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Zelma Fobben

February 23, 1928 — December 27, 2019

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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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, January 2, 2020

1:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center

1225 N Elm Ave, Hastings, NE 68901

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Graveside Service

Friday, January 3, 2020

Starts at 11:00am (Central time)

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