Mary "Jane" Harger

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Mary Jane Harger, 80, of Madrid, Nebraska passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Jane was born on Jan. 23, 1938 on her grandpa’s farm (“Pazzie” Stevens) near Grant, Neb., to Mary Leonora (Stevens) and Chester Buchanan. She grew up on the family farm at Madrid. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1956. She worked at TRW in Ogallala, Neb., after high school until around 1965.

Jane married Larry H. Harger of Arkansas City, Kansas on July 30, 1960 at the Madrid Methodist Church. They made their home and raised their five children in Madrid. 

Jane worked at the post office in Madrid as a clerk starting in 1970 for 10 years and then became postmaster for 18 years and retired in 1998. 

She helped care for her parents until their deaths. Jane was a member of the Madrid Methodist Church. 

Following her retirement, Jane, Larry and her brother, Don Buchanan, enjoyed traveling and visited 49 states and Nova Scotia.

Jane was a friend to everyone she met and was loved by many.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bill, Don and John Buchanan; half-brother, Charles Buchanan; half-sister, Faye (Buchanan); her son-in-law, Russ Sandberg; and grandson, Tyler Sandberg.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Chester (Mary) Harger of Madrid, Sarah (Bill) Harder of Crab Orchard, Neb., Morgan (Julie) Harger of Madrid, Donna (Kenny) Goodner of Madrid, Bill (Carla) Harger of Earlham, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; Tiffine (Ben) Goodner and their daughter, Kassidee, Shad (Lacy) Harger, and their children Macy and Knox, Shane (Amanda) Harger and their children, Braidyn, Jace and Ryler, Trent (Jenn) Harger and their children Jaymee, Tinley, and Tuf, Luke (Heather) Burd and their children, Lynn and Forrest, Levi (Erin) Burd and their children, Bentley, Brennan and Bristol, Lydia (Jon) Paulson and their children, Chloe, Carter and Charles, Joseph and Jeremy Olson, Destiny Beisner, Kallie Harger, Eric Sandberg, Riley, Payton and  Mackenzie Harger, Max (Andrea) Harder and their children, Noah and Emma; sister-in-law, Carol Buchanan; and two nieces, Tonya and Tammy of Lemoyne, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Madrid Cemetery in Jane’s memory. Condolences may be shared at

Memorial services will be on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Madrid United Methodist Church with Pastor Tammy Aubushon officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Madrid Cemetery.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.


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