Obituaries

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Below are obituaries from the past 6 months.

Mrs. Mary Ann (Schwartz) Pullmann, widow of the Reverend Carl E. Pullmann, departed this life on Thursday, December 30, 2021, in Slinger, Wisconsin, at the age of 88. She was born on July 11, 1933, to Louis and Marie Schwartz in Gurley, Nebraska. She was brought to the Lord through Holy Baptism in 1933 at Salem Lutheran Church, Gurley, Nebraska. In 1952 she graduated from Chadron State Teachers College and taught 1st-8th grades in a small one room schoolhouse for one year.

In 1953 she married her pastor’s son and love of her life, Carl Pullmann in Gurley, Nebraska. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage together and their four children, Dwight Pullmann, Carla Pullmann Nuckols, Michael Pullmann, and Monnie Anderson Hicks.

During Carl’s 52 years of active ministry, Mary served by his side in Neligh and Elgin, Nebraska; Anoka, Minnesota; and North Platte, Nebraska. In 2021 Mary moved to Wisconsin to be near her daughter Carla and family.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Carl. She is survived by two daughters, Carla (Mark) Nuckols of Jackson, Wisconsin, and Monnie Anderson Hicks (Ron) of Brandon, Mississippi; two sons, Dwight Pullmann of Rocklin, California, and Michael (Cheryl) Pullmann of Florence, South Carolina; eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and two dear sisters-in-law, Ellen Gilder and Marjorie Pullmann.

Graveside service will be in summer of 2022 at North Platte, Nebraska. Memorials may be given in her name to donor’s choice.

The Reverend Richard E. Albers, pastor emeritus, Lincoln, Nebraska, departed this life on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the age of 86. He was born on November 16, 1935, in Shawano, Wisconsin, to Eric and Marie (Wambsganss) Albers.

Richard married Esther Marie Rosenthal on August 17, 1991. He worked for many years with the American Motor Company, then found his calling as a pastor. Pastor Albers served the following congregations during his ministry: as a lay minister/deacon, Grace, Fairbury, Nebraska (1988-1993); as a deacon, Grace, Round Mountain, Nevada (1993-2000); and following his ordination on October 8, 2000, as pastor at Grace, Round Mountain, Nevada (2000-2002). Pastor Albers retired in 2002.

Pastor Albers is survived by his wife, Esther Albers, Lincoln; one sister, Marie Schneider, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; two brothers, Mike, Chicago, Illinois, and John, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Rev. Ronald Albers and Gerald Albers.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 510 S. 33rd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Interment will follow at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Harbine, Nebraska, at 1:45 p.m. on January 4.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Esther Albers, 7132 Stony Ridge Road, Lincoln, Nebraska 68507.

The Reverend Dr. D. Georg Williams, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Ainsworth, departed this life on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at the age of 71. He was born in San Angelo, Texas, on September 5, 1950. On July 21, 1973, Georg was united in marriage to Georgia Hall, and to this union one daughter, Rachel, was born. 

Pastor Williams graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, and was ordained on June 26, 1977. He began his ministry as pastor at Augustana and St. Paul Lutheran Churches, Alexandria and Mansura, Louisiana, from 1977-1979. He then received the call as pastor to Zion Lutheran Church, Ainsworth, Nebraska, in October, 1979, and was serving there until his death. 

A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth. The memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery northwest of Ainsworth. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the Zion Lutheran Foundation in care of Zion Lutheran Church, 318 E. 4thStreet, Ainsworth, Nebraska, 69210. 

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Georgia Williams, 42756 878th Road, Ainsworth, Nebraska 69210-1890.

Julie Anne Gierke Lazarchic, Commissioned Minister—Candidate Teacher, departed this life on December 2, 2021, in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was born on May 4, 1971, in Springfield, Illinois, to Gene and Linda Hagen Gierke. She was received into God’s family as His child through Holy Baptism on May, 23, 1971 at Zion Lutheran Church, Chestnut, Illinois. She reaffirmed her baptismal promises in her confirmation on March 31, 1985 at Peace Lutheran Church, Waverly, NE. She grew up in Spencer and Waverly, Nebraska. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1989. She attended Concordia University, Nebraska, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993.  From there she went on to get her Master of Arts degree in Library Science at the University of Iowa in 1995.

Throughout her career she served as teacher at Luther High School South, Chicago, Illinois (1995-2002) and Immanuel Lutheran School, Seymour, Indiana (2002-2011). On July 27, 2007, she was married to John Lazarchic at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, Indiana. To this union was born a son, Caleb on May 18, 2010. They moved to Seward, Nebraska in 2011 to be near family. Julie was a stay-at-home mom and also served as a substitute teacher in the Seward area. In 2016 she began a teaching position at ESU 7 in Columbus, Nebraska, where she loved serving her students.

Julie was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, along with her family. She served on the PTL board for a few years, played piano for the St. John services at the retirement home, helped with the food pantry and with funeral lunches, was a driver to help take St. John members to medical appointments, served as a writer for the St. John newsletter, served as VBS snack coordinator and willingly served as Jesus’ hands and feet to help many people in need.

Julie is survived by her husband John and son Caleb; her parents Gene and Linda Gierke; one brother Jeff (Chris) Gierke and their children Jaret, Colin, Elizabeth, and Makayla; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many many friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Brian Gierke; grandparents, Arnold and Lillian Gierke and Ray and Florence Hagan; aunt, Judy Gierke and aunt, Karen Gehrke; and parents-in-law, Robert and Barbara Lazarchic.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 9 at Volzke Funeral Home in Seward, NE from 2:00-8:00 p.m. with family gathered from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held December 10 at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward.  Interment will follow the service at Seward’s Cemetery.  Those unable to attend the service are invited to join the live stream on YouTube St. John Seward Live stream.

Memorials may be made in care of St. John Lutheran School (Seward), Concordia University, Nebraska, or ESU7 Columbus, NE. (If giving to ESU7, please make checks payable to Lazarchic family with memo to ESU7).

Paul E. Heidorn, Commissioned Minister—Teacher Emeritus, departed this life on November 3, 2021, in Seward, Nebraska. He was born on September 27, 1929, in the parsonage, Blue Earth, Minnesota, to Rev. Walter E. and Emma M. Rittmueller Heidorn. He was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Blue Earth, by his father. He attended St. John Lutheran School, Elmore, Minnesota for his elementary education and was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church rural Elmore, Minnesota on May 16, 1943 by Rev. M.C.A. Mueller.

He graduated from Bethany Lutheran High School and College in Mankato, Minnesota and taught at St. Peter Lutheran School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin from 1950-1952. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College (now University), River Forest, Illinois, in 1954. Throughout his career he served as a K-8 teacher and then principal. Congregations and schools served include: Zion, Harbine, NE, 1954-1966 and St. Paul, Utica, NE, 1966-1993; retiring in 1993.

Paul married Caroline A. Hannaman on July 29, 1956 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Blue Earth, Minnesota and were blessed with three children, Mark Paul, Timothy John, and Lynn Carol.

Mr. Heidorn was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Utica, NE, Lutheran Laymen’s League, Sunday Morning Bible Class, and served on several committees over the years. During forty years of teaching, Paul also served the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod by accepting elected and appointed positions.

Mr. Heidorn is survived by his wife, Caroline Heidorn, Utica, NE; sons, Mark (Jacqueline) Heidorn, Houston, TX, Timothy (Jocelyn) Heidorn, Utica, NE; daughter, Lynn Heidorn, Seward, NE; four grandchildren, Philip (Marina) Heidorn, Houston, TX, Kristopher Heidorn (fiancée, Mel Frydrych), Houston, TX, Benjamin Heidorn, Houston, TX, Emma Heidorn, Utica, NE; brother-in-law, Fritz (Ginny) Hannaman; sister-in-law, Janice Hannaman; nieces and nephews, former students and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence (Alberta) Heidorn, Norman (Jean) (Doris) Heidorn; parents-in-law, Emil and Emma Hannaman; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law.

The funeral service was held November 9, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Utica, NE. Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Utica.

MEMORIALS IN CARE OF ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH ENDOWMENT FUND OR LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES

Eugene Robert Faszholz, Commissioned Minister—Teacher Emeritus, departed this life on October 11, 2021. He was born on September 25, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Richard W. and Mamie K. Krenning Faszholz. They moved from St. Louis to Seattle, Washington and then to Berkeley, California, where Gene lived most of his childhood. He graduated from Concordia High School in Oakland, California and immediately began a career in professional baseball with St. Louis Cardinal Org. in Fresno, California, and was Rookie-of-Year in the California League. He went on to play in Columbus, Georgia, Omaha, Nebraska, Peoria, Illinois and finally in Tri-Cities, Washington. He was voted Most-Popular Player in Fresno, in Columbus, Georgia twice. He also made All-Star Teams in Fresno, Columbus and Peoria.

Gene’s career was interrupted by the Korean War where he served in 1952 in Korea after graduating from Radar School in Ft. Bliss, Texas. He became the radar repairman for the 555th Field Artillery Battalion of the 5th Regimental Combat Team of the 5th Army. He received an Accommodation Ribbon for his services.

Gene married his high school sweetheart, Marian Elaine Backus, in December of 1950. They were blessed with three children, Jeanette, Gary and Karen. Marian was an RN and served in many hospitals in her career and the children all became teachers in Lutheran schools.

After his baseball career, Gene went back to school, graduating from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska in 1958. He was called to teach and serve at St. Peter’s School in San Leandro, California. After serving there for eight years, he received a call to teach at Concordia High School in Seward, Nebraska. He taught there for six years before being called to Martin Luther High School in Greendale, Wisconsin. He taught American History, Geography, Government, Economics, Driver’s Education and some Religion courses. At each of these schools, Gene coached baseball, basketball and some football. Gene retired in 1992.

Mr. Faszholz is survived by his wife, Marian Faszholz of Seward; children, Jeanette (Larry) Niemann of Seward, Gary (Mary) Faszholz of Emlay City, MI, Karen (Michael) Greve of Macomb, MI; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; brother, Tom (Jean) Faszholz of Hillsboro, OR; sister, Kay (Red) Rasmussen of Buckeye, AZ; sister-in-law, Jean Faszholz. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mamie Faszholz; brothers, Dick (Pat) Faszholz, John (Annette) Faszholz; Dave Faszholz.

The funeral service was held October 15, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Seward with full military honors.

Memorials to Concordia University, Nebraska baseball team, St. John Lutheran School, or St. John DVD Ministry in lieu of flowers.