Nov 05, 2019 3:25 PM

JoAnne Schmidt (1932 - 2019)

Posted Nov 05, 2019 3:25 PM

JoAnne (Nagel) Schmidt died at home on Saturday, November 2, 2019 after battling a serious illness. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Hunzeker officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. A memorial has been established to Regional West Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com.


JoAnne was born to Henry and Susan (Hessler) Nagel on May 30, 1932, the youngest of eleven children. JoAnne attended Lake Alice School, Longfellow Elementary, Scottsbluff Jr and Sr High School, as well as a Christian School in Kansas. After high school, JoAnne worked for West Nebraska General Hospital as a dietary aide and later as an operator with the local telephone company. On August 16, 1953, she married Ernest Schmidt, Jr. He described her as the prettiest girl he had ever seen. They lived in Fort Worth, Texas until Ernie was honorably discharged from the Air Force. They made their home in rural Minatare, where they farmed for fifty-three years. JoAnne stayed busy with their four daughters and with helping on the farm. Her family was everything to her. JoAnne had a love for music. She played guitar, piano and even learned to yodel. Sadly, JoAnne started losing her hearing due to Ostosclerosis. By the time she was thirteen, she was wearing a hearing aide. Despite numerous corrective surgeries, JoAnne suffered complete hearing loss in both ears and was deaf to the spoken word by the time she was 33 years old. Her world became silent except for the sounds of ringing in her ears and the vibration of her own voice. She held on to the memories of the melodies to her favorite songs. JoAnne always wished she could her grandchildren’s voices. In 1978, JoAnne went to work as a housekeeper at the Candlelight Motel. After being asked by a friend who worked there if she could fill in for a few days, she said, “Yes, I can work- but for just a few days.” She retired from the Motel in December of 2001.


JoAnne enjoyed her work and especially the friendships she made with the women she worked with. She enjoyed gardening, reading novels, sewing, crocheting, and latch hook. She particularly loved putting 2000 – piece jigsaw puzzles together (Something she and Ernie started doing together when they were on the farm). Her favorite puzzles are framed and hung on walls throughout her home. At times she would invite us to help her with the puzzles, but she had a special system and if you moved a puzzle piece and returned it to the wrong spot, she would give you “the look”! JoAnne was an avid Husker fan, Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed watching golf.


 She was preceded in death by her husband Ernie, infant daughter Laurie, six brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her children, Cheryl Schmidt, Bobbi (Jack) Hartshorn and Viletta (Steve) Freeman; grandchildren: Scott (Ashley) Vogel, Jessica (Jamie) Osborn, Brandon Schafer, Heidi Hartshorn and Joshua (Brittany) Freeman; seven great grandchildren; sister-in-law Joy (Val) Carlson and brother-in-law Dwight Schmidt. She welcomed additional family Chad, Clark (deceased), Lisa and their families.

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Gale LeAnn Winberley (1962 - 2019)

On Saturday November 2, 2019, while surrounded by family, Gale LeAnn Wimberley went to her heavenly home. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Gering Zion Church with Pastor Tim Hebbert and Pastor Wayne Mundell co-officiating. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Gering Zion Church, Festival of Hope, or the Panhandle Humane Society. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com


Gale was born to Jerrene Walls Michael and Lilvon L. Michael in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Leadville, Colorado on August 6, 1962. They were later divorced. Gale was in Junior High when Jerrene and her children then moved to Kimball, Nebraska. The children were very happy when their mother met and married John (Jack) Randall, who happily became a dad to all the children. Gale was proud of her new dad and insisted on changing her last name to Randall. Gale graduated from Kimball High School in 1980 and moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to go to Fullen Hair Design, where she graduated in 1980.


Gale always knew that she wanted to be a hairdresser from the moment she gave her dolls hair cuts as a young girl. As Gale began her career as a hairdresser, she became very close friends with her clients. She always enjoyed hearing about their kids, vacations, hobbies – she was an amazing listener. Gale and her friends picked up dancing as something to do after work. She also helped teach country dance lessons. It was there that she met the love of her life, Donald Wimberley, a single father of five. Gale and Don married and started a family together. Along came four more kids. Gale was “Mama Gale” to many of her children’s friends and “Grandma Gale” to many of those kids’ kids. She enjoyed every minute of it.


In 2006, Gale was diagnosed with breast cancer. That is when she was told about the Festival Of Hope and how it could help her and her family during that time. Gale was a firm believer in giving back, so she and her aunt Barb began painting rocks, framed photos, and other things to sell at their booth for the Festival of Hope, every year for the last 13 years.

With each cancer diagnosis, she was bound and determined to beat it. That strength and determination came from her faith in God. She always handled everything life could throw at her with grace and compassion. Cancer may have weakened her body, but it could never weaken her will, stubbornness and faith.


In May 2019 her life was forever changed when Don was involved in an accident that later took his life and triggered the decline of her own health.

Due to lung damage from her previous battles with cancer and chemotherapy, Gale’s suppressed immune system couldn’t fight off a cold that developed into pneumonia.

Up until the very end she was a fighter.


Gale leaves behind her children Ethan Wimberley, Shane Wimberley (Sammy O’Leary), Cara (Wyatt) Edington, Ryan Wimberley and special son Max (Ashle) Powell; stepchildren: Heather Yates, Frank (Tonya) Wimberley, Mathew Wimberley, Devrin Wimberley, and Tara (Brad) Plambeck; her parents Jerrene and Jack Randall; siblings Byron (Anna) Michael, Brad (Shelly) Randall, Chris (Dave) Mills, and Swedish sister Hillevi Gustafsson; grandchildren Riley Wimberley, Caitlin Wimberley, Dawson Wimberley, and Drake and Hayden Yates; along with numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and extended family members.


Gale is preceded in death by her husband Donald Wimberley, her grandparents Virgil (Myra) Walls and Floyd and Phyllis Randall; great grandmother Chloe Miller; special aunt Dorothy Miller and several other family members.