Dena L. Wernsman, age 52, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital, in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born on February 5, 1962 in Wray, Colorado to Howard & Helen (Schwaderer) Burton. When Dena was a young girl, her family moved back to the family homestead in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. It was there where Dena learned to mend fence, ride a horse, and her steadfast worth ethic was developed. Dena went to school at Ellsworth Elementary in Ellsworth, Nebraska. She graduated from Hyannis High School in Hyannis, Nebraska with the Class of 1980. She went on to Rapid City School of Business and received her degree in Business Management. She was united in marriage with Jeffrey R. Wernsman on May 20, 1989 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with two sons, Austin and Tanner.
Dena was a general manager of McDonalds in Sidney, Nebraska for 12 years. Dena then went on to manage Apria Health Care in Sidney, and later took over the North Platte branch as well. She received the “Circle of Excellence” award for her work with Apria Health Care. She took great pride in providing the utmost care for her patients. In May of 2013, Dena, Jeff and their two sons moved to Arapahoe Nebraska for the opportunity to manage a small business together as a family. In addition to her professional career, Dena dedicated numerous hours to the Sidney Federation Wrestling program. Dena was passionate about supporting high school wrestling in both Sidney and Arapahoe. She enjoyed watching college football and was an avid Cornhusker fan. Dena loved camping with family and friends, especially on the beaches of Lake McConaughy. In 2014, Dena and Jeff celebrated 25 years of marriage by taking a family trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dena will always be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, and a dedicated friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her mother Helen, mother and father–in-law: Harold & Henrietta Wernsman.
She is survived by her husband Jeff Wernsman of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Two Sons Austin and Tanner Wernsman of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Father Howard Burton of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Brothers; Gene & wife Jane Burton of Norton, Kansas
Jim & wife Peggy Burton of Grant, Nebraska
Howard Dean Jr. & wife Mary Burton of Mesa, Arizona
Sister-in-laws; Jodel Wernsman of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Judi (Gary) Roach of Sidney, Nebraska,
Nieces and Nephews; Jeff Burton, Eric Burton, Pat Burton, Leslie West, Megan Marquardt, Howard Burton III, Christine Burton, Kevin Burton, Allyson Williams, Whitni Roach, Ryan Roach, Brenan Roach, and numerous great nieces & nephews.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com. Donations can be made to the “Dena Wernsman Memorial Fund” which will go towards supporting organizations she was passionate about.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 10 AM until 8 PM at the Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be February 6, 2015, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements. A memorial service will be held on February 28, 2015 at 2 PM at St. Patrick’s Church in Sidney, Nebraska.