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Marian Bounds Hodde - September 20, 2011


Marian (Bounds) Hodde was born on Aug. 6, 1917 in Zumbra Falls, Minn. She was the youngest of two children born to Herman and Anna Flindt Nedtwig. Marian’s father was a Methodist pastor and she was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church.
The family lived in Iowa and Minnesota where Marian attended school. She attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa for one year before attending nurses training and graduating from Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis as a registered nurse anesthetist. She worked as an anesthetist in Minneapolis and in Honolulu after World War II had begun.
Marian met John Bounds who was stationed in Honolulu and they were married in 1944. Three children were born to this union. After John’s discharge they moved to San Francisco for a brief period before Whitey Kurkowski (who served at Pearl Harbor with John) offered him a job in Grant, Neb.
The family owned and operated the Grant Hotel for a period of time and Marian later worked at the Perkins County Community Hospital as a nurse anesthetist and director of nursing where her colleagues fondly knew her as “Sarge”.
John died in 1975 and she was married to Wilbert “Butch” Hodde in the spring of 1982. She joined the Trinity Lutheran Church and was confirmed on Dec. 12, 1982. She belonged to AAL and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League where she was a faithful member.
Wilbert died in 1993 and Marian continued to maintain her home in Grant until 2005 when she moved to Westview Retirement. She began to fail in health and moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant in June of this year and died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 20 at the Perkins County Community Hospital. She had reached the age of 94.
In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Nedtwig.
Marian is survived by two daughters, Karen Mills of Bellingham, Wash. and Kathy and husband Jerry Taylor of Blair, Neb; her son, Robert and wife Deb Bounds of Grant; four grandchildren, Megan and husband Jonathan McKernan, Jonathan Bounds, Emily and Erik Taylor; two great-granddaughters, Lauren and Kendall McKernan. Marian especially enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and the family dogs as she got older.
Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, north of Grant.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.