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Obituaries:Mary J. (Wanitschke) Cadwalader
Posted by: Darla Wanitschke on Feb 27 2010 09:53
Mary Cadwalader, 76, of Grand Island died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at United Congregational Church in Grand Island, with the Rev. Lonnie Logan officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Apfel Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cadwalader was born on Nov. 25, 1933, at Merna to Joseph and Dorothy (Karnes) Wanitschke.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Roy Cadwalader; two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and Steve Griffin and Jennifer Cadwalader, all of Grand Island; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Frank Wanitschke of Litchfield and George and Donna Wanitschke of Grand Island; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Paul Robison of Broken Bow and Virginia and Darold Bohl of Grand Island; and a sister -in-law, Irma Wanitschke of Derby, Kan.

Additional survivors include two grandchildren, Cass G...

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Obituaries:Charles W. Wanitschke
Posted by: Darla Wanitschke on Feb 27 2010 09:46

Charles W. "Chuck" Wanitschke, 82, of Grand Island died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center.

Services were at 10 a.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Christian Center. The Rev. Steve Warriner officiated. Burial was in Cedarview Cemetery in Doniphan.

Apfel Funeral Home of Grand Island was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wanitschke was born June 24, 1924, in Merna to Joe and Dorothy (Karnes) Wanitschke.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Irma; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Leon Johnston of Derby, Kan., and Connie and Larry Maldegen of Santa Fe, N.M.; two brothers, Frank of Litchfield and George of Grand Island; and three sisters, Anna Marie Robison of Broken Bow and Mary Cadwalader and Virginia Bohl, both of Grand Island.

Other survivors include five grandchildren, Shawn Cody and his wife, Marsha, of Alamosa, Colo., Alisha Cody of Denver, Deyna Smith and her husband, Justin, of Derby, Kan., Jeremy Johnston of Reno, Nev., and Jason Johnston and his wife, Jessica, of St. Joseph, Mo.; two stepgranddaughters, Alyssa Hagmann and her husband, Mike, of Tacoma, Wash., and Erin Maldegen of Durango, Colo.; four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Shannon and Meghan Cody and Hayden Smith; one stepgreat-grandson, Caden Hagmann; as well as a host of friends and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; his mother, Dorothy; and one brother, Hubert.

He grew up and received his grade school education in the Merna and Broken Bow areas. He attended Broken Bow and Sargent High School and later received his GED at Central Community College in Grand Island on May 15, 1985.

He was united in marriage to Irma Curlile on July 3, 1948, in Kearney.

Two daughters were born to this union, Peggy Ann and Connie Jean. They lived around Broken Bow, where he was employed by Tom and Art Haumont. He also engaged in sharecrop farming at Loup City and Broken Bow.

They moved in 1955 to Denver, where he was employed with Gates Rubber Co. He first worked in the tire division, vulco rope curing and later as a pressman in the belt division. He retired in 1980.

While employed at Gates, he received the Gates Gold Award Certificate for 10 suggested adopted improvements of procedures. Besides being honored with the award, he received cash benefits. He was part of the Gates bowling team and loved to go bowling with his buddies. They were honored with several trophies for their achievements.

He was granted disability retirement after 25 years of employment with Gates.

Chuck and Irma then moved to Grand Island, where he found part-time employment for two years with the Burlington Railroad, driving a van transporting the railroad men from destination to destination. He then obtained employment with the Doniphan cemetery as the cemetery caretaker for 13 years. He took much pride in keeping the grounds in tiptop shape.

Most of all, he loved farming and found much enjoyment in helping different farmers during their peak seasons. The farmers included Kenny Hollister and the late Joe Allen III. He also worked for several years for Margaret Landis on her horse ranch until health no longer permitted it. He loved to watch the animals and be part of their care.

He was a dearly loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always a kind and caring man with a willingness to help wherever there was a need.

While living in Denver, he attended Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colo. He put his eternal hope in Jesus Christ and was baptized on Nov. 30, 1978. At the time of his death, he was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center in Grand Island.

Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Heart Institute.

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Obituaries:Hubert J. Wanitschke
Posted by: Darla Wanitschke on Feb 27 2010 09:45

LITCHFIELD -- Hubert J. Wanitschke, 84, of Litchfield died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City, with Leon Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City, with military honors by the Loup City American Legion Post 248.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Wanitschke was born Aug. 17, 1921, near Anselmo to Joe and Dorothy (Karnes) Wanitschke.

Survivors of the immediate family include three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles and Irma Wanitschke of Grand Island, George and Donna Wanitschke of Grand Island, and Frank Wanitschke of Litchfield; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna Marie and Paul Robison of Broken Bow, Mary Jean and Roy Cadwalader of Grand Island, Virginia and Darold Bohl of Grand Island.

Additional survivors include an aunt, Pearl Stevens of Merna; an uncle, Bill Karnes of Boise, Idaho; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

He attended country school to the 8th grade in Custer County. He served his country in World War II from September of 1942 to November of 1945. He was in the 635th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He participated in D-Day and later was wounded in action. He loved to play baseball. He also loved farming and his animals. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion.

Memorials are suggested to the Loup City Community Building or Donor's Choice.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Obituaries:In Memory Of Joseph J. Wanitschke
Posted by: Darla Wanitschke on Feb 27 2010 09:39

In Memory of
Joseph J. Wanitschke

Born: July 8, 1891
Died: May 24, 1964

Funeral Services
Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m.
at the Steele Funeral Home Chapel
by Rev. I. M. Phillips

Pianist: Mrs. Reuben Cook
Duet: Mrs. A. N. Rowe & Mrs. Robert Harrington

Burial at Evergreen Cemetery
Graveside Rites by American Legion Post 48

Arrangements by Steele Funeral Home

Pallbearers
Charlie Riskowski
Al Augustyn
Orvin Kieborz
Ben Badura
Stanley Wardyn
Leonard Rice

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Family memories:Joseph Wanitschke
Posted by: Darla Wanitschke on Feb 27 2010 09:22
Hi, Astrid - My grandfather's name was Joseph, but I think he changed his first name upon coming to America.

I have a couple letters my grandfather received from several individuals, but they are all written German. It looks like they are from the following:

Brother Franz Wanitschke - Schleesen No. 11 Post Radis - Kr. Wittenberg - Tachsen. Franz talks about Mille, Amila, and Rudolf.

Brother Ernst Wanitschke - in Kirschfurt No. 5 - Post Frendenberg - Krs. Miltenberg - ?/Main - Germany - USA Zone.

Another letter from Ernst Wanitschke - in Kirschfurt Nro112 - Krs. Miltenberg - u/Main - USA Zone.

Ida Winkler - bei Josef Hagen - in Broich bei Kurten - Rhein Bergischer Krels Deutschland British Zone.

Grandpa Joe's sister's name was Emily and there is a letter from Heinrich Wanitschke to Emily.
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