where she worked for HP for a time.
     When Gladys started refinishing furniture full-time later in life it became a hobby/business. She had always loved working with wood, and taking older furniture and restoring in into beautiful finished pieces was something that gave her great joy. She loved the Loveland area and her last home there meant a lot to her. Gladys was an avid Bronco, Rockies, Huskers and Avalanche fan. She could always share with you how they were doing on or off-season. Illness forced her to move to Omaha to be near her daughter and family. This was a time when her faith in God was strengthened and she was ready to join her husband and others who preceded her in death.
     Gladys is survived by three daughters: Lola (Vernon) Emery of Ekalaka, Montana, Dorothy/Dot Northwall of Bellevue, Nebraska and Vicki (David) Childers of Lakeland, Florida. Daughter-in-law: Louise Knoedler of North Platte, Nebraska. Sister-in-law: Marie Knoedler of Lexington, Nebraska. Ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
     Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; her son, Carl, Jr.; and six brothers, Herman, Harry, Arthur, Casper, Ralph, and Walter.
     Services will be Friday, January 4, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Stan Murdoch officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Gladys has expressed a desire for memorials to go to organizations that in some way help children get an education; to an educational fund of your choice; or to Hospice House at 7415 Cedar Street in Omaha, NE 68124. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

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While doing research at the Dawson County Museum for a Naviaux family member, I came across this obituary for Phillip Naviaux:

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