In memory of
Ben Valdez
Ben Valdez, 75, of Grand Island died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at his daughter's home in Greenwood, Neb. Mass of Resurrection will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Joseph Joseph will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Following visitation. Mr. Valdez will be cremated. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Mr. Valdez was born March 3, 1938, at Horton, Kan., to Ventura and Thomasa (Contreas) Valdez. Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Emily of Grand Island; two daughters and sons-in-law, Christina and Eric Hittner of Gretna, Michele and Jose Aguirre of Greenwood; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ben Joseph and Julie Valdez of Las Vegas, Nev., Gabriel Valdez of Grand Island, Anthony "Shayne" and Jodie Valdez of Waverly and Lance and Melodie Valdez of Omaha; seven grandchildren, Jessica Valdez, Joe Aguirre, Richelle Valdez, Aubree Valdez, Kyle Hittner, Michaela Hittner and Jaden Valdez; five stepgrandchildren, Jada and Joshua Gonzales, Marissa Woolard, and Alex and Dylan Hesselguesser; and three brothers, Ygnacio Valdez and Jesse Valdez of Grand Island and Nato Valdez of Chicago. He grew up in Grand Island and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1956. He entered the United States Army on June 27, 1956, and served as a paratrooper in Lebanon. He was honorably discharged on June 26, 1962. On April 6, 1960, he was united in marriage to Emily Sanchez at Hastings. The couple made their home and raised their family in Grand Island. Ben worked at Swift and Company (later Monfort's) and McCain Foods until retiring in 2000. He loved to watch football, especially the University of Notre Dame. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Ben and Emily recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Trejo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be directed through www.livson.com . You may sign the online guestbook at theindependent.com .
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In memory of
Ben Valdez
Ben Valdez, 75, of Grand Island died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at his daughter's home in Greenwood, Neb. Mass of Resurrection will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Joseph Joseph will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Following visitation. Mr. Valdez will be cremated. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Mr. Valdez was born March 3, 1938, at Horton, Kan., to Ventura and Thomasa (Contreas) Valdez. Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Emily of Grand Island; two daughters and sons-in-law, Christina and Eric Hittner of Gretna, Michele and Jose Aguirre of Greenwood; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ben Joseph and Julie Valdez of Las Vegas, Nev., Gabriel Valdez of Grand Island, Anthony "Shayne" and Jodie Valdez of Waverly and Lance and Melodie Valdez of Omaha; seven grandchildren, Jessica Valdez, Joe Aguirre, Richelle Valdez, Aubree Valdez, Kyle Hittner, Michaela Hittner and Jaden Valdez; five stepgrandchildren, Jada and Joshua Gonzales, Marissa Woolard, and Alex and Dylan Hesselguesser; and three brothers, Ygnacio Valdez and Jesse Valdez of Grand Island and Nato Valdez of Chicago. He grew up in Grand Island and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1956. He entered the United States Army on June 27, 1956, and served as a paratrooper in Lebanon. He was honorably discharged on June 26, 1962. On April 6, 1960, he was united in marriage to Emily Sanchez at Hastings. The couple made their home and raised their family in Grand Island. Ben worked at Swift and Company (later Monfort's) and McCain Foods until retiring in 2000. He loved to watch football, especially the University of Notre Dame. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Ben and Emily recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Trejo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be directed through www.livson.com . You may sign the online guestbook at theindependent.com .
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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

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  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

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  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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  • A digital (PDF) certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s Legacy guest book, noting your contribution.
  • An entry in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improving forest health, improving area watersheds, and will provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

Your choice to plant memorial trees not only honors the life and legacy of your loved one but also helps to improve and preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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