Nov 11, 2019 3:12 PM

Hazel Gertrude Musfelt, (1930 - 2019)

Posted Nov 11, 2019 3:12 PM

Hazel Gertrude Musfelt, aged 89, passed away peacefully at her home on November 6, 2019. Hazel was born April 8th, 1930, to Henry Horace Hathorn and Martha Edith Burge at Valentine, Nebraska. Services will be Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00am at Grace Lutheran Church, 801 N. Elm Street, Gordon, NE.

She lived in Irwin, Nebraska and spent much time playing with her siblings on or near the lake. Her father worked for the railroad and she would tell how she loved to ride the train to Valentine or Gordon.

She attended Gordon High School where she met and fell in love with James Eldon Musfelt. They married in 1947 and homesteaded on a 2000-acre ranch east of Gordon. They were both quite industrious raising cattle, hogs, chickens and dairy cows. Hazel kept busy with a large garden, canning, caring for livestock, and housework. Together Eldon and Hazel raised four children-3 girls and 1 boy.

Hazel was an active member of the Lutheran Church in Gordon. She worked part time when her children were grown and was a blessing to many. Hazel was a good wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother! She was a sweet and generous person; touched many lives and will be greatly missed!

She is preceded in death by 3 brother 4 sisters; her husband Eldon and son Jim.

Hazel leaves behind daughters: Connie Lou Schwarting, Diana Lee Coats, and Beverly Irene Pierce. Also, Hazel is survived by 16 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Esther Becker (1935 - 2019)

Esther Irene (Reichert) Becker, 84, of Alliance, NE passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Hemingford Community Care Center.


Esther was born on January 26, 1935, to Marie and Jacob Reichert in Whitney, NE and grew up in Montana. She and her husband, Harold Becker, had 3 children: Linda, Barbara, and Larry.


Esther and Harold farmed south of Hemingford, where she helped with field work and drove trucks at harvest time. She also worked a few harvests at the sugar beet receiving stations, running the scale.


Esther enjoyed going to rodeos, bowling, fishing and Las Vegas. She kept a garden, as well as a flower bed. She will be remembered for her salmon-colored gladiolus spikes, often more than a yard tall.


Esther is survived by her husband, Harold, daughter, Linda (Arlin) Sample of Greeley, CO and son, Larry (Vicki) Becker of Alliance. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Ivy (Brian) Shelmadine of Rapid City, SD, her grandson, Cory (Kara) Sample of Greeley, CO, and 5 great-grandchildren, Jackson, Lexi, Arya and Mia Shelmadine and Kadence Sample. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and her daughter, Barbara.


Inurnment and family graveside services will be at the Alliance Cemetery.


The family expresses their thanks to hospice and the Hemingford Care Center staff for their skilled assistance.


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