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Loni Burbach

Loni Burbach

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HARTINGTON — Services for Loni Lee Burbach, 56, Norfolk, will be on Monday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Services will be limited to 100 people and face masks will be required. You may watch a live stream of the funeral at Burial of his cremated remains will be in the Sacred Heart cemetery in Wynot. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

He died on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at his residence.


Loni Lee was born on Oct. 21, 1963, in Yankton, to Dr. Daniel M. and Diane Mae (Forinash) Burbach. He grew up in Wynot and graduated from Wynot High School in 1983. He moved to Ainsworth and managed the Pizza Hut. It was here that he met and married Jeanie Lauer in November 1987. A daughter, Casey was born to this union. Loni and Jeanie divorced and then Loni moved to Norfolk, where he began working for Stanley Petroleum and continued to work for until his death.

Loni enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing softball, gardening, camping and playing cribbage.

Loni is survived by his daughter, Casey (Josh) Masen of Omaha, and their daughter Willow; brother Tim (Fay) Burbach of Hartington; niece Ashley (Forrest) Dendinger and family of Hartington; nephew Matt (Becky) Burbach of Columbus; and four aunts and spouses Sharon (Jay) Stockwell of Loveland, Colo., Linda (Tom) Steffen of Hartington, Vicky Pick of Wayne, Kathy (Marion) Vinton of Hartington, Sally (LeRoy) Beste of Wynot.

Loni was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Diane Burbach; stepfather Maurice Wuebben; sister Kelli Jo at age 50 on July 27, 2015; uncle and aunt Duane and LaDonna Burbach.

In other news

WAYNE — Services for Bonnie L. Frevert, 90, Winside, are pending with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. She died Monday, July 6, 2020, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

BLOOMFIELD — Memorial services for Sharon K. Hendrix, 78, Hutchinson, Kan., will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Jacob Bobby will officiate with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.

MEADOW GROVE — Services for Suzann K. O’Banion, 56, Meadow Grove, will be at a later date.

LAUREL — Services for Ernest L. “Ernie” Swanson, 91, Wayne, were Monday at Concordia Lutheran Church in Concord. The Rev. Deb Valentine officiated. Burial was in the Concord Cemetery with military rites by Laurel Veterans Post 5404 and 54.

WAYNE — Services for Thelma A. Moeller, 75, Wayne, are pending at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. She died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at the home of her sister in Pender.

NORFOLK — Services for Jeffery Doolittle, 46, Pierre, S.D., will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Lester L. Strong, 92, Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Rev. Gordon Braun will officiate. Private burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

LAUREL — Services for Ernest L. Swanson, 91, Concord, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel.

BUTTE — Private services for Alice Smalley, 90, Butte, were Thursday, July 2, at Butte City Cemetery.

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