KEARNEY — Lydia E. Kahle, 96, of Kearney died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Society in Kearney.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney. The Rev. Tim Barone will officiate. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.


Lydia was born to Herman and Ida (Schukei) Pockrandt on Sept. 20, 1923, on a farm northeast of Minden. She was baptized into the Christian faith on Oct. 23, 1923, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minden, and on June 20, 1937, she became a communicate member of the congregation through the rite of confirmation. She attended schools in Kearney County.

On April 6, 1947 she married Albert L. Kahle at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney. This union was blessed with four children — Bonnie, Shirley, Judy and Randy.

Lydia worked at West Co. for 11 years, but spent most of her life being a farmer’s wife, mother and grandma. Lydia was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney. In later years she coped with being visually challenged.

Lydia was called from this life on Saturday, June 27, 2020, from St. John’s Nursing Home in Kearney at the age of 96.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy Wellman and her husband Phil of Kearney; son, Randy Kahle of Kearney and grandchildren, Greg Kohler and his wife Melodie, Jeff Kohler and his wife Rachel, and Kelsey Cervantes and her husband Jeremy. Great-grandchildren are Faith Kohler, Emma, Kyle, Lydia and Madison Cervantes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; daughters, Bonnie and Shirley; grandson, Michael; and great-grandson, Patrick.

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