Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE


Gertrud Maria Bemis

January 7, 1955May 19, 2019

Gertrud Maria Bemis, 64, a longtime resident of Dix, passed away at her home on Monday, May 20, 2019. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Hod Boltjes officiating. Friends may call the funeral home on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences for the family. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Gertrud’s Tribute Wall and leave messages of condolence and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Sidney Night of Hope Foundation or the Potter-Dix Early Learning Facility. The services for Gertrud have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Gertrud was born in Bad Nauheim, Germany on January 7, 1955, to Paul and Marie Decher. She was raised in Rockenberg, Germany where she received her education. Following graduation, she held various jobs, her favorite being the local shoe store. She met Terry Bemis while he was stationed in Germany and they were married in Rockenberg on January 24, 1975. After a couple years in Germany, they were transferred back to the US and were briefly in Fort Knox, Kentucky before moving to the Kimball area. On March 13, 1975 she received one of her proudest achievements, her United States Citizenship. Terry and Gertrud owned and operated Silvertip Hot Oil Service for 24 years. She enjoyed time gardening and canning, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She prided herself on being thrifty and never gave up her tenaciously persistent German roots. Survivors include her daughters Sabine (Tracy) Kasten of Dix, NE. and Stacy (Justin) Stiers of Cottonwood Heights, UT; brothers Toni (Christa) Decher of Rockenberg, Germany and Reinhold Decher of Nuremberg, Germany; grandchildren Brayden and Cooper Kasten, Trevor and Ethan Stiers. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Martin Decher.


  • Celebration of Lie Saturday, June 1, 2019


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Barbie Carnahan (Hoesly)

May 31, 2019

Gertie was an essential part of my childhood. She was always there waiting with the door open when Stacy & I would get home from school. She loved our shenanigans & I’ll never forget the way she’d say “STACY!” with a cheeky grin when we were being wild. She was an amazing woman who raised two amazing daughters. Her love for them & her cat Mooshie was undeniable. She’ll be greatly missed here on earth. Love you Bemis Family!!!!!