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Alice Volberding - September 24, 2009


Alice Volberding, age 100 of Ogallala, Neb. passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.
She was born Dec. 5, 1908 on a farm south of Ogallala where she spent her childhood days attending District 48 school. After the closing of the country school she and her brothers drove into Ogallala and finished their high school years in town where she graduated with the class of 1925.
On Dec. 19, 1926 she married George Volberding. They were engaged in farming for three years with her father and later moved to Akron, Colo. In 1929 they moved back to Ogallala where they rented a farm south of town. She worked hard picking corn by hand and feeding hogs and raising four children. In the 1940s they purchased a farm south of Brule, Neb. where they remained until they retired and moved to Ogallala.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Brule and Ogallala for many years. She was a Charter member of the Pleasant Vail Club in Brule until all the members became too old and it was no longer held. She loved to go to the senior center and was a member of RSVP for 20 years.
On June 17, 1982 her husband George died, but she remained in her home and loved to cook and have visits with her children and many relatives. Every year her brothers and a sister tried to get together for reminiscing and lots of good food.
She did lots of ceramics and crafts of all kinds in her spare time. She also liked to work in the yard with her flowers until she was no longer able. Also in her younger years she loved to bowl and often played marbles with her friends.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Ebke of Julesburg, Colo., Bernice and husband George Mercer of Ogallala and Sherri Gosnell of Brule; one son, Wayne Volberding of Ogallala: 10 grandchildren, Allen and wife Ursella Ebke of Norton, Kan., Brenda Ebke of Julesburg, Rodney and wife Genny Volberding of Ogallala, Shandra and husband Jim Bescheinen of Lincoln, Neb., Mark and wife Marjorie Mercer of Columbus, Neb., Mardell and husband Kevin Meier of Wichita, Kan., Denise and husband Mark Hull of Omaha, Ellen and husband Patrick McNemar of Omaha, Brett and wife Nichole Gosnell of Chadron, Neb. and Dirk and wife Sue Gosnell of Pavillion, Wyo.; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, John Sherman of Billings, Mont.; one sister, Evelyn Baxter of Buffalo, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents Syl and Nettie Sherman; four brothers, Floyd, Lloyd, Ralph and Harold Sherman; a son-in-law, Clarence Ebke, a daughter-in-law, Gladys Volberding and a son-in-law, Don Gosnell.
Services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Pierce officiating.
Burial was in the Ogallala Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Keith County Senior Center and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in her memory. Online condolences may be sent to gubserfuneralhome.com.
Gubser Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.