A Funeral Mass for Bessie Walnofer, age 86, of O’Neill, will be at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. Fr. Bernard Starman will officiate.
Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2017, from 5-7 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill.
Bessie passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of the arrangements. In leu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill.
Bessie Helen Peter was born on January 6, 1931 on the family farm, 10 miles southwest of O’Neill, to John and Frances (Soukup) Peter. She attended District 165. Bessie met Raymond Walnofer at Summerland Dance Hall near Ewing, NE. The couple were married on February 13, 1950, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. The couple was blessed with 4 children: Carolyn, Bev, Richard, and Ellen.
Bessie was a homemaker and worked side by side with her husband, Raymond, ranching until his death on January 23, 2011. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. She was known for her roast beef dinners, and she always enjoyed a good game of Pitch.
She is survived by her three children, Carolyn Lieb and husband Dick, of Lincoln, NE, Richard Walnofer and wife Deb, Ellen Chohon and husband Gene, all of O’Neill, NE; son-in-law, Bob Heese of Stanton, NE; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and one brother-in-law, Darrel Carr of Amelia.
Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, John in 1969 and Frances in 1993; her husband, Raymond in 2011; daughter, Bev Heese in 2006; sister, Cecilia Carr in 2016.