Weather Forecast

Click for Grant, Nebraska Forecast

Berniece T. Lakey - March 11, 2010

Berniece T. Lakey, 95, of Kearney, Neb., died Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
She was born July 15, 1914 in Campbell, Neb. to Louie and Anna (DeMars) Derra. She graduated from Hastings High School in Hastings, Neb., taking normal school courses. She taught in rural schools around Elsie, Neb. before her marriage.
On Dec. 26, 1939, she married Lyle Lakey in Alma, Neb. He died on Jan. 13, 1975. She worked at TRW Manufacturing in Ogallala, Neb. and Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant, Neb. until her retirement in 1984. She moved to Kearney at that time to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Suvivors include her daughter Mary Ann and husband Paul Engel of Anaheim, Calif.; sons John and wife Deanna Lakey of Kearney and Jim and wife Rhonda Lakey of Lincoln; grandchildren Perry and wife Donna Engel of Rancho San Marguerita, Calif., Paula and husband Troy Herzog of Anaheim, Greg and wife Christina Lakey of San Antonio, Texas, Aaron Lakey of Kearney, Stacie and husband John Evans of Omaha, Nathan Lakey of Lincoln and Ali Lakey of Lincoln; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Irene Hastings and Merilda Kennedy and an infant daughter, Janet.
Funeral services were held March 15, 2010 at St. James Catholic church in Kearney with Revs. Joseph Hannappel and Mike McDonald officiating.
Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery near Grant.
Memorials are suggested to St. James Catholic Church or the Prince of Peace Catholic Church building fund.
Online condolences or personal reflections may be submitted at
O’Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home of Kearney was in charge of arrangements.