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Stephen G. Mai --  1949-2001
RUSSELL - Stephen G. Mai, 51, Russell, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mr. Mai was born June 18, 1949, at Russell and was a lifetime resident. He had been a cashier at Home State Bank and worked for King of the Road for 10 years. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Russell, and Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his parents, Elmer and Lorrain Mai of Russell; and a brother, Gordon of Wilson.
The funeral was Feb. 17 at St. John Lutheran Church, Russell, the Rev. Henry Hartman officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Russell.
Memorials may be made to St. John Altar Guild or St. John Lutheran Cemetery Fund, in care of Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665.

Clarence A. Kirby -- 1916-2001
LARNED - Clarence A. Kirby, 84, died Jan. 30 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. He was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Osborne, the son of William E. and Mary Frances Snyder Kirby. He married Mable M. Herman May 4, 1941, in Kanopolis. A resident of Larned since 1958, moving to Salina in 2000, he was a retired teacher and principal for USD 495 in Larned.
Kirby was a member of Assembly of God Church and a past member of Fort Larned Lions Club, both of Larned.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Alberta Fitzpatrick of Salina and Clara Schraeder of Larned; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Melvin Kirby; five sisters, Chloe Kirby, Cora Kirby, Nora Kirby, Frances Kirby and a twin, Clara Kirby; and one stepsister, Edna Burgess.
Funeral was Feb. 3 at Morell Funeral Home in Larned with the Rev. Richard Martin officiating. Burial was at the Larned Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

John D. Kottman -- 1908 -2001
ELLSWORTH - John D. Kottman, 92, died Feb. 18 at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus - Wichita, He was born Aug. 31, 1908 to Louise (Panzer) and Daniel Kottman in Lincoln County. He was wed to Merne Doris Hunter in Ellsworth on April 15, 1936. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth and Lincoln Counties, he was a farmer and rancher. Mr. Kottman was a past board member of Ellsworth County Co-op and Ellsworth County Credit Union and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth.
Survivors include a son, Lloyd Kottman, Ellsworth; a daughter, Darlene Sheldon, Homer, Alaska; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four
step great-grandchildren and a dear friend, Ellen Svaty.
He was preceded in death by his wife Merne in 1982 and a grandson Kevin Sheldon in 1996.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Burial will be in the Ellsworth Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday 1-8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to service time Friday at Parsons Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Ellsworth Senior Center or the VFW Post 6485 of Ellsworth.

Delores Jean Orth --1941-2001
TIPTON, IOWA - Delores Jean Orth, 59, died Jan. 14 at the University of Iowa Hospital. She was born April 13, 1941, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Cecil and Gertrude Stratman Newsome. She married Norman Orth March 11, 1962, in Hoisington. A resident of Tipton, she was a certified nursing assistant and a homemaker. Mrs. Orth was a member of Morrison McFadden Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3111 in Great Bend.
Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Galen Orth of Mechanicsville, Iowa and Billy Orth of Tipton; two daughters, Kalin Cook of Towner, Colo., and Gayla Ross of Tipton; her mother of Great Bend; one brother, Harold Newsome of York, Neb.; two sisters, Barbara Randolph of Salina and Nancy Schukman of Casper, Wyo.; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Todd Campbell and Brad Campbell; one daughter, Denise Orth; one brother, Norman Newsome; and one grandson, Cody Orth.
Funeral was  Jan. 17 in the chapel of the Fry Funeral Home in Tipton with the Rev. Eugene Benda officiating. Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mechanicsville. Memorials are suggested to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3111 or Cancer Aid and Research Program, both in care Gertrude Newsome, 2707 Gano, Great Bend, KS 67530-7351.

Phyllis Roberta  Carter --1906-2001
STERLING, COLO. - Phyllis Roberta Carter, 94, died Feb. 16. She was born in Ellsworth County to Matilda (Wanacek) and Frank E. Fisher on Dec. 7, 1906.
She married Gordon A. Carter on Sept. 21, 1936 in Wilson. They moved to Sterling in June 1954. Gordon passed away Oct. 11, 1963. Mrs. Carter enjoyed cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, gardening and riding her three wheel bicycle. She was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Federated Women's Club in Sterling, and the Cirrhosis Club in Wilson.
Survivors include two daughter, Gwendolyn Hampton and husband Fed, Tulsa, Okla. and Roberta O'Corky- Hradecky and husband, John, Sterling. Colo. Three sons, Lloyd Carter, Virginia Beach, Va, Gordon Carter  and wife Deanna, Sterling, Colo. and George Carter and Mike Kinsley, San Francisco, Cailf.
Seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Three sisters preceeded her in death.
The funeral was Feb. 20 at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, 443 S. Second, Sterling, Colo. 80751, with Rev. T.L. Phillps officianting. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association in care of the funeral home.

Cleo R. Rathbun --  1909-2001
ELLSWORTH - Cleo R. Rathbun, 91, Ellsworth, died Friday, Feb. 9, at Good Samaritan Retirement Center Villa Grace, Ellsworth.
Mr. Rathbun was born March 17, 1909, at Abbyville and was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. He was a retired farmer-stockman and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth. He was a 50-year member of Ellsworth Masonic Lodge 146 AF & AM, Ellsworth Chapter 54 Royal Arch Masons, Ellsworth Council 9 Cryptic Masons, St. Aldemar Commander 33 KT, and Isis Shrine Temple, Salina. He was an member of Order of the Eastern Star 44 and a member of Order of High Priesthood, Order of the Silver Towell, Red Cross of Constantine, Salina, Knight York Cross of Honor-York Rite, Knight Masons of Kansas Council 53, Wichita, Holy Royal Archknight Templar and Scottish Rite 32nd Degree.
His first wife, Jessie, died in 1977.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor of Ellsworth; a son, Ronald of Ellsworth; a daughter, Marsha Paull of Avalon, Calif.; three brothers, Glen and Jack, both of Ellsworth and Bob of Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Ruby Craig of Junction City; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, the Rev. Mark Kayser officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Crippled Children Hospital or First Presbyterian Church.

Robert M. Blachly Sr. -- 1917-2001
OLATHE - Robert M. Blachly Sr., 83, Olathe, died Saturday, Feb. 17,  at the Good Samaritan Home, Olathe.
Mr. Blachly was born Aug. 8, 1917, at Glen Elder and had lived in Paola, Minneapolis and Abilene. He was a car salesman and worked with the state revenue office in Topeka, retiring in 1979. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Paola, and the Kiwanis Club, Abilene.
His wife, Blanch, died in 1993.
Survivors include four sons, Robert of Paola, Richard and Ramon, both of Olathe, and Roger of Eudora; and eight grandchildren.
The funeral was February 19 at First Presbyterian Church, Paola. Burial was in Paola Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church in care of Wilson & Son Funeral Home, 305 N. Pearl, Paola 66071.

Roy Choitz -- 1954-2001
KANOPOLIS - Roy Choitz, 46, Kanopolis, died Sunday, Feb. 18, at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth.
Mr. Choitz was born June 13, 1954, at Ellsworth and was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth and Lincoln counties. He was a mechanic and worked for White
Bros. Construction. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Lincoln.
Survivors include two sisters, Wanda Deming of Oak Grove, Ky., and Linda Voeltz of Ellsworth; and his mother, Velma Choitz of Lincoln.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, Pastor Gerald Radtke officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to Ellsworth County Ambulance Service.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mildred M. Hendrich -- 1905-2001
WICHITA - Mildred M. Hendrich, 95, died Feb. 17 at Homestead Health Center in Wichita. She was born Sept. 9, 1905, in Czechoslovakia, Europe, the daughter of Vaclav R. and Dorothea Randall Hendrich. A resident of Wichita, coming from Wilson, she was a public school teacher.
Ms. Hendrich was a member of First Baptist Church in Wilson, Alumni Association at Fort Hays State University and National Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include one nephew, Leo Hendrich; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis Hendrich, Winslow Hendrich and Joseph Hendrich; and five sisters, Anna Hendrich, Emilie Hendrich, Julie Hendrich, Marie Hendrich and Martha Hendrich.
Funeral was Feb. 20,  at the church with the Rev. Harlan Palser officiating.
Burial was at Wilson City Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Prairie Homestead Retirement Center in Wichita, in care of the mortuary.

Cleo R. Rathbun --  1909-2001
ELLSWORTH - Cleo R. Rathbun, 91, Ellsworth, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Good Samaritan Retirement Center Villa Grace, Ellsworth.
Mr. Rathbun was born March 17, 1909, at Abbyville and was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. He was a retired farmer-stockman and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth. He was a 50-year member of Ellsworth Masonic Lodge 146 AF & AM, Ellsworth Chapter 54 Royal Arch Masons, Ellsworth Council 9 Cryptic Masons, St. Aldemar Commander 33 KT, and Isis Shrine Temple, Salina. He was an honorary member of Order of the Eastern Star 44 and a member of Order of High Priesthood, Order of the Silver Towell, Red Cross of Constantine, Salina, Knight York Cross of Honor-York Rite, Knight Masons of Kansas Council 53, Wichita, Holy Royal Archknight Templar and Scottish Rite 32nd Degree.
His first wife, Jessie, died in 1977.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor of Ellsworth; a son, Ronald of Ellsworth; a daughter, Marsha Paull of Avalon, Calif.; three brothers, Glen and Jack, both of Ellsworth and Bob of Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Ruby Craig of Junction City; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, the Rev. Mark Kayser officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Crippled Children Hospital or First Presbyterian Church.

Kenneth D. Herbel --  1937-2001
OMAHA, NEB. - Kenneth D. Herbel, 63, Omaha, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Herbel was born April 7, 1937, at rural Russell County, and was a resident of Omaha most of his life. He was a laborer and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a brother, Delwin of Salina; and two sisters, Charlett Bruce of Wilson, and Shirley Holt of Salina.
The service was Feb. 10  in Wilson City Cemetery, the Rev. Jim Wagner officiating.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson, Kansas 67490.

Emma Josephine Svoboda --  1903-2001
KANOPOLIS - Emma Josephine Svoboda, 97, Kanopolis, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth.
Mrs. Svoboda was born Emma Josephine Ortiz on March 19, 1903, at Chihuahua, Mexico, and was a resident of Kanopolis since 1917, moving from Mexico. She was a salt bag thrower for Independent Salt Company for more than 25 years.
She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Kanopolis, and a former member of Altar Society.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Urbano Perez, in 1947; her second husband, Jerry Svoboda, in 1968; two daughters; and six sons.
Survivors include a daughter, Esther Muro of Kanopolis; 27 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 10 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Kanopolis, the Rev. Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial will be in Kanopolis Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Melvin J. Wagner --  1930-2001
ELLSWORTH - Melvin J. Wagner, 70, died Jan. 29, 2001, at his home in Ellsworth.
He was born May 23, 1930, at Eureka, the son of Emanuel M. and Hulda L. Dauber Wagner. A lifetime Ellsworth resident, he was a partner in Wagner Brothers Construction.
He belonged to First United Methodist Church, Ellsworth Masonic Lodge No. 146, and Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 44, all at Ellsworth.
Survivors include: three brothers, Ronald F., Independence, Jerome T. "Jerry", Ellsworth, and Edwin L., Fort Col-lins, Colo.; and two sisters, Norma J. Stangle, Russell, and Mary E. Specht, Fort Collins, Colo.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with Dr. John Snook presiding. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery, with
Masonic Graveside Rites.
Memorials may be sent to the Ellsworth Masonic Lodge, in care of the funeral home.

Georgia B. Gronek --  1911-2001
DUFFAU, TX - Georgia B. (Koksal) Gronek, 90, passed away Tuesday, January 2, at her daughter's home in Texas. Mass of Christian Burial was   January 8, at St. Mary & St. Anthony Catholic Church, Kansas Clty, KS; burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family would appreciate contributions to Cancer Action Inc.
Mrs. Gronek was born in Wilson and moved to the KC area in 1939. She was a registered nurse and graduated from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in 1932. She worked at St. Margaret's Hospital from 1939 to 1942. She also worked for Dr. Schulte from 1945-1947 the General Motors: Fairfax Plant from 1952-1957, and Fairbanks-Morse from 1962-1968. She was a member of St. Mary & St. Anthony Catholic Church. She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Ann Solsbery, Duffau, TX; two brothers, John Koksal, Elkhart and Aldrich Koksal, Russell and two grandchildren. Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home Kansas City, KS.

Frieda M. Blehm  --  1911-2001
SMITHVILLE, Mo. - Frieda M. Blehm, 89, Smithville, died, Jan. 27,  at Beverly Health Care, Smithville.
Mrs. Blehm was born Frieda M. Wallert on Oct. 11, 1911, at Russell, Kans., and was a lifetime resident of the Russell County, and Ellsworth County, area. She was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson.
Her husband, Henry, died in 1970.
Survivors include two daughters, Alice Sanders of Salina, and Elain Anspaugh of Smithville; two sisters, Anna Betz of Wilson, and Alice Sheridan of Junction City; four brothers, Edwin Wallert of Olathe, Albert Wallert and Leonard Wallert, both of Wilson, and Raymond Wallert of Kansas City; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The memorial service was Feb. 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson, the Rev. Jim Wagner officiating. Inurnment was in Wilson City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490.  There was no visitation.

Howard E. Vacek --  1922-2001
ELLSWORTH -- Howard E. Vacek, 78, Ellsworth, died Saturday, Feb. 3, at Ellsworth County Medical Center.
Mr. Vacek was born April 19, 1922, at Holyrood and was a lifetime Ellsworth County resident. He was a rancher and a member of Excelsior Lutheran Church, rural Wilson. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ellsworth and American Legion of Kanopolis. He was past chairman of Ellsworth County Veterans Memorial Hospital, past chairman and board member of Ellsworth County Co-op, past director and part owner of Kanopolis State Bank, served as trustee of Garfield Township, was congregational president of Excelsior Lutheran Church and Republican precinct committeeman.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene of Ellsworth; a son, H.R. "Rocky" of Topeka; and a daughter, Janet Stash of Tucson, Ariz.
The funeral was Feb. 6 at Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, Sister Diane Wagner and Dr. John Snook officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery with VFW military rites.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 329 of Kanopolis, VFW Post 6485 of Ellsworth, Lighted Cross Fund of Excelsior Lutheran Church and Hospice of Salina.

Henry H. Siemsen --  1907-2001
HOLYROOD -- Henry H. Siemsen, 93, Holyrood, died Friday, Feb. 2, at Good Samaritan Retirement Center Villa Grace, Ellsworth.
Mr. Siemsen was born May 4, 1907, at Holyrood and was a lifetime resident.
He was a farmer-stockman and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and the Lions Club, both of Holyrood.
His wife, Leora, died in 1996.
Survivors include three sons, Robert and Bruce, both of Holyrood, and Dale of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Albert of Holyrood and Marcus of Hutchinson, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 5,  at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood, the Rev. Mary Lou Klein officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, is handling arrangements.

Bernice L. Klotz  --  1912-2001
WILSON - Bernice L. Klotz, 88, Wilson, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Wilson Nursing Center.
She was born April 12, 1912 at Lincoln County to Rosa (Kobbeman)  and William E. Lyne. Mrs. Klotz  was a lifetime resident of Lincoln and Ellsworth County, a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Wilson.
She married B. Mead Klotz on March 17, 1935
Survivors include two sons, Gary of Hoyt and Jerry of Phoenix, Az.; one daughter Lynda Siefers of Hays and one sister Vera Eshe of Lucas.
The memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Wilson City Cemetery with Rev. Tim Harlan officiating. Inurnment will be in the Wilson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9  at Foster Mortuary, Wilson.

Viola C. Mog    --      1919-2001
BELLFLOWER, Calif.  -  Viola C. Mog, 81, died, Nov. 3, 2000 at her home in Bellflower, CA. 
Viola was born April 15, 1919 in Lincoln County to Frank and Rosalie (Bohl) Panzer.  She married Charles A. Mog on June 5, 1937 in Great Bend.  She was a homemaker and worked various jobs including dietician assistant at Kaiser Hospital.  She, Charles and their young family moved to California in 1951 and then later moved back to Ellsworth when Charles retired.  In the 1980's they moved back to California to be nearer to their two daughters. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles Mog of Bellflower; daughters, Delores Harrison and Barbara Mog both of Norwalk, Calif., and Shirley Corbus of McPherson; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sisters, LaVerna Stroede of Kanopolis and Rosalie Ranker of Ellsworth.
She was preceded in death by grandson David Corbus; two brothers, Frank and Gilbert; two sisters, Adeline Stroede and Mae Bell.
Graveside services and interment were at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif., with the Rev. John Rose officiating.

Melvin J. Wagner   --  1930-2001
ELLSWORTH - Melvin J. Wagner, 70, died, January 29 at his home. He was born May 23, 1930. Services are pending with Parson's Funeral Home, Ellsworth.


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