As I continue to work on Manning's history and during my many visits with people who will actually sit down with me to discuss the past, and also when I simply listen to other people's
conversations, I hear a myriad of things about getting older along with the topics of history that may come up.
I hear many older people say that the "Golden years" are not all that "Golden" and then I think about a comment I heard on a movie "Getting older isn't burden, it is a gift."
Now I realize that many people have all kinds of health challenges among other problems as they get older, but when I think about all of the people who are much younger than me who have died years, even decades ago, I wonder if they would have preferred to have been given the chance to determine for themselves IF the "Golden years" were "Golden" or not...just some "food for thought" as we all continue to climb that ladder of life which eventually will run out of rungs for each of us.
I also recall all of the conversations with people who lived well into their 80s, 90s, and even 100s who realized how blessed they were, especially those who still had all of their mental faculties and weren't limited physically that much.
Denise Doyel informed me that the daughter of Brenda (Puck) died in a tragic auto accident in Omaha.
I had noticed an Abby Olberding listed on the Dawn & Woodhouse website, but the full obituary wasn't posted yet, so I didn't realize her mother was Brenda Puck, and Olberding isn't a "Manning" name.
I don't have any pictures or information about Abby or the Olberding family but thought I would post some of the Puck history for people who would know them and not realize Abby's connection to Manning.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, September 22, 2023, at St. John Paul II Parish - Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Fr. Brian Feller as Celebrant. Lector for the Mass will be Janel Hartwigsen. Gift bearers will be Machaela Jacobs, Ava Goldsberry, and Alayna Goldsberry. Music for the Mass will be by Kathy Halbur and Kathleen Macke. Casket bearers will be Todd Puck, Dan Hartwigsen, Jason Goldsberry, Jack Olberding, Bryce Puck, and Adam Hartwigsen. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.
Visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll from 5 - 7 P.M. on Thursday. The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9:30 A.M. on Friday where visitation will resume until 10:15 A.M. prior to the Mass.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com
Abby was born on September 28, 1998 in Omaha, Nebraska, and she was the daughter of Jered and Brenda (Puck) Olberding. She grew up in Carroll and graduated from Carroll High School in 2017 where she participated in track, cross country, band, and softball. Her love of fitness led her to Buena Vista in Storm Lake graduating in 2020 with a degree in Human Performance. Abby ran track while attending BV. After graduation she attended Clarkson College in Omaha graduating in 2023 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She thrived at her job doing what she loved at Makovicka Physical Therapy. Abby lived life to the fullest. She loved to travel taking memorable trips to Chicago, Minneapolis, Delaware, New York, South Dakota, Maryland, England, Scotland, Florida, Tennessee, Ireland, and Nevada. Abby’s bubbly personality led her to many friendships and a family that adored her. Family and friends describe her as a sweet soul and a ray of sunshine - which is 100% Abby.
Abby will be missed by her parents Jered and Brenda Olberding of Carroll; her partner in crime - twin brother Blake Olberding of Carroll; grandparents: John Olberding of Carroll, Garry Puck (Ann) of Liberty, Missouri; uncle Todd Puck (Julie) of Bennington, Nebraska; aunt Sara Goldsberry (Jason) of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; aunt Janel Hartwigsen (Dan) of Ankeny, Iowa; uncle Jack Olberding (Melissa) of Carroll, Iowa; and cousins: Bryce Puck (Abby), Machaela Jacobs (Isaac), Colby and Liam Puck, Adam and Noah Hartwigsen, Ava, Alayna and Andrew Goldsberry, Ryan Rustvold, and Camdyn and Caylee Olberding. Abby is also survived by her boyfriend Troy Finnegan of Waterloo, many extended family members, and friends, and her “Pride and Joy” - dog Ollie.
Abby was preceded in death by grandmothers: Becky Puck and JoAnn Olberding; her great-grandparents; and her first pet Oreo.
Life is what you make of it. And you made it beautiful! Our
hearts will forever ache. Abby was taken too soon from our lives. Your
footsteps can never be filled nor your love ever forgotten. Give Grandma Jo and
Grandma Becky hugs!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss