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Lillian Tepley - December 05, 2011

Lillian Minnie Melita Wicke Tepley, 87, of Elsie, Neb., passed away Dec. 5, 2011. Lillian was born Jan. 26, 1924, and was the only daughter of Frederick and Anna Louise Hillman Wicke. She was born seven miles south of Wauneta, Neb., on a farm.
Lillian was baptized Feb. 17, 1924, and confirmed April 14, 1934, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, south of Wauneta. Living in a German settlement, English was her second language as a child. Starting first grade at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and speaking only German brought many challenges for several weeks. She grew up following three brothers around the farm: Vern, Kenneth and Victor Wicke; who all preceded her in death.
Lillian married Jake Tepley on October 10, 1945. The couple celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this past fall.
Lillian was a long time member of the Sunshine Extension Club, a ladies afternoon pinochle club. She and Jake were members of a couple’s pinochle club that was together for over 25 years.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta.
She loved following her granddaughters and great-grandchildren in their 4-H events, volleyball and basketball games. And of course, she and Jake traveled to many places for their dog races. Jake and Lillian loved their polka dances, attending with many of their friends. She also enjoyed embroidery and making scrapbooks.
Jake and Lillian moved to Westview at Grant, Neb., in January, 2008; then moved to the Golden Ours Nursing Home in Grant in January, 2010.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband less than two weeks ago on Nov. 22, 2011, her parents, and three brothers.
She leaves to mourn: her daughter Mary Ann and husband Bruce Fulk of Wallace, Neb.; two granddaughters: Stacy and husband Ryan Kuhlman of Wallace, and Brenda Christensen of North Platte, Neb.; three great grandchildren: Tyler Christensen of North Platte, Dylan and Skyler Kuhlman, both of Wallace; three nieces: Roxanne Wicke Pena of Louisville, Ky., Cindy Wicke McChesney of Hotchkiss, Colo., and Kristy Klenk of Fort Collins, Colo.; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Lillian Tepley will be held Thursday morning Dec. 8, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. (MT) at the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta with Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.
Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon Dec. 7, 2011, from 2 - 6 p.m. (MT) at the Funeral Home in Wauneta.
The service will be closed casket per the wishes of Lillian’s family.
A memorial has been established to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta.
Online condolences can be left at
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.