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Eva Lingo; Elnor Brown; Marilyn Conway.

Donna Maucher is in Sunrise Care Center in Wauneta, Room 206. She’s doing well and expects to be in the Center for about a month.

Personal Note

Thanks to all for your words of sympathy, encouragement, cards and food in the death of Hobe Brown, our stepfather.  How much easier it is to go through life with the church family God has given us.  Gale & Londa

Lunch next Sunday, November 18 at Westside

Deb Bartlett and Patty Vinson are fixin’ chili. Others are asked to bring cheese, crackers, and desserts. Our Holyoke brethren are invited to come.


…to Amanda & Angela’s Girl Scout troops! They won first place in the Chamber’s Popcorn Sculpture Contest.


Nirene Kitt Celebrates 90th Birthday


As Printed in The Wauneta Breeze and Imperial Republican December 8, 2011


Above: Bruce and Nirene Kitt in 1999, and as a young couple in the 1940s.
Below: Nirene and her sister Donna; Nirene’s graduation photo 


Phyllis Nirene (Troxel) Kitt met with family and friends for Thanksgiving, also her 90th birthday, during the Kitt family reunion in Wauneta.

Born in Elsie Nov. 24, 1921, her parents were Walter and Clarice Troxel. She and sisters Donna Mae of Portland, Ore., and Glenda, of Bernalillo, N.M., grew up in the family home on 20 acres outside of Elsie.

Kitt’s winter chores included bringing in cobs and coal for heat. Her least favorite thing to wear when young was long underwear.

During the winter she and Donna would wake up in their room under a pile of “newspaper blankets” skiffed with snow. During the summer she enjoyed spending time in her bedroom reading and eating peanut butter with a spoon.

Kitt graduated from Elsie High School as valedictorian in 1939.

Prior to that she attended a four-room schoolhouse, where her first teacher, Mrs. Lee, would smack students’ legs with a little red stick if they misbehaved.

She excelled at girls’ softball and shuffleboard. During her life, she has played at least seven instruments, but her principal instrument was the piano. She still plays occasionally for the Imperial Community Center with a band she and late husband Bruce Edwin Kitt formed in North Platte—The Musicmakers.

Kitt earned a teaching degree from Kearney State Teachers College, after which she taught grades 1-8 in a one-room schoolhouse near Elsie.

On Aug. 21, 1942, she married Kitt in her parents’ home in the morning, as the newlyweds wanted to get on the road to their honeymoon in Estes Park, Colo.

The couple lived in a house on the family farm. Difficulties encountered included cash shortages, finding stock in bad weather, no electricity at first, and having to travel several miles to see the doctor.

In her “Legacy for My Loved Ones” journal, Kitt said, “There is always some solution, if you think about it and discuss it together. Also, we were Christian, which helps any situation.”

The couple then farmed in Missouri, returning to Nebraska in 1952. Bruce worked in Imperial, their children attended school in Wauneta, and Nirene stayed at home, until she obtained jobs at the sale barn in Imperial and later for J.C. Penney.

The family moved to California in 1960, where all four children began their college educations.

After retirement, the couple moved to North Platte, where they became involved in their church and community service.

Bruce was admitted to the Imperial Manor nursing home in 2007, so Nirene sold the North Platte house and moved to Imperial, where she still lives in her house. Bruce passed away in 2007.

Kitt lists her most influential people as her father, who taught her how to think for herself, and her teacher, Lucretia Hopper, who showed her how to use her mind in the best manner.

In reviewing her life and what she’s most grateful for, Kitt said, “I’m thankful for a wonderful husband with a good, solid family of integrity and from the union four beautiful children who put the Lord very highly prioritized in their lives and have brought up their children accordingly, and we thank God for the blessings of a family like this.”

Children include Yvonne (Jay) Streeter of Plano, Texas; Wayne (Kathy) Kitt of La Mesa, Calif.; Cheryl (Bill) Bryan of Imperial and Phyllis (Bob) Broadus of Jackson, Tenn., 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Bryan Accepts Int’l Rotary Flag from District Governor

Bill’s photo appeared in the Imperial Republican after a July 19, 2011 Rotary Meeting that featured guest speaker Ron Bazata, Rotary District Governor.

Imperial Rotary President Bill Bryan, right, accepts the Rotary International flag from District Governor Ron Bazata. Also attending Imperial's club meeting Tuesday were Herb Knudsen, Assistant Governor at left, and Mindy Bazata. (Republican photo)


News & Notes

In Our Prayers

  • Jack Cooper’s first CT scan showed some nodules in his lungs. Because of the colon cancer diagnosis, the doctors ordered a biopsy of lung tissue, which was done this past Wednesday. DeMarys reports that there is NO cancer in the lungs. “Thank you for your prayers.”
  • A fire at the Kafkas’ farm destroyed their garage, two vehicles, a tractor, and part of a barn. The house was not affected.
  • Continue to pray for cancer patients Don Bailey, Randy Jaeger, Wally Jones (Angela’s uncle), and Phil Enterline.
  • At last report, Marge Smith was planning to spend a few days at home while her daughter makes a trip to Omaha.
  • Remember Inmates of the Sterling Correctional Facility, as they study God’s Word with Dan Kafka.

Ladies’ Bible Class

Cheryl will begin a ladies’ home Bible class in January that will follow one of the “tracks” in the Daily Bible Reading schedule handed out last week. Please let her know if you’d like to participate.

Thank You…

…for last Sunday’s surprise birthday party at our monthly meal together. It was a surprise…couldn’t figure out at first why Dan Kafka, Gail and Londa McCormick showed up for the meal. Then I walked through the kitchen on my way to the house to get our food and saw the sign. That was fun.

Cheryl and I are blessed for the opportunity and privilege God has granted us to be a part of and work together with the Westside and Holyoke churches. You all are very special to us – we love you dearly. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the very best for the New Year.

Thanks again, Bill & Cheryl

(You can see photos of both Sunday afternoon parties at Westside Parties 12-12-10.)