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Cessna Elyse Brestel


    Cessna Elyse Brestel, age 15, of McCool Junction, NE, died at her home on February 1, 2021. She was born on August 11, 2005 to Misty (Wellman) and Patrick Brestel in York. Cessna graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School and was currently a sophomore at York High School. While in high school, she had been active in softball, cross country, Band, One-Act, and Speech. She was a member of the national honor society (ACES).

    Cessna had been a student of York Dance Center since she was 3 years old and a member of the troupe team for the past 3 years. She enjoyed working on special effects makeup, fashion, music, cooking, and loved animals, especially her dogs Rocky and Cardi.

    Cessna was loyal, empathetic and caring, confident, and driven. She was wise beyond her years. She always had a smile on her face and loved to use her sarcastic humor to make people laugh. Cessna how we love you so! You are the best daughter that we could’ve asked for and made us so proud.

    Fly high C … to infinity and beyond!

    Cessna is survived by her parents: Misty and Jon Brouillette of McCool Junction, Patrick and Yulia Brestel of Lincoln, NE, brother Felix and sister Solice of Lincoln, grandparents: Tim and Karen Wellman of York, Jean and Herb Angell of Lincoln, and Roger and Kathy Brestel of Norfolk, NE, great-grandmothers: Irene Wellman of York, Mardell Brestel of Norfolk, and Lillian Swoboda of Verdigre, NE,  aunts Ashley(Barrett) Waldrep of Bennett, NE and Lexy (Eric) Schwab of York, uncle Michael (Leslie) Brestel of Lincoln, and her cousins Ford and Witt Waldrep and Cameron, Nathan, and Claire Brestel.

    Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Friday, February 5, 2021 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, York.

    Visitation will be held from 1-4 pm Thursday at the mortuary, followed by the family receiving friends at Emmanuel Lutheran Church that evening from 6-8pm.

    COVID 19 Funeral Guidelines will be implemented and masks required.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. Cessna would want you to be thoughtful in helping and taking care of others and by doing so you would honor her legacy.

    Cessna’s service will be livestreamed on Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s website at


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