Claudia Marie (Garrett) Obermiller, 73, of Farwell passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, Nebraska due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Kelso Cemetery (3 ½ miles southwest of Farwell) on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. Honorary Pallbearers include Delvin Baldwin, Ryan Jerabek, Ted Kohtz, Tim Aitkin, David Lukasiewicz, Robert Esau and David Snider. A lunch will follow at the Farwell Fire Hall for all in attendance. Please follow recommended social distancing guidelines and please dress casual.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Farwell EMT’s or the Elba EMT’s. Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul, Nebraska is assisting the family Online condolences maybe left at www.jacobsengreenway.com
Claudia was born September 25, 1946 in Montezuma, Iowa, (Powerhiek County) the only child of Everett & Helen Marie (Bone) Garrett.
During her childhood she lived on farms near Deep River and Montezuma Iowa. She attended grade school in Deep River and Montezuma, Iowa and graduated from Des Moines Tech High in 1964. She attended college at Northwest School of Medical Technology at Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated in 1966. After college she worked at Scared Heart Hospital in Loup City, Nebraska. She lived with the John and Rose Koperski family in Farwell while working in Loup City and loved their family.
Claudia was united in marriage to Jerry Eugene Obermiller on November 16, 1968 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Nysted, Nebraska. They lived in Farwell, Nebraska for two years and then moved to the family farm south west of Farwell where she live. With failing health, she was in several different nursing homes in the area.
Due to the generous hearts of Claudia & Jerry, two children were blessed to be adopted by them; Christy Marie in 1975 and Patrick Shane in 1980.
Claudia was never a city person, always a deep hearted country girl and very proud to be a farm wife and livestock producer. She loved being a Mom and cherished her family and friends. She enjoyed being outside with her cattle, horses and chickens. Her greatest passion was raising her purebred kittens for many years. She enjoyed going to many elementary schools and talking to the students about the Native Americans and American History. She enjoyed several trips to Wyoming to visit the cast of Longmire and she really loved Willie Nelson’s music. She spent many hours watching her favorite show, “Gunsmoke.” It was always a treat for her to visit her longtime classmate and friend, Judy Rodish in Iowa. While in the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City, she became good friends with roommates, Mildred Lewandowski and Irene Woitalewicz. She enjoyed watching TV shows and reading books of Longmire as she had visited there 6 or 7 times in her life.
She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Dannebrog, Nebraska.
She was survived by her son, Patrick Obermiller of Grand Island; 2 cousins, Cynthia & Timothy Aitken & family of Dennebrog; Tana & David Brogden & family of Oregon; friends, Delvin & Yvonne Baldwin of Farwell, Todd & Julie Nitsch & family of Boelus, Grant & Sandra Davis & family of Dannebrog, Ryan & Lisa Jerabek & family of Farwell, Ted & Katie Kohtz & family of Boelus, David Lukasiewicz & family of Grand Island, Susan Kyhn & family of Boelus, Robert & Vicki Esau & family of Texas, David & Paula Snyder & family of Lincoln, and Judy Robish & family of Iowa.
Claudia was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Obermiller on November 15, 2006; daughter, Christy Obermiller on June 27, 1988; father, Everett in 1951, her mother, Helen in 1988; stepfather, Russell Tobis in 1989; grandparents; aunts, uncles, & cousins.
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