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Helen Barbara "Bobbie" Kaliff

October 12, 1928 — November 24, 2019

Helen Barbara “Bobbie” Kaliff age 91 died November 24, 2019 at CHI Skilled Care in Grand Island, with family and friends by her side.

Services will be 10:30 AM Monday, December 2, at the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island. The Reverand Lisa Ewald and Pastor Mark Hartley will officiate. The family will meet friends during the viewing on Sunday from 3 to 5 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island.

Bobbie was born October 12, 1928 in Columbus Georgia, the daughter of Carson and Jessie Crabtree.. She was raised in Columbus and attended school there and at the off campus center of the University of Georgia, also in Columbus.

She married William J. Kaliff December 17, 1949. They spent the first several years of their marriage in the service and were stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Riley, Kansas and two tours of duty in Japan. After retiring from the military, they moved to York, Nebraska, which was Bill's home. In 1964 they moved to Grand Island, Nebraska and lived here the rest of their lives. They were married 61 years, when Bill passed away in 2011.

Bobbie volunteered for many years at St. Francis Medical Auxiliary and received the honorary lifetime member award and Volunteer of the Year. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and had previously been very active in the first youth fellowship organization at the church. She was a former A-OK Lady, and was in several bridge clubs. She was a 50 year member of the 3rd Wednesday Book Club and also a member of the first Wednesday Book Club. She was a member of Riverside Golf Club and the Grand Island Saddle Club.

Survivors include one son, William Steven Kaliff (Suzann) of Jackson, NJ; daughter Melanie Bachman (Max) of Grand Island and daughter Heather Derr (David) of York NE; Four grandchildren, Grant (Becki) Bachman of Grand Island; Anthony (Jessica) Derr of Parker, CO; Danielle Bachman of Lincoln NE and Melissa Kaliff (Paul Buszko) of Easton PA. Also, four great-grandchildren, Braelyn, Brynlee, Griffey and Gillian Bachman of Grand Island.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kaliff; her parents; one brother and two sisters.

Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, St. Croix Hospice, or the donor's choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, December 1, 2019

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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funeral services

Monday, December 2, 2019

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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