Miscellaneous Ellsworth County, Kansas Obituaries


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Sister Marilyn Foote 1933-2000
CONCORDIA - Sister Marilyn Foote, 67, Concordia, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia. Sister Foote was born Dorothy Kathryn Foote in Black Wolf. She was a registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, Manhattan; St. Joseph Hospital, Concordia; and St. John's Hospital, Salina. She served as executive counselor for the Sister of St. Joseph, Concordia, and later as administrator of Medaille Center, Salina. She was a staff member at Manna House of Prayer, Concordia. Survivors include three sisters, Barbara Steiner of Great Bend, Margaret Fox of St. Joseph, MO; and Kathleen Triplett of Junction City; and a brother, Thomas Foote of Bloomfield Hills, MI. The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Nazareth Convent Chapel, the Rev. Stephen Muth officiating. Burial was in Nazareth Cemetery. A wake was held at 7 p.m. Monday, September 3, 2000 at the Convent Chapel, with Sister Jeanette Wasinger as eulogist. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund of the Apostolic Ministry Fund. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia 66901, is handling arrangements.

Ivagene Humbarger 1928-2000
Salina, KS - Ivagene Humbargar, 72, died August 31, 2000 at her home in Salina, KS. Born Clara Ivagene Andrews on August 30 1928 at Salina. She had been a Salina resident her entire life. She had worked for the former St. Johns Hospital as a nurses aide and then for the former Asbury Hospital as a nurses aide for over 30 years. She was a member of the St. Johns Lutheran Church, the Silver Needles Club, the Christian Womens Club, the F. E. C. Club, the Pennys for Friendship Club, and the Golden Years Center all of Salina, KS. She is preceded in death by her husband, Milford L., who died in January 2000. She is survived by one son, Timothy, of Salina. Three daughters, Kay Dorit, of Phillipsburg; Susan Roudybush of Holyrood; and Jane Burch of Salina. Three brothers, William Andrews and Thomas Andrews both of Salina and Robert Andrews of Tescott. One sister, Myrtle Werner of Salina; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2000 at the Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth St., Salina. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials can be made to Hospice of Salina or to St. Johns Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m. at the Ryan Mortuary.

Wendell P. Stull 1919-2000
CHAPMAN - Wendell P. Stull, 80, Chapman, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Geary Community Hospital, Junction City. Mr. Stull was born Nov. 26, 1919, at Palco and was a resident of Chapman since 1961. He coached and taught at Holyrood for 13 1/2 years and at Chapman High School, where he was coach of the 1965 state championship basketball team and athletic director until retirement in 1985. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and member of Plainville Masonic Lodge, Holyrood Order of the Eastern Star, Chapman American Legion Post 240 and Chapman United Methodist Church and was a life member of the National Education Association. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of the home; a son, Ronald of Topeka; a sister, Wanda Braun of Russell; a stepsister, Janice Sage of Granbury, Texas; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Chapman United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kenneth Trickle, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Pleasant View Cemetery, Palco. Memorials may be made to Chapman United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor's choice. Visitation will be from Thursday morning to Friday morning at Londeen Funeral Home, 206 W. Fifth, Chapman.

Frances E. "Barney" Chiles 1909-2000
Holyrood - Frances E. "Barney" Chiles, 91, formerly of Holyrood, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Wilson Nursing Center. Mrs. Chiles was born Frances E. Barons on March 4, 1909, at Natoma. She was an office manager with Western Belfour in Denver and was a partner with her husband in promitional advertising. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Holyrood and the church Ladies Aid and the American Legion Auxiliary. Her husband, James, died in 1952. Survivors include a stepson, James T. Chiles, Jr. of Garland, TX. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood, Pastor John Sharp officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lyons Cemetery, Lyons. Memorials may be made to the church or Wilson Nursing Center. There will be no visitation. Parsons Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bishop Robert Mize, Jr. 1907-2000
Salina - Bishop Robert Mize, Jr., who founded the Saint Francis Academy (then the St. Francis Boys Home) in 1945 in Ellsworth, KS, died on August 17 in Fresno, California. He was 93. Mize was born February 4, 1907 in Emporia, to the Rev. Robert Mize, Sr., and wife Margaret. Mize received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, 1928, and went to the General Theological Seminary in New York City. There he received a Master's of Divinity in 1932. He later received a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in 1960. He was ordained to the Priesthood in November 1932 by his father, the then Bishop Mize. In 1945 he founded the St. Francis Boys Home and established Therapy In Christ: a therapy founded on unconditional love, forgiveness, honesty, and starting and ending each day wth God. He served as director of the Ellsworth and Salina campuses from 1945 to 1960. The Saint Francis Academy has grown to a national ministry of 30 programs in nine states. After much thought, Mize answered a call to the Province of Southern Africa in 1960 and was consecrated Bishop of Damaraland. He served in this capacity unil 1968 and remained as an assistant to his successor until 1970. The following three years, Mize was Vicar of Trinity Marshall/St. Mary's in Fayette, MO. From 1973 to 1976 he again lived in South Africa as a missionary to the Diocese of Botswana. He was Vicar at St. Raphael in Oakhurst, CA, from 1977 to 1981. He was also Assisting Bishop. Mize has been a Collegial Bishop since 1970. He was an associate with the Society of St. John the Evangelist and belonged to the Episcopal Synod of America. Memorial services will be held at St. James Cathedral in Fresno, CA, Sunday, September 24, at 3 p.m.; and at Christ Cathedral in Salina, KS, Friday , September 29, at 11 a.m.

Izetta Pearl Stanclift 1916-2000
KANOPOLIS - Izetta Pearl Stanclift, 84, died Sept. 24 at Ellsworth County Medical.
She was born March 3, 1916, at Kanopolis, the daughter of George and Margarite G. Stout Nakes. A Kanopolis resident for 25 years, she was a film technician for Columbia Motion Pictures, Kansas City, MO, and Holywood, CA, and worked at El-Kan, Ellsworth, for eight years.
She belonged to Kanopolis United Methodist Church, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Kanopolis.
She married Byran M. Stanclift at Kansas City, MO, he died in 1985.
Survivors include: a daughter, Shirlee Freisner, Kanopolis; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Andrew L. Nakes.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with Pastor Rodger Constable and the Rev. Al Hysom presiding. Friends  may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and until service time Thursday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Kanopolis Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Salina or to the American Cancer Association, both in care of the funeral home.

Louise J. McKee Allen 1916-2000
PRAIRIE VILLAGE - Louise J. McKee Allen, 84, of Prairie Village, KS, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Somerset Health Center, Claridge Court, where she was a resident. Memorial services were Monday, Sept. 25 at the Country Club United Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO. Private entombment was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery Mausoleum. Suggested memorials are to the church to the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, 31st and Main, Kansas City, MO, 64112.
Louise was born in Springfield, MO, where she attended Southwest State Teacher's College. She was married in May 1945 to Clair Allen. She was a resident of Kansas City since 1950, a member of the Country Club United Methodist Church, and an active member in many civic organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair H. Allen in 1995; her brother, Jack W. McKee of Riverside, CA, and her sister Mildred McKee Fite of Tahlequah, OK. She is survived by nieces and nephews and a brother-in-law, Richard D. Allen, Ellsworth and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Thompson, Little River.

Elmer W. Hildebrandt   2000
ELLSWORTH - Elmer W. Hildebrandt, 79, died Monday, Sept. 25 at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.
Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, Salina is handling arrangements.

Fern E. Klima 1919-2000
KANOPOLIS - Fern E. Klima, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000 at Via Christi, Wichita.
Mrs. Klima was born Fern E. Boyer on Oct. 31, 1919, at Kanopolis and was a resident of Salina since 1978. She was a clerk and office manager for Safeway Stores, Kansas City, had been shipyard scarfer at Long Beach, CA, and was a former elementary school teacher. She was a member of the Kanopolis Methodist Church.
Her husband, Gailand died in 1989.
Survivors include three brothers, David of Midwest City, OK, LeRoy of Borger, Texas and Fred of Ellsworth; and two sisters, Mabel Turlure and Luella Malhado, both of Kanopolis.
The service was Sept. 23 at the Kanopolis Cemetery, the Rev. Al Hysom officiated.
Memorials may be made to donor's choice.

Mary A. Mullender 1931-2000
VISTA, CA - Mary A. Mullender, a Vista resident for twenty years died on Sept. 19. She was born May 31, 1931, in Ellsworth County to Theodore and Thelma Hays Wilkens.
Mary grew up and attended schools in Lorraine and went on to receive a Bachelor's degree from Fort Hays University in 1953. She taught elementary grades in Kansas, Massachusetts and California seven years before retiring to homemaking and caring for her family.
On August 9, 1955 she married John Mullender at Lorraine. He survives. 
Other survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Matt Dixon, and grandchildren, Jonathan and Alexis of Tenecula, CA. A sister, Ellen Ehler of Holyrood and a brother, Glenn Wilkens of Overland Park.
On Sept. 27, a memorial service will be held in Vista, at the First Lutheran Church at 1410 Foothill Dr.  On Tuesday Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m., Mary's ashes will be interred at a graveside service in the Lorraine Baptist Cemetery at Lorraine. Memorials maybe made to the Heart Fund or donor's choice.

Merritt L. Anderson 1913-2000
LAKEWOOD, CO. - Merritt L. Anderson, died July 19, he was 87.
Services were private. The body was cremated and inurnment will be in Crown Hill.
Mr. Anderson was born January 26, 1913,  in Denver, CO. He married Marjorie Ney, formerly of Wilson.
From 1940 to 1946 he worked in Panama on the Transisthmus Highway in the Canal Zone. His entire career was spent with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Anderson retired as Regional Executive Officer for Federal Highways.
His interests included; theater work, both acting and directing in the Denver Civic Theater. He was a member of El Jebel Shrine, various
interbodies in the Shrine and Masonic Lodge No. 5.
He is survived by his wife and one son Merritt L. Anderson, Jr. of Colorado Springs, four grand children and four great-grand children.
Contributions maybe made to El Jebel Shrine Crippled Children, 4625 West 50th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212 or Denver Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec, Denver, CO. 80231.

Velma Jean Nelson 1913-2000
 LINDSBORG - Velma Jean Nelson, 71, Lindsborg, formerly of rural Marquette, died Sept. 14 at the Salina Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe Campus.
Velma was born July 27, 1929, at rural Marquette, the daughter of Mauritz and Katie  Smith  Johnson.  She married Norman Lee Nelson Jan. 26, 1952, at Marquette.  He died July 15, 1989.
Velma was a homemaker and spent most of her life on the farm.  After Norman's passing, she moved to Lindsborg where she lived for the past 10 years.   She was a member of the Elim Lutheran Church, the WELCA organization of the church, the Langley Empire Homemakers Club, and the Quilt and Embroidery Club, all of Marquette. 
Preceding her in death were her parents; three sisters, infant Irene Johnson, Dora Gile and Marie Gomer; and three brothers, Richard "Rick" Johnson, Archie Johnson and Leslie Johnson.
Survivors include one son, Deryl Nelson, El Reno, Okla.; one daughter, Kathy Ponton, Delphos; one sister, Pauline Nelson, Lindsborg; and four grandchildren, Randi and Bailey Ponton, Rowdy Nelson and Alichia Nelson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, with the Rev. Larry Cross officiating.  Burial was at the Marquette Cemetery, north of Marquette.
Memorials are suggested to the church and the Senior Center, both of Marquette, in care of Olson's Funeral Home, Marquette.

Norman Gene Baldwin 1929-2000
CIMARRON - Norman Gene Baldwin, 71  died Sept. 14 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. He was born Feb, 29, 1929, in rural Rush County. He was a school administrator and a member of the Cimarron United Methodist Church, USA (Emeritis) Council of Superintendents, Elks Club and Rotary Club, both of Cimarron, Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Sigma Kappa. He was also an Army
veteran, a member of KSHSAA, KASCD and KASBO Board of Directors, a former president of KSTA and a life member of AASA and KNEA. His wife, Mildred, died in 1993.
Survivors include a son, Jim of Overland Park; two daughters, Debra Burkhart of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Susan Manes of Ellsworth; a brother, Bev Baldwin of La Crosse; and six grandchildren.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Cimarron, with the Rev. Frank DeFisher officiating. Burial was at Cimarron Cemetery with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Howard Gotschall Post 1714.
Memorials are suggested to the Norman Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Swaim Funeral Home, 1901 S. 14th, Dodge City, KS 67801

Albina E. Wanek 1902-2000
KANOPOLIS - Albina E. Wanek, 97, Kanopolis, died Sept. 12 at Ellsworth County Medical Center. She was born Albina E. Vodraska Nov. 8, 1902, at Blackwolf and was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and St. Bernard's Ladies Guild, both of Ellsworth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 1967, a grandson and a great grandson.
Survivors include two daughters, Rose Marie Dolezal, Kanopolis, and Lillian Garrett of Alva, Okla.; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial was at the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Bernard's Catholic Church or St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Kanopolis, both in care of Parsons Funeral Home of Ellsworth.

Barbara E. Jiricek 1914-2000
ELLSWORTH - Barbara E. Jiricek, 85, died Sept. 18 at Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Villa Grace in Ellsworth. She was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Ellsworth County, the daughter of Godfrey and Anna Warta Soukup. She married Ernest A. Jiricek Jan. 5, 1938, in Ellsworth. He died April 16, 1988. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Jiricek was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the Altar Society, both of Ellsworth.
Survivors include one sister, Cecilia Wamhoff of Ellsworth; and several nieces and nephews.
Vigil service was at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial will be at Ellsworth Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Grace C. Lair 1919-2000
ELLSWORTH - Grace C. Lair, 81, died, Sept. 12 at Salina Regional Health Center. She was born Grace C. Wainwright on Feb. 9, 1919, at Grand Junction, Colo., and was an Ellsworth resident since 1982, coming from Ellinwood and Wichita. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Thomas, died in 1992.
Survivors include a son, Glen of Glenwood, Ark.; two daughters, Muruth Gunn of Spokane, Wash., and Ruby Leffel of Flagstaff, Ariz.; a sister, Flora Warren, Ellsworth; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The service was at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. John Snook officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Ellsworth County Medical Center Inhalation Therapy, in care of Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.

Mary N. Hoffman 1915-2000
CARNEIRO - Mary N. Hoffman, 84, died Sept. 7 at Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center in Salina. She was born Sept. 24, 1915, in Saline County, the daughter of James Henderson and Carrie Esabelle Miller Keller. She married Donald W. Hoffman June 21, 1959, at Salina. He died Jan. 14, 1996. A longtime Carneiro resident, moving to Salina five years ago, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Hoffman belonged to the Carneiro United Methodist Church. Survivors include one sister, Verna Austin, Culver; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters. Funeral was Monday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with the Rev. Al Hysom officiating. Burial was at the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Carneiro United Methodist church or to the Webster Hall, Carneiro, both in care of the funeral home.

Mae Nelson 1913-2000
LYONS - Mae Nelson, 87, Lyons died Sept. 8 at Lyons Good Samaritan Center. She was born Mae Tucker May 25, 1913, at Memphis County, Mo., and was a Lyons resident since 1985, coming from Sterling, Colo. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ely E. Nelson, in 1974; a daughter, Beverly Ann Nelson; and three grandchildren. Survivors include eight sons, Calvin Tucker, George Nelson and John Nelson, all of Lyons, Kenneth Nelson and Robert Nelson, both of Marquette, Charles Nelson of Tujunga, Calif., and Richard Nelson of Springfield Mo.; a daughter, Sandra Wingert of Hutchinson; 32 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildern; and 32 great-great-grandchildern. The funeral was Tuesday at Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson, with the Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Burial was at McPherson Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Lyons Good Samaritan Center. 

Laura M. Tickner 1920-2000
ODESSA, Texas - Laura M. Tickner, 79, died Sept. 5, at Seabury Nursing Center, Odessa. She was born Oct. 23, 1920, at Wichita. An Odessa resident, she was a homemaker. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Family rosary was Saturday at Foster Mortuary, Wilson. Funeral mass was Saturday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson, with the Rev. Jerome Morgan presiding. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the mortuary. 

Albina Wanek 1902-2000
ELLSWORTH - Albina Wanek, 97, of Ellsworth died Sept. 12. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.

Grace Lair 1919-2000
ELLSWORTH - Grace Lair, 81, of Ellsworth died Sept. 12. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.  

Betty J. Kale 1926-2000
ELLSWORTH - Betty J. Kale, nee Reman, 74, of Pickerington, Ohio, formerly of the Wilson, Ellsworth and Holyrood areas, passed away August 16 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, George F. Sr. and Grace P. Redman and brother, Leon G. Redman. She is survived by her husband, Don, Pickerington; stepchildren, Joe (Ruth Ann) Kale, Pickerington, Monna Lou (Bill) Kaufman, Groveport, Ohio, Susie (Bill) Wolfe, Lubbock, Texas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Arlene (Leo) Helus, Columbus, Ohio; Beverly Bailey, Pickerington; brother George F. (Janie) Redman, Salina; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home, Pickerington, on Aug. 21. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Pataskala, Ohio. Memorials are suggested to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215, in Betty's memory.

Norma Ailene Doris Jean Chard 1925-2000
ODGEN - Norma Ailene Doris Jean Chard, 75, Ogden, died Sept. 5, at Mercy Health Center, Manhattan.She was born Norma Ailene Doris Jean Brown Jan. 12, 1925, at rural Lincoln County and was a resident of the Manhattan area for more than 40 years. She was a secretary for U.S. Weary Law Offices, Junction City, and for Kansas State University in printing and was a licensed child-care provider at Manhattan for many years. She was a member of Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689. Survivors include her husband, Robert Irwin, Ogden; three daughters, Victory Rodriguez, Sherri Silva, and Cindy Chard-Bergstrom, all of Manhattan; two sons, Donald and Dennis, both of Manhattan; two sisters, Ethel Parson of Canyon City, Colo.; and LaVaughn Kubick of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Sept. 7 at Yorgensen-Meloan-Lodeen Funeral Chael, Manhattan, with the Rev. Steven Ackerman officiating. Burial will be in Fort Riley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home, 1616 Poyntz, Manhattan 66502.

Helen Haring 1911-2000
BUSHTON - Helen Haring, 89, died Sept. 5 at her daughter's home in High Rolls, N.M. She was born Aug. 5, 1911, at Bushton, the daughter of Martin L. and Pearl Loran Shonyo. She had been a resident of High Rolls since 1995, moving from Bushton. She was a 1929 graduate of Bushton High School and a 1933 graduate of Emporia State University. She was a school teacher in Kansas, Colorado, and Florida. She belonged to United Methodist Church, Bushton. On March 3, 1934, she married E. L. 'Lee' Haring at Council Grove. He died Oct. 14, 1999. Survivors include a son, David L. Sealy, Texas; a daughter, Wanda Lee Cumba, High Rolls, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral was Sept. 9, at United Methodist Church, Bushton, with the Revs. Barbara Parker and David Trott presiding. Burial was at Bushton Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice, or the Kansas Historical Society, both in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.

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