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Mabel Triplette - May 23, 2011


Mabel Mae Martin Schiermeyer Triplette, age 93, of Holyoke was born Jan. 21, 1918 in the Pleasant Valley community to Lee Roy and Ruth Eliza Jane (Briggs) Martin. She died May 23, 2011 in Holyoke.

Mabel graduated from the eighth grade at the Pleasant Valley School.

On Aug. 5, 1933 Mabel married Willmore H. Schiermeyer and they were blessed with three children: Jeanette, Wilma and Bill.

Willmore and Mabel drove livestock trucks to Omaha, Neb., Denver and many other places. They also drove for local ranchers and farmers. She was also a stay-at-home mom and decided to take up sewing for others for extra money. She made several wedding gowns and wedding party dresses among many other items.

After Willmore’s death in April 1969, she married Joe Triplette on May 9, 1970. They lived in Fort Morgan and later moved to a house north of Venango, Neb. In 1972, the couple moved to Holyoke where they remained.

Mabel was also part owner in a café with Amanda Gemaehlich where she waited tables and did the baking for the café. She also helped Joe raise hogs on the farm. Mabel was proud to be a school bus driver until the age of 72 when she retired.

She was a member of both TOPS and KOPS for several years. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, altering clothes, gardening, fishing, goose hunting, making homemade noodles and blue rock shooting.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Roy and Ruth Martin; husbands, Willmore Schiermeyer and Joe Triplette; daughter, Jeanette King; son, Bill Triplette; sisters, Pearl Jaycox, Fern Deselms and Betty Sullivan; and brother, Glen Martin.

Mabel is survived by her children: daughter, Wilma Milner and husband Delmer of Champion, Neb., son, Bill Schiermeyer of Holyoke, son Bob Triplette and wife Ardyth of Venango, Neb. and daughter, Vonnie Webster and Gary Cranwell of Broken Bow, Neb.; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

The funeral service was held May 27, 2011 at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke with Pastor Chad Rozelle officiating. Interment followed at the Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation or Friends of the Heginbotham Library.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.