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Margaret Diez

Margaret Diez

NIOBRARA — Public visitation for Margaret “Peggy” Diez, 92, Gretna, formerly of Niobrara, will be from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Niobrara Presbyterian Church in Niobrara.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara is in charge of arrangements. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks are suggested.

She died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at her residence.


Margaret A. “Peggy” Diez was born July 20, 1928, on a farm near Hartington, to Raymond S. and Clara (Babe) (Fleener) Freiburghouse. At the age of 4, Peg’s family moved to a farm at Niobrara. She attended grade school at School District 138 and 150 and high school at Niobrara High School, graduating in 1946. After high school, Peg worked at Rexall Drug in Niobrara.

On Sept. 10, 1948, she married C. Rex Diez. To this union, three children were born: C. Ray Diez, Jill Marie (Nolan) and David Lee.

Over the years, Peg worked at Diez Café and Diez Fertilizer Co., was chairwoman of the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Niobrara for 10 years, an Avon Lady for 10 years, a 25-year member of Niobrara Valley Extension Club, a member and active with the Niobrara Valley Golf Course, a member and elder in the Niobrara Presbyterian Church, and she served on the church building committee when the town was moved.

In 2016, Peg received the Niobrara Alumni Hall of Fame Award. In May 2010, Rex and Peg sold their home and moved to Gretna to be near two of their children. Peg was active in the Bible study at United Methodist Church and made many friends through this association.

Peg is survived by her three children and their spouses: C. Ray and Julie (Middleton) Diez of Macomb, Ill., Jill and Richard Nolan and David and Cathy (Boeckman) Diez, all of Gretna; five grandsons, Nicholas Nolan, C. Jay Diez (Katie), Nathan Nolan (Ashley), Brady Nolan and Broderick Diez; six great-grandchildren; a brother, William (Bill) Freiburghouse; and her sisters-in-law, Shirley Freiburghouse and Lois (Diez) Colwell.

She was preceded in death by her spouse; her parents; a brother, James “Jim” Freiburghouse; and a brother-in-law, Lyle Colwell.

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LAUREL — Services for Julia F. “Judy” Meier, 77, Belden, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Rev. Darren Timberlake will officiate. Burial will be in the Belden Cemetery in Belden.

TILDEN — No services are planned for Billy Allen Jr., 70, Meadow Grove. Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden is in charge of arrangements.

NORFOLK —  Services for DeLoris H. Bomar, 89, Norfolk, are pending at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk. She died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center in Norfolk.

OSMOND — Memorial services for Kaylene Christensen, 66, Plainview, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Plainview. The Rev. Joan Alexander will officiate with private inurnment at a later date.

O’NEILL — Services for Debra Carr, 61, O’Neill, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in O’Neill. Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.

VERDIGRE — Services for Robert Novacek, 84, Verdigre, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the United Methodist Church in Verdigre. The Rev. Lynde Linde will officiate with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Verdigre. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 259 and Army Na…

Private services for Karen Powell, 74, Slayton, Minn., formerly of Norfolk, will be Saturday, Oct. 31, at Slayton Memorial Gardens in Slayton. The Rev. Ethanie Schmidt will officiate. A public celebration of life will take place at a later time.

ROYAL — Services for Jan Dewalt Curtis, 79, Creighton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Royal Gymnasium in Royal. Bob Moore will officiate with burial in Royal Cemetery in Royal.

COLUMBUS — Services for Florene Kass, 93, Madison, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Gass Haney Funeral Home in Columbus. The Rev. Joe Miksch will officiate.

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