Bessie A. Broeder, 89, of North Platte passed away on July 10, 2021 in North Platte surrounded by family.

She was born on Dec. 20, 1931 in Grand Island to Edward and Silva (Kirkpatrick) Rodewald.

Bessie was raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills south of Seneca with her siblings: Evelyn, Dae, Don, Grace and Leland. She attended on horseback, a country elementary school near the ranch. During her teen years, she lived in Seneca and attended the High School, graduating with the class of 1949.

She married Kenneth Broeder on Aug. 24, 1950 at North Platte and to this union four children were born.

Bessie enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, yearly trips to Alaska and also card playing.

Survivors include her children, Richard Broeder (Karla Ducker), Judy (John) Kramer, Gary (Crystal) Broeder and Joni (Tom) Hoaglund; grandchildren, Ed Broeder, Sue Broeder, Kerissa (Jason) Steinshouer, Brent (Kim) Kramer, Kendy (Steve) Walker, Halee (Greg) Lovvorn, Kale (Cam) Broeder, Lacee Broeder (Andy Bebernes), Margaux Hoaglund (Mathew Pagano), Madalyn Hoaglund, Levi Hoaglund and Cherish Hoaglund; 24 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Kenneth Broeder in 1985 and Rusty Walker in 2008; parents; sisters, Evelyn, Dae and Grace; brothers, Don and Leland; and grandson, Ryne Hoaglund.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 13 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is entrusted with arrangements. Chaplain Ned Cooper will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, July 12 from noon-7 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the North Platte City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Seneca Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed via Carpenter Chapel’s Facebook page. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be directed to

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