Memorial services for Neil Bloom were held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the baseball diamond in the Gregory, SD, with Pastor Elmo Herman officiating. Rachelle Bloom Santiago gave the eulogy.
Carolyn Jean Dillon was born April 13, 1941 to Betty Jean (Oxner) and Ralph T. Thurlow in a house on the south side of Atkinson, NE. She was not breathing, but the mid-wife, Maizie Cearns never gave up and revived Carolyn. Carolyn was a tough one. She started grade school at the age of four at District 21 in Rock County. They combined schools and she finished grade school in the Wewel School. She started Rock County High School in the fall of 1954 at age 14. She stayed with Minnie and Willie Haughey two miles north of Bassett doing outside chores and inside chores to earn her and her sisters’ keep while they went to high school. Carolyn walked to and from high school four miles a day through every kind of weather and in four years only missed ½ day of school. She graduated at age 17 and then started working for Samuel Ely, a lawyer in Ainsworth, NE. She worked there for two years staying at Mrs. Eby’s. As Carolyn was walking back and forth between the lawyer’s office and Mrs. Eby’s, Joney Dillon had been cruising the streets trying to figure out who the pretty girl was and where she had so quickly disappeared to, before he could get turned around to cruise main street again. They finally met at the local swimming hole in Long Pine, NE called the Old Mill Pond. She had been left stranded with no ride home. Joney offered Carolyn a ride back to Ainsworth, where they become a couple. They were married on June 15, 1960 in a double-ring ceremony in Winner, SD at age 19 and they resided at the L.E. Ray Ranch in Rose, NE. Born to this union were three children, Jolyn Kay, James Jonas and Justin Jonathan.
Dick Witt was born to Walt and Grace (Taye) Witt on April 12, 1940 in Ainsworth, NE. He attended Ainsworth School. Dick worked at Ford Motor’s in Ainsworth detailing cars.
Carolyn Kreycik Engler, age 90, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2020 with family by her side.
Mary Catherine (Foster) Peterson, age 93, of Valentine passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth. She was born June 27, 1927 in Mil bourne to William and Winifred (Read) Foster, the third of 13 children. The family moved to Sparks where she attended country school. She often rode horseback to school. She attended Valentine Rural High School and graduated in 1945. She then attended Normal Training, taught by Nettie Lovejoy, to become a teacher. She taught at Tioga school southwest of Valentine along the Niobrara River. While teaching there, she met the love of her life.