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Frank D. Oshel 1922-2000
WILSON ­ Frank D. Oshel, 78, died Monday, Dec. 25, at the Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson.
Mr. Oshel was born August 11, 1922 in Topeka to Boyd Oshel and Iva
Gwendolyn Anna Oshel and was a resident of Holyrood since 1942 where he was a farmer and stockman and a employee of Midway Industries.
He was a member of Holyrood Lions Club, Eagles Club of Great Bend, Lloyd J. Schroeder American Legion Post #200, where he was a past commander and St. Paul¹s United Church of Christ, all of Holyrood.
Survivors include his wife Elsie Purma whom he married Nov. 8, 1942 in
Wichita; two daughters, Janice Grubb and her husband Dwaine and Judy Glaser, all of Holyrood. Two brothers, Clifford of Topeka and Elmer of Waynesburo, Pa. and a sister Christine Girvin of Liberty, Mo.
The funeral and interment will be at 11 a.m., Thursday at Palacky Cemetery,
Holyrood with military rites by Lloyd J. Schroeder American Legion Post #200 and Pastor Mary Lou Klein will be officiating. A time of fellowship and
celebration will be at St. Paul¹s United Church of Christ, Holyrood.

Lillian Mares 1916-2000
WILSON - Lillian "Lily" Mares, 84, died Dec. 10, at Wilson Nursing Center.
Miss Mares, the sixth and youngest child of Joseph and Anna (Hospodka)
Mares, was born Feb.13, 1916, in Russell County and was a lifelong Wilson
area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Alice Sula of Wilson.
The service was Dec. 12 at Wilson Catholic Cemetery, the Rev. Jerome Morgan officiating.
Memorials may be made to Catholic Cemetery fund or Wilson Nursing Center in care of Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, 111 S. Fairview, Lucas 67648. 

Hennrietta Alderson 1905-2000
ELLSWORTH - Henrietta Alderson, 95, died Dec. 9 at the Good Samaritan
Retirement Village-Villa Grace.
Mrs. Alderson was born on June 20, 1905 in Ellsworth County to John and Anna (Cikanek) Smischny. She married Arthur Alderson in January 1931 in Fredonia.
She was a census taker for the Census Bureau and retired to Hemet, CA in
1964. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hemet. In 1990
she moved back to Ellsworth.
She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1983.
Survivors include two brothers, Gilbert Smischny of Wilson and Victor
Smischny of Ellsworth; a sister, Sylvia Towle of Hemet, CA.; and several
nieces and nephews.
Services are 10:30 a.m., Dec. 16 at the Parsons Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the church or Good Samaritan Retirement Village.

Alvina Rose Novotny 1937-2000
ELLSWORTH - Alvina Rose Novotny, 63, Ellsworth, died Dec. 7 at Salina
Regional Health Center.
Mrs. Novotny was born Alvina Rose Lyne on Aug. 26, 1937 at Lincoln and was a lifetime Ellsworth resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Ellsworth.
Her husband, Winslow J. "Jim" Novotny Jr., died in 1999.
Survivors include five daughters, Debbie Dolezal, Kay McElroy and Darla
Deiser, all of Ellsworth, Cindy Cline of Salina and Joan Modrow of
Kanopolis; a brother, Donald Lyne of Ellsworth; seven sisters, Judy Blouin
of Las Vegas, Janice Prochaska, Joyce Webb, Gloria Marez and Carol Kottman, all of Ellsworth, Shirley Behrens of Lincoln and Bertha Bontz of Peoria, Ill.; her mother, Rosaline Lyne of Ellsworth; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
The funeral was Dec. 11 at the church, the Rev. Gary Wolf officiating.
Burial will be in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or American Legion Auxiliary.

Leon G. Gerbitz 1950-2000
LINCOLN - Leon G. Gerbitz, 50, died Dec. 9 at West Plains Regional Hospital, Dodge City.
He was born Feb. 21, 1950, at Ellsworth, the son of Norman and Irene Liepitz Gerbitz. A Lincoln resident for the past year, moving from Grinnell, he was the retired owner and manger of Stuckeys.
He belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth.
On Jan. 8, 1977, he married Sandy Tromble at rural Lincoln.
Survivors include: his former wife, Sandy Gerbitz, Taylorsville, N.C.; three
sons, Jarrod, Grinnell, Chris, Lincoln, and Michael, Taylorsville, N.C.; and
three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral was Dec. 12 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth, with
Pastor Gerald Radtke presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church or to Saline County Dialysis, in care of
Parson's Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Joseph J. Srna 1909-2000
MINNEAPOLIS - Joseph J. Srna, 90, Minneapolis, died Dec. 3, at Good
Samaritan Center, Minneapolis.
Mr. Srna was born Dec. 7, 1909, in rural Delphos and was a resident of
Salina since 1952. He was a teacher for 32 years at schools in Rice,
Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottawa, and Saline counties. He also was school
principal for Beverly and Wilson schools and a salesman for Johnson
Hardware, Mentor, for 23 years retiring in 1976.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Moose Lodge, Golden Years Club, Square "D" Square Dance club and Sunflower Polka Club.
His wife, Geneva M., died Aug. 10.
Survivors include two sons, James F. of Salina and Richard E. of El Dorado;
two daughters, Genevieve D. Pede of Ottawa and Janice J. Olson of Salina; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salina, the Rev. Loren Mai officiating. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salina, or Minneapolis Good Samaritan Center.
Ryan Mortuary, Salina, was in charge of arrangements.

Adeline E. Seitz 1915-2000
HOLYROOD - Adeline E. Seitz, 85, died Dec. 5 at her residence.
Mrs. Seitz was born June 9, 1915 in Brewster, Minn. to John and Fronnie
(Bisch) Kraft. She was a resident of Holyrood since 1947, the year she
married Jack Seitz. She was the sales clerk/manager of Seitz Drug in
Holyrood. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Holyrood and the Lutheran Church, Brewster.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jack.
Survivors include two sons, George of Broomfield, Colo. and John of Carson,
Calif.; two sisters, Ardela Cornstrum of Minn and Marjorie of Cottonwood
Falls, Minn.; 8 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, Dec. 16 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood
with Pastor John Sharp officiating.

Bertha A. Mehl 1912-2000
HOLYROOD - Bertha A. "Toddy" Mehl, 88, died Dec. 8 at Good Samaritan Retirement Village-Villa Grace, Ellsworth.
Mrs. Mehl was born Bertha A. Janssen on Sept. 24, 1912, at Barton County and was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. She was a homemaker and a
member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood.
Her husband, Martin C., died in 1952.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Call of Arlington.
The service was Dec. 9 at St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery, the Rev. John Sharp officiating.
Memorials may be made to the church in care of Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439.

Ernest R. Ptacek 1922-2000
RUSSELL - Ernest R. Ptacek, 78, died Dec. 11 at the Hoisington
Rehabilitation Center.
Ptacek was born on Sept. 26, 1922 in rural Dorrance to Frank C. Ptacek and Anna (Kepka) Ptacek. He lived his early life on the family farm in the
Dorrance area. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army with overseas duty in the European theater. After marrying Florence E. Meyeros at Beaver on May 9, 1950, the couple lived on a farm north of Bunker Hill. He was a Moorman Feed dealer for 22 years as well as operating his own farm and livestock operation. He was a long time Bunker Hill resident. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a life member of VFW Post #6240 both of Russell and Knights of Columbus at Wilson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilfred and Fr.
Maurice Ptacek; and a sister Mary Ann.
Survivors include his wife Florence, Great Bend; four sons, Duane of Yutan,
NE, Keith and Ron of Russell, Richard of Victoria; a daughter, Karen Bond of Sylvan Grove; three brothers, Edward of Ellsworth, Alfred of Minneapolis,
Francis of Russell; three sisters, Beatrice Gerstenkorn of Waterloo, Ann Mae
Janda of Lyons, Helen Reeves of Sylvan Grove; 20 grandchildren and 2
step-grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.
Services are Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the church, Russell with
Frs. Charles Steier, Paschal Klein and Marvin Reif officiating with burial
following. Rosary and Vigil was held at Pohlman Mortuary, Russell Dec. 13.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association in care of the mortuary.

Margaret Roberta Hoyt Muth 1911-2000
LYONS - Margaret Roberta Hoyt Muth, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Lyons District Hospital.
She was born March 16, 1912, at Saxman, the daughter of Adelbert Eldridge
and Leora Smith Hoyt. She had been a Lyons resident since 1984, formerly
living in Bushton, and McPherson. She owned a grocery store at Bushton and
worked at a newsstand and Trailways Bus Depot in McPherson and was a
caregiver at Lyons. She was a 1930 graduate of Lyons High School and
attended Kansas State University.
She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, United Methodist
Women, choir and church Busy Bees, all at Lyons.
On Aug. 11, 1935, she was married to Paul A. Muth at Chase. He died Jan. 17, 1984.
Survivors include three sons, Alan of Longmont, Colo., Grant of Hot Springs,
Ark., and Mike of Derby; a sister, Virginia Lee Hoyt Monroe of Lyons; eight
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Lee, Jimmy, and Tracy Muth; an
infant daughter; and a brother, Frank S. Hoyt.
The funeral was Saturday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Lyons, with
the Rev. Janet Weathersbee officiating. Burial was in Lyons Municipal
Memorials may be made to the church in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.

Velma E. Huseman 1908 - 2000
SCOTT CITY - Velma E. Huseman, 92, died at the Park Lane Nursing Home in Scott City on Dec. 10.
She was born on Feb. 14, 1908 in Ellsworth, the daughter of William Frank & Christina Winkler Huseman. She was a resident of Scott City since 1952,
having moved from St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelors Degree from
Kansas Wesleyan and her Masters Degree in Social Work from George Washington University in St. Louis and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Christian Church, EHU, Garden Club, CWF, and Past 4-H Leader, all in Scott City and Alumni of George Washington University in St. Louis.
She is preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include a brother, Arthur of Scott City; a sister, Helen Krupp of
Ellsworth; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Dec. 13 at the church, with the Rev. John Warring
officiating. Burial will be in the Scott County Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church, Park Lane Nursing Home or the Scott
County Health Department in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home.

Alice Caroline Johnson 1910-2000
BRANSON, Mo. Mrs. Johnson was born Alice Caroline Oberg on April 7, 1910, at Salina. She was a former resident of Brookville moving to Salina in 1972 and to Branson in 1990. She was a bookkeeper for Graves Truckline, Salina, for many years.
She was a member of Rebekah Lodge, the DWT, The Gingham Gown and PMO, all of Brookville, St. John's Lutheran Church, Salina, Peace Lutheran Church, Hollister, Mo., and Shepherd of the Hills Garden Club, Solo Sisters and WELCA, all of Branson.
Her Husband, Ernest G., died in 1974.
Survivors include a son, Charles of Branson; and two grandchildren, Elaine
Spalding of Vail, Ariz., and Stephen Johnson of Lamar.
The funeral was Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Salina, the Rev.
Charles Aase officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Salina, or the Macular Degeneration Foundation.

Thelma G. Riedel 1919-2000
HAYS - Thelma G. Riedel, 81, died Dec. 8, at Hays Medical Center.
Mrs. Riedel was born Thelma G. Sander on Jan. 30, 1919, at Hays. She was a retired waitress and clerk, having worked at Billinger & Neuberger Bakeries
and the Centennial and Vagabond restaurants. She was a member of St.
Joseph's Church, St. Joseph Altar Society and Christian Mothers, the
Daughters of Isabella and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, all of
Survivors include her husband, Art of the home; four sons, Ken of Lakewood, Colo., Art Jr. of Larned, Bill of Aurora, Colo., and Bob of Bellevue, Neb.; a daughter, Kathy Petr of Wichita; a brother, Robert Sander of Victoria; three sisters, Sister Sarah Sander of Fond du Lac, Wis., Lauraine Drazic of Ellsworth and Celeste Schmidtberger of Victoria; and 12 grandchildren.
The funeral was at St. Joseph's Church, Hays, the Rev. Earl Befort
officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to TMP-Marian High School, St. Joseph Church or Epworth Towers in care of Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays 67601.

Arvella Rae Robinson 1947-2000
AUBURN - Arvella Rae "Luckie" Robinson, 53, died Dec. 6, at her residence in Ashburn.
She was born July 3, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of
Ferdinand and Frances (Strodie) VonFange. Though living in the Topeka
community most of her life, she attended Lincoln and Ellsworth schools. She
graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. She obtained a BA in Business
Management Accounting from Washburn University and an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Transylvania University in Lexington,
Kentucky. She was a member of the Professional Women's Association and
National Cooking Club. She previously worked at Rex's Tire and Ed Bozarth
She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Robinson of Topeka.
Survivors include a daughter, Stacie Sinda of Auburn; four sons, Richard,
Anthony, Frank, and Jesse all of Auburn; her mother, Frances VonFange of
Topeka; and five grandchildren.
The funeral service was Dec. 9 at Parker-Price Mortuary in Topeka. She is
buried in Auburn Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 N. W. Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617 or the Arvella R. Robinson Memorial Fund C/O Capitol Federal Savings & Loan, 2865 S. W. Wanamaker, Topeka, 66614

Leo W. Anschutz 1917-2000
WILSON - Leo W. Anschutz, 82, died Dec. 2, at his home.
He was born Dec. 18, 1917, at Dorrance, the son of Ernest and Lena
Koetkemeyer Anschutz. A lifetime resident of the Wilson area, he was a
farmer and stockman.
He belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson, the Wilson Lions Club, the Russell Elks Club and Msgr. John F. McManus American Legion Post No. 262. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II.
On Dec. 21, 1947, he married Gerry Cross. She died in 1986. On Dec. 12,
1987, he married Jeanne Baker. She survives.
Other survivors include : a son. Warren, Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter,
Priscilla PoPresti, Leavenworth; two stepdaughters, Eileen Grauer,
Hoisington, and Linda Baker, Garden City; a brother, Paul Russell; a sister,
Frances Jackman, El Dorado; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 19 nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by an infant son; and four brothers, Harold, Louis,
Willis and George.
Grave side service was Dec. 5 in Wilson City Cemetery, with Pastor James
Wagner presiding. Military honors will be performed by Msgr. John F. McManus
American Legion Post 262, Wilson. Memorial service was Dec. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson.

Roy R. Helus 1926-2000
HUTCHINSON - Roy R. Helus, 74, of Hutchinson, died Dec. 2 at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born Feb. 26, 1926, at Salina, the son of Anton and Flossie Root
Helus. A Hutchinson resident since 1969, formerly of Wilson, he was an
equipment supervisor for J. H. Shears & Co.
He belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson. Msgr. John F. McManus
American Legion Post No. 262 and the DDR Black Powder Society. He served in the U.S, Army during World War II.
On Oct. 16, 1950 he married Marie Galliardt at Clovis, N.M. She survives.
Other survivors include; a son, Raymond, Wilson; six grandchildren; and
seven great-grandchildren.
He was precede in death by a brother, Louis.
Grave side services were Dec. 5, in Wilson City Cemetery, with Andy Heer
presiding. Military rites were preformed by American Legion Post No. 262.
Memorials maybe sent to the Hutchinson Boys & Girls Clubs, in care of Foster Mortuary, Wilson

Alva R. Hudson Bircher 1911-2000
KANOPOLIS - Alva R. Hudson Bircher, 89, Kanopolis, died Nov. 29 at Good Samaritan Retirement Center, Ellsworth.
Mrs. Bircher was born Alva R. Henderson on June 21,1911 at rural Ellsworth
County and was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a homemaker and a
retired clerk at the Kanopolis Post Office. She was a member of united
Methodist Church, Kanopolis. Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 44.
Ellsworth, and American Legion Auxiliary, Kanopolis.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard Hudson, in 1957; and her second husband, Oliver, in 1995.
Survivors include a son, Bob Hudson of Kanopolis; two daughters, Eunice
Shrull of Columbia, Mo., and Martha Myers of Felt, Okla.; a stepson, Leo of
Johnstown, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Delores Willms of Daly City Calif., and
Dorothy Morris of Shawnee; two brothers, Dale Henderson and Harold
Henderson, both of Carneiro; a sister, Fern Smith of Ellsworth; 12
grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Dec. 2 at Parson Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln
Ellsworth, 67439, Pastor Rodger Constable and the Rev, Al Hysom
officiating. Burial was in the Buckeye Cemetery.
Memorials maybe made to United Methodist Church, Kanopolis, or Kanopolis Library.

Mary Gladys Sims 1908-2000
ELLSWORTH - Mary Gladys Sims, 92, Ellsworth, died Dec. 3, at Ellsworth Good Samaritan Home.
Mrs. Sims was born Mary Gladys Small on Jan. 30, 1908, at Wilson and was a resident of Ellsworth since 1992, moving from Whispering Pines, N.C. She
was a former secretary for General Baking Co., Cleveland, Ohio and was a
member of the Salvation Army.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Forrest Sharpe, in 1954; and
her second husband, Hollice Sims, in 1997.
Survivors include two sisters, Thelma Rein, Kansas City, and Doretta
Richardson, Ellinwood.
Private inurnment will be in Russell City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Salvation Army or Alzheimer's Foundation.
Sillin Funeral Home, 214 W. Ave. South, Lyons 67554, is handling

Delmar "DJ" Blackwood 1912-2000
GOODLAND - Delmer "DJ" Blackwood, 88, died Nov. 24, at Mariner - Hospice of Denver in Denver, Colo.
He was born March 28, 1912, at Clay County, the son of Emma Woodside and Thomas Arthur Blackwood. He spent his childhood years in Wilson, where he was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist church, before moving to Burlington, Colo. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. After he moved to Goodland, he worked for the Bill Davis Motor Co. and then the Rock Island Railroad. He was an engineer, retiring in 1978.
His memberships included the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and a lifetime member of the Goodland Elks Lodge 1528.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother Raymond and one sister
Mildred Burson.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-one years Lucile Garrett Blackwood; two
daughters Sherrie Hatten, Austin, Texas; Jeanne Denton-Sheck, Jacksonville,
Fla.; one grandson; three great-granddaughters; and three brothers Arthur,
Martin and Russell.
The funeral service was Dec. 2 at Koons Chapel, Goodland, with burial
following in the Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Delmer Blackwood Memorial Fund in care of
Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, Kans. 67735

Adeline Brejcha 1913-2000
ELLSWORTH - Adeline Brejcha, 87, died Dec. 3 at Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Ellsworth.
she was born Jan. 31, 1913 in Galva to Frank and Lena Wedel. Adeline was one of 13 children. As a youth she worked as a laundress and housemaid to help support her brothers and sisters.
On July 12, 1941, she married Charles Brejcha. They lived and worked on a
farm four miles west of Holyrood until they retired to Ellsworth in the late
1980's . They enjoyed dances at the Eagles in Great Bend, participated in a
bowling league in Ellsworth, and liked to lunch at the Ellsworth Senior
Mrs. Brejcha was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Bonnie in the
1950, and by her husband Charlie in 1996.
She is survived by her sons, Vernon, Lawrence and Robert, Independence, Mo.; three sisters; Anna Varney, Hutchinson, Goldie Honomichl, South Hutchinson and Betty Smith of Haysville and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to the Alzheimer's
Association or Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Ellsworth.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to services time Friday, Dec. 8 at the
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.
Interment will take place in Palacky Cemetery following the service.

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