November 30, 2014

Myrna J. Matzen

Myrna J. Matzen age 80 of Blair, Nebraska passed away November 29, 2014.  She was born July 26, 1934 in Omaha to Chris and Olga (Anderson) Frahm.  After graduating from Benson High School in 1952, Myrna attended summer school at the University of Omaha where she received her teachers certificate.  That next fall she taught rural school in Washington and Douglas counties.  She married Philip Matzen in 1954 and started working part time as a nurses aide at the Blair Hospital.  She enjoyed the work so much she went to school and received her LPN license and worked for several years at the Good Shepherd Home in Blair.  Myrna decided to return to school to earn her RN license in 1982 and worked at the Blair Hospital until 2001.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Philip Matzen of Blair; Son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jan Matzen of Lincoln, Nebraska; Son, Mark Matzen of Blair, Nebraska.  Grandsons, Timothy, Michael and Joel all of Lincoln.  Sisters and Brother-in-law, Norma Schneemeyer of Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska; Alice Penke of Omaha; Betty and Lloyd Felter of Jefferson, Iowa.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law, Harold Schneemeyer and Henry Penke.

Services will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 2146 Wright St.  Blair, Nebraska on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.  Visitation will held one hour prior to service time at the church.

Interment will be at the Blair Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Blair rescue squad or donor’s choice.


  1. Philip, Steve and Mark:

    You are in my thoughts during your time of loss. I have many happy memories of all us cousins together and having fun. Wintering in Nevada, sorry that I will not be there.
    Evelyn K. Sacco and family

  2. Philip, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lyle said to also give his condolence. Mary Ann Ryder (Loftis)

  3. Phil, so sorry to hear of Myrna’s death. Seeing you just a couple of weeks ago brought back so many memories of Andy, Lottie and Myrna when I would bring Mom to the clinic. Wish I could be at the service to see everyone. Take care and may God give you peace and strength.

  4. Mark,
    My sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. May God give your family courage and strength during this difficult time.
    Dale and Carol Brown


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