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Edwina  C.  Layher
     Edwina C. Layher, 91, of Stapleton, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1921 to Nick and Marie (Brosius) Niesen in Stapleton.
     Edwina graduated from Baker Rural High School in 1938.
     On Sept. 29, 1941 she married Howard Layher in Stapleton. The couple lived in Stapleton where she worked for the Stapleton Schools as a cook for over 30 years.
     Edwina lived her whole life in Stapleton until moving to North Platte a year ago.
     She enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild, was an excellent cook, making pies every Sunday for many years. She embroidered, enjoyed playing cards, word search, and loved to read.
     Edwina was a member of St. John''s Catholic Church and the Friendship Club.
     Survivors include daughters, Janice Berglund of North Platte, Priscilla (Ellis) McKay of Lakewood, Colo., Donna (Kennard) Lovitt of Stapleton and Sandra (Daniel) Reppert of West Point, Neb.; son, Mike (Janine) Layher of Stapleton; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Mary Keslar of Stapleton; and numerous other family members and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1997; brothers, Christopher and Donald Niesen; and a son-in-law, Carl Berglund.
     Memorials may be made to St. John''s Catholic Church.
     Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at St. John''s Catholic Church in Stapleton with the Rev. Antony Thekkekara as celebrant. Burial followed at St. John''s Catholic Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 4/24/2013
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