Eleanor M. Seberger

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

COZAD -- Eleanor M. Seberger, 89, of rural Cozad, died Sunday (Jan. 19, 2003) at her home.

She was born Feb. 4, 1913, to George and Mary Prentice at Hebron. Her grade-school years were spent in Pondera County, Mont., on a homestead her parents bought in 1917. The family moved to Lincoln in 1926, and she attended Cathedral High School there. She was a 1933 graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Journalism and worked for three Lincoln newspapers, and in a farm loan office.

On March 29, 1937, she married Peter J. Seberger at St. Patrick's Church in Havelock. She was active as a journalist. Her Dawson County newspaper columns first appeared in 1950. She wrote two columns: the weekly "Farm Wife" begun in 1957, which appeared for 39 years in the North Platte Telegraph, and "Home By the Range," a monthly column which appeared in the Rural Electric Nebraskan from 1958 till 1996. She also wrote "Views in the Valley," which appeared in several area newspapers for over thirty years, from 1950 through 1980. Her short stories appeared in the Omaha World Herald magazine sections from 1949 until about 1960. In 1967, she was employed at the Dawson Public Power District's Lexington office to assist in writing, editing, and typing an insert in the state-wide magazine, which she did for 28 years. She moved to an assisted living residence in Shawnee, Kan. She spent her final days on her farm south of Darr.

She was a 25-year member and medalist of the Nebraska Press Women, and also a member of the National Federation of Press Women in which she was a national winner of 28 certificates. She was elected a lifetime member of Nebraska Writer's Guild, and is the author of a book published in 1974, "Family On A Farm, The Good Life." She was a 65-year member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington and the Altar Society of that church. She is a former member of the American Association of University Women, and was a member of the Cozad Women's Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Peter in 1992; daughter, Mary; and three brothers.

Survivors include six children, Peter "Jim" and wife, Sandra of Cozad, Julie and husband, Norman Azinger of Shawnee, Kan., Patrick and wife, Nancy of Lincoln, Beth of Cozad, John and wife, Cindy of North Platte and Steve and wife, Cindy of Marshalltown, Iowa; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Daughter-in-law, Cindy is formerly of Lebanon. Her parents are Raymond and Myrna Haag and the late Donna Haag.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, 10 a.m., at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington with the Rev. Don Buhrman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ann's Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-7 p.m., with Wake to follow at 7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to Central Plains Hospice, the Lexington Grand Generation Center, or the St. Ann's or North Platte Catholic School Endowment Trust .

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.