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Melvin M. Mahrt

– Melvin M. Mahrt, 63, of Wolbach, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. The Rev. Joseph Javorsky and Vicar Casey Lieneman will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach with flag presentation by American Legion Post 236 of Wolbach. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Mahrt was born on Aug. 28, 1947, at Omaha, the son of Hermann Mahrt. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Bryan Mahrt and his fiancée, Jessica Tejral of Wolbach; daughters and son-in-law, Andrea and Greg Bader of St. Paul and Traci Mahrt and her fiancé, Kurt Hansen of Wolbach; step-mother, Lucille Mahrt of Grand Island; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Leonard Dietz of Laramie, WY; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Butch and Jane Spence of Atlantic, IA, Ronnie and Sharon Spence of Martell, Jerome and Patricia Mahrt of Utah, Bernard and Patricia McGonigal and Daniel McGonigal, all of Omaha; and a cousin that was like a brother, Bruce Mahrt and his wife, Eileen of Yutan. He is also survived by three grandchildren, John Mahrt, Aubry Hansen and Alex Stigge. As an infant, Melvin moved to the Wolbach area with his father. He attended District No. 57 Greeley County rural school and Wolbach Public Schools, graduating in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 1965 to Feb. 1966. He then returned to farm in the Wolbach area. He was united in marriage to Patricia Treat on July 5, 1969, at St. Paul. She preceded him in death on July 26, 1970. He was united in marriage to Katherine A. “Kathy” Lange on June 24, 1972, at Wolbach. The couple farmed west of Wolbach their entire married life. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a former church council member, a member of American Legion Post No. 236 of Wolbach, and was a former member of the Wolbach Rural Fire Department board. Melvin was known for his love of his dogs and livestock. His family came first in his life and he would do anything in the world to provide for them. He always loved to tell a good joke and wrote wonderful poetry on nights when he couldn’t sleep. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. In addition to his first wife, Patricia, he was preceded in death by his father, Hermann Mahrt; his step-mother, Marie (Spence) Mahrt; sister, Donna Perry; brothers, Alvin Mahrt and Dr. Delmer Mahrt; and his in-laws, Carl and LaFern Lange. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice or to Juvenile Diabetes Association.

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I want to extend my sympathy to Melvin's family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew him for as long as I can remember -- growing up on neighborhood farms. He was a friend to many and I'm sure his family was very important to him. May he rest in peace. Janet Christensen Blair

Janet Christensen Blair Dec 17 2010 12:00 AM

Kathy and Family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. We did not know Melvin but wanted to pass on how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Sincere Sympathy, Ron and Rita

Rita (Fenton) Kephart Nov 29 2010 12:00 AM

Kathy and family. You have my deepest sympathy during this sad time. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and give you the strenght and comfort to continue on with your lives. Melvin was a wonderful guy, and I know you will cherish his memories forever!

Lana Studley Maret Nov 24 2010 12:00 AM

Melvin always had a story to tell – you always ended up laughing. He always had to talk about his family – he was so proud of you all. Let your good memories help you through this difficult time. My sympathy.

Sandy Rother Nov 24 2010 12:00 AM

Kathy; I am so sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of the times I spent with Melvin and Butch as a youngster. We regularly drove from Kearney to visit my grandparents Jude and Hazel Madsen and would nearly always spend time with Herman, Marie, Melvin, and Butch. Many times I would stay overnight and we often laid in bed telling stories and jokes. I remember hauling hay bales and Melvin would have me drive the tractor while he and Butch loaded and stacked bales. Letting out the clutch on steep hills was always a challenge and I remember Melvin going flying off the lowboy if I made it jerk (he had a few choice words to stay at that point). I also remember working calves, riding horses, hunting pheasant and coyotes, and eating watermelon on warm summer evenings. I will alway remember what a hard worker Melvin was and his laughter. Best wishes to you and your family. Chuck Mahrt

Chuck Mahrt Nov 24 2010 12:00 AM

Kathy and family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Melvin was an extraordinary honorable man.....I know of no one who could outwork him or anyone who was more tender hearted than Melvin Mahrt. A life too short on this earth, but eternal in heaven. Esther Reynolds-Benson

Esther Benson Nov 23 2010 12:00 AM

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground" Love and prayers, Jon, Donna, Treasure, Joe and Rafe Mahrt

Jon and Donna Mahrt Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM

My first memory is actually a picture I still have of Mel and a fawn!! We have always had a big soft spot in our hearts for Mel and his family. Kathy, thank you for always sharing a piece of your lives. Our hearts are heavy for you. May your memories & your family help carry your burden at this time. God Bless

Don & June White Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and payers.

Doug & Marti Fousek Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM