KEARNEY — Wanetta Halbert, 82, of Kearney died Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at her home in Kearney.

Private family graveside services will be May 29 at Kearney Cemetery.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.


Wanetta Keenan was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Alliance to Theodore and Fern (Sherfey) Keenan. She attended Minden Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1955.

Wanetta married Brian Halbert on March 10, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in Minden. In 1976, they bought Bico’s Cafe, which they owned and operated for 25 years, retiring in 2001. The couple later moved to Lemoyne at Lake McConaughy.

She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading and traveling. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter Robbin Halbert-Martin; granddaughter, Kylie Epp of Kearney; grandson, Shane Martin, all of Kearney; great-grandchildren, Marley, Mila and Maxwell Epp, Dean Martin, all of Kearney, and Addelyn and Ava Hooks of Winona, Minn.; sister, Barbara Harms of Kearney; brother, Bob (Chris) Keenan of Renton, Wash.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Wanetta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Brian Halbert; son, Patrick Halbert; and her brother, Tom Keenan.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

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