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Alice Kahler (1912-2002) 
KANKAKEE, Ill. Alice Kahler, 89, a former Holyrood, Kan., resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Kankakee, Ill. Miss Kahler was born July 25, 1912, in Holyrood to Matthew and Margaret Heiken Kahler. She worked for more than 30 years as a doctor¹s assistance in Dearborn, Mich. She was a member of the Methodist church. Her hobbies were music and bowling. Survivors include three sisters, Rovida Kahler-Iler of Kankakee, Pauline Rous of Ellsworth, Kan., and Marguerite Rowser of Bentenville, Ark.; two brothers, Roland Kahler of Ottawa, Kan., and Dr. Derald Kahler of New Port Beach, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Kahler and a sister, Gertrude Nagle. The funeral was Saturday at the Manor Care Nursing Home, Kankakee, the Rev. Don Rardin officiating. Memorials may go to the donor¹s choice. Schreffler Funeral Home, Kankakee, was in charge of arrangements. 

Winslow Hubka (1914-2002) 
WILSON Winslow Hubka, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002. Mr. Hubka was born Aug. 30, 1914, at Wilson. He was a retired farmer-stockman and church janitor. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2000. Survivors include a son,, Ron Hubka of Wilson; a stepson, Vance Stinnett of Salina; a daughter, Diane Hubka of Salina; and five grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at the St. Weneslaus Catholic Church, Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or Wilson Senior Center, in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490. 

Donald 'Doc' Rathbun (1911-2002) 
RIVERSIDE, Calif. Donald "Doc" Rathbun died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at his home in Riverside, Calif. Mr. Rathbun was born Oct. 8, 1911, in Ellsworth County, Kan., to Dick and Ella Hoffman Rathbun. He moved to Riverside in 1950, where he was a maintenance man for the Revere Co. He married Madge Thornton on June 12, 1935, at the Ellsworth County Courthouse. She died Jan. 13, 1979. Survivors include a daughter, Jalayne Sue Snow of Riverside; two brothers, Merle "Shorty" Rathbun of Ellsworth and Clyde "Hap" Rathbun of Lorraine, Kan.; three sisters, Maxine Clifton of Lyons, Kan., Geneva Gale Burton of Salina, Kan., and Mary Jane Thornton of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Garland Lane; a brother, Delbert; and a sister, Ethel Rizor. The graveside service was Saturday in Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside. 

Lila R. Wikoff (1923-2002) 
BROOKVILLE Lila R. Wikoff, 78, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. Mrs. Wikoff was born Lila Walker May 4, 1923, in Ellsworth. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Thomas L. of Brookville; a daughter, Nancee S. Richards of Salina; two sisters, Norma Turner and Delma Peterson, both of Salina; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, Salina. Burial was in Brookville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brookville United Methodist Church or the Brookville Senior Citizens. Roselawn Mortuary, 1307 S. Santa Fe, Salina 67401 was in charge of arrangements. 

Kenneth F. "Tiny" Dolecek (1920-2002) 
WICHITA - Kenneth F. "Tiny" Dolecek, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at Via Christi, St. Francis Campus. Mr. Dolecek was born July 1, 1920, at Holyrood to John H. and Helen Agnes Jurenka Dolecek. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge of Wichita and the Holyrood American Legion Post. He was retired from Coleman Company in Wichita. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavena McNeil Dolecek. Survivors include a son, Bruce of Andover; a daughter, Mary Helen Gleason of Geneseo; a sister, Marjorie Steen of Wichita; and six grandchildren. The funeral was Jan. 30 in the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel, Wichita, the Rev. Roger Beason officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Kansas Masonic Home. 

Frances E. "Fran" Malir (1933-2002) 
WILSON - Frances E. "Fran" Malir, 68, Wilson, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002. She was born Frances E. "Fran" Mastek on Feb. 18, 1933, at Tampa. She taught school for 36 years. Survivors include her husband, Eugene of Wilson; a son, Rick Malir of Dublin, Ohio; a daughter, Nancy Malir of Silver Spring, Md.; and four sisters, Agnes Bina of Marion, Margaret Jirak of Tampa, Sanine Bollig of Hays and Madeline Anderson of Clay Center. The funeral was Tuesday at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, the St. Wencelaus Cemetery Fund and the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, all in care of Foster Mortuary, Wilson. 

Aileen Mehl (1914-2002) 
Aileen Mehl, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mrs. Mehl was born Feb. 2, 2914, to William and Helena Schwerdtfeger Choitz. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, where she was a homemaker and a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Holyrood. She married Henry Mehl May 8, 1932, in Ellsworth. He died in 1994. She also was preceded in death by two brothers and seven sisters. Survivors include a son, John Mehl of Ellsworth; a daughter, Carol Hicks of Ellsworth; a sister, Lillian Koralek of Geneseo; four grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. John Sharp officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

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 was Jan. 31 at the Wilson City Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Wilson. Memorials may be made to the Excelsior Lutheran Church and KSU's Theta Xi Fraternity, both in care of Foster Mortuary. 

Matilda J. Novak (1917-2002) 
LUCAS - Matilda J. Novak, 84, Lucas, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002. Mrs. Novak was born Matilda J. Branda on Feb. 2, 1917, at Luray. She was a homemaker, a retired elementary teacher and a cook at K-18 Cafe, Lucas. Survivors include two sons, Raymond of Wichita and John of Lucas; two daughters, Janet Holley of Topeka and Mary Anne Bowie of Shreveport, La.; a brother, Joseph Branda of Wilson; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Sylvan Grove. Burial was in Lucas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Rodrick and Minear Funeral Home, 111 S. Fairview, Lucas 67648 was in charge of arrangements. 

Edna Mae Rush (1911-2002) 
WAYNOKA, Okla. - Edna Mae Rush, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at the Sharc Medical Center, Alva, Okla. Mrs. Rush was born April 7, 1911, in Ellsworth County to Charles and Myrtle Oney Johnson. She attended Sterling College and taught at schools in Rice, Ellsworth and Barton counties until her retirement. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Wichita. She married Laurn Rush in 1929 at McPherson. He died in 1954. She also was preceded in death by a son, Elmer ³Duke² Rush; and three sisters, Eleanor Johnson, Elizabeth Murray and Edith Van Norman. Survivors include a son, Sherrill ³Shenney² Rush of Wichita; a daughter, Karmen Patricia Guillford of Waynoka; two sisters, Eunice Davidson of Miltonvale and Ethyle Hulse of Marquette; four sisters-in-law, Fay Rush of Ellsworth, Ruth Rush of Minneapolis, Virginia Rush of McPherson and Adeline Beagley of Geneseo; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at Sillin Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Burial was in Geneseo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer¹s Foundation in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Melva F. Splitter (1913-2002) 
LYONS - Melva F. Splitter, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the Lyons District Hospital. Mrs. Splitter was born July 29, 1913, at Lorraine to Herman G. and Clara Colberg Janssen. She was graduated from Ottawa University in 1937. She moved from Lorraine to Lyons in 1975. She was a retired school teacher after having taught at Alden and Norwich. She also was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Baptist Women, Li-Ar-Mu Club and the Rice County Community Concert Association, all at Lyons, and the American Rose Society. She married L. Vernon Splitter July 18, 1942, at Lorraine. He survives. Other survivors are a son, Melvin Splitter of Lorraine; two daughters, Clarissa Pound of East Rochester, N.Y., and Rosalie Splitter of Athens, Ga.; three brothers, Vernon Janssen of Little River, Arlen Janssen of Geneseo and Jerome Janssen of Lorraine; a sister, Wanda Olson of Walled Lake, Mich; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6) at the Lyons First Baptist Church, the Revs. Gary Karas and Donald Decker officiating. Burial was in Lorraine Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lyons First Baptist Church or Gideons International in care of Sillin Funeral Homes, Lyons. 

Margaret Margie Wagner (1910-2002) 
Margaret Margie Wagner, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at the Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Mrs. Wagner was born July 25, 1910, in Ellsworth County to William and Dora Warta Kubick. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, where she was a homemaker and teacher in the Holyrood Grade School after teaching in county schools. She married Elmer F. Wagner April 22, 1929, in Salina. He died April 13, 1993. Survivors include a daughter, Frances Jirik of Hoisington; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was Monday at Parsons Funeral Home, the Rev. Jim Newkirk officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hoisington Rehabilitation Center, the First United Methodist Church of Ellsworth or the Great Bend Humane Society. 


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