Zelma A. (Gruis) Fobben

February 23, 1928 ~ December 27, 2019 (age 91)


Former Hastings resident Zelma A. Fobben, 91, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019, at Lancaster Manor Assisted Living, Lincoln, NE.

Graveside Services are 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings with Rev. Damen Heitmann officiating. Luncheon will follow at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home. Visitation is 1-7 p.m. Thursday with family present 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Humane Society or Hastings Public Schools Foundation.

Zelma was born on February 23, 1928, in Hastings, NE to Edward & Edna (Meewes) Gruis. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1946. Zelma married Ben Fobben on August 25, 1955; he preceded her in death on April 7, 2005.

Zelma worked for the telephone company and was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business. She worked for many years on the Adams County election board. Zelma was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Hastings Quilt Guild, and quilt group with First Presbyterian Church. She was a dedicated Chicago Cubs fan and was part of many bowling leagues.

Zelma was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ben Fobben.

Children & Spouses:                         
    Diane & Richard Karohl – San Antonio, TX
    Ed & Eleanor Fobben – Chatham, NJ
    Jim & Tish Fobben – Lincoln, NE
Grandchildren & Spouses:                
    Wendy & Seth Quillen
    Luke & Andrea Karohl
    Kate Fobben
    Greg Fobben
    Emily Fobben
    Marie Fobben
    Eleanora Karohl
    Layla Karohl
Many other family members

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January 2, 2020

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center
1225 N. Elm Ave
Hastings, NE 68901

Graveside Service
January 3, 2020

11:00 AM
Parkview Cemetery
1246 N Elm Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

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