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Phyllis Lorene (Merrill) Traudt

January 19, 1937 ~ November 26, 2020 (age 83)

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Obit Phyllis Lorene Traudt-83 of Hebron, NE

Kroll Funeral Home Hebron, NE 402-768-6165

Phyllis Lorene (Merrill) Traudt of Hebron was born to Fred and Irene (Anderson) Merrill on January 19,1937 in Geneva. She was the youngest of four children. She was called home on November 26, 2020 at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler at the age of 83 years.

Phyllis was baptized March 7, 1937 and confirmed March 30, 1947 at the First Methodist Church. She grew up in Geneva and graduated from Geneva High School with the class of 1955.

Phyllis was united in marriage to Lawrence Traudt on March 11, 1956, in Geneva, by Pastor F.E. Foutz at the First Methodist Church. This union was blessed with the birth of daughters, Lorene and Lois.

Lawrence and Phyllis moved to Hebron from Sutton in 1965. Phyllis worked at Western Auto, Christensen Rexall Drug and as a Cook at the Hebron High School. In 1971, Lawrence and Phyllis opened Traudt’s Sheet Metal. They worked together in the business until 1993, when they sold the business to Jaye and Sheena Moeller. After the sale, Phyllis continued to work for Moeller Electric until 2014.

Phyllis was a member of the Hebron Fireman’s Auxillary, American Legion Auxillary Saxton Post 180, and P.E.O. Chapter IQ. Phyllis was a member of the United Methodist Church for 55 years.

Phyllis enjoyed collecting cookbooks; she could spend hours looking for new recipes to try. Chocolate brownies with buttermilk frosting, almond bark popcorn and Chex party mix were some of her most requested treats! She also enjoyed crocheting afghans and hanger covers for family and friends. Most importantly, Phyllis treasured the time spent with her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; father and mother-in-law,Henry and Metta Traudt; sister Doris (Dean) Richards, infant brother and sister, Charles and Lois Merrill; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Paul (Katy) Traudt, Donald(Fern) Traudt, Ernest (Ruth) Traudt, LeRoy and infant twin ElRoy Traudt; nephew Dale Traudt and niece Cack Traudt.

She is survived by daughters Lorene Culler (Marvin Swanson) of Grand Island and Lois Norder (Tim) of Bruning; grandchildren, Brock Culler (Jess) of Grand Island, Jarvis Culler (Irene) of Kearney, Jory Wheeler (Matt) of Grand Island, Ted Norder (Sheri) of Bruning, Nicole Morrissey (Nate) of DeWitt and Tony Norder and fiancé Kasey Brown of Bruning; great-grandchildren, Grant, Caden and Jaron Norder (Ted), Morgan, MaKenna, Mikah and Madden Culler (Brock), Kian and Aria Culler (Jarvis), Lucy, Eleanor, Stella and Spencer Morrissey (Nicole) Griffin Reece, Barrett and Palmer Wheeler (Jory); sister-in-law, Sally Traudt; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Private Family Funeral services were held December 1, at the United Methodist Church in Hebron, with officiant Pastor Brian Faust. Visitation will be Monday, November 30, 2020 at Kroll Funeral Home in Hebron, NE 2-6PM. Casket bearers will be the grandchildren. Special Music by Nate Morrissey. Condolences may be left at Burial will be in the Sutton City Cemetery. Memorials are directed in care of the family. Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron, NE is in charge of arrangement. May be viewed live at





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November 30, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Kroll Funeral Home-Hebron
330 N. 5th St.
Hebron, NE 68370

Funeral Service
December 1, 2020

1:30 PM
United Methodist Church-Hebron
701 Lincoln Ave.
Hebron, NE 68370

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