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Rhonda Grosshans

Rhonda Grosshans, 64, of Aurora passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at Monroe Evangelical Free Church near Phillips, NE 1001 W 18 Rd. The service will be livestreamed on the Monroe Evangelical Free Church Facebook page. Pastors Joe Mullarkey and Mark Dunham will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Tuesday at the church. Private Family Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Rhonda Lea Grosshans, the daughter of Ron and Roberta Beins, was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on September 5, 1957 and passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at her home in Aurora, Nebraska, at the age of 64.

Rhonda attended Aurora Public Schools and graduated in 1975. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rhonda began her teaching career in Bennet, Nebraska and returned to Aurora in 1983 to teach special education at the Aurora Elementary School. She went on to spend 11 years at home raising her children. She returned to teaching in 2003 and finally retired in 2017. Rhonda loved teaching and cherished the relationships formed with students, co-workers, and administrators. While teaching at Aurora, Rhonda served as a cheerleading sponsor for many years. She was passionate about helping the cheerleaders enjoy their experience and perform to the best of their abilities.

On June 18, 1983, Rhonda married Ned Grosshans of Aurora. They raised their three children Morgan, Matthew, and Maggie on a farm east of Aurora.

Rhonda was a long-time member of P.E.O. and over the years held various officer positions. She served on the board of directors for the Plainsman Museum and the Hamilton County Historical Society. Rhonda and her family attended Monroe Evangelical Free Church. Throughout her life, Rhonda was active in the church as her faith was very important to her. She played the piano and keyboard for the worship team, helped with the children's ministry, and served on various committees.

Rhonda dearly loved Ned and especially enjoyed riding along and helping him with the responsibilities of the farm. She cherished time with her children, their spouses, and her two very special grandchildren, Ezra and Eli. She felt blessed to be able to raise her children in the country so they had a childhood similar to her own. Rhonda grew up on the family farm northwest of Aurora. She was the second of five children. She developed a love for flower gardening from her mother and an appreciation for farming and being outdoors from her father.

Rhonda enjoyed playing the piano, reading her Bible, tending to her flowers, caring for her animals, and spending time with her family. She had a close bond with her two sisters and was grateful for their loving relationship. She was a very encouraging person that wanted to uplift others.

Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents, Ron and Roberta (Carlson) Beins, brother Rodney Beins, brother Russ Beins, and sister-in-law Gaylene Grosshans.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are her husband of 38 years, Ned of Aurora; her three children, Morgan (Brandon) Ebberson of Belden, Matthew Grosshans of Aurora, and Maggie (Nick) Preissler of Aurora; two grandchildren, Ezra Ebberson and Eli Ebberson of Belden. She is also survived by two sisters, Becky (Jeff) Sharp of Omaha, Robin (Brent) Sanderson of Aurora; uncle Ross (Joanne) Beins of Aurora, aunt Corinne Adelson of Polk; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dick and Janet Grosshans of Aurora, brother-in-law, Nick Grosshans of Aurora; sisters-in-law, Julie (Bill) Krause of Auburn and Bev (Todd) Olsen of Aurora, and many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

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