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“Dear Doug, Please accept my sympathy at this difficult time. Unfortunately, I am in Europe (and have been for over a week) and have not managed to...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Steve Shively - Logan, UT

“Our fondest memories of Charlene begin at Benkelman Grade School where "Miss Ketler" was the 4th grade teacher during my (Troi's) early elementary...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Stan & Troi Ellis & family - NE

“Charlene was a lovely lady and she will be missed. Our condolences to Doug, Nancy, Mark and extended friends and family of Charlene. The music of her...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jennifer Bull - Omaha, NE

“So sorry to hear of Charlene's passing. She loved life and a challenge: running a small town newspaper, restoring the Cather Second Home and sharing...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Betty Bohrer - Hastings, NE

“Doug, Cecil and I are so sorry for your loss, we can't imagine what you and your family are going through. Please let us know if there is anything we...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Kristin Ohlin - Red Cloud, NE

“Meeting Charlene and Doug and staying at the Cather Second Home is a cherished memory. My sister and I roamed the streets of Red Cloud in search of...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Janice Zoradi - San Luis Obispo, CA


The following listing is a courtesy to the Hoschouer family and the Butler Funeral Home in Hastings......... Charlene Ketler Hoschouer lost her battle with Alzheimer's on Tuesday June 3, 2014. She came into this world on Nov 15, 1940 in Benkelman, NE. The only child of Lee Wayne and Irene Ketler, she was a spirited and creative woman who enlivened any room with her vivacious energy. Charlene attended Kearney State College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education, the first in her immediate family to graduate college. She taught in a number of places before returning to Benkelman, where she met the love of her life, Douglas Hoschouer. They were united in marriage August 9, 1969. To this union was born a daughter, Nancy Jo. Making something out of nothing was a challenge Charlene loved best. Give her a vegetable garden, fresh fish, or wild game and she would create amazing meals. From cooking to canning, Charlene was always looking for ways to live off the land. That pioneering spirit was passed down from many generations of family who had all converged on Dundy County at one point or another. They all made something out of nothing and she was determined to do the same. Empowering girls to be independent and self-sufficient was something that really resonated with her, so felt strongly about Girl Scouts with some like-minded mothers, she helped establish Girl Scout troops in Benkelman. To this day, the former scouts comment about how Charlene influenced or touched their lives through scouting. Being a third generation newspaperwoman also meant Charlene made something out of nothing with words. For years, she penned an award winning column, "From My Kitchen Window", in which the daily life of her family was chronicled with what she called "poetic license". A part of that column was the monthly recipe column, which featured tested and approved dishes from her kitchen. Sometimes the testing of a recipe was its own column. The adventure of owning their own newspaper really brought Charlene into her element, being able to create advertising campaigns, write stories, and produce an award-winning newspapers touched on all of her creative needs more than anything else, even teaching. First with The Wood River Sunbeam and then with The Red Cloud Chief, Charlene put the experience of her early years to the test. One of the biggest projects that she and Doug embraced was the restoration of the Cather Second Home in Red Cloud. It had been repurposed into a hospital, nursing home and apartment building and had been vacant for several years by the time Doug and Charlene arrived in Red Cloud. Restoring this house into a home and also bringing insight from Willa Cather's niece Helen Southwick brought a great deal of joy. The whole process was a labor of love. The Cather Second Home became a bed and breakfast and hosted people from all over the world, many of whom are still in contact with Doug and Charlene today. Charlene is survived by her husband, Douglas, daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Mark Krejci and many friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to the Alzheimer's Association or to Edgewood Vista in Hastings, NE, where Charlene spent her last days. They can be mailed to Doug at 634 N Walnut St, Red Cloud, NE, 68970 The Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings in charge of the arrangements.

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