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Violet McMillen  1925-2001
HAYS - Violet McMillen, 76, formerly of Stockton, died April 13, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
She was born March 19, 1925, in Clarita, Okla. to Joe and Lottie (Jones) Beaty.
She married J.W. McMillen Jr. on Oct. 30, 1972, in Stockton. She had worked for Hadley Hospital in Hays and the Solomon Valley Manor, Stockton, as a nurse?s aide. She was a member of the Stockton Congregational Church, VFW Auxiliary, Stockton and Kansas State Osteopathy Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; three sons, Cody Dale Couch, Wilson, David Wayne Couch, Russell and Donald Dean Couch, Larned; a daughter, Rita Gail Decker, Burlington, Iowa; a brother, Albert Beaty, San Jose, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil, Raymond and Doyle.
Services were April 13 at Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, Stockton, with the Rev. Pat Ault-Duell officiating; burial in the Stockton Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Doris K. Barber   1965-2001
HERINGTON - Doris K. Barber, 35, of Herington died April 6, in a vehicle accident south of Salina.
She was born July 15, 1965, at Ellsworth, the daughter of Cleveland E. "Cleve" and Ethel M. (Stilwell) Burkhead. She had lived in Herington since 1978, with her foster parents, Ross and Rosy Girton. Doris graduated from Herington High School with the class of 1983. On June 1, 1990, she married Rodney W. Barber at the Nazarene Church in Herington; he survives, of the home.
Doris was a homemaker. She also helped her husband at Rod's Body Shop with secretarial, bookkeeping, estimating and restoration work.
Bowling and the local craft and social clubs were part of her life.
Survivors include two sons, Robert and Ryan, of the home; a sister, Caroline Stark of Rogers, Ark.; and two brothers, Tim Burkhead of Lorraine and Gerald Burkhead of Wilson.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ted and James Burkhead; and by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wed. April 11, at the Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway in Herington. The Rev. Edward J. Thompson will officiate.
Interment will be in the Delavan Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the First National Bank-Herington, for Doris Barber's sons' educational fund, or sent to the Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS 67449-3038.

Norma L. Fiddler 1921-2001
SHAWNEE - Norma L. Fiddler, 80, died April 15, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee.
Mrs. Fiddler was born Jan. 9, 1921 in Cooksville, Ontario, Canada. she served in the  WAVEs in the U.S. Army during World War II; she married Francis S. Fiddler in 1947. They owned Apple and Cider Market and 50 States Bird Feeders in Shawnee. She was  employed by Mobay and was a member of the WAVEs National Unit 9. She loved to travel and enjoyed music, theater and
has a real zest for life.
Survivors include her husband Francis C. Fiddler; five daughters; Honor Kepka, Ellsworth, Ellen Ellis, Carol Fiddler, Sharon Gaither, Margaret Fiddler. Five grandchildren, Beth Ann Kepka, Thomas C. Kepka, Katherine Mason, Andrew Ellis and Matthew Fiddler.
A daughter, Beth Ann Fiddler preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at Charter Funerals/ Kansas Chapel, 10250 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam.  Visitation will be 1-2 p.m., Thursday at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or Animal Haven.

Willis L. Nelson  1926-2001
LINCOLN  - Willis Lex Nelson, 74, Lincoln, died Sunday, April 8,  at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth.
Mr. Nelson was born July 2, 1926, in Lincoln County to William L. and Stella Nelson of Denmark and was a lifelong area resident. He was a farmer-stockman and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7928 and American Legion.
He was the past chairman of Lincoln County Soil Conservation and board chairman of Westfall Farmers Grain and Supply. He was the treasurer of Westfall Presbyterian Church.
He was united in marriage to Yvonne Swisher on June 28, 1947, at Wilson.
Together they lived on their farm over 50 years.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne of the home; two sons, Steve of Lincoln and Jerry of Topeka; two brothers, Jay of Vesper and Wayne of Topeka; a sister, Bonnie Staab of Hays; and three grandchildren.
The funeral was April 11 at Harrison-Hall Funeral Home, 111 E. Elm, Lincoln 67455, the Rev. Gary Wolf officiating. Burial was in Lincoln City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Parkinson's Disease or Lincoln County Hospital.

Amanda M. Obermueller  1901- 2001
ELLSWORTH - Amanda M. Obermueller, 99, died April 11, at Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Ellsworth.
She was born Dec. 12, 1901, at Lincoln, the daughter of Ernest and Carolina Kruse Obermueller. A resident of Ellsworth for the past 14 years, moving from Littleton, Colo., she was a bookkeeper for REA at Littleton.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth.
Survivors include: two sisters, Betty Katzenmeier, Ellsworth, and Martha Miller, Glendale, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Graveside service was April 13 in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lincoln, with Pastor Gerald Radtke presiding.
Memorials may be sent to Good Samaritan Retirement Village, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Melvin D. Ruetz - 1920- 2001
ELLSWORTH - Melvin D. "Toots" Ruetz, 80, Ellsworth, died Friday, April 13, at Ellsworth County Medical Center.
Mr. Ruetz was born July 1, 1920, at Ellsworth and was a lifetime area resident. He was a truck driver for the Kansas Department of Transportation and a member of the Methodist Church. He was an Army Medical Corps veteran and a member of Masonic Lodge 146 and American Legion 174, both of Ellsworth, and was a Shriner of Salina.
Mr. Ruetz was preceded in death by two sisters.
Survivors include a brother, Freeman of Ellsworth, two neices, Paula Schneider, Kanopolis and Linda Novak, San Antonio, Texas; one nephew, Dave Ruetz, Ellsworth; eight great nieces and nephews and nine great-great nieces and nephews
The funeral was April 16 at the Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, the Rev. Al Hysom officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery with American Legion military honors.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 174 of Ellsworth.

Vernon G. Pistora  1926 - 2001
LAWRENCE - Vernon G. Pistora, 75, Lawrence and formerly of McPherson and Ellsworth, died April 4.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was a production operator for the Sterling Drug Company, McPherson. He married Carol Lindgren Anderson, May 26, 1979 in McPherson. She survives of the home Other survivors include:  daughter, Juliet Swain, Merriam; sons, Wayne Pistora, Denver, Colo., Rodney Pistora, Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Bryan Pistora, Northglenn, Colo.; stepson, Michael Anderson, Lawrence; sisters, Mary Ann Mlynar, Long Beach, Calif., Betty Harned, San Diego, Calif., Odessa Cracola, Oceanside, Calif., and Bernice Grittman, Stanton, Calif.; brother, Joe Pistora, Abilene; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
No services are planned. Cremation is planned; remains will be scattered at sea.
Memorials are suggested to the McPherson American Legion, First Congregational UCC Church in McPherson, or a charity of the donor's choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Joseph E. Honomichl   1931 - 2001
PROVO, UTAH - Joseph Eugene Honomichl, age 70, of Provo, Utah passed away at home on April 2. Joseph was born March 6, 1931 in Ellis, to Fred Henry and Helen Minnie Klenk Honomichl.
He married Arlene Perkins on Jan. 3, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joseph was enlisted in the United States Air Force from December, 1949 until March 1, 1973. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring from the Air Force he worked as an Electronics Instructor for ten years with the Aero Space Industry in Saudi Arabia. Joseph graduated from Utah Valley State College in 1986 with a degree in Electronics.
Arlene and Joseph had two children, Lloyd Honomichl and Lyn Fischer. Joseph enjoyed genealogy, traveling-especially to Europe, and supervising his children's home improvement projects.
Survived by his wife Arlene of Provo; son Lloyd of Provo; daughter Lyn, Provo; twelve grandchildren, three of which are grandsons, nine
granddaughters; brothers Lloyd Dale Honomichl of Wichita and Earl Dean Honomichl of Pleasanton, Calif.; sister Mary Louise Burnette of Alda, Neb.
His brother Fred Honomichl preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held April 5, 2001 at Harbor Park Chapel, 2225 W. 620 North, Provo. Interment was in  Provo City Cemetery.

Ernst A. Pedersen  1920 - 2001
SALINA - Ernst A. Pedersen, 80, Salina, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mr. Pedersen was born April 15, 1920, in Lincoln County. He worked for Salina Spring and Axle and was a carpenter and school janitor in Escondido, Calif., returning to Salina in 1992. He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded five bronze medals. He was a member of American Legion Post 62 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1432, both of Salina.
His wife, Hazel, died in 1991.
Survivors include a son, Tim Wilson of Greenfield, Ohio; two daughters, Barbara Pauly of Converse, Texas, and Carol Diorio of Citrus Heights, Calif.; a stepson, Gene Dillard of Carlsbad, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Joy MacDonald of Nobel, Texas; a brother, Melvin of Salina; three sisters, Olga
Peterman of Lincoln, Norma Schaefer of Holyrood and Elda Stroede of Ellsworth; eight grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
The funeral was April 9  at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, the Rev. Paul Robbins officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, south of Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Salina.
 
Charles F. Buxton  1923 - 2001
KANOPOLIS -  Charles F. Buxton, 78, died Wednesday April 4, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.
He was born April 25, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Samuel and Elsie Burwell Buxton. A longtime resident of Kanopolis, he lived a short time in Colo. and western Neb. He worked as a burner for Acme Brick in Kanopolis.
He served with the U.S. Navy in WWII. He belonged to VFW Post 6485, Ellsworth, and American Legion Post 329, Kanopolis. He was also a member of First United Methodist of Ellsworth.
On Nov. 11, 1955, he married Mildred Troyer in Sydney, Neb. She died June 18, 1998.
Survivors include: two sons, Ivan Hoosier of Kanopolis and Dale Hoosier of Ellsworth; a daughter, Colleen Sieger of Gaastra, Michigan; a brother, Robert of Salina; two sisters, Melba Taylor of Rogers, Arkansas, and Fern Knutson of Owatonna, Minnesota; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-parents, Frank and Georgia Vodraska; two brothers, James and Arthur; and two grandchildren, Christina Bunch and Scotty Bunch.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Tuesday April 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Ellsworth. Dr. John Snook will officiate.
Memorials may be sent to the Ellsworth County Health Care Foundation or the Ellsworth County Medical Center.

Cleo V. Price 1918 -2001
LAS VEGAS - Cleo V. Price, 82, died Sunday, April 8, at the Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
She was born Sept. 29, 1918 in Kanopolis. A retired waitress and bank employee, she moved to Las Vegas from Page, Ariz. in 1963. She was also a homemaker.
Survivors include a son, William D. Price of Las Vegas, Nev. and a grandchild.
A graveside service takes place Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at Palm Mortuary-Eastern in Las Vegas.

Doris K. Barber  1965 - 2001
HERINGTON - Doris K. Barber, 35, of Herington died April 6, in a vehicle accident south of Salina.
She was born June 15, 1965, at Wilson, the daughter of Cleveland E. "Cleve" and Ethel M. (Stilwell) Burkhead. She had lived in Herington since 1978, with her foster parents, Ross and Rosy Girton. Doris graduated from Herington High School with the class of 1983. On June 1, 1990, she married Rodney W. Barber at the Nazarene Church in Herington; he survives, of the home.
Doris was a homemaker. She also helped her husband at Rod's Body Shop with secretarial, bookkeeping, estimating and restoration work.
Bowling and the local craft and social clubs were part of her life.
Survivors include two sons, Robert and Ryan, of the home; a sister, Caroline Stark of Rogers, Ark.; and two brothers, Tim and James Burkhead of Wilson.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ted and Gerald Burkhead; and by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wed. April 11, at the Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway in Herington. The Rev. Edward J. Thompson will officiate Interment will be in the Delavan Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the First National Bank-Herington, for Doris Barber's sons' educational fund, or sent to the Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS 67449-3038.

Dorothy I. Stoppel  1922 - 2001
WILSON - Dorothy I. Stoppel, 78, died Tuesday March 27, 2001, at the Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson.
Stoppel was born to Christian J. and Mary (Gephart) Stoppel on July 20, 1922 in Wilson. A lifetime resident of Wilson, she worked as a screen-print operator at Eschbaugh Advertising of Wilson. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death  by her parents; a brother, Ray; and a sister, Elsie Sanders.
Survivors include a niece, Nancy King of Phoenix, Arizona; a nephew, David Stoppel of Wilson; and a sister-in-law, Charlene of Wilson.
The service was held March 30 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Jim Wagner officiating. Interment was at the Wilson City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.

Gilbert J. Toman Sr.  1926 - 2001
HESSTON - Gilbert J. Toman Sr., 74, died March 30 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. He was born Sept. 12, 1926, in Ellsworth County, the son of Joseph Herman and Rose Edna Shanelec Toman. He married Marjorie Mae Bender Dec. 24, 1946, at Ellsworth. She died Aug. 1, 1975.
A resident of Hesston since 1999, coming from Halstead and Holyrood, he was a retired petroleum technician for Kansas  Corporation Commission.
Toman was a member of American Legion Post 200 of Holyrood, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6485 of Ellsworth and Kansas Heart Association. He was past American Legion District 6 commander and on the American Legion alternate national executive committee.
Survivors include three sons, Gib Toman and Dan Toman, both of Halstead, and Ron Toman of Olathe; three daughters, Karen Rudiger of League City, Texas, Joyce Du Bois of Halstead and Debra Cameron of Canton; one brother, Robert Toman of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Leon Toman and Richard Toman; two brothers, Joseph Toman and William Toman; and one sister, Marian Kepka.
Funeral was April 2 at Kaufman Funeral Home in Halstead with the Rev. James Mardock officiating. Burial was at Ellsworth Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Schowalter Villa, in care of the funeral home.

Elden N. Prester  1923 - 2001
GENESEO -  Elden N. Prester, 78, Geneseo, died Friday, March 30, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend.
Mr. Prester was born Feb. 18, 1923, at Dorrance and was a longtime Geneseo resident. He was co-owner of Presters Drive-In and Presters Grocery, both of Geneseo. He was a former employee of Missouri-Pacific Railroad and former manager of Rolling Acres Golf Course, McPherson. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lyons and American Legion
and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Geneseo. He was a founding member of Geneseo Golf Course.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene J., on March 24, 2001; and an infant son, Stephen Wayne.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl S. Shirley of Geneseo and Jayne E. Gottschalk of Wichita; two sisters, Ida M. Taylor and Irene M. Hart, both of Geneseo; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held April 3 at Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons, the Rev. Charles Adams officiating.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church's Pew Cushion Fund.
Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons, is handling arrangements.

Mary S. Demel  1911 - 2001
ODIN - Mary S. Demel, 89, died April 1 at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. She was born April 13, 1911, in Hoisington, the daughter of William and Sidonia Moeder Klug. She married Frank A. Demel Nov. 21, 1932, in Odin. He died April 13, 1989. A lifetime resident of Odin, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Demel was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and Altar Society, both of Odin; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Claflin.
Survivors include six sons, Robert F. Demel and Ray Demel, both of Great Bend, Thomas Demel and Mark Demel, both of Hoisington, Marvin Demel of Kanopolis and Allen Demel of Woodward, Okla.; two daughters, Dolores Ann Rosenberg of Simsbury, Conn., and Rosie Schremmer of Hoisington; one brother, Ed Klug of Great Bend; three sisters, Odee Murphy and Cecelia McClure, both of Wichita, and Dorothy Mayer of Springfield, Mass.; 23 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters.
Funeral was April 3 at the Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Pascal Klein officiating. Burial was at Holy Family Cemetery in Odin.
Memorials are suggested to the cemetery, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

James J. Homolka  1911 - 2001
CLAFLIN - James J. Homolka, 89, died March 31 at Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth. He was born Sept. 6, 1911, in Barton County, the son of Peter L. and Anna Marie Jezek Homolka. He married Edith M. Beasley Oct. 9, 1948, in Gove. She preceded him in death. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth and Barton counties, he was a retired farmer and stockman. Homolka was a member of United Methodist Church of Claflin, Claflin Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Palacky Cemetery board, township board, past Holyrood Co-op board member and president, past church board member, past Farm Bureau board and past Barton County Extension Service board.
Survivors include one son, James A. Homolka of Holyrood; two daughters, Joann Klug of Springfield, Mo., and Alice Lynn Donley of Ellsworth; one sister, Helen Homolka of Holyrood; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 2 at the church with the Rev. Janet Myers officiating. Burial was at Palacky Cemetery in rural Holyrood with Masonic graveside rites. 
Memorials are suggested to the church in care of Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.

Rosie Anna Klema  1913 - 2001
WILSON - Rosie Anna Klema, died April 2 at Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson.
She was born August 4, in Wilson, and was a lifetime resident.  She was a homemaker and caregiver.
Miss Klema was preceded in death by her brother Glenn Klema in 1989.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Steinle of Russell.
Funeral services were held April 4 at the graveside in Wilson Cemetery with Rev. Jerome Morgan officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the  Wilson Nursing Center in care of Rodrick and Minear Funeral Home at 111 S. Fairview Ave., Lucas, Kansas 67648.

John Blank, Jr.  1915 - 2001
HOLYROOD - John Blank Jr., 86, died April 2 at the Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. He was born January 11, 1915 in Chase to Anna Dipple and John Blank Sr. He married Margaret F. Smith on May 14, 1950 at Lake Benton, Minn. John was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth and Rice counties, he was a farmer and carpenter, a member of St. Paul?s United Church of Christ, Holyrood and a WWII Army and Air Force Veteran.
Survivors include Margaret F. Blank, his wife, of the home, two sons, Daniel Blank of Halstead, Merle Dean Blank of Madison, Ala.; two daughters, Marcia Hendrix of Springfield, Mo. and Iris Ogden, Great Bend; eight grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence Blank of Lyons; two sisters, Aline Dole of Wichita and Evelyn Shadduck of Holyrood.
Mr. Blank was preceded in death by a son, Bernard John Blank, his parents and one sister Mary Mae Blank.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 5, 2 p.m. at St. Paul?s United Church of Christ, Holyrood, with Pastor Mary Lou Klein as officiant.
Flower service will be held at 1 p.m. with visitation 1-8 p.m. on Wed., 8-10 a.m. at Parsons Funeral Home and 1-2 p.m. at the church.
Memorials are suggested to KSU Center for Basic Cancer Research.

Manuel "Lightening" Diaz (1925-2002) 
KANOPOLIS - Manuel "Lightening" Diaz, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Ellsworth. Mr. Diaz was born Sept. 2, 1925, to Ysidro and Jovita Mesa Diaz. He was a lifetime resident of Kanopolis, where he retired from the Independent Salt Co. after 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and the St. Ignatius Catholic Church, both at Kanopolis, and the Russell VFW. Survivors include a son, James of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Georgia Wilkinson of Kanopolis; two brothers, Tiodore and Eugene, both of Kanopolis; two grandchildren; seven nieces; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant child, Anthony, in 1951. The funeral was Monday at the St. Ignatius Church, the Rev. Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial was in the Kanopolis Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the American Legion of Kanopolis, the church or the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, is in charge of arrangements.

Kristine Wolff Gustitus (1956-2002)
KANOPOLIS - Kristine Wolff Gustitus, 45, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at her home in Kanopolis. Mrs. Gustitus was born Dec. 31, 1956, in Columbus, Ohio, to LeRoy and Joyce Glade Wolff. She moved from San Diego, Calif. to Kanopolis in 1987. She was a registered nurse at Salina Regional Medical Center and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she served in the nursing corps. She married Glenn Gustitus Feb. 18, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nev. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Julia Joyce Gustitus of Salina; a son, Glenn Allan Gustitus Jr. of Kanopolis; her parents of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; a sister, Dr. Joy Wolff-Nordone of Dunedin, Fla.; and a grandson, Braden Allan Taylor Gustitus of Kanopolis. The memorial service is today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth Street, Salina, the Rev. Harry Tyson officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mowery Clinic Cancer Center, Salina. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Eleanor Hollenbeck (1921-2002) 
SALINA - Joyce Eleanor Hollenbeck, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, Mrs. Hollenbeck was born Joyce Eleanor Andrea on March 18, 1921, at Holyrood. She was a receptionist for Kennedy and Coe. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E., in 1988, and a son, Jay Dee, in 1956. Survivors include a son, Jerry of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The body was cremated. Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Helen I. Holmes (1918-2002) 
CHASE - Helen I. Holmes, 83, Chase, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at her home in Chase. Mrs. Holmes was born May 29, 1918, at Chapman to Tom and Annetta Anderson Prosser. She had lived in Chase since 1948, where she was a retired city clerk and homemaker. She also was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Victory Church. She married William "Neal" Holmes May 12, 1944, at Wichita. He died in 2001. Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Strasters of Aransas Pass, Texas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two infant sisters and a brother, Russel Prosser. The graveside service is 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, the Rev. Larry Westherman officiating. Burial is in Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Victory Church in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.

David Miller (1979-2002) 
WILSON - David Miller, 22, Wilson, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Wilson. Miller was born Dec. 10, 1979, at Russell, the son of Gary and Joyce Kraus. A senior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Miller worked for College Pro-paint and the KSU Alumni Association both of Manhattan and Kansas Wildlife and Parks in Wilson. Survivors include his parents and a sister, Alicia Miller. Grandparents are Gerald and Alyce Klema of Wilson and Wilbert and Bernadine Kraus. A family graveside service is today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the Wilson City Cemetery, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Wilson. Visitation was from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until service time today at Foster Mortuary, Wilson Memorials may be made to the Excelsior Lutheran Church and KSU¹s Theta Xi Fraternity, both in care of Foster Mortuary.

Melvin P. Rogers (1911-2001) 
MESA, Ariz. - Melvin P. Rogers, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 at Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Rogers was born March 27, 1911, at Glasco, Kan., to Ad and Leola Eberhardt Rogers. He was a 1929 graduate of Glasco High School and a 1935 graduate of Kansas State University. Following military service, he lived in Abilene, Kan., and Ellsworth, Kan., where he worked on government soil erosion projects. He retired in Ellsworth in 1966 and moved to Mesa. He married Ruby L. Swearingen April 5, 1936. She died in 1992. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Pearson of Hays and Norma Gupton of Arlington, Texas; a son, Ronald M. Rogers of Monument, Colo.; three brothers, Ross Rogers of Tulsa, Okla., Max Rogers of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Norman Rogers of Abilene, Kan.; a sister, Lila Weber of Fort Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted Dec. 19 in Mesa. Interment services were Saturday at the Dean Funeral Home, Glasco, Norman Rogers officiating. Burial was in Glasco Cemetery with military graveside rites. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Disabled Veterans of America.

Myrtle "Pauline" Beck (1919-2002) 
EUDORA - Myrtle "Pauline" Beck, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Beck was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Dover to Melville and Minnie Wemple Dill. She lived for 44 years in Holyrood before moving to Eudora two years ago. She attended the Eudora Assembly of God Church. She married Oscar I. Beck Feb. 1, 1942, in Lawrence. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Seitz of Lawrence; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. The funeral was Monday at the Eudora Assembly of God Church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Holyrood. Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to info@warrenmcelwain.com.

Anne Doolittle (1912-2002) 
HAWKINS, Texas - Anne Marie Doolittle, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Quitman, Texas. Mrs. Doolittle was born March 21, 1912, in Czechoslovakia to Joseph Vocasek and the former Mary Kryslova. She was reared in Wilson, Kan. She later moved to Montclair, N.J. and then to Hancock, N.Y., where she was first a beautician and later owned several restaurants. She later lived in Florida before moving to Hawkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton H. Doolittle; a son, Victor; and two brothers, Jerry C. Krysc and Joe E. Vocasek. Survivors are a daughter, Judy Thomas of Big Sandy, Texas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was Jan. 19 in the Beaty Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. James Cook officiating.

Edna Frances Galloway (1908-2002) 
SALINA - Edna Frances Galloway, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Penn Campus. Mrs. Galloway was born April 20, 1908, in Ellsworth County to William Wesley and Nellie Frances Brown Shoemaker. She lived in Ellsworth for many years before moving to Salina in 1949. She worked in retail sales and as a junior high school lunchroom aide in Salina, where she also was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She married Glenn Emerson Galloway Dec. 8, 1925, in Ellsworth. He died in 1983. Survivors include a daughter, Gwen D. Nichols of North Platte, Neb.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and a special friend, Frank Thompson. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, John and Earl Shoemaker; and three sisters, Emma Green, Clara Walker and Mildred Boston. The graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Ellsworth Cemetery, Pastor Loren Marler officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Salina.

Adolph "Ott" Gottschalk (1917-2002) 
HAYS - Adolph "Ott" Gottschalk, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at the Hays Good Samaritan Center. Mr. Gottschalk was born April 18, 1917, on the family farm in Rush County to William and Anna Munsch Gottschalk. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 4166 of Schoenchen and the Bishop Cunningham Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Hays. He also served on the school board and the Parish Council of the St. Anthony's Church, where he also was a youth teacher. He married Irene Stecklein in 1939. She died in 1941. He then married Jane Befort March 2, 1943, at Schoenchen. She survives. Other survivors are five sons, James William of Ellsworth, Robert of Westminster, Colo., Timothy of Belleville, Randy of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Loren of Lenexa; four daughters, Gladys Herrman of Emporia, Karen Larkin of Monett, Mo., Michelle Sander of Tribune and Dee Ann Garrison of Hays; a sister, Rose Wasinger of Schoenchen; 28 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Matthew Urban; four brothers, Peter, Wendelin, Marcus and Vincent; seven sisters, Regina Bieker, Mary Pfannenstein, Amelia Gottschalk, Bernadine Unrein, Bertha Schmedemann, Martina Roth and Louise Hoerner. The funeral was Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hays, the Rev. David Metz officiating. Burial was in the St. Anthony¹s Cemetery, Schoenchen. Memorials have been established in his name at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home and the St. Anthony¹s Cemetery Association. Hays Memorial Chapel, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.

Rosaline W. Grosnick (1904-2002) 
Rosaline W. Grosnick, 97, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at the Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center. Mrs. Grosnick was born April 29, 1904, in Ellsworth County to Reinhold Julius Eilrich and the former Bertha Emma Peterman. She lived most of her life near Ellsworth, where she was a homemaker and nurse's aide for 17 years for the Good Samaritan Retirement Center. She was a member of the St. Paul¹s Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth, and a charter member of the St. Paul¹s Ladies Aide. She married George Walter Martin Grosnick Aug. 30, 1925, at Ellsworth. He died in 1986. She also was preceded in death by a son, Roland, in 1965; a sisters, Elizabeth Cleverdon in 1982; and brothers Alfred Eilrich in 1964 and Martin Eilrich in 1971. Survivors include a daughter, Marian McKain of Miltonvale; a brother, Wilbert Eilrich of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Hilda Schroeder and Mildred Burmeister, both of Ellsworth; and Verna Miller of Bremen, Ind.; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Donald Ehrke officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to Miltonvale Manor. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Alfred Jay Sanders (1931-2002) 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Alfred Jay Sanders, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Union Printers Home, Colorado Springs. Mr. Sanders was born May 1, 1931, in rural Kanopolis to Oscar Sanders and the former Roletta Brown. He was a retired meat cutter who served with the U.S. Army in Korea. Survivors include a son, Doug Massingill of Colorado Springs; a twin brother, Jack Sanders of Salina; a sisters, Elizabeth Sauers of Kanopolis; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Peterson. The memorial service was Jan. 12 at the Union Printers Home. Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, was in charge of arrangements.

Fred Edgar Schwein (1926-2002) 
TOPEKA - Fred Edgar "Fred Jr." Schwein, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Aldersgate Village, rural Shawnee County. Mr. Schwein was born Dec. 19, 1926, at WaKeeney to Fredrick and Natalia Mai Schwein. He was a bread salesman for Rainbo Bread Co. and a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, American Legion Moore Post 197 and Fraternal order of Eagles 3774, all at WaKeeney. He also was in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Bernadine "Dean" Lemmons March 9, 1947, at WaKeeney. She died in August of 2000. Survivors include two sons, Fred Lee Schwien of Topeka and Mark A. Schwien of Springfield, Mo.; a brother, Carroll of Hamilton, Ohio; a sister, Beverly Connally of Ellsworth; and six children. The funeral was Monday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, WaKeeney, Pastor Randy Gibbs officiating, with military rites by the American Legion Post. Burial was in WaKeeney City Cemetery. Memorials are unknown at this time, send in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney. 

Dorothea K. Tews (1911-2001) 
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Dorothea K. Tews, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001. Mrs. Tews was born Aug. 16, 1911, in Nidermonjou, Russia, the daughter of Christian and Sophia (Heldt) Ulrich. She moved to Wilson in September of 1912 and was educated there in the local schools. She moved to Kenosha, Wisc. in 1940. She married Sigmund Tews on Feb. 15, 1947. He died Aug. 29, 1998. Mrs. Tews was employed at J.J. Newberry Abstract and later American Motors Corporation, retiring in 1946. She was a member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was also a former resident of Luray, having been an employee of the telephone company and of Ulrich Motor Company. Surviving her are two daughters, Judith Geiselhart, Bloomington, Minn. and Dorothea Rick, Milwaukee, Wisc.; one sister, Marie Schultz, Great Bend; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a goddaughter, Dorothy Frisk of Kenosha, Wisc. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Christian, Henry, Michael, John, George, David and Jacob, and a grandson, Joseph Rick.

Florence D. Westerman (1910-2002) 
LORRAINE - Florence D. Westerman, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Salina Regional Health Center, Santa Fe Campus. Mrs. Westerman was born Sept. 10, 1910, in Ellsworth County, to Edd Kruse and the former Augusta Schroeder. She was a lifetime resident of the Lorraine area, where she was a homemaker and retired teacher who taught in one-room schoolhouses. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine. She married Lee Henry Westerman June 2, 1942. He died in 1999. Survivors include a son, Edward of Lorraine; a daughter, Berry Ann Pippin of Benton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the First Baptist Church, the Rev. James Morford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.. Memorials may be made to the church. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements.


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