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Clara Belle Volk

Clara Belle Volk

TILDEN — Services for Clara Belle Volk, 90, Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden. The Rev. Barry Williams will officiate. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church in Tilden.

Clara Belle Volk died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden is in charge of arrangements.


Clara Belle Volk, daughter of Frank and Anna (Kinne) Terry, was born March 11, 1932, at Meadow Grove. She attended Meadow Grove High School in Meadow Grove.

She was married to Gordon Volk on Feb. 11, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tilden. Five children were born to them: Cindy Sue Volk, Pamela Jean Smith, Rick Duane Volk, Nanci Beth Bergmeier and Kevin Douglas Volk.

Clara Belle lived and farmed with Gordon 4 miles south of Meadow Grove most of her life until they moved to Norfolk in 2005.

Clara Belle was a member of Buffalo Creek Church in Meadow Grove and was also a member of the Saddle Club and Square Dancing Club. She was an avid gardener, and nothing brightened her day more than seeing or talking with her seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Survivors include daughter Pam (Gary) Smith of The Woodlands, Texas, and her family, John (Lindsey) Smith, and their children Lauren, Hadley and Eloise, of Lino Lakes, Minn., Sarah (Conor) Pandl and their children Isabelle and Luke of Omaha, Jim Smith of Omaha, Joe (Ann) Smith, and their children, Conor and Olivia, of Omaha; son Rick (Deb) Volk of Norfolk and their daughter, Vanessa Volk and her children Lillian and Annabelle of Norfolk; daughter Nanci Bergmeier of Omaha, and her family Dustin (Courtney) Bergmeier, and their children, Zoey and Blake of Omaha, and Jacob Bergmeier of Omaha.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna; her spouse, Gordon; daughter Cindy; son Kevin; and 13 brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Special Olympics Nebraska or the charity of your choice.

In other news

WAYNE — Vicky L. Thies, 74, rural Winside, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at her farm home. Services are pending at Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Nathan Troy Peck, 60, Minneapolis, Minn., passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on May 17, 2023.

BLOOMFIELD — Marilyn True, 87, Bloomfield, died Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at her residence.

STUART — Services for John Hladky, 76, Stuart, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

NORFOLK — Services for Lisa M. (Berney) Schultz, 48, Norfolk, are pending at Home for Funerals in Norfolk. Lisa Schultz died Sunday, May 28, 2023, in Yankton.

NORFOLK — Visitation for Lisa M. (Berney) Schultz, 48, of Norfolk will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3, at the Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave.

AINSWORTH — Services for Shirley J. Hoefel, 97, were Saturday, May 27, at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth. The Rev. David Randall officiated. Burial was in the Ainsworth Cemetery.

OAKDALE — Services for Marietta Kay Crosier, 91, Oakdale, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Oakdale Community Center. John Petersen will officiate with burial in Oakdale Cemetery.

LINCOLN — Robert J. Ernst, 93, died Saturday, May 6, 2023. Private services were conducted at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

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