KEARNEY — Jennifer J. Fester, 66, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at CHI Health Good Samaritan.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Chad Anderson officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

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


Jennifer was born May 10, 1953, in Mandan, N.D., to Bernard and Shirley (Elwess) Buck. She graduated from Hazelton High School in North Dakota.

She married Gale Fester on July 9, 1982, in Kearney. She managed the Sapp Brothers’ Truck Stop in Alda until retiring in 2007 due to health reasons.

Jennifer enjoyed bowling, fishing, and playing cards, especially pinochle. She loved watching football on TV, and her two favorite football teams were the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Gale of Kearney; sons, Jeff and wife Karen Fester of Panama City, Fla., Greg and wife Edith Fester of Omaha, Joshua and wife Angie Schyma of Bismarck, N.D.; brother, Brad Buck of Linton, N.D.; sister, Melissa and husband Perry Rokusek of Elgin, N.D.; aunt, Betty Baker of Bismarck, N.D.; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Susan Tabaka and Deborah Wozniak; daughter, Melissa Schyma and grandson Finley Schyma.

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