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Mary Lou Botello 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mary Lou Botello, 66, Kansas City, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at the North Kansas City Hospital. Mrs. Botello is survived by her husband of 37 years, Anthony; a son, Michael Rodriguez of Kansas City; a daughter, Teresa Lynn Lopez, Kansas City; five brothers, Dan, Leon and Joe Rodriguez, all of Ellsworth, John Rodriguez of Junction City, and Angel Rodriguez of Manhattan; three sisters, Frances Jacobo of Salina, Lupe Lutz of Hutchinson and Sipriana Bussing of Brazil, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marc and Rudy of Ellsworth. The funeral was Saturday at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kansas City, Mo. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan. 

Wilma R. Eilrich (1942-2002) 
McPHERSON - Wilma R. Eilrich, 60, McPherson, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002. Mrs. Eilrich was born July 8, 1942, in Haywood, Okla., to Fred and Della Gifford Lee. She was a retired hairdresser. Survivors include her husband, Raymond; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Tiffani of McPherson; two brothers, Lowell Lee and Gordon Lee, both of Wichita; and four sisters, Marvelle Harris of Salina, Reatha Paddack of Chickasha, Okla., Joy Baker of Rowlette, Texas, and Linda Newsom of Wichita. The memorial service was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson. Memorials may be made to the church, 940 E. Northview, McPherson, Ks. 67460. Downing and Lahey Mortuary West Chapel, Wichita, was in charge of arrangements. 

Vernon Koetkemeyer 
DORRANCE - Vernon Koetkemeyer, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, is in charge of arrangements. 

Merle LeRoy Rathbun (1910-2002) 
Merle LeRoy Rathbun, 92, Ellsworth, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at Villa Grace Nursing Home of the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. "Shorty," as he was known by many, was born May 7, 1910, in Ellsworth to Mosheim Warren "Dick" Rathbun and the former Ella Frederika Hoffman. He was the second of eight children. He was a life-long resident of Ellsworth County in the Ash Creek, Lorraine and Ellsworth communities. He was a farmer and grain elevator worker. He was a member of Ellsworth's First Presbyterian Church, AARP and the Ellsworth County Historical Society, and an active member of the Ellsworth County Senior Center. He married Wilma Louise Hoth Oct. 4, 1934, in Hutchinson. She preceded him in death in February. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Besthorn of Claflin; a son, Ted and his wife, Babette, of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren Bert Besthorn of Claflin, Jodi Besthorn of Wichita, Elaine Besthorn of North Platte, Neb., Scott Besthorn of Birmingham, Mich., and Joel Rathbun of Columbia, S.C.; a brother; three sisters; and a great-grandson. The funeral is today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at Parsons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Village or the First Presbyterian Church. 

Ethel Genevieve Whetzel (1915-2002) 
KINGMAN - Ethel Genevieve Whetzel, 87, Kingman, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002. Mrs. Whetzel was born Ethel Genevieve Peterson on March 28, 1915, at Brookville. She was the retired co-owner of Kingman Lumber. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T., in 1998. Survivors include two sons, Alan G. of Wichita and William G. of Emporia; a daughter, Roberta Gosch of Wichita; a stepdaughter, Jean Hinderliter of Copeland; a brother, Harley Peterson of Salina; a sister, Germaine Kreigh of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren. The funeral was Aug. 19 at Kingman United Methodist Church. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kingman United Methodist Church Sanctuary Sound System or Kingman Riverside Park in care of Livingston Funeral Home, Kingston. 

Earl F. Wyckoff (1935-2002) 
McPHERSON - Earl F. Wyckoff, 66, McPherson, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. Mr. Wyckoff was born Oct. 13, 1935, at Carlton.He was a farmer, a welder for Great Plains Manufacturing in Assaria and a truck driver for McPherson Area Solid Waste. He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Brenda Decker. Survivors include his wife, Sherry of the home; a son, Rick of Abilene; a daughter, Kristene Sipes of Lorraine; two stepsons, Brent Matthews of Carlton and Doug Matthews of McPherson; three stepdaughters, Vicki Eustice of Concordia, Pam Goering of Inman and Diane Winter of McPherson; four grandchildren; 15 step grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. The service was Monday at McPherson Cemetery. Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson, was in charge of arrangements. 

Ella C. Curlee (1920-2002) 
TOPEKA - Ella C. Curlee, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at a Topeka care facility. Mrs. Curlee was born April 30, 1920, in Kanopolis. She attended school there and nurses training in Manhattan. She worked as a registered nurse and county health nurse in Topeka. She is survived by a sister, Ingrid Keithline of Holton, and several nieces and nephews. An anatomical donation was made to the Kansas University Medical Center. 

Ernest A. McPhail (1936-2002) 
SALINA - Ernest A. McPhail, 88, Salina, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002. Mr. McPhail was born April 26, 1914, at Holyood. He was a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, retiring after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Church of the Cross United Methodist, Moose Lodge, Union Pacific, Oldtimers Club and AARP and was a fisherman. He married Mildred Percival on Dec. 25, 1936, at Beverly. Survivors include his wife, Mildred "Monty" of Salina; a son, Rick L. of Sapulpa, Okla.; and a grandchild. The funeral was Saturday at the Church of the Cross United Methodist, Salina. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Phyllis Morgenstern (1930-2002) 
RUSSELL - Phyllis Morgenstern, 72, Russell, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002. Mrs. Morgenstern was born Phyllis Dumler on March 18, 1930, at Russell. She was a clerk at Bankers Department Store and Klemas Grocery Store. Her husband, John C. "Cal," died in 1979. Survivors include two sons, Ronald of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Randy of Lucas; a brother, Glenn Dumler of Russell; and a grandchild. The funeral was Tuesday at the St. John Lutheran Church, Russell. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wilson Nursing Center or the church in care of Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665. 

Sylvia G. Vopat (1916-2002) 
Sylvia G. Vopat, 86, died Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at the Salina Regional Health Center. Mrs. Vopat was born March 22, 1916, in Ellsworth County to Frank Svaty and Anna Hochman Svaty. She was a lifetime resident of the area. On May 10, 1939, she married George L. Vopat in Wilson. He died in 1997. She was a teacher and homemaker. She taught at Progress and Palacky schools in Ellsworth County. She was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson; the Altar Society; a 50-year member of Sunrise EHS; a member of the nocturnal Adoration Society and was on the Board of Directors of the Ellsworth Senior Center. Surviors include a daughter, Phyllis Dolezal, Kanopolis; five sons: Robert Vopat of Topeka; Harry Vopat of Paola; Alan Vopat of Deer Trail, Colo.; Dr. Richard Vopat, Wilson; and Danny Vopat, Topeka; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral was Aug. 9 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson, Father Jerome Morgan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Foster Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Wilson Senior Center of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

Wendleen Jay Storment (1953-2002) 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Wendleen Jay Storment, 48, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at San Diego, Calif. Mr. Storment was born Dec. 13, 1953, at Hays, Kan. to Riley and Wanetta Storment. He married Carol Eisiminger of Hutchinson. He was a welder and worked many years in Hutchinson before becoming a ship welder in Florida and later on the docks in San Diego. He loved to travel and had been from east coast to west coast. Survivors include four brothers: Bill of Amarillo, Texas, Don of Miami, Okla., Danny of Parsons, Kan., and Barry of Hutchinson, Kan.; and five sisters, Lois Axelson and LaDene Airehart of Plainville, Kan., Lucretia Cunningham of Wilson, Kan., Kay Wadley of Mableville, Ark., and Sue Storment of Colorado Springs, Colo. The body was cremated. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. 

Erwin G. Burmeister (1913-2002) 
Erwin G. Burmeister, 89, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mr. Burmeister was born June 18, 1913, in Ellsworth County to Edward C. and Marie W. Grosnick Burmeister. He was a lifelong resident of Ellsworth, where he was a stockman and cattle trucker. He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He married Elvera Steinhaus Dec. 1, 1940. They later divorced. She died in 1994. He married Dorothea Wacker Dohe July 30, 1978. She had five children at the time. She survives. Other survivors include his sons, Larry of Wichita and Leonard of Ellsworth; Larry Dohe and Wayne Dohe, both of Lincoln, Dale Dohe of Plainville and Dean Dohe of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Karen Buttenhoff of Lincoln; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth, the Rev. Donald Ehrke officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

George Ancel Cleaver (1936-2002) 
SALINA - George Ancel Cleaver, 66, Salina, died Wednesday, July 28, 2002. Mr. Cleaver was born March 13, 1936, at Hutchinson. He retired in 1994. Survivors include three sons, William of Gaylord, Mich., Raymond of Salina and Thomas E. of Blue Springs, Mo.; three sisters, Darlene Heintz of Springville, Iowa, Essie Boulineau of Ellsworth and Betty Stump of Chico, Calif.; and three grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel in Salina. Memorials may be made to the Salina Symphony Orchestra or Salina Masonic Lodge No. 60.

Dustin Loy Cole (1968-2002) 
LINDSBORG - Dustin Loy "Dusty" Cole, 34, died Sunday, July 28, 2002. Mr. Cole was born July 26, 1968, at Iola. He was a welder for Vortex in Salina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorrance and Barbara Christine Cole; and a brother, Dorrance Christopher Cole. Survivors include a brother, Shelbon of Marquette; a sister, Wendi Larm of Brookville; and his grandmother, Evangeline Cole of Brookville. The service was Aug. 1 in Calvary Cemetery, Brookville, with military honors by Fort Riley. Memorials may be made to the family of Dustin Cole. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, was in charge of arrangements.

Eldo H. Janssen (1910-2002) 
HOLYROOD - Eldo H. Janssen, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mr. Janssen was born Jan. 21, 1910, at Garber, Okla., to Bruno M. and Louise Goecker Janssen. He lived in Lorraine before moving in 1950 to Holyrood, where he was an auto mechanic and co-owner of Holyrood Motor Co. He was past city council member at Holyrood and a past church treasurer at the St. Peter Lutheran Church. He married Beulah Montgomery Oct. 14, 1934 in Enid, Okla. She survives. Other survivors are a son, Robert E. Janssen of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Carolyn L. Beauchamp of Prairie Village; and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister. The memorial service was Friday at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Pastor John Sharp officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Jerry L. Klotz (1943-2002) 
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. - Jerry L. Klotz, 59, died. Mr. Klotz was born July 26, 1943, at Wilson, Kan. to Meade and Bernice Klotz. He was a shop manager for G.E. Service & Apparatus. Survivors include his wife, Ora L., a son, Russell, two daughters, Leora L. Palmer and LeNette Leger, a brother, Gary Klotz; a sister, Linda Seifers; and seven grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the Hepler Funeral Home, Camp Verde. Burial was in Clear Creek Cemetery, Camp Verde, Ariz. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, was in charge of arrangements. 

Lloyd A. Marker (1920-2002) 
STERLING - Lloyd A. Marker, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at the Via Christy Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Mr. Marker was born Feb. 7, 1920, in Drumright, Okla. to Elva and Dessie Landis Marker. He was a Sterling resident for 63 years. He was an oilfield driller for 25 years and a power plant operator at Sterling for 17 years and at the Hutchinson Reformatory for four years. He was a former president of the Mid-K Campers. He married Sylvia Van Norman Oct. 30, 1937, at Lyons. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Bob A. of Hutchinson and Larry of Wilson; three sisters, Alberta Mowery of Nickerson, Ruth Ogden of Great Bend and Lorene Bush of Buckner, Mo.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer, Cleo and Ralph Marker. The funeral was Tuesday at Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling, Jerry Fenwick officiating. Burial was in Sterling Community Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hutchinson Hospital Cancer Fund in care of the funeral home. 

Gertrude M. Rolfs (1914-2002) 
LORRAINE - Gertrude M. Rolfs, 88, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. Miss Rolfs was born March 31, 1914, to John Fred and Margarette Kaiser Rolfs. She moved to Lyons in 1984 after living in Lorraine for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine. Survivors include a sister, Helen Kottmann of Lyons; a sister-in-law, Violet Rolfs of Lorraine; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, the Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Burial was in Lorraine Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Charles Lee Schmidt (1927-2002) 
GENESEO - Charles Lee Schmidt, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, in rural Geneseo. Mr. Schmidt was born May 3, 1927, at Bushton to LeRoy and Louise Colberg Schmidt. He was a lifetime resident of Geneseo, where he was a retired farmer-stockman and school bus driver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., serving as a medic during World War II. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, where he was a long-time Sunday school superintendent, VFW, American Legion and the Geneseo Cemetery Board, all in Geneseo, and the Y2 Kamping Club. He was a long-time 4-H leader and served on the Rice County 4-H Holding Board. He married Estelle Hunter Oct. 2, 1949, in rural Geneseo. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Lindsay Schmidt of Geneseo; a daughter, Rhonda Sanders of Inman; two sisters, Lois Jean Pate of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Darlene Johnson of Borleson, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Warren. The funeral was Monday at the United Methodist Church, Geneseo, the Rev. Lyndelle Shuey and Chaplain Reta Joy Campbell officiating. Burial was in Geneseo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to Harry Hynes Hospice in care of the Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Roy Dean Slansky (1937-2002) 
STOCKTON - Roy Dean Slansky, 65, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002. Mr. Slansky was born July 3, 1937, in rural Stockton. He was a senior vice president and loan officer at Stockton National Bank. Survivors include his wife, Eloise of the home; three sons, Terle of Kearney, Neb., Tim of Chanute and T.J. of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Gloria Burger of Ada and Toya Kasiska of Lucas; a brother, Garry of Hastings, Neb.; and four grandchildren. The funeral was Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Stockton. Burial was in Stockton Cemetery with military rites by Monroe-Taylor Barnes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8873. Memorials may be made to Hays Medical Center Home Health Care, American Cancer Society, Congregational Church or Stockton Public Library. Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Wendleen Jay Sturment (1953-2002) 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Wendleen Jay Sturment, 48, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at San Diego, Calif. Mr. Sturment was born Dec. 13, 1953, at Hays, Kan. to Riley and Wanetta Sturment. He married Carol Eisiminger of Hutchinson. He was a welder and worked many years in Hutchinson before becoming a ship welder in Florida, and later on the docks in San Diego. He loved to travel and had been from east coast to west coast. Survivors include four brothers, Bill of Amarillo, Texas, Don of Miami, Okla., Don of Parsons, Kan., and Barry of Hutchinson, Kan.; and five sisters, Lois Axelson and LaDene Airehart of Plainville, Kan., Lucretia Cunningham of Wilson, Kan., Kay Wadley of Mableville, Ark., and Sue Storment of Colorado Springs, Colo. The body was cremated. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. 

Berniece M. Tobias (1930-2002) 
BUNKER HILL - Berniece M. Tobias, 71, Bunker HIll, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002. Mrs. Tobias was born Berniece Prester on Sept. 17, 1930, at Dorrance. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Ann, in 1965; and a son, Kevin Leroy, in 1966. Survivors include her husband, Leroy of Bunker Hill; a daughter, Joyce Marie Tobias of Bunker Hill; a brother, Harold Prester of Wichita; and three sisters, Helen Bates of Lucas, Mary Anne Steinle of Dorrance and Ruth Rhoades of Willows, Calif. The funeral was Monday at the United Methodist Church, Luray. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Rodrick and Minear Funeral Home, Luray, was in charge of arrangements. 
July 31, 2002
 
Eunice Steinle Barton (1923-2002) 
RUSSELL - Eunice Steinle Barton, 78, died Sunday, July 21, 2002. Mrs. Barton was born Eunice Steinle Dec. 27, 1923, at Bunker Hill. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2000. Survivors include a daughter, Margie Deem of Meade; a son, Alan Don of Russell; two sisters, Helen Wilhelm of Dorrance and Violet Stone of Great Bend; a brother, Albert of Russell; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was Thursday at the St. John Lutheran Church, Memorials may be made to the church in care of the Russell Funeral Home, 610 N. Elm, Russell 67665.


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