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Madeline A. Rupe, Age 87

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Madeline A. Rupe, Age 87

Madeline A. Rupe

Madeline Ann Rupe, 87, of Hastings, NE and formerly from Eustis, NE, died on February 8th, 2020 at Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, NE. She was born on March 29th, 1932 to Donald James & Reba Fern (Gugelman) Nicker-son in Farnam, NE. She grew up south of Farnam and attended Rural School #20 in Frontier County. She graduated from Stockville High School in 1949. She then attended Kearney State College, Kearney, NE for the summer school term which qualified her to teach in a rural school that fall. She taught for 3 years.

Madeline was united in marriage to Harvey J. Rupe at Orafino, NE on August 16th, 1952. Three children were born to this union, Ed, Cheri & Clint. They moved to Kearney, NE where Madeline worked at the Kearney Hub until Harvey was drafted into the Army. The next 2 years they lived at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Following Harvey's service in the army, they returned to the Orafino community and Harvey farmed and Madeline again taught in a rural school for 3 years. In 1960 they moved to Eustis, NE. During the following 44 years Madeline raised her family and worked part or full time at jobs in Eustis & Cozad. She worked at Eustis Plumbing & Heating, Farmers State Bank, Penney's, Eustis Medical Clinic, babysitting grandchildren and ended her working years at their family business, Eustis 66 Service Inc. until her retirement in 1998. In March 2004 they moved the Hastings, NE. Madeline was a member of the Eustis United Methodist Church. She loved decorating, traveling, crossword puzzles, card club, entertaining reunions, her grandchildren and her working jobs. In Hastings she enjoyed her Women Church Group and her Red Hatters Group.

Survivors are her two sons, James Edward (Teri) Rupe of Eustis, NE, Clint Gene Rupe of Indianola, NE, one daughter Cheri Lynn Rolfes of Sutton, NE, six grandchildren, Laura (Brandon) Hill, Joni Rupe, Dustin Rupe, Casey Rupe (Natalie), Lyndsay Rupe and Kendra Rolfes (Bambi), 3 great grandchildren, Mason & Karsyn Hill and Finley Rupe. Sister Donna (Larry) Swanson of McCook, NE, 2 brothers, Leonard (Joanne) Nickerson of Lincoln, NE, and Rodney (Lori) Nickerson of Omaha, NE and sister in-law Gwen Nickerson of Sutton, NE and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Joe Nickerson; brother, Eldon Nickerson; sister-in-law Gwen Oschner of Sutton, NE and many other relatives and friends. Memorials are suggested to the Eustis United Methodist Church or Eustis Senior Center. Online condolences may be shared at A memorial service will be held Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Eustis United Methodist Church with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Inurnment at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE will be at 3:00 p.m. Cremation was chosen. There will be no visitation or book signing. Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.