Thelma Cooley

Thelma Cooley

TILDEN — Services for Thelma Cooley, 99, Norfolk, formerly of Oakdale, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden. John Petersen will officiate with burial in Oakdale Cemetery in Oakdale.

Visitation will begin an hour prior to services at the funeral home.

She died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Heritage of Bel-Air in Norfolk.


Thelma L. Cooley was born in Oakdale on July 19, 1920, to Lawrence and Edna (Holmes) Adams. She came from a family of sisters, including Yvonne, Marilyn and Mavis, who died at a young age. Thelma graduated from Oakdale High School and worked at the agriculture office in Neligh for a short time. She moved to California to work in an airplane factory for about four years and was very proud to be an original Rosie the Riveter.

Thelma met Robert H. Cooley in Nebraska in 1941. He enlisted in the service before the war started and would travel from training camp in Arkansas to visit her in California.

After the war was over, Thelma met him at the train station and the next morning, they were married. Their only son, Lynn, was born while they lived in California.

After retiring from General Motors in 1975, Thelma and Robert returned to Nebraska but spent a lot of time traveling the United States. They both enjoyed square dancing. They had a very good, happy life together for 72 wonderful years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters; her spouse, Robert; a son, Lynn; and many friends.

Thelma is survived by granddaughters Kimaree and Marysa; grandsons Chad and Adam; several great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Linda.

In other news

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Judy R. Ransen, 68, Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Kenneth E. “Ken” Hansen, 75, Norfolk, are pending at Home for Funerals in Norfolk.  He died Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha.

OMAHA — Services for Claude A. “Bud” Bettin, 78, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Wildewood Christian Church, 1255 Royal Drive, in Omaha. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

Wayne — Services for Eveline W. Thompson, 101, Wayne, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

NORFOLK — A celebration of life for Patrick A. O’Gorman, 84, Norfolk, will be 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Norfolk.

CREIGHTON — Services for Jean Stokes, 86, Creighton, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.

NORFOLK — Services for Judy Ransen, 68, Norfolk, are pending at Home for Funerals in Norfolk. She died Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

STANTON — Services for Edwina E. Hegr, 96, Columbus, formerly of Pilger, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the United Methodist Church in Stanton. The Rev. Neil Gately will officiate with burial in the Leigh Cemetery.

NORFOLK — Services for Emily A. Kieckhafer, 82, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Paul Hirsch will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Norfolk.

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