Friday, January 18, 2013

Dean Elizabeth Pierce

Former Gibbon resident, 89

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Deane Elizabeth Pierce, 89, of Colorado Springs, formerly of Gibbon, Neb., died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at her home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home - Miller Godberson Chapel in Gibbon with the Rev. Matt Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at Fairbury (Neb.) Cemetery.

Visitat ion will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the chapel in Gibbon.

She was born July 5, 1923, in Thompson, Neb., to Eddie and Salora (Church) Zierenberg.

On Jan. 20, 1946, she married V.J. "Johnny" Pierce. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Eddie Pierce and his wife, Jane, of Minden, Neb.; daughter, Jan Michalak and her husband, Chuck, of Colorado Springs; sister, Evelyn Priefert of Lincoln, Neb.; granddaughters, Nikki Podhaisky of Henderson, Nev., and Sarah Michalak of Boulder; grandson, Chuck Pierce of Seattle; great-granddaughters, Alicia Podhaisky of Honolulu and Erin Podhaisky of Rochester, N.Y.; nieces, Kathy Huff and Mary Dowell; and nephew, Tom Priefert.

She received her education at Fairbury High School. Following her graduation, Deane worked at a creamery in Fairbury at the start of World War II . She went on to work in accounting and later taught at a country school for one year.

She and her husband farmed near Reynolds, Neb., before moving in 1968 to Gibbon where they continued to farm.

Deane loved her friends, including Margaret Triplett of Gibbon. She was a longtime member of the Sunshine Club. Deane was an avid reader and loved to bake. She had a fondness for cats, but loved all animals. She will be missed by all.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Pierce.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

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Published in Kearney Hub on November 16, 2012