Jeanette (Griffith) Lauer

Jeanette (Griffith) Lauer, 89, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2020. She was born to David Lloyd and Florence (Glass) Griffith on March 5, 1931, on a farm south of Cozad. She attended country school and graduated from Cozad High School.

Jeanette met her loving husband, Robert Lauer, while cruising around one Halloween night. Though both were dating others at the time, when he returned from the service they reconnected and were married on Sept. 16, 1951, and enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Several of those years were spent on the square dance floor.

As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeanette enjoyed quilting, Bible study, and circle. She had a strong faith, and it showed in how she lived her life and treated others. Jeanette was known as a fantastic cook and baker, winning several baking contests. It was nothing for her to bake six or seven different pies at the holidays, as each one of her children had a favorite. Jeanette loved her family and extended family, always making them feel at home. Though Jeanette’s last couple of years were marked with health issues, she never complained, and would always make as many of her grandchildren’s school and sporting events as possible, and never passed on an opportunity to cheer on the Husker volleyball and football teams.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Gothenburg; two sons, Steve (Karen) Lauer of Brule and Dan (Teresa) Lauer of Norton, Kansas; three daughters, Sherri (Garon) Stewart of Ogallala, Terri (Brian) Commins of Ogallala, and Angie (Steve) Mueting of Aurora, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Oliver of Cozad; sister-in-law, Diane Griffith of Reno; brothers-in-law, Gale Mangis of Salisbury, North Carolina, Roland (Norma) Lauer of Gothenburg, and Willard (Audrey) Lauer of Wichita, Kansas, and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lavern Griffith and David Griffith; sister, Dorothy Mangis; sister-in-law, Irene (Ray) Janssen; brothers-in-law, Tom Oliver and Melvin (Delila) Lauer; and grandson, Scott Lauer.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Thursday, July 9 from 2 - 7 p.m. with the family present from 4 - 6 p.m. Burial will take place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Trinity Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, or donors choice. To sign the online guest book, go to