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Edwin Hald, 85 - June 18, 2008


Edwin “Ed” P. Hald, 85, of Cozad died Sunday, June 15, 2008, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad. Visitation will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Mass of the Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20, at the Christ the King Church at Cozad with the Rev. Don O’Brien as celebrant. Burial will take place at the Cozad Cemetery.
Hald was born Feb. 27, 1923, at Cozad to V.P. and Elsie (Pedersen) Hald. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1941.
On April 24, 1946, he married Frances “Fran” Paladino at Omaha. The couple resided in Omaha for one year before moving to Cozad in 1948.
He and his wife owned and operated Cozad Floral and Nursery for many years, until his retirement in 1989. Though retired, he maintained his hobby, which had blossomed into a self-serve nursery based out of his yard. He also volunteered his time to maintain the “Welcome To Cozad” organic sign.
Hald was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and an active member of the Robert Henri Museum Board, the City Park and Tree Board, and was a past member of the Nebraska Floral and Nursery Associations.
?He enjoyed his work, and all that it entailed, according to family members. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed watching baseball and Nebraska football and especially loved spending time with his family and frequently attending his grandchildren’s activities.
?Hald was preceded in death by: his wife, Fran in 1992; a brother, Alfred; a sister-in-law, Lillian Hald.
Survivors include: his two sons—Mark (Cindy) Hald of Scottsbluff and Patrick (Amie Preston) Hald of Colorado Springs, CO; two daughters—Linda (Ted) Rowan of Gothenburg and Barbara “Bobbie” Hald of Oak Park, Ill; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, a brother, Richard (Thelma) Hald of Curtis; brother-in-law, John (Terri) Paladino of Omaha; three sisters-in-law—Dolores Gerken and Dolly Paladino, both of Denver, CO, and Donna Paladino of Omaha; numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to Christ the King Catholic Church or the Robert Henri Museum in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

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