The Topeka Capital-Journal 2012 and Funeral Home Obituaries

01 Jan 2012, Sunday

Barbara Jean Arnold

Barbara Jean Arnold, 79, died Dec. 28, 2011, at a Topeka hospital. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles and Mrs. Minnie Toliver. Barbara is survived by three sons, Jerrell Burnett, Mark Arnold and Ronnie Arnold and his wife, Brigette, all of Topeka: daughter, Carolyn Arnold, Topeka: and two grandsons that she raised as her sons: Tevis Arnold and wife, Alesia, and Bryce Selby, all of Topeka. Barbara will lay instate Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4-8 P.M. Family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel, Inc. Service Jan. 6, at 11:00 A.M. a the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel Obituary

Barbara Jean Arnold, 79, was born August 22, 1932 in Checotah, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of seven children born to Rev. Charles and Mrs. Minnie Landrum. Toliver all of whom preceded her in death. She passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center.

Barbara was a graduate of Rentiesville Oklahoma High School. She later attended Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma.

Barbara married John Arnold on December 5, 1954 in Alcorn, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on October 19, 2007.

Barbara was employed as a psychiatric aide at the Topeka State Hospital, retiring after 32 years in 1994.

She leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Jerrell Barnett, Mark Arnold and Ronnie Arnold and his wife, Brigette all of Topeka; daughter, Carolyn Arnold, Topeka; two grandsons she raised as her own; Tevis Arnold and wife Alesia and Bryce Selby both of Topeka; three foster children, Ronald Bell, Robbie Caulking and Darrell Wardlow; seven grandchildren eleven great-grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.

Barbara loved her family and loved her dog, "Blue."


Carl Brink

Carl Edward Brink, 93, of Escondido CA, formerly of Wichita & Topeka KS died 12-27-11. Carl's career included salesman at Adams Brothers Salesbook Co in Topeka & founding & operating Service Business Forms in Wichita. Carl was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Dottie) in 1998 & is survived by children James of Lubbock TX, Steve of Creswell OR & Laura Shell of San Diego CA & granddaughters Teresa Shell Lindenmeier of Escondido CA & Emily Brink of Marfa TX.


Joyce Cazier

WAMEGO- Joyce Sigrid Cazier, 79, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at home in Mission, Kansas. Joyce was born on April 3, 1932, in Wamego, Kansas, to Dr. L.W. and Mrs. Leonore (Peterson) Cazier. She often recalled fond memories of her childhood in Wamego, surrounded with wonderful lifelong friends. She was activity in a variety of activities and graduated from Wamego High School in 1950. She then attended and graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Secondary Education in 1954. During her time at KU she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Joyce married Donald Ainsworth Ellis on July 12, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia, where Don served as a navy officer. In 1956 they returned to Kansas City, Kansas, where they resided for 20 years. Joyce taught in the Norfolk, Virginia and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, as well as in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas teaching English, fifth grade, and elementary music, as well as substituting. She also was the owner of a shop called Jabberwock Gallery, in the Fairway Shops. She was a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Kansas, Alpha Delta Pi Mothers' Club, Federated Music Teachers of Greater Kansas City, Village Singles, and PEO, among other organizations. She was a member of Village Presbyterian Church. After her divorce in 1989, Joyce lived in Fairway, Roland Park, and Topeka from approximately 1989-2002. She enjoyed the proximity to her sister and brother, Judy (Cazier) Peddicord and Jim Cazier - as well as her niece, Lana (Peddicord) Northup - during the Topeka years. She was active with many bridge clubs, her Wamego friends, PEO, and of course her piano studio. She returned to the area in 2002 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Joyce's calling was as a piano teacher, as she worked with hundreds of students over a 30-year time span. She also maintained her relationships with Kansas City friends through bridge and canasta clubs, as well as enjoyed entertaining in many aspects. She also relished home improvements and gardening. Her gifts were many, but in particular she loved music and playing the piano. All her children were raised with appreciation for music repertoire and performance. Joyce is survived by her a son, Mark Ellis of Kansas City, MO; two daughters-Ingrid Ellis of St. John, USVI, and Natalie (Ellis) Morris, of Olathe, KS; and two grandchildren, Katie Morris of Lawrence, KS and Drew Morris, of Olathe. Last but not least, she is survived by Fred, the cat, of Kansas City, MO. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2012 at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego, KS. Graveside services will follow at Wamego City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to Odyssey VistaCare Hospice Foundation, 717 N. Harwood, Suite 1500, Dallas, TX 75201 or at http://www.ovhf.org/. Online condolences may be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.


Dorothy Corber

Dorothy J. Corber, 96, of Topeka, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. She was born January 11, 1915 in Topeka, the daughter of Joseph and Grace E. Wentworth Gorrell. Dorothy graduated from Topeka High School in 1933. She was employed by the State of Kansas for 10 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Helena Chapter No. 210, O.E.S. Dorothy married William Schuenight. He preceded her in death. She married Walter Kinder. He preceded her in death. She later married Roy Corber, and he preceded her in death as well. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Jo (Ronnie) Russell of Topeka and Donna Dee Johnson of Topeka, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Dorothy will lie in state from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village, 7220 SW Asbury Dr., Topeka, KS 66614 or Grace United Methodist Church, 2627 SW Western Ave., Topeka, KS 66611 or to Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Leta Davy

Palm Bay, Fl.- Leta L. Davy, 83, died , Thursday, 12/15/2011. Services will be at 2:00 pm, Thursday, 01/05/2012 at First Presbyterian Church, Palm Bay, Florida. Arrangements by Palm Bay Funeral Home, Palm Bay., 321-724-2224. Share memories and sign the family guestbook at www.affuneral.com.


Judith DeLaughder

Judith Rae DeLaughder, 81, of Topeka passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 6th at 2:00 pm at Trent Plaza at Aldersgate. A complete obituary appeared in the Capital Journal on Sunday December 4, 2011. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Arthur Griffith

Arthur D. Griffith, 86, of Silver Lake, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011. He was born September 18, 1925, the son of Arthur R. & Florance A. (Milbrant) Griffith, they precede him in death. Arthur was employed by Union Local 142. Mr. Griffith was a member of the Silver Lake Baptist Church. Arthur married Maurine Reedy on July 21, 1951, she preceded him in death in 2002. Survivors include three children, David (Carolyn) Griffith, Marvin (Elaine) Griffith, and Dorothy (Bob) Arnold; twelve grandchildren; twenty eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; four siblings, Voyd Griffith, Thelma Tichenor, Agnes Thomas, and Marie Fidler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maurine; a brother Marion Griffith; a sister Ethel Snickles. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, KS 66608. Interment will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. Mr. Griffith will lie in state after 1:00 p.m., Sunday, at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Holton Community Hospital Hospice, 1110 Columbine Dr., Holton, KS 66346. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Raymond Hodges

LEBO Raymond Keith Hodges, 80, passed away Friday, December 30, 2011 at the V.A. Hospital in Topeka. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo. Family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Military burial honors to follow at Lincoln Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hand In Hand Hospice or DAV and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, 107 W. Sixth, Lebo, KS 66856.


Ruth Immenschuh

GREAT BEND - Ruth M. (Farrell) Immenschuh, 97, passed away Dec. 30, 2011, at her home in Great Bend. She was born April 3, 1914, at St. Marys. Survivors include 3 sons, Dick of Topeka, David of the Kansas City area and Brian of Great Bend. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with burial in Great Bend Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice sent in care of Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd., Great Bend, 67530. Condolences may be sent to www.bryantfh.net.


Evelyn Lawson

Evelyn Glad Lawson peacefully passed on December 29, 2011, with her loving family at her side. She was born on December 3, 1919, the beloved daughter of Wendell P. and Pearle Elwell Thorpe. Evelyn and her brother Martin were raised on a farm in Dona Ana, New Mexico, in the shadow of the Organ Mountains. In 1936, at the age of 16, Evelyn pursued a degree in bacteriology at New Mexico State University. An active member of Zeta Tau Alpha, she graduated from NMSU, one of only four women to graduate with a bachelor's of science degree in 1940. Evelyn married the love of her life, Thomas Walter Lawson, Jr., on October 17, 1941. They embarked on a life of adventure living in Chicago, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, El Paso, and Nashville, finally settling in Topeka in 1949 to raise their growing family. In 1961, Evelyn chose to utilize her science degree as a microbiologist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She was an outstanding member of the Water Quality Laboratory for 24 years, paving the way for future generations of professional women in science. Evelyn loved her family and her life. She was an avid gardener, and had many other creative interests. She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral. As one of the Cathedral's Daughters of the King, she made blankets for the homeless, and delivered altar flowers to convalescents and the elderly for many years. Evelyn is remembered for her kindness and generosity, her bright smile, and boundless sense of humor. She was described by many as their best friend. Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Tom, her brother, Martin, and grandson Joel Gregory. She is survived by her devoted children, Joel and Linda Lawson, Penny and Ed Plamann, Aleilah Patricia & John Graham, and Carolyn and Danny Jones, and her five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on January 3, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Street, Topeka, KS. There will also be an afternoon service at Brewster Place, 1205 SW 29th Street, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the memorial fund at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in honor of her work with the Daughters of the King. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


June Myers

June R. Myers, 94, of Topeka, died December 31, 2011 at Midland Hospice House. She was born in Ingomar, Montana on June 6, 1917, the daughter of Amie Guy and Victoria Cecilia (Kubitza) Ruby. June was a graduate of Washington High School and received her Nurses Training from Providence Nursing School, both in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a veteran of the US Army, serving in the Nurses Corps during World War II as a Second Lieutenant. She retired in 1977 from the Colmery-ONeil VA Medical Center in Topeka, where she was a Nurse. June was a member of Mater Dei Assumption Catholic Church, Apple Valley Camping Association, Kansas Quilters Association in Topeka and Lawrence, and was a charter member of the Topeka Needle Work Guild. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and all kinds of needlework. She married Peter Myers in Kodiak, Alaska on September 18, 1943. He preceded her in death on February 26, 1993. She was also predeceased by her parents, a sister, Virginia Shaffer, a brother, John Ruby, and two sons-in-law, Kenneth Vande Velde and Rick Smith. June is survived by a son, Dr. Stephen Myers and his wife Ruth of Burnsville, MN, two daughters, Vicki Vande Velde of St. Marys, KS, and Leah Smith of Westmoreland, KS. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Amy (Michael) Lett, Guy Higbee, Kimberly (Roger Gowen) Vande Velde, Mandy (Calvin) Masters, Jessica Mitchell, Michael (Tina) Vande Velde and ten great-grandchildren. June will lie in state on Tuesday after 2:00 p.m. at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Mater Dei Assumption Catholic Church. Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery in Gardner, Kansas with military honors provided. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences to www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Walter Ross

Walter James Ross, passed on Dec 24th 2011 due to illness at St Francis Hospital in Topeka, Ks. Born: June 7, 1949 in Munich, Germany. He was the son of the late Slayton & Gertrude Ross of VA Beach, Va. He was survived by, his wife, Bonnie D Ross of Topeka, Ks, they were married Dec 24, 1992. His four sons Sean E Ross of Surprise, AZ, Josh D Ross of VA Beach, VA, Ben G Alexander III and his wife Julia Alexander, Shawn M Alexander of Topeka, Ks. His five Granddaughters of Topeka, Ks, Hannah Alexander, Ashley Alexander, Arraya Kuykendall, Makayla Gomez-Powell, and Jaiden Gomez-Powell. His three Grandsons Caleb and Ryan Ross of Surprize, AZ, and Cameron James Alexander of Topeka Ks. Walt was drafted into the Army in 1968. He served two tours in Vietnam 1968-1972. He was in the 82 Infantry Airborne a Paratrooper & Grunt. Walt also served in Korea. During this time he received a Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, Bronze Star W/Dev. Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), Vietnam Service Medal (4 Campaigns), Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and Expert (rifle, pistol) and numerous others. He also worked for the Civil Defense in Washington DC. Before his illness he loved to swim, and surf while growing up in VA Beach, Va. Walt before being drafted went to college in hopes of being a History Teacher. Walt later had a fondness for hiking, looking for artifacts in Hollow Wilderness when living in Pinos Altos, New Mexico as well as traveling, riding on his motorcycle, fishing, eating good Mexican food in New Mexico, and seafood in Newport Beach, at the Crab Cooker. While visiting VA Beach, VA he would visit Charlie's Seafood Restaurant which his mother was co-owner of. He loved nice cars. Most of all he loved his family. He had a lot of Vet brother's, some still living and a lot have passed on before him. With this brotherhood they always had someone to lean on in times of need and times of celebration. Walt was also the very first group at the V.A. Hospital in Topeka, Ks to go through the PTSD Program in 1985. Walt and I would like to give a Special Thank You to Dr. Samuel Bradshaw. One thing Walt & his vet brother's always said Pat, youre right. and Pat stated Boys they already killed us before we left Vietnam. Walt said to his wife Bonnie, If anything happens to me then it's time for me to let someone take the watch for now. Services will be held at Topeka Cemetery located at 1601 S.E. 10th Ave, Topeka, Ks 66607 on Jan 7th, 2012 at 2pm.


Gordon Sailors

Gordon Byron Sailors, 94, died December 29, 2011 at Topeka Stormont-Vail Health Center. Mr. Sailors is survived by his wife Virginia Davis Sailors of Topeka; children, Gordie Sailors and his wife Paula Kellogg of Perry, Kansas and Elizabeth Durham of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Tony Sailors and his wife Julie of Lawrence, Michelle Sailors of Topeka, Daniel Sailors of New York, Molly Sailors of New York, and Jordan Durham of Daytona Beach, Florida; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Visit www.dovecremation.com for a full obituary.


James Sanders, Jr.

TOPEKA - James Edward Sanders, Jr., 36, died December 25, 2011 at St. Francis Health Center, Topeka. He was born October 16, 1975 in Gary, Indiana. A beloved son and father, he is survived by his mother, Veronica V. Spiller, Hutchinson; father, James E. Sanders, Sr., Gary, Indiana; step-father, George R. Guess, Hutchison; and 6 children. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rosa Spiller Warner and niece, Alexandria Leigh Warner. He attended Hutchinson High School and was a graduate of Butler Community College. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at McGee Chapel Foundation of Life Ministries in Hutchinson with Pastor Melvin Watson presiding. Friends may sign the register book from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Hutchinson. Inurnment will be in Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson. Memorials may be sent to the church or the Crime Victims Compensation Board in care of the funeral home. Please visit www.penwellgabelhutchinson.com to leave personal condolences for the family.


Dorothy Schultz

Dorothy Fay Schultz, 87, Topeka, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011 at a local care center. Dorothy was born August 18, 1924 in Topeka, the daughter of Karl and Dorothy (Post) Bergman. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1942. She was employed as a Secretary with Santa Fe, the City of Topeka, and USD-501, retiring in 1967. Dorothy married Fred Schultz on February 20, 1947 in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include son, Mike (Dorothy) Schultz, Wake Forrest, NC; daughter, Martha Schultz, Topeka; 4 granddaughters; 1 grandson; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting with arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Karen Singer

Karen L. Singer, 63, of Topeka, died December 30, 2011 at Midland Hospice House. She was born April 29, 1948 in Goodland, Kansas to Frances and Clara Jane (Hickson) Frey. She lost her father in 1955 and was later adopted by Harold Johnson. She graduated from Topeka West High School and attended Washburn University. While there, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She was a member of Seward Avenue Baptist Church in Topeka and Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan. She worked as a homemaker and provided pre-school child care in her home. She later served as house mother for Greek organizations at Kansas State in Manhattan and Baker in Baldwin. Karen is survived by two children, Kashca Henry and Tolan (Pam) Singer; grandchildren, Emily and Nick Henry, Abbi and Noah Singer all of Kansas City, MO; father, Harold Johnson of Topeka; brother, Quigg Frey of Wilmington, DE; dearest friend, Linda Hedstrom of Olathe. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Memorial contributions may be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 920 Main St., Suite 280, Kansas City, MO 64105. To leave a special message for the family, please go to penwellgabeltopeka.com.


Corine Springer

In Memory of Corine Springer 10/03/1906 - 12/23/2010 Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed, and very dear. You are always in our hearts, We love you. Lorene, Kathleen, Sherry and Families.


Thomas Stohr

1948-2011 ST. JOSEPH, MO - T.J. (Thomas) Stohr died Thursday, December 29, 2011. He was born in Missouri on November 20, 1948 to Peter and Elizabeth Stohr. T.J. was a member of the Bahai Faith. T.J. was married and divorced from Joyce Stohr, St. Joseph. They remained close friends throughout his life. T.J. earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Interior Design emphasis, from Kansas State University and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Wichita (Kansas) State University. He was ASID certified and won furniture and interior design awards. He worked for Mannschreck Designs, St. Joseph and Contract Design Group of Topeka as an Interior Architect. In his second career, T.J. worked as a physical therapist serving outlying rural communities. His most recent position was a physical therapist at Cameron Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was preceded in death by his parents. (Survivors:) include his son, Gabriel Stohr, St. Joseph; his ex-wife, Joyce, St. Joseph; sisters, Betty (Ralph) Randall, Sedalia, Virginia Stohr, Naperville, Illinois, Theresa Prall, Lees Summit; brother, Jim Stohr, Oregon; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. (A Bahai Faith Funeral Service:) 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The Family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The Family suggests memorial gifts to the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

02 Jan 2012, Monday

Barbara Jean Arnold

Barbara Jean Arnold, 79, died Dec. 28, 2011, at a Topeka hospital. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles and Mrs. Minnie Toliver. Barbara is survived by three sons, Jerrell Burnett, Mark Arnold and Ronnie Arnold and his wife, Brigette, all of Topeka: daughter, Carolyn Arnold, Topeka: and two grandsons that she raised as her sons: Tevis Arnold and wife, Alesia, and Bryce Selby, all of Topeka. Barbara will lay instate Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4-8 P.M. Family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel, Inc. Service Jan. 6, at 11:00 A.M. a the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


Laura Bukovatz

WICHITA - Laura May (Gifford) Bukovatz, 87, Wichita, passed away Wed., Dec. 28, 2011, at Life Care Center of Andover. Laura was born on Sept. 15, 1924, to Carl and Faye (Cunningham) Gifford in Garnett, KS. She married John Bukovatz in Kansas City. Laura was a past editor of the Kansas League of Municipalities, later working as an office manager/tax preparer for H&R Block. Mourning her passing; sons, John C. Bukovatz (Linda), Topeka; Roger A. Bukovatz (Peggy), Waverly; James L. Bukovatz (Sherry), Topeka; Gary R. Bukovatz (Cindy), Wichita; brother, Keith Gifford (Zelda), Waverly; 10 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband John; parents, & brother Forrest Gifford. Memorial service; Memorial Park Cemetery, 3616 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 2. Memorial established with Share the Way, 8604 E. 44th Circle N, Wichita, KS 67226. www.sharetheway.org. Dunsford Funeral Home, 201 East Fifth, Augusta, KS, 67010. 316-775-6363. www.dunsfordfh.com.


Clarence Haber

HOLTON - Reverend Clarence H. Haber, 87, of Holton, KS passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the Holton Community Hospital. He was born September 17, 1924 in Olpe, KS the son of Herman and Lillie Laura (Bartell) Haber. Rev. Haber graduated from Holton High School in 1942, graduated from Westmar College in 1948. He attended Evangelical Theological Seminary graduating in 1951 with a Bachelors Degree and later received his Masters of Divinity. He was assigned to many United Methodist Churches including Hanover, Throop Evangelical United Brethren Churches, Longford (where he directed the erection of the church), Derby, Zion United Methodist Church (in Wichita), Moran, Bronson and Mildred Churches. He served in Horton from 1983 until his retirement in 1987. Clarence retired in Holton and served as an Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor at Evangel United Methodist Church. In 1989 Rev. Haber became part-time Chaplain at Jackson County Nursing Home (now named Medicalodge Jackson County). Rev. Haber was a member of the Evangel United Methodist Church, Holton Lions Club, Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church and a member of Jackson County Friends of Hospice all of Holton. He was a volunteer for Sunday school class, a member of the choir, he led prayer for mens breakfast and joined in bible study all at the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. On July 5, 1948 he married Sada Catherine Haedt in Mankato, MN. She preceded him in death on July 12, 1998. He was also preceded in death by his 2 daughters, Rebecca Lee Haber in 1974 and Joyce Ann Haber in 1962 and a brother, Harold C. Haber in 1982. He later married Carol Jean Fisher on January 22, 2000 in Topeka. She survives. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Jennifer Nelson of Topeka; 2 step-granddaughters and 3 nephews, Chuck Haber of Kansas City, MO, Dave Haber of Denver, CO and Don Haber of Boston, MA. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2012 at the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Interment will be in the Holton Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the EUM Church or Friends of Forest Park c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.


Denise McAlexander

HOLTON - Denise M. McAlexander, 48, of Holton, KS passed away December 31, 2011 at Stormont Vail Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born October 2, 1963 in Topeka, KS the daughter of Chuck and Ginny (Burghart) Trygg. Denise graduated from Topeka High School. She had lived in the Holton community since 1992. She had worked for Del Monte Pet Foods PPIC for over 20 years. Denise married Rick McAlexander on June 2, 1993 in Estes Park, CO. Survivors include her parents, Chuck and Ginny Trygg of Topeka, KS; 1 son, Cody Cobler (Rachel) of Lees Summit, MO; 2 daughters, Kayli Cobler of Topeka, KS and Dylan McAlexander of Holton, KS; 2 sisters, Kelly Trygg-Lightfoot (Jerry) of Brighton, MO and Tracy Aguilar-Calixto (Basi) of Mexico and 3 grandchildren, Xander, Caiden and Zo. She was preceded in death by a son, Lucas Cobler. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment will be in the South Denison Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6:30 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.


Regina Niehues

Regina Jean Niehues, 88, of Corning passed away at her home, with her family at her side, on Saturday, December 31, 2011. She was born on January 25, 1923 to Henry and Mary Catherine Detten Neusch in Amarillo, Texas. On May 8, 1951, she married Herbert Frank Niehues at St. Francis, Texas. Survivors are five sons, Frank (Janell) Niehues, Leo Niehues, and Roy (Lynn) Niehues all of Corning, Galen (Brenda) Niehues and Gary (Brenda) Niehues both of Seneca; two daughters, Catherine (Danney) Williams of Topeka and Theresa (Eldon) Sudbeck of Seneca; two brothers, Francis Neusch of Panhandle, Texas and Cyril Neusch of Amarillo, Texas; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 11AM at St. Bede's Church at Kelly. The burial will be in the church cemetery. Rosaries will be prayed at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca on Monday, January 2nd at 2 & 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be left in Jean's memory to Nemaha County Home Health, St. Bede's Catholic Church, Kelly and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Seneca. www.lauerfuneralhome.com.


Orval Rasmussen

Orval Bud Glen Rasmussen, 73, of Topeka died on December 29, 2011 at Midland Hospice Care. He was born on January 23, 1938 to Sig & Irene Rasmussen, they precede him in death. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Rasmussen of the home. Orval was employed by Champney Wrecking Company for 30 years. Orval was a member of East Side Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Twila Hester. Uncle Bud is loved by Darrell Hester, Cindy Taylor, Terri Hester, Debbie Dunn. Great-nieces & nephews; Elizabeth & Nevin White, Jolene & Justin Granger, Travis Hester, George Winter, Amber Dunn, Dustin Dunn, & Great-Great-nieces & nephews; Sierra, Alec, Saige & Steele. Memorial Services will be Thursday, January 5 at 6:00 pm at East Side Baptist Church. Interment will be at Westlawn Memorial Gardens later in January.


Brian Robert

Happy Birthday Brian Robert 1-2-1969 to 11-1-2010 We do not need a special day to bring you to our minds. The days we do not think of you are very hard to find. Each morning when we awake we know that you are gone. And no one knows the heartache as we try to carry on. Our hearts still ache with sadness and secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you no one will ever know. Our thoughts are always with you, your place no one can fill. In life we loved you dearly; in death we love you still. We miss and love you oh so much!!! Dad, Mom, Ashley, Madelynn, Shanna, Connie, Kellie, Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, family and friends.


Donald Stafford

Donald R. Stafford, 85, Topeka, was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, December 31, 2011. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle and was greatly loved by his family. Don graduated from Salina High School in 1944 and received his BS in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1958. He was a Civil Engineer until his retirement in 1991 from Ernest-Spencer, Inc. Don served his country as a radio operator in WWII in the 5th infantry division and the Korean Conflict, and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Star to Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal with three Campaign Stars and the Cluster to Purple Heart. Don was active in the Boy Scouts of America for several years and was also active in various ministries in the Catholic Church. Don greatly enjoyed being involved in and attending activities with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Leona Stafford and a daughter-in-law, Angie Stafford. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Veronica; his eight children, Patricia Stafford, Roberta (Ralph Terry) Brown, Thomas Stafford (Deanna Othmer), David (Krista) Stafford, all of Topeka, Mary Stafford (Lloyd May), Hoyt, Christine (Timothy) Riddle, Carson City NV, Paul (Kristy) Stafford, Berryton and James (Joni) Stafford, Spurgeon IN; a brother, Darrell Stafford, Mt. Vernon IN; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two nephews. Mr. Stafford will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where a parish rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.


Carl Wales

Carl Dean Wales, 76, of the Williamstown Community of Perry, died Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the St. Francis Hospital E.R. in Topeka. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church in Topeka. Burial and Committal Services will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday at Underwood Cemetery in Williamstown. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Wednesday at the Barnett Family Funeral Home in Oskaloosa, 1220 Walnut (Hwy 59), where Mr. Wales will lie in state after 11:00 AM, Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the First Assembly of God Church or to the Corbins Childrens Ministry of South Africa in care of the Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS. 66066. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.

03 Jan 2012, Tuesday

Barbara Jean Arnold

Barbara Jean Arnold, 79, died Dec. 28, 2011, at a Topeka hospital. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles and Mrs. Minnie Toliver. Barbara is survived by three sons, Jerrell Burnett, Mark Arnold and Ronnie Arnold and his wife, Brigette, all of Topeka: daughter, Carolyn Arnold, Topeka: and two grandsons that she raised as her sons: Tevis Arnold and wife, Alesia, and Bryce Selby, all of Topeka. Barbara will lay instate Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4-8 P.M. Family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel, Inc. Service Jan. 6, at 11:00 A.M. a the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


Kenneth Arnold

Kenneth J. Kenny Arnold, 76, of Ozawkie, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born September 3, 1935 in Topeka, the son of Lawrence S. and Lamberta S. McDonald Arnold. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1953. Kenny was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 12 years and later by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. before retiring after many years of service. He was a member of the N.R.A., the United Rubber Workers Union, and the Kansas Street Rod Association. Kenny married Shirley Ann Meyer Arnold on September 1, 1955 in Topeka. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2011 after 55 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by a brother and sister. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda (Brad) Garner Lyden of Topeka, two sons, Randy (Shelle) Arnold of Lawrence and Doug Arnold of Valley Falls, four grandchildren, Adam (Erica) Arnold of Eudora, Amy (Marc) Hedstrom of Topeka, Ryan Smith of Topeka and Stacy (Pat) Ledford of Topeka, five great-grandchildren, Brandon, Hayden, Colin, Katie and Hailey, and one brother, Reuben Niedens of Wichita. Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Burial will follow in Valley Falls Cemetery, Valley Falls, KS. Kenny will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Larry Freeman

Larry Eugene Freeman, 61, of Topeka, passed away January 2, 2012 at Midland Hospice Care. Survivors include a brother Bill Freeman of Topeka. Larry was cremated. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care sent in care of the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., 66603 Online condolences to www.brennanmathenafh.com.


John Luft

John E.L. Luft, 86, of Topeka, died Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Rolling Hills Health Center. He was born June 12, 1925 in Topeka, the son of Carl and Goldie Mae (Seaman) Luft. John grew up in rural Osage County and the Bucklin/Kingsdown areas of Kansas. He graduated from Kingsdown High School in 1943. John entered the Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He re-entered the Navy and served during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1952. John married Lorna Lee Perry on August 24, 1963 in Waverly, KS. She survives. John was employed as an electrician at Goodyear Tire & Rubber for 36 years. He was an active Union member and a member and term president of the New Voice Club, an organization for people who have had Laryngectomies. John enjoyed his time as a master gardener, reading, and playing chess. John is survived by his wife, Lorna; children, Joanna Hart, Penny Greeve Biester; two brothers, one sister, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 6th at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Topeka. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , Heartland Division, Inc., 1315 SW Arrowhead Rd., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a message for the family online, visit www.DoveCremation.com.


Dean Miller

Dean M. Miller, M.D., 89, former Topeka resident, died Saturday, December 31, 2011, in Parsons, where he had resided since 1973. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Miller, on December 20, 2009. The Miller's lived in Topeka for 17 years where Dr. Miller had a radiology practice. While living in Topeka, they were members of the First Presbyterian Church and he was a member of the West Side Rotary Club. He is survived by two sons, John Miller and David Miller, a grandson, four great-grandchildren and a brother. His daughter, Nancy Miller Martin, died in 1971 while they were living in Topeka. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. Graveside committal services will be at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka. The Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons is in charge of arrangements. The obituary may be read at www.wallfuneralservices.com.


Wayne Mitchell

Wayne P. Mitchell, 51, passed away December 9th 2011 at his home in Larned, KS. Wayne resided most of his life in Topeka, but spent his last years as a resident of Larned, KS. Wayne was many things throughout his time with us; artist, writer, friend, father, and most wholeheartedly a Fisherman. He will forever remain in our minds eye as a laughing, smiling face holding a fishing pole. He made a great impact on many lives and will be greatly missed. Wayne is survived by his brother David, his sisters Helen and Janice, his daughter Courtney, and a plethora of loving friends. A memorial will be held on Friday January 6th at 6:00pm at Westlake Shelter house in Gage Park in Topeka, KS.


Beverly Smith

Beverly Arlene (Winters) Smith, 80, of Topeka, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Midland Hospice. She was born in Osawatomie, Kansas on September 10, 1931 to James and Mabel Winters. She married Raymond Smith in Osawatomie on October 4, 1957 and gave birth to their only child, Kent, on December 30, 1958. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Mabel (Fulkerson) Winters, brothers Harry, Clarence, Lantson and Lyle Winters, and sisters, Laura (Winters) Mullins, and June (Winters) Swarner. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Smith, her sisters, Bonita (Dean) Carls, and Rosa (LeRoy) Butts, her son Kent (Susan) Smith, and her granddaughter Erica (Jonathan) Barthalow. Beverly Arlene was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who leaves behind a legacy of faith and love. A memorial service will be held at First Assembly of God, 500 SW 27th St., Topeka, Kansas on January 10, 2012 at 10 AM.


Donald Stafford

Donald R. Stafford, 85, Topeka, was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, December 31, 2011. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle and was greatly loved by his family. Don graduated from Salina High School in 1944 and received his BS in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1958. He was a Civil Engineer until his retirement in 1991 from Ernest-Spencer, Inc. Don served his country as a radio operator in WWII in the 5th infantry division and the Korean Conflict, and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Star to Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal with three Campaign Stars and the Cluster to Purple Heart. Don was active in the Boy Scouts of America for several years and was also active in various ministries in the Catholic Church. Don greatly enjoyed being involved in and attending activities with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Leona Stafford and a daughter-in-law, Angie Stafford. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Veronica; his eight children, Patricia Stafford, Roberta (Ralph Terry) Brown, Thomas Stafford (Deanna Othmer), David (Krista) Stafford, all of Topeka, Mary Stafford (Lloyd May), Hoyt, Christine (Timothy) Riddle, Carson City NV, Paul (Kristy) Stafford, Berryton and James (Joni) Stafford, Spurgeon IN; a brother, Darrell Stafford, Mt. Vernon IN; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two nephews. Mr. Stafford will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where a parish rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.


William Yockey

LYNDON - William H. Yockey, 93, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 9, 1918 in Quenemo, Kansas the son of William and Mabel Blair Yockey. Bill grew up in Quenemo, graduating from Quenemo High School. He moved to California in 1939 and lived there until 1951 when he moved back to Lyndon, where he has lived since. He was a Farmer and Stockman most of his life. He had served as a City Councilman and Mayor for Lyndon and was a County Commissioner for Osage County. He was a member of the Osage City Presbyterian Church and the Euclid Lodge #101 A.F. & A.M. in Lyndon. On July 26, 1945 Bill was united in marriage to Dorothy Goodman in Burbank, California. Dorothy preceded Bill in death on December 8, 2008. Bill is survived by his two sons, Dr. Charles Yockey and wife Nancy of Lawrence and Dennis Yockey and wife Peggy of Colorado Springs, CO.; his sister, Ruth Loper of Santa Ynez, CA.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private Family services were held for Bill on Saturday, December 31 and entombment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the LMH (Lawrence Memorial Hospital) Endowment Association in memory of William H. Yockey and may be sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. 66451.


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Glenn Gordon

Memorial Service
2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012
Campanella-Evans Mortuary
Wamego, Kansas

Visitation 1:00 p.m. until service time

Glenn Harley Gordon, 95, of Wamego, Kansas, died Monday, January 2, 2012, at the Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. He was a life-long resident of the community.

Glenn was born October 3, 1916, in rural Westmoreland, Kansas, the son of T.A. and Nellie Snapp Gordon. He attended local schools and graduated from Westmoreland High School. He then attended Kansas State University.

For thirty years, Glenn was the manager of Dick’s Thriftway grocery store in Wamego. Prior to that he farmed the family farm north east of Westmoreland for thirty eight years.

Glenn married Helen Marie Stevenson on May 29, 1938, in Marysville, Kansas. She preceded him in death on March 23, 1992.

He loved to fish and do wood working. After his retirement, he and Helen enjoyed traveling around the country. He attended Trinity Baptist Church.

Glenn is survived by his son, David Lee Gordon and his wife, Tina, Emmett; his daughters, Jean Ann Wilcox, Concordia, Sue Gordon, Wamego; and three grandchildren, Branson, Scott and Christine. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Guy, and Clyde Gordon.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Reverend Dr. Tony Mattia will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Wamego City Cemetery. The family will greet friends at 1:00 p.m. until service time. They suggest memorial contributions to the Wamego Public Library, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.


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Esther Schwiesow

Funeral Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012
St. John Lutheran Church
Alma, Kansas

Visitation
10:00 a.m. prior to service

Interment
St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Alma, Kansas

Esther Zeckser Schwiesow was born September 1, 1910 near Onaga, in Pottawamie County, Kansas, and died January 2, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. During her long life, she influenced many other lives, especially of those in her family, and responded with grace and competence to major changes in the American life style.

The central part of her life was dedicated to making a safe, nurturing home for her husband, Phil, and their four children, Ronald, Naomi, Letha, and Helen. That home-making career was bracketed by employment outside the home, usually in government positions, both before and after her child-rearing responsibilities.

As a mother, Esther made clear to her children her values of education, Christian faith, family, music, and self-sufficiency. She provided until her death a role model of healthy living through meaningful activity, exercise, and good nutrition. Her family cannot forget the importance of good grades, "roughage," and hard work. She took pride in the achievements of her children in different fields and kept up strong encouragement for their progress.

In a similar way, Esther was influenced by her family and environment. Her parents, Herman C. and Emma Mitze Zeckser moved to a farm south of Alma, Kansas, in Wabaunsee County in 1913. Esther was the second of five children and the only girl. She helped Emma with the household while Art, Paul, Ben, and Bud helped Herman breed award-winning Herefords. Esther graduated from Alma High School in 1927 with a Kansas State Teaching Certificate, and she attended KU in 1929 to renew and upgrade her certificate. She taught five terms in rural schools in Wabaunsee County.

Seeking expanded opportunities during the Depression, Esther competed for, and won, a civil-service position in Washington, D.C., and moved there in 1930. There she met her husband, who had similarly moved from South Dakota for a government position. Together they moved with the government to Pittsburgh, PA, to start their family. Subsequently, they moved to Kansas City to be closer to extended family. After the children left home, Esther and Phil moved to the Milwaukee area, and then later back to Kansas City for retirement.

Esther had many interests: cooking, sewing, quilting, raising flowers, and gardening. She was a member of the Ladies’ Guild of her church for many years where she sewed for the World Relief, and for many years she helped with preparing Braille religious publications.

Reflecting the consistency in her life, Esther's funeral is held at St. John Lutheran Church, Alma, Kansas, the church in which Esther was confirmed in 1924 and married in 1937 and which her grandfather, August Zeckser helped build in 1908.

Preceding her in death were her father and mother, her husband, and three brothers, Art, Ben, and Paul Zeckser. Surviving are her four children, Ron of Boulder, Colorado, Naomi Ruth Schwiesow of Washington, D.C., Letha Flint of Anchorage, Alaska, and E. Helen Parker of Chilmark, Massachusetts; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, her youngest brother Ralph T. (Bud) Zeckser, and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012, at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma. Reverend Robert Grimm will be officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. The family suggests memorial contributions to the St. John Lutheran Church or the Esther Z. Schwiesow Thanksgiving Fund and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

04 Jan 2012, Wednesday

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Roy Dillingham

Graveside Inurnment
11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2012
McFarland City Cemetery
McFarland, Kansas

Charles Roy Dillingham, 90, of McFarland, Kansas, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the Alma Manor. He was a long time resident of the area.

Roy was born March 21, 1921, in Mayetta, Kansas, the son of Carl Leon and Grace Ross Dillingham. He attended local schools and graduated from Alma High School. Roy then served in the United States Navy during WWII. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the bombing occurred and was also present on the USS Missouri when the surrender was signed.

Roy worked for over thirty years as an Agent/Operator for the Rock Island Railroad Company. He loved to work in his garden and spend time with his grandchildren.

Roy married Lillian Natalie Waligorski on October 4, 1944 in New York City, New York. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2000.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Dillingham and his wife, Sandy, McFarland and Douglas Dillingham and his wife, Carol, Brainerd, Minnesota; his daughter-in-law, Carol Dillingham, McFarland; his brother Donald Dillingham, Kansas City, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Charles Dean “Chic” Dillingham, Kevin Dale Dillingham and three brothers, James Paul Dillingham, Robert Wendell Dillingham and Eldon Dillingham.

Graveside inurnment services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at McFarland City Cemetery, McFarland, Kansas. The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

05 Jan 2012, Thursday

06 Jan 2012, Friday

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Mary A. Kaul

Mary A. Kaul, 94, of Wetmore, KS died January 5, 2012 at the Pines in Holton. She was born December 6, 1917 in Circleville, Kansas the daughter of George and Charlotte Mae (Bunker) Deck. She graduated from Holton High School in 1936 and attended business school in Topeka.

Mary married Harold “Shorty” Kaul June 4, 1937 in Holton. During WWII, Mary made multiple trips to the west coast to be with Shorty while he served in the Navy. She and Shorty owned and operated The Hamburger Inn (The Dump) in Holton for nine years. In 1958, Shorty became manager of the First National Bank of Wetmore where Mary was also employed for many years.

Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wetmore where she served as treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the All Star Club of Holton and the Modern Study Club of Wetmore. She enjoyed playing pinochle and belonged to bridge clubs in both Holton and Wetmore. Mary is survived by her daughters, Judith Ann Bontrager (Harold) of Sedona, AZ and Susan Jane Alley of Topeka, KS; her son, John Deck Kaul (Joyce) of Clay Center, KS; her eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Harold preceded her in death on September 14, 1992. Mary was also preceded in death by her brothers, Karl, John, Paul and Phillip Deck and her great-grandson, Cale Alley.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday January 9th, 2012 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton with burial following at the Holton Cemetery. The family will greet friends Sunday from 1-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Holton Community Hospital Hospice or Wetmore United Methodist Church and may be left in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton 66436.

07 Jan 2012, Saturday

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Ralph William "Bill" Dunlap

Ralph William “Bill” Dunlap, 70, of Topeka, KS passed away Friday, January 6, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. He was born July 17, 1941 in Holton, KS the son of Jane Dunlap.

Bill served in the United States Army for 28 years, retiring as Sgt. First Class; serving both in Germany and Vietnam. He also worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Bill married Elke Manche on July 20, 1963 in Topeka. She survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Michelle Shopteese and her husband Russell of Meriden and Yvonne Hewitt; a son, Travis Dunlap; a grandson, Thomas Hawk Shopteese and a granddaughter, Cherrish Dunlap and 3 other grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tristan Wolf Shopteese.

The family would like to express its thanks to the Colmery O’Neil Veterans Hospital in Topeka and especially to Dr. Carol Padilla who provided outstanding care to Bill over many years.

Private family inurnment with full military honors will be in the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Children’s Mercy Hospital or Disabled American Veterans sent c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

08 Jan 2012, Sunday

09 Jan 2012, Monday

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Isabel Lang

Maria Isabel Lang, 67, of rural LeRoy, Kansas, passed away Sunday evening, January 8, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas.

She was born May 27, 1944, in Los Indios, Texas, the daughter of Ignacio and Gertrudis (Garcia) Trevino.

She grew up in Los Indios and on January 31, 1969, she and Eugene Lee Lang were married at San Benito, Texas. They made their home on their farm near LeRoy.

Isabel was employed as a rural mail carrier in LeRoy until her retirement. She also worked as a court appointed special advocate and as an interpreter for local courts and as an interpreter for the schools in Burlington and Lebo.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Burlington.

Her husband, Eugene, preceded her in death on May 21, 2009.

She was also preceded by her twin brother, Ignacio “Nacho” Trevino.

She leaves her daughters, Mary Jo Lang and Corrina Jean Cooper of Burlington; three grandchildren, Shanelle Langdell of Emporia and Elysia and Xeric Cooper of Burlington; a brother, Ismael Trevino, and two sisters, Hilda Trevino and Iduvijes T. Pena all of Los Indios.

Private family entombment will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Burlington.

Memorial services will be held 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


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Betty L Ohlsen

WHITING, KS – Betty L. Ohlsen, 81, of Whiting, KS passed away Sunday, January 8, 2012 at her home. She was born February 19, 1930 in Atchison, KS, the daughter of Albert John and Clara Morgan Keeler. She attended schools in Huron and Horton.

Betty was a farmwife. She was also a seamstress and worked at Slimaker Dress Factory in Holton.

Betty was married to Bernard D. Ohlsen on February 2, 1952 in Horton, KS. In addition to her husband, Bernard, Betty is survived by her sons, Dean Ohlsen (Karen) of Netawaka, KS, Eric Ohlsen (Jenny) of Whiting, KS; her daughter, Nancy Blum (Mark) of Whiting, KS; her sister, Margarite Hinkle of Mayetta, KS; her brother, A.J. Keeler, Jr. of Whiting, KS; 4 grandchildren, Heath and Steve Ohlsen and Courtney and Jessica Blum.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Springhill Cemetery north of Whiting. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


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Lee Theodore Palenske

Lee Theodore Palenske, 91, of Alma, Kansas, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Alma Manor, in Alma, Kansas. Lee was born on February 28, 1920 on the family farm near McFarland, Kansas. He was the son of Henry W. and Sophia (Herren) Palenske. Lee attended school in the rural McFarland area. On August 1, 1941, Lee married Frances Louise Lonsinger in Alma, Kansas. She preceded him in death in 2009. During the early years of their marriage, Lee and Frances farmed in the Alma area. In 1956, Lee became a mechanic for International Harvester Company in Beaumont, Texas. In the early 60’s, Lee transferred to the International Harvester store in Topeka, KS, where he continued to work until his retirement in the late 1970’s. After Lee’s retirement, Lee and Frances returned to their farm in Alma and Lee continued to work as a contract baler repairman. Lee was well known in Topeka and Alma areas as the man to call when it came to fixing square balers. Lee was a member of the Peace United Church of Christ in Alma. He enjoyed hunting, but his greatest passion was fishing. Mr. Palenske is survived by his brother Roy Palenske and wife Edna of Alma; a nephew Ray Palenske and wife Trudy of Lawrence, Kansas; six brothers-in-law: Delbert Lonsinger, Harold Lonsinger, Robert Lonsinger and wife Darlene, Lawrence Lonsinger and wife Carolyn, Jack Lonsinger, and Ellis Lonsinger and wife Carolyn; three sisters-in-law: Judith Tipton and husband Frank, Anne Lichtenhan and husband Bob, and Virginia Dietrich. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances, and a nephew Gary Palenske. Funeral services for Lee will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012, at Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Burial will follow in the Wamego City Cemetery. Mr. Palenske will lie-in-state beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with family greeting friends during a visitation from 12:00 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Alma Manor Nursing Center, and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.


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Walter Kirk

GOFF, KS- Walter Kirk, 77, of Goff, passed away Sunday, January 08, 2012 at his home with his loving and dedicated wife with him. Mary Ann had devoted her life, especially the last few months, to ensuring his needs were met so that he could be kept at home which is where he wanted to be. He was born January 8, 1935 in Woodlawn, KS, the son of Robert Herman and Bernice Worchester Kirk.

Mr. Kirk joined the U.S. Air Force at age 18. He served in the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Guam and in El Paso, TX. He had worked as a tire inspector for Goodyear in Topeka, retiring in 1979. He then owned and operated Hillside Nursing Home in Goff and later, Merry Manor Nursing Home in Holton until 1996.

Mr. Kirk was a member of the American Legion Post #316 in Goff, KS. He enjoyed traveling and camping, taking his children, grandchildren and eventually his great-grandchildren on numerous vacations across the United States.

Walter was married to Mary Ann Cannon on May 2, 1956 in Topeka, KS. In addition to his wife, Mary Ann, Walter is survived by his children, Cinda Shuler, Ricky Kirk, Ronnie Kirk (Theresa) and Rodney Kirk all of the Goff area; his brother, Robert Kirk, Sr. of Lincoln, NE; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Walter was preceded in death by his sisters, Maxine Bosworth, Dorothy Edwards and June Babb and a brother, Larry Kirk.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Goff United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery north of Goff. He will lie in state at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton where the family will greet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. Memorials may be given to the Goff UMC or Nemaha Co. Home Health and Hospice c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

10 Jan 2012, Tuesday

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Donald Brinkman

Donald K. Brinkman, 75, of Burlington, died on January 9, 2012, at the Life Care Center in Burlington.

He was born May 18, 1936 in Humboldt, Kansas, to George J. and Mildred Peck Brinkman.

He grew up in Humboldt and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1953. He then graduated from Kansas State University in 1958. He then taught Vocational Agriculture. He had also worked in Sales and Management with Moorman Feeds and DeKalb for many years. Later he became the Hospital Administrator at Coffey County Hospital from 1973 to 1978. He then owned Audit Tax, doing accounting and tax preparation for many years.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities. He had been the church treasurer for 21 years. He was the treasurer for the Mid American Nutrition Program for many years, and also the Senior Center. He served on the Burlington City Council for 21 years. He was the Coffey County Delegate to the Silver Haired Legislature for many years. He loved to travel, having been to most states, including Alaska, Hawaii, and many European countries.

Don married Lois L. Nelson on August 10, 1958, in Manhattan. They were the parents of a son and daughter.

Don is survived by his wife Lois, of the home, a son Mark Brinkman and his wife Anne, of Duluth, Georgia, a daughter Kathy Herriott and her husband Doug, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a brother Kenneth and his wife Jo, of Augusta, Kansas, two sisters Janice Garcia and her husband Robert, of Rose Hill, Kansas, and Karen Ferrell, of Caney, Kansas, two grandchildren, Brianne and Brooke Herriott.

Services are 1:30 P.M., Thursday, January 12, 2012, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington, Kansas. The family will meet with friends on Wednesday evening 7:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.


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Brenda Grimes

Brenda Louise Grimes, daughter of Ralph Paul and Marguerite Louise Brown Snavely, was born January 15, 1959, in Topeka, Kansas.

She grew up in Gardner, Kansas, and graduated from Gardner High School. She then attended Washburn University.

She had worked several years as a shift clerk for Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, in Burlington.

On May 17, 1986, she married Eldon L. Grimes at the United Methodist Church in Burlington.

Brenda died unexpectedly at her home on Monday, January 9, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband Eldon, of the home; her daughter Loretta Grimes of Burlington; her mother Louise Snavely of Gardner; two sisters, Lesa Soetaert of Gardner and Karla Gravenstein and husband Randy of Olathe; a brother Scott Snavely and his wife Jacque of Arkansas City; other relatives and friends.

Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be held 7:00 P.M. Monday, January 16, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the "Brenda Grimes Memorial Fund" and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


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Ann B. Honig

Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Duluth, Kansas

Visitation
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2012
St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Prayer Service
7:00 p.m., Wednesday

Interment
St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
Duluth,Kansas

Ann B. Honig, 82, of Onaga, Kansas, died Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Onaga Community Hospital. She lived most of her life in the Onaga community.

Ann was born August 18, 1929, in Hopkins, Missouri, the daughter of Thomas and Beulah Bagby Applegate. She attended local schools and graduated from Fairview High School in Fairview, Kansas.

Ann was a homemaker. She lived in the Onaga area from 1951 to 1974, then moved to Kansas City, Missouri. She returned to Onaga in 1992. She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Duluth. She, also, was a Sunday School teacher for a number of years. Ann was a member of the Onaga Senior Citizens.

She married Norman Honig on February 14, 1951. They were later divorced.

Ann is survived by her sons, Kenneth Honig and his wife, Suzy, Onaga, and Eugene Honig, also of Onaga, her sister, Eleanor Dietermann, Daytona Beach, Florida; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Duluth, Kansas. Reverend Rick Twenhafel will be officiating. Burial will follow at St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Wednesday at the church from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. St. Pauls Lutheran Building Fund is the suggested memorial contribution, and those may be sent in care of Kufahl Funeral Home in Wheaton. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

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Rita A. Moriello

Rita A. Moriello, 70, of Mayetta, KS passed on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was born April 4, 1941 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Ann Origitano.

Rita grew up in Chicago, IL, and later moved to Ft. Myers, FL from 1992-1996 and had lived in Mayetta, KS since 2003. She owned and operated a cleaning service with her loving husband.

She was a member of the Holton congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Rita married Guy C. Moriello on September 8, 1991 in Chicago, IL. He survives. Other survivors include 2 daughters, Debbie Mall (George) of Topeka, KS and Laura Vitrano of Holton, KS; 2 sons, Robert Lange (Corie) of Mayetta, KS and Bill Harrison (Mary) of Naperville, IL; 4 sisters, Carol Sykes, Geri McKeown, Marie White (Ken) and Kitty Bayrn; 3 brothers, Robert Capparelli, Dominic Basile and Frank Basile and 8 grandchildren, Thomas Vitrano, Robbie, Ryan and Rory Lange and Krystal, Abigail, Jeremiah and Mark Harrison. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Mark and Dominic Lange and her grandson, Dominic Vitrano in 2005.

Funeral service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends starting at 2:00 p.m. until service time. Rita will be cremated after the funeral service. Inurnment will be at a later date.

15 Jan 2012, Sunday

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Jennie Edith Dunlap

Funeral Services
11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012
Frankfort United Methodist Church
Frankfort, Kansas

Visitation
10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday

Interment
1:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery south of Blue Rapids, Kansas
Following funeral luncheon at the church

Jennie Edith Dunlap, 92, of Frankfort, Kansas, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Frankfort Community Care Home. She was a long time resident of the area.

Edith was born August 28, 1919, in Barrett, Kansas, the daughter of Arley Ray and Bertha Crowell Hidy. She attended local schools.

Edith was a homemaker. She also worked for sixteen years and retired from Campbell Soup Company in Humboldt, Nebraska. During the war, She worked for Coleman Lamp Company in Wichita from 1942 until 1945. She was a member of the Frankfort United Methodist Church, the Historical Society and the RSVP, a senior volunteer program. Edith loved to read and enjoyed attending various social functions, especially pot luck dinners.

Edith married Nicholas Nelson Dunlap on December 6, 1941 in Junction City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1975.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Gardner (John), Lincoln, Kansas; her sons, George Dunlap (Pam Dungan), Falls City, Nebraska, Dennis Dunlap (Linda Rush), Humboldt, Nebraska, and John Dunlap ( Becky), Beattie, Kansas; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Frankfort United Methodist Church. Reverend Norma Jeane Miller will be officiating. A funeral lunch will follow the service and then a procession to Greenwood Cemetery south of Blue Rapids. The family will greet friends on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service. They suggest memorial contributions to the Frankfort Community Care Home, and those may be sent in care of Kufahl Funeral Home in Wheaton. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.


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Harold S. McMurray

Harold Sanders McMurray, 91, Burlington, Kansas, passed away Saturday morning, January 14, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

He was born August 17, 1920, in Burlington, the son of William James McMurray, II and Elva Bonn (Sanders) McMurray.

He graduated from Burlington High School in 1938 and attended the Kansas City Business College for one year.

On July 28, 1942, he entered the United States Army Air Corps. He served during World War II in Canada and Alaska. Upon his discharge as a Sergeant on November 21, 1945, he was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of Congdon-Kepler Post #38, American Legion and Post #1030, V.F.W. at Burlington.

He then returned to Kansas and attended the University of Kansas.

On April 3, 1949, he and Martha Jane McConnell were married at the home of her parents in Burlington.

Harold was employed part time as a letter carrier for the Burlington Post Office and also was an agent for State Farm Insurance for a number of years. He became a full time employee at the Post Office where he worked until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of the national Association of Letter Carriers for more than seventy years.

He was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church; a member of Burlington Lodge #66, A.F. & A.M.; a member of the Burlington Cemetery Association, and had served on the Burlington Library Board and School Board.

In later years he and Martha enjoyed being members of the Prairie Promenaders and Harlan’s Twirlers square dance clubs.

Martha preceded Harold in death on October 23, 2011, following more than sixty-two years of marriage.

He was also preceded by a brother, Donald D. McMurray.

He leaves his son, Dr. James McMurray and wife Linda, Burlington; his daughter, Sherry Young and husband Thomas, Burlington; nine grandchildren, Laura McMurray, Overland Park, Katie McMurray, Burlington, Jon Boyce, Topeka, Daniel Boyce, Lawrence, Hallie Wilson and husband Jeff, Burlington, and Sarah, Hannah, Shemaiyah, and Beth Young, Burlington; a great-granddaughter, Jaylee Jo Wilson; a brother, William J. McMurray, III, Green Valley, AZ; a sister-in-law, Shelly McMurray, Long Beach, CA; and a brother-in-law, John McConnell, Burlington.

Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the Burlington United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery at Burlington.

The family will meet with friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church or the Burlington Animal Shelter and may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 277, Burlington 66839.

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Melvin Freeman

Melvin D. "Toad" Freeman Burlington, KS died January 19, 2012. He was 92.

He was born October 1, 1919 in the Crandall neighborhood west of LeRoy to Joseph Benjamin Freeman and Sarah Jane Griffin Freeman. As a young boy, he later moved with the family to the Wolf Creek neighborhood 6 miles southeast of Burlington. He attended the one-room schools of Plank and Wolf Creek.

He married Juanita Christina Pliler, July 19, 1941, at Iola by Judge Dunlap. They lived in Iola where Melvin was employed at M & M packing for 3 years before entering the United States army.

As a veteran of World War II, he served as a first staff sergeant with the 320th Infantry of the 35ht Division with allied forces in Europe. During his service, Melvin was awarded the medals of Good Conduct, Valor for Service, Expert Rifler, and Safe Driver. After his discharged from the army, Melvin served with the Kansas National Guard for eight years and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post #38 in Burlington. For a number of years he, also, volunteered at the annual Pancake Day activities held at the legion. On Veterans Day 2011, he was recognized by the American Legion and Auxiliary Post #38 for his military service during World War II.

On July 1, 1951, he began his career as a lineman with the Coffey County Rural Electric Association. For 33 years he served the customers of Coffey County and the surrounding counties until his retirement on July 31, 1984. He enjoyed his retirement years by attending public auctions in the community. On June 27, 1990, Melvin was featured in Coffey County Today for his collection of 800 hammers. In the article written by Bill Batdorf, Melvin stated how his brothers Eli and Buck influenced his interest in hammers.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Juanita. A son David Wayne, Windsor, Missouri an daughters Linda Keys, Emporia, Kansas and Carolyn Wilson, Burnsville, North Carolina. Brother Milton "Pete" Freeman of Osage City, Kansas. Six grandchildren and Five great grand children.

He is preceded in death by his twin brother Calvin "Buck" and brothers Eli Benjamin, Milo and Jack "Albert" and twin infant brothers, Carl and Francis; his sisters Nina Darlene Rohr, Geraldine Beall, Betty Gifford and June Heffron.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be planed at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Melvin to the Kansas Day activities at the Coffey County Historical Society, 1101 West Neosho Street, Burlington, KS 66839.

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Lucile Irene Combes

Lucile Irene Combes, 88, Waverly, died on Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2012, at Sunset Manor in Waverly, Kansas.

Lucile was born on January 26, 1923, in New Castle, Wyoming, the daughter of John and Bertie Chamberlain Lyons.

She grew up at Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School. She was a member of the Waverly Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Lucky Grange. She was past president of the U.M.W., and past master for the Grange.

Lucile married Cecil R. Combes, on November 2, 1940, in Emporia, Kansas. They moved to a farm southwest of Lebo, Kansas. He died on February 10, 1995.

Lucile was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Bert Lyons, and three sisters, Opal Sheets, Mary Reich, and Phyllis Curtiss.

She is survived by her sons, Forrest and his wife Linda, Lebo, Kenneth and his wife Irene, Waverly, and David and his wife Sara, Lebo, her daughters, Carolyn Peters and her husband Dennis, Palmer, Gwendolyn Mickle and her husband Jack, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Marilyn Wright and her husband Hervey, Wichita, 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, a brother in law, Dick Curtiss, Visalia, California, other relatives and friends.

Services will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the Waverly United Methodist Church, Waverly, Kansas. The family will meet with friends Tuesday evening 7:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., at the church. Burial will be at the Lincoln Cemetery, Lebo, Kansas. Contributions may be made to the Church, and sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, P.O. Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.

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Martha Houston

Martha J. Houston, 81, LeRoy, Kansas, died on Friday morning, January 27, 2012, at her home.

She was born on April 8, 1930 near Neosho Falls, to John and Goldie VanNordstrand Mullins.

Martha attended Lakeview and Philmore Country Schools and LeRoy High School.

On October 7, 1947, she married Sherman L. Houston in LeRoy, and they enjoyed over 64 years together.

Martha was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burlington. She was a devoted Christian and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a dedicated farm wife and enjoyed vegetable gardening, feeding hummingbirds, her cats and her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by her husband Sherman, of the home; a son Michael and his wife Laurie, LeRoy; a daughter, Sheila Gilbert and husband Roger, Burlington; 4 granddaughters, Monica Gilbert Mason and her husband Richard, Shona Houston Meyer and husband Jason, and Shelli Houston Cole and her husband Bill, and Chelsey Gilbert; 3 great-grandchildren, Reece Morgan, Hunter and Remington Cole; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., on Monday, January 30, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Burlington, with burial following at Logue Cemetery east of LeRoy. The family will meet with friends on Sunday evening, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to ‘First Baptist Church’ or ‘Coffey County Cancer Support Group’, may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, PO Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.

29 Jan 2012, Sunday

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Geske Family

Funeral Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2012
Faith Lutheran Church
Topeka, Kansas

Visitation
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2012
In state beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Interment
Bethlehem Cemetery
Paxico, Kansas

*All services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, click for Directions to Church

Laura, Joshua and Joy Geske, of Salina, Kansas, formerly of McFarland, Kansas, died Saturday, January 28, 2012 due to an automobile accident on Interstate 70 just west of Topeka.

Laura Ruth Geske, 37, was born April 5, 1974 in Bay City, Michigan, the daughter of Lynn and Helen Zurstadt Genter. She attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1992. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia University-Nebraska.

Laura was a fourth generation Lutheran teacher. She taught elementary school at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, Missouri, East Bethlehem Lutheran School in Detroit, Michigan, Messiah Lutheran School in St. Louis, Missouri, Immanuel Lutheran School in Junction City and six years at Topeka Lutheran School in Topeka. She also taught at Eastridge Elementary School in Amarillo, Texas.

Laura married Jeffrey Geske on June 3, 1995 in Leavenworth. Laura was an active part of each church family where she and her husband served, including LWML and serving in the various music and educational ministries. Pastor Geske and Laura had served at Trinity Lutheran in McFarland, KS, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Amarillo, TX, and most recently at Christ the King Lutheran in Salina, KS. Laura was devoted to her family and loved family outings. She loved to read and cross-stitch. She was an active member of the Amarillo Area Mothers of Multiples.

Laura is survived by her husband Rev. Jeffrey Geske and son, Jacob Geske; her parents, Lynn and Helen Genter, Leavenworth; her sisters, Heidi Genter and her fiancé, Eric Eaton, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Emily Wood and her husband, Reverend Eric Wood, Okawville, Illinois; her mother and father in-law, Arnold and Linda Geske, Thief River Falls, Minnesota; her brothers-in-law, John Geske and his wife, Melanie, Mounds View, Minnesota, Mike Geske, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends.

Joshua Lynn Geske, 8, was born December 29, 2003 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Reverend Jeffrey and Laura (Genter) Geske. While in Amarillo, he attended Eastridge Elementary and was proud to be an “Eastridge Eagle”. He was currently a student at Coronado Elementary School in Salina. Joshua loved to play with Legos and his Wii. He was always eager to help his mom and dad with the wash and vacuuming. He also loved to help cook and bake. He is survived by his father, Jeffrey; brother, Jacob; his grandparents; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joy Linda Geske, 3, was born August 9, 2008, in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Reverend Jeffrey and Laura (Genter) Geske. While in Amarillo, Joy enjoyed going to Christ Lutheran Child Care and Trinity Lutheran Child Care. She was attending the YMCA Daycare in Salina and loved Cinderella and playing anything “princess”. She is also survived by her father, Jeffrey, her twin brother, Jacob, her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery, south east of Paxico. Laura, Joshua and Joy will lie-in-state on Friday, at the church, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to the Geske Family Memorial Fund and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

05 Feb 2012, Sunday

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Kevin David Streiff

Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kevin D. Streiff, age 30, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012. He was born May 22, 1981 in Wichita, Kansas the son of David M. Streiff and Glenda R. Hyde Streiff. He attended Seaman High School. He is survived by his parents, David and Glenda Streiff of Topeka; a daughter, Kari Anne Streiff of Topeka; a step-daughter, Kaylynn McClenny of Topeka; his maternal grandmother, Eldora Triebel of Mulvane, KS; his paternal grandfather, Woodrow Mauldin of Shell Knob, MO and a sister, Jenny Cook of Topeka.

Visitation services will be Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home. He will lie in state Thursday from noon – 8:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Topeka Humane Shelter and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home.

06 Feb 2012, Monday

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Jerry Crisp

Jerry D. Crisp, 77, of Gridley, KS, long-time Burlington resident, passed away Sunday afternoon, February 5, 2012, at his son’s home near Burlington.

He was born May 18, 1934, at Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of James Monroe and Hazel Alta (Burrows) Crisp.

He spent most of his childhood in Harrisonville and graduated from high school there in 1952.

On March 23, 1953, he entered the United States Army. He served during the Korean War and upon his discharge as a Sergeant on March 23, 1956, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

On October 6, 1954, he and Frankielee Foster were married at Harrisonville. They became the parents of three children and were later divorced.

Following his discharge Jerry and Frankielee lived in California where Jerry attended Junior College. They moved back to Harrisonville in 1958 and later lived in Grandview while Jerry attended the University of Missouri Kansas City where he earned his Pharmacy Degree. He was employed at Messer Pharmacy in Paola and then Katz Drugs in Kansas City. In 1965 the family moved to Burlington and Jerry worked at Foster’s Pharmacy. He then purchased the business and operated Crisp Pharmacy in downtown Burlington for many years. In later years he moved the pharmacy to Hoover’s Thriftway in Burlington and operated there until his retirement in 1995.

Not long after retirement he moved to Gridley and lived there until moving to the home of his son Scott and wife Kim in August 2011.

Jerry was a member of Congdon-Kepler Post #38, American Legion in Burlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Danny Beyer; two sisters, Edith Ament and Evadean Anderson; and two brothers, James and Raymond Crisp.

He leaves his children, Jerilee Trostle and husband Kerry, LeRoy, KS, Caren Dick and husband Henry, Topeka, KS, and Scott Crisp and wife Kim, Burlington; four grandchildren, Rori Salava and husband Jon, Katie Burris and husband Aaron, Beau Beyer and wife Lindsay, and Charlie Dick; and a great-grandson, Clive Daniel Salava.

Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Friday, February 10, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Burial will follow in Crandall Cemetery south-east of Burlington.

The family will meet with friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hand In Hand Hospice and may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, PO Box 277, Burlington 66839.


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Joseph Hughes

Joseph Erwin Hughes, 58, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

He was born February 23, 1953, in Waverly, Kansas, the son of Floyd and Betty (Plain) Hughes.

Joe grew up in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School in 1971. He then attended Cloud County Community College for one year where he played basketball.

He joined the United States Air Force on March 7, 1975, and was discharged from active duty on May 9, 1978.

He had worked as an electrician, a construction contractor, and a farmer. He was mentoring the development of Hughes Construction in Topeka.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waverly. He had supported the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Brenda Hess Hughes; and a son, Joshua Hughes.

He leaves his fiance, Roxanna Barton, Topeka; his sons, Carl J. Hughes and wife Erin, Topeka, Justin Barton and wife Katie, Overbrook, Weston Barton, Topeka, and Holden Barton and wife Leiloni, Topeka; his daughter, Allison Buck and husband Ben, Kansas City, MO; his brothers and their wives, Daryl and Elma Hughes, Brevard, NC, Les and Pat Hughes, Topeka, Allen and Denise Hughes, Dallas, TX, Harold and Robin Hughes, Dallas, TX, Patrick and Priscilla Hughes, Wichita, Michael and Kathryn Hughes, Colleyville, TX, and Daniel and Pam Hughes, Overland Park; his sister, Susan Hughes, Hallsville, TX; five grandchildren, Alaina and Ellie Johnson, Madeline and Ziven Barton, and Abigail Allbright; and Carl and Allison's mother, Phyllis Hughes, Topeka.

Joe was cremated. Memorial services will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 11, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waverly. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Waverly.

A Rosary will be recited 6:30 P.M. Friday at the church with visitation following.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.


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Mary Lesline

Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Friday, February 10, 2012
Campanella-Evans Mortuary
Wamego, Kansas

Visitation
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2012
Campanella-Evans Mortuary
Wamego, Kansas

In-State
Thursday, starting at 2:00 p.m.

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Mary Jane Lesline, 80, of Wamego, Kansas, died Sunday, February 5, 2012, at the St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. She was a life-long resident of the area.

Mary was born July 7, 1931 in Alma, Kansas, the daughter of Herman C. and Helen Davis Hafenstein. She attended local schools. Mary was a homemaker and for over 11 years worked as a cook for the Wamego Elementary School. Prior to the school, she worked at Dyers Grocery Store.

Mary was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in McFarland. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and worked helping at the ballot boxes at many elections. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed crocheting and doing cross stitching. Mary liked to fish and loved to play bingo. Her special joy was her grandkids.

Mary married Elmer F. Lesline on December 9, 1947, in McFarland. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2001.

Mary is survived by her two daughters, Linda Brockish and her husband, Richard, Wamego, Judy Peddicord and her husband, Turk, Alma; her sons, Jim Lesline and his wife, Sally, Wamego, and Gary Lesline, Alma; her sister, Betty Hughes, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her half-sister, Joann Kroenke and her husband, Melvin, Topeka; her half-brother, Herman Hafenstein and his wife, Sondra, Topeka; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her great-grandson, Cade Drago.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 10, 2012, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Reverend Ron Rather will be officiating. A private burial will be held in Wamego City Cemetery. Mrs. Lesline will lie-in-state on Thursday starting at 2:00 p.m. and the family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church in McFarland, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

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Sylvia Gray Colvin

Sylvia G. Colvin, 88, Derby, KS, passed away Monday night, February 6, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born June 5, 1923, at Pinsonfork, in Pike County, Kentucky, the daughter of Abner Hern and Isabel (Runyon) May.

After graduating from high school she moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked at a shipyard during World War II. While in Baltimore she became acquainted with Virgil Floyd Colvin who was serving in the Coast Guard. They were married on January 6, 1945, in Baltimore.

They moved to Topeka, Kansas, and then to Kentucky. They then moved to a farm east of Burlington, Kansas. In 1961 they moved to Derby, Kansas. Sylvia worked for Farm Bureau in Burlington and after moving to Derby she was employed at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Derby for a number of years.

She attended the Glorious Life Church in Derby.

Her husband, Virgil, preceded her in death on March 20, 1983. She was also preceded by seven brothers and sisters.

She leaves two sons, Virgil F. Colvin, Jr. and wife Judy, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Kenneth H. Colvin and wife Terry, Rowlett, TX; her daughter, Sheila Prater, Sachse, TX; five grandchildren, Amy Helm, Daniel Colvin, Landa Colvin-Marion, Kimberly Epperly, and Kelly Prater; six great-grandchildren, Ethan and Grace Helm, Timber and Greyson Colvin, and Morgan and Marquelle Epperly; and a sister, Goldena May, Stone, Kentucky.

Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 11, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, Kansas. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Burlington.

Family and friends will meet from 1:00 P.M. Saturday until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.


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Paul Joseph Prockish

Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Monday, February 6, 2012
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Flush, Kansas

Visitation
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2012
Campanella-Evans Mortuary
Wamego, Kansas
In-state beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Interment with Military Honors
St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery
Flush, Kansas

Paul Joseph Prockish, 78, of St. George, Kansas, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka. He was a life-long resident of the area.

Paul was born May 15, 1933 in Wamego, Kansas, the son of Andrew J. and Genevieve Eckart Prockish. He attended local schools and graduated in 1951 from Flush High School. Paul then served in the Untied States Army during the Korean Conflict. During his time in the Army, he reached the rank of Specialist 2nd Class, he was a heavy equipment operator.

Paul worked as a rural mail carrier for the Postal Service for twenty years. He also farmed, and he was a heavy equipment operator for Ebert Construction Company. He did upholstery for many years and operated Paul’s Upholstery in Wamego, and he owned the Wamego Café during the 1970’s. Paul was known for being a Jack-of-all-trades. Paul was a life member of the Knight’s of Columbus and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Flush. He also volunteered at the Community Health Ministry.

Paul married Elizabeth “Beth” Kingman on February 22, 1955 in Topeka, Kansas. She preceded him in death on April 11, 2007.

Paul is survived by his daughters, Paulette Bellinder and her husband, Rick, St. George, Devanie Bellinder and her husband, Robert, St. George, Tammy Nieto and her husband, David, Kansas City, Missouri, Maribeth Dinger and her husband, Herman, St. George and Jill LaCount and her husband, Rick, Topeka; his sons, Douglas Prockish and his wife, Rosalind, St. George and Curtis Prockish, Topeka; sisters, Rose Marie Moran and her husband, David, Manhattan, Barbara Siebert and her husband, Julian, Westmoreland and Sharon Brunin and her husband, Don, St. Marys; brother, Robert Prockish and his wife, Barbara, Wamego; twenty four grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Gilbert and his grandson, Derek.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 6, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Flush, Kansas. Father John Pilcher will be the Celebrant. Burial and military honors will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Prockish will lie-in-state starting at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego, where the family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A rosary prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to the Paul Prockish Memorial Fund or the American Heart Association, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolence may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

09 Feb 2012, Thursday

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Virginia Raye Townsend

Virginia Raye Townsend, 85, Burlington, passed away Wednesday night, February 8, 2012, at Tara Gardens in Iola where she had been a resident for the past two months.

She was born September 12, 1926, in Burlington, the daughter of Diltz E. and Geneva Frances (Garrett) Gunlock.

She graduated from Burlington High School and then moved to California where she was employed as an escrow manager for many years.

In 1958 she and Joe Townsend were married and he preceded her in death in 1993.

Virginia moved back to Burlington in 1992 following her retirement.

She was also preceded by a son, Danny Mael; two brothers, Warren “Pete” Gunlock and William Gunlock; and three sisters, Cleo Meats, Agnes Baird, and Marjorie Gunlock.

She leaves her daughter, Dallas Townsend, Burlington; her son, Dennis Mael, Trout Lake, Washington; a granddaughter, Donnell Tardiff; four great-grandchldren; and a sister, Ada Cummins, Springfield, Oregon.

Cremation is planned. Family and friends are invited to the home of Dallas Townsend, 1073 Iris Rd SW, Burlington, on Sunday, February 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. to remember Virginia.

10 Feb 2012, Friday

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Reba Nadine Peterson

Reba N. Peterson, 85, Hartford, passed away early Thursday, February 09, 2012, at the Life Care Center in Burlington.

She was born December 17, 1926, at Burlington, the daughter of Louie and Fay (Campbell) Cunningham.

She had been a member of the United Methodist Church.

In 1942 she and Roy Jones, Jr. were married and they became the parents of two daughters. They were later divorced.

In 1983 Reba and William “Pete” Peterson were married at Burlington. They lived in Wichita before moving to Hartford, Kansas, in 1995.

Her husband, Pete, preceded her in death on February 19, 2011.

She was also preceded by a daughter, Sandy Stone, and three grandchildren, Philip Jeffrey Beeson, Scott Pankaskie, and Marcia Lynn Pankaskie.

She leaves her daughter, Sheila Jones, Gridley; a step-daughter, Kathy Vitiello, Watertown, Connecticut; two step sons, Mickey Peterson, Park City, KS, and Ricky Peterson, Naugatuck, Connecticut; seven grandchildren, Christine Williams, Nikki Houston, Trisha Nicholson, Michelle Pankaskie, Troy Pankaskie, Jennifer Nicholson, and Eldon Nicholson; a step-granddaughter, Alyson Vitiello; and ten great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 1:30 P.M. Monday, February 13, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Burial will follow in Hartford Cemetery.

The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Flint Hills and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

13 Feb 2012, Sunday

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Aydan Rayne Manor

Funeral Services
1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2012
St. John's Lutheran Church
Alma, Kansas

Visitation
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home
Alma, Kansas

Interment
Wamego City Cemetery

Aydan Rayne Manor, 3 months, 29 days, died February 12, 2012, at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She was born October 14, 2011 in Manhattan the daughter of Rachael Anderson and Matthew Manor. Aydan suffered from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Adyan is survived by her parents, Rachael and Matt, Wamego; her grandparents, Cheryl and Jay Lewis, Alma, Andrew Anderson, Alma, Annette and Clint Brownell, Belvue, her great-grandparents, Lila Hafenstine, Alma, Stephen Anderson, Alma; Dave and Nancy Behrens, Lander, Wyoming, Jackie McFarland, Alma; Max and JaNelda Manor, Ron and Ruth Walsh and Elaine Brownell, all of Wamego; her great-great-grandmother, Opal Weaver, Great Bend; her aunts and uncles, Ashley Anderson and Timmy Mumaw, Alma, Whitney and Shawn Lynch, McFarland, Jessica and Martin Carter, Onaga, Amber Manor, Charleston, South Carolina, Brigham Diederich, Wamego, Josh and Kate Manor, Wamego; her cousins, Kalvin, Nora, Quentin and Jaxon as well as numerous other family and friends. Aydan was preceded in death by her grandfather, Merril Scott Manor; her great-grandparents, Charles Brownell and Calvin Hafenstine and her great-great grandparents, Cora and Raymond Hafenstine.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2012, at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma. Reverend Robert Grimm will be officiating. Burial will follow at Wamego City Cemetery. The family will greet friends at Campanella-Gentery Funeral Home in Alma on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to the Aydan Manor Memorial Fund or the Families of SMA and those may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.


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Bonnie "Bonnadell" Pendleton

Service:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas

Interment:
Penwell Gabel Cemetery
Topeka, Kansas

Bonnadell (Bonnie) Pendleton, 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on, Sunday, February 12, 2012. Bonnie was born June 15, 1924 in Henley, Mo. She was the daughter of Charles Arthur and Bessie Mabel (Ambrose) Pendleton. She spent her early years in and around the Jefferson City and Columbia Missouri area. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1944. After graduation, she attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is where she met and married Joseph Quinones. Together, they went to New York City where they pastored Grace Baptist Church in Brooklyn for many years. It was during this time she began touching the lives of children. While she had no children of her own, she was instrumental in the lives of numerous young people through her work with the church youth and later for a home for unwed mothers. Bonnie and Joe were later divorced. Bonnie worked as an administrative assistant to the chair of the Pharmacology department at Cornell Medical College from 1973-1986, when she retired.

After retirement, she spent time enjoying her many hobbies. She had a lifelong love of opera, reading, travel, entertaining in her home and dancing. She loved to travel, especially her trips to Australia and Greece. Once she moved to Kansas City, Mo. In 2001, she developed a love for the Kansas City Royals. She loved going to Kaufman Stadium to watch them play.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her 3 brothers: Nelson, Gene and Maurice. This was a never-ending source of amazement to her as she was a sickly child and her brothers were always strong and healthy, and she outlived them all! She was also preceded in death by Don Pendleton (nephew), Christi Oder (great niece), Greg Hurt (great nephew), Brenlee Lister (great great niece) and Jeremy Pendleton (great nephew).

She is survived by nieces Suzanne Stephens (Jim), Robin ‘Little Bonnie’ Mason (Bob), and nephews Jon Pendleton and Craton Pendleton (Susan). Also great nieces Kelly Mason and Tammy Lister (Nick) and great nephews Keith Stephens (Jill), Kenny Stephens (Tara), Kevin Mason and Kyle Mason. Also surviving are great-great nieces Reese Lister, Katie Stephens, Isabelle Stephens and Sydney Stephens, and great-great nephews Reegen Lister and Cooper Stephens.

She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service held Saturday, Feb. 25th, at First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave., Topeka, KS at 3:00 PM. Private inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations, in her name, to Autumn Home Plus, 747 N.W. Walnut Lane, Topeka, KS 66617 or Grace Hospice, 3715 SW 29th St., Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66614.

15 Feb 2012, Tuesday

George Dale

Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel

November 27, 1923 - February 14, 2012

Arrangements Pending

16 Feb 2012, Wednesday

Heather Cooper-Zwygart

Heather Marie Cooper-Zwygart, 30, CNA, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 17, from 6-8 pm, and Funeral Services, 10 am, Saturday, February 18, both at Park Place Ministry Center, 2139 S. Maize Rd. She is preceded in death by her father, Kelly Ken Cooper; grandparents, Floyd and Betty Shinkle, Carl and Judy Cooper. Survivors include her husband, Marc Zwygart; daughter, Madison Marcotte; mother, Sheila Shinkle Cooper; brother, Heath (Candice) Cooper of Kansas City, KS; other family, Ava Cooper, Adyson Cooper, Kurtis and Evie Marcotte, Lakin Marcotte, and Mason Marcotte. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madison Marcotte Education Fund in care of TECU Credit Union. Share online condolences at www.CozineMemorial.com. Services by Broadway Mortuary.


Ida Craig

Ida Maxine Craig, 91, formerly of Topeka, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Life Care Center of Burlington, KS. Maxine was born June 15, 1920 in Nortonville, KS to Richard and Agnes (Sloop) Lindsay. She graduated from St. Lukes School of Nursing in Kansas City, MO and served in the Army Nurse Corps in Australia during WWII. She lived most of her life in Topeka, worked as an office nurse for Dr. Don Pfutze, and eight years as Superintendent of Nursing at Santa Fe Hospital. She married John F. Swalwell in 1947. He died in 1953. She married James M. Craig in 1962 and he preceded her in death in 1998. Her twin brothers John and George Lindsay; sister, Vera Rosser; step-daughter, Ruthann Ketron, and grandson, Casey Craig also preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Swalwell Scott (Bill); son, Arthur R. Swalwell (Karen); stepsons, Dennis Craig (Wanda), Steve Craig (Kay); 12 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. A family graveside service will be held Saturday, February 18th at Rochester Cemetery in Topeka. Friends and family are invited to a gathering from 3:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday, February 18th at Martin Creek Place community room, 4950 SW Huntoon, to celebrate her life. Eulogy will be at 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Topeka Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a message for the family online, visit www.DoveCremation.com.


Larry Culbertson


Margaret Davey


Rose Flowers


Ethel Guilford


Helene Hall


Don Howe

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Donald R. Howe

Visitation:
Sunday, February 19, 2012 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614

Service:
Monday, February 20, 2012 1:00 PM
First Church of the Nazarene
1001 SW Buchanan
Topeka KS 66606

Don Howe walked hand in hand with the Lord throughout his life. On February 15, 2012 he went home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, Irene, of 57 years.

Don was born on August 12, 1929 the son of William and Ava Howe. He lived his whole life in Topeka. He was married to Irene Geiss on November 26, 1950. She preceded him in death on June 9, 2008.

Don worked at Mosby Mack Ford and later Laird Noller Ford for 28 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He loved to raise and train pointer dogs. In the 1980s he and Irene opened Kozy Ceramics for ten years. He also worked as a painter and drywall installer. They owned and operated a fresh squeezed lemonade concession for ten years and made many friends along the way.

Don and his family took many fun filled trips to the Rocky Mountains and Branson. Don was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene for over forty years. He served on the board of trustees for many years. He was a member of the Topeka Jazz Club and served on the board for over forty years. Don and Irene had many years of volunteering for TPAC.

Survivors include his daughters, Debbie (Warren) Hall, Cindy (Ross) Chantrel; grandchildren, James Hall, Shawn Hall, Avalon Othic, Leagh Chantrel; great grandson, Kade Hall; and brother, Gerald Howe.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Irene; two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Celebration of Don’s life will be 1:00 p.m. Monday at First Church of the Nazerene, 10th & Buchanan. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene and Midland Hospice Care sent in care of funeral home.


Rita Marmon


Jack May


Connie Miller


Rose Murray

Manhattan-Rose H. Murray, 92, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

She was born April 7, 1919 at Junction City, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Moritz Allender. She grew up in Junction City and attended school there.

Mrs. Murray was the Finney County Clerk of the District Court. She had lived in Garden City many years before moving to Topeka and later Manhattan.

She was united in marriage to Gerald H. Murray on October 8, 1946 at Junction City. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1963. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Julia, Catherine, Agnes and Madeline.

Survivors include her son, Bob Murray, Topeka; a daughter, Mary Eichman, St. Marys; her grandchildren, Adam Eichman and Heidi Casper; six great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 20, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday at Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery, Junction City. There will be a Prayer Vigil/Rosary at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Mrs. Murrary will lie in state from 2:00 until 5:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation c/o Core First Bank and Trust, Topeka, KS.


Gerard Swopes (In Memoriam)

17 Feb 2012

Brian Andrews (In Memoriam)

Brian E. Andrews 2/15/82 - 2/17/11 Remembering A Life Lived I take today to remember you Babe. Your smile, your laugh, your humor, your spirit. All is missed on a daily. It's been a year now since the Lord called you home. It feels like just yesterday we were laughing together and planning our future. You were taken from us so senselessly. But they can never take our yesterday our memories. We all miss you very much Babe and today we celebrate the memories we shared with you not mourn the loss of losing you. R.I.P. Babe Love You Always & Forever, Your Babe Shadawna.


James Brasher

James Boyd J. B. Brasher, 69, of Ozawkie, KS., formerly of Wichita, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. He was born August 18, 1942 at Denver, the son of Boyd and Ruth Demeret Brasher. He was a 1960 graduate of Clearwater, KS., High School and attended the Wichita Business College. Mr. Brasher was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from 1961 to 1963, he was stationed in Japan. He worked as a Senior Systemss Analyst for KG & E in Wichita and Westar Energy Co. in Topeka, retiring in 2002 after 34 years of service. He was a member of the Ozawkie American Legion #225. Jim was an accomplished musician, singer and song writer and had a great love for the Music Community of Wichita and Winfield, where he was known as the Hank Williams of Ozawkie. He was married to Janice Lynne Garrett Livingston on March 16, 1986 at Wichita, she survives at the home. He is also survived by one son, Nathan Brasher, Wichita, one daughter, Rachel Brasher, Lawrence, three step-daughters, Lori Schaefer, Wichita, Jennifer Schaefer, Golden, CO., Melissa Atkinson, Wichita, one brother, Bobby Freeman, Winfield, one sister, Glenna Joyce Freeman, Arkansas City, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Brasher. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 1:00 PM, Monday at the Ozawkie United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at the Ozawkie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Midland Hospice, the Ozawkie United Methodist Church, the National Arthritis Foundation or to a Nature Conservation Organization of the donors choice in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS., 66066. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.


Edwin Cammel

Edwin D. Cammel, 86 of Marysville, Kansas, died Thursday, February 16, at Cambridge Place in Marysville. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 19, from Noon until 8:00 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 20 at Kinsley Mortuary.


Lloyd Charbonneau

Lloyd Charbonneau, 88, of Topeka, Kansas died February 15, 2012 at the Eventide Nursing Home. He was born in Clyde, Kansas on May 31, 1923 the son of Adelore and Aldea (LaBarge) Charbonneau. Lloyd served in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a Staff Sergeant with the 329th Airdrome Squadron 1st Combat Group.. He served in the Central Burma China Offensive and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory medal and the American Service Medal. He was a hairdresser and a member of the Catholic faith. Lloyd is survived by his brother, Gene Charbonneau of Littleton, Colorado. Graveside services with military honors will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Concordia Catholic Cemetery in Concordia, Kansas. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Wayne Harding, Jr.

Wayne E. Harding, Jr. 90, of Boulder, CO, died February 14th at his home. Wayne was born in Ft. Smith, AR on October 13, 1921 to Wayne E. Harding and Laura B. Lambiotte. A Celebration of Wayne's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Mon., February 20th at the Harvest Church, 7493 Old Mill Trail, Boulder. Wayne Jr. attended Ft. Smith public schools and was an Eagle scout, a football player and president of his high school. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH; and Princeton University where he was captain of the football team, student body president, and graduated with an engineering degree. During WWII, he was a naval fighter pilot. Following his discharge, he became a test pilot for Chance Vought Aircraft in Stanton, CT. Four of the nine company pilots were killed so his father influenced him into a glass partnership by buying Acme Glass Co. in Topeka, KS in 1947. That company became Harding Glass and by 1965 had grown into fifty-three operations in eight states. In June 1948, he married Nancy Gean of Ft. Smith, AR. They had five children, all are living today. Nancy died in 2000. He married Valerie Warner in 2004. Wayne co-founded Harding Steel, in 1968, which makes mechanical parking devices. It exists today with his son Phil as CEO. Wayne is the author of three books: The Extra 2% That Makes Sales Happen (non-fiction), His Edge (fiction), and Love's Edge (fiction); member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization); 60-year member of Rotary (Topeka and Denver); 66 year member of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and an active member of Denver Leadership Foundation. Survivors: wife Valerie, Denver; daughters Lan (Dave) Zeckser, Boulder and Darra (Steve) Bowcock, Fairfield, CA; sons Wayne III (Karen), Denver; Wesley (Jeri), El Segundo, CA; and Phil (Kim), Denver; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Wayne Jr.'s greatest pride was in his family, their spirituality, and their genuine concern for each other. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Denver Leadership Foundation, 5500 E. Yale Ave., #100, Denver, CO 80222. M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors of Boulder are handling funeral arrangements. Wayne E. Harding Jr.


Virginia Hawkinson

MCPHERSON-Virginia C. Hawkinson, 89, of McPherson, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 peacefully at Loving Care of McPherson. Virginia was born in Topeka, Kansas on April 13, 1922, the daughter of Russell S. and Dana May (Wise) Griffee. Virginia attended the Central Park Grade School, the Boswell Junior High School, and graduated from the Topeka High School, Topeka, Kansas in 1940. She attended Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas for 2 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church McPherson, Kansas. After college, Virginia worked for the Santa Fe Railroad Offices in Topeka as a Clerk; worked for Stone-McClure-Webb-Johnson- and Omand Law Firm of Topeka as a receptionist; was a Homemaker; worked for her husband Al as a bookkeeper at the McPherson County Abstract Company, of McPherson and worked for her sister at the Craft Seller of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Virginia was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta of Washburn University; former member of Chapter AY of P.E.O., McPherson, volunteered at the McPherson County Food Bank, McPherson, Kansas for many years and was very proud of her service on the U.S.D 418 McPherson School Board having served two terms. Virginia C. Griffee was united in marriage to Alfred Simpson Hawkinson on December 30, 1946 at Topeka, Kansas. Virginia was united in marriage to Loehr M. Rigby on January 1, 1982 at Topeka, Kansas. Surviving family members include her children, Paul Griff Griffee Hawkinson and his wife Kathryn of McPherson, Kansas and Ann Gabrick and her husband Lucian Gabe of Olathe, Kansas; 2 Grandchildren Tucker Hawkinson and Tanner Hawkinson 2 Step-Grandchildren - Ingrid Marcellino-Ousdahl and her husband Bryan and Dr. Thomas Marcellino and his wife Whitney 3 Step-Great-Grandchildren, Thomas Marcellino, Larson Marcellino, and Colton Ousdahl; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Virginia was preceded in death by her brother Albert Griffee and sister, Helen Gordon. Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th, with Reverend H. Dick Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Inurnment of cremated remains will take place at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas Family request donations to First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas; or the McPherson County Food Bank and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.


Laura Kennedy

Funeral services for Laura Marie Kennedy, 99, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Clinton Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Clinton Cemetery. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 15, 2012 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence. She was born near Stull, Kansas on October 20, 1912 to Michael and Louisa Elaina (Schafer) Kropf and lived her entire life in the Stull and Clinton communities. Laura loved her childhood on the farm and spent a lot time with her Collie dog and with her trusty Quarter horse Queen. She became known to some in the area as the The Queen of the Hills as she was often seen regally riding that great horse. In 1941 she became the loving wife of Harry G. Kennedy fully enjoying life, farming and working together side by side until his untimely death in 1980. She deeply loved her family and her Faith was of utmost importance to her, making every effort to live that Faith and impart it to her family. Laura was a member of Stull United Methodist Church as well as the Clinton United Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday School as well as taking an active role Church Christmas functions at both. She was personally committed to and very aggressively supported the needy as well as several Christian and under privileged causes. Laura had a very positive attitude and encouraged her children to excel and she assisted in every way she could. Laura enjoyed playing checkers, and had a passion for poetry. She was also known for her awesome Lemon Meringue Pie. Laura is survived by her daughters Gloria (Ralph) Leonhard, Dr. Elaine Kennedy (Mark Bernstein) all of Lawrence, KS as well her son Dan (Carol) of St. Marys, KS. She was preceded in death by grandson, Eric Stobaugh in 2006 and is survived by five grandchildren, Gina(Bryce) Schumann, Lawrence, KS; Michelle (Russ) Paluch, Tracie Suter, Chicago, IL; Jordan (Megan) Stobaugh of Raleigh, NC and Amy (Jace) Johnson of Dwight, KS; as well as twelve great-grandchildren: Wyatt Schumann, Dylan Schumann, Jessye Schumann, Kassidy Schumann, Ben Paluch, Margo Paluch, Chloe Suter, Brett Suter, Brice Suter, Jhet Johnson, Atley Johnson and baby Stobaugh. The family will greet friends from 4:30 -7:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary. The family suggests memorials to Clinton United Presbyterian Church or to Stull United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.


Patty Ann Lux-Bowser

Arrington, KS- Patty Ann Lux-Bowser, 55, of Arrington, KS passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at her home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, KS. She will lie in state at the funeral home where family will greet with friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be given to Pats Rescue c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

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Patty Ann Lux-Bowser

Patty Ann Lux-Bowser, 55, of Arrington, KS passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at her home. She was born July 29, 1956 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of William E. and Viva Elnora “Vi” Davis Lux. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1974.

Patty had lived in Oskaloosa for 15 years before moving to the Arrington community in 1992. She had worked for the State of Kansas in both the Department of Revenue and Ag Statistics. She had also worked in the K-Mart Distribution Center in Lawrence and owned Pat’s Pet Palace in Holton. Patty was currently working as a groomer for Banner Creek Animal Hospital in Holton. She was a member of the Larkinburg Christian Church and the Bulldog Club of America.

Patty was married to John Robert Bowser on March 7, 1992 in Larkinburg, KS. John and their daughter, Kristi Bowser, both survive of the home. Patty is also survived by her father, Bill Lux of Tonganoxie, KS; her brothers, Mike Lux (Pam) of Tonganoxie, KS, Tracy Lux (Mindi) of McLouth, KS and Todd Lux (Nicole) of Tonganoxie, KS; her sister, Christena Guthrie (Larry) of Tonganoxie, KS and her grandson, Ean Winsor. She was preceded in death by her mother, Viva Elnora “Vi” Lux on October 30, 2011.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, KS. She will lie in state at the funeral home where family will greet with friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be given to Pat’s Rescue c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


Linda Machen

Linda K. Machen was born on Jan. 29, 1962 in Colby, KS to Larry & Charlene (Brown) Machen. She died on Tues, Feb. 14, 2012 at Stormont-Vail Healthcare Center, Topeka, KS at the age of 50. She graduated from Concordia High School in 1980 and then Cloud County Community College with an Associate of Science in Nursing in 1982. Linda was an RN and served as a psychiatric nurse for nursing homes and hospitals in Texas and Kansas. Linda always enjoyed her grandchildren and spending precious time together with them. She is survived by her sons, Ryan Balderston & Erin; Lawrence, KS & Brent Reisdorph, Topeka, KS; daughter, Charla Reisdorph & Mike Sollars, Topeka, KS; grandchildren, Nylah, Devon & Kolbi Balderston, Penrose, CO; parents, Larry & Charlene Machen, Concordia, KS; sisters, Cathy Forshee & husband Tom, Aurora, KS & Susan Kindel and husband Stephen, Aurora, KS; brother, Dr. Mike Machen & wife Sue, Quinter, KS and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Cremation was selected and Memorial services will be held at 11 AM, Mon, Feb. 20, 2012 at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Brinkman officiating. Friends may sign the register book from 12-8 PM, Sun. with family greeting friends from 6-7 PM at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to the Cloud County Community College Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.


Pettis Mady

Pettis L. Jack Mady, 79, passed from this life, February 12, 2012 at a Topeka Hospice Facility. Jack as he was fondly know; was born May 8, 1932, in Hutchinson, KS to the parentage of Elizjah and Florence Hinkle Mady. Both parents preceded him in death as well as his step-father, Frank Preer and his brother, Charles Hinkle. Jack had served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, he retired after 25 years of service; after which he drove for the Laidlaw Bus Co. He is survived by his son, Lionel L. Robinson, Independence, MO; daughter, Lori Ann Mady, Topeka; sisters, Mearl J. Pruitt, Omaha, NE and Myrtice A. Orr, Minneapolis, MN; sister in-law, Amada Murphy, Trenton, NJ; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Service Friday, Feb. 17, at 1:00 p.m. Instate 1 hour before both at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery.


Joyce Milroy

M. Joyce Milroy, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 15, 2012, following a brief illness.

Joyce was born September 20, 1943 in Ottawa, the daughter of Doris and Leroy Pearson. She grew up in Ottawa graduating from Rantoul High School in 1961.

On December 24, 1987 she married Ronald Milroy at Northland Christian Church in Topeka. He survives.

She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Ottawa as an operator and then transferred to Topeka working in dispatch repair. She retired from Bell in 1998. Joyce was a member of Elmont United Methodist Church and was the President of the United Methodist Women’s Group. She enjoyed bunko, crocheting, baking pies, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Including her husband, other survivors include her mother, Doris Eilenstine; daughter, Lori (Dean) Kniss, daughter, LeAnn (Rich) Schueneman and their children, Tyler and Dillon Schueneman; stepchildren, Corky Milroy and his children, Samantha, Andrew and Gus Milroy; David Milroy and his child, Dylan Milroy; Trudy Smith and her child Garrett Smith; Scott Milroy and his children, Ashley, Brendan and Abigail Milroy; her siblings, Judy Hauch, Dale Pearson, and Calvin Pearson; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Leroy and younger sister, Linda Pearson.

Visitation will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Half Day Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elmont United Methodist Church sent in care of the funeral home.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home Information

Visitation:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614

Service:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614


Earlene Sneller

Earlene Miller Sneller, a long-time Topeka resident, died Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon. She was 80. Earlene was born to Earl and Lyda Miller in Boonville, Missouri, where she was raised and graduated from high school. She went on to attend the University of Missouri, where she was elected secretary of the student body, and received a bachelors degree in social work. She married Conrad Sneller of Topeka, Kansas in 1954. They had two sons, Michael and Steven. Earlene went on to receive a masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas in 1970. For many years, while living in Topeka, she worked at the Menninger Foundation. She later established a private practice in marriage and family counseling. Upon retirement, Earlene and Conrad relocated to the Oregon Coast. They divorced in 1994. Following the divorce, Earlene lived for several years in Newport, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; and Eugene, Oregon. She eventually settled in Corvallis to be close to her son and grandchildren. Survivors include sons, Michael Charles Sneller of Potomac, Maryland, and Steven Eric Sneller of Corvallis, Oregon; a sister, Patricia Hopkins of Boulder, Colorado; four grandchildren, Hannah and Sam Sneller of Corvallis, Oregon; Laura and Lucas Sneller of Potamac, Maryland; and her beloved dog, Bijou. At her request, no service is planned, but a private family gathering will occur on the Oregon Coast. DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home in Corvallis is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Earlene's memory to Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon, P.O. Box 1051, Philomath, OR 97370.


Alva Teagarden

Alva Merle Teagarden 99, of Frankfort, KS, passed away on February 15, 2012 at the Frankfort Community Care Home. A funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at the United Methodist Church, Frankfort. Visitation is Friday, February 17, noon until 8 p.m. at Padden Funeral Chapel, Frankfort. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.


Sabina Terry (In Memoriam)

Sabina Martinez Terry Dec. 30, 1914 - Feb. 17, 2010 Two years ago today, we lost our Mother, Sister, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, who we miss every day. We will never forget you and we know you're watching over us from Heaven. We love you, Paul, Bob, Susie, Cindy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother and sister.


Diana Kay Turcotte

Diana Kay Turcotte, 70, Topeka, passed away Feb. 15, 2012. She was born April 18, 1941 in Topeka, the daughter of Lewis R. Fox, Sr. and Irene V. George, they preceded her in death. Diana was raised in Topeka and graduated from Seaman High School in 1960. She married Robert J. Turcotte November 17, 1990 , Topeka, KS. She is survived by her spouse Robert J. Turcotte, her children, Tracy L. Frost & Tina I. Brosa, Topeka; brother, Lewis R. Fox Jr., CA.; 4 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held for family and friends on February 26, 2012, 2 to 5 PM at the clubhouse in Coachlight North Mobile Home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Dove Crematory, 4020 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS, 66606 to help pay for services.

18 Feb 2012

Marcus Breitenstein

Marcus Mark Lawrence Breitenstein, 99, of Wamego, Kansas, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 20, 2012 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Wamego. A rosary prayer service will be held at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Mass. He will lie-in-state on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. www.campanellafuneral.com.

Campanella Family Funeral Home Obituary and Information

Mass of Chistian Burial 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 20, 2012 St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Wamego, Kansas

Rosary Prayer Service 10:00 a.m. prior to Mass

In-State 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Campanella-Evans Mortuary
Wamego, Kansas

Marcus “Mark” Lawrence Breitenstein, 99, of Wamego, Kansas, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center. He was a life-long resident of the area.

Mark was born on August 19, 1912, in Paxico, Kansas, the oldest child of Louis and Martha Hesse Breitenstein. He attended local schools. Mark was a farmer, stockman and dairyman. He farmed for 21 years north of McFarland and then 27 years near Newbury and Paxico. He retired in 1983 and moved to Wamego.

Mark was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paxico and then St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Wamego. He was member of the Perpetual Adoration Society and a Third Degree, Knights of Columbus, Paxico Council 1392. In the 1930’s he served for a time with the CCC camps. He also enjoyed going to dances, especially the one where he met his future bride.

Mark married Zelpha Smith Haas on July 3, 1964 in Paxico, Kansas. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2002.

Mark is survived by his ten step-children: Waneitta Rockhold, Topeka, Darline Minkler, Hastings, Nebraska, Frederick Haas, Smith Center, Norman Dean Haas, Bremerton, Washington, Norma Jean Matern, Magna, Utah, Raymond Haas, Marietta, Texas, Alberta Sweat, West Branch, Iowa, Helen Payne, Maple Hill, Juneitta Kahlmann, Osborne, and Vera Dean Lewman, Lawrence; His brother, Paul Breitenstein, Kansas City; thirty five grandchildren, seventy great-grandchildren and numerous great-great and great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rita Breitenstein, Helen Minder and Esther Palmer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 20, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Wamego. Father John Pilcher will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery north of Paxico. A rosary prayer service will be held at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Mass. Mr. Breitenstein will lie-in-state on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.


Charles Crooks

Charles F. Free Crooks, 92, Burlington, died Feb. 16, 2012. He leaves his wife Lula Crooks. Services will be 1:30 P.M. Monday at Jones Funeral Home, Burlington. Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. or Parkinson's Foundation. http://home.mchsi.com/~jonesfuneralhome/

Jones Funeral Home Obituary and Information

Charles Fremont “Free” Crooks, 92, rural Burlington, KS, passed away Thursday afternoon, February 16, 2012, at his home.

He was born November 12, 1919, at Quincy, KS, the son of John Earl and Mary Gertrude (Smith) Crooks.

He spent his childhood at Virgil, KS, and on October 8, 1938, he and Lula L. Phillips were married at Eureka, KS.

They made their home in Eureka, Lebo, and then a farm west of Burlington for five years. In 1959 they had to leave their farm due to the construction of John Redmond Reservoir and they moved to their current farm east of Burlington.

Free served on the board and had been chairman of the board for LeRoy Coop; he had served on the Long-Scott Creek Water District Board; and was Past Master of the Otter Creek Grange.

He was a long-time farmer and a stockman and kept dairy cows for a number of years.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Dean, Stokes and John Crooks, and 5 sisters, Alice Bannister, Leona Bell, Jewel Rogers, Gertrude Crooks, and Wanda Crooks.

He leaves Lula, his wife of more than 73 years; a niece, Lula Day, who made her home with them when she was young and who had lived with and cared for them for the past two years; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 1:30 P.M. Monday, February 20, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery east of Burlington.

The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. or the Parkinson’s Foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Cecil Fiegenbaum

Cecil F. Fiegenbaum, age 93, of Topeka, passed away Thursday evening in Topeka. He was born October 26, 1918 in Brown County, Kansas the son of Carl Fiegenbaum and Anna Kruse Fiegenbaum. He married Will Billie Mason December 11, 1949 at Shreveport, LA. She preceded him in death December 10, 2001. Cecil served in the U.S. Army as a cook before joining and serving in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years where he served during W.W. II. He later worked for Shawnee County at Lake Shawnee, retiring in 1981. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha, KS. He will lie in state Sunday afternoon from 1:00- 5:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Shelter and left in care of the Davidson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Funeral Home Information

Visitation: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Service: Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 1:00 pm
Cemetery: Mount Hope Hiawatha


Myrl Gurwell

Myrl Sue Gurwell, 75, Topeka, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at her home. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Community Church, 1819 SW 21st, Topeka. Private burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 1:00 p.m. Monday, until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Mercer Funeral Homes Obituary

Myrl Sue Gurwell. 75, Topeka, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at her home.

She was born on Jan. 12, 1937, at Gladewater, TX, the daughter of Alton and Doris Hammock Fowler.

Myrl was a homemaker. She had worked as a data entry operator for several businesses in Topeka. She was a former member of the Highland Park Assembly of God Church.

She married Clayton D. Gurwell on June 3, 1954, at Bossier City, LA. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Clayton Dean Gurwell, Jr, Greensboro, NC, and Brent Lee (Cindy Thompson) Gurwell, Scranton; two daughters, Cheryle Lynn (John) Isaacs, Wetumpka, AL, and Susan Annette (James) Copeland. St. George, KS; and six grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Community Church, 1819 SW 21st, Topeka. Private burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 1:00 p.m. Monday, until service time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.


Susanne Heilman

Susanne (Suzie) (Martin) Heilman passed away February 16th, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Topeka.


Gregory Johnson

Gregory James Johnson, 48, of Berryton, passed away February 16, 2012.

Greg was born June 24, 1963 in Topeka to James B. Johnson & Marilyn A. (Suther) Herr. He married Roxann L. Floro June 19, 1998 in Las Vegas NV. She survives. Most recently Greg worked at Hallmark Cards. He was athletic, enjoying softball and frisbee golf. He was a dedicated “Papa” to his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Roxann, Berryton; daughter, Haley Casto (Kreig), Topeka; three grandchildren, Braeden, Keilee and Keira, all of Topeka; mother, Marilyn Herr (Bob) Kimberling City MO; father, James Johnson (Kay), Topeka; brother, Mark Johnson (Amy), Topeka; step-sisters, Patty Fisher (Matt), Cindy Schrieber (Mark) and Janet Nevels; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Greg has donated his organs to those in need and has been cremated. Family will greet friends from 2until 4 p.m. Sunday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midwest Transplant Network or Helping Hands Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Sunday, February 19, 2012 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614

Service:
Monday, February 20, 2012 10:00 AM
Christ the King Catholic Church
5973 SW 25th Street
Topeka, KS 66614


Barbara Matthews

ONAGA Barbara "Bobbie" Matthews, 77, of Onaga, died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Eastridge Nursing Facility in Centralia.

She was born May 1, 1934, at St. Clere, the daughter of Harvey and Arlene Stuver Roark. She graduated from Emmett High School in 1952.

Bobbie and her husband had worked in Oklahoma on a dairy farm, then moved to Oregon. They later moved back to St. Clere where they operated the St. Clere Inn from 1972 to 1976. In 1976 they moved to Onaga and Bobbie worked at the Sportsmans Tavern, the Convenience Store, True Value Hardware and The Onaga Herald.

She had served on the election board at Onaga. She loved to play bingo, go to garage sales, and collected antiques, especially Native American items. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling and crafts.

Bobbie married Kenneth C. Matthews on May 29, 1962 at Lipscomb, TX. He died September 8, 2005.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, Thayne Stauffer.

Survivors include one son, Todd V. Matthews, Chattanooga, TN; one daughter, Tanya Bottom and husband Kevin, Wamego; one brother, Rodney Stauffer and wife Bonnie, Holton; one sister, Tharon Brey, Whiting; five grandchildren, Casey Stueve, Courtney Stelter, Cheyenne Stelter, Bryce Baker, and Ian Bottom, and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga. Burial will follow in the St. Clere Cemetery. Bobbie will lie in state after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, where family and friends will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, or the American Lung Association , and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga 66521. On line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.


Kenneth Oliver

(March 13, 1930 - January 19, 2012) Kenneth Gene (Ken) Oliver, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) US Army, of Georgetown, TX, passed away on January 19th, 2012. He was 81. Ken was born March 13, 1930 in Wetumka, Oklahoma, the second son of Jasper Hugh Oliver, and Lou Evalena Walls Oliver, an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He and his older brother, Tom, grew up in Oklahoma and Hobbs, New Mexico. Ken graduated from Hobbs High School, went to work in the Phillips Oil Refineries, and then enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard to finance his music studies at Oklahoma University. While at OU, his brother, Tom, introduced him to another OU band member, Marion Lee Giblet, of Oklahoma City. They were married in December 1950. Ken's active military career began in 1951 when he was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant, in the Military Police Corps. And so began Ken and Marion's life together thru 9 duty stations and 13 family moves, including a tour with SHAPE Headquarters in Versailles, France, in Germany during the Berlin Crisis, and Vietnam. Ken retired from the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas after 24 years of active service, beginning a new career in the field of Corrections. His first work was in consulting, then as Superintendent of the Kansas State Reformatory in Hutchinson, Warden of the State Penitentiary in Lansing, and finally as Deputy Director of Corrections for the State of Kansas, before retiring again in 1983 and eventually moving back to Texas. Ken is survived by his wife, Marion, of Georgetown, TX, his brother, Thomas Marion Oliver of Lamesa, TX, his sons, Bryan and wife, Jane of St. Louis, Samuel and wife, Ann, of Killeen, TX, Thomas Wade and wife, Marianne of Norco, CA, Kenneth Craig and wife, Anna, of Lawrence, KS, and two daughters, Lou Ann and husband Dean Didde, of Liberty Hill, TX, Katy and husband, Robert Colvin, of Lansing, KS. Ken was interred in the Texas Veterans Cemetery on February 3, with a private family gathering. Donations in his honor may be made to the Salvation Army.


Opal Rice

MAPLE HILL - Opal Stem Rice, 85, passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 in Topeka.

She was born February 5, 1927 near Colmesneil, TX, the daughter of Floyd E. and Elizabeth Gibbs Stem. Opal had lived in Texas until moving to the Maple Hill community in 1969. She had lived in Topeka since 2007.

Mrs. Rice was a secretary for the Texas Farm Bureau and had worked at State Office Systems in Topeka. She worked for her husband at Rice Accounting in Maple Hill.

She was married to Elbert B. Conner on June 19, 1947. They later divorced. She was married to Walter L. Rice Jr. on August 2, 1969. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1994. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Stephen in 1989 and Terry in 2003.

Surviving are her children, Judy (Stephen) O'Neill, San Bernardino, CA, Jerry (Jaye) Connor, Topeka, Martha (Stephen) Cook, Topeka, Nancy (Randall) Pelfrey, Rossville; a step daughter, Trudy (Gary) Filkins, Topeka; daughters-in-law Margaret Conner and Joyce Conner, both of Maple Hill; three sisters, Vera Watson, Ft. Smith, AR, Lena Hester, Phoenix, AZ, and Linda Sheffield, Silsbee, TX; 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church, Maple Hill. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Rice will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. Monday, February 20, 2012 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


Richard Roose

Richard D. Roose, Topeka passed away Thur. Feb. 16, 2012 at the Topeka VA Hospital. A memorial open house will be held to celebrate Richards life Sun. Feb. 19th from 1-3 p.m. at the Auburn Presbyterian Church hall in Auburn, KS.


Wendy Sellards

Wendy Elizabeth Sellards, 52, of Topeka, passed away February 14, 2012. She was born January 17, 1960 in Topeka, the daughter of James E. & Joanna (Fisher) Sellards. She was a graduate of Topeka High School and attended Washburn University and Kansas University, studying music. She sang in the choruses of all three schools and had a passion for singing. Wendy was employed by Counselman Chiropractic, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet and was a bartender for Steak & Ale and made many friends through her employment. Survivors include her mother, Joann Sellards; a sister, Jennifer (Randy) Johnson; two nieces, Sara and Sayla McKinley; a great-niece, Emmy McKinley; an aunt, Jennie Mellinger; other survivors include her fianc, Mel Drybread, who was a string bass player with Andy Williams in Branson for over 14 years and toured worldwide with him. Wendy and Mel had been engaged for a year and planned on being married. She was preceded in death by her father, James Sellards, whom she loved dearly and was a very talented trumpet player; and her grandmother, Judith Ann Fisher. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.

19 Feb 2012, Sunday

Arlen Brandt

Ret. T/Sgt. Arlen Bones Brandt of Scranton - Sunrise 7/8/29 - Sunset 2/15/12. Son of William Fred Brandt and Edna Mae Kurz. Arlen married Beverly Fox Aug. 30, 1955. They have two daughters, Tana Brandt, Scranton, Arlena (Kevin) Clements, Carbondale; one son, William Brandt, Scranton; four granddaughters, Karly Brandt (Tiffany Johnson), Topeka, Loralie Brandt, Topeka, Leota Rogers, Topeka, Emily (Daniel) Merrill, Fort Hood, Texas; one grandson, Curtis Rogers (Ashley Sullivan), Carbondale; three great-granddaughters, Haley, Trinity, Isabella Merrill. Survived by two sisters, Arlene and Dolly, California; one brother, Burdette Brandt, California; special friends Bob & Nancy Hinkle, Rusty Morris & Deuce. Preceded in death by one sister, Darlene; five brothers, William, Darwin, Alvern, Edward, Don. The family requests no flowers. Visit from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with family Monday 2/20 at 516 E. 6th St., Scranton, Ks.


Frances Braun

Marian Frances Braun, 86, of Topeka, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Atria Hearthstone. She was born on August 27, 1925 in Emporia, Kansas, the daughter of James T. and Eva S. (King) Lyons. Frances graduated from Emporia High School and received her Bachelors degree from College of Emporia in 1947. She taught in Cullison and Reading, Kansas. She married Glenn Braun on June 27, 1948 in Ottawa, Kansas. They moved to Leavenworth before moving to Topeka in 1954. Frances then stayed home to raise their three children. She returned to teaching at Hoyt in 1964. Several years later she began employment with Topeka Public Schools as a Spanish teacher. While teaching and raising her children, Frances attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia and attained her Masters degree in Foreign Language in 1970. She retired after 30 years of teaching. Frances continued using her Spanish by tutoring and volunteering at Topeka Lutheran School. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where she was involved in Eve and Ruth Circles and Topeka Area Retired School Personnel. Frances is survived by her three children, Stephen C. Braun, Janice (Lee) Crawford, both of Topeka, and Carolyn (Kirk) Duncan of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren, Nicholas and Elaine Crawford of Topeka, Mackenzie (Paige) Crawford of Lawrence, Ryan Duncan of Baltimore, MD and Ben Duncan of Mountain View, CA; her brother, Richard (Della) Lyons of Emporia, KS and sister-in-law, Lois Vowels of Atchison, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 10, 2002. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 22 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604 or Topeka Lutheran School Foundation, Inc., 1119 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604. To leave special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Doris Cioffi

Doris Virginia Cioffi, 91, of Topeka, died January 31, 2012 at Homestead Assisted Living. Doris donated her body to KU Medical Center for research. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Ministry to the Aging or Midland Hospice Care, and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Betty Cowan

Betty Sullivan Cowan, age 86, passed away February 17, 2012 in Olathe, KS. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church, 3033 MacVicar, Topeka, KS where the family will receive friends an hour prior to service time. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.Penwellgabelolathe.com. Betty was born in Fowler, KS on October 18, 1925 to Albert and Evelyn Sullivan. She married Don Cowan on April 19, 1952 and they made their home in Topeka, KS. She enjoyed a career in teaching, as well as volunteering with the Kansas State Historical Society. She is survived by her husband, Don, her sons Dwight (Sue) Cowan, Barry (Debbie) Cowan, her brother Wayne Sullivan, grandchildren Amy, Brandon, Ian, and Ali, and nine great-grandchildren.


Richard Jones

Richard L. Jones, 76, of Tecumseh, passed away Friday, February 17, 2012. He was born January 31, 1936, in Topeka, the son of Lloyd & Mary (Gieber) Jones. Richard was a graduate of Perry High School. Mr. Jones was employed by M. Katch & Company for 35 years before retiring. Richard married Kaaren Luetje on July 29, 1961, in Topeka, she survives. Other survivors include a son, Richard Karl Jones; a daughter Kendra (Jon) Poole; four granddaughters, KC Kupperman, Kayla Poole, Paxton Poole, and Jenna Poole; three siblings, Patricia Frye, Lloyd Jones Jr., and Jacqueline Creek. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Etta Fleck. Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. Memorial contributions may be made to Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network, PO Box 1354, Menifee, CA 92585. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Bernard Madel

Bernard Madel, 76, passed away February 17, 2012 at his home in Kansas City, Mo. He was born to Frederick Madel, Jr. and Opal McPike Madel on July 5, 1935. He is survived by best friend Jennifer Madel, his children David Madel (Donna), Lenexa, Ks., Theresa Williams (John), Topeka, Ks., Brian Madel (Gayle), Topeka, Ks., Tammy Eiberger (Adam), Kearney, Mo., Carrie Madel (Pete), K.C., Mo., his sister Patricia Madel-Steele (Robert), St. Joseph, Mo., Joseph W. Madel, K.C., Mo., grandchildren Steve (Amy), Gretna, NE, Jacob, Jordan, Kris, Ron, Tony, John, Zachary, Taylor, Jayden, Laura, Daniel, Samuel, Alexis, Olivia, Hannah, and Preston, six great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Mary Janette, a brother Robert Madel, and a son Mark W. Madel. A private celebration of life will be held for the family at a later date.


Arthur McCarter

Arthur W. (Bill) McCarter, age 86, passed away February 7, 2012 in Bellingham, WA. He attended HPHS, graduate of KU. Survived by his wife Chlois (Hardee), three children, 6 grandchildren and sister, Pat Robbins.


Robert Rasdall

Robert "Leon" Rasdall, 81, of Topeka, passed away February 17, 2012 at Lexington Park Nursing Facility. Leon was born August 1, 1930, in Greenleaf, KS, the son of John F. and Ruby A. (Bell) Rasdall. He was raised in Beloit, KS, and remained there until 1950. On July 31, 1949, in Beloit, he married Dolores D. Burger. They spent 59 wonderful years together.

Leon spent much of his career as a truck driver around the Topeka area. After retiring from the trucking business, he was a school bus driver for Laidlaw & Durham in Topeka. He was a devoted family man and spent most of his time with family and friends. Leon very much enjoyed fishing and yard work.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy (Lloyd) Eastwood; a son, Robert (Patty) Rasdall, II; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Leon will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and devoted husband and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dolores, on October 1, 2008; three brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February, 22, 2012, at Dove Cremation & Funeral Service, 4020 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. Burial will follow in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Mr. Rasdall will lie in state after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 837 S. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211 or Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.DoveCremation.com.

Dove Cremation Information

Visitation: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Dove Cremation & Funeral Service 4020 SW Sixth Street Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

Service: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM Dove Cremation & Funeral Service 4020 SW Sixth Street Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844


Opal Rice

MAPLE HILL - Opal Stem Rice, 85, passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 in Topeka.

She was born February 5, 1927 near Colmesneil, TX, the daughter of Floyd E. and Elizabeth Gibbs Stem. Opal had lived in Texas until moving to the Maple Hill community in 1969. She had lived in Topeka since 2007.

Mrs. Rice was a secretary for the Texas Farm Bureau and had worked at State Office Systems in Topeka. She worked for her husband at Rice Accounting in Maple Hill.

She was married to Elbert B. Conner on June 19, 1947. They later divorced. She was married to Walter L. Rice Jr. on August 2, 1969. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1994. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Stephen in 1989 and Terry in 2003.

Surviving are her children, Judy (Stephen) O'Neill, San Bernardino, CA, Jerry (Jaye) Connor, Topeka, Martha (Stephen) Cook, Topeka, Nancy (Randall) Pelfrey, Rossville; a step daughter, Trudy (Gary) Filkins, Topeka; daughters-in-law Margaret Conner and Joyce Conner, both of Maple Hill; three sisters, Vera Watson, Ft. Smith, AR, Lena Hester, Phoenix, AZ, and Linda Sheffield, Silsbee, TX; 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church, Maple Hill. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Rice will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. Monday, February 20, 2012 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


Randy Sanders

Randy George Sanders, 61, of Springdale, Ark., passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012 at his brother and sister-in-laws, home in Springdale. He was born September 29, 1950 in Fayetteville, the son of Bill and Peggy Drinkwater Sanders. He was a member of the Baptist Faith, served in the United States Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving the Purple Heart Award; life member of VFW Post 5925 in Lincoln, Missouri and was known as Spanky through the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 4~6 and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4286 in Lincoln, MO; served ten years with the Topeka Police Department; owned and operated Lakeway Quick Shop of Lincoln, MO for the last twenty years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle across country with his buddy, Jim Parker of Mulberry. Randy is survived by his wife, Sandra Kay of the home; one son, Tim Sturgeon (Kim) of Holton, KS; 4, brothers, Robert Sanders (Joann) of Springdale, Roger Sanders (Carol) of Goodyear, AZ, Ricky Sanders (Joyce) of Fayetteville and Ronnie Sanders, (Aurelie) of Topeka, KS; 1-sister, Jackie Brown of Topeka, KS; 4, grandsons and many nieces and nephews and also his faithful dog, Missy. The family wishes to thank Circle of Life Hospice and especially, Kristy. A Memorial honoring his life will be later in the spring with burial in Fayetteville National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice 901 Jones Road Springdale, AR 72762 or Poplar Baptist Church 25668 Poplar Church Ave, Warsaw, MO 65355. Online condolences: www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.


Wendy Sellards

Wendy Elizabeth Sellards, 52, of Topeka, passed away February 14, 2012. She was born January 17, 1960 in Topeka, the daughter of James E. & Joanna (Fisher) Sellards. She was a graduate of Topeka High School and attended Washburn University and Kansas University, studying music. She sang in the choruses of all three schools and had a passion for singing. Wendy was employed by Counselman Chiropractic, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet and was a bartender for Steak & Ale and made many friends through her employment. Survivors include her mother, Joann Sellards; a sister, Jennifer (Randy) Johnson; two nieces, Sara and Sayla McKinley; a great-niece, Emmy McKinley; an aunt, Jennie Mellinger; other survivors include her fianc, Mel Drybread, who was a string bass player with Andy Williams in Branson for over 14 years and toured worldwide with him. Wendy and Mel had been engaged for a year and planned on being married. She was preceded in death by her father, James Sellards, whom she loved dearly and was a very talented trumpet player; and her grandmother, Judith Ann Fisher. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.


Freddy Shannon

Freddy P. Shannon, age 57, of Kansas City passed away Friday, November 25, 2011 at a Kansas City hospital. Fred was born May 28, 1954 in Topeka the son of Robert Shannon and Virginia Brazzle Shannon. Fred graduated from Auburn-Washburn Rural High School where he was on the track team and holds a record to this day. Fred worked for Ehinger of Kansas City. Fred married Linda Walker, they later divorced. Fred is survived by three sons, Gaylon Shannon, Stephen Shannon both of Topeka and Neil Shannon; three daughters, Vickie Judy of Topeka, KS, Sarah Anderson of Perry, KS and Angela Shannon; 16 brothers and sisters and several grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Shawnee Center Cemetery in Wakarusa. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting family.


Richard Taylor, Jr

The Rev. Richard E. Taylor Jr., 87, retired Methodist minister and state lobbyist, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012. Richard had a passion for saving and preserving historic landmarks and loved old trains and cars. He also wrote the book I Love Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Mary Louise Taylor, and is survived by his children: Rick of Berryton, Dave (Deana) of Seattle, WA; and Mary (Keith) Haas of Wichita; two older sisters, Dorothy Gish of Enterprise and Mary Maxine Fiedler of Abilene; brother-in-law, R.W. Cook of Enterprise; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A family visitation will be held on Sunday, February 19, at 3 - 5 P.M. at Baker Funeral Home, Wichita. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00 A.M. at the Enterprise, KS, United Methodist Church.


Kewahta Vega

TOPEKA Kewahta Vega, 27, of Topeka, died Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born August 10, 1984 in Topeka, the daughter of Gilbert and Virgie Punkin Shopteese Vega. Her mother preceded her in death.

Survivors include her father, Gilbert Vega, Mayetta, one son, Chris Vega Wahwassuck, Solway, MN; two brothers, Mickey Vega and Jeremy Vega, both of Topeka, three sisters, Kira Vega, Mayetta, and Sonya Begs His Own and Josie Begs His Own, both of Tonkawa, OK; two uncles, Paul Vega, Topeka, and Virgil Wamp Shopteese, Jr., Mayetta; seven aunts, Ruth Harjo, Jody McIntosh, Linda Shopteese, Tracy Shopteese, Renee Shopteese, all of Topeka, Toni Allen, Pawhuska, OK, and Laury Shopteese, Mayetta.

Drum Services will be Monday night, February 20th at the Dance Ground, west of Mayetta. Burial will be Tuesday afternoon in the Dance Ground Cemetery. Kewahta will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. On-line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.


Jon Warkentine

LEROY - Jon D. Warkentine, 51, of LeRoy, passed away on February 14, 2012, at the Coffey County Hospital in Burlington, Kansas. He was cremated and no funeral services planned. Van Arsdale Funeral Home of LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.


Glenda Whearty

HOLTON - Glenda Mae (Ely) Whearty, 71, of Holton, KS passed away Feb. 18, 2012 in Holton. Funeral service will be 11a.m. Tues., Feb. 21, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment will be in the Westmoreland City Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6 8 p.m. Mon. evening. Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Mercer Funeral Home Obituary

HOLTON- Glenda Mae (Ely) Whearty, 71, of Holton, KS passed away February 18, 2012 at Medicalodge Jackson County in Holton. She was born November 7, 1940 in Holton the only child of Glen William and Edna (Pooler) Ely.

Glenda graduated 8th grade from South Cedar Grade School. She also graduated from Mayetta High School in 1958. She had grown up in the Mayetta community, had lived in Westmoreland from 1959 – 1985 and returned to Mayetta and Holton area until her death.

Glenda was a certified nurse aide, certified medication aide and certified heart technician. She worked at Dechairo Hospital in Westmoreland for 10 years, Holton Community Hospital for 10 years, St. Francis Hospital in Topeka for 1 ½ years and for several nursing homes. She was a member of the Mayetta Christian Church, a member of Mayetta 4-Korner Klub (Her mother Edna organized 4-Korner Klub in 1941.)

She married Dale E. Whearty on August 23, 1959 in Westmoreland, they later divorced. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1999. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vida Jo Whearty on May 23, 1966.

Survivors include 3 sons, Dee Whearty and his wife Julie of Grandview, MO, Les Whearty and his wife Brenda of Wamego, KS and Johnny Whearty and Jessie of Westmoreland, KS; 2 daughters, Dayla Gonzales and her husband Rene of Belton, TX and Darla Haverkamp and her husband Ed of Holton, KS; 3 grandchildren, Alessa Gonzales and Trent and Trey Haverkamp; 6 step-grandchildren, Jessica Smith, Alicia and Jerrica Gonzales, Kellay Herrera and Justin and Shelby Jordan and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland City Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


John and Rita Yustick (In Memoriam)

John and Rita Yustick March 29, 1932 - Feb 1, 2002 April 8, 1934 - Feb 19, 2003 When you lose someone it can be hard to take, the pain that you feel when your heart has to break. The memories you keep are all in your mind, as you search your soul for more to find. The years may pass, memories fade to grey, but you're getting no younger you'll see them someday. Alone in the dark sometimes in fear, voices from loved ones you're hoping to hear. More years pass, they soon fly by, but you're always looked upon from those in the sky. Surrounded by clouds and pure white doves, they listen and watch sending you love. Just remember one thing as you sit and you pray, they will be there to greet you, you will see them someday. Deeply loved and dearly missed by your family and friends.......

20 Feb 2012, Monday

Frances Braun

Marian Frances Braun, 86, of Topeka, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Atria Hearthstone. She was born on August 27, 1925 in Emporia, Kansas, the daughter of James T. and Eva S. (King) Lyons. Frances graduated from Emporia High School and received her Bachelors degree from College of Emporia in 1947. She taught in Cullison and Reading, Kansas. She married Glenn Braun on June 27, 1948 in Ottawa, Kansas. They moved to Leavenworth before moving to Topeka in 1954. Frances then stayed home to raise their three children. She returned to teaching at Hoyt in 1964. Several years later she began employment with Topeka Public Schools as a Spanish teacher. While teaching and raising her children, Frances attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia and attained her Masters degree in Foreign Language in 1970. She retired after 30 years of teaching. Frances continued using her Spanish by tutoring and volunteering at Topeka Lutheran School. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where she was involved in Eve and Ruth Circles and Topeka Area Retired School Personnel. Frances is survived by her three children, Stephen C. Braun, Janice (Lee) Crawford, both of Topeka, and Carolyn (Kirk) Duncan of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren, Nicholas and Elaine Crawford of Topeka, Mackenzie (Paige) Crawford of Lawrence, Ryan Duncan of Baltimore, MD and Ben Duncan of Mountain View, CA; her brother, Richard (Della) Lyons of Emporia, KS and sister-in-law, Lois Vowels of Atchison, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 10, 2002. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 22 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604 or Topeka Lutheran School Foundation, Inc., 1119 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604. To leave special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Celeste Efaw

Celeste (Nano) Efaw, 97, passed away in Topeka on February 17, 2012. Born October 5, 1914, in Milo, Missouri to G.E. and Zefphia Sims Baer, she moved with her family at a young age to El Dorado. She married E.C. Chick Efaw; they had one daughter, Beverly. They lived in Wichita before moving to Russell, Kansas in 1944 where she remained until 2008 when she moved to Topeka to be near her daughter. Celeste was a homemaker who enjoyed reading, bowling, knitting, baking, working crossword puzzles and playing cards with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist Church and The Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Probasco, Topeka; grandchildren Paula Freeman (Ray), Castle Rock, Colorado, Jeff Probasco, Dallas, Texas, Kristi Hellmuth (David), Alexandria, Virginia; ten great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew who treasure her legacy of love, strength, acceptance and a contagious sense of humor. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Russell City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope's Promise, 309 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, 80104. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary is in charge of these arrangements.


Betty Segelquist

Betty J. Segelquist, 87, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. She was born August 16, 1924 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Verne and Flossie E. (Bryant) Bennett. She was a graduate of Topeka High School. She retired from Seymour Foods and later worked for Schlotzkys in Topeka. She was an active member of Oakland Christian Church, Topeka. Betty married John Andrew Andy Segelquist on March 28, 1945 at Scranton, KS. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Ann Piepho, Derby and Karla Sue (Sam) Horkman, Grandview, MO; two sons, Dennis Joe (Roberta) Segelquist and Michael Lee (Brenda) Segelquist, all of Topeka; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Verne D. Bennett, Rochester, MN; and a sister-in-law, Mary Bennett, Hendersonville, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Bennett; and a son-in-law, Frank Piepho. A funeral ceremony will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Oakland Christian Church, 1001 N.E. Michigan, Topeka, KS 66616. Interment will follow at the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka. Betty will lie in state after 3 p.m., Friday at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS, where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland Christian Church. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Wendy Sellards

Wendy Elizabeth Sellards, 52, of Topeka, passed away February 14, 2012. She was born January 17, 1960 in Topeka, the daughter of James E. & Joanna (Fisher) Sellards. She was a graduate of Topeka High School and attended Washburn University and Kansas University, studying music. She sang in the choruses of all three schools and had a passion for singing. Wendy was employed by Counselman Chiropractic, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet and was a bartender for Steak & Ale and made many friends through her employment. Survivors include her mother, Joann Sellards; a sister, Jennifer (Randy) Johnson; two nieces, Sara and Sayla McKinley; a great-niece, Emmy McKinley; an aunt, Jennie Mellinger; other survivors include her fianc, Mel Drybread, who was a string bass player with Andy Williams in Branson for over 14 years and toured worldwide with him. Wendy and Mel had been engaged for a year and planned on being married. She was preceded in death by her father, James Sellards, whom she loved dearly and was a very talented trumpet player; and her grandmother, Judith Ann Fisher. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.


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Charles "Bud" Kaufman

Charles L. “Bud” Kaufman, 75, of Hiawatha, died unexpectedly shortly after arrival at Hiawatha Community Hospital, Sunday morning, February 19, 2012.

Bud was born at Hiawatha, February 1, 1937, one of three children of Martin Sr. and Evelyn Degan Kaufman and had lived in southeast Nebraska/northeast Kansas area all of his life. Bud grew up at Hiawatha, attending schools here, later graduating from Hiawatha High School. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict working as a jet plane mechanic, discharged after serving four years in 1959. He returned to this area and settled in Falls City, Nebraska where he worked for Sapp Brothers for a few years prior to working for Fowler Auto Service as a mechanic for 40 years. He later worked for the telephone company in Falls City as a mechanic/handyman until he retired.

He was married to Patricia Wright in Falls City, August 14, 1992. They retired from Falls City to Hiawatha in 2006 to make their home. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Kenneth Kaufman and David Kaufman, both of Hiawatha; three daughters: Kim McQueen of Hiawatha, Keri Fee of White Cloud, and Michele Beck, also of Hiawatha; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter Tyra White; a brother Martin Jr.; and a sister Shirley.

It was Bud’s wish to be cremated with no services planned at this time. Private family inurnment to be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha, at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Brown County Human Society and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.


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George "Bill" Woodruff

George W. “Bill” Woodruff, 91, peacefully passed away at his home on February 19, 2012, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born April 22, 1920, in Winner, S.D., to Robert J. and Carrie (Krumme) Woodruff. He and Winifred Mann were married September 11, 1941, in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two sons, Rodney (Judy) Woodruff, White Cloud, Kan.; and Daniel (Patty) Woodruff, Atchison, Kan. Other survivors are one grandson, William J. (Vicki) Woodruff, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Paul, Helen, Mae, Jessie, Pauline, Dorothy, and Robert J.; and two grandsons, Jeff and Jody Woodruff.

George was a World War II Veteran who proudly served his country in the 102nd Infantry Division. He served in combat throughout the European Theater of Operations, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon, and three Bronze Service Stars. After being discharged, he began farming in the White Cloud area, where he farmed and raised livestock until retirement in 1983.

George was active in his church, the Community Christian Church at White Cloud. He was also active in and was a life-long member of the American Legion Post No. 154 of White Cloud, a member of the Smithton Masonic Lodge No. 1 AF&AM of Highland, Kan., of which he was a member for over 57 years, and a member of the 102nd Infantry Association.

George enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, watching sports, and traveling, and he welcomed new experiences and adventures.

He and his wife, Winifred especially enjoyed spending their winter in south Texas where they made many life-long friends.

A celebration of Bill’s life is planned for 10:30 Thursday morning, February 23, at the Community Christian Church of White Cloud, with Pastor Chuck Crawley officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Olive Branch Cemetery, White Cloud.

Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Masonic Committal Services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by the family visiting with friends until 8.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Community Christian Church or Olive Branch Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, 66035.

21 Feb 2012, Tuesday

Joye Ansdell

Joye Ansdell, 101, Manhattan, died February 19, 2012 at Meadowlark Hills Wroten House. She was born October 17, 1910 in Jamestown, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Ora Good Ansdell. She obtained her undergraduate degree in 1932 from what was then Kansas State Agricultural College. She taught 14 years in Jamestown, Norton, and Marysville High Schools. During that time she used summer sessions to earn a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and a degree in Library Science from the University of Chicago. In 1946 she began her teaching career in the English department at Kansas State University. During a leave of absence she obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, where she was awarded a fellowship in 1955. She was active in a number of professional organizations. She served on the executive board of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English, and as a member of a book selection committee at the National level of NCTE. For over 20 years (1969-1997) she served on the state William Allen White Book Selection Committee. She was involved at the local, state, and international level in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an honorary teachers' organization. Three summers she taught in NEDA Institutes or acted as consultant on children's books at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, and Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska. Her memberships included Beta Phi Mu (library honorary), MAREA (retired educators), AAUW, Chapter GX of P.E.O., D.A.R., Prairie Walkers, and Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a member of the Cloud County Historical Society, the Riley County Historical Society, and the Kansas State Historical Society. In 2009 she was named the Meadowlark Legacy Award Recipient by the Meadowlark Hills Foundation Board. Dr. Ansdell was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Manhattan. Family, friends, travel, and books were her greatest interests. She had traveled throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. She visited Canada and Europe more than once and throughly enjoyed a trip to New Zealand and Australia. Survivors include her nephew, Donald L. Moler, Jr. of Topeka, (Judy); a great nephew, Seth Ansdell Moler, (Mary); and a great, great niece, and a great, great nephew; and two step great nephews, Eric Anderson and Marc Anderson (Julie). She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ora Ansdell, and by her sister, Margaret Ansdell Moler. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 25th, at the Meadowlark Hills Community Room with Reverend Nancy J. Kollhoff officiating. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com Memorials may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, 2121 Meadowlark Rd, Manhattan KS 66502, the First United Methodist Church of Manhattan, 612 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502, of the Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.


Sylvia Brady

Sylvia Brady, 74 meet her Lord on Feb. 19 at Mel & Dixie Moore Care Home, where is had been for 29 years. Burial at Emporia. In lieu of flowers please give money for food give-away to Family of God Church, were she attended 234-1111.


Frances Braun

Marian Frances Braun, 86, of Topeka, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Atria Hearthstone. She was born on August 27, 1925 in Emporia, Kansas, the daughter of James T. and Eva S. (King) Lyons. Frances graduated from Emporia High School and received her Bachelors degree from College of Emporia in 1947. She taught in Cullison and Reading, Kansas. She married Glenn Braun on June 27, 1948 in Ottawa, Kansas. They moved to Leavenworth before moving to Topeka in 1954. Frances then stayed home to raise their three children. She returned to teaching at Hoyt in 1964. Several years later she began employment with Topeka Public Schools as a Spanish teacher. While teaching and raising her children, Frances attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia and attained her Masters degree in Foreign Language in 1970. She retired after 30 years of teaching. Frances continued using her Spanish by tutoring and volunteering at Topeka Lutheran School. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where she was involved in Eve and Ruth Circles and Topeka Area Retired School Personnel. Frances is survived by her three children, Stephen C. Braun, Janice (Lee) Crawford, both of Topeka, and Carolyn (Kirk) Duncan of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren, Nicholas and Elaine Crawford of Topeka, Mackenzie (Paige) Crawford of Lawrence, Ryan Duncan of Baltimore, MD and Ben Duncan of Mountain View, CA; her brother, Richard (Della) Lyons of Emporia, KS and sister-in-law, Lois Vowels of Atchison, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 10, 2002. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 22 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604 or Topeka Lutheran School Foundation, Inc., 1119 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604. To leave special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Robert Cooper

Robert A. Bob Cooper, 90, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. Bob was born on June 16, 1921, in Oklahoma City, OK, son of Robert E. and Henrietta (Wright) Cooper. He served in the US Air Force during WWII. Bob married Margaret Keller on July 19, 1941. He worked for Stauffer Publications for 34 years, retiring as a district manager in the circulation department. Bob was a newspaper carrier for the Topeka Capital Journal for many years. He was a member of First Congregational Church, American Legion Post 400, and Orient Masonic Lodge No. 51 A.F. & A.M. Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret Peg Cooper, Topeka; children, Connie Mills, Topeka; Dee Dee Clifton and husband, Steve, Topeka; Mitch Cooper and wife, Mary, Topeka; grandchildren, Courtney Clifton, Brett Clifton and wife, Rhiannon, Jason Mills and wife, April, and Max Cooper; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ewan, and Maegan Mills; Connor, Parker, and Ella Clifton. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Cooper; daughter, Barbara Ann Cooper Cook; son-in-law, Wayne Mills; and beloved aunt, Helen Wright Duke. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2012, at First Congregational Church, Topeka. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, with Masonic services being conducted by Orient Lodge No. 51 A.F. & A.M. Robert will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, where the family will greet friends from 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. To leave the family a special message online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Gloria Day

Gloria Jean Begemann Day went to the Lord Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Medicalodges Jackson County in Holton. She was born April 4, 1943 at Bonnville, Mo., the daughter of Ferdinand William and Olga Louise Begemann; both deceased. She graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High School in Boonville in 1961. She married Gary Franklin Day on May 25, 1963, in Boonville. He Survives. Glo is also survived by 1 Son, Gary Franklin Day, Jr. Sisters Nona C. (Bill) Rasmussen, Patricia D. (Chris) King. She was preceded in death by her Parents and Sister Norma A. Dillon. Gloria worked at Jostens Printing and Publishing for 33 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of Grantville United Methodist Church; was active in the United Methodist Women, and served on different committees in the church. A memorial service will be at Grantville United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sat, Feb. 25, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. Grantville, KS 66429, or the American Cancer Society.


Juan Gamino (In Memoriam)

In Memory of Juan David Gamino 2-21-78 - 2-25-99 Happy Birthday to you Remembering You Always. Love, Mom, Dad, Brother & Sisters.


James Gillaspy, Jr.

OSAGE CITY James T. Gillaspy, Jr., 85, of Osage City, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Peterson Nursing Home in Osage City. He was born October 28, 1926 in Osage City, the son of James T. and Janet (Moore) Gillaspy, Sr.. He had worked in maintenance with the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years before retirement. His survived by a sister, Ellen Gardner of McCook, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Julie Reed. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Union Cemetery in Osage City. Memorials can be made to the Osage County Community Foundation and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth, Osage City, Kansas 66523.


Mary Gray

Mary Marjorie Gray of Topeka, KS, age 95, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Alice (Lamb) Gray. Marjorie is survived by extended family and the many students she touched in her 43 years as a successful and dedicated elementary school teacher. She will be buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center, KS. A memorial service will be held in Wesley Hall at Aldersgate Village in Topeka at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 23, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aldersgate Samaritan Fund. Online condolences can be made at www.nsrfh.com.


Sarah Jones

Sarah E. Jones, 87, ( Topeka) formerly of Newton, IL, passed away February 19, 2012.

She moved to Topeka in 2003 from Illinois to be closer to her daughter.

Survivors include her daughter, Barb Bowen and her husband, Bill; as well as a daughter and son- in- law in IL; and a daughter-in-law in AL. She was preceded in death by her husband John F. Jones and one son. Funeral service will take place in Newton, IL later this week. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care in Topeka. Online condolences may be made to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.


Ernest Miranda

Ernest Miranda, 63 passed away Feb. 17, 2012. He was born Dec. 1, 1948 in Topeka, the son of Cirildo Miranda & Bernadette Kitchkommie. Ernest was employed and retired from Hallmark Cards and was a member of the Cursillo, served in the Marine Corp Reserves. Ernest married Katherine Gomez on Aug. 10, 1968, she survives. Other survivors include; 2 daughters, Kimberly (James) Sleep, Elissa (Allen) Wurtz; 4 grandkids, Blair (Emily), Devin, Kortney, and James Jr.; 6 siblings; Anna Marie (Ritch) Wooten, Connie, Angela, Jonie, Robert Miranda and Rosalie Whayne. A wake will be held Thursday Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m., a parish rosary at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mass will be held on Friday Feb. 24, 10 a.m. also at the church.


Damian Moe

Damian Moe, 51, died February 16, 2012 in Topeka, KS. He was born Feb. 5, 1961 in Sioux City, Iowa to Robert Moe and Rose Moe. His family moved to Valley Falls, KS where he grew up. Damian graduated from Jefferson West High School in 1979 and spent most of his career working in excavation. He enjoyed hunting, watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball and supporting his children while they played sports. He is survived by his mother, Rose Moe of Topeka; a daughter, Hilary Moe of Indianapolis, IN; a son, Ethan Moe of Topeka and a sister, Charmagne Moe of Meriden, KS. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kevin Moe and his father, Robert Moe. Memorial contributions can be sent to Davidson Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Memorials services are pending for a later date. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


James Norton, Sr.

James Stanton Norton SR. 82, died January 28, 2012,. The son of James and Muriel (Stanton) Norton, He was born in Topeka, KS, July 30, 1929. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, a daughter, Sheryl, and a son John. Survivors include two sons, James Stanton Jr. (Texas) and William Patrick (Carbondale), a sister Jan Litfin (Topeka), 4 grand children, Susan, Adriene , Michael and Steven. Upon request, Jim was cremated with no services.


Mary O'Rourke

Mary LaRue ORourke, 95, formerly of Topeka, passed away February 16, 2012 in Sumter, South Carolina. She was born March 27, 1916, in Glenwood, Missouri, the daughter of Blaine and Ruth Franklin LaRue. She went to grade school in Centerville, Iowa, and graduated from high school in Humboldt, Kansas. She also lived in Chanute and moved to Topeka in 1954. She worked at Crosbys Department Store and then Menninger Childrens Hospital, where she retired in 1983. She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael ORourke and Patrick ORourke, and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunflower Concert Festival, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66621. Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel is assisting with arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Steven Russell Powell

Steven Russell Powell, 20, Topeka, died Sat., Feb. 18, 2012, at his home. He was born May 21, 1991, in Topeka, the son of Scott and Jean M. (Tidwell) Powell. He graduated from Seaman High School in 2009, where he participated in Cross Country. He had been a member of Danger Fire Boxing Team. Steven graduated from Washburn Tech in 2010 and was employed by Midas Service Center. Surviving are his parents: Scott and Jean Powell; siblings: Samantha Powell, Crystal Sturgeon, Alisha Kowalski, and Christopher M. Powell; grandparents: Robert and Glenda Tidwell, Kathy Jones, and Elaine Harkins; 6 beautiful nieces and nephews; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Fri., Feb. 24, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave. Interment in Rochester Cemetery. Steven will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Thurs., at the funeral chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Patterns, 3625 SW 29th, Topeka, KS 66614, where he dedicated time to helping special needs adults. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Betty Segelquist

Betty J. Segelquist, 87, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. She was born August 16, 1924 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Verne and Flossie E. (Bryant) Bennett. She was a graduate of Topeka High School. She retired from Seymour Foods and later worked for Schlotzkys in Topeka. She was an active member of Oakland Christian Church, Topeka. Betty married John Andrew Andy Segelquist on March 28, 1945 at Scranton, KS. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Ann Piepho, Derby and Karla Sue (Sam) Horkman, Grandview, MO; two sons, Dennis Joe (Roberta) Segelquist and Michael Lee (Brenda) Segelquist, all of Topeka; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Verne D. Bennett, Rochester, MN; and a sister-in-law, Mary Bennett, Hendersonville, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Bennett; and a son-in-law, Frank Piepho. A funeral ceremony will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Oakland Christian Church, 1001 N.E. Michigan, Topeka, KS 66616. Interment will follow at the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka. Betty will lie in state after 3 p.m., Friday at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS, where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland Christian Church. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Alan Smucker

Alan T. Smucker, 62, of Andover, Kansas., died Friday, February 17, 2012 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Born July 30, 1949, in Aurora, Illinois, Alan was a son of Mark and Mildred Cornelius Smucker. He married Candice Kostner September 28, 1968, in West Chicago, Illinois. She survives. Al was a 1967 graduate of Wheaton North High School. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force serving from 1967 until his discharge in 1971. Mr. Smucker started his first business, Al's High Performance in Topeka, Kansas. He later owned four ComputerLand stores from 1980 until 1989. He was currently the owner and operater of Employment Contractors until his retiement due to ill health. Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons, Josh Smucker (Stacy), Olathe, KS. and Christian Smucker, Andover, KS; one grandchild, Skyler Smucker, Olathe, KS; two brothers, Frank Smucker, Boulder, CO. and David Smucker, North Carolina; a sister, Janice Street, Boulder, CO.; and several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 at the Lummis-Hamilton Funeral Home, 110 East School St., Camp Point, IL. 62320 by Rev. Joe Tomich. Burial will be at Hebron Cemetery near Camp Point. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society . Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.


Jean Stone

Jean Perry Stone, 89, of Topeka, formerly of Kansas City, KS, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. She was born November 10, 1922 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of James Grant and Sadie Belle (Ashlock) Perry. She was a 1940 graduate of Wyandotte High School. She attended Kansas City Kansas Junior College. Jean was employed by Brotherhood State Bank in Kansas City, KS for 25 years, retiring in 1984. She was an active member of Trinity Community Church and United Methodist Women. Jean married Garth W. Stone on October 7, 1945 at Kansas City, KS. He preceded her in death on November 23, 1997. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Dennis Garth Stone and James Edward Jim Stone, three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include a daughter, Janet (Rick) Land, Topeka, KS; a daughter-in-law, Karen Stone, Goodland, KS; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and her loving nieces and nephews. Funeral ceremonies will be 11 a.m., Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66104. Interment will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Community Church. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel in Topeka is assisting the family. To view a full obituary and to leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Edwin Wheeler, Sr.

September 10, 1926 - February 18, 2012 Edwin M. Wheeler, Sr., 85, of Sarasota, FL formerly of Longboat Key, FL and Washington, D.C. passed away on February 18, 2012 at his home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 24th at 1:30 PM at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, Longboat Key. Interment will be in Marion, KS at a later date. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rosalie; two sons, Edwin M. Wheeler, Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Marions, KS and Christopher Wheeler and his wife Helene of Bethesda, MD; a sister, Suzanne Watt of Naperville, IL; grandchildren, John, Jason and Natalie; step-grandchildren, Zachary and Skylar. Mr. Wheeler was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Military experience 1944-1947, 2nd Lt. 1945-1947, 1st Lt. 1947-1952, Captain-Honorable Discharge 1952. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law and was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1955. Memorial contributions may be made to All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church or to St. Luke Hospital, Marion, KS. Arrangements by Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota, FL.

22 Feb 2012, Wednesday

Laverta Ackerman

Laverta W. Ackerman, age 82, of Lawrence, Kansas, formerly of Savonburg, Kansas, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012, at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, Kansas. She was born on June 30, 1929, in Rogers, Arkansas, the daughter of Gullis Despain and Lennie Wyse Despain Hayes. She graduated from Richmond High School in Richmond, California. Laverta was united in marriage to Bob Ackerman on March 7, 1950, in Richmond, California, and began her life as a devoted military wife, mother, and volunteer, moving her family around the globe serving in many capacities including Wives Club President, Brownie, Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, PTA President, Room Mother, Red Cross Volunteer, Chaplain's Aid, Thrift Shop Volunteer and Youth Center Volunteer before retiring with Bob to Savonburg, Kansas in 1973. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1995. She was a clerk at the U.S. Post Office in Savonburg for many years. Laverta also worked for the Kunkel Funeral Home and later for the Feuerborn Funeral Home in Moran. Laverta was an active member in many civic, fraternal and social organizations including, Order of the Eastern Star: Sunflower Chapter 147, Chanute, Kansas; Daughters of the Nile, Azrim Temple No. 81, Pittsburg, Kansas; and Red Hats Society. Laverta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Jack Hayes; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ackerman; a sister-in-law, Joan Foote, brother-in-law, Bill Foote, and nephew, Wayne Foote. She is survived by her son Ronald Ackerman and wife Jackie of Vian, Oklahoma, daughter Marcia Ackerman Devlin and husband Dan of Lawrence, Kansas, three grandchildren Sarah Ackerman-Hale and husband Andy of Spring Hill, Kansas, Oliver Devlin and Laura Devlin of Lawrence, Kansas, one great-granddaughter Mary Kate Hale of Spring Hill, Kansas, two sisters-in-law Carol White and husband Wendill of Pinole, California, and Mary Hayes of Omaha, Nebraska; four nephews and one niece: Dennis Foote, Marty Foote, John Hayes, David Hayes, Nicole Wilbur and four grand-nieces and nephews Jenny Hayes Maytum, Stevie Hayes, Matthew Wilbur and Jessica Wilbur. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Moran. Interment will follow in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Savonburg, Kansas. The family will greet friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or to The Diabetes Association or to Eastern Star, Sunflower Chapter 147 and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 344 N. Cedar, Moran, Kansas 66755. You may send your condolences to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.


Lester Brammer, Jr.

Lester Brammer, Jr., 73, Topeka, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012 at a local hospital. Lester was born May 7, 1938 in Waterville, the son of Lester and Dorothy (Merk) Brammer, Sr. He was raised by his grandparents, Frank and Maude (Dodson) Brammer. He graduated from Waterville High School in 1956. He was employed as a Security Officer with Kansas State University and then with the Kansas Highway Patrol as a Security Officer with Capital Police, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, Mayetta Lodge # 393, AF & AM in and the Arab Shriners. Lester married Arlene Moravek on June 5, 1960. They later divorced. Survivors include daughter, Debra (Dwayne) Dever, Excelsior Springs, MO; sons, Roger (Ginger) Brammer, Missouri City, MO, Mark (Kathleen) Brammer, Grain Valley, MO; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Susan Stude, Sugar Creek, MO; and brothers, Larry Brammer, Waterville, and Richard Brammer, Blue Rapids. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012 at Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Waterville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association . Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting with arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Owen Buchanan

Owen Wade Buchanan, 38, of the Williamstown Community near Perry, passed away Monday, February 20, 2012 at his parents home after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Owen was born July 18, 1973 at Lawrence, the son of Edward L. and Donna L. Alford Buchanan. He was a 1991 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. He earned an Associates degree from Highland Community College and earned his Bachelors degree from Washburn University. He was in the process of working towards his Masters degree when he became ill. Owen worked most of his adult life in retail management, first at Bills IGA in Perry for 13 years and then working at the bookstore at the Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site for four years. He was always thankful to Bill and Mel James for the opportunities they provided him when starting out. Owen enjoyed many outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, hiking, and particularly gardening. He was a fan of fantasy and science fiction, both in print and film. He had a passion for books, both reading and collecting and owned enough to have his own personal library. He was a member of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, and was a dedicated supporter of 4-H, National Public Radio, and Public Television. He is survived by his daughter, Samantha Buchanan Grantville, parents, Ed and Donna Buchanan, Grantville, grandfather, Don Buchanan, Lawrence, his beloved Chelsea, Lawrence, his family by choice, Justin and Amy Pasley, and god-daughters, Elora and Elyssa Pasley, of Lecompton, his dog, Little Girl, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his adopted grandmother Jynell Jones, Perry. Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday at the Perry United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday at the Church in Perry, where Owen will lie state after 4:00 PM Friday. Memorials may be made to the Samantha Buchanan Education fund, or to Pancreatic Cancer research or to the Friends of Jefferson County Hospice in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS. 66066. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.


Priscilla Campbell

Priscilla Rose (Fulkerson) Campbell of Dover passed away on February 21, 2012, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was born August 2, 1941, at McPherson County Hospital, the daughter of Harold and Nora Fulkerson. Priscilla married Galen Campbell on June 19, 1965, in Manhattan at Kansas State University. They moved to Dover, where they recently celebrated their 46th anniversary. Priscilla was a devoted wife and mother, and took great joy in spoiling her 9 grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of the home in Dover. Other survivors include her father Harold Fulkerson of Wamego and her children: Curtis Campbell (Lori), Silver Lake; Amy Campbell, Topeka; Chris Campbell (Cheryl), Dover; and Joy Manners (Daniel), St. Joseph, MO. Grandchildren are Chelsea, Dustin, Kaci and Alexis Campbell, Silver Lake; Gabriel Dabbs, Topeka; Josiah, Elias, and Eliana Manners, St. Joseph, MO; and Morgan and soon-to-arrive baby Campbell, Dover. Brothers are Gary Fulkerson, Topeka; Lonnie Fulkerson (Donna), Eskridge; Vaughn Fulkerson (Lynn) Agoura, CA. Sisters are Sharon Spanier (Ron), Copeland; Miriam Lugo (Adrian), Gig Harbor, WA. She was preceded in death by her mother Nora (Becker) Fulkerson. Priscilla was a wonderful friend, gifted gardener and talented seamstress. She began teaching just after college and spent her life teaching and guiding her beloved family until her life was ended too soon by breast cancer. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Dover Federated Church located in Dover. Sandwiches will be served by the Ladies Aid following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dover Community Center or the Stormont Vail Cancer Center.


Robert Chercasen

Robert P. Chercasen, 61, Topeka terminated his life on Feb. 13, 2012. Robert has lived in Topeka, KS for 18 years. He was born in the village, on St. George Island, AK on Aug. 12, 1950. He was an avid chess player. He was a member of the St. George TANAQ Corporation and Aleut Indian Corp., Anchorage, AK. He was very proud of his Native-American heritage. Preceding him in death is his parents, brother William Prokopioff, and sister Dorothy Jorgenson. He leaves behind brother Michael Chercasen, St. George Island and sister Ida Darrow, Springfield, MO and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Alaska. In Topeka he leaves his family Oma Davis and Cheyenne Bennett, Shannon, Tobey and Billie, best friends; Hector, Larry, Edward, Fab, John and Danny. He will be loved and sadly missed by all that knew him. Mr. Chercasen will be cremated. No services are planned at this time.


Lorel Freeman

Lorel Marie (Grose) Freeman, 61, Topeka, KS, died Tues., Feb. 21, 2012, at her home. She was born June 8, 1950, in Topeka, the daughter of Ralph P. and Lorraine L. (Hart) Grose. Lorel graduated from Topeka High School. She retired from the City of Topeka Treasurers Office after 30 years of service. She was married to Robert E. Freeman, Jr. They later divorced. Surviving are three children: Dr. Steven P. Freeman (Shelly) of Prairie Village, KS, Kirsten R. Roach (Charlie) of Carthage, MO, and Wayne R. Freeman (Nikkie) of Olathe, KS; a brother: Kenneth Grose (Judy) of Berryton, KS; a sister: Margaret Sternberg (Ben) of Greensboro, NC; eight grandchildren: Brett Freeman, Ryan Freeman, Kyle Witte, Kylie Roach, Ken Witte, Maya Freeman, Aydin Freeman, and Camden Freeman; and a great-granddaughter: Ravyn Witte. Lorel donated her body to the Univ. of Kansas for medical research. Memorial services will be at 10:00 AM, Thurs., Feb. 23, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, KS. Dress is casual, blue jeans preferred. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617 or Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606-2800. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.Penwell-GabelTopeka.com.


Robert Frobish

Robert L. Frobish, 88, retired Civil Engineer, passed away Monday, February 20, 2012. Memorial service is 1:00 pm Friday at Downing and Lahey East Mortuary. Preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ethel (Conklin) Frobish; sisters, June Frye and Bernice Brown. Survivors include his wife Maxine; sons, Robert (Cynthia) Frobish, Jr. of Boulder Creek, CA, Dennis (Marilyn) Frobish of Jacksonville, FL, Jon (Ulla) Frobish of Wichita, Kent (Susan) Frobish of Lincoln, NE; sister, Barbara Peterson of Madison, WI; seven grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.dlwichita.com.


Georgeanna Gottstein (In Memoriam)

Georgeanna Gottstein 2-22-56 - 10-18-2010 Mom, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Grandma I can't believe the time that has passed without you. It seems like yesterday when I seen you sitting in your chair with Kaleb next to you. Happy Birthday! We love & miss you with all our hearts. Love, Shelly, Bob.


Doris Maurine Hart

WESTMORELAND Doris Maurine Hart, 93, of Westmoreland, KS passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the Westy Community Care Home in Westmoreland. On August 20, 1939, Doris married Thomas E. Tom Hart, in Baldwin City, KS. He survives. Doris is also survived by 2 daughters: Carol Hanson (Bill) of Manhattan, KS and Denise Parker (Mike), of Topeka, KS; a son Jim Hart (April) of Manhattan, KS; 6 grandchildren: Lauri Hopper (Steve), Tom Hanson, John Parker, Dan Parker, Grace Hart and Jillian Hart; 2 great-grandchildren: Megan and Ben Hopper; and many nieces and nephews, including Karla Shaffer, whom she raised until the age of 13 months. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings: Maxine Shaffer, David and Joe DeVolld, Betty Hershey and Peggy Kendall and her beloved grandson Judson Beck Hart. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a gathering time for remembrances until 3:00 p.m., all at the Westmoreland United Methodist Church Education Building. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Capper Foundation in Topeka or the Westy Community Care Home Childrens Daycare and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.


John Hysten

John Hysten, 85, Ozawkie, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at his home. survivors include one brother, Lloyd Hysten, Topeka, two sisters, Evelyn Fisher, Ozawkie, and Mary L. Shepard, Lawrence. Grave Side Services will be at 2:00 PM, Monday at the Ozawkie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, Monday, prior to Grave Side Services at the Barnett Family Funeral Home, 1220 Walnut (Hwy 59), Oskaloosa. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.


Bill Rawlings (In Memoriam)

Happy Birthday Bill! 2-22-51 - 3-22-10 I miss you and think of you every day. Love always, Chun.


Merrill Ross

Merrill R. Ross, 92, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Hemphill, Texas. He was born December 28, 1919 in Flat Lick, Kentucky, to Richard F. & Tama P. Ross. The family moved to Pineville, Kentucky where he lived until leaving to attend Kentucky State University. He then went to Kansas State in Pittsburg where he completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees. After teaching in Fort Scott, Kansas, he moved to Topeka in September, 1944 to teach, only to be inducted into the military two months later. After serving two years in the Army Air Core and becoming a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. He returned to Topeka to teach at all four black elementary schools and coach the THS Ramblers until 1949. In 1954 he became a principal at Washington Elem. until its closing in 1962, when he went to Avondale West. In 1974 he was appointed to Sheldon Elementary until it closed in 1977, when he went to Quinton Heights until he retired in 1985. In 1992 he was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, and the same year received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International which he had been a member since 1967. In November 1993 he and his wife were honored by having Highland Park S. Elem. School renamed Ross Elementary. On June 12th, 1951 Merrill married Barbara Ann Jackson, she survives. Other survivors include: children, Karen Fowle (Jerry) Hemphill; TX, Brian (Kim) Largo, MD; 3 granddaughters, Felicia Walker, Amanda Bindel (John) Austin, TX, Mary Satoro (Anthony) San Antonio, TX; four great granddaughters and one great grandson, on sister in-law and many nieces, nephews & cousins. Service time has change to Sat. 12:00 noon Feb. 25th at Shiloh Baptist. Instate Friday Feb. 24 at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel 4-8 p.m., family will receive from 6-8 p.m. with burial at Topeka Cemetery.


Betty Segelquist

Betty J. Segelquist, 87, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. She was born August 16, 1924 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Verne and Flossie E. (Bryant) Bennett. She was a graduate of Topeka High School. She retired from Seymour Foods and later worked for Schlotzkys in Topeka. She was an active member of Oakland Christian Church, Topeka. Betty married John Andrew Andy Segelquist on March 28, 1945 at Scranton, KS. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Ann Piepho, Derby and Karla Sue (Sam) Horkman, Grandview, MO; two sons, Dennis Joe (Roberta) Segelquist and Michael Lee (Brenda) Segelquist, all of Topeka; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Verne D. Bennett, Rochester, MN; and a sister-in-law, Mary Bennett, Hendersonville, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Bennett; and a son-in-law, Frank Piepho. A funeral ceremony will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Oakland Christian Church, 1001 N.E. Michigan, Topeka, KS 66616. Interment will follow at the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka. Betty will lie in state after 3 p.m., Friday at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS, where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland Christian Church. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Sarah Senner

Sarah M. Senner, 104, of St. Joseph, MO, formerly of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at her home. Born October 20, 1907 in Maitland, MO, the daughter of Marvin P. and Maud V. Kneale Meadows, she grew up on their farm in Cloud Co, KS. Sarah taught school in Kansas for 37 years, beginning in a one-room school house and retiring from Rochester Grade School in Topeka in 1972. On October 10, 1940, she married Harold E. Senner. They raised two daughters, Sarah Jane and Mary Ann. Sarah was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, her husband of 63 years, and her daughter, Mary A. Schneider. She is survived by her daughter, Jane (Urban) Wise, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel in Topeka, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Mary Wiles

Mary Chriss Wiles, 65, of Topeka, died February 21, 2012 at Midland Hospice House. She was born in Topeka, Kansas on July 2, 1946 the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Krotter) Jacobs. Chriss was a graduate of Hayden High School in 1963. Chriss was an Administrative Assistant for the Housing and Neighborhood Development Office for the City of Topeka. She had previously worked for Modern Office Methods for 22 years. She was a member of Mater Dei Holy Name Parish and previously of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Chriss was a Girl Scout Leader for Troop #7118, and an active member of the church in various volunteer capacities. She is survived by a son, Gerald Jerry Wiles of Topeka, two sisters, Barbara Miller of Canyon Country, CA., and Pat Bockenstette of Abilene, KS., two granddaughters, Ali Wiles of Topeka and Branna Kraus of Canton, Ks. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob and Jake. Chriss will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home on Thursday after 2:00 p.m. where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a rosary prayed at 7:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Mater Dei Holy Name Parish. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mater Dei Holy Name Parish and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


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Mary Elizabeth Torkelson

Mary Elizabeth Torkelson, of Hiawatha, died Tuesday afternoon, February 21, 2012, at the age of 90.

Mary was born, August 17, 1921, in the Baker community south of Hiawatha, the daughter of Frank and Winona Suttley Yaussi. After high school, she worked at the Horton, KS garment factory for a time.

She married Henry Torkelson, November 23, 1944. They farmed in Brown County for a number of years prior to moving to Emmetsburg, Iowa where Henry taught diesel mechanics and Mary worked in the hospital as a nurse.

After Henry’s health failed, they retired to the desert near Deming, New Mexico in 1984, where they made their home until Henry’s death in 2004. Mary returned to Brown County, KS and resided at Maple Heights in Hiawatha since 2006 until her death.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry, and brother Frank Yaussi, Jr.

Survivors include nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services and internment are planned for 9 a.m. Friday, February 24, at Hiawatha Cemetery, with Pastor Don Goatley officiating.

Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after 9 until 5 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Maple Heights Activity Fund which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., 66434.


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Charlz Wualwyn

Charlyz Wualwyn, 72, passed away February 21, 2012 at Stormont Vail Regional Medical Center.

He is survived by his sons, John Arnold and Charles Billard.

Arrangements are pending.

23 Feb 2012, Thursday

Priscilla Campbell

Priscilla Rose (Fulkerson) Campbell of Dover passed away on February 21, 2012. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Dover Federated Church located in Dover. Full obituary was printed February 22.


Michael Holly (In Memoriam)

In Loving Memory of Michael Holley 12-18-83 - 02-23-08 Gone but not forgotten. Love Dad, Grandpa, Ms. Jackie and Family.


Dorothy King

Dorothy Virginia (Rice) King, 83, Topeka died Monday, February 20, 2012 at a Topeka hospital. Dorothy was born March 19, 1928 at Olpe, KS, the daughter of Clifford Earl Rice and Juanita (Dunn) Peach. She was a jeweler for many years in Topeka, starting out at Brimans, then Wolfs and retiring from Bailey, Banks & Biddle. She was a member of Seaman Congregational United Church of Christ and American Legion Post 400. She married David Eugene King on October 3, 1943. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1995. Survivors include daughter, Marcia (Danny) Sales, Topeka; son, Francis Sandy (Carol) King, Delia; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Howard Rice, Robert Rice; and sister, Karen Oram. She was preceded in death by a sister, JoAnn Rankin; and brother, Gaylord Rice. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at Penwell-Gabel Parker Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence. Burial will follow at Rochester Cemetery. Dorothy will lie in state at the funeral home after 3:00 p.m. on Friday and visitation will be from 6:00-7:30pm. Memorial contributions maybe made to the Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 NW Taylor, Topeka, Kansas 66608 or Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, Kansas 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Sandra Lloyd (In Memoriam)

HAPPY 55TH ANNIVERSARY SANDRA RENE' LLOYD Our hearts became one on Feb. 23rd, 1957 and we will both dance again the day I meet you in heaven. You are the other half of me, the side that I adore. I want you to know you will always be my love and so much more. You filled my days with sunshine, even on days that it rained, because I knew your love and mine, my heart is full of memories your love has given me. Sandra, I'll be loving you through eternity. So I will just close my eyes and see your loving face. Until that grand day we reunite and we embrace. I Loved You Then, I Love You Now, I'll Love You Forever Williams D. Lloyd Jr.


Mary Maxfield

Mary L. Maxfield, 72, Valley Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at her home. Survivors include her son, Charles Wesley (Becky) Maxfield, Butler, MO; her daughter, Nedra Jane (Frank) Boyce, Valley Falls; two brothers, Leroy Cox, Ft. Scott, and Leslie Cox, Topeka; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Coal Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Coal Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Mercer Funeral Homes Obituary

Mary L. Maxfield, 72, Valley Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at her home.

She was born on June 18, 1939, at Grantville, the daughter of Robert Z. and Myrtle E. Jones Cox. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School.

Mary was a homemaker and a regular volunteer for many organizations. She was a member of the Coal Creek United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for 30 years. She was past- president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as a District officer for the VFW Auxiliary. She was a past president of the PTA at ACCHS. at Effingham, a member of both the Valley Falls Historical Society and the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and a volunteer at God’s Storehouse at Meriden.

She married Roy Jay Maxfield on Aug. 17, 1957, at Oskaloosa. He died on Sept. 18, 2005. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Carl Cox.

Survivors include her son, Charles Wesley (Becky) Maxfield, Butler, MO; her daughter, Nedra Jane (Frank) Boyce, Valley Falls; two brothers, Leroy Cox, Ft. Scott, and Leslie Cox, Topeka; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Coal Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Coal Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of Grahem Herbers Post 3084, V.F.W., Coal Creek United Methodist Church or to Jefferson County Friends of Hospice c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.


Bertie McConnell

Mrs. Donald McConnell, Bertie, died on February 21, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Bertie Grace McConnell was born on October 15, 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Bertis and Grace Ella Stone Ross. She grew up in Topeka, Kansas and attended Washburn University prior to moving to Lawrence in 1942. She was employed in the Personnel Department of Hercules Powder Company during World War II. She married Donald McConnell, May 22, 1944 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Don preceded her in death on November 5, 2006. For several years she conducted classes in decorative painting and decoupage at McConnell Lumber Company. She attended Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence for over 65 years and was a member of Plymouth Women. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and President and later advisor to Alpha Gamma Chapter. She was elected President of Beta Sigma Phi City Council. Bertie was a member of the University Women's Club and an Associate Life Member of the Kansas University Alumni Association and the Endowment Society. She was honored to join the Washburn University Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, as a ninety year-old pledge and was featured on the television show, Anderson, in an interview by Anderson Cooper. This noteworthy event was publicized in numerous newspapers, magazines, web-sites and U-Tube. Bertie is survived by a daughter, Judith McConnell-Farmer and her husband, Weymouth, of Topeka. Her son, Donald (Chip) McConnell, Jr. of Lawrence and wife, Connie, reside Lawrence. A son, Craig preceded her in death in 1986. She had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by Doris and Dean Owens of Lawrence, two nieces and one nephew. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, 2012 at Plymouth Congregational Church with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Family will greet friends from 1 - 3 p.m. on Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Memorials may be made in Bertie's name to the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority - Washburn University Chapter, or Plymouth Congregational Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.


Gilbert Osterhaus

SENECA: Gilbert Bernard Osterhaus, 82, of Seneca died on February 21, 2012 at Crestview Manor and Residential living in Seneca, after being recently diagnosis of Acute Leukemia. He was born east of St. Benedict on September 4, 1929 the son of Bernard J. and Pauline Runnebaum Osterhaus. On June 27, 1955 he married Barbara Bobbie Haug at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. He is survived by his wife, six sons, Tom Osterhaus of Seneca, Ben Osterhaus of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Dave Osterhaus of Houston, Texas, Dean Osterhaus of Wetmore, Brian Osterhaus and Cory Osterhaus both of Seneca; two daughters, Gail Lintner of Cameron, Missouri and Marlene Ferguson of Hutchison, Kansas; three sisters, Lucille Winkler and Edna Love, both of Seneca, and Edith Kongs of Manhattan; and 14 grandchildren. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM on Friday, February 24th, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM Saturday at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. www.lauerfuneralhome.com.


Marion Potter

Marion Lawrence Potter, 99, Seneca died Monday, February 20, 2012 at Crestview Manor Nursing and Residential Living facility in Seneca. Lawrence was born on January 3, 1913, to Marion and Oklahoma Ballard Potter. Lawrence married Lydia Pearl Adams on April 5, 1934. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 77 years; their two daughters, Mary Charlene Potter of Omaha, NE, Ethlyn Gail Deckert of Glen Ellyn, IL; grandsons by Gail Deckert, Bradford Deckert, Doug Deckert; a great grandson, Wyatt Murphy-Deckert; and brother-in-law, Jack Cox. Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, February 25th at the Vermillion Methodist Church in Vermillion, KS, burial will be held at the Vermillion Cemetery, Vermillion, KS. A visitation will be held at the Lauer Funeral Home on Friday, February 24th from 3-5 PM. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial be left in Lawrence's memory to the American Cancer Society or the United Methodist Church of Seneca. www.lauerfuneralhome.com.


Avanell Roseberry

Avanell Roseberry, 81, passed away at Midland Hospice House, on February 21, 2012.

She was born on August 30, 1930, on the family farm east of rural Holton, KS to Warren and Fay Wright. She graduated from Powhattan HS in May, 1948. She attended Emporia State University and graduated from Highland Community College in 1951. She taught at Powhattan Grade School and in a one room school for 7 years.

Avanell was married to Garland Roseberry, from this union two children were born, Greg and Dianne. They later divorced. Avanell and Garland moved to Topeka in 1955. She worked at 1st Baptist Day Care and Washburn University. While working at WU, she obtained her Bachelors of Sociology & Anthropology degree. She was a member of 1st Baptist Church since 1955 serving 30 years as a childrens Sunday school teacher. She also served as Parlor Hospitality Coordinator, many terms on the Christian Education Board, and was member and officer in the Jane Circle and ABWA. She was also involved with the Shepherd Center program.

Avanell was preceded in death by a brother and two nephews. Survivors are son, Greg Roseberry (Elaine), daughter, Dianne Albert (Terry), one brother, Wilbur Wright, Lawrence, KS, three granddaughters, Christina Dees (Keylock), Jennifer Bronson (Matt), Stephanie Crawford (Keith), and four great grandchildren.

Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 24, 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, 33rd & MacVicar. Interment will follow at Zion Cemetery, Tecumseh, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made to 1st Baptist Church or Midland Care Hospice sent in care of the funeral home. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Thursday, February 23, 2012
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614

Service:
Friday, February 24, 2012
2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
3033 SW MacVicar
Topeka, KS 66611


Richard Rosenfield

ONAGA Richard Julius Rosenfield, 89, of Onaga, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Eastridge Nursing Facility in Centralia.

He was born August 28, 1922 in Junction City, the son of Joseph and Blanche Wickline Rosenfield. He was the second of three brothers and one sister.

After high school in Junction City he attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in education in 1947. While at KU he met and married Wanda Lee Dumler, and together they moved to Onaga where he took his first teaching job. Coach Rosenfield taught biology, chemistry and photography while coaching football, track and various other sports. He later became the Athletic Director and held that position until his retirement.

When he was not teaching or coaching he managed the Onaga City Pool each summer and worked in the Onaga Post Office. He was a dedicated member of the American Legion, the VFW, and PT Boats Inc., having served as a PT boat crewman in the South Pacific during World War II. He was also an active member of the Navy Amateur Radio Club and enjoyed talking to friends daily all over the U.S. and the world. Over the years he would travel to visit his radio buddies, including good friend, Betty Victorine, in North Carolina, and many wonderful friends in Florida. He was a longtime member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Onaga.

As a member of the Topeka Jayhawk Club, he greatly enjoyed supporting KU football, KU basketball, and the KU Relays. He took many friends and family to football games at Memorial Stadium through the years. In addition, he would never back down from a spirited debate about the Jayhawk/Wildcat rivalry. Rock Chalk!!!!

Other hobbies Coach enjoyed included building and flying remote control airplanes, photography and playing cribbage with friends each morning at the local caf and at Eastridge.

One of his proudest moments was having the Rosenfield Sports Complex in Onaga named in his honor, and having so many friends, former students, and athletes come back to celebrate with him.

Coach was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, who died November 22, 1975, his son Robby, who died in 1980, two brothers, Joe Rosenfield and Robert Rosenfield, and one sister, Inga Rosenfield.

Survivors include his daughter, Becky Householder, Lawrence, three granddaughters, Tabbatha and Melissa Householder, of Lawrence, and Amanda Parker and husband Michael, of Shawnee, four nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25th at the Onaga High School Gymnasium. Burial with military honors will follow in the Onaga Cemetery. Coach will lie in state after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga where family and friends will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Community Hospital, Onaga or the KU Endowment Association, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga, 66521. On-line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.


Merrill Ross

Merrill R. Ross, 92, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Hemphill, Texas. He was born December 28, 1919 in Flat Lick, Kentucky, to Richard F. & Tama P. Ross. The family moved to Pineville, Kentucky where he lived until leaving to attend Kentucky State University. He then went to Kansas State in Pittsburg where he completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees. After teaching in Fort Scott, Kansas, he moved to Topeka in September, 1944 to teach, only to be inducted into the military two months later.

After serving two years in the Army Air Core and becoming a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. He returned to Topeka to teach at all four black elementary school and coach the THS Ramblers until 1949. In 1954 he became a principal at Washington Elem. until its closing in 1962, when he went to Avondale West. In 1974 he was appointed to Sheldon Elementary until it closed in 1977, when he went to Quinton Heights until he retired in 1985. In 1992 he was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, and the same year received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International which he had been a member since 1967. In November 1993 he and his wife were honored by having Highland Park S. Elem. School renamed Ross Elementary. On June 12th, 1951 Merrill married Barbara Ann Jackson, she survives. Other survivors include: children, Karen Fowle (Jerry) Hemphill; TX, Brian (Kim) Largo, MD; 3 granddaughters, Felicia Walker, Amanda Bindel (John) Austin, TX, Mary Satoro (Anthony) San Antonio, TX; four great granddaughters and one great grandson, on sister in-law and many nieces, nephews & cousins. Service time has change to Sat. 12:00 noon Feb. 25th at Shiloh Baptist. Instate Friday Feb. 24 at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel 4-8 p.m., family will receive from 6-8 p.m. with burial at Topeka Cemetery.

Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel Obituary & Information

Merrill Ray Ross, 92, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in Hemphill, Texas. He was born December 28, 1919 in Flat Lick, Kentucky, to Richard F. & Tama P. Ross. The family moved to Pineville, Kentucky, where he lived until leaving to attend Kentucky State University. He then went to Kansas State in Pittsburg where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. After teaching in Fort Scott, Kansas, he moved to Topeka in September, 1944 for a teaching position, only to be inducted into the military two months later.

After serving two years in the Army Air Force and graduating from pilot training school at Tuskegee, he returned to Topeka to teach at all four black elementary schools and coach the THS Ramblers until 1949. In 1954 he became a principal at Washington Elementary until it's closing in 1962, when he went to Avondale West. In 1974 he was appointed to Sheldon Elementary until it closed in 1977, when he went to Quinton Heights until his retirement in 1985. In 1992 he was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, and the same year received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International which he had been a member since 1967. In November 1993 he and his wife were honored by having Highland Park South Elementary School renamed Ross Elementary School.

Merrill was a member of Shiloah Baptist Church for 60 years, holding positions such as Adult Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and a member of the Trustee Board. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, also a member of Omega Psi Phi, which he was instrumental in starting the chapter in Topeka. There were many professional & civic organizations of which he was a member, including National Association of Elementary School Principals, N.E.A., Topeka Administrators Association, Topeka Elementary Principals Association, a former member of Goals for Topeka, NAACP, Sunset Optimist and past President of the Topeka Knife & Fork Club. He also served on the Board of Directors of Boy Scouts of America and Shawnee Federal Savings & Loan.

In his spare time he enjoyed swimming, bowling, photography and gardening.

On June 12th, 1951 he married the love of his life Barbara Ann Jackson, she survives. Other survivors include: children, Karen Fowle (Jerry), Hemphill, TX; Brian (Kim), Largo, MD; 3 granddaughters, Felicia Walker (C.J. Lee), Oakland, CA, Amanda Bindel (John), Austin, TX, Mary Satoro (Anthony), San Antonio, TX; four great granddaughters and one great grandson, one sister-in-law and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

24 Feb 2012, Friday

Myrtle Flowers

Myrtle Maxine Ellen Flowers, 85, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2012. She was born February 23, 1926 in Vinland, KS, the daughter of Oscar Fredrick and Nancy Belle (Timmons) Brandenburg, Sr. She was a 1943 graduate of Topeka High School. Mrs. Flowers was a member of Northland Christian Church, Moose Lodge No. 555, Fraternal Order of the Eagles and a Navy and Marine Mother. Myrtle married Maurice Edward Flowers on March 5, 1943 in Council Bluffs, IA. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1996. Survivors include a son, Clifford (Lynda) Flowers; two daughters, Virginia Ellen (Alan) Best and Patricia Maxine Johnson, all of Topeka; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ted Brandenburg, Jackson, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Kenneth William Flowers on March 7, 1964, seven brothers, Lloyd, Donald, Oscar, George, James and John Brandenburg and Billy Timmons and a sister, Shirley Schimmel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Interment will follow at Rochester Cemetery, Topeka. Myrtle will lie in state after 1 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care of Kansas, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Louise Grimsley

Louise Annabelle Grimsley, 95, of Topeka, died February 23, 2012 at her home where she had lived since 2006. Louise lived in Iowa until 1973 at which time she and her family moved to Altamont, Kansas. She was born in Gorham, Maine on July 19, 1916 the daughter of Howard and Alice (Berry) Libby. Louise was a graduate of Gorham High School. Louise and her husband were farmers. She attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, square dancing, traveling and cats. She married Gail Grimsley in Omaha, Nebraska. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2001. Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Morris and her husband Kenneth, a son, Bryce Grimsley and his wife Darlene, and five grandchildren, Jennifer (Nicholas) Bralley, Shawn (Amy) Grimsley, Kimberly (Ben) Cole, Alexander Morris and Steven Morris and five great grandchildren. Louise will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home after 2:00 p.m. on Friday where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1329 SW 37th St. Graveside services will be held at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont, Kansas on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Cares Hospice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Patricia James (In Memoriam)

In Loving Memory Of Patricia Anne James 10/13/48 - 02/24/11 I counted them, all three hundred and sixty five *pieces* of what was supposed to have been. I remembered when they told you time was near. I wanted to rush to Heaven so God could hear my petition, prayed He'd listen. But His Word says, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, such insightfulness for those who mourn. If I could, I'd adorn you in love and plant soft kisses on your face. Smile as I set a place for you at the table so we could just be. See if the recipe for life involves casualties or those who lived it like you, to the fullest, a full list of accomplishments and completed feats that speak multitudes about you without words. In other words, I'd celebrate you, like you were still here. Yet another year appears so again I begin to count. One, I miss you . . . Two, I understand, Three . . . it is in God's hands and this is how you will continue to be. In loving memory of Patricia Anne James, God's greatest blessing in our lives . . . Troy, Talya, Tara, Trevin, Trenton, Trevor, Toiya and Todd.


Donna Koch

Donna Mae (Reed) Koch went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 23, 2012. She was born in Woodlawn, Kansas on December 5, 1921 to Ray and Cordia (Brammer) Reed. On October 5, 1941, she married Charles Koch of Sabetha. After being together nearly 70 years, Charles passed away April 11, 2011. She is survived by her son, John Koch and his wife, Charlene of Parkville, Missouri; her daughter, Joan Williams and her husband, Meredith of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; one brother, Bob Reed and his wife, Donna of Tucson, Arizona. Donna has four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, Charlie Koch and his wife, Pam and children Noah, Nicholas and Brooklyn of Liberty, Missouri, Adam Koch of San Francisco, California, Jennifer (Williams) Eckert and her husband, Matt and their children Reid and Emma of Overland Park, Kansas and Jacob Williams of Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her life, Donna was a devoted wife and mother. For 30 years, she worked alongside her husband, Charles as owners and operators of the Koch's Motel. She loved to garden - canning and freezing fruits and vegetables in abundance. Following in her mother's footsteps, she often baked fruit pies and desserts and had a big plate of cookies ready when her grandchildren came to visit. Donna was a member of P.E.O. Chapter EB, Sabetha & Eastern Star. She was an active member of the Sabetha Congregational Church and helped with many bazaars and church dinners. In her free time, Donna loved to knit, did beautiful handiwork and was an avid seamstress. She particularly enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. A service to celebrate the life of Donna Koch will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. A visitation will be Monday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The interment will be made in the Sabetha Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Community Hospital, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, Kansas 66534. www.popkessmortuaries.com.


Karla Lesslie

Karla J. Lesslie, 71, of Carbondale, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. She was born January 30, 1941 in Montgomery Co., KS, the daughter of Carl C. and Dorothy L. Troutman Clark. Karla graduated from Independence High School in 1959. She had resided in Topeka since 1988. Karla owned and operated Karla's Cakes and Balloons and she worked at Lewis Furniture, Dillards, and JCPenney Fine Jewelry. She was also a Mary Kay representative. She was a member of Lakeview Church of the Nazarene. Karla married Larry M. Lesslie on June 5, 1959 in Bolton, KS. Surviving is her loving husband and children, Timothy A. (Rachel) Lesslie, Pamela J. (Tom) Luthi, Curtis D. (Julie) Lesslie, Tammy E. (Randy) Schneider, twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, her siblings, Lowell Clark, Warren Clark, Delaney Clark and many nieces and nephews. Karla was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Karla will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel. Memorial contributions may be given to Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 2835 SE Croco Rd., Topeka, KS 66605. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Susan Traw

Susan D. Sue (Wittmer) Traw, 65, of Iola, KS, died Thurs. at home. Visitation will be 4-6 Sun. at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Mon. at First Presbyterian Church in Iola with burial at 2:30 p.m. Mon. at Strawn Cemetery northwest of Burlington. Sue, music educator and pastor's wife, is survived by husband, Pastor Steve Traw, children Michael Traw, Judi Donaldson & Rebecca Stephenson, 13 grandchildren, and 2 brothers, Ronald and Larry Wittmer. Memorials are suggested to the Susan D. Traw Memorial Fund. Condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.

25 Feb 2012, Saturday

Eldon Burkhart

Funeral services for Eldon R. Burkhart, 83, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS. Graveside services will be held at noon, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, KS. He died on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Hillside Village in De Soto, KS. He was born on April 8, 1928 in Strawn, KS the son of Joe and Pearl (Sharp) Burkhart. Eldon was a U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He taught at the Kaw Area Technical School for seven years. The family will greet friends following the service on Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to First Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.


Mary Downer

Mary Irene Downer, 95 of Lebanon, MO. passed away Friday February 24, 2012. She was born August 28, 1916 in Alton, Mo. to Henry and Ida Ethel Chrisco Brooks. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Davids Episcopal Church in Topeka, KS. She is survived by: 1 son Gary McClellan and his wife Linda of Lebanon, MO; 2 grandchildren, Andrew McCellan of Cape Coral FL, and Alline Miller of York, PA; 3 great grandchildren, Josiah, Moriah and Rebeka; 1 nephew, Dr. William Brooks and his wife Mary of Overland, KS; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband, and 2 sisters and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Topeka.


Juan David Gamino (In Memoriam)

In Memory of Juan David Gamino 2-21-78 - 2-25-99 Remembering you today. Wishing you were still with us on earth. But glad you are still with us in spirit. 13 years, and it still feels like yesterday. Missing you always, Mom, Dad, brother & sisters.


Dorothy Griffin

Dorothy E. Griffin, 82, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012. Dorothy was born March 19, 1929, in Cameron, TX, daughter of Albin and Anna (Hampel) Kleiber. She attended Wheaton and Onaga Public Schools, and Strickler Business College. Dorothy worked for Santa Fe Railroad until her retirement in 1973. She served on the Kansas Board of Agriculture from 1959-1969. Dorothy was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, and volunteered at American Cancer Society. Dorothy is survived by one son, Delbert Griffin and his wife Carla; one sister, Helen Marten; two step grandsons, Shaun Howley, and Steve Howley and wife Amy, Topeka; three step great-grandchildren, Jenna Howley, Jordon and Jacob Jenson; three nephews, Danny, Larry, and Brian Marten; one niece, Bev Marten; and many great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother in law, Lloyd Marten. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, Topeka. A visitation will be held prior to the graveside service, from 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society , 1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, Kansas 66604-4020. To leave the family a special message online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Robert Aaron Jackson

Robert Aaron Jackson, 66 died February 10, at his home. Survivors include his daughter, JaNetta Washington, Bryan, TX. Brothers, Elder Melvin Jackson, Rev. Donald Jackson and Michael Jackson, all of Topeka. Memorial services for Robert will be Monday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel.


Galen Simon (In Memoriam)

In memory of Galen Lynn Simon 2-25-57 - 2-20-11 Happy Birthday Dad. You are missed. You aren't forgotten. We love you, family and friends.


(Published on http://home.mchsi.com/~jonesfuneralhome/ website)

Ruby Broyles

Ruby Idell Broyles, 89, of Waverly, Kansas, passed away early Friday, February 24, 2012, at Sunset Manor in Waverly, where she had made her home for the past ten years. She was born January 7, 1923, in Ness City, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Leroy and Lula Susan (Smith) Figgins. Ruby spent her childhood in Quenemo, Kansas, and graduated from Williamsburg High School. On June 21, 1941, she and George Clinton Broyles were married at Rosedale, Kansas. They spent most of their married life in the Waverly area. Besides being a farm wife and homemaker Ruby had also worked as a clerk for livestock sales in Waverly and Ottawa. She was a member of the Bethany Church of Christ in Waverly. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Byron, Rankin, Forrest, and Marlin Figgins and a sister, Vada Bachelor. She leaves George, her husband of more than seventy years; her children, Charles Broyles and wife Dianna, Waverly, Georgia Masten, Waverly, and Max Broyles and wife Judy, Williamsburg, KS; seven grandchildren, Roger Broyles, Tamara Gouldner, Darren Masten, Teresa Chapin, Donita Gottstein, Heather Broyles, and Brandon, Broyles; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee Figgins, Pomona, KS; and a sister, Peggy Weiss, Ft. Worth, TX. Services will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 27, 2012, at the Peniel Bible Church north of Waverly. Burial will follow in Waverly Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hand In Hand Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

26 Feb 2012, Sunday

Shirley Allen

Shirley (Harris) Thompson Allen, 82, of Topeka, passed away Feb. 23, 2012 at Topeka Community HealthCare Center. To send online condolences and for a full obituary please visit www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Obituary

Shirley (Harris) Thompson Allen, 82, of Topeka, passed away Feb. 23, 2012 at Topeka Community HealthCare Center.

Shirley was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Edmunston, New Brunswick, Canada, to James and Elizabeth (Dumphy) Harris.

She worked as a clerk for Vital Statistics at the State of Kansas and was a waitress at the Coffee Cup and the Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include her children, Stephen Thompson, Topeka, Brian Thompson, Topeka, Glenn Thompson, Berryton, Michael Thompson, Portland ME and Cherie Thompson Ferris, Marysville; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters.

No services are scheduled at this time.


Ilene Bennett

SOLDIER Ilene L. Bennett, 86, of Soldier died Sat Feb 25, 2012. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tues Feb 28, 2012 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be at Olive Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6:00 to 7:30 Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Mercer Funeral Homes Obituary

Ilene L. Bennett, 86, of Soldier died Saturday, February 25, 2012 at a Holton nursing home. Ilene was born October 23, 1925 in Circleville, KS, the daughter of Emmett and Dolly Frakes Baxter. Ilene graduated from Circleville High School in 1943. She worked at Ben Franklins and Ron’s United Super both in Holton. She was a member of the Circleville Christian Church. Ilene married Kenneth Bennett on November 24, 1943 in Topeka. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1993. Ilene was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, June Anne Bennett and a son, Steven Dale Bennett on May 20, 2005. She is survived by a sister, Lucille Griffiths of Topeka; grandsons, Dustin Bennett and Jesse Bennett and great grandchildren, Isabelle Bennett, Tristan Wilson and Kaiden Bennett. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday February 28, 2012 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be at Olive Hill Cemetery west of Holton. The family will greet friends from 6:00 to 7:30 Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


Bill Gastmann

Bill Gastmann, 86, of Marysville, Kansas, died Feb. 25, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lincoln, Neb. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. at State Line Lutheran Church north of Marysville. Burial will be in Marysville Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.


Dorothy Gordon

Dorothy G. Gordon, 82, Topeka, passed away Feb. 22, 2012.

Dorothy was born Dec. 22, 1929 in Silver City NM,R the daughter of Mayhew and Edith Marshall.

She married Donald Gordon on April 2, 1959.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years Don Gordon; children, Janet, Danny, Wylie; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Tanner.

No services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.


Jeffrey Hane

Jeffrey Alan Hane, 62, Topeka, passed away at his home, February 25, 2012. He was born August 2, 1949, in Emporia KS, the son of Arthur and Henrietta Heaney Hane. Jeff attended Holy Name Grade School and Hayden High School where he excelled in wrestling, track and football. He was named Athlete of the Year in 1967 at Hayden High and graduated that same year. He attended Washburn University. Jeff served in the United States Navy, reaching the rank of Machinist Mate First Class before his discharge. Jeff loved the ocean and found both peace and comfort in it. He lived in California where he worked at the Chevron Refinery as a Machinist. After retiring from Chevron he returned to Topeka in 2003. Jeff loved his small bit of country and working outdoors as well as doing carpentry work for his family. Once back in Topeka, Jeff worked for Topeka Foundry and Iron Works.

He is survived by a daughter, Heidi Hane, of Concord CA; sisters, Kathy (Dave) Hurla, and Terri (Tim) Cooper; brother, Charlie (Vickie) Hane; sister-in-law, Amy Hane, all of Topeka; sister-in-law, Mary Hane, of Lawrence; many nieces, nephews, special great-nieces and great-nephews and special friend, Carmen Metzger. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim and Steve Hane. Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 615 Wyandotte, Meriden KS. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the church. Cremation will follow.

The family asks that donations be made in Jeff's name to the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka or St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Meriden sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Monday, February 27, 2012
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
St. Aloysius Catholic Church
615 Wyandotte
Meriden, KS

Service:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:00 AM
St. Aloysius Catholic Church
615 Wyandotte
Meriden, KS


Richard L. Workman

Richard L. Workman, 76, of Topeka passed away, Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Midland Hospice in Topeka. He was born June 27, 1935 in Topeka the son of Austin and Dora (Schaffer) Workman. He graduated from high school at Lecompton, where he excelled in basketball. He received several scholarship offers including one to Washburn. He worked over 41 years at the Kansas State Hospital. He was an avid golfer and loved to hunt and fish when he could. He will be remembered as a generous man, who loved helping his family, friends and neighbors, just for the joy of helping, never expecting anything in return.

He will be remembered by his family, who were the joy of his life, as a loving husband, father, grandfather and Great-Grandfather. He was married to the love of his life, Charlene Bond on April 13, 1956. Charlene survives at their home in Topeka. Other survivors include his son Randy L.(Alissa) Workman; two daughters, Kristy Workman and Debi (Mick) May all of Topeka; two brothers, Paul Workman and Frank Workman both of Silver Lake; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Dean, Raymond, Charles, Walden, Jerry, Alfred and Larry and a sister, Selma.

According to Richards wishes a private family graveside service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice in care of Davidson Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Family Funeral Home Information

Private Family Graveside Service: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012
Cemetery: Prairie Home Cemetery


Rudy Zuniga (In Memoriam)

Ol' Dad Rudy Zuniga 02-26-48 to 10/02/04 You are a year from 65, and wish you were still alive. The years come and go, and we still miss you so. Happy Birthday Julie, Kids & Grandkids

27 Feb 2012, Monday

Barbara M. Coder

Barbara M. Coder, 92, Topeka, died Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. Mrs. Coder was born in Wamego, Kansas, on November 30, 1919, the daughter of Ulrich and Florence Eggenberger. She graduated from Wamego High School in 1938. She married Frank E. Coder on August 7, 1946. Mr. Coder died on August 24, 1994. Survivors include daughters, Beverly Claar, Linda Bigenwalt, both of Kingwood, TX, Denise Rolfs, Topeka; son, Benny D. Coder, Topeka; sister, Bonnie Coder, Texas City, TX; brothers, Lewis Eggenberger, Lubbock, TX, Donald Eggenberger, Berryton, KS, James Eggenberger, Lawrence, KS.; five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Coder traveled extensively with her career military husband Frank until his retirement from the US Army in 1963, and they settled in Topeka. Mrs. Coder began her career with the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment in 1962 and retired in 1983. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Coder will lie in state at the funeral home after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday and visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.


Jeffrey Hane

Jeffrey Alan Hane, 62, Topeka, passed away at his home, February 25, 2012. He was born August 2, 1949, in Emporia KS, the son of Arthur and Henrietta Heaney Hane. Jeff attended Holy Name Grade School and Hayden High School where he excelled in wrestling, track and football. He was named Athlete of the Year in 1967 at Hayden High and graduated that same year. He attended Washburn University. Jeff served in the United States Navy, reaching the rank of Machinist Mate First Class before his discharge. Jeff loved the ocean and found both peace and comfort in it. He lived in California where he worked at the Chevron Refinery as a Machinist. After retiring from Chevron he returned to Topeka in 2003. Jeff loved his small bit of country and working outdoors as well as doing carpentry work for his family. Once back in Topeka, Jeff worked for Topeka Foundry and Iron Works.

He is survived by a daughter, Heidi Hane, of Concord CA; sisters, Kathy (Dave) Hurla, and Terri (Tim) Cooper; brother, Charlie (Vickie) Hane; sister-in-law, Amy Hane, all of Topeka; sister-in-law, Mary Hane, of Lawrence; many nieces, nephews, special great-nieces and great-nephews and special friend, Carmen Metzger. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim and Steve Hane. Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 615 Wyandotte, Meriden KS. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the church. Cremation will follow.

The family asks that donations be made in Jeff's name to the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka or St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Meriden sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Monday, February 27, 2012
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
St. Aloysius Catholic Church
615 Wyandotte
Meriden, KS

Service:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
10:00 AM
St. Aloysius Catholic Church
615 Wyandotte
Meriden, KS


Bernadine M. Lloyd

Bernadine Miller Lloyd, 67, of Topeka, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. She was born January 27, 1945, in Topeka, the daughter of Joseph and Grace Penrod Miller. She grew up in rural North Topeka, attending Rochester Grade School and graduating from Seaman High School in 1963. Bernadine retired from the City of Topeka, water division. Following retirement, she had worked part-time for Lana Gordon as a legislative assistant. She loved to travel, take photos, refinish furniture, sew, work in her garden, collect family genealogy, and spend time with family and grandchildren.

She was married to Gary Lloyd on December 30, 1965, in Topeka. Gary survives at their home. Other survivors include her son Brent Lloyd and companion Dayna Heineken of Topeka; daughter, Brenna Rooney and husband Patrick of Wakarusa; sisters, Sharon Abbott (Sonny) and Kathy Goldsmith (Ed), of Topeka; Virginia Smith of Meriden; brother, Jim Miller (Mikki), of Topeka; brother-in-law, Dean Russell of Topeka; sister-in-law, Dorothy Miller of Topeka; grandsons, Matthew Lloyd of Oklahoma City and Dalton Rooney of Topeka; and great-grandsons, Tristan Lloyd and Brantley Rooney. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Joseph Miller, and a sister, Linda Russell.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 NW 46th Street in Topeka, followed by a lunch at the church for family and friends. Graveside service and interment will follow in Round Mound Cemetery, near Cummings, KS, at 2:00 pm Wednesday. Mrs. Lloyd will lie in state after 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the Davidson Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Tuesday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice or to the Round Mound Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, both sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Funeral Home Information

Visitation: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 11:00 am
Cemetery: Round Mound Cemetery

28 Feb 2012, Tuesday

Helen Brock

Helen L. (Waetzig) Brock, 63, Topeka, passed away Feb. 25, 2012. She was born to James Robert and Georgia Mae (Hill) Waetzig on Aug. 2, 1948. She was raised in Carbondale, KS. She attended Kaw Area Vocational School and completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She worked for many years as an LPN at Eventide Convalescent Center before retiring. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting. She married Lester F. Brock on May 7, 1966 at Carbondale, KS. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James R. Waetzig. Helen is survived by her sons, James L. Brock and Jerry L. Brock (Angel); 2 grandchildren, Caleb and Kyler; 4 sisters; and 1 brother. Inurnment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Berryton, KS. Memorial services are pending. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.DoveCremation.com.

Dove Cremation Information

Service:
Services Pending
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844


Lloyd Canfield

Lloyd Canfield 5/30/48 - 02/27/10 Pop, We miss you! Michelle & Michael Canfield, Friends and Family.


Christine Canterbury

Canterbury Christine Marie (Forman) Canterbury, 22, Kansas City , entered into Heaven on Thursday Feb 23 2012. She was born May 2, 1989, in Topeka, the daughter of Charles and Debra (Sexton) Forman. She was married to Eric Canterbury of Kansas City Ks., on May 7th 2011, he survives. Other survivors include her parents, a brother Adam Forman of Topeka; grandparents Dolores Baldock of Topeka, Don and Janice Goodwin of Tecumseh; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Christine is also survived by her kids, Jazzi Boxer, Patches Boxer, and Atticus the Cat all of the home. Christine had attended Topeka elementary, Rossville Jr /Sr High schools and Kansas City Kansas Comm. College. She had been employed by City of Topeka, PetSmart, IRS, and Lab Corp. Christine completed her Silver Award project for Girl Scouts in Topeka at Camp Tokavaca. During the course of her illness, Christine attended Camp Hope and Camp Quality, summer camps for children with cancer. She later became a staff member at Camp Quality. As a member of the Topeka Crochet Guild, Christine enjoyed crocheting blankets for donation to Project Linus. In lieu of flowers, Christine had requested donations be made to Barnes Jewish Lung Transplant research (BJC, 216 S. Kingshigway Blvd. St Louis Mo 63110), or Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong Foundation for cancer research (www.livestrong.org/donate). Both of these foundations added years to Christine's life and meant a great deal to her. Christine will be cremated at Highland Park funeral home in Kansas City Ks. A memorial for family and friends will be held in Topeka at St. Peters United Methodist Church at (3737 NW 35th St., Topeka Ks. 66618) on March 10th at 2:30 pm. A celebration of Christine's life will also be held in Kansas City at Royals Kauffman Stadium, on March 11th 2012 from 1 to 5 pm. Family and friends are invited to attend either memorial or both if you prefer.


Alvin Dickinson

HIAWATHA-Alvin Emery Dickinson, 91, of rural Hiawatha, died February 26, 2012, at Hiawatha. He was married to Charlotte Ann Rieger at the Evangelical Reformed Church at Fairview on December 15, 1946. They made their home just south of Hiawatha on 73 Highway for many years. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Linda (Robert) Stephens of Topeka, Brenda (Michael) McNary of Meriden, a son Steven (Kelly) Dickinson of Cambridge, MN; and a sister Myrtle Krebs of Nebraska City, NE; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of Alvin's life is planned for 10:30 Thursday morning, March 1, at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Hiawatha. The family will meet with friends from 6 until 8 Wednesday evening at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church Memorial Fund, Brown County Historical Society or Topeka Rescue Mission, which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434. www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.

Chapel Oaks Funeral Home Obituary

Hiawatha Alvin Emery Dickinson, 91, of rural Hiawatha, died Sunday morning, February 26, 2012, at Maple Heights Nursing Home.

Alvin was born May 31, 1920, a one-half mile west of Hiawatha, one of three children of Bryce Gordon and Mae Isabel Wright Dickinson. Alvin’s father passed away when he was five years old. He attended first grade at Central School, then made his home with grandparents John William and Martha Alice (McCall) Dickinson on their farm 2 miles west of Hiawatha. He attended seven years at Willow Grove Country School prior to graduating from Hiawatha High School with the class of 1938. While growing up, he suffered an eye injury to his right eye, losing the vision in that eye. He worked on the farm and followed threshing crews. After graduation, he worked at the Sabetha Creamery and Hiawatha Dairy Products Co. before being inducted into the Army of the United States, September 10, 1942, at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was assigned into active service with the 108th General Hospital in New Orleans, LA, with a unit totaling 733 people. This unit was sent to Northern France, 10 miles north of Paris – Beaujon Hospital. His main duty was ordering and receiving food for 5000 people. He delivered orders to General Eisenhower, who was Head Officer of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces at his Paris Office and his office at the hospital. Alvin received his honorable discharge January 15, 1946, as a Technician Fourth Grade, 108th General Hospital, Army of the United States.

Upon returning home from the service, Alvin was employed at Ford Motor Co. in Hiawatha. He later farmed and raised livestock and was employed 24 years at the Brown County Co-op Assn.

Mr. Dickinson was a longtime member of Bethany United Church of Christ in Hiawatha where he was very active through the years. He served on the Church Board, was Church treasurer for 15 years, and had also served as the adult Sunday School Superintendent. Alvin was also a lifetime member of Wenger American Legion Post #373 of Powhattan, and the Maple Leaf Square Dance Club and enjoyed a number of years square dancing. When Alvin was younger, he was involved with 4-H. He was also a former member of BPOE #1741, Hiawatha Elks Lodge. Alvin enjoyed family vacation trips including visiting family at Okinawa, Japan. During retirement years, he enjoyed the tour trips which included visiting 49 states, Panama Canal, Mexico, and Canada. He enjoyed word search puzzles, watching geese at the City Lake, game shows on TV, reading and spending time working in the shop, and visiting with friends at the local coffee shop.

He was married to Charlotte Ann Rieger at the Evangelical Reformed Church at Fairview on December 15, 1946. They made their home just south of Hiawatha on 73 Highway for many years. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters: Linda (Robert) Stephens of Topeka, Brenda (Michael) McNary of Meriden, a son Steven (Kelly) Dickinson of Cambridge, MN; a sister Myrtle Krebs of Nebraska City, NE; 6 grandchildren; a step-grandson; 7 great-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-grandchildren.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Clarence Moseman; a brother Warren Dickinson, sister-in-law Dorothy Dickinson; and brother-in-law Elmer Krebs.

A celebration of Alvin’s life is planned for 10:30 Thursday morning, March 1, at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Hiawatha with Pastor Shane Spangler officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha, with military honors a courtesy of the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home after 12 noon Wednesday where the family will meet with friends from 6 until 8 that evening.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church Memorial Fund, Brown County Historical Society or Topeka Rescue Mission, which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.


Wanda Godlove

Wanda P. Godlove, 94, Topeka, went to be with the Lord on Sat., Feb. 25, 2012, at Plaza West Care Home. She was the daughter of Lloyd B. and Nettie (Lemon) Steele born on June 16, 1917, in Courtney, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Godlove, her parents, brothers: Marlan, Merle, Melvin, Norman, Dale, and Robert; and sisters: Una (Pat) and Erma. Wanda was employed by Woolworths for many years. She was a long-time, active member of West Side Christian Church. She is survived by sisters: Edna Snook, Ethel Klass, and Ruby Blossom; brother: Carl Steele; nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Fri., March 2, 2012, at West Side Christian Church. Interment in Topeka Cemetery. Wanda will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Thurs., at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Plaza West, 1570 SW Westport Drive, Topeka, KS 66604, West Side Christian Church, 432 SW Lindenwood Ave., Topeka, KS 66606, or the charity of the donors choice . To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Cynthia Thompson (In Memoriam)

Cynthia Barnes Thompson Remembering you on your birthday. 43 years of Love, Joy and Companionship. You will be remembered as long as we live. Your spirit will remain forever. You Are Loved, Your Family.


(Published at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com)

Kathereene Frenchy

Kathereene Frenchy, 87, of Hiawatha, died Monday morning, February 27, 2012, at Maple Heights Nursing Home.

She was born May 19, 1924, at Rock Springs, Wyoming, the only child of Cecil and Avis Saunders Patterson and came to Hiawatha with her family at a young age where she grew up and attended school. She later graduated high school at Scottsbluff, Nebraska and attended Western Nebraska Junior College at Scottsbluff where she received a teaching certificate. Kathereene worked in the mail room for the college prior to teaching there for many years before retiring. Through the years, she mentored young women who were in abusive or troubled situations. After returning to Hiawatha, Kathereene volunteered at the First United Methodist Church Latchkey after school program for a number of years.

Kathereene enjoyed traveling to Europe and other countries through the years. She was strong in her beliefs politically and to advance equality in civil rights and women’s rights and their movements.

Miss Frenchy was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hiawatha; and the Business and Professional Women of which she received several awards through the years.

Survivors include her cousins: Barbara Garcia, Essie Mae Saunders, Danny (Jacqueline) Saunders, all of Omaha, NE, John (Tracy) Saunders of Council Bluffs, IA; and a host of numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, with Reverend Randy Quinn officiating. Interment will follow at Hiawatha Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Friday where the family will meet friends one hour prior to services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kathereene Frenchy Memorial Fund.


(Published at http://www.campanellafuneral.com/galen-teske.html)

Galen Edward Teske

Funeral Service
10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2012
Campanella-Evans Mortuary
Wamego, Kansas

Interment
St. Luke Lutheran-South Cemetery
Wheaton, Kansas

A visitation will be held at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe, Kansas on Friday March 2, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. http://www.penwellgabelolathe.com/obituary-pg.asp?src=choice&obitid=55494&name=Galen+Edward+Teske&city=Olathe&st=KS

Galen Edward Teske, 85, Gardner, Kansas, formerly of Wheaton, died Monday, February 27, 2012 at the Wellsville Retirement Center.

Galen was born October 29, 1926 in Wheaton, Kansas, the son of Edward Teske and Elsa Brunkow Teske. He graduated from Onaga High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He farmed until 1956 and was an over-the-road truck driver until his retirement in 1987. He married Genial Figge on April 19, 1953, and she preceded him in death on September 20, 1986.

Galen is survived by his two daughters; Marcelyn (Philip) Harness of Olathe, KS and Kimberly (Ron) Pfister of Richmond, KS; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Persell and Rosella Peter, and one brother, Alvin Teske. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virgie Falk and Doris Hammel; two brothers, Floyd Teske and Merle Teske; and a son, Craig Teske.

29 Feb 2012, Wednesday

Lynda Belanger-Jamrozek

Lynda Belanger-Jamrozek ended her life's journey peacefully at home in her sleep on February 21, 2012, with her husband and Bunky of 26 years, Tommy, and constant companion, Bella at her side. She succumbed after a courageous 7 month battle with throat cancer. She was also a life-long muscular dystrophy victim. She was born October 18, 1949 in Goodland, KS to Willis & Sylva (Beckner) Patton who have gone on before. She is survived by her sister, Sherylyn Patton Bender and husband Charles of Indianapolis, IN; daughter, Jennifer Suzanne Belanger Burenheide and her husband Jeff; son, Jason Reed Belanger and his wife, Kristie. Lynda was a loving and devoted Nana to her grandchildren, Mathew Thorton, 19, Meghan Suzanne Burenheide, 13, and Lane Miles Belanger, 8.

After many jobs, she found and loved her niche as a graduate paralegal from the Univ. of Colorado. She helped her husband establish a law practice in Denver from 1986 to 1996, whereupon they returned to Topeka. She worked for several law firms but found her last to be the most fulfilling at Engel Law.

She enjoyed watching sports, her husband perform music, and most particularly, being an Arab Shrine Lady with the Oriental Band. She had a quick, dry wit, exceeded only by her loving and compassionate heart.

A memorial service will be held at Dove Cremation, 4020 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS at noon, Saturday, March 3rd, 2012. Visitation will precede the service at 11:00 a.m.

Everyone who really knew her loved and admired her courage and strength, even unto the end. In accordance with her wishes, her cremains will be scattered off the coast of Maui.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Muscular Dystrophy Assn. or the Arab Shrine Temple Childrens Travel Fund. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.DoveCremation.com.

Dove Cremation Information

Visitation:
Saturday, March 03, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

Service:
Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844


Aubrey Brabb

OSAGE CITY Aubrey Jane Brabb passed away Friday, February 24, 2012 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia.. She was born Friday, February 24, 2012, the daughter of Joshua Douglas and Crystal Renee (Gardner) Brabb. Aubrey is survived by her parents, Josh and Crystal Brabb; sister, Sophia Brabb; maternal grandparents, Jim and Connie Gardner; paternal grandparents, Doug and Tammi Brabb; paternal great grandmother, Jane Jackson all of Osage City and great grandfather, Marven Brabb of Alma. Services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2012 at Community Covenant Church in Osage City. Family will be receiving friends, Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 7 to 8 p.m. at VanArsdale Funeral Chapel in Osage City. Memorials can be made to the Aubrey J. Brabb Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth, Osage City, KS 66523.


Charles Chapel

Charles Kenneth John Chapel, 100, of Topeka, formerly of Salina, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012. He was born January 16, 1912 in Woodston, Kansas to Myron Samuel and Josephine (Merriman) Chapel.

Charles retired from Union Pacific Motor Freight in Salina. He and his wife Edna owned and operated Plaza Style Shop at the Sunset Plaza Shopping Center in Salina for over 20 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salina.

On December 6, 1933, he married Edna Margarette Allison in Solomon, KS. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, JoAn Rowlan-Wynn in 2001 and his son, Charles Eugene Gene Chapel in 2007.

Charles is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Kay (Whitey) Quintin and Carol (Cliff) Gideon all of Topeka; 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, John Wynn of Checotah, OK and daughter-in-law, Jeanneane Chapel of Lindsborg, KS.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Dove Cremation and Funeral Service. Memorial contributions may be made to Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center for Handicapped Children, 7471 FM 3094, Scurry, TX 75158. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.DoveCremation.com.

Dove Cremation Information

Service:
Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

Interment:
Highland Cemetery
Minneapolis, Kansas


Nancy Frye

Nancy Jane Frye, 65, of Topeka, died February 25, 2012. She was born on Dec. 2, 1946, the daughter of Roy Griswold and her mother Eunice. She was raised by her mom, Eunice Lindsey Maike, and her step-dad Harold Maike. Nancy was a graduate of Lyndon High School and later attended Washburn University. In 1973 she married Raymond Frye. They were married 27 years, until his death in 2000.

Her survivors include a daughter, Wendy Griswold, and her partner, Dale Martin, of Lawrence; a brother, Larry Griswold and his wife Sybil of Jacksonville, FL and their two children; and a sister, Debra Wichern and her husband, James of Topeka and their three children. She is also survived by her aunt, Helen Como, also of Topeka. Additional survivors include two step-sons, Frederick Frye, and his wife Sherry, of Morrill, KS and James Frye, Sr. of Osage County. She is also survived by five grandsons: Michael, Brandon, James, R.J. and Joe and a granddaughter, Jamie. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 3rd at Davidson Funeral Home. Inurnment services will be held at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery following the memorial service. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Midland Hospice. To leave a message for the family please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Funeral Home Information

Visitation: No Visitation
Memorial Service: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012 11:00 am
Cemetery: Penwell-Gabel Memorial Park Cemetery


Susanne Heilman

Susanne (Suzie) (Martin) Heilman, age 54 passed away on Feburary 16th, 2012 at home surrounded by family and friends with the wonderful assistance of Midland Hospice. She was born on October 20th, 1957 to Robert L. and Annabelle (Hibbert) Martin, Sr. and graduated from Seaman High School in 1974. Married to Larry Heilman, on March 25th, 1977. Suzie and Larry owned Smith Audio Visual and worked at the firm until the onset of her illness in 2003. She was a very caring animal lover and also loved to cook. Suzie is survived by her husband, Larry of 34 years. Mother-in-law Helen Heilman, Toganoxie. Aunts Joyce Hibbert (Ed) Wist of Springhill, KS, Joanne Hibbert & Beth Martin, Topeka. Brother-in-laws: Ken (Angie) Heilman in Chandler, AZ and Steve (Marisa) Heilman of Olathe, KS. Sister-in-laws: Carolyn (Larry) Crutchfield, Debbie Oldham of KC, KS, and Nancy Gulotta, of Olathe, KS. Also many cousins, nieces and nephews and her 4-legged family. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 from 2-4pm at Annie's Place in Gage Center . In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the St. Francis Health Center Foundation and or Helping Hands Humane Society. Donations should be made in care of Chapel Oaks, 235 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66603.


Scott Long

Scott Long, 42, of Topeka, Comedian, Poet, Artist, Songwriter, Renaissance Man of our time, passed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. He lived a life most people don't even dare to dream. He shared his laughter and friendship with all. He touched many lives with his humor, his artistic flair, and his optimistic outlook on life. Scott defined greatness with grace and humility. His passion for the arts was boundless, and along with the love of his family, was foremost in his life. Those who knew him, loved him, and will be forever changed just by knowing him. He is survived by his proud parents, Donald and Peggy Long, sister, Susan Long and hundreds of friends and relatives. He will be deeply missed! Davidson Funeral Home in North Topeka will be hosting the visitation on Saturday, March 10th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebration of Scott's life will be Sunday, March 11th, 1 p.m. at Branded B Ranch, 785-484-2378, in Meriden, Kansas. In leiu of flowers, please make donation to the Scott Long Memorial Fund in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035, N. Kansas Ave. Topeka KS 66608. To leave a message for the family please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Funeral Home Information

Visitation: Saturday, Mar. 10, 2012 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Celebration of Life: Sunday, Mar. 11, 2012 1:00 pm


Cora Peterson

Cora Katherine (Casey) Peterson went home to be with Jesus on February 25, 2012. She was born Cora Katherine Hurd on March 7, 1924 in Burdick, Kansas to Charles and Adelpha Herman Hurd. She married Samuel Sammy Iseman in 1942 and was widowed in 1944 when Sammy died serving his country in World War II. Cora married Fred L. Peterson on June 1, 1945. He preceded her in death, after 55 years of marriage, in September, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Mary Peterson, Burdick, KS and Annie Grover Wilson, Council Grove, KS.

Cora grew up in the Burdick, Kansas area and later lived in Topeka, for most of her life. In 2003 she moved to Montana to live with her son Jim and his family. She was later a resident of the Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman, MT where she passed away. Cora is survived by her son, Jim L. Peterson and daughter-in-law Tracie, Belgrade, MT, Grandchildren: Jennifer Peterson, Boston, MA; Julie Cook and husband Geoff, Topeka, KS; and Erik Peterson, Belgrade, MT. She is also survived by her three great-grand children Rainy, Fox and Max Cook, Topeka, KS. Cora is also survived by her sister Ellen Grover, Wilsey, KS.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 2, 2012 at Davidsons Funeral Home in Topeka, KS. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics Resource Development Department , 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. To leave a message for the family please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Funeral Home Information

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 11:00 am
Cemetery: Penwell-Gabel Memorial Park Cemetery


Joseph Wolfe

Joseph Joe Wolfe, 76, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. He was born January 24, 1936 in Topeka, KS, the son of Joseph Verne and Merlie (Abbott) Wolfe. He was a 1955 graduate of Topeka High School. Joe owned and operated Wolfes Printing for a number of years, following which he worked for the State of Kansas and retired from the State Printing Plant in 2001. He was a member of Orient Lodge #51 A.F.&A.M., American Legion Post No. 400 and Moose Lodge #555 in Topeka, KS. Joe married Joan White on January 27, 1957 in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Michael Wolfe and his wife, Bonnie, Topeka and David Wolfe, Kansas City, KS; four grandsons, Andrew, Jason, Kevin and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, a God-granddaughter, Alexzandria Wyatt; a brother, Robert Wolfe, Broomfield, CO; and a sister, Diana Siegel, DeLand, FL. He was preceded in death by a half-sister, Delores Kaiser. A funeral ceremony with Masonic Services will be 1 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Private interment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care Hospice of Kansas, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Arthur Capper Biography due to his induction in the Topeka Business Hall of Fame

Arthur Capper was born July 14, 1865, at Garnett. He was a two-term governor and served in the U.S. Senate for thirty years.

Through high school, he was a “printer’s devil” on the local newspaper. Following graduation, he obtained a job as typesetter on the Topeka Daily Capital.

During the next nine years, he worked for the Capital as a printer, reporter, and city editor, and spent one year as a reporter for the New York Tribune and as a Washington correspondent for the Capital.

In 1901, Capper bought controlling interest in the Daily Capital, and in 1904 he purchased all outstanding shares in the publication.

At the time of his retirement from the Senate in 1949, he was owner and publisher of newspapers in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Extremely fond of children, he founded the well-known Capper Foundation for Crippled Children.

When Capper died at age 86 on December 19, 1951, it was said: “May God grant us the wisdom and the kindliness and the strength to follow in his footsteps.”

01 Mar 2012, Thursday

Charlie Billau

Charlie E. Billau, 77, of Topeka, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. He was born September 15, 1934 in Newton, the son of Preston Charles and Edyth Yetive Wayne Billau. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1953. Charlie was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 40 years in the Freight Accounting Department from 1954 until his retirement in 1994. He was in the US Navy Reserves from November 24, 1952 through December 30, 1965 and the US Air Force and Kansas Air Guard from February 1978 through September of 1994, retiring as a Master Sgt. Charlie was a member of Highland Heights Christian Church, American Legion Capitol Post No. 1, the Air Force Sergeants Association, TCU Lodge No. 427, AMVETS, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also active with Boy Scouts of America and BSA Troop 13 and served as past President of Eisenhower PTA. Recently, he was involved with a stroke support group at the Colmery-ONeil VA Medical Center. Charlie married Virginia Roach. They later divorced. He married E. Clione Woborny. They also later divorced. He married Leonila Lecera on September 15, 1990 in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Vicki Seeger, three sons, Monti Billau, Tony Billau, Luke Thompson, five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and his sister, Pricilla Irwin. Charlie was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Spillman on August 27, 1999. Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel where Military Honors will be presented by an Air Force Honor Guard Detail from Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Knoster, MO. Cremation will follow the service and private inurnment will take place at a later date. Charlie will lie in state from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, 2021 SW Moundview Dr., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Audrey Cordell

HAVENSVILLE Audrey Jean Cordell, 72, of Havensville, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2nd at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga. On line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.

Chapel Oaks Funeral Home Obituary

HAVENSVILLE – Audrey “Jean“ Cordell, 72, of Havensville, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

She was born April 30, 1939, in Beaver County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Fredric and Lillian “Bea“ Willis Millikan. She graduated from Beaver High School in 1952 and later from Front Range Community College in Denver.

Jean had been the office manager at the Golden Acres Nursing Center in Onaga. Prior to that she had worked at the Slimaker Dress Factory in Holton and at various other places.

She married Elden Cordell on June 21, 1961 at Liberal. He survives, of the home.

Jean was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and five brothers.

Other survivors include three sons, Clifford Cordell and wife DeAnna, Arvada, CO, Curtis Cordell, D.V.M., Thornton, CO, and Neil Cordell and wife Lisa, Broomfield, CO; two sisters, Patricia Huddleston and husband Irvin Eugene, Beaver County, OK, and Lavena Winfough, Havensville, and one granddaughter, Caitlin Cordell.

Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2nd at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga. Memorials are suggested to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at KSU, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga 66521.


James Craig

James William Craig, age 34, of Houston, TX, died Sunday, February 26, 2012. He was born September 1, 1977 at El Paso, TX to William & Jean (Levendofsky) Craig. James attended St. Mary's Hall and graduated from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. As a youth, he was an award winning gymnast. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. James was an accomplished artist working with pottery. He worked with custom interior wall finishing and landscape design. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence J. & Gladys (Vieselmeyer) Levendofsky and William L. Craig. James is survived by his parents, Dr. William and Jean Craig; sister, Ann Befroy and husband, Douglas; brother, Andrew Craig; grandmother, Betty (Eye) Craig and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services in San Antonio, TX will be held 10:00am Monday, March 5 at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2:00pm Wednesday, March 7 at St. Edward Catholic Church, Belleville, KS. Interment will be in St. Josaphats Catholic Cemtery rural Belleville, KS. Memorials may be made to the James Craig Memorial c/o Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, 1104 20th St., Belleville, KS 66935. For more information go to www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com.


Ra Jean Hogbin

Ra Jean Hogbin, Age 81, passed away February 28, 2012 in Olathe, KS. Services will be held on Friday, March 2 at 1:00pm in the Chapel of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS, where the family will receive friends an hour prior to service time. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society . Ra Jean was born January 10, 1931 in Sabetha, KS to Henry and Jospehine Imthurn. She was employed with the State of Kansas for over 40 years, retiring from the Offices of the Clerk of the Supreme Court. She enjoyed shopping, giving gifts, spending time with her family, and caring for her parents while she was still a young adult. Surviving are her daughter, Debbie (Barry) Cowan, and her grandchildren, Amy, Brandon, Ian and Ali. She was preceded in death by her son, Craig, in 1966, and her sister Leona, in 1938. To leave a message for the family, please visit www. Penwellgabelolathe.com.


Mary Hower

HOLTON- Mary M. Hower, 88, of Holton, KS passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at a care facility, The Pines, in Holton. She was born August 18, 1923 in Holton the daughter of Robert A. and Clarice V. (Grubbs) Todd.

Mary attended Brightside Elementary school until 8th grade and graduated from Denison High School in 1941. She was a lifelong member of the Jackson County community.

Mary worked at the Denison State Bank for 31 years and at Mercer Funeral Home for 12 years. She also was a private piano teacher for many years. She was a member of the Evangel United Methodist Church where she was the hand bell director for the Evangel Ringers, Sunday school teacher and church organist. Mary was also a member of the United Methodist Women, Beck-Bookman Library Club and St. Cecilia Music Club.

She married Warren Clinton Hower on February 21, 1946 in Holton. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1978. She was also preceded in death by a son, Russell Hower on August 24, 2006 and a sister, Charlotte White Davenport in January 2012.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Allen of Atlanta, GA and Wanda Tope of Independence, MO; two sons, Roger Hower of Holton, KS and Dennis Hower of Topeka, KS; a brother, Clarence Todd of Effingham, KS; 5 granddaughters and a great-grandson.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Interment will be in Holton Cemetery. She will lie in state beginning Sunday at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton where family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. Memorials may be given to the EUM Church or Holton Community Hospital c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.


Michael Jones

Michael V. Jones, Spider, 64, died Feb. 20, 2012, at his home. Services for Michael will be March 3 at 10 a.m. at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church. He will lay instate on Friday March 2, at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel, from 4-8 p.m. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel Obituary & Information

Michael "Spider" Jones, 64, passed February 20, 2012 at a local hospital. He was born January 9, 1948 in Topeka, Kansas to the late Rev. Marion E. Jones and Eleanora G. Bryant Jones. He was also preceded in death by a son, Anthony Jones.

He was employed as a custodian at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

He was graduated of Topeka High School.

He is survived by his daughter, Candance Jones; godson, Rev. Chester Jones (Andrea) Cincinatti, Ohio; brothers, Russell Jones (Odell), Ray Jones (Janie), Clyde Jones, John Mark Jones and Nathan Jones all of Topeka, Timothy Lee JOnes and John Mitchell both of Atlanta, GA., Norman Ross of Kansas City, KS.; sisters, Anna Marie Raimey, Faith Carroll (George), Loretta Currington (Fredrick), Sharon Cooper and Rozette Jones all of Topeka, KS.; one aunt, Evangelist Maude Lean Browen of Omaha, Nebraska; extended family, Floretta Broxton of Oklahoma, Mae Helen Brooks of California, Richard Bridges of Emporia, KS., Dennis Tucker and Soronda Chandler both of Kansas City and a host of other relatives and friends.


Mildred Reaser

TOPEKA- Mildred M. Reaser, 85, of Topeka passed away Feb. 28, 2012. Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 3, 2012 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in the Wetmore Cemetery. Memorials may be given in her name c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Mercer Funeral Homes Obituary

TOPEKA- Mildred M. Reaser, 85, of Topeka, KS passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was born October 16, 1926 in Wetmore, KS the daughter of Floyd E. and Frances G. (Porter) Chase.

Mildred graduated from Wetmore High School and had been baptized in the Wetmore Baptist Church. Mildred had lived in Topeka for over 55 years. She worked for Shawnee Country Club in the cleaning department. She married Clinton Reaser and they later divorced.

Mildred is survived by her sister, Hazel McKee of Wetmore, KS and 3 nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her brother, Claude Chase.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in the Wetmore Cemetery. Memorials may be given in her name c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


Brenda Rees

Brenda Ruth Rees, 37 entered into eternal life Feb. 28, 2012. Glenn and Mary Rees welcomed their baby girl into the world on Feb. 20, 1975. Brenda is proceeded in death by her mother, Mary in 1999. Brenda lived her entire life in the Topeka area. She is a graduate of Seaman High School. Brenda is a member of Bethel Community Church. Survivors include her father Glenn, step mom Deb Rees, Silver Lake, brother Phillip (Susan) Rees, Topeka, siblings by marriage Jenifer Hanna, Topeka and J.D. (Joy) Hanna, Silver Lake, her beloved nephew Noah Rees, Topeka, several nieces and a nephew by marriage, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family will meet with family and friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel Community Church, 6944 NW Landon Rd., Topeka, with a celebration of Brendas life to follow at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Community Church, Helping Hands Humane Shelter or Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka.


Ruthanna Ruhnke

TROY, KS - Ruthanna Marie Ruhnke, 91, a lifelong resident of rural Troy, KS passed away Monday, February 27, 2012 in Wathena, KS. Ruth was born on August 4, 1920 in Denton, KS to Owen Babe and Martha (Begesse) Barnthson. Ruth was a member of the First Christian Church in Troy. She married Walter A. Ruhnke on January 21, 1939. He preceded her in death. Ruth was also preceded by her parents, infant son, Owen, 2 sisters; Esther and Margie Ruhnke, 3 brothers; Erwin, Charles and Raymond Barnthson. Survivors include her son, Dennis (Sharon) Ruhnke of Troy, daughter, Bonnie (Jerry) Cordill of Topeka, KS. 4 grandchildren, Cory (Colette Cromer) Ruhnke, Josh Ruhnke, Gretchen (Jerry) Wallock & Mitchell (Margaret) Cordill, 4 great-grandchildren, Keegan Ruhnke, Zoey Wallock, Anna Cordill & Alexandra Cordill. Sister, Betty Barnthson Hoover of Independence, MO, brother, Larry Barnthson of Troy, numerous nieces and nephews Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at: Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Troy. Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery in Troy. Visitation: Family will receive friends Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Thursday. Memorials: American Cancer or the Wathena Nursing & Rehab Activities Fund.


Gloria Tubbs

Gloria D. Tubbs, 57, died Feb. 26, at an Overland Park nursing facility. Services for Gloria will be Mar. 2, at 11:00 a.m. She will lie instate one hour before service time at the First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky, in Lawrence, KS, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel Obituary & Information

Gloria D. Tubbs was born on November 13, 1954 in Glen Allan, Mississippi to the union of Joseph Tubbs and Vivian Galloway Tubbs. She passed away February 26, 2012 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Tubbs.

Gloria graduated from Lawrence High School in 1973. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Bachelor of Science in Education from Washburn University. She was selected as a part of the Grow Our Teaching Program. Her most recent job was a History teacher with Topeka Public Schools at Highland Park High School.

Gloria was a member of the Church of God, North Lawrence under the leadership of Elder Franklin D. Galloway.

Gloria is survived by her son, Rasean Kayhill of Lawrence, KS; daughters, Thi-wan Shepard of Lawrence, Kansas and Jasmine Shepard of Lawrenceville, Georgia; four grandchildren; mother, Vivian Galloway of Lawrence, KS,; brothers, Joseph Tubbs, Jr. (Mena) of Long Beach, CA., Timothy P. Tubbs (Yvonne) of Odentom, MD., Larry Tubbs (deceased) Tubbs (Lisa) of Kansas City, KS., James Tubbs of Houston, TX., Johnny Tubbs (Vivian) of Washington, DC., Michael Tubbs (Barbara) and Huey Tubbs (Saundra) all of Lawrence, KS.; sisters, Mattie Adelaja (Agboola) of Houston, TX., Jacqueline, Madison (Dialo) of Anaheim, CA., Vivian Nelson (Harold) and Dorothy Hall (Gary) all of Lawrence, KS and a host of other relatives and friends.


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Kathleen Marie "Kathy" Bircher

Service:
Services Pending
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

Kathleen Marie Bircher, 51, of Topeka, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012. She was born June 3, 1960 in Klamath Falls, OR, the daughter of Jack Dale and Irene (Szolnoki) Hock.

Growing up in a military family, Kathy lived in many different towns before her family settled in Topeka when she was 9. She graduated from Topeka West High School in1978. In 1999, she graduated from Washburn University with a degree in early childhood education. She taught at various daycare facilities around Topeka, and most recently worked as a customer service agent at a local call center.

Kathy’s smile and kind attitude touched many lives, even when she was hurting. She always had a smile on her face and a hug to make your sadness go away. She loved attending her kid’s activities, reading, sewing, and playing with her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, “Gizmo”.

Kathy married Richard Bircher, Sr. on March 26, 1982 at the rose garden in Gage Park. He survives. She is also survived by a son, Ricky; daughter, Bethany; brother, Jeff; mother, Irene; 2 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, 4 nieces, 1 nephew and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father and infant son, Christopher.

Cremation is planned and memorial services are pending.

02 Mar 2012, Friday

Helen L. (Waetzig) Brock

Helen L. (Waetzig) Brock, 63, Topeka, passed away Feb. 25, 2012. A graveside memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, March 3rd, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Berryton, KS. A celebration of her life will follow the service at Joelettas Bar in North Topeka.


Leward A. Cobin (In Memoriam)

In Loving Memory of Leward A. Cobin March 2, 1964 to October 18, 2011 Am I my brother's keeper? Yes I am. We love you and miss you! Felicia, Leonard, Lori, Pam, LaFayette, Calvin, Tracy, Kenya, Tye, Mom, Nieces & Nephews.


John Emslie, Jr.

Rev. John W. Emslie Jr. age 68 of Blair, NE. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair. Survived by his wife Martha-Jean of Blair, sons John Emslie III of Topeka, KS, Christopher Emslie of Chicago, sister Diane Brody and husband Kenneth of California, step brother Kenneth Booster and wife Charlene of Indiana, step sister Carol Garrow and husband John of Illinois, and 3 grandchildren.


Brad Hillebert

Brad Allan Hillebert, 42, Topeka, died Thurs., March 1, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 29, 1970, in Topeka, the son of Connie and Robert L. Hillebert, Sr. He graduated from Seaman High School in 1988 and attended Washburn Univ. Brad served 5 years in the U.S. Army and since 1997 was employed with the Shawnee County Corrections Facility, retiring as a Lieutenant. He was married to Shelly Valdevia. Surviving are his daughter: Jessica Hillebert; his mother: Connie Hillebert; brothers: Robert L. Hillebert, Jr. (Debra) and twin, Brian Hillebert (Felicia); and three loving nephews: Tristan, Brock, and Gavin, all of Topeka. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM, Mon., March 5, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave. A Fort Riley U.S. Army Detail will conduct military honors at Rochester Cemetery. Brad will lie in state from 1:00 to 8:30 PM, Sun., at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brad Hillebert Memorial Fund (for Jessicas education), 1944 NW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66608. To leave a special message for the family online visit, www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Earl Honigs

Earl David Honigs, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away at the Mission Regional Medical Center, on Feb 28, 2012. Earl was a winter resident in Mission TX. Earl was born Aug 19, 1931, in Winona, MN; the son of David Lee and Alma (Sheridan) Honigs. Earl graduated from Winona High School in 1949. He attended Winona State Teachers College before enlisting in the US Army in 1951. He served in the 979th Field Artillery Battalion and was stationed in Germany. Upon his Honorable discharge in January of 1954, Earl resumed his studies. He graduated from Purdue University in 1957, with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. Earl received a tuition scholarship to the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Earl moved to Topeka, KS in 1964, where he was employed by the Van Doren, Hazzard, Stallings, Schnake consulting engineering firm. He continued working as a design engineer until June 1968, when he was employed by the City of Topeka as the Assistant City Engineer. He was promoted to the City Engineer in 1969 and served in that position until he retired in 1989. Earl was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America for over 27 years as an adult scouter. He served in many roles including district commissioner for Buffalo Mound District in Topeka and as one of the vice presidents in the Jayhawk Area Council. He received the Silver Beaver Award and the Lutheran Lamb Award. Earl was a former member of Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka where he served on many boards and committees. He transferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and was an active member there. Earl was a charter member of the Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Assoc. and served as president and in other capacities. He enjoyed carving and the fellowship with the members of the association. He also enjoyed playing golf after his retirement. Earl married Margaret Kloss in Dodge Center, MN on August 11, 1956. She survives. Other survivors include their four children and spouses. David and Connie Honigs, Springfield, IL; Diane and Jeff Winter, Arvada, CO; Dawn and Kent Conwell, Auburn, KS; Paul Honigs, Pleasant Hill, CA; eight grandchildren and a half sister, Carol Burke of CA. Earl was preceded in death by his parents and a half brother Martin Honigs of CA. Memorial Services will be held in Mission, TX and at a future date in Topeka, KS. Memorial contributions may be made in Earls name to: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 SW Wanamaker RD, Topeka, KS 66614, or Topeka Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 8350, Topeka, KS 66608.


Rose Robinson

Rose Robbie M. Robinson, 94, of Topeka passed away on February 28, 2012 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was born Feb. 11, 1918 in Topeka the daughter of Varnum and Mary Branner Parkhurst. She is survived by her son, William Skip Robinson in Indian Harbour Beach, FL and a host of close friends. Cremation is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Humane Society or to the Cat Association of Topeka and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home.


Felicia Sadowski

Felicia H. Sadowski, 96, of Topeka, formerly of Chicago, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at a Topeka hospital. She was born May 21, 1915 in Chicago, the daughter of John and Michalena Libner Sadowski. She was an LPN in the greater Chicago area. Survivors include her sister, Genevieve Rowley and her nieces, Sarita J. (John) Batson of Topeka, Barbara Vierra of Chicago and nephew, James Rookus of Hudsonville, MI, great-nieces, Debra Surprise, Veronica Culberson, Holly Swim and great-nephews, Vincent Vierra, Michael Vierra, Jeff Rookus, Scott Rookus, Chris Rookus and Todd Rookus and many great-great nieces and nephews. She left a legacy of loving her Lord and her family. Services will be held at Noon Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. Burial will take place in Elmwood Park Cemetery, Elmwood Park, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be given to the Shawnee Heights Church, 4335 SE 29th St., Topeka, KS 66605. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Mary Weaver

Mary Helen Weaver, 89, of Topeka, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Helen was born July 5, 1922, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of Carmie and Arabelle (Boyll) Roll. She graduated high school in Higginsville, Missouri, in 1940. Helen married Buford Weaver on June 14, 1940, and they resided in Higginsville, Kansas City, KS, Ozawkie, and Topeka. She worked as a bookkeeper in Kansas City and Lakewood Hills, until she retired in 1982. Helen was a member of Highland Heights Christian Church and Northeast Kansas Quilt Guild. Helen is survived by her two sons, Rev. Richard (Joyce) Weaver of Grove, Oklahoma, and Michael G. (Linda) Weaver of Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, Canada; a sister, Norma Baird of Lawrence; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Brewster Place Chapel, Topeka. A private family inurnment will be at a later date at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry. Memorial contributions may be directed to Brewster Place Foundation, 1205 SW 29th Street, Topeka 66611 or Topeka Rescue Mission, PO Box 8350, Topeka, KS 66608-0350. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, is assisting with arrangements. To leave the family a special message online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

03 Mar 2012, Saturday

Daiana Michelle Barber

Daiana Michelle Barber, 21, died Feb. 27, 2012, at her home in Kansas City, MO. She was born July 23, 1990, to the parents of the late James Thompson and Dawn Barber-Owens. Daiana worked as a phone operator for the A.D.T. Security Company. She was a graduate of Topeka High School and had attended one year at Kansas State University. Survivors include her mother, Dawn Owens, Denver, CO. grandparents, Albert Timmy and Barbara Barber, Topeka and Georgia Smith, Raytown, MO. sisters, Nycole Bird, Kierra Owens, Tanaya Owens, all of Denver, CO. and Timari Barber, Topeka. Daiana will lay instate Mon. Mar. 5, from 4 - 8 P.M. Family will receive friends from 6 - 8 P.M. Services Tues, Mar. 6, at 11:00 A.M. all at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel with burial at Topeka Cemetery.

Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel Obituary & Information

Visitation
Monday, March 5, 2012 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Services
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:00 a.m.
Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel

Interment
Topeka Cemetery

Daiana Michelle Barber, 21, was born July 23, 1990 in Topeka, Kansas, to James Thompson and Dawn Barber.

She attended Topeka Public Schools graduating from Topeka High School. She attended Kansas State University.

She was employed as a phone operator for ADT Securities in Kansas City, Missouri.

Daiana leaves to cherish her memory: her mother, Dawn Owens; four sisters, Nycole Bird, Kierra Owens and Tanya all of Denver, Colorado and Timari Barber of Topeka, Kansas; grandparents, Albert "Timmy" and Barbara Barber of Topeka, Kansas and Georgia Ishmin of Raytown, Missouri.


Orpha Bottom

ONAGA Orpha O. Bottom, 77, of Onaga, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Golden Acres Nursing Center in Onaga.

She was born May 17, 1934 at Stroud, Oklahoma, the daughter of John and Cora White Bradley.

Orpha had worked at many different jobs throughout her working career.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Cecilia Provence and Charlotte Chris Newell, four sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Craig Martin, Kansas City, MO, and Tony Bottom, Berryton; three daughters, Pam Ward, Holton, Glenda Newell, Osawatomie, and Elaine Kolbek, Sabetha; one brother, Joe Bradley, Caldwell, TX; thirteen grandchildren, Kim, Denise, Brent, Brandi, Courtney, Eric, Michael, Stephanie, Kaitlynn, Alexandria, Rachel, Jeffrey, and Kyli, seventeen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Cremation is planned. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 7th at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Private inurnment will be later in the Bucks Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Golden Acres Activity Fund, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, 66436. On-line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.


Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown, of Topeka, Ks. passed away on February 28, 2012 at the age of 85. Patricia was born in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland. Patricia was predeceased by husband Henry F Brown of Topeka, Ks. and sisters Eugenia Church and Johanna Piper, both of the United Kingdom. She leaves behind Sisters Irene Chapman, Florence Muntzer, and Brother Edward Walsh, also of the United Kingdom. Children include Frances Olliso, Topeka, Caroline Viohl, Viola, William Brown, Topeka. Patricia also leaves five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was a great and loving mother and will be missed by family and friends. There will be a celebration of life on March 10, 1:00PM at the Garden House, Lake Shawnee, Topeka, Ks.


Richard Craig

Richard William Craig, 82, died Feb. 25, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Independence, KS to the parentage of Lawrence and Anna Craig. He had worked at the Topeka State Hospital and was a member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as deacon, trustee, and sang in the mens choir. Mr. Craig attended two years of college at Washburn University. Two sons preceded him in death; Anthony and Richard Craig Jr. He is survived by one son, Kevin Craig and one daughter, LTanya Christenberry, both of Topeka and three grandchildren. Mr. Craig will lay in state Sunday at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel, from 4-8 p.m. Family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Service Monday, Mar. 5 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Topeka Cemetery.


Wasale Dillion

Wasale V. Lee Dillion, 91, of the Grantville area, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. She was born February 1, 1921 in Talala, OK, the daughter of Robert and Lula (Heaps) Holland. She was a graduate of Talala High School. Mrs. Dillion was employed at the Forbes Supply Depot and Co-Mac Equipment Company in Topeka. She was a member of Grantville United Methodist Church, and UMW. Lee married Jake Dillion on June 22, 1937 in Alluwee, OK. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1995. Survivors include a daughter, Bobbie Clough and a granddaughter, Debbie Clough, both of Meriden; and a brother, Pete (Billie) Holland, Nowata, OK. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Wann and Jay Holland and a son-in-law, Rex Clough. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St., Grantville, KS 66429. Interment will follow at Grantville Cemetery, Grantville, KS. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grantville United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association at Presbyterian Manor, 4712 SW 6th, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


John Esmlie, Jr.

Rev. John W. Emslie Jr. age 68 of Blair, NE. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair. Survived by his wife Martha-Jean of Blair, sons John Emslie III of Topeka, KS, Christopher Emslie of Chicago, sister Diane Brody and husband Kenneth of California, step brother Kenneth Booster and wife Charlene of Indiana, step sister Carol Garrow and husband John of Illinois, and 3 grandchildren.


Theodore Lentz

Theodore Charles Lentz, 84, Valley Falls, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at a care facility in Horton. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Coal Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Coal Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to the Coal Creek United Methodist Church c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences are at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Mercer Funeral Homes Obituary & Information

Theodore Charles Lentz, 84, Valley Falls, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at a care facility in Horton.

He was born on Jan. 6, 1928, at Atchison, the son of Theodore Harold and Rosa Pearl Van Horn Lentz. He attended Atchison High School.

Theodore was a dairyman and a farmer northeast of Valley Falls. He was a member and former trustee of the Coal Creek United Methodist Church. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Japan after WW II.

He married Ruth LaVerne Brown on April 3, 1960, at Mercier, KS. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Eugene Lentz.

Survivors include his wife Ruth, of the home; his son Jerry (Annie) Lentz, Valley Falls; his daughter, Cheryl (Mitch) Hawkins, Scranton; his sister, Ethel (Clarence) Oswald, Effingham; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Coal Creek United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Coal Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coal Creek United Methodist Church c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.


Evelyn Massek

Evelyn Mae Massek, 87, passed away Tuesday, February 28, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Evelyn was born September 16, 1924, in Centralia, Kansas, the daughter of Daniel Henry Smith and May Ellen Smith. Evelyn graduated from Centralia High School in 1944, and moved with her mother and younger sister to Topeka, Kansas. After moving to Topeka, she married Walter L. North, Sr. in Lawrence, Kansas. Walter passed away on April 8, 1977. She then married Everett Massek on January 19, 1980, at Otterbein United Methodist Church. She and Everett had met in high school and had a wonderful life together until his passing on June 13, 1996. Evelyn was a homemaker until 1969, when she started working at the Topeka Presbyterian Manor until she retired in 1989. She was a long time member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, now known as New Hope Methodist Church. She enjoyed her Sunday School Class and singing in the choir. She was a loving mother, grandma, and great-grandma. She loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports, and particularly loved playing Bingo. Evelyn was the oldest of four siblings and was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel Smith and Wilbur Smith; and sister, Betty Anderson. Survivors include daughter, Delores Mae (North) Kirkpatrick of Lawrence, KS; grandson, Jeff Kirkpatrick and wife Janette of Lawrence, KS; granddaughter, Chrystal Forbes and husband Jarrod of Chesterfield, MO; great-granddaughter, Kennedy Kirkpatrick; great-grandson, Parker Kirkpatrick of Lawrence, KS; great-grandson, Preston Forbes; and great-granddaughter, Addison Forbes of Chesterfield, Mo. Also surviving are step-son, Walter L. North, Jr. and wife Karen of Topeka, KS; along with two grandchildren, Joe North, of Texas and Michelle North and her two children of Topeka, KS. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Mt. Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum Chapel, 17th & Fairlawn, Topeka. Mrs. Massek will lie in state after 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Memorial Endowment Association for the Palliative Care Unit, 325 Maine, Suite 201, Lawrence, KS 66044. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Sandra Middleton

ST. MARYS-Sandra (Sandy) Irene Middleton, age 56, joined family and friends in heaven on Mach 2, 2012, after losing her battle with cancer at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. Memorial services are pending at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.

Piper Funeral Home Obituary

Sandra (Sandy) Irene Middleton, age 56, joined family and friends in heaven on March 2, 2012, after losing her battle with cancer at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born on January 20, 1956, the daughter of William S. and Ida E. Windsberg Middleton in Kansas City, MO. Sandy was raised in the Garden City, MO area, and in 1974 graduated from Warsaw, MO High School. She attended Sedalia Community College. Sandy moved to Kansas and started her 30-year career with Jeffries Energy Center in 1979, completing her Chemist Associates Degree with Westar Energy. Sandy was a Local 304 member for 34 years.

Sandy enjoyed the past 30 years as a resident of St. Marys and was a longtime member of St. Marys United Methodist Church. She recently celebrated 31 years of sobriety as a member of AA and NA. She was a member of the American Legion Riders (Jimmie Lillard Post #31) and the Patriot Guard in Rossville.

She was appreciated for her love of gardening, fireworks, and was a avid Harley cyclist. She loved horses, SCUBA diving, and anything that brought adventure into her life. Family and friends remember her for having a compassionate heart and never knowing a stranger.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Lonnie, Bruce, Brad, and Billie Middleton, her Uncle Dewey Plank, and her niece Kimberly Lynn Flippen.

She is survived by her sister Sonya Idene Middleton Cardinal, Silver Lake, her nephew CJ Fields (Martha) and their sons Cody and Logan, of Gilbert AZ, and a niece Cherise Danielle Middleton Riccomini (Vince) and their children Emma and Vince III of Emmett, two Aunts, Virginia B. Middleton Plank, Mesa AZ, and Priscilla A. Middleton Darling (Wayne), Peculiar MO, and cousins Kirby Plank (Becky), Hart MO, David Plank (Doreen), Clinton MO, and Carla Darling Teague (Michael), Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by her boyfriend Scott Hanner, St. Marys and many beloved friends.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church, 7th & Elm. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to cancer research at the University of Kansas Hospital in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys KS 66536.


Irene Pendarvis

Irene (LeClere) Pendarvis, 96 of Junction City, passed away on February 27, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel, 203 N. Washington Street in Junction City. Burial will follow at Fort Riley Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions have been designated to Geary Community Health Care Foundation, PO Box 3015, Junction City, KS 66441; or Friends of Animals, PO Box 580, Junction City, KS 66441. Irene was born January 20, 1916 in Rockford, Iowa, the second of 10 children to Fredrick L. and Anna Laura (Schleicher) LeClere. She married Everett H. Pendarvis in June of 1942. Everett was killed in action during the Korean Conflict on July 20, 1950. She is survived by her son Jim (Linda) Pendarvis of Topeka, and daughter Nancy (Ron) Zara of Lees Summit, MO. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Rebecca Pendarvis of New York, NY; Terrah (Brandon) Stroda of Junction City; Timothy Pendarvis of Arlington, VA; Cynthia Zara of Lees Summit, MO; and a step-grandson Matt (Marissa) McClimans of Topeka; along with six great-grandchildren, Molly, Brooklyn, Camden, Braedon, Rhilyn and Braxton. She is also survived by one brother, Edward LeClere of Cedar Rapids, IA, and one sister, Mary Janssen (Bert) of Vinton, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Forrest Robinson, Sr.

Rev. Dr. Forrest James Robinson Sr., 89, of Winfield, Kansas died on March 1, 2012. Forrest had a remarkable life. For 64 years he was married to Betty Jean (Matthews) Robinson, who died in December, 2010. He is survived by his children: Robin Joy Ullbarri of Evergreen, Colorado; and Forrest James Robinson, Jr. (Jennifer) of Wichita, Kansas, and grandchildren: Jesse Comley; Mikael Ullbarri; Reanna Ullbarri; Derek Norrick; Marisa Szemborski; and Forrest J. Robinson, III. Forrest was born in Winfield, Kansas to William J. Robinson and Gladys S. Robinson. His siblings: Martha Spence; Shelden Robinson; Frances Hays; and Doris Blackstock preceded him in death. He attended Southwestern College until he joined the service during World War II. He was deployed to the European Theater with the 104th Infantry Division. The liberation of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp near Nordhausen, Germany left a profound mark on his life. After the war he completed his college education at Oklahoma State University. After a successful career in business, he was called to full-time ministry. He graduated from Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey and served United Methodist Churches in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Wichita, Kansas, Derby, Kansas, Winfield, Kansas and Johnson, Kansas. In the 1060s and 1970s he was involved in the civil rights movement. In 1974, while serving the First United Methodist Church in Wichita and in the aftermath of Watergate, he felt compelled to bring a voice of integrity to politics. He ran for the Republican Party nomination for Governor. Subsequently, he served as Kansas first Secretary of the Department of Aging and the Kansas representative to the Ozarks Regional Commission developing industrial parks across the state. Later, he worked as a fund raiser for Southwestern College and even served as its interim president. He resumed a full time ministry and then served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation. Forrest was involved in many community and social activities. Among those, he was one of the founders of the Winfield Habitat for Humanity. Later in life Forrest bore witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust. He gave 111 presentations to various groups from North Carolina to California. The last such presentation to a group of more than 400 high school students occurred the day before his stroke. Forrests service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, 1000 Millington Street, Winfield, Kansas. There will be a private committal at Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with the Winfield First United Methodist Church, Southwestern College, and Winfield Habitat for Humanity. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H., 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS 67156 is in charge of services.


Ruth Marilyn Thurman

Ruth Marilyn Thurman, the daughter of Frederick John and Mildred Laura (Steinkamp) Steinmeyer, was born September 3, 1926, in Topeka, KS. Ruth died Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Wood Manor Nursing Home at the age of 85. Ruth married Clyde Anderson Thurman, and they made their home in Rogers County in 1975. Ruth worked for the American Cancer Society as the head bookkeeper before moving to Oklahoma. In Claremore, she was a member of Reedemer Lutheran Church, Roger's County Extension Homemakers, and Women's Firefighter's Auxiliary. She enjoyed making dolls and belly dancing in her younger years. She took D.J. and computer classes at the Community College. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Lucille Casebier, and a great-granddaughter. She is survived by her children: Susan Anderson (Gene) of Eudora, KS; Kent Frederick (Linda) of Topeka, KS; Michael Frederick of Tulsa, OK; Kevin Frederick (Leigh) of Claremore, OK; and Sara Dowty (Steve) of Claremore, OK. She is also survived by sisters Laura Pierce and Marjorie Hale of Topeka, KS. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 2448 E. 81st St., Suite 3000, Tulsa, OK 74137. Leave your memories of Ruth and view her tribute online at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com. Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory; 918-341-2487.


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Carl "Glen" Kelly

SERVICES: 1:30 P.M. - SATURDAY - MARCH 3, 2012 JONES FUNERAL HOME - BURLINGTON

VISITATION: NO FORMAL VISITATION

MEMORIALS: BURLINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH or HAND IN HAND HOSPICE

Carl “Glen” Kelly, 92, of rural LeRoy, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 29, 2012, at Life Care Center of Burlington.

He was born on July 19, 1919, north of Burlington, the son of Oliver Jackson and Fannie Alice (Skillman) Kelly. He grew up on the farm and attended No. 4 rural school. He graduated from Burlington High School in the Class of 1937, and attended college at Chanute, then took up farming with his father.

On January 9, 1944, he was married to Rosa Mary Kniss at Burlington. They moved to a farm on Big Creek, south of Burlington, and in 1945 they bought their own farm, which would be their home ever since. Starting with two mules, a wagon and an old pickup, Glen and Rosa built a productive farming operation to include raising crops, cattle and hogs, and many other kinds of livestock over the years.

Glen loved being outdoors in God’s creation. He was a self-taught astronomer, and he loved sharing that interest, as well as his vast knowledge of the trees and animals in his part of Kansas. He was an avid hunter, and loved fishing the gravel bar in Big Creek.

Glen had been a member of the Cola Hill Grange, and the Crotty Methodist Church until it closed and he transferred to the Methodist Church in Burlington.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Houser and Lydia Mae Allen.

He is survived by Rosa, his wife and partner of 68 years; his children, Janice Ashbaugh and husband Les, Carl Kelly and wife Betty, and Mary Mulryan and husband Pat; six grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Akers and Effie Lou Simmons; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M., on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, with burial following at Graceland Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation, and Mr. Kelly will lie in state at the funeral home on Friday afternoon and early evening. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Burlington United Methodist Church or Hand-in-Hand Hospice.

04 Mar 2012, Sunday

Daiana Michelle Barber

Daiana Michelle Barber, 21, died Feb. 27, 2012, at her home in Kansas City, MO. She was born July 23, 1990, to the parents of the late James Thompson and Dawn Barber-Owens. Daiana worked as a phone operator for the A.D.T. Security Company. She was a graduate of Topeka High School and had attended one year at Kansas State University. Survivors include her mother, Dawn Owens, Denver, CO. grandparents, Albert Timmy and Barbara Barber, Topeka and Georgia Ishmin, Raytown, MO. sisters, Nycole Bird, Kierra Owens, Tanaya Owens, all of Denver, CO. and Timari Barber, Topeka. Daiana will lay instate Mon. Mar. 5, from 4 - 8 P.M. Family will receive friends from 6 - 8 P.M. Services Tues, Mar. 6, at 11:00 A.M. all at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel with burial at Topeka Cemetery.


Kenneth Burns

Kenneth A. Curly Burns, 82, of Williamstown, KS, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

He was born April 19, 1929 in Independence, KS, the son of Chester A. and Thelma C. (Holmes) Burns. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Mr. Burns was an over the road truck driver for 27 years employed by Krupp Rubber.

He attended the 7th Day Adventist Church and was a member of the Golden Rule Lodge No. 90 A.F. &A.M. in Topeka.

Curly married Eleanor D. Thorp. They were divorced. He married Velma Jean Dutton Shultz on December 28, 1987 in Topeka. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Kathy Kaesewurm, Overland Park, KS; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Carol Allred, Katy, TX and Myrna Carpenter, Nevada, MO; two step-sons, Joseph Shultz of Albuquerque, NM and Jonathan Shultz of Denver, CO; four step-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sally Rice, Topeka and Alice McKenzie, Alamo, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Terry Edward Burns.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Cremation will follow the ceremony. Curly will lie in state after 3 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County EMS, 1250 Walnut St., Oskaloosa, KS 66066. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Information

Visitation:
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850

Service:
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850


Lavina Fry

Lavina M. Fry went to be in God's care on March 1, 2012. She was born Lavina Marie Shepherd on November 27, 1921. Her parents Frank E. and Gloria A. Shepherd lived in Hartford, KS. Lavina's mother died when she was only a few months old. When World War II broke out she sought employment in Herington, KS at Herington Army Airfield. She was trained as civil service aircraft mechanic at Kirtland Army Airfield in Albuquerque, NM. In Herington she worked as a Crew Chief preparing the B-24 Liberator aircraft before the planes were sent overseas. After the war ended she and Nelson Fry were married in Salina, KS on September 8, 1946. Nelson and Lavina made their home in Burlington, KS and together they raised their nephew Donald A. Fry, Jr. (DJ) for several years. They moved to Topeka, KS in 1951 where they had two children, Cynthia and Richard. They enjoyed supporting Boy Scout Troop 59, little league baseball, school events and dance recitals. Nelson died on July 16, 1976 and Lavina continued to live in Topeka. She worked in many local grocery stores as a food demonstrator handing out food samples to shoppers. Lavina also worked for Safeway Stores as a checker until her retirement. She moved to Overland Park, KS in 1995 to be close to her daughter and grandsons babysitting and chauffeuring them to and from school and activities. She enjoyed her frequent trips to California to visit son Richard, and nephew DJ and his family. Lavina's mother-in-law June Burnett (Grandma June) was also a frequent visitor in Lavina's home in Topeka. Lavina enjoyed quilts, crocheting and having coffee with the many friends that stopped by for a cup. She loved the Kansas City Royals. After moving to Overland Park she again worked as a food demonstrator in many KC area grocery stores becoming well known as the demo lady. In 2009 she moved to Vintage Park Assisted Living in Louisburg, KS. She moved to Louisburg Care Center in 2011 where she remained until her passing. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nelson, her parents; her brother Harold Shepherd and beloved nephew DJ. Survivors include her daughter Cindy Karrow and husband Karl of Louisburg; son Richard Fry and fiance Nancy Hahnel of San Juan Capistrano, CA; grandsons Taylor and Kendall Karrow of Louisburg; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Louisburg, KS.


Lillis Haverkamp

Lillis L. Haverkamp, 81, of Seneca, Kansas, died on March 2, 2012, at Crestview Manor in Seneca. He was born August 30, 1930 at Seneca, to John F. and Teresa J. Olberding Haverkamp. On January 21, 1958 he married Arlene H. Gress at Sts. Peter and Paul's Church in Seneca. Survivors are his wife of 54 years, of the home; three sons, Dennis Haverkamp of Bedford Village, New York, Tom Haverkamp and his wife Mary Beth of Seneca and Paul Haverkamp and his wife Laura of Mclouth, Kansas; two daughters, Janet Heideman and her husband Dennis of Baileyville and Bonnie Meeks of Paola, Kansas; a brother, John Haverkamp of Seneca; four sisters, Angela Devillier of St. Marys, Kansas, Cecillia Kohake of Sabetha, Luella Curti of Seneca and Henrietta Dressman of Baileyville; and 9 grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM on Monday, March 5, 2012 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM on Sunday, March 4th at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Memorials may be left in Lillis name to Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, and sent in care of the family. www.lauerfuneralhome.com.


Phyllis Hoffman

Phyllis M. (Wilkinson) Hoffman, 77, passed away, Friday, March 2, 2012 at her home. She was born December 10, 1934 in Topeka, KS.

Phyllis married Garfield L. Hoffman and they later divorced. He preceded her in death.

She worked for Alco and Brighton Place nursing home. Phyllis volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed her puzzles and genealogy.

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy (Joe) Hoffman, Sandy (Roger) Parish, Brenda (Don) Hoffman, Debbie (Darrell) Viergever, Barbara (Robert) Moreno; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Duane Wilkinson. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Schoenick.

Phyllis was cremated. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka KS 66614. Memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis name sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614


Dale Howe

Dale A. Howe, 71, of Topeka passed away Friday, March 2, 2012. A memorial service is pending at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Scott Long

Scott Long, 42, of Topeka, Comedian, Poet, Artist, Songwriter, Renaissance Man of our time, passed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. He lived a life most people don't even dare to dream. He shared his laughter and friendship with all. He touched many lives with his humor, his artistic flair, and his optimistic outlook on life. Scott defined greatness with grace and humility. His passion for the arts was boundless, and along with the love of his family, was foremost in his life. Those who knew him, loved him, and will be forever changed just by knowing him. He is survived by his proud parents, Donald and Peggy Long, sister, Susan Long and hundreds of friends and relatives. He will be deeply missed! Davidson Funeral Home in North Topeka will be hosting the visitation on Saturday, March 10th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebration of Scott's life will be Sunday, March 11th, 1 p.m. at Branded B Ranch, 785-484-2378, in Meriden, Kansas. In leiu of flowers, please make donation to the Scott Long Memorial Fund in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035, N. Kansas Ave. Topeka KS 66608. To leave a message for the family please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com.


Sandra Middleton

Sandra (Sandy) Irene Middleton, age 56, joined family and friends in heaven on March 2, 2012, after losing her battle with cancer at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. She was born on January 20, 1956, the daughter of William S. and Ida E. Windsberg Middleton in Kansas City, MO. Sandy was raised in the Garden City, MO area, and in 1974 graduated from Warsaw, MO High School. She attended Sedalia Community College. Sandy moved to Kansas and started her 30-year career with Jeffrey Energy Center in 1979, completing her Chemist Associates Degree with Westar Energy. Sandy was a Local 304 member for 34 years.

Sandy enjoyed the past 30 years as a resident of St. Marys and was a longtime member of St. Marys United Methodist Church. She recently celebrated 31 years of sobriety as a member of AA and NA. She was a member of the American Legion Riders (Jimmie Lillard Post #31) and the Patriot Guard in Rossville.

She was appreciated for her love of gardening, fireworks, and was a avid Harley cyclist. She loved horses, SCUBA diving, and anything that brought adventure into her life. Family and friends remember her for having a compassionate heart and never knowing a stranger.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Lonnie, Bruce, Brad, and Billie Middleton, her Uncle Dewey Plank, and her niece Kimberly Lynn Flippen.

She is survived by her sister Sonya Idene Middleton Cardinal, Silver Lake, her nephew CJ Fields (Martha) and their sons Cody and Logan, of Gilbert AZ, and a niece Cherise Danielle Middleton Riccomini (Vince) and their children Emma and Vince III of Emmett, two Aunts, Virginia B. Middleton Plank, Mesa AZ, and Priscilla A. Middleton Darling (Wayne), Peculiar MO, and cousins Kirby Plank (Becky), Hart MO, David Plank (Doreen), Clinton MO, and Carla Darling Teague (Michael), Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by her boyfriend Scott Hanner, St. Marys, and many beloved friends.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church, 7th & Elm. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to cancer research at the University of Kansas Hospital in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys KS 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


Aloysius Nemec

Aloysius L. Nemec, known as Ollie or Al by his family and friends, 85, of Topeka, died March 3, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital. Ollie was born on January 20, 1927 in Hanover, KS, the son of Joseph and Mary Emilia (Koehler) Nemec. He served in the United States Army from 1951, being honorably discharged in 1953.He graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. Al was employed by the State of Kansas in Business Management and Personnel from 1957, until his retirement in 1991 as the Commissioner of Mental Health and Retardation. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #534, The American Legion Post #1 and the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing and watching baseball, hunting, fishing, golf, traveling, playing cards, going to the casino, and watching various other sports. Al was an avid K-State fan. Al married Anna Taphorn on May 9, 1959 at St. Gregorys Catholic Church in Marysville, KS. She survives. Al is also survived by a son, Tony Nemec of Overland Park, KS; two daughters, Barbara Dominguez (Mark) of Topeka and Beth Grimes (Kelly) of Ft. Worth, TX; grandchildren, Cori, Kelly, Anthony, Madison, Emily and Nikki, a brother, Frank Nemec (Pat) of Tucson, AZ and former daughter-in-law, Deb Nemec. Al is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Koehler) Nemec and his brothers, Joe, John and Ed. Al will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 p.m. Al will lie in state after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Christ the King Catholic Church, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Christ the King Catholic Church, Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI) or the charity of the donors choice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences may be made at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Mary Regnier

Mary Elaine Regnier died March 3, 2012. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Beattie United Methodist Church with burial in Beattie Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Kinsley Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.


Richard Slade

Richard D. Rick Slade, 53, Harveyville, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at a Topeka Hospital. Memorial services are pending. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Rick Slade Memorial, to fund his grandchildren's education, and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.


Margaret Smith

Margaret Arleen Dedrick Smith, 92, Topeka, passed away Feb. 28, 2012. She was born July 16, 1919 at Wichita, KS to Cyril C. and Eula B. (Sowell) Dedrick. She married Herman Rea Smitty Smith on Dec. 18, 1940 at Topeka, KS.

She is survived by her son, Ronald (Helena) Meyer, of Valley Center, KS; 5 grandchildren, Rick (Tamora) Davey, Randy (Grace) Davey, Rob (Keri) Davey, Ronnie (Jeff) Meyer, Christine (Ron) Woods; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Ann Best.

She was preceded by her husband, a daughter, Margaret Davey, and one granddaughter, Carol Meyer. Dove Cremation & Funeral Service is assisting with the cremation. A private service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.DoveCremation.com.

Dove Cremation Inforamation

Service:
Private Service
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

05 Mar 2012, Monday

Eva Briggs

Eva Mae (Livingston) Briggs, 83, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Carbondale, Kansas to Lemuel L. and Ruth J. (McPhail) Livingston. She graduated from Carbondale High School. Eva married George Thomas Briggs on June 5, 1952 in Topeka. He preceded her in death in 1995. She retired from Security Benefit Life Group and was a member of Countryside United Methodist Church. Eva is survived by her children, Vicki L. Kosmala (Paul) of Topeka; Larry G. Briggs (Beth) of McPherson and Susan D. Kerr (Terry) of Topeka; her siblings, Ruth Hug of Scranton; Dean Livingston of Tucson, AZ and Jean Boggs (Robert) of Winfield, KS and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Burial will follow in the Topeka Cemetery. Eva will lie in state after 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6 where the family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Carpet Services at the Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell Gabel Funeral Home Obituary and Information

Visitation:
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Mid-Town Chapel
1321 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66604 785-354-8558

Service:
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Mid-Town Chapel
1321 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66604 785-354-8558

Interment:
Topeka Cemetery
1601 East 10th Street, Topeka, KS

Eva Mae (Livingston) Briggs, 83, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Carbondale, Kansas to Lemuel L. and Ruth J. (McPhail) Livingston.

Eva graduated from Carbondale High School. She married George Thomas Briggs on June 5, 1952 in Topeka. He preceded her in death in 1995. She retired from Security Benefit Life Group and was a member of Countryside United Methodist Church.

Eva is survived by her children, Vicki L. Kosmala (Paul) of Topeka; Larry G. Briggs (Beth) of McPherson and Susan D. Kerr (Terry) of Topeka; her siblings, Ruth Hug of Scranton; Dean Livingston of Tucson, AZ and Jean Boggs (Robert) of Winfield, KS and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Burial will follow in the Topeka Cemetery. Eva will lie in state after 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6 where the family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Carpet Services at the Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604.


Dorothy Fontron

HUTCHINSON - Dorothy R. Fontron, age 102, died March 3, 2012 at Hester Care Center at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson. She was born June 5, 1909, in Hutchinson, KS, the daughter of William Scott and Dorotha Strohmeyer Randles. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1926. Following high school, she took classes at Adele Hale Business College and worked at Central State Bank. On January 17, 1930, she married Leo W. Stockham. He died September 14, 1938. On April 10, 1946, she married John F. Fontron. He died January 25, 1982. Dorothy was a resident of Hutchinson all of her life except for eleven years when she and her husband, Judge John F. Fontron, lived in Topeka, KS, while he served as a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, Chapter BY of P.E.O., and the Reno County Historical Society. She was a supporter and active volunteer for many community organizations, including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, the Dillon Nature Center, Hutchinson Symphony, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson Art Center and the Friends of the Library. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Eugene, Ralph and Richard Randles. Survivors include one son, Leo W. Stockham of Albuquerque, NM, two daughters, Carol Murray and her husband, Max, of Hutchinson, Beth Fager and her husband, Duane, of Topeka. She has nine grandchildren, their spouses and 27 great grandchildren. A public memorial service will be held at a later date at the First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson. Private family graveside services will be held at the Fairlawn Mausoleum, Hutchinson. Friends may sign the register book at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers, both in care of Elliott Mortuary. Please visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a condolence for Dorothys family.

Elliot Mortuary Obituary

Dorothy R. Fontron, 102, died March 3, 2012, at Hester Care Center at Wesley Towers.

She was born June 5, 1909, in Hutchinson, the daughter of William Scott and Dorotha Strohmeyer Randles.

She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1926. Following high school, she took classes at Adele Hale Business College and worked at Central State Bank.

On Jan. 17, 1930, she married Leo W. Stockham. He died Sept. 14, 1938. On April 10, 1946, she married John F. Fontron. He died Jan. 25, 1982.

Dorothy was a resident of Hutchinson all of her life except for 11 years when she and her husband, Judge John F. Fontron, lived in Topeka, KS, while he served as a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, Chapter BY of P.E.O., and the Reno County Historical Society. She was a supporter and active volunteer for many community organizations, including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, the Dillon Nature Center, Hutchinson Symphony, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson Art Center and the Friends of the Library.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Eugene, Ralph and Richard Randles.

Survivors include: a son, Leo W. Stockham, Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Carol Murray and her husband, Max, Hutchinson, and Beth Fager and her husband, Duane, Topeka. She has nine grandchildren, their spouses and 27 great-grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date at the First Presbyterian Church. Private family graveside services will be held at the Fairlawn Mausoleum. Friends may sign the register book at Elliott Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers, both in care of Elliott Mortuary.


Dale Howe

Dale A. Howe, 71, of Topeka passed away Friday, March 2, 2012.

He was born the youngest son of C.B. and Ruth (Kennedy) Howe on November 6, 1940 in Manhattan, grew up in old Randolph and graduated from Randolph High School in 1958. He worked as the General Manager of Roach Hardware stores. He also worked for Bill Kobach GMC Buick and for the Topeka Capital-Journal as a newspaper carrier.

Dale married Judy Furgason on September 3, 1961 at Herington, KS. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Vonfeldt, Olathe, KS; three sons, Mark (Tonya) Howe, Milford, IN and Chris and Darren Howe, Topeka; four grandchildren, Haley and Megan Vonfeldt and Matthew and Michael Howe; two sisters, Joanne Dobson, Ramona, CA, and Nancy Harter, Claremont, CA; and two brothers, Glenn Howe, Layton, UT and David Howe, Kiln, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Virginia Lund, and three brothers, C.K., Don and Richard Howe.

Mr. Howe was cremated. A memorial ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Please join the family in honoring Dale's love of all things Riley County and K-State by wearing your favorite jeans and purple to the service.

Private interment of cremated remains will be at Prairie Home Cemetery, Topeka. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Randolph Senior Center, c/o Margie Wohler, 11201 Hilltop Road, Randolph, KS 66554 or the Arthritis Foundation , 1999 N. Amidon, Suite 105, Wichita, KS 67203. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Homes Information

Service:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850

Interment:
Prairie Home Cemetery
Topeka, Kansas


Charlene Jackson (In Memoriam)

Charlene Jackson 3-5-36 - 9-25-08 Go Charlene It's your Birthday. It's been 4 long and lonely years worth of Birthday's without you. We miss you and love you. Heaven is surely enjoying having you there on this blessed day. Happy Birthday Mom we love you. Your kids, grandkids & great grandkids.


Nancy Kenney

Nancy L. Brennan Kenney, 64, of Topeka, died March 4, 2012 at her home. A Parish prayer service will be Thursday 6:30 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Friday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church. The full obituary will appear Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Thursday, March 8, 2012 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church
3601 SW 17th Street
Topeka KS 66604

Service:
Friday, March 9, 2012 10:00 AM
Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church
3601 SW 17th Street
Topeka KS 66604

Special Services:
Prayer service Thursday at 6:30


Donald Martindale

Donald Wayne Martindale, 77, left this earth to go fishing in Heaven. He passed away March 2, 2012, with his family at his side. Donald was born March 12, 1934, in Union, MO, the son of John and Lois Martindale. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954. He worked for BRB Contractors, Inc., for 35 years until his retirement in 1997.

In 1957, Donald married Linda V. Gilbreath. She survives. Other survivors include daughter, Donna Martindale-Otte; sons, David (Barbara) Martindale, and Dean (Tammy) Martindale; grandsons, John Martindale and Dustin Hamilton; and great-granddaughter, Aleena Jade Martindale, whom he adored.

At Donald's request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Cr., Topeka, KS 66606 or Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Rd., Topeka, KS 66617. Dove Cremation & Funeral Service is assisting the family.


Arthur McCarter

Arthur W. Bill McCarter, 79, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, March 03, 2012. He was born January 1, 1933, in Rossville, KS, the son of Arthur Marshall and Monica (Hurla) McCarter. He was a graduate of Topeka High School. Mr. McCarter was employed by the City of Topeka for 59 years, retiring in 2010. He served in the Army National Guard in Topeka for 43 years until retiring in 1993. He was a member of Topeka Jayhawk Club and served as a volunteer usher at the University of Kansas Athletics. He was a Boy Scout Leader, Little League Baseball and Basketball Coach and had served as PTA President for State Street Elementary. Bill married Shirley Creech on May 3, 1953, in Topeka. She preceded him in death on October 7, 2003. Survivors include his children, Linda Baxley, Eugene, OR, Carolyn (Jerry) McCart, Terry (Brenda) McCarter, Brett (Lisa) McCarter, all of Topeka; four grandchildren, Jason Evendorf, Morgan Unrein, Tara Prockish and Janelle Evendorf; 7 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Joe, Jim, Jerry, Mike and Charlie McCarter, and two sisters, Dolores Sis Weekley and Anna Mae Lucas. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen McCarter, and a sister, Mary Dewey. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, KS 66608. Interment with National Guard Honors will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Topeka. Mr. McCarter will lie in state after 3 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 1427, Topeka, KS 66601, American Cancer Society , 1315 SW Arrowhead Rd., Topeka, KS 66604 or American Diabetes Association , 837 S. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Erich Naethe

Erich William Naethe, 84, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012.

Honoring his request, Mr. Naethe was cremated. A memorial ceremony will be at 10 am Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, KS 66608. To view a full obituary and to leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Obituary and Information

Service:
Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850

Interment:
Private family inurnment will be at Rochester Cemetery
Topeka, Kansas

Erich William Naethe, 84, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012.

He was born May 22, 1927, in Kalispell, Montana, the son of Erich Rudolph Max and Mae Curtis Naethe. He graduated with a BA in General Studies degree from Washington State University in 1953.

He served in the United States Army during World War II.

He had a life long association with The Boy Scouts of America. He was a professional Boy Scout executive until 1974 and attended the National and World Scout Jamborees in 1969 and 1970. While working for the Boy Scouts, he lived in Alaska, Idaho, Washington, and Topeka Kansas. He later worked for American United Life Insurance Company in Topeka, until his retirement in 2001.

He was active in the White Lakes Optimist Club from 1976 until his death and served in many capacities on the club and state level, including serving as president 4 times. He served as chairman of the arts and crafts section of both Railroad Days and the Spirit of Kansas. He was a member of the Cider Days committee for the American Lung Association. He remained active in Boy Scout activities throughout his life. He served as president of the board for Rochester Cemetery. He was a longtime volunteer with the Stormont Vail Auxiliary.

He married Marian Lesan in 1948. They were later divorced. He married Wilma Carver on August 6, 1971. She survives, of the home. Besides his wife, Erich is survived by his sister Martha Arthur, Sunriver, OR, his children Claudia Kersey of Topeka, Kathryn Schartz of Lawrence, KS, Connie Gent, Burlington, WA, Nancy Baker (Richard) of Manhattan, KS, Kendall Naethe (Gail), of Everett, WA, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mae Naethe-Tverdal and Erich Naethe, his sister, Grace Naethe, a daughter, Caroline Gibson-Sullivan, and a grandson, Toby Gibson.

Erich loved working with children. For many years, with the Optimist club, he drove a train at fundraising events. He was known fondly as Grumpa by his grandchildren, and Great Grumpy by his great grandchildren.

Honoring his request, Mr. Naethe was cremated. A memorial ceremony will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Private interment of his cremated remains will be at Rochester Cemetery, Topeka at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the White Lakes Optimist Club or to the Stormont-Vail Auxiliary.


Robert Scully

Robert Lee Scully, 85, of Perry, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012. He was born January 22, 1927 in Wamego, KS, the son of Leo and Marie Scully. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.

Mr. Scully was employed as a route salesman for Guys Foods and later for Borden, retiring in 1989.

He was an avid golfer and bowler, bowling in leagues in Topeka. In his younger days he raced at Happy Hollow Speedway and other dirt tracks. Robert married Josephine Ann Torneden on December 31, 1953 in Topeka. She preceded him in death on October 3, 2003. He was also preceded in death by a son, Rodney Scully, four brothers, and a sister. Survivors include a daughter, Roxanne (Thomas) Anderson, Pawnee Rock, KS; a son, Roscoe (Tina) Scully, Perry, KS; five grandsons; a brother, James Scully, Blue Springs, MO.

Mr. Scully was cremated. Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m., followed by a memorial ceremony at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, 3715 SW 29th St. #100, Topeka, KS 66614. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell Gabel Funeral Home Information

Visitation:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850

Service:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850


Richard Slade

Richard D. Rick Slade, 53, Harveyville, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the Harveyville Tornado. Rick was born to Bill and Marilyn Slade on September 17, 1958 in Emporia, KS at St. Mary's Hospital. He graduated from Mission Valley High School in 1976. Rick married Diane Tucker, June 23, 1978 in Burlingame, KS. Rick was a lifelong resident of Harveyville. He was a dedicated employee of the Kansas Turnpike Authority for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending weekends with his tractor pulling family. Rick is survived by his parents, Bill and Marilyn Slade, Harveyville, KS; his wife, Diane Slade, Harveyville, KS; one sister, Dena (Jim) Strohm, Burlingame, KS; two sons, Brent (Nichole) Slade, Harveyville, KS; Matthew (Merissa) Slade, of Allen, KS; and four grandchildren, Emma, Wyatt, Carson and Hayden, who were his pride and joy. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Mission Valley High School. Rick was cremated. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Out of his love and dedication to his grandchildren an Educational Memorial Fund has been set up. Contributions may be Made to the Rick Slade Memorial and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

06 Mar 2012, Tuesday

Kathleen Bircher

Kathleen Marie Kathy Bircher, 51, of Topeka, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012. She was born June 3, 1960 in Klamath Falls, OR, the daughter of Jack Dale and Irene (Szolnoki) Hock. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7th at Dove Cremation & Funeral Service in Topeka. The family will have a visitation one hour prior to the service. To view the full obituary or to leave a message for the family online, please visit www.DoveCremation.com.

Dove Crematory Obituary and Information

Visitation:
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

Service:
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service
4020 SW Sixth Street
Topeka, KS 66606 785-272-8844

Kathleen Marie Bircher, 51, of Topeka, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012. She was born June 3, 1960 in Klamath Falls, OR, the daughter of Jack Dale and Irene (Szolnoki) Hock.

Growing up in a military family, Kathy lived in many different towns before her family settled in Topeka when she was 9. She graduated from Topeka West High School in 1978. In 1999, she graduated from Washburn University with a degree in early childhood education. She taught at various daycare facilities around Topeka, and most recently worked as a customer service agent at a local call center.

Kathy’s smile and kind attitude touched many lives, even when she was hurting. She always had a smile on her face and a hug to make your sadness go away. She loved attending her kid’s activities, reading, sewing, and playing with her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, “Gizmo”.

Kathy married Richard Bircher, Sr. on March 26, 1982 at the rose garden in Gage Park. He survives. She is also survived by a son, Ricky; daughter, Bethany; brother, Jeff; mother, Irene; 2 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, 4 nieces, 1 nephew and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father and infant son, Christopher.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7th at Dove Cremation & Funeral Service, 4020 SW 6th Ave. Topeka, KS 66606. The family will have a visitation one hour prior to the service.


William Caldwell

William Bill Merrell Caldwell, 80, of Topeka, passed away March 3, 2012, at Midland Hospice Care. Bill was born September 5, 1931, in Alden, Kansas, to Fred C. and Mable Merrell Caldwell. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Viola; daughter, Vicki Fisher (Carl); son, William D. (Holly); sister, Phyllis Rainbolt; brother, Bob (Reola); four grandchildren, Lisa Eddis (Craig), Julie Venables (Brent), Josh Caldwell (Jolene), Sarah McLaughlin (Jason); and nine great grandchildren.

Bill worked 41 years for AT&SF. When he retired in 1989, his family members had invested 211 years with Santa Fe. He joined Santa Fe in 1948 as an apprentice telegrapher. After holding the position of agent telegrapher at Johnson, Manter and Sterling, Kansas, he was named Supervisory Agent in Hutchinson and eight years later in Denver, Colorado. While in Denver, he was advanced to Assistant Trainmaster Agent at Big Lift, Colorado. His final position before retiring was Station Supervisor, Eastern Lines headquartered in Topeka. During the four years in Sterling, Kansas, he was active in community affairs, serving on the City Commission, Chamber of Commerce, and as Mayor. He spoke often of Sterling and of the highlights in those four years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

A private family inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, Kansas 66606. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Midland Care Hospice Services, especially Mollie Kearney. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.DoveCremation.com.


Edward Carpenter

Edward Earl Carpenter, age 77, of Topeka, passed away peacefully at Blue River Rehab Center in Kansas City, MO on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Edward was born October 5, 1934 in Monet, Arkansas the son of Howard Carpenter and Lula Eaton Carpenter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Minnie, Willie, Mary Rose, Carolyn, his first wife, and longtime friend Lorraine Hawkins, a daughter, Lena Carpenter, a stepson, Robert Smith and a great grandson, Michael Shughart III. Edward is survived by his children, Robert Carpenter and wife, Annette of Hinesville, Georgia, Patricia Daniels of Kansas City, MO, Brenda Carpenter of Kansas City, MO, Donna Tubbs and husband Stephen of Southaven, Mississippi, Janet Aviles and husband John of Kansas City, MO, Alice Shughart of Holton, KS, Troy Carpenter and wife Angie of Topeka, Edwin Smith and wife Jesusiga of Snyder, Texas; one brother, Durl Carpenter, 5 sisters, Millie Spore of Ruby, Michigan, Edith Ismael of Oklahoma City, OK, Ruth Matney of Dexter, MO, Vicki Carpenter of Arlington, TX and Melba Cantrel of Dexter, MO, 25 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was a longtime member of the Lighthouse On The Rock Church in Topeka. He has left a great impact on the life of us all as a beloved son, husband, father and friend.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home. He will lie in state Thursday from noon - 8:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home with visitation from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Rochester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse on the Rock Church and left in care of the Davidson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at davidsonfuneral.com.

Davidson Funeral Home Information

Visitation: Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Friday, Mar. 9, 2012 1:00 pm
Cemetery: Rochester Cemetery


Marilyn Goodman

Marilyn M. Goodman, age 72 of Topeka, passed away, March 2, 2012.

She was born on July 8, 1939 in Topeka, Kansas to Roy and Clara McGinnis. She was an active member of Capitol Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary.

She married Wendell Lee Goodman in 1977. He survives. Other survivors include her daughter; Misty (Roger) Krull, a son, Shan Lee Kearney, a sister, Maxine Welch, two grandchildren, Ashley Krull, Taylor Kearney and two step-grandchildren, Jessica and Dustin Gale. She was preceded in death by a son Marty Lee Kearney in 1965 and her brother Charley McGinnis.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel. A graveside service will be held 10:00 am Thursday, March 8, 2012 in West Lawn Memorial Gardens. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabel.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Information

Visitation:
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Southeast Chapel
2843 SE Minnesota
Topeka, KS 66605 785-266-6700

Interment:
Graveside Services Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM
West Lawn Cemetery
Topeka, Kansas


Mary Moylan

Mary L. Moylan, 75, of Council Grove, Kansas, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012, at her residence.

She was born January 12, 1937 in Emmett, Kansas the daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth Tholl.

Mary graduated from Rossville High School in 1955. She was employed by the City of Council Grove for many years and retired April 1, 2000.

Mary was united in marriage to Jerry Moylan on April 12, 1958 at Rossville, Kansas.

Mary was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She enjoyed Nascar and listening to George Strait. She enjoyed a good game of pitch and spending time with friends and family. Mary is survived by two sons, Dan Moylan and his wife Penny of Topeka, KS; Jay Moylan and his wife Holly of Brisbane, Australia and two daughters, Debra Moylan of Denver, CO; Colleen Moylan and her husband Todd Madison of Denver, Co. She is survived by one sister, Betty Marney of Rossville, KS. and six grandchildren, Samuel, MacKenzie, Jeremiah, Grace, Nicholas and Jack. She is also survived by two very close friends Gerald and Shirley Smith of Council Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Council Grove with Fr. Theodore Khin officiating. A graveside service will be conducted the same afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Marys, KS with Fr. Bruce Ansems officiating. A visitation will be held 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Penwell-Gabel Flint Hills Chapel with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Care and Share 222 1/2 Main Street Council Grove, KS. 66846.

**To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelCouncilGrove.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Homes Information

Visitation:
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Vigil Service @ 7:30 P.M.
Penwell-Gabel - Council Grove Chapel
137 N Union Street
Council Grove, KS 66846 620-767-7877

Service:
Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Council Grove, Kansas

Interment:
Mt. Calvery Cemetery
St. Marys, Kansas


Clifford Myers

Clifford Joe Edwin Myers, 69, of Emporia, was born on December 6, 1942 in Neosho, Missouri to Clifford and Ruby Schaub Myers. He died on Sunday, March 4, 2012 of leukemia.

Growing up, Joe enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved to dance, to travel and to be with his grandchildren. Special memories for Joe were cross country track meets, dance recitals, jokes played on him by his grandson, playing Santa in the Early Childhood classes at Fort Leavenworth and a very special fishing trip with his son. His wife and children were a constant source of joy and support.

He graduated from College High School in 1960 and Pittsburg State University in 1964 and cherished lifelong friendships with former classmates. In the mid 1960's, Joe became a member of Masonic Lodge 187 of Pittsburg, the Scottish Rite of Fort Scott and the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg. He worked for Social and Rehabilitation Services from 1964 to 1999.

Joe is survived by his wife, Billie, his high school sweetheart; daughter, Paula of Leavenworth, sons Brian (Carrie) of Louisburg and Jim (Lisa) of Madison, WI; grandchildren Tanner, Teagan and Trey of Louisburg and Jacob, Jane, and Will of Madison. Other survivors include his mother, Ruby Myers of Pittsburg, his mother-in-law Louise Clarkson of Independence, sister, Uealene Pingree, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Terry and Mike Johnson; three nieces, Kim Martin (Jason) of Cherryvale, Pam Clemensen (Jason) of Pittsburg and Beth Fiore (Scott) of Boston, one nephew, Todd Johnson of McCune, three great-nieces and four great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Myers, sister, Rita Mae Myers, father-in-law, Bill Clarkson and brother-in-law Gary Pingree.

Joe cared deeply for the 6 North staff at Stormont Vail and the staff of the Cotton-ONeil Cancer Center of Topeka, whose care and compassion made the past year easier for Joe and his family. Dr. C was his hero. He donated his body to the KU Medical Center.

The family requests no flowers. Contributions may be made to the Cotton-ONeil Cancer Center of Topeka or the Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory of Louisburg and can be mailed to the Lyon County State Bank, P.O. Box 488, Emporia KS 66801. A private service will be held at a later date. Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting the family. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Erich Naethe

Erich William Naethe, 84, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012. He was born May 22, 1927, in Kalispell, Montana, the son of Erich Rudolph Max and Mae Curtis Naethe. He graduated with a BA in General Studies degree from Washington State University in 1953. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He had a life long association with The Boy Scouts of America. He was a professional Boy Scout executive until 1974 and attended the National and World Scout Jamborees in 1969 and 1970. He was an Eagle Scout. While working for the Boy Scouts, he lived in Alaska, Idaho, Washington, and Topeka Kansas. He later worked for American United Life Insurance Company in Topeka, until his retirement in 2001. He was active in the White Lakes Optimist Club from 1976 until his death and served in many capacities on the club and state level, including serving as president 4 times. He served as chairman of the arts and crafts section of both Railroad Days and the Spirit of Kansas. He was a member of the Cider Days committee for the American Lung Association. He remained active in Boy Scout activities throughout his life. He served as president of the board for Rochester Cemetery. He was a longtime volunteer with the Stormont Vail Auxiliary. He married Marian Lesan in 1948. They were later divorced. He married Wilma Carver on August 6, 1971. She survives, of the home. Besides his wife, Erich is survived by his sister Martha Arthur, Sunriver, OR, his children Claudia Kersey of Topeka, Kathryn Schartz of Lawrence, KS, Connie Gent, Burlington, WA, Nancy Baker (Richard) of Manhattan, KS, Kendall Naethe (Gail), of Everett, WA, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Grace Naethe, a daughter, Caroline Gibson-Sullivan, and a grandson, Toby Gibson. Erich loved working with children. For many years, with the Optimist club, he drove their train at fundraising events. He was known fondly as Grumpa by his grandchildren, and Great Grumpy by his great grandchildren. Mr. Naethe was cremated. A memorial ceremony will be Thursday, March 8 at 10:00 am at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS 66608. Private interment of his cremated remains will be at Rochester Cemetery, Topeka at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the White Lakes Optimist Club or to the Stormont-Vail Foundation. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Barbara Osterhaus

SENECA: Barbara M. Haug Osterhaus, 81, of Seneca died on March 3, 2012. She was born on July 23, 1930 to Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. On June 27, 1955 she married Gilbert Osterhaus at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. Gilbert preceded her in death just eleven days prior, on February 21, 2012. Survivors are six sons, Tom Osterhaus of Seneca, Ben Osterhaus of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Dave Osterhaus of Houston, Texas, Dean Osterhaus of Wetmore, Brian Osterhaus and Cory Osterhaus both of Seneca; two daughters, Marlene Ferguson of Hutchison, Kansas and Gail Lintner of Cameron, Missouri; nine sisters, Sister Dominic Haug of Manhattan, Kansas, Sister Connie Haug of Great Bend, Dora Cross of Centralia, Gerriann Henry of Kansas City, Missouri, Jeanne Heiman of Wichita, Sue Haug of Seneca, Mary Haug of Hiawatha, Regina (Danni) Aldrine of Topeka and Cathie Wynkoop of Topeka; two brothers, Larry Haug and Mike Haug, both of Seneca; and 14 grandchildren. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM on Wednesday, March 7th, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM Thursday, March 8th at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. Memorials are for Sts. Peter & Paul and Crestview Manor. www.lauerfuneralhome.com.

Lauer Funeral Home Obituary

Barbara M. "Bobbie" Osterhaus, 81, of Seneca, KS, died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Crestview Manor care home.

She was born in Seneca on July 23, 1930, the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. Bobbie attended Sts. Peter & Paul schools, graduating from high school in 1948. She then went to work for Nemaha County Co-op in Seneca. For a short time she babysat prior to being employed at Nemaha Valley Hospital as a cook in the dietary department.

On June 27, 1955 she married Gilbert B. Osterhaus at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. The couple made their home in Seneca where they raised eight children and celebrated 56 years of marriage. Gilbert preceded her in death just eleven days prior, on February 21, 2012.

Bobbie loved to read, create ceramics, play cards, do word puzzles and play scrabble. She enjoyed raising a garden and canning the fruits of her labor for her family.

She is survived by her six sons, Tom Osterhaus of Seneca, Ben Osterhaus of Rio Rancho, NM, Dave Osterhaus of Houston, TX, Dean Osterhaus of Wetmore, Brian Osterhaus and Cory Osterhaus, both of Seneca; two daughters, Marlene Ferguson of Hutchison and Gail Lintner of Cameron, MO; nine sisters, Sister Dominic Haug of Manhattan, KS, Sister Connie Haug of Great Bend, Dora Cross of Centralia, Gerriann Henry of Kansas City, MO, Jeanne Heiman of Wichita, Sue Haug of Seneca, Mary Haug of Hiawatha, Regina (Danni) Aldrine of Topeka and Cathie Wynkoop of Topeka; two brothers, Larry Haug and Mike Haug, both of Seneca; and 14 grandchildren.

Besides her husband Gilbert, she was preceded in death by her father, Omer E. on March 21, 1991; her mother, Lucille M. on September 13, 2006; her brothers, Omer “Cotton” on February 16, 2007 and Ronald “George” Haug on April 29, 2011; and an infant sister Theresa.

Rosaries wil be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Wednesday, March 7, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 AM Thursday, March 8, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Bobbie’s memory for Sts. Peter & Paul or Crestview Manor.


Beatrice Patterson (In Memoriam)

Beatrice Patterson 01-29-56 - 3-6-09 It's been three years since we were left with memories of you in our hearts, minds and souls. Words can't express how we feel today or any other day for that matter, all we know we're simply missing you, Momma, All of us.


Lois Tillinghast

Lois Fern (Shellenberger) Tillinghast was born January 27, 1923, at Bushong, Kansas, and died Friday, March 2, 2012. She was the daughter of Charles Fred and Flossie (Linekar) Shellenberger. A celebration of life for Lois will be held Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith United Presbyterian Church in Clifton. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday, March 7 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Kansas State University. Online condolences may be made at www.nsrfh.com.

Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home Obituary

Lois Fern (Shellenberger) Tillinghast was born January 27, 1923, at Bushong, Kansas, and died Friday, March 2, 2012. She was the daughter of Charles Fred and Flossie (Linekar) Shellenberger. She had one sister, Una Maude, and one brother, Glenn Edward. She graduated from Bushong High School in 1940 and from Emporia State in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. She did graduate work at Kansas State University, Kansas University, Fort Hays, and Western State College at Gunnison, Colorado. She taught school in Harveyville and Clifton/Clyde. She retired in 1985 after teaching for 22 years. She married Henry Scott Tillinghast in 1947. They had four sons, Henry Jr., Herbert, John, and Karl. Lois was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian church, Presbyterian Women, American Legion Auxiliary, a former member of the Ladies of the Moose, The Concordia Star Lighters Dance Club, and Eastern Star. She was a quilter, an artist and loved to read. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Henry, parents, sister and brother. She is survived by her four sons and their families: Henry Jr. and Phyllis and their children Jennifer and Robert Johnson; and Renata and Keven Fears, all of Ottawa, KS. Herbert and Linda of Kansas City, Missouri, and their son Andrew and Jennifer of Macungie, Pennsylvania. John and Debra of Clifton, and their children Heather and Brad Oentrich of Abilene, and Zachary of Ogden, Utah, and Ian and Abbie of Billings, Montana. Karl and Sue and children Matt and Jill, and Kyle and Lindsay all of Lincoln, Nebraska. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren; Oliver Tillinghast, Shelby, & Brytin Fears; Larson and Shayden Johnson; Blake and Sean Tillinghast; Ava, Grady, and Eliot Oentrich; Amelia Tillinghast; Owen and Edward Tillinghast; and special friend Arnold Lohmeyer.

A celebration of life for Lois will be held Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith United Presbyterian Church in Clifton.

Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday, March 7 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at KSU and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

07 Mar 2012, Wednesday

William Anderson

William Edward Bill Anderson, 80, of Topeka, died March 6, 2012 at Midland Hospice House.

He was born in Emmett, Kansas on April 24, 1931 the son of Dick and Lucy (Peery) Anderson.

Bill was a graduate of Emmett High School and attended Kansas State University. He moved to Topeka in 1951. Bill worked for the Topeka Capitol-Journal, Coffee USA, Laird Noller Ford and for Bryan, Lykins and Hejtmanek Law Firm before retiring.

He married Barbara A. Briscoe in Blue Springs, Mo. on January 10, 1976. She survives of the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Donna Anderson of Topeka, two sons, Bradley Anderson of Lenexa, Ks., and David Anderson of Topeka, two step children, Laura Hayden of Rose Hill, Ks., and Paul Briscoe of San Jose, Ca., 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, a sister, Jessie Lytle of Rossville and a brother, John B. Anderson of Renton, Wa. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pauline.

Bill was a member of the Church of God a Worldwide Association where he served as a deacon.

He was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory in lieu of flowers to Midland Care Hospice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6h Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.

Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.

Brennan Mathena Funeral Home Information

Visitation: On Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home 800 SW 6th Ave Topeka KS 66603. The family will greet friends following the service.

Service:
1:00 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home 800 SW 6th Ave Topeka KS 66603


Kenneth Burgett

Kenneth Ray Burgett, 60, Topeka, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012.

Ray was born in Topeka, the son of Kenneth and Betty Burgett. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1969. On May 29, 1976, Ray and Andrea Miller were married and enjoyed over 35 years together. Ray retired after 38 years of service as a livestock inspector for the State of Kansas Animal Health Dept.

Survivors include his wife, Andrea; his children, Caleb Burgett and Erica Burgett; granddaughter, Aidan; brother, Michael Burgett (Brenda); and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

There will be a prayer service at 6 p.m. Friday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614, followed by visitation until 8 p.m.

Rather than sending flowers, the family requests contributions in Rays memory be sent in care of the funeral home to be designated to Kansas wildlife and hunters safety organizations to be determined at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Information

Visitation:
Friday, March 9, 2012 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614

Service:
Friday, March 9, 2012 6:00 PM
Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home
2801 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66614

Special Services:
There will be a prayer service at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by visitation until 8 p.m.


JoAnna R Davidson

JoAnna R. Davidson, 78, Topeka, passed away at home on Mon., March 5, 2012, after a 14 month battle with cancer. JoAnna was born in Topeka, on Sept. 20, 1933, the daughter of Erivin and Mamie (Gardner) Mack (deceased). She attended Topeka High School. On May 7, 1953, she married Joseph A. Davidson in Holton. JoAnna was a homemaker. They were married 57 years when Joe preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 2011. Also preceding her in death were her daughter, Susan Dianne Davidson, on Feb. 11, 2011; a sister Irene Starkey; and three brothers: James, Alvin, and Robert Mack. Survivors include her daughter: Anna M. Enneking of Topeka; nieces: Kathy Hanson and Mary Irving (Don); and nephew: Tom Starkey (Sammie). JoAnna will lie in state from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, Thurs., March 8, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka. Private interment in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cotton-ONeil Cancer Center, 1418 SW Eighth, Topeka, KS 66606 or Helping Hands Humane Shelter, 2625 NW Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Information

Visitation:
Thursday, March 08, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850

Service:
Private Service
Penwell-Gabel - Parker-Price Chapel
245 NW Independence
Topeka, KS 66608 785-234-5850


John Davies

John J. Davies, veteran, accountant, entrepreneur, husband, father, grandfather and sportsman left this world on March 4, 2012. He was born on May 30, 1924 in Atchison County, Kansas to John and Edna (Higley) Davies. He graduated from Effingham High School and entered the Army, serving with the 10th Armored Division in Europe where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and across Europe. He was awarded the Bonze Star, Distinguished Unit Ribbon and three campaign stars. Mr. Davies attended the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas. He was an accountant and consultant for numerous Topeka area businesses. He and Ruth, his wife of 62 years, opened the first Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Store on East 29th street in 1964. They owned and operated that store and the Baskin Robbins on West 21st street until his retirement in 1988. John enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards, owning racehorses, being involved with his children's sports and teasing his granddaughters. . He is survived by Ruth, their children, Roger (Pam) Kluska, Marilyn (David) Parks, Mike (Debra) Davies, David (Janice) Davies, Craig Davies, special friends Joann Buchanan, Robbie Strahm, Traci Miller, 16 Grandchildren, 11 Great-grandchildren and his sister, Marie McGhay of Enid Oklahoma. His sister, Helen, predeceased him as did his great grandson, Jacob. He truly exemplified our nation's greatest generation; not only in his contributions on the battlefield, but more so in the example he set and the work ethic he instilled in his children and the hundreds of Baskin Robbins employees who went on to enjoy successful careers in many endeavors. He was loved by many and respected by all. Services will be held at Lowman United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10th . An interment ceremony will be held for family and friends at Mt. Hope Cemetery immediately following the services. The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, that contribution be made to the John Davies Memoriam c/o Lowman United Methodist Church 4000 Drury Lane, Topeka Kansas 66604.


Grace Elliott

Grace Winifred Coleman Elliott, 94, died Sun. March 4, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visitation will be held on Fri., March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 820 Liberty, Oskaloosa, KS. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat. March 10, 2012 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, 308 Delaware Street, Winchester, KS, with burial in the church cemetery. Winifred was born on September 19, 1917 in Zanesville, Ohio, the daughter William C. Coleman and Greeta Morton Coleman. She was a graduate of Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh and Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. She married D. Howard Elliott on August 30,1940 in Pittsburg. They were married for 60 years before his death in 2001. She helped him as a pastors wife at Reformed Presbyterian churches in Winchester, KS, Beaver Falls, PA, and Topeka, KS. She also taught elementary school in Pittsburgh, PA and Topeka, KS. She retired as a reading specialist from the Washburn Rural School District in 1977. Winifred is survived by her daughters Nancy Walton (Frank) of Topeka, KS, Kathryn Stegall (Ron) of Perry, KS and Meg Garber (Steve) of Burke, VA. She leaves 18 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant daughter Elizabeth and a daughter Esther Martin in 1995. Winifred had been living at the Reformed Presbyterian Home in Pittsburgh, PA since 2001. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Reformed Presbyterian Home, 2344 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214 or to the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.chapeloaksne.com. (Arrangements: Chapel Oaks Oskaloosa Funeral Chapel)


Jack Huckabay

Jack Huck Huckabay, 83, Meriden, died Monday, March 5, 2012 at his home. He was born April 9, 1928 at Horton, the son of J.P. Slick and Irene L. Musgrove Huckabay. He was a 1946 graduate of Horton High School and attended Baker University two years and Emporia State University two years. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, serving from 1946 to 1948. He owned and operated the Huckabay Insurance Agency in Meriden and Ozawkie 49 years, retiring in the fall of 2011. He was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Meriden, Knights of Columbus Council # 7426, Perry American Legion Post # 142, Moose Lodge in Topeka and the Alvamar Golf and Country Club in Lawrence. He was married to Marilyn R. Mathewson on April 16, 1955 at Seneca and Marilyn survives at home. Survivors include two sons, Jay (Cindy) Huckabay, Lees Summit, MO., Jeff Huckabay, Topeka, two daughters, Jan (Chris) Wells, Meriden, Joleen (Greg) Nocktonick, Argyle, TX., 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday at St. Aloysius Church, Meriden. Cremation will follow services. Inurnment will be at later date at the Horton City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Friday at St. Aloysius Church. A Parish Rosary recitation will be at 7:30 PM.. The family will also receive friends and relatives from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, Saturday prior to the Mass at the Church. Memorials may be made to Gods Storehouse in Meriden, or to Jefferson Friends of Hospice or to St. Aloysius Church in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS. 66066. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.


Nancy Kenney

Nancy Louise Kenney, 64, Topeka, passed Sunday, March 4, 2012 at her home in the loving arms of her husband, Denis. Nancy was born May 12, 1947 in Topeka, the daughter of David P. Brennan, Sr. and Mary E. Hefner Brennan. She was a 1965 graduate of Hayden High School. On August 6, 1971, Nancy and Denis M. Kenney were united in marriage and spent over 40 wonderful years together. Nancy was passionately involved in her childrens lives, the church, and was a spectacular cook; the ultimate entertainer and hostess. She was a long time parishioner of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and most recently helped coordinate funeral dinners at the church. Nancy was the matriarch of the Brennan Family, loved every family member completely, unconditionally and always made everyone feel as though they were her favorite. Nancy is our favorite and her legacy will always be embraced and never forgotten. Left to cherish Nancys memory are her husband, Denis M. Kenney; their children, Erin Aileen Lewis and her husband, Mark, Bentonville AR, David Joseph Kenney, Topeka, Tara Cathleen Ammeen and her husband, Charles, Leawood KS, Denis Martin Kenney II, Topeka and Brandon Edward Kenney, Dallas TX; six grandchildren, Brennan, Noah, and Clara Lewis, and Bridget, Margaret and Cecelia Ammeen; seven brothers and sisters, Pat Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Mary Beth Brennan, Kent Brennan, David Brennan, Jr., Greg Brennan and Kathy Whalen; and 41 nieces and nephews. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Bridget Denise Kenney in 1994. A parish prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church followed by visitation at the church until 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Church. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of sending flowers, the Kenney family has requested that contributions be made to the Most Pure Heart-Bridget Kenney Youth Fund for student scholarships, sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd, Topeka, KS 66614. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.


Clara Kroeger

Clara Nadine was born on April 3, 1924 in Hays, KS to Pete and Minnie (Tilton) Burbach. She left this Earth on February 29, 2012 at the TLMH Long Term Care, in WaKeeney, KS. She attended grade school at the Trego County Public School and graduated high school in 1041 from Collyer Public School. She attended Fort Hays Kansas State College. She married Alfred Louis Claycamp on October 19, 1942 in WaKeeney, KS. He passed away on July 14, 1962. She married Lawrence Eugene Kroeger on May 1, 1964 in WaKeeney, KS. He passed away May 19, 1991. She leaves behind seven children, 26 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren, and one brother, Warren Burbach. Children: Patricia and Gerald Schremmer, Terry and Linda Claycamp, Randy and Renee Claycamp, Lonny and Rebecca Claycamp, Jackie and Randy Jordan, Doug and Ginny Kroeger, Gary and Nicole Kroeger Nadine was employed by the Trego Lemke Memorial Hospital from 1962 and retired in 1988. Other employment responsibilities were Trego County Deputy Assessor, Owner/operator of Claycamp Oil Company, Trego County Health Department family coordinator. While on this Earth, Nadine was eager to help others without looking to receive recognition for herself. She was involved with multiple organizations and served numerous volunteer hours for them including: Central Precinct Democratic Committee Chairwoman and treasurer, Miriam Rebekah Lodge #165 (in which she served in each role), instrumental in the start of Girl Scouts in WaKeeney, Kansas, WaKeeney Tourist Club, Federation of Women's Club-State Fundraising Chairman and later the 6th District President, Epsilon Sigma Philanthropic Sorority in which she served local, district and state officer, Trego County Historic Fair Building Committee, Trego County Historical Museum Curator, FHSU foster grandparent program, Juvenile Justice Authority Community board member, 30 years with Campers and RVer's in which she served as local, district and state officer, Bethlehem Daughters, AARP Local Chapter, American Heart Association, and a lifetime donor for American Red Cross. Just some of the commendations she received were The Presidents Volunteer Service Award for her service and civic participation. Epsilon Sigma Alpha Award, Head Start Volunteer Award, and the Kansas Spirit of Pride Award. When Nadine was not busy with volunteer work, she was busy with family, friends, and other activities. She was an avid reader of Indian lore and all things educational. She loved doing hand craft including knitting, crochet, and embroidery, sharing her enthusiasm for hand work with family and friends. Music played an important part in her life also. She collected unique music instruments, delighting in teaching others about them. When she could no longer play the piano, she read the music verses to anyone who would listen. She was always willing to play games and watch TV with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Tea parties, complete with homemade snacks were common. The little ones referred to her as the Fun Grandma. Camping was an activity shared with both husbands. From the cabin at Cedar Bluff Lake with Al, to weekends all over the state with the Cedar Bluffer's and Lawrence, Nadine was sure to be involved. Friends knew she could be counted on whatever situation. She was willing to give herself, her time, and her knowledge. Nadine made certain that her children knew the importance of family and friends, the values of a good education, the worth of community service and involvement, and the necessity of spiritual grounding. She was greatly loved and will be missed. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Hospice Service Inc., in care of Schmitt Funeral Homes, WaKeeney, KS.


Stephen Mapes

Stephen Mapes, 58, of Topeka, Kan. passed on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Stephen was born in Moorehead, Minn on February 22, 1954, son of Rodney and Diane Mapes. He served on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States Sixth Fleet from 1972 1978. Stephen was an animal activist, enjoyed science-fiction books and movies, learning all he could about the history of our World, and led his life in accordance with his Christian faith. Survivors include his five siblings; Margo Murphy, Brenda Jansen, Colleen Mapes, Jeff Mapes and Larry and Mary Mapes and many nieces and nephews. Stephen will be remembered by family and friends for his quirky and dry sense of humor and his love of family. Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Family of God Church, 1231 NW Eugene. Stephens Earthly body was cremated per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for the Stephen Mapes Memorial Fund to Quest Credit Union, 2634 NW Hwy 24, Topeka, Kan. 66618.


John McClurg

John Gerald Jerry McClurg, 76, Meriden, passed away at his home on March 5, 2012. He was born January 3, 1936 at Meriden, the son of John Pierce and Fern Bernice Dellinger McClurg. He graduated in 1953 from Meriden high School where he excelled in athletics. He played baseball for 10 years in Northeastern Kansas. Jerry married Marjorie Wells on January 31, 1960 at the Meriden United Methodist Church. He retired in 1995 from Dupont/Flexel after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Meriden United Methodist Church, the Capital City Gun Club, and the National Rifle Association. He also raised livestock and farmed and will be remembered for his love of family and friends, sports, cutting wood, trapshooting, hunting, crappie fishing, and sharing his garden produce. He loved the outdoors, and was knowledgeable about nature and wildlife. Jerry and his wife traveled extensively in the western U.S., often taking the back roads. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marjorie and their children, Mike (Dreana) McClurg, and Michele (Ed) Carter; and grandchildren, Nathan and Emalee McClurg, Tanner Penry, and Hunter and Chloe Carter, He is also survived by his sister, Delores (JD) Spence, Valley Falls, and a special cousin, Loren McClurg, Pasadena, CA., Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry McClurg. The family appreciates the support they received from Dr. Karissa Boyd, the Cotton-ONeil Cancer Center, Midland Hospice, and family and friends. Memorials may be made to Meriden United Methodist Church or to donors choice. At his request, Jerry was cremated. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be at 11:00 AM, Friday at the Meriden United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday at the Church. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.


Carl McManus

Carl M. McManus, 75, of Topeka, died December 13, 2011. He was a truck driver, a hot rod enthusiast, and a friend to many. Carl served in the U.S. Military. He will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Winifred Mcclain Minnis

ROSSVILLE- Mrs. Winifred Vera McClain Minnis, 93, died at her home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. She was born January 16, 1919 at St. Marys, the daughter of Clarence S. and Florentine Stockman Emert. The Emert family lived in the St. Marys area until 1932 when they moved to Rossville.

Winifred received her BS and teaching certification from St. Marys College in Leavenworth and her business degree from Washburn University. She taught one year at Lillis High School and six years as a commerce teacher for the High School at St. Marys.

She was married to Thornton McClain August 21, 1947 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville. She and her husband farmed until retiring in 1980. Thornton died August 21, 1987.

She was active in her church and was a member of the Altar Society for many years. She joined the Rossville Literary and Music Club in 1947. Winifred belonged to the Ladies of the Moose in Topeka. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and restoring rental property.

On April 1, 1989 Winifred married Russell Minnis. They were married eight years until Russell's death on May 9, 1997. Winifred is survived by her children; a daughter. Vickie Sue McClain, Overland Park; a son, Larry M. McClain, Rossville; her sister Mrs. Joan Siegert Warton, Garland, TX.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 9, 2012 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys, where the family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until service time. Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville Library and sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


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08 Mar 2012, Thursday

Darrel Albright

TOPEKA Darrel Albright, 68, of Topeka, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.

He was born May 15, 1943 in Topeka, the son of Jerry and Virginia Hartman Albright. He graduated from Hoyt High School in 1961.

Darrel was a farmer and a stockman, and an Iron Worker with Local No. 10. He had also taught welding at the Kaw Area Vo-Tech School.

He married Ronda Petersen on August 12, 1993 in Miami, OK. She survives of the home.

Darrel was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Albright.

Other survivors include his mother, Virginia Albright, Mayetta; one son, Dusty Albright (Erin), Anthony, a daughter, Tammy Albright, Holton; two step-sons, Jeremy Cowhick (Heather), Auburn, and Cody Cowhick, Topeka; a step-daughter, Cassidy Perkins (Stephen), Topeka; three brothers, Corky Albright (Jeri), Delia, Bill Albright, Topeka, and Steve Albright (Debbie), Mayetta; two sisters, Debbie Simecka (Chuck), Topeka, and Mary Jo Wahweotten, Ottawa; and six grandchildren, Kelsey Beel, Dakota Spiker, Innslee Albright, Carsyn Perkins, Makenzie Cowhick, and Maddox Cowhick.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10th, at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. Burial will follow in the Netawaka Cemetery. Darrel will lie in state after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association , and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 280, Hoyt, 66440. On-line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.


Elna Cobb

Elna M. Cobb, 93, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, March 06, 2012, at Aldersgate Village.

Elna was born October 3, 1918, in Minneapolis, MN, daughter of Skipper and Dodie Larsen. She graduated from Washburn High School and attended the University of Minnesota. Elna married Robert Christiansen, they divorced. She later married Martin Cobb, he passed away in 1999. Elna worked for 17 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, retiring as a claims examiner. She was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Lee's Summit, MO; VFW Auxiliary, Lee's Summit; and the Missouri Fox Trotters Horse Association.

Elna is survived by her daughter, Janice Jenkins and husband Ed, Topeka; brother, Nick Larsen and wife Sonie, Grand Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Jill Sittenauer and Ed Jenkins, III (Jennie Quint & daughter Abby); great-grandchildren, Will & Jake Sittenauer and Nicolas Jenkins; niece, Kristan Hastings (Tim) and nephew, Jim Larsen (Sharon Davolos & sons, Andrew & Matthew); and great-nephew, Griffie Hastings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, son, John Christiansen, daughter, Pam Christiansen Hudson, and nephew, David Larsen.

Elna was cremated; graveside services will be held this summer at Pittsville Cemetery, Pittsville, MO and this fall a service will be held in Grand Rapids, MN. Memorial contributions may be given to: Camp Mishawaka Foundation, 1136 Ashland Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091, Aldersgate Village Good Samaritan Fund, 7220 SW Asbury Dr., Topeka, KS 66614, or Hospice Care of KS, 2900 SW Oakley Ave., Topeka, KS 66614. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave the family a special message online, visit: www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Fay Gibson

Fay Gibson was born on March 24, 1931 in Wise County, VA. She was the seventh of eleven children born to Gillis Grant Gibson, a coal miner, and Era Smith Gibson. At the age of two, her family left Virginia for Missouri. She graduated from Chanute (KS) High School in 1949. Callie Faye and Sterling Melton were married there in 1952. Sterling preceded her in death in 1997. Through the years she was a member of Hoyt Baptist Church, Mayetta Christian Church, Country Chapel of Topeka and Northland Christian Church in Topeka, and Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. In later years, she was a member of Friends and Stitches at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. Her survivors include daughters Rhonda (Ed) of the Nashville, TN area and Rita and son John (Ann), in Grapevine, TX, five granddaughters, two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; sisters Thelma Donaldson of Utah, Geneva Bonham of Idaho, Eunice Breiner of Chanute, KS, Billie Wells of Colorado and Annette Bloomquist of Wichita, KS. She was preceded in death by brothers Elmer of Chanute, Ed of Wichita, Gillis and Jerry of Colorado and sister Doretha (Dodie) of Wichita. A memorial service is planned for March 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Home Cemetery in Topeka, KS.


Anna Hirt

Anna Mae Hirt, age 75, of Westphalia, Kansas, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Church of the Nazarene in Garnett, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery in Westphalia, Kansas. Family will greet friends on Friday evening from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Garnett. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.

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Funeral Service: Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:00 AM Church Of Nazarene, Garnett, KS

Visitation: Friday, March 09, 2012 3:00 to 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Garnett, KS

Interment: Bethel Cemetery, Westphalia, KS


Yvonne Lawton

Yvonne Marie Lawton, 75, died Mar. 3, at a Topeka Hospice Facility. She had worked as a foster grandparent at K.N.I. and was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church. She was married to Calvin R. Lawton, Sr. He survives; also 2 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren & 16 great-grandchildren. Instate Thursday, Mar. 8, 4-8 p.m. family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel. Services Friday, Mar. 9, at 11:00 a.m. Capitol City Community Church of God with burial at Topeka Cemetery.

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Yvonne Marie Lawton, 75, passed away at Midland Hospice Care House on March 3, 2012. She was born May 30, 1936 to the union of Johnnie J Johnson and Elsie Mae (Jordan) Johnson in Topeka, Kansas. Her parents and one child, Rene' Lawton preceded her in death.

Yvonne was united in marriage to Calvin R Lawton, Sr. on January 18, 1952 in Topeka, Kansas. To this union five children were born.

She worked as a foster grandparent at Kansas Neurological Institute.

Yvonne was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church. She enjoyed serving the Lord where she worked in several capacities.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband, Calvin R Lawton, Sr., two sons, Calvin R. Lawton, Jr. of Claremont, California and Rodeick Lawton of Topeka, two daughters, Corliss Williams (John) of Topeka, KS. and Roslyn Lawton of Kansas City, Kansas, 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.


Delvy Lewis

Delvy Lewis, 68, Topeka, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Midland Hospice House.

Delvy was born March 2, 1944, in Iola, the son of Clyde and Dorothy (Lowry) Lewis. He graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1962 and the University of Kansas in 1966.

He helped lead the Junior Blues to 3 State Basketball Tournaments and win a state championship in 60. He was 1st Team All-State and a two time All-City player.

He was a three-year starting point guard for the Jayhawks. He helped KU to the 1964 and 1965 Big 8 Holiday tournament championships, where he was MVP of the 1965 tournament. The Jayhawks had a 13-1 record and the won the Big 8 regular season championship in 1966. He served as team captain his senior season, where he earned All Big 8 First Team honors.

He was an active member of Topeka Bible Church and served as President of Topeka Youth Basketball for many years.

Delvy is survived by his wife, Karen Lewis (Dunaway), whom he married August 4, 1968. Family members include daughters, Kristi (Dan) Woestendick, Kerri (Gary) Rodden, Mindi (Brett) Kuper; grandchildren, Cooper, Kallie, Keely; Brother, Michael Lewis; sister Vicki Robb; and mother, Dorothy Lewis. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Topeka Bible Church, 1101 SW Mulvane, where they request visitors wear KU colors, crimson and blue. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, also at Topeka Bible Church.

The family suggest expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to Forward in Faith, c/o Topeka Bible Church, 1135 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66604, or Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.

Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting with arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

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Visitation:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topeka Bible Church
1101 Southwest Mulvane Street
Topeka, KS 66604

Service:
Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Topeka Bible Church
1101 Southwest Mulvane Street
Topeka, KS 66604


Roseanna Rothfelder

Roseanna J. Rosie Rothfelder, 43, of Topeka, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at a Topeka hospital.

She was born September 9, 1968 in Topeka, the daughter of Joseph E. and Geneatha Turner Field. She was employed by Apple Market for several years.

Rosie married Brandon Rothfelder on March 17, 2000 in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include their children, Sara Mertins, Jessica Lightfoot, Kayla Rothfelder and Joseph Rothfelder, four grandchildren, Haydin, Matthew, Blaine and Damian, Jr. whose expected delivery date is June, 10, 2012, her mother, Geneatha (George) Stevens, and her siblings, Joseph, Matthew, Eddie Joe, Eddie Leroy, Della, Debbie, Caroline, Lois and Linda.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel. Cremation will follow services and private inurnment will take place at a later date. Rosie will lie in state and the family will receive friends one hour service time on Friday. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

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Visitation:
Friday, March 09, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Southeast Chapel
2843 SE Minnesota
Topeka, KS 66605 785-266-6700

Service:
Friday, March 09, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Penwell-Gabel - Southeast Chapel
2843 SE Minnesota
Topeka, KS 66605 785-266-6700


Charles Webber

Charles L. Webber, 78, died Mar. 1 at a Topeka Hospital. Services for Charles will be Saturday, Mar. 10, at 11:00 a.m. Instate one hour before service time both at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel.

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Charles Webber

April 3, 1933 - March 1, 2012


John Wyatt

WICHITA-John Howard Wyatt, 81, Navy veteran, Boy Scout Troop 533 leader, fisherman and Journeyman Electrician, was born on Feb 27, 1931 to Flossie and John Robert Wyatt. John married Doris Beatty on Nov 27, 1957. They had two children. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Geneva Farrell, June Green and Margie Nocktonic. John is survived by his wife Doris; son Randall Wyatt; daughter Cynthia Fisher; grandsons Michael Wyatt, John Cole Fisher and Micah Fisher; brothers Bud, Glenn, Marion, Lloyd, Duane and Dwight Wyatt and sisters Laveign Ostrander and Joyce Wyatt. Vistitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Fri, Mar 9 and funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Sat, Mar 10, both at Andover United Methodist Church, 1429 N. Andover Rd., Andover. Interment will be at 3 pm at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton, KS. Memorials may be made to the Andover United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association , 347 S. Laura, Wichita, KS 67211. Online register available at www.heritageofandover.com.

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Wyatt, John Howard, 81, was born on February 27, 1931 at home, the 7th child born of 12 to Flossie and John Robert Wyatt. His family moved several times while he was growing up and his favorite memories were while they lived on a farm he referred to as the "Brewer Place."

John graduated from Delia, Kansas High School in 1949. He worked construction until he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War (1951-1955). John served on the USS Remington Cruiser (CA-130). While in the Navy he learned the trade of an electrician. When he got out of the service, he worked at Boeing in Wichita, KS. In 1961 he became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and worked as a Journeyman Electrician until his retirement in 1996.

As a retiree he worked small jobs for people, gardening and fishing and enjoyed helping anyone who needed help. He especially enjoyed the Youth Mission trips at church and the reunions with his fellow sailors that served on the USS Remington Cruiser.

John always liked a good joke and was somewhat a practical joker at times. John loved to fish; it was his favorite thing to do. He once went hunting and came home with an eight pound fish which ended up hanging on the living room wall. It wasn't Doris' location choice for the display. Hunting was not any good so he went fishing. He could make about anything, including his own fishing lures and a pontoon boat. Early in their marriage, the toaster broke and John was working on it. As he was dismantling it, Doris asked him if he knew how to fix it. He said he didn't but he fixed it. He also loved the Boy Scouting program. He never had the opportunity to be a scout growing up so he enjoyed many years as a leader. He was touched and happy when he received a trophy from Troop 533 in appreciation of his dedication and support with 37 years in scouting.

John was married to Doris Beatty on November 27, 1957. They had two children. John is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Geneva Farrell, June Green and Margie Nocktonic. He is survived by his wife Doris; son Randall Wyatt; daughter Cynthia Fisher; grandsons Michael Wyatt, John Cole Fisher and Micah Fisher; brothers Bud, Glenn, Marion, Lloyd, Duane and Dwight Wyatt and sisters Laveign Ostrander and Joyce Wyatt.

Vistitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, March 9 and funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 10, both at Andover United Methodist Church, 1429 N. Andover Rd., Andover. Interment will be at 3 pm at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton, KS.

Memorials may be made to the Andover United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association, 347 S. Laura, Wichita, KS 67211.


Harold Yates

Silver Lake-Harold “Lee” Yates, 53, passed away peacefully at his Silver Lake home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 10, 1958 in Wamego, the son of Connie Wilburn Yates and Harold Jay Yates both who have passed before him. Lee graduated from Wamego High School. He worked in the interior construction and drywall trade for over 30 years. Lee married Suzie Redmon in 1978 and they had 34 wonderful years together. They were blessed with two daughters, Amanda Yates of Overland Park and Jessie Yates of Silver Lake. He loved to proudly support his daughters as they participated in their many sports activities. Besides his wife and daughters, Lee is survived by his other mother, Joan Yates, Independence, KS, sister Mary Jo Beiter & Family, Lenexa and brother, Lawrence Yates Houston, TX. Other survivors include Bill & Joyce Wilburn, Jim Wilburn & Family, Bill and Janice Swiger, Bill Swiger Jr. & Family and Debbie Woudstra & Family.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Bethel Community Church, 6944 NW Landon Rd, Topeka, KS. 66618. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Midland Hospice Care or Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 W. Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.


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Gary E Staehli

ONAGA – Gary E. Staehli, 69, of Onaga, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Cremation is planned. Arrangements are pending.

09 Mar 2012, Friday

Patricia Allender

Patricia Lynn Frye Myers Allender, 54, died March 6, 2012 at Midland Hospice House. She was born in Topeka, Kansas on July 20, 1956 to Donald & Donna Frye. She was adopted by her mother's husband, Frank Myers, in 1981. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Allender. Survivors include 5 children, DawnMarie Chambers, Michelle Lee, Brenda, Dawn, & Matthew Allender and 11 grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Mike Frye & Jeff Myers. Patty was cremated and a small gathering is scheduled for family & friends at Shelter House #3 at Shawnee Lake at noon March 11. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Positive Connections in Topeka Kansas.


Henry Harrison

SCRANTON-Henry Hank Harrison, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born on August 28, 1928 in Bushnell, Florida the son of W.T.B. and Blanche Mauer Harrison. He had lived at Lake Pomona and then in rural Scranton for the last 10 years. Hank served in the United States Air Force for 30 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. On May 9, 1970 Hank was married to Frances Heilman at the Forbes Air Base Chapel in Topeka. Hank was preceded in death by Frances on December 23, 2005, and by his brothers, Tom, Lloyd, Jack and Jim and his sister, Jean and two step sons, Rick Brecheisen and Dwight Brecheisen. Hank is survived by three sons, Wesley C. Harrison of Carbondale, Edwin R. Harrison of Overbrook and John R. Harrison of Carbondale; three daughters, Paula M. Godsey of Scranton, Nancy K. DeWitt of Carbondale and Melissa Qureshi of Kansas City, KS.; three step sons, Dennis Brecheisen of Quenemo, Mike Brecheisen of New Mexico and Duane Brecheisen of Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Hank was cremated and private services will be held at a later date. Feltner Funeral Home in Lyndon is assisting the family.


Yvonne Lawton

Yvonne Marie Lawton, 75, who died Mar. 3, 2012. Services will be today Mar. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Capitol City Community Church of God with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


Arthur Lohmeyer

Arthur Lohmeyer, 92, died March 2, at Lincoln, NE. A funeral will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington, KS. Survivors include his sons, James (Beth) Lohmeyer, Eagle, NE, and Richard (Ann) Lohmeyer, Broomfield, CO; grandsons, Joe (Misty) Lohmeyer, Hays, and Scott (Jamie) Lohmeyer, Centennial, CO; and 3 granddaughters. www.wardfuneralhomekansas.com.

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Arthur Henry Ralph Lohmeyer, 92, died March 2, 2012, at Journey House Hospice in Lincoln, NE.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington.

Arthur was born October 17, 1919, in Linn, KS, the son of Albert Fredrick and Marie Sophia (Laue) Lohmeyer.

Art was confirmed and graduated from the Zion Lutheran Church and School in Linn in 1933. After three semesters at Linn High School the Great Depression forced him to hire out as a farm hand. He returned to school after Pearl Harbor to learn sheet metal repair, and joined the Army Air Force as an aircraft repairman. He spent the war in India and China repairing airplanes for the 374th Bomber Squadron, 308th Group.

On August 17, 1941, he married Mildred Elizabeth Loges, daughter of Henry and Anna Loges of Hanover.

Art opened Lohmeyer Blacksmith and Welding Shop on Highway 36 in Washington in 1948, where he worked until his retirement. He took pride in being able to repair broken equipment and often reinforcing it to stronger than new condition. He enjoyed people, solving their problems and getting them back to work.

Art had a large garden to help feed his family thanks to the Mildred’s canning skills. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting volunteering at Kansas Specialty Dog, and being a part of the community of Washington. He was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

After they retired, Art and Mildred enjoyed camping and wintered in Yuma, AZ, where they developed friendships with the “Snowbirds” who flocked there.

Art and Mildred moved to Lincoln in 2008 to be closer to Jim and Beth when the limitations of age kept them from caring for their home and one another adequately.

Survivors include James (Beth) of Eagle, NE and Richard (Ann) of Broomfield, CO, grandsons, Joe (Misty) of Hays, KS, and Scott (Jamie) of Centennial, CO, three granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arthur Lohmeyer was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred, brothers: Orville and LaVern; sisters: Charlotte (Melvin) Hornbostel, Alma (Raymond) Smith and Adela (Walter) Langrehr.

A memorial fund has been established to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or Kansas Specialty Dog Service. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.


William McNish

Wm. Bill McNish, age 92, Cottonwood Falls, KS., formerly from Topeka, died Friday, March 2, 2012. A graveside service, with military honors, will be held Friday, March 9, at 2:00, in the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS. He is survived by a daughter, Geneva Centlivre, of Cottonwood Falls. Two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial contributions to the Aviary Project at the Golden Living Center of Chase County may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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WILLIAM M. “BILL” MCNISH

William “Bill” McNish, age 92, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Americus, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 9, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. in the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS. Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard.

The son of William L. and Della E. Draelants McNish, William Myrl was born December 28, 1919, in Cedar County, MO. He served, as a radio operator, in the United States Army during World War II in the Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and a Phililppine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star.

He and Marjorie Lee Pendergraft were married in December of 1945 and she preceded him in death on November 7, 1979. He worked as a trucker driver for Graves Truck Line, Inc. and retired in 1975. He was a cowboy, working on a ranch in CO. in his younger years.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, & Helpers of America. He received several Professional Truck Driver Safe Driving Awards. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his daughter, Geneva Centlivre, of Cottonwood Falls, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded by three brothers: Thomas, Elmer and Eugene McNish; five sisters: Vera, Marie, Phyrn, Geneva, and Clara.

The family will greet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials to the Bird Aviary Project at the Golden Living Center of Chase County may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.


Lawrence Mulhern

Lawrence Mike Mulhern, 87, of Beattie, died March 8, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

Visitation will be Monday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary, Marysville.

A rosary service will be at 7 p.m., Monday, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Beattie.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Malachy's.

Burial in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. www.kinsleymortuary.com.

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Lawrence "Mike" Mulhern, 87, of Beattie, KS, died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

Visitation will be Monday, March 12, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Beattie.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 13, at St. Malachy's. Father Jim Shaughnessy will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Beattie.

A memorial fund has been established and will be designated at a later date. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.


Ronald Reed

Ronald Charles Ron Reed, 73, Oskaloosa, died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at his home after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Ron was born February 6, 1939 in Douglas County, KS., the son of Woodrow Wilson and Pearl Marie Belles Reed. A 1956 graduate of Overbrook High School, he worked at Hallmark Co. in Lawrence, retiring in 1996 after 38 years of service. He also farmed in the Oskaloosa for over 50 years. He was a member of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church and was a longtime Boy Scout leader in Oskaloosa. He was also longtime 4-H leader for the Jolly Juniors 4-H club in Oskaloosa. He was married to Nancy Jane Means on June 7, 1959 at Oskaloosa, she survives at the home. He is also survived by one son, Charles(Anna) Reed, Lawrence, one daughter, Ronda (Greg) Schuler, Oskaloosa, one brother, Emmitt (Gwen) Reed, Lawrence, one sister, Shirley Brown, Topeka and four grandsons, Daniel A. Schuler, Aaron Kevin Reed, Ronald Chase Reed, and Isaac Albert Reed. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Woodrow Reed. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday at the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Sunday at the Barnett Family Funeral Home, 1220 Walnut (Hwy 59) in Oskaloosa, where Mr. Reed will lie in state after 12:00 Noon, Sunday. Memorials may be made to K.U. Medical Center Cancer Center for Multiple Myeloma or to the Jefferson County Friends of Hospice in care of Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS. 66066. www.barnettfamilyfh.com.


Barbara Templeton

Barbara J Templeton, 81, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away at her home Saturday March 3, 2012. She was the youngest daughter born October 8, 1930 in Ozark, Arkansas to the late Willie and Euzelia Matthews.

She attended Garcreek Elementary School in Ozark, Arkansas and Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was united in marriage August 23, 1946 to William L Templeton, he survives. In 1960 they moved with their daughter Juanice Y Templeton to Topeka to become the first family of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

She worked at Menningers Hospital in Topeka for 25 years. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, one son Bradley Templeton, one daughter Paula Rooks, four granddaughters, Tiffany Craig, Chanson Tia Templeton, Valerie Harmon, Lexus Templeton, four grandsons, Justinn Doby, Tre'son Templeton, Robert Rooks, and Charles Rooks, six great grand children, one sister Willie Mae Scott, and many loving nieces, nephews, children of Christ and a loving delegation of family and friends throughout the country.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Juanice, four sisters, Gladys, Dorothy, Addie, and Minnie and one brother William.

The viewing will be held on Sunday March 11, 2012 at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church from 4pm to 8pm. The family will be present from 6pm to 8pm. Services will be March 12, 2012 at her church Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 Lime Street Topeka, KS 66607 at 11am. Online condolences may be posted at www.bowserjohnsonfuneralchapel.com.


Charles Webber

Charles L. Webber, 78, died Mar. 1 at a Topeka Hospital. Services for Charles will be Saturday, Mar. 10, at 1:00 p.m. Family will receive family and friends one hour before service time both at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel.

10 Mar 2012, Saturday

George Desch

George P. Desch, 85, of Topeka, died March 9, 2012 at Stormont-Vail Healthcare. George was born May 30, 1926 in Topeka. He was one of fifteen children born to Casper and Mary (Jacob) Desch. He attended Kaw Valley Grade School and graduated from St. Josephs Grade School. George served in the Army for two years, including a tour of duty in Korea. He farmed and was in the produce business all of his life. George married Goldie Raab in September of 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church; she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Earl and his wife Jenny Desch of Kansas City, MO, Timothy Desch and his fiance, Theresa McCulley of Topeka; a brother, Raymond Desch of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Mary Parry of Topeka and Florence Negri of Wichita, KS; along with many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ed, John, Francis, Pete, Casey, Catherine, Rose, Barbara and Betty. George will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. and a rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in George's memory to the donor's choice of charity and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Irene Douglas

Irene M. Douglas, age 94, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Topeka. Survivors include a son, Clifford Neal Douglas and his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Shirley Akers; a brother, Hiram Stockwell; two sisters, Sadie Biggart and Della Marlow; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home. She will lie in state Sunday from 1:00 5:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour before the services on Monday from noon 1:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Topeka Rescue Mission and left in care of the Davidson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at davidsonfuneral.com.


Marice Haug

Maurice G. Haug, 76, of Axtell, died on March 8, 2012 at Life Care Center in Seneca. Maurice was born southwest of St. Benedict, Kansas on October 19, 1935, the only child of George H. and Minnie Stallbaumer Haug. Maurice was a truck driver who did a lot of over the road trucking before his retirement; he also sold Watkins products. He is survived by his Aunt Helen Stallbaumer of Seneca and many cousins. Rosaries will be 2 and 7 P.M. on Sunday, March 11th, at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M., on Monday, March 12th at St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Benedict. He will be buried next to his parents, in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are for St. Mary's Cemetery sent in care of the family. www.lauerfuneralhome.com.


Charles Hoag

Celebration of Life Services for Charles M. Charlie Hoag, 80, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at First Christian Church in Lawrence, KS. Graveside services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Rev. David Rivers will be the officiant. Charlie passed on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. He was born on July 19, 1931 in Guthrie, OK, the son of John Gerald and Mary Davis Hoag. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas in 1953. While at KU, he was a three-sport letterman in basketball, football, and track. He was a member of the KU basketball and football teams and was a Gold Medalist in basketball for the US at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. He was a US Air Force veteran. Charlie was a retired insurance agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Company. Initially, he worked in Chicago, IL and then later started and operated an Equitable agency in Topeka, KS for many years. He was married to Donna Carter, the mother of their four children, and later divorced. Then married Salli Johnson Mathes who preceded him in death in 1994. Survivors include one son, Chuck Hoag, and wife, Lisa, Lawrence, KS; three daughters, Cheryl Hoag Gasiewski and husband, Rick of La Quinta, CA, Karen Hoag Kosbab and husband, Dave, of Overland Park, KS, Deanna Hoag Chadick of Overland Park, KS; and a sister, Susie Hoag Searles, of Palm Harbor, FL. Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Charlie Hoag, Taylor Hoag, Chase Hoag, Austin Hoag, Courtney Hoag, Koby Chadick, Hannah Chadick, Ellie Chadick and Sam Chadick. The family will casually greet friends in KU spirit wear from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family suggests memorials in his name to the Williams Educational Fund c/o the University of Kansas Athletic Department or to the K.U. Endowment Association for the Kansas University Medical Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.


Carol Nordgren

May 12, 1927 - March 8, 2012 Carol May (Patten) Nordgren died Thursday in Topeka in the company of family. Born in Granville, Ohio, she was raised in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Topeka in 1955. Of her service to Countryside United Methodist Church, Carol said, I'm pretty proud of my 15 years planting and caring for the landscape, as well as singing in the Chancel Choir, and acting as a Trustee. She was also an active member of United Methodist Women. She is survived by 3 children, Dr. Lee (Caralee) Nordgren, Pastor Eric B. Nordgren and wife Barbara, and Dr. J. Christian (Chris) Nordgren; 6 grandchildren, Kirstin Nordgren Weeks and husband Eric Spletzer, and Kjell and wife Laressa, Bren and wife Erin, Lars, Hans, and Nils Nordgren; 6 great-grandchildren, Kiah, Kinley, Justus, Karis, Hana, and Karley; nephew, Tom Gerlach; and nieces, Sue Beck, Terri Skaff, and Nancy Forrester. The memorial ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Road, Topeka (785 266-7541). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made either to Countryside United Methodist Church or to Sunflowers to Roses Cancer Fund c/o Community National Bank.


Vera Sicking

Vera B. Sicking, 92, Topeka, died Thurs., March 8, 2012, at Plaza West. She was born Jan 26, 1920, at Rossville, the daughter of Charles E. and Alice C. (Stum) DeGraff. She was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church and was retired from W.T. Grant Department Store. She was married to Robert H. Sicking on Dec. 18, 1956, at Newkirk, OK. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1983. Surviving are two sisters: Bonnie Thomas of Silver Lake and Dolly Heiland of Rossville. Graveside services will be at 11:30 AM, Tues., March 13, 2012, at Rossville Cemetery. A Rosary will be at 6:00 PM, Mon., at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka. Vera will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Mon., at the funeral chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Josephs Catholic Church, 227 SW Van Buren, Topeka, KS 66603. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Jeanne Strella

Jeanne Frances Strella born in Winfield, KS and reared in Topeka, KS; identical twin daughter of the late Francis and Ruth (Fowler) Nettleton. Received a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of MO at Kansas City, MO. Known as the Nettleton Twins, she and her sister, Joanne were concert duo-pianists, beginning the study of piano at age 5 and performing before numerous audiences nationwide. They made their New York concert debut at age 20 and were under the management of New York Impresario, Sol Hurok, making extensive concerts tours throughout United States and Canada. Member of First United Methodist Church, the Sanctuary Choir and Carpenter's Class. A lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota and downtown Kiwanis Club. Jeanne and George served as worship leaders for Tulsa Christian Fellowship for many years. She was a strong Christian, faithful prayer intercessor with a loving and encouraging spirit. Jeanne was preceded in death by her son, Steven G. Strella. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, George Strella; twin sister, Joanne Neal; nephew, David Neal and his wife, Laura and their children, Tom, Carl and Sam of Adair, OK; niece, Carole Jeanne Runnels and her husband, David and their children, Emily, Jack and Joseph of Tulsa. The family will receive friends, Monday, March 12, from 5-7pm at Freeman Harris Funeral Home and a Memorial Service will be held, 11am, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left online at www.freemanharris.com. Freeman Harris 918-749-3333.


Barbara Templeton

Barbara J. Templeton, 81, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away at her home Saturday March 3, 2012. She was the youngest daughter born October 8, 1930 in Ozark, Arkansas to the late Willie and Euzelia Dodson Matthews. She attended Garcreek Elementary School in Ozark, Arkansas and Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was united in marriage August 23, 1946 to William L. Templeton, he survives. In 1960 they moved with their daughter Juanice Y. Templeton to Topeka to become the first family of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. She worked at Menningers Hospital in Topeka for 25 years. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, one son Bradley Templeton, one daughter Paula Rooks, four granddaughters, Tiffany Craig, Chanson Tia Templeton, Valerie Harmon, Lexus Templeton, four grandsons, Justinn Doby, Tre`son Templeton, Robert Rooks, and Charles Rooks, six great grand children, one sister Willie Mae Scott, and many loving nieces, nephews, children of Christ and a loving delegation of family and friends throughout the country. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Juanice, four sisters, Gladys, Dorothy, Addie, and Minnie and one brother, William. The viewing will be held on Sunday March 11, 2012 at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church from 4pm to 8pm. The family will be present from 6pm to 8pm. Services will be March 12, 2012 at her church Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 Lime Street Topeka, KS 66607 at 11am. Online condolences may be posted at www.bowserjohnsonfuneralchapel.com.


Shirley Whitener (In Memoriam)

Shirley Whitener 11-14-39 - 03-10-08 Love you & miss you!! Your Family.

11 Mar 2012, Sunday

George Desch

George P. Desch, 85, of Topeka, died March 9, 2012 at Stormont-Vail Healthcare. George was born May 30, 1926 in Topeka. He was one of fifteen children born to Casper and Mary (Jacob) Desch. He attended Kaw Valley Grade School and graduated from St. Josephs Grade School. George served in the Army for two years, including a tour of duty in Korea. He farmed and was in the produce business all of his life. George married Goldie Raab in September of 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church; she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Earl and his wife Jenny Desch of Kansas City, MO, Timothy Desch and his fiance, Theresa McCulley of Topeka; a brother, Raymond Desch of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Mary Parry of Topeka and Florence Negri of Wichita, KS; along with many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ed, John, Francis, Pete, Casey, Catherine, Rose, Barbara and Betty. George will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. and a rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in George's memory to the donor's choice of charity and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Harold Fulkerson

Harold David Fulkerson, 92, died Sunday, March 4, 2012 at The Good Samaritan Valley Vista Nursing Home in Wamego, KS. He was born April 24, 1919 in Carrol County, Missouri to David I. Fulkerson and Ethel Sue (Sandy) Fulkerson. The family moved to McPherson, KS, where Harold graduated from high school. He married Nora Joan Becker on June 25, 1939. They celebrated 71 wonderful years of marriage. He worked at the flour mill in McPherson and then joined his father in building houses. He entered the U.S. Navy Sept. 15, 1944, serving on a LCT. He promised God that if he lived through the war, he would become a teacher. He was discharged Nov. 25, 1945, then went to McPherson College on the G.I. bill and fulfilled his dream of becoming a teacher. He taught in Kansas until 1957, when he moved their family of 8 to California, where he taught until about 1980. Harold and Nora retired in Wamego, KS where they sold antiques. He had a teasing nature and was a big fan of the KU Jayhawks. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Nora, daughter Priscilla, sister Lillian, one granddaughter Vita, and one great-grandson Andru. Survivors include sons: Gary, Topeka, KS; Lonnie (Donna), Eskridge, KS; Vaughn, Agoura, CA; daughters: Sharon Spanier (Ron), Copeland, KS; Miriam Lugo (Adrian), Gig Harbor, WA. Harold had 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. A Celebration of His Life will be Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wamego Senior Citizens Center, 501 Ash Street, Wamego, where memories can be shared. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaw Valley State Bank, Wamego, KS.


David Grove

David Guy Grove, 66, passed into heaven Sat., Feb. 18, 2012 at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, KS. He was born in Connersville, IN June 22, 1945 to Robert Guy and Norma Fern Grove. Dave was employed by AT&T/Bell Telephone Systems until his retirement June 28, 1999 and was active in church, school and the community. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Riess) whom he wed Feb. 2, 1969, two sons, Matthew Guy (Emily) of ND and Daniel David of CA, and extended family in NC and PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Rev. John Robert Grove. Dave was cremated. A Celebration of Life service is being planned for 11 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 24, 2012 at Topeka Bible Church, 1101 Mulvane. The family will greet friends at 10:30 a.m. in the foyer. Contributions may be made in Daves name to Topeka Bible Church, office at 1135 SW College (66604). Topeka Rescue Mission, PO Box 8350 (66608), Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle (66606) or Marion Clinic, 1001 SW Garfield Ave. (66604), all of Topeka.


Donnie Higbee (In Memoriam)

Donnie Higbee 3-11-88 to 9-24-08 Happy 24th Birthday Donnie We love you and miss you very much. Love, Dad & Betty, family and friends.


Donnie Higbee (In Memoriam)

In Loving Memory of Donnie L. Higbee 3/11/88 - 9/24/08 Son, the day you were born was a blessing. The bond between a mother and son is the greatest love of all. I hold on to the beautiful memories that we shared. God Bless You and our loved ones who are watching over you. You will always be loved, missed and never forgotten. Happy 24th Birthday Donnie. Rest peacefully. Love, Mom


Charles Hoag

Celebration of Life Services for Charles M. Charlie Hoag, 80, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at First Christian Church in Lawrence, KS. Graveside services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Rev. David Rivers will be the officiant. Charlie passed on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. He was born on July 19, 1931 in Guthrie, OK, the son of John Gerald and Mary Davis Hoag. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas in 1953. While at KU, he was a three-sport letterman in basketball, football, and track. He was a member of the KU basketball and football teams and was a Gold Medalist in basketball for the US at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. He was a US Air Force veteran. Charlie was a retired insurance agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Company. Initially, he worked in Chicago, IL and then later started and operated an Equitable agency in Topeka, KS for many years. He was married to Donna Carter, the mother of their four children, and later divorced. Then married Salli Johnson Mathes who preceded him in death in 1994. Survivors include one son, Chuck Hoag, and wife, Lisa, Lawrence, KS; three daughters, Cheryl Hoag Gasiewski and husband, Rick of La Quinta, CA, Karen Hoag Kosbab and husband, Dave, of Overland Park, KS, Deanna Hoag Chadick of Overland Park, KS; and a sister, Susie Hoag Searles, of Palm Harbor, FL. Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Charlie Hoag, Taylor Hoag, Chase Hoag, Austin Hoag, Courtney Hoag, Koby Chadick, Hannah Chadick, Ellie Chadick and Sam Chadick. The family will casually greet friends in KU spirit wear from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family suggests memorials in his name to the Williams Educational Fund c/o the University of Kansas Athletic Department or to the K.U. Endowment Association for the Kansas University Medical Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.


Howard Jamerson

Howard Lee Jamerson, 78, Topeka, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Lee was born September 10, 1933, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Howard Stanley and Blanche Marcia (Darsky) Jamerson. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a Major, and having served tours to Viet Nam. He began his second career with the Topeka Police Department in 1976 and served for 25 years. He was a member of VFW Post #1650, American Legion Post #400, Disabled American Veterans, Golden Rule Lodge #90 AF&AM, and Arab Shrine. Survivors include his long-time companion, (Lue) Ann Snider, Topeka; twins and family, Kent (Renee and Dustin) and Brent; and nieces, Sarah and Gretchen Gravenstein, Topeka. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Lee will lie in state at the funeral home after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arab Shrine Crippled Childrens Hospital or the Disabled American Veterans. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


Don Kraus

MARION - Don A. Kraus, age 62, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at Wichita, Kansas. He was born March 31, 1949 at Wichita and had lived at Marion since 1951. He was the son of Raymond and Rita Friess Kraus. He was a 1967 graduate of Marion High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. On June 5, 1971 he was married to Vicki Vajnar at Marion. They made their home east of Marion where they farmed and raised cattle. Don is survived by his wife Vicki of the home, sons Brendan and wife Tina of Marion, Nick and wife Stephanie of Marion, daughters Melanie and husband Jeremy Dunn of Coldwater, Kansas, Kristi and husband Chris Mercer of Topeka, KS, brothers Leroy of Marion, Dennis and Paul, both of Wichita, sisters Alice Trego of Saw Grass, Illinois, and Lori Siebert of Marion, his mother Rita Kraus of Marion, and 13 grandchildren. The Rosary will be 7 p.m. Monday at St. John Nepomucene Church, Holy Family Parish at Pilsen. The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Pilsen, with interment at Marion Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Fr.Kapaun Fund or the Marion Library. Friends may call Monday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, Kansas.


Doris Meldrum-Fisher

Doris Marie Meldrum-Fisher age 84 passed away on March 8, 2012. She was born November 8, 1927 in Ethel, Missouri, to Pearl Lincoln and Essie Marie Meldrum. Doris grew up in Ethel until age 9. Her family then moved to Topeka when her father transferred with the US Postal Service. Doris graduated Topeka High School. She married Charles S. Fisher Jr., they later divorced. She later worked as a typist for the legislature and in the insurance industry. Doris is survived by her brother, Max Meldrum of Plano, Texas, and was preceded in death by her sister Bonita Meldrum-Streeter and granddaughter Azure Fisher. Doris is lovingly remembered by her seven children; Michael Fisher (Donna) of San Antonio, TX, Cheryl Cailteux (Cletus) of Auburn, KS, Mark Fisher of Everett, WA, Linda Spencer (Darrell) of Topeka, Charles Fisher III (Janie) of Topeka, Janet Webster of Topeka, Anita Longoria (Ernie) of Coppell, TX, and eight grandchildren, Chad Chandler (Tamara) of Topeka, James and Shannon Fisher of Topeka, Julia and Jennifer Webster of Topeka, Melissa Paisley of Abilene, TX and Kylie and Jerod Longoria of Coppell, TX. Doris will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home with graveside to follow at Auburn Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to davidsonfuneral.com.


Robert Rusher Sr.

Robert G. Bob Rusher Sr., 84, of St. Marys, KS passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012 at his home. He was born December 9, 1927 in Marceline, MO, the son of Signal and Rena Mae (Holt) Rusher. A celebration of Bobs life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13th at Dove Cremation & Funeral Service 4020 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66606. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. For a full obituary or to leave a message for the family online, visit www.DoveCremation.com.


Anne Sale

Anne C. Sale, 81, of Topeka, Kansas died March 9, 2012. She was born in Grainfield, Kansas on June 13, 1930, the daughter of Joseph and Amelia (Wasinger) Schiefelbein. She lived most of her childhood in Topeka, and attended St. Joseph Catholic School. Anne married James P. Sale on April 25, 1949, and lived most of her adult life in El Paso, Texas, where she retired as a PBX supervisor at Southwestern General Hospital before moving back to Topeka in 1995. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, The Altar Society, Legion of Mary, the Moose Lodge, and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, a son, James J. Sale of Carrollton, Texas, a brother, George Schiefelbein, and a sister, Helen Pfeiffer, both of Topeka. She was preceded in death by siblings Edward, Joseph, Amelia, Sylvester, Mary, Eugene, Irene and Leona. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A parish rosary will be prayed at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Midland Hospice Care or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.


Rene Skelton-Thompson

Rene A. Skelton-Thompson of Grain Valley, MO born August 21, 1945 in Topeka, KS and graduate of Highland Park High School passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday March 5 in her home in Grain Valley, MO. Losing John was just too hard on her, she only survived him by 25 days. We are happy she is now with God and know that she is at peace and is happy. They were married for over 30 years and built a GREAT life together. Rene is survived by her daughters Kari Cathey, Christine Higgins, step-sons Hank Thompson and Boe Thompson, 7 grandchildren and 7.5 great grandchildren. Rene was preceded in death by her sisters Carolyn Schilling and Mary Jo Hayner. Please join us in wishing and sharing many happy memories on our blog: http://johnrthompsondotme.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/rene-a-thompson/


Forrest Weddle

Forrest Weddle, 65, of Topeka, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at Westwood Manor in Topeka. Forrest was born December 21, 1946, the son of Kenneth L. and Jessie Weddle. He graduated from Topeka High School, served in the US Army and worked many years for Mainline Printing. He is survived by one son, one daughter, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Burial and graveside services were held in Topeka Cemetery. To leave a message for the family please visit www.davidsonfuneral.com

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Ivan Bradley

Ivan Jones Bradley, 82, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Topeka at St. Francis Hospital. He was a graduate of Topeka High School and began work at the Topeka State Hospital and the Boys Industrial School, where he retired in 1992. He was a member of the Sunset Optimist Club for over 20 years. He was married to Margaret Armstrong on September 12, 1986 in Wichita, Kansas. She survives at their home. He is also survived by a son, Ivan R. (Juanita) Bradley, 2 daughters, Rita M. Brice, Topeka, and Michelle A. Bradley, Topeka, one stepdaughter, Cheryl D. Austin, Topeka, one sister, Barbara Jean (Tim) Thomas, Rialto, Calif., 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Orville Bradley and mother Shirley Morrison. The viewing will be Wednesday, March 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


Kim Crumpton

Kim Carl Crumpton, 48, of Topeka, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at a Topeka hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. He was born April 21, 1963 in Topeka, the son of Robert B. and Zoah J. Fluke Crumpton. Kim graduated from Highland Park High School in 1981. He co-owned and operated Tee Town Printers for 28 years. Kim married Denise E. Nesbitt on October 12, 1991 in Topeka. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his father, his brother, Chris, and his business partner, Sheldon Cowan. Survivors include their four children, Nicole Nesbitt, Tosha Lawson, Jessica Crumpton and Jeremy Crumpton, all of Topeka, eight grandchildren, his mother, Zoah Crumpton of Topeka, and his brothers, Danny, Jerry of Topeka and sister, Mary Jane Decker of Solomon, KS and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be written to Jeremy Crumpton or Zoah Crumpton c/o Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.


John F. Kinmon Sr. (In Memoriam)

John F. Kinmon Sr. April 28, 1951 to March 12, 2007 Five years have come and gone and we still miss you. Gone but not ever forgotten. Your Wife, Beverly Kinmon


Leonard Lenhart

Leonard Lenhart, 76, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Bobbye Parker

Bobbye Elizabeth Parker was born August 30, 1930 in Hazen, Arkansas to John and Ruth Minton. She passed away peacefully at Stormont-Vail March 10, 2012. Bobbye and John Parker were married in 1949 and later divorced in 1981. Bobbye and John were instrumental in establishing the Rainbow Girls organization in Topeka. She sold Real Estate in Topeka for many years for Century 21 and then Greenbrier. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one sister and survived by one sister, Bonnie Perry of Russellville, Arkansas. She is also survived by four daughters, Connie Haybarker (Brian) Carol McFadden, Vickie Parker-Boos (Clem) and son Mike Parker whom she lived with for the last 18 years and her youngest daughter Heather Parker (Greg). She also left behind ten grandkids, two great grandkids and last but not least, her loyal companion, her dog Brutus. Her tenacity for life and her willingness to fight to live another day was an inspiration to all that knew her well. She will be greatly missed. Services and burial will be in Hazen, Arkansas at the Calvary Baptist Church.


Ann Ramos

Ann M. Ramos, 84, of Hutchinson, died Mar. 10, 2012, at Hospice House. Ann was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Hillsboro, Texas, the daughter of Marcial E. & Maria Jacobo Murillo. Ann graduated from Pratt High School in 1946 and Salt City Business College in 1948. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Legion of Mary, Legal Aid Society, Perpetual Adoration and M-2 Program, all of the church. Ann retired as a sales associate at Sears Department Store after 25 years. Ann married Lawrence V. Ramos on June 18, 1949, in Hutchinson. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Mark A. Ramos and wife Mary, Topeka. Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in South Hutchinson. Burial will be at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Visitation will be Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. A parish rosary will be recited Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and the family will greet friends following the rosary. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Homecare of Reno County or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and sent in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501. Friends may visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave the family a condolence.


John Winchester

John Winchester, 84, of Topeka, Kansas, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House. Private Graveside Services will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery, 6th and Gage, Topeka. Mr. Winchester was born November 11, 1927 in Monticello, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his wife Yvonne Heiger Winchester, 4 brothers, and 1 son-in-law. John is survived by his children, Scott (Jennifer) Winchester, Overland Park, Kansas, Nick Winchester, Phoenix, Arizona, Brenda Sunderland, Bozeman, Montana; sister Jewell (Dick) Thurman, Lewisville, Indiana; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. (Arrangements: Highland Park Funeral Home & Crematory, 4100 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66102; (913) 371-0699).

Last Updated: 12 Mar 2012