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Frances C. McCleary  1909-2000
ELLSWORTH - Frances C. McCleary, 91, Ellsworth, died Nov. 23 at the
Ellsworth County Medical Center.
Mrs. McCleary was born Frances C. Hanson on Oct. 14, 1909, at Marquette and had lived in Ellsworth since 1964. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth.
Her husband, Claude, died in 1982.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Pat Helus of Ellsworth; two sisters,
Adeline Justice and Mabel Walker, both of McPherson; three
step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and a
step-great-great-grandchild.
The funeral was Nov. 27 at Parson Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth
67439, the Rev. Mark Kayser officiating. Burial was in the Ellsworth
Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ellsworth County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Hannah Mae Peschika  1906-2000
GREAT BEND - Hannah Mae Peschika, 93, died Saturday, Nov.  11, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
She was born Nov. 20, 1906, at Wilson, the daughter of James E. and Hannah Driscoll Zamrzla. She earned her master's degree in elementary education from Fort Hays State College. She was an elementary school teacher for 42 years. Thirty of those years were spent in schools in the Susank area. She retired in 1977.
Mrs. Peschika was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella. She also was a member of the Association of Retired Teachers of Barton County, AAUW, AARP and Fort Hays State Alumni Association.
On Oct. 9, 1941, she was married to Wilbert J. "Bud" Peschika at Wilson. He died July 13, 1983.
Survivors include a brother, Ernest Ike Zamrzla of Oklahoma City; three
sisters, Georgianna Vopat of Plainville and Margaret Soukup and Julia Ann
Zamrzla, both of Wilson; and many nephews and nieces.
The funeral was Nov. 21 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Fr. Warren Stecklein officiating. Burial was in Great Bend Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church in care of Bryant-Christians Funeral
Home, Great Bend.

Amelia A. Flanders  1923-2000
KANOPOLIS - Amelia A. Flanders, 77, died Nov. 23 at Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo.
She was born Oct. 23, 1923, at Lucas, the daughter of Jerry and Amelia
Kresel Svoboda. A longtime Kanopolis resident, she was a partner in Flanders Insurance Co.
She belonged to First Presbyterian Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Auxiliary, both at Kanopolis.
On March 29, 1944, she married T.W. Flanders at Sallisaw, Okla. He died Dec. 6, 1985.
Survivors include: a son, Thomas W. Jr., Arvada, Colo.; a daughter, Mary Ann Flanders, Las Vegas; a stepson, Richard Flanders, Phoenix; two brothers, Jerry Svoboda, Elkhorn, Wis., Eddie Svoboda, Jerome, Idaho; two
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Nov. 28 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with Pastor Mark Kayser presiding. Burial will be in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Kanopolis Library or to the American Legion
Auxiliary, Kanopolis, both in care of the funeral home.

Gertude A. Kaitman  1916-2000
WICHITA - Gertrude A. Kaitman, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 21.
She was an employed at Ameriserve-Pizza Hut, accounting department and Allis Chalmers, accounting department. She retired from both companies.
Survivors include a daughter Myrna Wharry of Wichita, two brothers, Arlen
Fark of Reno, Nev. and Harold Fark of Owasso, Okla.
The funeral was Nov. 27 at First Salem United Church of Christ, Wichita.
Burial was in Lakin-Comanche Cemetery, Ellinwood.
Memorials may be made to the church in care of Broadway Mortuary, Wichita.

Hannah Mae Peshka  1906-2000
GREAT BEND Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
She was born Nov. 20, 1906, at Wilson, the daughter of James E. and Hannah Driscoll Zamrzla. She earned her master's degree in elementary education from Fort Hays State College. She was an elementary school teacher for 42 years. Thirty of those years were spent in schools in the Susank area. She retired in 1977.
Mrs. Peschka was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabela. She also was a member of the Assosiation of Retired Teachers of Barton County, AAUW, AARP and Fort Hays State Alumni Association.
On Oct. 9, 1941, she was married to Wilbert J. "Bud" Peschka at Wilson. He died July 13, 1983.
Survivors include a brother, Ernest Ike Zamrzla of Oklahoma City; three
sisters, Georgianna Vopat of Plainville and Margaret Soukup and Julia Ann
Zamrzla, both of Wilson; and many nephews and nieces.
The funeral was Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Fr. Warren Stecklein officiating. Burial was in Great Bend Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church in care of Bryant-Christians Funeral
Home, Great Bend.

Pat Wilson   1926-2000
SALINA - Pat Wilson, 73, died Nov. 15 at Salina Reg. Health Ctr., Santa Fe Campus in Salina. Pat was born Dec. 2, 1926, the daughter of John C. and Myrtle Diehl, in Tescott, Kansas. Pat was a homemaker. She worked as a postal  clerk  for 19 years. She worked in the post offices in Solomon,
Kansas and in Carmel Valley, California. She was a member of the Church of
the Cross United Methodist Church - Salina and the United Methodist Women.
Survivors include a son, Mike, of Abilene; a daughter, Kathy Cossaart of
Salina; two sisters, Lucille Svaty and May Grothusen, both of Ellsworth;
five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. The funeral was Monday,
Nov. 20 at Ryan Mortuary in Salina, with Rev. Paul Wilke and John Daly
officiating. Memorials may be made in the donor's choice.

Antonia Hernandez
HICKORY HILLS, Ill. - Antonia Hernandez, age 57, passed away Nov. 12 at the University of Chicago Hospital. Survivors include her parents, Elias and
Josephine Hernandez; sisters Elena Gonzales, Beatrice Price, Sheila Glass,
Brenda Jimenez; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral took place at Lack Funeral Home, Hickory Hills, Illinois.

Melba L. Svaty    1911-2000
ELLSWORTH - Melba L. Svaty, 89, Ellsworth, died Nov. 9 at the Ellsworth
County Medical Center.
Mrs. Svaty was born Melba L. Caldwell on Feb. 8, 1911 at Rice County and was a lifetime resident of Rice and Ellsworth counties. She was a homemaker and secretary for Ellsworth Truck and Tractor. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ellsworth and Rebekah Lodge of Geneseo.
Her husband, Tony G., died in 1959.
Survivors include a son, Tony G. Jr., of Ellsworth; a daughter, Mary Hunter
of Wichita; a sister, Pauline Adamson of Blanchard, Okla.; five
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Nov. 13 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with Dr. John
Snook officiating. Burial was in the Ellsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library in care of the
funeral home.

Joshua James Warner   1983-2000
HOLYROOD - Joshua James Warner, 17, Holyrood, died Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita.
Joshua was born Feb. 4, 1983, at Great Bend and was a lifetime  Holyrood
resident. He was a student at Quivira Heights High School, Bushton, and a
member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holyrood.
Survivors include his parents, Gene and Cheryl Warner of Holyrood; his
paternal grandparents, LaDonna and Bill Griffis of Lyons and Gene and Joann
Warner of Holyrood; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Mary Barta of
Holyrood; and his paternal great-grandmother, Lola Shuttleworth of Geneseo.
The funeral was Monday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Ellsworth, the Rev. Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery, Holyrood.
Memorials may be made to the Joshua J. Warner Memorial Fund in care of
Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439.

Verne E. Claussen  1912-2000
ALMA - Verne E. Claussen, Sr. 88 , died Nov. 12 at St. Francis Hospital in
Topeka.
Verne was born June 22, 1912, the son of Lewis and Nona Gains Claussen in
Lincoln County. He later lived on a farm near Alma since 1962.
Mr. Claussen spent his early life in Russell and Ellsworth counties and
graduated from Wilson High School in 1932. He became a farmer stockman,
raising registered Simmental cattle and was a member of the American and
Kansas Simmental Associations. He worked for Curtis Breeding Service for
many years to help cattleman improve their herds. Mr. Claussen was the first
president of the Mill Creek Watershed and led the board for 20 years. He was a member of the Alma Methodist Church Alma.
He married Dorothy L. Soukup on July 31, 1941 at Ellsworth. She survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Mary Lou Taylor, Cincinnati, Ohio; two
sons, Dr. Verne E. Claussen Jr., Alma and Larry A. Claussen and his wife
Christina, Robert Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Verne E. Claussen and his wife
Kathleen, Mary Chris Claussen, Michael Claussen, Mark Claussen and Kate
Claussen.
Mr. Claussen was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer
Claussen; two sister, Edith Grill and Ethel Claussen; and one
daughter-in-law, Mary Pat Claussen.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Alma
Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Waters officiating. Burial will follow at
the Wamego City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alma Methodist Church or to the Wilson
Methodist Church in care of Stewart Funeral Home of Alma.

Janice Hansen    1915-2000
ELLSWORTH - Janice Hansen, 85, Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Good Samaritan Retirement Village-Villa Grace, Ellsworth.
Mrs. Hansen was born Janice Liles on Oct. 29, 1915 at rural Lincoln County
and was a former resident of Jewell County and Russell, moving to Ellsworth
in 1998. She was a homemaker and did sewing. She was a member of Monrose Women's club.
Her husband, Lyman, died in 1998.
Survivors include three daughters, Claudene Ryden of Brighton, Colo., Nelda
Schrepfer of Green River, Wyo., and Joni Korb of Kingston, Okla; a son,
Lyman Donald of Wilson; two sisters, Bernice Knuffman of Fort Madison, Iowa, and June Briggs of Dover, Del.; 12 grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Nov. 4 at Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel, Superior, Neb. the Rev. Harold Backus officiating. Burial was in Olive Hill Cemetery, south of Superior.
Memorials may be made to Jewell County Hospital or Good Samaritan Retirement Center, Ellsworth, in care of the family P.O. Box 561, Wilson 67490.

Lena A. Hummel    1908-2000
ELLSWORTH - Lena A. Hummel, 92, died Nov. 1 at the Wilson Nursing Center.
She was born Oct. 19, 1908, in Ellsworth County, the daughter of Fred and
Hattie Henry Huseman. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth, she was a homemaker and a former cook for the Geneseo schools. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary at Geneseo.
Survivors included; a son, Ron, Hutchinson; a sister, Amanda Mog, Wilson;
five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death  by three brothers, John, Herbert and William; and a sister, Bessie.
Graveside services were in Geneseo Cemetery, with Dr. John Snook presiding.
Memorials may be sent to the American Legion Auxiliary, in care of Parsons
Funeral Home.

Mary Gray Shull   1911-2000
WICHITA - Mary Gray Shull, 89, died  Nov. 1.
She was born Feb. 7, 1911 in Hoisington, and was an elementary teacher.
Survivors include one son, Dr. John Shull, Ellsworth and one daughter, Karen
Laham, Wichita; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian.
Memorial service was Nov. 3 at Woodland United Methodist Church.
Graveside services was held in the Green Cemetery, Newton.
Memorials maybe to the Woodland United Methodist Church. in care of
Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, Wichita, 316-265-2646

Sarah H. Lerma    1918-2000
KANOPOLIS-Sarah H. Lerma, 81, Kanopolis, died Nov. 3 at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mrs. Lerma was born Sarah H. LaBarr on Nov. 13, 1918 at Tishilwa, Ill., and was a lifetime resident of the Kanopolis area. She was an aide at the Good Samaritan Retirement Center in Ellsworth.
Survivors include her husband, Guillermo "Tarz" of Kanopolis; a daughter,
Betsy Young of Schooleys Mountain, N.J.; a brother, Clarence LaBarr of
Frisco, Colo.; two sisters, Bonnie Gray of Culver and Loretta Hoffman of
Baltimore; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Retirement
Center, Ellsworth.
The body was cremated. Parsons Funeral Home is handling  arrangements.

Benice D. McAtee  1917-2000
ELLSWORTH- Bernice D. McAtee, 83, died Nov. 2 at Smoky Hill Rehabilitation, Salina.
She was born Feb. 5, 1917 at Ellsworth, the daughter of Lewis and Tillie
Jiricek Talsky. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth, she was a co-owner of
McAtee's 45 Restaurant, Ellsworth.
She belonged to St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
On Feb. 4, 1936, she married Frank McAtee at Ellsworth. He died April 2,
1989.
Survivors include, four sons Lewis, Ellsworth, Frank Jr., Carrollton, Mo.,
Patrick. Winfield, and Michael, New Castle, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; two
step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three
step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson.
Funeral Mass was Nov. 6 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with Father Daniel Scheetz presiding. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church or to Saline County Dialysis, both in
care of  Parsons Funeral Home.

Betty Jane Walker   1949-2000
ULYSSES - Betty Jane Walker 51 of Ulysses died Nov. 4,  at Stevens County, KS. She was born May 12, 1949 at Ellsworth, the daughter of Rudy and Elena (Lambott) Neuman.
Betty graduated from Ellsworth High School and attended Fort Hays State
University. She had been a resident of Ulysses since 1973 and was a customer service representative at Grant County  Bank, Ulysses for the past 10 years, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ulysses. She enjoyed working on crafts and attending her son's activities. The last couple of years she took special joy in making things for her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Dean Neuman.
She married Jim Walker on January 25, 1970 at Ellsworth, he survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jeff Walker and wife Trisha of Salt Lake
City, Utah and Mike Walker and wife Jessica of Brighton, CO. Two
grandchildren, her parents and one brother Paul Neuman and wife Eileen of
Ellsworth.
Funeral services were held on November 8 at the First United Methodist
Church, Ulysses. The family asks that memorials be given to the Kansas
Chapter of the American Diabetes Association in care of Garnand Funeral
Home, 405 W. Grant, Ulysses, KS 67880.

Shirley Jean Bunker    1932-2000
VASSAR - Shirley Jean Bunker, 68, died October 24, at her home in Vassar.
Mrs. Bunker was born on February 20, 1932 to Frank David and Helen Swehla Schmidt Sr. in Kansas City, MO where she lived until 1978 when she moved to Vassar. She married Duane E. Bunker on July 13, 1952 at Huntsville, AR and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband Duane and one son, Gary of Vassar; one
daughter, Sherri Ann Jennings of Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren; one
great-granddaughter and one brother, Frank Schmitt Jr. of Pleasant Valley,
MO.
The body was  cremated and the family will hold a private service at a later
date.
Memorials may be made to the Midland Hospice in care of Feltner Funeral
Home, Box 160, Lyndon, KS 66451.

Sylvia M. Bryan/Droegemeier    1914-2000
BRADENTON, FL - Sylvia M. (Vancel) Bryan/Droegemeier, age 86, died October 24 at Bradenton, FL.
Mrs. Droegemeier was born in Missouri, raised in Kanopolis and graduated
from Kanopolis High School in 1933. She was employed by the U.S. Government in Tooele, Utah and moved to Florida in 1974.
She is survived by a son, William Droegemeier of Bradenton, FL; three
grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Svara of
Layton, Utah, and Rachel Welk of Valley Center; three brothers, Kenneth
Bryan of Bradenton, FL, William Bryan and Richard Bryan of Salina.
A private family service will be held.

Aileen Hanzlicek Green   1921-2000
TOWN POINT, MD - Aileen Hanzlicek Green  of Town Point, Chesapeake City, Maryland, passed away October 7, at Union Hospital, MD.
She was born October 30, 1921, near Wilson, the daughter of Joe and Rose
Hanzlicek. The family moved to Lucas in 1934. She graduated from Lucas High School in 1939.
Aileen worked in elastomer chenocals as an executive secretary for the
DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware. She retired in 1980 after 35 years of service.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Weldon J. Hanzlicek.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Marvin L. Green; two brothers,
Courtney K. Hanzlicek, Salina, Bill J. Hanzlicek, Fairview; a sister,
Geraldine Parker, Lucas; an aunt Frances Runa, Westminster, CA; four nephews and two nieces.
Funeral services were held October 11 at the Chandler Funeral Home,
Wilmington, DE.

Clara A. Reif    1910-2000
OSBORNE - Clara A. Reif, 90, died October 27 at the Osborne County Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 3, 1910 at Barton County. A resident of Osborne since 1948 she was a homemaker. She belonged to St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Altar Society; and Golden Years Club, all at Osborne.
She married Alfred Reif. He died Jan. 5, 1994.
Survivors include: six sons, Edgar of Pratt, Charles of Plainville, Robert
of Apple Valley, CA,  Alfred Jr. and Vic, both of Osborne, and Art,
Hoisington; five daughters, Alice Snyder, Oologah, OK, Betty Yarnell,
Osborne, Inez K. Vohs, Great Bend, Jean Wrench, Manhattan, and Theresa
Boxum, Lebanon; two brothers, Matt and Joe Polzine both of Hoisington; three sisters, Mary Robl, Ellinwood, Lucille Weber, Wilson, and Marge Habberman, Great Bend; 32 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Funeral was at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Osborne on November 31 with
Father Roger Hough presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Carnegie Library Restoration Project at
Osborne, in care of Clark-Gashaw Mortuary, Osborne.

Alfred J. Aksamit    1907-2000
LUCAS - Alfred J. Aksamit, 93, Lucas, died Monday, October 30, at Lucas.
Mr. Aksamit was born Aug. 1, 1907, in rural Russell Country and was a
lifetime resident of the area. He was a retired farmer and worked for Kansas
Wildlife and Parks at Wilson Lake. He was a member of the Covenant Baptist Church and attended First Baptist Church, Lucas, for more than 50 years.
Survivors include his wife, Laverne of Lucas; a daughter, Marilyn Kirkendall
of Topeka; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rodrick and Minear Funeral Home, Lucas, the Rev. Harold Haugaard officiating. Burial will be in Lucas
Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Beverly Health Care of Lucas.
Visitation is 9 a.m. until service Wednesday at the funeral home, 111 S.
Fairview, Lucas 67648.

Benjamin Miles Kejr    1914-2000
DENVER, CO - Benjamin Miles Kejr, 86, Denver, died October 20, at Denver, CO.
Mr. Kejr was born May 11, 1914 in Russell County, and lived his early life
in the Dorrance area. He worked in the radio business and for the Colorado
Highway Department for many years. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the South Denver Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The service was October 30 at Hyde Park Cemetery, south of Bunker Hill, the Rev. Ed Ferrell officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.,
November 5, at First Baptist Church, Wilson, with Dr. Harry Gray
officiating. 
Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665 is handling the arrangement.

John S. Ricker    1923-2000
SWANSEA, IL - John S. Ricker of Swansea, Ill., born June 30, 1923, in
Ellinwood, died October 21 at Memorial Hospital Belleville, IL.
Mr. Ricker graduated from St. John's College, Winfield and Concordia,
Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, in 1948. He was a minister for St.
Luke's Lutheran Church, Winamac, ID, for five years. Pastor Ricker served
the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Congregation in Oklahoma, Missouri,
Indiana and Illinois. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville,
IL.
Mr. Ricker was preceded in death by his parents, Sebastian and Gertrude, nee Koch, Ricker; a brother, Ervin and a sister, Mabel Armburst.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lucille, nee Riechman, whom he married
June 5, 1948 at Concordia Lutheran church in Maplewood, MO, three sons, John of Lewistown, IL, Brian of St. Peters, MO, and Ross of Swansea, IL; six grandchildren; one brother, Elmer Ricker of Kanopolis; three sisters, Evelyn Petrowsky of Weatherford, OK, Bernice Bolte, Lincoln, and Ethel Daily of Lyons.
Funeral services were held October 25 at the Kassly Mortuary Chapel,
Fairview Heights, IL. Interment was in St. Charles Memorial Gardens, St.
Charles,  MO.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the
American Heart Association.

Helena "Lena" Ploutz    1898-2000
ELLSWORTH - Helena "Lena" Ploutz, 101 died October 22 at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village - Villa Hope.
She was born Nov. 28, 1898, in Ellsworth County to John and Anna Lineback Schneider. She was a longtime resident of Ellsworth County, where she was a homemaker and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth.
She married Herman Ploutz on January 20, 1926, in rural Ellsworth. He died
in 1960.
She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Lena Marie, in 1998 and sons, Virgil and Dale in 2000.
Survivors include a son, Wenslow of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren; and
six great-grandchildren.
The funeral was October 25 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor
Gerald Radtke officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or to Good Samaritan Village in care of Parsons Funeral Home.


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