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CURTIS, Neb.-Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church for Helen Arleen Ewald, 91, Curtis, who died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. Burial will be in Curtis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Frontier County Library, in care of the Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home.


Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Nelda Ewald, Daytona Beach, Fla.; four daughters, Karen Lehman and husband Jerry, Farnam, Ann Hagan and husband Pat, Smithfield, Jo Ellen Jurgens and husband Rod, Lamar, Mo. and Mary Peterson and husband Dennis, Bertrand; a son, Lynn Ewald and wife Patty, Curtis; a nephew, Michael Lehman, North Platte; a dear friend, Carol Kennon, Curtis; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. She was looking forward to welcoming another great-granddaughter to the family in June.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, in 1979; a son, Bill in 1997 and a sister, Marjorie Lehman in 2006.


Mrs. Ewald was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Frontier County, to Carl and Sigrid (Jepsen) Nelson. After graduating from UNSA in 1940 she earned a teaching certificate from Kearney Teachers College and taught in two rural county schools. On June 9, 1941, at Oberlin, Kan., she married Jim Ewald and they farmed and reared their six children in Lincoln County, north of Curtis. In addition to crops, irrigation and livestock, she raised and sold chickens and eggs and shared the abundance of large gardens with family and friends. She will be remembered by many for her work ethic, honesty, hospitality and generosity. The farm remained her home until she moved to Curtis in 2006. She then had more time to devote to reading and embroidering. She had been an active member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church and was a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Curtis.


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