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
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
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.