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LaVern C. 'Shorty' Bierman, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001  Hastings Tribune Online.

Hastings resident LaVern C. "Shorty" Bierman, 92, of 817 N. Third Ave. died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings with the Rev. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings.

Mr. Bierman was born Oct. 16, 1908, to Albert and Emma (Koberstein) Bierman at Hastings. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1926. In 1936 he married Ruth E. Baker. They farmed four miles northeast of Hastings. In 1974 they moved into town, and he retired from farming in 1975. In 1982 his wife died.

He was a member of New York Avenue Congregational Church.

Survivors are two daughters, Marilyn M. Bierman and Cheryl Sue Yates, both of Hastings; one son, Wayne A. of Beatrice; two sisters, Isola Eaglin of Hastings and Irene Garrett of Grand Island; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers.

Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation or Grace United Methodist Church.

Emma Koberstein based on probable birth year of 1888 or before and Emma Koberstein's in my data base. Also IGI Marriage for Emma and Albert Bierman: Found 2FEB94 in IGI Emma Amelia Koberstein (AFN:R81T-6W) born [1882] with spouse Albert H. Bierman submitted by Harold E. "Buddy" Bartlett 22 /12 Portola Avenue, Monterey Ca 93940. Wrote him and he knew of no more information regarding Koberstein.  IGI did state the marriage date to Albert Henry BIERMAN as 12 Jan 1904 at Hastings, Adams, Nebraska.

William T. "Bill" Hannan, 85, of Grand Island died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at his home.

Hannan was born July 2, 1918, on the family farm north of Mead. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1935. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1940 with an electrical engineering degree. He married Wilhelmine Koberstein on May 25, 1941, in Lincoln. He worked in his field in Denver until 1943 when he volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in World War II as a technical advisory officer for radio and blind landing systems with the Royal Air Force in Yatesbury, England. After an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant, he and his family moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., where he worked for the Central Electric and Gas Company. In 1951, he and his family moved to the family farm north of Mead where he farmed and worked as an engineer for the National Gypsum Company at Nebraska Ordnance Plant near Mead. He worked and farmed in Mead until 1963 when National Gypsum transferred him to Grand Island where he was plant maintenance manager with Mason and Hanger, and retired in 1984.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus-Fourth Degree, United Veterans Club, Riverside Golf Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, St. Leo's Catholic Church Choir, served as scoutmaster for many years and was an honorary lifetime member of the Sioux Falls Junior Chamber of Commerce. He had made two holes in one in golf.

Survivors include: his wife, Billie; four sons, William E. (and wife, Nancy) Hannan, Robert (and wife, Pat) Hannan, all of Mead, Richard (and wife, Linda) Hannan of Greeley, Colo., and J.P. (and wife, Candi) Hannan of Mead; two sisters, Mary E. Shepherd of Seattle and Virginia Rochford of Orange, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son and a sister.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4110 Cannon Road, in Grand Island, with the Revs. Harold Kurtenbach and Jack Rademacher officiating. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. today at Apsle-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home in Grand Island with a rosary at 7 p.m. Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials have been established to St. Leo's Catholic Church Building Fund in Grand Island and the Knights of Columbus.


Author: Vicki Conklin Date: 25 Nov 2005 1:10 AM GMT


Classification: Obituary

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, April 28, 1966


Frank W. Koberstein, 88, well known resident of the Holyoke community for 47 years, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, at his home here. He had been active until a short time before his death.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. today, April 28, at the Holyoke Methodist church, with Rev. Gerald Dingman officiating, and interment will be at Holyoke Memorial Park. Arrangements are in charge of the Lewis Funeral Home.

The third eldest child in a family of 10 children of Amelia Werfel and Henry Koberstein, Frank William Koberstein was born July 5, 1877, near Berlin, Germany. In 1881 he emigrated with his parents to America. They first lived in Illinois but soon settled near Hastings, Nebraska where Mr. Koberstein attended school and grew to manhood.

It was there that he met his wife, Clara Foy, who was teaching school near his farm. They were united in marriage at Edgar, Nebraska, on March 10, 1909, at the home of the bride's parents. They continued to make their home four miles north of Hastings until March 1919, when they moved to Colorado by immigrant cars and established their home on the farm eight miles northwest of Holyoke which they had purchased two years earlier. Here they farmed and made their home until 1945 when their sons returned from military service to resume the farming. At that time Mr. and Mrs. Koberstein purchased a residence in Holyoke, at 627 South Phelan Avenue, and this continued to be their home since that time.

Mr. Koberstein was baptized into the Lutheran faith as a child and was a charter member of Grace Lutheran church in Holyoke while it was in existence. In 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Koberstein placed their membership in the First Methodist church and remained faithful members until their death. Mr. Koberstein attended church the day before he passed away.

He enjoyed gardening as a hobby. He spaded the soil Saturday and planned to make his first planting of sweet corn this week.

Mrs. Koberstein passed away April 30, 1959, six weeks after she and Mr. Koberstein had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Seven of their eight children are living, their first son having died at birth. Twelve grandsons, one granddaughter, three daughters-in-law, four sons-in-law, and two of Mr. Koberstein's sisters, Mrs. Ida Garfield, Manhattan, Kansas, and Mrs. Millie Tjaden, Hastings, Nebraska, also survive.

The children and their husbands or wives are all here to attend the funeral. The children are: Floyd Koberstein, Pomeroy, Washington, Winona, Mrs. Glen Rouze, Holyoke; Roy A. Koberstein, Holyoke; Faye, Mrs. W.A. Dulgar, Sacramento, California; Lee Frank Koberstein, Pullman, Washington; Ray W. Koberstein, Holyoke; and Emily, Mrs. Delbert Haynes, Ovid, Colorado.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - April 20, 2005

Deceased Name: Dorothy M. Boeche

Nebraska City

Dorothy M. Boeche, 80, Nebraska City, died Monday (4/18/05). Born, Auburn (8/25/24). Accounting clerk, Morton House Kitchens.

Survivors: sons, daughters-in-law, Ray and Nancy, James and Annette, all Lincoln, Tom and Cathy, Nebraska City; daughter, son-in-law, Jill and Ivan Cunningham, Lincoln; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews. Preceded in death by: loving husband, Louis; parents, Earl and Mattie (Hanlon) Coulter; brothers, Ray and Bob Coulter; sister, Glenna Rhodus.

Memorial services: 2 p.m. Friday, Gude Mortuary, 403 S. 9th St., Nebraska City. The Rev. Jane Heenan. No visitation; cremation. Honorary pallbearers: Andrew Boeche, Ivan Cunningham, Roger Gieseking, Mike Koberstein, Larry Gillespie, Bob Rhodus. Memorials: Peru State College. Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Ave. Condolences:

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) ,Date: April 20, 2005, Edition: City, Page: 04, Record Number: MERLIN_2012973, Copyright, 2005, Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - May 16, 2004

Deceased Name: Ralph R. Lamb -- Lincoln

Ralph R. Lamb, 83, Lincoln, died Friday (5/14/04). Born, Lincoln. Veteran: World War II, Army. Survivors: wife, Berthilda; niece, Carol Koberstein (?), Nebraska City; great-nephew; great-niece. Graveside service: 3 p.m. May 25, Lincoln Memorial Park, 6700 S. 14th St. Meet at gate 2. Cremation; no visitation. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE), Date: May 16, 2004, Edition: City, Page: 04, Record Number: MERLIN_1596400, Copyright, 2004, Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - July 8, 1996

Deceased Name: Koberstein - Jerry P.

Koberstein - Jerry P. (?), 62, Nebraska City, died Friday (7/5/96). Born, Hastings. Retired, Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Co. Survivors: wife, Carol; daughter, Angie Osborn, Nebraska City; Gary "Mike" Koberstein, Adams; uncle, aunt, Ralph and Bee Lamb, Lincoln; four grandchildren. Private graveside services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wyuka. Gude Mortuary, Nebraska City.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE), Date: July 8, 1996, Edition: City, Page: 04, Record Number: MERLIN_199212, Copyright, 1996, Lincoln Journal Star

I went through my family records and found her obituary. As it is a puplic record I felt comfortable about sharing it. "From the Hastings Tribune-Oct 1,1946, pg. 9 Mrs. Panker dies suddenly Mrs. Ann May Panker,70 died suddenly at her home,1206 north Kansas, Monday evening after suffering from a heart attack. Born in Germany, Mrs. Panker came to this country as an infant. A member of the Christian Church, she was the widow of John Panker who died in Hastings in 1934. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs Vina Smith, Martin, S. D.; Mrs. Elsie Bull, Hollywood, Ca.; and Ceness Lee, Hastings; three sons, Tony of Morril, Griffith of Bremerton, Wa. and Alvin of Hastings; 12 Grand children, one great grandshild, four sisters,Mrs Emma Bierman of Hastings, Mrs. Nettie Jaden, Hastings,Mrs. Mattie Katzberg of Washington state and Mrs. Ida Garfield, Manhatten, Kan; five bothers, Bert, Albert, William and Harry Koberstein of Hastings and Frank of Holyoke, Colo. The body is at the Volland Funeral home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. [ In my research I have found that Jaden should be Tjaden] Good Luck.   (Email from on January 31, 2007)