Obituary Details

Bernice A. Bozanich

(04/27/1923 - 04/01/1969)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 04/05/1989

Bernice A. Bozanich

Newcastle - Services for Bernice A. Bozanich, 65, of Newcastle were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, with Rev. John Orwig officiating.

Mrs. Bozanich died April 1, 1989, at her home in Newcastle following a long illness. She was born April 27, 1923, in Sioux County, Nebraska the daughter of Joseph and Nelsena (Nortness) Martin. She grew up on the family farm near Harrison, Nebraska, and attended rural schools. In 1938 she moved to Wyoming where she lived with a brother near Manville.

On August 15, 1939, she was married to Harold Hitshew at Chadron, Nebraska. The couple made their home on the Hitshew ranch near Chalk Buttes, Nebraska, until they moved to Lance Creek, Wyoming. The family moved to a ranch near Lost Springs in 1944, and in 1949 moved to Douglas. After the family moved to Newcastle in 1959 she worked as a custodian for School District No. 1 until she retired in 1977.

On December 7, 1967, she was married to Mike Bozanich at Harrison, Nebraska. The couple have continued to make their home in Newcastle since retiring.

Mrs. Bozanich was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, the F.H.A. of Douglas, and enjoyed needlepoint, ceramics and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband, Mike, of Newcastle; four sons, Dwane Hitshew of Houston, Texas, Kenneth Hitshew of Butte, Montana, Dean Hitshew of Newcastle, and David Hitshew of Evanston; four daughters, Karen Abbott and Donna Hitshew, both of Worland, Dianne Collins of Rapid City, S.D., and Debra Hitshew of Butte, Montana; two brothers, Charles Martin of Lance Creek, and Ken E. Martin of Roosevelt, Utah; three sisters, Alice Fullen of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Rosella Kent and Francis Layton both of Salem, Oregon; 32 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two children, and three brothers.

A memorial has been established to Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle. McColley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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