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Lida M. Odegaard 1944­2001
KETTLE FALLS, WASH. ­ Lida M. Odegaard, 56, Kettle Falls, Wash., died Feb. 16 at the Newport Community Hospital Long Term Care Unit from Nieman-Picks disease.
She was born Oct. 13, 1944 in Wilson, to Everett and Lida Weinhold. She
graduated from Wilson High School.
On Feb 11, 1977, she married Milton Hans Odegaard in Reno, Nev. the family moved from Rice, Wash. to Kettle Falls, Wash., in 1999.
She loved being a mother, and enjoyed gardening, bead work, canning,
spinning and worked as a retail clerk.
Survivors include her husband, Hans at the family home in Kettle Falls; four
children, Daphne Nelson, of Kettle Falls, Diane Forget of New York, Richard Mapes of Rice, Wash. and Donald Nielsen of Seattle; ten grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Siefers of Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Rich and Everett.
A memorial service will be held at Excelsior Lutheran Church, April 29, 1
p.m. The family requests no flowers. gifts given in Lida¹s memory may be
given to Excelsior Cemetery fund or the Lighted Cross Fund.

Clara VonFange Pflughoft 1904­2001
TOPEKA ­ Clara Ottilie Ida VonFange Pflughoft, 96, Topeka, died  April 17, at a Topeka nursing home.
She was born July 9, 1904, on a farm southeast of Lincoln, the daughter of
Ernest VonFange and Adelia Block.
She married Harold Pflughoft in 1932 and lived in Ellsworth later moving to
Topeka. He died in 1967. Mrs. Pflughoft also was preceded in death by a son, Harold Pflughoft, in 1937; seven brothers, Walter, Karl, Fred, Ernest Jr.,
Lawrence, Harold and Don VonFange; two sisters, Alvena Meyer and Irene
Deiter.
Mrs. Pflughoft was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Topeka.
Survivors include two sisters, Lenora Schneider, Salina, and Luella Bell,
Tucson, Ariz.; three sister-in-laws Doris Von Fange and Edna Von Fange of
Lincoln, Jean VonFange of Wichita and many nieces and nephews
Service was April 20 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Topeka. Burial was at
Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 901 S.W. Fillmore, Topeka, 66604, or to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier
Circle, Topeka, 66606.

Gracie V. Austin 1913­2001
SCOTT CITY ­ Gracie Viola Austin, 87, died Saturday, April 21, at her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1913, in Russell County to Joseph and Letitia B.
(Evans) Luder.
She married Arthur A. Austin on April 16, 1938, in Wilson. He died Jan. 1,
1988. She was a longtime Hill City resident, moving to Scott City in 1999.
She was a teacher and homemaker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hill City, and the Delta Kappa Gamma.
Survivors include three sons, Eric, Hays, Norman, Topeka, and Arthur W.,
Alamorgordo, N.M.; a daughter, Marilyn Dryer, Scott City; a sister, Rachel
Wurm, Oberlin; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two children, two sisters and two brothers.
Services were April 24 at Hill City United Methodist Church with the Rev.
Mehl Cruit officiating.  Burial was   in Wilson City Cemetery.
Spencer-Stinemetz Funeral Chapel, Hill City, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Gracie V. Austin Memorial Fund or United
Methodist Youthville.

Raymond L. Vopat 1926­2001
WILSON ­ Raymond L. Vopat, 75, Wilson, died Friday, April 20, at his home.
Mr. Vopat was born Feb. 8, 1926, at Lincoln County and was a lifetime area
resident. He was grocery manager at Klema's IGA in Wilson and Novak's IGA in Ellsworth. He also sold life and health insurance for many years. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson and Wilson Fire Department. He was the "Voice of the Wilson Dragons" for 37 years and announced Wilson's Czech Festival parade for 39 years.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister and infant grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Frances of the home; a son, Leslie of Wilson;
two daughters, Tamara Garrett of Hutchinson and Dawn Obermeyer of Wichita; a brother, Harold of Wichita; and eight grandchildren.
The funeral was April 24 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson, the Rev. Jim
Wagner officiating. Burial was in Wilson City Cemetery with military rites
by Msgr. John F. Mcmanus, American Legion Post 262 of Wilson.
Memorials may be made to Wilson Nursing Center or Ellsworth County Hospice in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490.

Orison L. Small 1913­2001
HOLYROOD - Orison L. Small, 88, Holyrood, died Friday, April 20, at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mr. Small was born March 27, 1913, at Galva and lived in Holyrood since
1950. He was a retired welder-mechanic for National Coop Refinery
Association and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Holyrood,
AFL-CIO Union and KY2 Campers.
His first wife, Eva Mae, died in 1967.
Survivors include his wife, Marian of Holyrood; a son, Bobby K. of Lyons; a
daughter, Merilyn Meyer of Mesa, Ariz.; a stepson, Dale Simpson of Salina; a
stepdaughter, Maralee Whitehead of Natchez, Miss.; six grandchildren; four
stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and
two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was April 23 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood,
the Revs. Mary Lou Klein and Jeff Meyer officiating. Burial was in St.
Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, was in charge of the arrangements.

Esther I. Bohl 1910­2001
ELLSWORTH ­ Esther I. Bohl, 90, Ellsworth, died Friday, April 20, at Good Samaritan Retirement Village.
Mrs. Bohl was born Esther I. Haase on Dec. 7, 1910, in Ellsworth County and was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker and nurse's aide at
Ellsworth County Veterans Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, and AARP.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A., in 1969; a daughter,
Deloise Mayo, in 2001; and a son, Gary, in 1965.
Survivors include two sons, Don of Lakewood, Colo., and Carl of Ellsworth;
three daughters, Carol Panzer of Denver, Janice Hansel of Shawnee and Nancy Rolfs of Lawrence; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral was April 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, the Rev.
Richard D. Andrus officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or Good Samaritan Retirement Village in care of Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439.

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 nurse¹s 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 AeroSpace 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 donor¹s 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. Paul¹s 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. Paul¹s 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.


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