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We are greatful for the privilege of having enjoyed the friendship and wisdom of these garden club members.  They lived each day as if it were their last, and gardened as though they would live forever.

Atkinson, Annamary

Dasher, Lillian Fern

Hall, Jim

Hamilton, Donna

Meisinger, Grace

Molinaro, Margaret

Perry, Verna

Schroeder, Bill

Rouch, Jean

Zatopeck, Mildred

Hall, James "Jim"Bluford, Jr.

Age 82 Plattsmouth, NE. Survived by wife, Elaine Hall, Plattsmouth, NE; 2 sons and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mel Hall, Omaha, Thomas Hall, Runaway Bay, TX; 2 daughters and son-in-law, Tina McKee, Pineville, AR, Jana and Jim Paczkowski, Plattsmouth, NE; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson.
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Jean Rouch

Rouch, Erma Jean (Meradith)
Nov 22, 1918 - Feb 26, 2010
Plattsmouth, NE. Preceded in death by husband, Frank Duain Rouch; parents, Earl and Mamie (Schenck) Meradith; brothers Jay and Max Meradith ; sister Merna Bailey. Survived by sister and brother-in-law Maxine and Marvin Stahr, York, NE; son and daughter-in-law James and Donna Rouch, Beaver Lake NE; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Don Wright, Lincoln, NE; daughter Kathryn Rouch, Beaver Lake, NE; son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Helen Rouch, Lincoln, NE; former daughter-in-law Susan Rouch, Lincoln NE; eight grandchildren, Ben and Robert Rouch, Omaha NE, Kristin Reiter, Nathan Rouch and Joanna Rouch, Lincoln, NE; Elizabeth Dworak, Gretna NE; David Wright, Boston, MA and Aaron Rouch, Camp Lejeune, NC; 11 great-grandchildren.

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William F. Schroeder


Schroeder, William Frederick
He was born on September 7, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to Frederick and Mae (Fairbrass) Schroeder. He passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at his home in Mynard, Nebraska at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 20 days.  After completing school, Bill was drafted in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in the Army of Occupation.  On July 29, 1951, he was united in marriage to Deloris Rozell in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  As a young married couple, they made their home on a farm west of Plattsmouth where they raised Edward, Rodney and Randy.  His love of the land was a driving force in his 30+ years as a farmer.  After retirement, Bill and Deloris traveled around the country volunteering for Mission Builders and Builders for Christ helping build churches.  Bill is a member of the First Lutheran Church where he was an Elder; Midstates Tractor Club; a volunteer for Open Hearts Kitchen and Lepert-Wolever Post 2547 VFW.  He is survived by his Wife – Deloris Schroeder of Plattsmouth, NE; Children – Edward William (Pam) of Blair, NE; Rodney Lee (Karen) of Humboldt, IA; Randall Gene (Kris) of Plattsmouth, NE; 11 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren; Brother – Fred Schroeder of Bellevue, NE; Sister – Doris Fetherkile of Union, NE He was preceded in Death by his Parents; Son – Mark Allen; 3 brothers and 1 sister.
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Meisinger, Grace M.
Age 96
Plattsmouth. Survived by two sons and daughters-in-law Kenneth and Barbara, and George and Bernadine, all of Plattsmouth; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the Plattsmouth Garden Club for over twenty years.
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Mildred Zatopek

Zatopek, Mildred

Mildred or Millie was born to John and Mary Lillian (Belohlavoy) Zatopek on August 11, 1916 in Plattsmouth, in the same house she lived in for most of her life until May, 2011. It was built in 1876. Her mother was nineteen when she was born. Her dad was thirty.  Millie’s social life was visiting her grandma and grandpa by walking on a path through the field (Woodhouse Car Dealers now) across the dirt road which is Highway 73/75 now. Her language was all Czech until she started school. This was because her family all spoke only Czech at home because that was the only language her grandfather knew.  She started school at Mercerville School which set on the property where the Keno building is now. She went to school there through fourth grade.  When she was six and a half years old, her sister, Alice arrived.
She graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1934 during the Great Depression. After that she worked for several families in Plattsmouth for 25 cents a day or $1.00 a week.  In 1936 her Aunt Rose (her mother’s sister) and Uncle Frank visited from Silver Springs, Maryland. Aunt Rose taught school there and Uncle Frank was an electrical engineer. Rosemary, her cousin, was five and ready to start school, so she went home with them to care for Rosemary for a year.
When she came back she still found no other jobs except for housework jobs in Omaha. She worked as they were called at that time as a maid. Now they are nannies. (Millie wrote that she thought that maid sounds better! Ha) She was with one family for three years. They had a little girl and a boy. The next family she was with was for seven years and the final family she was with was for seven years. For seven dolloars a week, she would do cooking, laundry, nurse, nanny, etc. With one family she spent a summer in Lake Okoboji and Evergreen, Colorado.  One family she was with had a girl age three and a baby girl after a short time they were transferred to Pittsburg and took her along for almost a year. That was a good year. Then she decided to come home. They bought her a round trip train ticket which she knew that she would use only one way. She sent the unused part of the ticket back to the family.  In 1955 when she was thinking there must be another way to make a living, her sister Alice connected her with Alice’s husband’s Aunt Hilda Johanns (known as Tip). Tip was training girls to work at the Plattsmouth Lincoln Tell & Tell office as telephone operators. This was in the brick building across the street from First Methodist Church. After training girls a lot of them would quit. Mildred was hired and after words Tip said that she got the devil for not asking Millie to work there sooner.  Millie started working there at age thirty-nine. She worked at the the Plattsmouth telephone office for ten years and then sixteen years at the Nebraska City telephone office. She had to work in the Nebraska City because Plattsmouth phone service went to direct dial.  At the age of sixty-five she retire and as she said she had made it!! It was just in time to help with her folks. Her dad was so glad she was home. He lived eight months after she came home. Two weeks later her mother was in the hospital. She came home and Millie cared for her for five years. Then her mother spent five years in the Beverly Care Center. When Millie visited she would help with Bingo, etc.  The last almost twenty years Millie lived in her childhood home. She enjoyed taking care of the yard, sitting on the porch swing, visiting with family and friends, cooking for herself and going to garden club which she was a member for over thirty years, church and the senior center. (All when she had a ride). She also enjoyed the senior center’s mystery trips.  The last eight months of her life she lived at Waterford at Woodbridge. She loved it there. The food and activities and visits from family and friends kept her with an ever present smile on her face.  She passed away on May 1, 2012 of kidney failure at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha. She was leary of the year 2012, because her dad, John Zatopek, died in 1982. Her mom, Mary Zatopek, died in 1992 and her sister, Alice Rhylander, died on May 2, 2002. Her sister died at the same Hospice House. In Jesus’s perfect timing, he called Millie home to her eternal heavenly home to be with her loved ones.
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Molinaro, Margaret Burrell (Taylor)

She was 97, of Plattsmouth, died Sunday, September 2,

Private family graveside service: 11 a.m., Saturday, 9/8/12, Oak Hill Cemetery, Plattsmouth. Memorials: Plattsmouth Garden Club or Plattsmouth Animal Shelter (PAWS Group) in care of Betty Henry, 107 So. 8th St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048.  She was a member of the Plattsmouth Garden Club for over thirty years.
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Atkinson, Annamary
Age 91
Plattsmouth, NE. Annamary is survived by her son Ed Atkinson & wife Ann of Omaha; daughter: Judy Kneale & husband Dan of Casper, WY; 3 grandchildren; 1 granddaughter in law; 6 great grandchildren; sister: Rachel Beckstead of Phoenix, AZ; numerous cousins; and friends.
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Donna Hamilton   Donna Hamilton2

Hamilton, Donna

Donna Jo (Jeffry) Hamilton, 64, of Plattsmouth, NE,was born on October 20, 1948 and passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at her home.  She was a resident of Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  Donna was a member of the Plattsmouth Garden Club for over thirty years.  She was involved in many activities including president of our club in 1987.  She opened her home for th the club's Christmas parties.  She was a member of the First Christian Church in Plattsmouth.  She will be missed by all.
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Lillian Dasher

Dasher, Lillian Fern
Lillian Fern (Chandler) Dasher, 83, of Plattsmouth, NE. died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, NE.Lillian was born on September 4, 1926 in Omaha, NE to Clarence Everette and Sarah “Sadie” Demarus (Shalor) Chandler.Lillian was raised and schooled in Omaha, NE. When she was fourteen her family moved to Los Angeles, CA. She worked in retail as a sales clerk. Lillian moved back to Omaha, where she met Wayne Dasher. They were married on February 4, 1947 in Seneca, Kansas.After marrying Wayne, they moved to California for a year. Then moved to Plattsmouth and she has been here since. Lillian was a wife, mother, and homemaker.Lillian was a member of the Lepert Wolever V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #2543, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Aerie #365, Red Hat Society and Garden Club.She is survived by her son, Dennis Dasher and his wife Jo Ellen of Tooele, UT, daughter, Carol Johnson and her husband Duane of Eugene, OR, Gloria Harris and her husband Mike of Omaha, NE, twelve grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren, brother, Frank Chandler of Oceanside, CA, sister, Irene Vestesen of Oceanside, CA, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Lillian is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Sadie Chandler, husband, Wayne Dasher, two sisters, Dorothy Vestesen and Juanita Balchowsky and brother, Kenny Chandler.Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Roby Funeral Home Chapel.Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Roby Funeral Home Chapel in Plattsmouth, NE with Pastor Michael Lincoln officiating.Vocal music will be performed by Terry Little and the songs will be “In the Garden”, “Tennessee Waltz” and “Going Home.”Interment of Cremains will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Plattsmouth Nebraska.
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Perry, Verna
Verna Kathryn (Cadwell) Perry was born on August 1, 1919 in Superior, Wisconsin to Ernest Adelbert Cadwell and Ida (Ronsgard) Cadwell. She passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Louisville Care Center in Louisville, NE. at the age of 91 years, 9 months and 28 days. At the age of 3 she moved with her family to Union, NE where her father was employed with Missouri Pacific Railroad. She attended school in Union through the 12th grade. In 1938 her family
moved to Plattsmouth, NE.

In 1940 she and De Forest Perry were married at the First Christian Church in Plattsmouth. They lived in Lincoln until he entered the Army. They moved to Louisiana and Texas before he was sent overseas. Verna came back to Lincoln and worked at Western Electric until the war ended. After De Forest’s return from the military they moved back to Plattsmouth. She again went to work this time at the Cass County Assessor’s office as a clerk for 26 years.
Verna loved to travel visiting 48 of the 50 United States. She always could find the interest and
beauty anywhere she went. Gardening was very dear to her as was bird watching outside her

She was preceded in death by her loving husband De Forest, Nov. 1, 1969; parents; sisters; Vera Warga, Florence James, Betty Gunnoe and June Kerns and brothers Delbert Cadwell and Ernest Cadwell.  Surviving Verna are sister Margaret Childress of Willow, AK; nieces Betty Fuhrer of Denver, CO; Donna Montgomery of Omaha, NE; Julie (Dennis) Black of Bellevue, NE; Carol (Steve) Howie of Charlotte, NC,; Barbara (Gary) Barnard of Kenas, WV; Trina Gunnoe of Charleston, WV; Pat (Al) DeAngelis of Bend, OR; nephews: Larry Cadwell of Plattsmouth, NE; Mike(Peggy) Cadwell and Terry (Linda) Cadwell all of Bellevue, NE.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Plattsmouth; American Legion Auxiliary for 58 years; the Plattsmouth Garden Club and AARP.

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