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August 2017


STESSMAN-Ronald N., 74. Funeral Mass Aug. 14 at St. Gerald Church. Graveside service St. Joseph Cemetery, Earling, Iowa. Preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Isabel Stessman; brothers, Marcus, Raymond, Joseph “Jack,” Monsignor Gerald and Vern; sisters-in-law, Donna Stessman and Janice Langenfeld; brother-in-law, Eldred Reisz.


RICKABAUGH-Ron, 61. Funeral service Aug. 14 at St. James Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by grandparent; nephew, Eric Damewood. Survived by parents, Jerry and Lee (Onie) Rickabaugh; sisters, Sherry (Ed) Bush, and Jean Duncan (Jay Smith); brother, Dan Rickabaugh; nieces; nephews; other family; friends.

NIGRA-Joseph F.

NIGRA-Joseph F., 60. Funeral Mass Aug. 14 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Inurnment Bellevue Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Margaret; brother, Dana. Survived by sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Rick Porter; brother, Louis Nigra; sister, Peggy Nigra; aunts; uncles; cousins. Memorials to National Kidney Foundation.

Father James Kramper shows a rendering and photo of the progress of "Casa de Paz," his new home, which is under construction and will have a wing for guests. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Father Kramper’s home will be among rural parishes

Just look for what appears to be a big, red barn between Ponca and Newcastle, a few miles from Vermillion, S.D. That’s where Father James Kramper said he will spend his retirement, after serving 44 years in more than a dozen parishes across the archdiocese.

Clone of Faces and Places

Mike Dyer of St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn, left, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and George Ritter of Massapequa, N.Y., at St. Patrick's Day Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Dyer and Ritter are retired New York City police officers who march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York.

Abe Perault, leader of a Knights of Columbus-based Squires group in Columbus, shakes coins out of baby bottles June 19 as part of the group’s “Baby Bottle Boomerang” fundraising effort.

Squires raise money for others

A Knights of Columbus-based group of boys formed two years ago in Columbus has raised more than $20,000 by encouraging parishioners in all three of the city’s parishes to drop coins into baby bottles.


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