Elmer A. Semrad
Date of Birth
November 18, 1944
Prague, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
March 24, 2014
Wahoo, Nebraska
Funeral Service

Friday, March 28, 2014 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at Sunrise Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


Thursday, March 27, 2014 ~ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


In Care of the Family for Future Designation

Elmer A. Semrad, 69 of Wahoo, NE, entered into rest on Monday, March 24, 2014 at his home in Wahoo.  He was born November 18, 1944 in Prague, NE to William and Erma (Novak) Semrad.  He attended school in Weston, NE and graduated from Weston High School in 1963.  On January 27, 1973, Elmer was united in marriage to Barbara Berggren at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wahoo.  Through the years, he worked at Bill Semrad’s Body and Paint and later owned and operated Elmer’s Oil and Repair.  He worked for Capital Business Systems in Lincoln until he retired.  Elmer lived and worked most of his life in Weston until he recently moved to his home in Wahoo.

Elmer was a past member of the Weston Vol. Fire Department and a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wahoo.  He loved restoring vintage Chevy’s and he always enjoyed fishing and camping.

He is survived by wife of 41 years, Barbara Semrad; daughters, Michelle (Robbie) Koranda of Wahoo and Sara (Mark) Rosencrantz of Wahoo; grandchildren, Carissa Koranda, Branden Koranda, Riley Koranda, and Jacob Rosencrantz; brothers, William Semrad and Gary (Kathy) Semrad; brother-in-law, Thomas Vanderpool; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Steve and Joan Berggren and John and Maryann Berggren; family friend, Sam Winchell.

Preceded in death by parents, William and Erma Semrad; parents-in-law, Clarence and Frances Berggren; sister, Shirley Vanderpool; sister-in-law, Linda Semrad; nephew, Thomas Vanderpool, Jr.

Pastor Carl Kramer will be officiating.

Pallbearers are Billy Semrad, Brad Semrad, Joel Berggren, Jeremy Berggren, Chad Koranda, and Mike Simons. 

Honorary pallbearers are Don Palensky, Gary Ruzek, Dan Hraban, Jim Hakel, Ken Meduna, Larry Cejka, and John Wotipka.

Condolences for Elmer A. Semrad
  1. Kris Lynch
    • March 25, 2014 - 10 years ago

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Elmer has been missed here at work, and we’re saddened by this news.

  2. Terry and Kathy Hass - Cape Fair, Mo
    • March 26, 2014 - 10 years ago

    Barb and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. North Lincoln Family Medical
    • March 26, 2014 - 10 years ago

    Barb, Sara, Michelle and families
    We are thinking of all of you and sending our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

    Your family at North Lincoln Family Medical

  4. • March 27, 2014 - 10 years ago

    Barb, Sara, Michelle and families
    We are all very sorry for your loss. Our family has very fond memories of Elmer. I always loved when mom and dad would stop in at the station and visit after being at grandma and grandpa Basels. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
    Kurt, Kelly, Makenna, Molly, and Haley Frenzen

  5. Jennifer Kellner
    • March 27, 2014 - 10 years ago

    Barb, Sara, Michelle & to the others that loved Elmer,
    Sorry that you lost a good guy! I remember that Elmer was always ready with a joke and smile back in the day when he had his shop in Weston. Elmer was always willing to share smiles with everyone. I want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. . . Be Strong and keep Elmer’s love for you all in your hearts.

  6. Shaun Kiihne
    • June 30, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Kathy, sorry about your brother-in-law my condolences go out to you and Gary

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