Former Hastings resident Mildred (Nowka) Niederhaus, 94, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2023, at her home in San Diego, CA.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. A book signing will be 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 8, at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Mildred was born April 5, 1929, to Martin and Wilma (Brown) Nowka at Grand Island, NE. She graduated from Trumbull High School, attended Hastings College, and was a 1950 graduate of Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital of Nursing. In 1951 she married Bill Niederhaus, and they resided in Hastings. He died in 1964, and she finished raising her children; at times working two jobs.

Mildred was a nurse for the late Dr. L.F. Egen in Hastings, Mary Lanning Memorial Nursery, Hastings College, Educational Service Unit #9, Grand Island Hall County Health Department, and Hastings Central Community College.

In 1979, she moved to Bellevue, NE to be the Health Education Coordinator for the USAF SAC Ehrling Bergquist Hospital. Later she transferred to Grand Island Veteran’s Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA Veterans Medical Center, and the U.S. Postal Service Medical Units in Denver, CO, Omaha, NE, and Kansas City, MO.

After retiring, she returned to Hastings, spending a few summers working as a Health Nurse at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. While living in San Diego, Mildred attended Maranatha Chapel. She was an auxiliary member of VFW #1346 and the American Legion.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Niederhaus; son, Kim Niederhaus; son-in-law, Eric Show; and brother, Milton Nowka.


Son: Ty (Sharie) Niederhaus – Hastings, NE

Daughter: Cara Mia Show – San Diego, CA

Grandchildren: 3

Great-Grandchildren: 4