Elisabeth "Elly" Sudbeck
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Elisabeth "Elly" Sudbeck age 80 of Bow Valley, Nebraska died on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Nebraska with Rev. Eric Olsen and Rev. David Fulton officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, January 27th from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Jordan Wheeler, Megan Wheeler, Whitney Wheeler, Heather Lammers -Nelson, Dustin Lammers, Nicholas Lammers, Makayla Augustine, Miranda Augustine, and Mariah Augustine.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sylvan and Lorraine Brummer, Daryl & Aggie Hochstein, Roman & Helen Marx, Lori Opfer, Ron & Norma Sudbeck, Doris Hochstein, Ruth Heine, Clifford & Betty Gubbels.

Elisabeth "Elly" Sudbeck was born on November 6, 1933 in Lathen Ems, Germany to Heinrich and Maria (Giese) Drager. She graduated from high school and went on to nursing school in Dortmund, graduating as a pediatric nurse. She worked in Germany until coming to the United States in 1958 to care for her ailing cousin. What was to be a one year visit turned into a lifetime residence in Nebraska. Elly married the love of her life Lajoy "Tiny" Sudbeck on October 26, 1959 in Bow Valley. Tiny and Elly spent their lifetime farming two miles south of Bow Valley. Tiny died on September 22, 2010 at the age of 76 years. Elly remained on the farm until moving to Golden Living Center in Hartington in November of 2011.

She was devoted to her faith, family, friends and those in need of her love and care.

Elly was an active member of Holy Family Parish, Christian Mothers and taught CCD. She loved being a farmer's wife, ballroom dancing with Tiny, and golfing in the Hartington Woman's Golf League. In retirement her passion for children drove her to devote several years to Kids Korner Daycare. She made every holiday and special event memorable for her family, she enjoyed baking especially when she could share it with her grandchildren that she so adored.

She is survived by her three daughters, Maria Wheeler of Sioux Falls, SD and her children Jordan, Megan, and Whitney Wheeler; daughter Joan Lammers of Hartington and her children Heather & Scott Nelson, Dustin and Nicholas Lammers; daughter Carla and husband Jim Augustine of Sioux City, IA and their children Makayla, Miranda, and Maria Augustine; 2 brothers Josef Drager of Lathen, Germany, Heinrich and wife Lenchen Drager of Hainrode, Germany; sister-in-law Ushi Drager of Hamm, Germany; brother-in-law Vernon Sudbeck of Hartington, NE; many nieces and nephews.

Elly was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Lajoy "Tiny"; brother Herman Drager; sister Maria Barkhoff.




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Your family is in my thoughts and prayers . Elly was a very wonderful lady . so pleasant and a great inspiration to me , I think of her often and she will be missed

Paula Webb


Our sympathy to Maria, Joan and Carla and families. Take comfort in knowing she is in the arms of her creator and loved ones.

Melvin and Jeanette Lammers


Carla, Joan and Maria:

Trips to Bow Valley NE included visiting my grandparents, Barney and Helen Giese, and usually your family as well. Elly and Lajoy were very close to my grandparents but also to my mother (Cela Mae Giese) now Kris Lambrecht. My mother told me of Ellys passing this weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families!

Michael, Becky, Corey and Ian Lambrecht, Meridian, ID


Carla, Joan, Maria,

You are in our thoughts and prayers.I will always remember your mom,she was so happy and always so kind.Always remember the good times.

Wally and Doris


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